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GET READY FOR THE ANNUAL CHESAPEAKE BEACH EASTER FESTIVAL (Story by Connie O’Dell)
The Town of Chesapeake Beach invites you to join us for the annual Easter Festival on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. The rain date is March 29, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Easter Bunny will be on hand, as will Quacks from the Chesapeake Beach Water Park. Look for a special appearance by Anna and Elsa of “Frozen” fame as well as a special guest from Superheroes of Southern Maryland.
There will be merchant tables and games including a Five-in-One Moon Bounce Combo and a sixty-foot inflatable obstacle course. Don’t forget to take a ride on the trackless train.
Merchants, non-profits and friends of Chesapeake Beach youngsters are welcome to have a table and hand out gifts to our youth. If you haven’t signed up and would like to participate please contact Connie O’Dell at 301-938-4061 by 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 27. We ask that you provide enough treats for a large crowd of children.
Admission is free to the community and offers a safe and happy Easter celebration for all of our younger citizens.
WE ARE JUST ONE SEASON AWAY FROM WARMTH AND FUN (Story by Laura Krick, Marketing and Groups Coordinator & Marilyn VanWagner, General Manager)
Your Chesapeake Beach Water Park Team is busy planning a sizzling fun 2015 Season at the Water Park! We are busy getting the park ready for our 2015 Chesapeake Beach Water Park Season! Despite these frigid temperatures, the weather forecast promises warm summer days just around the corner.
The Water Park opens on Saturday May 23, Memorial Day Weekend. We are open weekends only until Calvert County Schools let out for the summer. Once the schools are out, we are open seven days a week.
Season Passes are available for advance purchase on our website . Purchase your Season Passes before the Water Park opens for the season! We will be scheduling appointments with those of you who have pre-purchased your passes. This will allow you to get your passes assigned early and avoid the photo lines on the first few weekends. Remember, if you are a Season Pass holder, you can advance to the front of the line when you visit! Other perks of being a Season Pass Holder include:
Enjoy a 20% Discount on all Food Items
Attend the Night Slides for no extra fee
Attend our Parents with Preschoolers for no extra fee
Attend all Adult Swim (age 18 and over) for no extra fee
Calling all Teenagers and Adults who are looking for fun Summer Employment! Now is the time to check out all of the Employment opportunities we offer. Please visit our website and click on Employment Opportunities. There are several opportunities from which to choose. Enter your information and sign up for the orientation of your choice. Orientations have begun and will continue through April.
This will be our fifth season, participating in The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL). This summer it will take place on Thursday, June 18 at 10:00a.m.! This event is designed to help build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim and to help prevent drowning. Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children ages 1-14. On the morning of June 18, water parks and pools around the world that are hosting this WLSL event will simultaneously enter their pools together in an attempt to break this Guinness World Record. This event is free for all children and families participating, but you must register on our website to attend. To encourage enrollment, we are offering a free pass to the Water Park that day for the first 150 people that register for this event. For more details and to sign up, please visit our website .
New this season, we are currently working on launching our Online Water Park Store so that you will be able to purchase many of our store items from our website! This will offer you a convenient way to check out all of our fun merchandise, from exciting water toys and fun jewelry to logo items like t-shirts and hats. This season we have new designs and colors available for many of our products. Did you know that you can also purchase your Daily Passes on our website, as well as make all of your Birthday Party, Cabana Rental and Swim Lesson reservations? Our website is operational now, but will be fully updated for the 2015 season by the end of March. We invite you to visit our website and have fun planning your summer days and special events with us! Remember, Chesapeake Beach Residents receive discounts on our Birthday Party and Special Event packages, so start planning now to celebrate your special occasions at the Water Park.
We will continue to offer all of your favorite events this season. Adult Swim, Parents with Preschoolers and Night Slides are all coming back this season. Visit our website for details on these special days.
This season we will have some very popular visitors for Character Days! On selected Mondays during the season we will have appearances from your favorite Super Heroes, Ice Princesses, Red and Blue Monsters and more! What a great way for parents to create lasting memories with your children. See our website for the dates and details of these special days by clicking on “Events.”
