Category: New Bern

January 12th, 2020 by newbernpostadmin

Best selection: Bella’s Cafe & Catering

Best quality food: Crema Brew

Most social: Crema Brew

Best non-social hangout: Starbucks

Best social hangout: Crema Brew

Best coffee house on a Sunday: Bella’s Cafe & Catering

Best over-all: Crema Brew

Longest hours: Starbucks

Bella’s Cafe & Catering

323 Middle Street
7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
252-633-7900
bellascafenb.com

Decor: Attractive and comfortable. However, my table was sticky, as were the empty tables to my left and right. Seating includes round tables, a bar table, a square table and conversation circle. Seats range from aluminum to cushioned. The south wall is a cushioned bench with pillows and individual tables.

Menu: Comprehensive and will keep you fed from breakfast through dinner. Vegetarian and children options. Prices are moderate. My large hot tea and home-baked blueberry muffin came to $6.98 including $1 tip. The muffin was competent. Wait staff says all food is homemade.

Service area: Clean and fully functional. Two choices of creamers, milk and half-and-half. Several choices of non-dairy whitener. Choice of diet sweeteners plus white sugar and raw sugar, but no honey. Free ice water including paper cups.

Vibe: Lots of conversations at tables, but no table-to-table conversation. Wide range of ages and genders, but not races; entirely white, which is a common complaint about downtown New Bern.

Service: Friendly greeting as you arrive and bid you well as you leave.

I’ve been coming to this location for a decade, through numerous owners. Of them, the current arrangement is the most professional but least personable. The food is good and there is a wide selection. The restrooms have been redone, which is somewhat of a shame. The men’s room was once decorated by a hand-painted edition of the Sun Journal sports page. Now it is nicely decorated with solid paint and neutral wall hangings. A work of art has been lost. Fun fact: there is a disused door to the left of the women’s room that leads to the basement, which was intended to be used as a Cold War-era fallout shelter.

Crema Brew

914 Broad Street, northeast intersection of Queen and Broad streets
7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sundays
252-288-5381
cremabrew.com

Decor: Homey and comfortable. Seating at large and small tables arranged in the front section that is lined with windows and the back section that is windowless. Facilities are immaculately clean.

Menu: Somewhat limited but adequate and deliciously homemade (you can watch them bake pies, cakes, and pastries in the back of the shop). Breakfast includes hot egg and cheese on Carolina Bagel bagels. Lunch includes egg, tuna, or chicken salad on home baked potato bread, Carolina Bagel bagels, or served alone in a cup, topped off with two cherry tomatoes. Daily soup specials. There is a selection of bagged chips and other snacks and sweets. What sets Crema Brew apart is its baked goods. Don’t tell your mother, but her pies don’t hold a candle to Crema Brew’s. Prices range from reasonable to free. Yes, if you need a cup and can’t afford it, ask and they will give you one.

Service area: Clean and functional. Includes half-and-half and non-dairy whiteners, white sugar, honey, and sugar free sweeteners. Free ice water with cups. Stirrers are dried linguini. Straws are cardboard and won’t kill the turtles.

Vibe: The other thing that sets Crema Brew apart is its friendly nature. Customers are a wide range of ages, genders, and races. Lots of inter-table and table-to-table conversations. The mom and pop and daughter who own and run Crema Brew regularly come from behind the counter and socialize with customers. It’s not long before they remember your name. It’s not long before you strike up new friendships from among other customers.

Service: Fast and friendly. Really friendly.

I’ve been going to Crema Brew since the day it opened. In fact I switched my go-to coffee house to Crema Brew and own a Crema Brew cap (gift from a friend) and hoodie sweatshirt (gift from the wife). The owners, Roxanne and Donovan Zook, and their daughter, Regina, will become part of your family if you let them. The coffee house is located within a former filling station-then-dry cleaner that sat empty for a couple of decades. They did all the work themselves that they could that didn’t require a permit.

