Saturday, August 9, 2014

August eNews from the City of Frederick - Bike Events, iSpires App, In the Street, Tennis Courts, Biosciences in Frederick

The City of Frederick's August 2014 eNewsletter is posted below.  If you have any questions or suggestions direct them to Susan Harding, the Public Information Coordinator, and author of the newsletter: The topics for this month's newsletter are shown below and the articles follow  See the archives for other issues.

  1. From the Desk of Mayor Randy McClement
  2. State of the City Address
  3. Mayor Initiates "Talk to the Mayor Tuesdays"   
  4. National Night Out 2014 August 5th
  5. iSpires App  Now Available for Andriod Phones
  6. City Street Sweeping Map Available
  7. In The Street - September 13th
  8. Monocacy Boulevard Road Work  
  9. Day Long Food, Fun, & Entertainment
  10. Tennis and Basketball Court Resurfacing Project 
  11. Tips and Tidbits from Your City Arborist 
  12. Ransom Paid - City is Saved! 
  13. Frederick Police Department 
  14. Biosciences Thrive in Frederick   
  15. Employment Opportunities 
  16. August Bike Events -

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In This Issue
A Note from the Mayor
State of the City Address
Talk to the Mayor Tuesdays
National Night Out
iSpires App Update
Street Sweeping Map
August Biking Events
In The Street Festivities
Road Work
Tennis & Basketball Court Resurfacing Project
Tidbits from City Arborist
Ransom Paid!
FPD News &Tips
Job Opportunities
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July 2014 Events
Alive at Five
Aug  7
Aug 14
Aug 21
Aug 28

5-8 PM
Carroll Creek Amphitheater

First Saturday - Destination FrederickAug 2
3-9 PM
Downtown Frederick

Free Yoga on the Creek
Every Thursday
7-8 AM

Parking Made Simple!
No more digging for change to feed the meters in Downtown Frederick.
Now you can pay for parking using your smartphone!

Visit :
 Shopping, Dining and the Arts

Frederick...The Key to the Heart of Maryland.

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August 2014

From the Desk of Mayor Randy McClement

Hello from City Hall,

Construction on the Carroll Creek Linear Park Phase 2 is well underway, so I wanted to update you on where the project stands today.
Along Bentz Street across from Baker Park, Waynesboro Construction crews installed the wall that will create the entrance to the north side of the linear park. On the south side of the Creek near Digg's Pool, demolition of the original path is complete and the installation of the unique terra cotta colored concrete path, now twelve feet wide, is finished and looks fantastic!
Four fountains are included in this project and they're beginning work on two of those right now. On the South side of the Creek, just past the Delaplaine Visual Arts and Education Center, they're almost ready to pour the foundation for the Galleria Fountain and just across the Creek on the north side, they've completed excavation for the East-West fountains.
I am excited to see this project come to fruition, and all of the opportunities this redevelopment will create. For ongoing updates of this project click here.  
As always, feel free to contact me or members of the Board of Aldermen.  Our information is on the left side of the City E-News.  We are here to serve you.      

-Mayor Randy McClement 

State of the City Address

Mayor Randy McClement delivered his annual State of the City Address on Monday, July 28th  against the backdrop of the Carroll Creek Linear Park.  To view the event in its entirety, visit State of the City.

Mayor Initiates "Talk to the Mayor Tuesdays"   

"Talk to the Mayor Tuesdays" is time Mayor McClement has set aside to meet with citizens on a first come; first serve basis to discuss topics or issues of their choice. 
"Talk to the Mayor Tuesdays" are scheduled for the 4th Tuesday of each month from 2pm to 6pm beginning August 26th. No appointment is necessary. City Hall is located at 101 North Court St. For more information, contact Nikki Bamonti at 301-600-3835 or email.

"I believe the best way for citizens to communicate with their local government is face to face. Anyone is welcome to come to City Hall, pull up a chair in my office and tell me what's on your mind" - Mayor Randy McClement

National Night Out 2014
August 5th

Join the Frederick Police Department and neighbors in your community  to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5th. Family activities are scheduled from 6 - 9 PM  at the following locations:
  • Carrollton Park - 455 Center Street
  • Hill Street Park - 100 Hill Street
  • Mullinix Park - South Bentz Street
  • Worman's Mill Community Center - Stoney Creek Lane
For more information contact Michele Bowman, Community Outreach Specialist.

iSpires App  Now Available for Andriod Phones    

The City of Frederick is pleased to announce that the City's smartphone app, "iSpires" is now available for android phones as well as iPhones. 
This app allows citizens to quickly send messages to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, report code enforcement complaints, potholes and other problems in the City.  
"iSpires" is free and available for download on the City website and also can be downloaded from Google Play Store for Android phones or from Apple iTunes App Store for iPhones by searching "iSpires".  

