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Annapolis Mayor, in apparent political move, appeals the decision on a development appeal

Annapolis Mayor, in apparent political move, appeals the decision on a development appeal

| August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Land development in Annapolis is a strange thing. We have Crystal Spring in the wings. Several other projects are in various states of development. Recently there was a legal appeal from a citizens advocacy group of a decision made by the City which ultimately failed.  Now, the City is agreeing with the group that challenged their […]

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Opinion: The war against businesses in Annapolis

Opinion: The war against businesses in Annapolis

| August 3, 2016 | 3 Comments

In January, I wrote an editorial asking if the City could possibly bend over any further for the Annapolis Yacht Club and it struck a chord. Well, here we are, six months later and here’s another one that might as well. What the hell is going on in the business community? The Annapolis Business Association […]

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Mayor Pantelides has a $135K war chest to retain his seat

Mayor Pantelides has a $135K war chest to retain his seat

| July 29, 2016 | 1 Comment

With an election still more than a year away, Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides has been busy fundraising for a re-election bid. If you believe that money alone will win an election, any opposition will need to have more than $100,000 to do it. Pantelides, in the third year of his first term has been a […]

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Art is dying in Annapolis

Art is dying in Annapolis

| June 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

Art is dying in Annapolis. Well, dying tends to make one think of old age. Perhaps “being killed” is more appropriate. And it seems that as the City’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) keeps grabbing for more power, public art in our City is slowly being suffocated.  So much, that a group is planning a funeral […]

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EDITORIAL: When it comes to traffic management, Annapolis is screwed

EDITORIAL: When it comes to traffic management, Annapolis is screwed

| May 26, 2016 | 18 Comments

Today, it took me 2 hours and 45 minutes to drive from my home near Quiet Waters Park to the Naval Academy and back. A while back, Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides talked about a plan that the City has to evacuate people in case of an emergency. He spoke of this plan after several accidents […]

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Wait, the County may have snookered the City on this EMS shell game

Wait, the County may have snookered the City on this EMS shell game

| May 21, 2016 | 15 Comments

Last week, Annapolis Fire Chief David Stokes discussed the announcement of a new “partnership” between the City and the County, “But the reality is it is nothing more than a good old-fashioned common-sense approach to improve our emergency response capabilities.” Uhm, really Chief? According to the information available, the County now plans to remove an EMS unit […]

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Has Chief Pristoop become a liability as Mayor Pantelides fights to retain his office?

Has Chief Pristoop become a liability as Mayor Pantelides fights to retain his office?

| May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

I like Chief Pristoop. He is an effective leader. He has an impressive resume. He was a great pick for Annapolis after the prior Chief left the department in less than stellar shape. But the Chief is feeling pressure now and most likely he, like many others, will be a political casualty of Mayor Mike Pantelides […]

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Paperwork errors, understaffed police department may kill Crystal Spring development?

Paperwork errors, understaffed police department may kill Crystal Spring development?

| April 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

Opponents of the controversial Crystal Spring community have largely been focused on creating emotional arguments to stop the development which have largely fallen on deaf ears.  Save the trees. Save the animals. Think of the kids. Think of the traffic. Any time an accident occurs in the City, one of the opponents will chime in with […]

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Annapolis Police encourage residents to join Nextdoor; but hold on a second…..

Annapolis Police encourage residents to join Nextdoor; but hold on a second…..

| April 27, 2016 | 4 Comments

The Annapolis Police Department has announced that they have partnered with Nexdoor, a social networking platform, to improve communications between neighbors. While the concept seems sound, when I joined, I noticed several glaring issues that made me very uncomfortable. According to Nextdoor: Nextdoor is the private social network for your neighborhood. Nextdoor is the best way to stay in […]

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Eastport residents fired up over security; City, HACA have few answers

Eastport residents fired up over security; City, HACA have few answers

| April 18, 2016 | 4 Comments

After 31 shots rang out early on Sunday morning, residents of Eastport were alarmed and looking for answers.  The City and the Annapolis Police Department hastily called a meeting which was held at the Eastport Community Center which is located two blocks from the incident on Sunday. Alderman Ross Arnett and Police Chief Michael Pristoop […]

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Can we bend over any more for the Annapolis Yacht Club?

