The 2014 HTCA Board of Directors met last night to discuss action items for the year and to elect officials. Here’s some of what we have planned for 2014:
- Online Directory – available now!
- Print Directory – May
- Social Events – (Ice Cream social, 4th of July Parade, Fall BBQ, Halloween Parade + possibly book clubs, progressive dinners, poker night anyone?)
- Committees (Social Committee, Welcome/Hospitality Committee, Hospital Liaison Committee, Traffic/Safety Committee…are some possibilities – still working out the details) – you’ll hear more about this later.
- By-Law revision/vote – 2001 was last revision
We hope to offer plenty of opportunities for neighborhood involvement at various levels of commitment – so we encourage your assistance to continue making Huntington Terrace a great place to live!
The 2014 Board of Directors:
Mary Beth Sitrick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
8804 Garfield Street
Leon Nisenfeld (email@example.com)
8708 Garfield St.
Brian Gould (firstname.lastname@example.org)
5629 Madison St.
Keary Cope (email@example.com)
8715 Garfield Street
Ed Rock (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chair of Suburban Liaison Committee
5518 Lincoln Street
Steven Ottenstein (email@example.com)
Board of Directors
We still have 1 available opening on the board. Please contact Mary Beth Sitrick at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining.
“Here is the HTCA statement (September 16, 2013) on the Court of Special Appeals decision on Suburban Hospital.
“The Huntington Terrace Citizens’ Association will review the court decision with our counsel and consult with members of the community to determine our next steps.”
The Montgomery County Planning Board will hold a hearing next Thursday, April 18, regarding Suburban Hospital’s proposed expansion. The hearing will be held between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the first floor auditorium at 8787 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, MD.
The hearing is the result of previous legal decisions by the Board of Appeals and their impact on Suburban’s proposed expansion, along with the subsequent re-submittal of Suburban’s drawings and plans to the Planning Board for review.
The hearing will begin with a presentation by planning board staff of their formal report. You can read the report here (it offers a good summation of the state of play):
Suburban’s legal counsel and the hospital’s new president will then make a formal presentation to the five commissioners. Individuals may testify in Suburban’s behalf. Norman Knopf, our Huntington Terrace Citizens’ Association (HTCA) lawyer, will then present the neighborhood’s response. There may or may not be a need for individual testimony in behalf of Huntington Terrace.
However, there is an important need for a significant turnout of Huntington Terrace residents. Please make every effort to attend.
This hearing does not pre-empt the pending decision by the Court of Special Appeals in Annapolis of HTCA’s appeal of the original 2010 Board of Appeals approval of Suburban Hospital’s proposal.
It’s spring (in a manner of speaking), and the HTCA and its new board of directors are moving into high gear. Here’s a summary of what we’re working on.
Refreshing our infrastructure:
- The HTCA board is drafting a revision of the association bylaws. The last revision was done in 2001. We will circulate the draft to the community, take feedback, and vote on it at a forthcoming association meeting.
- We have begun to study the possibility of revising the HTCA neighborhood directory, last published in 2010. We are considering both print and on-line options, and no decisions have been made. Mary Beth Sitrick is leading the effort (thank you!). Any thoughts are welcome (please email email@example.com).
- We previously mentioned the refreshment of our digital communications channels. We’re up to 25 Likes on Facebook (Huntington Terrace, Bethesda Maryland) and 17 followers on Twitter (@htcabethesda). OK, it’s a start. There are new items almost every day, depending on news of the area (for example, we followed closely the water main break). Also, in the near future, we will add links on our Web site (HTCA.net) to association meeting minutes and past Suburban Hospital expansion court and agency decisions. More transparency is the goal.
- Allan Gold met with the president of the Bradmoor Neighborhood Association, Jed Meline. Residents of Bradmoor, a community of 449 homes (HT has about 300), voted to revive their long-dormant association last year. We agreed to discuss some joint social events, such as a July 4 party.
- Allan Gold met with Dr. Gene E. Green, the new president of Suburban hospital. This was strictly a get-to-know-you, open-the-communications-channels session. For background about Dr. Green, visit: http://www.suburbanhospital.org/News/PressReleaseDetails.aspx?prid=147
- The association wrote to county officials in support of a request to clean up the many unsightly stumps left over following tree removal. It’s not clear whether there will be money in the budget this year to accommodate this request.
- We are looking into resident complaints about construction noise. (If you’re interested in the subject, here’s a link to the current regulations: http://www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/dectmpl.asp?url=/Content/dep/community/constructionnoise.asp )
- We joined in a resident’s complaint to the county about the sorry condition of the playing field at Bradley Hills elementary school and its use this spring by a local high school team, limiting its availability to our neigborhood’s kids.
Our community garden:
Additional funds are urgently needed to maintain the award-winning community garden at the intersection of Garfield and Roosevelt streets. Please consider making a contribution; no amount is too large or too small. Please make checks payable to “HTCA” and indicate that the donation is for the “Triangle Fund” in the memo portion of the check. You can mail or deliver checks to:
Stephen Brown, HTCA treasurer, 5504 Hoover Street
Terese Bernstein, 8610 Garfield Street
Deborah Perry, 8506 Garfield Street
Thanks for helping to keep our neighborhood garden a place of beauty for all to enjoy!
A final plea:
Please consider becoming a dues-paying member of the HTCA. It’s only $20 a year and helps pay for our social events and newsletters, among other things. You can even pay by Paypal at our Web site (htca.net). Otherwise, please send a check payable to “HTCA” to Stephen Brown, HTCA treasurer, 5504 Hoover Street.
A few news items to share with the neighborhood.
New HTCA Board of Directors Member Elected
Mary Beth Sitrick of Garfield Street was elected to the HTCA board of directors at the board’s March meeting. All seven board positions are now filled. Thank you, and welcome, Mary Beth!
Ice Cream Social Update
Plans for the Sunday, May 19, neighborhood ice cream social are advancing. We are hoping to get our kids more involved in the event than in years past. To offer ideas or volunteer, please contact Amy Royden-Bloom, the chairwoman of our board’s social committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renew Your HTCA Membership
Please consider renewing your membership to the HTCA. Annual dues are $20. The dues cover the costs of our social events, community meetings, and newsletters. Only dues-paying members are permitted to vote when important issues are put before the community. We expect a court decision on the Suburban Hospital expansion any day, and will be calling a community meeting to discuss the matter shortly thereafter. You can pay by Paypal on the HTCA.net home page, or send a check payable to HTCA to our treasurer, Stephen Brown, 5504 Hoover Street.
We’re Connected — Are You?
We are now on Facebook at Huntington Terrace, Bethesda Maryland, and Twitter as htcabethesda. We’ll be posting lots of local information and updates, and encourage others to follow suit. It’s an excellent way to keep the community connected.