Archive for April, 2014

Spring Yard Sale at Loehmann’s Plaza

Please note, the event is held rain or shine!

The Spring Yard Sale and Bazaar is coming up on Saturday, May 3rd from 8am to 1pm at the Loehmann’s Plaza Shopping Center on Randolph Road. Booth space costs $10 and is first come first serve. Booth space is $5 for paid RCA members. The Scouts from Troop 1083 and Crew 1083 are providing support for this event. Please come out and support them. Hope to see you there!


May 2014 Echo

The May 2014 Echo is available for download (PDF).

Read about MC311, the first President’s Message by newly elected President, Brian Hooker, and an update on Boiling Brook, Rocking Horse and Schuylkill intersection improvements.


Update on Boiling Brook, Rocking Horse and Schuylkill Intersection Improvements

Updates to the proposed improvements for the Boiling Brook Parkway / Rocking Horse Road (BB/RH) intersection and the Boiling Brook Parkway / Schuylkill Road (BB/SR) intersection.

Boiling Brook Parkway / Rocking Horse Road


Here’s some follow up based on community feedback for the BB/RH intersection. I asked about putting stop signs in the intersection, and MCDOT was open to the idea, but expressed concern that additional stop signs might make the intersection worse. They would consider this for a potential future improvement. Some in the neighborhood called for stop sign cameras, but those have not been deployed in the State of Maryland. I asked about signs indicating that the stop was a 4 way stop, but MCDOT felt the intersection was too separated for those to be utilized. I had a few requests for traffic lights at the intersection. The RCA commissioned a traffic study about 5 years ago, and the intersection did not meet the minimum traffic requirements to warrant traffic lights. MCDOT was open to conducting another traffic study at the intersection this year.

I should reiterate that any changes will be made with temporary posts and markings, so they are reversible.

Per neighborhood feedback, the original plan was adjusted so that Rocking Horse Road as it approaches Boiling Brook will not be constrained to a single lane. In addition, the right lane on Boiling Brook heading towards Rocking Horse from Ashley will be marked with a right hand turn arrow.

The RCA is also working on increased enforcement at this intersection, and intends to engage the Charles E Smith School on this topic.

Boiling Brook Parkway and Schuylkill Road


For the BB/SR intersection, minor changes were made by adding a crosswalk across Boiling Brook, though a crosswalk should also be added across Schuylkill Road. In addition, the right hand lane of Boiling Brook will be marked with a right hand turn arrow. Some folks questioned the need for the bump-outs at this intersection, and I shared that concern with MCDOT. The bump-outs are necessary to properly implement the new traffic pattern.

That’s it for now; I’d encourage those of you interested in the discussion surrounding these intersections to sign up for the neighborhood Yahoo Group at Thank you to those that are signed up and have shared their feedback. You may also share your feedback privately with me via email at


RCA General Meeting April 3rd

Join us Thursday, April 3rd at 8pm at the Veirs Mill Rec Center (map: for our next RCA General meeting.

We have special guest speakers confirmed from the Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Departments. They will speak to us about the future Wheaton Rec Center and future projects in White Flint: the upgraded Shriver Aquatic Center, Wall Park and the North Bethesda Recreation Center. In addition, we’d like to hear about how our rec center in Veirs Mill Local Park fits in to the County’s plans going forward. Should be a great conversation.

We will also be discussing the traffic improvements at the Rocking Horse / Boiling Brook intersection and the Boiling Brook / Schuylkill Intersection. Based on the feedback from this forum, I sent some follow up questions to MC DOT, and hope to have more information to share.

Last, but not least, there are elections. Hope to see you there.