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The Caper – September 2019 Edition

We cannot believe that summer is almost over. It was just yesterday that we walked down Cape St. Claire Road and celebrated the Strawberry Festival. Before you know it, the leaves will be changing and the temps will start to drop. Good times are a comin’ around the Cape. This Caper is chuck full of goodness. Bill talks about the “outside of the Cape” dilemma in his message. It’s not to be missed. The Town Manager, Ryan Anderson, thanks the Beach Attendants and gives an important message to the Cape drivers. Best not miss it.

In community news, The Beach Restoration project is moving along. Can you believe that we hope it have it all finished by next year’s Strawberry Festival? Wouldn’t that be something?

In community events, Goshen Farm is having their Fall Open House on September 14th from 10-4pm and Cape Conservation Corps is having their natives plant sale on September 21st. Tickets are still available for the Harry Sawyer fundraiser which will be held on Friday September 6th at 6pm at the clubhouse. More details in the Caper. The Garden Club is having a Sharing Garden Stories Slideshow on Tuesday September 3rd at 7pm at the clubhouse. Don’t forget that plans are ramping up for Halloween Happenings which will be held on Saturday October 26th from 10am to 3pm, more details and registration forms are inside this Caper. Lots of details are also available in this Caper on the next Cape Community Swap which is scheduled for Sunday October 20th at 10am to 2pm.

Busy, busy!!! We hope to see you around the Cape!

Chesapeake Bay Trust gives $298,868 to Cape St. Claire, among others

Cape St. Claire would love to thank Chesapeake Bay Trust and Anne Arundel County Watershed Protection and Restoration Program for our $298,868 grant to help rebuild our main beach. Announced today, this collective group awarded $1,117,528 in grants for 6 projects throughout Anne Arundel County.

We’d like to thank Lisa Schmidt, Cape St. Claire Improvement Association boardmember, for attending the announcement today, which was held at another awardee, Herrington Harbour’s location. CSCIA would also like to thank our partners, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and Biohabitats for helping us get this grant.

For more information on what we’re proposing to do with the main beach and a timeline of events, please see our webpage here. Here’s a link to the announcement article on

July and August 2019 Caper is now live!

Summer really has arrived. It’s hot, humid and the thunderstorms have been aplenty. As we grapple with whatever mother nature throws at us, in the Presidential message, I wanted to touch on what it means to be a community. So often you read negative discussions about people and places around the Cape. Take a few minutes to read the message this month and live it.

Wanted to give huge props to Beau Breeden and Ryan Anderson and the rest of the board for securing $298,000 from CBT/WPRP for our beach restoration project. We are working towards securing additional funding and we will have details on that at the next Quarterly meeting which is scheduled for July 23rd at 7:30 at the clubhouse.

We hope you’re loving the new look and website. We definitely think it’s easier to navigate and important information is front and center.

Ryan, in his town manager message, discusses the importance of being kind to the beach attendants. It really ties into my discussion.

Don’t forget about our community mosquito spray night which is Wednesdays. More details are in this Caper. Cape Clean up is setup for July 26th down at the clubhouse. In other community news, CCC wishes to congratulate Jennifer Crews-Carey for being the 2019 2nd quarter Habitat Hero. Goshen Farm is hosting their Summer Concert series this summer. Check this Caper for the schedule! Goshen Farm is also hosting their Annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction on August 17th. More info in this Caper.

As per the yearly normal, this issue contains a ton of images from the Strawberry Festival and July 4th event. Please make sure you check it out.

See you around the Cape!

Annual 4th of July Celebration! – 2019

Seems like only yesterday that the Strawberry Festival came to a close but we’re ready to celebrate the 4th of July with another parade and more festivities on the beach! Staging for the parade will begin at 9:30am on July 4th at the CSC Fire Department. The parade is set to begin right at 10am.

Prizes will be awarded for “Most Patriotic” and “Most Creative” so be sure to enter your group, team or family!

Festivities will continue at the Main Beach with

  • Water balloon toss
  • Spoon and egg races
  • Watermelon eating contest
  • Patriotic Photo Booth
  • Snowballs

Looking to enter your float in the parade? Here’s the form you’re looking for.

Looking to volunteer to help out on July 4th? Check out this page to find out how.

The Caper – June 2019 Edition

70. That’s a pretty big number. Bill goes into what it all means in his Presidential message. You have to read it because it’s important and awesome.

Hopefully, most of you know by now that the new playgrounds are open for business. Feedback has been pretty good and we’ve been excited to watch all of the kids playing on the new equipment. Ryan, our Town Manager, was instrumental in getting them done. He is celebrating his one year anniversary with the Cape, so please give him a thanks if you see him.

Also in this issue, in community news, The Garden Club thanks everyone for their support at the Annual Plant Sale on May 18th. It was a major success. In their message, they discuss mosquitoes and their common backyard sources. CCC is looking for volunteers to remove weeds from the Serene Ravine and the Little Magothy Rain Garden and in the fall at the Clubhouse Rain Garden. Email if you want to join the team! Goshen Farm is hosting the acoustic concert series from 6:30 to 8:40pm starting on June 28th. More details on our amazing community groups are in this month’s Caper.

There’s a buzz of activity right now around the Cape in trying to get ready for the MAIN EVENT. The Strawberry festival is only a few short days away. The weather looks good. We’re very very excited. 10am. Parking is tough so don’t forget to check out the Berry Bus Stops which will help you get around. Don’t forget to check out all of our wonderful community organizations who will be setup through the festival grounds.

