Neighborhood News

WWW.EBCA.ORG JUNE/JULY 2008
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 Ilaya Hopkins, President
We had hoped to have a nice recap of the Annual EBCA Yard Sale in this month’s newsletter but, alas, we must go to press before the rescheduled event takes place. Thanks to all for your patience and understanding. It is the first time in my few years of being involved that we have had to reschedule a big event but the email list and website proved an effective means of communicating the change. Watch for more upgrades to these communication channels in the coming weeks. We are improving them to make it easier to sign on, get information and share it with one another. We did have a good turn out at the May general membership meeting where we got a healthy dose of climate change information courtesy of Dr. Lise Van Susteren. We also learned about Bethesda’s first LEED certified Silver building going up at the intersection of Wilson Lane, Arlington Road and Old Georgetown Road, proving that one person, one change and one community can make a difference. See the enclosed article for more details. After the presentations, we held elections for the 2008-2009 slate of officers. The officers are the same as the year we are currently concluding with the exception of A.B. Carneal who is stepping in as Recording Secretary. As I have mentioned before, it takes many hands to keep EBCA at the forefront of the important issues and activities impacting our community. If you are ready to get involved, please see the list of openings in this issue or let us know your interests. Thanks to Heather Giuli for serving as Nominating Chair for this year’s elections. The second order of business was a proposal to increase the membership dues. As EBCA’s only source of revenue, we rely on these donations to provide a full range of activities from social gatherings, to producing and mailing the newsletter, to upgrading our electronic communications. The options on the table were: keep the dues at $10 per year per voting member, raise dues to $15 per year per voting member or to raise dues to $20 per year per voting member. By a majority vote, an increase to $15 per year per voting member was approved for the coming year, July 1st, 2008 to June 30th, 2009. Thanks for the participation to date. We’ll look forward to seeing you this summer!

Climate Change Presentation
Lise Van Susteren, psychiatrist and Eastern Regional Director of the Climate Project, delivered a thought-provoking presentation at the May general membership meeting. Van Susteren was trained by Al Gore in Nashville, Tennessee to present the slide show which became the basis of his Oscarwinning documentary film An Inconvenient Truth. Gore has since trained over 1,000 activists throughout the United States to take this slide show on the road to promote grass-roots support for the Continued on page 6...

Summer in East Bethesda
Fireworks! Join neighbors and friends at the grassy hillside of Lynnbrook Park to watch the annual display of fireworks from the Columbia Country Club Tuesday, July 1st as it gets dark. The rain date is Wednesday, July 2nd. Activities Around Town! Let us know what you think– What is your favorite thing to do or about summer in Bethesda? Send in your reply by July 20th to newsletter@ebca.org to have your ideas included in the next newsletter in August.

Inside This Issue
Entrance Signs................ 2 Officers Elected............... 5 Council News .................. 6 Downtown Recycling ...... 7

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Have You Seen the Signs?
Perhaps you have noticed the new entrance signs gracing many of the entry points to East Bethesda. Here is the story of how they came about. Before the Chevy Chase Bank Company building stood at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and East West Highway, this crossroads was home to a restaurant. When plans came out for the high rise building, many neighbors were concerned about the traffic associated with an office building. Chevy Chase Bank, therefore, worked with EBCA to support traffic calming measures through a number of entrance signs with the hope that if drivers realize they are in a residential area, perhaps they will be more courteous and cautious or, better yet, choose not to cut through at all. Around the same time, EBCA held a contest to design a new logo for the organization. Chorman Romano of Rosedale Avenue submitted the winning entry that was chosen at a general membership meeting. With the logo that is now familiar to us from our newsletter and website, the design of the entrance sign was born. This too was debated and voted on at a separate EBCA general membership meeting where residents discussed what the sign should say. The vote supported what you now see: the logo with the large letters of “Welcome” and “East Bethesda Citizens Association. Est. 1931.” Our thanks go to former EBCA President Dan Fox and current EBCA Treasurer Jack Hayes who spent many hours working with the county to get permits and

