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Archive for March, 2012

New Hanover News & Notes – Battleship tour; consignment sale; wildlife expo

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Join Battleship staff from noon to 5:30 p.m. March 17 for an in-depth program on the Battleship’s power plant.

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Carolina Beach town manager says ‘road diet’ reversal on track for Memorial Day weekend

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The reversal of a hotly contested road project in Carolina Beach looks like it will finally be coming to an end.

Fattening Lake Park Blvd on Pleasure Island is on track to be completed by one of the busiest weekends of the season.

Since it was implemented a few years ago the “road diet” has caused public outcry about traffic and parking problems. In 2010 the “diet” reduced the four lane road to two lanes with a center turn lane and bike paths along with diagonal parking.

Town manager Tim Owens says the reversal should be completed by Memorial Day weekend.

“The way I understand it is DOT bid out basically milling and re-surfacing and going back to a four-lane structure on Lake Park Blvd,” Owens said. “At this point it’s on budget and hopefully on time frame.”

The road diet was originally part of a plan to give downtown Carolina Beach more of a “main street” feel.

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NC personal care services for thousands may end

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – As many as 4,000 people, most living in
North Carolina adult care homes, could lose Medicaid-paid services
for personal assistance as patient qualifications are aligned with
requirements for patients living at home.

Top regulators in North Carolina’s Medicaid office told a
legislative committee Tuesday the number of Medicaid consumers who
could no longer be covered for personal care services. The service
eligibility standards are being made the same for all 46,000
recipients to comply with federal law and court rulings.

Medicaid regulators say the changes will take effect April 30,
but they’re asking the federal government for a delay.

Adult-care home industry lobbyists say the rules could lead to
facilities being closed because it won’t be financially feasible to
keep serving those residents.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Public discussion on road closure to build ocean-front hotel in Carolina Beach

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach Town Council also held a public hearing to consider closing a portion of a road in order to move forward in building a hotel on the north end of the boardwalk.

Last month, council approved a “resolution of intent” to close 170’ of Carolina Beach Avenue North, where a Hampton Inn & Suites is in talks of being built. Town Manager Tim Owens says the road closure is necessary in order for the hotel to fit on the property.

Some who live on Pleasure Island say they are worried that traffic would become an issue with the road closure.

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Carolina Beach spurred on use of park bonds

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

The council voted Tuesday night to approve a spending plan.

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