01
Aug

Two Important Backcountry Issues: Greenwich Planning & Zoning 8/4/2020

Backcountry residents and Round Hill Association members are encouraged to attend the Greenwich  Planning & Zoning Meeting this week, online via Zoom this week.  Two important items are on the docket of interest to the Round Hill  community.  This meeting is open to the public all all are encouraged to attend. See below for the link to the meeting and...
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30
Oct

Round Hill Neighbors Pack the Room for the Annual Backcountry Candidates Forum

The 2019 backcountry Candidate Forum was held on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at the Round Hill Community House.  The event was co-sponsored by the Round Hill Association, the Northwest Greenwich Association, and the Northeast Greenwich Association.  A standing-room-only crowd of approximately 300 attended the debate.  Everyone was welcomed in brief remarks by the three Presidents of the backcountry associations:  John...
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24
Aug

Round Hill Association Opposes Proposed 28 House Cluster Subdivision in Backcountry

Friends, neighbors, and members of the Round Hill Association, we face a challenge ahead the could define the very future of land development in Backcountry Greenwich. The proposed development, to build 28 new homes at 124 Old Mill Road (the former Mel Gibson estate) as a single, cluster development, is part of an application currently before the Greenwich Wetlands Agency....
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30
Jul

Round Hill Association Traffic Islands

  RHA Board member Ines Kingsley and her team of gardeners have been working hard to beautify and maintain our traffic islands! Take a peek as you are driving by.    
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04
May

RHA Real Estate Panel Discussion Draws a Large Audience to the Round Hill Community House

Residents of backcountry and mid-country packed the Round Hill Community House to hear local real estate experts discuss trends shaping the market in our area. Mark Pruner, Carolyn Anderson, and Paul Pugliese made up the panel of three that was moderated by RHA Board member and real estate professional Brendon DeSimone. Topics ranged from the enduring appeal of backcountry living...
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27
Apr

Round Hill Association To Host Forum on Backcountry Real Estate on May 1, 2019 at Round Hill Community House 6:30-8:30 pm

Backcountry resident and Round Hill Association board member, Brendon DeSimone, will moderate a discussion with local real estate experts about the trends that are shaping the real estate market in backcountry, what homeowners can do to enhance their property values, and the ongoing efforts to promote property ownership and life in backcountry Greenwich. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30....
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16
Feb

11th All New Edition of Anderson Guide to Enjoying Greenwich Is Now Available

You don’t need to rely on Google when searching for answers to questions about Greenwich.  The Anderson Guide is a comprehensive list of local resources and what a wonderful guide it is!  Whether you have lived in Greenwich for 2 years or 52 years, everyone can find out something new about living in Greenwich from this masterfully written guide.  For example,...
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12
Feb

The Round Hill Association Neighbor Survey Results Are In…

Thanks to all who responded to our Member Survey last spring. The Round Hill Association would like to grow and connect with residents in the Round Hill Association area. To accomplish this, a survey was mailed to members and residents of our area. The survey included questions about which activities/events the RHA should offer. We were delighted to receive 100 responses. We were...
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10
Feb

Stateline Fitness Opens in Banksville

“Welcome to a happier, healthier you!” Owner and Coach Craig De Collibus can help you reach your fitness goals, improve your overall health, and transform your life – all with the help of a caring group of coaches, an encouraging community of members, and fun workouts that will give you a sense of accomplishment – every single day. Stateline Fitness,...
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10
Feb

Round Hill Fire Company Seeks Volunteers!

Are you interested in volunteering to help keep our neighborhood safe? Have you considered joining the Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company?  It is completely staffed by volunteers. Not only do our volunteers fight fires, but they respond to other disasters, natural and man-made. Volunteer firefighters are called to car accidents, using the jaws of life to extricate passengers. One of the...
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28
Nov

Lloyd Hull Memorial Oak Tree Dedication

On November 23, 2018, friends and family gathered on the lawn of the Round Hill Community House to pay tribute to Lloyd Hull, a much beloved former Director and President of the Round Hill Association.  A resident of backcountry for 60 years, Lloyd devoted a tremendous amount of energy and time to preserving and enhancing what we all love about this area...
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19
Nov

First Annual Round Hill Association Turkey Trot

Have you ever participated in a Turkey Trot?  Round Hill Association hosted its first-ever Turkey Trot on Sunday, November 18, 2018!  Backcountry trotters of all ages gathered at the Round Hill Community House and began with a potato sack race, before starting out down Mooreland Road.  It was a race to the finish for some, while others took their time in...
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03
Aug

Recommendations for Westchester County Airport Policy

Citizens for a Responsible County Airport released the following from Westchester County Executive, George Latimer. On July 2nd, after the community meeting that was attended by several Round Hill Association members, and Round Hill community residents, the following statement was released. The policy implementation recommendations look to be good news for Round Hill area residents and their quality of life!...
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25
Jun

