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Subject: Bannockburn Citizens' Association December Report
Date Sent: December 19, 2014

Meeting on Thursday

I hope that this e-mail finds you safe and well.

ISO Speaker Suggestions.

Our next general meeting will be on March 5, 2015 at St. Mark's. We welcome suggestions for speakers/topics that you find interesting and informative. Bonus points for suggested speakers who are Bannockburn neighbors. Past speakers include renowned food writer Marian Burros, bestselling author of 13 books, including "Cooking for Comfort;" Ambassador Richard Shifter; former White House Press Secretary Ronald Nessen; Dr. Victoria Hampshire, VMD, a veterinarian and a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service; Dr. Ben Schlesinger, an energy consultant and past president of the Association for Energy Economics; and Ed Shaya, a research scientist in the Department of Astronomy, the University of Maryland.

Safety Tips from the County Police.

As we approach this last week of shopping for the holidays, Captain David Falcinelli of the County Police shared safety tips and updates on recent events. The most common crimes that occur during the holidays are thefts of packages from cars, as well as thefts of packages delivered to doorsteps. Please remember to place gifts and other valuables in your trunk and take them out as soon as you get to your destination. If you are an Amazon shopper, make arrangements to have packages delivered to a place where they can be picked up/taken inside immediately upon delivery, or make other arrangements with the shipper. There are people that will follow delivery vans around and take packages from front porches just minutes after they are delivered. Regarding daytime burglary issues, the county needs our help in calling in suspicious persons and cars in the neighborhoods. On November 23rd, three people tragically lost their lives in an early morning car crash which involved alcohol. As office parties and other holiday events continue to occur, please remember to look out for each other and call a cab or Sober Ride at 1-800-200-TAXI to make sure everyone gets home safely.

Proposed Goldsboro Road Townhouse Development.

On December 17, 2014, I submitted a letter to the County Planning Department on behalf of BCA concerning a proposed townhouse development at 789 Goldsboro Road. The letter expressed concerns with the traffic and environmental issues that have not been addressed by the developer, concerns shared by other neighborhood associations. Seth Goldstein and Ben Schlesinger joined in the letter as Chairs of the BCA evironment and covenants committees.

Dues.

BCA dues for 2015 were due on January 1. Please mail a check to Bonnie Garrett, BCA Treasurer, 6604 Broxburn Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817 or pay your dues online via our website.

Best wishes for the holidays and the new year.
Ted Garrett,
BCA President

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