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Welcome to Fallsmead.org!  We designed this website to be a timely resource where residents can find out what is happening in Fallsmead and get answers to questions about our community.  So, please, check back often, and contact us if you have any questions or suggestions!
 
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TENNIS COURT ACTIVITIES
Posted on Jul 11th, 2016
We are glad so many Fallsmead residents are already enjoying our refurbished tennis/racket sports courts!
 
Court activities continue this week.  At 6pm on Tuesday July 12th, there will be another roundrobin tennis evening from 6-8pm. Last week we had our first community roundrobin evening. A number of folks showed up and had a great time. Both male and female players are invited to join in. If there are enough attendees, we will continue this event each week this summer.
 
At 6pm on Thursday July 14th, there will be another community Pickleball roundrobin at the courts from 6-8pm. We had our first evening this past week, and had both Pickleball courts filled and a couple of players waiting. Just come! There will be rackets and balls provided!! We will also continue this event each week this summer, if there continue to be enough players.
 
An important reminder - Unfortunately, there have been reports of  folks with rollerblades or other wheeled vehicles on the courts! If you see anyone doing that, please ask them to leave the courts. It would be a shame to have our new courts damaged in any way! Click here to access the Court Rules.
 
COURT LOCK- For those of you who do play, please lock the courts when you leave! TIP: If you have not been able to find where the combination lock arm should go, look under the gate latch when it is closed. On the underside you will see the  round opening. Slide the lock through that opening, close the lock, and rotate 2-3 of the 4 numbers on the bottom of the lock. The  lock is not locked until you move at least one number off the open combination numbers.
 
For those of you who have not been to the the new Tennis/Racket Sports page here at Fallsmead.org, we invite you to do so. There, you can reserve court times, get the court lock combination, see court hours and information, and more!
 
If you have any questions about the courts, please contact the Tennis Committee at tennis@fallsmead.org.
 
NEW SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATION GUIDELINES
Posted on Jun 15th, 2016
If you have attended a recent community meeting or have read the Fallsmead Forum, you know that the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) has been drafting guidelines for solar panel installations in the Fallsmead. The ACC's proposed guidelines, published in the last issue of the on-line Forum for community review and comment, were approved by the Board at its June meeting and are effective immediately. The guidelines comply with federal, state and local regulations and will be updated as those and the technology evolve. Similar guidelines have been successfully used in nearby communities.
 
A solar panel installation is an exterior addition as defined in the Covenants. Fallsmead residents should be aware that the ACC will use these guidelines in its review of any proposed solar panel installations. The guidelines should be  taken into account early in the planning of any installation. The ACC will work cooperatively with residents planning solar panel installations so that those installations are safe, minimize visibility to the extent practical without degrading performance significantly, and harmonious with Fallsmead's design and aesthetic.
 
Click here to see a copy of the guidelines. If you have any questions about the solar panel installation guidelines or their applicability, please contact the ACC at acc@fallsmead.org.
 
OLD GIANT COMPLEX UPDATE
Posted on Jun 8th, 2016
The Concerned Citizens for Rockshire Center Redevelopment (“CCRCR”), made up of a group of residents from Fallsmead, Rockshire, and surrounding neighborhoods, has been organizing to oppose the current plan for a high density development of townhouses at the Rockshire Center (former site of the Giant) at Wootton Parkway and Hurley Avenue. Click here for more information about the proposal. CCRCR's Facebook page can be accessed by clicking here.
 
The CCRCR has prepared template letters that members of surrounding communities can send to the Rockville Mayor and City Council to express their concerns about the proposed redevelopment.  Click here for more information from CCRCR about the template letters, and click here to download the personalizable letters. 
 
UPDATED TRASH CAN SCREEN GUIDELINES
Posted on May 11th, 2016
The Fallsmead Board has approved new ACC guidelines for trash can screens. The updated guidelines are noted below.
 
"Screens to hide trash and recycling containers are permitted subject to the following: 
  • The design, color, size and location are subject to review by the ACC. A gate may be incorporated into the design.
  • Screens may be made of wood or other suitable material in harmony with the Fallsmead community.
  • Screens may be left unpainted to weather or painted to match or complement the Owner’s Private Dwelling Unit.
  • The screen’s height shall not exceed four feet."
Visit the FAQ and Resident's Info page to see more information about the proper storage of trash cans in Fallsmead.
 
NEIGHBORHOOD HOME SALES
Posted on May 1st, 2016
Residents, if you are planning on selling your home, please be sure to contact our neighborhood treasurer, Eric Wexler, for the packet of official Homeowners Association Resale Documents.  His email address is treasurer@fallsmead.org. The fee for the HOA documents is $100.
 
You can submit a payment for your HOA resale documents by either 1) sending a check made payable to Fallsmead Homes Corporation to Fallsmead Homes Corporation, PO Box 1565, Rockville, MD 20849-1565, or 2) submitting a payment online via PayPal or credit card on our Online Payments page.
 
If you are a new resident and haven't received your new homeowner's welcome packet, please also be sure to contact Eric and he will get it to you.
 
