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November 2019 Issue of the Crier 

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

Leaf Blower Demonstrations

Attend the November 9 demonstration for a chance to win a FREE electric-powered leaf blower, donated by Strosniders Hardware Stores...

E&E Event

Holiday Office Closure

The Administrative office and Public Works Department will be closed on Monday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. As always, the Village Police Department and Communications Center will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Holiday Weekend Reminder: Noise Regulations

Please advise your contractors that may be working over the holiday weekend of the Village's noise regulations. Noise-generating activity from power landscaping equipment such as leaf blowers and lawn mowers is prohibited between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. on holidays and weekends. 

These regulations also apply to landscape crews that may be working over the holiday weekend.  This restriction is strongly enforced by Village officers and personnel.


Ordinance to Ban the Use of Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

effective January 1, 2022

Monday, December 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Chevy Chase Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue

During its regular meeting on Monday, December 9, 2019, the Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers will hold a public hearing to introduce and consider possible adoption of an ordinance to amend Chapter 20 of the Village Code, entitled, “Noise Control”, to ban the use of gas-powered leaf blowers effective January 1, 2022.  The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.
This ordinance is proposed to address the health, environmental and quality-of-life impacts from the use of gas-powered leaf blowers and is intended to mirror the District of Columbia’s recent decision to ban gas-powered blowers as of the same date.  Neighboring Chevy Chase-area municipalities are also considering enacting a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers. 
For more information, residents are encouraged to reference the report issued by the Village’s Environment & Energy Committee, entitled “Proposal to Address Noise and other Impacts from Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers” dated August 15, 2019 by CLICKING HERE.
The draft ordinance may be obtained at the Chevy Chase Village Office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, you may download a copy by CLICKING HERE or you may submit a request to the Village office for the draft ordinance to be emailed or mailed to you.
Residents who are unable to attend the Public Hearing on December 9 may submit written testimony for the record before December 9 either by e-mail to or directly to the Village office at 5906 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. 

Leaf Collection Reminders

Residents urged to provide reminders to landscape and yard maintenance contractors

The Public Works Department’s yearly leaf collection effort has begun and will continue as often as needed through December.
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.  Leaves on each block in the Village should be collected once per week, weather permitting.

Here are some reminders for residents and their contractors to assist Village crews to assure a safe and efficient leaf collection operation:
  • 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.
  • 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.  Please avoid boxing in piles of leaves between cars both for easier accessibility for the collection crews and safety for your vehicles.
leaves YES

Please remember to keep your leaves OUT OF THE STREET! Rake leaves as close to the curb as possible without putting them in the roadway gutter.

leaves NO

Placing leaf piles in the street can cause many problems such as:

  • Disrupting traffic - many of our streets are narrow streets with on-street parking. Large piles of leaves extending out into the roadway limits parking and the ability of vehicles, especially school buses, to safely negotiate the streets.
  • Pedestrian safety - on streets without sidewalks, pedestrians and traffic are forced to share the same narrow strip of pavement. This is especially dangerous this time of year as sunlight diminishes before many return home from their commutes.
  • Disrupting surface drainage - rainstorms can cause leaves and debris to clog storm drains and ditches. This leads to localized flooding.
  • Hampering snow removal operations - snow covered leaf piles can become frozen to the roadway surface and can also become extremely heavy, taxing the abilities of our snow plows to move them and slowing down snow clearing operations. Snow plow drivers may also mistake snow-covered leaf pile for snow, spreading the leaves all over the street. Residents then have a difficult time raking these scattered leaves back up.
  • Posing a fire hazard to vehicles parked over them - there have been many examples of car fires that were caused by the extremely hot catalytic converters of the cars' exhaust system igniting the dry leaves.
  • Becoming very slippery in wet weather - causing hazards to vehicles attempting to stop, start or change direction.

Keeping leaf piles out of the streets prevents these problems. Rest assured that our crews can get to your leaves that are placed on the grass. Any discoloration of the grass is temporary as it is dormant at this time of year.

