Eye On Annapolis » Local News http://www.eyeonannapolis.net ...it's about the quality of life! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:16:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 New shows announced at Rams Head On Stage http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/10/22/new-shows-announced-at-rams-head-on-stage/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/10/22/new-shows-announced-at-rams-head-on-stage/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:54:34 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=92975 Steve Schuh We are so lucky to have a true world class music and entertainment venue in our figurative and literal backyard. Each week, Rams Head On Stage is busy bringing the best acts to their intimate venue on West Street. Just check out what's in store in the coming months!

You can purchase tickets online or at the box office.


10/22 John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band feat. Herb Pedersen, Jon Randall & Mark Fain

10/24 Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

10/25 Voyage: A Tribute To Journey feat. Hugo

10/26 Joe Ely Duo

10/27 Wine & Canvas: A Painting Class With Cocktails

10/28 Murder Mystery Dinner: Charlie’s Angels Of Death

10/29 Darlingside & Tall Heights

10/30 Danielia Contton w. Sweet Leda

10/31 Russian Red w. Babes

11/01 Richie Kotzen

11/02 James Hunter Six w. Emily Elbert

11/04 Acoustic Alchemy

11/05 Doyle Bramhall II w. Matt Andersen

11/06 Charlie Mars

11/07 Comedian, Tom Papa

11/08 Robyn Hitchcock *All Ages Matinee

11/08 Delbert McClinton

11/09 Aaron Carter *All Ages Matinee

11/09 Jim Brickman

11/10 Rachael Yamagata w. The Dove & The Wolf and Hemming

11/13 Lucinda Williams w. Kenneth Brian Band

11/14 Jack Wagner

11/15 Phil Vassar

11/16 Oleta Adams

11/17 The Company Men

11/18 Ace Frehley of KISS

11/19 Eric Johnson & Mike Stern: Eclectic Guitars

11/20 Chris Smither & The Motivators

11/21 The Last Waltz Tribute Produced by Newmyer Flyer

11/22 Taylor Williamson of America’s Got Talent

11/22 Suede

11/23 Bay Tunes Guitars Fall/Winter Rock Band School Showcase

11/23 Janis Ian

11/28 Grainger w. Pockets feat. Special Guest Meritxell

11/29 Slim Man

11/30 Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam

12/03 Chuck Ragan w. Adam Faucett

12/04 Amy Ray of Indigo Girls

12/05 Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone

12/06 Adrian Belew Power Trio w. Saul Zonana

12/07 Motown & More: A Holiday Celebration

12/08 Robert Glasper

12/09 Sadie and the Hotheads feat. Elizabeth McGovern

12/10 Peter White’s Christmas feat. Mindi Abair & Rick Braun

12/11 Cheryl Wheeler & Patty Larkin

12/12 Paula Poundstone

12/13 Dublin 5 w. Seamus Kennedy

12/14 Jon McLaughlin Christmas Tour w. Andy Davis

12/15 + 16 AMFM’s “An Annapolis Christmas”

12/17 Pieces Of A Dream

12/19 + 20 Carbon Leaf w. Caroline Glaser

12/21 Hard Travelers

12/22 Burlesque-A-Pades

12/26 Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes

12/27 O’Malley’s March

12/28 ReBirth Brass Band

12/30 Seldom Scene *Ultimate Performance Package Available

01/02 Rik Emmett

01/04 Maggie Sansone and Robin Bullock w. Seth Kibel, Andrea Hoag, Matthew Bell plus the Irish Step Dancers

01/09 Jeff Daniels w. Ben Daniels Band

01/16 The Soul Serenaders feat. Billy Price & Tommy Lepson

01/23 Dirty Bourbon River Show

01/25 Marshall Tucker Band

01/29 Tiempo Libre

01/30 The Smithereens

01/31 Good Deale Bluegrass & Eastman String Band

For complete calendar visit www.ramsheadonstage.com

Upcoming Local Shows at Rams Head On Stage
October 22 The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band feat. Herb Pedersen, Mark Fain & Jon Randall
October 23 Danielia Cotton
October 24 Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
October 25 Voyage: A Tribute to Journey featuring Hugo (6:30pm Show)
October 25 Voyage: A Tribute to Journey featuring Hugo (9:30pm Show)
October 26 Joe Ely Duo

