The Seven Oaks / Evanswood Citizens' Association





Tuesday, Jan 12, 2016, 7:30 pm

​Silver Spring International Middle School Cafeteria

We're delighted to welcome Councilmember Tom Hucker, our District 5 Rep. on the Montgomery County Council, as our main speaker for the January SOECA Meeting.

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Silver Spring International Middle School Cafeteria


7:30 – 8:30: Joy Patil (3rd District Community Affairs Office) on crime statistics + safety tips

8:30: Updates / discussion on current issues (e.g., traffic configuration, Purple Line)

Did you make it to the fall SOECA Block Party?  The weather turned perfectly, and it was fun and games for all ages, with long time neighbors and recent additions!  

Thanks to all the organizers and attendees at last week's SOECA Garden Party at Mrs. K's.  

We had great food and drinks, a garden full of lively neighbors, and even home grown music!  

And thanks to Mrs. K's Restaurant & Barrel Bar for hosting us.

TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 7:30 pm,


The main topic of our June SOECA meeting is the election of officers for 2015-16.

Most of the current SOECA officers are stepping down after several years of service. 

Our nominating committee, Carolyn Michell and Jonathan Bernstein, has assembled a slate of candidates for the coming year. 

Please come to welcome our slate of new SOECA office nominees (see the June newsletter for bios).

Tues, April 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Silver Spring Int'l Middle School Media Center 

A County Recreation and Parks update about Reuse of the Old Silver Spring Library.

We are delighted to welcome Rec Director Gabe Albornoz with Parks Director Mike Riley and Parks Master Planner / Supervisor Brooke Farquhar.

Join us!

THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 7:30 pm, SILVER


A joint meeting with Park Hills Citizens’ Association

featuring new District 5 Councilmember Tom Hucker.

7:30 - 8:30:  Councilmember Tom Hucker

8:30 to close: Purple Line, SS Library, Dale Drive Pedestrian Safety, and other items

NEWSLETTERS:  Read or download the current SOECA Newsletters.

Disposition of Old Silver Spring Library

Here's the Thursday, 12 February, 2015 video of Montgomery Parks presenting to the Planning Board about the disposition of the old Silver Spring Library.  Kudos to Brooke Farquhar for Parks!  And great thanks to SOECA's Jean Cavenaugh, Kathleen Samiy, Steve Peck and Vicki Warren -- and community members Tony Hausner, Jon Lourie and Marcy Frosh -- for testifying at the session.   For mobile users, visit here and select agenda item 14.

First Meeting of 2014-15:

Tuesday, OCT. 28, 7 pm, Silver Spring Library, basement room.

 Enter from Ellsworth Ave.

Clayton R. Stewart, Principal Civil Engineer for WSSC: WSSC water main replacement activity 


7:00  WSSC rep on water main replacement in SOECA neighborhood

7:45- 8:30:  New/old business

8:30- 9:00:  Election of officers for 2014-15.  Incumbents are running for re-election.

1. STILL FULL COURT PRESS TO MOVE POWER SUBSTATION SOMEWHERE MORE SUBTLE, PLEASE EMAIL THE GOVERNOR: MTA materials do not mention the high volume of activity going on right now at senior levels as neighbors and elected leaders press the Governor himself and MTA to put the Power Substation somewhere more subtle so it won't hurt any property values.  Please, make one moment to send a brief email to the Governor to support that effort and help your neighbors.  

2. MTA report states that relocation of Power Substation is "not possible" which is misleading. Your neighbors advise you that the MTA claim is just not true. It is perfectly possible to move the Power Substation: MTA just does not want to move it, which is very different. Whenever MTA posts its "report" claiming that a move is not possible, know that it is only half the story, and not the neighborhood's half.

3. Caution: MTA itself says there is NO GUARANTEE we would even get the exterior designs MTA shows in its new materials for the Power Substation:  MTA said repeatedly on May 27th that there is "no guarantee"  that we will get the designs they developed for a Power Substation at Wayne and Cloverfield.  MTA says those designs are just "concepts" and the bidder will not be obligated to provide those.

