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Pedal Pushers turns 35, City of Annapolis employee salaries, how to celebrate Earth Day...

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Good morning, Annapolis. We are exactly 101 days away from the 2024 Summer Olympics.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Pedal Pushers turns 35

  • Board of Education meeting

  • How to celebrate Earth Day

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

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ANNAPOLIS HOPE FUNDRAISER UPDATE

Total amount: $129,103.92

THE DIGEST

Congress gives Annapolis $3 million for new parks and resilience

If you’ve followed the plans for the revitalized City Dock in downtown Annapolis — which includes improved resilience against flooding — you know funding’s been a big point of discussion. And it’s being discussed on Capitol Hill too. Maryland Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative John Sarbanes managed to get just over $3 million into the omnibus spending package President Biden signed in March.

Specifically, the funding allots $1.38 million for City Dock resilience, $850k for a park at City Dock, and $850k for a new “gateway” park on Rowe Blvd.

How to celebrate Earth Day 💚

Navy blue is arguably the unofficial color of Annapolis, but this weekend, we’re going green. Branch out and turn over a new leaf with these events:

Sandy Point State Park cleanup
Clean up the beach or plant dune grass with park staff on Saturday at 10 AM (4/20) — 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21409

Earth Day at Quiet Waters Park
Friends of Quiet Waters Park and the LiveWater Foundation are teaming up to clean up Quiet Waters this weekend. Events include trash pickup, oyster cage cleaning, invasive ivy removal, and a shoreline cleanup via SUP or kayak. Sunday (4/21) from 10 AM–2 PM. Sign up here! 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis, MD 21403.

Parole Rotary paper shredding
Here’s an easy way to recycle. Join the Parole Rotary on Monday morning (4/22) 8:30–11:30 AM for free paper shredding and collection of tough to recycle stuff — pet supplies, eyeglasses, hearing aids, used books, laundry detergent, lithium batteries, computer equipment, bikes, and bike parts. Anne Arundel Farmers Market, 275 Harry Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401.

DNR’s annual photo contest is now open

Hey shutterbugs, here’s an excuse to buzz your way out into nature! 📸 DNR has opened up submissions for its annual Natural Resources Photo Contest. Here’s how it works: Photographers submit photos taken anywhere in Maryland and judges will select 3 winners for each season. Need some inspiration? Try shooting. . .

🐦 Birds
🐛 Insects
🌸 Flora
🥾 Recreation
🌳 Landscapes
🌨 Weather and Wonder
🐿 Wildlife

Now for the important info (prizes, duh): All winners will be published in DNR’s annual calendar; the grand prize winner’s photo will grace the calendar’s cover. That same grand prize winner gets $700 PLUS a one-year Maryland State Park Passport and 5 copies of the calendar.

The three first place winners from the remaining categories get $100, a park passport, and 5 calendars. Four second place winners get 5 copies of the calendar. And a Fan Favorite selected from social media get a park passport and 3 calendars.

Click here for full rules, submission guidelines, and prize info.

2023’s grand prize winning photo. Shot by Dallin Johnson.

City of Annapolis employee salary data

Ever wonder how much Annapolis pays its people? It’s your business. They are, of course, paid with public funding – AKA tax dollars. Like its recent deep dive into the county’s top earners, the Capital just released a report of City of Annapolis wages. The biggest paychecks? Those of the police chief, the city manager, and the fire chief.

We’d like to issue a very special thank you for your service to Fire Chief Remaley. He started his firefighting career with the Eastport Volunteer Fire Company when he was just 16 years old. He was hired full-time in 1986 and has served our city ever since.

We’d also like to congratulate Maria Brown, assistant to Planning Director Chris Jakubiak. Maria is the longest-tenured employee of the City of Annapolis at 44 years and counting.

The average salary for Annapolis’ 754 full-time employees is $89,147.43. For comparison, Mayor Gavin Buckley’s salary is $98,000. See all salaries here. ($)

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LOCAL BUSINESS

Pedal Pushers turns 35

If you’re a cyclist in or around Severna Park, you’ve probably hit up Pedal Pushers at some point. (And if you haven’t, you should!) This local business turns 35 this year, having started in 1989 as a repair + rental shop before expanding into the retail shop it is today. Join owner Rod Reddish (who opened Pedal Pushers right out of high school) and the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber for a ribbon cutting this Wednesday at 4 PM to celebrate — 546 Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, Severna Park, MD 21146.

