NOTICE:  
SATURDAY East Bethesda Neighborhood Rehabilitation Work to Begin Saturday October 25th. 

Montgomery County has approved Saturday Operations for Sidewalk and Road work in order to complete as much of the project as possible before cold weather prohibits operations. 


Click here for more information on the project from the Department of Transportation. The project is listed under "West Chevy Chase Street Rehabilitation Project".

East Bethesda Milling and Paving to Begin Monday October 6, 2014    at 7:00 a.m.

Work will begin with Chestnut Street from Kentbury Avenue moving towards Wisconsin Avenue


Signs will be posted when milling and paving are scheduled to begin on your Street.


Streets will first be Milled

Paving will begin shortly afterward


You may be able to access your driveway in the evening but the road may be lower than your driveway.  Milling and Paving Crews can answer questions about your driveway’s access.


Please note the asphalt needs to be applied quickly so remove your cars promptly.  


Paving and Milling Equipment will remain on the street overnight. Driveways will not be blocked.


Speed Bumps will be replaced at a later date.


All Cars must be moved from the Street by 7:00 a.m. when milling and paving are scheduled for your street.  If necessary cars will be towed. 


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EBCA MEETING

Wednesday September 17, 2014

7:00 p.m.

BETHESDA-CHEVY CHASE HIGH SCHOOL Room C-111

 

Special Guest: Montgomery County Park and Planning

Topic: Lynbrook Recreation Center Beautification Project

Including a Fenced-in Park Area for

Exclusive use of Recreation Center Tenants

Click here for Plan Details

 and Scale Drawing


Meeting Agenda

 


  1. Introduction
  2. New Tree Plantings: Presentation by Amanda Farber, East Bethesda resident
  3. Bethesda Reggio Beautification Proposal for Lynbrook Park:
    • Presentation by and Q&A with David Tobin, Montgomery County Department of Parks
    • EBCA Member Discussion
  4. Committee Updates
  5. Call for New Business

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Neighborhood Rehabilitation Program

The County’s Neighborhood Rehabilitation Program has begun work in our East Bethesda neighborhood between Chestnut Street & East West Highway, before completing the area between Jones Bridge Road & S. Chelsea Lane.  It is estimated that it will take about a year and half to complete.

Montgomery County Department of Transportation provided information on the project and details that may affect us, and answered questions and concerns at the May 21, 2014 EBCA General Meeting.

Click here for more information on the project from the Department of Transportation. The project is currently titled "West Chevy Chase Street Rehabilitation Project".

Click here for Information on Optional Driveway Apron Replacements.

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EBCA Membership Prize Drawings!!!

The EBCA Membership Prize Drawings was held at the May 21, 2014 General Membership meeting.  Prize donations were donated from the following organizations:

Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club
   - Four Admission Tickets (Value $25 each Total Value $100)

(See below for membership information)
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Time to RENEW your EBCA membership!

To all our neighbors and friends, your neighborhood association is counting on you as we prepare for another exciting year together.

Remember, our membership year follows the calendar year, from January 1 to December 31.

Thinking about joining for the first time? Wait no longer!  Join us today!  Your membership will run through December 31 2014!!  

PAY DUES ONLINE!  Or download this form to mail. 

Unsure about whether your membership is current? Please drop a message to membership@ebca.org

SPECIAL THANKS!

Do you recognize this? If you use the Capital Crescent trail, you probably do. Below are before and after pictures of the trail access at Kentbury Drive and Kentbury Way.  Your dues helped pay for the gravel, and these generous volunteers, led by EBCA Executive Committee Members Jack Hayes and Andy O'Hare, donated elbow grease to get this job done. Heartfelt thanks to all involved!
Volunteers (from left to right): Keith Boniface, Jack Hayes, Geoff Sharpe, Patrick Kanold and Andy O'Hare. Thank you all!
A message from MCPS:
 
