Saturday, January 15, 2011
Search is on for CEO of the Year
The Bay Net

The College of Southern Maryland’s Corporate Center is searching for the 2011 Chief Executive Officer of the Year to be honored at the 11th annual Leading Edge Awards (LEA) on June 22. Recognizing outstanding leadership within Southern Maryland, the Corporate Center is seeking nominations for this top honor by Feb. 15.

“Past CEO of the Year award winners have not only led their organizations with excellence but have been involved in the community which they serve,” said Dr. Daniel Mosser, vice president of the Corporate and Community Training Institute. “The CEO of the Year is quite an honor as the winners are nominated from their peers and/or employees who think highly of them.”

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Postal Service will cut more of its workforce

The U.S. Postal Service is trimming its workforce, starting with senior executives, to save $750 million and boost efficiency.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, who took over in December 2010, on Friday announced a 16 percent reduction in agency officer positions. The Postal Service also has eliminated the title of senior vice president and is consolidating the responsibilities of its top executives, he said.

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Feds threaten to sue four states over secret-ballot union laws
Sam Hananel ― USA TODAY

The National Labor Relations Board on Friday threatened to sue Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah over constitutional amendments guaranteeing workers the right to a secret ballot in union elections.

The agency’s acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon, said the amendments conflict with federal law, which gives employers the option of recognizing a union if a majority of workers sign cards that support unionizing.

The amendments, approved Nov. 2, have taken effect in South

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Obama administration ends high-tech border fence
SUZANNE GAMBOA ― Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Obama administration on Friday ended a high-tech border fence project that cost taxpayers nearly $1 billion but did little to improve security. Congress ordered the high-tech fence along the border with Mexico in 2006 amid a clamor over the porous border, but it yielded only 53 miles of protection.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the lesson of the multimillion-dollar program is there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution for border security.

Napolitano said the department’s new technology strategy for securing the border is to use existing, proven technology tailored to the distinct terrain and population density of each region of the nearly 2,000-mile U.S-Mexico border. That would provide faster technology deployment, better coverage and more bang for the buck, she said.

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Seminar - Stormwater Management

A Planning & Growth Management seminar is scheduled for January 20, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. The seminar will be conducted in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room which is located on the first floor of the Charles County Government Building in La Plata, Maryland.

The focus of the seminar will be to outline the 3-step Stormwater Management Plan Review Process, Administrative Waivers and a brief discussion on Environmental Site Design (ESD) to the Maximum Extent Practicable (MEP). This seminar should be of special interest to Planners, Engineers and Developers but not limited to those individuals.

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Charles County Board of Appeals meeting minutes…

...Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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Benedict Revitalization Public Meeting

The second public meeting, on the Benedict Village Revitalization Plan, will be held on January 22, 2011 at the Benedict VFD from 10:00am - Noon. Please click here for access to the County’s webpage on the Benedict Village Revitalization Plan and latest information:

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Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting Video…





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Cardin Law Makes Federal Government Pay Stormwater Fees
Southern Maryland Online

Local and state governments could see stormwater management fees from the federal government in “a matter of weeks,” Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said Thursday about a new law he co-sponsored.

Cardin hosted a roundtable discussion in College Park to highlight the law clarifying that the federal government is not exempt from local and state stormwater fees, which help fight pollution. Federal government facilities like military bases, prisons and agencies could be charged stormwater fees like private businesses.


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Charles County Sheriff’s Reports
Southern Maryland Online

LA PLATA, Md. (January 14, 2010)—The Charles County Sheriff’s Office released the following incident and arrest reports.

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Maryland Citizens Surpass Tree Planting Goal
The Bay Net

Governor Martin O’Malley recently announced that Maryland has surpassed its citizens’ goal of planting and registering 50,000 trees through the Marylanders Plant Trees program.

“I share this victory with each and every citizen who made the important contribution of planting a tree,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “By planting trees, Marylanders are taking steps toward ensuring a sustainable future for our natural resources for our children and theirs and setting an important example for future stewards of our State.”

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School system to ask for $7 million for construction
GRETCHEN PHILLIPS ― Maryland Independent

At the end of January, Charles County school officials are prepared to ask for $7 million in state funding for construction projects.

Each year local jurisdictions go before the state’s Board of Public Works in what is known as the “begathon” to appeal for state construction funding.

Charles Wineland, assistant superintendent for supporting services for Charles County public schools, said the begathon is the third step in a three-step process of appealing for part of the state’s $250 million in school construction funds.

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Study finds toxic chemicals in pregnant womens’ bodies
Liz Szabo ― USA TODAY

Pregnant women take elaborate steps to protect their babies’ health, following doctors’ orders to avoid alcohol, caffeine, tobacco — even soft cheeses and deli meats.

In spite of these efforts, a new study shows the typical pregnant woman has dozens of potentially toxic or even cancer-causing chemicals in her body — including ingredients found in flame retardants and rocket fuel.

Almost all 268 women studied had detectable levels of eight types of chemicals in their blood or urine, finds the study, published in today’s Environmental Health Perspectives. It analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These chemicals include certain pesticides, flame retardants, PFCs used in non-stick cookware, phthalates (in many fragrances and plastics), pollution from car exhaust, perchlorate (in rocket fuel) and PCBs, toxic industrial chemicals banned in 1979 that persist in the environment.

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2010 IRS Free File available now for eligible taxpayers
Sandra Block ― USA TODAY

Starting Friday, eligible taxpayers can prepare and e-file federal tax returns for free through the IRS Free File program.

This year, the program will be open to taxpayers with 2010 adjusted gross income of $58,000 or less, according to IRS senior executive David Williams.

Free File is a partnership between the IRS and private tax software providers that’s designed to encourage more taxpayers to file returns electronically. Last year, 70% of individual tax returns were filed electronically, up from 51% in 2005.


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AIG plans on ‘completely repaying’ taxpayers
Pallavi Gogoi ― USA TODAY

The U.S. government and AIG, the giant insurer rescued with $182 billion at the depths of the 2008 financial meltdown, announced a plan Friday to end taxpayer involvement in the company over the next two years.

As part of the plan, AIG (AIG) paid back its $21 billion outstanding balance to the New York branch of the Federal Reserve. The Treasury Department will now own a 92% stake in the company and begin unloading stock on the open market in March.

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