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WHAT’S HAPPENIN’

Songbird Festival sings again

Encore! Songbird Festival is back for a second year at Maryland Hall this Saturday from 11 AM–4 PM. This family-friendly and free music fest celebrates women and their voices, with a slate of female artists turning out soulful melodies, powerful performances, and uplifting vibes. Details here.

Theater Talk Tuesday

Classic Theatre of Maryland presents Gypsy
This classic musical about the world’s most aggressive stage mama is running now through April 28 at Classic Theatre of Maryland — 1804 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Compass Rose Theatre
An eclectic assortment of kids (and some audience members) vie for the title of spelling bee champ in this Tony-winning comedic musical through April 28. Friday’s performance has a dinner option with a three-course meal served before the show. Dinner benefits the Light House. Today’s the last day to register for dinner and a show – 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

AUDITIONS: Alice in Wonderland
Compass Rose Theater has auditions for its youth production (ages 8–17) of Alice in Wonderland on April 17 (5–9 PM). All roles are open and unpaid. Auditionees must book times in advance. The show runs weekends July 19–28. Auditions and performances are at Maryland Hall — 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

AACC presents Little Shop of Horrors
Things are getting a little mean and green at AACC this month with this musical comedy about the bloodthirsty monstrous plant Audrey II, running now through April 21 — 101 College Parkway, Arnold, MD 21012.

Save these dates: Another Fairgrounds doubleheader ☘️ 🪅

About a week ago, ABC Events hosted its famous Chicken Wing Festival at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds on Saturday and its brand new Asian American Festival on Sunday. And in two more weeks, they’re doing the same thing again. On Saturday, May 4, the Fairgrounds are turning green for the Annapolis Irish Festival. On Sunday, May 5, the Maryland Fiesta Latina will celebrate Latino heritage and culture with live music, food and drink, cultural demonstrations, and more. Click here to grab tickets for one or both festivals!

Ever wanted to hang with the Caps’ broadcasters?

Well, now’s your chance. Because Craig Laughlin and his wife, Linda, have a foundation that raises money to cure rare cancers. Linda was diagnosed with a rare endometrial cancer in 2018. This year, Craig and his broadcast partner, Joe Beninati, partnered up again with 3 Steves Winery to create another limited-edition wine, Broadcast Bubbly. And on May 18, they’re hosting a waterfront launch party with just 100 tickets available. Each ticket includes a bottle of Broadcast Bubbly, catered dinner and open bar, and mingling with Caps alumni and staff as well as local sports celebrities. Click here to get tickets.

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.

CIVIL NEWS

⚖️ Board of Education meeting

On the agenda for tomorrow’s Board of Education meeting:

  • General Assembly’s education legislation update

  • Vote on new contracts with Monarch Academies

  • Quarterly construction status report

  • See full agenda

Use this hub to submit testimony or watch online. The meeting is at 6:30 PM at the Parham Building — 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. You can attend in person or watch online.

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WOW on April 18

Join us for a Wellness House of Annapolis fundraiser party at EYC! Enjoy music with DJ Michael K, fabulous food and great friends. EYC kicks off boating season with WOW (Wellness on the Water). EYC Captains take fun seriously and share their boats and precious moments with people dealing with cancer. Keep WOW and over 35+ Wellness House programs free of charge. Click here for tickets!*

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WEATHER

Tuesday

70 🌡️ 54 | 🌤️ | 2% | 💨 E 7 mph (6 knots)

Wednesday

62 🌡️ 57 | 🌧️ | 53% | 💨 ESE 8 mph (7 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 57ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication

LIVE MUSIC LOWDOWN

Tuesday

49 West | Unified Jazz Ensemble | 7–9:30 PM
Maryland Hall | Revisiting Creedence | 7:30 PM | Tickets
The Point | Skribe | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Bob James | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Reynolds Tavern | b.en | 7 PM

Wednesday

49 West | Dave Chappell and Friends | 5–7 PM
Brian Boru | Larry Lay | 6–9 PM
Galway Bay | Irish Trad Music Session | 8 PM
Killarney House | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
Middleton Tavern | Michael Waskey | 6–9 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Mallow Hill Duo | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Richard Hayward | 6–9 PM
The Point | Aaron Hawkins | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | North Mississippi Allstars | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Reynolds Tavern | b.en | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Jesse Marie | 9 PM

Upcoming games & matches

Baseball (21-15)
4/17 vs. Bucknell | 5 PM

Women's Lacrosse (11-3)
4/17 vs. Lehigh | 6 PM

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