IN THIS EDITION:
Upcoming Board & Committee Meetings
Management Office Early Closure Thursday December 21st
2024 Approved Budget
Fitness Center Closure Extended to January 2024
KFCA is excited to share this newly established social club!
King Farm Neighbors Village (KFNV) Activities
Exterior Seasonal Holiday Decoration Reminder
Pet Etiquette Reminders
King Farm Shuttle Bus QR Code
Holiday Safety Tips
Rockville City Police Department Crime Report
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER KING FARM CHRONICLE!
To view past email newsletters and other updates,
please visit the King Farm website under ‘Stay Informed’.
The King Farm website, www.kingfarm.org, is your best resource for staying up-to-date with all things King Farm!
KFCA Management Office Early Holiday Closures
The KFCA Management Office will be closed early for a holiday event on the following date:
Thursday, December 21, 2023 from 11:30am – 3:00pm
If you have an urgent matter during this time, please email email@example.com. Thank you for your understanding and we wish you a healthy and happy holiday season
UPCOMING BOARD & COMMITTEE MEETINGS
BOT typically meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Next BOT Regular Meeting: January 17, 2024 @ 7:30 pm
Minutes, Agendas, and other info for BOT: https://kingfarm.org/board-of-trustees/.
BOCC typically meets on the 2nd Monday of the month.
Next BOCC Regular Meeting: January 8, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
Minutes, Agendas, and other info for BOCC: https://kingfarm.org/board-of-code-compliance/.
ADT typically meets on the second Wednesday of the month.
Next ADT Regular Meeting: January 10, 2024 @ 4:30 pm
Turn in Design Review Applications by the 20th of the month before the next meeting
Minutes, Agendas, and other info for ADT: https://kingfarm.org/architectural-design-trust/.
MEETINGS ARE HELD VIA ZOOM AND REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Contact Management if you need assistance.
Meeting changes will be sent via email blast and/or posted on the website.
Fitness Center Closure Extended to January 2024
Due to unforeseen circumstances with a delay in supplies and logistics in getting equipment installed, the re-opening of the community fitness center will be delayed to early January 2024. We will keep you updated on any changes to the re-opening date. Rest assured; we are doing everything we can to ensure that the gym is ready for use as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and we wish you a healthy and happy holiday season. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact management at 301-987-0122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
King Farm Santa Photos Now Available
King Farm Santa Photos Now Available! Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the holiday party with Santa and friends last Saturday! If you had your photos taken with Santa, please click this link to access the photo gallery of Santa photos. The password to download the free photos is KFCA2023. Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the celebration and donated a toy to the toy donation drive.
NEWLY ESTABLISHED CLUB
KING FARM MUSIC JAM SOCIAL CLUB
Start the new year off with a bang and join the King Farm Music Jam Social Club!
King Farm Music Jam Social Club is a group of hobby musicians who come together to play music. This group is sponsored by King Farm Citizens Assembly. club meetings are held on a monthly basis with sessions throughout the year.
The sessions are held at the King Farm Community Center, 300 Saddle Ridge Circle, Rockville, MD, 20850.
Guitarists, keyboardists, percussionists, and other musicians of all levels, 18 years and older, are welcome to participate.
Bring your musical instrument. It is also helpful to bring a music stand and a power strip if power is needed for your equipment. For those that sing, a microphone would be helpful.
Songs are selected from a jam songbook and generally have common chords. A phone, tablet, or computer is needed.
Also, feel free to bring song sheets for any songs with common chords you would like to share; 10 to 15 copies should do it.
Email email@example.com if you would like to participate. Detailed dates and times will follow.
The King Farm Neighbors Village (KFNV) continued its December events with The KFNV Friends monthly luncheon on Tuesday at the Sheraton King Farm Grill and the KFNV Book Club’s Chat and Chew on Thursday. Further December events are:
- The Walking Club continues its jaunts Monday-Thursday at 4 pm, except in the case of inclement weather. The group meets in the park across from The Fontina Grille. Please feel free to join the walks even if you have never joined before.
- On Tuesday, December 19, 2023, the KFNV will host Games Night from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the King Farm Community Center. The KFNV will provide various board games, but you are welcome to bring your own game(s) as well. In addition, please bring your own snacks and drinks to nibble on and sip as you engage in competitive board game fun with fellow King Farm community residents; for you do not need to be a member of the KFNV to join in the fun.
Please note that the monthly Movie Club, Book Club, Coffee and Conversation gatherings, and many highlight events are held at the King Farm Community Center, 300 Saddle Ridge Circle, Rockville, MD 20850. In case of inclement weather and if there is time to notify participants, the KFNV may opt for a Zoom presentation for any meeting or event. Finally, the KFNV offers transportation to many of its monthly events for KFNV members. Please contact the Operations Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a voicemail at (301) 799-8104 to arrange for transportation.