Donate to A Wider Circle
What to do with all those baby goods? And dishes, and towels?. If you can’t make it to the EBCA community yard sale but you have items that are in decent condition and need a new home, consider contacting A Wider Circle, a 501(c) (3), grassroots, nonprofit organization that serves individuals and families living in poverty in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. The mission of A Wider Circle is simple: to help individuals and families lift themselves out of poverty. At the heart of A Wider Circle's work is the realization that breaking the cycles of poverty requires more than just the provision of basic need items; it also requires a restoration of dignity and selfworth. You can drop off items at the designated location on River Road or call to arrange for a pick up. Please donate items that are in good condition. This helps families to maintain a sense of dignity as they start anew, and it allows the program to run cost-efficiently and effectively. Here is a wish list is a list of items that the families served request. The full list is available at www.awidercircle.com. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Beds without damage Bed frames with all the pieces Dressers Kitchen tables and chairs Strollers, chairs, cribs, car seats Infant and toddler clothing End tables and coffee tables Televisions Sofas and living room chairs Lamps Dishes, silverware, pots & pans Toasters and microwaves Fans & air conditioning units New cleaning products

approval for placement of the signs. Thanks also go to our neighbors who live adjacent to these sites for supporting this effort. While these signs will not deter all cut through traffic they will help to identify our community. If you have any questions or concerns about the signs, please contact Jack Hayes at JDHser@aol.com.
Ilaya Hopkins, President David Saltzman, 1st Vice President Tori Hall, 2nd Vice President Jack Hayes, Treasurer Heather Giuli, Secretary Dan Fox, Immediate Past President Andy O’Hare, Crescent Trail Monica Hayes, Education Marcie Sandalow, Membership Eleanor Rice, NIH Liaison Kevin Kraus, Parks & Playgrounds Sandy Spagnolo, Social Events Dorian Patchin, Website

East Bethesda Citizens Association, Inc. PO Box 41020 Bethesda, MD 20824 www.ebca.org
Neighborhood News Jay Briar, Editor newsletter@ebca.org David Kauffman, Sponsorship sponsorship@ebca.org

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EBCA Elects New Officers, Seeks More Volunteers
EBCA is pleased to announce the officers elected for the 2008-2009 year. EBCA is also involved in a number of activities to promote our sense of community both within and around our boarders, and we are looking for neighbors fill these important roles: Membership Committee We need a few people to help out with tracking members. Jobs include maintaining an excel spreadsheet of members as dues are paid, helping to bring new members in at events and with articles in the newsletter, thinking of creative ways to boost membership – our primary source of revenue. Assistant Recording Secretary This is an elected position and provides back up if the recording secretary is unable to attend a meeting. We hope to post minutes to the website so those that who cannot attend general meetings can follow what is happening in EBCA. Newsletter Distribution Jay Briar gets the newsletter to the printer but we need some help managing the mailing list and making sure everything stays on track from there. Lynnbrook Recreation Center This building is on the county’s list to possibly close. We need someone to be the point person and follow developments as well as keep EBCA informed of what we can do to keep it here. Development Tracker With so much development around our boarders and Council member Berliner’s In Fill Task Force in full swing, we need someone interested in these issues to follow them and provide updates to EBCA. Something Else? If you have an area of interest that is not listed but you think EBCA needs to be aware, please let us know and we can see about getting it up and running. If you are interested in helping in any of these capacities or if you have any questions about EBCA’s volunteer operations, please contact EBCA President Ilaya Hopkins at president@ebca.org. Above, from left: Tori Hall, 2nd Vice President, Ilaya Hopkins, President, and A.B. Carneal, Recording Secretary. Below, left: Jack Hayes, Treasurer. Below, right: David Saltzman, 1st Vice President.

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By Chuck Sullivan

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County Council Update
The Montgomery County Council has been busy lately with new regulations covering home improvements. Here is a summary of the most recent issues: County Council Approves Energy Star Mandate All new homes will require Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star standards for building permits applied for on or after January 1, 2010. The Energy Star mandate and certification was opposed by the three Transportation & Environment Committee members but was approved by the full Council. The legislation allows the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to evaluate alternative programs that achieve 15-30% increased energy efficiency at a lower cost. Local builders testified that many new homes already achieve the energy goals using a variety of efficiency methods but if compliance with Energy Star is the only option then costs will increase $10,000 to $20,000. Forest Conservation Law The Council is also currently considering changes in the Forest Conservation law. The proposed changes clarify the intent of the law which seeks to protect forests and mitigate the effects when a portion of a forest is cut down. The Council is still debating whether all trees on residential property should be covered under an Urban Tree Bill which would require a permit to remove any tree. Tree removal on private property has historically been the right of the property owner. Councilmember Nancy Floreen has created a blog to post comments or questions on issues dealing with tree at nancyfloreen.blogspot.com. Open Houses for Building Construction In an effort to enhance communication between the construction industry and the Department of Permitting Services, the Division of Building Construction is holding a series of open houses. The sessions will focus on Green Building regulations, new Executive Regulations adopting the 2006 ICC Codes, significant code changes from previous editions, affected policies and procedures, and code interpretations. For more information contact Amy Edwards, Office Services Coordinator, Division of Building Construction, at 240-777-6316 or amy.edwards@montgomerycountymd.gov. Gypsy Moth Program The gypsy moth is by far the most destructive pest of forest and shade trees in Maryland. To learn more, visit the Maryland Department of Agriculture at: www.mda.state.md.us/plants-pests/forest_pest_mgmt/ gypsy_moth/gypsy_moth_program_policy.php

