Fo­rum aims to help race re­la­tions in the com­mu­nity

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Charles County com­mu­nity mem­bers, faith leaders, law en­force­ment and other con­cerned ci­ti­zens are host­ing an “I’m All In: Creat­ing an At­mos­phere for Hu­man Di­a­logue,” fo­rum 6-9 p.m. Tues­day, July 26, at New Life Church’s “The Dome,” 9695 Shep­herd’s Creek Place, La Plata. This fo­rum will pro­vide an in­for­ma­tive dis­cus­sion from a di­verse panel of com­mu­nity mem­bers, and breakout ses­sions to dis­cuss op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­di­vid­u­als and the com­mu­nity to be­come ac­tively en­gaged, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease. The goal is to pre­vent the vi­o­lence and racial di­vide oc­cur­ring through­out the coun­try from hap­pen­ing in Charles County.

Any­one in­ter­ested can reg­is­ter on­line through­ or via Face­book at www.face­ life­styles of mary­land. Hard­copy reg­is­tra­tion forms are also avail­able for pick up at Life­Styles’ of­fice 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon­day–Fri­day, at 101 Catalpa Drive, Suite 103, La Plata, at the Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary lo­ca­tions, and faith-based lo­ca­tions through­out the county. Forms can be re­turned via email and fax to info@ lifestyle­ For more in­for­ma­tion, call 301-609-9800.

Ste­wart to hold ‘Back to School’ com­mu­nity event

Kick off the school year with Charles County Com­mis­sioner Amanda M. Ste­wart (D) at her sec­ond an­nual “Back to School” Com­mu­nity Fi­esta on Satur­day, Aug. 6 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Mat­ta­woman Mid­dle School, 10145 Berry Road, Wal­dorf. All ages are in­vited to at­tend. Chil­dren must be ac­com­pa­nied by a par­ent or guardian.

The “Back to School” Com­mu­nity Fi­esta will fo­cus on say­ing no to bul­ly­ing, drugs, and tex­ting and driv­ing. Dur­ing the event, chil­dren will have the op­por­tu­nity to sign pledges to “say no.” Sev­eral learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties will be avail­able, in­clud­ing self-de­fense and hands-on CPR demon­stra­tions, and tes­ti­monies on bul­ly­ing. The De­part­ment of Health, Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Crime Solvers and De­part­ment of So­cial Ser­vices will pro­vide safety and health in­for­ma­tion and re­sources for par­ents.

Par­tic­i­pants will have the op­por­tu­nity to make a craft and sign up for a Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary card. Chil­dren can also meet sev­eral mas­cots in­clud­ing Pinch from the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs, the Chick-fil-A cow, Andy Ar­madillo and a Min­ion from Dis­ney’s “Min­ions.” Back to school hair­cuts will be avail­able for chil­dren by Mo­bile Hair Cuts. Raf­fles, give­aways and light re­fresh­ments will be avail­able.

Spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able, rang­ing from gold to ti­ta­nium lev­els. Spon­sors must com­plete the spon­sor­ship lev­els and com­mit­ment form by Satur­day, July 30. Those in­ter­ested in mon­e­tary do­na­tions can com­plete the re­ceipt for cash do­na­tions form. Both forms can be down­loaded at www. CharlesCoun­ and re­turned via email to Ste­wartEvents@ CharlesCoun­

For more in­for­ma­tion about the event, email Ste­wartEvents@ CharlesCoun­ Ci­ti­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

Sher­iff’s of­fice ac­cred­i­ta­tion team seeks pub­lic com­ment

A team of as­ses­sors from the Com­mis­sion on Ac­cred­i­ta­tion for Law En­force­ment Agen­cies (CALEA) will ar­rive Aug. 1 to ex­am­ine all as­pects of the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice poli­cies and pro­ce­dures, man­age­ment, op­er­a­tions and sup­port ser­vices as part of the agency’s con­tin­ued ef­forts to main­tain its ac­cred­i­ta­tion. The sher­iff’s of­fice is seek­ing its sixth re-ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

“The pur­pose of this visit by the team of as­ses­sors is to con­firm the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice con­tin­ues to meet the com­mis­sion’s stan­dards and is part of a vol­un­tary process to main­tain CALEA ac­cred­i­ta­tion,” said Sher­iff Troy D. Berry (D) in a press re­lease.

Dur­ing the on-site as­sess­ment, agency em­ploy­ees and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity are in­vited to com­ment at a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ses­sion 7 p.m. Mon­day, Aug. 1, in the train­ing class­room lo­cated at the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Head­quar­ters, 6915 Crain High­way, La Plata.

Any per­son who can­not speak at the pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ses­sion but would still like to pro­vide com­ments to the as­sess­ment team may do so by tele­phone. Calls will be taken by the as­sess­ment team at 301-609-6517 from 2-4 p.m. Tues­day, Aug. 2. Tele­phone com­ments as well as ap­pear­ances at the pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ses­sion are lim­ited to 10 min­utes and must ad­dress the agency’s abil­ity to com­ply with CALEA stan­dards. The CALEA stan­dards are avail­able for re­view from the of­fice of plan­ning and ac­cred­i­ta­tion at the sher­iff’s of­fice head­quar­ters. The plan­ning and ac­cred­i­ta­tion of­fice may be con­tacted at 301-6096419.

Any­one wish­ing to of­fer writ­ten com­ments about the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice’s abil­ity to meet the stan­dards for ac­cred­i­ta­tion may write to John Gre­gory, re­gional pro­gram man­ager, at the Com­mis­sion on Ac­cred­i­ta­tion for Law En­force­ment Agen­cies Inc., 13575 Heath­cote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.

