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