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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!
 
~ Fallsmead News ~
FALLSMEAD PARK POND AND STREAM
Posted on Jan 20th, 2017
FROM: Fallsmead Homes Corporation Board of Directors
 
As we welcome the new year and with Winter upon us, we would like to alert the community to what threatens to become a significant safety and maintenance issue. We are fortunate to enjoy a private park with a pond and stream in the middle of Fallsmead. However, this benefit also brings with it some important considerations. In that vein, we wanted to remind the community of two important items.
  • The ice on the pond is NOT safe. DO NOT walk on it.
  • Please DO NOT throw rocks/logs into the pond.
Walking on the Pond
 
On numerous occasions last Winter, and at least once this Winter, Fallsmead residents have observed children (occasionally accompanied by adults) walking on the pond when it is covered in ice. The pond is NEVER safe to walk on. We live in a moderate climate, and as such one must assume that the ice is never thick enough to safely support a person. Also, the pond is deeper than it looks (8’ in some places) and the bottom is comprised of very soft material. Were someone to fall through the ice, this would make it much more difficult for them to get out. The danger of the pond is reinforced by recent news reports of both children and adults in Montgomery County drowning after falling through ice into ponds. Please remember, and be sure to remind your children, that the pond is never safe to walk on.
 
Please Do Not Throw Rocks/Logs into the Pond
 
Children have recently been observed throwing unspilt logs for the wood pile, as well as rocks pulled from the stream bed and banks, into the pond - often while walking home from school. Please keep in mind that if debris is thrown into the pond, at some point the community will have to pay to have it removed.
 
Importantly, rocks should NOT be removed from the stream. Fallsmead recently completed a $160,000 project to install a bridge over the stream by the pool. This project also involved a significant amount of rehabilitation of the stream bed and banks, including the installation of rock walls and the placement of rocks in the stream to better control water flow and erosion that risked impacting owners’ properties. Removal of these rocks and tampering with the rock walls can undermine the community’s significant investment, and should not be done under any circumstances. Again, please remind your children of this.
 
Thank you for your time, and we look forward to a fun (and safe) 2017.
 
The Fallsmead Homes Corporation Board of Directors
 
NEW PARK WASTE BAG CARETAKERS
Posted on Jan 19th, 2017
The task of replenishing the doggie waste bag dispensers in the park has been done very kindly by Petra Ramson for the last 3 years. But now we have two new volunteers who have stepped up to take over the mantle: Linda Brennan and Dave Olenzak have agreed to take on the task for 2017.  We would like to thank them warmly for volunteering to take over and, at the same time, offer a round of applause to Petra for her service.  Thanks to them all.
 
David Cohen, President of the Fallsmead Board of Directors (president@fallsmead.org)
JoAnn McConnell, Chair of the Grounds Committee (grounds@fallsmead.org)
 
COURTS UPDATE
Posted on Jan 8th, 2017
When tennis season is apparently over, with temps in the teens and 20s, it has been recommended to the Racket Sports Committee in the past that the nets be "relaxed" so as to take the tension off the posts and avoid them tilting or uprooting over the winter. This has happened in the past in Fallsmead resulting in very expensive resetting of the posts and repair of the surface being required. We definitely want to avoid this!
 
The tension release on the nets was done in mid-December upon the occasion of the cold spell. The Pickleball nets were left out because they are very inexpensive to replace and might be used in the event of a warm spell such as we had this year.  Some use of them was indeed made in recent weeks. These policies should have been communicated to the community, and for that oversight the Racket Sports Committee apologizes for any inconvenience it may have caused our residents. 
 
We appreciate community input on the courts. The courts are a valuable community resource and we need ideas as well as new Committee members going forward help manage the new courts most effectively. Please consider whether you can help in this effort by volunteering to serve on the Committee this coming year.
 
FALLSMEAD HOLIDAY HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST WINNERS
Posted on Dec 18th, 2016
Drum roll please. . .the winners of the 2016 Holiday House Decorating Contest are:
  • Best Overall - 1414 Fallsmead Way (Marcus Household)
  • Most Lights - 1424 Fallsmead Way (Keane Household)
  • Most Extravagant - 5 Infield Court South (Roemer Household)
  • Most Elegant - 1086 Pipestem Place (Nickels Household)
  • Most Original - 2 James Spring Court (Pisarra Household)
Click here to see pictures of some of the winning houses!  
 
