Local News – Eye On Annapolis http://www.eyeonannapolis.net ...it's about the quality of life! Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:26:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 6th Annual Sock Burning at Annapolis Maritime Museum, March 19thhttp://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/02/11/6th-annual-sock-burning-at-annapolis-maritime-museum-march-19th/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/02/11/6th-annual-sock-burning-at-annapolis-maritime-museum-march-19th/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:11:40 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=104014 Burning Socks_Credit Ken TomCelebrate the coming of spring at this feast featuring the Chesapeake’s most cherished bivalve. The sixth annual Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning, a fundraiser for the Annapolis Maritime Museum, will take place at the Museum’s waterfront campus from Noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Last year over 750 oyster enthusiasts from nine Mid-Atlantic States attended the event. The 2016 event is expected to sell out.

Enjoy festivities including:

  • Burning of the socks – a local tradition celebrating the spring equinox and the arrival of boating season and reading of the iconic sock-burning poem, “Ode to the Equinox” Live music including perennial favorites, The Eastport Oyster Boys and Dan Haas
  • Oyster shucking competition
  • Explore and climb aboard an authentic Skipjack, a single-masted, Bay-built sailing vessel built in 1902 and designed to harvest oysters
  • For fans of classic Chesapeake Bay Buyboats, or for those who appreciate fine craftsmanship, a display of classic Buyboats will be at the Museum docks
  • Plenty of oysters – raw, steamed and roasted

For a modest fee, additional food, beer, wine, Dark & Stormies, with Lyon Distillery Dark Rum, George’s Bloody Marys with Tito’s Vodka and soft drinks will be available.

Guests who purchase the “People’s Choice” ticket will be wowed by samples of oyster cuisine from twelve premier Annapolis area restaurants. “People’s Choice” guests may vote for the best oyster dish and enjoy all the activities included in general admission Oyster Roast ticket.

The general admission Oyster Roast ticket is $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door, and free for kids 12 and under. 

Admission to the “People’s Choice” Best Oyster Dish tasting competition is $65 and only 300 will be sold.

All tickets are available for purchase online at www.amaritime.org. The event is expected to sell out. 

The Annapolis Maritime Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating students and adults on the area’s rich maritime heritage and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay through programs, exhibits and community events.  The Museum partners with community groups, government entities, and other like-minded organizations to deliver high-quality educational initiatives and programs on subjects ranging from history and culture to the environment and good stewardship practices.

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FeBREWary is under way in Marylandhttp://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/02/11/febrewary-is-under-way-in-maryland/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/02/11/febrewary-is-under-way-in-maryland/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:08:27 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=104009

FeBREWaryLove is in the air and on tap in Maryland. In celebration of FeBREWary: Maryland Craft Beer Lovers Month, breweries are releasing new seasonal, love-themed craft beers, offering food pairings, hosting special events and partnering with local businesses to provide safe lodging and transportation.

“Maryland welcomes you to fall in love with a new style of beer or cozy up to an old local favorite,” said Liz Fitzsimmons, executive director, Maryland Office of Tourism. “With more than 50 craft breweries, FeBREWary is the perfect opportunity to plan a weekend getaway or venture to a Maryland destination you’ve yet to explore.”

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and what better way to treat your sweet tooth than with a decadent dessert beer. Choose from many new local flavors, such as Antietam Brewery’s Cupid’s Truffle chocolate raspberry stout, Duclaw Brewing Company’s Quick Start My Heart strawberry milk stout or Growlers of Gaithersburg’s chocolate pretzel with salted caramel stout. Stop by Eastern Shore Brewing Company for a pink-colored pilsner brewed with rose petals or Assawoman Bay Brewing Company for the Red Head Rye, inspired by the brewer’s red-headed wife. Not feeling the romance? Give Fin City Brewing Company’s Bitter Breakup IPA a try.

Celebrate the marriage of food and craft beer with a variety of appetizing options. Several breweries and brewpubs are playing match-maker and offering unique savory pairings. Tantalize your taste buds with course pairings at Ruddy Duck Brewery and Grill or Mully’s Brewery; head straight to dessert pairings at Scorpion Brewing or Red Shedman Farm Brewery; or follow along the Craft Beer and Food Pairing Trail. Don’t forget to indulge in oysters, a notorious aphrodisiac, paired nicely with Flying Dog Brewery’s Pearl Necklace Chesapeake oyster stout.

