Welcome To Fishing Creek Farm

Stephanie Boyd and Paul Dewald  

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The Story of Friends’ Intuition and a Miracle

Stephanie and Paul have had a whirlwind journey into FCF that all started during an “extremely awkward” dinner at Ruth Chris in 2018. Unbeknownst to either Stephanie or Paul, mutual friends had arranged a “hook-up” dinner for the two of them. The seating arrangement and conversation quickly revealed their friends’ motives and threatened to derail the dinner, but things surprisingly fell into place and shortly thereafter, Stephanie and Paul moved into The Point condominiums on Spa Creek together!

In late 2018, they had another surprise! Stephanie learned she was pregnant - despite doctors’ predictions that she would never be able to have children! She and Paul quickly decided that the condo would be too small for their growing family, and they began to look for a house. After looking at 15-20 houses, they narrowed their choice to two. Then, Paul decided to check out the FCF marina in his boat. Serendipitously, Jason Horst was on the dock. Paul asked Jason if the community had slips available, and Jason responded that he could find a slip for Paul if Paul could get a house! That sealed the deal. Stephanie and Paul put a bid in on 3435 Hidden River View and in April 2019 they moved into their new home.

The Miracle of Bo AKA the Young Paul Dewald

Less than a month after moving in, on May 7th, Stephanie gave birth to Bo! She and Paul agree, he is their “miracle” child – a perfect baby boy that according to doctors, was never supposed to be!

Paul wanted to have a junior, but Stephanie was initially dead set against it or any semblance, such as J.R. or Chip. Fortunately, Paul came up with a compromise! Young Paul would be known as Bo – the first two letters of Stephanie’s surname. Since Stephanie has no brothers, knowing that Bo carries a bit of the Boyd name into the future makes Stephanie and her father both happy and proud.

Bo is also a “dream come true” for Stephanie’s mom Linda. Bo is Linda’s only grandchild and she exclaims she “waited 61 years for this!” But her time with Bo is important and cherished by everyone – Linda lives with Stephanie and Paul and is Bo’s caregiver while they work. This was crucial during the pandemic and now too since Stephanie is back in the office, albeit on a hybrid schedule.

Life in FCF and Their New Home

Stephanie and Paul have been extremely happy with their new home and their many friendly neighbors. Just weeks after they moved in, their neighbors the Thrashers put up “New Baby” blue balloons in the yard to announce Bo’s birth. Stephanie and Paul say they are very appreciative of the many kind neighbors who have introduced themselves, and they are thrilled that there are several boy toddlers in FCF who will make great playmates for Bo.

To add to their pleasure, Jason Horst came through on his promise to get Paul a boat slip! Meanwhile, Stephanie says FCF reminds her of the home of her childhood – beautiful and right out of her mother’s stories of growing up. Last fall, they were excited to be able to have their Christmas pictures taken on the beach in FCF. Bo loves the new house too! He is already learning to swim and using the backyard to practice soccer! Inside, Bo is busy exploring, and opening gates, doors, and cupboards.

Stephanie and Paul have been busy hosting relatives on Hidden River View. Stephanie’s family lives in Virginia and nearby Maryland communities and visit regularly. Christmas was an especially large celebration with the entire family on HRV! Paul’s sisters have visited as well, and one has come all the way from Los Angeles.

The final members of the family are two dogs. Linda brought “Precious” to the family - an 11-year-old Yorkie rescue dog and Paul brought Tommy Boy, a 4 ½ year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever. Bo loves Tommy Boy and the two often sit together just looking out the window.

Stephanie and Paul

Stephanie grew up in Virginia and attended the University of Maryland. There she received a BS in Business with a minor in Biology, and then a MS in Healthcare Administration. She began her career in the billing department with a home healthcare company, but both the company and her expertise grew quickly, and she transitioned into work with systems.

Although Stephanie enjoyed her work in the private sector, she had always wanted to work in government healthcare and in 2017 took a job with the Maryland Department of Health. There she helped launch a provider portal for Medicaid and oversaw its implementation over three years. When the pandemic erupted, Stephanie was transitioned into her current position overseeing Health Choice Quality Assurance in the Medicaid division. Although this position is significantly different than her previous work experience, Stephanie’s graduate thesis dealt with data analysis, and she especially enjoys this work. She oversees assessing the quality, quantity, availability, and timeliness of care provided to patients in Medicaid and comparing that to organizations nationally. She is proud that Maryland sets a high bar for Medicaid providers. Her 20 to 30 annual, public-facing reports show that all Medicaid providers in Maryland exceed national average standards.

