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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.

The Caper – March 2019 Edition

Only in Maryland can you have a winter snowstorm and then follow it up the next day with a high of 60. What are you supposed to think about the seasons? Is Winter more like wring with a light dusting of Fall? I don’t know but it’s hard to keep up.

We have lots to talk about. Not in this post, of course, but in this months’ Caper. It’s packed full of Cape goodness. The ramblings from our current CSCIA President will leave you speechless. It ain’t Beau that’s for sure.

Goshen Farm is hosting their annual Java & Jazz/Tea tunes on March 10th at 3pm at the Goshen Farm. Cape Conservation Corps is hosting their amazing world of native bees, a free event, on March 22nd at 7:00pm at the clubhouse. The Spring Craft show looks to present a host of local wares on March 30th from 10-4 at the clubhouse. The Easter Bunny is coming on Saturday April 13th at the main beach! Mark your calendars! More information on this great event is in the Caper. Looking to run it out? Also on Saturday April 13th is the Escape Through the Cape 5K/1M run hosted by the Cape St. Claire Elementary School PTO. More information is in this Caper.

Don’t forget, the Strawberry Festival organizers are in full swing for our grand celebration on June 1st. Be sure to check out for more details on that.

We’re excited to try and revamp and modernize our by-laws this year. We’re looking for flexibility for committee assigning as well as just modernizing the whole experience. We’ll have more details on that in the spring quarterly meeting on April 23rd at 7:30pm at the clubhouse.

Don’t miss Ryan, our Town Manager’s update. He reminds us that maintenance fees are due March 1st so if you haven’t paid your $10 dues, be sure to get that in to avoid the late fee.

So what are you waiting for? Get in there and read all about it! See you around the Cape!

The February 2019 – The Caper

Hello Capers. This is an unusual Caper this month. The reason? The President’s message doesn’t have Beau’s name on it… it has mine. For those that don’t know who I am, I’m Bill Szczytko and have lived in the Cape since 2009. For those that have read these monthly Caper releases, you might recognize me as the one who always posts them. I’ve been on the board for the past 5 years and now, I’m the new President of CSCIA.

My message thanks Beau for his 5 years of tireless service as President. He’s taking some much needed time off. He’s still here and on the board, so there’s no need to panic. He’ll be helping me through the transition. We should all take the time when you see him around the Cape to thank him. He deserves it.

This Caper contains the usual quality. After you skim through my Presidential message, I suggest you read Ryan, the Town Manager’s write-up. It contains all the latest updates on the happenings around the Cape. In addition, he talks about ways to remove snow and protect against frozen pipes.

Mark your calendars for the Spring Craft Show coming to the clubhouse on Saturday, March 30th. More information is inside this issue. In other community recognized organizations news, Goshen Farm is holding their Java & Jazz/Tea & Tunes event on March 10th, 2019 from 3-5pm. The garden club is celebrating their 44th anniversary and will be having a traditional potluck dinner commemorating it. CCC will be having a remarkable lecture by Sam Droege on Friday March 22nd at 7:00pm at the clubhouse. Also, don’t forget about nominating your 1st quarter habitat hero. More information is inside this Caper.

Exciting times are coming… we just have to wait until the temperature gets a little warmer and winter turns to spring. See you around the Cape!

The December 2018 Caper has arrived!

The Holidays have arrived in full force. There have been so many great Holiday-time activities for your families to enjoy. The Cape St. Claire firehouse thanks you for coming out to the guardhouse to meet Santa on December 1st. Breakfast with Santa was a massive success. The Holidays are an amazing time of year and the Cape does it right.

In sadder news, Beau’s Presidential message reads like he’s planning on leaving the board. He’s not. However, he’s in a reflective mood and I beg you not to miss reading it. Ryan, the Town Manager, discusses important ways to keep your family safe during the holidays. It’s not to be missed.

The January ballot is out, so please take the time to review it so you’re ready for voting at the quarterly meeting coming up on January 8th at 7:30pm at the clubhouse. Beau Breedon, Mary Lamb, and Jerome Zadera are all running for re-election. It’s a powerhouse trio. In addition, two other items are on the agenda. A $15 increase to the SCBD fee and the approval of the 2020 budget. The budget is in this month’s Caper for your review.

Upcoming events from the Garden Club, CCC and Goshen Farm are highlighted in this issue.

Also, as a holiday bonus, don’t forget to read the History of the Candy Cane in this issue. It’s full of great tidbits about your favorite holiday candy treat. Don’t forget to check out the Year in Review in pictures and another great article about the flu.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you around the Cape.