Saturday, September 20, 2014

Gardens of City Hall, Frederick MD

Bill Adkins' September 19 photo of the gardens in the courtyard of Frederick's City Hall really captures the beauty of the design and the hard work of the garden club as well as his own talent. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

From "A Year On Market" Bill Adkins Photographer, September-19-2014-101-North-Court/
City Hall Courtyard - Photographer Bill Adkins
From A Year On Market - September 19, 2014 101 North Court, Frederick MD USA

The gardens were designed by club member Ruth Schipper to be historically reflective of the same age as the building. It was then executed by the many garden club members and continues to be maintained by Tasker's Chance Garden Club with some support from the City.  Garden club member Truby LaGarde supplied this information about the gardens:  


A few members of the Tasker's Chance Garden Club
hard at work installing the City Hall garden design.
The Fountain Garden in the front of Frederick’s historic City Hall continues to flourish into it’s forth year. Begun in the spring of 2011 it has now begun to show some real “bones”. The design reflects an architectural landscaping style that was popular in the mid-1800’s, called, ‘Carpet Bedding’ (after oriental carpet designs), recognizing that the original City Hall, was completed in 1862. Considerations in designing the garden beds were also to reuse existing plantings, to use native plants, and to choose the colors of the Maryland Flag.  Member support has been strong and key for the six garden beds to flourish. In 2012 the project was submitted for recognition to the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, and was privileged to receive the prestigious Rae B. Weeks Award for Historic Preservation. This past spring of 2014 the gardens were part of the annual Beyond The Garden Gate Tour welcoming all to City Hall which served as the tour welcome and hospitality center.

A bronze plaque was added to the garden giving recognition to the club for having established the gardens. Miss Mott’s garden, located on the Church St side of City Hall has been maintained by the club since its beginning. The garden honors Miss Mott,who was one of the club’s founding members. Today, perennials as well as annuals add a "pop" of color. Several native perennials of brown-eyed Susans and butterfly weeds were added this year. Watering is contracted by the club for upkeep and now that the gardens have matured less watering is needed.
If you are not aware that Bill Adkins has a daily photo blog of downtown Frederick called "A Year On Market" you should check it out.  Here is the link to his blog A Year On Market If you click on the photo below it will take you to a larger view on Bill's site.  Browse the blog's Archive for an incredible selection of photos from around Frederick - one a day since April 2010!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September eNews from the City of Frederick - In the Street, Community Flea Market, Freecycle Roundup, Tree Identification Program, AOPA 75th Anniversary Fly-In

The City of Frederick's September 2014 E-Newsletter 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.  Talk to the Mayor Tuesdays
 2.  In the Street
 3.  Community Flea Market
 4.  Frederick Farmers' Market Festival
 5.  Freecycle Roundup
 6.  UMD Partners with City
 7.  Tree Identification Program Planned for Citizens
 8.  DPW Projects in the Works
 9.  Frederick Municipal Airport
10. New Treadmills & Ellipticals at Rec Center
11. Carroll Creek Park Update
12. Parks and Recreation
13. Shop & Park Program
14. iSpires App for Citizens
15. Put it away - Uncar for a Day
16. 12th Annual Great Places to Work Awards
17. News from the Frederick Police Department
18. U.S. Army Gold Star Lapel Pins
19. Employment Opportunities

E-News from The City of Frederick 
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In This Issue
Talk to the Mayor Tuesdays
In The Street Festivities
Community Flea Market
Frederick's Farmers' Market Festival
Freecycle Roundup
UMD Partners With City
Tree ID Program for Citizens
DPW Projects
Frederick Municipal Airport News
Treadmills & Ellipticals
Carroll Creek Update
Parks & Recreation News
Shop & Park
iSpires App Update
Car Free Day
FPD News & Information
Alert System
U.S. Army Gold Star Pins
Job Opportunities
City Board/Commission Vacancies

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September 2014 Events
Alive at FiveSept. 4
Sept. 11
5-8 p.m.
Carroll Creek Amphitheater

First Saturday
Theme - Dog Days of Summer
Sept. 6th
3-9 p.m.
Downtown Frederick

Free Yoga on the Creek
Every Thursday
Sept 4 & 11
7-8 a.m.

Movie Night on the Creek
Sept. 19th

 Shopping, Dining and the Arts

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

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Connect with The City
September 2014

"Talk to the Mayor Tuesdays"   

Mayor McClement has set aside the 4th Tuesday of each month from 2-6 p.m. to meet informally with citizens to discuss topics or issues of their choice. The Mayor's office is located in City Hall at 101 North Court St. No appointment is necessary and citizens are met with on a first come; first serve basis.  The next "Talk to the Mayor Tuesday" will be September 23rd from 2-6 p.m.
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.

In The Street - September 13th

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

Community Flea Market on September 20th

Join the William Talley Fitness Center as they host their annual Community Flea Market. 

Saturday, September 20th - rain or shine
7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ( Sellers arrive as early as 6:00 a.m.) in the Key's Stadium upper parking lot.
*Rent a space for $25 (prepay only)
For more information, email  April Kane or call 301-600-1492.

Frederick's Farmers' Market Festival - October 4th
Everything and Anything Local!

The City of Frederick Parks & Recreation Department will host  Frederick's  Farmers Market Festival on Saturday, October 4th, 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. along Carroll Creek Linear Park.   Farm fresh items, produce, homemade & handmade goods, crafts, local beers & wines, local bands performing. 
All vendors - email  Catherine Effland or call 301-600-3850
Vendor applications available by visiting  vendor.

