Following a busy weekend of service honoring Rev. dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Councilmember Sayles was interviewed for a public affairs show at WDVM-TV, to talk about her NLC appointment, the government shutdown, and Gaithersburg issues...
Sayles Appointed Chair to National League of Cities Community & Economic Development Federal Advocacy Committee
November 10, 2018
National League of Cities Announces 2019 Leadership and Board of Directors. City Council Member Laurie-Anne Sayles was appointed Chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) Community & Economic Development (CED) Federal Advocacy Committee at the organization’s 2018 City Summit in Los Angeles. The CED Committee is one of the seven NLC Federal Advocacy Committees that play a key role in all NLC advocacy efforts on the Hill and within the Administration.
The 28th annual celebration of Oktoberfest treats attendees to professional pumpkin carving and apple cider pressing demonstrations, free horse-drawn wagon rides, hands-on crafts, pumpkin and face painting, artists and crafters, family activities, and strolling entertainers.
A meeting of the minds in Silver Spring has residents taking a fresh look at how health data works and applies to their communities. A number of industry professionals and dozens of curious residents joined the envisioning equity summit to see how percentage points and analytics can help turn the tide on problems that are important to them.
First Department of Veterans Affairs community clinic opens in Montgomery County
September 7, 2018
After 10 years of planning and major renovations, the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center opened its newest Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) during a ribbon cutting ceremony in Gaithersburg, MD.
"I am so proud of the diversity of talent exhibited by our City's youth! These young minds are taking control of their futures now, by putting their creativity to the test". Councilmember Sayles attended the Gaithersburg Children's Business Fair to meet the young entrepreneurs and deliver a Proclamation to the event organizers. The Fair hosted over 20 booths, including 38 young entrepreneurs, at Epworth United Methodist Church.
From the City of Gaithersburg, a three-person delegation including Mayor Jud Ashman and City Council members Michael Sesma and Laurie-Anne Sayles came to proclaim that, in the City of Gaithersburg, June 23, 2018 “is Pleasant View Historic Site Day” because it is “a historic location that enriches and inspires a diverse community by memorializing the African American experience in Montgomery County.” Photo courtesy of Karen O’Keefe.
The City of Gaithersburg joined the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) to welcome Camden Washingtonian to the community and celebrate the grand opening of their Gaithersburg location, by conducting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Located at 10201 Washingtonian Boulevard, this luxury apartment building is a welcome addition to our limited housing stock inventory. Photo courtesy of GGCC
Hundreds of American flags, sponsored by residents and businesses to recognize community heroes, were on display May 26 through 28. Proud to support this event that honors members of the military, police, firefighters, teachers, coaches, mentors and community leaders at Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm. The opening ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. on May 27. This activity is coordinated by the Rotary Clubs of Montgomery Village and Gaithersburg. Proceeds benefit local charities.
Councilmember Sayles was honored to attend the Maryland Municipal League's "If I were Mayor..." contest this year to congratulate one of our own, Nick Griffith of Rachel Carson Elementary (Ms. Gent). Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor.
After nine long years, municipal Highway User Revenue (HUR) funding was restored thanks to unanimous votes in the State Senate and House of Delegates. Municipal HURs were first reduced by 96% in 2009 when the monies were used to backfill the State’s budget shortfall during the economic downturn. Since that time, municipalities have lost over $245 million with no plans for repayment. We needed to restore municipal highway user revenues (HURs), not only to meet current road maintenance needs, but more importantly, to provide a long-term, stable funding source for municipal transportation projects. Phot courtesy of the Office of the Governor.
We celebrated Earth Day 2018 with nonprofit Earth Stewardship East. ESE was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust to complete a storm water management, native plant landscaping and public education project on the historic African American site, Pleasant View, 11810 Darnestown Road, Gathersburg, MD.
The Daily Record named Gaithersburg City Council Member Laurie-Anne Sayles to its 2018 listing of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. Laurie-Anne Sayles’ innovative and compassionate work and active membership on the city council stems from her rich diversity of career experience in state and local government, health communications, public policy, housing, conservation and more.
Ridgeview Middle School held a Black History Month celebration on Feb. 22. The event theme was “Inspirations and Aspirations of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” The Politics Panel included Laurie-Anne Sayles, a member of the Gaithersburg City Council. Sayles spoke of her upbringing as a first-generation Jamaican-American and how black politicians who came before her paved the way for her to run a political campaign and modeled how to advocate for people.
The Women’s Legislative Briefing (WLB) is the premier and longest-standing women’s legislative event in the state of Maryland. It is coordinated by the Montgomery County Commission for Women and brings together advocates, policy makers, and emerging leaders to empower, engage, and mobilize Marylanders around issues affecting women and girls throughout the state. Thank you Senator Susan Lee for the photo.
Record attendance at MLK day of service
January 15, 2018
More than 600 Gaithersburg residents signed up for nearly 2,000 volunteer work hours with seventeen different community projects at the Seneca Creek Community Church in Gaithersburg for the annual Martin Luther King day of service. "I think with the leader of our country spouting divisive language it's really important for us to come together on this day and it's really important for us to reinforce the message that martin Luther king held so dear,” said Gaithersburg City Council member Laurie-Anne Sayles.
Laurie-Anne Sayles is a compassionate leader with vision. Laurie-Anne is running for Gaithersburg City Council because she wants Gaithersburg to be the best place for our residents to live, for our businesses to grow, for our seniors to remain active, and for our students to learn.
On Sunday July 30, 2017, the kick-off for the campaign of Laurie-Anne Sayles for Gaithersburg City Council was held at the Barking Mad Cafe. The early evening affair was attended by several elected officials, community leaders and a crowd in excess of a hundred who heard Sayles speak about her vision for Gaithersburg.
Sayles said her top priorities would be "balancing the city’s budget to maintain the city’s zero-debt, pay-as-you-go policies and seeking smart growth economic development projects for areas such as Olde Towne and Lakeforest Mall".