In­cum­bents win Ch­e­sa­peake City elec­tion

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - IS­SUE By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ ce­cil­whig. com

— Mayor Dean Geraci­mos de­ci­sively won a third term as mayor of the canal town in Mon­day’s elec­tion that also re­turned in­cum­bent town coun­cil mem­bers Harry Samp­son and Tom Mor­ris to of­fice.

Geraci­mos beat Frank Vari, a town coun­cil­man seek­ing the top post, by nearly a two- to- one mar­gin, gar­ner­ing 186 votes to Vari’s 95 votes. Those re­sults val­i­dated the work

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com­pleted by Geraci­mos’ ad­min­is­tra­tion over the first four years af­ter he de­feated Vari in the 2012 may­oral elec­tion by just 14 votes.

Mean­while, Mor­ris and Samp­son earned 199 and 154 votes, re­spec­tively, while their chal­lengers Joe MacDon­ald and Bill Staker got 106 and 55 votes, re­spec­tively. Those re­sults again proved that town vot­ers sup­ported the di­rec­tion of the town, which has un­der­gone ma­jor re­vi­tal­iza­tion projects aimed at in­creas­ing tour- ism and sta­bi­liz­ing town util­i­ties.

A to­tal of 247 votes were cast Mon­day along with 32 ab­sen­tee bal­lots for a to­tal of 279 votes, which rep­re­sents 53 per­cent of Ch­e­sa­peake City’s 521 reg­is­tered vot­ers.

An elated Geraci­mos thanked a group of en­thu­si­as­tic sup­port­ers Mon­day night who had gath­ered at town hall to watch the vote count.

“I want to thank all my

at 10:30 a.m. at the branch lo­cated at 111 Colo­nial Way. Kids’ rock band Milk­shake will kick off fes­tiv­i­ties.

Dur­ing con­struc­tion, a num­ber of the li­brary’s pro­grams were moved off site, which worked won­der­fully, Walker said. At 11:15 a.m. Satur­day, li­brary staff will hold a cer­e­mony to thank those com­mu­nity part­ners, in­clud­ing Janes United Methodist Church, Martin’s Cof­fee Shop, Ris­ing Sun Mid­dle School and Ce­cil County Depart­ment of Parks and Recre­ation.

“We’ll be giv­ing them cer­tifi­cates and putting book plates in books to thank our part­ners,” Walker said.

As he browsed the shelves of graphic nov­els, Mike

Webb no­ticed the dif­fer­ences be­tween the former and the present li­brary setup.

“There’s a lot more space,” Webb, of Elk­ton, said. “It’s a lot big­ger than the Ch­e­sa­peake City one.”

That’s also why Zelda Briscoe was at the Ris­ing Sun branch. She prefers it over the Port De­posit branch.

“It’s great,” the Port De­posit woman said, as she browsed the in­ter­net on her lap­top with the li­brary’s free high-speed, Wi-Fi con­nec­tion. “My Wi-Fi at home is so slow. This gets right to it.”

Since open­ing in 1994, Walker said the Ris­ing Sun branch has be­come far more tech­nol­ogy driven, and the ad­di­tion of Wi-Fi and elec­tronic con­nec­tions pre­sented the big­gest chal­lenge. Built on a con­crete slab, the floor had to be cut up to al­low for wiring con­duits.

Brighter light­ing hangs from the ceil­ing, and shelves are ar­ranged to flow from one age group to the next.

While shelv­ing books, li­brary clerk Heather Bierly noted that pretty much ev­ery­one likes the new chil­dren’s room.

“The chil­dren love it back there and it makes the rest of the li­brary peace­ful,” she said.

Walker said the space was un­der­uti­lized as a quiet room.

“Now we’ve cre­ated an area where kids can be kids. They can ex­plore. They can be joy­ful,” Walker said.

Which was ex­actly what was hap­pen­ing Tues­day.

Deb­bie Hen­der­son sat on one of the cush­ioned benches in­side the chil­dren’s room while keep­ing an eye on Olivia, 2. The tod­dler flit­ted from mag­netic boards to dress up clothes to build­ing toys.

“She’s hav­ing a good time,” Hen­der­son, of Port De­posit, said. “She liked the Lego ta­ble and did a few ac­tiv­i­ties on the iPad.”

Now there are quiet

al- coves where adults can read, surf the web, or where tu­tor­ing ses­sions could be held.

“And at al­most any place you can sit down you can plug in,” Walker said, point­ing to the elec­tric and USB con­nec­tions.

“We’re re­ally com­mu­nity spa­ces,” Walker said of the new age of li­brary ser­vices. “We’re here to meet the needs of the mod­ern li­brary user.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Mike Webb, of Elk­ton, checks out graphic nov­els while Zelda Briscoe, of Port De­posit, con­nects to the high-speed in­ter­net in­side the newly ren­o­vated Ris­ing Sun Li­brary.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

Sup­port­ers of Ch­e­sa­peake City Mayor Dean Geraci­mos cel­e­brate his re-elec­tion to a third term Mon­day night at town hall.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Olivia Hen­der­son, 2, checks out the mag­netic ac­tiv­ity board in the Ris­ing Sun Li­brary while keep­ing Deb­bie Hen­der­son close by.

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