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Rockville Facilities to Close for the Holidays

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

Recycling and trash will be collected as usual on Monday and Tuesday during those weeks. All other collections will occur one day later than usual. Find more information at

City Hall will also be closed 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, for an annual recognition event for city employees. Other city facilities will operate on the following schedule this month:

  • Beginning the week of Dec. 16, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre box office will be open only from 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. The box office will resume regular hours Tuesday, Jan. 14. Tickets are always available at
  • Lincoln Park, Thomas Farm and Twinbrook community centers will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 24, 26 and 31; and closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
  • Croydon Creek Nature Center is always closed Mondays and will also be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. The center will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 26.
  • The Rockville Senior Center, including the fitness room, will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 31. It is closed Sundays and will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
  • The Rockville Swim and Fitness Center will be open 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31 and closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Visit for lap and program schedules.

Parking at city-owned meters will be free on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

For more information, call 240-314-5000 or visit

Rockville Earns Top Score for LGBTQ Support for Third Year

City Scores Perfect Marks on Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index

For a third consecutive year, Rockville has scored perfect marks on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index for the city’s commitment to the health, welfare, safety and equality of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

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Rockville Makes Annual List of Best Small Cities

Rockville has made WalletHub’s annual list of Best Small Cities in America for 2019.

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Voters Re-elect Bridget Donnell Newton as Rockville Mayor

Ashton, Feinberg, Myles and Pierzchala Elected to Council Seats

Rockville voters re-elected Bridget Donnell Newton as mayor, with 7,561 votes, or 63.75% of the total, according to unofficial results in the City of Rockville’s historic Vote by Mail election, which were announced early Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Four councilmembers were also elected: Monique Ashton, Beryl L. Feinberg, David Myles and Mark Pierzchala.

The Mayor and Council serve four-year terms.

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Winter and Senior Recreation Guides Available in Early December

Look for Rockville’s latest 2019-2020 winter guide, “LIFE in Rockville,” which lists all the programs, events, classes and fun available from the city’s Recreation and Parks Department.

Rockville has something for you and your kids to take part in, whether it’s preschool programs, sports, arts, dance or getting fit.

Also look for “60+,” the Rockville Senior Center’s guide to classes, programs and events for those aged 60 and older.

The guides will be available in print and online by early December.

General registration for Recreation and Parks programs begins Thursday, Dec. 5. Most winter programs will begin the week of Jan. 6.

Find recreation guides at, and search and sign up for courses and programs at

Vote by Mail Election Concludes 8 p.m. Nov. 5

Last Minute Tips, Where to Find Results, and Inauguration Information

The deadline for Rockville voters to get their ballots to City Hall for the 2019 Vote by Mail election is 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Casting Ballots

  • Mail the ballot back in the postage-paid envelope — postmarks don’t count so ballots must be received by 8 p.m. Nov. 5.
  • Bring your ballot, 24/7, to the secured drop box, before 8 p.m. Nov. 5, in the upper parking lot of City Hall.
  • Bring your ballot to the vote center at City Hall from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, where voter assistance will be available. Qualified Rockville residents will be able to register and vote the same day on Election Day.

Ballot Replacement
For voters who have not received a ballot, or who have lost or incorrectly filled out their ballot, a replacement ballot can be issued at the vote center.

Qualified Rockville residents who register and vote the same day on Nov. 5 will be issued a provisional ballot, and will be required to bring a current, valid photo ID with a City of Rockville address or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document with the voter’s name and current address. Documents must be dated within three months of the election.

There will be only one vote center on Election Day. The city will no longer operate polling places.

Unofficial results will become available as soon as all ballots have been counted after the election deadline, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 in the following places:

Following the Election
Official results will be certified and announced on Nov. 12.

An inauguration ceremony for the new Mayor and Council will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive. The inauguration is open to the public.

The first meeting of the Mayor and Council will be 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18.

Rockville Plows to 1st Place in Snow Road-eo

The City of Rockville’s Department of Public Works brought home its first-ever championship trophy at this year’s Snow Road-eo, hosted by the City of Gaithersburg, on Oct. 10.

