The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) announced 34 winners of its 24th annual Keep Montgomery County Beautiful (KMCB) community beautification awards and honored 17 amateur photographers in the 19th Annual Amateur Photography Contest. More than twenty years ago, concerned volunteers formed the KMCB Task Force to work with the County to develop beautification projects and anti-litter and recycling programs. The group also conducts public education to change citizen attitudes about littering and graffiti.
The beautification contest is open to community groups, businesses, public institutions and other organizations undertaking landscaping projects that enhance the appearance of commonly owned sections of commercial or residential properties. Landscaping along County roadsides, medians or other public locations is also eligible for awards.
KMCB awarded Level I prizes for new projects initiated between fall 2009 and spring 2010, while Level II prizes were awarded to established projects planted prior to fall 2009.
Winners of the Beautification Awards are:
CITYSCAPE for municipal street plantings in median strips, near traffic ramps and next to sidewalks:
Award of Excellence: College Gardens Park, joint project of City of Rockville, CPJ Associations, Slater Associates and F&F Landscaping, Rockville
Award of Excellence: Park Road Landscape Enhancements, City of Rockville
Award of Excellence: Veirs Mill Road/Atlantic Avenue Landscape Enhancements, City of Rockville, Rockville
Award of Excellence: Rockville Town Square, The Brickman Group, Rockville
COMMUNITY NON-PROFESSIONAL for community plantings maintained by community residents through homeowner associations, garden clubs, or civic associations.
Award of Merit: Wheaton Forest Civic Association, Wheaton
Award of Distinction: Entrance to College Gardens, Garden Club of College Gardens, Rockville
Award of Excellence: HTCA Triangle Garden, Huntington Terrace Citizens Association, Bethesda
Award of Excellence: Rockshire Entryway, Rockshire Garden Club, Rockville
COMMUNITY PROFESSIONAL for community landscaping projects designed and maintained by professional landscape architects or contractors.
Award of Distinction: Westlake Towers Condominiums, Dunigan Law & Landscape, Rockville
Award of Excellence: Maplewood Park Place, Rupert Landscape, Bethesda
Award of Excellence: Potomac Crest Homeowners Association, The Brickman Group, Potomac
COMMERCIAL/RETAIL for outdoor projects at facilities such as shopping malls, restaurants, retail businesses, gas stations, etc.:
Award of Excellence: Capital Gateway, Ruppert Landscape, Bethesda
Award of Excellence: Marriott Corporate Headquarters, The Brickman Group, Bethesda
Award of Excellence: Hughes Network, The Brickman Group, Rockville
Award of Excellence: Bethesda Row, Ruppert Landscape, Bethesda
Award of Excellence: Washingtonian Center, The Brickman Group, Rockville
Award of Excellence: Silver Spring Metro Plaza, Ruppert Landscape, Silver Spring
PUBLIC INSTITUTIONAL for outdoor projects at schools, government buildings, hospitals, churches or libraries:
Award of Distinction: Montgomery General Hospital Thrift Shop Butterfly Garden, Seedling Garden Club, Olney
Award of Distinction: Aspen Hill Library Gardens, Aspen Hill Garden Club, Rockville
Award of Distinction: Montgomery County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg
Award of Excellence: Davis Library, Bethesda Community Garden Club, Bethesda
Award of Excellence: Montgomery County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden at the Derwood Agricultural Farm Park, Derwood
ENVIRONMENTAL for wildlife habitant, wildflower plantings, wetlands plantings and organic plantings:
Award of Excellence: Rockville High School Conservation Landscape, joint project of Rockville High School Horticulture Students, Montgomery County DEP, City of Rockville Department of Environmental Services, Master Gardeners, Rockville
Award of Excellence: Cambridge Walk II Homeowner’s Association, Rockville
Award of Excellence: Fallsgrove Village Center, bioretention strips, The Brickman Group, Rockville
Award of Excellence: The Tower Companies and Lerner Enterprises – 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard, The Brickman Group, Rockville
*YOUTH for outdoor projects by an individual or group, ages 18 or younger. Adult supervision is permitted, but youth must complete the majority of a project:
Award of Distinction: Montgomery County Men’s Emergency Shelter, KidzCare USA, Inc., Rockville
SUSTAINED MAINTENANCE (FOR THREE-TIME WINNERS) for awards to previous triple winners of the Award of Excellence:
First Year/ Commercial Retail: Human Genome Sciences, Ruppert Landscape, North Potomac
First Year/ Community Non-Professional: Kenwood Pocket Park, Kenwood Garden Club, Chevy Chase
First Year/ Public/Institutional: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Labyrinth, Bethesda
Third Year/ Community Professional: The Carleton, Ruppert Landscape, Chevy Chase
Fourth Year/ Community Professional: Chelsea Tower, Dunigan Lawn & Landscape Inc., Bethesda
GOLDEN TROWEL AWARD WINNER
Fifth Year/ Public/Institutional: Potomac Community Library, Potomac Village Garden Club, Potomac
For the Annual Amateur Photography Contest, photos were judged on effective composition, originality, technique, interest and relevance of the subject matter. This year there were 45 entries.
Photography contest winners are:
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, HER PEOPLE – Any photo taken of one or more persons involved in County activities, close-up or distant, showing leisure, activity, productivity or community service.
First: “Children Souls” Eliana Patricia Acevedo Cortes, Rockville
Second: “Boys at Blackhill’s Lake” Diane Jackson, Gaithersburg
Third: “Running the Rapids” Jim Holland, Brookeville
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, BY DAY – Any photo taken outdoors in Montgomery County that depicts something fun, beautiful or exciting during daytime hours.
First: “Blue Heron at Great Falls” Nancy Brun, Rockville
Second: “Snow and Canada Goose” Harry Hai He, Gaithersburg
Third: “Shadows on the Dock” Howard Clark, Montgomery Village
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, BY NIGHT – Any photo taken outdoors in Montgomery County that depicts something fun, beautiful or exciting during nighttime.
First: “Wheaton Carnival” Elizabeth Ann Koller, Silver Spring
Second: “From On High” Ron Alexander, Gaithersburg
Third: “A Snowing Evening 2010--30 Inches” Alberto Diaz, Chevy Chase
MONTGOMERY COUNTY LANDMARKS – Any photo taken outdoors in Montgomery County of a natural or manmade commonly recognized landmark or scene.
First: “Art Decore – Glen Echo” Mary Rolston, Bethesda
Second: “A Foggy Morning” Ly Truc Hoan, Silver Spring
Third: “Tavern in the Snow” Ina Kay Ford, Rockville
MONTGOMERY COUNTY AT WORK – Any photo taken of one or more persons at work, contributing to the livability and splendor of the County.
First: “After Snow” De Hou Yang, Wheaton
Second: “My Briggs Chaney ICC” Ivana Miranda, Silver Spring
MONTGOMERY COUNTY YOUTH – Photos by those under the age of 18.
First: “The Vast of the Potomac” Keegan Barber, Potomac
Second: “A Circuitous Way Up” Nitesh Donti, Boyds
Third: “Mr. Mallard Takes a Swim” Zachary Calcagno, Silver Spring
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