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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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Did you know these 6 things about Eye On Annapolis?

Did you know these 6 things about Eye On Annapolis?

| January 15, 2020, 04:40 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:  Annapolis Green

Legacy Business Spotlight: Annapolis Green

| January 11, 2020, 12:00 PM

Like most good ideas, it all starts with a drink.  And Annapolis Green is no exception.  About 15 years ago, Lynne Forsman founded a chapter of Green Drinks in Annapolis. At the same time, Elvia Thompson was working with the Spa Creek Conservancy trying to help better the environment. The two met, decided to put […]

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Mission Escape Rooms helping wild animals stranded in Australia fires

Mission Escape Rooms helping wild animals stranded in Australia fires

| January 08, 2020, 07:42 AM

Jason Cherry, owner of the three area Mission Escape Rooms could not sit back and watch Australia burn. Scientists at the University of Sydney estimate more than half a billion animals are impacted by the fires and millions have died. So, just as he did when he founded the Siblings of Autism  he stepped up. […]

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Seven cited for underaged drinking in Annapolis

Seven cited for underaged drinking in Annapolis

| January 07, 2020, 08:41 AM

During the evening of 01/04 detectives from the Annapolis Police Department conducted checks for underage patrons at several businesses holding alcoholic beverage licenses. These checks were initiated based on complaints of people under the age of 21 entering bars and drinking alcoholic beverages. At one bar in the 100 block of Main St three 19 […]

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Alderman Gay puts speeding ticket to rest in expedited hearing

Alderman Gay puts speeding ticket to rest in expedited hearing

| January 06, 2020, 02:17 PM

This afternoon, Annapolis Ward 6 Alderman, DaJuan Gay, put his recent legal troubles behind him and apologized for his actions. Gay was cited for speeding 91 in a 65 mph zone on I-97. After the State’s review, his citation was amended to speeding below 85 mph in a 65 mph zone. In August, he had missed […]

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Did you know these 6 things about Eye On Annapolis?

Did you know these 6 things about Eye On Annapolis?

| January 04, 2020, 01:36 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:  Liquified Creative

Legacy Business Spotlight: Liquified Creative

| January 04, 2020, 12:00 PM

Liquified Creative in Eastport, is on the move. What started out as a small company has blossomed into an all-in-one shop for your marketing, advertising, web design, and creative needs. Today, we sit down with Shawn and Jessica Noratel, Caitlin Wiggins, and Jamie Czajkowski to learn what local non-profits like the Anne Arundel Medical Center […]

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The Eye On Annapolis Top Ten Stories of 2019

The Eye On Annapolis Top Ten Stories of 2019

| December 31, 2019, 09:08 AM

As each of the past ten years has come to a close, I find myself remembering certain stories. This year is no different. What is different is that I decided to compare mine, with yours. This year was a banner year for Eye On Annapolis with just shy of 2 million unique visitors coming to […]

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Legacy Business Spotlight:  Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits

Legacy Business Spotlight: Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits

| December 28, 2019, 12:00 PM

Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits came on the scene in 1991 directly across the street from Quiet Waters Park. Now, 28 years later, they are the largest beer, wine and liquor store in Annapolis. We spoke with David Marberger who is the owner, along with former County Councilman Chuck Ferrar. We discussed the early days, […]

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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!

| December 26, 2019, 04:26 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:  Stan & Joe’s Saloon

Legacy Business Spotlight: Stan & Joe’s Saloon

| December 21, 2019, 12:00 PM

We have a Hall of Famer in our midst in Joe McGovern, one third of Stan & Joe’s Saloon!  Together with his partners Stan Fletcher and his wife Tracy  (the “&” in Stan & Joe’s) have been running their saloon on West street for fifteen years.  There was an expansion into Edgewater and most recently, […]

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BONUS PODCAST: The skinny on the events surrounding the Military Bowl

