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Extended Pool Weekend | Adult Social | Doggie Swim | Fall Social Calendar

Hello Neighbors,

Extended Pool Weekend
Normal daily pool operating hours end for the season on Labor Day, September 6th. However, the pool will once again be open for one Extended Weekend in 2021: September 10, 11, 12 (Fri, Sat, Sun). The pool schedule that weekend is as follows:

Friday September 10:                 3 pm – 9 pm
Saturday September 11:           11 am – 10 pm (8 pm – 10pm adults only, see below)
Sunday September 12:              11 am – 6 pm (Doggie Swim starts at 6 pm)

Adult Social & Pool Party

Saturday, September 11, 2021
Clubhouse and Pool
8pm – 11pm (pool open until 10pm)
Please join the social committee for an end of season adult social and pool party. Pool closes at 8 PM for non-adults, and the HOA has extended the pool hours until 10 PM to allow for the final two hours of kid-free swim.

Social Committee will supply light bites, ice and sodas/mixers. Bring several $1 bills to play some friendly games of Left Right Center. Mask will need to be worn indoors — therefore we will try to keep much of the activities outside that evening. Fingers crossed for nice weather.

Annual Neighborhood Doggie Swim
Sunday, September 12th at 6pm
Bring the pups and help us close down the pool in style, at our Annual Neighborhood Doggie Swim on Sunday, September 12th 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!

Fall Food Truck Schedule
Where: Clubhouse Parking Lot
Times: 5 pm – 7 pm, unless otherwise noted
As always the trucks are subject to change date/time due to availability of food, weather, and owners own prerogative. We will update as we are able to add trucks, updates will be posted on the Washingtonian Woods Facebook page.

Thursday 9/9 — Mina Tamales
Friday 9/17 —  Pop Up Poutine/Patisserie
Sunday 9/26 — CB Açaí (Brunch)
Friday 10/1 — HangryPanda
Friday 10/8 — Mina Tamales
Saturday 10/30 — BrickNFire Pizza and My Cup Runneth Over (southern/BBQ)
Friday 12/10 — BrickNFire Pizza

Upcoming Social Events
Stay tuned for details regarding Neighborhood Annual Fall Fest & Spooky Trail (Sat 10/30), Washingtonian Woods Gives Back and the annual Hanukkah Fire Truck gathering.

We hope you are all staying safe and well.

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

Neighborhood Blood Drive This Sunday | Upcoming Social Calendar

Hello Neighbors,

The social committee has several events coming up that we wanted you to be aware of.

Food Trucks
Food trucks will continue until October (weather permitting and truck availability dependent). Most vendors are available 5:00pm – 7:30pm. Updates on the Washingtonian Woods Facebook page.

The scheduled vendors currently are as follows:

Friday 8/13 BrickNFire Pizza
Friday 8/20 Big Greek on Wheels
Monday 8/23 the Shell Shack
Friday 8/27 The Paella & Tapas Place
Saturday 8/28. End of Summer Pool Party with food trucks 4-8pm
Friday 9/10 Big Greek on Wheels
Friday 9/17 Pop Up Poutine/Patisserie
Friday 9/24 Tacos Borrachos

Washingtonian Woods Bloodmobile
Blood donations are needed in our area. We have arranged for a blood mobile to visit the clubhouse on Sunday, August 15th 11:00am – 3:00pm.

Sign up via link to donate blood: [click here]

Volunteers are needed to greet donors at the tent when they come to check in. See the sign up genius here to reserve your space [click here].

Social Committee Meeting
Monday, August 16th 8pm
The Social Committee could use your help and ideas. Would you like to join the committee to help plan the great events we host for our amazing neighborhood?

Join us on at our next meeting Monday, August 16th at 8pm in the upper level of the Clubhouse.

Contact Kelley at [email protected] with interest/questions.

Upcoming Neighborhood Social Calendar

New Neighbor Coffee
Saturday August 21st, 9:00am – 11:00am
Clubhouse
New and old neighbors welcome!

