Candidates for RCA Board of Directors

At the annual meeting this Wednesday, the membership will vote for four candidates to RCA’s Board of Directors, for four seats on the board. Directors serve three-year terms. The following individuals are seeking election or re-election to the board:

Stuart Carragher is a native Londoner who moved across the pond 10 years ago following a girl who now happens to be his wife. After 8 years in Downtown DC, Stuart and family craved a larger community, which they have now found in Rollingwood. He and his wife, Wendi, and son live on Bybrook Lane. Stuart is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker.

Jenny Dowling has lived in Rollingwood since 2013.  Though currently a stay-at-home mother, Jenny is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who worked for many years as a therapist and social advocate in Baltimore City. She volunteers locally at Rosemary Hills Elementary School and the Manna Food Center. She is delighted to reside in the neighborhood and is invested in preserving and enhancing the beauty, vitality and social connectedness of the Rollingwood Community. Jenny has served on the Rollingwood Board since 2014 and currently holds the position of Board Secretary. She also serves on the Halloween Party, Block Party, Annual Picnic, and Rock Creek Cleanup committees.

Molly Mullally is a 21 year resident of Rollingwood.  She lives on Woodbine Street with her husband, John, three sons, and Beagle, Winnie.  She and John ran the Rollingwood Halloween Party for many years when their kids were young.  Molly is a real estate agent with Wydler Brothers.

Judy O’Grady has lived in the Washington area since graduating from college and moved to Rollingwood in 2013 with her husband and two children.  She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Maryland. Judy is an attorney at Pepper Hamilton where she represents pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in products liability actions and counsels clients regarding compliance with FDA regulations, the Medicare Secondary Payer Act, and healthcare laws. Judy has volunteered with the National Association of the Deaf Law Center and DC public schools.  She has also represented pro bono clients in a variety of matters, including family, immigration, housing, and criminal matters.  Judy has served on RCA’s Halloween party planning committee.  She and her family love living in Rollingwood and she enjoys the opportunity to serve the RCA community. 

Oregon Avenue Project Information Session

The DC Department of Transportation is planning a major project to completely reconstruct Oregon Avenue. In addition to a much improved road, it will include a sidewalk along the west side of the road. DC Water has already begun Sewer upgrades. That project, plus the DCDOT work, will tie up Oregon Avenue through at least July 2020.  Please see the below announcement concerning an information session on May 17th.


Oregon Avenue Project Public Meeting

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) invites you to attend a public informational meeting about the Design and Construction of the Reconstruction of Oregon Avenue. This project will resolve transportation safety deficiencies and address environmental impacts on Oregon Avenue, NW from Military Road to Western Avenue with improvements to the roadway, sidewalk, lighting and drainage system.

The purpose of this meeting will be to provide area residents and organizations a final update on the project design.

Wednesday, May 17th 2017
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Chevy Chase Community Center
5601 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015

For more information, visit

RCA Annual Meeting – 7 to 9 pm, May 10th

Join us for RCA’s Annual Meeting from 7 to 9 pm on May 10th at the French International School, 3200 Woodbine Street. Our featured speaker is Chris Kabatt. Chris is a professional engineer with over two decades of experience managing traffic, parking, and transportation planning and engineering. He will provide an overview of Montgomery County rules regarding traffic studies and traffic calming measures, including the factors considered in determining when traffic studies and traffic calming measures are justified. He will also discuss the types of traffic calming measures utilized in neighborhoods, such as speed humps. 
7:00 PM              Community Social
7:30 PM              Meeting Begins
                               State of RCA
                               Treasurer’s Report
                               Board Member Elections
8:00 PM              Featured Speaker
                               Chris Kabatt Montgomery County Traffic Calming 
All are welcome! Dues-paying members are eligible to vote. Dues accepted at the door.

Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup

This year, in honor of Earth Day, RCA partnered with the Rock Creek Conservancy for their Annual Extreme Cleanup. Rollingwood RCA adopted the Meadowbrook Cleanup site. Many thanks to our awesome volunteers who braved the rain to cheerfully collect trash and recyclables. Thanks to your efforts we collected: 22 large bags of trash; 21 bags of recycling; 12 pounds of bulk trash; 29 plastic grocery and ziplock bags; and 141 cigarette butts!

Best find of the day goes to Paul Dowling, who plucked a maraca from a pile of flotsam at the base of a fallen tree in the creek. Paul has decided to keep the maraca and use it to lead our merry band of cleanup volunteers in future efforts to clean and preserve our precious Rock Creek Park. Special thanks to David London, Rock Creek Conservancy Board Member, who greeted our group to talk about the important work RCC does to preserve and protect Rock Creek Park and then rolled up his sleeves and cleaned alongside us!

