These were some of the top-performing news items on city media channels in 2020:
Twitter (@rockville411): Top tweets included a traffic alert about demonstrations on June 5 in response to the police-related death of George Floyd in Minneapolis; a police alert about a coyote on the loose on Oct. 1; census takers on Aug. 25 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church; and a statue of Washington Senators pitcher Walter “Big Train” Johnson at Dogwood Park.
Facebook (facebook.com/CityofRockville): On June 4, Stacy Kaplowitz surprised her son Jonah with an arch of balloons to celebrate his seventh birthday and a city trash collection crew surprised them both by singing “Happy birthday!” as they made their rounds. Stacy shared the story with the city, and more than 6,000 views and 330 likes later, a lot of people had all the feels.
Nextdoor.com: “COVID-19 Testing Coming to Rockville”: A sign of the times on July 24, as free county-administered COVID-19 testing clinics rolled out in Rockville.
YouTube (youtube.com/cityofrockville): Top Rockville 11 videos included coverage of the delivery of a care package to the Rockville Senior Center by 7-year-old anti-bullying activist Cavanaugh Bell, and one in a series of updates by Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton about the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
RockvilleReports.com: On June 9, the city reported that “crews were flushing systems following a main supply line leak” that caused some city water users to experienced discolored water and provided tips for clearing the water.