1 Thursday, March 12, New School Board Gets High Marks for Reform but Questions Remain Photo by Guy Leonard Story Page 14
2 Thursday March 12, 2015 He would always looking for a common sense solution to something, - Charlotte Hall developer John K. Parlett on the the practical philosophy of former sheriff Benjamin Burroughs who passed away Jan Weather Watch Thursday, March 12, Local News 10 Cops & Courts 11 Letters 12 Education 14 Feature 16 Obituaries 18 Business 19 Community 19 Library Calendar 22 Sports 23 Home 24 Community Calendar 26 Entertainment 26 Entertainment Calendar 27 Games 28 Classifieds 29 Business Directory 30 Senior 30 History 31 Contributing Writers Free InItIal ConsultatIon The law offices of P.a. Hotchkiss & associates Accepting: Providing Excellent Service For Over 20 Years Auto Accidents Workers comp Divorce/Separation Support/Custody Domestic Violence Criminal/Traffic DWI/MVA Hearings Power of Attorney Name Change Adoption Wills Guardianship Scan this Times Code with your smart phone 99 Smallwood Dr. Waldorf, MD 206 Washignton Ave. LaPlata, MD SERVING CHARLES ST. MARY S PG CALVERT P.O. Box 250 Hollywood, Maryland News, Advertising, Circulation, Classifieds: For staff listing and s, see page 11. (301) (301)
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5 5 Thursday, March 12, 2015 Local NEWS Commissioners Lean Towards Funding Navy Museum By Guy Leonard Staff Writer After a sometimes tense exchange Tuesday over concerns about providing more county money to help support operations and maintenance for the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum project, the Commissioners of St. Mary s County seem to have found a consensus they will provide more than $600,000 in the fiscal 2016 budget. Ed Sierra, president of the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Association and Pete Butt, vice president of the group told commissioners that their fiscal situation from donations, memberships and door entrance fees to the museum were projected to increase but the $130,000 in operating funds and $550,000 to renovate buildings that held valuable naval aviation relics were still needed. We are slowly growing from last year to this year, Butt said. The new museum is currently under construction and should be finished by late spring. Sierra and Butt offered a strategic plan and vision for the museum s future but certain commissioners were still wary of the prospect of more county support. Commissioner Todd Morgan reminded both men of the prior county agreement that stated that the county would build the new facility on county property just outside the base main gate but would turn it over to the association once completed to be run independently. Essentially you re asking us for money to help you out, Morgan said. Where s the business plan, essentially we re the banker and you re the borrower. Sierra countered by saying that when the aggrement was signed years ago the navy was financially supporting the museum but has since withdrawn from that agreement. When that agreement was signed we had the backing of the navy, Sierra said. You ask me for a business plan, I don t have that right now. Morgan said he believed providing more money now would commit the county further in the future. My concern over time is that the county will have to take over the museum, Morgan said. Commissioner Mike Hewitt, who once sat on the museum association board, amended his prior stance of bringing the museum under county auspices and instead supported giving them the money for operations and maintenance for this fiscal year only. He was critical of the last commissioner board for allowing the building to be constructed and then handed over to the association eventhough there were sustainability problems. This is a lot like giving a homeless man a new home and telling him to pay the electric bill, Hewitt said. The worst thing the county could do is let [the museum] starve to death. But he said he would not support funding beyond the current request. I support the idea of giving you this one time shot, Hewitt said. You ve got to make it work. Commissioner John O Connor said flatly that without a business plan from the association he would not support their request. Without that my answer is no, O Connor said.
