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Community Relations Committee
Speaker Series Presents:

Congressman Jamie Raskin

Friday, March 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us at The Village Hall to hear from Congressman Raskin and mingle with your neighbors. 

If you have any questions please contact Lance Patterson at

Lance Patterson
Chair, Community Relations Committee

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April 2019 Issue of the Crier is now available online

The April 2019 Issue of the Crier is now available online. Click here to view it

Nearby Brookville Pharmacy Robbed at Gunpoint

This is part of a trend of pharmacy robberies seeking narcotics

On Monday, March 25, 2019 shortly after 7:00 p.m. (closing time), as an employee was about to lock the back door at the Brookville Pharmacy in Martin’s Additions, two men entered the back door from the parking lot, brandished a gun and demanded that the clerk give them narcotics medications.  The narcotics were locked away and inaccessible to the clerk, so the robbers stole cash from the register, struck the clerk, and fled the store.  They were last seen getting into a black car with tinted windows.  Although the suspects had partially covered their faces, they were described by the victim as either Hispanic or black males.
Thieves have targeted pharmacies across the metropolitan area seeking opioid drugs for resale on the street.  The Montgomery County Police Department’s Robbery Section is investigating this crime.

Record High Groundwater Levels Affecting
Frequency of Sump Pump Activation

We have received many inquiries regarding why sump pumps have recently been running on a much greater frequency than ever experienced before. We consulted data produced by the United States Geological Service (USGS) who monitor groundwater levels in the metropolitan area. Since August 2018, greater than average rainfall in our area has caused the local groundwater level (or “Water Table”) to rise closer to land surface than is considered within the “normal” historical range.  In fact, the February 2019 water table data indicated record-high elevations (above the previous record set in 1972). The water table is always highest in winter when plants are dormant and there is little or no evaporation during times of snow melts and/or rainfall. However, water-table elevations, and therefore sump pump activation, can be expected to decrease within about two months as Spring rainfalls come to an end. In the meantime, we recommend annual professional preventative sump pump maintenance to check the condition of the pump motor and clean the sump pit to prevent fouling of the pump intake.

To view the USGS monitoring well graphic data, an interactive clickable map of Maryland can be found at:

This greater than average rainfall has also impacted residents’ yards.  From flooded yards to the loss of private landscaping, all corners of the Village have been impacted by the increased rainfall. As residents seek to manage the water on their property, we remind you that many water remediation and management solutions require a Building Permit from the Village.  The Village’s permitting process typically includes review by the Village’s contracted civil engineer.  In order to issue a Building Permit, the Village Code states that the Village Manager must determine that the proposed work will not alter the existing or natural flow of water onto neighboring properties or into the public right-of-way.

For more information on the Village’s permitting requirements and process, please visit the Village website, call the Administrative Office or email

Beware of a Phony ‘PEPCO’ Telephone Scam

Fraudulent callers threaten to shut off your
electricity unless you pay them

There is no shortage of thieves or the methods that they use to try to separate us from our money.  This scam presents a new variation on an old theme.
Within the last week, three Village residents reported that they received a call from a person claiming to be with PEPCO who tells them that their electricity will be shut off due to arrearages unless the resident pays a sum of money to PEPCO right away.  The thief then provides an ‘800’ phone number to the resident and directs the resident to call that number and pay ‘PEPCO’ over the phone.  The wily thieves have created an authentic-sounding answering system so that, if a would-be victim were to call the 800 number, it will sound as if they have actually reached PEPCO’s automated phone tree.
If you get a call like this, simply hang up.  It is not PEPCO.  Trust your gut on this. If you miss a payment to PEPCO, they know where you live; they’ll bill you again.  Do not fall for this scam.  PEPCO is also aware of this scam.
These are a very old confidence games—but they continue to work.  Don’t be tricked by these thieves.  Residents should keep the following in mind whenever the phone rings:
1. You do not have to answer your phone.  If you have caller ID, look at it, and if you don’t recognize the caller, ignore the phone.
2. Never!!! Repeat: never (as in never, ever) give any personal information to anyone who calls you.  Bad things will happen.  Don't do it.  Period.  Ignore the call.
3. If you happen to answer the phone and the person on the other end asks for money or information, hang up. Do not be courteous; just hang up.

