LEONARDTOWN, MD - The St. Mary's County Museum Division, in partnership with the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions (UCAC), will be offering the final free Open House for visitors and the community at the Drayden African American Schoolhouse in Drayden, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. The monthly open houses will resume at the beginning of 2022.
The Drayden African American Schoolhouse is one of the nation's best-preserved one-room African American schoolhouses. Its story represents a significant part of St. Mary's County's African American history. Visitors are invited to learn more about the restored schoolhouse, its rich history and its importance to education in St. Mary's County. Hear the real stories about how African American students learned in this school up until the mid-20th century.
"The Division encourages the public to attend this final open house at the Drayden African American Schoolhouse and learn more about this important piece of our county's African American history," says Karen Stone, Manager of the St. Mary's County Museum Division. "We further appreciate the continuing support of the volunteers who operate it for us, most of whom are members of the UCAC."
Volunteers will be available on-site during the open houses to share stories about the schoolhouse's history with visitors. All ages are welcome, and admission is free to visit.
The St. Mary's County Museum Division also offers special programs for school, bus and other tour groups who would like to schedule a visit to the Drayden site. Individual visitors who would like to see the schoolhouse during times outside open house hours can contact the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum at 301-994-1471 to arrange a visit.
For more information about the Drayden African American Schoolhouse Open Houses, programs, admission prices and more, visit the Drayden African American Schoolhouse Facebook page at Facebook.com/DraydenSchool or call 301-994-1471.
About the St. Mary's County Museum Division
The St. Mary's County Museum Division was established by the Commissioners of St. Mary's County to collect, preserve, research and interpret the historic sites and artifacts which illustrate the natural and cultural histories of St. Mary's County and the Potomac River. These sites include St. Clement's Island Museum, Piney Point Lighthouse Museum, the Old Jail Museum and the Drayden African American Schoolhouse. With this as its charter, the Museum Division serves as a resource, liaison and community advocate for all St. Mary's County public and private cultural assets.
LEONARDTOWN, MD - The Department of Defense announced that they have selected the St. Mary’s County Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP) application as one of only thirteen grant awards for the country.
St. Mary’s County’s Departments of Economic Development and Public Works and Transportation collaborated with the Naval Air Station Patuxent River (NAS PAX) to submit the application to build a signalized crosswalk across Three Notch Road at Gate 2. The $395,118 grant award will fund most of the $564,454 project.
DCIP is designed to address deficiencies in community infrastructure, supportive of a military installation, to enhance military value, installation resilience, and military family quality of life. The County crosswalk project will also include a sidewalk extension linking Gate 2 to the existing sidewalk and crosswalk at Gate 1. This infrastructure improvement will allow pedestrians and cyclists to safely cross the six lane Three Notch Road and travel the one-mile distance between Gate 1 and Gate 2. Currently, Three Notch Road’s design and heavy traffic volumes do not allow for bike lanes and force bicyclists to use the sidewalks. These interlinked improvements will allow safe bike and pedestrian access to the base and for base personnel to reach the Lexington Park commercial district to access local restaurants, services, and other businesses.
The concept for this project was discussed between the Commissioners of St Mary’s County and the Naval Air Station Patuxent River (NAS PAX) Commanding Officers during previous Joint Meetings of the two entities. This project implements an improvement listed in the Naval Base Commuter Multi-Modal Mobility Planning Study Naval Air Station, Patuxent River.
Additionally, the construction of this project will allow a direct link to the fully funded and under design Three Notch Trail, which when completed will stretch 28 miles from Gate 1 to Charles County through the County’s most heavily residential and commercial districts. The sidewalk link to Gate 2 and the Frank Knox Educational Center will complete that connection to the two primary NAS PAX gates and a major group of destinations for NAS PAX personnel.
The Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) plans to begin construction of the crosswalk project within 12 months of grant award. The total project estimated cost is $564,454. The proposal seeks $395,118, with $169,336 matched with County funds.
Read the U.S. Department of Defense’s Press Release here: https://www.defense.gov/News/Releases/Release/Article/2785120/dod-approves-60-million-in-grants-under-defense-community-infrastructure-pilot/.
On Tuesday, Sept. 21, County Commissioners participated in a discussion with Associate County Attorney Danielle Mitchell on Maryland State House Bill 655- Local Elections- County Council and County Commissioner and County Boards of Education. Three options were presented, including amending the county code to remove Commissioner districts; amending the county code to require district Commissioners be voted by a plurality of votes in a district; or becoming a charter form of government. County Commissioners requested staff to draft a bill that would implement option two, amending the county code to require district Commissioners be voted by a plurality of votes in a district.
