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    Published by the City of Takoma Park                                                                                                                                           MAY 2011

Souper Soup, Baked Goods, and a
Treasure Trohv Move to Takoma
                         By Virginia Myers                                   thoughtfully designed home accessories,
                                                                             art, cards, jewelry, kitchen/bar goods, bath

       ew shops popping up this spring                                       and body products, candles, various baby
       in Takoma Park and Takoma, D.C.                                       products, bedding, some limited clothes/
       will be offering residents a chance to                                bags, fun/quirky accoutrement, and a lot of
pick up a carry-out soup (or eat in), order                                  general gifts that represent things we think
gluten-free baked goods, or shop for funky                                   are well-designed, useful and/or generally
and functional furniture and homewares                                       desirable.”
right in town.                                                                  Takoma Park got a taste of the new Trohv
                                                                             during last month’s Art Hop, with a small
Trohv treasures                                                              display of local artist Bobbi Kittner’s work
                                                                             at the front of the expansive, warehouse-
   The largest of these ventures is Trohv,
                                                                             sized building, and merchandise displays
a new home and housewares shop, at 232
                                                                             beginning to fill in behind. Homola calls
Carroll St. NW ( Own-                                         the Takoma collection a mix of vintage and
ers Ben Homola and Carmen Brock have                                         industrial, with some modern thrown in
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo by Patsy Lieberman
                                                                                                                                   Takoma Park recently qualified as the first National Wildlife Federation-designated
taken a successful venture, Red Tree, in the                                 for good measure. There are plenty of re-             Community Wildlife Habitat City in Maryland. The designation recognizes the City
hip Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore,                                       purposed items, and even the hardware of              for having more than 150 yards and nearly a dozen public sites registered as provid-
and extended it, with some alterations, to                                   the shop itself is intriguing: light shades,          ing food and shelter for wildlife. Here, a bleeding heart at Becca Lily Park. For more
Takoma, D.C. They’ve renamed the Balti-                                      for example, are fashioned from old gym               photos of these nature spots, see page 6.
more site to match, so now there are two                                     locker doors.
stores named “Trohv,” a twist on “treasure                                      Expect to eventually see the work of lo-
trove” but with more panache.                                                cal artists integrated into the shop, along       Soupergirl makes the scene                         D.C., this small family business is run by
   Both places offer an eclectic selection                                   with big items (couches, cabinets, tables)                                                           Sara Polon, who started making soups in a
                                                                                                                                 Down the street toward Metro, Souper-
of furniture, housewares and art tailored                                    and small (soaps, cookbooks, pillows,                                                                D.C. basement and selling them for pickup
                                                                                                                               girl is taking over the spot next to Mayor-
to the neighborhood. Homola calls it a                                       candles, mugs). The Baltimore store’s style
                                                                                                                               ga, with homemade soups to go and, later,          and delivery.
“lifestyle” store, and describes typical                                     has landed mentions in numerous national
merchandise: “hardwood furniture from                                        magazines and garnered awards from the            to stay (314 Carroll St. NW, thesoupergirl.          Now Polon, joined by her mother, Mari-
Indonesia, India and Eastern Europe in                                       local press as well.                              com). An extension of a two-and-a-half-                                          NEW STORES
custom upholstery and leather, various                                          Trohv opened in late April.                    year-old soup delivery service based in                                   continues on page 11

                         INSIDE:                                             City Manager Proposes Status Quo Budget
               RENT ALLOWANCE SET ...... pg. 3                                           By Virginia Myers

               CITY MUSIC ........................ pg. 4                            fter last year’s severe cuts and layoffs
               AUDIO BOOKS .................. pg. 10                                and continuing signs of a general
                                                                                    recession, it was no surprise that Ta-
                                                                             koma Park residents were bracing them-
                                                                             selves for another dismal budget season.
                                                     Takoma Park, MD 20912
                                                     7500 Maple Ave.
                                                     Mayor & Council

                                                                             The mayor developed a “budget game” that
                                                                             anticipated a possible $1 million reduction
                                                                             in the City budget (just in case) and gave
                                                                             residents the opportunity to theoretically                                                                                     Source: City of Takoma Park
                                                                             select which city services they would elimi-
                                                                             nate if they had to choose one over another.      FY 2012 Budget general Fund expenditures by department

                                                                               But, as it turns out, this year’s budget
                                                                             process has been surprisingly smooth.             ■   General Government                $2,490,336   ■   Library                             $1,025,774
                                                                               As City Manager Barbara Matthews de-            ■   Police                            $5,939,150   ■   Non-Departmental                     $905,790
                                                                             scribes it, ”It’s a status quo budget.” In Feb-   ■   Public Works                      $3,900,442   ■   Capital Outlay                      $1,383,291
                                                                                                                               ■   Recreation                        $1,344,716   ■   Debt Service                        $2,144,583
                                                                             ruary, City Council directed her to avoid
                                                                                                                               ■   Housing and Community Development $1,278,650
                                                                             reducing services or staff, but also not to       ■   Communications                     $323,425    tOtAL                                 $20,736,157
                                                                             add staff. The resulting budget proposal,
                                                                             presented in April and expected to be ap-         ing regular meetings and informally out            cludes $22.9 million in total revenues, and
                                                                             proved by City Council with some changes          in the community to consider the budget            $24.5 million in expenditures (down from
                                                                             in May, reflects no changes in personnel          proposal. Council is expected to finalize          last year’s $24.8 million). The difference
                                                                             and little change in revenues or expendi-         the budget May 23. The following descrip-          between revenues and expenditures has to
                                                                             tures. At press time, it looked likely that       tion of the City’s budget is representative        do with reserve funds and special revenues
                                                                             City Council would add one position or ex-        of Matthews’ proposal, with some adjust-           that come from outside sources, and are
                                            PRE-SORT STANDARD
                                             TAKOMA PARK, MD
                                             PERMIT NO. 4422

                                                                             penditures for a consultant to fill a request     ments where noted. Further adjustments             limited to specific expenditures.
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                                                                             for a sustainability coordinator.                 are possible between publication time and            Challenges this budget season include

                                                                               Over the course of two months, the City         finalization.                                      continued low interest rates on the City’s
                                                                             Council held extra sessions and listened                                                             investment portfolio, and the general state
                                                                             to residents at budget hearings, as well          Budget basics
                                                                             as during public comment periods dur-                                                                                                   BUDGET
                                                                                                                                   As proposed, the FY2012 budget in-                                     continues on page 7
Page 2                                                                                May 2011                                                                  Takoma Park Newsletter

 CITY COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE                                                   City Council Action*
         CALENDAR*                                                           *Only negative votes and abstentions/recusals are noted. For additional information,
                                                                                               contact the City Clerk at .

                                                                                                                              Second Reading Ordinance 2011-6 was adopted,
 Monday, May 2 - City Council meeting, 7:30 p.m. (CC           March 21 – Special Session
 Auditorium)                                                                                                                  approving a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) agreement for
                                                               First Reading Ordinance 2011-6 was adopted, approving          7901 Lockney Ave. (Voting no: Schultz)
 Monday, May 9 – City Council meeting, 7:30 p.m. (CC           a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) agreement for 7901
 Auditorium)                                                   Lockney Avenue (Voting no: Schultz)                            Second Reading Ordinance 2011-7 was adopted,
 Monday, May 9 - Recreation Committee meeting, 7                                                                              approving a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) agreement for
                                                               First Reading Ordinance 2011-7 was adopted, approving
 p.m. (CC Hydrangea Room)                                      a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) agreement for 8316          8316 Flower Ave.
 Tuesday, May 10 - Facade Advisory Board meeting, 7            Flower Ave.                                                    Second Reading Ordinance 2011-8 was adopted,
 p.m. (CC Hydrangea Room)                                      First Reading Ordinance 2011-8 was adopted, approving          approving a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) agreement for
 Tuesday, May 10 - Tree Commission meeting, 6:30               a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) agreement for 8             8 Philadelphia Ave. (Voting no: Schultz)
 p.m. (CC Lilac Room)                                          Philadelphia Ave. (Voting no: Schultz)
                                                                                                                              Second Reading Ordinance 2011-9 was adopted,
 Wednesday, May 11 - Takoma Junction Task Force                First Reading Ordinance 2011-9 was adopted, approving          approving a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) Agreement for
 meeting, 7:30 p.m. (CC Lilac Room)                            a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) agreement for 1007          1007 East University Blvd. (Voting no: Schultz)
 Thursday, May 12 - Emergency Preparedness                     East University Blvd. (Voting no: Schultz)
 Committee meeting, 8:30 a.m. (CC Hydrangea Room)                                                                             The consent agenda was adopted. It consisted of:
                                                               First Reading Ordinance 2011-10 was adopted,
 Monday, May 16 – Ward 6 Night Reception, 7 – 7:30             amending the Takoma Park Code to provide for adoption          Resolution 2011-14 regarding the Preliminary Plan for
 p.m. (in the Community Center Atrium Lobby)                   of administrative regulations for use of public space and      6450 New Hampshire Ave.
 Monday, May 16 – City Council meeting, 7:30 p.m.              buildings
                                                                                                                              Resolution 2015 recognizing Arbor Day 2011 in Takoma
 (CC Auditorium)                                                                                                              Park
                                                               March 28, 2011 – Regular Meeting
 Tuesday, May 17 - Washington Adventist Hospital
 Land Use Committee meeting, 7:30 p.m. (CC                     Second Reading Resolution 2010-70 was adopted,                 Resolution 2011-16 reappointing Julie Boddy to the
 Hydrangea Room)                                               approving the annexation of the Flower Ave. right-of-way       Nuclear-Free Takoma Park Committee
 Wednesday, May 18 - Takoma Park Board of                      Resolution 2011-12 was adopted, providing direction to
 Elections meeting, 7 p.m. (Heffner Park Community             the City Manager regarding the budget for the Flower Ave.      April 4, 2011 – Special Session
 Center, 42 Oswego Ave.)                                       Green Street Project (Voting no: Clay, Schultz, Snipper)       Resolution 2011-17 was adopted, granting a fee waiver
                                                                                                                              for use of the auditorium for a public screening of the film
 Thursday, May 19 - Nuclear Free Takoma Park                   Resolution 2011-13 was adopted, authorizing the City
 Committee meeting, 7:30 p.m. (CC Hydrangea Room)                                                                             “Bag It”
                                                               Manager to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with
 Monday, May 23 – City Council meeting, 7:30 p.m.              Montgomery County regarding the County’s contribution of
 (CC Auditorium)                                               $200,000 to the Flower Ave. Project                            April 11, 2011 – Regular Meeting
                                                                                                                              First Reading Ordinance 2011-12 was adopted,
 Tuesday, May 24 - Arts and Humanities Commission              First Reading Ordinance 2011-11 was adopted,
                                                                                                                              regulating panhandling and prohibiting aggressive
 meeting, 7:30 p.m. (CC Hydrangea Room)                        authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement
                                                               for processing credit card and other electronic payments       panhandling (Voting no: Robinson, Seamens)
 Thursday, May 26 - Takoma Junction Task Force
 meeting, 7:30 p.m. (CC Hydrangea Room)                        (Voting no: Seamens, Wright)                                   Second Reading Ordinance 2011-11 was adopted,
 Monday, May 30 – City offices closed for the                  Second Reading Ordinance 2011-4 was adopted,                   authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement for
 Memorial Day holiday                                          authorizing a contract with Enterprise Information Solutions   processing credit card and other electronic payments
                                                               for the development of a pavement condition index and
 Tuesday, May 31 (tentative) – City Council meeting,                                                                          First Reading Ordinance 2011-13 was adopted, awarding
                                                               related services
 7:30 p.m. (CC Auditorium)                                                                                                    a contract for lighting and City TV technology improvements
                                                               Second Reading Ordinance 2011-5 was adopted,
 *For the most up to date information, check                   amending the Takoma Park Code to repeal the section on         Single Reading Ordinance 2011-14 was adopted, Most meetings                  “Burning of Refuse” and to adopt the Montgomery County         authorizing an upgrade to the Granicus web streaming
 are held in the Takoma Park Community Center –                Code provisions regulating burning by open fire                application
 Sam Abbott Citizens’ Center, 7500 Maple Ave. (CC).
 Individuals interested in receiving a weekly Council
 agenda and calendar update by e-mail should contact
 the City Clerk at 301-891-7267 or clerk@takomagov.
                                                                          CITY CLERK News Briefs                               NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
                                                                                                                               200/300 Blocks Hilltop Road Traffic Calming
 Notice on ADA Compliance                                      Ward 6 Night – Monday, May 16                                   May 9, 7:30 p.m.
 The City of Takoma Park is committed to ensuring that
 individuals with disabilities are able to fully participate   Residents of Ward 6 are invited to join the City Council on
                                                                                                                               The Takoma Park City Council will hold a public hearing
 in public meetings. Anyone planning to attend a City          Monday, May 16, for a reception from 7-7:30 p.m. in the         on Monday, May 9, to hear comments on residents’
 of Takoma Park public meeting or public hearing, and          Community Center lobby. A special Ward 6 public comment         petition for traffic calming on the 200/300 blocks of
 who wishes to receive auxiliary aids, services, or                                                                            Hilltop Road. The public hearing will be held at 7:30
 accommodations is invited to contact the Deputy City          session will be held at the beginning of the City Council
                                                                                                                               p.m. (or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard)
 Manager at 301-891-7229 or suzannel@takomagov.                meeting, beginning at 7:30 p.m.                                 in the Community Center Auditorium, 7500 Maple
 org at least 48 hours in advance.                                                                                             Avenue.
                                                               The schedule for future Ward Nights is:
                                                               Ward 2 - June 20 (Monday)                                       Residents are urged to attend the meeting to express
                                                                                                                               their views. Written comments addressed to City Clerk,
  VISIT                                                        Residents who have questions may contact their City
                                                                                                                               City of Takoma Park, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park,
                                                                                                                               MD 20912 or will also be made
                                                               Councilmember or Jessie Carpenter, City Clerk at 301-891-       part of the record. For further information, contact the
  WITH THE                                                     7267,
                                                                                                                               City Clerk at 301-891-7267 or

