maryland: Peonies, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland - 07/10/20 07:29 AM
Peonies, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland
 
I posted this photograph of peonies in our home garden in a number of Facebook groups this morning. Our peonies are gone for the season but you have a nice green plant in the garden for the rest of the season.
Take care, be safe and have a great day.
 Peonies, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 1998
Canon PowerShot G11 Camera
Photograph by Roy Kelley
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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maryland: Playgrounds are Opening in Montgomery County, Maryland - 07/08/20 07:30 AM
Playgrounds are Opening in Montgomery County, Maryland
 
Montgomery Parks of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has started a gradual reopening of playgrounds it oversees. Other facilities, such as the miniature trains at Cabin John and Wheaton regional parks, have opened on a limited schedule, with plans to reopen on expanded schedules soon.
It may take up to two weeks to reopen the 276 Montgomery Parks playgrounds. Park visitors are encouraged to bring their own wipes and hand sanitizer.
The parks are operating under Montgomery County Phase 2 guidelines authorized by County Executive Marc Elrich. Users of the parks should wear face coverings … (4 comments)

maryland: Free COVID-19 Testing in Montgomery County, Maryland - 07/06/20 02:57 PM
Free COVID-19 Testing in Montgomery County, Maryland
 
Montgomery County has three sites where residents can get tested for COVID-19. Testing requires an advance appointment, but doctor’s orders are not required and the tests are free.
The test sites are in Germantown, Wheaton and White Oak. Appointments can be made by calling the Testing Helpline at 240-777-1755. The line is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  
The test sites will use oral swab tests so the tests are easier and quicker. Results will be issued in approximately 72 hours. 
The test site operation hours will be as follows:
Germantown. Parking … (9 comments)

maryland: Fireworks are Illegal in Montgomery County, Maryland - 07/04/20 04:56 AM
All Fireworks are Illegal in Montgomery County, Maryland
 
Happy Fourth of July. Have a great day and a safe holiday weekend.
 
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maryland: Stay at Home in Montgomery County, Maryland - 05/24/20 12:59 PM
Stay at Home in Montgomery County, Maryland
 
Keep staying at home (except for essential travel and approved outdoor activities) and maintain physical distancing to stop the spread of #COVID19. Your efforts are making a difference! #MoCo #StayHome #StaySafe
 
 
Tangerine Gerbera Daisy in the Rain, Kentlands, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA
Canon PowerShot G11 Camera
Photograph by Roy Kelley
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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maryland: Black Bear Sighting in Montgomery County, Maryland - 05/20/20 08:53 AM
Black Bear Sighting in Montgomery County, Maryland
 
A black bear was spotted Monday night in northern Montgomery County. Black bear sightings in the area from May to July are not uncommon.
During this time, young black bears roam to look for their own territory and to find food. They can cover a lot of territory and may seek out bird feeders, trash cans, or compost bins. So it is recommended to keep them inside and/or secured!
 
If you see a black bear, remember:
1. Don’t panic. Back away slowly. Keep dogs leashed, and remove them from the area.
2. Do not approach and NEVER feed the … (13 comments)

maryland: P. F. Chang's Permanently Closed in Montgomery County, Maryland - 05/16/20 08:45 AM
P. F. Chang's Permanently Closed in Montgomery County, Maryland
 
P.F. Chang’s has closed its Chevy Chase location permanently, according to the company’s website.
The American-based, Asian-themed restaurant moved furniture out at the beginning of April and removed the location from the company website in early April, according to PoPVille.
P.F. Chang’s closed its White Flint location in January of 2015, leaving the Chevy Chase location as the lone P.F. Chang’s in Montgomery County, Maryland. The MoCo Show
 
 
Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, MD USA
Canon PowerShot G11 Camera
Photograph by Roy Kelley
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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maryland: Proposed Amazon Distribution Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland - 05/16/20 08:23 AM
Proposed Amazon Distribution Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland
 
Amazon has proposed a $92,000,000 distribution center on the 44 acre site at the corner of Interstate 270 and Montgomery Village Avenue in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The site was formerly occupied by IBM and Leidos. The location is next to the FedEx distribution center. This facility would create about 850 new jobs.
Click here to view more information in an article by Dan Schere in the Bethesda Magazine.
 
