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Archive for October, 2009

Alderman Elementary students install rain garden

Monday, October 19th, 2009

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Alderman Elementary third graders stepped outside the classroom Monday morning to learn about the environment. Volunteers from Wal-Mart and the PTA gave students a hand installing a 2,500 square foot rain garden.

The garden was placed near the entrance of the school to catch and treat rain water from the schools roof and parking lot. Students learned what it takes to make a rain garden.

Student Ciara Marbly said, “We have learned about soil, plants, and water.”

“A rain garden is a best management practice that is installed to help treat storm water,” said Drew Harrison of the New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District. “Storm water carries a lot of different pollutants fertilizer, pesticide, runoff from cars and this rain garden is to treat storm water runoff here on this site.”

Wal-Mart and New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District helped fund the project.

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Federal funds dispersed by McIntyre

Monday, October 19th, 2009

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Congressman Mike McIntyre made the rounds of Brunswick and New Hanover counties with giant checks in hand. The Congressman’s visit was especially exciting in Navassa.

For some time, the town of Navassa has had to store their fire trucks outside because there isn’t enough garage space to house them inside the fire station. So for a small community, this funding means more than some may think.

That’s what Congressman Mike McIntyre heard as he presented the town of Navassa with a big fat check.

“When they say stimulus, we were starting to wonder where the money was, but we got our share today and I’m feeling really, really good,” said Mayor Eulis Willis.

McIntyre was please to deliver the funds saying, “Fire stations help everybody, they’re not just for one specific group, but it’s to help an entire community so we’re very excited about what that means for this area.”

“I think the whole community is elated that we see our hard work and that we get a result,” said Geraldine Hall of Navassa.

There is $1.6 million dedicated to go toward a brand new firehouse plus $400,000 for the town’s community development.

Residents say investing in Navassa, is an investment that’s worthwhile.

Geraldine’s Hall’s house burnt down almost a year ago. She says she’s happy the fire department got the money they deserve because now herself, and the rest of Navassa’s residents can be confident that the fire department can continue to do their job. “We need the manpower, and the guys and all the equipment to get to that place,” she said.

The fire department says they had a hard time putting out the flames in Hall’s home, because there were multiple rekindles.

Although all that’s left is rubble and memories, Hall is still forever grateful. “It serves the community real well, whenever there is a fire they always go, whenever there is an accident, they’re always present.”

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videoCongressman Mike McIntyre made the rounds of Brunswick and New Hanover counties with giant checks in hand. The Congressman’s visit was especially exciting in Navassa.

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Craig Marshall remembered after surfing tragedy

Monday, October 19th, 2009

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A local surf and skate shop is hosting a special event, in honor of the Topsail High student who died in a surfing accident last week.

Fifteen-year-old Craig Marshall was a regular visitor to the Doublewide Skate and Surf Shop in Hampstead. He drowned Friday, while surfing in the Outer Banks.

The shop is now making plans for a skateboarding contest in his memory. It’ll take place November 14th at the Skate Barn located behind the store. All money raised will go to the Marshall family.

“Hopefully, we’ll get the local kids to kick in some skate videos, and some pictures, and we’ll sort of have that kind of thing going on during the contest so people can kind of get a feel of Craig’s presence at the contest,” said Jimmy Ellington of Doublewide.

Funeral services for Craig Marshall were held this morning at Scott’s Hill Baptist Church in Wilmington. We’re told many Topsail High students missed school, to remember their friend.

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A local surf and skate shop is hosting a special event, in honor of the Topsail High student who died in a surfing accident last week.

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Wave Transit eyes trolley system for Port City

Monday, October 19th, 2009

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A new proposal may have the Port City looking more like the San Francisco Bay area. County commissioners heard a Wave Transit proposal that would bring a trolley system to Wilmington in the next few years.

Supporters said a trolley would fit well with Wilmington’s Historic District. Wave Transit officials made the presentation in hopes of securing funding for economic and potential ridership studies.

“This is an especially good time for transit funding because of the stimulus package that’s coming out of Washington, D.C.,” said Bill Bryden of Wave Transit. “I think it’s likely that somewhere there we’ll be able to find the funding for a study.”

Wave Transit hopes to conduct the study with in the next two or three months.

Bryden said replacing buses with a trolley system could have a positive impact on the environment and increase ridership.

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A new proposal may have the Port City looking more like the San Francisco Bay area. County commissioners heard a Wave Transit proposal that would bring a trolley system to Wilmington in the next few years.

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New Hanover commissioners approve plan to study options for funding beach nourishment

Monday, October 19th, 2009

By Chris MazzoliniChris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

With securing federal funding for beach nourishment becoming more dicey, New Hanover County wants to evaluate the cost-benefit of paying for its own sand-pumping projects.

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