In this issue: How To Vote And Find Information On D.C. Candidates, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton Will Speak To CCCA, Main Street Update, ANC To Discuss Small Area Plan, Racism, Speak Up Now To Save E6 Bus Line in Chevy Chase, Ways To Help Friends of Chevy Chase Circle, Northwest Neighbors Village Sponsors Jazz, Local Walk, Online Talks, Chevy Chase Senior Bookclub Starting, D.C Schools Busy Online During Pandemic, Murch Elementary School Launches SOS Campiagn, the Lafayette School - George Pointer Connection, See "Artists on the Driveway" October 17

October 2020


Our association sponsored an online forum with candidates for Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G and co-sponsored forums with 17 of the 24 candidates for two at-large seats on the D.C. Council. The council events were co-sponsored with the Shepherd Park Citizens Association and ANC 3/4G. We extend our thanks to these organizations for their support and leadership.

A video of the forum for ANC 3/4G candidates can be seen at

Candidates were asked to submit statements, which can be seen in our last newsletter linked on our website,

There are uncontested candidates in ANC single member Districts One, Two, Three, Five and Seven. Two candidates are running in SMD Four. At the time of the forum, no candidate had qualified for the ballot for ANC SMD Six. Subsequently, Peter Gosselin announced a write-in campaign for that district. Information on him is below.

Peter Gosselin, a Chevy Chase, D.C., resident for 25 years, is running as a write-in candidate in Advisory Neighborhood SMD Six. He has lived for 20 years at Military Rd. and Chevy Chase Parkway. He has raised a family and worked as a journalist for, among others, ProPublica, Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe. He also worked for the federal government implementing the Affordable Care Act. He says he has been “active in local affairs, fighting for respectful development and traffic safety …concerned about the vibrancy of our Connecticut Avenue business district." He adds, “I'm aware -- and contributing to -- the aging of our community and pledge to seek new resources to help residents age in place. I'm committed to fairly funded schools, streets that work for all users and an open, diverse community.”

To vote for Gosselin, go to the blank for Single Member District 06 in the ANC portion of the ballot. You must spell his name right for the vote to count. He is reachable at or 202-251-3945.

Videos of the at-large D.C. Council forums can be viewed as listed below.

Session #1 (Marcus Goodwin, Christina Henderson, Ed Lazere, Jeanne Lewis, Vincent Orange, Monica Palacio, Robert White, Ann Wilcox) —

Interested in volunteering with the CCCA? Send us an email at president@chevychasecitize We are looking for people that have writing, reporting, and photography skills to prepare articles for our newsletter and website.  We also urgently need volunteers to help us with our database and technical solutions for the website.  Additionally, we are looking for people who are interested in playing leadership roles in the CCCA, the oldest non-profit serving our neighborhood.

Session #2 (Claudia Barragan, Markus Batchelor, Calvin Gurley, Kathy Henderson, Chander Jayaraman, Alexander Padro, Marya Pickering —

Session #3 (Eric Rogers, Will Merrifield):

Ballots have been sent to registered voters. They may be returned by mail or at any of the Board of Elections’ drop box locations around the District ( For mail-in ballots, be sure to follow instructions carefully to make sure that your vote will be counted. 

Early voting centers ( will be open for in-person voting October 27 through November 2 between 8:30 am and 7:00 pm. Election Day voting centers ( will be open for in-person voting on November 3 between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm. You can find the voting location nearest you at

We all will miss you at the annual Spooktacular on Oct.31 and hope to see you next year.


Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton will speak to the CCCA in an online session in November or December on issues of interest to our community. Watch for an announcement of the time and date in a message from CCCA and on our website,


We are excited to announce that the Chevy Chase Main Street grant has been awarded by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development. This grant will provide support to the small and local businesses here in Chevy Chase that are vital to our community. We will share additional information about the grant recipient and the program launch as more information becomes available. 