Do Your “Doody”

The Brookville Road Dog Park has become a successful gathering spot for four legged friends and their human companions. Residents report that their dogs love the exercise and their humans, too, are enjoying the opportunity to socialize with pet loving neighbors.
If you are chatting with friends or using your cell phone, still pay attention to and clean up after your pet. It’s a necessary responsibility of pet ownership- and it’s the law. Waste bag dispensers and receptacles are available at the park. Pet waste is an environmental hazard- it carries germs, attracts rodents and contaminates the watershed. Help us keep the park a safe place to visit- Do Your Doody!

Pepco Giving Free Trees to Help Customers Save Energy 

Customers can reserve a free tree through the
Arbor Day Foundation starting today!

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 11, 2019) – Pepco is giving away 1,000 free trees to residential customers through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees program. This initiative helps customers conserve energy and reduce household energy use through strategic tree planting. For the ninth year, Pepco is stepping up to support this important environmental and energy saving program. Starting today, customers can reserve one free tree per household by visiting
"We value the strong and important relationships we’ve built and continue to cultivate with our communities across the District of Columbia and Maryland over the last 100 plus years," said Donna Cooper, Pepco region president. "While we are known for our commitment to providing clean, safe, reliable, and affordable energy service to our customers, we also see it as our duty and obligation to give back to the communities that we are a part of and that we are privileged to serve. Seeing the outcomes of our continued contributions and volunteerism, with our outstanding nonprofit partners, is another reminder of our deep connection to our communities and the vested interest we have in their continued success."
Customers will have the ability to choose from a selection of trees, including Redbud, Crepe Myrtle, River Birch, Red Oak, Red Maple, most available in varying sizes.  
One-gallon trees will be delivered to customers’ homes between April and May. All three- and five gallon trees will be available for pickup only during company planned events in April. More information on these events can be found online during the reservation process.  
Through the “Right Tree, Right Place” tree planting program, Pepco is also offering 250 trees on a first-come, first-served basis to District of Columbia homeowners in partnership with Casey Trees, a D.C.-based nonprofit committed to restoring and protecting the nation's capital’s tree canopy.  District residents can request up to two trees by calling Casey Trees at 202-833-4010. Casey Trees will send out a professional arborist to evaluate the landscape and recommend a suitable tree for the area. Once the appropriate tree is chosen, Casey Trees will come to the home and plant the tree. For the consultation and planting valued at $400, a co-payment of $50 per tree payable to Casey Trees, is required prior to planting.
Through the Arbor Day Foundation’s website, customers also have the power to explore interactive tools, including a tool to help customers determine the best location on their property to plant their tree for energy savings benefits. Properly planted trees can provide a homeowner many benefits, such as reducing energy use through summer shading and by slowing winter winds. 
Throughout a tree’s growth period, trees have the potential to lower energy bills by 15 to 30 percent. Additionally, trees provide benefits to a community by improving air and water quality, reducing stormwater runoff, and adding to the visual appeal of a neighborhood. In fact, since 2012, Pepco customers have planted more than 17,650 trees, saving nearly 29 million kWh, and removing close to 363,584 lbs. of air pollutants from the atmosphere. 
Prior to receiving a tree, Pepco reminds customers to call 811 to have utility-owned underground lines marked before they start to dig. One free call to 811 connects you to Miss Utility, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. 
Customers unable to reserve a free tree through the internet are encouraged to call 855-670-2772 to secure a tree.
To learn more, readers are encouraged to visit The Source, Pepco’s online news room. Find additional information about Pepco by visiting

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Montgomery County Earth Month Activities
News Release regarding Montgomery County Earth Month Activities

Man Charged via Civil Citation
for Possession of Marijuana

Alert resident witnessed man smoking in park at Oliver & Cedar

On Wednesday, March 27, 2019 shortly before 10:00 p.m., a resident called the Village Communications Center to report two people sitting on a bench in the park at Oliver Street and Cedar Parkway apparently sharing a marijuana cigarette. Officer Patterson arrived within minutes and spotted two teenagers walking away and he greeted them and asked if he could speak with them.  As soon as Officer Patterson neared the pair, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana in the air around them.   
Officer Hearn arrived to assist Officer Patterson.  The officers identified the pair as a 16 year-old boy and a 16 year-old girl, both from Washington, DC.   The boy admitted to possessing marijuana and paraphernalia, he produced the items and handed them to the officers.  The young man was charged with possession of marijuana, a civil offense, via citation, and his parents were contacted.  The boy was detained only long enough to issue the citation, and he was released on the spot.  The marijuana and paraphernalia were seized as evidence.
The Village Police Department appreciates the call from the alert resident.

