September 1980

VOL. la NO.7 SER VING THE PEOPLE OF CABIN JOHN AND BEYOND SEPTEMBER IgeO HOW YOUR COMMUNI.TY VI~<S THE SHOPPING CENTER A full 3~ of the co,unity responded to our attitude sur- vey on the shopping center now being built at 79th Street and M~cArthur Blvd- that’s not ~ ” – bad in the mail order business~ The community favors a small shopping center by about 2:1. Half the respondents thought it ~ms too late for the Commun- ity Association to take any action – pro or con – on the matter at ~his late date. Those who thought community action was called for were spllt equally on whether to bring the Association’s con- cerns to ~he attention of the developer or ~he County Council. Some thought the community should boycott the center if its concerns are not heeded. The overwhelming choice was for the center to have a drug store and a gourmet dell. Other choices, in order of preference were for: a small gr~Lery, a bock-sta- tionery-gift shop, a hard- ware store, a laundry, a neighborhood restaurant (not fast food), a flower-garden supply store, a craft shop, and a bank. Other sugges- tions included a supermarket, fast food store, a bakery, a barber shop, a sewing store, a sports or b~:.e store, a gas station, a butcher or seafood shop, a boutique, a music store, a pet store, and a shoe repair shop. In the ~a T of professional services the choices, in order of pre- ference, were for a dentist, g@ner~ doctor, optical center, Jav ryer, an accountant, and a ~tock broker. People expressed three general concerns regarding the develop- ment. Residents are worried about the teen rowdyism that shopping centers can foster. Specific steps need to be taken to control loitering, boozing and car fetishism in the parking lot and in the vicinity of the shopping center. Good lighting, a security guard and/or police patrols are probably in order. Residents are also concerned that the Canter look appealing. It should be well landscaped. Lxteriors and si~ns should be tasteful. Care should be taken to keep the grounds neat. The other concern lles with traffic control. The traffic that the center generates should be channeled onto Mac%rthur Blvd and kept off the side streets. This has ramifications for the safety of the children in the area and also for the control of noise in the community. Your effor~ in responding to the poll has be~n a real community service. At long last we know how you feel about the develop- ment and what your concerns are. In order to co~unicate the community’s views to those who can take appropriate at=ion, this article is being sent to the County Council, the County Administrator, and =he developer. !datch this space next issue for an update. ~ APPEALING POLL Last issue’s poll really worked. For the first time in many moons the Community AssociatiQn has a firm idea of your views on a matter of some consequence. It worked because you took an interest and answered the questions~ Now we have a basis for action on your behalf. We’re willing to run other polls on other topics. Drop us a llne and suggest other ~of local interes–~and importance. No, we won’t tell you whether your neighbors llke John Anderson. Co,m~untty residents have an ov,:’w01ming dislike of a !IfIUO 0~ f~t food joint. O£h,.,r’~ on £h~ “UO” 1~st are a t’nC.Ot’d 8~,¢)rr~, Broctrv, bar, l~uH~(~l’O¢~h( , ~vl,c, :~uEo pares h”la/~,,,# .!~porlvr,,. adult hoop Extra! E×-rm! Crat Feas*! 5a ~- ~rds, , Seo~ember 13, oar~< a~ Paltsades Pool on Seven Locks Road. at Craos and Chicken. Live ~usLc rv Cat’s Cradle. Have a oood rime while suooor~- ~nc ‘/our ne~ohborhood c~ari~;~es. NOTICE CRAB FEAST SATURDAY A NEW COMMUNITY STRUCTURE Your communi,y assoc- ia,ionts executive comm- ittee oroooses to estab- a number of committees to deal ~th community “needs and interests. The key to mskino ,his work of course, is oarticip- afion: and that will be ~he main tooic at the S~nfemher rommunlty meet- ino. The Aasociafton hooes for s b~? ,urn~uf a, the @emfember meeflno ,@ fl. esh our fhis ronceo’ and $~ nef if worklno. The committees could be struct- ured as follows: Transoortation-Buses, caroools. rmad and traffic conditions. Community Activities-Crab Feast Christmas oarty, July 4th oerade. Community $ervices-kids t jobs, older resident oroorams, cooos. Community Reletinns-eves end ears 3choos-tiaiSOm with PTA’s etc. Public Safely-Vandalism, liaison wi~h molice and fire, etc. nvironmen,-oarks, sewers, etc. Noise-need we say more? Land Use-new develoomen,s. Communications-Village News and event oublicity. Come to the meetino on Seotember 23 to discus~ thi~ idea. You mioht even Oocome involved! THE VILLAGE NEWS 2 NEWS FROM GLEN ECHO A Glen Echo class bull+ the solar water heater in the oict- ure in Cabin 3ohn for about $700° in just two Saturdays. The solar cless is just one of meny offer- inos at Glen Echo. For informa- tion about other classes that could held you cell dg2-6292 or 229-0350. Not only can you Dick uo skills at Glen Echo, but you can also be entertained. Every Sunday ~n Sem+ember Glen Echo offers e ~usice DO + oo,Jrri. SoD+ember 2~s~, esoeciellv, fol’~, iazz and ex~er:~e~+8! m,JSiC will be offered, s~l. sffernoom. Every Saturday n;chf in . SoD+ember a so,dare dance s held e~ q:~0, %,i+h l~v@ ~US~C. Adven- ture T~eeter offers oerformences of “Tales of Bea,rix Po,fer”(229- 0350). Fr:dev. qct. 3, ?