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St. Mary's Co. Gov. News Briefs

Training to Help Combat Underage Drinking to be Offered

Are you interested in helping your community make the right changes for a safer and healthier place for youth? St. Mary's County residents concerned with underage drinking are invited to participate in free training for Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA). CMCA is a nationally recognized model program that activates a diverse citizenry with the skills and tools to reduce the flow of alcohol to youth from illegal sales by retail establishments and from other adults in the community.

Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate, plan and implement effective strategies which:

-- address policies and ordinances,

-- build communities,

-- expand outreach and support efforts, and

-- engage youth in youth-adult partnerships

This program is ideal for anyone, youth or adults, with a strong desire and willingness to lead community efforts in reducing alcohol use among youth.

CMCA training will be offered on February 27 & 28 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The session will be held at the College of Southern Maryland's Leonardtown Campus in building C, room C216, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD. The training and materials are free but is limited to 25 participants. Registration is required and all program materials are provided through a grant from the State of Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration. Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks will also be provided.

For more information or to register, please contact the St. Mary's County Department of Aging and Human Services, Division of Human Services at 301-475-4200, ext. 1681 or by e-mail at

Notice of MetCom Public Meeting

The St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) will hold a Public Meeting on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, beginning at 6:30PM at the Commission’s offices, located at 23121 Camden Way, California, MD. The meeting will be held to discuss the St. Mary’s Square Wastewater Pumping Station Replacement Project No. 8121SS.

The project includes the replacement of an existing, aging wastewater pumping station with new infrastructure that will increase system life, reliability and capacity. The sites of the existing and proposed sewer pump stations are adjacent to each other and located at the rear of the St. Mary’s Square shopping center. This proposed MetCom station will increase capacity, reliability and provide new service life to an aging sewer pumping station.

The plans for the referenced project may be inspected at the time of the meeting or at the office of the MetCom Engineering Department located at 23121 Camden Way, California, MD from 8:00AM to 4:00PM Monday through Friday.

All interested persons are invited to attend this Public Meeting to ask questions or present their comments and suggestions. Please contact the Metropolitan Commission offices at 301-737-7400, Ext. 301 for more information, or if you cannot attend the meeting and would like to submit questions or provide comment.

St. Mary's County Retiree Benefit Trust Revises its 2014 Meeting Schedule

The St. Mary's Retiree Benefit Trust Board has released a revised schedule of meetings for 2014. The amended schedule is as follows:

-- March 28, 2014 (replaces the meeting originally scheduled for February 21, 2014)

-- May 16, 2014

-- August 8, 2014

-- November 7, 2014

All meetings take place in the commissioners meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown and begin at 9:30 a.m.

Candidate Filing Deadline Approaching

Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. is the deadline for an individual to file as a candidate for the upcoming 2014 Primary Election. Under State law, an individual must file a Certificate of Candidacy by 9:00 p.m. on the last Tuesday in February in the year in which the primary election will be held. The filing location depends on the office sought. All federal and State candidates should file a Certificate of Candidacy at the State Board of Elections (SBE), located at 151 West Street, Annapolis, MD. Local candidates file at their local board of elections.

Besides filing the Certificate of Candidacy, all candidates must pay a filing fee at the appropriate board of election. State and local candidates must also provide evidence that the candidate has filed a financial disclosure statement and established a candidate committee at SBE. Failure to meet any of the requirements prior to the deadline will invalidate the Certificate of Candidacy and remove the individual from the ballot.

The 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election will be held Tuesday, June 24, 2014. The 2014 Gubernatorial General Election takes place Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Additional election-related dates and forms are available at For more information, contact the St. Mary's County Board of Elections at 301-475-7844 Ext 1615 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683) or

Commissioners to Hold March Public Forum in Charlotte Hall

The Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary's County will host its March public forum at the Northern Senior Center in Charlotte Hall. The forum will occur on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. The center is located at 29655 Charlotte Hall Road in Charlotte Hall. Citizens are invited to attend the forum and address the members of the Board of County Commissioners. This marks the second time this year commissioners have held their monthly public forum at the center. The last forum held at the center was back in September.

The Public Forum will be videotaped for subsequent broadcast on St. Mary's County Government TV 95 (SMCG TV 95). The forum can also be available for online viewing on the county's website at Simply click on SMCG TV 95 icon on the upper right of the screen and on the Channel 95 page click LIVE to view.

Anyone wishing to speak at the Public Forum will be allowed up to three (3) minutes to address Commissioners. Those wishing to provide more detailed comments may do so via email or regular mail.

The Board of County Commissioners can be reached by e-mail at or by mail at Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary's County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650.

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