Charles Co. Gov. News Briefs

May 13 Tier Map Public Hearing Canceled

Please be advised that the May 13 public hearing concerning the Maryland Department of Planning’s comments on the Charles County Tier Map has been canceled.

For more information, call 301-645-0550 or email Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Fifth Annual Port Tobacco Market Days Set for May 3

The fifth annual Port Tobacco Market Days event will take place this Saturday, May 3 from 9 2 p.m. at the historic Port Tobacco Courthouse (Chapel Point Rd, Port Tobacco). Shuttle bus service is available from the Department of Community Services parking area (8190 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) to the Port Tobacco Market Days event for anyone not wishing to park in the grass area adjoining the Port Tobacco Courthouse. The shuttle bus will begin service at 8:30 a.m. and run every half hour during the event.

Port Tobacco Market Days will begin with a ribbon-cutting event at 9 a.m. to celebrate the partnership between Charles County Government and the Society of the Restoration for Port Tobacco to operate the historic courthouse, Stagg Hall, and Burch House.

This event will showcase some of Southern Maryland’s local artists and vendors. The Charles County Garden Club will hold their annual plant sale and tours of the Port Tobacco Court House, Stagg Hall, and Burch House will be available.

Charles County Parks Offers Extreme Fun Summer Skateboard Camp

The Charles County Skate Park is offering a 360 Action Skateboard Camp this summer for the week of July 21–25. Campers meet daily from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Under the supervision of professional coaches from American Inline Skating, participants between the ages of 6 and 14 years will receive group and individual training on safe riding, tack turns, kick turns, ollies, fakies, grinding, getting air, bowl drop-ins, and much more. All campers receive an official camp T-shirt and stickers.

The camp fee is $125 and the registration deadline is Tuesday, July 1 (early registration is recommended).

For registration information and a list of required equipment, contact the Charles County Parks Division at 301-932-3470, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 866-269-9006.

The Charles County Skate Park is located at White Plains Regional Park, 1015 St. Charles Parkway, White Plains, Md.

Exhibitor Opportunities Available for War of 1812 Commemorative Weekend

Celebrate Charles: March from Benedict is taking place on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30–31, at Serenity Farm (6932 Serenity Farm Rd, Benedict). Artisans, crafters, and food vendors are invited to sell goods and showcase their talents. Spaces are available for $10 for one day or $15 for two days. Register today to secure a spot at this unique event. Registration is available online at

For more information visit, or contact Ms. Rachel Reynolds, Promotions Specialist, at 301-645-0601 or Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Charles County Commissioners’ May Town Hall Meeting Schedule

The Charles County Commissioners invite the public to attend May town hall meetings as scheduled below. The purpose of the Commissioners’ town hall meetings is to take questions from those in attendance and to discuss items of importance to the citizens and the community.

Reuben B. Collins, II, Commissioner Vice President (District 3)
Monday, May 19, 7:30 p.m.
Capital Clubhouse (3033 Waldorf Market Place, Waldorf)

Ken Robinson (District 1)
“Coffee with the Commissioner” (Meeting will be videotaped for online viewing)
Saturday, May 17, 11 a.m.
Starbucks (6675 Crain Highway, La Plata)

Bobby Rucci (District 4)
Commissioner Bobby Rucci will meet with any citizen at any available time or through email, text messaging, or telephone to discuss issues of concern. He may be reached at or by calling 301-645-0550.

Future town hall meeting dates are available at

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

County Commissioners to Host Community Drug Forum on May 27

Government and Nonprofit Leaders Seeking Citizen Input

The Charles County Commissioners invite residents to attend a Community Drug Forum, “A Time to Listen,” on Tuesday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at the La Plata High School auditorium (6035 Radio Station Road, La Plata). Citizens are encouraged to attend and share their experiences, thoughts, and recommendations on the drug abuse problem in the county. Elected officials and representatives of public advocacy organizations will be present to hear concerns and suggestions for later development of a countywide anti-drug initiative.

Drug abuse in Charles County is destroying families and communities. Southern Maryland has seen an increase in heroin/opiate overdoses and heroin- related deaths. The goal of the Community Drug Forum is to identify the problems and barriers to eliminating drug abuse and its negative effects in order to create an action plan that can address unmet prevention and treatment needs. The event is an opportunity for the public to become part of creating solutions to improve the health of the community.

Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly said, “Substance abuse touches everyone. Too often it is hidden away, and patients and their families suffer in silence. I am proud of our Board of Commissioners for acknowledging the devastation of this disease and for their commitment to understand this crisis and to respond.”

On April 1, 2014, the Commissioners signed Resolution #2014-06, Emergency Drug Crisis in Charles County. The Commissioners adopted the resolution to take action against drug abuse by partnering with the community, legislators, law enforcement, treatment facilities, and others to learn what the needs are and how to facilitate effective solutions to the drug problem.

An audio recording of the event will be made for the sole purpose of capturing ideas and recommendations for the action plan. Due to the sensitive nature of information that may be shared by those in attendance, video recording and still photography are strictly prohibited.

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: 800-735-2258.

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