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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FILMSTERS Academy celebrating 15 years

FILMSTERS Academy celebrating 15 years

| July 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

FILMSTERS Academy, a summer film camp for kids is proud to announce that they are celebrating 15 years this summer. Over 138 short films have been produced, shot, directed, acted in and edited by kids 11-18 years of age. In the fifteen-year time span over 800 students have attended film camp, which offers three levels of instruction. The program takes […]

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Bowie Baysox changing their name on Friday

Bowie Baysox changing their name on Friday

| July 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Bowie Baysox have announced that for one night only, the team has made the historic decision to change its name to the Bowie Baysox to honor legendary rock-star David Bowie, who passed away earlier this year. The Bowie Baysox David Bowie Tribute Event will be held Friday, July 22 as the team takes on the […]

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Southside Johnny, Jackie Green, and Allen Stone coming to Rams Head On Stage

Southside Johnny, Jackie Green, and Allen Stone coming to Rams Head On Stage

| July 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Anais Mitchell Tuesday, September 20 8pm | $20   Amy Ray (of Indigo Girls) & Chely Wright Thursday, September 29 8pm | $27.50   Allen Stone Tuesday, October 18 6:30pm & 9:30pm| $30   Jackie Greene Friday, October 28 8pm | $25   Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes Thursday & Friday, December 15 & […]

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Mussel Throwdown in DC this weekend

Mussel Throwdown in DC this weekend

| July 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Belgian Restaurant Week, in partnership with Stella Artois, will host the Mussel Throw Down on Saturday, July 16 at Storey Park, where the best chefs in Washington will attempt to mussel their way to the top to see who makes the best moules! They’ll whip up their hottest mussel recipes for the crowd and judges […]

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Pam Cole Finlay receives top honors from Rotary

Pam Cole Finlay receives top honors from Rotary

| July 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pamela Cole Finlay, owner and director of Specs Events, is the 2016 Service Above Self honoree selected by the Rotary Club of Annapolis. The Service Above Self Award is Rotary International’s highest honor for non-Rotarians, recognizing those who have displayed exemplary humanitarian service, at any level  and in any form, with a focus on active […]

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Art is dying in Annapolis

Art is dying in Annapolis

| June 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

Art is dying in Annapolis. Well, dying tends to make one think of old age. Perhaps “being killed” is more appropriate. And it seems that as the City’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) keeps grabbing for more power, public art in our City is slowly being suffocated.  So much, that a group is planning a funeral […]

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A kinder gentler I-Day for the USNA Class of 2020

A kinder gentler I-Day for the USNA Class of 2020

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

This morning, 1,184 men and women entered Alumni Hall on the Yard of the United States Naval Academy to take the first step to becoming officers in the Navy and Marines–the plebes arrived for Induction Day, or I-Day. The day when they say goodbye to their loved ones and friends for six weeks of a […]

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Italian Festival coming to Annapolis

Italian Festival coming to Annapolis

| June 20, 2016 | 1 Comment

The 3rd annual Annapolis Italian Festival will begin Saturday., June 25th at 11:00 am and run through 8:00 pm and continue on Sunday., June 26th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The event is held at the Knights of Columbus at 2590 Solomons Island Road in Edgewater–well really on the Annapolis side of the bridge! It’s a celebration of […]

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American Idol comes to Rams Head On Stage in July

American Idol comes to Rams Head On Stage in July

| June 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

06/09 Peter Wolf & The Midnight Travelers 06/10 O’Malley’s March 06/11 1964: The Tribute 06/12 Bay Tunes Guitars Spring Rock Band School Performance 06/15 Bret Michaels 06/16 Margaret Glaspy 06/17 The Oak Ridge Boys 06/19 10,000 Maniacs 06/20 10,000 Maniacs 06/21 + 22 Gregg Allman 06/21 Rams Head Presents Jonny Lang at Maryland Hall 06/23 […]

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Interested in architecture and history in Annapolis? Do this!

Interested in architecture and history in Annapolis? Do this!

| June 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

“ArchiTrex,” is a brand spanking new tour from Annapolis Tours℠ by Watermark® and Historic Annapolis and it is a must-do for anyone that is fascinated or curious about the history and architecture of Annapolis. The tour runs at 10am on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month through September (for now) and is a […]

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AACPS honors volunteers

AACPS honors volunteers

| June 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Kathleen Parlett, who has tirelessly donated her time to Crofton Meadows Elementary School for the last 16 years, today was named the 2016 Anne Arundel County Public Schools Volunteer of the Year. The surprise announcement came at the end of AACPS’ annual Volunteer Recognition Tea, a celebration of the more than 664,000 hours volunteers have […]

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2016 USNA Graduation and Commissioning (UPDATED)

