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Archive for November, 2009

Counterfeit 20 shows up at local restaurant; local merchants warned

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

On Nov. 20, someone passed a counterfeit $20 bill at Fat Tony’s Italian Pub on North Front Street in Wilmington, according to store owner Eric Rylander.

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Volunteering a Thanksgiving tradition for some families

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

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While many of us spend the day with our families, others were out volunteering to make it a happy holiday for those in need.

At the Salvation Army in Wilmington, volunteers cooked up collards, stuffing, vegetables, and, of course, turkey. Cooks started preparing the food last night to have it all ready in time. For volunteers like Zach and Trevor Hardison, helping out on Thanksgiving has become a tradition.

Basically, all of our family’s been doing it for years now we decided we wanted to do it,” said Zach.

“I just like helping people,” added Trevor.

The Salvation Army volunteers cooked enough meals to feed about 200 people. The meals were offered to the entire community.

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While many of us spend the day with our families, others were out volunteering to make it a happy holiday for those in need.

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Fine dining for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

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While most restaurants were closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, one fine dining establishment opened it’s doors to help feed families in need.

“It bothered both of us that there weren’t a lot of thanksgiving meal events around,” said Doctor Jugta Kahi.

The Oak Island Pediatrician and Chagall Fine Dining owner Rhonda Uhlmann decided to make almost 2-hundred Thanksgiving dinners for families in need.

“We were talking about how families have had a hard time this year and the last couple years with the bad economy and how expensive feeding a family was for Thanksgiving,” said Kahai.

By selling t-shirts and collecting donations, the two women raised almost 4-thousand dollars to put together the meals.

“This is one meal. So at christmas we’d like to fill boxes so it’s a little more sustainable,” said Uhlman.

“We did not want to do something that was like a homeless soup kitchen because families have homes,” said Jugta. “We wanted to provide them the dignity of taking a boxed meal home that they could enjoy with their family.”

After hearing about the effort Cole, Ben, and Grant Daley called to find out how they could lend a hand.

“We just decided to help out because it’s the right thing to do,” said Cole Daley. “During Thanksgiving, it’s more about giving. So, we just wanted to give to other families that are in need during this time.”

They weren’t alone – about a dozen volunteers showed up to help pack the meals and hand them out. For the families who received the meals, there was reason to give thanks.

“I think that it’s really nice for people to be able to eat dinner if they don’t have money,” said Kaley Jackson.
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While most restaurants were closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, one fine dining establishment opened it’s doors to help feed families in need.

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Perdue requests disaster aid for coastal county

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Gov. Beverly Perdue has requested federal assistance for homeowners and businesses affected by a nor’easter that lashed the North Carolina coast.

Perdue is seeking funding for Dare County, where there was major damage. If approved, the declaration will make low-interest loans available to help eligible property owners make repairs. Also eligible will be Currituck, Hyde and Tyrrell counties.

Between Nov. 10-15, a nor’easter spawned from the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida swept through across coastal North Carolina. The most severe damage was found in Dare County, where a survey found several homes and business having sustained major damage.

An SBA disaster declaration would enable eligible citizens to apply for low interest home and personal property loans to pay for repairs and loss of inventory or other business capital.

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

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Gov. Beverly Perdue has requested federal assistance for homeowners and businesses affected by a nor’easter that lashed the North Carolina coast.

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What’s Happening: November 27-29

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

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After you have given thanks, you can give the gift of life on Friday. The American Red Cross is holding its annual Tired of Turkey Days Blood Drive. You can get free food coupons and a 2009 Red Cross holiday ornament. The blood drive Friday is from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Sunday it is from noon until 4:30 p.m. The Red Cross is located on South 16th Street.

For many, the day after Thanksgiving signals the start of decorating for the holidays. That is what is happening all over New Hanover County on Friday. In downtown Wilmington, the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony starts at 5:45 p.m. at Riverfront Park. There will be live entertainment preceding the arrival of Santa.

Stop by Carolina Beach for its Island of Lights, Light up the Lake ceremony. It is your chance to see lighted displays along a one mile path around Carolina Beach Lake. The display runs through New Year’s Eve. The ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m.

Or, if you are closer to Wrightsville Beach, get ready for the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla. It kicks off at 5:45 p.m. with the tree lighting ceremony at town hall. Then make your way to the Blockade Runner for the Flotilla Holiday Party, featuring Jim Quick and Coastline. It starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $75 and you can pay at the door.

The flotilla fun continues Saturday with the Festival in the Park. It features arts and crafts, food and fun activities for the kids. It runs from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., grab your seat for the boat parade. Catch out the creative display of lights making their way up the Intracoastal Waterway. WWAY’s Kevin Wuzzardo is one of the judges.

Also Saturday, Crest Fitness is holding its annual Holiday Health Festival. It runs from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $2 per person, or free with the donation of two food items. You will be able to sample healthy food items and find out more about fitness programs. Santa and clowns will also be there. Crest Fitness is located at 6766 Wrightsville Avenue.

You can always find out what’s happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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videoIf you have family here for Thanksgiving who plan to stick around for the weekend, you can certainly show them a good time. There are even a few things that will get you in the holiday spirit. Here’s What’s Happening.

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