Advisory Neighborhood Commission ANC 3/4G will hold virtual meetings starting at 7 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 13 and Mon., Oct. 26.

At the first meeting, the commission will hear presentations on two important programs, the D.C.  Office of Planning’s development of a Small Area Plan for the Chevy Chase Gateway, the corridor south of Chevy Chase Circle, and Chevy Chase Main Street.

The second meeting will be largely devoted to the report from the ANC’s Task Force on Racism. Material on the task force is available at .) The three Task Force working groups on housing, education/health, and community are drafting their report. It will be available on the commission’s website,, before October 26.


Citing the impact of COVID-19, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has called for halting the E6 line for the indefinite future. Last February, ANC 3/4G opposed elimination of the E6, and local residents have supported continuation of the service. Recently, WMATA has increased some bus service during the pandemic but has not reinstated the E6.

To support the bus line, residents may participate in a WMATA public hearing on October 13. You may submit an audio or video statement in advance or you may register in advance to submit comments at the live Zoom hearing that begins at 3:00 pm. Each person’s submission is limited to three minutes, no matter how it is presented. Information about submitting comments and registering for the hearing is available at

You also may submit comments in writing before 9:00 am on October 19. Written comments may be submitted at You will be asked how you wish to provide comments — taking a survey with comments, providing written comments, or uploading a text document.

ANC 3/4G chairman Randy Speck says, “We have been successful in protecting E6 bus service in the past because residents let WMATA know that they rely on this bus. It will take a similar effort now to keep this bus service.”


The Friends of Chevy Chase Circle is looking to replace one board member plus our treasurer. We have a solid, long-serving 13-member community board who come from both D.C. and Maryland. As a partner to the National Park Service, we have initiated and completed such projects as replacing the benches in the circle, landscaping the traffic triangles that sit north and south of the circle, coordinating new safety measures and traffic patterns around the circle, and now, through our work with the Commission of Fine Arts, we will be adding lights to the fountain. This all was completed by volunteer efforts and in just six short years!

The coming years promise to be interesting ones as well as we move towards rehabbing the fountain, re-landscaping the circle, fundraising, and actively participating with the Chevy Chase Main Street program. If you think our mission to “renew, beautify, maintain and protect” our community’s landmark is meaningful to you and you bring a relevant skill set to the board, we would love to talk! Please see our website for contact information and more information about who we are: Thank you! -- Ruth Robbins, President


Northwest Neighbors Village has opened these events for the community. 

See a full list and information on how to join programs at NNVDC.ORG on the home page under "upcoming events."

Hear live jazz online with Carey Smith, 6-7 p.m. Thursdays.

A 30-minute neighborhood walk will start at 9:30 am Wed., Oct. 14 at Albemarle and Connecticut in front of Diplomat Cleaners. Masks are mandatory and social distancing will be maintained.

Ken Glazer will speak from 2 to 3 pm Thurs., Oct. 14 on "The Riddle of Oedipus." in his 2018 book Searching for Oedipus: How I Found Meaning in an Ancient Masterpiece Glazer shows how deeply the play is embedded in our cultural DNA and how strongly its influence continues to be felt. He will explain why a strong case can be made that the Sophocles play is the central work of Western literature.

A COVID-19 program, Staying Healthy is More Than Just Staying at home will be presented from 4 to 5 p.m. Wed., Oct 21.

John Lawrence will discuss, "Peering into the Future: A Post-Election Analysis"

from 11 am to noon on Monday, Nov. 9. Lawrence served for 38 years as a staff member in the House of Representatives, the last eight as Chief of Staff to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He will discuss  the outcomes of the presidential and congressional elections. If we know enough, he will talk about state legislatures, where much reapportionment activity will happen.

