I’d like to wish everyone in the City a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!
Holiday Open House, Dec. 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. In addition, Julie and I invite you to come to City Hall to share holiday refreshments with us before Midnight Madness shopping in downtown Annapolis,” Mayor Buckley said. “This is a time for us to share with you to joy of the holiday season!”
At the event, the City will be accepting donations of hats, gloves and scarves for the Lighthouse Shelter and toys for those less fortunate.
Loss of Annapolis Firefighter
Earlier this month, we lost one of our Annapolis Firefighters, Lt. Josh Snyder, 34, who passed away after a battle with cancer. Snyder had joined AFD in 2006 and served at Taylor Avenue and then as a member of the special operations team. I would like to send condolences to Lt. Snyder and his family and our Annapolis Fire Department family, a very tight-knit group of dedicated public servants.
Annapolis Fire Chief Doug Remaley asked me to also thank Anne Arundel County Fire and the Naval District Washington and Naval Academy for filling all City fire stations so that Annapolis City Fire Department personnel could attend Lt. Snyder’s funeral.
E-Sports Camp at Maryland Hall
The City recently hosted an e-sports gaming event at Maryland Hall that was brought to the City by Elite Gaming Live with the help of Adetola Ajayi in my office, the Annapolis Department of Recreation and Parks, and Maryland Hall. The event is video gaming as “sport.”
It was a fun way to introduce young people to technology and interest them in STEM fields including game concepts, coding and graphics.
Students from Annapolis Middle and Bates Middle faced off against one another at the event. There are photos and coverage of it in the Capital Gazette, so check it out. Thanks to all the students who came out and the organizers who hosted.
Showing of the Film "Harriet"
Tony Strong Pratt and her husband arranged for a movie theater for about 200 children to see the film “Harriet” about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Afterwards, the City sponsored an afternoon gathering at Pip Moyer Recreation Center where the children could ask questions and talk about what they’d learned in the movie. It is a difficult, but very good and moving film. It is an important part of our history, especially because much of that story centers around Maryland.
Waterworks Park Trails Ready to Ride
We had an opportunity to ride the trails at Waterworks Park. DPW director David Jarrell, Alderman DaJuan Gay and a few others went over a little before lunch in the middle of the week and spent an hour on City property off of Defense Highway. You can get there by riding your bicycle in or by parking along Housley Road.
I want to thank the volunteers at MORE and Trailwerks Cyclery who cut the trails and will maintain them. It is an amazing amenity for city residents and it didn’t cost taxpayers a single cent.
Little Library at Stanton Center
Alderwoman Eleanor Tierney wanted me to give a shout out to the anonymous donor who paid for the Little Library at the Stanton Center. These Little Libraries are small structures that can hold maybe a dozen or two dozen books. People can either take a book or leave a book, or both. The folks at our Recreation and Parks department put up the little library and it is already being used.
From our friends at Anne Arundel County Public Works “ There's bound to be lots of aluminum foil and foil pans this week... these items are recyclable! Just remove all remaining food and then fold them inward a few times, until the hard to remove leftover mess is contained on the inside, before placing in the recycling container. This helps keep contamination at bay! Aluminum foil is melted down at such a high heat any additional residue or "gunk" will disintegrate.
Leaves are Falling…
I have been getting calls from residents this week about what to do with leaves. Here is some information from our Public Works Department:
- Leaves are collected in the same manner as any other yard waste.
- Your leaves, grass and other yard trim are collected every week throughout the year!
- You may use one of the following:
- Green 32-gallon carts issued by the City
- Compostable paper bags
- Container of choice marked with an "X" and placed at the curb
- Please keep in mind that yard trim will not be collected in any type of plastic bag.
Composted leaves are a source of "brown" materials; shredded, they can be used as mulch (leaves and chipped brush and twigs can be used as mulch around the bottoms of trees and plants. Mulch holds moisture so you won't have to water plants as often. It also controls weeds
and keeps plants from freezing when temperatures drop). In wooded areas, where they should be left on the ground, they provide nutrients and retain moisture.
You also have the option of composting leaves, grass and food waste yourself in your backyard. Easy to follow instructions, along with other collection tips, are available on the City's website at www.annapolis.gov.
Our friends at the Chesapeake Bay Program also have more information on disposing of leaves
the bay friendly way at this link.
- Hilary Raftovch,
As always, you can call or email me with any questions, concerns or even compliments about the
City of Annapolis at 410-263-7997 or firstname.lastname@example.org