It’s Food Truck Friday Night!
It’s Food Truck Friday and we are welcoming a new food truck to our lineup, Money Muscle BBQ will be parked outside the Saddle Ridge Community Center (300 Saddle Ridge Circle) tonight from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. As always, be sure to wear your mask and socially distance while waiting for your orders. See the list below for the upcoming schedule of when your favorite food trucks will be back!
Food Truck Friday Schedule:
- Friday, March 26 – Money Muscle BBQ
- Friday, April 2 – Catalyst Hot Dogs
Spring Fling Tomorrow!
The 11:00 a.m. time slot has sold out, but there are still some spaces available at 11:30, 12:00 and 12:30 p.m. for tomorrow’s, Saturday, March 27, Spring Fling with Hoppers the Bunny outside the Saddle Ridge Community Center (300 Saddle Ridge Circle).
Hoppers the Bunny will return for professional photos with all and registered children will receive a goodie bag. Neighbors will be asked to socially distance themselves while standing in line on designated spots and all (over the age of 2) must wear a mask.
You must pre-register via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information:
- How many children will be attending
- Pick a time slot: 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. or 12:30 p.m.
This event is open to King Farm residents only, sorry no non-resident outside guests, friends, or relatives permitted.
King Farm 2021 Annual Meeting & Election
The King Farm Citizens Assembly will host its Annual Meeting of the Membership and Election virtually on Wednesday, April 28th at 7:00 PM via Zoom Meeting. The primary purpose of the meeting is for presentation of the State of the Community report by the KFCA President and the election of three (3) Board of Trustees seats. The Treasurer will also provide a brief presentation on the current annual budget. Election results will be announced, and the newly elected members will be installed at the meeting.
Three candidates, Sue Beckerman, Ric Ricciardi, and Matthew Roh are running for the three (3) seats on the Board of Trustees. Since the seats are not contested, a Candidate Forum will not be held. The Trustee positions are two-year terms. Candidate statements can be viewed on the King Farm website (https://kingfarm.org/2021-annual-election/), in the March edition of the King Farm Chronicle, or by requesting a hard copy from the Management Office.
How to Attend the Meeting:
In order to attend the 2021 Annual Meeting, residents are required to register in advance via Zoom. Please use this link to register for the 2021 Annual meeting: https://tinyurl.com/KFCAAnnualMeeting.
Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with a unique link to join the Zoom meeting. Please remain on mute upon entry and for the duration of the meeting to limit background noise. If you need assistance registering for the Annual Meeting or if you need to register to vote in the 2021 Election (deadline April 2nd), please contact the Management Office by phone at (301) 987-0122 or by email at email@example.com.
How to Vote in the KFCA Election:
ONLINE VOTING is available for the 2021 Annual Meeting and Election and is the preferred method of voting. If you vote online, you do not need to vote by any other method. Your vote will only be counted once.
Registered voters will receive a postcard with their name, registration code, and the designated web address to register and cast their vote. Please add votehoanow.com as an approved domain name. If you have your registration code, visit https://kingfarm.ivotehoa.com/accountSignup.php to register. As part of the registration, registrants will be asked to provide the most up-to-date email address and phone number. Please complete this information as it will be used for future elections. If you have not received a registration code by April 7, 2021, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
King Farm Virtual Town Hall Meeting
There will be a virtual Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, March 31st from 7:30 – 9:00 pm via Zoom Meeting. The Town Hall is an opportunity for King Farm community members to ask questions and provide feedback or opinions in an informal setting. This is not a Board of Trustees meeting, but rather an interactive discussion with Board members, KFCA President, and KFCA Management. Please be respectful and remember that all commentary should be civil.
During the meeting, there will be a presentation from the Community Architect on the history of the development of King Farm and the development of the design standards for the community. Please see the agenda below for details.
In order to attend the Town Hall residents are required to register in advance via Zoom. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with a unique link to join the Zoom meeting.
Please use this link to register for the Town Hall meeting:
TOWN HALL AGENDA:
I. WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER (7:30 pm)
II. OPEN FORUM (7:30 pm – 8:00 pm)
a. This is a casual format where there can be more interactive conversation with Board members, KFCA President, and Management. Residents may ask questions and provide comments and suggestions. Commentary should be civil.
