St. Mary's Co. Gov. News Briefs

SHA to Perform Roadway Patching on Thomas Johnson Bridge

Beginning Tuesday, October 1, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will conduct routine roadway patching operations on the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge (MD 4 over Patuxent River).

This work will be conducted during nighttime hours (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.) with single lane flagging on the bridge. Work is scheduled for the nights of October 1-3 and Sunday night October 6, if necessary.

All work to be performed is dependent on weather conditions.

Recreation and Parks Board Changes October Meeting Date

The St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks Board meeting, originally scheduled for Thursday, October 3 has been moved to Wednesday, October 2, 2013. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., in the commissioners meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown.

Recreation and Parks Board meetings are generally held on the first Thursday of each month, at 5:30 p.m., in the public meeting room of the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown, unless otherwise noted.

For more information, please contact the St. Mary's County Department of Recreation and Parks at (301) 475-4200, ext. 1811.

St. Mary’s County Redistricting Board Cancels Remaining Meetings

The St. Mary’s County Redistricting Board has cancelled its three remaining meetings scheduled for the following dates and locations:

-- October 3 at Bay District Volunteer Fire Department in Lexington Park

-- October 8 in Commissioners Meeting Room, Chesapeake Bldg. in Leonardtown

Notice will be provided as to when the meetings will be rescheduled.

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office announces four legged officer recipients of bullet and stab protective vest

K9 Nero and K9 Bruno, of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, recently each received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to the efforts of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc, a Massachusetts based nonprofit organization.

The made to order vests were recently delivered and will provide protection for each K9 from bullet and stab wounds as well as blunt force trauma.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) all volunteer charity located in East Taunton, Massachusetts, whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. New K9 graduates as well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to apply for the ballistic vests. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies by purchasing potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 435 law enforcement dogs with protective vests since August of 2009. Over $400,000 in K9 vests have been donated in 36 states including Alaska and Hawaii.

Two recent events made it possible for the charity to provide 217 vests for our four legged crime fighters across the country. In January 2013, a regional Groupon Grassroots campaign naming Vested Interest in K9s as a charity partner raised over $55,000 which allowed the donation of 53 K9 vests and a nationwide Groupon campaign in March 2013 raised over $155,000 providing vests for 163 K9s in 30 states.

Each vest is made and custom embroidered in Central Lakes, Missouri by Armor Express and distributed exclusively by Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

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