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Northwood News ♦ December 2020

President’s Message

By Linda Perlman

At the October NFCCA meeting, I was elected as president for the 2020–2021 year.  I would like to thank all of our Board members and volunteers for their service during the preceding year.  I’d also like to introduce our new Board of Directors members, who are the same as our old Board members:  Ed Levy (vice president), Sondra Katz (treasurer), Robin Loube (secretary), Julie Whitcomb (at large), Karen Williams (at large), and Sharon Canavan (at large).  Samantha Jones also will remain on the Board as immediate past president.

I am moving into the presidency after many years on the NFCCA Board, first as treasurer and then as secretary.  I have lived in my Caddington Avenue house for the last 14 years, but I also grew up in this house.  My parents purchased a new house in the then-new Forest Knolls neighborhood for $19,000 in November 1957.  My brother and I lived, with our parents, on Caddington Avenue until we grew up and left home after college.  We swam at the Forest Knolls Pool during the summers and attended Forest Knolls Elementary School, Sligo Junior High School (not middle school), and Northwood High School (home of the Indians, not the Gladiators).  After my mother’s death and my (now deceased) father’s decision to move to Riderwood (retirement) Village, I purchased the family home and moved back to Forest Knolls.  I am now retired after more than 36 years as a lawyer, most of those years as a partner in a small Takoma Park law firm.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the October NFCCA meeting was conducted remotely, via Zoom.  The 9 December NFCCA meeting also will be an online Zoom meeting.  I do not expect in-person meetings or events to resume until mid-2021 or perhaps even later.

NFCCA remains committed to supporting residents of the NFCCA area during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Towards that end, we have created a Community Cares Network to pair residents who need assistance with volunteers willing to help.  Assistance might include pickup and delivery of groceries, medication, and other essentials; phone calls for social and emotional support; technical support, such as computer help and Zoom training; and pet care.  Please reach out if you need help or are willing to volunteer.  More information about the Community Cares Network is available on the NFCCA website or by email to nfcca cares at gmail dot com.

Despite not being able to meet in person, NFCCA plans a year filled with informative and fun events.  Our October 2020 meeting featured a presentation and question-and-answer session with David Naimon, secretary of the Montgomery County Board of Elections and former Forest Knolls resident (he grew up on Loxford Terrace), who answered residents’ questions about voting and election procedures.  The next (virtual) NFCCA meeting will be on 9 December 2020, and it is expected to focus on community safety.  You can register for the meeting — and obtain the Zoom meeting passcode — at

A dedicated corps of neighborhood volunteers — including Xiah Kragie, Jen Cox, and others — joined together to give the children in our neighborhood a fun and socially distant Halloween.  Instead of children knocking on doors, trick-or-treating took place outside, allowing residents to safely distribute treats to children without contact; some residents even created elaborate chutes and other candy delivery systems.  NFCCA also sponsored community Halloween contests, including a pet costume contest and Halloween decorating contests.  Photos of the Halloween contest winning entries appear in this newsletter.  Thanks to the awesome efforts of the neighborhood Halloween committee for a fun Halloween celebration in these challenging times.   ■

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