Sher­iff’s of­fice to host an­nual Crime Watch Kickoff event

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Charles County Sher­iff Troy D. Berry (D) and mem­bers of the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice are host­ing the an­nual Crime Watch Kickoff event at 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day, March 22, at the Amer­i­can Le­gion in La Plata.

The pur­pose of the event is to raise aware­ness about crime pre­ven­tion and dis­cuss strate­gies to keep com­mu­ni­ties safe. Guest speaker Ray­mond A. Hanna, pro­tec­tive se­cu­rity ad­vi­sor, Pro­tec­tive Se­cu­rity and Co­or­di­na­tion Divi­sion, U.S. Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, will be pre­sent­ing: See Some­thing, Say Some­thing/ Ac­tive Shooter.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the event, con­tact Con­nie Gray, the CCSO com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer, at 301-932-3080.

CSM’s in­for­ma­tion ses­sion on drone cour­ses resched­uled to April 4

The March 14 in­for­ma­tion ses­sion on drone cour­ses be­ing of­fered at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land this spring se­mes­ter has been resched­uled to 6-7:30 p.m. Tues­day, April 4, at the Leonard­town Campus, Build­ing C, Room 114.

De­tails will be shared about two cour­ses: In­tro­duc­tion to Small Un­manned Air­craft Sys­tem (sUAS) (AVN-5010), a 12-hour class that will be of­fered on Tues­days and Thurs­days from April 18-27 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.; and Re­mote Pi­lot Test Prep (AVN-5020), a six­hour class on Tues­day and Thurs­day, May 2 and 4, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The in­tro­duc­tor y course is de­signed to in­struct both hob­by­ists and pro­fes­sion­als how to fly drones safely and legally. The test prep course is de­signed to help pi­lots pre­pare for the FAA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion test and learn about the broad range of in­dus­try ap­plica- tions. Stu­dents will come away from the AVN-5010 course with their own drone and the nec­es­sar y soft­ware.

The April 4 in­for­ma­tion ses­sion is free. To regis­ter for one or both of the cour­ses, go to www. csmd.edu/drones. For ad­di­tional as­sis­tance, email cone­dops@csmd. edu or call 301-539-4760.

Reg­is­tra­tion opens for area’s an­nual Bike to Work Day

Reg­is­tra­tion for metropoli­tan Wash­ing­ton’s an­nual Bike to Work Day has opened. Last year’s event drew more than 17,500 bi­cy­cle com­muters, and thou­sands are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in Bike to Work Day 2017 on Fri­day, May 19.

Co-or­ga­nized by Com­muter Con­nec­tions and the Wash­ing­ton Area Bi­cy­clist As­so­ci­a­tion (WABA), the event draws res­i­dents from the District of Columbia, Mary­land, and Vir­ginia in sup­port of cy­cling as a healthy com­mut­ing op­tion that saves money, re­duces traf­fic con­ges­tion and im­proves air qual­ity.

Reg­is­tra­tion is free and can be com­pleted on­line at www.bike­towork­metrodc.org. All regis­trants will be en­tered into a re­gional bi­cy­cle raf­fle, and the first 15,000 to regis­ter will re­ceive a free T-shirt to be picked up at the pit stop lo­ca­tion of their choice. A to­tal of 83 pit stops will cel­e­brate Bike to Work Day across the re­gion, wel­com­ing bi­cy­clists with re­fresh­ments, en­ter­tain­ment and the chance to win great prizes, while sup­plies last.

County lead­er­ship fo­rum to ad­dress opi­oid abuse

The Charles County Drug and Al­co­hol Abuse Coun­cil (DAAC) will host county lead­ers at a fo­rum to dis­cuss what is hap­pen­ing about the opi­oid prob­lem in Charles County. The meet­ing will be held 10 a.m.-noon April 7 at the Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices of­fice on Kent Av­enue.

The aims of the lead­er­ship fo­rum are to pro­vide an in­for­ma­tional brief­ing by the lo­cal emer­gency re­spon­ders about the scope of the heroin, opi­oid and Fen­tanyl over­dose cri­sis and the emer­gency pre­pared­ness and re­sponse; and to seek the co­or­di­na­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion of lo­cal emer­gency re­spon­ders, state and lo­cal agen­cies, and com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing pri­vate sec­tor and non­profit en­ti­ties to en­sure whole-com­mu­nity in­volve­ment. Re­ply to Mon­ica Rosier, Charles County Depart­ment of Health, at 301-609-6609 or mon­ica.rosier@mary­land.gov.

