Association News – Friday, February 5, 2021

published: February 5th, 2021 by in E-Mail Blast

Association News
Friday, February 5, 2021

February King Farm Chronicle

Click here to read the February 2021 King Farm Chronicle.

For more information about the Chronicle, please visit the Chronicle page on our website: https://kingfarm.org/chronicle/

Board & Committee Meeting Zoom Links Now Online

Due to COVID-19, all King Farm meetings have been held virtually since last March. But now you can easily find the Zoom registration links to all the upcoming King Farm Board of Trustees Meetings and Committee meetings online. Visit https://kingfarm.org/zoom-meeting-links/ to register for any February meetings that interest you, and happening soon.

To attend the Zoom meetings, you must register in advance.  Each meeting will have an open forum for residents to ask questions or make comments.  As part of the registration process, registrants must submit their contact information (name, street address, email, and phone number) and select yes or no if they would like to speak during open forum.  If you would like to speak during open forum, please provide the topic you will be speaking about. **If you need assistance registering for a virtual meeting, please contact Management by phone (301) 987-0122 or by email at management@kingfarm.org.

*Meetings are for King Farm Titleholders and Citizens only. Registrants will be verified to ensure participants are titleholders/citizens.

Upcoming Meetings:

Food Truck Friday Night

It’s Food Truck Friday night, so head to the Saddle Ridge Community Center at 300 Saddle Ridge Circle from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Corned Beef King food truck is back bringing their deli-style sandwiches, corned beef, pastrami, brisket, and more! The truck will be parked around the Circle ready to sell and serve to you. See the list below for the upcoming schedule of when your favorite food trucks will be back!

Food Truck Friday Schedule:

  • Tonight – Corned Beef King
  • Friday, February 12 – Giacomos Brick Oven Pizza
  • Friday, February 19 – Fat Pete’s BBQ
  • Friday, February 26 – Catalyst Hot Dogs

We ask all attendees to wear masks and socially distance while standing in line. 

Sign Up Now for the King Farm Be Mine Valentine’s Drive-Thru!

COVID continues to keep us from having our normal community events, but we would be remiss not celebrating the most love-filled holiday of the year! Famous love birds Mickey and Minnie, and Trolls Poppy and Branch, will be joining us to help spread the love in King Farm as we celebrate Valentine’s Day in our new normal, socially distant way.

King Farm’s Be Mine Valentine’s Drive-Thru event will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. outside the Saddle Ridge Community Center (300 Saddle Ridge Circle). This event is sure to be fun for EVERYONE, not just the kids, as attendees will receive a goodie bag, yummy chocolate treats, balloons, flowers, and more from each of our drive-thru stops!

Pre-registration is required as space is limited, and you must register by emailing activities@kingfarm.org with the following information. The deadline to register is February 10th.

– Family Last Name 
– Street Address 
– How many will be attending in your vehicle? (for treat bag count):

** You will receive a registration confirmation and further details about the event upon registration. This event is open to King Farm residents only, sorry no non-residents guests. 

City of Rockville Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Annexation

Dear Rockville Community,

I hope you are doing well. I would like to invite you to a very important meeting. Rockville’s Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a virtual public hearing, Wednesday, Feb. 10, on a proposal to annex almost 10.3 acres of land at 16200 Frederick Road. The Mayor and Council initiated annexation proceedings at their meeting in November. The annexation was initiated through a petition to the city by Victor, Inc., the property’s owner, with a request to zone the area as mixed-use corridor district.

Annexation is the formal process of incorporating an area outside of the city’s jurisdiction into its municipal boundaries. To be eligible, the property must be within the city’s maximum expansion limits, as identified in the adopted Municipal Growth Element of the Comprehensive Plan, and adjacent to city limits. The proposal must go through several steps before approval.

The public hearing will begin at 7 pm. The Mayor and Council will hold a public hearing before making a final decision.  View the Preliminary Annexation Plan here.  To testify at the public hearing, which will be held virtually, email jwasilak@rockvillemd.gov before 4 pm. on the day to be placed on the speakers list. Spoken testimony is limited to three minutes for individuals, or five minutes if representing a group.

Submitted written testimony to the Planning Commission via planning.commission@rockvillemd.gov, or by mail, c/o Manisha Tewari, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850.  Contact Manisha Tewari at mtewari@rockvillemd.gov or 240-314-8213 for more information.

