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Spring is here in Germantown-Homewood! Bees are buzzing, birds are singing and they are all accompanied by the hum of lawnmowers and leaf blowers. Ah... isn't it marvelous! It’s wonderful to see so many folks connecting in our neighborhood green spaces as the weather warms. Jogger traffic has returned to Poplar Trail. Likewise, UPS, FedEx, and Amazon have increased their presence delivering the spring necessities, grass seed, outdoor furniture, and allergy meds. 

This year we have an awesome and energetic group of GHCA board members who are eager to serve the community and, with your support, advocate for neighborhood improvements. Just recently, I spoke with the Mayor as he strolled through our neighborhood during Greenscape. He wanted to thank everyone for their hard work and for making Annapolis more beautiful. 

 I encourage you to volunteer for and engage in the initiatives that interest you. We are forming committees to monitor progress and communicate about the Poplar Path Expansion, West Street Development, West Street Crosswalks, Beech/Woodlawn Stream Restoration, Stormwater Management, Public Safety, and more. We are also excited to continue our much-loved social events and welcome volunteers to run new ones. 
  
As always, you can reach the board at ghca21401@gmail.com.

Best,
Erin McCopp

A New Treasurer


On April 19th, the GHCA Board voted to appoint Aaron McCrady as Treasurer. Thank you Aaron for taking on this important role. You can reach Aaron with questions about membership and payment at ghca21401@gmail.com.

Greenscape Success! 🌱

Thank you to all of the volunteers who gave their time in beautifying our neighborhood green spaces on Saturday, April 23rd!

  • Keanuú Smith-Brown, Lloyd and Gilda Fowlkes, Annie Stephenson, Brendan and Francis Boyle, Liz and Chiara Corso, and Jim Martin for weeding, mulching and adding flower beds to the Fowlkes Community Park. This park is a neighborhood favorite for those walking to and from the Spa Creek Trail, including our Mayor and his family! 

  • Hunter Hammond, Michael and Sarah Grassman, Bob and Jeremy Waldman, Mike Blade, Tim Doyle, Susan Rested, Kaitlyn McQuaid, James Hyde and Oliver McQuaid-Hyde, Karl Schrass, Maia Kramer, Craig Kellstrom, Liz and Chiara Corso, Danielle Lucid and Jonathan McCopp for weeding and mulching beds on the Poplar Path.

  • Jim Martin, Antonia Barry, Megan Sale, Elizabeth Stevens, Meghan, Matt, Everly, and Reed Ullman, Dorothy Callahan, Jerry Bohlander, Carrie Carroll and Mike Kinder for removing invasive ivy from the bases of trees near the bridge, removing 4 bags of trash from the creek and surrounding area, and cleaning up, mulching, adding plants to the two landscaping circles, and planting two bushes by the bridge.

  • Bob Waldman, Jim Martin and Keanuú Smith-Brown for planning the projects, ordering and delivering the plants and mulch! 

  • Erin McCopp for delivering Carlson’s Donuts and Ceremony Coffee from GHCA

To view more pictures from the day, click here. Great things happen when our community comes together! ❤️🌷🌸🌻

Neighborhood Yard Sale - May 14th!

Mark your calendar. The date for the community-wide yard sale in Germantown Homewood is Saturday, May 14th, from 9 a.m. - to noon. The rain date is Sunday, May 15th. Residents make their own inclement weather call (if you can’t decide, you can always go for both days).

If you would like to send your address to Meghan Ullman (meghan.ullman@bostonbeer.com) to include your address on the event post on Facebook, please do so by May 7th.

Meghan is also looking for some volunteers to post signs (weekend of, flyers etc). Please reach out to her if you can help!

Spring Party 🎉

We are excited to see almost 100 neighbors this Friday, May 6th in the Paca House Gardens. No need to print tickets - we will have a guest list at the door. 

Thank you to Kirsten Chapman for heading up the event and to our event sponsors: Alderwoman Rhonda Pindell-Charles, Kleynimals, Bowman Jarashow Law LLC, Heidler, Inc, Pinkey’s, Michele Deckman, Antonia Barry of Coldwell Banker Realty, Moira and Keith Cyphers, and Annapolis Compost.

        

May Day 🌼

The Downtown Historic District celebrated its 67th Annual May Day by putting baskets of fresh-cut flowers in front of their homes and businesses on Sunday, May 1st. GHCA community members also joined in to share their own GHCA May Day spirit by creating their own floral displays. We even had one neighbor who worked with her 2-year-old granddaughter to put together their floral arrangement. Although this year we didn’t give out prizes or bragging rights for the top arrangements, we shared the displays from the homes who registered their addresses with GHCA on our Facebook page, this newsletter, online gallery, and will feature some photos on our website. The floral arrangements were gorgeous! It was a wonderful way to celebrate spring and beautify our community!