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Fire Department completes mobile tablet initiative http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/10/21/fire-department-completes-mobile-tablet-initiative/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/10/21/fire-department-completes-mobile-tablet-initiative/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:36:09 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=93182 Steve Schuh

Fire iPadThe Anne Arundel County Fire Department is in the final phases of outfitting all of its engines and staff vehicles with mobile technology. Following two trials in which Apple iPads proved superior in functionality, usability in the field and cost over Panasonic Toughbooks, 64 iPads are projected to be installed by the end of the month.

“This technology is obviously the way of the future, and the reduced costs of the iPad ultimately create savings for the Department,” Fire Chief Michael Cox stated.

An iPad with a ruggedized case can be purchased and mounted in an apparatus for approximately 25 percent of the cost of a Toughbook, allowing the Department to complete this modernization project immediately instead of over a three-year phase-in period.

County Executive Laura Neuman added, “I applaud the Fire Department for this forward-thinking initiative and for embracing new technology that increases efficiency and saves taxpayer dollars.”

When tested alongside Toughbooks, the iPads received more positive feedback from field users based on their size and ease of use. One of the key applications of the iPad is Active911, which supplements verbal dispatches for emergency incidents with a notification directly to the vehicle that includes mapping and turn-by-turn directions to the incident scene. The AirWatch® mobile management system installed on the iPads allows them to easily connect to the County network and access Computer Aided Dispatch as well.

The iPads also received favorable response for their ability to work with Operative IQ, the Department’s new asset management system. The portability of the device will be critical as crews perform preventive maintenance checks and the other functions Operative IQ manages.

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Madden brothers returning to DC roots at 930 Club in November http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/10/21/madden-brothers-returning-to-dc-roots-at-930-club-in-november/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/10/21/madden-brothers-returning-to-dc-roots-at-930-club-in-november/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:48:27 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=92972
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maddenThe Madden Brothers, comprised of multi-platinum selling recording artists Joel and Benji Madden, will play special live shows in select cities across the United States that will include a stop at the 930 Club in DC. These select live shows will include music from their acclaimed debut album Greetings From California, which was released on September 16th via Capitol Records.  Praised by MTV as a “vibrant, sun-soaked summer surprise,” the album’s smash lead single, “We Are Done,” was a US summer hit and a #1 Single in Australia and New Zealand.  The album’s second and most recent single “Dear Jane,” was recently performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live.  The performance can be viewed HERE.  The band has also made a number of other national TV appearances in support of the new album that include Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Tickets can be purchased beginning today at http://www.TheMaddenBrothers.com.

Madden Brothers Tour Dates:

DATE                     CITY                                       VENUE                                                 

11/17/14              Los Angeles, CA                 House of Blues

11/18/14              San Francisco, CA             The Independent

11/20/14              Philadelphia, PA               TLA

11/21/14              Boston, MA                        Paradise

11/23/14              New York, NY                    Irving Plaza

11/24/14              Washington, DC                930 Club

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Upcoming Local Shows at Rams Head On Stage
October 22 The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band feat. Herb Pedersen, Mark Fain & Jon Randall
October 23 Danielia Cotton
October 24 Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
October 25 Voyage: A Tribute to Journey featuring Hugo (6:30pm Show)
October 25 Voyage: A Tribute to Journey featuring Hugo (9:30pm Show)
October 26 Joe Ely Duo

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3 County employees disciplined after displaying noose http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/10/21/3-county-employees-disciplined-after-displaying-noose/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/10/21/3-county-employees-disciplined-after-displaying-noose/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:20:27 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=93177 Steve Schuh
Anne Arundel County Executive, Laura Neuman

Anne Arundel County Executive, Laura Neuman

County Executive Laura Neuman hosted a press conference yesterday to stress the important role cultural sensitivity plays in the diverse workforce that composes Anne Arundel County government. Spurred by a recent isolated incidence of racial and cultural insensitivity – in which three employees were disciplined for fashioning and displaying a noose and exchanging inappropriate jokes – the event highlighted efforts present and future by county government to develop a more culturally sensitive workforce.

