Tydings Park Upgrade and Improvement Project On Track for the Spring Season – Modern Playground Equipment installed.

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February 24, 2017
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TYDINGS PARK UPGRADE AND IMPROVEMENT PROJECT ON TRACK FOR THE SPRING SEASON – MODERN PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT INSTALLED.

Today The City of Havre de Grace announced that the Tydings Park Upgrade and Improvement Project has reached a new milestone with the installation of new playground equipment.

On Thursday February 23, 2017, a REV 8 Rotating Climber and interactive stations were added to the park. The modern Merry Go Round “is unlike playground equipment of the past,” explained Director of Administration Patrick Sypolt. “The speed is governed to prevent it from traveling too fast.” The interactive stations include games such as Tic-Tac-Toe and rock-paper-scissors. The REV 8 Rotating Climber, interactive stations as well as all future playground equipment being installed in Tydings Park have been designed with a focus on safety, and are compliant with ASTM and CPSC playground safety standards.

“This is just the beginning,” said Mayor Martin “when this project is completed, we will have a safe, all-access playground for children, including those with mobility constraints.”

The Tydings Park Upgrade and Improvement Project began as a result of the City’s 2015 Tydings Parks Commissions findings. Through public survey and testimony, the commission found the need for updates to the City’s largest park. As mentioned by Mayor Martin, additional playground equipment is scheduled to be installed by early Spring and the existing equipment will be receiving a face-lift.  The City recently completed updates to the Tydings Park War Memorial, and park entrance, which will be rededicated this spring. Additionally, last year the City expanded the sidewalk and parking along Commerce Street to improve safety and increase accessibility to the park, added new recycling containers and a Little Free Library, which was constructed by local Havre de Grace student Isabella Lugo.

For more information about the Tydings Park Upgrade and Improvement Project, please visit havredegracemd.com/tydings-park-commission-final-report

 

Opera House Update: Construction and Renovations are progressing as scheduled.

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February 21, 2017

The interior framing is 80% complete, and the duct work is 75% finished as is also the plumbing. Structural steel has been set in the existing facility. The masonry portion of the addition continues in earnest. Most of the interior fit-out color pallet has been decided, and the contractor remains optimistic for an early June completion.  Anticipated opening is spring 2017.  

City of Havre de Grace installs Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station.

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February 21, 2017

CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE INSTALLS ELE CTRIC VEHICLE (E V) CHARGING STATION.

The City of Havre de Grace has installed a level two CT 4000 ChargePoint Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station at David Craig Park. The dual powered station is capable of simultaneously charging two cars, costing green motorist $2.00 per hour.

The new charging station is part of a larger marketing strategy to promote tourism and environmentally friendly travel. The station includes a prominent LCD screen capable of displaying 60-second video and other marketing material. Located within walking distance of downtown, the station on average takes two hours to charge a battery operated vehicle. “It’s a win-win for the city,” said Mayor Martin “we are increasing tourism while at the same time encouraging green travel.” The EV charging station is the latest action taken by the city to expand its environmental initiative program launched last year. Other undertakings include new recycling containers, LED lights, municipal electric cars, and most significantly, all city buildings switching over to solar power, including the charging station.

HdG Middle School Students Helping to Solve a City-Wide Problem

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February 17, 2017
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HdG Middle School Students Helping to Solve a City-Wide Problem

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 club advisor Laurie Starkey to help with getting the word out.

Mrs. Starkey immediately embraced the idea of having students develop a YouTube video to showcase the problem and the solution.  She put the idea out there to her students and they quickly stepped up and said they wanted to help.

The first step was to begin to learn about this city-wide problem.  Students did their homework by doing on-line research of problems caused by fats, oils, grease and wipes in the pipes.   This was followed by a Field Trip to the City of Havre de Grace Waste Water Treatment Plant.

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.

Following the tour, these middle school students began to define key points to include in their video and discussed ways to keep the viewers engaged.  In the words of one student, “Our video needs to include scenes around our town because we are proud of our City and we want to help keep the Bay clean.”

Next steps for Mrs. Starkey’s students include preparing the script and video production schedule.  City Hall will hold a premier showing at an upcoming Council meeting.  Stay tuned for the debut targeted for April.

City of Havre de Grace Announces 10th Annual Mardi Gras Parade.

 

 

 

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February 14, 2017
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CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE ANNOUNCES 10th ANNUAL MARDI GRAS PARADE.

The Havre de Grace Office of Tourism announced today the Historic Preservation Commission will be holding its 10th Annual Family-Friendly Mardi Gras Parade on Fat Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

The parade route begins along Bourbon Street and ends at the American Legion. Along the route, spectators will receive beads and other throws in true Mardi Gras style. “There will be more than 7,000 throws including over 5,000 authentic Mardi Gras beads,” stated tourism manager Lauri Orzewicz.

