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April 2017

Vol. 5 Issue 4


A Variety of Local Experiences

17th Annual

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Monthly Columns


April 2017

5 Array of Pets

Departments 6

13 Beautiful Solutions 15 Healthy Living

Pet Talk Heartworm Awareness



16 Small Biz Doctor

Music Scene

24 Calendar

AsOne Prayer Walk

29 Dollar and Sense

12 Artistic

9 Music Scene

Communique Conscious Experience


14 Everyday Hero EmpowerU

26 Bizz Buzz Duck Derby

8 From the desk of..

Splash Pad Update

44 Repurpose With 10 Child Abuse A Purpose

Project Four

Prevention Month

Caring for the children

18 Downtown Art “Giraffe” at City Hall

20 Solar Farms Let the Sun Shine

32 Call For Art 2017 Winners

30 Hidden Nuggets 35 Dear Shanessa 36 Amy on The Town 37 Social Security Smarts

38 Stiletto Thoughts 40 More Than Skin Deep 41 Ask Tina 42 Today a Reader

Tomorrow a Leader

46 Array for Kids 47 Bulletin board 48 Publisher’s Note

10 Child Abuse

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Array of Pets

The Fayetteville Animal Protection Society, Inc (FAPS) provides a licensed, no-kill shelter. Anyone interested in these animals or others should phone 910-864-9040 or visit 3927 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville. Photos by www.JenniferFennellPhotography.com

Name: Dudley Age: 1 year Sex: Male Breed: Lab Mix Well, it’s me again! STUDLEY DUDLEY! I am still here at FAPS waiting for my forever family to come along. I know they are out there somewhere and I cross my paws every day that they will come in and see me soon! I am a big boy with so much love to give. I can be a handful at times as I love to play and run around. I would make a great running buddy or better yet, let’s play tug of war! The FAPS humans tell me I need a nice caring friend to help teach me become a true gentleman. I know those good people are out there somewhere!

Name: Ranger Age: 1 year Sex: Male Breed: Lab Mix RANGER! I am a young goof ball who loves to dance on my tippy toes whenever I see those shiny food bowls coming my way! I like to go outside and run around too, of course! A lot of people tell me how I am just such a handsome fella and they can’t believe I am still waiting! I know I’m young and may need some guidance, but I pinky promise I will be on my best behavior for you if you take me home!

Name: Elizabeth Age: 1 year Sex: Female Breed: Domestic Shorthair Meow! I’m Elizabeth! I am 50% cattitude and 50% sweetheart. Not only am I beautiful, but I love to play! I could chase those fabric mice around for hours!! Once I finally catch those little suckers I like to find a nice warm human lap to sit on and snuggle up. Lately there haven’t been many warm laps for me to curl up on...will you please come visit me at FAPS? I would really love the attention!

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Heartworm Awareness Month

Written by Jackie Stickley

One mosquito bite is all it takes for your pet to get heartworm disease. Is your best friend protected? April is Heartworm Awareness Month, and with the warmer

weather approaching, we want to be sure you’re equipped with information on heartworm disease to keep your pet safe and happy. Our beloved Tar Heel State remains in the top ten states for one of the deadliest diseases threatening our furry friends. According to the American Heartworm Society (AHS), North Carolina ranks #7 among states with the highest rates of heartworm-positive pets. Heartworm disease is not something your pets can pass onto you or your other pets. In fact, the disease is spread by an infected mosquito! One bite is all it takes for an animal to be infected. Long hair and living indoors does not prevent a dog from getting heartworms. Adult heartworms cause disease by blocking the blood flow from the heart and major blood vessels. This clogging reduces the blood supply to other organs of the body, such as the kidneys, lungs, and liver. Eventually, this disease causes blood clots and can cause congestive heart failure and, if untreated, death. As many as 250 worms may be present in an infested dog and matured worms can grow to be over 12 inches in dogs. Treatment for dogs can be costly (up to $1,000) which makes giving a monthly preventive a bargain and there is (unfortunately) no FDA approved treatment for cats. Heartworm treatment requires giving painful, arsenic-based injections (called Immiticide) deep into the back muscles to kill the heartworms present inside the lungs and heart. This treatment is then followed by months of limited



physical activity, assuming all goes well and there were no complications. It’s very important to have your pet examined on a regular basis, since many heartworm positive pets have no signs or symptoms of the disease (although a few symptoms include coughing and tiredness). Detecting heartworm is simple and quick. Your veterinarian will use a common blood test that will detect specific proteins (antigens that are released by adult female heartworms) or microfilariae (because only adult heartworms can mate and produce microfilariae). Annual testing is recommended to ensure your best friend stays heartworm free! The good news? Heartworm disease is preventable! There are a variety of preventive options that are safe and effective. All heartworm prevention requires a veterinarian’s prescription and most products are given monthly. Most heartworm preventatives also give your dog extra protection against other parasites such as roundworms and hookworms - BONUS! The best treatment is prevention. Monthly heartworm prevention is not a waste of money or unnecessary, especially here in North Carolina. Keep your pets (and wallet) happy by saying “No” to heartworms and “Hello” to heartworm prevention! For more information on heartworm disease, go to www. heartwormsociety.org or www.fapspet.org/heartworm-disease



From the desk of…

Nat Robertson

Splash Pads As we approach spring and summer, now is the perfect time to focus on parks bond projects that have been in the planning stages since the parks bond passed last March. Thanks to you, our residents, projects in the $35 million parks bond are about to be constructed. The City of Fayetteville and I are excited to announce that the dirt will soon be turned on splash pads at Massey Hill, Kiwanis, and Myers recreation centers. Each splash pad is in the design phase and contracts for each project are expected to be awarded by early May with groundbreaking ceremonies soon to follow on May 8. The splash pads will have quick construction timelines, with scheduled ribbon cuttings and opening dates scheduled for July 1 at the Kiwanis and Massey Hill locations. Images of the splash pad designs for Massey Hill and Kiwanis can be seen on the Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation website at this link: fcpr.us/parksbond. The splash pads will feature interchangeable parts that will be rotated amongst all seven of the new splash pads. Other splash pads will be built at three recreation centers and inside the new downtown baseball stadium. These great aquatic facilities will add to the first splash pad built in Fayetteville, located off Old Wilmington Road at Spivey Recreation Center. As Mayor, I am very excited about these projects because it ensures that we are delivering on what we promised when we spoke with residents during the parks bond educational campaign. Our Parks Bond Committee and Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation staff, led by Director Michael Gibson, has worked very hard on planning the splash pads for opening this summer. Additionally, the groundbreaking for the new downtown skate park is slated for this May with the ribbon cutting and opening planned for October. The skate park is planned for Russell Street, across from the Fayetteville Area Transportation & Local History Museum. We expect the skate park to be a spot for skateboard enthusiasts from around the country, especially the East coast. What’s best of all about the skate park, it provides skateboarders in Fayetteville and Cumberland County a top-notch, safe venue to practice their hobby. Youth who like to venture to Festival Park, which is actually off limits for skateboarding, will now be able to enjoy what’s sure to be one of the best skate parks in the country. Finally, we anticipate all of our new facilities to draw out-of-town tourists and travel sports teams for tournaments, activities and programs. Fayetteville will experience more visitors in hotels and in restaurants and stores, all of which represents economic development and more money for our local economy. And, at the end of the day, the parks bond will help create a better community and quality of life for our residents, which is my number one goal of serving you as Mayor.

Nat Robertson Mayor Fayetteville, NC



Written by Amy Garner

Jeremy Wright has presence. You can literally feel him

walk into the room and naturally take the lead in the conversation. He speaks in a lyrical way that begs you to listen. Maybe it comes from being the son of two Pentecostal preachers. Perhaps it is the fact that he spent his entire life in music-filled churches. Or, maybe, just maybe, it is his bone-deep drive to unify people. “There is nothing more fulfilling than to see people unified. Unity! I actually feel like that is my calling…to connect people.” Jeremy is the mastermind and inspiration behind the AsOne Prayer Walk. Started four years ago, the walk is an annual ecumenical gathering hosted by AsONE Fellowship, Inc., that takes place on the second Saturday of each April in Festival Park. People of various ages, ethnicity, religious denominations, and backgrounds will be gathered for one purpose: to unite in prayer. Historically, more than 25,000 people have participated in this event and it continues to grow. This year, the event will actually take place over an entire weekend. The AsONE Unity Weekend will begin with a unifying service on Friday, April 7 at Destiny Now Church, located at 2569 Owen Drive. There will be a 90-minute Worship Service beginning at 7 PM. The walk begins at 10 AM on Saturday, April 8th in Festival Park. There will be stops at five prayer stations along the route with the first being Veterans Park and Airborne Museum to pray for active and non-active duty in the military and their families. The second stop is at City Hall, where prayer will be focused on regional civic leadership and law enforcement, as well as national

leaders. The third stop is Cumberland County Detention Center to pray for persons incarcerated and their families. Racial diversity will be the emphasis of prayer at the Market House, with the final stop at the Fayetteville Public Library, where a special prayer will be directed to education leaders, children, and families. The AsONE Prayer Walk will conclude back at Festival Park for a prayer for all spiritual leaders followed by music, food and fellowship, family-reunion style. Musical guests will include Todd Galbert, Ashley Hayes, Lucas Aguilera, LeDessa Brown, and more. “We are wrapping up this event with music, of course,” says Jeremy. “Music brings people together.” For more information about AsOne Unity Weekend, the Prayer Walk or to volunteer during this event go to: www. asoneprayerwalk.org/ •A• I welcome your feedback. You can reach me at arrayadventures@gmail.com.

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April is Child Abuse Prevention month

Written by Robin Minnick Photos courtesy of the Child Advocacy Center

At a local dentist’s office there hangs a tall photographic

portrait of a little girl in a white sleeveless dress dotted with bright colors. She’s smiling sweetly at the camera, her curly blond hair frizzing slightly along its tendrils, creating a halo effect. Who could hurt a child? It seems unthinkable, unimaginable. Not in our world, we think, as we hold our own children close and protect them from strangers, bullies, and known offenders. We keep our children safe. But not everyone has a someone who cares enough or knows enough to keep them safe. Child abuse crosses all boundaries and socio-economic backgrounds. It takes people extending their reach beyond their personal circles to do something. In 1983, a presidential declaration made April Child Abuse Prevention Month to recognize the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse. A 2014 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Children, Youth and Families stated that nearly 646,261 children in this country were victims of abuse or neglect; 1,580 of those children died. Most of these unthinkable cases have their roots in circumstances that are largely preventable. Communities and programs working to support early childhood development and assist families in need provide the most reliable and far-reaching solution to the problem. The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) at 222 Rowan Street is a centralized agency that helps facilitate the efforts of those who work to combat and alleviate child abuse. They provide centralized and non-threatening meeting places and resources for agencies to hold forensic interviews with abuse victims. Since 2010 they’ve made therapy dogs available to help put the children at ease. They also supply Advocates to assist in finding resources for the families. Each child’s case is reviewed by a multidisciplinary team of representatives from various agencies that partner with the center. Services are provided to children ages three to seventeen, but the majority are between three and fourteen. According to Roberta Humphries, executive director at CAC since 2009, “Older ones find it easier to be seen by law enforcement officers or Department of Human Service workers at school.” The CAC serves predominantly Cumberland County, but in recent years they’ve reached out to assist Hoke and Harnett counties because they have no abuse center.



Timing is important when talking with abused children. Their ability to talk about what’s happened to them depends on the child and when they develop a knowledge of what is normal and what is not. For most children, whatever goes on at home is what is normal. It takes an understanding of what is not before a child can identify and describe a problem. This is part of the reason for the story times with preschoolers CAC representatives hold in November. “We gear a lot of this education on the correct developmental level for preschoolers,” says Roberta. It is also why they urge parents (and other adults) to educate their younger children about their bodies and what is appropriate, as well as what the body parts are properly called. (Pet terms can confuse or even camouflage the situation.) In addition to providing a safe place for interviews and supporting parents in educating their children, CAC also raises awareness on how to detect and prevent abuse. This includes conferences and training for professionals in how to respond to victims, what the laws are, and how to recognize, identify, and report abuse. One conference is the Cumberland County Child Abuse Summit, held this year on April 11 at the Fuller Center on Old Bunce Road. The Summit is open to the public and free to any interested party. Registration can be made through Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SRAHEC). Guest speaker will be Jenna Quinn, child abuse survivor responsible for Jenna’s Law. Jenna’s Law was the first child sexual abuse prevention law in the U.S mandating K-12 trainings for students, school staff, and parents. It’s been adopted in some form or other in 26 states. The night before the Summit, the movie “Spotlight” will be shown. This Academy Award-winning movie tells the story of the Boston Catholic church scandal. In addition, the whistleblower highlighted in the film, Phil Saviano, will lead a discussion group Monday night and a breakout session the next day. In addition to their own work, the Child Advocacy Center links with Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) to work together in educating people about child abuse. CAC has had PCANC down to their Community Prevention Breakfasts. CAC representatives also attend the annual conference at Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina. This year, Faith Boehmer is presenting at the March conference in Durham.

The Child Advocacy Center web site (www. childadvocacycenter.com) details various awareness and fundraising events they hold each year. These include the Pinwheel Planting, Fayetteville’s Ultimate Lip Sync Showdown, and the Pinwheel Masquerade Ball and Auction. One more event will highlight Child Abuse Prevention month: “Break the Chain of Child Abuse,” an event at the Charlie Rose Agri-Expo Center no Marc 24 to kick off activities for Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Child Advocacy Center, in conjunction with the Arts Council of Fayetteville/ Cumberland County presented an art contest for school children. The call to art was included

The battle against child abuse is ongoing, and it requires many hands. Those willing to give of their time can contact the Child Advocacy Center about how to help. Support can be offered through donations and participation in the Pinwheel Planting. Tuesday, April 4, 2017 is the date of the Pinwheel Garden Planting. Last year they had 9,000 pinwheels; this year they’re hoping for 10,000. Each year participants ‘plant’ the pinwheels - a symbol for prevention and the bright future that all children deserve. Their various partners in prevention receive pinwheel kits to plant at their location. Supporting businesses can also purchase bulk pinwheels to plant in support. People in the community who wish to participate and show support can contact the CAC to order through Faith Boehmer, their Prevention Volunteer Coordinator, or they can go to the web site (www. childadvocacycenter.com). Yard flags are also available. Monies from these purchases go in part to raise funds for the agency. From out front, the Child Advocacy Center looks like such a small agency, but it has one of the biggest jobs around. Last year it served 770 children. Roberta Humphries is proud of the work they do, proudest of what she sees as their ultimate function. “I think it’s our ability to help children who have been victimized understand that it doesn’t have to define their entire life,” she says. The portrait in the dentist’s office is similar to the bright future symbolized by the pinwheels in the Pinwheel Garden. The little blonde girl seems to be on the brink of a bright future, too. With community support and volunteers, Child Advocacy Center can help keep it that way. And maybe, someday, we won’t need a Child Abuse Prevention month. •A•

in the January issue of ARRAY. Open to all artists 18 years of age, the theme of the contest is Self-Reflection. Encouraging children that there is no one else in the world like them, young artists have created selfportraits in various media and submitted them for judging. The winning art and an article about the participants appears on page 32.

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Conscious Experience: EmpowerU Brings the CONSCIOUS Experience Home

Written by Amy Garner

Sometimes a simple road trip can open up an entire world.

“We wanted to inspire teens, young adults, and their parents with something positive,” explained Keith Sykes. The CONSCIOUS Experience was developed after a road trip to a show in Hampton, Virginia with Stephanie Kegler and the EmpOwerU team. They were traveling north for a showcase put on by Dayana Lee and a group of youth: Teens With A Purpose, a non-profit organization based in Norfolk and dedicated to helping youth express themselves through art. “I was not expecting very much when we went up there. The cost of the ticket was only $12 and it was in a little hole-in-the-wall spot. We had no agenda, no plan, at that time, to bring this sort of event back here. But we got there and saw what they were doing. It was so good and so positive. We said ‘we have to bring this back to Fayetteville’”. So they did. The Fayetteville-based CONSCIOUS Experience is an artist showcase of hip-hop, R&B, and spoken word that will address issues related to today’s struggles and triumphs with an overall positive message. Stephanie says that “This event will feature artists from Virginia and from our own local area. There will be absolutely no profanity during the showcase. This is about positive art and a positive message.” A variety of artists will perform, including: • Yarima Karama, a spoken word and hip-hop artist, author and community activist.