  MAYOR                                                        FY 2012 Living Wage Rate Established                           Tasa de Costo de Vida fue Establecido para el
                                                               Ordinance 2007-55, amending the City Code to require           Año Fiscal 2012
  Mayor Bruce                                                  the payment of a living wage by certain City contractors,      Ordenanza 2007-55 cambió el Código de la Ciudad para
  Williams welcomes                                            became effective January 1, 2008.                              requerir el costo de vida actual para cierta contratistas de la
  community input                                                                                                             Ciudad. La Ordenanza 2007-55 fue efectiva el 1 de enero de
                                                               Each year on April 1, the City Manager establishes the         2008.
  and invites you to       Bruce Williams                      living wage rate, which shall be equal to the Montgom-
  meet with him during                                         ery county living wage rate established and published by       El 1 de abril de cada año, el Administrador de la Ciudad
  his regular hours on                                         Montgomery County pursuant to Section 11B-33A of the           establece la tasa de costo de vida, el cuál será equivalente
                                                               Montgomery County Code and any applicable regulations,         a la tasa de costo de vida establecida por el Condado de
  Tuesday: by appointment from 2 - 5 p.m.,                     as amended from time to time.                                  Montgomery siguiendo la sección 11B-33A de el Código del
  with walkins from 5 - 7 p.m.                                                                                                Condado de Montgomery y cualquier regulación aplicable.
                                                               The current living wage rate is $13 per hour. Effective July
                                                               1, 2011, the rate will be $13.20 per hour.                     Actualmente, la tasa de costo de vida es $13.00 por hora.
  To schedule a meeting, contact Peggye                                                                                       Efectivo el 1 de julio de 2011 la tasa sera $13.20 por hora.
  Washington at 301-891-7230 or                                A full copy of the Living Wage Ordinance may be found at                                                                           Para obtener una copia de la ordenanza de costo de vida
                                                                                                                              visite la página web
Takoma Park Newsletter                                                            May 2011                                                                                      Page 3

 Accessible Homes for Seniors                     Rent Stabilization Allowance Set at 3 Percent
            By Linda Walker
      Affordable Housing Manager                     Takoma Park’s laws Rent Stabilization      Landlords required to comply with Ta-        •	 Any rental facility that is subject to a
                                                  law maintains the affordability of rental     koma Park’s Rent Stabilization law can-         regulatory agreement with a govern-
   Maryland’s Department of Housing and           units in the community by limiting the        not increase the rent on occupied units         mental agency that controls the rent
 Community Development in partnership             number and amount of rent increases                                                           levels of one or more rental units so
                                                                                                any higher than this allowance.
 with the Department of Aging offers a loan       that may be charged for specific rental                                                       that they are available only to low and
 program that helps fund the costs for accessi-                                                   Multi-family rental properties and in-
                                                  units. Generally rent may be increased        dividually-owned condominium rental             moderate income tenants;
 bility related improvements in homes where
 seniors live. The program is a low interest      only once in a given 12-month period                                                       •	 Newly constructed rental units for a
                                                                                                units are subject to Takoma Park’s Rent
 deferred loan for a term of 30 years. Funds      and rent increases are limited to the                                                         period of five years after construction;
                                                                                                Stabilization law, however the following
 may be used to pay for the actual costs of       annual increase in the Consumer Price
                                                                                                units may be exempt from many of the         •	 All rental units in a building with two
 making a home accessible or functional for       Index. The rent stabilization allowance
                                                                                                requirements of rent stabilization. The         dwelling units, where the owner oc-
 senior residents.                                is calculated on an annual basis, and ap-
                                                  plies to all multi-family rental facilities   exemption is not automatic and is sub-          cupies one or more of the units as his/
 This can include:                                with two or more rental units, and to all     ject to the approval of the City.               her principal residence.
 •	 Widening doorways                             rented condominium units.                                                                    If you have any questions about the
 •	 Purchase/installation of exterior ramps          The 2011-2012 Rent Stabilization Al-       •	 Rental units leased to tenants under      rent for your unit or Takoma Park’s Rent
                                                  lowance is 3 percent, and will be in ef-         the Housing Choice Voucher Pro-           Stabilization law, please contact Jean
 •	 Purchase/installation of accessible show-
                                                  fect July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012.         gram;                                     Kerr, 301-891-7216.
    ers, grab bars and lever handles.
 •	 Additions to accommodate first floor
    bathrooms and laundry rooms are consid-
    ered on a case-by-case basis.                                             Rental Unit Service Fees Limited by Law
 Criteria for eligibility for                                                   A tenant contacted the mailbox        lord-tenant and rent stabilization law. If, however, the landlord
 the program are:                                                            and asked, “What type of fees can        creates a new amenity, such as storage or onsite parking where
 •	 Must reside in Maryland and at least one                                 a landlord charge in addition to         none previously existed and the amenity is optional, then a fee
    occupant must be 55 years or older                                       the rent, if my unit is under rent       may be charged.
 •	 Own and occupy the home to be reno-             HOUSING                  stabilization?”                            A landlord can choose to allow pets as an amenity but can
    vated as principal residence. Seniors
    living with relatives will be considered on
                                                     Mail Box                   In accordance with Section
                                                                             6.16.110 of the Takoma Park Land-
                                                                                                                      also charge a pet fee of up to $25 monthly for a dog or cat, or
                                                                                                                      $10 monthly for any other pet as long as the fee is disclosed at
    a case-by-case basis                                                     lord-Tenant Law, a landlord can not      the beginning of the lease term. If the pet was obtained follow-
                                                       By Jean Kerr          charge a fee for items and services      ing the execution of the initial lease or lease renewal, a fee may
 •	 Home must be structurally sound and            Housing Specialist that were previously included in the            be assessed to the tenant.
    free of health and safety hazards                                        rent. For instance, if parking has al-
 •	 No outstanding federal or state tax liens,                               ways been included in the rent with               If you have any questions regarding a fee you are being
    open bankruptcy or foreclosure                no fee and your landlord now informs you that there will be a                     charged, please contact Jean Kerr, 301-891-7216 or
                                                  monthly parking fee, this is considered a violation of the land-                                   
 •	 Must meet household income require-
    ments (cannot exceed 80 percent of the
    Washington D.C. area median income                                          The Commission on Landlord-           charged monthly rents that were higher than the rent amount
    of one person – $51,240; two persons –                                    Tenant Affairs (COLTA) issued an        allowed for their units by the City’s rent stabilization law. COL-
    $58,560; three persons – $65,880, etc.                                    Opinion and Order on two illegal        TA found that using the rents reported by the landlord in its
   You can get further information and an                                     rent complaints for a rental prop-      annual rent reports at the commencement of the tenants’ ten-
 application at                                     erty in Takoma Park. The com-           ancies to determine the base legal rent for each apartment and
 website/programs/ahsp/Default.aspx.                                          plaints were consolidated into one      then applying the annual rent stabilization allowance for each
                                                                              COLTA hearing.                          subsequent year to be the appropriate method of calculating
 Be Smart Energy Loans Now                                                                                            the legal rents for the tenants in this consolidated case. COLTA
 Available for Single Family                         COLTA’s                  Scian, et al. V. Hillwood               found that the rents charged by the landlord exceeded the rents
                                                                              Manor Apartments Joint
 Homes and Multifamily Rentals                                                                                        it certified as accurate in its annual rent reports submitted to
                                                                              Venture LLP, et al.
                                                                                                                      the City. COLTA ordered that the landlord refund the tenants
   The Maryland Department of Housing and                                     COLTA Case Nos.                         a total of $11,719.85 ($4,196.46 for the first unit and $7,523.39
 Community Development has announced                 By Jean Kerr             2010-20T and 21T                        for the second unit), which represented the rent overcharges.
 two programs that will help owners finance        Housing Specialist
                                                                                On March 29, 2011, COLTA is-          COLTA further ordered that the rent refunds awarded to the
 energy improvements to their single family
                                                                              sued a decision on two tenants’         tenants will accrue interest if the landlord failed to pay within
 homes or multifamily rental properties. Ta-
                                                                              complaints that the landlord            14 days of the date of the order.
 koma Park is one of 15 communities chosen
 to be a part of this new programming.
   1) Single family homeowners may use the

                                                      First Time Home Buyer Class
 loans to upgrade appliances, heating, cool-
 ing and ventilation systems, windows, doors,
 water heaters, etc. Free home energy audits
 will be available for a limited time as an in-
 centive for homeowners to realize their po-          Saturday, May 14, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
 tential energy savings.
   2) Multifamily rental housing owners can           at the Takoma Park Community Center
 access funds for the installation of equipment       7500 Maple Avenue
 and materials for energy efficiency measures
 in pre-existing rental properties (e.g. light-
                                                      Expert speakers from a lending institution, title company,
 ing retrofits, hot water heater replacements,
                                                      real estate office and an inspection company
 HVAC systems, insulation, windows, appli-
   Details of the programs can be found at            Learn the entire process for buying a house or condo
 the following websites:                              Provided by a HUD-approved housing organization
   Single Family Homes – http://dhcd.mary-            Certificate of Completion awarded to attendees.
 aspx                                                 Pre-Registration Is Required – Class is Free
   Multifamily Rentals – http://dhcd.mary-            Contact Linda Walker at 301-891-7222             Sponsored by the City of Takoma Park
 family.aspx                                          Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.
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                                       TAKOMA Arts
Azalea City Recording Celebrates 15                                                                                                   The following free events are sponsored by the
Years with Eight Musical Acts in May                                                                                                 Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Commission.

