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Archive for May, 2009

Two families walk away from collision in Wilmington

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

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Thanks to their seatbelts, two families walked away from a head-on collision in Wilmington Thursday afternoon.

Witnesses say, a black minivan rolled through a stop sign heading south on Troy Drive and t-boned a black Saturn on Shipyard Boulevard.

Everyone involved in the crash went New Hanover Regional Medical Center, but none of them had life-threatening injuries.

“I’m glad that everybody turned out alright, especially my sister and her babies and whoever the other driver was and I just want all of this to come to an end,” said Lakeitha Smith.

Officer Larry Zettlelmaier said, “People need to be more aware of their driving habits as well as aware of problems with other people’s driving, that is why Wilmington has the highest accident rate in North Carolina for at least six years running.”

Lakeitha Smith’s sister, Tonya, was driving the minivan. She is charged with a stop sign violation and driving with a revoked license.

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Thanks to their seatbelts, two families walked away from a head-on collision in Wilmington Thursday afternoon.

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Computer software simplifies life for restaurants

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

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One of downtown Wilmington’s favorite restaurants has found a new way to do business and it’s catching on across the country. The restaurant is using an online scheduling system that makes things easier for employees, and the local company that wrote the software is getting national recognition.

For a lot of businesses, scheduling staff can be a real pain. “With the trading shifts, and people trying to give away their shifts, there’s notes everywhere and it was just a complete mess,” said Ryan Piraneo, manager at Elijah’s.

Elijah’s on the Riverfront in downtown Wilmington found a way to relieve that headache, a system called schedulefly.com.

“You can just go online, and check your schedule and you don’t have to have paper to carry around and if you lose the paper you don’t have to call your manager and be like ‘what time do I come in?’ and they always get so frustrated and you’re like ‘uhhh’; so you can just go online and check it out, so it’s a lot easier,” said Blake Soules of Elijah’s.

Employees can switch shifts and get manager’s approval, all on the site; they can also sign up to receive text and e-mail alerts when a shift becomes available.

A former restaurant worker, Wes Aiken of Wilmington wrote the software for schedulefly.com. He said it’s catching on quick. “We have customers in 48 of the 50 states, we have every Canadian province, and actually a few in Europe.”

This system is also environmentally friendly.

“From a carbon footprint standpoint, we’re reducing a lot of driving, and not to mention the printing that restaurants were doing before they had it all online,” Aiken said.

Piraneo explained, “Before Schedule Fly, it would take days to find people, cause you know everyone’s not here everyday, but on Schedule Fly, they’re checking it everyday and they see that there’s a shift ready and they can just take it and it usually happens pretty quick and smooth.”

“It’s pretty awesome, it makes my life a lot easier,” said Soules.

Just last week, UNCW and the Greater Wilmington Business Journal awarded Schedule Fly the Coastal Entrepreneur Award for Emerging Company-of-the-Year.

Restaurants that want to sign up for Schedule Fly get a 30-day free trial. If they’re hooked, it costs from twenty to a couple hundred dollars a month to join, depending on the size of the company.

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videoOne of downtown Wilmington’s favorite restaurants has found a new way to do business and it’s catching on across the country. The restaurant is using an online scheduling system that makes things easier for employees, and the local company that wrote the software is getting national recognition.

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Seahawk statue finds a home at UNCW

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

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The campus of UNCW looks a little different today after a giant copper seahawk landed at Hoggard Circle.

The statue weighs 2,000 pounds and has a 20-foot wingspan.

It took nearly a year for Wilmington metal sculptor Dumay Gorham to complete his work of art.

Crowds gathered at the center of campus to welcome the bird with open arms.

“We are so excited to have it land here on campus today,” said Chacellor DePaolo.

Irwin ‘Ike’ Belk of Charlotte donated funds for the sculpture.

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The campus of UNCW looks a little different today after a giant copper seahawk landed at Hoggard Circle.

The statue weighs 2,000 pounds and has a 20-foot wingspan.

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County’s 13th case of rabies confirmed in Forest Hills racoon — with map

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

A raccoon that scratched a man in Wilmington’s Forest Hills neighborhood on Wednesday is the 13th confirmed case of rabies in New Hanover County this year.

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Port City calm — Wilmington has no murders so far in 2009

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Wilmington police have faced no murders so far this year, and they are crossing their fingers that their good luck will continue.

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