The KFNV continues to support King Farm residents with its community services: transportation to appointments, simple household tasks, friendly phone calls/texts, and friendly visits. Please feel free to avail yourself of all of the community services that the KFNV offers. If you are in doubt about whether a task could be performed by one of the KFNV volunteers, go ahead and fill out the service form on the KFNV website. Our Operations Team will get back to you to determine if the task is under our umbrella of tasks. Also, please note that services are open to KFNV members only; however, membership is free and an easy process. See below on how to contact the KFNV to schedule any of the services or with any questions that you may have about the services as well as how to become a KFNV member.
The KFNV is looking for “a few good volunteers” to provide community services to its members. In particular, the KFNV is looking for King Farm residents who would like to share their knowledge, talents, avocations, and vocations with the KFNV community through presentations at KFNV events. The KFNV is especially in need of a non-professional photographer to chronicle its various events. Other volunteer assistance that the KFNV is looking for are volunteers to serve on various committees as well as to provide transportation to KFNV members. Please feel free to contact the Operations Coordinator for any questions you may have about becoming a KFNV volunteer by calling (301) 799-8104, emailing to email@example.com , or viewing the KFNV website at www.kfnv.org for information as well as an on-line form to fill out to become a KFNV volunteer. The KFNV thanks you for your consideration in becoming a KFNV volunteer.
Contacting the KFNV
For most of the KFNV monthly events as well as the services, membership is required; but membership is as easy as filling out an on-line or mail-in form with residency in the King Farm Community being the only membership requirement. We are a multi-generational Village; therefore, there is no minimum or maximum age requirement to join the KFNV. The KFNV welcomes all King Farm residents of all ages.
Please keep the KFNV in mind as you make your year-end charitable donations Although there is no fee to become a KFNV member, the KFNV does, however, accept and welcome donations; for these donations help defray the cost of KFNV services and events.
For information on how to register for any of the above events, to request a service or a ride, to become a KFNV member or a volunteer, or to make a donation, please contact the Operations Coordinator by calling (301) 799-8104 to leave a voicemail, emailing the KFNV at firstname.lastname@example.org , or viewing the KFNV website at www.kfnv.org
Exterior Seasonal Holiday Decorations Reminder
Exterior seasonal holiday decorations (i.e., exterior lights, displays, wreaths, etc.) which are attractive, in good taste, and reasonable in size, number, color, and luminosity are permitted if decorations are not placed upon a Lot/Living Unit 30 days prior to the holiday and must be removed 21 days after the holiday (provided that such decorations do not conflict with any applicable design standard).
Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, and all other winter holiday decorations, must be taken down no later than 21 days after the holiday occurred. Homes/lots with decorations remaining after this time, will be in violation of community guidelines and will receive a violation letter.
Halloween, Fall, Autumn decorations should be put away no later than December 21, 2023.
Exterior seasonal decorations do not require a design review application/approval as long as the change conforms with the design standards.
Temporary Signs: (King Farm Swim Team signs, contractor signs, graduation signs, political signs, and other signs approved by the Assembly) do not generally require a Design Review Application.
Provided, however, that KFST signs are allowed only during the swim season and no more than 30 days prior to the start of the swim season and removed immediately at the end of the swim season.
Contractor signs are allowed for the duration of the work being performed or 30 days (whichever comes first).
Political signs are allowed based on the applicable State of Maryland or City of Rockville requirements (as of 2020 limited to 5 square feet per sign).
Pick up after your pet every time.
Private Property vs. Common Area
We continue to receive complaints about pets trespassing onto private property and pet waste in the Community. We understand that pets must relieve themselves, but this should not occur on areas other than your own property, curb grass, and common areas.
However, dog waste must be collected and disposed of properly every time.
PLEASE STAY OFF PRIVATE PROPERTY.
USE CURB GRASS AND COMMON AREAS.
Please pay attention when walking your pet. Ensure your pets stay on curb grass (the side closest to the street) and common areas and NOT on private property. Avoid allowing pets to wander onto private property. Even if you clean up behind your pet (which is required), residue from a pet urinating/defecating on private property is left behind. When you see “burned” grass, please try to avoid it because it means the area has been frequently used as a potty area. Give freshly seeded areas or areas with new sod an opportunity to establish itself. Be mindful and courteous.
Dog urine kills grass, flowers, bushes, and other plant materials. Not every homeowner is a pet owner, so please be a responsible pet owner and be respectful of private property. Avoiding private property is the best way to be a courteous neighbor.
