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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Hundreds gather at City Dock to press for State of Emergency on racism in Maryland

Hundreds gather at City Dock to press for State of Emergency on racism in Maryland

| June 26, 2017

Carl Snowden , Rev. Steven Tillett, Councilman Pete Smith, Raegan Parker, Rev. Mike Barry and other community leaders led a protest rally at City Dock, the site where Kunte Kinte was sold into slavery to a Virginia plantation owner. Enough is Enough was the message. The senseless murder of Lt. Richard Collins on the University […]

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SOLD OUT: Mayoral Forum scheduled for June 28th.

SOLD OUT: Mayoral Forum scheduled for June 28th.

| June 20, 2017

The first Mayoral Forum of the 2017 election cycle will be held at Rams Head Onstage on June 28th at 6:00pm. No-cost tickets are required for admission; but they are sold out! We are asking ticket holders to be at Rams Head On Stage no later than 645pm. At 645pm we will begin to release […]

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EDITORIAL:  Will Annapolis kick the budget can down the road again?

EDITORIAL: Will Annapolis kick the budget can down the road again?

| June 14, 2017

Every year, the Annapolis City Council has to agree on a budget by July 1.  Every four years they try to massage the numbers to look as favorable as they can–after all there are elections to be won.  But what happens when you run out of massage oil? This year, the Council may very well […]

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Seven-run second propels Trenton past the Baysox 7-3

Seven-run second propels Trenton past the Baysox 7-3

| June 10, 2017

A seven-run second for Trenton proved to be too much to overcome as the Bowie Baysox (31-31) dropped their fourth straight with a 7-3 loss to the Thunder (39-21) on Saturday night at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton. This marks the first time that Bowie has dropped four straight since losing seven in a […]

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1st Annapolis Mayoral Forum scheduled for June 28th

1st Annapolis Mayoral Forum scheduled for June 28th

| June 9, 2017

The first Mayoral Forum of the 2017 election cycle will be held at Rams Head Onstage on June 28th at 6:00pm. Eye On Annapolis and The Maryland Crabs Podcast are presenting a community forum with all four Mayoral candidates–Mayor Mike Pantelides, Senator John Astle, Gavin Buckley, and Nevin Young. Since it is a primary race […]

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Downtown Annapolis Partnership loses another Executive Director

Downtown Annapolis Partnership loses another Executive Director

| May 30, 2017

Shellie Reed, the Executive Director of the Downtown Annapolis Partnership has resigned her position after less than a year at the helm.  Reed was hired after the abrupt departure of the former Executive Director who left after 3 months. Also, longtime President of the Board of Directors, Doug Smith recently resigned his position. The Board has […]

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LIVE BLOG: USNA Graduation

LIVE BLOG: USNA Graduation

| May 26, 2017

UPDATED:  See full transcript of Vice President Pence’s speech below On May 26 the United States Naval Academy graduated 1053 midshipmen under a cool, cloudy and somewhat rainy (surprise) sky that finally gave way to sun. 767 were commissioned as Navy Ensigns and 259 as Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenants, and 2 as officers in the US Air Force. There were 17 foreign […]

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2017 USNA Graduation and Commissioning

2017 USNA Graduation and Commissioning

| May 26, 2017

On May 26 the United States Naval Academy will graduate 1053 midshipmen under cool, cloudy and somewhat rainy (surprise) Friday to kick off the Memorial Day weekend. 767 will be commissioned as Navy Ensigns and 259 as Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenants, and 2 as officers in the US Air Force. There were 17 foreign national students graduating from Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Cambodia, […]

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Herndon 2017; Joe McGraw from Rockford, IL. 2:21.21

Herndon 2017; Joe McGraw from Rockford, IL. 2:21.21

| May 22, 2017

Joe McGraw, a 4th Class Midshipman ended his afternoon on a high note.  McGraw,19, was the 4th Class Midshipman who capped the Herndon Monument in 2:21:21. McGraw is a member of the 10th Company and is a Political Science major. Each year, the roughly 1,000 members of the academy’s plebe (freshman) class form a human pyramid around […]

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Follow along–Gringo Star and Shantih Shantih to play Metropolitan on May 23rd

Follow along–Gringo Star and Shantih Shantih to play Metropolitan on May 23rd

| May 18, 2017

Two bands will be coming to Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge next week. But there is a twist.  The bands consist of a pair of couples (husband and wife) who play in different bands. Girls in one band; boys in the other!  Are you following me?  Check it out! Atlanta-based indie rockers, Gringo Star and Shantih Shantih, […]

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Pasadena man guilty in murder of his drug dealer

Pasadena man guilty in murder of his drug dealer

| May 16, 2017

Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams announced  that Joseph Patrick Soule, 28, of Pasadena, was found guilty of Second Degree Murder by an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury on Friday. “Without any eye witnesses, this was a difficult case to prove,” said Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams. “I’m thankful to police […]

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Katy Perry’s tour “Witness: The Tour” coming to Verizon Center in September

