Monthly Archives: December 2011

Frederick-Gaithersburg-Bethesda area ranked among top 5 most secure communities in the U.S.

As reported on WTOP’s website on December 22, 2011:

WASHINGTON — A new ranking lists the Frederick-Gaithersburg-Bethesda area as one of the most secure metropolitan places to live nationwide.

In its eighth annual ranking of areas with more than 500,000 residents, Farmer’s Insurance Group lists the heavily-populated Maryland area as the fifth most secure place to live….

No. 1 on the most secure list was Pittsburgh, which moved up 10 slots from the year before. Next came Rochester, N.Y., El Paso, Texas and Syracuse, N.Y.

To compile the rankings, experts at looked at crime statistics, extreme weather, natural disaster risk, housing depreciation, foreclosures and job loss numbers, to name a few. In total, they studied 379 municipalities.

For more information on Farmers Insurance Group’s Eighth Annual Most Secure Places to Live in the U.S. study, click here.


Season’s Greetings from Team Spiegel

Dear Friends,

It’s been about six weeks since the Gaithersburg City Council election, and we are finally recovered from the campaign trail!  December has been a time of wonderful blessings for me and my family.  Jack celebrated his first birthday, we had many occasions to get together with family and friends to enjoy the season and to toast our decisive electoral victory, and my colleagues on the City Council unanimously elected me Vice President of the Council for the coming year.

We’ve also enjoyed many of the outstanding seasonal events and programs offered by the City of Gaithersburg — including Winter Lights (which is still running through New Year’s Eve!), the Jingle Jubilee (which had tremendous attendance!), and the Kentlands tree lighting where Jack got to go on stage and help Mayor Katz light the tree!  These events are among our favorite traditions this time of year, and I hope you and your family have taken advantage of the wide range of free and/or inexpensive entertainment available.  For those who are interested, you may also want to check out the Chanukah Fire Truck Parade on December 22.  And as you finish your last-minute holiday shopping, I encourage you to Buy Local to support our neighborhood businesses.

This is also a time of year to remember those who are still struggling.  Please consider giving to the City of Gaithersburg’s Holiday Giving Program or any of the other worthy charities serving our community.  And please remember to take a moment to thank those who serve us — whether it’s our Armed Forces servicemembers and veterans, our police and other public safety workers, or the folks who volunteer countless hours to make our community better.

I want to say “THANK YOU!” one more time for all of your support.  As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any thoughts or questions.  We’re looking forward to a fabulous 2012.

Wishing you and yours a healthy, joyous, and meaningful Holiday Season, and a Happy New Year,

Ryan S. Spiegel
Vice President, Gaithersburg City Council

Spiegel Elected Gaithersburg Council Vice President

At the December 5, 2011 Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council meeting, Ryan Spiegel was unanimously elected to a one-year term as Vice President.  Council Member Spiegel has served on the City Council since 2007 and was re-elected to a four-year term during the 2011 City Council elections with the highest number of votes of any candidate.

Ryan Spiegel“I’m grateful to the Mayor and my colleagues on the City Council for their confidence in me, and I will make every effort to represent the City of Gaithersburg well during my term as Vice President of the City Council,” said Spiegel.

By Gaithersburg City Code, Part 1, Section 8, the Council annually elects a Vice President from amongst its members.  The Vice President acts as President in the absence of the President and is entitled to vote on any decision by the Council.  The Mayor serves as President of the Council.  As such, the Mayor takes part in discussions but does not vote on matters before the Council.