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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When political attack mailers go bad

When political attack mailers go bad

| October 30, 2014 | 2 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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Eastport declared war–Tug set for November 8th, crack o’ noon

Eastport declared war–Tug set for November 8th, crack o’ noon

| October 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

It’s on!  The Maritime Republic of Eastport once again declared war against the mainland last night at the City Council meeting. The MRE will once again instigate the annual Tug of War competition on Saturday, November 8th, 2014. Time: Crack ‘O Noon until 5:00pm. This annual rite of fall will include seven tug competitions held […]

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Art Between the Creeks, November 7-9

Art Between the Creeks, November 7-9

| October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Save the date for the next Art Between the Creeks!  November 7-9 with an opening reception on Friday the 7th from 6pm to 9pm. This time, 18 artists will be featured in a temporary gallery at Backyard Boats located at 222 Severn Avenue in the Eastport neighborhood of Annapolis. General hours are 11am to 6pm […]

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Blackwall Hitch has great November musical lineup

Blackwall Hitch has great November musical lineup

| October 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

While the Blackwall Hitch has become known for their food, rooftop dining, and the amazing interior….don’t forget about the live music that hits their stage every week.  November has a great lineup in store for you! Check it out! Saturday  November 1st  Timmie Metz Band @ 9:30pm                       Sunday November 2nd DIG @ 10:00am Wednesday November […]

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We’re sorry, we screwed up!

We’re sorry, we screwed up!

| October 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

When you screw up, you correct the mistake, you apologize, and you move on. And we screwed up earlier this afternoon.  A pedestrian was hit while walking along Duke of Gloucester Street in Annapolis. We initially reported that the accident involved three school-aged children. Ultimately, it did not.  We began to receive texts and calls […]

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Unity Gardens provides grant to Annapolis Roads community

Unity Gardens provides grant to Annapolis Roads community

| October 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

Earlier this month, the Annapolis Roads community got a little more beautiful thanks to a $1000 grant from Unity Gardens. Unity Gardens is a non-profit organization based in Anne Arundel County that supports the building of community partnerships through the creation of greening projects, environmental enhancement and education . Projects are funded up to $1,000 […]

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Bus stop shelters returning to Annapolis

Bus stop shelters returning to Annapolis

| October 27, 2014 | 2 Comments

Annapolis is getting more bus stop shelters!  Mayor Pantelides was spotted this morning along Hilltop Lane with Annapolis Department of Public Works crews installing a new shelter. Under former Mayor Josh Cohen, most of the City’s shelters were removed when the City changed vendors. Annapolis was shelter-less for more than a year as details of […]

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Junior League host 8th Annual Volunteers on the Run 5K

Junior League host 8th Annual Volunteers on the Run 5K

| October 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

Junior League of Annapolis, Inc. will host its eighth annual Jennifer Summers Barrett Memorial Volunteers on the Run 5K race on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 8:30 AM at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. The annual race will start at the Red Maple Pavilion at Quiet Waters Park and will feature a 3-mile run along […]

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Navy Football Vs San Jose State (LIVE BLOG)

Navy Football Vs San Jose State (LIVE BLOG)

| October 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

Navy and San Jose State will meet for the fourth time when the two squads square off on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. Navy’s Homecoming Game is set for 1:00 pm with Leidos serving as the presenting game day sponsor. San Jose State leads the all-time series, 2-1, with Navy winning last year’s game in triple […]

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Best damned photographers in Annapolis

Best damned photographers in Annapolis

| October 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

Welcome to a new, purely subjective and opinionated column highlighting the best damned things in the area.  They could be people. Places. Services. Or whatever I feel like writing about. This is pure opinion. 100% biased. There is no voting and your opinion may (and probably will) differ from mine; and that’s OK. I base […]

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Budweiser Clydesdales returning for Military Bowl 2014

Budweiser Clydesdales returning for Military Bowl 2014

| October 14, 2014 | 2 Comments

The Military Bowl® presented by Northrop Grumman, benefiting the USO, announced today that the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will once again headline the Military Bowl Parade. The parade will take place on the morning of this year’s Military Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 27. This year’s Military Bowl gameday activities kick off at 8:15 a.m. with the first-ever Military Bowl 5K. […]

