Author: Karen O'Keefe

Delaney Discusses Local Concerns

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

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

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…

Farewell

I went to a friend’s 60th birthday party today, and I must say that I did not think she looked old at all. Perhaps the fact that I turned 60 in April myself had some influence on my thinking, but…

Mother-of-the-Bride and The Dress

Yes, my daughter had a beautiful wedding, and yes, yes, yes, she was a beautiful bride. My new son-in-law was an exceedingly handsome groom. It was a wonderful wedding, a sort of local “destination” wedding on nearby Kent Island. It…

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

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…

Advisory Committee Discusses CCT and Local Traffic

The Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) Area Advisory Committee (AAC) One met for the third time July 22 at the Lakelands Clubhouse. The meeting was attended by about 30 people, a mix of Advisory Committee members, CCT facilitators, architects, engineers from…

Multitude of Ticks Discovered in QOP Sweep

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…