Thursday, May 8, 2014

City of Frederick May eNewsletter - Farmers Markets, Green Homes, Election, Summer Food Service and More

Susan Harding, the Public Information Coordinator for the City of Frederick, is also the author of the city's wonderful eNewsletter. It is a wealth of information and events - well worth reading! She has given permission to reprint the May 2014 eNewsletter here and you will find it below.  For any further details, or suggestions about future newsletters, contact Susan at The topics for this month's newsletter are shown below and the articles follow.

  1. From the Desk of Mayor Randy McClement
  2. Historic Preservation Awards  Presented
  3. Summer Food Service Program at Designated City Parks
  4. Weinberg Center for the Arts "The Jewel of Frederick"   
  5. Party & Meeting Rental Space Available
  6. Neighborhood Advisory Councils
  7. Frederick Police Department  Youth Police Academy
  8. TransIT Offers Summer Freedom Pass to Youth
  9. City Boards,Commissions & Committees 
  10. Upcoming County & State Election – Primary June 24th
  11. Frederick Town Fife & Drum Corp is Coming to Frederick
  12. Farmer's Market Season Opens Soon – May 18
  13. The Green Homes Challenge
  14. Frederick County Public Libraries Welcome Donations of Materials
  15. "Donate Now" - Frederick County Agencies Benefit from Online Tax Deductible Donations
  16. Drug Abuse & Awareness  Get Connected.Get Answers

May 2014

E-News from The City of Frederick, Maryland

Welcome to the May 2014 City of Frederick  E-Newsletter.  If you have something you would like to see addressed in future issues, please email us your suggestions!

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From the Desk of Mayor Randy McClement

Happy Spring Everyone!

It's a beautiful time of year in the City, and a busy time too!  We're gearing up for a summer full of activities.  Bike to Work Day is coming up on May 16th and my goal is even more participation than last year, and there is still time to sign up!  We are also looking forward to the kick-off of Downtown Frederick's Alive at 5 events and the beginning of the event season for Celebrate Frederick, including the garden tour, summer concerts in Baker Park and our 4th of July Celebration. We also have lots of summer activities, camps, and classes offered through our Parks and Rec Department.
2014 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War so we'll be involved with events throughout the year to honor this anniversary. At First Saturday on July 5th, we will highlight General Jubal Early's Ransom demand of $200,000 paid to the Confederate Army to save Frederick City.  You can learn more about the ransom and join in on games and activities that day to help us reenact this important piece of Frederick's history.
Lastly, we are finishing up the FY15 Proposed Budget discussions.  On Tuesday, May 13th at 7:00 PM in the Municipal Annex building, we will conclude the process with an open budget discussion. The adoption of the FY15 Proposed Budget is scheduled for the Thursday, May 15th Public Meeting at 7:00 PM in the Boardroom of City Hall.  The Tax Rate is also scheduled to be set at that meeting.  Both meetings are open to the public and public comment is always encouraged.
Feel free to contact me or members of the Board of Aldermen - our information can be found on the left side of the City E-News.  We are here to serve you!

Mayor Randy McClement 

Historic Preservation Awards  Presented 

Mayor Randy McClement and the Historic Preservation Commission recently announced the Historic  Preservation Award winners for 2014. "The efforts of these individuals and organizations are outstanding.  These projects demonstrate their pride in our City" said Mayor McClement.   

View photographs of all the award winning projects at HPC's Facebook page. 

Summer Food Service Program at Designated
City Parks

A FREE LUNCH will be available to all children ages 18 and under beginning June 12th and continuing through August 22nd. Lunches will be served Monday through Friday (except July 4th) at the following locations:

Hill Street Park Pavilion on Hill Street - 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Stonegate Park Pavilion on Andover Lane - 12:00 - 12:45 PM
College Estates Park on Taney Avenue - 12:15 - 1:00 PM
PAL Center on Sagner Avenue - 12:00 - 12:30 PM
Carver Community Center on Lee Street - 12:00 - 12:30 PM
Carrollton Park on Center & Prospect Streets - 12:00 - 12:30 PM
Amber Meadows Park on Amber Drive - 12:00 - 12:30 PM

For more information contact Sarah McAleavy, Coordinator for Food & Nutrition Services, FCAA, at 301-600-6263.

