Neighborhood Forum on County Housing Issues

By Genevieve McDowell Owen, President

Have you ever wondered “so what, exactly, is a ‘zoning text amendment’ and how might it affect me?” Or maybe you saw some posts on the neighborhood listserv about Thrive Montgomery 2050 and would like a better understanding of what it means for our community. These and other questions will be answered at a Zoom forum on February 6 at 7 pm. The NWCA Board invites all neighbors to join us for this informative 90-minute virtual neighborhood meeting.

The meeting will start with a brief, factual presentation on current county housing issues and initiatives, tailored to address specific questions submitted by you and your neighbors,* by Montgomery County Planning Board Project Manager Khalid Afzal. Then the meeting will move on to a balanced panel discussion featuring knowledgeable local folks with different perspective on the issue who will answer more neighborhood questions. Scheduled to participate are local real estate expert Liz Brent, founder of Go Brent Realty; President of the Montgomery County Civic Federation Alan Bowser; the Maryland Advocacy Manager for the Coalition for Smarter Growth Jane Lyons; and longtime North Woodside resident Gus Bauman.

The link to the meeting will be posted on the listserv. Any neighborhood residents who wish to attend but don’t have access to the listserv, please contact the board’s President or Programs Coordinator.

North Woodside’s Garden of Lights

May not be Brookside Gardens,  but the North Woodside Garden of Lights was beautiful last night. And no tickets needed. Here is a gallery of a few illuminated-snow favorites. Photos by Lilian Pintea. Light artistry–enhanced by Mother Nature–by various neighbors on various streets.

Holiday Tree Lighting

Join us for holiday cheer, caroling, hot apple cider, and a visit with Santa at our annual North Woodside Community Tree Lighting (corner of Glen Ross Rd. and Luzerne Ave.) on Sunday, December 12th at 4:45 pm.

In the spirit of giving, we will have a bin available for donations of non-perishable food items for the Capital Area Food Bank. If you prefer to make a cash donation to the food bank, please click here.

We will also be collecting cash donations to support the Community Tree Lighting.

Hope to see you there!

Support Woodlin ES: Snider’s Gift Card Match and 2021 Receipts

New! Snider’s Gift Card Match

For the month of December, Snider’s is running a gift card special “Buy One, Get One, Support One” where you can purchase a $100(+) gift card, get a free $10 gift card, PLUS Snider’s will match and donate all $10 gift cards to the school of your choice, including Woodlin Elementary School. This is a new program they are starting that, if successful, will continue every year as a way to support local schools and their programs. So get your holiday shopping done at Snider’s and gift it forward to Woodlin!

Snider’s Receipts from 2021

The Woodlin PTA is now collecting Snider’s Receipts from 2021! Did you know for every receipt we collect, Snider’s donates 1% back to Woodlin? We are now collecting all Snider’s receipts dated from 2021 – please drop them off at 1914 Stratton Road (on the corner with 2nd Ave), or email woodlinPTA.fundraising at gmail dot com to arrange a pick up.

Help us out and collect receipts from your friends and neighbors!
**All receipts from 2021 must be submitted by February 4th, 2022.**

Neighborhood Food Drive for Capital Area Food Bank

Please help support Capital Area Food Bank by making a donation through our neighborhood virtual food drive page. Last year, we set and reached the goal of $2021, so this year we’re aiming for $2022.  Can you help us reach this amount? Thank you for any contribution, small or large, that you can make! 

Note: there will also be a bin for donations of nonperishable food items at the Community Tree Lighting, which will take place at 4:45pm Sunday, December 12, 2021 (triangle at intersection of Luzerne Ave and Glen Ross Rd)

Presentation on Historic Homes in Lyttonsville and North Woodside

A historic home in North Woodside

Graduate students in the University of Maryland’s Historic Preservation program have spent the last semester researching the history of eleven houses in Lyttonsville and North Woodside (and one in Woodside).

