John Frenaye

John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for more than 15 years, he realized that there was something missing in terms of community news--and Eye On Annapolis was born in late spring 2009.

John's background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.

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Buckley announces bike share program and other initiatives to Downtown Annapolis Partnership

Buckley announces bike share program and other initiatives to Downtown Annapolis Partnership

| July 11, 2018

Last night, Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley addressed the membership of the Downtown Annapolis Partnership inside the soon-to-be-opened Market House. The meeting was to offer a sneak peek at the latest iteration of the iconic (yet troubled) building in the heart of the City’s waterfront and to announce several new initiatives to move people around downtown […]

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PODCAST: Talkin’ Eastport with one of the boys

PODCAST: Talkin’ Eastport with one of the boys

| July 11, 2018

The Maryland Crabs Podcast  sat down with Kevin Brooks of The Eastport Oyster Boys (not the Easter Oyster Boys as I mangled it in the recording) and talk all things Eastport–the MRE, the history, the Eastport Oyster Boys and the soon to be happening–Eastport Brewing Company. Thanks to Dick Franyo and The Boatyard for the […]

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PODCAST: A Fundraiser at Caliente Grill for The Capital and a discussion with the community, survivors, and staff

PODCAST: A Fundraiser at Caliente Grill for The Capital and a discussion with the community, survivors, and staff

| July 5, 2018

On Thursday, June 28, 2018, a gunman opened fire in the newsroom of Capital-Gazette Communications killing five. The community has rallied around The Capital and Annapolis will be stronger because of this loss. But there are needs. On Tuesday, The Maryland Crabs Podcast decided to head to Caliente Grill and invite whomever wanted to come […]

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5 killed in Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis

5 killed in Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis

| June 28, 2018

UPDATE: CBS News is identifying the shooter as Jarrod Ramos who had a long running feud with The Capital, it’s former Editor Tom Marquardt, and former columnist Eric Hartley. UPDATE:  Police have said that the suspect is from Maryland and that he has been identified via facial recognition. He has mutilated his fingertips and fingerprints […]

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PRIMARY 2018: Predictions Vs. Reality

PRIMARY 2018: Predictions Vs. Reality

| June 26, 2018

11:30pm: Be sure to tune into the Eye On Annapolis Daily News Brief tomorrow morning at 7am (or whenever you want because it’s a podcast and delivered on demand for free) for an election recap and all the news. Here’s the scorecard:  66 races predicted, 50 were spot on, 16 were spot off. So a […]

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It’s official, Annapolis named to Endangered List of Historic Places by National Trust

It’s official, Annapolis named to Endangered List of Historic Places by National Trust

| June 26, 2018

On Saturday, we broke the story that the National Trust for Historic Preservation was about to name Annapolis as one of the eleven endangered places on the 2018 list. Our source at the Trust told us that the reason was due to the proposed zoning changes being considered by the Mayor and City Council; however, […]

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PRIMARY PRIMER: Final thoughts as we head to the polls (podcast 7:08)

PRIMARY PRIMER: Final thoughts as we head to the polls (podcast 7:08)

| June 23, 2018

Earlier this week, I opined on slates. And as more negative mailers hit my mailbox and more questionable accusations surfaced, I began to think. What’s really at work here? The nation is upset about possible Russian influence in our elections. Yet, when the influence originates here, we turn a blind eye? Negative mailers, false accusations, […]

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PRIMARY PRIMER: Just say no to slates

PRIMARY PRIMER: Just say no to slates

| June 22, 2018

You’ve seen them all around. Big yard signs with the names of the two, three, sometimes four candidates. The concept is that you are supposed to vote for al of them en-masse. This is a slate. In 2016, the four sitting judges combined resources and ran as a slate–Vitale, Klavans, McCormack, and Schaeffer. And it […]

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Annapolis Maritime Museum welcomes new (to them) skipjack Wilma Lee

Annapolis Maritime Museum welcomes new (to them) skipjack Wilma Lee

| June 20, 2018

Last night around 630pm, if you heard cannon fire and thought that Navy might be celebrating a touchdown–it’d be understandable, but mistaken!  The three volleys of cannon fire were celebrating the arrival of the Wilma Lee to the Annapolis Maritime Museum and her now permanent berth. Wilma Lee was “rescued” from Ocrakoke, NC when the […]

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PRIMARY 2018: Our predictions, thoughts, comments

PRIMARY 2018: Our predictions, thoughts, comments

| June 16, 2018

If you have read Eye On Annapolis for more at least an election cycle, you know that we do not do endorsements. Voting is a very personal decision and one that should not be influenced by that latest mailer you received, that nice old lady in the “Elect Whomever” shirt at the polls, or a […]

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Crosby adds two more professionals to growing firm

Crosby adds two more professionals to growing firm

| June 12, 2018

Crosby Marketing Communications has welcomed two new members to its growing staff of 85 professionals. Donald Ritchey joins as an Information Technology Specialist and Britany Hubbard as a Contract and Financial Analyst. Ritchey is the latest addition to Crosby’s expanding digital team. He will support digital publishing needs for the Military OneSource account, the Department […]

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EDITORIAL: Caribbean beach resort or Annapolis City Dock?

