🍦Teacher of the Year

How to defend yourself, Fashion For a Cause, Navy track & field dominates...


Good morning, Annapolis. Happy National Bike Month. Tomorrow is Bike & Roll to School Day. Next week is Bike to Work Week. And if you just want to bike one day, May 17th is Bike to Work Day. Happy pedaling!

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • A local self-defense biz

  • Fashion For a Cause

  • Navy track & field continues dominance

Let’s roll 🚲️

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

P.S. Happy birthday, Samantha Hampson! 🎂

Behind the scenes of Scoop’s newest partnership

Today's Live Music Lowdown looks different. Instead of a plain text headline, a sleek graphic introduces our most popular section. And if you click it, you'll visit the Let's Go Music Festival website. Why did we do this?

I want reading Scoop to be a beautiful experience. One unmarred by too many ads, ugly ads, irrelevant ads, political ads. . . The list goes on. Long story, short: we prioritize reader experience over easy cash.

Which is why when Let's Go called, I knew this was the only way we could work together. They have a fantastic music festival. We have a useful live music calendar. A perfect harmony.

So to summarize, I hope you love our newest partnership. I hope you learn a band you love is playing Let's Go right here in town May 31–June 2. And I hope you go and have a terrific experience.

Let’s Go 2022 with our friends from Peake Social. Photo: Glenn A. Miller


Enjoy the sun without hurting your skin ☀️

Summer weather is back! And while long days on the boat are fantastic, all that sun can hurt your skin. Want to enjoy the sunshine without worrying? Wear sunscreen! And then call Murthy Facial Plastic Surgery to erase the sun damage! 

Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing gives your skin a personalized makeover eliminating fine lines, age spots, skin laxity and uneven texture. It's super versatile and gives you that fresh, glowing look we all want.

Murthy Facial Plastic Surgery is offering a May Special (Mother’s Day gift idea, anyone?) on one CoolPeel CO2 laser treatment. May 30, 2024 – for one day only, all CoolPeel treatments are 50% off.  Patients can call or submit a consult inquiry to reserve their spot.


Total amount: $134,688.96


2024 AACPS Teacher of the Year 🌟 

“Always put relationships and connections first and the rest will eventually fall into place.” That’s how 2024 AACPS Teacher of the Year Elizabeth Heist lives her life and it seems to be working. The music teacher has spent her entire 11-year career at Lake Shore Elementary School and she’s the school’s first teacher to win Teacher of the Year. Congratulations, Elizabeth!

Several other educators were honored at the Excellence in Education Awards:

  • Independent School Teacher of the Year – Tiffany Wenck, St. Paul’s Lutheran School

  • George Arlotto Principal of the Year – Heather Garris, Tracey’s Elementary School

  • Educational Support Professional of the Year – Jean Dunaway, Infants and Toddlers program

Maybe you can’t commit to the entire Navy sports season (hey, no judgment. The beach beckons). But you still want to get out to see a game or two. You’re in luck. Single-game tickets are available today. Check out the schedule and order tickets.

New book alert: Mole of Vatican Council II

Recently retired Severn School English teacher and local author Richard Zmuda has a new book out. The Mole of Vatican Council II: The True Story of Xavier Rynne, hailed as historical fiction at its best. In the words of the author himself, it’s the unbelievable backstory to the most important religious gathering in centuries — and how a St. Mary's priest played a crucial, secret role in countering the efforts of powerful cardinals trying to sabotage it. Check it out.

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1 year of self defense

In My Defense has officially been providing training to ordinary citizens like us for a whole year now. The veteran-owned business — which offers classes in personal defense, firearms, and emergency medical training — is for anyone who wants to prepare for (and ideally avoid) violent encounters, medical emergencies, and more. The Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce is holding a ribbon cutting to celebrate this Thursday from 4:30–6:30 PM (5/9).

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.

Expect the unexpected 🎼

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is about to complete their 62nd year of bringing incredible music to the county. Did you know that they are a nationally ranked professional orchestra with 70+ contracted musicians? This season of performances has been unforgettable. Don’t miss out on the last performance of the season: Masterworks VI “This Midnight Hour”. 

