Best Bets for Shutter, Window Replacements
Does the thought of replacing your shutters make you shudder? You’re not alone. As the community has aged, finding replacement shutters has gotten more difficult.
These days, you can find the best match at Barron’s Lumber with the Cellwood shutter. You can also custom order the correct shutter from Lowe’s.
Residents report difficulty finding the correct screen frames. Blaine Window & Door, 2410 Linden Lane in Silver Spring, is the best place from screen fames, according to the QOP Architectural Control Committee. For new screens, they recommend Strosniders Hardware.
Please Comment on Draft Design Guidelines for Security Devices
To safeguard privacy and the beauty of our community, the Board and the Architectural Control Committee have drafted Design Guidelines for security devices. Please visit the QOP website, www.quinceorchardpark.com, to review these draft guidelines and send your comments to Community Manager Ruchita Patel, RPatel@TMGAInc.com, by July 1. The Board will review resident comments at the July 9 meeting.
In general, the draft guidelines allow security devices and cameras with dimensions smaller than 6 inches, no approval required.
Prohibited security measures include security bars or grates on the outside of windows and doors, cameras that pan or move, cameras that are primarily directed toward or monitor neighboring property and/or common area, and any device or installation that does not meet federal, state, county or City of Gaithersburg laws.
City Brings Improvements
The streetlight at the intersection of Swanton Lane and Highland Ridge Avenue has been replaced. This was accidentally knocked over by the trash company last year. The city’s Public Works Department is also repairing brick crosswalks in the community. These include the crosswalk on Orchard Ridge Drive as well as those in front of the QOP Clubhouse. They plan to complete this work as soon as possible.
Board Takes Action on Smoking
With the warmer weather, more residents are spending time outdoors, and the community has noticed more cigarette butts on neighborhood walkways and streets, common areas and tot lots. In addition to their unsightliness, butts may pose a fire hazard when the days turn dry and hot.
At its June 11 meeting, the QOP Board approved the following:
- Add a sign by the pool entrance advising that no smoking is allowed within 25 feet of the building;
- Place a butt can in the QOP Clubhouse parking lot, possibly near the bike rack; and
- Put a small “No Smoking” sign in the landscaping beds outside the clubhouse and fitness room entrances.
Smoking is not permitted within 25 feet of the entrance to the QOP pool, clubhouse or fitness room—and smoking is never permitted inside the clubhouse. Please remember to always use butt cans or ash trays and never dispose of cigarettes in the landscaping beds or gutters.
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 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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, July 5. The City of Gaithersburg and Potomac Disposal (301.294.9700) both offer collection services for bulk items at no cost.
Do you notice more litter in the community on recycling Fridays, especially on windy days? If you do, you’re not alone. Some QOP streets are veritable wind tunnels, and an empty Amazon box can wind up in a far-off neighbor’s yard.
Please secure your recyclables by making sure that the top is closed on your 65-gallon cart and using a lid for your 18-gallon bin. Placing a large rock on top of the cart or bin also helps on windy days.
And remember to recycle right. Did you know that pizza boxes; plastic bags, film or wrap; Styrofoam and polystyrene; and empty bottles of motor oil, antifreeze or pesticides are all not recyclable? If you add these to your recycling pickup, the contents of your recycling bin or cart will be left at the curb. For a complete list of recyclables, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov.
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.
Get 20 Percent Off at PGC
Did you know that you can save an additional 20 percent at Potomac Garden Center (PGC) just for being a QOP resident? Present your driver’s license and enjoy a discount on regularly priced items at PGC’s 12024 Darnestown Road, North Potomac and 8710 Fingerboard Road, Urbana locations. Both locations are open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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. Valid only for residents within communities where PGC provides landscape maintenance services.
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.
QOP Management Contact Info.
Quince Orchard Park Community Manager
c/o The Management Group Associates, Inc.
20440 Century Boulevard, Suite 100
Germantown, MD 20874