New Member Party at Audubon Greenwich

Party organizer Courtney Spada provided this account of the RHA party that was held at the Audubon Barn on Sunday, June 24th from 4:30-6:30 pm. “The weather cooperated perfectly on Sunday, June 24th as more than fifty backcountry neighbors gathered in The Barn at Audubon Greenwich for an evening of community building. The group shared delicious appetizers and summer cocktails while listening...
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12
Jun

2018 Annual Spring Event with Senator Richard Blumenthal

Senator Richard Blumenthal spoke at the 2018 RHA Annual Spring Event.  His informative presentation touched on everything from his work on the Armed Services Committee to Connecticut infrastructure and more. He took many questions from the audience and we thank him for taking the time to share his views with his fellow RHA members.  
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25
Nov

Volunteer Firefighters Teach Fire Safety

Do you feel completely safe controlling the fires you start? Did you ever have a mishap with fire? Recently, our neighbors, the Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company, hosted their annual open house, featuring demonstrations on the right way to put out a fire. Chief Rick Strain and his daughter Sharon, also a firefighter with RHVFC, showed the correct way to...
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22
Nov

New Executive Director at the Land Trust

The Greenwich Land Trust has announced that Will Kies will become its new Executive Director starting November 28. He succeeds Ginny Gwynn, who held the post for more than eight years. A Greenwich native, Will has been in senior leadership for the past 10 years at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, most recently as Director of Education and Heckscher...
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08
Nov

2016 RHA Halloween Party Photos

Photos from our annual Halloween Party! We had so much fun with all our ghoulish neighbors!
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01
Nov

Halloween Party 2016

Despite sudden wind gusts that blew through the open doors, scattering the decorations and sending balloons to the ceiling, the Round Hill Association’s Halloween Party was a resound-ing success. Deepa Javeri, who organized the party, was on hand early with decorations, which RHA Board Members put up with dispatch. Outdoors a burst of rain kept the bouncy castle and a...
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30
Oct

Volunteer Fair in the Community House

In an unusual twist of its outreach program, the Round Hill Community Church reached out itself this year to parishioners who are called upon weekly to stuff collection envelopes. “Instead of just writing checks to beneficiaries we decided to give donors a chance to meet with multiple organizations and connect in person with them,” says Caroline Lazzara, chair of the...
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22
Oct

So Much Accomplished by the Round Hill Association in 2016

All that the Round Hill Association accomplishes is due to the generosity of its members and its volunteer board. They do even more by working with other groups.  This newsletter and the website, www.RoundHillAssocn.org, inform readers of events and issues that may interest and affect them.  The Civic Improvement fund, supported by member contributions, is used to help keep traffic...
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18
Oct

New Officers and Directors Elected to the Round Hill Association

  Janet Mackenzie (Co-President) Janet MacKenzie, a native of Pittsford, NY, holds degrees from the University of Rochester and the Sorbonne, in Paris. After a brief period as a municipal bond trader on Wall Street, she became a teacher of High School English and Humanities. She taught in Greenwich High School from 1969-2005. Among the courses she developed was an...
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29
Sep

An Accident Waiting to Happen?

John Wood, who runs the service station next to the Round Hill Store, is bedevilled by the traffic at the intersection at Round Hill and Old Mill Roads. “It’s an accident waiting to happen,” says he. Nearby residents on Porchuck and North Porchuck Roads say the same for their neighborhood. They have the attention of the Round Hill Association board,...
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27
Sep

The Railroad That Never Was

The building of railroads was big business in the 19th century. It changed the face of America and of Greenwich. Of four railroads that were planned through Greenwich, only one, the New York New Haven and Hartford, was actually built. After it opened in 1848, New Yorkers came to live here, and people commuted to work in the city. As...
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15
Sep

Getting Ready For The Next Big Storm

BackCountry Greenwich braved the ravages of Superstorm Sandy on Oct 29, 2012. To this day, many of us are jolted back to those terrifying winds and rain, followed by 11 long, dark, cold days and nights until the power came back on. We were grateful to the Round Hill Store and Service Station and the Round Hill Volunteer Firehouse for...
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02
Nov

Halloween Happiness!

It wasn’t just the balmy day, or the dazzling sunshine or the spectacular leaves or the wondrous collection of animals at the petting zoo that made such a superb success of the Round Hill Halloween party. It was a combination of all of these, organized and executed by co-chairs Deepa Javeri and Christina Schwefel and assisted by Anne Louise Bostock,...
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22
Oct

Stone Preserve

Louisa Stone smiles pleasurably as she surveys from the porch of her Sterling Road home the 4.5-acre tract which she and her late husband, Emerson, donated to the Greenwich Land Trust. An ardent conservationist, she has been honored by the GLT with its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Among numerous civic endeavors, Louisa serves as a Director and Secretary of the...
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10
Oct

New Sign Recognizes Country’s Oldest General Store

Befitting its role as a focal point of our neighborhood association’s sphere of interest, the Round Hill Store was graced this summer with a new sign heralding its founding in 1801. Located at the corner of Round Hill and Old Mill roads, the store is believed to be the oldest continuously operated general store in the United States. As in...
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29
Sep

