Category: Community

County Moves Against Vaping

Photo | Karen O’Keefe Juul vape kits and related paraphernalia are sold at a gas station near Quince Orchard High School.

An e-cigarette is a hand-held, battery-powered vaporizer that heats liquid to form aerosol substances that are inhaled. A variety of substances, including illicit drugs, may be “vaped” in e-cigarettes, but the most common e-cigarette vapor ingredient is nicotine, which is…

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Learn About New Compost Program Join neighbors for a discussion with local leaders, sustainability professionals and Key City Compost to learn about the composting program coming to Kentlands this spring. The Compost Program Town Hall will be held on Monday,…

Gaithersburg READS! Launches With Homegrown Author’s New Novel

Photo | Submitted Look for “American Dirt,” written by Gaithersburg native Jeanine Cummins, when it comes out on Jan. 21.

The City of Gaithersburg’s new community-wide initiative, “Gaithersburg READS!”, will begin with a novel by a native daughter. The plan is for all participants to read “American Dirt,” due out Jan. 21, and for its author, Jeanine Cummins, to return…

Holocaust Survivor Values Hard Work and Acceptance as the Keys to Living a Good Life

Photo | Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin Kentlands resident Maya Krakovsky survived the mass killing of Jews in Ukraine during World War II and built a new life with her family, eventually immigrating to the United States.

Ukrainian Holocaust survivor Maya Krakovsky, 84, was deeply saddened by the recent violent attack on Jews in New York as 2019 drew to a close, and the Jewish Hanukkah eight-day festival of lights ended. Krakovsky has survived so much sadness…

Holidays May Increase Loneliness in Older Adults

Photo | Thomas Marchessault The Village at Kentlands & Lakelands offers many social events for those ages 55 and older. Volunteers are shown here at the Village’s annual gathering on Oct. 28 at Vasili’s Kitchen.

One in three adults ages 45 and up are lonely, according to a 2018 AARP Foundation Survey. “Seniors are at higher risk for depression than the general population,” said Dr. Elizabeth Carr, owner of Kentlands Psychotherapy. “The main reason for…

Sharon Cantrell Joins Planning Commission

Photo | Phil Fabrizio In mid-November, Kentlands resident Sharon Cantrell became alternate commissioner for the City of Gaithers- burg’s Planning Commission.

If you want something done, ask a busy person. Sharon Cantrell is one of those people. The longtime Kentlands resident, who has a degree in finance, insurance and business law from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, works full-time as…

Kentlands Christmas Light and Music Show Delights

Photo | Phil Fabrizio Santa welcomes all to the 8th Annual Kentlands Christmas syncopated light show at 202 Little Quarry Road.

The lighting ceremony for the 8th Annual Kentlands Christmas syncopated light show orchestrated and designed by Kentlands resident Mikel Draghici at his home was well attended this year by more than 30 neighbors and friends who ventured out in the…

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Arts Barn Hosts 15 Artists on Small Business Saturday The Nov. 30 Holiday Bazaar at the Arts Barn featured 15 local artists who offered unique gifts, jewelry, prints, pottery, candles and more. If you missed the Holiday Bazaar, you can…

County Tackles Opioid Epidemic

County Executive Marc Elrich, and County Council Public Safety Chair Sidney Katz joined members of the Montgomery County Opioid Intervention Team (OIT) at a Rockville press event on Oct. 18 to announce the latest news in the fight against the…