The Observer

rss feed

The Observer's Latest Posts

The Jury Is Still Out On Miss Shirley’s Cafe

The Jury Is Still Out On Miss Shirley’s Cafe

| December 16, 2011 | 3 Comments

Last weekend, I had the chance to experience Miss Shirley’s Cafe which recently opened at Park Place in Annapolis. The reputation of the breakfast place preceded it and I was looking forward to a great breakfast experience. What I left with was–not so much! The Decor The restaurant is decidedly chic and upscale. The tables […]

Continue Reading

Dear Downtown Annapolis Business Owners…

Dear Downtown Annapolis Business Owners…

| November 28, 2011 | 7 Comments

Dear Downtown Annapolis Business Owner, I have seen all of your pretty ads in The Capital and What’s Up magazine.  I have seen some of your online advertising. I have even checked out your websites. You have some pretty cool stuff.  I imagine to pay for all those pretty ads and websites, (not to mention […]

Continue Reading

Is Crofton Becoming A Crime Mecca Of Anne Arundel County?

Is Crofton Becoming A Crime Mecca Of Anne Arundel County?

| October 14, 2011 | 8 Comments

<–To share this article with google, your facebook friends, and your twitter followers, please click the icons to the left. You no longer have to go to the seedy parts of Washington or Baltimore to find the violent crime. It seems that it is taking an inordinate hold on a sleepy little town called Crofton, […]

Continue Reading

Conti For County Executive? Congress? Council?

Conti For County Executive? Congress? Council?

| May 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Joanna Conti lost her bid for County Executive last November. She was named the Chairwoman of the Citizens Advisory Committee for Anne Arundel County Public Schools and has taken the bull by the horns identifying the issues that matter to the parents. We were surprised to see that she is forming a “task force” to […]

Continue Reading

Annapolis Now Looking For 23% Budget Increase

Annapolis Now Looking For 23% Budget Increase

| April 6, 2011 | 1 Comment

Budget Creep In less time than it takes to say “Holy overdrawn bank account Batman,” Annapolis City has once again increased their proposed budget. At the State of the City Address, Mayor Cohen announced a 7.6% increase over last year’s budget. For those who are able to do the math, that increased a $75.2 million […]

Continue Reading

Rep. Chris Lee’s Woman Has History In Anne Arundel

Rep. Chris Lee’s Woman Has History In Anne Arundel

| February 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Last week, the career of New York Congressman Chris Lee came to an abrupt end when Gawker broke the story that he solicited a woman on Craigslist and sent her a photo of him shirtless.  After the news broke, Lee resigned and has not been seen or heard from since. This morning, RadarOnline provided some […]

Continue Reading

Is O’Malley Out Of Touch?

Is O’Malley Out Of Touch?

| February 3, 2011 | 1 Comment

AFSCME’s Executive Director, Patrick Moran, has a big smile on his face in an article this morning in MarylandReporter.com. And well he should. His union just negotiated a sweetheart deal that Maryland’s Governor, Martin O’Malley says it is “a step forward.” For who Governor? The terms of the deal (according to MarylandReporter.com) include the following […]

Continue Reading

Market House Deal Beginning To Smell Fishy

Market House Deal Beginning To Smell Fishy

| December 4, 2010 | 58 Comments

At one point in time, City Hall and Lehr Jackson, developer of the newest rendition of the Market House, envisioned an Annapolis Market House similar to Seattle’s Pikes Market complete with fish mongers tossing fish from one side to the other. Well, it seems that the fish may have arrived a bit early. Late last […]

Continue Reading

A Note On Bullying

A Note On Bullying

| October 28, 2010 | 6 Comments

Facebook users: If you agree with this post, please click the “recommend” icon at the top and share it with your Facebook friends. Over the past year, bullying has been in the news. We have had teens kill themselves over senseless taunts. We have seen a local child beaten to death as he rode his […]

Continue Reading

Attention AACPS: Altercation Vs Assault

Attention AACPS: Altercation Vs Assault

| October 7, 2010 | 30 Comments

Yesterday, a sophomore at South River High School was beaten so badly that he was flown to Shock-Trauma in Baltimore for his injuries. This beating took place during school hours during a change in classes. Due to the late hour, the school was unable to send a note home with parents, but posted a memo […]

