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					                                  Locust Hill Citizens Association
                                          Winter 2007 Newsletter
Message from the President
Kristen Hohman

I would like to begin by saying I am very excited to be the President of the LHCA and I am looking
forward to working with all of you to continue to make our neighborhood a wonderful place to live.

This newsletter is a new endeavor. It is here to serve you. Please let us know anything you would like
included. We hope to report on a quarterly basis regarding traffic, safety, community news, upcoming
social events, and other information that neighbors need to know. Since attendance at our meetings has
been rather poor, we are going to try this newsletter as a means to update everyone on the important
issues affecting us. Although we are mailing this newsletter to each household, as you will see below,
we are also launching a new website. In the future, we hope to transition to mostly electronic
distribution to keep costs down. However, anyone who wants a paper copy will be able to choose that
delivery method (see dues notice information)

At the Fall 2006 Locust Hill Citizens Association Meeting, we elected new officers. Since the existing
officers had finished their terms of service, and there was only one volunteer per position, the vote was
very simple. A brief biography of each of your new officers is below. Please don’t hesitate to contact
any of us regarding neighborhood issues.

As of October 31 2006, your new officers are:

Kristen Hohman, President
4802 Enfield Road
301-571-5272
kjhohman@yahoo.com


Elizabeth O’Kelly, Vice President
9312 Elmhirst Drive
(301) 493-8703
seokelly@starpower.net

Rena Godfrey, Secretary
4703 Elmhirst Ln
301-530-5777

John Bladen, Treasurer
4706 Elmhirst Ln
301-530-3547




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Inside This Edition
2007 Dues ................................................................................................................................................ 2
New List Serv/Locust Hill Website ......................................................................................................... 2
Neighborhood Cocktail Parties ................................................................................................................ 8
Crime Update ........................................................................................................................................... 8
Traffic Update .......................................................................................................................................... 8
Beltway Update ........................................................................................................................................ 9
Update on Expansion of National Naval Medical Center ........................................................................ 9
Need for Neighbor to represent us on County Review of Navy Expansion .......................................... 10
Locust Hill Hotline ................................................................................................................................ 11
Next Neighborhood Meeting – Wednesday March 7th .......................................................................... 11
Locust Hill Web Site Registration Form ............................................................................................... 12
LOCUST HILL DUES 2007 ................................................................................................................. 13




2007 Dues
2007 Dues notices are attached. You will notice this year that we are requesting your email address on
the dues notice. Email is the most cost and time-efficient method of communicating information to our
neighbors. Dues remain $15 per year, per household. Once again that will cover the cost of various
neighborhood parties, the directory, and other expenses deemed necessary to benefit our
neighborhood.

One change this year, if you would like to receive neighborhood news by REGULAR MAIL, please
check the box on the dues form and enclose an extra $5 ($20 total) which will cover photocopying and
postage costs. Although email is the simplest and cheapest method to communicate, we know that
some of you prefer to get your information on paper. This will ensure that you will get on a monthly
basis ALL of the information put out by the Citizens Association.


New List Serv/Locust Hill Website
Kristen Hohman, President

Paul Clark has done a wonderful job over the past years getting all of us connected together through
the list serv. His generosity in hosting our list serv has greatly improved our communication and
contributed to neighborhood unity and knowledge. Thank you, Paul!!!

However, spam filters have complicated the process of information getting around to all of us
efficiently. We are therefore going to move our list serv as well as start up a new website dedicated
just to our community. The old list serv will operate only until June 1st, at which point only the new
list serv will be operational.

So, how do you get on the new list serv? There are 2 options:

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A) Go to www.locusthillweb.org to register. Click on ―My Community‖ and then ―Register‖. This
site will allow us to operate more efficiently as a neighborhood association as well as provide valuable
information to each of you individually. We encourage you to visit the site for a preview. As an
association it will allow us to have an online directory, eventually pay dues online, conduct surveys on
important neighborhood issues and more.

Our site is password protected and registering is on an ―opt in‖ basis. Key information entered is
encrypted for your protection. We encourage everyone to please sign on as a user. This will allow us
to better communicate and gather information for our neighborhood and make volunteer jobs much
easier. We encourage you to use an email address that you check frequently so that you can be in
touch during emergencies and other important communications. We also encourage you to supply your
phone number—again this will be used to page you only for emergencies, either general or if there’s a
problem with your home while you’re away.

