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Economic Development Hosts 2022 Fall Meeting on Nov. 1

Charles County Economic Development Department will hold its 2022 annual Fall Meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus (8730 Mitchell Rd, La Plata). The program's theme is "Staying Power: Helping Existing Businesses Thrive and Grow." The meeting is 8 a.m. to noon, with a Business Expo held from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is free, and attendees may attend in person or virtually.

The Fall Meeting is to encourage the development and retention of existing businesses by illuminating the pathways to sustainable, efficient growth. Speakers, panelists, and resource partners will educate businesses on services available to help them navigate challenges and coordinate strategies with staying power. 

“Our business climate is energetic and provides a stable framework for growth. The Fall Meeting will connect businesses with resources that simultaneously address the short-term challenges and keep the long-term vision in focus,” said Director of Economic Development Kelly Robertson-Slagle.

Vice President of Commercial Banking and Small Business Ambassador for M&T Bank James W. Peterson, Jr. is the event's keynote speaker and will emphasize essential resources for growth. A Circle of Services panel will follow the keynote speaker spotlighting the tools available to new, existing, and growing businesses. A Small Business Financing panel will highlight funding sources available to Charles County businesses today and then the event will conclude with the Business Expo.

 

To learn more about the Fall Meeting, visit the Economic Development Department website at www.MeetCharlesCounty.com/fall-meeting-2022, or to register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1936111759784329486.


Lexington Park Native Promoted To Next Paygrade Aboard USS Constitution

BOSTON – Lexington Park, Maryland, native Yeoman 3rd Class Durrell Brooks was promoted to the rank of third class petty officer aboard USS Constitution, September 30.

Being promoted to a higher rank brings greater leadership responsibility and authority. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says possible!” said Brooks. Brooks has served the Navy for one year and USS Constitution is his first duty station.

 

Brooks is a 2020 graduate of Great Mills High School. Duty aboard USS Constitution is one of the Navy’s special programs, and all prospective crewmembers must meet a high standard of sustained excellence and interview to be selected for the assignment. USS Constitution, is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, and played a crucial role in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, actively defending sea lanes from 1797 to 1855. The active-duty Sailors stationed aboard USS Constitution normally provide free tours and offer public visitation to more than 600,000 people each year as they support the ship’s mission of promoting the Navy’s history, maritime heritage, and raising awareness of the importance of a sustained naval presence. USS Constitution was undefeated in battle and captured or destroyed 33 enemy vessels. The ship earned the nickname of Old Ironsides during the war of 1812 after British cannonballs were seen bouncing off the ship’s wooden hull.


Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing for Proposed Amendments to Calvert County Comprehensive Plan

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Oct. 6, 2022 – The Calvert County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022 at 7 p.m. to receive and consider comments on proposed amendments to the Calvert County Comprehensive Plan, adopted in August 2019. The public hearing will be held at the Harriet E. Brown Community Center located at 901 Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick.

Proposed amendments would reduce or eliminate the future expansions for the Huntingtown, Lusby, Prince Frederick and Solomons town centers. Interested persons are encouraged to view the proposal in its entirety either by contacting the Department of Planning & Zoning at 410-535-1600, ext. 2356, or TownCenterUpdate@calvertcountymd.gov, or by viewing the proposed amendments online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/FutureCalvert. Citizens are also encouraged to view the recording of the Planning Commission’s August 2022 work session on the proposed amendments at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97AmmK0qIZU.

To ensure full access and transparency, the public hearing will be streamed live on the Calvert County Government YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/CalvertCountyGov. Individuals may also listen or comment by phone:

·         Toll-free: 888-475-4499

·         Meeting ID: 858 5579 4151

·         Passcode (if asked): #

·         Request to speak: *9

Individuals may submit written comments before the hearing by mail or hand delivery to the Calvert County Planning Commission at 205 Main St., Second Floor, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, or by email to TownCenterUpdate@calvertcountymd.gov. Address comments to Ms. Maria Buehler, Chair, Calvert County Planning Commission. Written comments must be received by Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. to be made part of the record. Written comments will also be accepted in person during the public hearing and until the close of record.

