Voter Registration Set in Gaithersburg Elections will be held April 25 for three of five seats on the Gaithersburg City Council.

Voter registration will close on March 25, and those who have registered to vote in Montgomery County do not need to register separately for the city election.

Because of the March 8 primary, Montgomery registration will be closed through March 18. During that time, however, registration will continue at Gaithersburg City Hall. Those City Hall registrations are not valid for voting in the Super Tuesday primary.

The terms of council members Stanley Alster, Julius Perensky and Mary Ward will end in May.

Candidates for office must file a petition of nomination -- signed by at least 50 qualified city voters -- by March 28 with the office of the Board of Supervisors of Elections at City Hall.

The three candidates with the most votes, and receiving at least 40 percent of the vote, win the election. If three candidates do not receive 40 percent of the vote, a runoff will be held for the unfilled seats.

Tax Help Offered by Rockville

The City of Rockville is providing free income tax preparation assistance for low- to moderate-income residents and for senior citizens who live in the city.

The service is being offered through April 12 on Thursdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the City Hall employee lounge, Maryland Avenue and Vinson Street.

Appointments are required and can be made by calling 424-8000, extension 380.

Eligible residents who are homebound may call 424-8853 to arrange for a home visit.

Tighter Property Maintenance Rules

New, stricter standards for maintenance of commercial property go into effect after March 17, according to the county Department of Housing and Community Development.

Housing department officials say a new rule limiting work on the exteriors of buildings to one year enables the county to act on unfinished or abandoned construction that becomes unsightly or a nuisance to people in the neighborhood.

Another new rule, an attempt to deal with properties neglected by out-of-town owners, gives the county the power to make a repair to a house or an apartment and bill the owner, in the event the owner had failed to respond to civil citations and fines.

Also under the new rules, landlords will be required to repaint the interiors of rental units once every five years.

County Job Fair to Be Held in Wheaton

Montgomery County will hold the first of two annual job fairs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Wheaton Plaza.

The job fair program is designed for people ages 14 to 21 to meet prospective employers and discuss summer job opportunities. The fairs offer a chance for 14- and 15-year-olds to apply for publicly funded summer job and training programs.

Last year, county officials say, more than 185 young people found summer jobs through the job fairs, which are sponsored by the county Department of Family Services' Division of Community Action and the Employment Coordinating Committee of the Community Action Board.

In addition to learning about specific jobs, teen-agers may view videotapes on subjects such as filling out job applications, interviewing and behaving on a job.

The second fair will take place noon to 4 p.m. on March 19 at the Executive Office Building cafeteria, 101 Monroe St., Rockville.

For more information, call 217-1200.