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Posted by allthingshavelock in MCAS Cherry Point.
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Bill doesn’t eliminate OLF in North Carolina

October 25, 2009 2:49 PM

By Sue Book
Freedom ENC

A final Department of Defense authorization bill does not include language sought by members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation to prevent a Navy outlying landing field in the northeastern part of the state.

Local leaders believe an OLF in North Carolina is needed to guarantee the placement of two F/A-18 Super Hornet squadrons at Cherry Point. Pilots of those jets will use the OLF to practice night aircraft carrier landings.

The bill does include language to make sure the Navy keeps Congress informed about its dealings with local governments in the areas being considering for an OLF. However, language sought that would have prevented the Navy from considering the Gates and Camden county sites in northeastern North Carolina for an OLF was not part of the final bill that President Barack Obama is expected to sign.

The Navy has been studying five areas — two in northeastern North Carolina and three in southeastern Virginia — to construct an OLF. Super Hornet pilots from Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Va., and Cherry Point would train using the OLF.

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., 3rd dist., said in a statement that he was disappointed but would continue to fight to prevent an OLF in northeastern North Carolina.

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., also expressed disappointment.

“I included strict requirements in this bill for the Navy to consider alternative sites and will continue working to protect North Carolina’s interests,” she said in a statement.

Earlier this year in a speech on the Senate floor, Hagan pushed for an OLF near Cherry Point, but the Navy had rejected a Craven County proposed site earlier and is not considering any other sites than the five locations currently being considered.

The Navy’s first selected an OLF site in Washington County. However, local residents and environmental groups protested that it was too close to the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge and would harm the area’s rural lifestyle. They filed lawsuits, and the Navy eventually decided to seek a new OLF location.

The General Assembly approved a law against the Navy taking property for an OLF anywhere in which no military air base is located.

Hugh Overholt, spokesman for the Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow lobby group, said he expected the whole argument may become moot as the Navy moves forward on basing options for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Cherry Point and Beaufort, S.C. are being considered.

“That could move the timing until after the next BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure Commission),” Overholt said.

Oceana narrowly escaped being closed under the 2005 BRAC because of regional growth that often puts aircraft activity in dangerous proximity to developed areas.

October 19, 2009

Posted by allthingshavelock in National Real Estate.
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Daily Real Estate News  |  October 14, 2009  |   Share

Buyers Must Hurry to Meet Credit Deadline
There’s still time for a first-time home buyer to complete a transaction before the tax credit expires Nov. 30, says Diann Patton, consumer spokeswoman for Coldwell Banker Real Estate.

But home buyers who have to apply for a mortgage should make sure they have all the necessary paperwork in hand. Patton advises that they’ll need to have tax returns, income verification and bank statements, as well as completed applications forms ready to submit.

Buyers in a hurry to claim the credit should also avoid short-sale properties, Patton says, because that process can delay closings.

Source: USA Today, Sandra Block (10/13/2009)

October 19, 2009

Posted by allthingshavelock in Local Events.
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By Drew C. Wilson
Havelock News

By about 1 p.m., there was hardly any chili to be given out at the 28th annual Havelock Chili Festival Saturday.

The Havelock-Cherry Point Rotary Club was almost to the bottom of the pot of its 70 gallons, and 2008 red chili champion Smokey Colwell’s 40 gallons were history. He had placed a sign over his booth that said “sold out.”

Then there was a call from Amy Piccianno, manager at Ham’s Restaurant in Havelock.

“We got hot chili. No Line. We got hot chili. No Wait,” she shouted.

In half a minute, there was a line 30-people deep waiting to put down a dollar for a small bowl.

The crew had gone back to the restaurant to get 10 more gallons after having already gone through 30 gallons earlier in the day. And it didn’t last long.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever been here,” said Chris McCabe, of Newport. “We’ve been here about an hour to find out what we’ve got to do to get some chili.”

His daughter, Kailee McCabe, 10, said it was worth the wait.

“I think it’s really good,” she said. “It tastes like my dad’s chili, except it’s a little spicier, but I like spicy now because I’m a little older.”

