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Zimmerman Park Redevelopment Plans

Residents Encouraged to Comment


We want to thank those residents who attended the November 29 public forum and November 13 “Walkinar” to review and comment on the proposed redevelopment plans for Zimmerman Park.  Another in-person “Walkinar” will take place on Saturday, December 11 at 9:30 a.m. in Zimmerman Park.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to townoffice@townofchevychase.org.

We encourage all residents to continue to review and comment on the proposed redevelopment plans.  Residents may review the following documents related to this project and submit comments to townoffice@townofchevychase.org.

-- Zimmerman Park Concept Plan

-- Cost Estimate, Project Timeline, and Conceptual Images

The Town Council will continue its discussion of the redevelopment plans at its December 8 meeting, and residents also are welcome to provide remarks during the public comment period of that meeting.




Public Forum on Lowering Town Voting Age
December 8, 5:30 p.m., via Zoom


On December 8 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom video conference, the Town Council will hold a public forum to discuss and hear from residents about a proposal to lower the voting age to 16 for residents who wish to participate in Town elections.  Residents are encouraged to listen to the presentations given by Mayors from other municipalities in Maryland that have lowered the voting age to 16 and view a presentation to the Town Council given by resident Andreas Geffert.  Following the December 8 public forum, the Council will decide at its regular meeting that same evening whether to introduce a resolution to implement this change to Town election laws.  If the Council introduces the resolution, a public hearing will be scheduled at the January 12 Council meeting.  

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Maple Avenue Traffic Study and Management

Public Hearing and Discussion on  December 8


At the request of the Council, the Town recently conducted a traffic study on Maple Avenue between Aspen Street and East West Highway.  Some of the findings and Council actions to date are outlined below:

Traffic Speeds

The Town measured traffic speeds in both blocks of Maple Avenue (between Aspen Street and Blackthorn Street and between Blackthorn Street and East West Highway).

-- On the block of Maple Avenue between Aspen Street and Blackthorn Street, traffic speed and volumes met the threshold for the installation of a speed hump under the Town’s speed hump installation policy.  The Town traffic engineer reviewed the road alignment and found that there is an appropriate location for a hump to be installed.  At its December 8 meeting, the Town Council will hold a public hearing on a proposed speed hump in this block.  More information on this hearing will be included in the Council’s December meeting agenda.

-- Traffic speeds and volume on the block of Maple Avenue between Blackthorn Street and East West Highway did not meet the threshold for the installation of a speed hump.  If the Council finds that there are extenuating circumstances to support installation of a speed hump in this block, the alignment of the street would support the installation.

Maple Avenue/Aspen Street Entry Restriction

Do Not Enter 4-6 PM, Monday – Friday signage is posted on northbound Maple Avenue at Aspen Street to prevent traffic from accessing East West Highway during evening rush hour.  The traffic study showed that approximately 50 to 60 cars per hour do not heed the posted entry restriction and travel through the intersection.  Approximately 90 cars per hour make the legal right turn onto Aspen Street.  At its December 8 meeting, the Town Council will discuss removing the entry restriction on Maple Avenue at Aspen Street in conjunction with other possible traffic calming measures.

Maple Avenue/East West Highway Entry Restriction

Vehicles are always prohibited from turning onto Maple Avenue from East West Highway.  The traffic study showed that an average of 23 cars per day enter Maple Avenue from either eastbound or westbound East West Highway.  The Town traffic engineer recommends installing a physical barrier to discourage these illegal turning movements.  At the request of the Council, Town staff has reached out to the State Highway Administration (SHA) to request their traffic engineers evaluate options for the installation of such a barrier, which would need to be located within the SHA right-of-way.




Thrive Montgomery 2050 in Front of County Council


On November 30, the County Council held its first of two Listening Sessions about the Thrive Montgomery 2050 (Thrive) Draft Plan during which 72 County residents provided comments.  The second session will be held on December 15.  Residents are encouraged to submit comments to the County Council, read the County Executive's letter to the County Council, and read the County's Office of Management & Budget report on Thrive, which is required by law to be produced.




Attainable Housing Strategies to be Presented to County Planning Board


The County Planning Board is operating under the assumption that the principles of Thrive (i.e., compact growth or urbanism) will be passed by the County Council.  Therefore, the County Planning Department is currently preparing a Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) to change the zoning in single-family neighborhoods. 

