Read the latest and greatest from Annapolis Roads…
In this update:
* July ARPOA Board Meeting Rescheduled for August
* Benches on the Beach
* Speaking of the Beach – Summer Days
* Overlook Shed Damage
* Emergency Alerts – Anne Arundel County Public Notification System
* Prepare for the Return of the Jelly Fish – Are They Back Yet?
* Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) – In Our Backyard!
* LAST CALL – Dock Storage Fees – DEADLINE WAS JULY 9th!
UPDATE: ARPOA July Board Meeting Rescheduled for August
The Board has rescheduled its July Board meeting to August. This schedule revision means we will be taking the month of July off instead of August as previously planned.
.Benches on the Beach
The ARPOA Board previously approved the purchase of 3 new heavy benches to be placed on the beach to accommodate residents who want to sit for a while and take in the view. The benches were received and assembled by ARPOA Board member Lew Linker and his son then delivered to the Overlook.
Nick Kiley, ARPOA Vice President and Neal Hoffman, ARPOA Treasurer carried the benches to the beach and placed them. One bench was placed in a shady area, the others are in the open. All were placed at or near the rear of sandy areas to allow space in front for foot traffic and for beach use.
No benches were placed adjacent to the beach access path from Carrollton Road in an effort to make the benches less conspicuous and inviting to non-residents who may be walking on Carrollton Road at Land’s End. Constructed of the same heavy weather proof recycled plastic as the Adirondack chairs on the Overlook, the benches are heavy, stable, and are settling into the sand. Please DO NOT MOVE THEM!
The existing old damaged wooden benches and remnants of old wooden benches will be removed in the near future. Also, now that these benches are in place, we ask anyone who has placed the plastic chairs at the beach to remove them if they wish to keep them. Otherwise, they will be removed and discarded during dumpster days in an effort to keep the beach clear of clutter and items that can readily blow around.
We are open to ad ding a 4^th bench toward the Lake end of the beach if these 3 are well used and residents would like to see an additional bench added on that end of the beach.
If you think a 4^th bench would be beneficial, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) or Nick Kiley, ARPOA Vice President directly at firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) for discussion and consideration by the Land Use Committee.
Photos: Neal and Nick resting after lugging the 3 benches from the Overlook to their positions on the beach, and successfully a head of the approaching rain…
“Only worry in the world, is the tide going to reach my chair?” – Zac Brown Band
Speaking of the Beach – Summer Days
It was great to see so many of our residents recently enjoying the beach – especially over the 4^th weekend. The young, very young, and well, “less young” beach goers populated the beach and were supported with bright umbrellas, beach blankets and chairs, and the essential coolers.
Also, many of you make daily walks on the beach, often picking up trash as you go. We appreciate that – thank you all!
We understand that some of the trash included broken glass. We ask everyone to be careful while on the beach – watch for broken glass, especially when walking barefoot and walking with our toddlers and pets.
Glass containers on the beach, understandably are not a good idea; however, if you do have a glass container, please be careful and above all, if you break it, please clean up all broken pieces.
Photo: Rahul Paris with Pam & Rahul’s close friend, Amaly Gillig picking up beach trash during the 4^th.
Overlook Shed Damage
It seems that some youngsters – either unchaperoned guests or residents, have been throwing rocks from the Overlook parking lot at the shed resulting in deep gouges. This damage will allow rain to penetrate the wood and expedite the degradation of the shed.
At this point the shed needs patched and repainted. If anyone knows the identity of individuals who may have caused the damage, we’d like their parents to “encourage” those children to participate in the repairs. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) to support this effort.
EMERGENCY ALERTS – Anne Arundel County Public Notification System
We’ve shared this info before, but if you haven’t already signed up – please consider doing so. In addition to the seasonal weather such as tornadoes and hurricanes, we too often need to be aware of other dangerous situations taking place in our area and how best to respond
From the Anne Arundel County Department of Emergency Management website-
Be notified of emergencies and disasters, safety measures to be taken, and information pertaining to government operations.
Citizens can sign up for Alert Anne Arundel to receive alerts to their phone or email. Use this link to access the County site: Receive Emergency Notifications | Anne Arundel County, MD (aacounty.org) (https://www.aacounty.org/services-and-programs/receive-emergency-notifications)
Email alerts may contain a picture pertinent to the situation (for example, missing person, crime suspect, etc.). Anne Arundel County will utilize the system in true emergency situations such as, but not limited to:
* Security alerts
* Hazardous chemical spill or release
* Missing persons
* Water system concerns
* Hazardous weather
Citizens will also have the option to register for additional notifications pertaining to government operations and weather such as:
* NOAA Weather Alerts
* Alert Anne Arundel
* Department of Recreation and Parks
* Department of Health
* Department of Aging and Disabilities
* Department of Public Works
* Police Department
* Editor’s note: If you wish to speak with a county representative about this service, call the AA County Office of Emergency Management at (410) 222-0600.
