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Archive for November, 2009

Wilmington woman thankful, angry after robber shot at her

Friday, November 20th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington | When Donna Craig stepped out of her car after sunset Wednesday, a man in dark clothing emerged from the shadows pointing a gun at her face.“Give me your cash!” he demanded, pointing a revolver at arm’s length. At first, Craig wasn’t scared.

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Fort Fisher dig uncovers pre-Civil War lighthouse

Friday, November 20th, 2009

By Amy HotzAmy.Hotz@StarNewsOnline.com

Test dig finds the remains and a few artifacts left behind from what was once a 40-foot tall structure in what is now called Battle Acre at Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

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Local companies recognized for green efforts

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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This going green thing is more than just a fad. Businesses and developers across the Cape Fear region are using nature friendly materials and styles in their buildings to save money and save the environment.

The Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s new facility is top of the list, and received the Lower Cape Fear Outstanding Stewardship Award. Recycled carpet and geo-thermal heating & cooling, are just some of the things that make the building green.

“All of our staff, every office has some sort of natural light that they can get, which is really neat because we came from rental spaces where we didn’t even see the sun, or know what the weather was doing,” said Lower Cape Fear Hospice President and CEO Laurie Bystrom. “Most of us don’t even turn lights on in our offices because we have enough natural lighting to not need that.”

There are many aspects about the green building that you don’t really even notice. For instance, the river in the gardens takes recycled storm water from the slanted roof and re-uses it in the river.

Earl Worsley’s Masonboro Lodge received a significant achievement award. It is built around a large oak tree to keep a taste of nature on the property.

“It was developed around the tree behind us, once we set that in stone – we looked at other architectural features and engineering features that we could incorporate in the green type building area,” said Worsley.

Developers and business owners agree that going green benefits the environment, and their bottom line.

“Well, I think it’s the right thing to do,” said Worsley, “I think a lot of people are embracing the green building alliance movement and I think that we’ll probably see more and more of that in Wilmington.”

Other stewardship award winners include the new Bald Head Island Ferry Terminal in Southport, the City of Wilmington Street Sweeper Complex, and Brunswick Forest.

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videoGoing green in a big way: a number of local projects are being recognized for their efforts to be environmentally friendly. The Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Awards were given out Thursday night.

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Boseman decides to put politics on back burner

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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Julia Boseman will be putting politics on hold for a while. Boseman’s partner is expecting a baby boy, and she says it’s time to focus on her family.

State Senator Julia Boseman says you can’t put a price on your family, and with a new baby on the way, she doesn’t want to miss a minute.

Julia Boseman says this baby nursery is still a work in progress, all that’s she’s waiting on is a sailboat blanket, and her new baby boy.

“When I’m in the long session, I’m up there four days a week, January through August, so your summer is gone and that’s when the kids are out of school, which that has been difficult. Just being away has been difficult. Now with a little boy on the way, I don’t want to miss it,” Boseman said.

Boseman’s partner is expecting in January, a due date that can’t come soon enough for the two moms. But devoting all of her time to her son Jacob, and new baby means putting her political career on hold.

“I plan on staying and serving my term as the senator for this district, until the end of 2010. I look forward to continuing to serve, but I felt that I needed to announce, and let other people have a chance,” Boseman said.

The three term state senator has stood out in her career and in her personal life, putting her name on a number of bills, but as the only gay and lesbian member of the general assembly, the past couple years have been tumultous.

There was a drawn-out custody battle between Boseman and her former partner, and foreclosure of two homes. Boseman says it’s a good time to put it in neutral and let someone else get behind the wheel.

“Good luck, it’s a tough place in Raleigh. Be prepared to have a thick skin,” she said.

When asked her if this meant she would consider running for Wilmington mayor, she said she doesn’t plan on it, though her son and his friends think it would be a great idea.

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videoBoseman’s partner is expecting in January, a due date that can’t come soon enough for the two moms. But devoting all of her time to her son Jacob, and new baby means putting her political career on hold.

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Jobs are still hard to find

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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For many people the extension of unemployment benefits is a ray of hope, but with the payments still two to three months away, some worry they won’t make it.

We spoke to one man who is praying the help comes sooner than later. “I’m willing to do anything at this point, just to be able to take care of my family. I’m not too proud to do that,” said Terry Jorden.

Terry Jorden lost his job as a plumber in 2007. “The last house that we were working on the contractor just came up to me and told me to stop working where I was at. Just stop.”

Two weeks later, the same thing happened to his wife.

For the next seven months, Terry, his wife, and two kids lived off their savings and collected unemployment; eventually they lost their home.

The family moved to the Wilmington area so his wife could take a ten dollan an hour job with the city. “She went from making $52,000 a year to $22,000.”

Since then Jorden’s unemployment benefits have expired. “I don’t want to draw it now, but right now that’s the only thing I have to feed my family.”

He’s still unemployed, but not for a lack of trying. Jorden says he’s gone on hundreds of job interviews, everywhere from McDonald’s, to Wal-Mart.

The family sold all their valuables. “My wife has even had to pawn her wedding rings.”

But they still can’t make ends meet. “Me and my wife has gone as much as eating toast for three days… it’s hard to look at your children and tell them that there’s just not enough to eat.”

Now Jorden is worried his family could be homeless before the holidays. “We’re already behind two months on rent. It will be three months at the first of the month… their Christmas will maybe be a McDonald’s burger, if we can afford that.”

Jorden says the only reason his family has power is because his landlord pays the bill.

He says he’s adjusted his resume so prospective employers don’t think he’s overqualified for some of the jobs he’s applying for.

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videoFor many people the extension of unemployment benefits is a ray of hope, but with the payments still two to three months away, some worry they won’t make it.

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