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Fallsmead Fall Community Meeting
 
Please join us Wednesday, October 21st, at 8:00pm via Zoom for our Fallsmead Fall Community Meeting. The Board will present for comment the working budget for the next fiscal year, present a State of the Community Report, and lead a discussion of a proposed regulation to outline a clear standard by which the Covenant prohibiting the parking of trucks overnight, unless garaged, will be enforced. 
 
 
 
Halloween Message from the Fallsmead Board
 
Halloween is a cherished tradition in Fallsmead. Neighbors love seeing the extensive decorations many of us put up for the holiday. Costumed kids from throughout the neighborhood and beyond stroll through the streets with parents in tow. It is a sight to see. In many years, some houses even set up tables to provide refreshments and a social outlet for the parents as the kids go door to door. This year, however, things will be different.
 
 
 
Spook-tacular Halloween Scavenger Hunt - Second Event Added
 
Attention all Ghosts & Goblins! You are invited to our Spook-tacular Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, October 31st, in the Fallsmead pool parking lot. NOTE: There are now TWO time slots available - 1pm and 3pm. The 1pm time slot was added to accommodate additional families. Links to sign up below:
 
 
IMPORTANT: Is it mandatory that everyone signs up to attend. Similar to prior year events, all children must be accompanied by a guardian. Both children and guardians must sign up to attend. Every attendee counts towards Montgomery County's COVID-related limitation of 50 people per gathering. If you have already registered, please ensure both guardian(s) and your child(ren) have signed up or update accordingly. No children can attend without a guardian. Social distancing required and mask use is highly encouraged. We recommend bringing a picnic blanket or folding chairs to hang out and enjoy some s'mores.
 
 
Fallsmead Halloween House Decorating Contest
 
Let's see Fallsmead's spookiest and creepiest house decorations in our popular Halloween House Decorating Contest! We will be awarding prizes for overall theme and most original decor. All displays will be judged on Sunday, October 25th, from 5-9pm. House decoration winners will be announced and prizes distributed on October 26th. Prizes will be provided by one of our favorite local businesses, Potomac Pizza. The contest encourages everybody to get in the spirit of the holiday in a safe and fun way. Selection criteria ultimately will be up to the judges. The contest cannot happen without judges! Please contact social@fallsmead.org if interested in judging.
 
 
The Communications Committee Needs Your Help!
 
Fallsmead is looking for volunteers! The Communications Committee is looking for a new Chair and people to help with the Fallsmead Forum and Communications Committee duties.
 
 
 
Fallsmead Park News
 
As of August 5th, the Board of Directors will cease marking the path around the pond as one-way (though the current markings may need a few more rainstorms to fully wash away). This means the Board is no longer requiring walkers to go only counter-clockwise around the pond. Proper safety protocols for the health of our neighborhood and neighbors - social distancing and mask-wearing - remain strongly encouraged.
 

Reopening of Fallsmead Tennis/Racket Sports Courts
 
The Fallsmead Tennis courts reopened for play in May 2020. To best protect tennis players and residents, the Fallsmead Tennis Committee has introduced the following steps to reinforce existing court reservation rules, and to add a few new recommendations and actions to help limit any unnecessary exposure to players as follows:
 
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Coronavirus Update
 
As we all do our part to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we wanted to remind folks of the heightened risks posed to our older neighbors, who may be in a higher risk category according to CDC guidance. We would ask that you consider the following:
 
  1. Be aware of senior neighbors who may be limiting their movements due to concerns about COVID-19. The CDC website recommends that older adults in communities where COVID-19 is spreading consider food deliveries through online methods, or through social networks. If you know of senior neighbors who may be avoiding public places to minimize risk of exposure to the virus, please consider reaching out to them via a call or email, to see if they are in need of assistance.
  2. Another alternative for those who would like to lend a helping hand to a neighbor (of any age) is the Fallsmead Neighborhood Assistance Program (contacts are Jesse Etelson 301-424-4355 or Jim Marinan 301-340-1325). The program consists of Fallsmead residents who have volunteered to assist those in need with a wide range of tasks. Both those who need assistance, or those who would like to volunteer to help, should contact Jesse and/or Jim to find out more.
Our concern for our neighbors, young and old, makes Fallsmead a special place to live. Please consider talking to your neighbors who may be in need of assistance, and providing help where you can.
 
 
 
 
 
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