Sunday, April 19, 2015

Wood Window Repair and Weatherization Workshop

Don't miss the City of Frederick's Historic Preservation Commission wood window repair and weatherization workshop on Saturday, May 16, 2015. The workshop will be held from 9 am to 1 pm at Staley Park, Pavilion B, 11 West 10th Street.  It is open to the public. 

The instructor, is David Gibney, a local restoration contractor and window repair expert.  He helped found the Window Preservation Standards Collaborative and is one of the authors of the organization's "Window Preservation Standards" catalog. 

Registration is free but space is limited.  Please contact Lisa Mroszczyk Murphy, Historic Preservation Planner, at or 301-600-6278 to reserve your space today.

Register by sending an email to or by calling 301-600-6278.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Early Morning in the Catoctin Mountains - Kai Hagen

Back in October,  I posted some of Kai Hagen's fall photographs.  Today Kai posted this photo of the Catoctin Mountains on Facebook.  He took this shot with his iPhone early this morning.  I had to share it.

Catoctin Mountains - Early Morning  - Kai Hagen

Downtown Frederick FAQ: Can I Have A Home-Based Business in Frederick?

Question: Can I Have A Home-Based Business in Frederick?

Answer:  The short answer is Yes, IF. If you apply, if your application is accepted, and if you meet the guidelines. Frederick City does allow home-based businesses as long at they meet the guidelines set out by the City Planning Department code.  The general information can be found on the City of Frederick website, Planning Department 301-600-1499. Two documents address this: DED Business Guidelines and City of Frederick Land Management Code, Article 8 Supplemental Uses, Section 829 “Home Occupations.”  There is an application process and there are restrictions. So before you set up your home-based business, check to be sure you meet the guidelines.

Gabrielle Collard who is the City's Manager of Current Planning, provided more details: "There are essentially two types of home based businesses —1) no impact home occupations and 2) conditional use home occupations.  No impact home occupations can be approved administratively through a zoning permit process but there are strict criteria that the business must adhere to and those listed in Section 829.  If the business does not meet these criteria it may qualify as a conditional use. Conditional uses require the approval by the Zoning Board of Appeals.   The conditional use provisions allow a little more flexibility in terms of impact, however, the overarching principle that applies to home based businesses is that they should be as “invisible” as possible.   In other words, the use of the structure must be predominantly residential and the business very secondary.  There should really be no evidence that the home is being used for anything but residing (so no signs are permitted, visitors and employees are strictly limited, etc.)

The first step in the process is to complete a home occupation determination where we determine which of the two types of businesses are proposed.  If it’s a no impact- we provide a response letter and advise them to seek approval of a zoning permit and if it cannot be approved administratively, we provide further information on applying for the conditional use.  That application is online at"  For additional information or questions contact Gabrielle Collard by phone at 301-600-1883 or email

Monday, April 6, 2015

What's new in downtown Frederick?

Photo courtesy of Downtown Frederick
Partnership, Photographer Doug Via
If you are roaming around Frederick you will find new shops, new restaurants, and new services. Here is a list of businesses that have opened in the last three months. Links are provided if I could find them. This list was provided by Kara Norman of the Downtown Frederick Partnership. You can read more about the Partnership below.
Did you know that the Downtown Frederick Partnership is a nonprofit organization whose job it is to "enhance, promote and preserve the vitality and economic viability of Downtown Frederick by implementing the national Main Street Program for the benefit of Frederick businesses, residents and visitors."  That is a big job.  See their About Us page.  The Partnership has a really useful calendar of events which can be invaluable if you have guests and they want to go to activities in Frederick.  The partnership needs volunteers year round. Contact Danielle Doll if you would like to volunteer

Connect with us: Facebook | Twitter | #GetItDowntown

Contact the Staff:  
Kara Norman
Executive Director

Brittany Diehl
Promotion and Social Media Manager

Danielle Doll
Development Associate

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

E-News from City of Frederick - April 2015: Freecycle Roundup, Earth Month, Police Mobile App, Senior Tax Credit, Learn About Bike to Work Day

Don't miss the great information found in City of Frederick's April 2015 e-Newsletter, which 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: The topics for this month's newsletter are shown below and the articles follow. See the e-Newsletter archives for other issues.  ~ Darcy Richards

