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Composting, anyone?

By | Neighborhood Notices

We have over 60 families who’ve signed up so far. BUT! With about 600 households here we should aim for at least 100!!

Click here to print out (pdf) the following information:

ROCK CREEK HILLS COMPOSTS!
RCHCA is excited to partner with Compost Crew, a locally owned green-business based in Rockville, to make food scrap recycling and composting easier.

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?  When we remove organic waste (food scraps) from landfills, the process of composting creates nutrient-rich soil and oxygen. Additionally, this process significantly reduces methane and other greenhouse gas emissions from landfills. When food-waste is otherwise trapped in landfills, it decomposes anaerobically and creates methane and other dangerous gasses. We’d like to reduce this problem.

HOW IT WORKS?  Compost Crew gives each participating household an airtight bin and a clean compostable bag each week. Each household just needs to fill the bin with organic waste, and leave it at the curb on Friday mornings. (Many families choose to purchase a smaller bin for the kitchen, and dump that into the larger bin.) The Compost Crew brings the waste to an impressive and nationally praised composting facility in Prince George’s County, MD.  As an additional benefit, each household can request a bag of nutrient rich compost-soil twice per year.

WHAT CAN BE COMPOSTED?  As a rule: anything that grows or is made from the Earth can go in the bin. This includes meat, dairy, vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds and filters, tea and tea bags, egg shells, breads and other grains, napkins, paper towels, pizza boxes, dryer lint, etc. A comprehensive list is located here: The List.  

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?  RCHCA has access to an amazing 50% discount from the Compost Crew. The cost is just $16 per month ($4 per week) for weekly pick-up services. One day we hope that Montgomery County will offer this service for free with trash and recycling pick-up (especially as the county pays less for shrinking landfills!). Until that time, we can pay this reasonable monthly fee.

HOW TO COMPOST AT HOME:

  1. Sign-up for a monthly or annual membership:  https://customers.compostcrew.com/create-account/ (Residents of Rock Creek Hills will automatically receive our community discount.)
  2. Get an email that says your account is finalized – with instructions for curbside collection.
  3. Start Composting!
  4. Feel super proud that you’re taking a small but important step to help reduce methane gas in our environment, while increasing oxygen and creating nutrient-rich soil.

If you have questions you can contact the Compost Crew directly at info@thecompostcrew.com or (301) 202-4450. 

Next RCHCA Meeting: Tues, 2/18/2020 @ 7:30 (Silver Creek MS)

By | From the RCHCA Officers, Meetings, Neighborhood Notices

Dear RCHCA,  
This is a reminder that our winter meeting will be on Tuesday, February 18 at 7:30 at the Silver Creek Middle School.  Doors will open at 7:00pm.An agenda is below.


Dues are $40/family/year and are due now.  In order to vote at any meeting you must be up to date on dues.  You can pay online at https://rchca.org/ or mail a check made out to RCHCA Treasurer to:John Robinson9616 Old Spring RdKensington, MD 20895


You can also bring a check to the meeting but come early if you do.
We look forward to seeing you all there.
RCHCA Board

AGENDA

ROCK CREEK HILLS CITIZENS’ ASSOCIATION

WINTER MEETING 2/18/2020

Silver Creek Middle School

7:30 – 9:00 pm

1.    Treasurer’s Report – John Robinson

a.     Payment 2020 Dues of $40/household are now due. 

b.    Need for better financial and volunteer support from Rock Creek Hills residents for Citizens’ Association to do its work and to support community building activities

2.    Nomination and Re-election of RCHCA Officers and Vacancies to be Filled

a.     President – Peter Chatfield

b.    Vice President — Hill Carter

c.     Treasurer — John Robinson

d.    Secretary — to be determined

e.     Request for volunteers for nominating committee

3.    Review and Update on neighborhood participation in Compost Crew services – Erica Weiss

4.    Update on Beltway Widening – Barbara Coufal from CABE

5.    Special acknowledgement of Laura Dennis for her work with Parks to clear dead trees from Silver Creek, organization of Silver Creek Clean-Up efforts, and volunteered for committee work on getting benches placed along the Creek

6.    Updates on covenant revisions, WSSC water main work, traffic safety restructuring, sidewalks – Peter Chatfield

Coordinator needed for RCH Fall/Spring Gatherings

By | Neighborhood Notices, Social Events

Hi Neighbors!

After coordinating the fall and spring gatherings for our community the past few years, we are looking to hand it over to other folks. The gatherings are relatively easy to plan, and neighbors often offer to help!

Please email me back if you are willing to step into this position and we could provide you with all the information.

Sadly, the parties will not go on without a coordinator.

Fondly,
Randi, Erica & Jennie

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

By | Neighborhood Notices, Volunteer

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

Please try to stay off Silver Creek MS fields

By | Neighborhood Notices, Silver Creek Middle School

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

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

By | Neighborhood Notices

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

Capital Crescent Trail to Close 9/5/17

By | Neighborhood Notices

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

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

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

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

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