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Vol. 4 Issue 5

A Variety of Local Experiences

May 2016


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We are focusing on an array of amazing women for our May issue. These ladies are amazing in their dedication to the art of dance while their moms are astounding by encouraging the talent and skills of these young ladies. Dancers lead by the instruction at Angelic Arts Studio of Dance in Fayetteville take a fun break while practicing for their May recital, “Singing in the Rain.�

Contributing Writers Alan Porter Angie Autry Angel West Anissa Short Brenda Brown Dan Travieso Dr. S. Fenner Johnnerlyn Johnson Kacey Minnick Lisa Thomas Mike McCollum Robin Minnick Rosemary Teague Steve Rogers Tina Dawson Tracey Linneweber

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Monthly Columns


May 2016

4 Healthy Living


8 More Than Skin Deep 12 Array of Pets

5 Pet Talk

14 Stilleto Thoughts

Cut the fat!

20 Small Biz Doctor

6 Sip & Savor Chef Judy... Judy... Judy

10 Good News Wishing on a shooting star

18 Bizz Buzz Meet Carolina Pet Care

22 Artistic

Communique Marketing mom

36 Everyday Hero A walk to remember

21 Ask Tina

40 Expressions

Featured 15 Party with a purpose

Get ready for some wings and fun!

16 Reaping the

23 Dear Shanessa 24 Calender 30 Catastrophe Primed 32 Hidden Nuggets 33 Social Security Smarts

39 From the Desk of...


43 Bizz Tips

Learn about the strength behind Dr. Rosa Herman and Harvest Church.

44 Dollar and Sense

26 Fayetteville

Chamber Gala Awards Find out about all the fun had at the Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce 2016 Gala Awards.

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

34 Alzheimer’s 22 Artistic Commuique

Learn how Pinehurst Neurology is helping with the disease no one can forget.


Healthy Living

3 Steps to Loving Yourself

Written by Dr. Shanessa Fenner

It is not your job to like me, it is mine --Byron Katie There’s nothing more beautiful than having self-

love. You have to first love yourself before others can love you. It is sad to say but everyone does not love themselves and loving yourself can be easier said than done. What better person to love unconditionally than yourself? Here are three steps to follow in order to begin the process of loving yourself: Step one: Look in the mirror and focus on your positive attributes. Take notice of your eyes, lips, nose and skin. Love the skin that you are in and accept who you are. Don’t focus on flaws, imperfections or your clothing size. Sometimes we can be our worst critic. There is a great power in words so be careful of what you say. Make a list of the things that you love about yourself. Learn to love the way that you look because you are unique and one of a kind. Step two: Celebrate your successes. It is okay to be your own cheerleader. Embrace your talents and be thankful for them. It is fine to take on new challenges and learn how to do new things. You want to grow and evolve. Do some things that you never thought you would do. Be fearless. Create the life that you have always wanted.

Step three: Pamper and spoil yourself. Take some time out each day for yourself. Treat yourself to a day at the spa or dinner at a nice restaurant. Be kind to yourself because you deserve it. Focus on the present moment and make the most of it. Start today by loving yourself—you are all that you have. When you start loving yourself you will not settle for less. You do not need anyone to validate you. Having a significant other can be a great thing but it does not make you complete or whole. First find happiness within yourself. You cannot depend on others to make you happy because they will hurt you in the long run. Happiness is not outside ourselves. Other ways to love yourself include eating a healthy diet, exercising, and drinking plenty of water. Remove toxic people and thoughts from your life to ensure a positive well-being and frame of mind. Learn to help others and be of service to those in need. Yes, you deserve that job promotion, new car, new home, brand new bag and the list goes on. You worked hard for it and the journey was not an easy one but you made it and should celebrate your accomplishments. You are beautiful inside and out! How others see you is not important. How you see yourself means everything. •A•

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If you love your pooch, Written by Rosemary Teague, FAPS

Having been an animal lover and pet owner

most of my life, I sometimes think I know more about taking proper care of my pets than I really do. Like most responsible pet owners, I try to feed my dogs and cats the best prepared foods available – that I can afford. I also have a tendency to want to enhance their dry kibbles with table scraps, broth, grease, etc. I am rewarded in this by all my dogs being members of “the clean plate club.” But the truth, which I have recently discovered the hard way, is that this dry kibble enhancement, or occasionally slipping a few table treats to my canine crowd, is doing the opposite of my intentions. Aside from the fact that feeding tidbits from the table inevitably turns an otherwise well-mannered pooch into an obnoxious whiner and relentless beggar, more importantly, you are harming your dog’s health and wellbeing. I recently endured an unpleasant and scary episode with my beloved pit bull, Brenda. She is now about six years old and has always been an overtly loving and really active dog. But now, she seemed to be gradually losing her zest for life and began turning into a couch potato. As time passed, she began regurgitating

Brenda feeling like herself

Brenda not feeling good a clearish liquid interspersed with some white matter. Then she stopped eating. Time for the vet. Well, past time for the vet. Turns out Brenda was suffering from pancreatitis. As the vet explained Brenda’s symptoms and her lab results, she asked, “Do you feed your dogs table scraps or add anything to her dry food?” Oh, like bacon grease? They all love that! We do that often. NOT! The vet explained that dogs are not designed to handle a high fat diet. When eating such, the pancreas gets overloaded and can begin to shut down, causing very painful symptoms and even death. In addition to excess fat, excess grains in their diets can also cause harm to the pancreas. That’s one of the reasons many dog food manufacturers are now leaving the grains out of their foods. So now I know what the “grain free” advertising is all about! Brenda’s treatment included two nights at the vet with IV fluids, antibiotics, something for nausea and a pain medication. After more than a week at home, Brenda was feeling much better and now is back to her own rambunctious self! I certainly do not pretend to be a veterinarian or pet food expert. But, I thought sharing my mistakes might help others not to make the same. “We are what we eat” and it’s the same for our pets. Pay attention to what you are feeding them. Make their diet a high quality one designed especially for their species, i.e. don’t feed dogs cat food because it’s high in fat. Also, be aware of foods and plants that can be poisonous to dogs, i.e. tomatoes, grapes and chocolate, for example. Substitute that fatty steak scrap with an extra hug. It will pay off greatly in a longer life for your pet, with fewer visits to the vet. You both can love that! •A•


Chef Judy... Judy... Judy

Written by Robin Minnick Photography by Dave Minnick

She strides across the room wearing a custom-made chef’s

coat of scarlet cut with a half hem that ruffles round the back. Dark eyes sparkle below black curls cascading along her cheek - a feminine look that still manages to keep her hair back, out of the way. Her skin gleams in the half-light of a dining room prepped for an evening of open mic. Empty chairs are set out in expectation of an audience, and tables are wiped clean. The open mic night is a familyfriendly event held the first Sunday of each month at the Westwood location of Let Me Cater to You. It’s one of Chef Judy Cage’s many ways of contributing to the Fayetteville community. At nine years old, Judy had to take over much of the cooking and care of her four younger siblings at their home in Chicago. Although it was a lot of hard work, the cooking turned into a passion for her. At 17, she joined the military and began turning her passion of cooking into a career. Today she wears many hats, all centered around food; she is mother, wife, church mate, sister, auntie, chef, businesswoman, caterer. As a member of the community, she chairs events and works with feeding the homeless. She is endlessly busy, but she makes time for it all, saying “When there’s things I want to see happen, I make them happen.” “I speak life through food,” says Judy. “It’s one of the ways I express love. I love encouraging other people through cooking demos and sharing stories at the same time.” She participates in ‘Divas in the Kitchen’, another culinary event with demonstrations, workshops, stories, and tastings. It appeals to her as it focuses particularly on uplifting women in the kitchen. Chef Judy’s story carries an unusual aspect of success. Working at Fayetteville State University (FSU), she left to pursue a career as a personal chef. Immediate success segued into catering, enabling her to return to FSU as an outside vendor. Her next move was to expand into limited restaurant hours (Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. −2:00 p.m.) In business now for seven years, she has two locations, Spring Lake and Westwood, and a staff of ten. Her lunch service gets great local and military support, the two groups coming together to enjoy a good meal all in the same place. Judy has competed on the Food Network’s ‘Chopped!’ It took nearly twelve hours to film one show, but she loved it. She’s taped another for the network; one of her goals is to host her own Food Network show. It’s just one more thing she’d like to turn her hand to, as well as, eventually, a cookbook. It’s something she’ll do, she says, “As soon as I can sit still


long enough.” She has begun pulling together a cookbook of quick and easy meals for busy women. “There’s no need for people to devote a whole day to cooking in order to eat properly.” Chef Judy is a woman with a keen sense of purpose. She sees Fayetteville as “a little behind the curve” in terms of food trends, such as farm-to-table or food-on-a-stick. “Other, cities - like Chicago or Atlanta - are open to new ideas and more supportive.” She thinks perhaps she’s here to bridge the gap, or teach. She’s willing to step up to do either – or any other kind of training that might be useful. “I am the epitome of a strong woman,” she says with a disarming smile. Over the last three-and-a-half years, she’s lost several loved ones among her family and friends. Through it all, she still worked, still smiled, still spread God’s joy in an effort to inspire others to make it. She’s still excited about life. How? “We all have a story.” There’s going to be good and bad in every life. She says you have to choose; as long as the good outweighs the bad, she’s going to be okay with it. “My faith in God keeps me going. Even in the bad, I trust that good is on its way. I still have my joy and still have my strengths. I never gave up. I still have a love for people, still have a passion for cooking, and am still committed to God and what I do, what I’m here for.” Of course, the first thing she’s here for is to cook. Her favorite dish to prepare is Chicken Marsala. She makes it with the mushrooms and onions and Marsala wine, but it is heartier, more comfort-like. Her focus overall is on comfort food, the food mamas make, the food that brings a person home. Her specialties include a spinach and cheese ravioli and chicken breast with a butter sauce. She also makes a special roast beef, roasting it for five hours and making the gravy from the juices and drippings. Good cooking requires good tools and good practices. “My current favorite tool is my garlic press - it has its own scraper.” She grins an excited little grin and follows up with advice. “Keep your staple items in the kitchen. I have butter and garlic on hand all the time, if nothing else. They make everything taste better.” Her most important tip is spoken in a more serous tone. “Always make sure the person eating your food can taste the love in it.” Not just that it’s made with love, but make sure they can taste the love. That is important to her, because what she gets out of what she does is something different than money. Her biggest reward as a caterer and personal chef is in knowing her food has made people happy. She puts it, “I want you to smile when I leave.” •A•

Menu The menu changes every day. Dine-in and carry-out are both available. The Westwood location is available to book events. Christian Open Mic is the first Sunday of every month Chef Judy’s focus is comfort food, and when you walk in the door, comfort food is what you smell, what you see, and what you get, served with courtesy and big helpings of smiles. ARRAY checked out a Friday lunch menu offering up barbecue ribs, herb chicken, grilled pork chops, fried fish, Macaroni and cheese, collards, green beans and Mexicorn corn. Note: we did not taste the entire menu. Our comments follow, in no particular order. Collards: “This tastes like comfort food” The broth carries a good meat broth flavor (and bone), as well as a little heat. Mac & cheese: (uses three cheeses) good, moist, almost saucy. “Very creamy”

Pork chop: quite tender, juicy, flavorful “all the good things you want grilled meat to be” Fish: We had the last pieces of fish that day, so it was a bit hard to tell, but it had good color and was crispy Green beans: a little bit spicy, well -flavored, well-seasoned, great stock that gave these extraordinary flavor Roll: tender, fragrant honey-buttered yeast roll - even cooled down it was great Served off a small station, dine-in or carryout, you make your choices and the food is dished up in generous portions. And if you come in at the end of service, you might find that some of the items on the menu have sold out, in which case you are out of luck. However, if you’re nice, they might make it up to you. We walked in a half hour before closing on Friday, and they were already sold out of three menu items. The food is that good!

