More than 140 col­leges, uni­ver­si­ties sign up for fair

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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 gretchen@cf­somd.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.

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