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.

Social Calendar
By Sandy Spagnolo, Social Chair
EBCA would like to invite you all to a post-election Happy Hour on Saturday, November 8th from 5 to 8 p.m. at Blackfinn. It will be great reason to get out of the house and mingle with your fellow neighbors be they Elephant, Donkey or other. We hope you can make it. Please contact Sandy Spagnolo at if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you! Celebrating the end of summer has never been so much fun. Families and neighbors came out on a beautiful late summer afternoon to share vacation stories and enjoy the activities. There were crafts, a moonbounce and our faithful clown who made some amazing creations with his balloons. The afternoon was capped off with the famous relay races – three-legged, sack, wheelbarrow, kids and parents. And the grand finale was the boys vs. girls tug-oContinued on page 3...

President’s Notebook
By Ilaya Hopkins, President
For those of us with school-aged children, the beginning of the school year is filled with mixed emotions. One definite plus is the opportunity to meet new people as the bus stop ranks grow. I have been struck by the number of people who have told me in recent weeks how happy they are to be in East Bethesda, many scouting out the neighborhood and patiently waiting for the right house to come along so that they could move their families here. It is no wonder. East Bethesda continues to be a strong, well connected community. I know that I have always felt that way but was surprised to learn that those vibes are felt outside our boarders as well. The strong sense of community comes in great part from each individual’s sense of community. Not only do we have an active citizens association that came out in full force at the annual EBCA Labor Day Picnic but also throughout the community in our schools, places of worship and civic life. EBCA boasts the PTA presidents from Chevy Chase Elementary and Bethesda Elementary Schools and the PTSA president from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. These are in addition to the countless school volunteers from pre-school to high school, Sunday school teachers, Scout leaders, and volunteer organization directors. No doubt there are many more communityminded East Bethesda residents who I don’t even know about. Sense of community doesn’t even have to be that formal as you will see in the article about what one group of mothers did to support another. This sense of community is particularly important when we have the opportunity to address divisive issues. With over 1,200 homes in our community, there will always be a wide range of views and opinions. The ability to hold discussions, hear ideas and sometimes agree to disagree helps bridge the gap of misinformation or lack of understanding. As we know, the Purple Line has both advocates Continued on page 3...

Coming Up Next
General Membership Meeting Wednesday, September 17th Lynnbrook Recreation Center 8:00 8:15 9:00 9:15 9:30 Budget Purple Line Old Business New Business Adjourn

Inside This Issue
Teal Toes ......................... 2 Labor Day Pictures...... 4-5 School Choices................. 6 Gardening Tips ............... 7

Halloween Parade Sunday, October 26th Chase to Lynnbrook Parks


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SEPT 2008

Lynnbrook Bus Stop Moms Use Toes to Talk About Ovarian Cancer Symptoms
By Tori Hall, 2nd Vice President
It started with a group of mothers who gather most afternoons during the school year at the school bus stop in front of the Lynnbrook Center. The week after Labor Day 2007, one of the mothers, Carey Fitzmaurice (an EBCA member) learned that her ovarian cancer had recurred. On the same day that Carey delivered the devastating news to the bus stop crowd, she was wearing tealcolored toenail polish. When another mother commented on her bold color choice, Carey explained that teal is the color of ovarian cancer awareness (just as pink is the color of breast cancer awareness) and September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. That night, several bus stop moms bought teal polish and showed up at the Lynnbrook bus stop the next day sporting new teal-colored toenails in a sign of solidarity with Carey. The act sparked an idea for Carey, who has launched a grassroots public service campaign called “Teal Toes” to raise awareness about ovarian cancer symptoms. Her simple idea is that -- just as at the bus stop -- wearing teal-colored toenail polish often sparks a conversation during your day, which creates an opportunity to spread the word about ovarian cancer symptoms. Symptoms According to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, ovarian cancer has symptoms even in its early stages. Research indicates that 95% of women with ovarian cancer had symptoms and 90% of women experienced symptoms with earlystage ovarian cancer. The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and the American Cancer Society, have formed a consensus on ovarian cancer. Historically, ovarian cancer was called the “silent killer” because symptoms were not thought to develop until the chance of cure was poor. Recent studies, however, have shown this term is untrue and that the following symptoms are much more likely to occur in women with ovarian cancer than women in the general population. The symptoms include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or urinary symptoms. Women with ovarian cancer report that symptoms are family history or genetic predisposition, such as a BRCA mutation, doctors may monitor her with one or a combination of tests including a CA-125 blood test, a transvaginal ultrasound and a pelvic exam. Carey’s Grassroots Campaign Gets Underway Carey has created a website,, to spread the word about ovarian cancer symptoms. The site links to several cancer research and support websites. Her campaign’s logo was developed thanks to pro bono design work by Lucy Pope (another mother from Carey’s sons’ school) at 202design. A Teal Toes group on Facebook now has 253 members, with more added daily. Articles about the campaign have appeared in the Carolina Alumni Review (July/August 2008) and Theta Magazine. A local salon, Acquanails in downtown Bethesda (7845 Old Georgetown Road) will be hosting a Teal Toes party in early September to kick off Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in our area. "I'm just so pleased to have the support of my neighbors," says Fitzmaurice, "I like to call the campaign style "Grrrilla marketing" because we've passed the word from woman to woman. But I've had several male friends paint their toenails teal too, which always gets a laugh -- and really sparks conversations! I've been amazed to hear how many of my friends have had ovarian cancer affect their own relatives and friends. I hope this campaign empowers people to face down this disease. Plus, teal looks great with an end-of-summer tan."

