Saturday, October 01, 2011
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Resolution Number 2011-68 - Weight Restrictions on Selected County Roads

Board Docs - Oct 04, 2011 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

1.03 [8:50 a.m.] (VOTE) County Business: Resolution Number 2011-68 - Weight Restrictions on Selected County Roads (Mr. Roy Hancock, Acting Director of Planning & Growth Management/Major Joe Montminy, Charles County Sheriff’s Office)

Allen Fresh Bridge.pdf (261 KB)

Sheriff’s Office Memo.pdf (206 KB)

2011-68 Road Weight Resolution.pdf (149 KB)

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Notice of Application

Notice of Application for State Wetland Licenses, Private Wetland Permits or Water Quality Certification and the Opportunity to Provide Written Comment or Request an Informational Hearing

201161052/12-WL-0028: BLOSSOM POINT LIMITED PARTNERSHIP has applied to emplace 1570 linear feet of living shoreline using a low profile stone sill extending a maximum of 35 feet channelward of the existing mean high water. A total of 36,000 square feet of wetlands will be created which includes 18,000 square feet of low marsh plantings and 18,000 square feet of high marsh plantings. For more information contact Jonathan Stewart at 410-537-3059 or The project is located at 9505 Blossom Point Road in Welcome, Maryland on Nanjemoy Creek in Charles County.

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Public Hearing:  Proposed Issuance of General Obligation Bonds

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 8-1 of the Code of Public Local Laws of Charles County that the County Commissioners of Charles County, Maryland, will hold a public hearing in the County Commissioners’ Meeting Room, Charles County Government Building, La Plata, Maryland, at 9:00 a.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, concerning the proposed issuance of general obligation bonds of the County in a principal amount not to exceed$28,250,000 for the purpose of refunding certain prior issues of the County’s Consolidated Public Improvement Bonds.

Information regarding this proposed issuance is available during business hours from Deborah E. Hudson, Director of Fiscal and Administrative Services, Charles County Government Building, La Plata, Maryland.

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True Leaf Farms Expands Voluntary Recall of Bagged, Chopped Romaine
The Bay Net

True Leaf Farms is expanding its voluntary recall of romaine to include 2,498 cartons of chopped or shredded romaine because of the potential of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The initial recalled product was shipped between September 12 and 13 to a retail food service distributor in Oregon who further distributed it to at least two additional states, Washington and Idaho.

At the request of the US Food and Drug Administration the recall notification is expanded to cover additional product shipped to wholesale food service distributors in 19 states and Alberta, Canada. The states include Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Vermont. All the romaine affected by this recall has a “use by date” of 9/29/11.

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Bikers Gear Up for Babies
The Bay Net

In southern Maryland, on Sunday, October 9th die-hard bikers and weekend warriors will ride together to raise funds for the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies. Bikers for Babies will start at Maryland International Raceway at 2:00 p.m. with registration, tattoo contest, bike show, and The Sam Grow Band starting at 11:00 a.m.

Individual riders as well as motorcycle clubs will hit the road to help support March of Dimes research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. Last year, 256 residents participated in the ride, with family and friends there to join in the fun. . In southern Maryland, the March of Dimes helps moms and babies in many ways locally including advocacy, education, and by awarding grants to local organizations.  One of the biggest ways is to help women understand that in order to have the healthiest pregnancy possible, planning before pregnancy is a must.  St. Mary’s County Health Department is recently completed a one year March of Dimes grant for $10,000 that is enabled them to distribute folic acid and educational materials through three specific clinics in the health department.  In 2007, St. Mary’s County Health Department was awarded a $13,000 grant for home visiting and educational outreach using March of Dimes materials and programs for prenatal care, premature labor and smoking cessation.

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Supreme Court to decide deportation issue
David G. Savage ― Los Angeles Times

The case concerns whether federal officials should avoid deporting illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors and whose parents are lawful residents.

The Supreme Court will decide whether the government is free to deport illegal immigrants who came to this country as children and whose parents became lawful residents in the United States.

The issue before the high court has echoes of last week’s debate of Republican presidential contenders, in which Texas Gov. Rick Perry was criticized for his state’s policy of giving in-state tuition to students who are illegal immigrants. Perry argued that students who came to Texas through “no fault of their own” should not be denied the benefits of low tuition in the state’s colleges.

