Wednesday, February 17, 2021

11 Things to Know if You Are New to Downtown Frederick, Maryland

If you are new to the Frederick Maryland area, or just moved to downtown Frederick from further out, here are eleven things you should know about, sign up for, and track.  They will make your life more informed, easier and fun! The first two would be helpful to any Frederick County residents as well.

1.          Alerts     Stay informed of weather issues, street closings, and other notices and emergencies.

2.          Know Which Nights are for Trash/Recycle/Yard Waste/Move Your Car Downtown Frederick has something going on most nights of the week: put your trash & yard waste out, put recycling out or move your car to the other side of the street.  It differs by street. If you live on 3rd stree, I  have a handy calendar that shows you everything on one page. Email me: darcyrichards01@gmail.com and ask for the calendar for your street.  For everyone else:

3.          Snow Removal 

4.          Neighborhood Advisory Councils - Frederick city Neighborhood Advisory Councils (NACs) are your citizen voice. The city defines a NAC as "a forum for residents to become involved in identifying and recommending positive changes to improve their neighborhoods by enhancing communications with elected officials. It is the goal of the elected officials to work with residents to understand and address the issues that impact the quality of life in neighborhoods."   Most of the heart of downtown is NAC11. But all city residents have a NAC. See NAC map.  Find out where your NAC meets and get to know the facilitators. Get their contact information. Go to the meetings and see what's happening in your neighborhood.  To find your NAC, go to:
https://www.cityoffrederickmd.gov/316/Neighborhood-Advisory-Council-NAC\


 

5.          Parking

  • How to get a Visitor Parking Permit  Visitors Permits – A resident of 3rd Street may obtain a visitor permit in the form of a hang tag for those times when a guest will be staying and they wish to park their vehicle on the street. The resident may obtain the hang tag in advance of the visitors’ arrival if necessary. The resident will need to visit the Parking Office and present the following: address where vehicle will be parked, tag number of vehicle to be parked and duration of stay. The cost is determined by the street being metered or non-metered All vehicles still need to adhere to the restriction for street sweeping/trash pickup night as posted for each street.   Court Street Parking Garage Office between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday. City of Frederick, 2 South Court St, Frederick, MD 21701  800-984-1429

6.          Where to Vote - See the City Website on various types of elections and how to find out how to register to vote and your polling place.  https://www.cityoffrederickmd.gov/faq.aspx?TID=25     

7.          Know Your Elected Officials  

8.          Frederick Media –

Social Media Here are just a few

 

  •  Facebook  There are several social media sites specific to Frederick that can be very helpful.  If you are a FaceBook user, check with your neighbors to see if there is a Facebook Page for your street or area. Several examples of "residents only" pages include  Third Street Residents , & Northe Pointe Neighbors,  These pages can be invaluable for information about what is going on on your street: lost cats/dogs, shady characters, furniture giveaways, notices, warnings, etc. All the NACs have a Facebook page.  There is a Frederick Rentals page, Frederick Freebies,  and many more.
  • There is also Nextdoor.com which has several Frederick "neighborhoods" including Downtown Frederick. Nextdoor can provide an overwhelming amount of posts, but you can limit your views.   Feel free to comment below and add your own Frederick social media sites.       

Television And Online Broadcasting

 

Channel 99 - You can See your elected officials in action, find out the outcome of an issue, or just learn what topics are trending in city government.  If you missed a public meeting or vote on an issue, you can see the replay online at Channel 99. https://cityoffrederick.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=2

Print Media

 

Newspaper:  The Frederick News Post is a good source of downtown activities, particularly the Thursday 72 Hours supplement. They have an online version, but the printed one is a lot easier to scan.  https://www.fredericknewspost.com/special/72_hours/  Other good sources are: 

Magazines

  •  Sass   https://sassmagazine.com

9.          Downtown Events and Activities -  

10.     Frederick Farmers Markets  - Frederick is blessed with quite a few farmers markets operating from May through November.  The list on this website is pretty much up to date: http://www.homegrownfrederick.com/farmers-markets  Maryland Farmers Market Directory  https://mda.maryland.gov/maryland_products/Documents/2020-Maryland-Farmers-Market-Directory.pdf 

11.     Report Problems and Code Violations (Anonymously) - If you see something, you can say something. Anonymously if you prefer.  The city handles some  issues such as property violations on a complaint driven basis. Early citizen input is also important on other important problems such as potholes, sewer issues, garbage, traffic lights, vandalism, street lights out, broken windows, sidewalk damage, etc. See the image below for the types of issues you can report.  There are three ways to report problems:  online, by telephone, and via your cell phone app.

    or  https://www.cityoffrederickmd.gov/518/Report-a-Problem \

  •  Online from your Cell Phone  

o   To get the iPhone App - go to
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ispires/id862605376?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 

o   To get the Android App - go to
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cityoffrederick.com.ispires 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Downtown Frederick Business Closings and Openings Since April 2020