Individual Appointments Available

Citizens who wish to discuss any questions they may have about the Comprehensive Plan and proposed amendments are encouraged to schedule an individual appointment with Planning & Zoning. Staff have set up the following days and times to meet with citizens either in person or virtually:

·         Tuesday, Oct. 11, between 1:30-3:30 p.m.

·         Wednesday, Oct. 12, between 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m.

·         Thursday, Oct. 13, between 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m.

Staff will also work with citizens to schedule an alternate date and time if an individual is not available during the listed hours. To schedule an appointment, please email TownCenterUpdate@calvertcountymd.gov or call the Department of Planning & Zoning at 410-535-1600, ext. 2536.

Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and YouTube at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov.


Mail Fraud Investigation

Mail Fraud Investigation: The Charles County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports of checks being stolen and altered after they have been placed in the mail. Both personal and business checks have been stolen. The CCSO Criminal Investigations Division is investigating these crimes in conjunction with the United States Postal Inspection Service. Anyone who may have been a victim of this crime should contact CCSO at 301-932-2222 as well as file a report with the United States Postal Inspection Service at uspis.gov/report.

The CCSO encourages citizens to use alternative means of money transfer, such as paying bills online or electronic transfers, as this crime trend remains active. It is imperative that citizens and businesses track the checks they have written and ensure that they have been cleared appropriately. By using these steps and remaining diligent, citizens can assist law enforcement in curbing this crime trend.


SMCHD Closing Early on October 6, 2022

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) will be closed on Thursday, October 6, 2022 from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. for agency operational needs. This includes the main office in Leonardtown, all satellite offices, and COVID-19 testing and vaccine operations. Normal operations will resume on Friday, October 7, 2022.
 
Visit smchd.org for more information on SMCHD locations and services.


Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of September 26, 2022 – October 2, 2022, deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,520 calls for service throughout the community.

 

Attempted Burglary: 22-56090

On September 26, 2022, Deputy Strong responded to the Health Department Building located at 975 N. Solomons Island Road in Prince Frederick, for the report of an attempted burglary. Investigation revealed an employee was cleaning after hours and observed a white male with a beard, light brown hair pulled back into a ponytail, wearing a red shirt attempting to force entry into the locked building. The suspect was observed walking around the building and removing window screens in an attempt to break in. The suspect had fled the area prior to the deputies’ arrival.

Damaged Property: 22-56769

On September 29, 2022, Deputy Zinn responded to the 600 block of Red Rock Road in Lusby, for the report of property destruction. The complainant advised sometime between 7 p.m. on Sept. 28 and 11 a.m. on Sept. 29, an unknown suspect (s) broke a window to the exterior of the residence and broke the front door frame. Nothing appears to be missing from the residence. The total value of the damaged property is $500.00.

 

Theft: 22-56944

On September 30, 2022, Deputy Hudson responded to the 7-Eleven located at 685 Prince Frederick Blvd. in Prince Frederick, for the report of theft. The complainant advised an unknown black male, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, gray shorts, and black crocs entered the store and approached the counter to purchase electronic cigarettes. The store manager placed two electronic cigarettes on the counter and the suspect snatched the electronic cigarettes and ran out of the store without making payment. The total value of stolen property is $48.00.

Theft: 22-56026

On September 26, 2022, Deputy Hudson responded to the 1400 block of Georgianna Lane in Owings, for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between Sept. 20 and Sept. 26, an unknown suspect (s) stole 6 bags of water softener from the residence. The estimated value of the stolen property is $48.00.

 

Theft: 22-56314

On September 27, 2022, Deputy Hudson received a report of mail tampering and theft. The complainant advised an unknown suspect (s) stole a pre-ordered purple iPhone 14 pro from a mailbox in the 1000 block of Westfield Drive in Prince Frederick. The estimated value of the stolen property is $1099.00.

