Author Archive for Karen O'Keefe

Happy New Year

It’s gratitude time once again. Actually, every day should be gratitude time but I have to say, lately, I have not been very good at taking time each day to count my blessings. The results of this lack of discipline…

Phil Andrews Joins State’s Attorney’s Office

Photo | Submitted

Phil Andrews has joined the staff of Montgomery
County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.

Former Montgomery County Councilmember and Gaithersburg resident Phil Andrews, whose Democratic primary run for county executive against incumbent Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and former county executive Doug Duncan ended in defeat last August, has landed a new position serving…

Kentlands Wall Work Still Ongoing

Photo | Karen O’Keefe

On Nov. 30, 14 concrete-encased steel columns support the Kentlands wall  that runs atop a high elevation next to Quince Orchard Road. The concrete will be stained to match the wall color. Concrete barrier walls remain in place on the sidewalk.

A section of a retaining wall owned by the Kentlands Citizens Assembly (KCA), located on Quince Orchard Road, collapsed on March 30, 2014, causing evacuation and temporary condemnation of two townhomes. The order of condemnation on the homes was lifted…

Freedom of Speech, Nana Style

Censorship has always been an abhorrent notion to me. Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, our basic right to express ourselves as we see fit— protected as it is by our Constitution—has always been one of the central joys…

Neil Harris Moves to City Council

Photo | City of Gaithersburg

Neil Harris, Kentlands Citizens Assembly Board of 
Trustees chair, has been selected to serve on 
Gaithersburg City Council.

Neil Harris, longtime local community activist and Kentlands Citizens Assembly Board of Trustees chair, has been selected by the members of the Gaithersburg City Council to fill the council vacancy left by Jud Ashman. He will be sworn in on…