Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Mo. mom decries downgrade with NYC plane protest
Jim Salter ― Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP)—Municipal bond broker Lucy Nobbe was fed up with Congress and angry over the U.S. credit downgrade, and she wanted the world to know.

So the self-described Midwestern mom hired a plane to fly a banner over New York City with a message blaming federal lawmakers for the downgrade - and making herself something of a populist hero in the process.

Pauleen Brewer 01:49 PM | (1) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Technology complements libraries, not replaces them
Indy LTE

read an interesting letter, “Technology is making libraries obsolete,” [Maryland Independent, Aug. 5].

I definitely understand and appreciate the opinions of those who are observing trends in technology and how they are affecting libraries. However, I strongly disagree with the assessment that technology is replacing libraries.

One concern the letter lists is that the taxpayers’ money is being poorly put to use by building a fourth library branch in Charles County.

The taxpayers’ money is actually going to a fourth branch that will be the first sustainable LEED building in Charles County. This new branch will exist in a high-traffic area, making it more visible and available to those who are unfamiliar with Charles County.

Pauleen Brewer 12:22 PM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Libraries are far from obsolete
Indy LTE

This is in response to the letter, “Technology is making libraries obsolete” [Maryland Independent, Aug. 5].

The writer has apparently forgotten the origin of the public library.

Public libraries were created so that everyone, regardless of economic status, could have access to books to read for free. The Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore is an excellent example of this.

Pauleen Brewer 12:21 PM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Youth detention facility not needed in Charles County
Indy LTE

I just wanted to point out that the state first selected Nanjemoy as the location for this facility and it was met with tremendous opposition from many residents. Now, Waldorf is being looked at as the new location for this facility. Waldorf is a very urbanized area and a detention facility would not fit in its design.

We have been told that the detention facility would house approximately 48 youth and create approximately 125 new jobs in the county [“Md. wants Waldorf site for youth jail,” Maryland Independent, July 15]; understand that this is not about economic development, but what is this really about?

Pauleen Brewer 12:20 PM | (2) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
We can all live off of buying local
Indy LTE

As part of last week’s Buy Local Challenge, several members of Calvert Eats Local agreed not only to eat at least one thing from a local farm every day, we tried on eat only local food during Buy Local Week. I am pleased to report that one can live quite contentedly on local food, with just a few cheats. It just takes a little more effort, and with that effort comes some pleasant surprises.

Pauleen Brewer 11:39 AM | (1) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
We can all live off of buying local
Indy LTE

As part of last week’s Buy Local Challenge, several members of Calvert Eats Local agreed not only to eat at least one thing from a local farm every day, we tried on eat only local food during Buy Local Week. I am pleased to report that one can live quite contentedly on local food, with just a few cheats. It just takes a little more effort, and with that effort comes some pleasant surprises.

Pauleen Brewer 11:39 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Commission recommends Benedict plan for county OK
Paul Warner ― The Maryland Independent

Sewage, street, park changes are approved

A plan to revitalize Benedict with sewer upgrades, historic park areas, street improvements and a small store area went forward Monday with approval from the Charles County Planning Commission.

The plan, which will go to the county commissioners for approval, states that it aims to protect natural, historic and cultural resources while maintaining Benedict’s small size and village character.

Pauleen Brewer 11:35 AM | (8) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Two drown at pier on Wicomico River
John Wharton ― The Maryland Independent

Firefighter jumped in, assisted faltering swimmer

Two Charles County men drowned Saturday evening after one jumped into the water at a pier at St. Mary’s County’s Wicomico Shores public landing and struggled to get back to shore, law officers reported. The other victim was among the people who went in to help the first man.

Christopher Joseph Kelly, a 24-year-old Waldorf resident, entered the water at the Wicomico River at about 6:15 p.m. that day, St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Office detectives reported, and Christopher Allen Staley, a 22-year-old Cobb Island volunteer firefighter living in Newburg, was one of several people taking part in the effort to rescue Kelly.

Pauleen Brewer 11:31 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Bridge traffic bypass among ideas on agenda at meeting
Erica Mitrano ― The Maryland Independent

State studying county proposal for 301 alternative

Among topics to be discussed tonight at a public meeting about problems with the Potomac River bridge is a proposal to build a bypass for southern Charles County residents who just want to get home.

