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Parents Reminded of Back-To-School Birth Certificates and Immunizations

LEONARDTOWN – The St. Mary’s County Public Schools will begin classes August 20 and parents are reminded that, along with school supplies, there are other important items to add to their back-to-school lists for school enrollment.

Certified copies of birth certificates are required to register children for public schools. In order to avoid a last-minute rush, parents are encouraged to apply for a birth certificate for their child as soon as possible. Certified copies of birth certificates for children born in the State of Maryland may be obtained at the St. Mary’s County Health Department while you wait, Mon. – Fri. from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.) at a cost of $35 per certificate. The Health Department is located at 21580 Peabody Street in Leonardtown. For more information about how to apply for a birth certificate, please contact the Vital Records Office of the health department at 301-475-4330 or online at http://www.smchd.org.

Also, parents are reminded that new immunization requirements in Maryland will impact many school-aged children in St. Mary’s County. Proof of complete primary immunizations against certain childhood communicable diseases is required for all students in preschool through the 12th grade. The law requires that students who do not provide proof of vaccination within 20 days of entrance be excluded from school. For students entering kindergarten and 7th grade, the new immunization regulations require the following:

-- Proof of a second dose of varicella (chicken pox) vaccination is required for students entering kindergarten.

-- Proof of Tdap vaccination, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough), is required for students entering 7th grade.

-- Proof of one dose of MCV4 (meningitis) vaccination, is required for students entering 7th grade.

Parents are encouraged to contact their primary health care providers as soon as possible to ensure that their children are up-to-date on their immunizations. The St. Mary’s County Health Department will be holding in-school vaccine clinics at each of the four public middle schools, and a clinic at the health department on Monday, Sept. 8 from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. For more information about back-to-school school vaccination requirements in Maryland, visit the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) website.

County Government Leaders to Share Ideas, Innovations at MACo Summer Conference

LA PLATA—The 2014 Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conference will be held Aug. 13–16 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Md. The 2014 conference theme is “Ideas & Innovations,” focusing on new ways to serve Maryland residents, including ground-breaking methods to provide necessary services, creative ways to fund existing and upcoming projects, and constructive partnerships between different levels of government and the public and private sectors.

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Governor Parris Glendening are confirmed to speak in two separate sessions at this year’s conference. Gubernatorial candidates Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown (D) and Mr. Larry Hogan (R) are both confirmed to participate in a Gubernatorial Forum.

Sen. Cardin will address conference attendees on federal issues facing Maryland. Following his address, attendees will have the opportunity to ask the senator questions in a Town Hall format. Governor Glendening will be the special guest of a televised interview session led by Phil Tilghman, host of the public access TV show, “One on One.” Governor Glendening will reflect on his years in state and local service, and share his perspective on current policy issues.

“MACo consistently focuses on relevant and timely county government topics at their conferences, and this year is no different,” said Charles County Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly. “Every county is in search of creative ways to fund projects. We are eager to learn and share from one another.”

As in past years, Charles County will have a presence at the conference. Commissioner Debra M. Davis, Esq. (District 2) will moderate a panel entitled, “Trying Hard is Not Good Enough - A Book Discussion with Keynote Speaker Mark Friedman.” Charles County's Office of Tourism will be at exhibit booth 931 with a creative display of information about the county’s tourism efforts and the War of 1812 commemoration.

MACo’s Summer Conference is an annual event where county elected officials and staff, legislators, state and federal officials, and business representatives convene to study best practices in local government and explore partnerships through which to better serve the people of Maryland. Participants have access to more than 25 educational sessions focusing on local government issues such as budgeting and finance, environmental policy, planning and land use, education, and other local government areas of interest. The conference also offers attendees the chance to hear from policy experts and political luminaries, and learn from their experiences and insights.

Representing Charles County at the MACo Summer Conference will be: Charles County Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly; Commissioner Vice President Reuben B. Collins, II, MACo Legislative Committee member; Commissioner Ken Robinson; Commissioner Debra M. Davis, Esq.; Commissioner Bobbi Rucci; Mark Belton, County Administrator; Peter Aluotto, Director of Planning and Growth Management; David Eicholtz, Director of Fiscal and Administrative Services; Catherine Herbert, Tourism Marketing Coordinator; Kwasi Holman, Director of Economic Development; Barbara Holtz, County Attorney; Eileen Minnick, Director of Community Services; William Shreve, Director of Public Works; William Stephens, Director of Emergency Management Systems; and Elizabeth Theobalds, Deputy County Attorney.

