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

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