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Archive for December, 2009

Christmas tree lighting takes place at Hilton Park

Friday, December 4th, 2009

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The lighting of the world’s largest living Christmas tree took place at Hilton Park in Wilmington Thursday night.

Hundreds of kids showed up to meet Santa and see the 5,200 twinkling lights that decorate the live oak.

One Wilmington resident has been coming to this tree lighting since she was a kid. Now she is bringing her children.

“It’s a great memory – coming out to the tree, seeing it light up each year, coming to see Santa. It is great to bring my daughters to enjoy the same memories that I have enjoyed,” said Traci Johnson.

The tree will stay lit until the end of the year.

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The lighting of the world’s largest living Christmas tree took place at Hilton Park in Wilmington Thursday night.

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Wilmington church’s partnership with Chinese goes strong 100 years later

Friday, December 4th, 2009

By Amanda GreeneAmanda.Greene@StarNewsOnline.com

Three members of First Presbyterian Church attended the dedication of the new Jiangyin Pastoral Training Center in China’s Jiangsu Province, a venture the Wilmington church partially funded.

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Steps to make sure your Christmas tree is safe

Friday, December 4th, 2009

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One of the favorite holiday traditions of course, is picking out the family Christmas tree. But with an average of about 200 structure fires caused by Christmas trees in the U.S. every year, it’s important to take necessary measures to keep your home safe.

Ivan Rossinskiy is getting ready to celebrate his second Christmas in the United States. For him, picking out the family Christmas tree is the highlight of the holiday season.

“(I chose) this Christmas tree, because it’s tall, it’s going to fit in my apartment, and it’s not too wide, because I like a skinny tree,” said Rossinskiy.

But size and shape are not the only characteristics to factor in when you are picking out the perfect pine. Before you strap it on your car, and fill it with lights and decorations – take steps to ensure your tree doesn’t light up in flames.

Fire and life safety educator Meg Langston has some tips:

“Go by and find a branch on the tree and run your fingers down the branch. If you have many needles that are falling off, then that tree is not as fresh, and that’s not a tree you’re going to want to take home,” she said. “You want to take the needle and bend it. If it bends easily, then that’s a needle that’s still fresh. If when you break that needle, it breaks in two or it snaps, then that usually means the tree’s a little bit drier.”

Once you pick out the tree, ask for a fresh cut to help the tree absorb water. A typical six foot Christmas tree drinks about a gallon of water a day. Don’t let it dry out, or it’ll be easier to catch fire.

Nearly half of all Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems. So whether it is an artificial or live tree, check the lights before you string them.

Langston added, “Make sure that each year, you inspect the cords of your Christmas tree lights to make sure they’re not frayed or worn, you don’t have any bulbs that are blown or broken. That’s another way that Christmas tree fires start.”

Once the season is over, remember to dispose of your tree properly. Many people think trees make great firewood. But in reality, because they’ve gotten so dried out, they can actually spark easily and cause a fire. So the best thing to do is recycle your tree.

“There are all different things they do with recycling trees. Sometimes they actually put them in ponds to use them as fish beds, and that sort of thing,” added Langston.

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videoOne of the favorite holiday traditions of course, is picking out the family Christmas tree. But with an average of about 200 structure fires caused by Christmas trees in the U.S. every year, it’s important to take necessary measures to keep your home safe.

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Support continues to pour in for Kim Munley

Friday, December 4th, 2009

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A month after the shootings at Fort Hood, support for Sargent Kimberly Munley continues to pour in from the community. One woman has crafted a memorial quilt to be sent to Munley in time for the holidays.

Munley was shot three times, and is now resting at her home in Texas, awaiting knee replacement surgery. Carol Smith is the North Carolina coordinator for the Home of the Brave quilt project. Her group sends quilts to the family of each military casualty in the state. After the Fort Hood shootings, the group decided Munley deserved one for her heroic efforts to stop the shooter.

“I hope they can have a happy Christmas and I hope that she gets along well with her surgery. And hopefully I’ll get to meet her one day” said Carol Smith

Kim’s father, Dennis Barbour, said he continues to be overwhelmed by the support shown to his daughter from the community. With surgery on the horizon, Kim will not be able to travel back to Carolina Beach for the holidays. Her dad says the family will travel to Texas to take care of her after her surgery.

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A month after the shootings at Fort Hood, support for Sargent Kimberly Munley continues to pour in from the community. One woman has crafted a memorial quilt to be sent to Munley in time for the holidays.

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NC DMV, Verizon Business reach computer settlement

Friday, December 4th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A telecommunications company has agreed to credit the Division of Motor Vehicles $1.7 million to settle a dispute over computers for North Carolina’s safety inspection stations.

Verizon Business and the agency on Thursday completed an agreement stemming from a contract for DMV to buy 3,000 computers. The agency ended up needing about 1,900 computers.

DMV’s credit for returning the unneeded computers will pay off Verizon invoices as part of a contract with the state. Verizon Business spokesman Jack Hoey said the company wasn’t required to take back the computers but wanted to work out something with an important customer.

The agreement is separate from an ongoing state probe of whether DMV workers and others received gifts from then-Verizon workers.

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

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A telecommunications company has agreed to credit the Division of Motor Vehicles $1.7 million to settle a dispute over computers for North Carolina’s safety inspection stations.

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