City Fountain Will Be Named After Former Employee
On April 26, the city of Gaithersburg will hold its first Naming Rights event at the Casey Community Center at noon.
City officials said the fountain in front of the center is going to be named in honor of Tommy Mason, a retired 20-year employee who worked, and even lived, at the center as a caretaker, custodian and maintenance employee.
According to minutes from a January 16, 2007, City Council meeting, Mason was recognized publicly by city leaders for his “exceptional” job. “He has stayed up through many nights and long weekends when the center had major roof leaks, snow storms or electrical problems. He has also been very astute in catching electrical and plumbing concerns before there were fire or water damage to the center,” the minutes state.
A luncheon will follow the noon commemoration ceremony.
City Manager’s Review
The city’s elected leaders met behind closed doors on March 19 to continue discussions about City Manager Angel Jones’ performance evaluation following last year’s annual review. At press time, the process for the city manager’s performance evaluation was also scheduled to be discussed at a closed executive session on March 26.
In December, the leaders publicly identified three areas that need attention from Jones: employee morale, a thorough review of the Kronos timekeeping system, and a focus on both internal and external communication. Jones did not receive a raise or bonus following her 2011 performance review, according to city officials.
Arts Barn Productions Honored
Two Gaithersburg Arts Barn productions, Montgomery Playhouse’s “Stones in His Pocket” and Damascus Theatre Company’s “Little Shop of Horrors” earned a total of five 2011 Washington Area Theatre Community Honors awards last month.
“Stones” honors included outstanding direction, outstanding lead actor (2), and outstanding play. “Little Shop” won for outstanding set decoration — musical.
For more details, visit www.washingtontheater.org.
Pep Rally for State Champions
A Gaithersburg High School pep rally was held on March 15 at the Gaithersburg City Hall Pavilion for the girls’ basketball team who won the state championship for the second year in a row.