0% Tags: Business • Music Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% In early 2015, he went months without paying the store’s rent. He just wasn’t making enough money. James Chow, the property manager, said the building’s owners were willing to hold out for a little while, but that before long, “it didn’t look like he’d be able to catch back up.”The owners decided to evict Villacorta for not paying his rent. And though Chow said that these factors didn’t affect that decision, he noted that recent roof construction had cost almost $60,000 and the building’s insurance had grown more expensive this year.Today, Villacorta said that he probably still owes eight months’ rent, though he couldn’t say for sure. Chow said that figure sounded right, adding, “The owners can’t survive without rent.” Both men described a series of difficult correspondences with each other. They sounded tired.Villacorta seemed as resigned to his fate as to the neighborhood’s shifting character, which he speculated was tied to his drop in sales. “Things are changing so fast in the Mission,” he said. After years spent converting regular customers into his good friends, he recently noticed that many of them were popping up less frequently. When some of them finally did surface, he learned the explanation. “They all moved out. It was just too expensive,” he said.And the people who had moved in? Villacorta said they have no interest in his shop. “They just go to the bar or the restaurants.”Today’s Mission District is nothing like the one where he grew into a man. In his late teens, he and his mother had moved to the neighborhood from their home in El Salvador. She worked at a restaurant called Grand Tacos at 16th and Valencia streets, and when he wasn’t in class at Mission High School he was working at Música Latina Records — the job taught him about music and let him practice his English.“I used to come out on the balcony and look at the low-riders,” he said, recalling his Mission Street apartment, which was within a block from where he’d later open his shop. “But that was in the eighties. The good old days.”Now, he said he might earn his living by driving for Uber, and his emotional ties to the community incline him toward volunteering at neighborhood organizations. He’d most like to help at-risk youths at Instituto Familiar de la Raza.“At some point, we all need help,” he said. Yet another business in the Mission District is about to close its doors for good.The cash register at Julio’s Música * Regalos will ring up its final transaction sometime in early March, after the store’s 22-year stint in operation. Now, Julio Villacorta, 52, must start boxing up his many T-shirts, accessories, Latin American albums and other wares as he prepares to depart his store at 25th and Mission streets. It will be the end of a career that began when he was six years old, selling thread alongside his mother at a market in San Marcos, El Salvador.Villacorta saw this coming. When people started downloading their albums off the Internet at the turn of this century, it knocked down music stores one by one, eventually reaching those near Julio’s Música * Regalos. Villacorta was sad to see Música Latina Records and Discolandia Records both shut down, but he hoped that he would absorb some of their clientele, he said. That didn’t happen.About five years ago, he might have sold 10 CDs in a single day. “Now, I’ll sell one,” he said.
SAINTS Superstore is open all week for your Christmas gift needs.The cotton version of the 2014 Home Shirt is now in stock with the new replica shirts also in store and selling fast.We also have a full range of ISC Trainingwear, Leisurewear, Kids onesies, gifts and souvenirs too.You can pick up a whole host of Ladieswear as well including hoodies, home and away replica shirts, hats and t-shirts!And, we now stock Saints duvets too – great for the Saints fan in your life’s bedroom!Pop into the Saints Superstore at Langtree Park this week to see what’s in store or log on here.We are open from 9am to 5pm and late night Thursday until 7pm.
Justin Holbrook will choose his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 16. Luke Thompson, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Morgan Knowles, 24. Danny Richardson, 28. Regan Grace, 36. Zeb Taia, 37. Ben Barba.Ian Watson will choose his Salford 17 from:1. Gareth O’Brien, 3. Josh Jones, 4. Junior Sa’u, 5. Niall Evalds, 6. Robert Lui, 8. Craig Kopczak, 9. Logan Tomkins, 11. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 12. Weller Hauraki, 15. Ryan Lannon, 17. Adam Walne, 18. Jordan Walne, 19. Josh Wood, 20. Kris Brinning, 22. Kris Welham, 24. Jake Bibby, 26. Daniel Murray, 31. Manu Vatuvei, 32. Tyrone McCarthy.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be James Child.Tickets for the clash remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.