Theft: 22-56515

On September 28, 2022, S/DFC Aurich responded to the Safeway located at 10276 Southern Maryland Blvd. in Dunkirk, for the report of a theft. Investigation revealed a white or light-skinned male with a mustache and beard, a mark or tattoo on his neck, wearing a red shirt entered the store and filled up a shopping cart with 8 packs of salmon, 1 pack of shrimp, 3 packs of Huggies, and 3 large jugs of Tide laundry detergent. The male suspect was observed pushing the cart full of merchandise past all points of sale and exiting the store without making payment. He was seen entering a silver Nissan or Ford passenger car operated by a dark-skinned black male with a beard. Both suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction or travel. The estimated value of the stolen property is $455.00.

 


Calvert County Government Announces Columbus Day Holiday Schedule

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces county offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 10, 2022 in observance of Columbus Day. In addition:

  • The Appeal Solid Waste Facility, which includes the landfill and transfer station, and all county customer convenience centers will be open with normal hours of operation.
  • The Solomons Septage Receiving Facility will be open Monday, Oct. 10 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The Water & Sewerage billing and customer service office will be closed Monday, Oct. 10. On-call crews will be available for water and sewer service emergencies only at 410-535-3491.
  • County senior centers will be closed and Meals on Wheels will not be delivered. However, participants are provided shelf-stable meals in advance.
  • There will be no county bus service Monday, Oct. 10. Regular service will resume Tuesday, Oct. 11.
  • Calvert Library locations will be closed Monday, Oct. 10. Online services will be available during this time. Digital services and materials are available 24/7 on calvertlibrary.info.
  • The Calvert Marine Museum and Museum Store will be open with normal hours Monday, Oct. 10.
  • The Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter and Animal Control Division will be closed Monday, Oct. 10. An animal control officer will be available for emergencies.
  • The Board of Elections office will be closed Monday, Oct. 10.
  • All community centers will be closed Monday, Oct. 10.
  • All recreation parks including Ward Farm, Dunkirk, Hallowing Point and Cove Point parks will be open with normal hours.
  • Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will be open Monday, Oct. 10, with normal hours.
  • Kings Landing Park, Flag Ponds Nature Park and Battle Creek Cypress Swamp will be open with normal fall hours. Visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/NaturalResources for park hours of operation.
  • Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center will be open Monday, Oct. 10 with normal hours of operation.
  • Breezy Point Beach & Campground will be open Monday, Oct. 10, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will charge holiday rates for entry. The park will return to off-season hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and YouTube at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov.

 


Calvert County to Host Free Paper Shredding Events

The Calvert County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division, will host free paper shredding events for county residents and businesses to help prevent identity theft by destroying confidential or sensitive documents.

The following shred events will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine:

  • Saturday, Oct. 22 at Northern Middle School located at 2954 Chaneyville Road in Owings
  • Saturday, Nov. 19 at Huntingtown High School located at 4125 Solomons Island Road in Huntingtown
  • Saturday, Dec. 17 at Appeal Landfill located at 401 Sweetwater Road in Lusby

Proof of residency or business location is required. All paper must be removed from plastic bags and cardboard boxes prior to shredding. Paper clips and staples are acceptable. Binders and binder clips are not acceptable.

Businesses are allowed up to five banker boxes of paper per business (or the equivalent volume of five banker boxes in alternate containers). There is no limit for residents. Certificates of destruction will be provided if requested.

Shredding events are held monthly. For information about other recycling events, call the Calvert County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division, at 410-326-0210 or visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Recycle.

Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and YouTube at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov.

 


EPA Releases 2-Year Milestone Evaluations On Chesapeake Bay

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the results of its evaluation of the Chesapeake Bay jurisdictions’ two-year milestones today, noting that although most of the Bay states are not on track to meet the 2025 water quality restoration goals, 2022 saw new significant successes at the state level that will improve the restoration trajectory.

