More than 140 colleges, universities sign up for fair
The 19th annual Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) College Fair will be Sept. 21 at North Point High School. Charles County juniors and seniors will attend the fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., bussed over from their schools. From 6 to 8 p.m., the fair is open to the public.
Representatives of more than 140 colleges and universities will be at the fair. Students who want to attend during school hours must submit a signed permission slip to their school’s college and career advisor.
Community members can bring their children to the public session in the evening, where two financial aid workshops will be held. The first workshop is at 6:15 p.m., with another scheduled for 7:15 p.m. There is no cost to attend the fair.
Agencies, businesses join forces with MSP for Hunger Action Month
In honor of Hunger Action Month, troopers and staff from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack will do their part in the fight against hunger by hosting a Stuff-A-Truck and Child Safety Seat Inspection/ Installation event on Saturday, Sept. 10. This event is being held in partnership with multiple local and state agencies as well as community business partners who support the health, safety and welfare of those who live in, work in or visit Charles County.
Attending a car seat check is a way to ensure a child safety seat is installed correctly. Based on car seat inspection summaries, about 75 percent of the car seats inspected in Maryland have some sort of misuse. Misuse may include: children riding in the wrong type of car seat, car seats that are not correctly installed in the vehicle or using car seats that have been recalled, broken, expired or been in a crash. Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be on hand to educate and assist parents and other caregivers by providing information to keep children safe in the event of a crash.
All food donations will be delivered to the Southern Maryland Food Bank following the event so that Southern Maryland residents in need can immediately benefit from the generosity and support of the local community.
Nominations for annual celebration of giving back sought
The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland is requesting nominations for businesses who give back to the community in extraordinary ways. The nomination form is available at http://cfsomd.org/luncheon.html and by emailing Gretchen Hardman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland is gearing for its Annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon to take place 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at the Waldorf Jaycees. This year’s theme is Celebrating Business Philanthropy in Southern Maryland.
The public is encouraged to join in this celebration. Tickets are $40 per person and registration is required by Monday, Oct. 31. To purchase a ticket or sponsorship online, go to http://cfsomd.org/luncheon. html. To pay by check, send to: CFSOMD, P.O. Box 716, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. For more information about the keynote speaker, sponsorship levels, a complete list of annual award recipients, go to www. cfsomd.org.
Attorney General Frosh launches structured settlement registration
The Office of the Attorney General will begin accepting registrations under Maryland’s newly-amended structured settlement transfer law.
During the 2016 session of the Maryland General Assembly, Attorney General Brian Frosh (D) supported legislation that enhances protections for victims of lead poisoning and other Maryland tort victims from predatory and deceptive practices by entities seeking to induce them to transfer future settlement payments to which they may be entitled.
The new law, which goes into effect Oct. 1, requires entities acquiring future structured settlement payments in Maryland, known as “structured settlement transferees,” to register with the Office of the Attorney General. A structured settlement transferee may not file a court petition initiating a transaction with a Maryland consumer unless it is registered with OAG.
On May 10, Frosh filed suit against Access Funding LLC, a structured settlement transferee, for violations of the Maryland Consumer Protection Act. The suit, which is currently pending in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, alleges that Access Funding mislead and induced approximately 100 injured and cognitively impaired Marylanders to transfer more than $27 million in future structured settlement payments and in exchange, provided about $6 million in cash to those Marylanders. At least 70 percent of Access Funding’s Maryland customers had been plaintiffs in lead paint poisoning lawsuits. Most were young people between the ages of 18 and 26 residing in Baltimore city.
More information about the registration process is available at www.oag.state.md.us/consumer/sst. For more information about transfers of structured settlements or about the Attorney General’s registration program, contact the Office of Attorney General at 410-5766590 or at sstadministrator@ oag.state.md.us.