“Our employees are our greatest asset, and it’s critical that we facilitate a diverse work environment in which everyone is given equal opportunity,” said County Executive Neuman. “Understanding the sensitivity of racial and cultural differences is the first step in preventing discrimination and harassment. This administration recognized early on the need for Diversity Training and for the creation of a compliance officer position, and this incident reinforces both.”

At the administration’s directive, the county’s Office of Minority Affairs has to date hosted 30 Diversity Training sessions for over 360 supervisors, managers and assistants across nine departments to help county employees develop the cultural competence needed to support workplace diversity. Most recently, Minority Affairs also hosted a session for employees in the department in which the incidence of insensitivity occurred.

In the interest of improving how incidences of cultural insensitivity are handled, the administration began discussion over a year ago regarding the establishment of a compliance officer position. A resolution to create this position will be heard by the County Council tonight. If passed, the compliance officer would be responsible for monitoring and ensuring compliance with federal, state and local laws that prohibit discrimination and harassment in county government.

“As with any continually progressing issue like cultural sensitivity, there will always be room for growth in any and every organization,” County Executive Neuman said. “Anne Arundel County is not far off from where it should be, but we can do better.”

Source: AACo

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AACC awarded Military Friendly School designation for 6th year http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/10/20/aacc-awarded-military-friendly-school-designation-for-6th-year/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/10/20/aacc-awarded-military-friendly-school-designation-for-6th-year/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:16:52 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=92941 Steve Schuh

aaccAnne Arundel Community College has been named to the Military Friendly School® list for the sixth consecutive year by Victory Media, a media organization for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The honor recognizes the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to help military service members, veterans and spouses succeed with their educational goals.

The Military Friendly Schools® website, http://militaryfriendly.com/school-list  includes the list and tools to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. Victory Media selected the colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list for exhibiting leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience, stating that these schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

One special feature at AACC is its Military and Veterans Resource Center http://www.aacc.edu/military/MiliVetCent.cfm where active, reserve and retired members of the military, veterans and their families can obtain additional information or resources about attending college, as well as gather informally. AACC also has an active Veterans Student Association where members encourage each other.

Academically, AACC is a participating member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a consortium of 1,550 colleges and universities dedicated to providing educational opportunities for service members and their families, GoArmyEd, the Air Force’s General Education Mobile (GEM) initiative, the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA). The college offers a variety of services at the Fort Meade Army Education Center for soldiers and their families and accepts military credits for transfer into AACC programs.

Now in its sixth year, the 2015 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for Veterans Administration tuition funding.

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Golden Dragon Acrobats coming to Maryland Hall http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/10/19/golden-dragon-acrobats-coming-to-maryland-hall/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/10/19/golden-dragon-acrobats-coming-to-maryland-hall/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:01:52 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=92925 Steve Schuh

ContortionGlassesAward-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, and ancient and contemporary music are featured in the award-winning Golden Dragon Acrobats family show at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Sunday, November 16 at 4 pm. Tickets are $21 for non-members, $16 for Maryland Hall members and $12 for children (plus ticket fees). 

The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company today.  The performance introduces patrons of all ages to the ancient art of Chinese acrobatics, a long-running tradition that began in China well over 2000 years ago. Over its long and rich history it has developed as one of the most popular art forms among the Chinese people.  Acrobatics in China began to evolve from the working lives of its people. Instruments of labor, such as tridents and wicker rings, and articles of daily use such as tables, chairs, jars, plates and bowls began to be used as performance props.  Many of these elements continue to be part of the acrobatic performances.

