THE SECOND ANNUAL GREAT HAVRE DE GRACE OYSTER FEAST RAISES OVER $5,000 FOR LOCAL NONPROFITS.

​​The City of Havre de Grace would like recognize the following nonprofits, who collectively raised $5,169.93 selling tickets to the second annual Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast.

– American Legion Joseph L. Davis Post 47, $105.00
– Community Projects of HdG, Farmers Market, $45.00
– Community Projects of HdG, Public Art Committee, $492.77
– Gold Star Families MD Committee (Md Marine Corps League), $867.77
– Havre de Grace Arts Commission, $357.77
– HdG Colored School Foundation, $432.77
– HdG Green Team, $387.77
– HdG Independence Day Commission, $957.77
– HdG Recreation Basketball, $417.77
– HHS Sophomore Class Of 2020, $372.77
– The Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, $627.77
– Winter Wonderland, $105.00

Established in 2016 by the Martin Administration as a fundraiser for local nonprofits, The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast is now held every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving at the Havre de Grace Community Center. Nonprofits this year raised $5,169.93 compared to $2,730 raised in 2016. Tickets this year cost $55 with nonprofits keeping $15 from each ticket sold. Additionally local artist Shawn Forton sold his artwork at the event and donated $250 to be divided equally among all the local groups.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday November 20, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday November 20, 2017

 

Office of the Mayor:

From Thursday, November 16, 2017 through Sunday, November 19, 2017 the downtown district was illuminated blue in honor of fallen Baltimore City Police Detective Sean Suiter.

  • On Saturday, November 18, Mayor Martin attended The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast.

Department of Administration

  • City Hall will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday November 24 in Observance of Thanksgiving.

Department of Planning:

  • Building permits are required for sheds, fences, renovations, decks, and other alterations to buildings and property.  If your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, there may be State requirements to comply with also.  When hiring a contractor, be sure they are licensed by the State of Maryland.  Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.
  • Seasonal reminder to business and property owners:  You are responsible for removing leaves, snow and ice from public sidewalks fronting your properties.  
  • As noted by DPW Division of Stormwater Management, keep your storm drains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property.   Please contact DPW if you notice anyone dumping into a storm drain or stream.
  • Home values and neighborhood quality are negatively impacted when property is not kept up.  If you notice a property that has abandoned vehicles, appliances, furniture, trash, or tall grass and weeds, please contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102.

Police Department:

  • On Thanksgiving Eve, if you choose to go out to the bar, please do not drink and drive, take a taxi or get a designated driver. This is a major drinking night and the police will be aggressively patrolling for impaired drivers.
  • We are continuing to collect Christmas donations for families in need, please contact PCO Mia Kilgore or Cpl. Petz at 410-939-2121 if you would like to make a donation.
  • Thanks to everyone who made donations for Thanksgiving they were dispersed to those in need.
  • PFC Coleman and PFC Persuhn ran the Havre de Grace Elementary School Turkey Trot. Afterwards, PFC Coleman ran the Havre de Grace middle School Turkey Trot with the top HdGES Turkey Trot finishers who were invited to the middle school run.

Department of Public Works:

  • Holiday – Curbside Collection – Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) the collection moves to Friday. Friday collections then move to Saturday. No large item (bulk) collections this week.
  • See a Street Light Out? If you see a street light that needs to be repaired, you can report it directly to BGE. Please be sure to have the exact location of the fixture. To make a report online or report outages using your mobile device, visit bge.com and click “Lighting Outages” under the “Contact Us” section, or by calling 1-800-685-0123.
  • Tydings Park Handicap Ramp: The concrete work on  ​the ra​mp​ leading from the Yacht Basin up to the park will be completed this week.
  • Recycling Data: For the month of October, City residents recycled 50.18 tons of material.  This beats the month of September which was 35.47 tons.  
  • Lighting Up the Town – DPW has been busy installing Christmas lights all around the town from Otsego Street to Tydings Park and the Yacht Basin.

  • ​Fire Hydrant Flushing​ – We are in the process of flushing hydrants throughout the area. If you find your water is discolored, please run the cold water faucet for a few minutes until the water runs clear.

Stormwater management updates

Reminder:  Please keep your storm drains clear of leaves, grass, trash and debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property when we have a weather event.

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House will begin this month.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop.
  • Please report any illicit activity on the storm drains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas work will begin at Concord Point Park after the first of the year.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • Design services for the dredging of the City Yacht Basin will begin this month.  Watch for updates on this work to commence.
  • Repairs being made to the storm drain pipe running under Canvasback Drive in the vicinity of Teal Ct.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.

SPOTLIGHT:  Start planning your rain garden now.  It will give you a welcome break from the colder weather and make those around you wonder what you are smiling about.

Stormwater Management and Restoration Tracker (SMART)

Stormwater remains one of the most difficult and expensive sources of Chesapeake Bay pollution to control.  While a great deal of attention and resources have been committed to wide scale adoption of Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs), many counties and towns receive a large volume of stormwater from smaller scale residential and private properties.  Actions on these smaller properties, such as the installation of rain barrels, rain gardens, green roofs, or changing of lawn fertilization practices on an individual property, when considered in aggregate, can show significant nutrient and sediment reductions.

Every Practice Counts!

http://extension.umd.edu/watershed/smart-tool

Department of Finance:

  • Water/Sewer Late Notices were mailed 11/15/17.  Payments must be made by Monday 11/27/17 to avoid the $50 Turn Off Fee.  
  • Water/Sewer Turn Offs will be 11/28/17
  • User Benefit Fees were due September 20, 2017. Please pay by Thursday, November 30, 2017 to avoid additional penalties.
  • 2nd Half of Real Estate Taxes are due by Friday, December 29, 2017 to avoid unnecessary penalties when paying by your banks bills, please schedule payments at least 10 days in advance of the due date. Post mark is not accepted, and payments must be received by the due date.
  • Register for Water/Sewer e-Billing online or call Michele or Donna at 410-939-1800.

Department of Economic Development:

  • Saturday, November 25, is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Shop small in Havre de Grace this Saturday and use #smallbizsat when posting on social media.
  • Today is National Entrepreneurs’ Day. American entrepreneurs invent and sell fascinating and endlessly useful new products and services, creating millions of jobs and driving American global leadership along the way. Celebrate achievers on November 21, 2017.
  • The Harford County Liquor Control Board voted unanimously in support of the expansion of the liquor license held by Coakley’s Pub on St. John Street, to include the renovated space on Union Avenue known as Cornerstone. Expect announcements in the near future regarding a grand opening.
  • On Wed., December 6, at 7 p.m. the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum (100 Lafayette Street) will host the Havre de Green Team in a screening of the film Beautiful Swimmers Revisited. The film is about Maryland’s state crustacean the blue crab. Discussion will follow the free screening.