6 Local NEWS By Lauren Procopio Staff Writer Fire Causes $40,000 in Damage A SUV was completely destroyed Monday night due to a fire igniting in the engine compartment of the vehicle. A neighbor notified authorities after he noticed that Michael Lorenzizi s 2002 Ford Excursion was ablaze. On March 9, around 9 p.m., roughly 20 volunteer firefighters from the Bay District and Hollywood Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the Redwood Lane residence in California. The fire originated in the vehicle s engine compartment, but it spread to the garage it was parked outside of, according to Deputy Fire Marshal John Nelson, who responded to the scene. Nelson stated firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze before it reached the residence. The preliminary cause of the fire was identified as an electrical malfunction in the vehicle; the blaze caused an estimated $40,000 in damage. Nelson said the fire completely destroyed the Ford SVU and caused moderate damage to the attached garage. No injuries resulted from this incident. By Lauren Procopio Staff Writer From starting in a broom closet to expanding to its own house, Bridge s of St. Mary s has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Megan Grabowski, who is the Educational Outreach Center (EOC) Coordinator, said it wasn t until 2001 that Bridges of St. Mary s become an official nonprofit organization. Grabowski gives credit to Terry Bonnevier for the startup of this organization. Terry Bonnevier recognized that there wasn t any type of library and after school activities for the youth of Leonard s Freehold With the help of the Leonardtown society, they put a bunch of books together in there and it became so popular they moved into what we call the Little Blue House, which is on the corner across from Leonard s Freehold and they served over 76 kids, she explained. Now, Bridge s of St. Mary s offers tutoring in the Little Blue House, summer activities for the youth and the EOC has partnered with Leonardtown Elementary School to offer tutoring to students after the school day; she stated they are looking to partner with other schools in the county. We re definitely looking to expand. We re working on partnering with Ridge and Piney Point Elementary as well [and] try and get the homework help program going in those schools. Along with the homework help at the elementary school, Grabowski said they tutor 13 elementary school students and about five middle and high school students at the Little Blue House. The organization is especially excited for the summer program they have and each year the program has a specific them last year s theme was Art. We partnered with local artists, like the Yellow Door in Leonardtown, we had some people donate some art supplies and we had an internship [with] St. Mary s College, she stated. In the past, the summer program was only offered as a half-day activity, but this summer the program will be able to host the kids for a full day; the program currently has 15 kids participating. It s the whole idea if they re being kept busy in a positive way, then they re not going to get into other trouble, Grabowski stated. Grabowski said that the current Thursday, March 12, Bridges of St. Mary s A Volunteer Organization Aimed at Helping Youth Photos Provided By Megan Grabowski services offered at the Little Blue House are specific to the families who live in Leonard s Freehold, but the organization has hopes of expanding its services. Right now it s specifically for the families who live in Leonard s Freehold, we re looking at branching out and providing it to other families. We like to have more homework houses, more Little Blue Houses; we were saying it would be great to have a Little Blue House in every neighborhood. However, she said if families have the necessary transportation to the Little Blue House, then they are welcomed to join. For more information on the Bridge s of St. Mary s, visit their website, If you would like to volunteer, contact Megan Grabowski at com or fill out the application form on the Bridge s of St. Mary s website.
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8 Local NEWS Thursday, March 12, Mayor Won t Try to Stop Library Project By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Leonardtown Mayor Dan Burris told the Town Council and residents Monday that he would not try to stop the construction of a new library within the town limits even if it was not placed downtown as he and several other council members wished. Councilmembers Leslie Roberts and Roger Mattingly both threw there support behind those on the board of the Commissioners of St. Mary s County who want to see the new library built on the Hayden property where the new Capt. Walter Francis Duke Elementary School is under construction. Burris had argued in a letter to the county commissioners two weeks ago that the library would better serve town economic development interests if it were placed in the Lawrence Avenue area of town where a Montgomery Countybased developer has offered to donate land for it. I feel that this is a win-win for all of us, Burris said of his plan. Others who oppose the idea say that it would be better placed for community use on the Hayden property where a senior center is also planned. Roberts said pushing for the library to be put on the site in the down town could put the entire project in jeopardy. We need a new library and we need it now, Roberts said. The most important issue is to get the library built. Councilmember Tom Combs said he would not try to stop the library project either despite his preference to have it downtown. Every business in town would directly benefit, Combs said. But I wouldn t fight it if it went to the Hayden Farm. Clark s Rest Road Work To Snarl Traffic By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Construction continues at the Clark s Rest housing development on Route 5 in Leonardtown and the developer of the project, Marrick Homes, is planing on opening up the intersection with the town s main thoroughfare and town leaders are warning that it will be a major inconvenience. It s going to be very disruptive in the best of circumstances, said Town Councilmember Tom Combs. It s going to get on people s nerves. The opening of the intersection will also mean replacing pipes under the roadway, Combs said at Monday s town council meeting. They ll be lucky if they can complete it before the fall, Combs said. Town Administrator Laschelle McKay said the work could last as long as a year, with most of it taking place at night. It s probably going to start next month, McKay said, adding that Marrick was restricted by the State Highway Administration from starting until the spring due to the cold weather conditions recently. McKay said there were about 30,000 vehicles passing through Leonardtown on that strip of Route 5 everyday. It s a busy, busy road, she said. FRAUDULENT ID RECOGNITION TRAINING offered by the Community Alcohol Coalition in partnership with St. Mary s County Sheriff s Department FREE Training! Compliance is critical! Training for servers, sellers, management and owners on correct alcohol and tobacco sales and service. Participants receive a Certificate of Completion and resource materials. Location: Bay District Volunteer Fire Dept., S. Shangri-La Drive, Lexington Park, MD Date & Time: Thurs., March 26, 2015; Choose either 10 AM 12 PM or 1 3 PM time slots Trainer: Cpl. James R. Stone, Alcohol Enforcement Coordinator RSVP by March 24th to: Kendall Wood, Program Coordinator Phone:
