Friday, July 24, 2015

Home Sales Up Dramatically in Frederick County in June 2015

July 2015 - For those who watch the housing market prices, Frederick County saw a 54% rise in number of properties sold in June 2015 over June 2014! This jump was, however, not accompanied by a price jump. The average single family home price dropped slightly over last year averaging  $352,838 in June 2015 compared to $3562,223 in 2014. The average number of days on market has also fluctuated over the past few years and stands at 62 days right now.  Inventory is still somewhat lower than we like to see. Around 10% of homeowners are still underwater and they've been wanting to sell for some time. As prices rise, they can jump in the market to sell their homes.

The following charts show the 10 year trends for Frederick County.

Total Homes Sold in Frederick County in June 2015
Frederick County saw a 54% rise in number of properties sold last month over last June!

Average Price of Homes Sold in Frederick County in
June 2015 by Home Type
Though more homes sold in June 2015 than last year, this did not translate into a price jump.
The average single family home cost $352,838 in June compared to $3562,223.

Average Days on Market for Frederick County in June 2015
Days on Market
Months of Housing Inventory in Frederick County in June 2015
Frederick County Housing Inventory - Months of Supply


Friday, July 3, 2015

Feed the Children - This Summer Food Program in Frederick

Summer Food Service Program
FCAA Summer Food Program Locations
(see details in article)
The Frederick Community Action Agency (FCAA) Announced the Sites for the
Summer Food Service Program in Frederick MD. The Summer Food Service Program is operated locally by the Frederick Community Action Agency (FCAA), provides a lunchtime meal for children and youth that would typically qualify for free- or reduced-price meals through the public school system; pre-school age children can also be served through the program.

"When schools are closed for the summer, some children in Frederick County could literally go without a lunchtime meal if not for the Summer Food Service Program," reported Mike Spurrier, Director of the FCAA.  During the summer of 2014, the FCAA served 21,535 meals to hungry children and youth at nine (9) different feeding sites in Frederick and Walkersville. This summer FCAA staff will be serving meals at thirteen (13) sites that are open to the public including new sites in Brunswick, Thurmont, and Emmitsburg.  It is estimated that the program may serve as many as 25,000 meals over the course of the summer of 2015.

"The Frederick Community Action Agency (FCAA) is working hard to make sure that all children have access to healthy, nutritious meals this summer through the Summer Food Service Program", stated Sarah McAleavy, Coordinator of the Food and Nutrition Services for the FCAA. The Summer Food Service Program is administered on the federal level by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and in Maryland by the Maryland State Department of Education. Through the Summer Food Service Program, the FCAA will offer a free lunchtime meal to all children up to 18 years of age.  Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all children.  In accordance with USDA regulations, there will be no physical segregation or other discrimination against any child because of race, color, age, national origin, gender, or disability.

Beginning Friday, June 19 and continuing through Friday August 21, 2015, a FREE LUNCH will be served Monday through Friday (except July 3rd) at the following locations in Frederick:

  • College Estates Park on Taney Avenue, Frederick - 12:15 to 1:00 p.m.
  • Hill Street Park Pavilion on Hill Street Park, Frederick - 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Carrollton Park on Center Street and Prospect Boulevard, Frederick - 12:00 to 12:45 p.m.
  • Stonegate Park Pavilion on Andover Lane, Frederick - 12:00 to 12:45 p.m.
  • PAL Center on Sagner Avenue in Lucas Village, Frederick - 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.
  • Carver Community Center on Lee Street, Frederick - 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.
  • Amber Meadows Park on Amber Drive, Frederick - 12:00 to 12:45 p.m.
  • Jimmy McGee Memorial Park on Old Farm Drive, Frederick - 12:00 to 12:45 p.m.
  • Hospital Park at 310 West 7th Street, Frederick - 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.

Beginning Monday, June 22 and continuing through Friday August 21, 2015, a FREE LUNCH will be served Monday through Friday (except July 3rd) at the following locations in Frederick County:
  • Kim Weddle Park on North Maple Ave, Brunswick - 12:15 to 1:00 p.m.
  • Emmitsburg Memorial Park Chesapeake Street, Emmitsburg - 12:30 to 1:00 p.m.
  • East End Park at 804 East Main Street, Thurmont - 12:15 to 1:00 p.m.
Beginning Monday, June 22 and continuing through Friday August 14, 2015, a FREE LUNCH will be served Monday through Friday (except July 3rd) at the following locations in Frederick County:
  • Discovery HOA Building on Stauffer Road, Walkersville - 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Summer Food Service Program is partially funded by the USDA, but the USDA reimbursements do not cover the entire cost of operating the program.  Monetary donations are accepted to help operate the Summer Food Service Program and contributions can be mailed to the FCAA at 100 South Market Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701.  Donations are tax-deductible and checks should be made payable to the Friends for Neighborhood Progress, Inc. - the tax-exempt, non-profit corporation that co-sponsors the FCAA.

