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Posted on Aug 4th, 2020
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.
The Communications Committee is a group of volunteers that manages the communications for our HOA. Committee members manage the Fallsmead website and Facebook page, distribute written and electronic communications to the community, and publish the quarterly issues of the Fallsmead Forum. The Committee Chair is responsible for managing these responsibilities and reporting to the Board of Directors about the Committee’s activities. 
We are currently looking for volunteers for the following positions:
  • Committee Chair – Manage the Communications Committee and provide reports to the Board of Directors. No experience necessary. 
  • Fallsmead Facebook Administrator – Help manage the Fallsmead Facebook page.
  • Fallsmead Forum Assistant Editor – Assist in the publication of the Forum by collecting articles and columns to be published in the Forum and obtaining advertisements for the Forum.
  • Fallsmead Forum Contributors – Occasionally contribute an article or column to the Forum
If you are interested in joining the Communications Committee, please send an email to communications@fallsmead.org and president@fallsmead.org expressing your interest.
Posted on Jun 6th, 2020
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:
Posted on May 23rd, 2020
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.
Posted on May 19th, 2020
Montgomery County health officials announced yesterday that public pools (county run, as well as swim clubs and neighborhood pools) throughout the county will not be able to open for the Memorial Day weekend.
As a result, the Fallsmead Pool will remain closed this weekend. The county has not announced a date when they expect pools will be allowed to open (best estimates are mid-June to early July).
Posted on May 8th, 2020
In light of Governor Hogan's amended stay-at-home order, the Fallsmead Tennis courts will be reopened as of 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:
Posted on Apr 28th, 2020
With the Governor’s Stay At Home Order in effect until further notice, the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) has decided to delay the annual Spring Inspection for at least 30 days. The Spring Inspection, which usually occurs in May, will occur when the Stay At Home Order has been rescinded.
Posted on Dec 16th, 2019
Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Fallsmead Holiday House Decorating Contest! Winners and Honorable Mentions, in no particular order, are as follows:
  • Teague - 1120 Pipestem Pl
  • Marcus - 1414 Fallsmead Way
  • Roemer - 5 Infield Ct S
  • Murphy - 21 Infield Ct N
  • Fellman/Brauer - 7 Trail House Ct
  • Nanos - 5 Trail House Ct
Honorable Mentions
  • Bucsa - 1853 Greenplace Ter
  • Sauder/Qi - 3 James Spring Ct
  • Ribulotta/Delrio - 1064 Pipestem Pl
Click here to see pictures of all of the winning houses! And thank you again to the Runko family for being our judges. 
Posted on May 24th, 2019
The heart of our community is the relationships we have with our neighbors. Our community social events facilitate these relationships. But, these events need to be planned and executed, and we need your help. Without your help, these events simply can’t happen.
So it is up to you, neighbors, to make sure that we have amazing events and opportunities to connect with each other – whether celebrating the pool opening, July 4th, Halloween, or pool parties.
To make sure that we have these events, I need you to volunteer to plan an event.
Please contact me to let me know which event you want to work on. The time commitment is minimal overall.
Best part of taking lead on a project - you can have creative license and we’ve even developed tools to make it easier for you to pull off.
Which event is the one you want?
  • Pool Opening Party
  • July 4th – in coordination with the swim team
  • Summer Happy Hours by the pool
  • Fall Party & Halloween Parade (aka community cookout or campfire)
  • Winter party for kids (aka Santa in the Park)
  • Winter Party for adults
  • House decorating contests – Halloween & Christmas
Contact me at 410-627-8264 or social@fallsmead.org or lauragab26@gmail.com.
Laura Szabo
Social Committee
Posted on May 1st, 2019
Current residents, if you are planning on selling your home, there are two things you need to do: 1) contact our neighborhood treasurer, Jeff Cornish, at treasurer@fallsmead.org for the packet of official Homeowners Association Resale Documents; and 2) obtain a resales clearance from the Architectural Control Committee. The fee for the HOA resale documents is $100 and can be paid via check or online. Click here for more information about each of these requirements (in the Finance section of the FAQs).

If you are a new Fallsmead homeowner and haven't received your new homeowner's welcome packet, please also be sure to contact our Board Treasurer and he will get it to you.
Posted on Jan 3rd, 2019
We hope that you enjoyed reading the Fallsmead@50 Weekly Fun Facts throughout 2018 about Fallsmead's history and important events in Fallsmead's past as much as we enjoyed writing them! Although they ended at the conclusion of our 50th anniversary year in 2018, you can continue to access all of the 2018 Fallsmead@50 Weekly Fun Facts at fallsmead.org/blog.php. They are still open for comments, so please feel free to share your thoughts and memories!
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:
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.
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 page to see more information about the proper storage of trash cans in Fallsmead.
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!