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John Frenaye

John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for nearly 25 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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BONUS PODCAST: A conversation with Rocky Sickmann, hostage for 444 days in 1979 and Folds of Honor

BONUS PODCAST: A conversation with Rocky Sickmann, hostage for 444 days in 1979 and Folds of Honor

| November 21, 2019, 08:09 AM

This is a continuation of our monthly series about beer on The Maryland Crabs Podcast.  We have worked with Katcef Brothers Inc. to bring on the experts to de-mystify beer for us. This month is not so much about beer. Well, OK Budweiser Black Lager, but… it is all about heroes. Once again, Katcef Brothers […]

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BONUS PODCAST: 20 minutes with Suzy Bogguss

BONUS PODCAST: 20 minutes with Suzy Bogguss

| November 19, 2019, 04:48 PM

She burst on the scene in the late 1980s with hits such as Outbound Plane and Aces. Between now and then, she had recorded 18 albums, collected 4 gold records, one platinum record and a GRAMMY!  And now, Suzy Bogguss will be returning to  Annapolis and the Rams Head On Stage for one show on […]

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Chuy’s at Festival at Riva closes doors

Chuy’s at Festival at Riva closes doors

| November 16, 2019, 12:26 PM

Chuy’s, in the Festival at Riva is closing their doors. Earlier this morning, crews were removing furniture from the restaurant that opened nearly two years ago to the day. The phones have a recording advising of the closing, the location removed from the corporate website and their local Facebook page has been removed.  We reached […]

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Legacy Business Spotlight: Landmarks Marketing

Legacy Business Spotlight: Landmarks Marketing

| November 16, 2019, 12:00 PM

If you have ever stayed in a local hotel, you probably know Landmarks Marketing. They publish the beautiful hardbound books that tell guests where to go and what to see while in Annapolis! But with the advent of smart phones and advancements in technology, if Landmarks wanted to remain, they needed to change as well. […]

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Legacy Business Spotlight: Citizen Pride and JEB Design

Legacy Business Spotlight: Citizen Pride and JEB Design

| November 09, 2019, 12:00 PM

The creative juices started flowing back at Kent State University where Joe and Eva Barsin met.  Now nearly 30 years later the duo is known all across Maryland for the unique art of Citizen Pride and JEB Design. You have seen their work on the car in front of you (Chesapeake Bay Plate), at the […]

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Eastport reclaims the Annapolis Cup in the 22nd Annual Tug of War, 5-2 (PHOTOS)

Eastport reclaims the Annapolis Cup in the 22nd Annual Tug of War, 5-2 (PHOTOS)

| November 03, 2019, 11:28 AM

It was not Annapolis’ Day.  It started out strong with a resounding win by Navy over the Eastport Army, but went downhill from there. Even with strong political weight from Senator Sarah Elfreth, County Executive Pittman, and Dash Buckley (standing in for an injured Mayor/Dad), the City could only muster two wins all day. The […]

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Legacy Business Spotlight: Art Things

Legacy Business Spotlight: Art Things

| November 02, 2019, 12:00 PM

It was 54 years ago in October when Art Things opened at 2 Annapolis Street in West Annapolis. It was 1 year ago when Skye Vasquez purchased the business for her love of art and to honor her grandmother! Today we learn of the origins, the growth, and what is coming online for Art Things […]

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Annapolis City Manager resigns

Annapolis City Manager resigns

| November 01, 2019, 05:51 PM

City Manager Teresa Sutherland announced on Friday her plans to resign from City government effective February 1, 2020. Sutherland took the City manager position in April of 2018 after a unanimous confirmation vote by the Annapolis City Council. Mayor Gavin Buckley selected her for the financial and public policy expertise she brought to the City […]

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6 things you probably didn’t know about Eye On Annapolis!

6 things you probably didn’t know about Eye On Annapolis!

| November 01, 2019, 10:25 AM

OK so the title is a bit click-baity (Buzz Feed eat your heart out) but recently several people have mentioned that they were unaware of some of the other benefits for being a reader of Eye On Annapolis.  So, in case you did not know, here you are. We Have A Weekly Events Newsletter We […]

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7 things you might have missed about the new Annapolis City Dock

7 things you might have missed about the new Annapolis City Dock

| October 31, 2019, 04:37 PM

On Tuesday evening, the City Dock Action Committee (CDAC) made its final presentation to the public and will make present it to the full City Council in December. The latest plan has caused quite the uproar on social media and many people have simply read the headlines and may have missed these 7 very important […]

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Liquified Creative steps in again as premiere sponsor for the MRE’s Tug-of-War

Liquified Creative steps in again as premiere sponsor for the MRE’s Tug-of-War

| October 31, 2019, 08:06 AM

On Saturday at the crack of noon, Eastport and Annapolis will face off in the 22nd annual Tug-of-War. All funds raised by the Tug-of-War and other MRE events are distributed to various charitable organizations in the Annapolis area. This quirky tradition dates back to 1997 and is billed as the longest international Tug-of-War over water […]

