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This Friday (7/21): Student-Welcoming Yard-Sign Pick-Up Back-Porch Happy-Hour!

By | From the RCHCA Officers, Neighborhood Notices, Silver Creek Middle School, Social Events | No Comments

Dear neighbors,

If yours is one of the 22 homes that directly face Silver Creek Middle School, then we’ll drop off a “we’re glad you’re our neighbor” yard sign for you this week. If your home does not directly face the school, then you are welcome to come over this Friday (7/21/17) to pick up a sign, drop off a check, and maybe stay for a cold drink. There are only enough signs for the first 28 people; everyone else can buy ’em online (see [previous post]).

With best regards,
Jim P.
9723 Kingston Road (corner of Saul)
See you on the back porch (over the garage) from 5–7 PM.

P.S. A recent Washington Post story speaks to the importance of providing a welcoming environment for students: <https://goo.gl/8G5ZZa>

Police Tips on Theft from Cars

By | Neighborhood Notices, neighborhood watch | No Comments

Neighbors:

Below is a message from our MCPD Community Relations Officer on how to avoid becoming the victim of theft from your car.

Also, in light of the recent rash of thefts from cars in our RCH community, the Neighborhood Watch is getting active again. Over the next week, Watch captains will be distributing police handouts and stickers that remind you to remove valuables from your car and lock your doors. The stickers can be placed on your driver side window, and they do not leave a glue residue. If you not receive a handout/sticker within two weeks, please feel free to contact me for one. I’m at 9806 Hillridge Drive.

Good luck!

Best,

Paul Tiao & Eden Durbin

—–Original Message—–
From: Stroman, Dana <Dana.Stroman@montgomerycountymd.gov>
To: PaulTiao <paultiao@aol.com> Sent: Fri, Jun 30, 2017 10:33 am
Subject: Rock Creek Hill Community

June 30, 2017

Dear Community Partners:

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to help us with this very important prevention initiative. Theft from vehicles is the recurring #1 crime in the 2nd District. It is also one of the most preventable crimes, yet nearly 70-80% of victims are still leaving their cars unlocked and/or leaving valuables inside making our neighborhoods easy targets, and very popular with the bad guys (and girls).

The people that we arrest tell us they come here because so many people leave their car doors unlocked, and so many leave valuables inside. We have to work together to make life more difficult for these suspects.

Please remember:

1. Lock your vehicles. Push the lock button on your key fob and double check visually that your doors actually locked.

2. Remove all valuables like purses, laptops, phones, etc. and anything that appears to have value such as a laptop case. Suspects generally do not use force to break into a car if there is nothing of value visible inside.

3. Remove all spare keys from the car. Check your owners’ manual to ensure there is no valet key stored in there, especially on older model vehicles.

4. Call 911 immediately when you observe a suspicious care or person in your neighborhood, especially if late at night and they are carrying backpacks and trying door handles.

Let’s work together to bring down crime in 2017. Thank you for your help.

Officer Dana Stroman
Montgomery County Police
2nd District

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING…..
SAY SOMETHING!

CALL POLICE IMMEDIATELY!
911
301-279-8000

Officer Dana Stroman
Community Services Officer
2nd District
Montgomery County Police
240-773-6727

“We’re Glad You’re our Neighbor” signs…to Welcome Silver Creek Middle School Students & Staff

By | B-CC Middle School / RCH Park, From the RCHCA Officers | No Comments

Dear neighbors,

To welcome Silver Creek Middle School students (& staff) with “we’re glad you’re our neighbor” yard signs:

1. Homes directly facing the school will receive a yard sign, with a letter explaining that the sign was purchased by the RCHCA at a cost of $9.99, and an envelope addressed to your Association Treasurer. We hope that residents will display the sign, and we would be delighted if you would send a check to your Association.

2. If your home does not directly face the school, then you are hereby invited to stop by our back porch on Friday, July 21st, to pick up a sign and drop off a check for RCHCA. There will only be enough signs for the first 28 people. (Twenty-two homes face the school, and we had to order 50 signs to get that price). We are at 9723 Kingston Road, at the corner of Saul Road. Unless the weather is awful, or until the signs run out, we’ll plan to be out on the porch (over the garage) from 5–7 PM.

