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CHEVY CHASE NEWS & NOTES: JANUARY 2023
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CHEVY CHASE NEWS & NOTES - JANUARY 2023

Hi Neighbor,
A new year and lots of news to help bring it in. Highlights from this month's Chevy Chase News & Notes include: Chevy Chase Community Center and Library and where we are in the redevelopment process; Local business news you will want to know about; Don't toss away those old resident parking passes just yet; Community oversight Task Force on Maret/ECC athletic fields; Some local events on the horizon; Ward 3 Councilmember Matt Frumin's staff announcements and participate in his sit down with CCCA to discuss views and priorities; and, several more local notes of interest.

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TWO BIG MEETINGS COMING UP ON CHEVY CHASE'S LIBRARY AND COMMUNITY CENTER  PUBLIC SURPLUS ISSUE
On Tuesday, January 10, from 6:30-8:00pm the Chevy Chase Community Association and ANC 3/4G are jointly sponsoring a public forum to explore issues surrounding the redevelopment of the Chevy Chase Library and CC Community Center together with mixed-income and affordable housing. This in-person event will take place at the Chevy Chase Community Center (a post-event recording will also be available on the CCCA YouTube channel.) This event is taking place 2 days prior to the official DC government hearing on this topic to allow the community to learn about DC’s surplus and disposition process and to explore alternate approaches for developing this important community asset. Confirmed panelists include: Avram Fechter, co-founder, EquityPlus which assists non-profit and for-profit developers navigate tax advantaged transactions. Invited panelists include: Staff to DC Councilmember Robert White, and Max Tondro, Chief, Equitable Land Use Section, Office of the DC Attorney General. Moderators are: Robert Gordon, President CCCA and Peter Gosselin, Commissioner ANC 3/4G-06 

On Thursday, January 12, from 6:30-8:00pm at the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church (One Chevy Chase Circle NW) there will be a DC government sponsored community hearing for moving forward on the public surplus of Chevy Chase's Civic Site (CC Public Library and Community Center). The property to be discussed is the approximately 73,390 square foot lot which includes both the Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library and the Chevy Chase Community Center bounded by Northampton St., NW to the north, McKinley St. NW to the south, and Connecticut Ave. NW to the west. Questions and concerns should be directed to Gilles Stucker, Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development at (202) 285-2148 or gilles.stucker@dc.gov. Additional information and how to attend the meeting virtually is also available.  Public record comments will be kept open through February 9th.
WARD 3 COUNCILMEMBER MATT FRUMIN TO BE HOSTED BY CCCA FOR JAN.26 EVENT - AND A FIRST LOOK AT HIS INCOMING STAFF
Sworn in on Jan. 2, new Ward 3 Councilmember Matt Frumin plans to hit the ground running. Although certain admin details such as official email addresses, phone numbers and an office website had to await the formal swearing in, the bulk of his staff is already in place. They are:  
  • Chief of Staff - Leigh Catherine Miles, former Tenleytown Main Street Executive Director 
  • Legislative Director - Steven Palmer, former Mary Cheh staffer
  • Legislative Assistant - Elias Benda, former Campaign Manager for Frumin for Ward 3
  • Constituent Services Director - Amy Sinnenberg, former Mary Cheh staffer
  • Communications Director - Christian Damiana, former Communications Director for Frumin for Ward 3, and a Ward 3 ANC commissioner
  • Staff Assistant - Vanessa Lopez, former Field Director for Frumin for Ward 3
CM Frumin plans to quickly add an additional constituent service staffer. Full contact and website information will soon be available.

HOLD THE DATE, Jan. 26th. For one of his first official events CM Frumin will be joining CCCA for a public meeting on January 26th at 6:30 pm. Topics will include plans for the Chevy Chase Library/Community Center site, bike lanes, crime, education, and other important Chevy Chase and Ward 3 priorities. The venue location is being finalized and will be announced shortly.
CONTINUING SAGA OF RESIDENTIAL PARKING PASSES
The permissible use of the 2020 Annual Visitor Parking Passes (paper placards) have once again been extended and they are still valid through April 15, 2023. Although they are valid residents are encouraged to sign up for ParkDC Permits to access their new digital Visitor Parking Permit. For help in dealing with these new ParkDC Permits, DDOT has developed FAQs and How-to Guides to assist in the process. If you have any questions or need assistance signing up, please contact their call center at (202) 671-2631. 

