Read the latest and greatest from Annapolis Roads…
In this update:
* Overlook Bluff Restoration – Thank You Volunteers!!
* Attention Annapolis Roads Runners
* Kitty Update
* Annapolis Roads Community FaceBook – Sign Up Now!
* Children’s Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday Morning, April 16th at 10:00 AM on The Overlook
* Dock Clean-Up Scheduled – Saturday Morning, April 23rd
* Watercraft Storage/Registration
* Spring Cleaning: Reminders
OVERLOOK BLUFF RESTORATION – THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!!!
On March 19^th, over 20 volunteers came and went based on time commitments, but they weren’t “bluffing” around on the bluff – they accomplished an amazing amount of work!
As previously indicated the bluff plantings were originally based on the reforestation plan agreed upon and approved by the County. After the community reinforced the embankment and added riprap to the foot of the bluff, ARPOA was required to adopt and implement the reforestation plan.
More recently, thanks to efforts of the Landscape Committee members, master gardeners and watershed stewards, the community has been the recipient of grants which provided funding for the preparation and planting of perennial pollinator gardens.
Over the last few years, we have not fully maintained the original County approved reforestation plan. COVID restrictions further impacted our inability to fully provide annual maintenance and to safely manage the growth.
BELOW: A past bluff work event left & right. Pollinator garden planting, center photo. [photos by Linda Dodge]
This year, we removed invasives among other items and returned it to the County approved plan. Below are some shots from last weekend! We hope you enjoy the results of these community volunteers.
Thanks so much to: Nancy & Pierre Moitrier, Joe Cox, Nick Kiley, Rich and Marilyn Hansen, Philip Weiser and Linda Dodge, Charlie Isaacs, Maryanne Mento, Paul and Adele Oliver, Oliwier Pietrowski, Monica Maynard, Brad Houghton, Roger McClung & Mary Brown, Aracelly Woodall, Carroll Tabak, Bryan Dean, Liam Currier (with Jen and Hank providing a supporting role), and Bonnie Persinger with her “best canine friend”. Lew Linker and granddaughter Ella focused on an attack and removal of invasive and damaging ivy from Overlook trees.
Thanks also to Gary Gabarani and Rahul Paris who originally volunteered for the March 12^th date, but who were unable to join us for the rain date. [As always, apologies to anyone I may have missed].
[Photos from Linda Dodge: right & below March 19, 2022 more photos to follow.]
Attention Annapolis Roads Runners
We ha ve had an inquiry about starting up a running club in the ‘hood.
Rob Childs has volunteered to help organize and kick-off an Annapolis Roads running club!
Rob and Cameron moved to Annapolis Roads in 2021. As we all know too well, last year due to the COVID restrictions and concerns, was not a year where we entertained events beyond our “pods” – even running.
What a great opportunity to greet the spring, get exercise and meet some of your neighbors with this common interest!
Please call Rob directly at 908-295-6017 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) if you are interested in participating in a running group/club. If you prefer, you may send questions/comments to firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) and we will forward your email to Rob.
A huge thank you to Rob for volunteering to coordinate this opportunity!
The kitten hit and killed on Pinecrest was not claimed. A number of you commented on the tragedy and concerns that we see vehicles being operated at excessive speeds on our community roadways.
Several of you have suggested that Kitty may have been a stray born in the wild and that there may be litter mates about in the community, also at risk.
Please feel free to contact Animal Control if you see what you believe to be stray/feral cats in the community. ANIMAL CONTROL: (410) 222-8900
Thank you all for your comments, concern, and suggestions.
Annapolis Roads Community FaceBook – Sign Up Now!
ARPOA is further expanding community communication services by adding an ARPOA Facebook opportunity for residents. Board Director Jacek “Jack” Pietrowski has provided the Q&A information below. It will explain how to sign up for the service as well as to answer many questions residents may have about this new effort. The ARPOA Board has embraced our FB presence to further expand communications from the ARPOA Board, as well as to promote communications among residents. It will also present additional opportunities and services including sharing items offered for sale or for free.
