Welcome To Fishing Creek Farm

Meet Our New Neighbors: The Vagts and Warwicks

Paradise Found - Fishing Creek Farm and Disney World!

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The extended Vagts/Warwick family moved in to 3416 Hidden River View in early March. In their search for a new home, they were looking for a house on the water, in a community with a “neighborhood” feel, and close to Baltimore for work purposes. Fishing Creek Farm fit the bill.

I recently caught up with the family on their way to a fourth trip to Disney World in the past year! Kristen Warwick Vagts explains that Disney World is 4-year-old Everly’s favorite place on earth but also says that Fishing Creek Farm so far has been “paradise” for her!

Kristen, Bryan, Everly, and Griffin Vagts

Both Kristen and Bryan grew up near Baltimore and were avid swimmers. They occasionally saw each other (and Michael Phelps) at meets but didn’t date until after college. Bryan swam with the Naval Academy Club Team while Kristen swam with the UMBC age group team; then both swam in college.

Kristen attended Rider College in New Jersey and then graduated from U of Maryland Baltimore with an MBA. She is now working in Women’s Health as a sales representative across Maryland for Myovant Sciences.

Bryan is a graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy where he majored in Ship Operations and Technology. He has worked as an officer and captain of commercial ships, and for the past 3 years has worked with the Association of Maryland Pilots as a Chesapeake Bay pilot.

Kristen and Bryan have two children - Everly who will be starting school at St. Mary’s in the fall and Griffin, age 2, who will be enjoying FCF and some playmates in the neighborhood.

Jim and Rosemary

Jim and Rosemary Warwick are Kristen’s parents. Jim graduated from Brooklyn Law School and for the past 32 years, has worked as a federal prosecutor in Baltimore. He admits to having concocted a tall tale about time he spent in federal prison and learning the tattoo business for this article, but the family talked him out of it!

Rosemary received a Master’s in education from Queens College and is the glue of the family. She is a retired first grade teacher and now cares for Everly and Griffin while others in the family are at work.

Hobbies

Whether it’s swimming, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving, or working as a pilot, the Warwicks and Vagts spend a great deal of time in or on the water. Everly loves to swim, and it looks like she may be the next swimmer in the family.

Sailing and kayaking are favorite activities at the Annapolis Yacht Club for everyone. Kristen and Bryan love to take the kids out kayaking and anticipate taking advantage of the FCF cove this summer.

Bryan likes to scuba dive and golf when he has a chance. Like Bryan, Jim enjoys the outdoors and being on the water.  In addition, Jim is an avid biker.

Kristen and Rosemary are often engaged in outdoor activities but especially enjoy shopping together. Jim jokes that they can turn a grocery trip for a gallon of milk into a shopping excursion.

Welcome the Vagts and Warwicks

Whether you would like to engage in conversation about boating, water sports, law, piloting commercial ships in difficult conditions, women’s health, education, or federal prisons and the tattoo business, the Warwick/Vagts family can be your source! The stories are even better if you share a bourbon or some wine (family favorites)! Stop by 3416 HRV and find out!

To read more about the Vagts and Warwick family, click here.


Book Club - DATE CHANGE

The next Fishing Creek Farm Book Club discussion will be Monday, May 10, 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.


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 have been mulched and the landscaping company is working their way around the neighborhood with the beds.

The white fencing along Thomas Point Road has been power washed and cleaned, including going around the corner onto Beachview.

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.

Happy Spring Everyone!

Barbara Holch


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

It is so wonderful to see everyone out enjoying pickleball. It is also warming to see some impromptu social gatherings occurring through the game.

Communication

We have created a Facebook group for residents interested in pickleball. The page is designed to provide news and information about pickleball in our neighborhood and around Annapolis. You can join the group here.

Equipment

We also would like to remind our residents who have never set the nets up or taken them down to watch these two short videos. Pickleball net set-up and take-down instructions: Click here to access video.

Also, if you use the broom or squeegee, please put them back on the fence next to the equipment box. The squeegee has a housing unit that protects it from the elements. If you need assistance with the equipment, any of the members of the pickleball committee would be happy to help.

Remember to mark your calendar for open play every Thursday 5-7 and Sunday 10-12. Open play is open to residents only.

Lastly, resurfacing of the court is on schedule for the first week of June.

Thank you,

The Pickleball/Tennis Committee


Tidewater Update

Tidewater Management Update

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 .


May Board of Directors Meeting

The next Board of Directors meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, May 25 from 7 to 9 PM. All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Joining information and the agenda will be posted here closer to the date.

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 .


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

Please note that Duvall Creek Entrance Buoy #3 is off station.

The second green buoy as entering Duvall creek from South River is not in the proper location. It is approximately 20 yards to the West (towards Hillsmere) of proper location.

We have contacted the Coast Guard and DNR regarding the green navigational markers at the opening of our marina and the opening to the South River.  When entering/exiting our marina, please use the marker that is on the Hillsmere side of the waterway (when entering the marina from the creek, it’s the first marker and when exiting the marina, it’s the second marker).  When entering/exiting the creek to the river, please use the marker on the River side (when returning it’s the first marker and when departing it’s the second marker).  The other markers in both circumstances, sit in shallow water and will likely cause boats issues with depth.


Pool Committee
We are excited to announce that the pool will open on Friday, May 28th for the 2021 season! The hours will be as follows. We are trying to add additional hours during the week through June 18th when AACPS schools end, but there is a lifeguard shortage. Residents will be notified if we are able to add additional hours.
Memorial Day Weekend
Friday: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Monday: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Hours through June 18
Monday – Thursday: Closed
Friday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 8:00pm
June 19 — September 6: (Regular Season)
Monday – Thursday: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 8:00pm
The reservation system we used last season will be in effect again this year and will be available by Monday, May 24th. We are happy to increase pool capacity this year and hope that this will allow us to welcome guests later in the season.
The Board has decided to begin the season with the following precautions as advised by the FCF HOA attorney (Note: a full list of rules for the 2021 pool season will be posted on the website as soon as they are available.)
  • Waiver required for each individual using the pool.
  • Unvaccinated residents, including children, are required to maintain proper social distance.
  • Masks required in the bathrooms and in situations where social distancing is not possible, including entering/exiting the pool when busy.
  • No guests until at least July 4th.
  • No pool parties for the 2021 pool season.

Marina Committee

The boating season has started, and we have a lot of activity at the marina.  We continue to ask everyone to make sure their lines are properly set, and all covers are properly secured.  If you notice anything concerning on a slip holder’s boat or around the marina, please contact the slip holder (contacts on website) or a Marina Committee member.  We will continue to make a few minor repairs this summer (replacement of boards and updated piling fenders). We have made a few electrical outlet repairs (parts are back ordered).  The new improved JetDock is completed and ready for use.  As of the date of this newsletter, the new canoe/kayak launch is being built and we are waiting on a few parts to finalize the project (this structure was built with some parts that were removed from the old JetDock).

We are excited to see everyone enjoying the water!  Be safe and happy boating!

Marina Committee


Board of Directors

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).


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.


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. One item is currently posted - a Boston whaler for sale. 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.