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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USNA Graduation 2018

USNA Graduation 2018

| May 25, 2018

NOTES: The full transcript and recording of President Trump’s speech will be inserted below when available. We will attempt a live blog throughout the morning. However, cell/wifi is likely to be weak.  Scroll to the bottom to see any available updates as they happen. On May 25 the United States Naval Academy will graduate 1042 midshipmen […]

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PODCAST: Talking about the 8th Annual Annapolis Irish Festival

PODCAST: Talking about the 8th Annual Annapolis Irish Festival

| May 22, 2018

The Maryland Crabs Podcast spoke with Kevin Chaney who is the current and original emcee of the Annapolis Irish Festival. Aside from an inside joke about Ted and Nina, we thank O’Loughlin’s for their hospitality (and food and drink) for letting us take up a table for an hour and tipping so poorly. Just click […]

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Herndon 2018; Peter Rossi from Phoenix , AZ. 2:09.35

Herndon 2018; Peter Rossi from Phoenix , AZ. 2:09.35

| May 21, 2018

Peter Rossi, a 4th Class Midshipman ended his afternoon on a high note.  Rossi was the 4th Class Midshipman who capped the Herndon Monument in 2:09.35, just beating out the 2:21 time from last year’s class. Rossi is a member of the 30th Company. He was boosted by his roommate who also had some experience in placing […]

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Suicide and depression. We can talk about it at Burgers and Bands on June 3rd.

Suicide and depression. We can talk about it at Burgers and Bands on June 3rd.

| May 17, 2018

Last week we spoke with Ann and Ethan Brennan from Severna Park who are the brains behind the 2nd Annual Burgers and Bands benefit coming up on June 3rd. Burgers and Bands is a fundraiser to bring resources and awareness about depression and suicide–a problem that has rocked many communities across Anne Arundel County. Severna […]

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LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Golf Club at South River – The Food, The Fitness, and an Invitation

LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Golf Club at South River – The Food, The Fitness, and an Invitation

| May 5, 2018

Periodically, we take a look at a local businesses to give you something more than a peek in the window or a glance during a drive-by.  We will dig deep into the history,  the people, and of course the product. This series of episodes is focused on The Golf Club at South River. Located just minutes from […]

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Blue Wave or New Wave? Are the establishment candidates scared?

Blue Wave or New Wave? Are the establishment candidates scared?

| May 2, 2018

If you are running for office and have aligned yourself with the establishment candidates or the “old guard” of Maryland politics, you likely have a race on your hands. Nationally, progressive ideals have been energizing voters and winning elections. And you should be scared. For years, the incumbent was the status quo. We only need […]

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LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Golf Club at South River – A Founding Member’s Vision

LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Golf Club at South River – A Founding Member’s Vision

| April 28, 2018

Periodically, we take a look at a local businesses to give you something more than a peek in the window or a glance during a drive-by.  We will dig deep into the history,  the people, and of course the product. This series of episodes is focused on The Golf Club at South River. Located just minutes from […]

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LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Golf Club at South River – Conversations With Members

LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Golf Club at South River – Conversations With Members

| April 21, 2018

Periodically, we take a look at a local businesses to give you something more than a peek in the window or a glance during a drive-by.  We will dig deep into the history,  the people, and of course the product. This series of episodes is focused on The Golf Club at South River. Located just minutes from […]

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LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Golf Club at South River – All About the Golf

LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Golf Club at South River – All About the Golf

| April 14, 2018

Periodically, we take a look at a local businesses to give you something more than a peek in the window or a glance during a drive-by.  We will dig deep into the history,  the people, and of course the product. This series of episodes is focused on The Golf Club at South River. Located just minutes from […]

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Twist & Stout coming to Quiet Waters Park

Twist & Stout coming to Quiet Waters Park

| April 13, 2018

Twist & Stout is about Maryland wines. Twist & Stout is about Maryland craft beers. Twist & Stout is about music. Twist & Stout is about arts. Twist & Stout is coming to Quiet Waters Park on September 29, 2018, so mark your calendar! Residents have been clamoring for a festival in Quiet Waters park for years. But what’s […]

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Out with the old, in with the new;  Annapolis Library breaks ground

Out with the old, in with the new; Annapolis Library breaks ground

| April 12, 2018

About 100 people attended the groundbreaking of the new Annapolis Library.  This will be the county’s first new library in 14 years and the 32,500 square foot building will remain on the existing site. The $24 million project will feature a community living room, teen area, tech zone, large community meeting spaces, multiple collaborative meeting […]

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Mayor: 53 new businesses opened in Annapolis since taking office. Not so fast!

