Monday, September 01, 2014
Public Hearing: Subdivision Regulations Amendment #14-22

Notice is hereby given that the Charles County Planning Commission will hold a Public Meeting on proposed Subdivision Regulations Amendment #14-22 on September 22, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the County Commissioner’s Meeting Room located in the County Government Building, 200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, Maryland.

Subdivision Regulations Amendment #14-22

The proposed amendments to Subdivision Regulations Amendment #14-22 are to revise review procedures related to the requirements for final subdivision plats.

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Charles County Government - Accounts Payable Payment Information

08/01/2014 - 08/31/2014

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Charles students may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) serves a variety of breakfast and lunch menu items for students at low costs for parents. For the 2014-15 school year, prices for elementary school students are $1.25 for breakfast and $2.45 for lunch. Middle and high school students can purchase breakfast for $1.40 and lunch for $2.70. Some students may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals and CCPS determines eligibility through income guidelines established by the federal government.

The reduced price for breakfast is $0.30 and $0.40 for lunch. All Charles County Public Schools students receive an application for free or reduced-price meals either at school or through the mail. Applications, including a Spanish version, are also available at each school. Families with more than one child attending CCPS only need to complete one application per household.

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Maxwell Hall, Serenity Farm host War of 1812 events
Joseph Norris ― THEBAYNET.COM

March on Benedict got a perfect opening day Saturday, Aug. 30 with an overcast sky which helped keep the sultry summer heat at bay.

Serenity Farm and Historic Maxwell Hall in Benedict hosted a weekend of War of 1812 events and for a long forgotten war, folks came out in throngs to learn about the conflict that brought severe consequences to Southern Maryland.

Historic presentations, live music, the reading of personal accounts of the British attack on the colonial plantation, all were part of the festivities.

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Our say: Labor Day trips display our neglect of infrastructure

We’re in the middle of the Labor Day weekend, one of those three-day breaks during which more Americans than usual get a good view of our national transportation infrastructure: highways, airports, train stations, cruise ship terminals. Most don’t come away impressed.

America’s neglect of its infrastructure is part of our lives. We see it in the traffic jams, the potholes, the regularly bursting water mains, the gaps in Internet service, the construction projects that take forever, and even the fact that most of the power lines are still on poles, pathetically vulnerable to bad weather and falling trees.

Last year the World Economic Forum ranked the U.S. No. 14 in infrastructure. As The Week magazine reported recently, for most of the 40 years since the nation set out to create the interstate highway system in the 1950s, the U.S. kept infrastructure spending well above 2 percent of gross domestic spending. In 2012, it fell to a 20-year low of 1.5 percent. China spends 7 percent of its gross domestic product on infrastructure.

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IRS identifies five easy ways to spot suspicious calls

The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert today providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.

These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don’t answer, they often leave an “urgent” callback request.

“These telephone scams are being seen in every part of the country, and we urge people not to be deceived by these threatening phone calls,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “We have formal processes in place for people with tax issues. The IRS respects taxpayer rights, and these angry, shake-down calls are not how we do business.”

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Calvert Memorial Hospital named 2014 Most Wired

Calvert Memorial Hospital has been named one of the nation’s “Most Wired” by the American Hospital Association. It is one of only six hospitals in Maryland and 375 nationwide to be recognized. The award is given to those healthcare organizations that have adopted a broad level of information technology that enhances quality care, improves patient safety and promotes better care coordination.

Ed Grogan, chief information officer at CMH said the health system is honored to be among the Most Wired. “We credit the foresight and vision of our board of directors who have made a significant investment in information technology.” The hospital has spent over $15 million in the past decade on modernizing and upgrading its information systems.

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Security measures increase as schools open for new year in a new era
Donna St. George and Ovetta Wiggins ― Washington Post

At Julius West Middle School in Rockville, Md., all doors are locked after the morning bells ring. Those who arrive once the schoolday begins must buzz to get in, and they are video-recorded as they speak into an intercom.

It’s but one of many examples of how schools have boosted security as the school year begins across the region and across the country.

In Prince George’s County, school leaders are spending $9.3 million for an array of improvements including buzzers, panic buttons, cameras, uniforms for security personnel and six-foot fencing around portable classrooms at elementary schools.

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Without rail facility, port faces uncertain prospects
Kevin Rector ― Baltimore Sun

Baltimore may lose hundreds of jobs, tens of millions of dollars in economic activity and half of the port’s containerized cargo following the state’s decision not to build a new rail cargo transfer facility in Morrell Park.

State and port officials scrambled Friday to outline alternatives to shoring up Baltimore’s place in the international shipping industry ahead of the widening of the Panama Canal and the anticipated growth in Asian container traffic on the East Coast.

The rail facility was meant to bring Baltimore’s limited freight capacity up to par with other East Coast ports by allowing CSX Transportation to stack truck-sized shipping containers two high on trains for more efficient transportation inland. Such double-stacked trains can’t head directly out of the port’s Seagirt Marine Terminal because they can’t clear the Howard Street Tunnel.

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South American food chains use Florida as US gate
FERNANDO PEINADO ― Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

El Corral is among a growing number of South American restaurant chains that are using South Florida as the gateway to the U.S. market. Juan Valdez, a Colombian company named after the fictional coffee farmer used in the country’s ads, plans to open 60 franchised cafes in South Florida in the next five years in a fresh attempt to challenge Starbucks on its home turf. Giraffas, the Brazilian second-largest fast-food chain, opened its first U.S. restaurant in North Miami three years ago and has launched 10 more since.

With America’s fast-food and fast-casual restaurants generating a combined $231 billion annually in sales, these companies and others are hoping to get a small but growing bite. They bring to the table flavors of a different variety.

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Countdown to NASA’s choice to fly crew to space stationd
James Dean ― USA TODAY

Companies involved in the next space race await the highly anticipated NASA announcement — expected any day — that will reveal who has won a high-stakes competition to fly astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017.

The decision will end America’s reliance on Russia to ferry crews to and from the outpost.

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Could tiny robots be the answer to the decline in honeybees?
Rachel Nania ― WTOP

The dramatic decline of the world’s honeybee population is no longer a concern limited to scientists and agricultural experts.

The issue that threatens one-third of our global food supply, also known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), has the attention of the president.

In June, the White House issued a presidential memorandum creating a Pollinator Health Task Force, bringing together various government agencies charged with finding ways to ensure the sustainability of food production and the health of the environment.

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Buyer’s remorse on Common Core for policymakers?

Millions of students will sit down at computers this year to take new tests rooted in the Common Core standards for math and reading, but policymakers in many states are having buyer’s remorse.

The fight to repeal the standards has heated up in Ohio, with state Rep. Andy Thompson, a Republican, saying it’s kind of “creepy the way this whole thing landed in Ohio with all the things prepackaged.”

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Wearables data: Should you worry?
Gregg Stebben ― WTOP

A day after California was hit by its strongest earthquake in 25 years, the Jawbone company, which makes a fitness band called UP, announced they could tell how far from the the epicenter the quake was felt, just by studying sleep data from thousands of their users.

Does this concern you? Maybe it should.

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Open Thread - September 1, 2014


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