Superintendent Joshua P. Starr is recommending that MCPS consider changing school starting and ending times, also known as bell times. Dr. Starr is recommending that high schools start 50 minutes later, middle schools start 10 minutes earlier, and that the elementary school day be extended by 30 minutes. He is holding four forums all taking place from 7-8PM Free child care (ages 4 and older) and interpretation services will be provided. To request a sign language interpreter, please call 301-517-5539 or visit www.educationalinterpreters.com/mcps
 
Dates and locations:
Monday, October 28 at Paint Branch High School
14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville

Monday, December 16 at Richard Montgomery High School
250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville

Monday, January 6 at Seneca Valley High School
19401 Crystal Rock Drive, Germantown

Monday, February 10 at Montgomery Blair High School
51 University Blvd., East, Silver Spring

Final EBCA comments on the Purple Line FEIS, filed with the MTA October 18, 2013.

Public Meeting in Town of Chevy Chase

Tuesday, October 22, 7:30 p.m.

Town of Chevy Chase, Town Hall, 4301 Willow Lane

 

Zoning Overhaul: Changes Coming to Our Communities

The first new zoning code in Montgomery County in more than 30 years is rapidly moving toward a County Council vote.

 

Find out how the proposed changes will impact Chevy Chase and Bethesda.

 

Former County Planning Board member and Chevy Chase resident Meredith Wellington will speak. Refreshments will be served.


TREATS 4 OUR TROOPS

EBCA is excited to share that we're going to support Treats 4 Our Troops (T40T) this Halloween. T4OT joins forces with the community to collect surplus holiday candy, cards & letters and recycled magazines for U.S. troops. These gifts are sent to U.S. Military personnel who are currently deployed & Wounded Warriors. If you would like to participate, please read further for drop-off locations in our neighborhood and guidelines on what to contribute. Most importantly, please do not buy any extra candy...the mission of T4OT includes sharing what we already have.

Now for the Details: T4OT only sends fresh candy that is from the current collection season. Please be sure that ALL individual candy is unopened. Melted, smashed, opened and old candy is not accepted. For example, please do not send beach taffy etc. We want our treats to be fresh and seasonal for the troops. Do not include pixy stix or candy that may be viewed as inappropriate such as gummy body parts and eyeballs etc. Chocolate is OK. You can also contribute recycled magazines from the current season. If you would like to share a note or card, please note that all correspondence should be upbeat and positive. Please do not include any religious or political sentiment. Support and encourage the troops and “Wounded Warriors” with messages such as “Thank you for your service.” “Be safe.” “Hope you will be home soon.” Please do not specify gender when addressing notes and cards.

Drop-Off Details: We are offering 3 drop-off locations in our neighborhood - 4403 Chestnut St., 4608 Highland Ave, and 4404 Fairfield Drive. Each house will have a receptacle outside with a T4OT sign on it, beginning after Halloween. We will accept donations through the week after Halloween - with the last day on Thursday, November 7th. Please be considerate of the time in which you drop off at these locations - not too early or late in the day.


Happy Halloween!

DRAFT EBCA COMMENTS ON THE PURPLE LINE FEIS


Now is your chance to share your thoughts for consideration. Please feel free to review our draft comments here, and share your thoughts by Thursday, October 17, via email to aohare@cement.org.

For more information on recent Purple Line developments, please refer to the meeting notes from our last General membership Meeting on September 18.

Please note that EBCA's involvement in the Comment period does not diminish an individual’s or a community’s stance against the Purple Line, rather it reflects our involvement in the pre-construction process, providing East Bethesda with an opportunity to get on record regarding our desired mitigation measures to lessen any potential negative impacts on the neighborhood if the project is built. 

FIREWORKS TONIGHT. Yes, TONIGHT!

Columbia Country Club is having their 4th of July fireworks display tonight, September 27. Come if you can make it!

PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED FOR PURPLE LINE PROJECT’S FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT


Accepting Public Comments through October 21


BALTIMORE, MD (September 16, 2013) – In response to several requests from the community, stakeholders and project partners, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), in coordination with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), is extending the public comment period on the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation (FEIS) from 30 days to 45 days. The comment period, which began on September 6 and was originally scheduled to end on October 7, has been extended through Monday, October 21.

