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Weekly Town Updates -- February 22, 2019

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Winter Weather Information

Information on the Town's street and sidewalk snow removal operations can be found here: Preparations for Winter Weather.  Residents are reminded to follow the posted parking restrictions.



Help Us Build A Centennial Time Capsule!

In honor of the Town's Centennial, we are creating a Time Capsule and need your help. The Town Centennial Committee will have a box at the Town Hall to collect potential Time Capsule items and ideas. Drop off photos, stories, newspaper articles, etc., that reflect the spirit of the present day. Make sure to include your name, phone number, or email address. Questions? Call 301-654-7144 or email us at townoffice@townofchevychase.org.



Winter Outerwear Clothing & Blanket Drive - Continues Until February 28

The Town's Community Relations Committee, working with the Lawton Community Center, is collecting clean, gently-used or never used warm coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, sweaters, pants, and socks to donate to a local charity serving those in need.  Clothing boxes for your donations are in the Town Hall and the Lawton Community Center.

The Lawton Center is also collecting new or gently used clean blankets to help pets in need at Montgomery County rescue shelters.  This Paws for a Cause collection also ends February 28.



Dessert and Discussion:
Immersion in Nature: Japanese "Forest Bathing" Close to Home
Wednesday, February 27, 7 pm., Town Hall

The benefits of spending time in nature are being proven by more and more recent scientific studies.  These benefits include physical and mental health.  Here’s an opportunity to make these benefits personal. On February 27, town resident Melanie Choukas-Bradley will discuss her latest book, The Joy of Forest Bathing. It’s a guide for reconnecting with wild places and being present in nature. Come and enjoy dessert, discussion, and a chance to win a copy of Melanie’s book!  Melanie will be selling and signing her books after the talk as well. RSVP to 301-654-7144 or townoffice@townofchevychase.org.

Melanie also leads forest bathing walks for many organizations and these are always sold out.  She has agreed to lead one for the Town on Wednesday, March 20, at 10 AM.  After the Feb 27 talk, you can sign up for one of the limited spots on Melanie's special forest bathing walk for Town residents.



Magic Show with Michael Chamberlin
Friday, March 1, 6 pm., Town Hall

Join us for a special family event featuring magician Michael Chamberlin.  Using music & comedy, this master magician performs dazzling magic with hilarious audience participation routines. The show is fast-paced, original and spellbinding sorcery for the entire family.  Please come at 6:00 to enjoy pizza and snacks before the show starts at 6:30. Children must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP to 301-654-7144 or townoffice@townofchevychase.org. 



Town Bake Off -- Breads!
Sunday, March 10, 3-4:30 pm,. Town Hall 

 Attention bakers and eaters!  Join us at the 7th Annual Town of Chevy Chase Bake-Off. This bake-off is all about BREAD -- either dessert loaves or any other type of bread.  One judge is Christ Sokambi, baker of La Bohemia Bakery, who sells his delicious wares at the Farm Women’s Market.  The second judge is to be determined.  Bakers should bring 1 large loaf or 2 small loaves of the same recipe. There will be prizes for the best breads.  Eaters will sample the delicious entri
es and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Whether you are a baker or an eater, you need to RSVP to the Town Office at 301-654-7144 or townoffice@townofchevychase.org.



Purple Line Construction Updates

Weekend Work at Bethesda Work Zone (Elm Street): The project will be working on Saturdays in February at the Bethesda Work Zone on Elm St., continuing excavation efforts between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Blasting at Bethesda/Elm Street Work Zone: Due to varying rock conditions, blasting will occur in the Bethesda Shaft location during the month of February between the hours of 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday - Friday. Blasting is not planned on weekends or holidays.  Prior to each blast, a siren will be used as a safety precaution for workers within the work zone.

Possible Lane Closures on Connecticut Avenue: Starting Saturday, February 16, 2019, crews will be relocating utilities on Connecticut Avenue between Jones Bridge Road and East-West Highway for installation of overhead PEPCO poles for the remainder of Saturdays in February between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Temporary lane closures with flagging operations will occur. 

Possible Lane Closures on Jones Mill Road: Temporary lane closures will occur over the next two weeks on an as needed basis from Jones Mill Road to Jones Bridge Road for excavation between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

Possible Lane Closures on East-West Highway: Temporary lane closures will occur over the next two weeks on an as needed basis on East-West Highway, stretching from the Sleaford Road work zone to Montgomery Avenue between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Lane closures are needed for staging equipment during drilling operations for utility relocations. 

Weekend Work at Columbia Country Club (NEW):  Starting on Saturday, February 23 through the following weekend, Sunday March 3, Purple Line crews will be completing storm drainage work at the Columbia Country Club.



Sidewalk and Lane Closure -- 7750 Wisconsin Avenue

Starting February 1, 2019, Hensel Phelps will close the sidewalk and curb lane in front of the 7750 Wisconsin Avenue Project.  This closure will facilitate excavation and earthwork activities for the construction of the referenced project.  Pedestrian access will be maintained during all non-work hours and weekends.

Starting in February 2019, there will be an increased usage of the curb lane due to the hauling operations. Pedestrians will be detoured to the east sidewalk of Wisconsin Avenue during work hours. Please pay close attention to signage as conditions may change from time to time.

The closures are anticipated to remain for an extended period of time through project completion.




Upcoming Meetings Events:
Click here to view the Town calendar.