On December 9, the Planning Staff plans to review the draft Attainable Housing Strategies report that will go to the County Council for approval.  The draft report will be posted on the Planning Board's website on December 2 and the community is invited to submit written comments to the Planning Board at mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org

County residents are also invited to attend a virtual meeting on December 13 at 7 p.m.  During the meeting, Planning staff will share the Planning Board’s Attainable Housing Strategies recommendations and next steps for the initiative, as well as hold a question-and-answer session after the presentation.  Register here as RSVPs are required.

The Planning Staff released an interactive tool so that residents can better understand which lots could be impacted by the County Planning Board Attainable Housing Proposals (if adopted by the County Council).  Residents are encouraged to zoom in on the map and select the layers that correspond to the current Planning Board recommendations (i.e. Red Line 1-mile Buffer, Purple Line 1-mile Buffer, Priority Housing District, AHOM Parcels: Abut Corridor).

Thus far, five decisions have been made by the County Planning Board that would impact residential buildings within the Town.

1. Establish "Priority Housing Districts" for larger multi-family housing types.  The entire Town would be in a Priority Housing District, defined as an area within 1 mile "as the crow flies" of a Metro or Purple Line station and/or within 500 feet of major roads (which include Connecticut and Wisconsin Avenues).

2. Allow "house-scaled" duplexes, triplexes, and quadplexes to be built by-right on all lots in the Town (the County would also reduce parking requirements for quadplexes in Priority Housing Districts)

3. In order to obtain a permit from the County, builders would need to follow a Pattern Book for constructing a duplex, triplex, or quadplex.

4. Create a new optional method of development that would allow townhouses and small apartment buildings (containing up to 19 units) to be built on properties that abut Connecticut Avenue.

5. Maximum density of 13 units per acre under the optional method of development.

While the Town does not have the zoning authority to regulate the types of residential buildings that can be built within the Town or the subdivision of lots, it does have the authority to regulate setbacks (front, rear, and side), building height, mass, lot coverage, impervious surface, parking, water drainage, and tree canopy.  

Residents are encouraged to email their questions, concerns, and suggestions about Attainable Housing to townoffice@townofchevychase.org.




Leaf Collection Continues Through Mid-December


Leaf vacuuming will continue through mid-December.  Please rake leaves to the edge of the curb -- not into the street -- for collection.  Leaves must be free of debris such as sticks, bottles, and rocks. The leaf collection schedule is available here.

During the leaf collection season, the Town’s contractor will use battery-powered blowers whenever feasible.  However, if the weight or volume of leaves becomes too great, the contractor will need to use one or more gas-powered blowers in order to maintain the collection schedule.  

If you or your landscape company will be using gas-powered leaf blowers this fall, please follow the Town’s quiet hours schedule and refrain from using them before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on weekdays and before 12 p.m. or after 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

 



Winter Clothing Drive Continues Through February


Please help the men, women and children who depend on Interfaith Works Clothing Center to keep them warm.  They provide free clothing to 13,000 income-qualified residents each year, including nearly 6,000 children.  Please donate clean, gently used or never used warm coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, sweaters, pants, and socks to those in need.  Also needed is waterproof warm winter wear for those who are outside in the cold rain or snow.  Since the town hall is still open only part time, the clothing box will be located on the front porch of Marjorie Shaw and Barney Rush, at 6917 Maple Avenue (between Stanford and Pine Place).  This project is sponsored by the Community Relations Committee.




Holiday Gift Drive for Domestic Violence Victims


This is the 9th annual Holiday Gift Card Drive!  It’s when Town residents purchase gift cards to be given to needy Montgomery County families who are victims of domestic violence.  The adult beneficiaries are clients of the Montgomery County Family Justice Center, and the children are clients of Chesapeake Counseling.  It’s a wonderful way to brighten the holidays for these families.  There are two donation options: gift cards in denominations from $10 to $50 for stores such as Target, Marshalls, Kohl's, Ross, and Giant or checks made out to MCFJC Foundation.  You can mail your donation to the Town Office at 4301 Willow Lane.  You can also drop it off at 7624 Lynn Drive in the basket in the carport or at 7203 Ridgewood Avenue in the mailbox.  (To receive an acknowledgment for tax purposes, be sure to include your name and e-mail address.)  Gift cards and checks will be collected through December 20 but will be accepted gratefully at any time of year.  Our town has contributed generously to this cause in the past, and we look forward to another very successful campaign!  This drive is sponsored by the Community Relations Committee.




