Halloween Party at the Clubhouse Next Saturday
QOP’s annual Halloween treat will return on Saturday, Oct. 26 with a monster bash at the clubhouse, 5 to 7 p.m. According to Fran Gianaris, QOP resident and real estate agent sponsoring the event with Charles Wilson of RE/MAX Metropolitan Realty, the party will feature pizza, cake, treat bags with candy, and prizes for the best costumes.
QOP Movie Night: The Halloween Edition
Immediately following the Halloween Party on Oct. 26, settle in for a special 7:30 p.m. screening of the original “Ghostbusters” (1984) in the clubhouse parking lot. Bring your own chairs and blankets and enjoy free popcorn while supplies last.
Early Voting at City Hall
City of Gaithersburg elections to fill three City Council seats take place on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and voters must cast their ballots at their designated precinct on that day. You can vote early on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27 at City Hall, 31 South Summit Ave. Polls will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
Three incumbents—Councilmembers Neil Harris, Ryan Spiegel and Robert Wu—are running for re-election. Two residents have qualified to be write-in candidates. They are Juan Aguirre, principal in the Juan Aguirre Insurance Agency, and Nicole S. Ukiteyedi, an Administrative Assistant with Charles E. Smith Life Communities.
Same-day voter registration is available during early voting and on Election Day. For more election information, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/government/elections.
Bulk Pickup Dos and Don’ts
Confusion over bulk trash pickup has resulted in large items put out on the wrong date and not prepared correctly for pickup. These items have lingered curbside, especially on the corner of Swanton and Elmira lanes.
The City of Gaithersburg offers bulk trash pickup on the first Friday of the month in Quince Orchard Park (unless that date is a holiday). For November, the community’s bulk pickup date is Friday, Nov. 1.
Items accepted for bulk pickup include heavy electrical appliances, furniture, computers, televisions and non-metal sinks, tubs and toilets. Scrap metal will also be accepted, but this must be separated. Acceptable scrap metal items are metal washers, dryers, refrigerators, air conditioners, dishwashers, sinks, stoves, freezers, lawn mowers and bikes.
Contractor debris will not be collected. Other items not accepted for bulk trash pickup are recyclables, trash, dirt, household hazardous waste, propane tanks, motor vehicle parts including tires, and paint. Any items placed in plastic bags will not be collected.
Please place bulk trash pickup items on your street curb by 7 a.m. on the first Friday of the month. Prepare these items for collection by labeling them “Bulk Pickup.” Items placed curbside after 7 a.m., improperly labeled or placed in plastic bags will not be collected. For more information, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/services/recycling-bulk-pick-up/bulk-pick-up.
Fall Is in the Bag
Fall is here! Please remember that leaves should be placed in paper bags only and left out for collection on recycling day. Neither the city nor the HOA will vacuum leaves from the curb.
Leaves should not be blown onto the common areas as the HOA lawn contract assumes that a certain amount of time is needed to clear leaves that fall from the common area trees. If residents blow their leaves into the common area, this could result in a cost increase for the lawn contract.
Input Needed on Draft Budget
Please review the draft 2020 budget mailed recently to all homeowners. This draft budget reflects a 2 percent increase in assessments, mostly due to taxes, tree maintenance and improvements. The Board invites you to comment on the draft budget via email to TMGAInc@TMGAInc.com.
Comments will be discussed before the budget is voted on at the Board’s Nov. 12, 7 p.m. meeting.
Approval Needed Prior to Roof Replacement
The community is getting older, and it’s time for many homes to replace their roofs.
If you are considering this, please remember to submit your roof material and color choice to the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) for approval prior to installation. Any substantial repairs to a roof or complete replacements must be approved by the ACC before any work is done.
Per the Association’s legal documents, a fine of $100 can be added for completing a modification without prior approval. A separate $100 fine can be charged for starting a project before the ACC has rendered a decision.
Board Working on Clubhouse Improvements
The clubhouse will receive a bit of a makeover soon with items like additional mirrors for the fitness room, area rug replacements and a coat rack near the social hall entrance. The Board plans to replace the clubhouse’s door access system, video surveillance system and alarm system with more up-to-date and robust models soon.
Secure Your Trash and Recycling
Please do not leave your trash out for pickup in bags only. Trash bags are easily ripped open by wildlife who then spread the trash throughout the community. This mess is compounded on windy days. Continued use of bags may result in fines.
Instead, please secure your trash bags in tightly covered trash cans. Proper trash etiquette will go a long way toward keeping our community clean. Trash is collected on Tuesday and Friday.
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, Nov. 1. The City of Gaithersburg and Potomac Disposal (301.294.9700) both offer collection services for bulk items at no cost.
Do you notice more litter in the community on recycling Fridays, especially on windy days? If you do, you’re not alone. Some QOP streets are veritable wind tunnels, and an empty Amazon box can wind up in a far-off neighbor’s yard.
Please secure your recyclables by making sure that the top is closed on your 65-gallon cart and using a lid for your 18-gallon bin. Placing a large rock on top of the cart or bin also helps on windy days.
Get a Recycle Coach
The City of Gaithersburg recently launched a free Recycle Coach app accessible from desktop computers, mobile devices and digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. The app is available at the iTunes Store and Google Play. The app offers collection reminders and real-time updates on service disruptions, as well as a comprehensive “What Goes Where?” search tool that includes local disposal information and collection requirements for common and uncommon items.
Do Your 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.
Get 20 Percent Off at PGC
Did you know that you can save an additional 20 percent at Potomac Garden Center (PGC) just for being a QOP resident? Present your driver’s license and enjoy a discount on regularly priced items at PGC’s 12024 Darnestown Road, North Potomac and 8710 Fingerboard Road, Urbana locations. Both locations are open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This PGC Community Discount program excludes gift cards, labor, delivery charges, taxes, sale items, chemicals and fertilizers. This discount can’t be combined with other offers. Valid only for residents within communities where PGC provides landscape maintenance.
Please Recommend Contractors
Were you pleased with work done on your home? If so, please recommend your contractor to your neighbors. Just go to the website, www.quinceorchardpark.com and click on the ACC information tab. You’ll see the sub-tab “Contractor Recommendations” that links to a recommendation form.
QOP Management Contact Info.
Quince Orchard Park Community Manager
c/o The Management Group Associates, Inc.
20440 Century Boulevard, Suite 100
Germantown, MD 20874