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Archive for July, 2012

Spoil islands are now vital nesting areas for local shorebirds

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Audubon monitors islands to protect birds

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City Clerk: Petition organizers should have asked for help

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The City of Wilmington has rejected a the petition against a taxpayer funded ballpark. Officials say there was not a required affidavit with the thousands of signatures.

“To just dismiss 4,000 people that signed our petition, just with the wave of a hand, it’s just a huge slap in the face,” petition organizer Ben McCoy said.

All the work to get a petition signed against a taxpayer funded ballpark may have been for naught.Tuesday night Wilmington Ccity Council said McCoy and Josh Fulton’s petition was invalid because they did not have a required affidavit along with questions about some of the signatures.

McCoy and Fulton say they tried to talk with city officials about the process, but they may have asked the wrong questions to the wrong people.

“If they would have come in and said, ‘Ms. Sidbury, you know we’re new at this, do you have a moment? Can you take a look at this and let us know maybe if we’re missing something?’ It’s called pulling out the rules and putting it side by side, and it jumps right out at you,” City Clerk Penelope Spicer-Sidbury said.

Although the exact language of that petition will not be on the November ballot, the City Clerk says the people will be heard, as City Council is looking at a bond referendum to fund the baseball stadium.

“The people do want to be heard, and so I think that’s why they (City Council) are going to go there,” Spicer-Sidbury said. “They’re going to have a special meeting on the 24th. Normally last night would have been the last meeting for the month of July, but they’re willing to do that, they’re willing to do the extra work.”

Fulton wants to see how things play out.

“I think we’re going to wait and see how it turns out on the November ballot, and then if the city chooses to pursue it through another method, then we could take it to court,” he said.

Wilmington City Council will hold a special meeting to discuss the baseball bond referendum on July 24, followed by an August 7 public hearing.

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City raises surcharge on taxi users

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Council members question dress, attitude of drivers

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Big productions making impact on Cape Fear

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — “Iron Man 3” and other productions have breathed new life into Wilmywood and the film industry here.

Call it the “Iron Man Effect,” and we’re not talking about Tony Stark. Instead, the economy in the area is flourishing thanks to multiple productions here in Hollywood East.

A picture is worth a thousand words, And a celebrity sighting is worth a thousand pictures. When you add them together, that equals one happy economy.

“Everyone is benefiting from the film industry here in Wilmington,” said Ducky Garner with L&L Tent Rentals.

L&L provides all of the tents and tables for multiple projects, including “Iron Man 3.” Garner says since the Marvel movie came to down, the company’s business has been non-stop.

“Just think about the trickle down effect we’re having,” Garner said. “We’ve had to increase our employment here at L&L because of not just ‘iron Man 3,’ but because of all the movie production. I think this is going to be a record year for us.”

Other productions like “Safe Haven,””Mary & Martha” and “Somebody’s Child” have set up shop in the Cape Fear, bringing actors names like Hilary Swank, James Woods, Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough to the area.

The actors are settling in to the area, too, shopping at stores like Edge of Urge and the Gentlemen’s Corner. Some are even picking up tricks of the trade from locals.

“Iron Man 3” star Gwyneth Paltrow took cooking lessons from Catch’s chef Keith Rhodes. He says it was the experience of a lifetime.

Overall, it seems that businesses around the area look good under the spotlight.

NBC’s new show “Revolution” will start filming in Wilmington next week bringing even more jobs and money to the area.

Check out more photos of “Iron Man 3” shooting at StarNewsOnline.com

Check out more photos of “Mary & Martha” shooting in Southport at StarNewsOnline.com

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Romney draws boos from NAACP when he dings Obama

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney is telling black voters that he’s a better choice than President Barack Obama to help build their neighborhoods and lessen unemployment among African Americans.

But Romney was greeted with boos from attendees at the NAACP’s annual meeting Wednesday in Houston when he pledged to repeal “Obamacare.” That’s the name Republicans have given the health care overhaul that was passed by Democrats and recently upheld by the US Supreme Court.

Romney said he wouldn’t be running for president if he didn’t think he could do a better job than Obama, the nation’s first black president.

But Romney is unlikely to win the black vote. Some 95 percent of black voters backed Obama in 2008.

Romney was heckled at another point in the speech when he criticized Obama.

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

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