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Reminder: Halloween House Decorating Contest Tonight! | Volunteers Still Needed for Fall Fest Tomorrow!

Hello Neighbors,

Halloween House Decorating Contest
Friday, October 28, 7:00pm
Please be sure your decorations are up and ready by 7pm tonight, Friday, October 28 to be considered. Judges will be driving around for the annual neighborhood House Decorating Contest to pick their top three choices. Winners will be announced on Saturday during the Festival.

Volunteers Still Needed for Fall Fest!
Clubhouse
Saturday, October 29th from 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Volunteers Needed
To ensure our festivities are a success, we need the help of many volunteers! Please consider volunteering for one or more volunteer slots by clicking on this Sign-up Genius. If you have any questions, please contact Erica Adler ([email protected]) or Tina Winters ([email protected]).

Thank you to the Social Committee for all of its efforts and hours of volunteer time to help keep the great Halloween spirit of Washingtonian Woods alive and well this year. We hope you and your families are all staying safe and well, and have a Happy Halloween!

Thank you,
Glenn Watts
Board of Directors, Washingtonian Woods HOA

Annual Neighborhood Fall Fest! | Spooky Trail | Halloween House Decorating Contest

Hello Neighbors,

Halloween House Decorating Contest
Friday, October 28, 7:00pm
Show your Halloween spirit and decorate your house for the annual Washingtonian Woods Halloween House Decorating Contest! Please be sure your decorations are up and ready by 7pm on Friday, October 28 to be considered. Judges will be driving around for the annual neighborhood House Decorating Contest to pick their top three choices. Winners will be announced on Saturday during the Festival.

Annual Neighborhood Halloween and Fall Festival
Clubhouse
Saturday, October 29th from 4:00pm – 5:30pm

The Washingtonian Woods Social Committee is excited to announce our annual Halloween and Fall Festival! This year’s festivities will be held on Saturday, October 29th from 4:00pm – 5:30pm, followed by a costume parade to Candy Field, then a disco dance party.

This year’s activities will include a Jack-o’-Lantern/Decorated Pumpkin contest, Spooky Trail, Scavenger Hunt, Candy Field (or Trunk-or-Treating in the event of rain), Cake Walk, Games, and an Inflatable Bounce House, where all residents can enjoy some Halloween-themed fun!

Volunteers Needed
To ensure our festivities are a success, we need the help of many volunteers! Please consider volunteering for one or more volunteer slots by clicking on this Sign-up Genius. If you have any questions, please contact Erica Adler ([email protected]) or Tina Winters ([email protected]ail.com).

Thank you to the Social Committee for all of its efforts and hours of volunteer time to help keep the great Halloween spirit of Washingtonian Woods alive and well this year. We hope you and your families are all staying safe and well, and have a Happy Halloween!

Change to Neighborhood Trash Service
The Board still does not have any updates with regards to timing around the implementation of our trash service to one day a week. We do not yet know when the change will be implemented, nor do we know our scheduled day-of-week for service. However, we will certainly keep everyone informed as we learn more, and with the intent of giving everyone as much time as possible to prepare. Thank you all for your extended patience.

Next Board Meeting – October 25, 2021, 7pm
The Association holds monthly Board meetings on the 4th Tuesday of every month (with the exception of December.) The meetings start at 7pm and are usually held in the upper level of the clubhouse. However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Board meetings are occurring over Zoom until further notice.

Due to privacy concerns and a need to verify attendance, the Board has decided not to post meeting Zoom links in a public forum. Rather, all residents interested in attending a Board meeting should reach out to Tim Mulford ([email protected]), and Tim will provide the appropriate Zoom link once available. We thank you for your patience and understanding, and we hope to be back to in-person meetings sometime soon.

