Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays


American Community Management would like to take the opportunity to express to you season's greetings and good wishes. We value our relationship with you and look forward to working with you in the year to come. We wish you a very happy Holiday Season and a New Year filled with joy.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Winter Heating Tips


Winter is upon us! Here are a few quick tips to help heat your home more efficiently and lower heating costs:
  • During the winter, for systems other than heat pumps, set your thermostat at 68°F or lower during the day and 65°F at night. If you have a heat pump, do not use lower temperature settings at night unless you have a programmable thermostat specifically for a heat pump.
  • For better control of your heating and cooling systems, install a programmable thermostat. If you have a heat pump, make sure you select a programmable thermostat designed specifically for heat pumps.
  • Check filters on hot-air heating systems, air conditioning units and heat pumps monthly and clean or replace when needed.
  • Check and adjust individual registers throughout your home to improve flow of heated air. Make sure window coverings, furniture or carpets don't block vents, cold air returns or radiators.
  • Keep heat-producing appliances (like television sets and lamps away from your thermostat - the heat from them can raise the temperature on your thermostat and heat or cool your home unnecessarily.
  • Consider installing a humidifier if your home is dry in the winter. This will help you feel warmer at lower temperature settings - keep the humidity level between 35-40%.
  • Clean registers and returns regularly by vacuuming and/or dusting.
  • Keep the outdoor unit (heat pump and air conditioner) clear of obstructions including snow.
  • Caulk around windows and doors to stop air leaks and check caulk yearly to ensure it is in good condition.
  • In the winter, close window coverings at night to keep out the cold and open them during the day to let in the sun as a natural heat source.
  • Avoid using your fireplace during extremely cold weather because you lose more heat through the chimney than you gain from the fire.
Visit BGE online at www.bge.com for more heat saving tips this winter.

Monday, November 15, 2010

ACM Receives Award at SmartCEO's ECO CEO Event


American Community Management's Erin McCullin, Peggy Herzberger, and president Mel Herzberger, attended an awards reception for SmartCEO magazine's ECO CEO. ACM was recognized as one of 30 companies who have gone above and beyond in certain areas to implement green initiatives and technologies to help make their workplace more environmentally friendly.

Monday, October 4, 2010

NEW Employee Spotlight: Amanda, Marketing Coordinator

My name is Amanda Lande and I am one of the newest additions to the American Community Management team! I am 23 years old and live in Carroll County, Maryland. I received my Associates Degree from Carroll Community College in General Studies in 2007 and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Towson University in Mass Communication, specializing in Advertising and Public Relations in 2009.

My family currently resides in Carroll County whom I maintain a very close relationship with. I have two younger brothers both attending college in the Baltimore area. My hobbies include spending time with family and friends, music, reading and traveling. I am a HUGE Grey's Anatomy fan! I am also an animal lover with a slight favoritism of cats. My favorite time of the year is fall and I am a country girl at heart.

I am thrilled to be joining American Community Management and look forward to meeting and getting to know everyone here!

Insurance Program Moving Forward

We have been notified by our insurance representatives at Arthur J. Gallagher that we've reached the level of participation from our communities to guarantee that the insurance program with Zurich and Arthur J. Gallagher will move forward. We anticipate that this program will have long term savings and more comprehensive coverage.

Friday, September 24, 2010

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" Premieres Baltimore Build Sunday


On Sunday, September 26, 2010 beginning at 7 PM, ABC's popular TV show, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will air its season premiere. "Extreme Makeover" will kick off the season by airing footage taped during the week of July 12, 2010 when hundreds of volunteers gathered in Baltimore to build a home for the Boys Hope Girls Hope organization.

During the week of July 12, ACM's Gail Nesmith volunteered at the build site lending a hand with numerous jobs during the week.

"I have found that the best way to get through the challenging economic times for me, is to help someone else... and I had a really GREAT time doing it!"

To celebrate this exciting event, Gail along with the scholars from Boys Hope Girls Hope, will be attending a premiere party held at Notre Dame Preparatory. The family-oriented event with begin with a pre-party and then feature the broadcast of the season premiere of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" from 7-9 PM.

