- Larry Broadwell, Treasurer
Thanks to everyone who has paid Citizens' Association dues for the fiscal current year (to June
'09). And very special thanks to those who added a donation to express appreciation for the
organization's efforts to enhance and protect our neighborhood.
If you missed the previous edition of the Bugle, or the dues envelope was missing from your
copy, or the dog ate it, you can still pay and start the new year with a clear conscience. Just walk
or mail your $20 check payable to "Brookdale Citizens' Association" to
L. Broadwell, Treasurer
5306 Saratoga Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
If you have questions about your Association's spending plans, contact your local executive
committee member or email the treasurer at bakpacker1 -at- verizon.net.
Block Captains' and Vice Presidents' names and contact information are available on the
. They were given in the September issue of the
which can be found on the website
- Robert L. Cope
1. Apartment Building. By the time this issue of the Bugle goes to press, the apartment building
and its leasing office should be open for business. The sidewalk along Friendship Boulevard
should also be open from Western Avenue to Willard Avenue.
2. Office Building. The office building should be open for business by July 1, 2009. The largest
tenant in the office building will be Microsoft's federal office, which will lease five floors.
Another large tenant will be Capital Source. The eleven-story office building is already 90
3. Miscellaneous Retail and Restaurants. The two-story retail buildings located at the intersection
of Western Avenue and Wisconsin Avenue should also be open for business by July 1, 2009.
Restaurants include Capitol Grill, Redstone Grill, John Kent Cooke's Wine Tasting Room.
Retailers include Talbots, Cole Haan, Saphora Cosmetics, and Giggles's kids store.
4. Grocery Store. The grocery store is located on Willard Ave. and is underneath the plaza that is
located between the apartment building and the office building. The current lease is with Whole
Foods, but occupancy has been delayed until October 2009.
5. Sidewalk along Western Ave. The sidewalk along Western Ave. should be open to
Wisconsin Ave., although in the spring the developer will need to take up the asphalt and
complete the sidewalk and landscaping.
6. Sidewalk along Wisconsin Avenue. The sidewalk on Wisconsin Avenue will remain closed
until June or July 2009 to permit construction of an additional southbound lane on Wisconsin
Ave. (resulting in southbound Wisconsin having a left-turn lane, two through lanes, and a
dedicated right-turn lane), relocation and construction of an expanded sidewalk, installation of
street lights, and construction of a landscaped median, which will separate the northbound
Wisconsin Ave. lanes from the southbound lanes.
7. Recreation Center. The recreation center is on Friendship Boulevard and is immediately
adjacent to Bloomingdale's. It can be distinguished from the apartment building by its red-tinted
bricks. It should open in June 2009.
The Westbard Sector Plan Area includes the current Giant site and also includes all of the
commercial areas from Ridgefield Road to Little Falls Parkway, including Butler, Clipper,
Dorsey and Landy Lane.
The Montgomery County Planning Board will begin studying Westbard in January 2010. The
purpose of this study is to decide whether the current zoning for Westbard is outdated. The
current zoning does not necessarily permit mixed-use development (housing, retail, and office),
and the current thinking in Montgomery County is that old 1950s-type shopping centers should
be converted into mixed-use developments.
The Washington Post has recently run several articles on the Planning Board's initiative to
convert the old shopping centers on Rockville Pike into modern mixed-use developments. In the
White Flint Sector Plan Area of Rockville Pike, the Planning Board will shortly recommend a
change in zoning that will allow construction of mixed-use developments with a minimum
building height of 16 stories. Since Westbard is not located over a subway station, we can only
hope that the Planning Board will recommend much lower density for Westbard.
A lot of preliminary work has already been done by the Westbard Committee of the Citizens'
Coordinating Committee of Friendship Heights , and this work can be found at Westbard.org
click on community.
Blue Bins and Garbage Cans - Elsa Skaggs and Gwen Lewis
Being a visually thoughtful neighbor (or Locating those Blue Bins)
While we are anxious to eliminate trash, garbage, and yard waste from our property in a timely
manner and hopefully, in such a way as to reduce our carbon footprints, the county's scheme for
sorting and collecting requires us to have a large number of separate containers. (We have 5 at
one house for 2 people!) The question becomes how the heck do we store all these blue bins
and garbage cans?
