County hires five EMS per­son­nel to in­crease re­sponses

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As a part of the fis­cal 2016 bud­get, the Charles County Com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved the hir­ing of five ad­di­tional Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices (EMS) per­son­nel. The north­ern por­tion of the county, specif­i­cally Wal­dorf, has the high­est call vol­ume in the county and is rou­tinely stressed for EMS re­sources, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease. The new paramedics and emer­gency man­age­ment tech­ni­cians will ad­dress the emer­gency call vol­ume, and EMS re­sponse times in the county. The newly hired per­son­nel will serve in the Sta­tion 60 Mo­bile In­ten­sive Care Unit in White Plains.

“Our res­i­dents’ safety and wel­fare is im­por­tant to us,” said Com­mis­sion­ers’ Pres­i­dent Peter F. Mur­phy (D) in the re­lease. “Emer­gency per­son­nel are es­sen­tial to pro­vid­ing qual­ity med­i­cal care, and ad­di­tional per­son­nel will only fur­ther im­prove emer­gency re­sponse through­out the county.”

“I am thank­ful my col­leagues sup­ported my bud­get re­quest for ad­di­tional emer­gency re­sponse staff,” said Com­mis­sioner Amanda M. Ste­wart (D) in the re­lease. “Af­ter speak­ing with res­i­dents and staff, I learned of the need for in­creased EMS ser­vices, and felt it was a pri­or­ity as our county moves for­ward. I am pleased we are able to add per­son­nel, which is key to meet­ing the emer­gency med­i­cal needs of res­i­dents.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser vices, go to www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov. For a full list of Charles County fire and EMS ser­vices, go to www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov/maps/vol­un­teer-fire­and-ems.

Vol­un­teers needed for Day of Car­ing

United Way of Charles County will host its 22nd An­nual Day of Car­ing on Sept. 1. The event has been a Septem­ber com­mu­nity tra­di­tion since 1995 where part­ner agen­cies are able to have vol­un­teers come in and take care of some of their needs.

This year the United Way has 14 agen­cies with 32 projects sub­mit­ted, re­quir­ing more than 240 vol­un­teers. Some of this years projects are gar­den­ing, landscaping, arts and crafts, in­door and out­door paint­ing, meal de­liv­ery, con­struc­tion type jobs and an IT/ web­site project, to name a few.

The day be­gins at 7:30 a.m. at the Greater Wal­dorf Jaycees, with a light break­fast be­fore head­ing out to the project lo­ca­tion. “Live United” T-shirts will be avail­able to ever yone that vol­un­teers. Bring a bagged lunch/snacks and ad­di­tional wa­ter/soda for con­sump­tion while at the project.

In­di­vid­u­als or or­ga­ni­za­tions in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing for this event can re­view the vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties and down­load the regis­tra­tion form at http://www.unit­ed­way­charles.org/day-car­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call United Way of Charles County at 301609-4844 or email dhad­den@unit­ed­way­charles.org.The dead­line to sign up is Aug. 26.

La Plata re­tailer to donate back­packs to chil­dren

Stu­dents in La Plata will soon ben­e­fit from a na­tional back­pack give­away cam­paign. TCC, the largest Ver­i­zon au­tho­rized re­tailer in the U.S., an­nounced that A Wire­less is part­ner­ing with the com­pany to donate 235,000 back­packs full of school sup­plies to chil­dren through TCC’s an­nual School Rocks Back­pack Give­away. Since 2013, TCC has do­nated more than 360,000 back­packs filled with sup­plies to en­sure chil­dren are well pre­pared for the start of the school year, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

Be­tween noon and 3 p.m. Satur­day, July 30, the TCC store in La Plata, lo­cated at 9 Shin­ing Wil­low Way, will donate 250 back­packs and each A Wire­less store will donate 125 back­packs. All left­over back­packs will be do­nated to lo­cal schools. Back­packs will be filled with var­i­ous school sup­plies, in­clud­ing pen­cils, pa­per, a pen­cil box, fold­ers and glue. One back­pack per child present will be given on a first-come, first-serve ba­sis while sup­plies last.

To learn more about TCC, visit http://tc­crocks.com/.

CSM Twi­light Per­for­mance Se­ries re­turns to re­gion

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s (CSM) Twi­light Per­for­mance Se­ries re­turns for its 10th sea­son this sum­mer to of­fer free, fam­ily-friendly entertainment to area res­i­dents on the La Plata, Leonard­town and Prince Fred­er­ick cam­puses. Guests can ex­pect to be en­ter­tained by na­tional and lo­cal jazz, rock and mil­i­tary bands and CSM’s Chil­dren’s Theatre as well as by Chau­tauqua’s his­tor­i­cal por­tray­als.

