Foun­da­tion to of­fer sup­ply grants for teach­ing sup­plies

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The Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of South­ern Mary­land is mak­ing grants avail­able to el­e­men­tary and mid­dle schools through the Green Ap­ple Fund for teach­ers who pur­chase sup­plies for their class­rooms. Grants rang­ing from $25 to $100 are avail­able. Ed­u­ca­tors who teach in pri­vate and pub­lic schools in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s coun­ties, grades 1 through 8, are in­vited to ap­ply. Grants are awarded to the schools.

The Green Ap­ple Grant Fund was es­tab­lished with do­na­tions from the Foun­da­tion’s Com­mu­nity Grant Fund, by an anony­mous re­tired teacher, the Kim­ble Fam­ily and the Chaney Team Fund to help sup­port teach­ers who spend their own money on sup­plies for their class­rooms, ac­cord­ing to Gretchen Hard­man, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of South­ern Mary­land.

Last year, the first year for this grant pro­gram, the Green Ap­ple Grant Fund awarded 38 teach­ers a to­tal of $3,685.37, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the Green Ap­ple Fund for Ed­u­ca­tors are avail­able on the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of South­ern Mary­land’s web­site, www.cf­somd.org/ grants.

Grant ap­pli­ca­tions must be sub­mit­ted by 4 p.m., on April 4, and grant awards will be an­nounced in May. Awards range from $25 to $100 and will be dis­trib­uted in the or­der they are re­ceived un­til the al­lo­cated funds have been ex­hausted. Only one ap­pli­ca­tion per teacher will be ac­cepted. Funds are awarded for the cur­rent school year. If the ap­pli­cant has al­ready pur­chased any sup­plies for the cur­rent school year, re­ceipts should be at­tached to the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Ap­pli­ca­tions may be sub­mit­ted elec­tron­i­cally in pdf for­mat to donorser­vices@ cf­somd.org or by mail to: Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of South­ern Mary­land, P.O. Box 716, Char­lotte Hall, MD 20622, by Mon­day, April 4, by 4 p.m. Staff will be at the of­fice from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 4, to ac­cept ap­pli­ca­tions. Do­na­tions of any amount may be made to this fund at any time. All do­na­tions are 100 per­cent tax de­ductible.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Hard­man at 240670-4483.

Scam cancer char­i­ties dis­solved af­ter bilk­ing donors of $75 mil­lion

At­tor­ney General Brian Frosh and Mary­land Sec­re­tary of State John Woben­smith an­nounced this week that Mary­land and its part­ners have dis­solved two sham cancer char­i­ties and have banned their pres­i­dent prof­it­ing from any char­ity fundrais­ing in the fu­ture. Frosh and Woben­smith worked with the Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of each state and the Dis­trict of Columbia, mark­ing the end of the largest joint en­force­ment ac­tion ever un­der­taken by state char­ity reg­u­la­tors and the FTC.

Cancer Fund of Amer­ica Inc. (CFA), Cancer Sup­port Ser­vices Inc. (CSS) and their leader, James Reyn- olds, Sr., agreed in court doc­u­ments filed this week to set­tle charges that the or­ga­ni­za­tions claimed to help cancer pa­tients, but in­stead spent the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of do­na­tions on trips, gifts and salaries for oper­a­tors, fam­i­lies and friends, as well as on fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

Un­der the set­tle­ment or­der, CFA and CSS will be per­ma­nently closed and their as­sets liq­ui­dated. Reynolds is per­ma­nently banned from prof­it­ing from char­ity fundrais­ing and non­profit work, and from serv­ing as a char­ity’s di­rec­tor or trus­tee or oth­er­wise manag­ing char­i­ta­ble as­sets.

