New Year, New home, New Friends, New Baby
Alyssa and Remy both grew up near the water and describe themselves as “outdoor and water people”. Alyssa grew up locally while Remy spent his younger days in RI with frequent trips to Martha’s Vineyard. They first met in NYC and although they loved living in the city, they were ready for a change of pace and more living space than their 500 square foot apartment allowed.
Alyssa’s work soon took them to the Raleigh area in NC but over time, her job evolved so that she could work remotely. When the couple realized that they both could work remotely and live most anywhere, they started looking for an ideal location. They decided on the Annapolis area where Alyssa has family, and they could take advantage of the water and outdoors.
In May 2022, they decided to sell their home in NC. It sold more quickly than they anticipated, and they were soon homeless! They spent several months living with Remy’s parents in Martha’s Vineyard and then several more months in the basement of Alyssa’s parents’ home in Arnold.
The couple stepped up their house search and looked seriously at 10 homes in the Arnold, Severna Park, and Annapolis areas. When a home in FCF came on the market, they were amazed that they had never previously gone beyond Quiet Waters. They loved the amenities of FCF – marina, pool, tennis, wide streets – and knew this could be a perfect place to raise a family and enjoy the outdoors.
Alyssa and Remy met through college friends of Remy’s when they were both living in Hoboken. After only a few weeks of dating, Alyssa met Remy’s parents and before long, they moved to an apartment in Chelsea, Manhattan.
Shortly before the pandemic, Alyssa and Remy decided to marry. But the pandemic forced the couple to change wedding plans multiple times. In all, they changed their plans five times and celebrated in multiple locations – the first in April 2021 was a small minimony with direct family in Cambridge, MD during gale force winds, and the second was a big celebration in St. Pete Beach, FL on New Year’s Eve 2021.
Now that the couple is in Annapolis, they look forward to introducing their little one to Alyssa’s family including grandparents, cousins, and an aunt and uncle in the area. Soon thereafter, they plan get-togethers with Remy’s parents who live in Rhode Island and Florida, and Remy’s sister and her family in Atlanta. Already, a baby shower is scheduled in March at our clubhouse.
Alyssa grew up in Arnold and attended Broadneck high school. She then went on to Bucknell University majoring in Business Management and Chinese. She worked short stints for Goldman Sachs and Johnson & Johnson’s corporate finance department in NYC before transitioning to a smaller start-up company where she specialized in customer success and sales management of subscription services.
In 2017, Alyssa joined Cisco Systems in RTP, NC. Her goal is to ensure Cisco’s largest customers find success and value with their purchases, and she leads multiple teams in this effort. Fortunately, after the couple’s first year in NC, and even before the pandemic, Alyssa’s job evolved to become mostly remote, which allowed great flexibility in working locations and their move to Annapolis.
Remy grew up in Rhode Island but especially enjoyed summers in Martha’s Vineyard. He attended Bates College in Maine where he majored in Economics and Spanish. He has since graduated with an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and specializes in data analytics.
After graduating from college, Remy first worked in the yacht insurance industry where he analyzed market trends and developed strategic marketing approaches. Interestingly, his first introduction to Annapolis was not through Alyssa, but on a business trip to the Annapolis Boat Show.
Remy explains that he enjoyed the travel and perks associated with the yacht insurance industry, but quickly realized that his passion lay in the healthcare industry. Not only is nearly everyone in his family involved with medicine, but Remy wrote his college thesis on trends in the pharmaceutical industry, and he appreciates that healthcare is relatively recession-proof.
Since leaving the yacht industry, Remy has worked for nine years in healthcare consulting analyzing real world data. Most recently, he is working with Forian Inc. to help pharmaceutical and life science companies launch and position products by tracking and analyzing insurance claims data. Like Alyssa, Remy can work primarily from home.
Alyssa and Remy enjoy boating, water sports, golfing, hiking, and outdoor sports in general. As Alyssa explains, a gym workout is good, but exercising outdoors is better. Remy played rugby in college and as adults, both have continued to play soccer. In fact, shortly after they met, Alyssa recruited Remy to play soccer on her mostly Irish soccer team. They continued to play in NY and NC.