What do folks do to keep their homes visually attractive given all these needs? Luckily, when
one of us moved to our house, the backyard was fenced and near the backdoor, behind the fence
was a convenient place to put the cans. (Actually, right beside the backdoor was a concrete
structure that in the 1940s held the garbage can below ground level.) Some people have built
special fenced/roofed blinds for the cans. Unfortunately, with the expansion of the number of
containers, keeping such a place discrete has become a problem, too. Another solution is hiding
the items behind a large bush. Many residents now use their garage for storage only. So, that has
become some people's hiding place. When the house connects to the garage, this provides a
convenient solution. One neighbor told us she discontinued this use because of smells. We
assume that only applies to the garbage can since the recyclables are to be clean. A tight-fitting
lid might solve that problem.
Another issue in location of garbage cans is the terrain on which your house is built. One
neighbor pointed out that their house is on a hill with the drive to the garage having retaining
walls. Consequently, the cans need to be located near the street in order to get them there and
back on collection day. At least one family in this predicament, has tucked the cans "behind" the
retaining wall in the most hidden location with the neutral-colored garbage cans in front of the
Most neighbors have managed to figure a place to pull those quite large, too-bright eyesores out
of sight. That seems to work best for the good of all. If, however, you are a neighbor who has
not considered appearance important, would you re-consider? And, please put your blue bins and
other containers out of view as soon as you can on collection day. Your neighbors will thank you
If you are like us, you have much excess capacity in the rolling paper bin, which holds 65 gals.
So, another question is, can we reduce the numbers of containers or their sizes? By requesting,
one can get a smaller (22 gal.) container for paper recycling that is just like your current
glass/metal/plastic recycling box (with no lid). If this better meets your needs, contact the solid
waste department (240-777-6410 or www.montgomerycountymd.gov/solidwaste
) to get the type of box you wish and have the old one taken away.
Home Sales in Brookdale, Last Quarter
- Phyllis Wiesenfelder
Currently, 4703 Overbrook Rd is on the market for $1,725,000. It was listed on December 13th.
It is a colonial with 6 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths and built in 2006.
5329 Saratoga Ave was listed for $793,000. It sold for $785,000 after 40 days on the market. It
has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths. It was built in 1947.
5321 Baltimore Avenue was listed for $899,000 and sold for $942,000, settling November 14,
2008. It took 8 days to sell. There are 5 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths. It is a colonial built in
4637 River Road was listed for $745,000, sold for $710,000, settled October 17th, and took 91
days to sell. It is a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath colonial built in 1938.
4709 Dover was listed for $719,500, sold for $706,000 and settled December 3,2008. It took 21
days to sell. It is a 3 bedroom, 1 and 1/2 bath colonial built in 1936.
4501 Dalton Road sold on October 15th for $967,500. It was listed for $1,049,000 and took 6
days to sell. The house has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and was built in 1938.
5306 Westport Road sold on September 25 for $850,000. It was listed for $829,000 and went
under contract in 9 days. The house has 3 bedrooms, 1 « baths, and was built in 1947.
*An agent for Long & Foster Realtors.
Why the Ivy League Cut the Ivy
- Gwen Lewis
Forty years ago colleges in the Ivy League and most other older campuses had ivy dripping off
their walls, looking quite beautiful. Sometime in the interim essentially all of it was removed.
Why? Ivy damaged the brick, stone, and mortar and had to be trimmed frequently. Why do we
care? Trees have the same problem with ivy that buildings do. While it looks nice at first, it
According to County Weed Warrior Coordinator, Paul Carlson, you can't do a better favor for
your trees than to remove this invasive weed (English ivy). It is a menace that is hurting trees
throughout our entire county parks system. English ivy also serves as a reservoir for
bacterial leaf scorch, a plant pathogen that is harmful to elms, oaks, maples and other native plants. Paul refers us to the Weeds Gone Wild website - fact sheet about English ivy,
What else needs to be done to help our trees? As our community has passed its 60th birthday, it is
experiencing the decline of the first (and second) trees planted. You may have noticed that the
county removed lots of street trees this fall and more are slated for spring removal (orange dots
on them). With the expansions to many of our homes and the building of houses on the few
remaining lots, many sizeable trees have either been taken down or damaged.
Did you know that trees reduce considerably the cost of home air conditioning (electricity) during
the summer months. They also make walking on the streets of our community much more
pleasant on a sunny day!
