Monday, October 9, 2017

10 Good Things to Know if You Are New to Downtown Frederick

If you are new to the Frederick Maryland area, or just moved to downtown Frederick from further out, here are ten things you should know about, sign up for, and track.  They will make your life more informed,  easier, and fun! The first two would be helpful to any Frederick County residents as well.                                             
  1. Alerts  two kinds. 1) For the county sign up to get Alerts for Frederick County (and City) for things like weather and other emergencies at:    2) For Frederick City Alerts, sign up for NewsFlash: which come to your email under the name of CivicPlus.                                                                                             
  2. City of Frederick E-News - This handy newsletter gives you a summary of events happening that month such as recycling events, city programs, holiday schedules, etc.  Sign up at:                                                                                                  
  3. Know Your Trash/Recycle/Yard Waste/Move Your Car Nights -  Downtown Frederick has something going on most nights of the week: put your trash out, put recycling or yard waste out, or move your car, pile leaves in the street. It differs by street. Leaf collection is different each year - look for a city announcement.   If you live on 2nd, Church, 3rd, or 4th, I have a handy calendar that shows you everything on one page. Email me: and ask for the calendar for your street.
    For Trash Collection 
    For Recycling: 
    For Yard Waste:   
    For Moving Your Car - Parking Restrictions:                                                                                              
  4. Neighborhood Advisory Councils - Frederick city Neighborhood Advisory Councils (NACs) are your citizen voice. The city defines a NAC as "a forum for residents to become involved in identifying and recommending positive changes to improve their neighborhoods by enhancing communications with elected officials. It is the goal of the elected officials to work with residents to understand and address the issues that impact the quality of life in neighborhoods." 
    Most of the heart of downtown is NAC11. But all city residents have a NAC. See NAC map.  Find out where your NAC meets and get to know the facilitators. Get their contact information. Go to the meetings and see what's happening in your neighborhood.  To find your NAC, go to:
    Residents of NAC11 Attend their NAC
     meeting, on the 3rd Tuesday of the month
    at 7 pm,   the 2nd Fl of Brewers Alley.
  5. Where to Vote - See the City Website on various types of elections and how to find out how to register to vote and your polling place.                                                                                                                                                                          
  6. Frederick Social Media - There are several social media sites specific to Frederick that can be very helpful.  First, if you are a FaceBook user,  check with your neighbors to see if there is a Facebook Page for your street or area. Several examples of "residents only" pages include  Third Street Residents , & Northe Pointe Neighbors,  These pages can be invaluable for information about what is going on on your street: lost cats/dogs, shady characters, furniture giveaways, notices, warnings, etc. All the NACs have a Facebook page.  There is a Frederick City MD Yardsale page, a Frederick Rentals page, Frederick Freebies,  and many more.
    There is also which has several Frederick "neighborhoods" including Downtown Frederick. Nextdoor can provide an overwhelming amount of posts, but you can limit your views.   Feel free to comment below and add your own Frederick social media sites.                                                                                                                 
  7. Channel 99 - You can aee your elected officials in action, find out the outcome of an issue, or just learn what topics are trending in city government.  If you missed a public meeting or vote on an issue, you can see the replay online at Channel 99.  To see the schedule, go to:                                                                                                                                                            
  8. Downtown Events and Activities -  The Frederick News Post is a good source of downtown activities, particularly the Thursday 72 Hours supplement. They have an online version, but the printed one is a lot easier to scan.  Other good sources are: 
    The Tourism Calendar: though this used to be a quick scan list, now it involves scrolling through pages and pages of individual events in large print with Photos/.
    The events sponsored by the Downtown Partnership can be found on their calender: 
    Celebrate Frederick events are here: 
  9. Frederick Farmers Markets  - Frederick is blessed with quite a few farmers markets operating from May through November.  The list on this website is pretty much up to date:                                                                                                                                                         
  10. Report Problems and Code Violations (Anonymously) - If you see something, you can say something. Anonymously if you prefer.  The city handles some  issues such as property violations on a complaint driven basis. Early citizen input is also important on other important problems such as potholes, sewer issues, garbage, traffic lights, vandalism, street lights out, broken windows, sidewalk damage, etc. See the image below for the types of issues you can report.  There are three ways to report problems:  online, by telephone, and via your cell phone app.
              A)  Online:
              B)  Online from your Cell Phone
                     To get the iPhone App - go to 
                     To get the Android App - go to 
              C)  Call Code Enforcement Ph: (301) 600-3825 or Email


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

eNews for the City of Frederick, MD, October 2017

Here is the City of Frederick, MD's, eNewsletter for October 2017.   It is re-posted here by permission. If you have any questions or suggestions, direct them to Patti Mullens, 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.

  1. Parks and Recreation -   Ninth Annual Halloween in Baker Park, Oct. 20, Features 'Thriller'   
  2. Weinberg Center for the Arts - October Packed Full with Entertainment for Whole Family
  3. Public Works - Freecycle Event Set for Oct. 21, Leaf Campaign Coming
  4. Frederick Police Department - Have a Cup with a Cop; Join the Force
  5. Economic Development - New Aerial Photos Highlight Progress
  6. Election 2017 - Voters Must Register by Oct. 6 for November Election
  7. Have Something to Discuss with the Mayor? - 'Talk to the Mayor Tuesday'
  8. Employment Opportunities The City of Frederick

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In This Issue
Parks & Recreation: Halloween!
Weinberg Center Performances
DPW: Collecting Bulk Recyclables, Leaves
FPD: Coffee with Cop, Job Openings
Economic Development: Progress
Election News - Deadlines
Talk to the Mayor Tuesday
Job Opportunities
Stay Informed by Watching City Cable Channel 99 for the latest City news!
City Board/Commission Vacancies
Downtown Frederick Partnership 
It's what's happening! 
 Shopping, Dining and the Arts
Quick Links
Sign Up for Alert Frederick County
61st Administration
Connect with The City 
    October 2017