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More Than Skin Deep

Migraines and Food

Written by Tracey Linneweber, RD, CLT

Chances are you or someone

you know suffers from migraines. You already know how debilitating they can be, but you may not realize that migraines can be triggered by food. Sometimes it’s seemingly random foods like lettuce or lamb. A more common migraine trigger is the food chemical tyramine. When too much tyramine is consumed, blood vessels constrict in the head and neck, triggering

migraines. Stress is another common migraine trigger. In addition to increasing muscle tension, stress increases histamine levels in the body. Histamine is a neurotransmitter released in response to stress, allergens, and inflammation. It is also present in food. For some, when the body is overloaded with histamine, migraines are triggered. While relaxing may work well for some, others

need to also decrease their dietary histamine intake. As foods age and break down, both histamine and tyramine levels increase. Some aged foods would be hard cheeses, lunchmeats, leftovers (especially those with meat), fermented foods like sauerkraut, overripe bananas, overripe avocados, beer, wine, crockpot meals, dried fruits, and condiments including, but not limited to, vinegars,

This family fun event will include: • BUFFALO WILD WING competition • Food Trucks • Vendors • Live Band and DJ 8

• Local Competitor Chicken Wing Competition • Kidszone • and more!

pickles, mustard, and ketchup. Certain probiotic strains also increase both tyramine and histamine levels. Three of those strains include Streptococcus Thermophilius, Lactobacillus Casei, and Lactobacillus Bulgaricus. Check your yogurt and probiotic supplements! Migraines can also be caused by nutritional deficiencies. A magnesium deficiency is a common one. To best assess your magnesium level, ask your doctor to run a RBC magnesium test. It’s more common for doctors to run a serum magnesium test, but a RBC magnesium test is said to be more accurate, especially when the serum magnesium level is normal. Weak digestion can also contribute to migraines. If food is not digested well due to low stomach acid and low digestive enzyme production, it can sit in the gut fermenting. Foods fermenting in the gut increase tyramine and histamine levels in the body. A Registered Dietitian specialized in digestive wellness can help get your gut functioning better. For those looking to decrease or eliminate their migraines through diet, a Certified LEAP Therapist (CLT) can help by utilizing Mediator Release Test (MRT) food sensitivity testing to identify some of your food, spice, and food chemical sensitivity triggers. If needed, a customized elimination diet based on MRT results is developed to help better identify other migraine triggers. Other causes of migraine triggers can be dehydration, changes in the weather, seasonal allergens, perfumes, scented candles and detergents, hormones, and tension in the neck. Next month, Brenda Howell, a Licensed Massage and

Bodywork Therapist and owner of Healing Hands Body Therapy in Fayetteville, NC will be writing on how tension in the muscles of the head neck and shoulders can cause some types of migraines.•A•

Brenda is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist and owner of Healing Hands Body Therapy, 5843 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC. 910-5023596. 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.


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Written by Robin Minnick Photos courtesy Shooting Stars Film Camp

It’s the grandson’s fault. Seeing him with his

phone - taking selfies, watching videos put together on YouTube - gave Jan Johnson and Pat Wright of Groundswell Pictures the idea to encourage young people to use their talents to produce real films and put them to more substantial purpose. Combining the concept with the view that film-making is an under-represented art locally, Jan and Pat started Shooting Stars Film Camp to introduce students ages 11 to 17 to the art of film. From the moment of being inspired with the original idea through writing the script to scouting a location, operating the camera and editing the finished product, campers learn everything they need to produce their own short film or commercial in a week. Set for three separate weeks this summer ( June 13-17, June 20-24, and July 11-15,) camps will run 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. There are 20 slots per camp available, but they’re filling up swiftly, so interested students are urged to apply as soon as possible. Jan and Pat’s enterprises tend to be related. Their professional film-making company, Moonlight Communications, is known for its commercial and public service films.


Moonshadow Film Society is their way of promoting the love of quality classic and independent films. Groundswell Pictures itself is their documentary-making company and ‘parent’ to Indigo Moon Film Festival (October 7-9, 2016). Shooting Stars Film Camp ties in via a newly-created student category at the festival. “Each of the efforts fuels the others,” says Pat. It makes for a rich contribution to the city’s culture. The emphasis at Shooting Stars Film Camp is on showing campers “how to make films that matter, films that do good... to use their energy and talents for changing their community for the better” using hands-on experience with professional techniques and equipment. Last year’s camp was a pilot program. For their production, campers made short films for the Fayetteville Animal Protection Society. According to Pat, the campers follow-through in all the curriculum categories was impressive, as were the films they created. The week passed too quickly for then-high school junior Rosebud Harrison and 12-yearold Rylan Schall. Rosebud is an experienced actress who will continue her training upon graduation from Terry Sanford High School.

Learning what it’s like behind the camera

She’s worked as an extra on films where she had trouble following the jargon. “I’d have no idea what they were talking about,” she says. “Through the camp, I learned more about what film etiquette is and how things are filmed.” Camp has enabled her to see the other side of it all, all the creative process. “It’s been really cool to see it from both angles,” she says, laughing, “and to go into college with this experience.” Rylan Schall and her mother Amanda are eagerly awaiting this year’s camp. “Rylan was excited to go back each day and hated that it was only one week,” says Amanda, who was impressed with last year’s results. “What they put together for FAPS was just so good!” Rylan’s favorite part was the filming, being behind the camera. Scriptwriting was a new experience, especially as a member of a group. “I’m a control freak. I wanted to do the script on my own, but I worked okay with the others.” There is nothing that reaches a curious student more readily than working with professionals and getting hands-on experience with professional grade equipment. Jan and Pat, besides being professionals in their industry, designed their curriculum by taking its best practices and adapting them to their students. They use proper terms and define commonly used jargon. And they provide real career advice to campers with a desire to pursue filmmaking. It’s the ultimate compliment, really, having campers decide that what you’ve introduced them to is something they want to pursue. It’s a sign the camp is a success. Shooting Stars Film Camp is lighting up the sky again this year. To wish upon your shooting star, sign up soon. •A•

Introduction to the tools of the trade

Shooting Star Film Camp 3 separate week-long sessions beginning: June 13 - June 20 - July 11 Camp hours: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (before and after care available) For campers 11 - 17 years old Fee $250 910.486.9036 Designed, developed, and presented by Jan Johnson and Pat Wright Moonlight Communications Groundswell Pictures Indigo Moon Film Fest “Kids jump right in on day one working with experienced filmmakers and using professional equipment. Handson lessons in scriptwriting, storyboarding, studio and location production, shooting, special effects, green screen technology and editing. Each camp week ends with a Red Carpet party and screening of the completed films!” - From camp brochure


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 Name: Ziti Age: 5 months Sex: Male Breed: Domestic Shorthair The Name is Ziti! I’m part of the “Italian Mob” at FAPS! We are a lively bunch of kittens looking for our special home! I can be quite playful compared to my fellow kittens. I love to chase a feather or a jingley-ball. Let’s play today!

Name: Popeye Age: 1 years Sex: Male Breed: Shih Tzu/Pekingese Mix I’m Popeye, named so because of my big, beautiful eyes! I’m a fun fellow with a lively attitude. I would do best with older children to play with, as I can be very excitable! Come take me out to play today!

Name: Thomas O’Malley Age: 4 years Sex: Male Breed: Snowshoe Mix They call me Thomas O’Malley. I’m a warm hearted alley cat with captivating eyes! I can be very sweet, but I would like a calm home where I can curl up and take a nap. Come relax with me!


Name: Dino Age: 5 years Sex: Male Breed: Labrador retriever Mix My name is Dino! I came to FAPS when my family was moving and couldn’t take me with them. I’m searching for a new family with a big fenced yard with lots of room to run and play. I’m a big guy, with a big heart! Come meet me today!

Name: Brandi Age: 3 years Sex: Female Breed: Pekingese/Chihuahua Mix Hey there! I’m Brandi! I came from a home with a lot of other dogs. I’m an energetic, playful girl. I would love a big family so I can have many people to spread my love to!

Name: Gnocchi Age: 5 months Sex: Male Breed: Domestic Shorthair The Name is Gnocchi! I’m part of the “Italian Mob” at FAPS! We are a lively bunch of kittens looking for our special home! I’m a very loving kitten and my purr is louder than a train horn! I’d love for you to come and snuggle me!

