Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Volunteers are needed May 19 to participate in MDvsHunger, a joint venture between two communities to purchase, pack, and send out meals to people in need.
There's currently a friendly rivalry between Annapolis and Glen Burnie to see which community can package more than 200,000 meals the fastest as part of an effort dubbed MDvsHunger. In partnership with Stop Hunger Now, residents from each community will be put to the test on May 19 at two locations to package the enormous amount of meals to be delivered to the hungry. The packing sessions were held Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy (just for midshipmen), and will occur again in May at Glen Burnie High School and Annapolis High School. More than 500,000 total meals will be packaged, according to Andrew Sullivan, regional program manager for Stop Hunger Now. Sullivan said 100,000 of these meals were packaged by midshipmen at the Naval Academy…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The first parade of the spring 2013 season was a hot one in Annapolis.
With the temperature around 90 degrees, the U.S. Naval Academy's Brigade of Midshipmen marched onto Worden Field for the first dress parade of spring on Wednesday. "Parades are a visual presentation of the military discipline, professionalism and teamwork necessary to succeed as a member of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and have been a part of Naval Academy training since its establishment in 1845," according to a press release from the Naval Academy. "The Brigade of Midshipmen marches from Bancroft Hall to the Naval Academy parade field, Worden Field, accompanied by the Naval Academy Band and the Drum & Bugle Corps of the Brigade of Midshipmen," according to the statement. "On Worden Field the Brigade performs the manual of arms, …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Tickets for the black-tie event are $15 and can be purchased until Wednesday.
Prepare for an evening filled with traditional Navy fanfare at the Naval Academy’s 47th-annual International Ball, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets can be purchased online in advance for the event for $15 each until Wednesday. Tickets will not be sold at the door. The ball is a formal event that celebrates the international midshipmen and officers at the academy. Currently 58 international midshipmen and nine international officers represent 38 countries at the academy. The black-tie event will feature international-themed exhibition dances performed by midshipmen, and live music performed by the Electric Brigade, followed by a DJ. Guests planning to attend are encouraged to use the free shuttle bus that will run from the Navy-…
Friday, April 5, 2013
"Learning to dish it out and take it at an early age is Navy tradition," the narrator says.
A black-and-white clip from the 1960s shows children of Naval Academy personnel boxing in front of a cheering crowd during a match in Annapolis. The clip, which is now in the public domain and uploaded to YouTube this week, features kids ages 5-14 duking it out with boxing gloves in an old Navy tradition, the Navy Junior Boxing Finals' peewee league. "These bantams are game little scrappers," the narrator said. "Learning to dish it out and take it at an early age is Navy tradition." According to the official US Navy Boxing website, the 44th annual junior boxing finals took place in 1963. The video shows the 42nd annual match, which would date the video at 1961. The website also states that the Navy Junior Boxing Program was started around …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Five midshipmen will travel from Annapolis to Barrow, AK, to study changing sea ice levels.
Alaska isn't the first destination that comes to mind as a place where students will spend spring break, but that's where five midshipmen from the Naval Academy Polar Science Program will be March 8-14. The Naval Academy Ice Experiment (NAICEX) helps increase understanding and predictions of weather and climate in the Arctic region, according to a press release. “NAICEX will give midshipmen the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the Arctic environment they have studied for months,” said Naval Academy Oceanography Instructor Lt. Cmdr. John Woods, who will lead the midshipmen during the field operation. “As future naval officers, these midshipmen may operate in the Arctic one day, and the more understanding they have of this …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Here's a quick look back at some of the most popular Annapolis headlines of the week.
New Annapolis Library Would Triple Current Size The current Annapolis library was built in 1965—before man walked on the moon. Speed Cameras Coming Soon to Annapolis The city says speed cameras will be installed by March 1 near Mills Parole and Germantown elementary schools. 'A History of the Navy in 100 Objects' Premieres Check out the series about the Navy that details its history and heritage: The first installment is about the crypt of John Paul Jones located on the campus of the Naval Academy in Annapolis. Annapolis Crime: Police Report More Thefts from Cars Police report more than a dozen incidents the last two weeks with items taken ranging from an iPhone to subwoofers removed from a trunk—and someone even took a pizza. Market House…
Monday, February 25, 2013
Check out the series about the Navy that details its history and heritage: The first installment is about the crypt of John Paul Jones located on the campus of the Naval Academy in Annapolis.
For fans of Navy history and the BBC's A History of the World in 100 Objects, a new series premiered Monday on the Naval Academy website. Read, watch YouTube videos and listen to audio files on computers and smartphones. A History of the Navy in 100 Objects is modeled after the BBC series, as creator Ensign Chris O’Keefe "realized that the Navy didn’t have a similar series about its history and heritage and decided to produce his own," according to a press release. O'Keefe, a Naval Academy Class of 2012 graduate, developed the series during his First Class (senior) year. All of the objects used in the project are located at the academy—in the museum, the archives and special collections of Nimitz Library. For the next 50 weeks, a new …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Midshipmen from the Naval Academy's 13th Company created a dance-video to Baauer’s “Harlem Shake.”
Chances are you've heard the first 30 seconds of Baauer’s “Harlem Shake,” even if you haven't heard the whole song. It's one of the most popular songs on iTunes this month but it's also the latest viral dance craze on YouTube. Judging by the videos online, there are no special moves—or talent required—to make a "Harlem Shake" dance-video. There are several versions claiming to be the original, so many that it's hard to tell which video was the first. Patch found multiple Navy versions online—we've featured the best one that is credited to the 13th Company of the U.S. Naval Academy with more than 800,000 views on YouTube. A video featuring midshipmen dancing to "Gangnam Style" went viral last year. See more:
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Here's a quick look back at the biggest Annapolis headlines of the week.
Crews Battle Fuel Truck Fire in Annapolis Fire officials say a 3,000-gallon fuel truck caught fire on Edgewood Road, but no injuries were reported and the fire was extinguished quickly. Naval Academy Announces Next Commandant Capt. Bill Byrne was recently selected to be the 85th Commandant of Midshipmen, a position similar to the dean of students. Construction To Start on Annapolis Commons St. John Properties will build a 28-acre mixed-use business community off Harry S. Truman Parkway near the intersection of Riva Road. Union Jack's in Annapolis Now Open The casual pub offers a variety of British and American menu items for lunch and dinner. Stan and Joe’s Celebrates Six Years of Success The local saloon will celebrate at its Annapolis …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Capt. Bill Byrne was recently selected to be the 85th Commandant of Midshipmen, a position similar to the dean of students.
The U.S. Naval Academy announced Thursday that Capt. Bill Byrne will be the next Commandant of Midshipmen. As commandant, which the Naval Academy says is a position similar to the dean of students at a civilian university, Byrne will be responsible for more than 4,400 midshipmen and their military and professional development. “I'm thrilled to become a part of the team that gets the next generation of leaders ready to enter the Fleet. The ensigns and second lieutenants coming out of the Naval Academy seem to get better every year," said Byrne, who is currently serving as Chief of Staff for Commander, U.S. Third Fleet in San Diego. Byrne is a 1987 graduate of the academy and will replace current Commandant Capt. Robert E. Clark II, whose …