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Village Board Disestablishes Dog Exercise Area
at Brookville Road Park

Park Remains Open for Continued Use by the Public

On September 9, 2019 the Village’s Board of Managers held its 7th public hearing on the Dog Exercise Area (DEA) at Brookville Road Park.  At the meeting, the Board voted 5-2 to disestablish the DEA, effective immediately.  Brookville Road Park remains open for use by all without residency restrictions of any kind.  The following information is presented to provide some of the background and reasoning for this decision and to answer questions we have received.
Three meetings were held pre-establishment regarding use and design of the park and four were held after the establishment of the DEA.  The Brookville Road Park was purchased in part with Program Open Space funds, and will remain open to all.  During the design phase the Board considered the park’s past limited, but not authorized, use for off-leash dogs, and felt this continued light use in an established DEA could be accommodated.
Instead, Brookville Road Park quickly became a popular and well-advertised dog park serving the DC Metropolitan area, and it became important for the Board to re-assess the suitability of this use of such a small Village space in terms of the usual metrics applied to specialty parks.  The majority of the Board concluded that it was not possible to sustain a DEA at Brookville Road Park, or any Village park, given the popularity, location, small size, and proximity to residences.
How did the Board decide to disestablish the Dog Exercise Area when the majority of those who testified supported it?
The Board listened carefully to the public comment and considered all of the written submissions. The support for the park, and the benefit of this social interaction to many people, were obvious to all of us from the testimony.  While many decisions can and should be made based upon the majority sentiment, some matters must also be viewed through the lens of upholding the minimum standards required of a high-volume, high-impact specialty use.  After months of investigating sound-buffering options, parking restrictions, access control systems and reductions in hours, a majority of the Board did not feel that the park could meet the reasonable neutral standards outlined as best practice for a park now accommodating an increasing and unpredictable amount of off-leash dog use.  
It seemed members of the Board had already made up their mind; is that true?
The Board concluded during its hearing in June that it would consider disestablishment.  The notices for the July hearing indicated that the Board might vote on disestablishment, but with two members absent on summer vacation, the Board decided to wait to vote in September while continuing to allow more public notification of the possible impending change.  In the interim, and at the September 9 hearing, no evidence emerged that concerns about the size and location could be mitigated, and the majority of the Board voted to follow-through with the disestablishment.
Has the park been “dismantled” or “closed”?
Brookville Road Park remains open for all members of the public—with or without dogs.  Dogs must remain on a leash under the immediate control of a handler, just as in all public spaces in the Village.  The gates were removed for ease of entry to the park, consistent with all other Village parks. 
Where can dog owners go to allow their dogs off-leash?
Chevy Chase Playground on Livingston Street, DC allows off-leash dogs in the mornings.  Currently the closest park in Montgomery County is located at Ellsworth Urban Park in Silver Spring.
Clearly there is a need for more dog parks. How can the community advocate for more?
In June, the Montgomery Planning Board approved sites for possible county dog parks. Nearest to the Village are the four parks at Willard Avenue, Norwood, Elm Street and North Chevy Chase.  Please call Village Manager Shana Davis Cook for more information:   301-654-7300
Please find the 2019 Montgomery Parks Dog Park Suitability Study at

Celebrate the One-Year Anniversary
of the Farmers’ Market this Weekend
at Taylor St. and Brookville Rd. in Section 3

The Farmer's Market is celebrating one year in the community this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Offering all kinds of organic vegetables and fruit, and baked goods, New Morning Farm returns to Taylor St. at Brookville Road this weekend.  They have several other outposts in the area at Dupont Circle where they have been serving that population for decades and at the Sheridan School. We are thrilled to have them here in Chevy Chase every Saturday.

For those of you who can’t walk, there is ample parking at LaFerme restaurant.  They have graciously offered that space for shoppers at the Farmers’ Market.  Don’t forget to patronize our wonderful shops on Brookville Rd as well. 

We need to attract as many shoppers as possible so that it’s worth their while to serve our communities, so come visit, buy some farm fresh eggs, some delicious organic veggies and fruit.  You’ll find it’s a wonderful habit to get into every Saturday.  In future weeks, we will have a Food Truck serving breakfast and we hope to have buskers performing on acoustic instruments and a flea market table if folks reserve in advance. 

For further questions, contact the Village Manager of Section 3 at 301 656-9117 or

Conversation with Will Jawando

At-Large Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando will be having a community conversation at the Chevy Chase Library on Monday, September 23, at 7 PM.  He'd like to hear your thoughts on the FY 2020 budget, the state of the County's library system, and listen to concerns from community members on County issues. 
Light refreshments will be provided. 
Please mark your calendars and plan to bring family, friends, and neighbors. 

If you are able to attend, please RSVP to Walton Harris at or at 240-777=7945. 

Judy McGuire
Friends of the Library, Chevy Chase

Fall Movie Series at The Collection at Chevy Chase

Fall Flicks September 28 & October 5

This fall we will be introducing a new outdoor movie series on The Green called Fall Flicks. The first one will be on Saturday, September 28th beginning at 7:30 PM and we will be showing The Secret Life of Pets. The October we will be showing Dirty Dancing. 
At both showings we will be providing popcorn and candy compliments of The Collection. 

~Management at The Collection at Chevy Chase

Saturday, September 28, 2019
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Chevy Chase Village Hall

Landscape Noise, Pollution and Solutions

The Village Environment and Energy Committee invites you to attend a Saturday morning discussion featuring a panel of experts and Q&A with residents from the wider Chevy Chase community on the health impacts of gas-powered leaf blowers and the benefits of switching to quieter, cleaner alternatives. The event on Saturday, September 28, from 9-11:00 a.m. at the Village Hall, is part of the E & E Committee’s Sustainable Living Lecture Series. It will be co-hosted by the Town of Chevy Chase and Somerset. The event is open to all. Come early (doors open at 8:30 a.m) for coffee, bagels and a chance to meet the speakers and chat with neighbors and elected officials from the Maryland Legislature and Montgomery County Council, who will also be attending.  Don’t forget to RSVP at to ensure a seat, and tell your landscape crew about it, too!

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Resident Opportunities to Reduce Noise and Pollution flyer with grass

Chevy Chase Historical Society
Oral History Volunteer Workshop

On September 28, 10am-12pm, the Chevy Chase Historical Society will offer a training workshop for volunteers wishing to assist CCHS in conducting oral interviews. Led by Anna Kaplan, DC Oral History Collaborative Fellow, the workshop will offer instruction and guidance on oral history best practices, interview preparation and techniques, and editing and finalizing interview transcripts.
Since the 1980s, CCHS has made it a priority to capture community history by conducting Oral History interviews with long-time Chevy Chase residents, as well as adjacent businesses and their employees. Oral History is essential for future generations to better understand the lived experience of history, and the many meanings that people make of these experiences.
The workshop is free and will take place at the CCHS Archive and Research Center,
8401 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 1010.

As space is limited, RSVP to or 301-656-6141. 

Flu Clinic flyer for Tuesday October 8, 2019

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September is National Preparedness Month press release
September is National Preparedness Month press release II

Chevy Chase Village Fall 2019 Classes

Chevy Chase at Home Classes Fall 2019 flyer

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   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

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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