MWHOA Board of Directors:
President Donna Harding
Summer Vice President Charles Kortlang
Treasurer Paula Oas
Newsletter Secretary Kevin Kenealy
July – September 2012 Member at Large Elizabeth Hobbins
How to Reach the Board:
Address: Post Office Box 2645
Laurel, MD 20709
Voice Mail: (240) 554-2438
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From the woodpile…President’s Article 7. Note that replacing the garage door with a high
Summer is officially here, and we have all end one also adds curb appeal, and generally
enjoyed a very pleasant spring. It’s time to remind returns more upon selling than what it cost.
all of our homeowners that maintaining “Curb 8. Did you know that a new wood deck usually
Appeal” and Covenants is about more than earns back 70% of its cost at resale?
following rules, it is about our investment in our 9. Effect a minor kitchen remodel by adding a
homes and our community. In order to retain the new (midrange) sink, faucets, and appliances.
value of our homes, even in hard economic times, 10. You can add living space to your home in an
we need to keep up with property maintenance. economic way by using space already there.
a. Remodel an attic into a bedroom by
Replacement projects make a house look good popping out a dormer for a 5-by-7 foot
immediately. New windows, new siding, and a bathroom, then insulate and finish the
new front door not only make a house look great walls and ceiling, extend heat and air
while we live there, but it will sell faster and for conditioning, and improve the wiring
more money. and lighting.
The top 10 remodeling projects listed below are b. Remodel the basement - the next most
all projects that replace worn items, bring parts of cost efficient way to add living space.
the home up-to-date, or add living space without
expanding the home’s footprint: A word on the Common Areas
1. Replace exterior siding with upscale fiber Several homeowners have expressed concern
cement. that trash, tree cuttings and limbs have been
2. New midrange replacement vinyl or aluminum dumped in many of the common areas in the
siding upgrades the look of the house. neighborhood. This is against our covenants, and
3. New foam backed vinyl siding replacement certainly not to be condoned; it will be an ongoing
keeps the house warm and can cut down on the issue until all of us in this beautiful community
utility expense. recognize that the common grounds are here to be
4. Upscale vinyl replacement windows can be enjoyed by all, and not used as a dumping ground
very cost effective as well as improving the because it is easier or less cost to “me.” Quoting
curb appeal of your home. New windows have from our Architectural Control Guidelines:
low emission glass, which helps save on 12. Common Areas
heating and cooling costs. No structures of any type, vehicles, trash, or
5. Replace an entry door with a midlevel 20- other materials will be placed in common land
gauge steel door. area parcels of the MWHOA. Homeowners are
6. Replace the garage door with a mid-range door also instructed to notify the Architectural
to increase curb appeal and function. Committee, in writing, of any such items or any
unsafe conditions noted in common land parcels.
Though Note: There will be a vacancy on the Board this fall; your nomination form is after p. 6
does say to contact the architectural committee
in writing, neighbors should first talk to each
other about the situation. As a board, we can
It’s really easy.
send individual letters, write newsletter articles,
and hold meetings. The bottom line is that we are Bulk trash collection is provided by the
each adults responsible for our own actions. County by appointment only. To schedule an
~Donna Harding, President appointment, homeowners should call 301-952-
7600 Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m.
Home Modifications and 4:00 p.m. Appointments may also be
The Board appreciates all of you who have taken scheduled electronically at
the time to communicate with us regarding planned BulkyTrash@co.pg.md.us.
exterior modifications to your homes or requests
for operating a home business. We are aware that If the County fails to make the scheduled
homeowners may not always get the response they collection date due to inclement weather, the
would like, most often because the request is a collection will be rescheduled for the next day. If
violation of our covenants or architectural the homeowner fails to place the items at the curb
guidelines. However, as long as we are able to by 7:30 a.m. on the scheduled collection day and
discuss these matters, we work hard to arrive at a the items are not picked up, the homeowner has to
solution that is acceptable for both the homeowner reschedule for the next available date AND the
and the community at large. items must be removed from the curb until the next
scheduled pick-up. Homeowners must not leave
Grinder Pumps bulky trash items at the curb or outside their homes
past the pick-up date.
