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  • 14 Dec 2018 6:54 PM | Anonymous member


    I have family trying to move back to DC, and into the Sumner neighborhood. If any of you are thinking about selling your home, please let me know! They would be moving ASAP (posted as of December 14th).


    Erin Vieira

  • 08 Oct 2018 9:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    Have you heard? There’s a NEW way to get solar energy without installing anything at all! No wires, no panels, no hassle! Plus, it’s one of the least expensive clean energy options out there and there are no upfront fees! I’m thrilled I signed up with Neighborhood Sun to bring innovative green energy to my home, and wanted to spread the news to you.

    How does it work? All you have to do is subscribe to solar through Neighborhood Sun! Your electric utility offsets your bill with “solar credits” for the amount of electricity that is produced by your solar share. Your utility company will still be delivering your electricity, but now you can say that you get clean, renewable energy at a discount!

    If you’re interested in learning more, reach out to Neighborhood Sun at 240-284-6245. Have questions? You can also schedule a call with Neighborhood Sun staff at your convenience.

    We also crafted this new infographic for explaining community solar that you are more than welcome to attach in your email to friends and family. If there are more materials you'd like to use that will help you spread the word, feel free to reach out to us at



    Track your success and find sample text to share through your personal page:


    The Neighborhood Sun Team


  • 19 Aug 2018 2:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For the Upcoming Annual Meeting please find below:

    • Slate for election as directors:   At the annual meeting, the following slate will be proposed to serve as directors of the Sumner Citizens Association:   Rich Landfield, Endre Esztergomi, Donna Collins, Marsha Barnes, Helen Berns, Nancy Klothe, Owen Kirby, Nora Denbo, Susanna Gebhard, and Asher Lipman.  You will note that the number of candidates proposed is 10 while the bylaws proposed for adoption provide for a board of directors of nine directors.  This discrepancy comes about because after the notice was sent out about the annual meeting (with the proposed bylaws), an additional person indicated interest in serving on the board.  Accordingly, because SCA's board has traditionally been 10 persons, we will propose at the meeting that the bylaws be adopted with a change from nine directors to 10 directors.  board recommendations re articles and bylaws.docx

    • For approval of an Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation.  The Articles of Incorporation were adopted in 1969 and should be updated.  A draft for approval: Articles Of Amendment And Restatement proposed for adoption.docx
    • For approval of Amended and Restated Bylaws.  The current Bylaws need to be brought current with existing Maryland law governing non-profit corporations.  A draft for approval: Bylaws - SCA - proposed for adoption.docx
  • 09 Jun 2018 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Driving too fast in Sumner

    Many Sumner residents have been complaining about cars driving through the neighborhood at excessive speeds.  Some may assume that the speed limit within Sumner is more than the speed limit in Sumner, posted at each entrance:  AT ALL TIMES, THE SPEED LIMIT IN SUMNER IS 25 MILES per HOUR.

    Our neighborhood is a wonderful place to walk and to be outside.  There are folks of all ages out at differing times of day, mid-morning strollers, late night dog walkers, children going to or returning from school.  Many streets do not have sidewalks or have only a sidewalk on ones side of the street.  Folks of all ages ride bikes in the neighborhood.  

    Many people park their cars along the curb. They should also be able to feel comfortable doing that, unlike one neighbor whose car has been sideswiped more than once.

    The SCA Board has begun efforts to work with the Montgomery County authorities on the speeding issue.  Please cooperate with Montgomery County personnel when you see them and answer their questions.  Also, please send complaints and ideas for solutions to Rich Landfield, marsha Barnes, or Phil Wilcox.

    Let us all keep all of Sumner a place where it is safe and pleasant to walk or ride a bike. Let us all remember too that a speed limit is just that -- a maximum speed.  How fast we drive must be affected by the circumstances.  Weather, parked cars, the presence of children, walkers, runners, bikers, dog walkers, and others on the streets, the absence of sidewalks:  all these may require speeds less than the posted speed.  They certainly require that the maximum speed be the speed limit.  

    Thank you for your consideration of others, for your cooperation, and for not driving too fast.  Rich Landfield, President 

  • 27 Apr 2018 12:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please find attached our latest newsletter Spring 2018.  Printed copies will be distributed shortly.   Enjoy!  SCA Board

    Sumner newsletter Spring 2018 v2.pdf

  • 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.

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