Volunteers are needed to help clean the trash out of Sligo Creek in Wheaton and Silver Spring.
We need help re-planting our native garden!
“Native plants provide ecosystem services such as sequestering carbon, cleaning air and water by filtering pollutants, capturing storm water, stopping erosion, building topsoil, providing diversity for insects and pollinators, and connecting humans to their natural world”.
Join artist Joanne Miller for a photography walk in downtown Wheaton.
April 17, 2016
1:30 – 3:30pm
Join artist Joanne Miller on a photographic journey through urban Wheaton, MD. Bring your camera and walk along with Joanne as we photograph nature in the downtown Central Business District (CBD).
The walk is an opportunity for photography and conversation about personal vision and creative practice.
Free and open to the public – all levels of photographers are welcome.
Meet at Wheaton Veterans Park – 11200 Amherst Avenue, Wheaton, Maryland 20902.
In the event of rain, artist walk will be rescheduled.
Please visit the Wheaton Arts and Culture gallery of community photographs at www.joannemiller-community.com.
This project is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. To learn more about the project and upcoming events go to the www.greenwheaton.org/greenarts
There are a many things in cities that make life challenging for pollinators. But if the conditions are right, lots of different bees can thrive in urban spaces.
This was just one of the facts discussed on March 24 during our GreenDrinks happy hour at the Limerick Pub in Wheaton, MD.
Author Alison Gillespie – who also serves at Green Wheaton’s Communications Manager – was on hand to give everyone there some basic tips for helping both native bees and non-native European honey bees in urban areas like Wheaton.
Some who came sampled honey from a MD beekeeper, while looking at a necklace containing the life’s work of a single honey bee: one 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey (pictured at the bottom of the top photo, here).
Bees — Gillespie reminded the crowd who assembled to network, eat yummy appetizers and get a happy buzz going about pollinators — provide about 75% of the foods we eat every day. Many of the most nutritious and delicious things on our plates are provided to us via the work of bees, including many common fruits and vegetables. And beer, too!
Here are some of the tips Gillespie gave for helping the bees:
- Plant a variety of flowers that will bloom throughout the season to provide a variety of forage for the bees.
- Avoid using pesticides in your yard. Even the chemicals commonly used for lawn care can cause harm to bees. Plant organic flowers as much as you can manage, and avoid using “treated” seeds; seeds coated or treated in neonicotinoids (systemic pesticides used to make plants toxic to pests) can also be deadly to lots of beneficial insects including many pollinators. Plants that grow from treated seeds can be toxic for many years after they have sprouted. Trading plants and seeds with friends is one way to do this economically.
- Buy from local farms who practice good land stewardship when you can. When possible, buy produce from organically-certified farms.
- Support bee-friendly policies – including the proposed Pollinator Protection Act. If enacted, this proposed piece of legislation will make MD the first state to restrict neonic use by homeowners, something that many beekeepers say will go a long way to helping the bees.
- Plant native plants as much as possible. Many native bees have co-evolved with the plants which have been found here for centuries, and have special relationships with particular species of flowers. Many nectar-rich natives are also valuable to the generalist bees — who will forage from lots of different flowers. And those same nectar-rich natives provide rich nectar sources for European honey bees that live here, as well.
- Be careful about how you battle mosquitoes. Many of the common sprays used to treat backyards are very detrimental to the beneficial insects, and can kill bees. Montgomery County has produced a very helpful handout on mosquitoes.
- Bee a BEE CHAMPION. Tell others about the importance of bees. Teach children about the role bees play in our landscape and our diets. Don’t own your own yard? Tell your landlord you’d rather have more clover and fewer chemicals around the apartment building. Together, these messages can help promote pollinator success.
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Preparing for the Storm Check with neighbors or elderly family members who may require special assistance, to see if they need help in stocking up on supplies or medications, and call them during the storm. If there is a power outage, be prepared by having enough food, water, medication (if needed) and batteries to last two days. Make sure portable radios, smoke detectors and flashlights are working properly. Make shelter, food, water and medication preparations for pets and livestock. Car owners are urged to help clear the way for snow plow operators. When parking on-street, pull close to the curb on the even numbered side of the street. Park vehicles in driveways or off the street whenever possible. Plan where you will park if a State or County Snow Emergency is declared, making parking illegal on those roads. Drivers may park in County garages and lots. Fees are waived during a snow emergency. Be sure your vehicle(s) are ready to drive after the storm by filling the gas tank; checking tires to make sure they have an adequate tread and are fully inflated; checking oil, antifreeze and windshield washer fluid levels; and ensuring windshield wipers, lights, flashing hazard lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes and defroster are all working. Keep a windshield scraper, small shovel and broom in the car for ice and snow removal, and a small sack of sand or kitty litter to improve wheel traction.
