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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PODCAST: The Annapolis Film Festival, how it got here, where it is going

PODCAST: The Annapolis Film Festival, how it got here, where it is going

| February 19, 2017

The Maryland Crabs recently sat down with Lee Anderson and Patti White. You may not know their names, but you certainly know their efforts. These two had a vision to turn the arts scene in Annapolis on its head and bring a full-fledged film festival to our semi-sleepy town on the Bay. Now in it’s […]

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Anne Arundel County Town Hall Meetings for budget announced

Anne Arundel County Town Hall Meetings for budget announced

| February 15, 2017

County Executive Steve Schuh  announced his administration will host a series of town hall meetings in February and March to discuss the FY2018 budget.   The meetings will allow the citizens of Anne Arundel County to express their views and budget priorities one-on-one with the County Executive. The locations and times of the meetings are […]

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New organization established to provide financial assistance to law enforcement K-9 officers

New organization established to provide financial assistance to law enforcement K-9 officers

| February 14, 2017

A local group of Maryland Residents announce the formation of the Chesapeake K-9 Fund. The fund’s mission is to provide financial support to the local Law Enforcement Agencies, specifically for the needs of K-9 units. This includes funding new K-9 dogs for the Agencies, purchasing protective gear and the required custom updates to the vehicles. […]

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PODCAST: Annapolis Mayor Pantelides discusses the firing of Police Chief Pristoop

PODCAST: Annapolis Mayor Pantelides discusses the firing of Police Chief Pristoop

| February 12, 2017

Last week, Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides fired long-time Chief of Police, Michael Pristoop. In his first interview since firing the Chief, Mayor Pantelides sits down with The Maryland Crabs  Podcast to talk  the need for the firing and the Mayor’s vision for a replacement–who he thinks will be in place in the next 75 days! […]

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Annapolis receives $10K grant for Weather It Together program

Annapolis receives $10K grant for Weather It Together program

| February 12, 2017

Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides announced that the city received $10,000 from the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Wells Fargo Foundation to support its Weather It Together Program. “Our Weather It Together Program allows us the opportunity to identify new ways to prepare our residents and safeguard our city against flooding that threatens the […]

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City of Annapolis fires Police Chief Pristoop

City of Annapolis fires Police Chief Pristoop

| February 8, 2017

UPDATE 2: Statement from Police Chief Michael Pristoop: It has been a sincere privilege and the honor of my professional life to lead the Annapolis Police Department and serve alongside some of the most dedicated and committed law enforcement professionals in this country. I am incredibly proud of the many public safety accomplishments that have […]

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PODCAST: John Astle has plans for Annapolis when he runs for Mayor, hear them here!

PODCAST: John Astle has plans for Annapolis when he runs for Mayor, hear them here!

| February 7, 2017

Maryland State Senator John Astle has been serving in the State legislature for 35 years. This year may be his last as he has decided to run for Mayor of Annapolis. Does he have what it takes? Senator Astle sat down with The Maryland Crabs to talk about his history, his years in the General Assembly, and […]

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Annapolis Film Festival sails into year five!

Annapolis Film Festival sails into year five!

| February 7, 2017

For four days, from Thursday, March 30th to Sunday, April 2, 2017, downtown historic Annapolis becomes a place to screen 70 films from more than twenty countries all over the world during the 5th annual Annapolis Film Festival. Moviegoers will stroll from venue to venue seeing some of the world’s smartest and edgiest new films. Meet visiting directors, actors and […]

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Hogan, Franchot team up for Taxpayer Protection Act of 2017

Hogan, Franchot team up for Taxpayer Protection Act of 2017

| January 29, 2017

Governor Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot have  announced their support and plans for the administration to introduce the Taxpayer Protection Act of 2017, legislation that will provide greater protections to Maryland taxpayers from tax fraud and identity theft. The proposed legislation will strengthen the ability of the Office of the Comptroller to prevent tax […]

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PODCAST: Brooklyn Park’s Madonna Girl Dale speaks with The Maryland Crabs

PODCAST: Brooklyn Park’s Madonna Girl Dale speaks with The Maryland Crabs

| January 28, 2017

WARNING: Some Explicit Content & Language Dale Crites is someone you may not know. Or maybe you just don’t recognize the name. Dale, a gay male, is also known as (at various times) Madonna Girl Dale, Brittney Girl Dale, or Ke$ha Girl Dale and she can typically be found along Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park […]

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Schuh announces procurement reforms

Schuh announces procurement reforms

| January 26, 2017

County Executive Steve Schuh  announced his administration has implemented a series of reforms to the procurement system to save taxpayers’ money and increase efficiency in county government. “We have changed fundamentally how government will do business with the private sector,” said Schuh. “The reforms we implemented in 2016 will ensure a better, more efficient county […]

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Tech Councils merge with goal to make region an elite hub for technology and life sciences

