Eye On Annapolis http://www.eyeonannapolis.net ...it's about the quality of life! Sat, 01 Oct 2016 15:31:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 8076074 AA County schools to start a little later next year http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/10/aa-county-schools-to-start-a-little-later-next-year/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/10/aa-county-schools-to-start-a-little-later-next-year/#respond Sat, 01 Oct 2016 15:31:01 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=112858

clockThe Board of Education of Anne Arundel County has approved a shift in school start and dismissal times for the 2017-2018 school year, endorsing a plan that will start high schools at 7:30 a.m. instead of the current 7:17 a.m.

The plan, approved by a 6-2 vote, calls for elementary, middle, and special schools to start 15 minutes later than they begin in the current year. Dismissal times would shift by the same amounts.

The shift will require the purchase of 10 additional buses, and will cost approximately $618,000, which was included within the FY2016 approved Operating Budget.

The changes do not necessary alter start and dismissal times at Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School, Monarch Academy Public Charter School, and Monarch Global Contract School. Those schools are responsible for their own transportation arrangements and therefore can establish their own start and dismissal times.

A complete list of new start and dismissal times for all schools in the county will be published later this year.

Source: AACPS

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Greenstreet gardens kicks off Fall Festival in Lothian http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/10/greenstreet-gardens-kicks-off-fall-festival-in-lothian/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/10/greenstreet-gardens-kicks-off-fall-festival-in-lothian/#respond Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:27:18 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=112855 Greenstreet gardensGreenstreet Gardens kicked off the 2016 Fall Festival last month with a Maryland agriculture theme, #MDAGSTRONG.

“Our goal is not only to have families enjoy a day on our farm with fun fall festivities, but also to promote Maryland agriculture and educate adults and children about it,” Ray Greenstreet said. The corn maze consists of a barn, silo, tractor and #MDAGSTRONG in the design, while the hayride takes you through a barn decorated with stations highlighting dairy, farm to table, oysters and livestock. “Most Marylanders don’t know that agriculture is Maryland’s No. 1 industry,” Greenstreet said.

The farm also hosts fun and educational field trips weekdays in October. The children not only partake in the fun activities like the corn maze and jumping pillow, but they also learn about pollinators, how corn grows, fun facts about pumpkins and more.

The Fall Festival is open Saturdays and Sundays, September 17th through October 30th, from 10:30am until 5pm (last ticket sold at 4pm). Tickets are $13 for general admission and include ALL activities here on the farm. There are discounts for seniors and military, plus children 2 and under are free. The Fall Festival includes a 6 acre corn maze, jumping pillow, cow train, petting zoo, hair painting, face painting, hayrides, underground slide, corn pit, tractor play set, teepee, pumpkin bowling, tire tower, shorty maze & more! (Food, drinks, animal feed and pumpkins are extra.)

Ray Greenstreet was appointed by Governor Hogan to the Maryland Agricultural Commission in July 2015 and is dedicated to showcasing Maryland Agriculture whenever possible. He was also the President of the Maryland Agriculture Council in 2014, and currently serves on the Board of Directors. Greenstreet Growers has been at the forefront of agriculture in South County since 2000, growing bedding annuals and perennials in commercial greenhouses for both retail and wholesale customers.

Greenstreet Gardens is one of the country’s premier retailer and growing garden centers. The Maryland location is located at 391 West Bay Front Road in Lothian, and the two Virginia locations are located at 1721 West Braddock Road and 1503 Mt. Vernon Avenue, both in Alexandria.

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Entrepreneur’s Exchange announces October events http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/10/entrepreneurs-exchange-announces-october-events/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/10/entrepreneurs-exchange-announces-october-events/#respond Sat, 01 Oct 2016 10:24:40 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=112853 Entrepr ExchangeEntrepreneur’s Exchange Monthly Luncheon – Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Recruiting talented candidates is not enough. It’s crucial that people are aligned to specific roles, where their talents will have the greatest impact on achieving company goals — and where they are most likely to remain fully engaged. Join EE on Wednesday, October 5, when our guest speaker will be Julie White, Talent Selection & Development expert with Strategic Development Associates, LLC, who will show you how to take the guesswork out of hiring and help you determine how to implement a talent selection and management processes that align to your company.The event is held at Union Jack’s British Pub, 2072 Somerville Road, Annapolis, MD 21401, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.  Cost is $27 for members, $37 for nonmembers, $5 additional for walk-ins and includes lunch and the featured program. Advance registration ends at 5 PM Tuesday, October 4. Register at www.eebiz.org. For more information, contact Entrepreneur’s Exchange, Inc., at 410-647-8167 or email info@eebiz.org.

