Monday, March 14, 2011

Your WBFJ Family Station Forecast: Mostly cloudy with a shower possible this afternoon…High 58.  Best chance of rain this week will be Tuesday into Tuesday night.

Celebrate the coming of spring with a FREE cake square from Dewey’s.
TODAY only, get a FREE Pink Lemonade Cake Square from any of the three Dewey’s locations in Winston-Salem. Limit one per person. http://www.deweys.com/

“Eat Out to Help Habitat” happens this week through Saturday (March 12 – 19)
Each year, local high schools have a ‘friendly competition’ to see who can raise the most money to build the ‘Habitat Youth United House’. Participating restaurants including Chick-Fil-A, Beef O’Brady’s , Midtown Café and River Birch Lodge will contribute a percentage of their sales on a particular day to a partner high school.  Check out your school's  schedule online at http://www.habitatforsyth.org/  ...Click on the ‘raise The Roof’ logo.

A massive multi-nationally ‘search and rescue’ operation is underway in northern Japan. Japanese officials are calling Friday’s devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake and Tsunami that followed, the ‘most severe crisis’ since World War II. Powerful aftershocks are continuing in northern Japan.
Happening NOW: A second hydrogen explosion in three days at a nuclear power plant in northern Japan damaged in the quake, rocked a 25 mile radius earlier today, sending a massive cloud of smoke into the air. 11 workers were injured. The plant's operator said the radiation levels at the affected unit were still within legal limits. Thousands have been evacuated away from the nuclear reactor. The official death toll will climb into the thousands. http://www.cnn.com/

Check out before and after photos of the devastated area HERE... http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/13/world/asia/satellite-photos-japan-before-and-after-tsunami.html?src=ISMR_HP_LO_MST_FB

Ways to help in the Relief efforts in Japan…
Samaritan's Purse
-is providing emergency relief aid (including food, water, blankets, and hygiene supplies) along with local Christian churches in Northern Japan.    (828) 262-1980

World Vision

The Salvation Army
Text the words "Japan" or "Quake" to 80888 to make a $10 donation.

Healing Hands International

The Alliance (CMA Relief Services)

Helping internationally (in Japan) through the American Red Cross…
People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help.
Online: http://www.redcross.org/  donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami.

***Those concerned about relatives living in the affected regions…
Go to ‘restoring family links’ web page: www.icrc.org/familylinks

Facebook (Open discussion group)
This site is giving updates about those on the ground in Japan…

Has the flu season peaked? High Point Regional lifted their 18 and under age restriction because of the Flu over the weekend. The Winston-Salem Journal reporting that Moses Cone Health systems lifted their flu restrictions last week. FYI: There have been 28 flu related deaths in our state since October.

13 year old Alya Dunn from Roxboro has won the Winston-Salem Journal Regional Spelling BEE on Sunday. She correctly spelled “THORACIC” (tha-RA-sik) - related to the Thorax.   Alya will be traveling to Washington DC in May to compete in the Scripps National Spelling BEE.

SPORTS: Duke winning the Men’s ACC Basketball Tournament on Sunday. Both Duke and Carolina will play their first round games of the NCAA Tournament in Charlotte on Friday.
NCAA Bracketigh School Basketball state Championships…

-Congrats to the Bishop McGuiness Ladies’ basketball team for winning the girls state 1-A championship game on Saturday.
-Congrats to North Rowan boys team for winning the State 1-A title over the weekend.