First Sligo Woods Halloween-Decorating Contest!

Sligo Woods Civic Association proudly announces our first Halloween Decorating Contest, with judging on October 26-28.  Celebrate Halloween and join in a friendly competition by decorating your yard/house.  You may also nominate a neighbor’s decorations.

Rules:
1. Open to all homes in the Sligo Woods neighborhood, except those of the judges. Neighborhood boundaries are here– http://sligowoods.org/wp/index.php/about-us/about-sligo-woods/
2. Address numbers must be visible from the street both day and night.
3. Each home can only win in one category.
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 1 to 2 weeks. Pictures of homes will be posted on our website. Signs will be collected and reused next year–let’s make this an annual tradition for the neighborhood!

Please send all nominations by Thursday, October 25th to moorem09@verizon.net.  If nominating someone else, please include resident’s name and contact information, if you have it.

Want to be a judge and help choose the winners?  Please email moorem09@verizon.net as soon as possible.

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Fall Meeting with Guest Speaker about Trees

Monday, September 17, 2018; 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Come discover what is happening in our neighborhood–news about welcoming new neighbors, the just completed community yard sale and tree walk, and the ongoing SLIGO WOODS sign landscaping project.  Find out more about the up-coming Community Halloween parade and yard-decorating contest.

We will hear Kit Gage talk about neighborhood trees–their part in the beauty and in the working web of life in our community, our contribution to their health and care in our yards, and how to find the right tree for the right place when it’s the right time to plant (or have planted). Kit lives in a neighborhood a few miles south of us and brings very-local experience as a home gardener and landscape advisor, as well as many years of leadership and service within Friends of Sligo Creek.

All are welcome; light refreshments.     Come to the back entrance (the one with a couple steps down to the preschool entrance), directly off the parking lot behind Good Shepherd Church, 818 University Blvd W–from the stop light at Gabel, turn right onto University, and then right again into the driveway of the church). 

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Neighborhood Tree Walk

Looking at an Eastern Red Cedar

Sometimes by sidewalk, sometimes in the street

Lovely River Birch on Robin

Saturday afternoon (9/15/2018), fourteen people gathered for an hour to enjoy trees and learn more about the kinds we have in Sligo Woods.  We walked about a mile through the neighborhood, sharing questions and insights:

  • learning the look of the many Silver Maples planted when houses in our area were first built–quickly grown in their first 50 years but often succumbing to breakage in storms, now dying or already removed
  • admiring a graceful River Birch in a Robin Road front yard,
  • noting the abundance of Red Maples, planted or volunteers, and the occasional planted Sugar Maple
  • seeing the Porcelainberry vine, with the multi-colored clusters of pearlescent berries that has made it so popular with nursery sellers, readily overtaking trees both young and mature
  • walking past a surprising number of streetside Basswood trees on Kerwin, east of Proctor
  • experiencing the high, narrow-leaved, light-pierced branches of four huge Willow Oaks in a line along Gilmoure, just south of Kerwin, noting the un-oakish look of their narrow, linear leaves
  • searching for “regular” oaks and finding on Justin Way’s single block–surprise!–three kinds of now-large oaks–Pin Oak, Red Oak, and Southern Red Oak (and, thanks to Dom Quattrocchi, learned that oaks’ distinctive feature of clustered buds at the ends of twigs is shared with cherries, and that we saw in some of our oaks the likely signs of Bacterial Leaf Scorch); Pin Oaks appear to be the most common of the oaks in our neighborhood, from what we saw
  • observing the older Flowering Dogwoods remaining in various front yards, but way outnumbered by the more recently popular Crape Myrtles–a multi-stemmed shrub that’s colorfully in flower right now, and so often with remarkable bark
  • wondering about why there aren’t any Sycamores anywhere in the neighborhood
  • talking a bit about the great disparity in how many insect/animal species are supported by various kinds of trees, with Oaks the hands-down winner.

Thanks to Robin Road’s Dave Ottalini for photos.

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Trees! A Saturday afternoon walk, a Monday evening program

Saturday, September 15, 2018; 4 t0 5 p.m.  Let’s enjoy some sidewalk views of trees in the Sligo Woods neighborhood, in front yards as well as streetside–during an hour’s stroll together, co-led by Kit Gage and Laura Mol.  Begins at Tenbrook Drive & Robin Road (top of the “Kids Sledding Hill”).  Light spatters won’t get in the way but the walk will be cancelled in the event of serious rain; watch for email and website announcement, if necessary.

Monday, September 17, 2018; 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Following the usual updates and news exchanges at the start of our quarterly Civic Association meetings, we will hear Kit Gage talk about neighborhood trees–their part in the beauty and in the working web of life in our community, our contribution to their health and care in our yards, and how to find the right tree for the right place when it’s the right time to plant (or have planted).  Kit lives in a neighborhood a few miles south of us and brings very-local experience as a home gardener and landscape advisor, as well as many years of leadership and service within Friends of Sligo Creek.  Come to the back entrance (the one with a couple steps down to the preschool entrance), directly off the parking lot behind Good Shepherd Church, 818 University Blvd W–from the stop light at Gabel, turn right onto University, and then right again into the driveway of the church).  All are welcome; light refreshments.

