Neighborhood News

WWW.EBCA.ORG OCTOBER 2008
Representing the 1200 households North of East-West Highway, South of Jones Bridge Road, East of Wisconsin Avenue and West of Columbia Country Club.

Purple Line: Waiting President’s Notebook for the Next Report
By David Saltzman, 1st Vice President
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Purple Line from the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is currently scheduled for release on October 17th. The DEIS will weigh all possible routes for a proposed transit system and the various light rail and bus alternatives. It will attempt to address all impacts each alternative may have along its entire route including air quality, water quality, noise, deforestation, and other issues such as the cascading effects on traffic on local roads. At the September 17th EBCA general membership meeting, I delivered a presentation outlining the system and the county’s efforts to obtain public input on its design. I noted the various alternatives under consideration and their prospective costs. I urged residents to visit the MTA’s website, which contains a tremendous amount of useful information, including maps and cross-section drawings for the various alternatives online at www.bi-countytransitway.com. You will also be able to download the DEIS from this site. I expressed that the county and MTA appear biased toward building a light rail system on the Master Plan Alignment, which is presently the trail that runs across the back of our neighborhood. I gave my opinion that I felt the county and MTA appeared to be devoting considerably less energy to studying alternatives to this. Additionally, I noted that almost no study has been done regarding the sufficiency of the proposed 10foot wide trail that would run alongside the rail lines, which I believe is an acute issue in light of overcrowding issues on the Capital Crescent Trail, as well as the county planning board’s recent

By Ilaya Hopkins, President

Coming Up Next
Halloween Parade Sunday, October 26th Chase to Lynnbrook Parks

decision to substitute the longplanned bike path that was to run in parkland along the Inter County Connector with a bike lane along crowded urban streets. The EBCA’s position is to oppose any development that degrades or inhibits our use of the Georgetown Branch Trail. Presently, it appears that the construction of a light rail system or bus system on the trail would degrade its use significantly. EBCA has not taken a position on any of the other alignments. We Continued on page 6...

Public Safety is important to us all. From daily activities like dealing with cut-through traffic to more rare occasions of major crime, we are all impacted as it ultimately affects our quality of life. Because of the recent rash of major crimes in the nearby vicinity, the Montgomery County Police Department has provided more information on keeping our neighborhoods safe. It all comes down to trusting your instincts and reporting suspicious activity. A critical part of crime deterrence is reducing opportunity for criminals by locking cars and houses and keeping an eye out for neighbors. You’ll see more specifics in our article on this very subject. Another part of public safety is fire prevention. October is fire safety month. This is a great time to publically thank those East Bethesda residents who serve on volunteer fire boards or are part of the volunteer rescue squads that respond to all kinds of calls. And, since it is fire safety month, don’t forget to use this opportunity to check smoke detectors. In East Bethesda, we do our best to keep people informed by sending out the monthly newsletter and posting items on the website or to our email list. It is exciting to announce that our website, www.ebca.org, has gotten a Continued on page 5...

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Safety First
By Ted Winstead
With the days getting shorter and Halloween just around the corner, it is a good time to remember that “safety never takes a holiday.” One of the most effective ways to prevent crime is simply to watch out for our neighbors and pay attention to the community we know best. Trust your instincts and call the police to report any suspicious activity. The Montgomery County Police nonemergency number is 301-2798000. Here are some home safety tips they offer. Stay alert to suspicious-looking couriers delivering packages to you or your neighbors. Also, many con artists take advantage of holiday generosity by going door-to-door. Ask for identification and get specifics to how and where the donations will be spent or used. If you feel uncomfortable, just say "no thank you" and shut the door. Effective home security starts with properly locked doors and windows and visible, well-lighted entryways. Lighting is one of the most cost-effective deterrents to burglary. Indoor-lighting gives the impression that a home is occupied. If you are going to be away from your home, consider using automatic timers to switch interior lights on at preset times. Outdoor lighting can eliminate hiding places. Install exterior lighting near porches, rear and side driveways, garage doors, and all other points of entry. Entryways to your home should always be well lighted. Place lights out of reach from the ground so the bulbs cannot be removed or broken. Aim some lights away from the house so you can see if anyone is approaching, or install motionsensing lights. The Montgomery County Police has seen an increase recently in thefts from automobiles and thefts of automobile parts. Some of these thefts are preventable by taking very simple, yet effective steps, and they are asking for your help. Most important, lock your car doors and close the windows completely. An unlocked door or open window is an invitation to a thief to take any property in your vehicle. In addition, take with you or lock in your trunk any electronic equipment and remove GPS systems. Whenever possible, park in well lit, populated areas.
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 Rebecca Fayed , Membership Eleanor Rice, NIH Liaison Kevin Kraus, Parks & Playgrounds Sandy Spagnolo, Social Events Dorian Patchin, Website