The purpose of the FEIS is to identify and address issues raised by agency and public stakeholders throughout the project development phase. Copies of the Purple Line FEIS are available at select libraries and public facilities in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and at www.purplelinemd.com. A list of public locations can also be found on-line. Comments can be submitted online or by sending an email to FEIS@purplelinemd.com with “FEIS COMMENT” as the subject heading.


The Purple Line is a proposed $2.2 billion, 16-mile, 21-station modern light rail line that would provide connections to major business districts and activity centers in Bethesda, Silver Spring, Takoma/Langley Park, College Park/University of Maryland and New Carrollton, as well as link to Metrorail’s Red, Green and Orange lines. The average daily ridership in 2040 is anticipated to be more than 74,000.


For the latest information on MTA service, passengers are urged to check the MTA website at www.mta.maryland.gov. Customers can also call the MTA Transit Information Center Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 410-539-5000. TTY 410-539-3497. To sign up for email about service modifications and delays, go to www.mta.maryland.gov/enotifications. Visit MTA’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mtamaryland or Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/mtamaryland for more sources of updated information.

EBCA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING


7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Please join us for our upcoming EBCA general membership meeting this Wednesday, September 18 at 7pm, at B-CC High School Room C-113. The agenda will be as follows:

  1. Purple Line Update by Andy o'Hare, EBCA Capital Crescent Trail Committee Chair
  2. Social Committee Upadte
  3. EBCA Executive Committee Nominations for 2014
  4. Call for New Business

This is a message from the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security regarding construction work in the Bethesda area: 

Construction crews working on-site at 8300 Wisconsin Avenue have reached a level of dense, hard rock that requires blasting.  Donohoe Construction Company will begin blasting on August 14th, 2013 and will be blasting on and off daily for approximately six months. The blasts will occur between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm (coordinated with WMATA). At this time, we expect that there will only be one blast per day and each blast is independently monitored. The commercial and residential properties immediately adjacent to the 8300 project have been informed of the blasting and blast protocol. 

Individuals near the site may also hear and/or feel the blast and horn notifications of the blasting subcontractor. The horn is predominantly a notification for the construction workers on the site. However, the horn is loud enough for individuals immediately adjacent to the site to hear. In addition, pedestrian traffic around the site will be halted 5 minutes prior to blasting and vehicular traffic will be halted 1 minute prior to blasting. 

The horn signals are as follows: 
a)  Warning Signal – a long horn sounds 15 minutes prior to the blast to signal to everyone in the vicinity that a blast will be occurring and to allow time for the construction personnel to move outside of the immediate blast area. 
b)  Second Warning Signal – a long horn sounds 5 minutes prior to the blast to signal to everyone in the vicinity that a blast will be occurring. 
c)  Blast Signal – a series of short horn sounds 1 minute prior to blast 
d)  All Clear Signal – a prolonged horn sounds following the inspection of the blast area, signaling “all clear”. This indicates to the construction workers they may return to work.



SHA COMMENCES RESURFACING ON MD 355 IN BETHESDA

Motorists Should Expect Traffic Impacts on Wisconsin Avenue Through Late Fall 

Travelers in Bethesda will have a smoother ride by late fall as construction crews complete the final phase of pavement resurfacing on two sections of MD 355 as part of two ongoing safety projects.   Beginning this Sunday night, August 11, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will resurface several sections of MD 355 (Wisconsin Avenue) in Bethesda, Montgomery County. The total cost of the two projects, which are approximately 1.5 miles apart, is $2.9 million. Weather permitting, the projects should both be complete by late fall. 

SHA will resurface one mile of MD 355 from Montgomery Avenue to Jones Bridge Road and more than a mile of MD 355 from the Washington, D.C. line and MD 191 (Bradley Boulevard).  The project will improve conditions for motorists and pedestrians on MD 355 in the heart of Bethesda. To date, curb and gutter, sidewalk, ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps, drainage improvements and traffic signal adjustments have been completed on both projects.  Crews will also replace the signal systems at Wisconsin Circle and Battery Lane.

