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The IBMA Business Conference is the premier industry event and trade show for bluegrass professionals.


Weekend Festival

EXHIBIT HALL The Bluegrass Expo is the central gathering place to browse the latest industry wares, conduct business, and network.


BLUEGRASS RAMBLE Official showcase performances at the IBMA's annual World of Bluegrass Business Conference form the premier platform for introducing talent and new music to the bluegrass community.



Wide Open Bluegrass has a ticketed Main Stage at Red Hat Amphitheater, with part of the proceeds benefiting the Bluegrass Trust Fund, and a FREE StreetFest with music in downtown Raleigh on five stages plus a dance tent, free activities, stages, and a music expo inside the Raleigh Convention Center, and much more! Thursday

Sept 29

The International Bluegrass Music Awards Show is the biggest night on the bluegrass calendar, recognizing outstanding achievement and pioneering efforts in the genre.


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Gigi’s Cupcakes 5K Registration Sign Up Now for Benefit Event Planned at Brier Creek Commons


A New Hotel in Brier Creek Aloft RDU Offers Modern Design, Meeting Space, Live Music, More


A Unique Approach to Education Trinity Academy’s Skilled Faculty Truly Invested in Lives of Students


Volunteer of the Year Award Linda Christensen Honored for Work With Note in the Pocket Organization


919 Girls Night Out Continues It’s All About Shipping, Sharing And Socializing at Unique Events


Nothing Could Be Finer New Attractions, Food, Live Music, Contests Planned for NC State Fair


36 Exciting Rides, Attractions Stay Cool and Enjoy Summer at Wet ‘n Wild at Emerald Pointe


New Rolesville High Principal Dhedra Lassiter Moves Over From Rolesville Middle into RHS Slot


Hot Pickin’ Finger Lickin’ Festival Annual Rolesville Cookoff Seeks Competitors, Sponsors, Vendors


Affordable, Healthy Massages Massage Envy in Wake Forest, North Raleigh Also Offers Facials


Richest Town in North Carolina? New Analysis Puts Morrisville Atop New List With 25K or Fewer Residents


2016 World of Bluegrass Star-Studded Lineup at Red Hat Highlights Week Full of Live Music


The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Here’s the Scoop on What’s Really Going on in Local Housing Market

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Community Events School Events Extracurricular Activities Community Sports Walks, Runs and Rides Outdoor Activities

919 Stuff 12 Publisher’s Note 64 Region 94 Advertisers Index 95 919 Deals 98 Finish Line


919 Magazine Cover Photo by Catherine Davis of SD Portraits

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Building Educational Excitement New Traditional Elementary School For Brier Creek, Leesville and Stough

A New North Raleigh Showroom

California Closets Raleigh Celebrates With a Grand Re-opening on Glenwood

Beautiful and Long-Awaited

A Unique New Regional Library Now Serves Wakefield, Wake Forest

A Positive Progressive Evolution New Morrisville Police Chief Sees Opportunities for the Community

919 | NOTES Publisher Suzy Beth Sarver Graphics Tyler McElhaney Deidri Ottesen Production Preston Reins Jenny Smith Allison Neal

Where Did Summer Go? Welcome to our annual end of summer/back-to-school issue. It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating graduations and kicking off music events; now some us are seeing our kids off to college, including me! It’s certainly been a busy summer. We’ve tasted the sweet delight of North Carolina watermelon, and taken in the awe of wild sunflowers in fields of golden splendor lining our roadways. We’ve spent warm, muggy nights at our neighborhood pool cheering on the local swim team and late nights eating ice cream. Some 919 friends have traveled far away, only to return now and get ready for the shift to the action-packed schedules, backto-school routines, the amazing autumn events and, of course – our favorite around here in the 919 office – football!

Marketing Maranda Duff Photography Catherine Davis of SD Portraits Contributors Buffy Mac G. Cleveland Kilgore Tildon Dunn

But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a closer look at some new faces showing up in new places here in the 919: • Meet Burt Batten, the new Principal of the new Pleasant Grove Elementary School. He has a past and it’s a good one: He’s a local 919’r, educated at NC State. Read his story and the vision for our newest elementary school in the Wake County Public School System, beginning on Page 28. • Morrisville has a new Chief of Police and she’s one special wife, mother, sister and daughter: Patrice Andrews, who expects to build on a great foundation with a fresh, positive new look for a growing community. Her story starts on Page 76. You’ll find a lot more in this issue. If you have kids heading back in school, be sure to read our success tips on Page 61 that might just help alleviate some of the stress associated with the back-to-school blues. And be sure to catch a few special treats with a taste of great things to come in our September/October issue, such as the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass and the annual North Carolina State Fair. Find those stories and more – right here in your hometown community magazine, celebrating four years in Raleigh: 919 Magazine, where we all Live, Work and Play!

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Harry Potter Countdown

8/1-31 11/20-22

Tennis for Olympics Good Charitable BCCC Members competition in 10 Tennis Tournament

NORTH RALEIGH, to Midnight Party Share special stories about favorite LEESVILLE memories of Harry Potter

8 pm; special free event for children NOV Barnes & Noble Brier Creek 11/5-7 8431 Brier Creek Pkwy, Raleigh

41st Visions Annual 919-484-9903 of Sugarplums Holiday Art & Gift Show

7 am-5 pm events for gold medals different Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center Brier Creek Country Club 1905 Spring Forest B, Raleigh 9400 Club Hill Rd Dr,#Raleigh 919-206-4600

DEC 12/3 8/1-30

Reindeer Cardio,Games Sculpt At the Creek


Free admission, parking Thu-Fri: pm and the Harry9 am-8 Potter Sat: 9 am-3 pm Cursed Quail Hollow Child Swim Celebration Tennis Events and activities celebrating & Clubhouse Orleans ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ release 800 Pl, Raleigh 9 am; special free event for children 919-847-4868 Barnes & Noble Brier Creek 8431 Brier Creek Pkwy, Raleigh 919-484-9903 Horseshoe Farm

Songs, games,$15 more All stories, ages, levels; for 30 days Age Tue, 3-5; Thu: 10-10:45 am; $10 8:45-9:45 amfee Millbrook Exchange Tennis Wed, Fri: 10:05-11:05Center am 1905 B Spring Rd Brier CreekForest Community Center 919-872-4128 10810 Globe Rd, Raleigh 919-420-2340


Musical: ‘Nuncrackers’

8/4-25 Fri, Sat: 8 pm; Sun: 3 pm


$12-$18 Tickets: Tumble Gymnastics

North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre am, $30 Age 9m-24m: Thu, 9:30-10:15 7713-51 LeadThu, Mine10:30 Rd am-11:15 am, $36 Age 2-3: 919-866-0228 Age 3-4: Thu, 11:30 am-12:15 pm, $36 Brier Creek Community Center 10810 Globe Rd, Raleigh 919-420-2340 Holiday Cookies,

Nature Preserve AUG Ceremony Dedication


10 am 2900 Horse Show Farm Rd Parking: WRALGolf, Soccer Complex Fitness, Tennis Sports Camp


Milk with Santa

9 am-12 pm; age 6-12; $180 fee 11/12 Brier Creek Country Club Thanksgiving Fun 3-6; Members Age 10-11and am;Guests $5 9400 Club Dr, Raleigh Crafts, games andHill stories 919-206-4600 Lake Lynn Community Center 7921 Ray Rd 919-870-2911


Twinkle Toes Dance Lessons 11/14 Age 2-3: Mon, 10:30-11:15 am, $40 Sertoma Fall Arts Fair Age 3-4: Mon, 11:30 am-12:15 pm, $40

Age 2-8; 1:30-2:30 pm; $8 8/8-12 Pre-registration required

Lake JediLynn Master Engineering Community Center

Design, 7921 Ray Rdbuild, create and explore with Play-Well TEKnologies 919-870-2911 Age 5-7: 9 am-12 pm, $190 Age 8-12: 1-4 pm, $190 Brier Creek Community Center Santa’s Elves 10810 Globe Rd, Raleigh Ornament Special 919-420-2340 Enjoy milk, cookies with Santa, and make an ornament; bring two non-perishable items Signing, Release Party food Author 10-11 am;featuring age 1-12 local authors Samantha Event Pre-registration required Chase and Sara Humphreys, who discuss Greystone Community Center ‘Always My their latest book releases, 7713-55 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh Girl’ and ‘Trouble Walks In’ 919-996-4848 7 pm; discussion and book signings Barnes & Noble Brier Creek


Demonstrations, tours, food, more Brier Creek Community Center 10 am-5 pm 10810 Globe Rd, Raleigh Sertoma Arts Center 919-420-2340 1400 W Millbrook Rd 919-996-2329



LRHS DECA’s Saving Grace Modern Students Walk AgainstBridge Animal For Abuse Age 10-15: 12:15-4:45 pm; $50 Benefitting Saving Grace Animals for Brier Creek Community Center Adoption 10810 Globe Rd, Raleigh Lake Lynn Community Center 919-420-2340 7921 Ray Rd, Raleigh 919-520-2984


Jazz, Hip Hop Dance Lessons 11/15 Age 6-8: Mon, 4:45-5:30 am, $36

8431 Brier Creek Pkwy, Raleigh 919-484-9903

BRIER CREEK NOV 8/27-28 11/6

Senior Golf Classic Pre-Holiday 8:30 am; 36 holes Wine ExpoCreek Country Club Brier

2nd Handmade Annual Brier Creek Community Center Hanukkah Market 10810 Globe Rd, Raleigh

6 pm-9 pm and Guests Members Brier9400 CreekClub Country HillClub Dr, Raleigh Members Only 919-206-4600 9400 Club Hill Dr, Raleigh 919-206-4600

10 pm; free am-3 919-420-2340 Temple Beth Or 5315 Creedmoor Rd. Raleigh 919-931-2537

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919 Girls Night Out

Sip, share and socialize: Create a piece of art with friends and new acquaintances; includes all materials; open to individuals or groups; hurry, space limited; check website for dates, locations 919-864-7300


Gigi’s Cupcakes 5K, Walk

Presented by FS Series to benefit Make A Wish Eastern NC 8 am; 12-under, $15; 13-up, $25 Brier Creek Commons 8521 Brier Creek Pkwy #105, Raleigh

LEESVILLE/ NORTH RALEIGH JUL 7/30; 8/13, 27 All American Girls Create and Play

10 am-12 pm; age 6-11; $15 fee Optimist Community Center 5900 Whittier Dr, Raleigh 919-870-2880

AUG 8/1-30

Sertoma Arts Center Exhibits

Raleigh Room: Bonnie Brooks (paintings) Hall Gallery: Lauri Artsen (paintings) On Display: John Pelosi (wood) Sertoma Arts Center 1400 W Millbrook Rd 919-996-2329




10:30-11:15 am; age 2-3; $40 fee Greystone Community Center 7713-55 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh 919-996-4848

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Writing for Reflection

Writing class sponsored by The Heartland Hospice Bereavement Services Thursday, 11 am-12 pm Anne Gordon Center for Active Adults 1901 Spring Forest Rd 919-996-4720


‘The Addams Family’

Musical directed by Pete Comperatore, with musical direction by Craig Johnson North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre 7713-51 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh 919-866-0228


Photo Contest Award Ceremony

Sponsored by The Umstead Coalition 2-4 pm; free Umstead State Park Visitors Center 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh

Butterflies 101

Series skills and techniques, with NC EE Cert Program credits available 2-3 pm; adults; $6 fee Registration required Blue Jay Point County Park 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd


Grasshopper Hop

Read a story, hunt for grasshoppers 10-11 am; age 3-5; $3 fee Horseshoe farm Nature Preserve 2900 Horse Shoe Farm Road 919-870-2871

8/26-9/11 ‘Creature’

Play (drama), co-produced with Tiny Engine; directed by Laurel Ullman North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre 7713-51 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh 919-866-0228



Live Fearless Soccer Clinic

Featuring Olympic Gold Medalists Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, and Tisha Venturini Hoch; sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina 4-8 pm WRAL Soccer Complex 7700 Perry Creek Way, Raleigh

8/10, 13 Butterflies

Enjoy a story and play games 10:15-11:45 am; age 3-5; $5 fee Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve 5229 Awls Haven Dr 919-996-6764


Back in Time

2-4 pm; age 6-12; $5 fee Durant Nature Park 8305 Camp Durant Rd 919-870-2871


Teen Night

Snacks, volleyball, games, more 7-9 pm; members and guests Quail Hollow Swim & Tennis Club 800 Orleans Pl, Raleigh 919-876-3711

Durant Family Campout

Overnight experience with night hike, light dinner, s’mores, fishing, boating and more 6 pm; age 6-up; $15 (youth), $20 (adult) Durant Nature Park 8305 Camp Durant Rd 919-870-2871

MORRISVILLE/ NORTH CARY JUL 7/15-10/22 Acoustic Nights In The District

Live music Fridays, Saturdays 6-9 pm; free The District at Park West Village 3400 Village Market Place, Morrisville 919-467-8880


Coffee & Connections

7:30 am-8:30 am; free for members Morrisville Chamber of Commerce 260 Town Hall Dr, Ste A 919-463-7155


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Inflatables, emergency vehicles on display, dunking booth, and more; sponsored by Morrisville Police Dept. 6-9 pm; free Target Parking Lot Park West Village 3001 Market Center Dr, Morrisville 919-463-1600

Sponsored by Morrisville Chamber of Commerce featuring Vanessa Harris, President of AT&T North Carolina 11:30 am-1 pm Members: $35; non-members, $50 Prestonwood Country Club 300 Prestonwood Way, Cary 919-463-7150

New Member Luncheon

Age 55+ BINGO

1-3 pm; $1 per card Cedar Fork Community Center 1050B Town Hall Dr 919-463-7110

11:30 am-1 pm; free for members Morrisville Chamber of Commerce 260 Town Hall Dr, Ste A 919-463-7155


Triangle Children’s Business Fair


Acoustic Nights In The District


8/4, 18


KNOW Luncheon

National Night Out


Live music Fridays, Saturdays 6-9 pm; free The District at Park West Village 3400 Village Market Place, Morrisville 919-467-8880

10 am-1 pm Deadline July 23 to register youths age 6-14 to register for booth space Park West Village 3400 Village Market Pl, Morrisville

Senior Southern BBQ & BINGO 5 pm; $7, plus $1 per card; pre-registration required Cedar Fork Community Center 1050B Town Hall Dr 919-463-7110


Entrepreneurial Workshop

Sponsored by Morrisville Chamber of Commerce 8-10 am Members, $20; non-members, $35 Lenovo 1009 Think Place, Building One Morrisville 919-463-7155


New Member Luncheon

Sponsored by Morrisville Chamber of Commerce 11:30 am-1 pm Free for members 260 Town Hall Dr, Ste A, Morrisville 919-463-7155

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Senior Citizens Celebration

Commemorating National Senior Citizens Day; hot dog lunch included; pre-registration required 12 pm; free Cedar Fork Community Center 1050B Town Hall Dr 919-463-7110


Dominoes Night

Mexican Train; light snacks and beverages supplied 6-8 pm; $1 fee Cedar Fork Community Center 1050B Town Hall Dr 919-463-7110

NCPMI Annual Conference 7:30 am-5 pm The Frontier at RTP 800 Park Office Dr


RTP Food Truck Rodeo

11:30 am-1:30 pm, Fri The Frontier at RTP 800 Park Office Dr

Kauffman Labs’ 1 Million Cups

Entrepreneurs share coffee, ideas and advice 9 am, Wed The Frontier at RTP 800 Park Office Dr

RTPfit Cardio


JUL 7/21

RTP 180

Topic: Cyber Security 5:30 pm-8 pm (free) Pre-registration required The Frontier at RTP 800 Park Office Dr


RTP Happy Hour

4:30 am-6:30 pm (free) The Frontier at RTP 800 Park Office Dr

AUG 8/4, 11, 25

RTP Happy Hour

4:30 am-6:30 pm (free) The Frontier at RTP 800 Park Office Dr


RTP 180


Topic: Developing Nations, Developing Tech 5:30 pm-8 pm (free) Pre-registration required The Frontier at RTP 800 Park Office Dr

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4:45-5:30 pm, Mon The Frontier at RTP 800 Park Office Dr

RTPfit Core Challenge 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Tue The Frontier at RTP 800 Park Office Dr

