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Archive for January, 2010

Wilmington councilwoman Tomey weighs run for state Senate seat

Monday, January 11th, 2010

By Patrick Gannon,Patrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

Registered as an unaffiliated voter in New Hanover County, Wilmington City Councilwoman Kristi Tomey would need 5,741 signatures from county voters to get her name on the ballot for state Senate this November.

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Carolina Beach might add lifeguards, parking meters

Monday, January 11th, 2010

By Amanda HutchesonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

The Carolina Beach Town Council on Monday discussed options for increasing lifeguard coverage at the beach and possible parking changes.

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‘Madoff’ auction canceled in North Carolina

Monday, January 11th, 2010

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – An auction in Greensboro that seemed to offer items from Bernie Madoff was canceled after North Carolina regulators said organizers lacked proof most of the items came from the imprisoned Ponzi schemer.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Monday that Adam Levinsohn of East Coast Financial canceled the auction Sunday in front of about 50 potential bidders.

An investigator with the North Carolina Auctioneer Licensing Board says Levinsohn had to be able to prove that 51 percent of the items came from Madoff.

A newspaper ad said in bold type that the auction items “will be liquidated to the highest bidder to recover losses from PONZI SCHEME.”

Much smaller print said: “Items available for auction did not belong to Bernie Madoff but are being offered by victims of the ponzi scheme to recoup losses.”

Information from: News & Record

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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An auction in Greensboro that seemed to offer items from Bernie Madoff was canceled after North Carolina regulators said organizers lacked proof most of the items came from the imprisoned Ponzi schemer.

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Taking advantage of Flu Vaccine Week

Monday, January 11th, 2010

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Many people have made the resolution to stay healthy in the new year. Some have taken to the gym and started diets. Health officials remind you that flu vaccinations are great way to stay healthy without breaking a sweat.

If you haven’t received your flu shots, there’s no time like now. They’re free, and there’s a large supply of both H1N1 and seasonal flu shots at the New Hanover County Health Department.

“My schedule’s kinda crazy,” Brett Fuller said as she got her shot, “so I came out today because I just happen to be off work and I figured no better time to get my flu shot.”

In an effort to prevent yet another wave of Swine Flu, President Obama declared this week National Influenza Vaccination Week, and people are taking advantage of the free vaccines.

“I actually heard they were giving the H1N1 and the seasonal flu shots without an appointment,” Anne Hinds said while waiting with her daughter. “It’s been hard to get an appointment with her in school, and since we were out this way, I thought I would bring her here.”

The New Hanover County Health Department will give vaccinations all week or until supplies last. The Health Department suggests receiving both seasonal and swine flu vaccinations. It also suggests getting yours early in the week to make sure you don’t miss out.

The Health Department says people tend to think that after the holidays, flu season is over, but many are still getting sick, and flu season continues through March.

“I guess it’s just scary knowing a lot of people have been sick and a lot of people have gotten really sick,” Hinds said. “Just a lot of stuff going around we thought we better be protected.”

Folks who came out today said they want to do everything they possible can to avoid getting the flu and ensuring their health.

“My mom’s a nurse, so she’s been all over my back about it, and I really rather not get sick, to be honest with you, so I’m trying not to take any chances,” Fuller said.

The Columbus County Health Department is offering no appointment H1N1 vaccines Tuesday from 1 until 5 p.m. The Pender County Health Department is offering free vaccinations by appointment Friday and in county schools all week.

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If you haven’t received your flu shots, there’s no time like now. They’re free, and there’s a large supply of both H1N1 and seasonal flu shots at the New Hanover County Health Department.

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Mayfaire loses cafe, 3 shops

Monday, January 11th, 2010

By Judy RoyalJudy.Royal@StarNewsOnline.com

Haircolorxperts and Main Street Sports Cafe closed during the first few days of 2010, while Kirkland’s and Trade Secret are leaving the center by the end of the month.

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