‘Artists Without Lim­its’ ex­hibit opens at com­mis­sion­ers’ gallery

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On July 26, 1990, Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush signed into law the Amer­i­cans with Dis­abil­i­ties Act (ADA) to en­sure the civil rights of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. This leg­is­la­tion es­tab­lished a clear and com­pre­hen­sive na­tional man­date for the elim­i­na­tion of dis­crim­i­na­tion against in­di­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties. On July 26, the na­tion will re­mem­ber the 26th an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the ADA. The ADA has ex­panded op­por­tu­ni­ties for Amer­i­cans with dis­abil­i­ties by re­duc­ing bar­ri­ers and chang­ing per­cep­tions, and in­creas­ing full par­tic­i­pa­tion in com­mu­nity life.

The Charles County Arts Al­liance and the Charles County Com­mis­sion on In­di­vid­u­als with Dis­abil­i­ties have col­lab­o­rated to cel­e­brate and rec­og­nize the progress that has been made by reaf­firm­ing the prin­ci­ples of equal­ity and in­clu­sion and recom­mit­ting our ef­forts to reach full ADA com­pli­ance.

The or­ga­ni­za­tions are cel­e­brat­ing with a multi-me­dia pub­lic ex­hibit to rec­og­nize lo­cal artists with dis­abil­i­ties. The show, which fea­tures artists rang­ing in ages from 6 to 66, in­cludes works by: Jen­nifer Bell, Lacy Bullard, Mary Bur­dick, Sarah Cac­ciaglia, Alexan­der Chis­ley, Xavier Chis­ley, Nyle Cole­man, Mary Jean Gar­ner, Travis Gil­bert, Doris Ha­gens, Ros­alie Hawkins, Jackson Henry, James Robert John­son, Taren John­son, Jonathan Jones, An­to­nio Lan­ders, Jody Loper, Doug Ne­vitt, Ru­dolph Nielsen, John Reese, Christo­pher Walker, Lind­say Wal­lace, Aaliyah Wells, Joanne White, Nolan Wilder; and artists from Charles County Free­dom Land­ing: Cur­tis Chis­ley, An­gela El­lis, Tawanna Farmer, John Ford, Cameron Green, De­landes Green, Tieshia Lit­ten, Ky­ley McCon­nell, Der­rick Monkister, Graig Mus­sel­man, Minh Nguyen, Tif­fani Pat­ter­son, Ray Thomp­son and Bran­don Wood.

From 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tues­day, July 19, a “Meet the Artists” pub­lic re­cep­tion will be held at the Charles County Gov­ern­ment Build­ing to honor all the “artists without lim­its” par­tic­i­pat­ing in the sum­mer show.

The gallery is lo­cated ad­ja­cent to the front lobby in the Charles County Gov­ern­ment Build­ing, 200 W. Bal­ti­more St., La Plata. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon­day-Fri­day.

The mis­sion of the Charles County Arts Al­liance is to stim­u­late, pro­mote, en­cour­age and pro­vide recog­ni­tion of the arts and the cre­ative spirit in Charles County. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Arts Al­liance, con­tact the CCAA of­fice at 301-392-5900, info@ charle­scount­yarts.org, or www. charle­scount­yarts.org.

County ad­min­is­tra­tor’s monthly re­port now fea­tures video se­ries

The Charles County Ad­min­is­tra­tor’s Monthly Re­port, an elec­tronic pub­li­ca­tion avail­able on the county’s web­site, now in­cludes monthly video seg­ments. Each video will fea­ture County Ad­min­is­tra­tor Michael D. Malli­noff dis­cussing with de­part­men­tal di­rec­tors the lat­est county gov­ern­ment news and ini­tia­tives. Videos will be posted on­line at www. CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov/ coad­min/county-ad­min­is­tra­tors-monthly-re­port.

The first monthly re­port video fea­tures Dar­rell Brown, di­rec­tor of the Depart­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment. In the video, Malli­noff and Brown dis­cuss the five-year Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Strate­gic Plan and its im­pact on the county.

DVD copies of Monthly Re­port videos are avail­able for $6. To re­quest a DVD, go to www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov, click on “More CCGTV,” click “re­quest DVD copies,” and fill out the on­line form.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the videos, 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.

MSP hold­ing so­bri­ety check­point to­day

The Mary­land State Po­lice La Plata Bar­rack will be con­duct­ing a So­bri­ety Check­point on Fri­day, July 15, in Charles County. This ini­tia­tive is to re­duce im­paired driv­ing col­li­sions by ed­u­cat­ing, ag­gres­sively en­forc­ing and ar­rest­ing vi­o­la­tors for im­paired driv­ing, and mak­ing the road­way safer for the res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to Charles County.

The MSP provided im­paired driv­ing sta­tis­tics in a press re­lease:

• There are 7,884 im­paired (al­co­hol and/or drugs) driv­ing crashes statewide, re­sult­ing in 4,026 in­juries and 171 fa­tal­i­ties ev­ery year. (Towardze­rodeathsmd.com)

• A third of all statewide fa­tal crashes and 34 per­cent of all mo­tor ve­hi­cle fa­tal­i­ties in­volve an im­paired driver. (Towardze­rodeathsmd.com)

• So­bri­ety check­points have been shown to be an im­por­tant com­po­nent of a com­pre­hen­sive pro­gram to re­duce drunk driv­ing. Re­search had shown that so­bri­ety check­points can re­duce al­co­hol-re­lated crashes any­where from 18 to 26 per­cent. (Check­pointstrike­force.net)

Law en­force­ment en­cour­ages the pub­lic to con­sider hav­ing a des­ig­nated driver or use pub­lic trans­porta­tion if they are plan­ning on con­sum­ing al­co­hol. Law en­force­ment is ask­ing that if you do drink, please do not drive.

On a side note, the Mary­land State Po­lice, La Plata Bar­rack urges ev­ery driver trav­el­ing on our road­ways to put the cell phone down and give 100 per­cent at­ten­tion to driv­ing the ve­hi­cle. If a call or text must be made or read, safely pull onto the shoul­der or exit the road­way, stop the ve­hi­cle and take care of that busi­ness at that time. It is im­pos­si­ble to use a cell phone and give 100 per­cent at­ten­tion to driv­ing a ve­hi­cle. Ad­di­tion­ally, the State of Mary­land re­cently passed the “Move Over Law.” When ap­proach­ing an emer­gency ve­hi­cle or tow truck on the shoul­der from the rear, make a safe lane change from the ad­ja­cent lane to that ve­hi­cle. If the lane change is not avail­able, slow to a rea­son­able and pru­dent speed when pass­ing. Vi­o­lat­ing th­ese two laws can cause se­ri­ous in­jury to the pub­lic and po­lice of­fi­cers.

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