C.I.C.A.  Newsletter

January 24, 2002


President’s Message


Dear Friends,


Happy New Year!  I trust that you all had a joyous holiday season.  2001! What a year!  The Ravens won the Super Bowl … the Yankees didn’t win the World Series and who could ever have predicted the tragic events of September 11th.  I guess we have all learned that this is a very unpredictable world that we live in.  I think we all have a greater appreciation for family and friends and the simple blessings that we all take for granted.  I pray that 2002 will be a year without any national tragedies, that our troops will return safely and that Chesapeake Isle will be an even better place to live and raise your family. 


You should have received your C.I.C.A. dues invoice by the time you are reading this.  Please respond to it in a timely manner.  Your support is vital to the continued success of the community.  Last year we had 244 paid members.  Let’s make 2002 another year for record memberships!  With the possible exception of the commuter pass on the Route 40 bridge in Perryville, our $65.00 yearly dues has to be the best bargain in Maryland.


Please feel free to contact any board member or me at any time with your suggestions and ideas to improve our community.  If you would like to attend a board meeting, the time and location of each of our meetings are posted on the bulletin boards in the harbor and at the beach.  You are always welcome.


Here’s a short up-date on the beach area.  We have received the permits and approval for the berm at the beach.  We will be doing some further planting at the beach and in the harbor area to control erosion as part of this permit agreement.  With this matter now resolved we will be able to turn our attention to a short and long range plan to improve our community roads.

                                                                                                Yours truly,

                                                                                                Art Wood




Membership Dues Letters Mailed Out


The 2002 Dues letter, Invoice and Boating Form went out in the mail about a week ago and everybody should have received them before this newsletter arrived.  If you haven’t looked at it yet, here are a few changes that were communicated to you in that package.




Please remember that timely payment of dues is especially helpful if you are a boater so that we get your form back, your fees paid and can plan our harbor mooring requirements in advance.   Also, keep in mind that any keys you pay for will be sent to you as part of the April newsletter.


Wine and Cheese Party A Wonderful Respite


Considering all the tensions and worries that we have all undergone since September 11th, this year’s Wine and Cheese social must have been especially anticipated by our members.  Over 70 were in attendance on the first Sunday of December to enjoy the camaraderie of their neighbors and partake of some delightful snacks and sippings.  Our heartfelt thanks to Anna and Rob Green who so graciously opened their home to host this traditional annual activity.  It was even mild enough that several people enjoyed the Green’s deck and it’s views of Aberdeen and the Susquehanna “Flats”.   A hearty thanks to the committee, which was headed by Karen Dryden and Jorja Osborne, for their work and planning.


Something For The Kiddies (And Their Folks)

Our annual Halloween Party at the pavilion was well attended and nicely run by Chris Ann Szep.  Our little monsters, princesses and Harry Potters had a beautiful, sparkling evening to trick or treat by and a full moon was in the works too.  Homes located in the more central areas of the Isle reported giving out about fifty or more treat bags.


Joan Ferrick chaired the Christmas singalong at the pavilion with Tom Cobley leading us in song.  A wonderful variety of hot home-made soups, coffee, cocoa and Christmas cookies and desserts was enjoyed by about 50 folks when the caroling was all over.


Of course, Christmas isn’t Christmas until that jolly one, himself, comes calling.  As in years past, Santa Claus made his rounds on Christmas Eve and delighted 25 boys and girls in 14 Chesapeake Isle homes.  Parents, grandparents and visiting relatives were ready with their cameras and VCR’s to record the enchanted moments for all the Christmases yet to come.  Our thanks to Tom and Ginny Cobley for chairing this activity.


Notes From The Harbormaster


Now is the time to make an inspection and any necessary repairs to your mooring.  If you think it may need repairing, it probably does!!  Mooring pick-up and inspection day is March 23rd and that is only just around the corner.  Remember!  The Harbor Committee inspection is meant to be a pass or fail “double check” …. not the first time the mooring has been looked at since last year.


As mentioned in previous newsletters, we are asking that the owners name be affixed to any and every vessel stored on land in the harbor area.  This does not have to be something costly or expensive.  A laundry pen should be sufficient. 


If anyone in the community has a thought on an improvement they would like to see in the harbor area, please contact me or any member of the Board.          Bill Dryden, Harbormaster



Some Good News …….. And Some Sad News


Several of our neighbors have had some pretty serious medical challenges of late and would probably appreciate a prayer and a pleasant thought.  And maybe a card, if you know them, to let them know you’re thinking about them.  Since mid-Summer, or so, Bill Dryden, Bill Hartman, Cindy Claxton, Bill Bofinger, Dave Washko and Gwen Smith have all had a chance to wear those jazzy gowns that never quite tie right in the back.  I’m happy to report that all of them seem to be on the road to recovery.  We hope they keep to that course in the days and weeks ahead.