Tech Councils merge with goal to make region an elite hub for technology and life sciences

| January 24, 2017

Tonight, during the 29th Annual Maryland Policy and Leadership Dinner, the Technology Council of Maryland, Inc. (TCM) and the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) announced a merger of the two organizations, effective immediately. The merger is designed to expand and regionalize Maryland’s technology and life science hubs, while also creating a consistent, unified voice for […]

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Visiting an old friend: Federal House Bar & Grille

Visiting an old friend: Federal House Bar & Grille

| January 22, 2017

When I dine out, I try to frequent different places. Of course, I have my go-to places for my “comfort food” like Caliente, Sin Fronteras, Main & Market (formerly Main Ingredient), and McDonalds (JK); but last night my girlfriend and I visited an old friend–Federal House Bar & Grille. First off…it is winter, and Fed House has […]

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11th Annual SOUPer Bowl scheduled for February 5th

11th Annual SOUPer Bowl scheduled for February 5th

| January 21, 2017

Eleven years ago, members of Heritage Baptist Church opened the doors to the community for a donation only soup & salad lunch, dubbed “SOUPer Bowl,” to raise funds for the Light House Shelter, thinking a tie-in between soup and that day’s NFL playoff game would garner attention and help a struggling community cause. In the […]

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Hogan plans some relief to Maryland students this session

Hogan plans some relief to Maryland students this session

| January 19, 2017

Governor Larry Hogan has announced the administration’s 2017 Student Debt and Tuition Relief Initiative, as well as targeted investments in higher education. Governor Hogan made the announcement at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was joined by Maryland Secretary of Higher Education James Fielder and Maryland Secretary of Housing and Community Development Ken […]

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County police make arrest in 2017’s first homicide

County police make arrest in 2017’s first homicide

| January 17, 2017

This is the update to a homicide on January 2nd in the Epping Forest community just outside of Annapolis. After the murder and before his most recent arrest by Anne Arundel County, the suspect had two run-ins with the Maryland State Police. On January 14th, he was charged with possession of a firearm on a […]

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PODCAST: Crime, heroin, and the battles fought by Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams

PODCAST: Crime, heroin, and the battles fought by Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams

| January 12, 2017

Wes Adams is the elected State’s Attorney for Anne Arundel County. In that position, he is responsible for prosecuting most of the crime that happens in the County. But his job reaches a lot farther. Heroin, outreach, drug court, and more. Hear why Wes Adams wants to put himself out of business! This week, The […]

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Ann Wilson and Emmylou Harris coming to Maryland Hall

Ann Wilson and Emmylou Harris coming to Maryland Hall

| January 11, 2017

Rams Head Promotions has announced that Ann Wilson of Heart and Emmylou Harris will be performing at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in the upcoming months. Tickets can be obtained at Rams Head On Stage box office or online! Wilson says fans can expect: “A beautiful, classy set with an elegant, artistic production … […]

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Germantown neighborhood takes on Navy Athletic Association and Travis Pastrana in ill-informed letter to Mayor

Germantown neighborhood takes on Navy Athletic Association and Travis Pastrana in ill-informed letter to Mayor

| January 11, 2017

It seems like Travis Pastrana may not be the target of the Germantown-Homewood Community Association after all.  Well, kinda. For the backstory—click here! In a December letter to the Mayor and Aldermen obtained by Eye On Annapolis, Association Chair Robert Waldman (who is also the Vice-Chair of the City’s Planning Commission) lays out the opposition. […]

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ABC Events adds Naptown barBAYq to festival lineup including MD Chicken Wing Festival, Bay Bridge Paddle, and MD Seafood Festival

ABC Events adds Naptown barBAYq to festival lineup including MD Chicken Wing Festival, Bay Bridge Paddle, and MD Seafood Festival

| January 9, 2017

Changes are afoot in the Annapolis area festival scene. In the past, ABC Events has brought such wonderful events such as Annapolis Beer Week, the Maryland Chicken Wing Festival, the Bay Bridge Paddle, and the Maryland Seafood Festival. This year, they add the Naptown barBAYq to their list of festivals after purchasing the rights to […]

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Garland Jeffreys to headline at Rams Head On Stage later this month

Garland Jeffreys to headline at Rams Head On Stage later this month

| January 6, 2017

Garland Jeffreys is set to headline at the Rams Head On Stage on January 26th! With the new album 14 Steps to Harlem set to drop in April on his own Luna Park Records and a feature length documentary of his life in progress, Garland Jeffreys continues to defy expectations. A Brooklyn native “who could […]

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Mayor Pantelides weighs in on Pastrana’s Nitro Circus, plans to talk to neighbors along with Pastrana

Mayor Pantelides weighs in on Pastrana’s Nitro Circus, plans to talk to neighbors along with Pastrana

| January 5, 2017

Annapolis Mayor, Mike Pantelides is weighing in on the latest controversy surrounding the possibility of the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium hosting the Nitro Circus Live this summer. Nitro Circus is an “action sport collective” led by Travis Pastrana, an Annapolis native and Davidsonville resident, featuring his friends and him traveling around the world riding dirtbikes, base […]

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