• Dayana “Zyaa” Lee, a spoken word artist and was the 2016 Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate and a member of Teens With A Purpose. • Richard Love, a musician, community activist and the Creative Program Manager of Teens With A Purpose. • Marvin “Marv P” Parker, a hip-hop artist and member of Teens With A Purpose. • Cecilia Dominguez, singer, and member of Teens With A Purpose. • Malik “DJ Like” Jordan is a DJ, and a member of Teens With A Purpose. • Myra “Prosperisoul” Clark, a spoken word artist from Fayetteville. There will be multiple vendors and Elite Catering will be serving refreshments from their food truck. CONSCIOUS Experience is aimed at youth age 13 and older. The event will take place at the Christ Village Resort at 3415 Green Valley Road on April 29 from 7-10pm. Tickets are $20. “We really want to see parents joining their young people for this event. It would make a great date night for the entire family,” explained Keith. “There is, literally, something for everyone at this event.” For more information, contact EmpowerU at fayempoweru@gmail.com I welcome your feedback and suggestions. You can reach me at arrayadventures@gmail.com.

Pictured left to right: Marcus Alexander, Tracye DeVane, Mary Marshall, Keith Sykes, Jacqueline Caldwell, Cerina Johnson, Michael Butler, Stephanie Kegler and Kalisha Abercrombie-Tucker. Not pictured: Tracey Henderson ArrayNC.com

Beautiful Solutions

Written by Tasherra Marshall

What Goes In Must Come Out

Hello Fayetteville Wonderful! Let’s talk healthy hair solutions, the Tashi way… Where Natural is Beautiful. I am Tasherra Marshall, best known as Tashi Chic. I am the CEO of Tashi Hair Boutique and THB Health and Body Products. I specialize in delivering hair and scalp solutions, by assisting people with healthy holistic wellness approaches to hair restoration, inspiring the beauty within that applies to my client’s lifestyle. My product line consists of oils, soaps, and shampoos that are 100% organic and gluten-free. I am certified in natural hair care and holistic wellness and I facilitate educational services through classes on oils, meditation, nutrition, and fitness. I often find that people are suffering from hair loss due to disease, stress, medicine, or side effects from medical procedures as well as damaged hair due to harsh chemicals and preservatives. In the new millennium, we are searching for a more natural approach and need alternate products and styling methods, but we just don’t know where to find them or how to use them. No need to worry - I have the answers for you. What I do is provide personalized step-by-step feedback on organic products and methods that Array readers can use to restore their hair back to its healthy state in a non-toxic, non-evasive, affordable and more importantly, LOCAL way. Ask Tashi: Dear Tashi, my biggest natural hair issue is retention, what can I do? -Stacie Lady Stacie, are you aware that we can change most of our hair’s outcome with little changes in

our food input? Our hair is constructed of amino acids and protein. It is imperative that you eating foods that are high in essential fatty acids to supply your hair with the fatty acids necessary to be strong. Healthy and fresh choices from the local farmer’s market located in your town such as nuts, soy, seed-bearing plants, tomatoes, eggplants, zucchinis, beans, and corn (to name a few) are what you need. One of my favorite places to frequent is the farmer’s market located in Bronco Square on Murchison Road. Always remember that your input is going to effect your output in all that you do. A product will not save you from destroying the vessel - let us begin within. Another tip I will offer is to find a way to eat your favorite choice in the RAW state. Please keep the questions coming, my people! Please join me on my quest to help people reestablish a healthier lifestyle! Email your “Ask Tashi” questions to info@tashihair.com. I will answer your questions and recommend solutions! •A•

A Tashi is someone who will always keep you interested and though often under estimated due to their small physiques; a Tashi is known to have a fiery and rebellious personality. This is an apt description of Combat Veteran, Entrepreneur, Mother and Wife; Tasherra “Tashi Chic” Marshall. As a Certified Beauty and Wellness Specialist, Tashi believes beauty begins within. As CEO, she ensures that clients are provided with holistic services that enhances their natural beauty. Healthy Hair, Beautiful Spirit, Customized You…Tashi Chic! Is her mantra and she works hard to ensure that every client grows to appreciate their unique beauty.



Empowered by U

Written by Amanda Loftus Photos by Michael Butler/Moments to Memories Photography

Empower: Assist individuals with new and existing businesses in the development process.

Provide guidance on specific implementations that will significantly improve their organizational process.

Outreach: Coordinate locally and abroad to develop programs that will enhance community development and individual quality of life.

Uplift: Inspire individuals to be greater versions of themselves. Foster positivity throughout the community and create opportunities that will promote a collective sense of pride.

EmpOwerU serves each of their clients with the utmost

respect, understanding, and limitless services available to them and in the community. They also host and sponsor many events throughout the year, such as the Health and Fitness Awareness Festival in March, an exclusive viewing of Hidden Figures in January, and this month, they are hosting The Conscious Experience on April 29th. And this past February, the EmpOwerment Award was created and honored its first recipient: Andrea Graham. Deciding on a way to give thanks and return the kindness and support they receive from those involved with EmpOwerU wasn’t an easy task - but Keith Sykes was up to the challenge. Keith came up with an idea to honor such tenets of their organization and bring the community together for a common cause. The first biannual EmpOwerment Award was awarded to Andrea during the EmpOwerment Series with ‘Dancing Without Sin Fitness’.



Andrea was under the impression that she was attending her first-ever Zumba class, but little did she know what the day had in store for her. “I found a spot in the back because I didn’t know what I was getting into,” she says, “I was surprised and blessed to receive the award.” Her first experience with Zumba was certainly a memorable one! “Just before the class started, I introduced myself and told the crowd what EmpOwerU was all about,” says Keith. He then went on to describe the EmpOwerU Award and presented it to Andrea. The award is a way for local businesses to help show their appreciation for their local residents. Keith reached out to many businesses in the area and so many responded by donating their services and products. Being the youngest of six children, and a retired Captain in the military, Andrea is no stranger to developing her own strength. She was born and raised in Fayetteville, and plans to marry her high school sweetheart - this is where her heart is and has always been. “Life is good, and I enjoy every day,” she says. Now that she’s retired, Andrea is enjoying every day as it comes. “My fouryear enlistment turned into a twenty-one year career,” says Andrea. In addition to her military career, she has raised her now-teenage son and has taught him the value of life and living. “Cancer chose me twice…” she adds, “but I have chosen not to allow cancer to win.” She truly has the will to live. In addition to working with EmpOwerU, Andrea stays involved with various Veterans programs such as the Wounded Warriors Project. She also works with Warriors4Life, Project Hero (Ride2Recovery), and The Fayetteville Area Advance Physical Therapy Solutions Breast Cancer Support Group. “I want others to know you can have a positive attitude about the cards of life that have been presented to you,” she says, “take control and play the cards how you want to, not how others expect you to.” •A•

Healthy Living

Written by Dr. Shanessa Fenner

Child Abuse: Protecting Our Children

Child abuse - physical, sexual, or psychological mistreatment or neglect of a child by a parent or other caregiver. I remember my first year as an elementary teacher in the Durham Public Schools System. I decided that I wanted to sit all of my students in a circle on the carpet and have a discussion about appropriate and inappropriate touching. They sat there and looked at me while listening attentively to every word I stated. After the conversation, one of my girls walked up to me and grabbed my hand. She told me she had something to tell me. She told me that someone had inappropriately touched her. I told my teacher assistant to watch the kids and we ran to the front office. I was so upset. Of course the authorities were contacted, but I remember thinking, I am going to talk to my babies on a consistent basis about this. I have to protect them. April is National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds. Every year, more than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies involving more than 6.6 million children. The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations, losing an average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect. More than 70% of the children who die as a result of child abuse or neglect are two years of age or younger. Some of the signs of sexual abuse include difficulty walking or sitting, sleeping with clothes on, age inappropriate bedwetting, running away, not wanting to go to the bathroom, and sexual behavior or knowledge inappropriate for a child. Signs of neglect entail being dirty or has body odor, frequent absences from school, begging or stealing food, developmentally delayed, and not having the right clothes for the weather. General symptoms of abuse include low grades in school, mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem, unusual interaction with parent, and slower than normal development. The impact of child abuse does not end when the abuse stops. These children may experience depression, anxiety disorders, poor self-esteem,

aggressive behavior, suicide attempts, alcohol and drug abuse, post-traumatic stress, and other difficulties. Some states require all adults to report suspicions of child abuse or neglect. It is not your job to investigate; just report what you suspect. If you suspect a child is being abused, call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1 (800) 422-4453.



