Feb 15 2011

Ocean Views of The Hi-Sea on Topsail Island

The Hi-Sea Direct Ocean Front on Topsail Island in Surf City Deck Photo
The Hi-Sea Direct Ocean Front on Topsail Island in Surf City Deck Photo

The Hi-Sea continues to be one of the most sought after cottages on Topsail Island in Surf City, North Carolina. The home has a tremendous rental history and provides guests with a cozy home away from home.  


Feb 15 2011

The Hi-Sea on Topsail Island in Surf City (Ocean Front)

The Hi-Sea on Topsail Island in Surf City, North Carolina, has direct ocean access. The three bedroom, two bath, cottage was fully renovated prior to the 2009 rental season. Enjoy relaxing ocean breezes and walks on the beach. The home is pet friendly.

Oct 24 2014

Federal Agencies Release New Warning About Halloween Contact Lenses

CHARLOTTE — Federal agencies are warning shoppers about an increasingly popular Halloween accessory that could be dangerous.

The Food and Drug Administration says decorative contacts that are sold illegally in stores and online can cause permanent damage to the eyes — even if they are only worn once.

It’s illegal for businesses to sell them without a prescription.

“If they’re fit inappropriately, they can cause corneal ulcers, infections, necessitating corneal transplants, possibly even losses of vision, and in worse cases – blindness,” said Charlotte ophthalmologist Dr. Boyd Vaziri.

Special agents have seized 20,000 pairs of counterfeit contacts in the United States in the past year- about $9,000 worth in North Carolina.

Article source: http://centralnc.twcnews.com/content/news/713207/federal-agencies-release-new-warning-about-halloween-contact-lenses/

Oct 24 2014

Tillis Camp Says Romney to Campaign for him in NC

CORNELIUS, N.C.–Mitt Romney is planning to come to North Carolina to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis.

Tillis’ campaign says the 2012 GOP presidential nominee will be in Raleigh next Wednesday with Tillis, who is in a close contest with Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan. The campaign says the event will be a late-afternoon rally at a sheet metal fabrication plant.

Romney already has been involved in Tillis’ Senate bid. Romney’s endorsement came on the eve of the Republican primary that Tillis won in May. Romney also has made email fundraising appeals for Tillis on his behalf in the fall campaign.

The former Massachusetts governor has been working on behalf of GOP gubernatorial and Senate candidates nationwide this year.

Article source: http://centralnc.twcnews.com/content/news/713214/tillis-camp-says-romney-to-campaign-for-him-in-nc/

Oct 24 2014

Officials Confirm Patient at NY Hospital Tests Positive for Ebola

NEW YORK–A New York City doctor is the first city resident to contract Ebola after testing positive for the virus Thursday.

City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said the test was conducted at the city’s public health lab and is expected to be confirmed at the CDC labs within the next 24 hours.

City Councilman Mark Levine and other city officials say the man is Dr. Craig Spencer.

Bassett said the man is 33-years-old and worked with the international nonprofit Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Guinea.

According to Bassett, he completed his work on Oct. 12 and left Guinea on Oct. 14. He traveled via Europe and arrived at JFK Airport on Oct. 17.

Bassett said he was well without symptoms throughout his journey from Guinea to the United States and was also well when he arrived in the United States.

According to Bassett, he checked his temperature twice a day since he departed from Guinea.

Bassett said the first symptoms reported by the doctor were a fever sometime between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursday morning, and MSF notified the city’s Department of Health.

He was transported in a specialized ambulance from his apartment to Bellevue Hospital, where he is currently in an isolation unit.

According to Bassett, before he became sick, the patient did leave his apartment. She said he went on a three-mile jog, visited the High Line, may have visited a restaurant and also rode the A, 1 and L trains in the New York City subway system.

He also went to The Gutter, a bowling alley in Williamsburg, Wednesday with a couple of friends, according to Bassett, who says he did bowl. She says he was not symptomatic at the time.

Bassett said the doctor has been in contact with his fiancee and two friends. She says all three of those contacts are healthy and are being quarantined. The driver of an Uber car that the doctor took had no direct physical contact with him and is not considered to be at risk, according to Bassett.

Health officials say the virus is only spread through close and direct contact with the bodily fluids of a person who’s infected. The fluids most likely to carry the virus are blood, stool and vomit.

Health officials also say Ebola is only contagious once a person exhibits symptoms, not before.

Initial symptoms of the virus include fever, fatigue, sore throat and headache.

The Centers for Disease Control says the virus can live on a surface for up to six days, but the Associate Commissioner for the Department of Health says there are no known cases of Ebola being transmitted from a surface to a person.

