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Archive for November, 2009

What’s Happening: November 13-15

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

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Get into the spirit of the holiday during the Tenth Annual Holiday Boutique in Southport this weekend. More than sixty artists will be there and admission is free. It is from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The Winter Jazz Season gets underway Friday night with the Frank Bongiorno Trio. Grab your chairs and head over to the New Hanover County Government Center. It starts at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m.

Take in some art while providing food to our area food bank with the Second Annual Fill the Cupboard Art Show at Fast Frame. It kicks off Friday with a reception from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Food and financial donations will be accepted.

Drive to Leland Saturday to watch police officers take on firefighters in the Fourth Annual Santa Cop Softball Game. The game takes place at the Northwest Ball Field on Highway 74/76, near the Leland Industrial Park. It starts at 1:00 p.m. The cost of admission is one new, unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more.

Men speaking out against violence toward women will be walking a mile in her shoes, by literally walking in women’s heels throughout downtown Wilmington. It starts at 10:00 a.m. at Elijah’s Saturday.

Lace up your walking shoes. Saturday, it’s the 2nd Annual Memory Walk to raise funds for Alzheimer’s. It starts at 10:00 a.m. at Hugh MacRae Park. Get there at 8:30 a.m. to register.

On Sunday, it’s a Walk for Ellie; an eight year old girl battling a rare pediatric cancer. It begins at 2:00 p.m. at Wrightsville Beach Park. The walk is $10 for adults. All proceeds will be donated to the Ellie Shoals Potvin Fund.

Also Sunday, UNCW students have come together to walk and raise money for a former classmates husband, who was critically injured while serving our country. The 5k takes place at Hugh MacRae Park starting at 10:00 a.m. A BBQ fundraiser starts at noon and runs until 4:00 p.m. A ten dollar donation is requested.

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

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videoYou can get plenty of exercise this weekend while raising money for several charities. And if you want to kickoff your holiday shopping, there is one place you will need to go.

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Thursday Morning Music Club fills local church with music and fans

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

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Music filled Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church during a special Veteran’s Day ceremony Wednesday. Thursday, more music rang out inside the church walls. This time it was the “Thursday Morning Music Club”.

Thursday’s concert was the first of the year; a jazz band complete with a saxophone, clarinet, flute, and electric guitar.

Club president Patty Head said, “A lot of us have been piano teachers, church organists, or singers. You can hear everything from a flute solo program this year, to a lecture about vladama harvest. The Wilmington Girls Choir is going sing for our December meeting, which will be at the Cape Fear Country Club.”

The “Thursday Morning Music Club” is one of the oldest clubs in Wilmington, dating back to the 1920’s. Many of the club’s other shows will feature classical music.

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Music filled Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church during a special Veteran’s Day ceremony Wednesday. Thursday, more music rang out inside the church walls. This time it was the “Thursday Morning Music Club”.

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Possible robbery avoided at a local Bank of America

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

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Alert employees at the Bank of America on College Road may have foiled a robbery Thursday afternoon.

Police said a man who went into the bank, looked strikingly similar to the man who robbed two other local Bank of America’s in the last two weeks, and he looks like the man who robbed the BB&T on Market Street in September.

Employees engaged the man in conversation while police were called, but he left before they arrived. He never threatened a robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Paul Verzaal at the Wilmington Police Department at 343-3921.

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Alert employees at the Bank of America on College Road may have foiled a robbery Thursday afternoon.

Police said a man who went into the bank, looked strikingly…

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Rondo Words: Down He Goes!

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

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I fell off a ladder Sunday.

About a 12 foot plunge.

It’s amazing how many thoughts you can process in the time it takes to hit the ground. First, I thought of a friend who fell from his roof 20 years ago and broke several ribs, fingers, and damaged other body parts.

Then, I wondered where I’d land, how I’d land, and if the ladder was going to come down on top of me.

Boom! I had my answers.

I caromed off a holly bush hedge and into some saw grass as I hit the ground. While it hurt, there was no excruciating pain. This was good. My friend landed on concrete. The ladder was leaning somewhere else and not on my head.

Things were looking up; literally.

A shaken Mrs. Rondinaro was nearby to pull me up and out of my sorry predicament. All of my limbs responded willingly.

Aside from some cuts, bruises, and abrasions; there’s a dandy dinger in a place you don’t want to see, I came out of this in pretty good shape. I am very lucky.

Please learn from my carelessness. Lessons learned that I already knew: make sure the ladder is on solid, level ground, have someone steady it if at all possible, and don’t climb to the very top steps.

It will soon be time to start hanging those Christmas lights and no one needs a body cast for the holidays.

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I fell off a ladder Sunday.

About a 12 foot plunge.

It’s amazing how many thoughts you can process in the time it takes to hit the ground.

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Governor Perdue visits Port City, discusses NC’s film industry

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

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Governor Bev Perdue’s trip to Screen Gems Studios and the set of “One Tree Hill” Thursday came more than seven months after she was supposed to make her first visit in office.

The governor was scheduled to visit the studio’s new Dream Stage April 1st to announce the Miley Cyrus movie “The Last Song” would shoot there. But she cancelled the announcement at the last minute, because a deal with the movie’s producers could not be worked out. The production eventually moved to Georgia because of the Peach State’s higher incentives for film projects.

“They didn’t go because of the talent or because of the capacity or because of the studio. They went for money,” said Perdue.

Perdue said she was determined to increase North Carolina’s tax incentive for film projects. The measure passed despite a slumping economy and sagging tax revenues, but it’s already paying off. Screen Gems head Bill Vassar said the studio has received as many inquiries in the last three months as it has in the last five years.

“We’re expecting the scripts to be approved for two projects in the next few weeks, and they’re both coming from studios and producers who have worked here before and want to bring the picture here,” Vassar said.

Folks in the business, like “One Tree Hill” star Bethany Joy Galeotti, said there is something special about working in Wilmington compared to places like New York and LA.

“We are like a little family here, and I think when the morale is up and you’ve got a community of people working together who really enjoy working together, that shows up in the ultimate product of what you’re presenting,” Galeotti said.

The governor hopes presenting the new film incentives to producers will translate to more jobs across the state. The increased incentives go into effect January 1st.

The governor and members of the film council plan to travel to California in February to help lure more projects to the Tar Heel State.

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videoA day after the 15th Annual Cucalorus Film Festival opened, Governor Bev Perdue visited the Port City to talk about North Carolina’s film industry.

The governor signed an executive order reauthorizing the North Carolina Film Council.

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