Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk 2022

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 12, 2022*
Gather by 5:15pm, Lantern Walk will commence soon after

WHERE:   4th Avenue and Hanover Street
(North Woodside) to Talbot Avenue (Lyttonsville), via Brookville Road
                   View Route

See below for three different ways to participate

BRING:     Warm clothing, a lantern, and a bell to ring, if you have one

                   Note: 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: bit.ly/HomemadeLanterns. If you have the time
                   and energy, we encourage you to get creative!  Extra lanterns and
                   tea light candles will be available for anyone who needs them.

For more information and to RSVP for this event: bit.ly/TABLanternWalk

Questions? Email Event Organizers

* Rain date: Sunday, November 13, 2022 (any event updates will be posted to bit.ly/TABLanternWalk)

Ways to Participate

Residents of Lyttonsville, North Woodside, and Rosemary Hills are invited to participate in one of three ways:

1) Join for the whole lantern walk.  As the route is not a loop, residents of North Woodside will need to walk back or have someone pick you up in Lyttonsville.

2) Join for a portion of the lantern walk.  For example, residents of North Woodside can 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 organizers encourage participants to RSVP ahead of time at bit.ly/TABLanternWalk, so they have a good sense of expected numbers and can adjust safety precautions accordingly.

Check out videos of past Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walks:

1st Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk (2018). Video by David Rotenstein
4th Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk (2021). Video by Jay Mallin

Traffic Report

By Jean Kaplan Teichroew

Adding a bump out and a stop sign will convert this intersection to an all-way stop. Image provided by Oscar Yen, MCDOT

The NWCA Traffic Committee and six neighbors met with Oscar Yen, an engineer in the Traffic Engineering Studies Section of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), on April 13 to review pedestrian safety and traffic-calming measures at key neighborhood
intersections.

Read on for highlights from his summary evaluation and recommendations, which include conducting a speed study on Luzerne near Louis and preparing a work order to add crosswalks with proper striping and/or stop-bar markings at the intersections listed below. (MCDOT will also perform another traffic study for all-way stop controls and other traffic-calming mitigations once Woodlin Elementary School and the Talbot Ave. bridge reopen and heavier traffic resumes.)

Louis and Luzerne
Examine the feasibility of a curb bump out on Louis at the stop sign and trim foliage blocking the stop sign and the east leg approach of Luzerne.

Louis-Glen Ross-3rd-Warren
Build a bump out at the southeast corner of the intersection of 3rd Ave. and Glen Ross Rd. to convert this intersection to an all-way stop control and address the no-stop condition for Warren St.

Luzerne-Louis-Lanier
Create a bump out to reconfigure the intersection to a 90-degree T-shape, and possibly relocate the stop sign to increase its visibility.

Hanover and 3rd
Readjust the crooked stop signs and research a more visible location for the sign on Hanover near the fire hydrant.

Grace Church and 3rd
Add stop-bar street markings to help draw attention to existing stop signs, especially when foliage obscures them.

Talbot Ave. Bridge
MCDOT will conduct a traffic study once the bridge reopens and evaluate for additional traffic-calming measures.

This article first ran in the Spring 2022 issue of the Beacon.

Videos: Meet a Few of Our Fox Neighbors

North Woodside is home to many species. Check out our adorable fox kit neighbors on Hanover St.! Can you count how many there are?

The video above was filmed the last week in April 2022. A month earlier a wildlife camera caught a fox sniffing and then “capturing” a small gingerbread house that had been placed in another backyard on Hanover St.

Hmmm, a gingerbread-loving fox, seven little foxes…this could become fodder for modern-day fairytale!

New Neighborhood Street Trees

A new street tree on Lanier Dr

Casey Trees was in the neighborhood last month, planting our latest batch of street trees in cooperation with the county, courtesy of a Chesapeake Bay Foundation grant.

You’ll see new trees on 2nd, 3rd, Elkhart, Luzerne, Lanier, Louis, Glen Ross, Glenridge, Hanover, Rookwood, and Stratton. Some less-common species we are getting this year include a black willow on Hanover St and a bald cypress on Glen Ross near the 5-way intersection.

The Tree Committee is starting to collect names for the next round of plantings to go in this fall or next spring. If you want a new street tree or trees and think you have the space, contact the Tree Committee.

Special thanks to Casey Trees and county arborist Jack Pond. Jack inspects, chooses species, and coordinates with Casey Trees. Casey Trees applied for the grant and does the planting.

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.

2021 North Woodside Graduation Parade

The 2020 North Woodside Graduation Parade proceeds up Hanover St. Photo by Rebecca Doran

The 2021 North Woodside Graduation parade took place on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

Kids graduating or being promoted – all levels – participated, most traveling in decorated cars, with two riding bicycles. The parade started at Woodlin and ended at the parking lot across from Sniders (see parade route below).

Thanks to Heather Lair for organizing!

Took any good photos of the parade? Please email them to NWCA Communications Coordinator.

Historical Maps of North Woodside

North Woodside in 1929. Source of Map: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.

Some links to a bunch of historical maps that show North Woodside in its younger days  (zoom in just above the northern tip of DC to where it says “Woodside”)

  • 1891 (year after our neighborhood was established)
  • 1893 (shows the neighborhood lies ~7.5 miles from White House)
  • 1917 (shows bridge that preceded the historic Talbot Avenue Bridge, built in 1918 and demolished in 2019) Note: if you live in one of the oldest houses in the neighborhood you should be able to find your house on this one.
  • 1918
  • 1924
  • 1929 (#1)
  • 1929 (#2) Note: many more neighbors should be able to find their houses on this one — particularly those living in bungalows and Sears Kit houses on Grace Church, Hanover, Glen Ross, Luzerne, and 2nd.

So interesting to imagine what this area looked like back then. Very little development and no Beltway yet!