Prepare for the Return of the Jelly Fish – Are They Back Yet?
Ok, truth be told, many of us (yours truly included) have an unreasonable desire to avoid these little beasties. NOAA has developed a website (experimental) that has a daily “predictor” of presence of jellyfish/sea nettles in the Bay. The site divides the Bay into regional or area blocks. Readers can click on the block that represents their area or the area they plan to visit and it provides the “prediction of the presence of Jellies” in that area. Below are some sources for information about the jelly fish and also the NOAA site.
According to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (https://www.vims.edu/bayinfo/jellyfish/guide/bay_nettle.php) , the Bay Nettle helps oysters by eating certain predators. The sting is “moderately painful, but not dangerous unless there is an allergic reaction.”
Invasion of the Jellyfish! Where to go to avoid them… | ChesapeakeLiving.com (https://www.chesapeakeliving.com/where-to-avoid-chesapeake-bay-jellyfish/)
The jellyfish often encountered in the Chesapeake Bay in the summer is the sea nettle Chrysaora chesapeakei. Knowing where and when to expect this biotic nuisance may help to alleviate an unpleasant encounter.
These maps are experimental and depict the probability of encountering sea nettles (not their abundance or density) in the Chesapeake Bay area. The density of sea nettles that you may encounter is not reflected here because it can vary greatly from year to year at a given location and would be a much less reliable prediction.
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) – In Our Backyard!
Just down the road (or Bay) in Edgewater, is the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. If you want to “geek out” on the amazing research that is underway, view lectures, or physically visit, go to: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center | Understanding Ecosystems for a Sustainable Future (si.edu) (https://serc.si.edu/)
Virtual tours: Virtual Field Trips & Talks | Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (si.edu) (https://serc.si.edu/education/virtual-field-trips-talks)
In Person visits: Visit Us | Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (https://serc.si.edu/visit)
** Saturday, Jul 16 [Editor’s note: The tour is free, but space is limited – sign up ASAP if interested – click below.]
* SERC Public Tour: July 16th (https://serc.si.edu/event/serc-public-tour-july-16th?width=80%25&height=80%25&inline=true#colorbox-inline-667466094) – 10:00AM – 11:30AM
* Summer Open Seining (https://serc.si.edu/event/summer-open-seining?width=80%25&height=80%25&inline=true#colorbox-inline-1765938929) – 10:00AM – 12:00PM
* Summer Tank Talk (https://serc.si.edu/event/summer-tank-talk?width=80%25&height=80%25&inline=true#colorbox-inline-923208739) – 12:00PM – 2:00PM
View calendar of events (https://serc.si.edu/calendar/month)
** Visiting Hours
SERC is opening for hiking and paddling Monday through Saturday, 8:00am-5:30pm. Closed Sundays and federal holidays.
By the way, a member of the SERC staff is our very own Jim Gibb (Carrollton Road)!
Jim Gibb (Binghamton University, PhD 1994) directs SERC’s Environmental Archaeology Laboratory (SEAL), housed in the historic Sellman House at the main entrance to the campus. He has researched and published on numerous topics in archaeology, from a Paleoindian site in Southern Maryland, to patterns of wealth among 17^th-century planters, to production strategies among late 19^th-century cheese manufacturers. With a team of citizen scientists engaged at all levels of research, from archival research to data collection to analysis and reporting, Jim investigates the ecosystem stresses created by socially differentiated households in the Rhode River watershed, analyzing biological materials and artifacts from tightly dated archaeological deposits from the mid-17^th through 20^th centuries. He is part of a collaboration developing a palynology laboratory at SERC.
LAST CALL – Dock Storage Fees – DEADLINE WAS JULY 9^th!
In closing – a final reminder, July 9^th was the deadline for payment of your kayak, SUP, and canoe slots at the Community Dock. If you haven’t paid your fee or made arrangements for payment, contact Brad Houghton, Dockmaster immediately – your boats are being removed. Contact Brad at 410-991-9030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) .
Please, take care. Be safe.
Best wishes on behalf of the Annapolis Roads Board of Directors,
President, Annapolis Roads Property Owners Assoc. (ARPOA)
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