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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Rockville to Salute Residents’ Service at Veterans Day Ceremony

A Rockville veteran of the United States Army will be the featured speaker as the city honors veterans of our nation’s armed forces at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, at Veterans Park.

The ceremony, which is open to the public, will include a wreath laying, a military salute by the American Legion Post 86 Honor Guard and a bell tolling to honor World War I veterans, part of a national bell tolling initiative organized by the United States World War I Centennial Commission. (Learn more at A reception will follow at American Legion Post 86, at 2013 Veirs Mill Road.

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State Responds to Mayor and Council’s Request to Put I-270 Pledge in Writing

The state has responded to a request by Rockville’s Mayor and Council to formally commit to not take homes or breach sound wall boundaries as part of a proposed project to widen Interstates 270 and 495.

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Rockville Has its Own American Ninja Warrior Junior!

Riley MacArthur, 10, will appear on the show’s coming episodes. Watch out for Rockville 11’s feature on this talented young athlete at and learn more about “American Ninja Warrior Junior” at

Help Your Neighbors, Help Others with Rockville’s Annual Holiday Drive

The 2018 Rockville Holiday Drive is officially underway! For more than four-and-a-half decades, Rockville has sponsored outreach that brings the community together each year to provide food baskets, gift certificates and toys to needy Rockville families throughout the Thanksgiving and December holidays. Some ways you can make a difference in 2018: 

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Better Water, Better Beer

Learn Why We Need Healthy Watersheds and Enjoy a Brew

Healthy watersheds make for better beer and you’ll be able to taste the clean-water difference at an event jointly hosted by Croydon Creek Nature Center, the Rockville Environment Commission and local craft beer makers, True Respite Brewing Company.

Enjoy an adult evening of beer tasting and a little education about watersheds, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at True Respite’s brewery, 7301 Calhoun Place (Suite 600). Advance registration is required. Visit, and sign up with course #6071.

To learn more about Croydon Creek Nature Center, visit

King Farm Farmstead Horse Barn to be Stabilized

A horse barn on the historic King Farm Farmstead in Rockville will be shored up and stabilized following a vote by the Mayor and Council at their Monday, Oct. 8 meeting.

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Recognizing RRPFI’s Decade of Helping

The Rockville Recreation and Parks Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary at the Croydon Creek Nature Center on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The Board of Directors thanked volunteers and donors who helped the foundation raise more than $100,000 over the past 10 years. Contributions from the foundation include support for the Recreation Fund to help send kids to camp and other activities; purchasing equipment, such as accessible birdwatching binoculars, pictured, at Croydon Creek Nature Center; electronic scoreboards and safety wall pads; and helping to renovate the ballfields at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park to increase durability and playing time. The Rockville Recreation and Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide funding and facilitate efforts to improve recreation activities, opportunities and facilities in Rockville. To learn more, visit

It’s So Nice On Ice

Green leaves on the trees didn’t stop skaters as the ice rink at Rockville Town Square opened for the season in late October. At 7,200 square feet, it is the largest in all of Montgomery County. Rink hours are noon-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon-11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. The rink offers extended hours during the holidays and when schools are closed. Learn more at or call 301-545-1999.

Better Aging: Holiday Eating Help and a More Peaceful You

Get fitter and be happier as you age, with help from these courses at the Rockville Senior Center.

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Let the Swim Center Help You be a Better Triathlon Swimmer

Swimming is often the weakest event faced by triathletes, which is why the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center offers two swimming programs geared specifically to the open-water component of a triathlon.

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