Elkton welcomes pizzeria, wireless store
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.
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Owners and staff of Deana’s Pizzeria join Cecil County Chamber of Commerce staff at their grand opening last week.