Welcome To Fishing Creek Farm

Meet Our (Relatively) New Neighbors: The Caines

Chris and Betsy Caine

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Chris and Betsy Caine are longtime residents of Washington DC and Maryland. For more than 40 years, the couple has worked in and around DC, but has maintained a second home patterned after Betsy’s childhood memories of her family’s second home on Long Island – a place that provides a “different dimension” to everyday life with space, a sense of community, and big views. Until moving to FCF, that special place was on Gibson Island, but during COVID, the Caines decided to consolidate real estate holdings and moved to what Betsy describes as “heaven on earth,” 1208 Southbreeze Rd.

Betsy explains that they loved their neighbors and the sense of security on Gibson Island, but she fell in love with their Southbreeze home as soon as she saw it. The couple says the more they learn about FCF and its amenities, the more they appreciate the neighborhood. In particular, they love the community spirit, friendliness, and the many dogs! Maybe that’s because all members of the Caine family own rescue dogs!

Betsy and Chris have spent their lives in leadership positions helping others and less than a year after their move to FCF, Chris has volunteered as Member-at-Large for the FCF Board.

Careers

Betsy has had her own consulting/coaching business, Work in Progress LLC, for more than 20 years after several decades of working at Georgetown University Medical Center. Her background is diverse, as she continually seeks educational opportunities outside her original field of study, nursing, and now holds two master’s degrees and multiple certifications. She is both a leadership coach and a consultant and her passion is “helping good people do good things in the world”.

Betsy is someone who works to make the most of everyday and everyone. Leveraging her early training, Betsy has worked with many groups in the healthcare field and especially enjoys working with mission-based organizations. She has also consulted with government agencies including the FDA, NIH, and the NRC.

Chris has spent his career working at the intersection of business and government in various capacities. He worked with IBM for 25 years and during the last 13 of those, as head of worldwide government affairs. Then, in 2009, he founded Mercator XXI, an international management consulting company focused on helping businesses execute their business models cross-borders cross-cultures. Much of the firm’s work has been centered in China and Asia, and as a result of his positions at IBM and Mercator XXI LLC, Chris has traveled to China more than 50 times and to over 55 countries around the world.

Although Chris still serves as CEO of Mercator XXI, he says much of his time is now devoted to a New York-based non-profit think-tank started in 2013 with Sam Palmisano, a previous Chairman and CEO of IBM. The Center for Global Enterprise (CGE) helps businesses and organizations around the world work toward management excellence and efficiency.  The four institutes of CGE focus on digital supply chain transformation, cybersecurity, data stewardship, and enabling women entrepreneurs in Africa. In that past three years, CGE has helped more than 600 African women fortify and establish businesses. That success prompted the non-profit to implement a similar pilot program in the US beginning in August.

The Family

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Chris and Betsy have two “great kids”, Lindsay and Jeffrey. Lindsay and her husband Bryan live in Brooklyn. They work in Manhattan where Bryan works for an independent advertising agency and Lindsay works for the NFL and it’s NFL Network. According to Chris, a trip to Lindsay’s office is VERY cool and always interesting.

Jeffrey worked in the hospitality industry for 10 years and now works for Mercator XXI on projects involving technology’s impact on supply chains and international strategy. Chris says that Jeffery’s inquisitive personality, people skills, and intuitive nature serve him well in his new role. Jeff’s love of travel is a plus as he works with clients all over the world. Jeffery previously lived in DC but has taken up residence in FCF during COVID.

Travel

Travelling is a passion that all members of the Caine family share. Chris and Betsy began taking Lindsay and Jeffrey overseas when Jeff was only 4 or 5-years old and they have now travelled as a family to every continent except Australia and Antarctica. And Chris is planning a trip to Antarctica soon to celebrate a “milestone birthday”!

The family wholeheartedly agrees that the most fun and enjoyable trip was to South Africa where they first went on a Safari and finished in Cape Town to celebrate New Year’s Eve. (Lindsay loved the trip so much, she and Bryan returned to Africa for their honeymoon.) The family categorizes a trip to Bangalore, India for a wedding as the most instructive, while Betsy says her favorite country is Italy where she loves “everything, everyplace, and everyone!”

Hobbies

Chris and Betsy enjoy day excursions to the Eastern Shore, special lunches, and cocktail parties on their powerboat “No Stillwater”. A little unconventionally for boat owners, it was named after their previous address on Stillwater Rd., Gibson Island during a “Name the Boat Party” with previous neighbors.

Chris, Jeffrey, and Lindsay ski and golf while Betsy prefers daily cross-training for her exercise. Betsy loves to work with color and design, which is handy as they decorate their new home. She is also an avid and “GREAT” chef, according to Chris.

The couple has a mutual agreement for division of labor – Chris works outside and Betsy inside. They agreed on this arrangement early in their relationship when they had a less than cordial experience while trying to wallpaper a small bathroom together. The understanding has served them well for decades!

Welcome

If you have not met them already, please join me in welcoming our “relatively new” neighbors, Betsy and Chris Caine. You will likely see them with one or two rescue dogs Callie and Andie, on their boat “No Stillwater”, or at a community meeting helping “good people do good things”.


