301-926-2256 [email protected]

Notices from the Mayor

Want to write the Mayor and Council about Whatever’s on Your Mind? 
There’s a NEW Way to Do It!
Starting immediately, should you wish to write the mayor and council, you can send your message to a single email address: [email protected].  Your message will be redirected from that single email address to the addresses of the mayor, all councilors, the Town Clerk and the Town Webmaster (for posting on this page of the website).

  • There is no requirement that you send your message this way; you can still hand-type a letter on your old IBM Selectric, if you choose, or handwrite it using a quill and parchment.  The letter should be addressed to the mayor and all councilors, with cc’s to the Town Clerk and Town Webmaster.
  • BUT if you want to send your message via email and want it to be considered official correspondence, using [email protected] is the only way to do it; do NOT email the entire council using their separate email addresses.  You are of course free to email a single councilor, or just the mayor, with any thoughts or concerns that you do not believe rise to the level of official correspondence.

View even more detailed information on the Written Testimony And Correspondence From Town Residents To The Town Council page.

Attending Council Meetings via Zoom
Council meetings are held at the same Zoom web address every month; click here to join a meeting.  To view the agenda, click on “Town Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes” under the “Latest Documents” heading on this page.

Annual Town Elections
The annual Town elections and Town meeting were held on Saturday, May 11.  The results of the elections are as follows:
For Mayor:

  • John Compton: 122 votes
  • Write-in candidates:
    • Christine Dibble: 1 vote
    • Fin Johnson: 2 votes
    • Joli McCathran: 2 votes

For Town Council (two positions open):

  • Kriss Grisham:  95 votes
  • Philip Mento: 49 votes
  • Barbara Raimondo:  119 votes
  • Write-in candidates:
    • Dick Cavicchi: 1 vote
    • Christine Dibble: 1 vote
    • Oscar Ramos: 1 vote

The Grove is Hiring

Apply to Volunteer for Summer in the Parks

SITP is looking to hire 14- to 19-year-olds to volunteer. 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

In the Grove…

  • Saturday, May 18: Bulk Trash Collection.  YES: furniture, appliances,, rugs, large toys, small auto parts, etc. NO: Refrigerators or air-conditioning units or other items that contain freon; construction by-products from your renovation projects; large automotive parts; tires; or anything with gasoline or motor oil.
  • Friday, May 24, 9:30 – 11:30 am: Weed Warrior Workday at Washington Grove Meadow Conservation Park. Registration is limited to the first 15 volunteers. All volunteers must go to this page and click on the “Schedule” tab to register online and sign the volunteer agreement. No experience is necessary. In addition to helping improve the meadow, you might learn about invasive plant identification and removal techniques that you can apply at home.  Questions? Contact Bruce Daggy.
  • Saturday, May 25, 5 pm: Join your neighbors from near and far at the Sacred Circle for the second annual CircleFest, featuring a variety of games for the young and not so young.  This is a potluck, so please bring a favorite dish from anywhere in the world — Ghanaian jollof rice? Turkish saksuka? Peruvian aji de gallina?  We’ll also have music — want to join other talented musician neighbors?  Contact Joe at [email protected].
  • Saturday, June 1, 9 – 10:30 am: Coffee and Doughnuts at the Woman’s Club. Have you been hankering to know more about WCWG history, and/or the history of Washington Grove? Hanker no further—come to the club house for the next coffee and doughnuts event to choose from an array of historical books!
  • Sunday, June 2, 3 – 6 pm: Woman’s Club Cottage and Garden Tour. Come enjoy Grover’s favorite pastime—touring each other’s homes and gardens!  The garden and cottage tours will be open from 3-5 pm, and will be followed by a wine and cheese event at yet another cottage. You won’t want to miss this event! It will be held, rain or shine!
  • Saturday, June 22, 2 pm: Youth Recital and Talent Show. Know a Grove kid, or a friend, grandchild or other relative of a Grover who might be interested in showcasing their talents in front of an audience? They could play an instrument, sing a favorite song, or perform a dance or gymnastics routine to music. Performers are welcome to perform solo or with a sibling, friend or group. Contact Renee Moloznik for more details.
  • Weekly Events at McCathran Hall:
    • 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.

… and Nearby

Casey Community Center Farmers Market

Every Thursday from May 4 through November 30, 11 – 2:30 pm:   Enjoy some fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables; come get some eggs, beef or pork ready to put on the grill; bring home some savory homemade breads or artisan sweets; get some fresh ground coffee.  See their food truck calendar and learn more about the market. Casey Community Center, 810 South Frederick Avenue.

Gaithersburg Book Festival

Save the date for this celebration of books, writers, and literary excellence!  Saturday, May 18, 10 am – 6 pm, at Bohrer Park.  Free to attend, free to park!  Listen to writers like Adrienne Brodeur, A.J. Jacobs and Gaithersburg’s own Sara Goodman Confino speak about their latest books; submit an entry to the poetry contest or attend a writers’ workshop.  Learn more at www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org.

Latest Documents

Town Bulletins

Older Town Bulletins: 

Town Council Meetings: Agendas, Minutes, Recordings, Transcripts

Should you wish to review draft minutes, or view a recording or read a transcript of a meeting that occurred prior to 2024, please contact the town clerk or the mayor.  Older agendas and minutes can be found on the Agendas and Minutes of the Town Council and Commissions page.  You can view all recordings of Council meetings, beginning in 2024, on the Town Council meetings playlist of our YouTube channel.

Historic Preservation Commission
  • April 2024 Meeting

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

Planning Commission
  • May 1, 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; Notaries

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].

Notaries
Contact Mary Challstrom or Amanda Roberts.

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
Mary Blake, Observer
Margaret Cavenagh
Joe Clark
Dave Hix

Board of Zoning Appeals
Satoshi Amagai
Charlie Challstrom
Kathie Evans

Historic Preservation Commission
Bob Booher, Chair
Robert Gilmore, Council Liaison
Bill Earl
Wendy Harris
David Stopak
Mimi Styles
Samantha Suzich, Alternate

Planning Commission
Georgette Cole, Chair
Peter Nagrod, Council Liaison
Sung Chang, Alternate
Jonathan Dail
Sylvie Favret
Robert Johnson

Volunteer Committees

Dog Park
Liz Gillanders, Chair

Emergency Preparedness and Safety
Dave Lutter, Chair

Forestry & Beautification (F&B)
Georgette Cole, Chair

Gateway
Jonathan Dail, Chair

Lake
Tom Land, Chair

Lighting
Virginia Quesada, Chair

Racial and Social Equity (RASEC)
Paula Puglisi, Leadership Team 

Recreation
Lisa Bielen, Co-Chair
Kristina Kough, Co-Chair

Sustainability
Bob Booher, Chair

Woods
Patrice Klein, Co-Chair
Joan Mahaffey, Co-Chair

 

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: Trip Planner  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.

A Note on Post Office Box Rental Fees


Existing residents with a PO Box: If you are billed for the PO box you have had, that box, whatever size, will become no-fee! Only one box per residence.  When you are billed, take the bill and proof of Washington Grove residence (i.e. something with your physical address: MD drivers license, utility bill, bank statement) to the Acting Postmaster at the Washington Grove PO. He will take care of it.  If you already paid, the Postmaster should issue you a refund for your payment.

New residents who wish to get a PO box:  You will get a free box of the smallest size you if take proof of Washington Grove residence (i.e. something with your physical address: MD drivers license, utility bill, bank statement) to the Acting Postmaster at the Washington Grove PO. He will take care of it.  You can also choose to pay for a larger box.

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