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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.

The May Minutes and June Agenda Are Now Available

Special Presentations:

1) Montgomery County Councilmembers Nancy Navarro and Craig Rice – Olney Issues
2) MCPS – James Song, Director of The Department of Facilities Management, Adrienne Karamihas, Facility Planner, and Ray Marhamati, Project Manager- Update on farquhar Middle School Modernization Plans

All GOCA meetings are open to the public and take place at the Community Room of the Buffington RE/MAX Building, 3300 Olney-Laytonsville Road.

The meetings begin at 7:30
p.m. and end at approximately 9:35 p.m.

GOCA Minutes for May 10, 2011

GOCA Agenda for June 14, 2011

Synopsis of May 10, 2011 GOCA Meeting

District 14 and 19 Legislators of the Maryland Assembly, Senators Karen Montgomery and Roger Manno and Delegates Eric Ludtke, Sam Arora, Craig Zucker, Bonnie Cullison, Anne Kaiser, and Ben Kramer gave brief summaries of their work this spring. In a difficult year they balanced the $34 billion budget with cuts and some taxes while delivering >$800 million to Montgomery County and passing bills in health, safety, privacy, banks, and education.

In the president’s and committee members’ reports, the funding of the police substation, the arrival of new businesses to Olney, zoning text amendment 110, bag tax, lien priority bill, and traffic issues were discussed.

The resolution to oppose the Brookeville Preserve was approved, as were the water and sewer category changes for the Danshes property. Our letters of opposition can be viewed under the GOCA 2011 Correspondence Tab on the left hand side of our home page.

Upcoming Events and Information:

05/19/11 – County Councilman Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) and Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) or members of their staffs will join Natalie Cantor, director of the Mid-County Regional Service Center, to meet with residents and business people in Olney on May 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Starbucks, 16800 Georgia Ave

06/04/2011 – Sandy Spring Museum Strawberry Festival – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on the museum grounds with crafters, demonstrations, entertainment, children’s games, petting zoo, hayrides, food, and strawberry shortcakes

06/11/2011 – American Cancer Society Relay for Life at Sherwood High School – Begins 7:00 a.m. Go to for more information.