February 1983

U | Volume-16, No.-6 ……… ~ER’V/NG THE-PEOPLE OF CABIN JOHN AND BEYOND February 1983 COMMUNITY CALENDAR (If you want your event listed in this calendar, FLAGS ALONG MacARTHOa please call Susan Luchs, 320-3401, by the 10th Who puts up the flags of the month. The calendar is open to all com- munity groups. ) Tuesday, February 22 Cabin John Citizens Asso- ciation Meeting. 8 p.m., Clara Barton • School. Robert Merriman of the County Dept. of Transportation will report on improve- men~§ ~b Seven Locks Road. Thursday, Febr_u_ary 24 Family Bingo Night. 7 : 30 p.m. Bannockburn school. Prizes. All ages welcome. .~ Saturday, March 12 Special Spaghetti Dinner, Cabin John United Methodist Church. 6 to 8 p.m. Adults $3, children $1.50. For tickets call Elaine Tama, 229-8733. All are welcome. (The church is also conducting a food and clothing drive for the Salvation Army. Dona- tions can be made at the church hall, 77th along MacArthur Boulevard on national holidays? Answer: the Cabin John Post (#5633) of the Vete- rans of Foreign Wars. The Cabin John VFW Post was formed in 1967 wit~=’97 ~ charter members, 80 men and 17 women. This month the Village News talked with Ralph Morgal (6521 75th Street) to find out more about them. The VFW is a community service organization open to any veteran who has at MacArthur, any Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 served in a foreign con- p.m., or by calling Marily Lantz at 229-7494) flict. It honors the dead and helps survivors and Tuesda2. March •15 Kindergarten Round-Up at Ban- families. Members of the –nockburn School. All 5-year olds (by Dec. Cabin John Post regularly 31,1983) and their parents are invited to visit local military hos- visit the school and meet the staff. Please pitals and a local chil- call Ms. Wright, the school scretary, at dren’s home. 229-3097, to Schedule your appointment. . . ^, • ~continuea on page ~) lllil llillililllllllllllllllillllllllBlllillllllll llllilillllllllllllll~llll, llllmWillllll IS THERE STILL UNDEVELOPED LAND IN CABIN JOHN? By C.J. “Roving ~yes” Believe it or not, there are still several rather large undevel- oped parcels of land in Cabin John. One tract of land, known as the Lemm Tract, is located on a hill on the right side of MacArthur Blvd. just past Persimmon Tree Road. A developer is negotiating purchase of a right-of-way from the Persimmon Tree Homeowners Association and is discussing development plans with that association and with the Land Use Committee of the Cabin John Cit- izens Association. Three possible plans have been discussed, with !6 to 19 houses.contemplated, in the ~225,000 range (although under one plan three might be Moderately Priced Dwellin~ Units (MPDUs) at about $70,000). There-are very steep grades which means environmental controls are necessary. The Land Use Committee has asked that there be a path from this new development to other places in Cabin John, since the view of the Potomac is fabulous and should be shared. Another parcel of land facing development is the 10 acre Burgess Trace between the Palisades Swim- ming Pool and 81st St. A developer will start with 5 houses this spring, with access from Buxton Terrace. For more information on land use questions, call the Land Use Committee chair, Maureen Wil3oughby~ at 229-5794. THE VILLAGE NEWS WHAT RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR CABIN JOHN? ==’ A public hearing on replacing the fire -~ -” damaged recreation center near the Union Arch “.= Bridge was to be held on February 15, just af- -” ter this issue of the Village News went to ” :press. At the initiative of the Cabin John CitizenL .issoclation, several residents of Ca- == bin John and surrounding communities met-on February 10 to discuss ideas on recreational needs in preparation for the hearing. A wi~e variety of viewpoints were presen- ted and a lively debate developed over wheth- er existing facilities in the school should be more intensively used or whether additional indoor facilities were needed and, if so, what the function and type of building should be, such as a passive solar submerged struct- ure or a gymnasium. in the en~ consensus was reached that no-one favored only~a p icnlc shelter or only a stick-for-stlck re’placement of the old buil- ding. Everyone agreed that the community needed replacement of the old building with modifications that would serve multiple pur- poses with concentration on teen recreation, as well as enhancement of the outdoor recre- ational facilities, such as basketball courts. There was also a strong sentiment for preser- ving the aesthetic, natural and historic cha- racteristics of the current recreation center site. The pubilc hearing on February 15 was the second opportunity for Cabin Johners to present views. It was scheduled by the Maryland National Parks and Planning Commission Recre- ation Area I Advisory Board. Earlier, on January 26, Pat