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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.

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The annual EBCA Labor Day Picnic and Party will take place at Lynnbrook Park on Monday, September 6th from 2 to 5 p.m. All community members are invited to come take part in sack races, tug of war, the bean bag toss, relay races, the football toss, the moon bounce and much more. If you are interested in helping at the event, please send an email to webmaster@ebca.org.

Newsletter

Editor

Wanted

After four years as editor of Neighborhood News, Jay Briar is looking to pass along the newsletter to another neighbor who, like him, wants to be involved in the community without actually getting off of the couch. Training can be provided. If you are interested in learning more about how the newsletter is published, please send an email to Jay at newsletter@ebca.org or to EBCA President Greg Volz at president@ebca.org.

President’s Notebook

By Greg Volz, President

We are rolling full steam ahead in to fall. School starts soon and vacations are wrapping up. Now it

is time to get back to business.

There are several items that we are addressing at EBCA as we begin our new fiscal year. The biggest one is increasing our membership numbers, and running

a close second is improving our

website and its usefulness. The EBCA community is a total volunteer organization. Our budget and our ability to provide services

to our community like the newsletter, Labor Day Picnic and Halloween parade is based on the number of folks who send in their $15 annual membership dues. We rely on you to help fund the East

Bethesda Citizens Association. In an effort to make it easier for you

to become a member, we will have

an online payment option available

very soon on our website, www.ebca.org. You can also clip the coupon on the back of this newsletter and mail it in today. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Speaking of our website, it can be

a tremendous resource for our

neighborhood, but only if it is used

properly. You need to register first

at www.ebca.org. Just a few of the

benefits to East Bethesda residents using this communication tool:

rapid dissemination of emergency information through email blasts; sharing event information; sharing referrals for babysitters, contractors and landscapers; and notifying neighbors of important news. Feel free to share this with other neighbors. The more that join, the more useful the website becomes. In addition to the website, an East Bethesda resident and our new Membership Chairman, Jill Chodorov, has started an East Bethesda Yahoo Group to facilitate sharing information. Like any Yahoo listserv, you can select to get emails as they are posted or in a digest form. In order to subscribe yourself to the Yahoo group, send an email to eastbethesda-

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General Membership Meeting Wednesday, September 22nd 7:00 p.m. B-CC High School Cafeteria 4301 East-West Highway

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PAGE 2 Neighborhood News SEPT 2010 President Continued from page 1 subscribe@yahoogroups.com and you will

President

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subscribe@yahoogroups.com and you will automatically be added to the group. There is also a Facebook Page called East Bethesda Citizens Association which residents who are on Facebook can join to share information. We are also keeping our eye on the Lynnbrook Recreation Center. As you know, the Montgomery County Council decided to close the Lynnbrook and other similar neighborhood facilities to help close the budget gap. This is a huge issue, in my opinion, because Lynnbrook has served this community for over 40 years. And now that it is closed, there is no telling what the County Council might do with the property, let alone the fact that it is not being maintained. Could EBCA work out a deal with the County to manage the facility? Could we buy it? What does this mean to us as an organization and what does it mean to the greater neighborhood? I would like to take a quick poll to see how many would rent the facility for an event. It is great space including a full kitchen, men’s and women’s bathrooms, tables and chairs. It is perfect for holding a bridge tournament, poker night, movie night for the kids, and run around space when it is too cold to go outside. Please send me an email at president@ebca.org and let me know what you think. Finally, there are a couple of upcoming events to note. We will hold our annual Labor Day Picnic on Monday, September 6th at Lynnbrook Park from 2 to 5 p.m. Primary elections will be held on Tuesday, September 14th, and our EBCA general membership meeting, open to all residents, will be held on Wednesday, September 22nd at B-CC High School. Please come out and support B-CC High School athletics, too.

Please come out and support B-CC High School athletics, too. East Bethesda Citizens Association, Inc. PO

East Bethesda Citizens Association, Inc. PO Box 41020 Bethesda, MD 20824 www.ebca.org

Neighborhood News Jay Briar, Editor newsletter@ebca.org Sponsorship, Vacant sponsorship@ebca.org

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 Jill Chodorov, Membership Parks & Playgrounds, Vacant Social Events, Vacant

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20102010-20102010--2011-201120112011 MembershipMembershipMembershipMembership Campaign:Campaign:Campaign:Campaign:

“No“No“No“No ManManManMan IsIsIsIs anananan Island”Island”Island”Island”