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10 Thursday, March 12, Cops & COURTS Lexington Park Man Charged with First- Degree Assault By Lauren Procopio Staff Writer Philip H. Dorsey III Attorney at Law - SERIOUS ACCIDENT, INJURY - Personal Injury Wrongful Death Auto/Truck Crashes A Lexington Park man was charged with multiple crimes after he allegedly pulled a knife on a woman in the Prince Frederick Walmart. On March 3, around 7 p.m., deputies from the sheriff s office responded to the establishment for a report of an assault in progress. Authorities have identified Andre Devon Dickens, 31, of Lexington Park, as the suspect. Deputy Rector searched the suspect and found a knife in the suspect s left coat pocket. Police stated Dickens allegedly chased a female acquaintance into the store and once he was in the establishment he began pushing customers and employees, causing at least one individual to fall to the ground. Detective Wells was the first officer on scene and detained Dickens with the help of an off-duty officer from a different jurisdiction. Once the suspect was apprehended, police obtained written statements from numerous patrons and employees, which police said corroborated with the alleged actions of the suspect. One witness stated she noticed what was happening and attempted to leave the store with her small child. Dickens approached her and began cursing at her and pushed her across the floor. An employee stepped between the suspect and the mother; Dickens then allegedly threw a cart at the employee, striking her hand. According to police, Deputy Rector was awaiting the arrival of a jail van to transport the suspect when Dickens kicked the deputy in the shin. Dickens was believed to be under the influence of alcohol during the assault, according to police. Dickens was charged with first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree assault, second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct. Dickens is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in District Court on April 9 at 1 p.m. Pharmacy & Drug Injuries Workers Compensation Medical Malpractice LEONARDTOWN: TOLL FREE: Deaths of Two Women Still Under Investigation By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Officials with the state Medical Examiners Office in Baltimore say they have not reached a full conclusion on the circumstances that led to the shooting death of two women in Chaptico over the weekend but they have determined that one death was a suicide. Both women, Janet Little, 45, and Victoria Reeves, 58, who lived at the same address on Rivendell Way, were found dead suffering from single gun shot wounds to the head, according to Bruce Goldfarb, public information officer for the examiner s office. Little s death has been ruled as a suicide, Goldfarb told The County Times, but there has been no determination as to whether Reeves death was either a homicide or suicide. Police sources with knowledge of the investigation said a note was found at the home where the two women were found telling whoever found it to call the police and not enter the home. Goldfarb said it could take days or weeks to come up with an official report on the deaths. There really is no time table on it, Goldfarb said. Sheriff s office investigators say the investigation is continuing. SHERIFF S BLOTTER The following information is compiled directly from publicly released police reports. Domestic Assault On March 3, 2015, Corporal Smolarsky responded to a residence on Goddard Court in Leonardtown for an assault. The victim alleged, suspect Anitra Sharell Young, age 30, of Leonardtown, struck the victim with a hammer during an argument. Young also struck the victim in the face with her fists causing visible injuries. Young was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary s County Detention Center. She was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE # Domestic Assault On March 4, 2015, Corporal Reppel responded to a residence on Altman Court in Lexington Park, for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect Maurice Isaiah Thompson, age 29, of Lexington Park, grabbed the victim by the throat and attempted to strangle the victim. When the victim tried to get free, Thompson struck the victim in the face. Thompson was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE # Violation Protective Order On March 4, 2015, Deputy Teague responded to the area of Worth Avenue where Sergeant Safford has conducted a traffic stop. The suspect, identified as Terry Lynn Brown, age 45, of Chesapeake Beach, indicated he had a no contact order against him with the protected party being the front seat passenger. The order was confirmed and Brown was placed under arrest. He was transported to the St. Mary s County Detention Center and charged with Violation Protective Order. CASE # Anitra Young Maurice Thompson Terry Brown Sexual Offense/Assault On March 6, 2015, Deputy Muschette responded to a residence on Lucca Way for a reported assault. The victim alleged to have been asleep and was awakened by suspect Valdeci Fonseca Obrien, age 35, of Avenue, touching the victim's body in a sexual manner without the victim s permission. Obrien was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault and 4th Degree Sexual Offense. CASE # Valdeci Obrien
