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

President’s Notebook Neighborhood


By Ilaya Hopkins, President

Spring has sprung and it is is Montgomery County’s newest


Day in the Parks:
wonderful to see everyone out and
about. Be sure to mark May 9th on
recreational and fitness facility.
CFH offers a variety of activities Sun, May 9th
your calendar for our annual focusing on the development of
Neighborhood Day of park cleanup. niche market sports such as field Neighborhood Day is Saturday,
This year we will also have a hockey, lacrosse, soccer, futsal, May 9th. Please stop by the
special celebration for our newly volleyball, softball and baseball. gatherings at your parks, meet
installed playground equipment Champions Field House creates a some neighbors and see what can
that I hope everyone has had a “clubhouse” environment that be done to maintain our
chance to try – at least if you are 5- caters to team development and community's environment. One
12 years old which are the ages the enhances the athletic experience. immediate action will be cleaning
equipment is designed to To learn more, check out the ad or up our parks and public spaces,
accommodate. visit the website at such as the trail and the footpaths
Inside this issue of the www.championsfieldhouse.com. We that run between the streets.
newsletter are lots of ways to roll also want to thank Smith, Thomas At 11:00 a.m. (mid-way through
up your sleeves and help out East & Smith, Inc., another neighbor- the day) we'll take a break for a
Bethesda. From providing input to owned business, for their support group photo by the new play
the Woodmont Triangle Action earlier this year and for the equipment. Come a little early,
Group, to forwarding names to this ongoing support of Marcie stay a little later, and everyone can
year’s nominating committee, to Sandalow and Jane Fairweather. chip in to get our parks ready for
volunteering for various activities In addition, local businesses like spring.
in the neighborhood, there is Strosneiders, Razor Sharp Men’s We will be cleaning up
something for everyone. There are Grooming and Hollywood Tans Cheltenham, Chase and Lynnbrook
also some resources listed based on have supported our newsletter over Parks. Any time you can spare will
input and feedback from the March the last months and we hope that be most welcome. Groups will
18th meeting. Meeting notes can be neighbors will help to support gather at Cheltenham and
found on our website, these businesses as well. If you are Lynnbrook. We will be picking up
www.ebca.org. interested in helping keep the brush, spreading mulch and
We’re delighted to continue our EBCA Neighborhood News going, planting, so bring rakes, shovels
newsletter sponsor program and please see information at and wheelbarrows.
welcome Champions Field House. www.ebca.org. Anyone interested in raising
Why include a sports facility in The newsletter, website, and awareness regarding community
Rockville? Well, Jenna Ries, events are the threads that tie our issues such as BRAC, the trail or
Founder and CEO of Champions community together by providing the use of Lynnbrook Recreation
Field House, was raised in the opportunity to share Center and other public buildings
Bethesda and has been an active information and come together as a should contact Kevin Kraus. At
member of the community for the neighborhood. I appreciate the least stroll by and look at the
past 20+ years. Jenna and her efforts of so many neighbors to renovated playgrounds. Please
husband, Dave, are proud to be keep one another informed and RSVP to Kevin Kraus at 301-656-
raising their family in such a engaged. Our community is better 2813 or kevinkraus@usa.net.
wonderful neighborhood as East for it. Advance contact facilitates
Bethesda. Champions Field House See you ‘round the neighborhood! organizing the groups.
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Committee Examiner Newspaper


