What can and what cannot be collected as Yard Waste?

Maryland Environmental Services has posted the following list of what can and what cannot be collected as Yard Waste.

Items that cannot be collected as Yard Waste include: root balls, dirt attached to flowers, weeds, etc – dirt or soil of any kind, mulch, rocks, bamboo, noctious weeds (such as poison ivy) diseased or infested plant materials or tree stumps. Any of these items placed in yard waste collections will be rejected at the landfill so our contractor cannot collect them from you. 
WHY? Dirt, root balls and tree stumps cause the blades and grinders to break or become too dull to do their work.  the other items on the rejected list will contaminate the mulch and compost they are making.
What can be collected is: grass clippings, leaves, tree and bush trimmings, brush, flowers and vegetable garden plant material – but again no dirt.
Shake the dirt off of all Yard Waste into your yard and dispose of root balls – no matter how small – into your regular garbage. Please share this with your neighbors. Please call Harford County’s Environmental Services at 410-638-3418 or 410-638-3417

City of Havre de Grace to celebrate the completion of all-access playground at Tydings Park Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2017

Mayor William T. Martin invites all citizens, elected officials, and members of the press to join him and the city council on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 9:00 a.m to celebrate the completion of the all-access playground at Tydings Park.

Since taking office in 2015, the Martin administration has prioritized the conceptualization and installation of modern and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant playground equipment at Tydings Park. In 2016, the Tydings Park Commission created a concept plan for the project based on public testimony and survey.

Work started in early 2017, with the installation of a REV 8 Rotating Climber, interactive stations, a custom lighthouse and climber resembling Concord Point Lighthouse, and various other pieces of equipment, all of which is in compliance with ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials) and CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) playground standards.

The City secured over $200,000 in grant money from Harford County and is anticipating additional grant support in the amount of $264,407 in funding through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fiscal Year 2018 Community Parks and Playgrounds Program Grant, in September.

“We are a City that values open space and outdoor recreation. We also respect the virtues of compassion. This perspective has led us to the creation and completion of this beautiful new section of playground. An area where all children and their families can safely be active and feel comfortable,” expressed Mayor William T. Martin.

Visit from Christophe Buzzacaro -Representative from Le Havre, France

 

Yesterday  afternoon Mayor Martin welcomed Christophe Buzzacaro a representative from the city of Le Havre, France and presented him a tour of our city.

During the tour, the two men exchanged greetings and gifts from the Mayor of Le Havre and Havre de Grace.

The City of Havre de Grace would like to thank Mr. Buzzacaro and the City of Le Havre for their generosity today and look forward to working with them in the future. The Martin administration believes today’s visit marked the beginning of a culture and diplomatic relationship with the city of Le Havre, France.

Mayor Martin was accompanied by the First Lady, Council President Glenn, interpreter Wanda Boker and city staff. Mr. Buzzacaro was accompanied by his wife Melanie, his daughter, and a friend of the Buzzacaro family. LH Le Havre

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, August 7, 2017.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing:
Week of Monday, August 7, 2017.

 

Office of the Mayor:

  • I95 Business published a feature on Mayor Martin and the City of Havre de Grace titled “Havre de Grace Mayor Bill Martin Values Past, Eyes Future” – Read Article

  • Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Mayor Martin attended National Night Out.

  • Saturday, August 5, 2017 Mayor Martin attended a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the Cultural Arts Center at the Opera House.

  • Sunday, August 6, 2017 Mayor Martin attended a US Lighthouse Service Grave Marker Dedication Ceremony for Lighthouse Keeper John O’ Neil.

  • Mayor Martin invites all citizens, elected officials, and members of the press to join him and the city council on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 9:00 a.m to celebrate the completion of the all-access playground at Tydings Park.

 

Public Meetings:  

  • The Mayor and City Council will meet Monday, August 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  View Agenda.

 

Public Works:

 

  • BGE and the City of Havre de Grace will partner to repave the streets that have been impacted by the gas line replacement project.  This project will begin the end of this month.

  • We are preparing to have the City Yacht Basin area dredged.  Dredging removes the accumulated silt which flows into the basin from upriver into our waterways.  A Request for Proposal for this work will be going out this week.

  • A reminder: Your Trash must be placed in cans for collection.  Trash cannot be set out in bags only.  The bags must be in a can for both health and safety reasons.  Recycles must be placed loosely in containers.  No plastic bags to hold your recycles.

