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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.

Climate Change
President’s Notebook
By Ilaya Hopkins, President
Lise Van Susteren, psychiatrist
We had hoped to have a nice community can make a difference. and Eastern Regional Director of
recap of the Annual EBCA Yard See the enclosed article for more the Climate Project, delivered a
Sale in this month’s newsletter details. thought-provoking presentation at
but, alas, we must go to press After the presentations, we held the May general membership
before the rescheduled event takes elections for the 2008-2009 slate of meeting. Van Susteren was trained
place. Thanks to all for your officers. The officers are the same by Al Gore in Nashville, Tennessee
patience and understanding. It is as the year we are currently to present the slide show which
the first time in my few years of concluding with the exception of became the basis of his Oscar-
being involved that we have had to A.B. Carneal who is stepping in as winning documentary film An
reschedule a big event but the Recording Secretary. As I have Inconvenient Truth. Gore has since
email list and website proved an mentioned before, it takes many trained over 1,000 activists
effective means of communicating hands to keep EBCA at the throughout the United States to
the change. Watch for more forefront of the important issues take this slide show on the road to
upgrades to these communication and activities impacting our promote grass-roots support for the
channels in the coming weeks. We community. If you are ready to get
are improving them to make it involved, please see the list of Continued on page 6...
easier to sign on, get information openings in this issue or let us
and share it with one another. know your interests. Thanks to
We did have a good turn out at Heather Giuli for serving as Summer in
the May general membership Nominating Chair for this year’s
meeting where we got a healthy elections. East Bethesda
dose of climate change information The second order of business was
courtesy of Dr. Lise Van Susteren. a proposal to increase the Fireworks!
We also learned about Bethesda’s membership dues. As EBCA’s only Join neighbors and friends at
first LEED certified Silver building source of revenue, we rely on these the grassy hillside of
going up at the intersection of donations to provide a full range of Lynnbrook Park to watch the
Wilson Lane, Arlington Road and activities from social gatherings, to annual display of fireworks
Old Georgetown Road, proving that producing and mailing the from the Columbia Country
one person, one change and one newsletter, to upgrading our Club Tuesday, July 1st as it
electronic communications. The gets dark. The rain date is
options on the table were: keep the Wednesday, July 2nd.
dues at $10 per year per voting
Inside This Issue member, raise dues to $15 per year Activities Around Town!
per voting member or to raise dues Let us know what you think–
Entrance Signs................ 2 to $20 per year per voting member. What is your favorite thing to
By a majority vote, an increase to do or about summer in
Officers Elected............... 5 $15 per year per voting member Bethesda? Send in your reply
Council News .................. 6 was approved for the coming year, by July 20th to
July 1st, 2008 to June 30th, 2009. to have
Downtown Recycling ...... 7 Thanks for the participation to your ideas included in the next
date. We’ll look forward to seeing newsletter in August.
you this summer!
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Have You Seen the Signs? Donate to

Perhaps you have noticed the
new entrance signs gracing many
of the entry points to East
The vote supported what you
now see: the logo with the large
letters of “Welcome” and “East
A Wider Circle
Bethesda. Here is the story of how Bethesda Citizens Association. Est. What to do with all those baby
they came about. Before the Chevy 1931.” goods? And dishes, and towels?. If
Chase Bank Company building Our thanks go to former EBCA you can’t make it to the EBCA
stood at the corner of Wisconsin President Dan Fox and current community yard sale but you have
Avenue and East West Highway, EBCA Treasurer Jack Hayes who items that are in decent condition
this crossroads was home to a spent many hours working with and need a new home, consider
restaurant. When plans came out the county to get permits and contacting A Wider Circle, a 501(c)
for the high rise building, many (3), grassroots, nonprofit
neighbors were concerned about organization that serves
the traffic associated with an office individuals and families living in
building. Chevy Chase Bank, poverty in the Washington, DC
therefore, worked with EBCA to metropolitan region. The mission of
support traffic calming measures A Wider Circle is simple: to help
through a number of entrance individuals and families lift
signs with the hope that if drivers themselves out of poverty. At the
realize they are in a residential heart of A Wider Circle's work is
area, perhaps they will be more the realization that breaking the
courteous and cautious or, better cycles of poverty requires more
yet, choose not to cut through at than just the provision of basic
all. need items; it also requires a
Around the same time, EBCA restoration of dignity and self-
held a contest to design a new logo worth.
for the organization. Chorman You can drop off items at the
Romano of Rosedale Avenue designated location on River Road
submitted the winning entry that approval for placement of the or call to arrange for a pick up.
was chosen at a general signs. Thanks also go to our Please donate items that are in
membership meeting. With the neighbors who live adjacent to good condition. This helps families
logo that is now familiar to us from these sites for supporting this to maintain a sense of dignity as
our newsletter and website, the effort. While these signs will not they start anew, and it allows the
design of the entrance sign was deter all cut through traffic they program to run cost-efficiently and
born. This too was debated and will help to identify our effectively.
voted on at a separate EBCA community. If you have any Here is a wish list is a list of
general membership meeting questions or concerns about the items that the families served
where residents discussed what the signs, please contact Jack Hayes at request. The full list is available at
sign should say.

