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Dr. Kevin Maxwell formally announced as new CEO of the Prince George’s County Public Schools, Storm water clean-up could mean fresh jobs in the county, former Councilwoman Joann T. Bell has passed away, Transit Service available between Prince George’s and Charles County

Kevin MaxwellI’m hearing good things about Dr. Kevin Maxwell like he’s not a part of the business as usual county political establishment.  Friday, June 28, 2013, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III will officially announce the selection of Dr. Kevin Maxwell as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Prince George’s County Public Schools. The announcement will take place at 1:00 p.m. in Hyattsville, MD at Northwestern High School where Dr. Maxwell once served as the principal.  Currently, Dr. Maxwell is the Superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Kevin Maxwell back to Prince George’s County to serve as our new CEO,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “His return serves as a signal that we want our best and brightest to be part of the renaissance of public education in Prince George’s County. Dr. Maxwell cares about Prince George’s County and is committed to ensuring that our school system is amongst the finest in the state. He was educated in our schools, he taught in our schools and now he will lead our schools. Dr. Maxwell is an innovative educator who has come full circle and I am confident that his outstanding talents and leadership will result in great achievements for our students.”
Stormwater DrainWashington Post, “Prince George’s County officials, bumping up against a Monday deadline to improve controls on storm water and polluting runoff that spills into local waterways, are proposing new fees and a management program they hope will also create jobs.  A 2009 lawsuit by environmental groups challenging state and federal management of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay is forcing several Maryland communities to do more to protect the bay and its tributaries.  
The county hopes to outsource much of the work for storm-water management to a public-private corporation that would be set up under the supervision of a county-appointed board, whose members would come from government, industry and community organizations. That company would be responsible for overseeing the installation and management of thousands of storm-water devices that must be placed on public property. Across the county, officials estimate that at least 8,000 acres — most of it on public land — need some type of new controls on storm water and its polluting runoff.
 Adam Ortiz, acting director of the county’s environmental resources department, estimates that the county will need 40,000 storm-water devices — rain barrels, rain gardens, water-absorbing sidewalks — to meet the mandate. He said the program would help improve water quality in streams and rivers and potentially spur the development of a “green” industry in the county. “We see this as a massive jobs program,” he said.
 Ortiz hopes that the demand for storm-water devices will attract companies to the county or spark the creation of ones. These companies would create and manufacture the devices. He estimates that the new industry could generate 5,000 jobs in the next decade in Prince George’s, based on modeling that the federal government did to estimate the effects of the recent stimulus program.”
Statement from Councilman (Dist 6) Derrick L. Davis on the passing of JoAnn T. Bell, “JoAnn Bell launched my career of public service to the citizens of the Sixth District in 1992, when she hired me as her Constituent Services Aide. I will forever be indebted to her for teaching me to navigate County Government; hold agencies and departments accountable; and help residents solve issues in their communities. I consider it a true honor and privilege to have known and worked with her. JoAnn Bell was the consummate public servant, who perfected the art of balancing public life and family life. She was a blessing to me as a mentor and example in both. Her spirit and words resonate with me daily, as I now carry out the privilege of representing the residents of the Sixth Councilmanic District in Prince George’s County.”
Blogger consultants tell blogger never to post a press release in its entirety.  The following is a press release in its entirety.  It’s early and I just can’t.:
On Monday, July 1, 2013, Charles and Prince George’s Counties will launch a new public transit service linking Charles County’s VanGO with Prince George’s County’s TheBus. The new transit service is the first transportation agreement between the counties and culminates more than one year of joint planning between the two jurisdictions. In addition, both jurisdictions applied for and received grants through the Job Access and Reverse Commute Program to implement the new service.
The BusPrince George’s County initiated the new South County service between Clinton and Brandywine Crossing. The singular initiative expanded into a joint collaborative effort between Prince George’s and Charles Counties to provide service between Brandywine Crossing in Prince George’s County to Pinefield South Shopping Center in Charles County.
The extended service allows transit users to travel between Brandywine Crossing and Pinefield South shopping centers, as well as to points beyond because they will be able to connect with linking service routes at the Clinton Fringe Park and Ride Lot.  TheBus terminates service at 7:50 p.m. on weekdays and does not operate on Saturdays. As a result, VanGO will provide service from the Waldorf transfer point to Brandywine Crossing weekday evenings and Saturdays. On Monday through Friday, the last VanGO bus will depart Brandywine Crossing at 9:29 p.m. and arrive at the Waldorf transfer point at 9:45 p.m. to allow for connection with the 10 p.m. departures. On Saturdays, service from Waldorf to Brandywine Crossing will begin at 7 a.m. and end at 9:45 p.m., while service from Brandywine Crossing to Waldorf will begin at 7:14 a.m. and end at 9:29 p.m.
For more information on VanGO, please call 301-934-9305 or visit For TheBus information, please call 301-324-BUSS. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711 or Relay Service TDD at 800-735-2258.

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