Amendment to Administrative Resolution #3

Administrative Resolution #3 (Vehicle Policies and Towing Procedures):

  • The Board is considering amending AR #3 regarding towing enforcements. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to send those to Management via email management@kingfarm.org or call (301) 987-0122. Proposed amendments to AR #3 will be discussed and voted on during the March 17th, 2021 BOT meeting.

You can view a copy of the proposed amendments under review on the King Farm website (https://kingfarm.org/draft-resolutions/) or download the file from the Internal Documents in the FrontSteps resident portal under the folder(s) 2. Governing Documents / 1 – Draft Resolutions.

*If you do not have access to the resident portal, please contact Management for assistance or to obtain copies of these documents.

The 2021 Annual Meeting and Election Coming Soon!

The 2021 King Farm Annual Meeting & Election will take place at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 via Zoom meeting. Residents will receive a mailing in the coming week with more information.

Candidate Information:
  • There are three (3) open seats for the Board of Trustees (BOT). For those interested in running in the 2021 Election, please visit the King Farm website https://kingfarm.org/2021-annual-election/ for requirements and refer to the Candidate Considerations document.
  • Complete your candidacy “Statement of Purpose” using no more than one (1) page. The Statement of Purpose must be typed using a font 12-point or higher and double spaced.
  • Complete the “Petition For Candidacy Form”, including necessary signatures.
  • The completed documents with the necessary signatures must be received by the Management Office electronically, hand-delivered, or via USPS mail no later than 3:00 pm Wednesday, February 24, 2021.
  • Lack of the necessary number of valid signatures will result in an invalid candidacy petition (signatures are invalid if the King Farm citizen is delinquent).
    • If you would like to drop off the documents, you can put the completed documents in the drop-box to the right of the front door of the Management Office OR call (301) 987-0122 or email management@kingfarm.org to schedule an appointment.
Registering to Vote:
  • As a reminder, all King Farm Titleholders and Citizens who are 18 years or older, have no financial delinquencies over 30 days, and are registered with the Assembly are qualified voters and may vote.
  • All titleholders of single-family homes, townhomes, and condominium units, as shown on the Assembly’s records, are automatically registered to vote.
  • Non-titleholders must register ANNUALLY!
  • All other persons who wish to vote, including tenants and other occupants of a King Farm residence who are not the record owners of the residence, are required to complete a **Citizen Registration Form in order to register as Citizens with the Assembly and to vote in elections (registration forms can be found on the website).
  • Citizen Registration Forms must be submitted by 12:00 pm, Friday, April 2, 2021. You can submit your form to the Management Office via email at management@kingfarm.org or by placing it in the drop box to the right of the front office door (300 Saddle Ridge Circle). All forms will be verified (signed lease, state-issued driver’s license, and/or owner verification).
    • Please note: If you are NOT a Titleholder and have not registered by the deadline you are not permitted to vote in the election. 
Voting Information:
  • Electronic Voting:
    • Electronic voting in the KFCA Election is recommended and preferred.
    • Electronic voting opens at 9:00 PM on Wednesday, April 7th and closes at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, April 27th.
    • Assistance to cast votes electronically will be available. For more information, contact management@kingfarm.org.
  • Paper Ballots:
    • Due to COVID-19 and USPS mail delays, paper ballots will available upon request only.
    • If requested, paper ballots can be picked up from the Management Office or hand-delivered (when possible).
    • Paper ballots must be received by mail or hand-delivered to the Assembly office no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, April 27th.

Please note: The Assembly is utilizing electronic voting through a 3rd party vendor: VoteHOANow. 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 Friday, April 2, 2021. 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 email address.

King Farm Management Office – Temporarily Closed For Walk-Ins

To protect the health and safety of the office staff and residents, The Management Office (Saddle Ridge Community Center) remains closed for walk-ins and unscheduled visits. For in person meetings, residents are seen by appointment only. Please call or email to schedule an appointment and wear a mask upon arrival to your appointment.