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Stiletto Thoughts

Written by Lisa Thomas

During presidential campaigns, you

see debates signs on the ground, receive robocalls, watch public appearances where candidates lay out their plan of action, witness the social media blitz, emails, TV appearances and advertisements. You’d have to be dead and six feet under not to know who the “potential” candidates are. In many cases, it all hangs on the hinges of who is best at marketing themselves that will determine who will get your vote. I find it interesting when a candidate who seems to be more qualified, interested in the welfare of the people and has the most solid platform loses the race. I’m no political campaign-winning guru, but, I often see similarities in business. Small business enterprises who are winning have their finger on the pulse of the marketing machine. They know how to lay out a plan and execute it. During those times when the budget is minimal and the need is great, there are a few ways to leverage the same benefits that many

highly funded presidential campaigns gain. A grassroots marketing campaign works when all “areas of focus” are executed simultaneously - similar to a politician’s campaign. Here are a few ways to expand your brand in a concentrated area quickly. Newsletters – Designed to educate and expose potential clients to your services or product. Emails – Build rapport and a relationship with existing and potential clients. Mailers – Offer another impression of your company and its offerings. Promotional Events – Put a face with the name, vision, and mission of the company. Networking groups – Build collaborative partnerships for a broader reach. Strategic Partnerships - Identify 4 to 6 strong strategic partners who offer services to your ideal client. Advertising • Publications • Radio/TV

• Social Media • Online Marketing/Advertising All of these strategies executed together over a span of time will create an expansion of your brand quickly. You should never take your client or potential client for granted. They can always choose someone else. So marketing your services is key, but being innovative in how you do it is also paramount. Expand your brand and have fun at it, will you? Our business evaluation sessions are here to help detail your own customized plan. Biggest Bang for Your Buck Marketing is fun, simple and effective. Contact us today for more details. •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.

Join us for our Ribbon Cutting Event! All are welcome to join us as we celebrate Tashi Hair Boutique, where we strive towards a healthy holistic wellness approaches to hair restoration. We marry holistic principles to create inner health and beauty, providing quality services such as classes on health, meditation, and fitness.

Location: 302 Mason Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301 When: Thursday, May 26th at 3:30pm

Providing quality services such as natural hair care and classes on health, meditation, and fitness.


Party With a Purpose!

Written by Angel West

Wings, bounce houses, live music, blazing wings eating

competition, Kids Zone, DJs, chicken wing cook-off, autographed football by the Carolina Panthers being auctioned online, the Golden Knights jumping in to the event, food trucks…did we say wings?? The Vision Resource Center (VRC) is holding its first annual Out of Sight Wing Fling at Swamp Dog Stadium on Saturday, May 7 from 3 pm until 7 pm. You are invited to come party with a purpose! The purpose is to help raise money for The Vision Resource Center. All monies raised will be to help support the mission of The Vision Resource Center and to cover the cost of this event. So, what does the Vision Resource Center do? VRC enhances the lives of children and adults living in the Cape Fear Region who are visually impaired. They do this by identifying and sharing information about community resources, advocating for their needs, providing education and skill development as well as socialization opportunities. The VRC is headed up by Terri Thomas, Executive Director and an amazing group of 15 volunteer board members, all who work tirelessly all year long to help the visually impaired in our community, along with bus drivers and a program assistant. They say big things come in small packages and when you meet Terri you will be in awe of the energy, passion and enthusiasm that comes in that small package! Listening to Terri you will become excited and motivated and will want to help out VRC and everyone associated with it. While the VRC began in 1936 as the Cumberland County Association of the Blind, it has grown into so much more. In 1976, with the contribution of a group of church members, the Cumberland County Association of the Blind was incorporated and began offering services on Robeson Street. In 2000, the name was changed to the Vision Resource Center (VRC) and then in 2007 moved to their current location at the Dorothy Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center, 1600 Purdue Drive. VRC offers so much to so many and with this fundraiser they hope to continue those efforts and more! They offer Braille classes, independent living classes, cultural programming, social activities, healthy living classes that include yoga, chair exercises, van transportation to and from the center and special activities, youth programming and summer camp, support group meetings with guest speakers, referral services and more! The VRC takes some amazing trips such as visiting Cypress Bend Vineyards to listen to jazz, a visit to Patriot Theater to use special technology to experience a movie-going experience, bowling, visited with Chef Bill from B&B Catering to cook an amazing meal, visited the Rodin Exhibit at Methodist University to experience the artwork. They also go on shopping trips and attend plays at Cape Fear Regional Theatre in Fayetteville and the Barn Dinner Theater in Greensboro for dinner and a play, a trip to Medieval Times in Myrtle Beach. And this is just things they have done in the past few months! Be sure to check out the website at www. where you can bid on an autographed football by the Carolina Panthers, register

for the Blazing Challenge of eating 12 blazing wings in 6 minutes or less, register you/your team for the chicken wing cook-off to get the “people’s choice” or “out of sight” award (you know your recipe is the best around), check out the live entertainment, the DJ’s and more! Let’s party with a purpose on Saturday, May 7 at Swamp Dog Stadium!! •A•

Tickets are $5 for general entrance 13 years old and up, $2 for 5-12 year olds, $3 for Senior and Visual Impaired. For additional information please contact Terri Thomas at (910) 483-2719.


Reaping The Harvest Written by Johnnerlyn Johnson

The harvest is ripe, and the laborers at Harvest Family

Church are plentiful, for they keep their sleeves rolled up, and stand at the ready willing and able to help those in need - to embody the face of true ambassadors for Christ. The birth of Harvest Family Church was solely the assignment of the Lord. According to Dr. Rosa Herman, the mission of Harvest Family Church can be summed up as follows: “Teaching people the Word of God that maximizes their quality of life.” E.B. and Rosa Herman are pastors and founders of Harvest Family Church, a nondenominational ministry located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. As a dynamic pastoral husband and wife team, they teach God’s word with compassion while making it easy to understand. For more than 20 years they have taught the truth of God’s Word, while establishing a teaching environment that ministers to the needs of all age groups. Harvest Family Church lives out the real meaning of missionary work as they are perpetual givers. Dr. Rosa Herman is a wife, mother, and grandmother. This North Carolina native explained the ways in which they give. “Locally we have several programs for the community. Yearly we give over 500 families groceries for Thanksgiving from the Bread Basket Ministry. We have a program called the Lambs’ Basket where we give Christmas Gifts to children.” The mission is not just on domestic soil. The laborers at Harvest Family Church thrive as they make missions


on foreign soil as well. “Regarding mission work, we have missions and support works in Pakistan, various parts of Africa such as Ghana, Kenya, Southern Sudan, etc. We support schools and orphanages abroad as well. My husband has traveled to numerous nations,” said Pastor Rosa. In addition to the ministry, Dr. Rosa Herman finds time to share her authorial skills. “I was inspired to write based on my personal journey of not allowing the infirmity that attacked my body to overtake me, along with wanting to share a viable, proven way to assist others so that they wouldn’t give up hope in their personal journeys of infirmity.” Dr. Herman battled and won against an illness which most people have only a 2% chance of surviving. As founders in the daily spotlight, Pastors E.B. and Rosa become role models by default. “Honestly, we don’t purposefully set out to be role models, but when you are in positions of influence, you automatically become a role model. Therefore, we work diligently at being true to ourselves and representing God in all aspects of life. Marriage is ordained of God and should be enjoyed by each spouse involved in the institution of marriage. We believe others become more of what you are rather than just what you say.” They love and respect each other and display that first in their home, with their children, friends, and church family. Dr. Herman said, “Marriage is, according to God, a lifetime commitment. That being the case, we should work hard on becoming best friends and building the

Dr. Herman battled and won against an illness which most people have only a 2% chance of surviving. kingdom of God so others would want to get married.” As they travel or just go about their daily functions, people can see the genuine relationship that they have because it exudes from them and draws others like a magnet. This same love that emanates from them can be felt across generations. Pastor Rosa said, “It attracts people to you that are looking for that real love.” Youth and teens tend to face seemingly insurmountable obstacles as the issues of the world sometimes attempt to encapsulate them. Harvest Family Church realizes this, and they have mechanisms in place to thwart such obstacles as bullying, low self-esteem, and peer pressure. The programs that are presently in place are productive and active to meet the very demanding issues that youth are confronted with daily, and they change from time to time as the needs in the community and families surface. Dr. Herman shared, “We have open discussions with our youth, sleepovers, and classes to equip them to become better functioning youth. In addition, we host youth conference getaways. We also offer an extended educational center, which offers instruction starting in infancy and continuing up to college prep courses. We also offer access to a GED Program.” Harvest Family Church also has a number of seasonal events which continues to flesh out the labor needed for kingdom building. For example, for Halloween, they have an event that is offered to the community where parents bring their children to enjoy games, concerts, carnival rides, bounce houses, and free food to all that attend. Dr. Herman noted, “One of my favorite outreaches is our Annual Women of Worth Conference where we invite

international speakers and singers to come and enlighten us on the goodness of God.” Workshops and classes are also offered to equip each attendee in every aspect of their life including finances, married women, single women, women in ministry, women in business, and so on. The church also offers an annual Health Fair to educate people about taking care of their temple/body. At this event, doctors, nurses, and holistic medicine experts offer insights and information on how to shop, eating for a better quality of life, and much more. “We believe this information is imperative in order for the body of Christ to prosper, for the Bible says, ‘My people perish for a lack of knowledge’.” It may seem as if Dr. Rosa Herman has little time for herself considering she is constantly on missions for others. When she does, she takes time to hone her talents and practice her hobbies. She admitted freely to having a particular talent “for getting people to talk about themselves and for getting them to feel comfortable. My hobbies are reading, baking and cooking.” In addition to having the scripture written on her heart, Dr. Rosa has mantras by which she ascribes to daily. “I have two favorite sayings. One is, ‘You will have what you say.’ Secondly, I believe, ‘You have the ability to control your environment.’” It is by that second one the church lives by, by giving the community a chance to change and grab hold of their life. •A•

To learn more about Dr. Rosa and Harvest Family Church go to

1014 Robeson Street, Suite D, Fayetteville, NC 28305

Looking to add people to our growing and dynamic team. Landscape experience required. 910-960-7411 On A Mission To Bring You Outside


Meet Carolina Pet Care

- where the care is professional, but the love is personal

Written by Robin Minnick Photos by Dave Minnick

Behind the campus of Fayetteville Technical Community

College, on Morganton Road, is a quiet neighborhood of tidy yards and well-kept homes, most of them surrounded by green foliage and exuberant spring flowers. The interior at 2509 is spotless, with open spaces and comfortable seating, and dogs everywhere. Photos and portraits and statues and knick-knacks and cookies jars - the decor is described by the owners as ‘everything dog’. Right down to Shade and Skye, two lively rescue dogs who share the home and headquarters of Shannon Pingitore and Teresa Blackwell, co-owners and operators of Carolina Pet Care.

a network of over 7000 sitters with its office located in King, NC. PSI holds conferences and workshops for pet sitters, offers courses in animal first aid and CPR, and acts as a general networking resource for members. PSI also has a six-month certification course. Certification, along with being insured and bonded, sets these pet sitters apart from what Shannon calls ‘hobby sitters’. The contractors hired on by Carolina Pet Care are rigorously vetted and must meet the same standards the women set for themselves.

