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Rockville City Academy Offers a Fresh Perspective on Rockville’s Government

The Rockville City Academy returns in May, offering community members an opportunity to better understand how the City of Rockville operates, with a closer look at city departments and services.

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Take-Back Day Offers a Way to Get Rid of Unwanted Medication

Rockville Police Offer Drive-Up and Drop-Off Collection

The Rockville City Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office offer a safe, free and anonymous way to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during National Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 24.

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Be Wary of Scams and Crimes That Target Seniors

Scammers are increasingly targeting older adults. But anyone can become a victim of a scam or crime of opportunity. The Rockville City Police Department offers these tips to protect you from scams and while at home:

  • Never open the front door without checking to see who is there first. Install and use a peephole.

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Energy Bill Assistance from Pepco, and Other Resources That Can Help

Struggling to pay your energy bill? Millions of dollars in assistance funding is available, Pepco recently announced. If you’re a Pepco customer (or even if you’re not), the company has put together a list of grants and programs that may help.

See Pepco’s article for more tips to find assistance.

Here are the ones most relevant to Rockville residents:

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County to Provide Free, Virtual Tax Preparation Appointments through VITA

Montgomery County is hosting free tax preparation sessions throughout tax season for low- to moderate-income families that earned $56,000 or less in 2020.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which is run by the Montgomery County Community Action Agency, provides IRS-certified volunteers from nonprofit and public agencies who can help low- to moderate-income families maximize their tax refunds and credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, and e-file their federal and state tax forms.

The program is using a virtual tax preparation model during the COVID-19 emergency. Virtual VITA allows county residents to use an online platform to securely upload their tax documents and have their taxes prepared for free by a certified tax preparer. No in-person contact is required.

Virtual appointments are available by calling 240-777-1123. TTY users can call Maryland Relay 711.

For more info, visit or email

Serve Your Community: Volunteer for Rockville

More than ever, people are looking for ways to help the community and each other.

While the pandemic is limiting volunteering to activities where social distancing and other safety protocols can be practiced, there are still plenty of opportunities to make a big difference in Rockville. Opportunities with the SSL label below are eligible for Student Service Learning credit hours.

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Aging and Nutrition, Beneficial Criticism, and Eye Health

Virtual March Programs at the Senior Center

Stay home and stay well with online seminars from the Rockville Senior Center in March. For details, visit

Register online, call 240-314-8800 or email for more information. Sessions are free, unless otherwise noted.

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American Red Cross Seeks African American Blood Donors in Rockville

The American Red Cross is seeking donations at its Rockville donor center as part of a new campaign to increase its pool of Black and African American blood donors and help people with sickle cell disease.

Sickle cell disease is the most common genetic blood disease in the United States, where it affects approximately 100,000 people of all ethnicities, most of whom are of African or Latino descent. Sickle cell disease causes red blood cells to be hard and crescent-shaped, instead of soft and round. As a result, blood has difficulty flowing smoothly and carrying oxygen throughout the body, which may lead to severe pain, tissue and organ damage, anemia, and even strokes. Transfusions can provide a lifesaving treatment for patients during a sickle cell crisis by increasing the number of normal red blood cells to deliver oxygen throughout the body and unblock blood vessels. A single patient can receive up to 100 pints of blood each year.

Black and African American donors are more likely than other demographics to have blood-specific properties best suited to alleviate the painful symptoms of sickle cell disease. Well-matched blood can decrease the risk of complications related to transfusion therapy, especially in patients who receive lifelong transfusions.

Increasing the donor pool increases the Red Cross’s ability to serve more patients with sickle cell disease. It is also critical to increase the number of available blood donors from all racial and ethnic groups. The Red Cross has COVID-19 safety measures in place to ensure a safe donation process. If you would like to donate, the American Red Cross Blood, Platelet and Plasma Donor Center is in the Saratoga Building, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite 510.

For hours and more information, or to schedule an appointment to donate, visit
or call Rockville blood donor center at 301-945-9044 or 1-800-RED-CROSS.

COVID-19: Vaccinating and Donating to Help Rockville’s Recovery

Acting state health Secretary Dennis R. Schrader outlined Maryland’s efforts to distribute the state’s allocation of COVID-19 vaccines in a Feb. 2 letter to Rockville’s Mayor and Council. The letter comes in response to a Jan. 26 letter in which the Mayor and Council called on the state to send more vaccine to Montgomery County.

Find both letters at

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Be Wary of Scams That Take Advantage of Seniors

Seniors have increasingly become the target for scammers in this time of COVID.

Remember these tips to protect yourself from scammers wanting to take advantage of you:

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