There are several ways to help restore and maintain our tree cover: remove ivy and other
climbing plants from them; plant a tree in another part of your yard to eventually replace the
existing, elderly tree; get an arborist to salvage the trees that you already have; and take
advantage of the county's street tree program by requesting a tree for your lot along the street.
(See the Brookdale links
for information.) If you need help with any of these, please call me
Renters and Owners in Brookdale
- Bill McCloskey and Gwen Lewis
Brookdale is an eclectic neighborhood with homes built and built onto from the late 19th Century
through the 21st Century. Not many cookie cutters here. There is a good mix of working folks
and retired; singles, couples, and families; jobs of many types; people from 37 countries of origin
(see last issue of Bugle); and much other diversity. Another area of diversity is that some of us
own our homes and some rent them. Fortunately, the Brookdale Citizens' Association is a voice
for everyone living here, not just homeowners.
A survey by the Bugle shows 57 (16 percent) of the 367 homes in Brookdale currently occupied
by renters. The percentages vary from 11 percent in Brookdale South (114 homes) to 13 percent
in Wohlshire (61 homes) to 15 percent in Brookdale North (102 homes) to 24 percent in
Orchardale (90 homes). Based on anecdotal evidence, we feel a number of factors contribute to
some houses being rental property some temporarily and some more long term. Some houses
are rented out periodically by foreign-service and international organization worker-owners when
they are posted overseas. Quite a few houses are held for investment, including several owned
by former and current Brookdale residents. GEICO owns seven houses. Other homes seem to be
rented rather than sold because of the difficulty getting top dollar for newly built homes or the
inability to sell during the current credit crunch. All these reasons seem to hinge on the
attractiveness and convenience of the neighborhood, which bring people willing to pay top rental
dollar, and the fact that house values seem to climb in spite of the bad market.
If you are curious about any home's ownership or rental status, you can check either the Maryland
state tax rolls through the Brookdale website links or the Montgomery County tax rolls at
. The Maryland tax system gives a little
more information on the house.
Brookdale Street Party
- Marie Moylan
Brookdale held its annual street party on Saturday, September 27. Regina Crosson and I decided
to take up the challenge and did the advertising and organizing for a community get-together, this
year on Dalton Road. The weather forecast was not promising, but since it was even worse for
the following day, we decided to defy the forecasters and go ahead as planned. It turned out to
be a nice evening - warm with no rain - and lots of participation.
Mike Makuch did a wonderful job providing the music, and Mike Freeman and Linda Hallman
brought out their portable fireplace for roasting marshmallows. About 50 -60 neighbors
participated in the party including an excellent turnout of kids to help roast the marshmallows.
Thanks to all who came, thanks to those who contributed to the culinary experience and to those
in the immediate vicinity who lent tables and chairs. A fine time was had by all.
Brookdale Halloween Party, 2008
- Laura Jeliazkov
The annual Brookdale Halloween Party was successfully held this year on October 26, 2008. A
great thanks to Sophie Pestieau, Diane Tanman, Laura Leishman, Darcy King-Leatham, and
Marina Bowsher; the five courageous women who worked together to create this year's
This year showed a great variety of costumes. There were giraffes, lions, bunnies, bats, fairies,
ninjas, clowns, skeletons, princesses, witches, and knights in shining armor. Even the dogs
There were a great many games held at the Halloween party, such as the donut contest. It would
not have been possible without Darcy King, who supplied all the donuts! Two decorative pi¤atas
were brought down by the kids as well, one bearing the shape of an eyeball, and the other a
pumpkin. At last, as the party neared an end, one of the adults led the children around the park in
a Halloween parade, carefully holding a toy CD player, which was blasting Halloween songs,
including the always great "Monster Mash."
It really was an amazing Halloween party this year. Thanks so much to the people who made it
*Laura is 12 and a 7th grader at Westland Middle School.
HELP WITH HOME ENERGY
- Larry Broadwell
Among the resources available at www.montgomerycountymd.gov
is information how to have
your home energy usage audited. The county's Department of Environmental Protection links
with the state "Home Performance with Energy Star" and lists contractors trained and certified to
perform energy audits at
. Many contractors are
listed, ranging from those that do only audits (such as Live Green, located in Chevy Chase) to
those like Ardent Green of North Potomac that provide both audits and remedial services such as
air and duct sealing, insulation, and improvement of heating systems.
