🍦Do you have Valentine's Day plans?

Mass casualty training, SMOB info sesh, bank branch closing...


Good morning, Annapolis. Nobody panic or anything but we’re just over a week from Valentine’s Day. So if you haven’t planned anything yet, keep reading. We gotcha.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Mass casualty training

  • SMOB info sesh

  • Local bank branch closing

Let’s get to it.

– Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

P.S. Happy birthday to Maggie Karamian! 🍰


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Have you thought about Valentine’s Day yet?

This is not a drill. Valentine’s Day is one week from tomorrow. Lucky for you, if you’ve given zero thought to your plans, we’d love to help you out. We’ve corralled multi-course menus and more at 11 local restaurants. And if you really want to make it special, we’ve rounded up some hotel and B&B deals, too. Check it out and get booking!

Heads up: Mass casualty training at NSA

Unlike the above, this is a drill. Naval Support Activity Annapolis (NSA) is participating in an anti-terrorism force protection exercise from now until February 16. The main event takes place tomorrow morning (2/7) and includes security forces responding to a simulated active shooter. So if you’re near NSA (right next to Greenbury Point), you may hear simulated gunfire and see lots of emergency vehicles, but there’s no cause for alarm.

Books by Johnnies launches

Ever wonder how many books have entered the world from the minds of St. John’s graduates and alumni? Wonder no more — the college known for its Great Books curriculum just launched an online bookshelf called Books by Johnnies where you can find over 1,000 books by faculty and alumni. Amazingly for a college of its size, the collection includes Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, Oscar and Emmy winners, NYT bestsellers, and Guggenheim fellows. So, go ahead and find your next read.

Publisher’s note: Scoop writer Dylan Roche who wrote this story, also happens to be a published author. His first book, The Purple Bird, is a fantasy novel that follows James Shannassy to the world of Nalgordia as he attempts to break a centuries-old curse.

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Last call for sales rep applicants

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First National closing Cape St. Claire branch

First National Bank announced its Cape St. Claire branch will be among four it plans to close soon. Although the branch is convenient for Cape residents, there are still five others in Anne Arundel County. The nearest to the Cape is 1000 Bestgate Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. ($)

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Who is Dr. Julie Langguth? 🦷

Glad you asked. Dr. Julie Langguth is Naptown Scoop’s official orthodontist. She’s also a mom of two, wife to an ‘01 Navy grad, Annapolitan, and proud owner of Annapolis Orthodontics, a one-location orthodontics practice for kids, teens, and adults.

Whether it’s braces, Invisalign, or simply a complimentary consultation, Dr. L and her team treat patients like family. You’ll see what I mean as soon as you walk in the door.

Annapolis Orthodontics is conveniently located on Old Solomons Island Road right across from the Harbour Center. Schedule a complimentary consultation at annapolisorthodontics.com.


Theater Talk Tuesday

Annapolis Opera presents Hansel and Gretel
Think opera’s too lofty for kids? Witch, please! This fairytale is the perfect introduction to opera. Saturday at 11 AM at Maryland Hall – 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Maryland Hall presents No Gravity
We all need an escape from reality occasionally. Don’t miss this one-night-only interpretation of Dante’s Divine Comedy as told through dance and illusion. Tonight at 7:30 PM (2/6) at Maryland Hall – 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Classic Theatre of Maryland presents Jane Eyre
Be among the first to see this world-premiere adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s iconic novel this Thursday, February 8. It runs through February 25 at Classic Theatre of Maryland –1804 West Street, Suite 200, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.

Compass Rose Theater presents The Gin Game
Two residents of a senior home reminisce on their pasts over a game of gin in this thought-provoking production by the Compass Rose Theater which continues its run this weekend at Maryland Hall – 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Children’s Theatre of Annapolis presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream
CTA tackles Shakespeare for the first time with this comedy about feuding fairies and love spells gone awry. February 9–18 at Children’s Theatre of Annapolis – 1661 Bay Head Road, Annapolis, 21409.

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.

Want to hear some jokes? 🎤

The Scoop team loves a good laugh. So we’re jazzed that Paul Mecurio is coming to Rams Head On Stage this Friday (2/9). One of our readers (shoutout Sally Schaefer) recently saw Paul in NYC and got called up on stage for some interactive comedy before he filmed on the Stephen Colbert Show. Friday’s show kicks off at 8 PM. 21+ only. Tickets are $30.

Free Kids’ Health Fair coming up

Food, exercise, education, and fun — that’s what you can expect at the second annual free Kids’ Health and Wellness Fair this Saturday from 11 AM–1 PM (2/10) at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center – 273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis, Maryland 21403. Stop by for family-friendly games, a meet-and-greet with Navy football players, STEM activities, and much more. No registration is required. Find more info on Facebook.

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Air Force vet enters BOE race

There’s a new name in the race for the AACPS Board of Education. Sarah McDermott has announced her candidacy for the District 4 seat representing Fort Meade and Odenton. Sarah’s an Air Force veteran and currently the Assistant Commissioner for Occupational and Professional Licensing at MD Department of Labor. She’s running unopposed for now. District 4’s current board member Melissa Ellis has yet to file for reelection and the deadline is this Friday.

Did you know: AACPS Board of Education seats became elected positions starting with the 2018 election and the position is nonpartisan.

⚖️ Board of Education meeting

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

  • Mo Gaba Positivity and Perseverance Awards

  • Contract renewals for Monarch Academy Public Charter School and Monarch Global Academy Public Charter School

  • Mascots and colors for Severn Run High and Two Rivers Elementary

  • See full agenda

Use this website to submit testimony or watch online. The meeting is at noon at the Parham Building – 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. You can attend in-person or watch online.

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Share the Love – Give Blood 💌

Did you know giving blood can save up to 3 lives. And it only takes 15 minutes! Step up this week and be a life saver at First Home Mortgage’s Share the Love blood drive. Everyone who donates is eligible to win a $200 Valentine’s dinner raffle! Come to First Home Mortgage on Bestgate Road this Thursday, February 8 to be a life saver. Sign up in advance here!*

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💧🌡️ Water temperature = 42ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



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


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 | Nate Finn | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Mixed Business | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Larry Turner | 6–9 PM
The Point | Jordan | 5–8 PM
Reynolds Tavern | b.en | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Rhythm and Screaming | 9 PM

Upcoming games & matches

Men's Basketball (8-13)
2/7 vs. Bucknell | 7 PM

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