There is no FDA-approved vaccine or medicine available for Ebola, although experimental vaccines and treatments for Ebola are under development.

Patients may receive intravenous fluids, including electrolytes, and doctors will work to maintain their oxygen status and blood pressure, and look out for any other infections.

Mayor Bill de Blasio asked New Yorkers not to panic at a news conference Thursday evening.

“We want to state at the outset: there is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed,” de Blasio said. “Ebola is an extremely hard disease to contract. It is transmitted only through contact with an infected person’s blood or other bodily fluids, not through bodily contact.”

Bassett said the doctor’s apartment has been locked and entry-prohibited.

“The apartment is isolated. No one is going into the apartment,” she said. “We’ve ensured that nobody will enter. The super will not let anybody in. There’s no housekeepers expected to arrive. The apartment is locked and non-accessible.”

Despite DOH’s assurances, some neighbors said Spencer’s apartment has not been sealed off.

Video from Thursday afternoon shows police wearing gloves and masks walking outside the building on 147th Street and Broadway. Those items were then thrown in to a regular garbage can.

Article source: http://centralnc.twcnews.com/content/news/713210/officials-confirm-patient-at-ny-hospital-tests-positive-for-ebola/

Oct 24 2014

NYC Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola

NEW YORK — A Doctors Without Borders physician in New York City has tested positive for the Ebola virus.

This is the fourth case of Ebola on U.S. soil.

Officials say Dr. Craig Spencer recently returned from West Africa.

The 33 year old was taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan Thursday for isolation and testing after experiencing a fever, nausea, pain and fatigue.

Investigators are taking the case seriously because it appears the doctor didn’t self-quarantine, and he went out in public.

Article source: http://charlotte.twcnews.com/content/news/713204/nyc-doctor-tests-positive-for-ebola/

Oct 24 2014

Warrant: Woman Had Gun When She Arrived at NC Jail

RALEIGH–Police in Raleigh say a woman who was among a group of people arrested in a raid at a nightclub had a gun hidden on her when she arrived at the Wake County jail.

Multiple media outlets report 32-year-old Tiffanie Lizette Bass of Angier had a .38-caliber handgun when authorities at the jail were preparing to send her to a cell.

Bass faces multiple charges, including possession of a weapon by a prisoner in a jail. She is jailed under a $65,000 bond, and it’s not known if she has an attorney.

Police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said the department is looking at whether proper procedures were followed when Bass was arrested and whether its policy on searches needs to be evaluated. The Wake County Sheriff’s Office declined comment.

Article source: http://charlotte.twcnews.com/content/news/713213/warrant--woman-had-gun-when-she-arrived-at-nc-jail/

Oct 24 2014

Tillis Camp Says Romney to Campaign for him in NC

CORNELIUS, N.C.–Mitt Romney is planning to come to North Carolina to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis.

Tillis’ campaign says the 2012 GOP presidential nominee will be in Raleigh next Wednesday with Tillis, who is in a close contest with Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan. The campaign says the event will be a late-afternoon rally at a sheet metal fabrication plant.

Romney already has been involved in Tillis’ Senate bid. Romney’s endorsement came on the eve of the Republican primary that Tillis won in May. Romney also has made email fundraising appeals for Tillis on his behalf in the fall campaign.

The former Massachusetts governor has been working on behalf of GOP gubernatorial and Senate candidates nationwide this year.

Article source: http://charlotte.twcnews.com/content/news/713214/tillis-camp-says-romney-to-campaign-for-him-in-nc/

Oct 24 2014

About Bondo Wyszpolski

Matt Harrison, Keri Blunt, and Danny Roque in Wait Until Dark PHOTO COURTESY SURF CITY THEATRE

Matt Harrison, Keri Blunt, and Danny Roque in “Wait Until Dark”

A young blind woman is alone at home and a couple of gangsters have broken in. Unaware of what it contains, Susy Hendrix has a doll filled with illicit drugs. Can she hide? Will the bad guys find her? And what will happen to her when they do?

Frederick Knott’s “Wait Until Dark” is a roller coaster thriller that’s frequently revived for the stage, although many of us may remember the 1967 film version with Audrey Hepburn. Surf City Theatre is ready to present their take on this dramatic nail-biter, and it opens Saturday for three weekends at the Second Story Theatre in Hermosa Beach.

Kathy Rubin is directing. Originally trained as an opera singer, Rubin was also immersed in the world of musical theater, did some acting, but “fell into an opportunity to direct and found that’s really what I’m passionate about.

