Tuesday, March 03, 2015
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Monday, March 02, 2015
Charles County Commissioners’ March Town Hall Meeting Schedule
Charles County Government

The public is invited to attend the first quarterly Board of County Commissioners’ Town Hall Meeting as scheduled below. In addition to the town hall meetings hosted by individual Commissioners throughout the year, the full Board of County Commissioners will hold quarterly town hall meetings, with locations rotating throughout the four Commissioner Districts.  The purpose of town hall meetings is to take questions from those in attendance and discuss items important to the citizens and the community.  All five elected County Commissioners and county department directors are scheduled to attend.

Board of County Commissioners’ Town Hall Meeting (District 1)
Tuesday, March 24 at 6 p.m.
Newburg Fire Department (12265 Rock Point Road, Newburg)

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Free Mulch Available to Charles County Residents Starting March 14
Charles County Government

The Department of Public Works Environmental Resources Division is pleased to announce that starting on Saturday, March 14, mulch is available to residents while supplies last.  Commercial entities are prohibited.

Mulch locations and hours:

Breeze Farm Recycling Center (15950 Cobb Island Road, Cobb Island):  Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Residents must load mulch themselves)

Pisgah Recycling Center (6645 Mason Springs Road, La Plata): Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Residents must load mulch themselves)

Piney Church Road (5370 Piney Church Road): Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Residents must load themselves).  Saturdays Only: Trucks and Trailers will be loaded between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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SpaceX rocket boosts 2 satellites toward orbit
William Harwood ― CBSNews.com

By the light of the waxing moon, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket roared to life Sunday night and boosted a pair of Boeing-built communications satellites into orbit, the first commercial relay stations featuring all-electric propulsion, to save weight and dramatically lower launch costs.

Right on time, at 10:50 p.m. EST, the rocket’s nine first stage engines ignited and throttled up to full power. After a lightning round of last-instant computer checks, the booster was released from its firing stand at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, kicking off a nine-minute climb to space.

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Carroll opposes amendment to rain tax repeal legislation
Wiley Hayes ― Carroll County Times

Carroll County is opposing a legislative amendment the Maryland Association of Counties has proposed that would require jurisdictions to certify they have a creditable alternative plan to the so-called “rain tax” before they would be exempt from imposing such a fee.

There are five bills before the General Assembly — two in the House and three in the Senate — that would effectively repeal the rain tax, formally known as the Stormwater Management-Watershed and Restoration Program.

MACo’s position is that “a county should not be subject to the fee mandate if that county chooses to go through a certification process with the Maryland Department of the Environment and shows that it has an alternative plan or method to meet the stormwater pollution reduction goals required under its [Maryland Separate Storm Sewer System] permit.”

Sammy 03:56 PM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Study links common food additives to Crohn’s disease, colitis
Will Dunham ― Yahoo News

Common additives in ice cream, margarine, packaged bread and many processed foods may promote the inflammatory bowel diseases ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease as well as a group of obesity-related conditions, scientists said on Wednesday.

The researchers focused on emulsifiers, chemicals added to many food products to improve texture and extend shelf life. In mouse experiments, they found emulsifiers can change the species composition of gut bacteria and induce intestinal inflammation.

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NORAD exercise planned for Washington, D.C.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region (CONR), will conduct exercise Falcon Virgo 15-05 Monday night through Wednesday morning, in the National Capital Region, Washington, D.C. Flights are scheduled to take place between midnight and 5:30 a.m. (EST) each day.

The exercise is comprised of a series of training flights held in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Capital Region (NCR) Coordination Center, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center (JADOC), Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard and CONR’s Eastern and Western Air Defense Sectors.

Exercise Falcon Virgo is designed to hone NORAD’s intercept and identification operations as well as operationally test the NCR Visual Warning System and training personnel at the JADOC. Civil Air Patrol aircraft and a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter will participate in the exercise. 

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U.S. forces deploying to form defensive line against further Russian advances
Tara Copp ― Washington Examiner

U.S. ground troops are creating a defensive line against further Russian advances that stretches from the Baltics to the Black Sea, the brigade commander in charge of the U.S. forces assisting Ukraine said Monday.

“We’re expanding,” Col. Michael L. Foster, commander of the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade.

The U.S. support of its NATO allies in Europe, known as Operation Atlantic Resolve, has grown into two distinct mission sets — Atlantic Resolve North, supporting Poland and the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia; and Atlantic Resolve South, the countries of Hungary, Georgia, and the Czech Republic.Each will have U.S. troops deployed there.

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Sen. Mikulski won’t seek re-election
Daily Record

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest serving woman in the history of Congress, announced Monday that she will not run for-re-election.

“‘Do I spend my time raising money, or do I spend my time raising hell?’” the 78-year-old old Maryland Democrat, now in her fifth term, said she asked herself when deliberating whether to seek a sixth term next year.

“I don’t want to spend my time campaigning for me. I want to campaign for the people,” she said at a news conference in the Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore.

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Watch Works Newsletter

Charles County Sheriff’s Office

March 2015

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How to avoid winter storm damage
TheBayNet.com

Winter storm damage is a real threat this time of year all across the country. Historic blizzards have become commonplace of late, as polar vortex conditions invade the United States more often. Even during a normal winter, your home or business is at risk of damage from heavy snow, freezing rain and all the related complications these threats can cause. It helps to be prepared for winter weather emergencies, and this is especially true if you plan to be out of town. Sometimes though, despite taking all the appropriate precautions, Mother Nature wins. Below are some valuable suggestions and tips for keeping your home safe, warm and dry while waiting for winter to pass.

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State of Maryland - Board of Public Works Meeting

March 4 Bond Sale

Agenda​ & Summary

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CSM Students Ask for Support from Legislators Community Colleges Fill Critical Educational Needs
Southern Maryland News Net

Student representatives from the College of Southern Maryland met with their legislators in Annapolis during the Maryland Association of Community College (MACC) Advocacy Day on Feb. 11 to discuss keeping college tuition affordable. CSM students were joined by hundreds of their counterparts from Maryland’s 15 other community colleges in asking for support from members of the Maryland General Assembly.

“Community colleges educate nearly 50 percent of Maryland’s total undergraduate student population, training the people who fill critical roles in Maryland healthcare, cybersecurity, education, emergency response and public safety, among other key industries,” said Dr.Bernie Sadusky, MACC executive director. “When we lose state funding, we lose students, and Maryland loses skilled workers.”

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Fracking stirs debate in Annapolis
Kaustuv Basu ― Herald-Mail

Debate about the economic and environmental consequences of fracking in Western Maryland is raging in Annapolis, with some bills that would severely restrict the process of extracting natural gas making their way through the Maryland General Assembly.

At stake is an opportunity to boost the economy of Western Maryland in areas such as Garrett and Allegany counties, widely seen as one of the most impoverished areas of the state.
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But some lawmakers point to concerns of potential damage to the environment in Western Maryland and nearby areas

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Van Hollen Bill Would Promote Cleaner Environment, Provide Grants to Citizens
Lily Hua ― Capital News Service

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Kensington, has reintroduced legislation designed to curb pollution by reducing carbon emissions while providing grants to Americans to offset higher energy costs.

The Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2015, introduced Tuesday, is this year’s version of legislation that languished in the Energy and Power subcommittee last year.

Van Hollen said Tuesday that increasing awareness and acceptance of the reality of climate change will allow the bill to gain more traction this year. “The climate change deniers are increasingly seen as totally out of touch with the reality of what’s happening and with American voters,” he said during a press conference.

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