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Shifting market

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Things are changing daily and weekly in ANY real estate market and the best analogy I have found is that real estate is just like the weather, it’s very local in nature.  What is true for one zip code or neighborhood isn’t the same for one down the road.  Commercial development, road construction, school zone changes, rates of bank owned homes all can change resale numbers and price per square foot valuations on properties.

Our local Jacksonville/Onslow County/Eastern NC market is affected by these changes as well as the rate of plus ups or cut backs of military bases.  We are blessed with a ton of new construction on Camp LeJeune (new ranges and more, and increased treatment options for wounded warriors and retirees at the local Naval Hospital) and MARSON base improvements as well as new assignments to MCAS New River . . .we aren’t sure what the future holds but we can read market indications and prepare any client to move best with the flow of the market so things are advantageous as possible for the most beneficial outcome.

Cheers to changes and preparing as best we can!

Environmental Elf Program

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Please pass this message to other teachers, students, and parents.
We need high school volunteers for the Jacksonville Litter Free Holiday Parade / Environmental Elf Program.
Those that are interested should meet at the parking lot on the right side of the Coastal Carolina Community College science building (look for Environmental Elves sign) at:
no later than 8am on Saturday the 19th of November
You can also preregister by emailing Lisa_Rider@onslowcountync.gov .  Environmental Elves program helps high school students earn SAT credit hours by walking in the parade collecting recyclables and trash from parade watchers.  Hats, bags, etc will be provided and the first two volunteers to show up will have the option to hold the banner.
The parade starts at 9am and traffic will be blocked, so you need to make arrangements to have students dropped at the parking lot at CCCC by 8am and meet them at the end of the parade (Brynn Mar Shopping Center).  The parade ends at noon and the walk takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.  (Elves will be located all throughout the parade so some will finish earlier than others.)
It is best for parents to be at the end of the parade by 9am.  Parents can also walk in the parade with students if they choice to.  Please bring SAT credit hour forms in order to receive credits.  YOU MUST BE AT THE PARKING LOT BY 8am at the LATEST in order to participate in the parade and receive credit!!!
Thanks so much and please forward this email.  More volunteers are needed in order to make this year’s parade litter free.
Thank you for all you do,
Lisa Rider
Onslow County Solid Waste Department
Assistant Director
415 Meadowview Road
Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 330-3140 cellular
P Please consider the environment before you print this e-mail.

USMC Ball Gowns, Cake info and more!

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Some great links:

http://www.usmcbirthdayball.com/

http://www.dvidshub.net/video/98519/commandant-marine-corps-deliver-235th-birthday-message (last year’s birthday message)

http://www.marines.mil/usmc/Documents/Cake_Cutting_Script.pdf  (Cake Cutting Script)

http://www.marines.mil/usmc/Documents/MARINECORPSBIRTHDAYBALLCEREMONY.pdf (Ceremony Format)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Marine_Corps_birthday_ball (Wiki Birthday info)

http://www.usmcpress.com/heritage/marine_corps_birthday.htm (Even more history)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43oDIkgCVOc (video of cake ceremony)

OPERATION HAPPY BOMB

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HI guys,

A favor to ask for a dear childhood friend of mine.  Maria has been ill
since the summer after our graduation and has yet to recover.  Treatment has
included a four organ transplant and this year, she is up for yet another
transplant.  Once a bright, college-bound athlete and the picture of health
and by far our friend with the sunniest personality, she’s been a prisoner
to basically, a mystery illness.

She has made it to the finals for an HGTV makeover/renovation of her home,
which would be her sanctuary for recovery after her surgery.

Voting is easy, you don’t have to log in, simply visit the link on my
facebook or :
http://my.hgtv.com/hgtvd/Multipurpose-Room/Historic-Loft-Renovation-Seeking-Dream-Makeover/detail.esi?oid=25137274&cObjId=25137285
and vote for her.  I’d really appreciate it and she’s so independent, this
is as close as she has come to asking for help in over ten years.

Help me make her life a tiny bit easier, help her win her “happy bomb.”. .
.and I wouldn’t be bummed if you forwarded this to any of your HGTV junkie
friends.  🙂

Please and thank you in advance, every vote helps.

