NFL player Ray Sydnor to host mentorship event in Havre de Grace

Former Philadelphia Eagles member and Havre de Grace resident Ray Sydnor plans to hold a mentorship program in the city later this month.

Havre de Grace Mayor Wayne Dougherty said Monday the city will play host to Community Unity Day, which Sydnor said is expected to use sports to build character.

The program will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 17 at the Havre de Grace Community Center and is limited to 100 participants from ages 7 to 18, Dougherty said.

He said interested residents can stop by the Havre de Grace Activity Center or the Office of Tourism, and will also soon be able to sign up on the city's website.

The former Eagle could not make it to Monday's meeting, but his wife and daughter, Patricia Sydnor and Jalani Porter, accepted a proclamation from Dougherty.

"This is an opportunity for the city," Dougherty said, noting that when he met Sydnor, he was totally focused on a partnership to benefit area youth.

The event is expected to extend into a longer summer program, he said.

Sydnor is a former tight end for the University of Wisconsin and was with the Eagles in the early 1980s.

Bond bill

The council also introduced a bond ordinance for the purchase of Steve Gamatoria's property on Concord Street, approved by voter referendum earlier this year.

City attorney Paul Ishak said the bill is essentially a technicality needed for the purchase to be completed.

It authorizes the city to enter into an installment purchase agreement with a principal balance of $1.25 million with Steve Gamatoria, Patricia Gamatoria and Charles Gamatoria and to pay the balance of the purchase price, or $1.25 million plus interest on the unpaid balance at 4 percent over 25 years without repayment.

A public hearing will be held on the bill and the council voted to suspend the rules by having a second reading of the bill right after the public hearing.

In other news...

•Public works director Larry Parks urged people not to spray permanent paint on city streets, which he said is hard to clean.

He said only chalk or washable chalk paint should be used for such projects.

"We are starting to accumulate a lot of markings on the street," he said.

•Dougherty said cheerleaders who have been disturbing some residents by practicing loudly on Saturday mornings have been asked to stay away from residential neighborhoods during their practices.

•Smith reminded people about the Green Team's Golden Tomato Gardening Contest, where residents can submit tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchinis grown in Havre de Grace to be weighed in.

They can be weighed officially at Bahouka's store every Saturday or any time the store is open.

Residents can go to the Havre de Grace Green Team's Facebook page for more information.

•Lori Maslin, organizer of the city's Seafood Festival, said the event will be busier than ever this year.

The festival will have an acoustic stage, so some "local and regional acoustic performers" are coming in, she said.

"We are doing a lot of stuff," she noted, adding she expects a lot of people in town as she is getting "lots and lots of calls."

•Resident Bob Robinson told the council he is concerned about communication over air and water safety after he saw a low-flying airplane nearly fly into a parasail on the Susquehanna River on July 4.

"The council should stop dragging its feet and communicate on boating safety," he said.

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