Neighborhood News

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

President’s Notebook
By Greg Volz, President
It has been a while since our last newsletter, and that is not by accident! Your membership dues, with the help of our advertisers, support this newsletter, and we have seen a significant drop in membership dues in the 2009-2010 membership year. We have, therefore, been forced to cut back on the number of newsletters we can mail out. I encourage you to become a member of the East Bethesda Citizens Association if you have not done so already. The amount is $15 per voting member, and the money goes to support the various events and this newsletter. The membership form can be found on the back page. Please take a minute to complete the form and send in your dues. We will soon introduce PayPal on our website, www.ebca.org, as a convenient way to pay your dues online. If you are not sure you signed up this year, please send an e-mail to me at president@ebca.org and I will check our database to see if we have checked you off as paid! One of the great aspects of this neighborhood is the support of our neighbors. We reach out and help one another and look out for those neighbors around us. If you missed the pancake extravaganza on Saturday, October 10, you missed a terrific East Bethesda event. Mark it on your calendars for next year, Columbus Day weekend. Ten years ago, four guys got together and decided it would be fun to throw a party and it is still going strong. I went with my family and we all enjoyed delicious pancakes and met new neighbors. It was my first time attending the event, and I can tell you it is on my calendar for next year. If you noticed the yellow ribbons tied around trees and poles in the neighborhood recently, they were placed there by family and friends of one of our brave military members and neighbors to show support and to welcome him home. It was great to see the many yellow ribbons lining the streets, and we are very fortunate to have these brave men and women defending our freedoms. Thank you. The Halloween parade has become an annual tradition in East Bethesda. This year’s event was terrific. The weather cooperated, as Continued on page 2...

Schools Update
By Monica Hayes, Education Chair
Please join EBCA on Wednesday, December 16 at 8:00 p.m. at the Lynnbrook Community Center on Newdale Drive to welcome our special guest, Bruce Crispell, the Director of the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Division of Long Range Planning. He will describe the potential impacts MCPS capital planning actions might have on our community, outline next steps for our community, and address questions concerning how East Bethesda elementary school transfers will be handled for the 2010-2011 year. Student enrollment at elementary schools in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Cluster has increased dramatically over the past two school years causing the cluster to be placed in a housing moratorium according to the county Growth Policy. To address the overutilization, housing moratorium, and articulation patterns of the cluster, a series of actions are recommended as part of the FY 2011–2016 Capital Improvements Program (CIP). These include: 1. A boundary study to evaluate reassignment of the western portion of the Bethesda Elementary School service area (that articulates to the Walt Whitman cluster secondary Continued on page 2...

General Membership Meeting Wednesday, December 16th, 8:00 p.m. Lynnbrook Recreation Center, 8008 Newdale
Please bring along nonperishable food. We will donate the food to Bethesda Help. www.bethesdahelp.org

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Neighborhood News

WINTER 2009

Notebook
Continued from page 1... usual, and the costumes were awesome. A big hand goes out to the many B-CC High School students who took time out of their busy schedules to put together the haunted house. Their creativity was over the top as they did an amazing job of designing, settingup, running and cleaning-up the whole event. I want to extend a special thank you to Sarah Mitchell for orchestrating the students, Gwen McWhorter for coordinating the parade, and to the parents who jumped in to help pass out the refreshments. Please check out our website for pictures. These are the things that foster a healthy neighborhood and why East Bethesda is a great place to live. Like all good things, we need to protect our neighborhood by looking out for one another, being aware of what is going on around us and reporting suspicious activity to the police department. I have two phone numbers saved in my cell phone: the local police station at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Montgomery Avenue, 301-652-9200, and the Montgomery County Police dispatch for the entire county, 301-279-8000. The Montgomery Police department is more than happy to respond to your calls. Also, make sure you are signed up for e-mail alerts at our website, www.ebca.org. Finally, I want to make sure you plan to attend our general membership meeting coming up on Wednesday, December 16th at 8 p.m. In closing, I want to say thank you to our advertisers, Total Body Salon, Hughes Landscaping and New Generation Music Lessons. They have been very patient waiting for this issue to come out. EBCA greatly appreciates their support, and you can show your support by giving them some business!

