Open Thread February 2013 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!

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50 thoughts on “Open Thread February 2013 Edition

  1. Anyone know if we will have a Trader Joe’s store coming to Frederick? Some people heard it may come to that shopping center across from Wegman’s/Lowe’s. Wanted to know if you hear anything more about it. Thanks.

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    • There have been rumors flying around about Trader Joe’s coming for many years. (Gosh, at least 10 years now as I remember) As I recall, I thought someone I knew emailed them and the response was they would never come to Frederick. I know that Aldi’s is owned by a branch of the same family, they say there is no connection, but as far as I know, there is never a Trader Joe’s with an Aldi because they sell the same food, just repackaged. I am not 100% sure of that, that was my understanding.

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      • oops, the reasoning from Trader Joe’s was that they felt they would not be able to get enough business….that Frederick consumers would not shop enough at Trader Joe to make a location profitable. They may have had a change of heart in recent years though.

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      • Ha! There would certainly not be a lack of business for them here in Frederick. Heck, I’d like to see another Aldi location!

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    • I have a friend who is a manager at Trader Joe’s and he said they would never come to Frederick because it is too far off their shipping routes.

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  2. Apparently they were quite serious about it probably 8+ years ago and it didn’t pan out (I think this has been discussed in the FrederickMarylandOnline archive before), but they basically closed the door on ever locating here after that. Too bad. I still go to the one in Gaithersburg every month or so for certain items. Even better are the ones in Virginia with fantastic low priced wine sections.

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  3. Does anyone know if Buffalo Wings and Beer is still open over on West Patrick street? I keep trying to call to order wings and the line says it is no longer in service. I checked their website and Frederick is no longer listed. Did they go out of business?

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  4. I was wondering the same thing the other day. Looks like several of them closed, Mount Airy is now the Upper Deck. I wonder what replaced it in Frederick.

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    • Mt airy one closed years ago. I moved to the area 3 years and its been gone since we moved here. The one in eldersburg may have closed. I thought I heard it had but haven’t driven by to check.

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      • The website says Germantown, Cloverly, Gaithersburg are open, as well as one in Glen Burnie. I was at the one in Germantown on Saturday and the wings were certainly still good.

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  5. Wanted to let everyone know about the upcoming Ruut concert at ThorpeWood. February 16, from 6 to 9 pm. Tickets include the concert and a soup/salad/dessert buffet. $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Frederick and the nature activities ThorpeWood has in place for the Bigs and Littles to participate in. Buy tickets online at http://www.thorpewood.org/calendar/calendar.html. Hope to see you there!

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  6. Anyone know where I can get kinklings? I haven’t had one in years. We used to get them from the Donut Shoppe but I think it has been 15-20 years. Now no one knows what the heck I am talking about when I mention them.

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  7. Anyone know of any good trivia nights at any place around Frederick? I find it’s hard to hear about them unless you happen to go to that particular restaurant or bar. Thanks in advance.

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  8. I have interest in relocating the family from Mount Airy to Frederick. I love the homes in the Baker Park neighborhood but reluctant to foot the bill for three kids in private school.
    What are some of the other neighborhoods readers would recommend? Ideally, there would be sidewalks and parks, proximity to downtown and good schools. Look forward to the feedback.

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      • Ideally, but not a necessity. We love downtown, walking to the park and Market St would be great but would also be interested in a good neighborhood with close proximity – 5-min drive? Home would be 4-5 bed and nice size yards. Thought maybe Wormans Mill would be a possibility but found that we didn’t love the neighborhood.

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      • There are 3 homes for sale right now in my part of Whittier (one on Greenleaf, two on Calloway Ct), all with great views of the city, big yards, and 4 – 5 bedrooms. Whittier Elementary is within walking distance, as is Whittier Lake (paved walking path around it), and there are 2 parks with playgrounds and swimming pools. It’s about a 6 – 8 minute drive to Baker Park straight down Yellow Springs/Rosemont. There’s a Food Lion about 1 1/2 miles from my house (no grocery stores downtown), and in the little shopping center by the lake there’s an Italian restaurant, barber shop, dry cleaners, ice cream shop, nail salon, and liquor store. It’s a quick drive up Hwy 15 to Wegmans and all of that new shopping, and to the Golden Mile. We are in the city limits so taxes are higher, but they’d be the same in Baker Park.