The Downtown Partnership provided a list of businesses that have closed and new ones opened within the past year. Let me know if you are aware of any others.
Business Closings since April 2020
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Doner Bistro - 50 Carroll Creek Way
En Masse Luxe - 141 N Market St
Major Arcana Music - 9 N Court St
Pearl Clothing - 127 E Patrick St
TAG/The Artists Gallery - 216 N Market St ( not a complete closure...TAG is online for now and will have a physical location again)
Hopewell Hair Design - 307 E Patrick St
Loudfroot Apothcary Shop - 343 N Market St
Posh - 35 N Market St
Lee Anderson Clothing - 1 N Market St
Terressentials - 100 E Patrick St
Vinyl Acres - 25 E Patrick St
Volt - 228 N market St
Family Meal - 882 N East St
Luna Yoga - 34 S Market St
RoRo's Mexican Grill - 50 Carroll Creek Way
Firestone's Raw Bar - 109 N Market St
Flippin' Pizza - 36 S Market St
Alchemy No 119 - 119 E Patrick St
Angelcakes - 319 E Church St
Cakes to Die For - 154 N Market St
Maven Beauty Bar - 118 E Patrick St
Business Openings since April 2020
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Beans & Boba - 35 N Market St (opening any day now)
Showroom (opened as Born & Raised) - 882 N East St
La Casona Mexican Grille - 50 Carroll Creek Way
Firestone's Sidecar - 109 N Market St
Sisters in Style - 116 N East St
Harmonia Home Decor & Gifts - 134 N East St
Thacher & Rye - 228 N Market St
Take Root - 10 N East St
Little Art Room - 209 W Patrick St
Steinhardt Brewing - 340 E Patrick St
Truth and Beauty Bar & Kitchen - 110 Carroll Creek Way
Cucina Massi - 111 E Patrick St
Ibiza Cafe - 8 W Fourth St
Law for Parents - 136 N East St
Zoltan Design Company - 31 E Patrick St
Tsunami Ramen - 20 N Market St

 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

eNews for the City of Frederick, MD, August 2018: Opioid Epidemic, First Saturday, Public Works, National Night Out

Here is the City of Frederick, MD's, eNewsletter for August 2018.   It has been reposted here by permission. If you have any questions or suggestions, direct them to Patti Mullens, the city's Public Information Coordinator, and author of the newsletter:  pmullins@cityoffrederick.com. The topics for this month's newsletter are shown below and the articles follow.

Contents
  1.  Mayor's Office: Tax Relief; Executive Assistant Starts; Opioid Epidemic on Agenda
  2. Weinberg Center - Season Tickets Available This Month, Performances on Schedule
  3. Celebrate Frederick! - Summer Schedule Features Musical, Theatrical Entertainment
  4. Downtown Frederick Partnership - First Saturday Showcases City
  5. Department of Public Works - Progress on Streets & Utilities Projects, Maintenance
  6. Parks and Recreation
  7. Frederick Police Department - Take National Night Out; Get Engaged in Your Neighborhood
  8. Employment Opportunities - The City of Frederick

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In This Issue
Mayor's Office: Tax Relief, Strategy, New Exec Asst
Weinberg Center for the Arts: New Season!
Celebrate Frederick: Theater, Music
Downtown Frederick Partnership -- First Saturday Fun
Department of Public Works - Projects Update
Parks and Recreation: Fun for Family
Frederick Police Department
Job Opportunities
Stay Informed by Watching City Cable Channel 99 for the latest City news!
Click on the links below to view the following videos produced by The City of Frederick's Audio Visual Department. 
City Board/Commission Vacancies
Downtown Frederick Partnership 
It's what's happening!
 Shopping, Dining and the Arts
Quick Links
Sign Up for Alert Frederick County
62nd Administration
Connect with The City
 
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    August 2018
Mayor's Office
Tax Relief; Executive Assistant Starts; Opioid Epidemic on Agenda

At podium, Gayon Sampson, executive assistant to Mayor Michael O'Connor, speaks after introduction by mayor (left).
New Executive Assistant 
Joins Mayor's Office
Aug. 1, Frederick native Gayon M. Sampson started as the executive assistant to the mayor.
"Gayon brings with him a deep affection for the City, extensive government experience, knowledge of Frederick's past, and a keen desire to see the City reach its greatest potential," Mayor Michael O'Connor said.
For more details, visit www.cityoffrederick.com.

Strategic Opportunities Advisory Team Reports Published
The Mayor's Strategic Opportunities Advisory Team work groups delivered their reports on City performance and potential.
The findings will inform Mayor O'Connor as he develops the City's strategic plan and comprehensive vision.
Reports are available to view online at www.cityoffrederick.com/soat.

Opioid Use Epidemic on Agenda
3 p.m. Aug. 15, City Hall
Mayor Michael O'Connor has scheduled experts to speak at the Board of Aldermen workshop about the current situation and strategies to address the epidemic of addiction, overdoses and deaths associated with opioids.
Representatives from the Frederick Community Action Agency and Frederick Police Department will be among the speakers who are on the front lines of the struggle to save lives from opioid addiction.

