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.
LAST Friday, officials from the Ministry of Education – Unit of Allied Arts, Regional Education Department, National Sports Commission, Regional Democratic Council and Youth Basketball Guyana, all came together at the Leonora Secondary school for the launch of Region 3 school basketball pilot progamme.It was a day of many firsts for basketball. It was the first time that a school team from the Leonora Secondary played in a formal basketball game. It was the first time that two secondary schools in that Region would face each other in friendly competition. It was also the first time that two Georgetown school teams played a basketball match in that Region.Speaking at the launch in front of a very enthused and excited Leonora Secondary School population was the Head of the Physical Education Unit of the Ministry of Education, Nicholas Fraser, who outlined the objective of the Pilot Programme and the long term intended goal, which is to see the game of basketball integrated into the school’s Physical Education programme which will culminate with a CSEC Physical Education and Sport programme.Fay Gittens, Head Teacher, Leonora Secondary school, returned thanks to all involved and promised that her school will make full use of the facilities provided, even as she appealed for further help to improve the condition of the school’s playfield to better occupy and harness the energy of the larger student population.Following the officials’ remarks, two exciting friendly games were played.The first was between Georgetown arch rivals St Rose’s High and Marian Academy, who showcased their athleticism and high skill levels to a very excited host.The game ended in Marian’s favour 40 to 33 points. Marian Academy’s Jahleel Young had a team-high 12 points, with support from Jether Harris and Akili Haynes who netted five points each. St Rose’s High School’s Quacy Roberts score led all scorers with 17.The main game saw a low-scoring encounter between the pilot schools, Leonora Secondary and West Demerara Secondary. Leonora used the energy of their boisterous supporters to ensure that they dominated the game. The game ended 15 – 8 in favour of the home team.Both schools will continue practicing; hoping to participate in next year’s National School Basketball Festival (NSBF).