Spotlight on Business: New York Life

Frank T. Grady, Jr., CLU®, ChFC®
Financial Services Professional*
Agent for New York Life Insurance Company

Frank Grady joined New York Life Insurance Company in 1981 and has served in both agent and management roles. He and his wife, Jane, who is currently an ESL teacher with New Hanover County
Schools, moved to Carolina Beach last year.

Frank is committed to providing individuals, families, and businesses with life insurance and financial products and services that meet their needs. “It’s gratifying to work with local families and businesses to help them achieve financial security. I’m proud of the stellar reputation I’ve earned for showing true concern for my clients.”

Frank’s commitment to professionalism includes earning the CLU® and ChFC® designations and he is
also a Registered Representative for NYLIFE Securities LLC (Member FINRA/SIPC), A Licensed Insurance Agency. Frank currently serves on the Board of Directors with the Pleasure Island Chamber
of Commerce as well as being on the Board of Directors with the Kiwanis Club of Wilmington. He and his wife are members of the Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church.

Frank and his wife enjoy time spent cruising and fishing and exposing his two grandchildren
to all the beauty that the North Carolina coast provides.

Feel free to contact Frank at his Carolina Beach location at 910-805-2687(O) or 919-880-9257 (C). You can also email him at: frankgradyjr@ft.newyorklife.com.

*Registered Representative offering securities through NYLIFE Securities LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC, A Licensed Insurance Agency 1200 Saint Joseph St. #15, Carolina Beach, NC 28428 910-805-2687

For more on Pleasure Island Businesses visit The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.


Spotlight on Business: Stinger Electric

Stinger Electric, owned and operated by Dave Singley of Carolina Beach, is a licensed and insured
master electrician by the NC Board of Electrical Contractors. With over 11 years of electrical experience, Dave offers a wealth of knowledge in all construction, service, and customization to meet all of your lighting and electrical needs.

Dave was happy to join the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce at the end of last year when
he moved down from New Jersey to marry his longtime girlfriend, Jeanne and start Stinger Electric. Stinger Electric’s goal is to provide unmatched quality service and efficiency with a personal touch. Dave will walk you through all of your service questions, and he guarantees your satisfaction. Services include, but are not limited to: custom residential service, lighting and ceiling fan installation, new construction, service upgrades and repair, landscape lighting, and light commercial work.

What makes him different? His customers will tell you he listens to your needs, shows up exactly when you want him to, provides attention to detail, and his fully committed to each project.

Stinger Electric has had several great projects right here on the island for both rental management
agencies, full time residents looking to fix or renovate their home and even fellow Pleasure Island Chamber
members. Respected member, Cindi Jacobs of OceanBreeze Properties writes, “There are few contractors
who are so readily available, even for an emergency situation, and your courtesy and professionalism were outstanding as usual… by treating my customers so well that it makes a good impression of my business and I do appreciate that effort. I am so grateful that you joined our Chamber!”

Dave will happily supply references along with testimonials from satisfied customers right within the Wilmington area which you can view on Stinger Electric’s website, stingerelectric.com. When not busy with the new business, Dave and Jeanne focus on their energetic dog named Lola and their upcoming wedding in Southport. Stinger Electric is happy to offer a discount on the Member to Member program to other Chamber members. Please visit the Stinger Electric website, stingerelectric.com, for more specifics on what Dave has to offer residential and commercial customers or call at (910) 338-7606.

For more on Pleasure Island Businesses visit The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.


Trick or Treat Under the Sea at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Sharks, Clownfish (aka "Nemo" to anyone under 12), and lots of candy - what more could a kid ask for? In its 8th year, "Trick or Treat Under the Sea" will take place Wednesday, October 27th and Thursday, October 28th at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Area businesses and organizations sponsor booths where they hand out treats to the children who attend.

In addition to all the aquatic wonders always on display (don't miss Luna - the rare albino alligator, or the adorable baby box turtles) this event will include special Halloween decorations and activities.

Admission is $6.00 for children and adults and includes treats! Kids 2 and under are admitted free. Only umbrella strollers will be permitted in the building for this event.Call 910-458-7468 for more information.


Spotlight on Business: LAI INSURANCE AGENCY

LAI INSURANCE AGENCY is a full service independent insurance agency serving Southeastern North Carolina. LAI provides a full slate of Life and Health products, including the best annuities available today. LAI also handles the best property and casualty products for businesses and individuals.

