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Archive for November, 2009

What’s Happening: November 20-22

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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Anticipating eating a lot of turkey on Thanksgiving? Well go ahead and make room for it by participating in the 2nd Annual Hampstead Kiwanis Park Turkey Trot. It begins at 9:00 a.m.

A memorial ride Saturday benefits the family of former Sunny Point Provost Marshal, Major Dave Audo, who was killed in Iraq last month. All motorcycle riders are asked to make a donation. The ride starts at 1:00 p.m. at the Sunny Point Truck Gate parking lot.

Looking to give art as holiday presents or just searching for some new home décor? Check out Art for the Masses. It begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. at the new Bank of America building on Third Street between Grace and Walnut. The three dollar admission benefits Creative Wilmington.

If you like checking out yard sales, make sure to stop by one that benefits homeless animals. Paws Place is holding a big yard sale Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. The rescue is located at 3701 Boiling Spring Lakes Road.

Enjoy the feeling of fall with a festival at Smithville Park in Southport. There will be music, food, games, as well as arts and crafts. Proceeds benefit Southport Christian School. The fall festival runs from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

In Carolina Beach, the holiday season begins the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The Fourth Annual Holiday Walk kicks off this Sunday. Businesses open their doors for open houses, specials and other holiday festivities. You can even register for a drawing in December to get gifts from all participating merchants.

Shopping fun continues at the Thanks for Giving Bazaar. Wrightsboro Methodist Church will be filled with home baked goods, crafts, gifts and even food. It begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m.

And who said girls are sugar and spice and everything nice? Watch some girls get downright aggressive as they tackle cancer Saturday night. It is the Cape Fear Roller Girls versus the Charlotte Roller Girls at the Cape Fear Community College Schwartz Center. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the bout benefit the New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Pink Ribbon Project. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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

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videoWith the number of festivals and bazaars going on this weekend, this could be the season of giving handcrafted gifts. WWAY’s Marcy Cuevas tells us What’s Happening.

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Extra unemployment benefits may not help those for the holidays

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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Despite Congress signing a law extending unemployment benefits throughout the country, the extra help probably will not arrive in time for the holidays for people out of work in North Carolina.

Many people who have already seen their unemployment benefits expire may have thought they were getting an early Christmas present when Congress decided to extend the benefits. However, the North Carolina Employment Security Commission said it could be up to six weeks before anyone receives the payments.

A spokesperson for the North Carolina ESC said they still need time to figure out who is eligible for the additional benefits. The ESC plans to send out letters to people who need to reapply for the extension with in the next two weeks.

Some people, currently receiving unemployment benefits, will not have to apply for the extension.

“People buy things with these, make house payments and stuff like that. Certainly around the holiday times it means even more because certainly families want to take care of each other when it comes to normal holiday things,” said ESC spokesperson Larry Parker.

The ESC said people should continue filing their weekly certification with the local unemployment office. Those who receive the unemployment benefits will receive one lump sum payment retroactive to the week ending November 14th if they are eligible.

The unemployment benefit extension falls under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation, which is set to expire at the end of the year.

In order for someone to move into another tier of unemployment benefits Congress will have to extend the program. They are expected to do that by the end of December to keep the benefits running smoothly.

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Despite Congress signing a law extending unemployment benefits throughout the country, the extra help probably will not arrive in time for the holidays for people out of work in North Carolina.

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Brunswick sheriff looking for 2 men in Supply robbery

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

he Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two young men in connection with an armed robbery Wednesday evening at Smith’s Grocery, Hardware & Mobile Home Supply.

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Boseman won’t seek state Senate re-election in 2010

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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

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Wilmington hires manager for unfinished convention center

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

Susan Eaton has been selected as the first general manager of the Wilmington Convention Center.Eaton, who has 24 years of experience in convention center operations, is employed by SMG, the firm operating the convention center, according to a news release from the city of Wilmington.

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