Local Government Schedule Changes & Bulletins for Memorial Day Holiday - Southern Maryland Headline News

Local Government Schedule Changes & Bulletins for Memorial Day Holiday

Calvert County Government

Calvert County government offices will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. In addition:

-- The county senior centers will be closed and Meals on Wheels will not be delivered.

-- There will be no county bus service.

-- Calvert Library locations will be closed Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25.

-- Mt. Hope, Southern and Northeast community centers will be closed May 25.

-- The Appeal Landfill and county convenience centers will be closed May 25.

-- Battle Creek Cypress Swamp will be closed May 25.

-- Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will be open May 25 from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

-- The Calvert Marine Museum will be open May 25 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

-- Flag Ponds Nature Park and Kings Landing Park will be open with normal park hours.

-- Kings Landing Pool and Cove Point Park Pool open at noon on Saturday, May 23, for the season. Kings Landing Pool, Cove Point Pool and Edward Hall Aquatic Center will be open with normal hours May 25.

Charles County Government

The following offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day:

-- All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville

-- The Charles County Landfill and Recycling Center on Billingsley Road in Waldorf, and the Pisgah Recycling Center on Route 425 in Pisgah

-- VanGO services

-- All Senior Centers

-- The Nanjemoy Community Center, Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center, Port Tobacco Recreation Center and all other Community Centers

-- Curbside recycling and yard waste collection will be delayed one day for the week, May 25 to May 29

-- Charles County Public Library (All branches - Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25)

-- Charles County Department of Health (Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25)

The following offices will be open for normal or modified business hours:

-- Lackey and North Point High indoor pools will be open from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

-- Charles County Parks operating normal hours

-- The Crain Memorial Welcome Center located at 12480 Crain Highway in Newburg operating normal hours.

-- Port Tobacco Village (Port Tobacco Courthouse, Burch House, Stagg Hall) – Tours are available by appointment.

For questions about County Government holiday closures, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or PressRoom[at]CharlesCountyMD.org. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

St. Mary's County Government

All St. Mary's County Government Administrative Offices will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 26.

The St. Andrews Landfill, six Convenience Centers and St. Mary's Transit System (STS) will be closed on May 25. The Landfill, Convenience Centers and STS System will be open for normal business hours the day before and day after the observed holiday

All three St. Mary's County library locations and all Senior Activity Centers will be closed and there will be no Meals on Wheels deliveries on Monday, May 25. All will resume their normal operating schedules on Tuesday, May 26.

Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA)

The MVA will close its full-service and express offices on Friday, May 22, Saturday , May 23, and Monday, May 25, 2015. All Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) stations will also be closed. These closures are in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday in addition to complying with the statewide service reduction plan. MVA and VEIP stations will reopen and routine operations will resume on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

The days before and after a holiday are especially busy. Customers are encouraged to “go online” to complete their MVA transaction. Many MVA transactions can be completed via the Internet with eMVA, including vehicle registration renewals and driver’s license renewals. To reach eMVA and the available electronic transactions twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, log on to www.mva.maryland.gov and click on “Online Services.”

Maryland State Police Enforcement Initiative

Troopers throughout the state will be conducting special traffic enforcement initiatives this Memorial Day weekend in an effort to reduce motor vehicle crashes. The SPIDRE Team, a full-time drunk driving enforcement team, will be out this weekend in areas where drunk drivers and drunk driving crashes are known to be prevalent. Troopers from each of the 22 state police installations will be working a variety of initiatives which include DUI saturation patrols, speed and seatbelt enforcement as well as aggressive and distracted driving. Their goal will be to remind motorists that driving while impaired or distracted is not a good way to start the summer travel season.

State Travel Aides Available

Beach bound this Memorial Day weekend? Before you can dip your toes into the mighty ocean or build the perfect sand castle along the beach, you need to get there - safely. The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (SHA) recommends that travelers use the free travel information service 511 in their journeys. In the Town of Ocean City, the Lifeguard Crab continues to spearhead the Walk Smart! campaign - reminding pedestrians to use crosswalks, drivers to stay alert and slow down and bicyclists to ride with traffic and follow signs and signals.

For your journey to the beach, 511 is easy to use - simply choose your region, then prompt "Reach the Beach." You can get traffic incidents and travel times from east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to Ocean City as well as to the towns in between. Off to the lakes in Western Maryland instead? The 511 travel advisory system provides road conditions and travel times for interstates and major highways throughout the State, including I-70 and I-68 heading west. Create a "my 511" account and receive traffic updates directly by text and e-mail, so you will have the latest information before stepping into your vehicle.

"Our mission at SHA is to help travelers arrive at their destinations safely not only this weekend but every day," said SHA Acting Administrator Doug Simmons.

The Maryland Transportation Authority also can help guide you on your journey with updates on a recorded line specifically providing information about the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at 1-877-BAYSPAN and on the web at www.Baybridge.com. Travelers can plan ahead and use E-ZPass to pay the toll to avoid delays.

SHA's CHART (Coordinated Highways Action Response Team) program operators monitor conditions and share information with motorists around the clock to assist stranded motorists and minimize traffic delays.

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