At a recent presentation on the Energy Star program at the county services office in Bethesda,
staff from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) explained the audit process. A key
part is the "blower door test," in which a fan sucks air from the house while an auditor checks air
pressure and locates any leaks. If interior air pressure drops, it indicates that the house has no
major leaks. Typically, the DEP staff noted, hot air will leak into upper stories and attics, while
cold air will slip in through low level gaps around windows and ductwork. Auditors can identify
leaks and weak spots in insulation by using a variety of equipment. Under the state program,
authorized testers will also run combustion safety tests on gas- and oil-using furnaces and
If a home has problems, as shown by high heating bills, the costs of the audit and remedial work
can be recovered quickly, according to DEP staff. One way to hasten cost recovery is to reduce
the cost of an audit (typically $300-400, depending on the size of the house). Brookdale
residents might be able to do so by identifying an audit firm that would be willing to discount
price in return for a number of orders in our neighborhood. The prospect of several contracts as
well as the ease of moving equipment among houses in a relatively small area might generate a
healthy discount. A "demonstration" audit steeply discounted test for a homeowner willing to
let neighbors observe the tester at work might also be negotiated.
Our citizens' association listserv provides a good tool for exploring this prospect:
-if you have experience with an energy audit, and especially if you want to recommend an
auditor, tell the listserv about it
-if you want to learn more, check out the county websites, call any contractors that interest
you, and share what you find out on the listserv
-and if you are willing to help organize a group to identify and order energy audit services,
tell the listserv.
Be Happy. Cheer Up Your Neighbor.
- Gwen Lewis
You may have run across a report of a new study suggesting that your happiness is closely linked
to the happiness of your friends and neighbors. "A cheery next-door neighbor has more effect
on your happiness than your spouse's mood. So says a new study that followed a large group of
people for 20 years happiness is more contagious than previously thought." (NY
Friday December 5, 2008) Now it is confirmed by scientists Nicholas A. Christakis,
a physician and social scientist at Harvard Medical School and James H. Fowler, an associate
professor of political science at University of California, San Diego, that it is in your own
interests to have a good relationship with cheerful neighbors. So, don't forget to smile and speak
to everyone you see in Brookdale!
REPORTING VIOLATIONS OF PERMIT PARKING
A contractor is supposed to drive through our neighborhood two or three times a week in order to
ticket vehicles that are parked in violation of the Brookdale permit-parking regulations. If,
however, permits are required on your street and someone has parked in front of your house
without a residential permit during the applicable hours (9am - 6pm, weekdays), you can report
the violation by calling the County's Division of Parking Management, 240-777-6000.
MVA on Wheels
If you have a license expiring in the first half of '09 or need other motor vehicle services,
you can do your business when the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Mobile Office
(MVA) bus comes to Friendship Heights.
Once a month the MVA bus is at the Friendship Heights Village Center from 10:00 am to 2:00
pm. It provides all the services available at the MVA Express Offices, such as renewing driver's
licenses, renewing vehicle registrations, renewing MD photo identifications, obtaining disability
placards, and returning tags.
The following is the schedule during the first half of 2009:
May - No service (State holiday)
LITERACY TUTORS NEEDED
- Shelley Block
The Literacy Council of Montgomery County will hold an orientation session for volunteers
interested in helping adults learn to read, write, or speak English on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at
7:30 p.m. at the Rockville Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD. Sessions are also
scheduled at the Rockville Library on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday,
January 29, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. Once volunteers have completed the orientation, they can select a
two-part training session that fits their schedules. No foreign language skills are necessary.
Tutors work one-on-one or with small groups, and typically meet with students in libraries or
community centers at mutually convenient times. For complete details, call me at 301-610-0030,
email info -at- literacycouncilmcmd.org, or visit www.literacycouncilmcmd.org
*Shelley Block, a Brookdale resident on Westport Road, is Director of the Montgomery County
New College Graduate
Mike Freeman and Linda Hallman, Dalton Road, announce that their son Ric Freeman
graduated from Coastal Carolina University on December 13, 2008. Ric is a 2004 graduate of
BCC High School. He continues to reside in Myrtle Beach, SC, where he works for Myrtle
Beach Golf Holiday.
You are invited to Dave Montgomery's solo show "The Shutter Clicks More than Once." It is
being held at the Orchard Gallery (7917 Norfolk Avenue, Bethesda) February 13 - March 5. The
exhibit includes 30 pieces on three aspects of the theme. Dave's images may look like single-
shot photographs, but each is actually the result of combining selected elements from several
individual shots. The opening reception will be 6:30-8:30 pm, Friday, February 13. Check
"Dave's Doings" at http://mysite.verizon.net/montlewis/
to September 2008 Brookdale Bugle, page 8: The Olympian still in our midst
is Rik Leishman of Sherrill Ave.