As stated in the ARPOA Questions and Answer (Q&A) below, we will continue to send Community Updates and information via email for those who subscribe, and we will also post or link Community Updates via the ARPOA Facebook page. Please sign up and enjoy the conversation.
ARPOA Facebook Q and A
For those who choose to participate, providing an ARPOA Facebook Group will allow us to have more real time communications with community members for urgent concerns, lost/found pets, and basic messaging. Community Updates will continue via email but can be shared by those who may find FB more convenient.
Q – How do I find the ARPOA page on Facebook?
A – Go to “Groups” of Facebook and search for “ARPOA” it should be the first one that pops up. There are descriptions of each group so it should be relatively easy to find.
Q – Can anyone join the group?
A – No, anyone can ask to become a member but the administrators/moderators have to approve each member. There is also a security question to weed out anyone not from Annapolis Roads.
Q – Are there rules for posts? How do questionable posts get handled?
A – There are rules that all members have to accept in order to enter the group. Posts are screened by Facebook AI and ones that are questionable are not posted but rather sent to administrators/moderators for adjudication. Members can also flag posts that they think break the rules and those are also put “on hold” (not visible to the group) until there is an adjudication decision.
Q – How many people are needed to run the group?
A – Initially, my guess is that there need to be about three to five people with the ability to approve new members for the initial start-up when there would be the greatest number of people wanting membership. After the initial rush we probably need three people to run the group, this is to account for vacations, work, or other commitments that could take a person out of the loop.
Q – What can you do on the Facebook group?
A – There any number of things people could do besides type in their thoughts. The possibilities are seen in the screen shot below. The Bay Ridge page has pictures and some of the security cameras facing the water as well as items for sale and events that are street but not community wide.
[A special thanks to Jack for the heavy lifting including designing, testing, and preparing the ARPOA Facebook page; for Nick, Jill, and Cecilia for anticipating some questions and concerns that could be forthcoming from residents so we could answer them in advance; for Jack and Neal for monitoring the site; and for everyone who has and will choose to engage in this effort.]
NOTE: We want this tool to be helpful, informative, and something that will foster civil, and yes – “kind” exchanges between neighbors in Annapolis Roads. For those who have expressed concern – we anticipate a refinement of “rules of conduct” in the future to make sure that posts are not inappropriate, inflammatory, or political in nature. Please sign up and ENJOY the conversations!
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday Morning, April 16^th, on the Overloo
Dock Clean-Up Scheduled – Stay tuned for more info!
Saturday Morning, April 23rd
The 2022 Boating Season Information
Dockmaster Brad Houghton and ARPOA Board Liaison presented the Dock Committee’s proposed ARPOA Code of Conduct for Use of Community Dock and Watercraft Registration (with revised fees), and the ARPOA Community Dock Watercraft Registration (2022) to the Board for consideration and approval. Approval was unanimous.
Below are links to the documents which are also available on line at Annapolisroads.net under “members only” drop down, select community facilities/boat ramp to access the documents.
ARPOA Code of Conduct for Use of Community Dock and Watercraft Registration (with revised fees) (https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:560b7f0b-3c7a-381b-a5a7-7436fefaae7f) , and
ARPOA Community Dock Watercraft Registration (2022) (https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:1ea52361-e4cc-3150-819d-e98e2523a618)
Spring Cleaning: Reminders
Even though it seems that Spring took a side step recently, many of us will be planning or beginning our Spring Cleaning – INSIDE and OUT!
Along with these activities come environmental considerations, responsibilities toward neighbors, adjacent private properties and roadways.
Ogleton Woods: Many of you adjoin Ogleton Woods. While it is reasonable to blow leaves from Ogleton Woods that landed in lawn areas immediately adjoining Ogleton Woods back into the Woods; however, it is NOT acceptable to dump lawn clippings, garden or planter refuse, or to blow/dump leaves from yard areas not immediately adjacent to Ogleton Woods into the Woods. Ogleton Woods is a conservation easement area with State oversight.
