Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Counties Offer Christmas Tree Recycling

As the holidays wrap up, many counties throughout the state are offering Christmas tree recycling to their residents. Please see below for information regarding your county’s offering of Christmas tree recycling services.

Anne Arundel County
Natural garland, wreaths, and Christmas trees are yard waste. They are chipped into mulch, a valuable soil covering. Please remove tree stand, tree bags, metal ornament hangers, and all decorations. Cut very tall trees in half so that the tree will fit into the contractor's truck.
Natural garland, wreaths, and Christmas trees will be collected on your regular recycling day.
Put your natural garland, wreaths, and Christmas trees at the curb before 6:00 AM on your regular recycling day or bring your items to any one of our convenience centers.

Natural garland, wreaths, and Christmas trees will be collected on your regular recycling day. Put your natural garland, wreaths and Christmas trees at the curb before 6 a.m. on your regular recycling day or bring your items to any one of our convenience centers.

Anne Arundel County Waste Management Convenience Centers: http://www.aacounty.org/DPW/WasteManagement/convCtr.cfm

Baltimore City
DPW will provide Christmas tree mulching Monday through Saturday during the entire month of January 2012. Mulching services will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Reedbird Avenue Citizen Drop-off Center, 701 Reedbird Avenue. Residents may bring their own bags or containers if they wish to collect mulch for their own use. Community groups are also encouraged to bring bags or containers and collect free mulch for neighborhood gardens while supplies last.

For residents who cannot bring their trees for mulching, the Bureau of Solid Waste will offer curbside tree collection from Tuesday, January 3, 2012 through Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Residents should set out trees on their regularly scheduled trash collection day at the same location where their trash is collected. All tinsel and ornaments must be removed from trees before they are set out for curbside collection or mulching. For additional information, please call 311.

Baltimore County
The collection of Christmas trees for recycling will take place over a two-week period, beginning Monday, January 9, 2012. To ensure collection of Christmas trees, residents must have the trees out at the curb no later than Saturday, January 14.

Residents must follow these simple rules when placing their Christmas trees at the curb to be recycled:

- Set out the tree only (no lights, decorations, bags, tree stands, etc.).
- Only set out trees at the front curb/street as trees will not be collected from alleys.

Baltimore County collectors will pick up Christmas trees in standard trash/recycling trucks, and deliver them to County facilities to be chipped and later used as mulch. Baltimore County residents who live in an apartment or condominium should follow their property manager's rules when recycling their Christmas trees.

Tree Drop-Off Locations
Residents who want to drop off Christmas trees themselves may do so starting Tuesday, December 27, 2011. Christmas trees (no lights, decorations, bags, tree stands, etc.) may be taken to one of the three County drop-off locations:
Eastern Sanitary Landfill Solid Waste Management FacilityMonday - Saturday7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Western Acceptance FacilityMonday - Saturday7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Baltimore County Resource Recovery FacilityMonday - Saturday7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For directions to the County's three drop-off centers, Baltimore County residents may view the information online or call the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-2000.

Carroll County
Carroll County is offering TREE-Cycling to grind trees into compost, mulch or chips for use later in gardens or in landscaping projects.

Remove all non-organic objects, including lights, wire, tinsel and ornaments and drop your Christmas tree off at one of the following locations to be recycled and re-used.

- Northern Landfill, 1400 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster, weekdays 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.
- Hoods Mill Landfill, 7901 Kabik Court, Woodbine, Saturdays 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Call for holiday hours.

Residents living within a municipality are encouraged to contact town and city offices for the Christmas tree pickup schedule. Residents living outside incorporated areas should contact their waste hauler to find out if Christmas tree pickup is provided.

For more information, contact Maria Myers, Carroll County Government Recycling Manager at 410-386-2035, or the Northern Landfill at 410-386-4550.

Charles County

Christmas Tree Recycling December 26 through January 14. Recycle your Christmas tree into free mulch! Trees must be ornament and tinsel-free. No plastic bags please. Drop off sites are listed below. For hours of operation, please call 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778. Look for the Christmas tree recycling sign!

Breeze Farm Recycling Center – Route 254, Cobb Island
Calvary Gospel Church – Route 228, Waldorf
Charles County Courthouse – Baltimore Street, La Plata
Charles County Landfill – Billingsley Road, Waldorf
Gilbert Run Recycling Center – Route 6 West, Dentsville
Pinefield Park – Pinewood Drive, Waldorf
Pisgah Recycling Center – Route 425, Pisgah
Route 5 Park N’ Ride – Mattawoman-Beantown Rd., Waldorf
Radio Station Road – La Plata
Ruth B. Swann Memorial Park – Route 21, Bryans Road
St. Nicholas Drive – Waldorf

Harford County

CLICK HERE for trimming drop-off locations.

