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City Hosts School Supply Drive

Photo | City of Gaithersburg City of Gaithersburg elected officials and staff participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 26 to unveil the new Olde Town Plaza, which features an interactive water fountain.

Photo | City of Gaithersburg
City of Gaithersburg elected officials and staff participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 26 to unveil the new Olde Town Plaza, which features an interactive water fountain.

The City of Gaithersburg Educational Enrichment Committee is working with the Gaithersburg Youth Club and Student Union and other local businesses and organizations to collect school supplies that will be donated to area educators. The supplies will be made available to local school staff at the city’s annual Principal/Counselor/PTA Appreciation Breakfast on Sept. 27.

The collection continues through Aug. 31. Needed supplies include 2” binders, highlighters and markers, folders, glue sticks, scissors, crayons, white/color card stock, pencils, index cards, tape and tape dispensers, construction paper, earbuds and/or headphones for Chromebooks, Post-it Notes, tissue, hand soap and sanitizer, Clorox wipes and composition books.

Donations can be dropped off at the Olde Towne Youth Center, 301 Teachers Way, weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 South Frederick Ave., weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Gaithersburg Youth Club provides safe, well-supervised and fun activities for participating middle school students during off-school hours. The City of Gaithersburg Student Union offers fitness and sports activities, art and music, field trips and more to students in grades 9 through 12. Community service is integral to both clubs.

For more information please contact the Olde Towne Youth Center at, 301.258.6440 or visit

Sign Up to Participate in the Labor Day Parade

The Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade returns to the streets of Olde Towne on Monday, Sept. 3, 1 p.m. Now in its 80th year, this rain-or-shine event includes high school marching bands, dance groups, costumed characters, antique cars and fire engines, equestrian units, clowns, and more, all winding their way down East Diamond and Russell Avenues.

Community groups and other organizations are invited to participate in the parade. Organizations and individual volunteers are also needed to distribute program booklets, assist with the parade line-up and participate as characters in the parade.

Labor Day Parade Participant Registration and Agreement Forms are available on the city’s website, For more information, please contact the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture at 301.258.6350 or

Gaithersburg Police Officers Honored With Public Safety Awards

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce honored Gaithersburg Police Officers David Bower, John Duke and Nathan Provost with Meritorious Service Citations as part of its annual Public Safety Awards program.

An awards breakfast July 13 gave the business community an opportunity to publicly thank those who help maintain the quality of life in the Gaithersburg and Germantown area. Twenty-five public safety officials were honored.

Gaithersburg Police Officers John Duke and Nathan Provost were both presented with the Distinguished Service Citation for their dedication to duty and professionalism in a highly stressful situation.

On Jan. 29, Gaithersburg Police Department and Montgomery County Police Department officers responded to the report of a fight at a playground. After the fight, the victim suffered a medical crisis from a pre-existing undetected medical condition and collapsed. Upon arrival, officers located the victim and CPR was initiated by Officers Duke and Provost along with Montgomery County Police Officer Bryan Volz. CPR was continued until Fire/Rescue arrived on the scene. The victim was revived and transported to Shady Grove Emergency Room where he was stabilized and then transferred by air to Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC. The attending doctor at Shady Grove Emergency Room commented to officers and supervisors, “Whoever did CPR on this kid, saved his life.” After the medical treatment at the scene, the officers stayed to assist and gather valuable witness information and contain the crime scene for forensic services and detectives. Unfortunately, the victim passed away of his medical condition two weeks later.

Officers Duke and Provost, along with Officer Volz, quickly assessed the scene, evaluated the patient and provided emergency treatment to the victim. Their quick actions helped revive the victim and gave doctors an opportunity to save his life. Their actions reflected greatly on their training, their dedication to duty and professionalism that they showed in a highly stressful situation.

Officer David Bower was awarded the Meritorious Service Citation for his life-saving actions.

Officer Bower was first officer on-scene of a man in cardiac arrest at a private residence. Upon arrival, Officer Bower found a 17-year-old girl attempting CPR on a large male patient. Officer Bower had her move to the side and quickly assessed the situation. He then made notifications over the radio and started CPR. After performing CPR, the patient started to breathe on his own; however, it was shallow and labored. As Officer Bower continued to monitor him, his heart stopped again. Officer Bower restarted CPR and continued until Fire Rescue arrived and took over. The Fire Rescue personnel were impressed with Officer Bower and stated the patient is alive today because of his actions.