-goD, the Gstlery ooens a show ~f Rave Bodnerchuk’s sculoture. In add- ition, the Writer’s Center will hold 8 reedinc of William Staf- ford’s wor!< on Seot. Ig(22q-0684). ,, h,, CRAFT FAIR This December the Cabin John 3 & 4 Year 01d School will sponsor a Craft Fair at the Clara Barton School buildin 8. Participants are eagerly sought. To reserve space or for more information call It is hoped that the Craft Fair will replace the Spring Rummage Sale as the School’s main fundraiser. GAMES PEOPLE PLAY The afternoon board and card game parties for “wise and mature” residents mentioned last month will begin in October. Drop a note to the Villa~e News with your name and phone number and a mention of the games you’re interested in. SAY HEY TO THE STORK! Welcome a baby boy to the Sterncamps, July 21, 1980. REPORT AIRPLANE NO I SE 557-2q8! • ~ FF.ONT PAGE Helpir~ with the 9rinter’s ink this issue have been ~ichard Fahr and Judle Green. Richard has volunteered to set all cf cur titles and so forth on a compugraphic machine. So if you think this issue looks a little bit snappy, he’s the reason why. Judle has taken on the yeoman’s chore of typing all the copy for the issue. It’s nice for neighbors to pitch in. DAYTI~ THEATRE SEMINAR Do you like the theatre but never get a chance to go? In cooperation with Arena Stage, the City of Rockville has arranged for a daytime theatre group, at a nominal cos~ A charter bus can be arranged if there is a good response. For further information con- tact the theatre seminar at 762-4247. TPANKS GUYS ~atriotism is back in style all over the U.S. but it never left our little old burg. Even in the darkest days of the last decade, when- ever a national holiday rolled around, the Cabin John Fire Department has taken the time and trouble to deck MacArthur Boulevard out in red, white and blue. This resident was proud – really proud – to return from a little Labor Day revelry and have the priv~ lege to drive down a flag- bedecked MacArthur Boulevard. On behalf of all of us, “Thanks Guys”, It’s part of what makes Cabin John special. A Friend FL 0~5~ PQWER While we’re talklng about the sights on MacArthur Boulevard, it’s worth c~enting on how fine the privately-tended flower gardens along the Boulevard have looked great all s,-mer. These individual efforts are a real community asset. Now, if someone would cast a loving eye and spade in the direction of the un- tended flower bed at the West end of the bridge. Another Friend THE VILLAGE NEWS 5 QUt  PASTRIES’MEATS*CARRY-OUT! GROC ERIESeBREAKFASTeLUNCH MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY 6:30 am to 6:00 pm DO YOU DRIN~ ENOUGH BEER? Americans already re cy~c!e 25% of their aluminum. Have you ever thought of recycling your empties? Aluminum brings 20¢ a pound at the recycler’s, that’s 20c for every case of empties, or $400 a ton (2000 cases of empties – quite a party). If Cabin John had a community recycling center, it would earn several hundred dollars a year for the commun- ity. After all, we drink a lot of beer~ That money could cover postage on the news- letter or contribute to other community activities. Teen- agers could get a recycling center going. The aluminum companies will provide advice. If you’re interested, drop a llne with your name and phone n,–bet to the Villa~e News. DTD YOU KNOW? POSTAGE FOR THE VILLAGE NEWS COSTS ~2 PER YEAR PER $URSCRIBER? A SUB- SCRIPTION TARLE WiLL l~E SET IJP AT THE CRAI~ FEASt! A FISH STORY A commercial fisherman has come to Cabin John. Ken Diffenderfer, the proprietor of Sea-Air Seafood, located at the Union Arch Bridge h/s- spent years before the mast himself. The fruit of his at sea experience is some of the freshest seafood in the Washington area. From Ken’s peTspective fish is better for you than protein in other forms. But Americans have never grown accustomed to the many interesting kinds of fish. Therefore, while Sea-Air stocks those few fish that Americans have come to know and love – scallops, shrimp, and so forth – Sea-Air also markets fish whose names you may never Pave heard of but