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East Village Echo

Dec 21, 2018 (Fri)

East Village community picnic by the East Village Board of Directors All East Village residents are cordially invited to attend the East Village Homes Corporation (EVHC) Picnic scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 24 at Lake Marion Community Center, 8821 East Village Avenue. At the picnic residents can meet EVHC board members and share input for a better community. Children can watch a magic show, get their faces painted and receive a balloon animal. All residents are invited to enjoy great picnic fare. We hope to see you there! East Village Echo: for residents of The Downs, The Reach, The Estates, Essex Place II, Candle Ridge, Gablefield, Glenbrooke, Meadowgate, Ashford, Holly Pointe and Wethersfield.

Eastgate Express

Jul 27, 2018 (Fri)

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Maryland Place Messages

Dec 31, 2018 (Mon)

Hopefully everyone is having a great summer!

by the Maryland Place Board of Directors

With summer upon us, the board of directors has been busy addressing various maintenance and beautification ideas for our community. We are currently looking at beautifying the Maryland Place sign and the flower beds surrounding the community sign. We are also looking at new lighting for the community. Our light fixtures are over 15 years old and are about at the end of their lifespan. Look for some exciting improvements in the near future.

In June we had a successful community cleanup. It’s always nice to get rid of unwanted junk. Several of the residents in the community took it upon themselves to clean up the alleys and common grounds as well. The board thanks each of you for caring about our community! Our two biggest complaints from residents are speeding and trash.

We have been working hard and have come up with a solution that will help curb speeding on our neighborhood streets. It is a multi-phased plan, with the first phase to be completed in the next month or so. Once completed, this phase will let us evaluate what other measures need to be taken to control speeding on our streets. Please, if you see someone speeding, remind them that it is very dangerous, especially with children playing.

Let us remind you that trash is everyone’s responsibility! Trash and recycling are never to be placed on community property. Trash is picked up from the rear of your property on Monday and Thursday mornings. It may be placed out in a trash can for pickup after dark the night before. Trash bags should never be placed out for pickup; trash needs to be placed in a vermin-proof container. This is a Montgomery County law. Recycling is picked up from the front of your property on Thursday mornings. No resident should ever be placing trash or recycling on community property. Also, all trash cans and recycling bins must be stored on your property. If you have a fenced back yard, that means store cans inside your fence not outside your fence.

Just remember that any architectural changes need to be submitted to the MVF Architectural Review Board for approval prior to any changes being made. This process may seem like a hassle and a waste of time; however, it helps maintain the look and feel of the community, which, in turn, helps maintain our property values—something that every resident should be happy about!

We wish everyone a safe and happy summer. Please take advantage of all the amenities that Montgomery Village has to offer!

Maryland Place Messages: for residents of Maryland Place.

Middle Village Voice

Jul 27, 2018 (Fri)

