Letter to the Editor

Photo | Dolly Kildee
County Councilmember and former Mayor of Gaithersburg Sidney Katz organized a rally March 5 at the Montgomery County Council Office Building.

In Support of Sensible Gun Regulations On Monday, I attended a rally organized by Sidney Katz to support sensible gun regulations in this country. The State of Maryland has some of the strictest laws on the books, including a ban…

Around Town

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This year’s Young Artist Award winners performed March 2 to a sold-out audience at the Arts Barn

Kimco Realty Requests Approval for Long-Term Redevelopment of Market Square Kimco Realty has requested approval of Sketch Plan Application SK-7837-2018, outlining a plan for redevelopment of Kentlands Market Square per the 2008 Kentlands Boulevard Commercial District Master Plan. The application…

New Neighborhood Park Plans Underway

The current design of the Orchard Ridge Drive park includes 1) picnic area, 2) open space, 3) hill slide, 4) nature play, 5) butterfly garden, 6) meadow, 7) woodlands, and 8) entrance.

The City of Gaithersburg unveiled plans for a new neighborhood park on Orchard Ridge Drive Wednesday night, March 8, at the Quince Orchard Park Clubhouse. The proposed three-acre park located adjacent to MedImmune, along Orchard Ridge Drive between Great Seneca…

Keeping Quince Orchard Safe

Photo | Jack Toomey
Officer Joe Lowery talks to a student at Quince Orchard High School about the upcoming SAT test.

By Jack Toomey Trying to interview the school resource officer (SRO) assigned to Quince Orchard is like trying to talk to a commuter at rush hour in Grand Central Station. A student wants to briefly advise him about a conflict…

City Scene

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Gaithersburg City Councilmember Mike Sesma, City Councilmember Neil Harris and Mayor Jud Ashman endorsed Marilyn Balcombe, candidate for Montgomery County Council At-Large. Balcombe, the current president and CEO of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, has partnered with the City Council and Mayor’s Office on numerous issues.

City Issues Call to Action Over State Small Cell Bill Public testimony will be heard by the Finance Committee for Senate Bill 1188 on Tuesday, March 20 at 1 p.m. in the Miller Senate Office Building at 11 Bladen St.…

Arts & Entertainment

Photo | Alice Ramos
The opening night performance of “Peter Pan Jr.” at the Arts Barn presented by KAT Second Stage was sold out thanks to its talented cast. Nora Suliman plays Peter Pan alongside Matthew Rubin (Captain Hook) and Elena Yeatts-Lonske (Wendy). Performances of this KAT Second Stage production continue through March 18. For tickets, visit

‘Abstract Imaginations’ Through March 31; The Framer’s Choice Gallery Local artist and teacher Vian Shamounki Borchert presents 30 of her latest paintings in this solo exhibition. ‘Art of the Print’ Through April 2; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1:30-5…

The Park Pages

Photo | Pam Schipper
Lydia Kimball, Floura Teeter landscape architect, talks about the site plan for the new Orchard Ridge Drive park at a March 8 community meeting. The new city park is anticipated to open in summer 2019. Please see page 4 for article.

Meeting Calendar March 19—Violation Inspection & Enforcement Work Session, QOP Clubhouse, 7 p.m. April 10—QOP Board of Directors Annual Meeting, QOP Clubhouse, 7 p.m. The QOP Easter Egg Hunt has been cancelled. QOP Is Pumped Up The Corporate Fitness Works’…

Kaufman’s Kitchen

Passover Is Coming Early. Are You Ready? Just got a new cookbook that is loaded with new recipes I want to try for Passover; “A Taste of Pesach 2: Trusted Favorites, Simple Preparation, Magnificent Result,” Bais Yaakov cookbook 2 by…