City Scene

Environmental Award Applications Now Open

The Mayor and City Council and the Environmental Affairs Committee invite you to participate in the Environmental Awards Program. Through the awards, the city looks to recognize and show appreciation for those who give back to the environment—and also encourage others to get involved.

Environmental Achievement Awards, Appreciation Awards or Individual Awards are open to any citizen, business or  organization based within the Gaithersburg City limits, or entities with at least 10 percent of their students/members being city residents, that have demonstrated outstanding efforts to improve Gaithersburg’s environment, either for a project(s) in 2018 or over a period of years (2018 and before).

Please submit your application by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5. Awards will be presented by the Mayor and City Council at a special awards ceremony at City Hall on Monday, April 1.

Bake for Good Program Fights Hunger

As part of Gaithersburg’s Hunger Awareness Month, more than 2,300 students and community members will partner with King Arthur Flour bakers to bake and donate to hunger-relief organizations.

“Hunger is a very real issue in Gaithersburg, and we are proud to support a number of programs that help our residents access quality food,” said Mayor Jud Ashman. “As we call attention to this issue, we’re excited to partner with the King Arthur Flour Bake for Good Program.”

It is estimated that approximately 6,600 residents in the City of Gaithersburg rely on food assistance programs each year. By proclaiming March as Hunger Awareness Month, the city hopes to shine a light on this important issue and provide resources to both those who are in need of food assistance and those who would like to volunteer their time and resources to help.

The city is partnering with the King Arthur Flour Bake for Good Program to host free baking programs throughout the city and in schools to give everyone a chance to bake and share in March. Participants will receive ingredients to make two loaves of bread—one for themselves and one to donate to a friend, neighbor, or participating nonprofit organization.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Planned

The City of Gaithersburg in partnership with The Peterson Companies & Rio Washingtonian Center, will host the 19th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Rio Washingtonian Center (Rio Boulevard and Grand Corner Avenue). This year’s grand marshal is Garry Walker of the Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Volunteer Fire Department. The parade will be emceed by Albie Dee from 94.7 The Drive—DC’s Greatest Hits and JP Flaim of The Sports Junkies from 106.7 The Fan—DC Sports Radio. Following the parade there will be live entertainment by the Lloyd Dobler Effect on the Lakefront Plaza until 2 p.m.

City Proclaims Feb. 21 Anti-Bullying Awareness Day

Six-year-old Gaithersburg resident Cavanaugh Bell testified at a Mayor and City Council meeting in January to raise awareness about bullying. He said he decided to speak up after learning that one of his best friends contemplated suicide after being bullied. At that meeting, he asked elected officials to consider designating Feb. 21 as Bullying Awareness Day. He selected that day to honor the life of Gabriel Taye, an eight-year-old boy from Ohio who took his own life. Lawmakers granted Bell’s request.