Commissioners also approved:
County Commissioners virtually met with the executive staff of the Charles County Public Schools to include Superintendent Dr. Maria V. Navarro, Deputy Superintendent Kevin Lowndes, Executive Director of School Administration Dr. Marvin Jones, Jr., and Coordinator of District Innovation Christina Miller. Superintendent Dr. Maria V. Navarro provided a presentation on the schools’ Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. The blueprint includes five steering committees based on five policy areas to include early childhood education; high quality and diverse teachers and leaders; college and career ready pathways; more resources to ensure all students are successful; and governance and accountability.
County Commissioners also participated in a discussion with Department of Planning and Growth Management Director Deborah Carpenter and Chief of Roads Stephen Staples regarding signage in western Charles County. County Commissioners discussed the benefit of a sign recognizing the entrance of Bryans Road to denote the area and approved for county staff to research costs and process for installing such as sign.
County Commissioners participated in a discussion with Department of Community Services Director Dina Barclay regarding the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). Local non-profits including United Way of Southern Maryland; Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee, Inc; LifeStyles, Inc.; Maryland Legal Aid Bureau worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to assist residents through ERAP funds. Residents can find more about assistance resources online.
County Commissioners participated in a follow-up work session on Bill 2021-02 Zoning Text Amendment 19-154 Single-Family Attached Residential and Multi-Family. Planner III Kirby Blass provided a presentation on updated language of the zoning text amendment. County Commissioners approved the zoning text amendment.
On Wednesday, Sept. 22, County Commissioners also provided a virtual public hearing on Bill 2021-04 Zoning Text Amendment 20-160 Processing Facility Transfer Station- Solid Waste in the IH Zone. County Commissioners approved the amendment.
County Commissioners provided a public hearing on Zoning Map Amendment 20-03 Hungerford Property. County Commissioners also provided a public hearing on Amendment to the 2016 Comprehensive Plan- Land Surrounding Maryland Airport. For both public hearings, the public record will be open until Thursday, Sept. 30. Residents can provide input by:
Residents with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service TDD 1-800-735-2258.
Next Commissioners Session: Sept. 28, 2021 (held virtually)
Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission (Citizens Commission), a balanced commission created by Governor Larry Hogan to draw fair and representative legislative and congressional district maps for the 2022 elections, is continuing their map drawing process with public map submissions due to the Commission by end of day tomorrow, Friday, September 24.
Since May 5, the Citizens Commission has held a total of 26 open public meetings, all of which were available on Zoom and YouTube. The 26 meetings were a combination of public meetings, where testimony and public input were encouraged, and working sessions, where the public could watch. Information for each of the meetings including maps discussed, agendas, video recordings, and transcripts can be found at https://redistricting.maryland.gov/Pages/past-meetings.aspx.
In addition to more than 2,100 citizens attending one of the meetings on Zoom or YouTube, social media posts about the meetings resulted in more than 42,500 impressions on Twitter and a reach of more than 50,000 on Facebook.
Following the end of the public map submission period on September 24, the Citizens Commission will consider comments received either by email or during Commission meetings. They also will continue their review of all of the public maps submitted as they draw their final maps prior to the beginning of the Round 3 meetings on October 6. Every Wednesday in October at 6:00 p.m., the Commission will hold a public meeting where the people of Maryland are encouraged to register and provide comments on the proposed final maps. A list of all upcoming meetings is here.
As with all of the Commission meetings where there was public testimony, you must register to provide LIVE TESTIMONY in advance of the meeting. For more information about how to provide testimony, either in advance or during an upcoming meeting, please click here, then click on the specific meeting. Additional meeting details will be posted in the next week. Each meeting, which includes closed captioning and Spanish translation, will conclude upon the completion of testimony from the last speaker, and any discussion among the commissioners.
The four Round 3 meetings in October are the final of three rounds of public meetings – the first round was a listening tour to discuss redistricting in general; the second round is complete and included dozens of hours of discussion about citizen maps and DRAFT Commission redistricting maps; and the third round begins October 6 to discuss the Commission’s legislative and congressional maps.
We encourage people to continue submitting comments electronically and to send any redistricting questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enrollment in both Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) virtual learning programs is now complete. This includes the kindergarten through Grade 8 virtual option, as well as the high school Virtual Academy program.
