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Archive for October, 2009

Salvation Army looks to make Christmas better for those in need

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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Christmas may still be months away, but Monday some families took steps to ensure their holiday is a happy one.

Folks lined up outside the old Haverty’s building in Wilmington Monday, filling out applications to receive toys, clothing and other items for Christmas. It is a program put on by the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary. The goal is to provide Christmas for families in need. Some people waited in line for over an hour to get their names on the list.

“I have five grandkids that I’m raising, three of them live with me, and right now my job is slow,” said Wilmington’s Bonnie Stalls. “I haven’t really been making the money, and kids really need something for Christmas. It’s really good when they wake up in the morning and get something that they really love for Christmas. This helps children more than anything else.”

The auxiliary will be accepting applications again on Friday, and next Thursday at the old Haverty’s building on Oleander Drive.

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Christmas may still be months away, but Monday some families took steps to ensure their holiday is a happy one.

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Panel named to find new tenant for NC Dell plant

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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WINSTON-SALEM — A panel assigned to find a new tenant for the Dell Inc. computer assembly plant near Winston-Salem includes an official from Dell.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Mayor Allen Joines formed the task force, whose members include officials from the North Carolina Commerce Department.

Winston-Salem Business Inc. president Bob Leak is a task force member and says the plant has about 70,000 square feet. It has an open architecture and truck access on two sides.

Leak says the building will be attractive to small number of companies because of its size.

Dell plans to close in January, putting 900 people out of work.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A panel assigned to find a new tenant for the Dell Inc. computer assembly plant near Winston-Salem includes an official from Dell.

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Volunteers clean up Island Number 13

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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Coming by kayak or by boat, over sixty volunteers set out on a mission to get one Cape Fear island clean. The island, known plainly as Island Number 13, is one of many to become infested with trash in the Cape Fear River.

Kemp Burdette of Cape Fear River Watch said, “Today we want to get this island clean, the overall goal is to get every one of these river islands cleaned up and just work our way up and down the river until this trash isn’t here.”

But where does the garbage come from?

“It washes up. Anything that goes in the river, goes out with the tide and in with the tide. So, somebody throws a bottle in the river up in Fayetteville, it can eventually make its way down here,” said Burdette.

The river islands are the perfect places to catch trash and the tide washes garbage onto their shores, but campers are culprits too. Burdette added, “They leave more than their footprints. They come over and they go camping and they have a great time. They’re coming over here to enjoy nature and enjoy the beauty of the river and they leave their trash behind.”

The event is one of many cleanups organized by the Cape Fear River Watch, whose mission is to keep the river clean. But you can do your part. “We really encourage people to bring some trash bags when you come to camp and take your trash home – and maybe take a bit extra, take some you didn’t bring,” Burdette said.

We don’t have this year’s totals yet, but a similar clean-up last year collected more than 1,500 pounds of trash. The Cape Fear River Watch holds a clean up event each month.

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videoDozens of volunteers from across the community took to the river Sunday to rid one island of trash. The Cape Fear River Watch organized the event that had plenty of helping hands.

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Former home for elderly now supports church functions

Monday, October 26th, 2009

The Catherine Kennedy Home buildings were acquired by the First Presbyterian Church of Wilmington, which uses the buildings to house its preschool, as well as for Sunday school classes and church suppers.

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Hot stuff at this year’s Chili Cook Off

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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Saturday, it was all about chowing down for a good cause. The 23rd Annual Chili Cook Off went on as scheduled despite a little rain.

Visitors could sample any of the eleven different varieties of chili prepared by local restaurants. The money raised from the cook off goes to benefit the Domestic Violence Shelter of Wilmington.

Domestic Violence Shelter executive director Mary Ann Lama said, “The chili cook off has been a consistent stream of support for us for all those years. Its great to see so many people who come out and support it, and we have a great group of volunteers that come out too.”

WWAY’s Kevin Wuzzardo was on the panel of judges. After blindly sampling all the different chilis, the entry from the Pilot House won.

Fat Tony’s Pub won the award for best decorated booth with it’s “Killer Chili” theme.

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Saturday, it was all about chowing down for a good cause. The 23rd Annual Chili Cook Off went on as scheduled despite a little rain.

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