GoldenDragonsWorld renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.  They have been touring throughout the United States continuously since 1978.  The 30 members of the Golden Dragon Acrobats are athletes, actors and artists who have studied and trained since early childhood. The troupe has performed in over 65 countries across the world and in each of the 50 states.

The impact of Chinese acrobatics goes far beyond the boundaries of performance as it has served an important role in the cultural exchange between China and Western nations including the United States. Touring companies such as the Golden Dragon Acrobats help portray the hard-working nature of the Chinese people and showcase the rich traditions of Chinese culture.

Maryland Hall is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a grant from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. Additional support comes from sponsors including: The Helena Foundation, AT&T, Inovalon, Inc., Comcast, Wells Fargo, Verizon, Bay Ridge Wine and Spirits, Severn Savings Bank, Loews Annapolis Hotel, M&T Bank, Sandy Spring Bank and Towne Transport.

For more information or to order tickets, contact the Maryland Hall Box Office at 410-280-5640 or visit www.marylandhall.org. Box office hours are Monday – Friday from noon – 5 pm. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis.

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Nancy Hammond Editions releases 2015 poster http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/10/18/nancy-hammond-editions-releases-2015-poster/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/10/18/nancy-hammond-editions-releases-2015-poster/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:15:36 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=93141 Steve Schuh

Nancy Hammond 2014 PosterNancy Hammond is back in Annapolis with her 2015 Limited Edition Annual Poster Opening on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

The new poster opening will be held at the location of her new gallery, Nancy Hammond Editions, at 192 West Street, Annapolis, MD.

The poster, Rookery for Two,  was unveiled this afternoon. Since the new gallery is still under construction, the opening will be made possible by the O’Callaghan Hotel which is located next door to the new Nancy Hammond Editions gallery.

Serving  a taste of their trademark Irish fare, the hotel’s John Barry Resturant, just off the sidewalk, will provide the hospitality that usually accompanies Nancy Hammond’s annual openings.

Albert Montone, General Manager of O’Callaghan Hotel, one of a small group of Irish-based hotels, says, “We are so pleased that Nancy Hammond’s Gallery is moving next door to us. “We will provide the hospitality to make her poster opening  a celebratory and fun affair.  We are planning signature Irish treats for her to offer on her poster opening day.”

After having her gallery on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake for several years, Hammond has come back to Annapolis where her first gallery created a stir.

Her annual poster became a phenomenon. Hammond’s annual poster openings have become much anticipated with patrons vying for one of the limited editions each year.

Hammond says, “We felt that the long lines of patrons sleeping on the sidewalks, was a little dicey. When I would show up at ten o’clock in the morning, people would be sitting up in their sleeping bags, sipping coffee, block after block. So we made it one price for the whole first day so no one would feel they had to hurry and wait. But it still can sell out.”

Kate Hammond, Nancy Hammond’s gallery manager and also her daughter-in-law, says, “It’s a limited edition print and signed by Nancy so it’s going to be always in demand. She has many devoted patrons on both sides of the bay. This is the 6th poster she has created for the Chesapeake region. Each poster shows a different imaginative approach to Bay subjects.”

Besides curiosity, there is a reason patrons hurry to be at the gallery on the day the poster is released:  their pocketbooks.

The price rises as the limited edition sells out.

The price is $75.00 all day, the first day, for in-person sales; the next day the price begins at $200 and climbs higher from there.

Phone and email orders are taken, starting the next day, Sunday, October 26,and continue till all posters are sold out.

Nancy Hammond says, “We feel very very lucky to have O’Callaghan Hotel helping us with our poster opening.   We were beginning to wonder how to make this tradition continue this year. The construction, the permits and architectural and mechanical drawings of the gallery all took time. Our plan for the gallery evolved over many months. We want it to be a special place for Chesapeake lovers. There are now two new works of Annapolis I created for our return.”