Thank you,
Glenn Watts
Board of Directors, Washingtonian Woods HOA

Meeting Notice: Thursday, September 29 @ 7PM | Public Meeting to Review Proposal for Belward Farm

Hello Neighbors,

Please see the following notice regarding a public meeting to review proposal for Belward Farm Phase 1 build-out. The meeting is scheduled for September 29 at 7PM. If interested in attending, please RSVP to [email protected] by 5PM, September 28 (see further RSVP details in correspondence below.)

Additionally, more information can always be found at the Sensible CCT Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/sensibleCCT

 

We hope everyone is staying safe and well!

Thank you,
Glenn Watts
Board of Directors, Washingtonian Woods HOA

Extended Pool Weekend Hours | Annual Doggie Swim | New Neighbor Welcome | Adult Social

Hello Neighbors,

Extended Pool Weekend Hours and Annual Doggie Swim
Friday, 9/9: 3 pm – 9 pm
Saturday, 9/10: 11 am – 9 pm
Sunday, 9/11: 11 am – (Doggie Swim at 6pm)

New Neighbor Welcome!
Saturday, September 10th
9:00am – 11:00am
Clubhouse, Upper Level

Please join us in the Upper Clubhouse to welcome new neighbors to Washingtonian Woods.  All neighbors are welcome. We will offer light refreshments/breakfast items. If you are new to Washingtonian Woods, please come meet neighbors ask questions.

End of Summer Adult Social
Saturday, September 17th
7pm – 11:30pm
Clubhouse

Join the Social Committee, Neighbors and Summer Pool Members for our annual End of Summer Adult Social. Come hungry as we are going to have a BBQ cook off! Show us your skills and win a prize!

We’ll have tables for games set up. Feel free to bring some $1 bills to play left right center. The Social Committee will provide CFA nuggets, veggie and fruit trays.  We ask each of you to bring something to share (BBQ, apps, other….) Please see the sign-up genius here, for more details.

The End of Summer Social is open to HOA members and Summer Pool Members.

Adults only!  See you all there!

– Kelley, Meredith and the Social Committee

Neighborhood Web Site
This email communication as well all previous HOA emails are always cross-posted in the “News” section of the Washingtonian Woods Web Site (www.washwoods.org). Neighbors are encouraged to reference our web site as it contains helpful links, documentation, and neighborhood information.

We hope everyone is staying safe and well.

Thank you,
Glenn Watts
Board of Directors, Washingtonian Woods HOA
www.washwoods.org

End of Summer Raft Party and Dive-In Movie! | Minions: Rise of Gru | Saturday, August 27th, 4pm until 10pm

Hello Neighbors,

WHAT:  Washingtonian Woods End of Summer Raft Party & Dive-In Movie
WHEN:  Saturday, August 27th, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
WHERE: Pool

The Washingtonian Woods Social Committee is hosting the neighborhood’s annual End-of-Summer Pool Party and Dive-In Movie at the Club House and Pool this Saturday, August 27th. The Party will begin at 4pm. The Social Committee/HOA is providing pizza, soda, juice, and water from 5pm to 6:30pm then we will serve ice cream from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Coolers are permitted (no glass), and rafts/pool floats will also be allowed for the duration of the party.

Once the sun goes down, we will be showing “Minions: Rise of Gru” on the big movie screen which will be viewable from the pool or the deck. Feel free to float on your rafts and enjoy the show!

Volunteers Needed
We do need a few volunteers to make this party a success. Please consider donating your time for serving food/dessert or clean up by signing up here to help.