                                                                                                                                  Points of View
   Azalea City Recording celebrates 15      roots-rock and Afro-beat, from artists     band configurations, these musicians
years in Takoma Park with a show that       Patty Reese, Jon Carrol, Elikeh, Karen     draw inspiration from one another            This event presents two artists, two media and
will include eight of its recording art-    Collins and the Backroads Band, the        and from their loyal audiences. Azalea     two artistic visions with printmaker Norman Strike
ists at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 1 at the      U-Liners, Ruthie and the Wranglers,        City, known as a homegrown outfit,         and photographer Rob Rudick. Opening reception
Takoma Park Community Center Au-            Carey Creed and Jesse Palidofsky.          has gone from small-town folk label to     will be held in the Atrium Gallery on Friday, May
ditorium. The event, which also cel-          Founded in 1996 by GRAMMY®               winning multiple WAMMIE awards             13 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. The exhibit can be viewed in
ebrates the release of a new CD, is free.   award-winning mastering engineer           for best D.C. area record label; produc-   the Atrium Gallery at the Takoma Park Community
   The acts represent the diversity of      and producer Charlie Pilzer, Azalea        ing four full-length sampler CDs; and      Center until May 28.
recording artists at Azalea City, a         City Recordings includes an eclectic       garnering national radio airplay and
musicians’ cooperative based in Ta-         array of roots-based musicians and         press.                                     Third Thursday Poetry Reading
koma Park that includes a number of         songwriters who dip into the well of         For more information on the up-
musicians who live in the City. The         traditional music for their inspiration.   coming event, see        Poetry lovers will gather on Thursday, May 19, for
show will include folk and country,         Whether performing solo or in full         php?eid=160087410717798.                   an hour of original work by poets Michele Wolf, Mi-
                                                                                                                                  chael Gavin and Takoma Park Poet Laureate Anne
                                                                                                                                  Becker. Moderated by Martin FitzPatrick, the read-
Three bands and Azalea City musicians coming to Community Center                                                                  ing begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Ta-
                                                                                                                                  koma Park Community Center Auditorium.
  Four musical events are scheduled this month at the Community Center, from spiritual music to traditional tunes, sing-
er-songwriters and a CD release including eight different bands. All concerts will be held in the Takoma Park Community           Nominations Due
Center auditorium.                                                                                                                  The Arts and Humanities Commission has issued
                                                              has been described                                                  calls for a new Poet Laureate and an Exhibits Coor-
                                                              as both city-folk and                                               dinator. Applications are available online at takoma-
Azalea City Recordings’ 15th Anniversary                      Americana. Traveling a                                     and will be accepted until May 9. Appoint-
Concert and CD Release                                        road lush with har-                                                 ments would become effective on July 1.
Sunday, May 1, 7 p.m.                                         monies, banjo, fiddle,
Admission: FREE                                               mandolin and upright                                                        For information on these and other activities
Part of the We are Takoma series,               bass, the songs are                                                  sponsored by the Takoma Park Arts and Humanities
event.php?eid=160087410717798.                                infused with heartache
                                                                                                                                      Commission, please contact Sara Anne Daines at
                                                              and loss yet they have
  The “We Are Ta-                                                                                                                            301-891-7224, at or
                                                              an uplifting twang in
koma” celebrates the                                          their sound. Madison                                                            
15th anniversary of                                           Violet is relentless, per-
Takoma’s own Azalea                                           forming for audiences
City Recording with a                                         all over the world.
free CD release concert
featuring eight diverse                                       Tom Prasada Rao
acts ranging from folk                                        Wednesday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.
to country, roots rock                                        Admission: $15 advance, $20 door, Student with ID: $10
and Afro-beat.   Per-                                         Presented by the Institute of Musical Traditions,
forming are Patty Re-                               
ese, Jon Carrol, Elikeh,
Karen Collins and the                                                                                Tom Prasada Rao is an
Backroads Band, The                                                                               award-winning singer-
U-Liners, Ruthie and                                                                              songwriter of broad vision
the Wranglers, Carey                                                                              and, after numerous
Creed and Jesse Palidofsky. Presented by Azalea City                                              collaborations with Cary
Recording, (See related story,                                          Cooper (formerly Dream-
above).                                                                                           sicle) and others, he is
                                                                                                  releasing his first solo
Madison Violet                                                                                    album in 10 years. His
Wednesday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.                                                                       music is melodic, ambi-         Film shows Navajo struggle with
Admission: $15 advance, $20 door,                                                                 tious and reverent. “Tom        uranium mines
student with ID: $10                                                                              Prasada-Rao is a rare and          The Nuclear Free Takoma Park Committee’s spring
Presented by the Institute of Musical Traditions,                                                 brilliant performer. His        film series, Nuclear Safety: Problems and Possibilities                                                                                      fine voice and thrilling        Then and Now, presents “The Return of Navajo Boy”
                                                                                                  guitar work hold you            on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Takoma Park
  Hailing from Canada, Brenley MacEachern and Lisa                                                spellbound while he heals       Community Center Auditorium. Admission is free.
MacIsaac have come into a sound of their own, which           your heart” (David Wilcox, Singer-Songwriter).                         “Navajo Boy” focuses on a family struggling with
                                                                                                                                  the effects of uranium mining on tribal land, con-
                                                                                                                                  fronting several issues in the industrial production of
   The Secret to a Happy Ending                    Barr Weissman followed the band during                                         nuclear power including environmental racism and
                                                   three critical years of touring and record-                                    the denial of retribution for continued abuses. The
   May 6, 7 and 9:30 p.m.                          ing — years in which the band struggles                                        film was included in the 2000 Sundance Film Festival
   Part of the We are Takoma series                to overcome the trauma of divorce and                                          and aired that same year on the PBS documentary se-
   Advance reservations:               survives a near breakup. Weissman’s film                                       ries, Independent Lens. It won Programmer’s Choice
   Free Event                                      combines band interviews, behind-the-                                          Award of the Planet in Focus Festival. Currently it
                                                   scenes footage on the road and in the                                          is being used as an educational tool by the Indian
     “The Secret to a Happy Ending” docu-          studio, along with legendary live perfor-                                      Health Service. For more information, see http://na-
   ments the Drive-By Truckers and their           mances. Reflective of the band’s roots in                            
   congregation of fans as they explore tales      Alabama and Georgia, the film explores                                            Speaker Linda Gunter, of Beyond Nuclear and Nu-
   of human weakness and redemption.               the changing American South — its tan-                                         clear Free Takoma Park Committee, will be a part of
   Filmmaker and Takoma Park resident              gled past and strange beauty.                                                  the film event.
Takoma Park Newsletter                                                                         May 2011                                                                                    Page 5

                                                                                                                                                      claim victims who are asleep and not even

  City Earns Finance Award                                                                                                                            aware of the fire. Even if residents awaken,
                                                                                                                                                      the effects of exposure to these gases can
                                                                                                                                                      cloud their thinking and slow their reac-
     The Certificate of Achievement for Ex-     cial reporting, and its attainment repre-                                                             tions so that they cannot make their es-
  cellence in Financial Reporting has been      sents a significant accomplishment by a                                                               cape. This is why it is so crucial for you and
  awarded to the City of Takoma Park by         government and its management.    The                                                                 your family to have sufficient warning so
  the Government Finance Officers Asso-         GFOA is a nonprofit professional as-                                                                  that you can all escape before your ability
  ciation of the United States and Canada       sociation serving approximately 17,500                                                                to think and move is impaired.
  (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual           government finance professionals with                                                                    More than half of fatal fires in homes oc-
  financial report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year       offices in Chicago, Illinois and Washing-                                                             cur when people are asleep, this represents
  2010.  This is the fifth consecutive year     ton, D.C.                                                                                             only a third of a 24-hour day. Therefore,
  that the City has received the Certificate      An Award of Financial Reporting                                                                     any fire protection system must be able to
  of Achievement for Excellence in Finan-       Achievement was awarded to Director of                                                                protect people who are asleep in their bed-
  cial Reporting.                               Finance Yovonda Brooks, CPA and City                                                                  rooms when fire starts.
     The Certificate of Achievement is the      Manager Barb Matthews as the individ-                                                                    Furthermore, nearly half the people
  highest form of recognition in the area
  of governmental accounting and finan-
                                                uals primarily responsible for preparing
                                                the award-winning CAFR.
                                                                                                                Firehouse                             killed in home fires each year are either
                                                                                                                                                      preschool children or adults 65 or older. In
                                                                                                                   REPORT                             the event of a fire, be prepared—have
                                                                                                                                                      working smoke alarms on all levels of your
                                                                                                                                                      home, and have an escape plan.
                                    POLICE Briefs                                                                By Jim Jarboe                            
                                                                                                                                                      TPVFD Again Welcomes Two
Cyclists Must Obey                                 shoulder                                                                                           More New Members
                                                                                                       As of March 31, the Takoma Park Vol-
Traffic Laws                                    •	 Give pedestrians the right-of-way                                                                     At the department’s April meeting,
                                                                                                     unteer Fire Department and the person-
   As the weather warms, more residents         •	 Keep your bicycle in good condition               nel  of the Montgomery County Fire and           Awontt Ndyongo and Sean Peacock were
will be riding bicycles around town. Bicy-                                                           Rescue Service assigned to the station have      voted into membership. If interested in
clists are considered vehicle operators; they                                                        responded to 200 fire-related incidents.         joining the department, please contact
                                                Click It Or Ticket                                                                                    Mike Livingston at the fire station, 240-
are required to obey the same rules of the      Campaign Launches                                    The department addressed or assisted with
                                                                                                     728 rescue or ambulance-related incidents,       773-8954. The only requirement from you
road as other vehicle operators, obeying
                                                   The statewide Chiefs’ Challenge, which            for a total of 928 this year. Totals for 2010    is time and commitment.
traffic signs, signals and lane markings. It
                                                emphasizes safety restraint enforcement in           were 194 and 808 respectively, for  a total          
is so important to follow safety rules while
riding a bicycle, especially when riding
                                                vehicles, begins May 1 and will run through-         of 1,002, representing a decrease of 74 in-      A Farewell to Long Time
                                                out the month. In Takoma Park, that means            cidents.                                         Volunteer Edna Fiske
near motor vehicles. Please use the follow-
                                                police officers will focus on enforcement of            
ing safety tips while riding your bike:                                                                                                                  On March 26, 2011 Takoma Park Vol-
                                                the state’s seat belt laws as part of the nation-    The Dangers of House Fires
                                                wide “Click It or Ticket” campaign.  Officers                                                         unteer Fire Department Auxiliary Presi-
•	 Always wear a helmet                                                                                 Most home fires occur in the kitchen          dent Edna Fiske passed away at the age 96.
                                                will stand at various places throughout the
•	 Obey all traffic controls (including stop-   City during the campaign and issue tick-             while cooking and are the leading cause          She served the auxiliary for more than 64
   ping at stop signs)                          ets to any person not wearing a seatbelt or          of injuries from fire. However, they are of-     years, and  for the  past 20, she served as
•	 Ride near the right-hand edge of the         who does not have their child properly re-           ten extinguished with only minor damage          its president. She might have been a small
                                                strained.                                            since a person is generally present.             person, but she had a big heart, was a hard
                                                   The driver, front seat passenger and all             The two most common causes of fires           worker and a genuine leader of the auxilia-
•	 Never carry another person on your                                                                at night are carelessly discarded cigarettes     ry. Regardless what type of fire department
   bicycle                                      other occupants under the age of 16 must
                                                wear a seat belt or be restrained by a child         and food left cooking on the stove. These        event was planned, she would always be
•	 Always use hand signals when turning                                                              fires can be particularly dangerous because      there ready to assist, especially with meals.
                                                safety seat.  The penalty for violating this law
   or stopping                                                                                       they may smolder for a long period of time       At the fire department banquets, she was
                                                is $25.  A child under the age of 8, less than
•	 Watch for cars at cross streets, drive-      4’9” tall, and weighing less than 65 pounds          before being discovered  by sleeping resi-       the first one you saw at the reception desk
   ways and parking areas                       should be secured in an approved child safe-         dents.                                           to greet you. She loved people.  She will al-
•	 Be careful when checking traffic and         ty seat if the vehicle is registered in Mary-           Most victims of fire succumb to the           ways be remembered by her smile and the
   don't swerve when looking over your          land.  The penalty for this violation is $60.        smoke and toxic gases, and not to burns.         way she cared about people, especially her
                                                                                                     Fire produces poisonous gases that can           fire department family.  She will truly be
                                                                                                     spread rapidly and far from the fire itself to   missed.

