Tree Walk, Fall 2019

A group of fifteen strolled up Tenbrook Drive, looking at the preponderance of streetside silver (shown here) and red maples, augmented by more tree and shrub diversity in yards.  We  admired  a fine  sycamore,  with  its  multi-colored  bark, as  we turned  onto the connector  path  heading  west  into  Sligo  Creek  Park.  There  we  saw the  contrast of woodland  species–Tuliptrees towering  way  overhead,  spicebush  more  at  eyelevel in the understory.

We talked about plans to remove the smothering porcelainberry vines from the fine, large trees bordering the Kids’ Sledding Hill (Tenbrook at Robin).  That’s a winter project: when leaves have died back and there’s visibility for the careful cutting required.  If interesting in learning more, contact Laura Mol < LauraMolMail |at| gmail >.

Thanks to Helena’s Sheri Arnell for the photo above and for recording a list of trees seen on the Sligo Woods fall tree walk of 2019.

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October in Sligo Woods neighborhood

The Sligo Woods neighborhood will enjoy three events this October–

    • A Tree Walk–Sat the 12th, 4-5 pm.  Questions?  < lauramolmail@gmail.com >
    • Second Annual Halloween Decorating Contest–entries by Thurs the 24th
      to  moorem09@verizon.net, judging on the 26th
    • The Fifth Annual Halloween Parade–Thursday the 31st, 5:30 pm

All who live in the neighborhood are welcome!
Details below (including opportunities to volunteer to help).
Updates will be posed here.

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Tree Walk in the Neighborhood
Take an hour’s stroll with some of your neighbors, enjoying sidewalk views of trees in the Sligo Woods neighborhood–in front yards as well as streetside.  The outing begins at Tenbrook Drive & Robin Road (top of the “Kids Sledding Hill”). Leader Laura Mol, of Robin Road, says, “We’ll take a different route than last year, ‘though beginning at the same place.”  Light spatters won’t get in the way but the walk will be cancelled in the event of serious rain; check the website for an announcement, if necessary.
Questions to < lauramolmail@gmail.com >.

Halloween-Decorating Contest! 
Time for our second annual Halloween Decorating Contest, with judging on October 25-26.  Join in a friendly competition and celebrate Halloween with your neighborhood!  The contest offers 3 ways to participate–
Decorate your yard/house
          & send in your address by Thursday, October 24th (OR you may nominate
a neighbor’s decorations): please send all nominations by Thursday
October 24th to moorem09@verizon.net.
!!  Serve as one of the judges and help choose the winners;
          you must be available Saturday 4-6 and 7-9 pm.  Email ASAP for this role.
(Judges may also come for the preview Fri at 7 or deliver awards on Sun 1:00 pm)
!!! 
Volunteer to be the photographer
available on Saturday and Sunday for a few hours.

Contest Rules:  1. Open to all homes in the Sligo Woods neighborhood, except those of the judges. Neighborhood boundaries are here.  2. House numbers must be visible from the street both day and night.  3. Each home can only win in one category​:
          Best… Overall / Daytime / Nighttime / Theme   [plus honorable mentions]
4. Homes with decorations that have been left up from previous holidays will be ineligible.​  Winners earn a certificate and a sign posted in their yard for a week. Pictures of homes will be posted on the Sligo Woods Civic Association website (here are last year’s winners).

Halloween Parade
Robin Sleeman of Calumet Drive is heading up this year’s parade.  Festivities begin at 5:30, gathering at the corner of Dryden and Calumet.  Teen and adult volunteers are welcome as route marshalls, and photographers are needed–please contact Robin at ​< robinzs@me.com >.  The website will have route and other details closer to The Day.

Thanks to Robin for leadership of this most-popular-of-all civic association events, and gratitude to her predecessors–Proctor’s Lashon Lissimore and once-of-Calumet’s Jasmine Kuzner.

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Community Yard Sale on Saturday, September 28th, 2019

Come one, come all … to the annual Sligo Woods Community Yard Sale to be held this Saturday, September 28, from     8 AM to 1 PM.   (No early birds please!)   See what treasures your neighbors are selling!  Find that perfect item you didn’t know you needed!  You can pick up a list of participating homes from the table at 701 Justin Way.  The rain date is September 29th.

Sponsored by the Sligo Woods Civic Association
Questions?  Please email moorem09@verizon.net

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Fall 2019 program prompted by Tenbrook speeding

The civic association’s fall program featured  Mr. Devang Dave from the Traffic Engineering Department of Montgomery County.  He described the County’s process for development of traffic calming and the role that a neighborhood’s civic association can play—in fact, must play, according the County regulations [MoCo Exec Regulation 1-18AM], which is designed to assure community participation and approval as a required part of the process. 

