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Exciting Opportunities for Volunteers

The Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society (CBOCS) plans to expand our oyster education program for elementary school students this year. This will happen with the arrival of additional CHESPAX led school field trips in the fall and several CBOCS led field trips for private and non-county schools during both the spring and fall.

WANTED – for the CHESPAX trips, two oyster-oriented individuals to monitor the activities. Trips are on school days from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

WANTED – for the CBOCS trips, eight individuals to cover oysters, water monitoring, flow monitoring and observation stations.  Trips are on school days from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Middle and high school clubs will be participating in several environmental projects. The most interesting will be identification, mapping and labeling of all the native and invasive plant species along the trail.

WANTED – several environmentally oriented individuals, especially with interest or expertise in plants and trees. Events will be on Saturdays.  

The CBOCS education committee is embarking on a program to design a smart board module identifying the “Treasures of a Tidal Marsh.” The program will be used for classroom or personal computer education and will give students a basic understanding of the ecology of a tidal marsh prior to visiting the one at Fishing Creek.

WANTED – educators, environmentalists, nature lovers, trail walkers, gardeners, botanists, bird watchers, zoologists, marine biologists, computer programmers, photographers, editors and anyone interested in this exciting project. Work sessions are scheduled for Saturday mornings at Town Hall and on the Railway Trail. 


The 75,000 CBOCS oysters are hibernating for the winter under the trail and at selected piers along the bay. A recent check showed that all cages were doing well, and we are expecting a high survival rate this spring. Check on upcoming events on the Chesapeake Beach website and click on oyster cultivation

The Chesapeake Beach Water Park Will Celebrate 20 Years!  Our 20th Anniversary Season is Promising to be our Best!   Story by Laura Krick, Marketing / Groups Coordinator & Marilyn VanWagner, General Manager

This summer marks the 20th Season at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park!  For all Chesapeake Beach residents, you will be invited to attend our 2014 20th Anniversary Celebration Hawaiian Luau!  Come join us on Friday, June 6 at 6:00 p.m. This event is for residents of Chesapeake Beach, and we will need you to RSVP once we have our formal invites ready. Although the pool may not be open for swimming, children will be welcome with their parents to enjoy fun and games. Be sure to check our website and “Like” us on Facebook to stay informed! 

With this frigid weather, it is hard to believe that hot summer days are just around the corner! We open on Saturday, May 24 and stay open until Labor Day Monday, September 1.  As always, we remind you that we are only open on weekends when Calvert County Public Schools are still in session. 

Our Season Passes are now available for purchase on our website .  Purchase your Season Passes before the Water Park opens for the season! In the month of May, we will again be scheduling appointments with those who have pre-purchased their passes. This way you can avoid standing in lines to get your picture taken once we are open. Remember, if you are a Season Pass Holder, we allow you to go in the side gate, and advance to the front of the line when you visit! Other perks of being a Season Pass Holder include:

  • NEW THIS SEASON!  All Season Pass Holders will receive 20% off all food purchases at our Beach Comber Grill!

  • 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.

  • No standing in admission lines– enjoy the quick side gate entrance for all Season Pass Holders. 

Please pay attention to a few of the modifications to our most popular programs. Swim Lessons:  We offer four sessions of swim lessons, each with four different skill levels determined by your child’s age and swim skills. All Swim Lessons must be registered and paid in advance on our website. Adult Swim:  This program is a perfect way for adults to cool off in the Lazy River. To enjoy Adult Swim you must have a Season Pass. This program is designed for adults looking for a summer exercise program.  If you are not sure if this is for you, and you want to “try it before you buy it,” then please come any one time during the first two weeks of Adult Swim and see how much fun you have while you also enjoy the benefits of exercise! Parents with Preschoolers:  A morning out just for parents with preschool-aged children that live in Chesapeake Beach. A portion of our Activity Pool will be open for parents to play with their little ones. All three of these above programs start on June 23, and can be enjoyed on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.  Please see our website for details on all programs. 

Night Slides are returning for the 4th season this year! Friday Nights, July 11 through August 8 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., stay late and enjoy the Water Park on these warm summer evenings and enjoy fun and games for all ages! If you are a Season Pass Holder, you can enjoy Night Slides for free! 

Our popular Character Days are sure to bring a smile and excitement to you and your child! We are still putting together our summer schedule for Character Days, but so far we know that Princesses and Mermaids are high on our list. We are also working to see if we can get a few favorite Super Heros to visit us.  All details and a calendar of all our special events will be available by Spring on our website, so stay tuned! 

The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson is an event that we have participated in annually. This season, this popular event is scheduled for Friday, June 20 at 10:00 a.m. This international event is designed to help build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. We want to remind you that swimming is a life-saving skill for children. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children ages 1-14. On the morning of June 20, water parks and pools around the world 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, however advance registration is required on our website.

The Chesapeake Beach Water Park will continue to offer exclusively to our Chesapeake Beach residents, our Chesapeake Beach Appreciation Days again on Tuesdays this season! Each Tuesday, 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 strive to keep these days less crowded so that Town residents can enjoy a peaceful afternoon while relaxing in your Water Park! The Chesapeake Beach Appreciation Day is our way of saying, “Thank You” for your continued support over the years. 

Make the Chesapeake Beach Water Park your venue for your special event or child’s birthday party. We can help you plan your Birthday Party or Special Event Celebration at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park. We host many parties each season, and we would love to have your name on our special guest list! Birthday party packages include your own exclusive shaded area as well as pizzas, sodas and snow cones for your party attendees. Visit our website for more details and start your party planning now!

Visit our website  for more information about all the fun happenings at the Water Park for 2014. “Like” us on Facebook so you can stay up-to-the-minute on any special deals or exciting news and events! We look forward to seeing you this summer at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park!

 For more information, email us at waterpark@chesapeake-beach.md.us

Mark Your Calendars for the Easter Festival!

Spring is just around the corner and so is the annual Chesapeake Beach Easter Festival. This year the Festival will be held on April 12 from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. at Kellam’s Field which is located behind the Town Hall near the Chesapeake Beach Water Park. The Easter Festival is fun for kids from toddlers through twelve years old. There will be small games with prizes, gifts and goodies as well as two or three larger attractions. There will be a great photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny. Businesses are encouraged to hand out treats and gifts to the children. The Town of Chesapeake Beach will furnish a table, chairs and tablecloth for your business displays.  Please sign your business or organization up by emailing codell@chesapeakebeach.md.us or you may call the Town receptionist at 410-257-2230. Rain date for the Festival is April 19, 2014 from 12 noon The Easter Bunny and “Quacks,” the Water Park Duck. until 1:30 p.m. We hope to see you there; it’s really fun and it’s FREE!!

 

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 as of July 4, 2013), 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.

The Town of Chesapeake Beach is Participating in Geocaching -- A geocache trail is a series of geocaches tied together by a common theme. The theme of the Maryland Municipal League (MML) Geocache Trail is Celebrating Maryland’s Cities and Towns. The trail is comprised of 78 city/town caches located in the 11 MML Districts (regions) throughout the state. A collectible, highly coveted geo coin will be given to the first 500 geocachers who locate a minimum of 22 city / town caches throughout the state.  To be eligible for the coin, geocachers must pick up a passport at any participating visitor center, use the stamp in each cache on their passports and write in the cache code word. After at least 2 municipal caches in each district are discovered, geocachers may return to one of the county visitor centers and have their passports validated to receive a collectible coin.   To view press release, please click here

If any business wishes to participate by bringing items to the Town Hall, we will make sure that your item gets put into the geocache box.  We are looking for anything that may have your business name or logo on it to attract people to your business.

 

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