Don't forget to look for ACM's Gail Nesmith during the premiere episode!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

ACM has been named one of the EcoCEO finalists by SmartCEO Magazine

American Community Management has been named one of the EcoCEO finalists by SmartCEO Magazine!

ACM will be recognized in November by Washington SmartCEO as part of 30 companies who have gone above and beyond in certain areas to implement green initiatives and technologies to help make their workplace more environmentally friendly.

Keep checking back for updates!

Boards of Directors Pack Conference Room for ACM Insurance Seminar





Boards of Directors and ACM staff packed the conference room at the Best Western BWI-Airport on Saturday, September 11, 2010 for a seminar hosted by American Community Management that focused solely on the topic of insurance.

Insurance experts discussed how the state laws impact condominium insurance for both common areas and units, the responsibilities of Boards of Directors to protect the association with adequate insurance, and the need for directors & officers and fidelity insurance. They also reviewed the ACM Community Client Insurance Program and the many benefits this plan will provide our clients over the next three years.

ACM would like to thank our guest speakers:
  • Joseph Douglass, Esq., Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP
  • Tiffany Releford, Esq., Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP
  • Wayne C. Pachol, CPCU, ARM
  • Brian J. Finnerty, Area Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc.
  • Matthew R. Davis, Area Assistant Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc.

The Daily Record: "Beware the Cheap Driveway Fix"

The Daily Record has published an article warning homeowners of "bogus driveway repavers", stating that there are unlicensed contractors that are offering bargain prices to seal or coat a driveway with asphalt, however, the coating "washes away with the next rain or just quickly crumbles".

To read the article, "Beware the Cheap Driveway Fix", please CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

September is National Preparedness Month


National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. It is a nationwide effort to increase public awareness and educate individuals on how to prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Click Here for Maryland emergency information and contact phone numbers.

Click Here for the Ready Campaign website.

Communities Get Advanced Notice on Foreclosed Homes

New, First Look program gives communities a 48-hour advanced notification on foreclosed properties allowing the community to buy them for a discounted price before they go up on the market.

Click Here to read the USA Today article "Communities Get First Shot at Foreclosed Homes".

Monday, August 30, 2010

Insurance Seminar Attracts Talent From Large Regional Law Firm, Whiteford, Taylor and Preston, LLP

ACM is happy to announce that Tiffany Releford and Joseph Douglass from the prestigious law firm of Whiteford, Taylor and Preston, LLP has joined our team of speakers for the Insurance Seminar on September 11, 2010.

Tiffany and Joseph will be speaking along with Wayne Pachol about community association law as it relates to property and liability insurance as well as answer any questions.

Mr. Douglass is a partner and head of the firm's Community Association Section. For more than 25 years he has worked with condominiums, housing cooperatives and planned communities throughout the region. He is the past President of the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of the Community Associations Institute.

Ms. Releford is an associate who works with the firm's community association clients as well as handles a variety of litigation matters.

Both Tiffany and Joseph are active members in the Community Association Institute.

We are excited to have such a distinguished law firm attending this important and informative seminar.

Friday, August 27, 2010

NEW Employee Spotlight: Katie, Administrative Assistant


My name is Katie and I am 23 years old. I just moved back to Maryland (where I was born and raised) from New York where I attended St. John's University right outside of Manhattan.

I graduated in May with a dual degree in both Communications and Journalism while also holding an internship with "Entertainment Tonight". I absolutely loved New York, but it is true what they say, "home is where the heart is". I moved back to Maryland to be closer to my family and friends.

I come from an amazing family. I have an older sister and two younger brothers. I also grew up surrounded by over twenty pets, so I am a huge animal lover. I have an adorable pug who is like my child and is now slightly over a year old.

I love reading, writing, cooking, photography, singing and playing my guitar. I am also a die-hard Ravens fan. I love football and come from a family that takes it very seriously. Sadly, this is one of the reasons I felt compelled to move back to Maryland. I could not take another season of cheering by myself.

I am still re-discovering Maryland and all the different areas, but I really like Timonium and am excited to to get to work with ACM.

Katie is the Administrative Assistant in the Timonium office. We are excited to have Katie join the ACM team!

