City News

Sroka Sworn In

Mark Sroka is sworn in as Gaithersburg’s new police chief at a special meeting of the Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council on July 12. Sroka comes to Gaithersburg having served most recently as Assistant Chief Field Operations Bureau, Western Command…

Gaithersburg 25th “Best Place to Live”

The city of Gaithersburg is ranked as the 25th best place to live on Money magazine’s 100 “Best Places to Live” list. On its website, CNN/Money magazine notes that “Gaithersburg’s ability to attract start-up companies has allowed it to rebound…

City Focuses on Economy

Economic development is the city’s number one priority, and to prove that, city leaders put aside $2 million in the 2011 budget. Now they are going to discuss how they will spend that money at the same time as they…

Skate Spots Open

It took almost three years, and construction was prolonged by wet weather this winter, but Gaithersburg skateboarders can now practice their sport at two new spots in the city. The long-awaited skate spots opened late last month at Lakelands Park…

Crown Farm House Demolished

The city of Gaithersburg approved a demolition permit for the green and white two-story house at Crown Farm on May 24 to the surprise of the city’s elected officials and some area residents. Although the house was not officially designated…

Cameras Focusing on Olde Towne

As all eyes are turning to Gaithersburg’s downtown as a new economic development hot spot for the city, police plan to use surveillance cameras to be sure the area isn’t also a hot spot for crime. “The cameras give us…

Kentlands Attracts Tourists

Trudy Schwarz is Gaithersburg’s community planning director, and in her city role she is often called upon to take out-of-town visitors on walking and driving tours of the Kentlands community, one of the oldest existing examples of new urbanism. Schwarz…

Sroka Named Police Chief

Mark Sroka will be sworn in as the city’s next police chief at a special Mayor and Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. on July 12 at Gaithersburg City Hall. As the city’s top cop, Sroka will earn a base salary…

Site Changes Surprise QOP

Construction is nothing new at the MedImmune campus in Quince Orchard Park (QOP), but it came as a surprise to many residents that an adjacent three-story office building site, recently purchased by MedImmune, is now undergoing a facelift. According to…

City Will Use Chemical on Lake Varuna

Green is a feel-good buzz word these days, except when it is used to describe the color of a lake. Gaithersburg’s environmental experts are determined not to let algae blooms coat the surface of Lake Varuna this summer and have…