Af­ter fa­tal ac­ci­dents, new flash­ing cross­walk signs in­stalled to in­crease safety at trail in­ter­sec­tions

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The Charles County Traf­fic Safety Com­mit­tee is work­ing to in­crease safety through­out the county with the ad­di­tion of flash­ing cross­walks on Charles County road and trail in­ter­sec­tions. This is in re­sponse to the two fa­tal ac­ci­dents last sum­mer on McDaniel Road and on Middletown Road.

Lo­ca­tions for new flash­ing lights:

• McDaniel Road at trail cross­ing be­tween Hall­mark Lane and Long Leaf Lane.

• Middletown Road at Tower Mill Lane.

• Middletown Road at Ethridge Drive/ Bilt­more Street.

• Middletown Road at Frank­furt Drive.

When want­ing to cross, pedes­tri­ans are to push the but­ton to ac­ti­vate a high-in­ten­sity bea­con light that will flash rapidly, sig­nal­ing mo­torists to stop.

Pedes­tri­ans and bi­cy­clists need to re­mem­ber that the flash­ing lights do not en­sure driv­ers will stop, so al­ways cross with cau­tion.

Bi­cy­clists are re­quired to dis­mount and walk across the road as a pedes­trian.

Reg­is­tra­tion open for 17th An­nual Bike to Work Day

Reg­is­tra­tion for metropoli­tan Wash­ing­ton’s 16th an­nual Bike to Work Day is open. 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 that saves money, re­duces traf­fic con­ges­tion, and im­proves air qual­ity.

Reg­is­ter 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.

Sum­mer in­tern­ship program pro­vides opportunities for county stu­dents

Charles County Gov­ern­ment is seek­ing col­lege stu­dents, re­cent col­lege grad­u­ates and 2017 high school grad­u­ates, who wish to gain work ex­pe­ri­ence and learn about lo­cal gov­ern­ment, for the sum­mer in­tern­ship program. The in­tern­ship program pro­vides paid in­tern­ships that will last eight weeks or 12 weeks in a va­ri­ety of depart­ment areas.

Work hours are flex­i­ble to meet the needs of stu­dents and county de­part­ments. In­tern­ships will be avail­able in the fol­low­ing de­part­ments and part­ner­ship agen­cies:

• Charles County Public Li­brar y

• Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land

• County Ad­min­is­tra­tor’s Of­fice

• Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Ser vices

• Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser vices

• Depart­ment of Fis­cal and Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vices

• Depart­ment of Re­cre­ation, Parks and Tourism

• Depart­ment of Plan­ning and Growth Man­age­ment

• Depart­ment of Public Works

• Soil Con­ser­va­tion District

The in­tern­ship program is avail­able for Charles County res­i­dents only. Ap­ply on­line and learn more about the spe­cific in­tern­ships avail­able at www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov/hr/re­cruit­ment/ re­cruit­ment and click­ing “Vol­un­teer/in­tern.” To learn more about last year’s in­tern­ship program, watch the Charles County Gov­ern­ment In­tern Program video at https://youtu.be/DExbyn­tqUi4.

Public schools’ last day is June 9

The last day of the 2016-17 school year for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) stu­dents is Fri­day, June 9. Twohour early dis­missal days are June 6, June 7, June 8 and June 9. The last day of school for stu­dents in the Three’s program is Mon­day, June 5. The last day for teach­ers is Mon­day, June 12.

The sched­ule is set, bar­ring any un­fore­seen in­clement weather cir­cum­stances. CCPS used only one of the six in­clement weather days built into the school cal­en­dar this year. The school sys­tem closed on March 14 for in­clement weather.

Re­port cards for stu­dents in the Three’s program will be is­sued on June 5. Morn­ing pre-kin­der­garten stu­dents will re­ceive their re­port cards on Thurs­day, June 8, and af­ter­noon pre-kin­der­garten stu­dents re­ceive their re­port cards on Fri­day, June 9.

All other ele­men­tary school stu­dents re­ceive re­port cards on June 9. Re­port cards for mid­dle and high school stu­dents will be mailed on Fri­day, June 16.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the 2017 Sum­mer School program be­gins at the Robert D. Stethem Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­ter on Tues­day, June 20, and Wed­nes­day, June 21, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Classes be­gin for Sum­mer School on Tues­day, June 27, at West­lake High School. Stu­dents can check with their school coun­selors for de­tails on Sum­mer School of­fer­ings.

Go to www.ccboe.com/com­mu­nity/sum­mer_school.php for ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about Sum­mer School.

Changes to J.P. Ryon start, end times set for up­com­ing school year

Charles County Public Schools has changed the start and end times for J.P. Ryon Ele­men­tary School for next school year. Start­ing with the 2017-18 school year, school for stu­dents at Ryon be­gins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. This is a 10-minute change from the cur­rent school sched­ule.

The change comes from the open­ing of a tran­si­tion school lo­cated on the Ryon cam­pus that will house Dr. Sa­muel A. Mudd Ele­men­tary School stu­dents next school year while the build­ing un­der­goes ren­o­va­tions. The change also will help to balance the bus traf­fic to John Han­son Mid­dle School, Ryon and the tran­si­tion school.

Staff at both Ryon and Mudd are in the process of no­ti­fy­ing the school com­mu­ni­ties of the changes for next school year.

Public hear­ing set on re­dis­trict­ing rec­om­men­da­tion

The Charles County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion is host­ing a May 22 public hear­ing to hear com­ments on the su­per­in­ten­dent’s ele­men­tary school re­dis­trict­ing rec­om­men­da­tion. The hear­ing is set for 6:30 p.m., Mon­day, May 22, at West­lake High School.

Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools Kim­berly Hill and CCPS staff pre­sented the re­dis­trict­ing rec­om­men­da­tion to the board at its May 9 meet­ing. CCPS will pro­vide par­ents with a fact sheet in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion about the su­per­in­ten­dent’s rec­om­men­da­tion prior to the May 22 public hear­ing.

The board is set to take ac­tion on the re­dis­trict­ing rec­om­men­da­tion at its June 13 meet­ing. Com­mu­nity mem­bers can pro­vide feed­back at the public hear­ing, by email to board­mail@- ccboe.com or by mail to Re­dis­trict­ing, Charles County Public Schools, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646. Speak­ers at the public hear­ing are lim­ited to three min­utes and guide­lines will be ex­plained prior to the start of the hear­ing.

Read the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent’s cov­er­age of the process at http:// www.somd­news.com/ in­de­pen­dent/news/ lo­cal/. In­for­ma­tion on the re­dis­trict­ing process is also posted on the school sys­tem web­site at http://www.ccboe.com/ re­dis­trict­ing/.

2017 So. Md. Farm­ers’ Mar­ket Guide re­leased

The South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (SMADC) has re­leased the 2017 South­ern Mary­land Farm­ers’ Mar­ket Guide, avail­able now at public venues around the re­gion while stocks last.

The full color guide fea­tures over 40 farm­ers’ mar­kets in South­ern Mary­land and the sur­round­ing Metro DC area that of­fer gen­uine South­ern Mary­land farm prod­ucts such as meats, poul­try and seafood, pro­duce, farm-made pickles, jams, honey, cheese and even lo­cal wine and beer.

The SMADC Farm­ers’ Mar­ket Guide can be viewed or down­loaded on the ‘Get the Guides’ page at www.smadc.com, or pick up a free copy at par­tic­i­pat­ing South­ern Mary­land farm­ers’ mar­kets, re­gional public li­braries and wel­come cen­ters. For a list of pickup sites visit the ‘News and An­nounce­ments’ page on the SMADC web­site.

New li­brary ‘on the go’ in county

The Mo­bile Li­brary, op­er­ated by CCPL’s friendly and pro­fes­sional mo­bile ser­vices staff, will be stocked with a col­lec­tion of 2,000 items in­clud­ing: books, CD’s and DVD’s col­lec­tions for all ages. The Mo­bile Li­brary will pro­vide on­line re­sources and data­bases, free Wi-Fi, and com­put­ers for public use. Ad­di­tion­ally the mo­bile li­brary comes equipped with wheelchair lifts, and side awning for out­door pro­gram­ming.

Mo­bile li­brary ser­vice stops in com­mu­ni­ties will in­clude the fol­low­ing ser­vices:

• Li­brary reg­is­tra­tion;

• Books, au­dio books, and CD and DVD check­out;

• Re­search as­sis­tance; • Spe­cial pro­grams;

• Free Wi-Fi and com­puter use;

• Ac­cess to data­base and down­load­able items;

Li­brary sends out call for au­thors

Charles County Public Li­brary will host it’s semi-an­nual Au­thor’s Re­cep­tion 2-4 p.m. Satur­day, Aug. 19, at the Wal­dorf West Li­brary. Any lo­cal au­thors cur­rently liv­ing in South­ern Mary­land who would like to have their work fea­tured at the Au­thor’s Re­cep­tion should sub­mit a copy of their book to Sarah Guy, program co­or­di­na­tor, at the any Charles County Public Li­brary branch. The book can be re­turned to the au­thor af­ter the event or can be added to our cir­cu­lat­ing col­lec­tion. All items sub­mit­ted will be re­viewed by the li­brary’s Ac­qui­si­tions Depart­ment to ver­ify the sub­mis­sion meets li­brary min­i­mum stan­dards. All sub­mis­sions must be re­ceived at the li­brary no later than 5 p.m. June 17. Au­thors must in­clude con­tact in­for­ma­tion and must be able to at­tend the Au­thor’s Re­cep­tion on Aug. 19. Au­thors will present a brief over­view of their book and will be able to sell copies to the public. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Sarah Guy at 301-645-1395 x417 or SGuy@cc­plon­line.org

Nom­i­na­tions open for Hero­ines of Wash­ing­ton Awards

The March of Dimes is now ac­cept­ing nom­i­na­tions for the 17th An­nual Hero­ines of Wash­ing­ton awards program. The award hon­ors women in the D.C. re­gion for their ded­i­ca­tion to and lead­er­ship in com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Awards will be pre­sented for the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories:

• Healthcare Heroine Award;

• Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices Heroine Award spon­sored by TSI;

• Public Sec­tor Heroine Award;

• Real Es­tate Heroine Award;

• Tech­nol­ogy Heroine Award spon­sored by Ven­core;

• Ris­ing Heroine Award; and

• Life­time Heroine Award.

To nom­i­nate a heroine and learn more about the event and past win­ners, go to mar­chofdimes.org/hero­inesdc. Nom­i­nees must live in Mary­land, North­ern Vir­ginia or Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Self-nom­i­na­tions will be ac­cepted. The dead­line to sub­mit a nom­i­nee is July 14, 2017.

Win­ners will be for­mally rec­og­nized at a black-tie awards gala Thurs­day, Nov. 2, at the Ritz-Carl­ton Tysons Cor­ner. Guests will in­clude direc­tors, CEOs and other high-level in­di­vid­u­als from lo­cal cor­po­ra­tions and gov­ern­ment agen­cies. Pro­ceeds will sup­port March of Dimes pro­grams of re­search, com­mu­nity ser­vices, ed­u­ca­tion and ad­vo­cacy.

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