Gaithersburg, MD Real Estate News

By Roy Kelley
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Maryland Homeowner Assistance Fund Opened  A $248 million Maryland Homeowner Assistance Fund was opened this month to support mortgage relief, home repairs, housing counseling and legal services. The program will be administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).Funds will be distributed in the following targeted amounts: Approximately $171 million to provide loans to assist homeowners who have experienced financial hardship with their mortgages and $34 million to provide grants to assist with property tax, homeowner association and other types of delinquencies. $10 million for the WholeHome program to help homeowners with necessary repairs and energy efficiency improvements. $8 million for housing counseling agencies and $3 million for legal service...
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Book Recommendation: Silence in the Library by Katherine SchellmanSilence in the Library (2021) is the second book by Virginia novelist Katherine Schellman. I enjoyed this novel and recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this book.Katharine Schellman is the author of the Lily Adler Mysteries and the forthcoming Nightingale Mysteries. Her debut novel, The Body in the Garden, was one of Suspense Magazine's Best Books of 2020 and led to her being named one of BookPage's 16 Women to Watch in 2020. Her second novel, Silence in the Library, was praised as "worthy of Rex Stout or Agatha Christie" (Library Journal).Katharine lives and writes in the mountains of Virginia in the company of her husband, children, and the many houseplants she keeps...
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Free Virtual Employment Expo for Residents 50+, Tues., Jan. 11 A free virtual employment expo for residents 50-and-over will be held starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Advance registration is required to participate. The series of expos is sponsored by the Jewish Council for the Aging and Montgomery County.The expo schedule on Jan. 11 will include: 10-11:45 a.m.: Workshops with questions via Zoom chat. Speakers will be Richard Ross of Manpower/Manpower Mature and Elisse Barnes of a Certain Vintage Workforce Education, LLC. Noon-2 p.m.: Area employers will talk about their companies/organizations and employment opportunities. They also will answer questions from jobseekers. After each employer presentation, expo participants will have the opportunity to network directly with ...
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Montgomery County Volunteer Center’s ‘MLK Week of Service’Every January, for more than a decade, the Montgomery County Volunteer Center has brought thousands of area residents together for an afternoon of volunteer activities featured at its large-scale Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day of Service event. However due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, for the second straight year, the event will be largely virtual and expanded to a week from Jan. 15-22. It will have a variety of home-based and safely distanced service opportunities available online at http://bit.ly/MoCoMLKDay.The Volunteer Center’s 2022 MLK service event will offer residents of all ages the opportunity to honor the life and teachings of Dr. King by participating in one, or several, service projects that help other...
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By Roy Kelley
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Food Resources in Montgomery County, MarylandLearn more about food resources in Montgomery County https://buff.ly/3FbULozPlease share this information with families that may be food insecure. These programs have assisted over 100,000 of our residents.This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement. Dahlia, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 2863Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Book Recommendation: The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin HarmelThe Forest of Vanishing Stars (2021) by Kristin Harmel is an excellent novel and I recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this book.Kristin Harmel is the New York Times bestselling, USA Today bestselling, and #1 international bestselling author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars, The Book of Lost Names, The Winemaker’s Wife, and a dozen other novels that have been translated into 29 languages and are sold all over the world.A former reporter for PEOPLE magazine, Kristin has been writing professionally since the age of 16, when she began her career as a sportswriter, covering Major League Baseball and NHL hockey for a local magazine in Tampa Bay, Florida in the late 1990s....
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Montgomery County Public Libraries Delay Restoration of Sunday Hours  Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will delay the restoration of Sunday branch service hours that was scheduled to begin this month due to the increased spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant.The hours of operation at all MCPL branches, except Maggie Nightingale (Poolesville) and Noyes Library for Young Children, will be: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The hours and schedule for Maggie Nightingale (currently closed for refresh) and Noyes libraries will remain as they currently stand.For more information on MCPL services, please visit https://montgomerycountymd.gov/library/This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement. Dahlia, Kentlands Photow...
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By Roy Kelley
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Gaithersburg Emergency Ordinance to Limit Rent IncreasesAt their January 3rd meeting, the Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council conducted a public hearing and then enacted emergency legislation to limit residential rent increases due to the impact of COVID-19. By a vote of 3 to 2, the elected officials amended Chapter 13 of the City Code, “Landlord-Tenant Relations,” to prohibit both residential rent increases and notices of such in excess of Montgomery County’s Voluntary Rent Guideline prior to May 15, 2022. The Ordinance takes effect immediately.Read more here and view the meeting here.This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement. Dahlia, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 2862Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Free COVID-19 Test Kit Distribution, Montgomery County, MarylandMontgomery County residents will be able to pick up FREE rapid at-home COVID-19 test kits at 19 Montgomery County Public Libraries starting on Monday, January 10, 2022. The kits will be available on a first come, first served basis until supplies run out. https://buff.ly/3HKOUYU.This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.  Dahlia, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 2854Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Montgomery County, Maryland Mask Update, January, 2022The new Board of Health regulation continues indoor mask requirements at any location accessible to the public in Montgomery County until at least January 31, 2022.Details https://buff.ly/3qUw76PThis is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.  Dahlia, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 2850Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy Kelley Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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National Stalking Awareness MonthIt is National Stalking Awareness Month. Stalking is not an accident. Stalking is not a coincidence. Stalking is not a big misunderstanding. Stalking is targeted violence in which a perpetrator chooses to stalk.This is a Montgomery County (MD) Domestic Violence Coordinating Council announcement.  Dahlia, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 2788Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Book Recommendation: This Tender Land by William Kent KruegerI enjoyed reading This Tender Land (2019) by American novelist William Kent Krueger and recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this book.Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. He’s been married for nearly fifty years to a marvelous woman who is a retired attorney. He makes his home in St. Paul, a city he dearly loves.Krueger writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protag...