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      • I live in Kingsbrook off of Corporate Drive and love it. Just a few miles outside the historic district, plus a movie theater and shops are about a mile away. Ballenger Creek Park is a short bit away, which also has a dog park if you have a dog. Community has a pool as well. It is easy enough to get downtown that we don’t miss living there. Also, it is outside the city limits, so you don’t pay the extra property tax.

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    • Is there a particular school you are interested in? You can go to county school website and see was areas fall into the school districts and then go from there. Of course that can change but I think some areas will be constant…the areas close to Baker Park will be Frederick High district for example.

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  9. If you know someone who is having trouble finding a doctor in Frederick county (perhaps because of having a rare condition or a lack of doctors in that specialty) and would want to talk to a reporter about it, please reply or email me (s.yamkovenko at gmail dot com). Thanks!

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  10. Jilly (tagged as Maribelle) was lost on Feb 4 in the Holly Hills / Mussetter Rd area in Ijamsville. She is a 6 1/2 y/o Bernese Mountain Dog. She is friendly but probably very nervous at this time as we had rescued her only two days prior to her escape.

    We are asking people to alert their friends / neighbors who live in this and surrounding areas. Her Facebook page is http://facebook.com/helpfindjilly and for those not on it all details including flyers and all social media links are on her blog post. http://www.justgabe.com/2013/02/05/finding-jilly/

    The Frederick community has been awesome in its support/. We want to bring her home ASAP.

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  11. Anyone know of any pick up basketball games in the area? Preferably in the morning (6:30 or 7 would be ideal), but open to any time. We just moved here and my husband is looking for a game.

    Thanks!

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  12. I think FCA (fellowship of Christian Athletes) or someone similar does one on in the morning (th I believe) at one of the Walkersville schools.

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  13. Something I’d like to see (without having to go to DC or Baltimore for it, if they even have it) – a Collector’s Special Sale. A big event (indoors of course) for people to sell from their personal collection of whatever items that they collect – sports items, stamps, coins, books, salt and pepper shakers, movie memorabilia, etc. And ONLY collections – nothing else allowed. Bringing a bunch of old shoes or clothes to sell is not a collection unless you can show that they have some kind of provenance, are all of the same type, era-specific (all from the 20’s, 30’s, whatever)…you get the idea. It wouldn’t be a flea market to rid yourself of clutter. If you wouldn’t have a booth for it at an antiques mall/collectors store then it probably wouldn’t belong at this sale. I’m bringing it up because I’m getting ready to sell off a huge Lord of the Rings/Tolkien collection of books and items. I dread having to photograph it all, figure out how I’m going to pack and ship things, the cost of shipping, making sure I get my money for the sale. I’d rather take it all to one place, set it up, and see what happens. Renting space in antiques malls is cost prohibitive and I don’t have display cases. Too many items could be easily shop-lifted at unattended spaces, cameras or no. I can’t be the only person who is ready to sell off collectibles but who doesn’t want to deal with eBay, Craig’s List (I don’t want strangers coming to my house), etc. My things aren’t suitable for a consignment store and I’m not settling for pennies on the dollar at used book stores. I’m quite aware of the value/current prices for the things that I have. At any rate….it’s an idea…. 🙂

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  14. Does anyone know where I might be able to find GOOD pita bread? None of the chain grocers/Costco are nice and puffy like you get in a good Indian bakery. I would be willing to travel as far as Rockville to get some…

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    • Good question. Just place several orders of grilled Naan for “take-out” next time you eat out. A little pricey but worth it. I do same for mexican tortillas. Nothing beats fresh taste!

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  15. Can anyone recommend an interior home painter? My fiancee and I are looking at a place and may want the walls and ceiling of the living room, dining room and kitchen painted. We’re looking for recommendations of good painters in the area if you guys can offer one?

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  16. On Sunday, January 14th at 7 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick will screen “Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War.” An official selection of the 2013 Boston International Film Festival, “Two Who Dared” is the never before told story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, an American minister and his wife who boldly committed to a life-threatening mission in Europe to help save imperiled Jews and refugees at the onset of World War II. The screening coincides with Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. The film will is being launched through a grassroots, community-based effort, at churches, synagogues, theaters, and schools, in cities worldwide. The UUCF is honored to be the Frederick, MD, screening location.

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