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Get Ready for Fall Prevention, This Fall at the Senior Center

September is Fall Prevention Month, and the Rockville Senior Center has programs if you or someone you know is a little unsteady on their feet. Also, this month, you can also find out more about acid reflux and medical marijuana, or prepare for flu season with a flu shot.

Register at the senior center’s information desk, by calling 240-314-8800 or online with the course number at Classes are free unless otherwise noted.

AAHI Resource Table | 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10
Health and wellness information with materials and handouts in Chinese and English.

Medical Marijuana | 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11
Matthew Mintz, a board-certified internal medicine physician, will discuss the use of medical marijuana to treat common conditions seen in seniors, including chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia and even cancer. Register with course #10232.

Fall Risks and Prevention | 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17
A discussion, with Dulcinia Rubio, a community educator with Adventist HealthCare, on the risks of falling and preventative measures you can take at home.

Fall Risk Assessments | 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18
Falls are the leading cause of brain injury. Learn about falls and be assessed for risk. Find out about at-home exercises or be referred for outpatient physical therapy. Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital. Register with course #10201.

Flu Shot Clinics | Members only: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24; for everyone else: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10
Bring your Medicare Part B insurance card.

All About GERD | 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26
Sufferers of heartburn twice a week or more may have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Learn more about the condition, potential complications and treatment options from gastroenterologist Gary Roggin. Register with course #10208.

Tour Rockville’s Historic Churches

Peerless Rockville will host a tour exploring the rich history and unique architecture of several Rockville churches dating back over 150 years, from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Participating churches will open their doors for guests to learn about each congregation’s history and their role in Rockville throughout time, view stained-glass windows, take special tours, enjoy performances and more.

Visit in the weeks ahead for more details and tickets.

Become an Ambassador for Rockville

Ready to represent your community? How about signing on to become a Rockville Community Ambassadors?

Rockville Community Ambassadors are local volunteers who represent the City of Rockville in their neighborhood. Their role is to serve as connectors, providing direct support to residents while creating awareness of events and opportunities within their community.

The program is open to all community members age 18 years or older, including residents, local business owners and members of community organizations who would like to impact the city in a positive way.

Interested applicants must attend two training sessions and be willing to serve for six months.

For more information, contact senior community engagement coordinator Hjarman Cordero at or 240-314-8344.

A ‘Prints’ of A Volunteer

Larry Berger

Larry Berger, a resident of Rockville’s King Farm neighborhood, was recognized with the Community Service Award at the Rockville Public Safety Awards in June. Berger, shown here with RCPD command staff, has volunteered with the Rockville City Police Department since April 2018, logging more than 250 hours performing administrative tasks, including fingerprinting more than 400 people for background checks or child-identification purposes. His efforts free up city staff to respond to resident service requests in other areas within the city. For more about the RCPD’s fingerprinting services, visit

Finishing Touches

John C. Brown Memorial Bridge

A new fence, installed in late July, provided the final flourish for the John C. Brown Memorial Bridge rehabilitation. The bridge, which provides a critical link between the eastern and western portions of the city over the Metrorail and CSX tracks on Edmonston Drive, underwent a yearlong rehabilitation that included cleaning and repairing structural beams, replacing expansion joints, and repairing potholes on the bridge deck. The city also installed a pedestal for the plaque dedicating the bridge to Cpl. John C. Brown, who was the first Marylander killed in the Korean War. For video of the finished project, visit and search “Edmonston Bridge Plaque.” For more information, visit and search “Edmonston bridge.”

Meet a Rockville Employee: Mark Landahl

Mark Landahl

Mark Landahl, who arrived in the Rockville City Police Department last month to serve as the city’s emergency manager, said he is excited for the opportunity to take on the newly created role and build it from the ground up.

“I am very excited for the future and what we can build here in a great community,” Landahl said.

Landahl brings 18 years of experience as a member of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office. Most recently he served as the office’s homeland security commander, overseeing agency preparedness, prevention and protection. He also served as a liaison to local, state and federal agencies, including as manager of the office’s school resource program. He previously served as supervisor of the office’s homeland security section and as an investigator assigned to the Maryland-Delaware Joint Terrorism Task Force.