DPW – Division of Stormwater Management:  

Things You Can Do To Protect Maryland’s Water Quality

Citizens’ Tips for Keeping a Clean Environment

1. Report any dumping of inappropriate materials into stormwater drains (such as oil, antifreeze) to your local municipal officials.  410-939-1800

2. Use good housekeeping practices with lawn care chemicals, oil, gasoline, pet wastes, etc.

3. Help to start or participate in programs to recycle and safely dispose of used oils and household hazardous wastes and containers.

4. Tell others about pollution runoff and storm water runoff and what they can do to help.

5. Plant trees, shrubs and ground cover to protect bare soil and reduce runoff.

6. Create a “rain garden” to keep rain water in your yard to replenish plants.

7. Try composting to recycle yard wastes and reduce fertilizer use.

8. Find alternatives to the chemicals you use on your lawn.

Department of Economic Development:  

 

  • August 6 to 12 is National Farmers Market Week. Many small businesses get their start at a farmers market and those who are ready to make the transition to the next level can get help through the Small Business Administration by contacting the Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development.

  • The Havre de Grace Economic Development Advisory Board is working with the Harford County Office of Economic Development for Business Appreciation Week September 18, with Havre de Grace business visitation on Tuesday., September 19. More details are to follow for this day of recognizing the importance of our local businesses as employers, drivers of our economy and community supporters.

  • The Route 40 Business Association is kicking off their 30th year of serving businesses in the Route 40 corridor. They will be hosting the Fore Our Kids Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, September 18, at Wetlands Golf Club in Aberdeen. Visit www.route40business.com for details.

  • Artists Emporium at 220 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace, will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. Artists Emporium is the largest privately owned gallery in Maryland.

  • On This Day: August 7, 1911 –  Calbraith Perry “Cal” Rodgers of Havre de Grace took a 90-minute flying lesson from Orville Wright and received his pilot’s license, the 49th ever awarded.

  • On This Day: August 7, 1912 – Arnold “The Brain” Rothstein, a heavy investor in the Havre de Grace Racetrack known as “The Graw,” dropped in to check on progress. Opening day was swiftly approaching when Rothstein stopped in, scheduled for August 24, 1912.

Office of Tourism:

 

  • Friday, August 4 marked the 4th First Fridays of 2017 by having record numbers in attendance enjoying eight bands; a live performance on our “Grace Got Talent Stage” by the Havre de Grace Recreation Dancers, our new Kids Zone with Free Games, over 100 food and merchandise vendors, outdoor cafe seating, and local shops keeping their doors open late. A great time was had by all! Be sure to join us next month for another First Friday community event on September 1 to kick off our Fish, Fowl and Folk weekend!
  • August 5- Elected officials, private donors, and members of the Havre de Grace community gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Cultural Arts Center at the Opera house. After a cocktail hour, the black-tie affair continued with a ribbon cutting by the Mayor  welcoming everyone to the second floor of the historic building. Technicolor Motor Home entertained the crowd followed by several speakers sharing the history of the building and thanking those who were responsible for making this dream a reality!
  • August 6-12 Grand Opening Week! Join in on the fun-filled festivities during the Grand Opening Week of the Cultural Center at the Opera House-beginning Sunday August 6th. Visit www.ohhdg.org for tickets.   Tonight is an Evening with Cab Calloway at 8 p.m., tomorrow The Monkey Man Variety Show, the children’s movie Paddington is at 11 a.m. on August 9, with Hush down performing Wednesday night at 9 p.m., EJ Zimmerman is August 10, Hot Club Baltimore on August 11 and the Sicilian Tenors August 12 with Colin Sorgi on August 13.

 

 

  • Havre de Grace Visitor’s Center is looking for enthusiastic volunteers that love the City of Havre de Grace. Several openings are available. Free training is provided. If you are interested, please contact Lauri O. or Bonnie at Visitors Center 410-939-2100.

City of Havre de Grace Installs 7th Little Free Library.

For Immediate Release
July 24, 2017

The City of Havre de Grace announced today it has installed its 7th Little Free Library at K9 Cody Dog Park located behind the Community Center at 100 Lagaret Ln.

The newest Little Free Library resembling a dog house was constructed by Council Member David Martin and painted by local artist Brittany Watson.

The Havre de Grace Little Free Library program was launched in 2016 as a way to promote reading and pubic art throughout the City. The little libraries allow people to take a book and or leave a book. Since 2016, over 2,500 books have been taken from a Havre de Grace Little Free Library.

“This has been a fun and worthwhile initiative,” said Mayor William T. Martin “The Little Free Library system our community is creating gives people access to free books while creatively enhancing our open-space areas.”

The City would like to encourage people to take a book, leave a book, or even create their very own Little Free Library. Anyone who has created a Little Free Library or is interested in creating one, please call City Hall at (410) 939-1800.

