Charles Co. Gov. News Briefs

MTA to Hold Open House Meetings

Comments requested for restructuring plans of route Nos. 901, 906, and 907

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will hold three open house meetings for the public this month. Commuter bus service managers will provide information on restructuring plans for route nos. 901, 906 and 907 and take comments from the audience.

Please select the date and location that works best for you, as all of the open houses will have the same content.

Charles County Government Building
Commissioners' Meeting Room, 200 Baltimore Street, La Plata
Monday, April 15, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center
Room G, 3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf
Wednesday, April 17, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Accokeek Branch Library
15773 Livingston Road, Accokeek
Wednesday, April 24, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

If you are unavailable to attend one of the scheduled meetings, information will be available after April 15 at Comments can be sent via email to:

Meeting locations are accessible for people with disabilities. Anyone who requires special assistance or additional accommodations should contact MTA Office of Customer Service one week in advance to make necessary arrangements at 410-767-3999 or TTY 410-539-3497.

For more information, please contact Mr. Glenn Saffran at 410-454-7255 or by email at

Commissioners Proclaim April 14-20 as National Library Week in Charles County

On Tuesday, April 9, the County Commissioners presented Ms. Emily Ferren, director of the Charles County Public Library, with proclamation #2013-16, designating the week of April 14-20, 2013, as National Library Week in Charles County. This year's library week theme, "Communities Matter at Your Library," declares that public libraries have a unique role in people's lives. Whether visiting for homework or job searches, help with finances, programs, or to find the best books, libraries are a great place to spend quality time and connect with friends.

White Plains Golf Course Announces Junior Golf Clinics

Charles County Department of Public Works, Park Division will offer two Junior Golf Clinics at White Plains Golf Course.

Session I (Ages 8 - 12) June 24, 25, 26 & 27, 8 - 9:30 a.m.

Session II (Ages 13 - 17) July 8, 9, 10 & 11, 8 - 9:30 a.m.

Each four-class session costs $50 per child. Session includes instruction, contests, and prizes.

Pre-registration is required - maximum class size is eight participants. At the completion of the clinics, participants will receive a complimentary round of golf. For additional information or to register, please call White Plains Golf Course at 301-645-1300.

White Plains Golf Course is located on St. Charles Parkway, south of DeMarr Road.

County's 9-1-1 Service is Reliable Public Link during Massive Fire

System remained fully operational, despite unusually heavy load

On Tuesday, April 2 at approximately 3:23 p.m., the Dept. of Emergency Services 9-1-1 Communications Division dispatched units to the Charles County Fairgrounds (8440 Fairgrounds Road, La Plata). The massive structure and brush fires required more than 170 firefighters from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Throughout this extraordinary incident, the county's 9-1-1 system was a reliable and stable link for the public to request emergency assistance.

The fire at the fairgrounds, compounded by an unusually high number of emergency situations occurring in other areas of the county, resulted in an extremely heavy call volume at the 9-1-1 Communications Center yesterday. The 9-1-1 system remained fully operational at all times.

The 911 Fire/EMS Communications' function is to aid the general public by providing access to emergency services in Charles County, and to neighboring jurisdictions as necessary, through facilitating the response of the closest appropriate public safety resource in order to protect life, limb and property.

Citizens are reminded to call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. For non-emergencies, contact the local police or fire department using a non-emergency telephone number.

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