Halloween Parade:
October 26th
By Sandy Spagnolo, Social Chair
By our count, this is the 13th year of the EBCA Halloween Parade. Be sure to mark your calendars for Sunday, October 26th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. for this spook-tacular display of costumes and fun. Everyone will gather at Chase Park at 3:00 p.m. begin the parade down Chase Avenue toward Lynnbrook Park. Even if you are not walking in the parade, it is quite a site to watch the procession. Thanks to all our neighbors on Chase Avenue for moving their vehicles and cheering us on. Just like last year, this event will also be a chance to give back to the community. We will be collecting food for Bethesda Help (www.bethesdahelp.org), an allvolunteer, non-profit organization that offers immediate short-term financial and transportation assistance and emergency food deliveries to residents of southern Montgomery County who are in financial crisis. As such, they are always looking for food donations to their pantry including canned goods (fruits, vegetables, pasta sauce, beans, soups, fish and meat), pasta, rice, peanut butter, jam, and breakfast cereals. No glass or oversized items, please. There will be a drop-off point at Chase Avenue Park as well as Lynnbrook Park. More information about all of the Halloween events will be on our website, www.ebca.org. If you are interested in helping out with the event, please send and email to Sandy Spagnolo, Social Chair, at social@ebca.org.

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School Assignment Update
By Monica Hayes, Education Chair
EBCA recently mailed a School Assignment Survey to all households in the neighborhood. This comes as Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is reviewing the current school assignments for our area. We will not have a good sense of what that means for our residents until recommendations are made from MCPS to the Board of Education in mid to late October. In the meantime, EBCA is interested in collecting information from residents on current preferences. This will help inform the Education Committee and the Executive Committee of EBCA. The results of the survey will be shared with the East Bethesda Community and a summary of East Bethesda's elementary school preference will be shared with MCPS and the Board of Education. We anticipate having Education Committee meetings in the coming weeks that will be open to any neighbors interested in attending. We will examine the data collected and try to gather information that will be useful in any discussion of the future assignments for our neighborhood. Whether or not you have children currently in public elementary schools and even if you do not have a strong preference, it is important to share your views. The higher the response to the survey, the more forceful a case EBCA will be able to make when communicating with the county. Once we have more information on what MCPS is considering, we will move forward accordingly. The survey can also be found on our website, www.ebca.org. Please complete either the paper version or the online version but not both. If you have questions, please contact Monica Hayes, EBCA Education Committee Chair, at education@ebca.org. Thanks for your cooperation on this very important community issue.