Starbucks

3182 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (New Bern Mall outparcel)
5:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
252-775-8605
starbucks.com

Decor: Industrial. Several small cushy chairs beside small tables, with one large table in the center surrounded by chairs.

Menu: Typical Starbucks fare but not as extensive as advertised. They frequently run out. Nothing is homemade; everything is frozen and, if heat is required, microwaved. Moderate prices.

Service area: Serviceable but often messy. No free water.

Vibe: Typical Starbucks. Don’t expect a social experience unless you bring one with you. Longest hours.

The Starbucks on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is New Bern’s only standalone Starbucks … something the city was once excited to get. It’s on the smallish side as one would expect in a small town at a mall outparcel. There are three in-store Starbucks, at Target and the two Harris Teeters. The Starbucks inside the larger Harris Teeter on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard has more spacious seating than a typical Starbucks, whereas the one at the Carolina Colours location has less seating. Target fits neatly in-between.

Posted in Business, Community, Downtown New Bern, Economy, FEMA, New Bern

September 7th, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

Craven County Schools will  operate on a 2 hour delay on Monday, Sept. 9 for all students. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Craven County Schools announced after evaluations of all school buildings that Hurricane Dorian will not deter it from returning back to school.

Most damage to schools was limited to tree limbs and ceiling tiles which are being corrected this weekend.

Staff will report to work at their regular scheduled time so they have ample time to put their classrooms back together. 

Posted in Craven County Schools, Hurricane, New Bern

September 5th, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

The City launched a CodeRED alert to citizens in low lying areas encouraging them to evacuate.  Here is the transcript of the CodeRED alert:

This is a CodeRED alert from the City of New Bern. You are located in a flood prone area.  Please consider evacuating ahead of hurricane Dorian.  City of NB fire and police crews will be in your neighborhood making announcements over a loudspeaker encouraging residents to evacuate.  These crews will be accompanied by buses offering transportation to a shelter – either Creekside Elementary School or Ben D. Quinn Elementary.  

If you would like transportation to a shelter, please go to the following locations to board the bus.  The buses will continue circling these routes, approximately every hour, until 5pm.

The first pickup was at noon for the following locations:

  • Oakland and Ashland Ave
  • Oaks andS. Glenburnie
  • N Glenburnie and TuscanLa
  • Mourning dove & Deer Path Cir
  • George St Park
  • Watson Ave and National Ave
  • Maola
  • River Drive & Court St
  • Stanly White Rec Center
  • Duffyfield Headstart
  • Beaufort & Garden St
  • JT Barber School
  • Washington & Hazel Ave
  • Chesapeake & Batts Hill
  • Batts Hill & Turtle Bay
  • Batts Hill & Tram
  • Country Club & Elm Dr
  • Chestnut & Oscar
  • Liberty St & Walt Bellamy
  • Walt Bellamy and Fleet St
  • Broad St and E Front St.
  • Riverside and Sandy Point

The following pickups are at 1 pm:

  • National Guard Armory
  • Pierce Park
  • Neuse Ave and Asheville St
  • Beech St and South Carolina Ave
  • Duffy St and Oaks Rd 
  • Washington and Hazel Ave
  • Coopers Landing Apts
  • N Hills and Laurel St
  • North Hills Ct and Drive
  • Chestnut and Oscar
  • EF Thompkins and Charles

Citizens should bring their own pillows, blankets, medication, hygiene items, special foods, baby formula (if needed) and any other special needs items.  There may be times that the shelters are without the ability to support medical devices and equipment so portable charging devices are recommended.  Pets will be accepted at the Ben D. Quinn Elementary emergency shelter only.  No other emergency shelters will allow pets.  This shelter accepts cats and dogs only.  All pets must be crated & you must bring food and water for them, medications, and rabies certificates.  You must remain at the shelter with their pet and are responsible for caring for and cleaning up after their pet.  Citizens are prohibited from bringing weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, perishable food items, radios or televisions into an emergency shelter.  Small hand-held devices can be used with headphones.

