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  • Fri, May 22, 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello Arden Residents. We hope you are able to enjoy the holiday weekend and acknowledge those who have made the ultimate sacrifice! 

    Beach Checkers will be on duty starting tomorrow (Saturday). 

    It is mandatory that you have a Beach Card and/or Vehicle Permit (sticker)to visit our beaches. Guest vehicles are not allowed to park at our beaches unless they obtain a free temporary parking permit. If you do not have these, you will be asked to leave. 

    We are 100% fulfilled in all registration requests. If you require assistance applying, paying, receiving or verifying requested information/dues, contact our registrar at registrar@ardenonthesevern.com. 

    Outdoor restroom facilities were installed today.

    Please remember our Beach Checkers are your kids or your neighbor's kids. They are all Arden Residents that are following and enforcing our Beach Rules and Policies. Please treat them kindly and with respect. They are here to help protect our beaches. Please report any inappropriate behavior of residents or guests to them or to myself (Scott 410 262-3741).


    Due to local government mandates, we are not currently accepting beach reservations. You will be notified as soon as we are notified to reinstate business as usual. 

    Please practice social distancing at our properties!

    — Scott Stose, ABI Chair


  • Fri, April 24, 2020 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Monday evening around 6pm, my wife, Amy, and I paddled our kayaks near the 6-mph marker at the mouth of Valentine Creek on the Severn River. We were enjoying warm spring air and calm waters, our exercise—and temporary mental health break—from the Covid 19 pandemic. As we floated along, we watched two small crafts pass each other from opposite directions. One boat continued down river, while the up-river craft turned and headed our way, approaching on plane. At first, we separately concluded the boat would throttle back and turn to avoid us at the last moment. Perhaps it was meant as a joke--to splash us, or to provide a nice rolling wake. Seconds later, we assessed real danger. Though we hollered and waved to get the skipper’s attention, the vessel’s noise muffled our cries. The 20’ center console boat struck the front of my kayak and grazed the front tip of Amy’s kayak as it plowed past. By a stroke of luck, the broadside positioning of our kayaks resulted in less than direct hits. Miraculously, neither of us was hurt—only shaken and wet—and neither kayak capsized! The boater heard our shouts, and then understood what had happened. He slowed and called out to ask whether we were ok. The boater apologized profusely, acknowledging he simply never saw us against the blinding sun. We truly believe he did not see us in his path, and there was no intent to harm. As the shock of our close call sank in, we considered ourselves lucky to be alive and uninjured. My kayak took the brunt of the impact and needs to be replaced. In hindsight, we’re amazed that we didn’t become a tragic Chesapeake Bay boating statistic.  

    Our message here is two-fold:

    Boaters, when the sun is at an intense angle, wear sunglasses and a cap to shield the glare. Have a second pair of eyes spot for you (in this instance, there was another adult on board.) Anticipate what is in your approaching path before you turn, and for goodness sake--slow down! 

    Kayakers, despite having right-of-way, you’re defenseless against an oncoming boat. You likely can’t maneuver or bail in time to avert disaster. Never assume boaters can see you, even in bright color kayaks and vests—especially during the regular boating season.  We’re installing raised safety flags on the back of our kayaks to increase our visibility to others.

    Stay safe out there!

    April 2020

    — Ben Levitt, ABI Section 4 Rep


  • Thu, April 23, 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Yesterday was Earth Day!

    Keeping in line with past clean-up efforts, ABI still needs your help! ABI is following local/state mandates for social distancing/public gatherings and therefore must cancel/postpone the Annual Spring Clean-up previously scheduled for this Saturday, April 25th, 2020. Look for future updates.

    We recognize that our community beaches need some attention. Every year, we strongly support this critical community effort and encourage every resident to do what they can. This year, all we can hope for is that residents take it upon themselves to do what they are capable of doing, or are comfortable with. If a family contributes their time at their own convenience, we can minimize social gatherings.

    While the annual "organized community event" is necessary to the well-being of our beaches, we sincerely hope, we can still achieve our goals with your support. This event historically minimizes our need to hire local contractors for the maintenance required.

    If any resident can contribute materials required (paint/stain/wood/hardware), we will gratefully reimburse any cost associated and will happily supply any materials we have in stock. Check with your Section Rep.

    Just a reminder... We prefer not to bag our biodegradable waste in plastic trash bags. Anne Arundel County does not allow plastic bags of biodegradable material at the landfill. Not only do we have to transport the bags, but we must empty them when dumping at the landfill. This is not a practical use of time and effort nor is it environmentally friendly. As in the past, either bag organic matter in the county approved paper bags (marked for biodegradable) or haul the organic debris off into the woods where it can safely decompose. If you encounter non-biodegradable trash, bag it and we will come around and pick it up or better yet, set it out with your own trash on Thursday night!

    Many projects are planned and materials are already purchased so check with your section rep how to best help out.

