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Photo | Submitted QOP resident Fran Gianaris and Charles Wilson, both with Re/Max Metropolitan Realty, hosted Quince Orchard Park’s popular Bingo Night on Feb. 23.

Photo | Submitted
QOP resident Fran Gianaris and Charles Wilson, both with Re/Max Metropolitan Realty,
hosted Quince Orchard Park’s popular Bingo Night on Feb. 23.

QOP Now Included in MCPS Boundary Study

Quince Orchard Park was added to the Montgomery County Public Schools boundary study this fall. Some Northwest and Clarksburg high school students will be reassigned to Seneca Valley High School when that school’s addition is completed, anticipated for fall 2020.

By 2024, MCPS projects that Northwest will be over-capacity by approximately 700 students, and Clarksburg will be overcapacity by more than 800 students. When the Seneca Valley addition is completed, that school will have approximately 1,280 seats available to accommodate students from Northwest and Clarksburg.

Quince Orchard Park residents will hold a Community and Parents Meeting to review the boundary study and its potential impact on Quince Orchard Park families this Saturday, March 2 at the Quince Orchard Park Clubhouse, 11 a.m. Please come to discuss the boundary study and ways that the community might advocate for its students.

MCPS will be presenting a first round of redistricting options the second full week of March. These meetings are planned for 7 p.m. on Monday, March 11 at Clarksburg High School; Tuesday, March 12 at Northwest High School; and Wednesday, March 13 at Seneca Valley High School.

Discovery Park Enters RFP Stage

Construction for Discovery Park, a new 14.95-acre city park planned for the north side of Orchard Ridge Drive next door to Discovery Meadows Child Development Center, has an anticipated start date of July 1, according to Michele Potter, City of Gaithersburg director of parks, recreation and culture. The city will publish a request for proposal (RFP) soon to get the work underway.

The new park will feature two playground areas, a butterfly garden, walking trail, great lawn and picnic area. For more information, visit the city’s projects page, www.gaithersburgmd.gov/government/projects-in-the-city/discovery-park.

Photo | Pam Schipper A sign of spring is home inspections in Quince Orchard Park.

Photo | Pam Schipper
A sign of spring is home inspections in
Quince Orchard Park.

Spring Inspections Begin Soon

Quince Orchard Park’s spring inspections will begin soon. Please take an objective look at your home and yard now, using QOP’s Home Inspection Checklist. You can find this at www.quinceorchardpark.com, beneath the “ACC Information” tab.

During the 2018 annual inspection, community managers noticed some common issues. Please take a good look at your stairs and home siding for stains, your wood trim and painted portions of deck for peeling paint, your windows for missing shutters and your yard for general pruning and landscape maintenance.

If you do receive a letter from The Management Group Associates (TMGA) about an inspection issue, 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.

Drive Safely on Neighborhood Streets

Please slow down and pay special attention to pedestrians and children riding bicycles on neighborhood streets. Vehicles are treating interior neighborhood streets like the main QOP thoroughfare, Orchard Ridge Drive. As a result, pedestrians feel unsafe at crosswalks on Highland Ridge Avenue, Elmira Lane and Mill Green Avenue—and parents are concerned about children riding bicycles near their homes.

Spring Forward With Lawncare

Matt Owens of PGC Landscape, the company that cares for Quince Orchard Park common areas, recommends that homeowners begin to plan for spring. Now is a good time to test your soil, according to the University of Maryland Extension.

You may need to raise your soil pH with lime or lower your soil pH with iron sulfate and elemental sulfur, depending on test results. To prevent erosion, consider mulching or planting groundcover or turf on bare areas.

And if you’re planning a new garden, spading or tilling in a six- to eight-inch layer of compost will greatly improve your soil and the success of your spring plantings.

March is also the best time to treat crabgrass with a pre-emergent herbicide prior to seed germination. Visit extension.umd.edu for information on herbicide effectiveness and best practices.

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

Request a Lid for Your Recycle Bin

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.

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.

Board Members Needed

The Board is looking for two new members. To learn more, please attend the next Board meeting on March 12, 7 p.m. at the clubhouse, or contact The Management Group Associates at TMGAInc@TMGAInc.com or 301.948.6666.

PGC Discount for QOP Residents

Did you know that you can save an additional 20 percent at Potomac Garden Center, 12024 Darnestown Road just for being a resident? Present your driver’s license and enjoy a discount on regularly priced items. 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.

Please Recommend Contractors

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 Information

Quince Orchard Park Community Manager, Ruchita Patel
Co-Manager, Rich Skobel
c/o The Management Group Associates, Inc.
20440 Century Boulevard, Suite 100
Germantown, MD 20874
Phone: 301.948.6666

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