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Northwood News ♦ October 2021

President’s Message

By Linda Perlman

The next meeting of the Northwood-Four Corners Civic Association will a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, 13 October 2021, starting at 7:30 p.m.  We had hoped to resume in-person meetings this fall but, with the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID raging, the NFCCA will continue to conduct its meetings remotely on Zoom.  The Zoom link for the 13 October meeting will be publicized via the neighborhood listserv ( and Next Door/Northwood-Four Corners; the meeting link also will be available on the NFCCA website.

If you are not a member of the NFCCA, please pay your dues — still only $10 per household, per year — to support civic association activities, including this newsletter.

Annual elections for NFCCA officers and directors will be held at the 13th October meeting.  The officers are president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and three at-large board members.  Although most of the current officers and board members have agreed to serve another term, we are looking for new faces to join the NFCCA board as directors and/or officers.  Please consider getting involved with the NFCCA and joining our board of directors.  We particularly need people to serve as at-large board members.

Joining the NFCCA Board is a great way to advance neighborhood issues that are important to you, meet your neighbors, and be a part of a collegial and friendly organization.  NFCCA general membership meetings are held each year in October, December, February, April, and June.  The NFCCA Board meets in the months when no general membership meeting is scheduled.  Traditionally, NFCCA does not hold any meetings during the summer.

Despite the ongoing public health crisis, the NFCCA sponsored a full year of activities from October 2020 through September 2021.

NFCCA’s October 2020 meeting featured David Naimon, secretary of the Montgomery County Board of Elections and a former Forest Knolls resident, who answered questions about voting and election procedures.

The December 2020 NFCCA meeting focused on community safety and residents heard from Officer Sharif Hidayat, 4th District Community Services Officer with the Montgomery County Police Department, and Officer Sabrina Pirtle with the M-NCPPC Park Police.

At NFCCA’s February 2021 meeting, District 19 Delegate Vaughn Stewart updated the group on COVID-19 vaccine distribution and reported on developments in the 2021 session of the Maryland General Assembly.  The NFCCA also heard from Sonya Dowhaluk about the Buy Nothing Four Corners-Silver Spring project, a Facebook group offering neighbors a way to give and receive, share, lend, and express gratitude for gifted goods and services (see story here).

NFCCA’s April 2021 meeting speaker was Reemberto Rodriguez, Director of the Silver Spring Regional Center of the Montgomery County Government.  Mr. Rodriguez talked about the Silver Spring Sector Plan, commercial activities in the Four Corners business district, and other issues affecting our area.

In June 2021, the NFCCA learned about effects of the pandemic shutdowns on local businesses, restaurants, and cultural events from Daniel Koroma, business liaison for the Montgomery County Government, and from Elizabeth Gallauresi, representative of the arts and entertainment districts of Wheaton and Silver Spring.

NFCCA also sponsored several community activities, including:  (1) Halloween house and pet decorating contests, and promoting socially distanced trick-or-treating (see story on this year’s plans here); (2) an outdoor Home Tree Care Workshop with an arborist from Conservation Montgomery, who demonstrated tree trimming techniques and gave tips about caring for our neighborhood trees; and (3) a Good Neighborhood Award and John and Bette Hill (see story here) for their years of work bagging and delivering the ±1,500 newsletters to distributors who then deliver the Northwood News to homes five times per year.

I hope that the upcoming civic association year will be as productive as the 2020–2021 civic association year.  For that to happen, the NFCCA needs help from you to plan its programs and activities and to advocate for the interests of the Northwood-Four Corners-Forest Knolls area before Montgomery County, Park and Planning, and State of Maryland officials, agencies, boards, and committees.

We are now more than one and one-half years into the pandemic.  Please wear a mask indoors and get vaccinated if you have not already done so.  Because I am immunocompromised, I was able to get a third vaccine dose at our local CVS.  In closing, to all our community, I wish “Shanah tovah um’tukah, ” which in Hebrew means, “Have a good and sweet year.”   ■

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