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Membership Update
By Rebecca Fayed, Membership Chair
As the leaves begin to change colors and the lazy days of summer become a fading memory, now is the perfect time to tackle that “hot spot” in your house. You know, that place where you pile all the mail, school forms, shopping lists, and other “to-do” items. Perhaps your EBCA membership form is sitting in that pile as something you’ve been meaning to do? Whether the form has made its way to that all important pile or not, we need for you to contribute your annual membership of $15 per member for the year beginning July 1st. Whether you’re new to the neighborhood or you’ve spent your whole life here, whether you were a member last year or just never got around to joining, the EBCA welcomes you to join our association. The EBCA is only as good as its members. As a member, you are entitled to vote on the issues raised at the EBCA general meetings, will be kept up to date on the important issues affecting our neighborhood, including, for example, the Purple Line and our public school assignment, and are encouraged to participate in our numerous social events, such as the upcoming Halloween Parade, scheduled for October 26th. If you have questions about membership, would like to confirm whether you’ve paid your dues or would like to volunteer to be a part of the Membership Committee, please contact Rebecca Fayed by email at membership@ebca.org or by phone at 301-564-1499. Salman Abu-Hjeli • Paul Aggugia • Amy Aggugia • Jerry Alexander • Michelle Alexander • Cynthia Allen • Joseph Allen • Mark Anderson • Margo Anderson • Bruce Anderson • Fernanda Andreassi • Kenneth Angell • Graciela Argerich • Ed Arovas • Genta Arovas • Jeff Bacon • Caryn Bacon • Pamela Baker-Masson • Dave Barker • Joseph Barthold • Sally Barthold • Linda Baxter • Ed Baxter • Dena Belinkoff • Paula Benson • Andrew Benzmiller • Jocelina Benzmiller • Courtney Billet • Paul Bizot • Betsy Bizot • Patricia Blaes • Peter Blaes • W.B. Blandford • Hilary Blank • Forrest Blank • Dan Blumenthal • Vence Bonham • Angela Bonham • Keith Boniface • Lindsey Borgia • Susan Braman • Jay Briar • Bill Brockman • Janet Brockman • Gloria Burkhardt • Jeff Burnett • Colyn Cain • Chris Cain • A.B. Carneal • Megan Carroll • Mike Chapman • Jessica Chapman • Catherine Chow • Lois Chretien • Larry Clare • Neal Collins • Vera Collins • Christy Concannon • Tom Condon • Lori Condon • Mary Ellen Condon • Michael Conlan • Michael Corcoron • Julie Corwin • Robert Courts • Adam Cowles • Christine Crowe • Pat Cunningham • Mark Cymrot • Ann Danner • Robert Danner • Ann Dansie • William Dansie • Rob Dapice • Dorothy Day • John Day • Mary DeFilippes • David DiBari • Meg DiBari • Connie Dierman • Roger Dierman • Karen Dietrich • Martin Dieu • Judith Doherty • Brian Doherty • Elizabeth Donaldson • Kelley Doran • Jessica Doran • Jeff Dubin • Gordon Duguid • Jennifer Dunbar • Jon Ebinger • Kate Eldred • Holly Elwood • Kathleen Etxegoien • Jon Etxegoien • Louise Evans • Erik Evenson • Rebecca Fayed • Ramy Fayed • Jesus Ferro • Rebecca Ferro • Alvin Figer • Mary Fletcher • Kate Fothergill • Celina Frank • William Franz • Nancy Freas • Robert Friedman • Ivan Galic • Kristie Galic • Robin Gallbraith • Penelope Garcia • Agnes Garrity • Joseph Garrity • Keisha Gary • Janet George • Robert George • Gregory Gertner • Heidi Gertner • Alison Ghaed • Vera Glocklin • Sara Gold • Peter Goldstein • Me lo d y G o l d s te in • Mar k Gourley • Leslie Graham • Bob Gray • MaryAlice Gray • Jon Greenbaum • Daniel Groman • Melissa Groman • Robin Gross • Ed Grossman • Shallay Grossman • Heather Haas • James Hammack • Geoff Handy • Peggy Anne Hansen • Isaac Hantman • Roberta Hantman • John Hardgrove • William Harless • Michelle Harmon • Scott Harmon • Alexandra Harrington • Monica Hayes • Jack Hayes • Karen Helsing • Chris Helzer • Deborah Helzer • Deborah Hill • Nancy Holland • Ilaya Hopkins • Bob Hopkins • Henry Hoppler • Nancy Horton • Mark Horton • Susie Huey • Rob Huey • Miebeth Janssens • Scott Johnson • Hanna Kadushin • Leslie Kahn • Sharada Kalanidhi • David Kaufman • Sara Kaul • Rob Kaye • John Kelly • Ian Kelly • Beverly Kempf • Veronica Kidd • John Kilbourne • Jacqueline King • Mary King • Wendy Kisch • Virginia Kling • Patricia Klosky • Robert Kopera • Bill Kopit • Shauna Kopit • Mary Alice

Paid memberships as of 9/15/08. We regret any errors or omissions. Please send corrections to membership@ebca.org.

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2008-2009 Membership Rolls Continued...
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President’s Notebook
Continued from page 1... fantastic facelift along with some upgrades behind-the-scenes. An article in this newsletter goes into further detail about some of the changes but we hope that this improved site will be useful in keeping neighbors up to date on activities and in touch with one another. Be sure to register on the site so that you will receive email updates. We continue to have interest in our newsletter sponsorship program and welcome a new business, Hollywood Tans, to the neighborhood and the newsletter. We try to fill the newsletter with useful and relevant information each month so I encourage you to take a look to see what is happening in and around East Bethesda. Most importantly, send in your membership dues. The membership year is July 1st to June 30th, and your $15 helps keep the newsletter coming, allowed us to update the website and will contribute to another ghoulishly good time at this year’s Halloween Parade on October 26th. Together, we all contribute to the outstanding quality of life we enjoy here in East Bethesda. Thanks for doing your part.

