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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Candidate Forum: Schuh & Pittman on the environment from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Candidate Forum: Schuh & Pittman on the environment from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

| September 17, 2018

Tonight, County Executive Steve Schuh and Steuart Pittman squared off in an environmental forum at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.  The forum was jointly presented by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the League of Women Voters and the Anne Arundel County Alliance for Livable Communities. The event was moderated by Josh Davidsburg. Three questions developed by the […]

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LIVE BLOG: Navy Football Vs Lehigh University  | September 15, 2018, 3:30pm

LIVE BLOG: Navy Football Vs Lehigh University | September 15, 2018, 3:30pm

| September 15, 2018

NOTE: This is a live blog and will updated throughout the game. Updates will be at the bottom. There is no need to refresh your browser to see updates. Navy and Lehigh will meet for the 22nd time in school history and for the first time since 1987 when they square off on Saturday afternoon […]

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6 things you might not have known about Eye On Annapolis!

6 things you might not have known about Eye On Annapolis!

| September 14, 2018

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 free 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 […]

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CANCELLATIONS: Weather Cancellations

CANCELLATIONS: Weather Cancellations

| September 11, 2018

There are a number of cancellations due to the impending storm. We will update this as needed and the post will be pinned to the top of the page. The following HAVE BEEN CANCELLED for this weekend. FRIDAY The United States Naval Academy formal dress parade SATURDAY The 1st Annual Annapolis Watersports Festival The Boatyard […]

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Annapolis Solar Park now open

Annapolis Solar Park now open

| September 11, 2018

Building Energy S.p.A., BQ Energy, the City of Annapolis, and Anne Arundel County unveiled the nation’s largest photovoltaic plant (solar energy park) constructed on a closed landfill  at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:45 a.m. this morning. The entrance to the solar park is located at 470 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD. The Annapolis Solar Park is […]

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LIVE BLOG: Navy Football Vs University of Memphis | September 8, 2018, 3:30pm

LIVE BLOG: Navy Football Vs University of Memphis | September 8, 2018, 3:30pm

| September 8, 2018

NOTE: This is a live blog and will updated throughout the game. Updates will be at the bottom. There is no need to refresh your browser to see updates. Navy and Memphis will meet for the fourth time in school history, all as American Athletic Conference division rivals, when they square off on Saturday afternoon […]

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OPINION: A bike lane on Main Street? Really?  Really!

OPINION: A bike lane on Main Street? Really? Really!

| September 6, 2018

Apparently there is a new bike lane on Main Street. And apparently not many people are thrilled with it.  This morning I decided to walk the route to see what was what as most of the photos posted to the online forums were inconclusive. I may be wrong, but this is ill-conceived and likely to […]

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PETA fires a shot on the crab industry, Jimmy’s Famous Seafood returns fire with guns blazing

PETA fires a shot on the crab industry, Jimmy’s Famous Seafood returns fire with guns blazing

| September 6, 2018

What happens when a multi-national corporation with deep pockets tries to put a struggling industry out of business? Well, many would sit back and lament the loss; but John Minadakis from Jimmy’s Famous Seafood in Baltimore is a scrapper and survivor and he swung back. Hard! PETA took aim at the crab industry by placing […]

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The Annapolis Bike Share is live

The Annapolis Bike Share is live

| August 29, 2018

Once Mayor Buckley and his entourage pedaled down Green Street, around Memorial Circle, did a lap around the Market House and stopped in front of the new bike rack, the bike share program went live in Annapolis.  Mayor Buckley was joined by County Executive Steve Schuh, Bike AAA Founder Jon Korin, and representatives of Coca […]

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6 things you might not have known about Eye On Annapolis!

6 things you might not have known about Eye On Annapolis!

| August 29, 2018

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 free 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 […]

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VERDICT: The Market House is a winner

VERDICT: The Market House is a winner

| August 25, 2018

We have a winner! After 4 Mayors, 3 iterations, and nearly 15 years, the Annapolis Market House is back in business! Now, don’t get me wrong, this is not the same old Market House of the 90s and earlier. This is one that has been crafted from the ground up, and built with the amenities […]

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Bells will toll in Maryland on November 11th to remember World War I veterans

Bells will toll in Maryland on November 11th to remember World War I veterans

| August 25, 2018

Governor Larry Hogan has issued a proclamation calling for bells to be tolled in Maryland on November 11, 2018 at 11:00 am in remembrance of veterans of World War I. The proclamation coincides with a call by the United States World War I Centennial Commission for all Americans to participate in a national tolling of […]

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Yet another (very) different look at City Dock … complete with a ferris wheel

Yet another (very) different look at City Dock … complete with a ferris wheel

| August 17, 2018

EDIT:  For those that believe everything on Facebook, I wanted to clear this up. This is a LEGITIMATE plan. It was created by and submitted by Roy Higgs to the City. The City has TAKEN NO ACTION on it other than the Mayor visiting Higgs’ office, discussing it, and looking at the 3D scale model. […]

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6 things you might not have known about Eye On Annapolis!

6 things you might not have known about Eye On Annapolis!

| August 10, 2018

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 free 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 […]

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Free WIFI hotspots now available for AACPL customers

Free WIFI hotspots now available for AACPL customers

| August 10, 2018

If you have a library card, you now have access to WIFI in your home!  Thanks to a generous donation by the Helena Foundation and Jim and Sylvia Earl, the Anne Arundel County Public Library now has 50 hotspots (and data plans) to loan out for one week at a time. According to Don Roland, […]

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More than 2000 enjoy Annapolis Rising

More than 2000 enjoy Annapolis Rising

| July 30, 2018

More than 2000 people from all across the region descended onto Calvert Street on Saturday to help out the Capital-Gazette, honor the first responders, and support freedom of the press. Despite many concerns that the benefit would turn political, it didn’t. The most political it got was when our two US Senators took the stage […]

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Questions surround Annapolis Rising benefit concert

Questions surround Annapolis Rising benefit concert

| July 24, 2018

UPDATE: We received the following from Ari Bevacqua who is the Director of Communications for the New York Times. “Elisabeth Bumiller is not being paid for her participation and she is handling her own travel arrangements.” UPDATE: Literally as soon as we published, Susan O’Brien from the City of Annapolis answered some of the questions: […]

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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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