Help Us Celebrate Our 50th Year

New Mark Commons was founded in 1967

Can you remember the day you moved into New Mark Commons? What stories and fun happenings do you have to share about life here? What photos?

New Mark Commons celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and we are making an all-out effort to collect remembrances, artifacts and photos. You will see some of our historic memorabilia of a half century of life in NMC on display in the Clubhouse at the Board Open House on Saturday, October 21, from 5-7 p.m.. This adult evening event will be the final, formal celebration of our 50th Anniversary, culminating the year-long schedule of special events we have held. The Clubhouse will also be open 3-6 p.m. Sunday, October 22, so that adults and youngsters can have another chance to immerse themselves in the history of their neighborhood.

In addition, the 50th Anniversary Committee is compiling a special slide show of remembrances that will be shown at the Clubhouse on Labor Day and October 21. We are also publishing a booklet about our history, thanks in part to a $1,000 ROC-N Matching Grant from the City of Rockville. New Mark’s matching contribution will be the hours of volunteer work by more than a dozen residents who are involved in planning, interviewing and writing the commemorative pamphlet.

If you have vignettes to share, please contact John Hansman ( or Pat Reber ( For photos, please contact Arthur Katz ( or David Sloane (

New Mark resident David Sloane and his sister-in-law Judi Francis created a beautiful video documenting the history of NMC. We hope you enjoy it.

Street Names Have Global Influence

The question of how New Mark Commons got its name has never been fully resolved, apart from references to the idea that it represented a “new mark” on the landscape. But the addition of Esplanade to our main street certainly provided an international ambience to the neighborhood (and has flummoxed countless residents to spell it and explain it to outsiders.)

Nonetheless, we do know this: Ed Bennett, developer of New Mark Commons, was keenly interested in the large-scale planned communities being developed in post-war Europe. He visited many of them and showed his appreciation in naming most of the streets in New Mark.

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New Mark at 50 Years: NMC Scenes

Sally Guardia, a “New Mark Original” who moved into 100 NME in 1971, has leveraged her appreciation of the lakeside setting of her home with her knowledge of nature, artistic eye, and skilled photography.  We will be publishing photos from Sally and other New Mark...

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Stories from New Mark’s 50 Years: Wiffle Ball and the Swim Team

From New Mark Commons’ earliest beginnings in 1967, the spirit of competition, athleticism, and play kept residents busy and engaged: softball, tennis, scrabble, bridge, poker, swim team. And, oh—Wiffle Ball???

The community’s very first newspaper—that called itself the New Mark Commonist—and successive newsletters have reported much of it. And current residents remember the rest as they talk about 50 years of life in New Mark Commons.

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