Friday, August 31, 2012

ACM Offices Closed Monday, September 3, 2012


ACM's offices will be closed Monday, September 3, 2012 for Labor Day. Should you have an emergency, please call (410) 997-7767 and follow the prompts for emergency services. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Administrator of the Month: July & August 2012

 
Congratulations to Carolyn Carpenter for earning the Administrator of the Month award for July and August 2012! Carolyn was nominated by several members of the staff for this award because of her outstanding assistance with the Columbia office move. Thank you for all of your hard work!

ACM New Employee Spotlight

 
ACM would like to welcome Katherine Anderson, joining ACM as the newest Community Association Assistant. Katherine is from Baltimore, Maryland and attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia. She has past experience working with a Baltimore community association. Katherine enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing and reading in her spare time.

ACM extends a warm welcome to Katherine!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Get Out Your Scanner...

 
Smart phone app that is! Scan the code below to see ACM's Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating and business review. We're proud of our rating and continue to strive to provide the best quality management services in this industry for our clients. See for yourself!
 
 

2012 Walk for Peace



2012 Walk for Peace in Our Communities
Sunday, October 7, 2012
1:00 to 4:00 pm


Rash Field at Baltimore's Inner Harbor

(Adjacent to the Maryland Science Center)

201 Key Highway

Baltimore, MD 21230


Registration is FREE
&

FREE PARKING IS AVAILABLE ON SITE!


Come out to show your support for peaceful conflict resolution in Maryland.  Let others know that they can solve problems and resolve disputes by talking it out, getting help from a mediator or facilitator, participating in a community conference, or taking advantage of many other tools and resources provided by alternative (or, as Chief Judge Bell says, "appropriate") dispute resolution organizations and practitioners.  
Exhibitors from various community mediation centers, community conferencing programs, support networks, juvenile services providers, and more will be sharing information about what they do to support and develop a culture of peaceful conflict resolution throughout our state.
Bring your family and friends!  There are plenty of fun things to see and explore along the 3K walk route around the Inner Harbor's promenade, including tall ships, a submarine, giant maps, a real light house, and more.  In addition, we'll have music, a face painter, and other children's activities at the main event site at Rash Field (201 Key Highway).
Plus, we're awarding prizes to
  • The walker with the coolest and most creative hat with a conflict resolution-theme
  • The walker who came from farthest away (bring your cousins!)
  • The largest group of walkers from one organization
  • The walker who finishes first (walking, not running!)
  • The most interesting tweet during the walk (#peacewalk)
In addition, everyone who visits all of the exhibit tables and gets a stamp in their Peace Walk Passport will be entered in a drawing to win a special prize.  And by the way, these aren't all cheesy prizes, either.  You could score a couple of tickets to the Baltimore Aquarium or the Maryland Science Center, an original framed collage of children's prize-winning conflict resolution art coveted by young and old alike, or maybe some other secret fun things that we're busy gathering just for you.
So what are you waiting for?  Register today!  Participation in the walk is free no matter what, but if you sign up by September 21, we will order a long-sleeved t-shirt in your size.
 
Click here to register for the walk: www.tinyurl.com/PeaceWalk2012

 
If your organization would like to have an exhibit table at thewalk, you may request one by clicking this link:  www.tinyurl.com/PeaceWalk2012Exhibitors

This fun, family-friendly event is sponsored by the District Court of Maryland's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Office and the Maryland Judiciary's Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO).  

Friday, August 24, 2012

ACM Presents: Dollars and “Sense” of Community Association Budgeting Seminar

 
 
Audience: Community association board members (officers or at-large members in a decision making role)
Where: American Community Management Hanover Office:
7484 Candlewood Road, Suite H, Hanover, Maryland 21076
Dates: Choice of Wednesday, September 19, 6:00-8:00 pm or Friday, September 21, 12:00-2:00pm
Topic: It is the fiduciary responsibility of the association’s board of directors to prepare and adopt a budget of the estimated common expenses. Budgeting will aid in determining the amount of assessments needed to maintain the association’s common elements on an annual basis, or in accordance with the association’s governing documents. We will provide information on the best practices ACM has developed pertaining to the budgeting process:
  • Techniques and methods for creating a budget, reviewing current and historic financial information and preparing projections
  • Addressing major cost categories using driving factors (contracts, discretionary items, collections, projects, utilities insurance and administrative costs)
  • Determining the level and allocation of assessments
  • Determining if reserves (operating and replacement) are adequate using the reserve study and cash flow trends as key resources
  • Meeting the notification requirement (to membership)
Materials and light refreshments to be provided.
 
Contact Peter Giguere to register at pgiguere@communitymanagers.net with your name, association and desired date for attendance. Thank you and we hope you are able to participate!


Monday, August 20, 2012

Local Event -- Senior Safety Awareness Day

Tomorrow, August 21, 2012, is Senior Safety Awareness Day at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Please click the flyer below to learn more about the event and how to participate!

Monday, August 13, 2012

ACM Enhances Conference/Training Room in Hanover Office




Pictured above is ACM's new Conference Room and Training Facility located in our Hanover, MD office. This room is capable of accommodating 50 people comfortably! A 55 inch presentation screen has also been installed that can be used while conducting meetings and/or training sessions in all three (3) of our conference rooms. We invite communities to use this space for association meetings free of charge. Along with association meetings, we plan on using this space for training sessions and seminars for both Board members and ACM staff.

We are in the process of planning two events for this Fall and Winter, a budget training session and a seminar about alternative energy solutions for community associations. More information will be provided at a later date. Please stop by our new office, 7484 Candlewood Road, Suite H, Hanover, MD to visit us and see this great new conference/training location!

Monday, August 6, 2012

American's Night Out Against Crime


Tomorrow, August 7, 2012, is American's National Night Out Against Crime. This national event gives communities the opportunity to join together with their local police and fire departments, businesses, neighborhood organizations and civic groups to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.

Last year, more than 15,000 communities and over 37 million Americans participated in this event. If you are interested in learning more and joining the cause, please visit the following website:

http://nno.org/nno/about.html

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

ACM Welcomes Two New Communities!

ACM would like to extend a warm welcome to two new communities beginning services with us on August 1, 2012:

-Glen Oaks Homeowners Association, located in Columbia
-Huntington Crest Homeowners Association, located in Bowie

We look forward to beginning our relationship with both of these communities!