Ap­pli­ca­tions for snow­storm dam­age loans from the SBA due in May

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El­i­gi­ble pri­vate non­profit (PNP) or­ga­ni­za­tions in Mary­land may sub­mit dis­as­ter loan ap­pli­ca­tions for phys­i­cal dam­ages caused by the se­vere win­ter storm and snow­storm Jan. 22-23 this year. The dead­line to ap­ply is May 3.

Ex­am­ples of el­i­gi­ble non-crit­i­cal PNP or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clude, but are not lim­ited to, food kitchens, home­less shel­ters, mu­se­ums, li­braries, com­mu­nity cen­ters, schools and col­leges.

The SBA of­fers low-in­ter­est dis­as­ter loans to PNP or­ga­ni­za­tions for phys­i­cal losses up to its loan lim­its. Ap­pli­cants may be el­i­gi­ble for a loan amount in­crease up to 20 per­cent of their phys­i­cal dam­ages, as ver­i­fied by the SBA for mit­i­ga­tion pur­poses. El­i­gi­ble mit­i­ga­tion im­prove­ments may now in­clude a safe room or storm shel­ter to help pro­tect prop­erty and oc­cu­pants from fu­ture dam­age caused by a sim­i­lar dis­as­ter.

Ad­di­tion­ally, PNPs can ob­tain loans for un­met work­ing cap­i­tal needs. To be con­sid­ered for this as­sis­tance, PNPs need to ap­ply by the dead­line.

Ap­pli­cants may ap­ply on­line us­ing the elec­tronic loan ap­pli­ca­tion (ELA) via SBA’s se­cure web­site at https://dis­as­ter­loan.sba.gov/ela.

Dis­as­ter loan in­for­ma­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion forms may also be ob­tained by call­ing the SBA’s Cus­tomer Ser­vice Cen­ter at 800-6592955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hear­ing) or by send­ing an email to dis­as­ter­cus­tom­erser­vice@sba.gov. Ap­pli­ca­tions can also be down­loaded from the SBA’s web­site at www.sba.gov/dis­as­ter. Com­pleted ap­pli­ca­tions should be mailed to: U.S. Small Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Pro­cess­ing and Dis­burse­ment Cen­ter, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The dead­line to re­turn eco­nomic in­jury ap­pli­ca­tions is Dec. 5.

Learn how to pickle, make kraut at home

The South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (SMADC) will host a Fer­men­ta­tion Demon­stra­tion Work­shop on 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tues­day, April 19, at the St. Mary’s Agri­cul­tural Ser­vice Cen­ter, 26737 Ra­dio Sta­tion Way, Suite C, Leonard­town.

Rachel Ar­mis­tead of The Sweet Farm will demon­strate how to make raw, pro­bi­otic sauer­kraut and pick­les at home.

Par­tic­i­pants will learn about the ba­sic his­tory and ben­e­fits of fer­men­ta­tion, make sense of some of the health claims, and learn how to make a va­ri­ety of fer­mented foods.

The work­shop will con­sist of a demon­stra­tion and dis­cus­sion of kraut and pickle mak­ing, a dis­cus­sion of things to con­sider be­fore mak­ing fer­mented foods pro­fes­sion­ally, as well as a look at The Sweet Farm’s own jour­ney from a small mar­ket stand to one of the premier fer­mented food pro­duc­ers in the re­gion.

Space is lim­ited to 45 par­tic­i­pants on a first come, first served ba­sis. Reg­is­tra­tion will close Thurs­day, April 14.

Work­shop fee is $20 and in­cludes din­ner. Regis­ter on­line at the ‘News and Announcements’ page at www.smadc.com , or con­tact SMADC staff at 301-2741922, ext. 1.

Task force launched to pro­tect Mary­land se­nior cit­i­zens

A new fed­eral-state ini­tia­tive has be­gun to pro­tect Mary­land’s se­nior cit­i­zens through more ag­gres­sive en­force­ment of nurs­ing home abuse and other el­der abuse cases.

The El­der Jus­tice Task Force will in­clude fed­eral, state and lo­cal pros­e­cu­tors, law en­force­ment and agen­cies that pro­vide ser­vices to the elderly, with the goal of co­or­di­nat­ing and en­hanc­ing en­force­ment ef­forts.