Chesapeake Beach Resident Appreciation Day will continue every Tuesday for Chesapeake Beach Residents only. On Tuesdays, our Chesapeake Beach Residents are invited to visit the Water Park and enjoy half-price admission. During our Twilight hours on Tuesdays, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Chesapeake Beach Residents will receive free admission into the Park! We will take very few group reservations on Tuesdays so that our Town Residents can enjoy a less crowded Park! The Chesapeake Beach Appreciation Day is our way of saying Thank You for your continued support over the years. Our website offers all of the details and additional information about all the fun and exciting happenings at the Water Park for the 2015 Season. Join our Facebook page and “like” us so you can stay informed on all of our special activities and events. We look forward to the warm Summer Days!
Remember those days shooting down the slide? Hanging with a gator? Get your Season Passes today!
For more information, email us at email@example.com.
Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival Update (Story by Stephanie Zanelotti, CBSSF Co-Chair)
Planning for the fourth annual Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival is well underway. This year’s theme, is Korea, the Forgotten War. The Korean War began on June 25, 1950 and ended on July 27, 1953.
We have planned many great events from our Opening Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. at Veterans’ Memorial Park through to the American Legion’s Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 25, 2015. Sunday, May 24 is our Sunday Family Fun Day from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Kellam's Field with educational and fun games and activities for all ages, picnic lunch, freebies, nonprofit vendors, Superheroes of Southern Maryland and other surprises while topping off the day with music from the era of the Korean War from The Fabulous Hubcaps.
Mark your calendars to include the Stars and Stripes Festival in your Memorial Day plans. This will be a great opportunity to Honor Our Fallen Heroes, from not only the Korean War but all wars. The Festival is striving to bring back the true meaning of Memorial Day, to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for the people of this great Nation.
Volunteers and non-profit vendors who provide services to our military personnel and their families are needed for our non-profit tent on Sunday, May 24, 2015. Also needed are volunteers to assist with handing out programs and flags at the Opening Ceremony on Saturday, May 23, setting up and assisting with Sunday, May 24 activities as well as clean up after the Festival.
To volunteer yourself or your non-profit organization, please contact Festival Co-Chair Stephanie Zanelotti at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please join us at Veterans’ Memorial Park on Monday, May 25 for the American Legion Memorial Day Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. as well as the National Moment of Silence at 3:00 p.m.
The National Moment of Silence, Honoring our Fallen Heroes, gives you and your family a chance to honor in your own special way wherever you may be at 3:00 p.m. on Monday.
For further information, feel free to contact Stephanie Zanelotti at email@example.com or Connie O’Dell at firstname.lastname@example.org .
We look forward to seeing you all this Memorial Day weekend.
God Bless our active military, veterans and fallen heroes alike. They all serve to give us our freedom and place their lives on the line to keep this the greatest nation in the world.
BGE Launches Annual Green Grants Program to Promote Environmental Stewardship through Energy Efficiency and Conservation (April 1, 2015)
Environmentally-focused program provides grants of up to $10,000 to local nonprofit organizations that are committed to environmental stewardship. – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) announced that as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance and promote environmental stewardship and natural resource responsibility in communities throughout its central Maryland service area, the company has launched its annual BGE Green Grants program. In its third year, the BGE Green Grants program is designed specifically for 501c3 nonprofit organizations, which focus on energy efficiency, pollution prevention, environmentally focused community engagement, conservation and education. To learn more, click here .
Parking Restrictions on Town Streets
Except to avoid conflict with other traffic or to obey a police officer or traffic control device there is No Stopping, Standing or Parking on Town Streets, when:
In front of or blocking access to: A public driveway, alley a mailbox, a private driveway or access to private property
In or On: An Intersection, sidewalk, crosswalk, bridge
Alongside of or opposite any street excavation if the parking would block traffic
There is an official sign or painted curb prohibiting stopping within:
15 feet of a hydrant, 20 feet of the entrance to the Fire Department or an intersection not controlled by a Stop Sign or other traffic control device, 30 feet of a flushing signal, stop sign or traffic control device
None of the following types of vehicles are allowed to park in excess of 1 hour on Town Streets:
Vehicle requiring a CDL License, RV, Camper, Trailer for boats, Vehicles or Recreation Equipment
A vehicle having a cover that must be removed to operate
Vehicles with expired or no tags, vehicles which are missing one or more components which make that vehicle to be moved under its own power are Not Allowed in town, unless out of public view
Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) Contract Award (Bruce Wahl, Mayor)
At the January (2013) Town Council Meeting, the Council approved the award of the upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) to Bearing Construction, Inc. of Sudlersville, MD, and the management of the project to the design firm Whitman, Requardt, and Associates, LLP. The total amount to be funded is $16,158,930, which includes funds allocated for administrative and legal fees. The approval of this contract award secures State grant funding of 45.34% of the total amount. The balance of $9,287,117 will be shared among the partners of the plant: Chesapeake Beach, North Beach, Calvert County and Anne Arundel County. The Town of Chesapeake Beach’s share is $4,611,982.30 and will be financed through a low- interest loan from the Maryland Department of the Environment. This low- interest loan was also at risk had the Town Council not approved this contract award at the January meeting. Thankfully, that risk was averted by approval of the contract award.