Small Biz Doctor

Great Small Business Ventures For 2017 - Pt 3

Written by Michael McCollum “The Small Biz Dr.”

In Pt. 1 of 8 articles, I discussed how a potential client contacted me to tell me that he heard about me through one of my radio shows or articles regarding the small business industry, and wanted to know if he could pick my brain. He wanted to know what I thought about his new CD/DVD cleaning company. “I started this business because I was the asst. manager of a CD/DVD pawn shop, and the owner would pay me $.50 to clean old CD’s that looked dirty before hitting the sales racks. So I thought that I should offer the same service to anyone with large CD collections.”



Needless to say, the business closed in two months. The bottom line is that regardless how you feel about starting a certain type of business, unless you are the one that will purchase everything and pay yourself, it’s not about you, but what your customers want, need, and are willing to pay for. Over the next few articles, I will be providing some good small business ideas for people who are looking to start a business in 2017, but may not have tons of business knowledge, experience or high-tech training. So make sure that you read them all for ideas.

Last month’s article listed the following: 1. Wedding/Birthday Consultant 2. Wholesale Bakery 3. Dog Walking Service 4. Estate Sale Service 5. Personal Chef Service Here are the next five: 1. Food Kiosk Whether you want to start a roadside pretzel stand or operate a taco or other food truck, there are plenty of opportunities to sell food items on a small, sometimes even mobile scale, because people love to eat and drink, no matter where they are.

2. Pool Cleaning Pool owners often hire professionals to keep their pools clean and ready for use throughout the summer. This requires some experience or know-how, but not much in the way of technology. In fact, if you can dip a bottle in the pool, and have a pool supply company close by, you have all the experience you need. I use this service myself, and I love my pool cleaner.

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The Sculpture Culture comes to Fayetteville

Part 4 Written & photos by Stone Samuels

Look how time flies - here it is almost

springtime (with all of the crazy weather changes from day-to-day). We are already on our fourth installment of the Sculpture Culture. In this month’s installment we will be again featuring the work of Jonathan Stivers Bowling. We will be looking at his “Giraffe”, which has been placed at the front of the Fayetteville City Hall. This “Giraffe” is the epitome of creation meeting imagination. When you get close to this amazing sculpture, just the sheer size of it will make you want to look even closer. As in all of Mr. Bowling’s works, there is great attention paid to the details; from the overall look to the materials used to bring it to life. This piece will speak to you because looking at it will move your mind to the real animal. When you glance down and see the wheels it, however, it also takes you in a completely different direction. If you speak with Jonathan about his love of what he does, you could truly see why his work is so amazing. You can see it in his eyes as he talks: there is passion in his words and that passion translates into beautiful creatures that are made of metal. He has great vision in his approach as to how that he will create each piece. Having a chance to write and photograph these wonderful pieces of art has given this writer a unique perspective and appreciation of the artists and of their work. They put their hearts into it, and they deserve all of the benefits and accolades that they receive from the public and from the art world. This is just the first quarter of 2017 and we have so far to go. Keep yourself entertained by continuing to support the artists by viewing their wonderful pieces. Follow their stories and you never know, it might entice you to bring out the inner artist in you.



Jonathan Stivers Bowling is a sculptor and collector who lives in Greenville, NC. He primarily uses old pieces of scrap metal (rail spikes, metal from old cars, forks, and knives and such) that he turns into beautiful works of animal art. If you ride through Greenville you just know that you are in the right spot, because you can see his sculptures all over town. Jonathan is also a collector of art, so he also has an eye for the work of other artists of all kinds. From one artist to another, appreciation of a peer’s work is one of the greatest things one artist can do for another. Like many artists, Jonathan used to do different types of abstract art, something that, over the years, he has gradually moved away from. He wants his art to touch people in a way that moves them and gives the viewer something that they can relate to, reactions that abstract art often does not generate. Bowling studied Sculpture at the University of Kentucky where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and also received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. He would pursue his graduate degree in Fine Art at East Carolina University. He grew up in Kentucky on a cattle farm, and has been working in different mediums of art since childhood. His education and his experiences on the farm help feed his passion for what he creates as an artist - and has produced some great artwork. The city of Fayetteville and the Arts Council are showing the citizens that they are committed to bringing new and different exhibits to Fayetteville in the everchanging scenery of the art world. •A•

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Let the Sun Shine:

NC Solar Written by Robin Minnick

Solar power can be controversial.

A recent workshop on what to consider when going solar rapidly descended into heated discussion when some presenters made anti-solar statements that were factually inaccurate. Despite such attitudes, solar is going big in North Carolina and in the Cape Fear region. From utilitygrade farms to rooftop panels and innovative community solar farms, things are looking up as people turn to the sun for energy needs.



Farming isn’t just for produce any more... Drive by fields in North Carolina, and you may see woody sticks of cotton bolls making white dots against the brown earth. Or towering cornstalks creating an impenetrable-looking palisade. Tobacco fields, bright green gigantic leaves unfolding across the vista. Drive by solar farm fields and you’ll see -- trees. Trees and shrubs. Greenery. What you don’t see are massive solar arrays linked together making three-dimensional geometric patterns. You don’t see the trim combiners or massive transformers and inverters. Fayetteville Solar is Fayetteville’s newest utility-scale solar farm to come online. Attendees of the recent Clean Energy Summit held by Sustainable Sandhills had the opportunity to take a tour of the facility, and to attend a workshop hosted by Bill Kirkenir of Duke Energy and Katie Parker of Strata Solar. Katie Parker explained, horticulturalists like herself plan and maintain a solar site taking into account both safe, efficient energy production and the land’s future use. Fayetteville Solar is surrounded by thoughtfully selected trees and shrubs, often ones native to North Carolina. The 120-acre farm is located on Dupont property south of Fayetteville. It came online in December 2015 using 104,000 305-310 watt panels to produce enough electricity to power 2,300 homes of average power usage (each using 900 kilowatt hours per month). The fixed-angle south-facing panels, each 77 inches by 39 inches, are supported by twelve to sixteen-foot posts driven into the ground. They’re able to withstand a wide range of weather; Hurricane Matthew damaged only six or seven panels. North Carolina is home to over 120 solar farms, about 40 of them in the Cape Fear region. According to Bill Kirkenir, the United States is third after Germany and China in solar energy production. In the U.S., North Carolina is second only to California in solar, and production is accelerating. Duke Energy alone, says Bill, will soon have over 200 megawatts in production. “It’s comparable to what Arizona produces,” says Bill. “And Arizona is home to Yuma, the sunniest place in the country.” Putting together a solar facility requires several players. Landowners lease acreage to a power company who contracts with a solar company to do the build and maintain the grounds. The power company runs the equipment and distributes electricity to its customers. Unlike some farms that choose to use chemicals to keep vegetation under control, Fayetteville Solar uses sheep to keep grasses cut short to prevent shading of equipment below the panels. Shade on part of the equipment can affect the flow of energy and create overheating. Shading on the panel is equally troublesome. If you shade a fourinch square of a panel, the whole panel becomes inert. Weather seriously affects solar production, hence the presence of weather stations on-site. Gray days diminish production. Lightning strikes are a concern, although Bill says “a direct hit could damage a module, but the site is so well-grounded, there’s no damage other than maybe a fuse.” Severe or prolonged thunderstorms can diminish production to the point of bringing the system off-line. During the solar farm tour, Bill Kirkenir and his Duke Energy crew had answers for some of the questions people ask. Solar fields make little noise. There’s little chance of glare off a panel distracting a pilot. Marines fly over the Camp LeJeune facility every day. Birds may leave droppings on panel glass, which could cause problems, but it gets washed off by rain. And birds don’t crash into panels and burn up; the panels don’t get hot enough. Beyond all the things that don’t happen, says Bill, the real hazards of working on a solar farm are more ordinary: black widow spiders in combiner cabinets and snakes in

the grass if it gets too long beneath the panels. There are concerns in some quarters that good farmland is being ‘wasted’ on solar farms, or that land will become unfit for crops when the panels have reached the end of their lifetimes and the farm is decommissioned. Using sheep instead of herbicides to control vegetation keeps chemicals out of the soil. Using plants like white clover actually enriches and improves the soil. Plants are also chosen with an eye towards providing pollinator habitats, lending an ever-growing assist to nearby farmers by attracting bees and butterflies and birds. Generally, materials used in building the arrays meet safety regulations and are not a risk for contaminating the soil. Contractual agreements with the building company cover the clean-up and reconditioning of the land when solar farms are decommissioned. Based on information from Tommy Cleveland, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the North Carolina Clean Energy Center at North Carolina State, even if all renewable power systems were placed on good North Carolina farmland and 100 percent of the state’s energy was produced by them (solar included), the systems would cover only 7.5 percent of the farmland. More information on these topics can be found on the websites of NC Clean Energy Technology Center at NC State University (nccleantech.ncsu.edu/), Sustainable Sandhills (nccleantech.ncsu.edu/) and Carolina Solar Energy (carolinasolarenergy.com), as well as power company and solar system company websites.

