New trail to link county Metrorail stations

The county’s Planning Department has been awarded an $80,000 grant to fund the first segment of a trail linking the Capitol Heights, Addison Road, Morgan Boulevard and Largo Town Center Metrorail stations.

Issued by the Transportation Planning Board’s Transportation Land-Use Connection program, the grant will be used to design facilities for the Central Avenue Connector Trail. The east-west trail will begin just west of the Capitol Heights Metro station and end at the Largo Town Center station.

County officials said the trail will support transit-oriented development around the county’s Blue Line stations by allowing residents to bike or walk safely along the corridor.

For information on the Central Avenue Connector Trail and the TLC grant project, call 301-952-3084 or visit www.pgplanning.org.

Program allows Pell grants for prisoners

People incarcerated in federal and state prisons are now eligible to receive Pell grants under the Second Chance Pell program. The pilot initiative was recently announced by Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.), Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Education Secretary Arne Duncan at Jessup Correctional Institution.

Edwards, who introduced the Restoring Education and Learning Act to Congress in May, said the trial program aims to restore educational opportunities for prisoners. The bill counters the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which denied Pell grants to those who are incarcerated.

Notice to swimmers in the Chesapeake Bay

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners is warning swimmers to be aware of hazardous tidal currents in the Chesapeake Bay. The cautions come after three people recently drowned off Cove Point Beach in Southern Maryland.

Board President Steve Weems said the board is posting signs at the beach to warn of danger.

The new signs offer safety tips and guidelines on what to do if caught in a rip current, such as:

→Stay at least 100 feet from piers and jetties.

→If caught in rip current, keep calm and do not fight it.

→Swim parallel to the shore. If unable to swim to shore, float or tread water until the rip current is over.

For water safety information, visit www.co.cal.md.us and select “Services” then “Public Safety.”

— Compiled by Jillian S. Jarrett