Growing up, Remy worked summers at a tennis club in Martha’s Vineyard and he has been attempting to teach Alyssa tennis. Since seeing the FCF tennis/pickleball courts, they are considering taking up pickleball and joining neighborhood players.
Alyssa also enjoys yoga and cooking. Her mom is an excellent chef and Alyssa has followed in her footsteps.
The couple also enjoys travelling. They spent their honeymoon in Sardinia and Sicily and say Italy is their favorite destination. Before their wedding, the couple also spent a wonderful week with Remy’s family in Tuscany.
Both Alyssa and Remy are boaters and would like to have a boat sometime, but as Remy explains, “It’s house and baby first, boat later.”
Keep an eye out for Alyssa and Remy walking their doodles – Martha, a Bernedoodle age 6, and Betty, a Newfypoo, age 4 -- and welcome them to the neighborhood! Remember, this summer the walking entourage will grow to include a new baby boy! In the meantime, you will likely catch the friendly couple at FCF events and possibly on the tennis/pickleball court.
RESCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31ST
CALLING ALL BOOK LOVERS
We're Looking for New Members!
The Fishing Creek Farm Book Club is looking for a few more book lovers to join the group. The Book Club welcomes all, both men and women. The meetings are approximately monthly. The members at the meetings choose the next book to read and the date for the next meeting. The discussions are informal and are a wonderful way to share a love of books and to get to know our neighbors better. Now that a new year is approaching, please make a promise to yourself to participate in the pleasure of our meetings.
The next Book Club meeting will be Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fishing Creek Farm Clubhouse. The book we will read is The Sentence by Louise Erdrich.
Ron Charles of the Washington Post says that The Sentence is among Louise Erdrich's most magical novels.
"The Sentence asks what we owe to the living, the dead, to the reader and to the book.
A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store's most annoying customer. Flora dies on All Souls' Day, but she simply won't leave the store. Tookie, who has landed a job selling books after years of incarceration that she survived by reading with murderous attention, must solve the mystery of this haunting while at the same time trying to understand all that occurs in Minneapolis during a year of grief, astonishment, isolation, and furious reckoning.
The Sentence begins on All Souls' Day 2019 and ends on All Souls' Day 2020. Its mystery and proliferating ghost stories during this one year propel a narrative as rich, emotional, and profound as anything Louise Erdrich has written."
Wishing each and everyone a wonderful holiday and a happy new year.
Susan S. Magazine
Many thanks to Katie Schmitt who has stepped up to be our new pool committee chair and to Shannon Sprague who formerly held this role and navigated us through many difficult decisions and circumstances during the pandemic.
Once again, we are anticipating a shortage of lifeguards during the upcoming season. Our pool management company, Anchor Aquatics, is currently hiring Lifeguards, Pool Operators, Pool Managers, & Area Supervisors for the 2023 season. The company offers training and a choice of work locations for any resident (16 or older). Applicants may designate FCF as their sole work location. The following is information from Anchor Aquatics:Anchor Aquatics Offers:
- Competitive Pay
- Training Reimbursement Opportunities
- FREE Pool Operator Training
- Many Desirable Pool Location
- Referral & Year End Bonuses
- Performance Recognition and Reward
- APPLY TODAY @ www.anchoraquatics.com
For more info call 410-956-0744
Pickleball/Tennis Committee Update
Open Play will continue through the winter months on Sunday mornings, starting at 9am. Open play is for all FCF residents regardless of skill level. Please come out and join the Pickleball craze.
If you want to be included on the FCF pickleball email distribution list, please email email@example.com asking to be added. You do not need to be on the distribution list to participate in Open Play.
Finally – if you are unsure how to set up the pickleball nets we have at the court, or see something wrong with the new wheeled net and are unsure how to fix it, please let the pickleball committee know and do not try to fix it yourself. The new wheeled net has already been damaged.
Please No Trash
As most people know, we have no trash cans on court. We have a carry-in / carry-out trash policy. Lately we have seen old tennis balls and empty water bottles left behind.
We have replenished our inventory of glass and plastic FCF logo glasses. They are $4 each and can be ordered by contacting boardtreasurer@
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!
