Katz Update: Summertime in the County!!


July 29, 2022



It is time once again for a Montgomery County summer tradition - the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair! The fair started when 4-H leaders wanted to showcase their prize livestock and home economics projects to the community. Their initial meeting occurred on a cold, March night in Rockville in 1945. Today, the Montgomery County Fair is one of the largest county fairs in Maryland.

The Montgomery County Agricultural fair takes place from August 12th to August 20th and features livestock, rides, food, music, truck drag racing and much more. For information - https://mcagfair.com/.


At the County Council this week -

  • It was my honor to present a commemoration, along with Vice President Glass, in honor of Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peace Day.  Mattie was an American poet, ambassador of goodwill, and advocate for peace, all while living with a debilitating genetic neuromuscular disease that ultimately took his life at age 13. View commemoration here -


  • The Council presented the following proclamations: 1) Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Food Council; 2) Recognizing Park and Recreation Month; 3) Honoring Marcine Goodloe, President of the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association; and 4) Honoring former Montgomery County School Board member Reginald M. Felton. View proclamations here.

  • The Council voted unanimously to approve Bill 4-22, which established a requirement for at least one, single-user restroom located in certain places of public accommodation, including County-owned buildings, be made available regardless of gender. 

    • I am a lead sponsor of this bill along with Council Vice President Evan Glass. 

  • The Council voted unanimously to approve Bill 14-22, Police - Private Security Camera Incentive Program – Established, which will establish a private security camera incentive program within the Montgomery County Police Department.

    • I am a lead sponsor of this bill along with Council President Albornoz and Councilmember Rice. This legislation will create another tool in the toolbox to address and deter crime in our County.

  • The Council voted unanimously to pass Bill 10-22, which will provide six weeks of paid parental leave for County employees at 100 percent of the employee's salary.
    • I am a co-sponsor of this bill.
  • The Council voted unanimously to pass Bill 11-22, the Right to Nourish Act, which will require the County to provide lactation rooms or alternative accommodations for employees in its buildings.
    • I am a co-sponsor of this bill.


I am proud to be the Chair of the Public Safety (PS) Committee and a member of the Government Operations (GO) Committee. 

  • The Public Safety committee met jointly with the Transportation & Infrastructure committee to discuss Bill 36-21, Motor Vehicles and Traffic – E-Scooters – Operation Requirements and Registration. I sponsored this bill with Council President Gabe Albornoz as a co-sponsor.
    • This bill would require an owner of two or more E-Scooters to register and pay a fee for an E-Scooter fleet offered for rent in the County. The bill would also establish operating and parking requirements for use of E-Scooters in the County. 
  • The Public Safety committee met to discuss Bill 14-22, Police – Private Security Camera Incentive Program – Established. 



I had the honor and joy of celebrating Mattie J. T. Stepanek Peace Day. It is a special day set apart to recognize the impact Mattie had on our community and throughout the country.

 Mattie encouraged us to understand that peace is about promoting respect and kindness, and about choosing to be with our neighbors in non-violent and non-judgmental ways. Mattie was a very special person and is greatly missed.



This one-room doctor’s office was built in 1850 for Dr. Edward Elisha Stonestreet of Rockville. Dr. Stonestreet had just graduated from the University of Maryland medical school and served as one of the town’s doctors until his death in 1903. During the fifty-one years of Dr. Stonestreet’s practice, medical knowledge and technology underwent many radical changes. The Stonestreet Museum contains a small office vignette, and changing exhibits that highlight our extensive 19th and early 20th century medical collections including books, instruments and tools, pharmaceutical items, and more.

The office was originally situated in the front yard of the Stonestreet home on East Montgomery Avenue. Some years after the doctor’s death the office was moved to the Rockville fairgrounds (now the site of Richard Montgomery High School), and it was thus spared demolition during the city’s urban renewal project in the mid 20th century.

Virtual Tour: https://youtu.be/OMl4zBpRBU0

Resource: https://montgomeryhistory.org/stonestreet-museum-of-19th-century-medicine/



Zumba in the Park 

Friday, July 29, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Concert Pavilion: 31 South Summit Ave, Gaithersburg

Join instructor Tony Edghill for Zumba in the Park every Friday. Shake it to the Latin rhythms of Zumba, which features interval dance sessions that combine fast and slow rhythms to maximize fat burning. Admission is free.

Family Storytime: Shark Appreciation Week

Saturday, July 30, 2022 from 10:30 to 11:00 am

Twinbrook Library: 202 Meadow Hall Drive, Rockville

Join us for Shark themed storytime filled with stories, songs and rhymes that promote early literacy skills. Children of all ages are welcome! Admission is free.

Movies & Meteors 

Saturday, July 30, 2022 from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am

Observatory Park: 100 DeSullum Ave, Gaithersburg

Join us for a showing of Apollo 13 and then we’ll lie under the stars and watch for meteors. BYO blanket or chair. Admission is free and registration is required.

Master Gardeners Plant Clinic

Saturday, July 30, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Quince Orchard Library: 15831 Quince Orchard Rd, Gaithersburg

Bring your gardening questions, plant materials or mystery insect to one of the Plant Clinics staffed by Montgomery County Master Gardeners. These volunteers have had training in soil and plant science, tree & shrub identification, integrated pest management, pesticide safety, plant diseases and insect pests. Free Admission.





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