Easy Ways to Develop Content for Social Media – Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Overwhelmed with what to post on social media? Not sure how to post on Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram? Join Entrepreneur’s Exchange on Tuesday, October 18, for an interactive Workshop: Easy Ways to Develop Content for Social Media, presented by Rikki Schneider of Webgirl Technology. Topics include content development, distributing content on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and face-to-face networking, and software and applications you can use to create graphics.  The workshop is 8:30 to 10:30 am at Maryland Sales Training, 2530 Riva Road, Suite 300, Annapolis, MD 21401.  Cost is $50 per person. Register at www.eebiz.org. For more information, contact Entrepreneur’s Exchange, Inc., at 410-647-8167 or email info@eebiz.org.

Multi-Chamber Networking Breakfast – Thursday, October 20, 2016

Get a jump-start on your day, meet new people, make new connections, and get a chance at great door prizes at the Joint Chamber Business Networking Breakfast hosted by the Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce.  The event will be held on Thursday, October 20, from 7:30 to 9:30 AM at the Crofton Country Club, 1691 Crofton Parkway, Crofton, MD 21114. Cost is $25 for members in advance, $35 for members at the door, and $45 for nonmembers.  Register at www.eebiz.org. For more information, contact Entrepreneur’s Exchange, Inc., at 410-647-8167 or email info@eebiz.org.

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Walk to End Alzheimers coming to Annapolis on October 23rd http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/09/walk-to-end-alzheimers-coming-to-annapolis-on-october-23rd/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/09/walk-to-end-alzheimers-coming-to-annapolis-on-october-23rd/#respond Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:09:56 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=112846 Dept of Health

anne-arundel-walk-to-end-alzheimersThe Alzheimer’s Association invites the community to make a difference in the lives of the 100,000 Marylanders living with Alzheimer’s disease by participating in the 2016 Anne Arundel County Walk to End Alzheimer’s, taking place Sunday, Oct. 23, beginning at 11 a.m., at Susan Campbell Park in downtown Annapolis.

“The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the Alzheimer’s Association’s largest gathering for caregivers, advocates and friends united in the commitment to move our cause forward,” said Cass Naugle, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter.

Over 1,000 walkers are expected and volunteers are needed to serve in a variety of roles including greeters, cheer squad members, Kids’ Corner aids, photographers and food court servers.

Walker check-in starts at 11 a.m., when participants can pick up t-shirts, take team photos, decorate posters and honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias by placing flowers in the Promise Garden. Following a powerful opening ceremony at noon emceed by ABC2 News Anchor Jamie Costello, the 2-mile walk will commence at 12:30 p.m.

Everyone is encouraged to stay afterward to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause. They also can enjoy live music by The Norwood Project, fun and games in the Kids’ Corner, and light refreshments provided by Giant Food, Panera and Dogfish Head Alehouse.

Walkers can register as individuals or teams. Registration is free and those who raise at least $100 will receive a Walk to End Alzheimer’s t-shirt. To register, volunteer or donate, visit alz.org/walk. To learn more about the disease and available resources, visit alz.org/maryland or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.

“Funds raised at our Walk events help us reach more families impacted by Alzheimer’s with resources and caring services,” Naugle added. “They also support research for treating, preventing and, ultimately, eliminating this disease, which is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.”

The Greater Maryland Chapter will host a total of six regional Walk events, made possible by national presenting sponsor, Edward Jones, and the following statewide sponsors: Genesis HealthCare, Brightview Senior Living, Five Star Senior Living/Heartfields-Sommerford, Giant Food, Panera Bread, Pharmasite Research, Staples and UPS. Additional sponsors of the Anne Arundel County Walk include McCormick, Mid-Atlantic Health Care, Inc., Sturbridge Homes, Fourcast Management, Severn Bank, Sycomp and Dogfish Head Alehouse.