Compiled by Peter Sisler
Rebecca Leigh Snyder was born on December 4 to Steven Snyder and Deborah Eichhorn Snyder
of 4710 Dover Rd.
Eric Llewelyn Baker was born August 18 to parents Caron and David Baker of 5322 Baltimore
Duncan Stewart and Emily Cordes of 5328 Sherrill Ave. gave birth to a daughter, Audrey, on
Newcomers and Changes of Residence
David and Linda Goodman and their son Harry (8) have moved to 5306 Westport from Baltimore
Michele Parisi, Bob Banach, and their son Richard expect to move from New York into their
new home at 4501 Dalton Rd in late February.
Marina and Matt Bowsher with children Kent (5) and Zaida (3) have moved over a block from
their home on Saratoga, which was sold, to their new residence at 5321 Baltimore Ave.
Caron and David Baker and their young son Eric have moved into 5322 Baltimore Ave. from
Erin and Brendan Baker with daughter Emily (5) are new residents at 5326 Baltimore Ave.
The house at 5320 Baltimore Ave. is being rented by a group of young professional women.
Nikki and Danielle recently graduated from American University while Hana graduated from
James Madison University.
Jon Gorham and Sonnet Bush are the new residents at 4835 Park Ave. Their phone number is
New residents at 5019 Westport Road are Leonard and Margaret McCarthy and their son,
Tara Rice, an economist with the Federal Reserve Board, expects to move into 4709 Dover in
mid-February after home renovations are completed.
The Dixons - Joe & Jeannine, daughters Samantha (13) & Sydney (10), & dog, Patches - moved
into 5331 Baltimore Ave in October. They came to the area from Lakeland, Florida.
Dennis McKearin and Mary Kuhn moved to 5329 Saratoga in December from Dallas,
David O'Neil and Laura Billings and their two young daughters Imogene and Mavis, recently
arrived from NYC. They live at 4607 Harrison St. He works in the Department of Justice.
Christine Naglieri and Anthony Palumbo are the new residents of 4637 River Road.
If you are a newcomer, we hope you have already received a warm welcome. We would like to
publicize your presence and other transitions in the Bugle. Please send items to the
secretary, as listed on the website.
The Party Masters. Character-themed Parties. Face Painting.
Balloons. Games & Magic. See some of our characters at www.thepartymasters.com
Degrees in Drama and Education. New offering: TEA Party with A Princess, Tea and savories,
plus dress up, manners lesson, and other selected activities. Call Brooke at 301-907-6853.
Brookdale school teacher will care for your dog or cat in your home.
Reasonable rates from an experienced pet sitter. Call Brooke at 301-907-6853.
Reading, writing, history, science, and drama. 7 years' teaching experience
in Montgomery County Elementary Ed. K-8. BA and Master's Degree. Your house or local
library. Rate $45/hour. Discount for more than one child per house visit. Contact Aaron
Houghton at 703-606-0201 or houghtonaaron -at- hotmail.com.
Teens Seek Work
[Contact info is given only in the paper edition.]
Annika Glennon (16) is available for dog walking and babysitting.
Katherine (Kasia) Potocka, BCC sophomore, experienced babysitter, great with kids of all ages,
references available upon request.
Margot Sanne, 15, experienced as a babysitter and with pet care.
Josie Silva-Lopes, 16, babysitting and petcare; babysitting certificate.
Victoria Silva-Lopes, 14, babysitting and dog walking.
The classified section of the Brookdale Bugle is provided as a service to Brookdale residents,
who may place ads free of charge. A fee of $15 will be charged for ads placed by non-residents,
and all ads are subject to approval by the Brookdale Citizens' Association Executive
The Brookdale Bugle
is a publication of the Brookdale Citizens' Association. It comes out
three times a year -- January, April, and September.
|Editor ||Gwen Lewis 301-215-9224|
|Assistant Editor || Deborah Kalb|
|Hard-copy Layout || Steve Langer|
|Distribution || Gwen Lewis|
The deadline to submit articles, notices, and ads for the April 2009 issue of the Brookdale
is 9 p.m. March 29.