Physical Therapy Relocates from Clinic to Drill Hall

As of Sept. 1, all Physical Therapy appointments will take place at the Drill Hall. Building 458. The Physical Therapy office located at Naval Health Clinic Pax River is closed.

Beginning Oct. 1, the Physical Therapy Department will see active-duty patients only. Dependent and Retiree patients currently being seen will no longer be able to schedule appointments. All affected patients who need to continue Physical Therapy services should make an appointment with their primary care manager to request a Physical Therapy consult for continuation of care. To reach the Physical Therapy office in the Drill Hall, call 301-757-5957.

NMCRS Adds Home Education Assistance Loan

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Socity (NMCRS) COVID-19 Rapid Response Loan was increased to $1,500 and Home Education Assistance for Family Members will be considered as an eligible expense. This new category is in response to the impact of modified school learning plans from COVID-19. Assistance is available with verified expenses (computer, internet, supplies, workbooks, tutoring) for dependent children, Kindergarten through 12th grade and dependent fulltime college students up to age 23. For more information or to make an appointment to apply for assistance, contact the Patuxent River NMCRS Office at 301-342-4739.

Update NFAAS Info by Sept. 30

Active and reserve military, civilians, dependents and contractors outside the continental U.S. should verify as current, and update as applicable, their own personal information in the Navy Family Accountability & Assessment System (NFAAS), as well as the personal information of any family members listed, by visiting https://navyfamily.navy.mil. Updates are due by Sept. 30. If you have any questions, contact Laurie Edgecomb at laurie.edgecomb@navy.mil. The Navy uses NFAAS to account for personnel and their families during widespread natural or manmade disasters. Accurate contact information of personnel and family members is required to facilitate a quick and accurate muster of personnel in affected areas.

NAVAIR Mandatory Training Refreshers

The deadlines to complete mandatory training courses are approaching. While the recommended due dates for NAVAIR Mandatory Training Refreshers Parts 1, 2 and 3 have passed, the courses are still available to complete until Sept. 30, 2020. To register for NAVAIR Mandatory Training Refresher courses, visit https://navairu.navair.navy.mil/ and search for the appropriate course number (CISL-MTR-2001, -2002, -2003, -2004).

Appointments Needed for Household Goods Office

Due to COVID-19 precautions, personnel are restricted from walking into Personal Property until further notice. Service members should go to www.move.mil to create their shipment. If assistance is needed, contact this office at 301-757-9666; or reach us via email at paxriverhhg_mailbox@navy.mil. If we are out of the office, or after business hours, contact Customer Service at 855-444-6683.

Cloth Face Coverings

Cloth face coverings must be worn while on base if a six-foot distance cannot be maintained; this includes service members, civilians, guests and families. People entering the NEX or Commissary are required to wear a cloth face covering or mask; otherwise they will be denied entry or asked to leave.

County Launches Text-to-911 Messaging

The St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services has launched the Text-to-911 emergency notification system. Available statewide, this service provides an additional way for residents to reach emergency services. To use the service, enter 911 in the “to” line of a text message, include a brief message describing your location, the emergency and type of service needed, and hit send. 911 dispatchers will respond and gather additional information as needed and dispatch appropriate emergency responders.

Election Judges Needed for Presidential Election

Paid position responsible for administering voting procedures in each precinct. Must be at least 16 years of age; physically able to work 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Election Day; must complete mandatory training; cannot engage in partisan activity while on duty. Contact 301-475-4200, ext. 1625, for an application or go to https://www.stmarysmd.com/supervisorofelections/ and apply. The General Election is on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Calvert Arts Festival Online

Sept. 1-30

Visit the Calvert Arts Festival Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/calvertartsfestival/ for a special curated showcase listing of our artisans. Visit their websites, or contact them, to safely shop beautiful one-of-a-kind arts and crafts to help support these dozens of local businesses who support the Calvert Arts Festival in normal times.

Wildewood Parkway Construction Work, Traffic Delays

Wildewood Parkway near the Wildewood Pool may experience an occasional traffic delay due to the lining of storm drainpipes in September. However, the road will remain open. Pedestrians should use caution when entering the work area. Drivers should follow all signs and flagging directions through the site. The construction project will begin on or around Sept. 4, and is projected to last approximately three weeks, weather dependent.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12

St. Andrew’s Landfill

Residents can dispose of household hazardous waste materials in a safe manner and with environmentally responsible practices. Some hazardous waste items which will be acceptable for collection include acids, ammonia, bleach, cleaners, fuels, gas/oil mixtures, gasoline, household and lawn pesticides. For a complete list of acceptable hazardous waste items, please visit our webpage at www.co.saint-marys.md.us/dpw/recycling-solid-waste/. Remember to wear face coverings and observe and social distancing precautions when dropping off rubbish at the landfill.

