| Neeld Estate
Sheriff's Office Info
Sue Coffee, Chairperson
Chet Burgess, Janet Gean, Brett Reeves
Sandy Geest & Annie
Janet Gean, Chairperson
Charlotte Zajac, Chairperson
Charlotte Zajac, Chairperson
Don Nauser, Sue Coffey, Janet Gean, Brent Golden
County Leash Law for Pets Is
Please obey the rules
Gras Party 2012 - photos
2012 BINGO NIGHT
Photos from The Neeld Family and more...
A Short History of Plum
Attention Dog Walkers:
Mitt" Doggie Bag Dispensers
Mitt" Doggie Bag Dispensers have been installed, one at each of the
main entrances to the beach. Hopefully this will encourage all dog
walkers to pick up after their pets.
more about Mutt Mitts
CALVERT COUNTY SHERIFF’S
Sheriff Mike Evans
(410)486-3101 or 1-800-525-5555
Hearing Impaired TTY (410)486-0677
www.youtube.com/Maryland State Police
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 22, 2012
NEW LAW ALERT ISSUED FOR MOTOR SCOOTER AND MOPED RIDERS
) -- Maryland State Police and local law enforcement are reminding the
owners and riders of motor scooters and mopeds that a new law taking
effect in less than two months will make significant changes in the
use of their chosen form of transportation.
On October 1, 2012, new
vehicle laws will take effect that require all motor scooters and
mopeds to be titled and insured, while all operators and passengers
must wear a helmet and eye protection.
These new requirements are in addition to the existing law that
requires all motor scooter and moped operators to possess a valid
driver’s license or a moped operator’s permit.
All drivers and passengers of motor scooters and mopeds will be
required to wear motorcycle helmets that meet safety standards set by
the United States Department of Transportation.
Drivers and passengers must also wear eye protection, unless
the vehicle is equipped with a windscreen.
Motor scooter and moped owners will be required to insure their
vehicles. They must obtain
at least the minimum vehicle liability insurance and must carry proof
of the insurance with them whenever they are operating the scooter or
Motor scooters and mopeds will be required to be titled by the
Motor Vehicle Administration. Owners
will be able to obtain titling information through the MVA website at www.mva.maryland.gov
beginning October 1st.
When the title is obtained, the vehicle owner will be provided
with a decal that must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle.
Maryland law defines a motor scooter as a non-pedal vehicle
that has a seat for the operator; has two wheels, of which one is ten
or more inches in diameter; has a step through chassis; has a motor
with a rating of 2.7 brake horsepower or less, or a 50 cc engine or
less; and is equipped with an automatic transmission.
A moped is defined as a bicycle that is designed to be operated
by human power with the assistance of a motor; is equipped with pedals
that can drive the rear wheel(s); has two or three wheels, one of
which is more than 14 inches in diameter; has a motor with a rating of
1.5 brake horsepower or less and a 50 cc engine or less.
The drivers of motor scooters and mopeds are required to follow
the same rules of the road as bicycles.
Those rules include:
-Drivers must ride as near to the right side of the roadway as
and safe as possible, except when:
--Making a left turn;
--Operating on a one-way street;
--Passing a stopped or slower moving vehicle;
--Avoiding pedestrians and road hazards;
--The right lane is a right turn only lane;
--Operating in a lane too narrow for a bicycle or motor scooter
another vehicle to travel safely side by side.
-Drivers may ride side by side only if flow of traffic is
-Drivers must exercise due care when passing;
-Headsets covering both ears, or earplugs in both ears are not
-Scooters or mopeds may not be operated on roadways with speed
greater than 50 mph;
-Scooters or mopeds may not be operated at more than 30 mph;
-Drivers may not operate on a roadway where there is a smooth
bike lane or paved shoulder available, meaning they must use
the bike lane or
paved shoulder instead of the roadway;
-Drivers must obey the rules of the road applicable to all
Troopers and local law enforcement across
have received training regarding the new laws.
Scooter and moped drivers who violate the new law can expect to
be stopped and issued traffic citations or warnings, beginning October
Office of Media Communications
|FBI warns of new banking scam
By David McMillin •
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Some crafty criminals are
aiming to steal one of the most valuable pieces of your
personal property: your banking information. In a new warning,
the Federal Bureau of Investigation warns account holders of a
new spam email scheme that involves a type of malware called
"Gameover." The scheme involves fake emails from the
National Automated Clearing House Association, the Federal
Reserve or the FDIC. These messages attempt to trick
recipients into clicking on a link to resolve some type of
issue with their accounts or a recent ACH transaction. Once
you click on the link, Gameover takes over your computer, and
thieves can steal usernames, passwords and your money.