It features Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony N. 104, Jean Sibelius with Symphony N. 02, and Anna Clyne, who brings forth the terroir of a moment and place in her This Midnight Hour. And check this out-  Scoop readers get 30% off up to 4 tickets! Just enter the code MIDNIGHT at checkout. Performances are at 7:30 PM on May 10 and 11 at Maryland Hall.


Theater Talk Tuesday

A quirky, complex mystery takes the stage at Colonial Players with this adaptation of the hit book about a neurodivergent teen on a mission to figure out who killed his neighbor’s dog — and the life-changing discoveries he makes in the process. Note: Contains adult language and high-intensity audio and lighting effects like strobe lighting. Sensory-friendly performances on May 11 and May 16. Runs Thursday–Sunday through May 18.

Mark your calendar: Fashion for a Cause

Hospice of the Chesapeake’s annual fundraiser for its Chesapeake Kids Program is once again bringing together more than a dozen community models for a fashion show. And it’s at an exciting new venue! The runway’s headed to the brand new Fluegel Alumni Center (301 King George Street, Annapolis, MD 21402) on June 7 at 6 PM. We encourage you to go to raise money for a worthy cause while seeing the latest fashions from local retailers. If you need another reason, Scoop publisher Ryan is modeling again. Get tickets!

GiGi's Playhouse Annapolis 2024 "i have a voice" Gala 🍽️ 💃

Time to feel fancy and support a great cause. You’re cordially invited to honor children and adults with Down syndrome at the GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis “i have a voice” Gala on May 17. Attendees ages 21 and up will enjoy a seated gourmet dinner, drinks, music, and dancing at The Atreeum at Soaring Timbers (610 North Bestgate Road, Annapolis, MD 21401). Grab tickets and learn about sponsorship opportunities. And yes, the i isn’t capitalized on purpose.

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 Council needs more time

Making decisions about something with a 20-year impact isn’t something you want to do quickly. So even though City Council has been looking at a comprehensive plan for city development since February, they just voted for a 60-day extension on making a decision. Now they have another two months to look over all 450 pages of Annapolis Ahead 2040, which outlines plans and priorities for our city until (you guessed it), 2040. ($)

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75 🌡️ 65 | 🌧️ | 40% | 💨 E 7 mph (6 knots)


82 🌡️ 66 | 🌥️ | 24% | 💨 SSW 9 mph (8 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 63ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication


49 West | Unified Jazz Ensemble | 7–9:30 PM
The Point | Kavoossi | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Al Di Meola | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Reynolds Tavern | b.en | 7 PM


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
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Mixed Business | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Loose Change| 6–9 PM
The Point | Aaron Hawkins | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Vienna Teng | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Mike Heur | 9 PM


Capital Gazette 2023-24 All-County swimming 🏊‍♂️ 🏊‍♀️

it’s safe to say, Crofton’s Luke Corey and Severn’s Aliza Monaldo are both doing swimmingly. Florida-bound Luke is the Capital Gazette Boys Swimmer of the Year. He won every individual race, swept individual county championship titles, and earned 17 school records. Aliza – the Capital Gazette Girls Swimmer of the Year and 200-yard freestyle record holder ­– will trade a Severn suit for a Boston University one next year. Check out the other all-star swimmers from the 2023–24 Capital Gazette All-County boys and girls teams. ($)

P.S. Congrats to Capital Gazette Coaches of the Year, Severn’s Erin Domenech for boys and Broadneck’s Colleen Parr Winans for girls!

It was a great weekend for Navy track and field! Both the men’s and women’s track teams won their 6th consecutive championship titles at the Patriot League Outdoor Championships. The men claimed 295 points and the women 212.33, with Joshua Boamah earning Athlete of the Meet and director of track and field/cross country Jamie Cook receiving Coach of the Year honors.

Upcoming games & matches

Women's Golf (1-0)
5/7–8 @ NCAA Bermuda Run Regional

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