🍦Darim is back!

City Dock reno passes planning commission, International Club of Annapolis, Middleton Tavern...


Good morning, Annapolis. Did anyone know Chad Michael Murray was still so popular?

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • City Dock reimagining

  • Middleton Tavern

  • Navy lax 🥍 

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

P.S. Happy birthday to Patty Orndorff! 🍰


Free Adolescent and Young Adult Skin Screenings!

Current Dermatology is partnering with the amazing Claire Marie Foundation to offer free skin cancer screenings to adolescents and young adults on Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 9 AM–1 PM in our office at 810 Bestgate Road Annapolis, MD 21401.

Melanoma is the second most common cancer in adolescents and the most common cancer in young adults under 30. The mission of the Claire Marie Foundation is to raise clarity and hope in the fight against adolescent and young adult melanoma through awareness, education and prevention. Since 2016, the Claire Marie Foundation has partnered with dermatologists in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the U.S. to provide access to free skin screenings for adolescents and young adults ages 13–29. Our doctors are honored to be apart of this amazing initiative and spread awareness to our beloved community.

To schedule a screening with Dr. Molly or Dr. Megan, please call 410-384-3045. Registration is limited and required. Don’t wait! Spaces fill quickly.

For more information on the Claire Marie Foundation, please visit www.clairemariefoundation.org.


Annapolis Woman sets World Record 🚣🏻‍♀️

Annapolis native Lauren (Nini) Champion and Canadian Lisa Roland of Team Ocean Grown just broke the world record for the fastest women’s duo to row across the Atlantic Ocean. Safe to say, Lauren’s living up to her last name! She and Lisa set the record during the World’s Toughest Row, pushing off from San Sebastián de La Gomera on December 13. They rowed 2,550 nautical miles to arrive at Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua 45 days, 1 hour, and 27 minutes later. Way to go ladies!

What’s going on at Middleton Tavern?

You’ve probably noticed all the scaffolding at Middleton Tavern by now and wondered what the heck’s happening. Fear not, the building’s just getting a new roof. Annapolis Capital Partners, operators of 134 Prince and the Flag House Inn, bought the building (not the restaurant) last April. And like many new property owners, they’re sprucing things up. The new roof will use similar materials to the building’s original construction in the mid-eighteenth century and may last for up to 100 years. It should be done in 6–8 weeks.

SMOB information session

Nobody likes a snob. But a SMOB? They get respect. And if you know a high school junior interested in being next year’s Student Member of the Board of Education, here’s their chance to learn more. Join the virtual Information Night on February 7 at 6:30 PM to learn about qualifications for the position, nomination process, and expectations. Find the meeting link on the CRASC website.

✅ Fun fact: Being Anne Arundel’s SMOB is a big deal. It’s the only student Board of Education member with full voting rights in the entire country.

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Darim is back 💐

Good news for everyone who’s been missing Annapolis’ favorite flower man. He’s back and just in time for Valentine’s Day. The always-smiling flower vendor has just returned from his annual trip home to West Africa and is back in business in front of Reynolds Tavern on Church Circle. Darim sells flowers seven days a week in all sorts of weather. Just be sure to bring cash – no cards or Apple Pay here.

Local by Design moves downtown 🎨

Local by Design’s Main Street location has moved to 41 Maryland Ave (one of the oldest commercial streets in Maryland). Local By Design sells home décor and unique gifts crafted by local artisans. Hours are Monday thru Saturday 11 AM–6 PM and Sunday 11 AM–5 PM. There’s easy nearby parking in the Gotts Court or Hillman Garages. Or use Scoop’s personal favorite parking hack – free parking at the Calvert Street Garage on weekends.

P.S. Local By Design also has a store at Westfield Annapolis and gallery in the Arts District.

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.


The week ahead

Save the date: SPCA Hearts and Hounds Mall Crawl

SPCA and DARE to C.A.R.E. invite you and your pets to join a Hearts and Hounds Mall Crawl around Westfield Annapolis on February 11 from 8–11 AM. While there, get a vascular screening, snag some SPCA swag, and meet SPCA’s mascot, Lucky 🐶

Save the date: SOUPer Bowl Lunch

Get pumped for the Super Bowl with a friendly and philanthropic lunch. Stop by the SOUPer Bowl Lunch on 2/11 from 11:30 AM–1:30 PM at Heritage Baptist Church to enjoy three kinds of delicious soups. It’s free but donations are encouraged to benefit the Light House Homeless Prevention Center.

Save Our Trees Community Forum

Want to help the City of Annapolis reach its goal of 50% tree canopy by 2040? Learn how at the rescheduled Save Our Trees forum on February 7 at 7 PM at the Busch Library. You’ll hear from arborists, aldermen, and other experts on how the city is striving toward this lofty goal.

