King Farm Weekly Update: Friday, September 24, 2021

published: September 24th, 2021 by in E-Mail Blast

Food Truck Tonight

It’s Food Truck Friday night and our friends at the Big Greek Café will be parked around 300 Saddle Ridge Circle from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Be sure to stop by if your are looking for dinner tonight!

King Farm Fall Festival Returns Next Sunday!!

Mark your calendars as King Farm’s favorite fall event will return next Sunday, October 3, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Saddle Ridge Community Center lawn area and surrounding streets of Saddle Ridge Circle. A rain date of October 17 will be enacted if needed.

The Fall Festival will feature plenty of free activities for neighbors and visitors of all ages. Enjoy a horse-drawn hayride around Saddle Ridge Circle, moonbounces, rides, obstacles course inflatables for all ages, a climbing rock wall, the return of scarecrow making, pumpkin decorating, a live petting zoo, glitter tattoos and more! There will not be a Business Expo of local vendors set up this year, but we hope to welcome them back in 2022.

This year’s event WILL feature some of our favorite food trucks and local food vendors selling their tasty festival foods. There is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. All food and beverage purchases will require a fee, so be sure to bring your wallet and support the food vendors. We will also welcome True Respite Brewing to the Festival this year, our 2021 beer vendor sponsor!! So be sure to stop by their booth for a taste of their Fall brews.

The majority of Saddle Ridge Circle, Saddle Ridge Lane as well as areas around the Saddle Ridge Community Center will be closed to all traffic from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Residents are encouraged to walk to the event or find parking on adjacent streets. Overflow parking will be located at Safeway in the King Farm Village Center, walk into the event via Thompson Dairy Way.

We hope to see everyone at this year’s Fall Festival fun!

New York City Holiday Day Trip

NYC is back open, and Broadway, the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular and other holiday activities are set to return to the Big Apple, and King Farm has scheduled the annual holiday bus trip to New York City. A chartered bus will leave King Farm’s Saddle Ridge Community Center on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 6:00 a.m. and will arrive in the heart of Rockefeller Center around 11:00 a.m. Residents will then be on their own to see the sights, catch a show, do a little holiday shopping, or just find a great place to eat. The bus will leave New York at 8:00 p.m. that evening and will arrive back in King Farm after midnight.

There are some rules and mandates in place for this year’s trip. As New York City has strict COVID-19 protocols, including the “Key to NYC Pass,” which, as of now, requires people age 12 and older to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for entering restaurants, event spaces, bars, nightclubs, coffee shops, fast food and quick service locations with indoor dining, as well as movie theaters, music, and concert venues, including Broadway, museums, aquariums and zoos, professional sports arenas, indoor stadiums, convention centers, exhibition halls, performing arts theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, pool and billiard halls, recreational game centers, adult entertainment and indoor play areas.

To be eligible for this year’s King Farm NYC Bus Trip:

  • All attendees over the age of 12 must have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and will be required to show proof of vaccination card at time of morning entry onto the bus.
  • Children are permitted to attend but must be free from needing a car/booster seat.
  • You will be required to wear a face mask the entire time while riding on the bus, for the health and wellbeing of yourself and other guests.
  • We will be taking temperature checks upon first early morning entry onto the bus.
  • We will not be filling the buses at full capacity to maintain some sort of social distancing for passengers.
  • There are no exceptions to this year’s rules.

The cost to participate in the bus trip is $48.00 per person, this registration fee is non-refundable, unless you cancel at least 5 days prior to the trip. To register please e-mail activities@kingfarm.org for a registration form. DO NOT just take or send money to the King Farm Management Office. Upon receipt of your e-mail, you will be given directions to submit your registration form and payment. This event is open to all King Farm residents and one (1) non-resident guest.

2022 Draft Budget

The initial 2022 draft budget is complete and there is no increase for the 2022 fiscal year.

The draft budget will be posted to the resident portal today. The Budget & Finance Committee will host an open meeting via zoom to discuss the proposed budget. The meeting will be held in early October (exact meeting date TBD*). A zoom link for the meeting will be sent via email blast and posted on the King Farm website.

Comments or questions can be sent via email to management@kingfarm.org. Comments will be shared with the Budget & Finance Committee and the Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees is expected to vote on the 2022 Draft Budget at the October 27, 2021 or the November 17, 2021 Board Meeting.

Upcoming Board and Committee Meetings

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.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Board of Trustees (BOT) – Wednesday 09/29/2021 – 7:00 PM
  • Please see attachment or visit the resident portal (1. Board of Trustees (BOT) / Draft Agendas) to view the Draft Agenda for the September meeting. The Resident Board Book can also be found within the resident portal.

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

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

Upcoming City of Rockville Public Hearing – October 4th

The Mayor and Council will hold a public hearing, 7:00 PM Monday, October 4th, on an application for a proposed residential development at 16200 Frederick Road, the King Buick auto dealership.

The application is to transform 16160/16200 Frederick Road to allow for up to 370 dwelling units, walking paths, and open and park space, on the 20.35-acre site. A 10.3-acre section of the site that sits in Montgomery County is under consideration by the Mayor and Council for annexation into the city.

To submit comments, email mayorcouncil@rockvillemd.gov, or write to the City Clerk’s Office, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Maryland, 20850, by 10:00 am the day of the public hearing. Those submitting testimony should provide their names and addresses.