 
Dahlia, National Capital Dahlia Society Show, Brookside Gardens,
Wheaton, Maryland USA IMG 3042
Canon PowerShot G11 Camera
Photograph by Roy Kelley
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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maryland: Iris, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland - 05/11/20 11:16 AM
Iris, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland
 
I posted this photograph in a number of Facebook groups this morning. It is a good time to photograph some spring flowers. You may be able to set aside the problems of the moment when you focus your attention and your camera on a beautiful flower.
Chef Dolores assigned the vacuuming and some spring cleaning to me today. We suspended our maid service while staying at home in the social distancing mode.
 
Iris, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA
Canon PowerShot G11 Camera
Photograph by Roy Kelley
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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maryland: COVID-19 Testing in Montgomery County, Maryland - 05/04/20 08:54 AM
COVID-19 Testing in Montgomery County, Maryland
 
Montgomery County Health and Human Services - MD provides #COVID19 testing at the Upcounty Regional Services Center in Germantown by appointment only. For more information about testing criteria and other testing locations, visit the Montgomery County website: https://buff.ly/2VrPm9q.
 
This is a Montgomery County Government announcement.
 
 
Tulips and Daffodils, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USA
Canon PowerShot G11 Camera
Photograph by Roy Kelley
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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maryland: Free Residential Deck Inspections in Montgomery County, Maryland - 05/04/20 08:43 AM
Free Residential Deck Inspections in Montgomery County, Maryland
 
Montgomery County’s Department of Permitting Services is joining in the 40th annual celebration of “Building Safety Month” during the month of May with a series of activities, including free inspections of residential decks. The theme of this year’s worldwide safety campaign is “Safer Buildings, Safer Communities, Safer World.” Learn more: https://buff.ly/2WjPeIa. #MoCoDPS
 
This is a Montgomery County Government announcement.
 
Iris, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA
Canon PowerShot G11 Camera
Photograph by Roy Kelley
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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maryland: Allium, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland - 05/01/20 10:35 AM
Allium, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland
 
I posted this photograph in a number of Facebook groups this morning. Allium plants are good selections for home gardens in Kentlands, our home community within the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland.
 
Alliums are plants of exquisite beauty in both flower and leaf, with tough constitutions. These easy-to-grow bulbs come in a broad palette of colors, heights, bloom times and flower forms. They make excellent cut flowers for fresh or dried bouquets. Even crowded gardens can accommodate a few alliums because they don't take up much space. What's more, alliums are relatively resistant to deer, voles, chipmunks, and rabbits
There … (13 comments)

maryland: Crocus, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG_4667 - 04/29/20 06:50 AM
Crocus, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG_4667
 
I posted this photograph in Facebook groups this morning. Crocus blooms are among the first signs of spring in our community. 
 
Subhash Sharma  This beautiful blue Crocus (English plural: crocuses or croci) belong to a genus of flowering plants in the iris family comprising 90 species of perennials growing from corms. Many are cultivated for their flowers appearing in autumn, winter, or spring. Crocuses are native to woodland, scrub, and meadows from sea level to alpine tundra in central and southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, on the islands of the Aegean, and across … (14 comments)

maryland: New Face Covering Requirements in Montgomery County, Maryland - 04/10/20 10:42 AM
New Face Covering Requirements in Montgomery County, Maryland
 
Got face coverings? They’re required if you’re making a trip to a Montgomery County grocery store, pharmacy or retail store beginning Monday, April 13, under a Montgomery County Government health order announced Thursday. The order also requires that stores allow only a small number of customers inside at one time and that lines outside stores allow for social distancing between customers.
Need a face covering? The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) offers easy ways to create one out of cloth you have at home -- including a bandana or a T-shirt. Learn how at www.cdc.gov/…/prevent-getting…/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.
Learn more about the county health … (25 comments)

maryland: Mental Health Help in Montgomery County, Maryland - 04/06/20 08:32 AM
Mental Health Help in Montgomery County, Maryland
 
