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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Nov. 5

The Charles County Department of Public Works would like to remind citizens that the next household hazardous waste collection will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5. The household hazardous waste collection site is located in the parking lot of the Department of Public Works building, located at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata. Collection hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

MHP Issues Final Assistance Checks to Victims of Flower Branch Apartments Fire

Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP) is pleased to announce that today we have issued the final assistance checks to the victims of the Long Branch Fire. Checks totaling about $320,000 are being distributed to the 61 families displaced by the tragic event as the last step in the emergency relief provided by MHP

Shanks Participates in Family, Health, and Home Expo on Oct. 29

Physical fitness coordinator Debi Shanks and various senior citizens around the county will be encouraging residents to stay fit at the Family, Health, and Home Expo. This expo will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Charles County Fairgrounds (8440 Fairground Road, La Plata), beginning at 10 a.m. Shanks will lead the older adult fitness demo on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. on the Autumn stage and 1 p.m. on the Pink Experience stage with several local seniors supporting Shank

Boustany Announces Disaster Recovery Funding for Louisiana Communities

Dr. Charles Boustany (R-Lafayette) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $437,800,000 to the State of Louisiana for communities that experienced significant damage in recent flooding. The funds are provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program.


The month of September revealed continued steady sales with a 6.3 percent rise in home sales, according to the Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR).  Once again, the smaller rural counties posted declines while the more populated areas had strong sales. Average and median prices made modest gains statewide, with increases of 0.2 and 3.8 percent respectively, as compared to September 2015.

Athanasia Kyriakakos Named 2016-2017 Maryland Teacher of the Year

Athanasia Kyriakakos, an art teacher at Baltimore City’s Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, tonight was named the 2016-2017 Maryland Teacher of the Year. Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, made the announcement at the 26th Annual Teacher of the Year Gala.

Boustany Demands Swift Disbursement of Disaster Relief Funds

Dr. Charles Boustany (R-Lafayette) joined the Louisiana congressional delegation in sending a letter to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro urging immediate distribution of recently appropriated Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to help Louisiana flood recovery efforts

Boustany Announces FEMA Funding to Repair Flood-Damaged Homes

Dr. Charles Boustany (R-Lafayette) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced $128,516,850 in federal funding for the Stay At Home (SAH) Program. The program provides temporary relief to families whose homes were damaged by the recent floods by making occupied residences habitable enough to be used as a shelte

United States District Court in Maryland Grants Motion to Dismiss

MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. today announced that the United States District Court for the District of Maryland granted Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc’s (“MERS”) motion to dismiss a complaint that the court noted was “difficult to decipher” and a “variation on a form complaint circulated on the internet.”

Delaney, Gibson Introduce Legislation to Begin Bipartisan Action on Climate Change

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) and Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19) have introduced legislation to find bipartisan consensus on climate change and drive economically viable solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the public health and environmental consequences of unchecked climate change. The Delaney-Gibson bill was introduced with three Republican and three Democratic cosponsors.

Capital Costs at an All-Time Low for Local Government Infrastructure Financing Program

The latest round of bonds issued through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Local Government Infrastructure Financing program had the lowest capital cost in its 28 year operating history. This indicates that interest rates are hitting historic lows, and demonstrates the current financial mechanism and approach the agency utilizes to raise capital for Maryland’s local governments works well and achieves excellent results. Michael Karimi Real Estate Realtor

Cummings, Sarbanes Announce Nearly $2.5 Million in Grants to Housing Authority of Baltimore City

Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and John Sarbanes (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide $2,498,734 in grant funding to help low-income public housing residents in Baltimore find and keep good-paying jobs.

Boustany Announces Emergency Disaster Assistance for Lafayette and Baton Rouge

Dr. Charles Boustany (R-Lafayette) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $13 million in disaster assistance funding for Lafayette and Baton Rouge under the Declared Disaster Recovery Fund.


>U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently awarded 10 veterans assistance programs that operate in Maryland a total of more than $10.8 million to help better address the needs of homeless veterans. The federal grants come from the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program – an initiative designed to prevent homelessness by bolstering outreach, case management and other crucial services to low-income veteran families.


In a strong turnaround from the previous month, there was a 12.1 percent surge in home sales in August, according to the Maryland Association of REALTORS®, (MAR).  While there were declines in smaller rural markets, overall most counties had strong sales activity. Leading the pack was Frederick County with a 28.3 percent increase, followed by Charles County at 27.6 percent and Calvert County at 25 percent. Average price rose by 2.5 percent and median price climbed by 4.1 percent as compared to the same time period in 2015


Federal, State and Local Housing Officials Celebrate Opening of Senior Rental...

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett today took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony for The Bonifant at Silver Spring, a mixed-income 11-story apartment building with 149 units for seniors age 62 or older


Habitat for Humanity To Celebrate Grand Opening of Worcester County’s First...

Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County will join its supporters and many eager shoppers on Thursday, August 30th to celebrate the grand opening of the first Habitat ReStore in Worcester County. The new ReStore is located at 9026 Worcester Highway in Berlin. A multi-chamber ribbon cutting ceremony will take place from 11:30 am to noon. Doors open to the public immediately following the ribbon cutting