Briefly Noted Around Maryland

  • A Federal Reserve economist is predicting a boom in cyber security will continue to propel Maryland’s economy, per the Baltimore Business Journal.<
  • The Port of Baltimore handled 8.01 million tons of general cargo through the first nine months of 2017, setting a new all-time nine-month record.
  • The iconic Berger Cookie may be changing soon. Due to an Obama-era rule limited trans fats in foods, the company is experimenting with new recipes to remove trans-fats from the fudge. Charlie DeBaufre, of Berger Cookies, has declared the process “frustrating and scary.”
  • The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the two-week firearm deer season opens November 25 and runs through December 9. Hunters may use firearms to harvest sika and white-tailed deer during this hunting season.
  • Delivery on the Hogan administration’s Customer Service Promise, the Maryland Department of Transportation joined the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Maryland Department of Transportation MVA in officially unveiling a combined service center in Bel Air. The newly combined office provides customers with access to a variety of services including: recreational hunting, fishing and crabbing licenses; vehicle and boat registration and titles; driver’s license renewals; vehicle emissions inspections; commercial fishing licenses; excise tax collections; and off-road vehicle permits. The Service Center is at 501 W. MacPhail Road, Bel Air, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Office of Tourism:

  • The second annual Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast was held on Saturday, November 18. The event was a huge success! Over $5,000 was raised by local non profits all while enjoying a delicious oyster feast! Mark your calendar‘s now for our 2018 Feast on November 17.
  • Shop Small Saturday- November 25 is Shop Small Saturday! Visit your local stores in Havre de Grace. The local businesses have decorated unique wreaths to hang on their storefronts for our merchant wreath decorating contest. Come down and see all these amazing wreaths while walking our streets lit up like a winter wonderland. What a perfect atmosphere to start your Holiday shopping….Shop Small, Shop Local!

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  •  “Art and Craft” (POV Film Series) on Tuesday, November 21 at 8pm
  • Tidewater Players present “Beauty & the Beast” on November 24 & 25 at 8pm and on November 26 at 2pm

MAYOR WILLIAM T. MARTIN ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF CASSANDRA B.Y TOMARCHIO TO FILL THE CURRENT VACANT COUNCIL SEAT.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2017

Today, Mayor William T. Martin announced he will nominate Cassandra B.Y. Tomarchio to fill the current vacant city council seat at the Monday, November 20, 2017 regularly scheduled city council meeting.

Pending confirmation by the city council, Ms. Tomarchio will serve the remainder of this term, which ends Monday, May 21, 2018.

Cassandra Tomarchio holds a B.A in Politics from Ursinus College. Throughout her career, Ms. Tomarchio has held senior-level management positions in both the private and public sector, working within the field of communications and public policy. Currently, she serves as a Management Analyst for the U.S. Army CECOM Software Engineering Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

“I have had the privilege of knowing Cassandra Tomarchio for a very long time. I believe her views, and positions are consistent with our citizens,” said Mayor William T. Martin. “I have always respected her devotion to our community, most notably her tireless efforts advocating for a new middle/high school. In addition to her community work, Cassandra possesses a high level of professionalism she has developed from her many years of experience working in senior policy positions. I look forward to working with her and the rest of the city council as we continue to make Havre de Grace a 21st century city.”

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday November 13, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday November 13, 2017

Office of the Mayor:

  • On Saturday, November 11, 2017, Mayor Martin  delivered remarks at the Veterans Day Service held at Tydings Park. “It is our patriotic responsibility as Americans to conduct our lives in the presence of our veterans, in a way and manner that would leave them with no doubt, that their service and sacrifice were well worth every moment.” stated Mayor William T. Martin during the ceremony.  We would like to thank the American Legion Joseph L. Davis Post 47 for organizing this event and our guest speaker, Major General Randy S. Taylor.  Most importantly, we would like to thank all of our nation’s veterans.
  • Student Of The Month:  We would like to congratulate the following students for being selected Student of The Month for November – Dawson Burnett-Paul, Jeremiah Pettigen, Maria Gullo, Jenna Zavoyna.

Department of Administration:

Office of Marketing:

    • Each Wednesday this November we will be participating in Municipal Government Works Wednesdays. A social media campaign created by the Maryland Municipal League to highlight significant accomplishments by municipalities across Maryland.  Last week we showcased The All-Access Playground at Tydings Park.

Police Department:

  • Through the month of November we are spotlighting distracted driving on social media, posting weekly facts about distracted driving. Please don’t drive distracted you could end up getting a citation or even worse hurting yourself or others in an accident.
  • November 15, 2017 is the 2nd Annual Harford County Night of Conversation, please speak with your kids about drugs and alcohol. This conversation can help your kids make the right choice when faced with drugs or alcohol. Learn more at:  http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/1999/Night-of-Conversation (This will be November 15th)
  • Donations needed! We are gathering non-perishable foods, toys, and gift cards for families in need, for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. If you can help there is a donation box at the Havre de Grace Police Station or call 410-939-2121 and ask for PCO Mia Kilgore or Cpl. Dan Petz.
  • The holidays are fast approaching, please when doing holiday shopping do not leave the items you bought in plain view in your vehicle. Place them in your trunk or put them in an area of your vehicle where they can’t be seen. This will make your vehicle less desirable to thieves.

  • The Havre de Grace Police will be doing increased foot patrols in commercial areas for the holiday season, please say hi if you see the officers walking downtown!

Department of Planning:

  • Per Weather.com, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season continues to climb the ranks of the all-time most active seasons on record, thanks to a frenetic stretch of long-lived, destructive hurricanes from mid-August through early October.  The hurricane season does not end until November 30th.  Even without a hurricane or tropical storm, heavy rains can cause extensive flooding in our City. The City of Havre de Grace has had our Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) revised by FEMA which became effective on April 19, 2016.  Although flood boundary lines on the map may have changed, floods can still happen outside those areas.  You may contact the Department of Planning at (410) 939-1800 ext 1123 to find out the flood zone and map information for your property.  Ask your insurance agent about flood insurance, which is also available for renters.  A Preferred Risk Policy (PRP) offers lower-cost protection for homes and apartments in areas of low to moderate flood risk. These are areas shown as B, C, or X, zones on a FIRM.
  • As noted by DPW Division of Stormwater Management, keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property.   Please contact DPW if you notice anyone dumping into a stormdrain or stream.
  • Building permits are required for sheds, fences, renovations, decks, and other alterations to buildings and property.  If your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, there may be State requirements to comply with also.  When hiring a contractor, be sure they are licensed by the State of Maryland.   Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.

