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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.

Social President’s Notebook

Calendar By Ilaya Hopkins, President

By Sandy Spagnolo, Social Chair For those of us with school-aged minded East Bethesda residents
children, the beginning of the who I don’t even know about. Sense
EBCA would like to invite you all school year is filled with mixed of community doesn’t even have to
to a post-election Happy Hour on emotions. One definite plus is the be that formal as you will see in
Saturday, November 8th from 5 to opportunity to meet new people as the article about what one group of
8 p.m. at Blackfinn. It will be great the bus stop ranks grow. I have mothers did to support another.
reason to get out of the house and been struck by the number of This sense of community is
mingle with your fellow neighbors people who have told me in recent particularly important when we
be they Elephant, Donkey or other. weeks how happy they are to be in have the opportunity to address
We hope you can make it. Please East Bethesda, many scouting out divisive issues. With over 1,200
contact Sandy Spagnolo at the neighborhood and patiently homes in our community, there will if you have any waiting for the right house to come always be a wide range of views
questions. We look forward to along so that they could move their and opinions. The ability to hold
seeing you! families here. discussions, hear ideas and
Celebrating the end of summer It is no wonder. East Bethesda sometimes agree to disagree helps
has never been so much fun. continues to be a strong, well bridge the gap of misinformation or
Families and neighbors came out connected community. I know that lack of understanding. As we know,
on a beautiful late summer I have always felt that way but the Purple Line has both advocates
afternoon to share vacation stories was surprised to learn that those
and enjoy the activities. There vibes are felt outside our boarders Continued on page 3...
were crafts, a moonbounce and our as well. The strong sense of
faithful clown who made some community comes in great part
from each individual’s sense of
amazing creations with
balloons. The afternoon was capped
community. Not only do we have
Coming Up Next
off with the famous relay races – an active citizens association that
three-legged, sack, wheelbarrow, came out in full force at the annual General Membership Meeting
kids and parents. And the grand EBCA Labor Day Picnic but also Wednesday, September 17th
finale was the boys vs. girls tug-o- throughout the community in our Lynnbrook Recreation Center
schools, places of worship and civic
Continued on page 3... life. EBCA boasts the PTA
presidents from Chevy Chase 8:00 Budget
Elementary and Bethesda 8:15 Purple Line
Inside This Issue Elementary Schools and the PTSA 9:00 Old Business
president from Bethesda-Chevy 9:15 New Business
Teal Toes ......................... 2 Chase High School. These are in
addition to the countless school 9:30 Adjourn
Labor Day Pictures...... 4-5 volunteers from pre-school to high
school, Sunday school teachers, Halloween Parade
School Choices................. 6 Scout leaders, and volunteer Sunday, October 26th
organization directors. No doubt Chase to Lynnbrook Parks
Gardening Tips ............... 7 there are many more community-
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Lynnbrook Bus Stop Moms Use Toes to

Talk About Ovarian Cancer Symptoms
By Tori Hall, 2nd Vice President
It started with a group of Oncologists and the American family history or genetic
mothers who gather most Cancer Society, have formed a predisposition, such as a BRCA
afternoons during the school year consensus on ovarian cancer. mutation, doctors may monitor her
at the school bus stop in front of Historically, ovarian cancer was with one or a combination of tests
the Lynnbrook Center. The week called the “silent killer” because including a CA-125 blood test, a
after Labor Day 2007, one of the symptoms were not thought to transvaginal ultrasound and a
mothers, Carey Fitzmaurice (an develop until the chance of cure pelvic exam.
EBCA member) learned that her was poor. Recent studies, however,
ovarian cancer had recurred. On have shown this term is untrue Carey’s Grassroots Campaign
the same day that Carey delivered and that the following symptoms Gets Underway
the devastating news to the bus are much more likely to occur in
stop crowd, she was wearing teal- women with ovarian cancer than Carey has created a website,
colored toenail polish. When women in the general population., to spread the
another mother commented on her The symptoms include bloating, word about ovarian cancer
bold color choice, Carey explained pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty symptoms. The site links to several
that teal is the color of ovarian eating or urinary symptoms. cancer research and support
cancer awareness (just as pink is Women with ovarian cancer websites. Her campaign’s logo was
the color of breast cancer report that symptoms are developed thanks to pro bono
awareness) and September is design work by Lucy Pope (another
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. mother from Carey’s sons’ school)
That night, several bus stop moms at 202design. A Teal Toes group on
bought teal polish and showed up Facebook now has 253 members,
at the Lynnbrook bus stop the next with more added daily. Articles
day sporting new teal-colored about the campaign have appeared
toenails in a sign of solidarity with in the Carolina Alumni Review
Carey. The act sparked an idea for (July/August 2008) and Theta
Carey, who has launched a Magazine. A local salon,
grassroots public service campaign persistent and represent a change Acquanails in downtown Bethesda
called “Teal Toes” to raise from normal for their bodies. The (7845 Old Georgetown Road) will
awareness about ovarian cancer frequency and/or number of such be hosting a Teal Toes party in
symptoms. Her simple idea is that symptoms are key to diagnosis of early September to kick off
-- just as at the bus stop -- wearing ovarian cancer. Several studies Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
teal-colored toenail polish often show that even early-stage ovarian in our area.
sparks a conversation during your cancer can produce symptoms. "I'm just so pleased to have the
day, which creates an opportunity Women who have these support of my neighbors," says
to spread the word about ovarian symptoms almost daily for more Fitzmaurice, "I like to call the
cancer symptoms. than a few weeks should see their campaign style "Grrrilla
doctor, preferably a gynecologist. marketing" because we've passed
Symptoms Prompt medical evaluation may the word from woman to woman.
lead to detection at the earliest But I've had several male friends
According to the Ovarian Cancer possible stage of the disease. Early paint their toenails teal too, which
National Alliance, ovarian cancer stage diagnosis is associated with always gets a laugh -- and really
has symptoms even in its early an improved prognosis. sparks conversations! I've been
stages. Research indicates that amazed to hear how many of my
95% of women with ovarian cancer Screening friends have had ovarian cancer
had symptoms and 90% of women affect their own relatives and
experienced symptoms with early- Currently no routine screening friends. I hope this campaign
stage ovarian cancer. The test exists for ovarian cancer. If a empowers people to face down this
Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, woman is experiencing ovarian disease. Plus, teal looks great with
the Society of Gynecologic cancer symptoms or has a strong an end-of-summer tan."
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EBCA Social Events President’s Notebook

