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Archive for September, 2009

Shuck’in Shack ceremony to honor New Hanover oyster shell recycling efforts

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

New Hanover | New Hanover County business and residents are steadily increasing the number of oyster shells they recycle, which are then used to build new oyster reefs in local waters.But officials say plenty more could be recaptured instead of being thrown away or turned into landscaping.

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Wrightsville Beach lifeguards step down from stands

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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Starting Thursday, you will no longer see lifeguards on the stand. The lifeguard season has come to an end, and this year definitely wasn’t a breeze.

“It was a pretty intense year, it was very busy at the beginning, nothing going on during the middle, and then really busy at the end,” described Wrightsville Beach lifeguard Mike Woody.

Wrightsville Beach had about 275 rescues this year. They had one fatality. It happened last Friday, but lifeguards were technically off duty because of a storm. Carolina Beach had around 200 rescues and three fatalities; two when lifeguards were off duty. Kure Beach documented about 150 rescues and one fatality.

Rescue records from all three beaches were way up from last year. Ocean Rescue attributes it to exceptionally hazardous surf conditions. Dave Baker from Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue said, “The conditions were such that we had red flag days, where we had strong and numerous rip currents, one day we actually had 65 rescues, with one rip current pulling out 22 people.”

Lifeguard Mike Woody saved 45 people this year, all of whom were pulled out by rip currents. “Everybody wants to come out and enjoy the weather, and just get in trouble,” he said.

Just because lifeguards are coming off the stands does not mean they are going to stop patrolling. Through October 15th, at least five lifeguards will be patrolling up and down the beach in pick-up trucks and on 4-wheelers.

“After that day, we will go down to a smaller crew, approximately three people with an ATV and two trucks roving to assist the public,” added Baker.

At the end of October, patrolling on Wrightsville Beach will come to a halt for the year. Carolina and Kure Beach lifeguards have been off the stands since Labor Day.

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Lifeguards typically patrol our area beaches from Memorial Day to Labor Day because that is the busiest time of year. Wrightsville Beach lifeguards stayed a little longer this year, but Wednesday they are stepping down from the stands.

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Retail Details – New downtown boutique focuses on affordable finds

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

By Judy RoyalJudy.Royal@StarNewsOnline.com

Aqua Fedora, 105 Market St., is out to change that “pricey boutique” perception. The shop opens Friday and is celebrating with a grand opening on Saturday and Sunday, just in time to lure the Riverfest crowd.

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New laws that could impact you come October 1st

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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One new law going into effect Thursday could make things safer for all of us by strengthening local emergency management agencies. Previously, counties and cities within them could join forces for emergency management. Now those joint efforts can be made across county lines. Plus, instead of a maximum of $1,000 a year in help from the state, the Division of Emergency Management will dole out state and federal funds based on merit and need.

Safety for children is the target of a new law banning cigarette lighters that look like, well, anything but a lighter. So no more cars, cartoon characters or guns to light your smokes.

The state will install speed bumps or similar traffic calming devices in a subdivision if 70% of homeowners agree to it and if the homeowners association agrees to pay for and maintain them.

Don’t maintain your property? If a city or county has cited you three times in a calendar year that your mess is a public nuisance, the next year, they only have to tell you once before they take action and give you bill.

Watch out for that garbage truck. A new law makes it OK for the refuse collectors to stop on roads outside municipal limits to pick up garbage or recyclables. Until now, that was illegal outside of towns.

Victims of identity theft have greater protection. Instead of needing a certified letter to freeze their credit, they can do it by first-class mail, a phone call or secure website or e-mail. Credit reporting agencies can report the freeze, but cannot imply it has anything to do with anything negative about the consumer’s credit.

Have a sleep problem? Polysomnographists, or the people who run sleep studies, now have official state recognition that will eventually require them being listed by the state medical board.

Are you planning to hit the slopes this winter? State law now expands protections for skiers and the duties of ski area operators to cover other winter sports like snowboarding and snowshoeing.

The state’s Consumer Economic Protection Act also goes into effect Thursday. It gives clerks of court the power to postpone foreclosure hearings up to 60 days to give lenders and homeowners more time to work out a deal.

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videoFrom standardizing wild boar hunting season to truth in advertising musical performances; 95 new state laws go into effect as October starts Thursday. WWAY political reporter Kevin Wuzzardo takes a look at some of the new regulations that could impact you.

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Miss USA to find out if she’s “Smarter Than a 5th Grader”

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

By Lori Kennedy-StewartStarNews Correspondent

The former Miss Greater Wilmington 2006 and Miss N.C. USA 2008 will grace the stage on the popular quiz show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”

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