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Up on the rooftops... Individual homeowners considering solar roof panels need to do their research. We hear stories on both side of the issue - “You can make money selling your power back” - “It won’t work in the rain” - even “It doesn’t work at night, you know.” A homeowner’s real life experience may be useful. Howie Baldwin of Hope Mills participated in the 2015 Solarize Campaign through Sustainable Sandhills. He wanted to go solar in 2005 when he first moved here, but it was expensive. His plans were cemented when he saw a video on coal and its environmental issues. He was going to convert. When it was determined that the state credit was going away at the end of 2015, he says “I decided it was time to get on with it.” According to Howie’s calculations, he’s seen about 1100 dollars in savings. His house is 2400 square feet and two stories tall. The panels, which he says do not appear to be heavy, are all on the roof. His 3.3 kilowatt system was installed at a cost of $15,000. The Federal government paid $5,500. The North Carolina state credit was 4,500. Howie’s net cost then became an even $5,000 dollars. The system will last 20-25 years, and it will be paid off in five. Application and purchase took a while because so many people were signing up to get in before the credit ended - it created a backlog of orders. However, Howie placed his deposit and got on a list. When installation day came, it only took a day to put it all in. The company will even come out to take down and replace the panels whenever he needs to replace his roof. He’s been very pleased, especially with the ability to access a web site to get direct feedback on his production and usage of electricity. If he doesn’t use all the electricity produced in a day, he sells it back to the co-op he is part of at a price of 5.5 cents a kilowatt hour. Co-op members

pay 11.5 cents a kilowatt hour when they purchase electricity; if he needs to purchase any, he pays the same. His savings is about a hundred dollars a month. He encourages others to go solar, although he’d like to see the state tax credit come back. “You do make money from the systems,” he says. “As a residential guy, I’m very happy with it.” People interested in home solar can get more information through contacting Sustainable Sandhills or PWC about the opportunities and requirements for residential solar systems. Be sure to find a reputable company and (like anything else) make sure you understand what you sign up for. Many hands make light work... One of the drawbacks to standard solar models is that you have to have something to invest: money for panels for your roof or land for a company to lease. Lack of these assets makes it difficult to support and invest in the concept of solar power. Enter a new model of solar farm, the community solar farm. PWC hopes to install one on property adjacent to its Butler Warner Generation Plant in the vicinity of River Road. The project is still a proposal at this point, not a budgeted item. The facility would be a 1 megawatt farm with battery storage and approximately 3700 panels. PWC would build the solar farm and own it and handle the maintenance and upkeep. The community would then invest in the farm via a subscription model. Customers would subscribe for shares on a monthly basis. One share (for one panel) might cost four dollars per month; a certain amount of multiple shares could be bought. Customers would receive payment or credit back based on a portion of the amount of energy sold off their panels. Without any obligation or expense of actual

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A matter of time... As time moves on, there’s less room for doubt over solar energy’s usefulness. The industry is hard at work doing research to develop better battery storage, one of the weakest points of solar use. It is only a matter of time, proponents say, before an efficient solution is created. Research continues for radically innovative solutions, things like an artificial ‘leaf’ with molecules capable of producing energy using the sun (see https://futurism.com/ we-can-officially-collect-solar-energywithout-solar-panels/). Even now, the state of the art is good enough for people to make a profit, to have the satisfaction of knowing we are becoming energy independent in a sustainable way, something considered to be an important goal by our military leaders. Humans are adaptable; when life changes around us, we develop new solutions to problems it creates. Solar energy is one of those developments, developed by humans, to help us adapt to the future as it becomes our present.•A•

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The Fayetteville Duck Derby Written by Amanda Loftus

Are you feeling lucky? Race a ducky! The Fayetteville

Duck Derby is coming back to town to celebrate its 7th year racing in Cumberland County - and there’s no better time to take a chance for a great cause! At 3pm on Saturday, April 30th - the last day of the Dogwood Festival - thousands of ducks will be dumped out of a dump truck to race down the Creek at Festival Park. The first 7 ducks to cross the finish line win these amazing prizes: 1st Place - Grand Prize: 2017 Coleman CTS250TQ Camper & Toy Hauler



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track down one of the Duck Derby Duck Adoption Forms around town or at the Fayetteville Urban Ministry office, located at 701 Whitfield Street in Fayetteville. Ducks can also be “adopted” online at www. fayettevilleduckderby.com. Simply choose which organization you want to benefit from your duck and then select how many you want! Austin says that each year the race seems to be getting better and better this year may be the luckiest and duckiest of them all! Although the Fayetteville Urban Ministry is hosting the event, Austin says, “the real ‘host with the most’ is our very own Quacky the Duck who’s always waddling around town this time of year. If you haven’t met him, well, just trust us when we say you have to meet him.” That’s definitely something to check off your bucket list! In addition to the race, there will be live entertainment, a kid’s zone, food and merchandise vendors, and lots of fun! “We know that not everyone can win a prize,” Austin says, “but that doesn’t mean you can’t change a life by supporting these fantastic organizations that do so much for this city, county, and state.” Each donation helps to provide food and clothing for neighbors in need, supplies for adult literacy lessons, a place for troubled youth to grow and be mentored, repair services for extremely low income homeowners, and so much more! Austin is the guy that catches the ducks as they come down, so he gets to make or break someone’s afternoon. Talk about pressure! “It was a little nerve-racking to say the least, but I managed to have a pretty good time,” he adds, “it’s so much more than just racing rubber ducks, it’s a means of creating and sustaining positive change in our community…by racing rubber ducks.” Rubber duck adoptions are available for a $10 donation from now until the day of the event unless every one of the flock of 5,000 ducks have been spoken for - and there is no limit to the number of ducks you adopt. More ducks = more chances to win! For more information on the Fayetteville Duck Derby, visit www.fayettevilleduckderby.com or LIKE them on Facebook: / fayettevilleduckderby to stay updated on the happenings of Quacky the Duck and the rest of the Fayetteville Duck Derby partners and sponsors. •A•

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to participate at craft shows and events which led to the expansion of a customer base beyond my immediate circle. What have you done and continue to do to support your success in business? I am always finding ways to network among professionals and other business owners. This helps with the growth of my business and brand. I also make sure that I am learning what is “new” and in-style. This assists me with keeping my designs desirable and attractive. What advice would you give someone contemplating a “home based” business? Conduct research on the area and the community – Is there a need for your business services? In addition, find a business mentor or someone who has created a successful home-based business model that wouldn’t mind sharing information with them. What do you consider to be your greatest reward from working for yourself? There are several rewards you receive as a business owner, one is working for yourself within the timeframe you want to operate in. Having the flexibility to travel and essentially “work” when I want to is very rewarding. Other than generating a profit, what do you want your business or your place in “free enterprise” to create? What is your greater vision? My greater vision is to show others, especially women, that they can create opportunities for themselves and be successful. I started my business on my own, with no help from investors or even other “workers” to help me create products that I could sell for profit. Hopefully, through my story of business ownership and becoming an entrepreneur, I can inspire someone else to venture out and create for themselves. •A•



Local Students “Self-reflection” Written by Robin Minnick Photography by Robin Minnick and the Arts Council