School Boundaries, Enrollments Examined
Continued from page 1... schools). The boundary study will take place in winter 2009 for Board of Education consideration in March 2010. 2. Capacity studies for Bethesda, Chevy Chase, North Chevy Chase, and Rosemary Hills Elementary 3. Schools will be completed by spring 2010 and will determine the maximum number of classrooms that can be added to each school. 4. Following the completion of the capacity studies, a roundtable discussion group will be conducted in spring 2010 to address concerns regarding school overutilization and the unique pairings and grade organization at Bethesda, Chevy Chase, North Chevy Chase, and Rosemary Hills Elementary Schools. Information developed from the capacity studies will be used to develop approaches to address space shortages and school articulation issues. Planning input received from this process will be considered when the superintendent makes recommendations in October 2010 as part of the Amendments to the FY 2011–2016 CIP. You can review the MCPS CIP prior to the meeting by following the link on our website, www.ebca.org. If you have further questions, please contact education@ebca.org.

East Bethesda Citizens Association, Inc. PO Box 41020 Bethesda, MD 20824 www.ebca.org
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Greg Volz, President Kevin Kraus, 1st Vice President Rebecca Fayed, 2nd Vice President A.B. Carneal, Recording Secretary Jack Hayes, Treasurer Ilaya Hopkins, Past President Andy O’Hare, Crescent Trail Monica Hayes, Education Eleanor Rice, NIH Liaison Carmen Abrams, Website Dorian Patchin, Website Leslie Weber, Welcome Packets Membership, Vacant Parks & Playgrounds, Vacant Social Events, Vacant

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Neighborhood News
By John Hughes

WINTER 2009

Christmas Trees: Go Real or Go Plastic?
In an age of environmental awareness, experts say that choosing a real Christmas tree over an artificial tree is the environmentally sound choice. Christmas tree farms stabilize soil, protect water supplies and provide refuge for wildlife while creating scenic green belts. Often, Christmas trees are grown on soils that could not support other crops. A benefit to the atmosphere, real Christmas trees absorb carbon dioxide and other gases, emitting fresh oxygen. This helps prevent the earth-warming "greenhouse effect." One acre of Christmas trees produces the daily oxygen requirement for 18 people. With approximately one million acres producing Christmas trees in the United States, which translates into oxygen for 18 million people every day. For every real Christmas tree harvested, three seedlings are planted in its place. Real Christmas trees are an allAmerican, recyclable resource. Artificial trees, most of which are manufactured outside the United States, consist of plastics and metals that are not biodegradable. When disposed of, artificial trees will never deteriorate. Their effects on our environment are evident and will remain for countless generations. 1. Fake trees and wreaths are made from nonrenewable petroleum. 2. Real Christmas trees and wreaths do not harm our environment and our resources. They are produced as an agricultural crop. Each year Christmas tree growers replace cut trees with a new crop of seedlings. 3. When a fake tree catches fire, it puts dangerous toxic fumes into the air. A properly cared-for real Christmas tree will not catch fire easily. If and when it does, its fumes will certainly not be as toxic. 4. Fake trees cannot be recycled. When they are disposed of in a sanitary landfill, they will not disintegrate, but will remain there forever, taking up increasingly scarce landfill space. 5. Real trees are recycled in various helpful ways such as ground-up mulch to replenish the soil, fish habitat and other useful methods. Over the years, the Christmas tree has come to symbolize the faith and hope of harmony among all mankind. Over 36 million Americans will enjoy a real Christmas tree this year, savoring the color and aroma festive mood only the real thing can evoke.

It is a new year in EBCA! Time to renew your membership for 20092010. Get your voice is heard!
Please support our neighborhood activities, this newsletter, and the community activism that makes East Bethesda one of the most desirable places in which to invest and raise a family. $15 per member, but additional contributions are always welcome. EBCA - Membership P.O. Box 41020 Bethesda, MD 20824 Members _____________________________________ Address _____________________________________ Phone _____________________________________ E-mail _____________________________________ Number of Members _____ x $15 each = $_____ EBCA will not share your contact information with anyone outside of the organization.

Inside This Issue
Schools Update......................... 1 Have a “Green” Christmas....... 3

It is time to renew your EBCA membership. Clip the coupon and mail it today! Next General Membership Meeting: Wednesday, December 16th at 8 p.m. Next Issue: A Tribute to William Walter Dansie