Jobs Open
EBCA has a number of active
Delivery Debated
committees and is looking for At the March 18th general to the Gazette, the Examiner does
people to help out in a variety of membership meeting, an item on not honor individual requests to
ways. the agenda was the unsolicited stop delivery. Nevertheless, the
Social Committee delivery the Examiner newspaper contact information is included
Our most visible committee plans to the neighborhood. The debate below.
and organizes our social events and any vote on whether to stop It also became clear that while
which include the Labor Day Picnic delivery neighborhood-wide was the Glenbrook Village area gets
and the Halloween Parade. In the postponed until the May meeting fairly regular delivery of the
past we have also had a spring because representatives from each Examiner (at least twice a week),
time community yard sale, happy side of the issue were not available. other parts of the neighborhood do
hours, theater nights and coffees. The issue of unsolicited contacts of not receive it. If you do get it on
We need a few good people to help any kind was discussed and your block, please email
organize and recruit volunteers to provided below are some resources president@ebca.org so that we can
make these events a success. We to help individuals control what include that street in the request to
are looking for either a chair of the they receive. While some may enjoy stop delivery if that is the decision
committee or lead organizers for receiving a free newspaper similar of the membership.
our big events.
Membership Committee Contact these organizations to stop junk delivery:
This important committee helps to
promote, recruit and retain • Examiner Newspaper: Call 703 560-4000 or visit www.dcexaminer.com
members. Our revenues are based by clicking “newspaper delivery service” and then “stop delivery.”
solely on membership dues. We are • Gazette Newspaper: Call 301-670-7350 or email
eager to develop ways to make it circulation@gazette.net.
easier and more fun to contribute • Federal Trade Commission Information: Visit www.ftc.gov/privacy/
to the success of the organization. protect.shtm or, for Unsolicited Mail, Telemarketing and Email: Where
We are also looking for someone to to Go to “Just Say No,” www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/
manage the membership spread alt063.shtm.
sheet. • National Do Not Call Registry: Call 888-382-1222 or visit
Newsletter/Communications www.donotcall.gov.
We currently publish the • The Direct Marketing Association’s (DMA) Mail Preference Service:
newsletter ten times a year. We Visit www.dmachoice.org.
need people to write content, drum
up support in the form of
advertisements, and follow through Ilaya Hopkins, President
with the printer and sponsors. We David Saltzman, 1st Vice President
also need help keeping the website East Bethesda Citizens Tori Hall, 2nd Vice President
fresh and interesting for residents.
Association, Inc. A.B. Carneal, Recording Secretary
Parks & Playgrounds Committee
Our parks and public spaces are PO Box 41020 Jack Hayes, Treasurer
treasures for all of us to enjoy. This Bethesda, MD 20824 Dan Fox, Immediate Past President
committee organizes clean up days www.ebca.org Andy O’Hare, Crescent Trail
and works with Montgomery Monica Hayes, Education
County Parks Department to stay Neighborhood News Rebecca Fayed , Membership
on top of maintenance and repair. Jay Briar, Editor Eleanor Rice, NIH Liaison
There are a variety of ways to get newsletter@ebca.org Kevin Kraus, Parks & Playgrounds
involved in the neighborhood and Sponsorship, Vacant Social Events, Vacant
broader community. If you’ve got
sponsorship@ebca.org Carmen Abrams & Dorian Patchin, Website
an idea, please contact
Leslie Weber, Welcome Packets
president@ebca.org to get involved.
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East Bethesda is Picture Perfect


By Jennifer Dunbar

A casting agent asked me if I wanted to audition for


a commercial right in the produce section of the
Arlington Road Giant. After a callback audition
convinced me that it was not a joke, a crowd of ad
agency people, directors, producers, and camera people
descended on our beautiful neighborhood to shoot a
spot featuring their brand of natural products. They
were all uniformly impressed by Lynnbrook Park and
the close-knit, leafy simplicity of East Bethesda.
Patrick Kanold and Judy Tso opened their home for
“staging” along with their kitchen where nearly 40
pizzas were cooked to sizzling perfection! Although it
was a long day, the kids had a blast and I learned all
about the fifty or so people it takes to make even a
thirty-second television ad. Thanks to everyone in the
neighborhood for putting up with the extra cars!

Get updates every week at www.EBCA.com!