In February, the Arts Council

of Fayetteville/ Cumberland County held an exhibition entitled “Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection.” It displayed articles of interest and importance to Myrna Colley-Lee. She chose to put them into a collection that, she felt, reflected her life in particular and African American life in general. The Arts Council invited 700 area students to visit the exhibit. There they saw how Colley-Lee felt about her collection and how her interests reflected who she was. The students were then invited to participate in a contest sponsored by the Arts Council and the Child Advocacy Center, an agency which provides services to children in established or potentially abusive situations (please see article in this issue, page 10. Over 40 students participated in the contest. Winners were announced and awarded a total of 900 dollars in prizes at the “Break the Chain of Child Abuse” event on March 24. Selected works from the contest will be on display at Cumberland County Headquarters Library from April 11 through 26. The theme of the contest, which is being held in conjunction with April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, is “Self-reflection”. It’s an effort to encourage children to take a look at themselves, reflecting on not just the physical, but on what’s inside. “Any time we can encourage children to do some introspection and then express it in a creative way, it’s heathy!” says Mary Kinney, Marketing Director at the Arts Council. “Stopping to take a look at ourselves... At ‘who I am’, that’s a healthy thing for any of us.” Examining the entries, which were submitted by students in Pre-K through high school, there’s a clear progression of self-awareness as the artists’ ages increase. It’s visible in the color choices, feature details, and facial expressions. It’s expressed in the talents and interests that are depicted as well as T-shirt sayings and jewelry included in the portraits. Mari Ashe’ Sahali Steward entered the contest. Her bright eyes sparkle today as she talks about painting the portrait over two days; day one outside her stepfather’s gallery, day two at home in the garage. Even at age four, Mari’s portrait displays emotion. It may not have been deliberate, but she and her mom both say that the second painting



“My Face” by Mari Ashe’ Sahali Steward day was an emotional one. She’d been having a tantrum over something, but neither can remember what. Then Mari remembers, “Oh, yeah. I was sad. Sad - angry - mad - happy.” She giggles and swings her feet. Mom (Maria Steward) comments, “Yes, Mari paints out of emotion, it seems.” It’s her outlet for when things are difficult or stressful. For Mari, it’s about process. She’s proud to share that she picks out all her colors herself, and she calls her style “scribble scrabble.” Still, despite her love of painting, she wants to be a dancer someday. Nine-year-old Trey Lewis says he was “almost as excited as if I got a new Nerf gun” to enter the contest. He says he just draws when he feels like it, but he likes building things out of Legos. “I could draw on them sometimes,” he adds. His whole family spent a day drawing portraits for the contest. “Well, five out of my six kids did,” says mom Kristen Lewis. They’d done it before, and had fun doing it again. Trey says he’d like to do another art contest sometime.

“Me and My Sport” by Trey David Lewis For Serenity Shipp, a middle grade student, the contest was very exciting. “I’ve never really entered an art contest before.” While she worked on her portrait, she thought about whether or not it was going to turn out like the photograph she was working from. “I wanted it to be realistic and my best talent, the very best I can do.” Art, she believes, is a way to say something to people without words. “Art is the best way for me to cope with my feelings. Sometimes my artwork really has meaning to it back to my childhood.” She would love to be an artist someday; she wants to create art good enough that an audience will buy it. Currently she’s trying to work with colored pencils - Prizma and Polychrome. It’s trickier than black pencils, and she’s having to work at blending it. She’s tried pastels, too, but she adds, “blending those is really difficult.” David Manuel, a senior at Massey High School, enters a lot of art contests - he enters whenever the

art teacher tells them about one. He’s going to East Carolina University to study Art next year. Working on his portrait, he knew he wanted to do something that would set his work apart, so he chose to do a collage. It was the first time he’d attempted one. While working on his portrait, David discovered some things about himself and about collagemaking. “I discovered how diverse my likes are; I tried to put things in that showed my interest. And I discovered how much I like to do this.” He’s made a couple collages since. David agrees that art can be good therapy. “I know art has helped me a lot. I do a lot of art whenever I have feelings to work out. I draw or write or make films.” He’s worked in graphite and acrylic paints, building his artist’s skills. The Arts Council routinely partners with organizations to promote art in the community. Some efforts point out the power of art more clearly than others. This year’s “Self-reflection” contests appears to have done just that. Be sure and stop by Headquarters Library during April to view some of the entries from “Self-reflection” for yourself.

“A Self Portrait Collage” by David Leon Manuel



And The Winners Are... Here are the winners of the “Self-reflection” Art Contest 2017, sponsored by the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County and the Child Advocacy Center. Four age categories were established to appropriately assess the artists’ work. PreK-1 included children in pre-school through 6 years old. Elementary included children 7 to 10 years old. Middle school was for students 12 to 13/14 years old, and High School was for 14 to 18 years old. Contest awards totaled $900.00. These and other entries will be on display at Headquarters Library from April 11 through April 26.



Elementary School

self-portrait by Caitlin Lewis

“Me, Myself, and I” by Nathan Lee Thomas

Middle School

High School

self-portrait by Serenity Shipp

“Sunset Memories” by Lea Hope Rodriguez


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Amy On the Town:

Spring’s Sweet Spots Written by Amy Garner

Fayetteville is a special town with a big heart

and genuine sense of community, because of our diversity. We are not quite yet a “destination spot”, generally speaking. We are, obviously, not a bustling city with options up and down every sidewalk. Instead, Fayetteville tucks the good stuff into little sweet spots all over town. You just have to look for it…like a treasure hunt….having reiterated those points, those little sweet spots inspire this column. My goal is to share local fun, local events, local businesses and stir you to pair those with your own lifestyle and your wallet and create some really cool adventures. These suggestions will vary based on effort and expense. They are also not intended to be treated as a recipe so much as an inspiration. Something I suggest may spark an idea in you that leads to your own custom memory making moments. It really is all about opening your heart to our little town and finding the fun. April showers bring May flowers…but it is looking like spring sprung early in our area. That opens up a lot of really cool outdoor fun for you and the special people in your life. This includes the following: • On April 15, the Airborne Special Operations Museum is hosting an Easter Egg Scramble and breakfast with the famous Bunny himself. If this does not scream family fun in Fayetteville, home of our beloved Fort Bragg…I don’t know what does. You need to make reservations for the breakfast and the egg hunt is divided by ages. Check out https:// shop.asomf.org/ or call (910) 643-2778 or 2772. • Our friends down at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens are showing off their beautiful digs with a multitude of events this month. They have cool stuff going on every week for the littles and the bigs in your world! One thing that really caught my eye was the Star Party in the Garden on April 21. Local astronomy enthusiasts will be there to help you explore the night sky. Personally, this would make a perfect piece to a super romantic date night. This event is also part of a state-wide celebration of science: the North Carolina Science Festival. Nothing is sexier than being nerds together. To RSVP for the Star Party, more details and other events in April check out www.capefearbg.org/ . • Fayetteville State University is rolling out the fun with its Second Annual Fine Arts Series from April 2-8. The entire campus will be decked out with visual and performing art, music and more. On April 7 is the very interesting and date-night-worthy Can

I Kick It. Presented by SHAOLIN JAZZ, this unique film experience is geared towards lovers of Kung-Fu movies and the music they inspire. They will feature a martial arts film and the audience interacts with a live DJ to create a soundtrack mix of hip-hop, soul and funk. Seriously - save the date now. For more information and tickets go to www.FSUarts.com . And saving the best suggestion for last: Superior Bakery. Make this spot a must-stop for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert with your babycakes. Everything they have is ahhhhhhhmazing and delicious (just writing this column is making my back teeth sweat!). Located at 2433 Hope Mills Road, Superior hosts a variety of pastries and baked goods, but the fried croissants are probably world-famous. “People come from all over to get those things,” shared Nick Poulos, owner. Nick’s father opened the bakery in 1956 off Raeford Road and they have been going familystrong ever since. “Everything here is homemade and has been for 61 years. This community is important to us. We love working with schools and other groups for fundraising events. This is our home.” Nick was pretty sweet (see what I did there?) but Miss Bobbie was working the counter when I stopped in for my research (the struggle is real) and just completely impressed my socks off. Known for their customer service, Miss Bobbie was obviously the model. She offered me a free, fresh-from-theoven fried croissant and assisted me in picking out some goodies to take home. Her easy laugh and smiling eyes made it feel like a visit with an old friend and not just a spontaneous shopping stop. I must say her recommendations (cheese filled fried croissants and the maple bacon and maple walnut doughnuts) were wonderful. I am still feeling happy from my interaction with the darling lady at this local treasure. Superior Bakery is the real quaint deal. No website…how genuinely local is that? You can follow them on Facebook, call them at (910) 424-4242 or better yet….stop in and visit Nick and Miss Bobbie. Warm weather and pretty flowers tend to awaken a fresh sense of the romantic in folks. Best wishes for a month filled with pretty sunshine and happy memories! I welcome your feedback and suggestions. You can reach me at garner.email@yahoo.com.

