Bringing You the New Pines Perspective

A new way to keep our community connected.

Along with all the landscape changes that come with the arrival of Spring, we are bringing you a new method of community connection.  Most of you Carolina Pines residents are aware of the fact that The Shopper recently informed us they would no longer publish our community newspaper due to low advertising revenue.  Therefore, we will now be publishing the online PinesPerspective blog.

You are invited to view and hopefully enjoy the site and feel free to comment and submit articles, book reviews, poetry or any items of news in the community. Log onto to check it out. Send your articles to Jan Cota at

Don’t forget to check back often to see what is new in Carolina Pines.

Lunch and Learn – Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Behind “Blackbeard, Knight of the Black Flag”

Stuart Aronson discusses how he brought the infamous pirate to life


Actor, singer, professor, and playwright Stuart Aronson will discuss how he came to breathe life into the infamous Blackbeard, the pirate.  Aronson will share the inspiration behind his outdoor drama, “Blackbeard, Knight of the Black Flag”, and his research including the Blackbeard experts who advised him.  He’ll also entertain with readings from scenes of “Blackbeard, Knight of the Black Flag”.

Aronson has been an entertainer for years. His career started early as a child radio and television star, appearing in early soap operas such as “Ma Perkins” and serials like “Captain Midnight”, “Terry and the Pirates”, and “Tom Mix”.  In 1947 he co-starred in a radio drama with an up and coming actor named Myron Wallace.  Mr. Wallace later changed his first name to Mike, and you know the rest of the story.  After an early career in both radio and television, Stuart obtained his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University in drama, and studied singing with the great operatic diva Rosa Raisa. He made his operatic debut with Chicago’s Pavanne Opera Theatre. He moved to Europe in 1960 where he performed opera in Italy, France, Germany and Israel.  Upon his return to the United States he completed his master’s degree in theatre arts at American University and moved to Greenville, NC, where he taught speech and drama at ECU for 20 years.  In l977 he wrote the outdoor drama, “Blackbeard, Knight of the Black Flag”, which ran in Bath, NC for twelve summers.   He also wrote and directed “Blackbeard’s Revenge”, which was performed for two summers at the Crystal Coast Amphitheatre.

Lunch and Learn is at The Chelsea Restaurant, 11:30 am Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Tickets are $16 for Historical Society members and $18 for non-members; lunch is included. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558.  Lunch choices are Taco Salad: southwestern ground beef, mixed greens, sliced jalapenos, cucumbers and tomatoes in a crisp tortilla bowl with cheddar-jack cheese and sour cream, or Salmon Brie Pasta: poached salmon, bacon, tomatoes, and green onions tossed with gemelli pasta and garlic Brie cream sauce.


Duke Energy Foundation awards $50,000 Grant



The North Carolina Coastal Land Trust announced that Duke Energy Foundation has made a grant of $50,000, which will be used for its “Military Encroachment Project”. The goal of the project is to acquire significant coastal conservation properties, which, if developed, would encroach upon the mission and growth of military bases, airfields, bombing ranges and flight paths.

More than a decade ago, in recognition of the economic devastation that could result if the region’s military bases were compromised, state and community leaders began an intensive effort to pull together the resources needed to secure the future of the state’s military installations. In response, the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, working in partnership with the US Marine Corps at Cherry Point, developed the Encroachment Partnership.

The project has been astoundingly successful from a conservation standpoint: since 2006, more than 7,500 acres of conservation lands—forests, wetlands, wildlife habitat, shorelines, and farms—have been protected in 16 separate transactions. Each transaction also serves to protect flight paths, noise buffers or bombing ranges used by personnel at Cherry Point’s Marine Corps Air Station. Development and uses that would jeopardize the future of the Air Station or endanger training missions are avoided. Last year alone, more that 45,000 takeoffs and landings at Cherry Point were accomplished.

The project also encompasses a partnership with the City of Havelock, protecting parks and recreational areas for the citizens of the community.

“The Encroachment Partnership project is a win-win for the environment, national defense, community and economic vitality,” said Millie Chalk, District Manager for Government and Community Relations at Duke Energy. “We’re glad to be a lead supporter of the Coastal Land Trust’s special project.”