Power Down, Save Money

Looking to cut back due to a tight budget or ready to go green? Here are 10 quick and easy tips to accomplish both:
  • Unplug appliances and electronics. TVs, computers and kitchen appliances, as well as cell phone and lap top chargers, all use energy when they are plugged in -- even if they are turned off.
  • Use power strips. "Smart" power strips automatically turn off when electronics are off or when one main unit (like your personal computer) is powered down.
  • Turn off lights. When you're not in the room or not in the house, there's no need for all the lights to be on.
  • Clean and replace furnace or air conditioner filters. Dirty filters block air flow, increase energy bills and shorten equipment life.
  • In the warmer months, keep the shades and blinds down on south-, east- and west facing windows. In the colder months, open them up and let the sun in.
  • Activate"sleep" features on your computer and office equipment. When they go unused for a long period of time, they power down.
  • Lower the thermostat. Wear a sweater around the house and put an extra blanket on the bed at night.
  • Use fans instead of air conditioning when possible or combine their use to turn down the air temperature a bit.
  • Close vents an doors to unused rooms.
  • Wash your laundry with cold water. It's just as effective.
Check with the Alliance to Save Energy at www.ase.org for more energy and money saving tips.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

NEW Employee Spotlight: Crislyn, Community Association Manager


Crislyn joined the ACM team in July 2010 as a Community Association Manager with seven years of community management experience. Here's some interesting information about Crislyn:

My name is Crislyn. I have an eight year old son D.J. (pictured with me above). He loves sports and plays a little bit of everything. My goal is to have him begin martial arts by the end of this year not for the purpose of learning to fight, but to practice the art of physical, emotional and spiritual balance with contributes key importance to learning patience, strength, perseverance, and determination all at the same time. I say all of this because at one point in my life, I was a practice dummy and a work out partner to my big brother who practiced the art of jiu-itsu and thai boxing. As a result, it has helped me to understand that martial arts can assist in a healthy lifestyle of personal and physical growth and of course having fun at the same time.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, outdoor activities, traveling, volunteering, helping people, and spending time with family and friends.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

CAI's Chesapeake Chapter Publishes ACM Article


"The Electronic Neighborhood", written by ACM's Erin McCullin and Mel Herzberger, was featured in the CAI Chesapeake Chapter's spring newsletter, "The Beacon".

To read the article, please CLICK HERE

Monday, July 26, 2010

ACM Welcomes New Communities


We would like to introduce and welcome those communities that have recently joined ACM:
  • Dunloy Townhome Condominium
  • Oak Fair HOA
  • Vistas at Bowie Town Center
  • Windmill Square Condominium

Thursday, July 22, 2010

ACM Employee Lends Helping Hand on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" Site








"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" moved into Baltimore for the week of July 12, 2010 and ACM's Gail Nesmith jumped in to lend a hand.

"I just so happened to be on vacation that week and wanted to volunteer", said Nesmith.

ABC's popular TV show surprised a group of girls involved in the Boys Hope Girls Hope program on July 9, 2010. Ty and the "Extreme Makeover" cast announced that they would be building a home for the girls, "Extreme's" largest project yet. The home is about a block away from the boys house.

Boys Hope Girls Hope is a non-profit organization that provides at-risk youth a stable home environment while supporting and preparing them for college as well as teaching them skills to be a productive member of the community.

Through intense heat and heavy rains, volunteers worked feverishly day and night to finish the build for the big reveal. Gail, along with hundreds of other volunteers met at a nearby shopping center to board a shuttle that transported them to the build site.

"When we got there to the site, we were taken to a 'staging' area where a volunteer project manager split people into different groups where we worked on tasks that needed to be completed."

In two days of volunteering on the site, Gail helped out with numerous jobs including peeling labels off of water bottles, removing trash and debris from the work site, assembling furniture, and moving floor tiles and supplies for the contractors.

"It was neat to see all of the different contractors and volunteers, skilled and unskilled work together for such a good cause."

Along with the many contractors and volunteers, cast members from ABC's "Modern Family" and rapper Xzibit were on site to not only lend a hand, but to also motivate the workers throughout the process.

"One of the coolest things we did was we all gathered in a big group and ran up the street yelling and waving our arms with the kids from 'Modern Family' leading the pack."

Overall, the build was a huge success with lots of excitement and emotion leading up to the big reveal this past Sunday, July 19, 2010.

