Monday, July 16, 2012 at 7:00 P.M.
in the All Purpose Room of Arcola Elementary School.
All MCPS stakeholder offices will be present to hear concerns regarding
overcrowding and the installation of relocatable classrooms and permanent additions .
Although the most immediate issue is the stealth installation of portables in FRONT of Arcola elementary school, that is just the tip of the iceberg on the issue of ES overcrowding and the complete lack of consideration and communication between MCPS and the community. In this case the school's famiiies and school's neighbors were kept totally in the dark until the plans for portables IN ADDITION to a permanent addition were discovered by an alert neighbor purely by accident. At that point previously healthy young planted trees (oaks) had already been badly and unnecessarily damaged by underground power line installation with other trees to be removed entirely.
Elementary school overcrowdiing is a community wide problem which affects all parts of the community and all families, whether they have children or not, (in this case through the whole Wheaton area).
Overcrowded elementary schools overtax staff and school resources and can harm both children's education, and, when portables are put in place, their safety and health as well. Portables are notorious for poor indoor air quality and even outgassing toxics like formaldehyde; and also for developing mold and mildew. Portables are dangerous places to be in storms and necessitate children being escorted to and from the trailers to the main building for bathroom, music gym recess lunch etc. . Overcrowding in general and portables in particular depress home values since local schools are one key focus of home buyers. Planners and MCPS have no excuse for not seeing this coming. THe increasing and increasingly dense residential development in the Wheaton area has drawn in (and will continue to as development proceeds) families with children. This is in spite of the convenient fiction from developers and Planners all through the Wheaton development process that there would be no additional pressure on the school and other child associated infrastructure because only childless people would move in.
In an urgent meeting the SligoHeadwaters CA and School community met this last week to strategize on having a voice in what is being done immediately at Arcola ES and should be done about school overcrowding and new temporary and permanent construction in general. One of the neighbors received this e-mail from Arcola Elementary Principal Eric Wilson on Thursday after letters, phone calls and impromptu meetings with Principal, Council, BOE, MCPS from the community demanding input and answers.
"Mr. Wilson and officers of the planning and construction divisions of Montgomery County Public Schools would like to meet with us on Monday, July 16, at 7 p.m. in the all-purpose room of the school. The topic of discussion will be the planned expansion of Arcola Elementary School by installing portable classrooms in front of the school, across from residences on Franwall Avenue." See below for the email from Principal Wilson (who is as concerned as anyone about the impact of overcrowding on his students and staff).
Councilmember Navarro and savewheatonlibrary.com want to make sure you are
aware of the Capital Improvement Budget, (CIP), work session regarding the
Wheaton Library and Recreation Center. It is scheduled for this Monday,
March 5th at 1:30p.m. on the 7th Floor of the County Council Office Building
located at 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD. We now understand that the
County Council staff will publicly recommended totally removing all
construction funding from the CIP at this meeting. Originally,those funds
had been slated for FY18. The design funding will remain as first proposed
for FY15 and FY16.
What this means is that they are keeping funding in the budget for creating
a design for the library building but they are taking out any funding for
the actual construction of the new building. The problem with this is that
if they don't put money in the future budget now it will be much harder to
do so later on after the designs are completed. If construction funds are
removed now, the library/rec center will fall behind other projects as they
in move forward in priority. Wheaton Library funding was removed once before
in 2009, after being in the CIP for over four years. This was when Leggett
wanted it to move downtown as an anchor for the Wheaton business district.
Now that "our foot" is in the door, we can't allow the library/rec center to
fall out of the budget again. If you have any questions about this email us.
Councilmember Navarro believes that the design funding must be moved forward
to FY13 and FY14 and construction money must remain in the six-year CIP in
order for the project to move forward. It's important to be visible at this
meeting. If you can't make the meeting, write an email. Your help is needed
right now. Tell the county council that library patrons want the project to
move forward quickly, without delay!
The grass roots organization of savewheatonlibrary.com worked to mobilize
the community's voice in favor of keeping the Wheaton Library and Rec Center
in the current location. Now it's time to make sure the project proceeds in
a timely manner and not be languish for years without construction funds.
Things you can do:
1. Attend March 5th meeting.
Agenda package is online:
Write an email or letter to all council members letting them know that
speeding up the Wheaton Library & Community Rec Center funding is important
to you and to protect and add more construction funds.
For county council contact info:
Volunteer at savewheatonlibrary.com
Putout a new lawn sign. (We have made new ones for this issue).
Check savewheatonlibrary.com for history and updates.
We will again meet at the park by the Magruder's Grocery Store.
This is the ninth year of our clean ups. Though the park is cleaner now and I
know some of the neighbors are picking up litter on their walks (thanks!), we
need to get to the root of the problem.
I would, therefore, like to sort out
all the plastic bags we collect and send that information the the County
Council. Every year we collect a huge pile of plastic bags. In fact plastic
bags are one of the biggest litter problems in our community and in the County.
