IN THIS EDITION:
IN THIS EDITION:
Call for Candidates
Key Tips: Theft Prevention
2024 Monthly Assessment Due on the 1st of the Month
Upcoming Board & Committee Meetings
2024 Annual Exterior Lot Inspections
KFCA is excited to share this newly established social club!
KF Village Center New Businesses Coming in 2024
King Farm Neighbors Village (KFNV) Activities
King Farm Shuttle Bus QR Code
Rockville Climate Solutions Speaker Series
Rockville Hosts Annual Lunar New Year Celebration on February 17
Key Tips: Theft Prevention
Rockville City Police Department Crime Report
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!
Call for Candidates
On April 17, 2024, King Farm Citizens Assembly (“Assembly”) will hold its Annual Meeting and Election. There are two (2) open seats on the Assembly’s Board of Trustees (BOT) and one (1) seat for the KFCA President. All seats have a two 2-year term.
Citizens interested in running for a seat on the BOT or as KFCA President must complete the petition for candidacy. Citizens are aged 18 or older who reside in King Farm within areas subjected to the Community Charter by a Declaration of Annexation and notice of whose residency has been given to the Assembly in writing.
Please refer to the enclosed Candidacy Requirements and Election Procedures for a definition of the phrase “in good standing”. Write your candidacy “Statement of Purpose” using no more than one typed page, double spaced, using 12-point font or larger. Your submission will be submitted as received. A completed Petition for Candidacy Form, including necessary signatures, must be returned to the Assembly’s office no later than 3:00 pm Wednesday, February 21, 2024. Completed Petitions for Candidacy (with form, signatures, statement, and picture) may be emailed to email@example.com if the scanned documents are legible.
NOTE: Non-resident Titleholders are NOT eligible to vote in the election per the governing documents.
Citizen Titleholders of single-family homes, townhomes, and condominium units, as shown on the Assembly’s records, are automatically registered for the Annual Meeting. All other persons, including other occupants and tenants of a King Farm residence must complete a Citizen Registration Form to register as Citizens with the Assembly and participate in the Assembly elections. If you are unsure if you are listed with the Assembly as the Citizen Titleholder, verify with the Management Office. Non-registered King Farm residents who would like to vote in the Wednesday, April 17, 2024 election must complete and return the Citizen Registration Form to the Management Office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by placing it in the drop box to the right of the front door at 300 Saddle Ridge Circle, Rockville, MD 20850 by 12:00 pm, Monday, March 18, 2024. The Citizen Registration form is available on the King Farm website: https://kingfarm.org/annual-meeting-election/. All forms will be verified (signed lease, state issued driver’s license, and/or owner verification).
Note: The Assembly is utilizing electronic voting through a 3rd party vendor: VoteHOANow. Citizen Titleholders with their names listed in the Assembly records will automatically receive a unique registration code via email and/or on a postcard via USPS mail to vote electronically. Registration codes will be generated for Citizens who register by Monday, March 18, 2024. VoteHOANow recommends that you add the domain votehoanow.com as an approved domain so emails are not sent to the spam folder. It will be up to the Titleholders and the registered Citizens to ensure that the Assembly has your correct information. Paper ballots/Proxies are available by request only.
If you have any questions, please email Management at email@example.com or call 301-987-0122.
Key Tips: Theft Prevention
Thieves are exploiting a system flaw to steal Kia and Hyundai vehicles with 2011-2021 model years.
Thefts of these vehicles have been on the rise nationally and regionally, including in Rockville, following social media posts showing how to start these cars without a key by using a USB cable.
Owners whose Kia or Hyundai uses a metal or steel key should take extra precautions. Vehicles with a push-to-start ignition are not at risk.
All vehicle owners, not just those whose vehicles are at a higher risk of being stolen, should follow these tips:
- Never leave your vehicle unattended with your engine running.
- Lock your car and take your keys with you.
- Park in a well-lit area or parking garage.
- Remove USB cables from vehicles while not in use.
- Consider purchasing a wheel lock or anti-theft device.
- Never keep your title or other personal documents in the vehicle.
- Contact your dealership for potential software updates or recall notices.
- Report any suspicious activity, especially during evening or overnight hours, to the Rockville City Police Department at 240-314-8900. (In the case of an emergency, call 911.)
2024 Monthly Assessment
PAYMENTS ARE DUE ON THE 1ST AND LATE AFTER THE 15TH. PAYMENTS RECEIVED AFTER THE 15TH WILL INCUR A $15 LATE CHARGE.
