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Archive for September, 2009

Cape residents to consider incorporating as a town

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

By Chris MazzoliniChris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

With Wilmington poised to gobble up Monkey Junction and extend its borders southward, a nearby gated community is looking to become inedible by becoming an incorporated village.

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Rezoning request sparks discussion over Summer Walk development

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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A new 26-acre development near the intersection of Oleander Drive and Greenville Loop Road in Wilmington was up for discussion Monday night. The development is called Summer Walk.

If the Wilmington City Council approves the rezoning request then Summer Walk will include single-family housing, low-density-multi-family housing and office space.

Attorney Matt Nichols said the development will be a benefit to the city of Wilmington and the surrounding neighborhoods.

“If you developed the property in a piecemeal fashion with different developers who developed it over time, you wouldn’t have the comprehensive planning approach that we’ll plan for. The transportation engineering, the drainage, storm water management, and also the general land use planning that you can get with the conditional district re-zoning that we are requesting,” he said.

Bonnie Culter opposes the project and said, “Now they want to put a 3-story office building on Greenville Loop Road and it’s just not in character with our residential family neighborhood.”

Wilmington City Council is expected to vote on the rezoning request in January. In order to pass, at least six council members have to approve the request.

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A new 26-acre development near the intersection of Oleander Drive and Greenville Loop Road in Wilmington was up for discussion Monday night. The development is called Summer Walk.

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Atmosphere Academy: A Degree in Meteorology

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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There are dozens of meteorology programs at universities throughout the nation, including Penn State and Florida State just to name a few. But our state is home to one of the most recognized meteorology programs in the entire nation. The Department of Marine Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University is home to the Raleigh office of the National Weather Service and the state climate office of North Carolina. It also supports the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology in Morehead City.

Upon entering NC State as a freshman, a meteorology student takes a healthy course load of higher-level mathematics that will eventually include differential equations and calculus; three semesters of calculus. Advanced studies in physics and computer programming are also required. Then there are your meteorology classes – thermodynamics, synoptic and microscale modeling labs, all leading up to senior forecasting class.

Who says meteorologists are never held accountable?

Your final grades are based solely on the accuracy of your forecast- so before you walk across that stage, you have to walk in front of that green wall and give an accurate forecast.

Of course, real-life is seldom as simple as it seems in a text book. It takes new meteorologists years to learn all of the eccentricities of local weather patterns, like the coastal sea breeze or the Piedmont Trough. That’s why your education is good, but it’s nothing without experience.

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videoEach day, our meteorologists teach viewers about the changing weather. But have you ever wondered who teaches the meteorologists how to forecast? Jerry Jackson has more in the Atmosphere Academy.

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The new “normal” for small businesses

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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In our Money Monday segment, we talked small business and the new “normal” with business consultant Dallas Romanowski.

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videoIn our Money Monday segment, we talked small business and the new “normal” with business consultant Dallas Romanowski.

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Wilmington man held at knifepoint, beaten in face by person in ski mask

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

A man reported he returned to his home in the 200 block of Forest Road at 12:30 p.m. Monday to find someone wearing a ski mask and holding a knife.

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