House­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion sched­uled May 7

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The Charles County Depart­ment of Public Works has an­nounced that the next house­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion will be held on Satur­day, May 7. The house­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion site is lo­cated in the park­ing lot of the Depart­ment of Public Works building, 10430 Audie Lane, off of Ra­dio Sta­tion Road in La Plata. Col­lec­tion hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Items ac­cepted free of charge in­clude: pes­ti­cides, her­bi­cides, fer­til­izer, gaso­line, oil-based paint, clean­ing sup­plies, pool chem­i­cals, flu­o­res­cent lights, mer­cur y ther­mome­ters, and other poi­sons found in the home. Re­mem­ber to mark any con­tainer that does not have a read­able, orig­i­nal la­bel.

Un­ac­cept­able ma­te­ri­als in­clude bio-med­i­cal waste (sharps, nee­dles, any­thing with bod­ily flu­ids), la­tex paint, pre­scrip­tion drugs, and am­mu­ni­tion. Used mo­tor oil, anti-freeze, propane tanks, and bat­ter­ies are ac­cepted on a reg­u­lar ba­sis at var­i­ous col­lec­tion sites. La­tex paint is not con­sid­ered haz­ardous waste and can be placed in your house­hold trash as long as it is so­lid­i­fied. This can be ac­com­plished by adding kitty lit­ter, shred­ded pa­per, paint hard­ener, or saw­dust to aid in dry­ing it out.

House­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion will oc­cur on the first Satur­day of each month through De­cem­ber. Up­com­ing 2016 col­lec­tion dates are: May 7, June 4, July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, and Dec. 3.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call the Charles County Depart­ment of Public Works, En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­sources Divi­sion at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778, or the land­fill and re­cy­cling in­for­ma­tion line at 301-932-5656. Ci­ti­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Relay Ser­vice at 711, or Relay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

Art­sFest re­turns for 24th year

The Charles County Arts Al­liance an­nounced the 24th an­nual Art­sFest, to be held on Satur­day, June 11, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., on the grounds of the La Plata Town Hall in La Plata. Art­sFest is the largest arts fes­ti­val in Charles County, and one of the largest in South­ern Mary­land. This is its fifth year to present the fes­ti­val in part­ner­ship with the Town of La Plata.

Art­sFest is a free an­nual out­door cel­e­bra­tion of all the arts and artists — vis­ual, lit­er­ary and per­form­ing.

Vis­ual and lit­er­ary artists of all me­dia are in­vited to dis­play and sell their works. In ad­di­tion, non­profit arts or­ga­ni­za­tions are in­vited as ex­hibitors to dis­play in­for­ma­tion and en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion in their per­form­ing, vis­ual and lit­er­ary arts ac­tiv­i­ties. Also in­vited as non­profit ex­hibitors are cul­tural, his­tor­i­cal, her­itage and en­vi­ron­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions.

More in­for­ma­tion and reg­is­tra­tion forms are avail­able at www.charle­scount­yarts. org, or by call­ing the CCAA of­fice at 301-392-5900, or email at info@charle­scount­yarts.org.

Troop­ers to safely dis­pose of un­wanted pre­scrip­tion drugs

The Mar yland State Po­lice in part­ner­ship with the Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion are ask­ing ci­ti­zens to dis­pose of un­wanted pre­scrip­tion drugs dur­ing the Na­tional Pre­scrip­tion Drug Take Back Day, April 30 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mar yland State Po­lice Bar­rack H, 9500 Mitchell Road, La Plata.

State po­lice bar­racks through­out Mar yland will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Na­tional Drug Take Back Day. Each bar­rack will act as a col­lec­tion sta­tion giv­ing ci­ti­zens an op­por­tu­nity to dis­pose of all un­wanted and un­used pre­scrip­tion drugs. The Na­tional Pre­scrip­tion Drug Take-Back Day aims to pro­vide a safe, con­ve­nient, and re­spon­si­ble means of dis­pos­ing of pre­scrip­tion drugs, while also educating the gen­eral public about the po­ten­tial for abuse of med­i­ca­tions.

Sec­ond only to mar­i­juana, non-med­i­cal pre­scrip­tion drugs are the most com­monly used drug in the coun­try. Ac­cord­ing to the Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion, ma­jor­ity of teenagers abus­ing pre­scrip­tion drugs are find­ing an un­lim­ited sup­ply in their fam­ily’s medicine cab­i­net.

