Summer Newsletter from Friends of Chevy Chase Library

Summer is here and the library is cool! Lots of great activities going on with Build a Better World, the summer reading program for elementary school children. We also include an intro to our new Branch Manager, Lindsey Hundt, and news about the library makeover coming in 2019.

I hope to see you at the library soon!

Judy McGuire
Newsletter and Membership Chair

To see the Summer Newsletter itself, please click this link:  FOLCC newsletter summer 2017


Bulk Trash Pickup Reminder for June 17

This is a reminder that the next Village Bulk Trash Pickup is scheduled for Saturday, June 17, 2017.   Please have items for pickup curbside by 7:00 a.m. that morning.


Further WSSC Meetings on Different Rate Structures

WSSC has announced some additional informational meetings regarding the subject of different rate structures that it now has under consideration.  For residents of Montgomery Count, these meetings are scheduled for Monday, June 5, and Monday June 19.  Both meetings are scheduled for 7:30 pm and will be held at the Stella B Werner Office Building, 3rd Floor Hearing Room, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD.  For those unable to attend, written comments can be submitted until June 30, 2017, to [email protected]  or mailed to Budget Division, WSSC, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD  20707


Miss Abby June Pet of The Month

Miss Abby is just 7 months old and is filled with boundless puppy energy.  You may have seen her running and jumping in her front yard.  She lists as her hobbies meeting people, other dogs, playing in the water, as well as barking at birds and squirrels.  She is a beautiful young lady Labrador Retriever!


Information About Community Solar Presentation To Be Made at Next Council Meeting

The following is some information regarding a presentation that will be made at the next Village Council Meeting on June 20, 2017, concerning a proposed community solar pilot program:

Community Solar for NCC

 Maryland is launching a new “community solar” pilot program.

Explore your options

With community solar, you can:

  • Buy a share of solar electricity, OR
  • Own panels in a local community solar project

You’ll still get any extra power you need from Pepco.

 Support the environment

Through community solar, we can reduce the use of fossil fuels.

Save money

Savings estimate: 10% below Pepco rates. If you own panels, the electricity is free.

Interested?

Let us know! Don’t worry—no commitment is needed now.       But we do need an estimate of interested NCC households.

Please email our neighborhood working group at [email protected] by Wednesday, June 14th.

 

For more information, see next page and http://www.psc.state.md.us/electricity/community-solar-pilot-program/ – and there’ll be a presentation and Qs & As at the June 20th Village Council meeting.

Dear neighbors,

Maryland is launching a new “community solar” pilot program, which can give NCC residents who participate a chance to have solar power even without putting panels on our own roofs. Many of us are interested in solar power, but think our houses get too much shade, our roofs are not suitable, and so on. We are concerned about the environment, but not sure where to start. Plus, most of us are too busy to look into the details of solar. The community solar program makes it easier.

The Public Services Commission, Maryland utilities (including Pepco), and solar developers have come together to give Marylanders in all types of homes options to support solar. Households can participate in two ways:

  1. Buy a share of solar electricity: Contract to buy a share of the electricity produced from a solar “array” (panels in our area).
  2. Own panels in a local community solar project: A community solar array doesn’t have to be located in the community itself, or even in the same county. For us, it just has to be within Pepco’s territory.

No matter which option you choose, Pepco will still deliver whatever power you need from the grid and will subtract the value of the solar energy from your household’s total bill.

What you pay for the solar electricity will vary with specific projects. However, several planned projects are estimating a power cost about 10% below Pepco’s current rates. For those who actually buy panels in a shared array, the electricity will be free. The cost of buying panels will vary based on the size of the project, its location, and other factors but should be $10,000 to $17,500 for an average household’s needs (less than installing them on your roof). Smaller shares that cover less than your total energy consumption may be available. Also, there may be financing options for buying shares.

We can make the most of this unique community solar opportunity by joining together. NCC residents can individually seek and sign up for community solar projects once they are established. BUT there may be substantial savings if multiple residents approach solar projects as a group, because that will save solar development companies a large amount in up-front marketing cost. By interested neighbors joining together, we can negotiate power cost savings (for power purchase contracts) or per panel costs (for folks who want to own part of an array).

Community solar developers will be beginning their projects as soon as late June or July. We would like to talk with several of them now about costs for interested NCC members. To do this, it will be important to have an estimate of how many NCC households might be interested (without commitment at this point). To help us get that estimate, please send an email to [email protected] by Wednesday, June 14th with the following info:

  • Name and address
  • “I am potentially interested in…
  • …buying a share of solar electricity,” or
  • …owning panels in a community solar project,” or
  • …both options.”
  • And, if appropriate, “If I choose to own panels in a community solar project, I may consider financing options.”

