AGREEMENT REACHED ON PARK AVENUE DEVELOPMENT
FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULES FOR CHEVY CHASE LAND COMPANY AND HECHT'S SITES
BROOKDALE HOME SALES
PUBLIC SAFETY IN BROOKDALE
CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULES FOR CHEVY CHASE LAND COMPANY AND
Chevy Chase Land Company
February, 2004 All retail closed except Giant, Blockbuster, and Chevy Chase Bank. Demolition began on vacated buildings. The office building above Clyde's is to be removed leaving a one-story building.
April, 2004 The sidewalk and two lanes of Wisconsin Circle are closed, making the Circle a one-way street from Wisconsin toward Western for one year.
Summer, 2004 Giant, Blockbuster, and Chevy Chase Bank close. The entire site is under construction.
June, 2005 Clyde's reopens.
Fall 2005 Two high-end retail buildings open on Wisconsin Ave. between Clyde's and Saks.
February-June, 2006 New office building opens with neighborhood retail located on first floor.
June, 2004 Digging begins on the parking lot. Hecht's remains open until a new building is completed.
Fall, 2006 New Hecht's opens, along with a few adjoining small retail stores. Demolition of the old Hecht's building begins along with excavation on the remainder of the site.
Spring, 2008 Opening of additional small retail stores, community center, apartment building, and office building.
|TIP FOR A GRUBBY GARDEN--Nancy McCloskey|
Several weeks ago the "Brookdale Planters" sat around my dining room table discussing the winter weather and other plant-related themes. One hardy planter who had actually been outdoors looking at her winter-weary plants mentioned a problem. She had holes in her grass. Something had been digging and literally removing the grass from her lawn. What was the problem? After some questions, I think I know. She had grubs in her lawn and probably moles, voles, raccoons, opossums and maybe even skunks digging for them. These animals call the grubs food when they are hungry. (This has since been verified by the capture of 2 racoons in the yard.)
What are these grubs? There is more than one kind of grub in our soil; some are all white, some are white with black heads, and some are white with red heads. All are a nuisance, but the worst is the red head. It is known as the Japanese Beetle Grub. This grub over winters in this part of the country as a partially grown grub in the soil below the frost line. In the spring the grub resumes feeding, primarily on the roots of grasses, and then pupates near the soil surface. Adults begin to emerge between the third week of May and the end of June, depending on warmth of the soil.
You will be familiar with these adults. They are very shiny, flying critters who land especially on your roses, but also on almost any other thing you are trying to grow and will want to eat. By the time they reach the flying stage their skeletons are very hard, making them almost impossible to get rid of by using a spray. So the best way to rid yourselves of them is to pick them off and put them into a plastic bag that holds water with some Clorox in it.
If you want to be a smart gardener, use "Milky Spore." Milky spore are naturally occurring microorganisms that reduce grub populations. I could go into more detail about this, but don't think you need it. Just go to your favorite store and ask for "Milky Spore" which is sold under that name. You simply put one teaspoon 4 feet apart all across your lawn, flower beds and other property. It takes about sixteen months for it to fully work. Then you're set for the next twenty years. How's that for simple? If you can get your neighbors to do the same thing, you'll never be bothered with the Japanese Beetle again. Just think. We can have a Japanese Beetle Free Zone.
One more thing. Don't worry about Brood X of the Cicada. They are really harmless; just noisy. If you are worried about protecting very young trees, don't use cheesecloth. Cheesecloth will look terrible after the first rain (believe me I have tried it). Instead, buy a light plastic screen that is used to cover ponds. It has small holes and will keep the Cicadas' out.
Come to our next meeting to learn more exciting solutions to your gardening problems!
INTERVIEW WITH PRINCIPAL OF WESTBROOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL --
Mr. Michael Thomas is completing his 7th year as principal of Westbrook Elementary School, our local public school for grades K-5. Prior to becoming principal, he served as Principal in Training at Westbrook and then Assistant Principal at Rachel Carson Elementary School. He is married and has two sons in the Fairfax County schools.
The Westbrook school community consists of 290 students, 26 full- and part-time teachers, 6 para-educators, 2 administrative staff, 4 full- and part-time custodians, and the principal. It is one of the smallest elementary schools in Montgomery County. It serves not only Brookdale, but also Crest View, Glen Cove, Green Acres, Spring Hill, West Gate, West Haven, and Westmoreland Hills.
The foremost concern for Mr. Thomas on March 11, when we first spoke, was the loss of one of the school's leading teachers, Mrs. Kristi Meyer. Mrs. Meyer, until her untimely death from cancer, was a first grade teacher and led the Community of Caring at Westbrook. Many staff and children have been strongly affected by losing her. The school has provided supportive activities recently to help them cope with the situation.
Issues of accountability and assessment impact Westbrook, as well as other schools around the nation. As a whole, Westbrook children have performed very well on such tests as the Maryland School Assessment, used each year to test children in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in math and reading. Teachers regularly use these test results to provide additional support to help all children excel.
There are three goals for local school improvement: (1) writing proficiency, (2) math improvement, and (3) character education to improve the environment for learning. These goals are foremost in Mr. Thomas' agenda for the future. He plans to use technology as a teaching tool and integrate it throughout the curriculum.
When asked about recruitment of teachers, Mr. Thomas indicated that due to its reputation Westbrook has no problem attracting and retaining fine teachers.
The school building was modernized in 1990. He does not anticipate further physical improvements in the near future. The county has committed to building gymnasiums at those elementary schools, like Westbrook, that do not have one. It will be 7-8 years, however, before Westbrook has such a facility. Recently, the County improved drainage of the school's playing fields so that they can be used sooner after rains. Last year the playgrounds were redesigned to be more accessible to wheelchairs.
Mr. Thomas feels that the level of parent volunteerism makes Westbrook a uniquely excellent school. There are a number of activities that parents carry out that could be expanded to include other interested adults, in particular, the Spring and Fall campus cleanups and volunteer work assisting students and teachers. He is working on incorporating the community at large into school efforts and will be informing us as to how Brookdale residents may become more involved in helping the school. Stay tuned!
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