How to Contact Board of Directors
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@
firstname.lastname@example.org - Jennifer Dengler
On December 9th, In Home Stone fixed the counter top around the sink and polished all the counter tops. We are also looking into having a handyman fix any windows that are not working properly.
In 2023, the Clubhouse rental rate is $125. The fee covers cleaning, utilities and maintenance expenses. In addition, a $250 deposit will be collected shortly before your reservation and will be returned shortly thereafter, as long as there is no damage.
Community events that use the clubhouse are free but must be reserved in advance. Please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve.
For those residents who use the clubhouse for private events or meetings, please be aware that the clubhouse awnings have recently been fixed. Please be sure that you retract all the awnings after use or not use them at all during times of windy weather. Recently, a wind gust caught one of the opened awnings causing it to go off track. It was realigned and both manual cranks were adjusted for easier access. We ask everyone who uses them to be careful to not use them when there is wind.
If they are damaged when you are using them, you will be responsible for paying to have them fixed.
Recent Increase in Deer Activity and Management
You may have noticed an increase in deer activity in the neighborhood. This is due to the rut (from the Latin rugire, meaning "to roar"), which is the mating season of certain mammals and includes white-tailed deer. During the "rut" time period, deer often move without caution and may wander up to doorsteps and walk out into the roadways. Please be extra careful when driving. Some male deer (bucks) may become aggressive so keep a safe distance and have your dogs on a leash. The rut normally lasts three weeks so look for things to subside in mid- to late-December.
Tri-County Deer Management harvested 6 Doe and 1 Buck last month and will continue working from their elevated tree stands. For any questions about FCF Deer Management, please contact John Snedeker at John.W.Snedeker@gmail.com.
Please note that Tri-County recently added a new area for deer management in FCF. The portions of our common areas that are now being managed are designated in the following maps. (Map 1, Map 2, Map 3, Map 4.) For a more details, please see below or refer to the community email sent Tuesday, Nov. 29.
Overview of Deer Management Program
The Board is working with Tri-County Deer Management, an organized group of bow hunters, who aid communities such as ours in their efforts to manage the deer population within their respective areas. Fishing Creek Farm has worked with Tri-County Deer Management for many years in this effort. The bow hunters must demonstrate their bow hunting proficiency and take ongoing bow hunting safety courses. Tri-County Deer Management and its members are insured, listing Fishing Creek Farm as an additional insured.
The hunters set elevated stands in the common area trees, so they have a downward trajectory, shooting their target from less than 20 yards away. The deer management program runs during the deer bow and arrow hunting season, which this year begins September 9 and runs through the end of January.
The FCF HOA is providing Tri-County Deer Management with access to four specific areas within the community common areas an hour before the first light of dawn through 9 AM and from 3PM until one hour after dark. The hunters will be in those limited portions of the community common areas several times a week. When hunting, they will park their vehicles adjacent to the areas where they are working and will post Tri-County Deer Management signs in their vehicles.
Please be respectful of their efforts to decrease the deer population and avoid entering the common areas where the vehicles are parked. People walking through the wooded areas during the hunting process scare the deer, making Tri-County's efforts unsuccessful.
Fishing Creek HOA, Inc. has provided Tri-County Deer Management with written permission to hunt in the common areas of Fishing Creek Farm HOA, Inc. Homeowners and their guests are prohibited from hunting in the common areas of the community.
Please refrain from touching the Tri-County equipment set up in the common areas. Tampering with the equipment creates a safety risk for the hunters and is a prosecutable offense.
The grant application for the Southbreeze Shoreline Restoration initiative was approved and granted by the Chesapeake Bay Trust in December 2022. The grant, subject to several provisions, will support further analysis and design of options for addressing the continuing erosion along Southbreeze Beach and to protect the integrity of the Still Pond ecosystem.
Annapolis Tree Company has completed planned tree work in 3 areas: 1) the beach area of CTL; 2) along the fence line on the right of Thomas Point Rd; and 3) on Beachview Lane where a large limb was leaning on Verizon wires. The wood from the trees in the CTL beach area is stacked and available to anyone interested, although most of the pieces are quite large and immovable.