Their Agent, Scott Betz, with his wife, Dawn, moved to Carolina Beach in 2000. Scott started an  independent insurance agency in 2004 serving homeowners and small businesses in Southeastern North Carolina. In 2008, Scott having built an agency that specialized in homeowners insurance joined his agency with LAI Insurance Agency.

Scott said: "Joining LAI allowed me access to more Insurance Companies and their products and this in turn allowed me to find even more affordable insurance for my clients, especially in the homeowner’s market. As everyone knows in Southeastern North Carolina finding homeowners, wind & hail and flood insurance is challenging to say the least and it is my mission to make sure that my homeowners have RELIABLE and AFFORDABLE insurance to protect them in the event of a claim. But, the really exciting part of becoming part of LAI was access to the incredible slate of annuities and life insurance products available to my clients. People are blown away at the return that our annuities are offering compared to their CD’s and the advantages they offer in planning for their retirement."

If you are interested in an evaluation of your current homeowner’s, renter’s, auto or commercial business
policy or just need advice concerning annuities give Scott a call at (910) 368-9523 or at www.laiinsurance.com.

For more on Pleasure Island Businesses visit The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.


Fishing on Pleasure Island

The summer may be cooling down but the NC coast fishing on Pleasure island is just heating up. Grab some bait, a stocked cooler, and head to the water! You have a lot of options when it comes to fishing the waters off Pleasure Island.

Pier Fishing
The Carolina Beach Fishing Pier at 1800 Carolina Beach Ave and the Kure Beach Pier both offer great access to whatever is biting. This is an easy way to go because you can get your bait, purchase or rent equipment, some advice from the experts, and even a cold drink all at the pier.
Photo by Lori Harris

Surf Fishing
What a great way to enjoy our beautiful North Carolina beaches! To learn all you need to know check out the Surf Fishing workshops offered by the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Photo by Alicia Devereaux
Charter Fishing
One of the unique things about Pleasure Island is the marina on the canal off Winner St in Carolina Beach which is filled with many of the charter boats. Whether you fish or not it's fun to take a stroll around when the boats come in and check out the daily catch. It's really a party during local fishing tournaments!

Don't forget that you'll need a Fishing License before throwing that first cast. They are available in most of the bait shops on Pleasure Island.


Don't Miss The Final Farmer's Market of the 2010 Season

Who could have predicted the amazing success the Carolina Beach Farmers Market would become?! The local community and visiting vacationers were thrilled to be able to purchase fresh produce, plants, cheeses, meats, art, jewelry, and much more - all while taking a nice stroll around the beautiful lake on Pleasure Island. Come enjoy the final market for this year Saturday, October 9th from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.


Seafood, Blues & Jazz Fest Lineup

The 17th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival is only days away. This eagerly anticipated event features Blues Legend Leon Russell as the headliner and will be held October 9th and 10th in Kure Beach, NC at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area.

Take a look at the lineup to be sure you don't miss your favorites:

12:30 - 1:50 Danny Cowan Band
2:10 - 3:30 Allison King Band
3:50 - 5:10 Jake Haldenwang
5:30 - 7:00 Lockdown Blues Band
1:30 - 2:45 Laura McFayden & Stardust
3:00 - 4:15 Freeport
4:30 - 5:45 Lee Venters & Vermillion Sands
6:00 - 7:15 EL JAYE Johnson and the Port City All Stars
12:30 - 1:50 Candy's Riverhouse
2:10 - 3:30 Ladies Auxiliary Blues Band
3:50 - 5:10 Big Mama E & The Cool
5:50 - 7:00 GrooveTown
1:30 - 2:45 Benny Hill Trio
3:00 - 4:15 The FROG Project
4:30 - 5:45 Charlie and Rose Lucas

That covers the Blues & Jazz, but we can't forget the SEAFOOD! Check out the awesome restaurants who will be dishing up local favorites:
Fish Bites Seafood Restaurant (Monkey Junction)
Greek Boys Fun Festival Foods (Wrightsville Beach)
Holmes Chicken and Seafood (Ivan Hoe, NC)
Lazy Pirate (Carolina Beach)
Michael's Seafood Restaurant (Carolina Beach)
NC Sweet Tea (Wilmington)
Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar (Carolina Beach)
The Dive (Carolina Beach)
The Island Ice Factory (Carolina Beach)
Wicker Concessions (Sanford, NC)

Tickets are still available by calling 910-458-8434 or online.

Two Day Ticket in Advance $30
Saturday Only $30
Sunday Only $15

Children 12 and under Free

We'll see you there!


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