Welcome To Fishing Creek Farm

Meet Our New Neighbors

Maritime Couple Joins Our Maritime Community

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John and Tammy Snedeker are life-long boaters who say they always knew they would move to Annapolis, but COVID gave them the impetus to make the move! While residents of northern Virginia, they kept their boat in the South River Marina, so they were familiar with the area. During COVID isolation, they asked themselves, “Why wait?”, and started the search for a new home. On March 12th they moved into 3672 Thomas Point Rd.

Tammy

Tammy grew up in West Virginia near Cumberland, Maryland and attended WVU. She worked in the defense industry for Hercules Aerospace, which today is part of Northrup Grumman and later became Director of Student Recruitment and Enrollment Management at Allegany College of Maryland.

During their first year of marriage, John was stationed in Newport, RI and Tammy became an entrepreneur. The beautiful architecture of Newport inspired her to start a corporate and personal gifting business, “Guilded Pear Gift Expressions”.

John

John grew up on Long Island, New York and has had a boat since he was 15 years old. He attended the University of Florida, joined ROTC, majored in aerospace engineering, joined the Navy, and attended flight school in Pensacola.

John has piloted the A6 Intruder; was the commanding officer of a squadron of F14 Tomcats; and is an experienced Navy test pilot. He was also Captain of the USS Iwo Jima and served in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. After his service in Iraq, John worked in the Pentagon and now works as an executive at Raytheon Technologies.

Hobbies and Activities

Tammy and John have a second home on Anna Maria Island in Florida where they boat, paddleboard, kayak, canoe, bike, snorkel, and fish! They also love to travel across the U.S. and especially enjoy visiting John’s daughters Sarah in Virginia Beach and Melanie with her husband and 3-year-old son in San Francisco.

Welcome

Tammy and John will be busy taking advantage of neighborhood amenities this summer. You will likely find them in the marina, on the water, at the tennis courts, at the pool, or walking and biking the neighborhood. Take a moment to catch them (if you can) and give them a warm welcome.

To read the full article about the Snedekers, click here.


Landscape/Architectural Committee Update

The past several months has been very active for the ACC. Investment in maintaining and updating residences in Fishing Creek Farm is strong. Anyone walking the community would observe new construction, extensive exterior remodels, new roofs, decks, patios, fencing and landscaping. Hopefully, you agree that this investment is not only adding value for the homeowner undertaking a project, but also for the entire community.

In addition to working with residents on applications for renovation projects, Jim Colimore, chair of the ACC, has led initiatives to update two policies in need of review.

  1. Our list of approved materials for exterior improvements to residences, and
  2. Our guidelines for fencing throughout the community.

These guidelines are under review by the Board and will be published on the website upon completion. ACC is seeking to provide flexibility in options while maintaining the openness and focus on the natural beauty of the community. While still in draft form, we would encourage anyone considering a project to reach out to any member of the ACC should you want insight into the proposed guidelines.

Finally, ACC and the board are considering a more formal process for neighbor consultation on projects, consistent with practices in other similarly situated communities. The intent is to ensure neighbors have a voice while retaining for the Board its historic role of setting standards and approving applications.

One implication of this process will be to extend the timeline for ACC/Board review. While we do not believe it will add undue length to the process, applications for project approvals will need to have sufficient lead times to permit a thoughtful and comprehensive process that will include neighbor outreach. In addition to ensuring sufficient lead time, applicants seeking approval for new projects should refer to existing ACC guidelines on the FCF community website. They are intended to provide useful information to help make the process more efficient and effective.


Beautification Committee Update

 

The neighborhood is starting to look "Spring-Fabulous" again thanks to Jose Lemus and his team. Walking paths are beginning to be mulched or wood chipped.

Periodically we are able to complement community flower beds with donations from homeowners who are undertaking landscaping projects. Healthy transplants of grasses or bushes that don’t typically require irrigation are ideal. Please contact Barbara Holch at BHolch5@iCloud.com if you have transplants to donate, or if community landscaping areas near your home need attention per our landscaping contract.


Book Club

The next Fishing Creek Farm Book Club discussion will be Monday, May 3, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.  We hope to have the meeting on the deck at the club house.  If the weather is bad, we will meet remotely.

Please join us for the discussion. We have no rules except to enjoy discussing books of interest with our neighbors!

The book we have selected is The Lions of Fifth Avenue: A Novel by Fiona Davis.

 

Google Books writes:

"In New York Times bestselling author Fiona Davis's latest historical novel, a series of book thefts roils the iconic New York Public Library, leaving two generations of strong-willed women to pick up the pieces.

