Fallsmead News
 
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.
 
 
Mark Those Calendars for Fourth of July Fun!
June 14, 2022
 
It’s almost time for our annual July 4th community celebration! Be a part of the fun tradition where the neighborhood comes together year after year. The festivities begin at noon with a parade down Fallsmead Way to the pool, where the Sharks will be selling burgers, hot dogs, homemade treats, salads, desserts, and drinks. There will be a pool party with DJ and tons of games and activities. 
 
This is the biggest event in the neighborhood and the swim team needs volunteers to help with this event – if you are able to volunteer please click here or email sharks@fallsmead.org. Students can obtain SSL hours by volunteering to help at this event.
 
We also need a few volunteers to help distribute the barricades at each intersection, put the barricades together, and supervise them during the parade (about 15 minutes). If you can help, please click here to sign up. Volunteers will receive tons of high fives and our eternal gratitude!
 
Questions? Please reach out to social@fallsmead.org or sharks@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!).
 
 
Fallsmead Sharks Swim Team Summer Info
March 31, 2022
 
The Fallsmead Sharks are a small, family-oriented and friendly swim team. We swim in the Montgomery County Swim League and provide a wonderful social and recreational opportunity for children of all ages within our neighborhood. The swim season runs from Memorial Day through mid-late July and we have swim programs that are tailored for different ability levels within our preteam and main team.
 
This will be our 50th year as a team! We hope to plan celebratory events for the team, neighborhood and alumni - check our website for updates, and please contact us if you are interested in helping to plan for this monumental season! 
 
If you are interested in signing your child up for a fun-packed swim team season with the Fallsmead Sharks this summer, please check out our website where you can find a draft calendar, FAQs, registration and contact information, as well as everything else you need to know about the team.
 
We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the pool this summer! Whether you’re on the team or not, come on down during a pep rally or swim meet to socialize and support The Sharks!
 
 
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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