Lil’ Einstein daycare opens in Elkton
While I was out and about ... Lil’ Einstein‘ s Learning Academy opened its doors at 2470 Singerly Road (Route 213) across from Cherry Hill Middle School on Monday, Oct. 3.
Lil’ Einstein’s, which operates two other locations in Bear and Newark, Del., replaced the previous daycare provider at the Singerly Road location, known as The Future Generations, which closed its doors Friday, Sept. 30.
Lori Gephart, of Townsend, Del., is the executive director of the company’s three sites, while Christina Jackson is the director at the new center in Elkton.
“We’re very excited to be in Elkton,” Gephart said Monday.
The Lil’ Einstein’s team made a lot of cosmetic changes prior to opening by working all weekend painting and adding new equipment, technology and toys prior to opening the morning of Oct. 3.
“We kept the enrollment and staff from the previous owner, but we also added additional staff and enrolled six new children during our first week of operation,” Gephart said.
She said the center has the capacity for 132 children and currently has about 60 enrolled. They accept children from ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Hours are 6: 30 a. m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
New playground equipment has been installed on the toddler lot and will soon be installed on the older children’s playground.
“We use a creative curriculum that is backed by the University of Delaware,” Gephart said.
Another new feature at the center will be the addition of smart boards, security, iPads and webcams to assist with classroom learning and communication with parents.
The Cecil County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a ribbon cutting at Einstein’s at 9 a. m. Thursday, Oct. 27, and the owners tell me they are planning an open house for Sunday, Oct. 30. Watch for it.
*** The Maryland Racing Commission approved a request last week from the Maryland Jockey Club to operate an off- track betting parlor, also known as satellite simulcast betting, in an existing poker area of the Hollywood Casino at Perr yville.
Deborah Pro-Marshall, director of OTB operations for the jockey club, said the facility is targeted to open Oct. 22 for the Maryland Million race.
The new operation is a partnership between the jockey club, Hollywood Casino and horsemen and breeders, she said. It’s also part of the Maryland Jockey Club’s bigger plan to resurrect off- track betting in Maryland and bring more financial stability to horse racing through similar partnerships. County Executive Tari Moore and the county council supported this partnership at Hollywood Casino.
*** I’m happy to report that one of our recent Mattix on Matters features has opened.
Station 26 Ale House opened Oct. 7 on Main Street downtown North East after months of inspections and obtaining the proper permits for occupancy.
The restaurant, owned by Keven McDevitt, is located in a building that was home to the North East Fire Co. at one time — thus the name, décor and menu theme for the new eatery. It was most recently operated as a laundromat before McDevitt gutted it to transform it into a new restaurant that replaces his former eatery, The Pickled Herring Pub. McDevitt has named part of Station 26 as the Pickled Herring Lounge.
He opened with a limited menu, but will begin offering a full menu during the weekend of Halloween when he celebrates the grand opening. Station 26 features seafood, steaks, sandwiches, live music and is open daily from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m.
*** If you missed last weekend’s Elk Creek Preservation’s annual apple butter festival, don’t fret. The folks from the Cecil County Farm Museum will be cooking up batches of homemade apple butter to buy on Saturday on the grounds of the Fair Hill Racetrack from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
I’m told there will be live bluegrass music, fresh baked goods, arts and crafts, and of course, apple butter to purchase. It’s $6 a pint.
The proceeds go to help the Farm Museum.
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Lil’ Einstein’s Learning Academy opened near Cherry Hill last week.