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New job training program would diversify film crews, Wilmington likely to commit initial funds

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WILMINGTON — With potential seed money coming from the City of Wilmington, a new workforce training program is anticipated to grow North Carolina’s next generation of film industry workers, specifically with women and people of color. City council is planning to award $400,000 to the Film Partnership of North Carolina, a new nonprofit established to […]

City staff unimpressed by developer’s revamped plans for old bus yard on Castle St.

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WILMINGTON –– An old Wave Transit bus maintenance facility on Castle Street continues to encounter complications in the city’s attempts to sell and redevelop it.  Marred by failed partnerships, city staff are proposing the property be put up for a new round of development proposals. The last time that happened, the city only attracted a […]

Slight cool-down continues, latest Cape Fear real estate trends show

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. –– The voracious appetite for new listings in the Cape Fear region has slightly relaxed after months of relentless buying pressure. Across the tri-county region — New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick — residential real estate markets are collectively seeing year-over-year dips in closed and pending sales and new listings, according to Cape Fear Realtor. The […]

‘No one is applying’: Pandemic further weakens fragile yet imperative childcare system

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– The pandemic inflamed pre-existing wounds in the childcare industry nationwide, with a palpable effect on parents, workers, and business owners.  Problems were always there, but the past year elevated issues to a crisis level, worthy of examination and even systemwide reimagination.  CATCH UP ON PART ONE: Nearly 750 children on waitlist for […]

‘A slow grind’: Ongoing negotiations averting film strike, so far

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WILMINGTON –– About a week after film crew members voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, negotiations that could potentially prevent that action are continuing at a slow pace. “We are currently still in bargaining (pacific time zone) and expect it to be a slow grind through the weekend,” Darla McGlamery, business agent at IATSE Local […]

IATSE votes almost unanimously to strike if negotiations don’t go their way, could put film projects in limbo

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WILMINGTON — The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) is inching closer to the possibility of a nationwide strike after film crew members voted overwhelmingly to protest their work conditions and wages. With the threat now looming, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) — the representative of major TV and film companies […]

Father says Live Nation contractor told transgender teen to get out of men’s restroom at riverfront park concert

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WILMINGTON –– A Wilmington father said his 15-year-old transgender son was yelled and laughed at by a contracted employee of Live Nation when he entered the men’s bathroom during a Lady A concert Thursday evening at Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park. In a statement, a Live Nation general manager said the company was looking […]

Wrightsville Yacht Club proposes deck expansion, unrelated to floating club

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CORRECTION: The Wrightsville Yacht Club application is not related to the forthcoming Commodore Club, which has already been approved by town leaders. The club’s current application to be heard by the planning board Tuesday concerns a pool deck expansion, dockmaster Sam Clery told Port City Daily Monday. Port City Daily apologizes for this error. WRIGHTSVILLE […]

Unusual setup at The Pointe caught your eye? It’s a film set for Netflix

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WILMINGTON –– Cargo containers, colorful buildings and wooden structures have been popping up at The Pointe at Barclay in recent weeks, grabbing the attention of drivers along Independence Boulevard and shoppers within the commercial complex. The eye-catching build is a set for the Netflix show “Florida Man,” which is filming in the Wilmington area. Cameron […]

Nearly 750 children on waitlist for childcare subsidies, industry struggling

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– The childcare system is fragmented and strained, on the precipice of a national crisis emerging from the pandemic.  In New Hanover County, 748 otherwise eligible children with working parents –– bigger than an entire elementary school –– are currently on a waitlist to receive public vouchers to help offset the cost of childcare. […]