Wednesday, January 7, 2015

E-News from City of Frederick - January 2015 - Christmas Tree Dropoff, Shared Use Path, Motter Avenue Bride Cutting, Winter Classes, AstraZeneca Expands in Frederick, and East of East Street Updates

The City of Frederick's January 2015 E-Newsletter is reposted here. 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. 
Darcy Richards.

  1. "Talk to the Mayor" Tuesdays
  2. Christmas Tree Drop Off Sites
  3. Pet Waste Public Outreach Project
  4. Historic Preservation News
  5. UMD PALS Update - Shared Use Path Project 
  6. Motter Avenue Bridge Ribbon Cutting
  7. Parks & Recreation Center - Winter Classes & Programs
  8. Weinberg Center for the Arts Upcoming Events
  9. AstraZeneca to Expand in Frederick
  10. Carroll Creek Park Update - East of East Street
  11. EPA Announces New Energy Star Tool for Homeowners
  12. Frederick Police News - Pack a Police Car
  13. Alert Frederick County - Emergency Notification System
  14. Employment Opportunities
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In This Issue
Talk to the Mayor Tuesdays
Christmas Tree Drop Off Sites
Pet Waste Public Outreach Project
Historic Preservation News
UMD PALS Project Update
Motter Avenue Bridge Ribbon Cutting
Park & Rec Winter Programs
Weinberg Center Lineup
AstraZeneca Plans to Expand
Carroll Creek Update
New Energy Star Tool
FPD News
Alert System
Job Opportunities
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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  January 19th 
Channel 99 Productions
For your viewing pleasure!
In-house productions by The City of Frederick Audio Visual Department
City Board/Commission Vacancies

For more information, contact Amber Grimes at 301-600-1453
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Downtown Frederick Partnership has planned for the 2015 season
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Upcoming Events

First Saturday Event
"Fire & Ice"
Ice Sculptures, Ice Playground, Ice Walk
February 7th
3-9 PM
Visit Fire & Ice for more information.
 Shopping, Dining and the Arts

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January 2015

"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 next "Talk with the Mayor Tuesday" will be held on January 27th.
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

Christmas Tree Drop Off Sites   
4 locations in City   

The City of Frederick Christmas Tree Drop Off and Recycling Program began Monday, December 29, 2014 and continues through Saturday, January 31, 2015.
To find out where to take your holiday greens, visit Christmas Tree Recycling.

Pet Waste Public Outreach Project
Survey Included for Residents

The Chesapeake Bay Trust Organization awarded a $20,000 grant to The City of Frederick in support of the Pet Waste Public Outreach Project. The goal of the project is to improve the water quality in The City of Frederick's watershed area by focusing on pet waste cleanup. City residents are asked to take part in this project by completing the Pet Waste Survey. 
For additional information, contact Joe Adkins at

Historic Preservation News
From The City Planning Department

Applications for the City Historic Preservation Property Tax Credit are due by April 1, 2015. Eligible properties includes all properties in the Frederick Town Historic District and any individual designated sites.  Application forms and details are available in the Planning Department or online at
Nomination forms for the 2015 City of Frederick Historic Preservation Awards are now available at or in the Planning Department at 140 W. Patrick St. Completed nomination forms must be submitted by March 13, 2015.

UMD PALS UpdateShared Use Path Project

Students at the University of Maryland are putting finishing touches on their projects for The City of Frederick as part of the Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS) program. More than 25,000 student hours have been dedicated to a variety of issues, opportunities and challenges facing the City.

PALS students recently presented their final findings to Mayor McClement and the Aldermen on continuing the Shared Use Path from Carroll Creek Linear Park to the Monocacy River.  Led by Dr. Christopher Ellis, Associate Professor of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, graduate students developed an approximately 3.5 mile eco-friendly shared use path, waystations, access points to existing and developing neighborhoods, and stream habitat revitalization. To view the presentation, visit  Shared Use Path
Visit  Carroll Creek Wildlife Area  to view a graphic of a Master Plan developed by the UMD PALS students.  