Trash by the Middle Village Board of Directors Placing bulk trash in the community is a violation that is subject to a fine; any resident caught dumping bulk trash on Middle Village property will be fined $250. Homeowners will be fined if they or their tenants violate the trash policy. Trash policy violations include, but are not limited to: 1. Placing trash out in plastic bags instead of a trash receptacle with a lid. 2. Placing trash/recycling out on inappropriate days/non-pickup days. 3. Trashcans that are overflowing. 4. Placing trash out on common area spaces instead of in front of home. o Trash includes loose trash, bagged trash and trash in cans. Are you making improvements or renovating your home? Please note that construction trash and debris are not permitted to be dumped in the community. Inform your contractor that they cannot dispose of the construction debris on Middle Village property. They must dispose of it off site. The resident will be fined if they or their contractor is dumping bulk trash, construction debris, furniture, etc. on Middle Village property. Remember • Do not place household trash or recycling out until the evening before pickup or the morning of pickup. Any other time is a violation of the community trash policy and is subject to fines. • Place the lid firmly on the trash can. • If you have more trash than what your trash can is able to hold, purchase an additional trash can! Note: If it does not fit into the blue recycling container, it is not recycling. If it does not fit into a 35-gallon trashcan, it is not normal household trash. If it is yard waste, it must be in a paper bag or bundled and placed out with recycling. Did you know… All vehicles parked in unreserved parking spaces, whether covered or uncovered, must be moved at least every 30 days. If the vehicle is not relocated, a violation sticker/tag will be attached to the vehicle and the vehicle will be subject to towing—at the vehicle owner’s expense—48 to 72 hours after the sticker is attached. Storm Drains There are numerous storm drains located along the curbs throughout the community. Please do not dispose of any items in the storm drains other than water! Placing an item such as a water bottle in the drain may seem harmless, but it can be the start of a very costly problem, which can translate into increased assessment fees. Remember, no bottles; paint cans; or hazardous materials such as paint, oils, gasoline, etc. are ever to be placed in the storm drains. Help keep our community water system flowing efficiently and protect your property from flood damage. Assessments We live in a community that requires every homeowner to pay assessment fees. Assessments are used to pay contractors for landscaping, snow removal, trash collection, collection of illegally dumped trash, lighting, repairs on community property, etc. If you are a homeowner, you were provided with this information during closing. Reminder: Assessments are due paid monthly. Your payment must be received by ComSource on or before the 15th of the month to avoid late charges. Your regular payments allow us to continue providing services to our community. Homeowners who are delinquent with their assessment payments must pay their past due balance in full or make arrangements to pay them. The first step to making payment arrangements is to contact Delphine Matthews at 301-924-7355 or Important Contact Phone Numbers Security on Demand: 877-241-1265 Big Tow: 301-424-4869 Potomac Disposal: 301-294-9700 Montgomery County Police Non-emergency: 301-279-8000 Emergency: 911 ComSource: 301-924-7355 Contacting ComSource ComSource is our management company. If you have a comment or complaint, please include your name, address, phone number, location of issue/problem and specific details in your correspondence or when you are leaving a phone message for the property manager. Contact ComSource at 301-924-7355 or e-mail or Board Meeting Schedule Association meetings now occur every other month. meeting schedule for the remainder of 2018 is as follows: Tuesday, Aug. 28 and Tuesday, Oct. 23. One of the parking permit distribution dates will be Tuesday, Dec. 4 instead of a December meeting. All meetings are held 7 p.m. in the Thomas Choice Clubhouse, 19401 Brassie Place, unless otherwise stated. Middle Village Voice: for residents of Thomas Choice West and Clubside.

North Village View

Jul 27, 2018 (Fri)

North Village June board meeting by the North Village Board of Directors Our most recent meeting of the North Village Homes Corporation Board of Directors was held Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. Three residents addressed the meeting during residents time. One individual raised several questions about the new parking regulation and enforcement, about timely removal of dead trees and about a potential new planting at the end of a cul-de-sac. The second, a candidate for District 39 State Delegate, introduced himself and mentioned his endorsements. The third, a resident of Picton, inquired about the status of replacing the entry sign, about potentially adding a stop sign at the intersection of Welbeck Way and Welbeck Terrace and about the bulk trash situation. Following discussion with each, our president called the meeting to order. Following the board’s review of the minutes of the April meeting, Treasurer Tom Wills reported on financial matters. He noted that electricity bills were 22% higher than the same time a year ago, and bad debt expense from write offs was similarly higher. Site maintenance is over budget because of the damage from March and April storms. The insurance reimbursement has been received from Geico and will fully cover the cost of replacing the Picton entry sign. The budget committee announced that budget time is approaching. The budget work session was set for Thursday, July 19. During the maintenance committee report, President Claudette Lease stated that she had planted several trees on common ground that she had raised from seedlings over the past few years. Her report also cited the continued problem with residents dumping bulk trash items on common areas, including construction materials. Additionally, she noted a number of broken cable boxes in the community. During the public safety committee report, Ms. Kramer reported on the informative briefing given by Montgomery County Police District 6 Commander Patil on April 21. We will address this briefing in more detail in a later article. Community Manager April Steward provided an extensive management report. She mentioned that every effort is being made to find responsible parties to the dumping and to charge them appropriately for the removal. Concerning landscaping, the rain delayed mowing somewhat, but it is well underway. A weed and pest control turf application has been applied. She described progress toward replacing our path lighting. The initial steps toward replacing existing lighting with LED fixtures include providing potential contractors with maps of the 53 fixtures and preparing a request for proposal (RFP) document. The board reviewed the draft RFP. Rebate options are being investigated. Lighting fixture samples will be installed on several poles in the community before a final decision is made about which fixture to use. We plan to use a fixture that is similar to the street light fixtures, but smaller. There were several major items of new business. The big expense item right now is tree removal. In our forthcoming second round for this year, 22 trees will be removed and 7 additional trees will be pruned. Of three proposals received, the board approved the proposal submitted by BrightView at a cost of $17,613, which reflects a 10% rebate currently being offered. The plan for removal of assigned parking spaces for homeowners delinquent on assessments was affirmed. Those most significantly in arrears lost their spaces on July 1. Asphalt patch work is being planned, as is parking space painting in Essex Place. The board considered several proposed ideas from Graphcom for the Picton entrance sign. The board selected a design and materials similar to others in Montgomery Village. Picton’s new sign will be made of faux stone with a curved top, and with “Picton” in large letters and “Of Birlstone” in small letters. The board expressed a desire to replace the other entrance signs in the community over the next several years. Next Meeting The next meeting of the North Village board is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16 in the North Creek Board Room, 20125 Arrowhead Road. If you have any questions or want to report any problems, call Community Manager April Steward at 240-243-2327. North Village View: for residents of Essex Place, Highland Hall, McRory, Perry Place, Picton, Pleasant Ridge and Salem’s Grant.

