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Tell Us About Our Good Neighbors

Rockville is a city of good neighbors. The city is seeking nominations, through 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, for its Good Neighbor Awards. The program recognizes adults or youth who are unselfishly giving back and improving the quality of life in their neighborhoods through good deeds or community service.

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Got Drugs? 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, Oct. 27.

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Rockville is Raking ‘Em In (Leaves, That Is!)

Fall Leaf Collection Begins in October

Area 1: Oct. 15-19; Nov. 19-23
Area 2: Oct. 22-26; Nov. 26-30
Area 3: Oct. 29-Nov. 2; Dec. 3-7
Area 4: Nov. 5-Nov. 9; Dec. 10-14
Area 5: Nov. 12-Nov. 16; Dec. 17-21


Rockville will vacuum leaves from neighborhood curbs in two rounds, beginning Monday, Oct. 15. See interactive map at www.rockvillemd.gov/leafcollection.

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Rockville Likes Bikes

City Hosts Donation Event and Cycling Class in October

Gear up and give back with bikes this month.

Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation will accept used children’s and adult bikes, bike parts and bike helmets, and to provide free bike repairs for low-income residents, from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 outside the Council Office Building garage, at East Jefferson and Monroe streets. (In case of rain, drop off bikes inside the garage.) Rockville Bike Hub and Bikes for the World are partners in this event. For more information, email communityoutreach@montgomerycountymd.gov or visit rockvillebikehub.org.

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Community Service for Clean Streams

Rockville is seeking volunteers to help keep city streams trash-free with two stream cleanups in October.

On Saturday, Oct. 13, the city’s Environment Commission will host a cleanup from 10 a.m.-noon at Maryvale Park, 812 First St. Environment Commission members will be at the park’s gazebo to greet participants.

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‘Look. Listen. Learn.’ Tips for Fire Prevention

“Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” is this year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week, a campaign to educate the public on basic, but essential, ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire.

While the number of home fires in the U.S. has been declining, the death rate per 1,000 home fires was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980, according to data cited by Fire Prevention Week sponsors, the National Fire Protection Association.

“Working in the fire service for many years, we know that people often make choices in fire situations that jeopardize their safety or even cost them their lives,” said Tim Diehl, Rockville’s fire marshal. “We need to do a better job of teaching people about the potentially life-saving difference escape planning and practice can make, and motivating them to action.”

This year’s “Look. Listen. Learn.” campaign highlights three steps to help quickly and safely escape a fire:

  • Look for places fire could start.
  • Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm.
  • Learn two ways out of every room.

“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” Diehl said. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”

For more information about home escape planning and Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 7-13, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

Rockville Seniors, Inc., is Searching for New Volunteers

Rockville Seniors, Inc., is looking for hardworking and creative volunteers and board members.

RSI is a 501(c)(3) established by the Mayor and Council to help provide financial support for Rockville Senior Services, such as monthly birthdays, movies, Wednesday night bingo, the holiday bazaar and more.

Those interested in volunteering can come to RSI’s annual meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive.

For more information on the Rockville Senior Center, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/seniorcenter, call 240-314-8800 or email seniorcenter@rockvillemd.gov.

Take Action to Conserve Energy

Energy Action Month Offers Events and Tips for Saving Energy and Money

October is Energy Action Month, which offers events and resources for learning how to conserve energy and save money in your home or office.

Books and Bulbs: Learn ways to save energy and keep money in your pocket, and get up to three Energy Star-certified light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs free when you bring in old incandescent or compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 at Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Drive.

Switch to Green Power: Interested in making the switch to green power? Attend a solar open house. Meet homeowners who have gone solar to ask questions and learn about the process. Three Rockville homes will hold open houses on Oct. 6 and 7. RSVP at nationalsolartour.org/tour-locations.

There are also ways to go green without installing solar panels on your home, including purchasing electricity with renewable energy certificates from wind and solar facilities, and supporting the development of solar power in Maryland by being part of a community solar project. Learn more about green power buying options in Montgomery County at mygreemontgomery.org/2018/buying-green-electricity.

East Rockville Invited to Learn About Residential Design Guidelines

Project to Create Design Guidelines for New or Expanded Single-Family Housing

East Rockville neighbors are invited to learn about a new project to promote creative and high-quality design that will encourage compatibility between new and existing homes within the East Rockville neighborhood.

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A Pink October in Rockville for Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness pink police badge.

The Rockville City Police Department is marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October with pink badge patches and mourning bands for officers, and pink polos, ribbons and lanyards for civilian employees. Employees in other city departments are being encouraged to wear pink as well and the Mayor and Council are scheduled to raise awareness about the importance of early detection through regular mammograms with a proclamation during their meeting on Monday, Oct. 8.

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