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2nd Annual Neighborhood Camp-Out this Saturday! | Adult Social & Pool Party | Annual Doggie Swim

Hello Neighbors,

2nd Annual Washingtonian Woods Neighborhood Camp-Out
Saturday, August 31st, 2019 at 4pm
🏕Please join your friends and neighbors for our 2nd Annual Neighborhood Camp-out this Saturday, August 31st at the Washingtonian Woods Park at 341 Upshire Circle (next to the big playground, across the street from Candy Hill.)

Tent set-up will begin at 4:00pm in the field next to playground in the big park. A few fire pits will be set-up in the field at the bottom of Candy Hill. This is a bring your own everything (BYOE) event; please plan to pitch your own tent, bring hot dogs, snacks, roasting sticks, bug spray, etc. Please make sure all camping equipment is cleaned up by 10am in Sunday morning. And, please help keep the park clean and plan to take out any trash you bring in.

Please help us spread the word, and we hope to see you all there!

Extended Pool Weekend
Normal daily pool operating hours end for the season on Labor Day, September 2nd. However, the pool will once again be open for one Extended Weekend in 2019: September 6, 7, 8 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Adult Social & Pool Party

Saturday, September 7, 2019
7-10pm
Please join the social committee for an end of season adult social and pool party. Pool closes at 9 PM for non-adults, but the HOA has extended the pool hours until 10 PM to allow the final hour of kid-free swim.

We will have snacks and planned pool games. As much activity as can be outside will be, weather dependent, so come dressed appropriately. The upstairs clubhouse available in case of rain.

We will provide cups, ice and mixers! Coolers welcome.

Annual Neighborhood Doggie Swim
Sunday, September 8th at 6pm
Bring the pups and help us close down the pool in style, at our Annual Neighborhood Doggie Swim on Sunday, September 8th at 6pm. There’s nothing quite like the tradition of watching our canine swimmers shut down the pool for the season. Come on out and join the fun!

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

End of Summer Raft Party and Dive-In Movie! | How to Train Your Dragon 3 | Saturday, August 24th, 4pm until 10pm

Hello Neighbors,

WHAT:  Washingtonian Woods End of Summer Raft Party & Dive-In Movie
WHEN:  Saturday, August 24th, 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 this Saturday, August 24th. The party will begin at 4pm. The Social Committee/HOA is providing pizza, soda, water, and juice boxes from 5:00pm to 6:30pm, and then Jean Bullock will host an ice cream bar at 6:30pm. 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 the “How to Train your Dragon 3: The Hidden World” 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 30-60 minutes of your time for set up, serving food, or clean-up, and sign up here to help.

Please help us spread the word, and we hope to see you all there!

Kentlands / Lakelands 5k Run/Walk
The annual Kentlands / Lakelands 5k will be held on August 31. The kids run begins at 8am and the 5k race begins at 8:30 am. For those interested in learning more about the event, or wishing to sign up, you may click here for more details.

Upcoming Neighborhood Social Events
Please keep an eye out for more information on our upcoming neighborhood social events. Further details on each will be in forthcoming community emails.

Saturday August 31st
Labor Day Weekend Neighborhood Camp Out

Saturday September 7th
Adult Happy Hour and Pool Party

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

Neighborhood 4th of July Parade, BBQ and Pool Party, Thursday July 4th!

Hello Neighbors,

Neighborhood 4th of July Parade, BBQ and Pool Party, this Thursday July 4th
Just a friendly reminder that the our neighborhood 4th of July Parade, BBQ and Pool Party, will be held on Thursday, July 4th!

Here is the quick run-down:

  1. The festivities start at 11am and continue until 4pm. Please click here for our full Schedule of Events.
  2. We are asking that families bring a side dish to share at the BBQ. The HOA will be providing hamburgers/cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chips, and drinks.
  3. A few volunteers are still needed. Please check out our sign-up genius and consider filling an empty slot. All help is greatly appreciated and will help ensure a successful event.
  4. This year’s parade route will start again at the Tot Lot near Upshire Circle and Driscoll Way, however this year the parade 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.

Hope to see you all there!

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

Annual Neighborhood 4th of July Parade and Pool Party | Games! Food! Prizes! | SummerFest & Fireworks

Hello Neighbors,

The 3rd Annual Washingtonian Woods 4th of July Parade, BBQ and Pool Party will be held on Thursday, July 4th.

Please see below for our Schedule of Events:

Red, White & Blue Parade (11:00 am – 12 noon)

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.

All neighbors are also encouraged to fly your American flags!

BBQ and Pool Party (12 pm – 4 pm)
Food, Games, Prizes 12pm – 4pm
Hamburgers/cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be provided from approximately 12PM-1PM. We are encouraging neighbors to bring side dishes for all to share. To participate in the Potluck and receive a wristband, please bring one of the following: a side dish to share, dessert (cookies, brownies, etc.), or an entry for the dessert contest. Side dishes could include, but are not limited to: potato salad, deviled eggs, sliced watermelon, macaroni salad, tossed salad, etc. Please, no chips, as they will be provided by the social committee.