4. Not shrinking the new 13'-high retaining wall at Dale Drive Station when MTA said it would: MTA agreed in January to shrink the 13' high retaining wall it shows in its Dale Drive Station design but the May renderings from MTA do not show any change Neighbors are still pressing MTA to change to a more-graduated setback for that retaining wall that it said it would.

Please write WayneAvenueGroup@Gmail.com to offer your help or for any further information from the neighbors who are hard at work trying to improve these designs.

Here are all the MTA boards displayed at the meeting.  

Next Meeting:  

SUNDAY, April 6th, 2014

4:00 -- 6:00 pm

WASHINGTON REVELS HEADQUARTERS, corner of Dale Dr. and Dartmouth Ave.

A special meeting, “Wine, Cheese & Trees,” to introduce a new community tree planting program.


  • Tree Canopy Initiative - Sligo Creek Neighbors for a Sustainable Community, Inc. (SCNSCI)
  • Purple Line Update
  • Regular and New Business

And neighborhood social with wine and cheese, so bring a bottle to share, or just yourself!

Thanks Revels, for hosting us.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

7:30 - 9:30 PM

Silver Spring International Middle School Media Center

[A joint meeting with the Park Hills Civic Association]


7:30     PHCA & SOECA Business – Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary reports 

            Updates – Purple Line, Dale Drive Sidewalk, Sligo Creek Playground, Old Blair Auditorium

7:45     Dale Drive & Mansfield Road Intersection

            Khursheed 'KB' Bilgrami - a Traffic Engineer from MCDOT/Division of Traffic Engineering & Operations

8:00     Recommendations of the County’s Nighttime Economy Task Force

Evan Glass & Mike Diegel, Task Force Members

Wednesday, October 23

7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Colesville Room of the Silver Spring Civic Building

Council Member Marc Elrich will discuss the currently pending zoning rewrite.  The Planning Department has good user friendly background materials you may want to peruse before the meeting. 
That night at the Civic Building will also have a reception for the new Silver Spring Library from 5 -8 p.m.  So RSVP for that event by October 19th, stop in for some refreshment and excitement about the new library, and then join for us for our timely SOECA meeting on a very important topic.

Monday, June 10

7:30 – 9:00 pm

Washington Revels HQ,

531 Dale Dr. (at Dartmouth)
In addition to electing officers, we will have updates on:
  • Chelsea development
  • Bus Rapid Transit
  • Purple Line:
          • Wayne & Dale?
          • Power Substation?
  • Pedestrian safety 
  • Zoning code rewrite
  • Aging in place (SS Senior Village)

Thanks to  Washington Revels for hosting our meeting!  

Monday, April 8, 7:30-9 pm, Silver
Spring Library basement meeting room
Topic:  School Security
We will host Eric Boatman of the Montgomery County Public Schools security
, who is in charge of security in the down-county schools. He will talk
about safety of the schools in our district, especially following the Newtown

We will also hear from Safe Silver Spring's Woody Brosnan.  Safe Silver
works with government and NGO youth groups on youth safety

Come prepared with questions and comments. It is a good opportunity for
parents who are not in the school system yet, or are moving to another level,
to hear the down-county school safety strategy.

We are also inviting our neighbors in Park Hills Civic Association.
Wednesday, February 13, 7-9 pm

Silver Spring Library basement meeting room

PEPCO VP  Jerry Pasternak and Forester Dan Landry will talk about plans to prune and remove trees in our neighborhood. 

And have you plugged in yet to the tree bills now before the County Council?  We'll be updated about these at the meeting also, so don't miss it!

For more details, see our February Newsletter.




THURSDAY DEC. 6, 7:30-8:30 p.m.