RTPfit Yoga

11:30 am-12:30 pm, Wed The Frontier at RTP 800 Park Office Dr

RTPfit Muscle Madness

11:30 am-12:30 pm; Thu, Fri The Frontier at RTP 800 Park Office Dr

Fleet Feet Sports Weekly Run Club

5:30 pm, Thu The Frontier at RTP 800 Park Office Dr

OTHER 9/10

Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K

Run and walk to benefit Building for America’s Bravest 3 pm (food, music, beer garden) 6 pm (race start) Research Triangle Park


JUL 7/23

Bull Moon Ride & Run

Benefit for Habitat for Humanity of Durham 7:10 pm, Welcome 7:30 pm, 12M Ride Start 7:45 pm, 5K Run/Walk Start Adults: $32 by 5/31 Youths: $$22 by 5/31 Durham Bulls Athletic Park Downtown Durham


Back Porch Music on the Lawn

Featuring The Stray Birds, with Sarah Shook & The Disarmers American Tobacco Amphitheater 318 Blackwell St, Durham


Music on Main Concert Series

Underhill Rose 6-9 pm; free Cinema Stage (Cinema Circle) Streets at Southpoint 6910 Fayetteville Rd, Durham 919-572-8808


Music on Main Concert Series

8/6: Davis Messina 8/13: Jim Quick & Coastline 8/20: Hickory Switch 8/27: Party Nuts 6-9 pm; free Cinema Stage (Cinema Circle) Streets at Southpoint 6910 Fayetteville Rd, Durham 919-572-8808

Back Porch Music on the Lawn

8/11: The Black Lillies with Jon Stickley Trio 8/25: The Gibson Brothers with Hank, Pattie & The Current American Tobacco Amphitheater 318 Blackwell St, Durham


Music on Main Concert Series

9/3: GrassCats 6-9 pm; free Cinema Stage (Cinema Circle) Streets at Southpoint 6910 Fayetteville Rd, Durham 919-572-8808


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Featuring Dom Flemons Duo with The South Carolina Broadcasters American Tobacco Amphitheater 318 Blackwell St, Durham


Athletic Equipment Swap


Drop off used equipment through 7/15; receive credit to select new cleats and other equipment for free 9-11 am Rolesville Town Hall 502 Southtown Cir, Rolesville


Willie Ray’s Beach Party

JUL 7/15

Neck of the Woods


Cookout, Veterans Quilt & Pinning Celebration, entertainment, more 10 am-12 pm Northern Wake Senior Center 235 E Holding Ave, WF 919-554-4111


Variety performance series featuring emerging local artists 7:30 pm WF Renaissance Centre 405 S Brooks St, WF 919-435-9458

‘Country Fried Caper’

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater 6:30 pm; $35 for show and dinner WF Renaissance Centre 405 S Brooks St, WF 919-435-9458


8 hours of rock and roll, riding and raising money for Mercy for America’s Children 9 am-5 pm Granite Falls Swim & Athletic Club 800 Granite Falls Blvd, Rolesville Event info: 919-610-2521

AUG 8/1, 9/12

Memorial Flag Raising Ceremony

Monthly ceremony honoring sacrifices of deceased WF veterans and their families 11 am Centennial Plaza, WF 919-327-7887

8/3, 17-9/7, 21

Carolina Puppet Theatre

WF Renaissance Centre 405 S Brooks St, WF 919-435-9458

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Special observances in August 2016 include:

Coffee With a Cop

Town of Rolesville Police officers available for conversation, comments 8:30-10 am Hardee’s 403 S Main St, Rolesville 919-556-7226

8/5, 9/2

First Friday Flix

WF Renaissance Centre 405 S Brooks St, WF 919-435-9458


8th Annual WF Purple Heart Dinner

Presented by Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation 5:30 pm; tickets, $20 Richland Creek Community Church 3229 Burlington Mills Rd, WF


Forest of Wake Storyfest

Featuring professional storytellers, Workshops and concerts 1-9 pm; $15 (full day pass) WF Renaissance Centre 405 S Brooks St, WF 919-435-9458

8/7, 9/4

Concert in the Park

Live music for all ages 5-7 pm; free E. Carroll Joyner Park 701 Harris Rd, WF 919-435-9560

8/8, 9/12 flix4kidz

10:30 am WF Renaissance Centre 405 S Brooks St, WF 919-435-9458

Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser

Fri, 9 am-4 pm; Sat, 7:30 am-12 pm Northern Wake Senior Center 235 E Holding Ave, WF 919-554-4111

8/12, 9/9

Friday Night on White

8/12: The Remedy 9/9: Crush 6 pm; free Downtown Wake Forest 919-435-9422


Wake Forest Home and Garden Show

Sat, 11 am-6 pm; Sun, 1-6 pm WF Renaissance Centre 405 S Brooks St, WF 919-435-9422


Rolesville Family Movie Series

Featuring “Lego Movie”; sponsored by Rolesville Parks and Recreation 8:15-10:15 pm; free Rolesville Middle School field 4700 Burlington Mills Rd, Rolesville 919-554-6582


Family Movie Night

Food vendors and more; call 919-556-7063 for movie title 8:30 pm; free for all ages E. Carroll Joyner Park 701 Harris Rd, WF


Beach Night on White

Live music by Jim Quick and Coastline, beer garden and more 5 pm; free Downtown Wake Forest wakeforestdowntowncom

8/8, 9/12


Free at 3


3 pm WF Renaissance Centre 405 S Brooks St, WF 919-435-9458 Northern Wake Senior Center 235 E Holding Ave, WF 919-554-4111

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Malpass Brothers Concert Featuring Karen Morgan and Jim Colliton 7 pm; tickets: $15 WF Renaissance Centre 405 S Brooks St, WF 919-435-9458

American Indian Heritage Month XXXI Summer Olympics (8/5-21) National Honey Bee Day (8/20)


National Night Out


Purple Heart Day


National V-J Day WWII Victory over Japan


First Day of School

WCPSS Traditional Calendar


Labor Day


Open House

5:30-7 pm (7/20): Track 1 5:30-7 pm (7/21): Tracks 2,3) Sycamore Creek Elementary 10921 Leesville Rd, Raleigh 919-841-4333


Open House

6:15 pm (Tracks 1,2,3) Morrisville Elementary 1519 Morrisville Pkwy, Morrisville 919-460-3400


Meet the Teacher

5:45-7:45 pm (Tracks 1,2,3) East Cary Middle 1111 SE Maynard Rd, Cary 919-466-4377

7/27, 8/4

Camp Cougar

For rising 9th Graders 7:30 am-12:30 pm Wake Forest High 420 W Stadium Dr, WF 919-554-8611 SUMMER 2016

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5500 Dixon Dr, Raleigh 919-881-4800

Open House

4-7:30 pm (Track 4) Heritage Middle 3400 Rogers Rd, WF 919-562-6204


Freshman Orientation

7/29, 8/15 School Tours

10 am Morrisville Elementary 1519 Morrisville Pkwy, Morrisville 919-460-3400


RAM Camp


New Family Meet & Greet

9-10 am Panther Creek High 6770 McCrimmon Pkwy, Cary 919-463-8656

9-11 am Abbotts Creek Elementary 9900 Durant Rd, Raleigh 919-694-0555

For incoming freshman students 7:30 am-12 pm Rolesville High 1099 E Young St, Rolesville 919-554-6303


Meet the Teacher

AUG 8/4, 5

Freshman Orientation

For Track 4 parents, students 6-7 pm Durant Road Middle 10401 Durant Rd, Raleigh 919-870-4098


Thu: 1-4 pm Fri: 9 am-12 pm Sanderson High

Open House

6:15 pm (Track 4) Morrisville Elementary 1519 Morrisville Pkwy, Morrisville 919-460-3400


Popsicles on the Playground

5:30-6:30 pm Rising kindergarten families can meet the principal, new friends, enjoy popsicles on the playground Hilburn Academy 7100 Hilburn Dr, Raleigh 919-571-6800

8/11, 12 Cats Camp

Freshmen orientation sessions Millbrook High 2201 Spring Forest Rd, Raleigh 919-850-8787


New Student Orientation

Green Hope High 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Rd, Cary 919-380-3700

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Senior Orientation

7:30-11:30 am Heritage High 1150 Forestville Rd, Wake Forest 919-570-5600

Freshmen Early Start Day 2016 7-11 am Heritage High Auditorium 1150 Forestville Rd, Wake Forest 919-570-5600



Meet the Teacher

Tracks 1, 2; 6:30-8 pm Rolesville Middle 4700 Burlinton Mills Rd, Rolesville 919-570-2260

New Parent Orientation

5:30-8 pm Heritage High 1150 Forestville Rd, Wake Forest 919-570-5600



Kindergarten Pajama Storytime Story, snack and practice going through lunch line 6:30 pm Leesville Elementary School 8402 Pride Way, Raleigh 919-870-4200


Open House

6:30-7:30 (Track 4) Heritage Elementary 3500 Rogers Rd, WF 919-562-6000

8/19, 31

Boosterthon Fun Run

9:30-10:30 am Sanford Creek Elementary 701 Granite Falls Blvd, Rolesville 919-570-2100


Meet the Teacher

3:30-7:30 pm Panther Creek High 6770 McCrimmon Pkwy, Cary 919-463-8656


Open House

6th Grade: 10 am-12 pm 7th-8th Grades: 12-2 pm East Millbrook Magnet School 3801 Spring Forest Rd, Raleigh 919-850-8755


Open House


7th-8th Grades (returning): 5:30-7 pm Leesville Road Middle 8406 Pride Way, Raleigh 919-870-4141 919 Magazine

Freshman Parent Orientation 6 pm-8 pm Wakefield High 2200 Wakefield Pines Dr, Raleigh


6th Grade Catapult Camp

8:30 am-12 pm West Millbrook Middle 6115 Strickland Rd, Raleigh 919-870-4050

Meet the Teacher

Grades 1-2: 5-6 pm Grades 3-5, 6-7 pm Rolesville Elementary 307 S Main St, Rolesville 919-554-8686


Open House

8:30-10:30 am Leesville Road High 8410 Pride Way, Raleigh

Meet the Teacher

4 pm-6 pm Lynn Road Elementary 1601 Lynn Rd, Raleigh 919-870-4074


Meet the Teacher

6th Grade: AM Lion Camp 7th-8th Grades (new): PM Lion Camp Leesville Road Middle 8406 Pride Way, Raleigh 919-870-4141


Senior Brunch

10 am-12 pm Games, prizes and foods, Hosted by the PCHS PTSA Panther Creek High 6770 McCrimmon Pkwy, Cary 919-463-8656


Student Orientation

6th Grade: 9-11 am 7th Grade: 11:30 am-1:30 pm 8th Grade: 2-4 pm Carroll Magnet Middle 4520 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh 919-881-1370


10 am- 12 pm Leesville Road Elementary 8402 Pride Way, Raleigh 919-870-4200lees


Meet the Teacher

11 am-1 pm Abbotts Creek Elementary 9900 Durant Rd, Raleigh 919-694-0555


Bands for the Band


Pride Camp

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11 am-1 pm Fox Road Elementary 7101 Fox Rd, Raleigh 919-850-8845

Sponsored by the Wake Forest High Band Boosters WF Renaissance Centre 405 S Brooks St, WF 919-554-8611


Personal Tours

Contact to schedule for Grade TK-12 Trinity Academy 10224 Baileywick Rd, Raleigh 919-786-0114, ext. 270



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First Full Day of Kindergarten

Cedar Fork Elementary 1050 Town Hall Dr, Morrisville 919-388-5240

Meet the Teacher

5-8 pm Wakefield High 2200 Wakefield Pines Dr, Raleigh

Meet the Teacher

7:30-11:30 am Heritage High 1150 Forestville Rd, Wake Forest 919-570-5600

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Back to School Picnic Bring a picnic, or use food trucks on site for the event 5-7 pm Hilburn Academy 7100 Hilburn Dr, Raleigh 919-571-6800

Celebrating 40th Anniversary Sat: 9 am-6 pm Sun: 12:30-5 pm Cary Town Hall Campus 316 N Academy St, Cary 919-469-4000

SEP 9/9-11

Mainstage Season: Visit website for times, dates and ticket info Theatre in the Park 107 Pullen Rd, Raleigh 919-831-6058

Downtown Raleigh Home Show

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Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival




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Raleigh Convention Center 500 S Salisbury St 877-871-7469


3 Plays in Repretory

Live music, food competition, more Sat: 12-6 pm (VIP), 2-6 pm (GA); Fri: 6-10 pm; tickets start at $29 Booth Amphitheatre, Cary

‘Almost, Maine’, ‘True West’, and ‘Southern Baptist Sissies’ Mainstage Season: Visit website for times, dates and ticket info Theatre in the Park 107 Pullen Rd, Raleigh 919-831-6058

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Oktoberfest at Lafayette Village

12 pm-5 pm; Free Enjoy a variety of beer, food, music, and shopping Lafayette Village 8480 Honeycutt Rd, Raleigh


TerraVita Food & Drink Festival

Dedicated to sustainability and showcasing food and beverage Tickets: $60-80 Downtown Chapel Hill 408-822-0276


Acting, voice, theater Training & Camps

Sonorous Road Productions 209 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh 919-803-3798

Parents’ Night Out

Jumping, games, dinner, movie 6-10 pm, Fridays; age 4-12 $20 per child ($15 for sibling) Pump It Up Brier Creek 10700 World Trade Blvd #112 919-828-3344

Camp JBZ

Weekly camps with multiple activities Jellybeans 10701 Common Oaks Dr, Wakefield 919-562-2326

Goin’ Buggy Art & Music Camp

Art, singing, music, games and more 9 am-2 pm, 7/18-22; age 5-11; $170 WF Renaissance Centre 405 S Brooks St, WF 919-435-9458


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or groups; hurry, space limited; check website for dates, locations 919-864-7300

Wine 101

Wine Tastings: Fridays, 5-7 pm Saturdays, 2-5 pm Raleigh: 5910 Duraleigh Rd 919-758-8740 Wake Forest: 3325 Rogers Rd 919-453-1555

Tra’Li Irish Pub & Restaurant Weekend brunch; live music; special events Brier Creek 10370 Moncreiffe Rd, Raleigh 919-544-4141 Morrisville 3107 Grace Park Dr, Morrisville 919-651-9083

Raleigh Brewing Company

Tours: 3 pm, 1st & 2nd Sat Live Music: Check website Tap Room: Opens 12 pm daily 3709 Neil St, Raleigh 919-400-9086

Tra’Li Irish Pub & Restaurant

Traditional live Irish music; First Saturday of every month 3-6 pm 3107 Grace Park Dr, Morrisville 919-651-9083


8 hours of rock and roll, riding and raising money for Mercy for America’s Children 9 am-5 pm Granite Falls Swim & Athletic Club 800 Granite Falls Blvd, Rolesville Event info: 919-610-2521


Live Fearless Soccer Clinic

Featuring Olympic Gold Medalists Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, and Tisha Venturini Hoch; sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina 4-8 pm WRAL Soccer Complex 7700 Perry Creek Way, Raleigh


Weekday Open Jumps

Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am-4 pm; Tue,Thu: 10 am-8 pm $8 per child ($6 for siblings) Pump It Up Brier Creek 10700 World Trade Blvd #112 919-828-3344


Youth Fall Baseball, Softball Registration 919-996-6836


Youth Tackle Football, Cheer Registration 919-996-6836


Adult Fall Softball Registration 919-996-6836


WF Fall Adult Co-Rec Kickball Registration

Sept-Oct, weeknights and Sundays; age 18-up; $225 team 919-435-9457

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Youth Tennis and Swim Camp

Sponsored by TGA Premier and Town of Morrisville 9 am-3 pm; grades K-5; $219 fee Morrisville Aquatics & Fitness Center 1301 Morrisville Pkwy, Morrisville 919-637-3123


WF Adult Flag Football Registration

Sept-Nov, Sundays; age 18-up; $225 team 919-435-9457


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Basketball Camp

Rolesville Youth Basketball Signup

Sponsored by Networks Basketball and Town of Morrisville Evening sessions; age 5-11; $100 fee Cedar Fork Community Center 1050B Town Hall Dr, Morrisville 919-463-7110



WF Adult Pickleball Registration

Youth Basketball Registration

Sept, Thursdays at SEBTS; age 18-up; $35 per person 919-435-9457




Adult Baseball Registration Begins

Rolesville Summer, Safari Day Camps



Adult Fall Kickball Registration 919-996-6836

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Age 6U-17U boys and girls; $53 for residents ($80 for non); season runs Nov-Feb 2016-17 Rolesville Parks and Recreation 502 Southtown Circle 919-556-3506


Age 18-up; $2 drop-in Call for court times, dates Brier Creek Community Center 10810 Globe Rd, Raleigh 919-420-2340 Lake Lynn Community Center 7921 Ray Rd, Raleigh 919-870-2911 Optimist Community Center 5900 Whittier Dr, Raleigh 919-870-2880

Table Tennis

All ages, skill levels; age 18-up $15 membership thru Sep 2 Brier Creek Community Center 10810 Globe Rd, Raleigh 919-420-2340

Week-long camps for youths age 6-11; visit website for dates, rates Rolesville Parks and Recreation 502 Southtown Circle 919-556-3506



919 | events & activities WALKS, RACES, RIDES, GOLF JUL 7/23

Bull Moon Ride & Run

Benefit for Habitat for Humanity of Durham 7:10 pm, Welcome 7:30 pm, 12M Ride Start 7:45 pm, 5K Run/Walk Start Adults: $32 by 5/31 Youths: $$22 by 5/31 Durham Bulls Athletic Park Downtown Durham

AUG 8/6

Bella Rose Strides for Babies

8 am Proceeds benefit research and awareness of SIDS WakeMed Soccer Park 201 Soccer Park Dr, Cary


Java Jive Jog 5K/10K

8 am Java Jive 2425 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary


Club Throwdown 5K/10K/20K 9 am 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh


22nd Annual Raleigh Run for Life

8 am Benefits the Birthchoice Foundation WakeMed Soccer Park 201 Soccer Park Dr, Cary


Read, Write, Run 5K

8:30 am Benefits the Berean Community Center, helping students in Millbrook community Berean Community Center 2400 E Millbrook Rd, Raleigh



8:30 am 1500 Perimeter Park Dr, Morrisville

Babymoon CafĂŠ Pasta 32M/100K Ride


Raleigh Run for Life

8 am Benefits the Birthchoice foundation WakeMed Soccer Park 201 Soccer Park Dr, Cary


Good Dude 5K

8 am Benefits the Special Operations Warrior Foundation WakeMed Soccer Park 201 Soccer Park Dr, Cary


Love Where You Live Bash & Dash

8 am Benefits community service projects by the Grace Christian School Grace Athletic Field 708 Buck Jones Rd, Raleigh


Shriners Hospital Tab Ride

9 am, registration 11 am, ride starts Benefits Shriners Hospital, Greenville, SC Ray Price Harley Davidson 1126 S Saunders St, Raleigh


Raleigh Color Vibe 5K

8 am Triangle Town Center 5959 Triangle Town Blvd, Raleigh


Run this Way Twilight 5K

Benefits Street Hope to help individuals suffering human trafficking in Kenya 5:30 pm, pre-race festival 7 pm, race begins 8 pm, post-race festival, concert 7619 Fayetteville Rd, Durham


Shot in the Dark


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Tar Heel Youth Triathlon

8 am Short course for kids age 6-10 Long course for kids 11-15 Briar Chapel 1600 Briar Chapel Pkwy, Chapel Hill


Miles for Melanoma 5K

7:30 am WakeMed Soccer Park 201 Soccer Park Dr, Cary

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4Kay Golf Classic

Sun: Registration, 1-5 pm; welcome party, 7-10 pm Mon: Breakfast, 6 am; range, 7 am; shotgun start, 8:30 am; lunch 1:30 pm Pinehurst No. 4; Pinehurst, NC 919-859-3301


Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K

Run and walk to benefit Building for America’s Bravest 3 pm (food, music, beer garden) 6 pm (race start) Research Triangle Park


North Hills 5K

9 am Benefits BackPack Buddy Program at North Raleigh Ministries Trinity Baptist Church 4815 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh


Aging in Stride 5K Walk/Run

9 am Bell Tower UNC Campus South Rd, Chapel Hill


See Spot Run 5K

8:30 am Benefits APS of Durham The Frontier at RTP 800 Park Office Dr

7:30 pm American Tobacco Trail 2584 New Hope Chuch Rd, Cary


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Amberly Race for Our Heroes 5K

Sandling Beach 50 Swim/Bike/Run

7:30 am Proceeds benefit Operation: Coming Home 1075 Residents Club Dr, Cary



Buddy Run 5K & 1-Mile

519 Hearts Haiti 5K/10K

8 am Benefits BackPack Buddy Program, North Raleigh Ministries Discovery Point 1212 Heritage Links Dr, WF

Run with the Pack 5K

Patrol Stroll

8:30 am Benefit for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) NCSHP Training Facility 3318 Old Garner Rd, Raleigh

9 am WakeMed Soccer Park 201 Soccer Park Dr, Cary


Tar Heel Youth Triathlon


NC Jerk Fest 5K Run/Walk

8 am White Oak Crossing 1305 White Oak Church Rd, Apex



8 am Falls Lake State Recreation Area 14600 Creedmoor Rd, Wake Forest

9 am West Point on the Eno Amphitheater 5101 N Roxboro St, Durham

8 am Short course for kids, age 6-10 Long course for kids, age 11-15 UNC Wellness Center 350 Stonecroft Ln, Cary

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St. Sharbel Mission Golf Tournament

Includes pumpkin painting, costume contest and dinner 11 am: Registration Pine Hollow Golf Club 3300 Garner Rd, Clayton


Triangle Run & Walk for Autism

9 am Halifax Mall 300 N Salisbury St, Raleigh


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Purr Partners 5K Run

“Until They All Have A Home” 9 am Joyner Park 701 Harris Rd, Wake Forest


Gigi’s Cupcakes 5K, Walk

Presented by FS Series to benefit Make A Wish Eastern NC 8 am; 12-under, $15; 13-up, $25 Brier Creek Commons 8521 Brier Creek Pkwy #105, Raleigh


Oktoberfest Run Green 8K

9 am Raleigh Beer Garden 614 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh


4th Annual Bull City Race Fest

Half Marathon, 5M Run, 1 Miler, Food Truck Rodeo to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Durham American Tobacco Campus Downtown Durham 919-632-5613


Say BOO to Cancer 5K

9:30 am Benefits Leukemia and Lymphoma Society WakeMed Soccer Park 201 Soccer Park Dr, Cary


Eno River Run

8 am Eno River State Park 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham


American Tobacco Trail 10 Miler

8:30 am White Oak Church Road Parking Lot 1621 White Oak Church Rd, Apex


Cary Fire House Tour Marathon


8:30 am Fire House 6 408 Mills Park Dr, Cary

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Paws for Life 5K-9

10 am Wake Forest College Birthplace 450 N Main St, Wake Forest


Day of the Dead 5K and Festival

12 pm Benefits the Brentwood Boys and Girls Club Centro Mexican Restaurant 106 S Wilmington Ave, Raleigh


2nd Annual RUN for YOU!

7 am Benefits Friedrich’s Ataxia Research Alliance Run-n-Tri Outfitters 11831 Retail Dr, Wake Forest

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES 8/10, 13 Butterflies

Enjoy a story and play games 10:15-11:45 am; age 3-5; $5 fee Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve 5229 Awls Haven Dr 919-996-6764


Firebuilding And S’mores

For beginner campers, parents; Introduction to firestarting methods and making s’mores over a fire 7-8 pm; registration required William B Umstead State Park Family Campground (Glenwood) 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh 919-571-4170


Pokemon Go Hike

For beginner campers, parents; Introduction to firestarting methods and making s’mores over a fire 7-8 pm; registration required William B Umstead State Park Company Mill Trail (Reedy Creek) 919-571-4170


NC Neuse River Catfish Tournament

Benefit for The Fallen Outdoors, a non-profit organization that provides free hunting and fishing activities for veterans $30 (adv) entry fee per team (60% return to participants) Richardson Bridge Boat Ramp Princeton, NC 919-906-6631


Back in Time

2-4 pm; age 6-12; $5 fee Durant Nature Park 8305 Camp Durant Rd 919-870-2871


Crabtree Casters

Informal family fishing experience; bring poles or borrow at sit; valid license required for age 16-up 6:30-8 pm; all ages; free Registration required Lake Crabtree County Park Fishing Pier 1400 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville 919-460-3390


Going Batty

Discover just special bats can be 8-10 pm; age 5-up; $1 fee Registration required Lake Crabtree County Park 1400 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville 919-460-3390


Butterflies 101

Series skills and techniques, with NC EE Cert Program credits available 2-3 pm; adults; $6 fee Registration required Blue Jay Point County Park 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd


Jr Ranger Program

Overview of Jr Ranger Program and close look at parks resources 4-4:45 pm; registration required William B Umstead State Park Visitor Center (Glenwood) 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh 919-571-4170


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BUILDING EXCITEMENT Planning the New School Experience For Students And Families at New Traditional Schedule Campus


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919 | PERSONALITY Burt Batten is really excited about Pleasant Grove Elementary School. “Pleasant Grove Elementary has all the makings for a wonderful school in an area of the region that continues to grow and transform,” said the new school’s Principal, who has worked with the Wake County Public School System for 17 years – most recently as Principal at Laurel Park Elementary. “The chance to become the Principal of a new school is a challenge that has appealed to me ever since my days working as an intern at Brier Creek.” Though physically located at 3605 Pleasant Grove Church Road in Morrisville, the new traditional schedule campus primarily serves PreK-5 students living in North Raleigh’s Leesville, Brier Creek and Stough areas. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to lead Pleasant Grove Elementary and work with students, parents, and staff members to start this school,” Batten noted. “It has been exciting to connect with families who will be part of the new school.” Batten – a married father of two and North Carolina native – indicated that a lot of energy is building for the school’s opening. “A wonderful PTA Board has been elected with parents representing the communities that the school is drawing from, and I am working with them to prepare for the upcoming school year.” But what really excites Batten is working with officials from the district, local community agencies, and his new staff to construct the new school experience for students and families. “A new school is a resource that will benefit a community for years to come. I try to have a vision towards the future and recognize that establishing a new school is something that goes beyond just getting ready for the first day of classes,” he said. “For students and families, the new school creates an adjustment. I try to consider things from the perspective of a student, as well as a parent, and acknowledge how stepping 919 Magazine




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into a new environment can be filled with uncertainty.” Batten – who comes from a family of educators – explained that Pleasant Grove Elementary is designed to make classrooms more supportive for students

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Registration Continues for 2016 Gigi’s Cupcakes 5K Benefit Event Registration continues for the next Gigi’s Cupcakes 5K in Brier Creek, scheduled for Oct. 15 at Brier Creek Commons in North Raleigh. Last year’s event raised more than $10,000 for Make A Wish of Eastern North Carolina –and as many as 2,000 participants are expected this year. Presented by FSSeries, the race will start in front of Jason’s Deli and end at Gigi’s Cupcakes of Brier Creek, with each registered runner and walker receiving a medal (with an all-new design) and, of course, a special Gigi’s cupcake. Registration for age 13 years and up is only $25 before Oct. 14. Registration for age 12 and under is $15. This year’s sponsors include 919 Magazine, the premier sponsor; and Dick’s Sporting Goods, the awards sponsor. Gold sponsors are Brier Creek Orthodontics, Brier Creek Commons, Sir Walter Chevrolet, Massage Envy, and Linda Craft & Team Realtors. For more information or to register, visit

Authors Plan Book Signings, Release Party in Brier Creek Two local authors plan a book signing and release event at Barnes & Noble Brier Creek in August. Planned for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, the event includes a discussions and book signings by Samantha Chase, author of “Always My Girl” – and Sara Humphreys, author of “Trouble Walks In”. The free event is at the Barnes & Noble in Brier Creek Commons, located at 8431 Brier Creek Parkway in North Raleigh.

Brier Creek’s Generations Salon Moves to New Raleigh Location After many years in Brier Creek’s Brierdale Shopping Center, Generations Salon & Day Spa has relocated to Harvest Plaza on Strickland Road in North Raleigh. Owned and operated by Renne’ Jankowsky, Generations offers salon and day spa services ranging from hair styling and coloring and brow and lash tints, to waxing services, manicures, facials, massages and more. Generations clientele includes women and men – plus families and children. Contact Generations at 919-361-9140 or visit Generations Salon & Day Spa is located at 9650 Strickland Road, Suite 153 in Raleigh.

Lowes Foods Completes Brier Creek Remodeling Lowes Foods completed a remodeling of its Brier Creek, part of a chain-wide roll-out of a “local and entertaining grocery shopping experience.” The Brier Creek store now features such additions as The Beer Den, offering a selection of crafts and drafts; SausageWorks, featuring locally made pork, beef and poultry sausages; and The Cakery, a bakery that includes square cakes in a variety of sizes; and other improvements – including in the produce section. The Brier Creek Lowes Foods store is located at 8100 Brier Creek Parkway.

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Wine & Beer 101 Among Sponsors for Sept. 10 5K

California Closets Raleigh Unveils New Showroom

Wine & Beer 101 is among the sponsors for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run and Walk planned for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 in Research Triangle Park. Held in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center, the event will raise funds to build a smart home for a wounded U.S. veteran through the Building for America’s Bravest ( Food trucks are planned, along with music and a beer garden beginning at 3 p.m.

California Closets Raleigh celebrated in July with a Grand Re-opening with a stylish new showroom at 8411 Glenwood Avenue in North Raleigh. Featuring food, refreshments, and a special giveaway, the open house gave local residents an opportunity to see many of California Closets’ custom storage systems, ready to select finishes, and Graziella and Joseph other concepts to Marengi of California create functional Closets Raleigh spaces, bedrooms, closets, media rooms and more. Locally owned and managed by Brier Creek residents Joseph and Graziella Marengi, California Closets Raleigh originally opened in 1997 and touts a team of design consultants than can quickly understand the components of storage that are most important to active and professional lifestyles of local residents.

For information on the event and registration, visit tunnel2towers. org. Wine & Beer 101 is located at 5910 Duraleigh Road in North Raleigh and 3325-104 Rogers Road in Wake Forest. To contact, call 919-758-8740 or visit

Wise Owl Tutoring Now Available in Brier Creek Wise Owl Tutoring is now offering one-on-one tutoring and specifically designed lessons to help children in Grades K-6 succeed in school. Uniquely designed one-hour sessions are available at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday in Brier Creek, taught by Jennifer Doerr – a certified K-6 teacher and East Carolina University graduate who previously taught in private, public and charter schools. Wise Owl Tutoring features a fun, engaging educational experience specifically tailored to each child’s individual learning needs. For information, call 919-413-7407, email or visit

Brier Creek Club Members Competing for Gold Medals Members of Brier Creek Country Club can compete in the 2016 Olympics – participating in 10 different monthlong challenges to win a Gold Medal. Competitors can track their fitness over the month in such events as a onemile run, consecutive push-ups, visits to Deke’s, total pool laps, consecutive wide-grip push-ups, and more. Tracking sheets are available at the fitness center or the clubhouse. For more information, call 919-206-4600. 34

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For a complimentary showroom or in-home consultation with a California Closets design expert, call 919-578-4504 or visit

Beth Rossen Selected Brier Creek Elementary School PTA President Beth Rossen is the new 2016-17 Brier Creek Elementary Parent Teacher Association President. Other PTA board members include: • Brandi Myers – Vice President • Kerrie Grant – Treasurer • Jeannie Sollars – Secretary • Beth Pelter – VP of Volunteers • Katie Johnson – VP of Communications • Allen Oliver – VP of Technology BCES PTA membership is open to all parents, grandparents, staff, teachers, and community members. For more information, or to join the BCES PTA, visit briercreekpta. org, call 919-484-4747, or email



The Umstead Coalition Presents Winning Photos at August Event

Thompson & Thompson Adjusts Hours, Expands Hygiene Schedule

The Umstead Coaltion presents its winning exhibits in the “Capture the Spirit in William B. Umstead State Park” 3rd Annual Photography Contest at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the park’s Visitor Center. All winning entries – including honorable mentions – will be available for viewing during the event. In addition, many of the photos will be featured in the planned 2017 park calendar. The exhibit reception is free and open to the public.

Thompson & Thompson Family Dentistry is changing its office hours, to make more time for its patients with growing families. Starting Aug. 1, open hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday – which makes appointments available during the early morning hours and during the lunch hours. Thompson & Thompson also plans to add more hygiene appointments, for the convenience of its patients.

For more information, or to register for the event, visit The Visitor’s Center is located at 8801 Glenwood Avenue in North Raleigh.

