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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Annapolis Election: Recorded interviews with all Aldermanic candidates

Annapolis Election: Recorded interviews with all Aldermanic candidates

| August 14, 2017

  Below are audio interviews originally published by The Maryland Crabs Podcast (go on and subscribe) with the Aldermanic Candidates for the upcoming City of Annapolis primary election. We reached out to all 18 candidates and all but one, Larry Claussen a Republican in Ward 1, responded. We fanned out across the City, usually meeting […]

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Police investigating Annapolis shooting 

Police investigating Annapolis shooting 

| August 5, 2017

On August 5, 2017 at approximately 05:30 am officers were dispatched to the Emergency Room at Anne Arundel Medical Center in reference to a shooting. The black male victim walked into the Emergency Room suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso. The victim was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma for treatment. The […]

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Maryland Hall names new Executive Director

Maryland Hall names new Executive Director

| July 31, 2017

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (MHCA) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of experienced nonprofit executive Margaret B. Davis as its new President and CEO. The Board selected Davis after a nationwide four-month search led by a professional search firm. She will begin her new position on November 1, 2017.Davis brings more than […]

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Yet another wrong-way, fatal crash on Route 50. 2 Dead

Yet another wrong-way, fatal crash on Route 50. 2 Dead

| July 26, 2017

UPDATE:  Maryland State Police have identified the two fatalities–Christine Parks, 31, of Severn, and Hui Xu, 34, of Herndon, Virginia. Parks was apparently traveling eastbound in the westbound lane in a Hyundai when she hit Xu, operating a Honda Civic, head-on. The impact killed both. Xu’s car spun and was struck by another car injuring […]

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Amps & Ales Festival coming to Prince George’s Stadium in September

Amps & Ales Festival coming to Prince George’s Stadium in September

| July 25, 2017

Two local agencies have partnered to create the Amps & Ales Festival, hosting the first annual event at Prince George’s Stadium (home of the Bowie Baysox) on Saturday September 16, 2017. Humdinger Productions – a Crofton-based event management company – and the Symmetry Agency – an Annapolis-based marketing agency – have united to create a […]

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Crystal Spring/Providence Point files plans for retirement community

Crystal Spring/Providence Point files plans for retirement community

| July 25, 2017

The Village at Providence Point (formerly Crystal Spring) has filed their plans with the City having addressed all the concerns brought up. In the final iteration, if approved will contain: 315 Apartments 18 Cottages 48 Health Care Suites 40 Maison Court Apartments 5 Duplex Along with several common components such as swimming pools, dining facilities, […]

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Chilling out on a hot day at Annapolis’ Thrive CryoStudio

Chilling out on a hot day at Annapolis’ Thrive CryoStudio

| July 24, 2017

Several weeks ago, Brandon Yu contacted me to let me know about a new business in Annapolis–Thrive CryoStudio. The studio is located in the Gateway Center (Best Buy, Staples, PetSmart) and is a part of the new Symmetry Salon Studios. I had heard of cryotherapy before and was intrigued as the concept had come up […]

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LIVE BLOG: Nitro Circus from Annapolis

LIVE BLOG: Nitro Circus from Annapolis

| July 23, 2017

Finally, Travis Pastrana is showing off for his hometown crowd at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. It was a tough road and after a tough fight, the City finally acquiesced and allowed the show to go on. We will have two photographers on the field (so be sure to check back later for awesome images […]

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Ward 6 Aldermanic Candidate takes matters into own hands to provide AC for HACA residents

Ward 6 Aldermanic Candidate takes matters into own hands to provide AC for HACA residents

| July 22, 2017

DaJuan Gay, a 20-year old who is running for Alderman in Ward 6 had enough. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore student was tired of seeing his neighbors struggle in the heat without any real means of cooling down. So, he did what any millennial would do—he took to social media to some help. The […]

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American Idol to hold open auditions in Annapolis on September 5th

