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Notices from the Mayor

Special Meeting of the Town Council
Th Town Council will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, February 27 at 7:30 pm. View the draft agenda here (PDF) and note that it will be updated prior to the meeting.  The main item of business will be for the Council and Mayor to discuss legal advice with our Town Attorney concerning neglected maintenance of properties in town. The Council will enter a closed session for this discussion. The public portion of the meeting will resume after the closed session ends.

Volunteer Needed to Serve on the HPC
The Mayor and Historic Preservation Commission are now looking for a resident to replace Jeff McCrehan on the HPC. If you have an interest in historic preservation in Washington Grove or would like to become more knowledgeable and are ready to get more involved and help your Town, please contact the Mayor, the Town Office or one of the current HPC members.

Annual Town Elections and Town Meeting
Annual Town elections and the Town Meeting will take place Saturday, May 11. Nominations close April 8 for (i) two Town Councilors, to serve three year-terms; and (ii) Mayor, to serve a one year-term.

As usual, the past year has demonstrated that important issues always arise. Please consider whether you can contribute your knowledge, judgment and time to our tradition of a volunteer Town government.  Details regarding eligibility and the nomination process can be found here, or by contacting the Board of Supervisors of Elections, Nick Suzich, at [email protected].

The Grove is Hiring

Apply to Work or Volunteer for Summer in the Parks

SITP is looking to hire both paid and volunteer positions for camp:  Camp Director (age 21+); Senior Counselor (age 18+); Junior Counselor (age 16+); and volunteers (age 14-19).  Interested?  View more info here and fill out this job application form no later than May 5.

Swim Instructor and Lifeguards Needed at Maple Lake This Summer

Lifeguards are needed for Maple Lake this summer. Hours are from 12 noon – 6 pm, seven days a week (including a ½ hour break). The pay for a lifeguard starts at $17/hour. Lifeguards must be certified in lifesaving, CPR, and first aid (we can help pay for the training.) Call Tom Land for details. We also need a swim instructor for the month of July in the afternoons, and the pay is $20/hour. The Town offers free swim lessons for kids. If you’d like your kid to learn to swim for free, please help us find a swim instructor. If you can suggest someone, please call Sung Chang.

Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, February 25, 7 pm: The Wrong Man. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1956, US, English, shown with English subtitles, black and white, 105 minutes. Manny (Henry Fonda), a musician, is falsely accused of a crime, with devastating consequences for him and for his wife (Vera Miles). A rare Hitchcock film based on true events; The Wrong Man has been called an overlooked masterpiece. Tickets at the door cost $7.
  • Saturday, March 9, 7 pm: St. Patrick’s Day Ceili. What is a ceili? Come and find out at McCathran Hall from 7 – 10:30 pm on Saturday, March 9. Get an early start in celebrating St. Paddy’s Day with the Blackthorn Ceili Dancers. Try out those dance steps while listening to live music by Joe DeZarn and Tina Eck. Don’t want to dance? Just come and enjoy the music. A potluck supper is served about halfway through so don’t forget to bring a dish to share. Free to Grove residents though contributions to pay the musicians are always welcome.
  • Weekly Events at McCathran Hall:
    • Sundays, 5 – 6:30 pm: Chess-Nuts Chess Club. Come join other chess nerds for 30-45 minutes of lessons, followed by 45 – 60 minutes of games. Learn more here.
    • Tuesdays, 6 – 7 pm:  An all-levels slow-flow yoga class with Ingeborg McCright.  RSVP to Eva Patrone and bring a waiver form (PDF) to your first class.  Classes are free to Grove residents, with a suggested donation of $5-$10, and are $10 for non-residents.  Ingeborg accepts cash or check.  Learn more here.
    • Wednesdays, 11 am – 12:15 pm:  Tai chi with Claire Rosser.  Sessions are free to all.  Learn more here.

Latest Documents

Town Bulletins

Older Town Bulletins: 

Town Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Should you wish to review draft minutes, please contact the town clerk or the mayor.


  • February 27, 2024 Special Meeting
  • February 12, 2024 Meeting

Older agendas and minutes can be found on the Agendas and Minutes of the Town Council and Commissions page.

Historic Preservation Commission
  • February 2024 Meeting

Older agendas and minutes can be found on the Agendas and Minutes of the Town Council and Commissions page.

Planning Commission
  • February 7, 2024 Meeting
  • January 3, 2024 Meeting

Older agendas and minutes can be found on the Agendas and Minutes of the Town Council and Commissions page.

Contact Information

Mayor and Town Councilors and their Areas of Responsibility

Mayor
John Compton
240-432-5700
[email protected]
The Mayor is responsible for all intergovernmental relationships and activities.


For Councilors with no contact information listed below, please refer to the phone numbers and email addresses shown in the Town Directory. If you do not have a Directory, please call the Town Office at 301-926-2256, or email the Town Office at [email protected].  Want to write the mayor and all councilors?  Please write to [email protected].