National Guard members stand watch by a barricade blocking drivers from crossing the Moore’s Creek Bridge on NC Highway 210. Patriot’s Hall is used for a number of events at Moore’s Creek National Battlefield and now contains about 4 feet of water. Heavy rainfall from Hurricane Florence resulted in flooding at Moore’s Creek National Battlefield. A building at Moore’s Creek National Battlefield is nearly covered with floodwater. Heavy rainfall from Hurricane Florence resulted in flooding at the picnic shelter at Moore’s Creek National Battlefield. Nearly 75 percent of Moore’s Creek National Battlefield is covered with floodwater. Heavy rainfall from Hurricane Florence resulted in flooding at Moore’s Creek National Battlefield.Heavy rainfall from Hurricane Florence resulted in flooding at Moore’s Creek National Battlefield. National Guard members stand watch by a barricade blocking drivers from crossing the Moore’s Creek Bridge on NC Highway 210. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Nearly a week after Hurricane Florence came ashore dumping massive amounts of rain, most primary roads leading to Wilmington remain flooded or severely weakened. That’s why neither the chamber nor anyone else is throwing out the welcome mat to visitors or locals who scrambled out of town before the hurricane made landfall. Instead, officials are advising folks to stay away.Around 3 a.m. Thursday, rising floodwaters along the Northeast Cape Fear River prompted the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to block both the northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 421 at the Pender and New Hanover County line.- Advertisement – “We don’t know when it will reopen,” said NCDOT Spokesman Steve Abbott.Once a road or bridge is deemed unsafe and closed following a major weather event, Abbott says staff engineers must thoroughly inspect each incident to ensure its safe before allowing drivers to use it again. With so many roads in southeastern North Carolina under water or compromised, it may take a very long time for all these inspections to be done.When asked if the NCDOT has a recommended route for evacuees who may be in Raleigh or Charlotte and want to return home, Abbott said the NCDOT is not going to recommend a route.Related Article: Expect road work on Kerr Avenue to continue into fall“We prefer folks not to come to the coast yet,” Abbott said.The reason? In a word — congestion.He says officials are concerned too many drivers on a single road or series of roads will cause congestion and make it difficult for fuel trucks, heavy-duty military and other emergency vehicles to transport critical supplies to the region for rescue and recovery efforts which are still going on.Furthermore, Abbott says hundreds of NCDOT workers are coming from other parts of the state to assist with road repairs throughout the areas impacted by Florence.You can check on roads conditions at NCDOT’s website. Beware, what may indicate as an open road now, could quickly change as the water rises in an area leaving you stranded along the road someplace you may not want to be.While some roads will be open for drivers once floodwaters recede, that’s not the case for many.Some of these roads may require weeks, if not months, to repair. There are a number of reasons. One, the areas impacted must completely dry out, and secondly, some repairs Abbott says are only done by private contractors before NCDOT workers can start the process of laying asphalt, etc. 1 of 8 Floodwaters cover a monument at Moore’s Creek National Battlefield. Floodwaters surround a monument at Moore’s Creek National Battlefield. Moore’s Creek National Battlefield Flooding One of those complicated repairs is in Pender County.A ramp leading to the Moore’s Creek Bridge on N.C. Highway 210 washed out during the storm and the National Guard is blocking the road to prevent anyone from driving over the bridge. Abbott said rumors about the bridge being completely washed away were not true, at least not as of Thursday morning, he said.About a half mile from the bridge is the entrance to Moore’s Creek National Battleground in Currie.Currently, 75 percent of the park remains under water. The visitor center, built on a raised portion of land, was above ground Thursday morning. However, the park’s Patriot Hall which recently underwent a pricey renovation, now has a minimum of four feet of water inside.“The flooding has exceeded what we got during hurricanes Matthew and Floyd,” said Chief Ranger Matt Woods.
