Fall Gathering! Sunday, 10/30

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Sunday, 10/30
Costume Parade will begin @ 3:15pm in the back lot of the Kensington Park Senior Assisted Living (change from last email sent out)
Gathering 4-6 pm @ 3500 Saul Rd. 
Moby Dick House of Kabab chicken/rice/salad/pita will be served 
A-K: please bring sides/chips/etc.
L-Z: please bring desserts
Inflatable (please supervise your children so that everyone is safe) & Art Table 
Hoping for volunteers to assist with clean up.
Thank you in advance!

Please let us know ASAP if you are available to help out 🙂 Contact: randihersh@yahoo.com

Dinner and Show to Celebrate Villages of Kensington, Saturday, October 29, 2016

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Dear Neighbors:

Please also see flyer….invite-to-villages-of-kensington-day

Come and join us for an evening of fun: Dinner and a Show to celebrate Villages of Kensington Day on October 29th. Everyone welcome!

Where? Kensington Parkwood Elementary School, All-Purpose Room, 4710 Saul Road

(Park in lower-level parking lot on Franklin Street)

Dinner: 5-7 p.m. Food and Drink provided by Villages of Kensington (VoK) volunteers and Board members

Show: 7-8 p.m. Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! Performed by Mini-Musicals on the Move

–You’ll be invited to sing along with the cast!

–Tickets are free and available onsite.

Donations: Will be accepted at the door (we’d suggest $20 per adult)

This money will be used to

–Support services to Kensington residents who join our Village

–Reach out to people who would benefit from our services

–Keep our membership fees low

FUNDRAISING MATCH: All donations on or for VoK Day will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to the first $800, thanks to the generosity of the VoK Board of Directors.

Click on DONATIONS on our website www.villagesofkensington.org or send a check made out to Villages of Kensington, P.O. Box 118, Kensington, MD 20895. Call us at 301-509-0191 if you have any questions.

(N.B. Villages of Kensington is a 501©3 nonprofit organization; your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.)

Looking forward to seeing you on the 29th.



RCHCA Meeting: Monday, October 17

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Please find below a draft agenda for our Fall RCHCA meeting, which will take place at 7:30 PM on Monday, October 17th, at Grace Episcopal Day School.

Please let any Board member know if you have additional agenda item(s). Thank you.

With best regards,
Jim P.

P.S. If you haven’t yet, please consider paying your RCHCA $40 dues for the year. You may pay them online (via <http://rchca.org>), in person at the meeting, or by sending a check payable to “RCHCA” to our Treasurer, Ms. Maria Marzullo, at 9801 East Bexhill Drive, Kensington, MD 20895. Your dues are the only source of support for the Association’s activities that seek to preserve and enhance your quality of life in our neighborhood.


Agenda for RCHCA meeting on 17 October 2016

1. Crime & safety
– recent incidents
– tips from the police

2. Traffic & pedestrian safety
– recent incidents
– how to get the County to trim branches to reveal hidden signage
– sidewalk update
– adding crosswalks(s)?
– a walkable route to Forest Glen Metro via Capitol View / Metropolitan Avenue?
– permit parking?

3. Middle School construction update
– stormwater management
– noise concerns
– lighting concerns
– concrete spill into Silver Creek

4. Silver Creek update

5. Gas/Sewer/Water updates

6. Salt Barn update.

7. Update on Rock Creek Hills Covenants

8. RCHCA party on October 30th!
– starting 3:30 PM
– costume parade, burgers, etc.
– volunteers needed

9. Other business.

Upcoming Kensington 8K Race Road Closures Info

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23rd Annual Kensington 8K Race
A Town of Kensington Event
Benefitting KP, NB, & WJ Schools

Roads Closed/No Street Parking(Times Approximate)

Armory Ave from Baltimore to Knowles (7am-10am)
Knowles Ave from Safeway Upper Parking Lot to Armory (7am-10am)
Armory Ave from Knowles to Howard (8am-9am)
Howard Ave from Armory to Kensington Pkwy (8am-9am)
Kensington Pkwy from Frederick to Washington (8am-10am)
Kensington Pkwy from Washington to Beach (7:30am – 9am)
Beach Drive from Connecticut to Stoneybrook (8am-9:30am)
Old Spring Rd from Beach to E. Bexhill (8:15am-9:30am)
E. Bexhill Dr from above Beach to Wake (8:15am – 9:45am)
Wake Dr from E Bexhill to Frederick (8:15am – 9:45am)
Frederick Ave from Wake to Kensington Pkwy (8:15am – 9:45am)
Warner Circle/Old Town Kensington Area (7am – 10am)
Baltimore St, Carroll Pl, Hadley Pl, Calvert Pl, Washington (Closed/No Parking)
Fawcett, Mitchell, Montgomery, Kent off circle, Warner (No/Limited Access)
Crossings/Exits Available(When Runners Not Present)

