Gaithersburg West Density: Unreasonable

Two residents ask for reasonable limits to the scale of the Gaithersburg West proposed “Science City” and answer the oft lodged charge that those in opposition are “NIMBYS.”


County’s recycling program expanded


Great News from Montgomery County!!

Effective September 21, 2009, Montgomery County’s recycling program expanded to accept a number of additional items!!

Commingled Materials (these are the materials which go into your blue bin)


 Tupperware™ or Rubbermaid™-type durable reusable plastic containers and lids

  • Non-hazardous aerosol cans (whipped topping; spray cooking oil; deodorant; hair spray; shaving cream) and caps – note: aerosol cans must be emptied before recycling


Mixed Paper Items (include the following paper materials in your wheeled mixed paper recycling cart, or place into a small paper bag or a small cardboard box with a secure lid, or bundle)

  • Milk and juice cartons (remove plastic caps from milk and juice cartons)
  • Frozen food boxes (frozen vegetables and meals)
  • Cardboard ice cream containers and lids
  • Paper coffee and beverage cups
  • Fruit and produce boxes (wax-coated)
  • Juice and drink boxes

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Also:  Mark Your Calendars!


FALL WORKSHOP SERIES:  Greening Your Home & Yard


Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) and the Green Building Institute (GBI) have teamed up to create a five-part workshop series that will be offered at the ANS headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD, this fall. The workshops, listed below, will take place on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. beginning October 7 and ending November 4.


October 7   Ten New Ways to Green Your Home - Instructor – Green Architect Stan Sersen

October 14   Intro to Green Building Materials and Products – Instructor – Jason Holstine, Owner, Amicus Green Building Center

October 21   Creating Your Own Year-Round Vegetable Garden – Instructor – Kit Gage, President, Takoma Park Horticultural Society

October 28   Harvesting and Harnessing Rainwater at Home – Instructor – Paul Bassett, Sustainability Director, Water Management Inc.

November 4   How to Build a Rain Garden – Instructors – Diane Cameron, ANS Conservation Program Director and Jenny Reed, Owner, Natural Resources Design Inc.


The first workshop, “Ten New Ways to Green Your Home,” will be taught by noted green architect and GBI founder Stanley Sersen. The workshop’s opening night on October 7 will feature a reception from 6-7 p.m., which will be open to the public. Councilmember Roger Berliner, who represents District 1 (Bethesda/Chevy Chase/Potomac) will speak about home energy conservation rebates and other environmental and energy initiatives. Workshop presenter Stan Sersen will also speak briefly at the reception about his vision for a regenerative green economy. Refreshments will include a birthday cake for Stan!


Workshop fees are very reasonable! A single workshop costs only $40 for members of either GBI or ASN, while a non-member pays $55. Members of either GBI or ANS will pay $160 for the entire series, and non-members pay $200.


Registration form is available at . If you have questions, call GBI’s Lisa McDowell at 443-733-1234. Or contact ANS Conservation Director, Diane Cameron, at or at 301-652-9188 x22.





Science City or Sprawling Mess?

Science City or Sprawling Mess?

The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda is one of the largest employers in Montgomery County. It’s so big, it has its own Metro stop. County lawmakers are now reviewing planning and zoning changes that would allow a science-focused development on a similar scale in an area west of Gaithersburg – anchored by Johns Hopkins University. But the nearest Metro stop is four miles away. Matt Bush reports on how residents, politicians, planners and the school are battling over what some are calling an impending traffic nightmare.

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No Child Left Inside

With Children now back in school - Don’t forget the invaluable lessons learned from nature, outdoors.  See: