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In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Navy rugby gets rematch in national championship

  • Dandelions Flower Stand now open

  • Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year

Let’s get to it.

— Ryan Sneddon

Yvette Davids nominated for 64th Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy

Rear Adm. Yvette Davids

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael M. Gilday nominated Rear Adm. Yvette M. Davids to be the next Superintendent of the Naval Academy last week.

ℹ️ The Superintendent is equivalent to a President or Chancellor at a regular college.

Rear Adm. Davids is a 1989 graduate of the Academy with a B.S. in oceanography. She’s also a 2002 graduate of the Naval War College with an M.A. in national security and strategic studies and a 2012 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces with an M.S. in science and national resource strategy.

On the water as a surface warfare officer, Rear Adm. Davids served on many ships, most recently as Commander of the Nimitz Strike Group (aka Carrier Strike Group 11). Ashore, she’s served in roles far up the chain of command.

If confirmed by the Senate, Rear Adm. Davids will be the first female Superintendent of the Naval Academy when she takes office this summer. She’s no stranger to firsts, though. In 2008, Davids earned the Las Primeras award as the first Hispanic female to command a U.S. Navy warship.

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Quick Hits

“Save the Penguins” 🐧

The Truxtun Park Penguins are the only swim team in the Greater Annapolis Swim League based at a public pool. And even though the season starts in less than 6 weeks, they still don’t have an agreement to practice and compete at Truxtun Park. Growing pool popularity means the city wants to take back some lanes used by the Penguins in past seasons. Penguin parents believe this and other changes could hurt the diversity and access only the Penguins team provides. The plight heads to City Council tonight. When introduced two weeks ago, swimmers as young as 10 gave public testimony. ($)

Annapolis resident wins Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year

Congratulations to 17-year-old Mason Williams! At Anne Arundel County’s first Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year dinner since 2019, Mason won the organization’s Youth of the Year award. He’ll compete for the same honor statewide later this year. Mason’s resume includes a 4.0 GPA at Mount St. Joseph’s in Baltimore, the Boys and Girls Club junior staff career development program, and captaincy of the MSJ track & field team. After graduation, he hopes to attend the Naval Academy or West Point (completely unrelated: Go Navy, Beat Army).

🏆️ There must be something in the water at the Williams household. Mason’s sister, Sydney Williams, won Youth of the Year in 2017. ($)

Annapolis Maritime Museum gets preschool grant

U.S. Representative John Sarbanes announced a federal bill last week that includes $375,000 for Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park to build a maritime-themed, nature preschool and outdoor classroom at its Edgewood Road campus. Fittingly, the announcement came during an Earth Day press conference. We don’t know when the school will open to students.

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Signs of Spring: Dandelions Flower Stand is now open!

📸 @dandelionsstand | 📍Bread & Butter Kitchen

Dandelions Flower Stand is a self-serve local flower stand outside Bread & Butter Kitchen in Eastport and it is now open for the season. Here’s a perfect Saturday morning plan:

  1. Eat delicious, waterfront breakfast at Bread & Butter Kitchen (kid & dog-friendly)

  2. Get flowers from Dandelions

  3. Enjoy living in the best town in the world

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Local Business

End of an era at Liquor Mart & Deli

After 42 years, Liquor Mart & Deli is changing ownership. Normally we don’t publish press releases word for word but this one’s from the heart and we had to share.

To our wonderful Annapolis community,

It is with bittersweet joy that we announce that after 42 years, Liquor Mart & Deli is changing ownership.

We have loved being a part of your lives, sometimes your daily lives, for so many years.

We thank our incredibly hard working owner Kenny Schwartz, our amazing manager for over 42 years, Rick Williams, who has been instrumental in the success of the store, our dedicated staff, and YOU, our loyal customers.

Please continue to shop at the landmark across from the mall and support the new ownership, as they take the helm next month.

From our family to yours, we thank you for an amazing 42 years.

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🤫 Side note: It’s a little-known secret that Liquor Mart & Deli has some of the best sandwiches in Annapolis.