The two-year milestone reports are prepared by the Chesapeake Bay jurisdictions – Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. These two-year milestone reports represent key check-in points on the way to having all pollutant reduction measures in place by 2025, a goal established by the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) Partnership.  The CBP Partnership is composed of the seven Bay jurisdictions, and dozens of local governments, federal partners, organizations and academic institutions.

“Although the results are mixed overall, there are more positive developments in the mix than ever. Most of the partnership is not on track for the 2025 targets, but we are encouraged by significant recent progress made in the states,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Adam Ortiz. “We applaud the historic new programs, laws, and funding in Pennsylvania to help farmers.  Those achievements will help us accelerate restoration in the local streams that need it the most.”

Based on EPA’s review, the District of Columbia and West Virginia are on track to meet their overall cleanup goals by 2025, but the other jurisdictions are not on track to meet all the cleanup goals.

“We applaud West Virginia and the District of Columbia, and we will continue to partner with the other states to keep accelerating to expand on our successes,” said Ortiz. “More than two decades ago, virtually no streams were getting healthier. Now 40% of them are getting better thanks to our interstate collaboration.”

Overall, the Partnership has already achieved 100% of targeted sediment reductions, and practices are in place to achieve 49% of the nitrogen reductions and 64% of the phosphorus reductions.

“We are dedicated to reducing pollution entering the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and we also understand the complexities each state faces with technical assistance, data verification, staffing and funding,” added Chesapeake Bay Program Director Dr. Kandis Boyd.  “Although there is good news, there are also new challenges – such as addressing our evolving climate, increased population in the watershed, and advancing air/land/water monitoring and modeling – that hinder sustainable environmental and economic progress. We are committed to working with our partner states and agencies to address these challenges to restore our national treasure.” For more details on the milestone reports and ongoing Bay cleanup efforts, visit https://www.epa.gov/chesapeake-bay-tmdl


Sheriff Berry Retirement Announcement

Charles County, MD… On October 4, 2022, Sheriff Troy D. Berry announced his retirement from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Retirement Plan (SORP), effective October 14, 2022.  Sheriff Berry celebrates 30 years of dedicated service with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). He has been the Sheriff and top law enforcement leader with the CCSO since being elected in 2014. He has the remarkable honor of being the first African-American to hold the position of Sheriff in the Agency’s 364-year history. “I am honored and deeply humbled to serve as Sheriff of this wonderful county and communities as well as being the leader of the men and women of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.”  

“My 30-year milestone puts me in a unique position and marks the end of my tenure with the pension program. After weeks of discussion with Charles County Government Human Resources, and in accordance with the SORP guidelines, there must be a bona fide separation period, which I am honoring. In addition, the stipulations of the pension program prevent me from discussing any future employment. I recognize there may be questions and I am issuing this release to share what actions I am taking to remain in compliance with the requirements set forth by the pension program.”

“I am not able to make any further remarks at this time other than to reiterate that I care deeply about our county and remain steadfast and committed to the mission of the Agency. I want to make clear to the citizens of Charles County that retiring in this fashion is something I had to do, not something I wanted to do. It is a privilege to lead the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and to serve our communities and I am proud of where we are today as an Agency.” 


Weech Disqualified From Running For Commissioner President In St. Mary's

The Maryland State Board of Elections issued the following statement today:

The St. Mary’s County Board of Elections has notified the State Administrator of Elections that Natalie Weech, currently running for President of the St. Mary’s County Commissioners, is not qualified to serve in that office. The time to replace Ms. Weech on the ballot has passed according to § 5-1004(b)(2) of the Election Law Article. Her name must therefore remain on the ballot by operation of law. St. Mary’s County residents will therefore see Ms. Weech’s name on the ballot this fall and may still vote for her. Pursuant to § 5-1302(b) of the Election Law Article, if Ms. Weech receives the most votes in the election, the office of President of St. Mary’s County Commissioners will be considered vacant. Once vacant, the office of President of the St. Mary’s County Commissioners will be filled by a Governor’s appointee in accordance with § 9-402 of the Local Government Article.


