By Bob Merikangas
It is fitting that new resident, Rose Crenca, who joined us in January this year, moved into the Montgomery County section of Riderwood. In addition to having lived in the Four Corners area of Silver Spring and being active in many civic organizations in the county, she was well known as a member of the Montgomery County Council from 1978 to 1990. She was President from 1986 to 1987, President pro tempore from 1989 to 1990, and Vice President for several years. For years she was the only woman on the Council.
Rose, now 92, comes with hopes of continuing her years of being active and engaging in dialogues and deliberations with fellow citizens, particularly in Riderwood’s political and religious groups. She also heeded the calls of current members of the Council, perhaps after watching one of their sessions broadcast on Montgomery County Cable, channel 6 (HD 996).
One of the organizations where she was involved, and where she continues to participate, is the Sligo-Branview Community Association. The website of the SBCA has this entry about their history and their opposition to the North-Central Freeway: “Our opposition efforts include Rose Crenca and her merry mothers threatening to chain themselves to trees. Rose served on the County Council and today is an SBCA Trustee.”
Rose hopes to meet and talk with her fellow residents, and in such conversations, they will undoubtedly find many common group and community experiences. Rose can tell of raising children, caring for her husband before his death in 1999, teaching classes in high school, and being active in many civic organizations, including the Allied Civic Federation in Silver Spring, and being chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Transportation Planning Board. Rose was always interested in transportation issues, particularly traffic problems. One of the many projects she supported was one that helped to get the Long Branch Library to an area that needed a library. Indeed, Riderwood resident of Montgomery County will have many issues to share with her in the future.