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Town Council Notes

Next meeting: Monday Sept. 9, 2002 7:30 p.m., McCathran Hall.
The public is invited to attend. August Council actions included:

Scheduling a separate work session to review the Washington Grove Master Plan.
Approved the purchase of a new piece of playground equipment for Woodward Park. An example can be seen in the Town Office.
Notice of Public Hearing
Text Amendment to the Code of Ordinances Article III, Section 7, Part b. Proposed ordinance would lower the Town speed limit from 25 to 15 mph.
Date: Monday, September 9, 2002
Place: McCathran Hall Council Room
Time: 7:30 p.m.

It’s A Date.

A review/work session for the Town of Washington Grove Master Plan will take place on Monday, August 26, 2002 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Room.

Wanted: Code Enforcement Interest

At this year’s Town Meeting, Mayor Compton brought up the idea of a Code Enforcement Officer. The idea was well received. Now comes the hard part. The Mayor is looking for volunteers to examine options and recommend action on a Code Enforcement Ordinance. Interested people should call the Town Office at 301-926-2256.

Shady Grove Sector Master Plan Review

Where: M-NCPPC Offices at 16641 Crabbs Branch Way
When: Monday Sept. 9, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.
Who should go: As many residents as possible.
Why: To stay informed about the long-term plans for the areas surrounding Washington Grove.

Historic Preservation News

Next meeting: August 29, 7:00 p.m. Council Room
The public is invited to attend.

Planning Commission News

Next meeting: Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m. 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 is $10.00, payable to the Town of Washington Grove. Interior renovations, which involve electrical, plumbing, or load-bearing changes, generally require a County permit. The Town must first sign off all applications for County-required building permits. The Historic Preservation Commission will also review ALL permits.

Recreation Committee News

Next meeting: September 4, 7:30 p.m. Council Room
“That Recreation Committee runs like a well-oiled machine”! “That Recreation Committee clearly defines the volunteer spirit”! Come to the next meeting and see what it’s all about.


To the Sewing Team, the Snack Team, the T-shirt Team, the Lake Parents, the Scenery Parents, the Grill Sergeants (Nick Suzich & Ken Stricklett) and ALL the parents who helped with a very successful Summer In The Parks program! The children had a great month!
To Dodie Tippens for her tireless efforts at Maple Lake.
Linda Baim and Company for another session of wild and wooly tennis instruction.

Karen Kelly Does It Again.

Thanks to the efforts of many, Summer In The Parks was a huge success again this year. However, the biggest thanks must go to Karen Kelly, our caring, “Energizer Bunny-like” Coordinator. First there’s the advertising, the interviewing, the hiring, the scheduling and the registration. Then, there are supplies, timesheets, Lake Days, snacks and public relations. It starts in November and ends after an all-consuming month in July. Karen was there through all of it. Thank you, Karen, for all that you did for the children of Washington Grove!!

Maple Lake News

There will be a guard at the Lake for the next two weekends ONLY (8/24 & 25 and 8/31 – 9/1). For the remainder of the season it’s swim at your own risk.

Charlie Chaplin Comes to The Grove!

On Sunday, Sept.1st the Film Society presents Charlie Chaplin in Chapel Park. Bring your family to enjoy Charlie Chaplin short films in Chapel Park (across from the Town Hall on Center St.). Beer and sodas will be provided. Bring your own popcorn, blanket and/or low folding chair to this free event. Fans should gather at 7:30 p.m. to select your spot. The film will begin at 8:00 p.m. In the event of rain, we will show the film indoors at McCathran Hall.

TV Workshops for County Residents

County residents, as individuals or as representatives of their associations, have the opportunity to make their own televisions shows at Montgomery Community Television. Workshops, using professional television production equipment, begin the week of September 9, 2002. Everyone successfully completing certification workshops is eligible to use MCT’s equipment to create their own programs and have them shown, for free, on The Open Channel, Cable 19. Residents must be age 13 or older. For registration kits and more information, call MCT Training 301-517-8620.

Special Trash Collection

Saturday, September 28,2002.
Get your “stuff” out early! “Stuff” may include furniture, appliances (but not those with Freon), rugs, large toys, small auto parts, etc.Collection materials may not include construction by-products, large automotive parts, or tires. Items should be placed curbside.

Sing, Sing, Sing!

The Washington Grove Singers will begin rehearsals for our winter concert on Tuesday, October 1, 2002. Singers 15 years of age and older are invited to join the group. Come one, come all it’s really a ball!! For more information call Kathy Lehman at 301-926-1253.

Clerk Informs Residents About Leaf Collection Too Early!

Leaf collection by US Lawns begins on November 1, 2002 and runs through January 1, 2003. Given our current drought conditions, leaves that fall earlier than November 1st should be placed in those big brown bags for Waste Management pickup on Wednesdays.

New Brush Pickup Schedule Gets a Change

It seems that two days are not enough right now. Therefore, your properly bundled yard waste can be collected by Waste Management on Wednesdays or by Town Maintenance on Thursdays and Fridays. Your comments are welcome via phone or e-mail.


The program for the fourth series of Mousetrap Concerts is out and once again.the Town of Washington Grove has snagged some great performers. Musicians who play in major halls and festivals throughout the world will be here, continuing to make great music in our Town Hall. Whether it’s the enthusiasm of the audience, or the glorious way sounds reflect from the wood floor, walls, and ceiling of McCathran Hall.world-famous performers like playing here and want to come back. That says a lot about this unique series.

Four superb concerts right here in Town. Sunday afternoons at 3. Great food from the Ambience Queen.

Check the brochure sent to you by mail, or call 301-926-2858 or 301-926-6347 to secure your seats. And don’t forget to let friends and music lovers outside of the Grove know about these accessible (and AFFORDABLE) events.

BlackRock Center for the Arts

BlackRock Center for the Arts is a new professional multi-art facility located in Germantown Town Center. In addition to the three performing arts stages and the visual arts exhibition gallery, BlackRock is proud to present it’s inaugural Arts Education Program. For more information, please call 301-528-4827 or visit www.blackrockcenter.org

Rent the Woman’s Club House!

Planning a surprise birthday bash, family reunion, wedding reception, planning session or business meeting.consider the charming wooded setting, spacious main room, screened porch, kitchen and restroom facilities of the Woman’s Club House. For information or reservations call Kitty Vogan and 301-840-9416.

Clerk’s Corner

Thanks for watching your speed and your stops!
Residents who received notification about their house number signs should pick them up at the Town Office.
FYI. Please notify the Mayor before planting trees/shrubbery on Town property.
If all the glass bottles and jars collected through recycling in the U.S. in 1994 were laid end to end, they’d reach to the moon and half way back to earth.
Asbury Wellness Program information available in the Town Office. Read about this terrific facility!

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