Neighbor Hosting Event to Learn More about Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan

By | Sector Plans

As you know we have several Sector plans under review in our immediate area. The Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan is still at MNCPPC under review. The Company has held meetings all summer to solicit input from a wide range of communities. On Wednesday, October 19 representatives from the Company will be at my house at 7:30 pm to go over the draft plan. If you are interested in learning more about the plan, please let me know. I cannot host a huge turn out. However if we have a lot of interest, the Company has offered to host at their headquarters on Connecticut Ave.

The plan is posted at the MNCPPC website:

Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

Here is a PDF of the letter from RCHCA to Valerie Ervin re the Oct 3 meeting

By | B-CC Middle School / RCH Park, Board Correspondence, RCHCA Biz

The link below points to a pdf file of the RCHCA letter to Ms. Valerie Ervin, President Montgomery County Council, regarding the October 3 RCHCA meeting on the proposed middle school in Rock Creek Hills Local Park.  Identical letters were sent to County Executive Isiah Leggett, Mr. Christopher Barclay, President, Board of Education, and Dr. Joshua P. Starr, Superintendent, MCPS.

2011 10 08 Letter to Ms. Ervin on October 3 Meeting

Rock Creek Hills Neighborhood Watch – Training/Info Session – Mon., 10/17 7:30-8:15 pm

By | neighborhood watch

As announced during the RCHA meeting last week, the RCH Neighborhood Watch will conduct a training / information session for participants and street captains on Monday, October 17 @ 7:30 – 8:15 pm. It will take place at 9806 Hillridge Drive (home of Paul Tiao and Varuni Dayaratna). If you are interested in attending, please email Paul at so that we can plan appropriately.

As summarized in the Fall RCHA Newsletter and as reflected in Steve’s crime updates on the RCHA list-serve, there is a steady flow of property crimes in our community – mostly car break-ins, car theft, and burglaries. This past summer, two dozen of your neighbors decided to do something about it. We met several times to figure out how to deal with the problem, and developed the following goals:
– Greater community-wide awareness of suspicious / criminal activity
– A wider and deeper network of support in the community for each other in the event of a snow storm, hurricane, floods, downed trees, or power outage.
– Stronger community cohesiveness
– A closer relationship with the county police and elected officials.

Our strategy for achieving these goals is to encourage residents to join the RCHA list-serve and to develop a network of street captains who will reach out to 10 – 15 of their immediate neighbors. In early August, we trained a dozen captains. Next Monday, October 17, we will do a second training / information sharing session for people who are interested in participating in the Watch or volunteering to be a captain.

Neighborhood Watch street captains do the following:
– Talk to 10-15 of their immediate neighbors and encourage them to participate in the Watch
– Provide participants with Watch decals that they can put on their doors or windows
– Share information with participants about recent criminal activity, public safety tips, and how to identify suspicious activity
– Encourage participants to report suspicious activity to the police and to the RCHA list-serve
– Identify vulnerable residents who may need assistance after a major storm
– Identify residents with emergency response skills and equipment who are willing to help vulnerable residents during times of need.

We hope that you will be able to join us for the training / information session on Monday, October 17th.

Paul Tiao & Eden Durbin

Links to Final Presentation on Feasibility Study

By | B-CC Middle School / RCH Park, RCHCA Biz

To our members – The following links provide ready access to the final presentation on the feasibility study for the proposed middle school on the Rock Creek Local Park site.

The presentation was discussed at a Board of Education meeting on September 22. While three options are presented, only Option One and Option Two are expected to have any realistic possibility for moving forward. The Board Staff says they will be given equal weight.

Option One has some greater possibility of buffering and therefore was favored by most members of our community who have attended the planning sessions. This does not mean that they favored the construction of the school; only that that Option Two was the best of those they otherwise opposed.

The presentation has a list of pros and cons for each option which I urge you to review. It should be noted that the study did not analyze all of the impacts that would result, such as loss of recreational facilities, deforestation, and traffic impacts.  However, your review of the options is important because their detail addresses education considerations related to the possible school layouts that will be hard to summarize before the meeting on Monday October 3 at 7:30. You can copy the link and copy it into your browser at the address bar if the hyperlink does not show up in this message. The Staff B o E link is also listed below and you can also copy it into your browser address window. It will take you to the website where all the minutes and presentations for the feasibility study are listed.

Yours truly,

John Robinson


Two Filings with the State Board of Education re the Rock Creek Hills Park litigation

By | B-CC Middle School / RCH Park, RCHCA Biz

Here is the text of two filings with the State Board of Education regarding the Rock Creek Hills Park litigation.  The one dated August 16, 2011 is a short reply to the County’s Board of Education’s response to our prior answer to their answer to our May 28 complaint.  The second is our motion of September 19 filing a copy of the decision by the Open Meetings Compliance Board that the County Board of Education violated the Open Meetings Act.

Community Presentation – Thursday, September 22 2011 7:00 pm at WESTLAND MS

By | B-CC Middle School / RCH Park, RCHCA Biz






and….We encourage the everyone to attend to get educated on this issue that will be discussed at our RCHCA meeting on October 3, 2011

RCHCA Letter to DNR Secretary Griffin on the Past Use of POS/LOS Funds to Improve Rock Creek Hills Local Park

By | B-CC Middle School / RCH Park, RCHCA Biz

RCHCA Letter to DNR Secretary Griffin on the Past Use of POS/LOS Funds to Improve Rock Creek Hills Local Park is posted here: 2011 08 31 DNR Letter August 31 Final

Thank you Sandra van Bochove and Tom Sisti for providing us with this pdf file with the attachments cited in the letter:  2011 08 31 DNR-Final Letter001 WITH ATTACHMENTS


By | Meetings, RCHCA Biz


The post card received on or about Tuesday September 20 INCORRECTLY stated that the date for the rescheduled RCHCA meeting.  The rescheduled RCHCA meeting is MONDAY OCTOBER 3 as correctly stated on the website notice.  Please revisit the site regularly to check on any updates regarding this important meeting and its agenda.


The RCHCA meeting scheduled for September 20 has been postponed until Monday, October 3 at 7:30.  The new meeting will be at Grace Episcopal Day School,  9411 Connecticut Ave. in the multi-purpose room, at 7:30 p.m.  The agenda is unchanged and will focus on an update and a vote regarding the proposed use of the Rock Creek Hills Local Park for a new middle school for the BCC cluster.  This unfortunate postponement was caused by the School Board’s failure to complete the feasibility study for the proposed middle school by September 8, 2011.  In addition to the middle school issue, we will be discussing  the security issues raised in the Fall 2011 Newsletter.There will be additional information provided in the near future so please monitor both the RCHCA website and RCHCAnet to stay abreast of events.

Annual Rock Creek Hills Halloween Parade & Pot Luck – Sunday, October 30, 2011 from noon-3:00 p.m.

By | Social Events

Check the latest newsletter for details.

The starting point for the Halloween Parade is at Rock Creek Hills local park.  The picnic lcoation is at the corner of Saul Rd. and East Bexhill Dr.

For purposes of the pot-luck, families are asked to bring the following:

  • A-L: desserts
  • M-Z: side dishes

To volunteer or ask questions contact Marilyn Emery