KFCA Weekly Update: Friday, July 30, 2021

published: July 30th, 2021 by in E-Mail Blast

It’s Food Truck Friday Night!

It’s Food Truck Friday and O’Boy Pizza will be parked around Saddle Ridge Circle tonight from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tonight. Tomorrow, Saturday, July 31st, we welcome newcomer The Flipside Gastro burger truck to our line up from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Be sure to stop by and show our food trucks some love!

July Food Truck Schedule*

  • Friday, July 30th – O’Boy Pizza
  • Saturday, July 31st – Flipside Gastro

*Food trucks are subject to change due or be canceled due to weather events.

July/August Edition of the Chronicle Available Now

Click here to read the July/August 2021 King Farm Chronicle.

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

National Night Out Lawn Party – Tuesday, August 3

King Farm will celebrate National Night Out Against Crime with the annual community lawn party on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the Saddle Ridge lawn.

In celebration of the event, King Farm will host a community lawn party for neighbors of all ages to enjoy! Grab your lawn chair, bring the family and your neighbors as the evening will feature:

  • Live music by the band Chasing Autumn
  • Food courtesy of Mission BBQ Rockville (while supplies last)
  • True Respite Brewing Tent – beer for purchase & non-alcoholic sodas
  • Carmen’s Italian Ice (while supplies last)
  • Moonbounces, glitter tattoos, balloons, glow batons, giveaways and fun!

We also anticipate a special visit from McGruff the Crime Fighter, who wants you to help take a bite out of crime! We also expect a visit from officers from the City of Rockville Police Department, the Montgomery County Police Department, Rockville Volunteer Fire Department, and the City’s Mayor and Council and other special guests.

National Night Out is celebrated across the Nation and is sponsored by local police departments. The purpose of National Night Out is to strengthen the community-police partnership. National Night Out gives an opportunity for King Farm residents to get to know their neighbors better and forge relationships with police that can reduce crime and improve public safety within the community.

We hope to see you there!

August Board/Committee Meetings

Upcoming August Meetings:

Architectural Design Trust (ADT) – Wednesday 08/11/2021 – 4:30 PM**
Board of Code Compliance (BOCC) – Monday 08/09/2021 – 5:30 PM
Board of Trustees (BOT) – Wednesday 09/15/2021 – 7:30 PM *BOT meeting will not be held in August.

Zoom Meeting Links: https://kingfarm.org/zoom-meeting-links/

**Please note: if you have a home improvement or landscaping project coming up, please make sure to submit your design review application (DRA) for the upcoming ADT meeting no later than Wednesday, August 5th at 5:00pm. Applications submitted after this date will not be reviewed by the community architect and the ADT until the September ADT meeting. DRA applications can be found on the King Farm website or in the Frontsteps resident portal. Please download the application and email your completed application to management@kingfarm.org.

Due to COVID-19, all King Farm meetings have been held virtually since March of 2020. But now you can easily find the Zoom registration links to all upcoming King Farm Board of Trustees and Committee meetings online. Visit the King Farm website under the “Board & Committees” dropdown and click “Zoom Meeting Links” to register for any upcoming meetings that interest you.

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 (limited to 3 minutes speaking time per resident). 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.

Self-Defense Class Series Sponsored by KFST

The King Farm Swim Team (KFST) is sponsoring a series of self-defense classes which will be led by fellow King Farmer, Mr. Matthew Roh. Mr. Roh is a certified grandmaster in TaeKwonDo (7th degree black belt) and Muay Thai Master.

The self-defense class series (open to everyone, but designed for females ages 12 and over) will be held at the King Farm Community Center (300 Saddle Ridge Circle) on the next three Sundays at 2:00 PM. The classes are free of charge but donations are welcome and all donations will go to support the KFST. The classes will be held first come first serve with a maximum of 40 people per class and each class will be 1.5 hours long. Please wear exercise/activewear clothing and no loose clothing (long sleeves and long pants/leggings preferred).

