Beacon Bits: News Briefs for Monday, Nov. 25

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One of this year's brand new additions to the Carrot Island herd bites its mother's ear while grazing in the marsh back in August. (Photo by Janice Cheek)

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Ann Street Speed Limit, Rules for Town Boards on BOC Work Session Agenda Today

The Beaufort Board of Commissioners will meet for its monthly work session at 4 pm today in the conference room at Town Hall, 701 Front Street.

Most agenda items are regular business – finance reports, minutes, etc – but the board will also discuss the speed limit on Ann Street and a potential standardization of Rules of Procedure for all town boards.

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Ann Street has a speed limit of 25 mph from end to end, but signage is limited on the western end according to Commissioner Marianna Hollinshed, who sponsored the agenda item. Hollinshed suggested increasing signage and considering traffic calming devices in the area.

Mayor Rett Newton requested a discussion on standardizing Rules of Procedures – which dictate how meetings are scheduled, announced and run – across all town boards. These would be based on the Rules & Procedures adopted by the Board of Commissioners, which are available in full via the agenda packet below.

Votes are typically not taken at work sessions. Items of interest will be added to future meeting agendas before decisions are made. See the full agenda here (PDF download).

Help Support Local Opioid Recovery Efforts

Loaves and Fishes of Beaufort is looking for businesses, organizations and individuals to sponsor teams for Run for Recovery, a 5K run/walk and kid’s race in March, 2020.

Funds raised will be used for scholarships to help men in Loaves and Fishes’ opioid recovery program that are unable to pay for their treatment. Team sponsors can make or purchase signs to be posted along the race course to advertise sponsorship.

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For more information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Curt Barry, race director, at cell number 804-814-8168 or [email protected].

Did you know? State of North Carolina health statistics show that nearly 5 people die each day from opioid overdoses? That’s more than traffic accidents.

CCEC Customers Should See Rate Drop

Carteret Craven Electric Co-operative announced last week that customers should see savings of up to 13.5 percent on their November and December bills. There are two reasons for this: Lower, winter rates went into effect Nov. 1, and the Co-op’s power costs were lower this year than predicted.

Links We Like

We’re going to try something new – sharing links from other sources that we think are important, informative or just plain interesting!

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  • Duke Marine Lab published a feature story today about new Research Vessel Shearwater which is currently making its way from the west coast, through the Panama Canal to Florida, then Beaufort. Read about it
  • Traveling over the holidays? You can monitor traffic in real time via the DriveNC website! The site also announces major road closures or other issues so you can know what’s up before you get in the car. Just make sure you zoom in on the travel map – some information doesn’t show up until you do. Check Out DriveNC

We’re looking for social, church and charity organizations to partner with! If you’d like to publicize your group’s monthly news at no cost, contact the editor. You can take a look at the Beaufort Garden Club’s November News to get an idea.

Town of Beaufort News

  • The Board of Adjustment will meet at 6 tonight at the Train Depot. Agenda (PDF download)
  • The Historic Preservation Commission’s Tuesday meeting has been canceled due to lack of business

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December 2019

Merry-Time for Tots at the Maritime Museum

December 11 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Second of the month, repeating until December 11, 2019

NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front St
Beaufort, 28516
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Preschoolers (ages 2-5) and their caregivers are invited to the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, located at 315 Front St. in downtown Beaufort, for the free Merry-time for Tots program. The program is held at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month and includes an age-appropriate activity and craft. Upcoming topics are Shark Tales Oct. 9; Whale of a Time Nov. 13; and Boats that Float Dec. 11. Advance registration is requested. For more information or to register,…

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Carteret Library Storytime

December 11 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carteret County Public Library, 1702 Live Oak Street
Beaufort,
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Come to Storytime for stories, songs, dances, games, crafts, and loads of fun! PreK Storytime, ages 3-5, is on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Toddler Storytime, ages 2-4, is on Fridays at 1o a.m. but all ages are welcome at every Storytime program!

