Observance of 9-11
On Saturday, September 11th we remember those that perished during the attacks on September 11th, 2001.
September 11th is Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance. On this day Americans across the country are called to volunteer in their local communities in tribute to the individuals lost and injured in the attacks, first responders, and the many who have risen in service to defend freedom.
September Edition of The King Farm Chronicle
The September edition of the King Farm Chronicle is here. Click here to read it before it hits mailboxes next week. Please visit our website under Stay Informed / King Farm Chronicle to read past editions.
Food Truck Friday
There will not be a food truck this evening, but next week we will welcome newcomer Banging BBQ to Saddle Ridge Circle, we hope you will come check them out!
September Food Truck Schedule*
- Friday, September 17 – Banging BBQ
- Friday, September 24 – Greek on Wheels Truck
*Food trucks are subject to change due or be canceled due to weather events.
Movie Night Finale on the Lawn Tomorrow
Bring a blanket or a lawn chair as King Farm movies on the lawn ends tomorrow, Saturday, September 11, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. Join us 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!
Pools Open This Weekend!
Both King Farm pools will be open THIS Saturday and Sunday (September 11th and 12th) from 11:00 am – 8:30 pm.
If the warm weather continues and we are able to confirm pool staff, the pools will be open again next Saturday and Sunday (September 18th and 19th) from 11:00 am – 8:30 pm.
As a reminder, reservations are not required to use the pools, but they are encouraged. Both pools will be available this weekend for 2-hour reservation time slots starting at 11:00 am. The pools will close for 30 minute increments 4 times per day in order to ensure that regular cleaning and disinfecting procedures can occur.
Please visit the reservation portal at https://kingfarmcitizensassembly.getomnify.com to book your reservation.
Upcoming Board and Committee Meetings
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Architectural Design Trust (ADT) – Wednesday 10/13/2021 – 4:30 PM
- Board of Code Compliance (BOCC) – Monday 09/13/2021 – 5:30 PM
- Board of Trustees (BOT) – Wednesday 09/29/2021 – 7:00 PM
- External Affairs Committee – No Meeting Scheduled*
Zoom Meeting Registration Links: https://kingfarm.org/zoom-meeting-links/
ADT Application Reminder:
If you would like to submit a Design Review Application (DRA) for any upcoming home renovations or landscaping changes you would like to make, your completed application must be submitted no later than Tuesday, October 5th at 5:00 pm in order to be reviewed at the October meeting. As a reminder, applications are considered completed once you receive an email from the Management Office indicating that your application has been received AND is complete.
The supplemental information needed for the DRA is listed on the application itself (which can be downloaded from the resident portal or the website) . The following are the main components for the supplemental documents (but not an exhaustive list):
- a description of the proposed changes and work to be completed (a contractor’s proposal if available with contact information).
- a copy of the individual property plat for your home/lot showing property lines and detailed architectural specifications (can be found in your settlement documents). Additionally, you should identify on your plat where the proposed changes will take place.
- type of material(s) (manufacturer link/sample) to be used, color of material(s)(manufacturer link/sample)
- picture of the current exterior showing the existing elements and to provide perspective for the ADT and community architect;
- and renderings (if applicable) of the proposed changes.
Certain materials and colors for various home elements have been identified and can be found in the King Farm Architectural Design Guide on our website and located in the resident portal: https://kingfarm.org/architectural-design-guide-2/.
*Meetings are for King Farm Titleholders and Citizens only. Registrants will be verified to ensure participants are titleholders/citizens.
Fall Maintenance Reminder
With fall right around the corner, KFCA would like to remind you of some helpful tips to get your home and property ready for colder temperatures and to prevent costly damage. In some instances, deferred exterior maintenance items can affect the interior of your home and result in both interior and exterior issues that could have otherwise been prevented. Please see below for some helpful tips:
Landscape and Yardwork
- Although grass appears to stop growing in the fall, the roots are actually growing deeper to prepare for winter. Now is the best time to fertilize and reseed your lawn.
- Keep your grass at 2 to 2½ inches tall – If your grass gets much taller (more than 3 inches) it will mat, and this could lead to winter lawn disease problems such as snow mold.
- Weed plant beds and put down fresh mulch.
- Prune your trees and shrubs after the leaves turn to encourage healthy growth.
- Trim any tree limbs that are dangerously close to power lines or the roof of your house. Heavy snow and ice can cause damage in the winter.
Windows and Doors
- Change summer screens to cool weather storm windows and doors.
- Inspect and repair any loose or damaged window or door frames.
- Install weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors to prevent drafts and to lower heating bills.
Gutters and Downspouts
- Clean gutters and downspouts frequently throughout fall to prevent build up of leaves and other debris. Neglected gutters can lead to wood rot problems and pest infestations, not to mention ruined gutters.
- Be sure water is not coming down behind gutters and that all support brackets are securely in place.
- Ensure that water drains properly and doesn’t pool. Pooling can cause damage to foundations, driveways, and walkways.
- Replace the filter in your furnace.
- Consider having a heating professional check your heating system to ensure optimal performance and discover minor problems before they turn into costly major repairs.
- Clean your ducts to better your heating system’s efficiency as well as to reduce household dust and to provide relief to those with respiratory problems.
- To prevent pipes freezing and bursting, ensure that the pipes are well insulated.
- Know how to locate and turn off the water shut-off valve in case pipes do freeze.
