The Washington Gas Project for the south side of Montgomery Square has being suspended.  See the below announcement from Washington Gas. MSCA Board members will get more information.  
 
Due to some shifting priorities and unforeseen budget constraints, we are going to be demobilizing from the Washington Gas work. I would expect that the crew will begin cleaning up the area and pulling out in the next 2-4 weeks. Please know that we will be monitoring our system because safety is of utmost importance to us. The impacted work areas and private property will be temporarily repaired and when the weather warms up, the areas will be permanently repaired. In the meantime, if any of the road patches start to fail, please let us know and we will get them repaired.   
 
We expect to re-mobilize either later this year or early 2018. We will be back in touch at that time. I am very sorry about any inconvenience this may cause. But I'm glad that we were not very far into the work. Questions, please let us know.
Kelly Gibson Caplan
Washington Gas
Community Outreach & WAFF Manager
kelly.caplan@washgas.com
Have a tree that has been planted by the County? 
All street tree inspection requests should be submitted through the MC311 call center (240-777-0311) or the county website so that there is a formal record of the request in our system. Once we receive the request, an arborist will usually be out within 3-4 weeks or earlier to inspect the trees. Then, the arborist leaves a door-hanger specifying the result of our inspection (tree will be removed/tree will be pruned/no maintenance required at this time etc.). Since the trees are planted on the county right-of-way, they are county property and may only be maintained by county personnel/contractors. If a resident strongly wishes to remove a tree themselves, they may apply for a permit from the Department of Permitting Services through the same MC311 call center.
As for street tree care - during the winter it is not necessary to water the newly planted trees, especially since we are having a rainy winter. Once spring comes, we recommend watering the trees at least twice a week during weeks there is not rainfall. Again, since we have had wet springs the past several years it may not be necessary to do any spring watering. We mostly want the residents to water the trees during the hotter summer months, especially during July when we routinely have a drought. We recommend watering 10 gallons per session, or by leaving the hose on at a trickle overnight if able (to imitate slower rainfall). Once the trees are established, all future maintenance is the county's responsibility.
Sincerely,
Joel Spano
ISA Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist
DOT, Highway Services
Saturday 12/17 Look for Santa in Potomac Woods & Montgomery Square
Come out to greet St. Nick's arrival as he makes his neighborhood rounds. At a series of stops throughout the community, he greets children young and old while passing out treats and holiday cheer. New, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food are being collected for Stepping Stones Shelter in Rockville Santa Stops - approximate times 1:00 p.m. Stratton Drive and Kimblewick 1:10 p.m. Stratton and Selworthy 1:20 Kersey Lane and Milboro 1:30 Circle near 42 Orchard Way North 1:40 Circle near 23 Orchard Way South 1:50 Milboro and Lancashire 2:00 Canterbury and Dunster 2:10 Dunster and Derbyshire 2:20 Aqueduct and Stratton 2:30 Devilwood Drive/Smoketree
Washington Gas Project - South Side of Montgomery Square
 