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By Roy Kelley
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Minimum Wage Increased in Maryland on January 1stThe minimum wage in Maryland has increased as Maryland takes steps toward a $15 minimum wage in 2025.For employers with at least 15 employees, this is the minimum wage: Jan. 1, 2021 — $11.75 Jan. 1, 2022 — $12.50 Jan. 1, 2023 — $13.25 Jan. 1, 2024 — $14 Jan. 1, 2025 — $15 For employers with 14 or fewer employees, this is the schedule: Jan. 1, 2021 — $11.60 Jan. 1, 2022 — $12.20 Jan. 1, 2023 — $12.80 Jan. 1, 2024 — $13.40 Jan. 1, 2025 — $14 Jan. 1, 2026 — $14.60 July 1, 2026 — $15 Through the Secure Maryland Wage Act, employees who work at least 50 percent of the time at a heightened security interest location such as Baltimore-Washington International Airport or Penn Station must be paid at least $13.50 an hour starting Jan. 1, 2022. Dahl...
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By Roy Kelley
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Beer Recommendation: Bell's Wild Spruce ChaseDuring the holidays, we discovered a new favorite among our beer selections. Chef Dolores and I recommend Bell's Wild Spruce Chase, India Pale Ale with Spruce Tips, for your shopping list. Click on the link to learn more. Drink responsibly. 6.5% Alc. by Vol. The Wild Spruce Chase is the annual search for the perfect tree. There’s no need to measure this one. Brewed with real spruce tips, this IPA is full and fresh and fits perfectly.Spruce tips, harvested from the mountains of Colorado, are "new growth" and can only be harvested during a very short, specific time frame.Bottles of this beer are available exclusively in the 2021 Jingle Bell's variety pack. Some locations will have it on draft, but it will be limited.  Flowering Garlic Chives, K...
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By Roy Kelley
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Book Recommendation: The Stolen Hours by Allen Eskens I enjoyed reading The Stolen Hours (2021) by Allen Eskens and recommend this engaging crime novel for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this book.Allen Eskens is the bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, The Heavens May Fall, The Deep Dark Descending, The Shadows We Hide, Nothing More Dangerous, and The Stolen Hours. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award (Left Coast Crime), and Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar® Award, Thriller Award, and Anthony Award. His books have been translated into 26 languages.Allen has a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Hamline University. Afte...
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By Roy Kelley
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Volunteers Wanted in RockvilleWeek of Service is Jan. 17-23, 2022Rockville’s 50th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, “MLK50: Past, Present and Future,” is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 17. The city is seeking volunteers for a week of service activities, following social distancing guidelines. They are: cleanups of a trail at Croydon Creek Nature Center; a Weed Warrior activity; creating care kits for new immigrants and refugees; a self-guided neighborhood cleanup; making blankets for sick children, scarves for families in need and handmade crafts for children in need; and writing thank-you notes for seniors.Learn More This is a City of Rockville, Maryland announcement. Dahlia, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 2789Canon PowerShot G1...
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By Roy Kelley
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Maryland COVID-19 Update, January 4, 2002Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued the following statement:Today I declared a 30-day state of emergency to take urgent short-term actions to combat the current COVID-19 surge. We are also mobilizing 1,000 members of the Maryland National Guard  to assist with the state's emergency pandemic response.Details: https://governor.maryland.gov/2022/01/04/governor-hogan-declares-30-day-state-of-emergency-mobilizes-1000-members-of-maryland-national-guard-to-respond-to-covid-19-surge/  COVID-19 continues to surge in our community and across the nation. Take steps to protect yourself and the residents of Montgomery County! 
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By Roy Kelley
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Walk Like a PenguinWe have an icy day in Maryland and all of us need to be careful. The advice is to walk like a penguin. The public schools in Montgomery County are closed for the removal of ice and snow. Black ice is on the streets and driveways. It is a good time to avoid any unnecessary outdoor walking and driving.  
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By Roy Kelley
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16th Annual ‘Montgomery History Conference’ Montgomery History will hold its 16th Annual “Montgomery History Conference” in a hybrid format Jan. 19-29. Over 11 days, the conference will offer a myriad of opportunities to take part online and in-person. There will be three keynote sessions, 12 breakout sessions, a movie screening and a trivia night.The 2022 History Conference, organized by Montgomery History in partnership with leading businesses, philanthropies, agencies and organizations, will bring history to life with exciting topics and fresh voices. The keynote presentations will cover the breadth of collective history.This year’s conference will feature an exploration of Revolutionary War General Richard Montgomery, the County's namesake, and a remembrance of Rachel Carson, who he...
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By Roy Kelley
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Rockville Farmers Market: Winter Special EditionSaturday, Jan. 8, 2022 from 9 a.m.-noonJury Parking Lot, Corner of MD 28 and Monroe StreetA special winter edition of the Rockville Farmers Market, featuring some favorite vendors.This is a City of Rockville, Maryland announcement.  Dahlia, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 2787Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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