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West Annapolis - Wardour Halloween Party!       Sign up Here
Date: 10/31/2016 (Mon.)    Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm        Location: West Annapolis Elementary School
Come kick off trick-or-treating at the West Annapolis/Wardour Halloween Party.  The party starts at 5:00 p.m. sharp at West Annapolis Elementary School.  Just a friendly reminder that dogs are not allowed on school property, so please leave your furry friends at home during the event.  Please sign up for anything you are comfortable doing and feel free to be creative!  Any nonperishable items may be dropped off at the Cockrell's house, 409 Melvin Avenue, a day or two before the party.   You can contact me or any of the ladies below with questions. 
We would like to thank J. Melvin Premiere Properties for donating 30 pizzas for our party and Bella Italia Restaurant for giving us a discount on the pizza. We look forward to seeing you for a ghoulishly good time!  
Lorna Cockrell, Connie Coker, Stephanie Kintgen, Hee-Joo Park, Alissa Parsons, Colby Peters, Michelle Servary & Jacylnn Willert

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

Last WACA General Membership meeting was 7 p.m. Tuesday 20 September and covered

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.

New book on West Annapolis History 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

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.

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:

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.

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!

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

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   October 17, 2016