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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Italian Festival coming to Annapolis

Italian Festival coming to Annapolis

| June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

The 3rd annual Annapolis Italian Festival will begin Saturday., June 25th at 11:00 am and run through 8:00 pm and continue on Sunday., June 26th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The event is held at the Knights of Columbus at 2590 Solomons Island Road in Edgewater–well really on the Annapolis side of the bridge! It’s a celebration of […]

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American Idol comes to Rams Head On Stage in July

American Idol comes to Rams Head On Stage in July

| June 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

06/09 Peter Wolf & The Midnight Travelers 06/10 O’Malley’s March 06/11 1964: The Tribute 06/12 Bay Tunes Guitars Spring Rock Band School Performance 06/15 Bret Michaels 06/16 Margaret Glaspy 06/17 The Oak Ridge Boys 06/19 10,000 Maniacs 06/20 10,000 Maniacs 06/21 + 22 Gregg Allman 06/21 Rams Head Presents Jonny Lang at Maryland Hall 06/23 […]

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Interested in architecture and history in Annapolis? Do this!

Interested in architecture and history in Annapolis? Do this!

| June 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

“ArchiTrex,” is a brand spanking new tour from Annapolis Tours℠ by Watermark® and Historic Annapolis and it is a must-do for anyone that is fascinated or curious about the history and architecture of Annapolis. The tour runs at 10am on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month through September (for now) and is a […]

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AACPS honors volunteers

AACPS honors volunteers

| June 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Kathleen Parlett, who has tirelessly donated her time to Crofton Meadows Elementary School for the last 16 years, today was named the 2016 Anne Arundel County Public Schools Volunteer of the Year. The surprise announcement came at the end of AACPS’ annual Volunteer Recognition Tea, a celebration of the more than 664,000 hours volunteers have […]

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2016 USNA Graduation and Commissioning (UPDATED)

2016 USNA Graduation and Commissioning (UPDATED)

| May 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

On May 27 United States Naval Academy graduated 1076 midshipmen under a warm and muggy (yet thankfully rain free) Friday to kick off the Memorial Day weekend. 788 were commissioned as Navy Ensigns and 256 as Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenants, and one each as officers in the US Air Force and the US Coast Guard. There were 15 foreign national students […]

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EDITORIAL: When it comes to traffic management, Annapolis is screwed

EDITORIAL: When it comes to traffic management, Annapolis is screwed

| May 26, 2016 | 18 Comments

Today, it took me 2 hours and 45 minutes to drive from my home near Quiet Waters Park to the Naval Academy and back. A while back, Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides talked about a plan that the City has to evacuate people in case of an emergency. He spoke of this plan after several accidents […]

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Chris Bianchi tops Herndon Monument at 1:12:30

Chris Bianchi tops Herndon Monument at 1:12:30

| May 23, 2016 | 1 Comment

Chris Bianchi of Virginia Beach, Virginia had a very special day.  Bianchi was the 4th Class Midshipman who capped the Herndon Monument in 1:12:34. That time had not been beat since 1988* and is the fastest of all the classes currently at the Academy. Bianchi’s mother, Rita, was on hand and she took a few […]

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More awesomeness from Rams Head On Stage

More awesomeness from Rams Head On Stage

| May 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

05/21 Southern Culture On The Skids 05/22 Ottmar Liebert 05/23 Denny Laine of Paul McCartney & Wings: The Complete ‘Band On The Run’ Album 05/24 Junior Brown 05/25 Annapolis Songwriting Collective 2-CD Compilation Release Show – Volume 1 05/26 Richard Marx 05/27 Dublin 5 05/28 Justin Hayward 05/29 Glen David Andrews 05/31 Gin Blossoms 06/01 […]

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Wait, the County may have snookered the City on this EMS shell game

Wait, the County may have snookered the City on this EMS shell game

| May 21, 2016 | 15 Comments

Last week, Annapolis Fire Chief David Stokes discussed the announcement of a new “partnership” between the City and the County, “But the reality is it is nothing more than a good old-fashioned common-sense approach to improve our emergency response capabilities.” Uhm, really Chief? According to the information available, the County now plans to remove an EMS unit […]

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Has Chief Pristoop become a liability as Mayor Pantelides fights to retain his office?