Posted in Hurricane, New Bern

September 5th, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

Note: Curfew lifted just before 11 a.m. Friday.

Curfew imposed effective at 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 until 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, unless in search of medical assistance, food or other commodity of service necessary to sustain the well-being of himself and his family or some member thereof.  Read the entire curfew here.

Posted in Hurricane, New Bern

September 4th, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

As Hurricane Dorian heads up the Carolina coastline, Duke Energy is projecting it could cause more than 700,000 power outages – some possibly lasting several days – based on the storm’s current forecasted track.

The slow-moving, powerful hurricane will bring tropical-storm-force winds and rain over a large portion of the Carolinas. The company projects power outages are likely to occur Thursday and Friday:

  • In North Carolina’s Triangle area (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill).
  • In South Carolina’s Pee Dee region (Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Lee, Marion, Marlboro and Williamsburg).
  • Along the entire coasts of both North Carolina and South Carolina – extending to communities up to 100 miles inland.

Power outage projections are based on the company’s storm modeling tool, which analyzes storm track, storm size, wind speed, wind-field size, ground saturation and the history of previous hurricanes in the Carolinas.

More than 9,000 power restoration workers in Carolinas

Duke Energy crews will begin repairs as soon as conditions safely allow. Duke Energy is moving an extra 4,000 repair workers from 23 states and Canada to the Carolinas in anticipation of the hurricane’s arrival. The crews will complement the 5,000 Duke Energy lineworkers and tree personnel permanently based in the Carolinas – creating a total workforce of almost 9,000.

Before power can be restored, crews first must assess the extent of damage – which can sometimes take 24 hours or more – to determine which crews, equipment and supplies are needed to expedite repairs. Crews will restore power, where possible, while completing damage assessment.

Posted in Hurricane, New Bern, Utilities, Utilities

September 3rd, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

Based on the latest information from the county emergency operations center, Craven County Schools announces the following schedule changes and closings in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian and potential impacts on Craven County:

  • Craven County Schools will operate on a 2-hour early release for all students on Wednesday, Sept. 4. There will be no after school or evening activities during this same period.
  • Craven County Schools will Be Closed for all students and staff on Thursday, Sept. 5 and Friday, Sept 6.
  • Essential staff be prepared to be on standby for Thursday and Friday if the need arises and you are able to safely report to work.

“We realize many of our families have not fully recovered from Hurricane Florence so we strongly recommend you make the necessary preparations as soon as possible,” the district said in a news release.

Should any further announcements be necessary, notifications will be sent via the school alert system, local media, and the district web page –  www.cravenk12.org–  and social media sites. 

Epiphany School for Global Studies will be closed Wednesday through Friday.

Posted in Craven County Schools, Hurricane, New Bern

September 3rd, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

Craven County is one of three counties in North Carolina participating in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Know Your Zone (KYZ) pilot program. 

North Carolina Know Your Zone (KYZ) is a new tiered evacuation system that highlights areas most at risk to storm surge and flooding impacts from hurricanes, tropical storms, and other hazards. Know Your Zone relies on a color-coded approach for users to determine the evacuation zone where they live, work, or are visiting based upon their street address.

When a storm is approaching, Craven County officials will determine the zones that are most threatened to assess which residents should evacuate according to their level of vulnerability. Areas in Zone A will typically be evacuated first, followed by areas in Zone B, etc. While all zones won’t be evacuated in every event, emergency managers will work with local media and use other outreach tools to notify residents and visitors of impacted zones and evacuation instructions.

Know Your Zone is intended to streamline the evacuation process by supporting personal readiness as residents prepare for hazardous weather events. In addition to helping avoid unnecessary evacuation travel, zones can also ease overcrowding at local storm shelters and increase public safety. Knowing your zone and when to evacuate can ultimately save your family’s life.

