September was another exciting month here in Emerald Isle. On September 16, the Parks and Recreation Department was one of several Carteret County locations to host a Kid’s Day event. The Police and Fire Departments both had exhibits involving child safety which are always well received. Thanks to the many businesses and volunteers that made this event a tremendous success. I would like to name each of you individually, but space does not allow. The tremendous amount of support from businesses and volunteers both shows why this is such a great town in which to live.
There were plenty of games for a wide range of ages, and several educational exhibits put on by Hammocks Beach State Park, Cape Lookout National Seashore, the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter, and others. The Police Department also held a Crime Free Night for Kid’s in August which was also well attended. With the tremendous success of both events, we can certainly expect to see them repeated next year. Emerald Isle is proud to sponsor events like this that bring about that community feeling.
The Parks and Recreation Department also organized a bus trip to Raleigh to see Lion King. The trip sold out and was a big success. We left Emerald Isle by bus at 7:30 am, had a great lunch prior to the 1 pm show and had plenty of time to walk through the old City Market area and the nearby park. We were back in Emerald Isle by 6:30 pm. Be on the lookout for future trips. If you have a suggestion for a trip, please contact Laura Lee Ness at 252-354-6350.
As part of the Amber Alert program, the Emerald Isle Police Department has ID’d and finger printed over 200 children at events like the ones mentioned above. They have an electronic ID system that allows them to take a picture, take finger prints (no messy ink), produce an ID card (similar to a driver’s license) and all of this information is stored on a disk that is given to the parents. If needed at a later date, the information on the disk can be loaded directly into the national Amber Alert system.
Mark your calendars now for the Century 21 Pig Picking at the Century 21 office on November 10 at lunch time. All proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity. Also, be sure to make plans to attend the 3rd Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade on Saturday November 26 at 4 pm.