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As we know our decision to move Rockville Central entirely to Facebook as a publishing platform has created quite a stir here in Rockville, but it has also created a stir among those who write about media and journalism. We thought we were the first site to try this approach and after all the commentary, this seems to be true. We have been overcome by the extent of the coverage worldwide.
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Here’s our weekly community-produced real estate listing. The Gallery Of New Listings contains pictures and descriptions of the new homes on the market as of yesterday, click on this link or the photo above for the information. Gallery of New Listings contributed by Lisa AbramsRE/MAX Realty Services, (O)301-652-0400, (C)301-437-6742, Lisa@TheAbramsRealtyGroup.com More information on local real [...]
Click to read all of Rockville Real Estate Listings 2/25/11
Everyone’s talking about the Richard Montgomery High School Black Maskers production of Chicago which is opening this weekend! You’ll be sure to enjoy this wonderful production. Give ‘em the old razzle dazzle. Razzle razzle ‘em. Give ‘em an act with lots of flash in it and the reaction will be passionate. Chicago has everything that [...]
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People who use RSS feed readers to keep up with news have shared dismay at our recent decision to shift to an entirely Facebook platform. They worry they will not be able to see our articles in their readers. But, fear not! You can subscribe to an RSS feed for all of Rockville Central’s “notes” which are what our articles will become.
Simply add this subscription to your feed reader . . .
Since we began in June 2007 (here’s our first post), we have always stressed the community aspect. We aim to be an open, fair, and civil space in which to share views about what’s going on in Rockville. That means this site has always been about you, the participant. That focus has spurred very gratifying growth and we have remained in the top five local blogs in Maryland for a number of years.
As of March 1, all new Rockville Central content will be found solely on our Rockville Central Facebook page. We hope you will join us there. Everything you have come to know and love about our articles will also exist in Facebook. You can comment, share, and interact — all with more ease and in one place. We’ll no longer have conversations in two different locations.
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The high winds over the weekend toppled the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse and tore the tarp off the District Courthouse in Rockville. Early Saturday morning, the winds ripped the $30,000 tarp into pieces. Only one small triangle remained hanging on an upper corner of the building by noon. Have you found any large [...]
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Notwithstanding today’s POTD, the scheduled opening (tomorrow) of the Intercounty Connector (ICC) has been postponed until Wednesday. Here is the announcement from the State: As a result of forecasted precipitation overnight, the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 is now scheduled to open to traffic by 6 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, weather permitting. The expected wintery mix [...]
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Here are the top stories from Rockville Central this week.
This feature appears every Sunday.
Click to read all of The Week That Was Feb. 14 – Feb. 20
Here’s our weekly community-produced real estate listing, along with a graph showing the low stock of housing listings.
Click to read all of Rockville Real Estate Listings 2/19/11
In the current issue of Energy InfoWIRE, The Montgomery County Energy Programs Team reminds us that this weekend is Maryland’s Tax Free Weekend for Certain ENERGY STAR Products. Marylanders will get a break from the state’s 6 percent sales tax on qualifying ENERGY STAR products from February 19 to 21, 2011. During Shop Maryland Energy [...]
This Monday, February 21, 2011, our Country will observe Presidents Day. Traffic reports were light this morning so many people might have already left town especially since it’s going to be a beautiful weekend. But if you are here on Monday, here’s what you need to know. All of the following will be closed: Rockville [...]
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What Do You Know About Hakka? Learn all about the Hakka Culture of China this Saturday.
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Last night for the first time, students from all of the schools in the Richard Montgomery Cluster performed in the annual RM Cluster Concert. The evening showcased every sort of musical endeavor available from a cappella groups to choruses to instrumental music. One of the objectives of the event is to give the kids a [...]
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Borders, the bookstore chain, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Manhattan today and will be closing almost 1/3 of its stores including the Borders Books and Music in White Flint Mall. Although White Flint is slightly out of our coverage area, the mall is a local shopping destination. Over the years, I’m sure most [...]
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Only one-third of the adult population in Montgomery County engages in regular moderate physical activity. 17.5% of Montgomery County residents are obese. That’s not very good! Today a new website, HealthyMontgomery.org, was launched.
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This week we announced we would be moving Rockville Central 100% to Facebook. All the news outlets are always looking for the “story” while at Rockville Central we were always seeking to bring people into public life while fostering positive discussions concerning the issues. At least 74% of adults use Facebook so we decided to go [...]
