What is Happening!

Dear Neighbors,
We hope you’ve had an enjoyable summer here in Chevy Chase or wherever your travels have taken you.  Your RCA board has been busy planning for fall and we hope you’ll join us either by volunteering or just attending one of our events.  All are welcome!!
(1) Green thumb?  Care to share your expertise with others? Join fellow board member Molly Mullally as she starts the first-ever RCAGarden Club.  If you’re interested, please contact Molly at Jmandmolly@gmail.com.
(2) Looking to help immigrants and refugees neighbors in the DC-MD metro area?  Consider joining Neighbors Rising. Neighbors Rising works through non-profit organizations and other professionals to support people and strengthen our local communities’ capacity for neighborly compassion.   If you’re interested in learning more, there’s a Rollingwood FRIENDRAISER on September 12th hosted by neighbors Sharon Natanblut & Michael O’Grady. RSVP by Sept 5th to Sofia LaRocca at slarocca@identity-youth.org.
(3) Coffee & Conversation – Join fellow board members for donuts and coffee on your morning walk, September 9 (Leland and Rolling Rd) and October 28 (Leland & Beach).  Rain dates are Sept. 10 and Oct. 29. As always, we appreciate your support of RCA and welcome your comments and suggestions.Hope to see you at an event this fall.
(4) Fall Picnic! -Come join us in Candy Cane Pavilion on October 1st from 4-8 for a friendly neighborhood gathering. There will be bratwurst and potluck! More information to come as we get closer to the date.

September 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 Friday, 09/01, 8, 15,22 and 29 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, 09/02, 9, 16, 23 and 30 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. Read More

August 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 Tuesday, 08/01, 8, 15, 22 and 29 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, 08/01, 8, 15 and 29 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 Wednesday, 08/02/17 at 6:00 PM Know Your News: Do you ever wonder if the news you read is true? Have you been fooled by a news story someone shared with you via social media? In this program, trained librarians will discuss several strategies for evaluating news stories and provide you with a toolbox to take with you on the go. No matter where you are, you’ll have the resources you need to Know Your News Read More

Chevy Chase Elementary Celebrates 100 Years!

A message from volunteers organizing Chevy Chase Elementary School’s 100 year Birthday Party and Family Reunion . . .
Chevy Chase Elementary School cordially invites you and your family and all of Rollingwood to the block party of the century!   CCES has been hard at work all year long putting together our 100 year Birthday Party and Family Reunion and we want our all of our Neighbors and Alumni there to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime milestone with us!
The party is at Chevy Chase Elementary School on Saturday June 10th from 12 to 4.   The school will be open to visitors.  We will have tents celebrating every decade of our success, there will be historic displays, tours, a photo booth, a live DJ, dancing, bounce houses, games, crafts, food trucks and pizza, face painting, live musical acts, local celebrities and so much more!!!!
It will truly be the party of the century and we want you there!   If you live within walking distance, please walk to Cheetahfest as parking will be very limited.
Hope to see you there for this historic event!  
Holly & Doug Kammerer
Cheetahfest Co-Chairs

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 www.oregonaveddot.com.

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.