It is 7:15 p.m. on Monday, May 3, and I am writing to give you an update from the City of Mobile.
Today, the Mobile County Health Department reports 40,912 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 34 cases.
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Alabamians aged 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
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It's hard to imagine having weather more perfect than we did this past Saturday. I was able to get out with some of our staff members and volunteers from the community to participate in the first of three community cleanups we're going to be hosting this month. I want to thank the volunteers from Dog River Clearwater Revival and the other citizens who gave their time to help make our City better.
Last week we saw young men around the country realize their dreams during the NFL Draft. I spoke to Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy this morning, and he told me that more Senior Bowl players were drafted this year than ever before. As ESPN host Field Yates noted today, that it is a testament to the Senior Bowl's value to NFL players and teams. But the Senior Bowl is important to Mobile as well. It would have been difficult to count the number of times our City was mentioned on ESPN and the NFL Network over the past few days. As we know, "the Draft Starts in Mobile."
This afternoon I joined Mobile City Council Vice President C.J. Small and other local officials for a ribbon cutting at the Parkway Senior Center in the Dauphin Island Parkway area. With recent additions and upgrades, the facility has become a full-service senior center offering expanded programming.
It now boasts a brand-new fitness center, a cardio room and a computer lab. Parkway will also now have a full-time therapeutic recreation specialist to help seniors get the most out of their experience and safely use the new equipment. There have been other recent improvements inside the facility as well.
All of these upgrades will have a big impact on the seniors who utilize the Parkway Center, but they didn't happen overnight. This was the culmination of years of collaboration between city and state officials to find the necessary funding. This project also received financial support from the Parkway Senior Center Foundation and the Gulf Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council.
"May the 4th be with you!" Tomorrow is widely recognized as "Star Wars Day," and to celebrate, our Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Tuesday night Movie in the Park event. There will be a free screening of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," which is the last film in the new sequel trilogy. The movie will start at sundown (around 8 p.m.) at the Mike Dow Amphitheatre (3055 Banks Ave.) Attendees are also invited to bring chairs, blankets and refreshments to enjoy during the movie.
In one of his recent Monday Morning Cup of Inspiration messages, Dr. Kevin Elko said that two of the greatest things any of us have is our time and our gifts. "Don't waste them," he said.
Some people's gifts are obvious, like a great physical talent or an incredible mind. Others have gifts that are harder to see at first, like kindness and empathy or a heart for service and the will to serve others. All of these can be a blessing for someone. As for time, we all have some, but we never know how much.
Let's make sure we're using the time we do have to share our gifts with others.
Mayor Sandy Stimpson