Owner of lost baby or­na­ment, found by county, sought

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A “Baby’s First Christ­mas” or­na­ment, pre­sumed to be ac­ci­den­tally left on a Christ­mas tree, was re­cently found at a Christ­mas tree drop-off site on St. Ni­cholas Drive in Wal­dorf (off Small­wood Drive, next to BJ’s Whole­sale Store).

If you rec­og­nize this or­na­ment, email your con­tact in­for­ma­tion to PressRoomWCharlesCoun­tyMD.gov or call the En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­sources Divi­sion at 301-932-3599.

Cedarville Road Bridge tem­po­rairly closed for bridge re­place­ment

The Prince Ge­orge’s County De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works and Trans­porta­tion tem­po­rar­ily closed Cedarville Road Bridge on Thurs­day, Jan. 12, to al­low for the re­place­ment of the ex­ist­ing bridge over Mat­ta­woman Creek. The cur­rent bridge has de­te­ri­o­rated, re­quir­ing re­place­ment of the en­tire struc­ture. There is a de­tour plan in place dur­ing con­struc­tion of the re­place­ment bridge.

While some pre­lim­i­nary con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties have al­ready be­gun, ma­jor con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with the bridge re­place­ment will be­gin af­ter the clo­sure. Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to take one year, and mo­torists should use the pri­mary de­tour routes of Brandy­wine Road, Crain High­way (U.S. 301) and

County an­nounces Econ. De­vel­op­ment Ad­vi­sory Board mem­bers

Charles County an­nounced to­day the mem­bers of the newly formed Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Ad­vi­sory Board, an en­tity cre­ated by the board of com­mis­sion­ers. The ad­vi­sory board is one of the key rec­om­men­da­tions from the county’s re­cently launched five-year Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Strate­gic Plan, “A Proac­tive Ap­proach to Shap­ing the Eco­nomic Fu­ture of Charles County, Mary­land,” and con­sists of 10 board mem­bers, all with cor­po­rate level ex­pe­ri­ence in busi­ness, par­tic­u­larly in the county’s tar­get in­dus­tries.

Cho­sen from a pool of ap­pli­cants based on busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence, the ad­vi­sory board mem­bers, whose terms will be three years (with ini­tial terms vary­ing for one or two years for stag­gered terms), in­clude:

• Ran­dall Wil­liams, Mein­hardt Prop­er­ties pres­i­dent and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Ad­vi­sor y Board chair;

• Andrew Wel­burn, The Wel­burn Or­ga­ni­za­tion pres­i­dent;

• Bradley Got­tfried, Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land pres­i­dent;

• Dar­lene Breck, South­ern Mary­land Busi- ness Cen­ter owner;

• Paul Black­wood, Uni­ver­sity of Mar yland Med­i­cal Sys­tem Plan­ning vice pres­i­dent;

• Harry Shasho, Shasho Consulting, P.A. Com­mer­cial Real Es­tate pres­i­dent and bro­ker;

• Jef­frey Guido, Com­mu­nity Hub for Op­por- tu­ni­ties in Con­struc­tion Em­ploy­ment for Charles County field rep­re­sen­ta­tive;

• Kim­berly Hill, Charles County Pub­lic Schools su­per­in­ten­dent;

• Ola­jide Ijadare, Mesmo, Inc. founder and pres­i­dent;

• Sheila Zat­tau, Ad­vanced Vision Sys­tems Inc. mar­ket­ing man­ager.

The ad­vi­sor y board will play an in­te­gral role in ad­vis­ing the Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment De­part­ment by shar­ing ideas, so­lu­tions, and cre­ative ap­proaches to busi­ness and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment is­sues fac­ing the county.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Ad­vi­sor y Board, email EDAB@ MeetCharlesCounty.com. For more in­for­ma­tion about the county’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment ef­forts, go to www. MeetCharlesCounty.com.

Ed­u­ca­tional seminars about law, court pro­cesses for pub­lic avail­able

The Charles County Cir­cuit Court is host­ing free three-hour seminars for the pub­lic to learn about com­mon fam­ily law is­sues and court pro­ce­dures. Up­com­ing seminars are cur­rently sched­uled for 5-8 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Jan. 25, and Tues­day, Feb. 21, at the Charles County Pub­lic Li­brar y Wal­dorf West Branch, 10405 O’Don­nell Place, Wal­dorf. The Fam­ily Law for the Peo­ple seminars are for in­for­ma­tional purposes only and are not in­tended to pro­vide le­gal ad­vice. Par­tic­i­pants must at­tend the sem­i­nar in or­der to ob­tain par­tic­i­pant hand­books. Top­ics in­clude: • Child cus­tody and sup­port; • Di­vorce; • Start­ing a case; • Al­ter­na­tives to trial; • Trial process and pro­ce­dures; and

• Find­ing and work­ing with an at­tor­ney.

Seminars are for adults only. Child care is not pro­vided. Fam­ily Law for the Peo­ple was de­vel­oped by the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fice of the Courts De­part­ment of Fam­ily Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Mary­land State Bar As­so­ci­a­tion Ju­ve­nile Law Sec­tion and the Peo­ple’s Law Li­brary of Mar yland.

