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Archive for November, 2009

Update – Flooding possible from Ida’s remnants

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

With a rainfall deficit of nearly 5 inches for the year, the region could use the precipitation. But that much moisture dropped over a 72-hour period could cause flooding.

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Photo ID of murder suspect at issue in trial

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

The attorney for a murder suspect on trial Tuesday attacked the photo line-up process that included her client’s photo among seven other men.Meanwhile, the witness who identified the murder suspect in the lineup said he was apprehensive about testifying in court because he didn’t want to be perceived as a snitch.

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Marino on Money: November 10

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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How can I prepare for another economic crash?

That’s a good question. Many people are convinced that the economy will get much worse before it gets better. I don’t know either, if or when a crash will occur. But, if times get harder in the future, here are some suggestions that may help you prepare.

First, I recommend paying down your debt. Regardless of what the future holds, this is always a good idea. Many people thought their home equity lines were safe and would always be available. Recently, some home equity lines have been frozen, reduced, or even called. For years, people have used their home equity line as their financial safety net, or emergency reserves. Now that’s changed for many. In the future, I would rely on cash as a safety net, and not a line of credit. Make a commitment to pay down your debt and establish an emergency fund.

Next, I would take a serious look at your career path. Our economy is always changing. Consider the industry you are currently in. Does it hold a promising future? Will your current career meet your future needs? Now is a good time to consider more education or even a different career.

Then, I recommend reviewing you insurance. Make sure you have adequate coverage for the potential risks in your life. In a perfect world, we could all afford the best insurance for every risk in our lives. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. Be sure to discuss your needs with a qualified professional.

Finally, create a worst case scenario based on your circumstances. What would that be for you? Might it be losing your job or a disability? Maybe it’s a failing business or taking care of family members. This may not be a fun exercise, but it will cause you to think about how you would handle an event which could be financially catastrophic.

No matter what the future holds, sound financial decisions are always a good idea.

If you have a financial question for Ross, you can use the Marino on Money page.

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videoAs the economy continues to chug along, many people are trying to keep their heads above water. But how can you protect yourself from another economic crash? Certified financial planner Ross Marino explains how to stay ahead of the game.

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Cucalorus showcases love and art of filmmaking

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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It is a festival that brings together people all with one thing in common: the love and art of filmmaking, no matter the genre.

Cucalorus started fifteen years ago as a one day event. Now it lasts five days. People come from all over the world, giving filmmakers and actors a chance to network.

“There’s people from just all over the place that hear about Cucalorus and it’s kind of garnered a lot of attention internationally and helped filmmakers and the whole creative process,” said writer/actor Johnathan Guggenheim.

Cucalorus features everything from documentary’s to short films like director Chip Hackler’s, Two Hours in the Dark. It is based on the true story of an event that changed Frank Capra’s life.

Hackler said it is gratifying to see his hard work on the big screen. “You used to hear the expression that a writer’s book isn’t really finished until someone’s read the book. I think the same way for a filmmaker; that the work isn’t finished until it’s screened and audience sees it and also, when you hear some feedback about the work and I think that completes the creative cycle,” he said.

The festival starts Wednesday and ends Sunday.

If you are interested in checking out any of the films, check out www.cucalorus.org for ticket information and a list of the eight venues.

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videoSome creative minds are headed to the Port City. Cucalorus kicks off Wednesday night. The film festival received more than one thousand entries; about a hundred and fifty made the cut.

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Wilmington Christian Academy celebrates 40 years of education with food drive

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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As part of its birthday celebration, one local school is holding a food drive of its own. The Wilmington Christian Academy is holding a Thank You Wilmington Picnic this weekend to celebrate forty years of education.

In return for a non-perishable food donation, those in attendance will receive a free lunch. Donations from the picnic will go to the Yahweh Center, Salvation Army, and School Creations Incorporated.

Wilmington Christian Academy administrator Barren Nobles said, “There are so many people that are hurting and we figured this would be a good way to help support agencies whose funding may have been cut due to the economic budget problems. These are organizations that we believe in.”

The picnic takes place Sunday from noon until 3:00 p.m. at 1401 North College Road. There will be an art show, musical performances and a special recognition for military veterans at 2:00 p.m.

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As part of its birthday celebration, one local school is holding a food drive of its own. The Wilmington Christian Academy is holding a Thank You Wilmington Picnic this weekend…

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