Elkton wel­comes pizze­ria, wire­less store

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - C HERYL MA TTIX

While I was out and about ... Ce­cil County’s tourism of­fice is sched­uled to re­lo­cate be­fore the end of Septem­ber from its cur­rent of­fice in the Perryville Out­let Cen­ter to a new space at 124 W. Main St. in down­town Elkton.

Elkton Al­liance and Cham­ber Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Mary Jo Jablon­ski said Mon­day the in­te­rior ren­o­va­tions are nearly com­plete and she ex­pects a lease to be signed around Sept. 1.

Tourism Co­or­di­na­tor Sandy Turner said her staff is busy pack­ing and pre­par­ing for the move.

The re­lo­ca­tion of tourism was an­nounced in early June by County Ex­ec­u­tive Tari Moore, who ex­plained that the plan has been in the works for awhile.

Po­ten­tial sites were scru­ti­nized by the tourism com­mit­tee with Moore mak­ing the fi­nal de­ci­sion.

“Many fac­tors were con­sid­ered in se­lect­ing the lo­ca­tion,” Direc­tor of County Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Lisa Webb said. “Year­round ac­cess for vis­i­tors, ad­e­quate space and fu­ture flex­i­bil­ity were con­sid­ered.”

Watch for a rib­bon-cut­ting af­ter the of­fice is up and run­ning.

*** Howard Bank, with branches in Elkton and Ris­ing Sun, has named Jen­nifer Scully vice pres­i­dent and client ser­vices team leader.

In her new role, she will be re­spon­si­ble for over­see­ing and man­ag­ing a team ded­i­cated to client re­la­tions in all mar­kets. Ad­di­tion­ally, she will con­tinue to of­fer client sup­port in Ce­cil and Har­ford coun­ties.

She has pre­vi­ously worked for Wilmington Trust, WSFS Bank, Bay First Bank and NBRS Fi­nan­cial, and served as a Ris­ing Sun town com­mis­sioner.

*** A new eatery opened last week in the re­cently ren­o­vated shop­ping plaza at the south­east cor­ner of Route 40 and Route 213.

Deana’s Pizze­ria, owned by Nick­o­las Alevro­gian­nis, of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of both Greek and Ital­ian dishes for take-out, de­liv­ery or ca­ter­ing needs. The menu in­cludes platters, crab cakes, pasta, gy­ros and subs and the res­tau­rant is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fri­day and Satur­day and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun­days through Thurs­day.

Stop in and give this fam­ily-owned busi­ness a try. The shop is lo­cated at 122 E. Pu­laski High­way in Elkton.

*** A sec­ond new re­tailer will cel­e­brate its grand open­ing in the same ren­o­vated shop­ping plaza at noon Satur­day at 118 E. Pu­laski High­way in Elkton.

Cricket Wire­less, a wire­less au­tho­rized ser­vice provider, will be host­ing WXCY from 11 a.m. un­til noon that day and the ra­dio sta­tion will be giv­ing away Kenny Ch­es­ney tick­ets. The pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon­days to Satur­days and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun­days.

Both Deana’s Pizze­ria and Cricket Wire­less are new mem­bers of the Ce­cil County Cham­ber of Com­merce, which or­ga­nized rib­bon-cut­tings to of­fi­cially open the busi­nesses.

*** Car­ni­val Cruise Line re­cently ex­tended its con­tract with the Port of Bal­ti­more for two more years.

That means Car­ni­val’s Bal­ti­more-based ship, the Car­ni­val Pride, will con- tinue of­fer­ing five to 13-day year-round cruises to the Car­ib­bean and Ba­hamas at least through Dec. 31, 2018.

The con­tract al­lows for the pos­si­bil­ity of three, oneyear ex­ten­sions that could keep the busi­ness at the Port of Bal­ti­more through 2021.

The Car­ni­val Pride be­gan of­fer­ing cruises from Bal­ti­more in 2009, but stopped be­tween the fall of 2014 and the spring of 2015 for a multi-mil­lion dol­lar ren­o­va­tion that in­cluded new din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment op­tions, as well as new emis­sion tech­nolo­gies.

Ap­prox­i­mately 500 jobs are gen­er­ated by cruise ac­tiv­ity in Mary­land, in­clud- ing 220 di­rect jobs at the Port of Bal­ti­more.

If you have any tid­bits to share with Ch­eryl Mattix for this col­umn, you may con­tact her at cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com, or call her at 443-907-8440.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CE­CIL COUNTY CHAM­BER OF COM­MERCE

Own­ers and staff of Deana’s Pizze­ria join Ce­cil County Cham­ber of Com­merce staff at their grand open­ing last week.

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