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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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DRIVEWAY EXPANSION GUIDELINES
Posted on Feb 13th, 2017
At its January 2017 meeting, the Fallsmead Board approved new Driveway Expansion Guidelines for the neighborhood for use on an interim basis pending results from a survey of neighborhood driveways during the 2017 spring inspection.
 
Following are the Driveway Expansion Guidelines. These will be updated and made final after the ACC reviews the results of the driveway survey:
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FALLSMEAD SPRING COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP
Posted on Feb 13th, 2017
Mark your calendars for the Fallsmead Spring Community Clean-Up Day on Saturday, April 1st from 9am until noon.  Please volunteer your time to keep our territory looking beautiful. This is also a great opportunity to meet new neighbors and catch up with old ones!  Please bring your gloves, shovels, wheelbarrow, loppers, and chain saws. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be available for volunteers.
 
WEBSITE UPGRADES - ACTION NEEDED!
Posted on Feb 1st, 2017
This week, Fallsmead.org was upgraded to a new version of the software that runs the website. Although most of the website still looks exactly the same, there are major changes to the Online Neighborhood Directory and in your personal "Your Profile" section:
  • Household users are now tied together through a levels system. Level 1 Members are the first members from each household to sign up for a fallsmead.org account. Level 2 Members are usually spouses, but can also include other adults who live in the same household. Level 3 Members are children who live in the household.
  •  ALL ADULT LEVEL 1 AND LEVEL 2 HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS NOW HAVE THEIR OWN ACCOUNTS as long as they are listed in the system and they have an email address in the system.
  • You can now pick and choose which individual fields you want to display for each member of your household who is listed in the online directory.
  • You can now add a profile picture for each member of your household.
Some of the changes that were made during the system upgrade require action on your part to make sure the transition from the old system to the new system was successful. PLEASE LOG IN TO YOUR FALLSMEAD.ORG ACCOUNT AND DO THE FOLLOWING (if you do not know your password, we will be sending everyone in the system a password reminder – this is also great for Level 2 users who have not used their new accounts yet!):
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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.
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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 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.
 
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.
 
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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Lost - THE EXPLANATION OF HOW TO REPORT A LOST OR FOUND ITEM =-)
Posted on July 28, 2015
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