Book Drop Off- BCC Used Book Sale

Gather your unwanted books.  BCC is collecting ’em for the spring book sale.  The next  drop off is scheduled for Saturday, November 11 from 10am – 2pm.

There will several drop off opportunities – one per month from October to February before the sale in March – always the 2nd weekend! – March 10 and 11, 2018.

Accepted items: books, DVD’s, CD’s, and vinyl records.

Please do not include magazines, video cassettes, or audio cassettes.

BCC is located at 4301 East West Hwy, Bethesda, MD 20814. Please use the main entrance by the new traffic light. Volunteers will be standing by to help you unload your donations. Please deliver your donations in sturdy bags or boxes, but please, no torn or moldy books. We are also in need of solid, sturdy boxes with lids. Tax donation receipt forms will be available.

BCC Book Sale Drop Off

Gather your unwanted books.  BCC is collecting ’em for the spring book sale.  First drop off is scheduled for Saturday, October 14 from 10am – 2pm. 

There will be 5 drop off days – one per month from October to February before the sale in March – always the 2nd weekend! – March 10 and 11, 2018.

Accepted items: books, DVD’s, CD’s, and vinyl records.

Please do not include magazines, video cassettes, or audio cassettes.

Please use sturdy boxes or bags that can be easily carried by volunteers.

BCC Construction Update- January 2017

Verbatim from the B-CC PTSA Construction Liaison:

This is our first construction update of 2017 and there are lots of changes coming our way. Throughout the fall Hess Construction has been working to complete much of our site work including storm water retention facilities, the connection of new underground utilities to existing utilities and preparation for the pouring of the new foundations.

​Here is a preview of what will happen this spring:

*Mid-to-late March (after the conclusion of post-season basketball):*

-The main entrance to the school at the bus loop will be closed as they
begin work on our new main entrance and foyer area.

-The temporary main entrance for all students, staff and visitors will be
located at the doors by the loading dock (near the cafeteria). Our bus
loading and unloading will be adjusted accordingly.

-Once the main entrance shifts to its temporary location occupancy in the
main gym will be limited. Fire code will not allow us to have large groups
or assemblies in the gym. The reason for this is that with the main
entrance temporarily closed there is not adequate egress for large crowds
to exit the building from the gym in an emergency. We WILL be allowed to
continue to hold PE classes and practices in the gym.

-Athletic Director Donna Considine is working with the architects and the
fire marshal to determine what can happen with regards to games in the
spring for volleyball (i.e. – how many people will be allowed to occupy the
gym during a game).

-We will see the frame of the new building beginning to go up and crews
will work to connect the new building with the existing building.

*Summer 2017:*

-Once school gets out the crews will move into the building and begin the
expansion of the Main Office conference room, so the front doors to the
Main Office will be completed blocked off. The plan is to greet visitors
at the Attendance Office window and staff will enter the building through
the back of the office near Donna Considine’s office.

-Parking in our lot off of East-West Highway will be completely eliminated
over the summer and anyone visiting the school will need to park in our
spaces off of Chelton. This parking will all be restored before school
begins in the fall.

-Due to occupancy restrictions during this summer construction period the
Weight Room will NOT be available prior to the start of athletics on August

-The Counseling Office will undergo expansion over the summer as a
classroom is converted into additional counseling offices. Counselors will
be able to work in their offices over the summer but it will be a little
noisier for them than usual!

-Some demolition work will be done by the Auditorium as some work will be
done on one set of doors.

-The stairwell between the gym and the auditorium will be closed (this is
the stairwell that leads up to the Blue & Gold Room).

-The goal is still be able to hold our Summer Academy at B-CC (this is our
summer transition program for incoming freshman who have been recommended
for the program) but most of our other summer programs, including summer
school health classes will be at an alternative location.

We will continue to send out updates as this phase of work begins and, as
always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions.

Many thanks,
B-CC PTSA Construction Liaison

BCC Used Book Drop Off this Saturday, January 7

Happy 2017! B-CC’s Used Book Sale Committee is kicking off 2017 with a
used books drop off at B-CC on Saturday, January 7th, from 10 am – 2 pm.
Our staging area is now ready to take on more of your used books, so we
hope you come over and drop off your donations in sturdy bags and boxes.
Please note that the *drop off location ONLY for Jan 7th will be at the end
of B-CC’s Chelton Road driveway (Auditorium side; near the ramp- see map). *

A Trump Bump? True or False?

Roads To The White HouseWill real estate activity pick up significantly with the new Trump administration? Seems I can’t make it through a holiday party, dog walk, or even a trip to Safeway without being asked. The answer? Not so much. Truth be told, a lot of the folks that will join the new administration are already here. Most others who come will rent. A few will buy. But that’s only a few (someone took a count during the new Obama administration back in 2008, and those that bought numbered around 50). And, let’s face it – the close in DC market is expensive. Unless one is coming from the pricier edges of the country (LA, Boston, New York), Bethesda/Chevy Chase might not be in the budget. And in spite of the fact that Mike Pence recently rented a home in Chevy Chase, before moving into the big house on Observatory Circle, a lot of Republicans feel more at home in Virginia. Furthermore, not everyone who will serve in the new White House will arrive in late January. It’ll take a couple of years for the administration to fill out.

Another local rumor dashed. Alas, there will be no Trump bump. Perhaps a blip?


A child of mine, who shall not be named, doesn’t think that it’s important to vote in this election.  So, I have to make up for it by sharing this public announcement. VOTE!

Voting is easy in Montgomery County with three ways to cast your ballot. For more information, visit the Board of Elections at

New! If you missed the October 18 registration deadline and are qualified, you can register and vote the same day at any of the early voting sites. Just bring a Maryland driver’s license, identification card, learners permit or other proof of residency.

Vote Early

Early voting is available October 27-November 3, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at any of these ten early voting sites: 

  • The Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg
  • Damascus Community Recreation Center, 25520 Oak Drive, Damascus
  • Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville
  • Germantown Community Recreation Center, 18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown
  • Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase
  • Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville
  • Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring
  • Potomac Community Recreation Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac
  • Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring
  • Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad, 2401 Arcola Avenue, Silver Spring

Vote by Mail

Any voter can vote by mail. Download the absentee ballot request form and send it to the Board of Elections by November 1 if you want your ballot mailed to you or by November 4 if you want it delivered electronically.

Vote on Election Day

Show up at your local precinct on November 8.

Bethesda Outdoor Movies 2016

Film reel iconTuesday, July 26 – Saturday, July 30, 2016
Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle, Corner of Norfolk & Auburn Avenues

Enjoy five nights of blockbuster hits at downtown Bethesda’s 11th annual outdoor movie series!
Show times begin at 9pm at the corner of Norfolk and Auburn Avenues. A limited number of chairs will be provided and attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs. Admission is FREE!
The lineup includes:

Tuesday, July 26: Pretty in Pink
Wednesday, July 27: Manhattan Murder Mystery
Thursday, July 28: Brooklyn
Friday, July 29: My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Saturday, July 30: Creed

East Bethesda Yard Sale 2016

East Bethesda Yard Sale

It’s that time of year again!  This Sunday, June 5, the East Bethesda Citizens Association is sponsoring their annual Community Yard Sale from 9:30am to 1:30pm.  Don’t miss it. Over the years I’ve mourned for that perfect blue couch that I spied at the sale but didn’t buy. Ergh.  Great deals on kids toys, clothing, knick-knacks, and other treasures.  Plus, it’s a great way to catch up with neighbors and friends.