Welcome To Fishing Creek Farm

                               Meet the Motts:                                       A Resilient and Optimistic Family

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The Mott Family
Stu and Leanne Mott have a young, active, and growing family. They have lived on the corner of Beachview and Hidden River View roads at 1303 Beachview since 2019, but due to COVID concerns and their extremely busy lives few of us have had the opportunity to meet them. They would like to change that as soon as things settle down.

Leanne is from Liverpool, England and only moved to the US four years ago when she and Stu were married. The couple met through Stu’s pastor in Annapolis who was doing missionary work at Leanne’s church in Liverpool. Church activities brought the two together, and as they say, “The rest is history.”

Stu grew up in Arkansas but has lived in Annapolis for 20 years after the company he was (and is) working for, set up an office here. When he and Leanne were first married, they lived in his condo, but decided to move to a house when they started their family. And that is what brought them to FCF. They were attracted to the neighborhood by its beautiful location and family-friendly amenities. Since moving in, they have appreciated their welcoming neighbors but say they feel a little “out of place” without a dog to walk! Nevertheless, they have met people while walking with their 19-month-old boy, David!

Life in FCF and the Challenges of COVID
Since moving to FCF, Leanne and Stu have faced multiple challenges, but as they relate these, their narrative is always positive – the glass is always half-full. Leanne is now in her second pregnancy during COVID. COVID restrictions and concerns have kept her home-bound and without family other than Stu since none of her family is in the U.S., and international travel was shut down for so long. In addition, Stu is a chemical engineer and is classified as an “essential worker” so except for a couple months when he could work mostly from home, work has kept Stu travelling 3 out of 4 weeks per month.

But, in their wonderfully optimistic perspective, the Motts say that this has given them the blessing of an even closer family and greater appreciation for extended family. Leanne says she never imagined being without her extended family while she was pregnant or after delivery. She had always hoped to share those moments with her parents and siblings.

During her delivery, Leanne describes an unworldly experience. Doctors and nurses attended her with what looked like HAZMAT suits while tents were set up around the hospital. Only after negotiations, was Stu permitted to attend the delivery.

 

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Leanne is now 6 months into her second pregnancy and COVID has thrown the family another challenge. Travel restrictions surrounding COVID continue to change, and no one can predict if the borders will be open by the time Leanne delivers. Nevertheless, so many relatives have already made reservations to come, that the family is renting a B&B to house everyone! Leanne and Stu are very hopeful that the family will be able to fill the B&B, so they can enjoy, and be enjoyed, during the timeframe they missed with David.

Leanne and Stu
After growing up in Liverpool, Leanne attended the University of Manchester where she received a degree and expertise in grant writing for charities and non-profits. She enjoys playing piano and spending time with family. With a newborn on the way and a toddler her days are packed with “chaos”!

Stu says Leanne has another hobby – ordering British food online! Leanne explains that being away from home has brought on cravings for British comfort foods and the familiar. “British crumpets, tea, sweets, and crisps” (translated: English muffins, British tea, candy, and potato chips) are the items ordered most frequently. American substitutes just don’t suffice so Leanne is careful to order enough of her favorites to never be without – even while travelling.

Stu enjoys golf and played competitively during high school, but hasn’t played since their honeymoon! In an amazing turn of events, he says he would now rather stay home and enjoy the family than golf!

Both Leanne and Stu love to travel and hope to take more trips as COVID restrictions lift. During their honeymoon, the couple traveled throughout Scotland, following the “James Bond Route”, and seeing the Highlands, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. They also stayed in Ayr where Stu golfed at Turnberry and Leanne enjoyed the views as she accompanied Stu on the course in what she called “wifely walks”.

Observing precautions, Leanne and David have been able to accompany Stu on several business trips to Richmond, New York, Manhattan, and Pinehurst. In an impressive show of restraint, Stu has only had time to work and has not played golf at Pinehurst during the trips, despite the course being one of his favorites!

In what she knows will be her last chance to go home before the new baby, Leanne is now in England seeing family. She will be required to quarantine for 5 days after arrival but says she can’t wait to see family after a 1 ½ year separation – a situation she describes as “unimaginable” before COVID.

The Silver Lining of COVID
In the couples’ characteristic positive and upbeat manner, they now describe their travails during COVID as a blessing! They explain that it brought their immediate family closer together and gave them a renewed and increased awareness of the importance of extended family! Meanwhile, friendly neighbors have provided support. Although the family will be in “lockdown” before the birth of their second child in the spring, they are hoping to meet more of the FCF community soon thereafter. That shouldn’t be hard since David joins three other toddler boys in the neighborhood, and the couples’ optimistic personality is a natural magnet for friendships!


Book Club 

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Our next FCF Book Club will be Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the Clubhouse.  The book we have selected to read is Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles. As explained on Amazon, "The bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility and master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction returns with a stylish and propulsive novel set in 1950s America."