“The final surface, new sidewalks and improved drainage provide a refreshed and safer corridor for those who live and work in the area,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters.  “We thank motorists and pedestrians for their patience as crews work to complete these projects.”

During resurfacing on both projects, crews may close up to two lanes on MD 355, overnight Sunday through Thursday, between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. and one lane, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All work is weather permitting.

As part of the resurfacing work on both projects, SHA will remove the top layer of pavement, patch, grind and resurface all lanes, reconstruct traffic signals at Battery Lane and Wisconsin Circle and apply new pavement markings. The traffic signal reconstruction work at Battery Lane and Wisconsin Circle will add audible countdown signals (APS) and countdown pedestrian signals (CPS) to each intersection. New mast arms and signal heads will be installed at the reconstructed signal at Wisconsin Circle.

On average, 67,000 vehicles travel daily within the limits of both projects inside the Wisconsin Avenue corridor in Bethesda. SHA’s contractor for the work is M. Luis Construction Company of Baltimore, which will coordinate lanes closures between both projects.
SHA will maintain access for pedestrians and residents during the road work for both projects. Residents and travelers are advised that equipment used for construction can be loud and disruptive.

Motorists should make alternate parking arrangements along MD 355 within the project limits through late fall as parking will be temporarily unavailable during resurfacing work within the work zones. The pair of resurfacing projects are located along the same MD 355 corridor where SHA is currently working to complete utility relocations for a Bethesda Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) project between Cedar Lane and Jones Bridge Road.

This project was made possible with funding from the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013, which maintains crucial system preservation investments and allows Maryland to activate long-term strategies to invest in Maryland’s transportation systems. By putting people back to work in the transportation industry with $4.4 billion in new investments in the next six years, Maryland is creating hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity and providing Marylanders with the transportation infrastructure necessary to grow and prosper for decades to come.

As crews work to keep work zones safe, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert – look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For Everyone!


There will be a public meeting on the MD 355 Crossing Project at the Medical Center Metro Station, June 18, 2013 , 7:30 pm, at the BCC Regional Services Center:


Details about the Crossing Project:

 

MCDOT Announcement of the Public Meeting:
The MD 355 Crossing Project is a design-build project, fully funded by the federal government at over $68 million, which will construct new entrances to the Metro Station and provide safe and efficient Rockville Pike crossing for pedestrians and cyclists. The project will include a bank of deep elevators on the Walter Reed side of Rockville Pike directly to the Metrorail platform, and a shallow pedestrian tunnel connecting Walter Reed to NIH and the Metrobus and carpool transit center on the west side of Rockville Pike. The project will include roadway and pedestrian improvements at the intersection of Rockville Pike and Jones Bridge Road.

Development News 
Pearl Street will become a one-way street with vehicles traveling south from East
West Highway to Montgomery Avenue on the east lane of Pearl Street. The center of Pearl
Street will be lined with concrete jersey barriers to provide a buffer between the road and
jobsite.
Pearl Street will become a one-way street with vehicles traveling south from East
West Highway to Montgomery Avenue on the east lane of Pearl Street. The center of Pearl
Street will be lined with concrete jersey barriers to provide a buffer between the road and
jobsite.
Pearl Street will become a one-way street with vehicles traveling south from East
West Highway to Montgomery Avenue on the east lane of Pearl Street. The center of Pearl
Street will be lined with concrete jersey barriers to provide a buffer between the road and
jobsite.
Click here for an interactive map of Bethesda Development.
 
Purple Line: Planners propose 92-Foot Ventilation Tower at Woodmont Plaza.
 
Harris Teeter Spring 2015 at 8300 Wisconsin  Harris Tetter full-service grocery store part of mixed-use development at Woodmont and Battery Lanes. 
 