As Rockville’s emergency manager, Landahl will create an emergency preparedness plan for all city departments and strategies to help the city mitigate, respond to and recover from emergencies. The role offers an opportunity for Landahl to work with Rockville police Chief Victor Brito. The two previously worked together when Brito was police chief in Hagerstown and Landahl commanded the state’s western regional center for information sharing among law enforcement agencies.

Before working in law enforcement, Landahl served as a staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives, and as a history and government teacher in North Carolina and in Frederick County. In 2001, while training to become a sheriff’s deputy, and having second thoughts about leaving teaching, the field of emergency preparedness came into a new and heightened focus.

“On 9/11, I was in the academy and huddled around a radio listening to the descriptions,” he said. “At that moment I knew I was in the right place.”
While no longer his primary profession, Landahl has not left education. He teaches homeland security and emergency management courses at several schools, including the University of Maryland Global Campus, Florida International University and Frederick Community College. He also frequently speaks at national conferences and has published in several academic journals. He is presently researching survivor behavior in response to campus active shooter events.

Landahl holds a doctorate in emergency management from Oklahoma State University and is one of 1,375 people worldwide designated a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers.

Funding Approved by Transportation Planning Board Will Help Improve Stonestreet Avenue

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments has approved $280,000 to help improve pedestrian and bicycle connections to the Rockville Metro Station.

The grant, which comes from the Transportation Alternatives Program and was approved in July, will fund the design of street and sidewalk improvements along Park Road (between North Stonestreet Avenue and South Stonestreet Avenue) and North Stonestreet Avenue (between Park Road and Lincoln Avenue).

Improvements will include wider sidewalks, a new intersection alignment and bike lanes. The project is based on recommendations in the recently completed Stonestreet Corridor Study, which featured extensive public outreach.

The planning board approved funding for four projects in Maryland, including Rockville’s, that will receive $688,232 in funding through the Transportation Alternatives Program.

From more on regional transportation projects that will receive funding, visit

Peerless Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards

Have you completed a renovation, restoration or other home-improvement project? Know someone who has?

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.

Award nominations are due by Tuesday, Sept. 10 for projects 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.

Self-nominations are welcome. Visit for more information and a nomination form, 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.

City Awarded State Grant for Mt. Vernon Stormwater Project

A $350,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will help the City of Rockville retrofit the Mt. Vernon Stormwater Management Facility.

The facility is in the Cabin John Creek Watershed, near Richard Montgomery High School. It was originally designed and constructed in 1980, at a time when little thought was given to water quality, and was first retrofitted in 2003. This latest project addresses sediment buildup from the last 16 years.

The city will expand the water quality treatment capacity by deepening portions of the pond to restore and enhance the treatment of stormwater. Doing so helps prevent erosion and flooding downstream. It also reduces pollution in local tributaries that flow to the Chesapeake Bay. The grant is funded through the state’s Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. Construction is scheduled to be completed this fiscal year, which ends June 30. The city will also identify and remove non-native and invasive plants within Mt Vernon Park, from Fleet Street to Mt Vernon Place.

For more information about the project, contact Diron Baker, Rockville project manager, at 240-314-8533 or

Visit to learn more about the city’s progress toward its stormwater management goals.

City Remembrance Ceremony to Mark Sept. 11

Rockville’s Mayor and Council will mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 with a remembrance ceremony at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the 9/11 Memorial at Courthouse Square Park.

The ceremony, which is free to attend and open to the public, will include remarks by Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton and the performance of the national anthem by the Victorian Lyric Opera Company.

Eleven Montgomery County residents who lost their lives on that day are remembered through the memorial in the park at the corner of East Jefferson Street and Maryland Avenue in Rockville’s downtown: William Edward Caswell, Dr. Gerald Paul Fisher, Capt. Lawrence D. Getzfred, Michele M. Heidenberger, Angela Marie Houtz, Teddington Hamm Moy, Lt. Darin H. Pontell, Scott A. Powell, Todd Hayes Reuben, Patricia J. Statz and Ernest M. Willcher.

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