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  • 03/21/2022 5:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The deadline to apply for first-round consideration is March 25, 2022. More information is on the county web site link:

    https://www.calvertcountymd.gov/2925/Police-Accountability-Board

  • 03/21/2022 5:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 2 sets of 4 free at-⁠home tests. If you already ordered your first set, order a second today.

    https://www.covidtests.gov/

    Need more tests? At-home COVID-19 tests are now covered by many insurance plans. Here is a link to CVS info on this. Other pharmacies may also offer these tests; please check with your pharmacy for more information.

    https://www.cvs.com/shop/content/at-home-covid-tests-education

  • 02/15/2022 1:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Profiles in Black History

    Isabel de Olvera, explorer, early 1600s

    by Krishna Mann, ideas.ted.com

    Isabel de Olvera was born in Querétaro, Mexico, in the late 1500s to an African father and an Indian mother. As a young, unmarried, free mixed-race woman in 1600, she sought permission and protection from the mayor of Querétaro to join an upcoming expedition to New Spain (or present-day New Mexico, Arizona and Florida). Although historians are not sure of her motives — some records suggest that she may have been hoping to assist recently settled families at her final destination — her deliberate preparations for the journey were documented.

    de Olvera petitioned the mayor to provide her with written permission proving she was indeed a free woman. Because she was Black, she knew she could be claimed as property by men she encountered on her journey. Her appeal to the mayor ended with this simple but clear declaration: “I demand justice.”

    After an eight-month legal process, which included sworn testimony from witnesses to prove her independence and her worthiness, de Olvera was eventually permitted to go on the expedition. The journey covered nearly 1400 miles, crossing multiple rivers, deserts and mountain ranges. While some records of the hardships exist, the exact details of where and when de Olvera went, as well as what happened next in her life, are left to speculation. “I wish we knew more, and we did a whole year of research on her,” says Dr. Berry. “We think about how many miles she might have traveled, and we recognize the bravery of what she did at that time”.

    Why her story should be told:

    Simply put, Isabel de Olvera’s existence as a free woman in the 1600s challenges the narrative that the Black experience in America began only when Africans were forcibly brought to this country and enslaved. Her journey is also among the earliest recorded instances of Black people fighting for liberty in North America, an act of resistance that is repeated throughout history.

    “Freedom is always fraught, and Black women are always demanding justice to be treated like human beings,” says Dr. Berry. “And Isabel is one of the first women that we can identify who is doing just that.”


    Barbara Jordan

    Politician, lawyer, and professor Barbara Jordan was an outspoken advocate for social equity. As a young Texan lawyer, Jordan volunteered for the Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and his running mate, Texan Lyndon B. Johnson. Volunteering inspired Jordan to enter politics.

    After two unsuccessful campaigns, Jordan won a seat in the Texas Senate in 1966. She became one of two African Americans elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972. In 1976, she became the first African American woman to deliver a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.

    Jordan retired from politics and became a professor, teaching even after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and began using a wheelchair. She lived with her companion Nancy Earl for over 20 years.


    Harriet Elizabeth Brown

    Harriet  E. Brown successfully sued the Calvert County Board of Education for equal pay for African American teachers in 1937. Salaries were equalized across the state as a result.

    The case was cited across the nation.

    Thurgood Marshall was Miss Brown's attorney for this landmark case.


  • 01/04/2022 12:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to weather-related power outages, the January 2022 meeting has been postponed one week to Tuesday, January 11th at 7:00pm.

    This meeting will be virtual-only via Zoom due to increasing cases of Covid-19 in the metro area. For more information on Covid in our area, see the Calvert County Health Department web site at https://www.calverthealth.org/healththreats/diseases/cvirus.htm.

    Thanks, and we'll see you on Zoom on the 11th.

  • 10/09/2021 11:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The University of Maryland Extension is holding a series of monthly well and septic education seminars on Zoom. Each seminar is from 12:00 to 12:40pm, allowing time for questions at the end. Andrew Lazur, Water Quality Specialist, is teaching the seminars. The next one, Drinking Water Treatment 101, is on Wednesday, October 20.

    Having a well and septic system is something you don't learn about in school, and not everyone knows how these things work and how to maintain them. If you have moved to Calvert County from a place that has city water and sewer, you know what I mean.

    Interested? Check out this printable flyer.

    Get more detailed info on each topic and register here.

  • 10/08/2021 8:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Calvert County Health Department has updated their Covid booster eligibility requirements. (These differ from the CDC recommendations in that Calvert's requirements make boosters eligible to more people.)

    Per their web site:

    "In order to receive a Covid booster through the Calvert Health Department, individuals shall meet the following criteria:

    1) The initial vaccinations received were either Pfizer or Moderna.

        *For those who received Johnson & Johnson (J&J), please see below.

    2) At least 4 months have passed since receiving your second vaccine dose

    3) All members of the general public age 16 or older are eligible for booster doses

    The Calvert Health Department strongly recommends that anyone 50 or older with underlying health conditions should get a booster dose to reduce your risk of serious complications of Covid.

