Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Daily returns to service, takes town manager job

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The Kensington Town Council voted Monday to hire Sanford Daily, who served as Gaithersburg city manager for 28 years before retiring in 1995, as its town manager for a two-year period at $80,000 annually. During that time, he will lay the groundwork for future town managers. Daily began in his position Tuesday.

Mayor Peter Fosselman, a former Gaithersburg city planner who worked under Daily, said Daily was the best option for the town.

‘‘He’s considered a guru by the International Town Manager Association,” Fosselman said. ‘‘I find it a blessing that we’re getting this person. I’ve called him out of retirement for this, I’ve begged and pleaded and we’re very fortunate to have him.”

Daily will handle the day-to-day operations of the 1,900-resident town, such as managing staff, street repairs, trash collection other duties now performed by the mayor.

Daily was not available for comment before The Gazette’s deadline Tuesday afternoon.

Gaithersburg City Hall is officially named the Sanford Daily Municipal Center.

Free trainingfor ethnic crafters

Ethnic crafts entrepreneurs now have a shot at free business development training, media exposure and a seat at an annual festival, thanks to a new city program.

Gaithersburg’s economic development office and Montgomery College’s workforce development program will offer 16 hours of business development training to the first 20 qualified applicants who apply before April 30.

Those who complete the training earn a free spot – including table, chairs and canopy – at the City World Market at the 27th annual Celebrate Gaithersburg in Olde Towne Festival on Sept. 21. Last year, nearly 45,000 people attended.

Aspiring sellers of handmade or imported ethnic goods may apply for the training, which covers topics such as transitioning from artisan to entrepreneur and finding new resources and marketing tools.

Participation in the one-day festival is free for Gaithersburg residents and training graduates. Nonresidents must pay $30 to participate. Booths cost $50 for residents and $70 for nonresidents.

For more information and an application form, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov.

For information in English, call Crystal Carr at 301-258-6395, ext. 1. For information in Spanish, call Liliana Arango at Montgomery College at 240-567-3824.

K-9 award

The United States Police Canine Association recently named Cpl. Chad Eastman of the Gaithersburg Police Department and his partner, a chocolate Labrador retriever named Buddy, Team of the Quarter ‘‘for their outstanding drug detection work.”

On Oct. 11, 2007, the team helped Montgomery County Police in two incidents that resulted in recovery of significant quantities of controlled substances and two arrests, said city police spokesman Sgt. Rudy Wagner.

Montgomery County Police requested the canine team’s assistance serving a warrant at about 5 p.m. in the 13800 block of Castle Boulevard in Burtonsville, Wagner said. The team found nearly a half-pound of marijuana concealed inside a vehicle.

Later that evening, Eastman and Buddy assisted county police special investigation units serving a warrant at a traffic stop at Interstate 270 and Route 124 in Gaithersburg. Scanning the vehicle’s exterior, Buddy detected nearly two pounds of marijuana hidden in the trunk.

Buddy retired from service in December and Eastman is now training a Belgian Malinois named Max.

Arab-American month

Mayor Sidney A. Katz will proclaim April 2008 as Arab-American Heritage Month at 7:30 p.m. on April 7 during a regularly scheduled meeting at City Hall, 31 S. Summit Ave.

Prior to the meeting, the city’s multicultural affairs committee will host a reception replete with Arabian cuisine, live entertainment and cultural presentations.

Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, please call the Gaithersburg Human Services Division at 301-258-6395.