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New Residents Welcomed

The Sligo Woods Civic Association formed a committee to welcome new residents to the neighborhood and launched the new initiative over the summer.  The committee–headed by Mary Moore and with the help of members Lashon Lissimore, Barbara Scardino and Sandra Hinman–worked together to create welcome bags to hand to new residents.*  The welcome bags contain information about the Civic Association, additional information about living in the Greater Silver Spring area, and some generous gifts from several local businesses.  The bags themselves are wonderful reusable tote bags in a sunny yellow with the Sligo Woods Civic Association logo.

The initial welcome-wagon operation was launched last week, and the committee members have greeted all identified new residents (houses that were either sold or rented since May).  In total to date, the committee has visited 28 houses and met with many wonderful new neighbors.  The new residents are great addition to our diverse community and hail from great places like Texas, Japan, and Nicaragua. 

The committee will continue to identify new residents and distribute the welcome bags on a monthly basis.  While identifying new residents via home sales is easy, finding new residents who are renting is a little trickier.  The committee is asking that Civic Association members help us identify rental properties that have new people moving into the neighborhood.  Please email any information to Mary Moore at moorem09@verizon.net.  The committee also welcomes any ideas or new volunteers. 

By Sandra Hinman

* Thank you to Jeanette from Gilmoure Drive and Audrey from Gregory Street, who helped the committee deliver the large number of bags this month.

 

 

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Sligo Woods Annual Community Yard Sale on Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sligo Woods Civic Association is organizing our annual community yard sale on Saturday September 15, 2018 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  In case of rain, we will hold it on Sunday, September 16.
Join us by  e-mailing Mary at moorem09@verizon.net. We hold the sales in front of our own homes.  A map is provided to our customers with participating addresses on the day of the sale. 
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Sligo Woods Signs

Look at our marvelous, refurbished and now landscaped new signs!  These are the SLIGO WOODS signs at four of the entrances to our neighborhood.

Thank you to all the volunteers who created, painted, and installed our new signs.  Thanks also to the people who collected plant donations and nurtured the plants, and to members who gave of their time to plant the beautiful new native plants.  Special thanks go to our organizer Michele, woodworking expert Jerry, artistic advisor and painter Barbara, plant expert Nithya, board liaison Mary, and all the many hands that came together to complete these three signs.  The fourth and final sign is almost ready to install and landscape.

If you’re interested in taking part, please watch for announcement of the date: here on the website or on an email that will be sent to all members from < SligoWoods@gmail.com >.

 

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Sign landscaping

Please join the sign committee on Saturday, July 28th, to help beautify our new neighborhood signs by planting native flowers and plants! We will start at 8:00 am, meeting at the sign at the intersection of Gilmoure and Dennis (near Collins Funeral Home). Please bring gardening gloves and tools for digging.
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Summer Picnic Sociability–an annual happening

Hurrah and thanks to the 50-some neighbors (mostly adults, some kids) who came to the summer picnic, braving the 90-some degree heat…and then we were surprised to find that, in the shade and with the breeze, it was actually pleasant. The food was a fabulous distraction, from brats-in-a-bun to vegan slaw, lemony potato salad to fresh fruit salad, strawberry pie to heaping plates of gorgeous brownies—a ten-foot spread of tasty and varied picnic food. A few people played badminton but mostly there was talking and talking, people obviously enjoying the chance to meet others who live in the neighborhood. Cheers for upper-Tenbrook’s Meg DeFrancesco, who was the primary organizer of this year’s event.

By Laura Mol
July 1, 2018

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Sligo Woods Winter Holiday Decorating Contest

Details:
Second Annual Sligo Woods Winter Holiday Decorating Contest 2017

Celebrate the winter holidays and join in a friendly decorating competition. Help transform the Sligo Woods Civic Association into a beautiful winter community. The categories are:

Best Overall
Best Theme
Best Daytime
Best Nighttime
Best Block on One Street
Honorable Mention

Rules:
1. Open to Sligo Woods Civic Association area residents only.
2. Address numbers must be visible from the street both day and night.
3, Homes with decorations that have been left up from previous holidays will be ineligible.
4. Homes cannot win two years in a row for the same category.
5. Board members may not win any monetary prizes. Judges may not win.

Winners earn a certificate and a sign posted in their yard thru the holidays.
Signs will be collected and reused next year.
BEST OVERALL also wins a $50 Gift Card.

Nominations are due by Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
Email your nominations to moorem09@verizon.net
Please include the address and owners contact information if possible.

Judging will occur December 14- 17 with signs posted as soon as possible.

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