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Jingle Jubilee in Gaithersburg, Maryland    Celebrate diverse and vibrant holiday traditions at Gaithersburg’s Jingle Jubilee. Enjoy an evening of music, dance, and song on Saturday, December 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the City Hall Concert Pavilion. Meet Santa and other characters, sing along to holiday songs, and enjoy exhibits of diverse decorations and traditions. This year marks the 96th anniversary of the tree lighting ceremony. Admission is free. Read more here. This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement. Chrysanthemum, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 6918Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
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Lakeforest Mall Rezoning Application  Now live - Gaithersburg's project page for the Lakeforest Mall rezoning application and sketch plan, from property owner WRS. Public hearing scheduled for January 17, 2023Go to https://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/government/projects-in-the-city/lakeforest-mall-rezoning  jects-in-the-city/lakeforest-mall-rezoningThis is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement. Chrysanthemum, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 6915Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
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Today is Rosa Parks Day On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks took a seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and changed the course of American history. TODAY we celebrate equal rights with #RosaParksDayThis is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement. Chrysanthemum, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 6916Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Gaithersburg Winter Recreation Classes REGISTER TODAY! Registration is now open for Winter Recreation Classes! With programs for preschoolers, youth, teens & adults you’ll discover an array of fitness, special interest, dance, arts, and music offerings this winter.Visit https://gburg.md/classes for more info.This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement. Chrysanthemum, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 6914Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Project Montgomery County health officials, in partnership with the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland-College Park (UMD), recently launched wastewater surveillance to detect COVID-19 circulating in the community. Wastewater surveillance provides an accurate way to detect illness-causing viruses and bacteria, such as SARS-CoV-2.Water samples will be collected bi-weekly at five sites in the County and sent to UMD for analysis. Data and results will be posted on the County’s COVID-19 website and the information will be updated weekly.“Wastewater surveillance will be a game changer for our efforts to better predict outbreaks and prevent them from happening,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “The partnership between our Depa...
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Book Recommendation: The Last to Vanish by Megan MirandaI enjoyed reading The Last to Vanish by The New York Times Bestselling American author and resident of North Carolina Megan Miranda and recommend it for your reading list Click on the links to learn more about the author and this novel. New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda returns with a gripping and propulsive thriller that opens with the disappearance of a journalist who is investigating a string of vanishings in the resort town of Cutter’s Pass—will its dark secrets finally be revealed?Ten years ago, Abigail Lovett fell into a job she loves, managing The Passage Inn, a cozy, upscale resort nestled in the North Carolina mountain town of Cutter’s Pass. Cutter’s Pass is best known for its outdoor offerings—rafting and hi...
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Book Recommendation: Next in Line by Jeffrey ArcherI enjoyed reading Next in Line (2022) by The New York Times Bestselling British author Jeffrey Archer and recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this novel. London, 1988. Royal fever sweeps the nation as Britain falls in love with the ‘people’s princess’.Which means for Scotland Yard, the focus is on the elite Royalty Protection Command, and its commanding officer. Entrusted with protecting the most famous family on earth, they quite simply have to be the best. A weak link could spell disaster.Detective Chief Inspector William Warwick and his Scotland Yard squad are sent in to investigate the team. Maverick ex-undercover operative Ross Hogan is charged with a very sensitive—and unique—r...
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By Roy Kelley
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Fire Pit Safety Tips  Cooler weather often spurs cozy gatherings around the fire pit during the fall season.The Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services (DPS) website features safety tips for those who will be using fire pits, fire bowls and chimineas. It is important to utilize the devices in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidance, and to make sure at least one adult is supervising.Fire pits and similar devices should be located at least 10 feet away from a home. It is important to keep a clear area of three feet in diameter around the fire pit. Mulch can catch fire quickly, so be sure and keep the fire pit at least three feet away from any nearby mulch.The DPS fire code compliance team recommends that the devices should not be used on balconies or decks. DPS advises to...
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‘Christmas on the Farm’ Will Be Hosted Dec. 3-4  “Christmas on the Farm,” a special way to celebrate the holidays in a country setting, will be at the Montgomery Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood on Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 3-4.On each day, the Farm Park, which is located at 18400 Muncaster Rd. in Derwood, will welcome visitors with activities and displays from noon-5 p.m. There is no charge for admission.The celebration will include free cookies and cider, a bake sale of homemade treats, hayrides, a farmhouse tour and an opportunity to see farm animals up close.The event will be hosted by Friends of the Montgomery Agricultural History Farm Park and supported by Montgomery Parks, which is part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.The Agricultural Park looks...
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Spatchcock Oven Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe  Chef Dolores used the My Life in An Apron Spatchcock Oven Roasted Turkey Breast recipe and the turkey was excellent. She suggested sharing this recipe in a blog.  Click on the link to view and print the recipe and notes. Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 6898Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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‘Gift Outside the Box’ Campaign Encouraging Greener Gifting  The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has launched its annual Gift Outside the Box campaign and encouraging people to “gift-greener” this holiday season. Ceremonies in Rockville starting the campaign this week included County Executive Marc Elrich.The annual Gift Outside the Box campaign brings together County agencies and community organizations to promote environmentally friendly gift-giving. The holiday campaign will focus on five areas: Buy Local: Support County and State businesses by purchasing locally made products. Look for the “MoCo Made” label at Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) or other retail stores. Gift Experiences: No need for a box when the gift features event tickets, Montgomery Rec...