Brewers are teaming up to celebrate FeBREWary all month long with special events and promotions. For the ultimate craft beer enthusiast, quench your thirst at “Love Thy Beer: Winter Warmer Showcase” presented by the Brewers Association of Maryland.  The one-day festival, held February 12 in Silver Spring, features more than a dozen Maryland craft breweries.  Find your passion by the pint at “Shore Craft Beer Fest: Love on Tap,” on February 20 in Ocean City. Plan ahead and take advantage of the many Craft Beer Lovers Month hotel packages and safe transportation offers. Mark your calendars now for FeBREWary events happening across the state.

Visitors are encouraged to share their FeBREWary experiences on social media using the hashtags #MDfeBREWary and #MDBeerLovers.

For more information about FeBREWary, visit www.visitmaryland.org or call 1-800-719-5900.

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Rams Head announces more shows for Annapolis venuehttp://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/02/11/rams-head-announces-more-shows-for-annapolis-venue/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/02/11/rams-head-announces-more-shows-for-annapolis-venue/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:40:08 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=104007
You can purchase tickets online or at the box office.

RamsHead

02/11 Bob Sima

02/12 Bebel Gilberto

02/13 A Valentine’s Day Heart Health Benefit feat. Foreplay

02/14 Die Laughing Productions presents The NewlyDead Game

02/15 The Return Beatles Tribute *Rescheduled from January 23

02/16 + 17 Leon Russell

02/18 Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra

02/19 The Reagan Years

02/20 The Clarks w. Scott Kurt

02/22 Robert Cray Band

02/23 Big Sam’s Funky Nation

02/24 Yahzarah

02/25 The James Hunter Six w. Jesse Dee

02/26 The Gibson Brothers *Rescheduled from January 24

02/27 Eddie From Ohio

02/28 Los Lobos

03/01 Jesse Cook

03/02 + 03 Gaelic Storm

03/04 Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes

03/05 Rachelle Ferrell

03/06 Buckwheat Zydeco

03/07 Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime

03/08 Glenn Hughes

03/10 Jonatha Brooke & Patty Larkin

03/11 Here Come The Mummies

03/12 Ruut w. String Quartet Invoke *All Ages Matinee

03/12 Wanda Jackson

03/13 Lizz Wright w. Maia Sharp

03/15 John Mayall

03/16 Young Dubliners w. John Byrne Band

03/17 Ricky Nelson Remembered feat. Matthew & Gunnar Nelson

03/18 The Hackensaw Boys

03/19 Cowboy Mouth

03/20 Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers *All Ages Matinee

03/20 The Hard Travelers

03/21 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

03/22 Marc Broussard

03/23 Bill Payne (of Little Feat) & Jim Lauderdale

03/25 Shovels & Rope

03/26 Musique SoulChild

03/27 Lalah Hathaway

03/28 + 29 The Ann Wilson Thing

03/31 Tom Rush

04/02 Robert Klein

04/03 Judy Collins

04/04 Heather Nova

04/05 The Old 97’s

04/06 Aoife O’Donovan

04/07 Rhiannon Giddens

04/08 Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown 50th Anniversary Tour

04/10 Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience

04/12 David Lindley

04/13 Jimmie Vaughan

04/14 Average White Band

04/15 + 16 Martin Sexton

04/17 Tower Of Power

04/18 Gordon Lightfoot

04/19 Robin Trower at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

04/19 Jake Shimabukuro

04/21 America

04/22 + 04/25 The Time Jumpers feat. Vince Gill

04/23 Rita Wilson

04/24 Jimmy Webb & Karla Bonoff

04/26 Elizabeth Cook

04/27 Greg Holden

04/28 David Wax Museum & Darlingside

04/29 George Perris

04/30 Tom Browne & Jean Carn

 

For complete calendar visit www.ramsheadonstage.com

Upcoming Local Shows at Rams Head On Stage
February 11Bob Sima CD Release Show: IT’S TIME
February 12Bebel Gilberto
February 12Bebel Gilberto VIP Meet & Greet (Concert Ticket Not Included)
February 13A Valentine’s Day Heart Health Foundation Benefit Featuring Foreplay
February 14The Newly Dead Game
February 15The Return: The Ultimate Beatles Experience

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Jing Ying Institute celebrates the Year of the Monkeyhttp://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/02/10/jing-ying-institute-celebrates-the-year-of-the-monkey/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/02/10/jing-ying-institute-celebrates-the-year-of-the-monkey/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:35:44 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=104080 Jing Ying Front Logo_fullJing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi Celebrates Lunar New Year (Arnold, MD) – The Lunar New Year of the Monkey begins on February 8, and the Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi is kicking off the new year with a series of free and low-cost workshops. 

