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Surfrider Foundation, Cape Fear Chapter

We are now into year two of the public’s awareness of GenX and other compounds in the Cape Fear region’s water supply. Health studies are currently underway to study the impact these chemicals might have on humans. Meanwhile experts are piecing together other available data to better understand the threats. 

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New Jersey decided late last year on a regulatory first:  to establish stringent standards for two types of perfluorochemicals in their environment.  According to a November press release, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection is the first to set maximum contaminant levels for perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, and perfluorononanoic acid, or PFNA.  GenX is one of more than a dozen similar compounds found in the Cape Fear River, the source of drinking water for hundreds of thousands of southeastern North Carolina residents. 

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Alison Bechdel's award-winning graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomedy was adapted for the stage a few years ago. After a successful run on Broadway, Fun Home the musical (also award-winning, including 5 Tonys) is making its debut across the county-mainly in big cities. Wilmington is lucky to be on the list.

Should teachers carry weapons onto school grounds?  That’s a question one recent North Carolina poll attempted to answer.  And a bill that would allow teachers to have firearms in the classroom is now in the Rules Committee of the North Carolina General Assembly.   Republican Representative Larry Pittman of Cabarrus County filed the School Self-Defense Act last month. 

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Teachers held walkouts this year in at least six states:  West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, and North Carolina. The reason often cited in news headlines is salary.  But take a deeper dive, and you hear concerns about pension funds, funding for K-12 curriculum, and intangibles – like the lack of respect for the profession.

Lower Cape Fear Historical Society

For one night only, the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society (LCFHS) displays its entire fashion and textile collection at the Latimer House in downtown Wilmington. "Ladies of Style" showcase is open Friday, June 8th, 6:00pm-8:30pm. 

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New Hanover County has a new budget ready for the fiscal year beginning July 1st. In a surprise vote Monday, county commissioners unanimously approved the budget which includes a property tax decrease and increased funding for education.  

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Quit cold turkey – that’s the theory behind some drug rehabilitation programs, but this can be problematic.

Trillium Health Resources is collaborating with The Healing Place on New Hanover County’s first long-term substance abuse facility. According to Trillium, the plan “does incorporate non-medical detoxification as part of their long-term treatment.”

Port City Music Festival

The Port City Music Festival performs in various locations this week, and the advice from one Cellist is to adjust your schedule accordingly. The musicians, many from Camerata Philadelphia, are celebrating 10 years of bringing free, high-quality concerts to Wilmington. 

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Join us at WHQR for a performance by astounding musicians from the Port City Music Festival on Friday, June 8 at Noon. It's free-and you can bring your lunch if you like! 

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Coyotes, raccoons, and foxes are synurbizing.  That’s what researchers call the animals’ adaptive behavior when their natural habitat shrinks due to urban development.  A recent study out of Penn State shows white-tailed deer fawns have better chances of survival in mixed-cover areas -- a combination of agricultural or landscaped areas and forests versus forests.  In forests alone, the average survival to six months of age was about 41 percent. 

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We are now officially in the Atlantic Hurricane Season. It started June 1st. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts that a near-average season is likely, with 14 named storms, of which six could become hurricanes. A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when its wind speed reaches 74 mph. Even if a hurricane season is predicted to be mild, local officials here always prepare for the worst. 

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The Women's Impact Network, or WIN, is ready to endow New Hanover County non-profit organizations large and small grants for projects focused on education. Jenny Callison tells us how to apply for the money.

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Chemours, the company that had been discharging GenX and other compounds into the Cape Fear River, is starting to speak. This week, WHQR’s Vince Winkel visited the Chemours facility and sat down with the Fayetteville Works Site plant manager – where he learned about Chemours’ new plan to open up to the community. 

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Words On Bathroom Walls is, so far this fiscal year, the only film to take advantage of North Carolina industry incentives.  Five Home Depot commercials also claimed some state grant money over the last fiscal year.  While there are efforts underway in Raleigh to sweeten the pot and lure made-for-TV movies and smaller film projects, the industry in Wilmington is not even a shadow of its former self. 

