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Archive for August, 2014

Profits melted by Mother Nature

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — This summer has been a bit of a mixed bag for business at area beaches.

What Michael Velez says, he says with a smile. He said running Carolina Beach Creamery has been a dream come true, of sorts. But, a bit of a letdown too.

“Thank god that we haven’t had any hurricanes but the weather has been pretty severe at the wrong times,” Velez said.

A rainy summer means traffic hasn’t been what they’d hoped it would be, and because of that, they’ll close for the summer next week.

Other business owners in Carolina Beach said this summer feels like it might end early. At the Seawitch Motel, they aren’t slow.

“We are getting quite a bit of business. You can’t make up for weather it’s gonna do, what it’s gonna do,” said Stefan Romaldini. But, he did say the rain hasn’t helped,

At the creamery, Velez says it’s tough watching a business suffer like this.

“We love the ice cream business because it’s very creative. We make all our own back here,” he said somberly.

But, homemade ice cream served with a smile is just not enough this year.

“But you gotta keep going,” he said. “The sun’s coming up tomorrow again.”

He said he hopes, if they’re lucky, next summer the sun will shine on them.

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News & Notes – NAACP banquet; blood donors sought; museum needs volunteers; share your piece of Wilmington

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The New Hanover County Chapter of the NAACP will hold its annual Freedom Fund Banquet 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.

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Latest update: Cristobal passing between the Carolinas and Bermuda

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Your First Alert Weather Team is tracking Hurricane Cristobal in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Combination classes helping Pender Co. teacher shortage

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

TOPSAIL, NC (WWAY) — One Pender County parent got a surprise at her daughter’s classroom open house.
Heather Kissick’s second grader was placed in a multi-age combination class.

7-year-old Charley Kissick is one of eight students chosen to join 13 first graders in a mixed-level classroom.

This was especially surprising to Charley’s mom because she had never heard of this kind of multi-level integration

“I was a little nervous about it,” Kissick said.

Charley’s mom was told Pender County has a shortage of teachers and putting the two grades together would help with that.

South Topsail Elementary principal AnnaMaria Romero-Lehrer says they have had combination classrooms all six years she’s been with the school.

Multi-age classes are not a new concept at all; in fact, multiple studies on the effects of mixed-age classrooms were conducted in the late ’80s and ’90s.

“My main concern was making sure her education was not hindered at all and she was where she needed to be,” Kissick said.

Research supporting mixed-age classrooms indicates academic achievement is the same as or better than that of children in same-grade classrooms.

The Association for Childhood Education International lists several benefits of multi-age classrooms including:
cooperation rather than competition–a spirit of caring makes it possible for children to help each other, rather than see their classmates as competitors.

“having the older kids in there would be great role models for the first graders,” Kissick said. “I think it’s good she was chosen. It makes me feel really good about my daughter and how well she does there.”

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Sea turtle nesting season closing with lower numbers on Masonboro Island

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Sea turtle nesting season is coming to a close along the North Carolina coast. Nesting seasons tend to fluctuate from year to year, but this year the numbers weren't as impressive as 2013.

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