Making a Difference: Spotlight on Eric Sprague
Welcome to our newest newsletter feature, Volunteer Spotlight. Each month we will be interviewing a FCF resident who is making a huge difference in the life of our community. This month, click here to read about Eric Sprague, our Land Use Committee Chair. This in depth article, written by Nancy Haiman, gives you everything from Eric's background, his hard work for our community, and much, much more. Read More...
FCF Book Club
The Fishing Creek Farm book club's next meeting date is April 15th at 7:30pm. It will be held virtually through a video conference. The book is American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. Please contact Susan Magazine for details on how to join the discussion at email@example.com.
From our Social Committee
Hop on over to the FCF annual Easter Egg Hunt!
Theater Summer Camp!
We are excited to announce the dates for the 2020 FCF Theater Camp (aka Cherry Tree Productions). Please join us July 20-24 from 1-4pm for a fun, free theater camp run by our very own Ella Sprague and Lucy Fantone (and their friends Addison Johns and Zoe Stemmler). All of the girls are active in their school theater programs and are excited to share their love of the arts with your elementary school aged children. Please click here to register.
The slip assignments for the 2020 season have been set by the Marina Committee. It was hard work this year, as many boats had to be moved around to accommodate all of the new vessels that are now part of the FCF fleet. To view where your boat, or the boats of others in the marina, is located, click here. Also, please note that invoices have been mailed to slip holders for their slip fees. Also, the committee is working to complete a few additional renovation items, such as installing cleats, piling fenders, minor electrical repairs, installing a sign, installing a flag pole, installing a couple new ladders, adding hose bibs and turning on the water. The committee also have the permits open to complete a modification required to install a new boat lift. The marina will be fully operational by 4/1 and they will complete the boat lift requirements, once the modification is completed. Please feel free to start returning your boats at any time.
There are two nets and balls in the storage bin at the tennis court. If you choose to play during this time, it is at your own risk. Because there is no means of disinfecting the balls or equipment, please be wise and wash your hands before and after playing, and if you don’t feel well, stay home. The health and safety of our residents is very important! We will not be coordinating any outdoor open play during this time.
The tennis court is open for tennis and pickleball. Please remember to reserve the court online and review court rules and procedure for reservations by clicking here.
Survey and Focus Group Results
We wish to thank everyone who completed our 2020 survey! The results of that were presented at the Annual Meeting, and will be looked at more in depth in next week's Annual Meeting Report. Look for this Report in your inbox the middle of next week.
Main & Market Catering
During this time of the threat from novel coronavirus, many of us are ordering to-go food, rather than dining in at restaurants. FCF's own Diane Fantone, who is a sales consultant at Main & Market, the caterer for the holiday party, has provided us with a copy of the gourmet to-go menu with free delivery to our area. There is an order form so you can order package menu plans or ala carte. If you have any questions email M&M at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please click here to see the menu, or click here to visit their website.
From our Board of Directors
2020 Annual Meeting Special Report Available Now!
This year's Annual Meeting was a huge success, with over 75 of our homeowners attending or joining us through videoconferencing. Our 2 hour meeting was packed with great information from a full agenda. Click here for our special report on this important meeting, along with links to all of the PowerPoints that were presented.
Welcome to Our Newest Volunteers!
A big THANK YOU is extended to our 2 newest volunteers who stepped forward at this year's Annual Meeting. Maggie Elehwany, who has for years run our Children's Social Activities Committee, has become our newest Board member. And Jim Colimore, a new resident, has agreed to chair the Architectural Control Committee. The Board, and our FCF community, thanks Mike Elehwany for his past years of service as our ACC chair as he leaves the committee.
Board Position Open and Call for Other Volunteers
We still have vacancies for a number of volunteer positions:
- Board of Directors - There is still one position open. Please send an email to the Board if you are interested in serving by clicking here.
- Architectural Control Committee - We are looking for additional volunteers to assist.. If you are interested in being on this committee, contact Jim Colimore by clicking here.
- Tennis Committee - The committee is looking for a volunteer to help coordinate the kids' pickleball activity, ideally someone whose kids will be participating. Please contact Margo Speciale if you are interested by clicking here.
- FCF Communications - We are looking for a volunteer to assist with the website and newsletters. If you are interested in this, please let Steve Haiman know by clicking here.
Clubhouse Awnings Installed!
The new awnings over the upper deck at the clubhouse have been installed. They open/close with a remote, which is kept in the clubhouse. They also can be opened/closed manually with the poles kept in the alcove area. If you open the awnings, please be sure to close them when you leave the deck. They are not meant to withstand heavy winds, so please do not open them during these conditions. Also, the arms on the awnings are intended to be bowed. If anyone is interested in obtaining a quote for their own awning, contact Frank at Hawk Awning at 410-353-0353. Thank you - and enjoy! And Thank You to Deborah Brafford for spearheading this effort.
Land Use Committee Update
FCF shoreline erosion project is set to begin construction in early May and will continue through November. Work will be conducted primarily by water using barges, so there should be minimal truck traffic on Cherry Tree Lane. The barges will not be obstruct access to Cherry Tree Cove or our Marina.
Architectural Change Requests
The Architectural Control Committee reminds all homeowners that ANY change to the exterior of your home requires you to file a request with the committee prior to any construction beginning. This includes things like roofs, fire pits, fences, etc. To get a complete understanding of how to do this, click here. If you have questions on anything ACC, contact the ACC chair, Jim Colimore, by clicking here.
Tidewater Property Management
Invoices for 2020 annual dues as well as slip holder fees are going out this week. Also, Tidewater is working on a series of maintenance requests including a broken irrigation pipe at the clubhouse, potholes, the pool door to the pool equipment room, and spraying the paths for ticks. If you have other maintenance issues that need to be addressed, please let the board know by clicking here. Tidewater also reminds you to register yourself and other homeowners in your home at the Tidewater portal. If you have any issues doing that, contact Board member Steve Haiman and he will assist you by clicking here.