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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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Legacy Business Spotlight:  Hardesty Funeral Home

Legacy Business Spotlight: Hardesty Funeral Home

| August 03, 2019, 12:00 PM

One of the oldest family owned businesses in the area is one we all hope never to need.  But, they serve a critical role in the community and they take it VERY seriously. Today, we speak with Jim Govoni who is one of the owners of Hardesty Funeral Homes with an original location in Galesville […]

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Baltimore man dead after Glen Burnie hit and run

Baltimore man dead after Glen Burnie hit and run

| August 03, 2019, 11:18 AM

On August 2, 2019 at approximately 10:30 p.m, officers responded to Gov. Ritchie Hwy (MD 2) N/B and Interstate 895 in Glen Burnie for a crash. A male pedestrian, identified as Larry Stephen Johnson, 27, of the 800 block of Woodward St in Baltimore was crossing Ritchie Highway near the entrance ramp to Interstate 895 […]

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Last month for the Summer of fun at Zachary’s Jewelers

Last month for the Summer of fun at Zachary’s Jewelers

| August 01, 2019, 10:04 AM

Have you noticed the fun windows at Zachary’s Jewelers on Main Street in Annapolis? The summer of fun? We did. We  were curious and asked…. When I was a little girl growing up in Annapolis, I would love when my mom would take me downtown to go shopping.  We would always stop in the GC […]

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BONUS PODCAST: 8th Annual Kegs & Corks Craft Beer and Maryland Wine Festival

BONUS PODCAST: 8th Annual Kegs & Corks Craft Beer and Maryland Wine Festival

| July 29, 2019, 01:17 PM

Discovering a good recipe for a festival is tough. How many festivals are one and done? How many lose their mojo after a year or two? Well, Kegs & Corks Craft Beer and Maryland Wine Festival seems to have found the answer as they are preparing to bring the 8th Annual Kegs and Corks Festival […]

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BONUS PODCAST: Jeff Gunhus, local author

BONUS PODCAST: Jeff Gunhus, local author

| July 28, 2019, 01:30 PM

Today, we ventured to Killarney House to speak with Jeff Gunhus, who is a local author of more than a dozen books ranging from children’s books (to jump start his son’s interest in reading) to horror to thriller including one that is set here in Annapolis (Killer Within). Jeff has published most of his books […]

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Legacy Business Spotlight:  Watermark Journey

Legacy Business Spotlight: Watermark Journey

| July 27, 2019, 12:00 PM

You know who they are. Their boats dote the harbors of Baltimore and Annapolis and their guides dress in period garb while immersing visitors (and locals) in the history of colonial America. Watermark Journey is the more formal name for Watermark Cruises and Annapolis Tours and this week we speak with Debbie Gosselin who is […]

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Chesapeake Bay Trust announces $1.1M in funding for watershed protection

Chesapeake Bay Trust announces $1.1M in funding for watershed protection

| July 25, 2019, 10:55 AM

The Anne Arundel County Watershed Protection and Restoration Program, along with the Chesapeake Bay Trust, announced $1,117,528 in funding for 6 projects throughout the County for the Anne Arundel County Watershed Protection and Restoration Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to reduce pollutants through the implementation of watershed restoration practices. Projects in this […]

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Legacy Business Spotlight:  Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park

Legacy Business Spotlight: Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park

| July 20, 2019, 12:00 PM

What started as an oyster packing plant has morphed into a world-class maritime museum on the banks of Back Creek in Annapolis. Along the way, it was a restaurant, a historical society, was essentially ruined by Tropical Storm Isabel, rebuilt and hit the ground running. Today it is an interactive museum with a second campus […]

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More Summer of fun at Zachary’s Jewelers

More Summer of fun at Zachary’s Jewelers

| July 18, 2019, 04:03 PM

Have you noticed the fun windows at Zachary’s Jewelers on Main Street in Annapolis? The summer of fun? We did. We  were curious and asked…. When I was a little girl growing up in Annapolis, I would love when my mom would take me downtown to go shopping.  We would always stop in the GC […]

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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!

| July 17, 2019, 01:22 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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Live Water Foundation announces new partnership with HACA

Live Water Foundation announces new partnership with HACA

| July 16, 2019, 01:27 PM

Live Water Foundation is a local non-profit in Annapolis founded by Brian Meyer, who was also a founding partner of Capital SUP. The Mission of the Live Water Foundation is to inspire and empower  people and organizations and to facilitate watersports programs to improve the health, wellness, and environment of area communities. Yesterday, Meyer announced […]

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Legacy Business Spotlight:  à la mode intimates

