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Federal investigation finds 11 violations related to Blue Ridge Parkway worker’s death

From Carolina Pubic Press: A six-month-long federal investigation prompted by the May 7 death of a maintenance worker on the Blue Ridge Parkway uncovered nine “serious” violations of workplace safety standards by the National Park Service, officials said Thursday. The violations, which were cited in a Nov. 2 document from the Occupational Safety and Health […]

Asheville Area Arts Council and River Arts District Business Assoc. to hold brainstorming sessions

Details here: The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) and River Arts District Business Association (RADBA) are offering the second round of Artist Business Brainstorm Sessions in January and February. For more information and to sign up (required): http://tinyurl.com/aqtz3g7 Artist Business Brainstorm Sessions are by donation one-on-one brainstorming opportunities for artist entrepreneurs with professionals in the […]

BlueRidgeNow reports Flat Rock Playhouse, commissioners reach funding agreement

From to the Hendersonville Times-News: By Nathaniel Axtell and Emily Weaver Times-News Staff Writers After two weeks of gloomy news, Thursday was a good day for the financially strapped Flat Rock Playhouse. First, county Commissioner Larry Young, the most vocal critic of financial management at the Playhouse, helped broker a tentative deal to release $50,000 […]

Asheville man appointed to Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind Board of Directors

Press release From Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind Asheville, NC (Nov. 28, 2012) – Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind (WSIFB) announces the appointment of Charlie Pine of Asheville to its Board of Directors for the 2013 board year. Pine is the Chair of the IFB-Asheville Advisory Council and worked tirelessly on the capital campaign that […]

Asheville Kennel Club donates $5000 to help canines displaced by Hurricane Sandy

Press release From The Asheville Kennel Club The Asheville Kennel Club has made a donation of $5000 for canine relief in the wake of hurricane “Sandy” which impacted the heavily populated coastlines of New Jersey and New York. This relief donation is in keeping with similar actions taken by the Asheville Kennel Club following hurricane […]

You’re invited to Mark Rosenstein’s “Hipster Party”

GO Kitchen Ready is having a party for Mark Rosenstein, beloved Asheville chef and teacher, and everyone is invited. The event will raise money for Rosenstein’s hip surgery. They’re calling it “Mark’s ‘Hipster Party – A Leg To Stand On.’” Here are the details from the press release: BENEFIT FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR MARK ROSENSTEIN Mark’s […]

New traveling exhibit comes to The Health Adventure this Saturday, Dec. 1

Press release From The Health Adventure Asheville, N.C. (November 27, 2012) – On Saturday, December 1st, The Health Adventure proudly presents a wonderful traveling exhibit, Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home created by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in Milwaukee in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service. Two beloved American icons come to […]

“Starbuck by Whalelight” opens tonight in Asheville

Starbuck, one of the characters in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick,” is the first mate on board the Pequod. Accoridng to a character analysis on shmoop.com, “Unfortunately, despite his caution and his morality, Starbuck finds himself strangely unable to resist Captain Ahab’s mad quest for vengeance.” And, “Like Hamlet, Starbuck will face a moment when he’s […]

WestCare creates new position focused on customer experience

Press release From MedWest – Harris-Haywood-Swain Janet W. Millsaps has been named Director of Service Innovation and Performance Management at WestCare, which includes the Harris and Swain hospital campuses. In her newly-created role, Millsaps will focus on the customer experience at the hospitals, working with employees to ensure patients, visitors, families, physicians and co-workers receive […]

Western Carolina Medical Society awarded $150,000 grant from Mission Hospital

Press release From the Western Carolina Medical Society The Western Carolina Medical Society’s PACT (Project Access® Community Transitions) program was awarded a $150,000.00 grant from the Community Benefit Program of Mission Hospital for the 2013 fiscal year, beginning October 1, 2012. “WCMS is responding to the challenge of an uncertain healthcare environment by recalibrating the […]

Workers, detained by ICE last year, file lawsuit against restaurant

Press release from Defensa Comunitaria Five workers detained last November during a raid by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) will file a lawsuit today against their former employers, Shogun Buffet and Hibachi Grill, of Asheville, Inc., and Jian and Sandy Wang, who subjected them to inhumane working conditions and withheld tens of thousands of dollars […]

Rotary Club of Asheville seeks nonprofits that need small community grants

The Grants Committee of the Rotary Club of Asheville is seeking applications from nonprofit groups for funding from its Community Grant Program. The Community Awards are derived from the Harry Morrill Endowment Fund administered by the Rotary Club of Asheville. Grants are required to be used for a charitable purpose that benefits the community in […]