Outer Banks Magic and Comedy Show

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Outer Banks Music Showcase hosts Clive Allen and Tracy performing a spectacular Showcase Magic and Comedy Show with select dates offered in February, March and April at 7:30 p.m.

For ticket information, call 252.261.7505.  Call for reservations in advance. Discount coupons and group rates are available.

Outer Banks Pirate Adventure

A co-worker’s family experienced the Pirate Adventures of the Outer Banks in Manteo yesterday.  He said it was wonderful and well worth the money.  The kids get to dress up, shoot water cannons at other ships/pirates, find a treasure map which lead them to a treasure in the water.  They bring the treasure up and the kids get to pick something out of the treasure box.  The experience was close to something you would do at Disney World. 

The web site is www.piratesobx.com if you want to check it out.

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National Park Service Offers Free Pass to Visit Area Parks

As part of an on-going effort to promote recognition of our many area National Parks on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Federal Government offers our guests free admission during the weekend beginning Saturday, July 18, 2009 and ending Sunday, July 19, 2009 as well August 15-16th. 

Please take the opportunity to visit one or more of our wonderful area parks that offer adventure, culture, history and much more. 

If you need further information please visit Outer Banks Visitors Center at MP 1 in Kitty Hawk or call 252.473.2138 or 1.877.OBX.4FUN (629.4386).

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Smoking Ban for Outer Banks Bars & Restaurants

Say goodbye to secondhand smoke!  Beginning January 1, 2010, all restaurants and bars in North Carolina will be smoke free due to the bill Governor Bev Perdue signed into law May 19, 2009. 

According to the conditions of this law, fines up to $50 for people who smoke after being asked to stop will be imposed and fines up to $200 for managers who have been asked twice to enforce the rules.

Don’t Miss the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach

Named in the top ten Seafood and Wine Festivals in the nation by Coastal Living Magazine and sponsored by the Dare County Restaurant Association, the OBX Taste of the Beach offers four nights and days beginning tomorrow through Sunday, March 8th .

Planned events that are guaranteed to please your pallet tasting some of the finest coastal cuisine, drinking some of the best wine and micro brewed beer all while having the time of your life.  Some planned events will include: Brew Tours, Music Crawls, Wine Tastings, Cooking Classes, Tapas Crawls, Dine Arounds, and Dessert Dive-ins – just to name a few.  The weekend will culminate with the Taste of the Beach Expo at The Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk.

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Housekeeping Manager Designated

Housekeeping Manager designated
Certified Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professional 

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Carolina Designs Realty is pleased to announce that Deborah Stone, our Housekeeping Manager, has received the designation Certified Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professional (CVRHP).

Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals, Inc., is a professional association of vacation rental companies that strives to increase the quality, service level, and professionalism of housekeeping to both homeowners and guests.

Both Deborah Stone and Michelle Layne, our General Manager, now have this designation and are active board members with this organization.

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Outer Banks Association of Realtors 2009 President Induction

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Principal Broker of Carolina Designs Realty, Monica Thibodeau, was formally inducted as the Outer Banks Association of Realtors’ (OBAR) president for 2009 at the OBAR REALTOR® BALL on Friday, December 12, 2008 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk.

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She has been a volunteer in many community projects and is currently the Town Council liaison for the Duck Community and Business alliance.  Since December 2002, Monica also serves as a Council Member for the Town of Duck, currently serving as Mayor Pro Tempore.

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Giving comes in Very Special Ways this Holiday Season

Instead of exchanging gifts among ourselves at our holiday gathering this year, Meredith Olinger coordinated donations from Carolina Designs Realty employees in order to purchase a specially made bicycle for a child with downs syndrome.  Meredith became aware of this child’s needs by contacting Interfaith Community Outreach and asking how we could benefit the community.  Interfaith Community Outreach (ICO) a non-profit interfaith organization of volunteers who are supported by more than 20 local faith communities and network partners dedicated to providing emergency gap services and referrals to people on the Outer Banks and surrounding areas who have no other place to turn for help.

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Property Check Program & Video Service

The Town of Duck Police Department is offering a property check program to the Town’s property owners. These officers would make periodic checks of residences that are not occupied during the off-season.  They would look for open windows and doors and other signs of unauthorized entry, as well as look for other items such as water leaks.

If there are any findings at the residence, the homeowner or rental company would be contacted so the residence can be secured. Additionally, if it appears that a crime has occurred, the incident will be investigated.

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Sales-Tax Holiday for Energy Star Product Purchases

The General Assembly has created a sales-tax holiday for the purchase of efficient appliances in hopes of helping people reduce their energy use. The exemption will apply to all Energy Star products. These products meet the energy efficient guidelines set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy. They include clothes washers, freezers and refrigerators, air conditioners, heat pumps, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats. The state estimates the holiday will save consumers $1.4 million in taxes. The three-day holiday will begin on the first Friday of November and run through the following Sunday.

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