The task force in­cludes rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the U.S. At­tor­neys’ Of­fices, state Med­i­caid Fraud Con­trol Units, state and lo­cal pros­e­cu­tors’ of­fices, the Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices, state Adult Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices agen­cies, Long-Term Care Om­buds­man pro­grams and law en­force­ment. In the Mary­land Of­fice of the At­tor­ney General, re­sourc- es will be pro­vided by the Med­i­caid Fraud Con­trol Unit.

In ad­di­tion to Mary­land, nine other re­gions across the U.S. are join­ing the ini­tia­tive: the North­ern Dis­trict of Cal­i­for­nia, the North­ern Dis­trict of Ge­or­gia, the Dis­trict of Kansas, the West­ern Dis­trict of Ken­tucky, the North­ern Dis­trict of Iowa, the South­ern Dis­trict of Ohio, the East­ern Dis­trict of Penn­syl­va­nia, the Mid­dle Dis­trict of Ten­nessee and the West­ern Dis­trict of Wash­ing­ton.

The El­der Jus­tice Task Force, part of the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice’s El­der Jus­tice Ini­tia­tive, will play an in­te­gral role in in­ves­tiga­tive and en­force­ment ef­forts against nurs­ing homes and long-term care en­ti­ties that de­liver sub­stan­dard care to Medi­care and Med­i­caid ben­e­fi­cia­ries. The El­der Jus­tice Ini­tia­tive will pro­vide lit­i­ga­tion sup­port and train­ing to the El­der Jus­tice Task Forces. More in­for­ma­tion on the Depart­ment of Jus­tice’s El­der Jus­tice Ini­tia­tive can be found on­line at http://www.jus­tice.gov/el­der­jus­tice.

Bay area photo con­test be­gins

The Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Foun­da­tion (CBF) 12th an­nual wa­ter­shed photo con­test is now un­der­way. Photo sub­mis­sions are be­ing ac­cepted be­tween now and April 13. Pho­tog­ra­phers of all skill lev­els are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate to win cash prizes from $100 to $500, and to have their photos fea­tured in CBF’s award-win­ning pub­li­ca­tions.

The foun­da­tion is seek­ing pho­to­graphs that il­lus­trate the pos­i­tive as­pects of the bay and its rivers and streams. Images de­pict­ing peo­ple, wildlife, recreation, and farms within the wa­ter­shed will be con­sid­ered. All photos must in­clude wa­ter from the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay or a river, stream, creek, or other body of wa­ter in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay wa­ter­shed.

All win­ners will re­ceive a one-year membership to CBF and win­ning photos may be dis­played on CBF’s web­site, in a CBF e-news­let­ter, in CBF’s 2017 calendar, and in CBF’s award-win­ning mag­a­zine, “Save the Bay.”

Judg­ing will be con­ducted by a panel of CBF em­ploy­ees on the ba­sis of sub­ject mat­ter, com­po­si­tion, fo­cus, light­ing, unique­ness, and im­pact.

The pub­lic will also be able to vote on­line for their fa­vorite photo in the View­ers’ Choice Gallery, start­ing May 5.

Last year the judges con­sid­ered more than 1,000 en­tries. Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the View­ers’ Choice Award was out­stand­ing, too, with more than 2,400 votes cast.

Con­test rules and de­tails are avail­able on­line at cbf. org/pho­to­con­test.

Reg­is­tra­tion open for an­nual food net­work­ing event

The South­ern Mary­land Food Coun­cil will host a free evening of dis­cus­sion at 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day, May 11, at the Calvert Li­brary in Prince Fred­er­ick (Meet­ing Rooms 1, 2 and 3), 850 Cost­ley Way, Prince Fred­er­ick.

The event will con­sist of a net­work­ing ses­sion and a ses­sion of tar­geted dis­cus- sions on spe­cific food-re­lated top­ics.

Ses­sion 1 will be an open net­work­ing op­por­tu­nity to meet with oth­ers in­ter­ested in food-re­lated top­ics

Ses­sion 2 fea­tures dis­cus-sion/ac­tion groups. Sign up for one of the pre-se­lected top­ics and learn more about what’s go­ing on lo­cally and how to be­come in­volved.

Regis­ter at www.somd-food­coun­cil.com by May 4. To find out more about South­ern Mary­land Food Coun­cil ini­tia­tives, go to www.somd­food­coun­cil.com, email info@somd-food­coun­cil.com , or call SMADC staff at (301) 2741922 x1.

