Category: Community

Community Association to Support Community Composting Program

Photo | Courtesy of Key City Compost Sebastian Brown with Key City Compost collects compost bins. Key City Compost is working with the Kentlands Community Association to offer composting service to Kentlands residents starting in January 2020.

Shannon Sanchez has long appreciated the natural world, but the birth of her twins made her environmental concerns an even higher priority. “Becoming a mother last year has only given me greater purpose in protecting and improving the earth for…

26th Annual 5K Runs on Community Spirit

| Jaree Donnelly More than 850 runners and walkers participated in the Kentlands/Lakelands 5K on Aug. 31.

The experience of living in Kentlands or Lakelands is idyllic. So much of what the designers of these new urbanist communities envisioned when they created the neighborhoods is visible on a daily basis: families pushing babies in strollers, people walking…

Middle Schoolers Learned Leadership Lessons at LeaderTrip Camp

Photo | Phil Fabrizio, PhotoLoaf Former Redskin, sportscaster and radio sports analyst Brian Mitchell spoke to LeaderTrip par- ticipants on Aug. 21 about how he overcame adversity in his life. Mitchell is host of “The Brian Mitchell Show” with co-host Scott Linn, bringing analysis on the Redskins, Nationals, Capitals and more on The Team 980.

Joshua Lavine and Laura Mendelow share the conviction that young people benefit from learning about leadership. As such, the president of Main Street’s Capitol Benefits and the owner of the Gaithersburg-based Mendelow Consulting Group, respectively, joined forces to design and…

Cub Scouts Welcome Girls and Boys

Photo | Courtesy of Cub Scout Pack 221 Hiking is just one of the adventures Cub Scout Pack 221 has experienced in recent years.

We are excited to announce that our Cub Scouting program is now open to boys and girls in K-Grade 5. By welcoming both girls and boys into the program, even more youth will have access to the character development and…

A Community Mourns the Passing of Belward Farm’s Iconic Tree

Photo | Phil Fabrizio, PhotoLoaf The Belward Farm black gum tree greets the dawn on Earth Day, April 22, 2013, a cold but spring-like day glistening with dew.

Reports of the demise of Belward Farm’s iconic black gum tree have inspired sadness in its many admirers. Among them are Tim Newell who has fond memories of his childhood summers on his late aunt’s farm and community members like…

Center Point Way More Active in New Block F Design

Photo | Submitted With the addition of office space and a pedestrian entrance to the parking garage, Kimco’s design for its proposed six-story, mixed-use building offers a more walkable Center Point Way experience.

Kimco responded to community requests to preserve walkability along Center Point Way with an amended design for the Block F, 630 Center Point Way six-story, mixed-use building now in the city’s schematic development plan phase. Following discussion on Aug. 7,…

New Clock Honors Past in Olde Towne

Photo | Courtesy of the City of Gaithersburg Jacob Wolfson established Wolfson’s Department Store in Olde Towne with his wife, Rose. He is pictured here with inventory that included custom-made suits the year the store opened, 1918.

Look closely at the new clock in Olde Towne Plaza. It does much more than tell time. Keeping watch over History Park adjacent to the railroad tracks, the clock bears a plaque: “In Memory of Leonard Katz & Sara Wolfson…

Lakelands Park Eighth-Grader Plans Community Service Event for Her Bat Mitzvah Project

Photo | Submitted Samara Ginsberg, pictured with parents Jonathan and Debbie Ginsberg, celebrated her bat mitzvah with a party at Lakewood Country Club on May 4.

When Samara Ginsberg moved from Manhattan to Montgomery County in the middle of sixth grade, she was not happy. Now, some 19 months later, the rising eighth-grader at Lakelands Park Middle School feels she has adjusted both academically and socially.…

Around Town

Arts Barn Closes for Repairs Aug. 5 The Arts Barn will close for repair and maintenance work on Aug. 5. The anticipated reopening date is Sept. 20. In accordance with the City of Gaithersburg’s no-debt policy, funds have been set…

The Kentlands Kingfish Turn 25

Photo | Phil Fabrizio, PhotoLoaf Dayna Ingrassia designed a 25th Anniversary Kentlands Kingfish float for the Kentlands Fourth of July parade.

It has been a special swim season for the Kentlands Kingfish as the organization celebrates its 25th anniversary this summer. Diane Dorney, former publisher of The Town Courier newspapers, founded the team along with Richard Swerdlow in 1994. Dorney cherishes…