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Celebrate Independence Day! The Town of Chesapeake Beach is excited to announce that Fireworks Extravaganza will again be presenting our annual fireworks display. Their employees have been producing and shooting our show for over 20 years. The display will take place off two barges anchored in the bay just out from Fishing Creek Harbor. The annual event will be held on July 3 at dusk with a rain date of July 5.
The Chesapeake Beach Water Park will be open until 9:30 p.m. offering swimmers a unique view of the fireworks. Also, new this year, PNC Bank will present Grow Up Great – “Learning is All Around Me!” Mobile Learning Adventure.
The Mobile Learning Adventure (MLA) is a traveling exhibit that provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn about the importance of early childhood education while they engage in fun activities with their children. As part of
PNC Grow Up Great – a $350 million, multi‑year initiative that began in 2004 to help children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life – the MLA includes interactive kiosks and the “When I Grow Up” station, where kids dress up as different professionals and have their picture super- imposed on an appropriate background. In addition, parents can take home activity books and learning kits that demonstrate how to take everyday moments and turn them into learning opportunities. Families with young children are encouraged to visit the MLA Tent located at the entrance to Kellam’s Field from 3 to 6 p.m. on July 3. The PNC Mobile Learning Experience is free. Please like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pncgrowupgreat .
The area restaurants and businesses will be featuring Independence Day specials and live entertainment throughout the day and into the long Holiday weekend.
We suggest that you invite your friends and family to come into Town early to avoid the traffic and parking problems, and we ask that you be courteous and stay safe.
The Chesapeake Beach Water Park Celebrates 20 Years! Our 20th Anniversary Season Promises to be our Best Ever! Story by Laura Krick, Marketing / Groups Coordinator & Marilyn VanWagner, General Manager
This summer marks the 20th Season at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park! To celebrate this milestone anniversary, residents of Chesapeake Beach and their guests are invited to attend our Adults-Only 20th Anniversary Celebration Hawaiian Luau! Come join us on Friday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m., and be a part of this enjoyable evening as we celebrate our 20th Year. Please see our invite inserted into this newsletter. The cost is reasonable and space is limited. This is an event you will not want to miss! The pool will not be open, but Chef Michelle will prepare a Hawaiian Feast. Blue Flame will bring us Beach Music, Blues and Oldies. If you plan to attend, please purchase your ticket on our website no later then May 27. Visit our website and click on Anniversary Luau. Be sure to check our website and Like us on Facebook to stay informed!
It has been a long, cold winter, and we are ready to enjoy hot summer days! We open on Saturday, May 24 and stay open until Labor Day Monday, September 1. As a reminder, we are only open on weekends when Calvert County Public Schools are still in session. Our season changes from being open “weekends only” to “open daily” on Monday, June 16 and returns to our “weekends only” again on Saturday, August 16.
Season Passes are now available for purchase on our website . Purchase your Season Pass before the Water Park opens for the season! For those of you who purchase your Season Pass before we open, we will again be contacting you to schedule an appointment to obtain your Season Pass early. This will enable you to avoid delays and 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! 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.
More great news this year! You have been talking, and we have been listening! We have rearranged our Summer Camp / Group Admissions Program to have all large groups visit us on Wednesday and Thursdays only, until 2:00 p.m. If you want to avoid these crowds, plan your visits any other day, or once the Camps leave after 2:00 p.m. these two days. The benefits will be well worth the wait! You will now be able to enjoy a less crowded “Group Free” park!
Please pay attention to a few of the modifications to our most popular programs. Swim Lessons: We offer four 2- week 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. Adult Swim is offered exclusively to Season Pass holders. 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 complete details on all of our Summer Programs. Night Slides are returning for the 4th season this year! Friday Nights, July 11 through August 8, 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! This season we will have our own Live Mermaid, as well as your favorite Super Heroes and Princesses, and returning Red and Blue Monsters! These are exciting days to visit, and make great Photo Opportunities with the kids! All details and our Cast-of-Characters calendar are available on our website .
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, waterparks 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 p.m. to 7 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. We also offer daily Cabana Rentals that provide you with your own reserved shaded space. Check out our Party Place: our superior area for your Super-Sized Birthday Party, or a King-Sized Cabana rental for you and your friends! Visit our website for more details and start your event planning now!
New this Season, all Daily Admission tickets, Season Passes, Birthday Parties, Cabana Rentals and any special sales can be purchased online on our website . This will enable you to pay for your admission in advance, print your tickets and advance to the admission gate for entry. For more information, visit our website and learn 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!
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Oysters in the Water, Ospreys in the Air! Story by John Bacon
The Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society has been busy this season. From planning trail field trips to preparing oyster reef balls and building osprey platforms, the group is finding interesting ways for the community to benefit from the many treasures of our tidal creek.
Join Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society (CBOCS) members on sponsored field trips along the Fishing Creek Railway Trail, known as the “Jewel of Chesapeake Beach.” What a great opportunity for exercise, fun, photographs and education on selected days in the summer of 2014. This interactive program utilizes the recently revised and expanded activity guide “Treasures of a Tidal Creek” as a reference. Stations along the trail will allow participants to view oyster friends, oyster spat size, water quality monitoring, tides and stream flow. There will be opportunities for photographs of the creek, marsh and all the varieties of wild life they contain. Each trip will be limited to 10-15 participants, unless arrangements are made in advance for more. Interested individuals or groups can sign up at Town Hall or on the Town website . Click on oyster cultivation and follow the prompts. The dates are scheduled for the second Saturday of June, July and August, and the start time is 9 a.m. at the trail head. Each trip will last about two hours. For individuals unable to join on a sponsored trip, you can pick up an activity guide at Town Hall and take the trip at your leisure.
On April 24th, CBOCS members John Bacon, Larry Ringgold, Ron and Linda Draper, and Town maintenance supervisor, Jay Berry, participated in a reef ball building workshop. This program was held at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation location in Shadyside. We learned about the many advantages of reef balls. We assembled several of the molds and then poured the concrete into them. This was in preparation for building oyster reef balls to deploy on the CBOCS reef this fall. We will be obtaining mold forms and constructing three reef balls each week this summer. Anyone interested in participating in this project should contact John Bacon at email@example.com . Oyster reef balls are 18 inches in diameter, 12 inches high and weigh about 50 pounds. They are used to mark the outline of the reef and also provide a hiding place where oyster eggs and spat can adhere.
CBOCS volunteers, with the valuable help of the Town maintenance staff, expanded their scope in March. We built and erected two osprey platforms along the trail. Now walkers, runners and bikers can take a moment to stop and enjoy these magnificent birds as they raise their families during the summer.
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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