🍦Another piece of Carr's Beach history

President's Day, swimming/diving championships, emergency training...

🍦Good morning, Annapolis. It’s National Do a Grouch a Favor Day. So if someone does something nice for you, they may be trying to tell you something.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • President’s Day info

  • Swimming & Diving Championships

  • Emergency training

Let’s dive in.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

P.S. Happy birthday to Peggy Ann Strimbu and early birthday to Maria ZB! 🎂


Top clicks of the week 🏆

Annapolis acquires historic lot next to Elktonia Beach

From the 1930s to the 60s, about 180 acres of land near what’s now Edgewood Road held two incredibly popular resorts called Carrs and Sparrows Beaches. Many places at that time only allowed white people, so Black people got creative and opened their own recreation facilities. The City of Annapolis purchased 5 acres near the original 180 in 2022. And now, it’s picked up another parcel.

The City announced Thursday that it paid $1.6 million for a cottage on 2/3 of an acre next to its other property. This once belonged to Parlett L. Moore, former president of Coppin State University; Annapolis bought the property from Moore’s grandchildren. What the City will do with the new parcel is unclear but the goal is to turn the entire thing into a park. ($)

President’s Day 🇺🇸

Friendly reminder, President’s Day is Monday (2/19). It’s also Scoop writer Lauren’s birthday! 🥳

What’s open or operating per usual?
Anne Arundel County Public Libraries, the Pip Moyer Recreation Center, and city and county trash and recycling collection.

What’s closed?
Banks, post offices (no mail either), schools, City of Annapolis government offices, the Stanton Center, and Waste Management Facilities

Other changes?

  • Annapolis Transit will operate on a Sunday schedule.

  • Monday County Council meeting (in the Civil News section) is on Tuesday (2/20).

  • No Scoop in your inbox on Monday (2/19) or Tuesday (2/20).

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Good Boy Friday (Valentine’s edition)

📸 Meredith Mortimer

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Meet Biscuit 🍪

This is Biscuit, the emotional support dog at St. Mary’s Elementary School. So cute, right? And that kid is Brendan, Dr. Bailey from Western Shore Veterinary Hospital’s son. Brendan and his classmates know Biscuit is there for them on tough days. Just like how Dr. Bailey and her team are there for their clients and pets.

From the first day at home to their final day, Western Shore Veterinary Hospital is committed to compassionate care for all pets. Learn more about the Western Shore Veterinary Hospital difference.

P.S. Dr. Bailey is Biscuit’s official veterinarian. And if it’s good enough for St. Mary’s, it’s good enough for us.


It’s never too late for Galentines 💗

The ladies of AND Creative and ArtFarm Studios are hosting a Galentines Art Market this Sunday (2/18) from noon to 3 PM. So grab your gals and check out their new space at 111 Chinquapin Round Rd (Suites 200 and 208). You can also shop local art, enjoy treats/beverages, or register for a Turkish Marbling workshop. Park off Virginia Ave or along McGuckian Street. Ages 8+ welcome.

Presidents' Day at the Museum of Historic Annapolis

There aren’t many better ways to celebrate President’s Day than going to a museum. On Monday at the Museum of Historic Annapolis, you and the kids can enjoy fun activities including story time, patriotic-themed crafts, and a scavenger hunt! There are lots of historical learning opportunities from 11 AM–3 PM. Cost: $7 general admission (ages 8+), FREE for HA members, children 7 and under, and SNAP/WIC recipients through Museums for All. Advance registration is recommended, but not required. Learn more and register here.

Tickets available for Patriot League Swim & Dive championships

Swimmers, take your mark. Spectators, get your tickets. Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championship hosted by Navy February 21-24 in Lejeune Hall. You’ve got the option of tickets for a single session ($15) or every session ($50). Get tickets here.

CERT training dates annouced

We all say “that kind of thing” won’t happen to us, until it does. Emergencies don’t need to make you anxious, though, as long as you’re prepared. Here’s your chance to learn. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training has upcoming dates. These classes help ordinary citizens (you know, like us and you) learn how to handle disasters. Think fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Dates in March are as follows:

⛑️ March 1 at 6 PM
⛑️ March 2 at 8 AM
⛑️ March 3 at 8 AM
⛑️ March 10 at 12:30 PM

Can’t make it in March? There are classes scheduled in April, May, September, and October. Learn more and register.

Nothing in this section is sponsored. They're just the things you need to know. I'll always let you know when something's sponsored.


⚖️ County Council meeting

On the agenda for Tuesday’s County Council meeting:

  • Duties of personnel officers

  • Board of Education expense budget

  • See full agenda

The meeting is at 7 PM in the Arundel Center. The public is welcome to attend. Click here to submit testimony or watch online. 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.