Again, there is no commitment needed at this point. Our working group will compile this information and start collecting responses from solar developers. We will share updates as we get them and have open meetings as appropriate, starting with an update for NCC Village residents at the June 20th council meeting.

We are enthusiastic about this unique opportunity for NCC residents to take a step toward reducing consumption of fossil fuels and to save money at the same time.

Thank you,

Al Bartlett, M.D. (3702 Kenilworth Dr.), Guim Barbour (3705 Kenilworth Dr.), Mana & Matt McNeill (8921 Montgomery Ave.), Promodh Malhotra (3602 Dundee Dr.)


Latest Developments Regarding the Proposed Purple Line

As reported earlier today by the Washington Post, Federal Judge Richard Leon today issued a decision requiring that a supplemental environmental impact statement concerning the proposed Purple Line be prepared before the project can proceed.  More coverage of this decision and its impact should appear in tomorrow’s Washington Post.  A copy of the Judge’s decision can be found here:  Friends of Capital Cresent Trail v. FTA


Upcoming Events in June at Chevy Chase Library on Connecticut Avenue

Upcoming Events at Chevy Chase Library
8005 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
On Thursday, 06/01/17 at 12:00 PM Elibrary Help: Confused about accessing the library’s eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines? Want to know more about the apps we offer? Please bring your device, library card and Amazon account information if you have a Kindle.Sign up for a 30 minute one-on-one session with a staff member. Call the branch at 240-773-9590 to register.
On Friday, 06/02, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 3:30 PM Lego Play: Drop in for an open session of Lego play on Fridays between 3:30 and 5:00 pm. Elementary age with an adult. We will provide the Legos and space, you provide the imagination. No registration needed….
On Saturday, 06/03, 10, 17 and 24 at 10:30 AM English Conversation Group: Every Saturday from 10:30 am to 12 Noon. Open to all non-native English speakers interested in practicing English in a friendly, informal and fun setting. Join us! For more information, please call 240-773-9590.
On Saturday, 06/03/17 at 2:00 PM Foreign Film Series: Saturday, June 3: Life Above All (2010) South African drama directed by Oliver Schmitz. Just after the death of her newly born sister, 12-year-old Chanda learns of a rumor that spreads like wildfire through her dust-ridden village near Johannesburg. It destroys her family and forces her mother to flee. Sensing that the gossip stems from prejudice and superstition, Chanda leaves home and school in search of her mother and the truth. Join us for screenings of a variety of films from around the world. Film is typically shown on the first Saturday of each month. All movies have English subtitles. Screenings will begin at 2:00 p.m.
On Monday, 06/05/17 at 4:30 PM Read to a Dog: Chevy Chase Library is partnering with P.A.L. for a read to a dog program the first Monday of every month! Young readers will be able to share stories with a furry friend. Dogs will never judge or correct them, which allows them to really improve their reading skills. Drop in.
On Tuesday, 06/06,13, 20 and 27 at 10:30 AM English Conversation Group: Every Tuesday from 10:30 am to 12 Noon. Open to all non-native English speakers interested in practicing English in a friendly, informal and fun setting. Join us! For more information, please call 240-773-9590. Free. No reservations needed.
On Tuesday, 06/06, 13 and 20 at 10:30 AM Toddler Time: Please join us for fun learning activities. We’ll read, sing, dance, explore and learn finger plays just right for two and three year olds.
On Friday, 06/09/17 at 7:00 PM Teen After Hours: Mini Golf: Come play a round of put-put after hours at the Chevy Chase Library! We will set up a course in the stacks where you can play with your friends. There will be other games and snacks as well. This program is for middle and high school students ONLY. Doors will be locked during the program.
On Saturday, 06/10/17 at 10:30 AM Summer Read and Learn Kick-off: Are you ready to Build a Better World during the MCPL Summer Read and Learn Program? Join us for an open house to kick off the summer where you can sign up for summer reading and more.
On Wednesday, 06/14/17 at 2:00 PM Non-Fiction Book Group: Join the group to discuss Shadow of the Silk Road by Colin Thubron. Copies of the book available one month before the session at the Information Desk. Registration is not required.
On Wednesday, 06/14/17 at 6:30 PM Ready to Serve – Storytelling by Ellouise Schoettler: Join us as Ellouise Schoettler, a national known storyteller and spoken-word artist, tells the forgotten story of WWI Nurses from Johns Hopkins Hospital who served in France. When called they answered “I am ready to serve.” Hear the story created from their letters exactly 100 years after these brave nurses set sail for France. A resident of Chevy Chase, MD, Ellouise Schoettler is a North Carolina native and 24 year professional storytelling veteran. She calls herself an “old-time Southern teller,” just like the family storytellers she grew up listening to on the front porch and around the dinner table. “The story is fascinating and worthwhile, a little slice of history that hasn’t received the attention it deserves. Schoettler embodies her character completely, and before long it’s easy to forget that she’s playing a character at all.” DCist
On Friday, 06/16/17 at 10:30 AM Jefferson Café: This month’s article is Populism on the March by Fareed Zakaria; Foreign Affairs, Nov/Dec 2016. We hope everyone will feel comfortable participating. The group is fairly small so that everyone can see and hear everyone else while seated around a table. Copies of the articles to be discussed will be available without charge on the holds shelf at the library.
On Saturday, 06/17/17 at 10:30 AM Under the Sea: Gives an overview of life in our oceans, including a variety of LIVE SEA ANIMALS, such as a clam, a hermit crab, a spider crab, one large and one small sea snail, a seastar or urchin, a clown fish, and even a baby shark! Real marine artifacts are shown, such as whale baleen, a preserved sea turtle, a sea turtle rib, and others. All presentations include a discussion of ecology, habitat, and conservation. This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Chevy Chase Chapter. This is a summertime program for children of all ages and their families.
On Thursday, 06/22/17 at 3:00 PM Harry Potter Open House: Attention Witches and Wizards: celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at an open house at Chevy Chase Library from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm! We will have games and activities for all ages. Feel free to come dressed in your house colors or as your favorite character. No registration needed.
On Saturday, 06/24/17 at 10:30 AM Saturday Family Storytime: Please join us from for fun learning activities. We’ll read, sing, dance, explore and learn finger plays for the whole family. No registration needed. This is a repeat of the Thursday evening program.
On Tuesday, 06/27/17 at 10:30 AM Rainforest Reptiles Alive: Discover the dynamic world of tropical rainforests while you meet beautiful jungle animals. Live animals from each layer of the forest will be featured along with stories of survival in this fascinating and endangered environment. Featured animals may include an iguana, boa constrictor, tegu lizard, and other rainforest creatures. This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc. This is a summertime program for children of all ages and their families.
On Wednesday, 06/28/17 at 2:00 PM Fiction Memoir and Biography Book Group: Join the group to discuss Cleopatra: A Life by Stacey Schiff. Copies of the book are made available one month before the session, at the Information Desk. Registration is not required.
On Thursday, 06/29/17 at 7:00 PM Pajama Story Time: Please join us from 7:00-7:30pm for fun learning activities. We’ll read, sing, dance, explore and learn finger plays for the whole family. No registration needed.


