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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Annapolis once again without a City Manager

Annapolis once again without a City Manager

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides announced that Brian Woodward will step down as Acting City Manager, effective July 30, and has also submitted his letter of resignation as the City’s Recreation and Parks Director.   Mr. Woodward cited heath issues as his reason for leaving the City. “I have asked Mr. Woodward, and he has agreed, to […]

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Police make arrests in December’s murder in Odenton

Police make arrests in December’s murder in Odenton

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Anne Arundel County police have announced the arrest of two individuals in connection with the murder of Shar-Ron Charles Mason who was shot and killed on December 10, 2013 in his home in Odenton, Maryland. At the time witnesses described a black male in his mid 20s wearing a blue coat and jeans running from the scene. In 2013 […]

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Music for Strings and Piano — July 25th

Music for Strings and Piano — July 25th

| July 19, 2014 | 1 Comment

On Friday July 25 at 8 pm in Annapolis, Brian Ganz and Friends will present “Music for Strings and Piano” with artists from the International Music Festival at Mt. St. Mary’s University. Pianist Ganz will be joined by four talented string musicians performing works of Schumann and Tchaikovsky. The featured artists are Emmanuel Borowsky, violin; […]

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Annapolis Smokehouse and Tavern named top barbecue by Open Table

Annapolis Smokehouse and Tavern named top barbecue by Open Table

| July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Congrats to the Annapolis Smokehouse and Tavern for being named one of the top 30 barbecue restaurants in the United States.  Open Table published the list today which was culled from over 19,000 different restaurants and determined by votes by their verified diners. The only other semi-local place was Hill Country Barbecue Market in DC. […]

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Moonrise Festival announces lineup

Moonrise Festival announces lineup

| July 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

The Moonrise Festival will be coming to Pimlico in August. This two day event will feature four stages hosting a wide range of international, regional, and local EDM talent and live acts as well as visual artists, a vendor village, a Ferris wheel, and of course a massive audio and lighting production bigger and better than […]

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HeimLantz announces new hire

HeimLantz announces new hire

| July 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

The local public accounting and business advisory firm of HeimLantz is pleased to announce that Lydia Samonds has joined the HeimLantz team. “We are excited to have such exceptional talent joining our firm,”said Carter Heim, CPA and President of HeimLantz.  “We know that Lydia will be a strong asset to our clients and our team. […]

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Nancy Hammond Editions returning to Annapolis

Nancy Hammond Editions returning to Annapolis

| July 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

Nancy Hammond and Nancy Hammond Editions will be returning to Annapolis. In an email sent yesterday, local artist, Nancy Hammond has announced her return to Annapolis.  Hammond was a long-time fixture on State Circle who moved to a private studio in Centreville in 2000.  She was most well known for her annual Annapolis print series, whose sale […]

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Kegs and Corks tickets going fast, get yours now

Kegs and Corks tickets going fast, get yours now

| July 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Tickets are now on sale for the Third Annual Kegs and Corks Beer and Wine Festival on August 23, 2014 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds.  This is a unique festival where Maryland wine and craft beer come together…catering to beer and wine lovers alike. In an effort to promote “buying local,” the festival will once again feature […]

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4th Annual Irish Festival kicks off this afternoon

4th Annual Irish Festival kicks off this afternoon

| July 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Are you ready for the 4 Annual Annapolis Irish Festival?  It’s coming to town this weekend – and bringing perfect weather with it. 13 Bands on 3 stages, 4 dance troupes, pipers, entertainers and 100s of vendors bring the flavor of the Emerald Isle to Annapolis once again. The huge Little Leprechaun Land (where all activities […]

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7 displaced as car rams through Annapolis apartment building

7 displaced as car rams through Annapolis apartment building

| July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

On Friday, July 11, 2014, at 01:43AM, Annapolis Fire Department units were dispatched to the unit block of Melrob Court in Eastport, for a reported motor vehicle accident with a car into a structure. Upon arrival, units found a passenger vehicle which had driven into the building, through ground level sliding glass doors, and traveled […]

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Manny Claus is coming to town

Manny Claus is coming to town

| July 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Bowie Baysox have announced Christmas Eve in July with “Manny Claus” Machado Bobblehead Giveaway Thursday, July 24 at 6:35 p.m. as the Baysox take on the Altoona Curve at Prince George’s Stadium. The first 1,000 fans ages 13 and up will receive the bobbling Holiday-themed rendition of the former Baysox shortstop and current Orioles […]

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What’s on tap at Rams Head On Stage

