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From the Newsletter...
Another Successful Summer! (Story by Laura Krick, Marketing Coordinator and Marilyn VanWagner, General Manager)
The 2016 Season at Chesapeake Beach Water Park was a great success! Thank
you to all of our residents who visited us this summer. Look for an announcement
in the Winter issue of the Newsletter for a Water Park open forum to be announced, led by Water Park Committee Chair, Councilman Stewart Cumbo. This will be your chance as residents to ask questions and bring suggestions for discussion on how we can make our Water Park even better than it already is!
Holiday discounts for our 2017 Season Passes will go on sale in early December. Like us on Facebook to stay informed of these Early Bird special discount rates and dates. Also, if you are interested in Summer Employment at the Water Park in 2017, beginning in late December, we will start taking applications on our website. Our posts on Facebook will help to keep you informed. Both Early Bird Season Passes and all positions for Employment can be found on our website .
The Chesapeake Beach Water Park Management and Staff extend a big Thank
You to YOU! Thank you for your continued support and thank you for another great season! We will be working hard over the next several months to bring you even more excitement, more fun and another great season at your favorite Water Park!
Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society Turns Six! (Story by John Bacon and Photography by Nancy Feuerle, Bob Munro, John Bacon, Jay Berry)
OYSTERS OUT -- Thirty-five Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society (CBOCS) volunteers, friends and Public Works employees finally moved 65 tubs of oysters from Fishing Creek to the Old Rock Reef in August. The delay from June was caused by the excessive heat in mid-summer. This concludes five cycles of planting oysters in the bay. This year we had a 56 percent survival rate which is above average for one-year-old oyster spat.
OYSTERS IN -- The 6th cycle started in early September with 22 members and Public Works employees transporting 100,000 new oyster spat from the hatchery to their temporary home under the Railway Trail at the 3rd rest stop.
OUTREACH -- CBOCS was privileged to be selected to represent the Town of Chesapeake Beach at their annual booth at the Maryland Municipal League Conference in Ocean City this past June. A new booth display was created including a large back drop with many graphics. Oysters cleaning water were on display as were a large amount of literature. A fun CBOCS corn hole game was included and turned out to be a big hit. Pearl charm prizes were given to all who won the game. Amenda and Dennis Brown along with John and Merrilyn Bacon greeted many people during the two days the exhibit was open. The exhibit was displayed in Town Hall during July and August.
October was the month that CBOCS participated in the Greenstreet Gardens Fall Festival. For two Sundays, volunteers greeted several hundred visitors. The large display board along with oysters cleaning tanks of the creek water and literature were available for those attending. Many new Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail walkers resulted from this outreach. Several new CBOCS volunteers were also recruited.
CBOCS is presenting a workshop at the Maryland State Education Association Conference in late October. The theme is getting educators involved with local volunteer groups around the state. Our example is CBOCS involvement with
CHESPAX and the Calvert County School System. We have a great story to tell, and it will be available to Town residents at a date in the future.
EDUCATION -- Calvert County fifth grade students are participating in their annual field trip to the Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail during October and November. Approximately 800 students, teachers and chaperones spend four hours during 16 visits learning about oysters and the waters of Fishing Creek. This program is facilitated by CBOCS and run by Calvert County Natural Resources personnel.
FUN ON THE TRAIL -- The hottest new game in Town is the Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail NATURE BINGO. This challenges walkers to find 25 different natural items as they walk the trail. Since August, more than 200 bingo cards have been picked up at the head of the trail in the brochure box. Make sure to get your copy and play!
AND MORE -- The oysterquarium, mosquito repellent garden and pollinator garden continue to attract people to learn about the trail. Make sure to pick up brochures at the gardens. The osprey camera suffered a lighting strike in June, but the ospreys survived and raised their two chicks until they all went south in August.
To become involved in CBOCS or to learn more about CBOCS, click here .
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).
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
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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