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3/9/15

Weather: Duck-scattered clouds, 53 degrees

Corollamostly cloudy, 53 degrees

Regional effort launched to restore the Little River–A partnership of local and regional groups has been formed to launch an effort to restore the Little River watershed in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties. The Albemarle Resource Conservation and Development Council, The Albemarle Commission, Albemarle Soil and Water Conservation District, Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City Bass Masters, and other community groups are working together to restore the watershed and about eight miles of impaired river. (OBvoice)

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The annual OBX Success Career and Job Fair will be held Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills, sponsored by the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce and the Northeastern Workforce Development Board. There is no admission charge for participants to attend the job and career fair. Bring your resumes and talk with area employers about full-time, part-time and seasonal positions available on the Outer Banks. In addition, free workshops presented by the chamber and the N.C. Works Career Center are being held Tuesday, March 10 to prepare job seekers for the fair. (OBvoice)

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In November 2013, Adam Grigas passed away at the young age of 33. Adam was a longtime resident of Corolla, NC and was the self-proclaimed “welcoming committee” to all who visited. In addition to working at The Currituck Club and in numerous restaurants over the years, he was also the owner of two businesses – Corolla Trolley & Corolla Chair Company. Adam enjoyed playing golf in his free time and frequently played the game barefoot. It is for this reason we honor him by hosting the second annual “Adam Grigas Barefoot Classic”.

Join us Monday March 30th, 2015 for a golf scramble and raffle honoring the memory of Adam Grigas and benefitting the Adam Grigas Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Golf Scramble:
4 person, 18 Hole Scramble
1 stroke deduction per player playing all 18 holes barefoot (in honor of Adam’s favorite way to play!) 10 AM Shotgun Start (Registration begins at 9 AM)
$80 per player (Includes range balls, prizes, event t-shirt, gift and admission to the Raffle & Awards reception including food & beverage)
To Signup – Call the Proshop at 253-453-9400 or email richard.johnson@clubcorp.com with your 4 person team

 

Wedding Showcase 2015-Sanderling Resort-Duck Saturday, March 14th 2015 11:00am – 4:00pm
Running of the Leprechaun 10K-Kelly’s Outer Banks

Restaurant & Tavern-Nags Head

Saturday, March 14th 2015 11:30am
St. Patrick’s Day Parade-Kelly’s Outer Banks

Restuarant & Tavern-Nags Head

Sunday, March 15th 2015 11:30am

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3/7/15

Weather: Duck-clear, 33 degrees

Corolla-clear, 34 degrees

The Downtown Manteo Wellness Crawl this Saturday, March 7, is the way to do it. You’ve heard of pub crawls and tapas crawls, but this is a crawl that’s actually good for you! A great opportunity for anyone and everyone to learn more about their health, find ways to get that better life we all want and discover healthy options for dining out, downtown style. First step? Get on the bus! The friendly staff on the Outer Banks Hospital Health Coach will be waiting on Sir Walter Raleigh Street (10 – 1) to offer you a free wellness screening! Just a short visit will give you a good update on your overall health followed by a one-one-one consultation to help guide you in the quest for better health. After that, grab a complete station listing from Downtown Books and hit the town- RI Coffeehouse, Avenue Grill, Roanoke Island Running Company, the Arts Council, Ortega’z, Poor Richards, and the Hungry Pelican Each station has different focus: yoga for all ages, chiropractic health and spinal screenings, gait analysis, a viewing of the documentary Fed Up, Zumba!, reflexology at Endless Possibilities, Momentum fitness, plus healthy lunch specials at three of our awesome restaurants.

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Ice and wind take down power to Hatteras, Ocracoke islands–Power was knocked out to all of Hatteras and Ocracoke islands Friday night, after ice build-up and windy conditions caused main high voltage lines that run the length of the islands to “gallop” near Buxton. The outage was first reported around 7 p.m., and it took crews nearly three hours to isolate where it originated. Power was restored from the high voltage feed to the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Avon around 9:30 p.m. Generators in Ocracoke and Buxton were brought on-line, but could only provide power to parts of the islands because of the amount of demand on the grid.