  THUNDERBOLTS 2011 SEASON                      Saturday        7/2         Alexandria Aces
  HOME SCHEDULE                                 Sunday          7/3      Baltimore Redbirds
                                                Thursday        7/7       Vienna River Dogs
  Home games are at Montgomery Blair            Friday          7/8       Rockville Express
  Baseball Stadium                              Tuesday         7/12        Herndon Braves
  51 East University Blvd., Silver Spring       Thursday        7/14         Youse’s Orioles
                                                Saturday        7/16      Rockville Express
  Admission:                                    Wednesday       7/20     Bethesda Big Train
  Adults, $5;                                   Friday          7/22         Youse’s Orioles
  Children under 18, $2                         Saturday        7/23      Vienna River Dogs
  Youth baseball and softball players in
  uniform and children under the age of 5       The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunder-
  get in FREE                                   bolts play in the Cal Ripken Collegiate
                                                Baseball League, a wooden bat league
  Mon.-Sat. 7 p.m.                              composed of nine teams in the D.C. and
  Sun. 6 p.m.                                   Baltimore areas.
  Sun. double headers 5 p.m.                    The team also runs baseball camps in
                                                June and July for boys and girls 7 to 15.
  DAY            DATE            OPPONENT       Instruction is from Thunderbolts head
  Saturday       6/4      Bethesda Big Train    coach Jason Walck, assisted by T-Bolts
  Sunday         6/5       Vienna River Dogs    coaches and players.
  Thursday       6/9          Youse’s Orioles   Camps are June 20-24: June 27-July
  Friday         6/10      Rockville Express    1; July 5-8; July 11-15; and July 18-22,
  Monday         6/13     Bethesda Big Train    from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. Bernadette
  Thursday       6/16        Alexandria Aces    School, 80 University Blvd. East in Silver
  Saturday       6/18     Baltimore Redbirds    Spring, across the street from Blair High
  Friday         6/24        Herndon Braves     School. Cost is $195 per week. Go to
  Sunday (DH)    6/26 So. Maryland Nationals    the T-Bolts website,, or call
  Wednesday      6/29        Herndon Braves     301-270-0794 for more information.
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     Living the                                                 Celebrate Wildlife Habitat

     wild life in
                                                                A ceremony recognizing Takoma Park as
                                                                a National Wildlife Federation Wildlife
                                                                Habitat Community

       Takoma                                                   Sunday, May 22, 2 p.m.
                                                                Spring Park, at the corner of Elm and

                                                                Poplar avenues
                                                                Presentation, refreshments, tree planting

                                                                   Photos by

               ast month, Takoma Park was the first commu-                   Wildlife habitats qualify for certification when they
               nity in Maryland to be designated a National               show that plantings provide shelter, food and water
               Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife                     for birds, squirrels and other wildlife. Necessary el-
         Habitat. A pioneer in saving natural habitat, the City           ements might include food sources, such as native
         is the 50th in the nation to qualify and was praised             plants, seeds, fruits, nuts and nectar; waters sources
         by NWF for its long-standing commitment to the                   like bird baths or ponds; places for cover—thickets,
         environment: it’s been a “Tree City” since 1984,                 rockpiles or birdhouses—or sustainable gardening
         maintains a strong tree ordinance, and hosts yard                that might include mulching, composting, or a rain
                                                                                                                                                    Clockwise from top, Becca Lily
         tours, community habitat restoration, education                  garden. For a full list of requirements, see www.nwf.                     Park, spice viburnum in Takoma
         events and booth displays about the environment.                 org/gardenforwildlife. To see existing public proper-                     Woods, the National Wildlife desig-
         It also includes more than150 yards, five school                 ties, you can visit Takoma Woods, Spring Park, Blag-                      nation sign, City wildlife, Takoma
         grounds, a church and four parks that are NWF                    den Run (a stream that parallels Maple Avenue), and                       Middle School magnolia, fiddlehead
         Certified Wildlife Habitat sites. That’s partly thanks           Becca Lily Park, Takoma and Piney Branch elemen-                          ferns, and mushrooms in Spring
         to the efforts of residents led by the Friends of Sligo          tary schools, Takoma Middle School and Takoma                             Park.
         Creek and the Takoma Horticulture Club, who have                 Day school.  The Takoma Park Presbyterian Church
         been working since 2006 to enhance wildlife habitat              is also certified. Or you can look for the “Certified
         in the City.                                                     Wildlife Habitat” signs in your neighbors’ yards.

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Takoma Park Newsletter                                                                     May 2011                                                                                      Page 7

                                                                                                                                                     Proposed Budget
                                                                                                                                                     at a Glance
                                                                                                                                                     •	 Total revenues, $22,915,252
                                                                                                                                                     •	 Total expenditures, $24,540,487
                                                                                                                                                     •	 Total General Fund revenues
                                                                                                                                                     •	 Assessable real property base
                                                                                                                                                        (net) projected to increase by
                                                                                                                                                        approximately $59 million or 3.2
                                                                                                                                                        percent from FY11
                                                                                                                                                     •	 Real property tax rate remains
                                                                                                                                                        at .58 per $100 of assessed
                                                                                                                       Source: City of Takoma Park      value. Real property tax revenue
                                                                                                                                                        increases by $395,178 compared
FY 2012 Budget Combined expenditures by type                                                                                                            to FY11 budgeted revenues.
■   Personnel                                         $13,525,745       ■ Miscellaneous                                          $1,623,346          •	 Tax duplication payments from
■   Supplies                                           $1,105,131       ■ Capital Outlay                                         $3,181,791             Montgomery County decrease
■   Services and Charges                               $3,026,891                                                                                       $127,503 from FY11 to FY12
■   Debt Service                                       $2,144,583       tOtAL                                                   $24,607,487
                                                                                                                                                     •	 Increase in County police rebate,
                                                                                                                                                        budget to budget gain of $204,590
                                                                                                                                                     •	 Increase in existing fees such
                                                                                                                                                        as parking violations, dumpster
                                                                                                                                                        and utility fees, development
                                                                                                                                                        applications, housing workshops
                                                                                                                                                        and non-resident Library cards
                                                                                                                                                     •	 Flat staffing levels
                                                                                                                                                     •	 $568,193 in street improvements
                                                                                                                                                        from the General Fund, including
                                                                                                                                                        $150,000 for Flower Avenue Green
                                                                                                                                                     •	 $750,000 for Equipment
                                                                                                                                                        Replacement Reserve
                                                                                                                                                     •	 $250,000 for new Facility
                                                                                                                       Source: City of Takoma Park      Maintenance Reserve
                                                                                                                                                     •	 Early redemption of Community
FY 2012 Budget general Fund Revenues by type - adjusted with anticipated revenue increases.                                                             Center bond issue to save
                                                                                                                                                        $347,000 in interest and fees
■ Taxes & Utility Fees                                $14,059,123       ■ Charges for Services                                     $900,580          •	 $15,000 for emergency assistance
■ Other Revenues                                        $195,650        ■ Intergovernmental                                      $4,137,610
■ Fines & Forfeitures                                   $228,800        tOtAL                                                   $19,521,763          •	 $7,500 for small community grant

