New clinic opens in down­town Elk­ton

Cecil Whig - - BUSINESS - C HERYL MA TTIX

While I was out and about ... A new clinic opened at 111 E. Main St. in down­town Elk­ton on Mon­day, of­fer­ing sub­stance abuse and men­tal health coun­sel­ing.

Pro­ject Ch­e­sa­peake, owned by Joe and Re­bekha Rogers and Eu­gene Shut­tle, pro­vides sim­i­lar ser­vices in An­napo­lis and Brook­lyn Park. The trio opened their first of­fice in An­napo­lis in 2014 and the other two of­fices this year.

Their ser­vices in­clude tra­di­tional and in­ten­sive out­pa­tient sub­stance abuse coun­sel­ing in a com­bi­na­tion of in­di­vid­ual and group set­tings with classes ex­pected to be­gin in about two weeks. They will also of­fer pro­grams for ado­les­cents as well as classes re­lated to anger man­age­ment and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence con­cerns.

Pro­ject Ch­e­sa­peake leased 3,200 square feet of space in a pre­vi­ously va­cant of­fice build­ing in the heart of town. The clinic has a wait­ing room, sev­eral of­fices and at least two group meet­ing rooms.

“We can also do drug tests right here,” said Shut­tle, the clinic’s di­rec­tor of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, not­ing they get re­fer­rals from the court sys­tem, but also get clients from word-of-mouth and walk-ins.

Pro­ject Ch­e­sa­peake ac­cepts Med­i­caid, Medi­care, pri­vate in­surance and a slid­ing scale method of pay­ment.

“We wel­come every­one,” Shut­tle said.

The busi­ness part­ners hosted an open house Fri­day af­ter­noon for in­vited guests, in­clud­ing mem­bers of the ju­di­cial sys­tem, law en­force­ment, health of­fi­cials and so­cial ser­vices. About 100 peo­ple at­tended, said Rogers, whose wife, Re­bekha, will be the clin­i­cal di­rec­tor at the fa­cil­ity.

“I want to make one thing per­fectly clear,” he added. “We don’t dis­pense med­i­ca­tion.”

The pro­gram is based on ed­u­ca­tion and coun­sel­ing.

The own­ers said they will grow staff and ses­sions as needed. The ten­ta­tive plan is to start classes in a cou­ple weeks and in­clude a mix of day and evening ses­sions. Of­fice staff are avail­able from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon­days through Thurs­days and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fri­days. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the staff at 443-744-3621, or check the web­site at www. pro­jectch­esa­peake.com.

*** Fans of the Pick­led Her­ring Pub in North East will soon be able to en­joy the old pub’s new in­car­na­tion as Sta­tion 26 Ale House, if all in­spec­tions and per­mits go well.

Owner Kevin McDe­vitt has been work­ing for more than a year to trans­form the former laun­dro­mat at 26 S. Main St. into a res­tau­rant and pub that of­fers an in­dus­trial vibe and a touch of the his­tory of its former oc­cu­pants — The Women’s Tem­per­ance League and North East Fire House.

McDe­vitt is sched­uled to ap­pear this week in front of the Ce­cil County Board of (Liquor) Li­cense Com­mis­sion­ers to seek ap­proval of a new Class B beer, wine and liquor per­mit. He tells me he is in the process of ob­tain­ing fi­nal in­spec­tions and his oc­cu­pancy per­mit.

He hopes to open the doors of­fi­cially Sept. 10 for a soft open­ing with a grand open­ing planned for later in the fall.

Keep your eye on the place!

*** Gabrielle Old­ham with Union Hospital Foun­da­tion tells me there is still time to buy a $50 raf­fle ticket for a chance to win a brand new red Chevro­let Ca­maro in the 20th year of the car raf­fle. This year’s pro­ceeds ben­e­fits the in­school be­reave­ment pro- gram, re­mem­brance trees, memory bears and chil­dren grief work­shops, along with a hol­i­day sup­port group.

As of Satur­day, 550 tick­ets had been sold and the draw­ing will be Sept. 12 at Woody’s Crab House in North East. Tick­ets will be sold un­til ap­prox­i­mately 8 p.m. Sept. 12.

*** Dr. Jaya Shri­pad opened Mag­i­cal Smiles, a fam­ily den­tal prac­tice, at the end of July at 230 S. Bridge St. in Elk­ton.

Shri­pad, who re­cently joined the Ce­cil County Cham­ber of Com­merce, has 16 years ex­pe­ri­ence prac­tic­ing den­tistry in Har­ford and Ce­cil coun­ties. He is a grad­u­ate of the Gold­man School of Den­tal Medicine in Bos­ton.

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 443-9078440.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MAT­TIX

Eu­gene Shut­tle (left) and Joe Rogers, part­ners of Pro­ject Ch­e­sa­peake, hosted an open house Fri­day at their new Elk­ton of­fice.

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