Games will include relay races, pie-eating contests, water balloon toss, belly-flop contests, and more! Prizes for the winners! Come on out and join the fun!

This year, we will be adding a dessert contest to our celebration! Whip up your favorite 4th of July dessert and win a prize! The desserts will be judged during cleanup and enjoyed by party goers as the last event of the day. If you plan to make a dessert, please deliver your entry to the lower level of the pool clubhouse no later than 1:30PM.

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!

Happy Birthday, America! Hope to see you all there!

Gaithersburg SummerFest and Fireworks
Also, the City of Gaithersburg’s Annual SummerFest, Fireworks Display and SummerGlo After Party will be held this Saturday evening (June 29th) starting at 5pm. You can learn more about this spectacular event at the City’s SummerFest web page.

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

 

“Summer Kick-Off” Pool & Raft Party This Saturday!

Hello Neighbors,

Washingtonian Woods “Summer Kick-Off” Pool & Raft Party
Saturday, June 15th. 4 -10pm.
Just a friendly reminder that The Annual Washingtonian Woods “Summer Kick-Off” Pool & Raft Party will be held this Saturday, June 15th, from 4pm until 10pm. All neighbors and pool members are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Music, drinks and dessert will be provided.

– Bring your own rafts!
– Glass containers are prohibited on the pool deck.
– The pool will remain open until 10:00 pm.

Please help us spread the word, and we hope to see you all there!

Neighborhood 4th of July Parade, BBQ and Pool Party
Thursday, July 4th.
Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Washingtonian Woods 4th of July Parade, BBQ and Pool Party!

Details to follow, but the day will include:
*Parade
*Games
*Music
*Free Food! and much more.

2019 Social Calendar
The Social Committee has many other exciting neighborhood activities planned throughout the rest of the year. More details on each to follow. In the meantime, please mark your calendars!

Fourth of July Neighborhood Parade & Pool Party, July 4th 2019
New Neighbor Coffee, August 17, 2019
End of Summer Pool Party, August 24, 2019
Adult Happy Hour and Pool Party, September 7th, 2019
Movie Nights, Sept/Oct
Fall Fest & Candy Hill, October 27, 2019
Washingtonian Woods Gives Back, December 1, 2019
Washingtonian Woods Christmas Caroling, December 2019
Hanukkah Party, December 23, 2019

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

2019 Pool Season Opens Tomorrow! | Food Truck Fridays | Social Calendar

Hello Neighbors,

Well, summer is almost officially here and our neighorhood pool opens at 11 AM tomorrow morning for the season!

Pool Passes
Back in April, all neighbors should have received a packet with information on the pool hours, rules & regulations, as well as applications for pool passes. If anyone still has a need to apply for 2019 pool passes, this document can be found on our web site and downloaded here.

Daily Pool Hours
The Board received many positive comments last year about the extended pool hours that were put in place for the second half of the season last year. The Board has decided to incorporate extended pool hours for the entirety of the 2019 pool season, and as such, has modified the daily pool hours this year to accommodate the pool staying open until 9pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings all season long. The official daily pool hours are now as follows:

Monday through Thursday: 11 am – 8 pm
Friday: 11 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 11 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 9 pm

Please note that the pool will periodically close early, or open late to accommodate several swim meets throughout the season. You may find a full pool schedule on our community web site here.

Food Truck Fridays
The Board and Social Committee have also decided to expand our number of Food Truck Fridays at the pool this year. Food trucks will be at the pool between 5:30pm and 7:30pm on several Friday evenings throughout the summer. The full schedule is as follows:

6/7 Holy Crepes
6/15 Timber Pizza (for kick off to summer pool party)
6/21 Say Cheese
7/12 Rocklands BBQ
8/9 London Chippy
8/16 Say Cheese
8/23 Holy Crepes

We hope to add even more food trucks to the calendar. We will also post this schedule at the pool. So, please keep your eyes peeled.

2019 Social Calendar
The Social Committee has many other exciting neighborhood activities planned throughout the rest of the year. More details on each to follow. In the meantime, please mark your calendars!

Kickoff to Summer Party, June 15th, 2019
Fourth of July Neighborhood Parade & Pool Party, July 4th 2019
New Neighbor Coffee, August 17, 2019
End of Summer Pool Party, August 24, 2019
Adult Happy Hour and Pool Party, September 7th, 2019
Movie Nights, Sept/Oct
Fall Fest & Candy Hill, October 27, 2019
Washingtonian Woods Gives Back, December 1, 2019
Washingtonian Woods Christmas Caroling, December 2019
Hanukkah Party, December 23, 2019

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

Spring Inspections | Guidelines Update

Hello Neighbors,

Annual Spring Property Inspections
Annual compliance reviews are scheduled to begin in mid-May 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

If you receive a compliance notice, and need additional time to address the condition, please contact PMP at 301-963-3337 or [email protected], to request an extension.