11 11 Thursday, March 12, 2015 Letters to the EDITOR Dear Editor, The County Commissioners just issued a proclamation recognizing March as disability awareness month. We hope everyone will take a moment and reflect on how it would be to have barriers to overcome in order to carry out their daily routine. Our neighbors with special needs go to the grocery store, the bank, the transfer station, use computers, telephones, public rest rooms, public transportation and visit county facilities just like the rest of us. Most of them are not looking for help in the traditional sense but would appreciate services and/or accommodations that would remove barriers that hinder their independence. We all should keep in mind that any of us or a loved one I would like to support building the new library where Lawrence Street intersects Park Avenue in Leonardtown, where free land was offered. My reasons are as follows: 1. The state has a program that encourages the building of facilities in urban centers to eliminate unnecessary driving. Thus, there may be funds for the planning and/or building of our library. 2. Building the library one block from the historic center offers many parking sites, the ability to do a variety of activities at one time, and a location that is within walking distance for the students of the College of Southern Maryland. 3. It puts the library at a place where libraries are usually found, in an urban center where people come to do may things, this making it convenient for them could suddenly have an unforeseen accident, military injury or disease resulting in a special need whether it is physical, emotional or intellectual. We want to thank the Commissioners for issuing the proclamation and we encourage everyone to keep in mind those with special needs not only during the month of March but throughout the year. Sincerely, David A. Ryan Commission for People with Disabilities Chair Hollywood, Md. Dear Editor, and strengthening the urban core. 4. It preserves the remaining area of the Hayden site for the future middle school, providing a strong educational bloc. For these reasons, the St. Mary s County Commissioners, considering a smaller size new library, should definitely put the library in the historic center of Leonardtown. Sincerely, Dr. Herbert Winnik History, Professor Emeritus, St. Mary s College of Maryland LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD To Submit a Letter to the Editor, your letter to or mail to: P.O. Box 250 Hollywood, MD In Support of Funding the Naval Air Musuem I had the opportunity to attend the Board of County Commissioners quarterly public forum on Tuesday, March 10, where one of the topics of discussion was funding for the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. There have been numerous articles in our local media lately questioning the use of county tax dollars to support the museum. Some have argued that federal funds should be allocated since it is a U.S. Navy museum. What folks don t seem to realize is that virtually every dollar circulating in the St. Mary s County economy today originated as a federal tax dollar. Those dollars came into our county when they were paid as salaries to military personnel, U.S. government civil servants, and DoD contractors who live, work, and spend their money in our county, and when the federal government paid for products and services in our county. As such, when our commissioners allocate county tax dollars, a large portion of those dollars are in fact federal tax dollars. Had Naval Air Station Patuxent River never been built in 1942 and had the Naval Air System Command never moved their headquarters to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in 1997, it s likely that St. Mary s County would still be the sleepy little farming community it was back in 1940, simply struggling to survive while the rest of Maryland and the nation passed it by. Despite 3,260 percent and 470 percent increases in U.S. and Maryland populations respectively between 1790 and 1940, the St. Mary s County population remained flat at 14,900 (+/- 2,200) over that same 150- year period. The county population in 1940 was actually 918 less than it was in 1790, but in 2010 it was 105,151 according to census data, a 620 percent increase from Since then our county population has grown an average of 12,900 every decade. It was the U.S. Navy and the federal government, which brought that growth and commensurate tax revenue to our county. I m not a big fan of needlessly spending tax dollars at any level of government, but if our commissioners are going to spend my county tax dollars, then I wouldn t mind seeing them spent on something which recognizes the most significant contributor to the economic engine of St. Mary s County over the past seven decades. Perhaps the name of the museum should be changed from Patuxent River Naval Air Museum to St. Mary s County Economic Engine Museum? Mike McGinn California, Md. P.O. Box 250 Hollywood, Maryland News, Advertising, Circulation, Classifieds: James Manning McKay - Founder Eric McKay - Associate Tobie Pulliam - Office Kasey Russell - Graphic Guy Leonard - Reporter - Government, Lauren Procopio - Reporter - Business, Sarah Miller- Reporter - Sales Contributing Writers: Emily Charles Megan Conway Haley Wood Ron Guy Laura Joyce Debra Meszaros Shelby Oppermann Linda Reno Terri Schlichenmeyer Doug Watson
12 Thursday, March 12, Education April Events at CSM St. Mary s County CSM Connections Literary Series: W.D. Ehrhart. 7:30 p.m., April 3. College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium, Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. W.D. Erhart is an awardwinning poet who began writing when he was 15 years old. Exclusively a poet until he was almost 30, the Vietnam Veteran has since written and published a wide variety of nonfiction prose from 400-word newspaper commentaries to 40-page scholarly essays to 400-page personal narratives. $3 in advance, $5 at the event, $3 with CSM Student ID. Free to active duty military and veterans. csmd.edu, , edu/connections/. CSM Lecture: Identifying Unhealthy Relationships. 2:30-4 p.m., April 7. College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus, Building C, Room 216, Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. Michelle Corley from the Center for Abused Persons will provide information about ways to identify unhealthy relationships, including domestic violence and sexual abuse, and provide resources for participants. Free , CSM Splash for Scholarships p.m., April 25. College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus, Wellness and Aquatics Center, Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. The College of Southern Maryland Foundation is hosting a poolside celebration to mark the fifth anniversary of the Leonardtown Campus Wellness and Aquatics Center and fabric the store...for home decor $19 95 per Panel Patterns/Colors to raise funds for student scholarships. The Splash for Scholarships event will include music and dancing, silent auction, seashoreinspired cuisine and umbrella drinks, poolside games and a CSM Strongman Competition. $50. Sponsorships available through April 1. CSM Latin Ensemble. 