City Street Sweeping Map Available

The Street Sweeping Department's mission is to support the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Frederick by cleaning the City streets. The areas assigned to the night shift are posted with "No Parking" signs on certain nights to allow for the street to be cleaned. 
To view a map of the street sweeping schedule visit  Street Sweeping Map.

August Bike Events

August brings three major cycling events to town!
Gran Fondo - August 24

The City of Frederick has been named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community by The League of American Bicyclists.

In The Street - September 13th
Day Long Food, Fun, & Entertainment    

Mark your calendars, In The Street,
is Frederick's premiere street festival, for the last 30+ years.  Enjoy a day filled with activities and fun from morning to night.

Market Street Mile  - 8:45 - 10:00 AM
(one-mile run for youth, men, women)
In The Street- 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM (All Events take place on Market Street from Carroll Creek to 7th St.)
Up The Creek- 5:00 - 9:00 PM (Carroll Creek Amphitheater- cover charge $5; must be over 21)

Monocacy Boulevard Road Work

Motorist can expect to experience some delays on Monocacy Boulevard during the months  of  August and September.
One lane on Monocacy Blvd. will be closed at the Rail Road Crossing from August 11th through September 30th  between 9AM and 3PM to accommodate  the installation of new conduits as part of the US15/Monocacy Blvd. Interchange.  Motorist will be flagged around the work site.

Tennis and Basketball Court Resurfacing Project

The tennis and basketball courts in the following City parks will be closed effective Monday, August 18th and will reopen once the resurfacing project is completed.

Baker Park - All eleven (11) tennis courts
Overlook Park - tennis courts
Monocacy Village Park - tennis courts
Wetherburne Park - basketball court

Citizens are asked to contact the Frederick Police Department at 301-600-2100 if they observe anyone damaging or hindering the resurfacing project.   For more information,  email  Parks & Rec or call 301-600-1493.   

Tips and Tidbits from Your City Arborist

The population of adult Japanese Beetles are peaking at this time of year. Unfortunately, the female beetle laid a high number of eggs in the grass and a record number of grubs are in the lawns. A large population of adult Japanese Beetles is expected next year. For more info, visit  Japanese Beetle

Cherry trees are dropping leaves early due to the wet summer and spring.  Protectant fungicide sprays may help.  For more information, visit Diseases-trees

Fall Webworm has been reported in Frederick County. The webbed branches can be pruned off and the webbing and caterpillars destroyed.  For more information, visit Webworm.This information and more can be found at UMD Extension or by contacting City Arborist Tom Rippeon, at 301-600-1233 or email City Arborist. 

Ransom Paid - City is Saved!

The Carolina Regimental Brass Band played, pints were raised to Frederick,  the greenbacks were collected, and the town was saved as the $200,000 ransom was paid! On Saturday, July 5th, the reenactment of the Ransom of Frederick was played out in historic style.  Mayor William Cole (aka Mayor Randy McClement), accompanied by John Crawford, a Frederick resident who is a direct descendent of Mayor Cole, made the announcement in front of Brewers Alley.  For a look at the day's events, visit

Frederick Police Department 

Help the FPD by Reporting Crime 

9-1-1 Brochure Available - To access the Frederick Police Department's new 9-1-1 brochure click  here.  You will find everything you need to know to report a possible crime.

  Personal Safety Tips for on the Street
*If possible, do not walk alone during late night hours.
*Always let someone know your destination and estimated time
   of arrival or return.
*Stay in well lit areas; avoid short cuts in secluded areas.
*Choose busy streets/avoid vacant lots, alleys or deserted areas.
*Walk on sidewalks when possible, close to the curb, avoiding
   doorways, bushes and other potential hiding places.
*Don't overload yourself with packages or where shoes that restrict
   your movement.
*Avoid carrying large sums of cash - avoid displaying expensive
   jewelry in public.
*Carry a whistle or other sound device with you to scare possible
   attackers and alert others.
If you see something, say something!  

(NAC) Meeting Schedule for August
Meetings begin at 7pm.  
  • NAC 8 - Wed. Aug. 13th - Hillcrest Commons Center
  • NAC 10 - Mon. Aug. 18th - Burck St. Community Center
  • NAC 11 - Tues. Aug. 19th - Brewers Alley
  • NAC 6/9 - Wed. Aug. 20th - Wm. Talley Rec Center
  • NAC 5 - Thurs. - Aug. 28th - Taskers Chance Pool House

Biosciences Thrive in Frederick

There are 5 good reasons why the Biosciences thrive in Frederick, Maryland. The City of Frederick has much to offer the growing, expanding businesses in bioscience.  Find out more here.

Employment Opportunities

The City of Frederick values diversity in its workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.  For information on employment with The City of Frederick, visit the following links: Job Opportunities
 & How to Apply