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The Neighborhood Roundup
Fire Safety Month The Chevy Chase Fire Department will hold its annual Open House from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11th. The open house will feature supervised fire engine rides for children and adults, demonstrations by members of specialized teams, clown, fire truck slide, Safety House, and refreshments. October is also Fire Safety Month so do not forget to check your smoke detectors and replace batteries. Newsletter Sponsorship Help Need a Ride? We are now publishing our newsletter monthly thanks in great part to the work of David Kauffman who has been soliciting and maintaining our sponsors for the past several years. A description of the newsletter sponsorship program and a set of rates are ready, but we need a new neighbor to manage this endeavor as David is now ready to move on. Please contact president@ebca.org if you might have a few hours a month to lend to this program. Changes in Montgomery County Government? The Montgomery County Charter Review Commission will hold a public forum on Monday, October 6th from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the 7th Floor Hearing Room at the Council Office Building in Rockville. The Commission is seeking comments on a variety of issues to determine if the current system of County Government adequately addresses the needs of County residents. Specifically, the Commission would like community input on the following issues: (1) whether the Charter should be Would you like to attend EBCA meetings but need a ride? Contact president@ebca.org ahead of time and we’ll make sure you get to the meeting! Permit Parking on Your Block? A number of neighbors have inquired about obtaining permit parking for their streets so that only EBCA residents could legally park on the street during specified hours, preventing commuters and others from parking on our streets. If your street does not currently have a sign, you may petition other houses on your block, a majority being required to approve permitted parking. Parking stickers for permitted areas may be obtained at the parking office in the Cheltenham parking garage. If you live on the 4300 block of Chestnut Street and are interested in this, please contact Ellen Belkin at ellenbelkin@verizon.net or 301986-0352. If you have general questions about the program, contact Traffic Operations at mcdot.trafficops@montgomerycoun tymd.gov or 240-777-6000. amended to allow for an Executivenominated, Council-confirmed Inspector General; and (2) whether certain special taxing districts should be excluded from the Charter’s limit on the growth of the property tax revenue to the rate of inflation. Those wishing to present their opinions on the issues listed above or who are interested in recommending additional issues for the Commission to study should sign up to speak on or before October 5th by contacting Marie Jean-Paul at 240-777-7928 or charterreview.commission@montgo merycountymd.gov. Be a Mentor You can make a difference for an at-risk 9th grader who needs encouragement and guidance A mentor is an experienced advisor and supporter; somebody who watches over and fosters the progress of a younger, less experienced person. For this program, volunteers are needed once a week, for an hour, after school during the school year, plus a coaching session once a month. Meetings take place at BethesdaChevy Chase High School and the next training is October 13th at 2:45 p.m. For more information, contact Debbie Newman at deborah_newman@mcpsmd.org or 240-497-6356 or 301-529-0702.

Purple Line Update
Continued from page 1... will likely issue a statement to the county and the MTA during the public comment period after the DEIS is issued. I urge residents who feel strongly about the project, whether pro or con, to do the same. Additional resources you may wish to consider are the following websites. These are from groups who oppose the use of the trail for mass transit: rethinkingthepurplelinecoalition.web.officelive.com www.savethetrailpetition.org www.purplelinenow.com www.sierraclub.org/DC/Sprawl/action/p009.html Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions or would like to contribute to EBCA’s analysis and response to the DEIS. David is a member of Montgomery County’s Purple Line Functional Master Plan Advisory Group.

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New EBCA Website Unveiled
After lots of talk and planning, our website, www.ebca.org, is getting an update. The website first debuted over 10 years ago having been designed by Michael Corcoran and has been an invaluable resource for neighbors. Dorian Patchin has been our webmaster over the last few years and instrumental in bringing the site up to date. Carmen Abrams handled a lot of the transition and will be our main point of contact moving forward. Much thanks goes to all three of these volunteers! On the new site, you will find much of the same information such as archived newsletters, notes from general meetings and links to general information. But the home page will be updated more frequently and the right hand side will provide quick links to important information such as membership forms, newsletter sponsorship and email alerts. If you would like to begin or continue receiving alerts by email, you must register with the site, which is quick and easy. Just go to www.ebca.org and fill in the box at the top right hand corner. We have also added a number of forums, where you can post items to communicate with other neighbors. As we launch the new look, we look forward to hearing from you about how you use the site and ideas you have for its continued evolution. We were eager to get it up and running so some of the older archived material will be added shortly. For more info, email webmaster@ebca.org. We hope everyone enjoys the new site.

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Inside This Issue
Halloween Parade..................... 2 School Choices .......................... 3 Membership Update ..............4-5 New Website ............................. 7

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