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Monkey Junction annexation talks Tuesday night

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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Annexation has been a hot topic in the Wilmington area for years, and Tuesday night, it comes to a head.

The history of annexing Monkey Junction goes back eleven years. In 1998, city leaders first proposed annexing an area of New Hanover County, ultimately making it part of the city of Wilmington.

Somewhere along the line there was an error, and the proposal was removed.

Fast forward to 2009, and annexation is back on City Council’s agenda.

“The law is very clear, as cities and area get more urban in natures, cities have the right to annex those particular areas,” said Mayor Bill Saffo.

According to NC state law, residents of the area annexed area would have to pay both county and city taxes.

The area consists of more than 90 acres along Carolina Beach and South College roads and would affect around 3,900 residents and businesses.

Many residents aren’t happy.

City leaders say paying to use city amenities is inevitable. Other urban areas in the country without annexation laws, find ways to charge people for city services.

“Toll booths, some cities, if you drive into the city, you pay a toll, to come through that city, so if they do away with the annexation laws, the state is going to have to find other mechanisms to help pay for it,” Mayor Saffo explained.

City Council’s vote of two voluntary annexations of 90 acres of Monkey Junction will come during Tuesday’s meeting. Voluntary annexation would allow both parcels of land to become part of the city in June of this year instead of June 2010, which is when the city-initiated annexation would take affect.

A public hearing on the proposed involuntary annexation of the Monkey Junction area will also take place. The vote for this item is scheduled for the May 5 City Council meeting.

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videoWilmington City Council plans to vote on two voluntary annexations of 90 acres of Monkey Junction. A public hearing on the controversial proposed involuntary annexation of the Monkey Junction area will also take place.

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No better time than the present to recycle that old cell phone

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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Do you have an old cell phone lying around you no longer need? If so, this is the week to do something about it. That’s right… it is National Cell Phone Recycling Week.

Reportedly, 100 million cell phones are thrown away every year. If these phones were recycled, it would save enough energy to power 18,000 homes for a year.

We all love getting a new cell phone with the latest technology and features, but we tend to neglect our old one.

“I have two old cell phones in my car right now,” reported Wilmingtonian Dan Sunbeck.

The Environmental Protection Agency has teamed up with leading cell phone companies for a national campaign, encouraging Americans to recycle unwanted cell phones.

“If somebody asked me to donate my cell phone of course I would do it,” Sunbeck said.

Cell phones and personal digital assistants, or PDAs, are made of precious metals and plastics. Recycling keeps these materials out of landfills and prevents air and water pollution. It also reduces the greenhouse gas emissions that occur during manufacturing.

Last year, cell phones companies and service providers collected 11 million old phones. This reportedly saved enough energy to provide more than 2,000 homes with electricity for an entire year.

“Being a green month right now, it’s been a major push inside Verizon Wireless to get this done. We want to help the environment as much as we can,” said data consultant Chad Dalton.

There’s another reason to recycle your cell, “If it’s no longer good to you, it may be good to somebody else,” said Stephanie Barber-Mueller of Raleigh.

Many companies donate the phones to charities. Verizon Wireless gives them to domestic violence shelters and AT&T supports Cell Phones for Soldiers.

Dropping off your old phone only takes a minute, and it can make a big difference.

You can still recycle your phones for free after this week is over. Most cell phone companies and charities collect phones, chargers, batteries, and accessories year round… in any condition and from any wireless service provider. Even if the cell phone is not able to make a call, they can use the parts to fix other phones.

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Do you have an old cell phone lying around you no longer need? If so, this is the week to do something about it. That’s right… it is National Cell Phone Recycling Week.

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Port City Java to close Fourth Street location

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Port City Java says it’s closing its cafe at Fourth and Chestnut streets on Friday, but plans to open a new one next summer in Leland.

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UNCW provost resigns post to teach

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

The University of North Carolina Wilmington announced the resignation of Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Brian Chapman after only one year with the school via e-mail Tuesday.

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NHC school board member blogs about national conference

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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Some New Hanover County school board members are hard at work this spring break.

Three board members traveled to San Diego for the National School Board Conference.

Since Friday, board members have been in workshops and training, hoping to bring some ideas home to New Hanover County.

The whole time, one board member has been using her iPhone to blog about the conference, on the school’s website.

It’s a trip that came with a lot of scrutiny. Sending three school board members to a school board conference in San Diego has cost a total of over $6,000. With talks of budget cuts, including cutting non-essential travel, many wonder if the cost is worth it.

“I think that it’s good that they want to improve the school system, but I don’t think they need to spend that money right now,” said Mariema Lewis, a concerned parent.

To ease parents minds and send information back home, board member Elizabeth Redenbaugh has been blogging on the school’s website on the ins and outs of the conference.

Some parents said if one idea comes from the trip on improving New Hanover County schools, then the experience is worthwhile.

PTA Vice President Denise Szaloky said, “I have been keeping up with the blog daily and appreciate the updates and what our board members are experiencing. From workshops to conferences like this, new ideas and opportunities arise which helps not only the board but trickles down to the students.”

NHC board member Elizabeth Redenbaugh reported, “Through training and attendance and conferences, like that national school board association we can help and bring that excellence back to NHC.”

Redenbaugh believes all three board members are benefiting from the conference.

One idea she already plans to discuss with the board is improving student-teacher relations by requiring at-home teacher visits.

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videoSome New Hanover County school board members are hard at work this spring break.

Three board members traveled to San Diego for the National School Board Conference.

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