Existing turn lanes between Budds Creek Road and Rock Point Road on the eastern side of U.S. 301 could be linked to provide a dedicated access lane for commuters returning home in the direction of Cobb Island, according to a plan advanced by Charles County Commissioner Ken Robinson (D).

“Basically, what we’re looking to do on 301 is create a local access lane,” linking routes 234 and 257, said Robinson, who himself lives in Swan Point near the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge that links southern Charles County with Virginia. The lane would be separated from the rest of the highway using a median to prevent “cheaters” from jumping the line to cross the bridge, he said.

Pauleen Brewer 11:29 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Tragedy spurs door-to-door smoke alarm giveaway
Jeff Newman ― The Maryland Independent

Local volunteer firefighters react to child’s death

In response to a Bryans Road house fire that killed a child last week, the Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department led a door-to-door campaign Saturday to check and install smoke detectors throughout the old section of the Strawberry Hills neighborhood.

The two-hour sweep was “very successful” and covered roughly 300 homes, about 30 of which received 40 smoke detectors among them, department Chief Dave McCormick said.

Pauleen Brewer 11:27 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
40 Barnhart students leave after test failure
Gretchen Phillips ― The Maryland Independent

About 7 percent of a local elementary school’s community opted to remove their children from the school due to poor performance.

C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School failed to meet state standards for the second year in a row, according to results from the Maryland School Assessments.

The MSA is a test given to students in grades 3 through 8 in math and reading to satisfy requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Pauleen Brewer 11:26 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Facebook helps catch suspect in La Plata store burglary
Jeff Newman ― The Maryland Independent

Social media proved useful to law enforcement last week, as detectives were able to identify and arrest a man suspected of burglarizing a La Plata store last month shortly after posting surveillance photos on the social networking website Facebook.

The photos show a man who broke into Cooksey’s Store in La Plata around 12:30 a.m. July 27. The man used a crowbar to break in and stole packs of cigarettes after rummaging through the store, police said.

Within hours of posting the photos on its Facebook page, the sheriff’s office received a number of calls from people identifying the same man, Gregory Joseph Krahling Jr., of La Plata, spokeswoman Diane Richardson said, adding that Krahling’s arrest was a “direct” result of those tips.

Pauleen Brewer 11:23 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
The Healing Power of the Common Blackberry
Liza Field ― Southern Maryland Online

There’s good news from far afield, these days — or even close at hand. Researchers are finding that a “new” purple pill can prevent and heal cancer.

This discovery ranks as a gold mine in cancer research. It’s better than gold, in fact, since anyone with cancer knows life is more precious than money.

That this anti-cancer jewel might be found in North America’s least-valued waste places, overgrown graveyards and weedy lots, seems therefore potent with irony — more like a fable than news.

Pauleen Brewer 07:41 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Governor Announces Funds…
Southern Maryland Online

to Crack Down on Parole, Probation Violators in P.G. County

$306,605 grant will fund new prosecution unit in State’s Attorney’s Office

ANNAPOLIS (August 9, 2011) - Governor O’Malley today announced a $306,605 grant to the State’s Attorney’s Office in Prince George’s County to launch an initiative aimed at criminal offenders who violate the terms of their parole or probation.

The grant will be used to create a new Collateral Offender Unit in the State’s Attorney’s Office, consisting of two prosecutors and two paralegals that will focus on identifying and prosecuting offenders who violate the terms of their probation. This new Unit, the first of its kind in the County, will handle Violation of Probation (VOP) cases exclusively – providing additional resources to prosecute VOP cases in a timely manner.

Pauleen Brewer 07:39 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Stocks soar after Fed pledges low rates into ‘13
PAUL WISEMAN and MARTIN CRUTSINGER ― Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP)—The Federal Reserve offered super-low interest rates for two more years Tuesday - an unprecedented step to arrest an economic free fall that dragged down the stock market. Wall Street roared its approval and finished a wild day with a 429-point gain.

The rally was remarkably fast - the Dow Jones industrial average was still down for the day with less than an hour of trading to go - and enough to erase two-thirds of its decline the day before.

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