City of Havre de Grace Partners with Vietnam Veterans of America

The City of Havre de Grace is pleased to announce a partnership with the charitable organization, Vietnam Veterans of America. Beginning Friday, December 15, 2017, select household items scheduled for the City’s Bulk Collection Program will be set aside when we find they are in decent condition. Gently used chairs, tables, lamps, bedframes, etc. will now go to veterans who can use it rather than going into the Landfill!

You have heard the expression, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” This is certainly true for some of the items residents put out at the curb as trash. During the weekly scheduled Bulk Item Collections, City staff has found household items that are in fairly good condition such as patio furniture, cabinets, dressers, coffee tables, desks, and other discarded items that just need a little care. Unfortunately, most of these items end up in a landfill. With landfill fees increasing, the City began to explore ways to reduce this cost.

Director of Public Works Timothy F. Whittie asked staff to find ways to decrease the amount of trash going into the landfill. Mr. Whittie said, “I thought local charities might be interested in taking these discarded items and giving them to those in need. It is a win for both as we need to reduce the amount we pay in monthly landfill fees. We are very pleased that Vietnam Veterans of America embraced the invitation to partner.”

The City of Havre de Grace encourages everyone to consider alternatives to the landfill. Many organizations will take gently-used household items and clothing, including:

• Goodwill: 1A Aberdeen Shopping Plaza, Aberdeen, MD 21001, ph. 410.297.9136
• GreenDrop: ph.1-888-944-3766 to schedule a home pickup. (GreenDrop collects items on behalf of the American Red Cross, Purple Heart, Maryland School for the Blind and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.)

Havre de Grace’s Finest – Officer Rittershofer

The City of Havre de Grace is the home of countless individuals that on a variety of levels serve to protect us each and every day, both at home and abroad. We refer to these individuals as ‘Home Town Heroes.’ Today, Friday, November 30, 2017- we as a City honor one of Havre de Grace’s Finest who has decided to retire after a 37 year career as a Havre de Grace Police Officer.
It is great admiration and honor that the City of Havre de Grace Salutes the career of Mr Dennis Rittershofer for his dedication and commitment to our City.

For those citizens that lived here during the mid 1980’s, we can recall the mayhem and the overnight siege of the city, and the events of Sept. 18, 1986, when Frank Edward Green, of Far Rockaway in Queens, shot and killed Officer Pyles, a Toll facilities Officer, along with the shooting of two Havre de Grace Officers and a Harford County Deputy.
Upon responding to the call Officer Rittershofer received a serious and debilitating gunshot wound to the head. After a number of surgeries and rehabilitation, Officer Rittershofer returned to the force and completed his career in the Havre de Grace Police Department’s Administrative Services Division.

Today, as is customary for its retiring Police Officers, the Havre de Grace Police Department will fly it’s  Flag with Officer Rittershofer’s name embroidered on it , signifying the end of a career in Law Enforcement as one ‘Our Finest ‘ and ‘A Job Well- Done , to one of our Home Town Heroes’!

Congratulations and a heartfelt thank you from the City of Havre de Grace and its citizens who you unselfishly protected.


​​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.


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.”


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.


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.”

City of Havre de Grace Installing New Walkways Through Tydings Park.

October 11, 2017


This week the City of Havre de Grace began replacing and upgrading the walkways through Tydings Park. 
The new walkways are the latest addition to the Martin Administration’s Tydings Park Upgrade and Improvement Project, started in 2016, with the laying of new sidewalk along Commerce St, upgrades to the War Memorial, and the building of the All-Access Playground.

As part of the new upgrades, the City will also be making aesthetic enhancements to the park which include the installation of new lighting and the removal of old light post. 
The new walkways are expected to be completed in the upcoming weeks. Updates on the project will be made available weekly through the City’s Weekly Briefing.  

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday October 9, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday October 9, 2017

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  • Havre de Grace Patch: “Havre De Grace Oktoberfest Set For October 14.” View Article

Department of Administration:

    Per Resolution No. 2017-03, as adopted by the Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace, the next regularly scheduled Council Meeting for October 16, 2017, will be held at the Maritime Museum, located at 100 Lafayette St., Havre de Grace, MD.  The meeting will begin that evening at 7:00 PM.
    The Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace will hold a Public Hearing at our off-site Council Meeting, located at 100 Lafayette St., Havre de Grace, MD on October 16, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the Hearing will be to receive public comment on the proposed Ordinance 993 which concerns itself with boat mooring and other activities in the shallow waters surrounding the City Water Plant. Click here to view proposed Ordinance 993.

Police Department:

  • The Havre de Grace Housing Authority is looking for donations of Halloween costumes new or gently used. These costumes will go to those in need if you can help please contact Shannon Ingle at 410-939-2097
  • If your community would like an officer to attend you’re HOA, club, or organization meeting to discuss anything crime or law enforcement related please contact Cpl. Petz at 410-939-2121 to get that scheduled.