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you at the party!
Betsy and Jim, Co-Chairs

UPCOMING NEIGHBORHOOD SOCIAL CALENDAR
(dates subject to change)

Adult Social
Saturday, September 17, 2022
(Adults only) 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Upper Clubhouse/Pool Deck

Fall Fest
Saturday, October 29, 2022
2:00pm – 7:00pm
Washingtonian Woods Clubhouse

Washingtonian Woods Gives Back
Saturday, December 10th, from 9:00am – 6:00pm
Washingtonian Woods Clubhouse

The Annual Chanukah Fire Truck Parade
Monday, December 19, 2022
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Washingtonian Woods Clubhouse

Thank you,
Glenn Watts
Board of Directors, Washingtonian Woods HOA

Swim Team Banquet this Saturday

Hello Neighbors,

Championship Swim Meet
The Washingtonian Woods Waves swim season comes to an end this Saturday at the MCSL Division K Championship Meet — also known as ‘Divisionals’.  This year the meet will be held at Lake Marion pool in Montgomery Village, and the Waves enter the Championship meet with an undefeated seasonal meet record of 5-0, as well as a 1st place finish in the Relay Carnival!

Good luck Waves!

Swim Team Banquet
5pm – 10pm (pool closes at 4pm)
Additionally, as the season concludes, the pool will also be closing early on Saturday for the annual Swim Team Banquet. The Banquet will be held at the pool from 5pm until 10pm for all members of the swim team. The pool will be closing at 4pm to accommodate setup for the banquet. There will be a DJ at the event from 6:30pm until 9:30pm, and at times the venue may be louder than usual, although we have asked that all volume levels remain respectful of similar outdoor events. The DJ will not be performing past 9:30pm.

We apologize in advance for the reduced pool hours tomorrow, and we appreciate both your support and understanding.

Thank you,
Glenn Watts
Board of Directors, Washingtonian Woods HOA

Relay Carnival This Sunday | Heavy Parking | Storm Culvert Repair Work on Upshire Circle

Hello Neighbors,

Storm Culvert Repair Work on Upshire Circle
Starting July 5th

The City of Gaithersburg (through its contractor, E&R Services) will soon be performing storm culvert repair work on Upshire Circle, at the location shown on the this map (near the tennis courts.) The work starts July 5 and consists of repairs to the concrete headwalls and erosion repairs. A porta potty was recently placed near the site.

The road will remain open at all times. Work will take place during the day time, Monday through Friday. This should be a relatively short project that should be complete in a few weeks. All work will take place on City property, and all disturbed areas will be restored at project completion.

If you have any questions about the upcoming work, please feel free to contact:

Brian Fields, PE
Engineering Services Division Chief
City of Gaithersburg
O (240) 805-1260 | M (202) 666-9998

Relay Carnival this Sunday Morning | Heavy Parking
The Washingtonian Woods Waves swim team will be hosting the K Division Relay Carnival this Sunday, July 10 from 8am until Noon. This meet is one of two special meets of the swim season that features all 5 teams swimming at the same pool. This year, Washingtonian Woods is hosting one of them: The Relay Carnival. You can learn more about this event at this link.

The purpose of this email is to inform the neighborhood that due to this meet, numerous additional cars will be in the neighborhood between the hours of 7AM and 1PM, Sunday, July 10th. The swimmers and families of all 5 teams have already been informed of proper parking lot locations, and to preferably park in any legal spots along Midsummer Drive or Upshire Circle. The team plans to have parking lot attendants on hand to help control parking as best is as possible.

We appreciate both your support and understanding. And, feel free to come cheer on the Waves!

We hope everyone is staying safe and well.

Thank you,
Glenn Watts
Board of Directors, Washingtonian Woods HOA

Neighborhood Independence Day Celebration this Monday | Parade and Pool Party | Trash Can Samples

Hello Neighbors,

Just a friendly reminder that we are looking forward to seeing you for our annual 4th of July Party this Monday starting at 12 pm!

Red, White & Blue Parade (11:30 am – 12 noon)
(Decorating starts at 11:00am; Parade starts at 11:30am)
We’ll be marching as a group from the Tot Lot at Driscoll and Upshire all the way down to the pool. Feel free to decorate your bikes and scooters beforehand, or meet at the park at 11:00am to decorate onsite (we will have some decorations on hand.) The parade starts promptly at 11:30am. If you can’t march in the parade, feel free to come out and grab a spot along the parade route to enjoy the parade and show your support.