Not only does a trashy community impact our home values, but it has serious
environmental impacts. I would like to use the data on plastic bags to help
promote the bag bills. These bills use the successful D.C. bag fee program as a
model. In D.C. there has been a big drop in the amount of plastic bags used and
plastic bags picked up during trash cleanups in D.C. That is because the fee
goes to the source of much of the problem. The fees collected will be be used
to create a dedicated fund to reduce litter (curently a lot of taxpayer money
ineffectively pays for this).
I am hopeful that one day we will not have to organize these clean ups.
For more information on the
Bag Bill in Montgomery County.
Save Sunday September 26th from 1 to 3 pm on your calendars.
We will meet again at the Park near Magruder Grocery Store
at the Kemp Mill Shopping Center. We will be trying to clean the Park from
Channing to University Blvd.
Last spring we collected about 2,000 pounds of
trash. We will be working in the woods, so wear appropriate clothing and
footware. After the big storm, there is quite a bit of trash in the creek and
park. Also, thank you all who have been helping day to day keeping the park
trail clean by picking up the litter. Our community really benefits from a
This year's clean up will again this year be part of the larger Friends of Sligo
Creek Sweep the Creek and the "National Public Lands Day", the nation's largest
hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans
enjoy. In 2009, 150,000 volunteers worked together on this day throughout the
country on behalf of our natural resources. Read more about National Public
If you want to help but can not help on the 26th, there will be many clean ups
on Sligo Creek Park on Saturday 25th in the morning.
for more info on other clean up locations.
Get to know your Candidates and be prepared to vote for County Council in the upcoming elections.
Meet and have your questions answered by At Large Candidates (the Primary is Sept 14!!!- that is what really counts).
Jane de Winter
Moderator: Diane Hibino The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County
Co-Sponsors: Aspen Hill Civic Association
Connecticut Avenue Estates Civic Association
Citizens League of Montgomery County
Glenmont Forest Neighbors Civic Association
Greater Glenmont Civic Association
Kemp Mill Civic Association
Wheaton Citizens Coalition
Wheaton Regional Park Neighborhood Association
The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County
Sligo Headwaters Civic Assn.
MCPS administrative offices are closed on Wednesday February 10, due to emergency weather conditions.
It has already been announced that MCPS schools are closed Wednesday, February 10, Thursday, February 11 and Friday, February 12, and
all school activities and community activities in school buildings are canceled.
I (email@example.com) am forwarding all plowing needs to Ms. McKenzie who can put them into a
computer system. She is asking for specific house addresses, as that is how the system works.
You can send more than one address.
PLEASE LIBERATE ALL FIRE HYDRANTS. PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE STREET IF AT
ALL POSSIBLE. The reports are that we will have (on 10 Feb 2010) significant winds and that means lots of
drifting from blowing snow.
We will be working on Monday and Tuesday's routes. All trash items must be at the curb for pickup.
No recycling collection for the remainder of the week.
We have canceled all recycling and yard trim pickups.
We will continue to send you updates as we see how the weather forecast for this afternoon and beyond unfolds.
The Shady Grove Transfer Station is planning to be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, with no evening hours.
However, if the site conditions worsen we may close the facility sooner.
If you have any questions or concerns about your County-provided collection, please contact our Customer Service staff online or call 240-777-6410. If you (or your community) have a private contract for your trash collection, these schedule announcements
may not apply to your trash service -- check with your hauler or community manager.
Submitted by Ed, 17 November 2009
How do you feel about the number of deer in your neighborhood and Sligo Creek Park?
What do you think should be done about it, if anything?
Help the Friends of Sligo Creek decide on its position by completing their on-line opinion survey about
deer management in the Park. The survey can be accessed directly from the FOSC home page.
Ask your neighbors to fill it out, and spread the word to members of your local neighborhood association.
Your answers will contribute greatly to deliberations by the FOSC Board of Directors in deciding what steps to take.
Hold Your Water ... SLOW it down, SPREAD it out and SOAK it in! RAINscape your yard.
Are you having problems with water in your yard? Is your water run-off affecting your neighbors yards?
Do you want help to create a beautiful solution?
Come to :
WHO: Jenny Reed (Nature by Design)
on beautiful alternatives to moving your rainwater to the street (and streams) by:
Unhooking your downspouts and funneling them to a garden, rain barrels, n
ative plantings, trees, rain gardens, pervious paving and vegetated roofs.
Learn what grants and other help you can get to move ahead.
Unlearn what you were told about getting rid of your stormwater. Instead, SLOW it down, SPREAD it out and SOAK it in! Learn how we can all create beautiful landscapes and save the Bay, one yard at a time.
The Stormwater project is supported by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust to Friends of Sligo Creek, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Rainscapes program of the Department of Environmental Protection, CASA de Maryland, and the Audubon Naturalist Society.
