Neighborhood News

WWW.EBCA.ORG JUNE 2010
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
We are embarking on a new challenge for the East Bethesda Citizens Association. As many of you have learned by now, the Montgomery County Council, in its infinite wisdom, decided to close our Lynbrook Recreation Center effective in April to help trim the budget. I believe I heard it will save the county $16,000 annually in a budget of $4,000,000,000. That is like giving up an occasional Starbucks latte to help pay for a mansion. This is the same community center where we hold our meetings, the Halloween parade and Labor Day picnic, not to mention the numerous birthday parties, playdates and special events that were held at this facility. Despite the email and letterwriting campaign and multiple suggestions for alternative ways to keep the community center open for the benefit of our community, the County Council felt giving up the Starbucks latte was the right thing to do. I kind of get the feeling the community center will go the way of the trash-can-removal-fromthe-park debacle. We obviously need to make a little more noise (or squeak more since the squeaky wheel clearly gets the grease) to get the County Council’s attention. I suggest you make your voice heard. A great way to do this is to attend the upcoming Montgomery County District 1 candidate forum on June 1st at the Lawton Community Recreation Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Checvy Chase. The event will begin at 7 p.m. with a meet and greet at 6:30. Scheduled to attend are current District 1 Councilmember Roger Berline and for EBCA President and District 1 candidate Ilaya Hopkins.. The closure of our community center has forced us to postpone our May general membership Continued on page 2...

Possible School Changes
By Monica Hayes, Education Chair
The Bethesda-Chevy Chase (BCC) cluster Roundtable approaches to relieve elementary school overcrowding were discussed at a public information meeting at Bethesda Elementary School on Thursday, May 27th. East Bethesda residents are encouraged to let Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) know this is an issue of importance to our community. In addition, a summary of the Roundtable report and a description of next steps in the MCPS process will be provided at the June 2nd EBCA General membership meeting to be held at the B-CC High School cafeteria. Roundtable approaches under discussion include: • Moving 6th grades at North Chevy Chase and/or Chevy Chase Elementary Schools to Westland Middle School. This would not require a boundary study and could be implemented as soon as August 2011. • Establishing a boundary study for East Bethesda (and Paddington Square) to examine elementary schools assignments. Continued on page 3...

General Membership Meeting Wednesday, June 2nd, 7:00 p.m. NEW LOCATION B-CC High School Cafeteria 4301 East-West Highway
Elections & School Update

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Tree Coupons
Homeowners who buy a tree valued at $75 or more can receive a $25 coupon from the Montgomery County Planning Department. For information on which selected trees and county nurseries are included in the "Leaves for Neighborhoods" visit www.montgomeryplanning. org/events/leaves. The East Bethesda Garden Club meets at 7:30 on the second Tuesday of each month. Guests welcome. For more information about EBCA, contact Nancy at 301-656-8754. Continued from page 1... meeting and election of officers for the next year. The new date and location of the meeting will be June 2nd at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School cafeteria. We will begin the meeting an hour earlier at 7 p.m. We are still accepting nominations for the EBCA officers for the next fiscal year beginning July 1, and you may e-mail your nominations to Kelly Cunningham at klcnn68@yahoo.com. Thanks again to the continued support of our sponsors: Smith Thomas Smith general contractors, BCC Total Body Salon, Marcie Sandalow with Evers & Co. Real Estate, New Generation School of Music, and Hughes Landscaping and Supply. In these difficult economic times, their sustained support helps us to remain in touch with you. We also thank all of the households who have contributed membership dues to EBCA this year, and encourage everyone else to write a check this month by using the coupon on the back of the newsletter. The names of our paid members are printed inside. I look forward to seeing everyone at th e Ju n e 2n d g e ne ral membership meeting and elections!

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

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Schools Update
Continued from page 1... • Additions for B-CC cluster Elementary schools. • Opening a new elementary and/or middle school in the B-CC Cluster. These would require boundary studies. After reviewing input from the B-CC Roundtable process, the MCPS Superintendent will prepare a recommendation for the Board of Education (BOE) for the FY 2012 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) that is released in late October 2010. The BOE will conduct public hearings and take action in late November. Boundary studies could follow in winter 2010 for inclusion in the FY 2012 CIP, or fall 2011 for the FY 2013 CIP. The implementation of reassignments may need to wait until additions (earliest completion August 2014) or new schools (earliest completion August 2016) are funded and built. More information, links to MCPS B-CC Cluster planning activities, and tips for advocacy can be found on our website, www.ebca.org, on the Local Education page. If you have questions, please contact EBCA Education Chair Monica Hayes by email at education@ebca.org.

