Fox Point Update: May 2021 Edition
- On May 5, 2021
By Margaret Graff | Email
Last year at this time, we were all under stay-at-home orders and it has been a year we could never have foreseen. The pandemic challenged our health, our everyday lives, our families, and our communities.
Thankfully, with adherence to COVID protocols and vaccine availability in Illinois and across the country, we can be hopeful in looking toward a return to some level of normalcy.
BUT, in the short term, that does not mean we as a neighborhood can revert to everything we did and how we did it pre-COVID.
Social events, like the recent Easter Egg Hunt and future events (New Family Welcome, High School Graduate Car Parade, Golf Outing) will continue to follow COVID protocols. The Tennis courts have opened with programming following the protocols initiated last year. The Fox Point Pool will again open this summer (on May 29th) – following IDPH guidelines with expanded capacity and a continuation of the Omnify reservation system. And we will continue to host our monthly FPHA meetings via Zoom — although at some point later in the year we may revert to in-person meetings.
Your volunteer Fox Point board members continue to work diligently in each of their respective areas to keep the Fox Point we know and love functioning and smoothly, addressing issues and opportunities as they arise.
As always, we welcome your input and involvement — via phone, email, Zoom, in person —or as a volunteer.
In the bonds of Fox Point,
By Mark Johnson | Email
Happy Spring neighbors!
The tennis nets and windscreens have been installed, so if the weather finally permits again, go out and enjoy!
As importantly, the signup for the summer lessons and adult cardio are now available.
An overview of the junior lesson program can be found here.
The overview of the adult program can be found via this link.
Once you’re ready to sign up – click this link to signup genius to secure your spot by 5/24. Lessons will begin the week of June 7th:
The State has now transitioned to Phase 4 of Restore Illinois and as a result, face masks are not required or enforced for tennis and will be purely optional by the attendee.
If you have any questions, please contact Dana from First Serve or me!
By Jay Roberts | Email
It’s great to have good weather! Hope you are all getting outside and enjoying the nice weather. As I mentioned last month, the ground crew has started their initial clean-up of the common ground area. You will start to see their trucks on a weekly basis as we get into the summer and fall seasons.
Currently, I’m in the process of getting all the vendors in place for the upcoming season. The focal points will continue to be the pool and boat dock areas. This also includes having those two areas sprayed for mosquitoes starting later this month. This will last through the end of Labor Day weekend.
I do have a couple of housekeeping notes to mention as well. There is a damaged area of the playground that needs to be fixed. Please be careful if your kids are playing on the playground equipment. Depending on the extent of the damage we may need to shut it down until it is addressed. Right now, there is some tape that covers the area and should prevent harm to anyone. I’m hoping to get that fixed ASAP.
Along Lake Cook Road, there is some damage to parts of the wood fence. It’s nothing major but will be fixed by the end of the month. We continue to investigate options to address monument walls, please stay tuned as we will share as we learn more.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
By Criss Chang | Email
Pool season is finally here and we are busy getting the facilities ready for opening on Memorial Day weekend. The latest guidance from IDPH and the CDC remains the same as when the pool season ended last season, explicitly, we are still under governance by IDPH Phase 4 guidance for swimming facilities. Planning for numerous pool events is underway and here are all the details.
Open Swim Sessions
Reservations for advance bookings of pool sessions will begin on May 22. We are continuing with the Omnify reservation booking system to add profiles and family members for pool reservation time. We will be increasing the number of pool attendee limits from last season and allowing certain family guests to attend. NO GUESTS ALLOWED beyond those outlined on the pool policies. Please see the links below for more details.
- Go to foxpoint.getomnify.com and create or edit your profile
- For instructions on how to set up a profile, add family members, and book a reservation on the Fox Point Omnify site, please click to view the quick pdf guide here.
- PLEASE READ THIS – Pool policies and procedures can be found at this link here.
- Swim Team information has been published, registration link here
- Swim Lesson information has been published, registration opens in early May
- Water Polo registration link here
- Dive Team interest is being collected
Adult Lap Swim will begin June 1 in conjunction with Barrington Masters from 6:00 AM-7:30 AM, Monday through Thursday. No reservations are required. For more information, please email email@example.com.
By Rena Slovick | Email
Fox Point is looking for all the 2021 High School Graduating Seniors so that we may recognize their accomplishments and celebrate them with a neighborhood car parade!
Monday 5/24 @ 7:30pm
If you have/are a high school graduate please reach out to Melissa Paris (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your contact information (name, cell phone number, email, street address, & high school name) We need this information by Thursday, May 6th!
Thank you to Margot Cidulka, Dympna Coll, and Melissa Paris for organizing!
Memorial Day Fun
The famed Kona Ice Truck will be at the pool on Sunday, May 30th from 12 pm-1 pm serving up tasty treats! Make sure you bring your wallets and stop by for a visit during opening pool weekend!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our first annual March Madness Bracket Challenge! We loved seeing everyone’s school spirit around the neighborhood and a few of us figured out who our enemies are (looking at you, Purdue) Congratulations to our top 10 Bracket Masters. Three of our top 10 are under the age of 9 years old. Can’t wait for next year!
