The ECA has a new Grants program to support organizations that improve the quality of life for residents of Eastport. The funds supporting these grants are the result of the success of our Eastport Home & Garden Tour and the generosity of our residents. Click here for the Grant Guidelines and Application. Grant applications will be considered semi-annually and deadlines for submitting an application will be March 15 and September 15. If you have any questions, please send an email to Grants@eastportcivic.org.
Celebrate Christmas, the first day of Hanukkah and the holidays in general on December 6 at the annual Eastport Petite Illumination. A classically Eastport event, the Petite Illumination is when we gather together to decorate the Eastport Christmas Tree at Shell at the corner of 6th and Severn, then light both it and the Eastport Elementary School tree in Veteran's Park, all with the requisite amount of holiday cheer and festivity.
The Petite Illumination will begin at 3:30, with Christmas music, including performances from the Eastport and Tyler Heights Elementary School choruses, tree decoration, ornament making, food (including the famous elsaesser rum cake), drink and a visit from St. Nick.
Because this is a true community tree, it will be decorated by the community. Please either bring an ornament created for the tree, or make an ornament at the craft table on site. The tree will be lit at 5pm.
Please feel free to bring a drink or snack to share! and make sure to invite all your neighbors and friends!
Each year the Annapolis Santa Run visits communities throughout the Annapolis area to gather gifts for needy children. This year's event will be held Sunday, December 13th. If anyone is wishing to make a monetary contribution please make out the check to Annapolis Firefighters Local 1926 Santa Run. For more information clickHERE
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The ECA is a non-profit, member-based community association. We engage in activities that improve the quality of life in the Eastport Community and build relationships with our local officials.
Membership is open to homeowners and renters who reside in Eastport.
Report of the 2015 Ad Hoc Bylaws Review Committee
Committee Members: Babe Feldman, Jenny Kottler, John McLeod, Manon Schladen.
The Ad Hoc Bylaws Review committee met several times over the course of the year to discuss topics that had been suggested for consideration. The proposed amended Bylaws include the correction of typos, updating terminology to that currently being used, re-ordering of information, and other non-consequential amendments. The proposed amendments do include a number of recommendations, some more substantive than others:
Architecture & Zoning:
Eric Pilka, Chair
Karen Jennings, Chair
Home & Garden Tour:
Vic Pascoe, Chair
Michael Schwartz, Chair
Thanks to the generosity of the Eastport community, over $12,000 has been raised to support the IB Readers & Leaders media center & classroom libraries. On Tuesday, December 1st, we are recognizing the donors and presenting the resources during a brief ceremony at the school.
Please plan to arrive between 12:45 and 1 pm. A special guest from the International Baccalaureate Organization will be in attendance, as well as members of the community, school officials, and – most importantly – some of the Eastport Elementary students & faculty.
12:45 - 1:00 pm: Meet in the main lobby/office and proceed to Media Center
1:05 – 1:20 pm: Presentation
1:20 – 2:00 pm: Light refreshments & review of newly purchased materials
Please RSVP HERE:
Carol Ann McCurdy
Director of Partnerships, Development, & Marketing
Executive Director – 21st Century Education Foundation
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works would greatly appreciate hearing from residents and communities that see the need for any signs that need to be replaced or reinstalled along our county roadways.
If you know of anything that should be reported please contact Matt Diehl at DPW at (410)222-7582.
Thank you for the honor of serving at ECA’s helm the past two years. And thanks to the amazing crew of members and volunteers! With an apology for length, I want to recognize a number of outstanding brigades and captains.
The annual Home & Garden Tour showcases a range of homes in Eastport; ticket sales and advertising generate a strong return that is put to use in the community. Thanks to the last two years’ planning committees chaired by Marcia Marshall; special thanks to Dawne Widener-Burrows for the amazing business support she generated. In addition to the gracious owners who open their homes and gardens, a host of volunteers contribute to the Tour’s success with writing, editing, ticket sales, promotional outreach, logistics and as docents.
Rita Ormasa singlehandedly did a yeoman job re-creating ECA’s website which is ably managed by Kim Richer. Marie King creates the regular emails covering activities, events and issues. These behind the scenes volunteers work diligently to meet deadlines and keep us informed. Be sure to check out ECA’s website for the news and a host of resources. ECA is always looking for volunteers to help with our communication strategy and implementation.
