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Doggone Good End to the Pool Season

Area pools close on a paw-sitive note this Labor Day weekend. Bring the four-legged member of your family to your neighborhood pool for these annual dog swims: Kentlands dogs and their owners are invited to the Kentlands pool on Sept. 5, 4 to 6 p.m.; Lakelands dogs and their owners are encouraged to splash and play at the Lakelands main pool on Sept. 5, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and Quince Orchard Park dogs and their owners are invited to the QOP pool on Sept. 5, 7 to 8 p.m. Only dogs will be allowed in the pools during these times.

Grants Awarded to Neighborhood HOAs

Twenty neighborhood and homeowner associations were awarded a total of $66,165 through the City of Gaithersburg Frederick J. Felton Neighborhood Matching Grant Program. The program provides an incentive for neighborhood organizations to improve their communities by awarding matching grants of up to $5,000. The Kentlands Citizens Assembly was awarded $2,500 for fencing and $2,500 for tree plantings; the Kentlands Condominium was awarded $2,000 for landscaping; the Lakelands Community Association was awarded $5,000 for landscaping; Quince Orchard Park Condo I was awarded $4,500 for landscaping; and the Quince Orchard Park HOA was awarded $4,000 for landscaping.

Community Police Academy for Spanish-Speaking Residents Planned

The next Community Police Academy for Spanish-Speaking Residents is scheduled to begin on Thursday, Sept. 8.  The classes will be taught in Spanish, and the 15-week academy is free. Classes are held Thursday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m., with graduation planned for Dec. 15.

This program is open to individuals who live or work in Montgomery County and are over 18 years old. Topics covered include negotiations conflict, crime prevention, drug research and driving under the influence. The first class will be held at the Police Academy, 9710 Great Seneca Highway, Rockville. Subsequent classes will be held at the new police academy in Gaithersburg: Multi Agency Service Park, 8751 Snouffer School Road. For more information and to apply, visit