Tuesday, February 17, 2015

E-News from City of Frederick - February 2015 - Weinberg Events, Parks & Rec, Free Tax Prep, Small Distilleries, Freecycle Roundup, Carroll Creek Park Update

Welcome to the City of Frederick's February 2015 e-Newsletter is re-posted here. 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.  ~ Darcy Richards.
  1.  Talk to the Mayor Tuesdays
  2. The Importance of Trees Green Neighbor Forum
  3. Weinberg Center for the Arts Upcoming Event
  4. February Highlights
  5. Parks & Recreation Center - Winter Classes & Programs
  6. Freecycle Roundup Day - April 11th - Walnut Ridge Park
  7. Small Distilleries - The Next Big Thing
  8. Carroll Creek Park Update
  9. East of East Street
  10. News from the Frederick Police Department
  11. Tax Credit Available for Low Income  Maryland Renters - September 1st Deadline to File
  12. Free Tax Preparation Service Open Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
  13. TransIT Mobile App Launched - TransIT ezFARE
  14. "Recycle More, Waste Less" Coloring Book Contest Announced
  15. Alert Frederick County Emergency Notification System
  16. Employment Opportunities
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In This Issue
Talk to the Mayor Tuesdays
Frederick Municipal AIrport Updates
The Importance of Leafy Green Trees
Weinberg Center Lineup
Park & Rec Winter Programs
Freecycle Roundup Day 2015
Small Distilleries - The Next Big Thing
Carroll Creek Update
FPD News
Renters Tax Credit
Free Tax Preparation Service Sites Open
TransIt ezFARE app
"Recycle More, Waste Less" Coloring Book Contest
Alert System
Job Opportunities
City Government Offices Closed
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Presidents' Day
February 16th
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AVD Highlights 

Enjoy the following in-house productions by The City of Frederick Audio Visual Department.
City Issues - Recycling with Nikki Bamonti

Fitness Minute - Yoga 

City Board/Commission Vacancies
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61st Administration 
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Downtown Frederick Partnership 
It's what's happening!
To find out what the
Downtown Frederick Partnership has planned for the 2015 season

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

Frederick...The Key to the Heart of Maryland.
For more information visit

Connect with The City
February 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 February 24th.
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

Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK)

The Frederick Municipal Airport is making progress on a project that will help "pave the way" for a future runway expansion.  The federally funded project will demolish 14 buildings owned by The City of Frederick that have been identified as obstructions to safe air navigation. 
The Air Traffic Control Tower at FDK managed 88,858 aircraft operations in CY2014. An "operation" is classified as a landing, takeoff, or overflight. This equates to over 10 operations per hour every day of the year!

The Importance of Trees
Green Neighbor Forum

Jenny Willoughby, Sustainability Manager for the City, will be presenting at the Green Neighbor Forum on Saturday, February 28th at Hood College. Jenny will be discussing the next step of  the Frederick City Tree Inventory project. Registration form for the forum can be found here.
If you missed Jenny's  recent article on the importance of trees, you can find it here.

Weinberg Center for the Arts Upcoming Events
February Highlights 

Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour
Spyro Gyra - featuring Frederick's own Scott Ambush
Dave Barry - Frederick Speaker Series


Looking for a great music event topped with the culinary skills of our own Brian Voltaggio?  If so, be sure to get your ticket early for the
Americana Festival, March 27th and 28th.
For information on all upcoming events, visit Weinberg Center Website or call the Box Office at 301-600-2828.

Parks & Recreation Center

Winter Classes & Programs

Sign up to receive the Parks & Recreation E-news.
Find the Parks & Recreation Winter Brochure here  
For easy, fast and convenient on-line class registration, visit No Hassle at the Castle 

Freecycle Roundup Day
April 11th - Walnut Ridge Park

One person's junk is another person's treasure! The City of Frederick will be hosting another Freecycle Roundup Day on Saturday, April 11th from 8 AM to 2 PM at Walnut Ridge Park (new location), 1151 Rocky Springs Road. 
Local charitable organizations will be on location accepting donated items. For more information, please call the Department of Public Works at  301-600-1440.

Small Distilleries
 The Next Big Thing

Craft spirits is a $10.2 billion market and growing at a rapid rate.  On December 18, 2014, The Board of Aldermen amended the City Code to allow small wineries, breweries and distilleries in the downtown area, paving the way for this growing industry to boom locally.  The  newest legislation expanded the area where businesses could operate.  For more information, look  here

Carroll Creek Park Update

East of East Street

Work continues on Carroll Creek despite snow, rain, and wind. A tent was erected over the creek so stone work inside the channel could continue.

To follow this project and others, visit  DED Blog 

News from the Frederick Police Department

The first Coffee with a Cop hosted by Dublin Roasters on Thursday, January 15th was quite a success! Officers from the Frederick Police Department and community members came together in an informal and neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.  "Coffee with a Cop" is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Officer Stephen Radtke & Officer Sam Payne talk with local residents - Photo courtesy of WTOP
Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) 2015 schedule of monthly meetings can be found here.
For more information on NACs, contact Michele Bowman, Community Outreach Coordinator at mbowman@frederickmdpolice.org or 301-600-2091

Tax Credit Available for Low Income
 Maryland Renters
September 1st Deadline to File

A tax credit for low income Maryland renters is available through the State Department of Assessments and Taxation.
Specific information regarding the tax credit can be found at http://www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/rtc.html. Applications will be available online after February 5th.
To request a mailed application, call 410-767-4433, toll free 1-800-944-7403 or email taxcreditapp@dat.state.md.us. Deadline to file is September 1st. 

Free Tax Preparation Service Open
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

More than a dozen free tax preparation service sites are open for business throughout Frederick County. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program opened on Tuesday, January 20th providing free tax preparation and filing for households earning less than $60,000 annually. To schedule your free appointment, simply dial 2-1-1.
In addition, United Way, Goodwill, the National Disability Institute and Walmart have partnered to offer the free tax filing service online with
As much as $6.2 million in Earned Income Tax Credits were left unclaimed by Frederick County residents last year.

TransIT Mobile App Launched  

TransIT ezFARE

TransIt Services of Frederick County has launched its mobile ticketing app, TransIT ezFARE.  This app allows passengers to purchase tickets with smart phones,including the new one-day pass, and is available for download on Android and Apple devices.  Other features give users access to trip planning tools and the TransIT twitter feed.  For more  information and to download the app, visit ezFARE.
For more information on ezFare and full TransIT Connector schedules, visit TransIT of Frederick County. 

"Recycle More, Waste Less"Coloring Book Contest Announced

Frederick County students now have the unique opportunity to say a lot about recycling!  The Department of Solid Waste Management is conducting a coloring book contest which is open to all local K-12 students. 

The contest, which  runs through March 13th, asks participants to create a black & white drawing based on the Department's motto "Recycle More, Waste Less."  Winning entrants will be awarded prizes as well as have their artwork included in a coloring book to be distributed throughout the community. 
For more information, visit  coloring book contest.  

Alert Frederick County
Emergency Notification System

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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