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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:
<http://rchca.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Norton-Land-Design-Public-Meeting-Notice.pdf>

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:
<http://rchca.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/RCHCA_MCDOT_20171109.pdf>

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 annemlevin@yahoo.com.

Thank you!
Anne Levin
SCMS PTSA Neighborhood Representative

Please Save The Date! RCHCA Autumn meeting Tuesday, October 24th

By | From the RCHCA Officers, Meetings | No Comments

Dear neighbors,

Please save the date for the Autumn meeting of the Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association, in the Multipurpose Room at Grace Episcopal Day School, 9411 Connecticut Avenue, at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, October 24th.

As of this writing, anticipated agenda items are:

• School safety
With the new school open, concerns have arisen about the safety of students walking to school in roadways that are increasingly trafficked with vehicles. These concerns will intensify as the school reaches capacity. We will provide an update on possible approaches to enhancing pedestrian safety.

• Permit parking
With the new school open, concerns have arisen about the availability of street parking in front of homes close to the school. These concerns will intensify as the school reaches capacity. As discussed, the County provides a mechanism whereby residents can request permit parking; see notes on remarks by RCHCA Vice President Hill Carter at <https://goo.gl/TFgBZa>. An update will be provided at the meeting.

• Environmental update
With school construction (almost) finished, we have asked the Planning Board and Parks Department to restore and stabilize the Silver Creek stream valley, and to improve pedestrian routes on Parks Department land. An update will be provided at the meeting.

• Covenants update
Shirley and Carlos Domenech reside at 9608 Kensington Parkway. The covenants pertaining to that lot state that “No line fences or walls of any kind shall be erected …. except … such fences … as may be approved by the Continental Life Insurance Company, Inc.” and “No … structure of any kind … shall be constructed… unless, and until, complete plans and specifications… shall first be submitted to and approved by the Continental Life Insurance Company, Inc.” (Note that Rock Creek Hills Covenants, Inc., inherited the covenant enforcement authority of the Continental Life Insurance Company.) However, in August 2016, Shirley and Carlos Domenech built a fence, including a (partial) front-yard fence, without submitting the required request for authorization. The absence of front yard fences is a positive aesthetic characteristic of our community. Furthermore, an unauthorized front yard fence could serve as a “slippery slope” precedent leading to the proliferation of many more front yard fences and other violations of the covenants, harming property values. Accordingly, Shirley and Carlos Domenech were repeatedly asked to reconfigure their fence, in order to eliminate the front yard portion. These requests were not productive. Shirley and Carlos Domenech, per their request, were then invited to make a presentation regarding this matter at the most recent (March 2017) general meeting of the RCHCA. Following that meeting, the RCHCA Board, in their capacity as the officers of Rock Creek Covenants, Inc., and consistent with the vote of the membership at the previous (October 2016) general meeting of the RCHCA, referred the matter to counsel. We have asked the court of appropriate jurisdiction to order Shirley and Carlos Domenech to remove their unauthorized fence. An update will be provided at the meeting.

• Nominating committee
RCHCA Past President John Robinson has agreed to chair a Nominating Committee, whose purpose is to nominate members to stand for election as officers at the Winter meeting (to be held in January or February). RCHCA members Winnie Holbrook, Fern Shepard, and Gary Ditto have volunteered to serve on this committee. We are soliciting additional volunteers to serve on this committee; if you are interested, please inform any Board member. Your Association’s President, Secretary, and Treasurer do not wish to stand for re-election.

If you have any additional agenda items, please bring them to the attention of any Board member.

A full announcement of the meeting will be emailed on this listserv, posted at rchca.org, and sent to all homes via first class mail.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting! We’ve got more “we’re glad you’re our neighbor” signs (see <https://goo.gl/MMfFks>) and will bring them to the meeting in case you’d like to bring one home. The cost to the Association was $9.99; if you’d like a sign, then please bring a check.

With best regards,
Jim Pekar
President, RCHCA

P.S. We inquired about holding the meeting in Silver Creek Middle School, but were told that ongoing after-hours construction will keep us from being able to hold meetings there until the next (2018-2019) school year.

