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Archive for September, 2009

Child Development Center in Wilmington celebrates 50 years

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

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Happy Birthday wishes to the Child Development Center in Wilmington. The organization celebrated its 50th anniversary Thursday.

CDC began in Sunday School classrooms at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church. It originally served children with developmental problems. Today it takes care of all kids ages two to five.

The CDC and Smart Start of North Carolina came together for the celebration. “Smart Start is about collaboration and bringing people together to make a difference for young children and families, and this is one way that the various agencies that are working with children under 5 come together to ensure that children have an opportunity to be better prepared for success in school,” said Smart Start Executive Director Janet Nelson.

The festivities included story time and a book distribution for the kids.

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Happy Birthday wishes to the Child Development Center in Wilmington. The organization celebrated its 50th anniversary Thursday.

CDC began in Sunday School classrooms at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church.

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Newest Americans welcomed on Battleship North Carolina

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

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Patriotic pride filled the deck of the USS North Carolina as America’s newest citizens took their oath. Most of the 74 people are in the US military; the rest are relatives of service men and women.

“This is exciting, there’s a lot of people here and I got to invite my whole family so it’s a wonderful experience,” said new US citizen, Katherine Dixon.

The new Americans represent every branch of the military and more than 20 countries. Eakathat Khanthasa said, “It felt pretty much like a dream come true, I’ve been waiting for this for a while.”

Some have longed to become a US citizen for as long as they can remember, and with the day finally here, they took time to reflect.

“I’m just thinking about my parents, they struggled to get me here and throughout the ceremony I was just thinking about the other struggles and everything I’ve gone through just to become a citizen,” Patricio Salgado said.

“My parents were immigrants and they had to go through hard times to do what they had to do to become citizens and to look back on that to see what doors they opened for me, I wanted to give back to the country,” said Khanthasa.

Regardless of the new citizens’ native countries, they now share a very special common bond.

Thursday’s ceremony was especially significant since this is Constitution Week. The Constitution was signed on this day in 1787.

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videoThe historic Battleship North Carolina served as the backdrop for a once in a lifetime event Thursday. Seventy-four members of the military, and relatives of service members, became US citizens.

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Wilmington airport wins federal funds for stormwater improvements

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington International Airport has received $2.4 million in federal funds to enhance stormwater infrastructure at the airport off of North 23rd Street.

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VFW Post 7288 honors POW and those MIA

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

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About five hundred veterans of foreign wars make up the VFW Post 7288 in Calabash. The post held its annual ceremony Thursday, to honor prisoners of war and the missing in action that have died, and those who have returned home safely.

WWAY’s Hailey Winslow shares the story of one World War 2 veteran; the last surviving POW in Post 7288.

 
 
 

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videoAbout five hundred veterans of foreign wars make up the VFW Post 7288 in Calabash. The post held its annual ceremony Thursday, to honor prisoners of war and the missing in action that have died, and those who have returned home safely.

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Physical fitness a top priority for Wilmington firefighters

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

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Wilmington firefighters are trying to get into a little better physical shape. This week all city firefighters are taking a physical fitness test that uses firefighting techniques like carrying a person, moving hoses and raising a ladder.

The tests have been required for new members of the department, but now they are required for every uniformed firefighter; all the way up to the chief himself.

Wilmington Fire Chief Buddy Martinette said, “I think at the end of the day it’s about us making sure that every firefighter that you see in the uniform have the ability to perform the job, and we want to make sure the public’s getting a good service in that regard.”

The department plans to make this an annual event to help maintain physical fitness and see how each firefighter compares from year to year.

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Wilmington firefighters are trying to get into a little better physical shape. This week all city firefighters are taking a physical fitness test that uses firefighting techniques like carrying a person, moving hoses and raising a ladder.

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