Meet Your New Neighbors: The Jordan-Cummings Family
Julie Jordan and James Cummings, and their children Patrick (age 11) and Nora (age 8), moved at the end of June into 1312 Beachview Road. “A few months ago, pre-COVID, we were visiting friends in the Fishing Creek Farm community for a long weekend, and were just mesmerized by the neighborhood,” comments James. “The wildlife, the water, the people, and the whole package were just spectacular, and to think that we could actually live here!”
Land Use Committee Update
Hi, all. A quick update on the living shoreline project:
- The construction phase is now complete.
- Marsh grass plantings should begin within the next few days.
- The plantings will occur within the area between the wooden posts that is being staked out now.
- The downed tree will remain as-is. The contractor did not want to cut and use the wood for the project unfortunately.
- Bayland asked us to share with the community that dogs should not be allowed to run through the plantings through at least next fall.
- While we won’t have wide stretches of beach anymore, we will have two nice beach areas. One near the flag pole at the end of Cherry Tree Lane and another at the end of the trail behind the tennis court.
The next book meeting will be Oct. 20th at 7pm. The meeting will be virtual. Click here for additional information.
Rainbow Over FCF
Thank you Eamonn McGeady for this wonderful picture.
Architectural Change Requests
The Architectural Control Committee reminds all homeowners that many types of changes to the exterior of your home (such as roofing, hardscaping, building a shed, etc.) may require you to file an application and supporting documents with the committee prior to any construction beginning. To determine if your project does require an application, contact our Board Secretary (email@example.com). If your project requires an application and supporting documents, watch the video in this article to get a complete understanding of how to do this.
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!
From our Board of Directors
Tree Risk Assessment
The Board is obtaining proposals for Tree Inventory and Risk Assessment services from two companies. This effort focuses on specified street trees and trees near homes in the open areas to assess the risk and likelihood of failure, impact, and consequences, and risk mitigation options. The purpose of this inventory and assessment is to help us understand which trees appear to possess a higher degree of likelihood or potential for failure based on accepted industry practices. One proposal is in-hand and the second is expected soon. Both will be posted to the website in the near future. For more information, contact the Board President (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Next Board Meeting and Meeting Minutes
The Board of Directors meetings are always open to all homeowners. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, September 29th at 7pm. Now it is even easier to attend. To join the meeting virtually, click here for the log in information. The July Meeting Minutes are now available online. Click here to access.
Plants Stolen From Entrance to FCF at Cherry Tree Lane
Sometime during the night within the last few days, grasses were stolen at the Cherry Tree Lane entrance. This was the second time during the past month. The first occurrence was around August 15th, when about 10 grasses were taken.
During this latest theft, the remaining grasses along the back wall were taken along with about 10 grasses behind the other wall. All in all about 30 grasses were dug up. We were in the process of having our landscaping crew replace the first batch stolen when this latest theft occurred.
About a year and half ago thanks to the efforts of Barbara Holch, our beautification chair, the CTL entrance was landscaped, gazebos replaced, and lighting installed. Barb and several residents spent many hours making sure the new plantings were sufficiently watered. It is sad that someone has resorted to stealing the now established grasses.
We are in the process of evaluating next steps to be taken. Temporarily we have placed surveillance signs. If you notice any suspicious activity at either entrance, please report to a board member.
FCF Board of Directors
2020 / 2021 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 program runs during the deer hunting season, which this year is from September 11, 2020 through February 3, 2021. Management at FCF begins on Friday, September 18th.
For complete information, click here.
Doggie Paddle Party
Our swimming pool season is coming to the end, and what better way to celebrate it than to have our furry friends splash!
On Sunday, September 20th, from 5pm to 6pm, and then again from 6pm to 7pm we're having our annual community "Doggy Paddle" party! We will reserve each of the two time slots of the the pool season for our furry friends to take a dip in the pool. Note: Due to lifeguard rules, human companions will not be allowed in the pool at this time. So bring your fido for a dip in our pool, or just plain come and watch the furry fun! Space is limited to 22 humans and their 4 legged friends per time slot, so make your reservation now by clicking here!
Please Participate in the Neighborhood Food Drive
During this period of unprecedented demand, food banks everywhere are supplying record amounts of food to those who need it, yet actual food donations are much lower than usual. Much like the current economic and COVID-19 crises, the increasing need for food donations has no end in sight.
One compassionate individual volunteered to help address this problem. She is Maya Clagett, a college student living in Arundel on the Bay (AOTB). She is placing small, water-tight boxes around AOTB, Oyster Harbor, and Fishing Creek Farm for people to donate canned food products (canned only please, so we don’t feed the critters).
All canned food donations will be picked up weekly, starting September 1st, and will be going to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. Pickups are planned for as long as there are donations, but at least for a month. Maya reports that so far, AOTB and Oyster Harbor have collected 140 pounds of food, which could mean everything to some families, she says.
Also, if you’re able, please consider donating directly to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. Because of the current food shortage, most of their distributions have been possible thanks to monetary donations.
Boxes, like those shown here, will be located in the marina/pool parking lot, near the entrance to the swimming pool, commencing September 1. Everything helps, so please donate! For more information, please email Maya at email@example.com.
The CapEx Committee is in its fourth month of work, meeting weekly to address the capital reserve funding options of the FCF HOA. Recently, the Committee conducted a focus group with 13 HOA member volunteers. The discussion was excellent, and a lot of great insights and recommendations were provided.
Thank you to the following community members who participated: Laura Bruhin, Jack & Kristin Fusco, Andy Gordon, Lark Marie, Sarah Pittman, Andrew Schmitt, Meera Shekar, Jacques Smith, Dave Stadler, Chris Theoharis, Ruth Tieder, Sarah Pittman, Chris Theoharis and John Yackus.
Hailey Matthews, CMCA,® Community Association Manager with Tidewater Property Management, reports the following:
- Dog waste stations: Additional stations will be ordered and installed on Cherry Tree Lane and Thomas Point Court.
- Tick Spraying: Spraying will continue throughout the summer.
- Trailers: The Board of Directors sent a notice to all FCF members, reminding residents that trailers of any kind may not be parked in Fishing Creek Farm, according to our covenants.
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.