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Managing Pain and Being Kind: This Month in Health at the Senior Center

Stay home but also stay well with online seminars from the Rockville Senior Center in November. For details, visit You can register online, call 240-314-8800 or email for more information.

Sessions are free unless otherwise noted.

Blood Pressure Series 3: Blood Pressure and Exercise
Register with course #14975. 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Arthritis: Why Do My Joints Hurt?
Register with course #14893. 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Common Neuromuscular and Musculoskeletal Pain Syndromes
Register with course #12988. 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12.

The Benefits of Being Kind
Register with course #14978. 1-2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13.

The Importance of the Maryland MOLST Form
Discuss the what, why, when, and how of this important medical form. Register with course #12980. 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Diabetes ‘Tool Box’
November is a National Diabetes Month. Register with course #14976. 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Part of Recycling Pledge is Knowing How Rockville Recycles

America Recycles Day is Sunday, Nov. 15.

The day of awareness, sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, encourages community members to visit and take the #BeRecycled pledge to commit to recycling.

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Mayor and Council Recommend Options for Improving Two Town Center Thoroughfares

The Mayor and Council in October moved forward with plans to make two Rockville Town Center thoroughfares friendlier to businesses, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The changes to East Middle Lane and North Washington Street, developed through a consultant’s study, follow recommendations for improving the vitality of Rockville Town Center made by a panel of Urban Land Institute experts who visited the city in July 2019.

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City Seeks Public Input on Short-Term Rentals

The Mayor and Council will hold a public hearing via teleconference, Monday, Nov. 9 to gather input on whether to develop recommendations to regulate short-term residential rentals in Rockville.

A short-term rental is when a dwelling a unit, or part of a dwelling unit, is rented for a short period of time, usually fewer than 30 days.

While short-term rentals take place in the city, no laws currently govern the practice. At their January 2020 meeting, the Mayor and Council requested a hearing to collect the community’s thoughts and opinions on short-term rentals prior to any recommendation for the development of regulations.

For details about how to submit written comments for consideration by the Mayor and Council at the public hearing, or how to participate live, see the agenda, when it is posted closer to the hearing date at

Rockville-Pinneberg Relationship to be Formalized

Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton (left) and Pinneberg Bürgermeisterin Urte Steinberg.

For more than six decades, Pinneberg, Germany, has been a sister city to Rockville. But no official agreement to become municipal relatives appears to have been adopted.

On Nov. 15, the two cities will remedy that by formally signing a sister city agreement at a virtual ceremony, 1 p.m. U.S. and 7 p.m. German time.

The signing will be recorded and broadcast live on Rockville channel 11, livestreamed at, and will also be rebroadcast on YouTube at

Kimball Leaves Deputy City Manager Post

Jennifer Kimball James

Jenny Kimball resigned as Rockville’s deputy city manager in late September to become deputy county administrator for Kent County, Michigan.

Her final day with the city was Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Kimball served the city for 16 years, including as acting city manager from December 2011 through October 2012.

“I know that we all wish Jenny much success and happiness as their next Deputy County Administrator,” City Manager Rob DiSpirito wrote in an email to city staff. “We are also highly appreciative of Jenny’s amazing 16 years of hard work and outstanding performance. She has made a real difference for this organization and the Rockville community.”

Recreation and Parks Director Tim Chesnutt will serve as interim deputy city manager until a new permanent appointment is made. Chris Henry, deputy director of recreation and parks, will step temporarily into the role of interim director of recreation and parks.

Mayor and Council to Consider Utility Rate Structure Along with Rates

The Mayor and Council will consider implementing a new rate structure for city water and sewer service together with new service rates, beginning in early 2021, as part of Fiscal Year 2022 budget deliberations.

This is a change from the previously publicized process. Presentations and public hearings on the rate structure have been postponed.

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Mayor and Council to Continue Budget Work Nov. 9

The Mayor and Council will continue their work on the Fiscal Year 2022 budget with a work session as part of their meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9.

The work session will include a review of the budget calendar and survey and a budget preview from city staff.

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COVID-19: Support for Neighbors in Need

Montgomery County remains in the second of three reopening phases, with reopening guidelines limiting office use and encouraging telework.

With these guidelines in mind, the city is not able to welcome visitors back to City Hall or many city facilities, and no definitive date for reopening can be established at this time.

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Check Once, Check Twice

State, county and city actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 mean uncertainty for activities, programs and facility hours in the City of Rockville. City Hall and most city facilities are closed. Dates listed below in bold are holidays and city employees will not be working unless indicated. Some online services will be available. Please check our online resources to see if information in this edition of “Rockville Reports” has changed.

Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3: Recycling and trash will be collected as usual.

Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11: Recycling, trash and yard waste collection will be suspended. Wednesday collection will be made Thursday. Thursday collection will be Friday.

Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27: Recycling and trash normally collected on Thursdays will be collected Friday, Nov. 27.

The Rockville Swim and Fitness Center will be open to residents and facility members only, with limited services and activities on Nov. 3, 11 and 27. It will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26. Visit for details.

Parking will be free at city-owned meters on Nov. 3, 11, 26 and 27.

For more information on recycling and trash collection, visit or call 240-314-8568.

Learn more at or call 240-314-5000.

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