Local Government Schedule Changes for Christmas Holiday - Southern Maryland Headline News

Local Government Schedule Changes for Christmas Holiday


(Dec. 10, 2014) Local governments have announced the following schedule changes and closings in observance of the Christmas holiday which is celebrated on Thursday, Dec. 25.

Calvert County Government

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announced that county offices will close Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 2:30 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 25; Friday, Dec. 26, 2014; and Jan. 1, 2015 for the holiday season. In addition:

-- The three county senior centers will close on the same days as county offices. There will be no delivery of Meal on Wheels Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, but there will be delivery on Friday, Dec. 26.

-- The Appeal Landfill will have normal hours Wednesday, Dec. 24 and all county convenience centers will close at 5 p.m. All sites will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. All sites will be open for normal operations Dec. 26.

-- County bus service will end two hours early Christmas Eve. There will be no bus service Dec. 25-26, 2014 or Jan. 1, 2015.

-- Calvert Library locations will close Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. All libraries will close at 5 p.m. Dec. 31, 2014. The libraries will open with normal hours Friday, Dec. 26.

-- Flag Ponds Nature Park is closed Dec. 24-25, 2014 and Jan. 1, 2015. The park will open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 26

-- Kings Landing Park will open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 24 and be closed on Dec. 25-26, 2014 and Jan. 1, 2015.

-- Battle Creek Cypress Swamp will open from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Dec. 24 and close Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1, 2015.

-- Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will close Christmas Eve at 3 p.m. and reopen with normal hours Dec. 26. The golf course will have regular operating hours New Year’s Day.

-- All community centers close Christmas Eve at 2:30 p.m., and reopen with normal hours Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014. All centers will also be closed New Year’s Day.

-- The Calvert Marine Museum will close Christmas Eve at 3 p.m. and reopen with normal hours Dec. 26, 2014. The museum will close New Year’s Day.

-- Edward Hall Aquatic Center will close at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The center will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Charles County Government

The Charles County Commissioners announced the following offices and facility schedule changes for Wednesday, Dec. 24 through Friday, Dec. 26.

Wednesday, Dec. 24:

-- VanGO: Last VanGO departures from the Waldorf transfer point at 5:30 p.m. on the 301 Connector, Business A, Business B, and Charlotte Hall routes. Last departures from the Waldorf transfer point at 6 p.m. on the Berry Road, Indian Head, Pinefield, St. Charles A, St. Charles B, and St. Charles C routes. Last departures from the La Plata transfer point at 5:30 p.m. on the 301 Connector, Bryans Road, and Nanjemoy routes. Last departures from the La Plata transfer point for Newburg at 4:30 p.m. and La Plata at 6 p.m.

-- Charles County Skate Park: Closed. Other parks open for walk-in use during daylight hours.

-- Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center: Open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Campnastics drop-in program only. Classes, practices, and other evening activities will not be held.

-- Nanjemoy Community Center: Closing at 4:30 p.m. Port Tobacco Recreation Center, all other community centers, and Lackey and North Point indoor pools will be closed.

-- Waldorf Senior Center: Closed.

-- Charles County Public Library (all branches): Closed.

-- Charles County Department of Health: Closed.

Thursday, Dec. 25:

The following offices and facilities will be closed or not in service on Christmas Day, Dec. 25:

-- Charles County Government offices

-- Tri-County Animal Shelter

-- VanGO

-- Charles County Skate Park

-- Community Centers

-- Senior Centers

-- Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center

-- Port Tobacco Recreation Center

-- Lackey and North Point indoor pools

-- Charles County Public Library (all branches)

-- Charles County Department of Health

-- Crain Memorial Welcome Center

-- Charles County Sanitary Landfill

-- Recycling Centers

-- White Plains Golf Course

-- All county parks

On Dec. 25, curbside recycling and yard waste collection will be delayed one day. Thursday pickups will take place on Friday and Friday pickups on Saturday.

Friday, Dec. 26:

-- Charles County Government Offices: Closed.

-- Tri-County Animal Shelter: Closed.

-- Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center: Open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Campnastics drop-in program only. Classes, practices, and other evening activities will not be held.

-- Port Tobacco Recreation Center: Closed.

-- Lackey and North Point indoor pools are open 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

-- Community Centers: Closed.

-- Every-other-week Curbside Recycling Collection: Thursday “A” Week Schedule will have recyclables picked up on Friday, Dec. 26. Friday “A” week schedule will have recyclables picked up on Saturday, Dec. 27.

-- Yard Waste Collection: Thursday yard waste collection will be picked up on Friday, Dec. 26. Friday yard waste collection will be picked up on Saturday, Dec. 27.

Charles County Public Schools

All Charles County public schools will be closed for winter break from Monday, Dec. 22 through Friday, Jan. 2. Schools reopen for students on Monday, Jan. 5. Administrative offices are closed Dec. 24 through Dec. 26, and Jan. 1-2.

St. Mary's County Government

All St. Mary's County Government Administrative Offices will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, December 24, 25 and 26, 2014 for the Christmas holiday as well as Thursday, January 1, 2015 and Friday, January 2, 2015 for the New Year's holiday.

The St. Andrews Landfill, six convenience centers and St. Mary's Transit System (STS) will be closed on Thursday, December 25 in observance of Christmas and Thursday, January 1, 2015 in observance of New Years. In addition, the six convenience centers will open early for operations the week of December 22 - 26 (specifically 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) The early opening is a convenience to our customers and allows for the anticipated increase in usage of the facilities by County residents during the busiest time of the holiday season. Landfill hours of operation will remain 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. during this time. The STS System will be open for normal business hours prior to and after the observed holiday.

As a reminder, Christmas trees will be collected at the landfill and convenience centers free of charge. Undecorated trees may be placed in designated areas beginning December 26 and continuing through January 31, 2015. Last year, the County collected nearly 5 tons of Christmas trees, which were mixed with collected yard waste and ground into mulch for use by the Department of Recreation & Parks and the Department of Public Works & Transportation for maintaining County property. Nearly 5,000 tons of mulch is produced annually at the St. Andrews Landfill site and is provided to the citizens of St. Mary's County free of charge depending on availability.

All three St. Mary's County Library locations (Charlotte Hall, Leonardtown and Lexington Park) will be closed Wednesday, December 24, Thursday, December 25 and Friday, December 26 for the Christmas holiday. The libraries will reopen Saturday, December 27 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The libraries will also close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31 and remain closed all day Thursday, January 1, 2015 for the New Years holiday. All locations will reopen Friday January 2 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

All three Senior Activity Centers (Garvey, Loffler and Northern) will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, December 24, 25 and 26 for Christmas and Thursday and Friday, January 1 and 2, 2015 for New Years. There will be no home delivered meals on those days.

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