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Archive for September, 2013

iPhone 5s, 5c draws crowd at local AT&T store

Friday, September 20th, 2013

About 50 people lined up Friday morning at the AT&T store on S. College Rd. to get their hands on the new iPhone 5s and 5c.

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Police caution residents about string of break-ins

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Four break-ins happened in the section of the city from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Triathalon at Wrightsville Beach Saturday morning

Friday, September 20th, 2013

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The Wilmington Family YMCA Triathlon event is scheduled to begin on Wrightsville Beach on Saturday, September 21, 2013 beginning at 7:00 a.m.

Normal traffic flow will be disrupted temporarily to facilitate the participants of this event.

Traffic delays will particularly affect the residents and businesses in the area of Causeway Drive (Highway 76), Old Causeway Drive, Dock Street, Seacrest Drive, Keel Street, Short Street, and Marina Street.

Vehicle traffic access to these areas will be open but delays should be expected. In some cases traffic may be directed by the WB Police officers toward the boat ramp area and underneath the drawbridge.

Eastbound traffic entering Wrightsville Beach will be diverted to Highway 74 / Salisbury Street and Westbound traffic exiting the beach must also use Highway 74 / Salisbury Street. The Wrightsville Beach Police Department will have Officers directing traffic where needed. Normal traffic flow should resume by 11:30 a.m.

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EPA to start Superfund cleanup at old P&W Waste Oil in Navassa

Friday, September 20th, 2013

ATLANTA, GA (NEWS RELEASE) — U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials announced plans today to begin a Superfund hazardous substance removal at the P&W Waste Oil Superfund Site. The Site is located at 10518 Royster Road, Leland, Brunswick County, which is in Navassa city limits.

The removal action is a short-term cleanup intended to stabilize and clean up a site that poses a threat to human health and the environment. Presently, the facility is not operational and waste oil at the facility contains high concentrations of PCBs and heavy metals and is being stored in deteriorating above-ground storage tanks.

The removal action is taking place under the authority and direction of the EPA Region 4 Emergency Response and Removal Branch (ERRB). The EPA will remove contaminated waste oil, sludge and oily water stored in above ground storage tanks from the Site. EPA anticipates that removal activities will begin in October 2013.

P&W Waste Oil Superfund Site is a former waste oil recycling facility that began operation in 1993 and continued operation until the facility closed in March 2013. The site is bordered by several industrial facilities, a federally recognized wetland and the Cape Fear River. While the facility was in operation, waste oil was transported to the facility and treated to later be sold for the purposes of energy production.


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Wilmington Red Cross worker heading to Alberta, Canada to assist with flood relief

Friday, September 20th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — On Saturday, September 21, Regional Response Manager for the Eastern NC Region of the American Red Cross, Victoria Kling, will travel to Alberta, Canada where she will be part of a team responsible for initiating the relief and recovery evaluation process from the Alberta Flood Response. This is a collaborative effort and Kling joins fellow staff and volunteers from both the American and Canadian Red Cross societies.

“My focus will be working with key government agency partners, several tribal nations, and some community partners to conduct feedback interviews discussing the successes and challenges of the operation, and lessons learned for future planning,” said Kling. “It’s important to engage feedback from all constituent groups involved in a response. A disaster response is a collaborative effort, and we look to strengthen and continue to build resilient communities with partners, agencies and community groups. My role here is one part of a larger process.” After Action Reviews, an important and valuable component of any Red Cross disaster response, will also be taking place. The Red Cross looks at what can be learned and how things can be improved in the future.

Heavy rainfall earlier this summer caused the worst floods on record in southern Alberta that prompted the evacuation of 90,000 people in Calgary, High River, Medicine Hat and Drumheller. A state of emergency was declared in twenty-seven states throughout the province.

The flooding caused major transportation and telecommunication infrastructure damage, power outages and water contamination. The Canadian Red Cross sought support from the American Red Cross who deployed 14 trained disaster volunteers to assist in the ongoing response. The Red Cross opened evacuation shelters and distributed a number of relief supplies throughout the area.

The American Red Cross and Canadian Red Cross have a long history of mutual disaster response support and coordination. The American Red Cross has a roster of disaster volunteers on standby, available to deploy in support of both national and international responses.

This will be Kling’s first international deployment although she’s no stranger to large disaster relief operations. She has been with the Red Cross since 2004 and has assisted on a number of national responses including, Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Katrina, Irene and Superstorm Sandy as well as numerous local responses to home fires, flooding and other disasters. Kling also supports international tracing cases, a service provided to locals trying to reunite with loved ones throughout the world.

For more information on becoming a Red Cross volunteer, visit redcross.org or contact the Cape Fear Chapter at 910-762-2683 x327.


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