 

Dare County Meeting on Fed’s Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration Proposal-Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has agreed to hold an additional public scoping meeting on the Outer Banks regarding the federal government’s proposal to conduct an oil and gas lease sale off the coast of North Carolina between 2017-2022.  The meeting will take place on Monday, March 16, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Ramada Inn, Nags Head Oceanfront. The address is: 1701 S. Virginia Dare Trail  Kill Devil Hill, NC 27948

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3/3/15

Weather: Duck-Clear, 40 degrees

Corolla-Clear, 38 degrees

Visitors Bureau launches webpage on avoiding summer traffic-The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau has launched an information webpage to encourage travelers from the north to alter their vacation plans to avoid backups on U.S. 158, the Wright Memorial Bridge and N.C. 12 from Currituck County through Duck.  The “Get to the OBX Faster” webpage has smartphone-ready alternate routes and also encourages visitors to consider starting their summer vacations on alternate days or vacation during off-peak months. (OBvoice)

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Bill to use occupancy tax for dredging triggers furious debate-A marathon Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting that started out weighing the pros and cons of using occupancy taxes for dredging quickly devolved Monday into fishing versus business debate pitting the value of Oregon Inlet against beach nourishment. Representatives of both camps came out in force to give their opinions on draft state legislation that would allow the board to divert occupancy tax revenue, including funds earmarked for beach nourishment, to pay for dredging the inlet. (OBvoice)

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Blue Water Grill: The latest chapter in a family affair-After a year of waiting and anticipating, Outer Banks food enthusiasts can at last celebrate as the Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar has opened its doors. The restaurant, with its commanding presence atop the Pirates Cove Marina, is the latest venture from Scott and Melissa Shields, who brought the popular Blue Moon Beach Grill to Nags Head six years ago. (OBvoice)

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Correction: April 4th -Owner Appreciation day

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3/2/15

Weather: Duck-light rain, 41 degrees

Corolla-overcast, 42 degrees

 

Temperatures are expected to remain in the 40s and 50s this week, except for a spike of 68 degrees on Wednesday. But the brief warm up could be followed by wintry precipitationon Thursday. (WRAL)

 

The UNC Coastal Studies Institute will host the third presentation in the “Our Underwater Heritage” Lecture series on March 4, at 6 p.m. The series, held monthly at the CSI campus on Roanoke Island, features presentations from maritime archaeologists and graduate students on a variety of maritime archaeology projects in coastal North Carolina. This month’s program, “Defending the East Coast: How Converted Vessels Helped to Win the Battle of the Atlantic”, will be presented by Will Sassorossi, graduate student in the Program in Maritime Studies at ECU. His presentation will highlight his recent work on the conversion of fishing trawlers and their use during the Battle of the Atlantic in WWII. (OBvoice)

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Meet the ‘Babes of the Beach’ calendar models. It’s been a long time since the Outer Banks has offered up a calendar featuring our cutest babes in beach and resort attire. And for a resort area that seems to be a glaring omission. So, starting next week, the Voice will be offering up 12 very special “babes,” with the hope of attracting sponsors and buyers to purchase what will become a 2016 “Babes of the Beach” calendar. (OBvoice)

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A Twiddy Insight:

March 21-Annual Housekeeping & Inspections Appreciation Luncheon will be at the Currituck Cooperative in Barco, NC.

April 14-Owner Appreciation day

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Weather: Corolla-Light rain, 38 degrees

Duck-Overcast, 39 degrees

 

Getting local input is important to the project’s success. The Outer Banks office of The Nature Conservancy, North Carolina Chapter, is bringing together stakeholders from Roanoke Island to discuss coastal hazards in their communities. Information will be collected for the Coastal Resilience mapping tool, which is being developed by The Nature Conservancy to display key economic, social and natural assets, as well as coastal risks and hazards. The information can help communities plan how to use natural solutions, such as building oyster reefs and restoring coastal marshes. March 26 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Dare County Center on Marshall Collins Drive in Manteo (OBvoice)

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Check out the entertainment on tap for OBX Brewfest. Producers of the inaugural OBX brewfest have announced the entertainment lineup for the event, which will take place at the Outer Banks Event Site in Nags Head on May 31.The festival, produced by Hype Promotions in partnership with the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, will host three bands — TAUK,People’s Blues of Richmond and The Mark Schimick String Band. (OBvoice)

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A Village Realty broker will appear on HGTV. Today, HGTV Beachfront Bargain Hunt will show an episode featuring Village Realty Outer Banks Broker Karen DelVacchio helping a family from Chesapeake, Va., find an affordable vacation home. In an episode of Beachfront Bargain Hunt, filmed in May of last year, DelVacchio shows four affordable Hatteras Island properties to James and Catherine Bergeron. Already regular visitors to the area, the Bergerons plan to spend alternating weeks in the seaside home while Catherine, a hospital physician, is free from work. With a budget of less than $200,000, the family of three hoped to find a three-bedroom, two-bath home where their growing family, could spend half of their time. To find out if DelVacchio was able to guide the Bergeron’s to the vacation home of their dreams, tune in to HGTV at 8:30 p.m. today. (TheDailyAdvance)

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2/28/15

 

WEATHER: DUCK-SUNNY, 34 DEGREES

COROLLA-SUNNY, 33 DEGREES

SPRING FLING CLEAN UP DAY

MAR 07, 2015

1411 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: 252-473-3234

Many hands make for light work. Please assist The Gardens Staff, alongside our much-appreciated volunteers for a spring cleaning day to prepare for our 2015 season. Light snack and beverages will be provided. Please dress for the weather and be sure to wear rubber boots or old shoes. If you have gloves please bring those as well. We will provide buckets and wheelbarrows.