As this project ramps up the MSCA Board will meet Monday December 5th at 7pm at the home of Bob Gross - 12013 Smoketree Road
The gas line replacement project will impact individual homeowners because the gas lines will be replaced to the house and the meters will be moved to a location outside of the house.  For many, that means that the gas meter will end up by their front door.  In addition, the gas mains will be replaced and the streets will need to be repaired as part of the project.
The board is meeting to discuss ways that the citizens association can provide a unified voice to help homeowners successfully navigate thru issues that come up with this project.  If you would like to provide input, feel free to stop by.
WSSC Project  - North Side of Montgomery Square
On 11/16/16, at Ritchie Park ES, representatives from WSSC and their construction team gave a presentation on the WSSC Project that will impact parts of Montgomery Square North and Potomac Woods.  Below is a link to the presentation slides from the meeting.  WSSC will continue to communicate to the impacted households.  Impacted streets are:
  Aqueduct Rd, Aqueduct Ct, Bartonshire Way, Canterbury Way, Captain Smith Ct, Chilham Ct, Chilham Pl, Derbyshire Rd, Dunster La, Greyswood Ct, Jeb Stuart Rd, Jeb Stuart Ct, Kimblewick Rd, Old Canal Rd, Old Canal Ct and Stratton Dr.   WSSC Information Letter for project called Kimblewick Water Main Replacement   WSSC Meeting Slides 
Concert December 10th - 
Come and enjoy "English Fantasy", featuring music from the British Isles presented by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Community Orchestra and Chorus performing as the "Cedar Lane Waits "in keeping with the English theme for this concert. The one-time only performance will take place on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, Maryland.
From medieval times up to the early 19th century, every British municipality had a band of "waits" whose duties included playing their musical instruments through the town at night. This practice evolved to include any group of musicians or singers who came together to perform around their locale at night during the Christmas period. The Orchestra will perform Vaughan William's Fantasia on Greensleeves, Delius' Brigg Fair: An English Rhapsody, Grainger's Colonial Song, and Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4. The Cedar Lane Waits will join the Orchestra in the performance of Vaughn William's Fantasia on Christmas Carols. In keeping with the tradition of the Waits, they will also sing Burt's The Star Carol and Come, Dear Children, Carol of the Bells, a traditional Ukrainian carol, arranged by Peter Wilhousky, Shepherds, What Fragrance, and Gloucestershire Wassail, a traditional English carol.
Free parking, no tickets; donations welcome to benefit the NIH charities. Reception immediately following the performance.
For more information, please call 240-277-3480 or visit the following website:http://www.nihco.org
A WSSC Project is coming to parts of the north side of Montgomery Square and parts of Potomac Woods.  We have arranged to have representatives from WSSC construction team out to discuss the project and take community questions.
The meeting is scheduled for 11/16/16 at 7pm - Ritchie Park ES - 
All Purpose Room
WSSC has mailed out an information piece to the impacted homes.
The streets impacted are:
  Aqueduct Rd, Aqueduct Ct, Bartonshire Way, Canterbury Way, Captain Smith Ct, Chilham Ct, Chilham Pl, Derbyshire Rd, Downham Way, Dunster La, Greyswood Ct, Jeb Stuart Rd, Jeb Stuart Ct, Kimblewick Rd, Old Canal Rd, Old Canal Ct and Stratton Dr.   WSSC Information Letter for project called Kimblewick Water Main Replacement   WSSC Meeting Notice 
Other Information
Paving - As with all utility work, Montgomery County specifies the repairs that the utility companies are required to do upon completion on the utility work.  In the case of all projects, the county looks at factors such as: road width, location of pavement cuts/patches, number of cuts/patches and distance from one cut/patch to another.  It might be too early to predict how the roads will be impacted and repaired once the utility work is done but that is one piece of information that we hope to learn more about at the meeting.
On September 13th, MSCA had a general meeting to discuss various items. Here's a link to the minutes 
A WSSC Project is coming to parts of the north side of Montgomery Square and parts of Potomac Woods.  We have arranged to have representatives from WSSC out to discuss the project and take community questions.
The meeting is scheduled for 11/16/16 at 7pm - Ritchie Park ES - 
All Purpose Room
WSSC has mailed out an information piece to the impacted homes.
The streets impacted are:
  Aqueduct Rd, Aqueduct Ct, Bartonshire Way, Canterbury Way, Captain Smith Ct, Chilham Ct, Chilham Pl, Derbyshire Rd, Downham Way, Dunster La, Greyswood Ct, Jeb Stuart Rd, Jeb Stuart Ct, Kimblewick Rd, Old Canal Rd, Old Canal Ct and Stratton Dr. WSSC Information Letter for project called Kimblewick Water Main Replacement
Other Information
Paving - As with all utility work, Montgomery County specifies the repairs that the utility companies are required to do upon completion on the utility work.  In the case of all projects, the county looks at factors such as: road width, location of pavement cuts/patches, number of cuts/patches and distance from one cut/patch to another.  It might be too early to predict how the roads will be impacted and repaired once the utility work is done but that is one piece of information that we hope to learn more about at the meeting.
On 10/26/16, representatives from Washington Gas came to Beverly Farms ES to give information about a Pipe Replacement Project.  Below you will find a link to the presentation, the impacted streets and other information.  If you have questions, probably the best place to start is with Washington Gas Community Outreach Manager Kelly Caplan.
The streets impacted are
  • Devilwood Dr.
  • Devilwood Ct.
  • Henry Fleet Dr.
  • Jubal Early Ct.
  • Smoketree Rd.
  • Inspection House
  • Postoak Rd.
  • White Fords Way
Detailed Information
Washington Gas Project Contacts 
Other Information
Paving - As with all utility work, Montgomery County specifies the repairs that the utility companies are required to do upon completion on the utility work.  In the case of the Washington Gas project, the county looks at factors such as: road width, location of pavement cuts/patches, number of cuts/patches and distance from one cut/patch to another.  It's too early to predict how the roads will be repaired once the utility work is done so please stay tuned for more information.
Snow Removal Around Gas Meters - 
Check your gas meter, gas piping and appliance vents regularly to ensure they are clear of snow and ice.Use a snow brush or broom to gently clear any snow or ice on all sides of the meter.Be careful using your shovel, plow or snow blower nearby. Don't kick, hit or use sharp objects to remove snow or ice.
 
