Around Town

KCF Welcomes New Executive Director

Elisabeth Monaco, known to friends and family as Liz, has joined the Kentlands Community Foundation (KCF) as executive director. She is a 25-year Kentlands resident.

Former KCF Executive Director Mariann Zylstra stepped down at the close of her one-year contract to volunteer for the KCF’s One Main Street Initiative. One Main Street is designed to support Kentlands’ Main Street commercial live-work units.

Nourish Now Surpasses 2017 Goals

By April 2017, Nourish Now had surpassed one million pounds of food recovered and donated. The nonprofit, founded by Kentlands resident Brett Meyers in 2011, went on to finish the year with 525,000 pounds of food recovered and donated, which represents a 25 percent increase over last year’s total. According to Meyers, “At this rate, we’ll reach 2 million by summer of 2018!”

MCPL Quince Orchard Branch Open Again

Hundreds of residents turned out Dec. 16, 2017 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to reopen the Montgomery County Public Libraries’ (MCPL) Quince Orchard branch. The library, located at 15831 Quince Orchard Road, had been closed to be “refreshed” under the Library Refurbishment Level-of-Effort initiative in the county’s Capital Improvement Program.

Improvements to the library include new flooring and painting, renovated public restrooms, improved book checkout and customer service area, a new book drop, LED lighting, enhancements to the meeting room, modern furniture and workstations in public and workroom areas, motorized shades, and exterior accessibility (ADA) improvements to the grounds and parking lot and a new bike rack at the entrance. The cost for the Quince Orchard refresh project was approximately $1.1 million.

MD 355 BRT Corridor Open Houses Planned

Learn about Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) conceptual alternatives under study and voice your opinion as a community member. Three open houses are planned to gather public input. They are

  • Jan. 22, 7 to 9 p.m., Clarksburg High School cafeteria;
  • Jan. 24, 7 to 9 p.m., Gaithersburg High School cafeteria; and
  • Feb. 1, 7 to 9 p.m., Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School cafeteria.

KCF Lecture Explores New Urbanism

The Kentlands Community Foundation offers its first lecture of the new year on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m. at the Arts Barn. Kentlands Town Architect Marina Khoury, also partner with DPZ CoDesign, will present “New Urbanism? Why Kentands & Lakelands are a landmark of this movement.” Arrive early for a wine reception at 7 p.m.

Thirty years ago Kentlands was designed following the principles of an emerging movement: New Urbanism. The movement has since become an international urban design sensation and evolved significantly. Khoury will explore the principles that shaped the movement and show how Kentlands and Lakelands continue to be a source of education for planners and communities around the world.