 

 

 

PRESENTATION OF THE HAVRE DE GRACE PLANNING DEPARTMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND/UPPER CHESAPEAKE HEALTH VISION 2020 PRESENTATION

PRESENTATION OF THE HAVRE DE GRACE PLANNING DEPARTMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND/UPPER CHESAPEAKE HEALTH VISION 2020 PRESENTATION

 

BENEDICT F. MARTORANA, P.E., P.P.  –  DIRECTOR OF PLANNING – CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE

JULY 20, 2017 – HAVRE DE GRACE PUBLIC LIBRARY

 

QUESTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION:

 

Relating to the proposed new facility:

Over the past year I’ve talked with as many medical professionals as possible about a free standing Emergency Room based medical facility, especially with regard to the trade offs inherent in this type of operation.  Many have expressed a concern that an ER without the on site-back up of a fully staffed hospital, with access to operating rooms and surgical staff, could have serious concerns when  finding themselves treating conditions outside of the scope of the ER team’s regimen.  This would seem to necessitate either the transportation of such patients to the nearest full service medical facility, and/or the reliance on the First Response team to make a critical judgment in real time regarding which facility to initially choose for transport.  How do you reconcile these concerns when concluding that the proposal is one best suited for Havre de Grace?

Relating to the disposition of Harford of Harford Memorial Hospital

The City of Havre de Grace, as you would expect of any community, has understandable long term concerns with the loss of a full service hospital within our community.  The City has worked closely with UM UCH in addressing the best overall long term mitigation choices, with the understanding that UM UCH has both an opportunity to address these concerns as well as an obligation, as a public-private partnership,  to make a priority of the needs of the community which is most impacted by this decision.   We have sought the exploration of certain Land Use opportunities, especially with the participation of the University of Maryland, which could help advance the vibrancy and community spirit of Havre de Grace, continuing to build upon the growth we have seen over the last two years. Certainly an educational component, with perhaps a satellite campus for Marine Studies, Environmental Science, Visual and Performing Arts, etc.,  is an exciting option. With space for dormitories, this could bring a youthful population with energy and vitality.  It could perhaps also provide an inviting opportunity for faculty homes with a unique Chesapeake Bay view. That could attract some of the best and brightest in the field to become active participants in the Havre de Grace community, especially with regards to our growing dedication to the Arts & Sciences.  We can only say that we have been waiting anxiously to hear a commitment to this approach, and we look forward to learning your thoughts tonight about helping make these proposals a reality.

 

Relating to the overall concept of limiting the HDG location to a free  standing ER and ancillary health care facilities

 

When you look at the I-95 corridor, major regional hospital facilities are located in Baltimore and Christiana, along with Philadelphia which may serve an overlapping market.  In view of the limited areas for expansion available at the Upper Chesapeake Health campus in Bel Air, in terms of the best long range regional plan,  wouldn’t it make sense to focus on the Havre de Grace location as the best fit for a full service hospital and health care facility, with more than ample room for future needs,  a history of comprehensive health care delivery,  ease of access, and a substantially direct connection to I-95 ?  Bel Air might then be a best fit for the specialty behavioral health pavilion and other more compact services as the larger, space dependent regional facilities, including a full service regional Hospital and ER,  are consolidated in Havre de Grace

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, July 17, 2017.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing:

Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, July 17, 2017.

 

Department of Administration:

  • July 17:  City Council Meeting – 7:00 p.m at City Hall, 711 Pennington Ave. View Agenda

 

Department of Public Works:

 

  • Just an FYI – Recycles and Trash are collected same day – but not same time. One truck will come by for trash only, then another truck will come by for the recycles. Collections happen throughout the day. PLEASE make sure your recycle can is CLEARLY MARKED.
  • Curbside Bulk Collection Day has moved to FRIDAYS.To schedule: call Wednesdays between 8-5 or Thursdays 8 to noon. Please call 410-939-1800 x2100 or 410-939-2006 to schedule a collection.
  • BGE will continue to replace old gas lines with new throughout the City.  There will be brief disruptions in traffic. Please watch for signage.  Call Mr. Tristan Matthews of BGE at 410-598-2119 should you have any questions.
  • Last week DPW responded to and fixed a large water main break on Pulaski Highway. Our crew was on-site by 6:00 am.  During the process they found a total of 3 breaks.  All work was completed by 8:30 pm.

Also from Public Works’ Storm Water Management Team:

  • ​Stormwater Management Division partnered with Harford Streams on their Summer Adventure program by participating in last Saturday’s Poker Run.  There are two summer adventure locations in Havre de Grace, a popular spot for this activity, Maritime Museum and Lock House.  The Rockfield Park in Bel Air was a great spot Saturday and the Poker Run was a huge success. View more info.

