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Archive for September, 2009

WARM celebration for 13 years of service

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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Leola Davis suffers from arthritis and can not comfortably stand for too long. Stairs used to be the only way Ms. Davis could access her backyard, until she received a “WARM” gesture. Volunteers with Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry built her a ramp, so she can easily get around in her wheelchair.

“I just love it, I’m really enjoying it,” said Davis.

Volunteers also installed three new doors in Ms. Davis’ house. These are just a few of more than 400 of WARM’s home repair projects over the past 13 years.

“When WARM was born, I don’t think anybody thought it would get to this level,” said WARM Executive Director JC Skane. But with one in five North Carolina homes considered substandard, WARM’s help is greatly needed. The organization serves low income people, mainly the elderly and disabled.

“I think a lot of them, I think they’re doing a good job and I wish one day that I can do a good job for them,” Davis said.

Ms. Davis said the generosity of the volunteers has made life easier and more enjoyable. “Before I couldn’t even go up to the corner, but now I can go all around the block and come back.”

Skane added, “Just seeing that gratitude on their face and them saying thank you and we’re so grateful and what can we do for you, that’s what makes this job so rewarding.”

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videoOne Wilmington non-profit organization is celebrating a milestone. Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministries, or WARM, offers home repairs to low income people. What started as an effort to help after Hurricanes Bertha and Fran, has turned into 13 years of service and more than 400 projects.

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Economy drives up number of locals using food stamps

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

More people in the region are turning to food stamps assistance because of the anemic economy.Figures released this week from the U.S. Census Bureau showed that 5.8 percent of households in New Hanover County reported using food stamps in 2008.

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WPD cracking down on stopping for school buses

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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The Wilmington Police Department is teaching drivers a lesson about stopping for school buses.

Thanks to a high number of violations along school bus routes in New Hanover County, police are stepping up enforcement.

Today WPD officers followed bus drivers on their morning and afternoon routes to crack down on drivers who pass stopped school buses.

“I feel it’s a good thing because I have some that run my bus on Rafer Avenue and kids have to walk across the street, and I’m scared that they may hit them. It’s like they don’t care,” said bus driver Bernadette Allen.

Four drivers were cited today for passing a stopped school bus, and one driver was cited for reckless operation.

Wilmington Police Sergeant Mike Donelson says it’s reassuring that today’s numbers were relatively low.

Targeted bus route enforcement will continue for the remainder of the week.

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The Wilmington Police Department is teaching drivers a lesson about stopping for school buses.

Thanks to a high number of violations along school bus routes in New Hanover County, police are stepping up enforcement.

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Small business summit hosted by experts

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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Fifty loan, grant, and educational experts came together Tuesday to let small business owners know about resources available in the Cape Fear region.

This was the third summit the FDIC sponsored in North Carolina in the last two years.

With North Carolina’s unemployment rate above ten percent, experts hope fostering small business growth will help create new jobs in the area.

Small business owners say the event was the perfect way to get their questions answered, and network at the same time.

“All the players, the movers, the shakers in the area of small businesses are all here. And I have to tell you I was thrilled with the results. Several people that I’ve scheduled appointments with in the next few weeks are here. So it turned a cold call, if you want to call it, into a very hot call,” said Sabina Newman, owner of SCN Insight.

In the future, the FDIC plans to hold three more summits in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Asheville.

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Fifty loan, grant, and educational experts came together Tuesday to let small business owners know about resources available in the Cape Fear region.

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CFCC looking to help study renewable energy

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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The Electronics Engineering Department at Cape Fear Community College installed a weather station on campus this summer. It’s part of a three phase project to create and develop renewable energy.

The new instruments at CFCC will monitor solar and wind data that will help the school anticipate how much power they can generate with solar and wind power. The weather station reports data, and then it gets uploaded online for you to see at home.

The visibility of the college’s station on the website WeatherUnderground.com has already generated interest from the public.

“We get a lot of people actually contacting us, and in addition to that we’ve helped spread awareness of our weather station by posting links on our website,” said Joe Stokes.

Levi Spaven, a CFCC student, has been working on the weather underground aspect of the project. “I like the sophistication of it. I like the whole concept of constant real time data streaming. I like the technology that’s involved.”

Weather Underground has been streaming live personal weather stations for years. In our area, there are stations in Wrightsville Beach, Monkey Junction, Ogden and elsewhere.

Many of these local weather stations are a great way to check out current conditions near where you live.

Of course for your best-forecast information, you’ll want to stay tuned to the NewsChannel 3 weather team.

The next phase of CFCC’s renewable energy project will be installing solar panels and wind turbines in the next several months.

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The Electronics Engineering Department at Cape Fear Community College installed a weather station on campus this summer. It’s part of a three phase project to create and develop renewable energy.

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