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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.

President’s Notebook Purple

By Ilaya Hopkins, President
Summer used to seem endless.
Somehow, this one seems to be
and energy to various causes for
EBCA. We’ve also recruited
flying by! Hopefully, you have had
a chance to enjoy many of the
wonderful things Bethesda has to
residents to help with the
playground at Lynnbrook Park
(Karen Auerbach) and provide a
offer – farmers market, free liaison to the Lynnbrook Daycare The draft environmental impact
concerts, outdoor movies, sounds of Center (Miebeth Janssens) and I statement (EIS) for the Purple
cicadas, fireworks and beautiful am happy to announce that we Line is scheduled to be released on
gardens around the have a new Membership September 19th. The west
neighborhood. A great way to cap Committee Chair, Rebecca Fayed, terminus for the Purple Line is
off the season is the annual EBCA who will help keep track of our Bethesda and the route will impact
Labor Day Picnic being held this growing numbers. East Bethesda one way or another
year on Monday, September 1 from Many thanks to the over 50 whether it be on the trail or Jones
2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sandy Spagnolo, people who have already sent 2008- Bridge Road. As with the BRAC
Social Chair, is looking for 2009 membership dues ($15 per EIS, there will be a public
volunteers to help with shifts. voting member). Inside you will comment period, and everyone
Please contact her at find our annual membership dues should send in their thoughts. to sign up. solicitation and a pre-addressed A number of citizen groups have
Volunteers are critical to the envelope to make dues paying as been formed around the various
success of our association and the easy as possible. We hope our issues. Here are a few of the
vibrancy of our neighborhood. already great member websites that have been brought to
Inside you’ll find a list of just a few participation will be even stronger the attention of EBCA:
of the people who give their time in the coming year. Paying your
dues is an important part of Maryland Transit Administration
supporting our community.
As you can see through the
Coming Up Next various articles and updates in this Rethinking the Purple Line
issue of the newsletter, there is
Monday, September 1st plenty of activity going on in and
Labor Day Picnic around East Bethesda. On behalf Alliance for Smart Transportation
of EBCA, we hope you will find the
information you need and be
Inside This Issue inspired to get involved in the Purple Line Now!
issues that matter to you. We look
Volunteers ....................... 2 forward to seeing you on Labor Day
and at our first general The September 17th EBCA
NNMC & NIH ................. 3 membership meeting of the new general membership meeting will
fiscal year on Wednesday, focus on the providing information
Recycling News ............... 4 September 17th at the Lynnbrook about the Purple Line to encourage
Recreation Center on Newdale everyone to send in comments.
Membership Letter ......... 7 Road. Until then, stay cool and More information will be provided
enjoy the rest of the summer! in the September newsletter.
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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? hotline at 301-319-BRAC (2722). soldiers’ families, provide DVD
This number, which will be posted players, recruit local restaurants to
An inquiry to the NNMC on the NNMC web site, will allow provide weekend meals for
revealed that there have indeed the community to contact NNMC families, and provide new movie
been more inbound helicopter and express concerns about day-to- releases on DVDs on a weekly
flights than usual this summer day issues related to construction, basis that the soldiers can watch
than in the past. This is due, in including safety, noise and other on their DVD players, since many
part, to a change over in personnel. factors that might negatively are confined to their beds for
Newly assigned pilots are required impact the quality of life for those sometimes as long as several weeks
to complete a number of who live and work near the or months.
practice approaches in NNMC campus. The phone The initial money obtained for
order to be qualified will be staffed weekdays DVDs has been depleted so a new
to do Medevac from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 giving opportunity has been
transports to the p.m. with an answering launched: The Bethesda 52 Club!
campus. These machine taking calls at 52 generous individuals are needed
training flights off-hours. The hours to each give $52
involve circling the may be adjusted once dollars to
campus several construction begins. help in
times before purchasing
completing a touch-and- NIH Charity Drive the DVDs,
go landing. This is a and in
temporary situation, and the Navy, Randy Schools of the NIH some
through the base realignment Recreation and Welfare instances,
process, has stated that there Association, along with other supplement
should not be a significant increase Bethesda community leaders, have the existing
in helicopter activity due to the been working without local chapter dining program.
expansion. of the American Red Cross to If you would like to be part of
provide assistance to soldiers this effort, please forward a check
Medical Center Construction wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan in the amount of $52 made out to:
who are receiving treatment at NIH Recreation and Welfare
Construction is well underway at Bethesda NNMC. With the help of Foundation, 9000 Wisconsin
the National Naval Medical Center others in the community, Randy’s Avenue, Building 31 A, B1W30,
(NNMC), future home of the new group was able to upgrade the Bethesda, MD 20892, Attn:
Walter Reed National Military computer system used by the Bethesda Outreach.
Medical Center. The official
groundbreaking took place on July
3rd when President Bush used the
same shovel as President Franklin Ilaya Hopkins, President
Roosevelt over 40 years ago.
East Bethesda Citizens David Saltzman, 1st Vice President
Staging and building of a Association, Inc. Tori Hall, 2nd Vice President
construction entrance have been PO Box 41020 A.B. Carneal, Recording Secretary
the most visible signs. There has Jack Hayes, Treasurer
Bethesda, MD 20824
also been some demolition to make Dan Fox, Immediate Past President
way for a new, privately-funded Andy O’Hare, Crescent Trail
National Intrepid Center for Monica Hayes, Education
Neighborhood News
Excellence (ICE), for psychological Membership, Vacant
Jay Briar, Editor
health issues and traumatic brain Eleanor Rice, NIH Liaison
injury. For more updates, visit Kevin Kraus, Parks & Playgrounds
David Kauffman, Sponsorship Sandy Spagnolo, Social Events
brac. Dorian Patchin, Website
If you have questions or concerns Leslie Weber, Welcome Packets
about the construction, contact the
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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 Deli Products
Juice Prescription
Water Medicines
Syrup Ice cream
Vegetable Oil Detergent
Salad Dressing Pet Food
Cleaning Products Kitty Litter
Detergent Flower Pots
Shampoo Beverage Cups
Margarine Still not recyclable:
Cottage Cheese Motor Oil
Yogurt Antifreeze
Sour Cream Pesticides
Mayonnaise Plastic Wrap & Bags
Whipped Cream Polystyrene
Peanut Butter Styrofoam
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The Neighborhood Roundup

