Veterans: Discuss struggles, victories of homecoming
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 email@example.com. More information about this program and how to register can also be found under Community Programs at www.touchstones.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-934-7262. Bus stop change requests must be submitted online through the school system website at http:// www.ccboe.com/busrequest/.
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: http://www.sos.state.md.us/Charity/SearchCharity.aspx.