Calvert Co. Gov. News Briefs

Drum Point Lighthouse Gets a Blue Hue in Support of Autism Awareness

The Board of County Commissioners has declared April to be Autism Awareness Month and the Drum Point Lighthouse has been lit up in blue to mark the occasion.

The lighthouse, located on the grounds of the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, is one of Calvert’s most iconic symbols. To light it up in blue, exterior light bulbs that are normally white or clear are changed to blue bulbs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder. Boys are nearly four times more likely to have been diagnosed than girls.

For more information about the Drum Point Lighthouse, contact the Calvert Marine Museum at 410-326-2042 or visit

Free Rabies Vaccinations for Pets Available at April Clinics

The Calvert County Health Department is sponsoring rabies clinics in April offering free rabies vaccinations for county pets.

Free clinics will be held at Huntingtown High School, 4125 Solomons Island Road, Huntingtown, on Saturday, April 13; and Patuxent High School, 12485 Southern Connector Blvd., Lusby, on Saturday, April 20. Clinics will be open from 10 a.m. to noon. Proof of prior vaccination is required to receive the three-year vaccine. Eligible pets include cats, dogs and ferrets in carriers or on leashes and muzzled if necessary. Feral or stray animals cannot be accommodated.

Calvert County pet licenses will also be available at the rabies clinics. Pet licenses are $7 for spayed or neutered pets (proof required) and $20 for those not spayed or neutered.

For more information, call the Calvert County Health Department at 410-535-5400 or 410-535-3922. Visit online at

2013 Restaurant Week Winners Announced

The Board of County Commissioners recently drew winning names for the Restaurant Week basket giveaway. The grand prize winner was Karen Hinkle of St. Leonard, who is pictured with her son, Kenny.

Runner-up winners were Hannah Withem of Lusby, Marge Hoffman of Lusby, Marilyn Harkey of Prince Frederick and Jeff Heiska of Lusby.

Restaurant patrons became eligible for the drawing when they filled out comment cards after eating at participating restaurants during Restaurant Week, Feb. 1-10. The grand prize winner received a basket that included a free two-night stay at the Holiday Inn in Solomons, gift certificates to local restaurants and other gifts.

The runners-up received baskets that included gift certificates for local restaurants, tickets to county attractions and a variety of gifts.

Calvert County Shows Appreciation for Business

Eighth Annual Business Appreciation Week Scheduled for May 6-10

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and the Department of Economic Development observe Business Appreciation Week each year to showcase and celebrate local businesses. This year Business Appreciation Week (BAW) will be held May 6-10 and will feature a host of special events and activities to thank businesses of all sizes for their contributions to the county’s economy and quality of life.

This year’s theme, “Building a Foundation for Growth,” recognizes the construction and building trades and their employees. The week will include special events, workshops and networking activities and personal visits with county business owners by the BOCC and staff from the Department of Economic Development.

Schedule of Events (Please note seating is limited at most events and advanced online registration is required at

Monday, May 6

-- BAW Evening Kick-Off Reception, invitation only.

Tuesday, May 7

-- 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Company site visits with Ambassador Teams, including BOCC, various locations.

-- 6:30-8:30 p.m., Open House Networking Event, hosted by the Calvert County Minority Business Alliance and Calvert County Public Schools; free. Calvert County Public Schools, Brooks Administration Building, 1305 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick. Call 866-517-0477 or email

Wednesday, May 8

-- 6-8 p.m., Women’s Business Roundtable Networking Event, co-hosted by the Small Business & Technology Development Center; free, but seating is limited. Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick. Call 301-535-4583 or email

Thursday, May 9

-- 9:30 a.m.-noon, “Minority Business Enterprise Certification Process,” hosted by the Calvert County Department of Economic Development; free, but seating is limited. Calvert Library Prince Frederick. Call 410-535-4583 or email

-- 5:30-7 p.m., Calvert County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Mixer, hosted by Davis, Upton, Palumbo & Dougherty, LLC, 132 Main Street, Prince Frederick; free. Call 410-535-2577;

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