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Time to Mark your calendars:

Tuesday, October 11th is our regular monthly meeting. Agenda can be found by clicking the meetings tab.

Monday, October 24th, from 7 to 9PM will be a Town Hall Meeting featuring Councilmembers Navarro and Rice. They will be addressing concerns of Olney residents – this is great chance to be heard!

Please feel free to contact any member of the Leadership Team with any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at these events.


A public hearing is set for Thursday, September 8th, at the Montgomery County Planning Board regarding the proposed relocation of the First Baptist Church of Wheaton (FBCW) to Emory Church Road in Olney. The entire meeting agenda can be found at and once on the site, click on agendas and then September 8, 2011. At this time, this issue is shown as agenda item number 9.

Many Olney residents and Olney community leaders have expressed serious concern about the ramifications of the proposed location of FBCW. For those of you who have been following this issue closely – this matter has been ongoing for the past 4 years. Here are some of the issues: Concerned citizens who wish to testify can sign up on line by clicking the website shown above and then clicking on the quicklinks shown on the page labeled Agendas & Staff Reports. If you cannot appear in person but wish to submit comments – the sign up page has instructions on how to submit written testimony at the bottom of the page. You may also call 301-495-4605 or email with any questions you may have. The Montgomery County Planning Board is located at 8787 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.
Please feel free to contact Matt Zaborsky with any questions you may have regarding this public hearing. he can be reached through the GOCA website ( by clicking on the contacts tab.


At our July 12th meeting, GOCA delegates voted against busing Farquhar Students to the Tilden Holding School. Here is the resolution:

“Now therefore be it resolved that GOCA supports the PTA’s position that busing Farquhar Middle School students to the Tilden Holding Center for two years would not be in the best interest of the students.”

Letters have been sent elaborating our position to Dr. Starr and Mr. Barclay, they can be viewed by clicking on the below links:

Letter to Dr. Joshua Starr

Letter to Mr. Christopher Barclay



Tuesday, July 12th, is our regular monthly meeting. Our July meeting will feature a presentation from Rebecca Walker, Attorney from Miles & Stockbridge, regarding the proposed plans for the Danshes Property. We will also receive a presentation from The Olney Town Center Advisory Committee. Our meeting starts at 7:30PM, for location details please click on
the meetings tab.

Thursday, July 14th, is another Olney Coffee and Conversation, at the Starbucks on Georgia Avenue (16800 Georgia Avenue, near Roots market) from 10AM to 11AM. Acting Mid-County Regional Director Roylene Roberts will be joined by staff from the offices of Councilmembers Nancy Navarro and Craig Rice. This event is a great opportunity to get to know Roylene and of course voice your concerns and discuss issues that impact all of us who call Olney home.

Our meetings are open to the Olney community and we look forward to seeing you at these events! The June minutes and July agenda can be viewed below:



Synopsis of June 14, 2011 GOCA Meeting

Councilmembers Nancy Navarro and Craig Rice described the Montgomery County 2012 budget as an exercise in sustainability, restructuring, and consolidation and shared what they had successfully restored for the county’s youths, library patrons, and crime victims. James Song, Director of MCPS Department of Facilities Management, presented a visual Power Point on the modernization options for Farquhar Middle School (FMS) and answered questions while refuting misconceptions. To view, click on . The parents of FMS favor the land swap option and oppose the busing option, but close neighbors oppose the land swap option. The options differ in costs to Montgomery County Public Schools.

Jodi Finkelstein read the GOCA resolution stating we need more information before making a decision, and the Southeast Rural Olney Civic Association (SEROCA) supports the 2005 Olney Master Plan but is also investigating the options before it makes a decision.


Due to Ellen Bogage’s decision to step down, Lori Wilen becomes the first vice-president, Theresa Kyne Robinson becomes the second vice-president, and Lori Goodwin has volunteered to be the recording secretary.

Upcoming Events and Information:

July 16, 2011 – Deadline for purchasing raffle tickets from Sandy Spring Museum for a $10,000 Dream “Trip for Two” at,%20April%2029.pdf.