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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 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.

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

 

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