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Archive for August, 2013

Boardwalk vendors prepare for the end of tourist season

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) – Pleasure Island is one of the regions favorite beaches. Business owners say this summer was a successful one.

As the height of the local tourism season comes to an end, local owners are already looking ahead to next year.

“We had a good summer, except for the weather. Unfortunately, you cannot fight the rain,” said Patrick Wise.

Wise and his family have spent the past 5 summers operating the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park.

“We have seen many more families coming back around and we’re just trying to grow and hopefully the town will grow with us,” said Wise.

Wise and his crew will soon be breaking down and moving on as the peak tourist season comes to an end.

Lou Belo has spent the past 9 seasons running Krazy Kones and says she is sad the fun is almost over.

“It hasn’t been bad, no record breakers, but it hasn’t been a busy summer,” said Belo.

Both Wise and Belo say business could have been better.

“Well the weather caused them to cancel the fireworks quite a bit,” said Belo.

And as they prepare for next year, Wise says his team is looking forward to doing it all over again.

“Our main goal is to get families here, and to make sure everybody has a good time,” said Wise.

Thursday, August 29 will be the final summer concert series featuring Spare Change.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Wilmington Human Trafficking survivor

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Prosecutors say young teens are being sold for sex every day, right here in Wilmington.

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Head coach says, “operation went great.”

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Arizona Cardinals guard Jonathan Cooper had a successful surgery to repair his broken leg. Cooper could return to play this season.

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Fit Minute – Reformer Pilates

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you want to really tighten and strengthen your entire body, especially your abs, you might want to try Pilates. Instructors suggest you start with the reformer and then move to the mat.

Gentle whispers and long breaths are usually the only sounds you’ll hear at Port City Pilates in Wilmington. But, don’t mistake the calm for weakness. What the instructors teach is intense and requires strength.

“It’s going to be a lot of deep, deep abdominal work,” said Emily Hudson, an instructor at Port City Pilates.

That abdominal work is the core of the exercise.

“You read articles all the time online that say build up your core strength to improve posture and to decrease back pain. That’s not necessarily a six pack. That’s the layer of abdominals that you don’t see,” Hudson said.

But, Karen Hanson said she sees and feels the results.

“I just can’t say enough about it. I love it,” Hanson said.

Hanson herniated a disc in her back a long time ago. She said reformer Pilates helped heal it.

“The L45 herniated disc just does not give me trouble anymore,” Hanson said.

Hudson said Joseph Pilates developed the contraption to heal himself and then many soldiers during WWI.

“If you really look at it, it is in the shape of a bed,” Hudson said.

And, Hudson said doing Pilates on the reformer is easier than on a mat.

“We prefer people to start on the reformer because the reformer is very supportive and really helps put the body in the correct position and builds the strength in the right way so that you can graduate to the mat,” Hudson said.

Whether you do Pilates on a mat or reformer, Hudson said it’s not just for rehab.

“You name it, from losing weight to improving posture to just wanting to feel better overall,” Hudson said.

“It’s been a wonderful experience for me and I’m intending to do it until I’m really old,” Hanson said.

And, as Hanson ages, thanks to Pilates, she will never be out of shape.

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News & Notes – Foundation gives grant; Boys and Girls Homes receive donation; Operation Medical Cabinet

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

The Cape Fear Memorial Foundation gave a grant of $100,000 to support Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation’s “Every Moment Matters” Campaign.

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