Residents Can Request New Recycling Bins
If your yellow recycling bin is either broken (usually hinges) or needs replacement you can get that done easily and at no cost by Anne Arundel County. Simply go to the website below and make a request. You will get an email confirmation of a date when the work will be done. On that day you must put the bin out by the street by 6 am. That's it!
|Annual Meeting Notice|
The Fishing Creek Farm Homeowners Association, Inc. Annual Meeting of the Members is scheduled for February 13, 2023 at 7p at the Clubhouse. There is one seat up for election at this year's annual meeting and it is for a 3 year term.
Please find attached the annual meeting notice and proxy form. If you cannot attend the meeting please return your proxy to Megan Smith at Maredith Management via email@example.com.
We have also included a Candidate Resume Form. If you would like to run for the Board we encourage you to complete this form and return it to Megan Smith in advance of the meeting. We will post all Candidate Resume Forms to the community website. The Deadline for Candidate Resume Forms is 2/6/23.
The Board has appointed a Nominating Committee to assist in filling this open Board position. If you have questions about serving on the Board please feel free to contact any of the nominating committee members with your questions.
Nominating Committee Members:
Jennifer Dengler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Caine, email@example.com
Marco Adelfio, firstname.lastname@example.org
Geroge Gavrila, email@example.com
Julie Jordan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Roy Collins, email@example.com
A big thank you to all the committee volunteers!
Board of Directors Meetings 2023
Board of Directors meetings in 2023 will be held once per month on a Monday from 7 to 9 PM. All residents are welcome and encouraged to attend. The meetings are again being held in person at the Clubhouse, but are also available virtually. Links and agendas are posted here closer to the event.
Land Use Committee
Work has already been completed on Southbreeze Lane and now the County is improving several areas starting at the end of Cherry Tree Lane and working their way up to Hidden River View. The County has provided an itemized project list, which is linked below and will be posted to the FCF website. The work is expected to continue over the next several months. While the exact schedule of work and completion is not currently known, this important work is finally underway so we should expect to see a lot of County equipment working its way through FCF.
Children's Social Committee
When: Sunday, February 12, 10-11am
Where: FCF Clubhouse
Bring your little loves over to craft any last minute valentines, play heart bursting games and enjoy sweet treats for the whole family!
Volunteers for set up and clean up should reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Social Committee
The community thanks Kristan Dix and her committee for terrific community events in 2022. We are now looking for new committee members and/or someone new to step in as committee chair. Volunteers interested in planning social events should contact Deborah Brafford at: email@example.com
New! Free Blue Library
Welcome the Little Free Library to Fishing Creek Farm! A blue "Little Free Library" is next to the bench at our marina for all to enjoy and participate in. Please feel free to take a book or leave one to share. If leaving a book, we encourage you to leave a review of the book on a note card stuck inside it. It is not necessary but could be fun and helpful - similar to the tradition at Barnes and Noble.Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small “front yard" book exchanges number more than 150,000 worldwide. Now our Little Free Library will join the movement to share books, bring people together and create a community of readers. Our library is a registered library and open to anyone who wants to use it.
The top shelf is for adult books and the bottom shelf is for children's books. Please be courteous and do not leave damaged books, duplicate books or, in the children's section, books that are drawn/written in. The idea is to have fun selection of books that will keep adults and kids coming back selecting books and adding in new selections.
The stewards of the library are currently Chris Harkins (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Susan Magazine (email@example.com) who heads up the FCF book club. Please contact us with any ideas to make this better or if you would like to be involved with the project.
Maredith Management Company
Our new management company, Maredith Management, took over from Tidewater on January 1. Megan Q. Smith is our new property manager. Residents may contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-710-6529 with questions.
The 2023 annual billing packets will be sent soon and will include payment instructions.
Residents who plan to sell their home, will need to order a resale package through Maredith Management at www.homewisedocs.com .
A resale package contains vital information to those purchasing a home in an association. Resale certificates reduce the liability for the HOA if the seller isn’t up to date on payments, thus ensuring that it’s the buyers’ responsibility, after a certain time period has passed, to pay the HOA. Resale certificates are legally required documents ensuring that buyers have full disclosure before purchasing a property.
Outside Equipment Must be Screened
Recent work on updating FCF covenants has refocused the community on certain requirements to maintain the esthetic appeal of FCF. One of those requirements is the screening of any outdoor HVAC/Electrical/Propane equipment so as not to be visible from the street or to neighbors.
