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Photo | City of Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman recognizes Nick Griffith for his award-winning essay.

Photo | City of Gaithersburg
Mayor Jud Ashman recognizes Nick Griffith for his award-winning essay.

City Receives MML Achievement Award for Book Festival

At its annual conference in Ocean City, the Maryland Municipal League presented a 2018 LEAD Achievement Award in the Large City Category to the City of Gaithersburg. The award, which recognizes initiatives to address community challenges and enhance quality of life, singled out the Gaithersburg Book Festival for giving the City of Gaithersburg a national stage upon which to celebrate its commitment to diversity, equality, community, and a love for all things literary.

Nick Griffith Recognized by Mayor and City Council

Rachel Carson Elementary School fourth-grader Nick Griffith was given a Certificate of Congratulations by the Mayor and City Council at its June 4 meeting for his award-winning essay in the Maryland Municipal League/Maryland Mayors’ Association “If I Were Mayor …” essay contest. More than 3,100 essays were submitted statewide, and Griffith is one of only 11 regional district winners.

In his essay, Griffith said that if he were mayor, he would “… recommend that to prevent bullying from happening, teachers everyday should gather the class around to talk about bullying. The teacher could ask all the children if anyone is being bullied. This will then encourage kids not to bully others, because if they do, they would be called out.”

FY19 City Budget Passes

The Mayor and City Council gave unanimous approval to the FY19 budget at its meeting on June 4. The FY19 adopted budget is $70.7 million, with $10.9 million of that total committed to capital improvements, including the construction of a new police headquarters, new parks, street reconstruction, and other infrastructure enhancements. The ad valorem tax has been set at a rate of $.262 on each $100 of assessed value of real property and $.53 on each $100 of assessed value of personal property.

Waterpark Full Summer Season Starts

The full summer season begins June 15 at the Water Park at Bohrer Park, 512 South Frederick Ave. Weekday hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and weekend hours are noon to 7 p.m. The water park offers multiple water slides and a variety of play features, including a splash pool for little ones. Picnic tables, plenty of shaded areas, locker rooms, vending machines, and a snack bar plaza operated by Boardwalk Fries are additional amenities.

City residents and members have exclusive access to the Water Park starting at 11 a.m. on weekends and holidays. Daily admission for City of Gaithersburg residents is $5. Admission for Montgomery County residents is $10 Monday through Thursday and $16 Friday through Sunday and holidays. Out-of-county admission is $15 Monday through Thursday and $21 Friday through Sunday and holidays.

Heritage Days 2018 Offers Free Events

Heritage Days 2018 on June 23 and 24, noon to 4 p.m., offers free events at 40 sites throughout Montgomery County. Visit for a full listing.

Gaithersburg events will be held at Observatory Park, 100 DeSellum Ave., and the Gaithersburg Community Museum, 9 South Summit Ave.
Look for guided tours of Observatory Park by David Doyle on Sunday, June 24, 1 and 2:30 p.m. You’ll learn the history and relevance of the National Geodetic Survey work done at the Observatory.

Staff and volunteers at the Gaithersburg Community Museum will guide visitors through some Earth-Space Science activities provided by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) in collaboration with NASA. Each day features a live performance. On Saturday, June 23, 2 p.m., you can see John Hadfield’s “The Science Show, Science is Everywhere!” Then on Sunday, June 24, 2 p.m., you can enjoy a performance by Flumpa and Friends, “Out of This World: A Space Odyssey – An Earth Science Adventure.”