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From the Newsletter...
Summertime Fun at the Water Park! (Story by Laura Krick, Marketing Coordinator & Marilyn VanWagner, General Manager)
We had a delightful opening weekend at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park! Warmer weather is here, and it is time to relax and slip into summer.
On May 31, 2016 we had our first Employee Icebreaker Training Session ever! This new training program proved to be very successful, and we plan to repeat it next season. All employees joined together from all departments so we could learn how we could work together more effectively as a team. We learned about the Water Park Emergency Action Plan and the key role that each department plays in ensuring that all of our guests are safe in any emergency. Park Rules were reinforced through team games where the employees were forced to interact with team players from other departments to come up with the winning answers.
Have you purchased your 2016 Season Pass yet? Season Passes are available for purchase on our website . Season Passes are a great value and pay for themselves after only a couple of visits.
Perks of being a Season Pass Holder Include:
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 purchased on our website with your paid Season Pass.
Many popular events will be returning this season, and for Season Pass Holders, attending all of these are complimentary.
Night Slides will be on Friday evenings, July 8 thru August 12, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Stay late and enjoy the Water Park slides at Night! Fun and games for all ages!
Character Days this year are promising to be our best yet! Visit on certain Mondays during the season and meet your favorite Ice Princesses, our Live Mermaid, Fairytale Princesses, Super Heroes, and new this year, Star Wars friends and Wizard of Oz friends! Check out our Events Calendar
and website for dates and details.
Adult Swim will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. This is a time for adults only to come and enjoy a swim and cool off in the lazy river before the Water Park opens.
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.
There is still time to register your child for Swim Lessons! Children ages six months to 14 years old may register for these lifesaving courses. We offer four different age specific, two-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 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.
Who is special in your life that may want to celebrate their birthday or a special occasion at the Water Park this summer? Reserve 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. We also have our supreme Party Place where you can book a Super-Sized party for more of your friends! Returning this season: Rent a Character to visit the birthday child and his or her friends! The Character of your choice will spend an hour interacting with the kids and will present a gift to the birthday child from our Water Park staff. Visit our website for more details and reserve your birthday party online at our website .
Please remember, we do not allow any outside food or beverages into the Park. Only one water bottle per person will be allowed. All bags will be thoroughly checked at the door upon entry. Chairs are only available on a first come basis to anyone who has purchased an adult ticket. No chairs will be available to anyone under 48” or who is wearing a red wristband. You may bring your own small folding beach chair if you wish. Please review all of our Rules on our website or posted at the Park if you have any questions.
Please visit our website for details on all of our programs and special events at the Water Park this season. Join our Facebook page and “like” us so you can stay informed on our special deals and up to the minute activities! You can also refer to the attached schedule for a list of all Special Events we have scheduled for this season. We look forward to seeing you this summer at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park!
Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society Has Plans For You! (Story by John Bacon and Photography by Nancy Feuerle, Bob Munro, John Bacon, Jay Berry)
The Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society (CBOCS) has been busy over the last few months, working with students, volunteers and Town staff to help educate and provide enjoyment for the Chesapeake Beach community and its visitors.
The Oysterquarium is fully operational. During the summer we will be adding oyster larvae so they can become spat growing on shells. An exciting new addition will be the introduction of individual oyster seeds. These 3-5 millimeter oysters will be used by the 5th grade students in the fall to calculate their growth. Using the newly installed message board, you can also follow their growth during the summer months. Also, check on any new activities and points of interest posted. Stop by and talk with CBOCS volunteers as they maintain this valuable trail addition.
In May, CBOCS and a group of students from Northern High School’s National Honor Society, under the direction of Terry Klazer, made a video about the waters of Fishing Creek. This was done to fulfill a requirement for a grant we received from the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA). This video will be shown at the Chesapeake Beach booth at the Maryland Municipal League and MSEA conferences. It is available on the digital picture frame located by the reception desk at Town Hall as well as on the Town website. Make sure you view this valuable addition.
The osprey family using the platform near the third rest stop has two chicks. They hatched during the last week of May [Webmaster Note: hatching occurred from April 15 - 21] and are growing rapidly. To enjoy their development go to the Town website and click on the osprey picture. The new osprey camera will give you many hours of viewing pleasure.
During April and May, CBOCS volunteers with assistance from the Town Public Works Department constructed, installed and planted a pollinator garden and hotel on the trail. This wonderful addition with its associated brochure will give residents much enjoyment and needed information about attracting pollinators to their yards. The Northern High School LORAX Environmental Club provided many of the items for the hotel and the Northern High School’s National Art Honor Society painted a beautiful mural for the back of it. During the summer, our faithful CBOCS gardeners will maintain the pollinator garden and the mosquito repellent gardens. Stop by and talk to them.
Many volunteers moved 65 tubs of oysters to the Old Rock reef in June. A new program is available for families, groups or businesses to adopt an oyster cage for the 2016-2017 season. This is a free program but requires two days of volunteer work as we load and unload the cage. Names will be written on the cage for all to view. For details go to the Town website and click on CBOCS.
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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