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Photo | Pam Schipper Lifeguards Becca Haney and Alyssa Tull are two of the friendly faces you’ll see this summer at the QOP pool.

Photo | Pam Schipper
Lifeguards Becca Haney and Alyssa Tull are two of the friendly faces you’ll see this summer at the QOP pool.

Meeting Calendar

June 12—QOP Board of Directors Meeting, QOP Clubhouse, 7 p.m.
June 25—QOP Condo I Board Meeting, QOP Clubhouse, 7 p.m.
June 27—QOP Condo II Board Meeting, QOP Clubhouse, 7 p.m.

Safety Number One Priority at QOP Pool

The pool opened to warm weather and sun chased by afternoon storms on Memorial Day weekend. On the second day of the 2018 pool season, new QOP lifeguard manager Becca Haney said, “I can already tell that this summer is going to be a good one because a lot of the parents are very involved. They don’t just leave their kids in the pool. … They stay in with them and keep an eye on them. … I think it will be a good, safe summer.”

This summer is Haney’s sixth with RSV Pools, and her second summer as manager. She worked at Clarksburg HOA for four summers and Waters Landing B last summer. A Manchester Farm swim team alum, she gives private swim lessons during the school year.

Summer 2018 may be her last as a lifeguard, she added, since she only has one year left in nursing school at Montgomery College. “I’ll miss it,” she said. “It’s really nice being outside all the time, and RSV is a really great company; they’ve always taken care of us.”

Alyssa Tull, who returns to the QOP pool for her third summer before departing for college in Florida to study health science, agreed. “Surprisingly for the decent amount of pools that they have, they’re very personal with us; they know our names and everything, which is nice.”

Tull is happy to be back. “I think it’s the people, they’re just so nice and friendly. I like it here every year.” She especially enjoys seeing the kids each summer. “They get so excited when they see you at the pool.”

Tull gives swim lessons at the QOP pool, and she said that an added benefit of teaching neighborhood kids to swim is that “then it’s also more comfortable for us because then we know the kid and we know their strengths and weaknesses, so it gets us familiar with them and it makes our job a lot easier.”

“Plus, safety is our number one priority,” Haney added, “so if we can make sure that they’re safe in the pool, that is really good.”

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.

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
  • Independence Day Celebration, TBD; look for this date in the next Park Pages edition
  • 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
  • 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.

Inquire to Use Vistas Picnic Area/Pavilion

According to Timothy Clifton, Vistas community manager, permission to use the picnic area/pavilion for private events is sometimes granted on a case-by-case basis for a fee. Please contact him at tclifton@vanguardmgt.com or 301.540.8600 for more information.

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.

Please Help to Keep Fitness Room Fit

Please help us keep the Fitness Room clean and safe for the QOP community. TMGA has received complaints of equipment being left out of place, trash and empty water bottles being left around the room, and equipment not being wiped down after use.

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 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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