Legacy Business Spotlight: à la mode intimates

| July 13, 2019, 12:00 PM

Since 2003, à la mode intimates  has been providing relief to women. Seventy percent of women are wearing ill-fitting bras! Pattiy Platt and Rebecca Ulrich-Dodson have been correcting that at à la mode. Along the way, they have managed to win some national awards, and give back to the community by either recycling material or providing gently used bras to […]

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Major League Lacrosse Commissioner Sandy Brown talks about the upcoming All-Star Game

Major League Lacrosse Commissioner Sandy Brown talks about the upcoming All-Star Game

| July 12, 2019, 08:49 AM

The Maryland Crabs recently spoke with Sandy Brown who is the Commissioner for Major League Lacrosse. He was in town to get a proclamation from Mayor Buckley in advance of the MLL All-Star Game which will be taking place on Saturday, July 27th at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Have a listen as we talk […]

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The MRE’s Tug-of-War has been saved!

The MRE’s Tug-of-War has been saved!

| July 10, 2019, 07:35 PM

A little more than a month ago, the Maritime Republic of Eastport’s Tug-Of-War was in jeopardy. The old guard was tired and there were not many newcomers volunteering to carry on the torch. In a last ditch effort to save the Tug and other events, the MRE held a recruitment meeting on June 4th. And […]

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Legacy Business Spotlight:  Annapolis Marine Art Gallery

Legacy Business Spotlight: Annapolis Marine Art Gallery

| July 06, 2019, 12:00 PM

Since 1979, the Annapolis Marine Art Gallery has provided the best of marine art to the Mid-Atlantic collector community. Located at City Dock in Annapolis, the gallery is open seven days a week. Their featured artists include: John Barber, Willard Bond, Patrick O’Brien, Paul Landry, John Ruseau, and the originals and limited edition prints of renowned […]

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More Summer of fun at Zachary’s Jewelers

More Summer of fun at Zachary’s Jewelers

| July 04, 2019, 04:02 PM

Have you noticed the fun windows at Zachary’s Jewelers on Main Street in Annapolis? The summer of fun? We did. We  were curious and asked…. When I was a little girl growing up in Annapolis, I would love when my mom would take me downtown to go shopping.  We would always stop in the GC […]

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Turnout for Inaugural Pride Parade & Festival surpasses organizers expectations

Turnout for Inaugural Pride Parade & Festival surpasses organizers expectations

| June 29, 2019, 02:50 PM

The first Pride Parade and Festival ever held in Maryland’s state capital was a tremendous success according to Jeremy Browning, the organizer of the parade, festival and Annapolis Pride. “We are absolutely thrilled with the tremendous turnout for this historic parade in the City of Annapolis,” Browning said. “It was especially significant that it came […]

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Legacy Business Spotlight:  Carrol’s Creek Cafe

Legacy Business Spotlight: Carrol’s Creek Cafe

| June 29, 2019, 12:00 PM

Since 1983, Carrol’s Creek Cafe has been serving up some of the best food in Annapolis from their decks overlooking the Annapolis Harbor. We sat down with Jeff Jacobs, the owner and operator to talk about the beginnings, how he grew from picking up cigarette butts from the deck to owning and operating one of […]

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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!

| June 27, 2019, 04:22 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:  Zachary’s Jewelers

Legacy Business Spotlight: Zachary’s Jewelers

| June 22, 2019, 12:00 PM

I did not know that Steve Samaras got his start on Main Street selling jewelry for a store called Alexanders!  I knew about the Zachary’s Jewelers that had a bad fire and ultimately rebuilt at the foot of Main Street. But there is a lot more. We talk to Steve Samaras, the owner of Zachary’s […]

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More Summer of fun at Zachary’s Jewelers

More Summer of fun at Zachary’s Jewelers

| June 18, 2019, 01:01 PM

Have you noticed the fun windows at Zachary’s Jewelers on Main Street in Annapolis? The summer of fun? We did. We  were curious and asked…. When I was a little girl growing up in Annapolis, I would love when my mom would take me downtown to go shopping.  We would always stop in the GC […]

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Legacy Business Spotlight:  Main & Market | Catering | Cafe | Bakery

Legacy Business Spotlight: Main & Market | Catering | Cafe | Bakery

| June 15, 2019, 12:00 PM

Main & Market Catering | Cafe | Bakery is one of my favorite breakfast spots in Annapolis. But they are so much more. Catering for weddings, holidays, private parties, and corporate events is the largest part of the business; but the Cafe and bakery also shine. We talked to the VP Evie Turner about the […]

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