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Chesapeake Beach Stars & Stripes Festival
Honoring Our Fallen Heroes from the American Civil War (Story by Stephanie Zanelotti and Photography by Nancy Feuerle)
The Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival is celebrating its fifth annual festival by honoring our fallen heroes from the American Civil War. Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan who was the National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic and first observed on May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. There is still legislation open today to return Memorial Day to its original date of May 30 regardless of the day of the week.
Many activities are planned to increase awareness and education of this era. From the first shot upon Fort Sumter that began the war to the assassination of President Lincoln through the last surrender ending the war, we have events to help you experience what it was like to live during this time.
Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. is the Opening Ceremony at the Veterans’ Memorial Park featuring guest speaker Dr. Bradley Godfried, President of the College of Southern Maryland who is a Civil War buff and will speak on the War events in Southern Maryland. Music will be per- formed by the United States Naval Academy Brass Quintet.
Sunday, May 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kellam’s Field is our Family Fun Day where you can experience educational and fun activities within the many tents along the field. The Main Stage will be home to musicians, dancers and storytellers. You will have the opportunity to listen to Civil War experts tell stories and share their knowledge through demonstrations as well as hear music and dance from the era. One living history demonstration will include a Civil War medical surgeon with actual equipment and medications used during the War. There will also be games from this era for children to play and participate. You will even have a chance to listen to and meet President Lincoln.
Dr. Duke Thompson is a President Lincoln impersonator who tells the story of Abraham Lincoln through stories and music. Dr. Thompson has a Doctor of Music degree from Arizona State University and has studied at University of Maryland College Park, UMBS, Ithaca College, Columbia University in New York City, Peabody Conservatory, and Conservatoire d’Arts Americaine in Fontainbleu, France. Dr. Thompson has performed in Japan, Europe and North America. After discovering Lincoln’s extraordinary bond with music, Dr. Thompson created the “Lincoln Lives through Stories and Music” program. Dr. Thompson also created a program “Music for the Inner Self” which is now being used to help Veterans with PTSD.
Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. the American Legion Memorial Day Ceremony will also include President Lincoln addressing the audience at the Veterans’ Memorial Park.
Be sure to add the Festival to your Memorial Day activities. There will be something for everyone to learn and enjoy! Additional activities continue to be added to our schedule of events.
Let us not forget the true meaning of Memorial Day – to honor our fallen heroes. One way to do this is to also participate in the National Moment of Silence on Monday, May 30 at 3 p.m. No matter where you are, take a minute with your family and friends to honor our fallen heroes with a moment of silence.
We continue to seek volunteers to assist with our event as well as participants. To volunteer, contact Stephanie Zanelotti at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Just announced: Beach Party at the Water Park Friday June 10, 2016 from 7p.m. to 10p.m. Cash Bar - Adults Only. $18 per person. Lots of food. For more information, click here .
The Chesapeake Beach Water Park 2016 Season will be here before you know it! Hot summer days are just around the corner. Our management staff at the Water Park is working hard to bring you a fun and exciting season. (Story by Laura Krick, Marketing Coordinator & Marilyn VanWagner, General Manager )
We open on Saturday, May 28 and stay open until Labor Day Monday, September 5. However, as a reminder, we are only open on weekends while Calvert County Public Schools are still in session.
If you, or someone you know, may be interested in Summer Employment at the Water Park for the 2016 season, we would love to have you join our Team! Please visit our website and click on Employment. Choose the position you are interested in for details, complete the pre-application, and sign up for the position of your choice. Don’t delay as the orientations for each position are already scheduled and are coming up very quickly.
2016 Season Passes are now available for advance purchase on our website . Purchase your Season Passes before the Water Park opens for the season! All those who pre-purchase Season Passes can avoid the crowds and lines. We will open our front office early on the first two weekends of business from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. to have your photo taken and issue you your Season Pass. As a reminder, all Season Pass Holders will experience the following benefits:
Advance to the front of the lines when you visit!
20% discounts on all food purchases.
20% discounts on all store merchandise.
Attend Friday Night Slides at no extra charge.
Attend all Adult Swim (ages 18 and over) at no extra charge.