Continued from page 1... Continued from page 1...

war which ended in a tie when the rope snapped. We’ll be and detractors. EBCA is on record for close to a
sure to get a stronger rope next year. decade as supporting the Capital Crescent Trail.
We would like to thank all of the volunteers for their This fall, the Maryland Transit Authority will
help as we could not have done it without them: Social release the draft Environmental Impact Statement
Chair Sandy Spagnolo, Robin Mansfield, Stacy and Dave and this will be the opportunity for concerned
Saltzman, Patty Steele, our new membership chair citizens to weigh in. At the September 17 EBCA
Rebecca Fayed, The Rysak Family, Christy Concannon, General Membership Meeting, we will have some
Gregg Spagnolo, Lisa and Pat Nevans Locke, The Zehner information about what will likely be in the EIS and
Family, Kristen Mosbæk and our EBCA President Ilaya ways to send in your comments. The September
Hopkins. Also, we would like to thank our following local meeting is also important as we will approve the
business for donating to the day: World Market for 2008-2009 budget.
providing to soda and ice and Starbucks for the coffee. We Lastly, the August issue of the newsletter
hope your last day of summer was a fun one. Thanks for contained our annual membership dues reminder. In
being a part of the day. case your newsletter went into the recycle bin before
Save Sunday, October 26th for our annual Halloween getting read, please clip the membership coupon on
Parade. We will meet at Chase Park and walk the parade the back of this issue and send in your dues today.
route to Lynnbrook Park. Ben and Jerry’s will be there As always, we welcome feedback and input so if
along with our haunted house and other fun activities for you have information to add or things you would like
the children. Please come out to see all of the little ghosts addressed, please contact me at
and goblins and enjoy the afternoon. or Jay Briar at


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The EBCA Labor Day Picnic

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Monday, September 1st, 2008

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The Neighborhood Roundup

Stop for School Buses! Help Out the Newsletter your community by volunteering
just a few hours each month. If
School is back in session, so EBCA needs volunteers to help your are interested, contact
please be mindful of school buses with Neighborhood News. We
picking up and discharging particularly need help connecting
students. As with any crime, if you local businesses with sponsorship More Purple Line News
see cars that do not stop for school opportunities to help support the
buses, please inform the police at cost of printing and distributing The Town of Chevy Chase has
the non-emergency number: 301- each month. We also need help posted the conclusions of an
279-8000. The more calls they with distribution, which includes independent expert hired to study
receive, the more likely they are to delivering some supplies to the the local transportation corridor
patrol our neighborhood. And printer and dropping off at the post including the Purple Line at
remember, if you are cited for office. Both are great ways to help
passing a stopped school bus, you
must appear in court and are
subject to a $570 fine and three
points. Review of East Bethesda
Resident’s Guide to Services