Tax Return Reminder (MD Form 502)

Revenues received through our residents’ paid income taxes remain the most significant source of Village revenues. We need our residents’ help to ensure that all income tax revenue due to the Village actually gets here. This money goes directly to services benefiting Village residents.  Village residents DO NOT pay any additional income taxes to live in Chevy Chase Village. By law, as a municipality, the Village receives a portion of the tax you pay to Montgomery County. It is very important, however, that the State of Maryland knows to return this revenue to the Village. Consequently, please take special care to mark your tax return as shown below.

Please remember that MD Form 502 was updated last year with a separate political subdivision section located under your mailing address.  When you complete your Maryland income tax return, remember to put Chevy Chase Village under “Maryland Political Subdivision” and include 1613 the “4 digit Political Subdivision Code” to ensure the Village receives our share of the state income tax (see below).   

Click on the image below to see the full form

Image of Tax form 502 with arrow pointed to 1613 example

Bicycle Taken from Screened Porch over the Weekend

Sometime between Friday evening (March 22, 2019) and Sunday morning (March 24, 2019), someone entered a screened porch of a home on Grafton Street between Kirkside Drive and Wisconsin Avenue.  The thief apparently entered the locked porch by pushing the screen inward in order to reach through and turn the latch on the screen door.  The thief took an adult bicycle that was likely visible from the street.  Two kids’ bikes were also on the porch, but they were not taken.
Spring is the time of year when bicycle thefts tend to spike.  The Village Police Department recommends storing bicycles inside a locked garage or shed whenever possible.  If storing a bike inside is not practical, we urge residents to lock their bicycles to a secure object to prevent easy theft.
If your bicycle is stolen, please report it to us right away.  And please register your bicycle with the Village Police Department; or at a minimum, record the serial number of all of your bicycles and keep those numbers in a safe place.  Without a serial number, we cannot identify your bicycle, we likely will not be able to arrest a suspected thief found on your bike, and police will not be able to return your bicycle to you if/when it is recovered.
And as always, please leave your exterior lights on all night long, and call the Village Police Department whenever you see or hear anyone that arouses your suspicions—especially at night.

Chevy Chase Village Shredding Event Flyer with Truck Image

Chevy Chase at Home Classes March 20 to May 15
Class Description and Registration for Zumba and Music

Beware of Mulch Volcanoes

As landscape crews begin spring garden cleanups, please be sure they do not create the infamous “mulch volcanoes” which cause damage to trees. 

Deciduous trees can benefit from the application of a 2-3” layer of mulch around the base of the tree. The mulch can help maintain moisture, reduce weed germination and protect trunks from lawn care equipment. Mulch materials can be shredded hardwood, pine bark, pine fines or compost. Unfortunately, over-zealous landscape crews frequently apply too much material and mound mulch against the trunk of the tree, hence the term “mulch volcanoes”. This is detrimental to the health of the tree and can cause serious decline. Remember not to pile the mulch around the stem of the tree.

Visit the following website for tree care tips, including an article detailing proper mulching technique:


Montgomery County Green Fest April 28 colorfil flyer with butterfly, bike, leaves and bike

Green and white logo with GCCC and rose in center

Garden Tour in Historic
Chevy Chase Village

Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (rain or shine) discover treasured gardens when the Chevy Chase Garden Tour, hosted by Garden Club of Chevy Chase, will feature for viewing eight private gardens in charming Chevy Chase Village.  Celebrated landscape designers and landscape architects will be in the gardens they designed to discuss design choices and plant selections.  Shop the Garden Boutique offering Myrtle topiaries, herbs, annuals and unique garden accessories for garden inspiration.
Visit to purchase tickets and for more information.  Advance purchase tickets online are $30 prior to May 18th.  Tickets are $40 day of the tour.  All tickets may be picked up or purchased on day of tour at One Quincy Street, Chevy Chase, where the tour begins.   Children 12 and under free.
Proceeds from this tour support the restoration of Chevy Chase Circle, improvements to Western Grove Park and other community projects.  Garden Club of Chevy Chase also supports the work of the Anacostia Riverkeepers and the National Arboretum.