NEW this season! We are offering our refillable Logo Souvenir cups. For all Season Pass holders who purchase our Blue Cup, you will also receive a coupon book valued at over $150! This can be bought on our website with the purchase of your Season Pass.
Many of our programs will return for the 2016 Summer Season due to popular demand. Included are the following:
Adult Swim is a program designed for adults only on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings before the Water Park opens for adults to exercise and enjoy a swim before the general public is allowed in.
Night Slides take place on Friday nights, July 8 thru August 12, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Stay late and enjoy the Water Park slides at night! Fun and games for all ages!
Character Days are sure to bring thrills and enjoyment to you and your children. Our cast of characters this season will include members of the Star Wars family, Ice Princesses, Storybook Princesses, Super Heroes and many more! Visit our website and click on our 2016 Special Events calendar for dates.
Chesapeake Beach Resident Days will continue every Tuesday this season. Chesapeake Beach Residents are invited to visit the Water Park and enjoy half-price admission until 4 p.m., and free admission from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is our way of saying “Thank You” to all residents for your support over the years.
We will participate again this season in The World’s Largest Swim Lesson. This event will be held on Friday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m. All interested participants will enter the pool at 10 a.m. This event is free, and all participating children and family members must pre-register on our website . This event is designed to help build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim and to help prevent drowning. Learning to swim is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related deaths for children ages 1-14. On the morning of June 24, water parks and pools around the world that are hosting this WLSL event will participate in this event together in an attempt to break this Guinness World Record.
We are now taking reservations for Swim Lessons! Children ages six months to 14 years old may register for these lifesaving courses. We offer four different age- specific, 2-week sessions, which are held on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings. We are excited this season to announce a new swim lesson class, our Junior Lifeguard program! This class is designed for young teens, ages 11 to 14, who would like to explore the idea of being a lifeguard or who would just like to learn all of the lifesaving skills that are associated with becoming a lifeguard. Visit our website and click on Swim Lessons for details for each class level and to register your child for any of these valuable opportunities.
Does your child or special friend have a birthday to celebrate this summer? Why not have your Birthday Celebration or Special Event 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 follow the link for a personal party coordinator to contact you to begin planning your celebration!
Mark your calendars and save the date for our Water Park Beach Party! Join us on Friday evening, June 10, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for an Adult Only, fun evening under the stars! There will be no swimming, but we will all enjoy a night out with members of our community, and their guests, for Food, Music, and Fun! To purchase your tickets, please visit our website, starting April 1, and click on Beach Party. We hope to see you here!
Visit our website for more information about all the fun and exciting happenings at the Water Park for 2016. Join our Facebook page and “like” us so you can stay informed on our special happenings and up to the minute activities! Please see our Schedule of Events for all of the special days that we have planned for this season. We look forward to seeing you this summer at YOUR Water Park!
The Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society Turns Five!
(Story by John Bacon and Photography by Nancy Feuerle, Melanie Crowder, John Bacon)
On January 13, 2016, nine members celebrated CBOCS’ 5th anniversary.
Several of those in attendance remember that cold day in January 2011 when the Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society (CBOCS) was formed. Mayor Wahl, Keith Pardieck, Chris Judy from the Department of Natural Resources, Len Zuza from Southern Maryland Oyster Cultivation Society and John Farrington from Johnny Oysterseed, were all excited about us restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay using oysters. Five years and 400,000 oysters later we are still fulfilling our primary mission.
Every year, 30 to 50 members gather to unload bags of oyster spat, load them into cages and move them under the Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail on Fishing Creek. A sample of spat is counted and recorded. After 11 months, those same volunteers come again to unload the cages and transfer the mature spat to the Old Rock Reef. The sample is again counted to determine the survivability rate. CBOCS has an above average rate of 70% plus, due to the protected, nutrient loaded waters of Fishing Creek. To aid in the removal of the cages from the creek, a special lifting frame (patent pending) was invented by Jay Berry, Superintendent of Public Works. This saves much time and many sore muscles. During this period, several members also house oysters on their piers along the creek.
CBOCS has added several parallel missions all centered on the oyster restoration of Fishing Creek/Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail enhancement.
