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Archive for June, 2009

YMCA educates public with safety fair

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

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The YMCA is known as a safe haven for children, and that was Saturday’s theme.

The YMCA, along with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, hosted a child safety fair.

Representatives spent the day educating the public about keeping kids safe, with a little added fun.

Kids walked away with smiles-safe kid cards, an identification card for parents in case their child goes missing.

The pictures are then loaded into the national database for missing and exploited children to help law enforcement track them.

Statistics say the cards help locate one in seven missing children.

“The more pictures that we get and the more pictures that we have in the database the more children we can find that go missing each year. So helping them is more important to us,” said Life Touch representative Erin Smith.

Deputies from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department and the Wilmington Fire Department were also on hand to give children safety tips for emergencies.

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The YMCA is known as a safe haven for children, and that was Saturday’s theme.

The YMCA, along with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, hosted a child safety fair.

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Carolina Beach State Park hosts snake expo

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

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Snakes were spotted at Carolina Beach State Park Saturday, and people were actually happy about it. The park hosted a special education program featuring the slithery creatures.

Mike Himchak, a snake enthusiast, travels up and down the east coast every year to educate people about snakes.

He says he took and interest in the reptile early on. “I’ve been playing with them since I’ve been four. I’ve just always been into them. I breed them, I work with quite a few of them, I do some collecting, do a lot of photographing but I’ve just always been into them.”

Carolina Beach State Park hosts several education programs each month.

For more information, go you can visit ncparks.gov online.

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Snakes were spotted at Carolina Beach State Park Saturday, and people were actually happy about it. The park hosted a special education program featuring the slithery creatures.

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Bracelet system helps relocate wandering children

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

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A new program that helps find lost children began Saturday in Carolina Beach.

Kids were seen wearing one of seven different colored wristbands. The color matches that of the nearest lifeguard stand. The goal is to help identify where lost children came from on the beach.

Now, if children wander, they can be reunited with families by using the bracelet color-coding system.

Parents say they like the new program. ”I think it’s a wonderful idea. My kids tend to be a little rambunctious so if somebody sees them with a red wrist band at least they’ll know which lifeguard station we’re in front of,” said Tiffany Newton.

Carolina Beach responded to about 36 lost child calls last year.

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A new program that helps find lost children began Saturday in Carolina Beach.

Kids were seen wearing one of seven different colored wristbands. The color matches that of the nearest lifeguard stand. The goal is to help identify where lost children came from on the beach.

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Summer camp vacancies

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

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The end of the school year is fast approaching, and it’s around this time that parents start to wonder what to do with kids during the summer months. There is hope, since many camps that would be full by this point still have openings.

Tighter family budgets are putting summer camps in a tough position; finding the kids to fill empty spots.

Camps, like the one at YMCA in Wilmington, have seen a decline in summer enrollment.

“Summer camp, we are losing numbers. We’ve kind of contributed that to the fact that if a parent is not working, then they are taking the time to spend with their children,” said Andrea Mohammad, the youth and family services director at the Y.

The YMCA is doing things a bit differently to lure parents. Certified teachers will be on-staff to make sure learning is a priority over the summer. Plus, many camps have now modified schedules to a week-by-week basis to give parents more options when it comes to cost.

“We like the idea of just doing a week by week camp because we are not exactly what our summer schedule is going to be like yet because of changes in jobs, we are looking at affordability so one week at a time is easier to digest,” said Richard Gehron who looking at summer camps.

To keep programs going, some camps are even offering income-based payment plans or scholarships, and these days everything can be up for negotiation.

“When you pick up a brochure or something and you see the price and think ‘I don’t think I can do that’, but if they can work out a plan for you then that would be the way to go,” said Sherida Worthy.

The challenge will be finding the best fit for your child and your wallet.

It may take a little digging, but there are free or cheap resources out there this summer. Possibly, you can arrange a child-care exchange with parents in your neighborhood or consider ways your child can volunteer with area organizations.

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videoThe end of the school year is fast approaching, and it’s around this time that parents start to wonder what to do with kids during the summer months. There is hope, since many camps that would be full by this point still have openings.

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Pleasure Island Beach Music Festival rocks on

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

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Carolina Beach goers were treated to the sweet sounds of summer Saturday for the annual Pleasure Island Beach Music Festival.

Five bands, from all over the South, got the crowd moving and shaking to hits from yesterday and today.

WWAY’s chief meteorologist Chris Philips was there to kick things off.

The bands say they were excited to be a part of the festival.

“We’ve got a great crowd out here today. There’s a lot of top-notch entertainment. Carolina beach music is just a good time, it’s a fun time, everybody has a ball,” said Mike Neese of Holiday Band.

The Pleasure Island Beach Music Festival is one of the longest running beach music festivals in the United States.

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Carolina Beach goers were treated to the sweet sounds of summer Saturday for the annual Pleasure Island Beach Music Festival.

Five bands, from all over the South, got the crowd moving and shaking to hits from yesterday and today.

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