What’s on tap at Rams Head On Stage

| July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

07/08 Kenny Lattimore w. Jeff Bradshaw 07/09 Wine & Canvas: A Painting Class with Cocktails 07/10 Tuesday Afternoon: A Tribute To The Moody Blues 07/11 “A Salute to the Duke” feat. John Blount & Dave Tucker Big Band 07/12 The Cheaters 07/13 Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven: Acoustic Apothecary feat. David Lowery, Johnny Hickman and […]

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Chesapeake Bay Roasting Co., helping the bay one bean at a time

Chesapeake Bay Roasting Co., helping the bay one bean at a time

| July 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

A few months ago, Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company held an open house to tour their facility (beanery…roastery?) in Crofton right at the corner of Routes 3 and 424. I had never seen coffee being made outside of a Keurig or an old fashioned percolator so I jumped at the chance to see a local company in […]

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Leadership Anne Arundel shuffles positions

Leadership Anne Arundel shuffles positions

| July 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

Leadership Anne Arundel has adopted a new business model that consolidates the positions of executive director and development and public relations director, while bringing back a well-respected program facilitator who is familiar to the organization. LAA’s board of directors approved the hiring of Eric Edstrom, the organization’s current executive director, as president of LAA.  In […]

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Mills Wine & Spirits and Mangia Italian Grill & Sports Cafe to host CANnapolis

Mills Wine & Spirits and Mangia Italian Grill & Sports Cafe to host CANnapolis

| July 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

CANnapolis (“Because we CAN make a difference!”) is a summer-long canned food drive, providing area restaurants and liquor stores an opportunity to support the Maryland Food Bank in the fight against hunger. Katcef Brothers and radio partner, WRNR Radio will be promoting nine CANnapolis events throughout the Annapolis, Severna Park and Pasadena areas, May 31 through […]

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Visit the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse for a unique perspective on the Bay

Visit the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse for a unique perspective on the Bay

| July 5, 2014 | 2 Comments

With the Fourth of July (and a storm) behind us, the skies opened up for a glorious day. And it was a perfect one to venture out to explore the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. No, not just motoring around the lighthouse, actually climb up inside and check out the life of a lightkeeper. Yes, there […]

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Annapolis celebrates Independence Day

Annapolis celebrates Independence Day

| July 5, 2014 | 3 Comments

Hurricane Arthur stayed away (just like I said it would on WRNR on Thursday), the skies cleared, the temperatures dropped, the streets filled with people, and the skies lit up with brilliant colors!  Welcome to Independence Day–Annapolis style. Earlier this morning, we witnessed 39 new citizens take the oath of allegiance at the William Paca […]

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39 new Americans take oath of allegiance in Paca House & Garden

39 new Americans take oath of allegiance in Paca House & Garden

| July 4, 2014 | 1 Comment

I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all […]

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Birchbox signs Annapolis based eco-armour

Birchbox signs Annapolis based eco-armour

| July 4, 2014 | 1 Comment

eco-armour Inc, of Annapolis, MD, has announced that New York City based beauty and grooming products company Birchbox has agreed to carry the company’s patented “shave with benefits” luxurious botanical shaving foams. Birchbox becomes the first national retailer to support eco-armour products. “We are very excited to announce our rapid success with Birchbox”, stated eco-armour co-founders […]

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Get your Kegs & Corks tickets today

Get your Kegs & Corks tickets today

| July 4, 2014 | 1 Comment

Tickets are now on sale for the Third Annual Kegs and Corks Beer and Wine Festival on August 23, 2014 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds.  This is a unique festival where Maryland wine and craft beer come together…catering to beer and wine lovers alike. In an effort to promote “buying local,” the festival will once again feature […]

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A taste of Silopanna Music Festival

A taste of Silopanna Music Festival

| July 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

People ask me what band really excites me for the upcoming Silopanna Music Festival.  It’s a hard choice, for me because I love discovering new (to me) music and Rams Head On Stage does such a great job of that. There is nothing better (IMHO) than buying a ticket to a show with no idea […]

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Get your tickets to the 1st Brewsic Festival on July 26th

Get your tickets to the 1st Brewsic Festival on July 26th

| July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Benefiting 77Rescue.org, the Annapolis Jaycees and Make-A-Wish Annapolis, MD (May 2014) Mark your calendars now for the Mid-Atlantic Brewsic Festival & Fire Truck Show, Saturday, July 26th County Fairgrounds in Crownsville, MD. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. What is BREWSIC?? | broo-zik | the act of drinking a brew while listening to fabulous music. And […]

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