To reg­is­ter for the sem­i­nar, email Ju­liana. davis@md­courts.gov, or call 301-932-3278. Reg­is­tra­tion is con­fi­den­tial and is used for the purposes of no­ti­fy­ing par­tic­i­pants of any changes in the sched­ule and for sta­tis­ti­cal re­port- ing. To find ad­di­tional monthly seminars, visit the Charles County Gov- ern­ment on­line cal­en­dar at www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mar yland Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 866269-9006.

DSS to spon­sor hu­man traf­fick­ing pre­sen­ta­tion

The Charles County De­part­ment of So­cial Ser­vices is spon­sor­ing a “Hu­man Traf­fick­ing in High Def­i­ni­tion” as­sem­bly 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mon­day, Jan. 23, at Ser­vants of Christ at the Dome on New Life Church Cam­pus, 9690 Shep­herds Creek Place, La Plata. The event will be fa­cil­i­tated by Mar­lene Car­son, a former traf­fick­ing vic­tim and a na­tion­ally-recognized sub­ject mat­ter ex­pert re­gard­ing sex traf­fick­ing. Car­son has con­sulted with state and fed­eral leg­is­la­tors, law en­force­ment agen­cies and pub­lic schools across the United States, aid­ing in the es­tab­lish­ment of pol­icy and best prac­tices aimed at ef­fect­ing change within com­mu­ni­ties.

The “Hu­man Traf­fick­ing in High Def­i­ni­tion” event is free and open to the pub­lic. Reg­is­tra­tion via Eventbrite is avail­able at https:// www.eventbrite. com/e/hu­man-traf­fick­ing-in-high-def­i­ni­tion-tick­ets-30932192019?aff=ef­b­n­reg. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact as­sis­tant di­rec­tor for ad­min­is­tra­tion at the Charles County De­part­ment of So­cial Ser­vices Mau­rice But­ler at mau­rice.but­ler@mary­land.gov.

State fire mar­shal en­cour­ages car­bon monox­ide alarm in­stal­la­tion

In 2016, the Mary­land Gen­eral As­sem­bly passed House Bill 0849 and its com­pan­ion Se­nate Bill 0182. Both bills re­quire the in­stal­la­tion of car­bon monox­ide alarms for any new and ex­ist­ing rental dwelling units. This in­cludes any type of dwelling unit that can be rented to an in­di­vid­ual or fam­ily.

This leg­is­la­tion re­quires that a car­bon monox­ide alarm (CO) be in­stalled out­side of each sleep­ing area and on ev­ery level to in­clude the base­ment in a build­ing that con­tains any fuel burn­ing equip­ment, wood burn­ing ap­pli­ance or has an en­closed at­tached garage. They are not re­quired in rental dwelling units that are pow­ered solely by an elec­tric power sup­ply.

Car­bon monox­ide alarms can be hard­wired with a bat­tery backup, bat­tery pow­ered that has a ten year bat­tery with a sealed tam­per re­sis­tant com­part­ment or con­nected to an on-site con­trol unit that mon­i­tors the car­bon monox­ide alarm re­motely so that a re­spon­si­ble party is alerted when the de­vice ac­ti­vates the alarm sig­nal and re­ceives its pri­mar y power from a bat­tery or the con­trol unit. The rec­om­men­da­tion for multi-fam­ily units is to re­place the cur­rent hard wired smoke alarm with a com­bi­na­tion smoke alarm/car­bon monox­ide alarm unit. The ap­pli­ca­ble re­quire­ments of Ti­tle 9 of the Pub­lic Safety Ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing the in­stal­la­tion of smoke de­tec­tion sys­tems would still ap­ply for this in­stal­la­tion.

The in­stal­la­tion of the car­bon monox­ide alarms shall be in ac­cor­dance with the man­u­fac­tur­ers rec­om­men­da­tions and NFPA 720 for the In­stal­la­tion of Car­bon Monox­ide Warn­ing Equip­ment in Dwelling Units. Car­bon monox­ide alarms must be listed by a na­tion­ally recognized test­ing lab­o­ra­tory that is ap­proved by the Of­fice of the State Fire Mar­shal.

Car­bon monox­ide (CO) is a col­or­less, taste­less, and po­ten­tially toxic gas that is pro­duced by the in­com­plete com­bus­tion of liq­uid fu­els, solid fu­els, or nat­u­ral gases. Car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing can cause symp­toms sim­i­lar to the flu, such as: headache, nau­sea, fa­tigue, dizzi­ness, and ir­ri­tabil­ity. High con­cen­tra­tions of CO can cause vom­it­ing, loss of con­scious­ness, and even death. Car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing can oc­cur in small amounts over a long pe­riod of time and in large amounts in a short pe­riod of time.

Although ear­lier is highly rec­om­mended, car­bon monox­ide alarms must be in­stalled in all rental dwelling units by April 1, 2018.

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