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COVID-19 Information Resources
Find COVID-19 information from the Maryland Department of Health and read the proclamations and orders issued by Governor Larry Hogan related to COVID-19 here.
Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Information Portal provides the latest news and updates on the number of COVID cases reported in Maryland communities, COVID-19 testing, vaccine distribution, and executive orders and guidance to address the pandemic.
4-H Listening SessionTuesday, April 6 at 7 p.m. via Zoom
On April 6 at 7 p.m. via Zoom, the Town Council will hold a listening session to hear from Town residents about the prospective sale of the 4-H Center property. We encourage you to share your views on what the Town’s position should be regarding the sale and future use of the property. If you are unable to attend the listening session, please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To join the listening session via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 301 654 7144Passcode: 6547144
By Phone:(301) 715-8592 Meeting ID: 301 654 7144Passcode: 6547144
Missing Middle Housing Town ForumThursday, April 8 at 7 p.m. via Zoom
On April 8 at 7 p.m. via Zoom, the Town Council will hold an educational forum on Missing Middle Housing and listen to residents' opinions. In preparation for the forum, each resident is encouraged to listen to a County Planning Board Educational Session on Missing Middle Housing held on March 16. The Town Council wishes to develop a position on Missing Middle Housing given the level of interest in the subject at the County level.
If you are unable to attend the forum, please send your comments to email@example.com.
To join the forum via Zoom:
Join Online:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3016547144?pwd=NnJvS1BpM3ZkSFA4bXBwbWZhWVM2UT09Meeting ID: 301 654 7144Passcode: 6547144
2021 Town Council Election
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Town will continue a universal vote-by mail system for the 2021 Town election. More information on the 2021 Town Council election is available here.
New Gas-Powered Blower Regulations
The Town Council has approved new regulations of gas-powered blowers. The new 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 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 Council has approved 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, and these funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis until May 31, 2021. More information about the program and an application form can be found here.
Yard Birds of Chevy Chase Recording is Available
If you were unable to attend the Yard Birds of Chevy Chase event, a recording is available here.
Sustainable Landscapes 101: Local Solutions for a Global CrisisThursday, April 15, 7-8 p.m. via Zoom Learn the beginning steps of how your yard can change the world. Edamarie Mattei, owner and founder of Backyard Bounty, will inform us about 10 things we can do to help restore diversity in our gardens. Her special focus will be on great native plants that will restore habitat and improve the health of our waterways. This talk is part of the Community Relations Committee's “Discussions & Desserts” series, so grab your dessert and join your neighbors virtually. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bulk Trash Collection Scheduled for Monday, April 19 Given the ongoing pandemic, and in the interest of not hosting an event that would conflict with County or State reopening guidelines, the Town will offer curbside bulk trash collection on April 19 and will continue to direct residents to local companies and organizations for recycling/repurposing opportunities. More information is available here.
Sake and SushiFriday, April 23, 7 - 8 p.m. via Zoom The National Cherry Blossom Festival will have ended and the blossoms will have fallen, but the Town’s participation in the festival will continue with an exploration of sake, Japan’s traditional rice wine. Join Amanda Page, Certified Sake Professional, for this unique presentation. Amanda will discuss sake production, rice milling and terminology. She will feature two sakes, both of which will be available at Magruder’s with a 10% discount for Town residents with a promo code. The wines with their retail prices are Junsui Junmai Ginjo ($11.99) and Hakusho Junmai Extra Dry ($8.99). We suggest pairing your sake with sushi to round out your Japanese experience! There are several sushi restaurants in the area, such as Maki Bar (makibarbethesda.com), Hanaro (hanarosushi.com), Maki Maki (makimakisushirestaurant.com), Yuzu (yuzubethesda.com) and Hinata Sushi Carryout (www.zmenu.com/hinata-sushi-carry-out-bethesda-online-menu/).
RSVP for Zoom link and promo code to email@example.com or 301-654-7144.