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

Architectural Guidelines, 2019 Updates
At the April 2, 2019 Board meeting the Board of Directors approved some minor updates to the Architectural Guidelines: 1) the telephone number for PMP was corrected throughout, and 2) the following language was added to pages 2 and 3 to clarify the differences between repairs and replacements:

All replacements, changes and upgrades require an Architectural Change Application form. All replacements, upgrades and additions must be formally considered by the HOA Board of Directors. An Architectural Change Application is required for each change and major replacement — this includes garage doors, fences, roofs, siding and window replacements, even if the material and product is “like and kind”.

Repairs are different than changes and replacements. For example, if part of your siding becomes damaged, you may repair that section with matching “like and kind” pieces. However, if you choose to replace all of your siding, that would constitute a major replacement, and would require a completed Architectural Change Application form. Additionally, other major replacement projects such as garage doors, roofs, windows, decks, fences, walkways, and stoops also each require a completed Architectural Change Application form.

The updated document can be found our neighborhood web site, here.

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

Reminder Tonight: Washingtonian Woods Neighborhood Super Bowl Party | 6pm, Upper Level of Clubhouse

Hello Neighbors,

Washingtonian Woods Neighborhood Super Bowl Party, Potluck and Chili Cook-off
Reminder, tonight: Please join us for the Washingtonian Woods Super Bowl Potluck Party & Chili Competition! (Hosted by the WW Social Committee)

Date: Sunday, February 3, 2019
Time: 6 PM EST (Kickoff at 6:30)
Location: Washingtonian Woods Clubhouse

What to bring: We ask that each family attending please bring a snack, appetizer, or dessert to share, and any other food or beverages that you would like to enjoy during the game.

Feeling competitive? Bring a pot of chili- prizes will be awarded

We will be providing plenty of ice, soda, water, plates, napkins, utensils, and condiments for the chili. Hope to see you there!

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

Washingtonian Woods Holiday Gift Giving Program | Fall Loose Leaf Collection | City Park Update

Hello Neighbors,

Washingtonian Woods Holiday Gift Giving Program
Please join us for Washingtonian Woods’ annual holiday gift giving program to benefit families in the City of Gaithersburg. We will be collecting teen gift bag items for Montgomery County residents in need this holiday season. Please join us in the Upper Level of the Clubhouse on Sunday, November 25th for an Open House from 4pm – 6pm. We will collect donations and provide pizza, light fare and beverages. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to donate gifts, please click here for more details.

Date:  Sunday, November 25, 2018
Time:  4:00pm – 6:00pm
Where:  Washingtonian Woods Clubhouse, Upper Level
What to Bring:  Please click here for more details.
Pizza and Drinks for the kids
Appetizers and Beverages for the adults

Fall Loose Leaf Collection
Fall loose leaf collection is now underway for single family and townhouse owners. Place your leaves at the street curb by 7 a.m. on your regular recycling day. Note that leaves placed in alleys or mews will not be collected. The weekly collection continues through the last week of December, weather permitting. Any time during the year you can bag your leaves in biodegradable brown bags and leave them curbside with your other recyclables.

New City Park Update 
In 2013, the City acquired property along Rt. 28 that was formerly occupied by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. An ad hoc advisory committee provided concept ideas to the Mayor and City Council in 2016 and the following year a landscape architect was hired. Among the proposed features are a nature play space and tot lot, community gardens and a cycle track. There is also an existing warehouse building that was planned to be converted for multi-purpose use. At a Work Session on October 22, 2018, the Mayor and City Council discussed the difficulties with renovating the existing building, its funding, and overall timing. Several options were proposed and alternatives will be explored in the coming months. Review the history of the project here.

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

Washingtonian Woods Fall Fest | Costume Parade | Halloween House Decorating Contest

Hello Neighbors,

Falling leaves and cool weather, signs that the Washingtonian Woods’ annual Halloween traditions are right around the corner!

Annual Washingtonian Woods Fall Festival
The Annual Washingtonian Woods Fall Festival will be held Sunday, October 28th @ 3:30pm at Washingtonian Woods Park.

Schedule of Events
– Games & Music @ 3:30 pm
– Costume Parade @ 4:30pm
– Candy Hill for 3rd-5th & 6th-8th graders @ 4:45pm
– Candy Hill for 0-4yrs & K-2nd  @ 5:00pm

Visit our neighborhood Facebook page for inclement weather event updates.

Volunteers Needed!
Calling all volunteers! We need your help! Please take a moment to look at our Sign-up Genius and sign up for slot.

Halloween House Decorating Contest
Show your Halloween spirit and decorate your house for the annual Washingtonian Woods Halloween House Decorating Contest! Judging will begin at 6pm on Saturday, Oct. 27th. Winners announced on Sunday, October 28th – Prizes (Amazon Gift Cards) for 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Upcoming Social Event – Washingtonian Woods Gives Back
Stay turned for further details about Washingtonian Woods Gives Back, our community service project. More information in coming weeks with toy collection at the end of November.

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