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Mosquito Control Working Group
June 28, 2022
 
At the direction of the Fallsmead Board, the Grounds Committee is seeking interested homeowners to serve on a Mosquito Control Working Group.   
 
In the summer of 2021, there was a surge in mosquito bites reported by both swimmers and lifeguards. This is not surprising as the park areas adjacent to the creek and the pool have become more waterlogged.
 
Since last summer, we have retained Mosquito Joe to treat the areas surrounding the pool and tennis courts with a combination of pellets dropped into standing water and selective spraying of certain plants/bushes. At the same time, some residents have expressed objections, citing scientific studies that the chemical treatments not only kill mosquitos but can also kill and harm bees and other wildlife.  
 
The Working Group members will be asked to study the pros and cons of mosquito treatments, review alternative approaches, and prepare a set of recommendations for presentation to the Board this fall. The Board recognizes that no single approach will guarantee either an end to mosquito bites or total protection of bees and other wildlife.
 
Volunteers do not need a scientific background…just an open mind, willingness to engage with your neighbors, and an interest in the subject. If you would like to volunteer for the Mosquito Control Working Group, please send an email to grounds@fallsmead.org by Friday July 15th. If you have questions about the Working Group, contact Rob DeLucia at grounds@fallsmead.org.
 
 
Your Neighborhood Needs YOU
May 28, 2022
 
Fallsmead is looking for new Chairs for the Social Committee and the Finance Committee. Please reach out to the President or any of the Board Members for more information!
 
 
Lights, Camera...Fallsmead!
April 27, 2022
 
Did you see the new article featuring Fallsmead in the Washington Post? Click here to give it a read!
 
It has been a long time since we got a write-up like that in the Post. Click here for the last one that we know of from way back in 2002 (copied from an actual hard-copy paper, no less!).
 
 
Trucks in Fallsmead
January 21, 2021

The Board of Directors adopted in December 2020 a new "Overnight Garaging of Trucks & Commercial Vehicles Rule & Regulation" regarding the interpretation of Article VII, Section 4 of the Covenants that address overnight parking of commercial vehicles and trucks to define the terms “commercial vehicles” and “trucks” as used in the Covenants.
 
Under the new Rule and Regulation, the following vehicles are required to be garaged overnight:
 
  • Commercial vehicles; 
  • Vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) rating of 8,500 pounds or greater; and 
  • Any vehicle with a GVW rating under 8,500 pounds with an exposed flat/cargo bed, and/or physical divider between the passenger cab area and the other portion of the vehicle, unless the flat/cargo bed is covered with a fitted and intact covering, such as a tonneau cover or cap no higher than the cab, provided the covering is used to cover the flat/cargo bed overnight, or the flat/cargo bed is kept empty overnight.
Trucks as defined in the new Rule and Regulation with a GVW under 8,500 do NOT have to be garaged overnight if they have a cover over their cargo bed or their truck bed is empty.
 
Read the entire new Rule and Regulation on page 6 of the December 2020 Fallsmead Forum.
 
 
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