The Community Outreach

School Assignments
program of the County’s By Monica Hayes, Education Chair
Department of Transportation has
published an updated version of its Montgomery County Public Primary, North Chevy Chase
popular Resident’s Guide to Schools (MCPS) has notified the Elementary, and Chevy Chase
Services. This useful brochure lists EBCA Education Committee that Elementary Schools are all
several services offered by the they intend to review East currently overenrolled.
department. From potholes to Bethesda elementary school MCPS has recently notified
streetlights, bus shelters to assignments as a part of the fall EBCA that beginning with the
bikeways, you’ll find useful 2008 MCPS Capital Improvement 2009-2010 school year, transfers
telephone numbers and email Program. will no longer be granted under the
addresses that let you get to the East Bethesda’s assigned track “School Articulation Options for
right office responsible for for elementary school since 1986 is Rosemary Hill ES Communities"
handling your transportation issue. Rosemary Hills Primary School (a agreement. Transfers for East
Copies will be available at the kindergarten through second grade Bethesda students who wish to
September general membership school) for kindergarten through attend a school other than their
meeting or call 240-777-7155 or second grade, and Bethesda assigned East Bethesda schools
send an email to Elementary (a kindergarten will only be available through the
dpwt.outreach@montgomerycounty through fifth grade school) for standard MCPS school transfer for a free copy. grades three through five. East policy.
Bethesda students also attend Any change in East Bethesda
Taste of Bethesda Volunteers Bethesda Elementary starting in elementary school assignments
kindergarten, and North Chevy would be based on options and
The 19th annual Taste of Chase and Chevy Chase criteria developed though a formal
Bethesda will take place Saturday, Elementary Schools, through MCPS process that would include
October 4, and organizers are space-available transfer options input from East Bethesda
looking for 100 dedicated that were offered based on a residents and would be approved
volunteers to assist with this "School Articulation Options for by the Board of Education.
event. For more information on the Rosemary Hill ES Communities" EBCA will provide regular
event, please visit agreement EBCA negotiated with updates and will solicit input from MCPS in 2000. Bethesda the East Bethesda community as
volunteer.htm. Elementary, Rosemary Hills the MCPS review progresses.
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Check Your WaterWise

Don’t forget to keep your sidewalks
clear of weeds. It keeps our By Marney Bruce, René Rojas and Kristen Mosbæk
neighborhood looking good and East Bethesda Garden Club
prevents erosion of the concrete.
The sun-scorched, dry days of tender plants. But one of the best
August caused brown spots in our "mulches" is a thick cover of plants.
lawns and put undue stress on our This will keep out weeds, which
trees and landscape plants in our also complete with prized plants
gardens. Plenty Magazine reports for water and nutrients.
that during the summer, about half Also, it’s a good idea to raise your
of all treated water goes towards lawnmower's cutting height to 3
maintaining lawns and gardens -- inches. By doing this, your grass is
a good reason to learn a few a little taller, which keeps it less
watering tips. prone to moisture evaporation.
Use a soaker hose or a drip Install rain gardens or gravel
irrigation system. Aerial sprinklers ditches where water runs or
waste a lot of water to evaporation. collects. These collect rain water
Ever wonder about those green and let it filter slowly into the soil.
bags around the base of saplings? Also, consider permeable paving
"Treegators" zip around the trunk materials for your walks, driveway,
of a tree and drip water slowly or patio. This allows more
East Bethesda Citizens down to the root ball. rainwater to seep into your soil.
Association, Inc. It's wise to water early in the Consider xeriscaping - landscaping
morning to prevent evaporation with plants that don’t need much
PO Box 41020 from the strong sun. Water when water once established.
Bethesda, MD 20824 the air is still because wind can keep water from hitting the target. Other sources of water...
Conversely, it’s not a good idea to
Neighborhood News water at night because mold and Direct water from your
Jay Briar, Editor mildew are likelier to grow then. A downspouts to rain barrels for later few inches a week is sufficient. use. Save clean water from various
David Kauffman, Sponsorship Water deeply and infrequently. activities in the house (like the Frequent, shallow waterings do not shower) for use in the garden. And
encourage deep, healthy root don’t forget to catch all that water
Ilaya Hopkins, President systems. And water the soil not the from the air conditioner and
David Saltzman, 1st Vice President foliage! dehumidifier.
Tori Hall, 2nd Vice President You can direct downspout water
A.B. Carneal, Recording Secretary When watering is not towards your garden or trees,
Jack Hayes, Treasurer necessary... instead of the street. This avoids
Dan Fox, Immediate Past President heavy runoff that can clog street
A good thick coat of wood chip gutters. And your lawn is able to
Andy O’Hare, Crescent Trail
mulch can keep plantings moist, filter rooftop debris and lawn
Monica Hayes, Education
which can cut down on watering. chemicals before they hit the
Membership, Vacant
Leave leaf litter and let grass Chesapeake Bay.
Eleanor Rice, NIH Liaison
trimmings remain on the lawn. If you have any questions,
Kevin Kraus, Parks & Playgrounds Adding organic matter will help waterwise or otherwise, you are
Sandy Spagnolo, Social Events your soil absorb and retain more welcome to attend the monthly
Dorian Patchin, Website rain. Dried grass clippings are EBGC meetings. Please contact
Leslie Weber, Welcome Packets great around vegetables. Leaf litter Nancy at 301-656-8754 for more
is fine around perennials and other information.
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