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Neighborhood News

Representing the 1200 households North of East-West Highway, South of Jones
Bridge Road, East of Wisconsin Avenue and West of Columbia Country Club.
JAN/FEB 2009

President’s Notebook Elementary

By Ilaya Hopkins, President

We’re wrapping up the old,

ringing in the new. The last
leadership, let us know by sending
an email or posting it on the EBCA
general membership meeting of the
year followed our new tradition of
hosting a cookie exchange before
message board. In addition to
having everyone pay their dues, we
welcome input and involvement
By Monica Hayes, Education Chair
the meeting. We have some terrific from as many residents as possible.
bakers in the neighborhood and If you love to plan events that In September, EBCA mailed
those present got to sample the are important to our community, surveys to 1280 households in our
delights. Tori Hall arranged to we need you on the Social community to ensure we could
have all the supplies there to make Committee. Traditionally, events represent the community’s views
trays for our local fire (Chevy include the Community Yard Sale, on elementary school options for
Chase, Bethesda and Old Labor Day Picnic, Halloween our neighborhood. The survey was
Georgetown Road/Cedar Lane), Parade, happy hours and other also available at three parks and
police (District 2) and rescue (BCC social gatherings. The possibilities was distributed at neighborhood
Rescue) squads. We owe these folks are many! It is a fun way to get to events, including the Halloween
plenty so it is a nice opportunity to know your neighbors and get parade. Flyers were posted, and
spread the holiday cheer. involved in the community. For reminders were included in the
The business meeting was an more information, contact EBCA newsletter and email list,
update on current issues – and it was available on the EBCA
education and the Purple Line in Our Neighborhood News needs a website during September and
particular. Minutes from the few good neighbors to help with October. As of October 31st we
meeting are posted on our website, content and production. If you have received 315 responses. Our next EBCA a few hours to spare and are East Bethesda is very fortunate
general membership meeting will interested in helping with this vital that all four elementary schools
be March 18th at the Lynnbrook link to our neighbors, please our children attend are excellent,
Recreation Center building on contact or and community residents showed
Newdale Road. support for each of these schools in
Looking ahead, 2009 has a lot of Thanks to you all for ongoing the survey. However, as you can
promise. EBCA will continue to support. Here’s wishing everyone a see below, less than 3% of our
follow issues of importance in our Happy New Year! Continued on page 2...
community such as elementary
school assignments, decisions on
the Purple Line, the fate of the
Lynnbrook Recreation Center and Coming Up Next
the transportation infrastructure
around National Naval Medical
Center, home of the new Walter General Membership Meeting
Reed National Military Medical
Center. We will hold elections for Wednesday, March 18th, 8 p.m.
EBCA officer positions at the May
20th meeting. If you have interest Lynnbrook Recreation Center
in any area of community
PAGE 2 Neighborhood News J/F 2009

School Transfer School

Season Underway Choice
By Monica Hayes, Education Chair
Continued from page 1...
Parents wishing to transfer their would like to request their child community prefers our assigned
children from their assigned public attend either North Chevy Chase school track of Rosemary Hills K-2
school for the 2009-2010 school or Chevy Chase Elementary then Bethesda ES 3-5. This is not
year may apply to do so between Schools in third grade should surprising, as virtually all East
February 1st and April 1st. contact Rosemary Hills Bethesda residents have
Students in Montgomery County Elementary School for information traditionally taken advantaged of
Public Schools are assigned based on accessing those options. Parents the flexible transfer options,
on their place of residence or in who would like to request transfers formerly available in the 2000
accordance with an Individualized to Bethesda Elementary, or other agreement between Montgomery
Education Program (IEP) and are school transfer options, may do so County Public Schools and our
expected to attend their assigned using the standard MCPS transfer community. The survey also
school. process. showed that an overwhelming
Changes, however, from one MCPS student transfer majority of respondents, about
school to another are permitted for information can be found on the 67%, prefer Bethesda ES from
students who are exempt or who MCPS website at: kindergarten to 5th grade as the
are granted a change of school assigned school track for our
assignment based upon unique info/transfer.shtm. community.
hardship. East Bethesda’s assigned Parents requesting sibling Kenneth Tercyak, a
track for elementary school is transfers to Bethesda Elementary neighborhood resident with
Rosemary Hills Primary School (a should also refer to Supplement A training in population science and
kindergarten through second grade of the MCPS FY 2010 Capital survey methods, led the survey
school) for kindergarten through Improvements Program for data entry, analysis and reporting
second grade, and Bethesda restrictions on this option. effort. Ken and his staff also
Elementary (a kindergarten Supplement A is posted on the developed an “EBCA School
through fifth grade school) for EBCA website Local Education Assessment Survey Final Report”
grades three through five. East page and can be found on the which is available on the EBCA
Bethesda’s assigned secondary MCPS website at: website, Ken will
schools are Westland Middle summarize the survey findings for
School and Bethesda-Chevy Chase departments/planning/PDF/ our community at the March 18th
High School. CIP10SupplementA.pdf. general membership meeting.
Montgomery County Public
School (MCPS) has rescinded the
agreement made in 2000 with our Ilaya Hopkins, President
community that had allowed space David Saltzman, 1st Vice President
available flexible transfer options
East Bethesda Citizens Tori Hall, 2nd Vice President
for elementary school assignments. Association, Inc. A.B. Carneal, Recording Secretary
However, MCPS clarified that in PO Box 41020 Jack Hayes, Treasurer
addition to geographic Bethesda, MD 20824 Dan Fox, Immediate Past President
assignments, any student Andy O’Hare, Crescent Trail
attending Rosemary Hills
Monica Hayes, Education
Elementary School has a choice of
Neighborhood News Rebecca Fayed , Membership
matriculation to the assigned
Jay Briar, Editor Eleanor Rice, NIH Liaison
paired school or to another of the
paired schools in the cluster. The Kevin Kraus, Parks & Playgrounds
Board initiated this option in 1983 Sponsorship, Vacant Social Events, Vacant
when it acted to establish school Carmen Abrams & Dorian Patchin, Website
pairings. EBCA residents who Leslie Weber, Welcome Packets
PAGE 3 Neighborhood News J/F 2009

