City Scene

Rotary Plans Luncheon for World Polio Day

The Rotary Club of Gaithersburg will hold its second annual “End Polio” luncheon on Oct. 23 at the Holiday Inn to mark World Polio Day. Non-Rotarians are invited to attend, with advance registration. Please inquire by email to The cost is $20.

Neighborhood Improvement Grants Awarded

Eighteen neighborhood and homeowner associations were awarded a total of $56,930 through the City of Gaithersburg Frederick J. Felton Neighborhood Matching Grant Program. Kentlands Condominium was awarded $2,500 for its community sitting area.

The program provides an incentive for neighborhood organizations to improve their communities by awarding matching grants of up to $5,000. The Mayor and City Council approved the grants at their Sept. 17 meeting.

Donate to Holiday Giving Program

The city’s annual Holiday Giving program, a coordinated effort that helps make the holidays happier for about 600 families at Thanksgiving and more than 1,500 children in December, is underway. Donations are now being accepted.

Monetary donations are used to purchase food and gifts. Donations of new hat, scarf and glove sets for children and older adults are also needed.

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City Councilmember Recognized by Liberty’s Promise

Gaithersburg City Councilmember Michael A. Sesma was presented with the 2018 John Greeley Award from Liberty’s Promise at the organization’s annual fundraiser on Sept. 14. The first Hispanic-American and minority elected to the Gaithersburg City Council, Sesma was recognized for his dedication to immigrant youth and for honoring the values of American democracy.

Liberty’s Promise serves low-income, immigrant youth through after-school civics and professional internship programs, encouraging young people to be active and conscientious Americans.