Friends of White Flint

Promoting a Sustainable, Walkable and Engaging Community

P.O. Box 2761

White Flint Station

Kensington, MD 20891

Phone: 301-980-3768

Email: info@whiteflint.org


Monthly Archives: October 2010

Josiah Henson Park Sketches

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From Rachel Davis Newhouse, the Montgomery County Parks Dept. Planner-Coordinator for the new Josiah Henson Park on Old Georgetown Rd. at Tilden Lane, comes a Henson Park Existing and Planned from last night’s public hearing on a new master plan for the park. The first is the existing land, showing the farmhouse where Henson worked as supervisor on the Riley plantation, and the old “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” log kitchen.…

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Caution on the Council

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Ever watch someone do something they’d really rather not? Their eyes become sharper, the brow furrows, and the voice becomes richer and deeper. And they punch out the words carefully, like walking on hot coals.

There was a lot of that in today’s Montgomery County Council joint Committee hearing on White Flint infrastructure financing.…

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Arlington Approves Crystal City TIF

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One of the hottest issues in the current debate over financing needed infrastructure in White Flint is whether to use something called Tax Increment Financing, or TIF. The County Executive is vehemently against a TIF; Executive staff have confronted and threatened TIF supporters. Most speakers at last night’s Montgomery County Council hearing supported a TIF.…

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“Support, support, support! White Flint”

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The highlight of last night’s Montgomery County Council public hearing on the White Flint Sector Plan came early: Diane Schwartz-Jones, representing the County Executive, was the first speaker, and she began by waving one of the White Flint Sector Plan’s big orange buttons and saying “we support, support, support White Flint.” Of course, then she went on to say that some of the Executive’s “guiding principles” included “being fair to other communities in the County, so that other areas can realize economic support.” She tried to position the Executive as being in the middle of “several plans” to finance needed infrastructure in White Flint.…

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Public Hearing Thursday on Josiah Henson Park

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The Montgomery County Planning Board will hold a public hearing on plans for the new Josiah Henson Park in White Flint this Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7PM. The park, along Old Georgetown Road by Tilden Lane, is one of the few historical sites preserved in Montgomery County.

Josiah Henson, from www.uncletomscabin.org

The park celebrates the life of Josiah Henson, a wonderfully talented writer and orator, born into slavery, whose early life was captured by Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” The park also chronicles the life of African-Americans in early Montgomery County.…

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Council Background Packet for Tomorrow’s Public Hearing

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Tomorrow night, the Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing on how to finance the infrastructure needed under the White Flint Sector Plan. The hearing will begin at 7:30 in the Council Office Building in Rockville.

Executive and Council discuss financing

(An earlier Council meeting on White Flint financing options; County Council (R) and County Executive and Planning Staff (L)) 

As usual, the Council staff has prepared a background briefing packet for the hearing.…

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Action Cmte for Transit Testimony on White Flint Financing

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The Action Committee for Transit, a member of Friends of White Flint, has published its upcoming testimony for Tuesday’s Montgomery County Council public hearing on financing the infrastructure needed to implement the White Flint Sector Plan. The testimony will be given by Cavan Wilk, a frequent blogger at Greater Greater Washington.…

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Friends of White Flint Letter to Council on Financing

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Today I sent the following letter and statement to the Montgomery County Council:

Dear President Floreen and Members of the Council:

Attached please find a Statement of position on the options for financing infrastructure needed to support the White Flint Sector Plan. Friends of White Flint uses an open process to develop its public policy positions, and this Statement was prepared in an open public meeting, and offered for comment on our blog, the FLOG.…

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Increasing Voter Participation in Montgomery County

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Last night’s debate between the Republican and Democratic candidates for the At-Large seats on the Montgomery County Council was interesting. The host, the Citizens League of Montgomery County, www.mococitizens.org, did a nice job gathering all the candidates for the forum; it was the only time all the candidates appeared together before the election on Nov.…

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Useful Halloween Reminders for Kids and Pets

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Karen Thon of the Regional Service Center which covers White Flint offers the following tips from Montgomery County Police on keeping this a happy and safe Halloween:

 Halloween Safety Reminders

            As families in Montgomery County are making their plans for Halloween observances, the Montgomery County Police Department would like to offer the following important safety reminders. 

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