Shannon Pingitore and Teresa Blackwell Carolina Pet Care is an independent company begun by Shannon and Teresa that went full-time in 2006. Shannon had started pet-sitting part time in 2004, before she moved to Fayetteville. It was, she says, a way to get “her animal fix”. Eventually, though, she found herself living for Fridays when she could see her clients. When she moved to Fayetteville, she met Teresa, who’d grown up and worked on farms and managed everything from chickens to horses. Shannon put her in charge for a few months, and soon they were established as full-time professional pet sitters. Their motto is ‘hamsters to horses’, and their clients are all of that. They’ve cared for caged animals such as hamsters and gerbils and chickens. They’ve taken care of fish in a 1000-gallon commercial tank and a 1700-pound paint draft horse over 17 hands tall. Occasionally they’ve taken on horse farms as clients, doing a ‘turn-in, turn-out and a partial muck.’ Their sitters – over a dozen of them - extend their client reach to over 700. Teresa and Shannon’s dedication to animals and professional standards are fierce. They constantly read and monitor media for information on pet nutrition, medical procedures, care practices, even ways to entertain homebound animals (such as PetTV). They keep up with other forms of continuing education, too. They are members of Pet Sitters International (PSI),


Shade Shade, male, about 2 1/2 years old, is a black-and-tan, mostly Australian shepherd and Skye is a 12-year-old complete mix female. Shannon and Teresa found them at a shelter where, despite being found together, they were caged separately. Shade was cowering in the back of his cage, not even noticed when Shannon and Teresa first passed by. All of their sitters are at least 21 and must pass deep background checks. They must ride along with Shannon or Teresa and pass their tests, such as being greeted unexpectedly by a pack of eight to nine dogs on entering a new home. “They need to be able to observe closely, work hard, think on their feet,” say the owners, “and know when to call us for back-up.” “The most important thing is for them to observe,” says Teresa, so they can watch for any health problems or anything else amiss. It’s also because the presence of the sitters provides security for the home. Sitters have been known to discover burst pipes, damaged roofs, as well as air conditioners or heating units out of order. They also do things like bring in newspapers and take out trash.

While the house is important, and they want it to be secure, they’ve been called for the animals. They love on them profusely, but they are professionals in how they care for them, and their name reflects it. Teresa says, “This is a very serious business that we do.” Fayetteville is an ideal place for a company like Carolina Pet Care. With the high rate of transience and the military deployments as well as people vacationing and taking business trips, there is plenty of work to go round. They have several mid-day clients who simply want someone to check in on their pets during the day. Plus, Teresa notes that Ft. Bragg has four-day weekends for their soldiers on a monthly basis. With so many people moving in and out of Fayetteville, Carolina Pet Care has even created an additional service: researching pet sitters for clients who are relocating.

Providing in-home care… is not just a business to both Teresa and Shannon. According to them, “It’s a lifestyle.” Their business schedule comes to nearly 200 visits a day during the week, 80 a day on the weekend, and as many as 150 a day on holidays. It gets so hectic that Shannon and Teresa celebrate their own holidays offset from everyone else; Thanksgiving in October and Christmas in January. If a single day is a short job, military deployments are the long ones. One such was a deployment of husband and wife where the length of deployment kept being changed. It wound up being a 15-month tour for the soldiers, and for them as well. Teresa and Shannon looked after the animals themselves caring for five pets three times a day, some with special needs. By the time the deployment was over, the animals were like their babies. Shannon smiles and adds, “They all become our babies.”

Skye Teresa and Shannon decided to adopt Skye and announced their intentions on social media. Unexpectedly, the person who’d originally found the dogs contacted the women and asked about Shade. The women returned to the shelter to find him. Alone with them, he was still shy and unresponsive. However, when they brought in Skye, he became animated, happier, and obviously convinced they were okay. Being reunited with Skye made all the difference. And so they adopted the two together. That they made the effort to return and find Shade and see if he was adoptable shows the intensity of the duo’s love for animals. Providing in-home care - food, exercise, security, and love - is not just a business to both Teresa and Shannon. According to them, “It’s a lifestyle.” •A•

Carolina Pet Care

Shannon Pingitore and Teresa Blackwell Call (910) 987-3141 or Find them on Facebook & Twitter @carolinapetcare Prices compare favorably with pet boarding and can be found at their web site

Did you know? The most common flower for Mother’s Day is the carnation; pink and red for mothers who are alive and white for those who have passed away.


Small Biz Doctor

Authoritative vs. Bossy Written by Dr. Mike, Small Biz Dr.

As a small business owner and coach, I have heard it all. I’ve heard business owners say “if you want things not only done, but done right, you have to be the boss, which requires being BOSSY! I’ve been told that employees don’t listen or respect authority, but they fear bosses. Authority get things done on employee time, but bosses get things done on company time. Before we advance, let’s define authoritative: 1. Able to be trusted as being accurate or true; reliable.


2. Commanding and self-confident; likely to be respected and obeyed. Now let’s define bossy: 1. Fond of giving people orders; domineering 2. Controlling; informal high and mighty, dictatorial. As a business owner which one of these do you really want your employees or business partners to view you as? Please do not get me wrong, as a business coach, a business owner and company consultant, there are some employees that respond better to the bossier type, while some reject it. As a department director, a member of my staff walked in my office and asked if I had a moment to talk. They started by saying “ what I have to say is a little difficult, but I have to say it”. Of course my answer was “sure”. She began to tell me that she always performed better when she had a very strict and bossy type of person over her, and that my style of providing direct support, all of the resources and tools, and allowing her to perform was good, but not for her. To be honest, the fear of losing her job means more than being labeled as a person performing high at what she does. She then went on to say that total job security may make her lazy. As the department head, I must confess that I was a little taken back with all of this because I experienced a BOSSY BOSS, and it killed me, and our entire staff. There was a time when this boss walked through our department and said out loud “unemployment must be stressful and desperate, because I just got a call from a person who said that they would do your jobs for less than what the company is paying you”. After saying that, he walked out saying “ interesting”, as we all stopped and looked at each other. It’s important to know who you have on your staff and how they prefer to be managed. Being bossy can be effective to some, however belittling or demeaning is never effective to anyone. John at desk one prefers to be TOLD, while Jack at desk two prefers to be ASKED. Which is right or wrong? My answer is that as long as business respect is used when speaking with both, everyone wins. So which one are YOU? •A• Contact us for more information: (web) (email)

Ask Tina

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

We really want to buy our own home, but we can’t seem to get enough money for a down payment and all the other costs that it takes to move. Are there any programs out there that can help people like us? We have decent credit and income.

There are programs out there that

can help. If you are not set on living in a big, busy city, then a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan might work for you. These loans have been around for many years, but many people don’t know about them. The USDA loan is specifically designed to help low to moderate income households. The catch is you have to purchase a home that is in a USDA designated area, usually in rural areas. Many of the areas around Fayetteville are designated as approved areas for USDA loans. There are two different types of USDA loans. The Direct Rural Housing loan is for people with low to very low income levels. The USDA defines this as being 50-80% of the average income for the area you are looking to buy a home in. The mortgage for the direct

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home loan comes straight from the USDA instead of through a mortgage company or bank. It also offers longer terms for repayment, typically 35-38 years. The more common USDA loan is a Guaranteed Rural Housing loan. With this type of loan you can have an annual income that is slightly higher than the average for your area. This loan comes with guaranteed financing, up to a 30 year mortgage, and fixed interest rates. One of the best attributes of a USDA loan is that you do not have to have a down payment. Often most of the closing costs can also be worked into the total amount of the loan as well. This is a great benefit for those that have good credit, but just can’t pull together all the funds it takes for other types of loan products. In order to qualify for a USDA

loan, you have to be a US citizen, or allowed permanent residence in the US. The home you purchase must be your only home and one you plan to live in. The home cannot be used as a rental unit, and you may not conduct any kind of business out of the home. The home can also not be quickly bought and sold for a profit, such as in a flipping situation. These loans are intended to help people with their dream of home ownership. They also help the economies of smaller and rural communities by making homes available to people that may not have been able to own their own home. These loans can also be used to refinance or renovate an existing home as well. The best resource for information regarding USDA home loans is a qualified lender. They can look at your specific circumstances and let you know if you qualify and for how much you qualify for. Your trusted realtor can easily find you a home that falls within the designated areas. •A•

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


Marketing Mom in All She Does

Mary Kinney and family Written by Kacey Minnick Photography by Rachael Santillan

If there were ever a “super mom,”

Mary Kinney would be it. She’s the Marketing Director of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/ Cumberland County, and typically works 40 hours a week, but that doesn’t include the number of extra nights and weekends she works for events, such as the International Folk Festival, A Dickens Holiday, and Fourth Fridays. She’s also a mother of two boisterous sons, pre-teen Chris and eight-year-old Eric. She loves both jobs immensely. “My role [as Marketing Director] allows me the pleasure of telling the story of our vibrant cultural arts community,” Mary says. “I love the variety of ways I get to share the marketing message. Every day is different. One day I’m hanging banners on the historical Market House balcony and the next day I’m dressed in Victorian garb doing a television interview.” Like many working mothers, there are significant challenges to negotiating home and professional life. “I squeeze ‘me’ time in during my long commute from another county. I use that time to keep in touch with family and friends on the phone.” Mary stresses the importance of family. “I’m home with my family by dinnertime almost every day. Sharing our joys and frustrations over a meal


is oftentimes the most important way for us to connect.” Her husband, Greg, is very supportive. They’ve been together for more than twenty years; she was a senior in high school and he was in the Navy when they met. Her whole family, in fact, truly empowers her. “I’ve had countless moments that make me proud of my husband and children. I’m humbled by their incredible intelligence, numerous talents, and compassion for others.”

“There is no right or wrong formula for parenting. Do your best. It’s a balancing act that requires practice, persistence, and patience.” With her own mother passing away when she was a young adult, Mary keeps life in perspective. “My mother died of cancer on my 21st birthday, so I have a keen awareness of the fleeting time we have on Earth.” She translates this to her parenting. “I tell my kids that ‘what we do with what we have (time, talents, energy, money, etc.) shows who we are.’”

