September 2017 Around Town Journal

September 2017 Around Town Journal

The 2017 Town Directory Co-chairs, Nicole Andrews and Helen Wilkes, are making one last appeal to Residents to submit their contact information before the Directory goes to print. Currently, there are over 200 households that have yet to return their information sheets. Even if nothing has changed, please send your information to

Kensington’s first new redevelopment project, Knowles Station, has finally broken ground at the corner of Detrick and Knowles Avenues. The commercial center will have two to three retail shops and will be anchored by a high-end wine bar. Streetscape improvements on Detrick, along with outdoor seating, are within the proposed plans.

The proposed Kensington Senior Living development project along Metropolitan Avenue will be holding a public meeting on Wednesday, September 27th, 7 pm, at Town Hall to answer questions from the community. Please RSVP to

Strosniders Hardware has announced that their opening has been delayed until late October or early November.

Longtime Carroll Place Resident, Dan Botkiss, passed away on September 5th. Mr. Botkiss served on the Kensington Town Council from 1962 through 1969. Mr. Botkiss is survived by his wife Gloria and their children Marilyn and Philip.  Their son Barry is deceased.

50th Annual Labor Day Parade and Festival

The Town would like to thank the community for a wonderful Labor Day Parade and Festival, and extend a very special thank you to our

[caption id="attachment_6036" align="alignright" width="240"] Harold Huggins and Jayne Plank (Grand Marshal)[/caption]

Honorary Grand Marshal, Jayne Plank. Ms. Plank served on the Kensington Town Council from 1967–1974, at which time she had the distinction of being the first woman elected Mayor (1974-1982) within the Town. Ms. Plank oversaw many Town milestones during her time as Mayor, to include the purchase of the Armory (Town Hall) and Flinn Park; the creation of Noyes Children’s Library; and having Kensington added to the National Register of Historic Places. Although the Kensington Labor Day Parade originated during Ms. Plank’s first term on the Kensington Council, she credits Harold Huggins and the Kensington-Wheaton Lions Club for organizing the event. We thank Ms. Plank and Mr. Huggins both for their contributions to our Town.