Thursday, April 24, 2014
Flashback:  Message to board: Stop building
Maryland Independent

Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010

I find it absolutely absurd that the Charles County commissioners want to continue to push the building process in Cliffton on the Potomac.

I am not sure how anybody who lives in Charles County already is OK with the ridiculous amount of housing being built now or planned for the future. School class sizes are too big already, (and wait for this upcoming year when the classes get even bigger due to the lack of new teacher hires from budget cuts).

Charles County must stop building. Period. No new homes, no future developments. Let’s focus on cleaning up our areas first, and helping those in need instead of slamming communities with unneeded housing.


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Charles County Commissioners Meeting Video

Date:  04/22/2014


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BOE may take a $5 million hit as Charles seeks to remedy budget gap
Joseph Norris ― THEBAYNET.COM

Charles County Finance Director David Eicholtz told the Charles County Commissioners April 22 that the Board of Education may have to face a $5 million cut from the Capital Improvement Projects portion of their budget.

Citing a $5.3 million gap in the FY 2015 budget, Eicholtz suggested that the expanse be forded using BOE’s slice of the pie, which represents 45.1 percent of the almost $400 million staff is requesting for the coming year.

“Our staff recommendation for the amount currently out of balance would come from BOE,” Eicholtz told the commissioners.

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Arts Alliance Presents “Meet the Artists” Public Reception

The Charles County Arts Alliance presents the second “Meet the Artists” Public Reception of 2014 on Saturday, May 3, at the Waldorf West Library, located at 10405 O’Donnell Place Waldorf, Maryland.  The reception takes place from 3:00 - 5:00 pm, in the main gallery located on the first floor.  Light refreshments will be served.  The event is free and open to the public.

The Charles County Arts Alliance manages four separate gallery spaces year-round on two floors of the Waldorf West Library, in partnership with the Charles County Public Library.  The current exhibit is the sixth art show to be presented by the Arts Alliance since the Waldorf West Library opened in November 2012.  The exhibit runs through June 27, 2014, and the theme is “Artists Choice.”

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Two parents’ groups call meeting on drug problem

The classic line from the movie Network—“We’re as mad as hell, and we’re not going to take this anymore” – may describe how many parents feel about the youth drug problem in Southern Maryland. Two parents’ organizations have formed in the area recently to deal with the problem. The two,Parents of Teens Unite and Parents Affected By Addiction, are holding a public meeting on Thursday, April 24 that they have billed as “Taking Back Our Families.” The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California.
According to a Facebook page set up to publicize the meeting on Thursday: “The purpose of this meeting is to discuss ideas for addressing the Southern MD drug crisis. Please invite friends and other parents and come with recommendations for action. I am inviting St. Mary’s County Government officials but if you know people in Calvert or Charles County Government invite them. It takes a village and we need to get the parents involved. We need to educate ourselves and take action.

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2014 Road Ready e‐Brochure
The Maryland State Highway Administration

Spring and summer in Maryland offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities easily reachable by a short road trip. These seasons also offer the best weather for road construction, which is often most active during “off-peak” times. To keep your road trip from turning into a slow-moving construction tour, the State Highway Administration (SHA) created “Road Ready,” a listing of major projects across the State to help motorists avoid construction zones.

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As Pentagon budget shrinks, military forcing officers out

After the 9/11 attacks, tens of thousands of young men and women joined the military, heading for the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and dusty deserts of Iraq.

Many of them now are officers in the Army with multiple combat deployments under their belts. But as the wars wind down and Pentagon budgets shrink, a lot of them are being told they have to leave.

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AT&T joins crowded field with online video plans

AT&T and an investment firm run by former News Corp. executive Peter Chernin have formed an online video venture that could rival Netflix and Hulu.

AT&T Inc. and Chernin Group said Tuesday that they have committed more than $500 million in funding toward the venture. They are not saying how much each company is investing.

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Carroll County to consider proposed ethics ordinance
Christian Alexandersen ― Carroll County Times

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners will consider adopting a new county ethics ordinance that would require people running for office, elected officials and certain county employees to disclose more information than previously required.

In 2010, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation that mandated local governments adopt ethics laws that are as or more stringent than the state’s laws. The legislation requires making substantial changes to several areas of the county code, including chapters on conflicts of interest and financial disclosure.

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Small Wyoming town evacuated after gas explosion

A small town in southwest Wyoming was evacuated Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing facility and major national pipeline hub. There were no reports of injuries.

The gas has been shut off, but people who were in Opal, about 100 miles northeast of Salt Lake City, went to an area about 3 miles outside of town as a precaution, said Lincoln County spokesman Stephen Malik. The town has about 95 residents.

“They were downwind from the plant,” said Lincoln County Sheriff Shane Johnson. “The fire was still very active, and because of the nature of the processing that goes on there, that was the call that was made for safety reasons.”

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FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

While the proposal being issued Thursday won’t immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry.

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Tech Tips: Add 2nd layer of protection online

If the Heartbleed security threat teaches us anything, it’s that passwords don’t offer total protection.

Browsers are supposed to keep passwords and other sensitive data safe, but a technical flaw in a widely used padlock security technology allows hackers to grab the information anyway. Even without this latest discovery, there have been countless disclosures of hackers breaking in to grab usernames and passwords, plus credit card numbers and more.

That’s why many security experts recommend a second layer of authentication—typically in the form of a numeric code sent as a text message. If you’re logging in to a website from your laptop, for example, you enter your password first. Then you type in the code you receive via text to verify that it’s really you and not a hacker.

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FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards

The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called “last mile” connection to people’s homes, but enhance scrutiny of such deals so they don’t harm competition or limit free speech.

That’s according to a senior FCC official familiar with the matter who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is to present the proposed rules to the other commissioners on Thursday.

So-called “net neutrality” rules are hotly debated because without them, consumers’ ability to freely access certain types of content could be constrained by giant conglomerates for business, political or other reasons.

Related USA TODAY article: FCC proposes allowing streamers to strike ISP deals

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Ticketbuster: D.C. procedure exposes thousands of Md. and…
Ari Ashe ― WTOP

...Va. drivers to bad tickets

Thousands of drivers each year receive delinquency notices in the mail for tickets that don’t belong to them, a WTOP Ticketbuster investigation has found.

Drivers’ complaints helped uncover a larger problem in the ticketing program in the District of Columbia that lacks proper safeguards to protect innocent drivers, mostly from Maryland and Virginia.

“I got a notice in the mail in October saying that I had a parking ticket in D.C. in September, on a day that I was at work in Bethesda,” says Jenn Idol, who says she never goes into D.C. “They had my license plate right, but they said the plate number belonged to a Mercedes, which I do not own. I own a Toyota.”

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Open Thread - April 24, 2014


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