BBQ and Pool Party (12:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
** The pool party and BBQ is a private event, exclusively for members of the neighborhood, as well as outside members of the pool.

Guest Policy
The Social Committee has received a few questions asking about the party on Monday and the guest policy — and wanted to send out a quick message to clarify for all:  If you have a family member/friend visiting for the holiday, they are able to join you at the pool during operating hours 11 AM to 9 PM. As seating space is limited, we do suggest you consider bringing chairs or blankets on the day. As the event has food and drink paid for by the HOA as well as games which have prizes eligible, Guests will NOT be able to partake in those paid activities. There is no option to pay for a guest to have food. You are more than welcome to bring your own food and drink on the day (no glass please).

Each registered pool member will be given wristbands and food tickets based on your membership status within the pool computer, which uses your application that you submitted prior to the start of the 2022 swim season. We are using a very old computer program to check members in, so please bear with us. You can come as early as 11am to check in, obtain wristbands for your family and find a seat.

Schedule of Events
– The Parade will start at 11:30 am from the Tot Lot on Driscoll.
– BBQ Food will be 12pm – 1:30pm
– Carmen’s and Desserts 3:00pm – 4:00pm
– Games throughout the event

Volunteers
Finally, we can’t make all of this happen without volunteers! There are many ways to help and we still have many slots that need to be filled. Please take a moment to look at the available slots and sign up today!

Change to Neighborhood Trash Service |  Trash Can Samples
The Board does not have any updates with regards to timing around the implementation of our trash service to one day a week. We do not yet know when the change will be implemented, nor do we know our scheduled day-of-week for service. However, we will certainly keep everyone informed as we learn more, and with the intent of giving everyone as much time as possible to prepare.

In the meantime, the Board has procured two trash can samples for neighbors to check out in-person. The samples are currently placed at the Clubhouse Entrance to the pool, for your review, and will be there for the next week or so. We have one 64-gallon sample, and one 96-gallon sample. Please note that while both sample cans have pink tops, our actual cans will not — please just review the samples for size comparison and for usability.

We do not yet know which of the two sizes will be the “standard” option; however, all residents should have the choice between the two. For example, if the 64-gallon can becomes the standard, then residents will still have the option to choose the 96-gallon can — and vice-versa.

We hope everyone is staying safe and well.

Thank you,
Glenn Watts
Board of Directors, Washingtonian Woods HOA

Spring Inspections

Hello Neighbors,

Annual Spring Property Inspections
Annual compliance reviews are scheduled to begin in the next week or so for all owners of single family homes in Washingtonian Woods. These inspections are to verify that every property is in full compliance with the Association’s governing documents, and the reviews are conducted during this time of year in order to give everyone an opportunity to make necessary corrections and repairs during the best possible weather conditions. Please note the Annual Compliance Review is in addition to regular drive through visits. The reviews are done from the streets and common areas, and may include photos. Please be aware, no one will be coming onto your property.

Below is a partial check-list for your reference:
• All roof shingles and exterior siding are in place
• All exterior brick, stone, and siding is clean and free of stains
• All exterior trim, features, and cornice are in place and in good shape
• Exterior lighting is functioning and in good shape
• Garage doors are in good shape
• All shutters are in place, the same color and not faded
• Mailboxes are straight and have the address present
• Mulch beds are free of weeds
• Plant material and trees (including branches), are in good shape
• Fence, if applicable, is in good shape
• Deck, if applicable, is in good shape
• Outdoor play equipment that is not put away when not in use
• Bulk/loose items on the property that are not kept out of public view
• Trash cans/recycle bins not stored out of public view except on collection days

Please note that with regards to outdoor play equipment remaining perpetually in front yards, the Board has been intentionally lenient over the past two years with enforcement, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and desire to be flexible. However, at this time the Board will once again be requesting that homeowners start putting playing equipment away when not in use, and not leave in front yards overnight. Please kindly begin to re-adopt this approach over the coming weeks.

