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

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

| December 31, 2018, 10:49 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 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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Annapolis Police investigating overnight shooting

Annapolis Police investigating overnight shooting

| December 31, 2018, 06:59 AM

On December 30th at 8:26 p.m. Annapolis Police officers responded for reports of a shooting in the unit block of Bens Drive. Officers did not locate any victims or suspects. At 8:50 p.m. officers were called to an area hospital for a 17 year old male with a gunshot wound. The victim was taken to the […]

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Pittman to end controversial immigration program, will provide legal aid to detainees

Pittman to end controversial immigration program, will provide legal aid to detainees

| December 27, 2018, 12:59 PM

County Executive Steuart Pittman signed a letter to ICE today withdrawing the County from participation in the controversial 287g program at the County detention facility. The program trained detention officers to potentially determine an incoming inmate’s citizen status and if appropriate refer it to ICE for further review, detention, or to begin deportation proceedings. Outgoing […]

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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!

| December 21, 2018, 04:48 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 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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BONUS CONTENT: Beer, Military Bowl, A Miracle on Annapolis Street

BONUS CONTENT: Beer, Military Bowl, A Miracle on Annapolis Street

| December 21, 2018, 12:12 PM

    Today, we continue our monthly series (no set schedule other than monthly) about beer.  We have a huge distributer of beer right here in Annapolis–Katcef Brothers Inc. and they have a ton of experts on hand to de-mystify beer for us.  Now, full disclosure–I like beer! I like beer a lot!  But, I […]

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Book signing for new historical book on the Arundel on the Bay Community

Book signing for new historical book on the Arundel on the Bay Community

| December 20, 2018, 06:16 PM

The Amazing Story of Arundel-on-the-Bay:1600s to Today is just off the presses and you can get your copies for the holidays at a discount ($35) at the home of Aris T. Allen Jr. (1323 Magnolia Ave. Annapolis). Allen’s home is on the site of the dispute between two white home owners that resulted in the […]

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BONUS CONTENT: A conversation with Lissie, a rocker on the move playing Rams Head this weekend in a WRNR show

BONUS CONTENT: A conversation with Lissie, a rocker on the move playing Rams Head this weekend in a WRNR show

| December 12, 2018, 04:07 PM

Over at The Maryland Crabs Podcast, I had the chance to have a conversation with Lissie who is performing a single show this weekend at the Rams Head On Stage. It is a matinee and all ages show presented by our great local radio station WRNR. She’s not here that often, so that is reason […]

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UPDATED:  THREE longtime Main Street businesses to shutter after the holidays

UPDATED: THREE longtime Main Street businesses to shutter after the holidays

| December 11, 2018, 09:43 PM

UPDATE:  We just learned of a third business that will be closing. Brown Eyed Girl — A Funky Boutique.  Please see the notice below. We have updated this article accordingly. Three longtime fixtures on Main Street in Annapolis will be dark in 2019. Eye On Annapolis has learned that  the Annapolis Running Shop (10 years), […]

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REAL ID Compliance is no joke, check your Maryland license or ID card now

REAL ID Compliance is no joke, check your Maryland license or ID card now

| December 11, 2018, 01:44 PM

In the wake of 911, the Federal Government established the REAL ID Act which made it a priority that individual states verify the identity of their residents. Since most people will drive or have a state issued ID card, the logical vehicle to implement this is through the Motor Vehicle Administration.  Your existing license may […]

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The Cottages at Queenstown: A little known oasis on on the Chester River

The Cottages at Queenstown: A little known oasis on on the Chester River

| December 11, 2018, 01:36 PM

About three months ago, I got wind of a new place to stay on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Three private cottages, right on the Chester River. Intrigued, my girlfriend and I finally found time to get away from Annapolis for a short overnight jaunt to the other side of the Chesapeake Bay for a night at […]

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BONUS CONTENT:  Stephen Kellog at Rams Head on December 28th

BONUS CONTENT: Stephen Kellog at Rams Head on December 28th

| December 10, 2018, 01:51 PM

There is nothing this guy can’t do. SuperDad. SuperHusband. SuperAmerican and an all-star performer. Stephen Kellogg will return to the Rams Head On Stage on December 28th to support his latest album, Objects in the Mirror. I got a chance to speak with him on his birthday and we chatted about the album, the show, […]

