City Scene

Gaithersburg Welcomes CBH Health

There’s a new tenant at 9318 Gaither Road. CBH Health specializes in central nervous system disorders, and this treatment center has unique facilities that accommodate the rigorous standards required for inpatient clinical trials. The City of Gaithersburg assisted with the transformation of CBH’s space, awarding the company an Economic Development Toolbox incentive grant.

VA Clinic Expected to Open December 2017

The 44,600 veterans who live in Montgomery County will soon have a closer-to-home option for obtaining quality health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

On Sept. 19, officials from Montgomery County and the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center hosted a Golden Hammer ceremony to signify the official landmark of the Montgomery County Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, 15810 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg. The newly renovated clinic will offer 11,600 square feet with room for a primary care clinic and a mental health clinic as well as space for telehealth, patient education, hearing aid fittings and specialty care.

It will be the first VA community clinic in Montgomery County. The clinic, expected to open in December 2017, will be a welcomed addition for veterans in the community. It is estimated that only about one-fourth of veterans eligible for VA health care are signed up.

Novavax Phase 3 RSV Vaccine Trial Disappoints

The Phase 3 trial of Novavax’s vaccine, Resolve, under development for the treatment of RSV-associated lower respiratory tract disease, did not meet the pre-specified primary or the secondary efficacy objectives, and did not demonstrate vaccine efficacy. The Phase 3 trial involved 11,856 adults age 60 and older across 60 U.S. locations.

City Finalist for NRPA Award

Gaithersburg was one of five national finalists for the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) 2016 Park Champion of the Year Award but was not selected as the winner. The city will be recognized during NRPA’s Annual Congress Opening General Session on Oct. 6. Michele Potter, the city’s director of parks, recreation and culture, has been asked to speak on a panel during an educational session at the Congress on Oct. 7, and the city will appear in the Parks and Recreation magazine.

Energy Conservation Initiatives

In furtherance of the city’s strategic initiatives in the area of environmental sustainability, the Mayor and City Council adopted two resolutions on Sept. 19, committing to a reduction in the city’s consumption of electricity and transportation petroleum. Gaithersburg has been accepted as a new community within the Maryland Energy Administration’s Smart Energy Communities program. A $100,000 grant will help support the city’s energy efficiency and conservation efforts, including the establishment of energy and petroleum usage baselines. The grant will also help with creation of plans to reduce energy consumption at city-owned buildings by 15 percent and transportation petroleum consumption in the city-owned fleet by 20 percent within five years.

CHARACTER COUNTS! Celebrated This Month

October is national CHARACTER COUNTS!® month, and this year it’s especially noteworthy as Gaithersburg celebrates 20 years as a CHARACTER COUNTS! city. This national ethics program, built upon the foundation of the Six Pillars of Character, was adopted by the city in 1996 and has been infused in educational, recreational and community-based initiatives ever since. The Six Pillars are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

The city is hosting and sponsoring a variety of activities to celebrate CHARACTER COUNTS! month.  Some are open to the public; others are open to select audiences. Look for pumpkin painting Oct. 9 at Oktoberfest in the Kentlands, noon to 5 p.m. The fee is $5 per pumpkin, and proceeds benefit youth programs and the CHARACTER COUNTS! Scholarship Fund. Details can be found at, or call 301-258-6395 x3.

Opportunity Grants Available

In the FY2017 City of Gaithersburg operating budget, the Mayor and City Council approved $15,000 in funding for a Nonprofit Opportunity Grant program that addresses community and human service needs in the City of Gaithersburg. Funding for one or more grants is available to assist with gaps in services and to help organizations meet unexpected challenges in the priority service areas of food and nutrition, housing preservation and transportation assistance, health and mental health, and vocational and financial empowerment services. Applications that address women’s education and empowerment, homeless prevention for youth, and the needs of older adults are also encouraged.

Applications will be considered as received (pending availability) through Dec. 15. Awardees must expend these grant funds by June 30, 2017. Application forms and instructions are available online at For more information, please call 301.258.6395 or e-mail

Marty Matsen Accepts Position in Bozeman

Best wishes to City of Gaithersburg Planning Division Chief Marty Matsen who has accepted the position of community development director for the City of Bozeman, Montana. Matsen will be leaving the City of Gaithersburg in late October. Trudy Schwarz has been promoted to succeed him as planning division chief.

Volunteers Sought for Homeless Resource Day

The City of Gaithersburg and Montgomery County are once again hosting Homeless Resource Day, now named in memory of Nadim Kahn who helped found the event in 2011 and worked tirelessly to ensure its success. The one-on-one matching of navigators with clients is a focal point of the day, allowing clients to easily access the 80+ service and resource stations that will be on site. The event takes place on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park. Email with questions.

Artists Invited to Apply for “Winter White” Exhibition

The City of Gaithersburg invites artists to submit applications to display artwork as part of the “Winter White” exhibition at the Arts Barn. Artwork should be 95 percent colorless (white or clear). The exhibit will be on display Jan. 6 through Feb. 27, 2017.

Works will be selected by a jury. The deadline for submission is Sunday, Oct. 16, 11:30 p.m.

GGCC Honors Volunteers

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) honored its volunteers at the Business Networking after Five event Sept. 15. The event was held at and sponsored by Smokey Glen Farm Barbequers, Inc. in Gaithersburg.

Four chamber members received awards, certificates from Governor Larry Hogan’s Office on Service and Volunteerism and Congressman John Delaney, and special recognition for their commitment and involvement with the chamber. These members are Eileen Cahill, Holy Cross Health, Pascale Brady, Global Life Coaching LLC, Brooke Bruch, Contemporaries, Inc. and Brett Rough, Aerotek