Spon­sor­ships avail­able for IG­NITE fair

The Charles County Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Depart­ment, in part­ner­ship with Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s En­tre­pre­neur and In­no­va­tion In­sti­tute, is host­ing the IG­NITE Charles County Busi­ness Re­source Fair 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Fri­day, May 12, at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, in the Cen­ter for Busi­ness and In­dus­try build­ing.

The free event pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal busi­ness own­ers, en­trepreneurs and dream­ers to learn about lo­cal, re­gional, state and fed­eral agen­cies and or­ga­ni­za­tions that of­fer free- and low-cost ser­vices to sup­port and as­sist busi­ness growth.

Two spon­sor­ship pack­ages are avail­able for the busi­ness re­source fair:

• Three $500 meal spon­sor­ships are avail­able — one each for break­fast, break and lunch. Spon­sors will re­ceive sig­nage at the event, their logo on the handout, ver­bal men­tion at the event and so­cial me­dia men­tions.

• Five IG­NITE spon­sor­ships are avail­able for $1,000 each. IG­NITE spon­sors will be fea­tured in pro­fes­sion­ally-pro­duced, five-minute videos used to pro­mote the event on Charles County Gov­ern­ment Tele­vi­sion, so­cial me­dia and the Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Depart­ment web­site at www.MeetCharlesCounty.com. Videos will also be played at the event. In the pro­mo­tional video, you will have the op­por­tu­nity to tell your story about what ig­nites your busi­ness.

The dead­line to re­ceive spon­sor­ship ad­ver­tis­ing is Fri­day, March 24. Those in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ships should con­tact Michelle DeSoto at DeSo­toM@ MeetCharlesCounty.com or 301-885-1340. Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion and up­dates will be posted at www.MeetCharlesCounty.com/IGNITECharles. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

CSM signs agree­ment with AFROTC Pro­gram

Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land stu­dents who are in­ter­ested in be­com­ing an of­fi­cer in the U.S. Air Force can now sign up for the Air Force Re­serve Of­fi­cer Train­ing Corps (AFROTC) through the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land, Col­lege Park. An agree­ment was fi­nal­ized in Fe­bru­ary that al­lows CSM stu­dents to con­tinue their stud­ies at CSM while par­tic­i­pat­ing in AFROTC train­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land campus.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing stu­dents would travel to Col­lege Park once a week to par­tic­i­pate in phys­i­cal train­ing and lead­er­ship lab and take classes on lead­er­ship, se­cu­rity is­sues and the struc­ture of the Air Force, ac­cord­ing to 2nd Lt. Cameron Hefner. Hefner manned an in­for­ma­tion ta­ble about the new pro­gram at a Trans­fer Fair held Feb. 23 at CSM’s La Plata Campus.

The col­lege’s new ar­range­ment es­tab­lishes CSM as a crosstown school — a col­lege or uni­ver­sity that of­fers AFROTC, but whose stu­dents take the AFROTC classes each week at the near­est host uni­ver­sity. CSM stu­dents who sign up for the pro­gram can then con­tinue with AFROTC if they trans­fer to a four-year col­lege or uni­ver­sity that has a AFROTC pro­gram or that is also des­ig­nated as a crosstown school by AFROTC.

Stu­dents in any dis­ci­pline can par­tic­i­pate. Stu­dents who sign up would be ex­pected to show up to all manda­tory AFROTC events as well as main­tain all aca­demic and mil­i­tary stan­dards of the pro­gram.

Hefner noted that there are AFROTC schol­ar­ships that can as­sist stu­dents with the cost of their un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree. Most AFROTC stu­dents are not on schol­ar­ship. Stu­dents who are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pro­gram do not have to make a com­mit­ment to the Air Force un­til the be­gin­ning of their ju­nior year or if they are re­ceiv­ing a schol­ar­ship.

The agree­ment with the Air Force ROTC pro­gram is just the first step for CSM to­ward part­ner­ing with ROTC train­ing.

To ap­ply for AFROTC, there is an ap­pli­ca­tion process that is run by the of­fi­cers and non-com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers of the de­tach­ment. In­ter­ested stu­dents can go to www.afrotc.umd. edu to fill out an in­ter­est form and start the process.

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