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Protecting Local Waterways & Yards Medical


By Kristen Mosbaek & the East Bethesda Garden Club

Center
So much of our community recharges your groundwater and
incorporates paved surfaces that the water can be used by plants as
we might not realize that this has it trickles through the soil. You
a harsh impact on our want to encourage infiltration by
environment. Problems include
erosion, flash floods, water table
depletion, and pollution. The
Minnesota Pollution Control Board
planting vegetation
maintaining good soil texture.
Improve soil texture by adding
organic material, such as peat or
and
Update
says “all stormwater pours any compost. Clay soils may require a With the opening of the new
contaminants directly into the local little extra sand. Plants also Walter Reed National Military
waterway. All the paint, dog poo, promote infiltration when water Medical Center just 18 months
carwashing soap, etc., goes directly trickles along root channels in the away, improvements outside the
into the local water,” the soil and a significant amount of fence continue to be discussed.
Chesapeake Bay, in our case. water is lost through their leaves Gridlock is already unbearable,
There is no intermediate cleansing as evaporation. especially during the morning and
as there is for sewage. Consider creating walkways, afternoon rush hours. An
Landscape your property to driveways, and patios that are additional 4,000 people (that’s
accommodate excess water to permeable. Construction 8,000 trips) a day will begin by
prevent as much of it as possible techniques and materials that September 2011. Currently, the
from leaving your yard. Use allow water to filter through the Maryland State Highway
different kinds of vegetation to soil are called permeable. Administration (SHA) is looking at
slow down and redirect the water. Permeable materials, such as four key intersections identified by
Even consider a rain garden: vegetation, wood chips, or gravel, Montgomery County as some of the
www.montgomerycountymd.gov/ protect soil, allow rain to penetrate worst. They are Old Georgetown
Content/DEP/Rainscapes/pdf/ into the ground, and prevent Road and Cedar Lane, Cedar Lane
harvesting.pdf. Uncontrolled runoff muddy shoes. Large stones and Rockville Pike, Rockville Pike
can create gullies and deep surrounded by gravel or ground- and Jones Bridge Road, and Jones
channels in your yard. Runoff creeping vegetation, wooden decks, Bridge Road and Connecticut
carries sediments and pollutants or even bricks with sand in Avenue. SHA says that the
into your local streams, eventually between allow more water improvements under consideration
delivering them to the Chesapeake penetration than blacktop or are short-term fixes to deal with
Bay. The key to controlling runoff cement. the immediate needs of the influx
is to encourage water to move away The soil in your yard can help of people. A second project is being
from your house slowly, soaking filter contaminants such as considered to improve access to the
into the ground as it passes fertilizer and roof runoff. It will Medical Center Metro for users on
through vegetation in your yard also slow down the deluge that the east side of Wisconsin Avenue.
and into the public drainage comes during our heavy summer Plans range from a pedestrian
system or stream. During dry downpours. It’s this sudden rush of bridge over Wisconsin Avenue to a
summer months, you may want to water that caries debris that can bank of high speed elevators to the
encourage some water to stay near clog our street drains. Metro’s mezzanine level.
your thirsty grass and gardens. The garden club meets the Montgomery County is also hoping
Water leaves your property in second Tuesday of each month, at to improve pedestrian and
three ways: infiltration (filtering 7:30 p.m. and guests are welcome. bikeways around the base through
through the soil), runoff across For more information about EBGC, a grant from the Department of
land, and evaporation. Infiltration contact Nancy at 301-656-8754. Defense. The Montgomery County
BRAC Implementation Committee
For more information: (BIC) meets the third Tuesday of
each month to discuss these and
www.concretenetwork.com/pervious/index.html other updates. More information
www.metrocouncil.org/Directions/water/water2007/yardcare.htm can be found at
www.montgomerycountymd.gov/
www.chesapeakebay.net/pubs/781.pdf brac.
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Neighborhood Roundup
5K Charity Run theater and Barnes & Noble create someone you know is interested in
at Bethesda Row or a grocery store. running for President, Vice
Our Lady of Lourdes School will If you have ideas for this area of President (1st and 2nd), Treasurer
sponsor a 5K run, the "Lions Roar," Bethesda, please forward them to or Recording and Assistant
on Saturday, April 25th at 9 Andy at aohare@cement.org. Recording Secretary, please contact