The Big Conversation: Many Wounds to Heal:

Health Care (In)Equity

2-5 p.m. Sept. 13

COVID-19 made health care inequities clear to everyone. We will examine the history and the “whys” of these inequities in Southern Maryland. An expert panel will be followed by small, facilitated group discussions to share our personal experiences and suggestions for what we can do to change systemic health care inequities. This forum is presented in partnership with Calvert Library and brought to you by The Big Conversation Partners in Dismantling Racism and Privilege in Southern Maryland. Register at www.stmalib.org to receive the link to the Zoom meeting the day of the event.

ArtsWalk

Sept. 19 & 20

Annmarie Gardens

ArtsFest has been re-imagined as ArtsWalk this year. Enjoy artists, music, no-touch activities for kids, and food. Advance tickets are required with timed entry to control crowd size. More space between vendors; visitors required to wear face coverings. Rain or shine. $10 per person; 11 and under free. Purchase tickets now at www.annmariegarden.org/

Kings Landing Ghost Tour

8-10 p.m. Sept. 25

King’s Landing Park

Experience a ghost hunt while listening to tales of the haunted and supernatural history of Kings Landing and Calvert County. We’ll use professional ghost hunting equipment on a late night tour through the woods in search of the unseen. Be prepared for a night hike: boots, flashlights and jacket. Masks required. $8 admission. For more information, call 410-535-5327.

Great Mills Pool Operating Schedule

The Great Mills Swimming Pool has updated its weekday operating hours. Reservations are required to guanrantee space for all activities. The full schedule and reservation details are available to view at www.stmarysmd.com/docs/pooloperatingschedule.pdf. Stay updated by following us at www.facebook.com/stmarysmdrecreation; Instagram @stmarysrecandparks or; orTwitter at twitter.com/stmarysrecparks.

County Libraries

Library buildings are now open Monday-Thursday, 1-6 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Limited numbers of people will be permitted inside the buildings at one time. Appointments for curbside pickup of holds are still available.

Welcome Back to Leonardtown

Our businesses are open to 50% capacity with some requiring reservations. Face coverings are required in indoor public areas and stores and on public transportation and also outdoors where physical distancing is not possible. For more information regarding openings and public guidelines, please contact the Commissioners of Leonardtown at 301-475-9791 or leonardtown.commissioners@leonardtownmd.gov. For a listing of area businesses and events and happenings in Leonardtown, please visit: www.VisitLeonardtownMD.com.

Sign Up to Receive CodeRED Weather Warnings

The Department of Emergency Services encourages St. Mary’s County residents to be prepared and informed by signing up to receive email warnings, updates and special notices including road closures, severe weather updates, Recreation and Park Notices and CodeRED Weather Warnings. CodeRED delivers a recorded message describing the situation in the affected area, which may include instructions requiring action on the part of the recipient.

Social Services Food Hotline

The Department of Social Services has launched a local Food Hotline for residents needing assistance with food supply and can be accessed by calling 240-895-7000. For additional community resources, please visit the St. Mary’s County Government Community Resource map.

County Call Center, COVID-19

St. Mary’s County Government and St. Mary’s County Health Department have partnered to open an informational call center for local residents needing more information about the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Community members can call the center Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to speak with staff, obtain information about the disease, or get their questions answered at (301) 475-4911.

Civilian Employee Assistance Program

The Department of the Navy Civilian Employee Assistance Program (DON CEAP) provides a wide range of free, confidential services to employees and their families. Employees can access services 24/7 through the DONCEAP by phone 1-844-DONCEAP (1-844-366-2327), TTY 1-800-635-2883, or https://magellanascend.com/.

Suicide Prevention Note

Noticed a friend posting thoughts about suicide on social media? Take the post seriously. Even if it seems like he or she may be joking or casually venting, remember that people may use humor to hide their pain. Reach out to your friend and ask if he or she is considering suicide. Share contact information for resources such as a chaplain, trusted leader, or Military Crisis Line (1-800-273-TALK, Option 1; text 838255 from a mobile device; or visit www.militarycrisisline.net.)

Sexual Assault Prevention

and Response (SAPR)

If you are a victim or know of someone who may be suffering in silence, reach out to NAS Pax River SAPR VA Watch Bill for confidential assistance: 24/7 at 301- 481-1057. You may also contact the DoD Safe Helpline for assistance: www.safehelpline.org. Call: 877- 995-5247, Text: 5-5247 inside the U.S.; 202- 470-5546 outside the U.S.

Where’s Gnorman Temporarily Suspended

Gnorman — like many other Pax personnel — is teleworking and will not be hiding in the pages of Tester again until the current COVID-19 situation has returned to normal.