Lead­er­ship South­ern Mary­land seeks project ap­pli­cants

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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, he­len@lead­er­ship­somd.org 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), gretchen@cf­somd.org or go to www.cf­somd.org.

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