The FBI also warns the thieves'
hacking capabilities can navigate around common user
authentication methods banks use to verify your identity,
which is certainly a cause for concern. Those additional
authentication steps -- often personal questions, birth dates
or other pieces of private information -- are meant to provide
some extra security padding. While phishing scams are nothing
new to the world of online banking, this type of warning
serves as a reminder of just how susceptible account holders
can be to malicious attacks. As more account holders begin to
jump on the mobile banking bandwagon, it's important to
remember that a smartphone essentially acts as another
computer. While this additional connection to the Internet is
convenient, it also serves as another outlet where your
information can be compromised.
Here are a few crucial steps to
take to avoid falling victim to this type of Internet crime.
• Keep your computer and
mobile device updated with the newest versions of anti-virus
• If you have any doubts
about an email sender's authenticity, do not click on any
• Remember, banks never
request any personal information via email.
• Be vigilant about checking
your account balances. The sooner you notice and report any
type of fraudulent activity, the more likely you'll be able to
be reimbursed for any missing funds
Below is an excerpt from an article
in Reader's Digest.
Please pass this information along to the people in your neighborhood
13 Things Your Burglar
Won't Tell You
(1) "Of course I look
familiar" - I was here just here last week cleaning your carpets,
painting your shutters or delivering your new refrigerator. Hey, thanks
for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last
week. While I was in there, (2) "I unlatched the back window"
to make my return a little easier. (3) "Love those flowers."
That tells me you have taste, and taste means there are nice things
inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what
type of gaming system they have. Yes I really do look for
(4) "newspapers piled up" on the driveway. And I might leave a
pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove
it. (5) "If it snows while your out of town, get a neighbor to
create car and foot tracks into the house." Virgin snow drifts are
a dead give away. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance,
don't let your alarm company install (6) "the control panel"
where I can see if it's set. That makes it too easy. A good security
company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second
floor, which often access the master bedroom and your jewelry. It's not
a bad idea to put (7) "motion detectors" up there too. It’s
raining, you're fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your
door - understandable. But understand this: (8) "I don't take a day
off" because of bad weather. I always knock first. If you answer,
(9) "I'll ask for directions" somewhere or offer to clean your
gutters. (Don't take me up on it.) Do you really think I won't look in
(10) "your sock drawer?" I always check dresser drawers, the
bedside table, and the medicine cabinet. Here's a helpful hint:
(11) "I almost never go into kids' rooms." You're right: I
won't have enough time to (12) "break into that safe" where
you keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with
me. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm
system. If you're reluctant to leave your TV on while you're out of
town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates (13)
"the flickering glow" of a real television.
Please know that these are just things to think
about to keep your home and your valuables safe. You can order a device
called the "FakeTV" for $49.99. This gives the illusion that
you have left a TV on which is a big deterrent. The website is
www.faketv.com. The Community Action Team will come out and conduct a
security survey of your home free of charge. To have a survey conducted
you can e-mail your request to email@example.com
continues to be experiencing a problem with thefts/burglary from sheds
particularly in the north end of the County. If you do not have a good
lock on your shed please take precautions now to secure your
valuables. If you can not secure your shed it may be a good idea to
move those items that are expensive to a secure location in your
residence such as your garage or your basement. Installing a motion
activated light outside will possibly deter a potential thief from
taking items from your shed. Please record all pertinent information
about your valuable property such as serial numbers or you can use an
engraver of some sort and apply your own number to your property such
as your birth date as an example. By supplying these numbers to the
officer who responds to take your report, the items can be entered
into a National Data Base which is accessed by Police Agencies
nationwide. Having these numbers for the police when they come to take
a report will assist them in possibly recovering these items from pawn
shops, other residences where they have a suspect and recover property
as the result of a search warrant. The Operation Identification
Program is a good way to record those valuable items in your homes,
sheds and garages in the event you are a victim. It is the hopes of
the Calvert County Sheriff's Office that you will never be a victim.
In the event you are the more information you can provide about the
items stolen from your home the better chance we have in recovering
the property and putting an end to someone's crime spree.
Calvert County Department of Community Resources
Offers Guidelines for Charitable Giving
Residents Encouraged to Carefully Consider Telephone Solicitations
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – July 6, 2010 –
Based on recent citizen reports
regarding phone solicitations from questionable charities, the Calvert
County Department of
Community Resources offers the following resources and tips to help
avoid charity fraud.
Citizens receiving calls from new or unrecognized charitable groups
can verify the
status of an organization by visiting the Maryland Office of the
Secretary of State Web site at
The site offers a searchable database listing
charities registered in the state of Maryland. The site also includes
a link allowing residents to
view a copy of the organization's IRS Form 990, a description of the
programs and other information about the administration and finances
of the organization.
