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Archive for June, 2009

Man’s son climbs tree in effort to save it

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

Charlie Joyce Jr. climbed a huge oak tree in his father’s yard Wednesday afternoon, hoping to shield it from the chainsaws of the New Hanover County Airport Authority.

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Marino on Money: June 24

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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This week we are talking about helping a child prepare financially for college. The first step is teaching them the importance of living within a budget. This may be challenging depending on what kind of parents you are. Children tend to manage money as their parents did. I heard a parent once say, ‘I just can’t get my children to listen to me. No matter how hard I try to teach them, they insist on doing what I do.’ I won’t say whether I’m actually that parent – it was probably a neighbor talking about their kids.

We must show our children how to plan ahead. Involve them in the budget process. Start by writing down the cost of college, and then help them see the other expenses they’ll be responsible for. Do they have a car? Do they pay for gas and insurance? Will they want to eat? This is how people learn to manage their money. It’s one step at a time, one decision at a time.

Next, I would stress the importance of maintaining good credit. Every contract has consequences if you break it. This includes cell phones, apartment leases, utilities, credit cards, or any other financial agreement. When they sign their names, they are signing a contract. Make sure they understand the responsibility. I know, that’s easier said than done. Some children consistently sign their name on the dotted line, and don’t fulfill their obligations. Why is that? In my experience, the blame often falls on the parent. I’ll discuss that tomorrow.

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

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videoFiscal responsibility starts well before college graduation. This week, Marino on Money has tips for teens and their parents.

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Summer is a W.A.R.M. time of year

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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After helping make home repairs following Hurricane Bertha and Fran, a group called W.A.R.M. began assisting those less fortunate with more basic home fixes.

The volunteers from W.A.R.M. showed up at a local family’s doorstep today. They were called angels.

Mary Moses passed away this morning after her kidneys gave in. She spent months filling out an application to have her home fixed up by the organization W.A.R.M.

Wednesday, her prayers were answered.

“The day that she died, that’s the day everybody came along, and helped fix the house up,” said Tashina Johnson whose family’s house is being repaired.

Down the street, volunteers were at Mildred Gregory’s home.

“They all come in and do all this wonderful work, something that I wouldn’t have been able to do. I probably would have been able to do it, but it would have taken me a hundred years to pay for it,” Mildred Gregory said.

For these residents, a little help can go a long way. Before they know it, their homes will be repaired and ready to be enjoyed.

Homeowners who are eligible for the warm program must own a home in the five county area, and must have an income of fifty percent or less than the county’s median income.

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videoAfter helping make home repairs following Hurricane Bertha and Fran, a group called W.A.R.M. began assisting those less fortunate with more basic home fixes.

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Back Then (June 1959) — Pet monkey jailed, treated to bananas

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

The following historical perspective, compiled from Star-News archives at the University of North Carolina Wilmington Randall Library, takes readers back to the Cape Fear region of years past.

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Surf City Bridge still swinging, but barely?

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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It’s been a staple of Surf City since 1955, but safety concerns have the department of transportation talking about replacing the Surf City Bridge.

“The department of transportation has told us that it’s close to outliving its time,” said Surf City Mayor Zander Guy.

It’s one of the few swing bridges left in the state. Surf City residents say it gives the beach community its charm.

“I hate to see us lose the charm of the swing bridge. It makes the island kind of what it is, you know, kind of laid back,” said Surf City resident John Davis.

Representatives from North Carolina Department of Transportation say charm may not be enough to save it.

Surf City Mayor Zander Guy says the D.O.T gave the bridge a very low safety rating. “On a scale from one to 100 we’re about a seven; that’s what they’re telling us.”

On Thursday night, the first of several information workshops will be held about the proposed replacement plan. People are invited to share their concerns with planners and engineers.

The DOT would like to replace the bridge by 2015.

Meantime work crews will do their best to keep the old swing bridge swinging.

If you want to find out more information about the planned bridge replacement, stop by the Surf City Community Building tomorrow; an informational workshop will be on-going from 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

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