Northgate News

Dec 31, 2018 (Mon)

End of spring update by the Northgate Board of Directors AB Veirs has been awarded the contracts to repair the street at the front end of Aspenwood Lane, as well as to completely redo Maple Leaf Court. As noted in a previous column, the paving priorities had to be shifted due to the deterioration of Maple Leaf Court. The court will be completely milled and repaved. The initial project to paint 100 fiberglass light poles was successful, so the board contracted with Shall’s Construction to paint the remainder of the fiberglass poles in Northgate. The paint is to protect the fiberglass and improve the appearance. Aluminum poles do not require the same maintenance. A drainage repair project between Maple Leaf Drive and Maple Leaf Court will commence soon, with regrading and other work taking place. The McKendree courtyard project should (finally) be completed soon. Northgate raised a number of issues it was not satisfied with, so the county contractor needed to do extra work. At the June meeting, the board accepted the 2017 Audit, which showed the association in good condition. Private Property Maintenance inspections have been taking place. If you get a notice, please take care of the issue. Once again: We truly have greater imaginations than what it seems like with the constant repetition of our trash information, but the message on trash still is not registering with some residents. We will keep repeating the Northgate trash information as long as problems in the community exist: Northgate provides ample resources to handle trash, including twice-weekly trash pickups and bulk pickups once-per-week as needed. The county provides once-per-week recycling. With few exceptions, that should cover every resident’s trash removal needs. Those exceptions can almost always be handled by taking the items to the Shady Grove Transfer Station, a short distance from Montgomery Village (MVA>MidCounty Highway>Shady Grove Road>Left on 355>almost immediate Left into Transfer Station). The Points and Overlea have trash pickup on Mondays and Thursdays. Bulk pickups are Thursday. All the other neighborhoods—Apple Ridge, Dorsey’s Regard, the McKendrees, Shadow Oak and Williams Range—have trash pickup on Tuesdays and Fridays. Bulk pickups are on Fridays. Do not put your trash out earlier than the evening before pickup! Per Montgomery County Code, residents are responsible for providing containers with tight fitting lids for storage of solid waste in single-family houses and townhouses. All solid waste storage containers must be rigid plastic or metal, vermin-proof and equipped with tight fitting lids. The Division of Housing Code Enforcement enforces trash and debris on a property. Northgate News: for residents of Apple Ridge, Dorsey's Regard, McKendree I & II, Overlea, The Points, Shadow Oak and Williams Range.

