by Lisa Tome
It's not exactly New York Harbor but Amber Israel is making the best of things on Elkton's Bridge Street.
Israel, 28, stands at the edge of a parking lot in a strip mall waving a sign and dressed as the Statue of Liberty.
For three weeks or so, Israel has been working for Liberty Tax service. Her job isn't as a figurehead. Instead, she dons a green suit provided by the company and works to attract potential customers. She waves a cardboard sign and works to attract attention.
"This is my first year doing it, but I plan on staying. Sometimes, the weather is terrible. But I love the attention and the people," said Israel.
She's adjusted to working in the cold. "We're out there no matter what," she said.
In addition to wearing the costume, she brings a laptop computer and portable speaker to work. She plays music that she says keeps her motivated. "I listen to alternative rock. I dance. People beep their horns and police flash their lights.
Israel works four hours a day, six days a week and earns $9 an hour.
But there are other benefits. Passersby drop off beverages or snacks. She also received a $10 tip once. Last week, she was promoting two Liberty Tax programs - Cash in a Flash and Send a Friend - both designed to get people in the door of the business.
Israel has only seen the real Statue of Liberty in pictures. But she hopes to visit the real statue soon. "Now I want to go see it," she said.