 

Police Department:

  • Free Home and/or Business Security Survey available by calling the Police Department at (410) 939-2121 to make an appointment.
  • Discard unwanted, expired, unused prescription or over the counter medications in the Drug Deposit Box which is located outside front entrance to the Police Department.
  • The Havre de Grace Summer Safety Camps will be held on July 17th-20th, July 24th-27th, and July 31st-August 3, 2017 for elementary and middle school children.
  • National Night out will be held August 1, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

View More Info.

Department of Economic Development:

Moon & Sea Creations new boutique at 433 St. John Street, Havre de Grace, next door to Color Images Salon, weekends this summer “when our sandwich board sign is on the sidewalk we’re open!” moonandseacreations@comcast.net or 443-903-1896

 

Chris Barber Shop, 101 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace, moved and expanded from their location on Congress Avenue. They held a Grand Opening on Fri., July 7, from 5 to 9 p.m., and have a hair stylist, makeup artist and travel agent.

Get Fit Sports Performance & Boot Camp is opening a second location, tentatively set for August 2017, in Havre de Grace. They are already successfully operating in Forest Hill. Visit their website at www.getfitharford.com to learn more. The Havre de Grace location in the former Save-A-Lot Store at 200 Congress Avenue, Havre de Grace (at the intersection of Market Street) is currently undergoing renovations. For membership information call 410-399-9600 or contact Get Fit through their website.

Artists’ Emporium, an eclectic gallery at 220 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace, caters to all works of art including performing arts, dance, music and, of course, fine art. The Artists’ Emporium will host a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Saturday, August 5, at 4 p.m. Other upcoming events for Artists’ Emporium leading up to the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting include:

  • Thursday, July 20 Third Thursday with Duke Thompson at 7 p.m. (cash bar)
  • Thursday, July 28 Rogue Swan at 7 p.m. (cash bar)
  • Friday, July 29 Art Opening of “Whimsy” at 5 p.m. (cash bar)
  • Friday, August 4 Havre de Grace First Friday starting at 5 p.m.

Stickdesign Embroidery & Garment Printing Studio, a long familiar business on Union Avenue, has moved to their new location at 316 St. John Street, Havre de Grace. The proprietor Gaby Frank is setting up her equipment currently and will soon resume regular hours. The shop’s Facebook page is active for messaging and to post details regarding hours, etc.

Harford County Office of Economic Development has announced a Startup Breakfast for Wed., July 26, from 8 to 9 a.m. at The GroundFloor, 2021-G Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace. The Startup Breakfast is a place to meet other entrepreneurs, makers, innovators and inventors from around the county. Mingle with investors, lenders and mentors, enjoy a demo or explore a topic – it’s different each time. The breakfast is free but please register at www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-breakfast-tickets-35736306245

Office of Tourism:  

  • A new television advertising campaign is now airing on cable television promoting local attractions and business.   
  • July 19: Summer Concert Series at The Maritime Museum from 7:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m. View More Info.
  • July 20: Kid’s Summer Story Time at The Maritime Museum from 10: 15 a.m – 12:00 p.m. View More Info.
  • July 20: Thursday Night Sailboat Races starting at 6:15 p.m. View More Info.
  • July 21: Summer Concerts in the Park- Mambo Combo beginning at 7:30 p.m. View More Info.
  • July 22: Havre de Grace Farmer’s Market from 9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. View More Info.

 

Opera House Update:

  • Theater seating and carpeting are being installed this week.

  • The Cultural Center At The Opera House will open August 6, 2017. View more info.

 

Tydings Park Upgrade and Improvement Project Update:

  • Bollards have been installed at the entrance to The Tydings Park War Memorial.

Little Free Libraries

  • To date over 2,500 books have been taken from an Havre de Grace Little Free library.
  • 150 Books were added over the weekend.

Fats, oils, grease and “flushable” wipes are wreaking havoc on city pipes

 

Repeated calls for clogged sinks, toilets backing up, sewer lines clogged… What is going on? Fats, oils, grease and “flushable” wipes are wreaking havoc on city pipes. Rarely does a week go by at the City of Havre de Grace Public Works office without a call from residents asking for help with a sewer-related problem. This costly problem is so easily preventable…it just takes a little education. With that in mind, Public Works employee Laurie Dawson reached out to Havre de Grace Middle School science teacher and drama coach Laurie Starkey to help with getting the word out.
Students explored the plant operations and saw first-hand evidence of the problems created when items like those mentioned above are put into household drains and toilets. WWTP Assistant Superintendent Mick Zellman lead the discussion and tour where students were able to see all types of material caught in fine screens. It was explained that if there is a significant overflow of raw sewage, the City must pay a fine to the Maryland Department of the Environment.

