10 Good Things to Know if You Are New to Frederick

If you are new to the Frederick Maryland area, or just moved to downtown Frederick from further out, here are ten things to 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 for Frederick County

Sign up to get Alerts for Frederick County and City for things like weather and other emergencies. Sign up for alerts at:

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 here: https://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin?v=001f-KEXzn5tO3Ji4WfrjcLd6KBNJcB5cB0

3) Know Your Trash/Recycle/Yard Waste/Move Your Car Nights

Downtown Frederick has something going on most nights of the week in which you need to put your trash out, put recycling or yard waste out, or move your car. 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: darcyrichards01@gmail.com and ask for the calendar for your street.

For trash collection: http://www.cityoffrederick.com/420/Residential

For recycling: https://www.cityoffrederick.com/239/Recycling

For Yard Waste: https://www.cityoffrederick.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1707

For Moving Your Car – Parking Restrictions: https://www.cityoffrederick.com/212/Parking-Restrictions

4) Neighborhood Advisory Councils

The Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) is “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 http://www.cityoffrederick.com/316/Neighborhood-Advisory-Council

Residents of NAC11 Attend their NAC meeting, on the 3rd Tuesday of the month,
at 7:00 pm, on the 2nd floor 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: http://www.cityoffrederick.com/faq.aspx?TID=25

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. 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. There is also Nextdoor.com which has several Frederick “neighborhoods” including Downtown Frederick. Nextdoor can provide an overwhelming amount of posts, but you can limit your views.

7) Channel 99

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: http://www.cityoffrederick.com/901/8709/City-Online-Meetings

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: https://www.fredericknewspost.com/special/72_hours/

Other good sources are:

The Tourism Calendar: https://www.visitfrederick.org/events/ Although this used to be a quick scan list, it now involves pages and pages of individual events in large print with Photos repeating every event every day. It’s OK if you already know what you want to do and are looking for the details.

The events sponsored by the Downtown Partnership can be found on their calendar: http://www.downtownfrederick.org/calendar

Finally the Celebrate Frederick events are here: http://www.celebratefrederick.com/calendar-of-events/

9) Frederick Farmers Markets

Frederick is blessed with quite a few farmers markets operating from May through November.  This list was pretty up to date: http://www.homegrownfrederick.com/farmers-markets

10) Report 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 issues such as potholes, vandalism, street lights out, broken windows, etc. There are three ways to report problems: online, by telephone, and via your cell phone app.

A) Online: http://spires2.cityoffrederick.com/codeenforcement/codecomplaint/

B) Online from your Cell Phone

For iPhone go to:

For Android go to:

C) Call Code Enforcement Ph: (301) 600-3825 or Email

This blog entry was originally published here.

Check out Darcy’s “Talk about Frederick” blog here.