Frederick Maryland Online

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Open Thread March 2015 Edition

These open threads provide a chance for us to chat with our neighbors. Ask questions, share news, or whatever you want. As long as it’s central to Frederick County and civil, anything goes.

Have at it in the comments!

FMO reader Alan asked me to pass this flyer about the Advocates for Homeless Families (PDF) along to you all. They have a really high success rate and concentrate on permanent solutions to homelessness, like job training, education, and life skills. Any donations will help them continue their program and right now donations are being matched via a grant from the Ausherman Family Foundation.

Minor league soccer coming to Frederick. I missed this news when it first came out, but it sounds cool:

The NPSL, a fourth-tier U.S. Soccer organization, features more than 60 teams, and FC Frederick will compete in the six-team Mid-Atlantic Conference of the NPSL’s Northeast Region along with ASA Charge, Chesterfield United FC, Fredericksburg FC, Legacy 76 and Virginia Beach City FC.

Hood College will host all of FC Frederick’s five home games, with the first two tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. May 29 and 4 p.m. May 31.

Admission is $5, and the club has explored the option of selling $20 T-shirts that will serve as season tickets.


Having lunch at Rex’s Downtown Grill. I’ll let you know how it is.

Just a quick note on Market Street Fusion. My wife and I had lunch there a couple weeks ago. We both had the burger which was really good. Thick, juicy, and tasy! The staff was very nice and welcoming. The place looks great, I hadn’t been in Griffs for awhile, but I remeber it being much darker back then. Now the place looks and feels much more open. The only complaint I have is that when we went, the menu was limited and they ran out of fish and chips while we were there. So there wasn’t much to choose from; that may have changed by now though. Anyone else try Market Street Fusion? Thoughts?

Frederick County Department of Recreation is asking for citizen’s help in funding an update to Utica District Park’s playground. The update  will provide recreational opportunities for physically challenged children. Learn more and make a donation.

Upcoming Frederick runs

For you runners out there in Frederick here is a list of upcoming running in events in the area:

  • Mission 10 Miler (10 miles) – At Harry Grove Stadium on Sunday, March 29, 2015 @ 2:00 PM. Benefits the Frederick Rescue Mission.
  • Run for the Roses (5k/1k walk) – At Linganore Winery on Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 9:00 AM. Benefits the United Way of Frederick County Prosperity Center.
  • Run for the Rock (5k/1k walk) – At Baker Park on Saturday, April 18, 2015 @ 9:00 AM. Benefits the students at Rock Creek School.
  • The Cupcake Run (5k) – At Monocacy Village Park on Sunday, April 19, 2015 @ 8:30 AM. Benefits Blessings In a Backpack Frederick Schools and Children of Incarcarated Parents Partnerships.
  • The Frederick Running Festival (half marathon, 5k, and more)- At the Frederick FairGrounds on May 2 and 3, 2015. Benefits various charities through Run for a Cause.

If I missed any events, please add them in the comments.

Frederick Restaurant Week, 2015

Frederick Restaurant Week is this week. Here some more about it:

Frederick Restaurant Week is a 7-day promotion that features the unique and fine dining options available in Downtown Frederick and the surrounding area. Participating restaurants will offer diners price-fixed meals at mouth-watering prices the week of March 2-8, 2015.

Featuring over a dozen restaurants, Frederick Restaurant Week is the perfect time to visit a favorite restaurant or try something new. Chefs will prepare delicious 2-course and 3-course special menus. During Frederick Restaurant Week, lunches are offered at $15.15 for a 2-course meal and $20.15 for a 3-course meal. Dinners are offered at $20.15 for a 2-course meal and $30.15 for a 3-course meal. All costs are exclusive of tax, beverages and gratuity.

During Frederick Restaurant Week, no tickets or special passes are needed. However, reservations are strongly recommended. Contact the individual restaurant to make your reservations. Restaurant contact information can be found on the Menu page of the website.

Two Paws Up Closes

Sad news:

A colorful landmark in downtown Frederick has closed its doors.

Two Paws Up, a pet store known for its bright frontage and doghouse on the street, is closed.

Opened in 2004 by Allison Levitt, the shop had become a popular place for pet owners. It offered food, treats and pet spa services.

The shop was closed Thursday, and there was no note on the door.

The Improved Carroll Creek: What’s Next for Frederick? is a great overview of Carroll Creek’s past and Future by Stephanie Yamkovenko.

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