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Archive for November, 2009

Leland Police and Fire play ball to collect toys

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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The Leland Police Department is challenging the Leland Fire Department to friendly game of softball. The two teams will face off on Saturday to help collect toys for Operation Santa Cop.

The police department won last year, and told WWAY they feel confident they will win again this year. The game will be dedicated to the late Wilmington Police Officer Rich Matthews.

“Its always good to pay your respects to the fallen officer. And whether it be an officer, or a deputy or a fireman, its good to come out and honor his memory,” said Robert Ernest of the Leland Police Department.

In order to get into the event, you have to bring one unwrapped toy per person.

The event is sponsored by Toys for Tots and the Leland Police Association and will take place at the Northwest Ball Field off 74/76.

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The Leland Police Department is challenging the Leland Fire Department to friendly game of softball. The two teams will face off on Saturday to help collect toys for Operation Santa Cop.

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Seafood sellers running out of shellfish

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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Thursday marked day number eight of the temporary ban on shellfishing in our area.

The ban remains in effect in all coastal waters, preventing the harvesting of any oysters, clams, or mussels. Increased levels of bacteria due to runoff from last week’s heavy rains prompted the ban.

Seafood sellers are quickly running out of local oysters to sell for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Department of Marine Fisheries will continue to test the water quality and will reopen the waters once they clear.

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Thursday marked day number eight of the temporary ban on shellfishing in our area.

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Prisoner accidentally released from Brunswick County Jail arrested

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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A man who escaped from the Brunswick County Jail is on his way back to North Carolina, after being arrested in Baltimore.

Jail officials said Rosher Rodriguez-Aguilar stole the identity of another inmate last month, and was inadvertently released from the Brunswick County Jail.

The sheriff’s department searched high and low for Rodriguez-Aguilar, only to find out he had skipped town, landing in Maryland.

He will be brought back to the Brunswick County Jail.

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A man who escaped from the Brunswick County Jail is on his way back to North Carolina, after being arrested in Baltimore.

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Sen. Boseman won’t seek re-election

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – State Sen. Julia Boseman says she won’t seek a fourth term in the Senate next year, citing family responsibilities.

The New Hanover County Democrat announced Thursday her decision to leave the Senate when her term ends at the end of 2010.

Boseman was the first openly gay person elected to the General Assembly in 2004.

Boseman said in a statement she wanted to be closer to home because her partner is having a baby in January.

The Wilmington attorney helped push through legislation this year that requires all school districts to approve detailed anti-bullying policies. Conservatives opposed the bill because they argued it would give special rights to gays and lesbians.

Her departure gives an opportunity for Republicans to win back the swing district seat.

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

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The New Hanover County Democrat announced Thursday her decision to leave the Senate when her term ends at the end of 2010.

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Local Red Cross website aims to inform in case of emergency

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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The American Red Cross provides nearly half the nation’s blood supply. They come to the rescue during emergencies and natural disasters, and now they’re using social media to communicate with the public.

On Thursday, the American Red Cross Cape Fear Chapter launched an interactive website that incorporates social-networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and blogs, to reach our community on a daily basis, and most importantly in times of need.

During natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, volunteers from the American Red Cross are there to help. If there’s a local emergency, people will need to know what to do. That’s why the Cape Fear chapter started arccapefearconnect.com.

“What we know about today’s younger folks is they’re looking for more interactive information. Leave information, take information, get information,” said Sheri Frost.

Interaction is what the site is all about. It allows access to critical emergency information posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr, Youtube and more, all in one place.

Videos also explain how to prepare for disasters and train to be CPR certified.

“It’s interactive in the sense that you can take information away from it but you can also leave information through the blogs, through Facebook, through Twitter, which all merges into one site,” Frost said.

Social media consultant Tim Moore created the website. “It’s free information, and it’s all through social channels. So they can sign up for what they want, when they want it, how they want it, and that’s exactly how people digest information today.”

The Cape Fear chapter is also trying to recruit 100 volunteers in 100 days. They’re hoping the site sparks some interest.

“We want them to become volunteers but as much as we want them to become volunteers we want them to understand what our programs are and how they can get safety training, what they need to do if there’s been a house fire at home, where do they have to evacuate with a hurricane all of those things we are putting out through this website,” Frost said.

The American Red Cross received a $6,000 grant from Wal-Mart, to make the website possible.

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videoThe American Red Cross provides nearly half the nation’s blood supply. They come to the rescue during emergencies and natural disasters, and now they’re using social media to communicate with the public.

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