Sunday, October 30, 2011
FY2012 Budget Amendment Increase, $2,485,200, General Fund

Board Docs - Nov 01, 2011 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

1.05 [9:30 a.m.] (VOTE) County Business: FY2012 Budget Amendment Increase, $2,485,200, General Fund, St. Charles High School (Ms. Deborah Hudson, Director of Fiscal & Administrative Services)

FY12 BA 2485200 St Chas HS.pdf (445 KB)

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Charles County Government Employee Recognition

Board Docs - Nov 01, 2011 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

1.04 [9:00 a.m.] Charles County Government Employee Recognition

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH-October 2011.pdf (139 KB)

Winners of 2011 Rodeo.pdf (336 KB)

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Recognition of CAFR Award

Board Docs - Nov 01, 2011 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

1.03 [9:00 a.m.] County Business: Recognition of CAFR Award (Ms. Deborah Hudson, Director of Fiscal & Administrative Services & Mr. Lenny Moore, CPA, MBA Controller Dept of Finance, Montgomery County)

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Incomes stall as interest on savings dwindles
Daily Record

Americans’ incomes have stagnated for three straight months. Yet they boosted their spending in September 0.6 percent — three times the increase in August.

Under normal circumstances, that would be a troubling sign for the economy.

But a closer look at Friday’s report from the Commerce Department on September income and spending suggests another possibility: Many people are cutting their savings because the interest they are earning has become nearly worthless.

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Online gambling would hurt slots revenue
Daily Times

As members of Congress grow increasingly desperate to balance the budget through increased revenue and spending cuts, nothing is off the table. But one measure that could bolster federal coffers may hurt revenue streams at the state level.

The suggestion, which recently had a subcommittee hearing, is legalizing online gambling across the United States.

While the measure is appealing for some federal lawmakers, elected officials in Maryland aren’t excited about the idea.

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Our Say: Snakehead strategy: If you can’t beat them, eat them
The Capital

Ah, Maryland - the place to go for steamed crabs, wonderful fried chicken and the best pan-roasted snakehead east of Hong Kong.

Fanciful? Not really, as illustrated by last week’s story on a charity dinner that drew well-known area chefs to an Eastport restaurant. Diners, whose tickets raised money for the Oyster Recovery Partnership, were offered such culinary exotica as tea-smoked snakehead, sous-vide snakehead crudo with blue catfish fritter, and snakehead and shrimp cerviche.
Snakeheads don’t look appetizing - but neither, at first glance, do crabs. Yet, as one of those at this week’s dinner testified, “It’s very firm and meaty. It’s tender. It has a nice, savory flavor.”

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Factoring energy efficiency into a home’s value
Kenneth R. Harney ― Los Angeles Times

When you apply for a mortgage to buy a house, how often does the lender ask detailed questions about monthly energy costs or tell the appraiser to factor in the energy-efficiency features of the house when coming up with a value?

Hardly ever. That’s because the big three mortgage players — Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration, which together account for more than 90% of all loan volume — typically don’t consider energy costs in underwriting. Yet utility bills can be larger annual cash drains than property taxes or insurance — key factors in standard underwriting — and can seriously affect a family’s ability to afford a house.

A new bipartisan effort on Capitol Hill could change all this dramatically and for the first time put energy costs and savings squarely into standard mortgage underwriting equations. A bill introduced Oct. 20 would force the three mortgage giants to take account of energy costs in every loan they insure, guarantee or buy. It would also require them to instruct appraisers to adjust their property valuations upward when accurate data on energy efficiency savings are available.

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Is the clock ticking on 24-hour retail service?

It’s known nationwide for rolling back prices. Now Wal-Mart is rolling back something else: its hours.

At select locations in markets across the United States, the nation’s largest retailer is ditching its round-the-clock, 24-hour schedule and closing some stores from midnight to 6 a.m.

Cities like Indianapolis, Montgomery, Ala., Fayetteville, N.C., and Baltimore have watched Wal-Mart end its 24-hour service at some stores within the past year.

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Clock this: UK may consider time zone switch
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Britain’s government may reconsider long-touted proposals for the U.K. to switch to Central European Time, a move which advocates insisted Saturday would bring lighter evenings and possibly offer the country’s sluggish economy a boost.

Campaigners claim a lawmaker’s proposal made earlier this year to permanently switch Britain’s clocks 60 minutes ahead of current settings would extend the tourism season, cut road deaths and help promote outdoor activities.

Debate over the change, which would see British clocks synchronized with those in continental Europe, has rumbled for years and seen repeated attempts by legislators to press forward the case for reform.

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Erosion uncovers garbage at Norfolk golf club
Scott Harper ― Virginian-Pilot

Built atop an old city landfill, Lambert’s Point Golf Club has sprung an ugly leak.

Erosion fed by Hurricane Irene’s rain and wind has peeled away a shoreline section along Hole No. 7 and exposed a swath of 50-year-old garbage, some of which has spilled into the Elizabeth River.

Alerted to the problem last week, city officials have hired a consulting engineer, and they promise to repair the damage.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality says the city has little choice. Failure to correct such unsanitary conditions could lead to an “open dump” designation, requiring a mandatory fix and state enforcement.

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In trimming school budgets, more officials turn to a four-day week
Lyndsey Layton ― Washington Post

Pressed for dollars, a growing number of public schools are doing what many educators once considered unimaginable: eliminating an entire school day each week.

At least 292 school districts nationwide have a four-day week, according to a Washington Post survey, more than double the 120 estimated two years ago.

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Records show Boy Scouts failed to report abuser

Boy Scout officials in the U.S. and Canada not only failed to stop an admitted child molester in their ranks, but sometimes helped cover his tracks, according to confidential records, court files and interviews with victims and their families.

A Los Angeles Times and Canadian Broadcasting Corp. investigation ( published Saturday finds scout leader Rick Turley molested at least 15 children over nearly two decades, most of whom he met through American and Canadian Scouting beginning in the 1970s.

Boy Scouts of America officials didn’t call police in 1979 after Turley acknowledged molesting three Orange County boys, records show.

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Man Rescued After Fishing Boat Capsizes in Potomac River

The Coast Guard and Charles County Fire and Rescue responded to a person in the water in the Potomac River near Quantico, Va., Saturday, Oct. 29.
The Charles County boatcrew rescued the man and brought him to the shore where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel.

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Open Thread - October 30, 2011


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Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Town of La Plata Board of Appeals has received a petition from Charles County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Owner of 16.8269 acres of property located at 10200 La Plata Road, La Plata, Maryland. The property is more particularly described in a deed recorded among the Land Records of Charles County at Liber 7007, folio 402. The petition requests a variance to Town Code 191-74B, Signage in Public Lands District.

The Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on this petition in the La Plata Town Hall, 305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata, Maryland, on November 17, 2011, at 7:00 P.M., or as soon thereafter as possible. At the public hearing all parties in interest and citizens will have an opportunity to be heard. Special accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made upon request.

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