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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Hogan plans some relief to Maryland students this session

Hogan plans some relief to Maryland students this session

| January 19, 2017

Governor Larry Hogan has announced the administration’s 2017 Student Debt and Tuition Relief Initiative, as well as targeted investments in higher education. Governor Hogan made the announcement at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was joined by Maryland Secretary of Higher Education James Fielder and Maryland Secretary of Housing and Community Development Ken […]

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County police make arrest in 2017’s first homicide

County police make arrest in 2017’s first homicide

| January 17, 2017

This is the update to a homicide on January 2nd in the Epping Forest community just outside of Annapolis. After the murder and before his most recent arrest by Anne Arundel County, the suspect had two run-ins with the Maryland State Police. On January 14th, he was charged with possession of a firearm on a […]

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PODCAST: Crime, heroin, and the battles fought by Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams

PODCAST: Crime, heroin, and the battles fought by Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams

| January 12, 2017

Wes Adams is the elected State’s Attorney for Anne Arundel County. In that position, he is responsible for prosecuting most of the crime that happens in the County. But his job reaches a lot farther. Heroin, outreach, drug court, and more. Hear why Wes Adams wants to put himself out of business! This week, The […]

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Ann Wilson and Emmylou Harris coming to Maryland Hall

Ann Wilson and Emmylou Harris coming to Maryland Hall

| January 11, 2017

Rams Head Promotions has announced that Ann Wilson of Heart and Emmylou Harris will be performing at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in the upcoming months. Tickets can be obtained at Rams Head On Stage box office or online! Wilson says fans can expect: “A beautiful, classy set with an elegant, artistic production … […]

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Germantown neighborhood takes on Navy Athletic Association and Travis Pastrana in ill-informed letter to Mayor

Germantown neighborhood takes on Navy Athletic Association and Travis Pastrana in ill-informed letter to Mayor

| January 11, 2017

It seems like Travis Pastrana may not be the target of the Germantown-Homewood Community Association after all.  Well, kinda. For the backstory—click here! In a December letter to the Mayor and Aldermen obtained by Eye On Annapolis, Association Chair Robert Waldman (who is also the Vice-Chair of the City’s Planning Commission) lays out the opposition. […]

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ABC Events adds Naptown barBAYq to festival lineup including MD Chicken Wing Festival, Bay Bridge Paddle, and MD Seafood Festival

ABC Events adds Naptown barBAYq to festival lineup including MD Chicken Wing Festival, Bay Bridge Paddle, and MD Seafood Festival

| January 9, 2017

Changes are afoot in the Annapolis area festival scene. In the past, ABC Events has brought such wonderful events such as Annapolis Beer Week, the Maryland Chicken Wing Festival, the Bay Bridge Paddle, and the Maryland Seafood Festival. This year, they add the Naptown barBAYq to their list of festivals after purchasing the rights to […]

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Garland Jeffreys to headline at Rams Head On Stage later this month

Garland Jeffreys to headline at Rams Head On Stage later this month

| January 6, 2017

Garland Jeffreys is set to headline at the Rams Head On Stage on January 26th! With the new album 14 Steps to Harlem set to drop in April on his own Luna Park Records and a feature length documentary of his life in progress, Garland Jeffreys continues to defy expectations. A Brooklyn native “who could […]

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Mayor Pantelides weighs in on Pastrana’s Nitro Circus, plans to talk to neighbors along with Pastrana

Mayor Pantelides weighs in on Pastrana’s Nitro Circus, plans to talk to neighbors along with Pastrana

| January 5, 2017

Annapolis Mayor, Mike Pantelides is weighing in on the latest controversy surrounding the possibility of the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium hosting the Nitro Circus Live this summer. Nitro Circus is an “action sport collective” led by Travis Pastrana, an Annapolis native and Davidsonville resident, featuring his friends and him traveling around the world riding dirtbikes, base […]

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PODCAST: The Maryland Crabs rehash 2016 and offer a peek into 2017

PODCAST: The Maryland Crabs rehash 2016 and offer a peek into 2017

| December 30, 2016

It’s been an exciting 18 weeks for The Maryland Crabs. In September they launched after years of hemming and hawing. And in that time, they opined, formed their conspiracy theories, chatted with police chiefs, legislators, and even the Governor. They solved nothing. But hopefully, they made you think! Next year, there is a LOT more […]

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LIVE BLOG: Military Bowl | Temple Vs Wake Forest | 330pm | December 27, 2016

LIVE BLOG: Military Bowl | Temple Vs Wake Forest | 330pm | December 27, 2016

| December 27, 2016

The final football game of 2016 will be played at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis this afternoon as the 9th Military Bowl pits the Temple University Owls against the Wake Forest University Screaming Deacons.  Wake Forest played in the first-ever Military Bowl in 2008 when it was called the Eagle Bank Bowl played […]

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PODCAST: Governor Larry Hogan talks about Trump, 2017, and life in Government House

