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: 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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In This Issue
Historic Snowstorm Jonas
Talk to the Mayor Tuesday
Freecycle Roundup
Flu Season 2016
Recreation Winter Brochure
Green Neighbor Forum
Recycling Mistakes
Weinberg Center Season
Frederick Police Department News
Take Back My Life
Sign up for Alert Notifications
Job Opportunities
Baker Park Snow
January 2016

Photo by Lance Duvall 
Audio Visual Dept. 
The City of Frederick  
Carroll Creek Park

Keep up with the progress on the Creek.
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Union Mills Building  
City Hall will be closed

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!

Share your favorite photos of Carroll Creek on Instagram at   
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City Board/Commission Vacancies

For more information, contact Amber Grimes at 301-600-1453  
or email.  
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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 2016 season
Fun in Downtown
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
Tickets are limited
To purchase, click here
 Shopping, Dining and the Arts

Frederick...The Key to the Heart of Maryland.
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Connect with The City
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

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.
For more information go to

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.

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   

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

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
and learn more about prevention on Twitter:
and Facebook:
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  You have already paid taxes; don't pay to get them filed!

Alert Frederick County
Emergency Notification System

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

For video assistance on how to sign up, visit Alert Frederick.

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