Department of Public Works:

  • First Phase of stamped concrete walkway around War memorial and from the War memorial to the playground has been completed.  Contractor is in the process of constructing a handicap path from City Yacht Basin up to Tydings Park.
  • Bulk Trash Collection: The City will monitor the snow forecasts to determine when to cancel a collection as crews will be busy with snow removal.  Stay tuned.
  • Construction of culvert at  Canvasback Drive and Teal Court will begin in about two weeks.
  • Traffic concepts will analyze Right-in and Right-out entrances and by-pass lane requirement.
  • Ontario Street eastbound at the intersection of Ohio Street will be made “Right Out Only” this week.
  • New fountain installed at Concord Point Park.  We used brick pavers to extend the existing pad.
  • DPW Crews are actively working to install the Christmas lights.
  • BGE is moving ahead with Phase II.  BGE is scheduled to complete paving of the roads by the end of this week, weather permitting.
  • Chapel Road – Contractor began the mill and overlay of the roadbed on October 30, 2017.  
  • The Notice to Proceed for resurfacing the Lanes:  Lodge Lane from Fountain St. to Franklin St. was issued 11/9/2017.
  • Coca~Cola’s Keep America Beautiful grant program  – The Green Team has applied for a grant which provides Recycling Containers for public spaces.
  • Water Street Property – The Director is reviewing the Phase II Environmental Assessment Report.
  • Notice to Proceed was issued for the Camilla Street Water Line Rehab on 11/9/2017.
  • The Department of Public Works is currently performing backflow prevention inspections for the month of November.

Office of Stormwater Management

Reminder:  Since fall is here keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property when it rains.

  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House will begin this month.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop.
  • Please report any illicit activity on the stormdrains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas work will begin at Concord Point Park after the first of the year.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  •  Design services for the dredging of the City Yacht Basin will begin this month.  The Notice to Proceed on this project was issued 11/8/2017.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.

SPOTLIGHT:  why we put dog poop in little plastic baggies:

  • Our neighbors like us to.
  • It makes our dogs feel important.
  • It keeps the poop from being washed into the storm drains.
  • Select them all, and its “two paws up” for you!

Truth is, most of us pick up after our dogs as a courtesy to uur neighbors. Plus it makes that backyard barbecue all the more enjoyable.  But there’s another important reason to pick up after your pet:  water.

When pet waste is left behind, it washes into storm drains and ditches. From there, it heads straight to your local river.  Help protect water quality. 

Department of Economic Development:

  • The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development worked with the Havre de Grace Arts Collective to gather and collate data for the Havre de Grace Arts & Entertainment District Annual Report for 2017.
  • The hearing for The Cornerstone, part of Coakley’s Pub, will be held by the Harford County Liquor Board at 16 N. Main Street, Bel Air, on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. This hearing was postponed from the September 27, 2017 hearing of the Liquor Control Board.
  • HDGOED, as a member of the Maryland Economic Development Association Awards Committee, is completing a nomination for the MEDA Project of the Year Award for a local business prior to the December 8, 2017 deadline. If you are interested in working with HDGOED in nominating a project, person or program please contact us at erikaq@havredegracemd.com
  • The Harford County Office of Economic Development at 2021 Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace, (near Bateman’s) possesses an organizational Costar membership, which is a searchable database for available commercial, industrial, retail, office and manufacturing properties. Those looking for a general overview of properties available within Havre de Grace 21078 can avail themselves of this service and the professional services of a local Commercial Real Estate agent or broker. Those seeking specific property data or with specific needs for properties are encouraged to contact the HDGOED and Erika Quesenbery at erikaq@havredegracemd.com to work together and find locations that meet project parameters.
  • Please do not forget that Small Business Saturday is November 25 through Havre de Grace with enhanced hours, special offers, new merchandise, swag giveaways and more. Why Shop Local? There are 28.8 million small businesses in the country and small businesses account for 99.7% of all businesses in the United States, and account for 64% of the new jobs created in the USA between 1993 and 2011.
  • Did you know our local small businesses in Havre de Grace donated 250% MORE than larger businesses to non-profits and community causes! If you spent $100 at a local business, roughly $68 stays in your LOCAL Havre de Grace economy and if you spend that same amount at a big box store or large business only $43 stays in the local economy. Spend $100 online – $0 stays in your local economy.

Office of Tourism:

  • The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast November 18- Join us for our second annual community gathering to support local non-profits. Catered by Atlantic Caterers featuring steamed oysters, fried oysters, oysters on the half shell, homemade oyster stew and Maryland Crab Soup, as well as traditional foods on the pit.  Ticket proceeds benefit local non-profits.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 410-939-2100
  • We are still accepting applications!  Join us on December 1 as a merchandise vendor or parade entry during our Holly Jolly First Friday and Light Up Night featuring our Christmas parade and tree lighting by the Mayor and Santa.   For more information please call the Visitor Center at 410-939-2100

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • “Paths of Glory” (WW1 Film Series) on Monday, November 13 at 8pm
  • Tidewater Players present “Beauty & the Beast” on November 17 & 18 at 8pm and on November 19 at 2pm

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday November 6, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday November 6, 2017

 

Office of the Mayor:

Department of Administration:

  • The Mayor and City Council will meet this evening at 7:00 P.M.  View Agenda.
  • City Hall will be closed Friday, November 10, 2017, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.
  • At the beginning of 2017 The City of Havre de Grace installed an Electric Vehicle Charging Station at David Craig Park.

  • Since being installed:
    • Average session length is 1 hour – 48 minutes
    • Positive impact to the environment: 121 kg of greenhouse-gas emissions has been avoided, which is like planting 4 trees and letting them grow for 10 years.
    • Use of the charging station is cyclical, i.e. usage increases each month from June through September and declines in October.
    • Customer feedback has been great and what we had hoped for, “Went on a run via Lafayette trail today in good old Havre de Grace. Charge was great, got me about 3-4 kilowatts in 40 minutes.”

Office of Marketing:

  • Each Wednesday this November we will be participating in Municipal Government Works Wednesdays. A social media campaign created by the Maryland Municipal Leagueto highlight significant accomplishments by municipalities across Maryland.  Last week we showcased The New Culture Center at The Opera House which opened on August 5, 2017 bringing high-quality entertainment to our area and region. #MGWMonth

 

  • #HdGProud

 

Police Department:

    • We had our November Safety Club, which was a major success. If you have a child in elementary school and live in Havre de Grace you’re welcome to come to Safety Club, which meets the first Wednesday of each month. Contact any school in Havre de Grace and speak with the SRO for further information.

  • With the holidays coming up, please consider doing a residential or commercial crime prevention survey on your property. Contact Cpl Petz or PFC T. Adams at 410-939-2121 if you would like this done at no cost. These surveys will give you tips to make your home more secure and safe.

