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Archive for November, 2009

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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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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