City Offers Free Programs

Homebuyers Education Workshop

This free workshop is offered on the 3rd Saturday of each month from noon to 5:00 PM. The entire home buying process, from mortgage qualifications through loan closing is covered.  Also reviewed are mortgage and down payment loan programs available to first time homebuyers. Registration is required.  Interested participants should contact Brad Petersen at 301-600-3966 or email
Weatherization Services
Free weatherization services are available to homeowners or renters at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, that is a total annual income of $47,100. Through this free program, eligible participants will receive an energy audit to identify areas that may be energy inefficient. The most common measures addressed are adding insulation, air sealing, HVAC system maintenance, hot water heater tank wraps, and light bulb replacement. Inefficient or non-functioning HVAC units and refrigerators can also be replaced. Interested individuals should contact Paul Mantello at 301-600-6985 or email

Bay Restoration Fee Exemption (BRFE) Program
The BRFE program can waive the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fee added to an individual's quarterly water bill. The BRFE program is income based for both homeowners and renters (if the renter is responsible for the water bill). The current maximum annual income for a family of four is $41,212.44. Interested applicants should contact Steve Cirko at 301-600-6995 or email

Frederick Municipal Airport 
Upcoming Events  

The Maryland Airport Managers Association in partnership with the Maryland Aviation Administration and Frederick Municipal Airport will host the 19th Annual Maryland Regional Conference from June 4th through June 7th. For more information, visit Conference.

Learn to Fly Day! - hosted by Frederick Municipal Airport on Saturday, June 7th from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM for ages 8 and up. For more information, visit Learn to Fly Day

Summer Fun in the City!       

Summerfest Family Theatre brings 7 weeks of clowns, magicians,  musicians and puppeteers for children of all ages  beginning Thursday, June 26th at 10:00 AM at the Baker Park Bandshell.  Visit Summerfest Family Theatre for more information!

The Summer Concert Series begins Sunday, June 8th and continues every Sunday evening through August 24th. Enjoy a beautiful evening of music and fun at the Bandshell in Baker Park. Visit Summer Concert for the list of 2014 performers.

 Recreation News

Talley Rec Center
MAY I have Awesome Abs?
Yes you MAY!!
The William Talley Fitness Center is hosting an ABS Challenge in the month of May.  Come to the Fitness Center and pick up the challenge chart and get ready for AWESOME ABS!
For more information  visit  Recreation Information or call 301-600-1492. To register for a class visit Register.

Party & Meeting Rental Space Available

Park Rentals

Reserve a City park for your family reunion, graduation party, birthday party, baby shower, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, picnic, corporate function etc.
William R. Talley Rec Center Rentals
"Treasure in the Castle" located in historic Baker Park, has several meeting rooms, classrooms, and multi-purpose rooms  available to rent. Our gymnasium is the largest open area in downtown Frederick at approximately 10,000 square feet. Also available is a small commercial kitchen.  We can host anything from volleyball tournaments to wedding receptions, dances and more!
For more information or to rent a space, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 301-600-1492 or visit Park Manual
for more information and links to the appropriate applications.

City Boards,Commissions & Committees

Have you thought the City could benefit from your experience and knowledge? Do you want to help make decisions regarding policy, service and quality of life? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, consider serving on one of the many City commissions and boards. A recent resume and letter of interest is all that is needed to apply.
The Boards/Commissions listed below currently have vacancies:
Trust Investment Committee
NAC Volunteer Coordinator
Plumbing Board
Building Code Appeals Board

For more information and/or to apply, contact Amber Grimes, Commission Coordinator, at 301-600-1453 or email  Amber Grimes.

