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Weekly Town Updates -- April 23, 2021

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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.



Road Work on East West Highway

Starting on Monday, April 26, a Washington Gas subcontractor will be making road repairs on East West Highway adjacent to the Town.  Access to and from the Town will be limited during the work. 



4-H Center Sale Information and Documents

The Town of Chevy Chase is closely following the impending sale of the 4-H Conference Center located at 7100 Connecticut Avenue.  This unique 12.28-acre parcel is located within the Town of Chevy Chase.  The Town has had a long standing and cordial relationship with the 4-H Center, as evidenced by the following documents: (i) a Memorandum of Understanding that governs various matters regarding the use of the site; and (ii) a Ground Lease and Development Agreement that gives the Town the right to maintain a garage on the site until 2028.  The Town’s Special Committee on the 4-H property sale and our external advisors are also reviewing other documents that pertain to the site and the rights of the Town.  The Town has certain regulatory authorities over all development within the municipal Town limits.

The Town would welcome the opportunity to meet with any parties who are interested in purchasing the site, to discuss intentions and proposed development.  The Town Council recently approved a policy statement that establishes opportunities to be sought and issues to be addressed to guide the Town’s engagement with prospective bidders and the seller.  Please contact the Town Manager, Todd Hoffman, at thoffman@townofchevychase.org.  Also, the Town continues to welcome feedback about interests or concerns Town residents may have regarding the future use of the site.  Please send your comments to the Town Office at townoffice@townofchevychase.org.



Town Council Seeks Feedback on "Missing Middle Housing"

On April 8, the Town Council held a forum on "Missing Middle Housing" and listened to residents' opinions.  You can listen to the meeting recording (Access Passcode: SQJP!E4Y) and review the PowerPoint presentation.  "Missing Middle Housing" describes a range of multi-family or clustered housing types that are compatible in scale with single-family or transitional neighborhoods.  It is intended to meet the demand for more housing and more housing types in walkable neighborhoods, respond to changing demographics and provide housing at different price points.  Rather than focusing on the number of units in a structure, "Missing Middle Housing" emphasizes scale and heights that are appropriate for single-family neighborhoods or transitional neighborhoods. 

Some additional resources about "Missing Middle Housing" provided by the County include:

The Town Council wants to better understand residents' viewpoints about the prospect of the County Council changing zoning that would allow, by right, the construction of duplexes and triplexes on single lots and possible construction of townhouses and small apartment buildings on combined lots throughout the Town.  To contribute your views to this effort, RSVP for a listening session with Councilmember Irene Lane at townoffice@townofchevychase.org or email your comments.  The last meeting is scheduled for:
  • Monday, April 26 at 7 p.m.

Residents are also encouraged to send comments to our County Councilmembers:




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.



Increased Permit Parking Enforcement Throughout the Town

Now that traffic is beginning to return to pre-pandemic levels, and in response to increased parking-related complaints, the Town has asked police to step up enforcement and issue citations to vehicles not displaying a valid parking permit.  All vehicles within a permit parking area must display a purple permit parking decal or guest pass with an expiration date of September 30, 2020.  Any resident who lives in a permit parking area and acquires a new vehicle should contact the Town office to request a permit parking sticker and guest pass.  For more information, please contact the Town Office at 301-654-7144.



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 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.  More information about the program and an application form can be found here.



Sake and Sushi
Friday, 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), and Hinata Sushi Carryout (www.zmenu.com/hinata-sushi-carry-out-bethesda-online-menu/).

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84510584186
Meeting ID: 845 1058 4186

Dial by your location
301-715-8592
Meeting ID: 845 1058 4186



A Virtual Celebration of B-CC: Students, Staff, & Community
Friday, 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.



Book Club Meeting
Sunday, 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.  Instructions on how to join follow below:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86451874423
Meeting ID: 864 5187 4423

Join by Phone
(301) 715-8592 US
Meeting ID: 864 5187 4423



Green Town Series: May Day/Arbor Day Celebration - Valuing Our Oaks
Saturday, 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 townoffice@townofchevychase.org, so we can track the number of attendees.



CEC Green Town Series Event - Walking Tour
Sunday, May 2, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
 
Did you know there is a still active spring across Jones Mill Road that George Washington drank from?  Did you know the first Hybrid F-1 Snapdragon was developed across from this spring and Native Americans also used the site?  Do you know who the Jones' were?  If you want to learn more about the distant and not too distant past near our neighborhood, join Town resident Frank Sanford for a one and half hour easy walking tour of these sites on May 2 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.  Sign up at townoffice@townofchevychase.org, and details you need will be shared.  Attendance limited to 10 people of any age.  Outdoor social distance guidelines will be followed.



Garden Tour in Chevy Chase Village
Sunday, May 2, 12 - 4 p.m.
 
Discover treasured gardens during the Chevy Chase Garden Tour, which will highlight six private gardens in Chevy Chase Village.  This rain or shine event will feature the work of renowned landscape architects and designers.  Visit www.gardenclubofchevychase.org



  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. 

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.  

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


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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.


