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Oyster Education ONE STUDENT AT A TIME! (John Bacon, Chair, Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society)
Restoration of the health of the Chesapeake Bay is more than new waste treatment
plants, upgraded septic systems and reduced storm water runoff.
Repopulation of the oysters is imperative. Each adult oyster can clean 50 gallons of water per day. During the late 1800s, there were enough oysters to clean the bay every 3 days. Now it takes one year. Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society (CBOCS) is doing its part in increasing the oyster population by growing 50,000 to 100,000 new spat every year.
Education of the students at our local elementary school has been an important part of the CBOCS program for the past two years. We have supported a Beach Elementary 5th grade class field trip to Fishing Creek in both the fall and the spring. This fall we are working with CHESPAX to increase access to Fishing Creek and the CBOCS oyster program. Seven field trips by five northern Calvert County elementary schools will be taking advantage of our educational opportunities in the upcoming year.
To support this expanded school program, a committee of CBOCS volunteers has produced a 20-page activity book entitled “Treasures of Fishing Creek.” This book will be given to the students to enhance their field trip experience. Residents may obtain a copy at Town Hall.
The next major CBOCS event involving students is the decorating of 500 oyster shells to be placed on the Town-sponsored “Festival of Trees” Christmas tree at the end of November. Make a date to visit this tree at the festival or at Town Hall throughout the month of December. During the recent transfer of oysters from Fishing Creek to the Old Rock Reef in the Chesapeake Bay, 20 percent of the volunteers were students. Even more showed up the following week as CBOCS reloaded 75,000 oyster spat into cages along Fishing Creek and bay front piers. Their helping hands were greatly appreciated. Many members to CBOCS credit their children’s interest in this endeavor for encouraging them to take an active part in the CBOCS program. Membership has increased in the last two years from 40 to more than 100 volunteers.
CBOCS will continue to expand the educational aspects of our program by inspiring “one student at a time” to become a steward for the future health of the bay through increased oyster restoration.
It is hard to believe another season has come and gone. We want to offer a special thanks to all of you that came to visit us this summer!
RECAP OF THE 2013 SEASON: We hope you were able to enjoy our Chesapeake Beach Appreciation Days. We have had lots of positive feedback, and we are excited to say that we will be bringing these special days back next season. This makes it worth mentioning again – as a reminder for 2014, every Tuesday, all Chesapeake Beach residents and their guests get in for half price. And then from 4 -7 p.m., we offer free admission for all Chesapeake Beach residents.
Our newly famed, big, yellow, feathery friend, Quacks, was a big hit this summer! Quacks is now a permanent member of our Water Park family. He made regular appearances and welcomed many guests over the summer. He brought smiles to children’s faces both at the Park and also at many Town events. Quacks joined us recently at the Haunted Water Park Halloween event. Have you had your picture taken with Quacks yet? He loves to be in front of the camera!
Quacks played an integral part in our debut season of our Duck Race Fundraiser events. These events are a great way for schools and organizations to raise funds for their cause as well as have their own private party. We enjoyed successful events this past season and look forward to piloting many more next year. If you know of a school or organization looking to raise money and host their own, unique fundraiser, encourage them to visit our website and contact us for more information.
Did you come see us at the Haunted Halloween Water Park event? A Spooktacular time was had by all! The Water Park was thrilled to sponsor the Baby Pool area where we created a scene from The Little Mermaid, complete with a live Ariel and Prince Eric! The weather that evening was beautiful, and the event was a great success. Kudos to Connie Odell who does Community Development and Special Events for the Town. It was her enthusiasm that led us all into making this the best Haunted Water Park Event ever! We would also like to give a special “Thank You” to all of our local businesses who sponsored this event and helped to make it a fun evening for all of our guests who attended.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW: The 2014 Season Passes are on sale now and are available on our website. We are offering a special Early Bird discount between now and January 31; after that time, the prices will increase. Water Park Season Passes make great holiday gifts for that someone special on your list! This way, you can offer “fun-in-the-sun” to your special loved one all summer long.
Our Water Park Advisory Committee is currently working hard on a maintenance list to revamp and give our Water Park a face-lift! We have a great committee with lots of momentum for capturing the improvements necessary to keep the Water Park looking fresh and beautiful.
Calling all teenagers, adults and seniors too! We have positions open for all ages. If you are looking for fun summertime employment, we will be posting employment opportunities soon. We will begin accepting interview requests as early as December on our website, and interviews will start early in 2014. Stay tuned to Facebook or check out our website for more information on these dates.
UPCOMING IN THE 2014 SEASON: You have been talking, and we have been listening! We are developing a new program for the groups and summer camps to visit the park only on specified days and times. This will help to alleviate overcrowding of the Park and create a more enjoyable experience for all.
Do you know of a local business which could benefit from advertising to over 65,000 people? As a sponsor of the Chesapeake Beach Water Park, businesses can make a small investment and reap great advertising rewards! A tailored commercial broadcasted over our Splash Radio, as well as their business name and logo displayed on our Sponsor Board and website are great ways to promote businesses! It is a win-win for both the Water Park and the business when we partner together! If you know of anyone who may be interested in taking advantage of this great advertising opportunity, please have them contact us on our marketing email at email@example.com .
The 2014 Season will be our 20th Anniversary at the Water Park! We already
have a celebration logo. We are planning now and promising to make this the best season ever! Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook so you can stay connected with us for up-to-the-minute announcements and events! As always, we thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in May!
For more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Operation Hope on the Chesapeake Was a Huge Success! (Mary Mathis, Events Director Eastern Division, Operation Second Chance – Operation Hope on the Chesapeake)
Hello Citizens, Supporters and Volunteers -- Operation Hope on the Chesapeake has been able to host our wounded veterans from Walter Reed National Medical Center for the last seven years because of your endless support. Through your kindness and dedication, you have truly made a mark on the lives of our American heroes. Regardless of the task at hand, you have remained a true example of what we should aspire to become as citizens of this great country. Thinking back on the path we have taken together, I feel compelled to put those accomplishments on paper.
Anything worthwhile is a lot of work. You only measure the value of your hard work after you have been completely spent and the last chair is put away. Once the dust clears, you know the success or the failure of your mission. I believe on Saturday night, we all knew our mission was accomplished, and we had exceeded anything and everything we could have ever imagined the night before.
When the numbers doubled overnight, you never missed a step. You were able to add additional boats, prepare more food and find 25 more fishing rods among other things, all in just a few hours. Our goal is to work quietly and do some good. If we entertain a thousand and help just one, it will be worth it. I can only hope that 50 years from now, a few of these young men and women will remember a visit to the Chesapeake Bay and think fondly of its citizens. Some may not share the difference you made, but know in their hearts you made a difference. Maybe this memory will bring some peace and contentment at the end of a very difficult journey.
Success takes hard work and dedication; any success comes on the back of someone who has gone before you and the people who stand next to you. I couldn’t do any of this without your help, and I pray I will remain humble enough to know it. I have made so many friends in the most unusual situations. I will always have the memories we have created because of Operation Hope on the Chesapeake and will keep them close to my heart. I can only wish the same for each and every one of you. Knowing I have your support and enthusiasm makes it worthwhile. You are truly appreciated! Your kindness has helped more than you will ever know.
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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