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Archive for October, 2009

Randall Parkway closed due to fire in building behind Pinewood Apartments

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Wilmington firefighters on the scene said no apartments were evacuated and there were no injuries in the fire.

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Vets remember their not-so cherished meals

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

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Wilmington has often been described as a World War II boom town. Memories of the war live on in the men and women who served their country. Wednesday morning, some of them gathered to share memories and a favorite wartime breakfast with an off-color name.

For the fighting men of World War II, S.O.S. was a breakfast staple, given its off-color nickname for its off-putting appearance.

“You don’t really want to know what the name of that is. It’s a bad word on a shingle. You figure it out for yourself,” said Harvey Knowles.

But Wednesday’s meeting brought back many more memories than just a meal.

“When I was sent overseas, my oldest son was 12 months old he was five years old the next time I saw him,” said Joel Morrison.

Wednesday was also a chance for them to remember a fellow veteran who died recently.

Claude “Tiger” Kiger served with the Marines in the Pacific making five amphibious landings during the war. The friends he left behind are a group full of memories including a culinary concoction unlike any other. Knowles said, “A very filling meal. Like I said, you figure it out for yourself. S.O.S., what else can I say about it?”

World War II Remembered consists mainly of veterans of the war, but the group is open to anyone.

Starting in January, the group will meet the fourth Friday of every month at 10 a.m. at the New Hanover County Senior Center.

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videoMemories of the war live on in the men and women who served their country. Wednesday morning, some of them gathered to share memories and a favorite wartime breakfast with an off-color name.

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Cancer survivor’s blog getting plenty of attention

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

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A local breast cancer survivor is being recognized for her work supporting others. Three-and-a-half years ago, Kate Burton found a lump on her breast; it turned out to be cancer.

“I was sure I was going to die, I mean there was no question about it,” Burton said. “I was convinced I was going to die and my husband was going to have to raise the kids on his own, and that’s pretty horrible.”

She fought the cancer for almost a year through extensive chemotherapy and radiation. In February 2007, she was pronounced cancer free.

“My doctors were all fantastic, and they all did a great job and kept me alive but there’s a lot of things that come up afterwards when you finish treatment that people don’t really talk about very much,” Burton said.

That lack of discussion is what inspired her to start writing a daily blog called After Cancer, Now What?

Her blog has quite the following, more than one hundred thousand hits so far.

She posts research, advocacy opportunities, and helpful resources for other cancer patients and survivors, but more than anything, Burton says the blog helps people relate.

“I think the blog is as helpful for me as it is for anybody else, it’s pretty therapeutic to find a group of people who find you and say oh I’ve been there, I know exactly what you’re talking about, you have not lost your mind.”

Burton says blogging and the support of her family helped her get through the tough times; her sense of humor helps a little too…

“Doing this blog is cheaper than therapy and I can do it in my pajamas so it saves everybody all around.”

Kate Burton recently won a contest put on by O’Cedar, the company that makes household products. She wrote a 200-word essay about what she would do with a thousand dollars.

She wrote about her blog and said she’d use the money to buy another computer for her husband and kids to use since she hogs the only one in the house.

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A local breast cancer survivor is being recognized for her work supporting others via her blog.

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Checking out checks a good idea

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

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It’s called the “mystery shopper” scam, and this time, it’s coming in the form of a $2,000 check, that looks as real as it can get.

“Nobody sends you money for nothing,” said scam victim Grace Maiwndi.

Grace Maiwndi was smart enough to realize that something just wasn’t right with this check, made out to her for almost $2,000.

“Buyer beware, no one sends you a $1,900 check and then asks to you to send $1,600 to someone you don’t even know in Chicago,” Maiwndi said.

Monday, Grace opened up what looked like a notice about mental health care, sealed in Canada. Inside was a check and instructions on how to spend it.

At first it seemed like a gift from above, but at second glance grace noticed the bank was in Maryland, and the sender, out of Staten Island, New York, asked her to make a purchase at various stores and then wire the money back via Western Union to a receiving officer in Chicago.

Grace admits, at first, she was fooled. “But the check is something that people should be aware of, it is the most legitimate check I have ever seen.”

Fraud attorney Mitch Baker said, “You have to read it. They’ll want your information. They’ll want you to give them your numbers, your credit card number, and they’ll end up with the money, not you.”

This scam is nothing new to law enforcement and the Postal Inspection Service. They call it the “mystery shopper” scheme, and it hasn’t just fooled Grace; chances are thousands of people have tried to cash in on the deal that just looks so good on paper.

The Postal Inspection Service says if you get something in the mail that fits any of these descriptions, do not respond to it. If you deposit the check, you’ll get a notice from the bank that it bounced, and you’ll be responsible for paying for the amount of the check out of your own pocket.

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Green Expo shows off environmentally friendly building options

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

The greenest place in Wilmington on Wednesday was the Hilton Wilmington Riverside, which hosted the Green Living Expo and Conference. Along with conferences and seminars on how to live and build green and potentially make some green, folks also had a chance to see and discuss environmentally friendly products and services with more than 30…

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