    We also strongly recommend that anyone who works in a prioritized job classification should take advantage of the increased protection of a booster dose."

    Read the full article here.

    Please see the Calvert County Health Department Coronavirus page for more information on Covid boosters, including Q & A. The most recent information is at the top of the page.

    Many thanks to the Calvert County Health Department workers who are doing their best to keep us all safe and healthy.

  • 10/05/2021 5:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Your opinion matters!

    This is your chance to weigh in on bringing diversity and balance to law enforcement and criminal justice in Calvert County.

    Calvert County is required by Maryland law to establish a Police Accountability Board (PAB) and an Administrative Charging Committee (ACC). Here's what you need to know about what those things are, why this is happening, and how it will happen:

    https://calvertcountymd.gov/2925/Police-Accountability-Board

    Here's the link to Take a survey on the Police Accountability Board and the Administrative Charging Committee. Survey deadline is October 17.


  • 08/14/2021 5:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning, on behalf of the Calvert County Planning Commission, has prepared a draft updated master plan for the Prince Frederick Town Center. Citizens are invited to review the draft Prince Frederick Town Center Master Plan (July 2021 draft) at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/PrinceFrederickTCMPJuly2021Draft and provide comments by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.

  • 05/18/2021 4:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following is shared from an email from Steny Hoyer's campaign, Hoyer for Congress. It is shared for your information. Please let all interested college students know of this opportunity.

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    Dear friend,

    I am proud to announce that my campaign will be participating as a partner in the 2021 National Democracy Summer School! Developed by fellow Marylander and Congressman Jamie Raskin, this program is dedicated to training the next generation of political activists, organizers, and leaders. In 2021, for the first time ever, Democracy Summer is expanding nationally in partnership with the DCCC and campaigns like ours.

    As a part of this initiative, I am offering dedicated college students the opportunity to join my campaign as Hoyer For Congress Fellows. Those interested can apply HERE. Selected Fellows will participate in an exciting online seminar designed by Rep. Raskin focused on the history of social and political change in America and the progress of political democracy, while simultaneously training as organizers and volunteer activists with my reelection campaign here in Maryland’s Fifth District. Hoyer For Congress will pay Fellows a $1000 stipend.

    The theme of this year's academic seminar is “The Fight to Vote: Nonviolent Movements, Violent Reactions and the Continuing Struggle for Strong Democracy in America.”

    Through the academic program, Fellows will learn from great activist heroes, both young and veteran political leaders, Democratic policy experts and top political and community organizers across the country. Past Democracy Summer speakers have included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Civil Rights leaders Bob Moses and Rev. William J. Barber II, Prof. Laurence Tribe, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and dozens of other luminaries of change and progress.

    When working with my campaign, Fellows will participate in key organizing events and learn to phone-bank, text-bank, use social media to organize and educate, canvass, door-knock (when approved by public health authorities), sign-wave, register voters, run effective field programs, and build change in our country!

    Additional information and the application for the Fellowship can be found HERE. The deadline to apply is May 28th. If you know a student who may be interested in this program, please forward them this email-- this is an opportunity they won’t want to miss!

    We are in the struggle of our political lives to defend democracy and voting rights. Join us!

    Thank you for your support!

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call my campaign office at (301) 464-5710. I also encourage you to connect with me on Twitter by following @StenyHoyer and on Facebook by liking my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/hoyerforcongress.

    With kindest regards, I am,

    Sincerely yours,

    Steny H. Hoyer

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    End of shared email.

    Good luck to all who apply!


  • 05/06/2021 12:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    At our April 2021 meeting, we voted to have the CCDWC added to a list of supporters of the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Community Center and Park. This facility will bring needed recreational resources to our county and Prince Frederick in particular.

    Now the HEB Task Force really needs your help--and all you need to do is send a few emails. 

    The following is excerpted from an email from from Margaret Dunkle, head of the task force:

    Thank you for your continuing support of the HEB CC&P.  Prince Frederick desperately needs this new resource – and we can all be proud to honor our own Calvert County hero.

    We need your help to keep things on track.  The Board of County Commissioners is considering an approach that would ensure the HEB CC&P moves ahead now.  Yesterday, at a Public Hearing, staff presented a “Budget Adjustment” to set aside $6 million already on hand to support planning and construction for the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Community Center & Park.*

    The Hearing record is open for public comment (that's you!) until next Friday, May 14.

    Please take a minute to email our County Commissioners and responsible staff:  commiss@calvertcountymd.gov,  John.Norris@calvertcountymd.gov, Timothy.Hayden@calvertcountymd.gov

    Say something like:

    I strongly support the Department of Finance & Budget’s staff recommendation to allocate $6 million for the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Community Center & Park.  I urge the County Commissioners to vote “yes” to approve Budget Adjustment #BA076CIP.

    Your voice will make a difference for Calvert citizens, kids and families – and lock in funding for the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Community Center & Park!

    CCDWC members and friends, let's do what we can to help move this project forward. It's not a big ask!


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