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Multimedia Competition Focuses on Human Rights, Offers Up to $2,500 in Scholarships

The city’s Human Rights Commission will launch its Multimedia Scholarship Competition on Monday, Jan. 25.

This annual competition is an opportunity for students who live in and/or attend high school in Rockville to compete for scholarships by responding to one of several prompts focused on human rights.

The prompts, applications and additional information will be posted Monday, Jan. 25 at www.rockvillemd.gov/humanrights. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 29.

Students may choose their desired medium, e.g., an essay, poem, song, painting, etc., through which to respond to the prompts. Submissions will be judged by a panel of HRC members, a community leader and a high school faculty member. Judging will be based on creativity, work quality and relevance.

First-, second- and third-place winners will be announced at a Mayor and Council meeting and will be awarded up to $2,500 in scholarships.

It’s Snow Time!: How to Be In-the-Know About Snow

Quick Links, Facts and Phone Numbers

When winter weather strikes, turn to the city’s website at www.rockvillemd.gov.

Closure and snow emergency information will be available on the website, as well as through Facebook (www.facebook.com/cityofrockville) and Twitter (@rockville411), and by signing up for Alert Rockville notifications at www.rockvillemd.gov/alerts.

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COVID-19: State is Recruiting Medical Workers

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.

Information about the city’s response to the pandemic is available at www.rockvillemd. gov, on social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Nextdoor), and on Rockville 11 (channel 11 on county cable).

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Rockville’s Virtual MLK Day to Celebrate a ‘Courageous Pursuit of Victory’

Joyce Ladner, keynote speaker

Rockville’s 49th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration will take place noon-1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18.

The celebration, with a theme of “In Courageous Pursuit of Victory,” will be conducted online via Webex. Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/mlk to learn how to join live. Those unable to join can view a recording on the webpage and on the city’s YouTube channel in the days following the event.

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City Legislative Priorities: Schools, Seniors, Fighting Climate Change and Protecting Homes

Maryland General Assembly’s 90-Day Session Begins Jan. 13

Rockville’s 2021 state legislative priorities include education funding, opposition to the state’s plan to widen Interstate 270, a noise barrier, combating climate change, an independent congressional redistricting commission and more.

Photo of the dome of the Maryland State House in Annapolis.

The 2021 state legislative session runs from Jan. 13-April 12 in Annapolis.

Under priorities approved by the Mayor and Council on Nov. 2, the city will advocate for:

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Human Rights Day, the Rockville Way

Human Rights Day is Thursday, Dec. 10. The day commemorates the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec. 10, 1948.

The city’s Human Rights Commission is marking the day with information, at www.rockvillemd.gov/humanrights, to prompt ideas, conversation and action for upholding and respecting human rights. The COVID-19 pandemic and the response to the virus has raised many questions about how to balance public health needs with individual human rights protections.

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Matching Grant Program Seeks Projects to Improve Communities

Applications Accepted Starting Dec. 14

The city’s matching grant program helps neighbors work together to accomplish common goals that support the health, vitality and inclusivity of the place they call home.

Community Empowerment Matching Grant applications will be accepted starting Monday, Dec. 14. The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 5.

Neighborhood, civic or homeowners associations, community groups, organized groups of neighbors and student groups are eligible to apply. Neighbors and organizations willing to match funding through cash, in-kind donations and volunteer hours are also eligible.

Applications are reviewed and grants awarded by the City Manager’s Office. Grants typically range from $500-$1,000 and must benefit a clearly identified area within city limits.

Grant funds will become available after Friday, March 5.

To see the objectives for matching grants, and for an applications form and additional information, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/communityempowerment.

Virtual MLK Day Celebration to Feature Week of Service

Rockville will honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy in January when the city holds its 49th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration virtually and participates in a week of activities as part of Montgomery County’s 26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

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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 is offering a safe, free and anonymous way to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during National Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 24.

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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. Monday, Nov. 9, for its Good Neighbor Awards. The program recognizes community members who are unselfishly giving back and improving the quality of life in their neighborhoods through good deeds or community service.

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