Social Security


Written by Brenda Brown

Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC

See All Types Of Green This Spring: Financial Literacy Month

April is Financial Literacy Month, and there is no better

time than right now to save for your future. The earlier you start saving, the more you can take advantage of compound interest — that is like “free money” to power up your 401ks and other types of IRAs. Social Security helps secure your future, but it should only be a foundation for a more complete retirement plan. Part of financial literacy is having access to not just correct information, but your own personal financial information. Social Security has that. You can open your own personal my Social Security account at www. socialsecurity.gov/myaccount and within a matter of minutes have access to your information from the comfort of your home or office. There, you can do many things, but the most important thing is to view your Social Security Statement. Your Social Security Statement is a concise, easy-toread personal record of the earnings on which you have paid Social Security taxes and a summary of the estimated benefits you and your family could receive, including potential retirement, disability, and survivors benefits. Once you have an account, you can view your Statement at any time. You will want to verify that your recorded earnings are correct because your future benefits are based on your recorded earnings. In addition to using your personal my Social Security account, you can also prepare for a secure, comfortable retirement by visiting www.myra.gov. There, you will find myRA, a new retirement savings option from the

Department of the Treasury for the millions of Americans who face barriers to saving for retirement. myRA is a simple, secure, and affordable way to help you take control of your future. It is free and you have zero risk of losing money. We also offer the online Retirement Estimator at www. socialsecurity.gov/estimator that provides immediate and personalized benefit estimates based on your earnings record. Best of all, the Retirement Estimator is an interactive tool that allows you to compare different retirement options like future earnings and different retirement ages. One sure way to stay on top of your financial future is to join the more than 28 million people who have opened their own my Social Security account at www. socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. The sooner you start planning for retirement, the better off you will be. •A• Brenda Brown has been with the Social Security Administration for over 40 years. She began her career with Social Security as a Service Representative in the Reidsville, NC field office. She transferred to the Fayetteville, NC field office in March 1975 as a Service Representative and later promoted to a Claims Representative. She has worked as a Public Affairs Specialist since 2008. As the Public Affairs Specialist, she is responsible for providing information to the media, other employees and the public regarding Social Security issues and policies. She covers the Southeastern and Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. Brenda is available to speak to groups in almost any setting in her efforts to educate the public about their Social Security Program. Brenda is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC.



Stiletto Thoughts

e h t o t t c e Conn P U w o l l o F Customer: l Down or Fal

Written by Lisa Thomas

I was sifting through emails,

trying to clean out the clutter, when I opened an Infiniti dealership’s message about a discount for an oil change. Funny thing is, I needed an oil change and had it on my to-do list, so I immediately called to make an appointment. When I went in for service, the gentleman asked what led me there. I responded, “You offered a discount via email.” He made a note and went on to the next question.



The Path to Infiniti Now, a little background: I purchased my Infiniti G37IPL in July 2015. I first visited the dealership in late 2013. After that, the salesperson would connect with me every so often, but I never felt compelled to take action. Finally, a friend recommended that I at least go test drive one. After all, I’d been interested in a new car for quite a while. The customer service was exceptional. I drove several cars and settled on the G37. During the purchasing process, I received

many branded goodies, including woodgrain/stainless steel cups, pink baseball caps, an umbrella, a high-quality pen, two leather key chains and what they call their infinite personal assistant service: a service to handle all of your vehicle needs. I didn’t need all of those things, but it was nice that during each step a gift was presented – special attention, if you will. After the sale was done, the salesperson called every few days to see how I was enjoying the car and if I had any questions about the operations of it.

Since then, each time I call the personal assistant, he greets me by name to schedule appointments. When I arrive for a scheduled service, the attendant welcomes me by name and escorts me to the service desk. Why Follow-Up Matters Now, when the gentleman asked what led me there, I mentioned the email discount, but that wasn’t the whole story. In truth, I arrived because of a combination of things. Exceptional customer service certainly counted, but more important was their effort to follow-up. No matter where I am, the greeting of ‘Ms. Thomas’ remains constant. Without fail, Infiniti sends me updates, requests feedback, and offers discounts through emails. After the service, they send a survey so I can share my experience. If I report a lessthan-exceptional experience, they call me to hear my thoughts for improvement. The follow-up is phenomenal. Studies show it takes eight interactions to make a sale. If you stop at one, you will never get it. I walked in the dealership in 2013 without purchasing. I wanted to buy a car then, but it wasn’t quite time. However, when I returned, the salesperson was nice and patient without being pushy. It was my friend’s suggestion, yes, but it was the follow-up that kept me coming back. In fact, I’d planned to buy a BMW! In today’s fast-paced world, your business can get pushed to the bottom of a potential client’s thoughts - there are so many competing things to occupy one’s mind. But if there’s a follow-up process, you’re always at the top and when the time comes, your customer/client will act. If there’s no follow UP, you’ll fall down on the totem-pole of interest. So what’s your follow-up strategy? •A•

Lisa Thomas is CEO of The P3 Group, Inc., a revolutionary training and development company; President of NetWorth; freelance writer and radio show host. www.TheP3Group.com



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More Than Skin Deep

Written by Brenda Howell

It’s (Not) All in Your Head

My plan this month was to share tips on keeping good posture while gardening. But like most plans, they seem to be replaced with new ideas and thoughts. Since spring seems to be a bit delayed this year, I’ll hold off on my original plans for another month. Right now I want to turn your attention to the head. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m very passionate about helping people who are in pain. Living with Fort Bragg in our backyard, we all know

someone who has suffered a concussion (or two) or has migraines. The research I’ve read and the migraine sufferers I’ve worked with have shown me that massage can help with both concussions and migraines. In my drive to better understand my patients’ conditions as well as help them more, I have begun researching the different types of cranial work. Many of you might have heard of CranioSacral work. This work is the balance of the cerebrospinal fluid between the cranium (the head) and the sacrum (the hips). It is a very light touch therapy and is more energy based than anything else. A lesser known therapy is CranioSomatic therapy. This

therapy focuses on the wholebody structure and function to provide long term change. It is an integrative approach to understanding and treating the myofascial and musculoskeletal systems holistically. What makes this therapy so fascinating is that it uses the soft tissue in the head to treat muscles that are not functioning properly. I was blown away at how releasing a single suture in near the eye allows a muscle in the leg to test with better strength. I know what you’re thinking - I didn’t believe it either until it was done on me! This past month I drove down to Tampa, Florida to begin studying CranioSomatic therapy. I choose this therapy over the other (even though it’s a lesser known therapy), not only because I felt it could benefit my patients, but because it was such a unique approach. I want to help my migraine patients, and while I still have so much more to learn, I did learn that many tension migraines are caused when the sutures in the skull are compressed against one another. I can’t wait to see how my new knowledge helps my patients! •A•

Brenda is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist and owner of Healing Hands Body Therapy, 5843 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC. 910-5023596. Healinghandsbodytherapy.com. She and her team specialize in medical massage by using a variety of modalities to reach your goals. Brenda and her team are constantly taking more training and education classes to help you realize that becoming pain free is not just a dream but is something that is attainable.



Ask Tina

Are you thinking about buying or selling a home? Have a question about real estate? Ask Tina. Liz , NC asks…

Hi Tina! I am interested in becoming a real estate agent, what should I do?

Hi Liz, thank you for your question.

Starting a career in real estate can be very rewarding, but it can also be very challenging as well. Therefore, it is important for you to do your research. Many agents are self-employed and only get paid when they close on a transaction. You may find yourself seeing more money going out than coming in initially. Between real estate schools, joining a firm, getting business cards, obtaining marketing materials, and joining your local realtor’s associations, starting a career in real estate can be very costly. Commission Requirements To be a real estate agent in North Carolina you must: • be at least 18 years of age • be a United States Citizen, a noncitizen national or qualified alien under federal law • successfully complete the 75-hour North Carolina Prelicensing Course • submit a complete license application, which should include a criminal background check, the application fee, and other required documents • successfully pass the real estate license examination • satisfy the commission that you possess the requisite character to be entitled to licensure

Answered by Tina Renee Dawson

Ideally, once you pass the state exam, the licensing process may take approximately 10 days. Your initial license status will be as an inactive provisional broker. To activate your license, you will need to work under the supervision of a broker-in-charge for a specified period of time. Finding the Right Fit Once all of the items above are complete, you will need to find the right agency that aligns with your goals and aspirations. It is important that you know what you want to obtain from your real estate career in order to find an office that best fits your overall objective. You should also be aware of the different commission splits among agencies and what each firm is willing to offer you in terms of training, advertising, and office space.

