Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Photos Around Frederick County and Nearby

Kai Hagen is the source of these amazing and beautiful fall photos around the region. I have been admiring Kai's photos on Facebook for sometime and you will have to admit - he has a great eye for dramatic and beautiful landscapes. If you want to see more of them you will have to 'friend' Kai. :-) then go to https://www.facebook.com/kaihagen/photos_albums.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

October 2014 eNews from the City of Frederick - Thriller in Baker Park, Leaf Collection, Weinbrg Center for the Arts, Hazardous Waste Drop Off, Shop & Park, and more!

The City of Frederick's October 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: susan@cityoffrederick.com. 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. 6th Annual Halloween in Baker Park A Thriller!
  3. Maryland Insurance Administration Community Outreach Scheduled
  4. Annual Leaf Collection Campaign
  5. The Holidays in Historic Frederick Magic in the Air
  6. City Planting Forest Buffers Educational Projects Available
  7. Weinberg Center for the Arts
  8. Downtown Hotel & Meeting Space Developer Recommendation
  9. Carroll Creek Park Update More exciting news!
  10. Residential Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off
  11. Shop & Park Program
  12. There's an App for That
  13. Alert Frederick County Emergency Notification System
  14. Employment Opportunities
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In This Issue
Talk to the Mayor Tuesdays
6th Annual Halloween In Baker Park
MD Insurance Administration Visit
Annual Leaf Collections
Holiday Events
City Planting Forest Buffers
Weinberg Center
Downtown Hotel & Meeting Space
Carroll Creek Update
Hazardous Waste Drop-Off
Shop & Park
There's an App for That
Alert System
Job Opportunities
City Government Offices Closed
City Government Offices will be closed for the following holidays:
Veterans' Day - Nov. 11th
Thanksgiving - Nov. 27th & 28th
City Board/Commission Vacancies

For more information, contact Amber Grimes at 301-600-1453 or email

Channel 99 Productions
For your viewing pleasure!

City Issues - Westside Regional Park

- September 26, 2014

Recreation - A Fitness Minute

CLCAC - Frederick's Labs 

Quick Links
61st Administration 
of The City of Frederick  
Downtown Frederick Partnership 
It's what's happening!
To find out what the
Downtown Frederick Partnership has planned for the 2014 season
Fun in Downtown

Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 26th
2-4 p.m.

Theme - Holiday Open House
November 1st
3-9 p.m.
Downtown Frederick
 Shopping, Dining and the Arts

Frederick...The Key to the Heart of Maryland.
For more information visit
Connect with The City
October 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.

For the month of October only, due to a change in schedule, "Talk to the Mayor Tuesday" will be held on the 3rd Tuesday, October 21st  from 2-6 p.m.

The Mayor's office is located in City Hall at 101 North Court St. No appointment is necessary and citizens meet with the Mayor on a first come; first serve basis. 

For more information, contact Nikki Bamonti at 301-600-3835 or  email nbamonti@cityoffrederick.com

"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.

6th Annual Halloween in Baker Park
A Thriller!

Calling Halloween Thrill seekers of all ages! If you have never  experienced Halloween in Baker Park before - Now Is  The  Time!  

For the youngest of the young to the oldest of the old,  Baker Park is the place to be on Friday, October, 24th, 2014.  (Rain Date, Wednesday, October, 29th).  For more information and to register for a time slot, visit Halloween Fun.

Maryland Insurance Administration Community Outreach Scheduled
 Free & Open to the Public - No Appointment Necessary

The City of Frederick has scheduled a Maryland Insurance Administration consumer outreach opportunity for citizens on Wednesday, October 15th in the lobby of City Hall located at 101 North Court Street in Frederick, Maryland. This free event is open to the public and no appointment is necessary.  For more information, visit MD Insurance Outreach
Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) staff will be on hand from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM to answer any questions or concerns about insurance, to provide more information about insurance issues and/or to assist with getting help with insurance problems. Citizens do not need an appointment and can stop by City Hall at their convenience.

Annual Leaf Collection Campaign

The City's Annual Leaf Collection Campaign begins Monday, October 27th and continues through Friday, December 19th.  Leaves will be collected 4 times throughout the City.  To find out your collection dates,  visit Leaf Collection.

The Holidays in Historic Frederick
Magic in the Air

The Candlelight House Tour, Kris Kringle Procession, Scents & Sweets, Festival of Lights, and more! The holidays are just around the corner; mark your calendar for the festivities.  For more information, visit  Celebrate Frederick Events.

City Planting Forest Buffers
Educational Projects Available

The City of Frederick is currently planting forest buffers along Rock Creek, Carroll Creek and other streams in the Upper and Lower Monocacy River Watershed, a tributary basin of the Upper Potomac River.
In 2000, MD DNR determined these  areas were inadequate in terms of forest buffers and rated them as moderate to severe.  The City has identified 52.8 acres  of stream buffer planting necessary along 2.9 miles of Rock Creek, Carroll Creek and other City streams.
Educational projects are available for career students and volunteer groups.  For more information, contact Tom Rippeon, City Arborist, at 301-600-1233 or email  Tom Rippeon.

Weinberg Center for the Arts

Plays, musicals, movies, lectures, and more...the Weinberg Center for the Arts offers a schedule of events with something for everyone!
For a complete schedule of events for the 2014-2015 season, visit  Weinberg Center Schedule.

Hint - Tickets to an upcoming event make an excellent gift.

Downtown Hotel & Meeting Space
Developer Recommendation

The Downtown Hotel Advisory Committee presented their recommendation to the Mayor & Board of Aldermen at a September Workshop meeting giving their support to the Plamondon development team. 

The Plamondon team proposed a 207 room hotel with 74,000SF of meeting space and 104 parking spaces.
(Picture at right - Developer's rendering of new hotel)

To view the September Downtown Hotel Developer Presentation, visit Downtown Hotel & Meeting Space.

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 new fountain, visit  our blog.

Residential Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off

The Frederick County Department of Solid Waste Managment will sponsor a Residential Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event on Saturday, October 25th  from 8:00 a.m. until noon at the Public Safety Training Facility located at 5370 Public Training Place.  This service is provided to residents of Frederick at no charge.
For more information, visit  Hazardous Waste.

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.

There's an App for That

"iSpires App" - This smartphone  app allows residents 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 at www.cityoffrederick.com and can also be downloaded free from Google Play Store for Android phones or from Apple iTunes Store for iPhones by searching "iSpires"

"Parkmobile App" - Parking Made Simple!  No more digging for change to feed the meters in Downtown Frederick.  Now you can pay using your smartphone.  Find the free app at  Parkmobile

"My Waste App" - Want to know what you can  and can't recycle,  when your scheduled recycle day is, changes in schedule?  Find the free app at  My Waste App.

Alert Frederick County
Emergency Notification System
Weather Alerts, Traffic Alerts & More

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.

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