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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.

President’s Notebook
By Ilaya Hopkins, President
Summer used to seem endless. Somehow, this one seems to be flying by! Hopefully, you have had a chance to enjoy many of the wonderful things Bethesda has to offer – farmers market, free concerts, outdoor movies, sounds of cicadas, fireworks and beautiful gardens around the neighborhood. A great way to cap off the season is the annual EBCA Labor Day Picnic being held this year on Monday, September 1 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sandy Spagnolo, Social Chair, is looking for volunteers to help with shifts. Please contact her at to sign up. Volunteers are critical to the success of our association and the vibrancy of our neighborhood. Inside you’ll find a list of just a few of the people who give their time and energy to various causes for EBCA. We’ve also recruited residents to help with the playground at Lynnbrook Park (Karen Auerbach) and provide a liaison to the Lynnbrook Daycare Center (Miebeth Janssens) and I am happy to announce that we have a new Membership Committee Chair, Rebecca Fayed, who will help keep track of our growing numbers. Many thanks to the over 50 people who have already sent 20082009 membership dues ($15 per voting member). Inside you will find our annual membership dues solicitation and a pre-addressed envelope to make dues paying as easy as possible. We hope our already great member participation will be even stronger in the coming year. Paying your dues is an important part of supporting our community. As you can see through the various articles and updates in this issue of the newsletter, there is plenty of activity going on in and around East Bethesda. On behalf of EBCA, we hope you will find the information you need and be inspired to get involved in the issues that matter to you. We look forward to seeing you on Labor Day and at our first general membership meeting of the new fiscal year on Wednesday, September 17th at the Lynnbrook Recreation Center on Newdale Road. Until then, stay cool and enjoy the rest of the summer!

Purple Line Plans
The draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Purple Line is scheduled to be released on September 19th. The west terminus for the Purple Line is Bethesda and the route will impact East Bethesda one way or another whether it be on the trail or Jones Bridge Road. As with the BRAC EIS, there will be a public comment period, and everyone should send in their thoughts. A number of citizen groups have been formed around the various issues. Here are a few of the websites that have been brought to the attention of EBCA: Maryland Transit Administration Rethinking the Purple Line Alliance for Smart Transportation Purple Line Now! The September 17th EBCA general membership meeting will focus on the providing information about the Purple Line to encourage everyone to send in comments. More information will be provided in the September newsletter.

Coming Up Next
Monday, September 1st Labor Day Picnic

Inside This Issue
Volunteers ....................... 2 NNMC & NIH ................. 3 Recycling News ............... 4 Membership Letter ......... 7


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Volunteer Spotlight
Thanks to all the many individuals who help keep EBCA running and serving you, especially our many committee and special project chairs. This month we recognize, from left, Sandy Spagnolo, Social Chair, Jay Briar, Newsletter Editor, and Kevin Kraus, Parks & Playgrounds Chair. If you are interested in helping out in any of these areas or others, please contact

Reminder: Trash pick-up will be one day later the week of Labor Day; Thursday for most readers.

Going Up & Coming Down
A public hearing on “The Veneto,” a mixed-use residential and commercial structure planned for the west quadrant at the intersection of Norfolk and Cordell Avenues, took place on July 10th. A pre-submission meeting took place on July 9th for “The Monty,” mixed-use project with up to 200 multifamily dwelling units and additional retail space at 4915 and 4917 Fairmont Avenue and 4914 and 4918 St. Elmo Avenue. If you are interested in more information on either of these projects, contact the Development Review Division of M-NCPPC. A pre-application meeting and request for approval of site plan took place on July 14th for "Woodmont View," a multifamily residential and restaurant at Woodmont Avenue between Battery Lane and the National Institutes of Health. A pre-submission public meeting and request for approval of project plan for "Northwest Park at Woodmont," a mixed-use, residential and commercial property at 8240 Wisconsin Avenue, took place on July 15th. For more info on either of these projects, contact Debra Borden of Linowes and Blocher at 301-961-5250 or The developer of the Woodmont East II project has formed an advisory group to help shape the public space. Penina Maya from East Bethesda has agreed to represent EBCA.