Residents on Residential Permit Parking (RPP) blocks can use, issue, and apply for permits which must be printed and displayed on vehicle dashboards. ParkDC Permits offers permits for: Visitor Parking, Home Health Aides, Contractors, and School Staff. Access the system by:
MANY WAYS TO GET FREE RAPID COVID-19 TESTS - AND HOW TO CHECK NEW EXPIRATION DATES
With the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases many people are looking for some free COVID-19 rapid tests. Luckily, there are 3 very easy ways to pick some up for you and your family. The three ways of obtaining them are:
  • Each U.S. household can order 4 COVID-19 at-home tests shipped straight to their door at no cost. They are easy to get, simply go to the COVID-19 home test website and sign up to receive them from USPS.
  • For those with Medicare, you can get up to 8 over-the-counter COVID-19 tests each month at no cost. Simply go to a participating pharmacy. In the Chevy Chase DC area both CVS at 5550 Conn. Ave. NW and Safeway at 5545 Conn. Ave. NW are participating. See the full list of participating pharmacies.
  • The Ward 3 COVID-19 Center, at 5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW, also has free tests that you can pick up. Each resident is entitled to 2 kits (2 tests in each kit). 
Almost all COVID-19 rapid tests now have extended expiration dates. Many of the expiration dates have been extended up to 10 months. Please visit the FDA website to look up tests by the manufacturer to see the new expiration dates. Other useful information is also on that website.
DID YOU KNOW THAT ANC3/4G GIVES OUT COMMUNITY GRANTS? WHO HAVE BEEN THE RECENT RECIPIENTS AND HOW TO APPLY
ANC 3/4G along with all DC-wide ANCs are able to award community grants in accordance with DC Code, Section 1-309.13(m) which authorizes ANC’s to award grants to organizations for public purposes. ANCs have historically used its budget allotment to provide such grants consistent with its other obligations and in accordance with several guidelines and procedures. All DC ANC's (currently 46) receives about $18,000 per fiscal year to use for purposes such as admin costs, staff support and grants.