 

2015 GRAVEYARD 100

MAR 07, 2015MAR 08, 2015

Outer Banks, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

The 100-mile course is actually 101.5 miles point-to-point Cutoff: 30-Hours. Runners will travel the entire length of paved highway on Bodie Island and Hatteras Island viewing much of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore via historic Hwy 12. Runners will see beautiful landscapes including 3 of the famous North Carolina Lighthouses. Runners will cross the 2.5 mi. long Bonner Bridge spanning Oregon Inlet between Bodie Island and Hatteras Island at the 50mi. point between noon and sunset. All runners will cross Bonner Bridge on foot unless there is risk of injury from wind/weather. The Graveyard 100 is designed to be a point-to-point course with the intention of running from Corolla to Hatteras via Hwy 12. The alternate out-and-back course isn’t something we want to implement and will only do so in the event of a weather emergency. KTComment: Our ultra long distance runner Laura Carver will be taking this one on! Way to go!

 

 

The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau has launched an information page to help summer visitors avoid the heavy Saturday traffic experienced when accessing the area via US 158 and the Wright Memorial Bridge. Get to the OBX FASTER offers a benefit to our summer visitors. The web page and its links provide smartphone-ready alternate map routes and also encourage visitors to consider starting their summer weekly stays on a Friday or Sunday instead. Check out outerbanks.org and look for the swimsuit girl image on the right side of the homepage to get to the tips and maps page, or you can go straight there by typingouterbanks.org/GetToTheOBXFaster. Please feel free to share the map links on that page, or the Visitors Bureau webpage link with your customers. This program on its own will obviously not fix the much bigger traffic situation, and particularly not in the short-term. We do believe, though, that it is a step in the right direction and if we can move even a portion of the Saturday traffic off of the bridge, that’s a good thing.

The link to vote for Duck, NC being the Best Coastal small town:

http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-coastal-small-town/duck-n-c/

Don’t miss out on taking a look at the Twiddy Blog!

http://blog.twiddy.com/2015/02/26/14-local-secrets-every-new-obx-traveler-should-know/

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2/27/15

Weather: Duck-mostly sunny, 35 degrees

Corolla-sunny, 33 degrees

  • Influence the Vote – BEST COASTAL SMALL TOWN, DUCK–The nominees for USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice, Best Coastal Small Town were announced, and Duck, is one of 20 finalists competing for a spot in the winners list. Influence the vote and help Duck win the top spot!  “The far northern community of Duck, named for the abundant waterfowl that have long attracted hunters to the area, in the North Carolina Outer Banks is an upscale resort town boasting lots of restaurants and shops, and a reputation for its beautiful beaches. With Currituck Sound to one side and the Atlantic Ocean to the other, water sports and outdoor adventures abound.

 

  •  A large pleasure craft was adrift and partially submerged in the middle of the Croatan Sound Tuesday morning. Kevin Miggles captured a photo of the boat when it was located off the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island and Dare County Regional Airport, halfway between the William B. Umstead and Virginia Dare bridges. The boat was first spotted in the sound, but no other details were available. (OBvoice)
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  • The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce says it will formally restate its opposition to offshore oil and gas exploration in response to a request for public comments on lease sales off the North Carolina Coast. In the July 2014 resolution, the chamber said it was against “exploration and production of petroleum resources on the continental shelf or elsewhere off the coast of North Carolina.” The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is seeking public input on the lease sales for 2015-2022. The deadline is March 30. (OBvoice)
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2/24/15

Weather: Duck-Cloudy, 29 degrees

Corolla-Snow Showers, 27 degrees

 

  • A low pressure system developing well south of the area, coupled with cold air already in place, will produce widespread winter weather across eastern North Carolina and the Outer Banks today. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the entire region until midnight.
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Daylight Saving Time 2015 Countdown: 12 days until Spring 

Twiddy Insight:

  • Don’t forget about the T&C team working in the Logistics building. Their job is to deliver the right items, to the right person, in the right place, at the right time. Don’t hesitate to use them…logistics@twiddy.com

What’s going on in other departments?

  • Maintenance vendor appreciation lunch on Wednesday…Thanking our vendors!
  • Ross visits Google this week in San Francisco!
  • Don’t forget about our 4WD office. The Wash Woods Coast Guard station was built in 1917 and supports both our Sales and Operations teams.
  • Housekeeping is getting an early start on spring cleaning when weather permits.
  • Owner Services is communicating with owners about the condition of their home after the cold temperatures.
  • Yesterday Rentals booked 88 houses…way to go!