“CALEA as­ses­sors are law en­force­ment pro­fes­sion­als from agen­cies lo­cated some dis­tance away in or­der to main­tain the ob­jec­tiv­ity of the as­sess­ment process,” said Danny John­son, the agency’s deputy di­rec­tor of plan­ning and ac­cred­i­ta­tion, in the press re­lease.

The as­ses­sors this year are Ma­jor Paul Baggett, Polk County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Lake­land, Fla., and Lt. Vir­gil Hub­bard, Knoxville Po­lice De­part­ment, Knoxville, Tenn. They will re­view writ­ten ma­te­ri­als, in­ter­view in­di­vid­u­als and visit of­fices and other places where com­pli­ance with CALEA stan­dards can be ver­i­fied. Once the com­mis­sion’s as­ses­sors com­plete their re­view of the agency, they re­port to the full com­mis­sion, which will then de­cide if the agency is to be re-ac­cred­ited.

Ac­cred­i­ta­tion is for three years, dur­ing which the agency must sub­mit an­nual re­ports af­firm­ing con­tin­ued com­pli­ance with those stan­dards un­der which it was ac­cred­ited. For more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing CALEA, call 800-368-3757 or 703-3524225, or go to www.calea. org.

CSM hosts an­nual foun­da­tion golf tour­na­ment

Over its 25 year life­time, the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land Foun­da­tion’s Golf Clas­sic sig­na­ture event has brought to­gether golf en­thu­si­asts, col­lege alumni, com­mu­nity leaders and the busi­ness com­mu­nity to raise more than $700,000 for scholarships for CSM credit and non-credit stu­dents as well as for CSM ath­letic pro­grams.

This year’s event will be held Thurs­day, Aug. 18, at Swan Point Yacht and Coun­try Club in Is­sue, which has hosted ev­ery clas­sic since the tour­na­ment be­gan.

This year also marks the 15th year Mar­rick Homes has been the lead spon­sor of the golf clas­sic. Mar­rick Homes has pledged to be a grand tour­na­ment spon­sor for the next four years.

This year, state Sen. Thomas “Mac” Mid­dle­ton (D-Charles) of the col­lege’s class of 1966 will be the hon­orary guest. Mid­dle­ton will cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of his grad­u­a­tion from the col­lege dur­ing the home­com­ing-themed golf tour­na­ment.

“The ed­u­ca­tion I re­ceived at the col­lege has pro­vided me, as well as count­less oth­ers, with a life­time of op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Mid­dle­ton said in a press re­lease.

“From a statewide per­spec­tive, I see the col­lege as one of the best en­ti­ties of the Mary­land com­mu­nity col­lege sys­tem,” Mid­dle­ton said. “CSM means so much to the com­mu­nity. This golf tour­na­ment is a way to bring the ci­ti­zens and busi­ness com­mu­nity to­gether in a fun way to show sup­port for an in­sti­tu­tion that is a source of pride for the en­tire South­ern Mary­land re­gion.”

Other CSM alumni and for­mer ath­letes from the col­lege are ex­pected to at­tend.

Check-in and con­ti­nen­tal break­fast will be­gin at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 18, with a shot­gun start for golfers at 9 a.m. The tour­na­ment will use the cap­tain’s choice for­mat. Lunch and re­fresh­ments will be pro­vided on the course. A din­ner and silent auc­tion will be­gin at 3 p.m. There will be clos­est-to-the-pin and long­est drive con­tests for men and women.

Those who want to join in the fes­tiv­i­ties but would pre­fer not to golf in the tour­na­ment may wish to try out the Sip and Swing for an IM­PACT. Par­tic­i­pants look­ing to im­prove or fa­mil­iar­ize them­selves with the game of golf can en­joy a day of golf in­struc­tion paired with a wine tast­ing. Check-in will be­gin at 11:15 a.m., fol­lowed by a wine and food tast­ing at 11:30 a.m. At 1 p.m., there will be in­ter­ac­tive clin­ics that fea­ture put­ting, chip­ping and full-swing tech­niques. Sip and Swing par­tic­i­pants will join the other golfers for din­ner and a silent auc­tion later in the day.

Go to www.foun­da­tion. golf-clas­sic for spon­sor, golfer, Alumni Row and Sip and Swing reg­is­tra­tions. Spon­sor­ships and golfer reg­is­tra­tion dead­line is Aug. 5. The Sip and Swing early bird cost will be $75 per per­son, or $100 per per­son after July 31.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Erika Abell in the CSM De­vel­op­ment De­part­ment at 301-934-7647 or In­for­ma­tion on the CSM Foun­da­tion can be found at Foun­da­tion/.

South­ern Md. Blue Crabs en­cour­age sum­mer read­ing

The South­ern Mary­land Re­gional Li­brary and the three county pub­lic li­brary sys­tems are once again part­ner­ing with the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs to give free sta­dium seat vouch­ers to ev­ery par­tic­i­pant in this year’s sum­mer read­ing pro­gram. The vouch­ers are good for a free ticket to one of three South­ern Mary­land Li­brary Nights with the Blue Crabs (July 22, 23 or Aug. 6), at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf. The July 23 and Aug. 6 games be­gin at 6:35 p.m., while the July 22 game be­gins at 7:05 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the sum­mer read­ing pro­grams, or about the South­ern Mary­land Li­brary Night with the Blue Crabs, go to a li­brary or cor­re­spond­ing web­site: Calvert Li­brary (Calvert Li­brary. info ),

Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary (cc­plon­, and St. Mary’s County Li­brary (

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