Paul has been in the hospitality business since his first job in a restaurant when he was 14 years old. He tended bar to pay his way through college at UMBC and for a few years thereafter. Then, 26 years ago, he started working at The Cheesecake Factory on Wisconsin Ave in Chevy Chase. At that time, there were only seven or eight restaurants in the chain, and it was very much a Mom and Pop style company. The founders were very hands-on and cultivated a family-like atmosphere within the staff. Paul expresses thanks that the same culture continues today in the now $3 billion company and says that is a big reason he has stayed on at the company. In 2004, Paul was named a General Manager and then in 2008 he became Director of Operations for Virginia and Maryland.

During the pandemic, The Cheesecake Factory underwent swift changes and converted a business that was 90% full service to 100% To-Go almost overnight. Paul and all of management worked overtime to overhaul systems and keep up with demand. Despite surpassing their best expectations, they sometimes struggled to keep up. Nevertheless, Paul says the last 3 – 4 months have been blockbusters, as people – many of whom learned more about the Cheesecake Factory during the pandemic – have flocked back to the restaurants.

Hobbies

Paul grew up in Ocean City, Maryland and loves to boat and fish in his 21-foot, center console, fishing boat. Although he was primarily a deep-sea fisherman when he was younger, he has transitioned to rockfish and more recently perch. When the fish are big enough, the family enjoys them fresh in a home-cooked dinner.

In addition to boating, Paul used to enjoy golfing a couple times each week and playing in charity tournaments, but with a new family and a boat, he has put golf on hold for now.

Stephanie hopes to get back into Cross Fit training soon. Before COVID, she was a regular at Future of Fitness, but says her hobbies now must be “Bo’s hobbies”. Bo plays soccer at St. Anne’s on Saturdays and takes swim lessons in Harwood on Mondays, so Stephanie gets vicarious exercise and pleasure watching him!

Welcome

Please join me in welcoming another young family into our neighborhood! Their son Bo makes the fourth boy under 3 to join the FCF family with Jackson Steppe, George Gavrila, and Wes Libby!

Book Club 

Our next Book Club meeting will take place on Wednesday October 20, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. We will be reading The Round House by Louise Erdrich 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!

 

As described by Amazon:

The Round House won the National Book Award for fiction.

One of the most revered novelists of our time—a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life—Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.

Riveting and suspenseful, arguably the most accessible novel to date from the creator of Love MedicineThe Beet Queen, and The Bingo Palace, Erdrich’s The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction—at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.

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 Architectural Control Committee announced in last month's FCF newsletter a revised process for project approvals that supports the collection of community input. On Monday, Sept. 27, at 7PM the ACC will hold an open session as part of the meeting during which residents may provide input on pending projects. Residents will receive an email approximately a week before the meeting 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!


Pickleball/Tennis Committee Update

Photo by Margo Speciale

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 9-11. Open play is open to residents only.

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!


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 Felicia Shockley at fshockley@tidewaterproperty.com .


September Board of Directors Meeting

The next Board of Directors meeting will be held at the Clubhouse on Monday, September 20th from 7 to 9 PM. All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Although the meeting will be held in the clubhouse, residents are also welcome to attend virtually. Access joining information here. The agenda is posted at the same link as soon as it is available.

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:

  • 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


 

Social Committee

Mark your calendars for the Saturday, September 25th "Set Sail" party at the FCF clubhouse!!  As the summer comes to an end, celebrate this special time of year with friends and neighbors.  There will be cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres and weather permitting, music and dancing around the pool deck from 6-10PM! The cost is $25 per person and is an adult only event.  More details, the opportunity to RSVP, and buy tickets can be accessed here.  We hope everyone will join us and if you are new to the neighborhood and haven't attended a social event yet, this is one not to miss!

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.)


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


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


CapEx Committee

The CAPEX Committee has begun the annual planning for 2022.  This includes review of plans developed last year and work already authorized/completed in 2021.

We have received word from AACo that they intend to start drainage work around 3440 Hidden River View in October/November time frame.

They will be adjusting the slope, installing new rip-rap and clearing growth as necessary to improve drainage.


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

 


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

For the past two years, Fishing Creek Farm has hired a licensed operator to treat several areas for phragmites eradication. As a result, native plants including hibiscus, marshmallow, rudbeckia, and goldenrod are blooming again - an indication that previous treatments were a success. Weather permitting, our contractor is returning this year during the first two weeks of September and October. You may email the contractor, Mark Smith (phragandinvasivecontrol@gmail.com), with questions or concerns.

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.

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.


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.