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Book Recommendation: 1989 by Val McDermidI enjoyed reading 1989 (2022) an Allie Burns novel by International Best Selling Scottish Author Val McDermid and recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this novel. In the new installment to her historical crime series that began with 1979 , internationally bestselling author Val McDermid delivers a propulsive new thriller that finds journalist Allie Burns has become an editor, and as the Cold War and AIDS crisis deliver a nonstop tide of news, most of it bad, a story falls into her lap. And then there's a murder.Hailed as Britain's Queen of Crime, Val McDermid's award-winning, internationally bestselling novels have captivated readers for more than thirty years. In her Allie Burns series, she re...
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City of Gaithersburg Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule Thanksgiving Holiday Closures & Recycling NoticesFacility closures are in place Nov. 24 & 25, with exceptions. Thursday's recycling will be collected on Nov. 26.Post Date:11/16/2022 1:55 PM Thursday, November 24 All City facilities are closed. The Police Department Administrative Offices are closed. Police patrol will remain on duty. For emergencies please call 911. For non-emergencies, please dial 301-279-8000 for dispatch. Recycling scheduled for collection will be collected Saturday, November 26. Bulk pick up is unavailable. Loose leaf collection is suspended. All areas will be collected the preceding Monday through Wednesday, weather permitting. Friday, November 25 Most City facilities are closed, with the exception of the following...
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Increased Danger Period for Fatal Alcohol-Related Crashes The extended Thanksgiving holiday is one of the most heavily traveled times of the year. Additionally, the evening before Thanksgiving has historically been one of the busiest nights for bars and restaurants, with high drinking rates. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) are reminding residents that high-risk activities, combined with the sheer number of drivers on the road, make it an especially dangerous time for alcohol-related collisions.Montgomery County annually implements a “Holiday Task Force” in which several police agencies combine additional efforts to keep roads safe during the holidays. The Holiday Task Force begins operations before Thanksgivin...
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By Roy Kelley
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Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips Thanksgiving is mostly thought of as a day of celebration—and eating—with family members and friends. However, the holiday also brings some potential danger that comes with dividing attention between cooking and being social. Cooking-related fires happen more often on Thanksgiving Day in Montgomery County than on any other day of the year, according the County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS).Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Pete Piringer said it is important to cook with caution, especially at this time of the year when there are often a lot of people and activity in the home.Here are some safety tips from MCFRS on how to have a safe holiday: Stay in the kitchen when cooking so you can keep an eye on the food. (Most kitchen fires involve the stovetop...
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Gaithersburg Artist Collective Holiday Art Exhibit Holiday Art Exhibit by Artists on Market at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn beginning November 26 through January 8. There will be two special events during the show. The first is a traditional Meet the Artists Reception on Saturday, November 26 from 4 - 6 p.m.On Saturday, December 10 from 12 - 5 p.m. there will be a special "Meet the Makers" event which will include demonstrations in the teaching studios and an extended exhibit, In addition, there will be a holiday jewelry workshop starting at 1:30 p.m. (Registration is via the City website).This is a Kentlands Community Foundation announcement. Chrysanthemum, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 6887Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Pho...
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Book Recommendation: Mercy by David BaldacciI enjoyed reading Mercy (2021) by The New York Times Bestselling American author David Baldacci and recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this novel. This is book number four in the series featuring FBI agent Atlee Pine. Dolores and I have read all of the novels by this author. FBI Agent Atlee Pine’s harrowing search for her long-lost sister Mercy reaches a boiling point in this breakneck thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci.For her entire life, FBI agent Atlee Pine has been searching for her twin sister, Mercy, who was abducted at the age of six and never seen again. Mercy’s disappearance left behind a damaged family that later shattered beyond repair when Atlee’...
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Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule, Montgomery County, MarylandThe Montgomery County Government, and programs that impact County residents, will have the following schedule and program changes for Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, Nov. 24: County offices—Closed. State offices and courts—Closed. State Motor Vehicle Administration offices and Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program stations—Closed. Libraries—Closed. Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS)—All ABS stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Stores will operate from 10 a.m. -9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, Nov. 23. County-operated COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Clinics—Closed. Department of Permitting Services—All offices, including customer service lobby, are closed. Montgomery County 311—Will not be in operation. Ride On—Will operate...
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Book Recommendation: The Boys from Biloxi by John GrishamI enjoyed reading The Boys from Biloxi (2022) by The New York Times Bestselling American Author John Grisham and recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this novel. #1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham returns to Mississippi in his most gripping legal thriller yet, the riveting story of two sons of immigrant families who grow up as friends, but ultimately find themselves on opposite sides of the law. Grisham’s trademark twists and turns will keep you tearing through the pages until the stunning conclusion.For most of the last hundred years, Biloxi was known for its beaches, resorts, and seafood industry. But it had a darker side. It was also notorious for corruption an...
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By Roy Kelley
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Winter Lights Opens November 25 The Winter Lights Festival welcomes visitors back for its 27th spectacular season. The wondrous display of lights at Seneca Creek State Park will be open nightly November 25 through December 31, Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. The Festival will be closed on December 25. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are only good for the specific date listed on the ticket. Purchase tickets online here.  S’more LightsFriday, November 18 and Sunday, November 20, 6 to 9 p.m.Roast marshmallows over a campfire and make delicious s’mores, stroll through a wonderland of sparkling lights, and take selfies with Santa while enjoying hot beverages and collect a holiday craft to take home. Purchase tickets here. Leashes & ...
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