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Annapolis Irish Festival donated $10K to Bello Machre http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/09/annapolis-irish-festival-donated-10k-to-bello-machre/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/09/annapolis-irish-festival-donated-10k-to-bello-machre/#respond Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:53:11 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=112843 Dept of Health

irish-fest-check-presentation-2Bello Machre is a recipient of a $10,000 check donated from the proceeds of the Annapolis Irish Festival.  Eddie and Tracy McGowan, the festival’s founders, along with Pamela Cole Finlay, the event’s organizer, presented the donation as part of the Irish Festival’s tradition of giving back to the community.

Dr. Robert Ireland, President and CEO, commented, “We are so proud to be selected as a recipient for the 2nd year.  Eddie and Tracy McGowan have created an extraordinary event that brings people together and celebrates our community.”  Additionally, Bello Machre supports this terrific event by providing an army of volunteers who greeted festival goers and helped sell tickets.

The Inaugural Annapolis Irish Festival was started in 2011 by Eddie and Tracy McGowan.  This Festival has become an Annapolis tradition and a regional attraction thanks to the support of the business community and the people who share McGowan’s passion for the Emerald Isle and the magical Celtic traditions and music that they hold so dear. In 2015, fifteen businesses sponsored this Festival, and $30,000 was donated to local non-profits in our community. The 2016 Annapolis Irish Festival was held at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds and featured 3 stages of non-stop entertainment.   The major sponsors included: Absolute Fire Protection, Budweiser, Galway Bay, Greene Turtle, Homestead Gardens, and the O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel. The Festival hosted over 70 vendors, the famous Little Leprechaun Land, and proceeds benefited Bello Machre as well as several other local non-profits in our community. In just 6 years the Festival organizers have exceeded their goal of giving back over $100,000 dollars to local non profits!

“What a great day to be Irish!” commented Eddie McGowan.  “I’m so thrilled to be associated with Bello Machre and their tremendous work providing a lifetime of care to people with developmental disabilities. It was only natural that we selected them as one of our host charities.” 

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“Visual Moments” at West Annapolis Artworks http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/09/visual-moments-at-west-annapolis-artworks/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/09/visual-moments-at-west-annapolis-artworks/#respond Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:48:30 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=112840

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Evie Baskin, Ducklings, Pastel, West Annapolis Art Works

Evie Baskin, Ducklings, Pastel, West Annapolis Art Works

West Annapolis Artworks is pleased to host members of the Working Artists Forum in an exciting new exhibition called “Visual Moments.” WAF is a non-profit organization of 90 painters living in and around the Eastern Shore who meet monthly in Easton at the Academy Art Museum.   Membership is established by a jury composed of fellow artists.

 Through October 29th, member artists of Working Artists Forum (WAF) will present their latest work in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic and mixed media.  On Saturday October 15th from 3:00-6:00 pm, West Annapolis Artworks will hold a reception for the exhibiting artists.  Please drop by the gallery, enjoy some light refreshment, meet the painters and see the delightful work they are doing.   

  • West Annapolis Art Works
  • 4 Annapolis street
  • Annapolis MD 21401
  • “Visual Moments” Working Artists Forum
  • October 1st through October 29th
  • Opening Reception October 15th 3-6pm
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shawn-titusAnne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams announced  that Annapolis businessman Shawn Titus, 44, was sentenced to 4 years of active incarceration for second degree sex offense and producing child pornography.

Titus was also sentenced to 5 years supervised probation and other special conditions, including no contact with victim, no unsupervised contact with a minor, no contact with a minor for a sexual purpose, no possession of child pornography, no use of any Internet site that displays or distributes child pornography, and to successfully complete a psychosexual evaluation and treatment. 

“This crime violates children in a deeply disturbing way. I want to thank Judge Wachs for sending a message to the community that we will not tolerate sexual offenses or child pornography,” said Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams. “I also want to encourage anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault to feel comfortable to come forward and talk with our trained prosecutors who will work tirelessly to seek justice for your case.”

Titus secretly videotaped himself committing sexual offenses on a young boy from ages 11 to 13 from 1990-1993. Titus maintained the pornography tapes over the course of 25 years and through two moves across Anne Arundel County and the Eastern Shore. In 2015, these tapes were found and turned over to Maryland State Police.   

“The identification and arrest of those who exploit and abuse children continues to be a priority for our troopers,” Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel William Pallozzi said.  “The support of members of the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office during this investigation and prosecution is appreciated.”

“I want to thank the hard-working troopers of the Maryland State Police for their thorough and professional investigation which helped our prosecutor seek justice for the victims in this case,” said Adams. “Partnerships with law enforcement officers in our community can make or break our cases.” 

