AN EasTport Welcome


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.

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HOME AND GARDEN TOUR

ECA will host its 11th annual Home & Garden Tour on

Sunday, June 12, 1-5pm (Rain or Shine)


Buy An Ad

This is a well-advertised, well-attended event drawing attendees from Anne Arundel County and beyond.  Make the most of your advertising dollars by placing an ad in the EH&GT brochure or adding your business to the Directory Listing.  The Directory Listing, available for $25, includes your company name in the brochure; the list will also be posted on this website for easy reference and continuous exposure for your company.  Advertisement space is available in the printed brochure.  Contact Holly at tour@eastportcivic.org for pricing details or click Here for more information and/or to submit an advertisement.  Click Here to pay online.  Deadline for purchasing space is April 22, 2016.


How You Can Help
We need help to interview the homeowners, solicit the support of local businesses, promote the event, sell tickets and assemble a robust corps of docents to welcome and guide guests on the tour. If you’d like to get involved, please let us know at tour@eastportcivic.org.

Please remember, the Home & Garden Tour is our only fundraiser and supports our community grants program.

Rock the Dock for a Cure Party

Annapolis Leukemia Cup Regatta Party
Saturday, June 4, 4-7pm

Eastport Yacht Club (We host FUN parties!)

Tickets available at www.leukemiacupmd.org
(Beginning in May)


The Leukemia Cup Regatta started in Eastport 24 years ago! Show your support of this worthy cause and enjoy Grilled-on-site BBQ, Goslings Rum & Rita’s Ice, live music by Pressing Springs and Swamp Donkey New Grass, and much more! General Admission/Donation includes a BBQ dinner and a drink ticket ($25). All-inclusive admission includes a BBQ dinner & drinks ($65 -- all you can safely consume). Not just for sailors—everyone in the neighborhood is welcome.  Call 443-471-1620 for more information.

UPDATE FROM ALDERMAN ARNETT


I just met with HACA’s Executive Director Mr. Melvin Corbett and HACA’s Director of Finance Mr. Richard Walton.  Today is the beginning of a new partnership that I feel confident will strengthen over the upcoming months and years.
It was a very positive meeting and we walked away with several action items that I wanted to share with you all:
·        I am going to work with Comcast to get the HACA properties free or reduced WiFi
·        We will be contacting major corporations, requesting donations of computers and additional  resources
·        We will promote the fact that the new HACA Executive Director has changed its Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP), giving  locals and veterans a priority on the waiting list
·        I will work with Fire Chief Stokes to identify sprinkler grants for HACA properties, along with smoke detector hard wire grants
·        I am going to contact Anne Arundel Community College to develop an internship program, teaching trades to local students, while working with the city to support our efforts when inspecting and brining HACA units in compliance
·        I will work with Recreation and Parks to organize environmental projects that can fall under our  GreenScape program, and or work to find additional businesses that will donate flowers for curb appeal
With the understanding that the positive items mentioned above came out of our hour-long meeting, I look forward with great enthusiasm to follow up on more immediate action items including:
·        Representation from Mayor’s Office at all of the community resident meetings
·        Monthly updates from City Hall on matters affecting HACA residents for their newsletter
·        Distributing information to all residents in an effort to dispel the rumors and fear-tactics surrounding inspections on HACA properties
·        Create a community cleanup day
I just wanted to keep you all in the loop on a very positive meeting and the beginning on ongoing relationship that will benefit HACA, its residents, and the city as a whole.


Recent Violence in Eastport


The Board held a special meeting Monday, April 25th to discuss the gunfire which occurred on April 17th and damaged homes and cars on President St. and Park Ave. The board agreed that they would put together a letter to City officials, with copies to State elected officials, to remind them of promises made at the emergency community meeting held on April 18th. The letter will also ask for a specific timeline of exactly what the City will be doing and when. The Board will ask local church leaders, the HACA Resident Association and the new Executive Director of HACA to sign the letter. The goal is to form a strong coalition with local organizations/leaders in order to put pressure on the City to ensure our neighborhood is safe.


The Board has agreed to keep members updated in regards to this ongoing issue.

Report it:  Report street lights out, sidewalks in need of repair, garbage & recycling issues, and more. 

