KFCA Weekly Update: Friday, August 27th, 2021

published: August 27th, 2021 by in E-Mail Blast

Food Truck Friday & Saturday

Due to pending rain storms later this afternoon, Food Truck Friday has been canceled for tonight. Tomorrow night, Saturday, August 28 our friends at Flipside Gastro will be back with their burgers from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. parked around Saddle Ridge Circle. We hope you will come out and enjoy!

King Farm Movie on the Lawn Finale Tomorrow Night

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair as King Farm movies on the lawn comes to a close tomorrow, Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 8:15 p.m. for the debut of the Disney Pixar film Luca on the big screen. This family friendly animated film is rated PG and will be set up on the Saddle Ridge Community Center lawn. We hope to see you then!

Summer Concert Finale – Next Friday Night!

The Summer Concert Series comes to a finale next Friday, September 3, 2021, with a special performance by the Breakaways live on the Saddle Ridge lawn (300 Saddle Ridge Circle) from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Our friends at PhoWheels DC food truck will be selling food that evening, be sure to bring some cocktails, lawn chairs and the family and friends for the final concert of the season.

Send Us Your Back to School Pictures

The King Farm Chronicle will continue the annual tradition of featuring your back to school photos in the September edition. So when you head to the bus stop on Monday, be sure to snap some pics and send then to us at chronicle@kingfarm.org by September 3. We wish everyone a safe and successful back to school year!

City of Rockville Trash Delays

Per the City of Rockville, “Due to staffing shortages, the City of Rockville is experiencing curbside collection delays of some trash and recycling.

A good indication that your collection was not missed, but rather your area has not been serviced yet, is if neighbors still have their trash and recycling out as well. Please continue to leave trash and recycling at the curb and it will be collected as soon as possible.

This city has temporarily suspended delivery of new carts. Collection crews will accept up to five loose bags, placed next to your trash or recycling cart. We are prioritizing collections of trash and recycling first, then yard waste.”

If you have questions, please contact the City of Rockville Department of Recycling and Refuse by phone at 240-314-8568 or by email at recyclingrefuse@rockvillemd.gov.

Upcoming Virtual Public Hearing – Post Application Area Meeting for 16200 Frederick Road (King Buick Redevelopment)

On Tuesday, August 31 at 7:00 PM, the Planning Commission, Mayor and Council, will hold the 3rd public hearing for a proposed new development in King Farm.

The King Farm redevelopment proposes to build 370 dwelling units located at 16200 Frederick Road. There will be a presentation by the developer (EYA) on the proposed King Farm redevelopment as well as an opportunity for questions or to provide feedback. This meeting is informational only, but this is a great opportunity for residents to learn about the project and provide their thoughts to the developer. The Planning Commission and Mayor and Council will take testimony and make decisions on the project at upcoming meetings. Please see below for more information.

Detailed information about King Buick Development – https://www.rockvillemd.gov/2348/16200-Frederick-Road-King-Buick-Redevelo.

Map View – (In process projects are labeled in green; Approved projects are in blue. One can see how many new deployments are planned/being carried out in the section north of King Farm Blvd.) https://www.rockvillemd.gov/621/Development-Watch-Map.

Post Application Area Meeting – Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021, from 7-9 PM

Click here for the meeting web link.

Call-In: 408-418-9388; Access code: 132 414 0102; Password: D3MeWvEKQ84

O’Leary Asphalt- Lead Walks Affected by Sidewalk Replacements

O’Leary Asphalt is began sidewalk repairs throughout the community earlier this week. Repairs are scheduled to continue today, Friday, August 27 (weather permitting). Please note that there will be some homes that have sidewalks in front of the lead walks that need to be repaired. This means they will not be able to walk directly from their lead walk to the sidewalk while the repairs are in progress.

Notices will be posted in advance in the curb grass. Scheduling of work may change based on weather conditions. Please refer to the list below of homes where concrete repairs are expected in front of the lead walk.

CROOKED CREEK (700, 704, 710, 714)
ELMCROFT (108, 112, 120, 340, 942)
GARDEN VIEW WAY (214, 216)
GRAND CHAMPION (609, 619, 625, 709, 908, 1004)
LANDIS (709)
LAWSON (502, 510)
LONGHORN CRESCENT (402, 500, 515, 559)
PASTURE SIDE PLACE (109, 134, 138, 142)
ROBENA (308, 400, 404, 413)

Parking Reminder

We are receiving more complaints about residents parking their vehicles and impeding into the street along Shorthorn Way. This is a reminder that vehicles may be parked in garages or driveways, but cannot extend into an alleyway or street as this is a hazard to other vehicles.

If you cannot fit your vehicle(s) in your driveway without extending into the street, they will need to be parked in the garage or else where. Please take a moment to remind all members of your household, tenants, and guests about the parking policies. Please be considerate of your neighbors.

We appreciate your attention and cooperation in this matter.

King Farm Fitness Center Open

The King Farm Fitness Center (gym) located inside the Community Center (300 Saddle Ridge Circle) reopened to residents in June. Due to the limited size of the room (approximately 300 sq. ft.), only four (4) persons are allowed to exercise at any given time in order to maintain appropriate social distancing between patrons. Reservations are also required in order to use the fitness center and can be made up to 1 week in advance. Reservations can be booked for 1-hour increments beginning at 7:00 am until 7:00 pm.