Be courteous to plant material (flowers, bushes/shrubs, other plants, etc.). Replacing plant material can be expensive, so allowing pets to urinate on bushes, flowers, and other plants increases individual costs and association costs and looks ugly.
Pick up after your pet(s) and dispose of pet waste properly EVERY TIME. Leaving pet waste where it drops is illegal within the City of Rockville. Violations will be identified and violators may be subject to fines up to $1000 for each offence. Please review the City of Rockville Code, Article III, Sec. 3-22 for more information about pet waste policies.
- When not on their owner’s property, pets must be leashed (unless you have a City of Rockville off-leash permit) or carried AND under the control of a responsible person at all times.
- Pets are not permitted to wander unattended or to discharge wastes on another owners’ property.
Violators of pet policies, including off-leash violators and pet waste violators, should be reported to the Animal Control.
- Rockville Animal Control: 240-314-8937
- To file a pet violation report, please use this online form: https://www.rockvillemd.gov/FormCenter/Police-Forms-3/Animal-Control-Request-35.
Violators of pet policies, including pet trespassing, should be reported to the RCPD.
- RCPD Non-Emergency: 240-314-8900
- Online Form: https://www.rockvillemd.gov/FormCenter/Police-3/General-Complaint-Crime-and-Safety-265
KFCA does not keep a record of household pets nor what pet owners are registered with the City’s off-leash permit. Therefore, the Assembly is limited in what it can do to control the behavior of pets and their owners. However, if the pet owner is identified, Management will send a notice.
Additionally, if video footage is captured from home security systems, residents can provide the footage to the RCPD by contacting them directly or signing up for The Rockview program. This program allows RCPD to quickly identify security cameras that may have captured criminal activity when a crime is reported nearby and can help keep you and your community safer. If you have a home video security system (Ring, Nest, etc.), you can register your camera with Rockville City Police. Learn more about the Rockview program and sign-up here.
King Farm Shuttle Bus QR Code
Attached is an updated version of the QR code that you can scan using your smartphone or tablet. To ensure that you have access to the most up to date information, please save this for future reference. This will instantly direct you to the most current bus schedule, saving you time and allowing you to stay informed about any changes or updates to the bus schedule. The Conservancy will update the QR codes on the signs.
Questions about the shuttle should be sent to the Conservancy at
conservancy @kingfarm.org. Management is happy to assist as well.
The holiday season is upon us and a time when thieves and fraudsters take advantage of our community’s goodwill. As you go about your holiday shopping or expect those online packages to arrive, we want to remind you of a few helpful tips to keep you, your home, business, vehicles and possessions safe.
*Avoid displaying gifts that can be seen from a window or doorway.
*Talk with your neighbors and have them keep an eye on your home and have them pick up any packages if you are going away for the holidays. Unattended packages and newspapers leave your home vulnerable to thieves and draw unwanted attention to your home. Consider purchasing a lock box to put in front of your house for package deliveries.
*Please notify the Rockville City Police Department if you plan an extended holiday vacation. Let us keep an eye on your home giving you peace of mind while you enjoy the holiday season. Set timers to turn your lights and your TV on and off during nighttime hours. This will give the impression that your home is occupied.
*While shopping, especially in the evening hour, make sure to park in areas with adequate lighting. Consider shopping with others rather than going alone.
*Have your keys readily available before you get to your car, and do not scroll through your smart phone while walking. Always be aware of your surroundings and move to and from your vehicle with a “purpose.”
*While shopping, keep your purse or wallet on you, never lay them down or let them out of your sight. Purse shoulder straps should cross your body and not dangle from your shoulder – keep your wallet in your front pants pocket not your rear pocket.
*And to our local businesses: Please make sure your alarms are activated and working, your store fronts are well lit, and you have operational security cameras.
* Most importantly, report all suspicious people and activity to the police IMMEDIATELY!!!
The Rockville City Police Department cares about you, your family, and the community in which we proudly serve. We wish you Joy and Happiness during the Holiday Season…
to read the Weekly Crime Report
courtesy of the Rockville City Police Department.
If you have a ring camera (or other front door/doorbell camera), you can register it with the RCPD. The RockView program allows residents and business owners to voluntary register their privately owned video security camera systems with the RCPD. Registration in the RockView program does not enable law enforcement to view camera footage without an owner’s permission. However, the RockView program will allow city police to quickly identify security cameras that may have captured criminal activity when a crime is reported nearby. For more information about the RockView program, click here.
If you have a crime or concern to report, please contact the Rockville City Police Department at:
2 W. Montgomery Ave, Rockville, Maryland 20850
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