The first and largest is the education of 5th grade students from many Calvert County schools. During the past four years, more than 3,000 students, teachers and chaperones have participated in an interactive field trip. The education of future generations will ensure the continuing restoration efforts for the Bay.
A second is the continued monitoring of the water quality. This is to ensure proper nutrients are available for the oysters. In addition, government pollution guidelines are recorded. The results are very positive! Fishing Creek is an ideal location for growing oyster spat. The marsh surrounding the creek is an excellent filter of nitrates and phosphorous pollutants.
CBOCS continues to grow its outreach program in our community, meeting with civic, church, youth, library and museum groups. CBOCS makes approximately 10-15 group presentations each year including Town events and fairs. The group’s effort continues to stimulate interest in the value of oysters.
Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail enhancement has taken many forms in the last three years. Osprey platforms, purple martin house, and bat boxes attract birds and help to reduce the mosquito population. A flora guide with signs identifying all the trees and shrubs along the Trail helps visitors make decisions on future plantings around their homes. A mosquito repellent plant garden plus an associated brochure is available. Soon a pollinator garden and hotel along with a brochure will be installed to help restore the monarch butterfly population.
To demonstrate the entire life cycle and benefits of oysters, an Oysterquarium has been installed at the first rest stop on the Trail. This interactive display is available from April to November and used by all students and other groups during their educational field trips. A bulletin board will identify all the upcoming CBOCS events.
After five years, CBOCS is fulfilling many missions and continually expanding. You are invited to join this dynamic volunteer organization. Contact CBOCS at the Chesapeake Beach Town website .
Stay Alert! Sign Up for Emergency Notifications
Calvert County Alert, a notification system that advises residents of emergency- related information via cell phones, landline telephones and e-mail, now includes the Town of Chesapeake Beach. In January, the Calvert County Commissioners voted unanimously to sign an agreement between county government and the municipality allowing the town to utilize the mass notification system. Residents are automatically signed up if they are listed in the white or yellow pages. Most cell phones are not listed in those pages, so if you would like to receive alerts specific to your location (even down to communities and even street addresses) you must go online and register. Here is the link (leaving site). We are in the process of creating “shapes” which are specific communities where we might want to blast an alert. For example, should we need to flush water lines in Richfield Station, we would send an alert specific to that neighborhood only; those not affected would not be notified.
Sign up is an easy process, and there are many options to help pinpoint exactly what types of alerts you would like to receive. Alert choices include volunteer, special needs, special business needs, community alerts and weather and hazard alerts. Within those choices, one can become even more specific. For example, under weather and hazards, there are six choices including flood, marine, winter, non- precipitation, tropical and severe. Then you may choose specifics under those categories. Another great feature is the ability to choose the times of day that you do not want to receive alerts. This is nice for those who always have their phone on, but don’t want to be awakened with alert notifications.
There is also a new “app” available to download called “Prepare Me Calvert” for iOS (Apple) and Android devices for free through the Apple App Store or the Google Play market. The “Prepare Me Calvert” mobile app is a must-have app for emergency preparedness and information. It puts critical, real-time information at users’ fingertips in the unlikely event of a regional emergency and helps residents stay prepared. Within the “app” there is a button where one can sign up for the Calvert Alerts.
Many of us have families living in other areas of the country. If you would like to stay on top of weather alerts where your families live, take a minute to add their location to your alert system. You can add as many locations as you would like under your profile or different family members might choose to set up another profile using their cell number. This might be the preferred method, since then you could drill down to just receiving “extreme” weather alerts for your out-of-town family members.
We are excited about making the Everbridge Mass Notification System an integral part of communications in the Chesapeake Beach community. Over the next several months, we will utilize it more and more. Don’t miss out; sign up today!
29th Street Improvement -- Presentation of Concept Design by Paul Woodburn to the Town Council April 16, 2015 -- click here .
Sidewalk Improvement Concept Plan -- Proposed sidewalk to connect existing walkway at the junction of Chesapeake Village Boulevard and Route 261 with Beach Elementary at Old Bayside Road. The Plan is presented in seven panels or pages in one Portable Document Format (pdf) file. You'll need Adobe Reader or similar pdf reader to open and navigate among the pages (footnote below).
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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