III. TOPIC SUMMARY/ KING FARM PLAN (8:00 pm – 8:45 pm)
a. Developer Plan and History
b. King Farm Architectural Design Guidelines
c. Clarifications and Updates
d. Role of Community Architect and ADT
e. Design Review Applications
IV. Q & A / ADDITIONAL DISCUSSION (8:45 pm – 9:00 pm)
V. ADJOURN (9:00 PM)
Volunteer to Help Clean up Our Stream
Come on out! The Annual Potomac River Watershed cleanup is taking place on Saturday, April 10th, 2021. A group of volunteers working with the City of Rockville will be removing litter from Watts Branch streams that feed into Watkins Pond.
WHEN: April 10th, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
WHERE: Meet at the King Farm Park near the tennis courts and lower playground.
This activity is planned to be COVID-safe activity and bags and gloves will be provided. Due to the pandemic, the City requires pre-registration. To pre-register, email Kate Gould for a volunteer waiver/registration form at email@example.com.
This activity is approved for MCPS Student Service Learning Hours. Ask for forms when you pre-register.
**Please note: this activity is not sponsored by nor affiliated with King Farm Citizens Assembly. All questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Your Home & Lot Ready for Spring!
With Spring coming fast, KFCA would like to remind you of some helpful tips to get your home and property ready for warmer weather! By taking the time to prepare your home and property for Spring, you will have more time available to enjoy outdoor activities, longer days, and mild weather and spend less time on household fixes and repairs. If you are planning to make any home renovations soon, please remember that any non-routine change to the exterior of your home or lot requires submitting a design review application (DRA) and receiving approval from the King Farm ADT. For more information, please visit the website or view Equity Resolution #1 and the Design Review Application.
SPRING CLEAN UP TIPS:
- Clean gutters and downspouts and make sure they are directing water away from the house.
- Cut back tree limbs and shrubs growing within five feet of the house or that are brushing up against the roof. You will create better ventilation; help dry out surfaces and prevent possible damage.
- Check for and repair cracks in driveway/sidewalk. Spring is the best time to seal cracks in the driveway or any other concrete.
- Pressure-wash your house, walkway, deck/patio and bring outdoor furniture out of storage.
SPRING LANDSCAPE TIPS:
Yard clean up – remove debris that has deposited in your yard over the winter months. Yard waste should be bagged and placed in biodegradable paper lawn bags OR 32-gallon trash cans (weight must be less than 50 pounds). Yard waste should be placed at the curb on regular collection days.
Rake – remove the leaves that you missed in the fall or those that have blown-in over the long winter we’ve had. While you’re raking the lawn, you’ll also want to remove pinecones, acorns, twigs, and branches. Raking will also break up and reinvigorate the clumped-up grass.
Prune – Pruning during early spring provides the best results for your trees and shrubs. Pruning bushes/trees can help revitalize them in spring and keeps their size and shape under control which is important for keeping up your curb appeal.
Edge – Edging helps to define the line between your landscaping and lawn and will prevent your grass from growing into your plant beds.
Fresh Mulch – Mulching improves plant health by helping to control moisture absorption by the plants and by preventing weeds. Mulch helps moisture control by absorbing water from heavy rains and releasing it over time. Mulch prevents weeds from growing by keeping them covered and weighted down.
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 email@example.com
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)
King Farm Neighbors Village News
The King Farm Neighbors Village (KFNV) ended March with its highlight event yesterday-an Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or Tapping workshop led by Bev Nerenberg. For her presentation, Ms. Nerenberg explained the underpinnings of Tapping and led the participants in a Tapping session. The Tapping session lived up to Ms. Nerenberg’s promotion that, “(Tapping) allows us to go from being STRESSED to RELAXED quickly, effectively, and efficiently,” because after the Tapping session most of the participants reported some relief around the issue they were focusing on. The March highlight event was indeed an interesting, educational, and very engaging event.
Looking forward to April, the KFNV will be hosting four virtual events:
- The monthly movie club on April 1st from 2:00-3:15 pm, where the 2020 Italian drama, The Life Ahead will be discussed. This Netflix film, directed by Edoardo Ponti, Loren’s son, tells the story of (Madame Rosa) Loren’s character, a retired prostitute/Holocaust survivor, who forges a bond with a young boy from Senegal. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 92% rating;
- The monthly book club on April 8th from 12:30-2:15 pm, where the book, News of the World by Paulette Jiles will be discussed. News of the World is a 2016 American western novel, which is a current film starring Tom Hanks;
- Coffee and Conversation on April 21st from 10:00-11:30 am, where the conversation will revolve around spring with the question: Do you have a favorite garden that you would recommend to visit? Participants are free to bring pictures of their favorite garden spots; and finally,
- The KFNV Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 22nd at 7:00 pm, where the new KFNV Board of Directors and Officers will be announced along with a discussion of KFNV operations over the last year and plans for future operations and events. The KFNV welcomes all members to this Annual Meeting and looks forward to “seeing” many members at this meeting.