By Jill Chodorov, Membership Chair

In his Meditation XVII written in 1624, English poet John Donne proposes that human beings do not thrive in isolation. Rather, he says we are all interconnected. He writes, “every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” Today, more than ever, Donne’s words ring true. We rely on the grocer to collect our food, the electric company to light our homes, the teacher to educate our children, and the government to ensure our health and safety. Yet, as our dependence on one another intensifies, our lines of communication pull further apart. Tweeting has replaced talking, being “friends” refers to contacts on Facebook, blogging is the new family reunion, and texting is acceptable as the required daily contact to mom and dad. With every upgrade in technology, we add another degree of separation to the human condition. As the new Membership Chair of the East Bethesda Citizens Association, it is my goal not only to increase

Citizens Association, it is my goal not only to increase the membership of the association, but

the membership of the association, but also to inspire my neighbors to participate. East Bethesda is facing a number of crucial issues that affect us first-hand. There are zero degrees of separation between our daily lives and the expansion of the National Naval Medical Center, the construction of the Purple Line, increases in population, and school redistricting. These issues will potentially increase the duration of our commutes; alter the quality of our children’s education, the value of our homes and the safety of our neighborhood; and result in the loss of our trails and green space. It is important to stay informed (join EBCA on Facebook, visit us at www.ebca.org, or join our yahoo group). But it is even more important to participate. We must all work together, hand-in-hand, without any barriers or separation. To find out how you can get involved, please call me at 202-390-9800 or send an email to jill.chodorov@longandfoster.com.

To find out how you can get involved, please call me at 202-390-9800 or send an

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PAGE 4 Neighborhood News SEPT 2010 Events Around Town On Sunday, October 10th, friends and neighbors

Events Around Town

PAGE 4 Neighborhood News SEPT 2010 Events Around Town On Sunday, October 10th, friends and neighbors

On Sunday, October 10th, friends and neighbors of Chevy Chase Section 5 resident Ellen Vala Schneider will hold the 5th annual 5K run/3K walk for adults, students and children starting at Candy Cane City in Rock Creek Park. Participants can race as individuals or in self-formed teams. Proceeds from the race will be donated to the B-CC High School Community Scholarship Fund and the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County (MHAMC), two groups that Ellen supported. The B-CC HS Community Scholarship Fund is a program to help students close the financial gap between the actual costs of college and other scholarships and loans they receive. The MHAMC promotes mental wellness and supports those with mental illness by sponsoring and implementing education, advocacy and community service programs. This year, we established the Ellen Vala Schneider/Ellen’s Run Fund at the Community Foundation for Montgomery County, a 501(c)(3) organization, which will distribute the money raised to the two groups that benefit from Ellen’s Run. Bring children of all ages to join your neighbors in support of these two great causes. The race begins at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, October 10th, with a celebratory brunch following. Before October 8th, the cost is

$25 for adults; $15 for students; $10 for children 3-12. After October 8th, cost for adults is $40; $20 for students; $10 for children 3-12. Registration is available at www.EllensRunOnline.org. For more information, contact Pam Feinstein at feinstep@aol.com or 301-332-

7859.

Bethesda

Circulator

at feinstep@aol.com or 301-332- 7859. Bethesda Circulator Free, Every 10 Minutes. Monday to Thursday: 7 a.m.

Free, Every 10 Minutes.

Monday to Thursday:

7 a.m. to 11p.m. Friday:

7 a.m. to Midnight Saturday:

10 a.m. to Midnight

Find more local events for children and adults and collaborate with neighbors on our website:

www.EBCA.org

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PAGE 5 Neighborhood News SEPT 2010 BCC Barons Home Games Varsity Football Date Opponent Location Time

BCC Barons Home Games

Varsity Football

Date

Opponent

Location

Time

09/03/2010

Wheaton

B-CC

6:30 PM

09/16/2010

Northwest

B-CC

6:30 PM

10/01/2010

Wootton

B-CC

6:30 PM

10/15/2010

Blair

B-CC

6:30 PM

11/05/2010

Gaithersburg

B-CC

6:30 PM

 

JV Football

 

Date

Opponent

Location

Time

09/04/2010

Wheaton

B-CC

10

AM

10/02/2010

Wootton

B-CC

10

AM

10/16/2010

Blair

B-CC

10

AM

11/06/2010

Gaithersburg

B-CC

10

AM

 

Boys Varsity Soccer

 

Date

Opponent

Location

Time

09/13/2010

Walter Johnson

B-CC

7:00 pm

09/24/2010

Montgomery Blair

B-CC

7:00 pm

10/04/2010

Wootton

B-CC

5:00 pm

10/08/2010

Gaithersburg

B-CC

7:00 pm

10/14/2010

Paint Branch

B-CC

5:00 pm

10/26/2010

Damascus

B-CC

7:00 pm

 

Boys JV Soccer

 

Date

Opponent

Location

Time

09/13/2010

Walter Johnson

B-CC

5:00 pm

09/15/2010

Paint Branch

B-CC

4:30 pm

09/29/2010

Magruder

B-CC

5:30 pm

10/06/2010

Sherwood

B-CC

3:30 pm

10/08/2010

Gaithersburg

B-CC

5:00 pm

10/12/2010

Springbrook

B-CC

3:30 pm

Girls Varsity & JV Soccer

2010 schedule was not posted on the B-CC website at time of printing.