EDITORIAL: Caribbean beach resort or Annapolis City Dock?

| June 4, 2018

EDIT: Per Susan O’Brien, spokesperson for the City of Annapolis, the rendering below was a result of the public input offered at the place building meeting several weeks ago and designed to take all the public ideas and show what City Dock could be. I read the Capital article this morning about Mayor Buckley forging […]

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PODCAST: Will John Leopold return to State House? Release of medical records offer new insight.

PODCAST: Will John Leopold return to State House? Release of medical records offer new insight.

| May 31, 2018

Former Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold resigned his office after being convicted of misconduct in office after a torrid trial replete with accusations of infidelity and sexual trysts in parking lots. In his first interview since leaving office, Leopold opens up and lays it all out. His history, his accomplishments, his mistakes, and his […]

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USNA Graduation 2018

USNA Graduation 2018

| May 25, 2018

NOTES: The full transcript and recording of President Trump’s speech will be inserted below when available. We will attempt a live blog throughout the morning. However, cell/wifi is likely to be weak.  Scroll to the bottom to see any available updates as they happen. On May 25 the United States Naval Academy will graduate 1042 midshipmen […]

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PODCAST: Talking about the 8th Annual Annapolis Irish Festival

PODCAST: Talking about the 8th Annual Annapolis Irish Festival

| May 22, 2018

The Maryland Crabs Podcast spoke with Kevin Chaney who is the current and original emcee of the Annapolis Irish Festival. Aside from an inside joke about Ted and Nina, we thank O’Loughlin’s for their hospitality (and food and drink) for letting us take up a table for an hour and tipping so poorly. Just click […]

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Herndon 2018; Peter Rossi from Phoenix , AZ. 2:09.35

Herndon 2018; Peter Rossi from Phoenix , AZ. 2:09.35

| May 21, 2018

Peter Rossi, a 4th Class Midshipman ended his afternoon on a high note.  Rossi was the 4th Class Midshipman who capped the Herndon Monument in 2:09.35, just beating out the 2:21 time from last year’s class. Rossi is a member of the 30th Company. He was boosted by his roommate who also had some experience in placing […]

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Suicide and depression. We can talk about it at Burgers and Bands on June 3rd.

Suicide and depression. We can talk about it at Burgers and Bands on June 3rd.

| May 17, 2018

Last week we spoke with Ann and Ethan Brennan from Severna Park who are the brains behind the 2nd Annual Burgers and Bands benefit coming up on June 3rd. Burgers and Bands is a fundraiser to bring resources and awareness about depression and suicide–a problem that has rocked many communities across Anne Arundel County. Severna […]

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LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Golf Club at South River – The Food, The Fitness, and an Invitation

LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Golf Club at South River – The Food, The Fitness, and an Invitation

| May 5, 2018

Periodically, we take a look at a local businesses to give you something more than a peek in the window or a glance during a drive-by.  We will dig deep into the history,  the people, and of course the product. This series of episodes is focused on The Golf Club at South River. Located just minutes from […]

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Blue Wave or New Wave? Are the establishment candidates scared?

Blue Wave or New Wave? Are the establishment candidates scared?

| May 2, 2018

If you are running for office and have aligned yourself with the establishment candidates or the “old guard” of Maryland politics, you likely have a race on your hands. Nationally, progressive ideals have been energizing voters and winning elections. And you should be scared. For years, the incumbent was the status quo. We only need […]

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LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Golf Club at South River – A Founding Member’s Vision

LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Golf Club at South River – A Founding Member’s Vision

| April 28, 2018

Periodically, we take a look at a local businesses to give you something more than a peek in the window or a glance during a drive-by.  We will dig deep into the history,  the people, and of course the product. This series of episodes is focused on The Golf Club at South River. Located just minutes from […]

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LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Golf Club at South River – Conversations With Members

LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Golf Club at South River – Conversations With Members

| April 21, 2018

Periodically, we take a look at a local businesses to give you something more than a peek in the window or a glance during a drive-by.  We will dig deep into the history,  the people, and of course the product. This series of episodes is focused on The Golf Club at South River. Located just minutes from […]

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LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Golf Club at South River – All About the Golf

LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Golf Club at South River – All About the Golf

| April 14, 2018

Periodically, we take a look at a local businesses to give you something more than a peek in the window or a glance during a drive-by.  We will dig deep into the history,  the people, and of course the product. This series of episodes is focused on The Golf Club at South River. Located just minutes from […]

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