The Taxwoman Cometh

On October 27th, our Greenwich Assessor laid out the 2015 real estate revaluation process for 100 people who attended the RHA Fall Forum co-hosted with the Northeast and Northwest Greenwich Associations. With every property in the Round Hill Association boundaries and throughout Greenwich being revalued for next year’s tax bill, the presentation could not have been more timely. Lauren Elliott,...
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02
Jun

Annals of Round Hill

One of the institutions that most effectively brought together disparate strands of early BackCountry residents was the Round Hill Community Guild. Founded in 1840, it originated as the Ladies Aid Society, an arm of the Round Hill Church.    Built in 1810, the church sat at the intersection of two unpaved cow paths: Round Hill Road and John Street. In...
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23
May

Settlers and Soldiers

The graves of early Greenwich settlers and British and Tory soldiers are scarcely noticed by motorists negotiating the steep hill atop Burying Hill Road. The settlers have names like Nehemiah, Phineas, Susannah, and Lucius, and most inscriptions are barely visible on weathered headstones scattered on a roadside plot near Topping road. The earliest carved gravestone found on the one-third acre...
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03
May

The Chief of Round Hill

No chronicle of Round Hill would be complete without plumbing the memory of Bill Strain, whose family has owned and operated the Round Hill Store and Service Station for many years. His grandfather, William Sr., bought the store in 1915 and Bill, 84, is still on the job every day, attired in his blue service station uniform and ready to...
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22
Apr

Olga Hirshorn Reminisces

Round Hill was the name of the hill itself and the name of our estate.    I remember first seeing Round Hill as a child squeezed in the back seat of Daddy’s 1928 Maxwell as we made our way up Riversville Road. My brother, sister, and I played the “I see Round Hill” game, the winner being the first one...
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04
Jun

Spring 2014 President’s Notes

Spring is here! And don’t we deserve it after such a snowy winter. The daffodils which we planted along Round Hill Road and Lake Avenue in the Fall are soon to bloom. Our Civic Improvement team is busy caring for our area traffic islands and repairing damage from winter piles of snow.  It has been a busy time since our...
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02
Apr

Well Water Questions and Answers

Q I’ve used water from our well for years and never had a problem. Why should I have it tested, for what, do I have to hire someone to do it, and how much will it cost me.   A It’s wise to have your well tested annually. The “Basic Indicators” of water quality are: coliform bacteria, physical properties (pH,...
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20
Mar

Resilient & Ready!

Complete with balloons, a ribbon-cutting and several dignitaries, the Round Hill Association and the Round Hill Community Church launched an Emergency Charging Center (ERC) in early February at the Round Hill Community House.    “This center provides a much-needed site in the BackCountry and is a fine example of friends and neighbors banding together to help each other and provide...
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14
Feb

Recharging Center Opening

Photos from the Recharging Center Opening The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of our Cellular Recharging Center This community facility enables our neighbors to access to their electronic devices. A wonderful resource in the case of outages and emergencies.
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22
Oct

Round Hill Association Wins Beautification Award

We were honored by Greenwich Green and Clean with their award for Beautification of Public Spaces in appreciation for the ongoing work on the area’s traffic islands. Board members, John Conte and Ines Kingsley led this civic improvement work, cleaning, weeding, and planting hardy landscaping. This is one of the many projects that donations to our civic improvement fund supports. ...
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12
Oct

Issues with Mail Theft and Tips

There have been a number of thefts from mailboxes in the Round Hill area recently. Residents on Round Hill Road, Pecksland Road, and Lake Avenue have reported that mail has been taken in an apparent attempt at identity theft or in search of money.    Although Greenwich Police Community Impact Officer Keith Hirsch says this kind of crime is not...
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10
Oct

The 9+ Other Lives of the Round Hill Community House

For newcomers or residents unfamiliar with the Community House, it was built in 1926 and has long been a center of energy and activity in Greenwich for young and old, artists and athletes. It also regularly provides a warm, sentimental gathering place for area friends and families celebrating special occasions, including wedding and anniversary receptions, Bar and Bat mitzvahs, dinner...
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01
Oct

Emergency Recharging Center Coming to Back Country

The Round Hill Association recently contributed $10,000 toward a generator installed this past summer on the site of the Round Hill Community House at 397 Round Hill Road. This gift enables our historic Community House to continue to serve Greenwich and its surrounding communities with fewer interruptions in power. It also makes possible the idea of opening the Community House...
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27
May

Spring 2013 President’s Notes

Spring is FINALLY here! And your Association has been busy. Every traffic island in our Round Hill area has been cleaned, weeded, and prepared for Spring and Summer. Under the guidance of board member Ines Kingsley plans are being made for a mid-Summer review for any needed new plants and for bulbs to be planted in the Fall.   Speaking...
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22
May

Controlling Invasive Plants

Fields of purple loosestrife and garlic mustard’s pretty white blossoms are pleasing to the eye and in autumn, “burning bush” is downright spectacular, its magenta leaves emblazing the landscape.    “The problem is that these are invasive plants,” says Steve Conaway, Stewardship and Outreach manager for the Greenwich Land Trust (GLT). “They grow unchecked, spread easily and rapidly and out-compete...
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