TOCC Book Club Meeting

Monday, December 6, 7 p.m., Town Hall


The Town of Chevy Chase Book Club is meeting IN PERSON on Monday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall to discuss A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.  Wine and snacks will be on offer.  Save the date for our next meeting on January 24 when we will discuss Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro.  COVID protocols observed.




Discussion and Desserts with Rachel Vogelstein
Thursday, December 9, 7 p.m., via Zoom


Since 2017, millions have joined the global #MeToo movement, catalyzing an unprecedented wave of women’s activism powered by technology that crosses borders, races, religions, and economic divides.  Join us on Thursday, December 9 at 7 p.m. via Zoom as Rachel Vogelstein discusses her new book Awakening: #MeToo and the Global Right for Women’s Rights.  Rachel, senior advisor to the White House Gender Policy Council, will discuss the trajectory of the movement internationally and where it stands today.  Please RSVP to townoffice@townofchevychase.org or 301-654-7144.




Holiday Sing-Along Through Town 

Sunday, December 19, 5-7 p.m.


The Community Relations Committee invites residents of all ages to walk through the Town whilst singing the songs of the season for residents who could use some holiday cheer.  We'll gather at the Town Hall before beginning our "sing and walk" around the neighborhood.  We'll stop at the front of designated homes and sing from a list of songs that will be sent in advance.  The route will end at the Town Hall for a small fete of hot apple cider and cookies.

Please RSVP to townoffice@townofchevychase.org by December 15 if you are interested in either joining the singing troupe or would like to nominate a neighbor (or yourself) as a designated stop.  Please include the resident's name and address, and we'll try to include as many as possible.  The final route map will be distributed to all residents on December 17, and the rain date will be December 20. 




Calling All Artists & Creatives -- Artistic Expression in the Face of the Pandemic


Whether 5 years old or 95 years old, the pandemic has affected us all in big and small ways.  If you (or your child) created or wishes to create a painting, poem, sculpture, musical composition, or other artistic expression that reflects how you have shown resiliency or faced the pandemic, the Community Relations Committee would be interested in learning more about your creation.  Depending on the interest, the Town may hold an exhibition.  Please describe your creation or take a photo and send it to townoffice@townofchevychase.org.  Responses appreciated by December 1.




What's Happening at CC@H in December


Travels with Jan: Patagonia and Rapa Nui -- Monday, December 6, 2021, 1 to 2 p.m.
Join intrepid traveler and CC@H volunteer Jan Augustine as she relives some of her most memorable trips in a series of Zoom presentations. This month she will take us to South America, sharing photos from Patagonia and Rapa Nui (Easter Island). No fee. Registration is required.  A Zoom event

CC@H Guest Speaker: Ambassador Elizabeth Davenport McKune on "A Closer Look at the Arabian Gulf" -- Friday, December 10, 2021, 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Ambassador Elizabeth Davenport McKune, former U.S. Ambassador to the State of Qatar (1998-2001) and an expert on the Persian Gulf, will speak about challenges in the Arabian Gulf. She was the first female ambassador from any country accredited to Qatar in this capacity. Qatar has played a unique role as a neighbor of Saudi Arabia in the Gulf region. It has coordinated with the U.S on a range of regional and global issues related to security and stability in the region, as well as serving as an intermediary between the U.S. and Afghanistan.

During her 33 years as a career Foreign Service officer, Ambassador McKune spent 17 years abroad with postings including Israel, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, the Sultanate of Oman, Iraq and Great Britain. Stateside she held a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State position as Deputy Executive Secretary. Other senior positions included Director of the Office of Northern Arabian Affairs, Director of the Office of Pacific Island Affairs, Director of the Media Outreach Center, and International Affairs Advisor to the Commandant of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF). Following the State Department, Liz became the Executive Director of the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center from 2007-2011. Part of Chevy Chase At Home's Guest Speaker Series.  Registration is required.  A Zoom event.

Human Bondage and Georgetown's Early Wealth -- Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 2 to 3 p.m.
Early Georgetown was not the polite society conjured by books like The Georgetown Ladies’ Social Club. Rather, it was built in part from trafficking in human beings – African slaves and British convicts and indentured servants – and from their labor. For instance, in 1805, Francis Lowndes, the son of a trafficker in humans, sold to Robert Peter the 8 ½ acre tract now known as Tudor Place for the seemingly princely sum of $6,000, but Peter had the money as evidenced by his selling inherited family slaves for $100,000 a few years later. Jim Johnston leads you on a tour of the real history of an early Georgetown that was diverse in the extreme with homes of fantastic wealth and hovels of abject poverty. Hosted by Montgomery History. Register in advance on this Zoom webinar page.

