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We’re pleased to announce the winners of our 2011 GOCA Awards:

Joe Buffington, Dawn Cutright, and Olney Home for Life have been selected for our 2011 Contribution to the Community Award.
Paul Jarosinski has been selected as the 2011 Citizen of the Year.
Lori Goodwin has been selected as the 2011 GOCA Worker of the Year.
Helene Rosenheim has been selected as the 2011 Ron Berger Olney Heritage Award winner.

Barbara Falcigno was elected to serve as President at our February 14th meeting. John Webster was elected as Executive Vice President, Meg Pease Fye was elected as First Vice President, Kathy Curtis was elected as Second Vice President, Howard Grief was elected as Corresponding Secretary, Mark Hill was elected as Recording Secretary, and Ruth Laughner was elected as Treasurer.

Our award winners will be honored at our March 4th Awards Ceremony to be held at the Longwood Community Center. Our ceremony will take place from 2 to 4PM and all of Olney is invited to honor these deserving winners!

Congratulations to the 2011 GOCA Award winners and to our 2012-2013 Leadership Team.


If you didn’t see this story in the Wednesday , February 1st, Olney Gazette you missed something:

First introduced at our December 2010 meeting, Olney Home For Life has grown from a dream to a reality. Over the past year this dedicated group of volunteers has worked diligently to bring this effort to fruition. As we are all aware, Olney just like many communities has senior citizens who want to “age in place” but are no longer able to perform simple daily chores or drive. Olney Home For Life has been created to fill this void.

Currently they are looking for volunteers to provide transportation and other assistance to Olney senior citizens. If you are interested in volunteering or if you know someone in need of their services, please call 240-406-9209 or email


The below letter has been delivered to the Maryland State Highway administration. We are requesting that all of our member Homeowners/Condominium/Citizens/Civic Associations read and endorse this letter. We would also request that all Presidents of our members associations send a similar message/letter to Maryland SHA. As everyone who attends our meetings is very well aware – the Route 97 (Georgia Avenue) and Route 28 (Norbeck Road) intersection was severely congested – it’s now become dangerous. As GOCA President, I have endorsed this letter only after very careful deliberation. Here is the letter sent December 20, 2011:

Mr. Cedric Ward, P.E.
Ass’t. District Engineer, District 3
State Highway Administration
Following up on our meetings, and voluminous correspondence with you and others at the SHA concerning the NB-L turn lanes at Norbeck and Georgia (MD 28/97), please be advised that we will make available to any one suffering an accident at this intersection due to the NB – L turn situation, or misplaced turn signs (SB and NB), the entire chain of our correspondence and transcripts of all meetings we have had with SHA representatives and elected officials re the 97/28 turn situation. This is because we have observed and personally experienced motorists obviously frustrated by the NB-L turn long delays and backups who go out of the one left turn lane remaining and utilize the next (right) interior NB lane to turn. Since we have repeatedly advised you of the perilous situation prevailing at that intersection, we believe that this situation and the state’s failure to remedy this traffic situation “suffers and permits” a dangerous condition and is negligence in the extreme. The information we can and will provide could be useful to plaintiffs in such litigation brought against the state and/or others to reimburse for damages suffered thereby. To ensure that motorists are advised of our position we will erect a sign on private property nearby notifying motorists of our position, will distribute flyers to motorists and pedestrians at that intersection, and will advise the membership of all of the GOCA organizations (representing approximately 30,000 households) by email chains, that this info will be made available to them in the event they are involved in accidents at that intersection.

Our members who are attorneys strongly advise that this message be brought to the attention of the State Attorney General so that he may best advise you of the State’s potential exposure to liability for damages as a result of this continued negligence.
Frankly we are initiating this action to prevent more accidents, and ensure that persons who suffer losses or injury as a result of the dangerous situation created at this intersection know of the fact that they may seek recourse against the state. We have tolerated this dangerous situation long enough and believe that courts and juries will not look kindly on a defendant litigant that refuses to remedy a dangerous situation when repeatedly advised, in detail, concerning same.
If you need further information as to our position, or wish to discuss this further with us, please let me know and we would be pleased to discuss this with the SHA and/or the Attorney General’s office.
Arnold Gordon
President, Norbeck Meadows Civic Association
Matt Zaborsky,
President, Greater Olney Civic Association
Paul Jarosinski
President, Cherrywood Homeowners Association

This was posted in May of this year:

Montgomery County Councilmembers Nancy Navarro, Craig Rice, Marc Elrich, Roger Berliner, and Hans Riemer have requested Maryland SHA to restore the 2nd left turn lane from Maryland 97 North (Georgia Avenue) onto Maryland 28 West (Norbeck Road). Here is their letter:


Letter to SHA – Georgia and Norbeck ICC interchange left turn lane

We thank them for their support and will await a favorable reply from Maryland SHA!

Our May 18th Rally was held in response to the numerous complaints from Olney residents regarding the intersection of Georgia Avenue (Route 97) and Norbeck Road (Route 28). As everyone is aware who commutes along this route, the intersection has been altered by Maryland State Highway Administration. We’ve asked the SHA to restore an additional left turn lane onto Norbeck Road going west, as it was prior to the opening of the ICC, per this link: TrafficAlertforI-370andMD97MD28 – – – Note the lane configuration shown by Maryland SHA on page 2. Here is a video taken the time of our rally:


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.