Questions: call Ellen at (301) 649-1022
Or Kathy at 301-922-381
April is the month to take part in volunteer activities to help the environment. There will be many
opportunities in our community and nearby communities to participate.
Saturday, April 5, 9 am - 11 am
Join neighbors in the 20th annual Potomac River
Watershed Cleanup by helping clean up nearby Northwest
Branch Park. Thousands of volunteers throughout the
Potomac watershed participate each year. This is a
great way to meet other river/creek lovers and is the
perfect activity for families. Neighbors of the
Northwest Branch will supply bags, gloves, and
drinking water. Students can earn service credit
The meeting place is at Burnt Mill Park (by Trader
Joe s near the dam.) You can go directly to the Park
at Kemp Mill Rd. (Near the horse stables.) I will be
leading an effort to clean up that end of the park and
I will have some supplies. Volunteers should dress
April 19 - 20 Garlic Mustard Challenge.
Garlic Mustard is an exotic invasive that is a serious
problem in the County, including our portion of Sligo
Creek Park. This year the Montgomery County Parks
Department is holding a "Garlic Mustard Challenge"
throughout the County. We will participate on the
weekend of April 19-20. We will hold two Garlic
Mustard Pull events. The plant is easy to pull, but
there is a lot of it. This is perfect for the teenage
looking for service hours.
Meet at Channing and Ventura Streets, on the trail
near Arcola Elementary School,
Sunday April 27 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Our Park Clean Up day. This clean up is part of the
larger Anacostia River watershed clean up that is held
that weekend. Our annual spring and fall clean up
efforts over the past several years have made a big
diffrence in our Park. Come out and help your
community to keep the Park free of trash and litter.
Meet at the Magruder s Parking lot at the Kemp Mill
We supply bags, gloves, and drinking water. Students
can earn service credit hours; we supply and sign the
It is best for children to bring their own gloves, for
best fit. We also want to encourage more adult
volunteers with waders and high rubber boots to
participate and get to the settled trash in the Creek
Location: Arcola Elementary School All Purpose Room
7:00 to 7:30 business meeting including
discussing and approving association by laws.
7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wheaton Redevelopment.
Natalie Cantor (Director of the Mid County Regional
Service Center) and Rob Klein (Director of Wheaton
Redevelopment.) will do a presentation on Wheaton
Erol Miller (teacher at Northwood) and his students
have been working with the Urban Planning Dept at
Maryland University on studying the Wheaton
Redevelopment. Erol will discuss their findings.
Here is your chance to ask questions and learn about
Wheaton Redevelopment. More details will follow later
Flyers are being prepared for this community meeting.
We would appreciate volunteers to help distribute the
flyers over the next few days.
Leah Haygood (301) 593-0012
The Community Park Clean Up last weekend went very
well. We had well over 30 volunteers and got a lot of
trash removed. There are still car parts, sinks, etc.
in the woods behind the Colt Terrace homes though. It
is amazing what we found. I attached a photo of some
of our neighborhood youth removing an
old steel Coke
cooler chest from the woods. It must have been 30 or
40 years old. Though the Park maintenance staff
picked up most of the trash bags, the bags along the
hiker/biker path have not yet been picked up yet. We
are working with the Parks Volunteer Office to get
them picked up.
Join Joe Howard, chair of the Montgomery County Forestry Board, to see the known champion trees of the Sligo Creek watershed -
the county champion dogwood, southern magnolia, river birch, sassafras, northern red oak and others, including a willow oak with an 18-foot circumference.
Joe has served for more than 30 years on the Forestry Boardâ part of a statewide structure advocating for "sound forest management practices and forest
conservation." He also founded the countywide Big Tree Contest, which culminates in the biennial publication of a Register of Champion Trees.
Sligo Creek Park had two new trees newly listed in the 2007 Champion Tree Register, both nominated by the Friends of Sligo Creek steward for
the Dennis-Windham section: the 12-foot Umbrella Magnolia is listed as new "county champion" for that species.
Come meet some terrific trees!
We will begin at the Sligo golf course parking lot (on Sligo Creek Parkway between Colesville Road and Forest Glen Road).
The outing will be a combination of walking and driving, car-pooled as much as possible. Please call
Friends of Sligo Creek at 301-681-9686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com to register for this outing.
Non-registered people can just show up, but prior indication of intent will help in planning.
With all this rain and wind, the Park will be full of
trash. Reminder that we are having a community/park
clean up on April 21 from 9-11.
We will meet at the
park by the Kemp Mill Shopping Center and clean the
park from Channing to University Blvd.
If you can not
do it Saturday morning, but want to help, there is a
clean up in the Park down near Piney Branch Road on
Also, On April 28 an ecologist will lead a tour on the
Stormwater Ponds by the Kemp Mill Shopping Center. We
will be looking for aquatic critters. We had a
salamander search last spring that we well done.
Additional Information on both
Sweep The Creek
Saturday April 21st. (rain or shine).
