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.
As the populations of Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover Counties continue to swell, accommodating the movement of people and goods requires much more creativity and innovation than just widening roads or building more of them.
Patty Proutey's 19-year-old son Joshua was killed in 2012 as he left the Community Arts Center downtown late last night. She has created a non-profit to honor his memory which will provide funding for life-affirming activities for at-risk youth in the hope that "good ultimately can come form Joshua's death." The launch of the non-profit, called Journey4Josh, is this Friday from 6-9 PM at Cape Fear Community College's beautiful new Union Station. Patty will speak, as will District Attorney Ben David.
That's right...your favorite part of the holiday season is back! Be sure to tune in to 96.7 FM at 1 pm on Saturdays for a new season of LIVE at the MET. Never miss any of your favorite operas again! This Saturday, December 6 the Metropolitan Opera Broadcast Season will kick off the holidays with "The Barber of Seville." For more information about the MET's schedule click here.
Ronnie Wise and David Tousignant tell us about Coastal Carolina Christmas, two nights at St. Paul's Episcopal Church that feature two different concerts. On Friday, December 12 The Wilmington Boys Choir makes its official debut along with the choirs of St. Paul's and soloists (Nancy King, Whitney Lanier, Sara Westermark, Bob Workmon and John Callison) performing traditional music of the season. Also featured will be selections from Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols and Saint-Seans' Christmas Oratorio. A champagne and chocolate reception will follow the performances.
Follow the extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, Stephen Hawking, an astrophysicist with an astronomic love affair to match. Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) meets Cambridge beauty Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones) in college and they quickly become inseparable. At age 21, Hawking received an earth shattering diagnosis, rendering him physically inept for most of his life. However, together Hawking and Wilde were able to surmount impossible odds, break medical and scientific ground, and create one of the century's greatest love stories.
Taking the nation by cinematic storm "BIRDMAN or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)" starring Edward Norton, Michael Keaton, Zack Galifanakis and Emma Stone is this year's most ambitious black comedy. Michael Keaton plays a famous actor whose identity has started to blend with that of the superhero he so often portrays. In an attempt to break out and mount a Broadway play, Keaton battles his own ego in order to save his family, his career and ultimately himself. (R, 1 hr 55 min)
Fresh Voices on Air commentator, Alexei Affemann contemplates the issue of income inequality.
Alexei Affemann is 17 years old and attends Hoggard High School. He aspires to become an aerospace engineer. Alexei is passionate about travelling and watching documentaries. He volunteers with Beta Club and is a junior volunteer at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
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WHQR Public Radio announces that Jemila Ericson has resigned from her position as Classical Host and Midday Interview Host. Her last official day on air will be December 26, 2014. Jemila notified station management, staff and board of her decision on November 25, 2014. She has been a wonderful part of WHQR for over 20 years and will be deeply missed by colleagues and listeners alike.
We live in an age where information is currency, says Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler. Having everything at our fingertips is something we are willing to pay mightily for, but also expect as a foregone conclusion.
Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.
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