Both opportunities were offered to CCPS families this school year. The kindergarten through Grade 8 virtual program included 450 spaces, with 50 spaces per grade level. Virtual Academy is for students in Grades 9-12. Eligible students for both programs met minimum criteria to apply.
Applications for Virtual Academy and students on the waitlist for the kindergarten through Grade 8 virtual program are no longer being accepted.
Classes for kindergarten through Grade 8 virtual students began this week with Proximity Learning. Proximity Learning is still in the process of hiring and onboarding additional teachers for the combined classes. Virtual Academy high school students are in classes with CCPS teachers from the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center.
Parents of students enrolled in the Virtual Academy with questions about the program should call 301-932-6612. Families with questions about their child enrolled in the kindergarten through Grade 8 virtual program should call their zoned home school and ask to speak to the virtual learning point of contact.
Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken commending the Biden administration for continuing the United States’ long-standing policy to boycott the United Nation’s World Conference on Racism, also known as the Durban Conference IV. The Durban Conference, first held in 2001, does not advance the cause of combatting racism, but rather promotes a discriminatory and anti-Israel agenda. This year, a record number of 31 countries plan to boycott the conference.
“Both Republican and Democratic U.S. administrations have consistently boycotted Durban in support of American principles and our Israeli ally,” wrote the senators. “We greatly appreciate comments made earlier this year by the State Department, reiterating that ‘the United States stands with Israel and has always shared its concerns over the Durban process’s anti-Israel sentiment, use as a forum for anti-Semitism, and freedom of expression issues.’”
Text of the letter can be found below and here.
As the 20th anniversary of the United Nation’s World Conference on Racism, otherwise known as Durban IV, approaches, we appreciate the State Department’s continued stance against participation in this deeply troubling forum. For the past 20 years, these conferences have advocated agendas that have unfairly and baselessly targeted our democratic ally, Israel. The United States will lead a coalition of some twenty nations that will boycott the conference and highlight the discriminatory and anti-Israel agenda that is a core component of these conferences. This is the right thing to do and represents a welcome message of support for Israel. It is troubling that at a time when countries of the world should be banding together to nobly fight the evils of racism, discrimination and anti-Semitism, forums such as the World Conference Against Racism are hijacked by Israel’s detractors to propagate their own agenda.
Since its inception, the Durban Conference has provided a venue for intolerance and antisemitism, and has promoted a message of isolating Israel. Some twenty years ago in 2001, America exhibited great leadership in withdrawing from the original Durban Conference as it developed a draft conference report equating Zionism and racism – a move that succeeded in ensuring that the odious language was excised from the final declaration. However, at a parallel NGO Forum which served as a meeting place for civil society groups, anti-Israel activists adopted an informal resolution characterizing Israel as a racist apartheid state and accusing it of genocide.
At Durban II in 2009, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad infamously called the Holocaust an “ambiguous and dubious question” and a “pretext” for oppressing Palestinians. Every iteration of the Durban process has promoted racism, intolerance, antisemitism, and Holocaust denial while questioning Israel’s fundamental right to exist.
Both Republican and Democratic U.S. administrations have consistently boycotted Durban in support of American principles and our Israeli ally. We greatly appreciate comments made earlier this year by the State Department, reiterating that “the United States stands with Israel and has always shared its concerns over the Durban process’s anti-Israel sentiment, use as a forum for antisemitism, and freedom of expression issues.”
We also appreciate the pledge you and other senior members of the Biden Administration have made to uphold the longstanding bipartisan tradition of advocating for Israel and opposing her isolation at other international and multilateral fora. The Israeli people are vital allies and we stand ready to work with you on these and further efforts in their support.
LEONARDTOWN, MD – John Deatrick, Director of the Public Works & Transportation Department, has announced his retirement effective Dec. 31, 2021. In his announcement, Deatrick said, “It has been my privilege to serve the Commissioners and citizens of St. Mary’s County for the last four years. This county is a delightful place to work and live, and I am thankful for my time leading one of the most vibrant departments in St. Mary’s County Government.”
Mr. Deatrick came to St. Mary’s County in 2017 from the City of Cincinnati, where he served as Project Executive for the Cincinnati Streetcar implementation between 2013 and 2016. From 2008 until 2013, he was Cincinnati’s Project Executive for the Central Riverfront Redevelopment Project.
Commissioner President Randy Guy said, “We will miss Mr. Deatrick’s expertise and knowledge and have appreciated his hard work these last four years. I wish him the best as he moves forward into the next chapter of his life.”
