Welcome To Fishing Creek Farm

Meet Our New Neighbors: The Schropp Family

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Except for a short stint while they were in college and graduate school, Jeremy and Amy Schropp have been life-long Marylanders. In fact, they were high school sweethearts! For the past 13 years, the Schropp family has lived in Riva, but during COVID, they decided they needed a change. Initially they explored making renovations, but when those were missing the mark, they decided to look for a new home.

The couple was familiar with FCF through friends and family and were attracted by the amenities and quiet nature of the neighborhood. Although they looked at several other homes that day, they knew immediately 1309 Beachview was right for them. It has the right number of bedrooms (5 to accommodate all the children - and all on the same floor) and the perfect location - on a cul de sac. Their Riva home was on a busy street, but now the children can safely ride bikes, play basketball, and explore the neighborhood without worrying about traffic.

Amy and Jeremy

Amy and Jeremy both attended South River High School and then went on to Brown University in Providence. From there, Amy secured a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University while Jeremy pursued a law degree from Georgetown. After securing their degrees during a difficult few years apart, the couple decided to marry and move back to their roots. To this day, their extended families are in Edgewater and Davidsonville.

In recent years, Amy has been a stay-at-home mom, with opportunities aplenty to learn new skills! Jeremy describes Amy as an addict for volunteerism, and her work with the children’s schools justifies that label. She has produced numerous musical theater productions for her girls; taught herself to make, edit, and synthesize cinematography and audio recordings, including stitching together as many as 100 cast members and 30 audio recordings; created YouTube talent shows so the children’s classes could share and appreciate others’ talents; and led multiple fundraisers. In one of the recent musicals, FCF beach served as the backdrop for a scene in Honolulu!

Jeremy is a corporate lawyer with the Atlanta-based King and Spalding firm and works in the firm’s Tysons Corner office. He works primarily with technology companies and government contractors in the DC area and his specialty is mergers and acquisitions.  He also regularly works with start-up companies. “If you are working in corporate law”, Jeremy explains, “start-ups are definitely the least boring place to be!”

The Family

The Schropps have four children: Allie is 14; Mary 11; Sam is 6; and Ben 5. Allie and Mary will attend Key School in the fall, while the boys will attend Hillsmere Elementary. This summer the girls will attend a summer camp – the goal: learn to sail and then teach their parents!

Of the four children, Mary is the most nostalgic for their old home, but all miss their backyard pool, so they are eager to make full use of the FCF community pool. One of the family’s early purchases was “muck boots” for exploration of the wetlands and shore behind their new home. Sam especially loves the wetlands and wildlife.

Both Amy and Jeremy were introduced to a love of musical theater as children; Jeremy and Amy now strive to do the same for their children. The girls have demonstrated singing talent and Ben has a musical ear, which Amy says may have been inherited from her father.

Molly, a cockapoo puppy, was a new addition to the family in March 2021. Jeremy and Amy describe Molly as “a cute and lovable work in progress”.

Hobbies and Passions

The Schropps love to be outside and regularly enjoy trips to the FCF beaches. They also frequently visit Ocean City where their extended family has a home.

The family’s favorite vacation is anything-Disney, including Disney World and Disney cruises. Jeremy and Mary are Disney trivia buffs, and before each Disney vacation Jeremy puts together an elaborate spreadsheet to make the most of every moment of their trip. The downside - Jeremy and Amy agree, “Disney vacations are not relaxing!”

The family’s best Disney vacation was a Disney cruise to the Mediterranean in May of 2019. It began in Barcelona, stopped at three locations in Italy, and one in the south of France. Although the weather was mostly heavy rain, that did not dampen their spirits! Amy explains that the weather allowed them to see just how well the drainage system works in Pompei!

COVID disrupted Disney planning last year, but the family has already booked another Disney cruise to the Bahamas in Disney’s newest ship and is planning at least one trip to Disney World in the upcoming months.

Although they are not runners now, Amy and Jeremy have both completed several marathons. Not surprisingly, one was a Disney Marathon! Nevertheless, they have still “gone the distance” walking to support diabetes organizations, a cause that has special meaning to both Amy and Jeremy through family and close friends.

Welcome

Please join me in welcoming another beautiful young family to the Fishing Creek Farm neighborhood – Amy, Jeremy, Allie, Mary, Sam, and Ben Schropp. For those of us who are in an older age group, it is wonderful to see young families active in FCF – playing basketball, biking, learning about indigenous wildlife, and swimming at the beaches and pool.

Book Club 

Our next Book Club meeting will take place on September 13, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. We will be reading Upstairs at the White House by J.B. West and will meet on the deck of the Clubhouse.  If the weather is bad, we will meet inside.