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Medical Center & NIH Updates
More Helicopters Than Usual? An inquiry to the NNMC revealed that there have indeed been more inbound helicopter flights than usual this summer than in the past. This is due, in part, to a change over in personnel. Newly assigned pilots are required to complete a number of practice approaches in order to be qualified to do Medevac transports to the campus. These training flights involve circling the campus several times before completing a touch-andgo landing. This is a temporary situation, and the Navy, through the base realignment process, has stated that there should not be a significant increase in helicopter activity due to the expansion. Medical Center Construction Construction is well underway at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC), future home of the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The official groundbreaking took place on July 3rd when President Bush used the same shovel as President Franklin Roosevelt over 40 years ago. Staging and building of a construction entrance have been the most visible signs. There has also been some demolition to make way for a new, privately-funded National Intrepid Center for Excellence (ICE), for psychological health issues and traumatic brain injury. For more updates, visit brac. If you have questions or concerns about the construction, contact the hotline at 301-319-BRAC (2722). This number, which will be posted on the NNMC web site, will allow the community to contact NNMC and express concerns about day-today issues related to construction, including safety, noise and other factors that might negatively impact the quality of life for those who live and work near the NNMC campus. The phone will be staffed weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with an answering machine taking calls at off-hours. The hours may be adjusted once construction begins. NIH Charity Drive Randy Schools of the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association, along with other Bethesda community leaders, have been working without local chapter of the American Red Cross to provide assistance to soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan who are receiving treatment at Bethesda NNMC. With the help of others in the community, Randy’s group was able to upgrade the computer system used by the soldiers’ families, provide DVD players, recruit local restaurants to provide weekend meals for families, and provide new movie releases on DVDs on a weekly basis that the soldiers can watch on their DVD players, since many are confined to their beds for sometimes as long as several weeks or months. The initial money obtained for DVDs has been depleted so a new giving opportunity has been launched: The Bethesda 52 Club! 52 generous individuals are needed to each give $52 dollars to help in purchasing the DVDs, and in some instances, supplement the existing dining program. If you would like to be part of this effort, please forward a check in the amount of $52 made out to: NIH Recreation and Welfare Foundation, 9000 Wisconsin Avenue, Building 31 A, B1W30, Bethesda, MD 20892, Attn: Bethesda Outreach.

East Bethesda Citizens Association, Inc. PO Box 41020 Bethesda, MD 20824
Neighborhood News Jay Briar, Editor David Kauffman, Sponsorship

Ilaya Hopkins, President David Saltzman, 1st Vice President Tori Hall, 2nd Vice President A.B. Carneal, Recording Secretary Jack Hayes, Treasurer Dan Fox, Immediate Past President Andy O’Hare, Crescent Trail Monica Hayes, Education Membership, Vacant Eleanor Rice, NIH Liaison Kevin Kraus, Parks & Playgrounds Sandy Spagnolo, Social Events Dorian Patchin, Website

Leslie Weber, Welcome Packets


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Montgomery County Expands Plastics Recycling
County residents of single-family homes can now recycle all empty plastic bottles, containers and lids, jars, pails, buckets and food grade plastic tubs. The plastic materials should be rinsed and then placed in your blue recycling bin with the commingled materials, such as aluminum cans and foil products, steel and tin cans, and glass bottles and jars. Plastic containers that have held hazardous materials cannot be recycled. Clip this page and post where your family can be reminded of the new list of recyclable materials.

Effective July 1, 2008

Recycle plastic containers and lids from:
Milk Juice Water Syrup Vegetable Oil Salad Dressing Cleaning Products Detergent Shampoo Conditioner Margarine Butter Cottage Cheese Yogurt Sour Cream Mayonnaise Whipped Cream Peanut Butter Deli Products Prescription Medicines Ice cream Detergent Pet Food Kitty Litter Flower Pots Beverage Cups

Still not recyclable:
Motor Oil Antifreeze Pesticides Plastic Wrap & Bags Polystyrene Styrofoam