End of Summer Pool Party and Dive-in Movie
Saturday August 28th, 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Come enjoy the Sun and Fun and celebrate the end of summer before the kids head back to school!  Bring your pool floats, relax and enjoy the music!
– Local food trucks will be onsite from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
– PG movie (Title TBD) will play with viewing from the pool or deck, 8:30pm (lighting permitted)

More information will be forthcoming on the Neighborhood Facebook Page along with food truck list, movie announcement and volunteer help needed!

Neighborhood Adult Social
Saturday, September 11th
8:00pm – 11:00pm
Clubhouse
Adult social in Clubhouse. More information to follow. Must be 21 to attend.

Annual Neighborhood Fall Fest
Saturday, October 30th
Afternoon/evening

Stay tuned for one of the communities oldest and most loved events! Fun for kids and adults. We will host this event on Saturday 10/30 which will then allow families to trick or treat on Halloween night, Sunday 10/31.

Stay tuned for more details this fall about:

– Movie Nights
– Washingtonian Woods Gives Back
– Hanukkah Firetruck/social gathering

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

 

Neighborhood 4th of July Parade, BBQ and Pool Party, this Sunday July 4th

Hello Neighbors,

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

Red, White & Blue Parade (11:30 am – 12 noon)
(Decorating starts at 10:30am; 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 10:30am 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 – 4:00 pm)
* Wristbands will be handed out as you enter the pool. Please note that each wristband serves as your ticket for Lunch and Carmen’s.
* Lunch will be provided and served by The Bean Bag Deli from 12pm – 1pm. Burgers/hotdogs and sides will be served. The Social Committee will also provide beverages and chips. The Social Committee has tried its very best to accurately plan for guest numbers. And, to help ensure that there is enough food for everyone, please know that only ONE protein will be provided per person (i.e. either a burger, a hotdog or Veggie burger.) Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
* Carmen’s Italian Ice will be served from 2pm – 4pm
* Please feel free to bring additional food/drink for your family to enjoy.
* No glass bottles permitted on pool deck.
* No food or drink allowed in the water.
* Due to COVID, there will be no baby pool games this year. However, we will have water balloon toss starting at 1:30pm and a belly flop competition immediately following. Everyone is welcome to participate! Sign- up sheets for the games will be posted in the pool area.
* Please, please, please clean-up your area when finished!
*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!

Thank you all for your support, and we look forward to seeing you there!
The Washingtonian Woods Social Committee

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

Hello Neighbors,

The Washingtonian Woods Board and Social Committee have been hard at work monitoring the latest in State, County and local guidelines, in continued efforts to plan and coordinate safe neighborhood festivities and gatherings. And, we are pleased to announce that after a year hiatus, the Annual Washingtonian Woods 4th of July Parade, BBQ and Pool Party will be held once again this year! This year’s festivities will be held on Sunday, July 4th.

Please see below for our Schedule of Events:

Red, White & Blue Parade (11:30 am – 12 noon)
(Decorating starts at 10:30am; 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 10:30am 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.

Neighbors are also encouraged to fly your American flags!

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 Party (12 pm – 4 pm)
Food, Games and Music 12pm – 4pm
We are excited to partner with the Bean Bag Deli who will cater our traditional 4th of July celebration this year! Lunch will be served from 12pm -1pm and include hamburgers/cheeseburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, mac and cheese, and baked beans. Chips and drinks will also be provided. From 2pm – 4pm, Carmen’s will be serving Italian Ice and Custard!

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

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!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Marcie Blackman via email at: [email protected] or Rhonda Haley at: [email protected]

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

Gaithersburg SummerFest and Fireworks
Unfortunately, due to uncertainty about gatherings during the extensive advance planning stages, SummerFest and its traditional fireworks display could not be coordinated in time for 4th of July weekend. Fireworks & stage entertainment are being planned for the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, September 5, replacing the traditional Labor Day Parade this year only. More details will be available later this summer. 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

 

2021 Pool Season

Hello Neighbors,

2021 Pool Season
Well, the weather may not have fully cooperated, but the Opening Day was a success, with many neighbors coming out to participate in the annual first day Frigid Water Plunge!