To sign up to testify virtually during the hearing, send your name and phone number to mayorcouncil@rockvillemd.gov, no later than 10:00 am the day of the meeting.

All comments will be acknowledged by the Mayor and Council at the meeting and added to the agenda for public viewing at www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter. Agendas are typically posted a few days before the meeting.

To practice responsible social distancing, Mayor and Council meetings are conducted by teleconference and broadcast on Rockville 11, channel 11 on county cable, livestreamed at www.rockvillemd.gov/rockville11, and available a day after each meeting at www.rockvillemd.gov/videoondemand.

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 and to the end at 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. In the front of homes, please consider removing trees if the curb trees are shading the tree in your lot. The overcrowding of trees looks unkempt, reduces the shaded tree’s ability to thrive, shades the grass, and creates additional mold and mildew to clean from the home. Refer to Equity Resolution(s) #1 and #6 regarding tree replacements. Additional information can be found in the Architectural Design Guide.

In the rear of the home, King Farm has mulched and trimmed trees hanging into the alley drive lanes, but homeowners are ultimately responsible for the maintenance and replacement and installation of the trees (if the trees are within the homeowner lot). Homeowners are liable for any damage or injury caused by falling branches from trees on their lot. Many of the trees are significant in size now, so it is important to check the condition of the trees. While reviewing trees throughout the community, evidence of emerald ash borers and other conditions were sited. An independent consultant provided 3 options for alley tree replacements: Green Vase Zelkova, Armstrong Maple, or Ginko. If you select one of these trees or another species, please review the space constraints and environmental conditions to ensure the replacement will thrive.

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 than 4 inches in diameter require a design review application.

Please take a moment to review the information regarding tree replacements and the attachment. If you have questions, please contact Management via email at management@kingfarm.org or by calling 301-987-0122.

Community Inspections Reminder

Friendly reminder that the community-wide inspections are still in progress and there is still time to address any outstanding maintenance items before final notices are issued. Final notices will be mailed soon and after that time, the Board of Code Compliance Committee (BOCC) will begin holding hearings for those who received final notices and have not taken any actions to address the violations.

Please visit the website under Home Improvement / Property Inspections for instructions on how to contest the findings (if needed) and for an overview of the inspection cycle and process (https://kingfarm.org/annual-property-inspections/).

Contact Management with any questions via email at management@kingfarm.org or call (301) 987-0122.

King Farm Neighbors Village News


This evening from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm King Farm Neighbors Village (KFNV) will sponsor its last virtual event for September – an Octoberfest Beer and Chocolate Tasting sponsored by True Respite Brewing, Co. and The Chocolatier’s Palette. The beer and chocolate kits provided by the KFNV to members will reflect a fall theme. Wishing all beer and chocolate lovers, a tasty evening!

Virtual events scheduled for October are:

  1. Thursday, October 7th from 2:00 – 3:15 pm, the KFNV Movie Club will review the movie, The Two Popes, a 2019 biographical drama directed by Fernando Meirelles and written by Anthony McCarten. The film stars Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI who tries to convince Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (the future Pope Francis) played by Jonathan Pryce to reconsider his decision to resign as an archbishop while confiding in Bergoglio that he is planning to abdicate his papal role. The performances of Hopkins and Pryce as well as the screenplay received high praise from the critics. Even more interesting is the casting of Mr. Pryce as Pope Francis; for Mr. Pryce is a dead ringer for Pope Francis;
  2. Thursday, October 14th from 12:30 – 2:00 pm, the KFNV Book Club will meet via Zoom to discuss the novel, Have You Seen Luis Velez? By prolific author Catherine Ryan Hyde, the novel tells the beautiful story of the relationship between an elderly, blind Holocaust survivor and a teen boy who feels like he doesn’t fit in anywhere. As one reviewer described the book,” …A tender tale of new families born of chance and the determination to bring light into darkness.” Kirkus;
  3. Coffee and Conversation —Wednesday, October 20th from 10:00-11:00 am, where Patricia Dubroof will facilitate a memory- making game session, and finally;
  4. On Thursday, October 28th from 3:00 – 4:00 pm Ralph Buglass on behalf of Peerless Rockville, Rockville’s historic preservation organization, will present “History of the C & O Canal.” Mr. Buglass is a speaker for Montgomery History, the county’s historical society, as well as a volunteer researcher for Peerless Rockville, the city’s historic preservation organization. With Peerless Rockville, Mr. Buglass recently published a pictorial history of Rockville as part of the nationwide “Images of America” series. Mr. Buglass has spoken and taught on a variety of local history topics at various lifelong learning programs around the area. He is a Montgomery County native, graduate of Winston Churchill High School, has a BA in American history from Cornell, and a Master’s Degree in journalism from American University. The KFNV cordially invites all members of the King Farm community to this event, as KFNV membership is not required for virtual attendance at this presentation.

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 kfnvinfo@gmail.com, leave a voicemail at (301) 799-8104, or view the KFNV website at www.kfnv.org.

Website: https://www.kfnv.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kingfarmneighborsvillage

Email: kfnvinfo@gmail.com

Voicemail: (301) 799-8104

RCPD News Report: September 13, 2021 to September 19, 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