Rockville mourns loss of Marcuccio

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Phyllis Marcuccio.  COURTESY PHOTOPhyllis Marcuccio. COURTESY PHOTO  

Former Rockville Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio was perhaps the rarest thing in politics – a politician that people trusted.

Rockville’s former two-term mayor Marcuccio died last week of natural causes, leaving behind a legacy of maintaining the City’s historic feel while also attempting to make it a hub of science and technology. She served as mayor from 2009 to 2013, and was known for steering the City’s development carefully and being a champion for getting a dedicated building for the Rockville Science Center.

“It was clear to me she was smart. She understood Rockville. She cared deeply about Rockville,” said Ruth Hanessian, a longtime friend and neighbor of Marcuccio.

Marcuccio, 84, was a native of Rockville and graduated from Richard Montgomery High School. The transformation of Rockville from a small rural town into a rapidly-growing suburban community is something that helped prompt Maruccio to become involved in politics.

“Mayor Marcuccio was a deeply devoted public servant throughout her life and career,” said current Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton in a statement. “A longstanding Rockville resident, she prided herself as a grassroots activist and was an outspoken advocate for the city, always keeping the best interests of her community close to her heart.”


Rockville inaugurates mayor, City County

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ROCKVILLE -- Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton and the four newly elected City Council members made history Sunday when they took their oaths to begin serving the city legislature's first-ever four-year term.

Rockville City Council members inauguration 11-15-15Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton (center) joined council members Julie Palakovich Carr (left), Virginia Onley, Beryl Feinberg and Mark Pierzchala at the inauguration of the first-ever four-year term for the mayor and City Council Nov. 15 at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre. PHOTO BY DANICA ROEM

Standing on stage at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Newton joined council members Beryl Feinberg, Virginia Onley, Julie Palakovich Carr and Mark Pierzchala to collectively form the city's governing body set to run through November 2019.

Check the Nov. 19-25 print edition of The Montgomery County Sentinel this Thursday for a full recap of the inauguration, featuring interviews with each newly elected member to the council.


Jud Ashman confident in bid to remain Gaithersburg mayor

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jud ashmanGAITHERSBURG – Last year, Jud Ashman was selected by his colleagues on the Gaithersburg City Council to serve as the city's mayor following longtime Mayor Sidney Katz' election to the District 3 seat of the County Council. This fall, city voters will decide if he will serve the remaining two years of Katz' term.

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