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Archive for November, 2011

Jellyfish invade local beach

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Wrightsville Beach was littered with dozens of marooned jellyfish.

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Cape Fear Academy names new leader

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Cape Fear Academy named Donald Berger the school’s new headmaster.

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Occupy Wilmington holds ground in front of City Hall

Monday, November 14th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Protesters have been occupying the space in front of Wilmington City Hall for a couple of days now. Unlike other occupy movements around the country that have gotten violent and even deadly, members of Occupy Wilmington say they are a friendly bunch who just want their voices heard.

Protesters say despite the construction crews, cold weather and protests against their protesting, they are here to stay until they see some change.

“People and even the construction workers have been really nice,” Occupy Wilmington member Ethan Johnson. “The movie set was really nice, but it’s not that comfortable sleeping on the sidewalks, but they won’t let us sleep on the lawn, so we’ll deal with it.”

Johnson is occupying Wilmington. He said a few rude gestures have been thrown at the third street camp, but they mostly get waves, honks and curious passersby like Janice Neil.

Neil said she’s not officially part of the movement, but it caught her attention on the sidewalk, and she agrees with the message. But the dedication… not so much.

“Now, I didn’t know they were sleeping here,” Neil said. “Well, I guess if that’s what they have to do, then they just have to do it. I wouldn’t sleep here. I would come and protest, but I wouldn’t do the sleeping part.”

When asked about the violence at other occupations, Johnson said those incidents are just hiccups that will be worked out.

“You can’t control everybody,” he said. “You can try and have guidelines like we do. We don’t allow alcohol; we don’t allow drugs. But you can’t really tell somebody, ‘No. You can’t come in here.'”

While a lot of people just ignore the encampment, Neil said it’s time people pay attention.

“We are poor people, and we are really struggling. Here you got all these people making all this money, and we need some help,” she said.

And to the common comment of “Go get a job,” Johnson says, “I got a job. This is what I choose to do on my days off.”

He works on a vineyard in Bladen County. Now he hopes the fruits of this labor will pay off.

Johnson also believes the Occupy movement has had an impact on the presidential race by turning debate discussions about debt into more about job creation.

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Cape Fear Academy names new headmaster

Monday, November 14th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Cape Fear Academy is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Donald S. Berger, as the new Head of School, effective July 1, 2012. Mr. Berger is currently Head of School at Cary Academy in Cary, North Carolina. Mr. Berger will succeed Mr. John B. Meehl, Headmaster of Cape Fear Academy since 2002, who is retiring.

Chairman of the Cape Fear Academy Board of Trustees, Bill Squire, made the announcement to the school community today. Mr. Squire said, “We are pleased to announce, after an extensive nationwide search, the appointment of Don Berger to the position of Head of School. He has the unique combination of leadership skills and experience to help us continue providing our community with a growing and dynamic college preparatory educational environment. Cape Fear Academy has a 45-year history of excellence, and Mr. Berger brings the skills to CFA that will fuel the growth of our school and the exceptional education we offer our students.” Immediate past chairman of the board, Dail Ballard, served as Chair of the Search Committee.

Mr. Berger received a B.A. from Haverford College (PA) and holds a Masters in Education in Administration, Planning, and Public Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has served as Head of School at Cary Academy since 1996, its inaugural year. Cary Academy, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and well known for its innovative use of technology, was able to reach full enrollment of 735 students under the direction of Mr. Berger. Prior to coming to Cary, Mr. Berger was Head of Upper School and Dean of Students at Manlius Pebble Hill School in DeWitt, NY. His previous experience was as a teacher and coach at Moses Brown School (RI). He will be joined at Cape Fear Academy by his wife, Heidi, and daughter, Anna, a rising first grader. The Bergers also have three daughters and a son who all attend college or work in Wake County.

“I am extremely excited to become Cape Fear Academy’s next Head of School,” Berger said. “I look forward to building on John Meehl’s remarkable accomplishments to advance Cape Fear Academy even further. Working with an outstanding Board, a dedicated faculty, and a loyal parent group, I am confident that we can strengthen current programs, develop new, powerfully engaging and inspiring programs, and grow Cape Fear Academy’s enrollment.”

Mr. Berger will be on the campus of Cape Fear Academy on Thursday, November 17 when he will address the student body, staff, alumni, and parents at an assembly at 2 PM

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Make a Marine’s Thanksgiving

Monday, November 14th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Port City Java is organizing a Make a Marine’s Thanksgiving drive. They’re looking for 25 families to host 2 Marines from Camp Lejeune Thanksgiving Day from 11:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. You can feed them lunch, watch some football, or do whatever your family does to celebrate the holiday.

For more information – or to volunteer – email Port City Java CEO Steve Schnitzler at steve@portcityjava.com.

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