Rockville Facilities to Close for the Holidays

City Hall and all city facilities will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 25 for Christmas, and Tuesday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day. City Hall will be closed Monday, Dec. 24.

On these weeks, recycling and trash will be collected as usual Monday and one day later than usual throughout the remainder of the week. Find more information at www.rockvillemd.gov/recycling-trash.

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Rockville Councilmember Julie Palakovich Carr to Step Down

Julie Palakovich Carr, serving in her second term as a Rockville councilmember, has announced she will resign her office, effective Jan. 8. Palakovich Carr was elected Nov. 6 to represent District 17 in the Maryland House of Delegates, which includes Rockville. She will be sworn in Jan. 9.

“It has been a great honor to represent the people of Rockville on the City Council,” Palakovich Carr said. “I will take everything I’ve learned in City Hall to Annapolis to represent the people of District 17.”

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Additional Rush-Hour Metrorail Service to Rockville Stations Begins Dec. 17

End of Turnbacks Will Double Number of Trains to Shady Grove

Metrorail’s rush-hour service to Rockville will double beginning Monday, Dec. 17, with the elimination of the so-called turnback at the Grosvenor-Strathmore station.

Metrorail map.

The elimination of turnbacks at the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on Metro’s Red Line will double the number of rush-hour trains to White Flint, Twinbrook, Rockville and Shady Grove.

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Rockville Economic Development, Inc., Welcomes New Director

Cynthia Stewart

After an extensive nationwide search, Cynthia Stewart will become the new executive director of Rockville Economic Development, Inc., on Monday, Dec. 3.

“I am thrilled to begin leadership of such an engaged, influential organization,” Stewart said in a REDI press release. “I’m eager to use my experience in community and economic development, public-private partnerships, planning and zoning, commercial real estate development, and other strengths in new and inventive ways to attract, grow, and retain businesses within the City of Rockville.”

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Maryland Women’s Business Center Celebrates a Successful 2018

The Maryland Women’s Business Center, a program of Rockville Economic Development, Inc., helps people in our community start and grow women-owned businesses positioned for long-term growth.

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Rockville’s Summer Programs Keep Kids’ Minds and Bodies Thriving Through the Season

It’s never too early to start thinking about what to do with your kids over a summer break — and Rockville’s summer programs are open to everyone, not just city residents!

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Time to Celebrate the Holidays at the F. Scott Theater

A Rockville tradition returns, learn how the city has inspired an author, get an opportunity to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, and celebrate the holiday with music. Here’s what’s taking place in December at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre!

Rockville Civic Ballet presents “The Nutcracker.” 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 1 and 8; 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 2 and 9.

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Lobby and Locker Room Renovations Planned for Swim and Fitness Center

Plans to modernize and expand the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center’s locker room and lobby are set to be underway soon.

An invitation soliciting potential contractors to bid on the project was posted on the City of Rockville’s website in October. The deadline for those bids to be received is Friday, Dec. 14.

Construction is tentatively expected to begin in late winter 2019 and is projected to last about 12 months.

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Financial Assistance Available From the Rockville Youth Recreation Fund

A limited amount of scholarships for recreation program fees are available to Rockville residents aged 18 and younger.

Participants must pay $15 toward each program fee, unless otherwise specified. The fund covers the balance of the fees, up to $100 maximum per person, per session (fall, winter, spring, summer); $150 maximum per youth for the camp session; $1,000 maximum per family, per year, as funds permit.

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Help Us Help You Find Your Way Better in Rockville

The City of Rockville wants members of the public to help make finding their way in the city a little easier.

Signage design firm KMA Design, of Carnegie, Pennsylvania, is developing a comprehensive wayfinding program for the city, focusing on Town Square and Rockville parks. To help create a more vibrant and intuitive signage system, the community is being asked to take a 16-question survey. The survey is available online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/MJ9RWQ9.

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As the Final Leaves Fall, Rake ‘em All

Final Round Concludes This Month

See interactive map at www.rockvillemd.gov/leafcollection.


Rockville crews will complete vacuuming leaves from neighborhood curbs for the fall season this month, making the second of two rounds in Area 3, 4 and 5. Collections in Areas 1 and 2 were scheduled to be completed for the season by Nov. 30.

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2018 Holiday Drive Continues in December With Annual Gift Drive

The Rockville Holiday Drive is in full swing, and your community needs your help!

In November, the Holiday Drive distributed 480 Thanksgiving meal boxes and hosted a catered meal for 103 seniors. Over 770 Rockville families and senior households in need have been referred for assistance during the December holidays, including more than 1,300 children.

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