Nancy Connolly is a licensed clinical social worker and director of Kent County Behavioral Health.

Kent County Behavioral Health includes the outpatient mental health clinic and the outpatient addictions unit (formerly Publick House). KCBH operates under the auspices of the Kent County Health Department which is, in turn, the local office of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). Both units are located at Scheeler Road, Chestertown, MD. Behavioral Health promotes recovery, resiliency, health, and wellness for individuals who have emotional, substance use, addictive and/or psychiatric disorders.

Nancy prides herself on being born and raised on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. While obtaining her education, she was employed at Kent and Queen Anne’s Hospital as medical staff secretary. She attended Chesapeake College part-time from 1983-1988, (A.A. degree), Washington College for two years (B.A. degree) and then completed her Masters in Social Work at University of Maryland, braving the Bay Bridge for two long years.  

In 1996 Nancy joined the staff of the Kent County Mental Health team and was promoted to Director in 2000. She has taught at both Chesapeake College and Washington College believing firmly in the concept of “giving back”. 

Nancy will be discussing both units of KCBH. The mental health clinic serves 600 outpatients (staff of 15) and the addictions unit 200 outpatients (staff of 6). The current opiate issue (pain pills, heroin) will be explored. 

Nancy has invited a recovering addict to also address the group and is hopeful she will be able to attend.  



The Week That Was

On July 24, 2015, in Economics, Politics, by An American

What is Donald Trump’s campaign is accomplishing and what harm is it be doing, if any?

How are veterans suffering from PTSD being treated? The public is unaware of the highly questionable use of psychoactive drugs being prescribed to 80% of them. The success rate is dismal at 20%.

Is a delay in obtaining nuclear weapon grade materials really the “deal” the world needs? What will happen if the US Congress won’t approve? What happens if there are violations and stonewalling of inspectors?

Should US based members of the military be armed while on post or while out in public? Would this help protect them from future attacks?

Is the USA vulnerable or not to a financial collapse due to growing debt?

What happens when the minimum wage is increased? Should the minimum wage exist? If so, how should it be adjusted for inflation? What are the associated problems and benefits?


Marta Tomic is the Maryland Energy Administration’s Solar & Geothermal Clean Energy Program Manager. Marta manages and sets incentive levels for MEA’s Clean Energy Grant Program that fund residential and commercial scale solar PV, solar thermal and geothermal heating & cooling systems. In her role, Marta also co-manages the successful Game Changer Program and is working to streamline permitting across Maryland’s jurisdictions. Marta works alongside MEA’s policy team to address market barriers and ensure Maryland’s policies continue to support a vibrant clean energy economy. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Energy Policy and Climate at Johns Hopkins University and obtained her undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Virginia, with a specialization in Environmental and Biological Conservation. Marta also holds a NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification.


Mobile Banking refers to the use of mobile phones to obtain banking and financial services. The scope of such services may include providing the ability to conduct bank and stock market transactions, to administer accounts and to access customized information.

Mobile phones are becoming an increasingly important way for banking customers to conduct banking transactions. One no longer has to go into a bank during banking hours. According the Federal Reserve, in 2014 51 percent of smartphone users had used mobile banking in the previous 12 months.


Maryland Property Tax Exemptions

On July 3, 2015, in Constitution and Laws, Taxes, by An American

The Maryland General Assembly has limited property tax exemptions because all other property owners are indirectly subsidizing any exemptions granted by reducing the base of persons obligated to pay taxes. However, there are still many ways in which property can be made exempt from paying property tax.

Guidelines for the various types of exemptions include the following:

Religious: Religious groups may receive an exemption for properties used exclusively for public religious worship, a parsonage or convent or educational purposes. The law does not extend this type of exemption to properties owned by religious groups that are used as a caretaker’s residence, a residence for a minister of music, or a residence for an administrator or other employee.

Charitable: These groups must demonstrate that the use of the property serves the traditional objects of charity and not just merely providing a service to a particular segment of the community. Moreover, non-profit use is not the equivalent of charitable.

Fraternal, Sororal: These organizations are generally limited to receiving an exemption on property used as a meeting location.

Educational: These groups must show that the property’s use adds to the systematic dissemination of education or knowledge to the general public of Maryland. Hobby support organizations do not meet the tests for receiving this type of exemption.

Blind Persons: Those persons with a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye may receive, with a doctor’s certification, an exemption of $15,000 of assessment reduction on the dwelling house and surrounding yard. Legally blind persons may apply at any time and need not meet the general September 1 filing deadline.

Disabled Veterans and Surviving Spouses: Armed Services veterans with a permanent service connected disability rated 100% by the Veterans Administration may receive a complete exemption from real property taxes on the dwelling house and surrounding yard. These veterans also may apply at any time and do not have to meet the September 1 filing deadline. Unremarried surviving spouses also may apply for this exemption. Surviving spouses of military personnel killed in the line of duty may apply for an exemption.

Other Exemptions: There are other special tax exemptions granted to government owned properties, cemeteries, community water systems, fire companies and rescue squads, historical societies, housing authorities, environmental conservation groups, and certain specifically named organizations.

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