Note two other alternatives:
Section 2's (New Hampshire Ave. to Maple Ave.) cleanup
is from 10-noon that day.
Section 4's (Piney Branch to Wayne Ave.) cleanup is on Sunday, April 22nd, from 2-4
Our spring cleanup in various sections of Sligo
Creek is on Earth Day weekend, so make this your event
to help the environment! We are supporting the Potomac
River Watershed cleanup sponsored by the Alice
Ferguson Foundation and the Anacostia Watershed
Society's cleanup of the Anacostia River. Bring family
and friends out for a productive, fun morning.
supply gloves, water, bags, and give-aways from our
sponsors. We'll have service credit forms for
Look for meeting places and updates posted
on the FOSC website.
Individuals and families can
pick a section and just show up ready to work. Groups,
please let Wendi (firstname.lastname@example.org) know how
many to expect and at which section.
Kemp Mill (University Blvd) stormwater ponds Saturday
April 28, noon.
Join fresh-water ecologist Chris Sargent as we look
for water-born critters at one of Sligo's most
productive habitats. In this family-friendly outing,
we'll use nets, basins, and magnifying glasses to look
for everything from tadpoles of Wood Frogs and
American Toads to tiny daphnia (or "fairy shrimp").
We'll also seek out mollusks, like fingernail clams
and fresh-water snails, as well as semi-aquatic
insects such as dragonflies, damselflies, mayflies,
craneflies, caddisflies, and midges. We should also
spot a few early migrant birds.
from Stacey Frank on 20 April 2007
Naming of Downcounty Consortium Elementary School #28.
The Board approved Arcola Elementary School as the name of the
Downcounty Consortium Elementary School #28. The School Naming Advisory
Committee had submitted a report to the Board, dated April 2, 2007, with
six recommended names, in order of preference.
I would like to thank everyone who participated in our
Community Park clean up. We had about 25 volunteers
Saturday morning and removed dozens of bags of trash
from the park. During the clean up, volunteers found
an encampment near the Colt Terrace access path. The
Park Police were notified and the teenager who was
living there was removed. A suspicious discharge out
of a stormwater outfall was also called into the
County s Department of Environmental Protection and
they came out this week to check it out. So overall
it was a productive morning. We made a big dent in
all the beer cans, liquor bottles and other trash that
is in our Park.
The clean up in our portion of the park was part of
the larger effort to clean up Sligo Creek Park on
Saturday. Well over 300 people came out to help and
hundreds of bags of trash were removed. There will be
a celebration of the Park and the clean up effort on
October 8. The Dennis Ave Rec center is near by and
everyone is welcome to attend.
When: Sunday, October 8, 4-6 p.m.
Where: Dennis Avenue Rec Center
Celebrate another Sweep the Creek with us!
Food: Whole Foods; cakelove; Burgers by Clair (veggie too!)
Door Prizes*: Whole Foods; Wild Bird Center; Park Florist
For Kids: Jazzy Juggler; Games; Sally the Salamander
Native Plant Seed Exchange with local experts
Rain Barrel Demonstration and Stormwater Impacts Information
Recycling, Yard Waste and Trash Info w/ Montgomery County
Winners of Sligo Creek Photo Contest on display
Bring your friends & neighbors!
*Celebration "admission tickets" issued at Sweep the
Creek are good for door prize entry. However, all are
welcome to attend and enter door prize contest on
Important Community Wide Meeting regarding the boundary lines for Arcola
Meeting will be held at Glen Haven E. S. (on Inwood
Drive) at 7:30 pm.
All are encouraged to attend! This is the first of a series of meetings
regarding the re-opening of the old Arcola E.S. (new school to be named) It
is very important to attend this meeting. The re-opening of Arcola will
affect not only students who will eventually attend this school, but also
PLEASE come and participate in this meeting.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Stacy Menendez.
Green Home Workshop
Saturday February 4, 2006 at Brookside Gardens
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Are you considering building a new home or adding to your present home?
Discover choices you can make while planning your project to insure that
you save the maximum amount of energy and live with the cleanest most
comfortable air quality. See how others like you have built new,
remodeled or added by going green at home!
Helen English the Executive Director of the Sustainable Building
Industry Council (SBIC) will speak about green buildings. SBIC created
the Green Building Guidelines(c) (GBG) for home builders just getting
started to provide "tips" on how to "green" their product. The
Guidelines(c) are a valuable tool for educating builders, contractors,
remodelers, and home buyers on the basic principles of green home
design. As the cornerstone of SBIC's residential program, the document
is an indispensable educational source of thorough, unbiased
information. For details, call Marion Clark, 301-495-1328.
Greening the Built Environment in Response to Climate Change -
February 9, 2006
Thursday, 6:30- 8:00 P.M.
Koshland Science Museum, Corner of 6th & E
Streets, NW, Washington, D.C.
