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Leaf CollectionLeaf collection will continue through mid-December. For more information, including a leaf collection schedule and map, please visit the Town's website .
11th Annual Town Thanksgiving Food Baskets38 more Thanksgiving Baskets of food to go! Please consider donating to the Town’s 11th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets. Drop off a check payable to the YMCA-YFS or Giant/Safeway food gift cards to the Town Office, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or to Georgia Guhin (4006 Rosemary Street). $25 purchases a turkey; $50 purchases groceries; $75 purchases an entire dinner basket.School breaks put an extra strain on many family budgets. The Town’s Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets are part of a larger county effort to help MCPS families with groceries over this extended holiday weekend. Your generosity will help us purchase about 3,000 pounds of food for 100 bountiful Thanksgiving baskets.The Town invites residents of all ages to the Lawton Center Art Room to decorate the boxes on November 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. We bring the supplies! You bring the imagination!
Winter Clothing DriveNovember 1 to February 29Feeling the cold? So are the men, women, and children who depend on Interfaith Works Clothing Center (IWCC) to keep them warm. IWCC provides 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. Clothing boxes for your donations are located in the Town Hall (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and in the Lawton Community Center (Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.). This drive is coordinated by your Community Relations Committee.
Demonstration of Battery-Powered Leaf BlowersSaturday, November 23, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Lawton CenterSome Town residents have expressed interest in a quieter and more environmentally friendly alternative to the gas-powered leaf blowers ubiquitous at this time of year. Options for quieter, cleaner battery-powered blowers are rapidly expanding. Please join us at the Lawton Center for a demonstration of battery-powered leaf blowers. Coffee, apple cider, and donuts will be served. The event is being organized by the Town’s Landscape Noise Reduction Task Force. Many landscape maintenance service providers use gas-powered leaf blowers that generate unnecessary pollution in our neighborhoods, schools, and public spaces, and noise that far exceeds health and safety standards. These practices come with high costs for our health, environment, and our enjoyment of our homes and communities. Nearly 100 communities in the US have banned gas-powered leaf blowers, including DC (as of January 2022). Battery-powered leaf blowers are as effective as gas-powered blowers and easy to use. The event is being held at the same time as the Town Thanksgiving Dinner Basket Drive – stop by on your way in!
Climate & Environment Committee 2020 Priorities SurveyThe Climate & Environment Committee is conducting an online survey (available on the Town's website) so residents can provide input on its list of nineteen proposed initiatives for 2020. Initiatives include events, campaigns, research, and projects. The survey is open until December 13 and results will be provided during a committee meeting on Tuesday, January 7 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.
Off-Leash Dogs and Dog Waste at Chevy Chase Elementary SchoolThe Town office has received numerous complaints about dog waste being left on the grounds of Chevy Chase Elementary School (CCES) and on other public areas in Town. The Town has installed numerous dog waste stations in Town, including three around the elementary school. Leaving dog waste on school grounds is unlawful and poses a health hazard to children and others who use the school’s outdoor recreational facilities. We appreciate your cooperation in addressing this issue.The Town has also had calls from residents complaining that dog owners do not observe the County's leash law, including at CCES. Please remember that your dog should always be on a leash 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 and their time at CCES.
No Smoking on School Grounds As a reminder, smoking on school grounds or within twenty-five feet of school grounds is prohibited by law. Please help preserve the Chevy Chase Elementary School grounds by following the law.
Stormwater Management Property Tax Credit AvailableThe Water Quality Protection Charge (WQPC) is part of every Montgomery County property tax bill. Credits of up to 80% off your WQPC are available to property owners who maintain stormwater management practices on their property. Stormwater management practices are landscaping techniques or structures that help reduce stormwater runoff, including rain gardens, permeable pavement, stormwater ponds, conservation landscaping, green roofs, and grass swales. These practices help prevent stream damage, flooding and erosion, and some even beautify your property! Please visit https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/water/wqpc/residential.html to see if your residence has stormwater management facilities and/or to apply for a residential stormwater credit.
November Purple Line Construction UpdatesNight Work/Lane Closure on Connecticut Avenue: Crews will be relocating utilities on Connecticut Avenue between Jones Bridge Road and East-West Highway. Work will occur in two shifts, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and weekends. Temporary lane closures with flagging operations will occur. Night Work/Lane Closure on Wisconsin Avenue: Crews will be pouring concrete for the walls of the Bethesda Shaft. Southbound lanes along Wisconsin Avenue between Montgomery Lane and Bethesda Avenue will experience temporary closures. Work will take place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays and weekends. Pile Driving along the Georgetown Branch Trail: Crews will be pile driving along the Georgetown Branch Trail east of Connecticut Avenue between Newdale Road and Chevy Chase Lake Drive. Pile driving will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.Pile Driving at Rock Creek Bridge: Crews will be pile driving at the Georgetown Branch Trail between Jones Mill Road and the Lyttonsville Place Bridge. Pile driving will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.Traffic Shift on Jones Mill Road: Traffic has shifted onto the southbound side of Jones Mill Road for phase one of this traffic change. Crews will be excavating and installing the arch for the future underpass. Work will take places from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.Weekend Work at Bethesda Work Zone (Elm Street): Crews will be working at the Bethesda Work Zone on Elm Street. Work will take place in two shifts from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and weekends.Weekend Work at Columbia Country Club: Crews will continue work at the Columbia Country Club 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends. Weekend Work and Lane Closures on East-West Highway: Temporary lane closures will occur on East-West Highway between Connecticut Avenue and Montgomery Avenue between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays and weekends. Weekend Work on the Georgetown Branch Trail: Crews will be working along the Georgetown Branch Trail from the Wisconsin Avenue to Connecticut Avenue. Work will take place on weekdays and weekends from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.Weekend Work and Several Lane Closures on Jones Mill Road and Jones Bridge Road: Temporary lane closures will occur on Jones Bridge Road between Altimont Lane and Jones Mill Road, as well as on Jones Mill Road between Flushing Meadow Terrace and Coquelin Terrace between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends. Weekend Work on the Rock Creek Trail: Crews will be working near Rock Creek Park bridge from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends. Temporary trail closures will occur.
Upcoming Meetings & Events:Please visit the Town's website to view the Town calendar.