Residents receiving phone solicitations from
unfamiliar organizations should ask the following
charity registered with the Secretary of State?
the full name, address and phone number of the charity?
work for the charity or are you a paid fundraiser?
purpose will my contribution be used? Verify claims that the charity
gives funds or goods to local agencies.
contribution tax deductible?
percentage of its total income does the charity spend on its
charitable purpose? Beware of
organizations that have large overhead, management or administrative
Residents should also be aware of the following
of the organization to send written material or financial information;
high-pressure tactics to secure a donation;
send a courier to collect your contribution;
of an invoice or statement indicating payment due for a contribution
you never pledged, and/or;
A name or
logo that closely resembles another charity with a similar charitable
When dealing with telephone solicitations, residents
should not give out personal information such as Social Security
numbers or credit card information over the phone.
Donors have the right to ask as many questions as
necessary to reach an informed decision. Additionally, donors have the
right to change their minds after having agreed to make a donation. A
pledge to make a contribution is not a legally enforceable agreement.
Further guidelines to avoid charity fraud are available from the
Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/charityfraud/ and from the
Maryland Office of the Secretary of State at www.sos.state.md.us/charity/Givewise.aspx.
To register complaints or concerns, contact the Office of the
Secretary of State, Charities/Legal Services Division, at
www.sos.state.md.us/Charity/Concern.aspx or call 410-974-5534.
For information on Calvert County Department of
Community Resources programs and
services, visit online at www.co.cal.md.us.
Calvert County is Maryland’s smallest county in land
area with 213 square miles. It is home to approximately 90,000
people and has one of the
highest standards of living in Maryland. There are more than 5,000
businesses in the County and a labor force of at least 1.8 million
resides within a one-hour drive. Major industries include defense
contracting, information technology, tourism, utilities, light
manufacturing and administrative services
This holiday season, don't let the spirit of
giving lull you into giving burglars, muggers, and pickpockets a
better chance to do their dirty work. Crooks love the holidays as much
as everyone else, especially because it's an opportune time for crime.
Here are some tips on how to celebrate safely this holiday season:
If You Are Out for the
> Turn on lights and a radio or TV so it
looks like someone's home.
> Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you
leave, even if it's just
for a few minutes.
> Don't display gifts where they can be seen from outside.
If You Are Traveling
> Get an automatic timer for your lights.
> Ask a neighbor to watch your home, shovel snow, and park in the
time to time.
> Don't forget to have mail and newspaper delivery stopped. If it
piles up, it's a sure
sign you're gone.
If You Are Shopping
> Stay alert and be aware of what's going
on around you.
> Park in a well-lighted space, and be
sure to lock the car, close the windows, and
hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk.
> Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; pay with a check or
credit card whenever
Deter pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Don't
overburden yourself with packages. Be extra careful with purses and
wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the
straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a
store clerk or security guard if you get separated.
Protect Your Vehicle
Loading up on all those gifts is a sign of
progress in the holiday shopping. But if those packages are left out
in the open after they're in the car, your car has become a likely
target for thieves. Remember the old cliché "Out of sight, out
of mind?" The same idea applies to items in your car.
Always lock your vehicle and store all items
out of sight. Breaking into an empty car isn't worth a thief's time.
However, anything left in plain view – from
your holiday gifts to spare change, sunglasses, CDs, cell phones or
briefcases – may tempt a thief.
Help prevent your vehicle from being stolen by
always locking your car and using anti-theft devices. And although
it's cold, never leave your vehicle running while you run inside
your home or a store – even if for only a
minute or two.
After you’ve opened the
gifts burglars know that many households have new, and often times
expensive, items in their homes following the December holidays –
especially items such as new computers and peripherals, stereo
components, televisions, cameras and other electronic equipment. In
too many cases, residents make it easy for burglars to figure out
which homes to target by putting boxes that identify their new gifts
in plain view with their other garbage. Avoid becoming an easy target
for post-holiday burglars by not leaving boxes for new electronics and
other items in the alley or other garbage pick-up locations for
several days at a time. Instead, break down any boxes you are throwing
out, put them in garbage bags and place them inside a trash can. (In
many cases, especially with computer equipment, you might consider
keeping the boxes for safe storage, shipping or moving in the future.)
Think about keeping broken-down boxes inside –
in a garage, for example – until the evening
before your regular garbage pick-up. Some burglars actually look
inside garbage cans for evidence of holiday gifts. And, of course, if
you see someone suspicious, call the Calvert County Sheriff’s
Office’s non-emergency number (410)535-2800.
If you see a burglary in progress, call 9-1-1.
thieves use low-tech methods as well as sophisticated Internet
scams to acquire an individual’s sensitive personal data online.
