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Sunny day at the dog park event, three children standing next to each other while, one dog looks at owner, one dog walks towards children and the other dog is in front of children.

Brookville Road Park Opening a Success

Brookville Road Park Opening a Success
About fifty humans and their four-legged companions gathered this past Wednesday to celebrate the opening of the redeveloped Brookville Road Park. It was a cool but sunny afternoon and all attending enjoyed the event. Although the Park has been officially open for a while now, this was an opportunity for residents to gather, visit and enjoy some treats- for both humans and their companions. Pet services store Bone Jour Pet Boutique provided doggie treats, leashes and several toys which, along with two gift baskets donated by Whole Foods, were raffled off to lucky attendees. A County Animal Services officer was on hand with pet licensing information and to answer pet owner questions. We anticipate continued enjoyment of this new facility.

Video:  Would-be Thief Thwarted by Locked Cars on Grafton Street

Bravo to the homeowners; they are helping to prevent crime!

At 6:11 a.m. yesterday (Thursday, October 25, 2018), the private security camera system belonging to residents on the middle block of Grafton Street captured a thief as he unsuccessfully tried to open the doors of two cars parked in their driveway. 
The video (see still images from the video below) shows the thief walking deep into the resident’s driveway and pulling on the driver’s door handle; the car was locked and the thief then walked away toward the street.  On his way out, the thief tried to get into a second car parked in the driveway by pulling on the front passenger door handle.  That car, too, was locked.  The thief left without stealing anything.
As of this writing, Village Police have not received any reports of thefts from cars that occurred overnight Wednesday/Thursday.
The homeowners in this case are to be commended for their contributions to public safety and crime prevention in the Village.  When thieves are denied the opportunity to steal, they move on and they will be discouraged from returning.  Further, these residents invested in a video security system that gave the police (and our community) valuable information about what occurred while much of the neighborhood was still asleep.
Residents are encouraged to follow the example of the homeowners in this case.  Please lock your car every time you park, and consider installing web-based video cameras on the exterior of your home.  They are effective and relatively inexpensive.

Image of Traffic Roundabout with Thanks for Visiting Sign

Reminders for Safe Use of the Traffic Roundabout on Montgomery Street

The recently completed traffic roundabout has been installed on the section of Montgomery Street located west of the Buffer between The Collection at Chevy Chase and Saks Fifth Avenue parking lots.  Much of the signage for drivers has not yet been installed making navigation of the roundabout somewhat precarious for pedestrians and drivers.  Village staff is working with the owners of the shopping center—The Chevy Chase Land Company—to get the signage and new lane markings installed as soon as possible.
In the interim, here are some reminders to ensure safe navigation of the new roundabout:
For Pedestrians

  • Pedestrians should remain on the brick sidewalks and crosswalks at all times.  While it may be tempting to save yourself some time and steps by bisecting the roundabout or walking across the path of the parking gates as you exit or approach the entrance to the Buffer, doing so is dangerous and could result in conflicts with vehicles.  Remain on the brick sidewalks at all times.
For Drivers
  • Drivers are REQUIRED to STOP and yield to pedestrians and to any drivers that are already traveling within the circle prior to entering.  Always STOP prior to entering the roundabout
  • This section of Montgomery Street and the traffic roundabout receive a high volume of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, therefore, drivers should be cautious and travel at a reasonable speed when entering, exiting and driving within the roundabout.  Drivers should be mindful of pedestrians at all times and maintain a reasonable speed. 
  • As is standard for all traffic rotaries, you must enter the roundabout by turning right and traveling in a counter-clockwise direction (as you would do in Chevy Chase Circle).  At no time should drivers enter the roundabout by turning left.  The roundabout is ONE WAY—to the RIGHT.

By adhering to these reminders, both pedestrians and motorists will ensure safe access to and through this new traffic feature.

New Farmers Market Opens in the Neighborhood

       Want to buy the week’s fresh groceries, cider, eggs and some bread for dinner? Come to the Farmers Market at Brookville and Taylor Streets on Saturday, Nov. 3rd.  You’ll be in for a treat, while you are shopping, put in an order at the food truck, Holy Crepes. They’ll be there with sweet and/or savory Crepes, perfect for a chilly fall morning. What could be better? Brunch and marketing all at once!

