Charles Co. Gov. News Briefs

White Plains Golf Course Offers Golf Clinics for Men, Women, and Youth

The Charles County Department of Public Works’ Park Division will offer golf clinics for men, women, and youth at White Plains Golf Course. Learn the basic skills needed to become a confident golfer. Sessions include proper golf course etiquette, safety, rules, grip, stance, posture, chipping, putting, irons, woods, and on-the-course instruction.

Men’s Golf Clinics: (Each four-day session is from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Cost: $75)

Session I – April 15 – 18, 2014

Session II – April 22 – 25, 2014

Women’s Golf Clinics: (Each four-day session is from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Cost: $75)

Session I – May 6 – 9, 2014

Session II – May 20 – 23, 2014

Junior Golf Clinics: (Each four-day session is from 8 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Cost: $50; Sessions include instruction, contests, and prizes.)

Session I (Ages 8 – 12) – June 24 – 27, 2014

Session II (Ages 13 – 17) – July 8 – 11, 2014

Pre-registration is required. Maximum class size is eight participants. Golf clinic participants will receive a complimentary round of golf. For additional information or to register, call White Plains Golf Course at 301-645-1300. White Plains Golf Course is located at 1015 St. Charles Parkway, south of DeMarr Road, in White Plains.

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 Charles County Board of Elections at 301-934-8972 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683) or

Commissioners Approve Oyster Shell Recycling in Charles County

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Charles County Commissioners approved oyster shell recycling in Charles County through the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP). This program allows Charles County residents to recycle oyster shells at the county recycling centers (Breeze Farm Recycling Center, Charles County Landfill Recycling Center, Gilbert Run Park Recycling Center, and Pisgah Recycling Center) and receive a tax credit of $1 for each bushel of shells recycled.

Twenty years ago, a cooperative coalition of multiple partners commissioned ORP to contribute to a large-scale restoration program to plant disease-free oysters back into the Chesapeake Bay. This partnership resulted in nearly five billion oysters being planted on 1,600 acres of oyster reefs and nearly 30,000 bushels of shells recycled to provide homes for new oysters. ORP leads Maryland’s nonprofit organization for restoring oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. Also, ORP operates the region’s Shell Recycling Alliance, supports the state’s Marylanders Grow Oysters program, and provides shellfish aquaculture and fishery support services.

For more details, contact the Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division at 301-932-3440.

Commissioners Announce Photo Contest Winners

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the County Commissioners announced the winners of the Waldorf Beautification Project Photo Contest “Autumn Colors of Waldorf: With Pride, We Prosper.” Citizens were encouraged to capture images showing places in Waldorf with eye-catching foliage. One winner was selected in each of three categories: Residential, Business, and Open Space/Recreational Area.

First Place Winner, Business: Glenn Macaranas, “Red Oak Spendor”

First Place Winner, Open Space: Mike Donahue, “St. Charles Lake”

First Place Winner, Residentials: Kayla Parthree, “Walking…Don’t Fall!”

Honorable Mentions:

Melissa Reese, “Burning Leaves”

Randy Stacks, “Art in Nature”

Denise Grant, “Sunset on a Sunday”

Michael Lucchesi, “Leaves of Autumn”

Anne Starks, “In the Woods, Beautiful Colors of Fall”

Caroline Kauffman, “Fall Spectrum”

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