It's 1913, and on the surface, Laura Lyons couldn't ask for more out of life—her husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, allowing their family to live in an apartment within the grand building, and they are blessed with two children. But headstrong, passionate Laura wants more, and when she takes a leap of faith and applies to the Columbia Journalism School, her world is cracked wide open. As her studies take her all over the city, she is drawn to Greenwich Village's new bohemia, where she discovers the Heterodoxy Club—a radical, all-female group in which women are encouraged to loudly share their opinions on suffrage, birth control, and women's rights. Soon, Laura finds herself questioning her traditional role as wife and mother. And when valuable books are stolen back at the library, threatening the home and institution she loves, she's forced to confront her shifting priorities head on . . . and may just lose everything in the process."

Everyone is invited to join the discussions. Please contact Susan Magazine via email or phone (301-213-1799) if you would like to join the group.


Committee Contacts

Do you want to know who is on what committee?  Do you want to know how to reach a committee member?  All of that information is on our website Committee page which is located here.  On this page you will note that a number of the email addresses are [committee-name/position]@fishingcreekfarm.org. This is part of our ongoing effort to have email addresses that we can use to transition easily from volunteer to volunteer when a position turns over. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with this, and thank you to all of our volunteers!


Pickleball/Tennis Committee Update

Photo by Margo Speciale

Pickleball Open Play Schedule Change 
Join the fun every SUNDAY from 10 AM -12 PM

Tennis Net Being Stored for the Winter

The tennis net was taken down December 7th for winter storage.


Tidewater Update

Tidewater Management Update

  • Being reviewed is a proposal to install a transformer at the clubhouse to help fix the issues with the grinder pumps.
  • Bids continue to be received to paint and repair the ceiling inside the clubhouse, the exterior wall and upper deck alcove; paint the clubhouse balcony where HVAC system resides.
  • Bids are also being received to to paint all fencing at both entrances on Thomas Point Road.
  • Bids are also being reviewed for the annual maintenance of the clubhouse HVAC that will include addressing the backwash issue.
  • Review of the FCF resale package to ensure updated materials are included.
  • Year-end financials were completed in preparation for audit to be conducted this year.
  • Continuing to upload architectural requests and documents on the Tidewater platform.

April Board of Directors Meeting

The next Board of Directors meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, April 27 from 7 to 9 PM. All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Joining information is posted here. The agenda will be posted closer to the event.

The Board would also like to reiterate that the Secretary position remains OPEN. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Julien Hecht at boardpresident@fishingcreekfarm.org .


Close Calls at the New Stop Signs!

The stop signs at the corner of Hidden River View and Cherry Tree Lane were relocated a bit over a year ago.  We recognize that changing the location of the signs after many years means changing your driving habits.  There have been several close calls that could have resulted in injury or death.

We want to remind you to come to a complete stop when approaching the signs on Hidden River View - not just roll through.  There are cyclers or runners that might be approaching from the other direction that you may not see should you not stop.  It is probably a good practice to treat the intersection as a four way stop since there are those who may not be stopping at the stop signs.  It is unfortunate that Anne Arundel County did not grant us the request for a 4 way stop. Please obey the signs and drive safely.


Control Your Dogs

The BOD has become aware of three incidents in FCF where dogs that were not leashed acted aggressively toward other dogs or a person. Our governing documents state, “ …and provided further that all animals must be secured by leash or lead, or under the control of a responsible person and obedient to that person’s command at any time they are permitted outside of a house, dwelling, or closed area used for their maintenance and confinement.”

The Anne Arundel County Code, Title 12, Article 4 also explains a resident’s duties, responsibilities and liabilities with respect to animals. Please be a good neighbor with respect to controlling your dog(s).


Help Us Communicate with You - Sign Up Now!

March 2021 completes one year with Tidewater Property Management, Inc. successfully working with FCF. The BOD and Tidewater strongly urge all homeowners to register on the Tidewater site and agree to receive communication via email. Using email is more efficient and saves postage expenses. Receiving email from Tidewater is an important communication tool used by FCF, and our goal is to have 100% participation. If you need help logging in and/or signing up, please contact Hailey Matthews at hmatthews@tidewaterproperty.com .


Governing Documents 

The Board has been working on several issues related to compliance with our governing documents, specifically, signs in yards, approved materials for home exterior, and landscaping changes on private lots and in the HOA common area. Residents are reminded that these documents are available on the website. A working group has been created to review these documents in 2021. Community input will be requested as the process moves forward.


