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Archive for December, 2012

Wilmington cashes in on bulk of money spent by productions in NC in 2012

Friday, December 21st, 2012

The film industry is spending big bucks in Wilmington.

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Community comes together to mourn loss of student

Friday, December 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A week after 19-year-old CFCC student Josh Proutey was murdered in downtown Wilmington the community continues to mourn. Today, counselors offered their support at a public grief forum. Counselors hope this afternoon’s forum will be the first step in the healing process.

“We certainly face tragedy around the world,” said New Hanover County Schools lead counselor Lisa Burriss. “But when we see it up close and personal, it just touches people very differently.”

Children, fellow students, and adults were all invited to the grief forum in hopes they could find healing by coming together.

“A sense of community comes from joining together and working through difficult times that may result in grief and loss. I think it’s vital to offer the opportunity,” said Burriss.

Counselors from New Hanover County Schools volunteered their time today to help friends and community members who are still coping with the loss. They say it has left people of all ages dealing with many difficult emotions here at the holidays.

“[Proutey] was well-known and liked and very involved with the young people and the adults as well. So it does make it difficult, it makes it real,” said Burriss.

Burriss says that the tragedy in Connecticut, combined with this loss so close to home, is hitting area children particularly hard.

“We state this didn’t happen here and we have safety factors in place. But, to be followed by an incident in our community certainly is a concern that we have.”

Burriss adds making sure your child feels safe is the most important thing parents can do.

“We want to reinstate their sense of safety and security. And truly it’s a lesson in life that there hard hardships and sad things that occur but we’re going to be okay.”

Burriss says that during difficult times, parents should keep the lines of communication open with their children and watch for any changes in mood or behavior.

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Santa surprises sick kids at New Hanover Regional

Friday, December 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The holidays got a little brighter with a miracle on 17th street at New Hanover County Regional Hospital where sick kids were surprised by Mr. and Mrs. Claus. While other children are wondering what toys to add to their Christmas list, these kids just want to feel better. Santa helped grant that wish, if only for a short while.

“My son Caleb is here,” said Nick Davis of Leland. “We just brought him here this past Wednesday, and we found out he is a Type 1 Diabetic.”

The Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital is home to many sick children during the holidays. To lighten their spirits, staff organized a Christmas party for all the kids. Santa was the first name on the guest list.

“Santa found them in the hospital. They might think that maybe Santa might forget. They are not at home, they are not going to the mall to see him, they are not going to the different places that Santa is because they are sick,” said Michele Erich, child-life specialist at the hospital. “This is really exciting for the children who have been sick and are starting to perk up a little bit. Maybe they are still going to rest this afternoon, but maybe for a few minutes they can have a nice time with Santa and their families.”

Davis said the event was a success. He says it made his family happy.

“It means a lot. It is a lot of love they are showing us here. It is really cool to see them do this for the kids.”

Santa listened to a few last-minute requests, handed out gifts and most importantly, he brought holiday cheer to families dealing with much more than figuring out which presents to open first Christmas morning.

The hospital is always accepting gifts for it’s kids. Just give them a call or stop by with your donations.

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Holiday travel rush gets underway

Friday, December 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We are just four days from Christmas. That means the holiday travel season is in full swing.

The kids are out of school. Parents are off work. All that’s left now is the long ride home for the holidays.

AAA says whether it’s by train, plane, or automobile more than 93 million Americans are heading home for the holidays.

“I’m heading back home to Winston-Salem for the holidays,” Matthew Pezzella said. “I’m going to see my parents and my brother and spend a little time with them. You know it’s been a month or so since I’ve seen them, so I’ve got to see them for Christmas.”

Those who decided the road home was a bit too far to drive headed to ILM, where crews are busier than Santa’s elves during their biggest travel season of the year.

“We’re looking at between 1,100 and 1,200 people a day for the entire eight-day period through the Christmas holiday,” ILM Operations Director Gary Broughton said. “We’re running heavier than normal, and flights are booked to almost 100 percent capacity.”

While many travelers are rocking around the Christmas tree to try and get home for the holiday season, they need to remember one thing: if you leave early, time will always be on your side.

“TSA has agreed to open the checkpoint earlier, so it’s opening at 4 a.m. Now” Broughton said. “Of course we, as always, advise passengers to get here an hour and a half before their scheduled departure. It gives them time to check their baggage and get through security.”

To make travel easier, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has suspended all road construction for the holidays through January 2.

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Kitchen Scoop: Cranberry Tart

Friday, December 21st, 2012

It’s a dessert that could be perfect for Christmas dinner, especially if you’re tired of the same old frozen pies. Alicia Ross has a recipe for a cranberry tart that’s sure to become a holiday tradition in your family for years to come in tonight’s Kitchen Scoop.

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