Sadly, word has just recently reached us that Art Olson passed away in his sleep about a week into the new year.  If you would like to send a card to Marilyn, the address is ….. 607 Spring Lake Drive, Rehobeth, DE 19971



Never Too Early To Plan A Boating Trip


Remember that 9 boat Raft-up behind Dobbins Island on September 8th ??  Everybody said we should plan some week-ends like that for the 2002 boating season.  Jot down your ideas for a specific week-end and one of your favorite “gunkholes” to anchor in and we’ll discuss them all at a planning meeting at Les and Dotty Fritz’s house on Friday evening, February 22nd at 7:30 P.M.   Call us at 410-287-9010 so we know how many Chesapeake Islers to plan for at the planning session.


Note:  An early suggestion from Harry and Joeann Hite is a week-end marina based stay in Inner Harbor on April 27-28 to do “the downtown Baltimore thing” in dockside comfort …. restaurants,  markets, Camden Yards, water-taxi to Little Italy, Fells Point and Fort McHenry, etc.  Maybe even the Orioles are playing at home just a short walk away.  How does this sound as a great way to get a new boating season launched ??


Easter Egg Hunt


Date:         March 30, 2002

Time:        1:00 p.m.

Place:        Pavilion

Contact:    Chris Ann Szep      410-287-2504


Come and join us for some springtime fun and games!



CICA Cookbook

(Second Edition)

We haven’t gone to press yet!  So you still have time to get your favorite recipes to us.  Drop off or send recipes to Sue Seeley (29 Rollins Rd., 287-0025)  We need approximately 150 more recipes to go to print, so it’s not too late!


Neighborhood Watch Report


Over the past half a year, or so, we had a sizeable reduction in our volunteer Town Watch patrol squad.  The reductions were mostly due to volunteers who moved from the Isle and  we are actively seeking community neighbors to fill the slots.  Please call Harry or Joeanne Hite at 410-287-1246, if you would be willing to serve on a patrol team for a two hour tour about once every 8 – 10 weeks.  We would like to welcome some new or returning volunteers to Town Watch …….


          Chris and Betsy Whitney                                             Tom and Kathy Pollard

          Harry Seeley                                                                 Jim and Becky Lerro

          Peter and Trish Olds-Clark                                           Mike and Dawn Kyle

          Mac and Betty Carey


Community Service Bulletin


These Credit Reporting Bureaus** sell your personal information to telemarketing groups:

            Trans Union      Equifax

            Innovus            Experian


To “OPT OUT” and your name removed from the lists call 1-888-5OPTOUT (1-888-567-8688).  One call removes your name from all four agencies’ sell list.

(**This info was reported by TV News Channel WJZ13)


Chesapeake Isle Event Reminder


Elsewhere in this newsletter you will find more detailed information about each of the following upcoming activities, but I list them here for your ready reference in one place of the activity and the date.


                     PROGRESSIVE  DINNER................................... MARCH 9, 2002

                     MOORING PICK-UP / INSPECTION............... MARCH 23, 2002

                     EASTER EGG HUNT.......................................... MARCH 30, 2002

                     MOORING SET......................................................... APRIL 6, 2002

                     ANNUAL DINNER & AWARDS........................... APRIL 20, 2002


Members Bulletin Board



1991 Lowe Pontoon  20.2 feet  Seats 10 sofa style with table flip booth seating.  Includes bimini, brand new canvas mooring cover, depth finder, anchor and 45 h.p. Evinrude outboard motor.  Trailer also included.  HAVE A LOT OF FUN FOR A LITTLE $$$. 

Asking  $4,500.00  Call 410-287-7024  Ask for Christy      Work # 410-238-2003  ext. 122

For Sale:   Oak finish bunk beds in excellent condition with two box springs.  $100.00.  Andersen trapezoid window  (Used for one year )  5’ high by 6’ wide.  Cost $1500.00 new.

Asking $500.00  Ward & Sue Keever … 410-287-2077

Free: White landscaping stones …. Just come and get them.    

Call Jay or Diane Gilfillan at 410-287-8642

Baby-Sitter:  Katie Holtan has completed the Red Cross Baby-Sitter Course and is available.

Please contact Katie (or Jay or Diane ) at 410-287-8642

Massage Therapist:  Are you ready for the Perfect Touch?  Yes, there is a massage therapist in your midst!  I’m Dawn Kyle, a nationally certified massage therapist operating The Perfect Touch Therapeutic Massage right here in Chesapeake Isle.  I can provide relaxing, rejuvenating Swedish and deep issue massage, as well as myofascial work, in the comfort of either my home or yours.  Massage relaxes the body, sharpens the mind, improves circulation, and provides an overall lift to your body and your spirit!  For the perfect gift idea, why not give a gift certificate?  For a limited time, Chesapeake Isle residents can purchase two massages (either for themselves or as gifts) and receive a third massage at half price. 

Call 443-967-0030 for an appointment or more information.

Chesapeake Isle FAX Service:    Need to send or receive a facsimile document?  Call Les or Dotty Fritz (410-287-9010) for information.  Our dedicated FAX line is available at any time of day or night  (FAX:  410-287-5059)  $1.00 a page incoming…$3.00 for the first outgoing page, $1.00 each additional outgoing page.  Anywhere in Continental U.S.