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Main Street Music Festival

After two weeks of rain delays, the Main Street Music Festival finally got off the ground on June 23 and again on June 30 with dozens of people in the crowd, including City Council members Ryan Spiegel and Michael Sesma. We salute the Kentlands Downtown Partnership (KDP) for bringing some live music to Main Street this summer.

Planning Report

The city’s 2009 planning report recently filed with the state completely ignores this side of Gaithersburg … not one mention in the report of MedImmune, Kentlands, Lakelands, Quince Orchard Park or even the new Vistas community. This despite the city’s goal to balance citywide the competing issues and interests that affect future development. Olde Towne and Watkins Mill are specifically called out in the report.

Crown Farm Demolition

Developers knocked down the green and white house at Crown Farm last month with no recent notice to the public despite interest in moving the recognizable house to another section of the property and direction to salvage parts of the house for reuse. The city’s elected leaders say they were also surprised to discover the house was gone.

Public Works Crews

The city’s Public Works crews were busy in late June clearing away tree debris in Kentlands after some severe summer thunderstorms. We appreciate the city workers’ quick response to our neighborhood.

QOP Celebration

The Quince Orchard Park Stars and Stripes Parade is an annual tradition that most residents look forward to each year. This year’s celebration on July 3, not July 4 was just as grand, especially because of the support of city leaders (Mayor Sidney Katz; Council members Jud Ashman, Cathy Drzyzgula, Michael Sesma and Ryan Spiegel; and City Manager Angel Jones) who took time out of their holiday weekend to attend.