Leadership Southern Maryland seeks project applicants
Leadership Southern Maryland’s Programs Committee is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties to provide projects to be completed by the class of 2017.
Proposals will be reviewed and selections will be made in August. A maximum of eight projects will be selected to form the Leadership Southern Maryland Connections Project List for 2017. The project timeframe must run from Oct. 2016 through March 2017.
The mission of Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) is to educate and inspire a diverse group of current and emerging leaders to create collaborations and partnerships to impact the community needs of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties, according to a press release.
In keeping with this mission, Leadership Southern Maryland is looking to establish a partnership with nonprofit organizations within the Southern Maryland region.
This partnership — Leadership Southern Maryland Connections — will aid the participants’ learning by increasing their knowledge of regional issues, lend the nonprofit with extra expertise and manpower to complete a needed project and allow for team building within a small group. Leadership Southern Maryland Connections will affect change for the organization and region while enabling participants to go beyond simply connecting the dots of regional issues by connecting themselves to the organizations to become a part of lasting change.
The deadline for submitting proposals is July 31.
For more information, contact LSM Executive Director Helen Mattingly Wernecke at 240-725-5469, email@example.com or go to www.leadershipsomd.org.
Health department to provide free HIV testing
The Charles County Department of Health HIV Program will be offering free human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing from 3-8 p.m. Friday, June 24, outside of the St. Charles Towne Center, 11110 Mall Circle, Waldorf. Testing will take place outside the food court entrance in the Department of Health mobile trailer. Testing is anonymous and results will be available on-site. This service is free in support of National HIV Testing Day.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1,218,400 persons aged 13 years and older are living with HIV infection, including 156,300 (12.8 percent) who are unaware of their infection. Over the past decade, the number of people living with HIV has increased. The pace of new infections continues at far too high a level — particularly among certain groups, according to a press release.
For more information about HIV, go to www.aids. gov/hiv-aids-basics/. For event information, go to the Department of Health website at www.charlescountyhealth.org or call 301-6096900.
County government announces July 4 holiday schedule
The Charles County Commissioners wish to remind residents of changes to normal operating schedules for the month of July. All offices, facilities and services not listed will be operating their normal hours. On July 4: • 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, July 5, through Saturday, July 9.
• VanGO services will not be operating.
• The Nanjemoy Community Center, senior centers, Port Tobacco Recreation Center, Elite Gymnastics, and all schoolbased community centers are closed.
• All pools will be open noon-5 p.m. for open swim (Lackey, Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center, North Point, McDonough, La Plata and Thomas Stone).
• Charles County Public Library is closed.
• Charles County Health Department is 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.
Consumers to receive $9 million in checks, credits from Apple
Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced on Monday that thousands of Maryland consumers who bought e-books will share approximately $9 million in credits and checks from Apple Inc. this week. The credits come as a result of the successful conclusion of a price-fixing case against Apple Inc. Apple paid $400 million into a consumer fund for nationwide distribution after the U.S. Supreme Court denied Apple’s request for review of lower courts’ findings, according to a press release. Maryland and 32 other states and territories had filed suit against Apple and five major e-book publishers (Harper Collins, Hachette, Penguin, Simon & Schuster and MacMillan), charging the companies with conspiring to artificially raise prices.
The amount of each consumer’s credit or check is based on the number of books a consumer purchased between April 1, 2010, and May 21, 2012, the time when the alleged price-fixing occurred. The New York Times bestseller e-books are credited at $6.93 per book, while other books are credited at $1.57 each. Credits can be used for a year to purchase e-books or anything else the retailer sells.
Customers of Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo will receive credits unless they previously requested a check. These customers should receive an email by June 24 confirming the credit in their account. Apple customers will receive an email from “e-books Settlement Administrator (ebookssettlement@ qgemail.com)” for their credit confirmation, with the subject line: “E-books Settlement Credit.” Eligible Sony customers will automatically receive a check in the mail while eligible Google customers will only receive a check if they have already filed a claim.
