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Archive for October, 2009

Residency challenges remove 48 from Topsail Beach voter rolls

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

By Amanda HutchesonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

TOf 51 Topsail Beach voters whose residency was challenged by town commissioner candidate Grier Fleischhauer, three showed up Tuesday at a Pender County Board of Elections hearing in Burgaw.One of them was John Hanig, son of Commissioner Hal Hanig. Ed and Lydia Hampel also came to protest their challenges.

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Daytime Shooting

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

A witness describes a daytime shooting on Greenfield Avenue in Wilmington Tuesday.

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Grassroots project takes to the phone to educate on healthcare

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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The Democratic National Committee says it hopes to educate the public on the issues, and ultimately gain support in Washington.

One by one, members of the group “Organizing for America” called senior citizens, and folks typically home during the day, to help campaign for the president’s healthcare reform plan.

“We’re not interested in drastic change in the health care system. We want to do something that is going to help average citizens and is going to improve our economic future,” said Linda Barnett, an Organizing for America volunteer.

But opponents want to know exactly what this group is campaigning for.

Wilmington resident Carolyn Bordeaux said, “If you’re asking me to do something, and I don’t know what the ramifications are, then I think that’s ill advised.”

Opponents like Bordeaux say it doesn’t make sense to push for a reform plan when Congress has so many ideas it’s considering. “I would probably ask them what exactly they are promoting,” she said.

Members of the democratic group say they’re simply speaking in generalities, to get a feel for where the public stands.

“There is no specific bill. There are five bills. They haven’t been merged yet. They’re very similar. They all show that they are going to be a deficit reducers,” Barnett said.

Right now, they say it’s a good way to get folks talking with local leaders about the issues at hand. Barnett added, “People are going to be calling Congressman McIntyre who normally wouldn’t call, and that’s what we want. We want normal people involved.”

Organizing for America set up its phone bank at the Martin Luther King Junior Building, which is owned by the city of Wilmington.

The MLK staff asked the group to shut down at 3:00 p.m. instead of 5:00, because the city was weary of hosting a politically-charged event. We were told, the group did not fully explain what the phone bank was all about.

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videoThe topic of healthcare reform has made its way back to the local level. Political organizations are actively working the issue. One grassroots project is starting its campaign on the phone.

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Who says kids can’t vote? Now the can!

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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The Cape Fear Volunteer Center has opened their annual Online Poll for Kids in New Hanover County.

Kindergarten through twelfth graders can vote for mayor and three city council members, and voice their opinion about texting while driving.

To vote, go to www.capefearvolunteercenter.org and follow the link to Online Voting.

“We want to make kids voting as accessible as possible to all the kids in the county so we’re doing online voting which is now open,” said Annie Anthony of the Cape Fear Volunteer Center.

If kids want to wait until Election Day and go vote with their parents, the polling location at the Northeast Branch Library will be open for kids voting on November 3rd.

The Cape Fear Volunteer Center is looking for parents and kids to volunteer to work a three-hour shift at the kids voting booth at the library.

Go to www.capefearvolunteer.org for details.

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The Cape Fear Volunteer Center has opened their annual Online Poll for Kids in New Hanover County.

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Portu City Java, Full Belly Project team up to help coffee bean farmers

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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Two local organizations have joined forces for an international project.

Port City Java has teamed up with the Full Belly Project to use their nut sheller to shell coffee beans.

The goal is to use the sheller to produce more coffee for the company, while improving the life for coffee bean farmers in developing nations.

“You’re able to see here in Wilmington two organizations that collaborated to bring a product, to the local people, but it’s huge its international,” said Jeff Rose, Full Belly Executive Director.

Port City Java CEO Steven Schnitzler said, “The opportunity to go beyond Fair Trade, Fair Trade organizations, is to help these farmers out. This goes to a whole other level. It is allows farmers to get this simple technology, use them, and for us to buy directly from them.”

Using the nut sheller, farmers can shell 125 pounds of coffee beans an hour, by removing the sun dried pulp that seals the coffee bean into it’s hard casing.

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Two local organizations have joined forces for an international project.

Port City Java has teamed up with the Full Belly Project to use their nut sheller to shell coffee beans.

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Associated poll

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