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Archive for May, 2009

Revamped StarNews aims to better serve you

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Welcome to a redesigned StarNews. Beginning today, you will notice a series of changes to your newspaper that range from cosmetic to dramatic.

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Charlie Lipari honored for helping others with ALS

Monday, May 11th, 2009


May is ALS Awareness Month. Known to many as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, the illness attacks a person’s muscles and nerves. Nearly 6,000 Americans are diagnosed with ALS each year.

ALS is one of 43 diseases that the Muscular Dystrophy Association covers under its umbrella.

Every day this month, the MDA is recognizing a person diagnosed with the illness on their national website. Monday’s story was that of a Wilmington man.

Port City resident Charlie Lipari was diagnosed with ALS in 2001. “It’s a big hit of reality to know to realize your life is finite. You know you always think, I’m young I’m strong, I’m going to go on forever, and then it whacks you inside of the head and it’s an eye-opener.”

Charlie said tears are sometimes hard to fight, but his family, friends, and sense of humor get him through each day. “A little something I call the clown motto; it’s a little song, a little dance, a squirt of seltzer down your pants. And that’s been my life story.”

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has recognized Charlie for his leadership.

“Charlie reaches out, he helps those who are newly diagnosed with ALS and he gives them hope,” said Amy Pollock of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Throughout the month of May, 31 people are telling their stories in the MDA’s national campaign promoting awareness about this devastating disease.

Once an active dad and businessman, Charlie said he’s found new direction. “I try never to dwell on what I can’t do anymore. I focus on what I’m still able to. And communicating about the illness, bringing awareness to it, I feel that’s my new calling. So that’s where I focus my energies.”

“He has a vested interest in finding a cure but he doesn’t just focus on himself for finding the cure, he’s thinking about everybody else,” Pollock said of Charlie.

The average life expectancy after someone is diagnosed with ALS is 3 to 5 years.

Charlie is a fighter. During his eight-year struggle, he’s helped put others with the illness at ease. “I tell them, be a person living with ALS, not dying from it. It’s your attitude, keep it strong, embrace the ones around you, they’re going to support you and help you through this, no matter what the end may bring.”

Charlie said he is humbled to have been nominated, and chosen to be featured on their website.

He thinks it was his sense of humor that made him stand out. You can see Charlie’s story on the MDA website.

If you would like more information or like to donate to the MDA for ALS research, you can call (910) 763-3114.

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videoThroughout the month of May, 31 people, including one Wilmington man, are telling their stories in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s national campaign promoting awareness about Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

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Despite setbacks, planning continues for greenway

Monday, May 11th, 2009

A proposal to build a dedicated 12.5-foot-wide pedestrian and bike path that would run the entire spine of the 9-mile-long island has run into a rough patch from some Kure Beach residents and government agencies.

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Star News prints final local edition

Monday, May 11th, 2009


It’s an impact being felt across the newspaper industry, fewer people are relying on the morning paper for their connection to the world. That combined with tough times, equal changes at the Star News.

“Media has been changing there is no denying that, but when you add the recession on top of that it escalated the whole situation and brought it to a whole other level,” said publisher Bob Gruber.

Gruber said the paper has to do things differently and are shutting down their nearly forty-year-old printing press.

The paper will be printed in Fayetteville, and shipped back to readers in this area. “Number one is economics and number two is just the logic of being able to put out two newspapers at one site.”

With advertising sales down and plenty of competition from the web, the Star News has seen a decrease in revenue.

With the transition to Fayetteville, 24 full-time and 13 part-time employees in the pressroom have been eliminated.

The paper has been around since 1867, so it has seen it’s fair share of changes. For example, it’s name. It was known as The Evening Star, The Morning and now the Star News.

Whatever the name or what competition may be out there, some loyal readers aren’t giving up this tangible part of their morning routine.

“I want to be able to pick it up hold it and read it and do whatever I want with it,” said Christopher W. Rogers.

As of Tuesday, the paper will also have a new look. Pages will be two inches narrower than before with a new format and a new logo.

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videoIt’s an impact being felt across the newspaper industry, fewer people are relying on the morning paper for their connection to the world. That combined with tough times, equal changes at the Star News.

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Traffic stop leads to arrest of wanted man

Monday, May 11th, 2009

An early morning traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a suspected armed robber Monday.Wilmington police arrested Kashif Arde Rhodes, 20, on an outstanding warrant for armed robbery after he was clocked driving 51 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone on 23rd Street.Rhodes is being held in the New Hanover County jail on $100,000 bond.

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