(Contributions over and above the cost of the signs are very welcome! Your dues & contributions are the only source of support for your Association, which works to preserve and enhance your quality of life.)

3. Everyone else can order signs online:
• Signs from https://www.welcomeyourneighbors.org/ are $21.95 each or $73.95 for five, so you can save $7 apiece by partnering with four neighbors.
• Single signs are $17.99 from Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XDVZD6J/ (as of this writing).

4. Residents who are not on this email listserv will receive information about the signs, and how to order them, via first class mail; it will be included in a mailing announcing the Autumn meeting of your Association, which will be scheduled soon.

I’m sorry if this sounds complicated. The proposal to welcome students with these signs was met with a lot of enthusiasm, but no volunteers (to run a more-centralized “Girl Scout cookie” ordering/distribution system).

The first day of school will be Tuesday, September 2nd (the day after Labor Day); teachers will be on site the week before (starting Monday August 28th).

Thank you, and hope to see some of you on the 21st of July.

With best regards,
Jim Pekar
President, Rock Creek Hills Citizens Association

Welcoming the students of Silver Creek Middle School

By | From the RCHCA Officers, Neighborhood Notices, Silver Creek Middle School | No Comments

Dear neighbors,

What can we do to welcome Silver Creek students?

We could put up “we’re glad you’re our neighbor” yard signs
<https://www.welcomeyourneighbors.org/download-pdf>
especially in yards facing the school and along bus and walking routes.

Wouldn’t that make a nice sight, on opening day?

Please, what do you think? (If there’s enough interest we could to try to get costs down below $15 per household by arranging for bulk purchase or printing.)

Thank you.

With best regards,
Jim Pekar
President, Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association

SAVE-THE-DATE MAY 21/SPRING FIESTA

By | Neighborhood Notices, Social Events | No Comments

*For the annual Rock Creek Hills*

*May 21st *
*5:00 pm – 7:30 pm *
*Kensington Cabin Park *

*Join us for a great evening of food, family & fun. *
*We look forward to seeing you there, meeting new neighbors and enjoying
great company!*

*If you would join Erika Weiss, Randi Wortman and myself on the planning
commitee, please contact me at jennierose1@gmail.com <jennierose1@gmail.com> *

*Details to follow, but as always we welcome your delicious contributions: *
*Last name A-L: Desserts / **Last name: M-Z: Appetizers*

The New RCHCA Directories Have Arrived!

By | Directory | No Comments

The new RCHCA Directories were delivered this afternoon. They look great! We all owe a round of applause to Sam Hoxie for once again spearheading this enormous effort that helps to keep us all connected.

Now, it is time for us to do our part and get them delivered. We are in need of a few more volunteers to help with the distribution. Please contact us (DittoGDJTB@aol.com) and let us know if you are willing to lend a hand. Many thanks to those who have already agreed to help.

Regards,
Gary and Diana Ditto
9701 Old Spring Road
DittoGDJTB@aol.com

Silver Creek Middle School it is!

By | From the RCHCA Officers, Silver Creek Middle School | No Comments

Dear neighbors,

I am grateful to Laura Dennis for her leadership in having the Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association officially adopt Silver Creek through the Rock Creek Conservancy Stream Team program, and to Fern Shepard for representing our community on MCPS’s school naming advisory committee.

As we look ahead to the school opening in August, I believe that we should focus on making the school staff & students feel welcome, and on the safety of students who will be walking to the new school.

With best regards,
Jim Pekar

WSSC public meeting on Rock Creek Hills Water Main Project: Monday 7 PM at Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave.

By | From the RCHCA Officers, Neighborhood Notices | No Comments

Dear neighbors,

WSSC will hold a public workshop on the Rock Creek Hills Water Main Project on Monday, March 27th, from 7 to 8 pm, at the Kensington Park Library, at 4201 Knowles Ave.

You may recall that WSSC is preparing to undertake two water main replacement projects in our neighborhood. Rock Creek Hills resident hydrogeologist Chris Muffels merged the two WSSC water main project maps, so that the combined coverage of the two projects can be seen on one map:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/rohja91fjw6tqlc/WSSCMapCombined.pdf

(Of course, this graphic is provided as a courtesy, and while it is accurate to the best of our knowledge, it cannot be guaranteed correct, and we accept no liability, etc.)

