Friday, November 30, 2012

Seeking High School Leaders

Friday January 4, 2013 is the deadline for applications to the Lazarus Leadership Fellows Program. The program, now in its seventeenth year, gives high school sophomores and juniors an opportunity to learn from community leaders in a series of nine seminars in the Spring. Each Lazarus Fellow completes a 200-hour community service project in the Summer.

Based at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the program is open to students who live in or attend school in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area. A brochure describing the program and the 2013 application are posted on the B-CC HS webpage under activities. If you have questions, contact program founder Bruce Adams at

2012 Lazarus Fellows at A Wider Circle

Friday, November 16, 2012

Leggett Seeks Applicants for White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee

County Executive Isiah Leggett is seeking applicants to fill eight vacancies on the newly established White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee for the following positions: three representatives of commercial property owners in the Sector Plan Area; two representatives of businesses that employ fewer than 25 employees; two representatives of residential communities in the Sector Plan Area, and one representative in or outside of the Sector Plan Area. Applicants should indicate the position for which they are applying.

The Sector Plan Area is comprised of the following streets: Citadel Avenue, Executive Boulevard (5900 block), Hoya Street, Maple Avenue, Marinelli Lane, McGrath Boulevard, Nebel Street (11500-12292), Nicholson Court, Nicholson Lane, Old Georgetown Road (11565-11999), Randolph Road (5500 block), Rockville Pike (11120-12000), Security Lane, and Woodglen Drive. (See map below.) For specific questions regarding the Sector Plan Area boundaries, please contact Ken Hartman at (240) 777-8206.

The Committee will also include two members nominated by the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce; one representative who is a member of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board; and three ex-officio, non-voting members representing the County Executive, County Council, and North Bethesda Transportation Management District.

The Committee will advise County departments on public services in the White Flint Sector Plan Area; and coordinate community activities that promote and advance business interests, and a sense of place, community, maintenance and walkability within the Area. The Committee will also advise and make recommendations to the County Executive and County Council on the feasibility and timing for the establishment of the Urban District in White Flint no later than September 2017. The Committee will provide an annual report to the County Executive and County Council.

Members will serve three year terms (initially staggered) without compensation, but will be eligible for reimbursement for travel and dependent care for meetings attended. Meetings dates, times and location will be determined. An application, consisting of a brief cover letter and resume, should be sent by mail to County Executive Isiah Leggett, 101 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor, Rockville, MD  20850, or by email to Home and employment addresses, as well as contact phone numbers and email addresses should be included. The deadline for application is December 7, 2012.

Lot 31 Project Update – November 16, 2012

The Lot 31 excavation and sheeting/shoring work continues to be the primary work at the site. The excavator is beginning to encounter small rock areas, but to date the rock has been “rippable” by the excavation equipment. Sheeting/shoring and tie back operations continue around the site also. For reference, at the southwest side of the site the hole is just over 50% excavated.

Automobile traffic is reminded that Woodmont Avenue remains closed from Miller to Bethesda. Only automobiles with business on Miller or who live off Miller Avenue should enter Woodmont Avenue northbound at Wisconsin.

Montgomery County traffic, Police, Bethesda Urban Partnership, and the Lot 31 development team continue to monitor pedestrian and automobile traffic around the Woodmont Avenue closure. There have been no major changes to traffic operations in the last two weeks.

The construction teams will be enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday with their families. The construction site will be closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday (November 22, 23, 24).

Please visit for more project information and tips for getting to Bethesda Row during construction.

Some site photos from the last two weeks:


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Public Safety Update

From Captain David Falcinelli, Commander 2nd District, Montgomery County Police

Dear Residents of the 2nd District:

As the holidays are quickly approaching, I wanted to take a minute to update you on current crime trends in the district and provide some prevention advice that can help you better partner with the police and reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim.

YTD 2011 vs. YTD 2012 (click on chart to view larger size)

(Click here for a map of the 2nd DIstrict)

As you can see by the chart, the 2nd District remains down in all property crime categories and up in person’s crime categories. With regards to the robbery increase for the year, we are still recovering from a spike earlier in the year and arrests have been made in many of the cases already. Most recently, our Special Assignment Team arrested a suspect for a carjacking committed in the White Flint area recently. He was responsible for other similar robberies in the region. While the aggravated assaults remain a concern, many of these crimes are committed by known suspects (domestic situations and bar fights). For this category, we like to focus our investigative efforts on the small percentage that are stranger on stranger assaults.