 



Chevy Chase Fire Department -- Toys for Tots Collection


The Chevy Chase Fire Department is collecting Toys for Tots.  The toys can be dropped off at 8001 Connecticut Avenue Chevy Chase, MD 20815.  Please try to drop off toys by December 15.  If you have questions or comments please contact Natalie Welle at nsw209@gmail.com.




New Gas-Powered Blower Regulations


The Town Council has approved new regulations of gas-powered blowers.  The regulations are in response to resident concerns about noise and other impacts of this type of landscaping equipment.  Specifically, they 1) expand quiet hours during which the use of gas-powered blowers is prohibited (gas-powered leaf blowers may not be used before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on weekdays and before noon or after 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays) and 2) implement a ban on the use of gas-powered blowers from January 1 through October 14, effective in 2022.  The regulations exempt gas-powered snow blowers and sprayers and do not include a total ban of gas-powered blowers.  Montgomery County noise regulations also remain in effect in the Town.




Battery-Powered Blower Rebate Program


The Town offers a rebate program for battery-powered blowers and related equipment that is intended to reduce the noise from landscaping activities.  Residents may request a rebate for half the cost of the purchase of a battery-powered blower, batteries, and chargers, up to a maximum rebate of $200 per household.  The equipment may be purchased by a resident or by a contractor for use in landscaping activities on the resident’s property.  The Council approved $30,000 to fund the program in this fiscal year.  More information about the program and an application form can be found here.




Climate & Environment Tip of the Month
"The Issue with Tissue"


Americans’ love of luxury paper products is harming the environment.  In the 90 seconds, it will take you to read this message, two football field-sized areas of the Canadian boreal forest will have disappeared.  What are boreal forests and why should we care?  Boreal forests are full of deciduous trees and conifers and cover vast expanses in Canada, Alaska, and Russia.  They’re an important carbon sink which absorbs carbon dioxide -- a main contributor to global warming and climate change and they're home to abundant wildlife.

But these crucial forests are threatened, due in large part to the demand for virgin pulp to make ultra-soft TOILET PAPER, FACIAL TISSUE, PAPER NAPKINS, AND PAPER TOWELS.

Fortunately, there are eco-friendly alternatives:  

 -- Look for recycled and chlorine-free paper products or products made from Forest Stewardship Council-certified bamboo.  These are available in local stores and online.  Recycled paper products (don’t worry -- not made from used toilet paper or Kleenex!) are almost as soft and strong as the “luxury brands” -- and without the negative effect on the environment.

 -- Use cloth rags, sponges, and dishcloths instead of paper towels whenever possible.  Skoy cloths are an example of an effective, washable, and compostable cleaning cloth.

For specific guidance on the best and worst paper products to buy -- from an environmental standpoint -- here’s some helpful information from the Natural Resources Defense Council.  Thanks for making climate-friendly choices!




Town Office Hours


Through the end of the year, staff will be available in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Town office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  There may be a staff member to assist you on other days, but please contact the Town office in advance to schedule a visit.  Residents can contact the Town office at 301-654-7144 or at townoffice@townofchevychase.org.




Stay Informed


Residents are encouraged to connect with the Town through the Town Crier email alert system and with fellow residents through the private Town Neighbors listserv.  For information on how to join the Town Neighbors listserv, please email townneighbors+owner@groups.io.  Both resources offer an important way to stay informed and in touch.




Upcoming Meetings & Events


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Zimmerman Park Redevelopment Plans
Residents Encouraged to Comment

We want to thank those residents who attended the November 29 public forum and November 13 “Walkinar” to review and comment on the proposed redevelopment plans for Zimmerman Park. Another in-person “Walkinar” will take place on Saturday, December 11 at 9:30 a.m. in Zimmerman Park. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to townoffice@townofchevychase.org.
We encourage all residents to continue to review and comment on the proposed redevelopment plans. Residents may review the following documents related to this project and submit comments to townoffice@townofchevychase.org.
-- Zimmerman Park Concept Plan [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3379/Zimmerman-Park-Concept-Plan]
-- Cost Estimate, Project Timeline, and Conceptual Images [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3380/Zimmerman-Memorandum]
The Town Council will continue its discussion of the redevelopment plans at its December 8 meeting, and residents also are welcome to provide remarks during the public comment period of that meeting.

