Thursday, May 9, 2013
Language Stars is the nation's leader in foreign language education for children ages 1-10, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce said.
A grand opening ceremony was held recently for Language Stars—the nation's leader in foreign language education for children ages 1-10, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce announced. The school is located at 656 Quince Orchard Road in Gaithersburg. The ceremony was conducted on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Attendees included Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney A. Katz, Gaithersburg City Council members Cathy Drzyzgula and Jud Ashman, Language Stars Center Director Taylor Griffith and Language Stars Marketing Director Ilene Lubell.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Gaithersburg City Council member Henry Marraffa said he felt he was passed over in favor of 2013 City Council vice president, Mike Sesma.
The Gaithersburg City Council has elected Mike Sesma its vice president for 2013, but one council member says he was passed over and the position should have been his. Sesma, a City Council Member since 2005 and 2008's Council Vice President, was nominated and elected at Monday evening's mayor and City Council meeting by a 4-1 vote. But council member Henry Marraffa said he believes 2013 was his year in the rotation to serve as council vice president — a role he said is honorary, with no additional money or responsibility except when the mayor is unavailable. Marraffa said a new system was put in place by other council members this year without himself being involved in the discussion. "For the over 20 years that I have been associated …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Gaithersburg news in brief.
The city of Gaithersburg released the following news in the last week: Sample Recreation Classes at Solstice Fitness Party The city of Gaithersburg and the Vitamin Shoppe invite you to celebrate the longest night of the year at the first Solstice Fitness Party on Friday, De. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park. This free event is a great opportunity to sample numerous fitness class offerings in a fun and relaxed atmosphere with disco lights and power music. This event is open to those 8 years and older. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Visit the city of Gaithersburg website for more information. Register Now for Holiday Break Basketball Clinics The city of Gaithersburg will host Holiday Break …
Friday, October 5, 2012
City Council Members Ryan Spiegel and Cathy Drzyzgula weigh in on Wednesday night's debate. What did you think?
Voters in a Patch poll of Maryland believe President Barack Obama swung and missed in Wednesday night's opening debate, with more than 80 percent saying they believe Republican challenger Mitt Romney emerged the victor. We want to hear your reactions to the first debate and two of Gaithersburg's City Council Members and a local delegate weighed in. Council Vice President Ryan Spiegel: Like Chuck Todd, I was struck by the civility of the debate and the genuine focus on issues and policy differences — perhaps the first such presidential debate since they started being televised. There really weren't any personal attacks or zingers. It was a respectful, albeit passionate disagreement about visions for our future and about policy details. That…
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Gaithersburg city council Vice President and council member Cathy Drzyzgula defend the city's annexation of the Sears property along Shady Grove Road.
Prior to a unanimous vote approving the city of Gaithersburg's annexation of the near-28 acre Sears property along Shady Grove Road, City Council Vice President Ryan Spiegel and council member Cathy Drzyzgula defended the city's actions and annexation process. Spiegel and Drzyzgula each provided Patch with the following notes from their statements. It should be noted that these are not direct quotes, rather guidelines for their respective comments on the matter at Monday evening's mayor and council meeting. Ryan Spiegel: A few folks from Rockville have expressed strong opposition to this annexation. And I want to take a moment to address those concerns. First let me say that I don’t believe in alarmism and hyperbole, or personal attacks, …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Council members unanimously supported the annexation of property along Shady Grove Road and spoke out against criticism from Rockville officials.
The Gaithersburg City Council unanimously approved a resolution to annex the 27.89-acre Sears property along Shady Grove Road in spite of harsh criticism from Rockville city officials. Earlier Monday, Rockville city council member Tom Moore said in a blog on Patch that Gaithersburg officials were "preparing to wreak serious, unnecessary and perhaps permanent damage upon the relationship between their city and the City of Rockville." Gaithersburg City Council Vice President Ryan Spiegel and council member Cathy Drzyzgula vehemently defended the city's actions and annexation process with prepared statements and council member Jud Ashman said, "I think some of [Rockville's] interpretations of our process and the narrative history aren't …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Katz likens project to that of Kentlands, Lakelands from more than 20 years ago.
In the eyes of Mayor Sidney A. Katz, it's been more than 20 years since the City of Gaithersburg has worked on a project similar to the new Crown Development. "Way back when, when Kentlands and Lakelands were being developed, we did something like this," Katz told Patch. "But it's been a very, very long time." In comparison, Crown features 180 acres of land versus 352 acres of the old Kentlands Farm, but the developments will be similar in providing single-family homes, townhomes and apartments, along with expansive commercial real estate, a park area, and a future school. Council member Michael A. Sesma said, like Katz, that parallels can be drawn between the two developments. "[Kentlands] had stops and starts for a lot of different …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Money will benefit Gaithersburg programs including the Spanish Catholic Center, Summit Hall Elementary, and five school-based nonprofits.
The Gaithersburg City Council approved a resolution Monday to enter into supplemental agreements with nonprofit agencies and schools for the City of Gaithersburg totaling $39,827 by a vote of 2-1. The money is to be distributed in three parts: $15,000 to nonprofit RFP contracts, $21,627 to school-based nonprofit youth contracts and $3,200 to Summit Hall Elementary School. The supplemental funding is in an amendment to the FY2013 budget. Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney A. Katz said he believed the money would be well spent through multiple city programs. According to City documents: City Council Vice President Ryan Spiegel and Council member Jud Ashman voted in favor of the resolution while Council member Cathy Drzyzgula opposed. Council members …
Friday, February 10, 2012
Ross and Rowse waited too long to file their complaint, board finds.
Tom Rowse and Paula Ross, two former candidates for City Council who lost their election bids, waited too long to file their complaint against the Mayor and three winning candidates, the Gaithersburg election board found earlier this week. At their meeting on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors of Elections dismissed the complaint, which alleged that Council members Jud Ashman, Cathy Drzyzgula and Ryan Spiegel formed a secret political committee with Mayor Sidney Katz and sent out misleading mailers to voters. Ashman, Drzyzgula and Spiegel all vehemently deny the allegations. According to City Attorney Lynn Board, who was not at the meeting, the BOSE determined that the complaint, filed on Jan. 20, was not filed within 30 days of the alleged…
Monday, January 23, 2012
The two former Council candidates claim secret committee funded Katz mailing.
UPDATE: Councilman Ryan Spiegel has issued this brief response: "I will be providing a thorough response to the BOSE in due time, which will demonstrate the complete lack of merit of these allegations. It is unfortunate that these individuals have chosen to file an utterly baseless complaint, especially when there were grounds to file legitimate complaints against their own activities but others chose to take the high road and not burden the taxpayers with these matters. The 2011 election is over, the voters have spoken very clearly, and it is time to move on." Councilwoman Cathy Drzyzgula issued the following response: I am disappointed that Mr. Rowse and Ms. Ross continue to make charges that are not based on evidence and often …