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Book Recommendation: 1989 by Val McDermidI enjoyed reading 1989 (2022) an Allie Burns novel by International Best Selling Scottish Author Val McDermid and recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this novel. In the new installment to her historical crime series that began with 1979 , internationally bestselling author Val McDermid delivers a propulsive new thriller that finds journalist Allie Burns has become an editor, and as the Cold War and AIDS crisis deliver a nonstop tide of news, most of it bad, a story falls into her lap. And then there's a murder.Hailed as Britain's Queen of Crime, Val McDermid's award-winning, internationally bestselling novels have captivated readers for more than thirty years. In her Allie Burns series, she re...
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City of Gaithersburg Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule Thanksgiving Holiday Closures & Recycling NoticesFacility closures are in place Nov. 24 & 25, with exceptions. Thursday's recycling will be collected on Nov. 26.Post Date:11/16/2022 1:55 PM Thursday, November 24 All City facilities are closed. The Police Department Administrative Offices are closed. Police patrol will remain on duty. For emergencies please call 911. For non-emergencies, please dial 301-279-8000 for dispatch. Recycling scheduled for collection will be collected Saturday, November 26. Bulk pick up is unavailable. Loose leaf collection is suspended. All areas will be collected the preceding Monday through Wednesday, weather permitting. Friday, November 25 Most City facilities are closed, with the exception of the following...
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Increased Danger Period for Fatal Alcohol-Related Crashes The extended Thanksgiving holiday is one of the most heavily traveled times of the year. Additionally, the evening before Thanksgiving has historically been one of the busiest nights for bars and restaurants, with high drinking rates. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) are reminding residents that high-risk activities, combined with the sheer number of drivers on the road, make it an especially dangerous time for alcohol-related collisions.Montgomery County annually implements a “Holiday Task Force” in which several police agencies combine additional efforts to keep roads safe during the holidays. The Holiday Task Force begins operations before Thanksgivin...
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By Roy Kelley
(Retired)
Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips Thanksgiving is mostly thought of as a day of celebration—and eating—with family members and friends. However, the holiday also brings some potential danger that comes with dividing attention between cooking and being social. Cooking-related fires happen more often on Thanksgiving Day in Montgomery County than on any other day of the year, according the County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS).Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Pete Piringer said it is important to cook with caution, especially at this time of the year when there are often a lot of people and activity in the home.Here are some safety tips from MCFRS on how to have a safe holiday: Stay in the kitchen when cooking so you can keep an eye on the food. (Most kitchen fires involve the stovetop...
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Gaithersburg Artist Collective Holiday Art Exhibit Holiday Art Exhibit by Artists on Market at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn beginning November 26 through January 8. There will be two special events during the show. The first is a traditional Meet the Artists Reception on Saturday, November 26 from 4 - 6 p.m.On Saturday, December 10 from 12 - 5 p.m. there will be a special "Meet the Makers" event which will include demonstrations in the teaching studios and an extended exhibit, In addition, there will be a holiday jewelry workshop starting at 1:30 p.m. (Registration is via the City website).This is a Kentlands Community Foundation announcement. Chrysanthemum, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 6887Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Pho...
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Book Recommendation: Mercy by David BaldacciI enjoyed reading Mercy (2021) by The New York Times Bestselling American author David Baldacci and recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this novel. This is book number four in the series featuring FBI agent Atlee Pine. Dolores and I have read all of the novels by this author. FBI Agent Atlee Pine’s harrowing search for her long-lost sister Mercy reaches a boiling point in this breakneck thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci.For her entire life, FBI agent Atlee Pine has been searching for her twin sister, Mercy, who was abducted at the age of six and never seen again. Mercy’s disappearance left behind a damaged family that later shattered beyond repair when Atlee’...