These are challenging and stressful times as we cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus can affect everyone in emotional and physical ways.
The current COVID-19 situation can exacerbate domestic violence and human trafficking and add additional challenges for those with existing mental health concerns. The County’s 24-hour Crisis Center provides telephone help for anyone in crisis. The Crisis Center number is 240-777-4000.
Covid-19 County mental health resources can be found here:
https://montgomerycountymd.gov/…/Coronavirus-mentalhealth.h…
Mental health professionals from the County’s Department of Health and Human Services have the following guidance to deal with stress during this … (11 comments)

maryland: Ride On Bus Service Reductions in Montgomery County, Maryland - 03/29/20 08:31 AM
Ride On Bus Service Reductions in Montgomery County, MarylandThe Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will further reduce service for Ride On buses beginning Sunday, March 29. This reduced Essential Service Plan includes 35 critical routes so that residents can take Ride On for essential trips during the COVID-19 health crisis. The Essential Service Plan will apply seven days a week, with no differentiation between weekdays and weekends.
 
Details for each Ride On route remaining in operation under the Essential Service Plan can be viewed at   https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DOT-Transit/essential-plan.html.
 
The Essential Service Plan website includes a link to an interactive map that can be found … (10 comments)

maryland: Chromebooks for Students in Montgomery County, Maryland - 03/26/20 12:31 PM
Chromebooks for Students in Montgomery County, Maryland
 
MCPS is providing laptops to students with a need to ensure they can access instruction from home. Laptopchromebook distribution will begin Thursday, March 26. Devices are in limited supply and are reserved for students who do not have access to a computer or laptop at home.
To pick up a laptop, students (or the parent/guardian) will need to present their student ID (or provide the student ID number).  Distribution locations are organized by school level. Complete instructions as well as distribution dates, times and locations are listed on the MCPS Coronavirus Information website.  Students and parents … (12 comments)

maryland: Free Ride On Bus Service in Montgomery County, Maryland - 03/14/20 09:34 AM
Free Ride On Bus Service in Montgomery County, Maryland
 
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), to support the County’s efforts to address the COVID-19 virus, starting on Monday, March 16, will temporarily suspend fare collection for users of the County’s Ride On bus services. In addition, Ride On will direct passengers to board through the rear doors of the bus to limit close contact between passengers and drivers.
 
Passengers who require the assistance of the lift located at the front of the bus can board through the front doors.
 
The changes will provide some separation between the operator and the passengers—and between passengers.  … (8 comments)

maryland: Tasting Room Closed at Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Maryland - 03/12/20 06:54 AM
Tasting Room Closed at Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Maryland
 
One of our favorite local breweries is Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Maryland. Sadly, they have decided to close their tasting room as an effort to protect their employees during the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
In light of the CDC’s request that employers do everything possible to slow the spread of COVID-19, Flying Dog has made the decision to close our tasting room and cancel all events at the brewery. The safety of our employees and community is our top priority and we will share additional updates as we are able. https://bit.ly/2IGLgD3  
 
 
 
 
Clivia, Conservatory Display, Longwood Gardens, … (12 comments)

maryland: New Municipal Building in Gaithersburg, Maryland - 03/07/20 03:21 PM
New Municipal Building in Gaithersburg, Maryland
 
Construction is about to start on the City's newest municipal building, located across the street from City Hall. The facility at 16 S. Summit Ave. in Olde Towne will house the Gaithersburg Police Department and new chambers for the Mayor and City Council and other legislative bodies. An opening in 2021 is anticipated. Updates will be made to the City's online Project Page once things are in full swing. The parking lot surrounding the building will be closed to the public as of March 9, 2020. Free parking is available at the Olde Towne Parking Garage, directly across the … (7 comments)

 


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