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What’s Happenin’

Weekend preview

🇮🇹 Festa di Primavera Italiana (Italian Festival of Spring) at Annapolis Town Center. April 29, 10 AM–3 PM. Learn more.
🏴‍☠️ Pirate’s Parlay of the Chesapeake at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. April 29 & 30. Learn more.
💐 Make your baskets for May Day! Judging is May 1. Learn more.

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Civil News

City Council meeting

On the agenda for tonight’s City Council meeting:

🧑‍⚖️ FY24 budget
🧑‍⚖️ Remote meeting attendance for City Council members
🧑‍⚖️ Truxtun Park Penguins swim team
🧑‍⚖️ See full agenda

The meeting is at 7 PM in the City Council Chambers in City Hall – 160 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. Use this link to submit testimony or watch online. You may also attend in person.

Board of Education meeting

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

🏫 Conflict Resolution Center update
🏫 2023 MD General Assembly session summary
🏫 Opening and Patriotic Exercises
🏫 See full agenda

The meeting is at 6:30 PM Wednesday in the Board Room at the Parham Building – 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. Use this link to submit testimony or watch online. You may also attend in person.

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Extra Sprinkles

Wellness House presents: Sail into Summer

Behind every great fundraiser is a great cause. In this case, Wellness House. They provide no-cost services and programs to anyone touched by cancer – support groups, yoga and meditation, and a strong community. If you want to support Wellness House, join us for the 2nd annual Wellness on the Water. It's Thursday, April 27 at Eastport Yacht Club. Tickets include all drinks and food as well as live music from Doug Segree. We hope to see you there.*

Paint the Town

Join us on May 13th at the Westin Annapolis for the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County’s 30th Anniversary Gala. Paint The Town will be the year’s biggest celebration of arts in Anne Arundel County. Join us for demonstrations and performances by local artists, silent and live auctions, a wine pull, an artistically-inspired menu, and dancing to the music of Jordan Sokel and Pressing Strings!*

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Live Music Lowdown


49 West | Uncouth Junction - W/ Rahsaan & Brian Forte | 7–10 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Guava Jelly | 5–8 PM


49 West | Unified Jazz Ensemble | 7–9:30 PM
The Point | Kavoossi | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Suzanne Vega: An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories | 8 PM | Tickets
Reynolds Tavern | b.en | 7 PM


Navy Schedule

Baseball (20-21)
4/22 vs. Army | L 4-11
4/23 vs. Army | L 2-3
4/23 vs. Army | L 0-10

Women’s golf
4/21-23 @ Patriot League Championship | 4th out of 6 teams

Women’s lacrosse (12-4)
4/22 @ #16 Army | L 11-15

Men’s lacrosse (7-7)
4/22 vs. Army | L 6-11

Men’s rugby (17-0)
4/22 vs. Lindenwood | W 12-10

Men’s tennis (23-19)
4/21 vs. Loyola, Md | W 4-0
4/22 vs. Bucknell (Patriot League Tournament - Semifinal) | W 4-3
4/23 vs. Boston U (Patriot League Tournament - Final) | W 4-0

Rugby gets a rematch 🏉 

Navy’s top-ranked men’s rugby team is heading to the national championship. The undefeated ruggers stayed undefeated when they beat second-ranked Lindenwood 12-10 on Saturday. A tough opponent awaits Navy for the May 6th title game in Houston – California. Navy’s only beaten Cal one time in program history, March 11 this season. Any athlete knows how hard it is to beat a team twice in one season. Go Navy, Beat Cal!

Five in a row 🎾 

Navy men’s tennis bested Boston University 4-0 over the weekend to win the Patriot League title in a much closer match than the scores show. With the win, Navy has now won the title five years running. That’s the longest run by any Patriot League team. This dominance isn’t new, though. Navy’s won the title 11 of the last 15 years.

💁 Fun fact: Navy’s won 43 consecutive matches against Patriot League opponents.

Navy now advances to the NCAA Tournament which opens play May 5.

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