Special Announcement about Glass Recycling

Effective immediately, the Village’s recycling contractor is NO LONGER RECYCLING GLASS.  The contractor reports that glass breaks during transport, contaminating other materials, and causes machinery damage. In addition, the worldwide market for recycled glass has dropped precipitously, making it uneconomical for many communities to continue accepting glass in single stream recycling programs.
In order to provide an alternative, the Village is providing a glass drop-off at the Village Hall.  Collected glass will be taken by our Public Works personnel to the Montgomery County Transfer Station. The county is able to accept glass because it maintains a relationship with purchasers who recycle a portion and the remainder is used as an alternate daily landfill cover that is applied on the surface of solid waste landfills at the end of each operating day to control vectors, fires, odors, blowing litter, and scavenging. 
Residents can drop off intact or broken glass in the bins(s), marked “Glass Bottles and Jars Only” located just off of the main driveway at the Village Hall off of Laurel Parkway. Only clean glass bottles and jars may be placed in these carts, including all food and beverage bottles and jars made of clear, blue, brown and green glass. The following items are not acceptable: jar lids, sheet glass, glass windows, mirrors, Pyrex, light bulbs, crystal, glass dishes, and ceramics.

Glass examples


We hope that residents will take advantage of this opportunity to recycle glass and remind you to still use your green recycling cart to dispose of all other accepted recyclable materials except glass.

Art Show Continues through December 3

The Chevy Chase Artists Group’s (Ch/Art) Art Show at the Village Hall will continue through December 3.  The community is welcome to come by the Village Hall to enjoy the work of local artists from the Village and the surrounding communities.   For more information, visit:

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CCVillage, the neighborhood mailing list for Chevy Chase Village, has been successfully transferred to . If you were subscribed to CCVillage on Yahoo, you should have an account on the new system and be receiving messages according to your subscription preference. 
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The email address to submit messages to the new mailing list is, and you can read the group messages online at  On the website, click on "Messages" in the left column menu to see the most recent CCVillage posts, and click "New Topic" to open an editor that will let you compose and send your message.  You can search the database of old messages by clicking the "Search" button above the message list.
The CCVillage information website will remain at for now and will soon be updated with information on the new service.

--Tim Slagle, CCVillage moderator

Discharge of Swimming Pool Water into the
Public Right-of-Way

Around this time each year, we receive  inquiries from concerned residents regarding the discharge of swimming pool water into the public right-of-way. This practice is acceptable within Montgomery County and the Village.

Residents should be aware that the chemicals in swimming pool water naturally dissipate over time (which is why pool owners must constantly monitor their pool water). Pool service companies time the removal of the summer's water so that these chemicals have been rendered inactive or are present in levels low enough that they will not harm the watershed. If you would like to learn more about the County regulations for emptying of swimming pools, read this County fact sheet.

Councilmember Andrew Friedson holds Community Conversation with special guest 2nd District Police Commander Sean Gagen on Nov. 14

Residents are encouraged to attend to discuss countywide and community issues in District 1 neighborhoods

ROCKVILLE, Md., Nov. 4, 2019—Councilmember Andrew Friedson, who serves as the Lead for Parks on the Council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee, and is a member of the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee, is holding a Community Conversation with District 1 residents on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Bethesda Elementary School. Councilmember Friedson will be joined by 2nd Police District Commander Sean Gagen to engage with residents and learn about what is important to them. The discussion will cover both countywide and neighborhood issues in District 1. This is the fifth Community Conversation with Councilmember Friedson since he took office 11 months ago, and part of Councilmember Friedson’s continued commitment to bring the Council directly to the community.

What: Community Conversation with Councilmember Friedson and special guest 2nd District Police Commander Sean Gagen
When: Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Bethesda Elementary School, 7600 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814
Who: Councilmember Andrew Friedson, 2nd District Police Commander Sean Gagen and community members
RSVP: Aaron Kraut at or 240-777-7962

You can learn more about Councilmember Andrew Friedson here.