Self Defense Class Series:

  • Sunday, August 2st at 2pm (Combination Attack/Escape)

Waivers will be required to protect the instructor(s), volunteers, King Farm organization and Management . We ask that you use the honor system and only those who have been vaccinated participate in this event.

If you are interested in registering for the self-defense classes, please email Mr. Roh at mattroh@yahoo.com with the following information:

  • Name(s) of individuals participating
  • Age(s)
  • Number of individuals from your household participating
  • Attached signed participation waiver
  • Which class you will participate in or if you will be attending all 3 classes

Tree Maintenance/Replacement Responsibility

This is a reminder that most of the trees in the alley are located within the boundaries of the homeowner’s lot (even if they are outside the fence). Most lots extend beyond the fence to the alley drive lane. Refer to your settlement documents that were provided to you at the closing of your home. If you can’t locate that paperwork, you can view your property lines online through either the Rockville GIS website (http://rockvillemd.maps.arcgis.com) and clicking on the Parcel Information map or by visiting the State’s plats.net website. Once you determine your property boundaries, you will gain a clear picture of who is responsible for the tree. In some cases, there may be a shared responsibility between neighbors for trees. If you need any help in reviewing your plat, please feel free to contact the management office at management@kingfarm.org and we will assist you.

When you are reviewing your landscaping, please be sure to check the trees in the front and rear (in the alley) of the home. King Farm is aging, and a lot of plant material and trees throughout the community are in decline. While King Farm has mulched and trimmed trees hanging into the alley drive lanes, homeowners are ultimately responsible for the maintenance and replacement and installation of the trees (if the trees are within the homeowner lot).

While reviewing trees throughout the community, evidence of emerald ash borers (and other health conditions) were identified. This disease ultimately causes tree failure. Many of the alley trees are significant in size, so it is important to check the condition of the trees to identify and treat these issues early. Due to the size of the trees, costs to remove and replace the trees can be expensive (typically $1,000 and up), so it is important to plan ahead for this work. Homeowners are liable for any damage or injury caused by falling branches from trees on their lot.

The Board of Trustees, the KFCA President, and Management are working with landscape experts to provide tree species options that are more resistant to disease and other information to help guide homeowners through the process. We encourage tree replacement to mitigate damage, but also to maintain the general aesthetics and canopy/shade over the alleys. Trees provide aesthetic continuity in the alleys, but also provide shade to reduce the ground temperatures in the alleys.

Per Equity Resolution #1, no live trees with a diameter more than four inches, measured twelve inches above the ground, nor flowering trees more than two inches similarly measured may be removed from a Lot without application to and approval by the Community Architect and the ADT. Trees removed shall be replaced with the same type of tree or with an alternate tree or shrub group which requires an application to and approval by the Community Architect and the ADT.

Removal of live tree more that 4 inches in diameter require a design review application.

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


King Farm Neighbors Village (KFNV) is looking forward to the following virtual events during the month of August:

  1. From 2:00 – 3:30 pm on August 5th, the KFNV Movie Club will discuss the movie, Knives Out. This 2019 mystery film written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Johnson and Ram Bergman tells the story of a detective investigating the death of a patriarch of a wealthy but dysfunctional family. The film features an ensemble cast, including among others, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Christopher Plummer;
  2. From 12:30-2:00 pm on August 12th, the KFNV monthly Book Club will discuss a non-fiction work, Soul of an Octopus by the naturalist Sy Montgomery. This provocative book recounts Montgomery’s exploration of the nature of consciousness through her up-close and personal study of octopuses. The discussion portends to be both enlightening and uplifting.
  3. From 10:00 – 11:30 am on Wednesday August 18th, The KFNV monthly Coffee and Conversation will be held. The topics will be:
    1. What are you planning to do in the next year if COVID remains under control?
    2. What kind of services and events would you like KFNV to provide and host?

Please visit the KFNV website at www.kfnv.org for a complete description of the July and August KFNV events. In addition, the KFNV Blog under the News section of the website has articles about past events as well as news relevant to the KFNV community. 

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.