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Public Forum on Land Use Study around Naval Support Facility Dahlgren on March 25

The public is invited to participate in a presentation and round table discussion of the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), which addresses compatibility planning for the areas surrounding Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. King George County, Va., in cooperation with other communities, agencies, and organizations in the region, is conducting a JLUS to identify existing and/or potential land use issues that could impact the Dahlgren mission and operations and to develop recommendations to mitigate or prevent the issues identified.

The study’s objective is to develop a set of recommendations that will guide compatibility planning around Dahlgren, its Pumpkin Neck Annex, and the Potomac River Range Complex to accommodate new growth and economic development, protect public health and safety, and sustain the operational missions of the base. The JLUS will explore how Dahlgren and local jurisdictions might work together through enhanced communication and coordination to best achieve the mutual goals of all stakeholders.

There will be several public forums held throughout the JLUS process.

The first public forum will be held on:

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Dahlgren Mary Washington Campus (4224 University Drive, King George, VA 22485)

The JLUS will assess compatibility factors (man-made and/or natural factors) such as:

-- Noise/Vibration

-- Frequency Interference

-- Roadway Capacity

-- Light and Glare

-- Interagency Coordination

-- Water Quality/Quantity

-- Vertical Obstructions

-- Alternative Energy Development

The public is encouraged to attend this forum, learn more about this planning process, and provide input on issues relevant to the JLUS. To develop a plan that is responsive to local needs, it is critical to obtain input from the community.

For more information about the JLUS project, visit or contact Jack Green, AICP at King George County Department of Community Development, at 540-775-7111 or

Summer Day Camp Programs Offer Fun and Friends

Summer camp information fair set for April 5

The Department of Community Services Recreation Division is offering camp programs to give kids and teens an adventurous, active, and healthy summer. Registration begins Wednesday, March 5. Register by Friday, April 18 and receive $5 off per week/per session. Online registration is available at

The following camps are offered:

-- All Star Sports Camp (Age: 8–14)

-- Summer Camp (Age: 6–14)

-- Campnastics (Age: 6–14)

-- Junior Campnastics (Age: 4–6)

-- Special Populations Camp Co-op (Age: 5–21; Development disabilities)

-- Aqua Boot Camp (Age: 8–13)

-- Camp Splash (Age: 8–13)

-- Junior Lifeguard Camp (Age: 11–14)

-- Tightline Basketball Camp (Age: 5–17)

-- Goal Keeping Academy (Age: 5–17)

-- JDI Health & Wellness Youth Fitness Camp (Age: 8–14)

-- Mike Bozeman C-Ed Basketball Academy (Age: 7–14)

-- Sensible Soccer Camp (Age: 5–13)

-- Radio Broadcasting Camp (Age: 10–14)

-- Theater Camp for Kids (Age: 5–14)

-- Lego's Camp (Age 6–12)

To learn more about summer camps, visit the summer camp information fair on Saturday, April 5 from 8 a.m. – noon at Regency Furniture Stadium (11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf). Camp directors will provide a program overview and answer questions.

For information on other events offered by the Charles County Department of Community Services, visit, or call 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 866-269-9006.

Waldorf Beautification Project Spring 2014 Kickoff Set for March 29

The Charles County Commissioners invite citizens to attend the Waldorf Beautification Project Spring 2014 Kickoff event on Saturday, March 29, at 1 p.m. at the VanGO Park-and-Ride lot (intersection of U.S. Route 301 Crain Highway and Smallwood Drive West near the St. Charles Towne Center mall). Commissioner Vice President Reuben B. Collins, II (District 3) will announce details about the 2014 Waldorf Beautification Student Poster Contest, an area-focused litter prevention campaign, and an update on the construction at the intersection of Route 5 (Leonardtown Road) and Old Washington Road.

Find out how you can help our community and show your Waldorf pride at the Waldorf Beautification Project Spring 2014 Kickoff event, which will include special presentations on litter enforcement and the Waldorf Urban Redevelopment Corridor. The Charles County Government hybrid Ford Escape will be filled with giveaways, including seedlings and vehicle litter bags. The event is open to the public.

The Waldorf Beautification Project gives businesses, homeowners associations, neighborhood representatives, civic and charitable organizations, students, elected officials, and interested citizens an opportunity to join together to make a difference. The project began in 2013 with several successful community improvement initiatives, including a student poster contest, the Autumn Colors of Waldorf Photo Contest, and placement of signs reminding citizens of the project’s slogan, “With Pride, We Prosper!”

For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 301-645-0580 or 301-885-2779. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 866-269-9006.

Commissioner Davis Named One of Top 100 Maryland Women for Second Time

The Daily Record, Maryland’s leading business publication, named Charles County Commissioner Debra M. Davis, Esq. (District 2) one of the Top 100 Women in the state of Maryland for the second time. The Daily Record’s Top 100 Women list, which dates back to 1996, recognizes high-achieving Maryland women making an impact through their leadership, community service, and mentoring.

“I am honored to have been selected for the second time for such a prestigious award, and to be one of the first to bring this recognition to Charles County,” said Commissioner Davis. “As a lawyer, business person and community activist, I am proud to stand among many great women leaders throughout the state of Maryland.”

Commissioner Davis began serving her first term on the Board of Commissioners in 2010. Prior to her entry into politics, she led government and civic organizations for many years. Governor O’Malley appointed Commissioner Davis to the Real Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board for Charles County in 2009.

Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly said, “I am pleased to see my colleague Debra Davis, recognized for her achievements. She has shown her commitment to the residents of Charles County, especially through her Vision 2020 initiative.”

“It is not surprising that Commissioner Davis would be recognized in this capacity. She continues to distinguish herself in every endeavor she undertakes. Her commitment has always been, and will continue to be, to her constituents. She is more than worthy of this outstanding honor,” said Commissioner Vice President Reuben B. Collins, II (District 3).

Currently, Commissioner Davis sits on the Board of Governors for the Maryland State Bar Association, and is past-president of the Prince George’s County Bar Association, an organization of more than 1,200 lawyers and judges who live and/or practice law in Prince George’s County. She is past president and a member of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, and a member of the American Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, Prince George’s County Bar Association, Salome A. Howard Bar Association, and Zonta International.

Commissioner Ken Robinson (District 1) said, “I think it is a great compliment to Charles County that Commissioner Davis as well as Commissioner Candice Quinn Kelly have been honored in such as way. Just from our office, we represent two percent of the top 100 Women of Maryland!”

"Commissioner Davis is a leader with integrity and I’m proud to call her my colleague and friend. She has been a very positive part of our efforts to work cooperatively to improve the quality of life for all Charles County residents. I can’t think of anyone more deserving to be recognized statewide," said Commissioner Bobby Rucci (District 4).

Commissioner Davis spearheaded several initiatives including: the Charles County intern program; the county’s civility code; the Western Charles County Business Roundtable; and the Charles County 2020 Vision program, a comprehensive, long-term plan to address poverty in rural areas.

“The Daily Record’s Maryland’s Top 100 Women was started 18 years ago to shine the spotlight on accomplished women throughout the state,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. “The honorees are women who excel at their jobs. They are keenly devoted to bettering the communities where they live and work. They devote their time, their talents, and their mentoring skills to improving Maryland’s businesses, its residents, its communities, and its future women leaders.”

The Daily Record will honor Commissioner Davis and 99 other winners at an awards reception on Monday, May 5 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.

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