Traffic Pattern Change on Armory Road (Chesapeake Blvd.) Beginning Aug. 12

PRINCE FREDERICK—The first part of the third phase of traffic control for the Armory Road (Chesapeake Blvd.) project in Prince Frederick is scheduled to be placed in effect on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. This phase requires a traffic pattern change at the intersection of Dares Beach and Armory Roads.

Under this phase, the intersection of Dares Beach Road and Armory Road will be placed in a full roundabout pattern for traffic movement. Access to Armory Road south of Dares Beach Road from the intersection will be limited to the business establishments only (Patuxent Architects, Amore Hair Salon, Edward Jones, Calvert Body Works, Little Protégés Daycare and Schwallenberg Paving). Through traffic to Fairground Road or Main Street from the intersection will be closed. Fairground Road will be maintained as a detour route between Main Street and Dares Beach Road.

Portable message boards will be located on the Armory Road and Dares Beach Road approaches to the intersection prior to the effective date to provide advance notice to motorists who travel this area. It is estimated this traffic pattern will remain in effect until the beginning of September.

Citizens are reminded that Armory Road will retain its name following this road improvement project. According to county regulations, road name changes require concurrence from at least 75 percent of the property owners abutting the road for which a name change is proposed. The proposed Chesapeake Boulevard name did not reach that threshold of support.

Maps plotting the project by phase and additional information are available at http://www.co.cal.md.us/roadproject . To learn more, contact Karl Deugwillo at deugwikr [at] co.cal.md.us or 410-535-1600, ext. 2546.

Charles County Crime Solvers Fugitive Case

LA PLATA—Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Jessica Lee Foltyn, 27, of White Plains. Foltyn currently has an outstanding warrant charging her with possession with intent to distribute narcotics and possession of narcotic production equipment. Foltyn is 5’7”, 190lbs., and has brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information about Foltyn’s whereabouts is asked not to approach her but rather call the CCSO Warrant Unit at (301) 932-2222. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES or visit http://www.ccso.us to submit a web tip. For additional information about Crime Solvers see http://www.charlescountycrimesovlers.com.

TEEN EXPLOSION: Youth Invited to Share, Learn at Sept. 6 Event

LA PLATA—If you are a Charles County teen with ideas for activities and events, the Charles County Commissioners want to hear from you. The Commissioners are hosting the “Just Think: Teen Explosion” event on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium (11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf). Teens from across the county will gather in the Legends Club picnic area to share and learn about activities available to teens through Charles County Government, local area businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Charles County teens, this is an opportunity for you to share with the Commissioners your ideas.

Just Think: Teen Explosion is an event meant just for teens, and is designed to educate, empower, and engage. Giveaways will be available. Following the event, teens are invited to stay and enjoy a night of baseball fun. Teen Explosion participants will receive a free student ticket to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs game as they face off with the Bridgeport Bluefish at 6:35 p.m.

Details on the Sept. 6 Just Think: Teen Explosion event will be available at the 2014 Business, Home & Health Expo at St. Charles Towne Center mall (11110 Mall Circle, Waldorf) on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will be sharing information on services available to Charles County's youth such as community activities, recreation, and more. Stop by and see what we have to offer.

To RSVP for the Sept. 6 Teen Explosion event or to get more information, contact Ms. Deborah Tarbox at 301-645-0576 or TarboxD [at] CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Hall Aquatic Center in Prince Frederick to Close for Annual Maintenance

PRINCE FREDERICK—The Calvert County Division of Parks & Recreation announces the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center in Prince Frederick will be temporarily closed from Aug. 11 through Sept. 1 to complete annual maintenance and cleaning. The center will re-open Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 6 a.m.

During this time, annual and summer season pass holders may use Kings Landing Pool or Cove Point Pool; punch pass holders may use Cove Point Pool. Cove Point Pool has extended lap swim hours from 6 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday during the aquatic center closing.

Participants may register for fall classes and activities in person at the Parks and Recreation main office in Prince Frederick, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents may also sign up by calling the Division of Parks & Recreation at 410-535-1600, ext. 2649.

To learn more about Calvert County Parks & Recreation aquatic operations, visit online at http://www.co.cal.md.us/parks or call 410-535-1600 ext. 2649.

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