Per­for­mances by lo­cal and na­tion­ally rec­og­nized mu­si­cians will take place on Tues­days, July 19 and 26 at the Leonard­town Cam­pus; with Chau­tauqua per­form­ers at the La Plata Cam­pus July 13 and 14 and a mu­si­cal con­cert on July 20; and mu­si­cal per­for­mances on Thurs­days, July 21 and 28 at the Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus.

CSM’s Chil­dren’s Theatre’s per­for­mance of “Spirit of His­pania: His­panic Tales,” pro­duced by spe­cial ar­range­ment with Sa­muel French Inc., will take place in­doors on all three cam­puses, with per­for­mances at the Leonard­town Cam­pus Aug. 2, the La Plata Cam­pus Aug. 3, and the Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus Aug. 4.

In the event of rain, per­for­mances will move in­doors. On the La Plata Cam­pus, per­for­mances will be in the Fine Arts Cen­ter; on the Leonard­town Cam­pus, Build­ing A, Au­di­to­rium; and on the Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus, Build­ing B, Mul­tipur­pose Room. Per­for­mances are sub­ject to change. For sched­ules, visit http://www.csmd.edu/twi­light.

The Twi­light se­ries will take place out­doors on the La Plata Cam­pus Fine Arts (FA) Build­ing lawn, the Leonard­town Cam­pus great lawn, and the Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus pa­tio. Au­di­ence mem­bers are en­cour­aged to bring a lawn chair or blan­ket as well as food or bev­er­ages (no al­co­hol per­mit­ted).

In ad­di­tion to Chau­tauqua per­for­mances, the La Plata Cam­pus Twi­light Per­for­mance will in­clude the U. S. Navy Band Com­modores July 20 at 6:45 p.m.

Twi­light Per­for­mances Se­ries are funded in part by a grant from the St. Mary’s County Arts Coun­cil, awarded by the Mary­land State Arts Coun­cil. For more in­for­ma­tion on spon­sor­ships, call 301-934-7647 or go to http://csmd.edu/ Foun­da­tion.

For in­for­ma­tion on the Twi­light Per­for­mance Se­ries, go to http://www.csmd.edu/twi­light.

CSM’s cam­puses are ac­ces­si­ble to pa­trons with dis­abil­i­ties. Au­dio de­scrip­tion for the visu­ally im­paired and sign lan­guage in­ter­pre­ta­tion for the hear­ing im­paired are avail­able with a min­i­mum two-week ad­vanced no­tice. Con­tact the aca­demic sup­port/ADA co­or­di­na­tor at 301-934-7614.

County food and shel­ter agen­cies to re­ceive fund­ing

Charles County has been cho­sen to re­ceive $23,886 by the State Se­tA­side Com­mit­tee un­der Phase 32 of the Emer­gency Food and Shel­ter Pro­gram (EFSP) to sup­ple­ment emer­gency food and shel­ter pro­grams in the county.

The se­lec­tion was made by a Na­tional Board that is chaired by the U.S. Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity’s Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency and con­sists of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Amer­i­can Red Cross, Catholic Char­i­ties USA, the Na­tional Coun­cil of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., the Jewish Fed­er­a­tions of North Amer­ica, the Sal­va­tion Army and United Way World­wide. The lo­cal board was charged to dis­trib­ute funds ap­pro­pri­ated by Con­gress to help ex­pand the ca­pac­ity of

food and shel­ter pro­grams in high-need ar­eas around the coun­try.

A lo­cal EFSP Board, which will in­clude rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Charles County Gov­ern­ment and lo­cal not-for-profit hu­man ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions, will de­ter­mine how the funds awarded to Charles County are to be dis­trib­uted among the emer­gency food and shel­ter pro­grams run by lo­cal ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions in the area. The lo­cal board is re­spon­si­ble for rec­om­mend­ing agen­cies to re­ceive th­ese funds and any ad­di­tional funds avail­able un­der this phase of the pro­gram.

Un­der the terms of the grant from the na­tional board, lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions cho­sen to re­ceive funds must: 1) Be pri­vate vol­un­tary non­prof­its or units of gov­ern­ment; 2) Be el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive fed­eral funds; 3) Have an ac­count­ing sys­tem; 4) Prac­tice nondis­crim­i­na­tion; 5) Have demon­strated the ca­pa­bil­ity to de­liver emer­gency food and/or shel­ter pro­grams; and 6) If they are a pri­vate vol­un­tary or­ga­ni­za­tion, they must have a vol­un­tary board.

Qual­i­fy­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions are urged to ap­ply.

The lo­cal board agreed that all funds would go to­ward pro­gram ex­penses, with noth­ing al­lo­cated for ad­min­is­tra­tive al­lowance.

