🍦Anne Arundel's highest paid employees

Anne Arundel's excellent credit score, Solar Eclipse Cruise, Sewage spill...

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Good morning, Annapolis. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny lost Disney $130 million, confirming what we all already knew. They should have stopped after Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Come to think of it, they should have stopped after Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Anne Arundel’s excellent credit score

  • Solar Eclipse Cruise

  • Sewage spill

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

Exclusive off-market deals 🏡

The best homes in Annapolis often don’t even hit the market. They’re long gone before Zillow scrollers or casual buyers see them. Especially in a low-inventory situation like now. But I know who can see these deals.

As Maryland’s #1 Waterfront Realtor, Brad Kappel has access to all the best off-market deals in the area. He’s like a private investigator, but instead of catching criminals, he finds the most stunning waterfront homes.

Contact Brad Kappel today to see what’s out there for you. There are some amazing Coming Soon listings that are highly likely to sell before they ever hit the market.


Sewage spill in Chase Pond 💩

Aside from not owning a wetsuit, here’s another good reason not to swim in early April. The Health Department issued a public advisory for the Severn River close to Chase Pond because of a sewage spill. So if you have been swimming nearby (wetsuit or not), be sure to wash well with soap and warm water.

Annapolis May Day 2024 💐  ☔️ 

April showers bring . . . May Day flower baskets? Or something like that. This year is the Garden Club of Old Annapolis’ 69th annual May Day celebration. It’s when downtown businesses and residents place creative flower baskets on their front doors on May 1.

Display those baskets by 10 AM on May 1. Winners receive blue ribbons and an invite to the coveted winner’s tea on May 3. Along with gorgeous blooms, several of last year’s winners incorporated items reflective of their business.

ATC announces summer concert series

We love all the signs that spring and summer are approaching. And the latest is Annapolis Town Center dropping its summer concert series lineup. Every first and third Friday from May through September, ATC is hosting family-friendly live music at its Boathouse Pavilion. Performers include Mike McHenry Tribe, Moran Tripp Band, and many more.

Performances are 6–8 PM. Food and drink (alcoholic and otherwise) will be available for purchase.

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Who won the lottery?

Nobody’s claiming the two winning $1 million Powerball tickets sold at the 7-Eleven on Bestgate Road. But hey, maybe you’ve noticed that all around Annapolis, children are receiving free puppies and books through a newly established nonprofit.

Just kidding — consider that a belated April Fool’s joke. It’s what I’d do if I won.

All jokes aside, two winning Powerball tickets worth $1 million each were sold at the 710 Bestgate Road 7-Eleven and the winners have yet to claim them as of Tuesday evening. So if it’s you, start thinking of how you’re going to spend (or better yet, invest) those big bucks. ($)

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Community Helpers Day with the Pre-K students

Dr. Marianne Bailey is your neighbor. And because of that, community is Western Shore Veterinary Hospital’s top priority. Closely followed by clients and their pets :)

As community members themselves, Dr. Marianne Bailey and her team do everything they can to make sure Western Shore Veterinary Hospital leaves a positive impact on Annapolis.

The photo above, for instance, is from a St. Mary’s Career Day where Dr. Bailey talked to students about the importance of good pet care. Every kid went home with their own stethoscope!

Giving back is part of what makes Western Shore Veterinary Hospital so special. Learn more about what they can do for your pets.


City Hall Cycling Screening 🚴‍♂️ 🎥

Join Mayor Gavin Buckley for a screening of two films about cycling this Sunday at 3 PM (4/7). Cyclists are gathering at 2:30 PM at Germantown Elementary to ride together to City Hall. Following the films, there will be a panel with bicycle advocates and government officials. Seating is limited. Reserve your spot.

Solar Eclipse Cruise 🚢  🕶️

Want to see the solar eclipse Annapolis-style? AKA from the water! Watermark is hosting a 90-minute cruise on Monday (4/8) at 2:30 PM. NASA expects the moon to cover 88% of the sun at the peak of the eclipse. Viewing glasses included. Cruise departs from City Dock. Secure your seat!

MLK Parade set for April 13

Isn’t MLK Jr. Day in January? Yes, but in Annapolis, we celebrate in April. Too many winter weather delays through the years meant MLK Parade organizers decided to move the celebration permanently. This year, it’s on April 13. We’ll share more info next week!

