Meeting on Bay Crossing

The Maryland Transportation Authority and the state Department of Transportation have formed a task force to discuss the construction of another bridge across the Chesapeake Bay.

As part of its fact-finding activities, the task force will conduct a public informational meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 3 at Northern High School, 2950 Chaneyville Rd., Owings.

State and federal transportation agencies are considering building another bay crossing because of increasing congestion on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Route 50/301.

At the meeting, members of the public will be able to comment on alternatives under consideration, view informational displays and speak with members of the task force staff. The session is one of several that are planned.

Sale to Benefit Nuns

There will be a pre-Christmas sale to benefit the nuns at the Mount Carmel Monastery in La Plata from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24.

Christmas, gift and religious items will be on sale at the monastery, which is off Mitchell Road across from the College of Southern Maryland campus. In addition, artwork, books, toys and baked goods will be sold.

Proceeds will help pay the nuns' living expenses. For information, call 301-392-3664.

Free Lecture at College

Christopher Kilmartin, an author, clinical psychologist and college professor, will discuss issues related to men and depression in a lecture Friday at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

The lecture, "Men and Depression: Controversies, Diagnosis, and Treatment," will begin at 4 p.m. in Cole Cinema, in the College's Campus Center. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Kilmartin will discuss why fewer men than women are given diagnoses of depression as well as outline signs and symptoms of mental health problems.

Kilmartin's background -- he is also an actor, a stand-up comedian, a playwright and a consultant -- informs his perspective on psychological issues, according to a St. Mary's College news release. He is a professor of psychology at the University of Mary Washington.

Kilmartin's books include "The Masculine Self."

School Alerts by E-Mail

Changes in the schedule of public schools in St. Mary's County are now available to subscribers of the Schoolsout.com automated e-mail system.

When changes are made to school hours because of bad weather or emergencies, Schoolsout.com sends e-mail messages to all subscribers in the school system.

The service is free. Those who do not want to receive e-mail can check for announcements by visiting the Schoolsout.com Web site.

To subscribe, visit the Schools out.com Web site, www.schoolsout.com, click the "Maryland" link, and click the "St. Mary's County public schools" link. Scroll down and follow the directions to sign up for e-mail alerts.

Calverton School Adds On

The Calverton School in Huntingtown recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on an addition to its lower-school building.

The building project is part of a campaign to raise $4.5 million for capital improvement projects at the private day school, which offers programs from prekindergarten through high school.

Nearly 300 parents, alumni, parents of alumni, students and community leaders attended the ceremony Sept. 30, which was held immediately before middle school homecoming games.

The project will add about 20,000 square feet to the building, including 11 classrooms, a faculty workroom and a library. It will also free up space in the lower-school building to move the music and art rooms.

A Russian Exchange

Calvert County residents will have an opportunity Oct. 25 to talk with visitors from Russia about the relationship between local nonprofit organizations and government at all levels.

The five Russians, who work in a variety of professions, are visiting under the auspices of the League of Women Voters of Calvert County. They are interested in how government works in the United States, the league said in a statement announcing the event.

The discussion of how nonprofit groups support the delivery of services is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Calvert Pines Senior Center in Prince Frederick. The event will be hosted by the United Way of Calvert County and the Calvert Crusade for Children.

Other organizations that are participating include the Autism-Asperger Association of Calvert County, Concerned Black Men of Calvert County, Healthy Families, Health Department Crisis Center, Housing For All, Patuxent United Methodist Church, the Calvert County Family Network and the Interagency Council.

The program will use a professional interpreter. Other Russian speakers interested in serving as one-on-one interpreters are asked to call 410-286-0103.

Police 'Together Day' Set

Calvert County's 11th annual Police & Community United Together Day is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 30 Church St. in Prince Frederick.

The event, sponsored by the Calvert County Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State Police, will feature a bicycle rodeo, antique police vehicles, hearing and vision tests, and tours of the sheriff's headquarters.

The Maryland State Police helicopter and motor unit will participate. Sheriff's police dog units, many fire and rescue units, Maryland Search and Rescue Dogs, and several other organizations will be present.

For information, call the Calvert County Sheriff's Office at 410-535-2800 or the Maryland State Police barrack at 410-535-1400 or 301-855-1975.

Schools Make Tech Hire

Paul Rossi has been named technology integrator trainer in the St. Mary's County public schools department of information technology.

The appointment was approved last week by the Board of Education.

Rossi will be responsible for training staff members on the use of instructional software packages. Before joining the school system, he worked in program support and training with the Anteon Corp.

Rossi is a 20-year Navy veteran. He is completing a bachelor of science degree in computer studies at the University of Maryland, University College, and holds an associate's degree in computer information (system analysis) from Palm Beach Community College.

Sign Up to Talk to Santa

The Nanjemoy Community Center, through the Charles County Department of Community Services, will operate a free Santa's Hotline for children ages 1 to 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14.

In an announcement last week, department officials said: "Through the power of technology, we've set up a hotline that will be transferring Santa's calls through special operators in the North Pole. Because Santa is so busy, calls will be limited to the first 150 completed registration forms handed in."

For information about registering, visit the department's Web site, www.charlescounty.org/cs, or call 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388, Ext. 5152. Callers with special needs can contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711 or Relay Service TDD at 800-735-2258.

Clinic at Humane Society

The Humane Society of Charles County will conduct a vaccine and microchipping clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at its office at 71 Industrial Park Dr. in Waldorf.

Rabies shots are $7, distemper shots are $12 and microchipping is $20.

County dog licenses will also be available at a cost of $2 for spayed and neutered dogs and $15 for dogs that are not spayed or neutered.

Dogs must be on leashes, and cats and ferrets must be in carriers, with no more than two cats per carrier.

For information about the clinic or Humane Society programs, call the shelter at 301-645-8181 or visit humanesocietycc.org.