**For a complete list of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen Board, Commission and Committee assignments, click here.

Weinberg Center for the Arts
"The Jewel of Frederick"    

The Weinberg Center presents...
Red Molly - May 23rd at 7:30 PM
Quinn Sullivan - June 5th at 7:30 PM

For more information and/or to purchase tickets, visit Weinberg Center for the Arts. Weinberg Center for the Arts is located at 20 West Patrick Street in Downtown Frederick.  Convenient parking at the Court Street Parking Deck. 

     Neighborhood Advisory Councils 

The Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) is 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. For more information on the NAC initiative and to find out what  NAC you are in, please visit NAC Info.

Frederick Police Department
 Youth Police Academy

  • Register for June 30th, July 1st or July 2nd
  • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Ages 7 to 14
  • Free of charge
  • Registration deadline is June 5th  (Pre-registration is required and class size is limited.)
This program provides a close-up look at Law Enforcement and its tools of the trade.  The classes will be held at the FPD Training Facility at 6424 Plant Road.
For more information and to register, contact Michele Bowman at 301-600-2091 or

TransIT Offers Summer Freedom Pass to Youth

TransIT will once again offer the Summer Freedom Pass to youth ages 13 - 18 years of age during the summer months. The Summer Freedom Pass helps adolescents access jobs, extracurricular activities and safe alternatives when school is out.  Click on Freedom Summer Passfor more information.

Upcoming County & State Election

Primary Election Day - June 24th

Early voting will take place from June 12th through June 19th at the following  polling sites:
  • Frederick Senior Center, 1440 Taney Avenue, Frederick
  • Thurmont Regional Library, 76 East Moser Rd. Thurmont
  • Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St., Frederick
To register to vote for the Primary Election, visit voter registration by June 3rd.
Absentee Ballots can be obtained  by visiting Absentee Ballot .
To learn more about the candidates, visit candidates list.
All questions should  be directed to the Election Board.

Voting is a right and a privilege!
Please vote in the June Primary Election

Frederick Town Fife & Drum Corp 
is Coming to Frederick   

Boys and girls ages 10 to 19 are invited to audition for the newly formed Frederick Town Fife and Drum Corp (FTFD). The FTFD Corp is dedicated to preserving Frederick's Revolutionary War history via live performances at parades, historical and patriotic celebrations, concerts, cultural affairs, and other civic events.
For more information, please contact Don Deering at 301-606-8827 or email

Farmer's Market Season Opens Soon

Spring is finally here and local Farmers' Markets will begin to open on May 18th. The schedules for all the local Farmers' Markets are currently being updated.  To find out more about your favorite market visit Frederick Farm Fresh

The Green Homes Challenge

The Green Homes Challenge makes it fun and easy to save energy, adopt environmentally-friendly practices, and use renewable energy.  Get started today by visiting  FrederickGreenChallenge.

Frederick County Public Libraries Welcome Donations of Materials

If you have good quality used books, CDs, and DVDs that need a new home, consider donating your items to the Frederick County Public Libraries (FCPL).
If you are interested in making donations to FCPL, please call 301-600-1630.

"Donate Now" - Frederick County Agencies Benefit from Online Tax Deductible Donations

Make a tax deductible donation online to various Frederick County agencies.  Online donations are now being accepted for the Department of Aging,  Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, Child Advocacy Center, Parks & Recreation, TransIt Services and Workforce Services.
Donate at
For more details, contact Dane Fox at 301-600-1114 or via email at

Drug Abuse & Awareness
 Get Connected.Get Answers

Drug Abuse is Very Real
 Be Aware and Be Informed
Talk Early and Often
Kids Listen and Parents Do Matter!
Call 2-1-1 or 1-866-411-6803 for Information and Referrals. Crisis Intervention is available 24/7. Visit

Job Opportunities

The City of Frederick values diversity in its workforce and is an equal employment opportunity employer.

For information on employment opportunities at The City of Frederick, visit the following links.Job Opportunities
How to Apply  

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