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Photos | Pam Schipper The QOP Halloween Party spilled outdoors on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Photos | Pam Schipper
The QOP Halloween Party spilled outdoors on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Costumes are not just for kids, as new QOP Board member Lara Adhami (R) and her family demonstrate.

Costumes are not just for kids, as new QOP Board member Lara Adhami (R) and her family demonstrate.

QOP Halloween Party a Smash

All manner of monsters, witches, ghosts, superheroes, literary characters and even trolls came out for QOP’s annual Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 28. The celebration was sponsored by Francesca Gianaris and Charles Wilson of RE/MAX Metropolitan Realty in the Kentlands, and featured pizza, cake, drinks and goodie bags for the kids. Great costumes made judging the costume competition challenging, and three winners were selected. The grand prize was four tickets to Paragon Kentlands Stadium 10.

Lara Adhami Joins QOP Board

A QOP resident since 2010, Lara Adhami became Board secretary on Oct. 25. She enjoys spending time in the neighborhood with her children, and uses most of QOP’s facilities and common areas. She especially values the friendliness and family-oriented nature of the community.

Adhami said that she has been interested in HOA initiatives and activities for years. She was inspired to serve on the Board after she worked with the Board and management company to resolve a common grounds’ issue near her home. The problem was resolved quickly, and this positive interaction inspired her to become more involved in the community in an official capacity.

New Community Website Launched

QOP’s new website launched Oct. 25. The website is more modern in design and ease of use. You can 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.

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

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, and then go to the QOP website to vote by Jan. 3 for one of the five homes selected. Recognized homes will receive $100 (first place), $75 (second place), and $50 (third place) Lowe’s gift cards.

Board to Vote on Budget Nov. 14

Please review the 2018 Draft Budget that you received in the mail, and provide comments to the management company. You can send these to Ruchita Patel or Alex Deering, community managers, by emailing or The Board will discuss and vote on the 2018 budget at its Nov. 14 meeting.

No Pickup for Loose Leaves

Please put your leaves into paper bags and put these out with the recycling. There is no curbside pickup for loose leaves. Also, please remember that raking or blowing your leaves onto the common areas is not permitted.

Traffic Safety Real Concern

Please watch your vehicle speed on QOP streets and be sure to slow and stop at intersections, especially when schoolchildren are boarding the bus in the morning or arriving home. The Board is concerned about safety at several intersections, including Elmira Lane and Highland Ridge Avenue, and the management company has asked the city to install a speed-monitoring device.


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, Nov. 3. The City of Gaithersburg and Potomac Disposal (301.294.9700) both offer collection services for bulk items at no cost.

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