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KPA Looking for Photographers, Volunteers

The next meeting of the recently formed Kentlands Photography Association (KPA) is Jan. 8, 2017 at 3 p.m.; the location has not yet been determined. All photographers are welcome. The association, which is sponsored by the Kentlands Community Foundation, is looking for volunteers to help with administrative duties like managing social media. For more information, visit

Join a KCA Committee

The Kentlands Citizens Assembly (KCA) is looking for resident input on a number of important committees. Please consider volunteering for one of the following:

  • Board of Code Compliance to ensure the structural and visual integrity of Kentlands;
  • Communications Committee to enhance communications to residents;
  • Kentlands Historical Trust to recommend product and design standards; and
  • Capital Projects Working Group to identify important capital projects.

Interested volunteers are encouraged to contact KCA President Barney Gorin at

Police Offer Tips to Prevent Package Theft

Online shopping and shipping have made the holidays easier not just for consumers but also for thieves. Montgomery County Police Commander Dinesh Patil offered some tips for preventing package theft. “If you are expecting packages, please have them sent to the store (UPS, FedEx, U.S. mail, for example) if at all possible or your place of work or a neighbor who is home to receive it.”

Montgomery County Council Elects New Officers

The Montgomery County Council unanimously elected Roger Berliner as president and Hans Riemer as vice president of the council on Tuesday, Dec. 6. They will serve one-year terms as officers of the council.

Council President Berliner, who represents Council District 1, served as council vice president for the past year. He is beginning his 11th year on the council and previously served as council president in 2011-12. He succeeds Nancy Floreen, who completed her one-year term as president on Dec. 6.

Vice President Riemer, the council’s lead member for digital government, is beginning his seventh year on the council as an at-large member. Riemer serves on the Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee and its Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee.

Local Residents Participate in Operation Christmas Child

Gaithersburg and surrounding cities volunteers have collected enough gift-filled shoeboxes to reach more than 20,300 children in need through the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child.

During this year’s National Collection Week, Bethel Baptist Church and Redland Baptist Church gathered 20,300 shoebox gifts from donors and drop-off locations in Gaithersburg and surrounding areas. These gift donations are already on their way to children in need worldwide.

Although local collections have finished for the season, there is still time to pack a gift-filled shoebox online for children suffering from poverty, natural disaster, war, terror, disease and famine. Like online shopping, visitors can browse to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish by uploading a photo and writing a note of encouragement to be included in the shoebox they build online. They can also follow their box to discover where in the world it will be delivered.