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Halloween Parade & Party: Sunday October 26 from 3-6

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SUNDAY September 26 – Annual RCHCA Halloween Party

* 2:30pm COSTUME PARADE starting at the RCH Local Park
* 3:00-6:00pm RCHCA Annual Halloween Party at 3500 Saul Road

**********POT LUCK food to share********

Last name ending A-L — please bring salads or sides

Last name ending in M-Z — please bring appetizers or deserts

Please send me an email me if you can help volunteer to set-up, clean-up, cook burgers/dogs, help with the popcorn and cotton candy machines, or supervise the rock climbing/Mega Turbo Slide (that’s right!)

Fun, Fun, Fun!

– Erica

We could use a bit more help to make it great. Please let me know if you can work any of these open jobs (teens can earn SSL hours):

3-4pm Popcorn
5-6pm Popcorn

3-4pm Cotton candy
4-5pm Cotton candy
5-6pm Cotton candy

2:30pm – 4pm Turbo slide
4-5pm Turbo slide
5-6pm Turbo slide

4-5pm art table

6pm Clean up

Get your costumes ready! — Here are some pictures from last year:

Mother’s Day in the Park: May 11, 2014 from 4-6

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Mother’s Day Party in the Park!

Sunday, 4-6pm, Rock Creek Hills local Park — rain or shine —

Join us for local food & entertainment featuring:

Two varieties of delicious paella from Les Caprices de Joelle (regularly selling dishes at theSaturday K-Town outdoor farmer’s market)
Lots of wonderful salads & deserts from neighbors
Local guitarist/vocalist John Watkins from K-Town Entertainment
DJ Henry from Westland Middle School
…We may also have special young musical talent Ben Moran play a few tunes…

All RCH familes are welcome!  – This party is sponsored by RCHA –

Please bring your own chairs & picnic blankets … and be ready for a gooooood time!

(RSVP to Erica ( if you can help donate food, tables or other supplies – otherwise, just show up! 🙂

Halloween 2013 Kudos & Pictures

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After last year’s Halloween parade & potluck had to be canceled due to inclement weather – it was great to see such a gorgeous blue sky this past Sunday, October 27 at our annual Halloween Parade & Potluck event.

Thank you Marilyn Emery for once again coordinating – and her band of helpers (young & old!).  A special thanks to Sam & Ann Statland who, also once again, offered their yard for the festivities.

Check our Gallery page for pictures (thanks to Sam Statland & Sam Hoxie)…or see below:

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Halloween Parade & Potluck 2013!

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We are only a couple of weeks from the annual Halloween parade and picnic (Sunday, October 27). We will meet at the circle at the Saul Road park at 12:00. The kids will then parade through the Kensington Park parking lot and along the roads to the corner of East Bexhill and Saul. If they are available we will have the fire department lead us once again.

As you know the association provides the hamburgers and hot dogs and drinks. The rest is pot luck. If you last name starts with A-G please bring a dessert all others please bring a side dish or salad.

If you will be able to help out I could really use the extra hands. I need grillers, popcorn and cotton candy servers, someone to pick up ice and folks to help set up and clean up. I also need some one who is crafty to make some posters to advertise the party and to inform people about the road closure.

Please let me know if you can spare some time, it takes a village, or at least a neighborhood to put on a good party.

Marilyn Emery

RCHCA October 2013 Electronic Newsletter

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Dear Members,

This is the electronic newsletter for the fall meeting and the third quarter of 2013. The principal items are an update on covenant matters, the status of matters related to Rock Creek Hills Local Park and its immediate future, our financial situation, and a number of neighborhood activities, including a presentation by the Village. The RCHCA fall meeting will be held Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Day School, 9411 Connecticut Avenue, in the multi-purpose room.

We will update the directory next year and if you are a new resident please provide your name, address, and telephone number (optional) to Landis Fisher at Contact John Robinson at if you would like to help.

2013 Halloween Parade and Picnic

The 2013 Halloween Parade and Picnic will be held on Sunday, October 27, between 12 noon and 3. We will assemble in the parking lot of Rock Creek Hills Local Park and parade to the Statlands’ house at 3500 Saul Road. Our thanks to Marilyn Emery for arranging this annual event and to Sam and Ann Statland for making their lot available.


The RCHCA Executive Committee has made significant progress on covenants matters. With three small historical exceptions, all fence and accessory structure issues previously called to its attention have been resolved. At this point there are no home based businesses that the Committee is aware of that have employees or have customers or clients regularly coming to a Rock Creek Hills residence. Residences are reminded that only single family houses are permitted in Rock Creek Hills and that all fences and exterior improvements to a house or ancillary structures require the Board’s approval.

The Executive Committee will continue to monitor the proposals now before the County Council that would modify the County zoning code in several regards. In addition to the accessory apartment issue, these include home based professional services and the keeping of animals other than the more conventional pets such as cats and dogs.

The Executive Committee has received several anonymous calls or complaints regarding possible violations of the Rock Creek Hills covenants. The Committee will not act on such calls. First, we believe that homeowners are entitled to know the source of any dissatisfaction if it becomes necessary to begin an enforcement action. Second, such an action is possible only if there is supporting testimony by the immediately adjoining and opposing neighbors. We will keep the source of any concerns confidential during an initial investigation to minimize conflict and to facilitate informal resolutions. If there is merit to the concern and it is resolved informally, all information will remain confidential.

