I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that 2015 is over and we are in a new year. Last year was a busy year at Emerald Isle and I know 2016 will be busy as well. Thanks to each and every town employee who works so hard each and every day in making Emerald Isle a great town. We are blessed to have such a wonderful group of dedicated employees. Thanks for a job well done! Because of your hard work Emerald Isle is a GREAT town!
During the month of December it was my pleasure to represent Emerald Isle in four area Christmas parades and three events aboard Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point. It was such an honor to be in attendance at these events. Every time I attend events aboard our military bases it is so heart warming to see our brave women and men who faithfully serve in our Armed Services. Let us always take time to say thanks to our active duty military for giving so much to our country.
I would like to invite everyone to attend the next Coffee with a Cop on Thursday, January 28 at 9 am that will be held at Hwy 55 at the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center. Everyone is invited to join your neighbors and Police Officers for coffee and conversation. No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in your neighborhood. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know the members of our Police Department. It is an informal time of sharing with each other. Our next PEP Program (Police Educating the Public) will be on Tuesday, January 19. An excellent program on Firearms Laws for Citizens will be presented. These two opportunities are great ways to connect with our Police Department. Please make every effort to attend the “Coffee with a Cop” and the “PEP” events in January.
Our Neighborhood Watch Program is an excellent program for Emerald isle. We have been blessed with Colonel Irv Monclova’s excellent leadership and dedication in leading this program; hats off to him and all the leaders of this outstanding organization. They have all worked so hard in making Emerald Isle a safer place to live. I am so pleased with the way this group has worked together. What started out as a dream two short years ago has now turned into a reality. I appreciate each and every person who gives so much of their time in making this group a success. It is great to know that our citizens work together to look after one another.
Thanks again to all citizens who filled so many shoe boxes with gifts for boys and girls throughout the world. I was amazed at all the boxes that were sent from Emerald Isle. What a great way to reach out to children through out the world. Thanks to Chapel by the Sea and Emerald Isle Baptist Church for your leadership in this endeavor.
I would like to thank the Emerald isle Garden Club for their leadership in getting the Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker located in front of the Welcome Center. The dedication service on Veterans Day was a fantastic program and thanks to the Garden Club for an outstanding Veterans Day Celebration. It was one of the most impressive celebrations I have ever attended. I was pleased to present the Garden Club with a proclamation.
In closing, I hope 2016 is a wonderful year for each and every person. May we live each day to its fullest and May God grant us Grace and Peace! Happy New Year!!