Connelly, President of the Cit- izens Association, had appeared before-the Montgomery County Council on January 26 when it was considering the capital budget. To keep people informed of current County recreational programs, representatives of the Department of Recreation spoke at the Citizens Association meeting on January 25. Rick Robin- son talked about the traditional programs, such as teen centers and teen clubs in schools, while Mary Pelz and Charles Steinbraker descri- bed special outreach work with teens who do not participate in more organized programs but do enjoy activities with their friends. They have been active in Cabin John and persons who would like more information about these acti- vities can call Charles Steinbraker at 468-4220. — Linda Billings ,~. 229-I~~~~ f ………. —~ , JUDY HOLT Relocated at HAIR BOUTIQUE i Littie Falls Mall , 229-3232 ‘i (formerly ,at Vin- ! i cent & Vincent) ‘ ~m~ ~.~ Jm~zs~mmm, e~masmms~ ~mn~ sow i (continued from page 1 When the Post got started they met wherever they could. Then in 1968 they bought 2 acres and a brick building at 1-1.511 MacArthur Boulevard (be- yond Falls Road) where they are to this day. Out- side are two naval guns that used to be at the en- trance of the David Taylor Model Basin. The building wasbuilt in 1912 by the owner of the Great Falls hotel to keep locals (which includ- ,ed a large and rowdy popu- lation of miners in shacks ~p and down the road) en- tertalned and away from his hotel. Later it became a home. The VFW doubled “ts size, adding a 60 sq. ft. meeting hall where they also hold dinners and par- ties, like the annual oy– ster roast and bull roast. The Cabin John Post is a comfortable hang- out for its 200 or so members — mostly from Cabin John — with a bi~,. fireplace, color TV, pool table, kitchen, bar and most of all congenial com- panions~. They always welcome new members, p~r- ticulari~: younger vets who may not be aware of the benefits of member- ship, The Post’s phone number is 299-9692. i omoving i i °hu’ z i …- oTard work i ~|’|ij|jjjg||;||JJJ|JJJJl|lJJ|||t|l|i|J||t THE VILLAG~ NEWS 3 GettinK to Know the People of Cabin John • TH~MA MARSHALL: 30 YEARS WITH THE GARDENS By Barbara Martin ing to the newly-formed Cabin Jonn ………. Thelma Lineburg Marshall was a ….. Garde~ns’~-nc'”~ao C°°peratlve h°using new bride when she moved into Cabin project. John Gardens in 1952. She and Pear- man Marshall had just been married in the Cabin John United Methodist Church. Raised on a farm in Shenandoah County near Strasburg, Thelma was working in Vienna, Virginia, when her landlady persuaded her to come to a dance at the Junior Order Hall (across the river in Cabin John) where the landlady’s husband was ~:~ ~: playing in the band. And there she met Pearman Marshall who had grown up in Cabin John. Was she impressed with his won- derful dancing? “No,” says Thelma, “he wasn’t much of a dancer then, and he still isn’t.” But something clicked, and when Pearman went over- seas to fight in the Korean War, the romance flourished by mail. Soon af- ter he returned, the young couple were married. They moved in with Pearman’s family at 8 Webb Road. In 1952 the Federal Government owned the 100 houses in the Gardens and rented them to people who worked at the David Taylor Model Basin andto vet- erans. When a house down the street became available, Thelma and Pearman were qualified as renters since Pearman was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. When they moved in, they paid rent ~ of $42 a month. Their first child. PhiLip, was born in 19T4 and soon was joined by sister Cynthia. During these years, Thelma cared for other children — some of them Gardens children — as well as her own. Eventually two more daughters were born to the Marshalls — Maria and Lisa. Thelma and her husband remember 1956 as a significant year, for it was then that they became homeown- ers. In November of that year, the Federa Government sold 19 acres, 100 houses, and t~e community build- Members of that first Board of Directors were William Sayers, James Church, Kenneth Wllcoxon, Dag- ney Newman, and Kimber Inkrote. By the terms of its Incorporatlon,mem- bers own their houses, but not the land on which the houses stand. The Corporation takes care of taxes, street and sewer maintenance, and any community problems that concern its members. The sales Committee and the Board of Directors pass on prospec- tive buyers. “The Corporation checks their credit standing and chracter references,” Thelma ex- plains, “but doesn’t enter the fin- ancial dealings between buyer and seller.” In 1966, Thelma began working at the Gardens efflce (located in the Community Building right across from her house), and in 1973 she became the Corporation manager, a job she has held for the last 10 years. As manager, Thelma receives the members’ monthly payments, man- ages the seven rental houses the Corporation owns, keeps accounts, arranges