Pearl Street Temporarily One-Way Next to McDonald's Site with vehicles traveling south from East West Hwy to Montgomery Ave on east lane of Pearl St. Concrete jersey barrier provides buffer between the road and Job site. Project information. 

School News: 

New East Bethesda Elementary Boundaries Begin in August 2013.  All East Bethesda students are now assigned to Bethesda Elementary School as per the Board boundary decision.  Parents interested in enrolling their Kindergarten student in Bethesda ES next fall should should contact the school for information and Orientation schedules. Click here for more information on the local education page.

B-CC High School Addition B-CC High School has hundreds more students than its official capacity of 1,600 and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has initiated the process of designing and building an addition to the current school building. Click here for MCPS Notes on the feasibility meetings.


Notice of Public Hearings

 West Chevy Chase Heights:

7:00 p.m. Wednesday May 15, Executive Office Building, Lobby Conference Room, 101 Monroe St Rockville MD
 
Mr. Ken Blumenstock who lives at 4400 West Virginia Avenue has requested that 5 feet of the 10-foot alley behind his house be abandoned. Click here for a map and more information. 
 
Comments can be made in person at the hearing or by letter, fax or e-mail to:
Michael Cassedy Department of Transportation Phone 100 Edison Park Drive,     4th Floor Gaithersburg, MD 20878     240-777-7254       Fax 240-777-7259          

Email: michael.cassedy@montgomerycountymd.gov 

Columbia Forest:

Mr. Martin Payne (8105 Kentbury Dr) and Mr. Jim Garrity (8107 Kentbury Dr) have requested the County abandon the public use of an unimproved portion of Newdale Road right-of-way in between their two properties and ending at the grounds of Columbia County Club. Comments can be made by letter, fax or e-mail to:
Michael Cassedy Department of Transportation Phone 100 Edison Park Drive,   4th Floor Gaithersburg, MD 20878     240-777-7254       Fax 240-777-7259     

Email: michael.cassedy@montgomerycountymd.gov 


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Membership Dues 2013
We Can't Do It Without You!
The fiscal year runs January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.

You can now pay online here or you can print out this form and send in your dues for the 2013 fiscal year.

Need to check your membership status? Email us at membership@ebca.org.

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BRAC Activity in Our Area
Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) will impact our area. You can keep up with the latest news at the National Naval Medical Center. Also WAMU has an extensive amount of information about BRAC on its website. Check it out here!

Safety Tips for Garage/Yard Sales

By Montgomery County Police

With the weather getting warmer and people considering spring cleaning and making more space in their homes, the Montgomery County Police Department would like to make suggestions on how you can have a safe and secure sale:

  • Do not advertise the sale as a "Moving Sale," which implies the house may be vacant for extended periods;
  • Place expensive items near you (usually by the checkout table);
  • Lock doors into your home;
  • Acknowledge all shoppers; 
  • Be observant and wary of distractions;
  • Do not answer questions about alarm systems, daytime/nighttime occupancy, etc.;
  • Do not allow shoppers into your home;
  • Watch your cash box and keep only a minimal amount of cash on Site;
  • It's preferable to not accept checks from strangers; and
  • Have a phone on your person to report any suspicious activity.

If you need to call the police in an emergency, dial 9-1-1 or if it’s a non-emergency dial 301-279-8000.


Stay Informed and Provide Information

We've added two new links to our site.  Connected Communities is a service that provides emergency alerts and community and public service news.

The Montgomery County Police Department has just introduced online filing for certain types of crimes, including theft from autos.

Visit our Helpful Information page for more information.


Report Graffitti As Soon As You See It!

If on County Property:
Kathy Paunil of Graffiti Abatement
phone: 301.989.1638 or 301.989.1570
email: KPaunil1@verizon.net

Bethesda Police non-emergency number (ASAP):
301.652.9200

If on Private Property:
Linda Bird at Montgomery County Housing
phone: 240.777.3671
email: Linda.Bird@montgomerycountymd.gov