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Weekly Town Updates -- November 22, 2019

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Utility Work Update

Due to the holiday next week, there will not be any utility work.  The week of December 2, Washington Gas will resume new gas main installation on Woodbine Street between Oak Lane and Meadow Lane. 


 
Leaf Collection

Leaf collection will continue through mid-December.  For more information, including a leaf collection schedule and map, please click here



Thanksgiving Holiday -- Town Office Closure

The Town Office will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 for Thanksgiving.  Household trash will not be collected on Thanksgiving Day, but will be collected on your next regularly scheduled trash day. 



A Reminder About Recycling During Thanksgiving

Sorting and disposing of household waste appropriately can be confusing.  In addition, China’s recent waste management changes have resulted in a <1% acceptance rate of and dramatic price drops for US recycling materials.  In response, the Town of Chevy Chase’s recycling contractor, Goode Companies, has changed its policies for acceptable recycled materials:

Only include authorized items in your recycling.  Flyer available here 
No plastic bags!  Instead take them to your local grocery store for recycling
Clean all items before recycling
Ensure that all paper and cardboard remain dry, otherwise it will be sent to the incinerator
Do not include glass in your curbside recycling, instead deposit in container located at the Lawton Center - accessible from 44th street near the corner of 44th and Elm St.
Sign up for free curbside composting where among other items you can compost food scraps, napkins and pizza boxes (placed under the compost bin)
When in doubt, throw it out! 

And remember, the best way to minimize waste is to reduce purchases, particularly of single-use plastics such as disposable cups and cutlery, and reuse and even refuse items whenever possible. 

Thank you for your attention to this important environmental matter!



Thanksgiving Dinner Basket Decorating, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Battery-Powered Leaf Blower Demonstration, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Saturday, November 23 at the Lawton Center

We have 100 box tops to decorate for the Town’s Thanksgiving dinner baskets.  Stop by the Lawton Center Art Room to lend your creative talents on November 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Artists of all ages are welcome.  We bring the art supplies, cider and cookies!  You bring the imagination!

Thank you to all who have donated to help MCPS families with groceries over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  

Also, on your way in or out of the Lawton Center on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., check out the battery-powered leaf blowers – a quieter, more environmentally friendly solution to gas-powered machines to use in your yard.  Enjoy coffee, cider and donuts with members of the Town’s Climate and Environment Committee who will be on hand to answer questions.  Win a free $200 battery-powered leaf blower donated by Strosnider Hardware! 



Winter Clothing Drive
November 1 to February 29

Feeling 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.



24th Annual Holiday Buffet for Seniors and Retirees
Wednesday, December 11, 12 p.m., Town Hall 

Join friends and neighbors at the 24th annual Holiday Buffet for Town Seniors and Retirees on Wednesday, December 11 at noon in the Town Hall.  While you feast on a delicious meal, you will have a chance to visit with old friends and meet some new ones.  Please RSVP to 301-654-7144 or townoffice@townofchevychase.org.  We look forward to seeing you!



Climate & Environment Committee 2020 Priorities Survey

The Climate & Environment Committee is conducting an online survey 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.



Lee Dennison Sustainable Garden -- Phase One Complete!

As many residents have noticed, the first phase of the Lee Dennison Sustainable Garden is complete, but there is still work to be done.  The Town has closed the garden for the winter to protect the plantings and make some repairs.  We ask that people and pets stay out of the garden until next spring, when finishing touches should be in place in preparation for a Grand Opening Celebration in April or May.



Water and Sewer Emergencies

Please report any water main breaks or other water or sewer emergencies to WSSC at 301-206-4002.  Also, we encourage residents to report emergencies to the Town office when it is open.  When the office is closed, or on evenings, weekends, and holidays, please contact an elected official.  Town staff and Councilmembers can escalate matters with WSSC officials if there is no, or a slow, response.  Additionally, WSSC has a Customer Notification System (CNS) that alerts customers about water main breaks and related repairs.  To sign up, visit https://www.wsscwater.com/connect-1.



Off-Leash Dogs and Dog Waste at Chevy Chase Elementary School


The 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. 