Ilaya Hopkins, President • Beds without damage

East Bethesda Citizens David Saltzman, 1st Vice President • Bed frames with all the pieces
Association, Inc. Tori Hall, 2nd Vice President • Dressers
PO Box 41020 Jack Hayes, Treasurer • Kitchen tables and chairs
Heather Giuli, Secretary • Strollers, chairs, cribs, car seats
Bethesda, MD 20824 • Infant and toddler clothing
Dan Fox, Immediate Past President Andy O’Hare, Crescent Trail • End tables and coffee tables
Monica Hayes, Education • Televisions
Neighborhood News • Sofas and living room chairs
Marcie Sandalow, Membership
Jay Briar, Editor • Lamps
Eleanor Rice, NIH Liaison • Dishes, silverware, pots & pans
Kevin Kraus, Parks & Playgrounds
David Kauffman, Sponsorship • Toasters and microwaves
Sandy Spagnolo, Social Events • Fans & air conditioning units
Dorian Patchin, Website
• New cleaning products
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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 Above, from left: Tori Hall, 2nd Vice President,
Ilaya Hopkins, President, and A.B. Carneal,
This is an elected position and provides back up if the Recording Secretary. Below, left: Jack Hayes,
recording secretary is unable to attend a meeting. We Treasurer. Below, right: David Saltzman, 1st Vice
hope to post minutes to the website so those that who President.
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.


With so much development around our boarders and WITH COUPONS FROM OUR
Council member Berliner’s In Fill Task Force in full
swing, we need someone interested in these issues to NEWSLETTER. OTHER LOCAL
follow them and provide updates to EBCA.
If you have an area of interest that is not listed but THEY HAVE SPENT. WHAT
you think EBCA needs to be aware, please let us know
and we can see about getting it up and running. ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
If you are interested in helping in any of these BECOME A NEWSLETTER
capacities or if you have any questions about EBCA’s
volunteer operations, please contact EBCA President SPONSOR TODAY!
Ilaya Hopkins at
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County Council Update Environmentalism

By Chuck Sullivan Front & Center at
The Montgomery County Council has been busy lately
with new regulations covering home improvements.
Here is a summary of the most recent issues:
May Meeting
County Council Approves Energy Star Mandate Continued from page 1...
All new homes will require Environmental Protection issue. Armed with stunning slides and graphic images
Agency (EPA) Energy Star standards for building of the changing environment, she educated the
permits applied for on or after January 1, 2010. The audience on the need to make changes now. Easy steps
Energy Star mandate and certification was opposed by you can take include calculating your carbon footprint
the three Transportation & Environment Committee at, signing up for Clean
members but was approved by the full Council. Energy Rewards through your energy provider and
The legislation allows the Department of giving back through organizations like Native Energy.
Environmental Protection (DEP) to evaluate alternative We were also lucky to have with us Michael Belisle,
programs that achieve 15-30% increased energy architect of the PeriPoint building located at the
efficiency at a lower cost. Local builders testified that intersection of Old Georgetown Road, Wilson Lane and
many new homes already achieve the energy goals Arlington Road. He is building one of Bethesda’s first
using a variety of efficiency methods but if compliance Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
with Energy Star is the only option then costs will (LEED) certified “Silver” buildings with a number of
increase $10,000 to $20,000. features that make it a more environmentally friendly
Forest Conservation Law structure. There will be a restaurant on the first floor,
The Council is also currently considering changes in a gallery on the mezzanine and office space on the
the Forest Conservation law. The proposed changes third floor. To learn more, visit
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
Open Houses for Building Construction
In an effort to enhance communication between the
construction industry and the Department of • Hair Cut (all styles)
Permitting Services, the Division of Building • Hot Lather Shave
Construction is holding a series of open houses. The • Beard Trim/Shape-up
sessions will focus on Green Building regulations, new • Facials (men & women)
Executive Regulations adopting the 2006 ICC Codes, • Eye Brow Trim (men & women)
significant code changes from previous editions, • Professional Shoe Shine
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