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Navy Football Vs VMI (LIVE BLOG)

Navy Football Vs VMI (LIVE BLOG)

| October 11, 2014 | 2 Comments

Navy and VMI will meet for the 10th time on the gridiron when the two squads square off this afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. Navy leads the all-time series, 9-0, including a 41-3 victory the last time the two squads met in 2012. Saturday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network […]

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Mayor Pantelides has a gunfire problem on his hands

Mayor Pantelides has a gunfire problem on his hands

| October 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

UPDATE:  The criticism about a lack of response and deletion of comments may be because some of the comments were left on the Mayor’s page for his campaign and not the page established by the Mayor for the City.  The residents of Eastport are fired up about the increase in gunfire in their neighborhoods. Citing […]

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Military Bowl seeks parade participants

Military Bowl seeks parade participants

| October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Registration is now open for the 2014 Military Bowl Parade, which will be held in Annapolis prior to this year’s Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman on Saturday, December 27. Please visit militarybowl.org/gameday/parade to register. After a successful inaugural event, this year’s Military Bowl Parade will follow the same route, beginning at City Dock and […]

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Quintain Marketing opens new office in Annapolis

Quintain Marketing opens new office in Annapolis

| October 2, 2014 | 2 Comments

After experiencing a 100% growth in business and in personnel, Quintain Marketing, a boutique marketing agency in Annapolis, celebrated the grand opening of their new offices at 1819 Bay Ridge Avenue. Quintain’s roots are in the promotional products industry. However, during the recession, sales dropped and as CEO Kathleen Booth said, “small businesses were looking […]

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Annapolis power boat show opens October 16th

Annapolis power boat show opens October 16th

| October 1, 2014 | 2 Comments

The Annapolis Boat Shows will be celebrating the continued rebound of the boating industry as it welcomes thousands of boaters to the 43rd United States Powerboat Show, running October 16 – 19, 2014. Last year the powerboat show closed with the highest attendance figures in five years. Exhibitors found that 2013 reflected more genuine interest by […]

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Homestead Gardens’ Fall Fest through October

Homestead Gardens’ Fall Fest through October

| September 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

I wanted to go pumpkin picking in a real live pumpkin picking patch. Thankfully, the solution is just up the road in Davidsonville. Homestead Gardens. On Sunday, we headed over to Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville to check out the Fall Festival. In a word–wow!  Each year they up the ante and add more and more […]

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Upcoming special events at Maryland Hall

Upcoming special events at Maryland Hall

| September 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

You are invited to a Wine Tasting and Gallery Viewing Party on Friday, October 3 from 7-9 pm.  Enjoy wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres while browsing the galleries and the brand new theater!  The Wine Tasting is sponsored by the Young Patrons Group at Maryland Hall; you must be 21 to attend.  Proceeds from the […]

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Be The Band competition this weekend

Be The Band competition this weekend

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Chesapeake Arts Center, a non-profit, community art center, will host its first “Be the Band” competition on Saturday, October 4th in the Studio 194 Theatre located at 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, Maryland 21125. Doors open at 4:00pm, show will start at 4:30pm.Tickets are available by calling the Box Office at 410-636-6597 or online […]

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Hyattsville man arrested in murder of Nicole Burgess

Hyattsville man arrested in murder of Nicole Burgess

| September 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

UPDATE:  Full release from Anne Arundel County Police Department: Since the murder occurred, the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Homicide Unit has worked diligently to solve the murder of Nicole Burgess. Homicide detectives interviewed countless witnesses and sorted through numerous pieces of evidence. Evidence from the crime scene was pieced together. That was coupled with […]

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AAMC’s nursing professionalism honored

AAMC’s nursing professionalism honored

| September 28, 2014 | 2 Comments

Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its patient- and family-centered care, nursing professionalism and teamwork. Magnet recognition is determined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, which ensures that rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met. With this credential, AAMC joins the Magnet community—a select […]

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