In June 2013, Maryland, the Department of Justice and 32 other states tried the price-fixing case against Apple in federal court in the Southern District of New York. Following the trial, Judge Denise Cote ruled that Apple conspired with U.S. publishers to raise the retail prices of e-books. In June 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed that ruling. The following year, the U.S. Supreme Court denied review, triggering Apple’s obligation to pay the maximum, $400 million, under a contingent settlement with the states.
Maryland and the other states had previously settled with the e-book publishers for $166 million. That settlement was distributed via checks and credits in March 2014. Apple’s payment this week brings the total amount repaid to consumers nationwide to $566 million, more than twice the estimated amount of actual damages.
For more information, consumers may go to the website set up by Settlement Administrator at www. ebooklawsuits.com or call 866-686-9333 toll-free.
Rural Md. Council accepting applications for community needs
The Rural Maryland Council is accepting applications for its Fiscal Year 2017 Rural Maryland Prosperity and Investment Fund (RMPIF) grant program for entrepreneurship, infrastructure and health services. Applications and instructions for RMPIF are available on the Rural Maryland Council’s website at www.rural.maryland. gov. The deadline for appli-
cations is Aug. 15; grant awards will be announced to the public on Oct. 14. Questions regarding eligibility and criteria may be directed to: Charlotte Davis, RMC executive director, at 410-841-5774.
The objective of RMPIF is to help raise the overall standard of living in rural areas to a level that meets or exceeds statewide benchmark averages by 2030, while preserving the best aspects of a cultural heritage and rural way of life, according to a press release. Resources provided to the fund are designed to facilitate significant targeted investments in important economic and community development programs and promote regional and intergovernmental cooperation. For FY2017, proposals will be accepted for the following areas: rural regional planning and development councils, rural entrepreneurship development, regional infrastructure projects, and rural health care organizations.
Eligible applicants must be a local government, institute of higher education, regional council, or be a 501(c)(3) IRS tax designation or similar, and serve a regional or statewide rural constituency. Projects must be regional, covering two or more counties, or intergovernmental (including municipalities or local governments). Projects may include non-rural counties; however, the majority of service must be provided in rural areas. Community colleges, career technology centers, regional councils and libraries are eligible applicants. The Rural Maryland Council operates under the direction of a 40-member executive board in a nonpartisan and nondiscriminatory manner. It serves as the state’s federally designated rural development council and functions as a voice for rural Maryland, advocating for and helping rural communities and businesses across the state to flourish and to gain equity to its suburban and urban counterparts.
The vision for RMC is the ultimate realization that residents in rural communities are achieving success in education and employment, have access to affordable, quality health care and other vital public services, and live in an environment where natural and cultural resources are being sustained for future generations.
‘Endow Maryland’ tax credit renewed for 2016
The Maryland tax credit dubbed “Endow Maryland” has been renewed for 2016 and will continue to reward donors who help build permanent charitable funds for local communities across the state, including Southern Maryland. Endow Maryland is modeled after successful initiatives established by community foundations across the nation.
Starting Jan. 1, Endow Maryland offers a tax credit for gifts of at least $500 and a maximum of $50,000 to permanent, endowed funds at qualified community foundations, such as the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland. Qualified donors may receive a 25 percent tax credit on their 2015 Maryland state tax return as an incentive to encourage Maryland residents to give back to their local communities in a meaningful and lasting way. The Endow Maryland tax credit — designed to promote charitable giving in Maryland, for Maryland — applies only to gifts to permanent, endowed funds held at a local community foundation: those that will generate many times the initial value of the gift to benefit the community.
The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt, autonomous, public charity, created by and for the people of Southern Maryland.
Each community foundation in Maryland will be sharing the $250,000 in tax credits for 2016. The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland’s initial portion of total tax credits available is $15,000, which is 25 percent of $60,000 in contributions, with the possibility of additional tax credits after this initial portion is claimed. These credits are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
To find out how to take advantage of the tax credit and explore all of the different ways to give back, contact Gretchen Hardman, executive director, at 240670-GIVE (4483), firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.cfsomd.org.