Rockville recognizes some of its good neighbors -- Gazette.Net


Six good neighbors got some recognition from the City of Rockville Monday evening. The Mayor and Council recognized recipients of the city’s Good Neighbor Awards, which honor those who make a difference in their community.

This year, the awards went to Jim Benson, who served as president of the Homeowners Association of Tower Oaks Village for 10 years; Jim Reschovsky, president of the Woodley Gardens Civic Association; and the exceptionally hospitable Merrifield family: parents Christine and Jimmy and children Alex and Katherine.

The letters of nomination described the honorees’ hours of problem-solving, advocacy and friendly help that make them such good people to have in the neighborhood. The “good neighbors” seemed to return the sentiment.

“Our neighborhood is awesome!” Alex Merrifield said.

Two ordinances move ahead

On Monday, the Mayor and Council adopted an ordinance to clarify the duties of the city’s Retirement Board. The changes included authorizing the board to invest retirement plan assets, according to Mayor and Council documents.

The Mayor and Council also introduced an ordinance to designate as historic 628 Great Falls Road, which is owned by the Rockville, Maryland, Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. A final vote is expected Oct. 28.

Boards seeking members

The Mayor and Council also appointed Jeryl Gegan to the Board of Appeals and reappointed Jude Abanulo and Jeremy Martin to the Traffic and Transportation Commission.

Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio said the city still has a number of vacancies on its boards and commissions, including five slots on the newly created Ethics Commission. Four people have so far applied to serve on that commission, she said, meaning at least one more person is needed.

A complete list of vacancies and more information about the city’s boards and commissions are available by visiting and clicking on City Government.