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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A write-in candidate for Ward 4? Looks that way.

A write-in candidate for Ward 4? Looks that way.

| October 17, 2017

Toni Strong Pratt lost the Ward 4 primary election by 17 votes to an entrenched incumbent–Sheila Finlayson. And Pratt’s supporters are not giving up. A write-in campaign, organized by her supporters, is well underway. This morning at 49 West, we spoke with the former candidate about it and she said she was not officially filing […]

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Pantelides and Buckley square off at Sunday’s debate

Pantelides and Buckley square off at Sunday’s debate

| October 15, 2017

Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides and local businessman Gavin Buckley met face to face for their first debate before the election on November 7th in front of a crowd of 300 at Rams Head Onstage. The sold-out debate was held at Rams Head Onstage with Dr. Dan Nataf from AACC’s Center for the Study of Local […]

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Brooklyn man sentenced to 18 years in domestic assault

Brooklyn man sentenced to 18 years in domestic assault

| October 9, 2017

Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams announced  that Thurman Leroy Boston, 50, of Brooklyn, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Mark W. Crooks to 18 years in prison for Second Degree Assault, Dangerous Weapon with Intent to Injure, and Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle. “Domestic violence cases are not the result of an […]

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LIVE BLOG: Navy Football Vs. Air Force | October 7, 2017 3:30pm

LIVE BLOG: Navy Football Vs. Air Force | October 7, 2017 3:30pm

| October 7, 2017

Navy and Air Force will meet for the 50th time in series history when they square off on Saturday afternoon in the first leg of the chase for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy in front of what could be a record crowd at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000). The stadium record for attendance is 38,205 set in […]

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Annapolis Boat Shows permanently moving into 110 Compromise Street

Annapolis Boat Shows permanently moving into 110 Compromise Street

| October 2, 2017

Eight years after Fawcett left the building, 110 Compromise Street will once again be occupied by marine businesses. Having made a temporary home of City Dock every fall for 48 years, in 2018, the Annapolis Boat Shows will make 110 Compromise their permanent year-round home. Company President, Paul Jacobs is enthusiastic about the move and […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Chick & Ruth’s Delly’s recently retired owner, Ted Levitt

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Chick & Ruth’s Delly’s recently retired owner, Ted Levitt

| September 28, 2017

It’s the end of an era. Ted Levitt sold the iconic Chick & Ruth’s Delly last week after being in the family for 52 years. There are few mentions about Maryland without discussing Chick & Ruth’s, from their service to their colossal milkshake. In an exclusive interview, we sat down with Ted in his living […]

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LIVE BLOG: Navy Football Vs Cincinnati | September 23, 2017 3:30PM

LIVE BLOG: Navy Football Vs Cincinnati | September 23, 2017 3:30PM

| September 23, 2017

Navy and Cincinnati will meet for the third time overall and for the first time as American Athletic Conference members when they square off on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000). Kickoff is set for 3:30 PM and the presenting game day sponsor is American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association. This will be […]

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Buckley, Pantelides to face off for Mayor’s seat in November. Tickets to debate are now available.

Buckley, Pantelides to face off for Mayor’s seat in November. Tickets to debate are now available.

| September 20, 2017

While the vote count is not official just yet, it looks like restauranteur Gavin Buckley has defeated state Senator John Astle for the democratic nomination for Mayor of the City of Annapolis; and on the republican side, incumbent Mayor Mike Pantelides easily defeated attorney Nevin Young for his party’s nomination. In the contested Aldermanic races, […]

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Schooner Woodwind AND the Boat Show in one ticket!

Schooner Woodwind AND the Boat Show in one ticket!

| September 19, 2017

Schooner Woodwind is offering a truly unique way to experience the boat show all at an amazing value.  The purchase of the Woodwind Boat Show Cruise-Combo ticket includes both entries into the show for the day and a 90 minute schooner cruise.  A savings of up to 40%. The Woodwind Boat Show Combo-Cruise ticket costs […]

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Chick and Ruth’s Delly Sold

Chick and Ruth’s Delly Sold

| September 19, 2017

There is not much to say when you lose an icon. To Ted and Beth–many congratulations on your retirement and many thanks for many years of great memories.