Road Closures Saturday, 9/23 (Kensington 8K Race)

By | Neighborhood Notices | No Comments

IMPORTANT NOTICE OF ROAD CLOSURES

24th Annual Kensington 8K Race
Saturday, September 23, 2017
A Town of Kensington Event

**** KENSINGTON AREA ROADS CLOSED ****
TO ON-STREET PARKING & TRAFFIC,
ROLLING FROM 7:00AM – 10:30AM
ON SATURDAY 9/23/17

Roads Closed (All Times Are Approximate Within 15 minutes):
o Armory Ave from Baltimore to Knowles (7am-10:30am)
o Armory Ave from Knowles to Howard (8am-9am)
o Howard Ave from Armory to Kensington Pkwy (8am-9am)
o Kensington Pkwy from Frederick to Washington (8am-10am)
o Kensington Pkwy from Washington to Beach (7:30am-9am)
o Beach Drive from Connecticut to Stoneybrook (8am-9:30am)
o Old Spring Rd from Beach to E. Bexhill (8:15am – 9:30am)
o E. Bexhill Drive from Beach to Wake (8:15am-9:45am)
o Wake Drive from E. Bexhill to Frederick (8:15am-9:45am)
o Frederick Ave from Wake to Kensington Pkwy (8:15am -9:45am)
o Baltimore St, Carroll Pl, Hadley Pl, Calvert Pl, Washington St (7am-10am)
o Fawcett, Mitchell, Montgomery, Kent Impacted by Road Closures

Crossing Available at These Major Intersections (When Runners Not Present):
o Kensington Parkway @ Saul and @ Everett
o E. Bexhill Drive @ Saul and @ Wake

We appreciate your understanding of and support for this annual community event.
Runners, Walkers & Course Marshals Welcome!
Cheering Appreciated Too!
Sign-Up to Run or Volunteer @ www.kensington8k.org

Questions? E-mail info@kensington8k.org

John Seabreeze
Race Co-Director
Kensington 8K Race
www.kensington8k.org

CANCELED: Annual Halloween Event Sunday, 10/29

By | Social Events | No Comments
Due to what appears to be a 100% chance of rain on Sunday, we sadly need to cancel Sunday’s Halloween event.  
 
Should the rain stop later in the day, the grass in the yard would be wet and potentially dangerous for setting up our bounce activities — no to  mention some muddy Halloween costumes. 
 
That said, your planning committee is working on a fun winter reschedule — hopefully some hot chocolate, smores making and hot apple cider. 
 
Stay tuned and let us know if you have nay ideas for the new Winterfest. 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 – CANCELED
3:15 Outside Kensington Park Sign on Littledale for Senior Visit
3:45 Parade Begins / 4:00 – 7:00 PM Party (3500 Saul Road)

Neighbors,

We will be visiting the Kensington Park Seniors again for trick-or-treating prior to our festivities.

They look forward to our arrival every year and hope you and your adorable ghosts and goblins can plan to meet at 3:15pm sharp in front of the “Kensington Park” entrance sign on Littledale.

We will all walk in together before the firetruck meets us outside for the parade.

We will have a bounce house, arts & crafts, pizza, sandwiches and
the fabulous sides and desserts that you each contribute every year.

A-I Appetizers
J-R Salads
S-Z Desserts

Looking forward to seeing you all then! (jennierose1@gmail.com)

 

Jennie, Randi and Erica

 

Capital Crescent Trail to Close 9/5/17

By | Neighborhood Notices | No Comments

To construct the Purple Line Project, the trail will close on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, for four to five years between Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda and Talbot Avenue in Silver Spring.

-From <http://purplelinemd.com/cctrail>, which indicates that the designated “alternate route” in our area during this period will be along Jones Bridge Road. So, drivers should be alert for cyclists on Jones Bridge Road.

Silver Creek Middle School “Sneak Peek” [Wednesday, August 30th, 6:30-8 PM]

By | B-CC Middle School / RCH Park, Neighborhood Notices | No Comments

A reminder that the Silver Creek Middle School “sneak peak” is this (8/30) evening from 6:30 to 8 PM.

(Please note that this event is not just for our neighborhood – all the students’ families are invited. So, there may be many cars parked on nearby streets. If your driveway (or street) gets blocked, please do not call 911. The Montgomery County Police non-emergency number is 301-279-8000.)

Silver Creek MS Sneak Peek Invitation