Category: Community

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.…

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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…

A Party Fit for a ‘King’ Fish

Photo | Eileen Dougherty Kingfish alumni returned for the 25th anniversary party on June 1. Pictured are (top, L to R) Geoff Moores, Nick Hurson, Alex Moores, Sam Williams, Robert Sklodowski, Ryan Dougherty, Conor O’Brien, Jamie Schlichting, Cameron Shiner and Gregg Hurson; (bottom, L to R) Alex Cantrell, Annelise Cantrell, Maddie Dahut, Megan Dougherty, Dana Simcox, Ward Simcox, Chessie Dahut, Annarose Kennedy and Laura Luteran.

When parents Sooky McFadden and Britt Schwendinger heard that the 25th anniversary of the Kingfish was fast approaching, they joined together to throw a celebration for a squad that had given their families so much joy. “Our goal was to…

Second Quarter-Century 5K Races Ahead With New Ideas

Look for one big change at the Aug. 31, 2019 Kentlands/Lakelands 5K: Everything will be moved closer to the Main Street/Market Square start and finish line. The Merchant Expo will no longer use Center Point Way. Instead, vendors will be…

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Photo | Submitted “Shoplifters,” nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2019 Academy Awards, is the March 22, 2020 selection of the Kentlands Film Society.

Mayor & City Council Reject Proposed AT&T Cell Tower Location AT&T proposed a 159-foot cell tower for the wooded area off of Great Seneca Highway, north of Washingtonian Woods’ Upshire Circle, to improve coverage to the surrounding neighborhoods. The Mayor…

Foundation Celebrates ‘Powerful Year’

Ruthzaly Weich, vice chair of the Kentlands Community Foundation, received the John Schlichting Award for Exemplary Volunteerism. Photo | Pam Schipper

At the 26th annual meeting of the Kentlands Community Foundation, held June 27 at the Kentlands Mansion, Foundation Chair Rob Garretson said, “I couldn’t be prouder to lead this tremendous community organization.” He thanked volunteers, government partners, sponsors and donors…

Meeting With Kimco Results in ‘Cautious Optimism’

DPZ and Michael Watkins Architect LLC created a street framework for Kentlands Market Square in 2016. Deep purple designates “A” street frontage, light purple designates “B” street frontage. Illustration | Michael Watkins Architect LLC

Following the June 17 public hearing for a six-story multi-use building with structured parking proposed for Kentlands Market Square Block F, DPZ CoDesign/Kentlands town architect launched a petition seeking at least 150 signatures. The petition calls for design changes to…