The friendly competition, which allows snowplow crews to hone their skills in preparation for snow season, involves eight obstacles, set up to simulate tight turning conditions crews often face while using large trucks to clear snow from city streets. Rockville’s 12 teams scored 8,595 total points to Gaithersburg’s 8,480.

Rockville’s teams were (driver/spotter): Billy Pritchard III/Danny Dodson, William Moore Jr./Brad Stotler, Max Alfaro/Alfonso Alfaro, Angel Abarca/Eddie Poe, Jake Harrison/Trevor Davis, Travis Epley/Pat Ground, Mark Winpigler/Don Bowman, Danny Dodson/Billy Pritchard III, Brad Stotler/William Moore Jr., Alfonso Alfaro/Max Alfaro, Eddie Poe/Angel Abarca, and Trevor Davis/Jake Harrison.

The top three Rockville teams were, in order: Jake Harrison/Trevor Davis, Alfonso Alfaro/Max Alfaro, and Eddie Poe/Angel Abarca.

Crew supervisors Hilleary DeMar and Duane Pickett served as coaches. Julia Huang, a public works secretary, was the team’s coordinator. Members of the city’s fleet maintenance team joined Gaithersburg staff as judges.
It was a true team win, with the city’s streets crew setting up and taking down obstacles as plow teams trained and the department’s administrative staff assisting with various tasks and coverage.

Find a photo album from the friendly competition on the city’s Facebook page.

Learn more about how Rockville removes snow from city streets at

Rockville 10K/5K to Close Roads in King Farm

Residents and visitors can expect several street closures when runners in the 44th Annual Rockville 10K/5K race through the King Farm neighborhood on Sunday morning, Nov. 3.

The oldest continuing foot race in Montgomery County includes a 1-mile fun run for kids.

Streets that will be closed from about 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. include:

  • Redland Boulevard, west of Grand Champion Drive.
  • Pleasant Drive, west of King Farm Boulevard.
  • Gaither Road.
  • Piccard Drive, between Redland Boulevard and West Gude Drive.
  • West Gude Drive, between Piccard Drive and Route 355 (Frederick Road).

Rockville City Police Department officers and volunteer course marshals will oversee the street closures as runners pass through the course. The King Farm Village Center area will be closed to traffic until about 11 a.m. due to post-race events.

For more information and a course map, visit

Peerless Awards to Celebrate 40 Years of Preserving Rockville

Peerless Rockville will celebrate the hard work of homeowners, businesses, and organizations, and recognize outstanding achievement in the design, maintenance and preservation of our community, at the 40th annual Peerless Awards.

The awards, featuring dinner and entertainment, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 at Lakewood Country Club, 13901 Glen Mill Road.

Projects are honored in a variety of categories, including stewardship of historic properties; preservation, restoration, rehabilitation or renovation; adaptive use; compatible infill; new construction; sustainable design; landscape design; craftsmanship; public art; and educational outreach. The Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication will honor a writer; educator; historian; visual and performing artist; or media member whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth, and development.

The evening will also look back at 40 years of impressive projects that preserved Rockville’s heritage, improved its present, and contributed to Rockville’s proud modern identity and unique built environment.

Visit for tickets and more information, or email

Peerless Rockville is an award-winning, community-based nonprofit founded in 1974 to preserve buildings, objects and information important to Rockville’s heritage.

Nominate a Neighbor for a Human Rights Awards

Performers and Volunteers Also Wanted for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

The city’s Human Rights Commission is accepting nominations for two awards to be presented at Rockville’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Monday, Jan. 20.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Award will be presented to a student at a Rockville high school who has worked to fulfill King’s dream in either their school or the community.

The F. Michael Taff Award will be presented to an individual, organization or business that has helped to improve the lives of people with disabilities, such as through efforts to improve accessibility or raise public awareness. It is named in honor of the late F. Michael Taff, a dedicated human rights activist and former chair of the Human Rights Commission.

Find and submit nomination forms at The submission deadline is Monday, Nov. 11.

Volunteers are needed for onsite setup and cleanup, and to serve as stage assistants, ushers and greeters, during the celebration. Student Service Learning Credits are available.

For more information, contact Janet Kelly at or 240-314-8316. For information about accessibility, call the city’s Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator at 240-314-8108.

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