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City to Mark Sept. 11 With Virtual Ceremony

Rockville’s Mayor and Council will mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 with an online remembrance ceremony.

Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton will deliver remarks that will be broadcast on Rockville 11 (channel 11 on county cable) and the city’s Facebook page and YouTube channel at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, to mark the 19th anniversary of the attacks. Newton recorded her remarks at the 9/11 Memorial at Courthouse Square Park, at the corner of East Jefferson Street and Maryland Avenue in Rockville’s downtown.

Eleven Montgomery County residents who lost their lives on Sept. 11 are remembered through a memorial in the park, featuring benches and a plaque: 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.

Check Once, Check Twice

State, county and city actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 mean uncertainty for activities, programs and facility hours in the City of Rockville. Please check our online resources to see if any information contained in this edition of “Rockville Reports” has changed.

City Hall and most city facilities will be closed Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day. The Rockville Swim and Fitness Center will be open to residents and facility members only, with limited services and activities. Visit for details.

Recycling, trash and yard waste collection will be made one day later throughout the holiday week. Find more information at

Parking will be free at city-owned meters on Sept. 7.

For more information, visit or call 240-314-5000.

Rockville Goes Purple in September with Events to Raise Opioid Addiction Awareness

Campaign Aims to Reduce Stigma of Addiction

September is National Recovery Month, and the city will hold several events as part of Rockville Goes Purple, a continuing campaign to shine a spotlight on the impact of opioid addiction and educate the community about the epidemic.

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Help Shape Rockville’s Future: Census 2020 Deadline Approaches

Sept. 30 is the New Deadline for Responses

Have you completed your census questionnaire? If not, now is the time to do so.

The deadline to complete the questionnaire is Wednesday, Sept. 30, after the U.S. Census Bureau recently moved up the date by more than a month.

You can complete the questionnaire at in 10 minutes or less. Customize the online questionnaire in one of more than 50 languages or respond by phone at 844-330-2020.

Now is the time to complete your census questionnaire.

The census will not ask you about citizenship status. Responses are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. They can only be used to produce statistics and cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way — not by the FBI, CIA, DHS or ICE.

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COVID-19: Making Your Safety Our Priority

Montgomery County remains in the second of three reopening phases, as of late August, 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, on social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Nextdoor), and on Rockville 11 (channel 11 on county cable). Visit to sign up for city’s email newsletter featuring city, state and county news about COVID-19. For general inquiries about city operations, call 240-314-5000.

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Public Hearings Set for
I-270/I-495 Widening Project

Comment Period Extended to Nov. 9

The I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study Draft Environmental Impact Statement, released in July, is available for public comment until Monday, Nov. 9, after the state in late August extended the comment period by 30 days to allow the public and agencies more time to review the lengthy document.

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Did You Get Your Stimulus Check?

About 147,000 Marylanders who qualify for a stimulus payment may not have received the money because they fall into the threshold of individuals and families who have little to no income.

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COVID-19 Testing Coming to Rockville

Rockville United Church will host COVID-19 testing on Saturday, Aug. 1.

The free testing will be from 2-6 p.m. at the church at 355 Linthicum St.

Learn more at

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Rockville’s Mayor and Council Declare Juneteenth a City Holiday

On Monday, the Mayor and Council voted unanimously to recognize Juneteenth as a holiday in the City of Rockville.

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Community Training on Fair and Impartial Policing Returns to Rockville

The Rockville City Police Department is offering free Fair and Impartial Policing training for community members in August.

The latest Fair and Impartial Policing training will be held Thursday, Aug. 6 at Thomas Farm Community Center.

Community members are encouraged to participate in this important and timely training that promotes bias-free behavior in community policing. The training, first held in Rockville last year, gives officers and community members tools to better communicate and work together to make the community safer and more resilient.

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