Mayor: 53 new businesses opened in Annapolis since taking office. Not so fast!

| April 11, 2018

In Monday’s State of the City Address, Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley stated that 53 new brick and mortar businesses had opened in the past four months. In the past four months, Hollis and Hope, along with support from multiple City departments, have helped 53 new, brick-and-mortar businesses open their doors – This is a sign […]

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LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Golf Club at South River – In The Beginning

LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Golf Club at South River – In The Beginning

| April 7, 2018

Periodically, we take a look at a local businesses to give you something more than a peek in the window or a glance during a drive-by.  We will dig deep into the history,  the people, and of course the product. This series of episodes is focused on The Golf Club at South River. Located just minutes from […]

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LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Golf Club at South River

LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Golf Club at South River

| March 31, 2018

Periodically, we take a look at a local businesses to give you something more than a peek in the window or a glance during a drive-by.  We will dig deep into the history,  the people, and of course the product. This series of episodes is focused on The Golf Club at South River. Located just minutes from […]

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I missed all but one of the Annapolis Film Festival award winners; so here are mine!

I missed all but one of the Annapolis Film Festival award winners; so here are mine!

| March 26, 2018

Without a doubt, the Annapolis Film Festival is an incredible event here in town. Four solid days of thought provoking film, discussions and networking. This year more than 80 films were shown beginning on Thursday evening and continuing through Sunday night. A bevy of parties, panels, and discussions were held over donuts, coffee, beers, and […]

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Teen shot in Eastport

Teen shot in Eastport

| March 17, 2018

On March 17 at 11:23 a.m. Annapolis police officers responded to the 1100 block of Medgar Evers Street for a report of shots fired. While officers were responding further information was received that there was a shooting victim on President Street. Officers located an 18 year old male who appeared to have injuries consistent with being shot. […]

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Young woman goes missing at the Ilchester Tunnel in Ellicott City

Young woman goes missing at the Ilchester Tunnel in Ellicott City

| March 12, 2018

A young couple was out on a date in Ellicott City when they decided to venture to the Ilchester Tunnel a short distance away. The tunnel is reportedly haunted and they decided to see if they conjure up Peeping Tom when things went wrong. The young woman was able to see Peeping Tom and then […]

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6th Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade bigger than ever

6th Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade bigger than ever

| March 11, 2018

The 6th Annual Annapolis St. Patricks Day Parade was the largest parade yet. With more than 100 units from as far away as Milwaukee and New York, the parade kicked off promptly at 1pm. Military bands, drum and bagpipe bands, fire trucks, Irish step dancers, and plenty of local businesses and politicians all marched to […]

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Former County Executive Leopold to run for House of Delegates

Former County Executive Leopold to run for House of Delegates

| February 23, 2018

Former County Executive, John R. Leopold, has filed to reclaim a seat he once held in the Maryland House of Delegates. Leopold made his poorly kept secret official this morning when he filed for the Republican seat in legislative district 31-B. Leopold was the Anne Arundel County Executive from December 2006 until January 2013 when […]

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“ATOMIC HOMEFRONT” Director comes to Annapolis for February 11th screening to discuss the ticking time bomb that may be impacting you!

“ATOMIC HOMEFRONT” Director comes to Annapolis for February 11th screening to discuss the ticking time bomb that may be impacting you!

| February 8, 2018

What’s in your backyard could be a ticking time bomb. Maryland has 20+ Superfund Sites, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Priorities List. This is any land that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified for cleanup because of the risk it poses to human health and/or the environment. It’s a potential […]

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Eddie McGowan, founder of Annapolis Irish Festival, Santa Speedo Run passes away at 48

Eddie McGowan, founder of Annapolis Irish Festival, Santa Speedo Run passes away at 48

| February 6, 2018

Eddie McGowan; one of the original members of the popular Irish rock band Dublin 5 (originally The Rovers), founder and director of the Annapolis Irish Festival, and the brainchild of the Annapolis Santa Speedo Run has passed away after a nearly four-year battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). McGowan, of Arnold, leaves behind his wife, […]

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Maryland seeing significant interest in public-private partnership to add lanes to 495 & 270

Maryland seeing significant interest in public-private partnership to add lanes to 495 & 270

| January 10, 2018

The Hogan Administration has announced that the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Traffic Relief Plan is receiving significant interest from the public-private partnership (P3) industry to add new lanes on I-495 and I-270. This interest follows the administration’s recently announced plans to add four new lanes to I-270, the Capital Beltway (I-495), and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (MD […]

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