While some local counts may be cancelled due to regional COVID-19 rules, many community scientists across the hemisphere will carry on one of the longest-running wildlife censuses in a socially distanced fashion. For the 121st year, the National Audubon Society is organizing the annual Audubon CBC. Between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5, bird-loving volunteers will participate in counts across North Carolina and across the Western Hemisphere all while abiding by Audubon’s COVID-19 guidelines.  The 12 decades’ worth of data collected by participants continue to contribute to one of only two large existing pools of information notifying ornithologists and conservation biologists about what conservation action is required to protectRead More →

BY LISA RICE & NIKITRA BAILEY The African principle of Sankofa teaches that to have a strong future, we must bring forth knowledge gained from our past. The United States is at an inflection point on race — including on the fundamental question of housing policy. In the United States, we continue to uphold exclusionary housing practices, rooted in our segregationist past, that hold back whole communities and stifle economic growth. We should instead choose inclusive and equitable solutions that support all people, particularly children strengthen our communities and grow the economy. Fully enforcing the Fair Housing Act, including its Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing mandate, offers the opportunityRead More →

New Bern Parks and Recreation will host a Community Workshop at the Omega Center, 800 Cedar St.,  at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, 2020.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss location options for the new Stanley White Recreation Center. This meeting is required by FEMA, which has funds available for the center as the result of damage it sustained from Hurricane Florence in September 2018.  The city’s consultant, CPL and FEMA will make a presentation. There will be a Public Comment/Question and Answer session after the presentation. Previous New Bern Post coverage about Stanley White Recreation Center here. The city plans to raze the existing building due toRead More →

Studies show youth need outlet to fight decline in mental health Local soccer program Coastal United Soccer Association (CUSA) is keeping its seasons going by proceeding with tryouts for competitive leagues and registration for recreational leagues for the spring season. The board of directors fought hard for the season, believing that it is imperative for youth to stay active and have an outlet during the COVID-19 pandemic, where children of all ages have lost contact with many of their friends and in return, became depressed or even suicidal. To register for tryouts or the Spring Season, go to CoastalUnited.com. Dr. Amy James, a New BernRead More →

There was a city wide GiveAway at Five Points on Saturday that drew hundreds of people Saturday. The giveaway included food, personal hygiene Items, diapers, wipes, new clothes, coats and jackets, household Items, and furniture provided by Combined Unified Services, The event was organized by Combined Unified Services Director Judy Toney of Fayetteville, N.C., in collaboration with Ephesus SDA Church, New Bern, Pastor Patrick Tyrill, and former New Bern Alderman Barbara Best and current New Bern Alderwoman Jamesha Harris. The event was held at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at large grassy vacant lot at Five Points near Downtown New Bern. Masks and socialRead More →

The CarolinaEast Foundation is proud to announce the final results of the 2020 CarolinaEast Health System Employee Campaign. “Everyday Heroes: Kindness Behind the Mask”, with over 50 percent of the work force at CarolinaEast giving of their time and dollars over this annual two week long fundraising campaign, brought in a remarkable total of $441,383.00. 100 percent of those dollars are dedicated to directly serving the healthcare needs of the local communities in eastern North Carolina. This is the 24th annual Employee Campaign, but perhaps the most unforgettable one yet in light of this year’s global health pandemic. In the midst of caring for manyRead More →

The Coastal Women’s Shelter is moving its Helping Hands Boutique upscale thrift store from its James City location where the store had been for over 10 years. A grand re-opening will be on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 in the new central location of 2509 Unit A Neuse Blvd., New Bern, across from the Bruin Movie Theater. This convenient location makes it easier for returning and new customers, and most importantly for survivors of domestic violence seeking information, safety, and support to visit the store frequently. Helping Hands Boutique is an extraordinary upscale thrift store whose operations and proceeds benefit the individuals and families served byRead More →

Funds will provide $1,000 to qualified nonprofits to assist citizens impacted by COVID-19 The Board of Aldermen last week approved a new program designed to help residents affected by coronavirus.  The COVID-19 Nonprofit Grant Program will award $1,000 to qualifying nonprofit/501(c)3 organizations within city limits whose missions, programs and/or services help citizens impacted by the virus.  The Board approved a head start for the program with a $50,000 commitment from the General Fund.  The idea for the COVID-19 Nonprofit Grant Program came from Ward 2 Alderwoman Jameesha Harris. “COVID-19 has had an affect on all of us,” said Harris.  “Every day I see or speakRead More →

Craven County residents are set to walk as individuals, families and small teams to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. On October 25, hundreds of Craven County residents will join the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease at the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®– New Bern. The funds raised support the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association. This year’s Walk will take place on sidewalks, tracks and trails across Craven County as participants walk as individuals, families or small teams, instead of hosting a large gathering. On Walk day, an Opening Ceremony will feature local speakers and a presentation ofRead More →

Due to COVID, the MERCI Clinic has changed this year’s MERCI on Middle event. The one-day event was held in November on Middle Street at one long table lined with 750 chairs. Last year’s MERCI On Middle sold out 750 seats in less than six hours. “This is a testament to the skills of those who participate and the way to community comes together to support each other. This year, due to COVID, our partnering restaurants are struggling,” said MERCI Clinic Director Barb Krcmar. “MERCI wanted to give back to those who have helped us over the years, while also still having some part ofRead More →