Cub Scout Promotion Celebrated
Last month more than 20 Cub Scouts from Gaithersburg Cub Scout Pack 1440 were promoted and celebrated at their annual “Blue & Gold Banquet” dinner. The Cubs reflected on a year of accomplishments and adventures—from a two-night campout at Little Bennett in Clarksburg to meeting Mayor Jud Ashman and the Gaithersburg City Council. The Scouts and parents enjoyed a homemade Persian meal prepared by Cub Scout father and chef Mehdi Bodaghi Roshan. If your son or daughter is interested in joining the Cub Scouts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kentlands Under the Lights Grows
The popular fourth annual community dinner, Kentlands Under the Lights, is growing this year. On June 16, 6 to 11 p.m., you’ll find a new Wine Harvest Beer Garden on Market Street East. Local breweries Jailbreak, RAR, 7 Locks, Flying Dog, Calvert and Brawling Bear will be there, but wine is also an option. Dinner choices include Batik Dumpling Bar, Thai Tanium, Pepper’s Taco Bar, Chix n Stix, Sweet Farm, Go Fish, Not Your Average Joe’s and Branded Moe’s Original Bar B Que.
The entertainment will feature Donuts for Dinner along with other local acts including John Santell on accordion, Alessandra Cuffaro, a world renowned Italian violinist, and Quadrivium String Quartet.
Admission is free.
JuneFest Planned for June 23
To learn more about Quince Orchard history and enjoy music and food, attend JuneFest on June 23, noon to 4 p.m. at the Pleasant View Historic Site, located at 11810 Darnestown Road. The address is the site of the original, historic Pleasant View Church and the historic Quince Orchard Colored School.
Held annually, this year’s JuneFest also celebrates the 150th anniversary of the purchase of the Pleasant View land in 1868. It launches a one-million-dollar capital campaign to restore the buildings and make the space more available and relevant to the public. A committee of local volunteers led by David Blair is spearheading the effort. For more information, visit thequinceorchardproject.com.
Gaithersburg Library FOL’s
Biggest Ever Used Book Sale
On Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Friends of the Library Gaithersburg Chapter will hold a used book sale in the Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Meeting Rooms 1 and 2 (upstairs). Fiction books, both adult and children’s, will be $0.50 for paperbacks and $1.00 for hardbacks. Nonfiction books will similarly priced with a few exceptions. Music CDs will be $0.50, movie DVDs will be $1.00. FOL book bags will also be available for purchase.
Planning Commission Recommends Approval for Kentlands Projects
At its June 6 meeting, the City of Gaithersburg Planning Commission recommended approval to the Mayor and City Council of another revised drive-thru layout on the schematic development plan for Saul Center’s Kentlands Square Infill Sites. The commission recommended adding the condition, “The applicant must construct or have under construction one of the phases within five years of the time of schematic development plan approval or applicant is required to resubmit the application for the remaining unconstructed development for further consideration to the City Council.” The record passed 3-0-1.
Planning Commission member Ruthzaly Weich noted that Section 24-160.1 D (Block and street design) of the Gaithersburg code states: “The plan, through its design, should seek to minimize vehicular speed and short cutting while making walking and cycling safer, easier and more pleasant.” Weich urged the commission to interpret this strictly in order to support the New Urbanist principles, especially walkability, important to the Kentlands community.
Overall, commission members felt this was too narrow an interpretation of the code. Chair John Bauer said that the latest revision to the drive-thru encourages pedestrian traffic with an expanded outdoor seating area and drive-thru layout that eliminates need for pedestrian crossing. The code, he said, is meant to encourage pedestrian traffic, not so much discourage vehicular traffic.
At their June 4 meeting, the Mayor and City Council announced the closing of their record on the Kentlands Square Infill Sites at 5 p.m. on June 22. Policy discussion is planned for July 16.
The Planning Commission also recommended approval of the new sketch plan for Kimco Realty’s Kentlands Market Square. Kimco proposes up to 1,200,000 square feet of commercial / non-residential uses and up to 1614 residential units on approximately 21 acres. Redevelopment is envisioned in four phases over 20-plus years. The Mayor & City Council record closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 22 with anticipated Policy Discussion on July 16.