Four Rockville Residents Named Good Neighbors


Good Neighbors left to right: Jonathan Smith, Ida Wallenmeyer, Nancy Keefe and Fred Newton. PHOTO | City of Rockville

The Rockville Mayor and Council presented Rockville’s annual Good Neighbor Awards to four Rockville residents on Oct. 20.

The awards honor members of the community who have made exceptional contributions to preserve and improve the quality of life in their neighborhood through good deeds or acts of service.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Nancy Keefe: Nominated by an anonymous neighbor, Keefe serves on several committees for the Fallsmead Homes Corp. Board, is a block captain and volunteers at swim meets, July Fourth festivities, park cleanups and more. “Her focus is always on the neighborhood children, helping them feel cared for and good about themselves with her friendliness and kindness,” the neighbor said in nominating Keefe.
  • Fred Newton: Fred Newton was nominated by Maude Kilgo, who said Newton shovels snow from her sidewalks each winter. “Before the snow stops falling Fred is outside my home shoveling snow to prevent any build up,” Kilgo said. “He is always very professional, very attentive and has always gone above and beyond to ensure the job is complete.”
  • Jonathan Smith: Nominated by Tricia Kassiday, Smith is the moderator for the New Mark Commons community online bulletin board, coordinating the migration to a new Web platform. “He also is very active at provoking online discussions, and sharing community information, which has successfully brought our community even closer together,” Kassiday said. Smith also has organized several well-attended community wide “game day” events.
  • Ida Wallenmeyer: Wallenmeyer was nominated by Rose Sharkey and Patty Neame for her efforts to recruit volunteers and maintain Dr. Stonestreet’s Medicinal Garden on the grounds of the Beall-Dawson House. “Ida demonstrates a determination to beautify the city for all to enjoy,” Sharkey and Neame said.

Good Neighbor Award nominations are accepted throughout the year and are awarded in the fall.

To learn more about the awards, visit or contact Rocio Snowdy, neighborhood resources coordinator, at 240.314.8345 or

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Krista Brick

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Krista Brick is a multi-media journalist with Montgomery Community Media.


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