Katy Perry’s tour “Witness: The Tour” coming to Verizon Center in September

| May 15, 2017

Today, Katy Perry announced the June 9 release of her new album, Witness (Capitol Records), and an extensive arena tour. With Witness, Katy reflects on the changes in her own life and in the world around her, delivering songs that both challenge and inspire. The singles released thus far – the Platinum-certified “Chained to the […]

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Crofton community answers hate with “Crofton Is Kind”

Crofton community answers hate with “Crofton Is Kind”

| May 12, 2017

After having discovered a noose handing on Crofton Middle School the other day, the community has decided to fight back.  Well, maybe not fight. They are going to fight back with kindness. Kristen DeBoy Caminiti is the founder of Crofton is Kind, an organization of parents and community members fostering kindness in our children and […]

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OPINION: Hey Annapolis…Congratulations on keeping your head in the sand

OPINION: Hey Annapolis…Congratulations on keeping your head in the sand

| May 11, 2017

EDIT:  Since publishing, I learned that Tsunami falls just outside of the legal boundaries for the Arts & Entertainment District and have made the correction. I also received a copy of the decision from Judge McKenna (PDF/DropBox link).  In it, he states that the City Code allowing the HPC discretion for “other factors” as they “deem pertinent” […]

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Light House Bistro–I want to say skip it so I can keep it all to myself…but I can’t. Go!

Light House Bistro–I want to say skip it so I can keep it all to myself…but I can’t. Go!

| May 8, 2017

Few restaurants hit a home run out of the gate. The new Light House Bistro did just that. I hesitate to write this review because sometimes I get selfish and just want to keep a place to myself. But the backstory is too much to not share!   First off, it is not expensive. It […]

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Severn School plans to restore Severn River waterfront with Chesapeake Bay Trust grant

Severn School plans to restore Severn River waterfront with Chesapeake Bay Trust grant

| April 29, 2017

Severn School is pleased to announce it received a $34,592 Anne Arundel County Forestry and Greening Grant, thanks to the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Anne Arundel County. The grant funds will be used for reforestation of the School’s James M. Stine Environmental Center, a 2-acre outdoor learning center situated on the Severn River. Work includes […]

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Speakeasy debuts at Loews Annapolis’ BAROAK

Speakeasy debuts at Loews Annapolis’ BAROAK

| April 27, 2017

Loews Annapolis Hotel is pleased to announce that The Loews Hotels “Traveller Bar” has popped up at the Loews Annapolis Hotel. This traveling speakeasy is built around the first ever “pop-up” traveling bar of its kind and will remain in Annapolis for a brief visit, now through Memorial Day, May 29. Constructed from an old […]

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Schuh proposes fully funding step and incremental salary increases for all AACPS employees

Schuh proposes fully funding step and incremental salary increases for all AACPS employees

| April 27, 2017

County Executive Steve Schuh today announced that his FY2018 budget proposal will fully fund step and/or incremental increases for all eligible Anne Arundel County Public Schools employees starting July 1. “I am committed to working with our school system to ensure that we reward and retain great teachers,” Schuh said shortly after touring Central Special […]

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Annapolis Shakespeare Company announces 2017 season

Annapolis Shakespeare Company announces 2017 season

| April 27, 2017

Sally Boyett, the artistic director for Annapolis Shakespeare Company has announced the fifth professional season of Shakespeare and the classics.  Annapolis Shakespeare Company has quickly built a solid reputation for presenting Broadway-quality, bold, re-imagined, entertaining and accessible interpretations of classical works, contemporary plays, and musicals.   Patrons have doubled and subscriptions have tripled over the past two […]

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Annapolis Irish Festival adds Pipe Band Competition to the Celtic festivities in June

Annapolis Irish Festival adds Pipe Band Competition to the Celtic festivities in June

| April 27, 2017

The Annapolis Irish Festival is excited to host its First Annual Pipe Band Competition on June 3rd at the Anne Arundel Fairgrounds in Crownsville, Maryland. The competition will feature three levels of Band Competition: Grade 5 (entry level), Grade 4, and Grade 3. Bands will compete from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the lower […]

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PODCAST: Eastport Landing, a controversial project in the heart of Eastport

PODCAST: Eastport Landing, a controversial project in the heart of Eastport

| April 14, 2017

The Eastportaricans are all fired up. Someone has proposed building 127 apartments adjacent and attached to the Eastport Shopping Center and they are up in arms. The end of the shopping center under consideration is largely vacant and the developers, Solstice Partners, are looking to include (in addition to the 127 apartments) a marketplace, some […]

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Made in Maryland Festival

Made in Maryland Festival

| April 12, 2017

Not only is Maryland beautiful, it’s filled with character, charm, and plenty of endearing quirks. On Sunday, May 7, the Made In Maryland Festival will celebrate all the unique offerings of our marvelous state. From artisans, crafters, food vendors, wineries, breweries, live entertainment and beyond, this exciting Maryland-themed afternoon along the Chesapeake Bay will feature […]

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