New Team Members Joining Brier Creek Country Club Staff Brier Creek Country Club introduced four new team members in July at a special Happy Hour Meet & Greet at Deke’s Restaurant. New to the restaurant are Colm Kelly, Assistant Manager; April Cochran, Mike Hughes, Mark Thrower and April Marketing and CommunicaCochran of Brier Creek Country Club tions Director; Mike Hughes, Banquet Sous Chef; and Mark Thrower, Deke’s Sous Chef. The event featured complimentary hors d’oeuvres and the new team members’ favorite drinks available at special pricing. Brier Creek Country Club is located at 9400 Club Hill Drive in North Raleigh. For membership or banquet information, call 919-2064600 or visit

Thompson & Thompson Family Dentistry is located at 10251 Little Brier Creek Lane, Suite 101 in North Raleigh. For information, call 919-484-26179, email or visit

Two New Stores Opening At Raleigh-Durham Airport Raleigh-Durham International Airport has two new stores, one in each terminal. Travellab – which features travel accessories will open soon at Gate A6 in Terminal 1, replacing Techshowcase.   Customers will be encouraged to try items before purchasing in the store’s coach-sized airplane seat. Lick – a temporary store – opens at Gate C10 in Terminal 1 this fall.  Catering to kids of all ages, customers can find nostalgic candy brands, kids toys and games and apparel. In addition, RDU just launched The Shops of RDU in Terminal 2, which will introduce new shopping and restaurant experiences – as well as increasing the number of businesses. For more information, visit

Bethesda Christian’s Annual Golf Tournament is Sept. 23 Bethesda Christian Academy’s 5th Annual BCA Golf Tournament is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 at Falls Village Golf Course. A benefit for the BCA Athletic Department, the event includes breakfast, lunch, contests, prizes and an awards reception.


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Sonorous Road Theatre Offers Aloft RDU Brier Creek Offers Productions, Classes and Camps Location, Design, Live Music Sonorous Road Theatre’s 2016-2017 Main Stage season launches Sept. 9-25 with a performance of “Lungs”, by Duncan MacMillan – presented by Main Stage Productions. Additional productions include “The God Game” by Suzanne Bradbeer on February 3-19, and “Straight White Men” by Young Jean Lee on May 12-28. In addition: • On the Second Stage, “Everscape” by Allan Maule is planned as a co-production by Bare Theatre and Sonorous Road Theatre in October (check website for exact dates and times). • Student Productions include “Tom Sawyer”, Oct. 27-30 and “Beauty and the Beast Jr., Dec. 1-4. • Visiting Productions include Women’s Theatre Festival productions of “Music and the Mirror”, Aug. 20-Sept. 3, and “The How and the Why”, Aug. 25-28. • A special fall production by Bare Theatre of “Richard III” is planned in Fall 2016. Plus, Sonorous Road Studio offers workshops, classes and camps in theatre and filmmaking -- and is located just minutes from North Raleigh, Brier Creek, Morrisville and Cary. Sonorous Road is located at 209 Oberlin Road in Raleigh. For information, call 919-803-3798, email or visit

Short Takes Raleigh-Durham International Airport Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs Teresa Damiano recently retired after 29 years of service at the airport…Town of Morrisville Pro Temp Steve Rao was special guest at the Philippine Independence Day Celebration and Picnic at the Brier Creek Community Center on June 12…Brier Creek Country Club recently broke ground on two new tennis hard courts, which will feature an innovative rubber cushioned surface made in part from recycled tennis balls…Delta Airlines is adding new flights to Washington from Raleigh-Durham International Airport. On August 1, Delta will launch four new daily nonstop flights between RDU and Washington-Reagan Airport… 38

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide’s fast-growing Aloft brand opened its fourth hotel in Raleigh-Durham in Brier Creek. Owned and managed by Narsi Properties, Aloft Raleigh-Durham Airport Brier Creek boasts a location just minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Research Triangle Park. The new Aloft features 144 spacious, loft-like rooms, accessible technologies and live music at WXYZ Bar. “We are thrilled to expand our presence in Raleigh-Durham, one of the nation’s fastestgrowing metropolitan areas and a leading research and technology hub,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “Aloft RaleighDurham Airport Brier Creek will help meet the rising demand for high-caliber lodging in this high-growth area,” said Deven Patel, Principle, Narsi Properties. “The new Aloft hotel will appeal to business and leisure travelers, seeking a stylish, tech-forward experience in an unbeatable location.” Aloft Raleigh-Durham Airport Brier Creek features SPG Keyless – Starwood’s industry-first keyless entry system that enables guests to use their smartphone or Apple watch as a room key – and fast and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. The hotel offers 2,000 sq. ft. of meeting space; a Re: chargeSM fitness center; Re: fuelSM by Aloft – a one-stop gourmet “grab & go” food and beverage area; and live, local music at the brand’s signature WXYZ bar as part of the signature “Live At Aloft Hotels” music series. Aloft RDU Brier Creek is located at 10020 Sellona St. For more information or to make reservations, call 919-957-8523 and or visit


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From the River to the Beach A Wilmington Area Getaway Mixes History, Culture, Outdoor Activities, Food – and Fun

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It’s only about two hours away from the Raleigh area – but, at times, it seems a world away. From the historic river district to the island beaches, Wilmington is an easy-accessible trip – that tingles the senses, clears the mind, and refreshes the soul at any time of the year. Carolina Beach is part of 31 miles of island beaches in the Wilmington area, and it offers the best of a North Carolina beach experience. Among the highlights of a trip to the family-friendly seaside town: • A boardwalk with shops, eateries, arcades and amusement rides in summer. • Many festivals and events throughout the year. • World-class fishing – in the surf, offshore, and from the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier. • Carolina Beach State Park, with campsites, activities, and miles of trails – including the Flytrap Trail, where the Venus Flytrap can be seen in its native environment. The park also 40

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A CLOSER LOOK: Wilmington LOCATION: Southeastern North Carolina, at the eastern end of I-40 INCORPORATED: 1739 POPULATION: 111,773 (478,000 in area) DISTANCE FROM RALEIGH: 148 mi (about 2.25 hrs drive time) MOST FAMOUS FOR: Cape Fear River, “Hollywood East”, rich American waterfront history ADJACENT TO: Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach, South Carolina VISITOR INFO: Twitter: @WilmingtoNCoast Email: Phone: 800-222-4757 Website:


919 | ALL THINGS CAROLINA features guided kayak eco-tours with the Paddle NC staff, allowing close up encounters with wildlife along the Cape River shoreline (; • A variety of places to stay, from hotels on beach – including the Courtyard by Marriott Carolina Beach Oceanfront – to bed and breakfast inns and a variety of vacation rentals. • Plenty of restaurants, large and small. Fresh seafood is available at many stops, including the original Shuckin’ Shack (which also has a location in downtown Wilmington and five others in North Carolina), and the Deck House – which also features hand-cut steaks and grouper chowder (a local favorite) prepared in a historic renovated church (with more than a few ghost stories). • Entertainment and night spots, such as The Fat Pelican, featuring more than 350 beers from which to choose and an outdoor fire pit; Hurricane Alley’s, an oceanfront bar and grill that’s perfect for a cocktail; and SeaWitch Tiki Bar, a local nightlife spot. • Many nearby attractions, such as the entertaining and educational North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher ( and the Fort Fisher State Historic Site (, where Confederate troops fought to keep supply lines open to the Southern states during the Civil War until early 1865.

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Historic downtown Wilmington riverfront includes water tours

Battleship North Carolina open for tours throughout the year

Wilmington is different, in a good way – with a mixture of Hollywood (due to the many movies and television shows produced in the area), history, supernatural tales, eclectic architecture, and modern amenities. During a trip, visitors can enjoy: • The Historic River District, with its brick and cobblestone streets and the iconic downtown riverwalk. The district includes many activities, including Tours by Horse Drawn Carriages or Trolley (;

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Wilmington History Tours (; Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington (including one of the “most haunted” cemeteries in the U.S.;; the Historic Downtown Wilmington Walking Tour (; and water tours of the Cape Fear River ( • Many renowned restaurants, including the Pilot House on the riverwalk and Aubriana’s in the downtown district; Le Catalan French Café & Wine Bar; Chops Deli; and The Basics at The Cotton Exchange, with a menu of authentic southern dishes. • Bars and nightspots, many with live music – such as Front Street Brewery, Wilmington’s first craft brewery. • Cultural opportunities, such as the Cape Fear Museum of History & Science, North Carolina’s oldest history museum; Cameron Art Museum, specializing in North Carolina art and artists; more than 35 art galleries; more than 50 antique shops; the WWII-era Battleship North Carolina; and Arlie Gardens, featuring sculpture displays, botanical gardens and the 450-year-old Arlie oak tree. • Many accommodation options, including more than a dozen bed-andbreakfast options in Wilmington and Pleasure Island, near Carolina Beach. A favorite is The Verandas Bed & Breakfast, an elegant 8500 sq. ft. Victorian Italianate Mansion owned and managed by Chuck Pennington – who provides a complimentary wine reception each evening and a grand homemade breakfast in the historic home ( • More than 100 annual events that celebrate Wilmington’s rich history, culture and arts. In Wilmington, visitors can truly see where the water takes them – the beach, the river, or a combination of both. For more information on Wilmington and the nearby beaches, call 800-222-4757, email or visit SUMMER 2016



BRIER CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SPRING CARNIVAL Sponsored by the PTA, the Brier Creek Elementary School Spring Carnival in May featured inflatables, games, a silent auction and more – all to benefit the year-round campus. 919 Magazine Photos


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CAROLINA ARBORS CAR SHOW Carolina Arbors by Del Webb sponsored a Classic Car Show this past spring, featuring food, drinks and a variety of classic automobiles – for current residents and prospective homebuyers. For information, call 877-266-0297 or visit







CREEKSIDE SPRING FLING Creekside at Bethpage 55-plus community near Brier Creek celebrated in May with a first ever Spring Fling for residents and Open House for prospective homeowners. The event at 3500 Page Road in Durham featured craft beer, hot dogs, live jazz, and more. For information, call 919-626-3500 or visit


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Event Benefits American Red Cross, Helping People Affected by Disasters Supporters of the American Red Cross (Eastern North Carolina Region) gathered recently for the 25th Annual Red Cross Ball at North Ridge Country Club. The event is a major fundraiser for the organization, which provides emergency support and services, and community programs to a 53 counties in the state. Participants enjoyed live music, dinner, incredible auction packages and other exciting activities – such as the Heads or Tail game, where the winner takes home a fully stocked bar, and a $10,000 putt contest. For the second consecutive year, the Red Cross Ball was cochaired again this year by Linda Craft, CEO of Linda Craft & Team Realtors and Suzy Beth Sarver, Publisher of 919 Magazine. Both Craft and Sarver have agreed to lead the effort for the 2017 event, which is scheduled for April 8. For more information or to sponsor the annual event, contact Mira Batchelor at 919-277-2802 or, or visit 919 Magazine




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Trinity Academy’s Skilled Faculty Truly Invested In the Lives of Students Special to 919 Magazine

Celebrating 22 years in Raleigh, Trinity Academy features a highly skilled faculty that is excellent in their craft and truly invested in the lives of students. “We focus on the classical arts and sciences and offer a full array of high-quality, competitive athletics and award-winning fine arts,” said Dr. Robert Littlejohn, who enters his 12th year as Trinity’s Head of School this year. “Trinity Academy rivals the best schools in the region, boasting 100 percent college-acceptance and generous perstudent college scholarship offers.” “The most important investment parents can ever make is an investment in their child’s future through a K-12 education. It is during these formative years that the brain is formed and that character develops,” said Dr. Littlejohn, a Ph.D. Biologist, who has authored two college biology laboratory texts and published 26 reports of original research. “These processes cannot be reversed or redone. Parents must seriously consider what outcomes, and what kind of future, they want for their children.” As a TK-12 school, Trinity Academy devotes years to shaping every student’s intellectual, spiritual, physical, emotional and relational lives, Dr. Littlejohn noted. “Every credible education emphasizes Science, Math, History, Literature and Foreign Language. Trinity Academy emphasizes these from TK-12, but may be the only school in the area that prepares students with essential life skills through combining instruction in logic, rhetoric, religious studies and character education,” he said. Additionally, Fine Arts and Athletics are “curricular”– meaning every student participates. Not only does Trinity Academy provide students full array of middle grades, junior varsity and varsity men’s and women’s sports, Trinity offers two Theatre Arts productions for both middle and high school students annually – and features many family oriented events through the year. Dr. Littlejohn added that, “While most schools emphasize one over the other, Trinity uniquely integrates authentic Christianity with superior academics. We want our graduates to emerge as ‘thinking Christians’ who apply the same investigative, analytical and problem solving skills to discovering spiritual truth as they do to comprehending the natural world. We want them to be culture changers whose faith and knowledge intersect throughout their daily lives.” Trinity Academy is located at 10224 Baileywick Road in North Raleigh, just south of I-540. For enrollment information or to schedule a personal tour, call 919-786-0114, email admissions@trinityacademy. com or visit 46

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TRINITY ACADEMY Nestled within a wooded 38-acre campus in North Raleigh, Trinity Academy is bustling with 360 students – spanning grades transitionalkindergarten through 12. Trinity integrates authentic Christianity with innovative Classical learning to graduate students who will transform tomorrow.




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ocal music fans cheered four live bands, enjoyed a variety of food and beverages, visited vendor booths, honored first responders and benefitted the American Red Cross at the 2nd Annual 919 Music Festival in North Raleigh in May. Sponsored by Sir Walter Chevrolet and presented by 919 Magazine, the event featured performances by the Four Founders, Night Shift, Band of Oz and the Jason Adamo Band.

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Linda Craft Receives American Red Cross Humanitarian Award

Family Campout on Aug. 26-27 Includes Fishing, S’mores, More

American Red Cross Triangle Area Chapter’s 2016 Annual Meeting celebrated a banner year and honored several individuals and organizations. Topping the list was Linda Craft, CEO of Linda Craft & Team Realtors and Craft Commercial, who received the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year award – which recognizes service above self and those who give for the greater good by demonstrating significant commitment and contributions to the community. For the past two years, Craft has served as Co-Chair of the Red Cross Ball and is already planning the 2017 event with CoChair Suzy Beth Sarver of 919 Magazine. She also is involved with Note in the Pocket, the 919 Music Fest to benefit First Responders, Athena, and Saving Grace Pet Adoption – and contributes or sponsors more than 70 additional local charities, organizations, and schools. Previous recipients of the Humanitarian Award include Clayton Dom, Bill Hamlin, Sherwin Suddeth, Craig Chancellor, Kazem Yahyapour, Craig Bone, Dr. Randall Williams, Ray and Jean Price, Dr. Bill Atkinson, and Dr. Assad Meymandi.

Ready for that family campout – in a safe outdoor environment? Then check out the Durant Nature Preserve Family Campout event on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26-27, in North Raleigh. Designed for youths age 6 and older and accompanying adults, the event is designed for families to gather for an overnight experience – complete with a naturalist-led night hike, a light Dutch oven dinner, s’mores for the kids, breakfast, and time for fishing and boating in the morning. Participants’ gear will be hauled by vehicle to the primitive lakeside campsite. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Friday. Fee is $20 for adults and $15 for youths. Pre-registration is required at least four days in advance.

Others recognized at the event included: • Grace Kellum, Poe Heritage Award • Garner United Methodist Church, Disaster Services • Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, Blood Services • North Carolina Guard Family and Readiness Program, Services to the Armed Forces • Cisco Systems, Chairman’s Award Board Chair Heather Denny of McDonald York Building Co. deliver the “State of the Triangle Area Chapter” – and presented a look ahead with Barry Porter of the 100-year Anniversary of the American Red Cross. Upcoming local ARC events include the Golf Classic on Oct. 3; the Red Cross Block Party on March 4; the Tobacco Road Marathon on March 19; the Red Cross Ball on April 8; and the 100th Year Celebration Event in June 2017. For more information on the American Red Cross Triangle Area Chapter, call 919-231-1602 or visit

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For information, call 919-870-2871 or visit parks.raleighnc. gov. Durant Nature Park is located at 8305 Camp Durant Road.