The celebration lasts for 15 days. People around the world ring in the Lunar New Year with celebrations of feasting, family reunions, and other festivities. 

Each year, Jing Ying Institute celebrates the new year by hosting a variety of free and low-cost workshops that are open to the public.

Featured events for 2016:  Tea & Tai Chi Workshop (theme: “Taming the Monkey Mind”), Tea Tasting , Self Defense Workshop for Women & Teen Girls (benefitting Arden House, Anne Arundel County’s only domestic violence safe house for women and their children), “What Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Can Do for You” and more.

There will be giveaways and door prizes.

A detailed schedule with dates, times, descriptions, and online registration is available at www.JingYing.org or call 410-431-5200.


* Friday, February 12 (noon-1pm): Traditions of the Lunar New Year. $2/person, $5/family. Info & registration at JingYing.org

* Friday, February 12 (5:30-7pm): Chinese Calligraphy Workshop. $5/person.  Info & registration at JingYing.org

*  Monday, February 15 (7:00-8:30pm): Tea Tasting. $15/person. Info & registration at JingYing.org

*  Sunday, February 21 (2:00-4:00pm): Women & Teen Girls Self Defense Workshop. $20/person. 100% of proceeds go to a local domestic violence safe house. Info & registration at JingYing.org

*  Monday, February 22 (7:30-9pm): “What Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine Can Do for You,” talk by Daohe Fang, LAc., CMD. FREE. Info & registration at JingYing.org

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AAMC receives $1.25M grant from Bristol-Meyers Squibb Foundationhttp://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/02/10/aamc-receives-1-25m-grant-from-bristol-meyers-squibb-foundation/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/02/10/aamc-receives-1-25m-grant-from-bristol-meyers-squibb-foundation/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:33:58 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=104004 Anne Arundel Medical CenterTo mark National Cancer Prevention Month, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation has announced eight grants totaling nearly $11.5 million that will help make lung and skin cancer screening programs, care and patient support more accessible to underserved populations. The goal is to develop, validate and sustain models that deliver equitable and optimal outcomes.

The grants were awarded through the Foundation’s Bridging Cancer Care™and Specialty Care for Vulnerable Populations initiatives. Bridging Cancer Carefocuses on pilot projects in select southeastern U.S. states with the highest lung cancer burden to advance evidence-based strategies to improve lung cancer screening and assist patients diagnosed with lung cancer access and navigate cancer care and community-based supportive services. Specialty Care for Vulnerable Populations supports care collaborations among primary care and specialty care providers and patient engagement and social support in order to improve the quality of specialty care services for underserved populations living with lung cancer, skin cancer or HIV.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., with a mortality rate higher than any other cancer, primarily because the cancer is not detected or treated at an early stage.

“Obstacles to screening, especially for minority and underserved populations, often result in patients receiving a late-stage diagnosis, which dramatically reduces their chances for survival,” says John Damonti, president, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. “We are pleased to engage our partners to develop innovative programs that will improve the health outcomes of underserved patient populations facing lung cancer, to help prevent skin cancer among migrant worker populations and to advocate for system-wide change to remove barriers to specialty care.” Among the recipients was Anne Arundel Medical Center!

Anne Arundel Medical Center received a three-year, $1.25 million grant to replicate and expand the medical center’s successful Rapid Access Chest and Lung Assessment Program, which reduced the time from lung cancer screening to diagnosis from as much as four months for outpatients to an average of 16 days by quickly identifying, engaging and managing patients through an increased centralization of care and a thoracic nurse navigator. The program will focus on low-income and racial minority patients who are at risk for or diagnosed with lung cancer in Maryland’s Anne Arundel, Calvert and Prince George counties.