Book Club 

The next Fishing Creek Farm Book Club discussion will be Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.  We will discuss the book The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore. The meeting on the deck at the club house.  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 The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore.

 

Praise for The Last Days of Night:

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST

Winner of The American Library Association’s Reading List Council’s Prize for Best Historical Fiction

“A fascinating portrait of American inventors . . . Moore crafts a compelling narrative out of [Paul] Cravath’s cunning legal maneuvers and [Nikola] Tesla’s world-changing tinkering, while a story line on opera singer Agnes Huntington has the mysterious glamour of The Great Gatsby. . . . Moore weaves a complex web. . . .  He conjures Gilded Age New York City so vividly, it feels like only yesterday.”Entertainment Weekly

“A model of superior historical fiction . . . Graham Moore digs deep into long-forgotten facts to give us an exciting, sometimes astonishing story of two geniuses locked in a brutal battle to change the world. . . . [A] brilliant journey into the past.”The Washington Post

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. Joining information and the agenda will be posted here closer to the event.


PLEASE NOTE:

  • Waivers are required for the July 4th Community Celebration. Access the Adult Waiver here and the Child Waiver here. Get tickets here. Please don't forget to let us know how many people will be attending the lunch. Enter the number in the "Additional Information" section at check-out. Thank you.
  • Swimming pool reservations are NOT currently required but waivers are required for residents and guests.
  • 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 adult waiver here and the child waiver here.
  • As of June 18th, residents will be allowed to take four guests to the pool (rather than the two currently allowed.)
  • The tennis court will be closed for resurfacing later in the month.
  • July 1 is the due date for the final installment of annual HOA dues.

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


 

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

The FCF Adult Social Committee is excited to start planning some fun events for the rest of the year and beyond!!  Of course we are all still mindful of Covid 19 and recognize the need to remain cautious.  As such, initial activities will involve utilizing as much outdoor space as possible and allowing adequate social distancing.

For those of you who have lived in the community for several years, undoubtedly you have missed some of the time honored events and are anxious to have them restored and for those of you who moved into the community since the pandemic started, we hope you are looking forward to attending your first FCF adult social event and meeting more of your neighbors!  To that end, the Adult Social Committee wants to hear from you and will sending out a brief survey shortly to see what types of activities you might be interested in.

In 2019 we kicked off our very popular Sunset Fridays - a time for residents to stop at the clubhouse between 6-8 to socialize informally.  Our next Sunset Friday will be next Friday,  July 2nd 6-8 p.m. (in time to kick off the holiday weekend). Bring appetizers to share and your own beverage.  The HOA provides the plates, napkins and cups.  The clubhouse will be open for bathroom usage and in the event of inclement weather.  Given our past year of COVID restrictions and many new residents moving into the neighborhood, this is a perfect opportunity to meet! We will have waivers at the clubhouse to sign upon arrival.


Social Committee

Our first big community event will be the annual 4th of July Celebration!  Find out more and get your tickets by clicking here!

In addition, the Adult Social Committee wants to hear from you and will be sending out a brief survey shortly to see what types of activities you might be interested in.


Tennis Committee

Tennis Camp is Back!

FCF Kids’ Tennis Camp 2020: June 16th – July 30th, Wednesdays and Fridays!

Fishing Creek Farm is proud to again sponsor a children’s tennis summer program!  Coach Luke Hudson, our longtime coach will be joined by Coach Grant Shanahan, a UMD experienced player and private lesson coach.  Tennis skills, scoring and match playing will be taught.  Players of all levels welcome – – and no experience is necessary.  This is a great way for the kids in the neighborhood to get to know each and hang out.   As in the past, we will have two classes, one for younger kids and one for older players.  Social distancing will be practiced, and hand sanitizers will be available. A Fishing Creek Farm COVID-19 signed waiver will be required.  Please also note that our class times are a bit later than in the past to avoid those hot, brutal summer afternoons.

The Programs:

  • Ages 6-9 will be in the Quick Start Program. It’s a great way to learn to play, develop basic tennis skills and an understanding of the game.
  • Ages 10-17 will learn the strokes, game strategy, how to serve, how to score and will play matches.  Fun games will be used to sharpen skills, and challenging “match style” games will be played.

The Times

Lessons will be twice a week, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 16 – July 30th

Wednesday and Friday
• 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. – ages 6-9
• 6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. – ages 10-17

The Cost

Pay one flat fee of $140 per child to attend as many lessons as you want!  Availability is limited to the first who sign up, so register now!   If your child has experience playing and wants to play with the older kids, feel free to register them for that session. Also, if there are enough tiny ones interested (under 6) that want a separate section, the coach’s may be able to accommodate that.  For that request or any questions, please contact Maggie Elehwany at melehwany@argentum.org.  To register, please complete the form and submit payment here and submit a waiver for each child. Click here for waiver. (To begin the registration process, you must first select how many children you are registering. Each age group must be done separately.)


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.

Hours through June 18
Monday – Thursday: Closed
Friday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 8:00pm

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 beginning June 18th.

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.