An­nual Port To­bacco Mar­ket Day set for May

The Charles County Com­mis­sion­ers and the So­ci­ety for the Restora­tion of Port To­bacco in­vite res­i­dents to at­tend the sev­enth an­nual Port To­bacco Mar­ket Day event 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Satur­day, May 14, at the his­toric Port To­bacco Court­house on Chapel Point Road in Port To­bacco.

This event will show­case some of South­ern Mary­land’s lo­cal artists and ven­dors. Choose from an­tiques, jew­elry, crafts, fresh pro­duce, and more. The Charles County Gar­den Club will hold its an­nual plant sale. Food, baked goods, and drinks will be avail­able for pur­chase. Step into the 18th cen­tury and tour the Port To­bacco Court House, Stagg Hall, and Burch House.

Ad­mis­sion is free. Rain date is Satur­day, May 21. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Mary Fen­ton at 301375-7892, or go to www. CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800735-2258.

Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary seeks com­mu­nity in­put

The Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary is de­vel­op­ing a strate­gic plan and needs com­mu­nity in­put to de­velop a game plan to cre­ate the best li­brary for the com­mu­nity. Users and non-users of the li­brary are asked to par­tic­i­pate in the Charles County Li­brary Strate­gic Plan­ning Sur­vey which be­gan April 5 and ends April 13. The sur­vey is avail­able on­line at https://www.sur­vey­mon­key.com/r/Q5MWDZY.

Busi­ness net­work and the Blue Crabs sup­port LifeStyles

The South­ern Mary­land Busi­ness Net­work (SMBN) and the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs have teamed up to sup­port LifeStyles of South­ern Mary­land via a spe­cial ticket pur­chase pro­gram on open­ing day.

The Blue Crabs will do­nate $6.50 to LifeStyles for ev­ery reg­u­larly priced ticket pur­chased thru the on-line por­tal. To buy tick­ets and sup­port Lifestyles, go to somd­blue­crabs.com, se­lect the 2016 sea­son and Open­ing Day (April 21), and en­ter promo code LIFESTYLES.

April 18 tax fil­ing dead­line fast ap­proaches

With the tax-fil­ing dead­line fast ap­proach­ing, Mary­land Comp­trol­ler Peter Fran­chot (D) asks tax- pay­ers who have yet to file to take ad­van­tage of all the con­ve­niences of elec­tronic fil­ing. This year, tax­pay­ers have three ex­tra days to file; the dead­line is April 18 due to Eman­ci­pa­tion Day cel­e­bra­tions in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., on April 15.

To date, nearly 1.7 mil­lion tax­pay­ers have filed their per­sonal tax re­turns elec­tron­i­cally with nearly 170,000 fil­ing via pa­per. Based on 3.04 mil­lion re­turns filed last year, the re­turns filed so far rep­re­sent 60 per­cent of last year’s to­tal.

To date, re­fund pay­ments of nearly $1.3 bil­lion have been is­sued to nearly 1.3 mil­lion tax­pay­ers.

To en­sure an ac­cu­rate re­turn, tax­pay­ers should re­mem­ber to check So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers, ver­ify back ac­count and rout­ing num­bers for di­rect de­posit re­funds, dou­ble-check cal­cu­la­tions, and in­clude all per­ti­nent in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing rel­e­vant forms and doc­u­ments, such as the W-2 form.

Elec­tronic fil­ing saves the state sig­nif­i­cant money in pro­cess­ing costs. Each pa­per re­turn costs the state more than $2 to process, com­pared to 19 cents for e-filed re­turns re­sult­ing in sav­ings of millions of dol­lars each year.

Free state tax as­sis­tance is avail­able at all of the agency’s 12 tax­payer ser­vice of­fices, Mon­day through Fri­day, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For branch lo­ca­tion in­for­ma­tion, go to mary­land­taxes.com.

The agency’s call cen­ter of­fers ex­tended hours Mon­day through Fri­day, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. through April 18, re­turn­ing to nor­mal busi­ness hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. there­after. To check the sta­tus of a re­fund by phone, please call, 1-800-218-8160 or 410-260-7701. Re­fund sta­tus also can be ob­tained by vis­it­ing the agency’s web­site at mary­land­taxes. com.

For more in­for­ma­tion on elec­tronic fil­ing or any other tax-re­lated mat­ter, call 410-260-7980 in Cen­tral Mary­land or 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800638-2937) out­side of Cen­tral Mary­land.

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