Charles Co. Gov. News Briefs

Rosewick Road Traffic Signal Construction Starting Oct. 21

Traffic signal construction at the intersection of Rosewick Road and Radio Station Road is scheduled to start on Monday, Oct. 21. To assist morning traffic, traffic control setup will start at 8:30 a.m. Construction will stop temporarily from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. to accommodate afternoon school bus traffic. Construction will end no later than 6 p.m. daily.

Traffic control devices, including signage, arrow boards, and traffic cones/barrels, will be used to allow free flow of traffic during construction. Traffic will be stopped only during the installation of poles and mast arms. Flagmen will direct traffic at this time.

For more information, contact the Capital Services Division at 301-645-0641. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

2014 Vision 2020 Program Applications Available

Charles County Vision 2020 Program applications are now available for the 2014 selection process. This Commissioner Initiative is designed to help Charles County residents improve their quality of life as it relates to health, education, transportation, housing, and employment.

Visit for program information and to learn how to apply.

Applications are also available at the Department of Community Services located at 8190 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco, MD 20677. Applications will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Please call 301-934-0100 for additional information.

Public Forum Scheduled for Nov. 5

The Charles County Board of Commissioners would like to inform citizens that the next public forum will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners' Meeting Room at the Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata). Sign-in will begin at 6 p.m. outside the Commissioner Meeting Room. Public forums are open to the general public.

While offering a public forum is important to the Commissioners, it is also necessary to ensure that the Commissioners are allowed enough time to conduct other County business. Therefore, the following guidelines have been established for public forums:

-- Any person wishing to speak during the public forum segment must sign the sign-in sheet upon entering the room.

-- Individuals are free to speak about any topic affecting Charles County residents.

-- Comments should be concise and to the point and limited to three minutes. The actual time limit will be at the discretion of the Commissioner President based on the agenda for the evening and the time available.

-- Making a presentation using slide projectors or overhead projectors is not appropriate for public forum. Individuals with topics that require more time or who desire to make a more formal presentation than is allowed under these guidelines, contact the Clerk to the County Commissioners at 301-645-0550 for further information related to the Commissioner meeting agendas.

-- Engaging in active debate with the Board of Commissioners or audience members will not be allowed. All comments and questions must be directed to the Board.

-- Public forum is not to be used as a candidates' forum.

-- Remarks must be respectful and courteous, free of name-calling and personal attacks. Inappropriate language will not be tolerated. Comments presented in a dignified manner have more credibility.

-- Comments to the Board of Commissioners do not constitute formal complaints, are not considered requests for records under the Public Records Act, and do not require staff response unless directed to do so by the Board.

The Board of Commissioners appreciates the cooperation of citizens in honoring these guidelines, and looks forward to hearing from the public.

Dates and times for upcoming public forums will available on the Commissioners' published meeting agenda. Commissioner meeting agendas are available online at:

For more information, contact Ms. Crystal Hunt, Public Information Officer, at 301-645-0580 or Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Park Division Offers New BMX Bike Session at White Plains Park

There will be a new BMX Bike session on Saturdays at the Charles County Skatepark, located at White Plains Park.

BMX sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. - noon on Saturdays.

Standard skatepark admission fees apply. Bikers are required to wear personal safety gear. Skatepark-friendly (covered/padded) pegs and pedals are required. Cyclists under the age of 18 must have a parent/legal guardian present at the time of registration to sign a waiver form.

For more information, contact the Department of Public Works, Parks and Grounds Division at 301-932-3470, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

National Memory Screening Day Event Planned for Nov. 20

Do you worry about memory loss? Participate in the National Memory Screening Day on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Waldorf Senior Center (3092 Crain Highway, Waldorf). This free event offers confidential memory screenings and information about successful aging. Memory screenings provide knowledge about proper diagnosis and treatment, if needed, as well as healthy lifestyle choices for successful aging.

National Memory Screening Day is an initiative of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. The Alzheimer's Foundation of America works to provide quality care and service to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, including their caregivers and families.

Approxiately 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer's disease. Although Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging, the risk of developing the disease increases with age. It is estimated that one to four family members act as caregivers for each individual with Alzheimer's disease.

For more information about Alzheimer's disease, visit the Alzheimer's Foundation of America's website at . For more information about the screening day, call the Waldorf Senior Center at 301-638-4420, or visit

Welcome the Harvest Season at the Celebrate Charles: FallFest!

Celebrate Charles: FallFest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Regency Furniture (11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf).

The Celebrate Charles Marketplace will showcase some of Southern Maryland's most talented artists, authors, crafters, jewelers, and more. Vendors include: by jeannie w love, Cyn Sational Art, Art by Sonia, Turnings by Darrel, Elf Sea Glass, Scentsy Frangrance, JTs Sports Unlmtd, Spin It Again, Ditty Bug Designs, Pop's Jewelry Shop, Mai's Stiches, ABC Wellness & Fitness, Tastefully Simple, Sweet Baby Lovins, Caterpillar Family Crochet, Everee Jewelry, Cool & Cozy Knits, Fabulous Creations, Modern Earth Boutique, Organo Gold, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Sometimes Sleep, It Works!, Little Bits Kreations, and Diane's Treasures.

Live music is being performed by Sam Grow Band and Ally Jones Acoustic Jam.

Children can give their Halloween costumes a trial run on the Trick-Or-Treat Trail and can play all day in the Family Fun Zone, which will be full of inflatables, rides, face painting, a photo booth, and coloring stations.

A spectacular fireworks display will top off the evening.

Admission is free. However, there are fees for food and market purchases. This event will be held rain or shine.

For more information, visit, or contact Ms. Rachel Reynolds, Promotions Specialist, at 301-645-0601 or Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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