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.

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!

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.

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!

Block Parties

In September 2019, Luzerne Avenue hosted its Annual Labor Day Block party with a parade and festivities—a beloved North Woodside tradition for thirty years that always has a great turnout of kids and families. This year several residents of the 2000 block of Luzerne organized the event, including Genevieve McDowell Owen, Cheryl Copeland and Susanna Drayne.

The annual parade of kids riding their bikes and scooters down the street started the afternoon. The popular baking competition followed, with a line stretching almost to the street full of people eagerly awaiting to try the sweet treats. Eileen O’Connor’s gooey chocolate bars won the popular vote in the adult division, and Bridget Drayne won first place in the kid division for her chocolate cake.

After the bake-off, the day continued with the sticky fun jell-o fight, which is always a big hit with the younger kids. Then the talent show commenced with many little children singing their hearts out. The day ended with the potluck cookout hosted by the Dirksens on the corner of Glen Ridge and Luzerne. Overall the day was a rousing success, creating many fun and happy memories, and ended summer 2019 well.

— Ellie Owen