whose taste is unsurpassed. Next time try hake, scrod or grouper. All of these are filets that fry, grill or bake easily. Sea-Air prints recipe book- lets for its customers. The name of the game is to offer the freshest fish at competi- tive prices. Sea-Air does this by eliminating the middleman and by keeping its overhead low. Ken, the pro- prietor, is a fisherman him- self, with cronies from Gloucester to Key West. He stays in touch with his friends and suppliers by phone. Orders are delivered within hours of a boat’s arrival at the pier. Sea-Air’s scallops come from Gloucester, as does its scrod and other New Eng- land filets. The shrimp and the swordfish come from South Carolina. Salmcm comes from Bristol Eay, Alaska. Sea-Air crabmeat comes from – you guessed it – Chesapeake Bay. At the moment, the Union Arch stand is Sea-Air’s only retail outlet. But some of the hands are training, so look for Sea- Air to grow in the coming months. Growth, of course, will mean continued variety so choose from. Sea Air is open Tuesday – Saturday, in the afternoon. They’re in business for keeps and will operate }~:r- ’round if their customers don’t desert them in the winter. As Ken said, “If the fisher- men can fish in it, we sure as hock can sell for them in is.” Get to know Sea-Air and add the tang of the ocean to your life. WILL THE BUSES EVER SERVICE CABIN JOHN? Last month’s letter to the Editor about restoring bus service to Cabin John sparked a flood of mail, all of it overwelmingly in favor of the. idea. That, of course, was to have the N-9 bus that runs on Canal Road at rush hour to pick up passengers at the Cabin John exit/entrance ramp. Following are excerpts from several letters: “I know five people in our neighborhood who walk to the Glen Echo bus stop everyday. Naturally, I am in favor of any extension of the bus ser- vice.” Richard P. Fehr “I would like to support Mr. Bookman’s suggestion of having rush hour metrobus service to downtown.” Javed Hamid “I would use such a bus each day. Walking a mile to catch the N-5 is an aggravation which we shouldn’t have to put up with.” D. Steven Rutkus “We think the idea about the N-9 bus is an excellent one.” George & Susan Boutin “Both my husband and I would be very supportive of bus service.” Alice & Tony Guide “I think that the proposal that the N-9 bus stop at Cabin John is an excellent one. We are lone overdue for some public transportation.” Judy Novica “We shall sure appreicate it if we could have the facility of the metrobus.” Veeuer & Sushll Titus Plant A Radish, Get a Radish (Never a Brussel Sprout) Tony, the vegetable man at the Union Arch Bridge, welcomes his fishy neighbor. Between the two of them, one stop nets you a meal. What better way is there to shuck the summer and greet the fall than with a cup of cider from Cabin John’s own gardener and green grocer, Tony, TIlE vILLAGE NEWS CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIEDS FOR,SALE Aluminum extension ladders (2); Too!box and tools ‘ Sears, A’ high, full; SCAN twin bedstead, ma==ress/spring, nearly new M~KE OFFER 229-6265 Graduate Student, Artist, seeks house to share, a room with ki=chen privileges or apartmem=, particularly in the Glen Echo-MacArthur Blvd area. Call Adrienne }I-229-6980 W 287-5469 FOg SALE Veil – 100% organlc milk fed. Raised locally on Avenei Farm. Call Stephanle 469-6276 CAR POOLS Save Gas! Make a friend! Drop a line to “Pool it”, C/O The Village News. Well run your notice at no cost. KARPOOL KORNER (free) From Clara Barton to West end of DC (8:30-5) 229-6265 Barter (free) Any takers? or givers? KIDSIFIEDS (free) Yardwork, plant or pet care, etc. 12 yrs old; call Paul 320-3284 DR. DAVID C. ZEILER VETERINARIAN Lax.mmowing, leafraking, gar- dening, l& yrs old, 229-8590 Colleoe Student seeks temo iobs in Scot-Oct. -meby-sittino, yard end housework. Heidi-229-4674 or229-Td12. 7732 MAcARTHUR BLVD. BETHESDA, MD. 20731 • TELEPHONE 229-2400 AITRATION5 in my home. P;en’s, uomer’s, children’s clothing. WLllshorten draperies. Theresa, 229-1404. g HE ViLLAO  n£ws I  EDITOR- Betsy Cheney I Circulaiion – Judy Green BUSINESS/SUBSCRIPTIONS = Il Susan Geib t eect ~ee~eea~t ooooo ee~ee~eoooaeect e~ ¢t The VILLA GE NEWS is published monthly in Cabin John, Maryland. Subscriptions areS4.00 per year for non-residents and free to Cabin John residents. Mail all articles, inquin’es, suggestions, letters and subscriptions (with payment) to: ………… The Editor THE VILLAGE NEWS :Post Office Box 164 Cabin John, Maryland 20731 ~eeeeeeeoeaoo~eoeoeeee~eot~ ED CLARK & SON ..~k..~O “JL’, L~lr.T(:rJ~: z zm~t:3k • moVing :: ehaullng eyard  work eeasonable 229-7311 VILLAGE NEws P.O. 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