You are cordially invited to attend the capstone presentation of this historic house and local community research project, which will take place on Wednesday, December 15th at 7 pm, at Woodlin Elementary School. The students will give brief presentations on the histories of each of the twelve houses in the larger context of the history of these communities, with an emphasis on the most useful historic resources for conducting house histories. This event is sponsored by the Talbot Avenue Bridge Committee.*

Location information:
Woodlin Elementary School (cafeteria/multi-purpose room)            
2101 Luzerne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910            
Note: Use entrance at left side of building (next to school parking lot)

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Masks will be required, as well as proof of COVID-19 vaccination (or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of the event).

Questions?  Contact the Talbot Avenue Bridge Committee

* This activity is not sponsored by, associated with, or endorsed by Montgomery County Public Schools or Montgomery County Government.

4th Annual Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk

Begun in 2018, the Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk is an annual local community event that weaves together neighborhoods once divided by racial segregation. All are welcome! Come join us in shining our lights in the darkness, promoting unity over division, remembering the past and taking steps toward a brighter future…

WHEN: Saturday, November 13, 2021
Gather at 5:15pm, Lantern Walk will commence at 5:30pm

WHERE: 4th Avenue and Hanover Street (North Woodside)
to Talbot Avenue and Lanier Road (Lyttonsville), via Brookville Road
See below for three different ways to participate
View route

BRING: Warm clothing, a lantern, and a bell to ring, if you have one
Any type of lantern will do, from a tea light candle in a glass jar to something more elaborate, either handmade or store-bought. You can find many ideas online. If you have the time and energy, you are encouraged to get creative!  Extra lanterns and tea light candles will be available for anyone who needs them.

For more information, any event updates, and to RSVP for this event visit:
bit.ly/TABLanternWalk

Questions? Contact the Talbot Avenue Bridge Committee (consisting of Lyttonsville, North Woodside, and Rosemary Hills residents): talbotavenuebridgecommittee@gmail.com

WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

1) Join for the whole lantern walk.  As the route is again not a loop, as in previous years, this means that North Woodside residents will need to walk back or have someone pick them up in Lyttonsville.

2) Join for a portion of the lantern walk.  For example, some North Woodside residents could join for the portion that goes through the neighborhood (e.g. 4th Ave -> Warren St/A Wider Circle)

3) Watch the lantern walk pass by.  Neighbors who live along the route can come out of their homes to watch, wave, and hold a candle or lantern of their own in solidarity.  Neighbors who live elsewhere can come stand along the lantern walk route and do the same.

Safety Precautions: Any young children who participate should be closely supervised by adults. And all participants are encouraged to RSVP ahead of time, so we have a good sense of expected numbers and can adjust safety precautions accordingly.

Video of the inaugural Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk (2018):

Labor Day Block Party 2021

For 30-odd years Luzerne Avenue has had a Labor Day Block Party to which the rest of the neighborhood was invited. 

Some years not much happened; some years there was a bouncy house, baking contests, face painting, fire truck tours, and lots more.

This year, due to various reasons (including the pandemic), the block party has been scaled down to a street closure between 2-8pm on Monday, September 6, 2021.

It will give neighbors on Luzerne Avenue a day of rest from traffic, and everyone in the neighborhood is welcome to wander over and take a stroll on the street.

There will be sidewalk chalk out (want to contribute to a block-long art project to greet the school buses on Tuesday?)

At very least it will turn Luzerne Ave. into a day-long pedestrian walkway. Neighbors welcome to expand the festivities.

Anyone up for organizing water balloons? If so, email the neighborhood listserv for neighbors willing to provide a hose. And if any musicians want to give an impromptu concert, go for it!

UPDATE: The Luzerne Avenue Block Party PARADE has been resurrected!!🎉 At 3pm on Monday all kids (on or off bikes, scooters, wagons etc) interested in parading should line up at Luzerne and 2nd just before 3pm (Don’t be late!). Leashed dogs are also invited and we love to see decorations on both bikes and dogs!

After the parade stay and play in the closed street. And if you’re not interested in parading, come on over to Luzerne to spectate, meet some neighbors, and get your bike tuned.