“While Anne Arundel Medical Center’s DeCesaris Cancer Institute’s lung screening and thoracic oncology programs have continued to expand over the past five years, our successes have been more limited among vulnerable, lower-income and minority populations,” says Stephen Cattaneo, MD, medical director of Thoracic Oncology at Anne Arundel Medical Center. “The grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation will allow us the opportunity to better reach and inform these at-risk patients in our area and surrounding Maryland counties about the need for lung cancer screening while providing desperately needed education and resources for smoking cessation.”

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The Maryland Natural Resources Police have recovered two bodies in the Severn River this afternoon.

On January 19th, Matthew Davis of Glen Burnie and Earling Lamp of Stevensville, were reported missing after hunting duck near the Sherwood Forest community. The identity of the recovered bodies has not been released, but NRP has contacted the families of the missing hunters for possible identification.

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333 Coffeehouse presents Andrew McKnighthttp://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/02/10/333-coffeehouse-presents-andrew-mcknight/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/02/10/333-coffeehouse-presents-andrew-mcknight/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:21:02 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=104002

333coffeehouseThe 333 Coffeehouse, Annapolis’ monthly listening space for folk and acoustic music, is pleased to present Andrew McKnight.

Admission: $12 (students, senior citizens and members $10).

“Stretching across the landscape of American folk music is a highway paved by Guthrie and Dylan… now Virginia native Andrew McKnight takes his turn smoothing down the blacktop” (Performing Songwriter)

“With a voice reminiscent of Don McLean, McKnight traverses from old-time Appalachian tunes to contemporary folk and blues, all backed up by his dead-on guitar playing” – The Boston Globe

Since permanently leaving his corporate environmental engineering career in 1996, award-winning folk/Americana artist Andrew McKnight’s musical journey has traced nearly a million miles of blue highways, and earned him a wealth of critical acclaim and enthusiastic fans for his captivating performances and seven recordings. Andrew’s powerful and entertaining show is like one man theatre, delivered with warmth and down-home comfort. His finely crafted songs are woven together with humorous stories and poetic drama, while the musical soundscape traverses influences from Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, rustic folk, and even a little fancy flatpicking on a Carter Family tune. While his skillful guitar work provides a tasteful foundation, the touches of native American cedar flute, resonator guitar, djembe (African hand drum) and even mandolin add delightful and mesmerizing embellishments to the show.

Andrew McKnight has performed at many prestigious venues like the Kennedy Center, the International Storytelling Center and the Atlanta Olympics, has been part of the Rocky Mountain, South Florida, Boston and Delmarva Folk Festival lineups, and a guest on NPR’s “Art of the Song” and “River City Folk” shows. He has released several albums, the most recent being One Virginia Night, a live performance CD and DVD recorded with his band Beyond Borders.

Event: 333 Coffeehouse

Who:  Andrew McKnight

When: Friday, February 19, 2016, 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00)

Where: Annapolis Friends Meeting House

351 DuBois Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401 (off N. Bestgate Rd)

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Library hosts several events for Black History Monthhttp://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/02/09/library-hosts-several-events-for-black-history-month/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/02/09/library-hosts-several-events-for-black-history-month/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:23:06 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=103997 mr-root

Jamaal ‘Mr. Root’ Collier
CAPTION: Jamaal ‘Mr. Root’ Collier, a Hip-Hop artist entertains family and children during Black History Month at the Anne Arundel County Public Library

The Anne Arundel County Library system will be hosting several events county-wide to celebrate Black History Month.

Saturday, February 13 – 23, 2016

Get Schooled with Mr. Root

Jamaal ‘Mr. Root’ Collier, a dedicated and versatile professional Hip-Hop artist returns to AACPL to present interactive, family-friendly concerts. Come and learn about the history of Hip Hop and try your hand at rapping, free styling and beatboxing while enjoying this concert. 

-Saturday, February 13, 2 p.m. at Glen Burnie Regional Library

-Tuesday, February 16, 7 p.m. at Severn Community Library

-Thursday, February 23, 4 p.m. at Brooklyn Park Community Library

-Saturday, February 27, 2 p.m. at Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library

February 1 – March 4, 2016

African American Book Experience

The Library is partnering with the Banneker-Douglass Museum to provide an opportunity for students to celebrate Black History Month through literature.