Can we bend over any more for the Annapolis Yacht Club?

| January 9, 2016 | 18 Comments

On December 12th, the Annapolis Yacht Club suffered a devastating fire. The building looks to be destroyed and 150 employees’ earnings were in peril. It was a tragic, unfortunate, and insured accident. The service industry is a tight-knit group and they quickly came to the table with offers of employment for displaced employees. This was […]

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Chesapeake Eye Care helps me keep my Eye On Annapolis

Chesapeake Eye Care helps me keep my Eye On Annapolis

| September 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Chesapeake Eyecare and Laser Center is pleased to announce its new LASIK Campaign featuring Jyours truly in their latest video.  I have enjoyed over 15 years of good vision after having LASIK with Dr. Maria Scott. I wore glasses and contacts since my late 20s and decided to be free of corrective lenses in 2001. “We are thrilled that John […]

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Annapolis business community prepares for significant changes

Annapolis business community prepares for significant changes

| September 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

The City of Annapolis has once again decided to create an economic development department. Under former Mayor Ellen Moyer, economic development was handled by two separate departments within the city. Former Mayor Josh Cohen disbanded the departments and opted to create a quasi-independent corporation (Annapolis Economic Development Corp) that relied on the city for nearly 100% […]

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Has Annapolis adopted common core math to calculate parking tickets?

Has Annapolis adopted common core math to calculate parking tickets?

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Earlier this week, a reader contacted us about a parking ticket. She admits she was wrong and deserved the ticket. She admits she failed to pay it on time and additional penalties applied. But that is where it gets weird. Seems the City of Annapolis is using some type of Common Core math or voodoo […]

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When bad kids go good–thank a cop

When bad kids go good–thank a cop

| February 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

All too often we hear the bad side of an interaction with a police officer. You get a ticket. You got arrested. Sometimes we hear the good stories–last week a pair of officers jumped into a frozen South River to rescue a man and his dog. They are usually first on the scene of any […]

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Hey Pasadena, it’s a methadone <em>clinic</em>, not a meth lab

Hey Pasadena, it’s a methadone clinic, not a meth lab

| February 4, 2015 | 15 Comments

UPDATE: Anne Arundel County Councilman, Derek Fink, has advised that he had a conversation with Smith who agreed to not move forward with the clinic at the Hogs Neck location. Fink said he’d work with Smith to find a more suitable location. Annapolis, Severna Park, and South County no longer have the lock on the […]

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Anne Arundel County Public Schools blow another snow day decision

Anne Arundel County Public Schools blow another snow day decision

| January 6, 2015 | 2 Comments

Last year, almost to the day, Acting Superintendent Mamie Perkins promised that the Anne Arundel County Public Schools had learned their lesson about inclement weather and allowing school to remain in session.  It seems that the current administration must have been nodding off during that meeting because they blew it again. While neighboring districts were […]

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Annapolis protest march goes off with only a slight hitch

Annapolis protest march goes off with only a slight hitch

| December 12, 2014 | 3 Comments

The numbers were not nearly what City officials predicted (1000), but there were about 200-300 peaceful protestors (according to a DGS officer at Lawyer’s Mall) who took to the streets of Annapolis to protest police brutality. The crowd was on time, polite, and respectful.  It was everything that the police had hoped. Annapolis Police Chief […]

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Scott Bowling, champion, dies at 43

Scott Bowling, champion, dies at 43

| November 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Scott Bowling, a former candidate for Annapolis Alderman and community activist died on Wednesday after battling Crohn’s Disease and cancer for many years. Scott was 43 and a very good friend. It’s taken me a few days to digest that another friend whom I admired has passed away. There is so much to say about Scott […]

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Barbara Cox: a bright star in Annapolis

Barbara Cox: a bright star in Annapolis

| November 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

Friday morning, I was on my way to New York and checked my mail and was shocked. Barbara Cox, the news director for WNAV had passed away earlier this morning. I has sure it had to be a mistake, but it was true. At 55 after beating breast cancer and the Bay Bridge (just last […]

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Thank you Laura Neuman

Thank you Laura Neuman

| November 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

In February of 2013, no one knew who Laura Neuman was. We questioned it as well. Here we are in 2014 and there are still many questions lingering out there. When did she morph from a solid and focused executive into a politician fluent in mudslinging? Does she have a future in elected office or government? […]

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Davis and Cox leave large shoes to fill in Anne Arundel

Davis and Cox leave large shoes to fill in Anne Arundel

| November 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

Yesterday, Anne Arundel County Executive Elect Steve Schuh made two personnel moves and informed police chief Kevin Davis and fire chief Michael Cox that they would not be part of the new administration. Schuh’s spokesman said that they were “moving in a different direction” which is akin to “it’s not you, it’s me” in a […]

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