These are uncertain times, to be sure. But even in the midst of the continued COVID-19 pandemic and the Atlantic hurricane season, I encourage you all to make some time this week to think of the men and women in our community - and across our country - who work tirelessly to keep us safe.
This Friday, September 11, marks the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country that killed nearly 3,000 people, including more than 400 firefighters and law enforcement officers.
While COVID-19 has changed the way many of us commemorate this tragic event, we can still all take a moment of silence to remember all those who were killed, including the brave first responders who lost their lives in an effort to save others. Thank the public safety officials in your lives - a relative, a friend, a neighbor - and honor those you've never met with a kind word. Say a quiet prayer in your own way for all the victims of 9/11, so that we continue the tradition of never forgetting that fateful day.
As we look ahead beyond this week, don't forget that we are not yet out of this year's hurricane season, which runs through November. While we have been fortunate, thus far, to have only experienced Isaias - which passed through our area quickly and with minimal damage - the Town's Emergency Management Director and staff are working to prepare for the next storm... whenever that may be.
And we want all our residents to be ready, too. To that end, we've updated the Town website with helpful disaster-preparedness resources and information, and we'll be sending out a special edition of this newsletter in the coming weeks that is dedicated to hurricanes and tropical storms.
Stay tuned, keep safe, and show thanks to those working hard year-round to make our a community a better place to live.
Last week, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper announced that, "after a summer of hard work to slow the spread of COVID-19," the state would take a modest step forward into Safer at Home Phase 2.5 starting September 4.
Phase 2.5 means the following changes for N.C. residents:
Mass gathering limits are increased to 25 people indoors (50 people outdoors) from the previous limit of 10 indoors (25 outdoors)
Playgrounds may open
Museums and aquariums may open at 50% capacity
Gyms and indoor exercise facilities (including yoga and martial arts studios and indoor courts for basketball, volleyball, etc.) may open at 30% capacity
Skating rinks and bowling alleys may open at 30% capacity
In addition, outdoor visitation at nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities may be allowed. Nursing homes must not currently be experiencing an outbreak for outdoor visitation to be permitted. They must also have a testing plan in place and an updated written Infection Control or Preparedness plan for COVID-19, as well as adequate personal protective equipment.
What hasn't changed under Phase 2.5:
Bars and nightclubs remain closed
Movie theaters and indoor entertainment venues remain closed
Amusement parks remain closed
Large venues remain subject to the mass gathering limits
Mask mandates and other prevention methods remain in effect
If you haven't yet responded to the census, you now have until September 30.Completing the survey is quick and easy to do. By using your phone, tablet, or computer - or simply grabbing a pencil or pen - you can complete the questionnaire, spending less than 10 minutes on something that can significantly impact our community over the next 10 years.
Exhibits for both artists run through September 24 at the LCAC
Outdoor reception TBD
Safety Spot: A Day of Remembrance
From Leland Fire/Rescue Department
At the end of our monthly meetings at the Leland Fire/Rescue Department, we pause for a moment of silence and prayer. As we silently stand there, this is a time of reflection for each individual. We can each choose to stand silently or think about loved ones or someone special… wherever our hearts lead us.
On this upcoming anniversary of September 11, we ask that you join us in taking a moment to remember the 2,985 people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 in New York City, at the Pentagon, and on the field in Shanksville, P.A. In addition, please remember those in our armed forces who have died in the fight against terror.
On this September 11, those of us in fire service will remember our colleagues in public safety who gave their lives to save others in the wake of the U.S. attacks - 343 firefighters (FDNY), 23 police officers (NYPD), and 37 N.Y. Port Authority police officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duties on that fateful day.
Those of us in the emergency services community (fire, EMS, police and dispatch) are here to come to your aid when you call. We gladly serve those within our community, as did those who responded without question on September 11, 2001.
Economic Development Committee Meeting – 6:00 PM, Sept. 10
Tourism Development Authority – 4:00 PM, Sept. 16
Town Council – 6:00 PM, Sept. 17
Planning Board - 6:00 PM, Sept. 22
Parks & Recreation Board - 6:00 PM, Sept. 30
Registration is open online and in person for Leland Cultural Arts Center and Leland Parks and Recreation programs and classes. In-person registration is available Mondays and Tuesdays but appointment only. Call the LCAC at (910) 385-9891 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for appointments.