Montgomery Square News and Info
September 27, 2016
The Montgomery Square Citizens Association thanks Tom Hall for his years of volunteer service to the community  
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Tom Hall Garden at Whites Ford and Montrose Road
 
After 20+ years of service to the MSCA community, Tom Hall, former President, Vice President, and Secretary for MSCA has recently resigned his position due to health reasons. This past Sunday, the board paid tribute to Tom by honoring him at a lunch and dedicating one of our entrance way gardens in his name. Maryland State Senator Brian Feldman also honored him by presenting Tom with an Official Citation from Maryland thanking Tom for his years of service to the community.
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State Senator Brian Feldman and Tom Hall
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Official Citation from MD
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Bob Gross, Tom Hall, Lisa Hall
Montgomery Square News and Info
September 23, 2016
Sunday October 9th, 2-4pm MSCA Block
Party
 
At the intersection of Smoketree Rd & Devilwood Dr
Airbrush Artist, World of Sports Inflatable
DJ w/dances & prizes, games & mini pumpkin decorating.  Free Pizza from Siena's, drinks & cotton candy.   Feel free to invite guests
This event is FREE  - Costs are covered by dues paid to MSCA
Feel free to bring folding chairs, blankets, etc.
No Rain Date Scheduled   If weather looks questionable, checkwww.montgomerysquare.org
Celebrate the Jewish New Year with Sunflower Desserts
Order for Rosh Hashanah at www.sunflowerbakery.org through Monday, Sept. 26 at 5pm. Our menu includes favorites such as holiday cookies, bars, cupcakes, French macarons, an apple almond tart, apple cakes, honey cakes, platters galore and more along with a selection of our year-round desserts.  Convenient holiday pick-up locations are available at www.sunflowerbakery.organd when checking out online. Please note that our Jewish New Year menu will be available through October 30th. Contact us atinfo@sunflowerbakery.org or 240.361.3698 for more information.
Sunflower Bakery is a non-profit organization that prepares young adults with learning differences for employment in pastry arts, baking, customer service and related industries. Our pareve products are prepared under the supervision of the Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington. Cafe Sunflower is an initiative of Sunflower Bakery with the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
See the below message from Washington Gas about a meeting on10/26/16 at 7pm to be held at Beverly Farms ES.  MSCA organized this meeting so the community can learn more about the upcoming gas line replacement project scheduled for these streets - 
  • Devilwood Dr. & Ct.
  • Henry Fleet Dr.
  • Jubal Early Ct.
  • Smoketree Rd.
  • Inspection House
  • Postoak Rd.
  • White Fords Way
Please come as representatives from Washington Gas will give more information about the natural gas replacement project that will begin this November. As part of the accelerated pipe replacement operations, Washington Gas will replace certain gas mains and service lines in the neighborhood.
The meeting will take place on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at Beverly Farms Elementary School, 8501 Post Oak Road. Learn more details about the upcoming work and get all of your questions answered by the Washington Gas Community Outreach and Construction Teams. We look forward to seeing you on October 26.
It looks like Washington Gas will begin replacing the gas lines on the south side of Montgomery Square next month.  Anyone who lives on Smoketree can tell you that this is long overdue and we welcome the work. Here is a snippet of an email we recently received. We will be starting a gas line replacement project in your neighborhood next month. We will be replacing approximately 9,765 feet of gas mains with plastic pipe and replacing 192 gas services to homes/businesses with plastic. Those affected residents will receive a letter in the mail from us outlining the work.
  • Devilwood Dr. & Ct.
  • Henry Fleet Dr.
  • Jubal Early Ct.
  • Smoketree Rd.
  • Inspection House
  • Postoak Rd.
  • White Fords Way
FACT SHEET In our ongoing effort to provide safe and reliable natural gas service, Washington Gas will begin construction to replace gas main and service lines. The selection of mains and services to be replaced is based on a number of criteria including age of pipe, leak history, type of material as well as other factors. What Residents & Business Owners Should Expect:
  • Washington Gas will provide a letter/communications throughout the project to customers directly impacted by construction efforts.
  • Crews will install a new plastic gas main. Service crews will then start the replacement of existing services.
  • Prior to the actual start of the service replacement, customers will be contacted by a technician to schedule the date of their service replacement.
  • Every effort will be made to minimize disruption to homeowners’ properties.
  • Gas will be off during the service replacement, but no longer than one day and we will work with the businesses to allow them to continue to operate.
  • Please note that the time needed to complete the construction taking place in front of individual properties will vary but, in general, will not be longer than a few days, depending on conditions.
  • Relighting of gas appliances will be performed after the service replacement is completed. Customers must allow the service crews access to all gas appliances to ensure a safe restoration of gas service.
  • Our crews will make temporary repairs to any excavations in the roadway and sidewalk.  Permanent paving repairs will follow as quickly as possible, after all work has been completed, to as closely to as-found condition as is possible.