  1.  Talk to the Mayor Tuesdays
  2.  Don't Forget Freecycle Roundup Day - April 11th - Walnut Ridge Park
  3.  Architectural Walking Tour of Downtown Frederick
  4.  Activities Planned to Celebrate Earth Month 2015 - Bike Ride, Watershed Cleanup,  Rivermist Park Cleanup, My Water Pledge Contest, Movie "Mission Blue" 
  5.  News from the Frederick Police Department - Mobile App Available
  6.  Illuminating Frederick 1865 - From Celebration to Grief  Activities Planned for April 9th and 10th
  7.  Senior Tax Credit Seminar April 21 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM
  8.  Weinberg Center for the Arts Upcoming Events April Highlights
  9.  Bike to Work Day 2015 - 5.15.15 - It's a Sign!
  10.  Neighborhood Advisory Council - Join Your NAC
  11.  Alert Frederick County Emergency Notification System
  12.  Employment Opportunities
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In This Issue
Talk to the Mayor Tuesdays
Freecycle Roundup Day 2015
Architectural Walking Tour
Celebrate Earth Hour Activities & Contest
FPD New App Available
Illuminating Frederick 1865
Senior Tax Credit Seminar
Weinberg Center Lineup
Bike to Work Day 2015
Alert System
Job Opportunities
Scoop the Poop!
A springtime reminder
Always clean up after your dog -  by doing so, you are helping to keep City parks, streams, and creeks clean.
Watch The City of Frederick's Scoop the Poop PSA here.

Take the Pledge to Scoop the Poop
Carroll Creek Park Update
The snow is melting and progress continues on Carroll Creek. The shared use paths and phase II improvements are in full swing. There images show recent work and progress along the creek.
To see these images, visit

To find out what's happening in your City watch City Cable Channel 99!
for a complete listing of  programs on City Cable Channel 99. 

City Board/Commission Vacancies

Building Code Appeals Board

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

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 2015 season

Upcoming Events

First Saturday Event
April 4th
Theme - Girls Night Out 
3-9 PM   

Bring a Broom Saturday
April 25th
8:30 - 11:00 AM 
 Shopping, Dining and the Arts

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

Connect with The City
April 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 April 28th.
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

Don't Forget  - Freecycle Roundup Day

April 11th - Walnut Ridge Park

The City of Frederick's Annual Freecycle Roundup will be held on Saturday, April 11th, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Walnut Ridge Park,1151 Rocky Springs Road. 
View Freecycle Roundup for more information.
Questions? Call the Department of Public Works at 301-600-1440.

Architectural Walking Tour of Downtown Frederick

The City of Frederick now has an Architectural Walking Tour. The tour was created as part of the University of Maryland PALS project.
Abby Tesfaye, a UMD student with the PALS project, created the tour to highlight the varied architectural styles in the downtown area. Click on tour guide to view.  Click here for a related video featuring Abby Tesfaye.

Activities Planned to Celebrate
Earth Month 2015  

Bike Ride, Watershed Cleanup, Rivermist Park Cleanup
 My Water Pledge Contest
, Movie "Mission Blue"  

Earth Month Family Movie Night
Saturday, April 4th ay 7:00 PM
Mission Blue; a family-friendly movie in honor of Earth Month.The movie will be shown at the Whitaker Commons on the Hood College Campus.
This is a free event and light refreshments will be provided.

The Bell & History Day Bike Ride
Saturday, April 11th - 8 easy miles
If you like bike rides and enjoy going places for free, then join in this fun ride. Admission to every museum and historic site is free. For more information or to rent a bike, go to Bell & History Bike Ride.

Volunteers Needed for Rivermist Park Cleanup Project
Help clean the banks of the Monocacy River and Rivermist Park.  Meet in the large parking lot at the Monocacy River put in located next to the Walmart on Monocacy Blvd.
Saturday, April 11th from 9:00 AM to12:00 noon.  Rain or shine!
For more information contact Tom Goodfellow at 301-600-2508 or email

Watershed Volunteer Cleanup Day.
Saturday April 18 from 8AM to noon
Help cleanup the roadside that runs through the Frederick Watershed as part of the 26th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. For more info and to sign up online, go to or call 301-663-3416.


