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GOCA Award Nominations – Now Being Accepted

GOCA Awards

Olney is such a special place because it is filled with so many people who care about Olney and are willing to “get involved” and give something back to the community, each in their own way.

Each year Greater Olney Civic Association (GOCA) says thank you to the many individuals, businesses, and other organizations that the community has identified as having made a notable contribution to the greater Olney community. GOCA seeks nominations from its members and from the community. A ballot is compiled and voted on by GOCA delegates. The awards ceremony will be on Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00.


To nominate a person or group, please send an email (message or an attached word document) explaining who you are nominating and why to  Please include your contact information so we can contact you if there are any questions AND the contact information for the person you are nominating so we can contact them if they win.  Nominations need to be received by January 31, 2018.

Over the years, the categories for which awards are presented have changed some. The current categories of awards are:

Howard J. Garber Citizen of the Year Award

This award is named for a previous GOCA Vice President who exemplified the kind of participation in the community that results in a significant contribution this award recognizes. Among his many accomplishments during the few years he was involved with GOCA before his untimely death in 1989 was leading the effort to eliminate a dangerous s-curve on Georgia Avenue near Greenwood Park, north of Rte. 108.

Contribution to Community Award

This award is presented to individuals, groups, or businesses that have made a noteworthy contribution to the quality of life in Olney.

Youth Contribution to Community Award

This award is presented to a student in grades K – 12 that has made noteworthy contribution to the quality of life in Olney.

Ron Berger Heritage Award

This award recognizes significant contributions made during the early years of Olney’s growth from a small rural community or long-term contributions that have helped shape the development of Olney into the distinctive, satellite community and maintain the quality of life that makes Olney such a special place.

GOCA Worker of the Year Award

This award recognizes the outstanding work of a member of GOCA or a committee member on behalf of GOCA.

Special President’s Award

Each year, GOCA’s President acknowledges and expresses his personal thanks toan individual or group of his or her choice.

GOCA Officers and Delegates Gather for a Thank You Dinner

The Officers and Delegates of the Greater Olney Civic Association shall join one another for a Thank You dinner and social on Tuesday the 8th of August 2017 at 5:45 p.m. at the Montgomery Country Club, located on Md. Rt. 108, 5.5 miles west of “downtown” Olney, in Laytonsville, Maryland.

The event is returning to the annual GOCA calendar as a way to thank those individuals who have served and contributed during the past year to the GOCA mission of improving the overall interests and community life of Olney, making it a great place to live and work.

The Greater Olney Civic Association was formed in 1978. The Association consists of over 30 home owners and civic associations in the greater Olney area. Greg Intoccia, of the Ashley Hollow Home Owner’s Association, currently serves as the GOCA President. Greg said “We must express our gratitude to the talented pool of community volunteers who have worked so hard to make Olney the attractive, vibrant place that it is. The dinner is simply a way of expressing our appreciation to them for all their efforts.”

Citizen Advisory Board to Host Capital Improvements Program Budget Forums

Provide input into the County’s next six-year (2019-2024) capital construction budget by attending an upcoming forum that will help define construction and planning priorities as officials develop the Fiscal Years 2019 to 2024 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) budget. The Mid-County CIP Budget Forum will be held July 10th at 7:00 pm at the Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring, 240-777-8101. Suggestions and comments from participants will be considered by the Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board for inclusion in its funding priority list that it will submit to the County Executive. Lists from all the citizen advisory boards will be shared with County departments and agencies for their consideration as they formulate the CIP for their departments.

County Council to Hold Town Hall in Olney September 14th

The Montgomery County Council, which each year holds Town Hall Meetings throughout the County in its efforts to find out what issues most concern residents, will meet with residents of the Olney area at a Town Hall Meeting at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14. The meeting will be held at Rosa Parks Middle School, 19200 Olney Mill Road in Olney. A pre-meeting reception will begin at 7:30 p.m.

For more information regarding the Town Hall Meeting, call 240-777-7931. For more information see

Olney Manor Park Gate Closing Meeting

Please note a revised (later) start time by the Montgomery County Parks to the below meeting.

Montgomery Parks has recently posted notification of an upcoming closure of the southern entrance (from Batchellors Forest Rd) into Olney Manor Recreational Park.  The public’s concern on the decision has resulted in Montgomery Parks coordinating a forum to better summarize the matter and allow the neighbors to voice their concerns.  Following up on the community request, Montgomery Parks would like to announce a community meeting to review the decision and allow public comments.  Please mark your calendars to attend the following:

Community Meeting
Olney Manor Recreational Park- Review Southern Entrance Closure
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Washington Christian Academy
16227 Batchellors Forest Road
Olney, MD 20832


Montgomery Parks has delayed the gate closure until the community has had an opportunity to solicit their comments regarding the gate closure.  They are scheduling the attendance of Montgomery Parks Planning staff as well as Maryland’s State Highway Administration and Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation representatives to help review the history of the development of Batchellors Forest Road and the current developments.  The public will be given an opportunity to comment and ask questions.  All questions and comments will be reviewed and considered before any future decisions are rendered on the permanent closure.