City Briefs

Sesma Visits VP’s house

City Council member Michael Sesma recently attended a reception along with 44 other Hispanic elected officials throughout the United States at Vice President Joe Biden’s house in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month.

CNN Live From Marraffa’s House

Television crews working for Larry King’s television show broadcast an interview with former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge live from City Council member Henry Marraffa’s house last month in West Riding. Ridge was attending a fundraiser at Marraffa’s house for former Maryland Governor and gubernatorial candidate Bob Erhlich.

Social Media Helps City Connect with Young Audience

Gaithersburg currently has 1,113 “fans” of the city’s Facebook page.  According to Public Information Director Britta Monaco, 60 percent of the city’s fans are under the age of 35 (largest percentage – 30 percent – is 18–24).

Economic Director Post

City officials have sorted through the applications for the city’s new economic director and are beginning to schedule the first round of interviews.

Procurement Post

City Manager Angel Jones is creating a new post inside City Hall for procurement. The reclassification is expected to take place at the end of this month.

Arts Train at City Hall

The Arts Train locomotive in front of City Hall has been moved for repair and repainting (it was damaged during this year’s storms).

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Annual Jingle Jubilee Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at the City Hall Concert Pavilion on Dec. 4 beginning at 6 p.m. The program includes music by Gaithersburg High School Ensemble, costumed characters, free hot chocolate, a sing-along, and crafts by Childtime Learning Center in Gaithersburg.  Parking is available at City Hall via Wells Avenue.  In case of inclement weather, the tree lighting will be held only at 7 p.m. prior to the Dec. 6 Mayor and City Council meeting.