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Archive for September, 2009

New building makes Dreams come true

Monday, September 28th, 2009

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The Dreams Center for Arts Education offers free classes in the arts. However, the 70 kids a week plus volunteers and staff, need more space than what they have at their building at Sixth and Ann, that they must already share with another group.

Dreams will lease an old bus garage from the city for one dollar a year, giving them ten-thousand more square feet.

“What you see now is an empty shell, but what you will see are dance studios and art studios and a fabulous community space,” said Dreams Executive Director Tracy Wilkes.

Dreams’ move into the building at Tenth and Fanning is part of the city’s effort to revitalize the north side of downtown.

“It will bring, as the arts do, beauty and joy and light to a neighborhood that is really in need,” Wilkes said.

After looking for a new facility for about five years, it’s a dream come true.

“We learned to make an adjustment and just acclimate to the environment, but at the same time, knowing that a new building is coming, we’re very excited,” said Dreams teacher Sai Collins.

Students are excited as well. “You don’t usually get a chance at school to express yourself and you need to let out your emotions some how,” said Doria Schmidt.

They expect to have renovations begin on the new facility in March.

Dreams is holding a fundraising event October 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the Burney Center at UNCW.

You can find more information by calling Dreams at 772-1501.

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videoThe Dreams Center for Arts Education offers free classes in the arts. However, the 70 kids a week plus volunteers and staff, need more space than what they have at their building at Sixth and Ann, that they must already share with another group.

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Hampstead enjoys Spot Festival

Monday, September 28th, 2009

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Hampstead was the spot to be this weekend as the seafood community celebrated the 46th Annual Spot Festival.

It’s a gathering that has grown tremendously and become synonymous with the town of Hampstead.

Thousands of people flock to the festival each year which features, live music, fun, and food.

But for those who may not know, what exactly is a spot?

“Well a spot is a tasty little pan fish. It’s very important to this community because we’re the seafood capital of North Carolina. So every year we get together and celebrate the spots. The firemen cook them and serve them. Its just something that’s grown from years ago to something huge,” said Sheila Rodney, the Spot Festival chair.

The festival is the town of Hampstead’s primary fundraiser and is entirely non-profit.

Proceeds go to benefit the fire department of Hampstead as well as the Topsail school systems.

Despite the rain on Saturday, organizers were pleased with the turnout on Sunday and are marking it down as a success.

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Hampstead was the spot to be this weekend as the seafood community celebrated the 46th Annual Spot Festival.

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Students mourn loss of fellow Seahawk

Monday, September 28th, 2009

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UNCW students are mourning the loss of a classmate after Friday afternoon storms turned deadly at Wrightsville Beach.

“I sent him a text message actually, once it started raining, asking him how the beach was jokingly cause it started pouring, and I never got an answer, and then I found out what happened,” said Chris Hetem.

It was a somber day on campus Monday as students returned to class and learned about what happened to their friend.

Eighteen-year-old John Edward Sackett III, known to friends as JT, was a freshman from Annapolis, Maryland.

He was killed when lightning hit near the Oceanic Pier while he was swimming.

“He had one of those smiles, it’s just contagious, everybody loved him,” said Austin Willoughby.

Friends stopped by the student center to sign a memorial book and share stories. They painted the “rock”, a popular meeting place on campus, in his honor.

They shared stories and memories about their friend…

“We played mud volleyball a lot when it rained, we had our own team, we were going to be the Spicy Hors d‘oeuvres, but we kinda forgot, to sign up,” said Willoughby.

“His girlfriend, they haven’t been together very long, but he told me that he loved her, and he just hadn’t said it yet, he was just waiting for the right time, but he was never able to say it…so I actually called his girlfriend yesterday and told her that he said that to me,” said Hetem.

Willoughby added, “I just really miss him, he was an awesome kid.”

The cause of John Sackett’s death is still pending.

Funeral arrangements are still being finalized in Annapolis.

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UNCW students are mourning the loss of a classmate after Friday afternoon storms turned deadly at Wrightsville Beach.

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Brunswick County jail inmate mistakenly freed

Monday, September 28th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

A 27-year-old Brunswick County jail inmate was accidentally released from the jail on Sunday after posing as another inmate who was supposed to be released, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.Rosher Rodriguez-Aguilar was released about 8:15 p.m., according to a news release.

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Off-duty Raleigh officers catch car burglars in downtown parking deck

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Two off-duty Raleigh police officers caught two youngsters breaking into cars on the fourth floor of the parking deck on Market and Front streets Saturday.

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