“I don’t have to be on stage,” she says; “I actually like being behind the scenes and having the vision and the big picture, (being attentive to) the little details, and I love collaborating with the actors and talking through their roles and the lines – the discovery that happens when you’re working with talented actors where they really understand their part.”


When the lights go down, and down
“Wait Until Dark” is a known quantity, and large segments of any audience will come in with certain expectations – not to see the action set on Mars with actors in 17th century dress, for example.

“In this case,” Rubin says, “things are pre-set, where you have to do this and you have to do that, and so it’s like, okay, how are we going to do that and make it ours and still maintain the integrity of the story and respect the intentions of the writer?

“Finding the balance between creating a vision for ourselves – as a team, the actors and myself – and finding that balance between what people know so well, was a challenge.”

Keri Blunt plays Susy Hendrix, the blind woman. She’s a strong character, as it turns out, a fact that Rubin wanted to make clear

“I didn’t want Susy to be a victim,” she says. “We talked a lot about who she was before her accident, before she became blind. We talked about how she was a real career girl in New York City (think Marlo Thomas in “That Girl”), very hip, very modern, very career-based, (with) a great social life: It was the ‘60s in New York.

“And then this horrible accident happened,” Rubin continues, “and she kind of resents it. There’s a part of her that is extremely frustrated with being blind – there’s no question about it. But underneath all this is the same spunky girl that she was before, which is what gets her through this horrible ordeal.

(In preparing for her role, Blunt even spent time at the Braille Institute, speaking with people there, those who were born blind and those who became blind after birth)

“That’s the girl we see at the end, who had the strength to get through and to come up with this scheme, as it’s developing on this one day, to really overcome these bad guys.”

Keri Blunt, Matt Harrison, and Danny Roque in Wait Until Dark PHOTO COURTESY OF SURF CITY THEATRE

Keri Blunt, Matt Harrison, and Danny Roque in “Wait Until Dark”

Big bad guy
Danny Roque plays Harry Roat, and he’s the meanest of the mean. The other criminals are small potatoes compared to him.

“I remember as a kid seeing ‘Wait Until Dark,’ the movie,” Roque  says, “and it always stuck with me – It’s a role I’ve always wanted to play in a show I’ve always wanted to do.”

His character isn’t very sympathetic, to say the least.

“This guy is not just a break-in-your-house-and-steal-your-stuff-and-go kind of guy,” Roque continues, “he is a psychological sadist. He actually enjoys the terror he ends up putting her through.

“I’ve been trying to find different levels of madness, because he’s also very smart. He sets this whole thing up with all three of the guys. I mentioned to Kathy (the director) last night, I’m trying to find different ways to be crazy and still be believable.

“Quite often,” he adds, “people that are crazy are the quietest, most believable people in the world. And then all of a sudden it’s like, ‘They did what??!!’”

“Wait Until Dark,” once the cat-and-mouse scenes are introduced, is a play with twists and turns – and suspense. As for the audience, “Hopefully we’ll hear the gasps from their seats,” Roque says.


Too close for comfort
If you’ve been to the Second Story Theatre then you know already that it’s an intimate space, with little room for opulent scenery or a big cast. No “Aida” in other words, and no “Miss Saigon.”

Still, it’s a challenge Surf City Theatre can overcome.

“We’ve been rehearsing in my living room,” Rubin says, “because I have a long rectangular living room that at least gives us the sense of dimension similar to the stage. That, and also using the space in a way to constantly make it interesting – to make it feel real, like we’re in someone’s real apartment, with real behavior: What would you be doing? Oh, maybe washing the dishes or setting the table, folding the laundry; whatever it is, creating that in this space.”

Perhaps the biggest challenge is to keep the audience on its toes, to keep them attentive, apprehensive, even frightened.

“In terms of scary,” Rubin says, “it’s a build-up. If you play this show as a melodrama from start to finish you can’t get the build-up. There’s no way. So we play a lot of the comedy, a lot of comic moments and irony that are written into the script or that the actors bring to it. In real life we find the comic, funny moments as a way to break up tension and be normal in our lives. So we really worked on that.

“The last scene is one of the scariest scenes, certainly in film, but also in theater. The fact that a lot of it is in the dark already gives you the scary factor. It’s built-in, because of the dark, but I also have such an incredibly committed, challenging group of actors who really want to make all of it work, make it all real, make it in the moment.

“I think people are going to be very entertained by this show,” Rubin concludes, “and hopefully scared by the end, hopefully shaking in their boots.”

In addition to Keri Blunt as Susy Hendrix and Danny Roque as Harry Roat, the cast also features Linden East as Sam Hendrix, Matt Harrison as Mike Talman, Simone Beres as Gloria, and Aaron Goddard as Sgt. Carlino.

