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WSSC Announced Additional Water Main Replacement Work

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

Dear neighbors

You may recall that at the October meeting of our Association, we cautioned that if your home was not part of the WSSC’s upcoming “Kensington Parkway” Water Main Replacement Project, then that did not necessarily mean that you’re not getting a new water main, because WSSC was preparing to announce a second water main project in our neighborhood, to be dubbed the “Rock Creek Hills” Water Main Replacement Project.

We have now received a map showing the areas that are to be affected by this second project, which covers portions of Everett, Littledale, Haverhill, Old Spring, East Bexhill, and Calvend, and is scheduled to begin in September 2017, with completion in Fall of 2018.

See:

We will have an update on this at our March 6th meeting.

Again, the new info here is the map of the Rock Creek Hills Project, at <https://goo.gl/fpGPVg>.

With best regards,

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

Next RCHCA Meeting: Monday March 6 2017

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

Dear neighbors,

The next meeting of the Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association will be held on Monday, March 6th at 7:30 PM in the Multipurpose Room of Grace Episcopal Day School at 9411 Connecticut Avenue. A full announcement will follow via email, and written notification will be mailed, with ample notice, to all households in Rock Creek Hills. (The mailing will include a request for directory updates, as we plan to reprint the neighborhood directory in the Spring. Anyone with directory updates is encouraged to provide them to Sam Hoxie at <hoxiesam@gmail.com>). [NOTE: you can make your own changes through the atozdirectory login from our website.  If you need a login, please email Sam.  Please include your address.]

As of this writing, agenda items include:

  • Election of Officers
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Environmental Update
  • Construction Update
  • Salt Barn Update
  • Infrastructure Update
  • Covenants Update
  • Middle School Naming
  • Neighborhood Signage

I am pleased to report that all members of your Board have agreed to serve another term in order to provide continuity as we look towards the opening of the new middle school in August.

Please note that only dues-paid members will be able to vote at the meeting. Dues are $40 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.

Please inform any Board member if you have agenda items for the meeting.

Thank you, and I hope to see you at the meeting, if not before.

With best regards,
Jim Pekar
President, RCHCA

Salt Barn public meeting tomorrow night (Monday, 5 December).

By | From the RCHCA Officers, RCHCA Biz | No Comments

Dear neighbors,

Tomorrow (Monday, 5 December) from 7 to 8:30 PM at Grace Episcopal Day School, 9411 Connecticut Ave., the State Highway Administration (SHA) will hold a second public meeting regarding their plans to build a hazardous materials storage and transfer depot (so-called “salt barn”) at the Connecticut Avenue cloverleaf of the Capital Beltway, overlooking Rock Creek, across from Kensington Parkway. A presentation will begin at 7:30 PM.

Tomorrow’s event is not a formal decision-making meeting. The next meeting that is part of the official process will be Mandatory Referral review at the Montgomery County Planning Board, which will be scheduled when SHA’s submission (which you can view at <https://goo.gl/k8WyjX>) is complete.

For what it’s worth, my main question at this point is: Does it have to be bright red?

The Planning Board is charged with determining: “…whether the nature of the proposed site and development, including its size, shape, scale, height, arrangement and design of structure, is compatible with the surrounding neighborhood and properties…” In order to meet that guidance, you’d think that you’d make your huge-thing-in-the-woods either brown or dark green, so it would fit in.

My guess is that the reason it’s bright red (in the SHA submission to the Planning Board) is because it’s supposed to be a “barn” – you know, a happy place where Farmer McDonald keeps his cows and chickens! Only here, on a low rise beside the creek, there won’t be a farmer, or cows, or chickens – just 10,000 tons of salt, 20,000 gallons of brine, 10,000 gallons of magnesium chloride, & 6,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

Persons interested in learning about SHA’s plans are encouraged to attend tomorrow’s meeting.

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

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

By | Intergenerational Village, Villages of Kensington | No Comments

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.

Suzanne

VILLAGES OF KENSINGTON

RCHCA Meeting: Monday, October 17

By | Board Correspondence, From the RCHCA Officers, Meetings, RCHCA Biz | No Comments

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.

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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.

Fall Gathering! Sunday, 10/30

By | Social Events | No Comments

PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR RCH FALL GATHERING!

TODAY!!!

Costume Parade will gather @ 3:15pm in the back lot of the Kensington Park Senior Assisted Living (change from last email sent out)

Party: 4-6 pm @ 3500 Saul Rd.
Last names beginning with A-K: please bring sides/chips/etc.
Last name beginning with L-Z: please bring desserts
The RCHCA is supplying dinner from Moby Dick House of Kabab
chicken/rice/salad/pita will be served

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

Upcoming Kensington 8K Race Road Closures Info

By | Neighborhood Notices | No Comments

IMPORTANT NOTICE
ROAD CLOSURES
PARKING RESTRICTIONS
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016

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