West Annapolis Civic Association News

Wow. West Annapolis is Really Interesting. Here's What's Coming Up:

WACA General Membership meeting: 7 p.m. Tuesday 20 September at J. Melvin Properties on Annapolis St.

NEW: Dog Sitting. We're running a pilot program in the neighborhood for exchanging dog-sitting. Click on the Neighborhood Directory page to see how it works and sign up for your dog and/or as a sitter, handy in the summer vacation period.

WACA Meetings are Third Tuesday of every month, alternating between General meetings and Board meetings. Next meeting is a General Meeting, 7 pm Tuesday 10 May at J.Melvin Real Estate, 24 Annapolis St. 21401. (Board meetings are at Geoff Riefe's house.)

New book on West Annapolis History now Available.  Street Signs to History by Constance Ramirez tells the stories behind all our street names, both present and past.  Do you know that Old Crossing Lane use to be Coombs Street?  And why Monterey Avenue is named for the battle in the Mexican-American War? The book also contains a chronology of the history of our peninsula since 1658.
It was printed by the West Annapolis Heritage Partnership with the support of grants from the Four Rivers Heritage Area, WACA, WIA, and WABA, plus 25 West Annapolis businesses and friends. Street Signs to History, price $10.  
Also available is the biography of Luther Giddings, An Interesting Career, written by Eric Fredland about the man whose farm became West Annapolis and Wardour, price $10. It is also posted here as a PDF file.
Copies may be purchased at Graul's Market, or you may order a copy to be picked up or mailed. Contact the West Annapolis Heritage Partnership at waheritagepartnership@gmail.com

Shiley Park, Saturday, April 23 • 12 noon, located at the end of Shiley Street (near Giddings Avenue). City of Annapolis Recreation & Parks cordially invites you to attend the 25th Anniversary of GreenScape Ribbon Cutting at Shiley Park in West Annapolis. Refreshments will be served. Full invitation here, and please RSVP to Marisa Wittlinger mdwittlinger@annapolis.gov

Protect Our Trees
. Spring is a great time to attack English ivy strangling our neighborhood's trees. It can cause structural and health problems if it's allowed to climb tree trunks. Ivy traps leaves, debris and water and can cause stress and disease. In winter ice loads of hundreds or thousands of additional pounds can break limbs and even fell trees. Cut through ivy vines at the tree base and leave them there since pulling them down can harm the tree – they'll die and disappear in a year or so. Poison ivy often hides in English ivy, so wear gloves. Here's an excellent reference.
And "volcanoes" of tree mulch are harmful. Use nothing or "donuts" instead.

Tai Chi. There are still a few posts for the introduction to Tai Chi class due to start next Wednesday evening – 6-7:15 at 24 Annapolis Street.  This is a great way to help balance, stress relief, and flexibility.  Since it is an intro it won’t be too demanding for those of us who have not exercised in awhile.  The class will run for the 4 Wednesdays in January with a cost of $40. Ginny Vroblesky 410-280-9194 or gvrob2@gmail.com

New West Annapolis Book Celebrate West Annapolis this year with a special gift to friends, neighbors, or yourself with the biography of the man for whom Giddings Avenue is named. Luther Giddings fought in the Mexican-American War and developed vineyards on his farms now covered by Sherwood Forest, Epping Forest, and West Annapolis. A new book, An Interesting Career: The Life and Work of Luther Giddings (1823-1884) by John Eric Fredland, U.S.N.A. faculty retired.  Copies are $10 each and available:

WACA General meeting, was held Tuesday November 17, 19:00-20:00, Bean Rush Cafe, 112 Annapolis St, Annapolis, MD 21401

Halloween Events

Party! The West Annapolis/Wardour Halloween Party was on Claude Street from 4:30-5:30 on October 31st.  -Katie Cooke

Cookies! West Annapolis Brownie Troop 646 sold Girl Scout Cookies at the corner of Melvin and Rowe Boulevard in the Purple Cherry Architects parking lot from 9 AM to 12 PM this Saturday, October 31st. This year they have made increasing awareness about WEEMS CREEK their service project, and this is one of the ways they are raising money for it.

A great time was had by all.

WACA Board of Directors Meetings.
Meetings of the officers and board usually occur monthly at 7 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the home of Geoff Riefe, 8 Tucker Street. Members are welcome to attend for information, to alert the board to issues of importance, and to consider future involvement as a board member or officer themselves. Contact any board member to confirm where/when the next meeting will occur.

New Business/Liquor License
— A new restaurant that plans to occupy the former location of The Giant Peach. It’s called Flamant (Flemish) and plans to feature the Belgian-born former chef of Table in DC. A liquor license has been granted for beer, wine and liquor with food only between the hours of 6 am and midnight seven days a week.

Our most recent General meeting was Tuesday September 15, 2015 at Melvin Real Estate, covering many topics including the West Annapolis Sector Study which has been accepted by the Planning Commission and forwarded to the City Council for action. Please renew your membership in WACA right now by clicking here.


WACA Commuity Meeting was 6:30 PM May 7, 2015 at the Bean Rush Cafe. Welcome to our new board and officers!

 - President: Kristy Myers
 - Vice President: Kurt  Riegel                   
 - Secretary: Trudy McFall
 - Treasurer: Deirdre Ralph
At-Large Board Members
 - Mike Christman
 - Josh Cohen,
 - John Goodburn
 - Brian Lease
 - Geoff Riefe

West Street Library Replacement/Expansion

There has been a negotiated compromise, with a planned library size somewhere between that passed by the County Council, and Shuh's wishes, story here. County Executive Schuh had proposed a $9.5 million cut, scaling the project back to 28,053 sq.ft. For technical reasons involving meeting modern standards, this will actually reduce library capacity for collections and essential services below their present level.
Complete information, Library CEO Skip Auld's presentationis posted at westannapolis.org/library . How this evolves depends on clearly visible expression of citizen sentiment, so give your opinion.

We've modernized and redesigned the web site to make it more attractive and usable to residents. A few of the categories have moved around, but most everything is still here. For example, the Residents Directory is under the Search tab at the top. We hope you like it!

West Annapolis Elementary's 100-year anniversary. You'll hear a lot in the coming months about our efforts to celebrate during the 2016-17 school year. For now, though, Principal McKay asked that I share with you this special video project the staff is working on so please help spread the word to all who might be interested in participating.We'll also celebrate a new school.

In preparation for these events, the school would like to create a video montage of former students sharing their memories of West Annapolis Elementary. If you, a family member, a neighbor, or a friend attended West Annapolis Elementary and would be willing to share your memories, please contact WAES Principal Alexis McKay at amckay@aacps.org or 410-222-1635.

  - Kristy Myers

The WACA board decided to encourage residents to rely more heavily on our neighborhood Facebook page. Other tools like the old Yahoo systems will continue as residents desire, but we expect a gradual migration toward Facebook for residents wishing to alert one another to events and issues. For the old Yahoo Group click to join and Heidi Petras will confirm your registration. She also administers the neighborhood Dinner Club Group. , reachable by clicking at the bottom left of every page here on the

2015 Dues
. Please Join WACA to support your civic association with your voluntary WACA dues, and make ours a cohesive & vital neighborhood.

News items:

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.
Fiction: "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.

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.

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   September 24, 2016