Vol­un­teers needed for Com­mu­nity Re­source Day

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The Charles County Home­less and Emer­gency Shel­ter Com­mit­tee is plan­ning its eighth Com­mu­nity Re­source Day to help those in need through­out Charles County. The event is sched­uled for 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in Waldorf.

Vol­un­teers are needed to be “nav­i­ga­tors” to as­sist the clients by guid­ing them through the many ser­vices that are be­ing of­fered. Vol­un­teers are asked to ar­rive at the Jaycees by 9:30 a.m. that morn­ing for a brief train­ing.

Many non­prof­its and gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions will be par­tic­i­pat­ing that day to pro­vide ser­vices such as free im­mu­niza­tions, den­tal screenings, med­i­cal ex­ams; help with lit­er­acy train­ing, job searches; help with ap­ply­ing for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion ma­te­ri­als or VA ben­e­fits to name only a few. Agen­cies will be on hand to pro­vide cloth­ing, food and per­sonal care items.

To vol­un­teer and for more in­for­ma­tion, call United Way of Charles County at 301-609-4844 or email dhad­den@unit­ed­way­charles.org.

Cap­i­tal Club­house Bridal Show can­celled

The Cap­i­tal Club­house Bridal Show, fea­tur­ing Serendip­ity bridal fash­ion, sched­uled for noon-3 p.m. Sun­day, Sept. 25 is can­celled. Email events@ cap­i­tal­club­house for more in­for­ma­tion.

Mary­land Le­gal Aid de­vel­ops free crim­i­nal record ex­punge­ment app

Mary­land Le­gal Aid has de­vel­oped a new app for ex­pung­ing crim­i­nal records. Ex­pungeItMD. org is a free, user-friendly app that en­ables le­gal pro­fes­sion­als to eas­ily search Mary­land crim­i­nal records and gen­er­ate doc­u­ments to file ex­punge­ment pe­ti­tions with the Mary­land courts on be­half of low-in­come cit­i­zens.

Changes in Mar yland law in Oc­to­ber 2015 re­sulted in a dra­matic in­crease in the types of crim­i­nal cases that could be ex­punged. Con­se­quently, the de­mand for as­sis­tance in ex­pung­ing crim­i­nal records has soared. To ad­dress this need, Mary­land Le­gal Aid joined with other le­gal ser­vices or­ga­ni­za­tions to de­velop le­gal clin­ics with com­mu­nity part­ners through­out the state. As part of its Lawyer in the Li­brar y pro­gram, Mar yland Le­gal Aid hosts monthly ex­punge­ment clin­ics at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Penn­syl­va­nia Av­enue branch. At a re­cent Mary­land Le­gal Aid ex­punge­ment clinic, more than 600 peo­ple came for record ex­punge­ment help.

To meet the in­creas­ing de­mand for help with ex­punge­ments, Mary­land Le­gal Aid used in­ter­nal re­sources and tal­ents to de­sign, de­velop and test the app.

Ex­pungeItMD.org in­cludes:

• Ed­itable fields to up­date client in­for­ma­tion (e.g., cur­rent phone num­ber and ad­dress);

• Easy PDF gen­er­a­tion of all doc­u­ments needed to file ex­punge­ments; and

• An ex­pert sys­tem that “learns” what cases are ex­pungable based on pre­vi­ous cases filed for ex­punge­ment.

As part of the fi­nal stage of de­vel­op­ment for Ex­pungeItMD.org, Mary­land Le­gal Aid will host an open house 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sept. 15 at its Bal­ti­more City of­fice, 500 E. Lex­ing­ton St., for le­gal ser­vices part­ners and or­ga­ni­za­tions as well as the me­dia to give demon­stra­tions and an­swer ques­tions about the app.

Lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions pro­vide wounded war­riors free fish­ing event

Four South­ern Mary­land or­ga­ni­za­tions have joined forces to pro­vide ac­tive duty and re­tired wounded war­riors a free fish­ing out­ing on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 19. The event is spon­sored by Project Heal­ing Wa­ters (PHW) with sup­port from the Green­well Foun­da­tion, the South­ern Mary­land Chap­ter of the Mary­land Saltwater Sport­fish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (MSSA), and Par­ran’s Floor­ing Cen­ter of Leonard­town.

The event will take place at Green­well State Park where wounded war­riors, with the as­sis­tance of PHW rep­re­sen­ta­tives, will board boats pro­vided by mem­bers of the MSSA and Par­rran’s Floor­ing Cen­ter.

Wounded war­riors can reg­is­ter by sim­ply send­ing an email to fly­pax@ md.metro­cast.net with the sub­ject line as “Light Tackle Boat Fish­ing”, and the wounded war­rior’s name, tele­phone num­ber, and any ac­ces­si­bil­ity/ac­com­mo­da­tions needed.

New Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Ad­vi­sory Board an­nounced

Charles County an­nounced this week the for­ma­tion of a new Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Ad­vi­sory Board (EDAB), an en­tity cre­ated by the County Com­mis­sion­ers and one of the Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Strate­gic Plan’s key rec­om­men­da­tions. Ap­pli­ca­tions are now avail­able for el­i­gi­ble Charles County can­di­dates to serve on the board. Fi­nal se­lec­tion of board mem­bers will be an­nounced in Oc­to­ber 2016.

“The new Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Ad­vi­sor y Board will serve as a com­mu­ni­ca­tions plat­form for our busi­ness com­mu­nity and the pub­lic sec­tor to in­form the county’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment pol­icy and pro­grams,” Com­mis­sion­ers’ Pres­i­dent Peter Mur­phy (D) said in a press re­lease.

The board will ad­vise the di­rec­tor of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment by shar­ing ideas, so­lu­tions and cre­ative ap­proaches to busi­ness and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment is­sues.

Se­lec­tion cri­te­ria to be­come a board mem­ber in­clude hav­ing cor­po­rate level ex­pe­ri­ence in busi­ness, es­pe­cially com­pa­nies in the county’s tar­get in­dus­tries. Terms are for three years, with some ini­tial terms of one or two years to cre­ate stag­gered terms. Mem­bers will serve as Charles County eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment am­bas­sadors and ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in the De­part­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment’s events.

To ap­ply for the EDAB, go to www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov, click on “Board and Com­mis­sions” and then click “Ap­pli­ca­tion for Ap­point­ment.” All ap­pli­cants will be asked to read and be ready to ac­tively sup­port the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new Charles County Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Strate­gic Plan, “A Proac­tive Ap­proach to Shap­ing the Eco­nomic Fu­ture of Charles County, Mary­land.” For more in­for­ma­tion about the county’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment ef­forts, go to www. MeetCharlesCounty.com.

Mary­land courts seek stu­dents’ help to pro­mote peace

The Mary­land Ju­di­ciary is invit­ing young artists to help pro­mote peace­mak­ing in the 11th an­nual Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion Day Stu­dent Book­mark Art Con­test. The con­test for Mary­land stu­dents in grades K-8 cel­e­brates na­tional Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion Day, which is Thurs­day, Oct. 20.

The con­test be­gan in 2005 and is spon­sored by the Mary­land Ju­di­ciary’s Me­di­a­tion and Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion Of­fice (MACRO). Last year, more than 1,900 stu­dents from across Mary­land par­tic­i­pated in the con­test, with 15 book­marks cho­sen as win­ners and 61 hon­or­able men­tions.

Stu­dents are asked to cre­ate book­marks based on the theme of re­solv­ing or pre­vent­ing con­flict. Top­ics can in­clude peer me­di­a­tion, talk­ing things out, apol­o­giz­ing, re­spect­ing dif­fer­ences, solv­ing prob­lems to­gether, lis­ten­ing, tol­er­ance, build­ing peace or al­ter­na­tives to vi­o­lence.

Sub­mis­sions will be judged on cre­ativ­ity and mes­sage. Prizes will be awarded for first, sec­ond and third place in three age groups: grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. For each age group, the prize awards will be $75 for first place, $50 for sec­ond place and $25 for third place. In ad­di­tion to the prizes, six of the nine win­ning en­tries will be printed as book­marks that will be dis­trib­uted through­out Mary­land to pro­mote con­flict res­o­lu­tion.

Stu­dents whose en­tries are awarded prizes will be in­vited with their fam­i­lies to a cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion in their honor at the Ju­di­ciary Ed­u­ca­tion and Con­fer­ence Cen­ter in An­napo­lis on Tues­day, Dec. 13. Chief Judge Bar­bera will meet with the stu­dents and fam­i­lies and present the awards. The best 1,000 en­tries will be dis­played in the con­fer­ence cen­ter

in De­cem­ber, and some sub­mis­sions may ap­pear in other ju­di­ciary doc­u­ments.

Sub­mis­sions are due by Thurs­day, Oct. 20, which is Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion Day. MACRO’s web­site in­cludes a tem­plate that may be used for orig­i­nal art­work sub­mis­sions. Any other pa­per for­mat may also be used. The fin­ished im­age size must be no larger than 3 inches high by 9 inches wide. Stu­dent art­work should be la­beled, ei­ther on the back of the en­try or on the la­bel pro­vided in the tem­plate, with the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion:

• Stu­dent’s name, age, and grade;

• School or pro­gram name, if ap­pli­ca­ble;

• Teacher’s or par­ent’s name and email ad­dress;

• Ad­dress where art­work can be re­turned af­ter the con­test.

Par­tic­i­pants are asked not to fold en­tries, and mail or de­liver en­tries no later than Oct. 20, to Ale­cia Parker, MACRO, 2001 Com­merce Park Drive, Suite C, An­napo­lis, MD 21401.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion Day Stu­dent Book­mark Art Con­test, con­tact Ale­cia Parker, 410-260-3540, or ale­cia. parker@md­courts.gov.

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