7:30 p.m., April 29. College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus, Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. CSM s Latin Music Festival will feature performances by CSM s Latin Ensemble Ritmo Caché under the direction of Dr. Stephen Johnson and a guest professional group. There will also be a salsa workshop and free buffet. $5 in advance, $7 day of event , csmd.edu/arts/latinensemble/index.html. Calvert County CSM Lecture: Identifying Unhealthy Relationships. 2:30-4 p.m., April 2. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. Michelle Corley from the Center for Abused Persons will provide information about ways to identify unhealthy relationships, including domestic violence and sexual abuse, and provide resources for participants. Free , Diversity. CSM Ward Virts Concert Series: Jeremy Koch, saxophone; Yu-Hsuan Liao, piano. 3 p.m., April 12. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room 104, 115 J.W. Williams Road, New Store Hours Tuesday - Saturday 10-5 Closed Sunday & Monday Valued up to $ Three Notch Road Mechanicsville, MD Prince Frederick. The Ward Virts Concert Series presents saxophonist Jeremy Koch and pianist Yu-Hsuan Liao. Koch, an active saxophonist, chamber musician and teacher, has been a member of the United States Air Force band since Liao is a piano soloist, collaborative artist and music educator. She has worked with the American Repertory Ensemble and played in the company s performance series. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Limited seating. Free , CSM Barbershop Extravaganza. 7:30 p.m., April 20. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. Southern Mix, directed by Paul Douglass, is a men s barbershop chorus which rehearses on CSM s La Plata Campus. $5 in advance, $7 day of event. edu, , Charles County CSM Tri-County Job and Career Fair a.m. to 2 p.m., April 7. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Physical Education (PE) Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. The College of Southern Maryland is holding the Tri-County Job and Career Fair for students, alumni and community members who are seeking employment opportunities. Job seekers will have the opportunity to meet with employers in areas ranging from information technology and health care to hospitality and government. There will be representatives from more than 25 businesses. Free , CSM Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery: Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. April 8 to May 4. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building, Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Paintings in broad brush strokes, photos in captivating focus and sculptures molded with playfulness are among the types of artwork showcased each spring as part of the College of Southern Maryland Annual Juried Student Art Show presented in the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday. An award reception will take place beginning at 2:30 p.m., April 14. Free CSM Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition Reception. 2:30 p.m., April 14. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building, Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Finalists in the CSM Annual Juried Student Art Show will present and discuss their works. Free html. CSM Latin Music Festival Concert. 8 p.m., April College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building, Theater, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. CSM s Latin Music Festival will feature performances by CSM s Latin Ensemble Ritmo Caché under the direction of Dr. Stephen Johnson and a guest professional group. $5 in advance, $7 day of event , LatinEnsemble/index.html. CSM Latin Music Workshop and Buffet. 5 p.m., April 11. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building, Theater, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. CSM s Latin Music Festival will include a Latin music workshop followed by a buffet featuring Hispanic and American food. Free , csmd.edu/arts/latinensemble/index.html. CSM Clothesline Project Survivor Speaker Series. 2:30-4 p.m., April 14. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Room 113E, 8730 Mitchell Rd, La Plata. As part of the Clothesline Project, author and survivor Yvonne Meddle will be sharing her personal story of abuse, survival and triumph. Free , CSM Student Success Mid-Atlantic Conference. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 17. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI) Building, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. This one-day conference for educators, administrators and staff from kindergarten through college will highlight best practices in teaching through workshops and peer discussion. Conference tracks include teaching approaches and strategies, student preparedness, technology, general interest and effective teaching of STEM. Includes keynote address by Dr. Pamela McCauley, author, award-winning educator and professor leading the Human Factors in Disaster Management Research Team at the University of Central Florida, networking and lunch. $80 through April 3, then $ , csmd.edu/studentsuccess/registration.html. CSM Jazz Festival. 8 p.m., April College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building, Theater, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Directed by Randy Runyon, Solid Brass is CSM s jazz ensemble is joined by guest artist Matt Harris, a jazz educator, composer, arranger and performer who is from the Los Angeles studio scene. Harris is the director of jazz studies at California State Northridge. Workshops for area high school students will also be featured. $5 in advance, $7 day of , CSM Women + Math = Infinite Possibilities. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., April 18. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. This one-day event will feature workshops, presentations and discussions designed to inform young women on careers that rely heavily on math. Keynote address by Dr. Pamela McCauley, author, awardwinning educator and professor leading the Human Factors in Disaster Management Research Team at the University of Central Florida. Open to young women ages 13 and older as well as high school math teachers and parents. The workshops will cover various subjects, including architecture, electrical engineering, microbiology and veterinary medicine. Free. Registration deadline is April 10. For information, visit WAMinfo.html, or csmd.edu. CSM Renaissance Festival Choral Concert. 7:30 p.m., April 23. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building, Theater, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Local professional and school groups will kick off CSM s Renaissance Festival with a performance of Renaissance vocal music. $5 in advance, $7 day of event. edu, , For information on all upcoming events at CSM, visit and connect to the calendar.