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Military Bowl and 3M team up for the 3M Play To Win Award

Military Bowl and 3M team up for the 3M Play To Win Award

| September 18, 2017

The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman and five-star sponsor 3M have teamed up to create the 3M Play to Win Award to honor one of the region’s deserving student-athletes. Coaches, parents, guardians, friends and others can nominate students in fifth through eighth grades for the award at www.militarybowl.org/3M. The Military Bowl and 3M are […]

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Crystal Balling the Annapolis City Election–Our Predictions

Crystal Balling the Annapolis City Election–Our Predictions

| September 16, 2017

At Eye On Annapolis, we do not do election endorsements. But we do do predictions. And this year is no exception; and to be quite honest, it is a very interesting year since there is so much civic engagement. So in advance of the primary elections for the City of Annapolis, we offer the following […]

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Our flight in a B-17 Bomber over Baltimore (PHOTOS)

Our flight in a B-17 Bomber over Baltimore (PHOTOS)

| September 1, 2017

It’s not very often you get the opportunity to go up in a WWII B-17 Bomber. So when The Liberty Foundation offered Eye on Annapolis the chance we took it! The Boeing B-17 “Madras Maiden” is one of only 13 Bomber planes, that is still able to fly today. This B-17 was built towards the end […]

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COMING SOON: Eye On Annapolis Daily News Brief

COMING SOON: Eye On Annapolis Daily News Brief

| August 27, 2017

On September 1st, we will be launching a daily news brief.  What is a daily news brief? It’s really very simple. Every weekday at noon, we will publish a very short podcast episode with the day’s local news and weather that you need to know. In ten minutes or less we will bring you top […]

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Children’s Theatre of Annapolis auditioning for Beauty and the Beast

Children’s Theatre of Annapolis auditioning for Beauty and the Beast

| August 25, 2017

Don’t miss your chance to be part of a tale as old as time in Children’s Theatre of Annapolis’ (CTA) upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast. CTA is pleased to welcome young actors ages 12 to 18 (as of the audition date) to audition for Beauty and the Beast, the beloved Disney musical based […]

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Fly in a WWII B-17 Bomber over Baltimore

Fly in a WWII B-17 Bomber over Baltimore

| August 22, 2017

The World War II Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Madras Maiden” will take to the skies over Baltimore on September 2nd and 3rd. Public flights will begin in the morning with ground tours in the afternoon. Hours are from 10am to 5pm. BOEING B-17 “FLYING FORTRESS” The Liberty Foundation’s B-17 “Madras Maiden” is one of only […]

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POLL: Annapolis Election–who would you vote for now?

POLL: Annapolis Election–who would you vote for now?

| August 21, 2017

In a purely unscientific manner, we are trying to get a pulse on the upcoming election.  Please take 30 seconds for this anonymous survey. Just click OK and it should scroll to the next question.

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OPINION: City funded Downtown Annapolis Partnership lauds Alderman Budge in Facebook posting???

OPINION: City funded Downtown Annapolis Partnership lauds Alderman Budge in Facebook posting???

| August 20, 2017

Politics can be a funny business! In the midst of a contested election, the city-funded Downtown Annapolis Partnership (a Federal and State Main Streets Program) appears to have made a political endorsement in the race for Alderman with a recent post lauding incumbent Alderman Joe Budge on the Facebook page for his campaign. (And a […]

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Statue of Roger B. Taney removed from Annapolis’ State House overnight

Statue of Roger B. Taney removed from Annapolis’ State House overnight

| August 18, 2017

The signs were clear. First Governor Hogan made a statement. Then the Trust that is responsible for the grounds of the State House held a vote.   “No Parking” signs were placed all around State Circle late yesterday afternoon. An increased Maryland Capitol Police presence was noticeable. And, like the statues in Baltimore, the divisive […]

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Annapolis Election: Recorded interviews with all Aldermanic candidates

Annapolis Election: Recorded interviews with all Aldermanic candidates

| August 14, 2017

  Below are audio interviews originally published by The Maryland Crabs Podcast (go on and subscribe) with the Aldermanic Candidates for the upcoming City of Annapolis primary election. We reached out to all 18 candidates and all but one, Larry Claussen a Republican in Ward 1, responded. We fanned out across the City, usually meeting […]

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Police investigating Annapolis shooting 

Police investigating Annapolis shooting 

| August 5, 2017

On August 5, 2017 at approximately 05:30 am officers were dispatched to the Emergency Room at Anne Arundel Medical Center in reference to a shooting. The black male victim walked into the Emergency Room suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso. The victim was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma for treatment. The […]

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Maryland Hall names new Executive Director

Maryland Hall names new Executive Director

| July 31, 2017

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (MHCA) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of experienced nonprofit executive Margaret B. Davis as its new President and CEO. The Board selected Davis after a nationwide four-month search led by a professional search firm. She will begin her new position on November 1, 2017.Davis brings more than […]

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