Author: Karen O'Keefe

Tragic Death of Kentlands Cyclist Moves Focus to Safety

Until his tragic death on Darnestown Road on Nov. 24, Andrew “Drew” Gerard Malizio, 60, was a son, husband, father, Kentlands resident and bicycling enthusiast. He was much more than that as well, more than can be summed up here.…

Kentlands Wall Work Still Ongoing

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…

School Board’s Capital Budget, Amendments, Reflect More Students

On Nov. 17, the Montgomery County Board of Education unanimously approved amendments to the FY 2016 Capital Budget and FY 2015-2020 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Amendments, adding $221 million to help Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) manage its current and…

Reading Advocate and Author David Baldacci Coming to Gaithersburg

Novelist David Baldacci is best known for his best-selling thrillers. In under two decades, he’s written 28—all international best sellers, several adapted for movies and television. His newest book, “The Escape,” was published Nov. 18. On Dec. 2 at 7…

Neil Harris Moves to 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…

City Hits Home Run With Organic Infill Synthetic Turf

Fifteen months ago, after the mayor and council of Gaithersburg opted to construct the city’s first synthetic turf field using a little-known organic infill made of coconut husk fiber, rice husk and cork, then-Mayor Sidney Katz made a prediction. “In…

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

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.…

County Executive Candidates Meet in Streamed Exchange

Incumbent Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett (D) and his opponent in the Nov. 4 general election, attorney and Montgomery Village resident Jim Shalleck (R), met Oct. 13 in a debate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters and…