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Everyone Counts: Rockville Prepares for the 2020 Census

The federal government will conduct the 2020 Census next year and the City of Rockville wants community members to help meet the goal of counting everyone once – and only once – in the right place.

What does the census mean to Rockville?

Participating in the census impacts Rockville. Compiled every 10 years, census data is used by the government to:

  • Define representative boundaries for congressional districts, state legislative districts and voting precincts, and for enforcing voting rights and civil rights legislation.
  • Determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed. It is estimated that each person not counted by the census costs the state about $18,250 over a 10-year period, for a total of $26.6 billion statewide. This impacts critical funding for programs such as:
  1. Medicaid.
  2. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps).
  3. The Children’s Health Insurance Program.
  4. School construction.
  5. Emergency preparedness.
  6. Transportation projects.

How can you help?

  • Participate. Completing the questionnaire is important, safe and easy. You may respond online, by phone or by mail. Personal information is legally protected and confidential.
  • Work for the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau is seeking over 5,000 applicants in Montgomery County to assist with the census. Jobs will pay $21 per hour. Hours are flexible. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and U.S. citizens. Employees will need a car but will usually work close to home. Census Day is April 1, but early operation address canvassing is already taking place. To apply, complete an application at 2020census.gov/jobs.

For more information about the census in Montgomery County, visit montgomerycountymd.gov/census. For census information and other data about the City of Rockville, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/610/Community-Data-Trends.

Let’s Connect: Family Game Night

Families served by Linkages to Learning and Rockville Housing Enterprises came together to play games, make crafts and just have fun in July at Lincoln Park Community Center.

The evening was planned by members of Lincoln Park Community Center, RHE and Linkages to help families and organizations connect at a fun-filled, informal event.

“We enjoyed watching families cheer and connect with their children as they played the different activities, as well as being able to connect with the families to provide them an experience that was solely focused on them,” Lincoln Park’s Supervisor Yvette Yeboah-Schools said.

About 55 adults and children attended and played on specially built game stations in the gym, made arts and crafts, and enjoyed pizza.

For more information about the Lincoln Park Community Center, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/396, email lpcc@rockvillemd.gov or call 240-314-8780.

Rockville To Truly Go Purple for National Recovery Month

Lighting, a Proclamation and a Race to Raise Awareness About Opioid Crisis

Rockville will mark National Recovery Month in September with a race in Town Square and observances throughout the month as the city continues its Rockville Goes Purple campaign against opioid abuse.

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Most City Facilities to Close for Labor Day

City Hall and the following city facilities will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day: Lincoln Park, Thomas Farm and Twinbrook community centers, the Rockville Senior Center, Croydon Creek Nature Center, Glenview Mansion and F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre.

The Rockville Swim and Fitness Center will be open. For swim and fitness center facility hours, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/swimcenter.

Recycling, trash and yard waste collection will be suspended on Sept. 2 and made one day later than usual throughout the week. For more information on holiday collection schedules, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/recycling-trash or call 240-314-8568.

Parking fees at city-owned meters will be free.

For more information, go to www.rockvillemd.gov or call 240-314-5000.

Rockville to Officially Open Four New Pickleball Courts

Rockville will cut the ribbon on four brand-new pickleball courts at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park at an opening ceremony from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 14.

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Dates Set for Televised Candidate Forums in Rockville’s Vote by Mail Election

Rockville 11 (channel 11 on county cable systems) will broadcast live three candidate forums hosted by community groups.

Community members are invited to attend:

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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.

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Key Information for Rockville’s 2019 Vote by Mail Election

The City of Rockville will be the first jurisdiction in Maryland to conduct a Vote by Mail election for mayor and four councilmembers.

Vote by Mail provides more and better options for Rockville voters by sending the ballots to all registered voters, who may return them by postage-paid mail or to a secure ballot drop box at City Hall. Voters are not required to travel to polling places to vote, although a vote center will be available at City Hall, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 5.

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All the Doggies, All the Paddle

Doggie Dip Day is Back

The super-popular Doggie Dip Day, where your pooch can paddle in the pool at the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center, is back — with a few small accommodations to work around the ongoing lobby and locker room renovations.

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Sign up for Election Text Alerts

Stay on top of key news from the City of Rockville’s Vote by Mail election with reminders sent by text.

How? It’s easy — text ROCKVOTES to 888777. You’ll receive a reply confirmation text that you’re signed up. 

You can find election-related information, check your address, register to vote and update your information at www.rockvillemd.gov/election.

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