Dinner at the International Club of Annapolis

Ever heard of the International Club of Annapolis? For 50 years, the club has hosted dinner meetings with ambassadors and diplomats from over 115 countries. The next meeting’s speaker is Irving Jaime Lizaranga, Charge d’Affaires (basically a temporary fill-in ambassador) at the Peruvian Embassy. The meeting is Tuesday (2/6) from 6–9 PM at the Annapolis Doubletree Hotel (210 Holiday Court in Annapolis) with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a buffet dinner. Cost: $40 for members, $45 for non-members. More info.

Save the date: Valentine’s Day 5K 💘

Here’s one for the crazies who like to run races on holidays: the Annapolis Striders have a Valentine’s Day 5K coming up on February 10 at 10 AM at Kinder Farm Park. Registration is open now.

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.


City Dock redevelopment passes planning commission. Historic Preservation Commission is next.

The Annapolis Planning Commission approved site plans for the first phase of the new City Dock last week. Its next stop is the Historic Preservation Commission on February 13. The reimagined City Dock will include flood mitigation measures and a new public park with a green space. Construction is expected to start this spring. During that time, the Harbormaster’s office will be temporarily relocated. Important note: This plan doesn’t include a new Maritime Welcome Center. ($)

⚖️ County Council meeting

On the agenda for today’s County Council meeting:

  • Potentially Dangerous, Dangerous, and Vicious Animals

  • Self-service Storage Facilities – Outside Storage of Vehicles

  • Neighborhood Marina Zoning District

  • 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, MD 21401.

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The thing nobody tells you about selling your house 🏡

Did you know an exterior cleaning can significantly boost your home’s market appeal? Investing in a SoftWash from Blue Heron Property Services could mean an impressive return! As the spring real estate market approaches, now’s the perfect time to get an exterior SoftWash on the calendar. Their proven SoftWash technology has transformed countless Annapolis homes. Request your estimate today and give your home the refresh it deserves.*

How to reach peak male performance 💪

All men wonder. But in the Internet age, it’s impossible to find the right information. That’s why you need a doctor who specializes in it. A doctor like Tim Romanoski at Warrior Medical. Come to Men’s Peak Performance Night this Thursday, February 8 to learn about testosterone replacement therapy and other innovative treatments like Emsculpt Neo and Emsella. Btw, drinks are on the house. We hope to see you there on February 8.*

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45 🌡️ 31 | ☀️ | 5% | 💨 NE 7 mph (6 knots)


43 🌡️ 30 | ☀️ | 2% | 💨 NE 9 mph (8 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 40ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



49 West | Meagan Griffith & Dirk Schwenk | 7:30–10:30 PM
Brian Boru | PJ and Neal | 6–9 PM
Maryland Hall | Sarah Jarosz | 7:30 PM | Tickets


49 West | Unified Jazz Ensemble | 7–9:30 PM
Brian Boru | Larry Turner | 5–8 PM
The Point | Skribe | 5–8 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM

The Navy men’s lacrosse team didn’t start well on Saturday, but they still started well. Confused? Let me explain. After giving up a couple early goals and struggling to find the net, the Navy men’s lacrosse team recalibrated and dominated Mount St. Mary’s in the season opener on Saturday. The final score? 19–6. Catch the next game against Hofstra at home this Saturday at noon. ($)

Navy owned Army this weekend

It’s called a Star Match any time Navy faces Army in athletics. And though the most notable Star Match didn’t go Navy’s way in Foxborough this year, this past weekend definitely did. Navy beat Army in men’s and women’s track & field, gymnastics, and rifle. Rifle and track & field set 7 school records along the way. Congratulations to everyone involved.

Past results

Women's Basketball (8-13)
2/3 @ Colgate | W 59–58

Men's Basketball (8-13)
2/3 @ Colgate | L 88–64

Men’s Hockey (4-12)
2/2 vs. Villanova University | L 2–1
2/3 vs. West Chester University | L 7–0

Men's Lacrosse (1-0)
2/3 vs. Mount St. Mary's | W 19–6

Rifle (6-9)
2/3 @ Army - Star Match | W 5896-5863

Men's Squash (12-12)
2/2 @ Chatham | L 9–0
2/3 vs. Western | L 8–1
2/4 vs. Rochester | L 8–1

Women's Tennis (5-2)
2/3 vs. Howard | W 4–3
2/3 vs. Saint Joseph's | W 7–0
2/4 @ Delaware | L 5–2

Men's Tennis (8-0)
2/2 vs. Rider | W 7–0
2/2 vs. Rider | W 6–1
2/3 vs. Howard | W 7–0
2/3 vs. Saint Joseph's | W 4–1

Wrestling (8-5)
2/2 vs. Lock Haven | W 33–9
2/3 vs Bucknell | W 34–7

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