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Public Hearing Notice: Brookville Road Park

The Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers will convene a Public Hearing during its regular meeting on Monday, November 14, 2016. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.
The Village’s ad hoc Park Design Committee, led by landscape architect Lila Fendrick, presented draft plans for Brookville Road Park to the Village Board in October.  During this presentation, issues were raised by some neighbors regarding the appropriate uses for the park, including whether off-leash dog usage should be allowed.  Rather than proceeding with consideration of the proposed plans, the Village Board has scheduled a Public Hearing to consider the community’s feedback on the future role of the park.
If you are unable to attend the Public Hearing on November 14, you may submit written testimony for the record either by e-mail at or directly to the Village office at 5906 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.

Leaf Collection Schedule

Leaf Collection Schedule for the Week of October 31. 

The Public Works Department's yearly leaf collection operations are underway. Two (2) leaf vacuums are currently working throughout the Village and will continue to work as often as needed through December. Click on the image to the right to find the tentative leaf collection schedule for the week of October 31. Please note that the collection schedule is subject to change due to adverse weather conditions and equipment malfunctions.

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.

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.

Residents are asked to rake their leaves as close to the curb as possible without putting them in the roadway gutter. Should it rain, leaves piled in the gutter will dam the water causing it to pond. Please avoid boxing in piles of leaves between cars both for easier accessibility for the collection crews and safety for your vehicles.

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.

Leaves on each block in the Village should be collected once per week. Schedule updates will be circulated through the Village’s weekly blast emails (sign-up for these weekly emails on the Village website at

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is on Monday, and it’s a good time to remember that our children’s safety should come first.  A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. 

Before Trick or Treating,

Take the following steps:

  • Try to give children a good meal to discourage them from trying out Halloween treats while out and before treats can be checked.
  • Make sure costumes are flame retardant; also make sure children can see well through masks.
  • Agree with children on an appropriate time to complete trick or treating.
  • Keep pets confined in the home.
  • Drive carefully and slowly.
  • Adult partygoers should designate a driver. 
While Trick or Treating

Youngsters should always be reminded to:

  • Use a flashlight to see and be seen by others.
  • Stay in a group and let an adult know where they are going.
  • Go only to homes with porch lights on.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and use the sidewalk.
  • Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
  • Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
  • Always walk (don’t run) across a street and look out for cars and drivers.
  • Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street, driveway or alley.
  • No treats should be eaten until carefully checked by an adult at home.
  • Any suspicious or unlawful activity should be reported to the Communications Center immediately.

After Trick or Treating

Once home, a responsible adult should:

  • Examine all treats carefully and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
  • Determine if treats are safe for all age groups and if not, distribute accordingly. 

The Village Police Department will have additional officers on duty the evening of Halloween night, Monday, October 31.  Please report suspicious situations, and inappropriate conduct to the Village Communications Center at (301) 654-7300.
Fun Halloween Facts

  • Jack’o Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hallowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhaim holiday. 
  • Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America. 
  • Halloween candy sales average about $2 billion dollars annually in the United States.  It is the 2nd most successful holiday, with Christmas being the first. 
  • Halloween is on October 31st, the last day of the Celtic calendar.  It was originally a pagan holiday honoring the dead and was referred to as All Hallows Eve. 
  • The ancient Celts believed that the dead came back to Earth on All Hallows Eve and began wearing costumes and masks to disguise themselves. 
  • The official colors of Halloween, black and orange, came from orange being associated with the fall harvest and black being associated with death.

November 2016 Crier Now Available On-line

The November 2016 edition of the Crier is now available on-line. Please click below to access the full edition of the November 2016 Crier.

Bradley Lane Gas Main Replacement to begin November 7th

Beginning on or around Monday, November 7, 2016, Washington Gas contractor, Northern Pipeline Construction Company (NPL), will begin to replace and upgrade the gas main line and certain home service feeds along Bradley Lane (between Connecticut Avenue and Georgia Street). Work is anticipated to be completed by December 30, 2016, weather permitting.

During the installation process, there will be times where the roadway is blocked to traffic. NPL crews will make every effort to maintain an open lane for traffic to pass.

The existing gas main was installed in 1939 and is at the end of its service life. The resulting work is intended to cause a notable reduction in the number of gas main breaks experienced in the Village and increase service reliability.

The first step in the process will be to install a new gas main. This process will include the excavation of a trench within the roadway. Once the new gas main is installed and pressurized, a representative from the gas company’s contractor, NPL, will be in contact with each household to schedule a time to replace or connect the home service feed to the new main.