13 13 Thursday, March 12, 2015 Education Annual Forrest Center Mulch Sale Fundraiser Underway The Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center is conducting its Annual Mulch Sale. You may purchase mulch now through Thursday, March 26. The fundraiser, known at the school as Mulch Madness, benefits the Forrest Center s SkillsUSA chapter. All orders will be available for pick-up on Friday, April 10 from 4 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday, April 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Three different types of mulch are being sold. Brown, double shredded hardwood mulch comes in in giant 3 cubic foot bags. Red and black cedar mulch is available in 2 cubic foot bags. All bags cost $4.50, tax included. You may also be able to claim a tax deduction of $1.20 for each bag purchased. The Forrest Center s SkillsUSA chapter is among the most successful in the state and annually must fundraise over $25,000 to cover the cost of leadership training, chapter activities and regional, state & national competitions. For more information, contact Mrs. Bonnie Skinner at , x28201 or at Educational Grant Buys Books at Greenview Knolls Make a lifestyle change for the better! If you or a loved one is at risk for diabetes, it s time to take charge of your health. Consider participating in this class designed to eliminate possible risk factors through making simple, healthier changes in your life. Simple Changes is a one-of-a-kind class meant to support positive lifestyle changes in individuals that can prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes. The course includes 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly sessions. An optional support group is offered after the course is complete. OUR PROGRAM INCLUDES: Free body composition screenings, weekly handouts, giveaways, and lifestyle coach support between sessions. Each session will cover a different topic, from healthy eating tips to exercise and long-term change. REGISTER NOW! Sat., March 21, 2015* 9 to 10 a.m. or Wed., March 25, 2015* 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Health Connections, Suite 250 St. Mary s Outpatient Pavilion Cost is $99 per participant For more information or to register, call Pre-registration is required Lifelong Skills for Healthy Living! * Class days are not interchangeable. This year-long program consists of 16 weekly sessions followed by additional monthly sessions. Photos Courtesy of Greenview Knolls Greenview Knolls Elementary School recently received $1,000 from a Target Educational Grant. This money was used to purchase 854 books for our students personal home libraries, as well as 330 books to be divided into sets to be used by the teachers in the classroom. MedStarStMarys.org
14 Feature Story Thursday, March 12, New School Board Gets High Marks for Reform but Questions Remain By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Karin Bailey Rita Weaver Photos by Guy Leonard The election members to the Board of Education of St. Mary s County and a new superintendent have gone a long way to restoring confidence from the public and other elected officials observers say after years of what critics called a lack of transparency and too much centralization of authority on Moakley Street in Leonardtown. Board Member Mary Washington said that a new spirit has come to the board with the election of Karin Bailey and Rita Weaver as chair and vice chair, and Schools Superintendent J. Scott Smith. Frankly, she said, after the problems the school system had with relations with the Commissioners of St. Mary s County and a $6 million budget shortfall due to bad budgeting for health care costs, trust in the school system was in short supply until recently. Trust between the board and county commissioners was abysmal, Washington told Wednesday, but added Smith s repair efforts have brought the situation around. His first action was to reestablish trust. He s an open and upfront guy. Board Member Cathy Allen said the budget problems had helped focus the board. I think we learn from everything that comes before us, Allen said. Smith s uncomplicated budget submission to the county for an extra $7.2 million over last year s request came down to teacher pay increases and opening the new Capt. Walter Francis Duke Elementary School in Leonardtown and he has made his contract and salary public by posting them on the schools website. This a departure from former superintendent Michael Martirano who did not make his contract public unless under repeated questioning and was chided along with the school board by the commissioner board last year for last minute requests to bailout the system s fiscal 2014 budget deficit. Weaver said they decided to make Smith s interim status permanent quickly to ensure that the school system had strong and competent leadership. It was one of the most important things the new board could do, Weaver said. If we left that out there there would be all these questions about where we were going as a school system, Weaver said, who has taken an active interest in getting more details about system purchases and procurement. She says that is in keeping with her campaign pledge of more open and transparent business at the board level. My goals have not changed, that s to be transparent and bring things to light, Weaver said. To ask the question Is this really the best bang for our buck? Bailey, the board chair, said the more open discussions at the board level were evidence not only of a more collaborative attitude but of a willingness to provide more information on the internal workings of the school system to the general public. It s also to educate the public, Bailey said. It s our job to educate the public because it s their money. I think there s a lot more information coming forward. Citizen activists and county elected leaders agree. I really appreciate this new board and the new superintendent, said Commissioner Tom Jarboe. We have open and respectful conversations where it used to be a hostile relationship. Eruptions between county commissioners and board members and Martirano, usually over budgetary issues, were famously noted in the press with both sides trading barbs back and forth in the media. Board members would often comment about how the county would continually underfund the school system while commissioners like Todd Morgan would accuse the system of presenting budgets that had more smoke and mirrors than Harry Potter. That has really dissipated now, Jarboe said. David Ryan, a civic activist and member of the county s Commission on People with Disabilities, said the new board has made a nearly complete turn from the attitude of the previous one. I think what s happening now is a huge step in the right direction, Ryan said. The meetings are far more relaxed and interactive. It really is like it should be. Yet he still had an issue with the new board because they have not acted to rescind a resolution made under the old board that accused current board member Marilyn Crosby of wrongdoing for allegedly leaking personnel information about a candidate seeking to become interim superintendent after Martirano s departure to head up West Virginia schools. An investigation conducted by a lawyer hired by the board found that Crosby had sent an to reporters stating that Deputy Superintendent Brad Clements had removed his name from consideration after a story broke in about his candidacy and salary requirements. Board members queried by last year said that Clements candidacy was revealed to them by then-board Chair Salvatore Raspa individually and not in executive session as a deliberative body.
