Alt wants men to put a shirt on in Elkton
Eyes ordinance to address issue
— Despite the recent thermometer-pushing temperatures, Elkton Mayor Rob Alt has a simple desire for the downtown: one without shirtless men.
Over the past few weeks, the mayor has encouraged informal discussions about how to tackle the issue that he perceives as being bad for business. But as the sum-
mer’s hotter temperatures arrive, Alt is investigating a possible ordinance to require that everyone wear a shirt while in a business district, which he describes as one that is served by public sidewalks and features businesses.
While he said he has no problem with Joe Homeowners doffing their tops while on their private property, it irks Alt to see others walking around sans shirts in public areas. Other residents have approached him about their disappointment as well.
Alt’s proposal would include a written warning for a first offense followed by written citations for subsequent offenses without jail time.
“The perception of that is not a very positive message,” Alt said, conceding that some may be offended while others may not.
His idea does not include those who are exercising or engaging in a recreational activity on public property, as well as people on their
The renovations include creating a new secure entrance, filling in the school’s courtyard to build a media center and expanding the gym. The classrooms in the school were also enlarged since PVES was first used as a special education school so many of the classrooms were smaller than typical classrooms.
While the school — originally built in 1958 and renovated in both the 1970s and the 1980s — is under construction, its students and staff have been split between Bainbridge and Charlestown elementary schools. For many of the
staff, Friday’s tour of the school was also a mini-reunion of sorts as the teachers, many wearing PVES panda gear, embraced outside of the school.
Jennifer Hammer, currently principal at Bay View Elementary School, will take over as PVES principal, and as she welcomed her staff to the school on Friday, she encouraged them to look at the renovated school as a new beginning and a solid foundation to build on.
Hammer and her assistant principal Katie Cooke created a scavenger hunt for the teachers to complete as they walked through the school. Different letters were posted in some of the school’s numbered rooms with the final sentence
reading, “I feel a new beginning coming toward me and I’m running toward it with open arms.”
Yvanna Bright was certainly embracing the new school as she ran around her soon-to-be classroom posing for photos in front of her new whiteboards, opening the cupboards and checking out the view from the windows.
“I’m loving the colors and the light,” said Bright, who will be teaching second grade at the school.
Her fellow second-grade teacher Brenda Waddell was equally excited.
“It’s a great school,” she said. “It seems like everything has been so well thought of and planned for.”
Though Hammer has visited the school many times
before, she said it was fun to see her staff’s reactions and feel the energy in the building. But while she was happy to get her staff in the school, she’s also looking forward to what the school will do for Perryville.
“It is a community changer,” she said. “This building is going to have such an impact.”
Cooke, the assistant principal, agreed and noted that Perryville is a very tightknit community, from the students and teachers to the families and local business leaders.
And after two years of anticipation, she’s looking forward to the school’s final and most important addition.
“We’re ready for the kiddos,” she said.
Elkton residents Douglas Heald (left) and Robert Figgs walk down Bow Street shirtless Tuesday afternoon, but Mayor Rob Alt wants to squash the practice.
Perryville Elementary School Principal Jennifer Hammer smiles as she speaks to her staff before touring the school.
Shiny new lockers line the halls of Perryville Elementary School.