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Happy New Year

Holiday Office Closure and Refuse/Recycling Schedule

The Administrative office and Public Works Department will be closed on Wednesday, January 1 for New Year’s Day.

The Communications Center and Police Department remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Residents are reminded, however, that limited staff will be available during the week between Christmas and New Year’s.  Please call ahead to ensure the staffer you seek is available.

The weekly Refuse and Recycling schedule shifts per the chart below:

Refuse & Recycling Schedule for  December 30- January 4, 2020

Recycling schedule

Special Pick-ups scheduled for Wednesday, January 1 will slide one day and be collected on the Thursday immediately following the holiday.

Final Week of the Food Drive

For the seventh year in a row, Chevy Chase Village is partnering with the Manna Food Center, the largest food bank in Montgomery County. This is the last week to bring a non-perishable item to donate for this year's drive. Accepted donations include: peanut butter, tuna fish, beans, oatmeal, mac and cheese, pasta, baby food, and shelf-stable milk. Please ensure your donated food has not expired.

A Wider Circle Donation Drive

Brought to you by the Community Relations Committee

This will be the last week of our collection benefiting A Wider Circle, an organization which works to address poverty and homelessness in Montgomery County. Residents are encouraged to bring personal care items such as those listed below to the Village Hall during these final weeks of the year to help those in need right here in our county:

accepted donations

There are so many other ways to support A Wider Circle throughout the year. 
For more information visit:

Employees Holiday Fund

Christmas tree

Christmas Tree Disposal

Please remove all ornaments and lighting

As part of the regular yard debris pick-up Public Works staff will collect trees, natural wreath and garlands left at the curbside. Please remove all ornaments and lighting. The trees are recycled into mulch and any wires left on the trees will damage the chipping equipment. Wire-framed wreaths and wire-strung garland should be disposed of in the regular trash.

Village Board Adopts Ordinance to Ban Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers Effective January 1, 2022

Residents Encouraged to Work with Landscapers to Reduce Impacts of Blowers

At its meeting on December 9, the Village’s Board of Managers held a Public Hearing to consider comments regarding Resolution No. 12-01-19, an ordinance to ban the use of gas-powered leaf blowers effective January 1, 2022. Following the hearing and Board discussion, the Board voted unanimously to adopt the ordinance as drafted.  The ban would go into effect at the same time as a ban adopted by the District of Columbia.  The Village’s Ordinance may be viewed online by clicking here.
The Board approved the ban citing the adverse environmental, human health (principally for the equipment operator) and quality of life impacts resulting from  the use of gas-powered leaf blowers. These impacts were highlighted in a report from the Village Environment & Energy Committee, dated August 15, 2019, which can be viewed by clicking here:
With this ordinance now approved, the Village will begin putting materials together to communicate the effective date of this ban to yard maintenance contractors who work in the Village. If you would like your landscaper/yard maintenance contractor to be included in the distribution of these materials, please email your contractor’s information to
Residents and landscapers are reminded that blowers remain subject to Montgomery County’s Noise Ordinance, which applies within the Village.  The county’s Noise Ordinance states that “a person must not sell, buy, offer for sale, or use a leaf blower at any time that has an average sound level exceeding 70 dBA at a distance of 50 feet.” Additionally, the simultaneous use of multiple leaf blowers that are compliant with the 70 bDA limit can create noise of a sufficient level to qualify as a violation and/or noise disturbance.
If a blower seems loud, it may be in violation. Contact the Village Communications Center to have a Village officer respond to confirm the unit(s) product information and to measure the decibel level using the Village’s calibrated meter.  First time violators will receive a warning.  Residents are encouraged to discuss this restriction with your yard maintenance crews.
To view the Montgomery County Noise Ordinance and the provisions pertaining to leaf blowers (Section 31B-9), visit:

Montgomery County Public Schools Release Timely Reminders for Pedestrian, Bicyclist and Driver Safety

Montgomery County Public Schools released the below timely reminders for pedestrian, bicyclist and driver safety.  These are timely reminders given the recent pedestrian crashes, several of which have involved children.  Please take time to review and share these reminders with your loved ones:

Shorter daylight hours in fall and winter typically lead to a spike in crashes involving pedestrians, and safety officials are asking commuters to exercise caution, watch out for each other, and obey traffic laws. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2015, 74 percent of pedestrian fatalities nationwide occurred during the dark, dusk-til-dawn hours, with one in four occurring between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Montgomery County Public Schools joins safety and transportation officials throughout the region to encourage everyone to exercise caution as they go to and from schools and everywhere else you walk, especially during the darker hours early in the morning and early evening. The purpose of this communication is to share the resources provided by the campaign and our Safe Routes to Schools.