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General Motors reverses course on OnStar privacy issue
Los Angeles Times

General Motors Co. is changing course on how it will handle customers of its OnStar vehicle communication system once they opt out of the service.

The automaker said it will change its proposed “Terms and Conditions” policy and will not keep a data connection to customers’ vehicles after the OnStar service is canceled.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), said that OnStar’s policy represented an invasion of privacy and he threatened a federal investigation.

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Mom finds bugs in cereal
Bethany Rodgers ― Frederick News-Post

The brownish grains caught her eye as she was stirring melting butter into her Cream of Wheat.

Curious, Cheryle Steinback spooned one of the flecks onto a napkin for a closer look that sent her heart plummeting. The brownish thing had legs.

“Tell me this isn’t what I think it is,” the Brunswick resident told her family as they ate breakfast on Saturday.

But it was. It was an insect. It was in her food. And it wasn’t alone.

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State toll increases
Frederick News-Post - Editorial

Earlier this year, the Maryland Transportation Authority announced new rates for the state’s tolled highways, tunnels and bridges. While there was vocal opposition from users, businesses and others, there was little doubt that the state’s lowball tolls needed to be adjusted upward.

Maryland’s transportation tolls are among the lowest in the nation, and have been stagnant for many years—since 1975 in the case of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The new revenue is to be used to maintain and upgrade the state’s transportation infrastructure—certainly no frivolous waste of taxpayer money.

The biggest outcry was not against raising the tolls, but rather the size of the increases. The proposed new tolls for the Bay Bridge, for instance, were a real shock to users—especially those who must cross the bridge frequently.
This was a classic compromise in which each side gave some, got some and came to an agreement. Maybe Washington should take a look at what can be achieved with a little good faith and actually listening to the other side.

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Septic pollution woes divide Kent Island
Timothy B. Wheeler ― Baltimore Sun

Proposed sewer line stirs cost, growth concerns

Residents of Kent Island are never far from the water. That’s what drew many of them to the largest island in the Chesapeake Bay, where they’re close to boating, fishing and all nature’s bounty.

But for the mostly tidy cottages, bungalows and other homes built decades ago on the southern end of this low-lying island, there’s just one problem. Far from the nearest sewer line, they all rely on septic systems to dispose of their waste.

Four out of five homes here are pumping water-fouling nitrogen into the bay every time they flush, Queen Anne’s County health officials estimate. Some even leak raw sewage into their yards or drainage ditches during wet weather.

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State reports highest graduation rate in past 15 years
Liz Bowie and Erica L. Green, ― Baltimore Sun

But dropout rate also increases

Maryland’s public schools are graduating a higher percentage of students than they have in the past 15 years but they have seen a troubling increase in the number of students dropping out.

School officials attributed the higher dropout rate to the poor economy. More than one-third of students now qualify for subsidized or free meals in school, and principals say they see more students with jobs after school and families under increased financial stress.

“Economic pressures have historically had an adverse affect on continued enrollment in high school,” said Bill Reinhard, a spokesman for the Maryland State Department of Education. “Researchers have found that dropouts say they are leaving to get a job or care for a parent or relative, or they are bored by their classes, but many also come from families struggling with poverty.”


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US: military chaplains may perform same-sex unions

The Pentagon has decided that military chaplains may perform same-sex unions, whether on or off a military installation.

The ruling announced Friday by the Pentagon’s personnel chief follows the Sept. 20 repeal of a law that had prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
The Pentagon says a military chaplain may officiate at any private ceremony, but isn’t required if it would conflict with his or her religious or personal beliefs.

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Verizon sues to overturn ‘net neutrality’ rules

Verizon Communications, the largest U.S. cell phone carrier, is suing to overturn new government regulations governing the flow of Internet traffic.

The lawsuit filed Friday in Washington’s U.S. Court of Appeals contends the Federal Communications Commission overstepped its authority in setting its so-called “net neutrality” rules last year. The regulations are scheduled to go into effect in two months. They prohibit Internet service providers from discriminating against or giving special treatment to particular online services or content.

That may seem like a good idea, but the FCC had a hard time coming up with a solution that pleases everyone.

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Open Thread - October 1, 2011


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