 

Department of Public Works:

  • Bulk Collection- This a correction to a CTY message that was sent out on Friday November 3rd regarding bulk pick up. The CTY message stated that bulk pick up was suspended through the month of November. The Department of Public Works would like to correct that statement. Due to city hall being closed on Friday November 10th for Veteran’s Day and Friday November 24th for Thanksgiving, bulk pick up will not occur on those days. However, bulk pick up WILL take place on Friday November 17th. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused, and we urge our citizens to call with any questions.
  • Tydings Park Sidewalks – to ensure safety for all, a new handicap accessible sidewalk is being installed from the City Yacht Basin to the park grounds. You may have also noticed the old brick sidewalks have been replaced with stamped concrete.

  • Culvert Replacement Project  – Comer Construction  has been awarded the contract to replace the culvert at Canvasback Drive and Chapel Road.
  • Holiday Decorations – City employees are in the process of stringing thousands of lights, hanging banners and flags for the upcoming holiday season.
  • Recycling Containers – Residents who may be interested in getting the big, blue, commercial grade recycling containers from Waste Industries (WI) can make arrangements by calling WI directly at 410-457-0404.  The containers can be rented for $4.00 per month – you will be billed quarterly from WI.  There is a one time initial delivery fee of the container.  WI provides all maintenance and replacement of the container if it gets damaged through normal usage.​
  • Chapel Road Resurfacing Project – currently underway.  Work is being done by Harford County.

  • Lane Paving Project – Lodge Lane from Franklin St. to Fountain Street, and Linden Lane’s 800 block.
  • BGE Phase 2 – road paving and sidewalk construction is currently underway and may be completed within 3 weeks (weather permitting).

Office of Stormwater Management

  • Reminder:  Since fall, is here keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets, and on your property when it rains.
  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House will begin this month.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop.
  • A random collection of stormwater outfalls were tested this year for illicit discharge detection with none found to be out of compliance with national pollutant discharge regulations.
  • Please report any illicit activity on the stormdrains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas work will begin at Concord Point Park after the first of the year.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.
  • Design services for the dredging of the City Yacht Basin will begin this month.  Watch for updates on this work to commence.
  • SPOTLIGHT:  It’s time to observe the beauty of the trees around us.  Take a stroll through Tydings Park, Joe K Trail, Horseshoe Bend or one of the many locations in the City where the native trees are displaying a show of color for us all!

Department of Planning:

  • Building permits are required for sheds, fences, renovations, decks, and other alterations to buildings and property.  If your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, there may be State requirements to comply with also.  When hiring a contractor, be sure they are licensed by the State of Maryland.  Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.
  • Seasonal reminder to business and property owners:  You are responsible for removing leaves, snow and ice from public sidewalks fronting your properties.
  • Home values and neighborhood quality are negatively impacted when property is not kept up.  If you notice a property that has abandoned vehicles, appliances, furniture, trash, or tall grass and weeds, please contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102.
  • 167 Building Permits were applied for between July 1 and October 31, 2017, with the following breakdown –
    • New Construction  –  48  (includes Residential & Commercial)
    • Renovation / Additions  –  49  (includes Residential & Commercial, as well as Decks, Porches & Screen Rooms)
    • Other  –  70  (includes Sheds, Fences, Carports, Driveway/Curb Cuts, Construction Dumpsters, Signs, Solar Panels, U & O’s for New Businesses, Pools, Antenna Towers, Windows, Doors, Gas Fireplaces, Grading & Subdivision)

 

Department of Finance:

  • November Water/Sewer Bills were mailed on Friday, November 3, 2017 and are due November 30, 2017.
  • User Benefit Fees were due September 20, 2017. Please pay by Thursday, November 30, 2017 to avoid additional penalties.
  • 2nd Half of Real Estate Taxes are due by Friday, December 29, 2017 to avoid unnecessary penalties when paying by your bank’s bills, please schedule payments at least 10 days in advance of the due date. Post mark is not accepted, and payments must be received by the due date.
  • Register for Water/Sewer e-Billing online or call Michele or Donna at 410-939-1800.

 

Department of Economic Development:

  • Director Erika Quesenbery will be representing Havre de Grace at the quarterly meeting for Maryland Main Street, including on the planning committee Monday, November 6, and all day Tuesday, November 7. The meetings rotate between State Designated Main Street communities, with the Fall 2017 meeting being held in Thurmont.
  • The Route 40 Business Association Luncheon will be held Wednesday, November 8, at the Bayou Restaurant on Route 40 in Havre de Grace.
  • The Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce will host their Prayer Breakfast this Thursday, November 9, at Silks Restaurant.
  • The Havre de Grace Downtown Merchants Association will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. at Coakley’s Pub on St. John’s Street, Thursday, November 9. The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development, which signed on as a Neighborhood Champion for the American Express Small Business Saturday Promotion, November 25, will bring swag bags to merchants participating in the Downtown Merchants Association Meeting as provided at no cost by American Express.

Office of Tourism:

  • Saturday, November 11- Veteran’s Day Observances will take at Tydings Park, please join the American Legion at 11 am in recognition of our veterans.
  • Farmers Market will continue until Saturday November 18th at Hutchins Park
  • Saturday, November 18- Tickets on sale now for The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast!  This is a community gathering to support local nonprofits.  Enjoy oysters on the half shell, steamed oysters, fried oysters, homemade oyster stew, MD crab soup, old bay wings, bbq ribbies, beef, turkey and country smoked ham on the pit, sauerkraut & kielbasa, beef BBQ, salads, sides, fresh fruit, assorted cheeses, vegetables and dip, desserts, can beer, wine, soda and coffee.  Tickets are available at the Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave.


Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • The Tidewater Players are in rehearsal for Beauty & the Beast opening on November 17th!

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday October 30, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday October 30, 2017

  • The Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace will hold a Public Hearing at the City Council Meeting, located at 711 Pennington Ave., Havre de Grace, MD on November 6, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the Hearing will be to receive public comment on the proposed Ordinance 995 which concerns itself with an incentive program for the conversion of multi-family dwellings and/or offices back to single family dwellings in designated geographic areas. A copy of proposed Ordinance 995 is available for review at City Hall and has been placed on the website at www.havredegracemd.com
  • The Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace will hold a Public Hearing at the City Council Meeting, located at 711 Pennington Ave., Havre de Grace, MD on November 6, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the Hearing will be to receive public comment on the proposed Ordinance 994 which concerns itself with City Code Chapter 140 Property Maintenance. A copy of proposed Ordinance 994 is available for review at City Hall and has been placed on the website at www.havredegracemd.com

Police Department:

  • Officers participated in a Trunk or Treat for the Havre de Grace Housing Authority. This Trunk or Treat was open to the public and the theme was drug avoidance/awareness.

  • Tuesday is Halloween, officers will be patrolling residential areas during trick or treating, please make sure to use sidewalks and use lights to avoid falling in costumes.
  • If you would like an officer to speak with your group/club/HOA please contact Cpl. Petz at 410-939-2121 to set it up!  
  • If you know where illegal drug activity is occurring in Havre de Grace please use this link to report the activity. Havre de Grace Police Drug Tip Page

Department of Public Works:

  • Construction on Canvasback Drive culvert to convene in two weeks from October 30, 2017.
  • Milling and overlay of Chapel Road to begin October 30, 2017.
  • BGE will continue to mill and overlay City Roads this week.
  • Upgrades to the Tydings Parks Phase One continues to move forward with a completion of work by the end of November.