Springvale Terrace, Dorman Hall, 8505 Springvale Road, Silver Spring, MD  map


TOPIC: • Saving energy at home

Sierra Club Home Energy Saving Presentation

Have you been thinking of doing something to save energy around your house? Feeling a bit overwhelmed about where to start or what to do next? Wondering if low-cost actions can really save that much energy?
Come to a home energy saving presentation by Montgomery County Sierra Club at the SOECA meeting on Thursday, Dec. 6th from 7:30-8:30pm, where these and other questions will be answered!

Come prepared to talk about what you hope to do in your own home and to share what you have already done. You'll leave with ten energy saving tips and information on incentive programs that can set you on course to reduce your electric and gas bills by 30%, make your home more comfortable, and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.

Advance questions you'd like to pose, email abi.hutcheson@maryland.sierraclub.org

Please like them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/MontgomeryCountySierraClub

Thanks Springvale Terrace for hosting our meeting!

And, bring your neighbor or a friend.





Wednesday, October 10, 2012

7:30 – 9:00 pm

Silver Spring Civic Building, second floor


  • Update on Fenton Village
    • Karen Roper, Chair for Planning, Zoning and Public Works Committee, East Silver Spring Citizens' Association, Inc.  will discuss the range of developments now planned or in the works in Fenton Village.  Karen Roper and Steve Knight  compiled a useful inventory of such projects (pdf). 
  • Water Watchdogs: Anne Vorce and Kathleen Samiy
    • Anne Vorce will present her Model program monitoring the Sligo Bennington tributary.  She and Kathleen will explain this new partnership between SOECA residents as the 'eyes watching the creek' and the County Dept of Environmental Protection (DEP), Friends of Sligo Creek (FoSC), Montgomery Parks and the Center for Watershed Protection (CWP).   This call for clean water action aims to help restore Sligo to 'pure' water and catch pollution upstream before it reaches the Anacostia River.  
    • Here is a colorful flyer on how to report (pdf) , a card to hand out (pdf), and link to final report done by Lori Lilly of the Center for Watershed Protection (CWP) (pdf) 
  • Accessory Apartments
    • Jean Cavanaugh will lead a discussion about the special exception process and current state of the proposal to revise the rules for Accessory Apartments.  


Special Meeting August 28  on the 1st Baptist Church project.

Tuesday, August 28, at 6:00 PM at the church at Wayne & Fenton (probably entry will be through the back entrance where the parking lot is,

The developers are required to hold this meeting as part of the county planning & approval process.

As you may recall, this project includes:
- tearing down the current church at Wayne & Fenton,
- building a new, larger church on Wayne,                        - building a mixed-use building on the current church/parking lot/extended area, which is the focus on this meeting.


  • The mixed-use building will have first floor retail and residential units above.  It will have a modern facade on Wayne and the Fenton/Wayne corner, then transition to a more traditional residential feel going south on Fenton and on the Bonifant side. 

  • The project will also include a "paseo" (pathway) from Bonifant to Wayne, a new church playground on Bonifant, and traffic and parking restrictions (but not one-way traffic) on Bonifant.

  • A small committee of neighbors, working through ESSCA and SOECA, has worked with the developers on design and other elements, and while there are few details still to be worked out, we have agreed to go forward with the community meeting. 

  • The remaining issues should be worked out with the developer, ESSCA and planning staff before the hearing in late Fall.  

  • The initial issue, and the one that prompted the committee to get involved, was the proposed building height (6 stories) on Bonifant.  That has since been lowered substantially in exchange for increased height on the Wayne side of the complex.  In addition, the developers have made adjustments in general on the style & scale of the building, have broken it up visually into smaller sections, and considered specific issues of the neighbors living and driving/walking on the Bonifant side of the project.  The whole thing is more human-scale in size and residential in feel. 

  • The community meeting is open to all and I encourage you to attend.  The developers and architects will describe the project, have drawings available, and answer questions.