We look forward to future opportunities to partner with the Rock Creek Conservancy and will keep you all informed of events as they arise. For more pictures of the event, check out the photo gallery.

Happy Hour at LaFerme

Please join us at our new neighborhood hot spot, Le Bar at LaFerme restaurant, on Sunday, April 23, from 5-8 for springtime Happy Hour. Meet new neighbors and catch up with old friends!  The perfect way to enjoy a beautiful spring evening.  Your first drink (wine or beer) is on us, and hor’s d’oevres will be served. Kindly RSVP to

Celebrate Earth Day with Rollingwood Neighbors

This year RCA is partnering with the Rock Creek Conservancy for the 2017 Extreme Cleanup. Please join us as we help clean up trash and debris from the Meadowbrook section of Rock Creek Park. We will meet at the Meadowbrook Maintenance Yard at 9:00 am to pick up supplies and receive instructions. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. We’re hoping for a great turnout, so please sign up to be on the Rollingwood Cleanup Team using the below link:

WHEN:  APRIL 22, 2017, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Rain or shine!

WHERE: Meadowbrook Maintenance Yard, 8000 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase


For more information about this event, please visit:

We hope to see you there!

April Events at the Chevy Chase Library

From Friends of the Chevy Chase Library . . .

Upcoming Events at Chevy Chase Library
8005 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
On Saturday, 04/01, 8, 15, 22, 29 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, 04/01/17 at 2:00 PM Foreign Film Series: 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. This month’s film is Waltz with Bashir (Hebrew, Arabic, German and English; made in Israel). 
On Monday, 04/03/17 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, 04/04, 11, 18, 25 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, 04/04, 11, 18 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 Thursday, 04/06 and 13 at 10:00 AM RSVP/AARP Tax Aide Program’: Free income tax preparation by trained volunteers for low-to-moderate income Montgomery County taxpayers — especially seniors 60 and over. Call 240-777-2577, Monday through Friday, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm to make an appointment starting January 30, 2017. Appointments can also be made online. Book by March 1, 2017 to guarantee an appointment. Appointments can be made by phone or online, but once an appointment is scheduled, changes or cancellations must be done by phone at 240-777-2577. Helping you is important to RSVP/AARP. If you cannot keep your appointment, please call to cancel so they can offer the appointment to someone else. Thank you!
On Thursday, 04/06/17 at 11:00 AM : Confused about accessing the library’s eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines? Want to know more about the apps we offer? Sign up for a 30 minute one-on-one session with a staff member. Register online or by phone by calling 240-773-9590.  Please bring your device, library card and Amazon account information if you have a Kindle.
On Thursday, 04/06/17 at 10:30 AM Toddler Arts and Crafts: Drop by between 10:30 am and 11:30 am for simple toddler crafts. No registration needed. 
On Friday, 04/07, 14, 21, 28 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 Wednesday, 04/12/17 at 2:00 PM Non-Fiction Book Group: Join the group to discuss Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer. Copies of the book available one month before the session at the Information Desk. Registration is not required.
On Wednesday, 04/12/17 at 7:30 PM Great Books Group: This month’s selection is The Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam. Join us for an intellectually stimulating exploration of some of the greatest fiction and non-fiction works published through the ages. Registration is not required. Attendees are responsible for obtaining the material to read in advance of the discussion.  Group meets the second Wednesday each month at 7:30 pm
On Thursday, 04/13, 20, 27 at 10:30 AM Play Date at the Library: Come to the Chevy Chase Library on Thursday mornings from 10:30 -11:30 am to meet new friends and have fun with Duplos, blocks, matching and sorting games and other STEM/STEAM activities. Preschool age. No registration needed.
On Thursday, 04/13/17 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.
On Saturday, 04/15/17 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 Friday, 04/21/17 at 10:30 AM Jefferson Café: This month’s readings will be Life on a US Navy Submarine by Jeremy Bender; Business Insider, 6 January 2016 and America’s New Aircraft Carriers by Dave Majumdar; The National Interest, 7 April 2015. 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 Tuesday, 04/25/17 at 10:30 AM Bilingual Storytime with Senora Lupe Marks: Please join us for a bilingual (Spanish/English) storytime just right for toddlers and preschoolers. No registration needed. 
On Tuesday, 04/25/17 at 11:00 AM El Dia De Los Ninos Craft:  Celebrate Children’s Day (El día de los niños) at Chevy Chase library by making a fun craft after our bilingual storytime with Sra Lupe(at 10:30am)
On Wednesday, 04/26/17 at 2:00 PM Fiction Memoir and Biography Book Group: Join the group to discuss Someone by Alice McDermott. Copies of the book are made available one month before the session, at the Information Desk. Registration is not required.