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Lizard Bites

Speaker Series Presents

Joyce Johnson, DO
Physician & Rear Admiral (USPHS, ret)

Lizard Bites and Street Riots 

Travel Emergencies and Your Health, Safety and Security

Thursday, February 1, 2018 
Chevy Chase Village Hall
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Joyce Johnson will present a lively and entertaining presentation on traveler’s health and safety - interactive and complete with prizes for everyone! 
The presentation will be based on the award-winning book she co-authored, Lizard Bites and Street Riots, Travel Emergencies and your Health, Safety and Security. Dr. Johnson’s practical discussion will address the basics of:

  • Staying healthy both close to home and while traveling (Did you know a rabid fox was recently captured near the Village?) 
  • Travel insurance (Did you know most travel insurance doesn’t include evacuation? Also, that Medicare doesn’t cover medical expenses outside the US?)  
  • Safety and security -  street riots to hurricanes (And how to survive “survival training” in Antarctica!)

Rear Admiral Joyce Johnson, DO, USPHS (ret) is a physician with a breadth of global public health experience on all seven continents.  She has particular interests in third world and polar regions, and public health and disaster relief.  Prior to her retirement, RADM Johnson’s last active duty military assignment was the “surgeon general” of the U.S. Coast Guard.  She is a professor (clinical and adjunct) at Georgetown University, as well as a prolific writer and popular speaker.
Wine and cheese reception following presentation. 
Please come join your neighbors for some nibbles, drinks and conversation at the Village Hall.  A chance to unwind, chat, see friends and make new ones. If you have any questions please contact Mike Marsh (

Abracadabra Alex

Chevy Chase Village 
Kids Magic Show 
with Abracadabra Alex

Sunday, February 4, 2018
3:00pm – 4:30pm

Please join us for an afternoon of magical fun and great laughs with Bethesda’s own favorite magician Abracadabra Alex!

Prepare to be amazed! 

Please RSVP by January 24 so that we can insure adequate refreshments. To RSVP or if you have questions, please contact Tamu Tucker, Community Liaison at 301-654-7300 or

Seven Unlocked Cars Entered Wednesday Night

Please lock your car every time you park!

On Thursday (January 25, 2018) morning, several residents reported that someone had entered their unlocked cars overnight.  A pair of expensive sunglasses and a credit card was taken from one car, a debit card was taken from another, and nothing was taken from five of the cars.
In one instance, a resident on the east side of the Village reported that she was awakened at 1:00 a.m. by the family dog who was barking aggressively, but she did not investigate further or call the Village Police.  It was later learned that a credit card had been stolen from this resident’s car, and investigation revealed that the card had been used three times within 30 minutes after the dog alerted her.
The locations of the vehicle entries are as follows:

  • E. Lenox between Connecticut and Brookville: 3 unlocked cars entered; nothing taken.
  • E. Kirke between Connecticut and Brookville:  1 unlocked car entered; nothing taken.
  • E. Kirke between Brookville and Nevada:  1 unlocked car entered; sunglasses and credit card taken.
  • W. Irving between Magnolia and Cedar:  1 unlocked car entered; debit card taken.
  • Hesketh between Magnolia and Cedar:  1 unlocked car entered; nothing taken.

road work

Road Work and Temporary Lane Closure, West Kirke Street at Connecticut Avenue, Tuesday and Wednesday, January 30 and 31. 

Vehicle Access Will Remain Open to and from West Kirke Street.

The Village Public Works crew will be making repairs to the traffic island at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and West Kirke Street for limited periods of time next Tuesday and Wednesday. The westbound lane of West Kirke Street will be closed to inbound traffic beginning no earlier than 9:30 a.m. The two eastbound lanes of West Kirke Street on the south side of the island will accommodate two-way traffic.

Flagmen will be on site to direct drivers. The closures will not commence until after the morning rush hour and work will conclude by 3:00 p.m. In the event of rain the work will be postponed. Please contact Municipal Operations Coordinator Ellen Sands at the Village Hall, 301-654-7300 if you have any questions.

Westwood Shopping Center Redevelopment Open House

The owner of the Westwood Shopping Center, Regency Centers, is hosting a community open house to present its proposed plans and to invite public comment for the redevelopment of the center.  The event will be held on Wednesday, January 31 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Westland Middle School, 5511 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20816.
RSVPs are requested by email to or by phone to 240 883 6494.

Westwood Shopping Center

Planning Board Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to the Master Plan of Highways & Transitways:
February 15, 2018

from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The Montgomery County Planning Board has scheduled a Public Hearing on the comprehensive rewrite of the County’s Master Plan of Highways and Transitways for Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Planning Department’s Headquarters at 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring.  In addition to road classification changes, the working draft includes the vision, goals, history and purpose of the plan, improved online tools and resources to improve the ease of use and clarity of the plan for the public, and enhancement of the plan to be more consistent and compliant with the Montgomery County Code. 
The Public Hearing draft does not include any proposed reclassifications within Chevy Chase Village.  Earlier staff recommendations to reclassify Brookville Road and Grafton Street have been completely removed from the Public Hearing draft of the plan, however, reference is made that Brookville Road was removed due to the abundant objections submitted by local residents. 

Residents interested in testifying at the February 15 Public Hearing may sign-up online at beginning on February 5.  Comments may also be submitted in writing by email to  All comments and testimony become a part of the official public record.

The Planning Board intends to transmit its final recommendations to the County Executive and County Council by April 2018.
For more information regarding this project, visit:

Road Construction

Connecticut Avenue Lane Closure located north of Chevy Chase Village

December 9, 2017 - January 30, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Beginning on Saturday, December 09, 2017, and continuing through subsequent Saturdays, Northern Pipeline Construction will close the right two lanes on southbound MD 185 (Connecticut Avenue) between Underwood Street and Thornapple Street in Chevy Chase for gas main replacement between the hours of 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. The contractor has indicated that weather and progress permitting, all work should be completed no later than January 30, 2018. No sidewalk closures are anticipated. 

Those with questions prior to the start of the work should contact Northern Pipeline Superintendent John Sonday at (301) 322-3042. Those with questions while the work is taking place should contact Mr. Bradley Swint at (571) 220-2452.

Are You Prepared?

As we saw last season during the record Blizzard of 2016 and as gear up for the upcoming winter season, the Village reminds residents that it is important to be prepared. 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 primary electronic method of communication with you. 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 office emergency communications service for Montgomery County, MD. During major crisis, emergency or severe weather events, Montgomery County officials 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 form 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 to assist you in your preparedness efforts is to always request a House Check when you are out 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

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 2017 Crier.

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