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Archive for November, 2009

Murrayville residents oppose cell phone tower near homes, school

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

By Chris MazzoliniChris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

People like cell phones. Cell phone towers? Not so much. Especially when they are slated to be built behind your house.

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Nominate favorite local volunteer for series

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

The StarNews wants to hear about your favorite unsung hero for our Voices of Conscience series highlighting the work of volunteers in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.

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Cub Scouts collect coats for those who can’t afford them

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

By Si CantwellSi.Cantwell@StarNewsOnline.com

Alex Signorello was a second-grader when he was walking through The Great Outdoor Provision Company and saw a bin. The store, which sells camping and outdoors clothing and gear, was holding its annual collection of coats for the needy, offering discounts for those who bring coats in.

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Vigil commemorates victims of violence

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Justice for Citizens will hold its 14th annual candlelight service at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Leland on Village Road.

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City Council approves contract for downtown construction

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

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The Front Street streetscape project promises a more pedestrian friendly downtown business district. City Council approved the contract for construction, with hopes that it’s done quickly.

“We need to do this as fast as we can. We want to make sure that when the project is over, the businesses that were there in the beginning can enjoy the beautification that happens at the end,” said Ron Sparks of Wilmington City Council.

Front Street will be completely torn up in phases by blocks. The first, beginning at Market and Front, and proceed north to the Princess Street intersection, finally ending at Chestnut Street.

The city will install new sidewalks, lights, and traffic signals, while the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority will install new water and sewer lines.

“I think this is going to be an exciting project. You do any kind of work in any kind of downtown area like that, in any city, you’re going to have some disruptions. I think a lot of it is just concerns of what’s going to happen down there,” said Wilmington Public Service Director Richard King.

The concern involves the effect on local business. City leaders have expressed the need for speed in these improvements, offering the contractor an incentive of $2,000 per day for finishing early.

Project leaders have also committed to monthly updates with business owners and a weekly meeting with the contractor to make sure the project stays on track.

The city also looked at making it a 24-hour a day, seven day a week project as opposed to just five, but that added 30 percent to the overall cost.

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videoBeginning in January, crews will tear up and redo parts of Front Street to beautify downtown, as well as improve water and sewer lines. Tuesday night, Wilmington City Council unanimously passed a resolution awarding the contract for the construction.

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