Franchot urges consumers to shop energy Feb. 18-20
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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;
• 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 email@example.com.
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.