John Frenaye

John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for more than 15 years, he realized that there was something missing in terms of community news--and Eye On Annapolis was born in late spring 2009.

John's background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.

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Flavio Sala to perform in Annapolis

Flavio Sala to perform in Annapolis

| November 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

On Friday, November 28, at 8 pm, classically trained guitarist Flavio Sala will perform “Guitars Without Borders,” a concert that will showcase his captivating versatility as a performer. From Frederic Chopin to Eric Clapton, Johann Sebastian Bach to Carlos Santana and Fernando Sor, from classical to flamenco to pop, Flavio loves to surprise his audiences […]

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Scott Bowling, champion, dies at 43

Scott Bowling, champion, dies at 43

| November 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Scott Bowling, a former candidate for Annapolis Alderman and community activist died on Wednesday after battling Crohn’s Disease and cancer for many years. Scott was 43 and a very good friend. It’s taken me a few days to digest that another friend whom I admired has passed away. There is so much to say about Scott […]

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Running Amok at AACC

Running Amok at AACC

| November 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

The Anne Arundel Community College Dance Company will present an eclectic evening of dance when it performs “Running Amuck,” at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 4-6, in the Robert E. Kauffman Theater in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. Artistic director Lynda P. Fitzgerald is bringing back one of […]

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Annapolis scores 2 Mobbie Awards for Eye On Annapolis and Naptown Pint

Annapolis scores 2 Mobbie Awards for Eye On Annapolis and Naptown Pint

| November 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Eye On Annapolis was selected as the Best Suburbs Blog and Naptown Pint was selected as the Wonkiest Blog at the Baltimore Sun’s Mobbie Awards last night at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. The Mobbies are presented by  The Baltimore Sun and is an annual celebration of Maryland’s blog and social media communities. This is […]

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Jack Andraka, North County STEM phenom, publishes book

Jack Andraka, North County STEM phenom, publishes book

| November 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

17-year old Jack Andraka of Crownsville has published his memoirs. Few people publish memoirs, much less at 17; but Andraka has had a remarkable career so far with no signs of stopping anytime soon.  He is a North County (STEM) High School student, an American inventor, scientist and cancer researcher. He is known for his work […]

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Barbara Cox: a bright star in Annapolis

Barbara Cox: a bright star in Annapolis

| November 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

Friday morning, I was on my way to New York and checked my mail and was shocked. Barbara Cox, the news director for WNAV had passed away earlier this morning. I has sure it had to be a mistake, but it was true. At 55 after beating breast cancer and the Bay Bridge (just last […]

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Electronic navigation for the technically challenged

Electronic navigation for the technically challenged

| November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 6, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering an Electronic Navigation for Non-Technical People workshop, with class size limited and pre-registration needed. Participants will join Captain Jerry Friedman, a USCG-licensed Master, as he provides short non-technical descriptions of how GPS, GPS chart plotters, radar, depth sounders and […]

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Thank you Laura Neuman

Thank you Laura Neuman

| November 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

In February of 2013, no one knew who Laura Neuman was. We questioned it as well. Here we are in 2014 and there are still many questions lingering out there. When did she morph from a solid and focused executive into a politician fluent in mudslinging? Does she have a future in elected office or government? […]

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Davis and Cox leave large shoes to fill in Anne Arundel

Davis and Cox leave large shoes to fill in Anne Arundel

| November 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

Yesterday, Anne Arundel County Executive Elect Steve Schuh made two personnel moves and informed police chief Kevin Davis and fire chief Michael Cox that they would not be part of the new administration. Schuh’s spokesman said that they were “moving in a different direction” which is akin to “it’s not you, it’s me” in a […]

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Annapolis Irish Festival donates $10K to Hospice of the Chesapeake

Annapolis Irish Festival donates $10K to Hospice of the Chesapeake

| November 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Hospice of the Chesapeake recently received a $10,000 donation from the organizers of the 2014 Annapolis Irish Festival. The annual event draws thousands of visitors to the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds each July. The proceeds will support the nonprofits programs and services in both Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties. “Each year we are grateful […]

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An Across the Bay 10K proposal

An Across the Bay 10K proposal

| November 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

Many people were nervous about running in the Across the Bay 10K Race this morning. The uphill climb, the winds, the sheer length. One man had another worry….would she say yes?  Walter Zalis of Eldersburg, MD and Abby Clifton of Columbia, MD–CONGRATULATIONS!  Much happiness! She did! And thank you to the Chesapeake Bay Trust who […]

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Eastport kicks Annapolis’ butt in tug-of-war…again!

