Cape Fear Literacy Council hosts the second annual 12 Tastes of Christmas, a holiday tasting of fine foods and specialty drinks. The event is Friday, December 12 from 7-10 PM at the Brooklyn Arts Center on North Fourth Street. Tunes will be provided by Chill Bill and humor by Dead Crow Comedy. Tickets are $30 in advance only, available on the website at CFLiteracy.org. My guests were Erin Payne, Outreach Coordinator and Nina Bays Cournoyer, co-organizer (with Katherine Clark) of the event.
When the state stopped funding Drug Treatment Courts in 2011, New Hanover County stepped up to support the program. To measure effectiveness since that switch, the drug court commissioned an evaluation, which was completed last week. UNCW sociology researchers found marked success, though recidivism rates for drug court clients are widely considered to be hard to gauge.
Drug Treatment Court is an intensive substance abuse program. For those who’ve been convicted of crimes connected with drugs—such as possession or stealing—it can serve as an alternative to prison time.
A couple of weeks ago, I read a message from listener Bo, who said he would listen but not longer contribute because he felt that WHQR and NPR are consistently liberal. By the way, in response to inquiries, this Bo is not our old pal Bo Biggs from Lumberton, who is a conservative and a valued supporter of WHQR. At any rate, here’s what Delthea Simmons wrote:
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Gareth Evans is the Executive Director of the Bellamy Mansion Museum. The Bellamy is partenering with the Burgwin-Wright House and St. James Episcopal Church to host A Christmas Stroll Through the Past. Luminaries will light the way between the three historic sites. There will be holiday decorations, many local choirs singing Christmas music, costumed guides, a petting zoo, refreshments and more. The event is Saturday, December 13 from 4-7 PM. You can drop in any time. If you go to the Bellamy at 4 PM there will be cookie and tree decorating activities for the children.
Brunswick County is likely to see the largest population surge in southeastern North Carolina over the next several decades.
In preparation for this growth, policy makers from the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the regional transportation planning agency with representatives from New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender Counties, are developing a modernized transportation plan to address congestion and what they're calling "enticing" options for the next generation of commuters.