Early this year Bob Salta arranged and underwrote a mailing to prospective members. The results were astounding – nearly 100 of our record setting 525+ members are new members. Judy Moore’s personal welcome to Eastport’s newest residents has yielded many new members. As chair of the Membership Committee for several years, Vic Pascoe has received the dues and thanked the members who contributed $2,500+ to ECA’s grants fund to support neighborhood projects and residents.
ECA’s Architecture & Zoning Committee, under the leadership of Eric Pilka, regularly meets to review and offer comment to the City’s Planning & Zoning Department on proposed renovation and new construction in Eastport’s Conservation District (R2-NC), with the goal of maintaining Eastport’s scale and architectural character.
For the past several years, Karen Jennings has led ECA’s Eco-Action Committee of focused residents, to raise awareness on environmental issues. This year Diane Butler led GreenScape, a spring project that focuses on cleaning and replanting Eastport’s unique street-end parks
Were you among the record number of members attending this year’s annual Summer Picnic at Mears Marina on a spectacular evening? The arrangements, including weather, were arranged by Meg Moffat and Nancy Bassler..
Based on an evaluation of ECA’s history of community contributions and with the goal of greater transparency, board members Babe Feldman, Anne Harrington and Marcia Marshall developed the new Grants Program starting in 2016. Babe Feldman, John McLeod and Manon Schladen and served on the Bylaws Committee. The year-end Audit Committee included Phyllis Emmett, Jean McCoy and Carol Tessier. This year’s Nominating Committee was crewed by Babe Feldman, chair, Dick Peterson and Manon Schladen.
I hope you will get involved next year, at any level. There are so many ways to lend your time, talent and vision. Send an email to email@example.com if you are willing to lend a hand. The benefits will exceed your effort.
Thanks to the crew who pulled a line and set the course. The memories, friendships and achievements will linger long into the future.
ECA President, 2014 - 2015
Eastport Fire Station
The City of Annapolis is collecting data for a baseline traffic study of the Eastport neighborhood. The purpose of this study is to assess potential options based on existing and future condition and to formulate a plan for improving the management of traffic and traffic circulation on a peninsula with limited options for road capacity expansion. The study was requested by the Eastport Civic Association, authorized by the City and started in the fall. For more information, click HERE or contact Sally Nash.
Board of Directors
Through 2017 Annual Meeting
Through 2016 Annual Meeting
1-Year Term through 2016 Annual Meeting
President: Marcia Marshall
Vice President: Vic Pascoe
Secretary: Anne Harrington
Treasurer: Karen Jennings
* Babe Feldman will continue to serve in the 2nd year of a 2-year term, bringing the total membership of the Board of Directors to nine (9) as required by ECA’s Bylaws.
Jenny Kottler will remain on the board as Immediate Past President for one year.
The Annapolis Maritime Museum has released a walking tour titled The Home Front: Eastport During WWII. Representatives of AMM’s Education Department will be available before the November 19 ECA meeting to demonstrate the tour. The downloadable tour offers an audio guide and features historic and current photos. Click HERE to preview the tour. ECA provided funding to AMM to purchase iPads that will be used by students in educational programming at the Museum.
In a continuing effort to support the Eastport Elementary School, the ECA is helping EES with its Holiday Store. During the holiday season, each student at EES is encouraged to use their tokens, achieved for good behavior and scholastic achievement, to “buy” a present for a significant adult in their life. The teachers and school community donate small gifts to this cause. This year, Lynne Evans has asked if the community would pitch in with donations. We are asking for new or lightly used items that would be fun for young students to offer as a gift for their important adult. Think glittery, fuzzy, colorful: clothing, jewelry, tools, kitchen gadgets, novelty items.
You can drop the items in a grey, plastic container by Pam Henry’s house on Kelly Court (just off Washington St) through December 14. The collection container will be clearly marked “EASTPORT ELEMENTARY HOLIDAY STORE” and will be located by the composting bin. Spread the word and the holiday cheer! Pamhenry80@hotmail.com for additional information.