Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers is subject to an ethics law for which Kensington received an exemption.
The Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers is back to being a full board of seven, after two residents stepped up to run for the two seats left vacant after two former board members resigned in advance of a new state disclosure law taking effect. The new law will not take effect in Kensington, which received an exemption. Chevy Chase Village residents Robert Goodwin and Elissa Leonard will join current board members Patricia Baptise, Gary Crockett, Michael Denger, Richard Ruda and David Winstead to comprise the board for the next year. As only six candidates ran for six open spots (Michael Denger was not up for re-election), an election was not needed. "We were really heartened to find out that there [are] sufficient residents who want to …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Crime data helps Chevy Chase Village and Montgomery County police target nighttime coverage, resulting in arrest of two DC men.
Two men under surveillance were arrested early Wednesday, Aug. 8, in Chevy Chase Village for stealing a bicycle from a front porch on Grafton Street near Wisconsin Avenue. Officers from both the Chevy Chase Village Police Department and the Montgomery County Police Department were involved in the arrest. "As a direct result of the relatively high number of thefts from unlocked vehicles so far this year, we requested the assistance of [Montgomery] County Police [Department] resources," according to a statement released by the Chevy Chase Village Police Department. Village Public Safety Coordinator Jacqueline Parker "did a solid job analyzing our crime data, and we provided that analysis to both [Chevy Chase] Village and county officers so …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The Maryland State Highway Administration says that a pedestrian-activated crossing signal across Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase Village is "not recommended at this time."
Crossing Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase Village by foot isn't likely to get easier any time soon. Although the Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers, the Chevy Chase Village Traffic Committee, residents and elected officials wrote to the Maryland State Highway Administration in support of installing a pedestrian-activated traffic signal (along with a marked crosswalk) at an intersection across Connecticut Avenue near Chevy Chase Village Hall, the SHA is not recommending a signal at this time, according to a letter (dated July 10) sent by the SHA to Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers Chair Patricia Baptiste. Instead, the SHA will install a new flashing pedestrian warning beacon on Connecticut Avenue. SHA conducted a study noting the …
Monday, August 6, 2012
The cars were parked in driveways, and were left unlocked.
It's the same old refrain: A car is left unlocked. Things are taken from the car. Two more cars joined that chorus recently. On Friday, Aug. 3, the Chevy Chase Village Police Department reported on its website that: "While crime in the Village continues to trend down as compared to 2011, the 2nd District (greater Bethesda) of the Montgomery County Police has recently experienced a significant jump in thefts from [autos] during the nighttime hours," the Chevy Chase Village Police Department reported on its website earlier this summer. "The vast majority of the vehicles (80%) that have been the target of thieves have been left unlocked," the website continued.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Chevy Chase Village has ceased charging any fees with its Connecticut Avenue speeding tickets, while the question of whether or not uniform fees should be charged across the state is considered.
A speeding ticket's price tag has two parts: The fine and the fees. The fine of $40 is uniform throughout the state, but the fees (administrative fees, flagging fees, late fees, etc.) have not been uniform, Chevy Chase Village Manager Shana R. Davis-Cook explained to Patch. And, for now, the fees are not being imposed in Chevy Chase Village, where the speed cameras on Connecticut Avenue are notorious for slowing down traffic to exactly 30 mph (the posted speed limit) or less, making clueless speeders easy targets for the cameras. "Currently each jurisdiction sets its own administrative, flagging and/or late fees and the fees vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction," Davis-Cook explained in an email to Patch. "Chief Judge for the District …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Chevy Chase, DC, is pushing for traffic signals for Chevy Chase Circle, and Chevy Chase Village is feeling left out of the conversation.
Chevy Chase Village and the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Washington, DC, share more than just a name. They also share access to a traffic circle. And, while the neighborhood commission of Chevy Chase, DC, is in favor of installing traffic signals at the circle, Chevy Chase Village is more skeptical. Chevy Chase Circle sits on the boundary of Chevy Chase, MD, and DC. Connecticut Avenue (Maryland state Route 185) and Western Avenue (the DC-Maryland border) both run around the circle, as does smaller Grafton Street. Magnolia Parkway also connects to the circle on the Maryland side. The circle—with its wide and graceful water fountain—is owned by the National Park Service. Both the DC Department of Transportation and the advisory neighborhood …