Some homeowners have contacted
the Board about problems with grinder A list of acceptable and non-acceptable materials
pumps Not all houses in the neighborhood have and more can be found on the County’s website:
these, but some do. The company that installed the http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/der/waste.
original pumps for the Montpelier Woods builder is: asp
Freemire & Associates, 1215 Old Dorsey Road,
We again ask all homeowners to adhere to these
Harmon, MD. 21077, phone 410-768-8500.
guidelines for handling and disposing of your bulk
They are still in business and have spare parts to
trash. Please be considerate of your neighbors.
repair these pumps. Note: This is being provided
for informational purposes only and is not an
endorsement of the company.
We are now reaping the benefits of our mild
Bulk Trash Reminder winter. If you have been looking around the
neighborhood lately you have probably noticed the
The Board continues to receive complaints about
abundance of small animals. The squirrel
homeowners in our neighborhood who deposit and
population --which has definitely grown in leaps
leave bulk trash (furniture, refrigerators, tires,
and bounds almost reminiscent of its movements--
water heaters, mattresses, etc.) in front of their
may even have tripled its numbers. The rabbits,
homes for days and sometimes weeks at a time.
not wanting to be left out, have multiplied like…
Not only is this an eyesore that affects
rabbits. A sharp eye will discover them hopping
property values, in some cases this is
here and there in search of food on almost all the
potentially hazardous, especially to
lawns. These are but two examples of the many
children and animals.
species that live among us in Montpelier Woods.
The Board has previously included
newsletter articles that outlined PG County As squirrels, rabbits, and their friends have
requirements for handling and disposing of bulk multiplied, so have the predators that prey on them.
trash. As we continue to spruce up our homes and Foxes, owls, snakes, and others also benefited from
put bulk items out, we would like to remind you of the mild winter. So, while we continue to enjoy
the County guidelines for disposing of bulk trash. our view on the world around us, now is the time
to prepare for these animals looking for a warm I’ve received many calls and comments about
place to stay in our homes during the next winter. illegally parked vehicles, and the answer is:
please call the County Community Standards
Office at 301-883-6100 (also on the web site,
Trim back any overhanging tree branches that under frequently called numbers). The inspectors
will allow easy access to your roof for an animal will ticket/tow unlicensed and improperly parked
looking for a warm spot. Check all gaskets, seals, vehicles. And don't park on the street going against
and weather stripping on all outside doors. Don’t traffic - you will get a ticket!
forget to check the door that goes into your garage.
Make sure the screen is in place on gable vents. Speeding continues to be a problem as well as
Have your chimney checked before using it: failing to stop at stop signs. The speed limit on
squirrels and raccoons love to hide there. When every street of Montpelier Woods is 25 mph.
checking your gutters, also check the leaders for Please respect the safety of your neighbors;
smaller woodland friends. children and adults alike. Also, do not park in
your driveway so that you block the public
So, enjoy your cup of coffee this summer while sidewalk. The sidewalk is County property, and
watching our four-footed friends, but also take the you may receive a citation. It's the law.
time to think of ways to protect your house from
these unwanted houseguests this winter. Good news: we have two new block captains
for our Neighborhood Watch. Debra Kelly for
******** Amblewood Drive and William Berkson on
Blackwood Court. Thanks for volunteering.
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Block Captains are still needed on Basswood
Promoting Harmony and Security Drive, Basswood Terrace, Bignonia Drive, and
Balsamwood Terrace. Have a safe and secure
Before writing this article, I reviewed the past 3
summer: be careful out there.
year's July Newsletters. Some things haven’t
changed, and that’s a good thing. Major crime rates Dale Good, Neighborhood Watch Chairman
this year continues to drop significantly: murder,
assault, rape, kidnapping, and robbery are down **National Night Out **
50% in the county, and our area (District VI) Tuesday 7 August, 6:00-8:00 pm
continues to experience the lowest rates. District VI police station, 4321 Sellman Rd, Beltsville
This awesome event is great fun, and the activities,
However, we still have a problem with food, games, police and fire displays are all FREE
commercial robberies and home breaking and
entering (B&E). Commercial robberies are up 14% Want to volunteer? You can help set up from
over last year, while B&E's are up only slightly. 4:00 to 4:45 or 4:45 to 5:30; assist with the food from
5:30 to 6:15, 6:15 to 7:00, or 7:00 to 7:45; or assist
The police have had some success in with clean up from 7:45 to 8:45. Email your name,
catching commercial robbers. One 7-11 contact number, and shift time to Karen Coakley at
robber arrested recently is believed to email@example.com by 1 August.
have robbed over 40 stores in the MD/DC/VA As officer Hibbert and officer Woody say: “Let’s
area. Also, shoplifting in department/chain stores show everyone how a strong community comes
is a major crime activity. Recently a gang working together to make it work, and have a lot of fun too!”
the Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and
Washington areas was arrested and over $100,000 ******
of merchandise was recovered. A major police News you can use
task force (FBI/State/Local Police) was formed to
counter large store robbery, and many under cover
Reflections After the Storm
officers are now in large stores in our area.