For Walking

Cross the street at crosswalks and intersections.
Watch for turning vehicles. Look left, right and left again.
Use the pushbuttons.
Wait for the walk signal.
Be visible. Wear something light or reflective after dark.


For Biking

Obey signs and signals.
Always ride with traffic, not against it.
Use hand signals to tell drivers what you intend to do.
Use lights at night and when visibility is poor.
Wear a helmet.
Ride in a straight line at least three feet from parked cars.


For Driving

Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.
Be careful when passing buses or stopped vehicles.
Always stop for (or never pass) a school bus with red flashing lights and stop signs deployed.
Slow down and obey the speed limit.
When turning, yield to people walking and biking.
Look for bicyclists before opening your door.
Allow at least three feet when passing bikes.

District 18 Delegates Town Hall Meeting

Garrett Park Town Hall
January 6, 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
10814 Kenilworth Ave.
Garrett Park, Maryland 20896

Join your state elected legislators for a Town Hall about the issues that are important to you.This event is free and open to the public.

Glass Recycling Drop-Off at the Village Hall

In response to our contractor's announcement that they are no longer accepting glass in the recycling collection, the Village is providing a glass drop-off at the Village Hall.  Collected glass is taken by our Public Works personnel to the Montgomery County Transfer Station. The county is able to accept glass because it maintains a relationship with purchasers who use the glass in the production of roadway paving. 

Residents can drop off intact or broken glass in the bins(s), marked “Glass Bottles and Jars Only” located just off of the main driveway at the Village Hall off of Laurel Parkway. Only clean glass bottles and jars may be deposited at the drop-off.  This includes all food and beverage bottles and jars made of clear, blue, brown and green glass. The following items are not acceptable: jar lids, sheet glass, glass windows, mirrors, Pyrex, light bulbs, crystal, glass dishes, and ceramics.

Glass examples


Thank you to the many residents who have begun taking advantage of this opportunity to recycle glass. Residents are reminded to continue using your green recycling cart to dispose of all other accepted recyclable materials except glass.

Leaf Collection Reminders

Residents urged to provide reminders to landscape and yard maintenance contractors

The Public Works Department’s yearly leaf collection effort has begun and will continue as often as needed through December.
Each week, the leaf truck on the west side of the Village will begin on West Melrose Street and work south ending on Western Avenue; and the leaf truck on the east side will begin on East Irving Street working north and ending on Quincy Street.  Leaves on each block in the Village should be collected once per week, weather permitting.

Here are some reminders for residents and their contractors to assist Village crews to assure a safe and efficient leaf collection operation:
  • Residents on Bradley Lane are required to bag their leaves before placing them at the roadside. Bradley Lane leaf bags will be collected throughout the week, as part of your normal yard waste collections. Bagged leaves must be placed in paper bags. Public Works will not pick up leaves that have been bagged in plastic.
  • Sticks and other sharp tree and garden debris should be left loose and placed in separate piles from leaves. Sharp debris can tear the leaf collection hoses or dull the blades, resulting in downtime for the machine to address repairs to the vacuum machinery that can cause delays in the schedule.  Please avoid boxing in piles of leaves between cars both for easier accessibility for the collection crews and safety for your vehicles.
leaves YES

Please remember to keep your leaves OUT OF THE STREET! Rake leaves as close to the curb as possible without putting them in the roadway gutter.

leaves NO

Placing leaf piles in the street can cause many problems such as:

  • Disrupting traffic - many of our streets are narrow streets with on-street parking. Large piles of leaves extending out into the roadway limits parking and the ability of vehicles, especially school buses, to safely negotiate the streets.
  • Pedestrian safety - on streets without sidewalks, pedestrians and traffic are forced to share the same narrow strip of pavement. This is especially dangerous this time of year as sunlight diminishes before many return home from their commutes.
  • Disrupting surface drainage - rainstorms can cause leaves and debris to clog storm drains and ditches. This leads to localized flooding.
  • Hampering snow removal operations - snow covered leaf piles can become frozen to the roadway surface and can also become extremely heavy, taxing the abilities of our snow plows to move them and slowing down snow clearing operations. Snow plow drivers may also mistake snow-covered leaf pile for snow, spreading the leaves all over the street. Residents then have a difficult time raking these scattered leaves back up.
  • Posing a fire hazard to vehicles parked over them - there have been many examples of car fires that were caused by the extremely hot catalytic converters of the cars' exhaust system igniting the dry leaves.
  • Becoming very slippery in wet weather - causing hazards to vehicles attempting to stop, start or change direction.

