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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No Capes for the win in Battle of the Bands XVII

No Capes for the win in Battle of the Bands XVII

| February 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the end, a foursome from Broadneck High School came out on top of the 17th Annual Anne Arundel County High School Battle of the Bands held last night at Maryland Hall. The Battle of the Bands (BOTB) is 100% volunteer supported effort to raise much needed funds for the music departments of high schools […]

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Annapolis mansion fire ruled accidental; Christmas tree fueled conflagration

Annapolis mansion fire ruled accidental; Christmas tree fueled conflagration

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Anne Arundel County authorities, along with the ATF have determined that the fire that destroyed a waterfront mansion in Annapolis and killed six people was accidental. Authorities believe that an electrical fire sparked the blaze in the great room of the 16,000 square foot mansion. A 15′ Christmas tree in the room was cited as […]

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Rams Head On Stage adds new shows

Rams Head On Stage adds new shows

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

01/27 Little River Band 01/28 Heart Brigade: A Tribute to Heart 01/29 Tiempo Libre 01/30 The Smithereens 01/31 Good Deale Bluegrass & Eastman String Band 02/02 Robert Cray Band 02/03 John C. Reilly & Friends feat. Becky Stark & Tom Brosseau 02/04 Ladysmith Black Mambazo 02/05 Minnie Driver w. Jesse Ruben 02/06 Earl Carter & […]

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City prepares for Annapolis Irish Week

City prepares for Annapolis Irish Week

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Several years ago, local resident John O’Leary wondered why Annapolis never had a parade for St. Patrick’s Day. As it turned out, the City used to have one, but that tradition had somehow died.  O’Leary brought it back to life in 2013 with a vengeance the week before the Irish holiday. “The idea was to […]

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Heritage Baptist Backpack Buddies received generous gift from Food Lion

Heritage Baptist Backpack Buddies received generous gift from Food Lion

| January 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

The Backpack Buddies Program at Heritage Baptist Church has received $3,000 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation just in time to help feed local elementary students. Backpack Buddies will use the gift to purchase food for children in the program at Georgetown East and Mills/Parole Elementary Schools in Annapolis. “This grant is a tremendous gift […]

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Hammond-Harwood House shifts staff around as they search for new Executive Director

Hammond-Harwood House shifts staff around as they search for new Executive Director

| January 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

The Hammond-Harwood House Museum in downtown Annapolis is announcing staff changes starting January of 2015. Their Executive Director, Carter Lively, has retired as of December 31, 2014.  Museum trustees have selected Rachel Lovett, Assistant Director/Curator to serve as Site Administrator while the search for Carter’s replacement is underway. Additionally museum trustees have hired Hammond-Harwood House […]

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C’mon, get your plunge on with WRNR and Eye On Annapolis

C’mon, get your plunge on with WRNR and Eye On Annapolis

| January 22, 2015 | 1 Comment

The Polar Bear Plunge is only a few days away and WRNR and Eye On Annapolis have teamed up to plunge together.  But that’s not all!  We need team members too.  Join the WRNR-Eye On Annapolis team, raise some money for Special Olympics, jump in freezing cold water and feel good about it.  But we will help […]

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Big Brothers Big Sisters hires Michelle Lawrence as Director of Marketing & Communications

Big Brothers Big Sisters hires Michelle Lawrence as Director of Marketing & Communications

| January 22, 2015 | 1 Comment

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake announced today that Michelle Lawrence has been hired as Director of Marketing and Communications, a first-of-its-kind role for the organization. Lawrence comes to Big Brothers Big Sisters from the second largest running organization in the country, Atlanta Track Club. She brings with her a variety of experience […]

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2 bodies discovered in rubble of Annapolis mansion fire (Video Update)

2 bodies discovered in rubble of Annapolis mansion fire (Video Update)

| January 21, 2015 | 2 Comments

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department said that two bodies were found in the rubble of the fire that destroyed a 16,000 square foot mansion in Annapolis.  There were a total of six people unaccounted for–2 adults and 4 children.   The bodies were found with the assistance of cadaver dogs which are specially trained […]

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More greatness from Rams Head On Stage

More greatness from Rams Head On Stage

| January 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

01/22 Red Molly w. Michael Clem of eddie from ohio 01/23 Dirty Bourbon River Show 01/24 Free Range Improv Comedy 01/25 Marshall Tucker Band 01/27 Little River Band 01/28 Heart Brigade: A Tribute to Heart 01/29 Tiempo Libre 01/30 The Smithereens 01/31 Good Deale Bluegrass & Eastman String Band 02/02 Robert Cray Band 02/03 John […]

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Bayhawks trade for Matt Danowski

Bayhawks trade for Matt Danowski

| January 20, 2015 | 1 Comment

The Chesapeake Bayhawks have acquired one of the most dynamic players in Major League Lacrosse without giving up a member of their current roster. President and head coach Dave Cottle announced on Monday that Chesapeake has traded three draft picks to the Charlotte Hounds in exchange for perennial All-Star attackman Matt Danowski. The Bayhawks gave […]

