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Brownies Donate to Little Library

Three Scout troops meet each month in the QOP Clubhouse. All are working on community projects to give back to our neighborhood.

Brownie Troop 33035 donated books Nov. 18 to QOP’s new Little Free Library, located in the clubhouse, as part of their community project to benefit Quince Orchard Park. The 12-member troop meets in the clubhouse Monday nights and will donate more books in April. The Brownies also plan to participate in a community clean-up project at the Vistas playground on Monday, April 27.

Stay tuned for additional Scout community projects!

Take a Book, Leave a Book

Or borrow a board game, DVD or CD at QOP’s new Little Free Library, located inside the clubhouse. Unlike a traditional library, borrowed items do not need to be returned. But you can pay it forward by donating an already read book or no longer needed game, DVD or CD when you withdraw something from the Little Free Library. We just ask that content is appropriate for all residents of Quince Orchard Park. And if you donate a game, please be sure that all pieces are included. Magazines are not desired, as they tend to become a maintenance issue in the clubhouse.

Enter the Holiday Home Decorating Contest

Up and down streets, around corners and down alleyways, Quince Orchard Park will be decked out for the holidays very soon. With this beautification of the neighborhood comes QOP’s annual Holiday Decorating Contest. Please decorate your home by Dec. 21. The QOP Board will select a handful of the most festive homes. Recognized homes will receive $100 (first place), $75 (second place), and $50 (third place) Lowe’s gift cards.

Your Input Needed on School Bus Overcrowding

The Quince Orchard Park Board has created a survey to gather information on school bus overcrowding on MCPS buses that serve our community. This information will be used when the Board communicates with Montgomery County Public Schools to resolve the problem. Please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/NXJHN3G to fill out the survey.

Elementary and high school buses transporting Quince Orchard Park students are overcrowded by 10 to 15 students per bus. High school students are permitted to stand, but middle and elementary school students are not. This means that the younger students must squeeze together on seats. Thanks to parent advocacy, a second bus is now transporting our middle school students. The overcrowding situation continues on elementary and high school buses.

Two Options for Leaf Removal

Single family homeowners and townhouse owners can place loose leaves at the street curb by 7 a.m. on recycling day, and the City of Gaithersburg Public Works will collect them. Loose-leaf collection will be made weekly through the end of December. Please note that leaves placed in alleys or mews will not be collected. For more information on this, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/services/recycling-bulk-pick-up/loose-leaf-collection-yard-waste.

Condo residents are not eligible for loose-leaf collection. Condo residents are asked to place leaves in paper bags only and leave them out for collection on recycling day. Single family homeowners and townhouse owners may also place leaves in paper bags for this pickup.

Please remember not to blow leaves onto the common areas as the HOA lawn contract assumes that a certain amount of time is needed to clear leaves that fall from the common area trees. If residents blow their leaves into the common area, this could result in a cost increase for the lawn contract.

Approval Needed Prior to Roof Replacement

The community is getting older, and it’s time for many homes to replace their roofs. If you are considering this, please remember to submit your roof material and color choice to the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) for approval prior to installation. Any substantial repairs to a roof or complete replacements must be approved by the ACC before any work is done.

Per the Association’s legal documents, a fine of $100 can be added for completing a modification without prior approval. A separate $100 fine can be charged for starting a project before the ACC has rendered a decision.

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, Dec. 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.

Do you need a lid for your recycling bin? The City of Gaithersburg 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.

Get a Recycle Coach

The City of Gaithersburg recently launched a free Recycle Coach app accessible from desktop computers, mobile devices and digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. The app is available at the iTunes Store and Google Play. The Recycle Coach offers collection reminders and real-time updates on service disruptions, as well as a comprehensive “What Goes Where?” search tool that includes local disposal information and collection requirements for common and uncommon items.

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.

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-Community Manager
Andrea Beaird
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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