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 Upstairs at the White House by J.B. West.

As described by Amazon:

In this New York Times bestseller, the White House chief usher for nearly three decades offers a behind-the-scenes look at America’s first families.
J. B. West, chief usher of the White House, directed the operations and maintenance of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—and coordinated its daily life—at the request of the president and his family. He directed state functions; planned parties, weddings and funerals, gardens and playgrounds, and extensive renovations; and, with a large staff, supervised every activity in the presidential home. For twenty-eight years, first as assistant to the chief usher, then as chief usher, he witnessed national crises and triumphs, and interacted daily with six consecutive presidents and first ladies, as well as their parents, children and grandchildren, and houseguests—including friends, relatives, and heads of state.

J. B. West, whom Jackie Kennedy called “one of the most extraordinary men I have ever met,” provides an absorbing, one-of-a-kind history of life among the first ladies. Alive with anecdotes ranging from Eleanor Roosevelt’s fascinating political strategies to Jackie Kennedy’s tragic loss and the personal struggles of Pat Nixon, Upstairs at the White House is a rich account of a slice of American history that usually remains behind closed doors.

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 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.


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 will take place in June and play will be closed on that day.

Thank you,

The Pickleball/Tennis Committee


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!


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! 


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 .


July Board of Directors Meeting

The next Board of Directors meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, July 27 from 7 to 9 PM. All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. The meeting will be held in the clubhouse but residents are also welcome to attend virtually. Access joining information here. The agenda will be posted at the same link closer to the event.

Please note that the Board of Directors meetings for August, September, October, and November have been rescheduled to fall on the third Monday of the month (rather than the fourth Tuesday).


PLEASE NOTE:

  • Swimming pool reservations are NOT currently required but waivers are required for residents and guests. Residents are allowed to take four guests to the pool.
  • 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


 

Protocol for Reporting Boating Issues in Cherry Tree Cove

There are several ways in which law enforcement can be contacted for dealing with issues of poor boater behavior in Cherry Tree Cove.  We have been working with State Senator Sarah Elfreth, the Maryland Natural Resources Police (the DNR Police), the Anne Arundel County Executive’s Office (through the Office of Community Engagement and Constituent Services) and the Anne Arundel County Police Department (County Police) to deal with this issue.

Unlike last year, there is much more coordination between the DNR Police and the County Police on the existence and nature of poor boater behavior in Cherry Tree Cove.  They are prepared to assist each other and coordinate efforts as best they can, remembering that (i) neither department has unlimited resources and (ii) there are some jurisdictional issues that still may ultimately need to be resolved through legislation. In addition, unlike last year, the DNR Police has now scheduled regular patrols in Cherry Tree Cove, and is not hesitant to advise boaters during those patrols of the need for good behavior and to avoid trespassing on community property.  Finally, unlike last year, the County Police now has more officers trained on the use of decibel meters to monitor noise levels when that issue presents itself.

Based on discussions with DNR and CPD, this is how they would like reporting to take place:

Natural Resources Police:  Dial 1-800-628-9944 (best for unsafe boat operation)

AACO Police Department:  Dial 410-222-8610 (best for noise, trespass or disorderly conduct on-shore)

For all reporting to law enforcement, please give your name, address, the nature of your complaint, and the vessel registration number found on the boat(s) where the violations emanate from.  In addition, any other information regarding the vessel, such as name, color, manufacturer or other distinguishing characteristics, is useful.  The more information the better — e.g., if you can tell the dispatcher that you are 50 feet from the boat and that the noise level is unacceptable, or if you are seeing public urination from your window which is 100 feet from the beach, etc., that will be helpful.  If you are in a position to capture the activity by photo or video, please do so.

The community would like to receive copies of your photos or video, and a description of the time of your call and the response of law enforcement.  We will use these for follow up purposes with law enforcement and to ascertain when problems are not being addressed.  Please send copies to admin@fishingcreekfarm.org .

Sincerely—

FISHING CREEK FARM BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Summer Theater Camp

 

FCF Theater Camp is Back!

Cherry Tree Productions aka the Fishing Creek Farm community theater camp is back for 2021!

Community members Ella Sprague and Lucy Fantone along with Zoe Stemmler and Addison Johns from the Annapolis High School performing and visual arts magnet program will be the counselors.

All children who have completed Kindergarten through middle school are welcome to perform. Older kids can help out as counselors. Camp is the week of August 23rd and is free. Please sign up here.


