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Photo | Pam Schipper As fall turns to winter in Quince Orchard Park, the Board and management company wish residents the very best this the holiday season.

Photo | Pam Schipper
As fall turns to winter in Quince Orchard Park, the Board and management company wish residents the very best this the holiday season.

QOP NEWS

Please Remember to Register for the New QOP Website

QOP’s new website is live! More modern in design and ease of use, the new website enables you to locate more documents and interact with the management company anytime, day or night. Login to pay your assessment, check the status of your account, download or review the community’s rules and legal documents, book the clubhouse for private social events, download forms like the architectural change request, sign up for community events such as classes on how to use the fitness equipment, submit a service request or question for the property manager or assistant, review Board meeting minutes, get news and announcements about the community, and more.

You will need to register for the new website, even if you have registered with the old QOP website. Setting up a sign-in name and password is easy and will allow you access to secured areas of the site.

Photo | Pam Schipper

Photo | Pam Schipper



Holiday Home Decorating Contest Announced

The popular Holiday Home Decorating Contest returns, but with a twist! This year residents will have additional time to decorate and will be asked to vote for their favorite from a Board-selected slate of five homes.

Just decorate your home by Dec. 18 to be considered for the contest. The QOP Board will select the top five entries, and photos of the homes will be featured on the new QOP website. Residents are invited to visit the website, view selected homes and vote on their favorite between Dec. 26 and Jan. 3. Winners will be announced in the Jan. 5 issue of Park Pages. Recognized homes will receive $100 (first place), $75 (second place), and $50 (third place) Lowe’s gift cards.

Drive Slowly on QOP Streets

QOP residents are concerned about speeding and traffic safety in the neighborhood. Speeding is especially alarming during school bus pickup and drop-off times when children are crossing our streets. In addition, the Board has asked the city to focus on several intersections, including Elmira Lane and Highland Ridge Avenue where cars sometimes run stop signs.

Look for increased police presence in the community. Quince Orchard Park is on the city’s waitlist for a smart trailer, used to monitor vehicle speed.

Kimco to Present Plans for Kentlands Market Square

Kimco Realty, owners of Kentlands Market Square, will present their construction plans to the Board and QOP residents at the next Board of Directors meeting on Jan. 9, 7 p.m. Please note that there is no Board meeting in December.

Talking Turf: Lawn Maintenance Seminar Coming to QOP

Matt Owens, vice president with Potomac Garden Center Landscape, will offer a lawn maintenance seminar to the community in February or March. The 60- to 90-minute seminar will cover a variety of topics, including

  • the importance of soil testing—knowing the nutrients required and soil pH for optimal turf growth is the only way to understand what should be applied to achieve the desired end result;
  • the importance of cultural practices like proper watering, proper mowing height and the benefits of grass clippings;
  • the proper time of year to apply seed in our area (and how to do it); and
  • chemical use vs. organic lawn care and what needs to be considered.

Please stay tuned for a definite date and time!

Planning Commission Gives Consent to MedImmune Solar Canopies

The City of Gaithersburg Planning Commission gave consent Nov. 1 to MedImmune for construction of four solar photovoltaic canopies in the northwest portion of the parking lot at 101 Orchard Ridge Dr. The Vistas community is located east of the property. City staff advised, “The proposed solar canopies will not affect the existing function of the property. The proposed project will further the goals of the City and the County by using renewable energy to provide power to an existing office building.”

Additional Board Member Needed

Would you like to be more involved in the QOP community? A great way to do this is to volunteer for the QOP Board. Board members improve the community by caring for the physical aspects of Quince Orchard Park, supporting social events, and resolving issues as they arise. The Board needs to fill one vacancy. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Community Manager Ruchita Patel at RPatel@tmgainc.com.

MANAGEMENT MENTIONS

Trash and Recycling

Trash is collected on Tuesday and Friday and must be placed in lidded trash cans. If left for collection in bags only, trash is ripped open by animals and strewn throughout the community. Continued use of bags may result in fines.

Recycling is picked up on Fridays. Containers with lids are now available from the City of Gaithersburg. Please contact the city at 301.258.6370 to have a lidded bin delivered and the old one picked up.

Please remember that trash cans and recycle bins must be stored out of sight on non-pickup days.

The City of Gaithersburg offers bulk trash pickup (furniture, appliances, mattresses, etc.) on the first recycling day of the month. The next bulk trash pickup is Friday, Dec. 1. The City of Gaithersburg and Potomac Disposal (301.294.9700) both offer collection services for bulk items at no cost.

Leaf Collection

The City of Gaithersburg will be collecting loose leaves raked to grassy areas behind the street curb line now through the last week in December, weather permitting. Pickup is made weekly on your regular recycling day. Leaves must be placed at the street curb by 7 a.m. that day for pickup. Leaves placed in alleys or mews will not be collected.

Dog Duty

Cleaning up after dogs is the legal responsibility of every canine owner walking a dog in the community. Dogs are not permitted off-leash on common property in the City of Gaithersburg.

QOP Management Contact Info

Quince Orchard Park Community
Manager Ruchita Patel
Co-Manager Alex Deering
c/o The Management Group Associates, Inc.
20440 Century Boulevard, Suite 100 Germantown, MD 20874
Phone: 301.948.6666

MEETING CALENDAR

Nov. 27—Condo I Board Meeting, QOP Clubhouse, 7 p.m.

Jan. 9—QOP Board of Directors Meeting, QOP Clubhouse, 7 p.m.

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