 Motter Avenue Bridge Ribbon Cutting
Bridge Replacement & Traffic Safety Project

Commuters, local businesses, Fort Detrick employees, bicyclists, and pedestrians all have reason to celebrate as crews finalized the Motter Avenue Bridge replacement over US 15 in Frederick.  The project was built through a Federal, State, County and City partnership, with all levels of government providing funding to advance the gridlock-reducing project.  To celebrate this partnership and the end of major construction, Maryland Transportation Secretary James T. Smith Jr., joined Congressman John Delaney, Senator Ron Young, County Executive Jan Gardner, Mayor Randy McClement, Aldermen Kelly Russell, Michael O'Connor, Josh Bokee, Donna Kuzemchak, and residents for the ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, December 8th.

To view the video of the Motter Avenue Bridge Ribbon Cutting, click here.

Parks & Recreation Center
Winter Classes & Programs

Get fit and stay active at the City's William R. Talley Recreation Center!
Choose from a wide variety of dance classes, such as Ballroom, Belly, Line, Tap, Irish Social Dance and more.  Fitness classes such as Chi Running, Caribbean Dance Fitness, Boot Camp, Zumba, Age 50 & up Exercise, Step & Sculpt, Circus Skills, Youth Acting, Voice, Piano, Horseback Riding, Youth Soccer, Little Hoops, Karate, Gymnastics, Stained Glass, Basket weaving, Spanish Immersion for Pre-K and more!
For information visit 2015 Winter Programs or call 301-600-1492

Weinberg Center for the Arts Upcoming Events
January Highlights 

The Frederick Speaker Series presents Jane Fonda Friday, January 16th at 7:30 PM.  For details visit Frederick Speaker Series.Jim Henson's Sid the Science Kid LIVE: Let's Play!  Thursday, January 22nd , at 12:15 & 5:00 PM For more information visit Sid the Science KidMaximum Entertainment & Atlantic Theater Company present:
Ivy + Bean, The Musical 
Saturday, January 31st at 3:00 PM
For more information, visit Ivy + BeanFor information on all upcoming events and to purchase tickets, visit Weinberg Center Website or call the Box Office at 301-600-2828.

AstraZeneca to Expand in Frederick
 300 New Jobs Anticipated

AstraZeneca recently announced plans to expand its biologics manufacturing center in Frederick.  The more than $200 million dollar project will increase production capacity at the facility and is expected to bring a total of 300 new jobs to Frederick.  "We're very pleased with AstraZeneca's commitment to our local workforce and to our growing biotech community," said Mayor Randy McClement.  For details, visit the Economic Development post on the AstraZeneca expansion
Mayor Randy McClement (center) touring the AstraZeneca facility in Frederick. 

Carroll Creek Park Update

East of East Street

Work continues on Carroll Creek Park on the East end including grading, stone work and shared use paths. Most noticeable on the East end of town, Carroll Creek was drained as a part of the scope of work.  For continuing updates on this project, visit DED blog.

EPA Announces New Energy Star Tool for Homeowners

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched its Energy Star Home Advisor; an online tool designed to  help Americans save money and energy by improving the efficiency
of their homes.  Find a variety of  recommended, home-improvement projects at Energy Star Home Advisor.

 Frederick Police News
Pack a Police Car

On December 13th , the Frederick Police Department held it's first "Pack a Police Car" event to collect non-perishable food and other needed items to support the Frederick Community Action Agency. During the event held at Walmart on Rt 26, over 6 police cars were filled with donated items that were delivered to the FCAA. The Frederick Police Department would like to thank everyone who made donations and helped to make the event a huge success.
Pictured; Acting Chief, Captain Pat Grossman and Lt. Jason Keckler with McGruff the Crime Dog and Santa

Alert Frederick County
Emergency Notification System

Sign up for weather, traffic, and other important notices and updates at Alert Frederick County.

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 these links: Job Opportunities & How to Apply