I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. It is hard to believe that we are starting a new year. I hope 2017 will be a safe and wonderful year for all of our citizens. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our entire Town Staff for their hard work and dedication in 2016. We are blessed and so fortunate to have a town staff that works so well together. To all of our town employees I say thanks for a job well done. Our Town Staff works so hard for us each and every day. Be sure to thank them when you see them!
I would like to invite our citizens to a Free Admission Day and Food Drive at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. All visitors will be admitted free on January 16 from 9am till 5pm. The Aquarium will also offer you the opportunity to make a donation for Martha’s Mission. Each person is asked to make a donation of a non-perishable food item to an on-site food drive. All canned goods will be given to Martha’s Mission which is an emergency food pantry in Morehead City. Martha’s Mission is a non-profit, tax exempt corporation, not affiliated with any church or religious organization. It provides food to an average of 300-350 families every month. I invite you to enjoy the Aquarium and support this wonderful Mission. See you at the Aquarium on January 16.
Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, January 17 for the PEP program. The program will be “Target Hardening, Protecting Your Property.” This topic will cover how to identify weak or vulnerable points in your home or business. The Police Department will discuss equipment and strategies you can install or implement to make it a harder target for someone to get into your home or business. The goal of the program is to make it more difficult for you to become a victim of crime. This will be a very informative presentation. I hope you will make a very special effort to attend. I would like to thank our interim Chief of Police Tony Reese and his department for their leadership in the Police Educating the Public (PEP) programs.
In closing, I would like to thank everyone who had a part in making the Holidays special in Emerald Isle. To everyone who worked so hard on our annual Christmas Parade, to everyone who filled shoe boxes for boys and girls around the world, to those who shared their Christmas goodies with the town staff and the list could go on and on. Thanks for making the Holidays great.
May 2017 be a great year for everyone. Happy New Year and May God’s Blessings be with you and your family.