Public Forum on Lowering Town Voting AgeDecember 8, 5:30 p.m., via Zoom

On December 8 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom video conference, the Town Council will hold a public forum to discuss and hear from residents about a proposal to lower the voting age to 16 for residents who wish to participate in Town elections. Residents are encouraged to listen to the presentations [https://youtu.be/zTwg39cmkD0] given by Mayors from other municipalities in Maryland that have lowered the voting age to 16 and view a presentation [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3369/Voter-Registration_Town_v3] to the Town Council given by resident Andreas Geffert. Following the December 8 public forum, the Council will decide at its regular meeting that same evening whether to introduce a resolution to implement this change to Town election laws. If the Council introduces the resolution, a public hearing will be scheduled at the January 12 Council meeting.
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Maple Avenue Traffic Study and Management
Public Hearing and Discussion on December 8

At the request of the Council, the Town recently conducted a traffic study on Maple Avenue between Aspen Street and East West Highway. Some of the findings and Council actions to date are outlined below:
Traffic Speeds
The Town measured traffic speeds in both blocks of Maple Avenue (between Aspen Street and Blackthorn Street and between Blackthorn Street and East West Highway).
-- On the block of Maple Avenue between Aspen Street and Blackthorn Street, traffic speed and volumes met the threshold for the installation of a speed hump under the Town’s speed hump installation policy. The Town traffic engineer reviewed the road alignment and found that there is an appropriate location for a hump to be installed. At its December 8 meeting, the Town Council will hold a public hearing on a proposed speed hump in this block. More information on this hearing will be included in the Council’s December meeting agenda.
-- Traffic speeds and volume on the block of Maple Avenue between Blackthorn Street and East West Highway did not meet the threshold for the installation of a speed hump. If the Council finds that there are extenuating circumstances to support installation of a speed hump in this block, the alignment of the street would support the installation.
Maple Avenue/Aspen Street Entry Restriction
Do Not Enter 4-6 PM, Monday – Friday signage is posted on northbound Maple Avenue at Aspen Street to prevent traffic from accessing East West Highway during evening rush hour. The traffic study showed that approximately 50 to 60 cars per hour do not heed the posted entry restriction and travel through the intersection. Approximately 90 cars per hour make the legal right turn onto Aspen Street. At its December 8 meeting, the Town Council will discuss removing the entry restriction on Maple Avenue at Aspen Street in conjunction with other possible traffic calming measures.
Maple Avenue/East West Highway Entry Restriction
Vehicles are always prohibited from turning onto Maple Avenue from East West Highway. The traffic study showed that an average of 23 cars per day enter Maple Avenue from either eastbound or westbound East West Highway. The Town traffic engineer recommends installing a physical barrier to discourage these illegal turning movements. At the request of the Council, Town staff has reached out to the State Highway Administration (SHA) to request their traffic engineers evaluate options for the installation of such a barrier, which would need to be located within the SHA right-of-way.

Thrive Montgomery 2050 in Front of County Council

On November 30, the County Council held its first of two Listening Sessions about the Thrive Montgomery 2050 (Thrive) Draft Plan [https://montgomeryplanning.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/THRIVE-Planning-Board-Draft-2021-Pages_web.pdf] during which 72 County residents provided comments. The second session will be held on December 15. Residents are encouraged to submit comments to the County Council, read the County Executive's letter to the County Council [https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/OPI/Resources/Files/pdf/2021/CE_Stmt_Thrive-Montgomery-2050.pdf] , and read the County's Office of Management & Budget report on Thrive [https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council/Resources/Files/agenda/cm/2021/20210927/20210927_PHED1.pdf] , which is required by law to be produced.