Road Work on East West Highway

Starting on Monday, April 26, a Washington Gas subcontractor will be making road repairs on East West Highway adjacent to the Town. Access to and from the Town will be limited during the repairs.


4-H Center Sale Information and Documents

The Town of Chevy Chase is closely following the impending sale of the 4-H Conference Center located at 7100 Connecticut Avenue. This unique 12.28-acre parcel is located within the Town of Chevy Chase. The Town has had a long standing and cordial relationship with the 4-H Center, as evidenced by the following documents: (i) a Memorandum of Understanding that governs various matters regarding the use of the site; and (ii) a Ground Lease and Development Agreement that gives the Town the right to maintain a garage on the site until 2028. The Town’s Special Committee on the 4-H property sale and our external advisors are also reviewing other documents that pertain to the site and the rights of the Town. The Town has certain regulatory authorities over all development within the municipal Town limits.

The Town would welcome the opportunity to meet with any parties who are interested in purchasing the site, to discuss intentions and proposed development. The Town Council recently approved a policy statement that establishes opportunities to be sought and issues to be addressed to guide the Town’s engagement with prospective bidders and the seller. Please contact the Town Manager, Todd Hoffman, at thoffman@townofchevychase.org. Also, the Town continues to welcome feedback about interests or concerns Town residents may have regarding the future use of the site. Please send your comments to the Town Office at townoffice@townofchevychase.org.


Town Council Seeks Feedback on "Missing Middle Housing"


On April 8, the Town Council held a forum on "Missing Middle Housing" and listened to residents' opinions. You can listen to the meeting recording (Access Passcode: SQJP!E4Y) and review the PowerPoint presentation. "Missing Middle Housing" describes a range of multi-family or clustered housing types that are compatible in scale with single-family or transitional neighborhoods. It is intended to meet the demand for more housing and more housing types in walkable neighborhoods, respond to changing demographics and provide housing at different price points. Rather than focusing on the number of units in a structure, "Missing Middle Housing" emphasizes scale and heights that are appropriate for single-family neighborhoods or transitional neighborhoods.

Some additional resources about "Missing Middle Housing" provided by the County include:
County Planning Educational Session on Missing Middle Housing
County Planning Staff Studies on Missing Middle Housing
Upcoming County Planning Meetings on Attainable Housing Strategies
The Town Council wants to better understand residents' viewpoints about the prospect of the County Council changing zoning that would allow, by right, the construction of duplexes and triplexes on single lots and possible construction of townhouses and small apartment buildings on combined lots throughout the Town. To contribute your views to this effort, RSVP for a listening session with Councilmember Irene Lane at townoffice@townofchevychase.org or email your comments. The last meeting is scheduled for:
Monday, April 26 at 7 p.m.
Residents are also encouraged to send comments to our County Councilmembers:

Councilmember.Hucker@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Albornoz@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Friedson@ montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Glass@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Jawando@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Katz@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Navarro@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Rice@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Reimer@montgomerycountymd.gov


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.


Increased Permit Parking Enforcement Throughout the Town

Now that traffic is beginning to return to pre-pandemic levels, and in response to increased parking-related complaints, the Town has asked police to step up enforcement and issue citations to vehicles not displaying a valid parking permit. All vehicles within a permit parking area must display a purple permit parking decal or guest pass with an expiration date of September 30, 2020. Any resident who lives in a permit parking area and acquires a new vehicle should contact the Town office to request a permit parking sticker and guest pass. For more information, please contact the Town Office at 301-654-7144.

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 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. More information about the program and an application form can be found here.


Sake and Sushi
Friday, 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), and Hinata Sushi Carryout (www.zmenu.com/hinata-sushi-carry-out-bethesda-online-menu/).

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84510584186
Meeting ID: 845 1058 4186

Dial by your location
301-715-8592
Meeting ID: 845 1058 4186


A Virtual Celebration of B-CC: Students, Staff, & Community
Friday, 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.


Book Club Meeting
Sunday, 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. Instructions on how to join follow below:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86451874423
Meeting ID: 864 5187 4423

Join by Phone
(301) 715-8592 US
Meeting ID: 864 5187 4423


Green Town Series: May Day/Arbor Day Celebration - Valuing Our Oaks
Saturday, 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 townoffice@townofchevychase.org, so we can track the number of attendees.


CEC Green Town Series Event - Walking Tour
Sunday, May 2, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Did you know there is a still active spring across Jones Mill Road that George Washington drank from? Did you know the first Hybrid F-1 Snapdragon was developed across from this spring and Native Americans also used the site? Do you know who the Jones' were? If you want to learn more about the distant and not too distant past near our neighborhood, join Town resident Frank Sanford for a one and half hour easy walking tour of these sites on May 2 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sign up at townoffice@townofchevychase.org, and details you need will be shared. Attendance limited to 10 people of any age. Outdoor social distance guidelines will be followed.


Garden Tour in Chevy Chase Village
Sunday, May 2, 12 - 4 p.m.

Discover treasured gardens during the Chevy Chase Garden Tour, which will highlight six private gardens in Chevy Chase Village. This rain or shine event will feature the work of renowned landscape architects and designers. Visit www.gardenclubofchevychase.org.


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.

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.

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.

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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.