How to Contact Board Members

When contacting Board Members, please use their official neighborhood email address rather than their personal email address. The format of the FCF addresses is: boardPOSITION@fishingcreekfarm.org.

Specifically:

boardpresident@fishingcreekfarm.org - Julien Hecht 

boardvp@fishingcreekfarm.org  - Jacques Smith

boardsecretary@fishingcreekfarm.org - Open

boardmal@fishingcreekfarm.org - Chris Caine

boardtreasurer@fishingcreekfarm.org - Deborah Brafford

Marina Committee

Latest update to Slip Assignments - Click on image to enlarge

The weather is turning warm (we hope!) and the boating season is about to begin!  We had a couple technical issues with the marina payment/ contract/ insurance process, but they have been resolved.  Please make sure that all of your information and payments are completed by 4/15/21.

The marina water and pump-out system have been commissioned and we cleaned and waterproofed the deck boards.  We will be replacing a handful of deck boards in the coming weeks and we hope to add/replace a few more piling fenders as well.  The availability and cost of materials are crazy right now and we are doing our best to get items completed that are 100% necessary. Please note, anyone adding a cleat or dock box to the marina should notify the marina committee before moving or installing anything that will impact the marina. Any damages to the marina or impact made by adding or moving a material from the physical marina, will be the responsibility of the slip holder.  We appreciate everyone's consideration and help with keeping the marina safe and clean.

We are waiting for the materials needed to update the waverunner platform. It's best that everyone with waverunners delay launching their PWC until the work is complete or you will need to move your PWC for a few days while the work is being completed.  We hope to have the materials in the next two weeks. At the same time, we will be installing the new kayak/canoe launch on the opposite side of the boat ramp.

We are excited to launch the 2021 boating season!  Please be safe and make sure that you properly set your lines for the changing tides and spring storms!


Fishing Creek Farm Facebook Page

 

Fishing Creek Farm residents can post items of interest, for sale, or wanted to our FB page, “Fishing Creek Farm Homeowners’ Association”. The page is administered by Deborah Brafford and is open only to FCF residents. (Be aware: there is an old FB page that is no longer in use. Its address is: Fishing Creek Farm Neighborhood and it is open to the PUBLIC.)

Although anyone can find our private site, only members can see who's in the group and what they post. When you land on the FCF FB page, you may ask to join the group. You must submit your email and house address for verification. Once your credentials are verified, you will be notified of your admission to the group.

Please feel free to post questions, information, or photos to this closed group of Fishing Creek Farm neighbors!


Fishing Creek Farm Website

Check out the new section on our FCF website - Bulletin Board. Two items are already posted - a Boston whaler for sale and request for babysitting. This is a private area of our website with "For Sale" and "Wanted" sections. It can only be seen when you are logged into our site. If you have items that you would like to post, please email Joan at jpfinsgraf@gmail.com .


Land Use Committee Update

Bonfires on Beaches - Safety is Priority

The BOD discussed that residents are enjoying bonfires on the beach at Cherry Tree Lane. In order to do so responsibly and safely, please follow these recommendations:

  • Bring a bucket to extinguish flames or errant embers.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Do not have a fire if it is excessively windy.
  • Keep all fires away from nearby trees and bushes.
  • Completely extinguish the fire before leaving the area.

The best solution for extinguishing the fire is to use a bucket and douse the fire with water. Do not cover the fire with sand to extinguish it -- sand can hide a very hot area where someone could inadvertently walk.

Thank you so much for being responsible and keeping our community safe! 


Land Use Committee

Photo by Margo Speciale

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Do Not Cut Phragmites!!

The phragmites may NOT be cut. Be aware that cutting phragmites is not allowed without a permit from Anne Arundel County. Some Fishing Creek Farm homeowners have cut phragmites on HOA community property as well as on their own properties. The HOA has received a stop work order from Anne Arundel County and we will face potential fines should they observe this happening again. We have a contractor that has a permit to spray phragmites, and then we must wait for the phragmites to die out and be replaced by native species over time. You may email the contractor, Mark Smith, or call: 443-808-9777 with questions or concerns.

Also, we remind all residents that no planting, cutting, trimming or other like activities (whether of phragmites, trees, vines, downed tree limbs or any other form of vegetation) may be conducted by any resident in or on FCF common areas without the prior written approval of the Board of Directors.


Suggestion Box

If you have an idea on how to make Fishing Creek Farm an even better place, please share it with the Board and your fellow homeowners.  Suggestions are sent to our FCF Board and posted on our website. To access the suggestion box now, click here.