October 4th St. Mary's County Commissioner Meeting Rollup

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary's County held their regular business meeting in the Chesapeake Building Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, with the invocation and pledge, followed by approval of the consent agenda.

 

The Commissioners presented proclamations for National 4-H WeekWhite Cane Awareness DayNational Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Case Management Recognition Week.

 

The Commissioners held a Public Hearing for the Department of Land Use and Growth Management’s request for a Solar Ordinance Text Amendment. The public comment period is open until Tuesday, Oct. 11.

 

The Office of the County Attorney requested a Public Hearing to repeal and replace Ch. 158 of the St. Mary’s County Public Ethics Ordinance. The Public Hearing will be Oct. 25, 2022; a formal notice of the hearing will be forthcoming.

 

The Commissioners approved the Sheriffs Office’s request to accept the SFY2023 Edward J Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant of $94,000.

 

The Commissioners approved a request for a resolution from the Department of Public Works & Transportation to accept three roads into the County Roadway Network: the cul-de-sac of Festoon Court, Laurel Circle and Carpenter Lane.

 

The Department of Emergency Services received approval for a request to accept the FFY2022 Sub-Recipient Agreement for the State Homeland Security Grant from the Department of Homeland Security for $100,582. The grant will fund law enforcement terrorism prevention-oriented planning, training, exercise, and equipment activities.

 

The next Commissioner business meeting will be in the Chesapeake Building at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. There will be no meeting Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022. 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 at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on the St. Mary's County Government YouTube Channel.


Maryland PSC Announces New '227' Area Code Assigned to Parts of Maryland

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) today announced the assignment of 227 as a new area code which will eventually serve the same geographic area in Maryland currently served by the 240 and 301 area codes. The Commission voted on August 3, 2022, to approve a petition filed by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), which is the neutral third-party entity that allocates telephone numbering resources. Dwindling Supply of Existing 240/301 Phone Numbers The 240/301 calling area serves residents and businesses in Allegany, Charles, Garrett, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, and Washington counties. Other impacted counties are Frederick, Howard, Carroll, and Anne Arundel. The remaining supply of available telephone numbers in the 240/301 area is estimated to be exhausted in the second quarter of 2023 – requiring the establishment of a new area code to support future demands in the region. Customers with a 240 or 301 area code will maintain their existing area codes and their phone numbers will not change. Under the implementation plan approved by the PSC, no new 227 numbers will be assigned in the area until the remaining 240/301 numbers are completely exhausted. When those remaining 240/301 numbers are exhausted all future phone number assignments will be made in the new 227 area code. No Changes Required for Dialing Calls Because the 240/301 region is served by two overlay area codes, callers are already required to use 10-digit dialing when making calls. Callers in this area have been using 10-digit dialing for more than 20 years, since the 240 area code was introduced in 1997. Because 10-digit dialing is already well established in this region, the eventual addition of the new 227 area code covering the same geographic area will not require any changes to the way area residents and businesses dial telephone calls – aside from using the new area code, when necessary. WILLIAM DONALD SCHAEFER TOWER ? 6 ST. PAUL STREET ? BALTIMORE, MARYLAND 21202-6806 410-767-8000 ? Toll Free: 1-800-492-0474 ? FAX: 410-333-6495 MDRS: 1-800-735-2258 (TTY/Voice) ? Website: www.psc.state.md.us According to the NANPA petition, the dialing plan for the area code will remain the same: ? Local calls to and from other numbers inside the 240/301/227 area: Dial 10-digits. ? Toll calls from the 240/301/227 area to numbers in another area code: Dial 1 10-Digits. ? Operator Services (credit card, collect, third party): Dial 0 10-Digits. Prepare for 227 Area Code Arrival While residents in the 240/301/227 area will continue to dial calls the same way they have for more than 20 years, the PSC urges consumers and businesses to be aware of the upcoming addition of a new area code. Tips to prepare for the eventual start of the new 227 area code include: ? Checking devices to verify that area codes are included with all stored numbers. ? Continuing to program/save/store phone numbers to all devices using the full 10-digit telephone number. ? Verifying that all services and equipment – such as automatic dialers, life-safety & medical alert systems, alarm/security systems and security gates, call-forwarding settings and voicemail services – recognize the new area code as a valid phone number. The PSC will continue to update consumers and businesses in the 240/301 region as the implementation of the new 227 area code draws closer. ### About the Public Service Commission: The Maryland Public Service Commission regulates electric and gas utilities and suppliers, telephone companies (land lines), certain water and sewer companies, passenger motor vehicle carriers for hire (sedans, limousines, buses, Uber, Lyft), taxicab companies (in Baltimore City and County, Charles County, Cumberland and Hagerstown) and bay pilot rates. 


Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Over $4 Million in Federal Housing Assistance for Marylanders

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $4,258,979 in federal assistance to help low-income residents across Maryland afford quality, safe, and stable housing. The assistance is administered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s New Incremental Housing Choice Vouchers Program and is fully funded by the fiscal year 2022 appropriations law that the lawmakers voted for in March.

 

“Everyone deserves a safe place to call home. But we know housing costs are eating up too large a share of lower-income residents’ budgets, often leaving them with impossible choices between paying for rent or meeting their daily needs. This federal relief will help those facing hardship find suitable housing for their families as we continue working to increase access to affordable housing in our communities,” said the lawmakers.

 

The federal grants have been awarded as follows: 

 

·         $1,000,632 for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City

·         $749,045 for the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County

·         $730,941 for the Housing Authority of Prince George’s County

·         $403,548 for Baltimore County 

·         $188,204 for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

·         $153,704 for the Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County

·         $115,109 for the Rockville Housing Enterprises

·         $107,935 for the Howard County Housing Commission

·         $102,794 for the Charles County Government

·         $96,876 for the City of Frederick Housing Authority

·         $94,579 for the Housing Authority of St. Mary's County

·         $83,195 for the Harford County Housing Agency

·         $70,923 for the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis

·         $53,588 for the Carroll County Housing and Community Development

·         $49,249 for the Housing Authority of Calvert County

·         $49,126 for the Cecil County Housing Agency

·         $47,793 for the Wicomico County Housing Authority

·         $47,036 for the Housing Authority of Queen Anne’s County

·         $40,570 for the City of Westminster Housing Office

·         $39,651for the Housing Authority of Washington County

·         $34,481for the Housing Commission of Talbot County

 

The Incremental Housing Choice Vouchers Program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and those with disabilities to afford housing in the private market. The program’s housing assistance allows participants to choose their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses, and apartments.

 


MD Focuses on Mental Health for Depression Screening Day

With many people still struggling in the wake of the pandemic, this week's National Depression Screening Day is a reminder to Marylanders to take stock of their mental health. The National Alliance on Mental Illness or 'NAMI' reports the average delay between the onset of mental illness symptoms and treatment is 11 years. At Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, clinicians and faith-based leaders worked together to create the Congregational Depression Awareness Program or 'CDAP.' Reverend Pamula Yerby-Hammack says it's an important tool to help faith-based communities learn more about depression.
"The purpose of CDAP is to invite lay people and clergy to learn more about depression, because the truth of the matter is that all of us can play a part in helping people get the help they need as they go through this journey of depression."
NAMI statistics indicate one in five U-S adults experiences mental illness each year, and 40-percent don't seek treatment. Depression Screening Day is October 6th.
Yerby-Hammack says things are improving in terms of faith-based communities being more accepting of the partnership with mental health professionals in treatment. She sees CDAP as proof of this.
"CDAP provides clinical information, it provides a theological perspective on depression, it provides lived experiences – people giving their testimonies of what it's like to have depression. And then, it also provides some resources that they can take back to their particular community."
Symptoms of depression are varied, and there are different speeds of depression onset, multiple types of depression, and different intensities. Denise Johnson with the National Association of Social Workers says depression is more than just a bad day.
"Depression is very common and can result from a number of social, psychological and biological factors. It's more than just a 'bad day' or feeling down, and it's not something that people can just snap out of. It negatively affects how a person feels, the way that they think, the way that they act."
Johnson says symptoms must last at least two weeks and represent a change from the person's previous level of functioning.


Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $17 Million for Violence Prevention and Safer Schools

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $16,990,815 in federal funding for Maryland schools to foster safer and more supportive learning environments that address the evolving social, emotional, physical, and mental health needs of students. The funding is administered through the U.S. Department of Education’s Stronger Connection’s Grant Program, which was authorized by the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act’s historic public safety legislation that the lawmakers all fought to pass in order to reduce the threat of violence across the country. 

 

“Today’s young people face unprecedented challenges, pressures, and potential threats that can negatively affect their ability to learn. We were proud to ensure enactment of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act which will not only make our schools safer, but also support each of our students through their growth and development. These funds will help strengthen our school safety programs and better protect our youngest minds, helping to maximize their potential for a thriving future,” said the lawmakers. 

 

The Stronger Connections grants are designed to fund programs and resources that prevent and help students cope with violence, trauma and bullying. The funds will also allow schools to engage their communities to develop best practices for creating the safest, most inclusive environment unique to their needs. The Maryland State Department of Education will distribute the funding to local school districts in Maryland on a competitive basis to high-need districts.


Maryland State Department of Education and Partners to Announce the 2022–23 Maryland Teacher of the Year

Join the Maryland State Department of Education and partners for the 32nd annual celebration of the Maryland Teacher of the Year program on Maryland Public Television’s MPT2. Tune in on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 8 p.m. as the State of Maryland celebrates our 24 local Teachers of the Year. From this group, seven finalists were selected by a panel of judges last month. In a surprise announcement, one of the seven finalists will be named the 2022-23 Maryland Teacher of the Year.

 

The Maryland Teacher of the Year program recognizes outstanding elementary, middle and high school teachers who are excellent instructors and education leaders in their schools and communities.

 

MPT2 – in Maryland, Southern PA, and the Washington area:

Channel 799 – Comcast   

Channel 478 – Verizon Fios  

 

Over the air (using an antenna) or see local listings:

Annapolis 22.2 

Frederick 62.2 

Hagerstown 31.2 

Oakland 36.2 

Owings Mills 67.2 

Salisbury 28.2 

 

This event also will also be livestreamed at 8 p.m. at mpt.org/toy.


Mechanicsville Man Arrested for Possession of Altered Shotgun

On October 1, 2022, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 27300 block of Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville, for a welfare check of an individual sleeping inside a vehicle at an area business. Deputies arrived on scene and located the vehicle occupied by Alexander Wayne Pope, age 28 of Mechanicsville, parked at the fuel pumps. Pope was observed to have a firearm in his lap and was subsequently taken into custody. Located in the vehicle was an altered shotgun, suspected cocaine, and several suspected CDS smoking devices.

 

Pope was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown and charged with multiple firearm offenses and drug charges.

 

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.

 

For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.


Calvert County Board of Elections Provides Voting Information for 2022 General Election

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Sept. 30, 2022 – As Election Day approaches, the Calvert County Board of Elections provides important voting information for residents. The Maryland general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Early voting will take place from Thursday, Oct. 27 through Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022.

Voter Registration

The last day to register in advance to vote is Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. Same-day voter registration will be available at all early voting centers and polling locations during early voting and on Election Day. To complete a same-day registration, eligible, unregistered voters will need to bring a document that proves residency, such as an MVA-issued license, ID card or change of address card, or a paycheck, bank statement, utility bill or other government document with your name and current address.

