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Prince Frederick Streetscape Construction Begins in Calvert County

(July 30, 2015) – The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) will begin improvements to MD 765A (Main Street) and MD 231 (Church Street) in Prince Frederick on Monday August 3. The project includes:

• Raising the road profile at the intersection of Main Street and Church Street three feet to enhance visibility;

• Installing a raised brick island to create a right-turn lane from Main Street to Church Street;

• Constructing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant brick sidewalks on Church Street between Heritage Blvd. and Main Street and on Main Street between Old Field Lane and Armory Road;

• Installing bicycle compatible shoulders;

• Improving drainage in the projects limits and

• Resurfacing and restriping the highways.

On Sunday August 2 at approximately 11:00 pm, crews will temporarily close the Main Street and Church Street intersection and detour traffic. The closure will last for eight weeks. Click here for more information about the project.

Church Street Detour:

• Motorists traveling on Church Street toward Main Street will be detoured to a left onto Heritage Blvd., a left onto Traditional Way, a right onto MD 2/4, a right onto Commerce Lane and a right back onto Main Street

• Local traffic on Church Street will have access to residences and businesses. Church Street will be closed just beyond the Trinity Church parking lot. There will be no access onto Main Street from the Trinity Church parking lot.

Main Street Detour:

• Main Street will be closed between Armory Rd and Duke Street. Local traffic will have access to residences and businesses.

• Motorists traveling southbound on Main Street will be detoured to a left onto Armory Road, a right at the roundabout onto West Dares Beach Road and a left onto MD 2/4.

• Motorists traveling on northbound Main Street will be detoured to a left onto Duke Street, a right onto MD 2/4, a right onto Commerce Lane and right onto Main Street.

SHA awarded the $3.5 million contract to Corinthian Contractors, Inc. of Upper Marlboro. Construction will start next week and is projected to be completed in the fall of 2017; weather permitting. Crews are permitted to work 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the day, and 9 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Customers with questions about this projects may contact the District 5 Office at 410-841-1000 or toll-free at 1-800-331-5603 or by email at hgonzales@sha.state.md.us.

Additional Naloxone Training Sessions Scheduled for Community Members

LEONARDTOWN—The St. Mary’s County Health Department is offering naloxone training to community members who may be able to save the life of someone experiencing breathing problems from opioid overdose. These classes are provided through Maryland’s Overdose Response Program.

Naloxone is a prescription medication that is used to reverse an opioid overdose. Opioids include heroin and prescription pain medications such as hydrocodone, methadone, morphine, and oxycodone.

Individuals who successfully complete the two-hour training curriculum will receive a certificate allowing them to obtain and have filled a prescription for naloxone. So far, 145 County law enforcement officials and 60 community members have received naloxone training through the Overdose Response Program. The training is meant for adults who are more likely to be in a setting where they could help someone experiencing opioid overdose when emergency medical services are not immediately available. This could include concerned parents, caregivers, and others whose social, occupational, volunteer, or family experience might lead to a situation where they could help restore the breathing of someone who has overdosed on opioids.

Participants in the training will learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose, the importance of calling 9-1-1 in medical emergencies, as well as how to administer naloxone and care for someone until emergency help arrives.

This program is free; however, registration is required. Classes have been scheduled for the following dates and times:

• August 3, 2015 (5:30 - 7:30 p.m.) at the Beacon of Hope

• August 7, 2015 (1:00 - 3:00 p.m.) at the St. Mary’s County Health Department

• September 17, 2015 (1:00 - 3:00 p.m.) at the St. Mary’s County Health Department

• September 28, 2015 (5:30 - 7:30 p.m.) at the St. Mary's County Health Department

• October 7, 2015 (1:00 - 3:00 p.m.) at the St. Mary's County Health Department

To learn more about the Overdose Response Program and to register for a class, please visit www.smchd.org/overdose.

For further information about naloxone training, please contact Jenna Mulliken at jenna.mulliken@maryland.gov or at 301-475-4323.

Mike Sullivan Named Acting Executive Director of Metcom

CALIFORNIA—The St. Mary's County Metropolitan Commission Board of Commissioners has appointed current Chief of Facilities and Operations, Michael Sullivan, as the Acting Executive Director of the Metropolitan Commission effective August 1, 2015. Sullivan will serve until such time as a permanent Executive Director is chosen and begins employment.

Sullivan began his career at the Metropolitan Commission on March 6, 1989, and is currently employed as the Chief of Facilities and operations where he supervises all water and sewer operations, facilities, plants, stations and associated personnel.

Sullivan will act as Executive Director immediately following the retirement of Daniel Ichniowski, on July 31, 2015. Ichniowski started with the Metropolitan Commission in April, 2008 as its Assistant Director, and in April, 2013, he was appointed as the Executive Director.

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