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Carpino receives rare Purple Heart in Wilmington

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

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Military veterans honored a former Fort Bragg solider for his service in Iraq, but the award he received today was long overdue.

Army Specialist Zachary Carpino decided to show his allegiance by joining the military more than five years ago.

Carpino was stationed at Fort Bragg before serving in Iraq for more than a year. “It was an incredible experience,” Carpino said. “I would never take it back and I’m glad that we have people like everybody here that will do it so that some people in the united states don’t have to do it.”

While there, he carried out both military and humanitarian missions. During one campaign, his patrol was staying in a school when they were attacked. “Myself and another guy ran out into a street while they were still shooting machine gun fire at us. We unburied a guy and drug him back to safety,” Carpino explained.

A total of nine men died and twenty-two others were injured during the attack. Carpino suffered a dislocated shoulder, burns, and shrapnel wounds.

He later received a bronze star for his actions during the attack, but never received his purple heart.

Veterans Service Officer Robert Angeli investigated the situation. He was surprised by what he was told, as apparently there was a lack of evidence Carpino was wounded.

Angeli sent Carpino’s medical history showing his injuries to the proper officials.

Saturday, the American Legion Post 10 and members of the Order of the Purple Heart were on hand as Carpino received the award.

It is only the second time the Purple Heart has been awarded in Wilmington.

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videoMilitary veterans honored a former Fort Bragg solider for his service in Iraq, but the award he received today was long overdue.

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New Hanover County School Board examines all the issues at Saturday’s retreat

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

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Members of the New Hanover County School Board did not have to retreat too far to address the needs of their schools. Wilmington International Airport set the stage for Saturday’s retreat, which was a session to exchange ideas on anything from dropout rates to redistricting.

“We can’t hope to settle it or answer all the problems today, but we want to do is begin a discussion and this maybe the first of some future retreats or work sessions,” said Edward Higgins the NHC School Board Chair.

New Hanover County is seeing improvements. Dropout rates for the first time in years are on the decline. The county saw a 9.7 percent decline for the ‘07- ‘08 school year.

During the retreat, no stone was unturned. The board gave the go ahead for strategic planning on issues like promoting area magnet schools, improving safety and academic performance.

School Board Member Elizabeth Redenbaugh said, “It’s something that will build in accountability, it will be in benchmarks, measurements, and we will know whether or not we are failing or if we are achieving and communicate that with the community.”

School officials said a major role in making sure all their plans can get accomplished is by the help of involved parents.

The retreat also opened discussions on future redistricting in 2010 when a new middle school is set to open on Holly Shelter Road.

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videoMembers of the New Hanover County School Board did not have to retreat too far to address the needs of their schools. Wilmington International Airport set the stage for Saturday’s retreat, which was a session to exchange ideas on anything from dropout rates to redistricting.

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WRAAP holds open house

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

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One after school program helped students enjoy the weekend while reaching out to the community today.

The WRAAP after school program opened its doors Saturday to recruit more students.

While kids played video games, ate cotton candy, and jumped in the bounce house parents could explore the curriculum and talk to the instructors.

Adrian Coles, program director, said, “We give them a pre-assessment so we can gauge where they are with those particular skills. After they complete the unit we give them a post assessment so we can see how much they’ve learned.”

The WRAAP program serves about seventy-five kids free of charge. Organizers say they hope to double that number by the end of the school year. The program runs Monday through Thursday at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church.

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One after school program helped students enjoy the weekend while reaching out to the community today.

The WRAAP after school program opened its doors Saturday to recruit more students.

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Senior Center hosts Seventh Annual Chocolate Festival

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

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Hundreds of people in Wilmington had a sweet start to their weekend Friday night as the Seventh Annual Chocolate Festival kicked off with a gala at the New Hanover County Senior Center.

Attendees got to sample what will be featured at this weekend’s festival, which raises money for the senior center. The gala featured more than just chocolate; there was also food, drinks, live music and exhibitors showcasing clothing, jewelry, and more

Chocolate Festival Coordinator Gayle Ginsberg said, “I just want everyone to have a really, really good time and I want our exhibitors to be happy. That’s the most important thing to me when it gets down to it, that the exhibitors have a successful show.”

Organizers hope to top the $25,000 raised last year.

The Chocolate Festival will be at the senior center Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00 and Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00. Tickets are $8 at the door.

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Hundreds of people in Wilmington had a sweet start to their weekend Friday night as the Seventh Annual Chocolate Festival kicked off with a gala at the New Hanover County Senior Center.

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Camp fair helps parents plan for summer

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

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Summer is still a ways away, but it didn’t stop some parents from planning their kids’ activities.

Wilmington Parent magazine along with UNCW hosted the 6th Annual Camp Fair on Saturday. It’s a one-stop shop for parents to find out what summer camps are available. More than 40 local and regional camps were on hand to help parents plan early.

“I have two daughters that are camp age and we came to see what was available. We found so many wonderful things, including over night camps that I didn’t even know were available for a six year old,” said Alexia Porzio of Wilmington.

Fellow Wilmington parent Rick Stefanick said, “We were able to talk to the surf camps and guys like this we were able to talk to get information that you can’t get making a phone call.”

Parents were able to walk away with all kinds of information to help make the best decision for the summer.

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Summer is still a ways away, but it didn’t stop some parents from planning their kids’ activities.

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