Some 18 residents of the Sligo Woods neighborhood were present, and there were clarifying questions and good, informative exchanges in the question-answer opportunity that followed with Mr. Dave (“DAH-veh”).  As planned, Mr. Dave was not discussing any specific plans for our neighborhood streets–which have yet to be proposed–but the focus was on the general process and how we can be engaged in it.

Quarterly programs are now held at the Sligo-Dennis Park building (10200 Sligo Creek Parkway, between playground and basketball courts), a switch from Good Shepherd Church’s building hospitality, which we enjoyed for the first several years of civic association programs/meetings.

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Join the Welcome New Neighbors Committee

 Would you like to meet new neighbors?

Our welcome new neighbors committee is looking for some additions to our current group. There are two tasks involved. One is to ask our local merchants if they would like to contribute to our bags with an item or coupon. We have had pizza, florist, bakery and gas stations involved in the past.

The second task is to visit new neighbors monthly, let them know about the Sligo Woods Civic Association, answer their questions, and give them our gift bag.

Please email Mary if you are interested or need more information. Our current members work 1 to 4 hours a month, depending on their availability.

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Summer 2019 Program Meeting on Thursday, June 13

Program
Officers from the Montgomery Police Department will be presenting on pedestrian safety.  This is a big issue of concern for the entire Sligo Woods neighborhood.

♦  7:15—refreshments, sociability
♦  7:30—meeting agenda, including election of a new secretary
♦  Pedestrian Safety talk, Q&A, follows til 8:45

Sligo-Dennis Park Building — 10200 Sligo Parkway
                   Please note the new location!
There is limited parking in the parking lot on either side of the building.  If no parking is available, you can park on Tenbrook and take the connector at the end of Dryden to walk to the park.  If you park on Tenbrook, please be aware of traffic.  Also, respect your neighbors and do not block driveways.

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Summer Picnic and Craft Fair – June 2nd – Sligo Dennis Park

It’s time for our annual picnic, coming up on Sunday, June 2nd! This year we are holding it, rain or shine, at the Sligo-Dennis Park Building, near the corner of Sligo Creek Parkway and Dennis Avenue, between the basketball courts and playground. Neighbors will be displaying crafts and projects (and some selling crafts) from 11AM to 1:30 PM, and we will be having the picnic from noon to 2pm. There will also be craft activities for the kids.

This is a fun time to chat, eat, see old friends and meet new neighbors. If you can, please bring some food or drink to share, as well as a picnic ground-cloth or portable chair. Any outdoor game equipment you bring will add to the fun. If you like, you can sign up for a particular dish here.

Any questions about the craft fair or picnic please email Emily or call/text 301-509-0779.

Hope to see you there!

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Online payment for new and renewing members is now available!

New and returning members can now pay their dues online via PayPal.  You can use any credit card, you do not need a PayPal account.  This is a very safe, secure, and quick way to join or renew!

Join or renew here

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Annual meeting elects 2 new board members

A new president was elected by the 2019 annual meeting of the Civic Association.  Thanks and congratulations to Todd Sleeman, who’s lived in the neighborhood–on Calumet–for about seven years.   Also elected to the board was new at-large member Emily Sudbrink, who lives on Tenbrook.  Both were elected by acclamation and for two-year terms.

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Beltway program at 2019 annual meeting

Program
The proposed widening of the I-495 Beltway is an issue gaining more and more public attention, but the path of the proposal’s review, involving a series of state and federal decisions and negotiations, is both complicated and unfamiliar–and the role of the public is also unclear to many citizens.  At the 2019 annual meeting, we will hear the county’s deputy director of transportation, Mr. Chris Conklin, talk about “Beltway Basics.”   This will be a non-partisan presentation (just as Tenbrook’s Michele Moller’s “School Board Matters” was at last June’s program-meeting).

Agenda
The talk will be preceded by annual-meeting business–treasurer Glenn Moller’s report on how we’re doing financially, a vote on adding a Purpose paragraph to the Bylaws (Bylaws & proposed changes), a question about preferred meeting location, and election of new Board members to fill three positions as Aileen Schulte (at-large), Mary Moore (secretary), and Laura Mol (president) complete their terms.    (Open position info here.)

Monday, March 25th  ♦  7:15—refreshments, sociability, voter sign-in                                               ♦  7:30—annual-meeting agenda  ♦  Beltway talk, Q&A, follows til 8:45

Good Shepherd Church — 818 University Blvd W.
On foot/bike, the parking lot can be reached from Breewood Road’s dead-end, just past Snure.  ♦  By car: from the “inner loop” of  the divided Blvd (Rte 193-east/southbound, heading toward Four Corners), turn into the one-way entrance driveway and continue to the parking lot behind the church building.  ♦  Look for the preschool door right off the parking lot and down a couple steps.  There’ll be light and laughter coming from within.  All are welcome!

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