  • DPW will begin installing Christmas lights throughout the City starting this week October 30, 2017.  
  • Chapel Road and Ohio Street intersection – right only after October 31, 2017.  

Department of Planning:

  • Per Weather.com, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season continues to climb the ranks of the all-time most active seasons on record, thanks to a frenetic stretch of long-lived, destructive hurricanes from mid-August through early October.  The hurricane season does not end until November 30th.  Even without a hurricane or tropical storm, heavy rains can cause extensive flooding in our City. The City of Havre de Grace has had our Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) revised by FEMA which became effective on April 19, 2016.  Although flood boundary lines on the map may have changed, floods can still happen outside those areas.  You may contact the Department of Planning at (410) 939-1800 ext 1123 to find out the flood zone and map information for your property.  Ask your insurance agent about flood insurance, which is also available for renters.  A Preferred Risk Policy (PRP) offers lower-cost protection for homes and apartments in areas of low to moderate flood risk. These are areas shown as B, C, or X, zones on a FIRM.
  • As noted by DPW Division of Stormwater Management, keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property.   Please contact DPW if you notice anyone dumping into a stormdrain or stream.
  • Building permits are required for sheds, fences, renovations, decks, and other alterations to buildings and property.  If your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, there may be State requirements to comply with also.  When hiring a contractor, be sure they are licensed by the State of Maryland.   Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.

Department of Finance:

  • User Benefit Fees were due September 20, 2017. Please pay by Tuesday, October 31, 2017 to avoid additional penalties.
  • 2nd Half of Real Estate Taxes are due by Friday, December 29, 2017 to avoid unnecessary penalties when paying by your banks bills, please schedule payments at least 10 days in advance of the due date. Post mark is not accepted, and payments must be received by the due date.
  • Register for Water/Sewer e-Billing online or call Michele or Donna at 410-939-1800.

Department of Economic Development:

  • The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development is proud to report that the Havre de Grace Main Street program has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Community Legacy Program in support of City’s Façade Improvement Program. The grant request was written by HDGOED and now that 2018 funds have  been awarded by the State of Maryland, businesses within the Main Street District can apply for façade improvement funds with the Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development.
  • There will be a free presentation at the Havre de Grace Library on Saturday, November 4, from 2 to 5 p.m., entitled The Great War: A Conflict that Changed the World. Known as World War I to later generations the Great War had a tremendous impact upon world economies and this insightful program will prove quite interesting to historians of local, regional and world history.
  • HDGOED, as managers of the Havre de Grace Main Street designation with the State of Maryland will be attending the Quarterly Meeting of Maryland Main Street communities in Thurmont, MD, November 6 and 7.
  • A special presentation is being made at the Bel Air Public Library at 100 E. Pennsylvania Ave., on Monday, November 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Harford County’s Medal of Honor recipient Alfred B. Hilton who lived at Gravel Hill, Havre de Grace. This is a free program that is certain to prove very interesting to Havre de Gracians.
  • Small Business Saturday is Saturday, November 25, and we encourage you to make plans to shop our outstanding selection of Havre de Grace shops, boutiques and restaurants. HDGOED recently received a large shipment of swag for Small Business Saturday from American Express and the only way you can get your freebies is at a participating Downtown Havre de Grace business!
  • Don’t forget the always popular (and sold out) Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce Prayer Breakfast is coming up on Thursday, November 9 at Silks Restaurant. Tickets are $20 per person and are going quickly.

Office of Tourism:

  • Happy Halloween!  We hope you have been enjoying the Havre de Grace 10 days of Halloween!
  • Havre de Grace Halloween Parade-  Monday, October 30 at 6:00 pm.  The HdG Recreation Committee has been hosting the parade for over 30 years.  Meet at the corner of Washington Street and Congress Ave, dressed in costume, to register for the parade and contest.
  • Farmers Market will continue under the big white tent in Hutchins Park until the end of November.  
  • La Banque de Fleuve and Swan Harbor Farm will hold bridal open houses this Saturday, November 4.

Cultural Center at the Opera House

Horror Week:

  • Havre de Grace High School Theatre Productions presents Voices from the heart and from the souls: Letters/ Selections from “Spoon River Anthology” on Friday and Saturday, November 3 & 4 at 7:30pm

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday October 23, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday October 23, 2017

 

Office of the Mayor:

  • Statement from Mayor William T. Martin regarding the resignation of council member Steve Gamatoria.
    At the Monday, October 16, 2017 regularly scheduled City Council meeting, Council member Steve Gamatoria announced his resignation from City Council effective immediately. For full disclosure, I have solicited Steve to accept a position in my administration as Chief of Staff. On or about Monday October 30th, 2017, Steve Gamatoria will begin his new role. As Chief of Staff for the City of Havre de Grace, Steve will have broad oversight of the day to day operations of City government and will report directly to the Mayor.  View Full Statement
  • The City of Havre de Grace would like to recognize the 2017 Havre de Grace High School Hall of Fame inductees Mr. Erick Stone, Dr. Louis Silverstein, Mr. Alex Spooner, and Mrs. Mary Sampson. Members of the Havre de Grace Hall of Fame are alumni selected once a year through nomination for their distinct and honorable dedication to our city. 

    • The Department of Public Works installed a new water fountain at Concord Point.   The new water fountain is ADA compliant & features a station to fill up water bottles & two other stations for people & pets to drink from.

  • On Thursday, October 19, 2017 Mayor Martin participated in the Havre de Grace Homecoming parade and attended the game afterwards – which the Warriors won 28-21 in Overtime.

  • On Friday, October 20, 2017 Mayor Martin volunteered at the Carnival on the Chesapeake.  The City of Havre de Grace would like to thank the Independence Day Commission and their team of volunteers for putting on this successful community event.  We would also like to thank the Department of Public Works and Police Department for their services.  

  • On Sunday, October 22, 2017 Mayor Martin attended an open house for Always in Grace Assisted Living located at 806 South Union Avenue.

Department of Administration:

  • At the Monday, October 16, 2017 City Council meeting the Havre de Grace Colored School Foundation gave an update and overview of the project.

  • The Mayor and City Council will meet Monday, November 6, 2017.
  • The Cecil-Harford Chapter of MML met and discussed the Opioid Crisis in both counties. CM Worrell serves as VP and Shyla Scott serves as the Secretary Treasurer for the Chapter. More than 50 elected officials and representatives from the surrounding counties attended the meeting.