Slot Machine Forum The new structure in the middle of Lynbrook Child Care Center
the park will be designed for five to
The November election will bring twelve year olds. The tire swing The Maryland Child Care
to the ballot a referendum on will likely be replaced by a track Association offers services in our
expanding slot machines in ride, better known to playground community for preschool-aged
Maryland, and a forum is being users as a zip cord. children, two to five years old, from
held to explore the issue and 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and before
possible implications for our state. Free Wireless Internet and after school programs for
Maryland Comptroller Peter school-aged children, five to twelve
Franchot will take the anti-slots Free wireless internet access is years old, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30
position, and Maryland Secretary now available in downtown a.m. and from 3:15 p.m. to 6:30
of Labor Tom Perez will take the Bethesda. Bethesda Wi-Fi was p.m. Additionally, Montgomery
pro-slots position. Bruce DePuyt of made possible through a County Public Schools provides
NewsChannel 8 will moderate the collaboration between Montgomery transportation to and from
discussion. The forum will take County and Atlantech Online, Inc. Bethesda, North Chevy Chase,
place Wednesday, September 10th with the assistance of the Bethesda Rosemary Hills, Rock Creek
from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Urban Partnership. Service is Forest, and Sligo Creek
Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, located in the area of Bethesda Elementary Schools. Program sites
7931 Connecticut Avenue, and is Row, roughly bounded by include Bethesda/Lynbrook and
free of charge. Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda Ashburton/Wyngate. For more
Avenue, Arlington Road and Elm information about the child care
Lynnbrook Park Blacktop Use Street. An additional hot spot is center, call 301-984-7680 or visit
located at Veterans Park at the
Use of the blacktop area outside corner of Norfolk and Woodmont
of Lynnbrook Childcare Center is Avenues. Anyone with a laptop East Bethesda Garden Club
restricted to the children and computer equipped with a wireless
center personnel until 6 p.m. adapter can connect free of charge. The East Bethesda Garden Club
Monday through Friday. This area meets the second Tuesday of each
is managed by the Montgomery month. New attendees are welcome
County Public Schools, not the and encouraged. For more
park system. If your children play Help Support information, please contact Nancy
in this area, please let them know at 301-656-8754.
of the restricted use policy and to
avoid that area until after 6 p.m. If
East Bethesda Ellen’s Run: October 19th
you are walking your dogs, please
leash them and be aware that some
by Supporting The third annual Ellen's Run is
of the young children are afraid of being held to remember Ellen Vala
dogs. Our Advertisers Schneide on Sunday, October 19th
starting at 9 a.m. Proceeds from
Recess Equipment Removed ——————- the race will benefit the Bethesda-
Ch e vy Ch ase High Sch o o l
If you have been to Lynnbrook Advertise in Community Scholarship Fund and
Park lately, you will likely the Mental Health Association of
have noticed that two pieces of play
equipment are missing. The
Neighborhood Montgomery County. Over 700
individuals participated in Ellen's
M o n t g o m e ry C o u n t y P a r k s
Department removed the wooden News Run last fall. We hope that you will
be able to join us again this year
structure from the middle of the and bring family, friends and
park and the tire swing after both
were deemed unsafe. The Parks
Email neighbors. Registration is open
through October 11th. For more
Department is planning to replace information call 301-657-2314 or
both pieces of equipment this fall. visit
August 1, 2008
Dear East Bethesda Resident,

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.

Ilaya Rome Hopkins, EBCA President

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

Members _____________________________________ Give us your feedback:

Address Same as Mailing Label on the Back What issues would you like us to address?

New Membership Address:

Bethesda, MD 2081__ What events would you like to attend?

Phone _____________________________________

E-mail _____________________________________ May we contact you about volunteering?

Number of Members _____ x $15 each = $ ______

EBCA will not share your contact information with anyone outside of the organization.
100 Best Places to Live and Launch
From CNN, Fortune & Money
#5: Bethesda, Maryland
Labor Day Population: 59,475
Pro: Extremely well-educated labor pool
Picnic Con: D.C. traffic
Monday, September 1st “Bethesda boasts one of the country's best-educated
populations for a city of 50,000 or more: more than 80% of its
We hope all of you are having a great residents have at least a bachelor's degree. Low crime, rapid job
summer. Remember, our annual picnic growth and easy airports and downtown
is on Labor Day from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Washington…
EBCA is looking for a few good folks to “Three of the area's business innovation centers are within
help out on what has become our six miles of the town. Not only can tech startups rent the space
and share facilities..., the county will provide legal counsel
neighborhood’s biggest event. If you
through lawyers at the University of Maryland and fiscal
helped last year or just want to get advice from financial services companies. While some owners
involved in a neighborhood event, say that navigating Montgomery County's various regulations
please contact Sandy Spagnolo by can make launching tricky, the county eases the process for
email at or by eligible firms with tax credits for creating jobs, expanding, and
phone at 301-654-5946. We look - if you're an artist - simply living and working in Bethesda.
forward to seeing all of you on Monday, “The city also is a foodie hub, with over 250 restaurants.
September 1st. Every year, thousands of guests attend the annual Taste of
Bethesda festival…”

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