June 2017 Around Town Journal

June 2017 Around Town Journal This July 1st will mark the one year anniversary since I was sworn in as the Mayor of Kensington, and I would like to thank everyone for the support that I have received during this time. I never imagined what a rewarding experience serving as your Mayor would become, and I am excited about the great things that have happened over the last year and what is on the horizon. We have seen the addition of two new restaurants, The Dish & Dram, along with Crisp and Juicy; a new women’s clothing store, Oak; and several new boutiques within Antique Village. By year’s end we will have a new Animal Hospital, Hair Salon (Sweet HairAfter), Hardware Store (Strosniders), and Coffee Shop (Car Wash Coffee); and with our first redevelopment project, Solera Senior Living, taking shape, we have many great things to look forward to. Our business community has also remained active with the newly developed Kensington Can!, organizers of the Paper Airplane event at St. Paul Park last month, and they also continue to support our Food Truck Nights along Armory Avenue on the first and third Thursday of the month. We have recently seen the installation of the fountain at Flinn Park, and I am grateful to everyone who supported this project and especially thankful to Mark Hudson, McEnearney Associate Realtors, for overseeing the project. I hope to announce a formal dedication of the fountain in the near future. As I had the opportunity to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Kensington Historical Society last week, it allowed me the opportunity to reflect on how great our Town really is, but I am also looking forward to the year ahead, where we plan to redesign our Town’s website; publish a 2017 Town Directory; amend a number of our Town’s regulations pertaining to animals, fences, and signs; and continue to push for responsible redevelopment and growth within our community. The 22nd Annual Bike Parade will be held on Tuesday, July 4th at St. Paul Park. The Bike Parade begins at 10 am and the Town asks that those wishing to participate begin lining up by 9:45 am. This event is open to all kids, and those young at heart, that wish to decorate their bike, scooter, wagon or stroller and follow a Kensington Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) fire truck through the streets of Kensington. The Town would like to thank Mark Hudson, McEnearney Associate Realtors, for his continued coordination and sponsorship of this event.