Tydings Park Upgrade and Improvement Project Update.
Crews have finished pouring concrete near the playground and will begin installing a handicap walkway connecting the park to the restrooms and The Promenade Grille.

Police Department:

  • It is Red Ribbon week where we encourage the youth to live above the influence and avoid drugs. Red Ribbon Week runs from October 23rd to -October 31st.
  • The Havre de Grace Police will be participating in a Trunk or Treat at October 28th 5-7pm at 101 Stansbury Ct, Havre de Grace.  Free and Open to All!
  • Please be extra cautious to pedestrian foot traffic while driving due to many special events and trick or treating these upcoming weeks.
  • Havre de Grace Police will be participating at Trunk or Treat event at Lorien Bulle Rock Monday, October 30th at 6:30 pm, this event open to the public!

Department of Public Works:

  • Drainage issue at crosswalk at Union Ave and Fountain Street will be addressed by State Highway within the next few weeks.
  • I.T. is working on installing fiber optic cable for internet service at WWTP and DPW yard.  
  • Tydings Park Improvements: Handicap swing reinstalled/repaired.  
  • Chapel Road/Ontario St. – New traffic pattern will go into effect this week.
  • Crack sealing will begin again – weather permitting.
  • BGE Gas Line Project – final paving and sidewalk for Phase II – beginning this week.
  • Pushing the need for residents to recycle: The Department of Public Works continues to stress the cost savings for its citizens to increase their recycling rates.  We are working to get this accomplished through community outreach.
  • Greenway Farm: Signage added, potholes filled, bridge work completed.
  • Burns Property/ Moore Homestead – split rail fence has been installed.

Lane Paving Projects – Mill and Overlay to begin this fall.

Lanes to be milled and overlayed include:

  • Lodge Lane – Franklin to Pennington (2 blocks), Giles to Commerce (1 block), and Pennington to Congress (1 block).
  • Strawberry Lane – Girard to Revolution (1 block)
  • Centennial Lane – Warren to Franklin (1 block), Congress to Bourbon (1 block)
  • Freedom Lane – Warren to Pennington (3 blocks), Revolution to Lewis (1 block)
  • Linden Lane – Legion to Juniata (1 block)

 

Stormwater Management Updates

  • Reminder:  Since fall is here keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property when it rains.
  • Repair work on the stormwater pipe will be commencing this week on Canvasback Drive near Teal Court in Grace Harbor.  Expect traffic delays in this area during this repair
  • SPOTLIGHT:  It’s time to observe the beauty of the trees around us.  Take a stroll through Tydings Park, Joe K Trail, Horseshoe Bend or one of the many locations in the City where the native trees are beginning to display a show of color for us all!  
  • City Web-site: A REPORT Button has been added to City Webpage to enable citizens to report illicit discharges into stormdrains.

 

Department of Planning:

  • Building permits are required for sheds, fences, renovations, decks, and other alterations to buildings and property.  If your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, there may be State requirements to comply with also.  When hiring a contractor, be sure they are licensed by the State of Maryland.  Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.
  • Seasonal reminder to business and property owners:  You are responsible for removing leaves, snow and ice from public sidewalks fronting your properties.
  • Home values and neighborhood quality are negatively impacted when property is not kept up.  If you notice a property that has abandoned vehicles, appliances, furniture, trash, or tall grass and weeds, please contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102.

 

Department of Finance:

  • Please Do Not Put Cash In The City Hall Drop Box!
  • Water/Sewer Disconnections will be Tuesday October 24, 2017. To avoid Turn Off fees and disconnection, please pay by Monday, October 23, 2017.
  • User Benefit Fees were due September 20, 2017. Please pay by Tuesday, October 31, 2017 to avoid additional penalties.
  • 2nd Half of Real Estate Taxes are due by Friday, December 29, 2017 to avoid unnecessary penalties when paying by your banks bills, please schedule payments at least 10 days in advance of the due date. Post mark is not accepted, and payments must be received by the due date.
  • Register for Water/Sewer e-Billing online or call Michele or Donna at 410-939-1800.

Office of Tourism:

Havre de Grace 10 days of Halloween!

  • October 27 & 28- Havre De Grace Haunts Tours and Paranormal Research, phantom footsteps of the Lafayette tour!
  • The Lock House Museum will have treats and surprises for their younger visitors on Saturday and Sunday October 28 & 29.
  • Saturday October 28- American Legion will host a Halloween costume party from 8pm- midnight.
  • Sunday, October 29- Trick or Treating at the Downtown Businesses in Havre de Grace- look for balloons to locate participating stores
  • The Concord Point Lighthouse will host their annual Howl-o-ween Tails and Treats from 1-5 on Sunday October 29.  Fun for your pets and children.
  • The Decoy Museum will host “Carve & Candy”.  Carve or paint a pumpkin with a carver, explore the Museum while trick or treating, bob for apples, and enjoy a variety of other children’s activities.
  • The Cultural Center at the Opera House will be hosting a Horror Film Series from October 23 through October 28.  On October 28 Wind Up Toy (Alice Cooper Tribute Band) will be performing.
  • The Havre de Grace Library will host Tuesday Trivia on October 24 and Ghibli Fest Japanese Animation Studio on October 26.   Paint your Pumpkins on October 28 during the day and return in the evening for Humans vs. Zombies Nerf War…and don’t forget to Trick or Treat at your Library on October 31 during library hours.
  • The Havre de Grace Parks and Recreation committee will host their annual Halloween Parade on Monday, October 30 at 6:00 pm.  Meet at the corner of Washington Street and Congress Ave. dressed in costume.
  • Trick or treating in Havre de Grace will be on Tuesday October 31 from 6-8pm.

Happy Halloween!

  • The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast – November 18, 2017
    Join us for our second annual community gathering to support local non-profits.  Catered by Atlantic Caterers featuring steamed oysters, fried oysters, oysters on the half shell, homemade oyster stew and Maryland Crab Soup, as well as traditional foods on the pit.  Tickets proceeds benefit local non-profits.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 410-939-2100

 

For more details visit our website explorehavredegrace.com

 

Cultural Center at the Opera House:

Horror Week:

  • “Ed Wood” (film) on Monday, October 23 at 8pm
  • “Night of the Living Dead” (film) on Tuesday, October 24 at 8pm
  • “Rosemary’s Baby” (film) on Wednesday, October 25 at 8pm
  • “The Babadook” (film) on Thursday, October 26 at 8pm
  • “Nightmare on Elm Street” (film) on Friday, October 27 at 8pm
  • Wind Up Toy (Alice Cooper Tribute Band) on Saturday, October 28 at 8pm
  • “Phantom of the Paradise” (film) on Saturday, October 28 at Midnight

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday October 16, 2017


City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday October 16, 2017

 

Headlines:

The Aegis:  “Havre de Grace installing new walkways at Tydings Park.” View Article

Office of the Mayor:

  •         On Saturday, October 14, 2017, Mayor Martin attended the 3rd Annual Havre de Grace Oktoberfest.
  •         On Sunday, October 15, 2017, Mayor Martin attended a service at First Christian Church of Havre de Grace celebrating their 70th year.