Chimney and Fireplace
- Call a professional in to inspect and clean your chimney. Fireplaces that are regularly used during the season should have an annual cleaning to prevent dangerous chimney fires.
- Test your fireplace flue for a tight seal when closed.
- Be sure attic insulation doesn’t cover vents in the eaves to prevent winter ice dams on the roof.
- Be sure ridge vents and vents at eaves are free of plants and debris.
- Check bird and rodent screens for attic vents to prevent any unwanted guests.
Yard Waste Collections Temporarily Suspended
Yard waste collections have been temporally suspended today (Friday, Sept. 10), and service disruptions may continue into next week.
The City of Rockville apologizes for the inconvenience and appreciates residents’ patience and flexibility as it seeks to restore normal service.
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 email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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) continued its fall virtual activities yesterday, September 9th with its Members’ Book Club. Members enjoyed an engaging discussion of Marjan Kamali’s historical fiction novel, The Stationery Shop – a poignant love story, which has been compared to The Notebook. Next month’s Book Club’s choice is the novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde, Have You Seen Luis Velez?
Other KFNV September virtual events are:
- On Wednesday, September 15th from 10:00 am -11:30 am, participants will meet for Coffee and Conversation where the discussion will center on memories of going to school or a memory of a favorite teacher; and last but not least;
- 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. 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. Today, Friday, September 10, 2021, is the last day that members can register for this event!
Please visit the KFNV website at www.kfnv.org for a complete description of the September 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. Also, both the Movie Club and Book Club welcome new members. Finally, as was noted above membership is necessary to participate in the Octoberfest Beer and Chocolate virtual tasting. Please see below for KFNV membership details.
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 email@example.com, leave a voicemail at (301) 799-8104, or view the KFNV website at www.kfnv.org.
Voicemail: (301) 799-8104
Reminder: Shady Grove and Rockville stations will close Sept. 11-Dec. 4
Here are the top five things to know to plan your trip during the station closures:
- No Metrorail Service At Shady Grove and Rockville Stations Starting Sept. 11th
- Amtrak and MARC service will continue to operate during construction with no service disruptions at Rockville.
- Normal rail service will continue at all open Red Line stations. Learn more about Metrorail service levels here.
- Free and frequent shuttle bus service will be offered at Shady Grove, Rockville and Twinbrook stations.
- Catch the shuttles on the west side of each station (look for the green circle!). Shuttle stops (click your station for details):
- Shady Grove
- Routes and hours:
- Local (Shady Grove >Rockville >Twinbrook stations roundtrip), scheduled every 10 min. during Metrorail hours.
- Express (Shady Grove >Twinbrook stations roundtrip) from 4:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. weekdays, scheduled every 10 min. or less.
- Consider parking at Twinbrook or White Flint stations as an alternative.
- Free parking will be available at Shady Grove and Rockville stations during the station closures, but parking is limited at Rockville Station while we improve the Park & Ride.
- The East Kiss & Ride Lots should be used for pick up/drop off activities at Shady Grove and Rockville stations.
- Metrobus and Ride On will still serve Shady Grove and Rockville stations – but check if your bus stop has changed.
- Shady Grove Station: there will be no changes to where you catch your bus.
- Rockville Station: buses on the west side of the station are relocated.
- Pedestrian tunnels at Shady Grove and Rockville stations and the pedestrian bridge at Rockville Station will remain open.
** Federal law requires wearing a face mask on public transit **
RCPD News Report: July 19, 2021 to September 5, 2021
Weekly Public Safety Information:
The Unites States Department of Homeland Security – Federal Emergency Management Agency has designated September as National Preparedness Month. The Rockville City Police Department is doing its part to make sure you and your family stay informed and prepared for any emergency that may occur.
The Cost of Disasters
- Disasters are expensive! You may need to evacuate or relocate temporarily in the event of a disaster, and this may mean unexpected expenses such as food, lodging, and gas. According to the Federal Reserve, 40% of Americans have less than $400 in savings. Take steps today to plan for emergencies!
- Make sure you take photographs of important documents and valuables; this will make filing insurance claims much easier in the event you need to. Record the serial numbers of all electronic devices.
- Did you know that most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance policies don’t cover flooding? It takes 30 days for most flood insurance policies to take effect. Don’t wait until it’s too late!
Make an Emergency Plan
- Be prepared and make an emergency plan with you and your family. It is important to include children in the disaster planning process. Go over your plans with them so that even if you are not present, they are prepared as well.
- Designate a place where members of your family should meet in the event you are separated. You can designate a place such as a trusted neighbor’s home or local community landmark. This way if you are separated in the process of evacuating you know where you can find each other.
- If you have medical equipment that requires electricity, make sure to contact your local utility companies to ensure you are on a “priority reconnection list” in the event that utility services are disrupted.
- Learn how to disconnect utilities such as natural gas and water supplies in the home.
- Make sure that you are prepared for any potential utility disruptions by having enough food, water, and medications for at least 72 hours.
- Stay informed! You can sign up for local emergency alert systems that will notify you of local watches and warnings. These systems can warn you of developing situations that can keep you prepared.
- Alert Rockville: https://member.everbridge.net/index/3531635643384073#/login
- Alert Montgomery: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/oemhs/alertmontgomery/
- FEMA Mobile App: https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app
- National Preparedness Month: https://www.ready.gov/september
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
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