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Whats Happening: February 20-22

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

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Friday night it is Cape Fear Community College’s first ever Homecoming celebration. If you are an alumni, join in the celebration at the CFCC Schwartz Center lobby before the men’s basketball game. Be there at 6:00 p.m. for free appetizers and your chance to win door prizes. Bring your alumni membership card for free admission to the reception and game. Call 910-362-7659 to RSVP.

The Cameron Art Museum will focus on Civil War history, but not in the form of paintings. The museum is holding a Civil War living history weekend for the 144th anniversary of Battle of Forks Road, which happened on the museum’s historic site. It runs from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The event is free.

The Full Belly Project is holding its Feast Against Famine fundraiser. There will be a buffet, beer, wine, entertainment and live and silent auctions. It is happening at the Coastline Convention Center Saturday night from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. You can buy tickets by calling 910-452-0975.

New Hanover County’s 5th Polar Plunge is taking place at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Saturday. Music, food and a costume contest begins at 11:00 a.m. At 3:00 p.m., line up to take a dip into the Atlantic. In order to participate, you have to raise at least $50. Money raised goes to the Special Olympics.

This weekend, you can begin gearing up for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. A pint glass workshop takes place Saturday and Sunday at Burchetta Glassblowing Studio and Gallery in Wilmington. You can design and make your own hand blown pint glass. It runs from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. It is $50 per person.

You can always find out what’s happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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videoSome brave souls prove you do not need summer to take a dip into the ocean, and Saint Patrick’s Day is less than a month away, but some people are already gearing up for the celebration.

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Blackwater laying off staff as it adopts new name

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

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MOYOCK, N.C. — Blackwater Worldwide’s reorganization under the new brand name Xe (Zee) includes layoffs designed to make the company leaner.

Xe spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell said Thursday the reorganization “has unfortunately required some staff reductions.” She said the layoffs were to ensure the best value for customers and to improve the company’s efficiency.

Tyrrell declined to provide numbers on how many people were laid off and where they worked within the privately-held company.

The North Carolina-based security contractor also said in November that it had laid off employees after failing to win a government contract for its Grizzly armored vehicle to replace the Humvee.

The company announced last week that it was changing its name from Blackwater Worldwide to Xe as part of a rebranding and reorganization.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Wilmington entrepreneur caters to cats

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Tamar Gilad knows firsthand that her cat hammock suspended inside a sturdy box can support cats weighing up to 20 pounds. It’s been cat-tested and owner-approved.

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Group forms to support Titan cement plant

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Stop Titan, meet the Coalition for Economic Advancement.The latter group, formed by a cohort of local business leaders and economic developers, hopes to be the yin to Stop Titan’s yang by supporting industries looking to locate or expand in Southeastern North Carolina.

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Conservation funds shrink as land prices fall within reach

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

The economic slowdown has created a double-edged sword for conservation groups. Land prices are down, but so is personal wealth, meaning fewer donations and less tax revenue, which the groups rely on to fund acquisition efforts.

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