Marianne & Caroline EBCA Holiday

Duffy Remembered Cookie Exchange
By Tori Hall, Vice President
On December 4th, a group of East Bethesda mothers
planted over 100 flowering bulbs at Lynnbrook Park in
memory of Marianne and Caroline Duffy, former long-
time residents of East Bethesda who died in a car
accident last February. The mothers chose to remember
the Duffys at Lynnbrook Park because their families
had played at the playground so often with the Duffys.
The daffodils and anemones are self-propagating and
should multiply over the years. The bulbs were planted
on the bank facing the intersection of Newdale Road
and Lynbrook Drive, in an area somewhat protected
from mowing and foot traffic. Two memorial benches
are planned for the grounds of Blessed Sacrament
Elementary School, where Caroline Duffy attended, as
well as a luminary event at the school on February 18th Neighbors shared their holiday treats in
and a memorial mass on February 22th, both open to December, just before the general membership
all friends and neighbors of the Duffys. meeting.


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Neighborhood Roundup
Imagination Stage Parking Permits Lynnbrook Tennis Courts

The clock ticks as playwrights, East Bethesda Parking Permits Bob Kane, Construction Manager
directors and actors from that expired in 2008 are valid for the Maryland-National Capital
professional Washington, D.C. through January 31, 2009. If you Park and Planning Commission
theatres craft ten-minute plays in are a current permit holder, you (M-NCPPC), informs EBCA that
just 24 hours, culminating in an should have received a renewal the tennis courts at Lynnbrook
evening of unpredictable, one-of-a- application in the mail. The Park were temporarily lined for
kind theatre. The production will Cheltenham Parking Garage office play until next spring when the
take place on Saturday, February also issues permits. You should weather will be warm enough to
7th at 8:00 p.m. at the Imagination have your car registration with apply the regular color coat system:
Stage. Tickets are $10.00 and more you. The hours are 7:30 a.m. to three coats of latex paint mixed
information is available at 4:00 p.m. For more information, with sand. They were unable to call 240-777-8770. complete the color coat this fall as
Day/play-in-a-day.htm. the pine needles, leaves and falling
BCC Regional Services Center temperatures inhibited the work.
Examiner Newspaper He anticipates completion in April.
A wealth of information about
Some neighbors have expressed our region and Montgomery Childcare Center
concern about the unsolicited County government can be found
delivery of the Examiner at the BCC Regional Services The staff and parents at
Newspaper. Individual households Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Lynbrook Childcare Center ask
are not able to opt out of delivery Bethesda or online at that neighbors in East Bethesda be
but the entire neighborhood has mindful of small children and the
that option. Subsequently, bcc. Sign up for e-subscriptions and staff who take care of them. The
individual households can then call receive email announcements children are frequently outside in
to have delivery resumed. Papers about county information. the tot lot and on the blacktop. If
are often delivered to houses that you bring your dog to the area,
are vacant or where the owners are East Bethesda Garden Club please have it on a leash and clean
on vacation. Additionally, the up after your pet. Sadly, not
amount of paper and plastic used The next meeting of the East everyone does this on a regular
for delivery may be inconsistent Bethesda Garden Club will be basis and it makes for unpleasant
with the area’s commitment to February 10th at 7:30 p.m. The experiences for all involved.
going “green.” This issue will be guest speaker will be David N. Thanks for your cooperation on
taken up at the next General Wesley, ISA Certified Arborist. He this.
Membership Meeting. If you have will be discussing appropriate
comments, please email Marney urban trees, tree and shrub care, Childcare Co-op
Bruce at pruning, nutrition and insect/
disease control, and organic As part of the war effort during
Park Police Number treatment options. World War II, neighbors in East
Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. on the Bethesda started a babysitting
If you see suspicious activity second Tuesday of each month and coop. In addition to providing much
around the playground or the guests are always welcome. For needed help, the coop was an
recreation building on Newdale more information about the EBGC, incredible community builder. It
Road, please call the Park Police at contact Nancy at 301-656-8754. was active until recently. If you are
301-949-8010. For more interested in helping to start it up
information, visit their website at ON FACEBOOK? again, please send an email to JOIN THE EBCA GROUP!
PAGE 5 Neighborhood News J/F 2009