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Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule, Montgomery County, MarylandThe Montgomery County Government, and programs that impact County residents, will have the following schedule and program changes for Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, Nov. 24: County offices—Closed. State offices and courts—Closed. State Motor Vehicle Administration offices and Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program stations—Closed. Libraries—Closed. Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS)—All ABS stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Stores will operate from 10 a.m. -9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, Nov. 23. County-operated COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Clinics—Closed. Department of Permitting Services—All offices, including customer service lobby, are closed. Montgomery County 311—Will not be in operation. Ride On—Will operate...
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Book Recommendation: The Boys from Biloxi by John GrishamI enjoyed reading The Boys from Biloxi (2022) by The New York Times Bestselling American Author John Grisham and recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this novel. #1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham returns to Mississippi in his most gripping legal thriller yet, the riveting story of two sons of immigrant families who grow up as friends, but ultimately find themselves on opposite sides of the law. Grisham’s trademark twists and turns will keep you tearing through the pages until the stunning conclusion.For most of the last hundred years, Biloxi was known for its beaches, resorts, and seafood industry. But it had a darker side. It was also notorious for corruption an...
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By Roy Kelley
(Retired)
Winter Lights Opens November 25 The Winter Lights Festival welcomes visitors back for its 27th spectacular season. The wondrous display of lights at Seneca Creek State Park will be open nightly November 25 through December 31, Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. The Festival will be closed on December 25. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are only good for the specific date listed on the ticket. Purchase tickets online here.  S’more LightsFriday, November 18 and Sunday, November 20, 6 to 9 p.m.Roast marshmallows over a campfire and make delicious s’mores, stroll through a wonderland of sparkling lights, and take selfies with Santa while enjoying hot beverages and collect a holiday craft to take home. Purchase tickets here. Leashes & ...
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Serve on a City of Gaithersburg Committee  Make an impact in your community. We’re seeking City residents to serve on a variety of committees that play an important role in advising the Mayor and City Council on vital issues – from multicultural affairs and economic development to senior services and cultural arts. Explore all of our current vacancies here. Chrysanthemum, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 6879Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Potomac Oaks Condominiums Fire Recovery Fund If you would like to help the residents impacted by the fire at the Potomac Oaks Condominiums in Gaithersburg, visit https://mhpartners.org/gaithersburgfire/A November 16 explosion and fire injured multiple residents, including several children, at a condominium complex at 826 Quince Orchard Boulevard in Gaithersburg. Two buildings sustained significant damage and partially collapsed in the blast. Two other buildings were also evacuated because they may have structural damage. Many people were evacuated with little or nothing and now are in temporary shelter. At the request of Montgomery County, MHP is collecting financial donations to help affected families.This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement. The residents of 24 condo units h...
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Rockville Town Square Ice Skating Now Open Monday-Friday from Noon-10 p.m.Saturday from 10 a.m.-11 p.m.Sunday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.Rockville Town SquareKick off the holiday season with a skating session at Rockville Town Square's outdoor ice skating rink. Reservations are required and are available two weeks in advance. Lessons are also available. Visit the link below for ticket prices, skate rental information and more. Learn More This is a City of Rockville, Maryland announcement. Chrysanthemum, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 6880 Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
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Trader Joe's Beef Pho Soup for Lunch Chef Dolores picked up a couple of packages of Trader Joe's Beef Pho Soup for our lunch at home. Each bowl has 220 calories. All you have to do is to heat the bowls in your microwave. We enjoyed it and Dolores suggested this blog. $3.49 each. "Living in this world without eating pho is foolish." - Tu Mo, An Ode to PhoWarm, savory, and filled with satisfyingly silky textures, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more comforting comfort food than pho (pronounced fuh, for the record). Since its creation in late 19th century Vietnam, pho has turned into a certified foodie phenomenon, and a staple of noodle shop menus the world over. Of course, one doesn't always have quick access to a noodle shop, nor the time to prepare pho from scratch, which is why we're i...
