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Come Meet RCH Nominating Committee and Learn about How You can Help RCHCA

By | Neighborhood Notices, Volunteer | No Comments

This Saturday, February 10, 4-5:30pm

Meet the RCH nominating committee, current officers and neighbors. Learn how you might play a role in shaping, leading and protecting our neighborhood community…
Winnie and John Holbrooke’s
9823 Haverhill Drive (at the corner of Littledale)

If you can’t make it and are interested in participating, please let us know… Call: 301-509-8097

Winnie Holbrooke

Save the Date: Winter RCHCA meeting 7:30 PM Monday, 12 March, at Grace Episcopal Day School

By | Board Correspondence, Meetings | No Comments

Dear neighbors,

The Winter 2018 meeting of the Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association will be held at 7:30 PM on Monday, March 12th, at Grace Episcopal Day School, 9411 Connecticut Avenue.

Agenda items are:

• Pedestrian Safety and Streetscape Improvements.
An update will be provided on correspondence with the County Transportation Department regarding possible sidewalks, traffic calming, and intersection modifications.

• Permit Parking.
An update will be provided on requests for Permit Parking near the Middle School.

• Environmental Update.
An update will be provided on correspondence with the County Parks Department regarding enhancing stream bank protection for Silver Creek. Also, the Middle School plans to hold a Creek Cleanup event in the Spring.

• Neighborhood Signage Update.
An update will be provided on proposed neighborhood signage.

• Covenants Update.
An update will be provided on efforts to reach a settlement in the fence litigation.

• Nominating Committee Update.
Please note that the election of officers will be deferred until the Spring meeting of the RCHCA, in order to allow time for settlement of the fence litigation.

If you have any agenda items for the meeting, please inform any Board member.

A mailing announcing the meeting will go out to all homes in Rock Creek Hills. Please note that only dues-paid members will be able to vote at the meeting. Dues are $40 per household per calendar year and may be paid by check at the meeting, online at, and by mail to Ms. Maria Marzullo, RCHCA Treasurer, 9801 East Bexhill Drive, Kensington MD 20895. Additional contributions are always welcome.

See you on the 12th of March!

Thank you.

With best regards,
Jim Pekar
President, RCHCA

Transportation Safety & Improvements in Rock Creek HIlls

By | From the RCHCA Officers, Traffic & Safety | No Comments

Dear neighbors,

Please find below the response we received today, from the Director of the
Montgomery County Department of Transportation, to our email of last month,
which you may read at

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

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Roshdieh, Al <>
Date: Mon, Dec 18, 2017 at 2:56 PM
Subject: RE: Transportation Safety & Improvements in Rock Creek HIlls
To: “” <>
Cc: “Johnston, Bruce” <>, “Conklin,
Christopher” <>, “Berliner’s
Office, Councilmember” <>,
“Bilgrami, Khursheed” <>,
“Kingsley, Frank” <>, “Melvin, Janet” <>, “” <>

Dear Mr. Pekar:

Thank you for your email dated November 9, 2017, concerning Rock Creek
Hills community’s request to conduct an area transportation study including
sidewalk installation, implementing access restrictions, implementing
traffic calming and improving geometry at two intersections within your
community. Montgomery County has been at the forefront of a regional
effort to improve pedestrian and traffic safety and we are proud of the
significant improvements that have been made over the last few years. I
applaud your efforts to bring traffic and pedestrian safety issues to our
attention so that we can continue with our efforts to improve safety for
all road users in the County.

Our Division of Traffic Engineering and Operations (DTEO) will conduct a
comprehensive investigation to determine the possibility of installing
several improvements that were outlined in your email. After completing
the investigation, DTEO staff will get back to you with their findings and

If you have any questions regarding traffic and operations, please feel
free to contact Mr. Khursheed Bilgrami, in our Division of Traffic
Engineering and Operation, at or
at 240-777-2190 <(240)%20777-2190>.

The Division of Transportation Engineering (DTE) manages the Annual
Sidewalk Program for MCDOT. The main goal of the Annual Sidewalk Program
is to provide safer access for pedestrians and handicap citizens to schools
and nearby public transportation and/or facilities.

DTE is currently in the process of conducting on-site investigations along
the roadways requested in your letter to determine whether or not
installing new sidewalks are feasible. If the investigations reveal
sidewalk construction is feasible (available public right-of-way, no
significant obstructions to prevent construction, etc.), DTE will notify
you and the adjacent property owners with details of the project and the
construction impacts associated with the proposed sidewalk. Details will
be made available after all investigations are complete.

As part of the entire sidewalk construction process, a public hearing will
be required. The public hearing allows citizens an opportunity to present
oral and/or written testimony to support or oppose a proposed sidewalk
project. The entire process can require six months or more to complete.
If you have any questions regarding the status of your request or for
information to install new sidewalks, please contact Frank Kingsley, Annual
Sidewalk Program Manager, by e-mail at
or call 240-777-7213 <(240)%20777-7213>. For information concerning the
public hearing, process you can contact Jan Melvin by e-mail at or call 240-777-7271 <(240)%20777-7271>.


*Al R. Roshdieh, Director*

*Department of Transportation*

*Montgomery County, MD*

* <>*

Tel: 240-777-7175 <(240)%20777-7175>

Notice of planned subdivision nearby

By | From the RCHCA Officers | No Comments

Dear neighbors,

We’ve received a letter from a developer who is planning a subdivision on Saul Road, on the other side of Connecticut Avenue, near Holy Redeemer Catholic School.

You can read the letter here:

Per the letter, the developer is inviting the public to a meeting at 7 PM on November 30th, at Christ Episcopal Church, at Franklin & Connecticut.

With best regards,
Jim Pekar
President, RCHCA

P.S. In case you needed another reason to support the Rock Creek Hills covenants, please note that they prevent the subdivision of lots in our community.

Transportation Safety & Improvements in Rock Creek Hills

By | Board Correspondence, From the RCHCA Officers, Traffic & Safety | No Comments

Dear neighbors,

In accordance with votes of the membership at the October 24th general meeting of the Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association, we have written to the Montgomery County Department of Transportation regarding transportation safety and improvements in Rock Creek Hills. Our letter may be found at:

With best regards,
Jim Pekar
President, RCHCA

Please try to stay off Silver Creek MS fields

By | Neighborhood Notices, Silver Creek Middle School | No Comments

Dear Neighbors,

I know it won’t be easy, but we are asked to stay off of the fields at Silver Creek Middle School for the entire school year. Even the students are not allowed on the fields! Please honor this request and encourage all neighbors, friends and doggies to do so as well. Several schools (NCC, RFC, Hallie Wells etc) have first hand experience with folks using school fields prematurely and it resulted in their dry, dusty, undesirable fields.

If we can all do our part to spread the word and encourage others to stay off of our new fields, we should have beautiful, long-lasting results for years to come. Please email me directly, if you have any questions at

Thank you!
Anne Levin
SCMS PTSA Neighborhood Representative