    Dori Paster




Please Join Us for a Fun Evening of Food, Spirits, Fellowship & Fundraising
Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Bete Ethiopian Cuisine, 811 Roeder Road
Cost is $25 per person, includes Wine or Ethiopian beer and delicious buffet of authentic Ethiopian Cuisine. We will also have an Ethiopian coffee ritual so please bring a dollar to tip for the coffee.



Informative article about the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board.



SOECA May Residents Meeting
Wednesday, May 23, 7:30 p.m.
Location:  CIVIC Building- Colesville Room
Agenda: TREES and SOECA Elections 


SOECA March Meeting
Thursday, March 29,  2012  7:30 pm
Meeting Location: Historic B&O Railroad Station,
8100 Georgia Avenue  (Next to the New Fire Station. Public parking lot and street parking nearby)
*Note, new meeting location

Host: Montgomery Preservation Inc. owner of the B&O Station
The Silver Spring B&O Station is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 

The station - one of only two 20th century B&O stations extending into Maryland - represents the evolution of Silver Spring from a small country town centered around the railroad depot to a major transportation, retail and residential suburb. The station site represents more than 120 years of continuous passenger rail service by the B&O, Amtrak and MARC rail lines.

Silver Spring Green, an environmental non-profit organization that fosters leaders and citizen volunteers from the community to join together with businesses and county agencies to create interrelated, sustainable, local green-living initiatives.  Please "like" Silver Spring Green on Facebook.

SAVE THE DATE -    SOECA Spring Gala
Taste fresh and flavorful food
Tuesday, May 15, 7-9 pm
Bete Ethiopian Cuisine & Café Restaurant website
811 Roeder Road,
Food & Drinks  $25.00

Tuesday, January 31,  2012,  7:30 - 9 pm
Meeting Location:   Springvale Terrace Retirement Home, 8505 Springvale Rd. (Blue Room, entrance on Springvale Road)
 *Note, new meeting location

Program:  Downtown Silver Spring Senior Village

Roberta Gosier, a SOECA resident, will present “The Downtown Silver Spring Senior Village.’   Senior Village is an ‘aging in place’ grassroots organization who help people remain independent in their own homes when ordinary maintenance and management tasks become too difficult or unsafe.  Here is more information about the Senior Village, including  an online survey for neighbors to complete. and a contact email address.

Phyllis Courlander of Top Banana, a home delivery grocery service for seniors, will also present.  Top Banana started in 1982 with a mission of making sure no one's family member would need to go without food or dignity simply because they couldn't get to the grocery store.  www.topbananagrocer.org

Mark Gottlieb, Administrator of Springvale Terrace, will provide information on the Retirement Community.  At Springvale Terrace, a person can rent an apartment and live independently, and if and when help is needed, can sign up to receive personal care and even medication management services.
Happy New Year 2012!

2011 was an active calendar year.  We held 5 resident meetings with a range of presenters and topics, plus we held 3 precedent setting social events (a wine tasting, block party, and a holiday party.)  Special thanks to the SOECA Board, active Chelsea Task Force volunteers, the List Serve Manager, Block Captains, Watch Captains, Newsletter Distributors, Membership List Managers, and Treasurers.  We are an all volunteer civic association that supports each other, neighbor to neighbor, street to street, block by block, from downtown Silver Spring’s Central Business District throughout the green hills and valleys of homes in our part of the Sligo Creek watershed all the way to Franklin Avenue.

Please consider joining for only $20./year dues ($10./seniors). Dues help with printing of newsletters and nominal costs to run events.  We welcome your participation in the interests and causes that surround us, they help make this a great community and a special place to live and cherish.


MONDAY, November 7, 2011, 7:30 pm

Location:  Silver Spring Library, Basement Meeting Room,

    Topic:   Reemberto Rodriguez, Director Silver Spring Regional Services Center

Since July 2009. Reemberto Rodriquez has served as director of the Silver Spring Regional Services Center, a county government supported Center.   He works in the Silver Spring Civic Building.

Historical Purple Line Documents