Darrin Pohlman Hilburn Academy PTA President Darrin Pohlman is the 2016-2017 Hilburn Academy Parent Teacher Association President. Other board members include: • Patricia Lindsay, Treasurer • Dawn Vaughan, Secretary • Laura Hudson, VP General • Nissa Byrne, VP Communications • Vanita Hillsman, VP Staff Appreciation #1 • Debra Fowler, VP Staff Appreciation #2 • Julie Rivera, VP Student Enrichment Elementary • Stephanie Pohlman, VP Student Enrichment Middle School • Karen Southern, VP Family Involvement #1 • Jennifer A. Harris, VP Family Involvement #2 • Kim Poirier, VP Fundraising Additional volunteers are needed to assist with various PTA activities. For more information, or to join the organization, email or visit




Hunt and Gather Moves Inside the Raleigh Beltline

North Raleigh’s Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve Receives Award

Hunt and Gather – located for years on Glenwood Avenue in North Raleigh – has moved to 1910 Bernard St., just inside the beltline in Raleigh. The store features fine estate furnishings with an inventory that changes daily. Business hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

North Raleigh’s Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve was one of four land innovative development projects honored during the 6th Annual Greater Triangle Stewardship Development awards program (GTSDA). An expert panel of judges evaluated the projects for achievement, with Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve awarded the highest award – a Gold Stewardship Development Award. Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve is situated above a dramatic oxbow formed by the Neuse River and is becoming a showcase for innovation in sustainability and low impact park development and management practices, according to the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department. In particular, judges commended the extensive natural resource assessment that informed the design and programming, the use of green building techniques, and the development and use of a management plan to guide stewardship of the park moving forward.

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Bowman New 2016-17 Abbotts Creek Elementary PTA President Laura Bowman is the new Abbotts CreekElementary School Parent Teacher Association Board President for the 2016-2017 school year. Additional board members include: • First Vice President: Eliza Redius • Second Vice President: Jill Kuhn • Third Vice President: Jodi Bulmer • Secretary:  Mary Mudryk • Treasurer:  Jennifer Gallagher For more information, visit

First Responders Invited to Free Lunch in North Raleigh on Aug. 9 Raleigh area First Responders are invited to a special free luncheon at 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9, in North Raleigh. All First Responders will receive free hot dogs and fries, courtesy of Rollin Dogs food truck, plus free soft drinks and water from Linda Craft & Team Realtors and Ida Terbet. “I decided to show some love to those who show us support,” said Paul Fitts, who is organizing the effort. “This truly isn’t a free lunch, because they’ve already earned it. In addition, the free event at 4515 Falls of Neuse Road will include music and giveaways – and more fun. To make donations or for more information, contact Paul Fitts at TowneBank Mortgage: 919-882-5125 or 52

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For more information about the awards program, visit Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve is located at 2900 Horse Shoe Farm Road.

Lynn Iannucci New Leesville Elementary PTA President Lynn Iannucci is the new Leesville Elementary School Parent Teacher Association Board President for the 20162017 school year. Additional board members include: • Vice President: Wendy Teeter • Secretary:  Allison Nani • Treasurer:  Lauren Noyes • VP Communications:  Julie Booth • Fundraising:  Wendie Hill • Programs:  Fareena Mehdi • Programs-Student Support:  Heather West • Bookkeeper:  Kelly Riely • Volunteer Coordinator:  Rebecca Shreve • Hospitality:  Meg Dalton • Membership:  Casey Slock • Family Fun:  April Everett • Room Parent Coordinator:  Amy Watkins LES PTA is still accepting volunteers to assist in a number of areas. For more information, visit


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Theatre in the Park Ends Season With ‘Hair’, 3 Plays in Repertory Raleigh’s Theatre in the Park’s 2016 Mainstage Season continues July 8-24 with “Hair” and September 9-25 with three plays in repertory.

“Almost Maine” by John Cariani (Sept. 15-18)

“Hair: A Rock Musical”

Set in an East Village (New York City) park in 1967, “Hair” is the musical story of a group of hippies who celebrate peace and love in the shadow of the Vietnam War. Directed by Ira David Wood III, the stage team includes Stage Manager Daniel Murphy, Musical Director Diane Petteway, Choreographer Freddie-Lee Heath, Technical Director Thomas Mauney, and Costumer Elaine Brown. The plotline centers on Berger, the charismatic leader of the “tribe,” and Claude, a sweet-natured guy from Queens who is about to be drafted. But the real star of “Hair” is the rocking score, which includes such classic hits as “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Aquarius” and “Good Morning Starshine.” Performances are 7:30 p.m. on July 8-9, 14-16 and 22-23 and 3 p.m. on July 10, 17, and 24. Tickets are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors, students and military, and $22 for groups of 10 or more. The three plays in repertory include:

“True West” by Sam Shepard (Sept. 8-11)

This American classic explores alternatives that might spring from the demented terrain of the California landscape. Sons of a desert-dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer clash over a film

Note in the Pocket’s Christensen Wins Volunteer of the Year Award Linda Christensen, a Note in the Pocket volunteer, was awarded Volunteer of the Year in the Senior category at the 43rd Annual Governors Volunteer Service Awards luncheon earlier this year. The event was presented by the Volunteer Center of Durham, which supports Triangle-area non-profits. Note in the Pocket provides clothing to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County. Since 2015, Christensen gave 1,050 hours of her time to the organization, while playing a vital role in helping students arrive at school clothed in garments that afford them dignity. Her primary duty as Order Fulfillment Leader is to assemble packages that include clothing, shoes, socks underwear and seasonal outerwear for children in need in Wake County. She also trains other volunteers to fill orders, overseeing the work of the entire order fulfillment team and monitoring inventory. For more information on Note in the Pocket, call 919-714-9403 or visit 54

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script. Austin, the achiever, is working on a script he has sold to producer Sal Kimmer when Lee, a demented petty thief, drops in. He pitches his own idea for a movie to Kimmer, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modern love story and write Lee’s trashy Western tale. On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, ME. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend – almost – in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

“Southern Baptist Sissies” by Del Shores (Sept. 22-25)

Storyteller Mark Lee Fuller tries to create a world of love and acceptance in the church and clubs of Dallas, TX, while desperately trying to find a place to put his own pain and rage. The world Mark creates also includes two older barflies, Peanut and Odette, whose banter takes the audience from hysterical laughter to tragedy and tears. With a theme of religion clashing with sexuality, the play opened to rave reviews in Los Angeles during its original run in 2000 and became the most awarded play of the year. Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 8-10, 15-17, and 22-24 and 3 p.m. on Sept. 11, 18, and 25. Tickets are $24 for adults, $18 for seniors, students and military, and $16 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available at 919-831-6058 or Theatre in the Park is located at Pullen Park, 107 Pullen Road, Raleigh.

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Millbrook High School’s Elijah Cole won North Carolina state high school men’s pole vault event in May, jumping 15-6…Led by Head Coach Todd Laughlin, Sanderson High School captured the CAP 8 Conference men’s high school baseball championship for the third time in four years…Heather Crew is Leesville Road High’s 2016 valedictorian. She plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill…Ana Iglesias and Kaylee Saaranen of Millbrook High School; Mariana Vargas of Sanderson High School; and Sean Nicol and Jeremy Park of Leesville Road High School were named a Goodnight Scholars Program at NC State University…Earlier this year, the Wake County Public School System board decided against converting four North Raleigh schools to a year-round schedule: Brentwood Elementary, Bugg Elementary, Fox Road Elementary, and Lynn Road Elementary…Capital Grille restaurant at North Hills is now open on the ground floor of the new Bank of America Tower at 4242 Six Forks Road in North Raleigh…Ohio-based Pet People has opened in Leesville Towne Center in North Raleigh…Developers broke ground recently on a new 480-unit apartment complex in North Raleigh. The new Foxwood Luxury Apartments is planned at 67-1 Fox Road, north of Triangle Town Center and I-540



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919 Girls Night Out Events Offer Fun, Special Artwork Three recent 919 Girls Night Out events at Wine 101 and Beer Library in North Raleigh offered the opportunity for local residents to take a sip of fine wine, create an easy piece of artwork, and socialize with friends and new acquaintances. Open to individuals or groups, participants receive complete instructions, design and paint their own wine glass – theirs to keep or give as a gift. All materials are provided, and attendees are welcome to bring their own snacks or appetizers. Wine is available for purchase, with special pricing available. Check, like 919 Magazine on, or follow 919 Magazine on Twitter (@919Magazine) for future 919 Girls Night Out dates. More information is also available by calling 919-864-7300. 919 Magazine Photos


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DANCE FLOOR LEGEND Sound Cartel partners Nogui Aramburo and Marshall Jones welcomed Chicago house music legend Roy Davis Jr. to Mosaic Wine Lounge in Raleigh in June. Davis was inspired by early pioneers such as Lil’ Louis, DJ Pierre, Farley Keith (Farley Jackmaster Funk) and Marshall Jefferson. He created a production company named Phuture and also founded his own record label a few years later. Davis and singer-songwriter Peven Everett wrote and produced the single “Gabriel”, which peaked at #22 in the UK Singles Chart in 1997. The single sold over 200,000 copies, and appeared on numerous of compilation albums. Since then, Davis has blazed dance floors all over Europe and the U.S.

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Sycamore Creek Elementary School Spring Carnival Sponsored by the PTA, the Sycamore Creek Elementary School Spring Carnival in May featured inflatables, games, a silent auction and more. The campus on Leesville Road north of I-540 was filled with students and families enjoying the spring weather, multiple food trucks and vendors and other activities.

Holt Brothers Foundation Flag Football Tournament The inaugural Holt Brothers Foundation Flag Football Tournament in May raised more than $86,000 to help children who have a parent with cancer. Kimley-Horn won the tournament, while Dixon Hughes Goodman was the top fundraiser (and finished 3rd Place in the competition). Citrix finished in 2nd Place in both the tournament and in fundraising. Duke Raleigh Hospital was the Best Tailgate winner; LS3P + Mid-Atlantic Association won the Best Cheerleaders competition; and York Properties + McDonald York received the Best Team Name award (“e-LEMON-ator”). Next year’s event is set for May 20, 2017. For more information on the event and the foundation, visit Submitted Photos. Action from the

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Leesville Road High School Graduation open house Leesville Road High School’s 2016 graduating class members enjoyed food, live music, and photo opportunities at the recent Graduation Open House at the campus, held just prior to the official ceremony at Raleigh Convention Center.

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As a college counselor, I am often asked what steps parents can take to prepare their teens for college. Of course, the usual answers apply: Encourage your high school student to successfully complete the most challenging courses offered at their school, and spend some time preparing for the SAT and ACT. More and more often, however, what I really want to say to parents is rather unusual because, in fact, it’s not an answer at all; it’s a question. “What kind of adult do you want your child to become?” This broader question allows for a bit of dreaming beyond the college years. The irony, of course, is that this broader question can actually help answer the question of college preparation. If my goal as a parent is to raise a confident, capable, and caring adult, then I will look for opportunities to develop those qualities while they are still at home. I will pay attention to their interests, natural inclinations, and talents, and I will look for ways they can use those in a broader context through meaningful volunteer service or employment. Not only will those authentic experiences look good on a college application, they will serve the larger life goal of bolstering confidence, strengthening capabilities, and exposing our children to experiences that may result in a growing sense of empathy and kindness. Those are the kinds of kids colleges are looking for, and more importantly, what our world needs. Susan Dougherty is Director of College Counseling at Trinity Academy in North Raleigh. She was assisted in preparing this article by Susan Hofer, Trinity Academy’s Director of Curriculum.

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How to Survive Summer And Keep Academic Edge by SUSAN DOUGHERTY Special to 919 Magazine

Author Henry James once said, “Summer afternoon, summer afternoon – to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” What a lovely sentiment! Unfortunately, for many of our high school students, summer feels like just one more season of stress. How can we frame our children’s summers in such a way that they enjoy time off while learning something new? We do it by broadening our definition of learning. Rather than days filled entirely with textbooks and test prep, students can also prepare for the next academic year by engaging in any number of fulfilling activities: Reading for pleasure, learning a new instrument, planting a garden, gaining cooking skills, or even getting a part-time job. Engaging in some self-exploration designed to identify interests, skills, values and possible careers is another great use of down time, such as using a website like Or how about volunteering in the community during the summer when demands on a teen’s time are not as tight? For volunteer opportunities, browse sites such as teen-volunteer-opportunities/. Yes, it’s important to sprinkle in time for academic review in the traditional sense, and, yes, an excellent performance on the ACT and SAT is more likely with intentional practice – but it’s also important to help our teens find a healthy balance on their way to creating a healthy life. Susan Dougherty is Director of College Counseling at Trinity Academy in North Raleigh. She was assisted in preparing this article by Susan Hofer, Trinity Academy’s Director of Curriculum. 62

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157,180 $1.3 billion 10,201 18,950 Tom Benton, Dist 1 (Northeast Wake) Monika Johnson-Hostler, Dist 2 Kevin Hill, Dist 3 (North Wake) Keith Sutton, Dist 4 Jim Martin, Dist 5 Christine Kushner, Dist 6 (North Wake) Zora Felton, Dist 7 (Northwest Wake) Susan Evans, Dist 8 (West Wake) Bill Fletcher, Dist 9 (West Wake) Dr. James Merrill All WCPSS students will be prepared to reach their full potential and lead productive lives in a complex and changing world WCPSS will provide a relevant and engaging education and will graduate students who are collaborative, creative, effective communicators and critical thinkers By 2020, WCPSS will annually graduate at least 95 percent of its students ready for productive citizenship as well as higher education or a career

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Wake County Schools’ Meal Prices Increase Wake County Public School System increased school meals for the 2016-17 school year, the first price increase in six years. Even with the price increase, school officials indicated that breakfast and lunch continue to be a great value. Meals are nutrient-rich and include low-fat dairy, whole grains, lean meats, and an assortment of fruits and vegetables with a variety of offerings for students to choose from daily. At elementary schools, full-paid meals will increase 25 cents to $1.25 for breakfast and $2.25 for lunch. At middle and high schools, full-paid meals will increase 25 cents to $1.50 for breakfast and $2.50 for lunch. Parents can contribute to their child’s school meals account at or call 855-8325226. Parents can also enroll in a no-cost, secure service sponsored by MySchoolBucks to receive email alerts when their child’s account balance is low and to ensure their child always has funds to make meal or other item purchases.  This service does not require online payments.

Fast Fact: Wake County schools’ student population has almost tripled since 1980 and as many as 20,000 additional children are expected in local classrooms by 2020. SUMMER 2016


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Kenny G, Spalding Headline John Coltrane Jazz Festival

New Attractions, Food, Live Music, Contests Attract Crowds to NC Fair

Kenny G and Esperanza Spalding headline the 6th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival in High Point, NC, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4. Featured entertainers include Gregory Porter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ramsey Lewis, the Latin All Stars, Eric Gales, The NC Coltrane All Star Band, and the Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra.

This year’s North Carolina State Fair is Oct. 13-23 at the Fairgrounds in Raleigh. One of the state’s largest and most popular annual events, the fair attracted more than a million visitors last year – and new attractions, events and competitions are expected to create additional excitement in 2016. Not only will fair visitors enjoy the traditional midway rides and games, blue ribbon competitions, unique foods and variety of live music, but the new Sky Lift allows everyone to soar above the happenings from the Scott Building on the west end of the fairgrounds across to Gate 8. The State Agricultural Society held the first North Carolina State Fair in 1853, and was four days long. Today, the fair’s mission is to showcase and promote the state’s agriculture, agribusiness, arts, crafts and culture. Advance tickets to the fair are on sale Aug. 1 through Oct. 13.

Tickets to the event – located at the lakefront Oak Hollow Festival Park – are: • Single Day Tickets (Saturday or Sunday): $65 advance; $80 at the door; $50 for 20-ticket group advance purchase; $130 for VIP advance; $140 for VIP at the door. • Two-Day Tickets: $115 per person general admission; $100 per person for 20-ticket group; $225 for VIP per person.

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The legendary jazz artist John Coltrane was born in Hamlet, NC, and learned to play the saxophone while growing up and attending public school in High Point, NC. The non-profit Friends of John Coltrane hosts the festival each Labor Day weekend, attracting thousands of jazz and blues enthusiasts and fans. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit coltranejazzfest. com or call 336-819-5299.


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Wet ‘n Wild at Emerald Point Provides Easy Way to Stay Cool

Brier Creek Commons’ Tamarind Eatery Adds Several Menu Items

With more than 36 exciting rides and attractions, there is something for everyone at Wet ‘n Wild at Emerald Pointe – for both mild and wild riders Whether you want to relax on the Lazee River, or enjoy the heart racing adventure that’s in store at the Dragon’s Den, Wet ‘n Wild is a convenient and fun way to stay cool during the hot summer months. Private shaded cabana rentals to accommodate up to 10 people are available at certain sections of the park. Rentals may include optional food and beverage service, and start at $100 per weekday and $150 for weekend days and holidays. The park is open May through early September. General admission is $39.99 per person, with child and plan-ahead discounts available.

