Saturday, May 25, 2013
With Memorial Day coming up, use this gas price widget to find the lowest price of the moment.
Click here for a full-screen view of the gas price map. If you don't see a map of our local area, click the magnifying glass in the upper right to enter your address. Nationwide, gas prices were predicted to be lower this summer compared to the last three years, but that won't translate into savings at the pump this Memorial Day weekend, experts said. "Motorists this year are facing rising gas prices heading into the Memorial Day holiday," said Michael Green, a AAA spokesman, adding that Memorial Day 2013 would probably be the most expensive since 2011. In past years, prices have declined heading into early summer as oil refineries produced more gasoline to meet expected summer driving demand. This year, though, Midwest refineries haven…
Friday, May 24, 2013
Thomas J. Basile, 59, of Gaithersburg, died Wednesday, May 15.
A Gaithersburg resident a local business owner died May 15 after a yearlong battle with cancer, according to The Post-Journal. Thomas J. Basile, 59, originally of Jamestown, NY, developed his own consulting business—Seneca Creek Consulting—which specialized in helping other small businesses break into the military and government markets, according to the report. Tom is survived by his three children: Lindsey Madelina, Samantha Marian and John Carmelo; and his former wife and friend, Denese Margolius, all of Gaithersburg. The family will receive friends in the Lind Funeral Home from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, to be followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, according to the report. Read more on The Post-Journal.
Police: A hatchet was used to kill the victim.
A 20-year-old man whom police say called them to report a home burglary has been charged with homicide in the death of another man whose body was found in a wooded area nearby. The suspect, Claude Alexander Allen, told police that someone tried breaking into his residence and that he killed the intruder, Montgomery County police said. Police identified the victim as Michael Phillip Harvey, 25, of an unconfirmed address. Harvey’s body was located behind the residence, according to police spokesperson Angela Cruz. Officers responded to the call of a burglary in the 7200 block of Cliff Pine Drive at approximately 12:09 a.m., police said. Police say there was no actual burglary and that the caller and the victim knew each other. The extent of …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Gazette: Project will cost $1 million.
Construction and installation of a $1 million synthetic field turf in Gaithersburg will begin this fall, according to a report by The Gazette. The field will be located near Lakelands Park Middle School, where a joint-use agreement with the city will allow students and teachers to use the field during the day, according to the report. The state's "Program Open Space" initiative will pay 75 percent of the cost. “It’s a project that we have wanted to do for an extremely long time,” Michele Potter, director of Gaithersburg’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture told The Gazette. The field will be 60 yards by 120 yards, and will be built on 1.5 acres of the existing 11.6 acre site. Read the full story on The Gazette. SPEAK OUT: Are you …
Examiner: Gaithersburg was one of three Mid-Atlantic cities to crack the top 100 fastest-growing cities with populations of 50,000 or more.
Gaithersburg's population is among the fastest growing in the country for a city its size, The Washington Examiner reported. The city was one of three Mid-Atlantic cities to crack the top 100 fastest-growing cities with populations of 50,000 or more, according to the report. The majority of the list is comprised of Sun Belt states—South and Mountain West, with Texas alone accounting for 27 cities on the list. From 2010 to 2012, Gaithersburg grew by 4.9 percent to 62,794 residents, according to the report. Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney A. Katz told The Examiner he attributes the city's growth to its businesses and schools. "We're here every day, so you don't notice it growing on a daily basis, but over the years we have seen Gaithersburg grow…
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
May is “Asian Pacific History Month” in the city of Gaithersburg.
In honor of “Asian Pacific History Month,” the city of Gaithersburg is celebrating the heritage of its Vietnamese Americans. Of all city residents, 17 percent are comprised of Asian Pacific Americans. Each year, the Gaithersburg Multicultural Affairs Committee selects a different country to celebrate during the month of May. This year, the committee is paying tribute to Vietnam and to the Vietnamese Americans who have made Gaithersburg their home. Thomas K. Tran, executive director of the Association of Vietnamese Americans, accepted a proclamation at Monday evening's mayor and City Council meeting following an event in the City Hall Gallery where guests had an opportunity to enjoy the artwork, music and food of the Vietnamese culture. "…
Find out what city facilities are open on the holiday.
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Wednesday, May 22
Looking for something to do in Gaithersburg on Memorial Day? There aren't many options. All city facilities will be closed on Monday, May 27, with the following three operating on a modified schedule: Administrative offices for the Gaithersburg police department will be closed from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., but this will not affect police patrol, according to the city. Monday recycling will instead be collected on Saturday, May 25.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Police: Runner's injuries may be life threatening
A jogger was seriously injured after being hit by an unoccupied school bus in Rockville on Tuesday, Montgomery County police said. Police said Jason Alexander Estabrook, 42, of Point of Rocks, was running along Shady Grove Road at around 2:30 p.m. when he was hit by a bus at the intersection of Darnestown Road. Police said Estabrook's inuries were "possibly life-threatening." The driver, Tugjnyam Bavaa, 58, of Rockville, was not injured. Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman Dana Tofig said the driver had just finished his route from Wootton High School and was heading to pick up students at Frost Middle School.
Changes to Gaithersburg code would address 'peddlers, hawkers and solicitors,' and city exemptions from county regulations.
The Gaithersburg City Council on Monday set public hearing dates this summer for ordinances dealing with how county laws apply in the city and how the city treats "peddlers, hawkers and solicitors." A proposed emergency ordinance that deals with how Gaithersburg interacts with county laws—the city must opt in for them to be valid—would remove provisions from the county code that conflict with city law. As part of the ordinance, the city would remove the following county code provisions from the city code: Each of the areas already are regulated by the city. The ordinance also will delete the county provision establishing the county water quality protection charge. Gaithersburg included its own water quality protection charge in the fiscal …
Unofficial attendance estimates are around 18,500, Jud Ashman said.
In its fourth year, the Gaithersburg Book Festival is once again a hit. Festival founder and City Council Member Jud Ashman said unofficial attendance estimates are around 18,500, higher than 2012's 17,000. Use our CoverItLive blog to recap the event. Did you take great pictures at the Gaithersburg Book Festival? Add them to the gallery!