Despite their availability grants are often not applied for. Eligible organization may receive no more than $2,000 in grant funding in a single fiscal year. To be considered for a grant, any nonprofit or volunteer group must demonstrate that the money requested will:
  • Serve, in part or in whole, the public and/or public good within the geographical boundaries of ANC 3/4G.
ANC 3/4G does not award grants for:
  • “For profit” organizations or similar private enterprises
  • An individual
  • Political, partisan, or lobbying activities
  • Food, beverage, or entertainment purposes
  • Salaries, wages, bonuses, or tips
Over the past 3 ANC terms (2017-2022), ANC3/4G has awarded 8 community grants. The amounts, the recipient, the activity, and the date of the award are as follows:
  • $2,000 to Historic Chevy Chase DC to restore and decorate historic police call boxes; 7/11/22
  • $2,000 to Chevy Chase Citizens Association to upgrade its website and move it to a new platform; 1/24/22
  • $1,989 to Potomac Appalachian Trail Club to purchase materials to improve the Western Ridge trail in Rock Creek Park; 1/24/22
  • $1,990 to Feed the Family Pantry for refrigeration equipment to help the organization service food-insecure residents; 7/12/21
  • $2,000 to Ward 3 Mutual Aid Network to provide groceries, medicines, and other household needs; 6/22/20
  • $1,500 to Northwest Neighbors Village to develop and implement software platform to manage their operations and enhance community communications; 1/28/19
  • $ 844 to Friends of Chevy Chase Circle for the purchase of 2,500 tulip bulbs to be planted in the Circle; 10/22/18
  • $ 610 to Northwest Neighbors Village for the purchase of File of Life magnets; 11/13/17
Not all applicants get the grants they seek. Over the past 6 years 3 applications were rejected for various reasons. More information and the grant application are on the ANC website.
CCCA MEMBERSHIP VOTES TO OFFICIALLY CHANGE NAME
97% of the voting CCCA membership approved a change in name to Chevy Chase Community Association. The name change went into effect on Jan. 1, 2023. The new name requires several changes including updated corporate documents, revised logo, banking information, and website name. These administrative changes will be made over time. The vote to the new name reflects a more welcoming attitude towards all people who reside and work in Chevy Chase, DC and it signifies a more inclusive and diverse future.
HOMEMADE IN-STORE BAGELS AND BREAKFAST AT MAMMA LUCIA'S
Mamma Lucia's recently begam serving freshly made, daily on the premises, bagels as well introducing a breakfast menu. The bagel oven that was formerly used by the previous tenant, Pumpernickels, is now being used by Mamma Lucia's. These bagels, affectionately called "Mamma's Bagels" are even being made on the premises by Jim Doherty, the founder of Pumpernickels. Mamma Lucia's new bagels and breakfast menu can be found here. Bagels and breakfast are available starting at 7:30am every morning and both remain available throughout the day.
COMING TO CHEVY CHASE! TOH ROONG POP-UP TO BE HOSTED BY LITTLE BEAST IN FEBRUARY
An exciting new dining experience will be coming to Chevy Chase every Sunday in February. From 4pm to closing Little Beast will be hosting "take-over" by Toh Roong (a short way of saying “night market” in Thai). Well-known chef Kitima Boonmala will be serving authentic Thai food inspired by the recipes she inherited from her mother in her home city of Ayutthaya, in central Thailand. Seating will be limited for those 4 February Sundays (the 5th,12th,19th and 26th) and it will be reservation only seating. Reservations can be easily made online.
KEY COMMUNITY PRIORITIES FOR INCOMING AND RETURNING ANC3/4G COMMISSIONERS
There are many issue and process questions facing the recently elected 7 Commissioners representing ANC3/4G. As they get ready for their first public meeting (Jan. 9) of the new term each of the 3 re-elected and 4 newly-elected Commissioners was asked:
"What is one thing that you will be focusing on during your coming 2-year term as a Commissioner for ANC3/4G?" Their responses are below.

Lisa Gore, 3/4G-01 - There are several critical issues facing the ANC in the upcoming term. One area that I want to focus on is transparency and communications. This includes more communications from the Commission’s committees, and hopefully being able to at some point have hybrid meetings. I’m looking forward to creative ideas and ways to engage our community and look forward to the new term.

Bruce Sherman, 3/4G-02 - I ran on a campaign of robust community engagement to realize the vision of the ANCs to bring government closer to the people. My priorities will be to ensure the residents of my district are informed, engaged, and heard on all matters of concern to them and our neighborhood. It’s about them, not about me.

Jim Nash, 3G-03 - I see two issues of equal importance. The first is improving pedestrian and cyclist safety, as motor vehicle violence is killing too many DC residents. The second is the redevelopment of the civic core so that it will better serve the needs of our community, including affordable housing which is so lacking in our area.

Michael Zeldin, 3/4G-04 - Commissioner Zeldin did not respond to requests to submit a comment.

Peter Lynch, 3/4G-05 - It's impressive how many civic minded and service oriented citizens we have. I ran on engagement, education, DC Statehood, and growing our beloved community. These are lofty goals for an ANC seat but they're essential. Fellow residents won't shy away from the work of democracy. I hope to encourage our collective participation, and when we come together, we can brighten our community and city. 

Peter Gosselin, 3/4G-06 - During the next two years, I expect most of my work on the Commission to be devoted to trying to make sure residents have a strong and continuing voice in the redevelopment of the Community Center-Library and in changes to the structure of our upper Connecticut Ave. community core. I believe we should welcome some new development to make room for new and more socially and economically diverse neighbors and to ensure the neighborhood's continued vitality.

