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,
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kensington 8K Race
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)
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.
Looking forward to seeing you all then! (email@example.com)
Jennie, Randi and Erica
“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.
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.)
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,
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>
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.
Paul Tiao & Eden Durbin
From: Stroman, Dana <Dana.Stroman@montgomerycountymd.gov>
To: PaulTiao <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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.
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
IF YOU SEE SOMETHING…..
CALL POLICE IMMEDIATELY!
Officer Dana Stroman
Community Services Officer
Montgomery County Police
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,
President, Rock Creek Hills Citizens Association