Rockville Offers Assistance to Workers Struggling During Federal Shutdown

Delayed Payment Available on Some City Bills

The continuing federal government shutdown has caused hardship for some Rockville residents who are furloughed, and the city is here to help.

Struggling federal employees and contractors could be eligible for delayed payment, with no penalties, on certain city services, such as summer camp registration, preschool and before and after-school care, water bills and animal registration fees.

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MLK Jr. Day Celebration to Feature Performances, Community Service

MLK Day keynote speaker Justin Hansford.
MLK Day keynote speaker
Justin Hansford.

Rockville’s 47th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, will include multicultural performances, awards and a keynote speech by Justin Hansford, the executive director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.

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Rockville Facilities to Close for New Year’s and MLK Day

Recycling and Trash Collected a Day Later During Holiday Weeks

City Hall and all city facilities will be closed for New Year’s Day on Tuesday, Jan. 1. City Hall and some facilities will also be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21.

Recycling and trash will be collected one day later throughout those weeks. Learn more at

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Rockville Mayor and Council Meeting Rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 15

The Mayor and Council meeting originally scheduled for this evening, but postponed due to the weekend’s snow, has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Mayor and Council
Chambers at City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave. 

The meeting agenda includes:

  • A vote on a resolution to extend the moratorium on the filing, acceptance and receipt of applications for special exceptions, plans and plan amendments for certain uses in the mixed-use employment (MXE) zone, until July 1.
  • A report from the Adequate Public Facilities Standards (APFS) Work Group on Schools, regarding options to address a potential residential moratorium.
  • A presentation and discussion of the Planning Commission’s draft of the North Stonestreet Avenue Comprehensive Master Plan amendment.
  • A public hearing on the plan for the Shady Grove Neighborhood Center, a proposed mixed-use center with commercial, office and residential uses at 15825 Shady Grove Road, 2 and 4 Choke Cherry Road, and 2092-2098 Gaither Road.
  • A consent agenda that includes authorization for the city manager to execute a contract to purchase 6 Taft Court.
  • Boards and commissions appointments, reappointments and vacancy announcements.

Find Mayor and Council agendas at

Meetings are broadcast live on Rockville 11 and streaming at and are available on demand at

Mind, Lifestyle, Heart Health and Bingo at the Senior Center

Use your mind for better living, find out about lifestyle medicine and play a round of bingo after you learn how to keep your heart healthy, in February at the Rockville Senior Center.

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Pledge in Support

Back in the Day

Rockville won a prestigious national award, according to the November 1965 edition of the “City of Rockville Newsletter” — the 1965 Honor Award for outstanding achievement in comprehensive planning, bestowed by the American Institute of Planners. So prestigious, in fact, the newsletter dedicated nearly its entire four pages to planning-related topics.

Good Neighbors Salute Good Neighbors

Rockville’s Mayor and Council presented Good Neighbor Awards on Dec. 3 to (L-to-R): Patrick Bengero, accepting on behalf of his father, Danilo Bengero; Ellen Stein; and Margaret Reiman. (Not pictured is Paul Fitzpatrick, who was unable to attend.) Learn more about these good neighbors and view video of the presentation at Learn more about the awards at

Save the Date to Celebrate Lunar New Year

Celebration to Feature Dancers, Vocalists, Martial Artists and More

Celebrate Rockville’s Asian cultures with performances, crafts and cultural displays at the city’s Lunar New Year celebration, from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive.

The city is organizing the celebration in partnership with Rockville’s Asian Pacific American Task Force. Multicultural performances will be from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Confirmed performers include:

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Three Decades of Public Service

The City of Rockville held its annual employee awards ceremony, Thursday, Dec. 6 at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre. Ten Rockville employees were recognized with 30-year length-of-service awards. Pictured (L-to-R): Lisa Splaine, Recreation and Parks; Randy Maness, Steven Davis and Steve Sokol of Public Works; Maj. Bob Rappoport, Rockville City Police Department; Om Thukral, Information Technology; Kelvin Budd, City Manager’s Office; Jan Golden, Recreation and Parks. Not pictured are Tammy Koniski and Sherri-Lou Hendry, Rockville City Police Department.

Add Volunteering to Your New Year’s To-do List

Want to do some good deeds in the new year? Rockville has dozens of opportunities available for teens and adults, from snow shoveling to mentoring to stream cleanups.

Whether your passion is helping others or the environment, you can use your free time to lend a hand. Here are some examples:

Adopt a stream: Adopt-A-Stream encourages volunteers to hold stream cleanups along Rockville streams. Even a small group of volunteers can remove large amounts of debris from streams in a short period of time.
Join a board or commission: Consider joining a board, commission or committee to help provide recommendations to the Mayor and Council on issues that matter.

Recreation and parks: Be an inclusion companion for children with differing abilities or help with afterschool programs at one of Rockville’s recreation centers.

Find more Rockville’s volunteer opportunities at

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