Howard County
Beginning Tuesday, January 3 and continuing through Friday, January 20, Christmas trees may
be recycled seven days a week, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the drop-off sites listed below. One
exception to the above days and times is the Alpha Ridge Landfill, which is open Monday
through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Look for Merry Mulch signs at the following drop-off sites:

Kendall Hardware, 12260 Route 108
River Hill Garden Center, 12165 Route 108
Cedar Lane Park, 5081 Cedar Lane
Grandfather's Garden Center, 5320 Phelps Luck Drive
Rockburn Park, 5400 Landing Road
Ellicott City:
Small Circuit Court parking lot on upper Court House Drive (just past Ellicott Mills Drive, on
the right)
Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road
Alpha Ridge Landfill Wood Waste Area, 2350 Marriottsville Road

Savage Park, 8400 Fair Street

Western Regional Park, 14800 Carrs Mill Road

Howard County residents with curbside yard trim collection can set their Christmas trees out on
their regular curbside recycling days through January 20. Trees will not be accepted on trash
collection days. Please remove all decorations, including tinsel, garland, ornaments, lights, tree
stands and plastic bags. Trees must be cut into less than four foot lengths and tied; they do not
need to be bagged. Each bundle must weigh less than 40 pounds. Set your tree out the night
before your collection day. Trees may be picked up as early as 6 a.m. or as late as 7 p.m.
After January 20, when the sites listed above have stopped accepting Christmas trees and
curbside yard trim collection is no longer offered, residents can continue to bring their Christmas
trees to the Alpha Ridge Landfill Wood Waste Area – open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to
4 p.m.

Artificial Christmas trees and wreaths can be recycled year-round in the scrap metal area at the
Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents’ Convenience Area.

Montgomery County
CLICK HERE for collection information.

Prince George’s County
The Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources’ (DER) Waste Management Division (WMD) will provide County residents with Christmas tree collection and drop-off services for recycling of their live Christmas trees, at no charge beginning December 27.
To participate, residents with County-provided yard waste collection service should place their undecorated Christmas trees at curbside before 6:30 a.m. on their regularly scheduled collection day starting December 27, 2011.

Residents may also bring their undecorated trees, at no charge, to the Prince George’s County Yard Waste Composting Facility, 6601 Southeast Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro; Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or to the Brown Station Road Public Convenience Center, 3501 Brown Station Road, Upper Marlboro; Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through January 31, 2012.

Before dropping off the trees, residents are reminded to remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments from trees. Only undecorated trees will be accepted. For more information on recycling, call WMD’s Recycling Section at (301) 883-5045

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Winter Weather Travel Precautions by ACM Intern Jordon Nesmith

During this time of year, as people continue to travel and crowd the streets to engage in seasonal festivities, it becomes increasingly important to remain mindful of actions and precautions that can be taken in order to maintain safety in winter weather conditions. These safety tips apply not only to driving precautions, but also around the home.

When preparing to leave home, allow yourself extra time to get to desired locations as to avoid rushing. If you will be warming your car, a recommended practice to help the engine run better, be certain not to do so in an enclosed area, and be certain to clear all snow and ice from the vehicle for maximum visibility.

It is also recommended to always leave the car with at least a half full tank of gas to reduce the possibility of gas line freezes. Tires should always be properly inflated and either radial tires or an alternate type, but never a mix of multiple. The use of parking breaks should be avoided in cold, rainy, or snowy weather, and a seat belt should always be worn while operating a vehicle.

The use of the “cruise control” features within vehicles is not recommended in wet or slick driving conditions, and additional attention should be paid to potentially hazardous, upcoming road conditions, such as black ice on bridges. If skidding occurs, acceleration should decrease, and efforts should be taken to maintain control of the vehicle, steering in the desired direction.

Vehicle operators should remain particularly reserved while driving, leaving additional space between themselves and other vehicles, reducing usual speeds to compensate for weather conditions, and separating emotions from driving.

It is important to be prepared for probable setbacks. In the car, having booster cables, a spare tire, a flashlight, an ice scrapper, tools and other supplies are important to assist in a crisis. At home, important supplies may include, but are not limited to bottled water, a radio, a cellular phone, a flashlight with additional batteries, food and other emergency preparedness equipment.