Instructions for registering:
     1) Go to www.locusthillweb.org

    2) Click on My Community




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3) Click Register at the top of the left side near the login boxes




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4) Fill out the User Infomation. If there are mandatory fields that you really do not want
   to fill out, enter the word ―none,‖ ―none@locusthill.com,‖ or ―111-111-1111.‖ We
   discourage this as it may affect our ability to contact you and may influence your
   directory listing.




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5) Review the opt-in boxes you wish to check (you can change these at any time)




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     6) Enter a Username and Password. Make sure to click Save Information




When you register, you will receive an email saying that your account is pending. This is for security
reasons; one of the LHCA officers must approve your registration (to make sure that only members of
our community are able to access our site). Once you are approved, you will receive another email
welcoming you to the site. When you log in, you can check the ―remember me‖ box, and you will not
have to log in each time from your usual computer.

OR

B) Fill out the form at the end of this newsletter entitled ―LIST SERV REGISTRATION FORM‖
and we will register you.

* Safety/Privacy Concerns:

Email addresses are NOT shared with ANY third party. and only LHCA officers send Broadcast
email. By registering at the site, you are on the LHCA Broadcast email, which means you will receive
emails ONLY from LHCA officers. IF you also wish to be in the general listserv email group (where
ANY neighbor can email you, and you can email to all neighbors, as we have now with our list serv,
check the ―Join Listserv‖ box.

Anyone who registers at our site MUST be approved by one of the officers. This means there may be a
slight lag between your registration and your ability to fully use the site. However, this gives us the
highest level of protection against any unknown, third parties, trying to access our site.

It will take a little time to get all the content up and running on our site. Please be patient with us. I
think over time, this will prove to be a useful and efficient tool for communicating with each other
about important issues.

Please let me know if there are any problems or concerns.

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Neighborhood Cocktail Parties
Nicole Chapin Duke, Social Chair

Mithu and Somnath Som of Broad Brook Drive were so kind to host our most recent neighborhood
cocktail party. Everyone had a great time chatting with old friends and meeting new neighbors. Would
YOU like to host the next event? It’s simple….each attendee brings an appetizer and $10 to cover the
cost of beverages. All you have to do is provide your home and buy the beverages and paper products,
for which you will be reimbursed. We’d like to have another party this spring…it could be inside or
outside depending on date and your preference. If you’d be willing to host, please contact Nicole
Chapin Duke at 301-530-9640 or nchapinduke@rcn.com.

Crime Update
Caroline Keith, Safety Chair

Many of you got emails about recent drug activity in our neighborhood.—but for those of you not on
email and to refresh your memory:

Along the bike path spur that goes through our neighborhood, near the little bridge between Cedar
Lane and the open field, one neighbor witnessed what she thought was a drug deal taking place, which
she let us know. I passed this info on to Denise Gill of the Montgomery County Police. When I later
found evidence of drug use and picked up drug paraphernalia (two plastic water bottles fashioned into
bongs, one with a tinfoil pipe holder), I again got the info to Denise. At that point she said that any
possible criminal activity in the park area falls under the jurisdiction of the National Capital Park
Police and we should contact them directly. The Park Police in turn urgently requested that any and all
suspicious activity or items should immediately be reported to them. Under no circumstances should
we, on our own, confront anyone we suspect of criminal behavior. Just call the police ASAP – right
then and there if you have a cell phone with you. They will dispatch a squad car immediately in hopes
of apprehending. They told me they had made an arrest (or issued a citation) in that area in January.

National Capital Park Police 301-949-3010
Denise Gill MC Police        301-657-0962           301-279-8000

Please keep these numbers posted in your home and maybe programmed into your cell phone. The
police very much want our assistance and are eager to work with us. If you see something that you
consider suspicious, after you let the Park Police know, please also let me and the entire neighborhood
know what you saw. I’ll make sure Denise gets the info. If something occurs on our streets instead of
the park, let Denise know directly. Thanks for you help!

Caroline Keith
301-530-1543          240-899-1543


Traffic Update
Jim Jorling, Traffic Chair

As many of you know, we are working on a few traffic control matters with Montgomery County.
They promised over a year ago to do three things to help our neighborhood with the cut-through traffic
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and slow traffic down. First, they promised to and did change the time on the ―No Access to Cedar
Lane‖ signs located at the access to Broad Brook Drive and Locust Hill Road. The new restriction is in
effect from 3 pm to 7 pm (previously was 4 pm to 7 pm.)

Second, they intend to construct two islands at the intersection of Enfield and Broad Brook. These
islands are intended to slow down traffic coming into our neighborhood from Rockville Pike. The
County received the engineering drawings for these islands last week. The drawings have been
approved and the next step is to get a cost estimate from the Highway Design section and figure out
where the money to build the islands is going to come from. It’s a slow process but the County assures
us they are moving forward.

