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Photo | Pam Schipper The summer pool season is about to begin! Opening day is Saturday, May 26. Look for fun social events throughout the summer.

Photo | Pam Schipper
The summer pool season is about to begin! Opening day is Saturday, May 26. Look for fun social events throughout the summer.

Meeting Calendar

May 28—Condo I Board Meeting, QOP Clubhouse, 7 p.m.
May 30—Condo II Board Meeting, QOP Clubhouse, 7 p.m.
June 12—QOP Board of Directors Annual Meeting, QOP Clubhouse, 7 p.m.

Prepare to Make a Splash

The QOP pool will open on Saturday, May 26. Are you ready? To use the pool, you need a 2018 pool pass.

If you have a barcoded pool pass from last summer and your information (emergency contacts, etc.) is still current, you don’t need to apply for a new pass. Your pool pass is automatically reactivated for the 2018 pool season.

  • Some QOP residents do need to submit a pool pass application.
  • You live in Quince Orchard Park but do not own your residence.
  • You were not previously issued a barcoded pool pass or have lost your pass.
  • You would like to add or remove an individual from your membership.
  • Your child is now five years of age and needs a pool pass.

If the above applies to you, please go to www.quinceorchardpark.com and download a pool pass application to complete and mail in to TMGA, 20440 Century Boulevard, Suite 100, Germantown, MD 20874. Please contact TMGA at PoolPasses@TMGAInc.com or 301.948.6666 x137 with questions.

Until school lets out for the summer, the pool will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Summer hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Keep Your Account Current

If you have a past due balance on your account, you won’t be allowed to use the pool. You can check the status of your account, pay your assessments, check on open violations and correspond with TMGA by signing into the website at www.quinceorchardpark.com.

Connect Outdoors

Wi-Fi is up and running at the QOP Clubhouse. Look for Wi-Fi access to be extended to the QOP pool area soon.

Diseased Ash Trees to Be Removed

At its May 8 meeting, the Board discussed removal of diseased ash trees in the community, to take place over the next two years. The Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive pest from Asia, has fed on and killed millions of ash trees across the Midwest and Eastern United States. The Emerald Ash Borer works quickly and can kill large ash trees within three years of infestation.

Ash trees were popular landscaping trees in Maryland, but according to the University of Maryland Extension, alternative tree species are now recommended.

Save These Dates for Summer Fun and Learning

  • Pool Float Days, 1-3 p.m. on June 10 & 24, July 15 & 29, Aug. 12 & 26
  • Strength Training with Corporate Fitness Works, June 17, QOP Fitness Room (free but register through QOP website)
  • Independence Day Celebration, July 1
  • Lawn Maintenance Seminar with Matt Owens of Potomac Garden Center, July 10, 6 p.m.
  • Pool Movie Night, 8:30-10 p.m. on July 14 & Aug. 18
  • General Gym & Fitness Questions with Corporate Fitness Works, July 20, QOP Fitness Room (free but register through QOP website)
  • National Night Out, Aug. 7

And stay tuned for pool happy hour dates and a Vegas Night at the Pool! Event sponsorships are available. If you’re interested in sponsoring one of the community’s popular events, please contact Community Manager Alex Deering at adeering@tmgainc.com.

Tot Lot Surfacing Planned for July

To improve the quality of the tot lot surfacing materials, Potomac Garden Center will use engineered wood fiber instead of wood chips on the tot lots. This work will be completed in July.

Fitness Room Vandals Caught on Security Camera

The Fitness Room’s HVAC thermostat cover was vandalized, and the perpetrator was seen on the security camera. At its May 8 meeting, the Board decided to send the vandal’s photo out via listserve for possible identification.

Please help us keep the Fitness Room clean and safe for the QOP community. You can let the Board and TMGA know of any Fitness Room issues by filling out a complaint form, available in the Fitness Room and also found on the QOP website, www.quinceorchardpark.com.

Home Inspection Tips

Annual home inspections are underway. Here are a few ways to make the process go more smoothly.

Please take an objective look at your home and yard using QOP’s Home Inspection Checklist. You can find this on our website, www.quinceorchardpark.com, beneath the “ACC Information” tab.

If you receive a letter from The Management Group Associates (TMGA), please respond. You can tell us that the issue has been fixed; ask for more time to resolve the issue; dispute the issue, resulting in a reinspection; or request an appeal before the Board of Directors.

Please don’t put the letter aside without responding. Additional letters will be sent if TMGA doesn’t hear from you, and fines may be assessed after a period of time. Third and fourth maintenance notices will be mailed in neon envelopes.
TMGA is happy to answer any questions. You can email TMGAInc@TMGAInc.com or call 301.948.6666.

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.

Board Member Needed

Would you like to get to know your neighbors better and bring positive changes to your community? If so, the QOP Board needs you. At-Large Board member Daniel Lowery has moved, and the Board is looking for a resident to fill his position. To learn more, please attend the next Board meeting on June 12, 7 p.m. at the clubhouse, or contact The Management Group Associates at TMGAInc@TMGAInc.com or 301.948.6666 for more information.

Management Mentions

Dispose of 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, June 1. The City of Gaithersburg and Potomac Disposal (301.294.9700) both offer collection services for bulk items at no cost.

Secure Your Recyclables

Did you know that you can request an 18-gallon recycle bin with a lid from the City of Gaithersburg? The city offers detachable lids for the 18-gallon bins. You can request one by emailing recycle@gaithersburgmd.gov, or calling the city’s Public Works at 301.258.6370.

According to Diane Archer, public works program coordinator, it is best to use a city-supplied recycling container. “Some residents prefer to use their own containers, but we cannot guarantee collection in alternate containers,” she noted.

If your recycling bin or 65-gallon cart is broken, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/services/recycling-and-bulk-pick-up/recycling-containers to request a new one.

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.

QOP Management Contact Information

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

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