🍦New Rise Up Coffee in Severna Park

Interview with Drew Cronic, AACPS Chromebook change, new city laws...

Good morning, Annapolis. Did you know you can usually press one of the buttons on the gas station TV to mute it? You’re welcome.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • An interview with Drew Cronic

  • AACPS Chromebook changes

  • New city laws

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon


Introducing Iesha Young

There’s a new face in city government: Iesha Young, manager of the Office of Community Services. She comes to Annapolis government with 10 years of experience working for organizations like Young Invincibles and Community of Hope. Now she’s overseeing a staff of five that handles community outreach, grants, rental assistance, and more. Welcome to Annapolis, Iesha!

And speaking of community grants. . .

You have a little extra time to apply for a community grant from the City of Annapolis. The new deadline is March 4 at 4:30 PM. So if you’re a legit nonprofit in Annapolis (in formal terms, a 501C3 with a Certificate of Good Standing from the MD Department of Assessments and Taxation), go ahead and apply here.

Less Chrome at home

Providing (and repairing) Chromebooks for every student is expensive. So starting this fall, AACPS students will keep their school-issued Chromebooks at school and use personal devices for homework. Any student who needs a take-home Chromebook can still get one free of charge, it just won’t be the automatic option for all students anymore.

🔎 This may be a great time to check out the library’s Chromebook giveaway which is providing no-cost Chromebooks to keep for eligible county residents.

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Rise Up Coffee Roasters opening in SP ☕

If all goes to plan, Rise Up Coffee will open its 13th café next week in Severna Park. The 2,300-square foot shop will be Rise Up’s biggest-ever on this side of the bridge and first Western Shore location to feature a drive-thru; we love local coffee with a drive-thru. It will be open seven days a week from 6 AM–7 PM right next to Homestead Gardens in Severna Park. If all inspections go well, they’ll open the doors on February 21! We will of course keep you updated.

Is WRNR coming back?

We’re all holding our breath to find out if we’ll have to stop belting WRNR at red lights when the driver next to us looks over any time soon. To those who don’t stop singing, you rock. ICYMI, broadcaster Steve Kingston sold WRNR last year. But now he’s bought Annapolis AM station WYRE, and has been streaming WRNR online since the sale. Considering Kingston has made other buys lately (including an FM translator last fall), it has a lot of us feeling hopeful WRNR may be back on the radio eventually. ($)

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.


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 St. Ages 8+ welcome.

Weekend Preview


  • Join Wildberry Farm for to-go breakfast and farm goods from 9 AM to noon. 1047 St Stephens Church Road in Crownsville.

  • Learn from a Narrator workshop featuring professional audiobook narrator Ellen Quay from 10–11:30 AM at Maryland Hall – 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD Room 307.

  • Super Saturday Storytime with Kim C. Lee at Museum of Historic Annapolis, 99 Main Street. Kim will read her book, “The Night Owl,” from 11 AM to noon and share what it means to show love and positivity through acts of kindness.

  • David Letterman’s longtime music director, Paul Shaffer, is in concert with the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra at Maryland Hall at 7:30 PM. Get tickets here. 100% of the proceeds support Live Arts Maryland.


  • Gallery 57 West’s Artist Reception takes place from noon to 2 PM. Meet many artists, including four who are new to the gallery. Light refreshments will be served. See the event name for the location (spoiler: the address is 57 West Street).

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.


New city laws

A few big votes happened at Monday night’s City Council Meeting. If you’re a fan of quiet, you’ll be happy to hear (ha!) that the council passed an ordinance banning gas-powered leaf blowers (effective December 30) as well as some sound emitters that deter pests.

Looking to put your pad on Airbnb? You might have to wait. The council placed a temporary moratorium on short-term rental licenses until it can close some loopholes.

Finally, the council officially introduced the 2024 Comprehensive Plan, which makes recommendations on everything from housing and land use to transportation. A public hearing is scheduled for February 26. ($)

P.S. These laws only impact the city of Annapolis. It’s confusing but there are Annapolis addresses that are outside city limits. Those areas are governed by Anne Arundel County laws.

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46 🌡️ 37 | 🌥️ | 4% | 💨 SSE 12 mph (10 knots)


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

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 43ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



49 West | Jazz Wire Jam Session | 7:30–10:30 PM
Brian Boru | Nate Finn | 6–9 PM
Copper Creek Pub & Ale House | Open Mic Night | 8–10 PM
Killarney House | Madisun Bailey | 6–9 PM
Market House | Troll Tribe Duo | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
The Point | Dan Haas | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | The Police Experience | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Tavern | Jack Rimel | 4:30 PM
Rams Head Roadhouse | Michael K | 4 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Open Mic Night | 7 PM
Vibe | Open Mic Night | 7–11 PM


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

LISTEN: In-depth interview with Navy’s new offensive coordinator Drew Cronic 🎙️

Everyone wants to talk to the new kid on the block. So we’re stoked to share this week’s Anchors Aweigh Podcast featuring an interview with Navy’s newly hired football offensive coordinator, Drew Cronic! Co-hosts Bill Wagner and Pete Medhurst asked him why he resigned from Mercer to join Navy, what makes his Wing-T offense so special, and much more. Separately, they revisit the Army-Navy basketball doubleheader and check in on men’s and women’s lacrosse. List to the latest episode of the Anchors Aweigh Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.

ℹ️ The Anchors Aweigh Podcast is the only podcast entirely dedicated to Naval Academy athletics. It’s hosted by Bill Wagner and Pete Medhurst and published by Naptown Scoop. You can also listen on WNAV 1430 AM every Saturday at 9 AM.

Past results

Women's Basketball (9-14)
2/14 @ American | W 69–55

Men's Basketball (8-16)
2/14 vs. American | L 59–42

2/16 @ Elon | 4 PM

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

Men's Squash (13-14)
2/16 @ CSA Team Divisional Championship | TBA

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

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

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

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