15 15 Thursday, March 12, 2015 Cathy Allen The investigation was not able to prove that Crosby was the one who actually released that personnel information to reporters only that she sent out an informing the media of Clements withdrawal from the candidacy. When the prior board voted to censure Crosby, effectively asking the state board to remove her from office, Washington abstained. She now explains why. I thought that it did not rise to that level, Washington said of the allegations against Crosby. I don t think we should be in the business of disenfranchising voters. He [the independent investigator hired by the board] didn t have any conclusive evidence to show she released personnel information to the press. Bailey said the new board has not taken up a vote to rescind the censure because it was important for the charges to be played out in front of an administrative law judge. With where it is now we ve assured ourselves we have an independent person who is hearing the case in order to give everyone a fair hearing, Bailey said. Ryan said the new board could at leaset inform the state they did not support moving forward with Crosby s censure. I m disappointed, Ryan said. They surely can take exception to what the last board did. When contacted about the investigation, Crosby said she was not concerned about it. It s moving along, she said. The truth is beginning to come out. Over 250,000 Southern Marylanders can t be wrong! Your Online Community for Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary s Counties
16 Obituaries Thursday, March 12, runs complimentary obituaries as submitted by funeral homes and readers. We run them in the order we receive them. Any submissions that come to after noon on Tuesdays may run in the following week s edition. Robert Harold (Bobby) Dorsch Jr., 77 Robert Harold (Bobby) Dorsch, Jr., 77, of Leonardtown, Md. passed away peacefully on Feb. 25 in his home in Greenwood, Del. with his loving wife, Rebecca Sowash Dorsch and stepson, David at his side. He was born on June 27, 1937 in Washington, D.C. to Robert Harold Sr. and Mary Alice Vallandingham Dorsch. He loved the farm life and water of Southern Maryland. Bobby worked many years as a civil servant for NAVSEA at Pax River and Webster Field, Maryland. He was an electronic technician and worked on almost every aircraft carrier on both coasts of the United States. He was respected and loved by his coworkers throughout his years of service. He retired from the Civil Service and enjoyed fishing, crabbing and boating in waters of the Potomac River and Breton Bay. He also loved his many birds (parakeets, cockatiels, and parrots), especially RB. He is survived by his wife: Rebecca, and stepson, David of Greenwood, Delaware; his brother, John Wayne Dorsch of Leonardtown, Md.; and four daughters: Debora Brubaker (Richard), Sheryl Goss (Steven), Patricia Dorsch, and Laura Calvano (Stephen). He was also survived by his nephews and nieces: Wayne and Amy, Cindy and David Dorsch. He had 14 grandchildren: Dawn Parsons (Chad), Melissa Farr (Ryan), Joshua Goss (Amanda), Jonathan Brubaker (Faddwa), Janice Rakes (Corey), John Calvano (Cece), Jason Goss (Katie), Matthew Brubaker (Suzanne), Aaron Goss, Elise MacIntosh (Matt), Adam Brubaker (Lane), Amy Goss, Derek Calvano and Andrew Goss. He is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Robert Dorsch. Donations in memory of Bobby Dorsch may be made to The Salvation Army, St. Mary s County Service Unit c/o Catholic Community Services, PO Box 113, Avenue, Md Dorothy Gertrude Dunbar, 93 Dorothy Gertrude Dunbar, 93 of Lexington Park, Md. passed away March 3 at her residence. Born on April 14, 1921, in Ridge Md., she is the daughter of the late John Herbert Cullison and Sara Russell Lewis. Dorothy was a lifetime resident of Ridge, Md. She married her beloved husband, Alexander Beal Buster Dunbar who preceded her in death in She worked as a dental assistant retiring after 16 years. She was a wonderful mother and wife and the greatest Grandma ever. Her greatest love was her family whom she loved and cared for very much. She was a member of St. Mary s Parrish and St. Mary s Episcopal Ladies. She is survived by her children Margaret D. Clarke (Ned) of Lexington Park, Md., and Alexander B. Dunbar (Virginia) of Ridge, Md.; 4 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband she was predeceased by her sister, Alice Taylor. Dorothy was lovingly attended by her three devoted and dedicated care givers, Kristen McDermott, Aylene Cruz and Loretta Postell. Family received friends on Sunday, March 8 from 3 to 5 p.m.., with a prayer service at 5 p.m., at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Md A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 9 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Trinity Church Road, St. Mary s City, Md. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 456, Ridge, MD and Animal Welfare League, P.O. Box 1232, Leonardtown, Md Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. Pearl Christine Faunce Morgan, 73 Pearl Christine Faunce Morgan, 73 of Avenue, Md. passed away March 5 at St. Mary s Nursing Center in Leonardtown, Md. Born on August 11, 1940, in Palmers, Md., she is the daughter of the late Francis Henry Faunce and Pearl Elizabeth Bean. On July 15, 1961, Chrissy married her beloved husband, Francis Leroy Morgan, at St. Joseph s Catholic Church. Together they celebrated 53 years of marriage before his passing in August She was employed as a dedicated Cafeteria Aide by the St. Mary s County Board of Education; she drove a school bus for the St. Mary s County Public Schools; and she also worked as a dishwasher at the Halfway House. Her hobbies included canning, working in her flower beds, going on family vacations and reunions, and hosting delicious family dinners with all the trimmings. She loved her family, friends and pet poodles, Peppie and Cocoa. She is survived by her sister, Nell Morris of Avenue, Md.; her godchildren, Janet Murphy of Clements, Md., Jeffrey Bennett of California, Md., Shannon Harrington of Leonardtown, Md.; 14 nephews; 11 nieces; many great nieces and nephews; cousins and extended family and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her siblings, Henry Faunce, Sam Faunce, Frank Faunce, Helen Gass, Rebecca Gass, Elizabeth Beibers, Dorothy Jean Wood, Mary Jo Bourgatt, Hazel McVeigh, Marie Thompson, and Lydia Bennett. Family received friends for Christine s Life Celebration on Wednesday, March 11 from 5 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, March 12 at All Saints Episcopal Church, Route 470 & Oakley Rd., Avenue, Md Interment will follow at Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown, Md. Serving as pallbearers will be Walter Brooks, Michael Murphy, Pat Wood, Richard Wood, Jimmy Morris, and Patrick Brooks. Honorary pallbearers will be Andy Pilkerton, Leroy Russell, and Bob Wood. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7, Avenue, Md Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. Czeslaw Czes S. J. Covington, 52 On the morning of March 1, Czeslaw Czes S. J. Covington passed away at his home in Lexington Park, Md. following an illness. He was the son of Alicja Czarnetska (nee Gawdzik) and Antoni Czarnetski whom preceded him in death. Czes was born in Brandon, Suffolk U.K. on May 25, On Feb. 13, 1986 he married Christine Mary Ballard in Leonardtown Md. Czes enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country until his Honorable Discharge. For over 20 years Czes served with dedication. Czes served in many different positions supporting multiple programs including F-14, F/A-18, Air Combat Electronics, and Naval Air Traffic Management Systems. Czes was very proud of his many accomplishments and could regale you with detailed stories of his jobs and experiences. Czes was especially proud of his work as the Integrated Product Team Leader for the F-14 Airframes and Mechanical Sub-systems. In these positions, Czes was recognized for his innovation and creativity in identifying and developing sources for F-14 aircraft component remanufacturing and repair. Czes developed a reputation for using new technology to solve old problems. It was said that he had the ability to look beyond the horizon to seek out different approaches to recurring maintainability and reliability problems. Czes carried this spirit with him in all endeavors throughout his career. He was passionate about his work, doing it right the first time, and he was always looking out for the fleet maintainers. Czes enjoyed riding his vintage Honda motorcycle, all genres of music, cooking for his family and friends. Czes will be greatly missed and is remembered as always being sensitive to his friends feelings and problems offering a friendly ear and words of pragmatic advice. He was always available to lend a helping hand. Czes is survived by his wife, Christine Mary Covington; his son, Bradly Jozef Covington, his brother, Tadeusz; and sisters, Jadwiga, Krissy and Monica. Family will receive friends on Thursday, March 12 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, Md. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Marco Schad at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at a later date in Brandon, Suffolk, U.K. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made in Czes name to the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. Please indicate In Memoriam of Czes Covington, via the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum website or by mail to Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, Md Special thanks to the Lexington Park Rescue Squad. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. Darlene Marie Dee Dee Jones, 46 Darlene Marie Dee Dee Jones, 46, of Lexington Park, Md. passed away on March 4 at MedStar St. Mary s Hospital, Leonardtown, Md. Born July 4, 1968 in Prince Frederick, Md., she was the daughter of Charles E. Jones and the late Patricia (Caldwell) Jones. Dee Dee graduated from Calvert High School in 1986 and was a hair stylist. She is survived by her father, Charles E. Jones of Lothian, Md.; her daughter, Brianna Henriques; and siblings, Bobby Jones of Port Republic, John Jones of Fort Collins, CO, and Mike Jones of St. Leonard, Md. A memorial service was held on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Rausch Funeral Home, 20 American Lane, Lusby, Md Condolences to the family may be made at Alfred Raymond Toone, 79 Alfred Raymond Toone, age 79, of Tracy s Landing, Md. passed away March 2 at his residence. He was born September 5, 1935 in Washington D.C. to Raymond Franklin and Mildred Elizabeth (Caton) Toone. Al was a 1953 graduate of Bell Vocational & Technical Institute and went on to serve a four year apprenticeship with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local He went to work for W.T. Gallagher in Georgetown. In the early 1960 s Al founded T & W Woodworking, an architectural millwork company, with a partner, Robert Williams for many years. His craftsmanship can be seen in churches, museums, restaurants and government office buildings throughout Washington,