During the home service feed connection process, your gas service will need to be turned off for several hours while NPL replaces the gas line to your home. It will be necessary for you to be home to perform this work, particularly if your meter is set inside. If NPL requires access to your home, the on-site construction supervisor will make this determination and contact you in advance to coordinate the work. If your gas meter is outside, NPL will still need access to your home in order to turn your gas back on and relight your appliance(s) following the connection work. Washington Gas and NPL do not charge for this work. If you are not at home when NPL completes its work, a door-hanger will be left with information and a telephone number for you to call to have the gas turned on and your appliances relit.

During the entire gas main replacement process, NPL will work Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Crews will work on Saturdays for house service feed connections only. Due to the volume of traffic that typically use Bradley Land during the week, road and lane closures will be restricted to between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. In addition no parking signs will be posted along Bradley Lane due to the narrowness of the roadway and to accommodate local traffic, the parking restrictions will only apply during work hours.

Before a planned service interruption, advance notice will be provided by NPL to the affected houses detailing the anticipated duration. NPL inspectors are required to go door-to-door notifying residents two (2) days prior to a shutdown, leaving contact information at the front door. Any service interruptions and road/lane closures will be coordinated so not to disrupt resident festivities around the holiday season.

Washington Gas has assured the Village that gas shut-offs will not exceed eight (8) hours under non-emergency circumstances and no one will be left without gas service overnight.

In an effort to provide timely and accurate information regarding the progress of this project, a dedicated page has been created on the Village’s website for project updates. Residents can access the page from the Village’s website at by clicking on the “Capital Improvements and Utility Upgrade Projects” link under the “Residents” tab. If you have any questions regarding the project, please do not hesitate to contact the Village office at (301) 654-7300 or via e-mail at for more information.

The Village thanks you in advance for your patience as Washington Gas undertakes this project to improve gas service reliability on your street.

Food Drive

Food Drive: Now - December in the Village Hall

For the fourth year in a row, Chevy Chase Village will partner with the Manna Food Center, the largest food bank in Montgomery County. Over the past 33 years, Manna has distributed 47.3 million pounds of food to more than 2.7 million individuals in need of food assistance. Manna serves approximately 3,700 individuals monthly totaling 11,000 unduplicated households each year. The services of Manna ensure that 21,000 adults and 15,000 children who are experiencing poverty, hunger, and food insecurity will receive essential food supports to help them break the cycle of hunger and food insecurity.

What can you do? We will have a food drop-off at the Village Hall beginning in October through December. When attending Village events (classes, Board Meetings, Halloween Party, Holiday Party…), residents are asked to bring an item to add to the box. Here are some ideas: peanut butter, tuna fish, beans, oatmeal, mac and cheese, pasta, baby food, and shelf-stable milk. Please do not donate expired food.

County Health Officials Announce Annual Flu Vaccination Campaign; Online Appointment System Available

Montgomery County Health officials announced the dates for the annual flu vaccination campaign and urged residents to get a flu vaccination. Vaccination is the best way to protect against illness during flu season. Seasonal flu will also be circulating in the fall and winter and can cause serious illness.

Seasonal flu vaccinations will be readily available through private health providers, as well as at retail locations throughout the community. County-sponsored seasonal flu vaccination clinics will be held beginning in late October. Check the County’s flu website at information on flu vaccination. Anyone not wanting to get the flu should receive the seasonal flu vaccination, particularly the elderly, household members living with children younger than six months of age, health care workers and individuals with chronic illnesses.

Flu shots will be available to individuals 6 months of age and older; schedule appointments on the County’s website ( or call 311.

Monday, October 31, 2016 
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Closed for lunch from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Monday, November 4, 2016
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Closed for lunch from 12 noon to 1 p.m. 

Germantown Health Center 12900 Middlebrook Road, 2nd floor, Germantown
Silver Spring Health Center 8630 Fenton Street, 10th floor, Silver Spring

No appointment necessary. For anyone 6 months of age and older. There will be a $20 fee for each flu shot payable by cash or credit card. Flu shots only will be available. There will be no FluMist. A parent or legal guardian must accompany children under the age of 18.

There will be three flu shot clinics for healthy, school aged children (ages 3 to 18 years) by appointment only. Flu Mist will not be available.

Monday, November 7, 2016
9 a.m. to 12 noon

Kennedy High School 1901 Randolph Road, Silver Spring
Richard Montgomery High School 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville
Seneca Valley High School 19401 Crystal Rock Drive, Germantown

Schedule appointments on the County’s website at or call 311.