Please ensure that any such equipment is properly screened on your property and the quality of the screening is appropriately maintained.
Thank you for helping keep FCF one of the most naturally beautiful communities in the greater Annapolis region.
A reminder to all community members that there are ice breakers plugged in at various locations of the marina. Please be careful of the lines and please do not touch any of the lines or plugs.
January 31, 2023 is the deadline to join the "Active" waiting list for the 2023 boat season. Please contact Jason Horst (email@example.com) if you wish to be added or removed from the waiting list. Anyone that submits a request after this date will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list for the 2023 season. The current waiting list and marina slip rates for the 2023 season are posted under Marina on the left-hand menu of the FCF website landing page.
If you are a current slip holder and you DO NOT plan on returning to the marina in 2023, please let Jason Horst know as soon as possible.
If you are planning a renovation or major landscaping work, please be sure to submit an application a minimum of 60 days prior to commencing any new work.
Our website includes instructions for necessary documents. Until a portal to Maredith Management is created, you will need to send necessary documents to: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org. In the future, applications will be submitted directly through our website.
The Architecture committee meets to review completed applications on the first Wednesday of each month. The next meeting will be February 1st. Following Architecture Committee meetings, the Board then reviews committee recommendations at their next scheduled board meeting.
Residents may join Architecture Committee meetings at the Clubhouse or through the virtual link below:
To join the Open AC Meetings, please use the information below:
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412
Access Code: 908-917-861
Architecture Review 2023 Open Meetings
February 1, 2023
March 1, 2023
April 5, 2023
May 3, 2023
June 7, 2023
July 5, 2023
August 2, 2023
September 6, 2023
October 4, 2023
November 1, 2023
The Board and CapEx Committee are in receipt and agreement with the final reserve study report issued by Miller Dodson. That report has been posted to our FCF website (HERE) and is available for review by homeowners. The basic takeaway is that the dues increase voted on and approved last year is very likely sufficient to maintain the various assets of our community at a level which we anticipate will preserve FCF as a premiere waterfront community and maximize home values.
The Board and CapEx Committee do not currently anticipate any major expenditures in 2023 but we are awaiting resolution of the direction and timing for the Southbreeze Beach preservation projects, and legal resolution regarding the HOA responsibility for eventual repair and replacement of the Cherry Tree Lane bulkhead. The CapEx Committee is constantly updating our internal model to reflect our current plans for necessary expenditures and match the Miller Dodson report where possible.
Please observe the following safety considerations:
New 4-Way Stop
The intersection of Hidden River View Road and Cherry Tree Lane is now a four-way stop. The initial request to the county was to make the intersection a four-way stop; however, at the time, they only granted a two-way, moving the location of existing ones. Upon a recent re-evaluation of the intersection, they determined a four-way stop was in order.
Please come to a complete stop from any direction when approaching this intersection.
Stopping for the School Bus
There is a school bus stop at the corner of Cherry Tree Lane and Thomas Point Road. There have been a few incidents in which cars have not stopped when the school bus has been dismissing students, which could have resulted in injury to the students. Turning onto Cherry Tree Lane in either direction from Thomas Point Road while the bus is stopped at the intersection is against the law. According to Maryland law, for the safety of students entering and exiting, all vehicles must stop at least 20 feet from a school bus when its flashing red lights are activated or the stop sign emerges. On all roads except divided highways with a median separation, drivers must stop in both directions, according to Maryland law.
No Dogs on the Courts
According to the HOA rules, dogs are not allowed on the tennis/pickle ball courts at any time.
Dogs Must ALWAYS be on Leashes
No Motorized Vehicles Allowed on Beach Path
A new sign was added to the entrance to the beach area path at Smiths Island to remind everyone that no motorized vehicles (e.g. golf carts) should use the path to get down to the beach. The path is strictly for pedestrian use.
Moving Vehicles to the Right; Pedestrians to the Left - It's the Law
Residents have reported near misses with pedestrians who walk on the right, especially in groups, because they don't see or hear approaching vehicles. Please walk to the left and drive/bike cautiously on the right.
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!
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.