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The Neighborhood Roundup
Slot Machine Forum The November election will bring to the ballot a referendum on expanding slot machines in Maryland, and a forum is being held to explore the issue and possible implications for our state. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot will take the anti-slots position, and Maryland Secretary of Labor Tom Perez will take the pro-slots position. Bruce DePuyt of NewsChannel 8 will moderate the discussion. The forum will take place Wednesday, September 10th from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, 7931 Connecticut Avenue, and is free of charge. Lynnbrook Park Blacktop Use Use of the blacktop area outside of Lynnbrook Childcare Center is restricted to the children and center personnel until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. This area is managed by the Montgomery County Public Schools, not the park system. If your children play in this area, please let them know of the restricted use policy and to avoid that area until after 6 p.m. If you are walking your dogs, please leash them and be aware that some of the young children are afraid of dogs. Recess Equipment Removed If you have been to Lynnbrook Park lately, you will likely have noticed that two pieces of play equipment are missing. The M o n t g o m e ry C o u n t y P a r k s Department removed the wooden structure from the middle of the park and the tire swing after both were deemed unsafe. The Parks Department is planning to replace both pieces of equipment this fall. The new structure in the middle of the park will be designed for five to twelve year olds. The tire swing will likely be replaced by a track ride, better known to playground users as a zip cord. Free Wireless Internet Free wireless internet access is now available in downtown Bethesda. Bethesda Wi-Fi was made possible through a collaboration between Montgomery County and Atlantech Online, Inc. with the assistance of the Bethesda Urban Partnership. Service is located in the area of Bethesda Row, roughly bounded by Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda Avenue, Arlington Road and Elm Street. An additional hot spot is located at Veterans Park at the corner of Norfolk and Woodmont Avenues. Anyone with a laptop computer equipped with a wireless adapter can connect free of charge. Lynbrook Child Care Center The Maryland Child Care Association offers services in our community for preschool-aged children, two to five years old, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and before and after school programs for school-aged children, five to twelve years old, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Additionally, Montgomery County Public Schools provides transportation to and from Bethesda, North Chevy Chase, Rosemary Hills, Rock Creek Forest, and Sligo Creek Elementary Schools. Program sites include Bethesda/Lynbrook and Ashburton/Wyngate. For more information about the child care center, call 301-984-7680 or visit East Bethesda Garden Club The East Bethesda Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of each month. New attendees are welcome and encouraged. For more information, please contact Nancy at 301-656-8754. Ellen’s Run: October 19th The third annual Ellen's Run is being held to remember Ellen Vala Schneide on Sunday, October 19th starting at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the race will benefit the BethesdaCh e vy Ch ase High Sch o o l Community Scholarship Fund and the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County. Over 700 individuals participated in Ellen's Run last fall. We hope that you will be able to join us again this year and bring family, friends and neighbors. Registration is open through October 11th. For more information call 301-657-2314 or visit

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Dear East Bethesda Resident,

August 1, 2008

The East Bethesda Citizens Association (EBCA) could not exist without you and your support. Each year we rely on your annual membership dues to stay in touch, host social events and work to maintain the quality of life we all enjoy by living in such an exciting and welcoming area. EBCA represents the over 1,200 households north of East-West Highway, south of Jones Bridge Road, east of Wisconsin Avenue and west of Columbia Country Club. It is one of the oldest and largest community associations in Montgomery County. Close to 700 residents paid dues last year. This year we hope to top that number by encouraging at least one person per household to contribute annual dues. We’ve already received a number of renewals and look forward to publishing the member list in an upcoming issue of the newsletter. Dues paying members vote on measures at general membership meetings. At our last membership meeting, members voted to set annual dues to $15 per voting member. This will allow us to continue to send out informative monthly newsletters, update our website, host meetings and social events, and make sure the EBCA voice is heard in important talks about the future of our area. In the coming year, we look forward to our annual Labor Day Picnic, the Halloween Parade and the Community Yard Sale. There will also be other social gatherings announced via the newsletter. We’ll continue to stay on top of issues of importance to our neighborhood and keep you informed through meetings, the newsletter, emails and the website. We look forward to seeing you at meetings and events and encourage you to share your feedback and ideas with us. Be an important part of our community by supporting the association that works hard on your behalf. Please fill out the form below [on the back] and use the pre-addressed envelope to send in your dues today. We couldn’t do it without you. Sincerely, Ilaya Rome Hopkins, EBCA President

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Return this form and your payment in the enclosed envelope to PO Box 41020, Bethesda, MD 20824.

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We hope all of you are having a great summer. Remember, our annual picnic is on Labor Day from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. EBCA is looking for a few good folks to help out on what has become our neighborhood’s biggest event. If you helped last year or just want to get involved in a neighborhood event, please contact Sandy Spagnolo by email at or by phone at 301-654-5946. We look forward to seeing all of you on Monday, September 1st.

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