Charles Co. Gov. News Briefs

Charles County to Host USA National Women’s Softball Team

Team to hold youth softball clinic July 28

Come cheer on the USA National Women’s Softball Team as they prepare for the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championships. On Tuesday, July 29 at 7 p.m., the USA Softball Women’s National Team will play a doubleheader game against the Maryland-DC All Stars. This game is in preparation for the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championships scheduled for August 15-24 in Haarlem, Netherlands. The exhibition games will take place at Regency Furniture Stadium (11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf). Tickets can be purchased at

In addition to the doubleheader, the USA National Women’s Softball Team will host a youth softball clinic on Monday, July 28 at Laurel Springs Park (5800 Radio Station Road La Plata). The cost for the clinic is $80 per player and includes a T-shirt. To sign-up, visit

The USA Softball Women’s National Team’s 17-player roster was announced recently and includes a number of high profile athletes. Lauren Gibson, a Pasadena, Md. native and University of Tennessee alumna, will be making her third appearance on the National Team. To see the full USA Softball Women’s National Team roster, visit

Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla./Head Coach at USF) will lead the National Team and will be assisted by three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Laura Berg (Corvalis, Ore./head coach Oregon State) as well as Howard Dobson (Orange, Texas/assistant coach at LSU) and Lisa Dodd (San Diego, Calif./head coach at UNLV) throughout the summer events.

Clear the Clutter at County Shred Event

Free document shredding featured at Aug. 9 Green Expo and Tech Showcase

Do you have stacks of old paperwork and documents at home, ready for disposal? If so, bring them to Charles County’s free document-shredding event at Regency Furniture Stadium (11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf) in the stadium parking area on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. You will have the opportunity to safely dispose of forms, documents, receipts or any other confidential files you no longer need. Bring up to five (5) boxes of personal documents for secure shredding.

Improper disposal of documents can result in more than just a clutter nuisance. Personal information from the documents may fall into the wrong hands, putting you at risk for identity theft, one of the fastest growing crimes in the country, affecting nearly ten million Americans each year. Identity theft and other fraudulent crimes are a result of direct theft of hard paper materials. Shredding can help put a stop to identity theft.

Maryland’s Attorney General recommends shredding and destroying any documents that contain personal information, instead of throwing them away. This includes credit card offers, bank statements, and telephone bills. Free shred events are a great way to get rid of unwanted paper and reduce the risk of identity theft by ensuring your personal information is securely destroyed.

Document shredding is just one of several highlights of the 2014 Green Expo and Tech Showcase at Regency Furniture Stadium on Aug. 9. Inside the stadium, the Green Expo will feature eco-friendly products and solutions. Gates open at 5:35 p.m. Tickets are required to access the Green Expo vendors inside the stadium. In the stadium parking area, the shredding event and Tech Showcase will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Tech Showcase will offer opportunities to test drive the latest Electric Vehicles (EVs), and meet MDVolt members and other EV enthusiasts.

Information about the 2014 Charles County Green Expo and Tech Showcase can be found online at or by calling Beth Groth at 301-645-0684 or Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Latex Paint No Longer Accepted During Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Latex paint is not considered hazardous waste and can be placed in your household trash as long as it is solidified. Latex paint can be solidified by adding kitty litter, shredded paper, sawdust, or paint hardener to aid in drying it out. As a cost saving measure, the Charles County Department of Public Works will no longer accept latex paint at household hazardous waste collection events.

Acceptable household hazardous waste items include: pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, gasoline, oil-based paint, cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, fluorescent lights, mercury thermometers, and other poisons found in the home. Remember to mark any container that does not have a readable, original label.

Unacceptable materials include bio-medical waste (sharps, needles, anything with bodily fluids), latex paint, prescription drugs, and ammunition. Used motor oil, anti-freeze, propane tanks, and batteries are accepted on a regular basis at any one of the four county Recycling Centers.

Household hazardous waste collection occurs on the first Saturday of each month, April through December. Upcoming 2014 collection dates are: August 2, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, and Dec. 6.

For more information, call the Charles County Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778, or the landfill and recycling information line at 301-932-5656. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Stay Cool at the Charles County Skateboard Park

The Charles County Parks and Grounds Division has scheduled four “Beat the Heat” skateboarding sessions at the Charles County Skatepark, located at White Plains Park (1015 St. Charles Parkway, White Plains).

The “Beat the Heat” sessions will be held Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon on July 23, July 30, Aug. 6, and Aug. 13. Admission is $3 per person.

For more information, contact the Department of Public Works, Parks Division office at 301-932-3470, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit

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