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Anne Arundel’s highest-paid employees

Did you know government employee salaries are public info? Every year, the Capital Gazette publishes a list of the highest salaries among Anne Arundel County employees, so if you’ve been wondering — this is for you. Tied for the top spot this year are Police Chief Amal Awad and Fire Chief Trisha Wolford with $244,306 each. The next highest salary is chief administrative officer Christine Anderson, who earns $236,848. Here’s the full list. ($)

Straight As for AA County

Just like many of us, Anne Arundel County is watching its credit score. And unlike Dave Ramsey, it’s got a pretty good one. For just the second time in its history, the county earned triple-A ratings from all three rating agencies – Fitch, Moody’s, and S&P. Last year, only 52 counties in the entire country had a triple triple-A rating.

Time for the SMOB debate

Tune in to watch the three finalists for Student Member of the Board of Education (aka SMOB) debate on hot issues. Up for the seat are:

🍎 Miguel Castañeda, Severna Park HS
🍎 Hafsa Hamdaoui, Crofton HS
🍎 Divine Kainessie, Glen Burnie HS

The debate is set for Thursday at 6 PM, and you can watch via AACPS-TV or AACPS YouTube. The Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils will then vote. You can submit questions for the debate here.

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Out with the old, in with the new

Whether you have just started brainstorming or have all of your materials sourced, Blue Star is ready for your bathroom renovation project. Their craftsmanship and eye for details are the perfect pair making them the right choice for your project. Set up your FREE estimate with Blue Star today. Visit their website to see their previous work and why not set up your estimate while you’re at it.*

Record This

The front yard of Maryland Hall is the place to be on Sunday, April 28, from 10 AM to 4 PM: it’s the Naptown Vinyl Record Show. There will be a tent with numerous vendors, from vinyl records, CDs and cassettes to vintage stuff and cool artistic items; food trucks; DJs; and even a raffle of a Victrola VSC-550BT-BLK Bluetooth Wireless Suitcase Turntable thanks to Third Eye Comics. Get your raffle tickets HERE (you don’t have to be present to win!). More information at www.marylandhall.org/record. This is a free event open to all, rain or shine.*

How do you fight a disease with no known cure?

With dogged persistence. Friedreich's Ataxia (FA) is a rare genetic disorder that attacks the nervous system. And while there's no cure now, super smart people are working on it. Our local nonprofit, the Burrows Hill Foundation, supports that research. Its founders have 2 daughters with FA. They'd like to invite you to A Night to Fight FA on April 20 to support that life-saving research. Learn more here.*

Sailing Season is Starting at AMM 🌊

Sail the Chesapeake next weekend for Wilma Lee’s Opening Weekend! On April 13th and 14th, the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s very own historic skipjack will embark on the Chesapeake Bay for heritage tours about Annapolis’ fabled boat-building industry, the history of the Chesapeake Bay Waterman, the Naval Academy, and more. Plenty of amazing volunteers have been excitedly training, and can’t wait to see you onboard! Get your tickets here.*

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58 🌡️ 44 | ⛈️ | 98% | 💨 E 14 mph (12 knots)


54 🌡️ 42 | ⛅ | 24% | 💨 W 10 mph (9 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 50ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



49 West | Dave Chappell and Friends | 5–7 PM
Brian Boru | Larry Lay | 6–9 PM
Dark Horse | Hyland Brothers | 8 PM
Galway Bay | Irish Trad Music Session | 8 PM
Killarney House | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
Middleton Tavern | Nate Finn | 6–9 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Troll Tribe | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Suzy and Bill | 6–9 PM
The Point | Aaron Hawkins | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Joshua Radin w/ Maddie Poppe | 8 PM | Tickets
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Joel Brandon | 9 PM


49 West | Jeff Antoniuk & Helluvaband | 7:30–10 PM
Brian Boru | Ted Garber | 6:30–9:30 PM
Copper Creek Pub & Ale House | Open Mic Night | 7:30 PM
Dark Horse | Mission Radio | 8:30 PM
Killarney House | Kristi Allen | 6–9 PM
Market House | Troll Tribe | 7–9 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Jack Rimel | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
The Point | Dan Haas | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | The Iron Maidens | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Tavern | Victoria & Steve | 4:30 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | George Evans | 7 PM
Trophy Room | Sparks & McCoy | 7–10 PM

Upcoming games & matches

Baseball (17-11)
4/3 @ UMBC | 6 PM

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