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Town Council News

Next meeting: Monday » 08.10.09 @ 7:30 p.m. & Monday » 08.24.09 @ 7:30 p.m. in Council Room. The public is invited to attend.

Actions at the July Council meeting included:

  • a decision to pursue the idea of trying LED streetlights. The Town may be able to participate in a DOE demonstration program. Charlie Challstrom is spear-heading this effort. Stay tuned.

Outreach to Neighboring Communities

One of the priorities of Mayor Anderson is establishing better working relationships with those communities abutting Washington Grove. He has asked me to head up this effort. With the help of Paula Puglisi, we have begun crafting a plan to develop cooperative working relationships with the communities of Emory Grove, Amity, East Deer Park, Girard St. apartments and the Shady Grove Alliance folks. We would like anticipate problems, not just be in the position of reacting after the fact. There are also specific problems shared by some of our neighbors, for example, the Deer Park Bridge, the ICC and the Washington Grove Elementary school. Finally, there are the narrower, immediate problems like those at Maple Lake last summer. If you are interested in this kind of effort to establish a better working relationship with our neighbors, please let Mayor Anderson know either by e-mail [email protected] or by phone at 301-963-8555. We are just beginning and knowing who is interested in would be a help.
Joe Clark

Planning Commission News

Next meeting: Wednesday » 08.05.07 @ 7:30 p.m. in Council Room. The public is invited to attend.

Building Permits

If you are going to erect a building or structure (including fences), make structural alterations to, or move any existing building or other structure, you must first obtain a building permit from the Washington Grove Planning Commission. The Town zoning ordinance governs setbacks, lot coverage and height. Applications are available at the Town Office at 301-926-2256. The permit fee for a major building permit (addition/renovation) is $40.00. The fee for a minor building permit (fence/shed) is $10.00. Checks should be made payable to the Town of Washington Grove. Interior renovations, which involve electrical, plumbing, or load-bearing changes, generally require a County permit. A shed requires a County permit as well. The Town must first sign off all applications for County-required building permits. The Historic Preservation Commission will review most permit applications as well.

Permits were issued for:
215 Ridge Rd. » Fence

Historic Preservation News

Next meeting: Tuesday » 08.18.09 @ 7:30 p.m. in Council Room. Meetings are open to the public.

A thought from the National Trust for Historic Preservation-Preservation: The Ultimate Recycling
“Sustainability” is a buzzword we hear everywhere, with every imaginable meaning. We’re all looking for ways to sustain our organizations, sustain our neighborhoods, sustain our homes, sustain our heritage, sustain the Earth…and nearly every organization or philosophy now claims to be the standard-bearer for sustainability. All this time, that’s what preservation has been about; sustaining buildings, the environment, neighborhoods, communities, landscapes, cultures and history. And it all starts by not destroying…and wasting…what is already there.

Recreation Committee News

Next meeting: Wednesday » 10.21.09 @ 7:30 p.m. in Council Room. The public is invited to attend. New members always welcome!

Summer In The Parks

Ginormous thank-you’s to Allison Clapp, Emily Cavey, Samantha Beres and all of the parent volunteers for pulling off a tremendously successful Summer In The Parks camp program this year! Three cheers for the red and the blue!!


Regular Tuesday Yoga will take a break for the month of August. It will resume on Sept. 1st.

Save the Date!

Plans are being made for a “Blues-tober-fest” on October 3, 2009 at the Gazebo.
Watch future Bulletins for more details.

Neighborhood Watch News

Report Crimes & Suspicious Activity!
Mont. Co. Police non-emergency: 301-279-8000
Town Office: 301-926-2256
Joe Clark: 301-869-7944
Keith Gillis/Leigh Partington: 301-208-1437

Incident Report:

  • July 18: Public nuisance. Woodward Park – Some non-residents changing the oil from two cars in the Woodward Park parking lot. In an unrelated incident also in Woodward Park, several Grove residents confronted some non-residents, who were allowing their dogs to exercise on the tennis courts. Police were called, but apparently no report was filed.

Please report criminal or suspicious activity to your Neighborhood Watch Block Captain or Coordinators. Filing a police report, too, helps the police department keep track of criminal incidents and is necessary for police to take action. Of course, for emergency situations call 911.

Woman’s Club News

Next meeting: There is no regular meeting in August.
The September meeting will be the annual potluck dinner. It will be either the 11th or the 25th. Look in the next Town Bulletin for confirmation.


Play Group-Wednesday August 5th, and Wednesday August 19th, from 9:30-10:30 am, downstairs in the church. All families welcome, so children can play, and parents and grandparents can talk! Questions? Call Emily Cavey at 240 632 9587.

Movement Class-The Gentle Movement for chronic pain sufferers class will be held on Wednesday August 5th, from 2 to 3 pm in the Guild Room. Starting on September 9th, we’ll meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Young families Cook-out-Before fall Sunday school starts up, young families are invited to chat with Judy and Sunday school teachers at a Cook-out at the Young’s, 101 Center Street, after church on August 30th.

Contacts in August-While Judy is on vacation, church contacts in the Grove are Emily Cavey at 240-632-9587 and Sylvie Favret at 301-987-0074. Kathy Lehman has additional information. Have a great August!

Lake Committee News

Next meeting: Wednesday » 09.03.09 @ 7:30 p.m. in Council Room.

Party Permit Required

If you wish to have a party at Maple Lake, you must get a party permit. Please note that this permit does not allow you exclusive use of the lake but it will entitle you to use of the grill and the picnic tables. The contact person for a Maple Lake Party Permit is Sally Mansfield 301-977-3189.

Labor Day Invitation to All

Come see the fruits of our labor on Labor Day! Join us for a glass of wine and see our re-built house. Sept. 7th; 5:00 – 6:00 PM; 119 Grove Ave.
Wendy and Howard

Animal Control Laws

Some years ago, the Town adopted Montgomery County’s Animal Control legislation. What this means is that Montgomery County enforces all things that have to do with animal control in our Town. Residents are reminded of the following legislation (summary):

At Large – Any dog is at large if it is outside the owner’s premises and not leashed, unless it is a service dog, is in a dog exercise area designed by M-NCPPC, or is participating in an approved activity. Any other animal (i.e., cat or livestock animal) is at large if it is outside the owner’s premises and not leashed or immediately responsive to verbal or non-verbal direction. The number for Animal Services Division is 240-773-5960 or 5925. For after hours emergencies, call 240-773-5900.

Reminder…Temporary Use Permit Required

Please remember that if you plan to place a portable/moving container or trash container of over one cubic yard capacity on private or public property in the Town of Washington Grove, you must obtain a Temporary Use Permit from the Town Office. There is no fee for this permit. They are good for 90 days.

Get Caught in the Trap!!

The Mousetrap Concert Series will begin its 11th season with a piano recital on October 11, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. in McCathran Hall. Other concerts in this series include a saxophone/piano recital, a vocal/piano recital and an instrumental recital with music from the Renaissance, Celtic and Contemporary periods. Brochures with detailed information will be mailed shortly.

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