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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.

In addition to holiday closures announced in the December print edition of “Rockville Reports,” city government offices will be closed Thursday, Dec. 24 to give employees an extra day to spend with their families, City Manager Rob DiSpirito announced Dec. 21. Recycling and trash will be collected as usual.

The remainder of the holiday schedule is as follows:

Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25 and New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1: City Hall and most city facilities will be closed. Recycling and trash is not collected on Fridays. Collections will occur as usual during these holiday weeks.

The Rockville Swim and Fitness Center will be open to residents and facility members only, with limited services and activities on Dec. 24 and 31, and will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Visit for details.

Parking will be free at city-owned meters on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
For more information on recycling and trash collection, visit or call 240-314-8568.

Learn more at or call 240-314-5000.

This post has been updated.

Managed Deer Hunt to Close Civic Center Park

Parts of Civic Center Park and Croydon Creek Nature Center will be closed for portions of November to January to allow a pilot archery deer-culling program to take place in the John Hayes Memorial Forest (852 Avery Road) and surrounding parkland.

The pilot will take place Nov. 21-29, Dec. 19-27 and Jan. 9-16.

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Pride for Our Police Amid a Pandemic

Honored with citations for their lifesaving acts and outstanding service to the community were (L to R, pictured with Chief Victor Brito, far left, and Deputy Chief Laura Lanham, far right) Jason Ng, Officer Jeremy Ziegler, Officer Ronnie Crowe and Cpl. Jonathan Lee. Not pictured: Cpl. Brandon Thomas.

COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the big celebration typically held in June, but that didn’t stop Rockville from honoring members of its police department during a small Public Safety Awards ceremony hosted by the Rockville Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 9 at Veteran’s Memorial Plaza.

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2020 Election Drop Box Now Open

Rockville City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave., will be the location for a ballot drop box for the 2020 presidential general election, through 8 p.m. Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3.

(Please note that Rockville City Hall will not be operating as a voting center.)

Place your completed ballot in the return envelope, sign the oath, and seal the return envelope before taking it to a drop-off box.

Visit for a list of other drop box locations throughout Montgomery County.

For more information about the election, visit

Register Now for Diversity and Inclusion Training

The city’s Human Rights Commission will offer virtual diversity and inclusion training for students living in and attending Rockville-area high schools or Montgomery College (Rockville campus) on Saturday, Oct. 17.

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Got Good Neighbors? Let Us Know!

Rockville is a city of good neighbors. The city is seeking nominations, through 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, for its Good Neighbor Awards. The program recognizes community members who are unselfishly giving back and improving quality of life in their neighborhoods through good deeds or community service.

The program is designed to honor those who make a difference in our community without seeking or receiving recognition for their service. Nominees are sought in two divisions: adult and youth.

Past honorees have included community members who beautified their neighborhoods, cleared snow and looked out for neighbors, and volunteered for community organizations. To learn more about them, visit and search “good neighbor.”

Award nominees cannot be employed by the City of Rockville, must be a City of Rockville resident and must have made a significant contribution to an individual or their community during the 2020 calendar year. Recipients will be honored at a Mayor and Council meeting on a date to be determined.

For nomination forms and more information, visit

Learn Online to Stay Healthy in September

Stay home but also stay well with online seminars from the Rockville Senior Center in September. For details, visit

You can register online, call 240-314-8800 or email for more information.

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Election Info: Be In the Know By Nov. 3

Gov. Larry Hogan announced recently that the general election will take place as scheduled on Tuesday, Nov. 3, with early voting centers and all polling locations open.

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Literary Festival to Honor Kingsolver

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival will present its annual Award for Achievement in American Literature to acclaimed author Barbara Kingsolver.

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the festival’s events on Thursday, Sept. 24, Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3 will be online. The theme of this year’s Fitzgerald festival is “Literature and Social Justice.”

Kingsolver will accept the award on Oct. 3 and conduct a masterclass. Special guest, writer Clint Smith, will deliver a keynote address at 1 p.m.

For more on the festival, visit

Powell Appointed to Represent Sister Cities International

Drew Powell, president of Rockville Sister City Corporation, has been appointed by Sister Cities International to be its official liaison for the state of Maryland.

Powell’s responsibilities will include representing SCI at in-state functions, assisting all Maryland sister city organizations to sustain and grow their sister city, sister county and sister state programs, as well as coordinating with municipal, county and state elected officials to promote Maryland sister city activities.

To find out more about the Rockville Sister City Corporation, visit

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