Both Eric and Chris have their own opinion of their mother. “My youngest son says I’m ‘great!’ and my oldest son says I’m ‘crazy. Just crazy.’ I try to keep a healthy balance of silly and serious.” Her sense of humor is apparent through their recently adopted puppies, Lilly and Daisy. “The dogs are a mix of several breeds, so we say they are Heinz 57s.” Mary also describes a family tradition that comes from her father. “My dad’s family is Australian, so we grew up communicating over long distances with a ‘Cooee!’ I still call my own kids by shouting this Bush call when they are out playing in the yard or across the soccer field after practice.” From her experience juggling her two kids, new puppies and sustaining her marriage, she has simple advice for mothers and moms-to-be. “There is no right or wrong formula for parenting. Do your best. It’s a balancing act that requires practice, persistence, and patience.” Between the radio show interviews, designing advertisements and writing press releases, Mary still finds it crucial to connect with her family. “When I am with my family, I make an extra effort to have lots of great eye contact.” “And when we hug I never let go first.” •A•

Dear Shanessa, I do not have any children and do not care to have any either. People are always telling me that I should have at least one child. I wish they would mind their own business. I try not to be rude but I am tired of being asked about having kids. What should I do? -Childless Dear Ms. Childless,

The great thing about life is that we can make our own decisions about what we want and what we don’t want. Some people want to get married and have kids and some people want to remain single and childless. It is a lot of responsibility and it is okay if you do not want that kind of responsibility. One way to not be happy is to follow someone else’s life or do what other people think you should do. Just remember that no one can make you do what you don’t want to. This is your life. Live it and be happy. You don’t have to explain your decisions to anyone.

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May 2016 Sunday

10am Women in World War II Exhibit - North Carolina Veterans Park 5pm Fort Bragg Fair - Fort Bragg Fairgrounds 5pm Manna Youth Group Methodist University



9am Gayleen Aiken’s Rambilli Cousins - The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, 1 University Drive, Pembroke,NC 10:30am Tots and Toddler Story Times - West Regional Branch Library 7pm Zumba Class - Kiwanis Recreation Center



9am FREE Diabetes Clinic 1422 Bragg Blvd 10am Nature Tails: May Flowers - Cape Fear Botanical Garden 12pm Beef: Big Nutrition in a Small Package - 301 E Mountain Dr

Wednesday 410am Punitive Expedition Exhibit - The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum 10:30am Diabetes

8 11am Teen Bookmark Design

9 1pm Contrast: Paintings by Jessica 10 10am Preschool Story Time -



168:30am Senior Exercise -

17 10:30am Baby Bunnies


2310am Tots & Tales Story Time

24 10am 2016 Field of Honor -


30 9am Fit4life Zumba - Fit4Life,

31 10:30am Hula Hoop Club -

Contest - Cliffdale Regional Branch 5pm Fort Bragg Fair - Fort Bragg Fairgrounds, Bragg Blvd 6pm Bull Riding on the Farm Shady Acres Rodeo



5pm Fort Bragg Fair - Fort Bragg Fairgrounds 6pm Bull Riding on the Farm Shady Acres Rodeo 7:30pm Java Expressions LIVE - The Coffee Scene

10am 2016 Field of Honor Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation 11am Teen Bookmark Design Contest - Cliffdale Regional Branch 6pm Bull Riding on the Farm Shady Acres Rodeo

10am 2016 Field of Honor Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation 6pm Bull Riding on the Farm Shady Acres Rodeo 7:30pm A Symphonic Salute to the US Armed Forces - Festival Park 41 24

Kaukola and Aimee Ruiz - Carolina Civic Center, 315 N Chestnut St, Lumberton, NC 2pm Hope Mills Chamber of Commerce Luncheon - Parks and Recreation Services Center, 5766 Rockfish Road, Hope Mills, NC 7pm JAVA JAMS: FAYETTEVILLE’S PREMIERE POETRY OPEN MIKE The Coffee Scene

Spring Lake Senior Enrichment center, 301 Ruth St, Spring Lake, NC 10am Tots & Tales Story Time - Cliffdale Regional Branch Library 7pm Zumba Class - Kiwanis Recreation Center

- Cliffdale Regional Branch Library 1pm Contrast: Paintings by Jessica Kaukola and Aimee Ruiz - Carolina Civic Center, 315 N Chestnut St, Lumberton, NC 7pm JAVA JAMS: FAYETTEVILLE’S PREMIERE POETRY OPEN MIKE - The Coffee Scene 3266 Ray Rd, Spring Lake, NC 28390 10am FREE Exercise Class 1422 Bragg Blvd 7pm JAVA JAMS: FAYETTEVILLE’S PREMIERE POETRY OPEN MIKE - The Coffee Scene

Bordeaux Branch Library 10am Parent and Child Art Classes - Fascinate-U Children’s Museum 7pm Lupus Foundation Support Group – Cumberland County - Prudential All American Homes, 6920 Cliffdale Road

Story Time - The Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines NC 12pm Third Tuesday Talks Pizza Inn, 1138 W Broad St, Dunn, NC 7pm Tuesday Outreach with Firefighters - 215 S Bragg Blvd, Spring Lake, NC

Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation 12pm Al-Anon, Serenity Seekers Group - Snyder Memorial Baptist Church 7:30pm Senior Citizens Entertainment Night - EastoverCentral Recreation Center

Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park 11am TAI CHI for HEALTH Cape Fear Botanical Garden 7pm Weymouth Jam Session with Irish Guests - Weymouth, 555 E Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines, NC

10am Edward Evans Exhibit - The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum

9am Fit4life Zumba Fit4Life, 3266 Ray Rd, Spring Lake, NC 28390 11am Lafayette in Fayetteville -

11am Lafayette in Fayetteville 325 Franklin St 4pm Animal Feedings - J. Bayard Clark Park & Nature Center


Clinic-Gray’s Creek Parks and Rec Gray’s Creek Elementary School 4pm Animal Feedings - J. Bayard Clark Park & Nature Center

11am Civil War Sesquicentennial Exhibit - 325 Franklin St 3pm City Market at the Museum - Fayetteville Transportation Museum

325 Franklin St 9pm Fayetteville ART Attack - The Rock Shop Musical Hall

9pm Community Drumming Ensemble - Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park




6 10am Railroading in Fayetteville

7 9am Happiness Is You - Kiwanis

12 11am From State House to

13 10am FREE Exercise Class -

14 9am Cars and Coffee Meet -

19 5pm Third Thursday Dine

20 10am Crocheting @ the Senior 21 9am City Market at the Museum

26 9am Gayleen Aiken’s Rambilli

27 6pm Jazzy Friday - Cypress

8:30am Senior Exercise Spring Lake Senior Enrichment center, 301 Ruth St, Spring Lake, NC 10am Mother Goose & Tots and Tales Story Time - North Regional Branch Library 6pm Taekwondo Classes Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park

Statehood - 325 Franklin St 6pm Diabetes Clinic - 1422 Bragg Blvd 6pm Wine Tastings at Luigi’s Luigi’s, 528 North McPherson Church Road

and Stroll Downtown Dunn Downtown Dunn, Dunn, NC 5:30pm Wine & Whimsy - Cape Fear Botanical Garden 8pm Social Ballroom Dance Retired Military Association

Cousins - The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, 1 University Drive, Pembroke, NC 11am Preschool Story Time East Regional Branch Library 9pm Live Music - Soul DeCree Speakeasy Martini Bar

Exhibit - The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum 10:30am Fit4Life Yoga - Fit4Life, 3266 Ray Rd, Spring Lake, NC 8pm Kem and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds - Crown Complex

1422 Bragg Blvd 6pm Jazzy Friday - Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Rd, Wagram, NC 9pm Friday Night Drag Show - Radium Nightclub, 984 Old McPherson Church Rd

center - Spring Lake Senior Enrichment center, 301 Ruth St, Spring Lake, NC 28390 6pm Oldies, Rock and Blues Music - Hope Mills Recreation Center 9pm Live Music - Bill and JD Speakeasy Martini Bar

Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Rd, Wagram, NC 7:30pm 4th Friday Practice Party - Market Square Ballroom Studio, 131 Hay St #301 9pm Birthday Dance & Potluck - Retired Military Association. 120 Elizabethtown Road

Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park 10:30am Yvette’s Dance Academy - Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park 12pm See the Trains! Fascinate-U Children’s Museum

Millstone Towne Centre 10am Fayetteville Baby, Kids & Family Expo - Freedom Courts Sports Complex, 3126 Gillespie St 7pm VerseUs Open Mic and Discussion - The Big Apple Restaurant & Sports Pub

- Fayetteville Transportation Museum 9:30am Book Sale by the Friends of the Library Headquarters Library 5pm Fayetteville Uncorked - A Wine Tasting Event - Cape Fear Botanical Garden

28 9am The Color Run Tropicolor

World Tour 2016 - Crown Complex 11am Make it, Take it! Fascinate-U Children’s Museum 12pm Art Market - The Sweet Palette

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Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce 2016 Gala Awards Written by Robin Minnick Photography by Aly Hansen On March 18, the Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce held their 2016 Annual Meeting and Awards Gala at the Crown Expo Center. It was, in Chamber President and CEO Rodney Anderson’s words, “a celebration of Excellence in our community.” To celebrate that excellence, every year awards are presented to those businesses who, during the previous year, succeeded not only in their fields but at finding time to make substantial contributions to the community.

community such as the economy, giving back and so on.” She chose to take part in the Fayetteville Young Professionals program because she’d been involved in her community back home and wanted to be here. “Every young professional should want to be a part of something that can help you grow professionally and push you to be more immersed in the community,” she says. “This town is so transient and FYP platforms show you that Fayetteville has so much more to offer.”

Candice Richardson

Athena Award presented to Shauna Hopkins by Linda Huff 2015 award winner

The Fayetteville Young Professional of the Year Award is awarded for professional success and involvement with Fayetteville Young Professionals, a Chamber program whose mission reads “We thrive on making the world a better place.” This year’s recipient is Candice Richardson, co-owner of Blush Bridals on Broadfoot Avenue where brides are given personal attention at consultations done by appointment. Candice didn’t expect the nomination, but she fits the profile of a recipient. Candice says she’s passionate about building a better Fayetteville and “connecting with other young professionals so we can build a sense of community. As a business owner, I’m passionate about business in general and what it can offer to the local

The Athena Award is presented to the person who has ‘demonstrated excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession; provided valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community and actively assisted women in realizing their full leadership potential.’ For 2015, the Athena Award went to Shauna Hopkins of Fayetteville Urban Ministry’s Find-A-Friend program. Established by former North Carolina Governor Hunt, the program provides mentors and afterschool programs to keep young people motivated and enriched via workshops, activities and a support system. Fayetteville Urban Ministry’s program serves at-risk youth ages 6 to 17 residing in Cumberland County. Shauna began


working with it as a part-time program assistant and helped grow the program to serving over 200 youth a year. In 2012 she was promoted to Find-A-Friend Director where, with the help of an enthusiastic staff, the program has been able to assist several youth to set and reach their goals. Honored to receive the award, Shauna thinks perhaps she received it because of her direct work with the youth and their families. “I have always said that kids are our best natural resource, and it’s important that we invest in them so we can have a better and brighter future. However when working with youth, you have to work with the entire family, and of course that creates an even bigger positive impact on our community.” Shauna says that two women inspired her. One is her own mother, Constance Jones, who served in the Army for 20 years while earning her Master’s degree and being a single parent. “A strong woman with a giving heart and a no-nonsense attitude” according to Shauna, she pushed her daughter toward excellence, teaching her that anything worth having is worth working for. Her second hero was her Aunt Liz, who taught her that doing the right thing is not about accolades but about doing God’s work. The inspiration from these two women gave Shauna the tools to pass on to her ‘kids’, and “to be the best I can be and to spread love and encouragement to others.”