                                                 of income. Although the proposed rate is          redemption of the 2002 Community Cen-             and the continuation of the bulk buy tree
BUDGET                                           steady, individuals may experience an ac-         ter bond; early redemption would, in the          purchase program to maintain the City’s
continued from page 1
                                                 tual tax increase due to increased property       long run, save the City $347,000 in interest      tree canopy.
                                                 value. And, because of the Homeowner              costs and trustee fees.                              Other significant expenditures include
                                                 Property Tax Credit, increased property              Another significant portion of the bud-        $2.3 million in public safety expenditures
of the economy, which affects income tax                                                           get is the proposed contribution to the
                                                 values from the past may still be reflected                                                         from speed camera revenues; these in-
revenues that come through the state. Spe-                                                         equipment reserve fund, at $750,000, and a
                                                 in current property tax bills: the tax credit                                                       clude installation of new sidewalks and
cifically, the FY2012 budget reflects a 5 per-                                                     new facilities reserve fund, begun with an
                                                 program limits property tax increases to a                                                          improvement of existing walks to meet
cent reduction in tax duplication payments                                                         installment of $250,000. These funds are
                                                 fixed percent of a person’s income annual-                                                          ADA regulations, police equipment, pro-
from Montgomery County, or approxi-                                                                designed to ensure the continued mainte-
                                                 ly, spreading the increases out over several                                                        gram staffing a traffic officer and a portion
mately $127,503, on top of last year’s 15 per-                                                     nance and service of City vehicles, equip-
                                                 years.                                                                                              of the cost of a police officer assigned to
cent reduction in that payment. There were                                                         ment, and buildings.
                                                    At this property tax rate, the City will see                                                     the county gang task force. There are also
also projected reductions in the County li-                                                           Throughout the budget process, there
brary aid payment and the operation grant        a $395,178 increase in real property tax rev-                                                       proposals of $568,193 for street improve-
                                                 enues this year, compared to FY11.                have been many discussions of expendi-            ments, including $150,000 for design ser-
for the New Hampshire Avenue Recreation                                                            tures that support environmental initia-
Center.                                             Some City fees are also increasing:                                                              vices for the Flower Avenue Green Street
                                                 dumpster permits will go up $5, driveway          tives, and a lot of support from residents
   Despite these dips, revenues from Mont-                                                                                                           project; a $160,000 local supplement to the
                                                 apron fees and utility permits go up by $15,      for more of them. Although the budget
gomery County will increase $57,957 due                                                                                                              Homeowner Property Tax Credit Program;
                                                 and parking fines increase by $5; non-city        proposal does not include the sustainabil-
in part to a miscalculation in the police                                                                                                            $30,000 for Main Street Takoma; $15,000
                                                 residents would have to pay $37 for a City        ity coordinator position so many residents
services allocation from the County. An-                                                                                                             for the Crossroads Farmer’s Market;
                                                                                                   have supported, City Council was, at press
other bright spot is an unexpected increase      library card, and $60 if they are not Mon-                                                          $12,500 for the Independence Day Com-
                                                                                                   time, leaning toward adding either that po-
in Highway User Revenues from the state.         togmery County residents, and Library                                                               mittee and $7,000 for the Takoma Park
                                                                                                   sition or funding to pay a consultant to do
These were expected to be $21,999 but came       copy costs would increase by .35 for color                                                          Folk Festival. There is $7,500 for the Small
                                                                                                   similar work.
in at $131,994, an increase of $109,995. This    and .05 for black and white.                                                                        Community Grant Program, and $498,511
                                                                                                      The city manager's proposal does out-
was still a decrease in what Takoma Park                                                           line several other environmental initia-          for construction, repair and maintenance
was accustomed to receiving in the past: in      Expenditures                                                                                        of storm drains, inlets, channels and ditch-
                                                                                                   tives, including a hybrid vehicle to replace
FY08 and FY09, the funds were approxi-              Among the increased expenditures in            a gasoline-fueled vehicle in the police de-       es as well as bio-retention project.
mately $500,000 annually.                        the proposed City budget are an 8.5 percent       partment, three bio-retention or stormwa-            Residents may still comment on the bud-
                                                 increase in health insurance for employees,       ter management systems of plants and soil         get as the Council goes through reconcilia-
Revenues                                         and a 47 percent increase in the City’s con-      that promote drainage, the Flower Avenue          tion process. For a complete look at the pro-
  On the revenue side, the budget proposal       tribution rate to civilian employees’ state       Green Street project that encourages pe-          posed budget, go to
sets the property tax rate at the same rate as   retirement and pension system. Debt ser-          destrian and public transportation as well        finance/fy12/proposed/index.html.        City
last year, at .58 cents per $100 of assessed     vice in the proposed budget is up as well, by     as stormwater filtration, the replacement of      Council deliberations are available online
value. This is the City’s primary source         nearly $1 million. This is due to a possible      a chiller with a more energy-efficient model      as well, at
Page 8                                                                           May 2011                                                                  Takoma Park Newsletter

Tremendous Trips                                                                                                                            May 31 – July 5
Ages 6 – 12 (in Grade 1 starting                                                                                                            Saturdays, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.,
September 2011)                                                                                                                             May 14 – June 25
June 20 – 24, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Each day offers a different experience.                                                                                                     TP Resident     $85
Minimum enrollment must be met.                                                                                                             Non-Resident    $105
Monday,bowling, College Park and                                                                                                            No class on May 28.
Wheaton Regional Park
Tuesday, Clark Elioak Farm Petting Zoo,
Pond Habitat, Garden Tour
Wednesday, Water Park Adventure
                                               R e c r e a t i o n                                                                          Basic Dog Obedience
                                                                                                                                            Dogs six months and older
                                                                                                                                            Teach your dog basic obedience and
Volcano Island                                                                                                                              expand on commands they already
Thursday, B&O Railroad Museum and                                                                                                           know. Cover problem behaviors such as
train ride                                                                                                                                  nipping, barking, jumping, lunging and
Friday, Gaithersburg Water Park                                                                                                             digging. Learn loose leash walking, heel,
                                                                                                                                            distance stop, directional commands
TP Resident       $40/trip                                                                                                                  and tricks. Must have proof of rabies
Non-Resident      $50/trip                                                                                                                  vaccine. This class in not appropriate for
                                                                                                                                            aggressive dogs. Six weeks. Minimum
Camp Takoma                                                                                                                                 five, maximum 12.
Ages 6 – 12 (in Grade 1 starting
September 2011)                                                                                                                             Tuesays, 8 – 9 p.m., May 31 – July 5
Explore a new adventure each week                                                                                                           Saturdays, 3 – 4 p.m., May 14 – June 25
with games, crafts, activities, trips and
presenters related to the                                                                                                                   TP Resident     $85
theme for the week. The fee for camp                                                                                                        Non-Resident    $105
includes swimming, a camp T-shirt and                                                                                                       No class on May 28.
trips. No camp
on July 4.                                                                                                                                  Taekwondo
                                                                                                                                            PLEASE NOTE NEW DAYS AND TIMES
TP Community Center                                                                                                                         Ages 5 and older
Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.                                                                                                                 The Korean martial art of Taekwondo
June 27 – July 1, Rock Star Week                                                                                                            promotes fitness and strength in a fun
July 5 – 8**, Space Week                                                                                                                    and social environment. Taekwondo
                                              Lucia, Aziz, Jalen and Meile take a break on the basketball court.                            (foot-hand-way) is known for beautiful
July 11 – 15, Pirate Week                                                                                             Photo by Eric Rasch
July 18 – 22, Wild Wild West Week                                                                                                           and powerful kicks. Students learn self
July 25 – 29, Mystery and Magic Week                                                                                                        defense and practice drills, forms and
August 1 – 5, Circus Week                   technique and enhances skills, focusing       Heffner Community Center                          sparring. The Tenets of Taekwondo—
August 8 – 12, Wet and Wild Water Week      on fundamentals, strategy, practice           Mondays, 9 – 10:30 a.m.                           courtesy, integrity, perseverance,
                                            techniques and course etiquette/              May 2, 9, 16, 23, June 6, 13                      self- control and indomitable spirit—
Weeks 1, 3-7                                management. The goal is to ensure that                                                          are emphasized. Adults are welcome
T.P. City Residents          $130           each camper is safe, builds skills and        TP Resident       $100                            to register with their child. One-time
Non-Residents                $150           knowledge of golf and comes away with         Non-Resident      $120                            fee paid to the instructor at the first
                                            a memorable and fun experience. When                                                            class (nonrefundable) for uniform ($40
**Week 2                                    they are not learning about golf, their day   Artistic Explorers, Level 2 Class                 children, $50 for adult). Nine weeks.
T.P. City Residents          $110           will be filled with games, outdoor play       Ages 3 - 6                                        Instructor Lois Schoenbrun.
Non-Residents                $130           and game room fun. A swimming trip            An extension of Budding Builders,
                                            and special guest round out this camp.        this class includes exploration of                Dance Studio, TP Community Center
**CAMP TAKOMA ONLY Receive week             Maximum 13, minimum five.                     museums like the Louvre, and structures           Thursdays, 6 – 7 p.m.,
two free when you register for all seven                                                  from houses to apartment towers.                  June 23 – Aug. 25
weeks**                                     TP Community Center                           Participants will learn to build on               No class June 30, July 7, 21, Aug. 8.
                                            Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.                   ideas as individuals and as a group,              No class July 21.
Visual Art Camp                             Session 1, June 27 – July 1                   thinking about solutions to real building
Ages 11 – 14                                Session 2, July 11 – 15                       questions, using what they learn to               TP Resident      $65
Sharpen your drawing skills with a                                                        create what they imagine. Every class             Non-Resident     $75
different theme each week by exploring      TP Resident       $160/session                is different, but each encourages
new materials and exercising your           Non-Resident      $190/session                innovation, intuition, critical thinking and      or Saturdays, 1 – 2 p.m.,
imagination with inspiring art projects.                                                  imagination to carry out creative, team-          June 25 – Aug. 20
Two hours of drawing in the morning         Budding Builders, Level 1                     building projects. $24 materials fee due          No class July 2, 23, 30.
using a variety of tools, followed by two   Ages 18 months – 3 years                      to the instructor on the first day of class.
hours of painting and/or collage and        This class explores the world’s               Instructor Amanda Faye Dowd. Maximum              TP Resident      $65
assemblage in the afternoon. Media          structures—farms, castles, houses and         20, minimum six. Six classes.                     Non-Resident     $75
such as watercolor painting, sumi-e,        timeless wonders such as the pyramids.
mixed media painting, texture and found-    Examine architectural concepts such           Heffner Community Center                          or Thursdays and Saturdays,
object assemblage will be explored. Trips   as columns, cantilevers, forms, and           Tues. 9 – 10:30 a.m.                              June 23 – Aug. 20
to the pool, art-related movies, access     foundations. Instructor, Amanda Faye          May 3, 10, 17, 24, June 7, 14
to the game room during the day and         Dowd, helps your child use intuition to                                                         TP Resident      $110
outdoor art adventures are all included.    understand form, space, order, rhythm,        TP Resident       $115                            Non-Resident     $130
All materials included. Maximum 12,         sequence and balance. Use critical            Non-Resident      $135
minimum eight. Instructor Katie Dell        thinking and imagination to carry out                                                           T-Ball Program
Kaufman.                                    creative, team-building projects—and          Basic Puppy Obedience                             Grades K- 1 (must be 5years old by June
                                            have a lot of fun. Join your child as         Puppies six months and younger                    11)
Art Room, TP Community Center               we work through skills like shape and         Socialize your puppy and begin training           The goal of this coed program is to
Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.                 form creation, focused play through fun       basic obedience commands. You will                emphasize learning and to expand
Session 1 June 20 – June 24                 and games, proportions, imagination           learn how to teach your dog sit, down,            new skills, participation and fun. The
Session 2 June 27 – July 1                  and creation, cooperation and social          come, stay and stand. Learn loose                 T-Ball program is a safe introduction
Session 3 July 11 – July 15                 interaction, hand eye coordination,           leash walking and husbandry. Problems             to the game of baseball. The ball is
                                            expression of ideas, recognition of           behaviors such as nipping, barking and            hit off a stand (tee) instead of being
TP Resident       $280/session              details, use of large and small muscle        jumping will be addressed. Must have              pitched. The main purpose is to teach
Non-Resident      $310/session              groups, planning and carrying out ideas       proof of rabies vaccine. Six weeks.               girls and boys the basics of baseball
                                            and group socialization. $22 materials        Minimum five, maximum 12.                         in a positive environment. Your child
Golf Camp                                   fee due to the instructor on the first day                                                      only needs a baseball glove and
Ages 9 - 12                                 of class. Maximum 20, minimum six. Six        Heffner Community Center
This specialty camp teaches golf            classes.                                      Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.,                           RECREATION continues on page 9
Takoma Park Newsletter                                                            May 2011                                                                                   Page 9

