Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Frederick's Got Jazz

Ted Jenkins puts out a regular email telling Frederick area jazz enthusiasts where they can go to find some good music. Here is Ted's email, reprinted with permission.  If you want to get on Ted's mailling list, go to his website and there is a place to sign up near the bottom www.tedsfunkyjazz.com.     ~ Darcy

Dear Friends,
We are continuing with our steady gigs and have some new things happening in the next month. I am happy to introduce Ted’s Jam Band playing my original compositions fusing rock, blues, funk, and jazz.  Here is a link to one of my songs “Street Walking” recorded in Reston last month and another link to a mix or originals and covers recorded last October in Frederick.
I hope you like the vibe!  We are playing:
  • Friday March 11 : Ted’s Jam Band at the M&S Grille, Reston 6:00 to 9:30 PM
  • Friday March 18 : Ted’s Jam Band at The Richland Sports Bar, Middletown 8:00 to 11:00 PM
Connie Guy is still croonin’ her ballads blues and jazz and will appear:
  • Sunday February  28 : Connie Guy’s New Orleans Style Jazz Brunch, M & S Grille, Reston VA 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Sunday March 13 : Connie Guy’s New Orleans Style Jazz Brunch, Firestones Culinary Tavern, Frederick MD  Noon to 4:00 PM - reservations suggested
The Jazz Jam continues at the Main Cup. Middletown from 7:30 to 10:00 PM. Bob and Kim have installed sound soak panels in the bar area.  THE ROOM SOUNDS GREAT!  Thanks, Bob and Kim!   We continue the Valley Jazz Jam every Thursday there from 7:30 to 10:00 PM. 
Here are your house bands:
  • Thursday Feb 25 :  Jordan Clawson - keys,  Howard Burns - drums and reeds, and me on bass.
  • Thursday March 3 : Howard Burns, Anita Thomas - bass and reeds, and Sam Janotta - keys
  • Thursday March 10 : Bob Boguslaw - Keys, Anita Tomas - reeds, and me on bass
  • Thursday March 17 :  Jordan Clawson - keys, Howard Burns - drums and reeds, and on bass
Love, Peace, and Music,
Ted Jenkins


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Buying A Home During the Year's Strongest Real Estate Market - Frederick Maryland

Most home buyers here in Frederick and all over the country start by searching the internet for homes they like in areas in which they want to live. That is a good thing! There are some really good resources out there for home searching.  However, to give yourself the best chance of a smooth transaction, follow these guidelines.
  1. In Maryland, we are fortunate to have buyer representation in real estate transactions. That means that a real estate agent can act as your buyer’s agent representing you (and  you alone, not the seller). Information on the internet - even the big sites like Zillow and Trulia - can be very wrong about home values and can be days or weeks out of date with changes to a listing.  The good news is that in most cases the buyer's agent is paid by the seller's agency at settlement! Be sure to ask your agent about any exceptions.
  2. Sign a buyer agency agreement and work with your agent set up an automated search that will bring listings into your email inbox each day.  The agent will send you the most up to date and accurate listings.
  3. Find a reputable and skilled lender. Your agent can recommend local lenders who have a strong record of successful loans and know the local programs.
  4. Have the lender pre-qualify you and tell you how much  you can afford to spend on a house.
  5. Once your know your maximum house price, talk with the lender about your personal comfort level with different monthly payments. The lender can then help you find a comfortable house price for your budget.
  6. Decide how much you can afford to put down on a home and which type of loan is most advantageous for you.
  7. Be sure to check with your lender first before doing anything that might effect your credit score such as open new credit card accounts, pay off loans or buy a big ticket items such as high end appliances, a car or boat.
  8. Have your agent send an example home listing to the lender and get a full cost estimate of all your closing costs. Avoid surprises and take stock of the cash you will need to close. Ask about seller closing help.
  9. Take your agent with you to open houses and new home construction model homes. Find out why it's possible that if you sign into an open house or a model home without your agent, it could cost you more money.
  10. Have fun!
~ Darcy Richards 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Selling Your Home During the Year's Strongest Real Estate Market in Frederick Maryland

Spring is the busiest time of year for home sales both here in Frederick and in most areas. Families with children want to get moved in before school starts, and buyers who waited until after the holidays, want to get started. The warmer weather brings out some folks who start off browsing and end up buying. However, along with the higher prices and the quicker sales that generally occur in the spring, sellers and buyers alike face increased competition. If you are hoping to capitalize on selling when there are more buyers in the spring, don’t wait to get your property in shape to sell.