Parks and Recreation
  Ninth Annual Halloween in Baker Park, Oct. 20, Features 'Thriller'    

Friday, Oct. 20Registration is open! Tours start at 6:30 p.m. and last 55 minutes.
Trunk or Treat in certain areas of Baker Park for our participants only.  
Sign up early, all tours fill quickly!
Award-winning Dance Unlimited Repertory Company presents performances throughout the evening in the band shell.  Dancers will perform Michael Jackson's "Thriller" along with other dance numbers.  
Fee: $6 City / $8 Non-city
If you'd like to volunteer to help, adults should contact Nancy Adkins, recreation supervisor by email:

Weinberg Center for the Arts

October Packed Full with Entertainment for Whole Family 

Darlene Love at Weinberg Oct. 6

October 57:30 p.m.
"Vocal harmonies to rival Simon and Garfunkel"  
Pay-what-you-want | $10 suggested donation
Darlene Love
October 68:00 p.m.
Relive the glory days of the girl-group era with a rock 'n roll icon. 
$30 | $35 | $40
Upfront, Inc. presents
The Price Is Right Live™
October 8 | 7:00 p.m.
Hit interactive stage show.
$46.50 | $49 | $56.50
More of comedy, country music, classic rock, illusion, soul:
Red Green: I'm Not Old, I'm Ripe Tour
October 127:00 p.m.
Tape Face
October 157:00 p.m.
Champions of Magic
October 177:30 p.m.
Flip FabriQue: Catch Me!               
October 187:00 p.m.
Classic Albums Live: Hotel California
October 20| 8:00 p.m.
Martin Sexton Trio
October 218:00 p.m.

Tracy Lawrence
October 227:00 p.m.
October 267:30 p.m.
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - Live!
October 282:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Steven Curtis Chapman: SCC Solo
October 29| 7:00 p.m.
For more details and information about all shows, visit the website.

Public Works
Freecycle Event Set for Oct. 21, Leaf Campaign Coming

Oct. 21- Freecycle: Have furniture, appliances, televisions that need to go?  
The semi-annual Freecycle event is an opportunity to unload bulky items without paying to put them in the landfill. The City is committed to conserving landfill space and expenses by offering this free recycling opportunity, where large items, such as sofas and tables, might find new life. Oct. 21, the drop-off site will be Monocacy Village Shopping Center, on East Street between Ninth Street and Delaware Road. For further information, contact Tammy Albaugh at, or 301-600-1680.

The Department of Public Works' Leaf 
Collection Campaign starts Monday, Oct. 23.
You may put out leaves for collection, 
starting Sunday night,Oct. 22
Further details are on the website:

Closing Soon for Improvements - Monocacy Boulevard: The project to realign and widen Monocacy Boulevard will soon involve closing much of the road for about 18 months to replace a bridge over the Monocacy River and install four new lanes for through traffic. Monocacy Boulevard will be closed between Gas House Pike and Schifferstadt  Boulevard/ East Church Street. The contractor has scheduled the closure to begin on or about Oct. 14, 2017, and end in April 2019.
This key long-range transportation project that will create a loop around Frederick will begin work to replace a bridge this month.  Details are on the website:

Follow progress on various development projects in the City on the city website page  dedicated to that topic:

Completion: Mill and overlay work will be completed on the portion of streets where the pipe replacement project is complete: Urner Avenue, Rosemont Avenue, from Military Road to the County Animal Shelter and a portion of Birmingham Drive. The pipe replacement project is continuing on Elm Street, Hood Alley, Park Avenue and West Fifth Street.  

Frederick Police Department
Have a Cup with a Cop; Join the Force

Emergency Drill
at Frederick Memorial Hospital, 400 W. Seventh St., Frederick. Police, partner agencies and the hospital will participate in an active threat training exercise. During the exercise, you may see many first responders and vehicles near the hospital. 
Coffee/Cocoa with a Cop -   
FPD along with Toys R Us will be To view job descriptions or to apply please visit:  


Economic Development
New Aerial Photos Highlight Progress 

Check out the Department of Economic Development's new aerial view of progress around the City.

Election 2017
Voters Must Register by Oct. 6 for November Election

Oct. 6 is the deadline to register in the City of Frederick Nov. 7election.    
Voters who are unable to vote in person on Election day may go to the Frederick County Board of Elections office, located at 355 Montevue Lane, Suite 101, for an absentee ballot.  Early voting will be open FridayOct. 2712-8 p.m; Saturday, Oct. 28, 12-6 p.m.
For more information, contact the Frederick County Board of Elections office at 301-600-VOTE; or visit the City website Elections page

Have Something to Discuss with the Mayor? 
'Talk to the Mayor Tuesday'

Talk to the Mayor Tuesday: Anyone who would like to have time or conversation with Mayor McClement has an opportunity to do so: He sets aside time on the fourth Tuesday of most months to meet informally with citizens to discuss topics or issues of their choice. The next Talk to the Mayor Tuesday will be Oct. 24, from 2-6 p.m.
The Mayor's office is  in City Hall at 101 N. Court St.  No appointment is necessary, and meetings occur on a first-come, first-served basis.  For details, contact Pam Stocksdale, office manager,pstocksdale@cityoffrederick.com301-600-1184. 

Employment Opportunities
The City of Frederick

The City of Frederick values diversity in its workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.  For information on employment with The City, visit  Job Opportunities & How to Apply
Applications and current job descriptions are also available inside City Hall by the security desk on the first floor. 
The City of Frederick, City Hall, Mayor's Office, 101 North Court Street, Frederick, MD 21701