        Section 3 of the Village of Chevy Chase is hosting the Farmers' Market every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. There is parking at LaFerme restaurant. The Market is just opposite Brookville Market at Taylor St. Bring your own bags for lots of delicious food--fresh organic products including lots of apples right now, apple cider, apple sauce, honey, fresh Spring Mill breads, Fire Hook crackers, fresh roasted coffee beans, baked goods and other wonderful produce.

Suspicious mail or packages, protect yourself, your business, and your mailroom

Your Village Police Department is participating in a national medication take-back day on Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Law enforcement agencies throughout the region are participating.  Simply bring your unused prescription or OTC medication (no liquids or needles, please!) to the Village Hall and drop it in the box that will be attended by a police officer.  The Police Department will dispose of the medication properly.


A growing body of evidence in the scientific literature shows that pesticide exposure can adversely affect neurological, respiratory, immune, and endocrine systems in humans, even at low levels. Children are especially sensitive to pesticide exposure. Fortunately, there are proven safe, effective, and affordable ways to maintain attractive lawns and playing fields without the use of toxic pesticides.  Fall is the best time to start transitioning your lawn to organic. The key to a healthy lawn is healthy soil and good mowing, watering and fertilizing practices. Getting started:
1. Mow high until the season ends and then mow closely to enable you to carry out the practices that restore the lawn.
2. Have a soil test-- It is highly recommended that you analyze your soil. A soil test will tell how much nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and lime you need to grow healthy plants and grass.  Contact your University Extension Program.
3. Aerate--If your lawn is hard, compacted and full of weeds, aerate to help air, water and fertilizer to enter. Get together with your neighbors and rent a machine or make sure your contractor aerates.
4. Fertilize Organically--Fertilizing in the fall assures good growth and root development.  Your soil tests will tell you what you need. The goal is to use nonsynthetic products, like compost. Make compost at home or buy it. Look for organic slow release fertilizers at your nursery or on-line. Some are listed by the Organics Materials Review Institute (OMRI).
5. Overseed with Right Grass Seed --Talk to your local nursery about the best seed for your area. Check to see the  weed content of the grass and that there are no pesticide coatings.
For more information, click on the following Beyond Pesticides publication: (1) Establishing a Sustainable Lawn or  (2) Maintaining Your Organic or Natural Lawn.
Marilyn Bracken, PhD
Environmental and Energy Committee

History of Washington’s Grand Department Stores
is Nov. 18 Lecture Topic

The Chevy Chase Historical Society invites local residents to an illustrated lecture,
“The Glory Days of Washington's Grand Department Stores: A Nostalgic Look Back,”
 on Sunday, November 18, at 4 p.m. at the Jane Lawton Community Center, 4301 Willow Lane, in the Town of Chevy Chase.
Michael Lisicky, author of 11 books about once-iconic department stores including Gimbles in New York, Wanamaker’s in Philadelphia, Filene’s in Boston and “Woodies” in Washington, DC and Chevy Chase, will be the featured speaker.  He will focus on Woodward and Lothrup, Garfinckels, Hecht’s and other now-shuttered DC stores, beloved for their elaborate holiday window displays, wedding services and Tea Room specialties.
A reception of light refreshments will follow Liisicky’s talk. Copies of his 2013 book,
Woodward and Lothrup: A Store Worthy of the Nation’s Capital, will be available for sale and signing by the author. No reservations are required, and the program is free.
Questions may be directed to CCHS at 301/656-6141.

Chevy Chase at Home Classes Black & Green flier for Oct - Dec

County Offers Free Training on Naloxone; Medication Used to Reverse Effects of Opioid Overdose 

Residents concerned about a friend or family member with an opioid addiction are invited to attend a free training to learn about reducing unintentional and life-threatening opioid overdoses with the use of Naloxone, a prescription medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.
The two-hour training will be offered on Tuesday, October 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, located at 401 Hungerford Drive in Rockville.
Participants who complete the training will receive a free Naloxone kit. Tips on overdose prevention and resources detailing local and national resources will be provided. The training is free, but registration is required. Register by email at or call 240-777-1836.
Sign language interpreter services will be provided only upon request, with notice as far in advance as possible, but no less than three full business days notice, prior to the day of the event. To request sign language interpreter services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please call Erin Fashion at 240-777-4538, MD Relay 711, or email

Annual Leaf Collection

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

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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