The National Building Museum and the Koshland Science Museum (KSM)
present a discussion about green design concepts for homes and
communities. Tickets are required ($12 to $17) contact the National
Building Museum (www.nbm.org)
From Ed Murtagh
For all of you interested in learning what you can do in your community and own backyard
to help Sligo Creek,
will be of interest.
Managing Water in the Landscape: Why is it important? Rain Garden Workshop
Rain Barrel Workshop (take home your own rain barrel!)
Keeping the Lawn Green & Our Water Clean; Plants for Bioretention;
Springs & Falls: Using Water Evocatively & Sustainably in Landscape Design
Water is an essential element for our plants to flourish.
Though rainwater is clearly beneficial to nature, sometimes the pollutants it
carries with it are destructive. Yet the perfect filter is just underfoot:
the soil in our gardens. What are the best methods to capture and use this resource to
its greatest potential, while creating beautiful landscapes? Come to Green Matters and
find out about stormwater management!
Course number: 4451
Fee: $79 For a detailed description and to register online, visit www.brooksidegardens.org.
Questions? Call 301/962-1470.
Friday, February 24, 2006
This is a fowarded newsletter
from Tom Perez's office, our District representative. If you are having
problems getting , let me know, I have hard copies of it also.
The newsletter has interesting updates on tearing down the ugly billboards
along Georgia Ave. and efforts to restore ALL the trash barrels back in
The newsletter also talks briefly about addressing a loophole
in the affordable home program (Moderately Priced Dwelling Units -
MPDUs). In recent years developers have been allowed to make relatively
>small buy-outs in order to avoid building moderate priced housing units.
If this is allowed to continue over time, there will be a serious
shortage of affordable housing. The newsletter explains a bill that is
being introduced to the County Council to eliminate the buy-outs. The
entire MPDU issue should be a concern to everyone. There are also
attempts being made to change the !
MPDU program to allow developers to avoid the county Master Plans (programs
that control growth in our communities.) More information on this issue
can be found
The issue is rather dry, which is why residents donĂt pay much attention and
why later we are blind sided by inappropriate development, loss of green
space/park land, and get more congestion. The developers and others who
financially benefit from these zoning changes pay close attention to the
process. That is why they get their way so often.
For example the county (council and executive) is allowing developers to
buy out of the MPDU program at very low cost to them, then crying that we
don't have the affordable housing we need so we need to "surplus" school
sites and use those- of course then we are stuck with a lack of adequate
school capacity for the very development they are encouraging and at a
time when schools have added hundreds of those horrible portables. Once
the school sites are sold off, green space (our parks) may be sacrificed
to accommodate new schools in the future.
What: Issues for the Maryland General Assembly When: Wednesday, January 25, 7:30 - 9:15 p.m. Where: Brookside Gardens Visitors' Center Auditorium
1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD
Details: The Maryland Legislature crams all its legislating into just
three months--January through early April. So things happen fast.
Willyou be ready to help?
If you can't go to Annapolis on Jan. 16, be sure
to come to Brookside Gardens on Jan. 25.
Improving the quality of the
air we breathe, keeping at least some land forested instead of paved,
improving our stream quality through sustainable farming practices, and
giving citizens legal standing over issues that affect us all, are
issues important in our lives. Learn what bills will be introduced, how
to advocate for them, and how to track their progress through the
legislature. Come and bring your friends! No RSVP necessary.
On Sunday September 25 from 1 to 3, we will have our
community fall park clean up. Last fall we had a nice
turnout and got a lot accomplished. This is part of
the fourth annual Friends of Sligo Creek SWEEP THE
We will meet and distribute supplies by the
Giant Food Store in the Kemp Mill Shopping Center. On
the Sweep the Creek, volunteers work together to
remove storm-runoff debris and litter from the entire
length of the Creek (8 miles!) Meet your neighbors
for an afternoon of environmental and civic action
that will directly impact our community. Bring the
teenagers to work toward their community service
requirement. Learn about and see up close how we are
impacting the Sligo habitat, wildlife, and watershed.
It's also National Public Lands Day, and commemorative
posters will be available.
If you can not help on Sunday afternoon, there will be
many other clean ups all along Sligo Creek Saturday
Contact me for more information on the cleanup. We
provide trash bags, gloves, and water. Wear long pants
and shirt. Also wear waterproof boots and gloves, if
you have them.
CELEBRATE the end of summer! We would like to invite you to a SUNDAY labor
day party at Parkland Pool- there will be activities (volleyball,
basketball, ping-pong.... and, of course the glorious blue water), food,
swim team fundraiser.
Parkland is next to Kemp Mill plaza- if you walk or ride up the bike path go
through the path behind the synagogue and through the parking lot to the
pool pavilion. If you come by car - from the University and Arcola
intersection it is the driveway with the Blue Whale sign on the left just
before the Kemp Mill plaza intersection at Lamberton (or just after on the
right if you come from the Georgia Ave direction on Arcola).