Private property and roads: Residents are reminded that under no circumstances should they, their contractors or helpers blow or dump debris on private property that is not their own – including Annapolis Roads properties. Leaves blown onto County and Annapolis Roads owned roadways and shoulders end up in ditches clogging culverts and drainage.
Additionally, debris, leaves, and gum balls blown onto ARPOA roadways and shoulders results in ARPOA expending community funds to clean it up.
Yard Waste: As a reminder the County DOES NOT accept yard waste in plastic bags – only paper disposable yard waste bags, reusable plastic trash cans appropriately marked.
For more information about curbside yard waste pickup, landfill drop off, and alternatives such as composting, use this link: Yard Waste | Anne Arundel County, MD (aacounty.org) (https://www.aacounty.org/departments/public-works/waste-management/yard-waste/)
Hazardous Household Waste (HHW): DROP OFF LOCATIONS and SCHEDULE
Each year we provide residents with the Anne Arundel County dates and locations for hazardous household waste drop-off events and locations. Usually, they are at the local landfills. This year, there is some deviation from past practices – see below. NOTE: The program is for Anne Arundel County Residents only.
Drop-off hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (at all locations and dates listed below).
Commercially registered vehicles, including rentals, and commercial waste are not accepted.
For questions and comments on household hazardous waste drop-off days call (410) 222-7951.
Be prepared to show an Anne Arundel County driver’s license and registration.
NOT ACCEPTED at HHW Events
Latex Paint • Motor Oil • Antifreeze • Propane Tanks • Batteries
These are all accepted daily at all County recycling Centers. Visit Call2Recycle.org for battery recycling options.
4-9-22 Heritage Office Complex (2662 Riva Road; Annapolis, MD 21401)
5-14-22 Heritage Office Complex (2662 Riva Road; Annapolis, MD 21401)
6-11-22 Heritage Office Complex (2662 Riva Road; Annapolis, MD 21401)
7-23-22 Location To Be Determined
9-24-22 Location To Be Determined
10-22-22 Location To Be Determined
A wide variety of material is accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off events including:
* Oil-based paints
Note: Latex paint is accepted at all Recycling Centers (https://www.aacounty.org/departments/public-works/waste-management/recycling/index.html) year-round
* Staining agents
* Paint solvents
* Household and automotive cleaners
* At-home photo developing chemicals
* Motor oil (mixed with water, fuel or any other product)
Note: Motor oil that is not mixed is accepted for recycling at all Recycling Centers year-round
* Antifreeze (mixed with fuel or any other fluid)
Note: Antifreeze that is not mixed is accepted for recycling at all Recycling Centers (https://www.aacounty.org/departments/public-works/waste-management/recycling/index.html) year-round
* Pool chemicals
* Gasoline, Kerosene and other fuels
* Mercury thermometers
* Mercury thermostats Click here to find the nearest Thermostat Recycling Corp. collection point (http://www.thermostat-recycle.org/search.php)
* Fluorescent lights (tubes & bulbs) (See Special Note (https://www.aacounty.org/departments/public-works/waste-management/Materials_Accepted/fluorescent-tubes-and-bulbs) )
* Mercury vapor lamps
* Asbestos (small quantities accepted, limit 4 bags per resident per event and cannot be over 40 lbs.
Maximum accepted 160 lbs. per event). Must be wetted and double bagged.
* Freon and other refrigerants (small aerosol cans only – 18 ounces or less)
DIRECT QUESTIONS TO:
Bureau of Waste Management Services (https://www.aacounty.org/departments/public-works/waste-management/index.html)
389 Burns Crossing Road, MD 21144
Department of Public Works (https://www.aacounty.org/departments/public-works/index.html)
Please, take care. Be safe.
Best wishes on behalf of the Annapolis Roads Board of Directors,
President, Annapolis Roads Property Owners Assoc. (ARPOA)
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