The following were provided by WSSC:
• Map of “Kensington Parkway” project : <https://db.tt/bJbOUmwf>
• List of address covered by “Kensington Parkway” project : <https://db.tt/Mghsx4zq>
• Map of “Rock Creek Hills” project: <https://goo.gl/fpGPVg>
• Summary of “Rock Creek Hills” project: <https://goo.gl/VfGkAR>
• General brochure on water main replacement: <https://goo.gl/3QEDcI>

Our report on WSSC’s July 2016 public meeting on the Kensington Parkway Water Main Replacement Project may be found at:
http://rchca.org/2016/07/25/1596/

With best regards,
James J. Pekar, Ph.D.
President, Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association

Middle School Construction Updates

By | B-CC Middle School / RCH Park, From the RCHCA Officers | No Comments

Dear neighbors,

As you may know, the new middle school is on track to open this August. Here are some updates from today’s onsite construction meeting (with thanks to Rick Bond & Hill Carter for their attendance):

1. Google maps has aerial imagery of the site from last July that can be viewed in 3D (however the 3D view does not work on the Safari browser); see <https://goo.gl/EdA67E> (Or search on 3701 Saul Road, Kensington, then choose satellite view, then – if you’re not running Safari – choose 3D.)

2. The gas line hookup, which will impede Saul Road traffic near the lower entrance for most likely one day, has been postponed until next week.

3. A big “sand filter” delivery (this item will be part of the school’s storm water management system), which will impede impede Saul Road traffic near the lower entrance for two or three days, will take place later this month.

4. The “green roof” delivery, which will require delivery of an estimated two dozen big truckloads of plant material, will take place in April.

With best regards,
Jim P.

RCHCA NEWS UPDATE

By | From the RCHCA Officers, Meetings, Newsletters | No Comments

Dear neighbors,

I hope to see you at the RCHCA meeting next Monday, March 6th at 7:30 PM at Grace Episcopal Day School, 9411 Connecticut Avenue.

You should have received in the mail a copy of the RCHCA newsletter, which can also be found online at: <http://rchca.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/RCHCASpring14NewsFINAL.pdf>

Please note, here are three updates since the newsletter went out:

1. ROCK CREEK BEAVERS
   It is still Winter, but Spring is in the air, and beavers are in the creek.
   Photos at <https://goo.gl/photos/BYGaedg6Enz4GntQA>

2. SILVER CREEK CLEANUP
   There will be a cleanup of Silver Creek on Earth Day.
   April 22nd, 9 AM to Noon (check-in starts at 8:30 AM).
   This will be discussed at the meeting.
   See flyer at <https://goo.gl/jvx3jK>

3. COVENANTS: POSSIBLE DISCUSSION OF FRONT-YARD FENCE
   The neighbors who built a fence, including a (partial) front-yard fence, in violation of the covenants on their lot, have asked to address a meeting of the Association.
   By way of background, you may recall that these homeowners submitted, after the fact, an application to construct the fence that they had already built (notwithstanding the fact that, prior to making other renovations to their home, they had sought approval from the Association). In response to this after-the-fact application, the Board, keeping in mind that the language of the covenants is clear; that the absence of front-yard fences is a positive aesthetic characteristic of the neighborhood; that the restriction against front-yard fences has been enforced consistently for decades; and that neighbors have expressed alarm over this fence, declined to approve the fence, and requested, on three separate ocaisions, that the homeowners reconfigure it. The homeowners, however, have not indicated an intention to comply with this repeated request.
   We have now warmly accommodated their request to appear before the Association because we are a friendly community, and because we hope that, by so doing, they might be enlightened as the history of the covenants, the Association’s consistent success litigating to secure compliance with them, and the unequivocal position that the unauthorized fence must be removed.
   To be clear, consistent with the vote of the RCHCA membership at the October 17th meeting, your Board is preparing to take legal action to have the fence removed. This accommodation in no way impedes that effort, nor is it intended to be a debate on the covenants, or a vote on the infringing fence, as neither can be addressed in this manner. Rather, it is an expression of neighborliness and an effort by the Association to enhance understanding so that the parties may avoid wasting time on an enforcement action, the outcome of which is quite clear.

I hope to see you at Monday’s meeting!

With best regards,
Jim Pekar
President, Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association