THE BUDGET MAILING AND COUPON BOOKS WERE MAILED .
IF ENROLLED IN DIRECT DEBIT, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A COUPON BOOK.
IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED A LETTER OR COUPON BOOK, PLEASE CONTACT MANAGEMENT.
KFCA did not implement an increase for 2024 fiscal year, therefore monthly assessment remains the same as 2023. A copy of the 2024 Budget Mailing is available in the resident portal (username and password required) or by requesting a copy from management at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is strongly encouraged that residents sign up for direct deposit to ensure all payments are scheduled and help alleviate missed payments, incorrect payments, delay in delivery, etc.
UPCOMING BOARD & COMMITTEE MEETINGS
BOT typically meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Next BOT Regular Meeting: February 21, 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: February 12, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
ADT typically meets on the second Wednesday of the month.
Next ADT Regular Meeting: February 14, 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.
King Farm Murder Mystery Happy Hour
Get ready for a night of intrigue, deception, and suspicion! King Farm is excited to welcome back the return of adults only happy hours in 2024! Join us on Saturday, February 10, 2023 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Saddle Ridge Community Center (300 Saddle Ridge Circle) for a Mardi Gras themed Murder Mystery event. Enjoy an evening of beverages and lite appetizers as neighbors will work together to solve clues, and ultimately, the crime. It’s sure to be a “whodunit” of a good time! This event is open to King Farm residents, ages 21 and over, sorry no non-resident guests. Space is limited, please CLICK HERE to register today.
Periodic exterior inspections of the homes/lots in King Farm are important for ensuring all property owners are adhering to the maintenance standards listed in the governing documents. These standards contribute to enhancing curb appeal and property values.
HOA Inspections USA, an independent inspection company, will take photos of homes as part of the inspection process. The photographer will be identifiable by their colored safety vest. The photographer will be using cameras to take photos of homes from common/public areas. The photographer will not discuss what issues may be cited for yours or anyone else’s property.
The inspection is scheduled to begin February 1, 2024 (weather permitting.) If maintenance items are identified, a notice from HOA Inspections USA will be sent via USPS mail. Email notifications will NOT be sent for the initial notice. The initial notice will provide a compliance date to bring the noted items into compliance. If the items are not brought into compliance, then a Final Notice/ Intent to Hold Hearing will be sent via USPS mail, email and posted to the property address door.
If you have any questions, please contact the Management Office at 301-987-0122 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate. Detailed dates and times to come!
New and Coming Soon Businesses to King Farm in 2024
Rockville’s King Farm neighborhood is seeing some revitalization with new tenants signing on to join mainstays like Safeway, Nagoya Sushi, Fontina Grille, and Botanero. The new businesses coming in 2024 are:
Fruit N Boba Tea
Link below with more details:
Yesterday, the King Farm Neighbors Village (KFNV) started a busy February with the KFNV Movie Club participants discussing the biopic, Nyad, which beautifully chronicles not only Diana Nyad’s quest at the age of 60 to swim the 110 miles from Cuba to Florida; but
moreover, the soul mate friendship between Ms. Nyad and her best friend, Bonnie Stoll. Movie Club reviewers all agreed that Annette Bening as Nyad and Jodie Foster as Stoll deserved their recent Academy Award nominations in the categories of Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.
In addition to this event, the KFNV has the following activities planned for February.
- 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 Thursday, February 8, 2024, from 12:30-2:00 pm, the KFNV Book Club will discuss the novel, Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. The novel which was recently adapted into an Apple TV+ limited series is described as a story that “catalyzes science, cooking, and humor…Elizabeth—determined, practical, uncompromising—shines bright. “The Christian Science Monitor
- On Sunday, February 11, 2024 from 6:00 pm-9:30 pm, The KFNV Friends Club will meet at The Fontina Grille to watch the San Francisco 49ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII. Come join with your King Farm friends to celebrate the unofficial American holiday that is the Super Bowl.
- The KFNV Friends Group on Thursday, February 15, 2024 from 1:00-3:00 pm will meet at Nagoya Restaurant for their monthly luncheon. Please note that each participant is responsible for the cost of his/her lunch. Come and enjoy a post-Valentine’s Day lunch with your King Farm friends—a great way to kick start an early weekend.