While the property crime numbers have improved since last year, there is no reason to get comfortable with your efforts or ours. Recently, there have been a number of residential burglaries occurring across the district. Some are a result of transient criminals utilizing a false story to gain entry to a home (i.e. “We are here to check the water meters and then they distract the homeowner and steal” or “I lost my dog and when you decide to help, another suspect enters the unlocked home”). Some are occurring when residents leave their home for a short period during the day and the burglars force entry or enter through unlocked doors and windows. In these cases, it is most likely a stranger in the neighborhood watching for movement in and out of homes so it is critically important that you call us ASAP anytime you encounter a suspicious situation or person. Have your neighbors perform regular checks on your home if you will be away. Consider adding extra lighting at night, or using motion sensor lights.

As you begin your holiday shopping, there are two areas of concern. The first is that you need to protect your purchases, whether made on-line and delivered or bought from a local store. For on-line deliveries, you need to be comfortable with the delivery process as many packages are left unattended on front porches and suspects have been known to follow these delivery trucks and steal the packages shortly after they are delivered to an unoccupied residence. Please work this out in advance with your merchant to ensure you received the package on your terms. For those braving the malls, criminals are always looking for easy targets such as people leaving packages in their cars then going to another store and leaving them unprotected. Rather than leaving recently purchased items in the passenger compartment of your car, please consider locking them in the trunk and then taking them inside as soon as you get home. Again, if you see suspicious people lurking around the parking garages of the malls, report this information ASAP, as the mall and the police provide increased patrols of these areas during the shopping season.

I attribute our success in the reduction of property crimes last year to everyone doing a little extra to protect themselves, their families and property. Good common sense goes a long way. Unfortunately we are living in an increasingly urban environment that often attracts a bad element determined to steal what we work so hard to provide for our family and friends. Do your best to protect yourself this season. As your police department, we will be stepping up our efforts to protect you and arrest the criminals responsible for committing these crimes.

Captain David Falcinelli

Commander – 2nd District

Friday, November 9, 2012

Rockville and Bethesda Honor Our Veterans

Rockville's Mayor and Council will lead a tribute to the men and women who have served in the nation's armed forces on Sunday, November 11, 11am, at Rockville's Veterans Park (located at the intersection of Rockville Pike and Veirs Mill Road).  Mike Marceau, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam, and Vice President of the DC Chapter of Veterans for Peace, will be the featured speaker.  American Legion Post 86 will lead the wreath-laying ceremony and the Post's Honor Guard will lead the 21-gun salute.

Bethesda will honor those who have served in our nation's armed forces at a ceremony on Monday, November 12, 10:45am at Bethesda's Veterans Park. (corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues).   The guest speaker will be Colonel Ramona Fiorey, United States Army, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.   The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center honor guard will present the colors.  The annual event is organized by the Bethesda Kiwanis Club.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Sandy Aftermath

We are very fortunate the effects of Hurricane Sandy on our community were relatively minor. Unlike the July Derecho storm, we did not experience widespread power outages.

Throughout the storm, the Regional Services Center sent out important notices and summaries of emergency preparations underway to our newsletter and civic leader lists. We sincerely appreciate the positive feedback we received.

We continue to strongly encourage everyone to sign up for emergency alerts from AlertMontgomery. When an incident or emergency occurs, Alert Montgomery is your personal connection to updates, emergency instructions, and other important information.

The county's division of solid waste services asks that for downed leaves, we use weekly yard trim curbside collections as much as possible, in combination with scheduled curbside vacuum leaf pick-ups. Look online for the schedule or in your neighborhood for posted green signs for the date you can expect leaf pickup where you live. The first pickups begin November 5.

As far as we know, there will be no special pickup for tree debris, as there was after Derecho last July. That means those who get their trash and recyclables picked up by the county should either containerize or bundle their tree debris and and put it at the curb for weekly pickup. If you have a lot of debris, don't set it out all at once, so as not to overwhelm the pick-up crews and the Shady Grove transfer station. Large chunks of tree and other Items too big for curbside collection should be taken to the Shady Grove processing facility and transfer station.