Zach Ferguson, 3G-07 - The newly drawn 3/4G-07 district has a comparatively high percentage of senior citizens, families with kids, and condo/apartment building residents (including public housing - Regency House). These groups can be under-represented at community meetings for a number of reasons. My priority is to build on existing ANC outreach and communication tools with a particular focus on constituents who may not be familiar with the ANC, what we do, and how their voices can be heard.
MARET/ECC PROJECT TASK FORCE TO OVERSEE CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY
An ANC3/4G Task Force made up of 2 current ANC Commissioners and 3 members of the community was created to monitor the construction phase of the ECC/Maret field project. The 5 voting task force members are:
  • Co-Chair, Mike Osborne - Community member
  • Co-Chair, Jenny Backus - Community member
  • Marek Gootman - Community member
  • Bruce Sherman - ANC3/4G-02 Commissioner
  • Jim Nash - ANC3/4G-03 Commissioner 
In addition, current ANC3/4 Chair, Lisa Gore is a non-voting ex-officio member. The purpose of the Task Force is to ensure that ECC/Maret and their General Contractor uphold the commitments made in regard to the construction of the new field at the ECC in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed between Maret and ANC3/4G in March 2022. 

The Task Force has indicated that it is designed to get questions and concerns from the community about the construction of the new field addressed quickly and efficiently by Maret/ECC/General Contractor (GC). The ECC, Maret, and the GC, are charged with providing facts to the community quickly and transparently and to work to ensure that clear lines of communication exist between all parties involved while also being held accountable. Currently there is no construction happening on the site. Maret/ECC have indicated that they will begin initial tree work in consultation with arborists from their team and DC in the 1st quarter of 2023 for which they already have permits from Urban Forestry.

The Task Force is scheduled to meet twice a month, with one of the two meetings open to the public via Zoom. The meetings will typically occur on Mondays when the ANC does not meet although their first meeting will be held on Wednesday January 18 due to the MLK Jr. holiday. For questions and more information contact the Task Force. Additional project information can be found on the ANC website and on the Maret project website.
PUSHED OUT; A STORY OF RACE RELATIONS IN CHEVY CHASE DC
Historic Chevy Chase DC (HCCDC) will be hosting a free author talk on George Pointer's biography on Wednesday, Jan. 18 starting at 7:30pm via Zoom (see registration details). 

Barbara Torrey and Clara Green, authors of the George Pointer family story, Between Freedom and Equality: The History of an African American Family in Washington, DC, will join HCCDC in this Zoom conversation. They will explain how this long-settled Black community first came to this area and how they were displaced by eminent domain to make way for the new suburb called Chevy Chase DC, and the building of Lafayette E.S.

Moderating the conversation will be Corey Shaw, Jr., co-founder of Black Broad Branch, an organization that grew out of this research. He will set the wider context in Chevy Chase and Washington DC, introduce us to George Pointer, a formerly enslaved man, and talk with the authors about how their book puts Chevy Chase right into the current arc of American history.

This Zoom event is the first of several leading to the Oct. 2023 celebrations of George Pointer’s 250th birthday. The events will include a planned March meeting that will bring the Pointer descendants back to their home territory to discuss their experience.
CHEVY CHASE CIRCLE TO UNVEIL NEW FEATURES WITH BIG MAY 5TH CELEBRATION
The majority of the work on the Chevy Chase fountain is drawing to a close. The National Park Service, who owns the property, is putting the finishing touches on the fountain which has been completely re-worked, re-furbished and cleaned. In addition to new plumbing and a new pumping system, the fountain will now have a state-of-the-art water filtration system, a new basin and with the coming of Spring, for the first time ever, it will feature lights. Thanks to the generosity of community donations, nine lights will be installed in the fountain and six lights on small pedestals surrounding the fountain. For the first time in the almost 100 years since the fountain’s inception, the community will be able to enjoy the fountain by night and the added safety that the lights will bring to the Circle.

Save Friday, May 5th at 8:30pm when the Fountain's lights will be officially turned on for the first time. Friends of Chevy Chase Circle (FoCCC) will be throwing a big party, complete with a brass band and a crowd countdown for that turn-on-the-lights moment. It’s some local history in the making. All are invited. FoCCC will be announcing more information and details in the months ahead. If you are interested in getting involved with FoCCC or in making a donation, please go to their website.
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