- On Tuesday, February 20, 2024 from 7:00-9:00 pm, the KFNV will host another night of “Bingo in the Center” as part of its monthly Games Nights. The KFNV invites all members of the King Farm community, especially bingo enthusiasts, to join your KFNV friends for a fun evening of Bingo and conversation with your fellow King Farmers. We hope to see many of our fellow King Farm residents at this event; but since space is limited in the community center, we will be required to limit the number of participants. Therefore, if you’re interested in attending, please reserve your spot as soon as possible.
- On Thursday, February 22, 2024 from 4:00-5:00 pm, the KFNV in recognition of Black History month will host its monthly highlight event, “Separate but Unequal: The History of School Segregation in Montgomery County”—a presentation by Ralph Buglass of Montgomery History. Mr. Buglass has spoken to KFNV audiences several times with rave reviews, and we are looking forward to his presentation on an important part of our county’s history.
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 email@example.com, 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.
On Friday, January 26, 2024, the KFNV recognized the following volunteers for their invaluable service to the KFNV at a luncheon at Botanero Restaurant. The KFNV thanks these friends for their time and efforts in upholding the KFNV motto of “Neighbors helping Neighbors.” You’re the best! These fabulous KFNV volunteers are:
1. Anderson, Teresa
2. Baldoni, Barbara
3. Baruchin, Andrea
4. Birla, Pramila
5. Carmack, Pat
6. Cesare, Anthony
7. Cesare, Patricia
8. Curry, Ricki
9. Escher, Andrea
11. Feehan, Richard
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 age requirement to join the KFNV. The KFNV welcomes all King Farm residents of all ages.
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.
Recycling Reminders: Christmas Trees and Polystyrene, Needles and Bags
From taking away your Christmas tree to purging your home of plastic bags, the city’s recycling and trash collections can help you safely clean up from the holidays and year-round.
Place Christmas trees at the curb for pickup on regular recycling and trash collection days after removing all ornaments and metals, wires, stands and decorations, including tinsel. Trees should not be bagged. There is no deadline for curbside collection of trees. Or, recycle branches and needles by using them as ground cover under trees and shrubs or chopping them up and adding them to a compost pile. Artificial trees should be placed in the gray trash cart for regular weekly collection. Artificial trees that are too large to fit in the cart can be collected by appointment as one of six bulk collections allowed per year. For bulk-waste disposal info, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/bulkwaste.
The City of Rockville collects used polystyrene as part of its weekly trash collection and takes it, along with other refuse, for disposal in the county’s waste-to-energy incinerator. Often mistakenly called “Styrofoam,” the material, commonly used to protect package contents during shipping, should not be placed in recycling carts. Instead, place it in the gray trash cart.
When disposing of needles, such as medical sharps and syringes, use containers made of heavy-duty plastic that close tightly with a puncture-proof lid. This prevents our recycling and trash collection crews from getting stuck. Label the container and place it in the middle of your household trash in the gray trash cart – or find a disposal program. Learn more at bit.ly/howtorecyclesharps.
Got a city recycling or trash cart that’s falling apart? Call 240-314-8568. We’ll replace it for you.
Find a store that accepts plastic bags for recycling. Visit bit.ly/howtorecyclebags.
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.
Here is the link to the King Farm Ridesystems information and the QR code for the phone application.
Questions about the shuttle should be sent to the Conservancy at
conservancy @kingfarm.org. Management is happy to assist as well.
Climate Solutions Speaker Series:
Planting Trees in a Changing Climate
Tuesday, Feb.13, 7-8 p.m. Virtual.
Join the City of Rockville and Robert Shaut, director of tree operations at Casey Trees, to learn how trees contribute to a more resilient community and get tips for choosing and planting trees on your property, in the latest installment of Rockville’s Climate Solutions Speaker Series.
The free virtual webinar, from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, will explore how climate change impacts trees, choosing the best trees for your property and tips on planting and caring for your trees.
Rockville Hosts Annual Lunar New Year Celebration on February 17
Celebrate Rockville’s Asian cultures with performances, interactive displays, kids’ crafts and to-go snack boxes at the city’s Lunar New Year celebration.
The annual celebration will be held from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Rockville High School, 2100 Baltimore Road. Multicultural performances begin at 10:30 a.m. and include dancing, drumming, martial arts, singing and instrumental performances. Admission is free.
In its 16th year, the Lunar New Year celebration is a source of pride for the city’s Asian community and an opportunity for neighbors to learn about Asian culture. The city is organizing the celebration in partnership with Rockville’s Asian Pacific American Task Force. The celebration will mark the Year of the Dragon on the Chinese Zodiac calendar.
Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/lunarnewyear for more information, including a full list of performers.
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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