City Scene

Manna CEO Honored With Global Women Stop Hunger Award

Jackie DeCarlo, chief executive officer of Manna Food Center, was awarded Stop Hunger’s 2018 Women Stop Hunger Award at a ceremony in Paris, France, on March 13. The second annual Women Stop Hunger Awards recognize a woman or group of women on the front lines of fighting hunger in their community through programs led by and for women. With a staff that is 61 percent female, Manna is supported by a strong coalition of female Board members and volunteers and ambitious new projects like “Manny” are changing the way hunger is addressed in the community. All recipients were chosen based on a number of criteria including whether their initiatives are innovative, scalable, impactful, and target communities with the greatest need.

Tree City Wins Green Award

Gaithersburg was recognized as one of the Greenest Cities in Maryland by Insurify. The award recognizes the contributions of minimizing the city’s carbon footprint through responsible car ownership and driving habits. Statistics show that vehicles represent one of the single greatest sources of polluting emissions in the United States. Read more here:

GBF Brings Children’s and YA Author Presentations, Workshops

Planned for May 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the grounds of City Hall, 31 S. Summit Ave., the Gaithersburg Book Festival (GBF) will bring more than 30 children’s and young adult authors. Look for lots of activities in the Children’s Village, including story time in multiple languages, writing workshops, crafts and games.

Vote for Your Favorite Short Story

The Gaithersburg Book Festival (GBF) has announced nine finalists for its eighth annual Short Story Contest for high school students. The first-, second- and third-place winners and the fan favorite will be announced at the festival on May 19.

You can help determine the fan favorite by reading the stories on the GBF website,, and voting by May 7. Finalists come from Montgomery, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties in Maryland, Fairfax County, Virginia, and Washington, DC.