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Archive for May, 2013

Waves of Wilmington fights to keep swimming alive

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The proposed cuts from the UNCW Athletic Department may affect more than just the University. The trickle down affect could hurt swimming programs like Waves of Wilmington.

More than 250 students, parents and coaches joined forces tonight at the UNCW natatorium to show their support for the University’s Swimming and Diving programs. Programs some say help save lives.

It was practice as normal for the members of Waves of Wilmington Swim Team Tuesday evening. The only difference was the hundreds of parents and community members cheering them on.

“I think it’s important because it teaches them life skills, time management skills and holds them accountable to be something beyond themselves,” Sokolofsky said.

David Sokolofsky is the Head Coach and Chief Operation Officer for Waves of Wilmington. He says the swimming and diving programs at UNCW are vital to our community.

“It goes beyond UNCW Swimming and Diving. It affects the entire community. There are so many branches to this UNCW Swimming and Diving family that it really does affect the entire community,” Sokolfsky said.

Branches that include area lifeguards responsible for keeping are beaches safe. David Baker is the Ocean Rescue Director for Wrightsville Beach and says swimming programs definitely save lives.

“Currently almost a third of our staff is former or current swimmers. Just this weekend alone we had 58 rescues and of that UNCW swimmers were an important part of saving a life,” Baker said.

Supporters say cutting the UNCW Swimming and Diving Team will hurt not only the university but swimmers of all ages.

John Pelizzari is the swimming coach at Ashley High School and a parent of a teenager who swims on the Waves of Wilmington Swim Team.

“As a high school coach my high school swimmers may not have a place to swim and further down the road it might be that we don’t have high school swimming here anymore mainly because we don’t have a facility and we don’t have any place to send them too,” said Pelizzari.

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Woman injured in crash becomes naturalized citizen in hospital

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

A North Carolina couple was sworn in Monday as US citizens inside of a hospital.

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Burglary at Freaker USA; crook takes computers, camera but doesn’t steal freakers

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Neighboring businesses are coming together to make sure the Freakers don't fail after a burglary. They're holding a fundraiser to help the company.

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Swimming and diving supporters rally around team

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Supporters of the men's and women's swimming and diving program at UNCW rallied around the team Tuesday night.

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Humane Society, NC Chamber differ on bill’s intent

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An animal protection group is running a television ad opposing a bill they say would make it harder to uncover animal abuse with whistleblower videos at North Carolina companies.

The Humane Society of the United States says it’s spending $50,000 on a commercial in the Raleigh market starting Tuesday. The narrator blames legislators and the North Carolina Chamber for the Senate bill, which has passed one committee.

The Chamber says the Humane Society is misrepresenting the bill’s intent and says it would halt abuse more quickly.

The measure creates the crime of employment fraud if someone willfully uses wrong information to access a business to take videos or documents.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has sent a video to legislators opposing the bill featuring Republican pundit Mary Matalin.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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