The episode is set to air this coming fall on ABC.

For more information on Boys Hope Girls Hope, please CLICK HERE.
For more information and coverage from the construction, please CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

NEW Employee Spotlight: Heather, Administrative Assistant


My name is Heather and I moved from Blacksburg, Virginia (go HOKIES!) to Columbia, Maryland June 12, 2010. My previous employer was with Virginia Tech in their Career Services office as an admin.

I'm engaged to my fiance, Wesley, and we have an eight-year-old son Nathan. I spend almost all of my free time driving my son around for sports practice and games. He loves sports and plays a bit of everything, however his favorite sport is lacrosse.

When I'm not driving him around, I enjoy volunteering within the community and visiting family and friends. I enjoy reading and watching TV and have fallen for the vampire craze this last year. I am in the process of reading Charlaine Harris' latest book in the True Blood series.

I'm excited to explore Maryland and get to know the area as well as working with everyone here.

Welcome Heather! We are excited to have you as a member of the ACM team!


Three Maryland Cities Recognized by Money Magazine

Money Magazine has unveiled it's list of America's Best Small Cities to live in. A total of three small cities located in Maryland were featured on the list. Columbia/Ellicott City took the number two spot this year rising from the number eight spot in 2008. Gaithersburg came in at number 25 while Rockville came in at spot number 31.

To view the article Baltimore Sun featured on Columbia/Ellicott City, please CLICK HERE.

To view the full list of Money Magazine's Best Places to Live, please CLICK HERE.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Crabfeast with the Mayor


Charlene Pindell, Senior Community Manager in the Timonium office, and her sister Thomasine Parrott photographed with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at the Baltimore City Developers, Re-modelers and Builders Chapter of the Homebuilders Association of Maryland Crab Feast on June 16th 2010.

Monday, June 7, 2010

ACM Welcomes New Communities


We would like to introduce and welcome the communities that have recently joined ACM:

  • Lyndwood Land Condominium
  • 7305 Brookview Condominium
  • 7315 Brookview Condominium
  • 7325 Brookview Condominium
  • 7335 Brookview Condominium
  • 7305 Maplecrest Condominium
  • 7315 Maplecrest Condominium
  • 6150 Shadywood Condominium
  • 6155 Shadywood Condominium
  • Flourmill HOA
  • Parkside Warehouse Condominium
  • Shamrock Manor HOA
  • Ring Dove Condominium

Friday, January 15, 2010

FHA Condo. Lending Rules -- Effective February 1, 2010

The Baltimore Sun has featured an article on the new condo lending regulations that will come into effect on February 1, 2010.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/classified/realestate/sns-201001080558tmsrealestmctnig-a20100115jan15,0,1078035.story

Friday, January 1, 2010

ACM Launches New Website



As of today, January 1, 2010, ACM would officially like to welcome you to the world where the internet can facilitate a tangible "sense of community" and establish a platform for social interaction. Combining local content, convenient access to neighborhood resources, and group communication tools, Resident Interactive, ACM's new website partner has developed an Intranet platform that essentially acts as an operating system for the neighborhood and the broader community.


Imagine being able to use your community website to book a baby sitter, check school schedules, create your personal and community or club calendar, contact a plumber, check the status of your architectural application, view a how-to video on drywall repairs, and participate in an on-line community survey, all from your secure community website environment. The list goes on and on and we have the ability to add even more. The website developed and made available to you by American Community Management at no additional cost to your community, is a secure, community based network that will give you more freedom, power and unique control over your homeowner account with one click access. From the moment you log into your web page, you will see that your site will be completely customized and personalized to you and to your community and the area in which you reside. We are working to make www. acmhome.com the website for your home.

By integrating SenEarthCo, an online community administrative management service and Smartstreet, an online banking system into www.acmhome.com, you will not only be able to pay your fees online and view your account, but you will also be able to create maintenance work orders and architectural requests.

Log on today to register and take advantage of the features that are already available to you!
  • View your real time account status
  • Pay your bills online
  • Request maintenance service via an easy-to-use online form
  • Contact local service providers like a plumber or carpenter
  • Check the status of your architectural application
  • Access user manuals for you appliances and home electronics
  • Check local and community events
  • Network with friends and neighbors