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Photos | Pam Schipper This year, QOP’s National Night Out headed indoors to the clubhouse. Multiple downpours did not dampen community spirit, and residents enjoyed MetroTech Bomb Unit robot demonstrations once the rains cleared.

Photos | Pam Schipper
This year, QOP’s National Night Out headed indoors to the clubhouse. Multiple downpours did not dampen community spirit, and residents enjoyed MetroTech Bomb Unit robot demonstrations once the rains cleared.

National Night Out Makes a Splash

Despite waves of rain and some thunder, National Night Out (NNO) in Quince Orchard Park on Aug. 6 was a success thanks to Robert Cassels, who has organized QOP’s NNO for six years, local law enforcement and first responders, city and county officials, sponsors like The Mike Aubrey Group, and QOP Board President Troy Kennedy and QOP Grounds Committee Chair Jenny Volk. Free food and drink from sponsors like Mission BBQ, Buca di Beppo, Matchbox and The Wine Harvest, as well as
temporary airbrush tattoos from Five O Air entertained everyone inside the clubhouse. When the skies cleared, residents ventured outdoors for more socializing with and demonstrations from Montgomery County Police, City of Gaithersburg Police, Maryland State Police, Maryland National Capital Park Police and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue—and Elmo made his annual appearance.

“The community really came together for National Night Out,” Board President Troy Kennedy said. The event has grown year after year, and “we have gotten lots of comments that QOP’s National Night Out is the best in Montgomery County—and that’s
huge,” he said.

Gaithersburg City Councilmember Ryan Spiegel commented, “It was awesome. After several other community events around the city were cancelled due to the storm, QOP saved the night!”

Montgomery County Councilmember Evan Glass reflected, “It was a great celebration of community! Glad to be there.”

Ground Broken for Discovery Park

The city broke ground for the new Discovery Park at 601 Orchard Ridge Drive in late July. “This will really add to the community,” said Board President Troy Kennedy at the Aug. 13 Board meeting. He reviewed the history of the city-owned
8.43-acre parcel, originally designated as a transit station for the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT), and the adjacent 6.5-acre parcel owned by MedImmune (now AstraZeneca) but deeded to the city in exchange for greater density on the corporate
campus.

“We lobbied the city to move the CCT to the other side of the road (Great Seneca) … and construct a pedestrian bridge,” ensuring safer crossing from Quince Orchard Park/AstraZeneca to Kentlands, Kennedy said. As a “quiet community tucked away,” a transit station would have dramatically changed QOP, he noted. This park, which should be finished in spring 2020, will feature three walking trails, two playgrounds and a butterfly garden.

Tree Removal Continues

The City of Gaithersburg will remove dead street-liner ash trees in September and October, according to Mark Kober, city landscape and forestry supervisor. QOP streets with dead trees include Summer Walk Drive, Winter Walk Drive and Swanton Lane. The city also will address seeding of disturbed areas.

Short-Term Rentals Considered

Board Vice President Victor Liau briefed the Board on an Aug. 5 Mayor and City Council public hearing that considered how short-term rentals should be regulated and licensed within the city, including taxation. “Security and preserving the look and
feel of neighborhoods is of concern,” Liau explained. The city proposes procedures for licensing short-term rentals. These would ensure that short-term rental properties notify adjoining and confronting properties of application for a short-term rental license, pass security and safety checks, and offer one off-site parking space. Of note is the city’s proposal to limit short-term rentals to no more than 120 days out of any year, he added.

Unless prohibited by covenants, HOAs must allow short-term rentals. The city will be responsible for enforcing regulations passed. The City Council record will remain open until 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27 with anticipated policy discussion on Oct. 21.

Photo | Submitted The QOP pool will close at 5 p.m. on Sept. 2. Lifeguards and sponsors Charles Wilson and Fran Gianaris of RE/ MAX Metropolitan Realty will get the pool ready for the Dog Swim and re-open for the event at 6 p.m.

Photo | Submitted
The QOP pool will close at 5 p.m. on Sept. 2. Lifeguards and sponsors Charles Wilson and Fran Gianaris of RE/MAX Metropolitan Realty will get the pool ready for the Dog Swim and re-open for the event at 6 p.m.

‘Paws’ Before Dog Swim

While the final day of the pool season is sad for some, it’s the happiest of occasions for the four-legged canine inhabitants of Quince Orchard Park. The QOP pool closes for resident swimming on Labor Day, Sept. 2, at 5 p.m. This enables lifeguards to complete season-ending tasks and set up with Dog Swim sponsors Charles Wilson and Fran Gianaris of RE/MAX Metropolitan Realty for the much-anticipated Dog Swim at 6 p.m. The event will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All QOP dogs are welcome.

Check With ACC Before Roof Replacement

As our community ages, upkeep becomes more important. Next for many residents is roof replacement. If you are considering this, please remember to submit your roof material and color choice to the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) for approval. While replacing your roof with the same color and style is technically permitted without ACC approval, it is best to submit an application for ACC approval; a new roof is costly.

Float Day

The final Float Day is Sunday, Aug. 18, 3 to 5 p.m. at the QOP pool.

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 or recycle@gaithersburgmd.gov 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, Sept. 6. The City of Gaithersburg and Potomac Disposal (301.294.9700) both offer collection services for bulk items at no cost.

Recycle Right

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.

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.

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
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
Email: TMGAInc@TMGAInc.com

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