Licensed General Contractor. His work has included the expansion and growth of several real estate companies and subsidiaries until today he’s become one of North Carolina’s leading developers of single-family dwellings, daycare centers, condominiums and apartments. His success in developing both land and communities appears to stem from his enthusiasm. He advises, “Business is difficult so when you find something you are good at doing, go ahead and go for it with vigor.” Murray is committed to continue improving our community. Receiving the Realtor’s Cup has been a great honor, but it doesn’t change his game plan. “I don’t plan on doing anything differently,” he says. “I will stay focused on improving the quality of life in Fayetteville.” He believes the Chamber can have a great impact on the future of the greater Fayetteville area, but he says, “unless we get more pro-active people involved, including local industry, hospitals, businesses and colleges, we will fall short. We need passion and action -- not talk.”

The Mayor’s Small Business Award presented to Hyung Sackos by Mayor Robertson

Murray Duggins The Realtor Cup is one of the most prestigious awards bestowed upon a citizen of Cumberland County, awarded to ‘the individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the civic, economic and cultural growth of Fayetteville and Cumberland County. In addition, the recipient must have demonstrated the qualities that define excellence in both business and community service.’ Murray Duggins of United Developers is this year’s recipient. Murray Duggins has worked in real estate for 40 years as both a licensed broker and North Carolina

The Mayor’s Small Business Award honors that small business with ‘outstanding business practices, strong customer service, positive community contributions and dedication to growing the economy through innovative techniques.’ This is a new award; it’s inaugural recipient is Bopie’s Diamond and Fine Jewelry. ‘Bopie’ - whose full name is Hyung “Bopie” Sackos believes a business should be based on personal dreams, dedication, and hard work. “It won’t make it easier,” she says, “but it will become a labor of love.” Bopie’s own labor of love began after graduation, when she went to work in the jewelry industry “and became fascinated by the retail marketplace, people, what makes them get excited and inspires them to purchase. Jewelry represents personal celebrations and milestones that interested me. That interest quickly turned to curiosity, how jewelry is made. … My curiosity became my passion.”


When later she came to the US, Bopie fell in love with Fayetteville. Starting with a cart at Cross Creek Mall, she grew her business based on the idea of offering a real jewelry alternative to the primarily mass produced goods sold here. Today her 4800 square foot luxury jewelry store on Yadkin Road offers fine diamonds, brands and natural gemstone jewelry. Bopie says, “I think this award represents the importance of successful businesses giving back.” Her business has given back to Fayetteville each year with four fundraisers benefitting such local charities as FAPS (Fayetteville Animal Protection Society), and the Pretty in Pink Foundation. “I feel I, as a business owner, have the responsibility to be a good steward to this community, and provide a platform to help local charities.”

more of being a ‘middle man’, putting home seekers together with people who have resources to enable them to buy a home. “I just enjoy helping people - knowing that there are other companies with the means to assist,” says Elsie. In addition to helping people find housing, Kingdom CDC teaches them how to be successful homeowners. They provide buyer counseling and teach Financial Literacy and Financial Capability to help people learn to successfully navigate the home purchase process. They also do foreclosure mitigation. They’ve worked closely with the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency since 2005 to allow people to keep their homes and not be displaced. “It keeps a lot of people in the Cumberland County area in their homes,” she says - as well as the six surrounding communities they work with. Elsie enjoys teaching the home buying and foreclosure mitigation classes to people that are receptive to the information, including teens and young adults readying themselves to take on responsibility. As a community organization, Kingdom CDC has been helping potential homeowners for 20 years. With this award, Elsie hopes more people will be finding out about what they offer.

The Business of the Award presented to Kingdom CDC by Rodney Anderson The Business of the Year Award is given to recognize ‘the outstanding business achievement and leadership in our area... and the immense positive impact business makes on the community.’ This business will have been set apart from others in the community; shown exceptional commitment to the growth of their employees and innovation among their peers, and will have overcome challenges during the past year. Meeting the criteria was Kingdom CDC, a non-profit, HUD-approved Counseling Agency and Certified Housing Development Organization. Executive Director Elsie Gilmore was a little taken aback by the nomination. They are located in Spring Lake and hadn’t been active in the Fayetteville Chamber for a while. However, they’ve been in the greater community for over 20 years, building affordable homes and rehabbing foreclosed properties to rent out at low-cost to those who need them. The Chamber felt the work they do is deserving of recognition. Elsie says that when the company was founded, the mission was to find resources for low income families to buy houses, whether it was through finding the money or building with low overhead. Now their mission is


The Chairman’s Award presented to George Breece by Brian Kent The Chairman’s Award recognizes the member who has excelled above and beyond in support for the chamber itself. For 2015, that member is former Chairman George Breece. No one was more surprised than he to receive an award at the Gala. “I had no idea. Five minutes before the Chamber Chair Brian Kent presented me with the Chairman’s Award, Rodney Anderson leaned over my shoulder at the dinner and said, ‘I want you to be prepared to walk up on the stage for the Chairman’s Award, you are this year’s recipient.’ At that exact moment I realized why I had been asked to give the invocation at the start of the program that evening; I guess to make sure I would be there.”

Among his accomplishments with the Chamber, George says he is “very proud that our Chamber Board unanimously endorsed the concept of our Task Force 2025 initiative and then unanimously endorsed the recommendations of the Task Force.” In addition the Board made moves under his leadership to select a new logo, write a new mission and vision statement, and reorganize the board, reducing its size. His greatest pride, however, was the Board’s unanimous selection of Retired Major General Rodney Anderson as new President and CEO. “He has done an outstanding job since taking over in November of 2015,” says George. Receiving the Chairman’s Award led the former chairman to reflect “that when a group of folks who truly care come together there is nothing too big to tackle... that by serving the greater good, good things will happen. We as a Chamber and as a community are on the cusp of greatness.” George invites everyone to “Join with us as we move our community forward!” •A•

For more information on the Greater Fayetteville Chamber go to Or visit the chamber at 159 Maxwell Street, Fayetteville 910-483-8133

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Ahh, Summertime is Calling! Written by Steve Rogers

Summer is almost here and some folks are

preparing to go on vacation. Some folks do yard work or relax by the pool on weekends, some go to the lake to go fishing, and some kids are left at home to do as they please. Whatever you plan to do this summer, be sure to throw a little preparedness in the mix. Don’t worry, I have a few suggestions for the upcoming summer time excitement. Going away on vacation? 1. If you are on an extended vacation stop your mail and newspaper, or 2. Have a trusted neighbor or friend check on your house and go inside every couple of days to check on things and pick up mail/ newspaper if necessary. Have them move vehicles around and put trash bin at the road during pickup times

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3. This may sound cliché’ but make sure all windows and doors are locked before leaving and arm your alarm system 4. Set up timers on a few lamps and lights throughout your home to come on at different intervals 5. Don’t divulge information about your vacation to everyone 6. Wait until you return home before posting pictures on social media sites Is your child at home? Alone? Did you know that in the state of NC there is no age limit to stay at home alone? The standard is twelve but it is more about maturity than age. If your child stays home alone during the summer while you’re at work, please consider these tips to help ensure their safety. 1. They should know how to work the alarm system and dial 911 2. They should know the address and phone number 3. They shouldn’t open the door to people they know without your permission and definitely not to strangers 4. Have a call chart with names and numbers to call for help, if you’re not available 5. Practice different scenarios, such as what to do if the power goes out or someone is knocking on the door, etc. 6. Limit cooking to the comfort level and the ability of the child May 15-21 Hurricane Preparedness Week - Know what to do before, during and after a hurricane. The only nice thing about hurricanes

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is that they’re predictable, we usually know where and when they’re coming. The time to prepare is now. Here on the Atlantic Coast Hurricane season start on June 1, so take this time to do the following. 1. You should have a 72-hour emergency kit. Have one at home, the office and in the car 2. Create a communications plan with your family 3. Listen to local authorities especially at your beach house 4. If you do have a beach house, know the evacuation routes in case the authorities tell you to leave. Better yet go ahead and make your preparations before the storm and get out before the traffic gets bad 5. Secure items that are kept outside such as patio furniture, trash cans, potted plants, trampolines, swing sets, etc. 6. Clean out gutters and pick up any yard debris that may be laying around

May 31 National Dam Safety Awareness Day If you live anywhere near or downstream from a dam, please be sure to visit www.damsafety. org and take precautions to know what to do in the event of a break or overflow. 12 months to preparedness ___1. Pen and paper, map of the area ___2. Cell phone with charger(s) ___3. Tools to turn off utilities •A•

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Mother’s Day Salute Written by Anissa Short

The month of May has made its arrival and

with it comes the blooms of flowers, longer days, graduations, Memorial Day festivities and of course, the time we set aside to salute our Mothers. Millions of dollars will be spent in flowers, candies, dinners and gifts to extend gratitude to the women of our lives that have nurtured and supported us through the good, the bad and the “not so cute” seasons. Have you ever really stopped to think about how arduous the task must have been (and continues to be) to make sure that every aspect of home, work, family, church and community functions like a well-oiled machine? Even in challenging times brought about by the unexpected, Moms continue to remain strong, committed and resilient. And what about the moms who, in the midst of everything typically expected of them, still find the internal fortitude to change not only the trajectory of their own families, but make significant impacts on the lives of others locally, nationally and in some cases internationally? Consider Mary Kay Ash, the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics and a woman considered by Lifetime Television to be the “Most Outstanding Woman in Business in the 20th Century”. Her motivation was to simply provide an opportunity for women during a time when opportunities were not as prevalent. As a single mother, she took her life savings and created an entrepreneurial opportunity that has evolved into a billion dollar enterprise represented in over 30 markets globally.