Vince DeCain remains our lead covenant officer for approval of plans that are subject to the covenants and contact point for concerns. His email address is

Rock Creek Hills Local Park Update

The Board of Education has begun its preliminary design review for the proposed middle school to be constructed on Rock Creek Hills Local Park. The meeting schedule and locations were previously circulated on RCHCAnet and will be posted on the website. The next meeting is September 25 at 7:00 at North Chevy Chase Elementary School on Jones Bridge Road. The appellate litigation is in its preliminary phases, having been timely filed with the Court of Special Appeals, the first tier appellate court. We have prepared a digest of the record and reached agreement among the parties on the exhibits to be used during briefing. The Court of Special Appeals has not provided a briefing schedule. That Court normally takes one and a half to two years to act after the trial court issues its final decision, which was on May 8, 2013.

Financial Information

The general operating fund has been separately maintained as a reserve for such matters as the maintenance of the RCHCA covenants, meetings, minor regulatory and tax expenses, and community activities. As of September 17, 2013 our general checking and savings totaled $19,736. Ordinary operating expenses for 2013 so far have been $3,392 against ordinary income of $8,250. The Rock Creek Hills Local Park litigation fund has a balance as of September 15 of $1300 and payment due counsel of $2550. An updated report will be provided by Maria Marzullo, our new treasurer, at the meeting. The Board requests that you renew, or join, our membership. The annual dues of $40 per household will be used only for the general community activities mentioned above. Please mail your dues to Maria Marzullo, 9801 East Bexhill Drive, Kensington, MD 20895.

Finally, please give some thought to a new RCHCA president in 2014. I have served for three years and some new blood should take over. I hope you will attend the meeting.

John M. Robinson
President, RCHCA

Halloween 2012! Sunday, October 28, 2012 – CANCELED

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The Halloween Parade and Picnic, an important annual event for our
community, will be held on SUNDAY, October 28, beginning at 12:00 in Rock Creek Hills Local Park. The parade will terminate at Ann and Sam Statland’s
at 3500 Saul Road. We look forward to seeing you there. Many thanks to Marilyn Emery for her efforts in arranging this event and Sam Statland for representing the RCHCA Board and the generous use of his lawn.

10/10/12 Update:

Reminder of the annual RCH Halloween parade and block party October 28. The festivities will start at the circle at the Rock Creek Hills park at 12:00.

The kids will parade through the neighborhood escorted by a fire truck (if
they are available) and end at the corner of Saul and East Bexhill where we
will have a potluck. The citizen’s association will provide hot dogs,
hamburgers and drinks. Neighbors will last names A-P please bring a side
dish, Q-Z please bring dessert.

Erica Weiss has graciously agreed to head up the craft table for the kids
but she will need some help. If you have a teen who would like to volunteer
that would be great. You can contact Erica at or
me. We will also need some teens to do popcorn and cotton candy. Please
let me know if your child is available and what time works best for them.

If you have any young artists in the house we could use some sign makers.
We need about 10 made to post around the neighborhood for folks who aren’t
on the list serve.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. See you all on the 28th.

Marilyn Emery

Adult Volunteers Needed for 10/28 Halloween Event – CANCELED

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As you know the annual Halloween parade and pot luck picnic is on the 28th.
I need some adult help with set up (about 10:30) and grilling. I also need
someone to pick up the ice. If you are able to help please let me know.


Marilyn –

See Original Halloween Info Post

Mother’s Day Picnic in the Park! Sunday, May 13, 2012 from 3-6 p.m.

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Can you believe it is almost May. With that said , things are getting settled for the picnic. We will be having a fajita and taco buffet from California Tortilla, and cupcakes from Jenny’s Cakes (the new bakery in town) and some drinks.

The entertainment will be provided by 40 Dollar Fine. You can learn more about them at There is also a schedule of the upcoming performances on the website in case you want to preview them.

So I have an idea of how much food to order, please let me know if you will be coming.

Also please bring your own beverage(s) and a desert to share.

If you know of folks not on the list serve please pass the information to them. I look forward to another Rock Creek Hills tradition.

Marilyn Emery

Mother’s Day Picnic Scheduled…May 13, 2012

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The citizen’s association will be hosting the Mother’s Day picnic in the Park again
this year on May 13th. We will supply live music and food as we have in the past.
All we ask you to bring is your beverage and a desert to share.

We are still in the planning stages so no decisions on a menu have been made yet.
If you are available to help with set up, serving or clean up we could use the help.
Also if anyone has a portable generator we could borrow we will need one for the

Please let Marilyn Emery know if you can help out and if you have a generator to
lend. Her e-mail is

What a glorious sunny (non-snowy) day!! Thanks to everyone who made this happen – Pictures are on our Gallery Page

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Check our Picture Gallery page (under ‘Communications’) to see Halloween pictures from this year (2011) and previous years too!

Thanks Jim Pekar for the picture above – and on this facebook link

And many, many thanks  to Marilyn Emery and her gang of volunteers for keeping the tradition alive (is this the 18th year?), and to Sam & Ann Statland for once again allowing the neighborhood to host this annual event in their front yard!

See many more pictures here….