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December 2019 Issue of the Crier 

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

Board of Managers Meeting:
Monday, December 9, 2019
at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall 

The Board of Managers will hold its regular monthly meeting on December 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall. Please click below to view the agenda. 

Click here to view the agenda.


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. 

Giant Food located in The Collection at Chevy Chase
to Close

New Full Service Grocery Store to Open in the Space Late 2020

Chevy Chase Land Company (the Land Company) officials have informed the Village that Giant Food, located in The Collection at Chevy Chase, has requested to be let out of their lease due to significantly low sales. The Land Company has agreed and has secured a replacement full-service grocer to occupy the space.
Land Company officials, confirm that Giant Food will officially close during the first week of January 2020.  Employees at the store were informed this week.
Covenants on the property require the Land Company to maintain a full-service grocery store within the development, therefore, the Land Company was required to secure a replacement lease prior to allowing Giant to close. After the closure, the new grocer will take occupancy of the space and intends to perform façade improvements and layout modifications.  The new store will open at the end of 2020.
Land Company leadership advised that the lease agreement contains a non-disclosure provision that does not allow them to disclose the name of the new grocer until the new grocer directs; however, the Land Company has assured us that the new company is a well-known name in the retail market that residents will recognize.
The positive news is that the retailer has agreed to include the retail space located at the corner of Western Avenue and Wisconsin Circle (currently the Sweet Teensy bakery; which will close by the end of December). The new grocer will internally connect the two spaces so that customers (principally those getting off the Metro) will be able to access the grocery store without having to walk around to the main entrance as they do today (a consistently expressed complaint by Village residents since the renovation in the mid-2000s). The current grocery store’s retail floor actually occupies the space on the level above the bakery.  Customers would enter from the Wisconsin Circle entrance and go up a level to access the grocery store. 
Some unknowns at this time are whether the new store will include a pharmacy (Village officials have requested that the Land Company inquire with the new grocer), and whether an additional main entrance can be created on the Western Avenue side of the space (the sidewalk along Western Avenue is a full story below the main entrance located inside the property). Land Company officials have agreed to take that feedback to the new leaseholder.
Village officials remain in contact with Land Company officials and we will update the community on any developments as we learn of them.


The Village's Annual Holiday Party

 Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Chevy Chase Village Hall
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers requests the Pleasure of your Company! Please join us during this Holiday Season for a special evening of merriment and good cheer. A buffet-style dinner and desserts are sure to please residents of all ages.

Click here to see the invitation and full menu.

Residents will enjoy seasonal music and a visit from Old Saint Nick. 
Please call the Village Hall at (301) 654-7300 or send an email to to make reservations for your family.

Employees Holiday Fund

Food Drive Continues through December

For the seventh year in a row, Chevy Chase Village is partnering with the Manna Food Center, the largest food bank in Montgomery County. Now through December, when attending Village events residents are asked to bring a non-perishable item to donate. Accepted donations include: peanut butter, tuna fish, beans, oatmeal, mac and cheese, pasta, baby food, and shelf-stable milk. Please ensure your donated food has not expired.

A Wider Circle Donation Drive

Brought to you by the Community Relations Committee

December is the final month of our collection benefiting A Wider Circle, an organization which works to address poverty and homelessness in Montgomery County. Residents are encouraged to bring personal care items such as those listed below to the Village Hall during these final weeks of the year to help those in need right here in our county:

accepted donations

There are so many other ways to support A Wider Circle. 
For more information visit:

Gift Greener

Montgomery County
Department of Environmental Protection
Launches Annual ‘Gift Outside the Box’ Campaign

Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is partnering with County agencies and organizations for the third consecutive year to provide residents with ways to green their holiday giving with “Gift Outside the Box.”
Gift Outside the Box focuses on five areas where residents can learn ways to gift in a more environmentally responsible way.

  • Buy local: Support County businesses and purchase locally made products. Look for the “MoCo Made” label.
  • Gift experiences: No need for a box when the gift features event tickets, Montgomery Recreation classes, music lessons and time in nature and parks.
  • Gift greener: New items still are the choice of many gift givers, but they are encouraged to think green, with gifts such as reusable water bottles or smart thermostats.
  • Give back: Among the most appreciated gifts are donations to a local charity or setting aside time to spend with friends and family by volunteering together.
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle: Reduce waste by buying gifts made from recycled or reused materials. For all gifts, minimize wrapping.

During the campaign, County staff will provide residents with free reusable bags at select events and shops.

More information about the most sustainable ways to give for the holidays is available at the Gift Outside the Box website at

Vision Zero Town Hall

District 18 Delegates Town Hall Meeting

Garrett Park Town Hall
January 6, 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
10814 Kenilworth Ave.
Garrett Park, Maryland 20896

Join your state elected legislators for a Town Hall about the issues that are important to you.This event is free and open to the public.

Reporting Streetlight Outages

Report Online Directly to Pepco

With the time change and shorter days residents may be notice any outages to streetlights more quickly than in the long days of summer. If you do observe a streetlight outage you may report it directly to Pepco through a simple to use online reporting form:

You may identify the pole by pole number or location.  Reporting the outage in this manner is the most expedient way to have the pole serviced.

Pepco Cautions Customers of Phone Scam

Pepco reports an increase in individuals calling Pepco customers and falsely claiming their electric service will be disconnected unless payment is made. Pepco representatives will never call you to ask you for cash or request that you purchase a prepaid credit card to make a payment on your bill.
If you receive a call from one of these scammers, hang-up and call Pepco directly to confirm the status of your account: Pepco's Customer Service line is 202-833-7500.

Glass Recycling Drop-Off at the Village Hall

As we announced last month, 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 deposited at the drop-off, 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


Thank you to the many residents who have begun taking advantage of this opportunity to recycle glass. Residents are reminded to continue using your green recycling cart to dispose of all other accepted recyclable materials except glass.

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.

CCVillage, the neighborhood mailing list for
Chevy Chase Village, is now on! 

The email address to submit messages to the new mailing list is, and group messages can be viewed online at  The CCVillage information website will remain at
Special thanks to listserv moderator, Tim Slagle, for his work to maintain this valuable community resource!

New Session of Chevy Chase@Home
Tai Chi Classes

CCV@H classes
CCV@H waiver

Chevy Chase Village Announces Fall Classes (For Children)

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). 

Compost Crew Image

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

or visit the website at
to report their outage and receive restoration information.

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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