WSSC Meetings on Rate Structure Alternatives

WSSC is holding a series of informational meetings about different rate structures under consideration and their potential impact on water and sewer bills.  The Montgomery County meeting will be on Tuesday, May 9, at 7:30 pm, at the Stella B. Werner Office Building, 7th Floor Hearing Room, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville MD.  If you can’t make that, another meeting, for both Montgomery and PG Counties, will be held the following day (May 10) at 7:30 pm at the Richard G. However Building, LobbyAuditorium, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD.


Free Concert May 7 at 4:00 p.m at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church

George Frideric Handel wrote his “Foundling Hospital Anthem” to raise funds for a chapel at an orphanage in London. The work concludes with the Hallelujah Chorus (the same one you know from Messiah).

Chorus, orchestra and soloists will come together at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church at 4 pm on Sunday afternoon, May 7, to present this and other works in a free concert.

Music Director Julie Vidrick Evans has put together a program that also includes the Shaker song “Simple Gifts,” gospel tunes such as “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and “Ubi Caritas et Amor” (Where there is charity and love) by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo.

A reception will follow. The concert is free; donations are gratefully accepted.

Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church
One Chevy Chase Circle NW
Washington, DC 20015
www.chevychasepc.org
202-363-2202


Reminder Regarding Village Annual Meeting on May 2

This is a reminder that the Village’s Annual Meeting is scheduled for 8:00 pm tomorrow night (May 2)  at the North Chevy Chase Christian Church.  The agenda includes a review of the past year, election to fill two positions on the Village Council (for which both Chas Stuart and Brian Hoffner are seeking re-election) and to fill vacancies on the Fire Board, and approval of the Village tax rate for 2017/18.  Immediately preceding the Annual Meeting will be the monthly Council meeting for May, to be held at 7:30 pm, also at the Church.   Please come; it is the one chance you have each year to get a complete overview of Village activities and of plans for the upcoming fiscal year.