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ONLY ON 3: Online videos inspire over-the-top Christmas light displays, website in our area

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Christmas spirit is catching on, but not just any ordinary Christmas spirit. We’re talking about the type of Christmas spirit that has some families transforming their homes into living light displays.

Videos are making their way from e-mail to e-mail. Families are transforming their homes into spectacles. These light shows can even be found right here in the Cape Fear.

You probably recognize Ross Marino as WWAY’s resident financial expert, but he and friend Bryant Lester are also the producers of this creative display on Brevard Drive. They hope their creation will become a youtube sensation.

“Every year I’ve added a few string of lights and always enjoyed it,” Marino said. “This year, about a month and a half ago, I saw one of those YouTube videos and watched the animation and just thought, ‘I got to do that.’ I brought it up to a friend at work. He said, ‘I’m in,’ and away we went.”

The first step was finding out the type of equipment they need; like computer software that lets you program the action with the song. The other main piece to any light display is this controller box. You can find both online.

“Each cord coming out of the top and the bottom represents a channel, and when you looked at the Light-o-Rama computer program, you actually saw different fade-ins and fade-outs and different symbols,” Marino said. “Those run each of those channels.”

All those wires are everywhere on Marino’s property, but they each have a purpose.

So you might think how many hours of work did it take to get here? Marino and Lester estimate about 50 to 100 hours combined.

Lester says one of the most difficult parts was learning the software.

“I can probably teach somebody now everything it took me in 12 hours in one hour,” Lester said.

But one question remains: is all the work worth it? Marino says its worth every smile.

“I’ve noticed two types of reactions. One group of people say it’s great, they love it, they giggle and laugh. Then there is the second group that I think are junkies at heart. We hear cheering and clapping. They just sit outside of the house and watch and crank up their stereos and dance inside their car. Its just a lot of fun,” Marino said.

Marino and Lester are far from the only people in town putting up light displays like this. In fact, there’s a whole website devoted to them http://www.WilmingtonChristmasLights.com.

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Man charged with break-ins, identity theft

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

A man was arrested in connection with break-ins in Meadowbrook and Gordon Woods.

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Brunswick commissioners push for voter ID

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — There’s a new local fight to require voters to show a photo identification before casting a ballot. At Monday night’s Brunswick County Commission meeting, commissioners adopted a resolution to ask lawmakers to revisit the idea.

Over the summer, Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed a bill that would require voters to show their ID. Republican lawmakers were unable to garner enough votes to override that veto. Now Brunswick County commissioners want it brought back to the table.

“Our board, by adopting that resolution, just suggested that they would like to see the veto override approved for HB351 or our delegation to sponsor a new bill,” Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said.

Lawing says there were different strategies discussed around the state as far as getting resolutions passed for each county. He says the Attorney General said there would likely be some constitutional issues that would come up if that happened.

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Christmas closings

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Here’s the Christmas holiday schedule:

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Jolly old elf takes Christmas role seriously

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

When Bob Blair slips on his red suit, he is Santa

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