All students in East Bethesda attend: • Westland Middle School and then • Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. Rosemary Hills PS: About 45% of 2nd graders at Rosemary Hills attend North Chevy Chase Elementary in the 3rd grade; about 45% attend Chevy Chase Elementary in the 3rd grade; and about 10% attend Bethesda Elementary in 3rd grade. • North Chevy Chase and Chevy Chase are 3rd through 6th grade schools. • Bethesda is a K through 5th grade school. Bethesda ES: About 75% of Bethesda Elementary 5th graders attend Westland Middle School in the 6th grade; about 25% attend Pyle Middle School in the Walt Whitman Cluster for 6th grade. • Westland and Pyle are both 6th

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20092009-2010 Membership
Iola Abood Salman Abu-Hjeli & Kathy Riddell Amy & Paul Aggugia Paola Agostini Imad Ahmad & Frances Eddy Kenneth Angell & Patricia Klosky Naomi Aronson Howard & Jennie Austin Pam Baldinger James Barnett Nick Batselos & Beth Forbes Ed & Linda Baxter Dena Belinkoff W.B. Blandford & Henry Hoppler Larry & Debbie Boggs George Borababy Mr. & Mrs. W.L. Bowles David Bradley Aleksandra & Joel Braginski Jay Briar & Alvin Figer Bryn & Ray Briscuso Jolanda & Raymond Bruyn Elizabeth Buchanek & Joseph Parlante Jeff Burnett Peter Cameron Muriel Carson Barbara Cecchini Julie Childs Larry Clare Lori & Tom Condon Bernard Cooper Adam Cowles Florence Crisafulli Christine Crowe Elizabeth Curren & Dwain Winters Kitty & Richard Dana Ann & William Dansie Kate & Scott Danzis Dorothy & John Day Mary DeFilippes Connie & Roger Dierman Martin Dieu & Holly Elwood Erik & Rita Doherty Elizabeth Donaldson Farida Dossani Jon Ebinger & Leslie Kahn Louise Evans Erik Evenson David & Jane Fairweather Amanda & Evan Farber Ava Feiner & Cliff Stromberg Andrew Forsyth & Elizabeth Rathbone Darlene & Jeff Forte Russell Fox & Andrea Shandell Celina Franke William Franz & Cheryl Kollin Paul Frenzen Robert Friedman & Elaine Sullivan Penelope Garcia Shelly Gehshan & Mark Obsinsky Gregory & Heidi Gertner Heather Giuli Vera Glocklin Leslie Graham Bob & Mary Alice Gray Ezra Greenberg & Kristin Schneeman Daniel & Melissa Groman Fred Grossberg Peggy Anne Hansen Isaac & Roberta Hantman William Harless & Marcia Zier Gertrude Haugan Anne & Bob Hawkins Jack & Monica Hayes Karen Helsing & Dave Kowtko Chris & Deborah Helzer

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There is still time to join!
Sharon Hillery Marah & James Hoffman Nancy Holland Scott Johnson & Gael O'Sullivan Sharada Kalanidhi Patrick Kanold & Judy Tso David Kaufman John Kelly Beverly Kempf Veronica Kidd Mary King Jacqueline King & Frank Vinik Robert Kopera Mary Alice Kotonias Rita Kozla Kevin & Pascale Kraus Diane Kupelian & Pierre Toureille Richard & Susan Kyle Ben Labaree & Alison Snow Jack & Susan Lass Keith & Robin Lawson Dan Lewis Richard Lewis & Biga Doris Tollanen Ellen Liberman Barbara & Phil MacNeill Jan & Jerry Maddox Beth & David Marcellas Russell Mardon C.R. & Julia Mark Lisa McCabe Thomas McCann Claudia & Maury McInerney Susan Miller Linda & Michael Moodie Kristen Mosbaek Jim & Liz Mullikin Barbara Nash Kellie Newton Lois Nienaber David & Marcia Notley Jim & Mary Lee O'Connell Austin O'Connor Linda O'Hare Lou & Tom Olin Grace Palladino & Brad Piepmeir Mario Pascalev Maureen Politi Victoria Porter & Michael Winnings Gabrielle Prandoni Jeffrey Rackon Andrew Rashid Leon Rib Robin Rittenhoff & Arthur Silver Alan & Theresa Robbins Amy Ross Chris & Francasca Ryan Marc & Marcie Sandalow John Savage Rhoda & Richard Sears Tom & Vicki Seed Dianne & Perry Seiffert Ann & William Stahr Chuck & Susanna Sullivan Kirt Suomela Dee Taylor Brad & Suzanne Tesh Tempe Grant Thomas Carl Thomason & Joan Zaro Tom & Marcia Tyrrell Vivian Underwood Melissa & Philip Urofsky Ana Villacampa Greg & Kelly Volz Leslie & Mark Weber Carrie & Scott Weinfed Ruth Weiss Mary Yopes

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THERE IS MORE ABOUT EAST BETHESDA AT: WWW.EBCA.ORG
When the temperatures rise, this summer you can always look back at photographs of the three blizzards this past winter. Several neighbors have shared their pictures on our website, www.ebca.org. These are from Victoria on Chestnut Street and Michael on South Chelsea Lane. Let’s add some pictures of sunshine and fireworks soon!

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
School Changes ........................ 1 Membership Roll ................... 4-5 Winter Pics ............................... 7

Have you joined EBCA this year yet? Clip the coupon and mail it today! Next General Membership Meeting: Wednesday, June 2nd at 7 p.m. at BCC High School