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Human Relations Commission Meeting Date Change

The Human Relations Commission Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, August 13 at 4 p.m., will now be held on Thursday, August 20 at 4 p.m. in the Human Services Conference Room inside the Potomac Building, 23115 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, Maryland.

For more information, please call the Department of Aging and Human Services at 301-475-4200, extension 1680.

Notice of MetCom Public Hearing

In accordance with Section 113-5 of the Public Laws of St Mary’s County, the St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) will hold a Public Hearing to discuss the FDR Boulevard Phase 1B Water Main Project No. 8151WM. The project includes infrastructure improvements in coordination with the Department of Public Works and Transportation's FDR Boulevard Extended (Neighborhood Connector) Phase 1 Roadway Project. This project will include a water distribution system loop between the First Colony and Laurel Glen service areas. This water main loop will improve system reliability and maximize distribution efficiency of adjacent wells and storage facilities.

The project includes installing new water mains and constructing connections to existing water lines along the new alignment of FDR Boulevard, from the existing water lines on First Colony Boulevard to Old Rolling Road and from existing water lines on Monterey Lane to Barefoot Drive. The work consists of installation of approximately 3,450 linear feet of new 12" water line, and includes new fire hydrants, water services, and associated appurtenances and restoration. The estimated total cost for this project is $1,509,300.

The Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, beginning at 6:30 PM at the Commission’s offices, 23121 Camden Way, California, MD. The proposed contract documents, which include plans and specifications, can be inspected at the time of the hearing or at MetCom’s Engineering Department office location, noted above, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.

All interested persons are invited to attend this Public Hearing to ask questions or present their comments and suggestions regarding this project. Please contact the Metropolitan Commission offices at 301-737-7400, Ext. 301 for more information, or if you cannot attend the hearing and would like to submit questions or provide comments.

Parents Reminded of Back-to-School Birth Certificates and Immunizations

As the new school year approaches, parents are reminded that, along with school supplies, there are other important items to add to their back-to-school lists for enrollment.

Certified copies of birth certificates are required to register children for public schools. In order to avoid a last-minute rush, parents are encouraged to apply for a birth certificate for their child as soon as possible. Certified copies of birth certificates for children born in the State of Maryland may be obtained at the St. Mary’s County Health Department, Mon. – Fri. from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at a cost of $35 per certificate. The health department is located at 21580 Peabody Street in Leonardtown. For more information about how to apply for a birth certificate, please contact the Vital Records Office of the health department at 301-475-4330 or online at

Also, the health department reminds parents that now is the time to review their child’s immunizations records to make sure they are up-to-date on their vaccinations. Parents are encouraged to contact their primary health care provider as soon as possible if they have questions about their child’s vaccination status or to make an appointment for required immunizations.

Proof of complete primary immunizations against certain childhood communicable diseases is required for all students in preschool through the 12th grade. Maryland law requires that students who do not provide proof of vaccination within 20 days of entrance be excluded from school. For students entering kindergarten and 7th grade, immunization regulations require the following:

• Proof of a second dose of varicella (chicken pox) vaccination is required for students entering kindergarten.

• Proof of Tdap vaccination, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough), is required for students entering 7th grade.

• Proof of one dose of MCV4 (meningitis) vaccination, is required for students entering 7th grade.

For more information about back-to-school school vaccination requirements in Maryland, visit the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) website at

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