Tamarind Eatery in Brier Creek Commons in North Raleigh recently added several additional items to its extensive menu.

Wet’n Wild at Emerald Pointe is located at 3910 South Holden Road, in Greensboro. For hours, tickets, cabana rentals, and more park information visit, or call 336-852-9721.

Among the new offerings: • Chicken Satay (4 sticks): Tender strips of chicken breasts marinated in spices and served with our creamy peanut sauce ($5.95). • Tamarind duck: Boneless half crispy duck served with tangy tamarind sauce and assorted steamed vegetable ($12.95). • Amber House Curry with Shrimp: Shrimp in a delicately spicy and rich house yellow curry sauce (with a hint of lime juice) with tomatoes ($12.95). Tamarind Eatery is open Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11;30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 919-406-3473, email or visit Tamarind is located at 8531 Brier Creek Pkwy #109, in the former Firewurst location.

Actress Ashley Judd Special Guest at Evening of Hope Renowned actress, activist and humanitarian Ashley Judd is the scheduled special guest at the 2016 Evening of Hope in North Raleigh. An annual charity benefit for The Foundation of Hope for Research & Treatment of Mental Illness, the event takes place at the Angus Barn Pavilion on Thursday, Sept. 15 – and features an elegant five course dinner prepared by Iron Chef Walter Royal. The dinner is served with exceptional wine pairings. An auction featuring an array of specialty items, trips and surprises is also a part of the festivities. For tickets, or to sponsor a table, email or call 919-781-9255. Visit for additional information.

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A Beautiful, Long-Awaited Facility New Library Brings 140,000 Volumes, Open Architecture, and Unique Interior To Wakefield Community, Northeast Wake Photos by Catherine Davis of SD Portraits

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A combination of the open architecture and the unique interior finishes contribute to the comfortable and pleasing environment at the new Northeast Regional Library. But at the newest public amenity in North Raleigh’s Wakefield area, it’s also the warm smiles and authentic enthusiasm of the staff that makes the 22,000 sq. ft. facility such a valuable addition to the community. “It’s a beautiful, long-awaited library,” said Northeast Regional Library Manager Yvonne Allen. “We opened with 140,000 volumes of new books. We’re Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certified, and have an open V-shape design with large windows and skylights. The library features separate youth and adult spaces, 140,000 new books for 66

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all ages, ADA accessibility and 29 new public access computers with WiFi capability.” Allen said the design allows for 125 parking spaces, an 800 sq. ft. youth programming room, a 600 sq. ft. adult programming room and a truly functional interior layout. “And we

offer accessible electrical outlets near comfortable seating and study tables. As more people acquire personal electronic devices, the demand for outlets in our libraries has grown,” said Allen, a Wake County Library veteran who previously managed the Southeast Regional Library in Garner. SUMMER 2016


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April 16, 2016 140,000 volumes 22,000 sq ft 1 (capacity 16 classroom, 20 theater) 29 public access computers; 125 parking spaces; 800 sq ft youth programming area; 600 sq ft adult programming area; ADA accessibility; LEED certified 2003 Wake County bond referendum Yvonne Allen, Regional Library Manager; Melanie Chambers, Youth Services Manager; Morgan Paty, Adult Services Manager 14401 Green Elm Ln, Raleigh (Wakefield) 919-570-7150 Mon-Thu: 9 am-9 pm Fri-Sat: 10 am-6 pm Sun: 1 pm-5 pm

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“The Northeast Regional Library is also piloting a few new furniture options, including wall-mounted, counter-height work tables. The worktables require minimal space and are perfect for mobile device users who need access to electrical power and WiFi,” Allen explained. “In the youth area, there is a table that offers sit-tostand options. By pressing a lever, the table rises to standing height.” For Allen the opening of the Northeast Regional Library allowed her return to a service area she knows well. After spending 18 years in the fashion merchandising industry on the West Coast and secured a Masters of Library Science to launch a new career. “I accepted a position as a Youth Services Librarian, at the North Regional Library in Raleigh,” she said. SUMMER 2016


“Then, in 2005, I went on to become the manager for the Wake Forest Community Library, which at the time was the busiest community library in the Wake County system.” Allen also lives in Wake Forest, where she enjoys knowing her neighbors, taking walks and working in her garden. “I am thrilled to be back, working in my community,” Allen said. “I enjoy seeing familiar faces from the community and customers I recognize from the Wake Forest Community library. It is a privilege to manage the newest regional library in Wake County.”

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Rolesville’s BBQ Festival Seeks Cookoff Competitors, Vendors Rolesville Chamber of Commerce’s 7th Annual Hot Pickin’ Finger Lickin’ BBQ and Band Festival is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. This public event – among Rolesville’s largest – features a cookoff, fresh BBQ meals, vendor booths, youth attractions, live music and more. Chamber officials are now accepting applications for participants in the cookoff competition. Categories include chicken, ribs and whole hog – with judges provided by the North Carolina Pork Council. Entry fee discounts are available for multiple category entries. For official rules and registration information, visit http:// Vendors and sponsors are also are sought for the 2016 event. For specific information on the opportunities and pricing, visit For more information on the cookoff, call 919-562-7069, email, or visit

Annual Purple Heart Dinner Honors Wounded Veterans North Wake residents have the opportunity to honor Purple Heart recipients and their families at the 8th Annual Purple Heart Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Richland Creek Community Church in Wake Forest. Hosted by the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation and open to all veterans, military families and the public, the event includes the Presentation of Colors, a Walk of Honor, entertainment by the 440th Army Band, a keynote speaker and patriotic tributes. Last year’s celebration saluted more than 40 Purple Heart recipients. Tickets at $20. Founded in 2009, the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation honors the local men and women who fought in U.S. military conflicts and were bestowed with the Purple Heart medal. In addition to honoring the medal winners, the foundation seeks to foster an environment of goodwill among combat wounded Veterans, to promote patriotism and to encourage the sharing of recipient experiences so future generations will know of the sacrifices made by veterans and their families. Contributions are accepted and payable to Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, P.O. Box 168, Wake Forest, NC, 27588. For information or to purchase tickets, e-mail info@wakeforestpurpleheartfoundation or visit 70

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Lassiter New Principal At Rolesville High School Veteran Wake County Public School System educator Dhedra Lassiter welcomes students to Rolesville High School for 20162017 year as the Principal. Lassiter was Rolesville Middle School Principal since it opened in 2012, and previously was Assistant Principal and Principal at Heritage Middle School. She was WCPSS Principal of the Year in 2014. Lassister replaces Ericka Lucas, who is leaving RHS to become Director of the WCPSS Second Chance Online Resource for Education.

Wilson Helms New Varsity Football Coach at Rolesville Wilson Helms is the new head football coach at Rolesville High School. Helms – who replaces Jermaine Evans – moves from Page High School in Greensboro, where he coached since 2010. The Rams finished at 6-6 in 2015 and open their fifth season at home at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19 against Terry Sanford High.

Heritage High Planning Early Start for Freshmen, Parents Heritage High plans an Early Start Day 2016 on Wednesday, Aug. 24 – with sessions for both freshman and new students, and their parents. Students will learn about school clubs and programs, meet teachers and get to know others in their class. The 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. program begins in the HHS auditorium, followed by a club fair, campus tour, an abbreviated school day and more. New parents will meet at 5:30 p.m. for their new parent session. For more information, call 919-570-5600 or visit HHS is located at 1150 Forestville Road in Wake Forest.


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Another Successful Rex Hospital Short Takes Former Rolesville High football assistant head coach JeVar is new head foodtball coach at Franklinton High…Jada Open at TPC Wakefield Plantation Bransome Hester, a graduate of Wake Forest High and the daughter of Billie and TPC Wakefield Plantation again hosted successful Rex Hospital Open earlier this year – with Trey Mullinax claiming his first win on the Tour. “It was a great week of golf at TPC Wakefield,” said Trey Mullinax. “The win still doesn’t feel real. Winning out here is hard because all of these guys are so good. It will sink in soon. Thanks to Rex Hospital and all of the fans for coming out – it’s a week I won’t soon forget.” Once again, the Rex Hospital Open did not disappoint in its planning and presentation, said Steve Burriss, president of UNC REX Healthcare. “The great weather, family-friendly activities and thrilling finish made for another outstanding event,” he said. “We are happy for Trey and look forward to seeing what the future holds for him.” As the Triangle’s premier charity golf event, the Rex Hospital Open has raised more than $9 million for patients in need since its inception. Funds raised this year will benefit the new North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital, an eight-story, 114-bed tower under construction at UNC REX Healthcare’s main Raleigh campus. Sunday capped an eventful week of activities at the Rex Hospital Open. The event kicked off on Monday with the American Cancer Society’s Triangle Cure Classic Pro-Am. Other events during the week included a Pairings Party sponsored by North State Bank, the Opening Honorary Tee Shot, featuring WWII Veteran and Tour Volunteer of the Year Bob Bidwell, and a new Military Caddie program, Birdies for the Brave, which honors combat-injured warriors. The Tour is the path to the PGA Tour. The top 25 earners on the Tour money list are automatically granted a PGA Tour card the following season.

Martavyrene Hester of Wake Forest, received one of 40 Park Scholarships from NC State University…Iris Salswach-Cadena and Edwin Savage of Heritage High School were named Goodnight Scholars Program at NC State University…Lynda Smith of Wakefield Elementary, Timothy Kohring of Rolesville Middle, and Tanya Swanson of Richland Creek Elementary were among the 26 semi-finalists for Wake County Public School System 2016-17 Teacher of the Year. Miles Macleod of Heritage High received the honor at a special ceremony in May…After more than two decades of service to the Town of Wake Forest, Deputy Town Manager Roe O’Donnell retired in April… European grocery store chain Lidl plans a store in Wake Forest near the new Holding Village community…Steve Arrington, Wake Forest agency manager for North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co., was named among the Top 75 agents for 2015 (out of 780 agents in the state)…An Edward Jones office is now open in Rolesville. Located at 6166 Rogers Road, contact Valerie Hoy at 919-453-2369 for information…5th Grader Jeremy Ayuk-Takem won the recent Rolesville Elementary School Spelling Bee. Kristy Duong, also a 5th Grader, finished second in the competition…Heritage High’s Jayden Gardner was named Men’s Basketball CAP 8 Co-Player of the Year… Wake Forest businessman Thomas Walters – who owns three Allstate Insurance agencies in Wake County – was honored by the National

Camp JBZ Summer Activities Continue Through Aug. 19 Camp JBZ summer activities continue through Aug. 19 at Jellybeans of Wakefield. Each weekly camp includes roller skating, crafts, bowling, swimming, museums, movies and more. Track Out Camps are also available throughout the year.

Construction Begins on Heritage Raleigh. For information, call 919-562-2326. Greenways Connector Project Northern Wake Senior Center Construction is now under way on the Smith Creek, Sanford Creek and Dunn Creek Greenways Downtown Connector Project Annual Yard Sale Aug. 12-13 – with an expected completion date in late 2017.

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The project includes construction of a continuous pedestrian facility consisting of approximately 3.8 miles of greenway trail – including boardwalk and bridges – and 0.8 mile of sidewalk, along with a multi-use path in the vicinity of Heritage Elementary, Heritage Middle, and Heritage High schools. Once completed, the project – which will introduce new wayfinding signage - will connect the major activity centers throughout Wake Forest. For more information about the greenway projects, visit 72

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Northern Wake Senior Center’s Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser is Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13. The public is welcome and all proceeds from the event benefit the center and its programs. Donations are accepted from the public at the center at 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 9, 10 and 11 – but no clothing or shoes are accepted. Volunteers also are needed to assist during the sale. The center is located at 235 East Holding Ave. in Wake Forest. For more information, call 919-554-4111 or visit


919 | SPOTLIGHT Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere as its volunteer of the year…Jason Cannon is the Town of Wake Forest’s new Economic Development Director…The 2016 Historic Home Christmas tour – held every other year in Wake Forest – is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3…Wake Forest Rotary Club raised $8,500 for the Wake Forest High Band Boosters at its annual Comedy Night and auction at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts earlier this year…CrossFit Rolesville – owned by Thomas and Megan McArn – is now open at 6440 Rogers Road. Visit crossfitrolesvillenc. com for more information…Wake Forest High graduate Hunter Jenks is moving from South Johnston to become head football coach at Clayton High…Rolesville High’s first state champion athlete is Lauren White, who won the NC High School Athletic Association’s women’s indoor track long jump title last winter. She will compete for NC State University in 2016-17…Burn Boot Camp is now open at 14460 Falls of Neuse, Suite 25, in Wakefield Commons. Call Kelly Dunn at 984-664-2228 for information…Sanford Creek Elementary in Rolesville recently received the Advocates for Health in Action 2016 Brains and Bodies Award for practices and policies fostering a healthy school environment. Both Sanford Creek and Rolesville Elementary received the AHA’s Sneakers and Spokes Award for outstanding and ongoing walk/bike programs…TPC Wakefield Plantation owner McConnell Golf recently signed a 10-year lease to operate the 27-hole Raleigh Golf Association course on Tryon Road in Raleigh…For the 26th straight year, the Government Finance Officers Association of the

United States and Canada awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting – the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting – to the Town of Wake Forest for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)…Due to the discovery of significant structural issues, Holding Park Pool in Wake Forest remains closed through the summer and 2016. Built in the early 1940s, the facility is one of the area’s largest outdoor public swimming pools…Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with a special cookout event… Local optometrist Dr. K. Janik Roy recently received the William L. Woolard Partner-in-Service Award from the Wake Forest Lions Club for her efforts to assist the visually handicapped in the community… Wake Forest High’s Darius Hodge signed to play football with North Carolina State University…Heritage High’s Jarren McAllister committed to play basketball at Virginia Tech University…A new $5,000 granite slab monument at the corner of South Main and West Young streets in downtown Rolesville now commemorates America’s fallen veterans . The memorial, crafted by Wake Monument Company, reads “In honor of those who served” and features the seals of all five branches of the military. A new flag pole sits behind the monument… Former Wakefield High School football quarterback Connor Mitch is transferring from the University of South Carolina to James Madison, where he will be available to play immediately. Mitch started at SC last year, but sustained a shoulder injury early in the season.

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Massage Envy: Affordable, Healthy Massage in Wake Forest and North Raleigh Both Locations Offer Full Range Of Services to the Community Special to 919 Magazine

Massage Envy is the affordable provider of healthy massage and skin care facials – with convenient locations in both Wake Forest and North Raleigh, owned by hands-on local entrepreneurs. “We offer a full range of services depending on someone’s Individual needs,” said Nancy Fierro, owner of Massage Envy Wake Forest, located at 2610 Capital Blvd., Ste. 104 – next to Kohl’s in the Wake Forest Crossing II Shopping Center near the intersection of Capital Boulevard and Stadium Drive. “We play a small but important role in helping people feel better each time they visit us,” said Randall Diers, owner of Massage Envy Falls of Neuse, located at 9660 Falls of Neuse Road, Ste. 167, in the Falls Pointe Shopping Center – north of I-540 on Falls of Neuse and Durant roads. “Massage Envy created a model that was desperately needed: Affordable massage and facial services at a locaNANCY FIERRO tion convenient to its Massage Envy members and guests.” A local resident since 1990, Diers plans a complete remodel of his facility on Falls of Neuse Road this year. He also stresses the importance of community. “Communities are the backbone of society,” Diers explained. “As a business person, I value where each Massage Envy is located.” Fierra agreed. “We are community active and love the people of Wake Forest,” she stressed. “I’m a mother and a wife, and I was attracted to the Town of Wake Forest because it was a chance for my business and my family to grow along with the community.” Diers’ location opened in 2007, but Fierra’s Massage Envy is the newest Raleigh-Durham location, opening in November 2015and becoming the 15th facility in the region.

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“I wanted to be a business owner of an entity that helped people, inspired good health, and created a relaxing environment where customers could leave their cares behind,” said Fierra, who brings more than 20 years experience in the franchise industry to her new role as entrepreneur. And both Diers and Fierra believe that spending time at their state-of-the-art Massage Envy locations is an important part of staying healthy. “We want everyone to stop by and visit us because we believe massage can change your life,” Fierra said. “We are the affordable, professional provider of healthy massage and skin care facials – and we will customize any service to the needs of our customers.”

