The Northwood-Four Corners Civic Association will hold its last regular meeting of the civic association (fiscal) year via Zoom on Wednesday, 9 June 2021, starting at 7:30 p.m. Although mask and other COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted, NFCCA will continue remote meetings, at least until the pandemic is over. The Zoom link for the 9 June meeting will be publicized via NFCCA Groups.io (the neighborhood listserv) and Next Door/Northwood-Four Corners and will be available on the NFCCA website at nfcca.org. 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, dues are only $10 per household per year and are used to support civic association activities, including this newsletter. (You needn’t have paid dues to attend the meeting.)
NFCCA sponsored a Home Tree Care 101 workshop in our neighborhood on Saturday, 22 May 2021. This was an outdoor class presented by Conservation Montgomery. As part of the Home Tree Care workshop, an arborist visited our community, performed tree assessments, conducted hands-on demonstrations of tree pruning and other tree care, and talked about ways to keep trees healthy (see next page).
NFCCA’s June meeting speaker will be Elizabeth Gallauresi, who is director of the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District. Gallauresi will speak about Montgomery County’s reopening plans with an emphasis on restaurants and entertainment in Silver Spring.
At the April meeting, NFCCA members heard from Reemberto Rodriguez, Director of the Silver Spring Regional Center of the Montgomery County Government. Rodriguez discussed retail vacancies in the Four Corners commercial area and in the downtown Silver Spring central business district, the Silver Spring Sector Plan, and other issues affecting our neighborhood.
Spring has sprung and, along with the blooming azaleas and dogwoods, it seems like every County road is at least partly blocked by road work and other construction. Close to home, the State Highway Administration (SHA) is installing bike lanes along University Boulevard (MD 193), from Sligo Creek Parkway to Amherst Drive in Wheaton, by closing one lane of traffic in each direction of University Boulevard (see story on page 6). The bike lanes along University Boulevard will be marked by flex posts. These bike lanes are part of the SHA Multi-Model Shared Streets Pilot Program and will be in place for up to six months. The bike lanes — and the reduction of vehicular travel lanes along this portion of University Boulevard — may be made permanent depending upon the safety and bicyclist-use data collected by the SHA.
I don’t know if NFCCA will be able to sponsor a Neighborhood Night Out celebration, usually held at the Forest Knolls Pool and including a potluck supper, music, and visits from local police departments and McGriff, the crime dog. If it is possible to have a community celebration, then NFCCA will do so. However, National Night Out began simply with neighbors turning on their porch lights and sitting in front of their homes. Please turn on your porch lights on the first Tuesday of August (3 August). In the interim, please live life to the fullest and be careful out there. ■
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