Here a few strategies to help you.

  • Begin by selecting a Realtor who can guide you through the getting ready phase and advice you on your home's market value, timing, and process
  • Choose the right listing price. If you want a quick sale, your realtor can advise you on an  initial listing price that accurately reflects your home's value in the current market. If your price is too high, your home will be bypassed in favor of other homes on the market with more updates and lower prices.
  • If you list early in the market – February to early March,competition is lower.  Your home will enjoy a greater chance of attracting buyers' attention.
  • If your home is behind in maintenance, consider having a home inspection before listing it. You can be made aware of, and correct, some issues before a contract is at stake.

  • Clean, declutter & organize! Buyers will be put off by clutter,dirt and messy spaces. First impressions are key! Get your home in prime condition early in the process and that will increase your chances of getting an offer.

  • As soon as it’s warm enough, give your front and back yards a landscaping makeover. Buyers will be drawn to properties with  welcoming, colorful and comfortable outdoor spaces.
  • Prepare for a quick sale. Have at least TWO backup plans in case your home sells more quickly than you expected. There are no guarantees, but you may encounter a rapid sale and even a multiple bids. As a seller, you may want to begin packing and planning your move while your home is still on the market.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

February Home Maintenance Checklist

It's cold out there!  Perfect time to do some of those winter maintenance chores.
  • Ensure that all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working. 
  • Have your fireplace /chimney swept if necessary.
  • Check  your gutters and down spouts if you see ice dams forming during or after a snowstorm.
  • Make sure you have an ergonomically helpful shovel and plenty of  snow melt on hand for those snowstorms.
  • Replace your furnace air filter if it is time to do so.
  • Clean your range hood filter if you have one.
  • Weatherproof your windows and doors.
  • Check your dryer vent and if clogged, clean it out.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Frederick City MD Upcoming Events February - March 2016

For more details about the upcoming events go to the websites for the Downtown Partnership, Celebrate Frederick, or the Tourism Calendar.
  • Downtown Cooking School, Feb 20,  10:00 AM – 10:00 PM, and Feb 21 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM Tickets required
  • Carillon Recital Feb 7, 21, March 6, 20, 12:30 – 1:00 PM, Baker Park Carillon
  • Frederick Speaker Series  Feb 11, Daniel Pink TED Talks originator 7:30 PM 9:30 PM tickets required
  • Valentines Day Feb 14th  Don’t forget your loved ones!
  • First Saturday March  Shop Small  March 5th, 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Monday, February 1, 2016

February 2016 eNews from the City of Frederick: Jonas, Freecycle Roundup, FLU, Recycling Mistakes, Free Tax Help

Congratulations, you made it through the blizzard of 2016!  Here is the February 2016 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 

  • Historic Snowstorm Jonas
  • Talk to the Mayor Tuesday  
  • Spring Freecycle Roundup Scheduled for April 23, 2106
  • The FLU is here! What You Should Know about this Flu Season
  • Beat the Winter Doldrums Join the William Talley Recreation Center
  • Green Neighbor Forum
  • Top 10 Most Common Recycling Mistakes
  • Weinberg Center for the Arts - February 2016 Lineup
  • News from the Frederick Police Department
  • Take Back My Life - Frederick County Health Department
  • FREE Tax Help - United Way of Frederick County
  • Alert Frederick County - Emergency Notification System
  • Employment Opportunities

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Take Back My Life
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President's Day
February 15, 2016  

Carroll Creek Linear Park Update
To follow the progress on Carroll Creek, visit the DED blog.

Stay tuned for exciting news about the opening of the more fountains and sections on Carroll Creek!

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Upcoming Events 

First Saturday
February 6, 2016
Fire & Ice3-9 PM

First Saturday
March 5, 2016

3-9 PM

Downtown Cooking School
February 20 & 21, 2016
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Classes scheduled throughout the day
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February 2016

Historic Snowstorm Jonas
January 2016 

The City of Frederick would like to extend a sincere thank you to the community for your patience as we deal with aftermath of this challenging snow event.  The warnings from the National Weather Service were heeded and preparations were made well in advance by the City and the community.
The City Snow Team worked 24/7 for days clearing massive amounts of snow as well as providing assistance to emergency services and keeping snow emergency routes clear.
Kudos to the City Snow Team, citizens and businesses for working together.
 "Coming together is the beginning, Keeping together is progress, Working together is success" - Henry Ford