PMP will be conducting the property inspections. If you have a compliance issue, you will first receive an email notice, followed by a hard copy of the notice to your home as well. If you have any questions, please wait for the hard copy of the compliance letter and then contact Tim Mulford at PMP (301-963-3337 or [email protected]), to discuss further or to request an extension.

Your efforts in keeping Washingtonian Woods an attractive and appealing community in which to live are very much appreciated.

We hope everyone is staying safe and well.

Thank you,
Glenn Watts
Board of Directors, Washingtonian Woods HOA

Annual Neighborhood 4th of July Parade, BBQ and Pool Party, Monday July 4th! | Gaithersburg SummerFest and Fireworks

Hello Neighbors,

Please see below for our Schedule of Events for the Annual Washingtonian Woods Neighborhood Independence Day Celebration:

Red, White & Blue Parade (11:30 am – 12 noon)
(Decorating starts at 11:00am; Parade starts at 11:30am)
Time to don your proudest red, white & blue, and decorate those bicycles, strollers, big wheels, scooters, wagons and pets! We’ll be marching as a group from the Tot Lot at Driscoll and Upshire all the way down to the pool. Feel free to decorate your bikes and scooters beforehand, or meet at the park at 11:00am to decorate onsite (we will have some decorations on hand.) The parade starts promptly at 11:30am. If you can’t march in the parade, feel free to come out and grab a spot along the parade route to enjoy the parade and show your support.

Parade Route
This year’s parade route will start again at the Tot Lot near Upshire Circle and Driscoll Way, and will mostly run along Midsummer Drive. If you happen to live along the 300, 400, and 500 blocks of Midsummer Drive, we kindly ask that you avoid on-street parking during the parade window of 11am – 12 noon, if possible. Please see below for this year’s parade route.

BBQ and Pool & Raft Party (12 pm – 5 pm)
Food, Games and Music 12pm – 5pm
We are excited to once again partner with the Bean Bag Deli who will cater our traditional 4th of July celebration this year! Lunch will be served from 12pm -1:30pm and include burgers/hotdogs and sides. Chips and drinks will also be provided. Carmen’s Italian Ice and Bake-Off Desserts will be served from 3pm – 4pm.

Games will include water balloon toss, belly-flop contests, and more! Come on out and join the fun!

Bake-Off: If you would like to participate in the Bake-Off, please have your dessert to the lower level of the clubhouse no later than 1:30pm on the day of. Desserts will be judged on patriotic appearance and taste. Please see this attached flyer for more information.

Please note: the pool party and BBQ is a private event, exclusively for members of the neighborhood, their families, as well as outside members of the pool.

Volunteers
Finally, we can’t make all of this happen without volunteers! There are many ways to help and we still have many slots that need to be filled. Please take a moment to look at the available slots and sign up today!

Gaithersburg SummerFest and Fireworks
Saturday, July 2, 2022
Celebrate America’s independence with friends and family at SummerFest, Gaithersburg’s illuminating summer festival on the expansive grounds of Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm. The free event takes place on SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2022, from 6 to 11:30 p.m. The festival features live music, food trucks, local breweries, family-friendly activities, all leading up to a spectacular fireworks display & SummerGlo After Party.

SummerFest kicks off at 6 p.m. with Nation, one of DC’s top dance bands. Enjoy delicious offerings from food & local craft beverage vendors, including Dogfish Head, Landmade, Lone Oak, Steinhardt Brewing, True Respite & Waredaca.

You can learn more about this spectacular event at the City’s SummerFest web page.

Neighborhood Web Site
This email communication as well all previous HOA emails are always cross-posted in the “News” section of the Washingtonian Woods Web Site (www.washwoods.org). Neighbors are encouraged to reference our web site as it contains helpful links, documentation, and neighborhood information.

We hope everyone is staying safe and well.

Thank you,
Glenn Watts
Board of Directors, Washingtonian Woods HOA
www.washwoods.org