 

Please join us for the discussion. We have no rules except to enjoy discussing books of interest with our neighbors! Even if you do not finish the book, join us for our discussion.

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.


Pickleball/Tennis Committee Update

Photo by Margo Speciale

Please note that Open Play times throughout the fall and winter will continue on Sundays but will be one hour later from 10 to 12PM. However, Thursday's Open Play time was put on pause beginning November 7 due to daylight savings.

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.

Thank you,

The Pickleball/Tennis Committee


Landscape/Architectural Committee Update

 

The Architectural Control Committee announced in last month's FCF newsletter a revised process for project approvals that supports the collection of community input. Residents will receive an email approximately a week before open meetings that will include a link to join the meeting virtually as well as links to relevant documents for pending projects. We look forward to any and all participation.


Clubhouse Committee Update

 

The Clubhouse is now available for rent! We will continue to need waivers for all that attend any event. A waiver on file is accepted for any FCF resident. All other guests will need to fill out a waiver with minors being filled out by a guardian. You can find the waiver links on our web page (adults/minorsand on the clubhouse reservation page.

The clubhouse is available to homeowners in good standing for a flat fee of $100 per day. Only one event may be scheduled at the clubhouse per day. Please note that the clubhouse rental does not include access to the community pool.

To rent the Fishing Creek Farm clubhouse for your private event, please click here .

To reserve the Fishing Creek Farm clubhouse for an FCF meeting, please click here. Please also send a message to our administrator (jpfinsgraf@gmail.com), letting her know what date(s) you need for your meeting or FCF event. Reservations for FCF meetings and events are free.

Click here for the FCFHOA Clubhouse rules.


Beautification Committee Update

 

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.


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!


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!


Board of Directors Meetings 2022

Board of Directors meetings in 2022 will be held on the third Monday of the month from 7 to 9 PM. All residents are welcome and encouraged to attend. The meetings are again being held virtually due to COVID. Residents may join virtually by clicking this link to the Agenda and virtual joining information.)

2022 Board Meetings:
January 17
February 21 (this will be the annual meeting)
March 21
April 18
May 16
June 20


Upcoming Important Community Discussions
Key matters are coming up soon that will be of interest to the community.  These include the publication of new home construction guidelines from the Architectural Control Committee, a review of the initiatives being worked on by the Land Use Committee, and an outline of the process for community review and approval for the revised Covenants for FCF. The community will be notified as the Board completes discussions on these items.


PLEASE NOTE:

  • The Clubhouse is now available to rent through our website for private ($100) or community events. Community events such as committee meetings are free. Waivers are required.
  • Access the Waivers: Adult Waiver here and the Child Waiver here.

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 - Dan Attridge

boardmal@fishingcreekfarm.org - Chris Caine

boardtreasurer@fishingcreekfarm.org - Deborah Brafford

IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM AA COUNTY

County Offers Free COVID Testing
and Home Kits

AA COUNTY OFFERS FREE COVID TESTING

·    Symptoms are not required for testing.

·    A doctor’s note is not needed.

·    It is recommended to get tested within 48 hours of symptom onset or 5-7 days after possible exposure.

·    PCR test results are usually available in three to five days.

·    COVID-19 Health Information Line: 410-222-7256

Who Should Get Tested 

People with symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested within 48 hours of symptom onset regardless of vaccination status.

NEW. Fully vaccinated* people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be tested 5-7 days after exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms, and wear a mask in public indoor settings for a full 14 days from exposure or until they receive a negative test result.

Unvaccinated people with known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should quarantine and be tested on the 5th to 7th day of quarantine, even if they don’t have symptoms.

*People are considered fully vaccinated – 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Click here to find COVID-19 testing near you.


FREE AT HOME TEST KITS

County will work with private sector partners along with nonprofits and government agencies to get free at-home rapid test kits to residents before the end of year holidays

Hanover, MD (December 21, 2021) - Standing outside Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, Anne Arundel Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman, and partners from public and private sector entities announced distribution plans for 100,000 free at-home rapid test kits.

“With COVID cases and hospitalizations increasing and the holidays upon us, we wanted to provide residents with easy, free access to at-home rapid tests,” County Executive Steuart Pittman said. “I want to thank all of the partners who are helping us with distribution - getting these tests out into our communities will help us all celebrate the holidays safely.”

Free rapid at-home test kits will be available throughout the County in the coming days. Kits will be distributed while supplies last, with a limit of three boxes per household. Each box contains one test.