a.m. The run begins and ends at Allen. He is also looking for
the school, 7500 Pearl Street, and Bilingual Volunteers individuals to help him on the
will take place in the neighborhood committee. He can be reached at
adjacent Lourdes. There will also The Children’s Inn at the allenwrothenberg@verizon.net or
be a 1K fun run for children National Institutes of Health is a 301-907-0232.
beginning immediately after the residential "place like home" for
5K. Stay after the runs for live sick children and their families. Parking Tips
entertainment, games for children Volunteers are needed to staff the
and refreshments along with an welcome desk and greet families as East Bethesda enjoys a peaceful
awards ceremony. Prizes will be they arrive at The Inn to provide setting most of the time. We know
awarded in many categories. All front-line customer service in that when the community was
proceeds will benefit their drive to person and by telephone. developed back in the 1930s and
build a Library Media Center in Educational Aides provide English on, there was not a lot of attention
the school. Visit tutoring to non-English speaking given to cars and how many each
www.lionsroar5K.com to register. residents. Volunteers typically family would own. This becomes an
Registration forms are also serve once a week or every other issue on our narrow streets when
available at the school office week. Volunteers must speak multiple cars get parked in such a
weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. fluent Spanish. If you are way as to block safe passage of
interested in finding out more school busses, solid waste trucks
Woodmont Triangle Group information, please contact Laura and other large vehicles.
King, Director of Volunteers and Sometimes it is difficult to
As envisioned by the 2006 Community Outreach, via email at maneuver your own car around.
Woodmont Triangle Central lking@mail.nih.gov or by phone at Please pay attention to how and
Business District Sector Plan 301-451-9454. where you park and ask your
Amendment, the “Woodmont visitors to do the same. We don’t
Triangle Action Group” is being set Youth Job Expo want to block the streets and we
up to “coordinate and monitor the don’t want cars to get scratched or
progress of development, retail The Youth Job Expo will be held dinged.
revitalization, and the provision of on April 25th from Noon to 4:00
amenities and facilities as it p.m. at 916 Ellsworth Drive, English Classes
pertains to the 1994 Approved and Downtown Silver Spring. For more
Adopted Bethesda Central information and future updates: Beginner, Intermediate and
Business District Sector Plan.” The www.letsgetitstartedyouthjobfair.com. Advanced English Classes for
group's objectives and purpose will Speakers of Other Languages are
be formulated and formalized in a Nominating Committee offered in partnership by the
series of meetings. Andy O’Hare, a Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional
past EBCA President, has agreed Each year, the East Bethesda Services Center and the Chinese
to serve as the EBCA Citizens Association nominates a Culture and Community Service
representative to the group. At this new slate of candidates to fill Center. Classes are free, however a
stage, the group is collecting input officer positions. This year the $10 deposit is required and there is
on changes to the Woodmont Nominating Committee will be a $20 book fee. The classes are held
Triangle area; for example, a chaired by Allen Rothenberg. Allen at the BCC Regional Services
suggestion to engage an "anchor" currently serves at an EBCA Center at 4805 Edgemoor Lane.
retailer that would achieve the sort representative to the Chevy Chase Call the instructor, Mr. Su, at 301-
of foot traffic and mingling that the Fire Department. If you or 897-5382 for more information.
Public Pet Problems
By Kevin Kraus, Parks & Playgrounds Chair

With the coming of spring, our four-footed neighbors


are spending more time outdoors prompting a gentle
reminder to pet owners to keep their pets under
control.

• Pets on their own harm wildlife and are more


vulnerable to diseases, accidents and predation.
• Dogs off-leash in parks, right of ways and
neighbors’ yards raise many complaints. When
multiple dogs are off-leash, the loss of control can
frighten children and injure nearby pets and
people.
• Pet waste is a health problem all its own that is
best controlled by the owners by cleaning up after
their pets, as required by law.
• Animals found without owners may be taken by
animal control; those who do not keep their pets on
leash or who do not pick up waste are subject to
fines. 5/1/09 5/1/09

• Pet waste bags are available from two dispensers


at Lynnbrook Park.
• Dog parks are available throughout Montgomery
County. For locations, visit: www.mc-mncppc.org/
parks/facilities/dog_park/dog_parks.shtm.
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