Montgomery County to Host ‘Energy Roadshows’

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is hosting “Energy Roadshows”, which are open-house-style events to learn about all things energy, including how to make homes more comfortable year-round, various options for switching to renewable energy and how to spot energy scams. Information at the shows will help residents keep more money in their pockets by reducing the amount of energy they use in their homes.
At the roadshows, there will be experts providing brief presentations on energy-saving programs of various scales, including efficient appliances, electric vehicles, home energy audits, solar installations and energy assistance opportunities. Information also will be available on energy-related scams that have had an increasing presence in the Washington area.
The schedule for upcoming Roadshow events:

  • Thursday, Nov. 14, 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd., Germantown.
  • Thursday, Nov. 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Olney Library, 3500 Olney Laytonsville Rd., Olney.

More information on Energy Roadshows is available at
More information on many types of energy-related topics is now available at the newly launched Energy Connection website. It is a collection of information compiled by Montgomery County DEP and other partner organizations. DEP has created an outreach network with those partners as it seeks to provide County residents with user-friendly, energy-saving resources that will improve their daily lives and preserve a healthy environment for future generations.
To learn more about the Montgomery Energy Connection website, visit

Pedestrian Map

Online Interactive Map of Pedestrian Pathway and Street Crossing Comfort Is Now Available

The Montgomery County Planning Department has created the interactive Pedestrian Level of Comfort Map as part of its ongoing Pedestrian Master Plan.
The Pedestrian Level of Comfort Map allows community members to visualize the varying comfort of the county’s sidewalks, pathways, trails and street crossings for pedestrians. Users can pan and zoom around the county map, clicking on different colored pathways and crossing segments to learn about their scoring based on current conditions.
The project team will use the Pedestrian Level of Comfort Map and other tools to analyze how well different neighborhoods are comfortably connected to parks, schools, transit stops, libraries, and other important regional destinations so improvements to pathways and street crossings can be prioritized.
To learn more about the Pedestrian Master Plan, attend an upcoming community meeting with the Montgomery Planning team:

  • Germantown: Wednesday, November 6, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Upcounty Regional Services Center
  • Wheaton: Wednesday, November 13, 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. at the Wheaton Regional Library

Chevy Chase Village Announces Fall Classes (For Children)

Montgomery County, MD Department of Environmental Protection -  Recycling and Resource Management Division


Confidential Paper Shredding/Recycling &
Reusable Clothing/Household Items Reuse Collection Events

The county’s next confidential paper shredding/recycling and reusable clothing/household items reuse collection events are:

  • Sunday, October 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.* at Clarksburg High School, located at 22500 Wims Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871
  • Saturday, November 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.* at Watkins Mill High School, located at 10301 Apple Ridge Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20879
*Please note: Montgomery County reserves the right to close these events before 2:00 p.m. if the mobile shredding trucks become filled to capacity.  No cars will be permitted to enter the parking lot of the schools after 2:00 p.m. Events will be canceled for inclement/severe weather. We will post updates to our website ( regarding cancellations no later than 7:00 a.m. on the day of the event.
All paper will be shredded on-site in a secure mobile document destruction truck. This is a drive-through event, and we ask you to stay in your vehicle at all times. For everyone’s safety, you will not be able to watch your paper being shredded.
Acceptable types of confidential paper for shredding include:
  • Personal confidential papers such as financial and legal documents, receipts, and tax and medical records
  • Papers with staples or paper clips (please remove all binder clips and rubber bands)
  • Envelopes with plastic windows
Please do not bring these materials:
  • Paper in 3-ring binders and spiral notebooks (please remove paper from binders and removal spiral bindings)
  • Electronic items or multi-media materials (DVDs, CDs, tapes, hard drives, or computer disks)
  • Batteries, flammables, or combustibles
  • No binders or hanging file folders
  • Plastic bags or credit cards
There is a limit of 5 small cardboard boxes (i.e. boxes used for reams of office paper) or paper bags (i.e., grocery-size type paper bags) of confidential paper for shredding per vehicle.
Montgomery County, MD residents can also bring reusable clothing and other household items, including furniture, that is in good condition, for donations benefiting the following organizations:

These events are free of charge and open to residents of Montgomery County, Maryland only.

Wood floor and colorful balls of yarn

   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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