Social Committee

Our next Sunset Fridays will be July 30 and Aug 27 from 6 to 8 PM at the Clubhouse. Bring appetizers to share and your own beverage.  The HOA provides the plates, napkins and cups. Given our past year of COVID restrictions and many new residents moving into the neighborhood, this is a perfect opportunity to meet!

For anyone who has not already signed a waiver, we will have waivers at the clubhouse to sign upon arrival. Alternatively, you may download waivers at the following links and bring them to the clubhouse. Thank you. (Adult waiver here; Child waiver here.)


Social Committee

Taco and Pool Party!

Bring your sombrero and swimsuit for a fun filled family friendly evening with a taco bar (from El Cabrito), margaritas for adults, and pool games for kids of all ages on Friday, August 13th from 5-7pm at FCF Pool (Rain Date Friday, August 20th).

Please RSVP BY Monday August 9th. The cost is $15 per family. To make your reservation, click here.

When you make your reservation, PLEASE BE SURE TO INDICATE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE. (This step is required to proceed with checkout.)

If you have not already signed a waiver for use of FCF amenities, we will have waivers for signature at the pool.


Pool Committee
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. Pool reservations are no longer required.

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 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. Temporary rules are available here.)
  • Waiver required for each individual using the pool. (Access adult waiver here and child waiver here.)
  • Unvaccinated residents, including children, are required to maintain proper social distance.
  • Four guests per resident family (rather than two) will be allowed.

FCF Participation in Maryland's Mosquito Control Program

Fishing Creek Farm has again signed up for the adult mosquito spraying program of Maryland’s Department of Agriculture (MDA), part of the Department’s broader mosquito control program aimed at preventing mosquito-borne diseases. Fishing Creek Farm is one of about 2100 communities that participate in the fogging program, which runs from May 26 to October 5, 2021. The first spraying will take place during the evening of Monday, June 7, 2021, weather permitting.

Fishing Creek Farm Mosquito Control Program: Spraying for adult mosquitoes is done at night using an ultra-low volume (UVL) spray to disperse tiny droplets (fogging) that do not coat surfaces, thereby minimizing the effect on other small organisms. Spraying is only done if an MDA employee determines it is necessary (considering “mosquito landing counts” and other data). It will not be conducted during rain, in wind speeds exceeding 12 mph, or if temperatures are above 89 degrees F. (A full copy of the Maryland Department of Agriculture Standard Mosquito Control Operating Procedures is posted on our website and can be accessed here.)

Public Health and Habitat Concerns: Our beautiful community includes both wooded areas and wetlands, which provide habitat for fish, birds, mammals, and insects like butterflies, fireflies, and honeybees. Unfortunately, wetlands are also a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which can be both a nuisance and, in some cases, a public health risk. Tiger mosquitoes have been found in our region since 1987 and can carry diseases such as West Nile virus and several kinds of encephalitis in humans, and heartworm disease in dogs. The MDA website notes that “West Nile virus has affected every region of Maryland and is now considered as being endemic throughout the state.”

The MDA makes the following statement about their spraying practices: “We spray at night when bees and butterflies are not active. The droplets in our sprays average 15 to 20 micrometers. They are so small that they are acted upon equally by gravity and drag. They float in the absence of wind – just like a fog droplet. Because they are so small, they do not coat surfaces, so when bees and butterflies crawl on surfaces the next morning, those surfaces are not covered with our spray. Permethrin breaks down in sunlight. There is evidence that permethrin in our spray does not affect larger insects, like bees and butterflies. Bees have been studied extensively. There are no deleterious effects.

Update on Product: In the past, the program has utilized Permanone 30-30 for spraying. Last month, the program was made aware of private lab results indicating possible Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contaminants in Permanone 30-30. Out of an extreme abundance of caution, the program has decided to temporarily suspend use of this product while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducts an inquiry into these findings. Once the EPA testing is complete, the program will make a final decision.

In the interim, the program will use BioMist 30-30 and PermaSease 30-30 for any truck-based ULV applications. These products have similar active ingredients and we have received assurances from both manufacturers that measures have been taken to eliminate the use of materials (fluorinated containers) believed to be the source of PFAS contamination in other products.

If you do not wish to participate in the mosquito spraying program: By default, all FCF homes are enrolled in the program when the community signs up. Any resident can apply for an exemption for their property. That exemption will have a 300 feet buffer on either side of the exempted property. To opt out of the mosquito control program, please submit the following form to MDA - Access the form here.

A full copy of the Board of Directors' letter to the FCF community is posted on our website and can be accessed here.

Thanks,

Fishing Creek Farm Board of Directors

 


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.


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 Website

Check out the new section on our FCF website - Bulletin Board. One item is currently posted - a request for a recommendation for a Handyman or woman. 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

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.