Pub­lic or pri­vate vol­un­tary or­ga­ni­za­tions in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing for Emer­gency Food and Shel­ter Pro­gram funds must con­tact Michael Bel­lis, chair­man of the Charles County Home­less and Emer­gency Shel­ter Com­mit­tee at 301-609-4844 or mbel­lis@unit­ed­way­charles.org for an ap­pli­ca­tion. The dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions to be re­ceived is July 28.

Cool­ing cen­ters avail­able dur­ing sum­mer heat

When the sum­mer heat be­gins, it is im­por­tant to stay cool and hy­drated. The pub­lic build­ings listed be­low are open dur­ing reg­u­lar busi­ness hours for use by res­i­dents as cool­ing cen­ters through­out the sum­mer:

• Cap­i­tal Club­house, 3033 Wal­dorf Mar­ket Place, Wal­dorf

• Richard R. Clark Se­nior Cen­ter, 1210 Charles St., La Plata

• Nan­je­moy Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 4375 Port Tobacco Road, Nan­je­moy

• Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, 8190 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco

• Charles County Pub­lic Li­braries — La Plata Branch, 2 Gar­rett Ave., La Plata; P.D. Brown Memo­rial Branch, 50 Vil­lage St., Wal­dorf; Po­tomac Branch, 3225 Ruth B. Swan Drive, In­dian Head; Wal­dorf West Li­brary, 10405 O’Don­nell Place, Wal­dorf

• Out­door pools — La Plata High School, 6035 Ra­dio Sta­tion Road, La Plata; Thomas Stone High School, 3785 Leonard­town Road, Wal­dorf; McDonough High School, 7165 Mar­shall Cor­ner Road, Pom­fret

• In­door pools — Don­ald M. Wade Aquatic Cen­ter at St. Charles High School, 5305 Piney Church Road, Wal­dorf; North Point High School, 2500 Davis Road, Wal­dorf; Lackey High School, 3000 Chi­ca­muxen Road, In­dian Head

To avoid heat-re­lated is­sues, take ad­di­tional pre­cau­tions if work­ing or spend­ing time out­side dur­ing ex­treme heat. Wear light­weight and loose fit­ting cloth­ing when pos­si­ble and drink plenty of wa­ter.

Cit­i­zens should call 911 in the event of any emer­gency, heat-re­lated or other­wise. For ad­di­tional pre­pared­ness in­for­ma­tion, go to www.ready.gov/heat or www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/in­dex.shtml. In­for­ma­tion on heat ill­nesses can be found at dhmh. mar yland.gov/ex­treme­heat/SitePages/Home.aspx.

Sher­iff’s of­fice in­vites res­i­dents to Na­tional Night Out

On Aug. 2, from 6-10 p.m., neigh­bor­hoods through­out Charles County are in­vited to team up with thou­sands of com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try for the 33rd An­nual Na­tional Night Out (NNO). Sher­iff Troy Berry (D) and mem­bers of the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice will join res­i­dents to cel­e­brate the com­mu­nity’s al­liance against crime, drugs and vi­o­lence. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Charles County Crime Solvers, Ex­plor­ers Post No. 1658 and even McGruff the Crime Dog and McGruff’s nephew Scruff will be on hand to meet res­i­dents.

The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Town Watch (NATW) launched Na­tional Night Out 33 years ago. Ac­cord­ing to the web­site, NATW. org, “Na­tional Night Out en­hances the re­la­tion­ship be­tween neigh­bors and law en­force­ment while bring­ing back a true sense of com­mu­nity. It fur­ther­more pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to bring po­lice and neigh­bors to­gether.”

Neigh­bor­hoods across Charles County will host block par­ties with food, games, mu­sic and other ac­tiv­i­ties. Many res­i­dents will light their porch lights to demon­strate their sup­port for NNO.

The CCSO is also hold­ing its an­nual col­or­ing con­test for chil­dren ages 4-12 in par­tic­i­pat­ing neigh­bor­hoods. Neigh­bor­hood rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be provided with the col­or­ing pages af­ter their neigh­bor­hoods are reg­is­tered for Na­tional Night Out. The col­or­ing pages can then be dis­trib­uted to the chil­dren in their par­tic­u­lar com­mu­ni­ties. The art­work is due by Aug. 29 and can be turned in to any CCSO dis­trict sta­tion or to the Com­mu­nity Ser­vices of­fice lo­cated on Audie Lane in La Plata. The pages will be judged, and two win­ners will be se­lected from sev­eral age groups.

The win­ners will be no­ti­fied by mail, and awards will be pre­sented in Oc­to­ber.

Last year, 158 neigh­bor­hoods in Charles County par­tic­i­pated in Na­tional Night Out.

To find out if a neigh­bor­hood is par­tic­i­pat­ing, to regis­ter a neigh­bor­hood to par­tic­i­pate, or to make a do­na­tion to NNO, con­tact Com­mu­nity Or­ga­nizer Con­nie Gray at 301-932-3080.

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