Mail-in and Sample Ballots

The Maryland State Board of Elections has begun sending mail-in ballots to voters who have requested to vote by mail in the general election.

Individuals who wish to vote by mail must submit a mail-in ballot request form before Nov. 1, 2022. Completed request forms may be mailed or placed in the Election Board drop box located in front of the Community Resources Building at 30 Duke St. in Prince Frederick. Requests must be received by Nov. 1. A mail-in ballot can also be requested online with a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID card. To complete an application online, visit vote.md.gov/NeedBallot. Voters may also request a form by calling the Calvert County Board of Elections at 410-535-2214.

Mail-in ballots must be postmarked no later than Nov. 8 in order to be counted. Voters may also submit a ballot by placing it in one of the four secure drop boxes available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. Drop boxes are under surveillance and ballots are retrieved daily by Board of Elections staff from the following locations:

·         Community Resources Building, 30 Duke St. in Prince Frederick

·         Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane in Lusby

·         Fairview Vote Center (behind the Calvert Library Fairview Branch), 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd. in Owings

·         Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave. in Chesapeake Beach

Sample ballots will begin arriving in mailboxes after Oct. 15. A sample ballot includes an example of the actual ballot the voter will receive, including a list of candidates and ballot referendums, the date of the election, voter precinct information and voting instructions.

Early Voting – Oct. 27 through Nov. 3

Individuals can vote early in person from Thursday, Oct. 27 through Thursday, Nov. 3, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, including Saturday and Sunday, at the following locations:

·         Community Resources Building, 30 Duke St. in Prince Frederick

·         Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane in Lusby

·         Fairview Vote Center (behind the Calvert Library Fairview Branch), 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd. in Owings

Residents may vote at any early voting center and are encouraged to check the online wait-time dashboard for the approximate voter wait time at each location.

Election Day – Nov. 8

Voters may cast their ballot at their assigned polling center on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The least crowded time to vote on Election Day is typically between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Citizens can find their polling place, which is based on their election precinct, by visiting the Maryland voting location lookup online. Voters may bring their sample ballots with them when they cast their vote. County transportation services will be available on Election Day.

For local information and updates on the 2022 Election, visit the Calvert County Board of Elections website at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Vote and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CalvertElectionBoard.

Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and YouTube at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov.


New Price Set for Calvert County Transferable Development Rights Reserve Program

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Sept. 30, 2022 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and the Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board announces an increase in the purchase price of Transferable Development Rights (TDRs) for the county’s TDR Reserve program.

The BOCC approved a new purchase price of $5,000 per TDR, which will replace the $4,500 price previously approved in August 2021. The county will offer to buy and sell development rights from willing participants on a first-come, first-served basis as available funding and TDR supply allows. There is no limit on how many TDRs can be sold by an owner.

TDRs that are purchased from the TDR Reserve will be sold at the purchase price paid by the BOCC, plus an additional 1% administrative fee.

The TDR Reserve program acts as a revolving fund in which TDRs are purchased, reserved and resold by the BOCC, allowing citizens to purchase and sell TDRs through county government instead of private negotiations between buyers and sellers. By continually purchasing TDRs from Agricultural Preservation District (APD) owners, the program helps to facilitate TDR sales between farmers and developers who need them. The use of TDRs allows owners to increase density potential within designated residential growth areas while also protecting the county’s natural resources and preserving productive agricultural and forested lands for future generations.

Managed by the Department of Planning & Zoning, applications for both buyers and sellers are available on the county website at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/TDR-Reserve.

Completed applications may be submitted by mail to the Department of Planning & Zoning, Attention: Rural Planner Jennifer David at 205 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678, or by email to Jennifer.David@calvertcountymd.gov. For more information, citizens may email Ms. David or call 410-535-1600, ext. 2238.

Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and YouTube at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov.


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