The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits can often help stop the spread of germs and prevent illnesses like the flu. Good health habits include:

  • Always cover cough or sneeze with a tissue—then throw the tissue away. Or, cough or sneeze into the inside of the elbow.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze and before you eat. Alcohol hand sanitizer (minimum 60% alcohol) will help if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth. These are places germs can enter the body easily.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too.
  • Monitor yourself and your family for symptoms of fever which include chills, headache, sore throat, cough, body aches, and vomiting or diarrhea.
  • If you are sick, stay home from work, school or other public places until you are feeling well.

Check the County’s flu website— for more information.

Early Voting Available October 27 - November 3, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Voting is easy in Montgomery County with three ways to cast your ballot. For more information, visit the Board of Elections at

New! If you missed the October 18 registration deadline and are qualified, you can register and vote the same day at any of the early voting sites. Just bring a Maryland driver's license, identification card, learners permit or other proof of residency.

Vote Early

Early voting is available October 27-November 3, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at any of these ten early voting sites: 
  • The Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg
  • Damascus Community Recreation Center, 25520 Oak Drive, Damascus
  • Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville
  • Germantown Community Recreation Center, 18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown
  • Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase
  • Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville
  • Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring
  • Potomac Community Recreation Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac
  • Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring
  • Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad, 2401 Arcola Avenue, Silver Spring
Vote by Mail

Any voter can vote by mail. Download the absentee ballot request form and send it to the Board of Elections by November 1 if you want your ballot mailed to you or by November 4 if you want it delivered electronically.

Vote on Election Day

Show up at your local precinct on November 8.

The Week Ahead: October 31 - November 4

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

For additional information on any of the meetings and events listed above, please contact Village Community Liaison/Administrative Assistant via e-mail at

Montgomery County Public Libraries Offer Telecommuting Options During Metro Surge

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is a resource for telecommuters who are impacted by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Surge 10. MCPL has multiple options for telecommuters who are looking for alternative work sites or resources during the surge. The WMATA Surge 10 will affect the Red Line October 29 through November 22. This surge is expected to cause delays on the entire Red Line -- the Metrorail system’s busiest line.
MCPL library card holders have access for the following telecommuting resources available in branches:

  • Wireless internet access and public computers
  • Collaboration rooms and quiet study rooms
  • Large meeting rooms, rented from Community Use of Public Facilities, 240 777-0311
  • Printers and photocopiers
  • Free, secure charging stations for your phone or tablet
  • Laptops for use at the Kensington Park, Long Branch, Silver Spring, and Twinbrook branches
The following resources are available online to MCPL card holders -
  • Business information, industry research, and access to articles from business magazines and journals through our website and apps
  • E-books, audiobooks, and magazine downloads
  • Music downloads

For more information about MCPL services call Regina Holyfield-Jewett at 240-777-0106. 

Richard Mique (1728 - 1794) Plan des jardins francais et champetre du Petit Trianon (detail), 1786, Versailles, archives du chateau

The Spirit and Character of French Gardens; a lecture by Vanessa Badre

The Community Relations Committee and the Village Committee for Seniors is pleased to announce:

The Spirit and Character of French Gardens, a lecture by Vanessa Badré, art historian

Nov. 2 , 2:00 - 4:00, the Village Hall

What is the spirit of the formal French garden? Please join Vanessa Badre, art historian and lecturer, for an art history presentation on how the classic French garden reflects the partnership between the patron and the garden designer and is an expression of their philosophy and interpretation of the world.

A graduate of the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po) and a trained lawyer, Vanessa Badré has made a second career as an art historian. Ms. Badré holds an M.A. in art history from La Sorbonne. Her research currently focuses on the relationship between art and law during the 16th and 17th centuries. She presents lectures and seminars on Art, Law, Innovation, Art history and Communications. Some of her recent speaking engagements include presentations at universities in Beijing and Shanghai, the French consulate in Boston, the GWI Textile Museum and The Philips Collection.

Refreshments will be served

Let's go for a walk in the French garden, there always will be a surprise whatever it is.

Staffing Changes in the Administrative Office

The Village’s Community Liaison/Administrative Assistant, Ms. Melissa Wiak, accepted a position with another organization in mid-October. We wish Melissa well in her future endeavors.
A temporary clerk will be filling in until a permanent replacement is hired. In the interim, residents should continue to use the main Village email at to access the administrative office and to inquire about rental of the Village Hall and classes.

2016 Halloween Party Photos Now Available On-line

In case you missed it, photos from yesterday's Annual Halloween party have been uploaded to the Village website and Facebook page, click here to view the photos.

A special thanks to our Costume Judges, Mrs. Susan Kilborn of Oliver Street, Mr. Martin Stone of Oliver Street and Mr. Scot McCulloch of Kirkside Drive.

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