Welcome to the Dorchester Community Website!
 
This website serves Dorchester residents with information about their community and St. Charles, MD.  Here you will find HOA documents and information about the community center, swimming pool, tennis courts and other amenities.  By registering, you'll have access to the Community Events Calendar, the community forums and other useful sections of the site. Feel free to browse around and let us know if you have any questions or ideas for the website!
 
 
TEXT/SMS MESSAGING NOW AVAILABLE!
Now you can subscribe to Dorchester's SMS/Text Alert service right from your user profile!  Check out the article under "NEWS" for more information!
 
 
 
On behalf of Charles County Government:
 
 
 
 
 
Residents Reminded to Use Caution During Heat Wave
 
Summer heat can be dangerous, if you don't take proper precautions. The Department of Emergency Services would like to remind residents to prepare their families for hot weather this week. 
 
Child Safety
Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle. Reduce the number of deaths from heatstroke by remembering to ACT.
 
A - Avoid heatstroke related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute.
C - Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination.
T - Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.
 
Pet Safety
Animals get stressed from the heat and it's important to keep pets cool, comfortable, and healthy.  
  • Never leave an animal in a parked car. Even when it's only 80 degrees outside, the inside of a car can heat up to more than 120 degrees in just minutes. Leaving the windows partially rolled down won't do the trick. Even if you plan to be in the store for "just a minute," your pet is at risk of a heat stroke.
  • If you will be walking with your pet, remember that while paw pads are "tough," they are also sensitive, and can be burned while walking on hot pavement and tar. If possible, walk on grass or dirt, and check your pet's paw pads to make sure there isn't any redness or pain.
  • Keep fresh water in the shade. Secure the water dish to avoid an accidental spill.
  • If your pet must be outside, make sure that shade is available at all times.
Anyone staying outdoors for extended amounts of time should be kept out of the sun and strenuous activities should be eliminated. Drink plenty of water and wear light-colored, lightweight clothing. Cooling centers are available during the summer months at several county locations. Visit http://bit.ly/2tHph4Z for a list of cooling centers. 
 
Residents should call 9-1-1 in the event of any emergency, heat-related or otherwise.  For additional preparedness information, visit:
 
 
Information on heat illnesses can be found at: dhmh.maryland.gov/extremeheat/SitePages/Home.aspx
 
 

PETS  
As the weather gets warmer, the number of complaints about homeowners' pets increases.  As a pet owner, you should know about Charles County Animal Regulations and what your responsibilities are.
 
Some important things to know:
  • ALL PETS must have a Charles County Animal Control License.  
  • Charles County has a leash law.  Animals are NOT PERMITTED to be "at large."  
  • You must pick up after your pets and dispose of their waste in a sanitary manner.  
As the weather gets warmer, sometimes residents leave their pets outside all night, which can be a serious problem for other homeowners who are trying to sleep.  Constant barking can be a serious nuisance, and can create problems for everyone.  Please be cognizant of your fellow residents and be good neighbors to one another.  
 
Lastly, nobody wants to go through the pain of losing a beloved pet.  Make sure your dogs & cats have appropriate reflective collars, license tags, rabies vaccination tags and an identification tag.  Should your pet accidentally get out, you'll have a much better chance of them being returned to you if they have these IDs.
 
If you encounter problems with your neighbor and their pet(s), and you aren't able to resolve the issue with them, you can contact the Charles County Animal Control office by going to their website, or by clicking HERE.

Dorchester Swimming Pool Hours
 
 

Dorchester Neighborhood Office Hours
 
DAY OPEN CLOSED
Monday 12:00 PM 7:00 PM
Tuesday 1:00 PM 5:00 PM
Wednesday 12:00 PM 7:00 PM
Thursday 1:00 PM 5:00 PM
Friday CLOSED
Saturday 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED
 
 
News
CAUTION! Nextdoor.com Community Website
Posted on 07/22/17
Have you received a postcard invitation to join Nexdoor.com?  The Dorchester Board of Directors DOES NOT ENDORSE this service and STRONGLY CAUTIONS you about joining this network for many security reasons.  
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2017 An Evening of Aloha! (REGISTRATION OPEN!)
Posted on 06/16/17
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
 
 
Click on the registration link under the "Members" section,
or go to the Calendar and open the event in August, and
follow the link to register.
 
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NEW SMS/Text Messaging Available!
Posted on 05/01/17
 
As part of our ongoing communications improvement, DNA offers free mobile SMS/Text Alerts to residents who wish to subscribe.  Receive community updates, important notifications, HOA payment reminders and more. 
 
Sign-up is easy, you can cancel at any time!  Click "Read More" for complete instructions on how to subscribe and/or cancel!
 
 
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See Something? Say Something!
Posted on 04/14/15
Who to Contact...
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Dorchester Community Center
Posted on 02/08/14
Dorchester Neighborhood 
Office Hours  
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Calendar of Events
WOW - Morning Swim Practice
Monday, July 24, 2017
Visit Waves of Westlake's website for information http://www.wavesofwestlake.info/
 
WOW - Morning Swim Practice
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Visit Waves of Westlake's website for information http://www.wavesofwestlake.info/
 
Chestnut Woods HOA Meeting
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Budget review meeting
 
WOW - Morning Swim Practice
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Visit Waves of Westlake's website for information http://www.wavesofwestlake.info/
 
DTHA HOA Meeting
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Budget Review
 
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