Third, the County intends to put down line markings and install flex posts at the intersection of
Elmhirst Lane and Locust Hill Road. These are intended to make it harder to make a quick turn at that
intersection coming from Rockville Pike going toward Cedar Lane.

I will keep you posted about any new developments, although you may see them before I hear about
them. Please feel free to contact me with any questions at 301-571-0801 or by email at
james.jorling@ppsv.com.



Beltway Update
Jeff Davis, Beltway Chair

On November 7th, a temporary but potentially significant victory for all Maryland beltway
communities was realized in the results of both the state and local elections with regard to Beltway
expansion. In particular, some key outcomes in the Gubernatorial and County Council races provided
hope due to the anti-expansion position of these soon-to-be key decision makers. Citizens Against
Beltway Expansion (CABE) and the LHCA Beltway Committee will continue to press newly elected
officials to confirm their position on the issue and to monitor whether their actions support their stated
position. The State of Maryland is clearly experiencing some financial challenges, therefore it is
imperative to demonstrate both how costly and impractical Beltway expansion would be as a new
project. The Beltway Committee and CABE are requesting from LHCA an official endorsement to
Support the Inner Purple Line. The Beltway Committee believes this is a very good idea since if
money is spent for the Purple Line or the Inner-County Connector, there will be less money available
to expand the Beltway. In terms of the status of the SHA Beltway Expansion Study, currently the
schedule for this study is pending as SHA focuses on the joint mobility studies (West and South) with
Virginia. On January 19th, members of the LHCA Beltway Committee attended the annual meeting in
Annapolis with legislators from district 16 to voice our concerns and get an update on the issue from
the perspective of our state representatives. If you would like more information on this issue, please
visit the CABE website at http://www.nobeltwayexpansion.com.



Update on Expansion of National Naval Medical Center
Kristen Hohman, President


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In late December I attended an open house hosted by the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC)
with regards to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC)’s plans to consolidate many
Walter Reed operations at NNMC. The NNMC is currently preparing an Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS) and the open houses were to collect public opinion and concerns to address in the EIS
report.

The missions currently slated to move to NNMC include program management, legal, the National
Museum for Health and Medicine, and Tertiary Care (very specialized medical care). These functions
must be moved by September 15, 2011. The NNMC is currently planning how to incorporate these
functions in terms of construction of new facilities and renovations of existing facilities at their current
campus. Concurrently, NNMC is creating a new Master Plan which will incorporate the BRAC
changes as well as other needs and growth through 2018.

At this point, the two alternatives being considered incorporate at least 2500 additional parking spaces,
435,000 additional patients and visitors per year, adding 1400 employees, and construction of 700,000
square feet and renovation of 400,000 square feet. To put this in perspective, there are currently
497,000 annual patients and visitors and 4200 parking spaces.

Our biggest concern, of course, is traffic. With the Rockville Pike – Cedar Lane interchange already
one of the most congested in the county, it is hard to imagine how such a significant increase in
patients, staff, and employees can be tolerated.

I have sent a letter to NNMC on behalf of our community outlining our traffic concerns, and
requesting that they create a citizens advisory committee (which NIH has had for years) so that we can
participate in the process as they plan their growth. So far, I have not gotten a response.

There was also an article in the Gazette regarding a potential ramp to and from the Beltway. The
Gazette article mentioned that while this is being considered, there are many hurdles, mostly in terms
of funding. However, direct access to the Beltway would reduce traffic impact on Rockville Pike and
Cedar Lane so I think it is something we should pay attention to.

If you would like more information, please see the NNMC website,
http://www.bethesda.med.navy.mil/professional/public_affairs/brac. Please also email any comments
or concerns to me or to NNMCEIS@bethesda.med.navy.mil.

If you are interested in serving as a liaison to the NNMC regarding this issue, please let me know.
Those with experience dealing with the Navy and/or military would especially be appreciated.

For more information on the Navy’s recent survey on existing traffic/use of public transportation,
please visit:
http://www.bethesda.med.navy.mil/Professional/Public_Affairs/BRAC/traffic.aspx



Need for Neighbor to represent us on County Review of Navy
Expansion

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Isiah Leggett has requested that we appoint a resident to a committee he has created to oversee the
County’s review and response to the proposed expansion of the NNMC (see above). The committee
will meet once a month and we can have one member. Please contact me as soon as possible if you are
interested in this important role representing our neighborhood. If you would be willing to serve as an
alternate (attending meetings when the primary member is unavailable and keeping educated on the
proceedings), that would also be helpful.