Through a wide array of programs and services, the FCAA provides food, shelter, medical care, housing, transportation, and other assistance to families and individuals that are low-income or homeless.  The FCAA is sponsored by the City of Frederick and Friends for Neighborhood Progress with support from the Frederick County Government.

Any complaints of discrimination should be submitted in writing within 180 days of the incident to USDA, Director, Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964(voice and TDD). The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

For more information about the Summer Food Service Program or any of the services offered by the Frederick Community Action Agency, please contact Mike Spurrier, Director at 301-600-3959 or Sarah McAleavy, Coordinator of Food and Nutrition Services at 301-600-6263.Additional information can also be found on the FCAA's website at www.cityoffrederick.com/fcaa.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

E-News from City of Frederick - July 2015: 4th of July Celebration, Removing Ash Trees, Bear Sightings, Summerfest Theater

Here is the July eNews from the City of Frederick. This newsletter is packed full of useful information!   It is re-posted here by permission. If you have any questions or suggestions, direct them to Susan Harding, the city's 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 e-Newsletter archives for other issues.  ~ Darcy Richards

Contents
  1. Celebrate Frederick on the 4th! Independence Day Festivities in Baker Park
  2. Workshop to Discuss Removal of Ash Trees Infected by Emerald Ash Borer
  3. Bear Sightings - Information from the Department of Natural Resources
  4. "Talk to the Mayor Tuesdays"
  5. Free Lunch Available for ages 18 years & Under - FCAA Summer Food Service Program
  6. Thinking About Buying A House?  Free Home-Buyer Workshop
  7. Hot Weather Tips - Preventing, Recognizing & Treating Heat-Related Illnesses
  8. Summerfest Family Theatre - Continues through July & August
  9. Department of Parks & Recreation - Pools, Summer Camps and Activities
  10. Bike News - Upcoming Bicycling Events and MORE!
  11. News from the Frederick Police Department - Summer NAC Schedule
 
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Frederick's 4th of July!
Emerald Ash Borer Meeting
Black Bear Sightings
Talk to the Mayor Tuesdays
Free Summer Lunch Program
Free Homebuyer Workshop
Hot Weather Safety Tips
Summerfest Family Theatre
Information on City Pools
Bike News
Frederick Police Department News
Farmers' Markets
Alert System Upgrade
Job Opportunities
4th of July 
Closure
City Hall will be closed Friday, July 3rd in observance of the July 4th Holiday.
Downtown parking meters & garages will offer free parking on Saturday, July 4th.

Normal parking rates will apply on Friday, July 3rd.

For a complete holiday schedule of City services
Carroll Creek Park Update
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July 2015


Celebrate Frederick on the 4th!

Independence Day Festivities in Baker Park



Saturday, July 4th from 12:00 noon until dusk featuring regional and national entertainment, rides, activities, food, bathtub races at Culler Lake and more!       
Fireworks at Dusk - Visit where to sit to grab your seat early.
Beer & Wine Gardens - One time $5 cover charge -12:00 noon - 8:00 PM at three locations.  Go to See more of Frederick's 4th of July.

For more information, visit Celebrate Frederick or call 301-600-CITY (2489).   


Workshop to Discuss Removal of Ash Trees Infected by Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer infects and kills Ash trees and this pest has now been found in Frederick.  The City plans to treat and/or remove infected trees in the City's Right of Way.  Mayor McClement has scheduled an informational workshop for residents on Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00 PM in the Municipal Annex Bldg. located at 140 West Patrick Street.
Tom Lupp, Entomologist with MD. Department of Agriculture, a representative from the Department of Natural Resources and City Arborist will be available to answer questions.