Judge J. Michael Wachs sentenced Titus to 20 years, suspend all but 4 years, for second degree sex offense, and 4 years, to run concurrent, for producing child pornography. If Titus violates his probation, he could face serving the remaining 16 years of his sentence. 

Assistant State’s Attorney Reva Chopra prosecuted the case.

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Rams Head bringing Steve Earle to Maryland Hall in December http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/09/rams-head-bringing-steve-earle-to-maryland-hall-in-december/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/09/rams-head-bringing-steve-earle-to-maryland-hall-in-december/#respond Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:06:09 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=112832 Rams Head On Stage will be bringing Steve Earle & the Dukes “Guitar Town” 30th Anniversary Tour to Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Friday, December 2nd .  Tickets are on sale now!

SHOW DETAILSsteve-earle

Steve Earle & the Dukes “Guitar Town” 30th Anniversary Tour

Friday, December 2, 2016

Doors: 7pm

Show: 8pm

$45 – $60



Steve Earle & The Dukes are celebrating 30 years since the release of their first full length album, “Guitar Town”. The album topped the Billboard country charts and the title song reached number seven on the singles charts. The album also received two Grammy nominations.

Steve Earle & the Dukes will be playing “Guitar Town” in its entirety for the first set, and will perform selections from the rest of their vast catalog for the second set.

Upcoming Local Shows at Rams Head On Stage
October 1 Gary Lewis & The Playboys
October 2 Joe Robinson w. Twobadours on the Run feat. David Ryan Harris and Gabe Dixon
October 3 Edgar Winter Band
October 4 Yuna
October 5 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience
October 6 Shenandoah Run
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Marijuana fallout: new cottage industry springs up–cannabis branding http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/09/marijuana-fallout-new-cottage-industry-springs-up-cannabis-branding/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/09/marijuana-fallout-new-cottage-industry-springs-up-cannabis-branding/#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:04:08 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=112830 Dept of Health

Brand JointBrand Joint, an Annapolis-based branding agency designing exclusively for the cannabis industry, has partnered with Kim Mohr and Erin Olexia of Dream House Studios to provide interior design services for Maryland and East Coast dispensaries.

As the legalization of medical marijuana programs spreads across the United States, Brand Joint Owner and Chief Creative, Jennifer Culpepper sees the opportunity for entrepreneurs to lead the industry through strategic branding and creative design. She believes cannabis businesses that understand the value of strong branding will have a competitive edge in this emerging industry. 

 “We’re excited to begin this unique partnership with Dream House Studios,” said Culpepper. “For dispensaries in particular, the interior space is a crucial element of the entire brand experience. Together, we can offer dispensaries a collaborative design approach, resulting in a consistent brand experience for patients and consumers.”

Brand Joint develops authentic brands for high-quality cannabis products and services through smart brand strategy and strong design. With over 20 years of award-winning design experience, the Brand Joint team creates targeted consumer experiences and tells a brand’s story through visual elements, such as logos, websites and packaging design. 

For more information about Brand Joint and their services, visit brandjoint.com.

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Second City coming to Maryland Hall October 7th http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/09/second-city-coming-to-maryland-hall-october-7th/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/09/second-city-coming-to-maryland-hall-october-7th/#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:24:29 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=112818 Dept of Health

chi_free_speech_1200x1200_001Second City will perform at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Friday, October 7 at 8 pm in the Main Theater. Tickets: $30, $25 for Maryland Hall members, and can be purchased by visiting www.marylandhall.org. Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater will perform “Free Speech! (While Supplies Last)” an irreverent look at America’s electoral insanity. This topical new show features political satire made famous by Second City stars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Keegan-Michael Key, as well as brand new scenes, songs and improv straight from their sold out shows in Chicago and Toronto. This must-see evening of comedy features some of Chicago’s best and brightest in a special {number of nights performing} engagement.

Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating nearly six decades of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and continues to launch the careers of comedy superstars. 

full-cast-3_secondcity_mhcaMaryland 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, Comcast, Wells Fargo, RPH Architecture, M&T Bank, Sandy Spring Bank, Towne Transport, Manis Canning & Associates, Annapolis Hyundai, BB&T, Black Turtle Services, Kure, RBC Wealth Management, The RC Group, Double Tree Annapolis, Maryland Eye Associates and Ziger/Snead.

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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