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Archive for May, 2009

Marino on Money: May 27

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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In this week’s Marino on Money we are talking about spending. Ross is here now with some useful tips to help you budget your money.

There are two mains reasons people overspend. First, they don’t know how much they spend. Try tracking what you spend for one month. Too long? Okay, then try one week. You may be surprised how much you spend in certain places. Next, set a budget. It is impossible to be a good steward of your finances without some type of budget. I must know how much I make and how much I spend. That is where I should start if I want to manage money better.

What budget system should I use? Easy question. Use whatever budget you will use. If it works for you, that’s great. Do it. Use a legal pad, an envelope system, or a computer program. It really doesn’t matter. Just find a way to keep track of your finances.

Once I have a budget, I must have the discipline to live within my means. Some people don’t like to be told what to do. That includes a budget. It says, you can’t buy that, because you can’t afford it. If you do not develop the discipline to follow a budget, I’m afraid your financial future will eventually be painful. That applies to me, you, any business, and even our government.

Finally, I need to look at where I spend too much money. I’ll address that Thursday.

If you have a financial question for Ross, you can use the Marino on Money page.

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videoIn this week’s Marino on Money we are talking about spending. Ross is here now with some useful tips to help you budget your money.

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Steps being taken to keep animal waste from polluting our waterways

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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Most of us know, animal waste is a nuisance on the ground. But what you may not know is that it is one of the main pollutants to our waterways. Municipalities are taking steps to make sure dog walkers clean up.

On a busy day, Jennifer Wilkins walks about 12 to 15 dogs. As a professional pet sitter, she picks up after each pup. “If for whatever reason the customer does not provide me bags, I always bring my own. You have to pick it up because of the environment,” said Wilkins, owner of Best Buddies Pet Sitting.

With 26,000 registered dogs in New Hanover County, 10 tons of animal waste is produced each day. If left on the ground, it runs off in to our waterways. “Our creeks where people fish, people swim, people’s kids wade in the water and it can cause serious health impacts,” Cape Fear coast keeper Mike Giles.

The Town of Wrightsville Beach is not taking this problem sitting down. In mid-April, it imposed a $250 fine for pet owners who do not clean up after their pet. What’s more, walkers can be fined if they don’t carry a bag, even if the dog does not do its business. Since the ordinance was adopted, animal control has written two dozen citations. Wrightsville Beach Town Manager Bob Simpson said, “A message is being sent. The problem lies with some of our residents too who just don’t follow the rules, and know them.”

Nita Neumeister is a dog owner. Nita, Chachi and Chi Chi know the rules. “The bags are right there. They’re supplied and people should carry it, they should pick up after themselves,” said Nueumeister.

Right now, there are not a lot of rules governing pet waste. The City of Wilmington is also considering tightening its rules. Currently, dog owners have to pick up after their pet in public parks. City council is looking to adopt an ordinance that would add any public space. Violators would incur a $250 fine.

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Most of us know, animal waste is a nuisance on the ground. But what you may not know is that it is one of the main pollutants to our waterways. Municipalities are taking steps to make sure dog walkers clean up.

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Brunswick County budget strains community services

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Providing community services in a recession is like trying to fit a size 12 foot into a size 10 shoe. You can do it, but it’s going to hurt.

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Camp Lejeune Marine charged with sex offenses in Pender

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

A Camp Lejeune Marine has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and sex offenses.

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City looks at plans to make Market Street safer

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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After the latest accident on Market Street and 21st Street in Wilmington, many citizens have commented on our website about the dangers of that stretch of road, saying that it’s too narrow.

The city transportation department is addressing these concerns. Instead of widening the roads, the city plans to turn the stretch of Market Street from downtown to Covil Avenue into two lanes. It’s currently a four-lane street.

The plan would make room for bike lanes, a median, and more parking alongside the street, making it more of a residential road.

The change would also widen each lane by three feet; they’re currently nine feet wide.

“These road “diet” measures that will improve safety and mobility through this section of roadway by maintaining 12-foot lanes and having a median cross-section out there,” said transportation planner Mike Kozlosky.

These changes can’t be implemented until Independence Boulevard is widened to allow for an alternate route to downtown.

Due to a lack of funding, we won’t see these changes for at least five years. From 2003 to 2005, there were approximately 1,500 accidents on Market Street between Third Street and College Road.

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After the latest accident on Market Street and 21st Street in Wilmington, many citizens have commented on our website about the dangers of that stretch of road, saying that it’s too narrow.

The city transportation department is addressing these concerns.

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