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Winter Weather Information
Information on the Town's street and sidewalk snow removal operations can be found on the Town Website. Residents are reminded to follow the posted parking restrictions.

Help Us Build A Centennial Time Capsule!
In honor of the Town's Centennial, we are creating a Time Capsule and need your help. The Town Centennial Committee will have a box at the Town Hall to collect potential Time Capsule items and ideas. Drop off photos, stories, newspaper articles, etc., that reflect the spirit of the present day. Make sure to include your name, phone number, or email address. Questions? Call 301-654-7144 or email us at townoffice@townofchevychase.org.

Winter Outerwear Clothing & Blanket Drive - Continues Until February 28
The Town's Community Relations Committee, working with the Lawton Community Center, is collecting clean, gently-used or never used warm coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, sweaters, pants, and socks to donate to a local charity serving those in need. Clothing boxes for your donations are in the Town Hall and the Lawton Community Center.
The Lawton Center is also collecting new or gently used clean blankets to help pets in need at Montgomery County rescue shelters. This Paws for a Cause collection also ends February 28.

Dessert and Discussion:Immersion in Nature: Japanese "Forest Bathing" Close to Home -- Wednesday, February 27, 7 p.m., Town Hall
The benefits of spending time in nature are being proven by more and more recent scientific studies. These benefits include physical and mental health. Here’s an opportunity to make these benefits personal. On February 27, town resident Melanie Choukas-Bradley will discuss her latest book, The Joy of Forest Bathing. It’s a guide for reconnecting with wild places and being present in nature. Come and enjoy dessert, discussion, and a chance to win a copy of Melanie’s book! Melanie will be selling and signing her books after the talk as well. RSVP to 301-654-7144 or email us at townoffice@townofchevychase.org.
Melanie also leads forest bathing walks for many organizations and these are always sold out. She has agreed to lead one for the Town on Wednesday, March 20, at 10 AM. After the Feb 27 talk, you can sign up for one of the limited spots on Melanie's special forest bathing walk for Town residents.

Magic Show with Michael Chamberlin -- Friday, March 1, 6 pm., Town Hall
Join us for a special family event featuring magician Michael Chamberlin. Using music & comedy, this master magician performs dazzling magic with hilarious audience participation routines. The show is fast-paced, original and spellbinding sorcery for the entire family. Please come at 6:00 to enjoy pizza and snacks before the show starts at 6:30. Children must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP to 301-654-7144 or email us at townoffice@townofchevychase.org.

Town Bake Off -- Breads! -- Sunday, March 10, 3-4:30 pm,. Town Hall
Attention bakers and eaters! Join us at the 7th Annual Town of Chevy Chase Bake-Off. This bake-off is all about BREAD -- either dessert loaves or any other type of bread. One judge is Christ Sokambi, baker of La Bohemia Bakery, who sells his delicious wares at the Farm Women’s Market. The second judge is to be determined. Bakers should bring 1 large loaf or 2 small loaves of the same recipe. There will be prizes for the best breads. Eaters will sample the delicious entries and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Whether you are a baker or an eater, you need to RSVP to the Town Office at 301-654-7144 or email us at townoffice@townofchevychase.org

Purple Line Construction Updates
Weekend Work at Bethesda Work Zone (Elm Street): The project will be working on Saturdays in February at the Bethesda Work Zone on Elm St., continuing excavation efforts between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Blasting at Bethesda/Elm Street Work Zone: Due to varying rock conditions, blasting will occur in the Bethesda Shaft location during the month of February between the hours of 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday - Friday. Blasting is not planned on weekends or holidays. Prior to each blast, a siren will be used as a safety precaution for workers within the work zone.

Possible Lane Closures on Connecticut Avenue: Starting Saturday, February 16, 2019, crews will be relocating utilities on Connecticut Avenue between Jones Bridge Road and East-West Highway for installation of overhead PEPCO poles for the remainder of Saturdays in February between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Temporary lane closures with flagging operations will occur.

Possible Lane Closures on Jones Mill Road: Temporary lane closures will occur over the next two weeks on an as needed basis from Jones Mill Road to Jones Bridge Road for excavation between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Possible Lane Closures on East-West Highway: Temporary lane closures will occur over the next two weeks on an as needed basis on East-West Highway, stretching from the Sleaford Road work zone to Montgomery Avenue between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Lane closures are needed for staging equipment during drilling operations for utility relocations.

Weekend Work at Columbia Country Club (NEW): Starting on Saturday, February 23 through the following weekend, Sunday March 3, Purple Line crews will be completing storm drainage work at the Columbia Country Club.

Sidewalk and Lane Closure -- 7750 Wisconsin Avenue
Starting February 1, 2019, Hensel Phelps will close the sidewalk and curb lane in front of the 7750 Wisconsin Avenue Project. This closure will facilitate excavation and earthwork activities for the construction of the referenced project. Pedestrian access will be maintained during all non-work hours and weekends.

Starting in February 2019, there will be an increased usage of the curb lane due to the hauling operations. Pedestrians will be detoured to the east sidewalk of Wisconsin Avenue during work hours. Please pay close attention to signage as conditions may change from time to time.

The closures are anticipated to remain for an extended period of time through project completion.

Upcoming Meetings Events:
Visit the Town Website to view the Town calendar.

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Weekly Town Updates are now available. Contact the Town Office at 301-654-7144 or townoffice@townofchevychase.org for more information.