Sports Enthusiasts with a Sense of Humor
Hilary and Scott Kamins are long-time Marylanders who grew up in Montgomery County, but have lived for the past 15 years in the Falls Church area of Virginia. Northern Virginia was convenient to Scott’s work in D.C., but as Hilary says, “It was time for a lifestyle change.” They needed a home where they could get their “heart rates down” and their middle school age boys could safely ride their bikes away from traffic and the bustle of a busy urban area. 3417 Hidden River View was the answer!
As soon as Hilary and Scott were introduced to Fishing Creek Farm, Scott says they loved the neighborhood. Hilary is thrilled that FCF offers an escape from a hectic lifestyle. She is “addicted to sunsets” and frequently closes her day with a walk to the Cherry Tree Lane beach to watch the sun go down.
Hilary and Scott have made many aesthetic improvements to their home, but Scott describes the house in general, as a “hidden gem” with “good bones”. They, like so many of us, wonder why they didn’t make the move sooner.
Both Scott and Hilary own independent businesses – Scott has a consulting business while Hilary owns and operates a Zumba fitness business. The Kamins enjoy many hobbies together including golf, skiing, and swimming, and plan special family trips around these activities. Although the Kamins also enjoy boating, Scott says, for now, the kids are “too expensive for a boat”! Instead, they will settle for “friends with a boat”! Any takers should walk to 3417 Hidden River View and introduce themselves!
Please join me in welcoming the Kamins to Fishing Creek Farm. Rumor has it they enjoy a good glass of wine and Scott has a pretty good repertoire of impressions. All in all, a get-together with the Kamins sounds like a fun evening to plan!
To read more about the Kamins, click here.
Fishing Creek Farm has a new resident! Born to George and Tara Gavrila, George Jr. joins two other baby boys (Jackson Tucker Steppe and Wes Henry Libby) born in Fishing Creek Farm during the last quarter of 2020!
Please join me in congratulating the growing Gavrila family!
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.
- Materials for the annual meeting on February 28th are being prepared for mailing to all residents on 2/12 - ballot for board nominations and proxies.
- 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.
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!
Our next meeting will be February 24, 2021 at 7PM. Please mark your calendars. The link to the virtual meeting will be posted here and under "Upcoming Events" closer to the date.
The book for discussion is "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett.
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
THINKING OF FRESHENING UP YOUR HOME OR LANDSCAPE?
The Architectural Control Committee is actively reviewing applications from many homeowners for new construction, new landscaping, replacement of walkways and doors, additions, tree removal, fencing, and more. All homeowners are reminded that many projects require an application to the Committee before any changes may be initiated. Please check the FCF website under Architectural Change for guidance about projects that do and do not require applications.
If your project requires an application and supporting documents, watch the video on the website to obtain a complete understanding of how to do this. If you have further questions, please contact our Board Secretary (email@example.com). Please be sure to submit your application 30 days in advance of starting work.
The FCF Annual Meeting will be held virtually at 7:00pm on Sunday, February 28, 2021. As with the monthly BOD meetings, an electronic link will be sent via email and can also be accessed via the right-hand menu on the landing page of our FCF website. Additionally, you may access the meeting by clicking here.
The BOD has two board positions up for election at the annual meeting. If you have not already filled out the proxy that was emailed Feb. 13, you may do that here. In order to elect board members, a quorum of households must answer "yes" to the proxy question. (One vote per household.) Because the meeting will be virtual, attendance must be determined digitally. This requires that residents answer "yes" to the proxy question, which will allow an administrator, in this case, Joan Pfinsgraff, to count residents as present digitally/virtually.
The annual meeting will also feature the Capital Expenditures (CapEx) plan, proposed funding models, and results of our recent community survey. Information about the FCF assets, potential maintenance and replacement schedule, and funding is available on the website under Documents/CapEx Committee in the left-hand menu of the landing page.
Control of 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@
The Fishing Creek Farm Board of Directors approved the 2021 budget at its November 24, 2020 board meeting. The 2021 budget on the FCF website can be accessed by clicking on "Documents" and then "Board of Directors" in the left hand menu of this site.
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@
Anne Arundel County Stormwater Management Update
The CapEx committee has been working with the county for many months assessing the FCF stormwater management infrastructure. The county has committed to cleaning up the water side of Cherry Tree Ln., from the clubhouse to the end of Cherry Tree Ln. The county is also planning to replace the double culvert and gabion structures on Thomas Point Court (projected for April/May). The county will not start any work impacting homeowner driveways or other structures in the county right-of-way without a chance for homeowners to ask questions. We anticipate having an open dialogue session with a county representative in the spring.
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
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.
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.