Tax Relief Ordinance Adopted
Senior homeowners in Frederick may be eligible for tax relief beginning July 1, 2019Details are at www.cityoffrederick.com.
Teens Invited to Serve in Their City Government
Frederick youth are invited to apply to serve on the City of Frederick Youth Advisory Council.
The council will consist of 18 total members, 13 voting and five non-voting. City residents ages 14 to 18 will make up the voting members. The application period is open through Sept. 28.
Youth may find and complete an application to serve on the council online (www.cityoffrederick.com/yac), or by sending letters of interest to Bob Smith, deputy director of Parks and Recreation, at 121 N. Bentz St., Frederick, MD 21701
Weinberg Center
Season Tickets Available This Month, Performances on Schedule


2018-2019 Season Reveal 
Coming on Aug. 2
See details and ticket options for the upcoming season on the website Aug. 2.

John Hiatt & The Goners
August 22 7:30 PM
For tickets and details about all the upcoming shows a, visit the website:
Celebrate Frederick!
Summer Schedule Features Musical, Theatrical Entertainment

           Fun at Summerfest Theatre
Free live entertainment for the family continues during 2018 Summerfest Family Theatre, and concerts.  

Summerfest Family Theatre
Thursday Mornings, 10 am
Baker Park Band Shell
Enjoy free children's entertainment featuring local, regional and national performers showcasing the best in tot rock!
 
Summer Concert Series
Sunday Evenings, 7 pm
Baker Park Band Shell
From jazz and reggae groups to outstanding tribute artists, the free concert series has something for everyone!
 
Coming Next Month: In the Street
September 8, 8:45 am (Market Street Mile)
11 am - 5 pm (In The Street Festival)
5 pm - 9 pm (Up the Creek Party)
Market Street and Carroll Creek Urban Park
The outdoor street festival includes four stages of entertainment and nine blocks of themes fun, including areas highlighting children's activities, local art organizations, regional artisans, history, and sports. Wake up with the Market Street Mile and close the day with the Up the Creek Party! 
Downtown Frederick Partnership
First Saturday Showcases City

August 4: First Saturday!
August First Saturday, celebrates the City's vibrant visual and performing arts scene, including a plein air exhibit.  Downtown, the first Saturday of every month means all-day activities, late-night shopping and dining, live music. 
First Saturdays are a great time to discover something new about Downtown Frederick. http://downtownfrederick.org

Alive @ 5! 
Every Thursday, May-September: Enjoy happy hour + live music on Carroll Creek in downtown Frederick. Visit the downttownfrederick.org website for more information.
Department of Public Works
Progress on Streets & Utilities Projects, Maintenance

New overlay - completed on Jefferson Street
Pipe work - complete in 300 Block of East Third Street 
Restoration with concrete and brick sidewalk repair, then mill and overlay in process at 300 Block of East Third Street 
Pipe work - complete and mill and overlay will be conducted in the near future on Waterside Drive/Md. 26 and Sebastian Way.
Parks and Recreation

Food Trucks, Farm Market
Fridays through Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Food and Farm Market will feature food trucks and locally sourced goods at the William Talley Recreation Center area of Baker Park, every Friday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; food trucks until 2 p.m.
For recreational program information, call 301-600-1492; or visit www.cityoffrederick.com.
 Frederick Police Department
Take National Night Out; Get Engaged in Your Neighborhood

Many youngsters attended Youth Police Academy 2018.
National Night Out 
Family oriented activities are planned at each location: bounce houses, K-9 demonstrations, children's activities, police displays, food.
 
Youth Police Academy
The Frederick Police Department had its 16th annual Youth Police Academy, July 23, 24, and 25, with more than 160 participants. The youth spent the day participating in scenarios, looking at departmental equipment, watching a K-9 demonstration, and dusting for fingerprints, and learning about what it is like to be a police officer.

Get to Know Your NAC: Neighborhood Advisory Council
The Neighborhood Advisory Council Initiative, also known as NAC, is a forum for residents to become involved in identifying and recommending changes to improve their neighborhoods.  Each NAC meets to discuss issues, concerns and neighborhood projects.

The goal is for everyone to work together to understand the impact that quality of life issues present, and to be creative in addressing them. Attend and invite your neighbors & friends:

Crime Map Keeps You In the Know
What to know what is going on in your area of the city? The Frederick Police Department has partnered with LexisNexis, Community Crime Map to provide the public with information on crime activity in their area. 
To access Community Crime Map please visit www.communitycrimemap.com. Community Crime Map can also be accessed through the Frederick Police Department Mobile App.
Automobile Security
Please help the police prevent theft from vehicles:
  • Lock your vehicle doors
  • Remove valuables from within.   

Employment Opportunities
The City of Frederick

The City of Frederick values diversity in its workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.  For information on employment with The City, visit  Job Opportunities & How to Apply.  
Applications and current job descriptions are also available inside City Hall by the security desk on the first floor.