Environmentalism Front & Center at May Meeting
Continued from page 1... issue. Armed with stunning slides and graphic images of the changing environment, she educated the audience on the need to make changes now. Easy steps you can take include calculating your carbon footprint at www.carbonfootprint.com, signing up for Clean Energy Rewards through your energy provider and giving back through organizations like Native Energy. We were also lucky to have with us Michael Belisle, architect of the PeriPoint building located at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road, Wilson Lane and Arlington Road. He is building one of Bethesda’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified “Silver” buildings with a number of features that make it a more environmentally friendly structure. There will be a restaurant on the first floor, a gallery on the mezzanine and office space on the third floor. To learn more, visit www.peripoint.com.

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The Neighborhood Roundup
Blood Drive Success Thanks to all residents who heard the call to give blood for a local fire fighter from the Chevy Chase Fire House. Planners were hoping for 80 donors but were overwhelmed with well over 100 individuals from around the area ready to help; a wonderful reminder of our generous community. Labor Day Picnic Labor Day Picnic will take place on Monday, September 1st. We need volunteers to help with the planning and with activities the day of the event. If you are available – even for just an hour – please contact Sandy Spagnolo at social@ebca.org. Downtown Plans Online The Montgomery County Department of Parks and Planning has recently posted new information on its website concerning proposed development in the Bethesda Central Business District listing planned development projects and a map: www.mcparkandplanning.org/ community/plan_areas/ bethesda_chevy_chase/intro.shtm Bethesda Farmers Market The Bethesda Farmers Market, featuring fresh fruits, veggies, and baked goods, has returned for the summer. The market is open from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays through October in Veterans Park, near the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues. For more information on the market, visit www.bethesda.org. Thanks... To the Photography Center of Bethesda for providing the projection screen for the May general membership meeting. Trillium Construction The Trillium development project at the intersections of Woodmont Avenue, Wisconsin Avenue and Battery Lane has nearly completed demolition of the old hotel. The new construction will take about two years. Noise levels must be kept under specified levels during the day and at even lower levels between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. If you have concerns about noise, please call 240-777-7770 For traffic related questions, please call 240-777-6000 or email trafficops@montgomerycountymd.gov. Infill Development Montgomery County District 1 Councilmember Roger Berliner has introduced legislation addressing infill development—including provisions that would require a modest reduction in the size of infill homes built on smaller lots. A public hearing for the bill is scheduled for June 17 at 7 p.m. in the County Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The bill will be considered in work sessions . For more information on the legislation, please call 240-7777828.

Downtown Recycle Bin Kickoff
By Dave Heffernan
Numerous government officials, business and neighborhood leaders, citizens and children joined in celebrating the kickoff of Bethesda Green's Recycle Bin program. The folks at Honest Tea did a great job organizing logistics for this media event that got radio and TV coverage from WAMU, WTOP and Newschannel 8. Bethesda Green is helping to support this recycling project for pedestrians in the Bethesda business district. Initially, 25-35 beverage recycling bins will be placed in high-traffic areas of Bethesda Row, Woodmont Triangle and Metro Center. Honest Tea and The Coca Cola Company, together with local sponsors, support the bins. Bethesda Urban Partnership is helping to maintain them. Bethesda Green aims to serve as a living model to sustain

Bethesda’s development by reducing the community’s environmental footprint, attracting environmentally-conscious consumers, and promoting an environmental ethic. Through the engagement and collective efforts of the entire community, the project will work to make Bethesda an even better place to live and work. For more information visit www.bethesdagreen.org.

Summer is the time to renew your EBCA membership for 2008-2009. Clip and mail this form today!
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.

Recent Home Closings
(January to May) 4608 Maple Avenue 4608 S. Chelsea Lane 7913 Kentbury Drive 4537 S. Chelsea Lane 4600 Harling Lane 4310 Lynbrook Drive 18 Kentbury Way 8609 Lancaster Drive 4700 Rosedale Avenue 8407 Baccarat Court 8515 Halston Way 4303 Lynbrook Drive 4619 Highland Avenue 4508 Fairfield Drive $640,000 $655,000 $670,000 $670,000 $720,000 $750,000 $760,000 $765,000 $860,000 $965,000 $1,045,000 $1,110,000 $1,190,000 $1,276,000