Freecycle Roundup

Freecycle Roundup - Saturday, October 4th, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. @ 531 Highland Street. Call 301-600-1440 or 301-600-1680.
Charitable organizations will be on site to take donations of charitable items.

UMD Partners with City

The University of Maryland's National Center for Smart Growth is partnering with the City in a new initiative called the Partners for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS).
The official kick-off for PALS will be Wednesday, September 24th at 3:00 p.m. in the Boardroom of City Hall during the Workshop meeting. The public will have the opportunity to hear from UMD representatives and elected officials.  The meeting is open to the public. Visit PALS and Frederick for more information.

Tree Identification Program Planned for Citizens

Frederick City residents are invited to participate in tree identification and inventory training sessions, the first  stage of a larger urban tree canopy inventory for the City.  Tree identification training will begin Wednesday, September 17th. For more information visit Tree Identification.  Residents can register via email to Jenny Willoughby, Sustainability Manager for The City of Frederick

DPW Projects in the Works

The Department of Public Works would like residents to be aware of the following upcoming projects in September. For more information call DPW at 301-600-1440.
Water main replacements are scheduled for:
  • Dill Ave. from N. Bentz St. to Upper College Terr.
  • Rosemont Ave. from Upper College Terr. to W. 2nd St.
  • Canberra Ct., Manor Ct., Loganberry Ct., Birmingham Ct., Evergreen Ct.
  • Streets will also be milled & over laid.
   Road Work - Milling and Overlay
  • Wilson Place from Rosemont Ave. to 7th St.

 Frederick Municipal Airport

There is a lot going on at the Frederick Municipal Airport. Progress is continuing on a primary runway extension project. Assistance through grant funding made available by the Maryland Aviation Administration and Federal Aviation Administration has made this project possible.
Fly-in Scheduled - Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA) 75th Anniversary Fly-In will be held on Saturday, October 4th. Over 400 aircraft are expected. Free & open to the public.  For more information visit AOPA.

New Treadmills & Ellipticals at Rec Center

The William Talley Fitness Center is pleased to announce the arrival of 5 new Matrix treadmills and 3 new Matrix ellipticals.  All are equipment with iPod docks and operate with touch screens.

For more information, visit Fitness Center.

Carroll Creek Park Update

More exciting news!

Improvements and construction continue at many locations along Carroll Creek Park including in between East Street and the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center on Carroll Street. To see the latest photos and learn about the impending fountain, visit  our blog.

Parks & Recreation

For information on the fall programs and activities at the Recreation Center, visit the new 2014 Fall Programs brochure.

Bring out your inner kid! Adult volunteers or groups of volunteers needed for the 6th Annual
Halloween in Baker Park. Friday, 10.24/ Rain Date,10.29. Characters, costume/makeup helpers, set up and take down props, line monitors. Donations of materials for props also needed. Email Nancy Adkins or call 301-600-6238 by September 15th

Shop & Park Program

Some commercial businesses in Downtown Frederick have purchased "Shop & Park" passes for customers visiting their establishments. The passes can be used in exchange for hourly parking in all City parking garages.
Parking Department's FAQ.

iSpires App for Citizens   

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".  

Put it away - Uncar for a Day
September 22nd

CAR FREE DAY - Monday, September 22nd. All TransIt Connector and Shuttle Routes will be free of charge to encourage residents to walk, bike, or use public transportation. For more information, call 301-600-2065 or visit  TransIt.
TransIt, in cooperation with Commuter Connections, hopes to sign up 10,000 registrants to put 20,000 feet on the street! To register for free prizes, visit carfreeday.

12th Annual Great Places to Work Awards

 On August 5, 2014, the 12th annual Frederick County Best Places to Work Awards event recognized local businesses for their workforce and family friendly practices.  The event honors the top companies in the area while also bringing attention to the quality of life opportunities employees have in Frederick.   Congratulations to the recipients of the Frederick County Great Places to Work Awards.

News from the Frederick Police Department 

Report a 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.

Register Your Bicycle! - FPD is seeing an increase in stolen bicycles. To register your bicycle or recover  a lost or stolen bike, visit  Bicycle  Registration-Recover Program.

FPD Facebook Page - "Like us" at the Frederick Police Department Facebook Page!

Family Safety - FPD provides a Back to School Family Plan for your family's safety. 

Alert Frederick County
Emergency Notification System

ALERT Frederick County is an emergency notification system that allows local officials to contact you whether you are home or on the go. Customize your account to receive alerts about emergencies that may affect home, work, school, or other areas within Frederick County. Register how you want to be alerted - cell, work and home phones, text message, e-mail and more.  Sign up at Citizen Alert.

Hurricane season is here. To prepare for a hurricane or any disaster, be prepared!  Disaster can strike at quickly and without warning.  It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or have you shelter in place.  What would you do if your electric, water, gas, or telephone service was cut off? For more information, visit BE READY.

U.S. Army Gold Star Lapel Pins

Gold Star Pins worn by surviving military family members represents the service and sacrifice of fallen service members.  From WWI to the present, including service members who lost their lives while assigned to a Reserve or National Guard unit in a drill status, eligible survivors can apply for the Gold Star lapel pin by visiting Gold Star Pins application

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