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Monday, April 23, 2018
By Jon Hawley Staff Writer   Sunday, April 22, 2018   Cold brews, hot barbecue and a new tournament proved a winning trifecta for the Albemarle Area United Way on Saturday when it hosted “Bocce, Beer and Bites.”   The first-ever event drew hundreds of people to Waterfront Park in Elizabeth City, where teams of four competed in a bocce tournament serving as this year's major fundraiser for the Albemarle Area United Way. The AAUW is an umbrella organization serving 19 nonprofits across 13 counties, and Bocce, Beer and Bites is serving as its major fundraiser this year.   The event came together...
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
If you’re like me, you have a slew of random items in your home that are either collecting dust or resenting you for not using them (treadmill, cough cough). While you could sell these items online, donating them to underprivileged individuals or impoverished families will provide far greater value. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are close to 41 million people currently living in poverty, many of whom would love to have your gently used items. So, in the spirit of spring cleaning, here are three ways you can make the most of your overlooked items:   Support local jobs: You may not...
Monday, March 19, 2018
  Tish Haynes Keys has worked with United Way of Greater St. Louis for 14 years. Although she is well known in the St. Louis-area for her singing abilities, she made an impact on NBC's The Voice last Monday, when she turned 2 chairs and joined Team Adam. United Way was mentioned in her backstory, which played before her performance. The clip above is her performance of Aretha Franklin's Chain of Fools. (Editor's Note: Oh my god, she is good!) She will be on tonight's episode (Monday, March 19). Check local listings. Stay tuned to see how far she goes. If Tish gets to the live elimination...
Monday, March 12, 2018

We know that you are excited about the upcoming Bocce, Beer & Bites tournament on April 21st from 2-6 in Elizabeth City, NC.

If you have never played Bocce before we wanted to get you started with some quick Bocce videos.

How to play Bocce Ball


9 Simple Steps to perfect Bocce


image from a Special Olympics Bocce Tournament

Become a 4 person team or come as a spectator!! Tickets onsale now. click here to REGISTER.


Friday, March 9, 2018
Working Smoke Alarms Cut the Risk of Dying from a Home Fire in Half   RALEIGH, NC, MARCH 6, 2018 – Daylight Saving Time is this weekend and the American Red Cross reminds everyone to TEST the batteries in their smoke alarms as they TURN their clocks ahead an hour. “A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time. We urge people to take preparedness steps now so they know what to do should an emergency occur,” said Barry Porter, regional CEO of the Red Cross of Eastern NC.  • Check smoke alarm batteries. Test smoke alarms once a month. Change the batteries at least once a year –...