American Idol to hold open auditions in Annapolis on September 5th

| July 20, 2017

American Idol is hitting the road next month looking for contestants for their 16th season. And, they are planning a stop in Annapolis for their open auditions on September 5th. According to an ABC release: Exactly fifteen years ago, American Idol hit TV screens for the first time, forever changing the landscape of reality competition programming. In […]

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Baltimore Ravens coming to Annapolis for practice on August 5th

Baltimore Ravens coming to Annapolis for practice on August 5th

| July 20, 2017

With their 2017 Training Camp Stadium Series, the Baltimore Ravens will hold three practices that are free and open to the public. Two of these events will take place at M&T Bank Stadium, while the other will occur at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. The first M&T Bank Stadium practice falls on Sunday, […]

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The Commons — Annapolis’ First Co-Work Space Opens Its Doors

The Commons — Annapolis’ First Co-Work Space Opens Its Doors

| July 19, 2017

The Commons – a cooperative work and event space – opened on July 1, 2017 in downtown Annapolis (209 West Street, Suite 201, Annapolis MD 21401), offering the city’s creators and entrepreneurs flexible workspace, with a focus on building a co-working community in the heart of the Annapolis Arts District. The 3600 square foot space […]

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Peter Rivera brings the sounds of Rare Earth to Rams Head On Stage

Peter Rivera brings the sounds of Rare Earth to Rams Head On Stage

| July 16, 2017

Recently, The Maryland Crabs spoke with Peter Rivera the lead singer, drummer, and voice of the Motown Records hit making group Rare Earth. While Peter Rivera is a name may may not come to you, the voice will. Peter was the soulful singer of Rare Earth who were topping the charts for Motown Records in […]

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COO at Walden Behavioral Health retires after 33 years

COO at Walden Behavioral Health retires after 33 years

| July 9, 2017

Staff at Walden Behavioral Health gathered on Friday June 23rd to honor the achievements of Gary Lynch, Chief Operating Officer who retires this month after 33 years’ service to the community of Southern Maryland and Walden. Dr Kathleen O’Brien, Chief Executive described “a deep sense of indebtedness and a heavy heart” on announcing Gary’s retirement […]

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Despite rain, Annapolis gets parade in, fireworks postponed

Despite rain, Annapolis gets parade in, fireworks postponed

| July 5, 2017

The Annapolis Fourth of July Parade kicked off right on time at 630pm.  And it was thisclose to getting done when the skies opened up washing out the last third of the marchers. But we stuck it out. Hey, if they can march in the parade, we can hand and tape it. As is always […]

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Boaty McBoatface lives on in new contest from Annapolis Mayor Pantelides

Boaty McBoatface lives on in new contest from Annapolis Mayor Pantelides

| July 3, 2017

Annapolis Mayor, Michael Pantelides has risked the wrath of the Internet by announcing a contest to name the new City Dory.  Now for those who are not familiar with boats–a Dory is a small rowboat—not a yacht! And I suspect it may be the one the Mayor helped to build at Chesapeake Light Craft a […]

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Mayor hopefuls lay out their thoughts for leadership in forum

Mayor hopefuls lay out their thoughts for leadership in forum

| June 30, 2017

The four candidates for Mayor on the City of Annapolis laid out their thoughts on leading the city for the next four years. The forum, held at Rams Head On Stage and presented by Eye On Annapolis and The Maryland Crabs Podcast was a chance to get a broad perspective of the candidates and their […]

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Sarah Elfreth to run for Senator Astle’s Senate seat in District 30

Sarah Elfreth to run for Senator Astle’s Senate seat in District 30

| June 29, 2017

Sarah Elfreth has declared her candidacy for the Senate seat possibly being vacated by long-time Senator John Astle.  In a release sent out today, Elfreth said that there will be a more formal announcement in mid-July. We understand that the delay is to allow House Speaker Mike Busch to continue recovering from surgery so he […]

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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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