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Archive for June, 2009

Adolescents introduced to nursing at Camp BONES

Monday, June 29th, 2009

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It’s not your average camp. It spans four years, and there’s a focus more on career, than campfires. Camp BONES (Brigade Of Nurse Exploring Seahawks) prepares high school students for a future in health care.

Roberto Ramirez is on his way to a career in health care. He’s already taking vitals and helping those in need, and he’s only in high school.

“I first I was a little skeptical about coming into a nursing home but coming here with Barbara, I’ve had a lot more confidence in myself. I’ve matured a little more, she has given me a lot of advice that I can use in the future,” Ramirez said.

His future looks bright because of the training he, and many others, are getting from UNCW’s Camp BONES, a four year program that exposes high school students to the health care profession before they even apply for college.

A few weeks during the summer, students are immersed in hands-on-training in a nursing home and hospitals in our area

At the end of camp, students will walk away from the program as certified nurses assistants and much more.

“A board spectrum of what they can go into and they already have a knowledge base. It’s going to tremendously help them with their resumes and their confidence,” explained one of the camp’s counselors, Bryan Sisk.

Confidence eventually turned into a passion for helping others for students like Tiara Fennell. “Knowing that we make a difference in their life and their situation. Being in a nursing home isn’t the best thing so whatever we can do to help them and make them happy, it makes me happy.”

For some, a career path in health care will simply be an extension of themselves. “I’m a people person, and I love helping others,” said Renee Newkirk.

The Camp BONES program has been so successful, Winston-Salem State University is using the model to start helping their area teens find a path in health care.

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videoIt’s not your average camp. It spans four years, and there’s a focus more on career, than campfires. Camp BONES (Brigade Of Nurse Exploring Seahawks) prepares high school students for a future in health care.

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Surfers hope to wipe out cement plant

Monday, June 29th, 2009

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A lot of groups in the Cape Fear region have come out publicly to take a stand against the proposed Titan America cement plant in Castle Hayne. On Sunday, the Wilmington surf community stepped up to the plate to add their name to the mix.

Reach the Beach featured live music from Big Al Hall and the Massive Stimulus Package. They provided a relaxing backdrop for the Sunday afternoon affair organized by the Friends of the Lower Cape Fear.

“I think it’s important to get people out who love the water and the environment out raising money for the Stop Titan effort, which really has the potential to pollute our water and air,” said Adam Shay of the Surfrider Foundation.

Thirty folks made a grand entrance at the Ocean Grill Pier in Carolina Beach. Not arriving by foot or by car, instead they arrived on their paddleboards.

“We came out today with a bunch of paddle boards, going from pier to pier in order to support the cause. People were out there in canoes, and kayaks and longboarders were paddling along with standup paddleboarders, so everybody came together. We’re all for helping to protect the environment, and to sustain the clean air and ocean for the future,” explained Jeoffrey Nathan.

Carolina Cement, a subsidiary of Titan America, has plans to build a cement plant along the Cape Fear River in Castle Hayne.

New Hanover County offered the company tax incentives to come here, with the promise of jobs and added revenue.

Some residents are concerned the risk isn’t worth the reward. “I believe all of the children will be affected by this, and it will end up being a negative thing for the entire community,” said Jamie Walker.

Children are worried too. “I’m still developing. I’m still growing and I’d rather live in a clean environment rather than one that’s polluted with mercury in the water and air because I’d rather live a long life than an unhealthy and ill one,” said Noble Middle School student Henry Burnett.

The whole process is at the environmental review stage.

The federal study on the plant’s impacts could take up to two years to complete.

Earlier this month, the North Carolina Coastal Federation asked Governor Perdue to delay state permits on the cement plant until the environmental effects study is complete.

A representative for Carolina Cement says there is no logic in delaying the permit, and the company will continue to follow the process.

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Near-drowning among several beach rescues made this weekend

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

A man was rushed to the hospital after lifeguards pulled him from a rip current at Carolina Beach Saturday evening, officials said. The man wasn’t breathing when he was brought to shore, but lifeguards started CPR on him, and he was later resuscitated on the way to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

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One killed, 1 injured in S. College Rd. wreck Sunday

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

One man died and another was taken to the hospital after a single-car crash on South College Road, near the intersection of 17th Street, Sunday night.

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Crossroads – Would you pay a tax to ease traffic woes?

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

By Patrick Gannonpatrick.gannon@starnewsonline.com

A group of elected leaders just rubber-stamped Senate Bill 222, which would give Wilmington City Council the authority to ask voters in a referendum whether they want the tax.

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