Evacuations are only called for when the lives and safety of those in the area being evacuated will be at risk. Once an evacuation has been called, gather your belongings (including your emergency supply kit) and leave as soon as possible for your personal safety. If time allows, secure your home by locking doors and windows. By following evacuation orders, you are protecting both yourself and first responders.

Residents in Craven County can locate their assigned evacuation zone by visiting http://bit.ly/cravenKYZ.

While evacuation zones won’t be fully implemented across eastern NC until hurricane season 2020, Craven County residents will be assigned a zone this year given the County’s participation in the KYZ pilot program.

Craven County Government Emergency Management updates will appear on the Craven County website at www.cravencountync.gov, on the Craven County Facebook page @cravencounty and the Craven County Emergency Management Twitter account @cravencountync.

Posted in Hurricane, New Bern

September 3rd, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

Workers at Morgan’s Tavern in Downtown New Bern install boards on windows Tuesday. NBPost photo

Craven County issued a voluntary evacuation order to be effective at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, for Zone A or for those living in low-lying areas of Craven County with a history of extreme flooding.  Extreme wind, storm surge, rainfall and river flooding is expected in the Neuse and Trent River basins in Craven County as early as Wednesday evening. 

People living in the following locations that are prone to flooding are encouraged to evacuate: Harlowe (Adam’s Creek and Clubfoot Creek), Fairfield Harbor, portions of the City of New Bern (National Avenue, Woodrow and Duffyfield communities), Sandy Point, and River Bend.  Residents in Craven County can locate their assigned Know Your Zone (KYZ) evacuation zone by visiting http://bit.ly/cravenKYZ.

“No mandatory evacuations have been ordered at this time. Craven County strongly urges all citizens to monitor this storm and even if you are not in the areas specifically mentioned in the voluntary evacuation order, consider your safety, take this hurricane very seriously, and make preparations to leave now,” stated Jack B. Veit, III, Craven County Manager.

Individuals in areas at risk of flooding should prepare for extreme storm surge.  Past flood events have shown areas not directly impacted by flood waters may be isolated and travel may be restricted.

Four Emergency Shelters will open in Craven County on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. for citizens living in low-lying areas prone to flooding who have nowhere else to relocate to:

  • Creekside Elementary   (2790 Landscape Dr, New Bern) *New Location*

  • Ben D. Quinn Elementary (4275 Martin Luther King Blvd, New Bern) *Pet Friendly*

  • Farm Life Elementary (Vanceboro)

Citizens should bring their own pillows, blankets, medication, hygiene items, special foods, baby formula (if needed) and any other special needs items.  There may be times that the shelters are without the ability to support medical devices and equipment so portable charging devices are recommended.  Pets will be accepted at the Ben D. Quinn Elementary emergency shelter only.  No other emergency shelters will allow pets.  This shelter accepts cats and dogs only, no exotic pets.  All pets must be crated.  Pet owners need to bring bowls for food and water, food and medications for their pets, and rabies certificates (not the tags).  Pet owners will be expected to remain at the shelter with their pet and are responsible for caring for and cleaning up after their pet.  Citizens are prohibited from bringing weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, perishable food items, radios or televisions into an emergency shelter.  Small hand-held devices can be used with headphones.

For more information on emergency shelters call Craven County Emergency Management at 252-636-6608.  Craven County Government Emergency Management updates will appear on the Craven County website at www.cravencountync.gov, on the Craven County Facebook page@cravencounty and the Craven County Emergency Management Twitter account @cravencountync. 

 

Posted in Hurricane, New Bern

September 2nd, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

StaffMeeting_Sept2The City of New Bern declared a State of Emergencyeffective at 5 p.m. today.  The proclamation, signed by Mayor Pro Tempore Jeffrey Odham, is an emergency mechanism that must be in place ahead of requests for regional, state, and federal resources.  It also allows the city to take emergency measures to secure and protect residents, such as enacting curfews and limiting the sale of alcohol. No curfews or sales limitations are currently in effect. 