    Example: We have purchased a couple picnic table frames and wood and will be assembling those in the next couple weeks. Some older tables are destined for the dumpster and will be removed soon.

    All launch ramp locks are being reworked and re-installed in the next week or so.

    Here is a partial list of tasks at hand by beach:

    Beach • 1  Build picnic table, stain existing tables, fix trash bins, rake debris particularly from the drainage ditch, pick up trash and debris.

    Beach • 2  Weed and mulch, rake debris and pick up trash. Most major projects have been completed in recent years.

    Beach • 4  Re-clad top of seawall, cut weep holes in seawall, repair trash bin holders, remove derelict toys and build a new toy box that drains (mosquito breeder), rebuild horseshoe pit, replace volleyball posts and net.

    Beach 5  Stain picnic tables but move from under pavilion before doing so due to drips, remove unclaimed or derelict toys, furniture and grills. Remove leaves and debris.

    Another Reminder: it is ABI policy not to allow residents to bring their own tables, chairs, toys, grills to the beach and leave them. While it may seem like a good use of leftover or slightly used products, frequently they become liabilities or eyesores. We recognize that many of you assume you are helping, but often the items are in rough shape or are not maintained, thus we must remove them. This is not strongly enforced because we all have our own idea of what is an eyesore or liability. The simplest solution is to not leave your items at the beach!

    We hope to have a Volunteer Appreciation Party soon but we will just have to wait and see how this plays out.

    All of your efforts are much appreciated. It is wonderful how much pride and sense of community we have here in AOTS. I am amazed at all of the local support and the outpouring of love from our neighbors in this time of need!

    Thank you Arden!

    Scott Stose, ABI Chair


  • Tue, April 21, 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ABI wishes all of you are safe and happy!  If there is anything at all we can help you with, please reach out to us by email

    ABI is following state and local recommendations for the use of beaches.  We have noticed many residents using the beaches in a responsible manner with a few exceptions.  It appears to be a healthy outlet for many Arden Families.

    Please continue to follow our governor’s mandates. Let’s all hope that business as usual can proceed in May.

    Lately, there has been a lot of dog waste deposited in the beach trash cans.  With limited beach activities, trash service will be less frequent.  To reduce unsanitary conditions and unpleasant odors, please take your dog waste home with you!

    Moving forward with budgetary plans for 2020, our receivables will change this season but so may our expenses.  Obviously, Beach rentals are not currently permitted, which accounts for $3- $4 thousand each year depending upon weather conditions.  A few thousand is also spent for maintenance, security, Gotugo, dumpsters, beach checkers and more.

    Our Website has been a great success and I am proud to say it is the best site on the Severn River of any community.  Many thanks to Axiom Planet and to our Board Members for their countless hours of work!  Arden should be proud of what we have accomplished.  We have drastically cut back on postage and have information available to us instantaneously.

    We plan to install security cameras at beach 1 and ramp 4 in the near future.  The price is a little higher than we had hoped.  We are working with a local contractor, Weisman Electric, to see what we can do to cut some costs.  The BGE cost is fixed, but Casey Wiseman is very frugal and resourceful in helping us lower our costs.   

    We need to dig 2 trenches to bury electrical cables to our new security camera poles.  We need your help!  Does any resident own or have access to a trencher?  This will go a long way to providing enhanced security at our beaches and ramps.

    Call Scott at 410 262-3741 or Send an email to ABI Chair

    — Scott Stose | ABI Chair

     

  • Tue, March 31, 2020 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    I reached out to DNR about the no recreational boating. They referred me to the new Frequently asked Questions.

    — Scott Stose, ABI Chair

    Here is the info:

    March 31, 2020
    Governor Hogan has issued a Stay at Home Order in response to the global COVID-19 public health crisis. While there are certain exceptions for essential functions, the primary intent of the order is for people to stay at home in order to limit the spread of the virus. 

    With that in mind, here is some additional guidance in response to questions the department has received. This is current guidance and subject to change throughout the duration of the public health emergency. 

    Can I go hunting? Limited hunting is allowed if you are seeking food for you or your family, but the social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed.

    Can I go fishing? Limited fishing is allowed if you are seeking food for you or your family, but the social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed.

    Can I go boating? Recreational boating is prohibited until the governor lifts the executive order or until the State of Emergency has ended. However, if an individual is boating to seek food for them or their family, boating is permitted. Boats used to transport essential employees or goods as defined in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce are also permitted. 

    Does kayaking or paddle boarding count as recreational boating? Since kayaking and paddle boarding are a form of exercise, they are permitted under the executive order. Guidance on social distancing and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed. 

    I live on my sailboat – can I still be in my boat slip or moored out? If your boat serves as your residence, you can remain on the vessel.