Keeping leaf piles out of the streets prevents these problems. Rest assured that our crews can get to your leaves that are placed on the grass. Any discoloration of the grass is temporary as it is dormant at this time of year.

New Session of Chevy Chase@Home
Tai Chi Classes

CCV@H classes
CCV@H waiver

Wood floor and colorful balls of yarn

   Yarn Group at The Village Hall

Do you like to knit or crochet? A group, created by residents Elisabeth Boas and Elizabeth Gussie Lewis, meets at the Village Hall on Monday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The group is open to Village residents and began this past June.

Please drop in at the Village Hall with your current project to enjoy two free hours of knitting or crochet on Monday afternoons. Questions? Please feel free to contact Ms. Gussie Lewis (6 Oxford Street). 

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Join the Crew; The Compost Crew

Food-waste recycling--otherwise known as “composting” is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and greenhouse emissions while returning nutrients to our soil and food system. 

The Village has partnered with The Compost Crew to provide low-cost household collection of food-waste. The Compost Crew provides each household with an airtight bin and compostable bags; all you have to do is separate your organic waste and leave the bin by your trash and recycling receptacles for collection on the designated day for weekly pick-up. The collected waste is processed at a composting facility in Maryland and, after six months of service, households can request that a portion of your contributed waste be returned in the form of rich, finished nutrient-rich soil. 

For more information regarding the household composting collection service, including current rates, please visit the “Food Waste Recycling Program” page on the Village website under Quick Links on the homepage. The more households that sign-up,the cheaper the service is for all, so sign up today!

Are You Prepared?

As we have experienced during various seasonal events, it is important to be prepared for local weather emergencies. In order the assist residents in their preparedness, the Village in partnership with the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS) offer a number of helpful tools, plans and free alerts to assist and keep you informed.


Village Website and Blast Email System – Have you signed up for the Village’s blast email system? This is the Village's primary method of communication with residents. The Village has 2 email lists you can sign-up for:

Urgent News Alert – include messages such as criminal activity, neighborhood disruptions such as water main breaks, power outages and road closures and major weather events.

General News Alerts – include messages about Board and committee meetings, community events, changes in public services such as refuse/recycling collection schedules and upcoming road closures.

To sign-up for the blast email system visit the Village website at and click on the tablet icon at the top of the Village’s homepage.

Alert Montgomery – Alert Montgomery is the official emergency communications service for Montgomery County, MD. During major crisis, emergency or severe weather events, Montgomery County will send event updates, warnings and instructions directly to you on any of your devices. To sign-up for Alert Montgomery please visit the OEMHS website and click on the “Alert Montgomery” link at the top of the page.


Family and Community Preparedness Information – Emergencies can take many forms and occur with or without warning. By taking a few simple steps now, you can ensure that you, your family and your community are better prepared to handle emergencies. To assist in your family planning, please visit the Village’s emergency preparedness page, for helpful tools and links. Another important tool the Village has created to assist you in your preparedness efforts is our House Check Program. Always request a House Check when you are leaving town and ensure that your emergency contacts are up to date with the Village office.


For additional information please visit the Village’s website at and click on the “Are you prepared? – Emergency Preparedness Tips” link listed in the Quick Links on the homepage.

Emergency Contact Sheet

Chevy Chase Village Police 
Non Emergency/24hrs - 301-654-7300

Montgomery County Police 
Non Emergency/24hrs - 301-279-8000

Bethesda - Chevy Chase Rescue Squad - 301-652-0077

Chevy Chase Fire Dept
(Opposite Columbia Country Club) - 240-773-4707

Bethesda Fire Dept
(Wisconsin Ave and Bradley Blvd) - 240-773-4706

National Capital Poison Center
(George Washington University Hospital) - 800-222-1222


Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)

Emergency-Live wires down, power failure - 877-737-2662

or visit the website at
to report their outage and receive restoration information.

Customer Service - 202-833-7500

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission


Emergency - 301-206-4002

Complaints, Leaks, Information - 301-206-4001

Washington Gas


Emergency - 703-750-1400

Information & Customer Service - 703-750-1000

Comcast - 800-934-6489

Verizon - 800-837-4966

**A cut out sheet is also located on page two of the January 2019 Crier.

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