MASSAGE ENVY WAKE FOREST ADDRESS: 2610 Capital Blvd, Ste 104 OWNER: Nancy Fierro HOURS: Mon-Sat: 8 am-10 pm Sun: 10 am-6 pm WEBSITE: PHONE: 919-569-3689

Massage Envy Falls of Neuse ADDRESS: 9660 Falls of Neuse Rd, Ste 167 OWNER: Randall Diers HOURS: Mon-Fri: 8 am-10 pm Sat: 8 am-8 pm Sun: 10 am-6 pm WEBSITE: PHONE: 919-847-3633




CHIP 4 CHARITY Lighthouse Foundation of Wake County’s recent Chip 4 Charity 2016 at The Hasentree Club raised $45,000 to assist local residents who are experiencing a financial hardship that prevents them from making their health care needs a priority. For more information on LFWC and the event, visit

Regina Heroux, Executive Director/Founder of LFWC, with husband Jon Heroux, President of Heroux & Company

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A Positive, Progressive Evolution New Morrisville Police Chief Sees Opportunities for the Community

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by G. CLEVELAND KILGORE Special to 919 Magazine

“The rest, as they say, is history,” said Patrice Andrews, Morrisville Police Department’s new Chief – describing a day many years ago when she saw a newspaper advertisement seeking a police officer in Durham – while working as a receptionist at a Durham veterinary clinic. “I knew that I needed to find a career that offered a stable salary and benefits,” said the then-young mother of a two-year-old daughter. “And, at that time, $23,000 was very appealing to me. I applied and was accepted into the academy.” Fast-forward to 2016 and Andrews – now a married mother of four in a blended family – is the new Town of Morrisville Chief of Police, officially joining the deparment in June. 76

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36 (including 1 non-sworn position) Patrice V. Andrews Ira Jones (retired) Capt. Felecia Sykes (former Interim Chief of Police) 260-C Town Hall Drive, Morrisville 911 919-463-1600

“As a native of Chapel Hill, I can appreciate Morrisville’s parallel attributes,” Andrews said. “I felt that the Town of Morrisville would offer valuable opportunities for my family. In addition, the Morrisville Police Department is at a pivotal stage where

the opportunity for growth through restructuring is tremendously important.” Andrews replaces Ira Jones, 50, who retired after 25 years in law enforcement, including 21 years with the Morrisville Police Department – the SUMMER 2016




Chief of Police, Town of Morrisville Roxboro, NC 5 42 Durham Police Dept.: Commander, Criminal Investigation Division, Durham Police Dept. (2015-16); District Commander, Uniform Patrol (2012-15); Lieutenant, Exec Officer to the Chief of Police, 2012; Assistant District Commander (2010-2012; Sergeant, High Enforcement Abatement Team (2008-2010); Corporal, CID (2016-08); Corporal, Uniform Patrol (2005-06); Investigator, Special Operations Division (2000-05); Patrol Officer (1997-2000) FBI National Academy, 2016; NC Central University, BS Criminal Justice (Cum Laude honors), 2012; Methodist University, West Point Leadership Academy, 2011 Chapel Hill, NC Husband, Christopher; blended family with 4 children (ages 20, 15, 11, 9) Jackson, Konan (dogs) Horseback riding, gardening, time with family, “foodie”

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past 11 years as chief. “I am in a position to not only identify the positive initiatives put into place by Chief Jones, but also to facilitate a positive and progressive evolution of the Morrisville Police Department,” Andrews noted. “In any community, the incoming Chief of Police must recognize the importance of listening and learning before reacting. I began my transition by meeting with support staff, supervisors, and officers of the Morrisville Police Department. It was important to me to introduce myself but also have open dialogue.” Andrews said Morrisville’s tremendous growth is an enticing challenge. “Morrisville is growing tremendously,” she said. “There is something to be said about coming into a position where I can utilize experience and knowledge to help facilitate the growth SUMMER 2016



Patrice Andrews Family Background Andrews’ father, Henry A. Vickers Jr., was born and raised in Durham (Hickstown area), and was one of the first African-American children to integrate the Durham Public School system. Her paternal grandmother, Inez Vickers, was an accomplished pianist and member of the church, while her paternal grandfather, Henry Vickers Sr., was a brick mason. All were wellrespected members of the Durham community. Andrews’ mother, Cathy DowellVickers, was born and raised in North Wilkesboro, NC. Her maternal grandfather, Samuel K. Dowell, was a plumber and one of the first African-American business owners in Wilkes County. He was also a successful farmer, according to Andrews, raising some of the best corn and green beans she ever tasted. Her maternal grandmother, Eloise Dalton Dowell was part of a military family, the matriarch of the family, and had a full time job raising five children.


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of the Morrisville Police Department that will benefit the officers and residents of Morrisville.” The new police chief said her reception by the Morrisville community has been genuinely warm and engaging. “I knew that the Town of Morrisville, because of size, is a close community. The hiring process was rigorous, to say the least,” Andrews said. “Once I was offered the position and began my transition, I was immediately struck by the genuine feeling of family that exists within the town government. I have yet to meet anyone who has not been accommodating or warm.” Andrews currently resides in Roxboro, but plans to move to Morrisville. Married to Christopher Andrews – a

Corporal with the Durham Police Department’s motorcycle unit – they share a blended family, ranging from age 9 to 20. A Cum Laude graduate with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Central University, Andrews is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 263rd session in Quantico, VA. Prior to that, she attended the West Point Leadership Academy sponsored by Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. Before arriving at the Town of Morrisville Police Department, Andrews was a Captain with the Durham Police Department assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division – supervising four units. But she still is astounded by her accomplishments. SUMMER 2016


Patrice Andrews Personal Life Andrews loves gardening, horseback riding, and anything involving water. “Gardening, for me, is my way of making the world beautiful,” she said. “More specifically, having my hands in the dirt allows me to focus on the task at hand and get away from a busy day or week. I will admit that I am not blessed with a green thumb. That gene skipped over me, since my mother is an amazing gardener!” Andrews began riding horses at an early age. “I showed competitively and enjoyed every moment of it. Unfortunately, life happened and I was not able to continue,” she said. “But I never miss an opportunity to be in a saddle.”

As for enjoying the water, she always tells her husband that she should have been born a fish – noting that she “feels at peace when in the water.” But Andrews notes that she gets the most pleasure in life from watching her children flourish. “Children now grow up different than the way you or I grew up. Children sometimes exist in harsh realities and they are subjected to difficult choices and experiences,” she said. “I celebrate any and every milestone that my children accomplish. Having been in law enforcement for nearly 20 years, I see the struggles that children must endure; so, that perspective makes me appreciate their triumphs even more.”

“My parents were my inspiration,” she said. “My mom and dad made sure that my sister and I never wanted for anything; however, we never received anything free,” she explained. “Hard work and integrity were just a few of the qualities that my parents instilled in us.“ Andrews praised Morrisville Police Capt. Felecia Sykes, who served as Interim Chief after Jones retired, for her dedication and ability to balance many roles – and said she hopes to create a police department of the 21st Century in Morrisville. “I want to build upon the foundation laid by Chief Jones, while streamlining and improving the way in which we serve our community,” Andrews stressed. “I look forward to getting out and meeting with the residents of the Town of Morrisville


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Morrisville Police Sponsoring National Night Out Local Event

Chamber Offers Local Business Owners Training at Workshop

Morrisville Police Department is sponsoring a local “America’s Night Out Against Crime” event at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2 in the Target parking lot at Park West Village. Coinciding with the 33rd Annual National Night Out, the local event will feature inflatables and a dunking booth, police and fire vehicles on display, McGruff the Crime Dog, Sparky the Fire Dog, and more. Morrisville Police Department also encourages neighborhoods throughout the community to join residents in more than 10,000 communities nationwide by “Giving Crime and Drugs a Going Away Party.” The national effort is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, Target Corp., U.S. Department of Justice, and Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Own a business in Morrisville? Then take advantage of an opportunity for continuous training and development to increase productivity, enhance profitability and improve workplace retention at the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming Entrepreneurial Workshop at 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Lenova, 1009 Think Place, Bldg. 1. Cost of the session is $20 for employees of Chamber members, and $35 for non-members – which includes a continental breakfast.

For additional information, contact Morrisville Police Department at 919-463-6207. Park West Village is located at 3001 Market Center Drive.

Triangle Table Tennis Facility Hosts Cary Cup Competition Triangle Table Tennis hosted more than 200 athletes – plus fans, families and enthusiasts – for the 15th Annual Butterfly Cary Cup Competition at its Morrisville facility earlier this year. A USA Table Tennis National Center of Excellence, Triangle Table Tennis is known as one of the best table tennis training facilities in the U.S., and features wood flooring, Olympic level lighting and space for up to 40 tables.

The TTT space provides an excellent backdrop to the long running and infinitely popular Butterfly Cary Cup tournament. With ample supplemental facilities and seating for spectators, competitors, coaches, families and spectators, the 30,000 square foot facility easily supports the over 200 athletes who had made the trip to North Carolina to compete in this weekend’s 15th annual Cary Cup competition. Managed by Tom Gabriel, TTT’s 30,000 sq. ft. offers ample room for such events. For more information on the event, visit Triangle Table Tennis is located at 2900 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 200. For information, call 919-388-0272 or visit 80

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Park West Village Acoustic Nights Features Live Music Acoustic Nights in the District continues at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday through Oct. 22 at Park West Village in Morrisville. The live outdoor music event is free, and features local musicians on the stage in front of Stone Theatre – Park West 14. For information, call 919-4678880 or visit Park West Village is located at 3400 Village Market Place in Morrisville.

Stephanie Alumbaugh New Cedar Fork PTA President Stephanie Alumbaugh is the new President of Morrisville’s Cedar Fork Elementary School Parent Teacher Association for 2016-2017. Other PTA board members include Amy Magrini, Vice President; Phoebe Thermitus, Treasurer; and Kandye Kindell, Secretary. For more information or to join the organization, visit or email president@cedarforkpta. net.



AT&T’s Vanessa Harrison Speaks At Morrisville’s KNOW Luncheon

District Lofts Now Available at Morrisville’s Park West Village

AT&T North Carolina President Vanessa Harrison is the speaker at the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce’s KNOW Luncheon at 11:30 am to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Prestonwood Country Club.

Town officials, Morrisville Chamber of Commerce staff and members and others celebrated the grand opening of the District Lofts at Park Morrisville Chamber of Commerce officially opens West Village District Lofts at Park West Village in Morrisville Photo Courtesy of Greystar earlier this year with a group ribbon cutting, food and refreshments, tours, and live music. Offering a unique modern lifestyle, only steps from shopping, restaurants and entertainment, District Lofts features clubhouses with lounge areas and views, pool table, putting green, fire pits, fitness facility and more. For information, call 877-884-8690, email districtlofts@ or visit

A North Carolina native, Harrison has been with AT&T and its predecessor companies for more than 30 years. She began her career in the Operating Services organization and moved through positions of increasing responsibility over the years. She will share her career experiences and how she successfully climbed the ladder one rung at a time. Cost for the event is $35 for employees of Chamber members, and $50 for non-members. Corporate tables are available for 10 are $315. For more information or to make reservations, call 919-4637150 or visit

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McDanel New 2016-17 Mills Park Middle PTA President

Triangle Children’s Business Fair Set at Park West Village

Heather McDanel is the new Mills Park Middle School Parent Teacher Association Board President for the 2016-2017 school year.

The Triangle Children’s Business Fair is planned at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 at Park West Village in Morrisville. Youthful entrepreneurs age 6-14 can interact with attendees and sell their product or service at the special one-day event. Application deadline for booth space is July 23.

Additional board members include: • Vice President: Cathy Cardaropoli • Secretary:  Jyothsna Kanchi • Treasurer:  Erica O’Malley • Ways & Means Chair: Kristin Molitoris

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Short Takes Sheetz opened its second convenience store in Morrisville in late June, located at 1019 Morrisville Parkway near Park West Village. A Sheetz family member was on hand for the opening, which also featured free samples, prizes and giveaways…Green Hope High School topped the final standings in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s 37th Annual Wells Fargo Cup (4A Classification) competition for 2015-16. Others at the top of the list – which recognizes high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletics performance – include Cardinal Gibbons High (#2); Broughton High (#6); Leesville Road High (#10); Millbrook High (#13); and Panther Creek High (#15)…Tasu Asian Bistro closed its location at Cary Crossroads. Tasu’s Brier Creek Commons and Shiki Asian Bistro Shushi & Bar near the Streets at Southpoint remain open remain open… Delta Airlines added three daily year-round non-stop flights from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Newark, NJ – operated by GoJet Airlines, a Delta Connection service…Former Mills Park Middle School teacher of the year Sara English is the new principal at P.W. Moore Elementary School in Elizabeth City, NC. English also taught at Lead Mine Elementary School in North Raleigh…United Airlines begins a new non-stop flight from RDU to New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Oct. 30, operating six days a week…Chandra Manivannan of Panther Creek High School was named a Goodnight Scholars Program at NC State University…North Carolina Department of Transportation intends to reopen Morrisville Parkway to through traffic by Aug. 31. Intermittent lane closures are possible through May 2017… Ryan Catalfu and Skyler Won of Green Hope High School received First Place honors at the 2016 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) U.S. National Championship in Orlando, FL – topping more than 300,000 competitors. Both will compete in the MOS 82

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Panther Creek Senior Brunch Features Games, Prizes, Food Panther Creek High’s Senior Brunch for the Class of 2017 is 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26. Students are asked to RSVP at if they plan to attend the event, which will feature games, prizes, and a variety of food. In addition, students can now purchase Class of 2017 shirts through Sept. 2. Purchases made prior to Aug. 26 can be picked up at the brunch. For more information, call 919-463-8656 or visit panthercreekhs.

World Championships in August…Shawan Robinson takes over as Panther Creek High School’s varsity basketball Head Coach, after assisting L.J. Hepp, who is stepping down but remaining as Athletic Director. Robinson played high school ball at Leesville Road High…Panther Creek High’s Viraj Garewal won the SWAC men’s golf Player of the Year honor this year…2015 Panther Creek High graduate A.J. Morris signed to play with Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute men’s basketball team for the 2016-17 season…18 Hospitality Group, plans to open Cantina 18 in Park West Village in Morrisville. The new restaurant will serve a seasonally changing menu of contemporary Mexican food and margaritas.




New Analysis Ranks Morrisville Richest Town in North Carolina Morrisville is North Carolina’s richest town with 25,000 or fewer residents, according to financial website 24/7 Wall St. According to the new report, Morrisville’s median household income of $84,801 – far above the state median household income $46,556. The poverty rate in Morrisville is 4.8 percent, according to the compilation. According to the website, the state’s poorest town is Mount Olive, a community of 4,693 located in Wayne and Duplin counties. The median household income in the town is $25,727, and the poverty rate is 34.1 percent. For the analysis, data utilized was from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey — namely, five-year estimated median annual household incomes from 2010 through 2014.

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New Task Force to Evaluate Future RTP Transit Needs

Research Triangle Foundation formed a new RTP Transit Task Force, in conjunction with GoTriangle, North Carolina Railroad Company and the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. The group plans to evaluate moving the Regional Transit Center from Slater Road in Durham to RTP’s Park Center development, improve pedestrian and bike access throughout RTP, and other collaborations. Draft plans, project updates and other information will be available at and




RTP SPOTLIGHT RTP Rotary Honored as Top Club in NC Triangle District

RTP, US2020 Recognize STEM Advocates in NC

RTP Rotary Club was named the best club in the Rotary International District covering the Triangle, an accomplishment that recognizes the growth, community service, and example it has set for other Rotary clubs. The RTP Rotary Club has deep roots in the Triangle, its history running parallel to Research Triangle Park Outgoing RTP Rotary Club President Andrew Kerr passes to gavel to 2016-17 President itself. Former Gov. David Spisak Luther Hodges founded Submitted Photo the club 48 years ago. Despite that legacy, membership was down to 14 members and community service offerings were limited. So club leaders started a reboot intended to build on the club’s historical legacy, while reflecting the modern nature of today’s Research Triangle Park. The club held seven service projects through the last fiscal year, with more planned. Membership grew to 46, reflecting RTP’s diversity in age, gender, and professional experience. The membership resurgence has enabled the club to hit high marks for contributions to polio vaccination and other Rotary service projects. The Triangle’s Rotary District 7710 is made up of 46 clubs. Among the RTP club’s honors this year are the Public Image Citation, the Rotary International Presidential Citation, and the Governor’s 5 Star Award with Distinction. The district also formally recognized the club with awards for membership growth and for its MLK Day service project, a meal-packing event that benefited those in need locally. “I am extremely proud of what the RTP Rotary Club has accomplished during its reboot,” outgoing Club President Andrew Kerr said. “We have built a club that is the leading civic organization in RTP and the best Rotary Club in central North Carolina.”

