Fran­chot urges con­sumers to shop en­ergy Feb. 18-20

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Comptroller Peter Fran­chot (D) is urg­ing Mary­lan­ders to take ad­van­tage of sav­ings as part of the an­nual Shop Mary- land En­ergy week­end. From Satur­day, Feb. 18, through Mon­day, Feb. 20, con­sumers will not pay the state’s 6 per­cent sales tax on qual­i­fy­ing En­ergy Star ap­pli­ances.

In the com­ing weeks, Fran­chot will make sev­eral stops across the state to pro­mote the taxfree week­end, now in its eighth year.

“Shop Mar yland En­ergy week­end is a win for all Mary­lan­ders,” Fran­chot said in a press re­lease. “Con­sumers can save hun­dreds of dol­lars, busi­nesses make more sales and En­ergy Star prod­ucts are good for the en­vi­ron­ment.”

Dur­ing the Shop Mary­land En­ergy event, air con­di­tion­ers, wash­ers and dry­ers, fur­naces, heat pumps, stan­dard-size re­frig­er­a­tors, com­pact flu­o­res­cent light bulbs (CFL), de­hu­mid­i­fiers and pro­gram­mable ther­mostats that have been des­ig­nated as meet­ing or ex­ceed­ing the ap­pli­ca­ble En­ergy Star ef­fi­ciency re­quire­ments de­vel­oped by the U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency and the U.S. Depart­ment of En­ergy will be tax-free.

The En­ergy Star, a U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency pro­gram, was es­tab­lished in 1992 to re­duce lev­els of green­house gas emis­sions and other harm­ful pol­lu­tants caused by the in­ef­fi­cient use of en­ergy. The En­ergy Star la­bel as­sists con­sumers in iden­ti­fy­ing en­ergy-ef­fi­cient prod­ucts that offer sav­ings on en­ergy bills with­out sac­ri­fic­ing per­for­mance, fea­tures of com­fort.

A list of En­ergy Star items may be found at: www.en­er­gys­tar.gov. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Comptroller of Mary­land’s Web site, www.mary­land­taxes.com, e-mail TAXHELP@comp.state.md.us, or call 410-260-7980 in Cen­tral Mary­land, or toll-free, 1-800-MD-TAXES.

County Govern­ment tele­vi­sion off air Feb. 3

Charles County Govern­ment Tele­vi­sion (CCGTV), which broad­casts on Com­cast chan­nel 95 and Ver­i­zon chan­nel 10, will be off air Fri­day, Feb. 3, for sev­eral hours due to sched­uled equip­ment up­grades. To ac­cess the CCGTV dig­i­tal li­brary, visit www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov/me­dia-ser­vices/CCGTV/CCGTV and click on the “CCGTV Dig­i­tal Li­brary” link.

CCGTV cable ac­cess chan­nel broad­casts County Com­mis­sioner, Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, Board of Ap­peals, Board of Fire and Res­cue, and Liquor Board meet­ings; re­broad­casts of taped meet­ings; bul­letin board no­tices of county events; and in­for­ma­tional pro­gram­ming high­light­ing county ser­vices and pro­grams.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the sched­uled off-air pe­riod, con­tact Kim Hicks Dye, sta­tion man­ager, at DyeK@CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov or 301-645-0728. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mar yland Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800735-2258.

In­dian Head base, CSM sign ed­u­ca­tion part­ner­ship

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Naval Sur­face War­fare Cen­ter In­dian Head Ex­plo­sive Ord­nance Dis­posal Tech­nol­ogy Divi­sion (NSWC IHEODTD) and the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land (CSM) signed an Ed­u­ca­tion Part­ner­ship Agree­ment (EPA) Jan. 30.

The five-year part­ner­ship will en­able both CSM stu­dents and fac­ulty to tap into the war­fare cen­ter’s ex­per­tise, unique fa­cil­i­ties and equip­ment. Mean­while, NSWC IHEODTD will ben­e­fit from CSM’s train­ing and ed­u­ca­tional re­sources.

These part­ner­ships are part of the con­tin­u­ing ef­fort to build re­la­tion­ships that will en­sure the fu­ture strength of the Navy’s work­force by fa­cil­i­tat­ing the train­ing and re­cruit­ment of po­ten­tial fu­ture NSWC IHEODTD em­ploy­ees, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

The part­ner­ship with CSM will also en­cour­age and fa­cil­i­tate early in­ter­est in all as­pects of en­er­get­ics, en­er­get­ics sys­tems, and govern­ment busi­ness prac­tices by young peo­ple at all stages of their aca­demic ca­reers and help to ad­vance the re­gional in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneurial ecosys­tem. NSWC IHEODTD — a field ac­tiv­ity of the Naval Sea Sys­tems Com­mand and part of the Navy’s Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing En­ter­prise — is the leader in ord­nance, en­er­get­ics and EOD solutions. The divi­sion fo­cuses on en­er­get­ics re­search, de­vel­op­ment, test­ing, eval­u­a­tion, in-ser­vice sup­port and dis­posal; and pro­vides warfight­ers solutions to de­tect, lo­cate, ac­cess, iden­tify, ren­der safe, re­cover, ex­ploit and dis­pose of ex­plo­sive ord­nance threats.