Double check game times and locations at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/bcchs.

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PAGE 6 Neighborhood News SEPT 2010 PrimaryPrimaryPrimaryPrimary Elections,Elections,Elections,Elections,

PrimaryPrimaryPrimaryPrimary Elections,Elections,Elections,Elections, EarlyEarlyEarlyEarly VotingVotingVotingVoting DaysDaysDaysDays

Primary Election Day Tuesday, September 14

Maryland Election Center www.mdelections.org Confirm your voter registration and polling place.

Montgomery County Board of Elections www.montgomerycountymd.gov/elections

Montgomery County Gazette Voters Guide

www.gazette.net/votersguide2010

Early Voting Centers

As a result of a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2008, you can now vote in-person before any election day at polling places designated by the Montgomery County Board of Elections. This is an alternative to absentee balloting for voters who wish to vote at an alternative time. This year, five locations will be available before both the Primary and General Election Days. Vote Early from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on September 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th. (Closed on Sunday, the 5th, but open on Labor Day Monday, the 6th.)

Nearest Location to East Bethesda:

Silver Spring Civic Building 8525 Fenton Street, Silver Spring

Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center 14625 Bauer Drive, Rockville

Germantown Recreation Center 18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown

Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville

Montgomery County Executive Office Building 101 Monroe Street, Rockville

SchoolSchoolSchoolSchool BoundaryBoundaryBoundaryBoundary DeliberationsDeliberationsDeliberationsDeliberations ContinueContinueContinueContinue

By Monica Hayes, Education Chair

The final report documenting the Bethesda-Chevy Chase (B-CC) cluster Roundtable group approaches to relieve elementary school overcrowding, and B-CC Cluster schools Parent Teacher Association (PTA) comments, have been posted to the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Roundtable website. Roundtable approaches evaluated by the group 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.

* 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. Links to the full Roundtable report, EBCA comments, and the MCPS response to EBCA have

been added to the local education page on our website, www.ebca.org. MCPS next steps:

* The MCPS Superintendent will release his

recommendation to the Board of Education (BOE) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) on October 15th.

* The BOE will conduct a FY 2012 CIP work

session on November 4th, hold public hearings on

November 10th and 11th, and take final action by November 18th.

* Boundary studies could follow this winter for

inclusion in the FY 2012 CIP, or fall 2011 for the FY 2013 CIP. The implementation of reassignments from boundary studies 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, under Local Education. If you have more questions, send an email to education@ebca.org.

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PAGE 7 Neighborhood News SEPT 2010 Recent Home Sales 4505 Chestnut Street $540,000 4420 Chestnut Street

Recent Home Sales

4505

Chestnut Street

$540,000

4420

Chestnut Street

$570,000

4607

Maple Avenue

$607,000

4520

Chelsea Lane

$613,000

4704

S Chelsea Lane

$644,000

4312

Lynbrook Drive

$668,000

4512

Chelsea Lane

$679,900

4523

Rosedale Avenue

$690,000

4311

Kentbury Drive

$701,000

4309

Kentbury Drive

$701,000

4608

Chelsea Lane

$715,000

4526

Cheltenham Lane

720,000

4704

Rosedale Avenue

$727,000

4607

Harling Lane

$729,000

4618

Rosedale Avenue

750,000

8201

Tilbury Street

$755,000

4508

Chestnut Street

$785,000

4530

Rosedale Avenue

$800,000

7910

Kentbury Drive

$875,000

4628

Rosedale Avenue

$1,000,000

4605

Rosedale Avenue

$1,015,000

4322

Rosedale Avenue

$1,075,000

4556

Fairfield Drive

$1,150,000

4516

Chestnut Street

$1,202,000

4603

Fairfield Drive

$1,215,000

4502

Rosedale Avenue

$1,320,000

7902

Sleaford Place

$1,475,000

4700

N Chelsea Lane

$1,566,400

4318

Rosedale Avenue

$1,772,500

Lane $1,566,400 4318 Rosedale Avenue $1,772,500 Farmers Markets Near East Bethesda Bethesda Farmers Market:

Farmers Markets Near East Bethesda

Bethesda Farmers Market:

Saturdays, through October 30th, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Woodmont Triangle

Montgomery Farm Women’s Cooperative Market:

Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7155 Wisconsin Ave.

Bethesda Central Farm Market:

Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Elm Street Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m., Bethesda Lane

Courtesy: Bethesda.org

Central Farm Market: Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Elm Street Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m.,
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