Please RSVP by email (email@example.com) or phone (301-922-3816) so we get some
idea of how many folks will be coming and just mention our names when you
walk in (kathy michels and Jerry Kickenson) even if you can't get a ahold of
You can check out the pool web site at www.parklandpool.org
This Saturday (Jul 9) there will be a community workday in
Sligo Creek Park to remove invasive plants
(Mile-A-Minute vines). We could use help on this
effort. Wear long sleeves and pants, as the plants
have small prickles. Mile-A-Minute grows about as
fast as its name and can smother trees and shrubs,
which is a major reason we want to remove the plant
before it can get established. See below for details.
Mile-A-Minute Mania ,8:30-Noon on Saturday July 9th,
Section 9 (Headwaters of Sligo Creek) at Colt Terrace
Local Park. There will be street parking. Go West on
University Blvd toward Wheaton; right after Dennis
Ave. at light to Arcola; left on Orebaugh; left on
Franwall; right on Colt Terrace. Park on street. For
more information please contact Lea Bonfiglio at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-807-4697.
For more information on the day of the pull or if you get lost - call kathy
at 301-922-3816 or Ed at 202-365-6526. With a little more effort form alot
of people we may get this beat and prevent seeds from flowing downstream to
the rest of the Park.
from Ed Murtagh
We got a lot of invasive plants pulled last weekend,
but quite a bit of Garlic Mustard remains in the park.
There will be second removing invasive plants event
this Sunday afternoon to get the remaining plants. See
This Sunday, June 12th , 8:30 am -10:30 am and 1pm
morning meet at the corner of Channing and Ventura at the end of the bike
path. In the afternoon meet at Kemp Mill plaza bike path access. This is
our last chance to get he garlic mustard before it spreads its seed!! If you
want to work on other invasives that is good too but make sure to check with
Ed Murtagh or kathy Michels unless you are a certified county Weed Warrior.
WE NEED YOU!!
This event is part of the Friends of Sligo Creek RIP
program. We are calling attention to the need for
residents to help save native plants in Sligo Creek
Park by removing so-called invasive plants. These are
vines and other plants new to the area which are
crowding out the traditional ones. Please bring your
friends! All work is carried out with the approval and
support of the Department of Parks, M-NCPPC.
Take University Blvd West towards Wheaton.
Turn right at Arcola. Continue about 1/4 of a mile and
the shopping center will be on your left (it contains
a Giant food store). Park in the rear left, near the
In case of steady rain, cancelled.
Wear long sleeves, long pants, and sturdy shoes.
Bring gloves, or we will provide them.
The County will be holding a Going Green at Home Event
at Wheaton Regional Park on Saturday May 21 from 11 to
3. Learn how your home can be more energy efficient,
have cleaner indoor air , and make a contribution to
the environment (including Sligo Creek).
From Ed Murtagh....
I would like to thank everyone who participated in
this year's Community Spring Clean up. We had about
25 people out there working on Sunday afternoon. The
weather was great. We found lawn mowers, fertilizer
spreaders, shovels, posthole diggers, etc., enough
lawn equipment to fill a backyard shed. We cleaned
out dozens of bags of trash (way over 1,000 pounds
removed). We all had a good time.
Do You Have Any Books You Can Donate to a Very Worthy Cause?
If you do, please deliver them to the Northwood High School Media
Center because we are helping collect books to benefit our Title 1
elementary school kids.
The books will be used in a special summer
reading program just for them. Last year more than 6000 books were
collected and distributed to children attending the Summer Adventures
in Learning (SAIL) program in our Title I elementary schools. This
year we are hoping to get the message out that we want new or "gently
used" books only. The kids will be given books to keep, so we want
them to be something they will be excited about. Please let any and
all community members know about this book drive and encourage them
Books will be collected from now until March 21.
Thank you very much for your support!
Northwood High School
Our civic association received a notice about planned
events along the new Rachel Carson Greenway (the trail
goes by Wheaton Regional Park) on Saturday March 19th
at 10 a.m (more info).
The events include
kid-friendly nature activities, learning about the
Underground Railroad in Montgomery County, or learning
about local ecology and botany. The nearest event (a
few miles away at the Northwest Branch Park at Burnt
Mills Dam off Colesville Rd.) is the nature event that
will be led by MNCPPC Park naturalist Steve Findley
The County sent the following information out the following Leaf Vacuuming Update for neighborhoods with this service):
Weather permitting, the Division of Highway Maintenance will be working Monday through Saturday (including Veterans Day), 10 hours/day, until the leaves are all collected. Watch for posted Leaf Collection Notices.
Rake the leaves to the street or sidewalk edge. Please do not place leaves in the street, where they obstruct drainage systems, pose a fire hazard to vehicles parking over them, and cause a multitude of vehicular accidents every year.
