Author Archive for Karen O'Keefe

Nana – Cam

As I sit gazing at my computer screen, I am listening to little—and I do mean little—clucking sounds coming from the next room. Lina, my three-year-old granddaughter, is in the bedroom next door to my office. She is “taking a…

Kentlands Wall on the Mend

Photo | Karen O’Keefe

The permanent safety fence pictured here was installed at the top of the retaining wall on Quince Orchard Road by Aug. 4.

By the time this edition of the Town Courier is published, repairs to the failed portion of the Kentlands wall on Quince Orchard Road roughly across from Pawnee Drive should be nearly complete, according to Kentlands officials. The completed repairs…

Multitude of Ticks Discovered in QOP Sweep

Tick

By Karen O’Keefe When he learned that some of his neighbors were suffering from Lyme disease, scientist and board-certified clinical pathologist Ahmed Kilani began to wonder about the ticks in his Quince Orchard Park (QOP) neighborhood. How prevalent were the…

Summer Fun Driving an Ambulance

This summer promises to be a memorable one. It’s the summer of getting ready for Jackie’s wedding. It’s the summer I went tick hunting in Quince Orchard Park with Dr. Ahmed Kilani’s team from Clongen Labs—and the team found a…

Excitement Afoot for K25 Symposium, June 20-21

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Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, founders of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, the architects and planners of Kentlands, will lead a walking tour of Kentlands on Saturday, June 21.

When architect and Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) partner Marina Khoury looks back over the past 25 years, she finds it remarkable how “Kentlands changed the (development) discussion. Kentlands was not a resort town. Yet it had alleys and narrow…

Primary Election June 24 Snapshot

At the state level, Gaithersburg voters will be electing a senator and three delegates to the Maryland General Assembly, as well as candidates from each party for governor, attorney general and other offices. In January, Senator Jennie Forehand (D-MD) announced…