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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT|
On behalf of the new Executive Committee of the Brookdale Citizens' Association, it is my privilege to write the Executive Committee Report for this issue of the Bugle. As you may know, the Brookdale Citizens' Association is president-less this year (June 2008 through May 2009). During the annual meeting in May, Steve Heyman finished his two-year tenure as President. His dedication and contribution to the community during these years and the years before as Vice President of Orchardale, as well as all his other work in the community, are clearly visible all around us and much appreciated by all of us. On behalf of the past Executive Committee, the new Executive Committee and the entire Brookdale community, I thank him for all his hard work, energy and devotion to our neighborhood and its citizens. I also thank departing Executive Committee members Risa Elias, Sarah Jessup and Suzanne Richman for their work on the Executive Committee.
This year's Executive Committee consists of three returning members including myself (Vice President of Orchardale), Marie Moylan (Vice President of Brookdale North) and Abner Oakes (Vice President of Brookdale South). I am happy to introduce the new members of the Executive Committee: Shaazka Beyerle (Vice President Wohlshire), Larry Broadwell (Treasurer) and Peter Sisler (Secretary). I am pleased and grateful to have such enthusiastic, capable and friendly people with whom to work.
How does an Executive Committee function without a president? This is an interesting question that the members of the current Executive Committee asked one another at our first meeting in the beginning of summer. Our answer was to divide the year into four quarters with each of the four vice presidents taking the lead during a quarter in the following order: myself (June through August), Marie (September through November), Abner (December through February), and Shaazka (March through May). We are confident that with your help, we will continue to serve this neighborhood and build upon the hard work already done to improve and better our amazing community. Your help is essential, very much appreciated and can come in many different forms. Whether you send in your annual dues ($20) in the envelope provided with this Bugle; work as a area liaison representative (block captain); volunteer to organize a neighborhood party, like the Halloween Party; help out with the annual community garage sale; or simply be a part of the community events, our neighborhood and each of us will benefit from a strengthened and unified community.
Some of the benefits to our neighborhood, such as the construction of the new playground at Brookdale Park, can be seen and enjoyed already. After several years of planning, the new playground was completed in April this past year. Certain improvements in the playground were added recently, like two chair swings in the older child swing structure. Other improvements are in the works. This fall additional trees will be planted around the new playground to ensure ample foliage in the future in the event that some of the older trees were irrevocably disturbed by the playground construction. The unfortunate drainage pipe issue at the playground where one of the drainage pipes empties out in the area between the two play structures is currently being analyzed by Park and Planning and is scheduled to be corrected during the cold months when the playground is least used.
Another visible benefit our neighborhood has begun to experience is the repair, replacement, and addition of curbs. While it was cumbersome to navigate through the construction equipment in our streets in July, the smooth new curbs around Orchardale and Wohlshire has been a pleasant and much needed alteration to our neighborhood. According to the Montgomery County Concrete Program Manager, the remainder of Brookdale North will be assessed within two weeks and installation of new curbs will take place in Spring of 2009. During winter 2008-2009, the Division of Highway Services, as part of the Renew Montgomery Program, will also evaluate the prospect of adding curbs in Brookdale South. Finally, the County will also be inspecting and assessing the need for storm drain improvements.
The curb work within Brookdale, however, has paled in comparison to the massive construction taking place all around us. The new Bloomingdale's building has now been overshadowed by the neighboring retail and residential development at Wisconsin Place. Pre-leasing of the 432 luxury apartments, located at the corner of Friendship Boulevard and Willard Avenue, is scheduled to begin this month, with occupancy in December 2008. For more information, visit http://www.archstoneapartments.com/Apartments/Maryland/Chevy_Chase/Archstone_Wisconsin _Place. The office building on Wisconsin Avenue boasting 305,000 square feet of office space states that it will be ready for occupancy in the last quarter of 2008. Visit http://bostonproperties.com for more information and updates.
The retail space, also known as The Shops at Wisconsin Place has already added Talbots to its merchants and plans to have Cole Haan, a high-end store specializing in men's and women's footwear, handbags, leather goods and outerwear, open a store. Also, Giggle, a shop specializing in baby items, including furniture, toys, and clothing, has indicated that it will be opening up its doors at The Shops in 2009. Besides clothing retail, leases are being considered for two or three restaurants that have yet to be named.
While it looks like the construction of Wisconsin Place is winding down, relative to the lengthy construction schedule, with an estimated completion in Spring 2009, there are other construction plans on the horizon. The parking lot behind Mazza Gallerie and opposite Lord & Taylor, which has stood seemingly abandoned for months, is being considered for construction, possibly of a one-story retail building. To date, there has been no detailed information on what kind of retail.
As always, the Executive Committee will do its best to stay informed and involved with the surrounding development and keep you up to date. The best ways for each neighbor to stay informed are to read the Bugle, check the Brookdale website, sign up for the Brookdale Listserv at http://comjet.com/mailman/listinfo/brookdale_comjet.com, and contact any Executive Committee member with questions, concerns or comments. We are here to work with you to better our community. Let us know what we can do and, if you can, come help us do it.
Vice President, Orchardale
|TREASURER'S ANNUAL REPORT|
as of May 31, 2008
TOTAL (Fiscal Year 2007-8) OPENING BALANCE at 6/1/07 $15,530.43 EXPENSES Coordinating Committee of Friendship Heights* 4,000.00 Bugle (newsletter) 920.13 Community Directory - Park Cleanups, improvements - Community Events (July 4, Halloween, etc.) 277.57 Legal - Meetings (Annual & other) 125.71 Yard Sale 65.33 Friends of Westbrook 500.00 Dues collection, bank fees 16.27 Other - ___________________________________________________________ Total Expenses $ 5,905.01 RECEIPTS Dues** 2,780.00 Interest 387.15 Other - ___________________________________________________________ TOTAL RECEIPTS 3,167.15 NET IN (OUT) (2,737.86) CLOSING BALANCE at 5/31/08*** $12,792.57*Brookdale Executive Committee voted a one-time contribution to assist with consulting costs on traffic management with respect to the Episcopal School project on River Road.
**Annual dues = $20 per household through mid-2008.
***Components of ending balance:
Checking account $3,526.94
Premium Money Mkt Acct $3,999.56
6-month CD maturing 7/19/08 $5,266.07
Prepared by Larry Broadwell with help from and thanks to Suzanne Richman, 2007-8 treasurer on 7/30/08
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