Also, the County reminds us that "there's a great future in plastics," but it's far removed from yard trim recycling. As you rake leaves for curbside collection, please remember to put them only into paper bags or marked, reusable cans. Thanks for avoiding plastic bags at all costs -- even one little bag begets many, many, many
shreds at our Composting Facility. These must be screened out of the beautiful
Leafgro produced from our grass and leaves, and hand-plucked from the fences at
Walk in the Park with Gary Hevel Saturday October 2 at 2:00 p.m.
Bugged because you don't know enough about insects? Come on out Saturday afternoon,
October 2nd at 2:00 p.m. Gary F. Hevel, an entomologist with the Smithsonian Institution, will lead a slow walk in the Kemp Mill area,
discussing insects and observation techniques. He will also present a small sample of specimens found during his four-year backyard insect collecting experience. Come to the Kemp Mill Shopping center on Arcola. We will
meet at the entrance to Sligo Creek Park at the far end of the parking lot.
To be re-scheduled in case of heavy downpour.
For more information or directions contact for more information or directions:
Laura Mol 301 681 9686 or email@example.com.
Sligo Creek Fall Clean Up Day, September 19, 2004 Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
This is part of the Friends of Sligo Creek's
Sweep-the-Creek - where all eight miles of park gets
cleaned in one weekend.
Meet at the park near the Giant Food Store
Wear appropriate clothing! Bring water-proof gloves
if you have any.
We will clean the park from University Blvd. to
If you have any questions, please contact Ed Murtagh
at 301-649-7266 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, September 21 at 7:15 p.m. Program Meeting: The Birds of Sligo.
If you are a birder, aspire to be a birder or just want to know more about birds, you've
got to come to this meeting. It promises to be a very interesting session.
migratory and year-round birds do we have in Sligo and what can we do to protect and
improve their habitat? Two experts on birds will talk and entertain questions.
Gail Mackiernan, who is surveying Sligo Creek Park for
the Maryland Breeding Bird Atlas Project, will tell
us about "The Breeding Birds of Sligo Creek: who, when and where -- an update from the
ongoing Maryland Breeding Bird Atlas."
Peter P. Marra, Senior Scientist with the
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, will
then describe his research to determine the impact of West Nile Virus on our birds.
You can find more details/directions at http://www.fosc.org/NextMeeting.htm
Come join us in a celebration of American Elm Park, home to four young,
disease resistant Valley Forge American Elms and a Raingarden, now
blooming with moisture-loving native flowers and sporting native shrubs.
The American Elm project and the Raingarden are the result of a
collaborative effort by Friends of Sligo Creek, two neighborhood civic
associations (Upper Sligo CA and Sligo Headwaters CA), the Montgomery
County Department of Environmental Protection, and the Izaak Walton
League's Maryland Wildlife Achievement Chapter.
We hope the trees will be just the vanguard in the reintroduction of this
beloved shade tree to our roadsides and landscapes. The Raingarden adds
beauty to the Park while it helps control and absorb stormwater run-off
and enhances habitat for birds, butterflies and other creatures. The park
is at the corner of Ladd St. and Luttrell Lane, near Sligo Creek's
We'll have bagels, juices and doughnuts, so come hungry and thirsty.
Also a Native plant and animal scavenger hunt with native plants as
Directions: Drive upstream on Sligo Creek Parkway to University and turn
left. Then almost immediately, at the stoplight, turn right on Inwood.
Continue straight as far as possible to Ladd. Left on Ladd a few blocks
Botanist John Parrish leads a look at the north-most section of Sligo
Creek: discover how much there is to appreciate so close to home.
John recently completed walking through nooks and crannies of
the park in search of non-woody plants. Among plants that still
exist in Sligo he found wild strawberry, wild ginger, and in the
sections below Piney Branch, saprophytic Indian pipes. A few
more plants may inevitably appear, but John's list, now on the
website, marks the formal close of a magnificent achievement.
Already it has been useful by informing whether a questionable
plant is actually native to Sligo, and by narrowing down the
choices when we identify plants. We are most grateful! The
inventory is at
Have a look at the inventory before the walk.
Questions or directions: contact Laura Mol at (301) 681-9686.
A Message to Friends of Sligo Creek and Residents in Kemp Mill, from Sally Gagne
Have you seen the Mile-a-Minute that's growing near the holding pond, back a ways from the hiking path? Next year at this time it will have spread even more, so there is no better time to remove it than...now! Mile-a-minute is a rather new invasive plant that seems to have appeared here in the last two or three years. If we pull this patch out, there would be one less invasive to deal with in the future. No plant requires less effort to pull than Mile-a-minute by the way, it lifts with the slightest tug.
Kathy Michels, Ed Murtagh, and I hope many of you can give a hand for an hour. You'll be helping the Park and meeting others who care about Sligo.
This Saturday, June 26
8:30 - 9:30 am
Meet at the Kemp Mill Shopping Center
Wear long sleeves and pant legs, sturdy shoes, and work gloves.
We'll provide water and have plenty of extra gloves.
