Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Public Hearing: Special Exception at Route 254/Cobb Island Road, Newburg
Charles County Government

THE BOARD OF APPEALS FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND has been petitioned by Francis and Suzanne Kilinski for a Special Exception to establish a fast food, carry-out and delivery food service in an existing building, as provided in Article XIII, Section §297-212 (Use #6.02.200) and Article XXV, Section §297-415 of the Charles County Zoning Ordinance.  The subject property, designated as Charles County Tax Map 89, Grid 15, Parcel 30, is in the Agricultural Conservation (AC) Zone and consists of 7.16 acres.  The location of the property is off of Rock Point Road, east of Route 254/Cobb Island Road, Newburg, Maryland. 

The Board of Appeals is hereby giving notice that a Public Hearing will be held on this matter Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room of the Charles County Government Building, La Plata, Maryland.

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Bowling Drive Closed June 6-7
Charles County Government

Bowling Drive, off Route 6, in Charlotte Hall will be closed to thru-traffic between Kentucky Avenue and Whisper Creek Court on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7 for pipe repair. The road will be closed at 8 a.m. on June 6, and re-open at 8 p.m. on June 7, weather permitting.

For more information about this road closure, contact the Department of Public Works, Roads Division, at 301-932-3450.

Signs will be posted identifying the closure and detour routes. The road closure may be postponed due to extended inclement weather or other conditions that may cause construction delays.

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Car rally benefits veteran’s home
Dick Myers ―

Charlotte Hall, MD—More than 150 cars cruised along a 101-mile route throughout Southern Maryland Saturday, May 23. It was fitting that the fourth annual Cruisin’ Southern Maryland was held on Memorial Day weekend because the beneficiaries of the event were the veterans at the Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home.

The event is presented by the Southern Knights Rod and Custom Club and Charlotte Hall Square and has a number of corporate sponsors. John Parlett organized the event four years ago and in consultation with the veteran’s home staff came up with the idea of directly helping them with needed projects.

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Governor Hogan Kicks Off Trade Mission To Asia, State Signs Agreement With…

...South Korean Business Group

May 27, 2015

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – Joined by a delegation of Maryland business executives and higher education leaders, Governor Larry Hogan today arrived in Seoul, South Korea, the first stop on an economic development mission to Asia. Governor Hogan will spend the first part of the mission in South Korea, then head to China and wrap up the mission in Japan to boost two-way trade and investment and promote Maryland as a gateway for foreign-owned companies looking to establish U.S. operations.

“This goal of this mission is all about taking our ‘Maryland Is Open for Business’ message to one of the fastest-growing economic regions of the world and inviting businesses from South Korea, China, and Japan to explore all that Maryland has to offer,” said Governor Hogan. “We also want to connect our Maryland businesses with potential global partners and opportunities that will ultimately enable them to grow their companies and add new jobs.”

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Maryland wineries outpacing state grapes

Maryland’s total grape harvest has nearly doubled over the last four years, but wineries struggle to produce or acquire enough in-state grapes, a recently released industry survey shows.

Results in a survey last month of members from the Maryland Grape Growers Association and Maryland Wineries Association show a statewide industry enjoying rapid growth.

The total number of grapes harvested across the state leapt from 949 tons in 2010 to 1,748 tons in 2014, an 84 percent increase, according to the survey.

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Pentagon: Military mistakenly shipped live anthrax sample

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday it is investigating what the Pentagon called an inadvertent shipment of live anthrax spores to at least one, and perhaps as many as nine, laboratories that expected to receive dead spores.

“At this time we do not suspect any risk to the general public,” CDC spokeswoman Kathy Harben said.
Warren said the government has confirmed one recipient, a laboratory in Maryland, received live spores. It is suspected, but not yet confirmed, that anthrax sent to labs in as many as eight other states also contained live spores, he said.

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Obama administration issues new water protection rule
Valerie Volcovici ― REUTERS

The Obama administration on Wednesday issued a new rule to protect streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act, a step it said would help keep drinking water safe, but farmers and industry groups argued the regulation will be costly.

The Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, aims to give clarity about which bodies of water the EPA would have jurisdiction over.

“This rule responds to the public’s demand for greater clarity, consistency, and predictability when making jurisdictional determinations. The result will be better public service nationwide,” said Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary for the Army, Civil Works.

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FCC looks to crack down on robocalls, robotexts WASHINGTON

The top U.S. telecommunications regulator wants to make it harder for telemarketers and other businesses to place unwanted robocalls and text messages under changes to autodialing rules proposed on Wednesday.

The Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on June 18 on the proposal, which would give legal cover to telephone companies to offer consumers technologies that would block robocalls, regardless of where they originate.

“The FCC wants to make it clear: Telephone companies can – and in fact should – offer consumers robocall-blocking tools,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a blog post.

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Exclusive: Russia masses heavy firepower on border with Ukraine - witness
Maria Tsvetkova ― REUTERS

Russia’s army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine, a Reuters reporter saw this week.

Many of the vehicles have number plates and identifying marks removed while many of the servicemen had taken insignia off their fatigues. As such, they match the appearance of some of the forces spotted in eastern Ukraine, which Kiev and its Western allies allege are covert Russian detachments.

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Audits and reports warned of IRS computer safety risks
Kevin McCoy ― USA TODAY

Government monitors repeatedly warned of IRS computer security risks long before Tuesday’s disclosure that identity thieves had stolen tax agency data for roughly 100,000 U.S. households.

At least seven federal audits and other reports from 2007 to 2014 outlined dangers that ranged from failures in IRS database controls to hiring an ex-con without a background check and failing to screen for other workers who had access to personal data for millions of taxpayers.

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Plans proceed for privately-built office on base
Dick Myers ―

What’s best for the Navy is best for St. Mary’s County. That’s what a state official told the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County during their May 26 meeting. In this particular case the “best” in question is the controversial Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) proposal which appears ready to come to fruition after being discussed for five years.

What has been described as the “largest private sector real estate firm in the world” is ready to enter into a contract with the Navy to build four, 150,000 square-foot office buildings inside the fence line at Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

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School system offers summer physicals for students
Charles County Public Schools

Charles County Public Schools is offering sports physicals this summer to student athletes. Physicals will be limited to the first 100 students and are done on a first come, first served basis. The fee is $30 and cash is the only accepted form of payment.

Physicals will be hosted at Westlake High School on Saturday, June 27 from 8 to 11 a.m., and on Saturday, July 11, from 8 to 11 a.m. at St. Charles High School. The registration form is located on the Charles County Public Schools website under the athletics section at Forms can also be obtained at each high school. The parent section of the form must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian.

Students will not be seen without the required forms. Practice for fall sports begins on Wednesday, Aug. 12. Call your child’s school for more information.

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Trying to bridge the pay gap in Southern Md.
Rebecca J. Barnabi ― Southern Maryland Newspapers

Women continue to be paid less than their male counterparts in the workforce. In Maryland, that works out to be about 85 cents for every $1 a man makes.

According to a 2013 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, the numbers in Southern Maryland are even lower — 80 cents in Charles County, 68 in Calvert County and 57 in St. Mary’s County.

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Chaptico farm may be site of ancient Indian town
Jason Babcock ― Southern Maryland Newspapers

There is much more work to be done, but archaeologists believe they may have found the site of a major Native American town on the eastern banks of the Wicomico River.

In summer 1608, Capt. John Smith explored the Chesapeake Bay for the Virginia Colony, mapping Indian settlements along the shorelines and spelling their names phonetically. The Maryland Colony was still more than a quarter of a century away from being settled by the English in 1634.

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