Council Changes Zoning Requirements

By Chuck Sullivan
The County Council recently passed Zoning Text website also provides links to review the legislation and
Amendment (ZTA) 08-11 sponsored by our Council other pending Council actions related to home
representative Roger Berliner which regulates the improvements. Renewing Montgomery is a
size of home improvements, specifically those like communication initiative providing information on the
East Bethesda. This legislation ties the allowable lot challenges associated with home improvements in
coverage to the size of the lot rather than the zone. established neighborhoods. Renewing Montgomery
Most of the lots in East Bethesda are zoned R-60 and made a presentation at the May 2007 EBCA general
were previously allowed lot coverage of 35%. The new membership meeting.
regulations reduce the allowable lot coverage to 30% The Council is now deliberating Bill 15-08. This Bill
for lots 6,000 square feet or less. This is a reduction of would require all applicants to notify all adjacent and
17%, or 300 square feet, of home improvements. confronting property owners 30 days before applying for
There is a sliding scale based on the lot size: the a building permit, and provide verification to the
larger the property, the less allowable lot coverage. County that the notification occurred prior to obtaining
The ZTA also revises the method of calculating the a building permit. The notification must include a
Established Building Line which affects the front description of the proposed improvements. Currently
yard setback and requires the County to standardize there is a notification requirement for demolition
the sloping lot criteria. The changes apply to any permits and a 30 day appeal period for all building
building permit submitted after April 28, 2009. permits. The Council is scheduled to vote on the Bill
The ZTA also includes certain exemptions and January 27, 2009.
grandfathering clauses. Further information about Whether you support or oppose this legislation, you
how this legislation will impact your property is should express your opinion to the Council President at
available at This
PAGE 6 Neighborhood News J/F 2009


Have you received your invitation? No need to wait, One of the cool new features on our website,
anyone can register with the EBCA website! If you, is the EBCA Message Board. This is a
provided your email address when you paid your great way for you to share information with your
EBCA membership dues, you should have received an neighbors. There are a variety of categories –
invitation to register at the EBCA website to receive restaurant reviews, EBCA-cycle (like FreeCycle in our
important e-Alert messages regarding events and neighborhood), general information and upcoming
important topics. If you haven’t received the invitation, events. Anyone is welcome to post on this part of the
no need to worry. Just go to and provide website. Check out the postings and provide some of
your name and email in the box on the upper right your own. Recent postings are also on the home page.
corner. Comments are always welcome:

Recent Home Closings

4708 Rosedale Avenue $700,000
4306 Sleaford Avenue $718,000
4406 Highland Avenue $745,000
4404 Chestnut Street $749,000
4520 North Chelsea Lane $749,500
4606 North Chelsea Lane $828,750
4606 Highland Avenue $839,900
8607 Terrace Garden Way $979,000
4507 Chestnut Avenue $1,135,000
4414 West Virginia Avenue $1,170,000
4414 Rosedale Avenue $1,200,000
4319 Chestnut Street $1,508,050
8107 Kentbury Drive $1,950,000
PAGE 7 Neighborhood News J/F 2009

Updates from Councilmember Berliner

The following are excerpts from the Berliner Brief, in areas such as business, communications, land use/
distributed by District 1 Councilmember Roger building, clean energy, water quality, and habitat
Berliner. protection.
On December 2, Councilmember Phil Andrews The Emergency Medical Services Transport Fee Bill,
(District 3) was elected Council President and my also called the “ambulance fee,” was proposed by the
colleagues honored me by electing me Council Vice County Executive as part of the FY 2009 County
President. For my District 1 constituents, the real Operating Budget. After considerable reflection, I
significance of being elected Vice President is that, if concluded that I could not support such a fee at this
tradition holds, I am in a position to become Council time. As a result, I joined with Council President
President a year from now. This marks the first time Andrews to table the County Executive's proposed bill.
in the history of District 1 that your representative on In September, the State of Maryland announced
the Council has held such a leadership position. massive reductions in its Consolidated Transportation
The County is engaged in a range of activities with Program. As a result, Montgomery County faces over
an eye to meeting the county’s goal of reducing its $100 million in local transportation spending cuts,
greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020 and 80% by affecting a number of high priority projects. BRAC-
2050. As a result of the legislation the County Council related spending was cut by $16 million, amounting to a
passed in April, the County has convened a 30 percent funding reduction for planned intersection
Sustainability Working Group tasked with developing upgrades including Wisconsin Avenue at Cedar Lane,
a Climate Action Plan for Montgomery County. It Wisconsin Avenue at Jones Bridge Road, Connecticut
consists of 15 government and regional organization Avenue at Jones Bridge Road, and Cedar Lane at Old
representatives and 11 public members with expertise Georgetown Road.
Advocate for the best schools for
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Neighborhood Roundup ........... 4
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