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Cape Fear Singles on meetup.com

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

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It can be hard to find time in your busy schedules to meet someone special. In our area, hundreds of singles are using the internet to meet friends and possibly their significant other.

Wilmington singles formed an alliance on meetup.com, called the Cape Fear Singles.
The group was created four years ago by six people who moved to Wilmington, not knowing a soul. Now the club has nearly four-hundred active members of all ages.

Matt Werner is one of the original six. “People came from out-of-state and they didn’t have a lot of friends here and so we’ve all become friends.”

They’ve met for more than one-thousand events from kayaking and bowling to trips to the Smokies.

“It was never set up really as a dating site, it’s an events-driven site, we’re looking for new things to do, all the time, places to go, things to try,” Werner said. “It’s gotten me out personally trying things that I never would’ve tried before. I went roller skating the other night, and it’s been years since I’ve roller skated.”

Members like Joanne Bryant said they cherish the friendships they make in the group the most. “This really has been a God-sent to me.”

And occasionally, sparks fly. “I personally have met someone about two years ago in this group and we’re dating very regularly,” Bryant said. “But I still love to come to the singles group because there’s such a camaraderie and even though I’m in a relationship that’s very wonderful and fulfilling, I still miss the people that I’ve had a chance to develop a friendship with.”

If you don’t have plans this valentine’s day and don’t want to spend it alone, you can join the Cape Fear Singles. They will be eating dinner at the Texas Roadhouse Saturday, at six o’clock. If you plan on attending, be sure to RSVP to the event on meetup.com so the restaurant is prepared.

Sherry Stewart recently joined and says members were very welcoming. “My first time was very intimidating, I didn’t know anyone. But then, after that, I was very comfortable.”

Matt Werner added, “People are not going to come knocking on your door looking for you. If you don’t go out and try things, you’re going to lead a pretty boring life and that’s proven to be true.”

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videoWilmington singles formed an alliance on meetup.com, called the Cape Fear Singles.
The group was created four years ago by six people who moved to Wilmington, not knowing a soul. Now the club has nearly four-hundred active members of all ages.

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Putting your best foot forward on that job interview

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

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With the economy forcing many out of their jobs, finding a new one can be daunting. The competition out there is stiff, so putting your best foot forward, can give you a leg up.

It’s been said, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”. So when you don’t have one, all the more reason why what you wear is so important.

“If someone comes in with an outfit that’s not well put together they’re eliminated right away, they’re not even under consideration,” said Target Solutions Recruiting president, Tom Ryder.

With the harsh reality that 7.5 percent of Americans are out of work, job interviews are the gateway to a paycheck. Those first impressions, well, they are lasting ones. “If they’re not conscientious enough about looking good for the interview, they’re not going to be conscientious about doing their job. And to be honest, I’m not going to hire them,” added Ryder.

In an interview, if what crosses your lips is just as important as what is on your hips, what do you wear? Style consultant, Lucia Silver took WWAY shopping.

She said, nothing says professional like clean and classic and tailored. “Just remember, you’re dressing for success and its an interview, not a party or anything else,” Silver said.

A dark suit, for both men and women is a must. Ladies, keep the jewelry to a minimum and men, please no cartoon character ties. “Leave the Sponge Bob at home and show that you are very seriously about the position you are applying for,” added Silver.

End of season sales can help you save, and secondhand stores can offer good values. Remember, you don’t have to spend a million dollars to look like it.

Another tip to saving money and still looking sharp for that interview; updating and tailoring an old suit that may be in your closet can be cheaper than buying a new one.

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videoIt’s been said, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”. So when you don’t have one, all the more reason why what you wear is so important.

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Rickenbacker pleads guilty

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

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A New Hanover County judge is making a Wilmington serial burglar pay his dues.

Alan Rickenbacker plead guilty today to more than seventy felony charges, ten of which were for breaking and entering.

District attorneys asked for ten years in prison. Instead, Rickenbacker got five years and has to pay $21,000 in restitution.

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A New Hanover County judge is making a Wilmington serial burglar pay his dues.

Alan Rickenbacker plead guilty today to more than seventy felony charges, ten of which were for breaking and entering.

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Whats Happening: February 13-15

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

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The movie won multiple Oscars, now the play Driving Miss Daisy comes to Wilmington’s Red Barn Theater. It examines the relationship between a southern Jewish woman and her black chauffeur. The play, featuring Linda Lavin, runs Thursday’s through Sunday’s until March 22nd. Shows are at 8:00 p.m., Sunday matinee at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are between $23 and $25.

It is Moulin Rouge like you have never seen it before. This time, you can participate along with the movie. Sing along, dance and you should even wear a costume. The movie starts at 9:00 p.m. inside UNCW’s Lumina Theater. Free admission for students with ID; two dollars for non-students.

Friday, a Ceremony of Love and Remembrance will take place at Hampstead Kiwanis Park. It is a way to remember someone who passed away from cancer, or any other cause. It begins at 6:30 p.m. If you purchase a love luminary, proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

A little winter jazz can spice up your Valentine’s weekend. Bring your own chairs and pack a picnic. It takes place inside the New Hanover County Government Center. It begins at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free for museum members; eight dollars for non-members.

Take a break from cooking breakfast Saturday and let the Burgaw Fire Department do the job. A blueberry pancake breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 11:00 a.m. It is five dollars per plate; children under four are free. The breakfast is a fundraiser for the NC Blueberry Festival.

Vocal talents of some of New Hanover Counties finest will be on display Saturday afternoon. An all-county elementary choral festival concert features around 150 youngsters. The public is invited to listen to the free concert. It begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Minnie Evans Art Center on Halyburton Memorial Parkway.

UNCW’s Intercultural Week culminates Saturday with a community wide i-Fest. It will feature music, dancing, food, crafts, clothing and cultural displays. It runs from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the UNCW Burney Center.

Saturday, grab your sweetie for a Valentine’s Day dinner and dance at Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach. The price is $120 per couple, which includes the meal, music and a bottle of wine. A limited number of tickets are available. For tickets, call the winery at 910 287-2800.

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

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videoA Pulitzer Prize winning play comes to the Port City this weekend. There will also be a little jazz to soothe the winter blues, and some blueberry pancakes for a good cause.

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Interpretive panel explains more about the Dil I

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

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The Coast Guard cutter Diligence now has a better-explained place in Wilmington’s history.

Today the commander of the Diligence helped unveil a new interpretive panel at the Cape Fear Museum that provides information about the Dil I.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary donated the marker for the Dil I, a 25-foot motor surfboat that was part of the Coast Guard cutter Diligence from 1991 until 1997.

Commander Doug Fears said the ship and the city have an interesting connection and history. “Children and other folks who come down to the Cape Fear Museum will be able to see the display read a little bit of that history and understand the connection. So I think it’ll contribute to people understanding what we do and understanding the relationship between the city and the ship.”

The current Diligence is the sixth ship to bear that name, dating back to the original. Based here in Wilmington in 1792.

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The Coast Guard cutter Diligence now has a better-explained place in Wilmington’s history.

Today the commander of the Diligence helped unveil a new interpretive panel at the Cape Fear Museum that provides information about the Dil I.

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