RECREATION                                                                                                                              Adult Softball League-COED
continued from page 8                                                                                                                   Ages 16 and older
                                                                                                                                        Whether you’re a home-run hitter or a
sneakers to participate, the Recreation                                                                                                 dugout socialite, the TP Coed Softball
Department will provide t-shirts and all                                                                                                League gives adults a chance to have
other equipment. If you are interested in                                                                                               fun, exercise and most of all interact with
volunteering as a coach please contact                                                                                                  friends. There’s nothing hard about this
Lew McAllister at                                                                                                   game except the competition! So grab a
Mandatory Coaches meeting June 1.                                                                                                       bat, and get ready for some major fun.
                                                                                                                                        All games will be played on Sundays at
Belle Ziegler Park, Lee Jordan and                                                                                                      Lee Jordan Field. Individual registration
Hodges fields                                                                                                                           is accepted for players not already on a
Saturday mornings, June 11 – Aug. 6                                                                                                     team as well as team registrations for
                                                                                                                                        groups. All games are umpired by MSUA-
TP Resident      $55*                                                                                                                   certified umpires. Rosters must consist
Non-Resident     $65                                                                                                                    of at least 50 percent Takoma Park
No games July 2.                                                                                                                        residents to qualify for the resident entry
                                                                                                                                        fee. Roster limit 25. For more information
*A special $15 rate is available to                                                                                                     contact Lew McAllister, 301-891-7284 or
TP resident who can provide proof of
enrollment in the Free or Reduced Meals        Afternoon Addition enjoyed the first warm day of the year outside.
program or similar financial assistance                                                                           Photo by Eric Rasch
                                                                                                                                        Lee Jordan Field and Nolte #2
                                                                                                                                        200 Denver Road, Silver Spring
Girls Lacrosse Clinic                        and skills of the game. Lacrosse sticks                                                    Sundays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
                                             will be provided. Instruction will be       Hodges Field                                   May 1 – June 19
Grades 3 - 6
We offer this session once per year,         given by Tessa Mork. No experience is       (Behind TP Elementary)
                                             required. Maximum 20, minimum six. All      Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.,                  Individual Fee
and accept only 20 girls per session,
                                             participants who register before April 15   May 18 – June 15                               TP Resident       $45
to insure the personal, high-quality
                                             will be eligible for free admission to a                                                   Non-Resident      $55
attention that creates an ideal learning
environment for beginning or established     Montgomery Blair High School lacrosse       TP Resident      $25
                                                                                                                                        Drawing and Watercolor
players. The clinic will cover basic rules   game.                                       Non-Resident     $35
                                                                                                                                        Ages 11 – 14

                          Silver Foxes For Active Adults Over 55
                                                                                                                                        Have fun learning to draw with black,
                                                                                                                                        white and colored drawing materials.
                                                                                                                                        Paint with watercolors, use pen and ink
                                                                                                                                        and explore mixed media approaches
                                                                                                                                        to representational imagery. Subjects
  Tennis Instruction Class                   light breakfast (bagel, coffee, juice).     891-7280 to pre-register, then fill
                                                                                                                                        will include still life portrait, landscape
  Ages 55 and older.                         Bring your lunch.                           out registration forms by 5/9/11 or
                                                                                                                                        (weather permitting) and floral studies.
  According to Dr. Gordon Blackburn, of                                                  earlier.
                                                                                                                                        Beginning students welcome. The focus
  the Miller Family Heart and Vascular       8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., May 2
                                                                                         Hillwood Estate/Gardens,                       of the class is appropriate for students
  Institute, playing tennis on a regular     Meet at Takoma Park Community
                                             Center, 7500 Maple Ave. Bus pick            Washington, D.C.                               interested in developing a portfolio for
  basis is a good way to get aerobic
                                             up at Franklin, Mapleview and Victory                                                      entry into the Visual Art Center at Albert
  exercise, burn calories, lower blood                                                   Ages 55 and older
                                             Tower apartments only. Registration                                                        Einstein High School. $25 materials fee
  pressure, reduce the risk of heart                                                     Hillwood Estate, Museum and
  disease and improve agility and            is required. Please call 301-891-7280                                                      paid directly to the instructor on the first
                                                                                         Gardens, the grand estate of Post
  balance. In addition, tennis can offer     to pre-register. Registration forms are                                                    day of class. Six weeks. Instructor Katie
                                                                                         cereal heiress, Marjorie Merriweather
  players an opportunity to socialize.       due on 4/29/11 or earlier.                                                                 Dell Kaufman. Maximum 12, minimum
                                                                                         Post, sits on 25 beautiful acres in a
  So, if you are ready to come to the                                                                                                   seven.
                                                                                         residential neighborhood in northwest
  courts, get some fresh air, and take       Patuxent River Refuge National              Washington. Come explore the art-
  your stress out on that little yellow      Wildlife Center/Tram Tour,                  filled mansion, 13 acres of formal             Art Room, TP Community Center
  ball, join Pat Rumbaugh, a Takoma          Laurel, Maryland                            gardens, a working greenhouse and              Tuesdays, 3:15 – 5:15 p.m.
  Park resident and award-winning            Ages 55 and older                           the Museum Shop.                               May 3 – June 7
  tennis coach. Beginners and more           The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service          Note: new lunch information. Option            TP Resident     $135
  experienced students are welcome.          facility, located on 12,841                 1: You may pre-order from the                  Non-Resident    $155
  Six weeks. Maximum 12.                     acres, is the largest science and           Hillwood Café (express dining—
                                             environmental education center in           sandwich and soup or salad, dessert            Collage
  Meet at the tennis courts, Takoma          the Department of the Interior. The         and beverage, $19.95 includes tax              18 and older
  Park Middle School                         Visitor Center includes interactive         and gratuity. Checks, made out to              Enjoy new ways of combining materials
                                             exhibits about global issues, wildlife      RA at Hillwood Museum 20721,                   and media. Using a variety of collage
  Fridays, May 6 – June 10                   habitats and endangered species             must be received by Paula Lisowski,
  4 – 5p.m.                                                                                                                             and paper altering processes, students
                                             recovery efforts, and is surrounded         mailed, or in person by 5/16/11.               combine found and altered papers and
  No cost. Registration and registration     by forests, lakes and trails. When we       This is the only way to guarantee              lightweight three-dimensional materials.
  form is required to participate in
                                             arrive at the National Wildlife Visitor     lunch selection. Option 2: Purchase            Class covers principles of color, such
  this class. Call 301-891-7280 to
                                             Center we will board the Tram (all-         lunch at the café, no pre-order, take          as limiting the color palette, and the
  pre-register. Registration forms due
                                             electric, open –air vehicle, wheelchair     your chance, no guarantee of menu              principles of design, such as structure,
  5/4/11 or earlier.
                                             accessible) for a 30-minute guided          selection availability. Option 3: You          balance, repetition, value and gradation.
                                             tour through forest, meadows and            may bring your lunch.
  *JUST ADDED*                               wetlands. After the tour, you are free
                                                                                                                                        Suitable for beginners, as well as more
                                                                                                                                        experienced students. Basic materials
  Active Aging Expo 2011,                    to explore the Wildlife Nature Visitor      Tues. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  Gaithersburg, Maryland                                                                                                                provided (some personal or found collage
                                             Center. Bring spending money for            May 24
                                                                                                                                        elements may be desired to enhance the
  Ages 55 and older                          lunch at a local restaurant.                Meet at Takoma Park Community
                                                                                                                                        collage). $30 materials fee paid directly
  City of Gaithersburg has invited                                                       Center, 7500 Maple Ave.
                                             9 a.m. – 3 p.m., May 12                     Bus pick up at Franklin, Mapleview             to the instructor on the first day of class.
  us for a free, fun-packed day at
  the Bohrer Park Activity Center.           Meet at Takoma Park Community               and Victory Tower apartments only.
  Enjoy interactive demonstrations,          Center, 7500 Maple Ave. Bus pick            Registration is required. Call 301-            Art Room, TP Community Center
  speakers, authors, performers,             up at Franklin, Mapleview and Victory       891-7280 to pre-register, forms due            Tuesdays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  health screenings, pampering (free         Tower apartments only. $4 admission         by 5/19/11 or earlier. $10 admission           May 3 – June 7
  facials, massages), senior services        per person. Bring cash on 5/12/11.          fee, per person, cash only. Bring with
  information, seminars, dancing. Free       Registration is required, call 301-         you on 5/24/11.                                TP Resident       $205
                                                                                                                                        Non-Resident      $235
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                                                                                            THE AudIO ALTERNATIvE:
   Takoma Park Library
  CALENDAR                                   Listening to Books Grows in Popularity
  Community Circle Time                               By Karen MacPherson                  survey found.                                     ing challenges or whose first language isn’t
  Every Tuesday                                                                              Despite the increasing popularity of au-        English, listening to a book is “cheating” for
  Two times: 10 a.m. OR 11 a.m.                Heard any good books lately?                diobooks, however, there still is a stigma at-    other students.
  Spanish Circle Time                          Listening to books—in the car, on an        tached to “just” listening to a book, instead       Reading experts, however, say that audio-
  Every Thursday                            MP3 player, on a computer or e-reader,         of reading a print version of it. Even adults     books are a great tool to allow people of all
  10:30 a.m. with Señora Geiza              or even on a mobile phone—has become           who enjoy audiobooks find that they some-         ages to read more books. In particular, the
  Thanks to the Friends of the Library      increasingly popular in recent years with      times are denigrated for listening to a book,     audio format can attract more young read-
  for sponsoring this program.              both adults and kids.  To                                                                                         ers because it makes read-
  Bedtime Stories                           keep up with that inter-                                                                                          ing a “cool” activity. And,
  Monday, May 2, 7 p.m.                     est, our Library has put                                                                                          as reading expert Frank
  Come in p.js, bring your teddy or         together a growing col-                                                                                           Serafini of the University
  other stuffed favorites as we read        lection of audiobooks for                                                                                         of Nevada put it in a paper,
  some stories and sing some songs
                                            all ages, featuring both                                                                                          Audiobooks and Literacy,
  in this half-hour program. Perfect for
  babies, toddlers, preschoolers and        fiction and non-fiction,                                                                                          “The road to becoming a
  their grown-ups.                          as well as best-sellers and                                                                                       reader begins with hearing
                                            classics.                                                                                                         stories read aloud.”
  How My Grandmother
  Found a Story
                                               The most recent con-                                                                                              Other benefits of audio-
  Thursday, May 5, 7 p.m.                   sumer survey by the Au-                                                                                           books, according to reading
  Featuring Berkeley, Calif. storyteller    dio Publishers Associa-                                                                                           experts, include:
  Patricia Bulitt our program will cul-     tion, for example, found                                                                                             •	 Exposing	 readers	 to	
  minate with a unique Mother’s Day         that more than one-third                                                                                          new vocabulary and an ap-
  craft. Best for ages 4 up; registration   of all adults surveyed                                                                                            preciation for literary lan-
  encouraged. Azalea Room, TP Com-          have listened to an au-                                                                                           guage. This is particularly
  munity Center.                            dio book, and 20 percent                                                                                          important for children or
  Favorite Poem Evening                     have listened in the past                                                                                         adult English language
  Thursday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.                year. Audiobook listeners                                                                                         learners, who can listen to
  Come read your favorite published         are better educated than                                                                                          audiobooks that are still
  poem, or just enjoy listening. Call       non-listeners, with 21                                                                                            too complex for them to
  Ellen at the Library for information or   percent of them having                                                                                            read in print;
  e-mail Re-
                                            completed post-graduate                                                                                              •	 Providing	 an	 under-
  freshments provided by the Friends of
  the Library.                              work—twice as many as                                                                                             standing of the correct pro-
                                            non-listeners.                                                                                                    nunciation of words;
  Friends Reading Group
                                               While the median age                                                                                              •	 Demonstrating	 fluent	
  Discussion of “Bleak House”
                                            of audiobook listeners is                                                                                         reading skills while help-
  Wednesday, May 11                         48, more young people                                                                                             ing readers improve their
  7:30 p.m. – Community Center              are becoming attracted                                                                                            listening skills;
  All welcome!                              to the idea of listening to                                                                                          •	 Allowing	 readers	 to	
  French Circle Time                        books, according to the APA statistics. For    instead of reading it.                            multi-task as they can listen to a book while
  Saturday, May 14                          example, 23 percent of audiobook listeners        Many parents worry, meanwhile, that            doing other tasks (great for getting kids to
  10:30 a.m. with Madame Marie              are 18-24 years old, drawn to the ability to   their children won’t develop their reading        do chores!).
  Thanks to the Friends of the Library      download their favorite reads. In addition,    skills if they listen to books. Listening to        To get the most out of listening to books,
  for sponsoring this program.              45 percent of adult audiobook listeners who    books is increasingly accepted in educa-
  Comics Jam                                have children under age 18 report that their   tion, yet some teachers still feel that, while                             AUDIO BOOKS
  Wednesday, May 18, 4 p.m.                 children listen to audiobooks as well, the     audiobooks are fine for students with read-                          continues on page 11
  Come read comics with us on the big
  screen! Thanks to the Friends of the
  Library for sponsoring this program.
  Friends Reading Group                       Award Winning                                                                                 with her performance in “Alchemy and
                                                                                                                                            Meggy Swann” (ages 10-14), Kellgren nets
  Wednesday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.
  Community Center                            Audiobooks                                                                                    a fourth Odyssey Honor. In its citation,
                                                                                                                                            the Odyssey committee said: “Through
  Discussion of “As I Lay Dying” by Wil-
  liam Faulkner. All welcome !                                                                                                              her ability to sing in character, honk like
                                                      By Karen MacPherson                                                                   a goose and capture the voices of a variety
  Friends of the Library Book Sale                     with Ellen Robbins                                                                   of Londoners, Kellgren transports audi-
  Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  On the Library lawn.
                                                                                                                                            ences to Meggy’s Elizabethan world.”
                                                There are several hundred audiobooks                                                           In “The Knife of Never Letting Go”
  (See article)                               for kids and teens published each year,                                                       (ages 15 up), a novel written by Patrick
  French Circle Time                          and it can be hard to know which ones are                                                     Ness, a teen named Todd is on the brink
  Saturday, May 21                            worth the listening time. So, three years
  10:30 a.m. with Madame Marie                                                                                                              of a birthday that will make him a man
                                              ago, the American Library Association                                                         in the futuristic world in which he lives.
  Thanks to the Friends of the Library        created the Odyssey Award as a way to
  for sponsoring this program.                                                                                                              But Todd discovers a disturbing secret
                                              spotlight the best audiobooks for kids and                                                    and must run for his life. The Odyssey
  Junior Banned Books Club                    teens each year.
  Monday, May 23, 6:30 p.m.                                                                                                                 committee said that, “[Narrator Nick] Po-
                                                In choosing the Odyssey winners, a         perfect wisecracking voice for 12-year-          dehl’s gripping narration of this disquiet-
  For kids in third, fourth and fifth
                                              committee of librarians listens to dozens    old Gratuity “Tip” Tucci in “The True            ing work of dystopian fiction is master-
  grade. We’ll be discussing “A Wrinkle
  in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle.
                                              of audiobooks and considers such things      Meaning of Smekday” (ages 7-12),  a book         ful.”
  A limited number of copies of the           as the voice and diction quality of the      written by Adam Rex.  But Turpin’s true             Two narrators – Emily Janice Card and
  book are available for check-out at         reader (or readers), whether the perfor-     genius comes through in her audio por-           Emma Bering – bring to vivid life author
  the main Library desk. Thanks to the        mance is “dynamic” and reflects the text,    trayal of J.Lo, a renegade “Boov,” or alien      Jennifer Donnelly’s centuries-spanning
  Friends of the Library for sponsoring       and the quality of the sound, including      creature. She uses various vocal tricks to       novel, “Revolution” (ages 14 up).  As the
  this program.                               any background music and sound effects.      capture the whirring, clicking sounds            Odyssey committee said: “Card and Ber-
  Banned Books Club                             This year’s Odyssey winner, as well as     made by J.Lo – as well as his eccentric          ing portray both an edgy Brooklyn teen
  Monday, May 23, 7:30 p.m.                   the four Odyssey Honor (or runners-up)       grammar and accent — and seamlessly              mourning the death of her younger broth-
  Award-winning book club for middle-         winners, are great examples of how won-      works them into the narrative.                   er and an eighteeth-century Parisian girl,
  and high-school students                    derful audiobooks can be for kids and                                                         caregiver to the doomed dauphin. The nar-
  Our book is “The Hunger Games” by           teens. Here’s a closer look:                 2011 Odyssey Honor books:
  Suzanne Collins.                                                                                                                          rators’ dramatic, forceful performances
  Thanks to the Friends of the Library                                                       Actress Katherine Kellgren has won an
  for sponsoring this program.                2011 Odyssey Award winner:                   Odyssey Honor for each of the years that
                                                Narrator Bahni Turpin provides the                                                                          AUDIO BOOK AWARDS
                                                                                           the award has been in existence. Now,                             continues on page 11
Takoma Park Newsletter                                                                  May 2011                                                                                   Page 11