BONUS PODCAST: The skinny on the events surrounding the Military Bowl

| December 20, 2019, 08:44 AM

Today, we speak with Josh Barr who is the Director of External Relations with the Military Bowl scheduled for December 27th here in Annapolis.  Joining us is Cassie Mabery from Katcef Brothers (Budweiser distributor) and Dave Thomas who is the Hitch Director for the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales. We plopped down at Heroes Pub for […]

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Legacy Business Spotlight:  Papa John’s Pizza (Chesapeake Bay Area)

Legacy Business Spotlight: Papa John’s Pizza (Chesapeake Bay Area)

| December 14, 2019, 12:00 PM

Few local companies are as civic minded as Papa John’s Pizza. With ten locations from Annapolis to Southern Maryland, Chesapeake Bay Area Pizza is always looking to give back.  Easiest way is to use APDSCHOLAR40 when you check out and save 40% and give some to the Annapolis Police Department Foundation for scholarships! With about […]

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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!

| December 13, 2019, 10:26 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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Jeff Holland is resigning as the West & Rhode Riverkeeper

Jeff Holland is resigning as the West & Rhode Riverkeeper

| December 09, 2019, 10:25 AM

Jeff Holland, a staple in keeping our waters healthy for decades will be stepping down as the West & Rhode Riverkeeper for the newly formed Arundel Rivers Federation at the end of the year. Holland made the announcement on Facebook earlier this morning! Many people recall Holland’s leadership as the Executive Director of the Annapolis […]

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Legacy Business Spotlight: Mills Fine Wine & Spirits

Legacy Business Spotlight: Mills Fine Wine & Spirits

| December 07, 2019, 12:00 PM

Shortly after prohibition ended in 1933, Billy Mills opened a liquor and general store in Annapolis. Mills sold it to the Donners in 1946, and now the Main Street icon rests safely in the hands of Jennifer and Jerry Donohue. Today, Mills Cut Rate Liquors is better known as Mills Fine Wine & Spirits! Today, […]

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BONUS PODCAST: Holiday shopping woes cured at the Annapolis Towne Centre

BONUS PODCAST: Holiday shopping woes cured at the Annapolis Towne Centre

| December 06, 2019, 08:02 AM

As they celebrate 10 years, the Annapolis Towne Centre is going full bore for the holiday season! Come along with us as we pick up some gifts at Scout & Molly’s, South Moon Under and About Faces Day Spa & Salon. With nearly 30 retail shops, 18 dining options, and 4 fitness and beauty businesses, […]

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One dead, one injured in overnight shooting in Annapolis

One dead, one injured in overnight shooting in Annapolis

| December 04, 2019, 06:24 AM

On December 4th just before 2am, the Annapolis Police Department was notified that emergency medical services were responding to the 600 block of Skipjack Court for a male victim shot in the leg. While officers were responding dispatchers received a call reporting gunshots heard in the same area. Officers arrived and located the male victim […]

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Naked man fends off police with hammer and axe

Naked man fends off police with hammer and axe

| December 02, 2019, 08:22 AM

Last Wednesday morning, November 27, the Annapolis Police responded for a destruction of property call in the 1400 block of Jousting Court. The caller indicated the suspect was naked. When officers arrived the man fled into a residence and armed himself with a hammer and an ax. Officers maintained a perimeter around the home and […]

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Legacy Business Spotlight: Shades of the Bay

Legacy Business Spotlight: Shades of the Bay

| November 30, 2019, 12:00 PM

For 25 years, Linda Mann has been selling sunglasses in downtown Annapolis. First as a manager at Sunglass Hut, then as an employee of Shades Unlimited who became the owner, and now as the owner of Shades of the Bay! Hear how she grew very fast, became miserable, and right sized herself in a new […]

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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 27, 2019, 04:25 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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City drops app use for free parking, announces #LoveAnnapolisShopAnnapolis

City drops app use for free parking, announces #LoveAnnapolisShopAnnapolis

| November 25, 2019, 03:32 PM

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley announced that the use of the Parkmobile parking app will no longer be mandatory for free parking during the holidays; reversing a decision made about a month ago. At a press conference held at the Market House, the Mayor and Alderwoman Elly Tierney explained that there will be signs on the […]

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