Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Schools for Autumn Walk Rank High in Maryland

The web site Niche, which rates schools and colleges in the US, has ranked the schools for Autumn Walk in Maryland's top tier, with Gorman Crossing Elementary School leading the way at #10!

And it's also notable that Maryland's schools are consistently rated among the best in the country.

For 2015 the ranks of our local schools are:

Only the top 100 schools were listed in each category.

The web site bases its rankings on a compilation of statistical data and test scores as well as reviews.

A competing web site, GreatSchools, also gives our schools high marks:

Congratulations to the students, parents, and teachers who made these schools successful!

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Holiday Week: Recycle Slide Schedule

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday next week (Thursday, November 27, 2014), the collection of recyclables will follow the slide schedule:

  •  Trash Pick-up: Tuesday, 11/25/14 (NO CHANGE)
  • Recyclables Pick-up: Saturday, 11/29/14 (slides down one day)

We hope you have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Minutes: Autumn Walk FY15 Annual Meeting and Budget (11/17/14)

Minutes from the Autumn Walk HOA Meeting on November 17, 2014:

Board Members: Damon, Dharmesh
  1. 2015 Budget (HOA fees remain the same)
    1. Reserves
      1. Financially healthy. Board voted to move larger amount from operating fund to reserves
      2. CAS Community Manager will send Board rates from several banks so Board can decide how to allocate among CDs (may be laddered at 12/24/36 months if significantly advantageous)
      3. Board allocated a Reserve Expense for a monument sign pending selection of a design and vendor 
        1. Will conduct research and present candidate designs to community early next Spring
        2. Unclear whether lighting is necessary 
        3. Will check whether neighboring communities are also interested - guess is 15% discount for multiple orders
        4. Can use Reserves because it is considered a start-up item and it comes from the capital improvement fees paid when we moved in
      4. Will contract for a professional Reserve Study in 2015
    2. Repairs

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Preparing Your Home for Winter

Update: The full list is now posted below.

Many forecasts this year call for a snowy winter and this weekend we might see an early cold snap.

So this might be a good time to review the steps to winterize your home!

In this example, there are two hose bibs that need to be turned
off (front and rear of house) from the utility room

In particular, you will want to turn off the outside hose bibs (faucets), draining them of any standing water so the water pipes won't be damaged by the expansion of frozen water.

A more extensive listing of winterizing tips from our builder was posted a couple of years ago:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Emerson Holiday Open House 12/6/14 (RSVP due before Thanksgiving)

Emerson will hold its annual Holiday Open House with Santa and his Elves on Saturday, December 6 from 12 noon - 2 PM in the Clubhouse. Come any time during that period!

RSVPs are due at noon on November 26th.

As in the past couple of years, the Murray Hill Middle School Jazz Band will perform, and hot chocolate and cookies will be served!

The announcement from Emerson:

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Final Stretch of Intercounty Connector Opens Monday 11/10/14

The final 1.5 mile stretch of MD-200 (the Intercounty Connector, or ICC) opens Monday morning between I-95 and Route 1 in Laurel.

Click the map to go to the full size PDF map on

Pricing on the new section of the all-electronic toll road will match the rest of the ICC, with the peak price occurring during rush hour of the work week (6 AM - 9 AM, and 4 PM - 7 PM Monday through Friday).

The roadwork provides a new intersection on I-95 (Exit 32) to the new Konterra Drive, while MD-200 will now extend from the existing Exit 31 eastward to a new interchange with Route 1 between Contee Road and the Muirkirk MARC station.

There will also be a limited interchange between MD-200 and the south end of Konterra Drive.

(Note that the Konterra web site says rather vaguely that the "first phase of Konterra Town Center East is due to deliver in 2015.")

Click the map to go to the full size "Continuous Flow" PDF fact sheet

The Route 1 intersection uses a "Continuous Flow" design, where eastbound left-turning traffic from the ICC is routed over the westbound traffic prior to Route 1, to minimize the impact from left-turning vehicles at the stop lights on Route 1.

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Maintenance Tips

This is a reference post to collect in one place links to all of the previous posts containing tips for maintenance of your home.

Note also that we have an unofficial Residents-Only Warranties & Repairs Forum on Facebook where residents help each other.

Heating and Cooling Systems:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

A Great Halloween - Part 1

Thanks to everyone who made Halloween a success!

Special thanks go out to Allie and Daphna as the hosts, and to everyone who made an entry in the chili contest: Amy, Andrea, Bindu, Cindy, Daphna, Jamie, Kelli S., Kelly H., Kelly R., Maria, and Stephanie.

All of the chili dishes were terrific and it was hard choosing which ones to vote for. The balloting was very close but Bindu's won in the vegetarian category and Maria's won in the meat category.

So many neighbors and visitors came that I lost track of them. Early on I thought the kids from our street were just going to keep circling the candy bowls but eventually they headed out for other neighborhoods.

We also were extremely fortunate on the weather, as Halloween was a cool and dry Fall day but the next day would drop 20 degrees and turn blustery. (And all the tombstones blew away!)

A few more pictures are posted below (more will be in another post and on Facebook):

A Great Halloween - Part 2

More Halloween pictures from Autumn Walk (see Facebook in a day or two for the full set including pictures of the trick-or-treaters):