As mentioned previously the Board’s stance has been and continues to be to follow all CDC, State and local health guidelines. And, with the most recent County Guidelines update on Friday, May 28th, we can confirm that the pool is now operational at 100% capacity. As such, all pool furniture has now been placed around the deck and the wading pool is once again open. Additionally, the daily schedule has returned to the previous standard of hourly 15 min rest periods at the 3/4 hour.

Face masks are no longer required while on the pool deck; however, patrons still wishing to wear face coverings certainly may do so, as County Guidelines still recommend face masks for those not yet fully vaccinated.

While we are excited about the above, at the recommendation of the Board’s attorney, patrons will still be required have a COVID-19 waiver signed for their family for the season. Blank waiver forms will be at the front desk, for those families still yet to sign. We ask for your patience and understanding should a member of the guard staff ask your family to complete and sign one.

We will continue to keep the community updated and aware of any changes to the above, but for now we hope you enjoy a season that looks to be like more along the lines of what we all were used to in 2019 and before.

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

Pool Opens Next Weekend! | Lower Level Remodel Complete!

Hello Neighbors,

Pool Opens Next Weekend
The 2021 pool season it right around the corner, and Opening Day is Saturday May 29th! The Board has been closely following changes and updates to CDC and Montgomery County Health Guidelines, and we are excited that things look to be trending towards a more full opening. At the moment, however, (and as many of you have noticed) the pool furniture has currently been placed around the deck at 50% occupancy levels, which was consistent with the health guidelines as of the latest Board meeting in April. However, the Board continues to monitor the latest changes to Guidelines, and it is possible that more furniture may be placed out during the coming days, as we get closer to Opening Day.

We will continue to keep the community updated and aware of what the Pool Season will look like come Opening Day and beyond, as health guidelines are ever and rapidly changing. In the meantime, the latest approved Pool Operating and COVID procedures (as of April 2020) have been posted to our web site here. Although, as mentioned above, it is possible that they will be changing prior to Opening Day, or soon thereafter. We will keep everyone posted.

Lower Lever Remodel Complete
The Board is excited to share that construction is now complete on the remodel of the Clubhouse’s Lower Level. With this remodel, the kitchenette has been modernized with all new appliances, the storage areas have been be greatly increased, and the newly installed flooring will be better able to withstand heavy all-purpose use.

The Board would again like to thank fellow neighbors, Marc Feinstein and Nick Bobruska, for their continued efforts and time to help this project become a reality. Feel free to swing by and take a look in person, or take a look at some of the pictures on our web site here.

2021 Neighborhood Social Calendar
Given the current ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 neighborhood social calendar remains in a state of flux, as we monitor the ever changing CDC and local jurisdiction guidelines. However, the Social Committee hopes to add more social events to the calendar as restrictions allow. In the meantime we continue to host outdoor movie nights and food trucks at the clubhouse. Please see the calendar on our web site here for details and full schedule, and please check our web site throughout the year for updates.

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.

Next Board Meeting – May 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.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

We hope everyone is staying safe and well.

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

May Food Truck Schedule | Drive-in Movie | Neighborhood Letter Search!

Hello Neighbors,

The Washingtonian Woods Social Committee is happy to present the May Food Truck Schedule, Drive-in Movie and another Neighborhood Letter Search!!

May Food Truck Schedule
Where: Clubhouse Parking Lot
Times: 5 pm – 7 pm, unless otherwise noted

Friday 5/7 — SmoQed
Saturday 5/8 — Neil’s Bagels
Friday 5/14 — Big Greek on Wheels
Thursday 5/20 — Schmaltz Bros
Sunday 5/23 — CB Açaí Bowl  (10am – 1pm)
Wednesday 5/26 — Prescription Chicken
Friday 5/28 — The Shell Shack
Saturday 5/29 — I C Dream  (2pm – 4pm)

Disclaimer: vendors are not paid in advance for securing reservation. Vendors have a right to cancel reservation as they see necessary (usually this is in the case of poor weather.)

