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From the Newsletter...
We are only days away from the opening of the 2015 Chesapeake Beach Water Park Season! Hot summer days are just around the corner and there’s no better way to cool off than at the Water Park! We open on Saturday, May 23 and stay open until Labor Day Monday, September 7, weekends only while school is still in session. Once school is out we are open on weekdays too!
Have you purchased your 2015 Season Pass yet? Season Passes are now available for advance purchase on our website . We will have staff members available at the Park at 10 a.m., an hour before we open, on both Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 to take photos and issue Season Passes. Take advantage of this service so you can avoid standing in lines. Remember, if you are a Season Pass holder, you can advance to the front of the line when you visit! Other perks of being a Season Pass holder include:
Attend the Night Slides for no extra fee!
Attend our Parents with Preschoolers for no extra fee!
Attend all Character Days for no extra fee!
Attend all Adult Swim (age 18 and over) for no extra fee!
20% Discount off all food purchases inside the Park!
Join us on Thursday June 18 at 10 a.m. for our annual World’s Largest Swim Lesson. (WLSL). Even though Calvert County schools will still be in session this day, we will still be holding this event and will remain open until 4 p.m. Admission is free for all those who participate in this event, but you 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. On the morning of June 18, waterparks and pools around the world that are hosting this WLSL event will simultaneously enter their pools together in an attempt to break this Guinness World Record.
Some of our other popular programs that will be returning this season include:
Friday Night Slides will be on Friday evenings, July 10 thru August 7, 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 more! Check out our events listed on the Town Calendar on page 11 and our 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.
Parents with Preschoolers will continue this season. This program will run on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. and is designed just for parents with preschool-aged children. A portion of our center Activity Pool and two baby slides will be open; no Lazy River.
We want to continue showing our immense appreciation to our Chesapeake Beach residents! Exclusively offered to our Chesapeake Beach residents is our Chesapeake Beach Resident Appreciation Day every Tuesday this season! On Tuesdays 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 will take little-to-no group reservations on Tuesdays so that our Town residents can enjoy a less crowded park! The Chesapeake Beach Appreciation Day is our way of saying Thank You for your continued support over the years.
What special child or friend do you have that celebrates their birthday in the summer? Consider celebrating with us at the Water Park! 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 area Party Place where you can book a Super-Sized party for more of your friends! New 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 Store. Visit our website for more details and reserve your birthday party online!
We are very excited about our new and improved Water Park Store! Our staff has worked hard over the winter months giving our store a fresh and bold look. Brand new logo items such as hats, sweatshirts and hoodies, embroidered T-shirts and so much more! We are also excited that our Logo merchandise is now available on our Online Store. Visit our website, and share with your friends from across the miles, and shop online for some of these amazing Logo products! You are sure to be as thrilled as we are!
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. In an effort to allow more adults to have chairs, a new policy in effect this season: chairs will only be 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 question.
Visit our website for details on all of our programs and events happening 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! We look forward to seeing you this summer at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park!
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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