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Route 301 Park and Ride Construction to Begin April 7

Beginning on Sunday, April 7, an improvement project at the Route 301 (Crain Highway) Park and Ride lot in Waldorf will begin.

During construction, parking spaces will be reduced and the north end of the lot will be fenced off. Commuter patrons who utilize this park and ride facility are encouraged to use parking areas at South Potomac Church (4915 Crain Highway, White Plains) or the La Plata park and ride (Washington Avenue and Heritage Green Parkway ) facilities. Both facilities have available parking. Regency Furniture Stadium (11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf) has available parking for both the 901 and 906 express routes.

This project will establish a separate transfer pavilion for VanGO operations for local transit patrons. This new transfer pavilion will allow all VanGO buses to stage at the same time, and will separate local transit from commuter bus operations.

Construction is expected to take up to five months to complete. Some parking will be restored at the completion of construction. Patrons can view commuter bus schedules, routes and stops online at

Public Input Sought on Adequate School Facilities and School Funding

Public Outreach Forum Scheduled for April 10

The Charles County Board of Commissioners would like to inform citizens that the School Adequate Public Facilities Program and Funding Review Committee will hold a public outreach forum on Wednesday, April 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria at Thomas Stone High School (3785 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf). Sign-in will begin at 6 p.m. outside of the school cafeteria. The meeting is open to the general public.

The School Adequate Public Facilities Program and Funding Review Committee is seeking input from concerned citizens regarding the best methods to match planned growth to the existing and planned school capacity. The committee is interested also in hearing from citizens on methods of school funding and timing of school construction. Any experience or ideas related to the funding or the provision of adequate physical space in our schools is welcome.

There will be a brief presentation of the committee's charge and the related topics that the committee will be reviewing; however, the primary purpose of the meeting is to receive citizen input. While offering a public forum to parents and other concerned citizens is important, the following guidelines will be followed for the public outreach forum:

-- Any person wishing to speak during the public forum segment must sign the sign-in sheet upon entering the room.

-- Individuals are free to speak about any concerns or ideas they may have concerning the adequacy of physical space in our schools.

-- Comments should be concise and to the point and limited to three minutes. The actual time limit will be at the discretion of the meeting facilitator based on the time available.

-- Making a presentation using slide projectors or overhead projectors is not appropriate for this public forum. Individuals with topics that require more time or who desire to make a more formal presentation than is allowed under these guidelines may request to make a presentation to the committee at a later date.

-- Engaging in active debate with committee or audience members will not be encouraged or allowed.

-- Remarks must be respectful and courteous, free of name-calling and personal attacks. Inappropriate language will not be tolerated. Comments presented in a dignified manner have more credibility.

The School Adequate Public Facilities Program and Funding Review Committee appreciates the cooperation of citizens in honoring these guidelines, and looks forward to hearing from the public.

The School Adequate Public Facilities Program and Funding Review Committee was appointed by the Charles County Commissioners in coordination with the Charles County Board of Education to evaluate the county's approach to ensuring adequate public facilities for schools in the development approval process and to determine if the current policy is achieving the stated goals. The committee will be developing solutions for addressing the management strategies and policies for school capacity, and the timing of providing adequate school facilities to match the planned growth in the county.

For more information, contact Ms. Crystal Hunt, Public Information Officer, at 301-645-0580 or Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Commissioners Proclaim April 3 as Crime Victims and Advocates Day

Today the Charles County Commissioners issued proclamation #2013-15 designating Wednesday, April 3 as Crime Victims and Advocates Commemorative Day in Charles County. The Commissioners recognize the outstanding work done in the area of victim advocacy and services in Charles County. This work exemplifies a high level of commitment and dedication to the field of victims' rights and services and to the victims themselves.

Charles County Parks Offers Extreme Fun Summer Skateboard Camp

The Charles County Skate Park, at White Plains Regional Park (located on St. Charles Parkway, south of DeMarr Road), is offering a 360 Action Skateboard Camp this summer for the week of July 22-26.

Participants will receive group and individual training on safe riding, tack turns, kick turns, ollies, grinding, getting air, bowl drop-ins and much more, under the supervision of professional coaches from American Inline Skating . All campers receive an official camp T-shirt and stickers. Participation is for youth between the ages of 6 and 14 years old.

The camp fee is $125 and the registration deadline is July 1 (early registration is recommended).

For registration information and a list of required equipment, contact the Department of Public Works Parks Division at 301-932-3470, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Charles County Commissioners April Town Hall Meetings Update

The Charles County Commissioners invite the public to attend April town hall meetings as scheduled below. The purpose of the Commissioners' town hall meetings is to take questions from those in attendance and to discuss items of importance to the citizens and the community.

Ken Robinson (District 1)

"Coffee with the Commissioner" (Meeting will be videotaped for online viewing)
Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m.
Charles Street Bakery (507 Charles Street, La Plata)

"Facebook Town Hall Meeting"
Saturday, April 6, 4 p.m.
Online - To participate in the meeting, you must go to and like the page.

Candice Quinn Kelly, Commissioner President
"Share and Learn" (Meeting will be videotaped for online viewing)
Meeting Topic: The Budget
Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 p.m.
Potomac Library (3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head)
Telephone participation is available - Dial-in: 267-507-0240, Conference code: 403291

"Walk With Purpose"
Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. (Rain Date: Saturday, April 27)
Indian Head Rail Trail in White Plains (From Route 301, make right turn onto Theodore Green Boulevard. Approximately 1/4 mile, trail parking is on right side of road.)

The following non-profits will be providing information on their organizations: The ARC of Southern Maryland, Center for Children, Charles County Children's Aid Society, The Jude House, and SLS Ministries

Reuben B. Collins, II, Commissioner Vice President (District 3)
Town Hall Meeting
Monday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.
Capital Clubhouse
3033 Waldorf Market Place, Waldorf

Bobby Rucci (District 4)

Commissioner Bobby Rucci will meet with any citizen at any available time or through email, text messaging or telephone, to discuss issues of concern. He may be reached at or by calling 301-645-0550.

Future town hall meeting dates are available at

For more information, contact Ms. Crystal Hunt at 301-645-0580 or Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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