persistent and represent a change from normal for their bodies. The frequency and/or number of such symptoms are key to diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Several studies show that even early-stage ovarian cancer can produce symptoms. Women who have these symptoms almost daily for more than a few weeks should see their doctor, preferably a gynecologist. Prompt medical evaluation may lead to detection at the earliest possible stage of the disease. Early stage diagnosis is associated with an improved prognosis. Screening Currently no routine screening test exists for ovarian cancer. If a woman is experiencing ovarian cancer symptoms or has a strong


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SEPT 2008

EBCA Social Events President’s Notebook
Continued from page 1... war which ended in a tie when the rope snapped. We’ll be sure to get a stronger rope next year. We would like to thank all of the volunteers for their help as we could not have done it without them: Social Chair Sandy Spagnolo, Robin Mansfield, Stacy and Dave Saltzman, Patty Steele, our new membership chair Rebecca Fayed, The Rysak Family, Christy Concannon, Gregg Spagnolo, Lisa and Pat Nevans Locke, The Zehner Family, Kristen Mosbæk and our EBCA President Ilaya Hopkins. Also, we would like to thank our following local business for donating to the day: World Market for providing to soda and ice and Starbucks for the coffee. We hope your last day of summer was a fun one. Thanks for being a part of the day. Save Sunday, October 26th for our annual Halloween Parade. We will meet at Chase Park and walk the parade route to Lynnbrook Park. Ben and Jerry’s will be there along with our haunted house and other fun activities for the children. Please come out to see all of the little ghosts and goblins and enjoy the afternoon. Continued from page 1... and detractors. EBCA is on record for close to a decade as supporting the Capital Crescent Trail. This fall, the Maryland Transit Authority will release the draft Environmental Impact Statement and this will be the opportunity for concerned citizens to weigh in. At the September 17 EBCA General Membership Meeting, we will have some information about what will likely be in the EIS and ways to send in your comments. The September meeting is also important as we will approve the 2008-2009 budget. Lastly, the August issue of the newsletter contained our annual membership dues reminder. In case your newsletter went into the recycle bin before getting read, please clip the membership coupon on the back of this issue and send in your dues today. As always, we welcome feedback and input so if you have information to add or things you would like addressed, please contact me at or Jay Briar at

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The EBCA Labor Day Picnic


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The Neighborhood Roundup
Stop for School Buses! School is back in session, so please be mindful of school buses picking up and discharging students. As with any crime, if you see cars that do not stop for school buses, please inform the police at the non-emergency number: 301279-8000. The more calls they receive, the more likely they are to patrol our neighborhood. And remember, if you are cited for passing a stopped school bus, you must appear in court and are subject to a $570 fine and three points. Resident’s Guide to Services The Community Outreach program of the County’s Department of Transportation has published an updated version of its popular Resident’s Guide to Services. This useful brochure lists several services offered by the department. From potholes to streetlights, bus shelters to bikeways, you’ll find useful telephone numbers and email addresses that let you get to the right office responsible for handling your transportation issue. Copies will be available at the September general membership meeting or call 240-777-7155 or send an email to dpwt.outreach@montgomerycounty for a free copy. Taste of Bethesda Volunteers The 19th annual Taste of Bethesda will take place Saturday, October 4, and organizers are looking for 100 dedicated volunteers to assist with this event. For more information on the event, please visit volunteer.htm. Help Out the Newsletter EBCA needs volunteers to help with Neighborhood News. We particularly need help connecting local businesses with sponsorship opportunities to help support the cost of printing and distributing each month. We also need help with distribution, which includes delivering some supplies to the printer and dropping off at the post office. Both are great ways to help your community by volunteering just a few hours each month. If your are interested, contact More Purple Line News The Town of Chevy Chase has posted the conclusions of an independent expert hired to study the local transportation corridor including the Purple Line at

