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Archive for November, 2011

‘Blue Velvet’ photo exhibit opens

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

WILMINGTON NC (WWAY) — The film “Blue Velvet” was made in Wilmington 25 years ago, and it helped put the Port City on the movie map.

The dark David Lynch drama was set throughout the city, and the part of lead mad man Frank Booth was perfect for Dennis Hopper. Now a cult classic, “Blue Velvet” is being honored with an exhibit of memorabilia and photographs from the production.

The display is in the apartment where Hopper lived during the filming, and the photos capture the cast on and off the movie set.

“The photographs come form Peter Braatz, who was a German film student who Lynch invited to Wilmington simply for the purpose of documenting the production, and he took close to 1,000 black and white stills behind the scenes and created a documentary called, ‘No Frank in Lumberton,’ which will be played in the Cucalorus film festival this week,” said Steve Fox, who put the exhibit together.

Braatz will be at the exhibit, and just in case you missed the movie, “Blue Velvet” is playing at the display, which is at 20 Princess St. in downtown Wilmington. You can catch the exhibition now through Sunday.

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Blue Velvet photo exhibit opens

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

WILMINGTON NC (WWAY) — The film Blue Velvet was made here twenty-five years ago and it helped put Wilmington on the movie map.

The dark David Lynch drama was set throughout the city, and the part of lead mad man Frank Booth was perfect for Dennis Hopper. Now a cult classic, Blue Velvet is being honored with an exhibit of memorabilia and photographs from the production.

The display is in the former apartment home of Dennis Hopper and the photos capture the cast on and off the movie set.

Steve Fox put the exhibit together, “the photographs come form Peter Braatz who was a German film student who Lynch invited to Wilmington simply for the purpose of documenting the production and he took close to one thousand black and white stills behind the scenes and created a documentary called, No Frank in Lumberton, which will be played in the Cucalorus film festival this week.”

Photographer Peter Braatz will be at the exhibit and just in case you missed the movie Blue Velvet is playing at the display, which is at 20 Princess St in downtown Wilmington. You can catch the exhibition now through Sunday.

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CFPUA meets for their 2011 annual report

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– With millions of dollars in bond debt the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority will be forced to increase bills in the future. Wilmington residents have had issues with the utility company’s billing for quite some time. Wednesday night the CFPUA had its annual meeting and invited the public to voice its complaints.

Only two customers showed up for the public comment period of the meeting.

“Our customer service department does a good job,” said Jim Quinn, the CFPUA Chairman. “If you’ve got a complaint they address it and they don’t stop until you understand what your situation is.”

Officials from the utility company say the organization has overcome some real challenges in its first few years of existence.

In 2011, the CFPUA has tackled projects like the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant and the Third Street Streetscape, where they are currently replacing water and sewer line.

As far as operations go, the CFPUA came in 15% under budget.

“The reason rates stay like they are and probably have to go up is another part of the budget is the capital improvements budget and these things we have to do in order to comply with federal regulations and to keep from having spills,” said Quinn.

The CFPUA is dealing with an infrastructure that is mandated by the city and the county. Despite the nearly $52,000,000 bond sale to update the water and sewer systems in the area, officials say they are trying their best to keep rates down.

“We’ve had to cut back on some of our capital improvements and try to keep our debt service down and keep our rates down and we’ve done a lot of shuffling around and done whatever we’ve had to do to keep them as low as possible,” said Quinn.

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CFPUA head says utility on solid path

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Agency has cut costs, but new bonds likely leading to higher rates

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Family dog killed by pit bull

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington family continues to grieve a week after losing their dog. The Romano family says a neighbor’s pit bull forced its way into their backyard and killed their Jack Russell. The family says the dog has attacked before and now they want authorities to hold the owner responsible.

“Lucy was my constant companion,” said Melanie Romero. “We lost a family member for sure.”

Romano says on November 1, she came home and discovered a circle of blood in her backyard.

“The neighbor next door told me there had been a lot of commotion earlier. He thought I had a dog visiting because there was a black pit (bull) in my backyard,” said Romano.

Another neighbor told Romano that John, another neighbor, had ran out of his home calling for his pit bulls earlier in the day. Romano says she tried to get in touch with her neighbor John Tooker; hours later he returned home with Lucy’s remains in the back of his jeep.

“I saw her face. I smelled death in his (Tooker) car when he opened his door,” Romano said. “I was very upset.”

Romano says Tooker told her that he took Lucy, who was still alive, because he did not want the Romano kids to see the dog in that condition. Romano says Tooker did not even take the dog to the veterinarian instead he went to class. She wants her neighbor to be held responsible for his dog’s actions.

The Wilmington Police Department says there are no charges filed against Tooker since there are no eyewitnesses to the attack. New Hanover County Animal Control has stepped in, recovering two pit bulls from Tooker’s home. Animal control says the dogs have been deemed dangerous due to a prior incident. The recent attack means the dogs may soon be euthanized.

“It is unfortunate but we do see repeat offenders in these situations,” said Jean McNeil, Animal Control Services Manager. “It is one of the most discouraging things we deal with.”

Tooker says he is sorry for the Romano’s loss, calling the incident a freak accident. He plans on appealing to animal control in order to save his pit bulls from being euthanized. Tooker says animal control recovered two of his dogs but only one was involved.

Romano believes Tooker should not be allowed to own any animals but according to the county Tooker would be allowed to own other pets even if the board denies his appeal involving the pit bulls that were recovered.

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