Artists sought for the Spring Art Show

The Charles County Arts Al­liance is now ac­cept­ing sub­mis­sions for the Spring Art Show, a multi-me­dia pub­lic ex­hibit, to be held at the Wal­dorf West Li­brary, 10405 O’Don­nell Place, Wal­dorf, from April 10 to July 8. The li­brary con­sists of four sep­a­rate gallery spa­ces on two floors.

Cur­rent mem­bers of the Charles County Arts Al­liance are in­vited to sub­mit a max­i­mum of two works of two-di­men­sional or three-di­men­sional art on any sub­ject for con­sid­er­a­tion (there is no sub­mis­sion fee). Non­mem­bers are en­cour­aged to join and be el­i­gi­ble to sub­mit their art.

Art­work en­tries must be sub­mit­ted elec­tron­i­cally with dig­i­tal im­ages (jpegs) at­tached to an email sent to wal­dor­fwest­gallery@gmail.com. Please ref­er­ence “Wal­dorf West Spring Show” in the sub­ject line.

The email must also in­clude:

• Artist’s name; • Artist’s mail­ing ad­dress;

• Artist’s email ad­dress;

• Artist’s phone num­ber;

• Artist’s bi­og­ra­phy (half-page max, in MSWord);

• Artist’s head­shot (jpeg);

• Ti­tle of art­work;

• Medium/ma­te­ri­als used;

• Size/di­men­sions;

• Year cre­ated; and

• Price, if ap­pli­ca­ble.

Arts Al­liance mem­bers who have pre­vi­ously shown in the gallery are in­vited to sub­mit new work for con­sid­er­a­tion. Se­lec­tions will be made by the Gallery Com­mit­tee and the artists will be no­ti­fied by mid-March. All 2-di­men­sional art­work must be wired and ready to hang at time of de­liv­ery.

A “Meet the Artists” Pub­lic Re­cep­tion will be held 2-4 p.m. Satur­day, April 29, at the Wal­dorf West Li­brary’s Main Gallery, to honor all the artists par­tic­i­pat­ing in the spring show.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the CCAA of­fice at 301-392-5900, or info@charle­scount­yarts.org.

Autism sup­port group to host law en­force­ment train­ing, civil­ian movie screen­ing

Autism Spec­trum Sup­port Group of South­ern Mary­land will host “Un­der­stand­ing Autism” train­ing noon-4 p.m. and an in­ter­ac­tive movie screen­ing of the film, BE SAFE, 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land, La Plata Cam­pus, BI build­ing, room BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Road.

The train­ing is open to all law en­force­ment, fire­fight­ers, emer­gency ser­vice per­son­nel and other first re­spon­ders. The course is MPCTC, Cor­rec­tions, and MIEMSS cer­ti­fied, and sat­is­fies the state man­date that law en­force­ment be trained in the aware­ness of and strate­gies for ef­fec­tive in­ter­ac­tions with in­di­vid­u­als with autism and other in­tel­lec­tual and de­vel­op­men­tal dis­or­ders. All ma­te­ri­als pro­vided for this free train­ing. To reg­is­ter or for more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://autism­sup­port-somd.org and click on “Law En­force­ment/ First Re­spon­der Train­ing,” or call 240- 561-8860.

The screen­ing is open to all teens and adults age 13 and older who are di­ag­nosed with autism or other in­tel­lec­tual or de­vel­op­men­tal dis­or­ders. The evening will be a fun, non-threat­en­ing in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with first re­spon­ders. Learn what to do when you en­counter the po­lice, learn to fol­low in­struc­tions, ask for help, and prac­tice safety ac­tiv­i­ties. Law en­force­ment of­fi­cers and other first re­spon­ders en­cour­aged to at­tend. Dis­abil­ity ser­vice providers and spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion pro­fes­sion­als wel­come to ob­serve. All ma­te­ri­als pro­vided for this free ses­sion. Space is lim­ited. To reg­is­ter or for more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://autism­sup­port-somd.org and click on “BE SAFE In­ter­ac­tive Movie Screen­ings,” or call 240- 561-8860.

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