Theater Closed Early September During Renovations

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre will be closed in early September while it undergoes several renovation projects, but that doesn’t mean a lack of entertainment.

Rockville Little Theatre will present six performances of “Jake’s Women,” Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9, which is one of playwright Neil Simon’s lesser known works, but a gem of a show. Jake, a writer with an overly vivid imagination, faces a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life.
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MDOT Will Hold Meeting to
Discuss Bus Rapid Transit Options

The Maryland Depart-ment of Transportation will hold a public meeting on its bus rapid transit (BRT) alternatives under consideration for Veirs Mill Road.

The public meeting will be held 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28 in the cafeteria of the Montgomery County Executive Office Building at 101 Monroe St. BRT is planned along Veirs Mill Road between the Rockville Metro station and Wheaton. Three alternatives are being considered. The preferred option is expected to be identified by the end of 2016.
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Hearings to be Held on Electric Rate Hike

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Residents of Montgomery County could see a $13 average hike on their monthly electric bills if a request from Potomac Electric Power — Pepco — is approved by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC).

The commission is holding two hearings on the proposed increase, which would net an extra $104 million in electric distribution rates.

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Keillor to be Literary Festival Honoree

FSF-festival-social-media-adThe 20th Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival on Saturday, Oct. 29, will honor Garrison Keillor, founder and host of “A Prairie Home Companion” and “The Writer’s Almanac.”

Keillor will be presented the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. The award has been received by some of America’s most distinguished writers, including Norman Mailer, Pat Conroy, John Updike and Joyce Carol Oates.

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Rockville to Keep Welsh Park Open for Viewing of Perseid Meteor Shower

Normally, Rockville’s parks close at dusk, but with the annual Perseid Meteor Shower on Aug. 12-13 predicted to be one of the best in years, the city is keeping one of its biggest parks open overnight for community members to view the show. As many as 200 meteors per hour are anticipated, more than double the rate of past years.

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Lunch Concert Series to Come to Town Center

If you wanted another excuse to get out of the office and visit Regal Row at Town Center during lunchtimes, the city is beginning a new lunchtime concert series starting Aug. 11.

Lunch Out Live” will feature concerts from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursdays, and the series will run for 12 weeks. Here’s the schedule of who’s playing:

Aug. 25  Bad Influence Band Blues
Sept. 1  Heather Mae Pop
Sept. 8  Lloyd Dobler Effect Rock
Sept. 15  The Patty Reese band Country
Sept. 22  Dave Chappell Roots Rock/Blues
Sept. 29  Rick Whitehead Trio Jazz
Oct. 6  South Rail Alt. Country
Oct. 13  Ted Garber Blue/Americana/Rock
Oct. 20  Kevin James Classic Rock
Oct. 27  Aly Tadros Folk

The Mayor and Council approved the new events at Monday’s meeting. The concert series was suggested by the Mayor and Council as a way to attract more people to businesses in the downtown area.

 

Police Department Awarded Accreditation for Excellence

Officer of the Rockville Police Department receive the certificate of accreditation from CALEA officials.
Officers of the Rockville City Police Department receive the certificate of accreditation from CALEA officials. From the left, Lt. Brian Paul and Major Eric Over, with acting Chief Bob Rappoport second from the right.

Applause greeted news that the Rockville City Police Department has received full accreditation for the next four years from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies during their attendance at CALEA’s conference in Baltimore.

“Thank you to each and every one of you,” Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton said.

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Unanimous Support from Mayor and Council Adopts Rockville Pike Plan

Traffic, poor conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists, an aging and unattractive area with little green space — this is how Rockville Pike is today. But with a unanimous vote Monday night to adopt the Rockville Pike Neighborhood Plan, the city’s Mayor and Council set a vision for redevelopment that will create a more attractive environment to live, work in and visit, with parks and better options for transportation.

“It is a great compromise and we are moving forward with something that will transform the pike … We’ve come a long way and it is a wonderful day,” Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton said.

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