The event is on except for heavy rain.
Bring an interested neighbor or friend!
Talk about future plans for Sligo in Kemp Mill
P.S. If you're a Weed Warrior, please pull the small mile-a-minute plants growing here and there in the shaded woods whenever you walk through.
AMERICAN ELM PARK WORK-DAY: SUNDAY MAY 23, 12:30-3:00
Planting and fence building and weeding
CORNER OF LADD ST AND LUTTRELL LANE
Directions: From University Blvd go north on Inwood (towards Sligo Creek).
Inwood is just west of where Sligo Creek Parkway deadends onto University.
Inwood will dead-end on Ladd and you can only go left. America Elm park is
the third corner on the left (Ladd adn Luttrell) across from 1701 Ladd St.
(white fence with lots of plants).
Contact: Kathy's cell phone: 301-922-3816.
Public Hearing: Wheaton Metro Parking
Metro has given SHCA notice that there will be a public hearing that
will be held by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
in cooperation with the Montgomery County Government on the proposed
replacement of 63 Kiss & Ride spaces and related station facilities in
two levels of a six-story parking garage to be constructed at
the Wheaton Metro Center.
The hearing is on Thursday June 3, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. at
the Crossway Community Center at 3015 Upton Drive Kensington, MD 20895.
Sunday, May 16 The "Taste of Wheaton" features "samplings" from some of Wheaton's finest restaurants,
including ethnic and American cuisines. It is held the third Sunday in May
and "tastes" are only $1.00 each with no admission fee. The day long event also
includes free children's rides, music and other entertainmen
Kemp Mill Giant Closing?
(March 2004) There is a vague yet ominous rumor that the Kemp Mill Giant may be
closing. What should SHCA do about this?
This is exciting folks- all the hard work on restoring sligo may be paying
off - Sligo Creek used to be home of upwards of 40 species of fish. Then in
the late 20th century the stream was degraded to where there were only a few
species left until restoration efforts began . Now there are 13 I believe
and soon there will be more if these reintroduced fish survive in the 21st
Despite the cool and wet conditions, several members of the community took part in
the Potomac Watershed Clean up by cleaning our portion of the Park/Creek.
I estimate that we cleaned out between 500 - 1,000 pounds of trash.
Congratulations on a job well done!
I up loaded to the Yahoo-groups site a picture of two of the workers and some of
the trash that was collected. I have never done this before so I hope it works:
Friends of Sligo Creek had five work sites (including ours) all along Sligo Creek Park
on April 3rd. They estimate that 120 volunteers removed over 3,000 pounds of trash.
On April 3rd students from the University of Maryland also had a clean up effort
in portions of the Sligo Creek Park. Two weeks ago SOECA had a clean up in the
middle of Sligo Creek Park. They estimate that during the past two weeks, over
6,000 pounds of trash were removed from the Park!
Latest Report on the entire Potomac Watershed Clean Up Effort from the Alice Ferguson
Foundation Web Site:
With 100 of the 159 clean up sites reporting in so far, there were 2,715 volunteers who
removed 121 tons of trash, the weight of 20 school buses, in just three hours.
Our next Neighborhood Watch meeting will be on March 1, at the Washington Christian Academy.
This will be a meet and greet, where residents can catch up with Officer Gregory and
schedule a Home Security Survey. All members of the SHCA can
register on our neighborhood watch log, so that neighbors can
get to know who is in their community.
The time of this meeting will be from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
There will be a hike on the Northwest Branch this Saturday, January 17,
starting at 9:00 am at the Burnt Mills parking lot next to the dam on the
west side of Colesville Road north of the University/Colesville
intersection . It will consist of a 6-7 mile loop up the west side and
down the east side of the branch. The leader will be Ron LaCoss of the
Sierra Club (301-946-1106; email@example.com)
A Guided Stream walk of the Grand Canyon of the Northwest Branch and part
of the proposed Rachel Carson Trail
To meet with
Montgomery County Forest
Conservation Coordinator to go over DEP's tree planting
Early morning bird walk,Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003.
Sponsored by the Friends of Sligo Creek, and open to the public.
Gail Mackiernan will lead and an Early Morning Bird Walk in the Headwaters of Sligo Creek on
Saturday Oct. 4, 2003. Along the way she will tell us about her
on-going survey for the Breeding Bird Atlas.
Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Kemp Mill parking lot (Lamberton Drive) near Giant.
We will be out about 2 hours.
Bring binoculars and bird books, good walking shoes,
snacks and water.
No rain date. We'll walk in drizzle, but not in downpour.
If you are unsure about the weather, call Gail before 7:30
a.m. to see if the walk is on (301 989 1828).
Gail is the Conservation Chair for the Montgomery Co. Bird Club, and wrote
the section on Sligo Park for the county birding site guide.
She also surveyed this section of the park for the 1980s state Breeding Bird Atlas
and is repeating this work for the current, on-going survey.