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Charles Co. Gov. News Briefs

Commissioners Proclaim September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

On Tuesday, Sept. 9, the Charles County Commissioners and the Charles County Department of Health proclaimed September 2014 as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men.

The Charles County Department of Health encourages men to speak with their doctors or health care providers so they can learn more about their personal risks for prostate cancer, options for early screening, and the pros and cons of prostate cancer detection and treatment.

The American Cancer Society reports that there will be an estimated 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer nationally in the year 2014, and approximately 29,480 men will die from prostate cancer. In the state of Maryland, it is estimated that 5,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014 and an estimated 550 will die from the disease.

Vision 2020 Program Applications Available Oct. 1

Charles County Vision 2020 Program applications will be available starting Wednesday, Oct. 1 for the 2015 selection process. Applications will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Visit or call 301-934-0100 for program and application information.

The Charles County Vision 2020 Program is designed to help Charles County residents improve their quality of life as it relates to health, education, transportation, housing, and employment. By working with an assigned caseworker, who will provide support and referrals, program participants will work toward achieving their goals and moving away from recurring economic crises into sustainable and independent living conditions.

Applications are also available at the Department of Community Services building, 8190 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco.

Emergency Services Equips Ambulances with Mobile Devices

The Charles County Department of Emergency Services received a grant for $121,000 to acquire mobile tablets for every county ambulance. The addition of this state-of-the-art mobile technology will enhance patient care and accountability.

In September 2013, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Service Systems (MIEMSS) selected the Charles County Department of Emergency Services’ EMS Division as the lead agency for testing the Health Care (HC) Standard® Patient Tracking System on a single technology platform. Following months of field testing, the EMS Division recommended a mobile tablet solution as the most appropriate platform for HC Standard®.

Communications is the most vital component in effectively managing and accounting for patients and resources during routine daily incidents as well as mass casualty or disaster events. The statewide implementation of the HC Standard® Mobile Patient Tracking System is Maryland’s solution. The new system integrates patient care reporting, computer-aided dispatch interface, and patient tracking, while ensuring full Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance into a single device.

Adult Winter Sports League Registration Open

Lace up your shoes and gather your teammates. Team registration for the 2014-2015 winter adult sports leagues is now open. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 15 with early registration ending on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Register online at A completed team roster must be submitted with team fee.

NEW: Church Adult Volleyball Leagues are available with a 10-match (30-game) season. Players must be associated with a local church organization to participate. The early registration fee is $300. Games are played on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday nights at various locations throughout the county. Games begin in mid-October.

Adult Basketball Leagues are available for ages 18 and up. The early registration fee per team is $700. Games are played each Sunday at various locations throughout the county. Games begin in early November.

Adult 30+ Basketball Leagues are available with an eight-game regular season. The early registration fee is $525. Games are played on Thursdays at Davis Middle School (2495 Davis Road, Waldorf). Games begin in mid-October.

Adult Volleyball Leagues are available with a 10-match (30-game) season. The early registration fee is $300. Games are played on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday nights at various locations throughout the county. Games begin in mid-October.

For more information, call 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388, ext. 5152. Citizens with special needs, contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Charles County Commissioners’ September Town Hall Meeting Schedule

The Charles County Commissioners invite the public to attend September 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, Sept, 22, 7:30 p.m.
Capital Clubhouse (3033 Waldorf Market Place, Waldorf)

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 RucciB [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 PressRoom [at] Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 866-269-9006.

Charles County Commissioners Meeting Agendas for Sept. 16 & 17, 2014

Tuesday, Sept. 16

1. [9:00 a.m.] Approval Items (Commissioners' Meeting Room)

1.01 [9:00 a.m.] Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance

1.02 [9:05 a.m.] Approval of Minutes September 9, 2014

1.03 [9:10 a.m.] Commissioner Approval Items

1.04 [9:20 a.m.] Approval of Agenda for September 30, 2014

1.05 [9:25 a.m.] Briefing: Front Foot Benefit Assessment (Ms. Barbara Holtz, County Attorney/Planning & Growth Management TBD)

1.06 [9:40 a.m.] Briefing: Standard Operating Procedures (Ms. Deb Hall, Deputy County Administrator)

1.07 [10:15 a.m.] Briefing: 2014 General Fund Statement Quarterly Review, Sept 2014 (Mr. David Eicholtz,Director, Fiscal and Administrative Services/ Jenifer Ellin, Chief of Budget)

1.08 [10:30 a.m.] Bond Sale ( Mr. David Eicholtz, Director of Fiscal and Administrative Services)

1.09 [10:45 a.m.] Briefing: Citizen Liaison Report (Ms. Scarlett Mower, Citizen Liaison Director)

1.10 [11:05 a.m.] Briefing: Future Fiscal Needs of the Maryland Veterans Memorial Museum (Mr. Larry Abell,President)

1.11 [11:45 a.m.] Announcement: Bond Sale Recipient

1.12 [12:00 p.m.] Lunch

2. [12:30 p.m.] Closed Session (Government Building Conference Room)

2.01 Closed Session (Legal) All or a portion of this session may be closed pursuant to Section 10-508(a)[insert sections] of the Annotated Code of Maryland. A portion of this session will also concern the administrative function of the County Commissioners in their executive role.

3. [2:30 p.m.] Briefings/Information (Government Building Conference Room)

3.01 [2:30 P.M.] Work Session: Joint Board of Education School Allocation Meeting (Mr. Jason Groth, Planning &Growth Management)

3.02 [3:15 p.m.] Briefing: Board of Education Schools Facilities Report (Mr. Judson Hornfeck, GWWO, Inc.)

Wednesday, Sept. 17

The County Commissioners will not be holding public session. The Commissioners will be representing the county at other meetings and will conduct individual appointments as scheduled.


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