West Annapolis Civic Association   


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%

Gus Leanos closes West Annapolis Deli

Maryland Day in West Annapolis:
Fri March 21 - Sat March 22
Press Release, schedule of events

Grab your engineer’s hat, gloves, and kids. Celebrate the days of the Baltimore Annapolis Short Line Railroad in West Annapolis. Special events to help you explore, shop, and dine as in the days of old.

West Annapolis is celebrating Maryland Day 2014 with a weekend full of activities tied to a railroad theme.  The historic Baltimore and Annapolis Short Line Railroad ran from Bladen Street through West Annapolis and over the Severn River to Baltimore from 1887 until 1968. Activities organized by the West Annapolis Heritage Partnership and the West Annapolis Business Affiliation will start Friday night, March 21st and run through the weekend.

Madagascar: 7 pm Wed March 26, Quiet Waters Park, Blue Heron room.
Anne Arundel Bird Club and Friends of Quiet Waters Park have a very special presentation on Madagascar’s amazing wildlife including 118 endemic species of birds, 104 species of lemurs, 60% of the world’s chameleons, and the amazing fosa. Former Senator Gerald Winegrad will be presenting many photos and stories of the animals and people of Madagascar and the country’s eco-systems, conservation threats, and politics. Free and open to the public. Flyer with complete info.

Carla closes bb Bistro
, for the second time.

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.

Caritas Society at St. Johns
, March 8, 2014. See this press release with details on the fundraising event.

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.

Fun challenge: We're looking for a possible replacement for the logo in the top left of this screen (which we ripped off from the Western Australia Cricket Association!) Do we have, or can you create, a nice logo or photograph that typifies West Annapolis?

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

Generator Etiquette when power fails during severe storm events.

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

Last revised  11 January 2014