Attainable Housing Strategies to be Presented to County Planning Board

The County Planning Board is operating under the assumption that the principles of Thrive (i.e., compact growth or urbanism) will be passed by the County Council. Therefore, the County Planning Department is currently preparing a Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) to change the zoning in single-family neighborhoods.
On December 9, the Planning Staff plans to review the draft Attainable Housing Strategies report that will go to the County Council for approval. The draft report will be posted on the Planning Board's website on December 2 and the community is invited to submit written comments to the Planning Board at mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org [mailto:mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org] .
County residents are also invited to attend a virtual meeting on December 13 at 7 p.m. During the meeting, Planning staff will share the Planning Board’s Attainable Housing Strategies recommendations and next steps for the initiative, as well as hold a question-and-answer session after the presentation. Register here as RSVPs are required [https://montgomeryplanning.org/events/community-meeting-4-attainable-housing-strategies-planning-board-recommendations/] .
The Planning Staff released an interactive tool [https://montgomeryplans.org/portal/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=7f5f2305e4824e2290b635787fcb4d5d&extent=-8634555.6009%2C4717837.1717%2C-8536716.2047%2C4761329.8407%2C102100] so that residents can better understand which lots could be impacted by the County Planning Board Attainable Housing Proposals (if adopted by the County Council). Residents are encouraged to zoom in on the map and select the layers that correspond to the current Planning Board recommendations (i.e. Red Line 1-mile Buffer, Purple Line 1-mile Buffer, Priority Housing District, AHOM Parcels: Abut Corridor).
Thus far, five decisions have been made by the County Planning Board that would impact residential buildings within the Town.
1. Establish "Priority Housing Districts" for larger multi-family housing types. The entire Town would be in a Priority Housing District, defined as an area within 1 mile "as the crow flies" of a Metro or Purple Line station and/or within 500 feet of major roads (which include Connecticut and Wisconsin Avenues).
2. Allow "house-scaled" duplexes, triplexes, and quadplexes to be built by-right on all lots in the Town (the County would also reduce parking requirements for quadplexes in Priority Housing Districts)
3. In order to obtain a permit from the County, builders would need to follow a Pattern Book for constructing a duplex, triplex, or quadplex.
4. Create a new optional method of development that would allow townhouses and small apartment buildings (containing up to 19 units) to be built on properties that abut Connecticut Avenue.
5. Maximum density of 13 units per acre under the optional method of development.
While the Town does not have the zoning authority to regulate the types of residential buildings that can be built within the Town or the subdivision of lots, it does have the authority to regulate setbacks (front, rear, and side), building height, mass, lot coverage, impervious surface, parking, water drainage, and tree canopy.
Residents are encouraged to email their questions, concerns, and suggestions about Attainable Housing to townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] .

Leaf Collection Continues Through Mid-December

Leaf vacuuming will continue through mid-December. Please rake leaves to the edge of the curb -- not into the street -- for collection. Leaves must be free of debris such as sticks, bottles, and rocks. The leaf collection schedule is available here [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/11/Leaf-Collection-Schedule-Map?bidId=] .
During the leaf collection season, the Town’s contractor will use battery-powered blowers whenever feasible. However, if the weight or volume of leaves becomes too great, the contractor will need to use one or more gas-powered blowers in order to maintain the collection schedule.
If you or your landscape company will be using gas-powered leaf blowers this fall, please follow the Town’s quiet hours schedule and refrain from using them before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on weekdays and before 12 p.m. or after 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.


Winter Clothing Drive Continues Through February

Please help the men, women and children who depend on Interfaith Works Clothing Center to keep them warm. They provide free clothing to 13,000 income-qualified residents each year, including nearly 6,000 children. Please donate clean, gently used or never used warm coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, sweaters, pants, and socks to those in need. Also needed is waterproof warm winter wear for those who are outside in the cold rain or snow. Since the town hall is still open only part time, the clothing box will be located on the front porch of Marjorie Shaw and Barney Rush, at 6917 Maple Avenue (between Stanford and Pine Place). This project is sponsored by the Community Relations Committee.

Holiday Gift Drive for Domestic Violence Victims

This is the 9th annual Holiday Gift Card Drive! It’s when Town residents purchase gift cards to be given to needy Montgomery County families who are victims of domestic violence. The adult beneficiaries are clients of the Montgomery County Family Justice Center, and the children are clients of Chesapeake Counseling. It’s a wonderful way to brighten the holidays for these families. There are two donation options: gift cards in denominations from $10 to $50 for stores such as Target, Marshalls, Kohl's, Ross, and Giant or checks made out to MCFJC Foundation. You can mail your donation to the Town Office at 4301 Willow Lane. You can also drop it off at 7624 Lynn Drive in the basket in the carport or at 7203 Ridgewood Avenue in the mailbox. (To receive an acknowledgment for tax purposes, be sure to include your name and e-mail address.) Gift cards and checks will be collected through December 20 but will be accepted gratefully at any time of year. Our town has contributed generously to this cause in the past, and we look forward to another very successful campaign! This drive is sponsored by the Community Relations Committee.