Thank you to all our participants: Antonia Barry, Moira Cyphers, Heather Nanni DeBuse, Sarah Evans & Michael Grassman, Lauren Hartman, Tracy McGuinness, Polly Peters & Olivia, Judy Powers, Alison Prost, Stuart Rice, Brenda & Don Russell, Jensen Weng Sommer.


If you would like to volunteer and run the 2023 GHCA May Day, please send us a note to ghca21401@gmail.com, so we can plan and have a bigger event next year.  Enjoy the colors of spring!

Library Cross Walk 🚶‍♀️


Conor Miller continues to pursue modifications to the timing of the library crosswalk light. He is working to re-engage State Highway Administration (SHA) and our elected state officials, Sen. Sarah Elfreth, Del. Shaneka Henson, and Del. Dana Jones to relay safety concerns and to request SHA change the timing. 

Background: Neighbors are concerned that the yellow wait period at the light is too long. West Street drivers frequently stop after 5 seconds, causing confusion for walkers who do not receive a walk signal until 20 seconds after pushing the button. If walkers choose to cross when the cars stop (before the walk sign appears) cars are waiting at a solid red light with no one left to cross the street. Cars then drive through a solid red light, causing a potentially dangerous situation. If walkers choose to wait the full 20 seconds for the walk signal, stopped cars often resume driving and then do not stop when the light turns red, leaving a dangerous situation for walkers who want to cross. 

Hillman Garage Closed 🚌


The Hillman Garage, located behind City Hall, has closed. Over the next 14 months it will be demolished and rebuilt, during that time parking downtown may be more difficult than usual, but there is a shuttle that runs from Park Place to Downtown Annapolis. The shuttle runs Mon - Fri: 6AM - 11PM, Sat 7AM - 11PM, Sun: 8AM - 8PM. More info can be found at: accessannapolis.com

Farragut/Stadium Farmers’ Market 🥕


Alderwoman Karma O’Neill and Admiral Heights neighbor Sally Erber are working to set up a Sunday, summer farmers’ market at the Naval Academy Stadium: July 3rd - August 21st. The hope is to have neighbors in Admiral Heights, Homewood/Germantown, and West Annapolis create a fun destination to walk to with friends and family to purchase local goods while giving back to our community. The vendors are committed to giving back to the community by donating some of their goods to local food pantries.

Organizers are searching for volunteers for the following:
- Market Day Coordinator
- Vendor Liaison
- Community Outreach
- Set up and Clean up
- Children's Chair (assisting with family-friendly activities)

Stay tuned for more details and fill out this form if you are interested in volunteering! 

Poplar Park Tree Work to Begin in Early May 🌳

BGE/Lewis Tree Services tree trimming work to begin on Poplar Park sometime in early May, possibly as early as May 1st, the end date is unknown.

4th of July Bike Parade and Neighborhood Celebration 🚴‍♀️

Moira Cyphers has volunteered to lead the GHCA July 4th Celebration again this year. Last year the Cyphers orchestrated a fantastic day and we are thankful they want to do it again! 

In the coming weeks they will be looking for volunteers to bring supplies on the morning of July 4th and to help with set up/clean up:

  • Coolers (5)

  • Folding Tables (3)

  • Tents (2)

  • Grills (2)

  • Trash and Recycling Cans 

If you are able to contribute one of these items or would like to help with the party planning, please let Moira know! Moira.Moynihan@gmail.com or ghca21401@gmail.com

Upcoming City Events 


Commissioning Week Starts May 20th. Click here to see the full schedule. 

Annapolis Arts Week kicks off on June 4th and runs through June 8th with a jam-packed arts-filled week of events. In addition to city-wide events like Paint Annapolis and the First Sunday Arts Fest, this year, neighborhoods throughout the city are hosting a variety of arts-related events. Keep an ear out for what Studio 39 had planned! We’ll keep you updated of what's happening close to our neighborhood, but check out the Arts Week schedule of events in the meantime!

Annapolis Pride Parade & Festival will be held on Saturday, June 4th. For parade route and festival information, click here.

Keep an eye out for even more daily, weekly, and monthly events! 

2022 Membership


Thank you to the 124 households who have already joined or renewed their membership for 2022. Help us reach our goal of 200 households by renewing today! Your support allows us to host community events, plan community improvements, send newsletters, and manage germantownhomewood.com"

Suggested dues are $20
Or, contribute additional funds to help GHCA expand offerings: $40–$60

Check: GHCA P.O. Box 6781 Annapolis, MD 21401
Venmo: @germantownhomewood
PayPal: paypal.me/GHCA

 **Note: When sending funds with PayPal or Venmo, please select “Friends and Family”

We welcome your volunteerism, comments, concerns, and questions
by email: ghca21401@gmail.com 


President: Erin McCopp
Vice-President: Karl Schrass
Treasurer: 
Secretary: Michele Deckman

Board Members: 
Kathleen Doyle
Antonia Barry
Peri Lane
Conor Miller
Kaitlyn McQuaid
Brian Borden
Jess Praley 
Christopher Yenias
Bob Waldman - Emeritus
Anne Woods - Emeritus

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