the calendar for members and groups who use the meeting room, makes referrals for mainten- ance work, and listens to people’s stories of joy and sadness. Al~chough her o tficial office hours are limited to three evenings a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) and the first two Saturday mornings of the month, Thelma’s involvement in the business and life of the Gardens is constant. “This morning a woman called me at 4 a.m. because her water heater sprung a leak. I didn’t mind. These people are my friends and they’re all nlce peo- ple.” Thelma and Pearman paid $4,700 for their house in 1956. Today Gar- dens houses sell for whatever the market will bring, and this varies (continued on page 4) / HE VILLAGE NEWS (continued from page 3) signlflcan~y. ‘according to what improvements have been made. Last year several houses aold in the $70,000’ s. Of the original 100 units, ……… 25 had three bedrooms, 75 had two bedrooms. All that is different now, since owners can make whatever changes or additions they want, ~b- ject .to approval by the Oarde,~8 Board of Directors,and of co~,rse ~ne Montgomery County buildit,g code off- ice. And so Gardens familie~ have built upper storeys, additions an the side or back, greenhouses, and solar heating units. The uniformity that once characterized Gardens houses has given way to a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and styles. And what of the people who live in the Gardens? Twenty-two of the houses are still owned by the origi- nal buyers. Up until about 10 years ago, Thelma says, there was very little turnover. But since then many of the oldtimers have died, or re- tired and moved away. Thelma sees fewer teenagers and small children now. “But there are more and more young couples, so maybe we’re starting a new generation.” Thelma’s mother-ln-law, Mrs. MarthaMarshall, and Mrs. Frances Hannon are the oldest residents — both in their 80’s –and Brian Corrigan, born last month, is the • young est. Occupations of the 100 member families cover the whole range of possibilities. Doctor, lawyer, me -. chanic, secretary, self-employed– they’re all there. And Thelma knows everybody. “It’s a close community,” Thelma says. “We know each other and help each other.” The Corporation has a heart too. “If people get be- hind in their payments, we give them time to catch up; we don’t throw them out.” The original Board had five members; it has now been increased to seven. “They’ve always been lay- people,” Thelma says proudly, “not professional managers.” There are four titled officers, three members- at-large. The Board meets twice a month to go through a typical agenda of budget preparation, sewer breaks, road maintenance, abandoned cars, 4 new applicants for membership (home purchase), and any written complaints submi ,ted by members. Quarterly, there are full membership meetings. The members (with one vote per house- hold) elect the Board Directors to thre e°–y ear t erm s~ ‘~t~en .~the–Bo ard …. chooses its own officers. The Community Center, an attrac- tive green building on Webb Road, is the hub of Gardens activities. It houses Thelma’s office, a large meet- ing room used for Corporation meet- ings and private (member) parties, and a workroom equipped as a carpentry and machine shop for use of Gardens resldents. ~Besides herofficlal and unof- ficial involvement with the Gardens, Thelma works fulltime for Blind In- dustrles of Maryland, enjoys flower gardening, Joins activities at the Methodist Church, helps her husband with his VFW volunteer work at Navy Hospital, and mothers her family. Philip is a Montgomery County fire- man who lives in Germantown with his wide Brenda and Thetma’s grand -~ son. Cynthia, a program analyst at NIH, has an apartment in Rockville, Maria lives with her husband, Billy Biebusch, in Aspen Hill, and works in the printing business. Lisa, the only offspring still at home, is a senior at Walt Whitman and teaches a nursery Sunday School class. Thelma expects to stay on as Manager of the Gardens “as long as they want me.” Since she is obvi- ously as important to the Gardens as the Gardens is to her, that should be for many years. “~lll Illllllllllllllllllllllll IIIi1 llllllllllllllll,. ” NO JOB TOO SMALL : i ~, OR TOO LARGE 1 1 Z l ” . : CONTRACTOR 320 – 5623 ” “llllllllll IIIIIIIIIllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllJ TIlE VILLAGE NI-WS To the Editor: ~.t On Wednes~day, Jan. 19, my 9 year old son Derek was hit by a car while crossing MacArthur Blvd. at the western end of GLOBAL 2000 AND US turns available to both in late 19~g “~ne ~oun -~ individuals and civic oil on Environmental Qual- groups. The Beverage In- ity submitted “The Global dustry Recycling Project 2000 Report to the Presi- (BIRP) is paying 20¢ per dent”. This was the first pound for aluminum in Union Arch• Bridge. He was worldwide look at the walking home from an after state of the