    Can I go to a state park? Hiking, biking, and walking are allowed under the executive order but social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed. Most state parks are open but some have been closed or have restricted areas. Please choose a park nearest your home to limit travel and be sure to check our website before you leave for the park and read our guidelines for social distancing in state parks. Natural Resources Police and Maryland Park Service staff are authorized to enforce the governor’s executive order and will close areas and disperse crowds as necessary.

    Can you fish in a state park? Limited fishing is allowed if you are seeking food for you or your family, but the social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed.

    Can you fish/crab from a boat if it is for sustenance? Limited recreational fishing and crabbing is allowed if you are seeking food for you or your family, but social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed. 

    Can charter boats work next month since they technically fall under the recreational quota from a fisheries standpoint? As part of the food supply chain, charter boats can continue operating but must abide by social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people. Charter boats and head boats should NOT have more than 10 individuals on the vessel at any time.

    Wildlife offices are closed, so hunters cannot get a permit to hunt on managed lands. Are managed lands closed to hunting? Limited hunting is allowed if you are seeking food for you or your family, but the social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed. Hiking, biking and walking are also allowed. Please check the department’s website for the most recent information on closures before visiting DNR’s managed lands.

    Are marinas an essential business now that boating is not allowed? The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) defines certain marine trades and marine services as essential. Additionally, the interpretive guidance that accompanied Executive Order 20-03-23-01 includes the following language:

    “Companies engaged in the … distribution, and sale of oil, gas, and propane products” (section 2.g.ii) and “companies that supply parts, or provide maintenance and repair services for transportation assets and infrastructure including… marine vessels” (section 2.m.xii).


  • Thu, March 05, 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Arden Beach Checkers needed for Summer 2020

    ABI is now accepting applications for 2020 Beach Checkers. Applications must be submitted by April 1st. For general information and the job description visit the Beach Checker application page.

    Being an Arden Beach Checker is a great opportunity to earn money, enjoy the summer, hang out at our beloved Arden beaches, and serve the community.

    Note to ALL Arden residents and their guests: All Arden Beach Checkers will wear tee shirts bearing their emblem:


    Beach Checkers will verify all Beach Passes and advise Beachgoers of the rules, should anyone need reminding. This is a good time to reread Arden's Beach Rules

    Have a great summer everyone!

    — Scott Stose, ABI Chair


  • Sat, February 22, 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It was a win!

    2020 Annual Open House: Over 20 Arden residents attended ABI’s 2020 Open House, one week ago, and paid their annual dues or procured permits. This year’s attendance was less than 30% of the attendance of ABI’s 2019 Open House. We consider this a huge win! The lower attendance was a reflection of more people using the new website for their ABI Dues account and fewer wanting or needing to attend the Open House to pay in person.

    Eight volunteers made this year’s Open House run smoothly. Thank you to Sonja and Don Snelgrove, Vicki Durst, my sister Treva Stose, Joan Shank, Ben Levitt, and Etta and Art Bardelang.

    — Scott Stose, ABI Chair


  • Wed, February 19, 2020 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    View ABI's Full 2019 Impact Report

    2019 was a BIG year for ABI

    2019 was a significant and work-intensive year for ABI, the Board of Directors and many volunteers. The new website, launched in late 2018 generated record dues payments and donations. It engaged our community and fostered a tremendous increase in website interactions. 

    The website project came about after years of popular demand for online payments as well as a better forum for ABI information. The website was ABI's largest project of the year. We ask the community to continue to support the new website and the efforts of our Board, volunteers and terrific ABI Registrar, who work hard and long hours to serve the community. 

    ABI continues to improve and tweak the website. We are always looking for ways to enhance it. Contact us at abiboard@ardenonthesevern.com with any suggestions you may. 

    2019 saw the return of three very popular and successful neighborhood gatherings:

    • Spring Cleanup & Appreciation Party
    • Arden Bull Roast Party
    • Wine, Swine & Brie Party

    ABI continued to oversee the maintenance of Arden's beaches, boat ramps and several common properties. Many repairs and improvements were made including repairing the playground on Beach 1 and professionally removing over a dozen trees that were in danger of falling onto properties adjacent to ABI. One of ABI's top concerns is keeping our and surrounding properties safe.

    We are ready for 2020. Our 2020 Budget has been approved and we are acting upon it. It looks to be another year full of promise and much good will. Thank you for your support!

    — Scott Stose, ABI Chair


  • Tue, February 18, 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Let us know!

    If you are leaving Arden, whether you are a renter or property owner, let us know. Use Arden's Contact Form. We will remove you from ABI's mailing list for dues reminders. If you would like to keep in touch with Arden, let us know an we will change your website login access to "Friends of Arden." You can continue to view the website and read Notes to Arden and receive newsletters. We wish you well in your new adventures. 

    If you are new to Arden, whether you are a renter or property owner, let us know. Use Arden's Contact Form. We'll help you register to pay annual dues and order the Beach Passes, Vehicle Permits, Boat Ramp Permits and Dinghy Dock Permits. Welcome to Arden! 


     



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