Review of East Bethesda School Assignments
By Monica Hayes, Education Chair
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has notified the EBCA Education Committee that they intend to review East Bethesda elementary school assignments as a part of the fall 2008 MCPS Capital Improvement Program. East Bethesda’s assigned track for elementary school since 1986 is Rosemary Hills Primary School (a kindergarten through second grade school) for kindergarten through second grade, and Bethesda Elementary (a kindergarten through fifth grade school) for grades three through five. East Bethesda students also attend Bethesda Elementary starting in kindergarten, and North Chevy Chase and Chevy Chase Elementary Schools, through space-available transfer options that were offered based on a "School Articulation Options for Rosemary Hill ES Communities" agreement EBCA negotiated with MCPS in 2000. Bethesda Elementary, Rosemary Hills Primary, North Chevy Chase Elementary, and Chevy Chase Elementary Schools are all currently overenrolled. MCPS has recently notified EBCA that beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, transfers will no longer be granted under the “School Articulation Options for Rosemary Hill ES Communities" agreement. Transfers for East Bethesda students who wish to attend a school other than their assigned East Bethesda schools will only be available through the standard MCPS school transfer policy. Any change in East Bethesda elementary school assignments would be based on options and criteria developed though a formal MCPS process that would include input from East Bethesda residents and would be approved by the Board of Education. EBCA will provide regular updates and will solicit input from the East Bethesda community as the MCPS review progresses.


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SEPT 2008

Check Your Sidewalks
Don’t forget to keep your sidewalks clear of weeds. It keeps our neighborhood looking good and prevents erosion of the concrete.

WaterWise Gardening
By Marney Bruce, René Rojas and Kristen Mosbæk East Bethesda Garden Club
The sun-scorched, dry days of August caused brown spots in our lawns and put undue stress on our trees and landscape plants in our gardens. Plenty Magazine reports that during the summer, about half of all treated water goes towards maintaining lawns and gardens -a good reason to learn a few watering tips. Use a soaker hose or a drip irrigation system. Aerial sprinklers waste a lot of water to evaporation. Ever wonder about those green bags around the base of saplings? "Treegators" zip around the trunk of a tree and drip water slowly down to the root ball. It's wise to water early in the morning to prevent evaporation from the strong sun. Water when the air is still because wind can keep water from hitting the target. Conversely, it’s not a good idea to water at night because mold and mildew are likelier to grow then. A few inches a week is sufficient. Water deeply and infrequently. Frequent, shallow waterings do not encourage deep, healthy root systems. And water the soil not the foliage! When watering is not necessary... A good thick coat of wood chip mulch can keep plantings moist, which can cut down on watering. Leave leaf litter and let grass trimmings remain on the lawn. Adding organic matter will help your soil absorb and retain more rain. Dried grass clippings are great around vegetables. Leaf litter is fine around perennials and other tender plants. But one of the best "mulches" is a thick cover of plants. This will keep out weeds, which also complete with prized plants for water and nutrients. Also, it’s a good idea to raise your lawnmower's cutting height to 3 inches. By doing this, your grass is a little taller, which keeps it less prone to moisture evaporation. Install rain gardens or gravel ditches where water runs or collects. These collect rain water and let it filter slowly into the soil. Also, consider permeable paving materials for your walks, driveway, or patio. This allows more rainwater to seep into your soil. Consider xeriscaping - landscaping with plants that don’t need much water once established. Other sources of water... Direct water from your downspouts to rain barrels for later use. Save clean water from various activities in the house (like the shower) for use in the garden. And don’t forget to catch all that water from the air conditioner and dehumidifier. You can direct downspout water towards your garden or trees, instead of the street. This avoids heavy runoff that can clog street gutters. And your lawn is able to filter rooftop debris and lawn chemicals before they hit the Chesapeake Bay. If you have any questions, waterwise or otherwise, you are welcome to attend the monthly EBGC meetings. Please contact Nancy at 301-656-8754 for more information.

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