Friday, June 24, 2011

ACM Photo Contest Results

ACM Would like to extend a big "Thank You!" to everyone who participated in the ACM Photo Contest for 2011! We had a total of 109 entries making the selection process very difficult. We appreciate all of the photos received from ACM associations and would like to recognize the following photo contest winners:

First Place: Paul Trattner for his entire portfolio of entries for Coldspring Community Association.

Second Place: Danny Simpson for his photo of Oak Fair Homeowners Association.

Third Place: Tie- Carol Allen of ACM for her photo of Burleigh Manor III HOA.

Third Place: Tie - Amanda Lande of ACM for her picture of Dorsey Crossing Condo and HOA.

Congratulations to our Photo Contest Winners! All photo entries have the opportunity to be displayed on our Facebook page and throughout both ACM offices. Just because the contest is over for 2011 doesn't mean you have to stop taking pictures! Any pictures taken between now and next year can be submitted to Amanda Lande via email,, to be considered for any future ACM Photo Contest.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Coldspring Newtown Resident Named 'Baltimore's Best Hon'

A resident of an ACM managed community, Coldspring Newtown, was awarded "Baltimore's Best Hon 2011" at this year's "HONfest". To read the article and view the pictures of the award as reported by the North Baltimore Patch, please CLICK HERE.

Friday, June 10, 2011

New Change to My Corner Page

We have taken your suggestions about navigation on the website and have put them into action. When board members and homeowners were asked, "what is the most difficult aspect of the website?", the majority of the responses revealed similar answers. Navigation between and SenEarthCo provided to be the most challenging.

We have been working with the website designer for Resident Interactive ( and the support staff from SenEarthCo to provide you a more user friendly way to get from the My Corner page to the information held within SenEarthCo.

We have created new icons that when clicked on takes you to a menu of links that users visit frequently, for example, account statement, management reports, architectural applications, etc. The homeowner will then be launched into the exact location in SenEarthCo to find the information that they are looking for. We believe that this is a positive change to provide our homeowners an even more user friendly website.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Heat Wave Hits the Region

The hot weather our region is used to seeing in August has started earlier and stronger than normal this year. With highs reaching the upper 90s and records being broken, counties have opened cooling centers along with providing hot weather assistance and tips. Please click on the links below to view information on cooling centers and assistance offered for each county.

Anne Arundel

Baltimore City

Baltimore County

Carroll County

Charles County

Harford County

Howard County

Montgomery County

Prince George's County

Friday, June 3, 2011

ACM Community Managers Participate in Mediation Workshop

On June 1, 2011, ACM hosted a Mediation Workshop with the Conflict Resolution Center of Baltimore County. Janet Bayer, Director of the Community Conferencing Program and Robyn Engle, Mediation & Outreach Specialist, led the workshop with ACM's Community Management Department.

The workshop included several exercises to help the Community Managers understand conflict and how to effectively handle those types of situations when they occur within community associations. The Community Managers learned active listening techniques as well as how to ask open-ended questions in order to keep people from getting defensive and to really understand what the true problem is.

The Conflict Resolution Center of Baltimore County is one of seventeen (17) Community Mediation Maryland centers across the state available to assist communities with resolving conflict free of charge. ACM will be incorporating the appropriate contact information for the county Community Mediation Center on each association's website on as the first alternative to dispute resolution.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Stink Bugs... a $7 Homemade Trap

It may be the early onset of extremely warm weather, but have the stink bugs come back with more of a vengeance this year? You see them everywhere and we've tried everything to get rid of these creepy crawlers and we mean EVERYTHING! We've even duct taping around the windows in our living room!

Although there may not be a distinct solution right now to get rid of them, one homeowner in Shaler, Pennsylvania has taken it upon himself to design a $7 do-it-yourself stink bug trap that really seems to do the trick! Click on the link below to view the news report from WPXI of the "$7 Homemade Stink Bug Trap".

Administrator of the Month: May 2011

Congratulations Sandra for earning Administrator of the Month for May!!

Sandra Carroll was voted Administrator of the Month by her peers for the month of May 2011. Her willingness to always help and pitch in to do whatever it takes to get the job done makes her the Administrative Department's shining star for the month!