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Yard Waste Recycling For Spring 2018

Single Family/Townhomes: FOR SPRING, Yard Waste pick-up began on Wednesday, March 15th and will take place every Wednesday thru January 10th, 2018.

Grass and other yard clippings must be placed in paper bags, kraft bags or in a clean uncontaminated container separate from household trash or the standard co-mingled recycling.  Yard Waste in plastic bags will not be accepted! 

Snow removal guidelines for the 2017-2018 season

Winter Weather Will Soon Be Here! 
Here are some of the snow removal guidelines for the 2017-2018 season.  

Single Family Homes
All streets are maintained and plowed by Frederick County including Spring Ridge Parkway and Ridgefield Drive. All sidewalks in the single-family neighborhoods are to be shoveled by the homeowner.  

Town Homes and Condos
In a snow/sleet storm, if accumulation is less than 2", the contractor is to apply chemicals to the common sidewalks and roads.  If total snow/sleet accumulation is 2-4", the contractor is to begin plowing only after 2" has actually accumulated on the roadways.  A chemical application will begin with the parking areas and private roads, followed by common sidewalks.  In a big snowstorm, the contractor will plow to open up the private roads.  However, most of the detailed snow removal work will not take place until after the snow has finished falling.  The asphalt walking path will be shoveled to the school.  However, at the corner of Ridgefield Drive, only one side of the street will be shoveled to the school.  The side that seems better to shovel is the Visitor Center side since the school itself doesn’t shovel their own path on Ridgefield Drive. There are safe cross-overs in front of the school. (Management will remain flexible on these issues as the needs change in the community.)  

Town Homes
One or two parking spots in the overflow lots should be used for snow piles. CONTRACTORS ARE NOT TO CLEAR OUT INDIVIDUAL PARKING SPOTS FOR RESIDENTS WHO MOVE THEIR VEHICLES FOR SUCH SERVICE. If multiple spots are empty at the time the plows are there, the contractor may clear them.  Please don’t shovel snow from around your vehicle and throw it back into the street or on the sidewalk.  The snow should be placed in your yard, out of the way, not in the street and not on the sidewalks.  If snow accumulation is over 4", the same treatment will be applied as described above, and careful attention will be kept to the location of snow piles.  Areas to be specifically avoided are mailboxes, fire hydrants, and bus stops.  Once accumulation reaches 4" or more, walking paths are to be cleared (one snow blower path) near the end of the storm.  As always, residents should use caution at all times.  The contractor can’t be everywhere for every weather event.  Please remember to NEVER use rock salt on any sidewalk or concrete surface.  Rock salt severely damages concrete. Please do not use it.

Don't Throw Away Those Box Tops!

Did you know that the Spring Ridge Visitor's Center is a collection point for the Box Tops for Education program?  Last year, two Cadette Girl Scouts who live in Spring Ridge worked with the community managers and board of directors to get approval to place a collection box at the Visitor's Center and to advertise the program as part of a sustainable project to earn their Silver Award. 

Contributions are donated to the middle school that serves Spring Ridge -- Governor Thomas Johnson Middle School.   You can read more about this project in the April 2017 and October 2016 Spring Ridge newsletters available at www.springridgeonline.com.  If you already collect box tops for our two local elementary schools (Spring Ridge and Oakdale) please continue to do so.  But if you have been throwing box tops away, this information is for you!  You can drop off Box Tops for Education at the Visitor's Center 24/7. During business hours, please stop in and drop them in the collection box. 

But when the Visitor's Center is closed you can use the mail slot.  We request that you put the box tops in a ziplock bag.  More information about the Box Tops for Education program can be found at www.boxtops4education.com.   Questions?  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MOMS Club of Frederick-East

The MOMS Club of Frederick-East is a support group for stay-at-home mothers, offering support and activities for mothers and their children.  Please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.

From The Manager’s Desk

I thought it would be interesting to provide a few facts regarding Home Owners Associations in the United States.  Here are some facts and figures about Community Associations:  Did you know that…
*2 million – number of homeowners who serve on association boards and committees,  *3.5 million – community association board and committee meetings per year, *$850 million – value of the time donated annually by volunteers to their community associations, *$35 billion – amount maintained in reserve accounts for long-term replacement of commonly held property, *$40 billion – assessments collected annually to fund services, utilities and amenities in community associations, *92% of residents state that they are not dissatisfied with their community association experience (70% satisfied, 22% neutral)

Over the past 40 years, there has been real boom in the growth of community associations like Spring Ridge.
1970       10,000 community associations                 701,000 housing units                     2.1 million residents
1990       130,000 community associations               11.6 million housing units             29.6 million residents
2010       309,600 community associations               24.8 million housing units             62 million residents
2012       323,600 community associations               25.9 million housing units             63.4 million residents

As you can see, being a member of Spring Ridge makes you a part of a very large industry.

*February 2012 IBOPE Zogby International survey of Americans who live in common-interest communities.