2016 USNA Graduation and Commissioning (UPDATED)

| May 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

On May 27 United States Naval Academy graduated 1076 midshipmen under a warm and muggy (yet thankfully rain free) Friday to kick off the Memorial Day weekend. 788 were commissioned as Navy Ensigns and 256 as Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenants, and one each as officers in the US Air Force and the US Coast Guard. There were 15 foreign national students […]

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EDITORIAL: When it comes to traffic management, Annapolis is screwed

EDITORIAL: When it comes to traffic management, Annapolis is screwed

| May 26, 2016 | 18 Comments

Today, it took me 2 hours and 45 minutes to drive from my home near Quiet Waters Park to the Naval Academy and back. A while back, Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides talked about a plan that the City has to evacuate people in case of an emergency. He spoke of this plan after several accidents […]

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Chris Bianchi tops Herndon Monument at 1:12:30

Chris Bianchi tops Herndon Monument at 1:12:30

| May 23, 2016 | 1 Comment

Chris Bianchi of Virginia Beach, Virginia had a very special day.  Bianchi was the 4th Class Midshipman who capped the Herndon Monument in 1:12:34. That time had not been beat since 1988* and is the fastest of all the classes currently at the Academy. Bianchi’s mother, Rita, was on hand and she took a few […]

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More awesomeness from Rams Head On Stage

More awesomeness from Rams Head On Stage

| May 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

05/21 Southern Culture On The Skids 05/22 Ottmar Liebert 05/23 Denny Laine of Paul McCartney & Wings: The Complete ‘Band On The Run’ Album 05/24 Junior Brown 05/25 Annapolis Songwriting Collective 2-CD Compilation Release Show – Volume 1 05/26 Richard Marx 05/27 Dublin 5 05/28 Justin Hayward 05/29 Glen David Andrews 05/31 Gin Blossoms 06/01 […]

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Wait, the County may have snookered the City on this EMS shell game

Wait, the County may have snookered the City on this EMS shell game

| May 21, 2016 | 15 Comments

Last week, Annapolis Fire Chief David Stokes discussed the announcement of a new “partnership” between the City and the County, “But the reality is it is nothing more than a good old-fashioned common-sense approach to improve our emergency response capabilities.” Uhm, really Chief? According to the information available, the County now plans to remove an EMS unit […]

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Has Chief Pristoop become a liability as Mayor Pantelides fights to retain his office?

Has Chief Pristoop become a liability as Mayor Pantelides fights to retain his office?

| May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

I like Chief Pristoop. He is an effective leader. He has an impressive resume. He was a great pick for Annapolis after the prior Chief left the department in less than stellar shape. But the Chief is feeling pressure now and most likely he, like many others, will be a political casualty of Mayor Mike Pantelides […]

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Southern High’s Autumn Jackson wins prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship

Southern High’s Autumn Jackson wins prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship

| May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Southern High School senior Autumn Jackson has been named a winner of a prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship that will pay the bulk of her expenses for undergraduate, graduate school, and post-graduate education, as well as related costs. Autumn is the eighth county student in the last five years to claim one of the 1,000 scholarships […]

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ASGT opens 50th season with romantic, rocking, musical comedy

ASGT opens 50th season with romantic, rocking, musical comedy

| May 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, an outdoor community theatre in downtown Annapolis, opens its 50th anniversary season on May 26 with The Wedding Singer—a romantic, rocking musical comedy based on the hit film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. The show runs Thursdays-Sundays and select Wednesdays at 8:30pm from May 26-June 18. Tickets are $22 and […]

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Save the date, get your tickets….5th Annual Kegs and Corks Festival is August 20th

Save the date, get your tickets….5th Annual Kegs and Corks Festival is August 20th

| May 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mark your calendars for the Fifth Annual Kegs and Corks Craft Beer and Maryland Wine Festival on August 20, 2016. This event draws large crowds to the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds for a unique festival that features craft beer and Maryland wine together. In the Maryland Wine Pavilion, guests can sample over 60 exceptional wines […]

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Soggy Sunday does not keep flowers away for May Day competition

Soggy Sunday does not keep flowers away for May Day competition

| May 1, 2016 | 2 Comments

May 1. May Day in Annapolis. May 1, 2016 saw the cancellation of many events in town including the first First Sunday Arts Festival of the season, the Maryland Avenue and State Circle May Day Festival, and the Walk for the Animals. But, it did not stop people from decorating their doors, stoops, and porches […]

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Ravens pick Navy’s Keenan Reynolds in draft

Ravens pick Navy’s Keenan Reynolds in draft

| April 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Navy senior quarterback Keenan Reynolds was selected in the sixth round of the NFL draft on Saturday afternoon by the Baltimore Ravens. It is the second-consecutive year that Navy has had a player drafted. Last year, long snapper Joe Cardona was drafted in the fifth round by the New England Patriots. Reynolds is just the […]

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