Stories from the NFCCA Newsletter, the “Northwood News”

Northwood News ♦ April 2021

President’s Message

By Linda Perlman

The next civic association meeting will be by Zoom on Wednesday, 14 April 2021, starting at 7:30 p.m.  Until the pandemic is over, and it is safe to resume in-person meetings, NFCCA will continue to conduct its meetings remotely, via Zoom.  Prior to the 14 April meeting, the Zoom link will be publicized via the NFCCA neighborhood listserv and Next Door/Northwood-Four Corners, and will be available on the NFCCA website.  All residents of the Northwood-Four Corners-Forest Knolls area are encouraged to attend this virtual meeting.  If you are not a member of the NFCCA, please pay your dues (only $10 per household, per year) to support civic association activities, including this newsletter.  (See here to check your status.)

NFCCA’s April meeting speaker will be Reemberto Rodriguez, Director of the Silver Spring Regional Center of the Montgomery County Government.  Mr. Rodriguez will discuss the Silver Spring Sector Plan, commercial vacancies in the Four Corners neighborhood, and other issues affecting our area.

At its February meeting, the NFCCA heard from Delegate Vaughn Stewart, who reported on developments in the 2021 session of the Maryland General Assembly.  This year, the Maryland General Assembly is largely operating remotely, with committee hearings and floor proceedings livestreamed on the Maryland General Assembly website.  Delegate Stewart also updated the group on COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

The NFCCA also heard from Sonya Dowhaluk about the “Buy Nothing-Four Corners Silver Spring” Facebook group.  The Buy Nothing project offers neighbors a way to give and receive, share, lend, and express gratitude for gifted goods and services.

We are now more than one year into the pandemic.  Although, in many ways, I enjoy the slower pace of life, I am relieved to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  Earlier eligibility for the vaccine is one of the few benefits of turning age 65!

If you are still searching for vaccine information, the first place to start is the Montgomery County Government COVID-19 Information Portal.  The County’s COVID-19 Information Portal includes information about Montgomery County Department of Health vaccine clinics, as well as for vaccine clinics run by local hospitals, pharmacies, and Maryland’s mass-vaccination sites.  For those who have been frustrated in trying to obtain a vaccine appointment, there is help available.  A Facebook group known as Maryland Vaccine Hunters has volunteers who assist eligible individuals with finding and signing up for vaccine appointments.  There also is a website, Vaccine Spotter, which searches pharmacy chains for appointment availability.

With lowering coronavirus caseloads, schools, restaurants, and shops are reopening with fewer restrictions.  Families are beginning to plan vacation travel for this summer and beyond.  All of us know of many restaurants and other businesses that have closed during the pandemic.  If you are financially able to do so, patronize local restaurants or order takeout food and drink.  I am ready for libraries to reopen, but, in the meantime, the Montgomery County Public Libraries offer “holds to go.”  And we are lucky to have walking trails and gardens nearby, including Northwest Branch Trail, Sligo Creek Hiker-Biker Trail, and Brookside Gardens.  So, remember to mask-up (even if you are vaccinated) and practice social distancing, but also to take time to smell the flowers.

I had thought the quote about stopping and smelling the flowers (roses) was from some famous poet — Tennyson, Byron, or maybe Shakespeare.  But I was wrong.  It was golfer Walter Hagen, who wrote it in his 1956 book, The Walter Hagen Story.  The quote is:  “You’re only here for a short visit.  Don’t hurry.  Don’t worry.  And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.”   ■

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