The latest round of challenges that the residents
We did have two thefts from autos on of Montpelier Woods experienced began on the
Aspenwood Lane in June. Please make an effort to eve of June 29th. I was watching television and
secure your property, and report suspicious people knew that a storm line was approaching. As is my
immediately to the police. Call 301-352-1200. habit when trying to get an idea of the strength of
There are many good tips to secure your home, an approaching storm, I switched from time to time
auto, and person at our web site (MWHOA.com). to the weather radar station. No, not the weather
channel, the radar station on television (FIOS). It ~Vice President, Charles Kortlang
soon became apparent that we were in for another
round of bad weather.
I grabbed our emergency battery / solar powered
NOAA weather radio and started listening to the
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emergency weather reports, and watching the radar
closely. When the radio said there was some
rotation in the approaching storm, just north of the
District that was it. I woke my wife up with the
news that the storm coming in had some potential
for really bad weather. We sat in the living room
watching the storm on the TV, listening to the
weather radio, flashlights by our side. Though
hoping for the best, we were ready to head for the
basement if a tornado was observed close by.
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The wind was heavy, rain light, lightning strikes
spectacular. At times the lightning was almost
continuous. When the lights started to go out I
made it to the AC switch and turned if off by the On Being Neighborly
time the lights flickered for the second time. Then The HOA Board of Directors has recently
all went dark; fortunately for us it was only until received several letters/emails with requests to
Sunday. Many were out of power longer. address varying issues that, upon further reading,
seem to address issues between specific neighbors.
This was not the first storm that has hit While board members are here as a resource to
Montpelier Woods. There have been previous help keep Montpelier Woods a welcoming and
power outages, blizzards, trees down across friendly community to live in, we also
roadways, and other major inconveniences that want to remind residents that the best way
have been thrown our way. The question is, how to resolve specific issues is to discuss
prepared were you, and your family for this last them with your neighbors first. By
power outage? keeping those lines of communication
Did you know what to do? Or did you have to open, both parties can often find a solution that
run around and find things? Some of our they can live with.
neighbors took the outage in stride, even though
they were without power until Wednesday. Others Helping Yourself and the Environment
were at their wits’ end. The point is we cannot Looking to cut down the number of catalogs you
foretell when the next “disaster” will strike. The receive that just end up in the recycle bin? Try
question is how prepared will you be? NOW is www.catalogchoice.org -- the website is easy to
the time to plan for the next storm. use, and free to join.
Go to the Federal Emergency Just enter the appropriate info from the mailing
Management Agency site label into the system -- customer number, key
www.ready.gov for information, and code, source code. This should be on the label, but,
begin to get ready. The site gives you can file a request without it. Then, Catalog-
recommenda-tions for preparedness choice forwards that info to the catalog company,
supplies, as well as guidelines to follow for and tracks the receipt and response to the request.
specific types of emergencies. Download the You will be notified when the company removes
pages today. Remember, no electricity - no you from the mailing list. If you continue to get
internet. Don’t count on that cell phone connection catalogs after 90-days (which they all say is needed
either, the cell towers need power also. to get your name off the list), then catalogchoice
If you prepare now, the next incident won’t be so offers an avenue for a formal complaint. Catalog-
stressful. choice does NOT use your email address when
dealing with the companies.
And by the way, our neighborhood did look great
lit just by moonlight…
After using this website for a little over a year, I hope everyone is enjoying the summer so far.
my catalog volume has gone down at least 85%. Many thanks for those who turned out for our
~Liz Hobbins, Member-at-large spring cleanup. I would like to thank Dale Good,
Dave and Sue Straney, Donna and Bud Harding,
******** Jim and Paula Oas, and my husband Charlie for
What are the community’s expenses? taking time out of their busy schedules. This is a
Much of it is what you’d expect – upkeep of the great way to meet new neighbors, get some
common areas, removing dead trees, printing and exercise, and make our area a little nicer too!
mailing of the assessment notices and the quarterly
newsletter, and maintaining a community website.
