🍦What's the Women in Business Passport?

USNA Commandant change, All-Star Classic, Chicken Wing Festival...

Good morning, Annapolis. In the immortal words of Prince, it’s just another manic Monday.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • All-Star Classic

  • Chicken Wing Festival

  • Navy’s 2024 football schedule

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon


USNA Commandant Change

Colonel James “J.P.” McDonough III is leaving the Naval Academy this summer after a successful three-year assignment. His replacement? Captain Walter H. Allman III. After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1997, Captain Allman set out on a 20+ year special forces career. His resume includes time spent on SEAL teams 1 and 3 and several combat deployments.

If you’re wondering why the men have different ranks, it’s because McDonough is a Marine officer while Allman is a Navy officer. Each holds his branch’s respective O-6 pay grade rank.

And for the unfamiliar, the Commandant at USNA is like the dean of students at a civilian university.

Cummings murder trial appeal begins

In June 2021, Michelle Cummings was killed by a stray bullet while dropping her son Trey off at the Naval Academy for his first year. Angelo Harrod was arrested for the killing less than a day later. He was given three life sentences – one for Michelle and two for his intended targets – in December 2022. But Harrod is appealing his case based on how evidence was presented to the jury. Oral arguments began Friday. There’s no timeline for when the appeal will end. ($)

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What is the Women in Business Passport?

Remember The Great Annapolis Pumpkin Spice Coffee Crawl? Well the Women in Business Passport is just like that. Except instead of trying autumnal sugary drinks all over town, you support women-owned businesses. It’s hosted by Fount + Flourish, a community of women in business created by Annapolis local Bailey Feldman.

So for the entire month of March – which not coincidentally is Women’s History Month – you can get a stamp on your passport which you’ll pick up at The Fount or any participating business. Once you have 10 stamps, let Bailey know. The first 20 get a “Support your local girl gang” shirt and all subsequent finishers get a keychain. Click here to get in on this!

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.


Community conversations with Dr. Mark Bedell

Anne Arundel County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Bedell is going on tour over the next 2 months. His first stop is Broadneck High School tonight at 6 PM (3/4). The event should last about an hour and will start with remarks from Dr. Bedell. At the end, guests will get to talk to Dr. Bedell and his Cabinet. Anyone who doesn’t have a chance to get their questions answered will get to record them for an email response. 1265 Green Holly Dr, Annapolis, MD 21409.

Save this date: MD Chicken Wing Festival

Do you love chicken wings? I love chicken wings. And for the 10th year, ABC Events is hosting the Maryland Chicken Wing Festival at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds on April 6. Along with music and other activities, there will be a pepper eating contest, wing eating contest, and a make your own sauce competition. Learn more and save on early bird 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.


⚖️ County Council meeting

On the agenda for tonight’s County Council meeting:

  • Potentially dangerous, dangerous, and vicious animals

  • General Development Plan – Regions 2 and 7

  • Possession or discharge of firearms

  • See full agenda

The meeting is at 7 PM in the Arundel Center. The public is welcome to attend. Click here to submit testimony or watch online44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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58 🌡️ 45 | 🌥️ | 14% | 💨 E 10 mph (9 knots)


56 🌡️ 48 | 🌥️ | 22% | 💨 ESE 8 mph (7 knots)

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



Brian Boru | PJ and Neal | 6–9 PM


49 West | Unified Jazz Ensemble | 7–9:30 PM
The Point | Skribe | 5–8 PM


Past results

Baseball (4-7)
3/1 vs. Iona | L 8–4
3/2 vs. Iona | W 12–3
3/3 vs. Iona | L 8–7

Men's Basketball (12-17)
3/2 @ American | W 71–65

Women's Basketball (12-16)
3/2 vs. American | W 73–57

Women's Lacrosse (5-0)
3/2 vs. #20 Richmond | W 14–5

Men's Lacrosse (3-2)
3/2 @ Boston University | W 16–9

Men's Rugby (13-0)
3/2 vs. Western Ontario | W 69–5

Women's Tennis (12-4)
3/1 vs. Liberty | L 4–2
3/2 vs. Drexel | W 5–2
3/2 vs. FDU | W 6–1

Men's Tennis (15-7)
3/1 @ Delaware | L 5–2
3/1 vs. Coppin State | W 7–0
3/2 @ James Madison | L 7–0
3/2 @ Drexel | L 5–2

Upcoming games & matches

Baseball (4-7)
3/5 vs. UMBC | 3 PM

Men's Basketball (12-17)
3/5 @ Patriot League Tournament - 1st Round | 7 PM

The Anne Arundel County Senior All-Star Classic is a 33-year tradition. It’s when Anne Arundel’s best basketball players – from public and private schools – face off in a doubleheader (boys and girls) that benefits our local Boys and Girls Club. 52 players made the rosters. If you want to watch, mark your calendar for 5:30 PM on March 20. The games will be played at Severna Park High School with the girls tipoff at 5:30 PM and the boys at 7:30 PM. Beloved local sports journalist Bill Wagner and Broadneck basketball coach Jeff Starr co-direct this event. ($)

The American Athletic Conference revealed Navy’s 2024 schedule last week. It includes 12 games – 5 at home, 5 on the road, and 2 at neutral sites. The Mids begin with 3 home games in a row starting with Bucknell on August 31. They close the season as always with Army on December 14 at MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. October 26’s Notre Dame game is a heck of a lot closer to home than last season. It will be played at FedEx Field. Season tickets are on sale now. Single game tickets will be available soon.

As one might expect, the Naval Academy is good at swimming & diving. Very good, in fact. Last weekend, both the men’s and women’s teams won their respective ECAC championships. The women’s team won its second consecutive championship. The men’s team won an incredible tenth consecutive championship. Congratulations to both teams!

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