During the Storm Power Outages: Treat all “dark” intersections as four-way stops. Stop – then proceed cautiously. During a power outage, relying on battery-operated lights, rather than candles, is much safer. Using candles increases the risk of a fire. Refrigerated food will remain unspoiled only about four hours if the refrigerator is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed. Use ice to keep your refrigerator at 40°F or below and the freezer at 0° or lower if there is a prolonged power outage. It can be fatal for those without power to use gas or charcoal grills, propane heaters and stoves, kerosene space heaters or generators indoors. These items are a source of carbon monoxide, which can build up indoors and cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
Snow Shovel Law: County residents are required by law to clear sidewalks in front of and alongside their properties within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm. Everyone is encouraged to help seniors or others who may not be physically able to shovel. Remember not to shovel snow over fire hydrants and make a point to shovel hydrants out. Snow Removal in Parking Lots: Parking lot managers are reminded not to block disability parking spaces and their adjacent striped areas when removing snow from adjacent areas. Also not to pile snow on sidewalks and to clear adjacent sidewalks. Owners of adjacent properties are required to keep sidewalks clear by law.
Snow Treatment and Removal from roads: State-maintained roads, which are the numbered roads in the County, are cleared by the Maryland State Highway Administration. Snow clearance of County roads begins with pre-treating major County roads with salt brine, a solution of salt and water, before snow begins falling unless there is rain to wash the solution away. Plowing of County roads begins when three or more inches of snow accumulates with a temperature below freezing. The County’s Department of Transportation clears emergency and primary routes before it begins clearing neighborhood streets. Neighborhood streets are not cleared to bare pavement, but are made passable. Residents are asked to remain patient. There are approximately 1,000 lane miles of primary (arterial roads connecting subdivisions or business districts) and secondary roads (main collector streets through subdivisions) which are continuously treated with salt and sand and kept in “bare pavement” condition. Once the snow stops falling and major roads are clear, crews turn their attention to making streets passable for the more than 4,100 miles of neighborhood streets. For more information about snow removal operations visit the county’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/snow or call 3-1-1 or 240-777-0311. Visit the County’s snow map at http://www7.montgomerycountymd.gov/snowmap/. Snow Emergency Routes: Both the State of Maryland and Montgomery County have designated certain roads as SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES marked with red and white signs. When the State and/or County initiates its snow emergency plan, it is illegal to park on these designated roads or drive without snow tires, all-weather tires, mud/snow radials or chains. Vehicles without the proper type of tire or chains that block snow emergency routes during an emergency may be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. m commercial or residential parking lots.
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JOIN GREENWHEATON & MONTGOMERY PARKS
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE
Park Clean-Up in Wheaton, MD
Glenmont Local Park
next to Wheaton HS
3201 Randolph Road Wheaton MD 20906
MONDAY, JANUARY 18
10a TO NOON
Come on out for some fun and fresh air, meet your neighbors and take active ownership in your local park! SSL hours provided. Students please bring your forms! Let us Know you’re coming but we don’t mind if you just show up either.
Thank you for volunteering for the annual MLK Day of Service! GreenWheaton will have a registration table by the park recreation building. Please sign-in and pick up your gloves and trash bag.
Wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes. We will be cleaning up both sides of Randolph Road. To stay informed about other GreenWheaton events, sign up for our newsletter!
NEXT PUBLIC MEETING ON WHEATON REDEVELOPMENT DEC. 11TH AT 7PM AT WHEATON HIGH SCHOOL (12601 Dalewood Dr, Wheaton, MD, 20902) Montgomery County will be holding its next public meeting on Dec. 11th at 7pm to update the community on its progress on the Wheaton Redevelopment project. To learn more about the project, please visit the project page here. Please attend this public meeting and make your voice heard!
You can also check out this excellent blog entry from ANS Conservation Director, Diane Cameron.
Let’s also keep the conversation on these issues alive on social media like Twitter and Facebook. Greenwheaton’s twitter is @greenwheatoninc Wheaton’s twitter is @wheatonmd. Use hashtag #greenurbanwheaton to talk about redevelopment.
PAPER SHREDDING and ELECTRONIC RECYCLING EVENT
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22
5:00 PM T0 7:00 PM
Signal Financial Federal Credit Union Parking Lot
3015 University Blvd., W
Kensington, MD 20895
Bring all of your unwanted paper and documents to be securely shredded. Volunteers are needed to help direct traffic and coordinate the vehicles dropping off documents. For more information on volunteering please contact GreenWheaton at firstname.lastname@example.org. SSL Hours Available! En Espanol
Items accepted include (working or not):
Televisions (with screens intact)
Telephones including cell phones
ECO CITY JUNK, helps customers take back space in their homes and business, recycling and repurposing discarded items leaving little or no negative impact on the environment www.ecocityjunk.com
Signal Financial Federal Credit Union is the proud sponsor of GreenWheaton’s Paper Shredding Day. We care about our community and our environment. Become our member today! www.sfonline.org
GreenWheaton, Inc. is a Maryland non-profit dedicated to engaging the community in education and outreach that promotes Wheaton, Maryland as a model sustainable community with a “visibly green” and healthy environmental footprint. www.greenwheaton.org