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This blog is for members to comment on anything they choose. We hope to gradually taper off use of the list serve, and start using this blog for neighborhood messages. For board business, local news, and other more formal topics, please use the SCA forums.
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  • 18 Feb 2018 3:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Neighbors:

    Longtime Sumner resident Mona Hanford has been Development professional and an eldercare activist. Before that she earned a Masters degree in Russian. Most recently she has been working a book which is out this week. Titled “The Graceful Exit: TenThings You Need to Know” Mona takes on the challenging subject of end-of-life care providing invaluable support and guidance for individuals and their families. Surgeon and former Senator Bill Frist admires her pragmatic approach. In his introduction he cites her for “expertly discussing the ten things you need to know to navigate the inevitable with hope and grace.”

    The book is available on Amazon. is a link to an interview with Mona about the book. 

    Below is a sketch of Mona. Many neighborhood walkers will easily recognize our Sumner author.

    The illustrator thought the author’s page in my book needed a sketch. 
    Liberty and Ace posed for this 

  • 05 Dec 2017 8:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    A Letter From The President

    December 5, 2017




    Dear Members,

    The Sumner Citizens Association has contributed another $5,000 to the SaveWestbard legal fund.  At its meeting in early November, the Board of Directors decided that further support of the litigation opposing excessive development for Westbard was in the best interest of the Sumner community and would not affect SCA’s operations.  We decided to ask the members of the Association for their views about the contribution.  A poll was conducted on the SCA website on Wild Apricot ( and during the week that it was open, we reminded members and offered help in using the poll website. 

    At the present time, there are 227 members eligible to vote.  Of those, 101 participated and 82 members supported the Board’s decision to make the additional contribution. 

    On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank those who participated and told us what they think of the Board’s decision. 


    Happy holidays!


    Rich Landfield,


















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  • 29 Oct 2017 8:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please find attached our latest newsletter.  Printed copies will be distributed shortly.   Enjoy!  SCA Board

    Sumner newsletter Oct 2017.pdf

  • 13 Sep 2017 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SATURDAY, SEPT. 16, 4:30PM-7:30PM

    WHERE: 4900 block of Rockmere Court

    We have two new food trucks lined up for this year!  New local favorite restaurant, Millie's, will be showcasing their food truck menu with delicious tacos and quesadillas.  Tempo di Pasta ( will also be coming to offer a variety of gourmet pasta dishes, as well as wine and beer! 

    Of course, we're extra delighted that award-winning ice cream sandwich truck - Captain Cookie and the Milkman - will be returning to our party this year! Check out their menu and rating as best chocolate chip cookie in DC (  

    We're working on other food trucks coming to offer dinner and drinks for sale.

    Again this year, we'll have activities for all ages:

    * A Bungee Jumper and Bouncy House!

    * Bluegrass band

    * Facepainting

    * Cornhole and sidewalk chalk

    The party is generously supported by dues from the Sumner Citizens Association. All Sumner neighbors welcome! Please help spread the word! Signs will be up in the neighborhood soon.

  • 01 May 2017 9:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us for the Sumner Citizen’s Association Annual meeting 

    When : 23rd May at 7.30-9pm 

    Where: The Waldorf School, 4800 Sangamore Rd (school auditorium)

  • 12 Aug 2016 12:52 PM | Anonymous member

    Hi neighbors, I'd love to know if I'm the only one with this question, but for several years, at very intermittent and unpredictable times, my wife and I have heard what sounds like dynamite explosions for excavation a long distance away. They are muted "thuds" by the time they get to our ears but suggest a pile driver or something substantial, coming from the south or southwest of Sumner.

    The pattern is always 12 to 20 thuds, spaced within about five seconds of each other. The intermittent nature makes it impossible to prepare an attempt to triangulate where they're coming from. Most recently early this week at around 8:00a. Very frustrating.

    I finally put the question to the media relations person at DC Water, thinking the Dalecarlia reservoir might be able to explain. She got back to me right away (yay) and referred me to Tom Jacobus, the head of the Washington Aqueduct, who also got back to me right away (yay) but neither had any answers. My only theory is goose cannons at the reservoir but you'd think Jacobus would know about that.

    Any enlightenment?


    David and Robin Sproul

    5103 Randall Lane 

  • 10 Feb 2016 9:22 AM | Anonymous member

    February 29, 2016  7-8:30  in the St. Dunstons Parish Hall  Roger Berliner will be speaking with the SCA on the topic of the new Westbard Development Plan. All Sumner residents are welcome.

  • 20 Sep 2015 6:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Spread the word to your neighbors! 

    The 4th Annual Sumner Citizens Association Block Party is Coming Up Soon!

    ** Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 4:30-7:30pm; 4900 block of Rockmere Court **

    This year food will be available for purchase from these awesome food trucks:

    * Curley's BBQ: 

    * La Strada Italian:  

    * Captain Cookie and the Milk Man:  


    Activities for all ages will include:

    * (New this year!) A Bungee Jumper! AND a Bouncy House!

    * Bluegrass band

    * Facepainting

    * Cornhole and sidewalk chalk

    Stay updated on twitter: #sumnerparty2015

  • 07 Jan 2015 9:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Montgomery County-provided recycling and trash collections are cancelled for Tuesday, January 6, 2015. For the rest of the week, all County-provided recycling and trash collections will slide, and be one day later than normal.

    The Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station continues to be open with normal hours.

    If your normal collection day is Tuesday, and crews were not able to reach your home today, your collection will be made tomorrow.

    If your collection day is
    Your collection day this week is
    Tuesday Wednesday, January 7, 2015, if your pickups were not made today.
    Wednesday Thursday, January 8, 2015
    Thursday Friday, January 9, 2015
    Friday Saturday, January 10, 2015

    If you have any questions or concerns about your County-provided collection, please call the Montgomery County Customer Service Center at 311 (out-of-County: 240-777-0311, TTY: 301-251-4850).

  • 09 Oct 2014 5:41 PM | Anonymous

    Halloween Safety Reminders

           As families in Montgomery County are making their plans for Halloween, the Montgomery County Police Department would like to offer the following important safety reminders.  Minimizing safety risks will help ensure a Happy Halloween for everyone. 

    1.    “trick-or-treat” only in neighborhoods and at homes known to your family. 

    2.    A parent, other familiar adult, or responsible older sibling should always accompany younger children.

    3.    Older children should plan out a trick-or-treating route with their parents, wear a watch, carry a cell phone and return home at an agreed upon time. 

    4.    Children should never approach a home without lights.

    5.    Children should not eat any collected candy until an adult has inspected it.

    6.    Any unwrapped or partially wrapped candy should be thrown away.

    7.    Keep yard clear of items such as ladders, and hoses that could trip young children.

    8.    Battery jack-o’-lantern candles are preferable to using a real flame.

    9.    If you do use candles, place the pumpkins away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.

    10. Keep paper or cloth yard decorations away from burning candles. 

    Children should carry a flashlight when trick or treating.  They should walk on sidewalks where available, cross the street at the corner or in a crosswalk. Also wear brightly-colored, or reflective costumes that won’t cause tripping.  Face make-up is preferable to wearing a mask, but if a child is wearing a mask it should not impair the child’s vision.

    Motorists are advised to drive slower and with extra caution through neighborhoods on Halloween.   

    Halloween falls on Friday this year however there may be Halloween parties during the weekend.  Any adults attending a party where alcohol is being served should utilize a designated driver, or take other measures to prevent drinking and driving.  Parents of teens should take responsibility to make certain that alcohol is not available at teen Halloween parties.

    Following these common sense practices adds an extra measure of safety for those families who would like to allow their children to trick or treat, and for those teens and adults who may be enjoying Halloween parties.


    There are also good safety tips provided by area Humane Societies/Animal Shelters for families with pets:

    • Keep pets inside. Pets, especially cats, can be vulnerable targets for pranksters on Halloween night. Keep them safe indoors to avoid possible trouble.
    • More chocolate is sold on Halloween than at any other time of year.  Be sure to keep pets away from candy bowls to avoid accidental ingestion of chocolate, which is harmful to dogs and cats. Also beware of candy wrappers, which can be hazardous if swallowed.
    • Beware of jack-o’-lanterns lighted with candles - a wagging tail can easily knock them over and cause a fire hazard. Or a curious kitty can get his paws or nose burned by the flame. Use a safety glowstick or flashlight instead.
    • Keep your pet safe in his own room during trick or treat time. A quick dog or cat can dart out a door that is opening and closing often. Also, the sight of strangely dressed people at the door can be very stressful for pets.
    • Only dress up your pet if he is receptive to it. Don't cause undue stress on your furry friend. Use treat training to help your pet get used to his costume, but if he doesn't seem happy, take it off.
    • Masks are never a good idea for pets. Masks can cut off peripheral vision, making a dog or cat nervous about its surroundings. Even the best behaved dog or cat can get nippy when he can't see what's coming from the side.
    • Make sure your pet's costume fits properly, and does not constrict breathing or movement. Just as with a collar, make sure you can fit two fingers in between the costume and your pet's neck.
    • Inspect the costume and remove any small or dangling pieces that could become a choking hazard.
    • Don't forget to ID your pet! Shelters are always busy around holidays with pets that have wandered away from home.  An ID tag or microchip helps identify your pet so he can be returned home if he gets lost.

    Please report any suspicious person and/or vehicles to Police!

    Emergency 911

    Non-Emergency Police 301-279-8000  

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