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Photo | City of Gaithersburg Diego Flores-Cerezo of Summit Hall Elementary School has been selected as Gaithersburg’s next Junior Mayor.

Photo | City of Gaithersburg
Diego Flores-Cerezo of Summit Hall Elementary School has
been selected as Gaithersburg’s next Junior Mayor.

Diego Flores-Cerezo Selected as Junior Mayor

Out of more than 50 entries submitted by resident 4th graders in the City of Gaithersburg, Diego Flores-Cerezo of Summit Hall Elementary School has been selected as Gaithersburg’s next Junior Mayor. His first appearance will be at the State of the City Address on April 25, where the gavel will be passed by current Junior Mayor Zayd Salahuddin of Dufief Elementary School. Diego will be officially introduced to the public at the Mayor and City Council meeting on June 3.

City Wins Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Awards

The City of Gaithersburg Sportsfest won the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Innovative Award, and Michele Potter, director of Parks, Recreation and Culture, was named Outstanding Recreation Professional of the Year.

Budget Public Hearings Planned for April 22

The Mayor and City Council want your input on the proposed FY20 City of Gaithersburg Budget and Strategic Plan. Comments can be made in person at a Public Hearing on Monday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. Advance registration is not necessary. Comments can also be made in writing to by 5 p.m. on May 16. The proposed FY20 budget is $68.4 million, with the real property tax rate proposed to remain unchanged at $0.262 for each $100 of assessed property.

Along with an annual budget, the Mayor and City Council concurrently adopt a Strategic Plan, ensuring that expenditures are aligned with stated priorities. The Strategic Plan covers 11 broad service areas and includes goals and objectives for each.

Action Plan items lay the groundwork for programs and initiatives in the coming year, with critical measures showing progress. Among the many action items for FY20 are outreach initiatives for recycling, the 2019 municipal elections and the 2020 Census, promotion of Opportunity Zone benefits, construction of a new police station and inspection of the city’s stormwater infrastructure.

Citizenship Awards Presented at State of the City

Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman and members of the City Council will host the annual State of the City Address on Thursday, April 25, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Rosborough Cultural Arts Center on the grounds of Asbury Methodist Village. In addition to the mayor’s annual address, the event also includes the presentation of awards for the Distinguished Citizen, Outstanding Organization and Distinguished Friend of Gaithersburg, and serves as the final official event for Junior Mayor Zayd Salahuddin. The incoming junior mayor will be introduced as well.

Janet Neumann, a longtime volunteer with Gaithersburg HELP, will be presented with the 2019 Distinguished Citizen Award. The Outstanding Organization Award is being presented to the Kentlands Community Foundation in recognition of its contributions to the broader community. The Distinguished Friend Award will be presented to Mary Canapary, who has been involved with the Lord’s Table Soup Kitchen for the past 35 years.

The full program will be videotaped and available for viewing a few days after the event on Gaithersburg TV, available on Comcast and RCN channel 13 and FiOS channel 25 within the city limits. The program will also be available on the city’s YouTube channel @GburgMD.

Police Participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Drop potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs off at the Gaithersburg Police Station, 14 Fulks Corner Ave., on Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No liquids or syringes will be accepted. The service is free, anonymous, and there will be no questions asked. In addition, since June of 2014, a Prescription Drop Box has been available in the Gaithersburg Police Department lobby, accessible throughout the year from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Soroptimist International of Upper Montgomery County Plans Fundraiser

The Soroptimist International of Upper Montgomery County, Maryland (SIUMC) 55th Annual Gala Fundraiser, Fashion Show & Awards Luncheon Cash Awards will be held on Sunday, April 28 at the Hilton Washington DC/Gaithersburg Hotel from noon to 3 p.m. This event includes an auction and Chance Raffle to support SIUMC’s sole objective: the development and advancement of women and girls in our local community through mentoring support, career development, scholarship programs and social and economic empowerment assistance. Mayor Jud Ashman will present three “Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women.” There will be special recognition for the Gaithersburg High School and Quince Orchard High School Dream It Be It: Career Support for Girls Scholarship winners. Attendees will also enjoy a fashion show, “Trends in Fashion for 2019 From Lord & Taylor.”

To purchase tickets, contact Nancy Gibbs at 301.366.0891 or and follow the SIUMC Facebook page,