Blind CSM Student Wins Award

Jessica Kell of Owings received the Outstanding Two-Year College or Community College Student With a Disability Award this month at a banquet at the College of Southern Maryland's LaPlata campus.

Kell, who is blind, completed her studies at the college last month. She will transfer to the University of Maryland Baltimore County in the fall to seek a bachelor's degree in social work. The award from the Nation's Capital Area Disability Support Services Coalition recognized Kell for her academic achievements and her initiative in working with fellow students at the Prince Frederick campus.

"It's cool to be recognized," Kell said.

She began college at a private school eight years ago but interrupted her studies when she found it difficult to continue because the school could not provide accommodations for her. At the College of Southern Maryland, Kell was provided assistive screen-reading software, which reads information on a computer screen either from a textbook or the Internet and course materials formatted to be compatible with the software.

"I was amazed by what accommodations CSM offered that helped me succeed," Kell said. "It made me enjoy going to classes."

Patients Sought for Breast Cancer Trial

Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick is seeking breast cancer patients to participate in a clinical trial under the direction of physician Kenneth Abbott, who directs the hospital's Infusion Therapy Center and is chairman of its cancer committee.

The trial is open to women older than 18 with HER2 negative metastatic breast cancer. The study is seeking participants who have been treated for breast cancer in the past but have recently received diagnoses that it has spread to other parts of their bodies.

Women interested in participating can determine their eligibility or receive more information by calling Mary Emma Middleton at 410-414-4663.

Wildewood Parkway Work Set to Begin

The St. Mary's County Department of Public Works and Transportation has authorized a contractor to perform construction work and major culvert replacement next week on Wildewood Parkway, a half-mile north of St. Andrews Church Road (Route 4).

Work is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through next Thursday.

A portion of Wildewood Parkway near Wildewood Lake Apartments, south of White Oak Parkway, will be closed to through traffic. Motorists can expect changes in traffic patterns and delays, and they should use alternative routes when possible.

The dates and times of the work may change depending on weather conditions.

Civista Gets New MRI Scanner

Civista Medical Center in La Plata has installed a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner. MRI uses magnets, radio waves and computers to create detailed images of internal organs and structures, allowing physicians to view internal anatomy without surgery.

The MRI equipment allows for diagnosis of abdominal conditions, brain disorders, cardiac disease, musculoskeletal joint disorders, stroke or vascular disease. It provides free-breathing body studies for patients, including those who have trouble holding their breath in traditional MRIs.