Patty Pruitt and her husband, Don, drove 260 miles from Mayodan to attend the festival with their son, Sgt. Matt Pruitt of Cherry Point, his wife, Kenna, and granddaughter Abby, age 2.

“It’s hot, but it’s good,” Patty Pruitt said of the chili. “A little sour cream and cheese does wonders.”

“It must be worth it. They come back every year,” Kenna Pruitt said of the festival.

The reason for the shortage of chili was an estimated record crowd for the event.

“I’ve never seen this many people,” said Diane Miller, Havelock city spokeswoman. “This is perfect weather for it. The chili sold out, and that’s a good indicator.”

Jim Beasley, a longtime organizer of the event with the Havelock Chamber of Commerce, estimated about 25,000 people attended the two-day event that included a chicken wings competition on Friday night.

“If anybody knows it was a good crowd, I know it was a good crowd,” he said. “I was here for the first one.”

“It was beyond what I expected,” said Stephanie Duncan, executive director of the Havelock Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the annual fundraiser for Havelock-area community needs.

“We’ve had so many people we ran out of chili faster than we ever have before,” said organizer Kim Zaccardelli.

“This is a stimulus package for Havelock,” Duncan said. “We’ve had cooks coming from Charlotte and Raleigh. They’ve been filling our hotel rooms, and all our vendors, too.”

One of the beneficiaries of the event is the Craven-Cherry Point Child Development Center.

“It’s nice to see Havelock come out,” said Barb Krcmar, administrative director of the center. “We’re just having a good time. It’s a crosscut of this town, which is nice.”

Havelock Commissioner Danny Walsh commended the volunteers for the event.

“For every dollar that gets donated, there’s probably $10 worth of hard work that goes into it,” he said. “It’s a great cause.”

With temperatures struggling to reach the lower 60s, chili proved the perfect dish on Saturday.

“It’s hot,” said Sheryl Mason, of Newport. “My lips are so burned now. I don’t know what I’m tasting. It’s great chili. I’m figuring heartburn tonight.”

Havelock’s Jessica Tessier spooned chili to her daughter, Shelby.

“We’ve been here for three years and we’ve been to the chili festival three years,” Tessier said.

Nebrid’ga Harkley, of Harlowe, came with her 6-month-old pet dog Spike, who licked a spoonful of Havelock-Cherry Point Rotary Club chili with the satisfaction of a bono fide chili dog.

Of 18 competitors, Raleigh’ Domino Ireland won the red chili and salsa competitions.

“I can’t freakin’ believe it,” said Ireland, who won the chili contest in 2006. “There’s no way I just won this. I didn’t expect to hear my name at all.”

David Lorenz, of New Jersey, won first place in the chili verde category.

First place in the People’s Choice Award for red chili went to the Havelock-Cherry Point Rotary Club.

Local favorite Gery Boucher, of Craven Community College’s Havelock campus, won the People’s Choice Award in the chicken wings category.

October 19, 2009

Posted by allthingshavelock in MCAS Cherry Point.
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By Drew C. Wilson
Havelock News

Cherry Point is one of three installations being considered as a home base for an 1,100-member Marine security and anti-terrorism unit.

“It’s one of the possibilities,” said Dennis Neal, deputy public affairs director for the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command in Norfolk, Va.

A meeting on the proposal is set from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information to the public about the proposal as well as on an environmental assessment being conducted. The open-house style meeting will include various stations about the project. Marine Corps representatives will be on hand to answer any questions.

The Navy and Marine Corps want to consolidate the Marine Corps Security Force Regiment at one location, Neal said. Currently, the five companies in the regiment operate at four bases in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, including bases at Yorktown, Norfolk, and Chesapeake.

If Cherry Point is selected, an additional 1,110 military personnel assigned to the regiment, as well as their dependants, could come to the area.

A 900,000 square-foot training complex would have to be built for the regiment, the primary function of which is anti- and counter-terrorism missions and protection of Navy and Marine Corps assets internationally.

Mike Jones, a civilian project manager, is overseeing environmental assessments for the three potential sites, which were selected from various locations that stretched from Jacksonville north to Quantico, Va. Virginia bases at Yorktown and Chesapeake are also being considered.

The decision on where to locate the regiment will be made early in 2010, Neal said.