Locust Hill Hotline
Martha Zeiger and Kate Rizzi both recently underwent back surgery and realized that we have many
neighbors who are more than willing to help out, but because of all of our busy schedules, are not
necessarily aware of someone who might need a helping hand. They experienced incredible generosity
from their neighbors who, when they learned of their illnesses, offered to help out in a multitude of
ways. Because of this they would like to help facilitate this for others who are temporarily unable to go
about their daily errands due to illness or injury. Just offering to pick up milk is a wonderful gesture.
They propose that anyone in these unfortunate circumstances contact Kate or Martha. They in turn will
simply post the problem/needs on the list serve. Any neighbor(s) able and willing to help can then
simply contact the person directly.

Martha 301-564-9393
Kate 301-493-2558


Next Neighborhood Meeting – Wednesday March 7th
The next meeting of the LHCA will take place at Cedar Lane Unitarian Church on Wednesday, March
7th, 2007 from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm sharp. If you have an item you would like to add to our agenda,
please contact Kristen Hohman at kjhohman@yahoo.com or 301-571-5272. Otherwise topics will
include committee reports (safety, traffic, social) as well as an update on the Navy expansion,
collection of dues,


Could YOU be the editor of the Locust Hill Newsletter?
Do you have publishing and or graphic skills just perfect for this newsletter? We hope to publish 4
times a year…for a modest time commitment you could be of real benefit to our neighborhood.

Anything else you’d like to see in this newsletter?
We’d love to keep informed about successes of our neighbors…new neighbors, graduations,
weddings, promotions. Please let us know and see your name in print!




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Locust Hill Web Site Registration Form
We are hoping that all neighbors will see the value in registering as a user at our new neighborhood
website. This will enable you to view LHCA information such as crime reports, newsletters,
officer/committee updates, an online directory of neighbors, and if desired, participate in our list serv.
The site is secure and password-protected, and the LHCA officers will only allow neighbors access to
the site. We hope this will enhance our sense of community and we encourage you to register.

The most efficient way to register for the new Locust Hill Community Web site is to visit
http://locusthill.webresident.net as outlined in the newsletter. If you are unable to register yourself,
the LHCA can register you as a user if you provide the following information:



Name           _______________________________________________________


Address        _______________________________________________________


Email          _______________________________________________________


Phone          _______________________________________________________


Username (please choose)       ___________________________________________


Password (please choose)       ___________________________________________



Please mail or drop off this information before June 1st to:
Christine Federman
9418 Locust Hill Road.
Bethesda, MD 20814

Please give us 2 weeks from the time you send in this form to get you registered on the site. You will
get an email letting you know that you have registered.




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LOCUST HILL DUES 2007



Dear Neighbor:

Locust Hill Citizens’ Association dues of $15 for the calendar year 2007 are now payable. If you are a
property owner, your payment entitles you to a copy of the Locust Hill Citizens’ Association (LHCA)
2007-8 Directory (which will be available at the LHCA meeting in February 2007 and thereafter) and
to vote in any referendum held in the calendar year (currently, none are scheduled). If you are not a
property owner, your donation of $15 will entitle you to a copy of the 2007-8 Directory. Regardless of
your status, you are encouraged to attend LHCA meetings and express your opinion on matters
affecting our neighborhood

This year we have included an option to receive LHCA communications by regular mail. For an
additional $5, you will receive all official LHCA notices and information in the mail in addition to or
in lieu of email/web site posting. The $5 will cover photocopying and postage costs. If you do not
choose this option, you will receive all communications by email or by visiting the website.

Your account status is as follows:

     According to LHCA records, you are not a property owner. Your payment of $15 will be
     considered a donation.

     Your dues of $15 (or $20 to receive notices by mail ) for calendar 2007 are now payable.

__   Your account with LHCA shows prepaid dues of $ ____.



Questions should be directed to John Bladen, Treasurer, (301) 530-3547.




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Locust Hill Citizens Association
2007 Dues



FROM :        ____________________________________
              Names of Adult Residents

ADDRESS:      ____________________________________
              Number and Street


Enclosed is [my, our] payment of $______. Please apply the payment as follows:

$__________ Donation.

$__________ Calendar 2007 dues ($15).

$__________ Prepayment of future dues.

$__________ Additional $5 fee to receive LHCA information by mail

$__________ Total.


Please make checks payable to ―LHCA‖ and mail to or drop off at:

Kristen Hohman, President
LHCA
4802 Enfield Road
Bethesda, MD 20814




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