Kensington Pkwy @ Saul
Kensington Pkwy @ Everett
E. Bexhill @ Saul
E. Bexhill @ Wake
We appreciate your understanding of and support for this long-standing community event.
Runners, Walkers & Course Marshalls Welcome! Register/Volunteer @ www.kensington8k.org

fyi: a letter from MCPS, addressing stormwater concerns

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Dear neighbors,

Monthly onsite meetings continue between representatives of your RCHCA Board, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), & Dustin Construction, to provide a forum for communication during construction of the new middle school.

At this month’s meeting, we received a letter from MCPS regarding last month’s stormwater concerns. You can see the letter (as the 3rd & 4th pages of the document) posted at dropbox at <goo.gl/mCPM7j>.

With best regards,
Jim Pekar
President, RCHCA

Kensington Water Main Replacement Mtg Recap

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Dear neighbors,

Here is a report on last Thursday evening’s water main meeting, as prepared by Rick Bond & myself:

WSSC has hired EBA Engineering, Inc., to design the replacement of about three miles of water mains in our neighborhood (as specified in the map & address list shared earlier). These mains are 60-80 years old, and are the cause of our not infrequent “brown water” incidents. The new mains will have a lifespan in excess of 100 years.

Work is scheduled to begin in Spring of 2017, and to end in Spring of 2019. Normally scheduled work will take place between 8 AM and 4 PM, Monday through Friday – there may be some occasions when work must be conducted in “off hours”.

During construction, temporary water service will be provided. Water shutdown periods of up to 8 hours may take place; if longer shutdowns are required, then bottled water will be provided to the affected homes. 48 hours advance notice will be provided of any shutdowns. They provided advice regarding dealing with “brown water” (which may happen off and on during the work) – running the cold-water bathtub tap in the highest bathroom to clear “brown” is advised, as tub facets, unlike sink facets, do not have strainer filters that can get clogged.

We can sign up now for mobile notification of relevant shutdowns via the WSSC Customer Notification System link at wsscwater.com

No parking will be permitted on streets with “active” construction. All roads will be accessible at all times, however there may be temporary closures or delays, e.g., when bringing in big pipes.

New water mains will be placed under the pavement (not on county rights-of-way contiguous with front lawns, where some mains are now located). “Service lines” from the mains to homes will be replaced – either to the home (if you have a water meter inside your home – which is rare), or to the “curb box” (which is a circular piece, about 6″ in diameter). Older houses may have a galvanized pipe running from the curb box to the home; we were advised to consult a plumber (always best to get multiple bids) regarding updating that with copper pipe. The service life of those galvanized lines, like the service life of the original water mains, is over; they may leak, and it’s less expensive to replace the pipe before having to pay a surprise bill for a big water leak that you didn’t know about until you got your three-month water bill.

Some trees will be taken down where the trees compromise the piping; we are awaiting an estimate of how many.

After the work is done, affected roads will be resurfaced, and yards restored. Work will be done in 3-4 “phases,” each of which must be substantially complete, before the contractor moves on to the next phase.

The WSSC representatives were very courteous, willing to answer questions, and to work with our community. Project staff are:
Wanpin Lee – Project Manager – phone 301-206-8532 Wanpin.Lee@wsscwater.com
Kevin Lethbridge – Construction Manager – phone 301-206-7339 Kevin.Lethbridge@wsscwater.com
Stephen Billingsley – Contract Manager – phone 301-206-7363 Stephen.Billingsley@wsscwater.com
Brandon Stewart – Customer Advocate – phone 301-642-1712 Brandon.Stewart@wsscwater.com
Joseph Danquah – Design Engineer – phone 240-547-1127 Joseph.Danquah@ebaengineering.com

As the time grows closer to construction, they will be willing to have another meeting with the community.

With best regards,
Jim Pekar
President, RCHCA

P.S. Here’s one of our neighborhood’s youngest residents, with her mother, early Friday: