Vet­er­ans: Dis­cuss strug­gles, vic­to­ries of home­com­ing

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Touch­stones Dis­cus­sion Project, with fund­ing from the Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Hu­man­i­ties, will launch, “Com­plet­ing the Odyssey, A Jour­ney Home,” an eight-meet­ing dis­cus­sion pro­gram for three dis­cus­sion groups of vet­er­ans led by vet­er­ans. Par­tic­i­pants will con­nect as they ex­plore themes of home­com­ing through short se­lected read­ings from “The Odyssey” and con­tem­po­rary texts, in­clud­ing po­etry, oral his­to­ries and per­sonal cor­re­spon­dence from vet­er­ans.

Reg­is­tra­tion for this free pro­gram is open through Aug. 25.

The dis­cus­sion pro­gram will be help ev­ery Wed­nes­day evening in An­napo­lis from Sept. 27 through Nov. 8. In­ter­ested vet­er­ans should call Touch­stones to reg­is­ter by phone at 410-6043309 or email Bon­nie Scott, project co­or­di­na­tor, at bs@touch­ More in­for­ma­tion about this pro­gram and how to reg­is­ter can also be found un­der Com­mu­nity Pro­grams at www.touch­

Sup­port sought for Wreaths Across Amer­ica

The Amer­i­can Le­gion Aux­il­iary Unit 82 in La Plata has joined with Wreaths Across Amer­ica to honor vet­er­ans by plac­ing wreaths on the graves of vet­er­ans. The project be­gan in 1992 and has grown ev­ery year. The unit will spon­sor wreath sales in the “3 for 2 pro­gram.”

CSX an­nounces tem­po­rary road clo­sures at cross­ings

CSX Trans­porta­tion has announced the fol­low­ing road clo­sures at the rail­road cross­ing for main­te­nance and re­pair work:

• Cross­ing on De­marr Road: Mon­day, Aug. 7-Thurs­day, Aug. 10;

• Cross­ing on Ac­ton Lane: Tues­day, Aug. 8-Friday, Aug. 11; and

• Cross­ing on Sub Sta­tion Road: Friday, Aug. 11-Wed­nes­day, Aug. 16.

Note the length of the clo­sure will be de­pen­dent on track time and/ or equip­ment or weather re­lated is­sues.

For more in­for­ma­tion on traf­fic con­trol, con­tact Project Co­or­di­na­tor Lisa McCauley at 304-964-0683 or Traf­fic Con­trol De­signer Greg Bishop at 304-993-8293. Ques­tions per­tain­ing to this project should be re­ferred to 202-626-4939. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

School sys­tem spon­sors bus hot­line for par­ents, stu­dents

Charles County Pub­lic Schools (CCPS) is spon­sor­ing a bus hot­line for par­ents to call with ques­tions about school bus routes. Call 301932-6655 to ac­cess the hot­line. The hot­line is avail­able Aug. 31-Sept. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sept. 5-6 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Par­ents can ac­cess bus routes through the School Lo­ca­tor fea­ture avail­able on the CCPS website, www.ccboe. com. School Lo­ca­tor is de­signed to al­low the pub­lic to en­ter an ad­dress and see which three schools — el­e­men­tary, mid­dle and high — an ad­dress is zoned for. It also in­di­cates if the ad­dress is el­i­gi­ble for bus trans­porta­tion to a par­tic­u­lar school, the bus num­ber for each route and the lo­ca­tion of the clos­est bus stop to the ad­dress.

School Lo­ca­tor can be ac­cessed at www.ccboe. com. Se­lect Trans­porta­tion from the bottom of the Quick Links sec­tion of the home page, and then choose School Lo­ca­tor/Bus In­for­ma­tion from the left-side menu. School Lo­ca­tor uses map­ping data from the county and fil­ters it by the sys­tem’s current school zones.

Bus stops within es­tab­lished sub­di­vi­sions are per­ma­nently placed at spe­cific lo­ca­tions to en­sure con­sis­tency and eq­uity among rid­ers and will not be changed. Buses may run later than nor­mal dur­ing the first week of school to ad­just for changes in routes and/or es­tab­lished stops.

For more in­for­ma­tion about bus routes, con­tact your child’s school, or the trans­porta­tion depart­ment at ccp­strans­porta­ or 301-934-7262. Bus stop change re­quests must be sub­mit­ted on­line through the school sys­tem website at http://­re­quest/.

Can­cer char­ity or­dered to stop so­lic­it­ing in Md.

Mary­land At­tor­ney Gen­eral Brian E. Frosh (D) and Sec­re­tary of State John C. Woben­smith announced to­day a Cease and De­sist Order has been is­sued against Lan­ham-based We Can Cer-Vive! and its pres­i­dent and founder, Mia Wright. The order fol­lows an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that re­vealed mul­ti­ple vi­o­la­tions of the Mary­land Solic­i­ta­tions Act, in­clud­ing us­ing false and mis­lead­ing ad­ver­tis­ing ma­te­ri­als in con­nec­tion with a so­lic­i­ta­tion and fail­ing to reg­is­ter with the sec­re­tary of state be­fore so­lic­it­ing.

“Con­sumers who are gen­er­ous enough to give shouldn’t have to worry whether their hard-earned money is be­ing sent to sham char­i­ties,” Frosh said in a news re­lease. “Thanks to the work of our of­fice and the Sec­re­tary of State’s Of­fice, we are stop­ping yet an­other scam­mer from de­fraud­ing the pub­lic and giv­ing Mary­lan­ders the con­fi­dence that their con­tri­bu­tions will be used by le­git­i­mate or­ga­ni­za­tions.”

“Char­i­ties who de­ceive the pub­lic will not be per­mit­ted to so­licit in Mary­land,” Woben­smith said in a press re­lease. “We will in­ves­ti­gate them, and if an in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­firms they’re scam­ming the pub­lic, take those steps nec­es­sary to shut down any and all un­law­ful prac­tices.”

We Can Cer-Vive! so­licited char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions and falsely claimed to be a 501(c) (3) or­ga­ni­za­tion us­ing its Web site, var­i­ous so­cial me­dia out­lets, and var­i­ous fundrais­ing events prior to the cease and de­sist order. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Sec­re­tar y of State’s Char­i­ties and Le­gal Ser­vices Divi­sion, aided by the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral, showed that the or­ga­ni­za­tion was al­legedly mis­rep­re­sent­ing it­self as a 501(c)(3) non­profit and falsely claimed an af­fil­i­a­tion with an­other non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion in mar­ket­ing and ad­ver­tis­ing ma­te­ri­als dis­trib­uted us­ing th­ese var­i­ous out­lets. The char­ity was also not reg­is­tered with the sec­re­tary of state be­fore it be­gan so­lic­it­ing char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions.

The Of­fice of the Sec­re­tary of State reg­is­ters and reg­u­lates char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions that so­licit char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions in Mary­land. The of­fice works to en­sure that char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions made by Mary­lan­ders go to qual­i­fied char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions and are used for the in­tended pur­pose.

Any­one who is so­licited by this or­ga­ni­za­tion, or any rep­re­sen­ta­tive on be­half of this or­ga­ni­za­tion, is en­cour­aged to con­tact Michael Brent Din­tern­man, in­ves­ti­ga­tor, Char­i­ties and Le­gal Ser­vices Divi­sion at 410-260-3859.

To check if a char­ity is reg­is­tered or to re­port other sus­pected vi­o­la­tions of char­i­ta­ble giv­ing law, call 410-2603879 or 1-800-825-4510. More in­for­ma­tion on char­i­ties can be found on the Sec­re­tar y of State’s char­ity home page:­ity/SearchChar­ity.aspx.

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