A Virtual Celebration of B-CC: Students, Staff, & CommunityFriday, April 23, 7 p.m. Weather and Covid-19 conditions permitting, the B-CC High School Educational Foundation will host “patio parties” around the B-CC cluster in small, socially-distanced groups. Tickets are $25 per person. The evening’s Zoom program will feature music by B-CC ensembles, reflections from students and teachers, and more. Join a small group, or join us from home, but please join us on April 23! Click here for more information and to RSVP.
This year has presented countless challenges. Let’s celebrate the many ways our B-CC community has come together to meet them, and help the B-CC HS Educational Foundation fund high-need, high-impact programs to close the opportunity gap and drive student success across our entire school.
Virtual Party Games with Labyrinth Games & PuzzlesSunday, April 25, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. via Zoom Did you know that you can play the spy games Codenames and Spyfall virtually? Labyrinth Games & Puzzles is a family-friendly store in D.C. that features a wide selection of board games and puzzles. They now run virtual game rooms over Zoom, and we have arranged for two game rooms for the age range of 8-13 years old. Each session will last one hour, and more information about the games is available on the Town website. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the Zoom link. Please include your child’s preferred game and age.
Book Club MeetingSunday, April 25, 7 p.m. via Zoom The Community Relations Committee’s first Town book club meeting was a success, with a lively zoom discussion of Calypso by David Sedaris. Many thanks to author and Town resident, Nancy Lemann, who moderated and expertly led us through an exploration of Sedaris’s dark humor and themes of family and mortality.
The next book club meeting will be held on Sunday, April 25 at 7 p.m. and we will be discussing Infinite Country by Patricia Engel. The novel follows a Colombian and American family as they struggle to survive and reunite after a father’s deportation from the United States. The meeting is open to all Town residents. RSVP to email@example.com.
Green Town Series: May Day/Arbor Day Celebration - Valuing Our OaksSaturday, May 1, 11 a.m., Zimmerman Park The Climate & Environment Committee (CEC) will be hosting a short, socially-distanced Green Town Series event (pandemic conditions permitting - 50 attendees or less) to celebrate Arbor Day with an Oak tree planting at 11 a.m. on May Day (Saturday, May 1). The event will be held at Lee Dennison Garden/Zimmerman Park and will include some brief announcements and a celebration of the importance of oak trees.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can track the number of attendees.
The Cicadas are Coming, The Cicadas are Coming The periodical cicada in this area, Brood X, will emerge this year and is one of many broods that reappear every 17 years. Town Arborist Dr. Tolbert Feather has complied information for residents on the return of these cicadas and how you can protect small trees on your property. The document is available here.
Please Clean Up After Your Pet The Town office has received complaints about the improper disposal of dog waste. The Town has installed numerous dog waste stations in Town. A map can be found here. We appreciate your cooperation in addressing this issue.
Please Obey County Leash Laws
The Town office has received calls from residents complaining that dog owners do not observe the County's leash law. Please remember that your dog should always be on a leash being held by a person when not in a fenced portion of your yard. Even generally well-behaved dogs off leash can be threatening to pedestrians and other dogs on leash. Please observe this law so that everyone can enjoy walks through the Town with or without their dogs.
Town Office Schedule and Updates Related to COVID-19
Town staff continues on a telework schedule. Residents who need to drop off materials to the Town office may use the mailbox located outside the front door to the Town Hall. We will try to process all permits and other applications in a timely manner. Phone calls and email are being monitored and answered as usual. In addition, the Jane Lawton Recreation Center remains closed until further notice. For current Montgomery County closures, please check here.
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 email@example.com. Both resources offer an important way to stay informed and in touch.
The Town website provides links to official resources for more information on coronavirus preparedness and response.
Important Phone Numbers
Click here for a list of important phone numbers. In case of emergencies, always call 911.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Click here to view the Town calendar.