Although this is a huge amount of money, we were fortunate that nine firms bid on the project, with Bearing Construction being the lowest bidder. You can rest assured that the Town is spending your money as prudently as is possible.
What is ENR? Simply stated, the purpose of this project is to reduce pollution in the treated effluent that is discharged into the Chesapeake Bay. Particularly, there is a Federal EPA requirement to meet a “Total Maximum Daily Load” (TMDL) standard of the amount of Nitrogen and Phosphorous that can be discharged. These nutrients cause algae blooms that absorb oxygen in the Bay and block sunlight from reaching submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), hence stunting the growth of these beneficial plants.
In addition to the nutrient reduction, this project replaces much aging and failing equipment; some Items have been in service for over thirty years. At the time we are doing this, the plant is being expanded from 1.32 million gallons per day (MGD) to 1.5 MGD, the capacity that is specified on our permit. This expansion was unanimously approved by an action of the Town Council in 2005 by an irrevocable resolution. Four of the 2005 Council members are still serving as elected officials in the Town: myself, Council Vice-President Patrick Mahoney, Councilman Stewart Cumbo and Councilwoman Valerie Beaudin.
The ENR project has been in the planning stages for over five years and is critically important to the future of our Town and to the health of the Chesapeake Bay. I am pleased to be able to report to you that it is finally about to happen!
Bill Paying Just Got Easier! (Leslie Porter, Town Treasurer)
The Town is pleased to offer the added convenience of paying your water and sewer bills online, using Visa, MasterCard or Discover with no additional service fees. To access the site, click here (leaving site).
The first webpage you will see is a login page. You will need your account number and password to login. Your account number is located on the top portion of your water / sewer bill. It consists of seven characters – five numbers with a period separating the fifth and sixth number. The first digit of your account number will always be a zero. The last two digits will also be zero. For example, account #123 would be listed as 00123.00
First-time user passwords are preset. Your password will be the first four letters from the last name on the account, plus the first two letters from the first name, plus “00.” For example, John Smith’s password would be “SmitJo00.”
If your name contains a special character such as an apostrophe, you do not know your account number, or you have problems logging in, please contact Town Hall at 301-855-8398. One of our staff will assist you.
Once you login, you will be given an option to choose a new password. Interested in going green? You will also be given the opportunity to sign up for e-billing. With this option, you will receive your utility bills via e-mail. If you do not sign up for e-billing at your initial login, and wish to do so, please contact Town Hall for assistance.
Once you have obtained access to the site, you will see a summary page. This page shows your most recent billing data, payments made, and your remaining balance due. To make a payment, click on the “Pay Now” button. You will be directed to the billing page. Click on the “Credit Pay” button. On the next screen, you will enter your credit card and billing information. The Town does not charge a convenience fee for this service. Once you have entered your information, click on “Submit.” That’s it!
Message from the Sheriff's Department -- REMINDER: Unfortunately, there have been more thefts from vehicles lately. Due to these recent thefts, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office asks that you remove all valuables from your vehicle and lock the vehicle doors. Report any suspicious persons or activity by calling 911 or 410-535-2800.
Please share this information with family, friends and neighbors that may not receive Nixle Alerts.
To sign up to receive Nixle Alerts or those from the new Calvert County ALERT notification system (which replaced Code Red), click here and then press on the link to Nixle and / or Calvert County ALERT notification system. If you do not have internet access, please call 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, to sign up.
For more safety tips from the Sheriff's Office, click here.
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