Take the My Water Pledge
Grand Prize is a Toyota Prius v plus hundreds of other prizes!
The pledge is part of a national contest aimed at drastically slashing water and energy use.
Registration is a simple one-click sign up, no costs, no gimmicks and has great prize winning opportunities - that's it...simple & easy. Take the pledge at between April 1 & 30.

Notable Trees of Frederick
Walking Tour - April 25th
Jenny Willoughby, City of Frederick Sustainability Manager and Arborist, will lead a walking tour around the City to point out notable trees, discuss the future of Frederick's Urban forest, and how residents can help. The three-mile loop tour begins at 10:00 AM in front of Brewers Alley. No registration/free/open to the public.

News from the Frederick Police Department
Mobile App Available

The Frederick Police Department is please to announce the release of the new mobile app.
The new FPD app is available on both Apple and Andriod devices. The app allows users to send messages to the FPD either anonymously or with sender's contact information on topics such as crime, graffiti, and drug tips.
For more information, contact Lt Clark Pennington at 240-818-7022.


April is Child Abuse Awareness Month
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Join FPD along with other local agencies, professionals and law enforcement officers for the 2015 Interagency Basketball Games to benefit Friends of the Child Advocacy Center on Saturday, April 18th at 10:00 AM at Urbana High School.
Concessions, raffles, prizes, entertainment!
For more information, contact Heather Hibbard at or call 240-629-3035.

Whitesell Pharmacy and the FPD will host a Drug Disposal Event on April 18th For more information, click on drug disposal or call Whitesell Pharmacy at 301-662-4848 or CPL Carrado at 301-600-6236.

Illuminating Frederick 1865 - From Celebration to Grief

Activities Planned for April 9th and 10th

Thursday, April 9th at 3:15 PM -
Bells Across the Land: "A Nation Remembers Appomattox"
City Hall bells will toll for 4 minutes.  This is symbolic of the 4-years of the Civil War.

Friday - April 10th, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
(All activities are open to the public and free of charge)
7:00 PM - Lecture by Best Selling  Author James Swanson, Author of The Manhunt- the 12 Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer - City Hall Boardroom
8:30 PM - Following the lecture, a Grand Illumination Ceremony will be held in front of City Hall
9:30 PM - Walking Tour leaves from City Hall
For more information, visit Illuminating Frederick 1865.

Senior Tax Credit Seminar
April 21 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM

To find out more information and the requirements to qualify for a Senior Tax Credit, Frederick County is sponsoring a 1 day, 1 hour, free seminar on Tuesday, April 21st at the Frederick Senior Center located at 1440 Taney Avenue. Open to the public. Questions? - Please call 301-600-3520.
Assistance with the application is by appointment only.

Weinberg Center for the Arts Upcoming Events 

April  Highlights

April 11, 8:00 PM - The Reduced Shakespeare: A Complete History of Comedy
April 15, 7:30 PM - Dr. Michio Kaku, Speaker Series
April 18, 7:30 PM - Jeanne Robertson
April 23, 8:00 PM - 2Cellos
April 26, 8:00 PM- Mary Chapin Carpenter
For information on all upcoming events visit
Weinberg Center Website or call the Box Office 301-600-2828

Bike to Work Day 2015
5.15.15 - It's a Sign!

Celebrating Bike to Work Day is a sure sign that spring is here!  Registration is now open.  Register here and secure your free Bike To Work Day t-shirt.
Questions about Bike to Work Day? Want TransIT to set up at your place of employment to encourage your co-workers to bike to work? If so, contact Frederick County TransIT at Pit Stop or call 301-600-RIDE(7433).

Neighborhood Advisory Council
Join Your NAC

The Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) monthly meeting list can be found here. For more information about NACS, contact Michele Bowman, Community Outreach Coordinator at 301-600-2091 or email
For more information on Neighborhood Advisory Councils visit NACs.

Alert Frederick County
Emergency Notification System

Sign up for weather, traffic, and other important notices and updates at

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 Job Opportunities & How to Apply