Author Archive for Karen O'Keefe

Tree Magic

When I was a kid, the film “Swiss Family Robinson” enchanted me. I recall owning the book by Johann David Wyss, and I know I read it, but the movie captured my heart first. This was unusual. I almost always…

In Gaithersburg, Jud Ashman Steps Up

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Gaithersburg City Council member Jud Ashman will become the city’s mayor on Nov. 10.

When Sidney Katz, Gaithersburg’s mayor for the last 16 years, resigns next month to join the Montgomery County Council, two-term City Council member Jud Ashman will step into the job of mayor. “Life takes you to unexpected places,” Ashman said.…

Delaney Discusses Local Concerns

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Following a business roundtable discussion at Largent’s in Gaithersburg, Oct. 8, Congressman John Delaney continues the discussion with Lakelands resident and transportation activist Jennifer Allen.

Whether they reside in Garrett County’s Deep Creek Lake, in Washington County’s Hagerstown or in Montgomery County’s Gaithersburg, residents of Maryland’s sixth Congressional District have much in common, according to John K. Delaney, the congressman who represents them all. “Sure…

Crown Celebrates Principles of New Urbanism

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Angel Briscoe is general manager and Gregory Webb is executive chef at Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar in Downtown Crown.

Crown and its busy retail/service/mixed-use heart, dubbed “Downtown Crown,” will require several years to reach maturity as a transit-oriented community and as a community embodying all the blessings bestowed by a design that embodies New Urbanism principles. Still, the community,…

BSO’s Andrew Balio Finds Magic in Kentlands

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Performing at the Arts Barn on Sept. 22 with the Mount Vernon Brass Quintet, BSO’s Andrew Balio trumpets New Urbanism.

Symphony orchestras are constantly discovering new audiences, and new people are discovering symphonies every day, according to Andrew Balio, principal trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO). Balio visited Kentlands on Sept. 22 as a member of the Mount Vernon…