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Public Transit Study Will Seek Community Input

Gap Analysis is Part of a Mayor and Council Priority Initiative

A study of the city’s public transit needs will include several opportunities for community members to offer feedback.

The consultant-led Transit Gap Analysis and Needs Assessment Study will assess and analyze potential needs and gaps within Rockville’s existing public transit network, and determine unmet demand for new or additional transit services.

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Meet a Rockville Employee: Code Inspector Marks Impressive Milestone

Thomas Griffith

Fifty thousand of anything would be an achievement. When it comes to building inspections, 50,000 is notable not only because of the amount, but because it contributes to the safety and well-being of Rockville’s community.

And when those inspections are the work of just one man — well, that’s remarkable.

But 50,000 inspections is the milestone Thomas Griffith just achieved after 17 years with the City of Rockville’s Inspection Services Division. The senior codes inspector performed that 50,000th inspection on Oct. 15.

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New Grant Program to Empower Communities to Reach Common Goals

Applications Available Dec. 14

Rockville is launching a new grant to help neighbors work together to accomplish common goals supporting the health, vitality and inclusivity of the place they call home.

The application period for the Community Empowerment Grants program opens Dec. 14. Applications are due Jan. 14.

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Lunar New Year: Save the Date to Celebrate

Celebrate Rockville’s Asian cultures with performances, crafts and cultural displays at the city’s Lunar New Year celebration.

The annual celebration will be held from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive. Multicultural performances will be from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The city is organizing the celebration in partnership with Rockville’s Asian Pacific American Task Force.

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MLK Jr. Day Celebration to Feature Performances, Community Service

Rockville’s 47th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, is from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive. It will include multicultural performances, awards and a keynote speech by Justin Hansford, the executive director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.

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Peerless Honors Preservation, Stewardship and Advocacy

Annual Awards Celebrate Rockville’s Heritage

The 39th annual Peerless Rockville awards ceremony, held Nov. 2 at Normandie Farm restaurant in Potomac, recognized efforts to preserve Rockville’s historic and architectural character through projects, activities and programs. This year’s winners were:

  1. Artist Paul Waclo, in the public art category, for his “An Eagle and Two Bears” sculpture in Horizon Hill Park.
  2. Lou Harrington, for compatible infill, rehabilitation, and craftsmanship, at 209 Harrison St., by architects Miche Booz and Catherine Stratton Treadway.
  3. Montgomery Housing Partnership for stewardship and rehabilitation at Beall’s Grant, 254 N. Washington St.
  4. Dianne Fasolina, parks maintenance manager for the City of Rockville, for working with the community to enhance the playground at the Pump House, 401 S. Horners Lane.
  5. Eileen McGuckian and Glenn Wallace, for community advocacy, for the Montgomery County Cemetery Inventory Revisited project.

Peerless Rockville is an award-winning, community-based nonprofit founded in 1974 to preserve buildings, objects and information important to Rockville’s heritage.

Learn more at or call 301-762-0096.

Mayor and Council to Hold Public Hearing on Filling Seat Vacancies

The Mayor and Council will hold second public hearings, Monday, Dec. 10, on amendments to the city code and charter that would clarify the process necessary to fill a mayor or councilmember vacancy.

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Mayor and Council to Discuss Budget Priorities

The Mayor and Council will hold their first discussion on the Fiscal Year 2020 budget this month, while continuing to seek community input.

The Mayor and Council will discuss their funding priorities during their meeting on Monday, Dec. 10. Additional information about the discussion will be available when the agenda is posted at

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Mayor and Council to Discuss Adequate Public Facilities Standards

When: Mayor and Council discussion at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17.

Where: Mayor and Council Chambers, City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave.

The potential changes would amend the school capacity test near the Rockville and Twinbrook Metro stations, so as to allow new residential development, consistent with the master plan, and support businesses in those areas.

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This article has been updated.

City Legislative Priorities: Aid for Schools and Seniors, Protection of Homes, and More

Maryland General Assembly’s 90-Day Session Begins Jan. 9

Rockville’s 2019 state legislative priorities call for more state aid for school construction and for senior services, opposition to the state taking homes or businesses as part of plans to widen Interstate 270, and funding for a replacement shelter at Isreal Park.

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