Thursday, December 1, 2022

Hometown huzzahs: Successes and achievements in the Cape Fear

A rundown of recent accomplishments from the Cape Fear area:


Local health care company celebrates 30 years in business

Well Care Home Health is celebrating its 30-year anniversary. Beginning as a seven-employee agency providing home care for New Hanover County in 1987, the Wilmington-based agency now employs over 800 people and services 42 counties throughout the state. For the past three years, the company has received the HomeCare Elite distinction, reserved for home health agencies ranking in the nation’s top 25%.

President of Wilmington chapter of NAIFA-NC announced

Rick Ruiz has been named president of the Wilmington Chapter of NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors) – North Carolina. Ruiz currently serves as managing director of the Wilmington office of MassMutual Carolinas, a leading mutual life insurance company dating back to 1851. Regarding his new position, Ruiz said, “I am deeply committed to being an advocate for our industry and to ensuring our members are engaged in ethical business practices and have opportunities for enhanced business and professional skills.”

Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation awards students scholarships

The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation awarded students Haley Long, Grayson Stone, Josh Woodard, McKaylah Vining, and Katy Flax scholarships with a total value of $4,750. The foundation’s scholarships are designated for children of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office active or retired employees. Recipients are chosen on the basis of their grades, an essay on the impact of law enforcement in their life, and other accomplishments.

Surf City restaurant wins Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

The Bistro at Topsail, in Surf City, has received the magazine Wine Spectator’s 2017 Award of Excellence, placing them among five restaurants in coastal North Carolina to be recognized, and 2,335 to be recognized globally.

The Bistro has won this award three times. It recognizes establishments that offer a variety of quality wines with thematic matches to the menu. Chef-Owner Bud Taylor and Sommelier Jena Schmidt pride themselves on creating a wine list that appeals to beginners and enthusiasts alike, while also offering farm to table dining that focuses on Southern cuisine. The Bistro at Topsail, 602 Roland Ave., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Wilmington woman’s invention receives patent

After nearly losing her phone to a portable toilet, Wilmington resident Anne Brewer realized the need for phone holders in public restrooms. Now, her idea—Pocket Palz—has just received a patent. Designed to hold smartphones on any surface, Pocket Palz are around 4 inches by 6 inches and constructed from durable plastic with double-sided foam tape. They come in a variety of colors with the option to be customized. You can purchase Pocket Palz on its website or at local vendors around Wilmington, but plans are underway to secure nationwide distribution channels.

Hampstead landscaping company named to top 25 in the country

Hampstead’s Freedom Lawns, an organic-based lawn care company, has been listed in Landscape Management’s “Top 25 Companies Nationally” in the turfgrass and plant care category. Founded in 1999 by Mark and Lynn Tamn, Freedom Lawns now operates 11 offices throughout the Southeastern U.S. In the past, it has also received awards for its environmental stewardship and customer service.

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