Saturday, October 25, 2014
Tourism Department Overview

Board Docs - Oct 28, 2014 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

[9:45 a.m.] Briefing: Tourism Department Overview (Mr. Tim Morgan, Director of Tourism/Ms. Catherine Herbert, Tourism Marketing Coordinator/ Ms, Rachel Reynolds, Promotions Specialist)

Tourism.October 2014.pdf (6,276 KB)

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Waldorf Urban Redevelopment Corridor Infrastructure Improvements Study

  Bid Number: 15-16     Type: RFP
  Open Date: 10/23/2014     Close Date: 12/3/14 before 11:00 a.m
Pre-Bid/Proposal Meeting: See Proposal Documents
  Bond Requirements: See Proposal Documents

Brief Description: Qualified, multi-disciplined engineering firms to survey, and prepare a base overall design for the construction of approximately 5,600 feet of roadway, sewerline, waterline, storm drainage, and stormwater management in the Waldorf area of the county from MD Business Route 5 to Acton Lane

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Our Charles County Election picks
The Bay Net Editorial Board ―

The Bay Net continues the tradition we started in the primary of endorsing candidates in the November 4th General Election. Early voting began October 23rd and lasts through October 30th.

Your vote is your voice. When we vote, we are actually telling elected officials and lawmakers how we feel about education, public safety, Social Security, health care, and other important issues. One voice, one vote really does count! There is power in numbers and when we vote and get our family and friends to vote, we can truly make a difference. If you don’t vote for what you believe in, others will and you may not like the outcome.

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Voter turnout brisk on first day of Early Voting
Dick Myers, Marty Madden and Joseph Norris ―

Election officials in Southern Maryland report a heavier than anticipated turnout for the first day of Early Voting on Thursday. Calvert had 749, Charles 748 and St. Mary’s 566 voters at the four polling places.

The voter turnout in Charles County at two locations in Waldorf and La Plata was encouraging for a jurisdiction which only saw 22 percent of registered voters exercise their right in the primary.

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McDonough community unites to press for renovations
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf ― Maryland Independent

Maurice J. McDonough High School students and their parents are petitioning Charles County Public Schools to renovate the school building, citing inadequate and aging facilities.

More than 800 students and parents signed a petition at a recent community night that was then delivered to Keith Hettel, the assistant superintendent of supporting services, said McDonough Principal Bradley Snow.

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Calvert Cliffs’ spent fuel storage license renewed
Marty Madden ―

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has announced that it has approved a 40-year license extension for the dry cask storage facility at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby. The casks are used to store the plant’s spent fuel.

According to a press release from the NRC, the plant’s operator, Exelon, submitted a request to renew the license in 2010. Since the NRC deemed the request a “timely renewal,” the Calvert Cliffs request was held harmless from expiration while the commission’s staff reviewed the request.

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Question 2 permits special elections for county executive vacancies
Len Lazarick ―

A state constitutional amendment to permit local voters to fill a mid-term county executive vacancy snuck up on Marylanders as Question 2 on this year’s ballot.

The amendment, first proposed by the Montgomery County delegation, got virtually no attention from reporters as it made its way through the legislative process earlier this year. It didn’t get all that much attention from legislators either.

At a March 6 hearing the House Ways & Means Committee that lasted less than four minutes, Del. Anne Kaiser, the lead sponsor as chair of that county’s delegation, said the bill, HB1415, was originally proposed by county lawyers when they were examining the law governing special elections to fill County Council seats there.

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Pentagon official upbeat on streamlining U.S. military acquisitions
Andrea Shalal ― REUTERS

The Pentagon and Congress have better-than-ever odds of reaching agreement on how to streamline myriad overlapping laws that slow the process for buying military equipment and services, a top Defense Department official said.

“I am optimistic,” Andrew Hunter, a former congressional aide who helped draft many of those laws before joining the Pentagon four years ago, told reporters on Thursday. He said he saw emerging consensus among industry, lawmakers and defense officials about the need for changes.

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Paintings in national parks spark probe, furor

A series of colorful, eerie faces painted on rocks in some of the West’s most famously picturesque landscapes has sparked an investigation by the National Park Service and a furor online.

Agents so far have confirmed the images in Yosemite and four other national parks in California, Utah and Oregon. Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson said the vandalism could lead to felony charges for the person responsible.

The images appear to come from a New York state woman traveling across the West this summer and documenting her work on Instagram and Tumblr, said Casey Schreiner of, whose blog post tipped off authorities.

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US official: Auto safety agency under review

Transportation officials are reviewing the “safety culture” of the federal agency that oversees auto recalls, a senior Obama administration official said Friday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been criticized by lawmakers and safety advocates for not acting aggressively enough regarding millions of vehicles with defective air bags or faulty ignition switches.

A special Transportation Department team is examining whether “we have the dial set correctly on risk management and our safety posture in general” throughout the department, especially at the safety administration, said the official, who asked that he not be named as a condition of briefing reporters. The safety agency is part of the Transportation Department.

Announcements related to the review are expected in the coming weeks, the official said. The White House is also expected to nominate an administrator to run the troubled agency within the next two weeks, he said. The previous administrator, David Strickland, left the agency in December just before the recall controversies erupted.

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NY, New Jersey issue stronger Ebola quarantine

The governors of New Jersey and New York have issued a mandatory quarantine for travelers who have had contact with Ebola-infected patients in West Africa.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) say a health care worker who had contact with Ebola patients in Africa already has been quarantined after landing at Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey on Friday. Health officials say she later developed a fever but tested negative for Ebola in a preliminary test.

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FCC: Phone companies posted private info online
Anne Flaherty ― USA TODAY

Two phone companies — TerraCom and YourTel America — unwittingly posted the Social Security numbers, driver’s licenses and other sensitive data of up to 300,000 clients to the Internet, an investigation found, and federal regulators said on Friday they plan to fine the firms.

As consumer data breaches go, the case — and its $10 million fine — is relatively small. But the incident is alarming because of how it unfolded: The companies participate in a government program called Lifeline, which subsidizes phone service for poor consumers. To crack down on fraudulent claims, federal regulators ordered carriers to collect identifiable information.

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World’s first ‘dead heart’ transplants successful
Jenn Gidman ― USA TODAY

For 20 years, the heart transplant unit at Sydney’s St. Vincent’s Hospital has been working hard to figure out a way to transplant a dead heart into a live patient. Doctors from the team announced their work had paid off.

They have successfully completed three transplants using hearts that had stopped beating for 20 minutes – said to be the first such transplants in the world, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

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The best lifesaving device you already own
Thomas M. Kostigen ― USA TODAY

The best lifesaving device is one you probably already own: a mobile phone.

“Cellphones have a significant role to play in allowing better access to information for all — when and where networks are available,” the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies wrote in its 2013 World Disaster Report, which looked at data from 2012.

That turned out to be a prescient observation. The IFRC reported the lowest number of deaths globally from natural disasters in a decade for 2013, and many of those lives were probably saved because of advances in technology.

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Open Thread - October 25, 2014

Democracy is not just voting for your leaders; it’s really premised upon ordinary citizens understanding the issues.
~Howard Rheingold

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