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Town Council News

Next meeting: Monday » 08.09.10 @ 7:30 p.m. & Monday » 08.23.10 @ 7:30 p.m. in Council Room. The public is invited to attend.

Actions at the July Council meetings included:

  • adoption of Ordinance 2010-06; Ordinance Authorizing Exchange of Deeds to Resolve Boundaries for Block 9.

REMINDER: No More Brush Pick-up by Town

As first announced in the June Bulletin, Town Maintenance will no longer pick up brush piles from privately owned land. Our trash contractor will pick up properly prepared brush. Only brush that is bagged, bundled or placed in properly marked containers will be picked up by Montgomery County Sanitation & Recycling. For those residents who trim back Town walkways, you must arrange this with Steve Werts – he will assist you in trimming and will be responsible for the removal of the trimmings. Please contact Joe Clark in reference to this type of trimming; 301-869-7944 or [email protected]
Putting your yard waste in piles next to the avenue or roadway is no longer an option-it will not be picked up.

Planning Commission News

Next meeting: Wednesday » 08.04.10 @ 7:30 p.m. in Council Room. The September meeting will be on Sept. 1st, same time, same place.

At its July meeting, the Commission approved the following permit applications:

  • 115 W.G. Lane » fence
  • 313 Brown St.  » amended plans
  • 358 Brown St.  » accessory building

PC Contact Information

  • PC Chair – Bob Evans » 301-869-7816
  • Permits – Eric Gleason » 301-977-3135
  • For Code Insp. – Steve Werts » 301-926-1668
  • Fence Insp. – Samantha Beres » 301-330-8509
  • Council Rep. – Georgette Cole » 301-330-6740

Historic Preservation News

Next meeting: Tuesday » 08.17.10 @ 7:30 p.m. in Council Room. Meetings are open to the public. The HPC encourages residents to come for an early consultation when planning a renovation.

Lake Committee News

Next meeting: Wednesday » 08.25.10 @ 7:30 p.m. in Council Room. Meetings are open to the public.

The combination lock has been changed at the lake. To get the new number, please call the Town office, Hutch (301-926-8767), or anyone on the Lake Committee. PLEASE DO NOT pass out the new number to non-Grovers, or children that cannot be trusted to protect this "secret/private" number. Thank you for your cooperation. In response to several requests, we are experimenting with combination locks with more readable numbers that can be more easily read, but have not yet found any satisfactory replacements. If you have any suggestions, please contact John Hutchinson or Bruce Rothrock.

Party Permits: They are required if you want to have a group at the lake. Please call Sally Mansfield (301-977-3189) for a Party permit.

Recreation Committee News

Next meeting: Wednesday » 09.15.10 @ 7:30 p.m. in Council Room. The public is invited to attend. New members always welcome!

Mousetrap Returns…Mark Your Calendars!

  1. Oct. 24, 2010
  2. Nov. 21, 2010
  3. March 20, 2011
  4. April 17, 2011

All concerts are at 3:00 p.m. in McCathran Hall. Flyers will be mailed in August.

SITP Thank-you’s!

Big "KUDOS" to Emily Cavey and Samantha Beres for organizing (and agonizing over) this year’s Summer In The Parks program and to all of the volunteers who helped make it a success.

Forestry Committee News

Forestry and Beautification will meet in the Council Room on August 27th at 10:00 a.m.. Come one, come all, get ready for fall!


Check facebook for photos of the Habitat building work in May, the June 12th Walk and 100th anniversary Celebration, and photo albums of all of our “Grove Relief” town/church rebuilding projects, now totaling 7. Just go to www.facebook, and "search" Washington Grove United Methodist Church.

Upcoming Events

  • September 12th “Rally Day” — Rally day is the Sunday when we return to the 11 am worship service time, and when we celebrate the start of Sunday school for the year– with a moon-bounce and outdoor picnic after church! All welcome.
  • November 14th, 11 am Mark your calendar — November 14th is our official 100th anniversary, come and hear the visiting bell choir

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 9: Theft from vehicle. 100 block Washington Grove Lane – During the night, four unlocked cars were ransacked. A GPS, change, and a gym bag filled with clothes were taken. Insurance cards and registrations were not taken.
  • July 15: Drunken disorderly. Intersection at Chestnut Rd and Railroad St. – At 10:30 AM, a resident witnessed a man, who appeared to be drunk, disrobing. Police were called.
  • July 19: Reckless driving. Intersection at Center St and Hickory Rd. – A resident reported that a driver raced around the corner without stopping. The resident and leashed dogs were nearly run off the road.

Reminder: This time of year we often experience a rise in incidents, especially break-ins and theft. Please remember to lock your home doors and accessible windows when you are away even for a short time. Lock your car doors. Do not leave any valuables in your car. Small electronic devices are prime targets.

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.

The Montgomery County Police Department has implemented a new online system for residents to report non-emergency crimes. The new system called On-Line Citizen Reporting System went into effect September 21. Note that you must have a valid email address to file a report online. You may file an online report for a crime if: (1) it is not an emergency, (2) it occurred within Montgomery County, (3) it is not motor vehicle accident, (4) property stolen is valued less than $10,000, (5) there are no known suspects, and (6) it did not occur on the interstate. The new reporting system may be accessed at

Second Fire Board Member Still Needed

The Board is an integral part of the Town’s effort to stay connected with, and support, the Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Fire Department. They meet once a month from 4:00 – 4:30 in the afternoon to approve financial issues. If you want to volunteer for this position, please call the Town Office, 301-926-2256.

House Histories – Name this Home »  103 Grove Avenue

If you guessed Holly (Under "103 Updates & Anecdotes") home of Sandy Klingenberg, you got it right! Sandy has many questions about her house that cannot be answered by House Histories on the Town website. Among them: Who were the original owners (before the Reid’s in 1888)? When was the side fireplace added? The property at 105 Grove Avenue was originally part of 103 Grove. Does anyone know if there was a dependent structure at 105 (for servants?) Do others have knowledge of the lore that an upstairs back bedroom was used as a birthing room? If you have any information (substantiated or not) about the earlier days of Holly, or photographs, would you please share them with us? You may hand-deliver information to the Archivist c/o the Town Office, or pass it along electronically ([email protected]), or ask us to pick it up from you! All information will be shared with Sandy Klingenberg and added to the House Histories under “Updates and Anecdotes,” and original photos will be returned. Thank you!

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