Around Town

Learn About New Compost Program

Join neighbors for a discussion with local leaders, sustainability professionals and Key City Compost to learn about the composting program coming to Kentlands this spring. The Compost Program Town Hall will be held on Monday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Kentlands Clubhouse.

KCP to Hold Auditions for One-Act Festival

The Kentlands Community Players, in partnership with Montgomery Playhouse, will hold auditions Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m. and Feb. 8, 2:30 p.m. in the Kentlands Carriage House, 321 Kent Square Road, for the upcoming One-Act Festival. The festival is planned for April 17, 18 and 19 at the Rosborough Cultural Arts and Wellness Center, Asbury Methodist Village.

Meetings Planned for RCES and DuFief Elementary Boundary Study

The DuFief Elementary expansion, expected to relieve overcrowding at Rachel Carson Elementary, is anticipated to open for the 2022-2023 school year. Some Rachel Carson students will be moved to DuFief.

Montgomery County Public Schools has planned meetings for the Rachel Carson and DuFief Elementary Schools Boundary Study process. These are

  • Public Information Meeting #1 on March 16 (snow date March 19) at Lakelands Park Middle;
  • Options Meeting #1 on April 14 at Lakelands Park Middle and April 16 at Robert Frost Middle;
  • Options Meeting #2 on May 5 at Lakelands Park Middle and May 11 at Robert Frost Middle;
  • Public Information Meeting #2 at Lakelands Park Middle (location may change); and

All community meetings will be held in the cafeteria, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

City Council Defers AT&T Monopole Structure

At its Feb. 3 meeting, the Gaithersburg City Council deferred decision on the AT&T cell tower and associated structure proposed for city property off of Great Seneca Highway in the vicinity of Upshire Circle. The company said it has an active need for coverage in Gaithersburg, especially in the Lakelands neighborhood, Upshire Circle, residences around Muddy Branch Square and Washingtonian Woods Park, Muddy Branch Square and parts of Kentlands Market Square, Lakelands Park Middle School, the Montgomery County Police Station and government building, and routes 119, 124 and Muddy Branch Road. The monopole would also enable AT&T to add First-Net service, a dedicated network for first responders.

Pursuant to a July 8, 2019 public discussion, AT&T performed a visual impact test and move the proposed 155-foot monopole (with additional five-foot lightning rod) site further north. According to attorney Greg Rapisarda, with Saul, Ewing, Arnstein and Lehr representing AT&T, the initial site put the monopole less than 200 feet from the closest house. The site has now been moved north 500 feet, putting it 500 feet away from the closest residence and in a mature woods.

The City Council asked for an impact rendering of the 30-by-50-foot clearing needed for the monopole structure and more information on the business case for the structure. Decision was deferred to a later date.