“Duke Energy Foundation’s leadership grant is key. Legislators in Raleigh and Congress understand the important role of Cherry Point—our nation’s largest Marine Corps Air Station—and have invested more than $25M in capital grants to buy land and easements,” said Havelock Mayor Will Lewis. “But the City’s conservation partner, the Coastal Land Trust, relies on grants and contributions from members, businesses and foundations—like Duke Energy Foundation—to actually implement this special project, which is making such a positive impact on our citizens.”

“The Coastal Land Trust is very appreciative of this generous grant,” said George Liner, member of the Board of Directors of the Coastal Land Trust, and a Havelock Commissioner. “We are glad to continue to work to protect buffers around the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point.”

The North Carolina Coastal Land Trust works with landowners in North Carolina to save the lands you love at the coast, for the benefit of all North Carolinians.  A membership organization, the Coastal Land Trust has helped save 50,000 acres of land in 22 coastal counties of the state since 1992.  The Coastal Land Trust has offices in Elizabeth City, Wilmington and New Bern. If you would like more information on North Carolina Coastal Land Trust please visit


NB Civic Theater to Present Monty Python’s Spamalot

Musical ComedyAdapted from Monty Python and the Holy Grail

May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 @ 7:30pm / May 4, 11@ 2pm

Directed by Keith Boyd, Produced by Nancy Hitchcock. Music Direction by James Merritt.

Winner of Best Musical in 2005, Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. However, in Monty Python style, the story diverts a bit. The hilarious musical features such oddities as a line of beautiful dancing girls, a flatulent Frenchmen, and killer rabbits. Throughout the show Arthur, traveling with his servant Patsy, recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest, including Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad. With nonstop goofiness and contagious laughter, Spamalot keeps the audience wanting more.

Tickets: $17 in advance, $19 at door, $11 for Students and Active Duty Military with ID plus tax

Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 252-633-0567 or by ordering online Visit us at


Call 252-634-9057 for more information. 

Marine Band to Participate in June 14 Flag Day Celebration

The public is cordially invited to attend the Annual Flag Day Celebration, presented by Elks Lodge #764, set for Saturday, June 14, 2014, beginning at 11 AM at the Gazebo at Union Point Park. Again this year the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band from MCAS Cherry Point will provide the musical accompaniment that adds so much to the presentation of the glorious history of our national emblem.  The public is invited to attend free of charge.  An annual event on the Elks calendar, the celebration features flags from the earliest days of the revolution to the current day, complimented by appropriate patriotic music.

Also assisting in telling the great story of our flags will be the New Bern chapter of the Young Marines, and the Color Guard from the New Bern High School Naval Junior ROTC unit.

The 2nd MAW Band, under the direction of CWO4 Benjamin J. Bartholomew, consists of 51 Marine Musicians and is a highly trained and versatile musical organization. The band is capable of performing in a multitude of settings, ranging from its primary mission as a ceremonial unit, to other ensembles such as the Concert Band, Jazz Band or Big Band, and several other ensembles.  In addition to its duties at MCAS Cherry Point, the band appears in a wide variety of venues, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Everyone is encouraged to attend this June 14 celebration, hear the outstanding music of the Marine band and help honor our glorious flag on its national holiday.  As Park seating is limited, all who are attending are free to bring their own chairs.  For further information about the Flag Day event, contact John Serumgard, event chair at (252)-633-2119.


Havelock Blues Festival / Reverse Raffle


Tickets still available. 

The Havelock-Cherry Point Rotary Club and the Havelock Chamber of Commerce have scheduled the annual Havelock Heritage Blues Festival and Reverse Raffle for 7 p.m. April 25 at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

The annual fundraiser includes a steak dinner and music from the Havelock High School Jazz Ensemble and national blues musicians Cool John Ferguson, Captain Luke and Big Ron Hunter. Reverse raffle participants have the chance to win a grand prize of $5,000.

Proceeds go toward the Rotary club’s college scholarship program, the Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust, Polio Plus and other local nonprofit groups supported through the Havelock chamber and Rotary club.