In May 2015, Mary­land and other of­fi­cials an­nounced the un­prece­dented multi-state crack­down against a to­tal of four sham char­i­ties ac­cused of rais­ing tens of millions of dol­lars to pur­port­edly as­sist cancer vic­tims that in­stead funded salaries, cruises and con­cert tick­ets. Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, the four char­i­ties raised a com­bined $187.1 mil­lion be­tween 2008 and 2012, us­ing mar­ket­ing calls and di­rect mail to por­tray them­selves as na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions on the front lines of care and as­sis­tance. But more than 85 per­cent of the money raised went to re­im­burs­ing fundrais­ers, pay­ing salaries, trips to Las Ve­gas and Dis­ney World, Jet Ski out­ings, dat­ing web­site sub­scrip­tions and other per­sonal ex­penses for founders, their fam­ily mem­bers and board mem­bers. Less than 3 per­cent of do­nated money went to pro­grams as claimed.

At the time, the Chil­dren’s Cancer Fund and the Breast Cancer So­ci­ety were dis­solved through a set­tle­ment agree­ment. The re­main­ing two, CFA and CSS are be­ing dis­solved now.

The or­der im­poses a judg­ment against CFA, CSS, and Reynolds of $75.8 mil­lion, the amount con­sumers do­nated to the two or­ga­ni­za­tions be­tween 2008 and 2012. Be­cause of lim­ited as­sets, it will not be pos­si­ble to re­claim most of those funds or re­turn money to donors. How­ever, all avail­able as­sets will be liq­ui­dated, and pro­ceeds will go to le­git­i­mate cancer or­ga­ni­za­tions, which was the orig­i­nal in­tent of donors.

At­tor­ney General Frosh and Sec­re­tary Woben­smith urge Mary­lan­ders to look into a char­ity’s reg­is­tra­tion sta­tus and ask ques­tions about how their do­na­tion will help the char­ity’s stated pur­pose be­fore do­nat­ing.

The Of­fice of the Sec­re­tary of State reg­is­ters and reg­u­lates char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions that so­licit char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions in Mary­land. The Of­fice works to en­sure that char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions made by Mary­lan­ders go to qual­i­fied char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions and are used for the in­tended pur­pose.

To check if a char­ity is reg­is­tered in Mary­land, call 1-800-825-4510 or to re­port other sus­pected vi­o­la­tions of char­i­ta­ble giv­ing law, con­tact the In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit of the Sec­re­tary of State’s Of­fice at 410-260- 3879. More in­for­ma­tion on char­i­ties can be found on the Sec­re­tary of State’s char­ity home page: http:// www.sos.state.md.us/Char­ity/SearchChar­ity.aspx.

Au­ton­o­mous sys­tems pro­gram to high­light mil­i­tary ini­tia­tives

The Patux­ent Partnership (TPP) will host a pro­gram fo­cused on au­ton­o­mous sys­tems, high­light­ing ini­tia­tives at Naval Air Sys­tems Com­mand (NAVAIR) and Naval Air War­fare Cen­ter Air­craft Divi­sion (NAWCAD) to in­clude Web­ster Field ob­jec­tives 8 a.m., April 12 at the South­ern Mary­land Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter in Cal­i­for­nia, Md.

Rear Adm. Mark Dar­rah, pro­gram ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer for Un­manned Avi­a­tion and Strike Weapons, Pete Heasley, UAS test direc­torate at Web­ster Field, and Col. El­don Met­zger, Navy and Marine Corps Small Tac­ti­cal Un­manned Air­craft Sys­tems pro­gram man­ager are the con­firmed speak­ers at this pro­gram, pre­sent­ing an over­view of un­manned ini­tia­tives, pri­or­i­ties, ca­pa­bil­i­ties and their align­ment with NAVAIR and NAWCAD mis­sion and goals.

There is no cost for this pro­gram. Ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion is re­quested. To regis­ter, go to www. pax­part­ner­ship.org.

Res­i­dents asked to re­port il­le­gal hy­drant con­nec­tions

The Charles County Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works is re­quest­ing the pub­lic’s as­sis­tance in iden­ti­fy­ing and re­port­ing il­le­gal con­nec­tions to county fire hy­drants. Any con­nec­tion to a hy­drant with­out a hy­drant me­ter or with a hy­drant me­ter is­sued by an­other wa­ter com­pany or ju­ris­dic­tion is theft of wa­ter ser­vice.

Charles County hy­drant me­ters are painted or­ange to make them easy to iden­tify. A hy­drant me­ter of any other color, or not painted at all, is an il­le­gal

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