Malpass Corner Elementary School was closed from Dec. 1 through Dec. 15 to repair damage from a fire in a bathroom in the fourth- and fifth-grade hall. Now the school has to make up for lost time. The Pender County Board of Education selected Dec. 22, 23 and 29-31 as some of the rescheduled days.
Thirteen years ago, my Italian mother walked out of my house early on Christmas day.”I’m never coming here for Christmas again,” she announced. “You ruined my ravioli!” <br>I wasn’t surprised, and I knew she was serious. I had insisted she spend the holiday at my place, but I had failed to stock up on the ingredients for our traditional ragu.