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:
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The Neighborhood Roundup

Blood Drive Success Thanks... For traffic related questions,
please call 240-777-6000 or email
Thanks to all residents who To the Photography Center of
heard the call to give blood for a Bethesda for providing the
local fire fighter from the Chevy projection screen for the May Infill Development
Chase Fire House. Planners were general membership meeting.
hoping for 80 donors but were Montgomery County District 1
overwhelmed with well over 100 Trillium Construction Councilmember Roger Berliner has
individuals from around the area introduced legislation addressing
ready to help; a wonderful The Trillium development project infill development—including
reminder of our generous at the intersections of Woodmont provisions that would require a
community. Avenue, Wisconsin Avenue and modest reduction in the size of
Battery Lane has nearly completed infill homes built on smaller lots. A
Labor Day Picnic demolition of the old hotel. The public hearing for the bill is
new construction will take about scheduled for June 17 at 7 p.m. in
Labor Day Picnic will take place two years. Noise levels must be the County Council Office Building
on Monday, September 1st. We kept under specified levels during at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville.
need volunteers to help with the the day and at even lower levels The bill will be considered in work
planning and with activities the between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. If you sessions . For more information on
day of the event. If you are have concerns about noise, please the legislation, please call 240-777-
available – even for just an hour – call 240-777-7770 7828.
please contact Sandy Spagnolo at

Downtown Plans Online Downtown Recycle Bin Kickoff

By Dave Heffernan
The Montgomery County
Department of Parks and Planning Numerous government officials,
has recently posted new business and neighborhood leaders,
information on its website citizens and children joined in
concerning proposed development celebrating the kickoff of Bethesda
in the Bethesda Central Business Green's Recycle Bin program. The
District listing planned folks at Honest Tea did a great job
development projects and a map: organizing logistics for this media
event that got radio and TV coverage from WAMU, WTOP and
community/plan_areas/ Newschannel 8.
bethesda_chevy_chase/intro.shtm Bethesda Green is helping to
support this recycling project for
Bethesda Farmers Market pedestrians in the Bethesda
business district. Initially, 25-35 Bethesda’s development by
The Bethesda Farmers Market, beverage recycling bins will be reducing the community’s
featuring fresh fruits, veggies, and placed in high-traffic areas of environmental footprint, attracting
baked goods, has returned for the Bethesda Row, Woodmont Triangle environmentally-conscious
summer. and Metro Center. consumers, and promoting an
The market is open from 10 a.m. Honest Tea and The Coca Cola environmental ethic. Through the
to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Company, together with local engagement and collective efforts
Saturdays through October in sponsors, support the bins. of the entire community, the
Veterans Park, near the corner of Bethesda Urban Partnership is project will work to make Bethesda
Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues. helping to maintain them. an even better place to live and
For more information on the Bethesda Green aims to serve as work. For more information visit
market, visit a living model to sustain
Summer is the time to renew your Recent Home
EBCA membership for 2008-2009.
Clip and mail this form today! Closings
(January to May)
Please support our neighborhood activities, this
newsletter, and the community activism that 4608 Maple Avenue $640,000
makes East Bethesda one of the most desirable
places in which to invest and raise a family. $15
4608 S. Chelsea Lane $655,000
per member, but additional contributions are 7913 Kentbury Drive $670,000
always welcome. 4537 S. Chelsea Lane $670,000
EBCA - Membership 4600 Harling Lane $720,000
P.O. Box 41020 4310 Lynbrook Drive $750,000
Bethesda, MD 20824
18 Kentbury Way $760,000
Members _____________________________________ 8609 Lancaster Drive $765,000
Address _____________________________________ 4700 Rosedale Avenue $860,000
Phone _____________________________________
E-mail _____________________________________
8407 Baccarat Court $965,000
8515 Halston Way $1,045,000
Number of Members _____ x $15 each = $_____ 4303 Lynbrook Drive $1,110,000
EBCA will not share your contact information with 4619 Highland Avenue $1,190,000
anyone outside of the organization. 4508 Fairfield Drive $1,276,000