Thursday, August 2, 2018

eNews for the City of Frederick, MD, August 2018: Opioid Epidemic, First Saturday, Public Works, National Night Out

Here is the City of Frederick, MD's, eNewsletter for August 2018.   It has been reposted 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.  Mayor's Office: Tax Relief; Executive Assistant Starts; Opioid Epidemic on Agenda
  2. Weinberg Center - Season Tickets Available This Month, Performances on Schedule
  3. Celebrate Frederick! - Summer Schedule Features Musical, Theatrical Entertainment
  4. Downtown Frederick Partnership - First Saturday Showcases City
  5. Department of Public Works - Progress on Streets & Utilities Projects, Maintenance
  6. Parks and Recreation
  7. Frederick Police Department - Take National Night Out; Get Engaged in Your Neighborhood
  8. Employment Opportunities - The City of Frederick

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Mayor's Office: Tax Relief, Strategy, New Exec Asst
Weinberg Center for the Arts: New Season!
Celebrate Frederick: Theater, Music
Downtown Frederick Partnership -- First Saturday Fun
Department of Public Works - Projects Update
Parks and Recreation: Fun for Family
Frederick Police Department
Job Opportunities
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    August 2018
Mayor's Office
Tax Relief; Executive Assistant Starts; Opioid Epidemic on Agenda

At podium, Gayon Sampson, executive assistant to Mayor Michael O'Connor, speaks after introduction by mayor (left).
New Executive Assistant 
Joins Mayor's Office
Aug. 1, Frederick native Gayon M. Sampson started as the executive assistant to the mayor.
"Gayon brings with him a deep affection for the City, extensive government experience, knowledge of Frederick's past, and a keen desire to see the City reach its greatest potential," Mayor Michael O'Connor said.
For more details, visit

Strategic Opportunities Advisory Team Reports Published
The Mayor's Strategic Opportunities Advisory Team work groups delivered their reports on City performance and potential.
The findings will inform Mayor O'Connor as he develops the City's strategic plan and comprehensive vision.
Reports are available to view online at

Opioid Use Epidemic on Agenda
3 p.m. Aug. 15, City Hall
Mayor Michael O'Connor has scheduled experts to speak at the Board of Aldermen workshop about the current situation and strategies to address the epidemic of addiction, overdoses and deaths associated with opioids.
Representatives from the Frederick Community Action Agency and Frederick Police Department will be among the speakers who are on the front lines of the struggle to save lives from opioid addiction.

Tax Relief Ordinance Adopted
Senior homeowners in Frederick may be eligible for tax relief beginning July 1, 2019Details are at
Teens Invited to Serve in Their City Government
Frederick youth are invited to apply to serve on the City of Frederick Youth Advisory Council.
The council will consist of 18 total members, 13 voting and five non-voting. City residents ages 14 to 18 will make up the voting members. The application period is open through Sept. 28.
Youth may find and complete an application to serve on the council online (, or by sending letters of interest to Bob Smith, deputy director of Parks and Recreation, at 121 N. Bentz St., Frederick, MD 21701
Weinberg Center
Season Tickets Available This Month, Performances on Schedule

2018-2019 Season Reveal 
Coming on Aug. 2
See details and ticket options for the upcoming season on the website Aug. 2.

John Hiatt & The Goners
August 22 7:30 PM
For tickets and details about all the upcoming shows a, visit the website:
Celebrate Frederick!
Summer Schedule Features Musical, Theatrical Entertainment

           Fun at Summerfest Theatre
Free live entertainment for the family continues during 2018 Summerfest Family Theatre, and concerts.  

Summerfest Family Theatre
Thursday Mornings, 10 am
Baker Park Band Shell
Enjoy free children's entertainment featuring local, regional and national performers showcasing the best in tot rock!
Summer Concert Series
Sunday Evenings, 7 pm
Baker Park Band Shell
From jazz and reggae groups to outstanding tribute artists, the free concert series has something for everyone!
Coming Next Month: In the Street
September 8, 8:45 am (Market Street Mile)
11 am - 5 pm (In The Street Festival)
5 pm - 9 pm (Up the Creek Party)
Market Street and Carroll Creek Urban Park
The outdoor street festival includes four stages of entertainment and nine blocks of themes fun, including areas highlighting children's activities, local art organizations, regional artisans, history, and sports. Wake up with the Market Street Mile and close the day with the Up the Creek Party! 
Downtown Frederick Partnership
First Saturday Showcases City

August 4: First Saturday!
August First Saturday, celebrates the City's vibrant visual and performing arts scene, including a plein air exhibit.  Downtown, the first Saturday of every month means all-day activities, late-night shopping and dining, live music. 
First Saturdays are a great time to discover something new about Downtown Frederick.

Alive @ 5! 
Every Thursday, May-September: Enjoy happy hour + live music on Carroll Creek in downtown Frederick. Visit the website for more information.
Department of Public Works
Progress on Streets & Utilities Projects, Maintenance

New overlay - completed on Jefferson Street
Pipe work - complete in 300 Block of East Third Street 
Restoration with concrete and brick sidewalk repair, then mill and overlay in process at 300 Block of East Third Street 
Pipe work - complete and mill and overlay will be conducted in the near future on Waterside Drive/Md. 26 and Sebastian Way.
Parks and Recreation

Food Trucks, Farm Market
Fridays through Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Food and Farm Market will feature food trucks and locally sourced goods at the William Talley Recreation Center area of Baker Park, every Friday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; food trucks until 2 p.m.
For recreational program information, call 301-600-1492; or visit
 Frederick Police Department
Take National Night Out; Get Engaged in Your Neighborhood

Many youngsters attended Youth Police Academy 2018.
National Night Out 
Family oriented activities are planned at each location: bounce houses, K-9 demonstrations, children's activities, police displays, food.
Youth Police Academy
The Frederick Police Department had its 16th annual Youth Police Academy, July 23, 24, and 25, with more than 160 participants. The youth spent the day participating in scenarios, looking at departmental equipment, watching a K-9 demonstration, and dusting for fingerprints, and learning about what it is like to be a police officer.

Get to Know Your NAC: Neighborhood Advisory Council
The Neighborhood Advisory Council Initiative, also known as NAC, is a forum for residents to become involved in identifying and recommending changes to improve their neighborhoods.  Each NAC meets to discuss issues, concerns and neighborhood projects.

The goal is for everyone to work together to understand the impact that quality of life issues present, and to be creative in addressing them. Attend and invite your neighbors & friends:

Crime Map Keeps You In the Know
What to know what is going on in your area of the city? The Frederick Police Department has partnered with LexisNexis, Community Crime Map to provide the public with information on crime activity in their area. 
To access Community Crime Map please visit Community Crime Map can also be accessed through the Frederick Police Department Mobile App.
Automobile Security
Please help the police prevent theft from vehicles:
  • Lock your vehicle doors
  • Remove valuables from within.   

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.