Central Avenue at the south end of Ocean City in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.Dear Friends,Earlier this week, we marked the three year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. By appearances, Ocean City has returned to the family resort our residents and guests have come to know and love. We have had three consecutive great summer seasons. But there are still families who are working to lift their homes and navigate the funding mechanisms established after the storm.I think back to everyone who contributed time and effort to help their neighbors three years ago, and I ask that you all stay diligent to keep an eye out for the few families who are still working to return to normal. I am so proud of our actions following the storm and don’t ever want to lose track of the great things our community did for one another.I’m happy to pass along good news recently reported by our Tax Assessor. Ocean City has experienced a total of $165 million in added property assessments for the past 12 months ending October 1, 2015. This is a positive sign to our local economy and is the direct result of all the new construction and renovation activity that has taken place in the past year.This marks the second year in a row of gains of more than $100 million in property assessments. The increases in assessments are reflective of the City’s strong financial practices and a contributing factor in our excellent bond rating.It’s also a clear demonstration that property owners are continuing to invest in all that Ocean City has to offer. Whether you’re a primary or secondary homeowner, Ocean City remains one of the most attractive destinations to live due to our reputation as a clean, safe and friendly town with a great school system, beautiful beaches, award-winning Boardwalk and Downtown areas, and a list of fun, family-oriented events that goes on and on throughout the year.A reminder that City-wide trick or treating will be held Saturday, October 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. We hope families enjoy this annual event, and offer a few safety tips that can be followed when Trick or Treating:Wear reflective clothingStay in large groupsYoung children should be accompanied by an adultObey the Pedestrian safety laws – It is dark and vehicle drivers may not see youCarry a flashlightCostumes should not restrict visibilityDo not open any candy until you get home and your parents inspect the itemsReport any suspicious person or activity to the police immediatelyI hope everyone enjoys the holiday and has a great weekend.Warm regards,Jay A. Gillian Mayor The following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Friday, Oct. 30.
FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Micah Larkins and Abilene Christian’s Josh Hunter are the Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Larkins reached new heights this over the weekend, competing for the Demons at the Prairie View A&M Relays in Prairie View, Texas. The senior recorded a first-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a scorching 10.26 clip to top a field of 10 finalists. Larkins also pushed his NSU squad to a first-place performance in the 4x100m relay with a team time of 40.14.Hunter improved to No. 4 in the nation in the discus throw over the weekend at the Baylor Invitational with a second-place heave of 192-06. The Wildcat hurler also competed in the shot-put event where he finished seventh overall with a throw of 51-03.75.Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Micah Larkins, Northwestern State – Sr. – Princeton, La.Larkins’ 100m performance clinched a time of 10.26, ranking 12th in the world. The mark also stands fifth in the country and first in the NCAA among wind-legal times this season. The award marks the first of the season for the Princeton, La., native.Honorable Mention: Jamie Crowe, Lamar; AJ Bennett, Stephen F. Austin; Matthew Hernandez, Incarnate Word.Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Josh Hunter, Abilene Christian – Gr. – Abilene, TexasHunter moved up to No. 4 nationally in the discus throw Saturday afternoon with a toss of 192-06 at he Baylor Invitational. The Abilene, Texas, product finished second in the competition with a personal-best throw of 58.69m (192-6), which he recorded in the third round after reaching 55.65m (182-7) in the opening round.Honorable Mention: Rodney Littlejohn, Incarnate Word; Logan Robinson, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Webster Slaughter, Lamar.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.