November Purple Line Construction Updates

Night 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:

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Utility Work Update
Due to the holiday next week, there will not be any utility work. The week of December 2, Washington Gas will resume new gas main installation on Woodbine Street between Oak Lane and Meadow Lane.

Leaf Collection
Leaf collection will continue through mid-December. For more information, including a leaf collection schedule and map, please visit the Town website .

Thanksgiving Holiday -- Town Office Closure
The Town Office will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 for Thanksgiving. Household trash will not be collected on Thanksgiving Day, but will be collected on your next regularly scheduled trash day.


A Reminder About Recycling During Thanksgiving
Sorting and disposing of household waste appropriately can be confusing. In addition, China’s recent waste management changes have resulted in a <1% acceptance rate of and dramatic price drops for US recycling materials. In response, the Town of Chevy Chase’s recycling contractor, Goode Companies, has changed its policies for acceptable recycled materials:
• Only include authorized items in your recycling. Flyer available on the Town website.
• No plastic bags! Instead take them to your local grocery store for recycling
• Clean all items before recycling
• Ensure that all paper and cardboard remain dry, otherwise it will be sent to the incinerator
• Do not include glass in your curbside recycling, instead deposit in container located at the Lawton Center - accessible from 44th street near the corner of 44th and Elm St.
• Sign up for free curbside composting where among other items you can compost food scraps, napkins and pizza boxes (placed under the compost bin)
• When in doubt, throw it out!
And remember, the best way to minimize waste is to reduce purchases, particularly of single-use plastics such as disposable cups and cutlery, and reuse and even refuse items whenever possible.
Thank you for your attention to this important environmental matter!


Thanksgiving Dinner Basket Decorating, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Battery-Powered Leaf Blower Demonstration, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 23 at the Lawton Center
We have 100 box tops to decorate for the Town’s Thanksgiving dinner baskets. Stop by the Lawton Center Art Room to lend your creative talents on November 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Artists of all ages are welcome. We bring the art supplies, cider and cookies! You bring the imagination!
Thank you to all who have donated to help MCPS families with groceries over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Also, on your way in or out of the Lawton Center on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., check out the battery-powered leaf blowers – a quieter, more environmentally friendly solution to gas-powered machines to use in your yard. Enjoy coffee, cider and donuts with members of the Town’s Climate and Environment Committee who will be on hand to answer questions. Win a free $200 battery-powered leaf blower donated by Strosnider Hardware!

Winter Clothing Drive
November 1 to February 29
Feeling 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.

24th Annual Holiday Buffet for Seniors and Retirees
Wednesday, December 11, 12 p.m., Town Hall
Join friends and neighbors at the 24th annual Holiday Buffet for Town Seniors and Retirees on Wednesday, December 11 at noon in the Town Hall. While you feast on a delicious meal, you will have a chance to visit with old friends and meet some new ones. Please RSVP to 301-654-7144 or townoffice@townofchevychase.org. We look forward to seeing you!

Climate & Environment Committee 2020 Priorities Survey
The Climate & Environment Committee is conducting an online survey 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.

Lee Dennison Sustainable Garden -- Phase One Complete!
As many residents have noticed, the first phase of the Lee Dennison Sustainable Garden is complete, but there is still work to be done. The Town has closed the garden for the winter to protect the plantings and make some repairs. We ask that people and pets stay out of the garden until next spring, when finishing touches should be in place in preparation for a Grand Opening Celebration in April or May.

Water and Sewer Emergencies
Please report any water main breaks or other water or sewer emergencies to WSSC at 301-206-4002. Also, we encourage residents to report emergencies to the Town office when it is open. When the office is closed, or on evenings, weekends, and holidays, please contact an elected official. Town staff and Councilmembers can escalate matters with WSSC officials if there is no, or a slow, response. Additionally, WSSC has a Customer Notification System (CNS) that alerts customers about water main breaks and related repairs. To sign up, visit https://www.wsscwater.com/connect-1 .

Off-Leash Dogs and Dog Waste at Chevy Chase Elementary School
The 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.

November Purple Line Construction Updates
Night 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 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.