The next project is our entry signs. I will be
sprucing them up over the next couple of weeks.
It’s surprising that the neighborhood has had to pay We have been trying to make our entrances more
out a lot in attorney’s fees in repeated attempts to welcoming, especially during the various holidays,
collect overdue assessments from a few households. but unfortunately there are people who think the
Here’s how you can help keep expenses down: Christmas wreaths and American flags we put out
Pay your annual assessment on time. by the signs are worth stealing. If you see
Pass on the MWHOA documents to the someone doing that, please call 911 – while that
new owners when you sell. This is required may seem like overkill, it is a crime and it is in
by law. progress. Please get the tag number if you can
without putting yourself at risk.
MWHOA Financial Update The walkers in our community would appreciate
it if homeowners would trim back trees on their
property that are encroaching the sidewalks.
As of 5/31/12
Homeowners can call the county to come out and
Assets trim the trees that are located on the strip of grass
Bank, Savings & Investment Accounts between the road and the side walks in front of
Checking – Bank of Am $ 8,645.20 their home. If you do trim bushes or trees on your
Savings – Bank of Amer 5,102.24 property, be sure to tie the pieces into bundles no
Money Market - E-Trade $11,574.17 longer than 3 feet long. The county will not pick up
CD - Risk Free - Bank of Am $ 9,318.16 debris just lying alongside the road, but will if it is
CD - Reg. - Bank of Am $40,934.95 tied in bundles.
Other Assets Thanks for doing your part to make our neighbor-
hood a great place to walk!
Assessments receivable $ 1,839.81
Late fees receivable $ 540.00 ~Betty Ann Kortlang, Beautification Committee
Legal fee receivable $2,750.90
Liened amounts receivable *************
for pre-2005 $ 1,461.24
Certified mailing cost/ Welcome to our New
Welcome to our New
NSF receivable $ 322.81 Neighbors
Lien recording costs receiv. $1,802.68
Thank you for joining us
Total Assets $ 84,292.16 in Montpelier Woods!
Liabilities and Owners Equity Alice Cole Williams 12105 Amblewood Dr.
Prepaid Owner Assessments $ 37.00 Julio Benitez 11901 Blackwood Ct.
Owners Equity $84,255.16 Leonardo Hernandez-Torres 11509 Basswood Ct.
Total Liabilities and ********
Owners Equity $ 84,292.16 THINGS TO DO IN PG COUNTY
-- Paula Oas
Beautification Committee Note
From hoops and sticks to fifes and drums,
come experience life in from Maryland 200
years ago on Montpelier Mansion's grounds. 5
9650 Muirkirk Road, 301-377-7817
Residents $1/day; Non-Residents $2/day
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Thursday thru Sunday, 27 – 30 Sept, five performances
Have A Blast in the Past: A co-production of UMD School of Theatre, Dance,
Hands-on History Playground and Performance Studies and The National Academy of
19 July - 11 August Chinese Theatre Arts
11 am -3 pm, Fridays to 7 pm William Shakespeare's whimsical tale of love and
mistaken identity comes to life in a completely new way
in this bilingual Chinese and American co-production.
The cast includes Chinese and American actors, who
Sunday, 16 September, 12 noon-6 pm
will each perform in their native language.
Lane Manor Park
$35 Check the website for evening and matinee show
7601 West Park Dr. and University Blvd. Adelphi
Bring the family! Celebrate the rich
heritage of our Hispanic communities.
Carnival games, crafts to make, music, Smithsonian Resident Associate Programs
entertainment, delicious ethnic food, http://residentassociates.org/ticketing/index.aspx
displays/exhibitors, crafts for sale, face
painting, pony rides, and much more!
FREE admission! Julia Child’s Bon Appetit for Life
Wednesday, 8 August, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Kinderfest Julia Child was a tall, irrepressible woman
Sunday, October 7, 2012 who laughed easily, dabbled in espionage,
Come to the 32nd annual family became a world-class chef, and changed
festival at Watkins Regional Park America’s attitude toward food.
301 Watkins Park Drive, Biographer Bob Spitz portrays her life as
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774 an adventure story from working for the
FREE admission; fee for some OSS, spying in Ceylon with husband Paul
activities and food concessions. Child, attending the Cordon Bleu in Paris
No pets. where her idea of adapting French cuisine
In her kitchen in for main-stream America began, and a long
Paris, 1950 career on public TV.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, U. Md
Art Treasures of Italy’s Cathedrals and Basilicas
http://claricesmithcenter.umd.edu (301) 405-ARTS
Saturday, 8 September, at 9:30 a.m.