This video serves to help get the message out to all residents and businesses to help prevent this costly problem.

City of Havre de Grace to proclaim week of July 1, 2017 through July 8, 2017 Hometown heroes Week in Havre de Grace.

City of Havre de Grace to proclaim week of July 1, 2017 through July 8, 2017 Hometown heroes Week in Havre de Grace.  

 

At the June 19, 2017 City Council meeting, Mayor Martin and the Havre de Grace City Council will present a proclamation to the Havre de Grace American Legion Joseph L. Davis Post 47, the Weedon-Elliott VFW 8126, and The Havre de Grace Independence Day Commission proclaiming the week of July 1, 2017 through July 8, 2017 Hometown heroes Week in the City of Havre de Grace.

At the beginning of this year, The Havre de Grace Independence Day Commission announced Hometown heroes as the theme for the upcoming Independence Day Parade and appointed hometown hero Nobel Mentzer to the position of parade Grand Marshal.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the theme the Independence Day Commission chose for this year’s parade,” stated Mayor William T Martin. “We would like to use this opportunity to extend our gratitude to all of local active duty, reserve, and retired veterans and proclaim July 1 through July 8 Hometown heroes Week in honor of their service and courageous acts of valor.”

The Havre de Grace Hometown heroes Independence Day Celebration will begin on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 8:00 a.m with the Weedon-Elliott VFW 8126 Hometown Heroes Breakfast held at the Havre de Grace Community Center at 100 Lagaret Lane. Tickets cost $8.00 and are available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center. The following day, Sunday July 2nd, the 2017 Hometown Heroes Independence Day Parade will start at 2:00 p.m., followed by the downtown block party at 4:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., The Amish Outlaws will perform a free, ticketed live concert under the tent at Hutchins Park (tickets will be available on a first-come first-serve basis beginning Friday, June 23, 2017. Tickets can be picked up at The Havre de Grace Visitor Center or Joseph’s Department Store, or you may download them using the link from havredegracejuly4.org). Proceeds from refreshment sales will benefit the Havre de Grace American Legion Joseph L. Davis Post 47. The Independence Day Celebration will conclude with the Havre de Grace Fireworks display, which will start at approximately 9:15 p.m.; fireworks will be launched for the first time this year from a barge located off of Concord Point and will be visible throughout the City.

The Havre de Grace City up lights will be lit red, white, and blue during Havre de Grace Hometown heroes Week.

 

Havre de Grace Independence Day Commission calling on all local active duty, reserves, and retired veterans to serve in Havre de Grace’s 2017 Hometown Heroes Independence Day Parade.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2017

The 2017 Havre de Grace Independence Day Commission is asking for all local active duty, reserves, and retired veterans to serve in this year’s Hometown Heroes Independence Day Parade to be held on Sunday, July 2, 2017.

Earlier this year, the commission announced the upcoming Independence Day parade will be dedicated to local hometown heroes. During the announcement, the commission appointed hometown hero Noble Mentzer to the position of parade Grand Marshal.

“Mr. Noble Mentzer is the epitome of everything our community, and our Independence Day parade represents,” said parade chairperson Taryn Martin. “We would also like to invite all local active duty, reserves, and retired veterans to serve with Mr. Mentzer by leading the parade on our hometown hero float.”

Any and all local active duty, reserves, and retired veterans interested in serving in this year’s Hometown Hero Parade are asked to call the Havre de Grace Visitor Center at 410-939-2100.

The Havre de Grace Hometown Heroes Independence Day Celebration will begin on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 8:00 a.m with the Weedon-Elliott VFW 8126 Hometown Heroes Breakfast held at the Havre de Grace Community Center at 100 Lagaret Lane. Tickets cost $8.00 and are available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center. The following day, Sunday July 2nd, the 2017 Hometown Heroes Independence Day Parade will start at 2:00 p.m, followed by the downtown block party at 4:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., The Amish Outlaws will perform a free live concert under the tent at Hutchins Park. Proceeds from refreshment sales will benefit the Havre de Grace American Legion Joseph L. Davis Post 47. The Independence Day Celebration will conclude with the Havre de Grace Fireworks display, which will start at approximately 9:15 p.m.; fireworks will be launched for the first time this year from a barge located off of Concord Point and will be visible throughout the City.

Anyone interested in volunteering or participating in the 2017 Hometown Heroes Independence celebration, please visit havredegracejuly4.org/application.