A HUGE thank you to our wonderful judges: Suzanne Scheer, Carola Paganini, Elyse Lipan-Lash, Diane Nason, Julie Walkup, and Linda Brennen. Thanks for making the neighborhood look beautiful and bright.  Happy Holidays!
 
TOY DRIVE UPDATE
Posted on Dec 18th, 2016
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Third Annual Fallsmead Toy Drive, benefiting the Rockville Holiday Drive. The Fallsmead Community donated 30 toys to the cause and brightened the holidays for many children this year!
 
FALLSMEAD BOARD NEWS
Posted on Dec 17th, 2016
David Cohen, Doug Guidorizzi, and Pat Kim were elected on December 8th to the Fallsmead Board of Directors. They will begin their three-year terms on January 1, 2017. Congratulations to the new Board members! Thank you to the two retiring board members, Jo Resnick and Amar Vadlamudi, whose terms will end on December 31, 2016. The neighborhood is very appreciative of all of your hard work on the Board during your tenures.
 
Also, new officers for the 2017 Fallsmead Board were selected at the Fallsmead Board meeting this past week. The new Board President will be David Cohen, the new Vice President will be Rob DeLucia, and the new Corporate Secretary will be Mike Jacobs. The new officers will begin their duties as of January 1, 2017. These decisions and identification of specific Chairs for all the committees will be finalized at the January meeting on January 9, 2017. We encourage community members to serve as volunteers on the various committees!
 
SOCIAL COMMITTEE NEWS
Posted on Nov 19th, 2016
We are very happy to report that Laura Szabo has volunteered to be our new Social Committee chair! We hope to plan lots of fun events for Fallsmead residents to enjoy in 2017. 
 
We need your help! Please consider joining this fun Committee. You get to meet a lot of neighbors at the events. Day-to-day commitment is minimal. Your time will be needed before, during and after events, and for planning. If you are unable to join the Committee, there will still be lots of volunteer opportunities. Look out for SignUpGenius emails. You're help is always welcome and appreciated! Contact social@fallsmead.org with questions or to volunteer.
 
OLD GIANT COMPLEX UPDATE
Posted on Nov 18th, 2016
The Concerned Citizens for Rockshire Center Redevelopment (CCRCR), which has been monitoring the proposed plans for the Rockshire Village Center/Old Giant Complex, has been advised by the attorney for the developer that Giant intends to renew its lease for the Rockshire Village Center for another ten year term. The Board of the CCRCR is hopeful that the landowner and Giant are able to successfully negotiate a signed lease. There are still many unanswered questions concerning the Rockshire Village Center.  At this time the CCRCR has no knowledge regarding any future plans for the site. If you have any questions, please contact Alan Frankle at 301-424-2768 or franklelawyer@gmail.com.
 
POOL BRIDGE NOW OPEN FOR USE!!
Posted on Nov 9th, 2016
After years of planning and just in time for Clean-Up Day, our new pedestrian bridge is now open for use! The fencing and the mats and mulch protecting the path have been removed. The paths have been paved and connected to bridge while the path around the pond is again accessible. The construction area has been remediated and seeded. All that remains is tree planting. The difference between the old damaged culvert and the bridge is remarkable. For those who might be interested, before the end of the year, we will also share a financial summary of the project with the community. Click here to see pictures of the bridge construction process.
 
A special thank you to all of the people who have worked so hard for so long to complete this years-long project, including Bill Scharf (Bridge Committee Chairman), Pat Donohue (who did all the legal and contracts work), Dominique Lorang-Leins and Jason Woo (who kicked this project off 3+ years ago), all of the Members of the Culvert Bridge Committee, the current Fallsmead Board, and the several past Fallsmead Boards involved in the project since its inception.
 
CRIME PREVENTION TIPS
Posted on Oct 19th, 2016
This week, several cars in Fallsmead were broken into.  Most were unlocked and one had a rock thrown through a side window to gain entry.  A wallet, credit card, smart card, and a small amount of money were taken.  These events occurred on Pipestem Place near Fallsmead Way, Infield Court North, Infield Court South, and Cedrus Way.   
 
The information provided by email to Fallsmead residents from the Rockville Police Department after several car break-ins in 2014 is worth repeating:  
 
"If you see something, say something.  Trust your instincts."  If you see anything that you think is suspicious activity, call the Rockville Police at 240-314-8900.
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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.
 
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!
 

 
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Posted on July 28, 2015
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