Unless otherwise noted, the above are “dinner time” trucks and have base hours of 5pm – 7pm.  Hours, menu and any order ahead information will be given the week of the booking on the Facebook page (join here if you haven’t found us yet: https://www.facebook.com/groups/101693068816/?ref=share )

Drive-in Movie Night is Back!
When: Friday, May 14th
Movie: The Mitchells vs. the Machines
Time: Lot opens at 7:30pm; movie starts at 8pm

The Washingtonian Woods Social Committee is hosting our second drive-in movie of the spring at the Clubhouse on Friday, May 14th. We will be showing The Mitchells vs. the Machines. The movie lot will open at 7:30pm, and the movie will begin at 8pm. Big Greek on Wheels will be onsite until 7pm if you want to order dinner before the movie. Please note masks must be worn at all times in the viewing area, except when eating or drinking or seated in your car.

There are two “seating options,” available. Sign up and waivers are necessary. Due to the waiver, you must access this from a computer, mobile app will not work. Set up and take down help is needed!

Sign-up here:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0F48ABAF22A57-washingtonian7

Memorial Day Neighborhood Letter Search
Letter Search will be back over Memorial Day! Get out of the house with the family and snap photos of your self with the ‘Sign Gypsies Moco’ letter search. More details the week before on the FB page.  Prizes will be awarded!

Due to COVID restrictions, the Social Committee still won’t be back to fully planned events just yet, but we hope to spread some fun over the next few months.

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

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.

We hope everyone is staying safe and well.

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

Neighborhood Movie Night Tomorrow! | Raya and the Last Dragon | Brick N Fire Pizza

Hello Neighbors,

Join us for Pizza and a Movie!
The Washingtonian Woods Social Committee is hosting its first drive-in movie of the spring at the Clubhouse tomorrow — Friday, April 16th!  We would like to allow social distancing family groups to bring chairs and sit in the area directly in front of the clubhouse (Marked in Sign Up as BYO Chairs).  For those of you concerned about the cold, the wings of the parking lot and spaces just beyond the island will be marked to allow the distancing of cars.  We can accommodate up to 8 cars and 14 groups of families.

Feature Movie
Raya and the Last Dragon
Set up starts a 7pm, movie starts at 7:30pm

Reservation, Sign-up & Waiver
We are still following the same COVID protocols as last season. There are limited spaces and reservations must be made. All neighbors must wear a mask when not eating or drinking. Must remain in family spaces during movie. Must sign waiver to attend.

Sign up using the following Sign-up Genius (Use a computer please. There is trouble accessing it from phones): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f48abaf22a57-washingtonian6

Brick N Fire Pizza
Brick N Fire pizza will also be at the clubhouse parking lot Friday 4/16 from 4:30pm – 7:30pm.
There is limited online preorders available, order ahead to pick up at specified time — perfect to grab on the way home from work, or enjoy during the movie!

To view the menu, or place a pre-order, please click on the link below:
https://www.bestfoodtrucks.com/truck/bricknfire-pizza-company

Hope to see you there, and hope that everyone is staying safe and well.

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

Public Meeting: Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center at Belward Farm | Election Results | Board Meetings

Hello Neighbors,

Public Meeting: Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center at Belward Farm
A virtual informational meeting regarding the above-referenced project has been scheduled for Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The presentation materials for the meeting will be available for viewing and downloading online beginning on March 11, 2021 at:
https://miles.sharefile.com/d-s2cfcbcafb7c64bd0b21f223ab90ab5a6

All neighbors and members of the public are welcome to join this meeting by typing the following link into your browser: https://webinar.ringcentral.com/j/1483357620

The purpose of this virtual meeting is to review the proposed Site Plan application and answer questions regarding the proposed project. Please click here to download further meeting details.

Election Results
At the rescheduled annual meeting, which occurred on February 23, 2021, the following residents were elected to the Board:

Stephanie Cash
Jack Bollini
Russ Dalin

Thank you to all residents who offered to volunteer their time by running for a position on the Board.

Board Meetings
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.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

We hope everyone is staying safe and well.

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