Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Your WBFJ Family Station Forecast: Partly sunny…High 88
Your Fourth of July weekend forecast: Sunny, dry and HOT…High 95
Traveling over the weekend?
Myrtle Beach: Lots of sunshine…Highs in the upper 80s
Boone: Partly sunny…Highs in the low 80s

Tropical Storm Arlene has formed in the Gulf of Mexico.  Arlene should NOT be a threat to the US east coast or our coastal beaches.

One Triad entrepreneur has created the world’s first set of bio-degradable beach toys. Valerie Lecoeur is the owner of Zoe B Organic in Winston-Salem.  Her bio-degradable beach toys are BPA free and made from corn sugar. And will de-grade in two-to-three years in water, soil and compost. BTW: Non-biodegradable plastics can take hundreds of years to break down. Some parents are wondering if that price is worth it.  The bio-degradable beach toy sets cost $19.99. Lecoeur’s bio-degradable beach toys can be purchased at Gazoodles in Winston-Salem or order online: http://www.zoeborganic.com/zoe-b-biodegradable-toys.html
Toll Free Number: (888) 407 7008
FYI: WXII reporting that the toys will be featured on NBC’s "Today Show" next week. http://www.wxii12.com/news/28386043/detail.html#ixzz1QfYLZZHs

If you live in Greensboro, in a home built before 1978, have children and the interior paint job is in bad shape…you could get some help in ridding your home of lead paint. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has given the city a $3 million dollar federal grant to help remove lead from over 200 homes in Greensboro. BetterBuildings is not only taking applications but also making walkthroughs in five city neighborhoods.  To find out more information on the program or to see if you qualify you are asked to call (336) 373-2349.

Teachers and administrators with the Winston-Salem / Forsyth County will be exempt from a ‘furlough plan’ approved by the School board last night.  Primary reading teachers, teacher assistants and administrative assistants will not receive pay for seven days under the furlough.  FYI: State law prohibits local school systems from furloughing full time teachers and assistants.

Hayworth-Miller will soon be breaking ground on its fifth funeral home in the Triad…this time in Lewisville. The 16,000 square foot facility will be built on Shallowford Road near Lewisville Drug Company.  Hayworth-Miller is a Family owned business.

Guildford County is in the running for the World's Largest Solar Farm. The project would create 400 jobs during the five-year construction phase and up to 120 permanent jobs. The planned 400-megawatt farm will be capable of providing enough renewable energy to power roughly 32,000 homes. FYI: Guilford is one of seven finalists in the southeast. http://www.natlsolar.com/

The Pebble Beach swimming access, a popular swimming hole in High Rock Lake, has added some safety equipment to try to prevent drownings. There are also signs warning the area has no lifeguards. The swimming spot has had several drownings in the past several years. Safety officers recommend anyone use a flotation device if you are not a strong swimmer.

Google has launched a Facebook-like project designed for small groups. On the new Google social networking site, you will be able to share status updates, photos, links, text messaging and video chat. Sounds like facebook?