The Hillandale Bulletin

Elementary Schools
Cresthaven PTA Pres Leslie Ridgway says the Facilities Committee continues to support
the building of two new, separate schools in 2004/2005 to replace overcrowded
Cresthaven Elementary. The alternative is to construct one huge school - not favored by
the Cresthaven PTA or HCA. Your support is needed: tell the County Council and the
Board of Ed you support the two-school approach. To help or for info, email Leslie
Ridgway at to obtain the email addresses for all the players in
local government.

Proposed Transit Center?
Would you like a 500 car parking structure or a bus transit hub in our community?
Montgomery County has hired a contractor who's now conducting a feasibility study to
consider the construction of one or both of these structures in the White Oak Shopping
Center between the Sears building and the garage space, according to community
member Mike Levin. The feasibility study is due soon to The Montgomery County
Department of Public Works and Transportation. Keep your eyes open for public
meetings on this topic and communicate your views.

Improved Golf Course Slated
How about a totally redesigned White Oak 9-hole public golf course…irrigated…a
lighted practice range…even a new clubhouse? That's the $2 million plan on tap by the
County's Park and Planning Commission.

FDA Consolidation Project
The Food and Drug Administration, is now moving forward with a 6-phase consolidation
project at the White Oak Federal Research Center. When completed, the historical front
building will be preserved, and the other two buildings will be demised with new
construction to follow. The project may bring an influx of folks to our community,
leading to property value increases and a boost for local business. Besides, who wants a
700-acre chunk of vacant property, ripe for a new subdivision?

Hey, Slow Down!
Speed traps are coming to Hillandale. Schools are open, so please watch for children
Ease up and be aware…day and night. The cops have promised to crack down on
speeding. The speed limit in our community is 25 mph. Also: when parking in your
driveway, please don't block the sidewalk…it's really dangerous. Keep alert for
cyclists, joggers and people walking dogs…day and night!

Speaking of Crime…
Unfortunately, a few burglary incidents were reported over the summer. See something
funky? Don't let yourself or others become a victim, call 911. See something unusual in
Northwest Branch? Call Park Police at 301/949-3010. Stay alert…now more than ever!

Visit Your Hillandale Website!
Didn't even know we had one, right? Sure we do! Check out for
the latest on our community…Citizen's Assoc info…neighborhood history…crime
info…Hillandale pool and local schools links…and lots more. Save as a "favorite" today
and stay connected.

Beautiful Hillandale
Congratulations to our August winners: Gladys Kidwell of Kidwell Road; Billie Ahrens
of Kimberly Drive; and the Federal Research Center on New Hampshire Ave. Upcoming
award categories: September, water and shade gardens; October, Halloween displays;
November, Fall gardens; December, Holiday displays. Nominate your favorite by
contacting Betsy Bretz at 301/439-8655.

Hillandale Needs You!!
The crime watch needs your help! Block captains and district organizers are needed.
Also, the HCA is seeking a treasurer. Contact Mark Gagern at 301/434-8968 or email to pitch in.

Talk to Us…
Bulletin changes: we now have two new editors, Josh Feldstein (Bulletin) and Daria
Daniel (website). Have an idea for community improvement? Problems you want
addressed? Complaints? Story ideas? Something cool to share? Email Josh or Daria at