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Archive for September, 2009

PPD founder honored for vision, philanthropy

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

By Wayne FaulknerWayne.Faulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

The man who chose “father, philanthropist and entrepreneur” to describe himself on his Walk of Fame stone praised Wilmington as a “place where we could grow a robust business.”

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Coast Guard learns more on day two of hearing

Thursday, September 24th, 2009


In day two of their hearing, the Coast Guard continued to look at the circumstances surrounding a deadly parasailing accident in Ocean Isle Beach on August 28th. Much of the testimony on Thursday, focused on the weather conditions that day.

“I think the weather’s an issue here, a lot of it, and more or less a judgment call,” said Tom Collins, a cousin of one of the victims.

A representative from the National Weather Service testified, describing rough conditions the day a rope snapped on the boat while Lorrie Shoup and Cynthia Woodcock were in the air.

“It immediately occurred to me that this is not good,” said Robert Whitman, one of the boat’s passengers. Whitman testified by phone and added, “The boat was rocking dramatically, my kids wanted off the boat. They were scared and asked me for help.”

Tom Collins added, “I know what I would have done, I wouldn’t have gone out.”

But the crew did choose to go out on the water.

The boat’s captain Tom Povazan was questioned about the incidents that day.

“Did you know there was a small craft advisory issued on August 28th?”
“No, I did not.”

“Did the owner of the company make you aware that there was a small craft issued on that day? Did you know there was a weather advisory issued for that day?”

“Did the company inform you of an advisory?”

Lt. Chester Warren is the lead investigator. He said, “In any case when you have an accident, people have a tendency to hear different things, you take the testimonies into account, you try to look at the factors that were in play and you try to make the best decision possible.”

The boat’s mate also spoke on the record, saying he thinks it was a freak weather incident, and winds that picked up quickly, put too much force on the rope, causing it to break.

Friday is the final day of the hearing.

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videoIn day two of their hearing, the Coast Guard continued to look at the circumstances surrounding a deadly parasailing accident in Ocean Isle Beach on August 28th. Much of the testimony on Thursday, focused on the weather conditions that day.

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Panel keeps Wilmington trolley on slow track

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

The idea of a streetcar in downtown Wilmington crept forward Thursday, with the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority voting to form an ad hoc committee to look into it.

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Pender County Correctional Institution helps dogs find homes

Thursday, September 24th, 2009


Some Pender County prisoners are taking part in a New Leash on Life. Inmates spent the past eight weeks training homeless dogs that a local animal shelter rescued. Thursday marked the one year anniversary of the program, and saw the graduation of four more dogs.

Ralph was a homeless dog and was going to be put to sleep. But thanks to inmates at the Pender County Correctional Institution, Ralph is now going to a loving home.

“We had to put our pets down, we lost both of them within a two week period, so Ralph is really going to rescue us,” said Debbie Black.

Seven inmates have spent the past several weeks training Ralph and three of his buddies to be good dogs, helping them with obedience and a few new tricks.

It’s part of a program called New Leash on Life which is made possible through Monty’s Home, a non-profit organization.

“It’s about taking a dog, who’s chances are very slim at the time…second chance. I like this program cause that’s what it’s about,” said Maurice Parker, Ralph’s trainer.

Today, the dogs, which are all named after the characters from “Happy Days”, got their graduation diploma.

This is the fifth class of dogs to graduate, marking one year since the program started. Previous graduates attended the ceremony to visit their trainers.

These dogs were saved; millions more in shelters hope they get just as lucky.

“There’s enough homeless dogs in the world right now, that if we never bred another dog, there would be plenty to go around. People just need to open up their hearts, and go out there and find the dog for them at the shelters and through the rescues, and save a dog’s life,” said Barbara McNinch of Monty’s Home.

For more information on this program, you can visit Monty’s Home online.

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videoSome Pender County prisoners are taking part in a New Leash on Life. Inmates spent the past eight weeks training homeless dogs that a local animal shelter rescued.

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Whats Happening: September 25-27

Thursday, September 24th, 2009


The Thalian Association is bringing the musical “Phantom” to Thalian Hall. It is based on the novel “The Phantom of the Opera.” Performances Friday and Saturday are at 8:00 p.m. Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets start at $20. For more information, call 962-3500.

After months of planning, the first ever Cape Fear Italian Festival springs to life in Leland this weekend. Head to Cross Creek Commons Shopping Center for some sausage, meatballs, cannoli and zeppole. Saturday hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday it is from noon until 7:00 p.m. The cost is two dollars per person or five for a family.

Another big festival is this weekend is the 46th Annual Spot Festival in Hampstead. Saturday hours are from 9:45 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. Sunday from 9:45 until 5:00 p.m. The entrance fee is three dollars, spot dinners are eight dollars. Don’t miss the fireworks on Saturday night!

What is happening Saturday? “A Happening”, which is a music and arts festival. It is from noon until 7:00 p.m. at Hugh MacRae Park. Do not forget to bring a lawn chair. There is no charge to get into the festival.

You can help raise money for Rett Syndrome Research by participating in a Strollathon Saturday.
It takes place at Wrightsville Beach Park. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. The stroll is at 9:00 a.m. There will be food, drinks and entertainment for the little ones.

Take the family to the museum Saturday without opening your wallet. It is Smithsonian Museum Day, where more than one thousand museums across the nation are offering free admission. Locally, you can head to the Cameron Art Museum and Cape Fear Museum of History and Science for free. But, and there is a but, in order to get free admission you need to go to www.smithsonian.com/museumday to download an admission card.

While you are at the Cape Fear Museum Saturday, check out the 2009 North Carolina Shell Show. Shell collectors and exhibitors will be there. There will be rare shells, large shells, small shells and more. The show runs until 5:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Toast the arrival of fall with a glass of wine or a hearty ale. Saturday the Downtown Business Alliance is hosting the 2009 Wilmington Wine and Beer Walk. It runs from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. You can buy tickets for fifteen dollars or two for twenty five.

Parents, set a good example for healthy living for your kids. There is a free health fair and day of play at the community Boys and Girls Club on Nixon Street. It begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. More than 20 health organizations will be there.

And on Sunday, dust spider webs off some of those gems hiding in the attic. There is going to be an antiques evaluation clinic at the Bellamy Mansion Sunday. It runs from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. There will also be two lectures. The cost is ten dollars, plus five dollars per item you want evaluated.

You can always find out what’s happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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videoItalian food or seafood; you have your choice of festivals this weekend. Or why not go to both? Plus, what you have in your attic could fetch a pretty penny.

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