environment school-acti:vity. He luckily and Where it was headed. escaped with only a head injury which will heal; it could have been so much worse. We are very thankful to the unknown man who lots of less than 50 pounds and 22¢ per pound in lots bver 50 pounds. The conclusions were not This works out to be @Mout optimistic: unless mankind I¢ per can. changed its behavior,the The BIRP facility planet would slowly lose (phone: 770-3838) is loca- its ability to sustain ted next to the Levitz quickly stopped and helped life. This was not an ex- Derek while waiting for the tremist report. It was rescue squad. We are also thankful to the driver of the car who was one of the few who do not speed across -~~:~ the bridge. We have lived in Cabin Furniture outlet at the corner of Randolph Road an, factual and pragmatic. Rockville Pike and is opan So what? Why is this from 12 noon to 5PM, Tues- important t9 Cabin John? day through Saturday. They Because small s~eps ca;~ pay cash on the spot and be taken at a very practi-also pay:~ for recycled cal level which will ease glass and plastic contain- John about five years and pressure on the environ” have often thought how dan- ment and reap both short gerous MacArthur can be to the dozens of pedestrians and bicyclists who cross from the bike path or the Gardens ~o the northern side of Cabin John or vice versa. How much safer it would be to have a few marked crosswalks (possi- bly at the Rec Center/ Bridge, the Clara Barton School and the shopping center) or even better a ers. And while in the Rock • ville Pike area you can and long term benefits, fill up your gas tank for If Cabin Johners, indi- 8 to 10 cents less per gal vidually and collectively, lon than local stations ar recycled their aluminum, charging, by Frazier Kello~ then several things would h ap pen: —~(~2-;* ~’— *Pressure on solid. waste landfills and atten- DANCING ON TUESDAYS ….. d~nt tax costs would be A bit of Scotland comes reduceg, to Cabin John every week *The energy cost of pro-in the form of Scottish ducing aluminum would be Country Dancing. St. Colu~: reduced. (It costs only a- ba’s Scottish Country Dane pedestrian-activated traf- be=t 5% as much to produce Group has made Clara Barto fic signal. With the possi- aluminum from recycled ma- School its home every lh~,?: bility of a Teen Center terial as it does from day night for the last two opening at the rec center, mining.) This would also even more people will be reduce the international crossing MacArthur and pressure on fossil fuels. risking life and limb. Sure- *Pressure on the ozone ly the residents of ~ Cabin layer would be reduced. John are worth at least This shield protects hu- that much protection, mans from the harmful V~ars. We invite you to j~%n u~ at 8PM for classes and soclal dancing. Bring the kids — we have co-op bab vsi ttin ~ ! 3esinners are welcome 5 –Marian Purtell effects of ultra-violet weeks a year, and you don’ ……………………… light from the sun. The e-need to bring a partner. ‘ rosion of this layer from Soft shoes, such as balle~ along roads, the visual PASYPd~’MEATSeCARRV~MJT, ~ quality of the community • a would be improved. GROCERIES’BREMFAST~LUNCH ~ But aside from such MONDAY THROUGH SATU~AY ~ sound environmental tea- | 6;3Og~’~o6:QO~m If sons for recycling, there ! …. . ……………………. ~ a~’e immediate eco~’~omic re- combustion is believed te or shoes sneakers, are bee ‘ be causing increases in for your first class. You I ~ several kinds of cancer, don’t have to be Scottish , *To the extent that alu-to enjoy our dancing — St Columba’s welcomes student of any race, color, age, ~atlonal or ethnic origin. Call me for more informa- ti n~.. Meredlth Morrison 241-8940 TI IF,!~ILLAGI~ NI-‘.WS li _ .. in  i liP ‘~ (Please send your classified ad to P.O. Box 164, Cabin John 20818 by the 10th of the month. The rate is 50¢ per line.) CLASSIFIED I AM OFFERING a babysitting service Monday thru Saturday. Tuesdays and Thursdays after 5:00, rest of w6ekdays after:4:00 except Saturdays. ~ Please call Donna Prather at 229-2060. ÷ ÷ ÷ + + ÷ ÷ + ÷ HELP WANTED: Responsible, loving person to care for a 5½ month old baby, two-three days a week, in my home or yours. Job to begin in April. Call Claudia Reid, 520-4690. + + + + + “t- ÷ + + I AM INTERESTED in information about the Cabin John Recording & Sheet Music Company which ex- 6 t– i  ILLAG£ rtEWS Editorial Team: ~Linda Billings, Cap- pie Morgan, Andy Rice, Susan Vogt G raphi cs : …. Jeanne Casamento, Cathie Nelsen Pro duction: Susan Luchs Business Manager: Susan Gelb Folding Coordinator: Veena Titus The Village News is sup- ,n isted at 6508 79th Street in 1952. Their sheet ~ported by contributions, music was copyrighted under the name American ~proceeds of fundralsing _ j Music Hou:se.~he firm-was operated by Frank Hart-~ events, advertising an.C~SUDo:~ man, Mama Rand and Carl Wall. 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