In a nutshell, being a real estate agent can be very rewarding, but it calls for self-motivation. There will be highs and lows in the market, so you have to be prepared, which includes not getting discouraged - so surround yourself with good mentors and people who will help you stay motivated during the tough times. Be smart with your commission checks; remember to save for those days of drought. I always tell my agents, ‘if you treat it like a business, it will reward you like a business. If you treat it like a hobby, it will reward you like a hobby.’ For more information visit: www.ncrec.gov •A•

Send your real estate questions to Tina Dawson at tinardawson@gmail.com, or give her a call at 910-988-1969. Your question may be featured in an upcoming edition of Array.



The The Power Power of of Connection Connection Written by L. Wayne Smalls

Imagine for a moment that you

purchased a brand-new car that had the shiniest new wheels. It had the prettiest paint job that you’ve ever seen and it’s your favorite color. This car could go from 0 – 60 mph in three seconds. You put the key in the ignition and turn, but nothing happens. You pop the hood as you get out of the car and you realize the battery cables are not connected to the battery of the car. You then understand that your beautiful car, with all its bells and whistles, is useless. The battery, which is housed

under the hood of the car, is the source of power that makes the car operate at its fullest capacity. Without that battery, you would just have a beautiful, shiny car that looks good, but is powerless and has no life. Leaders, if your organization, team or group is the car, you are certainly the battery that will either bring power and life - or you will have a vehicle that may or may not look good on the outside, but is dead and unproductive on the inside. Are you connected to the people you lead? If you are, how strong is

your connection? If not, why not? The good news is that whether you are connected to your followers, or not, you have time to make things better. Leaders, we must build relationships with our people. We must show a genuine interest and concern and let them see that we care about them. Not every leader is a social butterfly; however, we must sometimes step out of our comfort zones to build these relationships. Make no mistake about it! It is our responsibility as leaders to initiate these relationships and make sure those

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bonds are established. Afterwards, it is still our responsibility to cultivate those relationships to the point of building trust and mutual respect that translates into great working relationships, higher production rates, and a positive culture where people can thrive and grow. Some of the things successful leaders do to establish these relationships are as follows: 1. Spend time with your people - Have functions in the workplace as well as outside of it. Also, allow some functions where people can bring their families. Get to know them, too. 2. Be a great counselor – formal and informal counseling is a great way to open communication channels and get to know your people better. This is effective only if you are a good listener.

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3. Be an awesome mentor - Set the example for what ‘right’ looks like. They will emulate what they see you doing. Leaders, be the battery that provides power, life, and growth to your organization, group or team. When you have successfully made the connections that create or reinforce positive bonds, you will notice that your organization will become a powerful, productive one with a culture that reflects the connections that you have made with everyone you lead.•A•

Wayne is CEO of L. Wayne Smalls & Associates, LLC., an independent leadership trainer and coach certified by the John Maxwell Team; radio show co-host; author; retired Army Officer; doctoral student of Bus. Admin. and Leadership; has a passion for empowering, enabling and enhancing leaders. He does this by promoting the power of connection as well as personal and professional growth and development.



Repurpose with a Purpose:

Project FOUR

Written By Amanda Loftus

Hello, Spring! The birds are chirping,

flowers are blooming, and bees are buzzing! Personally, I don’t have a greenthumb anywhere on my body, but I have an extreme admiration for anyone that can grow a plant. This month’s project started off as an abused and well-used door, and ended up as a multipurpose garden workbench - talk about a springtime transformation! I’ve been learning a lot during these past few months in the Repurpose with a Purpose project with ARRAY and the Fayetteville Habitat for Humanity. This month, I have learned the art of planning. Overall, this project took me less than a weekend to complete, and most of the time was taking measurements and sketching out the project - saving me time and headaches.

Project Four Step 1 Measure and Plan. To start, I measured the door. Next, I measure what height I wanted the workspace to be. Don’t forget to measure the actual dimensions of the wood you are using. A 2” x 4” piece of lumber may very well be 1.5” x 3.5”, and believe me when I say, that half-inch can make a big difference in measuring and cutting. Step 2 Create the workspace. Only three sides are needed for the frame: one at the same width of the door, and two identical pieces for the depth of the workspace. I decided to make the surface area of the workspace equal to three planks of wood set horizontally. Step 3 Choose legs. I used the type of poles that are in closets as a cost efficient choice. Home improvement stores carry various sizes of table legs that could also be used.



Step 4 Attach the legs to the workspace frame. Step 5 Paint the door. The door I started with had severe cracking and peeling from previous coats of paint. I sanded the entire door and left a bit for the worn look and coated with a matte polyurethane. Step 6 Attach the entire workspace to the door. I used long screws through the door into the 2� x 4� pieces I used for the frame. Shelf brackets could be used to reinforce the workspace as well.

Step 7 Add shelves. Cut a plank of wood to match the width of the door. I used metal support brackets to attach the shelf to the door. Be careful when putting screws through the door - remember, not all doors are completely solid, and some areas are thinner than others. Step 8 Add hooks, and other decorative finishing touches. Step 9 Adding wooden support brackets to the bottom of the door would increase stability. Step 10 Plant a flower and watch it grow.

All of these items - and more - can be found at the Fayetteville Habitat for Humanity ReStore located at 3833 Bragg Boulevard. This workbench will also be showcased at the ReStore and available to bid on during the month of April. All proceeds will be going to the ReStore and their community homeownership programs. Visit www.fayettevillenchabitat.org for more information on the Fayetteville Habitat for Humanity ArrayNC.com


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Publisher’s Note Don’t be influenced by your environment, influence your environment! ~ James Lawson

While people react differently to their environment and each person can perceive it differently, we still have the option to control it and not have it control us. If you surround yourself with negativity and clutter then you are more likely to become negative, even depressed and feel there is no way out. However, if you surround yourself with positive people, an organized home, and even just keeping your desk organized helps you to be a positive person and stay motivated. I read recently that if you got up every morning and made your bed, it would help you to have a better day, no matter what else was going on in your life. If your life is spinning out of control and you feel overwhelmed by life, just by making your bed each morning you have control over that part of your life. It begins your day with organization, a task, a goal, a purpose, and is has a positive effect on you. Who thought that something as simple as making your bed each morning could have such an impact on your day? (Well, your grandmother did, because I’m sure you were told plenty of times by her to make your bed!) ARRAY and Team ARRAY has been very busy recently and we are very excited about our future. We are surrounding ourselves with positivity. We are in Downtown Fayetteville sharing the space with Revolutionary Co-working and Sustainable Sandhills and getting to know our Downtown neighbors. We are loving being involved with the growth of Downtown and all the exciting things happening. Make sure you stop by sometime. We have recently incorporated regular online meetings as well as personal meetings into our schedule. While we had good intentions of a weekly or monthly meeting to start the week off, it just didn’t happen like we wanted and was a stressful situation. Instead of getting frustrated and increasing our stress we went to a different plan. Now we start the week off with an 8 am online meeting. It’s amazing what you can do when you can all come in front of the computer, no makeup, a cup of coffee, sometimes without combing your hair, without being judged, since everyone is in the same attire! We say “good morning” and catch up in 5 minutes or less and then jump in with both feet to recap the past week and talk about the current week and the projects and events and meetings we have going on. It’s amazing what can be accomplished in an hour! And then we are all charged up, ready to go and able to make a



difference in the week. ARRAY is now the only woman owned print publication in Cumberland County, so we are pulling out the #girlpower and #ladyboss every chance we get. Instead of letting the challenge of being in a male dominated field we have embraced our environment! Who knows better on how to juggle many tasks at one time and accomplish them all! A #ladyboss understands sick children, school plays, child care situations, sick spouse, bake sale commitments, aging parents, and greatly appreciates a supportive and understanding spouse, who does need some time with you…all while juggling a job that you are giving 100% to and meeting those work obligations. A #ladyboss doesn’t need to yell and throw temper tantrums, as that is something her children did…once! We have some amazing men that are part of Team ARRAY and their effort and commitment is so greatly appreciated. It is good to sit down and talk with them and get their perspective as well. Also, we realize how beneficial it can be to be multigenerational, and this helps keep us current, wellrounded and informed on so many levels. Thanks to our readers, our advertisers and our team we are continuing to grow! So as we surround ourselves with wonderful people, events, locations, and community we are staying positive and growing and have some amazing plans in the works for the rest of the year!!

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