Lastly, the proposed by-law changes is in this month’s Caper for your review. The ballot will be used in July to vote to approve or deny the changes. We also have a webpage dedicated for you to read through.

So many things are happening now and this Caper will fill you in. Check out your copy today and see you around the Cape!

Community Mosquito Program Spraying 2019

MD-dept-agricultureWe all know the kind of nuisance a large number of mosquitoes can be to our quality of life. In addition, they can carry many diseases like West Nile encephalitis, eastern equine encephalitis and St. Louis encephalitis.

Due to the large mosquito population in the Cape, we will once again be participating in the Community Mosquito Spraying Program by the Maryland Department of Agriculture for 2019. “The Department’s preferred mosquito control strategy is the reduction of mosquito larvae numbers by source reduction, biological control agents or use of biological insecticides. Adult mosquito control, by ultra-low volume (ULV) application of insecticide, is conducted using aircraft or truck-mounted application equipment in residential areas for nuisance abatement and to protect public health from mosquito-borne disease.” ~source MDA’s website

Our Community’s assigned fog night is: Wednesday

  1. Our community will only ever be fogged on Wednesday nights during the 2019 season
  2. Fogging can occur anytime between 7:00 PM and 2:30 AM
  3. The fog program will begin on May 29.
  4. Fogging will not begin until the community has been notified and we have received the Community Notification Verification Form
  5. October 1 is the estimated last day of fogging for 2019
  6. Residents who do not wish their property to be fogged may file an exemption. The exemption policy and form can be found on our website:
  7. Please stay indoors while fogging operations are being conducted
    For Further information:
    410-841-5870 |

Here’s the official Maryland Department of Agriculture’s letter

Summer is coming and we’re hoping it will be a safer one.

The Caper – May 2019 Edition

Hello Capers. We’re midway through Spring and what a busy few months it’s been. I’ve got the new Caper here in all its glory and it’s full of the usual goodness. Bill Szczytko, the President of CSCIA throws down a great Presidential message filled with wordy prose. He discusses the Sphinx and the University of Michigan all in the same paragraph. You shouldn’t miss it.

One thing that’s great to see is the number of new families that have come to the Cape. The Easter Egg hunt was packed this year, filled with laughter and new smiles. It’s wonderful to see.

** ALERT ** Please note that work has begun on updating the playgrounds at the main beach and deep creek. It’s been an open project since May of 2018 and it’s great to finally see it’s getting close to completion. More details here.

This Caper issue is all about the Strawberry Festival. Don’t forget to mark your calendar to this amazing event. June 1st, 2019. Parade starts at 10am from Cape St. Claire Firehouse. More details can be found on their website. This Caper has all the forms you might need to enjoy this great event.

Don’t miss the Town Manager message by Ryan Anderson. He discusses many of the goings on around the Cape and highlights some upcoming events. It’s a must read.

In upcoming events, the Cape St. Claire firehouse is having their annual Touch-A-Truck fundraiser on May 4th from 10am to 2pm at the clubhouse fields. The Garden Club is having their annual spring plant sale on Saturday May 18th from 8am to 2pm at the Cape Clubhouse field. More details on this great event are in this issue.

Stacey Wildberger has a great article in this issue about Rain Gardens and their importance. Don’t miss it.

See you around the Cape.

New Playgrounds!

As many of you will recall, we put out a poll on this very website last May. Our intentions were to replace both Cape St. Claire playgrounds with new, more modern, ADA compliant versions. After many many months of variance requests, we’re happy to inform all of you that work will officially begin on Thursday April 24th. The construction should take about 10 days to finish.

During construction, the swings, springs, and tether ball will remain open. The east side of the main beach play area will be closed during this time. Please be sure to stay away from these areas. Corn hole, the picnic tables and grills will be unavailable.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience this may cause but we promise it will be worth it!

Please join us for the playground christening at the Strawberry Festival!

April 2019 Caper has arrived!

Check it out! April 2019!

Lots going on in the Cape these days. It’s springtime afterall. Bill talks about many of these things in his April Presidential message. If you haven’t paid that $10 maintenance lot fee, it was due by March 1st. Head on down to the clubhouse to take care of it.

Our variance was approved by Anne Arundel County for the playground on the main beach. We’re still waiting on work for the Deep Creek location. The goal is to have the new playgrounds in place by the Strawberry Festival.

Make sure you mark your calendar for the Quarterly Membership Meeting on Tuesday, April 23rd 2019 at 7:30 in the clubhouse.

Ryan, the town manager, has a great message to share with all of you. He gives more details on the playgrounds and upcoming events. Go and check it out in this issue.

The Easter bunny is coming to the Cape on Saturday April 13th at the main beach at 11:00am. Stop by Whimsicality in the Cape Shopping center for more details.

In Community news, Goshen Farm is hosting their spring open house on April 13th 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Naturalist Liz Smith will present her magnificent native birds of prey, More details in this issue. Don’t forget that the Garden Club will be hosting their plant sale on Saturday May 18th from 8am to 2pm at the clubhouse field.

On Sunday, April 7th, there will be a Cape Community Swap at the Cape Clubhouse field from 10am to 2pm. More details on this great event are inside! Cape Conservation Corps will be hosting their Project Stream Clean on Saturday April 13th from 9am – 12pm. They will be working to clean up the areas behind the ballfields and firehouse that have been recently restored. More details in this Caper.

Spring has arrived! Let’s get out and enjoy it! See you around the Cape.