No matter how you experience the extraordinary - In this richly illustrated
with your eyes, ears, heart, or mind - you’ll seminar, Eric Denker, senior
recognize it throughout our 2012–2013 season lecturer at the National Gallery
of Art, discusses some of the
greatest repositories of
Iron Cross – 20th anniversary tour ecclesiastical art in Italy: the
Saturday, 11 August 6:30 PM, Dekelboum Concert Hall churches of Venice, Rome, Siena, and Florence.
Iron Cross is a rock band from
Myanmar. The band has been touring
around the world on their musical The High-Tech Behind Secret
journey and the 20th anniversary Operations (3-part series)
album will be released in the coming Thursdasy, 13, 20, and 27 Sept,
months. 10:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Ticket prices: $40 - 70 This three-part series, cosponsored with the
International Spy Museum, features distinguished
A Soldier's Tale experts and notable former intelligence personnel who
Monday, 24 Sept 8:00 PM - Dekelboum Concert Hall will introduce you to some of the coolest uses of
Michael Votta leads the U.S. Army Field Band and technology from airborne intelligence to geospatial.
Soldiers' Chorus, along with members of UMD
Chamber Singers, in an all-Stravinsky program
featuring L'Histoire du Soldat (A Soldier's Tale).
D.C. Duck Tours
A Soldier's Tale uses three actors in the story of a
Set in a WWII-era amphibious
soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that
vehicle, the 90-minute D.C.
predicts the future of the economy.
duck tour covers both land and
sea. The first leg hits the history-
packed National Mall, then switches to a scenic river Bowie Chapter, NSDAR, will host Lucia St. Clair
trip. Robson, author of historical novels including
The boat also pauses at Gravelly Point, a park located
just a few hundred feet from the runway at Reagan
National Airport, so you can watch roaring planes take
off and land. Save some $ if you buy on-line, at:
From the Editor’s Desk: Shadow Patriots. Learn how she makes history
come alive, from ideas to research to storytelling,
Would you like to give back, and get far more
to enduring the editing process.
than you give? There is a real need for volunteer
Math and Reading tutors for the Student, Teachers Washington D.C. Historian Joan Chaconas will
Achievement Retention (STARS) program at the speak on 9 October on spiritualism -- a popular
Woodland Job Corps. Job Corps is at 3300 Ft. Meade practice in 19th Century America, dabbled in by
Rd, just off the Parkway, before you get to Rt 32. President and Mrs. Lincoln as well as other famous
Want to join the STARS team? Contact Gloria people. On 13 November, the Deputy Commander
Coliton, STARS Coordinator at 301-362-6045 or of the “Old Guard” will discuss the history of the
Coliton.Gloria@jobcorps.org You’ll be glad you did! regiment that guards the Tomb of the Unknowns.
These students not only ask to be tutored but This series of programs is presented at the Belair
Gloria personally interviews each one before they Mansion, 12207 Tulip Grove Drive, Bowie, MD
are accepted into STARS. The students are (301-809-3089), between 7:30 and 8:30 pm. You are
motivated and very much appreciate not only your cordially invited to the lectures, plus the engaging
knowedge but also your personal interest. This is a Q&A. For details on the DAR, you can check out
great return on investment! http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mdbcdar/index.htm
or email DARgrbRegent@gmail.com
Fall Programs at the Belair Mansion in Bowie
I hope to see you in STARS, and at Belair Mansion!
Calling all aspiring novelists and historical fiction - Deborah Barrett, Newsletter Editor
readers… On 11 September, the Governor Robert
Look Inside For:
* President’s Article
* Common Areas and more NEXT MWHOA MEETING DATE
* Neighborhood Watch
* News you can use: storm reflections,
neighbors, and recycling
* Lawn Service ad – check it out! Deerfield Run Community Center
13000 Laurel Bowie Road
* New Neighbors
* Financial Update Monday, 27 August
Meetings begin at 7:30 pm
* Beautification Committee, and
walking in the community Please check www.mwhoa.com
for future meeting dates.
*Things to do
Homeowners are encouraged to attend!
*BOARD NOMINATION FORM*
*Letter from the Editor
* Tower FCU Offer
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