Consider also Julie Aigner-Clark, the former teacher turned stay-at-home mom, who started Baby Einstein in her basement. The inspiration behind her venture began with a desire to provide children under the age of 4 with exposure to music, art, poetry and language. The initial investment of $18,000 eventually progressed into a million dollar company, and a brand said to have penetrated over 65% of households with little ones. Another inspirational Mom is Victoria KnightMcDowell. She is the brain-child behind the dietary supplement that we know today as Airborne, one marketed to prevent the common cold and improve immune function. This mom and school teacher’s mission was simple. She needed a remedy that would assist her in the plight of not getting sick while constantly around students with the sniffles. What she created for herself could now be easily described as a $21 million dollar remedy. So what do you call her? Is she Mom, Medea, Grandma, Nana, Gigi, or Mother? Is she your biological mother, your Stepmom, your Godmother, your Grandmother, your Aunt, Mentor or friend? Is she a “stay-at-home” mom, CEO, Entrepreneur, educator, or public servant? Regardless of what you call her and her varied roles, one thing can be said about them all. Mothers go “all out” in their commitment to love, to serve and to make a difference. That’s just what Mothers do, and that’s why we go “all out” to show our appreciation. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!! •A•

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Smarts Written by Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC

Traditionally, on Memorial Day

we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Social Security respects the heroism and courage of our military service members, and we remember those who have given their lives in defense of freedom. The unexpected loss of a service member is a difficult experience for the family. Social Security helps by providing benefits to protect service members’ dependents. Widows, widowers, and their dependent children may be eligible for Social Security survivors benefits. You can learn more about Social Security survivors benefits at survivors. It’s also important to recognize those service members who are still with us, especially those who have been wounded. Just as they served us, we have the obligation to serve them. Social Security has benefits to protect veterans when an injury prevents them from returning to active duty. Wounded military service members can also receive expedited processing of their disability claims. For example, Social Security will provide expedited processing

Honoring Our Service Members On Memorial Day of disability claims filed by veterans who have a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Compensation rating of 100 percent Permanent & Total (P&T). Depending on the situation, some family members of military personnel, including dependent children and, in some cases, spouses, may be eligible to receive benefits. You can get answers to commonly asked questions and find useful information about the application process at www.socialsecurity. gov/woundedwarriors. Service members can also receive Social Security in addition to military retirement benefits. The good news is that your military retirement benefit does not reduce your Social Security retirement benefit. Learn more about Social Security retirement benefits at www. You may also want to visit the Military Service page of our Retirement Planner, available at veterans.htm. Service members are also


eligible for Medicare at age 65. If you have health insurance from the VA or under the TRICARE or CHAMPVA programs, your health benefits may change, or end, when you become eligible for Medicare. Learn more about Medicare benefits at www. In acknowledgment of those who died for our country, those who served, and those who serve today, we at Social Security honor and thank you. •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.




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Written by Kacey Minnick

First, it’s just the occasional

name. Then it’s where he placed his keys. Now he’s not sure if he can remember what this thingmabobber in his hands does. He stares at it, wills its purpose into his mind, but his memory offers only emptiness. He is frustrated and throws the item down onto the counter. His wife, standing nearby, is silent, and glances at the calendar where a date, marked “DOCTOR,” is highlighted. It couldn’t come soon enough. If this sounds familiar, it should. Over 5.3 million adult Americans are estimated to have dementia, and the number will only rise as the baby boomer generation continues to age, according to the 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Fact and Figure report from Alzheimer’s Association. It’s very likely a family member has it, or a neighbor does, or a coworker. It’s also a disease that currently has no cure. Fortunately, there is hope. At Pinehurst Neurology doctors are working steadily to minimize symptoms. Both dementia and Alzheimer’s are difficult to diagnose in the earliest stages, as trademark signs are often mistaken for common aging (forgetting names, misplacing household items). As the disease progresses, so do the symptoms (changes in or increasingly erratic behavior, significant mood swings, inability to determine an object’s use). For Dr. Bruce Solomon, the matter is personal. His bachelor’s degree in physical therapy at Daemen College in Buffalo, NY exposed him to a broad spectrum of personalities. “Patients inspired me looking into medical schools,” he says.


Dr. Solomon’s growing interactions with doctors during his undergraduate studies also led him to apply to medical schools, and he found himself in Miami Beach attending the Southeastern University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine. His course work in anatomy, neuroanatomy and neurology led to interest and eventual passion for neurology. He completed a residency at the State University of New York Medical-Dental Consortium and a subsequent fellowship at the Burke Rehabilitation Center of Cornell University. At Pinehurst Neurology, he works with all kinds of patients,

ranging from the middle aged to the elderly. Neurology is a difficult subject, as the human brain’s complexities vary from person to person, even identical twins. So when patients come to him, diagnosis and treatment are straightforward. “Patients are seen alone and/ or with family members. An initial history and physical, and neurologic and mental status examination is done, followed (if appropriate) ordering of diagnostic tests.” These tests may include MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan that allows the doctor to view the patient’s brain and spinal cord; an EEG (electroencephalogram)

Over 5.3 million adult Americans are estimated to have dementia, and the number will only rise as the baby boomer generation continues to age... that measures brain waves; an LP (lumbar puncture) or spinal tap, that obtains a sample of fluid from the spinal area. Other lab work and tests may be necessary, depending on the symptoms displayed by the patient. The diagnostic tests are reviewed with the patient and family within two weeks, and Dr. Solomon will then schedule an appointment detailing official diagnosis and the plan of treatment. Dr. Solomon does not sugarcoat the obvious problem, however. “Although there is currently no cure, there is treatment that was not available fifteen years ago, and retention of independence for years is possible.” Treatments currently available tend towards the nonpharmalogic. Diet changes, a specific exercise regiment, and emotional support are all necessary to keep a patient healthy. There are also prescriptions available for memory and depression, a common side effect of dementia and Alzheimer’s. If a loved one is possibly demonstrating signs of a neurological disease, Dr. Solomon’s advice is simple. “With kindness and compassion, suggest to a loved one to be seen for evaluation of memory loss or to understand if this is normal aging or something else.” At Pinehurst Neurology, it’s easy to find that compassion. •A•

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A Walk to Remember Written by Johnnerlyn Johnson

Imagine a family member who loves you dearly,

perhaps raised you, married you, grew up with you, and/or who has known you for the majority of both of your lives. Upon extending your arms to embrace that loved one, he or she pulls back in angst, looks directly at you, and asserts, “Who are you? Get away from me! I don’t know who you are!” This emotionally-charged scenario is a common reality for families dealing with Alzheimer’s. In 2015, 160,000 people over the age of 64 in North Carolina currently live with the disease. This statistic is one of the major reasons why the Annual Fayetteville Alzheimer’s Walk has become a mainstay for the community. Julie Russo and her husband, Pat, started the first Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s in 2011. The event has been compounded with success each year. Julie shared that “For the first four years, the Walk was held at our McKee Homes’ neighborhood. Last year in 2015, we held it at the Swamp Dogs Stadium. Each year we get bigger and bigger. In 2011 we had about 200 people and raised $20,000. Last year we had about 900 people and raised $90,000.” In order for an event of this magnitude to be a blossoming success, it takes planning and an individual with immense training, such as Julie, who is a former teacher. She began teaching elementary school in 1995 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Her career eventually brought her to Wake County, and she ended up in the Knightdale area. She has taught all grades, with the opportunity to work in many different schools. She became a mentor and trainer in her later years and developed strong organizational and time management skills. Julie reflected, “I believe the same passion that I have for teaching young children comes through whether I am working with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s planning committee or sharing my story with anyone who will listen.” Julie and Pat have a personal stake in the Fayetteville Alzheimer’s Walk. “My father-inlaw, Joe McKee, passed away in 2010 from Alzheimer’s complications. My mother-inlaw, Shirley, cared for him over ten years while watching his cognitive abilities slowly 36

deteriorate. She loved him throughout the whole process. “My husband and his brother, Mike, formed McKee Homes in their dad’s honor. A portion of every home we sell goes to the Joe McKee Memorial Alzheimer’s Fund. We use those funds to help the Alzheimer’s Association reach their vision, which is a world without Alzheimer’s.” Julie is motivated to help others who are currently affected by this disease connect with the Alzheimer’s Association and the services they provide. Being a major sponsor, a member of the Eastern North Carolina Alzheimer’s Association board member, and co-chair of the Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s, allows her to do just that. According to, Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America. It’s the only one on the top ten list of deadliest diseases that has not declined over the last several years. In fact, it is increasing rapidly. In 2015, an estimated 700,000 people in the United States age 65 and older will die with Alzheimer’s. Julie and Pat are very cognizant of the funding needed to continue research efforts. She said, “In 2010 we raised $20,000 and have increased at least by $10,000 each year. Our 2016 Walk goal is to raise $100,000. We have a company goal of helping the Alzheimer’s Association raise a million dollars over the next five years.” Without buy-in from the community, fundraising efforts would not be as magnificent as they have been. Julie remembered, “We have been very fortunate to have started Walk in Fayetteville because the community as a whole has embraced this cause. Our partners in the home building industry were some of our earliest supporters.” Over the years, several different industries have added their support; from Rhudy’s the local jeweler to Team Elite, Coldwell Banker. Several local restaurants and caterers have also helped by advertising on their takeout boxes and donating their food and services to the cause. Several local media outlets partner up with

the Russos as well. Up and Coming Weekly and Array Magazine have both made large in-kind donations, which has allowed them to get the message out to the community continually over the course of the entire calendar year. “In-kind sponsorships reduce our overhead, which allow for more of the much needed funds we raise to go directly to care and research,” remarked Julie. McKee Homes has been the presenting sponsor every year. For 2016, McKee has committed to being a regional sponsor, which means they will sponsor all six Walks in

Eastern NC: Fayetteville, Triangle, Jacksonville, Wilmington, New Bern, Johnston County, and they are donating $30,000. Co-chairs for the Planning Committee: Julie Russo and Susan Thomas; Marketing Committee Chairs: Anissa Short, AnneMarie Ziegler; Volunteer Committee Chairs: Ashley Schaus and October Morales; Team Committee: Hope Mixon, Michelle Nobles, and Peggy Manning; Sponsorship Chair: Debbie Waitley; Additional Planning Members: Jennifer Lescaleet, Kristina Zeller-Hakel, Michelle Nobles, October Morales, Wendy DeJong, and Susan Benoit. •A•

The Walk will be held on September 24th at the Swamp Dogs Stadium Interested participants should contact Rhonda Quador at 919.803.8285 or Visit the Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s Page at: Like them on Facebook: There is also a 1-800 number that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 24/7 Helpline: 800.272.3900 For more information on the disease and research for its cure, go to The Alzheimer’s Association website:

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The Boys and Girls Club of Cumberland County held their annual Garden Party to kick off the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival as well as raise money to fund projects for The Boys and Girls Club of Cumberland County. B&B Catering provided marvelous heavy hors d’oeuvres again this year and live music was provided by The (919) Band. The best dressed men in summer suits and beautiful southern ladies in bright flowered dresses and hats enjoyed an afternoon of fun, music, conversation, food, and dancing while helping an incredible group. What a great way to kick off Dogwood Festival weekend!!