HELP END GUN VIOLENCE IN EASTPORT WRITE YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS


Many ECA members are concerned about the four shootings that have occurred in Eastport since December and the more than 50 incidents of "shots fired" during 2015. In 1991, a police substation opened at President and Madison Streets, the same location as the recent shootings, and the citywide homicide rate fell 80 percent. But the substation was financed by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and unfortunately closed only a few years later when the grant expired. With gun violence on the rise again in Eastport, help us reopen the substation by writing Sen. Cardin and Rep. Sarbanes and asking for new federal funding. You can find a sample letter here.

Grants Program


The ECA has a 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.

ECA invites proposals from nonprofits and individuals supporting projects and causes in education, the environment, general welfare and civic life. 
Deadlines for Requests:  
Spring Grants - March 15, 2016
Fall Grants - September 15, 2016  
Do you support or participate in a program in Eastport that you think deserves a boost from EC?.  Explore the possibility of an ECA Grant. If you have received a grant before, you can apply again. Send your applications or any questions to Grants@eastportcivic.org.  Debra Dillon is the Chair.

ARCHITECTURE AND ZONING COMMITTEE REVIEW


ECA members have asked that the ECA Board look at the role of the ECA Architecture and Zoning Committee.  The Committee currently reviews the architecture and zoning of projects referred by the Annapolis Planning Department.  To get everyone’s thoughts, I want to form a committee to review what the A &Z Committee is doing and perhaps what it could be doing that will benefit Eastport residents.
We are looking for 8 to 10 residents of Eastport and members of the ECA to volunteer to participate in a review of the charter of the Architecture & Zoning Committee.  Prior experience on the committee is not required.  If you have built or renovated a home in Eastport in the last few years, we want to hear from you.  As part of this project, we also would like to survey residents to get a sense of how the community feels about the activities of the A&Z committee.  We would like to find an equal number of folks who have not previously been members of A&Z, along with some current and past members.  We expect this project to take about 6 months; our hope is that we will have completed our task by the end of our program year in November 2016.  How often we meet and what tasks will be shared will be determined by the group when it convenes, hopefully by the end of April. Contact me at ECApresident@eastportcivic.org if you have questions or if you are interested in being on this new committee, please submit a letter describing why you would like to participate on the committee to the same email.
Marcia Marshall, President

ECA COMMITTEES


Architecture & Zoning:
  Eric Pilka, Chair
Communications:
  Susy Smith, Chair
Eco-Action:
   Diane Butler, Chair
Grants:

   Deborah Dillon, Chair

Home & Garden Tour:
   Holly Foster, Chair
Membership: 
   Vic Pascoe, Chair
Safety:
​    Daniel Orr, Chair

ECA General Meeting

Maritime Museum

Thursday, May 19th

7:00 pm  - Refreshments

7:30pm - Meeting


The May 19th ECA general meeting will be a joint meeting with the Eastport Business Association (EBA).  Local businesses will be invited to have information displays, as well as the Annapolis Yacht Club (AYC) and the South Annapolis Yacht Centre (SAYC).  There will be a regular business meeting at 7:30pm, but there will not be a speaker so that members have the opportunity to peruse the displays and ask questions.  Wine will be served.

Membership: Renew, Renew, Renew


In 2015 we increased our membership to 528. In 2016, our goal is 600 members.. You can renew your membership (and that of your spouse) by sending a check in the envelope enclosed in your January newsletter mailing or online HERE. Even though it is easy to purchase one membership for your household, we urge you to spend the extra $10 and join for your spouse as well! It’s a matter of numbers: if we can show our neighbors in other districts that we have a full complement of members, our clout on the city council and in other city affairs is strengthened.  2015 Members who have not renewed by May 1 will be removed from our membership list and will no longer receive Newsletters and other information.


Eastport Traffic Study

City of Annapolis Open House & Presentation
May 12, 2016, 7:00 PM
Eastport Fire Station, 914 Bay Ridge Avenue


The City of Annapolis has collected 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.  Please come to the upcoming open house and presentation to hear what we have found!

2016 ECA Meetings & Events
 

  • ECA General Meeting -

    Thursday, May 19 - Annapolis Maritime Museum

  • ECA General Meeting - Thursday, September 15
  • ECA Annual Meeting - Thursday, November 17
  • Greenscape - Saturday, April 23
  • Home and Garden Tour - Sunday, June 12
  • Annual Membership Picnic - Thursday, August 25