Rockville Students Can Start the School Year off Right With Supply-Packed Backpacks

Donations Accepted Aug. 15-22 at City Facilities
The City of Rockville will hold its final Annual Back to School Jam from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the Lincoln Park Community Center, 357 Frederick Ave.

Celebrate the approaching school year with a free party featuring a DJ, prizes, food, drinks, information tables and the opportunity to meet representatives from schools serving the City of Rockville.

Any student who lives in the City of Rockville or attends a Rockville school can receive a backpack filled with supplies for $2 (with a limit of four per family). Proof of address and/or school enrollment is required.

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Movies in the Parks: Four Movies. Four Weeks. Four Neighborhood Parks.

Rockville’s free, outdoor Movies in the Parks on the big screen return to neighborhood parks on Wednesdays in August.

Bring chairs, blankets, food and beverages and enjoy four family-friendly movies at four different neighborhood parks. Movies begin at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.) and are free. Learn more at

The 2018 schedule is:



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City to Test Restricting Right Turns at Hurley Avenue

The City of Rockville is planning to launch a pilot project that will evaluate whether prohibiting right turns from state-owned Route 28 (West Montgomery Avenue) onto Hurley Boulevard during weekday morning peak hours will deter cut-through traffic.

The city is seeking a go ahead from the SHA to install a “Local Traffic Only, 7 – 9 AM, Monday – Friday” sign, with a right arrow, on eastbound Route 28, before the intersection with Hurley Avenue. Local traffic using Watts Branch Parkway to reach a destination in the immediate neighborhood (including Fallsmead Elementary School) will be able to make the right turn.

Traffic and Transportation Division staff will collect traffic counts on Watts Branch Parkway in the fall to assess the impact of the sign on the area’s traffic. The city will continue exploring other traffic mitigation measures, if necessary.

Residents of the area petitioned the city for traffic diversion measures due to the high volume of vehicles on Watts Branch Parkway. A city traffic study showed a high number of vehicles traveling during weekday morning peak hours.

Contact Oleg Kotov, senior transportation planner, at 240-314-8527 or for more information.

Edmonston Drive Bridge Construction and Traffic Impacts to Begin

Variable message signs alerting motorists to upcoming traffic impacts were posted during the first week of August on roads leading to the John C. Brown Memorial Bridge, which provides a critical link between the eastern and western portions the city over the Metrorail and CSX tracks on Edmonston Drive.

Variable message sign photo on Edmonston Drive photo.

A variable message sign was installed in early August along Edmonston Drive, alerting motorists approaching the John C. Brown Memorial Bridge of upcoming construction.

The city’s contractor was scheduled to begin constructing scaffolding under the bridge by late August.

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Path for Scott and Veirs Drives Moves Forward with Study Funding

Shared-use Path Would Improve Access to Schools, Neighborhoods

Rockville is moving forward with a study of the feasibility of a path for pedestrians and bicycles along Scott and Veirs drives after the project was one of four approved by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board for Transportation Alternatives Program funding.

The 1.2-mile path, for pedestrians and bicycles, would run along Veirs and Scott drives.

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At the F. Scott Theater: A Shipboard Romp, Singalong, Videogame Music and a Knight’s Tale

“Anything Goes,” presented by Rockville Musical Theatre, is a hilarious shipboard romp, wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s most magical scores. It’s delightful, delicious and de-lovely! Directed by Dana Robinson, musical direction by Stuart Weich and choreography by Hayley North.

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City’s Water Quality Receives High Marks for Safety

Lead and Copper Monitoring Produces Good Results

Rockville’s drinking water continues to be safe, the city’s Department of Public Works said in the Annual Drinking Water Quality Report, released June 29.

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Swim Center to Close for Annual Cleaning and Maintenance

The Rockville Swim and Fitness Center is gearing up for its annual August spruce up.

Indoor facilities will be temporarily closed for cleaning and repairs during August and the start of September.

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City Wish List for Federal Aid: Metro, Police and Infrastructure

Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton, Councilmember Mark Pierzchala and city staff took the following requests for federal support to a June 6 meeting with the city’s congressional delegation in Washington, D.C.:

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New Rockville Rewards Cards On Sale Aug. 1

Save money while supporting your community with Rockville Rewards discount cards.

Nonprofits sell Rockville Rewards cards and keep 100 percent of the proceeds to support scholarships, homeless shelters and free medical clinics.

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Enjoy Smoke-Free Dining and Drinking Outside in Rockville

The summer weather is finally here and these warm evenings are the perfect excuse for a meal outside at one of Rockville’s restaurants and bars. Even better, that experience will be smoke free at outdoor serving areas.

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