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Calvert County Government Facility Closures for Memorial Day

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces the following office and facility closures for Memorial Day:

-- All Calvert County government offices will be closed Monday, May 27.

-- The Calvert Pines, Southern Pines and North Beach senior centers will be closed May 27. Meals on Wheels will be delivered to clients Monday, May 27.

-- All Calvert Library locations will be closed Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27.

-- There will be no public transportation services May 27. Regular schedules will resume on Tuesday, May 28.

-- All Solid Waste facilities will be closed Monday, May 27 and will open for normal business hours on Tuesday, May 28.

-- The Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center and Calvert Marine Museum will be open for visitors.

Citizen Participation Encouraged for Prince Frederick Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance Updating Process

‘Charrette’ Events Allow Residents to Share Ideas

The Calvert County Department of Community Planning and Building is considering updates to the Prince Frederick Town Center Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance and invites the public to participate in the planning process.

A six-day public visioning and design process, or “charrette,” kicks off June 10 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Church Street, Prince Frederick. Additional sessions will be held June 11-14 and the public is invited to participate in the process daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A final presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 18.

Particular emphasis will be given to the northern area of the town center from Dares Beach Road, including the former Calvert Middle School site, north to the area surrounding Calvert Memorial Hospital and the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center.

Residents and interested parties are welcomed to drop in to discuss issues and view work in progress during the charrette. Additionally, every evening will feature a review and discussion of the day’s work at approximately 7 p.m., when the public can view and comment on designs that have been refined during each day based on comments from the prior day and evening. Citizen participation is fundamental to a good charrette and citizens are encouraged to attend as many activities as possible.

The Prince Frederick Town Center website, http://www.co.cal.md.us/PFTC, will be updated daily for those who are unable to attend. Written comments are welcomed.

For more information, call Community Designer Will Selman at 410-535-1600, ext. 2727, or Jenny Plummer-Welker at 410-535-1600, ext. 2333; email selmanwl@co.cal.md.us or plummejl@co.cal.md.us; or visit www.co.cal.md.us/PFTC.

North Beach Senior Center Temporarily Closed for Repairs

The North Beach Senior Center has been temporarily closed until further notice for unforeseen kitchen repairs.

Public transportation is available for seniors who wish to visit Calvert Pines Senior Center for lunch and other programs. Seniors in need of transportation can call the Office on Aging at 410-535-4606. Arrangements can be made for transportation to Calvert Pines or for provision of Meals on Wheels lunches.

Call the Calvert Pines Senior Center at 410-535-4606 or visit http://www.co.cal.md.us daily for updates.

Calvert County Visitor Information Centers Now Open Seven Days a Week

Now that the weather is warm, visitors will begin streaming back to Calvert County for vacations, day trips and family activities. To help tourists and motorists with travel plans, directions and general information, Calvert County's two visitor information centers, located in Owings and Solomons, are now open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Owings center is co-located with the Fairview Library at 8120 Southern Maryland Boulevard; in Solomons, the center is located at 14175 Solomons Island Road South. Knowledgeable staff are available at each site to provide information about local attractions, hotels, restaurants and other travel information.

Both centers are overseen by the Department of Economic Development and managed under contract by the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce; summer hours are in effect through Oct. 31, 2013.

Calvert County Seeks 'Beautiful' People for Annual Volunteer Awards

The Calvert County Department of Economic Development announces that nominations are now being accepted for the annual Calvert You Are Beautiful Volunteer Awards.

This project recognizes individuals whose volunteer service improves the quality of life for Calvert County citizens and visitors.

Nominated volunteers might be a tour guide at a museum or historic landmark, someone who organizes a local fair, festival or parade, or the person committed to making a difference by giving generously of their time to hospices, hospitals, homeless and other social service agencies. All nominees must be residents of Calvert County.

Nomination forms are available online at http://www.ecalvert.com or by calling the Department of Economic Development at 410-535-4583. Completed nomination forms should be returned to Calvert You Are Beautiful c/o Jennifer Hutchins-Pettko, Department of Economic Development, Courthouse, Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678. Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered to the Department of Economic Development by July 12, 2013.

All Calvert County nominees will be honored at a local awards ceremony sponsored by the Board of County Commissioners in fall 2013; one special nominee will be chosen as the volunteer of the year.

Foreclosure Prevention Options Available

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is reminding homeowners of the resources and programs available to help with foreclosure prevention through the Home Owners Preserving Equity (HOPE) campaign.

There are 39 non-profit foreclosure prevention counseling agencies across the state in the Maryland HOPE Counseling network that are poised to help homeowners understand their realistic options; all of the services are at no cost to the homeowner. There are also pro-bono and low-cost attorneys trained and available to address foreclosure.

Homeowners who are struggling with a mortgage can call the Maryland HOPE Hotline at 877-462-7555 or visit http://www.MDHOPE.org to learn how Maryland’s mediation law and the national foreclosure settlement can help.

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