New Information for Vaccination Appointments:
Montgomery County has announced important information for those residents who are 75+ and have pre-registered with the County for a Covid vaccination, but have not specifically heard from the County about scheduling an appointment. The County is requesting that you contact them by either calling 240-777-2982 or emailing them at: C19vaccination@montgomerycountymd.gov
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 the above March event, to become a KFNV 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a voicemail at (301) 799-8104, or view the KFNV website at www.kfnv.org.
Voicemail: (301) 799-8104
City, County, and State Updates:
Montgomery County COVID-19 Restrictions & Updates:
“Montgomery County has moved toward implementation of a phased approach to reopening that will allow students and teachers back in the classroom safely, expand business opportunities and restore recreational and social activities in a way that does not unduly jeopardize public health. The steps were part of a Board of Health regulation proposed by County Executive Marc Elrich and approved by the County Council.”
Among the provisions of the regulation:
- The County is aligning its outdoor dining with Maryland’s Department of Health guidance. Indoor dining capacity remains at 25 percent until March 26, when it will increase to 50 percent.
- The 10 pm time limit for alcohol service has also been eliminated.
- Childcare can return to group sizes and staff-child ratios in accordance with Maryland regulations.
- Outdoor gathering limits have been increased to 50 people or less.
- Indoor gathering limits have been increased to 25 people or less.
- Retail establishments and businesses, such as fitness centers, hair or nail salons, museums and art galleries, can operate at 25 percent capacity.
- Houses of worship can conduct services at 50 percent occupancy.
- Sports played outside can now occur with a maximum of 50 people. Indoor sports activities can be played with a maximum of 25 people. However, a letter of approval can be sought from the County for larger youth sports activities. Youth ice hockey is also allowed at 10 percent of the maximum capacity of the ice rink.
On March 26, capacity limits will increase to 50 percent for retail establishments, personal service facilities, fitness centers, bowling alleys, escape rooms, museums, art galleries and pools. Also on March 26: theaters, social clubs and all admission and amusement venues can reopen at 25 percent capacity without food concessions.
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King Farm Fall Leaf Collection Pick-Ups Scheduled for Week of April 9
The city will vacuum leaves from neighborhood curbs from April 5-16 in five collection areas throughout Rockville. An interactive map at www.rockvillemd.gov/leafcollection allows residents to input their address and learn when their leaves will be collected. Unlike fall leaf collection, which has two collection rounds, city crews make only one pass to collect leaves in spring.
Volunteers Wanted For The External Affairs Committee
If you are interested in joining the King Farm External Affairs Committee, please fill out this online form https://kingfarm.org/committee-volunteer/. All committee volunteers are required to be appointed by the KFCA President.
After we receive your submission, Management will contact you to let you know the next steps. To learn more about the External Affairs Committee, visit our website: https://kingfarm.org/external-affairs-committee/.
RCPD Safety Tips – Preventing Theft From Motor Vehicles
The Rockville City Police Department would like to remind residents how to protect themselves from becoming a victim of theft from motor vehicles.
- Lock your vehicle! – The majority of theft from motor vehicles reported comes from residents leaving their vehicles unlocked. Locking your vehicle is the easiest way to protect yourself from potential thieves.
- Make sure all windows and sunroofs are closed.
- Remove All Valuables from your Vehicle (cash, cell phones, laptops, GPS devices, purses, wallets, etc) or store valuables out of sight such as in a glove box or trunk.
- If your motor vehicle will be parked for an extended period of time, remove all personal items, and periodically check the vehicle.
- Remove any keys stored inside or near the vehicle.
- Park in well-lit areas
- If you notice your car has been tampered with or broken into, call the Police immediately!
- Do Not Touch the Vehicle – This will contaminate the crime scene and prevent officers from obtaining any evidence.
RCPD News Report: March 15, 2021 – March 21, 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:
2 W. Montgomery Ave, Rockville, Maryland 20850