The winter is a wonderful season for celebration and festivities, but it is paramount to take precautions to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you. For additional safety tips, refer to Red Cross and AAA resources.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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.

Our offices will be closed:

- Monday, December 26, 2011
- Monday, January 2, 2012

We wish you a very happy Holiday Season and a New Year filled with joy!

New Employee Spotlight: Tina, Community Association Manager

ACM would like to welcome Tina, one of our newest Community Association Managers. Tina lives in Glen Burnie and has three children. She has past experience working in the Community Association Management industry and has attended Howard and Anne Arundel Community Colleges.

In her spare time, Tina enjoys scrap-booking, camping and playing softball.

We are thrilled to have Tina be part of the ACM family!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New Employee Spotlight: Chris, Administrative Assistant

ACM would like to welcome Chris, joining our team as a Community Association Assistant. Chris is from Bowie and is working toward his Associates Degree in Computer Science from Anne Arundel Community College. He has past work experience as an Office Automation Clerk and as a Sales Representative. Chris' hobbies include the Ravens, playing football and spending time with friends and family.

Welcome to the ACM family Chris!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

ACM Presents: Maryland Law Update with Nicholas D. Cowie

ACM would like to thank Nicholas D. Cowie for sitting down with us and discussing the Update to the Maryland Law where condominium associations may be sued by unit owners for allowing
the Statute of Limitations to expire on construction defect claims.

Mr. Cowie is a partner in the law firm Cowie & Mott, P.A. Cowie & Mott, P.A. is a construction defect law firm that is dedicated primarily to represent condominiums and HOAs in construction defect disputes with developers and builders.

Nicholas D. Cowie
Telephone: 410-327-3800
Fax: 410-327-3801
2310 Boston Street
Baltimore, MD 21224

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

ACM's Renewal Rate Reaches 100% in 2011

As 2011 is coming to an end, ACM has continued to grow and expand its client portfolio with a 100% renewal rate for the year! All ACM associations have successfully renewed their contracts for 2012 and we are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with all 192 communities we represent. ACM's association renewal rate has increased from 96% in 2010 based on the high quality community management services provided.

With the addition of our unique Property Management Department, the innovative website service provided to all homeowners and our strong belief in education by forming a partnership with Community Mediation Maryland and assisting with the development of a course about community association governance with the University of Maryland, ACM is looking forward to maintaining our relationships with all communities represented in 2012!

New Employee Spotlight: Delphine, Community Manager

ACM would like to welcome Delphine, joining the ACM team as a Community Association Manager. Delphine is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a huge Eagles fan! She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from LaSalle University.

ACM extends a warm welcome to Delphine!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Howard County Opens VITA Site to Provide Free Income Tax Preparation -- Volunteers needed to help out at VITA site

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced today that the County's first Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site will open in January and run throughout the 2012 tax season.

Like other VITA sites across the county, the Howard County site will offer free tax assistance preparation to most taxpayers who earned up to $49,000 in 2011. In addition to free tax return preparation, the site will also offer free electronic filling. Individuals who choose to take advantage of the e-file program will receive their refunds in half-the-time compared to returns filed on paper - even faster, when tax refunds are deposited directly into a bank account.

"Through the opening of this pilot site, we take another step forward to making and keeping all Howard County residents self sufficient," said County Executive Ulman. "Working families who might otherwise pay hundreds of dollars for tax preparation and electronic filing can now use those funds to pay bills, weatherize their homes or save for their futures."

The Howard County VITA site will operate out of the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road in Laurel, three days a week from January 18 through April 14: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are encouraged and can be scheduled at the start of the New Year by visiting www.howardcountymd.gov/VITA.htm. This year's tax deadline is April 17, 2012.

In preparation for the site's opening, the County is also seeking volunteers to serve as tax preparers, quality reviewers, greeters and office staff. Volunteer tax preparers are trained to help with special credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. Training and certification for volunteer tax preparers are offered for free and sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service; no prior tax preparationn or accounting experience is required. Residents interested in volunteering should contact the site coordinator, Enock Guerrier, by e-mail at vita@howardcountymd.gov or by telephone at 410-313-0386.

For more information, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/VITA.htm.

ACM Welcomes New Communities

We would like to welcome Addison at St. Paul's Condominium II, Inc. and Woodlands Condominium.

Addison at St. Pauls Condominium II, Inc.
Condominium located in Captiol Heights, MD

Woodlands Condominium
Office Condominium located in Columbia, MD