West Annapolis Civic Association   


West Annapolis Halloween Party

This year the Cooke family will be hosting the annual neighborhood Halloween party in their lawn on 221 Claude Street from 4:30-5:30, Friday, October 31st.  A group of volunteers will set up a "haunted trail," face painting, and doughnut on a string eating contests.  Pizza generously donated by Squisito and Carpaccio will be served.

The New Main Library. The school board and county council will be deciding among several sites for a new, enlarged replacement for the library on West Street.

If you would like place a sign in your yard supporting the present location, please contact Deirdre Ralph.

2014 Dues
. Please support WACA with your voluntary 2014 WACA dues, joining to make ours a cohesive & vital neighborhood. Pay by check to "West Annapolis Civic Association" and give to treasurer Deirdre Ralph, 1 Shiley St., or by either of the two online methods below.
Annual dues: $10 Regular, $5 Senior. $20 Patron, $50 Benefactor. (If you're unsure whether you're a paid-up member, click Directory of Residents and then the bottom link. You must be in the Directory to view this.)

preferred, no fees
costs WACA $0.30 + 2.9%

Hello West Annapolis Foodies! If you would like to join the WA Cooking Club, please let me know and I will sent you an invite.  It's time to begin the 11th year of our club!  We all share a passion for food, both cooking (hopefully!) and eating it!  Here's to a year of adventurous cuisines and gourmet ingredients!

Let me know if you would like to host this year. So far the following months are booked:
  September - Ari and Kevin Blankhorn  
  October -  Heidi and Steve Petras
  Months still open: May, June, July, August, November, December

I am looking into a wine tasting for us at Wine Cellars of Annapolis - any other ideas? Thanks and look forward to seeing you all soon!
- Heidi Petras, 105 Tolson Street

Fun challenge results! We were looking for a replacement for the logo at the top left of this screen (which we had ripped off from the Western Australia Cricket Association.) Imagine our delight when Jan Eden, out of the blue, dived into the task and created the logo you see there now! Our great thanks go to him for his contribution to our neighborhood.

Gus Leanos closes West Annapolis Deli

Carla closes bb Bistro
, for the second time. Bean Rush Cafe opens.

Rolling Recycle Bin. Get 'em while they're hot! One new bin is issued free to Annapolis citizens who can prove residency with a water bill. Pick up at Public Works on Spa Road.

Dog Poop
: We love dogs but some need an occasional reminder about their droppings. Not only must we pick up & bag their droppings, we must deposit those bags in our own trash, not a neighbor's. Sadly, somebody has been throwing such bags into the trees at Giddings and Old Crossing rather than carrying them home. This has been a continuing source of annoyance for neighbors there. Keep an eye out and, if necessary, give gentle reminders of a need for responsibility. Let's help keep it possible to walk dogs without creating a feeling that dogs are a problem. They need our help, our love, and our best behavior.

Good advice for us in Annapolis, as well as where the video was shot.


News item: Weems Creek Bridgekeeper Bob Bless

Oktoberfest in West Annapolis was great. Here's a nice article summarizing what happened.

Wardour/West Annapolis Marching Song
. Lyrics and music by Bill Douglas, arranged by Ellie Pline. Watch Video.

Peddlers, Fact and Fiction. There's been much talk in our community about door-to-door peddlers, permits and badges, and concerns about annoyance and security. Contacting Chief Pristoop and DNEP Director Maria Broadbent, it turns out that much of what we thought is true about City law, is not true at all.

Fact: This ordinance controls peddlers in Annapolis. Only one certificate of exemption and zero licenses, have been issued. Those exempt are supposed to file exemption statements but few do and this appears not to be enforced.

"All door-knockers must be licensed."  Some sellers of tangible goods must be, but very few knockers must be licensed because allowable exceptions are very broad. For example,
Those not selling anything are allowed. (political, religious, surveys ...)
Selling services, as distinguished from tangible merchandise, is allowed. (yard work ...)
Selling tangible merchandise for future delivery is allowed. (magazines ....)
Selling perishable foods produced by the seller is allowed. (waterman-caught crabs ...)
Non-profit organizations are allowed. (501c3 charities, Girl Scouts, school fund raising ...)

"Sellers must display a badge or permit." No, nothing is required to be displayed.

In summary, hardly any door knockers are violating the law if they are doing what they say they are doing. However, suspicious persons should be reported to the police, for example if there is reason to believe they are posing as a seller to case a house for burglary. City staff are working on an ordinance update and Kurt Riegel is interested in your suggestions.

Public Meeting for the County Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan. Commission member/neighborhood resident Alex Pline has written a report on this public meeting, and invites you to submit your comments to the County.

2013 Mosquito Control Program
. We will receive service on Thursday Nights with technician training on May 29 – June 13 and regular season activity June 16 into September. Trucks may spray between June 2 and June 13. Spraying requires minimum landing counts of 3 mosquitoes attempting to bite in 2 minutes, or 12 female mosquitoes collected overnight in an unbaited light trap. Residents may opt out with this exemption form.


WACA Election Results.
     President -- Mike Christman
     Vice President, Membership -- Kurt Riegel
     Treasurer -- Deidre Ralph
     Corresponding Secretary -- Kristy Myers
     Recording Secretary -- Jenn Macris
     At-large members: Geoff Riefe, Lorna Cockrell, Erica Hoffman, Kurt Johanson

Directory of Residents
. Handy for facilitating social interactions among neighbors. You must list yourself in order to obtain logon credentials to view our neighborhood directory of West Annapolis residents. List/revise your entry at any time using the form provided.

No leaf vacuuming. Leaves will no longer be vacuumed by Public Works crews so compost/ mulch them (best) or put them curbside in paper/plastic lawn bags or containers marked “X” for Wednesday pickup. Regular neighborhood trash pickup schedule.
Make a Request Bulk Pickup for large items by calling 410-263-7949 or online here.

West Annapolis Business Listings & Events

Send event information to Kurt Riegel for posting here.

We have a Yahoo Group for residents to alert one another to events and issues. Click to join and Heidi Petras will confirm your registration. She also administers the neighborhood Dinner Club Group.

Protect Our Trees
. English ivy can cause structural and health problems if it's allowed to climb tree trunks. It traps leaves, debris and water and can cause stress and disease. Ivy vines trap winter ice loads of hundreds or thousands of additional pounds that break limbs or even fell the tree. Clip ivy vines at the tree base to cut off vine nutrients. Leave the cut vines on the tree since pulling them down can harm the tree – they'll die and disappear over the next year. Poison ivy often hides in English ivy, so wear gloves.

Generator Etiquette when power fails during severe storm events.

Please remind children to wear helmets when riding bikes and scooters.  It's the law for kids under 16.

Please send news, text and/or images, for posting on this web site to Kurt Riegel

Last revised  11 October 2014