Mayor and Council Public Hearing Notice: Tree Planting

House, trees

The Mayor and Council will hold a public hearing, 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, on a text amendment to the city’s zoning code to modify tree planting requirements for new residential lots containing townhouses, duplexes and other attached units. 

The zoning ordinance requires three trees be planted on each new residential lot, including new townhouse lots and lots with other types of single-family attached units. Because townhouse lots are typically small, it is not always physically possible to meet this requirement. The proposed text amendment recommends revising the requirements to provide flexibility in planting location to meet the requirement. 

For a list of zoning text amendments, visit See the agenda for the Mayor and Council’s meeting at


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Watch Out for Poisonous Mushrooms and Vegetation in Rockville Parks

Mushrooms, including poisonous mushrooms, are ubiquitous to this area of Maryland, including many Rockville parks. Additionally, there are several plants with toxic roots, stems or fruits (including berries).

Consumption of any plant or fungi from a local park can be dangerous or even fatal. City of Rockville code prohibits the removal of shrubs, bushes, plants or flowers from city parks, which includes foraging for mushrooms.

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Rockville Town Square Ice Rink is Under Construction

Restrictions Will Be in Place for Skaters’ Health and Safety

The Rockville Town Square ice rink has begun assembly and is expected to be open in the next two or three weeks.

Under new restrictions adopted by Montgomery County on Tuesday, Nov. 10, outdoor ice rinks are permitted to open with size restrictions following approval from the county.

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Rockville Business Forum Will Offer Resources and Advice to City Businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed enormous stress on local businesses, and the City of Rockville has partnered with the Rockville Chamber of Commerce, Rockville Economic Development, Inc., and Montgomery County Economic Development Corp. to help.

Business operators will be able to discover resources and get advice, as well as ask questions and discuss solutions at the virtual Rockville Business Forum, 9-10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16.

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Mayor and Council to State: Don’t Build the I-270/I-495 Widening Project

Letter Details City Concerns About Potential Harm to Homes, How the Pandemic Will Impact Travel Demand

An environmental study of the state project to widen interstates 270 and 495 between the American Legion Bridge and Frederick with toll lanes is “severely flawed,” the Mayor and Council said in a letter to the Maryland Department of Transportation.

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Nominate a Neighbor for a Human Rights Award

Performers Wanted for MLK Day Celebration

The city’s Human Rights Commission is accepting nominations for two awards to be presented as part of Rockville’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday, Jan. 18. Performers are also wanted for this virtual celebration.

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Rockville to Salute Residents’ Service at Veterans Day Ceremony

Rockville will honor veterans of our nation’s armed forces with a virtual ceremony on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The ceremony will be broadcast at 11 a.m. on Rockville 11 (channel 11 on county cable), at and on the city’s Facebook page.

The online ceremony will include a message from Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton and guest speaker Councilmember David Myles.

A Navy veteran and pediatrician by training, Myles is serving his first term on Rockville’s Mayor and Council. After graduating Yale University with a doctor of medicine and Master of Science in psychology, he moved to Maryland to pursue pediatrics residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

For more information, visit, email or call 240-314-8620.

The Dangers of Less Daylight: Tips for Driving, Biking and Walking

The end of daylight saving time, at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, and the coming winter mean less daylight and a reminder to use caution while driving, biking and walking on city streets.

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New Installation Viewable at VisArts’ 355 Pod Space

The Window,” 2017, by Amy Boone-McCreesh.

VisArts, in partnership with Rockville Town Square, is presenting a new installation by artist Amy Boone-McCreesh, on view until Jan. 17.

The exhibition will be at VisArts’ 355 Pod Space Gallery, at 355 Rockville Pike. A virtual reception and artist talk will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13.

With “Room with a View,” Boone-McCreesh pushes against the cross-cultural ideas of beauty and perception of class.

For more on the installation, visit

Hawk Finds New Perch in Rockville

A red-tailed hawk has arisen from the stump of a cedar tree and now sits watch over David Scull Park, at the corner of First and Taft streets.

The sculptor is Nickelsville, Virginia-based artist Kris Connors. The carving is the latest addition to the city’s Arts in Public Places program. Discover more about Rockville’s art at

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