All citizens should closely protect any documents, banking cards,
or sensitive numbers that can be used by thieves for their
The following are the minimum basic guidelines recommended
Help Net Security to reduce the risk of identity theft:
Examine your credit reports periodically for unauthorized or
Review financial statements and transactions regularly for illicit
or unknown charges.
Install security software on business and home
computers and keep it current.
Use an updated web browser to capitalize on its safety features.
Exercise caution before opening attachments and links in e-mail and
Secure sensitive online data with file
Shred documents containing personal or financial information before
Avoid sharing personally identifiable information unless absolutely
Remain alert to the preponderance of older and newer scams to
County Sheriff's Office
Community Action Team
Thanks to Todd Ireland, from the Calvert
County Law Enforcement "Community Action Team" for speaking at our
August 2009 NECA business meeting.
The Community Action Team is
comprised of personnel from both the County Sheriff's Office and the
Maryland State Police.
He discussed crime trends and
criminal matters in Calvert County, addressed Community concerns,
and answered our questions
with respect to law enforcement in Calvert County.
Community Action Team of Calvert
County (CAT) Team has a email for any concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Calvert County
Malicious Software Features Osama bin Laden Links to Ensnare
Unsuspecting Computer Users
|The FBI today warns computer users to
exercise caution when they receive e-mails that purport to show photos or videos of Osama bin Laden’s
recent death. This content could be a virus that could
damage your computer. This malicious software, or “malware,” can
embed itself in computers and
spread to users’ contact lists, thereby
infecting the systems of associates, friends, and family members.
These viruses are often programmed to steal your personally identifiable
information. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) urges computer
users to not open unsolicited (spam) e-mails, including clicking links
contained within those messages. Even if the sender is familiar, the
public should exercise due diligence. Computer owners must ensure they
have up-to-date firewall and anti-virus software running on their
machines to detect and deflect malicious software. The IC3 recommends
the public do the following:
Adjust the privacy settings on social networking sites you frequent
to make it more difficult for people you know and do not know to post content to your page. Even a “friend”
can unknowingly pass on multimedia that’s
actually malicious software.
Do not agree to download software to view videos. These applications
can infect your computer.
Read e-mails you receive carefully. Fraudulent messages often feature
misspellings, poor grammar, and nonstandard English.
from Janet Gean June 2011
SHERIFF’S OFFICE Info
Neeld Estate Beach - 1930's
did you do today to help save the Chesapeake Bay?
Old Photos Wanted
Help preserve the history of
Neeld Estate and Plum Point
Share your old Neeld Estate Photos
with the community
email photos to:
gently and cautiously through the community and always anticipate that
the 'little people' are fixed on having fun and are not looking out
for the 'big people in cars'.
DID YOU KNOW??
Nearly 95% of the
land in Maryland drains to the Chesapeake Bay
We Do Matters!
Our landscapes are connected to the Chesapeake Bay.
Prevent pollution and runoff with a healthy yard.
You can help the Bay and
water quality by using Bay-Friendly Techniques with
your own home
These techniques reduce the biggest pollutants in the Bay,
sediment and nutrients, (nitrogen
by restoring natural filters.
TO SAVE THE BAY!
If you MUST FERTILIZE
Do so in the FALL or Not at all
Fertilizer runoff is
to the Bay
Attention Dog Walkers:
"If your dog leaves it. . . Please Retrieve it"
SCOOP the POOP -
It's A Law
Help keep our pets from polluting
Pet Waste is one of major contributors to Bay pollution
Calvert County has a
This law applies to EVERYONE-
residents & guests in
There have been many complaints from
property owners about the dogs
running loose in the neighborhood and
PLEASE obey the rules !
Call to report loose dogs
Animal Control Ordinances
VII - Defecation, Removal of Excrement
A. NO person owning,
keeping or having custody of a dog or cat shall allow or
permit excrement of such animal to remain on public
property, private property without the consent of the
owner or occupant hereof or allow the excrement to cause
foul odor on the owner's property.
person owning, keeping or having custody of an animal
remove the excrement deposited by the animal if
deposited on property other than the owners.
The Neeld Estate
is PRIVATELY OWNED
by the Neeld family and
can ONLY be used by
Residents of Neeld Estate
and their Guests
Anyone else is
on Private Property
"Violators will be prosecuted by
of Plum Point Corp."
(Posted on the signs leading
front of the Chains at the
Chips Towing - 410-257-6121 or
Keys to unlock the chains are
available from: The Gean's
Please take the time to read the signs
posted at the
entrances to the beach... and please be a good neighbor
follow the rules as they are posted.
This sign was posted by Plum Point Development Corp.,
(the Neeld family owns the beach)
**Note: A Beach
Committee has been formed to address
the issues of trespassers parking
on private property and using the beach. New signs are being made
and will be placed in the community.
Kirby Gean, Sign Committee