Department of Pub­lic Works:

  • There will be no Bulk Collection Service this Friday, October 13th.
  • Harford County has clarified that bamboo, rootballs, soil or dirt, thistle, and other noxious weeds are not Yard Waste.  These items can be disposed of with regular household trash. Please call City Hall should you have any questions.


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.

  • The City is progressing with plans for stormwater management facility retrofits/improvements.  Keep watching the updates for the improvements happening throughout the City.
  • Concord Point Park Pond Retrofit and Infiltration Facilities Construction – Early 2018
  • Pedestrian Bridge Abutment Design Over Lilly Run

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.

Department of Finance:

  • Slip Contract Renewals will be mailed in the next two weeks.  If you have unpaid slip electric fees, please pay by October 15th or your renewal contract could be delayed.
  • Register for e-Billing online or contact Michele or Donna at 410-939-1800.

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.
  • 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 Economic Development:

  • The Route 40 Business Association will hold their monthly membership meeting and reception at Mount Felix Winery, 2000 Level Rd., Wed., October 11, From 5-7 p.m. For information or to register for this free networking opportunity visit
  • Susquehanna Workforce Network will hold the 29th Annual Job Fair from noon to 4 p.m. at Ripken Stadium, 873 Long Dr., Aberdeen, on Thursday, October 12. To register for the job fair visit
  • The Harford County Office of Economic Development’s next Business Finance Seminar will be at The GroundFloor, 2021 Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace, at 6 p.m., with the topic The Law & Your Business.
  • The Aberdeen Proving Ground Centennial Gala will be held at Aberdeen Corporate Park from 7 to 11 p.m., on Friday, October 20. To purchase tickets visit

Office of Tourism:

  • Harford Plein Air, an outdoor painting festival, will take place throughout Harford County from October 13-15.
  • Havre de Grace Crab Feast  will be held on Friday October 13, sponsored by the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce.  Tickets available at the Visitor Center.
  • Havre de Haunts begins their paranormal tours in Havre de Grace.  Join them on Friday and Saturday evenings.  
  • Tuck Everlasting the musical will continue this weekend at The Cultural Center at the Opera House…get your tickets soon, some shows have already sold out!
  • Farmers Market- the market will be set up on Saint John Street this week in order to accommodate the Oktoberfest in Hutchins Park.
  • Vulcan Quarry Crusher Run will take place at the Vulcan Quarry in Havre de Grace.  Challenge yourself by running down massive declines into the earth and straight back up to the top!
  • Havre de Grace will be holding their 3rd Annual Oktoberfest in Hutchins Park from 12- 7.  Free Admission!  There will be plenty of German food, German beer, German music and dancers and a Kids Zone with crafts and games.

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • “Darling Lili” (WW1 Film Series) on Monday, Oct. 9 at 8pm
  • Scottfield Theatre Company presents Tuck Everlasting on Friday and Saturday, October 13 & 14 at 8pm and Sunday, October 15 at 2pm.

Havre de Grace Oktoberfest Returns October 14, 2017.


August 31, 2017

Havre de Grace Oktoberfest Returns October 14, 2017

The Havre de Grace Office of Tourism announced today the 3rd annual Havre de Grace Oktoberfest will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 12-7 p.m. at Hutchins Park

This year’s event will feature authentic German food, beer, wine, and desserts. German music will be performed by Enzian Volkstanzgruppe, and accordion player Don Bitterlich. German merchandise and craft vendors will also be set up at the event, as well as a kid zone and moon bounce.

Any vendor interested in participating in this year’s event is asked to call the Havre de Grace Visitor Center at (410) 939-2100.

Proceeds from the event will benefit local non-profits.

Last year, approximately 3,000 people attended Havre de Grace Oktoberfest. “We look forward to this event growing each year,” said Mayor William T. Martin. “It’s a great time to catch up with old friends and welcome new visitors to our city.”

City of Havre de Grace Celebrates The Completion Of All-Access Playground At Tydings Park.

City of Havre de Grace Celebrates The Completion Of All-Access Playground At Tydings Park.     

The City of Havre de Grace would like to thank County Executive Barry Glassman, Delegate Glen Glass, Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti, Council President Dave Glenn, Council Member Steve Gamatoria, Council Member Jason Robertson, Council Member Monica Worrell, Council Member Dave Martin, and all citizens who attended Saturdays Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

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 $264,407 in funding through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fiscal Year 2018 Community Parks and Playgrounds Program Grant.

“Addressing the needs of all children is not just a hallmark of a 21st century city, it is also emblematic of the compassionate character of our citizens,” stated Mayor William T. Martin.

City of Havre de Grace Celebrates The Completion Of All-Access Playground At Tydings Park.