Don McLean released his first album, Tapestry, in 1969, to good reviews and some commercial success, but his transition to internationally known artist came with the release of “American Pie,” in 1971. The song became a No. 1 single in the United States, and was voted one of the Top 5 Songs of the Century in a poll by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of America.An in-demand touring artist since the 1970s, McLean has shared his talent with audiences worldwide, with a record-breaking European tour in 2015. His songs have been recorded by other artists, including Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell, Perry Como, George Michael and Madonna. He even played to an audience of 500,000 — as a special guest at the Garth Brooks Concert in Central Park in 1997.The new millennium has seen a number of new honors for McLean and his music. Iona College conferred an honorary doctorate on him in 2001 and, in February 2002, “American Pie” was finally inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2004, Don McLean was inaugurated into the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.Related Article: Water Street slated to reopen to two-way traffic in early MayTickets for Don McLean will be on sale on Friday online, beginning at 10 a.m., at capefearstage.com and wilsoncentertickets.com, and in-person or by phone at Ticket Central at the Wilson Center, 910-362-7999, beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets prices start at $32 plus taxes and fees.For more information about upcoming Wilson Center performances, visit www.capefearstage.com. Don McLean an American singer-songwriter (Photo: SolarScott / CC BY 2.0) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilson Center has announced renowned singer and Hall of Fame songwriter Don McLean is coming to Wilmington.A true troubadour of the American Folk scene, Don McLean and his band will take the stage at the Wilson Center at 7:30 p.m. on June 29, 2019.- Advertisement –
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted pop singer Frankie Valli performs with The Four Seasons during opening night of their Broadway debut at the Broadway Theater in New York. (Photo by Chad Batka) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It looks like fans won’t be singing “Oh, what a night!” after all. The Wilson Center has announced Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will not be performing in Wilmington.After nearly five months of trying to find a suitable date to reschedule the group’s concert that was canceled due to Hurricane Florence, the Wilson Center has decided to canceled it all together.- Advertisement – Everyone who has already bought a ticket will be refunded.The Ticket Central box office has begun contacting ticket holders via telephone, email and via US Mail with further details, and has started to process refunds for this event.The world renowned group was originally scheduled to take the stage on September 28, 2018.
Some flavors offered include banana daiquiri, mudslide, mango mimosa, raspberry plum sake, black raspberry Merlot, red peach sangria and more.They do also offer non-alcoholic flavors like butter pecan bacon.Latella is at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk and open year round. Wine-infused gelato (Photo: Latella Gelato) PLEASURE ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — This may be your new summer treat. Would you like a little wine with that gelato? That’s exactly what one shop in Carolina Beach is offering.Latella Gelato Smoothies and Coffee is serving wine and spirit infused gelato for those 21 and over.- Advertisement –
Advance ticket sales end Saturday, May 25. Prices range from $10 for ala carte events to $190 for passes, kids ages 12 and under are free.Attend one of the many workshops to learn salsa dancing or dance the night away at one of four parties happening each night.Here’s more information. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Have fun with some Latin flair next weekend at the 8th Annual Port City Salsa Splash!The fun starts Thursday at 9:00 p.m. and goes through Sunday night.- Advertisement –
Matthew Adam Lancaster pleaded guilty to multiple charges on July 24, 2019. (Photo: District Attorney Ben David) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — According to a press release from the district attorney’s office, a validated gang member will serve up to 11 years in prison for crimes committed between 2017 and 2019.Matthew Adam Lancaster, 34, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to common-law robbery, selling methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm by a felon in New Hanover County Superior Court.- Advertisement – Lancaster also admitted to being a habitual felon. He will serve between 101 to 134 months in the NC Department of Corrections.On December 6, 2017, Lancaster and several others allegedly robbed and beat a man on Murrayville Road. The press release says the group took a safe, television, and video gaming system from the victim.Detectives later recovered the items at the place where the victim said he had been attacked.Related Article: Standing naked in window draws charges of indecent exposureLancaster also pleaded guilty to selling methamphetamine to an informant on January 3, 2019 at the Extended Stay Hotel on Eastwood Road.Four months later, detectives were called to Brittany Lakes Drive after a bullet hole was found in Lancaster’s neighbor’s home.Law enforcement investigated then got a search warrant. In their search, investigators found three guns, drugs, and paraphernalia inside Lancaster’s home.