Contact Info: 301-987-0122 or management@kingfarm.org

Appointment Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Monday – Thursday)

OFFICE HOURS: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (Monday – Thursday) & 8:30 am to 2:00 pm (Friday)

The pool is closed for the season, but residents can still obtain a King Farm Key Fob. Please contact management to schedule an appointment to obtain key fob(s). For more information on key fob(s), please click here.

King Farm Neighbors Village News

The King Farm Neighbors Village (KFNV) started out its February events yesterday with an engaging conversation by 10 KFNV Movie Club participants about the Aaron Sorkin movie, Molly’s Game based upon the memoir of Molly Bloom aka the Poker Princess.

Future KFNV February events are:

  • The monthly KFNV Book Club on February 11th at 12:30 pm with a discussion of the novel, American Dirt, by Jeanine Cummins; and
  • Coffee and Conversation on February 17th at 10:00 am where the topic will be the vegan lifestyle and vegan recipes. Our very own KFNV members Rita Weiss and Susan Fullenbaum will lead a discussion centered around reasons why people choose the vegan lifestyle and what it means to be vegan.

King Farm Neighbors Village Board of Director News:

The KFNV is now soliciting individuals to serve as members of the Board of Directors.  The Board is a volunteer managing entity for the KFNV and works to develop, implement, and sustain activities that support the KFNV mission to help King Farm residents who would like to remain in their homes throughout their lives and age in place.  The KFNV coordinates services such as friendly visits, check-in phone calls, social events, health and safety events, and transportation.   Board members must be residents of King Farm and members of the KFNV. We are seeking individuals who are interested in the KFNV and its mission, who have experience germane to serving on the KFNV Board, and who are willing to commit a level of effort necessary to complete the duties of a KFNV Board member.  Term of service for Board members is two years, beginning at the Annual Meeting held in April of each year.

If you are interested in joining the KFNV Board, please send a statement of interest and a brief bio to kfnvinfo@gmail.com; and if you would like information about the KFNV, please view the KFNV website at www.kfnv.org.

KFNV COVID-19 Information:
In its effort to inform its members, supporters, and volunteers about the Covid-19 pandemic, the KFNV is directing its community to the following website that provides up-to-date information on the roll-out of the Coronavirus vaccinations in Montgomery County: https://montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccine/.  Through this website, you can sign up via text or email for up-to-date vaccination information. In addition, please follow the link below for a very informative matrix of possible vaccination sites with registration information: https://tinyurl.com/jlbi7um4.

Game Give Away:
KFNV has the non-competitive board game “Making Memories Together” for free distribution.  This game was designed for the purpose of honoring and communicating with an older family member, and it includes the exercise of surveying favorite family photos.  It is especially appropriate for those encountering the challenges of cognitive changes, and the game has earned first place in a competition focused on the use of art in health care.

Community Resource Guide:
The KFNV has hard copies of the resource guide: It Takes a Community to Age Safely created by Elder Safe Center, a program of the Charles E. Smith Life Communities.  Please contact the KFNV if you would like a copy.

How to Contact KFNV:
For most of our monthly events, membership is required, but membership is free and as easy as filling out an on-line or mail-in form. We do, 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 become a KFNV member,  to inquire about becoming a Board member, to make a donation, or to request a “Making Memories Together” board game or an Elder Safe Community Resource Guide, please contact the Member Coordinators at kfnvinfo@gmail.com, leave a voicemail at (301) 799-8104, or view the KFNV website at www.kfnv.org.

City, County, and State Updates:

Montgomery County COVID-19 Restrictions Continue

The following restrictions are still in effect in Montgomery County: 

• Indoor gatherings can no longer exceed 10 people.

• Outdoor gatherings can no longer exceed 25 people.

• Face masks must be worn at all times when outdoors (and social distance can’t be achieved);

• and at all times inside public facilities.

A copy of the most recent directive can be found here.

Additional links and information about COVID-19 can be found below. 

COVID Updates

Montgomery County Covid-19 Testing Sites

Montgomery County Data Dashboard of COVID-19 Cases

Food Resources 

RCPD News Report: January 25, 2021- January 31, 2021

Click here to read the Weekly Crime Report courtesy of the Rockville City Police Department.

If you have a crime or concern to report, please contact the Rockville City Police Department at:

Non-Emergency: 240-314-8900
Emergency: 9-1-1
2 W. Montgomery Ave, Rockville, Maryland 20850