For more information, please contact the Public Information Office at 301-475-4200, ext.1340.
LEONARDTOWN, MD - The Department of Recreation and Parks announces a temporary closure of a section of the three Notch Trail from Hidden Pond Court to Mechanicsville Road beginning Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, and lasting until Oct. 11, 2021.
The Department of Public Works and Transportation will replace a pipe and repair a washout in the vicinity.
For information on the Department of Recreation and Parks facilities and operations, please visit https://www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/.
LEONARDTOWN, MD – Citizens wanting to learn more about progress made by the county during the last fiscal year can now view the 2021 State of the County video report and Executive Summary.
The video report highlights projects and programs undertaken within the last fiscal year and looks ahead to projects currently underway in St. Mary’s County. The Executive Summary is a companion piece to the video and details the accomplishments recognized in the video.
Citizens may view the 2021 State of the County video report on the Public Information Office webpage at https://www.stmarysmd.com/pio/stateofthecounty/; a copy of the Executive Summary is also available for viewing and downloading.
For more information, please contact the Public Information Office at 301-475-4200, ext.1340.
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has awarded more than $4.2 million in federal funds to more than 180 Maryland elementary schools across the State to help children build lifelong healthy eating habits. The funds, made available by the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), expand student access to fresh fruits and vegetables in participating schools. School participation data for the FFVP can be found here.
“Fresh fruits and vegetables are an essential part of basic nutrition that every child deserves access to,” said State Superintendent of Schools Mohammed Choudhury. “This critical federal, state and local partnership enables schools to provide students with healthy food options that help fuel overall student success and achievement.”
The FFVP supports schools with a high percentage of low-income students, who often have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Selected schools provide students with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, at no charge. The FFVP teaches students that fresh produce can be a healthy and delicious snack. Additionally, the Program provides an opportunity for teachers and school administrators to provide experiential nutrition education.
In order to facilitate participation for schools serving non-congregate meals, the MSDE has requested, and been approved for, a statewide waiver. The waiver allows FFVP foods to be provided to parents or guardians when they are picking up meals for their children.
For more information on Maryland’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, please contact Jill Hann of the Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs of the MSDE at Jill.Hann@Maryland.gov.
The Maryland State Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are equal opportunity employers and providers.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have joined their colleagues in filing bicameral amicus brief in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, urging the Supreme Court to uphold nearly 50 years of precedent in Roe v. Wade and protect the constitutional right to abortion care.
After the Court refused to block the dangerous, cruel abortion ban in Texas from going into effect, Dobbs represents yet another case that could undermine nearly 50 years of precedent and potentially overturn Roe. Dobbs is a challenge from Mississippi’s sole remaining abortion provider against H.B. 1510, the state’s extreme law banning all abortions after 15 week of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape and incest, and only narrow, inadequate exceptions for a medical emergency or in cases of a severe fetal abnormality. The law is blatantly unconstitutional under Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which held that individuals have the right to decide whether or not to be pregnant prior to fetal viability. In 2019, the Fifth Circuit upheld a lower court decision halting the Mississippi law’s implementation.
“This Court has made clear that abortion bans like H.B. 1510 are unconstitutional because they violate the right to choose to terminate a pregnancy before viability; the decision below should be affirmed on that basis alone. But as a matter of public policy, it is also important to recognize that laws like H.B. 1510 do not merely encroach on individual liberty and autonomy; they also do so in a way that disproportionately imperils the health and economic security of vulnerable populations,” wrote the lawmakers.
The lawmakers stressed that the only thing that has changed since Casey and Roe were decided is the composition of the Court—which is not a compelling reason to re-examine Roe. Therefore, the members emphasized that overturning Roe would represent a disregard for settled law, our legal system, and the Constitution, stating, “Respect for precedent—a fundamental principle that is essential to our legal system, the legitimacy of judicial and legislative institutions, and the rule of law—compels affirmance of the decision below.”
The lawmakers also noted that the abortion rights codified in Roe and Casey have been settled law for nearly 50 years and 30 years respectively, highlighting that, “adherence to Roe and Casey is even more necessary to protect the settled expectations and reliance interests of multiple generations of individuals who have rightly understood the freedom to decide to terminate a pregnancy before viability as a firmly established constitutional right, and who have never known a world without Roe’s constitutional guarantee.” The Supreme Court has upheld the Constitutional right to an abortion as recently as 2016, in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, and again just last year in June Medical Services LLC v. Russo.