Has Chief Pristoop become a liability as Mayor Pantelides fights to retain his office?

| May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

I like Chief Pristoop. He is an effective leader. He has an impressive resume. He was a great pick for Annapolis after the prior Chief left the department in less than stellar shape. But the Chief is feeling pressure now and most likely he, like many others, will be a political casualty of Mayor Mike Pantelides […]

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Southern High’s Autumn Jackson wins prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship

Southern High’s Autumn Jackson wins prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship

| May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Southern High School senior Autumn Jackson has been named a winner of a prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship that will pay the bulk of her expenses for undergraduate, graduate school, and post-graduate education, as well as related costs. Autumn is the eighth county student in the last five years to claim one of the 1,000 scholarships […]

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ASGT opens 50th season with romantic, rocking, musical comedy

ASGT opens 50th season with romantic, rocking, musical comedy

| May 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, an outdoor community theatre in downtown Annapolis, opens its 50th anniversary season on May 26 with The Wedding Singer—a romantic, rocking musical comedy based on the hit film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. The show runs Thursdays-Sundays and select Wednesdays at 8:30pm from May 26-June 18. Tickets are $22 and […]

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Save the date, get your tickets….5th Annual Kegs and Corks Festival is August 20th

Save the date, get your tickets….5th Annual Kegs and Corks Festival is August 20th

| May 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mark your calendars for the Fifth Annual Kegs and Corks Craft Beer and Maryland Wine Festival on August 20, 2016. This event draws large crowds to the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds for a unique festival that features craft beer and Maryland wine together. In the Maryland Wine Pavilion, guests can sample over 60 exceptional wines […]

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Soggy Sunday does not keep flowers away for May Day competition

Soggy Sunday does not keep flowers away for May Day competition

| May 1, 2016 | 2 Comments

May 1. May Day in Annapolis. May 1, 2016 saw the cancellation of many events in town including the first First Sunday Arts Festival of the season, the Maryland Avenue and State Circle May Day Festival, and the Walk for the Animals. But, it did not stop people from decorating their doors, stoops, and porches […]

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Ravens pick Navy’s Keenan Reynolds in draft

Ravens pick Navy’s Keenan Reynolds in draft

| April 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Navy senior quarterback Keenan Reynolds was selected in the sixth round of the NFL draft on Saturday afternoon by the Baltimore Ravens. It is the second-consecutive year that Navy has had a player drafted. Last year, long snapper Joe Cardona was drafted in the fifth round by the New England Patriots. Reynolds is just the […]

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Paperwork errors, understaffed police department may kill Crystal Spring development?

Paperwork errors, understaffed police department may kill Crystal Spring development?

| April 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

Opponents of the controversial Crystal Spring community have largely been focused on creating emotional arguments to stop the development which have largely fallen on deaf ears.  Save the trees. Save the animals. Think of the kids. Think of the traffic. Any time an accident occurs in the City, one of the opponents will chime in with […]

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Annapolis Police encourage residents to join Nextdoor; but hold on a second…..

Annapolis Police encourage residents to join Nextdoor; but hold on a second…..

| April 27, 2016 | 4 Comments

The Annapolis Police Department has announced that they have partnered with Nexdoor, a social networking platform, to improve communications between neighbors. While the concept seems sound, when I joined, I noticed several glaring issues that made me very uncomfortable. According to Nextdoor: Nextdoor is the private social network for your neighborhood. Nextdoor is the best way to stay in […]

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Sevin 7 Studios– a new look and new name for Glow Salon

Sevin 7 Studios– a new look and new name for Glow Salon

| April 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

You may have noticed some dust around Glow Salon & Day Spa lately. There is change afoot and it’s a good thing and while much will be changing on the surface, everything you love about Glow will remain the same! On April 18th Glow changed names to “Sevin 7 Studios” which has become a large part […]

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Candlebox to perform at Rams Head On Stage

Candlebox to perform at Rams Head On Stage

| April 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Candlebox, the influential, multi-platinum rock band from the powerful ‘90s Seattle music movement, has kicked off its headlining U.S. tour and are headed to Annapolis’ Rams Head On Stage in May. The initial leg of the “Disappearing in Airports Tour 2016” will continue through the first week of May, including festival stops at Welcome to Rockville and Carolina Rebellion. […]

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Visit Annapolis presents a June to keep you busy

Visit Annapolis presents a June to keep you busy

| April 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (VAAAC) wants to make it easy for individuals to enjoy the many exciting events and activities that will be taking place in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, Maryland in June 2016. To assist individuals who are making advance plans for business or vacation travel, VAAAC has put together a […]

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Eastport residents fired up over security; City, HACA have few answers

Eastport residents fired up over security; City, HACA have few answers

| April 18, 2016 | 4 Comments

After 31 shots rang out early on Sunday morning, residents of Eastport were alarmed and looking for answers.  The City and the Annapolis Police Department hastily called a meeting which was held at the Eastport Community Center which is located two blocks from the incident on Sunday. Alderman Ross Arnett and Police Chief Michael Pristoop […]

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Latimore blast paces Baysox in 5-1 win

Latimore blast paces Baysox in 5-1 win

| April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Quincy Latimore hit a three-run home run and threw a runner out at the plate as the Baysox grabbed their third overall win in a row with a 5-1 victory in Erie. The Baysox have scored 28 runs during the three-game stretch. The Baysox grabbed the lead in the third inning as Mike Yastrzemski ripped […]

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