Eastport kicks Annapolis’ butt in tug-of-war…again!

| November 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Well, it looks like Eastport has regained the bragging rights for another year!  After 7 tugs, the Maritime Republic of Eastport ended up the victor 5-2.  The winning Annapolis teams were the USNA Midshipmem/Rugby Team with VICE ADMIRAL Carter, Superintendent of the Academy, and the Annapolis Police Department led by Chief Michael Pristoop. Mayor Pantelides […]

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Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival announces dates for 2015

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival announces dates for 2015

| November 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chesapeake Bay Events is pleased to announce that the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday May 16 and 17, 2015. The festival, held at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Maryland, is a two day event to raise money for 3 local charities. “We are excited to be back after […]

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Rachael Yamagata playing Rams Head next Monday

Rachael Yamagata playing Rams Head next Monday

| November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Rachael Yamagata is playing Rams Head On Stage on Monday, November 10th. This tour includes career-spanning sets with the premiere of new songs from her forthcoming album due out in early 2015. There will also be a handful of special 10th anniversary shows to celebrate Rachael’s debut LP, Happenstance, in Chicago, Portland, Los Angeles, Alexandria, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn. Touted by NPR […]

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November happenings at Cleo’s Fine Oils

November happenings at Cleo’s Fine Oils

| November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Celebrate the New Oil! – All During November The 2014 Olio Nuovo, or “new oil” marking the start of olive season, has arrived at Cleo’s Fine Oils & Vinegars in the Annapolis Towne Centre. If you are familiar with the wine industry’s celebration on the release of Beaujolais Nouveau, then you understand the buzz new oil […]

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WOW, Maryland turns a little more red

WOW, Maryland turns a little more red

| November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

In a surprise to many, Larry Hogan trounced Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown in the Governor’s race for Maryland last night.  While most polls gave Hogan a solid shot at the Governor’s Mansion, it was widely speculated that Prince Georges County, Montgomery County, and Baltimore City would lift the Lieutenant Governor; but they actually let him […]

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Bountiful Harvest November 7th

Bountiful Harvest November 7th

| November 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

On Friday, November 7th, 2014, the Friends of The Light House will host the 24th Annual Bountiful Harvest, A Blue Tie Event.   This annual event benefits The Light House, a homeless prevention support center in Annapolis, Maryland and will take place from 7-10 PM at the Loews Annapolis Hotel. Highlighting this year’s long-standing traditional event […]

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Navy loses a close one to Notre Dame despite the score

Navy loses a close one to Notre Dame despite the score

| November 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

The score may not reflect it, but Navy lost a close one to Notre Dame last night at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland in front of 38,607 people. In the end, Notre Dame won by a score of 49-39 which did not reflect how close the game actually was. In the first minute, the Fighting […]

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Severn 12-year old injured when mom’s boyfriend leads police on high speed chase

Severn 12-year old injured when mom’s boyfriend leads police on high speed chase

| November 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

A child is being treated for injuries he sustained in an Anne Arundel County crash that occurred after the man he was riding with was driving at a high speed, refused to stop for a trooper, and later lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree. The victim a, 12-year old boy from Severn, Md. […]

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LIVE BLOG:  Navy Vs Notre Dame

LIVE BLOG: Navy Vs Notre Dame

| November 1, 2014 | 2 Comments

Navy and Notre Dame will meet on the gridiron for the 88th consecutive year in the longest continuous intersectional rivalry in the country on Saturday night at FedExField in Landover, Md. Kickoff is set for 8:00 pm. Notre Dame has dominated the series overall, leading 74-12-1, but Navy is 3-4 against the Irish over the last seven meetings. Last year, […]

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When political attack mailers go bad

When political attack mailers go bad

| October 30, 2014 | 3 Comments

This election season has been particularly dirty. The sheer number of attack pieces being sent by the candidates is amazing. I do not condone the attack pieces–I think they are cheap shots. But they are a staple of politics and by all counts they are effective. Unless you are running for State Delegate in  the […]

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Mitchell Gallery to host lecture series on architecture in Annapolis

Mitchell Gallery to host lecture series on architecture in Annapolis

| October 30, 2014 | 1 Comment

The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College will present a lecture series on Annapolis architecture from the 18th through 21st centuries. Led by local historians, architects, and scholars, the series addresses the question of how to “read” buildings by identifying style, design, and historical context. The lectures will be held in the Conversation Room in Mellon […]

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