Cape Fear Shakespeare

Cape Fear Shakespeare celebrates 25 years of outdoor theatre this summer at Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre. "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and "Romeo & Juliet" take turns on the stage through June 24 (maybe longer).

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Friends of Public Radio, Inc.'s Annual Meeting

tekMountain at 1844 Sir Tyler Drive

Thursday, June 28

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Theatre For All

Theatre For All presents its original show Behind the Big Top on Monday & Tuesday, June 4-5, at TheatreNOW. Showtime is 7:00pm.  As the title suggests, this show is a (humorous) peak behind the scenes of circus life.

Come out and join us for our next Meet Up at the Bellamy Mansion next Thursday, June 7th! WHQR Staff, Community Advisory Board, and Friends will be there for a fun evening enjoying friendship and a shared love of public radio with our listeners. Spend the evening relaxing with wine, beer (the delicious Hummin' Bird provided by Red Oak), and snacks inside the grand Bellamy Mansion and on its outside grounds.

The event will be from 5 - 7pm. We can't wait to see you there!

Chemours

On Tuesday, Chemours announced that carbon adsorption bed technology has been installed at two locations on its Fayetteville Works plant on the Cape Fear River. This is supposed to reduce the emissions of GenX into the air immediately.

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Artists Topher Alexander and Kristin Pors approach art from different directions using different materials, but their work comes together at the MC Erny Gallery in the exhibit Life Itself. Friday, May 25th is the closing reception, one of the stops to make on the 4th Friday Gallery Walk.

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2018 is likely to see normal to slightly above-normal storm Atlantic hurricane activity.  That's according to the newly-released forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.   The breakdown looks like this:  10-16 named storms; 5-9 may become hurricanes.  Of those, one to four could become major hurricanes. 

TheatreNow

Good Ol' Girls is onstage at Theatre Now through June 2. The musical portrays the 7 ages of the southern woman, adapted from stories by southern authors Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle. The performance on Friday, 5/25 benefits the Carousel Center.

Compton & Newberry

Compton & Newberry bring legit Bluegrass to Thalian Hall on Thursday, 5/24. Mike Compton, the Master of Mandolin (you may know him from "O Brother, Where Art Thou"), and Joe Newberry, the award-winning songwriter and mulit-instrumentalist (banjo, guitar, fiddle), perform traditional songs and some new gems, too.

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Joshua Johnson is the Host of 1A, the successor to the long-running and hugely popular Diane Rehm show.  Before his move to the nation’s capitol, he lived in San Francisco, where he served as KQED’s morning newscaster. 

Ironclad Brewery

The Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle St. has been home to Big Dawg Productions for 9 years. But the building is up for sale, and Big Dawg needs to find a new space. The first fundraiser toward this effort is Thursday, May 24 at 7:00 at Ironclad Brewery.

Paul Taylor Dance Company

Modern dance and Memorial Day remembrances might not sound like natural bedfellows.  But this year, Paul Taylor Dance Company is working to raise the profile of Folded Flag Foundation, a nonprofit that helps military families grappling with loss.  

Vince Winkel

Two bills aimed at GenX and emerging contaminants passed their first readings in Raleigh today.  Democrats and Republicans from the Cape Fear region sponsored two different versions – both filed last Thursday. 

Oakdale Cemetery

There is a lot of history buried at Oakdale Cemetery-and some of it above the ground. On Saturday, Oakdale offers the Music & Mausoleum tour at 2:00pm, with a focus on 8 structures and the stories behind them-accompanied by a violinist, flutist, harpist, guitarist, and chorus. 

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Access to mental health resources is one of six major unmet needs in the Cape Fear region.  That’s according to New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s 2016 Community Needs Assessment Survey, which examines New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender Counties.  Suicide is one of the ten leading causes of death in southeastern North Carolina – despite the fact that it’s not in the top 10 statewide.

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