Friday, December 20, 2013

Annual Goodwill dinner for the needy

Wednesday night was the 25th annual goodwill dinner for our neediest neighbors including those homeless and low-income seniors and families. County officials and community members served a holiday feast to more than 450 guests at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad. There also were gifts for the guests, including: toys and hats and mittens for children; fresh fruit and cookies; ice cream; and opportunities for pictures with Santa - all courtesy of local businesses.

The annual dinner tradition was launched by the Hyatt Regency Bethesda along with the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce and the BCC Regional Services Center after a homeless person was found frozen one winter near the back door to the hotel. The event was way to highlight poverty and need in our part of the County.

The event is now sponsored by several community companies and organizations:  Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, Hyatt Regency Bethesda, Bethesda Urban Partnership, Bethesda Cares, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Five Star Premier Residences of Chevy Chase, NIH-NOAA Recreation and Welfare Association, Montgomery County 2nd District police, Bethesda Volunteer Fire Department, and the B-CC Rescue Squad.  Many other individuals dedicated their time to make the event a success.
County Executive Ike Leggett and Councilmember Nancy Floreen volunteering at the Goodwill Dinner

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Bethesda Post Office Mural Coming to the Regional Services Center

                             The mural hanging at the post office. Photo from

Artist Robert Gates with a mock-up of the mural

The first floor/plaza level lobby of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services center will be the new home for the historic mural that was on display at the Bethesda Post Office from 1939 until 2012, when the office closed.

The mural depicts a scene at the Bethesda Women's Farmers Market and was painted by Robert Gates with funds from the Works Progress Administration.

The mural's claim to fame is that Eleanor Roosevelt called the sketch of the mural "charming". If the first lady thinks your work of art is charming then you'll certainly get the commission for the project (which Robert Gates got in 1938).

Installation began December 4th and finished on the 6th.. Feel free to come by and check out this beautiful and historically significant mural!

Message From David Falcinelli, District 2 Police Commander

Important Phone Numbers!


NON-EMERGENCY: 301-279-8000


Tips to prevent crimes from being committed against you:

Use extreme caution when using sites such as Craigslist to buy/sell items, and consider whether the savings is worth the effort and potential hazard.

Remember that burglars will often try to gain access to a home by entering an unlocked door or window, or finding a spare key left outside.

Some other safety tips to consider:

1.                   Do not have packages delivered to your house if you are not home to receive them. Make arrangements for them to be delivered to a neighbor or pick them up at the shipper’s local office.

2.                   Do not fall prey to phone scams, especially the most recent where someone calls representing themselves as a police officer and tells you to send money or you will be arrested. Another is a call from a utility company threatening to cut off power unless you wire cash immediately. If you are unsure of the legitimacy of caller, check out or simply ask for their company contact information so you can research their claim before deciding whether to call them back.

3.                   The Montgomery County Police Department does not solicit money, nor am I aware of any legitimate police agency that does. Be wary of phone calls from people representing themselves as law enforcement

4.                   Pedestrian safety is a must. It gets dark early. You may see a car, but the driver probably does not see you. Wear reflective clothing. Cross at marked intersections. Pay attention to your surroundings. For those with school age children, Montgomery County Police in conjunction with Montgomery County Public Schools will be piloting its first set of school bus photo enforcement in January. If you are a driver that passes a school bus with its red lights flashing, you may be receiving a citation in the mail. Remember – you may not pass a school bus with flashing red lights from either direction, even on multi-lane roads, unless the road is divided by a physical barrier and you are on the side opposite from the bus.

5.                   LOCK YOUR CARS!!!! 96 thefts from cars in November which is a 2013 monthly high – 74 of the 96 were unlocked!!!! When you shop, hide your items in the trunk and take them immediately into your home. This is a very prevalent crime this time of year and thieves will generally ignore a locked car with nothing worth stealing visible,  and move on to the unlocked one.

6.                   Don’t forget that hand-held cell phone use while driving is a primary offense. Officers are enforcing this law vigorously. Bluetooth is still permissible.

            Use your eyes, ears, and good judgement. If your suspicious, make the call. All it takes is one call end a crime spree.