A Doggone Good Time
During the final hour of the pool season on Sept. 4, running on the pool deck was not met by guard whistles and admonitions. Instead, the four-pawed sprints around the pool were greeted by laughter. It was a doggone good time.
As songs like “Who let the dogs out?” played in the background, Quince Orchard Park’s canine residents and their humans enjoyed splashing in the pool, visiting with friends and neighbors, and a raffle for pet-related services donated by local businesses. Quince Orchard Park residents Fran Gianaris of Re/Max Metropolitan Realty and Ron Schwartz of Embrace Home Loans organized and sponsored the event. They gave away lots of pet-related treats, including collapsible water bowls, small Frisbees and coupons for a free exam at Kentlands Veterinary Hospital and free daycare at Sniffers Doggie Retreat. The raffle included overnight stays at Camp Biscuits and pet grooming from The Groomery.
Make Halloween Spook-tacular in QOP
The Board is looking for someone to sponsor and organize a pre-trick or treat event at the QOP Clubhouse on Oct. 31, 5 p.m. This kids’ party is popular year after year. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Alex Deering, community manager, at email@example.com by Sept. 30.
Join the Board
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 two vacancies. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Community Manager Ruchita Patel at RPatel@tmgainc.com.
Let’s Get Physical
Do you know how to use all of the great new equipment in the renovated fitness room? If not, consider attending one of the fitness room education classes. Corporate Fitness Works and Matrix Systems will offer classes on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m.; and Thursday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.
Assessments to Increase
A new reserve study prepared by Miller Dodson shows that the reserve funding level needs to increase from its $69,055 2017 level. To accurately plan for capital improvements needed as the community ages, Miller Dodson recommends a reserve funding level of $115,968 for 2018, an increase of $46,913.
At its Sept. 12 meeting, the Board approved a 10 percent assessment increase. This will result in an increase of $99 per year for each household.
Fall Forward With Improvements
The Social Hall makeover continues with a new TV set to arrive this week, interior decorating plans in the making by QOP resident Amy Schwartz, and a WiFi boost so that service reaches all areas of the clubhouse and pool.
Outside, the Board approved installation of an irrigation system for the median at the front of the clubhouse. MainScapes will add landscaping around the clubhouse after Chesapeake Irrigation finishes this work.
Solitude Lake Management will treat pond 2 with Phoslock to reduce the level of phosphorous in the water. Due to a high nutrient level, pond 2 currently has unwanted floating aquatic vegetation.
Construction of the MedImmune Discovery Meadows Child Care Center resulted in wear and tear to Orchard Ridge Drive. Kevin Roman, City of Gaithersburg neighborhood services chief, said that construction bonds are in place and the city anticipates repairs to Orchard Ridge Drive sometime prior to winter.
Please save your pool passes. They will be used again next summer. If your barcode has rubbed off, your pass is broken, or you need a replacement for any reason, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Damaged or old pool passes will be replaced for free. Lost pool passes will be replaced for a fee of $10 per pass.
Now is the time to seed your lawn. If you have any dead or worn patches in your lawn, consider putting down some grass seed between Sept. 30 and Oct. 15 when conditions are ideal. The process is easy, and you’ll see a big improvement in the spring.
School is in session! Please slow down on QOP streets, watch for school buses picking up or delivering children, and take special care when approaching MedImmune’s Discovery Meadows Child Care Center at the intersection of Orchard Ridge Drive and Winter Walk Drive. Operating hours for the center are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and drop-off and pickup times are staggered.
Annual inspections are nearly complete. QOP residents who have received notices are reminded to tell the management company when violations have been corrected. Management will re-inspect and then close the issue if it has been fixed. If a resident does not notify management, correspondence on the issue will continue and fines may eventually be imposed.
Gaithersburg Teen Writing Club Welcomes Members
Do you have a teen aged 12 to 16 who loves to write? Consider joining the Gaithersburg Teen Writing Club, led by QOP resident Lucinda Marshall and Peggy Ruppel at the Gaithersburg Library. The club, which is sponsored by the Maryland Writers’ Association, meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m. The club is now in its fourth year, and its next meeting is Sept. 20. For more information, visit gaithersburgteenwritingclub.wordpress.com.
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, Oct. 6. The City of Gaithersburg and Potomac Disposal (301.294.9700) both offer collection services for bulk items at no cost.
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.
Residents who owe $250 or more to Quince Orchard Park will have their access to the clubhouse restricted until the account is paid in full. Residents can view their account balances by logging on to the website at www.QuinceOrchardPark.com or by contacting Gaby Cuba of TMGA at GCuba@TMGAinc.com or 301.948.6666, ext. 163.
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