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Archive for July, 2013

Immigration “red tape” forces business closure

Monday, July 29th, 2013

A family business in Brunswick County is being forced to close over what they call “the red tape” involved with immigration. The owner of a British tea shop was denied a business visa – leaving him and his employees out of a job.

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Sewage overflow contained at Hewlett Creek pump station

Monday, July 29th, 2013


A sewage overflow is contained at a pump station off pine grove drive in Wilmington.

A CFPUA spokesperson Mike McGill says it all started when the Hewlett Creek pump station lost power around 4 P.M. this afternoon. The overflow reached to at least two and a half feet high.

McGill says this is not the worst spill they’ve ever seen. But he is concerned the sewage might have leaked into nearby Hewlett Creek.

“We see some grey water in the waterway over here that we have to address and make sure where that comes from,” McGill said. “It’s not a direct route it appears, so we have to really take a look at what’s going on here.”

McGill says normally when they lose power, they are able to turn on generators to keep the station running. But he says something went wrong at the Hewlett Creek station, causing the leak.

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‘Sleepy Hollow’ filming in New Bern

Monday, July 29th, 2013

NEW BERN, NC (WECT) – Production crews are turning the Tryon Palace in New Bern into the village of Sleepy Hollow, which is also the name of a new Fox series set to debut this fall, WITN reports.

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Carolina Beach has five choices in manager search

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Susi Hamilton was going to accept the town manager position, then reversed that decision

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Extraordinary People: Married couple finds harmony on stage

Monday, July 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — They come from two different worlds. Yet they play in perfect harmony.

Danijela Zezelj Gualdi was born in Croatia. She was just a teenager when she became a refugee of the Balkan Wars, eventually escaping to Serbia in 1991.

“Nobody had money, people were starving. The money value was just dropping every day,” Danijela said.

Drawing her bow across the violin brought her peace amid intense turmoil.

“In playing the violin, I could forget about things.”

After sending in a performance tape to several American universities, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh offered her a full music scholarship. For Danijela, it was her ticket to freedom.

“I was really really ecstatic about it,” Danijela said.

Paolo Andre Gualdi began studying piano in Italy with his father at the age of five, and continued at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome.

At 20, Paolo won a musical competition, granting him the opportunity to move to the United States.
He would go on to earn his Masters at Carnegie Mellon. That was also the time when he met Danijela.

Besides falling in love and eventually marrying, they also found their perfect musical blend.

“It’s a great experience to play music with a loved one.”

Each has seen their share of on-stage success. Now a UNCW instructor, Danijela has played at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

Paolo won the De Martino Award at the Ibla International piano competition and has performed with the Wilmington Symphony and Atlanta Philharmonic among many others.

The work takes an intense attention to detail and a lot of practice. Yet, the husband and wife team say it’s all worth it when they see the faces in the crowd.

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