Alt wants men to put a shirt on in Elk­ton

Eyes or­di­nance to ad­dress is­sue

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - IS­SUE By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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-

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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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

Elk­ton res­i­dents Dou­glas Heald (left) and Robert Figgs walk down Bow Street shirt­less Tues­day af­ter­noon, but Mayor Rob Alt wants to squash the prac­tice.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

Per­ryville El­e­men­tary School Prin­ci­pal Jen­nifer Ham­mer smiles as she speaks to her staff be­fore tour­ing the school.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

Shiny new lock­ers line the halls of Per­ryville El­e­men­tary School.

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