Local Government News Briefs

2014 Fall Classic Dodgeball Tournament

LEONARDTOWN—The 2014 Fall Classic Dodgeball Tournament provides Southern Maryland with a day of maximum social enjoyment through the alternative sport of dodgeball. Now's your chance to gather a team of friends, neighbors, or co-workers and relive the days of your youth!

Dodgeball requires minimal equipment and/or playing experience. Teamwork and strategy are valuable factors in dodgeball than athletic skill and individual competitiveness. Experience is countered by enthusiasm. Dodgeball is safer and more enjoyable than ever with rubber coated foam balls, safety conscious rules and a festive tournament atmosphere. Anyone can join in the fun!

Teams will receive t-shirts. Individual awards will also be given for special achievements. The tournament will be contested in a round robin format. Games will begin at 9:00 am and conclude by 3:00 pm. Key dates and times are as follows:

October 4, 2014 beginning at 9:00 am
-- Check in is 8:00-8:30 am
-- Registration deadline is September 26, 2014
-- $75 per team (6 players)
-- 16 years and up
-- Minors must have parental permission
-- Minimum 6 teams; maximum 9 teams

Leonard Hall Recreation Center
23145 Leonard Hall Drive - Leonardtown, MD 20650

Round Robin Tournament
-- Each contestant meets all other contestants
-- Matches last approximately 15 minutes (Best of 3 games)

For more information, registration and rules visit http://www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/dodgeball or contact Kyle Kebaugh at 301-475-4200 ext. 1803 or via email to kyle.kebaugh [at] stmarysmd.com.

Foreclosure Prevention Workshop to be Held on Sept. 20

LA PLATA—The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, in partnership with the Charles County Department of Community Services Housing Authority, encourage the public to attend the Foreclosure Prevention Workshop on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland (8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata).

Attendees will learn how foreclosure can be prevented, as well as how Maryland’s foreclosure prevention laws affect them. Participants will be able to talk to housing counselors, attorneys, and loan servicers.

Those who plan to attend should bring all papers related to current and former mortgages including:

-- Loan applications

-- Settlement paperwork and lender statement

-- All foreclosure notices or threats of foreclosure, if any received

-- Monthly household budget and pay stubs.

Registration is available online at http://www.mdhope.org until Thursday, Sept. 18. After this date, onsite registration will be available. To pre-register for a free legal consult with an attorney, call the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland at 1-800-396-1274 ext. 3052.

Self-Defense for Seniors at Victory Woods Senior Housing

LEONARDTOWN—The concept of self-defense for seniors deals more with not showing fear than with ways to physically harm an offender. Strength to protect oneself comes from an awareness of surroundings, a fearless presence, and an understanding of your capabilities. On Thursday, August 21, 2014, Triad/SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) of St. Mary's County will host a Self-Defense Seminar at Victory Woods Senior Apartments, 22611 FDR Boulevard, Lexington Park, Maryland. Wayne Dean, owner of Dean's Okinawan Martial Arts and Self Defense, will focus his presentation on Self-Defense for seniors which will include:

-- Break-Away Techniques: the skills and techniques to break-away and protect you in aggressive situations where one has been threatened or physically assaulted.

-- Pressure Point Areas: the ability to locate "pressure point areas" on the human body to defend oneself.

-- Cane-Fu Self Defense: seniors with and without disabilities will learn how to use a cane to defend themselves from physical harassment and assault.

There is one important psychological factor to remember regarding self-defense. You are strengthening yourself and becoming more prepared.

Registration is not required, but encouraged. This event is open to the public and FREE of charge. To register, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1073.

Annual Charles County Economic Development Summit Set for Oct. 21

Sponsorship opportunities now available

LA PLATA—The Charles County Commissioners are pleased to announce the 2014 Charles County Economic Development Summit will be held Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center (3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf). The 2014 summit theme is “Meet Charles County: Local Advantages, Regional Assets,” highlighting why Charles County is well-positioned for investment, growth, and development. The reasons Charles County continues to attract residents to the community (lower cost of living, high quality of life, educational opportunities) are also business advantages that can attract and retain companies looking for affordable locations, a well-educated talent pool, and access to customers. Proximity drives profitability, and Charles County’s location in the Washington D.C. metro area allows businesses to enjoy both.

The forum includes a keynote address by James C. Dinegar, President and CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and a presentation by renowned economist Anirban Basu, of Sage Policy Group.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from silver to diamond levels. Sponsors are recognized in select advertising prior to and during the event and also receive eight complimentary reservations. Sponsor information will be included in the printed program that will be provided to all attendees. Both print and electronic versions of this program are utilized for various marketing and informational purposes throughout the year, allowing sponsor recognition to continue long after the event. The deadline to receive sponsorship advertising is Monday, Sept. 22.

Tickets are $50/per person if you register by Wednesday, Oct. 15, ($60 after). Fee includes a full breakfast and light lunch. To register online, visit: http://conta.cc/YdllcR.

For more information about the 2014 Economic Development Summit, contact the Department of Economic Development at 301-885-1343 or Info [at] MeetCharlesCounty.com. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Delegate O’Donnell meets with the St. Mary’s DAV

SOLOMONS—On Wednesday, August 6, Delegate Anthony O’Donnell (R-St. Mary’s/Calvert) spoke to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) St. Mary’s Chapter #26 in California, MD at the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) hall. Delegate O’Donnell discussed the Veterans Caucus and legislative issues in Maryland coming before the General Assembly in Annapolis. Following the presentation was a question and answer time that allowed the veterans to relate to how legislative issues affect them and to inquire about the legislative process in Annapolis.

Delegate O’Donnell served in the United States Navy as a nuclear power plant operator and technician from 1979 until 1987. He is a founding member of the Legislative Veteran’s Caucus in the Maryland House of Delegates. O’Donnell has also served on the veteran’s advisory committee of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland. He has been a long time supporter of veterans through membership in the American Legion and sponsoring beneficial veteran bills in the Maryland General Assembly.

The DAV St. Mary’s Chapter #26 consists of men and women veterans who have been injured or disabled while serving the United States during a time of war. The organization aims to provide disabled veterans with the support and information they need and to represent their interest in the local, state and federal government. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at the California, MD VFW with Commander Terry Singer presiding. More information on this organization can be found at http://www.davmembersportal.org/chapters/md/26/default.aspx.

Media Statement regarding the Circuit Court Order on Local Zoning Ordinance Exemption for Liquid Natural Gas Import or Export Facilities

PRINCE FREDERICK—On Oct. 29, 2013, the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and the Calvert County Planning Commission voted to exempt liquid natural gas import or export facilities from the Calvert County Zoning Ordinance. In an order announced Aug. 11, a Circuit Court judge held that the exemption is invalid.

The BOCC believes the premise behind the zoning exemption remains legitimate. It recognizes that review and inspection of these types of highly technical, stringently regulated projects should be conducted by experienced federal and state regulators due to the rigorous standards they must meet.

It is also important to note that the judge, in his order, wrote that the ruling “has no direct bearing on whether the facility will be built or not.”

The Board will consider its next steps when it meets again on Aug. 19, 2014.

State Approves Recreation Enhancements at Park in La Plata

In Charles County, La Plata will receive $47,000 in state Program Open Space funds to construct a walking trail from the entrance of the Kings Grant subdivision to Tilghman Lake. This will connect to an existing trail around the lake and another trail loop north of Tilghman Lake Park, creating a 5-mile loop.

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