Fox Point Easter Egg Hunt
We had a great turnout for this year’s Easter Egg Hunt after our 2020 hiatus! Shout out to Maureen Bozduman and Kristi Salter who helped with the day’s events. It’s not easy hiding 400 eggs during 3 different time slots when the wind picks up, but they rocked it. Special thanks to my 6-year-old who assisted in the egg stuffing. I hope she’s always this helpful even when there isn’t candy involved.
Fox Point Needs You
See the following Sign-up Genius for opportunities to be a local celebrity in planning Fox Point Fun. Currently looking for someone to assist with this year’s golf outing (or maybe two?!?) Some events are tentative and will be based on current Covid-19 Guidelines. All event descriptions are mentioned but please feel free to reach out to me with any questions!
Magnets are Back!
FP Magnets are back!! Car Magnets are now up on the Sign-up Genius and are $5 each. Just make sure you remember it’s there when you wash your car.
The Yeti Sign-up will continue to remain open. All drinkware is in Black & White (#barringtoncolors) etched with the Fox Point logo in Silver. Kids Water bottles are 12oz and are Red.
Monogram Rules: In the comment section please state your FULL NAME ie: Rena Marie Slovick = RSM in traditional monogram form and the script style. If you are just doing a single letter for your household – please state your FULL LAST NAME. All script styles are located on the Yeti website in the custom drink-ware section.
Please comment with your address and we will drop off your orders. I will send you a photo confirmation if you order a monogram before I place your order. Don’t want to let my 5-star Etsy rating down. Reach out to email@example.com with questions.
Please keep a lookout on the Website Events Calendar, Nextdoor, or via Email for continued Social Updates! A lot can happen in between newsletters. Give us a follow on social media and send us some photos at firstname.lastname@example.org
Safety & Welfare
By Abe Ryder | Email
As spring approaches and we can enjoy our beautiful amenities – pool, tennis, playground, and lake, please remember we will see an increase in foot and bicycle traffic on our neighborhood streets. Watch your speed as you drive in, out, and within the neighborhood and advise your less experienced drivers and their friends of the same. We all share the roads.
By David Jobes | Email
We are in the process of restocking game fish to the lake. We had to modify the restocking due to a demand on the hatchery from other lakes in the region who are also experiencing the same issue we have had due to older fish die-offs. We will now have two restocking dates instead of one, the second will be later in the summer. As a reminder, we are stocking the main lake with largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie.
Our supplier EAM has also applied the first treatment of Phoslock to the lake which will help lower the high phosphorous content. They have also begun with weekly water sampling to check the levels of bacteria present.
The Lake Co. Stormwater Management grant we won in 2019 to stabilize and maintain the creek was put on hold in 2020 due to Covid. We are in discussions currently to determine when we can begin this project as well. Stay tuned for more communications in the months ahead.
If anyone needs to inquire about space on the boat storage racks please send me an email that includes your name, address, and type of boat you would like to store. If you have had a boat stored and not have used in years, please let me know if you would like to get rid of it to allow others to take advantage of the system.
Look forward to seeing everyone on the lake.
By Mark Villalovos | Email
May is here and let me be among the first to wish all our Fox Point MOMS a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! I hope y’all are treated like the Queens that you are! Need gift ideas? Downtown Barrington and the surrounding communities have tons of events to spoil that special mom in your life. How about a Wine Walk? Jazz Cabaret? 5K or 10K? All that and lots more are featured on the Barrington 365 site.
If you’re like me and are battling those #$%& Buckthorn Trees, the CHIPPER is coming on Monday, May 10 to the Northside of Lake Cook and Monday, May 17 to the South of Lake-Cook. Have your limbs along the curb by 7:00 am.
Barrington is holding the 2021 Barrington Area Virtual Town Hall Forum on Wednesday, May 19 from 9:00 – 10:30 am. A public event connecting area residents with local leaders. Sign up here.
The Welcome Committee is still targeting June for a new neighbor orientation and celebration. Look for more information in the next newsletter!
By Steve Kipferl | Email
Hello Fox Point Neighbors! We are finally getting warmer weather and there a quite a few exciting projects already getting underway! Thank you to those who have gone through the application process so far this year. All projects that have been applied for so far have all been approved or are in review! If you are considering a project, it’s a great idea to take a look at the Fox Point website Architecture Guidelines (attached below) to see if your exterior project requires approval from the Fox Point HOA board. Also, I encourage you to check with the Village of Barrington Development Services Department about permits and zoning ordinances. We really appreciate all the homeowners that have submitted architecture applications for board review and approval.
As a resource, you can always contact me via email to discuss your exterior project relative to our Fox Point Bylaws or contact the Village of Barrington, Development Services department. ph: 847-304-3460 regarding village issues. If there are any questions regarding whether a project requires approval feel free to shoot me an email and I’ll let you know!
Here is a guide, which you can also find on FoxPoint.org to reference what has and has not traditionally required approval.