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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!

| December 08, 2018, 01:48 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 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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Police make arrest in murder of real estate agent

Police make arrest in murder of real estate agent

| December 07, 2018, 01:21 PM

TO CONTRIBUTE TO A FUND TO CONTINUE STEVEN’S CHILDREN’S EDUCATION, PLEASE CLICK HERE! (GoFund Me) This is an update from yesterday’s story. On Thursday, December 6, 2018, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on Steven Wilson. The OCME ruled the cause of his death as a gunshot wound(s) with the manner being […]

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MH Media Strategies scores the proclamation trifecta

MH Media Strategies scores the proclamation trifecta

| December 05, 2018, 10:35 AM

Annapolis-based MH Media Strategies scored a rare trifecta of proclamations for their civic engagement. On Monday night in the Annapolis City Council chambers, the full-spectrum marketing, public relations, and design firm was honored with a Maryland House of Delegates proclamation presented by Delegate Herb McMillan, a Maryland Governor’s citation from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (presented […]

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President Trump to attend Saturday’s Army Navy football game

President Trump to attend Saturday’s Army Navy football game

| December 05, 2018, 06:44 AM

President Trump is scheduled to attend the 108th match between Army and Navy football this weekend in Philadelphia. Trump attended the game in 2016 when he was president-elect and spoke with Verne Lundquist during the broadcasters final game. I don’t know if it’s necessarily the best football, but it’s very good. But boy, do they […]

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Capital one step closer to unionizing

Capital one step closer to unionizing

| December 04, 2018, 04:08 PM

CLARIFICATION: From a source at The Capital, they already have 70% of the eligible employees who have signed the card agreeing to unionize. This count will be verified by an independent third party and will be accepted in lieu of a secret ballot vote. Once verified and accepted, the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild will begin negotiations […]

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Pittman lays down ambitious agenda during inaugural address

Pittman lays down ambitious agenda during inaugural address

| December 03, 2018, 02:39 PM

Today, Steuart Pittman took the Oath of Office to be the tenth County Executive of Anne Arundel County. More than 700 attended the inauguration at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts to commemorate this event. Pittman laid out his vision for the county in a fifteen minute speech centered around a theme of community. The […]

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BONUS CONTENT: Pittman takes the reins of Anne Arundel County

BONUS CONTENT: Pittman takes the reins of Anne Arundel County

| December 03, 2018, 12:14 PM

Thank you for joining us for this celebration of our county and our communities. Being elected as your County Executive is an incredible honor-and also a tremendous responsibility. As I take the oath of office, know that I do so with a singular focus on working to make our county a better place for all […]

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Pittman to be sworn in as new County Executive for Anne Arundel County tomorrow at 11am

Pittman to be sworn in as new County Executive for Anne Arundel County tomorrow at 11am

| December 02, 2018, 10:38 AM

At 11am tomorrow, Steuart Pittman will take the reins of government for Anne Arundel County on the stage at Maryland Hall. The event was free; however tickets are sold out and no longer available. There will be opportunities to watch online as the new County Executive lays out his vision for Anne Arundel County over […]

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OPINION: Bob Leib should remove his name from school board appointment

OPINION: Bob Leib should remove his name from school board appointment

| November 29, 2018, 10:22 AM

Facebook will be the death of us all. Well, maybe not all of us; but, certainly anyone that has a desire to dip their toe into the political swimming pool. Up next in the pool– Anne Arundel County Board of Education appointee Bob Leib! When will they learn? John Grasso posted several anti-Muslim memes and […]

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Annapolis man arrested, charged after weekend rape

Annapolis man arrested, charged after weekend rape

| November 26, 2018, 09:40 AM

At 3am on Saturday morning, Annapolis Police received a call for help in the 1200 block of Ashton Court (Bay Ridge Gardens Apartments). When officers arrived, they discovered an adult female domestic violence victim assaulted by Fernando Esteves, 28, of Annapolis. Esteves physically attacked the victim and raped her. Officers arrested Esteves and he was initially […]

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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!

| November 23, 2018, 04:47 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 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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