Contracts
Rob Gilmore

Dog Park
Mary Warfield
[email protected]

Emergency Preparedness and Safety
Eva Patrone
[email protected]

Forestry and Beautification (includes memorials)
Barbara Raimondo
[email protected]

Gateway
Peter Nagrod
[email protected]

Historic Preservation Commission
Robert Gilmore

Lake
Mary Warfield
[email protected]

Lighting
Barbara Raimondo
[email protected]

Maintenance
Peter Nagrod
[email protected]

Maryland Municipal League
John Compton

McCathran Hall
Barbara Raimondo
[email protected]

Planning Commission
Peter Nagrod
[email protected]

Racial Equity
Barbara Raimondo
[email protected]

Recreational Events/Recreation Committee
Eva Patrone
[email protected]

Recreational Facilities (Woodward Park, Playground and Tennis Courts)
Eva Patrone
[email protected]

Roads and Walkways
Rob Gilmore

Shady Grove Crossing
Christine Dibble
[email protected]

Sustainability
Mary Warfield
[email protected]

Washington Grove Conservation Park
Christine Dibble
[email protected]

Website and Communications
Christine Dibble
[email protected]

Woods
Christine Dibble
[email protected]

Town Office Contact Info

McCathran Hall
300 Grove Avenue
PO Box 216
Washington Grove, Maryland
20880-0216

Town Office
Located in the lower wing of McCathran Hall, the office is usually open 9:30am – 12:30pm; and 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Town Clerk Kathy Lehman is available to answer your questions. Please drop by, call the office at 301-926-2256 or send an email to [email protected].

Staff Directory

Clerk
Kathryn L. Lehman
301-926-2256
[email protected]

Treasurer
Jean Moyer
301-775-1168
[email protected]

Boards and Commissions

Board of Supervisors of Elections

Nick Suzich
Supervisor
240-750-9289
[email protected]

Joe Clark
301-869-7944
[email protected]

Margo Cavenagh
301-963-0294
[email protected]


Board of Zoning Appeals

Satoshi Amagai
301-330-1336
[email protected]

Charlie Challstrom
301-926-4498
[email protected]

Kathie Evans
301-869-7816
[email protected]


Historic Preservation Commission

Bob Booher
Chair
301-963-3935
[email protected]

Robert Gilmore
Council Liaison

Wendy Harris
914-388-2195
[email protected]

David Stopak
301-330-5446
[email protected]

Mimi Styles
301-519-1957
[email protected]


Planning Commission

Georgette Cole
Chair
301-330-6740
[email protected]

Peter Nagrod
Council Liaison
301-512-5771
[email protected]

Jonathan Dail
[email protected]

Sylvie Favret

Robert Johnson
301-346-6267
[email protected]

Sung Chang, Alternate

Volunteer Committees

Dog Park

Liz Gillanders
Chair


Emergency Preparedness and Safety

Dave Lutter
Chair
703-862-7445
[email protected]


Forestry & Beautification (F&B)

Georgette Cole
Chair
301-330-6740
[email protected]


Gateway

vacant
Chair


Lake

Tom Land
Chair
240-801-0646
[email protected]


Lighting

Virginia Quesada
Chair
301-706-7933
[email protected]


Racial and Social Equity (RASEC)

Leadership Team 
Paula Puglisi
301-963-8555

Betsy Klinger
301-325-1956
[email protected]


Recreation

Lisa Bielen
Co-Chair
[email protected]

Kristina Kough
Co-Chair
[email protected]


Sustainability

Bob Booher
Chair
301-963-3935
[email protected]


Woods

Patrice Klein
Co-Chair
301-926-2256
[email protected]

Joan Mahaffey
Co-Chair
240-631-8064
[email protected]

 

Local Transportation

MARC Brunswick Line:  View the schedule and map | View alerts

MTA Bus from Shady Grove station to BWI Airport:  View the schedule and map

Ride-On Bus:  View maps and schedules for nearby routes:  Route 57  |  Route 61

Metrorail: View all alerts: Weekday | Weekend

Transit nerds: Check out MetroHero’s data on the operational performance in real time of Metrorail  MARC trains  |  Ride On bus routes.  MetroHero also displays real-time “where’s my train?” maps for the Red Line.

News You Can Use


Finding Home Health Care Services Can Be Difficult

View this New York Times guide to finding an aide to help an older person stay safely at home. Related: from WaPo, Questions to ask before choosing an assisted living facility.

Need a notary?

Contact Mary Challstrom or Amanda Roberts.

Going to Europe soon? You may have to pay a new entry fee.

Starting in mid-2025, an $8 European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) application will be required for U.S. travelers to enter E.U. countries. Most applications should be processed within minutes of applying, but prospective travelers should expect to receive an application decision within four days. Learn more from the E.U. website and from the Washington Post (note that the July 2023 Post article is now outdated in that it states that the program starts in 2024; the program will now start in 2025).


>> Older News You Can Use articles that have been removed from the home page are available on the News You Can Use Archive page.

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