Locations for distribution:

  • Annapolis Exchange, 1955 Annapolis Exchange, Annapolis. Kits will be available for pickup Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 8 am-11 am. Kits will not be distributed on Friday, Dec. 24.
  • Baymeadow parking lot, 6701 Baymeadow Drive, Glen Burnie. Kits will be available for pickup Tuesdays/Thursdays from 8 am-11 AM.
  • Maryland Live! Casino and Hotel, 7002 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover. Kits will be distributed from 12noon - 5 pm starting Wednesday, Dec. 22 through Friday, Dec. 24, while supplies last. Operations will resume on Monday, Dec. 27, with the intention of running through Thursday, Dec. 30. Residents can enter using the outside ramp to the event center located on the Hotel side of the building.
  • Westfield Annapolis, 2002 Annapolis Mall, Annapolis. Kits will be available beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 21. For information on the mall’s test kit distribution, visit https://www.westfield.com/annapolis.
  • Arundel Mills, 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover. Kits may be picked up at guest services or the mall office.
  • Anne Arundel County Public Libraries. Kits will be distributed at all locations during operating hours.
  • Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Kits will be distributed from 10 am-6 pm starting Tuesday, Dec. 21 through Thursday, Dec. 23.
  • Fire Station 33, 15 Central Ave., Glen Burnie
  • Fire Station 3, 3123 Riva Rd, Riva
  • Fire Station 12, 161 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park
  • Fire Station 27,3498 Fort Meade Rd, Laurel
  • Anne Arundel County Police Department. Kits will be distributed from 11 am-6 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 21, through Thursday, Dec. 23.
  • Northern District Police Station, 939 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park
  • Southern District Police Station 35 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater
  • Eastern District Police Station, 204 Pasadena Road, Pasadena
  • Western District Police Station, 8273 Telegraph Road, Odenton
  • Anne Arundel County government offices. Kits will be distributed at building security desks from 12 pm-4 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 21, and 9 am-4 pm Wednesday, Dec. 22 through Thursday, Dec. 23.
  • Heritage Office complex, 2662 Riva Road, Annapolis.
  • County Government Building, 1 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis.
  • Henry L. Hein Public Service Building, 7480 Baltimore and Annapolis Blvd, Glen Burnie.

The distribution of at-home kits comes amid rising hospitalizations and case rates across the county and the state. Recent data shows COVID hospitalizations have more than doubled in the past three weeks to nearly 100 people in advance of the year-end holiday season.

“These at-home rapid tests give everyone an additional tool to protect themselves and their families. Testing when you have symptoms have been exposed to someone with Covid, or before you gather, decreases spread,” Anne Arundel County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman said. “As case rates and hospitalizations rise, testing, getting your first vaccine or a booster, and masking in public areas are crucial to keeping us safer over the next few months.”

For more information on where to obtain test kits, visit www.aacounty.org. For information on where to get vaccination or booster appointments, go to www.aahealth.org/covidvax.


Fishing Creek Farm Glassware

We are replenishing our inventory of glass and plastic FCF logo glasses. Glass ones should arrive before the end of the year and could make lovely gifts.  Plastic ones should arrive in January.  They are $4 each and can be ordered by contacting boardtreasurer@fishingcreekfarm.org

Land Use Committee
The Land Use Committee had an in-person kick-off meeting with the new and previous committee members on December 1st at the Clubhouse where we ran through the list of topics that are currently on the committee's agenda.  The HOA Board chairman, Julien Hecht, also attended.

In no particular order we discussed the following items that are on the Land Use Committee agenda:

  • Pickleball Court: there has recently been a growing interest in a dedicated pickleball court in the neighborhood that could potentially be located near the current tennis court.  The feasibility of doing so given land use restrictions and associated costs is being researched.
  • Southbreeze Beach: On behalf of the HOA, BayLand has researched and presented several options for mitigating beach erosion of the beach at the end of Southbreeze Court which the community needs to consider for potential future investment. There will be more to come on this matter in the months ahead.
  • Crab Pier: the rebuilding of the pier and access path to it are already in motion by our consulting engineer, BayLand, but we are awaiting updates on the plan, permits, and associated funding decision.
  • Bartlett Tree Survey: the committee plans to arrange a walk-through with Bartlett of the HOA forested areas over the next several months to review the survey results and identify priorities for a tree maintenance plan for the next several years.
  • Playground: several residents have expressed an interest in studying the viability of locating a children's playground somewhere on HOA property.  Some preliminary research has been done but the next action is to determine where a playground could potentially be sited, given HOA and County land use restrictions and the permitting process - more to come.

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, and will begin Wednesday, September 15 in FCF.  It is slated to run through the end of January.

The FCF HOA is providing Tri-County Deer Management with access to three 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. The portions of our common areas that are being managed are designated in the following maps: click here. The areas are circled in yellow, and the deer stand locations are indicated in red.

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.

Please feel free to contact Tidewater Property Management with any questions.

Sincerely,

Felicia Shockley and Hailey Matthews,
Community Property Managers
fshockley@tidewaterproperty.com
hmatthews@tidewaterproperty.com


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.


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! 


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.