City TV Debuts Talk Show Highlighting Life in the City
  City TV’s new program, “We Are Takoma                                                          ments, City TV collaborated with several
– The Show,” will highlight life in the City                                                     teenagers. Middle school and high school
in a talk-show format, with host Stephen                                                         students are invited to contact City TV to
Abrams. In May the Recreation Depart-                                                            get involved: staff will teach interested stu-
ment’s Senior Group, “the Silver Foxes,”                                                         dents TV production from lens to screen.
and the Social Security Administration will
be featured. Production of “The Show” in
                                                                                                    If you are a non-profit or a community
                                                                                                 organization you can advertise your activi-
                                                                                                                                                     LIBRARY Briefs
Spanish, “Somos Takoma” will also begin.
                                                                                                 ties on our bulletin board, and also on the
  In May, City TV will continue covering                                                                                                          Friends Book Sale Returns
                                                                                                 City’s facebook page and twitter feed. Con-
the Third Thursday Poetry Series. To see                                                                                                             The Friends of the Library spring
the show live, come Thursday, May 19 at                                                          tact or call 301-891-
                                                                                                 7236.                                            book sale returns May 21 from 10
7:30 p.m. to the Auditorium and enjoy the                                                                                                         a.m. – 3 p.m. on the Library lawn. The
poetry of Michele Wolf, Michael Gavin and        Old Town. Earth Day, Art Hop, Farmer’s             Also, if you would like City TV to cover
                                                                                                                                                  sale always boasts a superior collec-
Takoma Park poet laureate Anne Becker.           Market and the Spring Poetry Series will be     an event or add specific programming to its      tion of the best fiction and non-fiction
  The May edition of Snapshots Magazine          featured in the 98th edition of the maga-       line-up, call 301-891-7118 or send an e-mail     for adults and children, at remarkable
will feature a special on the spring events in   zine show. For some of the Snapshots seg-       to                        prices. This year the Friends had extra
                                                                                                                                                  storage, thanks to Historic Takoma, so
                                                                                                                                                  you can expect to find an even larger
                                                                                                                                                  selection than usual.
                                                 tress Stockard Channing, and the full-cast      charming voice of Isabel Dalhousie, star of
AUDIO BOOKS                                      recordings of Philip Pullman’s “His Dark        the “Sunday Philosophy” series by Alexan-
                                                                                                                                                     Volunteers are still needed to work at
continued from page 10                                                                                                                            the sale, and students may earn service
                                                 Materials” trilogy.                             der McCall Smith.                                learning hours for helping out. If you
                                                   Some great readers for adult audiobooks          Whether you’re already an audiobook           are interested in volunteering, contact
however, it’s important to choose wisely;        include Simon Vance, who reads the Black-       fan, or want to try it out, come to the Li-      Ellen Robbins at the Library, 301-891-
the right voice (or voices) makes all the dif-   stone Audio version of Charles Dicken’s         brary and check out the collection. Staff is     7258, or at
ference in an audiobook. Some classic au-        “Bleak House” and well as “The Girl With        happy to help you find the best audiobook           The semi-annual book sales are
diobooks for kids (also enjoyed by adults)       the Dragon Tatoo” series; Jonathan Cecil,       for your needs and interests.                    among the biggest fund-raisers orga-
include the “Harry Potter” audiobooks by         the quintessential voice of Bertie Wooster         For information about the many ways of        nized by the Friends, and all proceeds
Jim Dale (which are among the best-sell-         in P.G. Wodehouse’s “Jeeves” stories; An-       listening to audiobooks, see the audiobook       go to the Takoma Park Library in the
ing audiobooks of all time, for children or      thony Heald, voice of “The Odyssey” and         posting on the Library’s Books blog, at ta-      form of gifts.
adults), the “Ramona” books, read by ac-         other classics; and Davinia Porter, the
                                                                                                                                                  Stories and talking sticks
                                                                                                                                                  on Mother's Day
                                                                                                                                                     For a special pre-Mother’s Day treat
AUDIO BOOK AWARDS                                Matt Damon, et al. “What a special col-
                                                 lection of preserved and retold folklore,
                                                                                                 Frank Remembered” by Miep Gies and
                                                                                                                                                  for kids and adults, the Library is
continued from page 10                                                                           Alison Leslie Gold, read by Barbara
                                                 creation stories, and fables from Uganda,                                                        presenting a program entitled “How
                                                                                                 Rosenblat. “Barbara Rosenblatt…effort-           My Grandmother Found a Story” on
                                                 Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and all over the Af-        lessly conveys Miep Gies’s pervading
meld two emotional and wrenching plot                                                                                                             Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. in the Aza-
                                                 rican continent” (Audiofile).                   sense of sadness tinged with frustration,
lines.”                                                                                                                                           lea Room.
                                                    “The Word of Promise Audio Bible: New
   Two hugely popular writers for teens,                                                         anger and resentment at the horrors in-             Featuring award-winning Berkeley,
                                                 King James Version” won the Audie for                                                            Calif. Storyteller Patricia Bulitt, the
John Green and David Levithan, teamed up                                                         flicted by the Nazi regime” (Audiofile).
                                                 best audio drama. Read by Michael York,                                                          program focuses on a retelling of her
to tell the stories of two teens with the same   Richard Dreyfus, Gary Sinise, Marisa To-           “Rain: What a Paperboy Learned About
                                                                                                                                                  grandmother’s story from a plate that
name. Now, in the audio version of “will         mei, et al, “The elements of voice, sound,      Business” by Jeffrey J Fox won the Audie
                                                                                                                                                  hung on her kitchen wall. The pro-
grayson, will grayson” (ages 14 up), veteran     and music are densely woven together in         for best business/educational audiobook.         gram begins with Patricia leading the
readers MacLeod Andrews and Nick Po-             this complete New King James Version of         Read by the author. “Fox’s soft vocal ur-        audience in a “talking sticks” exercise
dehl combine their narrative talents.            the Bible…This production style is highly       gency, along with his ability to write and       designed to open everyone’s imagina-
                                                 effective in retelling these stories – thanks   deliver dialogue, creates enormous curi-         tions and get them ready to listen to
Audio Awards                                     to the many talented actors who populate                                                         her compelling story.
                                                                                                 ousity about where the story is going …”
   In addition to the Odyssey Awards, the        the cast…” (Audiofile)                          (Audiofile)                                         The program will conclude with a
annual Audie Awards, held by the Audio              Dashiell Hammett’s “Maltese Falcon”                                                           craft in which everyone will be able to
                                                                                                    Other 2010 Audie winners included
Publisher’s Association (APA), recognize         won for best audio adaptation. Read by                                                           make their own “story plates,” using
                                                                                                 “Bellwether” by Connie Willis for sci-           paper plates and markers. These plates
the best in voice narration within catego-       Michael Madsen, Sandra Oh, Edward
ries of adult as well as children’s books.       Herrmann and a full cast. It is, “…a taut,      ence fiction/fantasy, Charles Dickens’           will make a unique Mother’s Day gift
   The 2010 ‘Audie’ audiobook of the year        well-paced audio production, drawn di-          “Great Expectations” for classics, Walter        for children to make for the special
was “Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African           rectly from the novel, first serialized in      Mosley’s “Devil in a Blue Dress” for mys-        woman in their lives, but adults also
Folktales,” read by Gillian Anderson, Ben-       Mask Magazine in 1929” (Audiofile).             tery and suspense and Kathryn Stockett’s         are encouraged to create their own
jamin Bratt, LeVar Burton, Don Cheadle,             Best biography/memoir was “Anne              “The Help” for fiction.                          story plates.
                                                                                                                                                     Registration is encouraged for this
                                                                                                                                                  program, which is best for ages 4 and
                                                                                                                                                  up. To register, go to: takomapark.
                                                 will open up for retail business. Besides       ing about for recipes that would accommo-
NEW STORES                                       soups, the menu will include salads, sides
                                                                                                                                                  info/library/registration.html or call
                                                                                                                                                  us at 301-891-7259.
continued from page 1                                                                            date her four children, some of whom have
                                                 and desserts. There will be seating in the      allergies to wheat, gluten, oats, soy, corn
                                                 shop, and wi fi for those who want to hop
lyn Polon, offers two kinds of soup each                                                         and dairy.
                                                 on the internet while slurping up the wares.
week, all homemade and vegan, as well as         Polon hopes to open in May.                        Now Iwugo uses the Capital City Cheese-
salads and desserts. Soups are ordered by
phone or on line, and can be picked up at
                                                   To sample the goods pre-opening, go to
                                        for info on how to order.
                                                                                                 cakes kitchen at 7071 Carroll Ave. to bake
                                                                                                 goodies like chocolate chip cookies, rasp-
ten different locations or delivered. There                                                      berry thumbprint cookies, oatmeal raisin
                                                                                                                                                   If you see a crime in progress
are even “soupscriptions” that provide soup      Goodies, and good for you                                                                             and need to contact the
                                                                                                 cookies, lemon bars and birthday cakes.                  Takoma Park Police,
for a month. The Takoma shop will offer             Another homegrown business, but on a         You’ll find her products for sale at Capi-              Call 301-270-1100.
the same selections. Many of the ingredi-        smaller scale, is Leli Bellys (202-403-9534,    tal City, or you can order and pick up at a
ents are locally sourced from area farmers under construction), a brand                                                           If you need to report an
                                                                                                 number of drop sites around town. So far,             emergency that involves
markets. Soups include hearty choices like       new, gluten-free baking business. Founded
West African Safari Stew and smooth se-                                                          orders from the list serve Iwugo has set up          the need for fire or rescue
                                                 this March by Jamie Iwugo, who grew up
lections like Chaotic Lentil Apricot Puree.      in Takoma Park and now lives in Takoma,         have been steady, and Iwugo hopes to even-                services, you must
  Polon says the Takoma shop will start          D.C., Leli Bellys is a one-batch-at-a-time      tually offer her products at the Takoma                      CALL 9-1-1
with deliveries only, then after a few weeks     enterprise. It began when Iwugo was cast-       Park Silver Spring Co-op.
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                                   TAkOMA PARk CALENDAR - MA 2011
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     Let us know if you have a non-profit event that would be of interest to most City of Takoma Park residents, and we’ll consider it for inclusion in the calendar.
                                Deadline for the June issue is May 16. To submit calendar items, email

