Fallsmead News
3 Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue!!
July 4th is going to be different in Fallsmead this year, but let's make it LOOK spectacular! Dress your house in Red, White, and Blue for the first ever July 4th House Decorating Contest. Winner gets neighborhood bragging rights! Judging will be on July 4th.
Also...calling all Fallsmead neighbors to line the streets (Fallsmead Way and Greenplace Terrace) on July 4th between 12:45 and 1:15pm. The Rockville Fire and Police Departments will be driving through our neighborhood! Line the streets in your red, white, and blue, wave an American flag, and make some noise! Let's show them how Fallsmead does the 4th of July (in a physically distant and safe way of course!). The Social Committee has extra small flags. If you need a small flag for the occasion contact Laura Szabo at social@fallsmead.org or 410-627-8264.
Fallsmead Pool Opening - Phase 2
The Fallsmead Pool will open on Friday, June 26th, for general but restricted pool operations. This will allow up to 55 residents to enjoy the pool in 2 hour time-blocks (including diving well and beach entry) while retaining 2 lanes for reserved lap swimming in 1 hour blocks for individual residents.
The general pool and lap lanes will be reserved using the Membersplash system used earlier this week for lap lanes. (NOTE: Membersplash is different than the Fallsmead.org website and has different log-in credentials.) Revised guidelines and instructions are provided to help streamline the transition to restricted but more normal pool operations. Initial reservation capabilities should be available Thursday for Friday time blocks.
We continue to ask for your patience as we work to make the pool available for use with necessary precautions. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
IF YOU ARE HAVING PROBLEMS WITH MEMBERSPLASH OR HAVE QUESTIONS, contact the Pool Committee directly at pool@fallsmead.org.
Fallsmead Spring/Summer 2020 Inspection 
The ACC's delayed annual Spring Inspection will be conducted during June. ACC members examine each home for needed maintenance and repair or for changes that have not been approved by the ACC. Typical maintenance or repair needs most commonly noted by the ACC in past Inspections involve the following:
2020 Fallsmead Swim Team Season Canceled
We regret to announce that the MCSL 2020 Swim Season has been CANCELLED.
The MCSL Executive Board delayed the final decision as long as possible so they could use the most up-to-date information. As of Thursday, May 21 (when the decision was announced) the county had yet to remove the “stay at home” restriction and was awaiting a sustained downward trend in key COVID-19 metrics. There was no way to predict when those circumstances would occur nor when the outdoor pools would be allowed to open. Additionally, if the outdoor pools eventually open, the expected restrictions would make it incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to execute competition in a safe manner.
Reopening of Fallsmead Tennis/Racket Sports Courts
The Fallsmead Tennis courts reopened for play on 09 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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Park News and Social Distancing Reminder
The Board of Directors has taken action to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 into our community. To facilitate social distancing and prevent the use of shared equipment, the Board decided to close the playground in our park. Additionally, the Board decided to add markers indicating a counter-clockwise direction of travel on the path around the pond to facilitate social distancing. THESE MEASURES WILL CONTINUE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The Board acknowledges the inconvenience these measures cause to our neighbors and thank everyone for doing their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. A special thank you to our neighbors working in our hospitals on the front-lines of the battle against this disease.
Please remember to keep at least a six feet distance from individuals outside your home, even if you are wearing a face mask. We are doing this not only for the health and safety of our families but also for the community at large. Please help keep everyone safe and healthy in Fallsmead!
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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Fallsmead Pool Reservations
The Fallsmead Pool will open Friday, June 26th, for general but restricted pool operations. Reservations are required.
If you have problems with the reservation system or questions about the pool, please contact the Pool Committee at pool@fallsmead.org.
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