by Lisa Tome
What's in a name?
If you live in Elkton's Hollingsworth Manor and feel there are negative connotations associated with that name, it's everything.
According to Michelle Henson, Administration Office Secretary for the Town of Elkton, earlier this year, three woman brought the matter to town officials. They want the name of the subdivision changed.
"This is a group of women who want to take their neighborhood back. This is an ongoing conversation," said Henson.
Last week, town staffers Cheyne Hudson and Amanda Easter were stuffing envelopes. Inside those envelopes went surveys which will be mailed to tenants and property owners in Hollingsworth Manor.
The letter reads "The Mayor and Commissioners of the Town of Elkton are exploring the possibility of changing the name of the Hollingsworth Manor residential community. Before a name changed is discussed in detail, the Mayor and Commissioners would like feedback from the residents and property owners affected by such a change..."
Those receiving the survey are being asked to check a box indicating that they support or do not support a name change for the community. The deadline to return surveys is August 3.
There have been no suggestions as to what the new name would be if the name is changed.
A public hearing will be held after the surveys are returned if the desire to change the name is there.
"We are looking for a large majority who want to see it changed. We want to see buy-in from the community," said Henson.
Hollingsworth Manor was developed during World War II. Initially, it was supposed to be temporary housing for people who were working at area munitions factories.
"The bottom line is, is this what the community wants?," added Henson.