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After roughly five decades of discussing options and drawing routes… purchasing parcels of land and dealing with politics… rising costs and controversy… the Intercounty Connector (ICC) finally opened yesterday. As readers likely know, this east/west road will ultimately connect I-270 to I-95 and Route 1. It will make trips to BWI airport a breeze, and will link jobs and friends from across the state.
Click to read all of Reader Note By Cheryl Kagan: At Long Last… The ICC!
On Monday morning I sent a press release to the Gazette announcing that I was soliciting signatures on a petition condemning Joe Jordan’s attempt to silence my criticism of using taxpayers’ money to bail out the RedGate golf course, I also announced that additional information is available on my website (www.rocktrash.org). Here’s a summary of [...]
By Councilmember John Britton:
Rather than address each comment individually (and at the risk of inciting a new round of criticism), I submit this in response to comments by Rockville Central, the Communications Task Force and others who have expressed concern and dismay with the selection of the tag line (“Get Into It”) and logo (R) and the process for that selection.
Click to read all of Contributor Opinion By John Britton: The Tag Line, The Logo, Our Process
The 2010 Census results for Maryland were released this week.
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Rockville Central friend Rotraut Bockstahler, of the Rockville Sister City Corporation, passed along this nice note from our friends in Pinneberg, Germany. Pinneberg and Rockville are sister cities, and this report appeared in the Pinnebrg local newspaper from the German-American Association Rockville Pinneberg (DAGRP) in German. Rotraut helpfully translated for us!
“It lives, it fits, and we are moving forward. We are carried by an expanding wave of self sustaining power.” Bernd Hinrichs, President of the German-American Association Rockville Pinneberg (DAGRP) reported right at the beginning of the annual membership meeting (taking place at the VfL-Building) the very positive development of affairs for the association.
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What will RedGate’s future be? Our Mayor and Council may decide this on Monday night, as RedGate is once again on the agenda.
A brand should be something that ties a community together, that unifies its diversity, that identifies something special or unique about the community.
By a 3-2 vote, the City Council brought the community together — but against the brand. In news stories and online comments, people in Rockville have agreed on one thing: they just can’t “get into” the council’s choice.
But the choice’s dubious quality is not the real problem.The real problem is that the council asked the people of Rockville for their opinion — and more that four in five picked something else. Yet, three members inexplicably selected the least popular option. If you’re going to ignore the answer, don’t ask the question.
Click to read all of Contributor Opinion By Sean P. Carr: Brand On The Run
Hats are flying. In Gajewski Explores Run For Mayor, Councilmember Piotr Gajewski announced the formation of a committee to determine if he will run for mayor this year
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On Monday, February 7th, RedGate Golf Course will once again be on the Mayor and Council agenda. This will be an opportunity for the Council to discuss their reactions to the National Golf Foundation study (presented on January 10th), to determine next steps and give some direction to the staff.
The RedGate Advisory Committee was invited to submit its response to the NGF Report, and will be given time on the agenda to speak.
Click to read all of Contributor Opinion By Joseph Jordan: Pros And Cons Of NGF RedGate Report
The consultants, ROI/CRC did not work to improve their lackluster logo & tagline ideas for the City’s branding effort after the survey results were tabulated
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Projects are moving forward as part of the plan to manage the overcapacity situation at elementary schools in the Richard Montgomery (RM) Cluster and the future wave of enrollment expected at Julius West Middle School (JWMS).
Now that a decision has been made on whether Our Fair City will move forward with a branding effort (it will) and what that brand and tagline will be (“Get Into It”), it is time to look forward and try to create a positive and compelling image for Rockville.
However, before doing so, I feel it is important to shine a light on an aspect of how the branding effort unfolded that is unfortunate.
Click to read all of Editorial Opinion By Brad Rourke: I Feel Branded
The Mayor and Council reversed themselves regarding their support of the Corridor City Transitway (CCT) route through King Farm, even though the right-of-way was established before King Farm was built and the Maryland Transit Authority offered solutions to the connectivity and noise concerns. About ROCK’burb: Last year we were tossing around ideas for new features [...]
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This week’s comic is based on the National Golf Foundation presentation of their report on the Redgate Golf Course to the Mayor and Council on Monday.
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