As we kick off the summer of 2013, here’s some helpful — and healthful — information from our good friends at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
A recent study (released May 16) found that 58 percent of the public pool filter samples tested was positive for E. coli, bacteria normally found in the human gut and feces. Officials use E. coli as a marker for fecal contamination.
Finding a high percentage of E. coli-positive filters indicates swimmers frequently contaminate pool water when they have a fecal incident in the water or when feces rinse off of their bodies because they do not shower thoroughly before getting into the water.
Sure, this is a big “Ewwwww” but knowledge is power, so read on!
The CDC recommends all swimmers take the following steps to prevent infections while swimming:
- Keep feces and other contaminants out of the water.
- Do not swim when you have diarrhea.
- Shower with soap before you start swimming.
- Take a rinse shower before you get back into the water.
- Take bathroom breaks every 60 minutes.
- Wash your hands with soap after using the toilet or changing diapers.
- Do not swallow the water you swim in.
Remember, children under the age of 2 years are not allowed in the main pool at Connecticut Belair. And in diapers — even swim diapers — also may not be used in the main pool. Still, to keep our wading pool clean, the CDC recommends the following for the diaper-clad:
- Take children on bathroom breaks every 60 minutes or check diapers every 30-60 minutes.
- Change diapers in the bathroom or diaper-changing area and not at poolside where germs can rinse into the water.
Keep in mind, pool rules say, “Children in diapers will not be permitted to enter the wading pool unless they are wearing tight-fitting rubber pants or pool diapers and a form-fitting bathing suit.”
We keep it clean and fun at Connecticut Belair Pool!
The swim team’s goal is simple: Establish in young people the love of the sport of swimming, while improving aquatic skills, encouraging good sportsmanship, and having fun. Swimmers participate in practices every weekday and weekly swim meets on Wednesdays or Saturdays. We promote a strong sense of community through a variety of team-wide social events including pot-luck lunches, a pasta dinner, a pancake breakfast, movie trips, weekly pep rallies, our our end-of-season banquet. Joining the swim team is great way to make new friends and get to know other CB families.
Any and all CB members aged 18 years or younger are welcome on the swim team. To join, a swimmer must be able to swim 25 meters continuously. To join pre-team, a swimmer must be able to independently propel his or her body forward at least 20 feet. Assessments for pre-team will be made June 18 at 10:30am. Unsure about joining the team? Try it for a week — free of charge — before making the commitment.
Swim team practice starts May 28; practice for the pre-team starts June 18.
To register or learn more, stop by to see our swim team committee members on Tuesday, May 28 or Thursday, May 30 from 4:45 pm to 7:30 pm. Registration is completed by paying swim team dues, by cash or check, and signing up for 5 volunteer jobs. If you are unable to complete 5 volunteer jobs, a volunteer opt-out option is available for $200.
Registration closes June 7, except for pre-team swimmers.
Swim team dues for the season are $140 for one swimmer in the family, $225 for two, or $310 for three or more swimmers in the family.
For more information, visit the CB Gators’ website (http://www NULL.teamunify NULL.com/Home NULL.jsp?_tabid_=0&team=recpvcbmd)or email Rose Alvarez.
The summer season is just around the corner and now is a great time to renew your membership or join Connecticut Belair Club. We’re accepting new members for the 2013 season.
The club will hold Open Houses this weekend, so come on by! Members, bring your friends or neighbors and get a referral reward if they join. The membership form is available here.
Do you have questions about being a member? Folks will be available to walk around the club and show you our wonderful summertime oasis.
Visit CB on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 from 12-4 pm. Hope to see you there!
Dewinterizing (yes, I just made up that word) is underway and the pool should be sparkling clean in time for our May Open Houses. Come up and see what’s going on!
Open Houses will be held from 12-4 pm on Saturday, May 11; Saturday, May 18; and Sunday, May 19.
And as you think about the summer, consider getting more involved at CB. Interested in participating in a tennis ladder? Want to learn how to play bocce on our new court? Let’s have a tournament and compete for fun and “prizes”! Come to a Potluck dinner and enjoy a summer evening under the stars with family and friends. Have your kids join the swim team!
There is a lot to do at CB, so join in! We could also use folks to help organize these events too. If you are interested, please leave a note in the comments. And, if you have a good idea about something to do at the pool, leave a note about that too!
Hey CB Members! Mark your calendar now for our annual Winter Potluck, to be held Saturday, January 19, 2013, at H0ly Redeemer School. We’ll start the party about 6 pm.
Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share with 8 people and join us for an evening of fun and friends!
Special incentive: If you missed the year-end deadline for the Early Payment Plan, you can still get the discount if you bring your Membership Renewal to the potluck!
We hope to see you there!
Holy Redeemer School is located at 9705 Summit Avenue in Kensington, Md.
Please attend Connecticut Belair Club’s Annual General Membership Meeting on Monday, Sept. 3 at 3 pm. The meeting will be held at CB, rain or shine. Our bylaws require that a significant number of members attend, so please give your club 30 minutes or so of your attention.
Thanks very much!
Quick update: The pool is closed for the rest of the day today, Sunday, April 26, due to rain and thunder.
Remember that the pool opens at 3:30 pm this week, Monday through Friday, now that school is back in session.
Come out, rain or shine, for tonight’s end of season Pig Roast and Potluck! Check the Front Desk for all the details (call 302-946-4500) but come on out! The pigs are already cooking!
Send your best good weather vibes our way and plan on one last night of fun tonight at CB before the “real world” grind of Fall catches up to all of us!
Do you love CB? Do you want to help make sure that our suburban oasis stays beautiful, safe, and successful for years to come? Step up and run for the Board of Directors!
CB needs enthusiastic volunteers to chart its course, set its policies, and help plan and run its events. If you fit that description, please submit a short bio (less than 300 words) and a photo of yourself by August 13. Send your bio/photo to Michael Aitken (mwaitken null@null hotmail NULL.com) or drop it off at the Front Desk.
Need more information before you make your decision? Stop any board member (http://r20 NULL.rs6 NULL.net/tn NULL.jsp?e=001nWAc7vSj9KZwfzA0fEWg7n63CmneqIJLnBhJKC-pued-Xu8hGiqQDF8DDHyHZJ6Ni-XdAXnfU7QHki0RT-yW5J5OibfKIRIX0OpPoTPpvjuZWrIFkkWXbQ==) for details.
Election ballots will be distributed to members approximately August 16 and will be due no later than 12 noon on August 26. Election results will be announced at the Annual General Membership meeting on August 26 at 4 pm on the Snack Shack Patio.
Help lead our pool into the future!
News flash: If Montgomery County is going to cancel* our fireworks fun, then at least CB can do is to stay open for you until 8 pm. So, now that your plans have been squashed, stick around and relax by the pool.
As usual, we will be hosting all your favorite activities at CB tomorrow — dive for pennies, biggest splash contest, pie eating, water balloon toss and more! Enjoy the tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts. If anyone wants to organize some volleyball games, the court is in great shape. So come up and spend the day! Prizes will be awarded.
Activities start at 1 pm.
See you there!
* To be honest, our police, crossing guards, and fire fighters have been working around the clock to deal with our post-Derecho mess. I can understand why throwing an Independence Day come y’all on top of it would be a bit much.