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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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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Hey, why aren’t you on WRNR anymore?

Hey, why aren’t you on WRNR anymore?

| March 20, 2017

Over the past few weeks, I have received a number of emails, texts, phone calls, and messages on social media about my absence from the WRNR morning show. And I wanted to dispel any rumors or #AlternativeFacts that might be circulating. Sadly, it is true, I am not longer co-hosting the Morning Show on 103.1 FM WRNR (despite […]

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Arundel Middle School principal named Maryland Middle School  Principal of the Year

Arundel Middle School principal named Maryland Middle School Principal of the Year

| March 18, 2017

Arundel Middle School Principal George Lindley has long been known as an educator who quickly deflects credit to others for the successes at schools which he leads. Today, Lindley was squarely in the spotlight as he was honored for his legacy of outstanding leadership by being named the 2017 Maryland Middle School Principal of the […]

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Doug Arnold tosses hat into the ring for Clerk of Courts for Anne Arundel County

Doug Arnold tosses hat into the ring for Clerk of Courts for Anne Arundel County

| March 13, 2017

Republican Doug Arnold has announced his candidacy for Clerk of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, officially kicking off his campaign for election in 2018. Standing in front of the courthouse, he shared about his passion for serving his fellow citizens, and unveiled the priorities he hopes to uphold as their next Clerk. “I am […]

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EDITORIAL: Once again, Annapolis will try to re-invent the Market House; let it go

EDITORIAL: Once again, Annapolis will try to re-invent the Market House; let it go

| March 13, 2017

Their heart is in the right place. And if that is all it took for the Market House to succeed, I would say go for it. But unfortunately for the past 15 years the City of Annapolis has proven time and time again that it is no longer capable of managing what was a once-thriving […]

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PODCAST: Chesapeake Bay Trust, what they are doing to help the Bay

PODCAST: Chesapeake Bay Trust, what they are doing to help the Bay

| March 11, 2017

Dr. Jana Davis has been with the Chesapeake Bay Trust for more than a decade and now she is leading the effort to help the Bay.  The Maryland Crabs sat down with Dr. Davis to talk about the health of the Bay (it’s getting better), how you can help the Bay and look good while […]

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Police <del>searching for</del> capture man wanted in Sunday night Crofton murder

Police searching for capture man wanted in Sunday night Crofton murder

| March 6, 2017

UPDATE #2:   On Monday, March 06, 2017 the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on the victim, Jhalandia Butler. The OCME ruled Ms. Butlers cause of death as multiple sharped edge wounds coupled with blunt force trauma and the manner being homicide. Members of the Anne Arundel County Police Department continued […]

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Annapolis Police investigating shooting in Edgewood Road

Annapolis Police investigating shooting in Edgewood Road

| March 5, 2017

On March 4th at 6:30 p.m. officers responded to the area of Edgewood Road and Bembe Beach Road for a report of a shooting. The victim flagged down a passing motorist who called the police. Officers responded and found the victim, an adult male from Annapolis, suffering from at least one gun shot wound. The […]

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Some AACC students skipped class to storm the State House

Some AACC students skipped class to storm the State House

| March 1, 2017

Last month, some Maryland community college students skipped class. “My professor was OK with it,” said Austin Gannon, one of the seven students in Annapolis representing Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) and the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC) for Student Advocacy Day. It’s because Gannon was part of a record crowd of nearly 400 […]

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Annapolis Film Festival: locally made horror film to screen at festival

Annapolis Film Festival: locally made horror film to screen at festival

| February 28, 2017

First Two Films Announced for AFF 2017! The Annapolis Film Festival will be here before you know it!  And they have released the names of two of the films to be screened at the end of March!  Get your tickets now! The Night Watchmen  Filmed in the old Capital Newspaper building in Annapolis, this campy horror slasher pic has […]

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Double fatal accident along Route 3 in Crofton

Double fatal accident along Route 3 in Crofton

| February 25, 2017

On February 25th 2017 at approximately 2:28am, officers responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Crain Hwy (MD-3) northbound and Wellfleet Lane in Crofton. A Dodge Charger was traveling northbound on Crain Hwy when the Nissan Altima attempted cross Rt-3 northbound and was struck in the passenger side door which subsequently pushed […]

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LIVE BLOG: 76th Annual Brigade Boxing Championships

LIVE BLOG: 76th Annual Brigade Boxing Championships

| February 24, 2017

This is a live-blog of the event.  Updates will automatically appear below. There is no need to refresh your browser. The Naval Academy’s 76th Annual Brigade Boxing Championships will begin tonight at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The event is open to the public and admission is free.  As part of the academy’s physical education program, […]

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PODCAST: The Annapolis Film Festival, how it got here, where it is going

PODCAST: The Annapolis Film Festival, how it got here, where it is going

| February 19, 2017

The Maryland Crabs recently sat down with Lee Anderson and Patti White. You may not know their names, but you certainly know their efforts. These two had a vision to turn the arts scene in Annapolis on its head and bring a full-fledged film festival to our semi-sleepy town on the Bay. Now in it’s […]

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Anne Arundel County Town Hall Meetings for budget announced

Anne Arundel County Town Hall Meetings for budget announced

| February 15, 2017

County Executive Steve Schuh  announced his administration will host a series of town hall meetings in February and March to discuss the FY2018 budget.   The meetings will allow the citizens of Anne Arundel County to express their views and budget priorities one-on-one with the County Executive. The locations and times of the meetings are […]

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New organization established to provide financial assistance to law enforcement K-9 officers

New organization established to provide financial assistance to law enforcement K-9 officers

| February 14, 2017

A local group of Maryland Residents announce the formation of the Chesapeake K-9 Fund. The fund’s mission is to provide financial support to the local Law Enforcement Agencies, specifically for the needs of K-9 units. This includes funding new K-9 dogs for the Agencies, purchasing protective gear and the required custom updates to the vehicles. […]

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PODCAST: Annapolis Mayor Pantelides discusses the firing of Police Chief Pristoop

PODCAST: Annapolis Mayor Pantelides discusses the firing of Police Chief Pristoop

| February 12, 2017

Last week, Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides fired long-time Chief of Police, Michael Pristoop. In his first interview since firing the Chief, Mayor Pantelides sits down with The Maryland Crabs  Podcast to talk  the need for the firing and the Mayor’s vision for a replacement–who he thinks will be in place in the next 75 days! […]

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Annapolis receives $10K grant for Weather It Together program

Annapolis receives $10K grant for Weather It Together program

| February 12, 2017

Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides announced that the city received $10,000 from the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Wells Fargo Foundation to support its Weather It Together Program. “Our Weather It Together Program allows us the opportunity to identify new ways to prepare our residents and safeguard our city against flooding that threatens the […]

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