AACPS returning $930K to MD

Vocab word of the day: Vague, meaning unclear or indefinite. It’s the word a Maryland Office of the Inspector General for Education used to describe instructions from state officials for some recent funding. Without clear instructions, AACPS and other Maryland districts didn’t end up spending a lot of the money. So AACPS is returning $930K. Maryland’s other school districts are returning about $11 million.

This funding was part of Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. Even though it was supposed to help students from low-income communities, there wasn’t much direction on how. In response, the state Department of Education plans to start communicating better about uses of funds in the future. ($)

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AMM Volunteer Open House

Mark your calendars for Monday the 19th! Annapolis Maritime Museum invites you to their Volunteer Open House, unlocking opportunities to connect with your Annapolis/Eastport community. Discover the fulfilling experience of contributing to the museum's growth and impact. Whether it's historic tours, community events, or education programs, find your niche. Discover your role in preserving Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park's rich legacy! Learn more here.*

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46 🌡️ 34 | 🌤️ | 1% | 💨 WNW 13 mph (11 knots)


40 🌡️ 28 | 🌥️ | 24% | 💨 NW 16 mph (13 knots)


46 🌡️ 34 | ☀️ | 2% | 💨 SW 12 mph (10 knots)


47 🌡️ 32 | ☀️ | 3% | 💨 NW 9 mph (8 knots)


47 🌡️ 37 | 🌤️ | 6% | 💨 ESE 7 mph (6 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 42ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



49 West | The High & Wides | 7:30–10:30 PM
Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern | Starbelly | 8:30–11:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Dana B | 4–7 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Timmie Metz Band | 9 PM
Brian Boru | Ciaran Quinn | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Chad Grey | 8 PM
Great Frogs | Brandt Dunn | 5–8 PM
Jalapeños | Tom Lagana | 7:30–10:30 PM
Killarney House | Meg & Angie | 8–11 PM
Market House | Keith and Coster | 7–10 PM
Middleton Tavern | Mac Heat | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | The Beatless |  8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Kurt Gibbons | 8–11 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Steve Forbert & Freedy Johnston | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Justin Lafave | 8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | George Evans | 5 PM
Reynolds Tavern | Mike Heuer | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Shiftwork | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Troll Tribe | 9:45 PM


49 West | John Jensen | 5–7 PM
49 West | Dean Rosenthal’s 4 Piece Racket | 7:30–9:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Wheelhouse | 10 PM
Brian Boru | Park Life | 7–10 PM
Great Frogs | Madisun Bailey | 5–8 PM
Killarney House | Timmie & Tambo | 8–11 PM
Middleton Tavern | Mike Henry Tribe | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Loose Change | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Shawn Musselman | 8–11 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Cowboy Mouth | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Left Turn Clyde | 9 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Keith & Costner | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | b.en | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Blue Line | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | The Leftovers | 9:45 PM


49 West | The Befuddlers | 4–7 PM
49 West | Dream Punch | 7:30–9:30 PM
Galway Bay | Richard Hayward | 4–8 PM
Killarney House | Kevin Pollock and Doghouse Blue | 4–7 PM
Market House | Carly Wintert | 5–7 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Tommy McGee | 3–6 PM
Pirates Cove | Aaron Hawkins | 3–6 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Big Head Todd and the Monsters | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | West Street Revival | 7–11 PM


49 West | Tony Denikos and Marilyn Hucek | 7:30–11 PM


49 West | Unified Jazz Ensemble | 7–9:30 PM
The Point | Skribe | 5–8 PM
Reynolds Tavern | b.en | 7 PM

Upcoming games & matches

2/16–18 @ Elon | 4 PM

Women's Basketball (9-14)
2/17 vs. Boston University | 3:30 PM

Men's Basketball (8-16)
2/17 @ Boston U. | 1 PM

Men's Golf (0-1)
2/16–17 @ Gators Invitational | 7:50 AM

Men’s Hockey (8-15)
2/16 vs. Towson University | 7:10 PM

Women's Lacrosse (1-0)
2/17 vs. East Carolina | 11:30 AM

Men's Lacrosse (2-0)
2/17 @ Towson | 12 PM

Rifle (9-9)
2/17 vs. John Jay - NCAA Qualifier | 9 AM

Men's Squash (13-14)
2/16 vs. Denison | 12 PM
2/17–18 vs. CSA Team Divisional Championship | TBA

Women's Tennis (7-2)
2/17 vs. Towson | 9 AM
2/17 vs. Coppin State | 1 PM

Men's Tennis (10-2)
2/18 vs. FDU | 9 AM
2/18 vs. Villanova | 9 AM

Women's Track & Field (1-1)
2/16 vs. Navy Select | 10 AM

Men's Track & Field (2-0)
2/16 vs. Navy Select | 10 AM

Wrestling (8-5)
2/16 vs. Army | 7:30 PM

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