2016 FALLSMEAD PRINT DIRECTORY
Posted on Feb 13th, 2016
The 2016 Fallsmead Neighborhood Directories are out!  You should have received your new directory with the February edition of the Forum.  If you did not receive a directory, please contact your Block Captain or Melani Harig (directory@fallsmead.org or 703-989-3489). 
 
All of the babysitters, dog sitters/walkers, lawn mowers/show shovelers, house sitters, and computer helpers that are listed in the new directory are also listed on the Find A Sitter or House Helper page here at Fallsmead.org.  If you are listed in one of these categories and want more detailed information in your online listing than just your name, age, and contact number (e.g., availability, experience, personal information, etc.), you can update your online listing at any time.  Simply add a new listing and the old one will automatically be replaced!
 
RECIPE BOOK UPDATES
Posted on May 25th, 2015
The Recipe Book here on Fallsmead.org has been updated to include recipes from Kathie Dever's Fallsmead Forum "Cooking and Entertaining" column, which was published in the Forum from 1991 through 2012. This includes her recipes for Fallsmead Swim Team Blueberry Pie, Mahogany Chicken Bites for Jim Marrinan, and Fallsmead Fourth of July Baked Beans for 100-140.  We also added the recipe for Marilyn Milway's Best Rum Cake Ever from the February/March 1995 Fallsmead Forum.  As we mention in the Recipe Book, be sure to read the entire recipe before you get started on this one (if you dare) =-)
 
And when you are checking out the Recipe Book, please don't forget to add your own recipes to share with your Fallsmead neighbors, too!
 
THE FALLSMEAD HISTORY PAGE IS UP!
Posted on Sep 22nd, 2014
Did you ever wonder what it was like to live in Fallsmead in the 1960s and 1970s?  Do you want to take a walk down memory lane and remember what life was like in Fallsmead in the 1980s and 1990s?  Well, now you can via the Fallsmead History page right here on fallsmead.org!
 
On the Fallsmead Histroy page, you can find Fallsmead Forum and neighborhood directories all the way back to the 1960s and 1970s; photos of Fallsmead as it has grown over the years; original Kettler floor plans, house sketches, and brochures; numerous documents from Fallsmead's past; and lots more!  We owe a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped out by letting us borrow all of their Fallsmead memorabilia!
 
We are always looking for new things to add, including the several things below that we are still looking for:
 
1) Pictures, pictures, PICTURES! If you have any pictures from early Fallsmead or beyond, or anything that you think is quintessentially Fallsmead,we would love to get them from you! Just let us know by emailing communications@fallsmead.org or calling 703-989-3489. I can pick them up from you, scan them, and get them back within a few days, or you can send me jpgs if you already have them scanned.
 
2) We are still looking for Fallsmead neighborhood directories from 1969, 1972, and 1974.
 
3) We still need several Fallsmead Forums from 1969-1974; January, or anything after July, in 1976; anything after March in 1977; anything after October in 1981 and 1982; and anything after September in 1986.
 
4) Any treasure trove that you have that you think should be included (I have found the best things are the things that I don't know I should be looking for!).
 
Contact Melani Harig at communications@fallsmead.org or by calling 703-989-3489. Thank you!!!
 
WEBSITE REGISTRATION PROBLEMS?
Posted on Sep 15th, 2013
If you registered at Fallsmead.org and never heard back from anyone, please let us know at communications@fallsmead.org! Once we manually approve people (which we usually do within a few hours of people registering), the website automatically generates an email that includes your password.  You should have gotten this email within 24 hours of registering.

We suspect that some of these registration emails may have gotten lost in spam for some people, but this is something that we can easily fix as long as you let us know that it is a problem.

For any future registrants, if you don't hear back within 24 hours of registering, please let us know. Thanks!
 
WELCOME TO THE NEW FALLSMEAD.ORG WEBSITE!
Posted on Mar 12th, 2013
We are really excited to introduce you to the new Fallsmead.org website!  We hope that this new website helps you keep up with what is going on in Fallsmead, and will be your go-to spot to answer all of your questions about Fallsmead.

One thing you will notice about the new website is that certain pages are now password protected in order to increase neighborhood security.  In order to access these password-protected pages and documents (as well as several other new features on the website, such as the Message Board, the Recipe Book, and the Classifieds), you will have to first register on the site. 
 
In addition to allowing you access to the site's password-protected pages, registering will also allow you to opt in, or out, of the online Neighborhood Directory, and to set your preferences for the Neighborhood Email List. 
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Found - Green Sleeping Bag
Posted on July 10, 2016
July 8th—A dark green all weather blanket/sleeping bag was left on my lawn today in the area where campers are picked up to go to camp. The owner can pick it up from the porch of my house.

Marilyn Milway, 1316 Fallsmead Way
 
Lost - THE EXPLANATION OF HOW TO REPORT A LOST OR FOUND ITEM =-)
Posted on July 28, 2015
Click on "View Items" in the Lost and Found box on the home page, or on "Report a Lost or Found Item" on the View Items page, to report a lost or found item.