~McKenzie

**** UPDATE-I have had folks ask HOW to vote.  Towards the top right there is a series of stars, when you pass your mouse over them, they turn red. . .click the far right star next to her “score” and it votes for you.  I believe you can only vote once but we are looking into the HGTV rules.  So, in case you can only vote once, spreading the word really helps since every vote for Maris is so precious.  Thanks for all your help!

You have, you have asked me. . .

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Sorry, been a little awol lately, blame it on lots of work (which is a very good thing), getting that tv project off and running (which, maybe a few months down the road, right now, it’s one giant pile of “to-do”) and a kind of late breaking, too-good an offer to turn down that has me hunkered down turning my brain to pudding nightly which, hopefully will result in a handy dandy, dare I say almost amazing announcement in the near future, so keep posted.  In the meantime, share some fairy dust with me, massive piles of reading and to-do lists galore.

Howaboutwe.com is a handy dandy website with a great personality and I dug it until I got a scalding email from a friend today. . .calling me out as both a victim and a perpetrator.  Noted.  The link is being cranky but visit the site to read “The Five Signs You’re a Filler Girlfriend” . . .  (wish the good old ellipses had dramatic music here).  It’s a disease, apparently, and I have it.  I have filler boyfriends too which further complicates things.  Yes, I have been to countless Marine Corps Balls (I have a brigade of spare gowns, matching shoes, purses and wraps and my Ball Gown article on here, most hits of any of my blog posts), weddings. . .and even a holiday dinner with a guy friend who’s main squeeze at the time was too atrocious to meet the parents so I was drug in as a stand-in.

I have standing lunch, dinner, golf dates, movie nights, range afternoons (ok, admittedly, you do have way more fun toys) with fellas I guess I’d describe (and ditto in return) as a friend.  I’d say I was feeling used if I didn’t do it in return.  Work functions, occasional holiday party stand-ins, moving sofas, hanging curtains. . .you fellas are the greatest.  I love that you know how I like my steak, send food back that I am allergic to, remember my birthday, ask about my family. . .however. . .thinking it’s time that I throw myself to the wolves instead of using you or letting you use me as a security blanket.

I have a wedding in the near future.  As a guest.  You can exhale now.  I know my pals want me to be there to share their special day, but also know that for a golf resort wedding, I am being brought in as “fun single friend.”  Which means I’m not bringing another date who will attend to me all night, pose for silly pictures, humor me with a dance or two, pull out chairs, open doors and refill wine with out being asked.  Wouldn’t it be nice to share a fun, lavish weekend with a pal, yup, however, that doesn’t get you near a groomsman. . .or anyone else for that matter.

Apparently, the best part of being single is occasionally showing folks that you are, indeed, single.  So I’ll work on that.  Right after dinner tonight.

In the meantime, enjoy a treasure I found.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EOSDOA0tCs&feature=player_embedded#at=65   Yes, this is at the close of a blog post with a magic wand at the intro, please don’t color yourself surprised.

Memorial Weekend

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As usual, I’m working on a holiday weekend, but, also as usual, for a great reason.  Helping military families enjoying a 96 (96 hours off) away from work find a place to call home.  Please remember the reason for the holiday weekend.  Check out a few great links.  I’m off to dodge rain drops and lock boxes that bite as I show homes today.  Enjoy your weekend!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJesfljJ1vk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHnh1N8vn8A&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEWdjJpZZ3c&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpcgY7AbduA&feature=related

Free Concert by the North Carolina Symphony~Around the World in eighty minutes

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On June 5, 2011 at 7:30 the North Carolina Symphony will perform Around the World in Eighty Minutes.  Sponsored by Marine Federal Credit Union, Mine Safety Appliances and Onslow County Tourism.

“Music Director Grant Llewellyn takes you on a whirlwind journey across the globe with musical gems from the U.K., Austria, Italy, Russia, the Far East and, of course, our own United States.  Helping us along the way is one of our favorite collaborators, Rhiannon Giddens Laffan, lead singer of the 2011 Carolina Chocolate Drops.”

The County has been trying to attract some great events and performers, please show some support, I’d love to see this event have a tremendous turn out.  The park is beautiful and I’m sure it will be a fantastic night, care to join me?

*** Update, I was remiss in sharing additional GENEROUS sponsors: Platinum Corral, Modern Exterminating, Mr. & Mrs. Louis Sewell, Dr. & Mrs. Timothy Edwards, and Marine Chevrolet.  Thank you folks for all you do!