Archive for February, 2012

February 2012 Update

Monday, February 27th, 2012


Seven Locks Elementary School Principal Robin Gordon is inviting the community to visit the new building at 9500 Seven Locks Road on Thursday, March 8, 5:30-7:30 PM. There will be refreshments and self-guided tours. Special note: At 7 PM, Mrs. Gordon will open a brief meeting launching the Seven Locks Educational Foundation. This is a new cooperative venture between the PTA and the community to help support special projects at the school — from landscaping, to displays reflecting the unique historical heritage of the school named for the “seven locks” segment of the C and O Canal.


  • April 3: Presidential Primary Election
  • Voting Place: Seven Locks Elementary School (Now that the new school is open, we’re back to our traditional polling place.)
  • New Congressional District: Due to re-districting, we will be in District 6 with a new representative.
  • Board of Education: The primary will include selection of some School Board members; you can vote on all at-large and district reps. To learn more, attend a Candidates’ Forum, Thursday, March 15, 7:30-9:30 PM, Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veteran’s Plaza, Silver Spring. Sponsored by the Montgomery County Civic Federation.
  • For more information on voting (registration, absentee ballots, etc.) contact the Montgomery County Board of Elections. 24-hour voter information line: 240-777-VOTE. Address: 18753-210 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg 20879.
  • Early voting available at five centers, March 24-29, 10 AM – 8 PM, Sunday hours – noon-6 PM. Early Voting Centers are located at:
    1. Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center, 14625 Bauer Drive, Rockville 20853
    2. Germantown Recreation Center, 18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown 20874
    3. Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville 20866
    4. Montgomery County Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville 20850
    5. Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veteran’s Plaza, Silver Spring 20910

SECURITY ALERT: One neighbor has reported a theft that reminds us to be alert to ALL kinds of comings and goings in our community. The Ooi family at 9107 Charred Oak Drive was surprised to find missing from their backyard a stone Japanese lantern and a 8-foot long ornamental bridge. They believe that removing these large heavy items would have required several men with equipment and a sizeable truck. Moral of the story: when in doubt about something out of the ordinary, alert your neighbor and call the police! And, of course, anyone with any information on this incident or anything similar in our community, contact Sandy Vogelgesang, WBCA president (


To conclude our Spring Update on a lighter note, we’ve been intrigued to learn from many of you some of the interesting history of our neighborhood. Keep those stories coming! Our favorite this time: Stephen Colbert used to live on Honeybee Lane. Neighbors report seeing the very large Colbert family (pronounced Coal – BERT then!) parading, like little ducks following their parents, down Charred Oak Drive to Sunday services at the nearby Catholic church. Who knew?!