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Thankful for Good HVAC and Plumbing ServicesThe November Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge for ActiveRain bloggers asks for a weekly post, during the month, for something for which we are grateful. I have always recommended an annual service agreement for HVAC equipment. It is important to properly maintain the equipment and to have someone to call for fast service if the heat or air conditioning fails. Our home, like many in our community, has two HVAC zones. We have equipment in our basement and our attic as well as the exterior units. For over 26 years, we've had annual service agreements with Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. They have provided high quality service for maintenance and for equipment replacement and we have recommended this company to clients and neighbors....
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Donations Still Needed for Holiday Giving Program Donations are being accepted for the Gaithersburg Holiday Giving program, a coordinated effort that helps make the holidays happier for about 600 families in November and more than 1,800 children in December. Monetary donations allow us to provide food and gift cards to those referred to the program. Learn more and donate online here. This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement. Chrysanthemum, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 6329Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Book Recommendation: Righteous Prey by John SandfordI enjoyed reading Righteous Prey (2022) by The New York Times Bestselling American Author John Sandford and recommend it this series for your reading list. This is novel number 32 in the Prey series featuring Lucas Davenport. Dolores and have read all of the books in this series. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this book. Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers are up against a powerful vigilante group with an eye on vengeance in this stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.“We’re going to murder people who need to be murdered.”So begins a press release from a mysterious group known only as “The Five,” shortly after a vicious predator is murdered in San Francisco. The Five is made up of vigilan...
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Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) TrainingTeen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training. MCFRS/FEMA will be hosting a Teen CERT course. Training will include CPR/AED Training, Basic and Advanced First Aid, Disaster Preparedness, Senior Safety, and other related topics. Additionally, this program qualifies for 42 Student Service Learning (SSL) hours.FOR QUESTIONS OR TO START REGISTRATION: Send name, age, school name, and email return address to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue CERT at teencert@montgomerycert.orgThis is a Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security announcement.Montgomery County, Maryland Chrysanthemum, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 6328Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores ...
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Book Recommendation: Treasure State by C. J. BoxI enjoyed reading Treasure State (2022) by The New York Times Bestselling American Author C. J. Box and recommend it for your reading list. This is book number five in the series featuring Private Investigator Cassie Dewell. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this novel. The return of Cassie Dewell in Treasure State, the latest in the series that inspired the ABC hit series Big Sky, finds Cassie in Montana on the trail of a con man.Investigator Cassie Dewell--now the lead character in this year's most sensational TV crime show, Big Sky, from Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelley--is headed to Anaconda, Montana, in search of a slippery con man who has disappeared somewhere in the "treasure state". A wealthy California d...
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Gaithersburg Arts Barn Independent Film Night Seven featured films will be screened on Saturday, Nov. 19, as the Gaithersburg Arts Barn hosts its Independent Film Night. The screenings will begin at 7:30 p.m., with a question and answer session with the films’ creators following each.The Arts Barn is located at 311 Kent Square Rd. in Gaithersburg.Admission for the evening is $15. Tickets can be purchased here. The film night is recommended for ages 13 and older. Concessions will be sold before the film screenings and during intermissionFeatured films will include: Leaf Me Alone by Dan Verkman. A failing Baltimore leaf removal company implements customer surveys following customer complaints and proceeds to drive their customers crazy with them via e-mails, robocallers, personal visits a...
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Book Recommendation: Suspect by Scott TurowI enjoyed reading Suspect (2022) by The New York Times bestselling American author Scott Turow and recommend it for your reading list. This is book number twelve of the Kindle County Legal Thriller series. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this novel. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Presumed Innocent and The Last Trial returns with a riveting legal thriller in which a reckless private detective is embroiled in a fraught police scandal.For as long as Lucia Gomez has been the police chief in the city of Highland Isle, near Kindle County, she has known that any woman in law enforcement must walk a precarious line between authority and camaraderie to gain respect.  She has maintained a spotless reputation—until now. ...
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