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Archive for July, 2009

Budget Bites – What’s better than pizza? A great deal on pizza

Monday, July 20th, 2009

By Judy RoyalJudy.Royal@StarNewsOnline.com

I don’t think I’ve ever come across an inedible pizza. Even bad pizza’s pretty good. How can you truly mess up tomato sauce and cheese on crust?

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UNCW gets $15 million in stimulus money for new center

Monday, July 20th, 2009

By Chelsea KellnerChelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

A new marine biotechnology facility is coming to the University of North Carolina Wilmington after five years in limbo, thanks to a $15 million matching grant from federal stimulus funds announced Monday.

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UNCW receives stimulus money for new marine biotechnology facility

Monday, July 20th, 2009

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Researchers at UNCW will soon be able to dive a bit deeper into the world of marine biology. The university will soon be the home to a new state of the art marine biotechnology facility.

“It’s a win-win for the academic programs, for the biotechnology programs and actually it’s really a win for the community who will be taking our research into products and processes,” said UNCW Director of Marine Science Daniel Baden.

The 70,000 square foot facility will house the Marbionic program, a program focused on the benefits of marine technology when used in food, health and energy research. “You’re talking about the kind of research that will take us into the future in terms of food, pharmaceutical research, improving medicine and health. We are talking about the kind of research that results in further education,” described Mike McIntyre.

Construction on the site was made possible through federal stimulus money. Nearly $15 million will go toward building 12 laboratories and three large incubators. Construction on the facility is also expected to put 300 people to work.

When seventy percent of our planet is covered by water, researchers say its time to explore the infinite possibilities under the sea. “There is so much more in the ocean, so much more,” said Marbionic Directory of Research Jeffery Wright. “Marine organisms that do interesting things, make interesting compounds, have interesting enzymes and proteins we can use to better our lives.”

Construction on the facility is expected to begin by November.

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videoFederal stimulus money is headed to UNCW, for a new marine biotechnology facility. As WWAY’s Margo Gray tells us, it promises advancements for the university, and our community.

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Firefighters battle Carolina Beach blaze, one treated for heat exhaustion

Monday, July 20th, 2009

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A Carolina Beach firefighter suffered heat exhaustion, after battling a fire Monday morning in Carolina Beach.

The call at 207 Teakwood Drive came in at about 8:30 a.m. Firefighters responded to find the garage engulfed in flames.

No residents were injured. The cause is still under investigation.

The firefighter who suffered the heat exhaustion was treated at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and released.

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A Carolina Beach firefighter suffered heat exhaustion, after battling a fire Monday morning in Carolina Beach.

The call at 207 Teakwood Drive came in at about 8:30 a.m.

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Work started to alleviate College Road traffic

Monday, July 20th, 2009

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If you have ever traveled College Road, you have probably spent some time stuck in traffic. The City of Wilmington is taking steps to alleviate some of that congestion by next summer.

Crews have already started work to widen Independence Boulevard. The city hopes new lanes will provide drivers with an alternative route to South College Road. The expansion will stretch from Shipyard Boulevard to Carolina Beach Road and expand Independence from two lanes to four.

“It’s part of an overall transportation plan where we’re trying to make major connections east and west and north and south to try and take some of the pressure off some of these neighborhood streets,” said Director of Public Services Richard King.

The $4.7 million project is funded by the 2006 transportation bond. The 2-mile expansion will also extend Museum Drive to Independence, add bike lanes to the road, and create a section of the Cross City Trail.

Work is expected to be completed by next August.

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If you have ever traveled College Road, you have probably spent some time stuck in traffic. The City of Wilmington is taking steps to alleviate some of that congestion by next summer. Crews have already started work to widen Independence Boulevard.

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