The new Nancy Hammond Editions gallery, is officially opening sometime within the next few weeks. “We’re on pins and needles,” says Kate Hammond. “Nancy keeps creating new works and with each one she tells me that it will be perfect for the window!”

“We are going to have a big new show and party after Christmas; all tropical, and just what everyone needs on a grey January day.”

Nancy Hammond is an artist whose works are well known on both shores of the Chesapeake Bay.  Hammond began her Chesapeake work with a series of silkscreen and giclee prints and has since designed scarves, jewelry, shirts, placemats, etched crystal and ties.

Majoring in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, her work has been exhibited in galleries such as the Baltimore Museum of Art and Maryland Institute of Art. 

Nancy Hammond Editions publishes Nancy Hammond’s work exclusively..  For more information visit www.nancyhammondeditions.com

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Chesapeake Life Center offers holiday grief counseling http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/10/18/chesapeake-life-center-offers-holiday-grief-counseling/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/10/18/chesapeake-life-center-offers-holiday-grief-counseling/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:47:34 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=92917
Steve Schuh

Hospice SignChesapeake Life Center is offering two Hope Full Holidays seminars to offer support to those in the community who are experiencing grief during the holidays.

Led by hospice bereavement counselors, the Hope Full Holidays seminars are for adults, ages 18 and older and will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Chesapeake Life Center’s Prince George’s County location at 9500 Arena Drive, Suite 250 in Largo; and from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Chesapeake Life Center’s Anne Arundel County location at 90 Ritchie Highway in Pasadena.

The fee is $10 per person, with pre-registration requested. For more information or to register, call Chesapeake Life Center at 888-501-7077 or visit www.chesapeakelifecenter.org.

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Sustainafest – October 25th http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/10/18/sustainafest-october-25th/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/10/18/sustainafest-october-25th/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:39:06 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=92912 Steve Schuh

sustainafest_logoiconJoin an ongoing celebration – and conversation – around what we can all do to create a healthier, more prosperous and sustainable Chesapeake Bay region. Through a regular and on-going series of events and activities culminating in an annual film festival, SustainaFest leverages the power of art and entertainment to spark dialogue and drive direct action and measurable impact on the most pressing social, environmental, and economic issues of our time and in our communities.

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October 25th, 2014
Indian Creek Upper School (1130 Anne Chambers Way, Crownsville, MD 21032)


12-1:30 Free Kids Keno Film Showing

5-7 Fantastic Food & Drink, Live Music, Tiny House Tours,

7-10 Mountainfilm Main Film Line Up

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3 rescued from Harbor House apartment fire in Annapolis http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/10/18/3-rescued-from-annapolis-apartment-fire/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/10/18/3-rescued-from-annapolis-apartment-fire/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 06:28:53 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=93111 Steve Schuh

(Photo) Courtesy: Annapolis Fire Department

On Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 0248 am, Annapolis Fire Department units were dispatched for a reported “Apartment Fire”, in the 1200 block of Madison Street in Eastport. Fire crews arrived in approximately three (3) minutes, and found smoke coming from the 3rd floor of a middle of the group, garden style apartment.

Bystanders reported that people were trapped on the 3rd floor. Crews immediately deployed ladders to the 3rd floor balcony and rapidly rescued three people from the 3rd floor front apartment. Simultaneously, crews advanced hose lines into the building. The fire was located in the 3rd floor rear apartment and quickly extinguished.

One of the civilians who was rescued has been transported by Annapolis Fire Department paramedics to Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. The nature and extent of the patient’s injuries are unknown at this time.

In addition to the Annapolis Fire Department, Anne Arundel County, and the Naval District Washington – United States Naval Academy Fire Departments, also responded to the blaze. The fire was placed under control at 03:45.

Representatives for the Housing Authority City of Annapolis (HACA) and the Red Cross are on scene to assist the displaced residents.The total number of residents displaced is not yet clear, as investigators and inspectors continue to survey the damage.

The cause and origin of the fire, and damage estimates, are not yet available. The Annapolis Fire Department will continue to update as additional information is available.

Source: AFD

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