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Archive for May, 2012

CFPUA responding to another sewer line break on 23rd Street

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — CFPUA crews are responding to a sewer main break in the vicinity of 23rd Street and MLK Parkway.

Due to the location of the line, it is necessary to close a portion of 23rd Street near MLK in order for crews to assess the situation and facilitate repairs.

Southbound traffic traveling on 23rd St. [from MLK Pkwy.] towards Market Street will be shifted to one lane.

CFPUA has had to close River Road the past few weeks to repair another sewer line break.

Additional updates will be provided as more information is known and will be posted under the ‘Notifications’ section of our website: www.cfpua.org.

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Cameron family might donate stadium land

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

The Cameron family owns large tracts of land from Kerr Avenue to 23rd Street on both sides of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.

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NC senators back more forced annexation changes

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina senators have given initial approval to two bills that respond to a judge’s ruling that found unconstitutional a key section of changes to forced annexation rules in 2011.

The Senate voted mostly along party lines Thursday in favor of the legislation.

One bill adjusts the method by which people can successfully block a municipality’s effort to incorporate land outside its boundaries. The other bill cancels several pending annexations from Wilmington to Asheville where landowners successfully overturned them by filing enough petitions under the 2011 law.

A judge in March struck down the petition process as unenforceable because only landowners had the right to decide. The bills would appear to make legal challenges moot.

Final chamber votes are expected Monday before the bills move to the House.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Sailing movie star docks in Wilmington

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you’ve seen movies like “Pirates of the Caribbean,” you may recognize a ship docked along the Wilmington riverfront this weekend.

“The ship’s been kind of a movie star,” Capt. Robin Walbridge said. “In fact, that’s what I think of it: as a movie star.”

The replica of the HMS Bounty is no stranger to the spotlight. Multiple versions of “Mutiny on the Bounty” and other movies have featured the ship and its helm.

“It was taken off the ship put in the sound stage and used in every nautical movie from 1935 to 1962, so John Wayne, ‘Wake of the Red Riches,” stood at that helm,” Walbridge said. “John Heston, ‘Treasure Island,’ stood at that helm. And more recently Johnny Depp in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ 2 and 3. And for the younger audience, we were the opening six minutes of ‘Sponge Bob Square Pants.'”

Besides all of the Hollywood connections, Walbridge says the Bounty is rich with history.

“This is the space shuttle of 200 years ago,” Walbridge said. “This is how all the cargo got moved. This is how the rivers were worked. This is how the oceans were worked. I think it’s really important to bring the kids down and see how things actually worked 200 years ago.”

Interested people already lined Water Street waiting for tours. Young and old, the ship has many fans.

“I just think it’s interesting all the movies it’s been in, and I just wanted to come down and look at it,” Debra Elkins said.

If you are interested in touring the Bounty, it will be open for public tours tomorrow through sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

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Club News – Ladies Tea, Chorale auditions and more

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Club news for the week of May 20-26, 2012

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