West Annapolis Civic Association News




WACA Board of Directors Meetings. Meetings of the officers and board usually occur monthly at 7 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 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.


Updates:


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

                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.
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.
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. City staff are working on an ordinance update and Kurt Riegel is interested in your suggestions.



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.


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
.