Reverse raffle tickets are $150 each and include admission for two for the concert. The reverse raffle tickets will be drawn during the concert, with the final winner being drawn after the concert.


Craven Arts Council & Gallery Seeking Stories

An opportunity to tell YOUR story!

As humans, we truly connect with one another when we have a shared experience.  Regardless of one’s nationality, age, gender, race, social status, or ethnicity – we all have a story. This shared experience fosters empathy, a literacy that is oftentimes forgotten in an ever-changing, complex world. The goal this year for Cogs and Wheels is to create an environment of empathy, using shared experiences as the installation.

How to contribute:Write down your story and place it into one of the anonymous boxes strategically placed around the county, or mail it to the Craven Arts Council & Gallery  (PO Box 596, New Bern NC 28563, Attn: 2014 Exhibition, “Stories”)

Tell a personal story:  happy, sad, triumphant, or life-changing:

  • Anonymous, or signed
  • Single sheet, 8.5” x 11” white paper (hand-written, or typed)
  • Can be spoken/recorded (If interested, please email Cogs and Wheels at

Learn More

Craven Arts Council & Gallery

Ask the Aquarium

Q: Do we have alligators in North Carolina?   

Apr.2014 Ask Aq. col. alligator by Rick Haas wild gator on bank

A: Yes. Our more southern counties have the largest populations; however, alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) have been seen as far north as the Great Dismal Swamp near the Virginia border. It’s also likely they have ventured into Virginia’s wetlands. Alligators living in the waters around the USS North Carolina battleship in Wilmington have become something of a tourist attraction.

Once hunted to near extinction, these ancient reptiles were listed as endangered in 1967. They have made a remarkable comeback. In 1987 their status was downgraded to threatened, and even though their numbers have increased dramatically, they remain protected to prevent trafficking of look-alike reptiles such as the American crocodile. Today, populations are believed to total more than five million from the Carolinas to Texas, but habitat loss and pollution remain concerns.

These aquatic giants are extremely adaptable and can live in brackish marshes, bayous, bogs, swamps, creeks, ponds, lakes, canals, ditches, backwaters and large rivers. As carnivores and opportunistic predators, they feed on almost anything that moves – frogs, snakes, birds, fish, turtles, lizards, other alligators, small mammals and larger prey such as deer. They can replace any of their 70-80 cone-shaped teeth when lost, resulting in a total of 2,000-3,000 potential teeth in a lifetime. They are good swimmers, have excellent eyesight and sense of smell and an average lifespan of 35 to 50 years.

Alligators are cold-blooded and can’t tolerate extreme temperatures. To warm up they bask in the sun. In winter they retire to dens that are usually accessed under water. They are fairly slow-moving on land, but don’t be fooled. They can travel quickly for short distances.

To ambush prey, alligators lurk near the shoreline and lunge with lightning speed to capture unsuspecting quarry along the water’s edge. They are known for their “death roll,” pulling and drowning their victim under water before ingesting it whole or in large chunks.

Alligators easily lose their fear of humans and feeding them or any wild animal endangers both the animal and people. In North Carolina, feeding alligators is illegal and carries a fine up to $200.

Alligators are protected as a threatened species under federal law. Some states, however, are authorized to manage and control populations. In North Carolina, hunting or killing alligators is illegal. Only state wildlife officials are allowed to intervene or remove problem animals. For a map of known alligator occurrences in North Carolina visit

Discover more fascinating facts about North Carolina’s aquatic animals and environments by visiting the aquariums on Roanoke Island, at Fort Fisher and at Pine Knoll Shores, or Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head.

Cutline: Alligators can be found in many of North Carolina’s wetland areas. State wildlife officials are allowed to remove problem animals if they become a threat to human populations. (Photo courtesy of Rick Haas)

Information provided by the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. The state operates three public aquariums; one in Pine Knoll Shores, another at Fort Fisher and a third on Roanoke Island, as well as Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. The facilities are administered by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources and are designed to inspire appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments. For more information, log onto, or call 800-832-FISH.