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Archive for March, 2009

Confusion continues with CFPUA bills

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority’s bills are causing some confusion for customers.

In January, the authority sent a letter notifying customers they might see 2 billing cycles on one statement. That is in fact happening, and some customers are complaining that they have to pay for 4 months worth of water use in a matter of weeks. Those customers are worried that they will get hit with late fees or have their water turned off if they cannot come up with all the money right away.

Utility Authority spokesperson, Carey Ricks said that will not be the case. “We have taken into consideration the hardship that might put on the customers and we’re extending the waving of late fees and cutoffs and we will probably institute that back in June.”

The Utility Authority normally bills for its services every two months, but they are still a bit behind.

Ricks said the Utility Authority is in the process of sending out bills for January and February.

They plan to be caught up by the end of April or the beginning of May, and get back on their regular billing schedule.

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The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority’s bills are causing some confusion for customers. Some customers are complaining that they have to pay for 4 months worth of water use in a matter of weeks.

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Work on Wrightsville Beach bridge completed

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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The Wrightsville Beach bridge will no longer be closed overnight for repairs.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has canceled its planned closures for the drawbridge after the necessary work was completed.

Drivers should still expect intermittent lane closures while crews complete some final touch-up work.

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation has canceled its planned closures for the drawbridge after the necessary work was completed.

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Need for fiber optics means Corning will re-hire some employees

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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A spike in demand for fiber optics in China is good news for the Corning plant in Wilmington.

Back in December, Corning announced their first round of layoffs, which were mostly hourly paid staff. Last month, Corning had layoffs again for salaried workers.

Corning would never say how many people had been affected. The reduction in staff came after a drop in sales, but recently sales in fiber optics have rebounded.

The reason? China’s increased need for fiber optics to build their mobile networks. So some of the production workers are back on the job.

Employment Security Commission Manager Walker Biggs said it’s a good sign when anyone is returning to work in this economy. “Not just Corning, but other companies when they have layoffs, a lot of times they really don’t want to do it but the economy or whatever the situation is at the time they do it. As soon as they can bring people back they start calling them back and say look I want you to come back to work and we’ve got work available for you. It gives us hope that maybe here locally maybe things are getting better and we can only hope for the best.”

The Wilmington plant is the world’s largest fiber optical plant.

Before the layoffs, Corning employed about 950 people in the Wilmington area. A company spokesperson would not tell us how many people would be returning to work.

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A spike in demand for fiber optics in China is good news for the Corning plant in Wilmington.
China’s increased need for fiber optics to build their mobile networks means some local workers will be re-hired.

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NC judge: Beach Plan surcharge decision needs redo

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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RALEIGH — A North Carolina judge has frozen planned deductible and surcharge increases for coastal homeowners in the state insurance pool called the Beach Plan.

Wake County Superior Judge William Pittman ruled that former Insurance Commissioner Jim Long didn’t follow procedures before approving the increases. The judge ordered new Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin to redo the process.

The judge’s ruling blocks surcharges the Beach Plan can charge beyond insurance companies’ rates from rising from 15 percent to a maximum 25 percent.

The surcharges took effect last month. The ruling doesn’t affect higher premiums scheduled for May.

A spokeswoman for the Insurance Department did not immediately return a call seeking comment on Monday.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A North Carolina judge has frozen planned deductible and surcharge increases for coastal homeowners in the state insurance pool called the Beach Plan.

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Plant an Azalea Week

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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Cape Fear Garden Club and the Mayor’s of Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach have proclaimed the week of March 22 through March 28, 2009 as “Plant an Azalea Week”. The effort encourages the residents of New Hanover County to plant azaleas at their residences and businesses and in public areas. “The last week of March is set aside to return our community to what the famed photographer/conservationist and Wilmington native Hugh Morton described as ‘the city of over a million azaleas’ ” according Cape Fear Garden
Club President Teresa Hill. “As home to the North Carolina Azalea Festival, the community must make a dedicated effort to maintain our area as the ‘Community of a Million Azaleas’ and the garden spot of the state.”

Beginning in the late 1940’s, planting azaleas in Wilmington was promoted resulting in the beautiful display of color still enjoyed today. Through the years, the collaborative efforts of Cape Fear Garden Club with the City of Wilmington and area non-profit agencies have
focused on the beautification of our public areas. Unfortunately, there has been a marked decline in the planting of old southern favorites, especially the azalea, by are homeowners and businesses. To encourage residents to plant azaleas several garden centers and nurseries have discounted their stock of azaleas during *“Plant an Azalea Week”*. Those participating include: Five Oaks Nursery, Lou’s Flower Patch, Lloyds’ of Landscape, The Transplanted Garden and Zone 8.

Please join Cape Fear Garden Club and our local governments in the effort to reestablish the beautiful azaleas that have come to symbolize our area. For information on planting azaleas visit http://www.capefeargardenclub.org . Help
return New Hanover County to the “Community of a Million Azaleas” during “Plant an Azalea Week” March 22 through March 28.

For more information or media opportunities contact Cindy Godwin, Publicity Co-Chair
4313 Winforde Road, Wilmington, North Carolina 28412
cingodwin@aol.com
910-619-9444

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Cape Fear Garden Club and the Mayor’s of Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach have proclaimed the week of March 22 through March 28, 2009 as “Plant an Azalea Week”. The effort encourages the residents of New Hanover County to plant azaleas at their residences and businesses and in public areas.

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