Rockville – Donna-Jo Webster

July, 2014


Hello, everybody! Can you believe it’s July already, and that we’re half way through 2014? Rumor has it big box retailer already has its Halloween displays up…

Our collective thoughts and prayers go out to the Pearce family after the senseless, tragic loss of their son, Gabriel, this past Thursday. Gabe epitomized compassion and concern for others, whether family or friends. He dreamed of being a lawyer and had just recently started a full-time job as a sheriff’s deputy with Henrico County.

He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University this May with double degrees in homeland security and criminal justice and proved to be a leader on the school’s rugby fields, too. In tribute to this fine young man gone too soon, his brother Caleb tells me VCU has retired his rugby jersey number.

Judging by the number of poignant tributes seen on social media, I know that Gabe’s good deeds and legacy will live on in our hearts for years to come. Please keep the family, especially his parents David and Noemi, sister Alisa, brothers Ephraim, Caleb and Noah, grandparents Bob and Julia Mae White and George and Noemi Haksch all in your thoughts.

Among the Rockvillians blowing out birthday candles this week are Douglas Keener, enjoying cake July 7, Bill Clowes, opening presents July 11 and Krystal Forte, hearing that familiar song July 12.

Speaking of birthdays, a mighty happy wish for one goes out to our grand nation, celebrating her 238th on July 4. Let’s put our political differences aside for one day and shout huzzah for the greatest country in the world. Whether you cheer her bended knee at your favorite house of worship, scream your lungs out for your favorite baseball team or gather with family and friends around the backyard barbecue, enjoy your freedom!

The Cochrane Rockville Library will be closed Friday, July 4 for Independence Day. Normal hours resume Saturday, July 5. With that in mind, the branch’s First Friday Films event moves to Friday, July 11 at 4:30 p.m. Catch a full-length family feature on the branch’s big screen while enjoying free popcorn, snacks and drinks courtesy of the Friends of the Rockville Library. Call (804) 749-3146 for the film’s title.

Got news to share? Rockville would love to hear it. Send your news and events to or call (804) 749-3401. Have a great week!