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Junior League with Don Williams

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Kayla Autry & family

Ivonne Ibarra, Cristinia Petrucelli, Meta Trombley, Keri Carelas & Star Davis

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Brandon & Jill Vanness

Victoria Townsend & Tim Edwards

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Customer Service Etiquette

While sitting at the airport waiting

to catch a flight, a colleague and I talked about how running a business has changed over the years. Technology has allowed us to become more efficient while reducing costs. Catalogs have been replaced by websites. Letters have been replaced by email. Kiosks are replacing cashiers. But despite these advances, one aspect of business has been on a steady decline: customer service etiquette. Today’s businesses have foregone teaching new employees how to properly interact with customers resulting in a dramatic decline in customer satisfaction. Small businesses can differentiate themselves from the competition by simply providing exceptional customer service. Take the time to teach your employees how to properly treat customers by engaging in DT Squared’s Customer Service CHARM Offensive! 1. Cheerful. Remember to smile and be positive. Be happy that the customer has chosen your business to spend their time and money. Cheerfulness is contagious. Smiling and expressing a positive attitude will ensure that the customer enjoys conducting business with you. Wouldn’t you feel more comfortable giving your hard earned money to a smiling face than a grouch? 2. Honest. It can take years to build trust but only seconds to lose it. Always be up front and honest. Never stretch the truth in an effort to make the sale. Eventually the truth will come out and you will lose the customer forever. If you don’t know the answer to a question say, “I don’t know” and put them in contact with

someone who knows the answer, even if it is a competitor. Would you give up a mechanic that you trust for a lower cost alternative that has a reputation for being dishonest? 3. Accept. Avoid being confrontational with a customer. Do not take their negativity personal. Accept that they may have had a bad day. Accept that they may have financial issues. Accept that they may be in a hurry. Even if they are wrong, it is better to accept the customer’s point of view in order to calm them down. 4. Responsiveness. A customer who spends their time interacting with your business is just as important as one who spends their money. If they take the time to call or send you an email, show appreciation by providing a timely response. Reply to emails and voicemails within the same day they are received. At a minimum, thank the customer for contacting you and let them know that it may take a couple days to provide the requested information. If your customer thinks that you have forgotten about them,

Written by Dan Travieso

they will certainly forget about you when they start conducting business with your competitor. 5. Manners. Always use good manners! Greet customers with a “good morning” or “welcome”. Ask if they need assistance and remember to always thank them for their business. Margaret Walker said it best, “Friends and good manners will carry you where money won’t go”. •A• Dan Travieso, known as the Ultimate Performance Architect, is an expert in organizational and individual performance at DT Squared Consulting Services. Visit, or email info@ for more information.


$ense The Golden Rule

Dollar &

Contributed by Alan Porter, Strategic Wealth Strategies

There are a lot of experts who

think the market is going to crash, potentially big time, in 2016. The Sovereign Investor Daily warns that “80% Stock Market Crash to Strike in 2016, Economist Warns.” Fortune splashes this headline: “Analyst: Here Comes the Biggest Stock Market Crash in a Generation.” All you have to do is Goggle “is the stock market going to crash in 2016” and you’re going to get an explosion of articles that say, basically, “yes it is.” Okay. Over the past six years, I have talked to hundreds of people, and one of the main themes is about how us riskadverse folks don’t like the roller coaster ride of the stock market. But as people fasten their seat belts and get ready for another wild ride down the track, I want to talk about something that we all need to think about when it comes to money—yours, mine, your financial strategist’s or representative’s—especially in these uncertain financial times. The “Golden Rule.” We all know it: Try to treat others as you would want them to treat you. When things are scary, how do you want to be treated? I’m betting that you want someone who is compassionate, who is polite and treats you with dignity. When the world seems uncertain, what would you prefer? Someone who comes in and tells you how you should think or act or someone who is honest, fair, and cares about your feelings and what you think? Most of the people I’ve met are always going


to choose the latter. How does this relate to how you handle your money—not just what you’re spending but what you’re saving and how you’re saving it? In every way possible. We are definitely living in uncertain financial times. If you have money in a qualified plan that is tied directly to the stock market, you’re nervous. If you have a chunk of your portfolio in the stock market, I bet you’re really tense. Because of this, you don’t want a “pitch.” You want the truth about the various ways you can protect that money. You want to know what the savings plan entails, how much it costs you both in the short term and over the long haul. You want to know how your money is protected— or not—and if there are any guarantees associated with the products you’re looking at. Anyone who helps you with your money decisions should have your best interests at heart. There are a ton of savings vehicles out there. Some are better than others. But all of them need to have an understanding, caring individual who is willing to take the time to explain to you the good, the bad, and if necessary, the ugly. Yes, the person you’re talking

to is going to make money if you choose to go with them. That’s a given. But it’s not a given that they will disclose how much they will make—and if they aren’t willing to do that, maybe they’re not being honest with you. I have said it thousands of times, there is no such thing as a perfect place to put your money. But there are good people who help people with their money who truly care. Some work in the area of stock market investing— the brokers and investment advisers. Some work in the area of insurance—agents. I have seen advisers and agents battle over who is better or who knows more. They can argue that all they want—it isn’t going to help you. For in the end, what matters is finding out if the person you’re dealing with cares about you. Your money is important, and because of that, you should be treated with compassion, respect, and kindness. You should be told the truth, and you shouldn’t be afraid to ask a ton of questions about how a financial product works. It’s scary enough out there. You should feel that the person who is helping you values you—not just your money. I wish you well on your journey. •A•

Let’s Eat!

Written and eaten by Angie Autry

Tilapia for Two If you are working on having a

healthier life but still don’t have a lot of time to spend fixing supper this meal is a winner. It takes about 10 minutes or so to get everything ready and then 5 minutes to cook. If I can get a complete meal done in 30 minutes, I’m happier. If you have more than 2 just double the recipe for the number of people you are serving. With spring and summer vegetables becoming available soon this is a great meal. Add your vegetable of choice and a nice salad and you have a complete meal! Healthy, quick, easy, affordable and tasty…now that is a meal that hits all the marks.

Ingredients • • • • • • • • • •

2 Tilapia fillets 1 egg ¼ teaspoon of parsley flakes ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder ¼ teaspoon of lemon pepper ¼ cup of grated Parmesan cheese ¼ cup of finely chopped almonds 1 tablespoon of flour 1 ½ tablespoon of butter 2 wedges of lemon for garnish (optional)


• In a shallow dish beat the 1 egg and add parsley flakes, garlic powder, lemon pepper and set to the side. • In another shallow dish mix the finely chopped almonds with the Parmesan cheese and set aside. Lightly dust each filet with flour mixture on both sides. • Melt the butter in a non-stick skillet over a medium-high heat. • Dip the floured filets in the egg mixture and then into the almond and cheese mixture. Press the filets down to collect as much coating as possible on both sides of the filet. • When the skillet is hot, sauté the filets turning them only once until they are golden brown. It should take about 2 to 2 ½ minutes per side. • Serve with a fresh salad or vegetable of choice. Enjoy! •A•


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always enjoy the May issue of ARRAY. There are so many magnificent “moms” that we get to share their story. You can be a “mom” to your children, your staff, your co-workers, your fur babies and your friends; as a woman we take that role on without even thinking about it. We could probably double the size of this issue every year and not run out of wonderful women to talk about! Of course that is actually the case each month as this community has amazing people and places and we really enjoy sharing their stories with each of you. ARRAY held its first Spring Fling during Dogwood Festival and it was so much fun. We had almost 30 vendors (an array of vendors) and the crowds were great. We are looking forward to next year already! The energy in one room of amazing, powerful women sharing their passion of their product with others was awe inspiring. Wow! To stand back and watch the smiles on the faces and to feel the energy was uplifting. One lady who was there for her very first vendor show, is new to the area, and had gotten a little lost, so was a little late in starting her setup, yet the two ladies on either side of her helped her and she said they were so nice and friendly and put her at ease. Another lady had her babysitter cancel at the last minute and other members of her team came together to help her out and man her table. One of our amazing vendors brought a trainee along. She used this opportunity to share with others to not only grow her business and team, but to help this new person to grow her business and knowledge. Women helping women, working together to create a calm, professional environment. The foot traffic was steady and if you watch the video Christian did on our Facebook page and YouTube channel you can see the people and vendors interacting. The smiles on the faces, the descriptions, the knowledge these amazing women were sharing with others made me feel like all of us could take on any task. As I watched I saw it wasn’t a high pressure sales pitch; it was inspiring 48

to watch them interact with our guests at our event, answering questions and sharing knowledge. I had people that stopped and talked with me at Spring Fling that gave me hugs, complimented the magazine, thanked me for the magazine, stated they were so glad we are still around, that they believed in us, told me how much they loved the magazine. Some I knew, some I had met once before, others I had never seen. It is heartwarming and reassuring to know that your passion brings joy to others, and enough so that they stop to tell you they appreciate it. In the time of a fast paced, technology driven world, ARRAY is making a difference in the lives of people in this magnificent community and it makes my job the best in the world. We are very excited about our new website ( that Alysa Buchanan has created! Our monthly publication is online now and we will have more goodies we will be adding. You can read about Alysa in “Hidden Nuggets” in our June issue. And always check back often to our Facebook page and website. I can’t say how excited I am to have the amazing team we have at ARRAY! We have some new folks coming onboard during the next couple of months and we have some exciting projects we are taking on. We are so excited and can’t wait to share with you. So keep an eye on us! I’m just bursting and jumping up and down with excitement! I’m going to keep picking up these bricks and build an amazing foundation! So stick around and watch ARRAY grow!




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