Lo­cally dur­ing the last ini­tia­tive in Septem­ber 2015, troop­ers col­lected more than 2,400 pounds of pre­scrip­tion drugs, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease. Na­tion­ally, 700,000 pounds (350 tons) of pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tions were col­lected from mem­bers of the public. When added to the col­lec­tions from the pre­vi­ous events, more than 5.5 mil­lion pounds (2,761 tons) of pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tions have been re­moved from cir­cu­la­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Lt. J.D. Meur­rens or Cpl. Davaughn Parker at 410-653-4236 or 301-3921200.

Charles County govern­ment an­nounces May sched­ule

The Charles County com­mis­sion­ers wish to re­mind res­i­dents of changes to nor­mal op­er­at­ing sched­ules for the month of May. All of­fices, fa­cil­i­ties, and ser­vices not listed will be op­er­at­ing their nor­mal hours.

On Mon­day, May 30 (Memo­rial Day), all Charles County govern­ment of­fices and the Tri-County An­i­mal Shel­ter in Hugh­esville will be closed. The Charles County Land­fill and Re­cy­cling Cen­ter on Billings­ley Road in Wal­dorf, and the Pis­gah Re­cy­cling Cen­ter on Route 425 in Pis­gah will be closed. Curb­side re­cy­cling and yard waste col­lec­tion will be de­layed one day for the en­tire week, Tues­day, May 31 through Satur­day, June 4. VanGO ser­vices will not be op­er­at­ing. The Nan­je­moy Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, se­nior cen­ters, Port To­bacco Recre­ation Cen­ter, and all school based com­mu­nity cen­ters are closed. Lackey, Don­ald M. Wade Aquatic Cen­ter, and North Point High in­door pools will be open from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

All branches of the Charles County Public Li­brary will be closed Satur­day, May 28 through Mon­day, May 30, and the Charles County Health Depart­ment will be closed.

For ques­tions about County Govern­ment hol­i­day clo­sures, con­tact the Public In­for­ma­tion Of­fice at 301885-2779 or PressRoom@ CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov. Ci­ti­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Relay Ser­vice at 711, or Relay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

Bar as­so­ci­a­tion to host Law Day cel­e­bra­tion

The Charles County Bar As­so­ci­a­tion will host its an­nual Law Day Cel­e­bra­tion May 6 at 3 p.m. at the Cir­cuit Court House in La Plata. The public is wel­come to at­tend. This year the topic of our cel­e­bra­tion is the land­mark U.S. Supreme Court de­ci­sion in the case of Mi­randa v. Ari­zona. Key­note speaker on the topic will be the Hon­or­able Michele Hot­ton, of the Mary­land Court of Ap­peals.

HR pro­fes­sion­als to meet, dis­cuss is­sues

The Hu­man Re­sources As­so­ci­a­tion of South­ern Mar yland (HRASM) will meet on May 18 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the South­ern Mar yland Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter, 44219 Air­port Road, Cal­i­for­nia, Md. Chris­tine Wal­ters will present the lat­est leg­isla­tive (fed­eral and state), reg­u­la­tory and legal news im­pact­ing HR ad­min­is­tra­tion. Wal­ters, of FiveL Com­pany, is li­censed to prac­tice law in the State of Mar yland and has more than 25 years com­bined ex­pe­ri­ence in man­age­ment, HR ad­min­is­tra­tion, em­ploy­ment law prac­tice, and teach­ing. The meet­ing is open to any­one with an in­ter­est in hu­man re­sources is­sues. The cost is $40 for HRASM and ac­tive SHRM mem­bers and $45 for non­mem­bers, which in­cludes both break­fast and lunch. Dead­line for regis­ter­ing is noon on May 16. To reg­is­ter, go to http://hras­mon­line. shrm.org/. Once reg­is­tered, pay­ment is re­quired if a can­cel­la­tion is made af­ter the dead­line date. This meet­ing has been ap­proved for 3.5 HR (Gen­eral) re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cred­its to­ward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion through the HR Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion In­sti­tute. As a SHRM pre­ferred provider, this meet­ing is pre-ap­proved for 3.5 re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cred­its for our re­cer­ti­fy­ing pro­fes­sion­als of the SHRM-CP or the SHRM-SCP cre­den­tial. More in­for­ma­tion about HRASM can be found at http://hras­mon­line.shrm. org.

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