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Anne Arundel County Fire Department releases information on Annapolis fire

Anne Arundel County Fire Department releases information on Annapolis fire

| January 19, 2015 | 3 Comments

A large, multi-million dollar home in Annapolis has been destroyed in an early morning fire. Around 3:30 this morning, Anne Arundel Fire Communications was notified by an alarm monitoring company of a fire alarm sounding in a residence in the 900 block of Childs Point Road, Annapolis. Around the time of that call, an additional […]

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St. Andrew’s open house scheduled for January 23rd

St. Andrew’s open house scheduled for January 23rd

| January 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

Saint Andrew’s Day School will host a winter Open House on Friday, January 23, 2015. Families with children from Pre-K-8th grade are invited to visit from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. to meet our enthusiastic, experienced faculty, see classes in session, and tour campus with our 8th grade tour guides. Q& A opportunities follow the tours, giving […]

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1st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade a resounding success

1st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade a resounding success

| January 19, 2015 | 3 Comments

Annapolis’ 1st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., parade went off without a hitch under crisp blue skies and was a resounding success. The parade started near Park Place and continued down West Street, around Church Circle and down Main Street where thousands lined the street cheering. Participating in the parade (among many others) were […]

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4-Alarm fire destroys Annapolis waterfront mansion

4-Alarm fire destroys Annapolis waterfront mansion

| January 19, 2015 | 5 Comments

A 4-alarm fire ripped through a waterfront home in Annapolis this morning.  Shortly after 3am, crews were dispatched to 936 Childs Point Road for a structure fire. Arriving units saw heavy fire from the second floor and immediately called for a 2nd alarm. A third and fourth alarm were eventually called.  Fireboats were on the […]

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Severna Park students help modernize Chesapeake Children’s Museum

Severna Park students help modernize Chesapeake Children’s Museum

| January 18, 2015 | 1 Comment

Severna Park High School seniors Katrina McNally and Sarah Weinstein work with a trio of underclassmen to help modernize the old Annapolis museum. For their Leadership class, they created a service learning project targeted towards the Chesapeake Children’s Museum in Annapolis. The students are building educational panels to line the walkway to the building in […]

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Matt & Kim returning to 930 Club in May

Matt & Kim returning to 930 Club in May

| January 18, 2015 | 1 Comment

Brooklyn indie dance duo Matt and Kim release New Glow, the band’s latest full length on April 07th, 2015. Fans who pre-order New Glow through their official online store will get exclusive ticket access for the Spring tour starting January 13th. See tour dates below Matt and Kim, aka Matt Johnson (vocals/keyboards) and Kim Schifino […]

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Old World meets New World with  on January 23rd in Annapolis

Old World meets New World with on January 23rd in Annapolis

| January 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

On Friday, January 23 at 8 pm, Puerto Rican born violinist José Miguel Cueto and Argentine pianist Nancy Roldán will perform the music of Mozart, Poulenc, Liszt, John Williams, H. Andrew Rieger and Astor Piazolla in a concert entitled “From Vienna to Buenos Aires.” Individually and as a duo the artists have performed throughout the […]

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Fawcetts: No Sale. Budge and Arnett withdraw sale.

Fawcetts: No Sale. Budge and Arnett withdraw sale.

| January 12, 2015 | 1 Comment

Aldermen Budge and Arnett pulled their resolution for the city to buy the Fawcetts property along Compromise Street tonight at the council meeting. In a statement, Budge said: As we explained at the outset of R-32-14, the key element of a real estate transaction is that there be a willing buyer and a willing seller. […]

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Happy Birthday Rams Head Tavern

Happy Birthday Rams Head Tavern

| January 12, 2015 | 1 Comment

WOW!  25 years!  Happy Birthday to the Rams Head Tavern.  Tonight, the Annapolis institution is celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a big blow out with throwback pricing to 1989 and 1990 from 8pm to the wee hours.  Come on out and we will see you tonight! I am not sure anyone foresaw that expansion and […]

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Former Mayor, Roger “Pip” Moyer passes away

Former Mayor, Roger “Pip” Moyer passes away

| January 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Roger “Pip” Moyer passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 10, 2015 after a decade of suffering with Parkinson’s Disease. Though uncomplaining, this debilitating disease was particularly difficult for a youthful basketball player noted for his hook shot and as Coach at St. Mary’s High School. Roger Moyer was born on August 16, 1934 […]

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Winter Soup & Science Lecture Series at Jug Bay

Winter Soup & Science Lecture Series at Jug Bay

| January 7, 2015 | 1 Comment

Enjoy a variety of hearty home-made soups and fresh bread with fellow nature lovers. Then sit back with a cup of coffee, tea, and dessert and enjoy listening to a guest speaker at the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary  on Sundays from noon – 3 pm. Enjoy a variety of hearty home-made soups and fresh bread with fellow nature lovers. […]

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