South Village Scenes

Jul 27, 2018 (Fri)

South Village board updates by the South Village Board of Directors At the June 2018 meeting, the board approved changes to the community policies. Please refer to the meeting minutes available on the website for changes. The community handbook also has the updated policies. Safety and Security Speed bumps are installed throughout South Village, along with signs reminding drivers that children are playing. Remember to slow down and watch for pedestrians and bicyclists as well. Warmer weather can create special safety issues. Check on elderly neighbors and pets and remember to check cars for pets and children. Air conditioners are also often running longer. Have your air conditioner checked by a professional for line damage, including freezing, compressors and freon levels. Setting thermostats at a constant temperature saves energy and may potentially save money on energy bills. Water play is fun, make sure it’s safe. Follow lifeguard instructions at pools. Wear life vests and jackets in boats and canoes. Helmets protect when bicycling and skateboarding. Remember to watch for cars when riding. Fire lanes are not parking areas. Cars parked in fire lanes will be towed immediately. Parking policies are enforced by Community Management through a contracted vendor. Questions and issues related to parking should be sent to the community management office. Security is everyone’s responsibility. Locked vehicles, doors and windows at home help prevent theft. Report suspicious activities to Montgomery County Police. Call the non-emergency number, 301-279-8000. Budget Work Begins The audit committee will meet in July to begin planning the 2019 budget. SVHC has operated in a positive cash flow relative to operations and reserve expenses. Increased costs for services, as well as new maintenance and reserve projects, will be important factors for the committee. One of the major projects for the community is tree maintenance and replacement. During the wind storms in the early spring, several trees were either uprooted or damaged. Many of the trees had to be removed and some still have work that needs to be done. Community tree work will continue along with other landscaping projects. Trash removal is another area where costs have increased. The amount of trash picked up in the community, as well as increased pricing from the contractor, are major considerations for the budget. After committee recommendations, the board will publish the budget recommendation for review and comment. We look forward to your comments. SVHC Community Event The recreation committee is planning the 2018 SVHC Community Day event!! Food, music, games and more! Stay tuned—the date will be announced soon. South Village Cleanup Day Despite the rain, we had a very successful day cleaning the creek on Saturday, June 23 near Royal Bonnet Circle at the Hamptons. We collected 200 pounds of trash and some recyclable items. Many thanks to our sponsor, Ana Arriaza, from the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, and the three volunteers who came and made it possible. South Village Scenes: for residents of Center Stage, Dockside, Grover's Forge, Hamptons, Millrace, Nathan's Hill and Walker's Choice.

Stedwick Signals

Dec 27, 2018 (Thu)

The ‘At Large’ Dog Days of Summer by the Stedwick Board of Directors Recent incidents prompt this reminder to Stedwick residents about their legal obligations under Montgomery County Code as pet owners. These pet encounters have gone well beyond basic pet-related obligations such as “Scooping the Poop.” “At Large” - Any dog is considered “At Large” if it is outside the owner’s premises and not leashed, unless it is a service dog. An owner must not allow an animal to enter private property without the property owner’s permission ($100 fine). The common area of a homeowner’s association, condominium or cooperative is not the owner’s premises ($100 fine for first offense; $500 fine for each subsequent violation). Montgomery County Code, Sec. 5-203(a)(3)) The pet owner must prevent unwelcome or unsolicited threatening physical contact or close proximity to a person or a domestic animal that occurs outside the owner’s property that may cause alarm in a reasonable person, such as biting, chasing, tracking, inhibiting movement or jumping ($500 fine). An animal is deemed to be potentially dangerous if it has inflicted a bite on a person either on public or private real property or has killed or inflicted severe injury to a domestic animal when not on the owner’s property or has attacked without provocation. Dangerous Animals - An animal which has been declared to be potentially dangerous and subsequently engages in one of these behaviors again will then be deemed to be dangerous and must be kept confined in a secure enclosure to prevent direct contact with humans or other animals, and must be leashed, muzzled and under the control of a person at least 18 years old who is physically able to restrain the animal any time it is removed from the owner’s property (Penalty for failing to keep a dangerous animal confined: $500 to $2,500 and/or impoundment of the animal). (Montgomery County Code, Sec. 5-202) It is summer. There are folks out walking and gardening, and many small children are playing in their yards. Residents should not be subject to injury or feel threatened. The responsibility for avoiding problems rests almost entirely with the pet owner. The Stedwick board invites your comments—either in writing or by presentation—during the residents time portion at the beginning of every monthly Stedwick board meeting. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Stedwick Community Center, 10401 Stedwick Road. The next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15. If you have suggestions, questions or concerns, please contact our Stedwick Homes Corporation community management team at 240-243-2326, e-mail or consult our community website, Stedwick Signals: for residents of Club Hill, Clusters of Stedwick I, II, III, Forest Brooke, Frenchton Place, Ridges of Stedwick and The Heights.

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