I think that after a long and a record breaking cold winter everyone is excited to see the month of April arrive in Emerald Isle. April means the cold days of winter are over and the dogwoods, azaleas, and daffodils will be bursting forth with beautiful blooms. April also means the tourists will be returning to Emerald Isle and I know we will welcome them back with open arms. I have talked with several of our business owners and they have told me that warmer weather cannot get here soon enough. April also means the ocean and the sound will be warming up and we will be spending more time on the beach and in the water. I would like to remind everyone to be careful in the water and to just use common sense as we all enjoy getting our feet wet.
I would like to take this opportunity to commend our hard working Neighborhood Watch Committee. They have worked so hard to make our dream of being a Neighborhood Watch Community a reality. On Tuesday, March 10th we celebrated the designation of the Town of Emerald Isle as a certified Neighborhood Watch Community. We were able to accomplish this in record breaking time. What takes most communities two or three years to obtain we did it in less than 14 months. To each and every member of this committee and to all of our citizens who serve as important members of our neighborhood watch I say thanks for a job well done. It is great that we can come together as a community and watch out for everyone. I know the Neighborhood Watch will be a valuable addition to our town. Our slogan is “Community working together to make paradise our home.”
I would like to thank all the volunteers who worked hard to make the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Festival a success and to all of those who worked tirelessly to make our marathon, half marathon and 5k a huge success. Thanks to everyone for a job well done!
In closing I would like to remind everyone of the annual Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s as we raise money for Hope for the Warriors. Last year over $3,100.00 was raised and over 2,200 cones of ice cream were scooped. The annual event this year will be held on Tuesday, April 14th from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Please come out and make a generous donation to our brave heroes, the wounded warriors.
Hope everyone has a great April! Enjoy the warm weather!