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Brown Bag Lecture Series at NC Maritime Museum

December 11 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 11, 2019

NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front St
Beaufort, 28516
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The Brown Bag Gam lecture series has resumed for the off season! The program is designed to reflect that relaxed atmosphere and invites attendees to pack a lunch and come learn about North Carolina’s rich coastal environment and culture. Each of the programs begin at noon, and they are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, call 252-504-7740 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com. Topics in the series include: Oct 17: the story of ‘Echo’ the juvenile…

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Carteret Library Storytime

December 13 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carteret County Public Library, 1702 Live Oak Street
Beaufort,
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Come to Storytime for stories, songs, dances, crafts, games, and loads of fun! PreK Storytime, ages 3-5, is on Wednesdays at 1o a.m. Toddler Storytime, ages 2-4, is on Fridays at 1o a.m. but all ages are welcome at every Storytime program!

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Race to the North Pole Adult Tricycle Race – Toys for Tots Bike Drive!

December 14 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Downtown Beaufort, Downtown
Beaufort NC,

Donate Online Here Every year Holland Shepard Group with Keller Williams Crystal Coast holds a special event to encourage donations of bicycles to Toys for Tots. This event is called the Race to the North Pole and Holland Shepard Group has invited some of Carteret County’s community and business leaders to participate in an adult tricycle race. Participants ride in a series of small races against each other. Competition is fierce and a winner is crowned at the end of…

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Brunch with Santa at 34° North Restaurant in Beaufort

December 14 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until December 21, 2019

34° North Restaurant, 2440 Lennoxville Road
Beaufort, North Carolina

Enjoy Holiday Brunch and pictures with Santa at 34° North Restaurant from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Choose from the full brunch menu and the children's menu. Santa will be at the restaurant to meet the kids. Parents don't forget to bring your camera! Donations of non-perishable food will be accepted to benefit Beaufort's Loaves & Fishes. Complimentary valet parking available for restaurant patrons. Dining reservations are strongly encouraged. Call 252-838-7250 or visit our website and book through OpenTable.com. 34° North…

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Santa Claus on the Beaufort Waterfront

December 14 at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating until December 21, 2019

Downtown Beaufort, Downtown
Beaufort NC,
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Santa Claus will be on the Beaufort Waterfront Dec. 7, 14 and 21, ready to hear all about Christmas wishes! Visits are between 11 am and 3 pm, except on Saturday the 7th while Santa will be in the Beaufort Christmas parade from 1-2 pm.

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Beaufort Holiday Art Walk

December 14 at 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Enjoy a festive day in Historic Downtown Beaufort, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and celebrate the season with art receptions and open houses at many downtown locations.  A wide variety of art from regional artists will be showcased throughout many of the downtown shops, galleries, and restaurants. The Beaufort Historic Site's Mattie King Davis Art Gallery will be showcasing work from local artist, Ken Moore. The Art Walk will begin at The Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St.  Art…

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Beaufort Art Walk

December 14 at 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Downtown Beaufort, Downtown
Beaufort NC,
Free

Enjoy a festive day in Historic Downtown Beaufort, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and celebrate the season with art receptions and open houses at many downtown locations. A wide variety of art from regional artists will be showcased throughout many of the downtown shops, galleries, and restaurants. The walk begins at the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St. Art walk maps will be available at participating locations

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Christmas Candlelight Tour

December 14 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$20

Kick-off the holiday season in beautiful historic Beaufort, NC. Start your afternoon by taking a stroll around town meeting talented artists and buying those perfect holiday gifts during The Beaufort Art Walk. Then later that night join the Beaufort Historical Association for our annual Christmas Candlelight Tour and visit gorgeous historic homes and buildings by candlelight. The Beaufort Historical Association’s annual Christmas Candlelight Tour will be held on Saturday, December 14 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The tour showcases Beaufort’s…

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