DONNA CROTTY To the Editor:I want to thank the Good Samaritans who helped me when I most needed help. Thank you to the people on East 27th Street, in the CVS parking lot, and on the corner of 33rd Street and Broadway who helped me when I fell, on three separate occasions this past year, and saw to it that I got appropriate medical attention. With the exception of Dr. Michael Acanfora and his receptionist, I don’t know your names and can’t say that I even would recognize your faces if I saw you again. However, please know that all of you have my deepest appreciation and gratitude. You could have passed by on the other side but chose to help a fellow human in need. God bless and keep each and every one of you, always.
Dear Friends,I learned this week that Ocean City will retain its exceptional AA rating as we prepare to issue $38.8 million in bonds to help pay for infrastructure projects. The news is important because the rating will lead to low interest rates that will save taxpayers millions of dollars over the life of the bonds. In its report supporting the rating, S&P Global Ratings noted Ocean City’s “strong economy … strong management … strong budgetary performance … strong budgetary flexibility … very strong liquidity … and strong institutional framework score.” The report provides validation of the expertise and sound practices of our financial team, and I hope you’ll take the time to read the full report here .The strong bond rating also will help us continue to make responsible investments in road and drainage projects, dredging and other important infrastructure work.I also learned this week that Comcast plans to close its customer service center in Ocean City on Nov. 18. The city has always believed that it’s incredibly important for Comcast to maintain a presence in Ocean City. We’ve gone to extraordinary lengths – including providing space for their local service center at no cost – to try to keep them in town. While the company is directing customers to online services or full-service centers in Mays Landing or Rio Grande, I share the disappointment of many of our residents at the decision to close the Ocean City location.In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, city team members donned pink in October. There are very few families in our community who have not been affected in some way by breast cancer, and it’s my hope that we all can help the American Cancer Society to better prevent, detect and treat the disease. See a slideshow of Ocean City employees in pink .The bridges on the Route 52 causeway will be lit red and white in recognition of the Ocean City High School 50th reunion on Saturday at the Ocean City Yacht Club. Best wishes to the Class of 1966. The lights will turn orange on Sunday and Monday for Halloween.I’d like to thank all the Exchange Club, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and city team members who helped put on the 69th annual Halloween Parade on Thursday. Even though the weather did not fully cooperate, the parade was a genuine treat for a lot of Ocean City families. It’s become a favorite fall tradition.Downtown trick-or-treating is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at participating merchants on Asbury Avenue, and the citywide trick-or-treating will be 5 to 8 p.m. on Halloween Monday. Please be safe and enjoy the holiday.Warm regards,Jay A. Gillian MayorCheck on the latest project updates and sign up for email alerts.
Bio SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A quarter of a century ago, seven junior high and high school basketball teams participated in the inaugural Great Harbor Shootout.This year, 84 teams from nearly every corner of the state will play in Harbor House’s tournament, which will take place March 17-19 at six locations on Mount Desert Island and in Trenton and Ellsworth.“From where it started with seven teams to what it has become is pretty huge,” said Diana Novella, events and community relations director at Harbor House. “It’s a testament to how big basketball is in the state of Maine. It’s kind of all-encompassing for the whole winter season.”Over 1,000 players and coaches from Camden to Fort Kent will participate in this year’s tournament.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“It’s huge and it’s become one of those tournaments that so many kids look forward to,” Novella said. “It gives them a chance to play after the season is over and lets coaches take a look at what teams may look like next year.”Since seniors are not allowed to play in the tournament, basketball coaches can get a feel for how teams are shaping up as new leaders step in.Novella said that since teams from classes A, B, C and D will play in this year’s tournament athletes get a chance to play against teams they would not normally face in the regular school season.“It’s a great chance for them to work on their skills since they are playing kids in a different division,” she said.Not only is the tournament a must-see event for basketball fans, it is also a boon to the local economy.Those 1,000 players come with parents, grandparents, siblings and friends. Area hotels are booked up and restaurants will enjoy an influx of celebrating customers.“That’s an influx of about 5,000 people and it’s a great economic boost for the island restaurants that are open during this in-between season,” Novella said.Games begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 17, with high school girls playing at Trenton Elementary School and Pemetic Elementary School in Southwest Harbor while high school boys will play at Mount Desert Elementary School and the MDI YMCA. Junior high school boys and girls will play at MDI High School.Ellsworth Middle School will host a handful of high school preliminary games on Friday night and Saturday morning.The middle school finals will be at MDI High School on Sunday, March 19, with the boys playing at 11:30 a.m. and girls playing at 1 p.m.High school finals are set for the same day at Pemetic Elementary School with the girls at 2:30 p.m. and the boys at 4.For spectators, weekend passes are available for $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and students which will allow entry into any game. Day passes are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors and are only good for one venue.All funds will go toward Harbor House’s year-round youth sports programs including after-school and summer camp programs.“It helps keep our fees down for youth sports programs as low as possible,” Novella said.The Great Harbor Shootout is being underwritten by The First while several local businesses donated to the event. Town Hill Takeout serves up inventive tacos – August 18, 2017 Latest posts by Taylor Bigler Mace (see all) Taylor Bigler MaceReporter at Mount Desert IslanderTaylor covers sports and maritimes for the Islander. As a native of Texas, she is an unapologetic Dallas Cowboys fan. [email protected] Latest Posts MDI man reaches 41 straight years of daily runs – July 31, 2017 Sea urchin subject of aging research – July 30, 2017