2019 Board of Managers Election

Four Board seats will be up for election this spring. The current Board members whose terms are expiring in June are Gary Crockett, Minh Le, Richard Ruda, and David Winstead.  Gary Crockett, Richard Ruda, and David Winstead have indicated that they currently intend to run again.  Ms. Le has decided not to run for reelection.

Any Village resident may run for a seat on the Board provided he/she is a qualified voter in Montgomery County, has resided in Chevy Chase Village for at least one year prior to the election and files the required Certificate of Candidacy and Financial Disclosure Statement in proper form.  Board members serve two-year, staggered terms.  If the number of qualified candidates equals the number of available seats, the candidates will be declared elected at the Annual Meeting on Monday, April 15, 2019 (the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.).  If the number of candidates exceeds the number of available seats, a contested election will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019.
The Village Election Supervisors oversee Village elections, including receiving nominations to serve on the Board of Managers.  Residents interested in running for a seat should please contact Election Supervisors Chair Mary Sheehan by email at so that the Elections Supervisors can begin to plan for the election.    
To qualify as a candidate, an individual, including sitting Board members, must submit to the Village office a completed Certificate of Candidacy along with a Financial Disclosure Statement, at any time after February 4 (90 days prior to Election Day), but by no later than April 4 (30 days prior to Election Day). Upon receiving both completed forms, the Village Manager will submit the Financial Disclosure Statement to the Village Ethics Commission, which will review the form within ten days of filing for compliance with the provisions of the Public Ethics Code.  Please note, however, that candidates are not certified to appear on the ballot until the Certificate of Candidacy and Financial Disclosure Statement have been reviewed and determined to be filed in proper form.
Forms are available in the Village office or by email request to the Village Manager Shana Davis-Cook at  For more information regarding Board elections, please visit the dedicated page on the Village’s website by clicking on “Board of Managers Elections” under Quick Links on the homepage. 

Board of Managers:
Financial Disclosure Q & A

In 2012, the State’s financial disclosure requirements for elected officials were extended to include municipalities like the Village.  If you are considering serving on the Board, you may have questions about those requirements.  I’ll try to anticipate and answer some of them here, and we also encourage you to contact any Board member or the Village Manager for any additional questions or discussion.  You can find the disclosure form on the Village web site by selecting Government / Board of Managers / Board of Managers Elections / Candidate Financial Disclosure Form.

What do I have to disclose?  The disclosures are annual and are due in April.  All of the following disclosures are for the previous calendar year, like your tax return.  You need to disclose the following:

  • Some details about any property you own, including your home.
  • Ownership or interests in corporations or partnerships.  This includes holdings of stock in public corporations.
  • Purchases or sales of stock or other interests in corporations or partnerships.

Financial Disclosure Q & A”

  • Sources of earned income
  • Any involvement (ownership, employment, gifts, debt) with the Village or any entity doing business with the Village, for yourself or your immediate family.

How public is this information?  It’s public but not published.  Anyone may request a copy of your disclosure forms, but you may choose to be informed of any such requests.  Your home address will be redacted when the disclosure form is provided.

Am I revealing my net worth to the world?  No.  Some forms of wealth and income (see next question) are not reported.  For ownership and transactions you do have to report, you can use ranges for percentage of ownership (less than 1%, 1-5%, 6-10% or over 10%) or number of shares (0-100, 101-250, 251-500, over 500).

What about CDs, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds?  You are not required to report bank interest or certificates of deposit, publicly traded mutual funds, or exchange-traded funds.

How hard is this?  The annual report is due at roughly the same time as your income taxes, and the information you’ve gathered for your taxes covers almost all of what you need for the financial disclosure.  Some Board members have their accountants complete the disclosure documents, and some fill them out themselves.  If your finances aren’t too complicated it should only take an hour or two per year.

Please be a Considerate Owner/Handler at the Brookville Road Dog Park

Image of Dog Barking at park

Village police have received calls from residents living near the Brookville Dog Park of incessantly barking dogs.  According to park rules (and Village Code), users of the dog park are required to attend to their dogs to prevent their dogs from continuously or uncontrollably barking.  If a dog continues to bark, the owner/handler must remove the dog from the park.  An occasional bark is expected, but constant barking is disturbing to other park users as well as the surrounding neighbors.
Police officers have been stopping by the park proactively to talk with visitors to make them aware of this rule.  If you bring a dog to the park, please be considerate and calm your dog right away if it begins to bark. 
To view the full listing of rules and regulations that apply in the park, click here:

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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

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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