Cham­ber to host 2017 Charles County Women’s Fair

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The Charles County Cham­ber of Com­merce, with the sup­port of the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land, South­ern Mary­land News­pa­pers and Univer­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, will hold the Charles County Wom- en’s Fair on Satur­day, March 18, at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land La Plata Cam­pus Cen­ter for Busi­ness and In­dus­try, 8730 Mitchell Road La Plata. Doors will open at 8 a.m. and the pro­gram will run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Reg­is­tra­tion is $35 per per­son and in­cludes break­fast, lunch, goodie bags and women’s health, well­ness and ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions.

The event will in­clude speak­ers, pre­sen­ters and ex­hibitors aimed at up­lift­ing and ed­u­cat­ing to­day’s woman. At­ten­dees can ex­pect two full break­out ses­sions with pre­sen­ta­tions pro­vided by a va­ri­ety of speak­ers cov­er­ing top­ics re­lated to reach­ing your full po­ten­tial in busi­ness, stress man­age­ment and more. In ad­di­tion, a health and well­ness ex­hibit will in­clude blood pres­sure screen­ings, stroke and di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tion and women and heart dis­ease ed­u­ca­tion. At­ten­dees will strengthen and soothe their body and mind with in­ter­ac­tive yoga demon­stra­tions, seated mas­sages, hand dip paraf­fin waxes and a self-de­fense class. Lo­cal busi­nesses and non­prof­its will dis­play their prod­ucts and ser­vices in the ex­hi­bi­tion hall as well. The event key­note speaker is Latisha Durham of the In­te­grated Nav­i­ga­tion, Con­trols and Dis­plays Sys­tems Lead for the Navy’s E-2D Ad­vanced Hawk­eye. She seeks to in­spire young mi­nor­ity women to be ex­posed to Science, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Math (STEM) through men­tor­ship and af­ter-school ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams. Fi­nally, there will be the un­veil­ing of a unique vis­ual wall of women spon­sored by the Zonta Club of Charles County, Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land and other lo­cal civic or­ga­ni­za­tions rec­og­niz­ing women in the com­mu­nity who em­body the char­ac­ter­is­tics that in­spire, mo­ti­vate and ed­u­cate them­selves and oth­ers to be their best.

Busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions can get in­volved with this event through spon­sor­ships, ex­hibit­ing their prod­uct or ser­vice, ad­ver­tise­ment place­ment or pro­vid­ing pro­mo­tional ma­te­ri­als for at­tendee goodie bags. To pur­chase tick­ets and spon­sor­ships go to bit.ly/cc­wom­ensfair. The ex­hibitor and ad­ver­tise­ment place­ment dead­line is Feb. 24.

Rally to protest Planned Par­ent­hood

Charles County Right to Life will host a rally 10-11 a.m Satur­day, Feb. 11, at the Planned Par­ent­hood fa­cil­ity lo­cated at 3975 St. Charles Park­way, Gate­way Plaza, Wal­dorf. The event is one of over 200 be­ing co­or­di­nated na­tion­wide by the #ProtestPP Coali­tion, call­ing for Planned Par­ent­hood to be stripped of all fed­eral fund­ing. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Sid Mar­cus at 301-843-8546 or ccrtl1973@ver­i­zon.net.

Fran­chot halts re­turns from Ac­co­keek tax pre­parer

Comptroller Peter Fran­chot (D) an­nounced his of­fice has im­me­di­ately sus­pended pro­cess­ing elec­tronic tax re­turns from 20 paid tax pre­par­ers, in­clud­ing KLS Tax Ser­vices in Ac­co­keek, due to a high vol­ume of ques­tion­able re­turns re­ceived.

The busi­nesses, which have been sent writ­ten no­tice of the ac­tion, were iden­ti­fied by the comptroller’s na­tion­ally rec­og­nized fraud unit us­ing state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy that al­lows the comptroller’s of­fice to de­tect fraud while pro­cess­ing re­turns. These 20 pre­par­ers join the 68 busi­nesses blocked last year. Al­though the agency’s re­view process pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for the blocked pre­par­ers to re­store their fil­ing priv­i­leges, to date, none of the pre­vi­ously sus­pended tax pre­par­ers has had these priv­i­leges re­stored.

Fran­chot, pur­suant to the re­cently signed IRS Se­cu­rity Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (“MOU”), has shared this in­for­ma­tion with other tax agen­cies. The comptroller’s of­fice also has ad­vised the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral and the De­part­ment of La­bor, Li­cens­ing and Reg­u­la­tion of the de­ci­sion, so that they can take any ad­di­tional ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tions.

A com­plete list of all tax pre­par­ers blocked from fil­ing re­turns is avail­able at www.mary­land­taxes.com. Tax­pay­ers should care­fully re­view their re­turns for these is­sues and should be sus­pi­cious if a pre­parer:

• Deducts fees from the tax­payer’s re­fund to be de­posited into the tax pre­parer’s ac­count;

• Does not sign the tax re­turn; or

• Fails to in­clude the Pre­parer Tax­payer Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber “P-TIN” on the re­turn.

If tax­pay­ers sus­pect fraud, they are asked to im­me­di­ately re­port the is­sue to the Comptroller’s Of­fice by call­ing 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) or 410-260-7980 in Cen­tral Mary­land or by email­ing TAX­HELP@comp.state.md.us.

Golden Re­triever Res­cue of So. Md. cel­e­brates 10 years

Golden re­triever lovers are in­vited to Golden Re­triever Res­cue of South­ern Mary­land’s ten year celebration to be held 2-4 p.m. Satur­day, Feb. 25, at the Char­lotte Hall Li­brary, 37600 New Mar­ket Road, Char­lotte Hall.

Golden Re­triever Res­cue of South­ern Mary­land has over 80 vol­un­teers and brings an av­er­age of 40 gold­ens into the res­cue each year. Gold­ens live with vol­un­teer fos­ter fam­i­lies un­til adopted. The res­cue pays for food, vet care, sup­plies, etc.

To learn more go to www.gold­en­re­triev­er­res­cue­of­south­ern­mary­land.org or call 855.477.3728.

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