TOCC Book Club Meeting
Monday, December 6, 7 p.m., Town Hall

The Town of Chevy Chase Book Club is meeting IN PERSON on Monday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall to discuss A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Wine and snacks will be on offer. Save the date for our next meeting on January 24 when we will discuss Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. COVID protocols observed.

Discussion and Desserts with Rachel VogelsteinThursday, December 9, 7 p.m., via Zoom

Since 2017, millions have joined the global #MeToo movement, catalyzing an unprecedented wave of women’s activism powered by technology that crosses borders, races, religions, and economic divides. Join us on Thursday, December 9 at 7 p.m. via Zoom as Rachel Vogelstein discusses her new book Awakening: #MeToo and the Global Right for Women’s Rights. Rachel, senior advisor to the White House Gender Policy Council, will discuss the trajectory of the movement internationally and where it stands today. Please RSVP to townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] or 301-654-7144.

Holiday Sing-Along Through Town
Sunday, December 19, 5-7 p.m.

The Community Relations Committee invites residents of all ages to walk through the Town whilst singing the songs of the season for residents who could use some holiday cheer. We'll gather at the Town Hall before beginning our "sing and walk" around the neighborhood. We'll stop at the front of designated homes and sing from a list of songs that will be sent in advance. The route will end at the Town Hall for a small fete of hot apple cider and cookies.
Please RSVP to townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] by December 15 if you are interested in either joining the singing troupe or would like to nominate a neighbor (or yourself) as a designated stop. Please include the resident's name and address, and we'll try to include as many as possible. The final route map will be distributed to all residents on December 17, and the rain date will be December 20.

Calling All Artists & Creatives -- Artistic Expression in the Face of the Pandemic

Whether 5 years old or 95 years old, the pandemic has affected us all in big and small ways. If you (or your child) created or wishes to create a painting, poem, sculpture, musical composition, or other artistic expression that reflects how you have shown resiliency or faced the pandemic, the Community Relations Committee would be interested in learning more about your creation. Depending on the interest, the Town may hold an exhibition. Please describe your creation or take a photo and send it to townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] . Responses appreciated by December 1.

What's Happening at CC@H in December

Travels with Jan: Patagonia and Rapa Nui -- Monday, December 6, 2021, 1 to 2 p.m.Join intrepid traveler and CC@H volunteer Jan Augustine as she relives some of her most memorable trips in a series of Zoom presentations. This month she will take us to South America, sharing photos from Patagonia and Rapa Nui (Easter Island). No fee. Registration is required [https://www.chevychaseathome.org/content.aspx?page_id=4002&club_id=559717&item_id=1551814] . A Zoom event
CC@H Guest Speaker: Ambassador Elizabeth Davenport McKune on "A Closer Look at the Arabian Gulf" -- Friday, December 10, 2021, 1:00 PM until 2:00 PMAmbassador Elizabeth Davenport McKune, former U.S. Ambassador to the State of Qatar (1998-2001) and an expert on the Persian Gulf, will speak about challenges in the Arabian Gulf. She was the first female ambassador from any country accredited to Qatar in this capacity. Qatar has played a unique role as a neighbor of Saudi Arabia in the Gulf region. It has coordinated with the U.S on a range of regional and global issues related to security and stability in the region, as well as serving as an intermediary between the U.S. and Afghanistan.
During her 33 years as a career Foreign Service officer, Ambassador McKune spent 17 years abroad with postings including Israel, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, the Sultanate of Oman, Iraq and Great Britain. Stateside she held a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State position as Deputy Executive Secretary. Other senior positions included Director of the Office of Northern Arabian Affairs, Director of the Office of Pacific Island Affairs, Director of the Media Outreach Center, and International Affairs Advisor to the Commandant of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF). Following the State Department, Liz became the Executive Director of the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center from 2007-2011. Part of Chevy Chase At Home's Guest Speaker Series. Registration is required [https://www.chevychaseathome.org/content.aspx?page_id=4002&club_id=559717&item_id=1564754] . A Zoom event.
Human Bondage and Georgetown's Early Wealth -- Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 2 to 3 p.m.Early Georgetown was not the polite society conjured by books like The Georgetown Ladies’ Social Club. Rather, it was built in part from trafficking in human beings – African slaves and British convicts and indentured servants – and from their labor. For instance, in 1805, Francis Lowndes, the son of a trafficker in humans, sold to Robert Peter the 8 ½ acre tract now known as Tudor Place for the seemingly princely sum of $6,000, but Peter had the money as evidenced by his selling inherited family slaves for $100,000 a few years later. Jim Johnston leads you on a tour of the real history of an early Georgetown that was diverse in the extreme with homes of fantastic wealth and hovels of abject poverty. Hosted by Montgomery History. Register in advance on this Zoom webinar page [https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_axgYpzzVToOvXj9TU0-pTg] .