Continue Reading

Question A: Slots At The Mall

Question A: Slots At The Mall

| September 24, 2010 | 14 Comments

The politics and rhetoric are heating up surrounding the infamous “Question A” which will appear on the ballot in November. Both sides are claiming the other is deceitful.  We have not received a mailer from the pro-slots camp, but based on this one from the No Slots At The Mall people, it is obvious that […]

Continue Reading

New Element Discovered By Livermore Labs

New Element Discovered By Livermore Labs

| September 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Lawrence Livermore Laboratories has discovered the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of […]

Continue Reading

A Bear-Bear Prediction

A Bear-Bear Prediction

| August 10, 2010 | 6 Comments

The police have apparently turned their reports over to the State’s Attorney for review. A decision is expected tomorrow night.  Keith Shephard’s attorney, Mr. Putzi says his client will be exonerated and life will return to normal. I think he is wrong–and here is why. There is nothing cut and dry to this case. It […]

Continue Reading

A Question For Readers On The Dog Shooter

A Question For Readers On The Dog Shooter

| August 6, 2010 | 33 Comments

This “federal police officer” has been identified by authorities as a “civilian officer.” Maryann Hodges, a spokeswoman for Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, the Army and Marine base in Northern Virginia, said the civilian police officer was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure, because of the Anne Arundel County investigation. Does this mean that […]

Continue Reading

Cop Shoots Dog In Park, Police Are OK With It

Cop Shoots Dog In Park, Police Are OK With It

| August 3, 2010 | 22 Comments

A dog. A public dog park. A federal police officer. A gun. A dead dog. County police see no problem. The Baltimore Sun has a very disturbing article about the shooting of a dog in the Quail Run Dog Park in Severn. From reports, a Siberian Husky was running in the fenced in area off […]

Continue Reading

Annapolis Predicts $4M Deficit By End Of 1st Quarter

Annapolis Predicts $4M Deficit By End Of 1st Quarter

| July 16, 2010 | 3 Comments

Annapolis is already projecting a $4 million deficit by the end of the first quarter! What is wrong with City Hall? It only gets worse. Fifteen days into a new budget–one owned by Mayor Cohen, and the Finance Director (remember the one who was in charge when someone stole $150,000 from the City’s vault) says […]

Continue Reading

A Girl In Jail, Her Baby? Who Knows?

A Girl In Jail, Her Baby? Who Knows?

| July 14, 2010 | 16 Comments

The good news is that there are three thugs off the street. The bad news is that somehow, someone has failed these people. I am not saying that it is society’s place to make sure everyone lives in the land of milk and honey, but when you look at the facebook profile of this young […]

Continue Reading

Trees Forced To Get Permits To Die

Trees Forced To Get Permits To Die

| July 12, 2010 | 3 Comments

In an incredible example of bureaucracy run amok, three elderly trees in Annapolis have been denied the right to die a peaceful death all because they do not have the proper permits. Yes, you read that right. And if you want substantiation, you can read the sad truth here. Three trees who have served the […]

Continue Reading

The Problem With City Hall

The Problem With City Hall

| June 27, 2010 | 0 Comments

Is it fuzzy math, inexperience, or political spin? In Lisa Beisel’s article in today’s paper, he reports that there are 21 people who have realized that it is probably best to get out while the getting is good they still have a job. 21 people have taken up the City of Annapolis’ offer to retire […]

Continue Reading

This Is Ridiculous

This Is Ridiculous

| June 24, 2010 | 1 Comment

Continue Reading

Too Valuable To Fire?

Too Valuable To Fire?

| June 16, 2010 | 1 Comment

Ward 8 Alderman Ross Arnett feels that the Director of Finance is “way to valuable to fire.” Yesterday, during a press conference regarding the $150,000 theft from City Hall, this same Director of Finance admitted that he was not sure if the money was in the vault before he locked it and that it did […]

Continue Reading

So, Mr. Mayor, What Now?

So, Mr. Mayor, What Now?

| June 15, 2010 | 1 Comment

The last time I was in City Hall, the finance department was located right below the Mayor’s office, so this $150,000 was stolen literally right from under the Mayor’s nose! When you campaigned, your mission was to make Annapolis the best run city in the state of Maryland. Apparently some of those in your administration […]

Continue Reading