While Montgomery County has lifted COVID-19 protocols, KFCA is exercising caution as we do not know who is fully vaccinated and want to reduce the likelihood of transmission.

A capacity limit has been put in place for 4 people at a time**
ALL residents must sign and submit a waiver to access the pool. If you signed a liability waiver last summer, it is still valid.
if you need to sign a liability waiver, please click here to download your waiver and email the signed copy to Management (managemnt@kingfarm.org).
A key fob is required to access the fitness center. The fitness center can be accessed from the side door located on the right side of the community center building.
If you do not have a key fob, please complete the key fob application form or contact Management.
A reservation is required to attend the fitness center. Reservations can be made using the Omnify reservation portal: https://kingfarmcitizensassembly.getomnify.com.
Please cancel your reservation if you cannot attend to allow others to book.
Increased cleaning procedures have been put in place to help reduce the transmission of the virus.
Reservations can be booked for 1-hour increments beginning at 7:00 am until 7:00 pm.
If you are the only person exercising, you do not need to wear your mask; however, if additional persons are using the fitness center, then all persons need to wear masks.
**PLEASE NOTE: The above information is subject to change. Management and the Board of Trustees will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed.

King Farm Neighbors Village News

Upcoming Events:

The KFNV is beginning fall with the following virtual events in September, including a September highlight event to replace the cancelled reopening event:

  1. On September 2nd from 2:00 – 3:15 pm, the KFNV member Movie Club will review the film, The Woman in the Window, a mystery/thriller starring Amy Adams. Ms. Adams plays an agoraphobic who witnesses a violent crime while spying on her neighbors.
  2. On Thursday, September 9th from 12:30 – 2:15 pm, the monthly member Book Club will meet for a discussion of the historical fiction novel, The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali.
  3. On Wednesday, September 15th from 10:00 – 11:30 am, the KFNV will host its monthly Coffee and Conversation. The discussion will center on memories of going to school or a favorite school memory.
  4. Finally, the KFNV is happy to announce its September highlight event – a virtual Octoberfest Beer and Chocolate Tasting sponsored by True Respite Brewing, Co. and The Chocolatier’s Palette on Friday, September 24th from 7:30 pm to approximately 9:00 pm. Our KFNV members will remember the fun holiday virtual tasting that these neighbors provided in December. This time the beers and chocolates will reflect an autumn theme. KFNV will cover the cost of the beer and chocolate tasting kits—one per family—for members who sign up for the virtual Zoom event as well as deliver the kits to these registered members. **September 10th is the last day that members can register for this event.

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, or to make a donation, 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 and County Updates:

City of Rockville Updates:

Rockville Arts Festival – The Rockville Arts Festival will be held 11:00am to 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday, September 4th and 5th. Streets in the area will be closed, so plan ahead to avoid delayed travel. From 1:00pm Friday, Sept. 3rd to 9:00pm Sunday, Sept. 5th, East Middle Lane will be closed from the HSBC/Helen Heneghan Way to Gibbs Street. Maryland Avenue will be closed from the Garage A entrance to East Montgomery Avenue. The festival will feature 140-plus artists, live entertainment, food and art demonstrations.

Pre-construction Activities Continue at Rockville and Shady Grove Stations – Pre-construction activities to prepare for the shutdown at Shady Grove and Rockville stations from September 11th to December 4th, 2021 are currently underway. Here’s what’s coming up:

Rockville Station – Beginning on August 23, for approximately five months, the bus loop on the west side of Rockville Station will close and buses will be relocated to the West Kiss & Ride Lot or Rockville Pike (MD 355).
The West Kiss & Ride Lot, labeled as “buses only” on the map (see below), will serve as the temporary bus loop during the project.
Catch buses on the west side of the station at the temporary bus stops starting August 23. Click here for a map. Use the Kiss & Ride on the east side of the station for pick up and drop off activities.

Opioids: Let’s Talk About It – September is National Recovery Month, and the city will hold several events as part of Rockville Goes Purple, a continuing campaign to shine a spotlight on the nationwide impact of opioid addiction. The theme of this year’s Rockville Goes Purple campaign is “Opioids: Let’s Talk About It,” which encourages dialogue about, and openness around, the problems of opioid addiction, and awareness about the dangers of stigmatizing addiction. The Mayor and Council will hold a remembrance ceremony before their meeting when they return to official business on Monday, Sept. 13. The event will feature a speaker and informational tables. Check September’s edition of “Rockville Reports” and the city’s online calendar at www.rockvillemd.gov/calendar.aspx for information as details develop.

City Launches New Communitywide Survey – The City of Rockville Human Rights and Human Services Advisory commissions have launched a communitywide survey to assess the state of social justice, racism, bias and wellness in the city. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese and Korean.

More information and a link to the survey are available at www.rockvillemd.gov/humanrights. The survey can be taken anonymously. Paper surveys are available on request by calling the Dept. of Housing and Community Development at 240-314-8300.

Montgomery County Indoor Mask Mandate Returns:

The Montgomery County Council unanimously voted on August 5, 2021 to reimplement an indoor mask mandate for all indoor public spaces in Montgomery County as of August 7, 2021.

Face coverings are not required if a person has a “bona fide disability or medical condition”; is receiving dental care, shaving or facial treatments; is eating and drinking; or swimming or engaging in exercise where the use of a face covering would pose a safety risk. The mandate also exempts mask wearing by a person giving a speech or performance as long as they are 6 feet away from others.