Chevy Chase Fire Department -- Toys for Tots Collection

The Chevy Chase Fire Department is collecting Toys for Tots. The toys can be dropped off at 8001 Connecticut Avenue Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Please try to drop off toys by December 15. If you have questions or comments please contact Natalie Welle at nsw209@gmail.com [mailto:nsw209@gmail.com] .

New Gas-Powered Blower Regulations

The Town Council has approved new regulations of gas-powered blowers [http://www.townofchevychase.org/128/Noise-Control] . The regulations are in response to resident concerns about noise and other impacts of this type of landscaping equipment. Specifically, they 1) expand quiet hours during which the use of gas-powered blowers is prohibited (gas-powered leaf blowers may not be used before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on weekdays and before noon or after 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays) and 2) implement a ban on the use of gas-powered blowers from January 1 through October 14, effective in 2022. The regulations exempt gas-powered snow blowers and sprayers and do not include a total ban of gas-powered blowers. Montgomery County noise regulations also remain in effect in the Town.

Battery-Powered Blower Rebate Program

The Town offers a rebate program for battery-powered blowers and related equipment [http://www.townofchevychase.org/FormCenter/BatteryPowered-Blower-Equipment-28/BatteryPowered-Blower-Equipment-Rebate-P-116] that is intended to reduce the noise from landscaping activities. Residents may request a rebate for half the cost of the purchase of a battery-powered blower, batteries, and chargers, up to a maximum rebate of $200 per household. The equipment may be purchased by a resident or by a contractor for use in landscaping activities on the resident’s property. The Council approved $30,000 to fund the program in this fiscal year. More information about the program and an application form can be found here [https://www.townofchevychase.org/FormCenter/BatteryPowered-Blower-Equipment-28/BatteryPowered-Blower-Equipment-Rebate-P-116] .

Climate & Environment Tip of the Month"The Issue with Tissue"

Americans’ love of luxury paper products is harming the environment. In the 90 seconds, it will take you to read this message, two football field-sized areas of the Canadian boreal forest will have disappeared. What are boreal forests and why should we care? Boreal forests are full of deciduous trees and conifers and cover vast expanses in Canada, Alaska, and Russia. They’re an important carbon sink which absorbs carbon dioxide -- a main contributor to global warming and climate change and they're home to abundant wildlife.
But these crucial forests are threatened, due in large part to the demand for virgin pulp to make ultra-soft TOILET PAPER, FACIAL TISSUE, PAPER NAPKINS, AND PAPER TOWELS.
Fortunately, there are eco-friendly alternatives:
-- Look for recycled and chlorine-free paper products or products made from Forest Stewardship Council-certified bamboo. These are available in local stores and online. Recycled paper products (don’t worry -- not made from used toilet paper or Kleenex!) are almost as soft and strong as the “luxury brands” -- and without the negative effect on the environment.
-- Use cloth rags, sponges, and dishcloths instead of paper towels whenever possible. Skoy cloths are an example of an effective, washable, and compostable cleaning cloth.
For specific guidance on the best and worst paper products to buy -- from an environmental standpoint -- here’s some helpful information from the Natural Resources Defense Council [https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/issue-with-tissue-2021-scorecard.pdf] . Thanks for making climate-friendly choices!

Town Office Hours

Through the end of the year, staff will be available in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Town office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There may be a staff member to assist you on other days, but please contact the Town office in advance to schedule a visit. Residents can contact the Town office at 301-654-7144 or at townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] .

Stay Informed

Residents are encouraged to connect with the Town through the Town Crier email alert system [https://www.townofchevychase.org/list.aspx] and with fellow residents through the private Town Neighbors listserv. For information on how to join the Town Neighbors listserv, please email townneighbors+owner@groups.io [mailto:townneighbors+owner@groups.io] . Both resources offer an important way to stay informed and in touch.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

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