Stories from the NFCCA Newsletter, the “Northwood News”

Northwood News ♦ April 2022

President’s Message

By Linda Perlman

Please join the Northwood-Four Corners Civic Association meeting on Wednesday, 13 April 2022, at 7:30 p.m.  The meeting program will feature a candidate forum with the candidates for Montgomery County District 5.  All homes in NFCCA territory are part of the newly redrawn County Council District 5, which stretches from Four Corners to Burtonsville and includes Colesville and Leisure World.

The April NFCCA meeting and candidate forum will be held via Zoom.  The Zoom link for this meeting/candidate forum will be publicized via the NFCCA list serv and Nextdoor/Northwood-Four Corners and will be available on the NFCCA website at  All residents of the Northwood-Four Corners-Forest Knolls area are encouraged to attend this virtual meeting/candidate forum.  There are eight candidates who have filed with the Board of Elections for the District 5 County Council seat; all are Democrats.  As of press time, all of the candidates have confirmed their participation in our candidate forum.  With such a crowded field of candidates, the District 5 County Council Forum will be the only agenda item at the 13 April NFCCA meeting.

The last NFCCA general meeting was on 9 February via Zoom.  That meeting focused on the Anacostia River and our Northwest Branch stream and trail part of that watershed.  Trey Sherard, with Anacostia Riverkeepers, spoke about his organization’s work to clean up nearby waterways that drain into the Anacostia River.  In December 2021, with funding provided by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (MC-DEP), Anacostia Riverkeepers installed a trash trap known as a “bandalong” — which is designed to capture debris — on Lockridge Creek, which flows into the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River.  This Lockridge bandalong is the first trash trap in Montgomery County.  If it is successful in diminishing debris from washing into waterways, then MC-DEP will place additional trash traps in other areas in the county.  So far, most debris captured by the trash trap has been single-use plastic bottles.  Anne Ambler, with Neighbors of the Northwest Branch (NNWB), also spoke at the February NFCCA meeting about various efforts to improve the water quality of the Anacostia River.  NNWB monitors water quality and microinvertebrates in the Northwest Branch.  Anyone interested in volunteering can visit

Finally, NFCCA Board member Ema Perez has agreed to spearhead the formation of a NFCCA Diversity Committee.  An informal working group already has met to discuss its role.  The preliminary objectives are to:

  1. develop a mission statement;
  2. conduct a community needs assessment;
  3. reach out to underrepresented cultural and racial groups in the neighborhood;
  4. translate the Northwood News (or sections of the newsletter) and/or other civic information for non-native English speakers; and
  5. recommend ways to increase participation in NFCCA by more diverse groups.
At this informal organizational meeting, the group brainstormed about ways to make information easier to share with our diverse community, such as through a neighborhood podcast, profiles of neighbors in the newsletter, and sharing cultures by means such as sharing native foods and recipes.   ■

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