Department of Administration:


Office of Marketing:

  •         The City of Havre de Grace has launched #HdGProud, a new hashtag campaign to promote community pride and civic engagement.  View Statement

Police Department:

  •         This Week will be busy with the homecoming parade, game, and carnival so please be mindful of pedestrian traffic while driving.
  •         Arrive early as parking will be at a premium with the events happening on Thursday through Sunday.
  •         Reminder to follow all posted rules within the carnival

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is one of the best nights of the year for kids.  By paying attention to a few safety tips will help to keep your little “monster” safe while trick-or-treating.

  • Plan a route of travel for trick-or-treating that you and your child are familiar with to avoid getting lost.
  • Trick-or-treat with a group, if possible.
  • Wear well-fitting masks to avoid blocked vision, and costumes that are short to avoid tripping or falling.  Be sure your child is wearing a flame resistant costume.
  • Stay well lit by holding a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.  Make sure you walk and not run from house to house.
  • Only walk on sidewalks.  If not possible, then walk along the far edge of the road and face traffic.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street and use crosswalks, if available.
  • Only visit well-lit houses.  Don’t stop at house that do not have lights on.
  • Parents check all candy before your child eats any.  Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.  Throw away any candy that is not in its original wrapper, or if it looks as though it has been opened.

 

Department of Finance:

 

  •         Water/Sewer Delinquent Notices have been mailed. To avoid Turn Off fees and disconnection, please pay by Monday, October 23, 2017.
  •         User Benefit Fees were due September 20, 2017. Please pay by Tuesday, October 31, 2017 to avoid additional penalties.
  •         It’s Time To Prep your property for winter to prevent frozen pipes, water damage and wasted water!
  •         Add Dye Testing of Toilets to your regular Maintenance Checklist. Leaking toilets is one of the leading causes of not only wasted water loss, but increased Water/Sewer bills. Also, because the leaking toilet water goes into the sewage system and must be treated, there are no remedies for adjustment to the increased fees on your bill. Testing is simple and doesn’t have to cost you any money. Of course, you can go to your local hardware store and buy a kit but all you really need to do is apply a non caustic liquid such as food coloring or even leftover coffee to the back tank of each of your toilets before going to bed. Do not flush!!! When you wake in the morning check each toilet for any color in the bowl. If the water is not crystal clear than your toilet is leaking, and you should replace the inside workings of your tank. This test can be run as often as you like but should be done at least every six months.
  •         2nd Half of Real Estate Taxes are due by Friday, December 29, 2017 to avoid unnecessary penalties when paying by your banks bills, please schedule payments at least 10 days in advance of the due date. Post mark is not accepted, and payments must be received by the due date.

 

Department of Planning:

 

  • Building permits are required for sheds, fences, renovations, decks, and other alterations to buildings and property.  If your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, there may be State requirements to comply with also.  When hiring a contractor, be sure they are licensed by the State of Maryland.  Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.
  • Seasonal reminder to business and property owners:  You are responsible for removing leaves, snow and ice from public sidewalks fronting your properties.
  • Home values and neighborhood quality are negatively impacted when property is not kept up.  If you notice a property that has abandoned vehicles, appliances, furniture, trash, or tall grass and weeds, please contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102.

 

Department of Public Works:

  • Chapel Road will be resurfaced by Harford County starting October 23, 2017.
  • BGE will begin repairing sidewalks and repaving street the Week of October 23rd.
  • The culvert at the intersection of Chapel Road and Canvasback Drive is scheduled to be repaired within the next 30 days.
  • The split rail fence will be installed this week at the Burns Property.
  • Reminder: Since fall is here, keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets, and on your property when it rains.
  • Pet owners, take heed…When you clean up after your pet, do you dump the waste in the street or storm sewer? Do you leave it to decay on the sidewalk or the grass near the street? If so, you may be causing pollution or health problems.

Flush it down the toilet . . Put it in the trash.

When pet waste is washed into lakes or streams the waste decays, using up oxygen and sometimes releasing ammonia. Low oxygen levels and ammonia combined with warm temperatures can kill fish also causing other issues detrimental to the River and Bay.

  • Thank you to all who help keep the City looking great by cleaning up after your pets!
  • SPOTLIGHT: Thank you to all those keeping the stormwater ponds, drains and pipes clear of debris and in working order! Preventative maintenance is a key element to improving the quality of water draining to the Bay.   


Tydings Park Upgrade and Improvement Project Update:

  • Crews will continue pouring concrete this week, expanding and improving the walkways though Tydings Park.

Office of Tourism:

  • Carnival on the Chesapeake: Independence Day Fundraiser- October 19 – October 22
  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow Tea at the Steppingstone Farm Museum- October 21  
  • Delighting of the Palm Trees Party-October 21

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • Johnsmith (Folk Guitarist) on Monday, October 16 at 8pm
  • “Cameraperson” (POV Film Series) on Tuesday, October 17 at 8pm
  • Jonathan Carney, Concertmaster for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, on Thursday, October 19 at 8pm
  • Fostina Dixon and Winds of Change/Hollowell Peteraf Project (Double-Billed Concert & CD Release Party) on Friday, October 20 at 8pm
  • “Frankenweenie” (Children’s Film Series) on Saturday, October 21 at 11am.  Come in your Halloween costume and get a bag filled with “treats”.
  • Deep Vision Dance Company on Sunday, October 22 at 3pm

 

Department of Economic Development:

  •         The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development is pleased to welcome and announce Toronjil Boutique at 101 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace, has expanded their new boutique space doubling their space and offering an expanded line of women’s fashion clothing and shoes. The shop offers the season’s latest trends in downtown Havre de Grace and a full makeup studio experience. Toronjil is a small family owned cosmetic company in the Delaware/Maryland area that has been in business since 2014 and provides products and services to customers globally. They provide scientifically advanced formulas, textures and trendsetting shades that are suitable for all skin types. Currently, Toronjil is celebrating National Spa Week for Every Body & Mind October 19-24, 2017. Stop by the store or visit them at www.toronjilllc.com or on Facebook for their extended hours or call 443-502-5886.
  •         Stop by and visit Found Vintage, Co., offering “curated finds, handmade items and a DIY Studio,” at 141 N. Washington Street. Check out their Facebook page @foundvintageco and welcome the owner and creative heart and mind behind the finds Sommer Delp.
  •         The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development is anxiously awaiting the Small Business Saturday promotion kit from American Express. Once again, this year HDGOED signed on as a “Neighborhood Champion,” to secure canvas shopping bags, promotional materials, banners and other items to help promote the concept of shopping locally owned businesses on Saturday, November 25. These materials will in turn be distributed to the volunteer Havre de Grace Downtown Merchant Association.
  •         The Aberdeen Library, 21 Franklin St., will host Four Gentlemen of the Greenspring Valley: Emerson, Plank, Ripken and Vanderbilt, from 2-3 p.m., Sun., October 22. This lecture presentation features information on Dr. Isaac Emerson, who invented Bromo Seltzer, the Vanderbilt family and their millions from railroads, the Ironman Cal Ripken, and how football led Kevin Plank to found Under Armour. These four have a curious connection to a few square miles in Baltimore County, and this program by Zippy Larson will trace their lives and fortunes from the 1800s to the present day. The program is free.
  •         October 22 through 28, 2017 is Maryland Economic Development Week organized by the Maryland Economic Development Association, MEDA, to emphasize to the general public the importance of economic development in the State of Maryland. The week is designed to increase understanding of economic development’s contribution to the State’s business climate, job retention and growth, the tax base and overall quality of life in Maryland.
  •         The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development will participate in the Maryland Economic Development Association, MEDA, 2017 Fall Conference at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park, MD, Monday, October 23. The conference will focus on Maryland’s Unique Economic & Innovative Driver and demystify the process of doing business with the military. Maryland’s 12 military installations throughout the state help to strategically position our private sector industries for increased growth and profit margins. While many innovations and advancements take place “on base” in areas outside of our local jurisdictions, every community can identify opportunities to acquire these advancements and turn them into commercial applications for our companies. The 2017 MEDA Fall Conference is designed to address the many ways economic developers can position the companies in their region to take full advantage of these economic drivers and the variety of network opportunities available to all businesses throughout the State of Maryland.
  •         Tuesday, October 24, the Small Business Administration, SBA, will host a Facebook Live Marketing with Video session “Creating a Big Impact for Small Business,” from 6 to 8 p.m. In celebration of Women’s Small Business Month, SBA is partnering with Animoto, Facebook and YouTube for a night of video marketing education offering actionable strategies for creating, optimizing and publishing video marketing content that will provide immediate benefits to your business. Details and sign-up information are available at www.sba.gov or at www.animoto.com/sba-live-event
  •         SCORE will hold a live webinar on The Changing Roles of Virtual Assistants at 1 p.m. on Tues., October 24. Today virtual professionals do much more than simple administrative tasks from online business management to graphic design and more. Visit www.score.org to learn more or to find a business mentor visit www.score.org/find-mentor searching by keyword, industry, location or expertise. SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors with some 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters nationwide. Founded in 1964, they have helped more than 10 million current and aspiring entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and education services. Since 2016 alone, SCORE helped create 54,072 new businesses and add 78,691 new, non-owner jobs to the American economy!
  •         The Havre de Grace Library, 120 N. Union Ave., will host a Jewelry by Design program for adults, Wed., October 25, from 6-7:30 p.m. This free program will let you try your hand at handmade jewelry with a basic jewelry making lesion to make a pair of gold earrings and a pair of silver earrings with materials provided. This is an opportunity to try your hand and a hot trend that is leading to successful small business and pop-up start-ups.
  •         Maryland TEDCO (Technology Economic Development Corporation) will host the 7th Annual Entrepreneur Expo bringing together all of Maryland’s entrepreneurial resources from across the state into one place, at one time. There will be 700+ of the region’s top entrepreneurs, small and large business executives, angel and venture capital investors, federal and state economic development officials, university leaders and legislators in attendance at the event billed as TEDCO’s Entrepreneur Expo & Stem Cell Symposium 2017 at the Baltimore Hilton, Wed., Oct. 25 from 8a.m. to 7 p.m.
  •         The Elkton Alliance, Inc., a Maryland Main Street Community, and the Cecil County Office of Economic Development will host Barbara Wold presenting How Small Retailers can Survive in an Amazon World, Thursday, October 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. The free presentation will be held at the Elkton Town Hall (2nd floor) 100 Railroad Ave., Elkton. Register at Eventbrite or call 410-398-5076 or email info@elktonalliance.org.
  •         Harford Community College is holding Harford Fest 2017 on Saturday, October 28, starting at 9:30 a.m. Events include the Heather L. Hurd 5K Spooktacular (www.harford.edu/heather); an Open House Showcase, oral history presentation, live music, food trucks, and family activities. The Open House showcase in the APFGCU Arena will be of particular interest to business owners with interactive displays and demonstrations and an opportunity to connect with educators and instructors in various career path programs at HCC.
  •         In honor of Women’s Small Business Month industry experts will host a Twitter chat on business tips for women entrepreneurs hosted by the US Small Business Administration (@SBAgov) with tips and resources to help women start, grow and succeed in business. Follow along with the hashtag #SBAchat.
  • Registration is now open for the Small Business Success Virtual Conference, November 9, from noon to 5 p.m. This is a free online conference to help you test your new business ideas, listen to practiced advice on current business strategies, meet other business owners and chat with industry experts. The half-day event includes 10 educational webinars, business advance from mentors, freebies from sponsor booths and networking chat rooms for current and aspiring business owners. The virtual conference is presented by SCORE and Verisign. To register visit www.score.org and enter search for “Small Biz Success Virtual Conference.

STATEMENT FROM MAYOR WILLIAM T. MARTIN REGARDING THE RESIGNATION OF COUNCIL MEMBER STEVE GAMATORIA.

This evening at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting, Council member Steve Gamatoria announced his resignation from City Council effective immediately. For full disclosure, I have solicited Steve to accept a position in my administration as Chief of Staff. On or about Monday October 30th, 2017, Steve Gamatoria will begin his new role. As Chief of Staff for the City of Havre de Grace, Steve will have broad oversight of the day to day operations of City government and will report directly to the Mayor.

I would like to personally thank Steve for his many years of dedication to the citizens of Havre de Grace as a member of the City Council.  In his new position, Steve will continue working for our community and citizens as we mutually share the same desire for government transparency and efficiency.

In accordance with section 57 of the City Charter, in the upcoming weeks, I will submit to the City Council my nomination for their approval to fill the current vacant Council position.

CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE PROMOTING COMMUNITY PRIDE WITH #HDGPROUD CAMPAIGN.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13, 2017

Today the City of Havre de Grace launched #HdGProud, a new hashtag campaign to promote community pride and civic engagement.

The City is encouraging members of the community to use the #HdGProud campaign to showcase activities and events that promote community pride. Examples include but are not limited to sharing photos with the city flag when traveling, recycling, volunteering, or helping a neighbor.

“We want to engage with our citizens. We want them to share with us why they are proud to call Havre de Grace home,” said Mayor William T. Martin. “Whether it’s winning Friday night’s game, recycling every week, or helping a neighbor shovel snow, we are proud of our citizens, and we would love for them to share their stories with us.”