Students in grades K-12, who live in Anne Arundel County, are eligible to participate. Visit your local library, check out an African American book of your choice, read it, do the activity sheet and return it to the library to be entered into the grand prize drawing. One winner will be selected in elementary, middle and high school categories. Submission Deadline is March 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

(Note: A special celebration party will be held at the Banneker-Douglass Museum on Saturday, March 12 from 1-3 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 30. )

A complete list of library events, including a full schedule of early literacy classes, can be found online at www.aacpl.net/events.

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Annapolis Library closed through Sunday due to snowstorm damagehttp://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/02/09/annapolis-library-closed-through-sunday-due-to-snowstorm-damage/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/02/09/annapolis-library-closed-through-sunday-due-to-snowstorm-damage/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:46:40 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=104191 closedAnne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) officials today annouced that the Annapolis Regional Library will be closed through at least Sunday, February 14, due to extensive roof leaks. The facility has been closed since Saturday.

“Last month’s blizzard caused a number of active leaks at the Annapolis Regional Library,” said AACPL CEO Skip Auld. “We are working to address the problems and hope to reopen soon to serve our customers and the community. We apologize for the inconveience.”

All programs and meetings scheduled at the Annapolis library through Sunday are canceled. The bookdrop will also be closed and all materials should be returned to one of the other 14 libraries across the county. A list of libraries can be found at www.aacpl.net/location.        

To assist customers, most materials checked out from the Annapolis Regional Library with due dates between February 6 and February 13 will now be due by March 18. No fines will be charged for late returns of matierals with the exception of orange banded (OCLC) materials. These items, from the library’s Interlibrary Loan program, must be returned to one of the library’s 14 other locations by the originala due date.

Additionally, customer access to Marina, the online catalog of materials owned by all the public libraries in Maryland, also called Interlibrary Loan, is unavailable through Friday, February 12.  Customers will not be able to access Marina during this time as the AACPL Interlibrary Loan program is run out of the Annapolis Regional Library.

Please visit the library’s website at www.aacpl.net for more information on reopening.

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New Annapolis public housing Director of Public Safety recently convicted of bribery in Federal Courthttp://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/02/09/new-annapolis-public-housing-director-of-public-safety-recently-convicted-of-bribery-in-federal-court/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/02/09/new-annapolis-public-housing-director-of-public-safety-recently-convicted-of-bribery-in-federal-court/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 12:40:49 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=104139
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Derek Matthews, Director of Security for the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis. (Photo: Twitter)

Last night, the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis announced a new Executive Director and a new Director of Public Safety to help turn around the beleaguered agency.  However, Safety Director, Derek Matthews, was dismissed from his job at the Department of Homeland Security where he was the Regional Director for the Federal Protective Service when a scheme was uncovered to defraud the government. Matthews was convicted of bribery and served 15 months for his role in a larger scheme to defraud the US Government by accepting payments from a contractor in return for assistance in securing government contracts.

Last night, members of the City Council lauded the choice of Matthews who currently runs a consulting firm and previously was a Prince George’s County Sheriff. Ward 3 Alderwoman, Rhonda Pindell-Charles said, “I am quite impressed with Mr. Matthews and Mr. Colbert.” Ward 2 Alderman, Fred Paone recounted knowing Colbert as a child growing up in Annapolis and seemed pleased with his appointment.

It is unknown what vetting process was used prior to hiring Matthews or if the HACA Board was aware of the bribery conviction.  While a conviction should not be an immediate disqualification, it does merit additional information. During the Cohen administration, former City Transportation Director Richard Newell was discovered to have a criminal record. The Council determined that the offense was far enough removed from the present day, that it would not impede Newell’s job.  In fact, Newell went on to substantially turn the department around until he was terminated by the Pantelides administration.

According to court records, Matthews was sentenced in July of 2013, was released in October 2014, and served a one-year, supervised probation which ended in October 2015.  He was hired by HACA in February 2016.

HACA has been plagued with resignations and mismanagement. There are currently two vacant seats on the Board, and Mayor Pantelides has shown no urgency in making new appointments. The City has no control over HACA, but does appoint their Board. The former Executive Director abruptly resigned along with several key employees and Board members last fall. A replacement Executive Director was hired and resigned the day before she was scheduled to begin.

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