The following video was produced  by The City of Frederick's Audio Visual Department and offers valuable advice for snow events. 
Snow & Ice: City Snow and Ice Removal Policies and Procedures 

Mayor McClement behind the plow assisting the City Snow Team

Talk to the Mayor Tuesday  
February 23  from 2-6 pm

Mayor McClement sets aside time each month to meet informally with citizens to discuss topics or issues of their choice.
The February Talk to the Mayor will be held on the 4th Tuesday, February 23rd from 2-6 PM.
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

Spring Freecycle Roundup
Scheduled for April 23, 2106

Saturday, April 23rd
8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location - Department of Public Works, 111 Airport Drive
*Limited pick up will be available.

More information will be forthcoming in the March City E-News and on the City website at


The FLU is here!
What You Should Know about this Flu Season

The CDC and the State of Maryland have issued a bulletin indicating that the flu is now widespread within our area.   
The best defense against the flu is the seasonal flu shot and the reports are that this year's vaccine is offering good protection.  If you did not already get your flu shot medical professionals are saying that it is not too late.  Many health insurance plans cover the flu shot 100% and certain pharmacies offer shopping discounts for patients receiving the vaccine.
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Beat the Winter Doldrums
Join the William Talley Recreation Center

Beat the winter doldrums by joining the William Talley Recreation Center. Browse the Parks & Recreation Winter Brochure for classes and programs for the whole family.     
Winter Horseback Riding  - Camps and Private Lessons Available
Pickleball, Art Classes, Exercise Classes and more
Call 301-600-1492 for more information. 

Green Neighbor Forum
Save the Date

Green Neighbor Forum
Saturday, March 12th
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Hood College - Whitaker Campus Center
Cost - $15.00 pp/includes lunch

Learn how to take action as a resident to improve our environment! More information forthcoming.
Email jwilloughby@cityoffrederick.com

Top 10 Most Common Recycling Mistakes

Recycling can be a little confusing. Here are the top 10 most common mistakes that may make recycling easier to understand.

Kuddos to Residents!
Frederick County Department of Solid Waster Management is pleased to announce that Frederick County's recycling rate has hit 50% for the first time!  For more information, click here

Weinberg Center for the Arts
February 2016 Lineup

It's what's happening in February at the Weinberg Center
2/4 -Mandolin Orange
2/11 - Daniel Pink - Frederick Speakers Series
2/12 - Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio
2/17 - 2 Cellos
2/18 - Frederick Music Showcase Vol 2
2/20 - Colin Machrie & Brad Sherwood Two Man Group
2/24 - Reservoir Dogs
2/25 - Swimming in Dark Waters - Other Voices of the American Experience
2/27 - Jack Hanna's Into the Wild
For more information on these shows and more lined up in 2016, visit http://www.weinbergcenter.org/   

News from the Frederick Police Department

Help Prevent Crime! FPD & NACs are partnering to offer the 2016 Community Crime Awareness & Prevention SummitSaturday, February 6th from 8:00 AM - 12:00 noon, Hodson Auditorium, Hood College Campus.  Registration is required.  A $5.00 registration fee includes a light breakfast. Click here for more information and to register.

Scams & Fraud that Target Seniors
The following videos, produced by The City of Frederick  Audio Visual Department, offer advice on popular fraud and scams targeted at senior citizens. 

Neighborhood Advisory Council
- Get to know your neighborhood! The new NAC 2016 meeting schedule is here.
The NAC is a forum for residents to become involved in identifying and recommending changes to improve your neighborhood.  Each NAC meets to discuss issues, concerns, and neighborhood projects.  To find out which NAC you belong to visit Find Your NAC

For more information, contact Michele Bowman at 301-600-2109 or mbowman@frederickmdpolice.org

Take Back My Life
Frederick County Health Department

In 2014, 35 people died from opioid overdose in Frederick County. In one year, calls for help with heroin addiction rose 300% in Frederick County. 
Now, we are taking back lives in Frederick County. Hear real stories of prescription opioid and heroin addiction at
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CALL 211 for help & treatment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

FREE Tax Help
United Way of Frederick County

United Way and the Housing Authority want to help you file your taxes for free.  Dial 2-1-1 for an appointment or file online free at MyFreeTaxes.com.  You have already paid taxes; don't pay to get them filed!

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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, visit