Rachel Laser will speak on "Separation of Church and State and Racial Justice: A Critical Nexus" from 11 a.m. to noon on Thurs., Nov. 5. Laser is the first female and non-Christian president in Americans United for Separation of Church and State's 74-year history. She will discuss our country’s longstanding relationship between religious freedom and racism and religious freedom’s misuse to advance a white Christian nationalist agenda. Continuing the COVID-19 Series, "Building Resilience in the Wake of a Pandemic" will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 18.

Dr. D. James Baker will speak on "Hurricanes: Past, Present and Future" from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Nov. 19. Baker is the the longest-serving Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (1993-2001).He will recap the 2020 hurricane season


The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation is offering only limited activities during the pandemic, starting the week of October 13. At the Chevy Chase Community Center, a few activities will be held outside on the basketball courts, weather permitting.

Fitness classes filled up quickly after they were announced in late September. A senior book club will be held on days and times to be announced, between Oct. 14 and Nov. 18. The registration code is S037-69987. To register, go to

For more information, message Brittany Miller at


D.C. public school students have been hard at work virtually for six weeks. Students, teachers and administrators are adapting well using Microsoft Teams, Canvas and other platforms. Plans are underway for condensed sports seasons that may start in December. Our students are finding creative ways to participate in clubs and other extracurricular activities. You can learn more about Wilson High School at Instruction will continue virtually at least through November 6. More information about reopening plans can be found at

As Wilson celebrated Hispanic Heritage month, check out the Wilson alum-produced video on the Mount Pleasant riots and other information here and the Hispanic Heritage Month teacher background contest hereCongratulations to World Languages teacher Susana Rincon for FIRST PLACE!

The Wilson Parent Teacher Student Organization fundraising goal is $150,000 in support of our students and teachers. Click here to donate or text WILSONPTSO to 44321 for a secure link.  Even without students in the building, there are still needs to support, like the Wilson Beacon (school newspaper), training for teachers, online subscriptions, and most recently a new grant to support Wilson’s quest to become a “No Place for Hate” school. 


the front of Murch Elemetary School 

The Murch Home and School Association (HAS) supports the school, enhances the education of students, and creates a strong community for the families, kids, and staff it matters now more than ever before. 

This school year, the HSA has already purchased 30 technology devices and supplies to ensure that every student has reliable access to a device; delivered $9,500 in stipends to teachers for supplies; purchased subscriptions to online tools such as ST Math to support learning and teacher development; contracted with EastEd to bring expertise in building equity and inclusion and provide programming for parents and teachers; committed $1,600 to support other D.C. schools in need; increased a scholarship fund to $3,000 for families in need, and supported a partnership with Capitol Language Services to provide tutoring.

Nearly a third of the spending committed focuses on equity. The goal is to make sure students and families needing the most support get it and that the quality of every student’s experience is lifted. To contribute, visit  


Historic Chevy Chase DC has scheduled a Zoominar from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15,  on how Lafayette Elementary School was named and whether George Pointer’s impending connection to Lafayette in the adjacent park is a good, bad, or indifferent thing. Anyone interested can register for this event by going to HCCDC’s website . The event features historian/geographer Julien Icher, creator of “the Lafayette Trail” and Dr. Reba Carruth, Mount Vernon consultant.


Four artists in the local group CH/Arts and two others have joined to stage a local exhibit this month. 

They are jewelers Jowita Allen,  Sandra Zacharia, and Merrilee Harrigan , painter Emily  Strulson, textiles artist Erika Goodwin and sculptor/bee wax wraps artist Kirsty Little .

They will display their work from 11 am to 5 pm Saturday, Oct. 17 at 3801 and 3803 Underwood St. in Chevy Chase, Md., Section 5. Visitors will be able to view and display their work in two driveways using a touchless process. Fall drinks and homemade packaged treats will be served . Come out and join a creative, neighborhood event.

Please honor social distancing guidelines by staying home if you are sick, arriving in masks, using hand sanitizer stations on arrival, following the walking routes down the driveway and around the houses and spacing six feet apart.

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