The Mardi Gras Parade is inspired by Havre de Grace’s tradition of French influence. “The City of Havre de Grace has long embraced French heritage and culture,” Mayor William T. Martin explained in a recent promotional video.

The rain date is March 3, 2017. Parking along St. John Street, Washington Street, and parts of Bourbon Street will be prohibited after 3 :00 p.m. the day of the event. Those streets will also be closed to vehicular traffic prior to and during the event.

Parade Participants will include the following:

· HHS Jazz Band
· The Hogs and Heroes Foundation Chapter MD 2
· Volkswagen 197 5
· HdG Drama Guild
· Vintage Cafe
· Backfin Blues Creole De Graw
· La Cle Dor Guesthouse/ Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission
· Society ofltalian-American Businessmen
· Havre de Grace Rec Cheerleading
· Visitor’s Center
· Mayor & City Council
· Mitch Mitchell & the Lantern Queen
· CAT Club
· Kona Ice
· Tidewater Grille, Inc
· HdG Rec Basketball
· Harford County Democratic Central Committee
· Opera House Foundation
· MacGregor’s Restaurant & Catering
· Silks Restaurant
· Advanced Eye Care
· Smash Hits

 

Havre de Grace Decoy Museum Celebrates thirty years.

Monday, February 6, 2017 the Mayor presented the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum with a proclamation recognizing their thirtieth anniversary.

 

WHEREAS, the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum is celebrating their thirtieth anniversary; and

WHEREAS, the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum houses one of the finest collections of working and decorative Chesapeake Bay decoys ever assembled; and

WHEREAS, through tours, lectures, demonstrations and special events the Decoy Museum strives to communicate the heritage of Upper Bay decoy making to a national audience; and

WHEREAS, with displays of 1,200 decoys and decorative carvings, the Decoy Museum provides the perfect opportunity to appreciate this unique American folk art form in a stunning setting; and

NOW THEREFORE, I, William T. Martin, Mayor of the City of Havre de Grace along with the City Council Members do hereby recognize and congratulate the Decoy Museum for thirty years of preserving the cultural legacy of waterfowling and decoy-making on the Chesapeake Bay.


BGE Installing New Gas Lines

BGE has started an extensive gas line replacement project in the City. It will be in three phases: phase one will last up to 9 months, the next two phases will last a couple of years. They are up grading the Low-Pressure Gas Lines with High Pressure Lines. Work will be scheduled Monday through Friday, 7 am to 5 pm, no weekends. No Parking Signs posted by BGE should indicate that the restricted parking is only for Mondays-Fridays, 7am to 5pm. Expect delays. Flaggers will be on the job site. Please use caution in the work area.

Phase I will impact Market Street (from Alliance to Congress), Fountain Street (from Union to Market) amd S. Washington (from Alliance to Fountain) and Girard Street (from Lodge to S. Washington.) This project will impact about 100 customers. BGE is replacing the 70 year old gas line with a new one.

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City of Havre de Grace announces Havre de Grace Restaurant Week 2017.

Havre de Grace, MD, February 2, 2017 – Havre de Grace Office of Tourism announced today Havre de Grace Restaurant Week will be returning this year February 20 through 26. 
 
Mayor Martin stated in a recent video promoting Restaurant Week “It’s a great way to come together with family and friends to try new dishes and try new places.”  Participating restaurants will be featuring  $10, $20 and $30 specials.  Restaurant Week is organized by the Havre de Grace Office of Tourism, Havre de Grace Chamber of Chamber of Commerce and Havre de Grace Alliance.
 
Following Restaurant Week celebrate Fat Tuesday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m during our annual Mardi Gras Parade. Havre de Grace embraces the French culture with a festive parade starting along our very own Bourbon Street and ending at the American Legion. 
 
For more information, please visit explorehavredegrace.com   
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YARD WASTE WILL NO LONGER BE COLLECTED IF PLACED IN PLASTIC BAGS.

Representatives from Scarborough Landfill’s contractor – Maryland Environmental Services have informed us that YARD WASTE WILL NO LONGER BE COLLECTED IF PLACED IN PLASTIC BAGS.

The reasons: plastic is not bio-degradable; therefore, will not break down, and the plastic bags are jamming up the sifting equipment which has resulted in costly repairs and time.

WHAT TO DO: Use your trash cans, recycle cans and/or bio-degradable PAPER bags for your yard waste. Branches and sticks – still bundle with twine.

GET IN THE HABIT NOW as Sept. 1st is when this goes into effect. With Spring garden prep just around the corner, this is a great time to start.

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC WORK SESSION

The Mayor and City Council will conduct a public Work Session in the City Council Chambers, 711 Pennington Avenue, on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of this session is to allow for interaction between the Council, Administration and the Independence Day Commission concerning the approved Independence Day Festivities for 2017.