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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: 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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Legacy Business Spotlight: The Gateway Florist

Legacy Business Spotlight: The Gateway Florist

| November 23, 2019, 12:00 PM

The Gateway Florist has been around for forty years. Twenty on West Street and 20 on Bay Ridge Road. In what owner, Teresa Williams calls a dying industry, they are doing something right! They have a full plate, went through some expansion with the addition of Academy Flowers (King George and College) and a full […]

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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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