For more information, visit: www.cityoffrederick.com/EAB

Bear Sightings
Information from the Department of Natural Resources

There have been several black bear sightings in the City limits over the past several weeks.  As cute or small as they may appear, they are a wild animal that is generally hungry and seeking food. DO NOT attempt to approach or capture the bear.  Scare the bear away by creating loud noises by banging on pots and pans, using an air horn or yelling.  For more information, click here
The Department of Natural Resources offers ways to avoid attracting bears and what to do if you encounter one at the following link:
http://dnr2.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/hunt_trap/bblivingwith.aspx
** Pictured above is a black bear recently sighted in Amber Meadows


"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 July 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 details, contact Nikki Bamonti: 301-600-3835 or nbamonti@cityoffrederick.com

Free Lunch Available for ages 18 years & Under
FCAA Summer Food Service Program

A free lunch is available to all children 18 years of age and under, Monday - Friday through August 21st (except July 3) at the following locations.
  • Hill Street Park on Hill St. 12:30 - 1:30 PM
  • Stonegate Park on Andover Ln.  12:00 -12:45 PM
  • College Estates Park on Taney Ave.  12:15 - 1:00 PM
  • PAL Center on Sagner Ave.  12:00 - 12:30 PM
  • Carver Community Center on Lee St.  12:00 - 12:30 PM
  • Carrollton Park on Center St.  12:00 - 12:45 PM
  • Amber Meadows Park on Amber Dr.  12:00 - 12:45 PM
  • Jimmy McGee Memorial Park on Old Farm Dr. 12:00 - 12:45 PM
  • Hospital Park at 310 West 7th St.  12:30 - 1:15 PM
For more information, call 301-600-6263 or email

Thinking About Buying A House?
Free Home-Buyer Workshop

Find out all you need to know about the process of buying a house from start to finish!
The Frederick Community Action Agency offers a FREE Home-Buyer Education Workshop on the 3rd Saturday of each month.
To register, contact Brad Petersen at 301-600-3966 or
bpetersen@cityoffrederick.com
 FCAA is a HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agency

Hot Weather Tips
 
Preventing, Recognizing & Treating Heat-Related Illnesses

Anyone can be a victim of a heat related illness. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene offers hot weather tips that Marylanders should follow. For more information on preventing, recognizing and treating heat related illness, visit Hot Weather Tips

Summerfest Family Theatre
Continues through July & August


Enjoy free* children's entertainment at the Summerfest Family Theatre every Thursday at 10AM through August 6th at the Baker Park Bandshell. 
From clowns to magicians to music and puppeteers, children will be thoroughly entertained! For details, visit  Summerfest
*Canned food donations will be accepted in support of the Frederick Food Bank.

  Department of Parks & Recreation
Pools, Summer Camps and Activities 
To find out more about Parks & Recreation Summer Camps and Activities, go to Summer 2015.

City swimming pools are open daily from 12:30 PM - 8:00 PM.
Edward P. Thomas Pool - 300 Fleming Avenue in Baker Park
William R. Diggs Pool - 125 West All Saints Street.
Pool Passes and Punch Cards are available!

Bike News
Upcoming Bicycling Events and MORE!


August 14th - 16th in Frederick County     

Clustered Spires High Wheel Race: August 15th in Historic Downtown Frederick
Grand Fondo National Championship:   September 20th

View the City's Bike to Work Day 2015 recap here.

News from the Frederick Police Department
Summer NAC Schedule

The summer Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) schedule is as follows.  All NAC meetings begin at 7:00 PM.
July 7th - NAC 7 - Staley Park
July 9th - NAC 4 - Worman's Mill Clubhouse
July 14th - NAC 12 - Clara Harris Community Center
August 12th - NAC 8 - Hillcrest Commons Community Center
August 17th - NAC 10 - Carrollton Park
August 18th - NAC 11 - Brewer's Alley, 2nd Floor
August 19th - NAC 6/9 - Talley Recreation Center
August 27th - NAC 5  - Taskers Chance Pool House

Sign up for the Frederick Police Youth Academy Youth will have the opportunity to learn what it is like to be a police officer. 
No charge - Preregistration is required
July 13, 14, 15 - ages 7 - 12
July 16 - ages 13+
For more information, call 301-600-2091 or email mbowman@frederickmdpolice.org 
For a registration form, click here.


National Night Out
A Family Friendly Evening
Join the Frederick Police Department and your community for the annual National Night Out festivities! Activities are scheduled for all 4 locations on Tuesday, August 4th from 6:00 - 9:00 PM.

Carrollton Park - 455 Center Street - Officer Stephen Radtke  301-600-7552 or  sradtke@frederickmdpolice

Hill Street Park - 100 Hill Street - Officer Chris Herman  301-600-4106 or  cherman@frederickmdpolice.org


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