Although the forecast track for hurricane Dorian remains uncertain, the City of New Bern is taking steps now to prepare and is encouraging residents to do the same.  National Hurricane Center meteorologists say although a landfall is uncertain at this time, the storm poses a significant threat to the southeastern United States.  By week’s end, Dorian is forecast to impact eastern North Carolina. 

The City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on N.C. 55 will mobilize at 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 ahead of the storm.  Management staff met today to discuss possible scenarios and storm impacts as well as current preparations, then began scheduling supplemental and on-call staff for storm duty.  On Tuesday, city staff will begin checking supplies at the warehouse on Kale Road, making sure needs can be met for mitigating power outages, water and sewer emergencies, and debris removal.  The Department of Public Utilities has mutual aid agreements in place should the City require additional help to restore power quickly and efficiently.  Staff will begin topping off fuel in emergency response vehicles and equipment by midweek. 

“We will know more about the track of the storm in the next 24-48 hours, but we are using this valuable time to get staff, equipment and supplies in place and ready to go,” said City Manager Mark Stephens.  “New Bern could see storm surge, flooding, significant rain, power outages and wind damage as a result of this hurricane.”  

The City’s stormwater pumps located at Jack Smith Creek and East Rose Street will begin operating soon in an effort to increase floodwater capacity ahead of hurricane Florence.  During storms, these pumps come on automatically as water levels rise.  

“Our best advice right now is to make sure your disaster kit is stocked and ready,” said Fire-Rescue Chief Robert Boyd.  “Be sure to have food and water supplies for each member of the family to last several days, have first aid supplies and medications handy as well as batteries, flashlights and a weather radio.  And if you live in a flood prone area, consider riding out the storm somewhere away from Dorian’s forecast track, possibly with a friend or family member.”  Tuesday, firefighters will begin going door-to-door in low-lying areas encouraging residents to head inland.  Those areas include, but are not limited to, Woodrow, Duffyfield, North 2nd Avenue, North Hills Drive, Cooper’s Landing, Hazel Avenue and Attmore Drive.      

If you are a city customer and you lose power, report it by using our website portal at www.NewBernNC.gov. From the homepage, click on “How Do I,” then “Report a Problem,” then “Report a Problem” (again), which will direct customers to a page where they can report power outages, water/sewer emergencies, and non-emergency issues.  Or, call us at (252)636-4070.  You do not need to speak to an operator. Leave a detailed message with your address, type of emergency, and contact info and an operator will call you back to ensure restoration. 

Residents are strongly encouraged to subscribe to the City’s emergency alert system, CodeRED.  It’s free and alerts subscribers to emergencies within the community through text messaging, emails, or phone calls.  You can sign up on the city website or download the CodeRED app to your smartphone.  

The City will post additional storm updates and information, as necessary, to its social media platforms.  Follow us on Twitter @CityofNewBern. Find us on Facebook at City of New Bern, NC Government.  Or find us on Instagram at @CityofNewBern.

City of New Bern State of Emergency Proclamation (pdf)

Posted in FEMA, Hurricane, New Bern

August 5th, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

Botanist Andy Walker of US Forest Service discusses a failed road and culvert that remains impassable this summer in the Croatan National Forest following storm damage from Hurricane Florence last year. Jack Igelman / Carolina Public Press

Nearly one year after Hurricane Florence pummeled North Carolina’s central coast, Croatan National Forest is still recovering from an estimated $17 million in damage to the forest’s infrastructure and costs to respond to the storm.

The storm inflicted widespread damage to the national forest as well as to nearby coastal communities like New Bern.

However, the Croatan’s native and restored longleaf forests were relatively unscathed by the Category 1 hurricane’s 100 mph winds and, in some locations, more than 2 feet of rain.

“What failed were all of the man-made things, but the forest’s ecosystem is in good shape,” said Ron Hudson, Croatan National Forest district ranger.

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