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Legacy Business Spotlight: Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat

Legacy Business Spotlight: Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat

| October 26, 2019, 12:00 PM

  In 1997, Kurt and Audrey left the corporate world because no one could car for their dog quite the way they wanted. And the started Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat! Well, that’s the short version. Today, 22 years later, their decision is still paying off for thousands of happy critters and humans. Dogwood Acres is […]

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Navy steamrolls USF in 35-3 rout bringing the Mids within 1 game of a bowl

Navy steamrolls USF in 35-3 rout bringing the Mids within 1 game of a bowl

| October 20, 2019, 09:33 AM

The Navy Midshipmen are on a roll and they just rolled over the University of South Florida 35-3 yesterday in front of a crowd of 29,744. And the Mids needed it. It is safe to say that the disappointing season that was 2018 is no longer in the rear-view mirror for Coach Ken Niumatololo and […]

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Legacy Business Spotlight: Mitchell Gallery

Legacy Business Spotlight: Mitchell Gallery

| October 19, 2019, 12:00 PM

The Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery is celebrating 30 years of art in Annapolis. But this is not just any art! Mitchell Gallery is a hidden gem in Annapolis and a true world-class art museum. It is tucked away on the St. John’s College campus adjacent to the Francis Scott Key Auditorium. Have a listen as […]

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PODCAST: A conversation with country music legend Lee Ann Womack

PODCAST: A conversation with country music legend Lee Ann Womack

| October 16, 2019, 08:23 AM

She burst on the scene in 1997, topped the Billboard Country Chart, recorded 9 albums, 5 ACMA awards, 6 CMA awards and a Grammy to boot.  This is none other than Lee Ann Womack who will be coming to Annapolis and the Rams Head On Stage on Thursday, October 17, 2019. Have a listen! Links: […]

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PODCAST: The Village at Providence Point moves forward. A conversation with the developer.

PODCAST: The Village at Providence Point moves forward. A conversation with the developer.

| October 15, 2019, 10:04 AM

Back in May of 2017 we spoke with Larry Bradshaw who is the CEO of National Lutheran Communities & Services and the man behind the project now known as The Village at Providence Point in Annapolis.  Today, we check in with Bradshaw as the project starts to gel up and move through the approval process. […]

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Legacy Business Spotlight: Sew Beautiful

Legacy Business Spotlight: Sew Beautiful

| October 12, 2019, 12:00 PM

Up in Severna Park along Riggs Avenue, directly across the street from Severna Park Elementary School sits a beautiful blue cottage just waiting to make your home special — Sew Beautiful! Today, we sit down with Margaret Blunt who started this custom window treatment and “soft goods” company nearly 20 years ago in her basement. […]

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PODCAST: 1980s popstar Tiffany is coming to Rams Head On Stage on Sunday

PODCAST: 1980s popstar Tiffany is coming to Rams Head On Stage on Sunday

| October 11, 2019, 09:08 AM

If you were older than about 6 in 1987, you know Tiffany. I Think We’re Alone Now was the sound that defined her as she toured malls creating a career. Fast forward 32 years. She is now on her 10th studio album with an entirely different sound! Tiffany will be in Annapolis at the Rams […]

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6 things you probably didn’t know about Eye On Annapolis!

6 things you probably didn’t know about Eye On Annapolis!

| October 10, 2019, 01:24 PM

OK so the title is a bit click-baity (Buzz Feed eat your heart out) but recently several people have mentioned that they were unaware of some of the other benefits for being a reader of Eye On Annapolis.  So, in case you did not know, here you are. We Have A Weekly Events Newsletter We […]

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Legacy Business Spotlight: Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs

Legacy Business Spotlight: Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs

| October 05, 2019, 12:00 PM

From the Annapolis Crab House to Harvey’s Smorgasbord to Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs–they have been a Main Street Annapolis staple for 31 years dishing up fast, good food to tourists and locals alike. Today, we sit down with Buddy’s owner,Kevin Blonder to discuss the iconic restaurant that sits on the second floor at the foot […]

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Legacy Business Spotlight: Davis’ Pub

Legacy Business Spotlight: Davis’ Pub

| September 28, 2019, 12:00 PM

Davis’ Pub–where there are no strangers, just friends you haven’t met yet! How true. In the 1920’s on the corner of 4th and Chester Ave, George Washington Davis opened a confections and general store, which turned into Davis’ Lounge by the 1940s for the local watermen in the neighborhood. In 1986, the corner building became Davis’ […]

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6 things you probably didn’t know about Eye On Annapolis!

6 things you probably didn’t know about Eye On Annapolis!

| September 23, 2019, 10:24 AM

OK so the title is a bit click-baity (Buzz Feed eat your heart out) but recently several people have mentioned that they were unaware of some of the other benefits for being a reader of Eye On Annapolis.  So, in case you did not know, here you are. We Have A Weekly Events Newsletter We […]

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