The amicus brief was led by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Assistant Democratic Leader Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in the Senate. In the House, the brief was led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), House Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chairs Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), and Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.).
In addition to Senators Van Hollen, Cardin, Schumer, Murray, Durbin, and Blumenthal, the amicus brief was signed by Senators Baldwin (D-Wis.), Bennet (D-Colo.), Booker (D-N.J.), Brown (D-Ohio), Cantwell (D-Wash.), Carper (D-Del.), Coons (D-Del.), Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Duckworth (D-Ill.), Feinstein (D-Calif.), Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Hassan (D-N.H.), Heinrich (D-N.M.), Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), Hirono (D-Hawaii), Kaine (D-Va.), Kelly (D-Ariz.), King (I-Maine), Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Leahy (D-Vt.), Luján (D-N.M.), Markey (D-Mass.), Menendez (D-N.J.), Merkley (D-Ore.), Murphy (D-Conn.), Ossoff (D-Ga.), Padilla (D-Calif.), Peters (D-Mich.), Reed (D-R.I.), Rosen (D-Nev.), Sanders (I-Vt.), Schatz (D-Hawaii), Shaheen (D-N.H.), Sinema (D-Ariz.), Smith (D-Minn.), Stabenow (D-Mich.), Tester (D-Mont.), Warner (D-Va.), Warnock (D-Ga.), Warren (D-Mass.), Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Wyden (D-Ore.).
In addition to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representatives Pallone, Nadler, DeGette, Lee, and Chu, the amicus brief was signed by Representatives Adams (D-N.C.) , Aguilar (D-Calif.), Allred (D-Texas), Auchincloss (D-Mass.), Barragán (D-Calif.), Bass (D-Calif.), Beatty (D-Ohio), Bera (D-Calif.), Beyer (D-Va.), Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Blunt Rochester (D-Del.), Bonamici (D-Ore.), Bourdeaux (D-Ga.), Bowman (D-N.Y.), Brown (D-Md.), Brownley (D-Calif.), Bush (D-Mo.), Bustos (D-Ill.), Carbajal (D-Calif.), Cárdenas (D-Calif.), Carson (D-Ind.), Carter (D-La.), Cartwright (D-Pa.), Case (D-Hawaii), Casten (D-Ill.), Castor (D-Fla.), Castro (D-Texas), Cicilline (D-R.I.), Clark (D-Mass.), Clarke (D-N.Y.), Clyburn (D-S.C.), Cohen (D-Tenn.), Connolly (D-Va.), Cooper (D-Tenn.), Correa (D-Calif.), Costa (D-Calif.), Courtney (D-Conn.), Craig (D-Minn.), Crist (D-Fla.), Crow (D-Colo.), Davids (D-Kan.), Davis (D-Ill.), Dean (D-Pa.), DeFazio (D-Ore.), DeLauro (D-Conn.), DelBene (D-Wash.), Delgado (D-N.Y.), Demings (D-Fla.), DeSaulnier (D-Calif.), Deutch (D-Fla.), Dingell (D-Mich.), Doggett (D-Texas), Doyle (D-Pa.), Escobar (D-Texas), Eshoo (D-Calif.), Espaillat (D-N.Y.), Evans (D-Pa.), Fletcher (D-Texas), Foster (D-Ill.), Frankel (D-Fla.), Gallego (D-Ariz.), Garcia (D-Texas), García (D-Ill.), Gomez (D-Calif.), Gottheimer (D-N.J.), Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Hayes (D-Conn.), Higgins (D-N.Y.), Himes (D-Conn.), Horsford (D-Nev.), Hoyer (D-Md.), Huffman (D-Calif.), Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Jacobs (D-Calif.), Jayapal (D-Wash.), Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), Johnson (D-Ga.), Jones (D-N.Y.), Kahele (D-Hawaii), Kelly (D-Ill.), Khanna (D-Calif.), Kildee (D-Mich.), Kilmer (D-Wash.), Kim (D-N.J.), Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), Kuster (D-N.H.), Lamb (D-Pa.), Larson (D-Conn.), Lawrence (D-Mich.), Lawson (D-Fla.), Lee (D-Nev.), Leger Fernández (D-N.M.), Levin (D-Mich.), Lieu (D-Calif.), Lofgren (D-Calif.), Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Malinowski (D-N.J.), Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), Manning (D-N.C.), Matsui (D-Calif.), McBath (D-Ga.), McCollum (D-Minn.), McEachin (D-Va.), McGovern (D-Mass.), McNerney (D-Calif.), Meeks (D-N.Y.), Meng (D-N.Y.), Moore (D-Wis.), Morelle (D-N.Y.), Moulton (D-Mass.), Murphy (D-Fla.), Napolitano (D-Calif.), Neal (D-Mass.), Neguse (D-Colo.), Newman (D-Ill.), Norcross (D-N.J.), Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Omar (D-Minn.), Panetta (D-Calif.), Pappas (D-N.H.), Payne (D-N.J.), Perlmutter (D-Colo.), Peters (D-Calif.), Pingree (D-Maine), Pocan (D-Wis.), Porter (D-Calif.), Pressley (D-Mass.), Price (D-N.C.), Quigley (D-Ill.), Raskin (D-Md.), Rice (D-N.Y.), Ross (D-N.C.), Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), Ruiz (D-Calif.), Ruppersberger (D-Md.), Ryan (D-Ohio), Sánchez (D-Calif.), Sarbanes (D-Md.), Scanlon (D-Pa.), Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Schneider (D-Ill.), Schrier (D-Wash.), Scott (D-Va.), Sewell (D-Ala.), Sherman (D-Calif.), Sherrill (D-N.J.), Sires (D-N.J.), Smith (D-Wash.), Soto (D-Fla.), Speier (D-Calif.), Stanton (D-Ariz.), Stansbury (D-N.M.), Stevens (D-Mich.), Strickland (D-Wash.), Swalwell (D-Calif.), Takano (D-Calif.), Thompson (D-Miss.), Thompson (D-Calif.), Titus (D-Nev.), Tlaib (D-Mich.), Tonko (D-N.Y.), Torres (D-Calif.), Torres (D-N.Y.), Trahan (D-Mass.), Trone (D-Md.), Underwood (D-Ill.), Vargas (D-Calif.), Veasey (D-Texas), Velazquez (D-N.Y.), Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), Waters (D-Calif.), Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), Welch (D-Vt.), Wexton (D-Va.), Wild (D-Pa.), Williams (D-Ga.), Wilson (D-Fla.), and Yarmuth (D-Ky.).
Read the amicus brief here.
Funding agreement requests from the Sheriff's Office were approved for the FY2022 Jail Mental Health Services, Five County, PATH, STOP, and SOR MAT Agreements between the St. Mary's County Health Department and the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Detention and Rehabilitation Center, for a total amount of $778,951.
Representatives from St. Mary's County Public Schools presented their proposed six-year capital plan, historical information, enrollment information, their FY2023 request and plan for FY2023 – FY2028 to the Commissioners. Following the presentation. The Commissioners voted to sign a letter of support for the Capital Improvements Program to be submitted to the state Interagency Commission on School Construction.
The Department of Finance requested and received approval for authorization to award the Inmate Medical Services Contract to Prime Care Medical, Inc., in an amount estimated to exceed $1 million.
The Commissioners approved a request from the county attorney's office to sell the surplus real property known as the Bethune Educational Center, located at 22975 Colton Point Road, Bushwood.
The Commissioners provided funding from the American Rescue Act to the Department of Emergency Services to continue the interoperability needs for the Maryland First Emergency Radio System.
John Deatrick, Director, Department of Public Works & Transportation and Steve Walker, Director, Department of Emergency Services, provided an update to the Commissioners on the Animal Shelter Construction project.
The next regularly scheduled Commissioner business meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at 9 a.m. Commissioner decisions and related public documents are available on the county government website in BoardDocs. Commissioner Meetings may be viewed live Tuesday mornings on SMCG Channel 95 or as a replay Friday nights at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on the St. Mary's County Government YouTube Channel.
On Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at approximately 11:00 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 45500 block of Norris Road in Great Mills for the reported shooting. Deputies located a female victim, age 28 of Lexington Park, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to her lower body. Preliminary investigation determined that prior to the shooting, a large crowd had gathered, and a fight ensued among the crowd. During the incident, the victim and two other individuals entered a vehicle and proceeded to leave the area. As the vehicle was leaving, suspects began shooting at the vehicle. As a result, the female victim was shot three times and another female passenger in the vehicle sustained injury from shattered automotive glass. The gunshot victim was transported to an area trauma center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The passenger was treated at the scene and not transported.
Detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and crime lab personnel responded to the scene and continued the investigation. A handgun and multiple shell casings were recovered from the scene.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Warren Forinash at (301) 475-4200 extension 78072 or by email at Warren.Forinash@stmarysmd.com.
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
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