CITY OFFICE CLOSURES                           Favorite Poem Evening                            May 21, 5 – 7 p.m.                           $15 in advance from designated Takoma
                                               May 5, 7:30 p.m.                                 Now and Then, 6927 Laurel Ave.               merchants, $20 on the day of the tour
            Monday, May 30                     Takoma Park Library                              “Images of America: Takoma Park,” with
 City Offices Closed for the Memorial          Come read your favorite published poem,          co-authors Diana Kohn, Caroline Alderson     5K Challenge
              Day Holiday                      or just enjoy listening. For information, con-   and Susan Schreiber                          May 1, 8 a.m.
                                               tact Refreshments           Free
PUBLIC MEETINGS                                provided by the Friends of the Library.
                                               Free                                             KIDS ACTIVITIES
City Council Meeting
May 2, 7:30 p.m.                               The Secret to a Happy Ending                     Camp Takoma
Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium        May 6, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.                      June 27 – Aug. 12
See for agenda                Takoma Park resident Barr Weissman’s             TP Community Center
                                               documentary about the Drive-By Truckers          Action-packed, traditional summer day
City Council Meeting                           and their congregation of fans as they           camp with a different theme every week,
May 9, 7:30 p.m.                               explore tales of human weakness and              for ages 6 – 12.
Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium        redemption                                       301-891-7100
See for agenda                Advance reservations:
                                               Free                                             COMMUNITY EVENTS
Public Hearing, Hilltop Road Traffic
Calming                                                                                         Morris Dancers
May 9, 7:30 p.m.                                                                                May 1, 6 – 7 a.m.                            Takoma Park Community Center
Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium                                                         Traditional steps dance up the dawn for      Benefit road race and fun run for Safe
Persons wishing to comment may attend                                                           May Day. Additional dance from 9 –           Routes to School
the public hearing and sign up to speak, or                                                     10 a.m. at Gazebo or Community Center
comment in writing to City Clerk Jessie Car-                                                    Free.
penter, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park,                                                                                                      Adult Softball League Season
MD 20912, or                                                               Takoma Park House and Garden Tour            May 1 – June 19
                                                                                                May 1, 1 – 5 p.m.                            Sponsored by the Recreation Department
Ward 6 Night reception                                                                          Tour starts at the Thomas-Siegler Carriage   301-891-7100
May 16, 7 - 7:30 p.m.                                                                           House, on Tulip Ave. between Maple and
Community Center Atrium Lobby                                                                   Cedar avenues

City Council Meeting
May 16, 7:30 p.m.
Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium                                                             MAKE A DIFFERENCE
                                                                                                    PLANT A TREE
See for agenda                The Return of Navajo Boy
                                               Nuclear Free Film Night
                                               May 10, 7:30 p.m.
City Council Meeting
                                               Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium
May 23, 7:30 p.m.                                                                                   discount Trees Available to Beautify Yards, Replace the Canopy
                                               Film focuses on the effect of uranium min-
Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium
                                               ing and the production of nuclear power on
See for agenda
                                               tribal lands, with speaker Linda Gunter.
City Council Meeting
                                                                         The season is right to plant trees, and in Ta-
                                               php?eid=192407220797017                              koma Park that means you could be saving the
May 31, 7:30 p.m.
                                               Free                                                 aging tree canopy in the City. If you’re interested
Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium
See for agenda                                                                     in replacing old growth in your yard, or adding to
                                               “Points of View” Opening Reception                   greenery outside your door, you can save through
                                               May 13, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
ARTS AND LITERATURE                                                                                 the City’s bulk buy tree sale.
                                               The Galleries at Takoma Park
                                               Community Center                                       Acting as a purchasing agent with Arbor Land-
                                               Linocuts by Norman Strike and photo-                 scapers, the City is making a number of species
                                               graphs by Rob Rudick                                 available at wholesale prices. Residents can pur-
                                               Free                                                 chase black gum, red oak, willow oak, red maple
                                                       and sycamore — all native shade trees that usu-
                                                                                                    ally retail for about $350 – for $195, installed.
                                               Tom Prasada Rao Concert                              Sale dates run through May 13.
                                                                    May 18, 7:30
                                                                    Takoma Park
                                                                    Community Cen-
                                                                    ter Auditorium                  Order Form
                                                                    Melodic, ambi-
                                                                    tious, and rever-               Please include check, including tax, written to Arbor Land-
                                                                    ent voice and                   scapers Inc. and be sure to draw a map of the property
                                                                    guitar                          and locations for installation (see order form). Submit to
                                                                    $15 advance,                    Todd Bolton, Takoma Park Department of Public Works, 31
                                                                    $20 door,                       Oswego Avenue, Silver Spring, MD, 20910 by close of business May 13.
Azalea City Concert                                                 $10 student
                                                                                                    Someone will be in touch regarding installation dates.
May 1, 7 p.m.                                                       Institute of Musi-
Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium                             cal Traditions
The 15th anniversary of Azalea City                                            Name___________________________________________________
Recording CD release celebration, featur-
ing eight diverse acts ranging from folk to    Third Thursday Poetry Reading Series                 Address__________________________________________________
country and from roots-rock to Afro-beat.      May 19, 7:30 p.m.                                    Phone____________________________________________________
Free                                           Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium                            Hosted by Martin Fitzpatrick and featuring           Please include a map of property/tree installation locations.
php?eid=160087410717798                        poets Michele Wolf, Michael Gavin and
                                               Takoma Park Poet Laureate Anne Becker
Madison Violet Concert                         Free
May 4, 7:30 p.m.                                        Species                                             Price      Quantity   Total
Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium                                                              Red Maple (2”)                                       195
With banjo, fiddle, mandolin and upright       Friends of the Library Book Sale                      Red Oak (2”)                                         195
bass, Madison Violet performs songs            May 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.                              Willow Oak (2”)                                      195
infused with heartache and loss with an        On the Library lawn                                   Black Gum (2”)                                       195
uplifting twang.                               Free                                                  Sycamore (2”)                                        195
$15 advance, $20 door, $10 student                                                                   6 % Sales Tax
Institute of Musical Traditions                                    Book Signing: “Images of America:                                                                      Total amount enclosed _________
                                               Takoma Park”