Time to RENEW your EBCA membership!
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
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:
- Purple Line Update by Andy o'Hare, EBCA Capital Crescent Trail Committee Chair
- Social Committee Upadte
- EBCA Executive Committee Nominations for 2014
- 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 BETHESDAMotorists 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!
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.
New East Bethesda Elementary Boundaries Begin in August 2013. Students entering Kindergarten and 1st grade in 2013 will automatically be reassigned as per the Board boundary decision. Parents interested in enrolling their Grade 2 student in Bethesda ES next fall should follow the Change of School Assignment (COSA) process before 2 April 2013 and state the “hardship” as they see it to remaining in Rosemary Hills ES. Click here for a Transfer Application. 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
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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.
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