PODCAST: Governor Larry Hogan talks about Trump, 2017, and life in Government House

| December 24, 2016

Larry Hogan is Maryland’s 62nd Governor with some “through the roof” approval ratings. He sat down with The Maryland Crabs, our latest crazy idea, and spilled his guts! We discussed his 2017 plans–BOOST, paid sick leave and the Road Kill Bill. We talked about President-Elect Trump, and what is on his Netflix queue. Spoiler: he has […]

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‘In the Vane Of…” subscriptions now available

‘In the Vane Of…” subscriptions now available

| December 23, 2016

The Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians, Inc. (AMFM) will continue its critically acclaimed “In the Vane Of…” series at Rams Head On Stage with three shows in 2017.  Additionally, AMFM is offering season tickets. At the “In the Vane of…” concerts, local Annapolis musicians play one cover song to pay tribute to a specific legendary […]

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Paula Poundstone to lend support to MD’s upcoming classroom screen legislation at Rams Head On Stage tomorrow

Paula Poundstone to lend support to MD’s upcoming classroom screen legislation at Rams Head On Stage tomorrow

| December 22, 2016

Award-winning comedian, author, actress and activist Paula Poundstone will hold a press conference at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis at 1:30 on Friday, December 23rd to express her support for Maryland legislation that will create classroom computer safety regulations.  Ms. Poundstone is active in her Santa Monica, California community, advocating for digital device limits […]

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Police Drug Lab Manager arrested for possession of drugs left in department drop boxes 

Police Drug Lab Manager arrested for possession of drugs left in department drop boxes 

| December 21, 2016

On December 21st, 2016, the civilian manager of the Anne Arundel County Police Department drug lab was arrested and charged with multiple counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance. This case originated from a minor traffic accident which occurred in the evening hours of December 20th at Forest Drive and Mountain Road in Pasadena. […]

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Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival to return in 2017–discounted tickets available through December 31

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival to return in 2017–discounted tickets available through December 31

| December 21, 2016

Chesapeake Bay Events, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival will be held on Saturday, May 20th and Sunday May 21st, 2017.  The festival, held at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Maryland, is a two-day event to raise money for two local charities.  “We thought about taking a year off […]

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The Main Ingredient changing names, same great food and staff

The Main Ingredient changing names, same great food and staff

| December 17, 2016

On January 1, 2017 Main Ingredient is rebranding and changing their name to Main & Market. The Main Ingredient has announced that after 23 years as Annapolis’ favorite Caterer, Bakery and Café they are rebranding and changing their name to Main & Market. They feel that the time is right to update and refresh their […]

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PODCAST: What’s in store for Maryland with a Trump presidency, Speaker Busch speaks to The Maryland Crabs

PODCAST: What’s in store for Maryland with a Trump presidency, Speaker Busch speaks to The Maryland Crabs

| December 16, 2016

Michael Busch is the Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates and is one of the longest serving Delegates and has been the Speaker for the past 13 years.  The man knows Maryland! This week The Maryland Crabs (our new-ish podcast) goes on the road and talks to Speaker Busch in the Speaker’s Lounge in […]

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Junior League to host new member open house

Junior League to host new member open house

| December 14, 2016

Junior League of Annapolis, Inc. (JLA) invites women in the community who are interested in learning more about joining the Junior League to attend their New Member Open House on Wednesday, January 4th from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at the JLA Community Room, 130 Lubrano Dr, Suite L-101. All women over the age of […]

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PODCAST: Annapolis Police Chief Pristoop talks about what APD is doing to handle Annapolis crime

PODCAST: Annapolis Police Chief Pristoop talks about what APD is doing to handle Annapolis crime

| December 13, 2016

The Maryland Crabs, a new local podcast, sat down and spoke with the Annapolis Police Department’s Chief of Police, Michael Pristoop to discuss all things crime in Annapolis. Topics include what to do about HACA, the addition of more cameras, staffing, and the real numbers–which may surprise you. Listen to it right here…. …or head […]

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Hogan to introduce common-sense sick leave legislation

Hogan to introduce common-sense sick leave legislation

| December 12, 2016

Governor Larry Hogan has announced plans to introduce legislation in the upcoming session of the Maryland General Assembly to provide common sense, balanced paid sick leave benefits that have the potential to cover nearly all working Marylanders without placing an unmanageable burden on job creators. During his remarks at a State House press conference, the […]

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Sneak peek at Mission Escape Rooms latest room–Alice in Wonderland

Sneak peek at Mission Escape Rooms latest room–Alice in Wonderland

| December 9, 2016

Mission Escape Rooms, you know..the bright green building on West Street…. they have a new room (we told you about it earlier) and we got a sneak peek at it this morning. Of course we can’t spoil it, but we got a chance to do a Facebook Live video and talked with John Shope who […]

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Navy unveils new Under Armour uniforms for Army-Navy Game this Saturday

Navy unveils new Under Armour uniforms for Army-Navy Game this Saturday

| December 6, 2016

The Navy football team will wear Under Armour-designed “Beat Army” uniforms for the 2016 Army-Navy Game presented by USAA on Dec. 10 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore at 3 PM on CBS. This year’s “Beat Army” uniform is inspired by the uniforms Navy wore during the 1963 football season. Navy went 9-2 in 1963, […]

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