Chamber to host 2017 Charles County Women’s Fair
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.