Wait Until Dark” opens Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Second Story Theatre, 710 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach. Additional performances: Sunday at 2; Friday, Oct. 31, at 8; Saturday, Nov. 1, at 8; Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2; Saturday, Nov. 8, at 8; and Sunday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. Tickets, $25. Call (424) 241-8040 or go to surfcitytheatre.com.

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Oct 24 2014

Police Find Meth Cooking Site at Fayetteville Home; 3 Arrested

FAYETTEVILLE — Fayetteville police arrested three people at a home where detectives found children living at a meth cooking site.

Investigators found the cook site on Saddle Ridge Road, at the home of David and Tracy Branham after detectives found ingredients for meth in a vehicle.

Three elementary school aged children were living at the home. The children are now in the custody of their grandparents.

The Branhams are charged with conspiracy to distribute a meth precursor. Tracey Branham is also charged with felony conspiracy.

Another man, 21-year-old William Tyler, was arrested on trespassing charges and failure to appear in court.

Article source: http://centralnc.twcnews.com/content/news/713189/police-find-meth-cooking-site-at-fayetteville-home--3-arrested/

Oct 24 2014

North Carolina Zoo Re-Opens Polar Bear Exhibit After 3 Years

ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo unveiled its newly expanded polar bear exhibit Thursday that’s now home to two female polar bears.

After three years of construction, the exhibit has now tripled in size and is connected to the original Rocky Coast habitat.

Instead of snow, the new exhibit mimics a southern arctic environment in Canada.

“Most people think of polar bears as lots of ice,” zoo director David Jones said. “But, actually, around Hudson Bay for example, there’s a landscape that’s very, very like this.”

The zoo spent $8.5 million on the project which 60 percent of the funds came from the state. However, it’s money Gov. Pat McCrory expects to see again.

“I think now we’re going to start getting a return on this investment and expand the opportunities to get more travel and tourism dollars to Randolph County, Asheboro, to the center of the state,” he said.

Patches was roaming around the new exhibit Thursday. She’s been at the zoo since November. In the Rocky Coast exhibit was 15-year-old Anana.

She made her first public appearance Thursday since temporarily moving to the zoo last month. She’s expected to stay in North Carolina until her exhibit at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago is renovated which is expected to be complete in 2016.

North Carolina Zoo animal supervisor Jeff Owen said having two habitats now available creates options.

“Now we can change their environment daily if we wish to,” Owen said. “Put them out here for shallow water stream one day or deep water pool tomorrow.”

The new exhibit also features a special den for a mother with cubs, but first priority is introducing Patches and Anana.

“The hope is to get both of them together and open up the whole thing,” Jones said.

For zoo guests, the new exhibit has an indoor gallery with television screens and glass viewing panels to allow people to see the bears up close and personal.

The zoo hopes to expand its polar bear population in the near future. The zoo’s two former polar bear residents died while the zoo was building the new habitat.

Article source: http://triadnc.twcnews.com/content/news/713199/north-carolina-zoo-re-opens-polar-bear-exhibit-after-3-years/

Oct 24 2014

Travelers Should Expect to Pay More for Holiday Flights This Year

CHARLOTTE — The nation’s largest airlines are reporting record profits, but that doesn’t mean they’re cutting fares. Instead, travelers can expect to pay even more for flights this holiday season.

According to Expedia.com, flights around Thanksgiving are up 17 percent from last year. Flights for the Christmas holiday are up two percent.

“You’re looking at gas pumps and you see how low the prices are dropping, and that’s one of the major expenses for airlines,” said Gary Silverstein, president of Mann Travels. “But they haven’t lowered their fares to correspond with this. That’s why you’re seeing record profits for the airlines.”

American Airlines posted record profits for its third quarter Thursday. Profits are also soaring for United, Southwest and Delta.

Even through the airlines will continue to get a break on fuel, travelers won’t see a break at the ticket counter.

“If you’ve flown lately, the planes are packed,” said Silverstein. “So they can get whatever they want for those tickets.

Tiffany Wright of AAA Carolinas said it’s based on supply and demand. She recommends booking early and being flexible.

“Traveling during the week, prices aren’t as high,” Wright said. “If your travel plans allow you to travel during the week, we would suggest that.”

You may have to get creative too, by looking at alternative airports. It could be cheaper to fly there, and rent a car to reach your final destination.

Travel experts said you will also be able to get lower fares if you travel on Thanksgiving day and Christmas.

Article source: http://centralnc.twcnews.com/content/news/713195/travelers-should-expect-to-pay-more-for-holiday-flights-this-year/