Research Triangle Park-based US2020 Benjamin Warlick received the grand prize for the “RTPi3: Ignite, Innovate & Inspire Essay Challenge” at the first STEMmy Awards Ceremony in May. Benjamin is a student at Charles D. Owen High School in Buncombe County, and was awarded prizes totaling $2,500 for his winning essay. The contest was open to students throughout North Carolina, and was hosted by US2020 and Innovate NC. The STEMmy awards are a new offering of the mentoring outreach program that will highlight the accomplishments of contributors from around the Triangle -- and winners from several categories were presented with a “Golden Gear” award commemorating their success in making STEM mentoring and education more accessible for low income, minority, and female students. Among the winners: • Higher Education Department Of the Year: NC State University Kenan Fellows • STEM Industry Partner Of the Year: US Environmental Protection Agency • Mentor Of the Year: Kenneth Lyle of Duke University • STEM School Of The Year: Lowe’s Grove Middle • Student Of the Year K-8: Mansi Goyal of Hunter GT/ AIG Basics Magnet Elementary • Student Of the Year 9-16: Joanna McDonald Green Hope High School • Youth Serving Organization Of the Year: Kramden Institute

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GlaxoSmithKline Provides Fostering Wellness Grant

New Almac Group Laboratory To Serve Biopharma Partners

GlaxoSmithKline, in partnership with Triangle Community Foundation, recently provided a two-year $1 million GSK IMPACT Grant to Fostering Wellness. An initiative of seven nonprofits working to support young people aging out of foster care and entering the workforce in Wake, Durham and Orange counties. The initiative will connect 500 youths with mentors and with jobs in the food industry. Foster care ends at age 18 and those who leave the system are at greater risk if unemployment, homelessness and other challenges. The Fostering Wellness coalition includes Community Partnerships, The Hope Center at Pullen, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, LIFE Skills Foundation, Dress for Success, SaySo (Strong Able Youth Speaking Out), and United Way of the Greater Triangle.

Almac Group’s Diagnostics Business opened its new companion diagnostic development facility in Research Triangle Park. The custom designed facility contains molecular biology laboratories as well as office space. The state of the art laboratory is equipped with microarray and qPCR platforms appropriate for companion diagnostic development and will operate both researchuse-only and clinical diagnostic tests. Plans are also in place to add additional technology platforms including NGS in the coming year. “The opening of our new CDx facility in the U.S. is Almac Diagnostics’ latest initiative to better serve our global Biopharma partners. As we experience increased client demand for our companion diagnostic development services, this latest expansion will significantly enhance Almac’s offering, increasing capacity and further demonstrating our commitment to personaliZed healthcare,” said Professor Paul Harkin, President and Managing Director of Almac Diagnostics.

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Quintiles Forms New Global Alliance with DaVita Research Quintiles, the world’s largest provider of product development and integrated healthcare services, plans a new global strategic alliance with DaVita Clinical Research, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. “We are excited about the opportunities this affords our organizations to provide innovative solutions to the biopharmaceutical industry and the participants we serve,” said Jeanne Hecht, senior vice president and global head, Site and Patient Networks at Quintiles.  “Through this alliance with DaVita Clinical Research, we will have the power to provide biopharmaceutical customers with nephrology expertise and global delivery capabilities to truly advance clinical research.” Hecht said Quintiles goal in forming the new relationship is to align processes to reduce cycle times and accelerate clinical trial execution.

Local Effort Collects Supplies To Support Students, Teachers RTP Rotary Club is collecting school supplies to assist local school teachers, who often spend their own money to ensure students have adequate study materials. The “Crayons 2 Calculators: Fill That Bus!” initiative continues through Aug. 14, and members hope to collect everything from crayons and pencils to copy paper and composition books. A donation bin is available near the front door of The Frontier, located at 800 Park Office Drive in Research Triangle Park. For more details on the program, visit Information on the club is available at

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RTP Short Takes Mary-Dell Chilton, a distinguished science fellow at Syngenta in Research Triangle Park was named a 2016 recipient of the University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award, which honored Chilton for her success as a groundbreaking researcher in plant biotechnology. Chilton is recognized as a principal founder of modern plant biotechnology…Following the acquisition of Kemwell’s U.S. development business this year, Ann Flodin was appointed General Manager at Recipharm, a contract development and manufacturing organization – and will be responsible for managing daily operations in Research Triangle Park…Morrisville-based Arrivo Bioventures recently raised $49 million in funding to acquire and develop promising drugs…RTI International plans a new six-story, 190,000 sq. ft. building on its main campus in Research Triangle Park…Lee Anne Nance – with Research Triangle Regional Partnership since 2009, most recently as Chief Operations Officer – resigned recently to launch a consulting company. Previously, RTRP Chief Executive Officer Charles Hayes resigned and replaced by John Kane…Research Triangle Foundation Board of Directors voted to call for the repeal of North Carolina House Bill 2. In a statement, the board indicated that “Overall, HB2 has negatively impacted North Carolina’s reputation as a business friendly state with a great quality of life that is welcoming to all.”…Contract research organization Veristat plans to open an office later this year in Research Triangle Park… RTI International, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, hosted a three-day workshop in June to help leaders from the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar to conceptualize a strategic plan for a new development in South Asia. Both 86

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Sigma Xi’s New Initiative Aims To Improve Outreach Sigma Xi – The Scientific Research Society – recently launched the Research Communications Initiative, designed to help scientists and engineers enhance the impact of their research by broad dissemination. Through RCI, Sigma Xi will team up with researchers and partner institutions who wish to effectively tell general audiences, research administrators, and other investigators about their work. Sigma Xi will help its RCI partners develop a strategy for sharing their research and connect them with leading communication professionals who will develop content, including feature-length articles, videos, infographics, animations, podcasts, social media campaigns, and more. Sigma Xi is the oldest and largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers in the world. For more information on the RCI program, visit RTP and North Carolina State University Centennial Campus served as examples to the delegation…Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies opened its new three-story, 62,000 sq. ft. facility in Research Triangle Park recently. The new building, called BioProcess Innovation Center and located at 6051 George Watts Hill Drive, houses the company’s Process and Analytical Research and Development, Process Sciences, and Stability groups…Panacea BioMatx, a personalized nutrition startup company in Morrisville, has signed a license agreement with an Australian health food provider that will also invest up to $1 million in Panacea.




Streets at Southpoint Live Music Series Each Saturday

Unique Night Ride, Run Benefits Durham Habitat The 10th Annual Bull Moon Ride & Run is 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in downtown Durham. A fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Durham, the event begins with a special welcome ceremony and national anthem at 7:10 p.m. The 12-mile Bike Ride begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by the 5K Run/Walk at 7:45 p.m. Registration for adults for either event is $32 and $22 for youths (17 and under) until May 31. Registration cost increases thereafter. The family-friendly activity also features food, beer, entertainment, glow sticks, costumes, balloons and more. VIP Tent Access is also available. Each year, Durham Habitat helps nearly 20 families build homes in Durham. Built mostly with volunteer labor, all

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The Streets at Southpoint Music on Main Concert Series continues through Saturday, Sept. 3 with free live entertainment. Weather permitting, all family-friendly musical acts are at 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays on the Cinema Stage. Upcoming shows include: • 7/23: Konnection • 7/30: Underhill Rose • 8/6: Davis Messina • 8/13: Jim Quick & Coastline • 8/20: Hickory Switch • 8/27: Party Nuts • 9/3: GrassCats For more information, visit Streets at Southpoint is located at 6910 Fayetteville Road in South Durham. homes are professionally supervised and built to ensure high quality and consistency. Habitat families provide “sweat equity,” working alongside volunteers and staff in home construction – and Habitat provides zero-interest mortgages. For more information or to register, visit




RTP POLLINATOR GARDEN Research Triangle Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Wildlife Habitat Council recently dedicated the new RTP Pollinator Demonstration Garden at RTP Headquarters with speakers, displays and activities. The new garden is focused on the importance of pollinators, including bats, butterflies, bees, birds beetles and more. 919 Magazine Photos

STOP HUNGER NOW Volunteers from the Research Triangle Park agriculture biotechnology community (including students from NC State, and employees from Novozymes, Bayer Crop Science, BioResource International and Syngenta) joined with global nonprofit Stop Hunger Now in the fight against world hunger by packaging more than 25,000 meals in less than two hours at the Frontier in RTP. Meals were sent to schoolchildren in Haiti and Zambia, and to refugees in Uganda. Novozymes had approximately 35 volunteers participate. Submitted Photo 88

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WESTERN WAKE FARMERS’ MARKET Western Wake Farmers’ Market is open 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays at 101 Gathering Park Circle in Cary. Started to provide people a place to obtain fresh, healthy, local food, and producers can improve their livelihoods, WWFM operates year-round. 919 Magazine Photos

SPRING GOLF CLASSIC Polythress Commercial Contractors’ team won the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Spring Golf Classic at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course at NC State. Teams from Perimeter Park/Trinity Partners and Advance Auto Parts finished second and third, respectively. The Chamber’s Fall Golf Classic is Oct. 17 at the Governors Club Golf Course. Visit for sponsorship and registration information. Photos Courtesy of Morrisville Chamber of Commerce

3rd Place team from Advance Auto Parts

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Winning team from Poythress Commercial Contractors

2nd Place team from Perimeter Park/Trinity Partners SUMMER 2016



SAVE THE DAY 5K National Inclusion Project’s Save the Day 5K event in May at The Frontier at Research Triangle Park raised funds to promote a partnership with communities and recreational programs to enable them to include children with disabilities. For information, visit

MORRISVILLE SPRINGFEST Residents and visitors crowded along Town Hall Drive in May at the Morrisville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services’ 2nd Annual Springfest, which featured entertainment, carnival and midway games, inflatables and more. Submitted Photo

RTP HEALTH FAIR Research Triangle Park’s Health Fair 2016 at The Fronter at RTP promoted healthy lifestyles for members of the RTP community in May, providing programming and facilities that allow RTP companies’ employees to keep active and stay healthy.

WINES AROUND THE WORLD Rotary Club of Morrisville’s 8th Annual Wines Around the World at RDU featured live music, excellent wines, beer, raffle items, door prizes, food and more in May. Members of the club entertained guests and visitors at the fundraising event. For more information on the club, visit


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It’s Time again for...


Star-Studded Lineup at Raleigh’s Red Hat Highlights Week Full of Jams, Sessions, Awards and Live Music


luegrass Nation gathers again this fall in North Carolina. While music activities and IBMA-sanctioned events are planned throughout the week of Wide Open Bluegrass, the highlight is undoubtedly the World of Bluegrass Weekend Festival on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, in downtown Raleigh. Sponsored by the International Bluegrass Music Association and presented by PNC, the festival is planned at the outdoor Red Hat Amphitheater. Planned musical lineup (subject to changes) includes:

Friday, Sept. 30

• Dailey & Vincent • Jerry Douglas Presents The Earls of Leicester (IBMA 2015 Entertainer of the Year) • Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, with Alice Gerrard • Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives (five-time Grammy winner) • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (50th Anniversary Tour) • The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band • Soggy Bottom Boys (from “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”, including Dan Tyminski, Barry Bales, Ron Block, Pat Enright, Mike Compton and Stuart Duncan) • Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

Saturday, Oct. 1

• Becky Buller Band (IBMA 2015 Emerging Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year) • Greensky Bluegrass • John Cowan with Darin & Brooke Aldridge • Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers (IBMA 2015 Hall of Fame inductee) • Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out (25th Anniversary Tour) • Steep Canyon Rangers • The Del McCoury Band • Kruger Brothers (with the Symphony of the Mountains)

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Single day general admission for performances at Red Hat Amphitheater during Wide Open Bluegrass starts as low as $60 for the general public and $50 for IBMA members. Additional details and pricing information – including member discounts – for Red Hat Amphitheater performances, Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes, IBMA Business Conference registration, IBMA Award Show tickets and hotel reservations are available at Tickets for all events are on sale now and may be purchased at or 800-514-3849. Wide Open Bluegrass is an urban bluegrass event that includes both ticketed main stage performances at Red Hat Amphitheater and free stages. A portion of proceeds from Red Hat Amphitheater ticket sales go to the IBMA-operated Bluegrass Trust Fund, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to individuals in the bluegrass music community in times of emergency need.



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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

About the Triangle Real Estate Market by LINDA CRAFT

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Once upon a time, in 2006, homeowners in the Triangle were building wealth as home values went up fast. Today, many are talking about how great our real estate market has become – but is it really great? Having sold homes in this market for 31 years, I see some indicators that I would like to share to help you to become a more informed consumer. It is said that numbers never lie and the signs are always around us. According to the Triangle Multiple Listing Service, the numbers tell me that parts of the housing market have not recovered from the 2008 mortgage crisis and still have a long ways to go. Since this is about you, your future, and possibly your retirement, I believe it is important to share as honestly and factually as possible what I am seeing in our current housing market. If you own a home in the greater Triangle area, or are interested in selling or buying one, I hope this full disclosure of information will be valuable to you. There are Three Distinct Real Estate Markets in the Triangle, With Only One of These Areas Enjoying Great Success Homes in the Triangle area fall into three distinct tiers: Homes below $500K, homes between $500K and $750K, and homes $750k and above. These three pricing tiers offer very different experiences for home buyers and sellers in any market, but they are particularly unique right now. The most positive experience is with homes below $500K in prime locations like North Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Morrisville and Chapel Hill. The market is great and home are selling swiftly! There are more buyers than sellers, and homeowners often receive multiple offers selling above list price. These sales are causing a big buzz in our community, but again, I see indication that this may be changing in the near future. With over 10,000 new homes coming out of the ground, the buyer/seller ratio is closing, and may be a game changer in the near future. While this spike in home sales in this tier has brought excitement and doubledigit equity gains, based on my experience and previous markets similar to our area, I believe it will slow down when new homes enter the 919-235-0007 competition.

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919 | SPOTLIGHT risen an additional 30 percent this quarter alone. Furthermore, new construction is on the way in this price tier too, which will cause the luxury re-sale market to experience increased price pressure.

There are Two Soft Markets No One is Talking About If you own a home in any of the seven counties making up the Triangle Real Estate Market – even if your home is priced to sell – the market above $500K is much softer. Homes between $500K-750K will spend more time on the market and many will fail to sell without receiving any offers. New construction sales historically dominate resales. Therefore, condition, staging, price, aggressive marketing, and timing is imperative for a successful sale. If you own a luxury home priced $750K or more, the chances of selling a home drops dramatically. During the economic crash in 2008-2012, there was more than a 20-month supply of standing inventory on luxury homes in the Triangle and values dropped 10-to-30 percent during that same time. Unlike the lower priced homes, luxury homes have not recovered from the last down market and, according to the TARR Report, inventory levels have

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Linda Craft’s Advice For Luxury Home Owners: •

If you do not have to sell now, stay off the market. More inventory does not help your home value increase. Too much supply of anything produces depreciation not appreciation. If you have to sell now, remember that you may be chasing the market down – so it is a different pricing strategy. Time is not your friend when the market has an oversupply. You must get ahead in a downward market to achieve a higher price in the end. If you wish to downsize, but do not have to do it now, then it becomes a

math equation. Does it make sense to do it now or should you wait for the lost equity to return to the glory days of 2006? Based on normal appreciation rates it may take 10 years or more. We are happy to help you with local historical appreciation rates to aid you in this math equation. Remember: The real estate market always comes back strong with time and it is still an excellent long-term investment! Linda Craft & Team, Realtors is a locally owned real estate company that has served the Triangle for over 30 years. Linda and the team were honored to receive a local Humanitarian award for 2016, have been the Carolina Hurricanes Real Estate Partner since 2006, and have been selected as one of the Best Places to Work in the Triangle. To get answers to any questions or help in anyway, please visit, email, or call 919-235-0007.



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RALEIGH rd 3Large CityBEST to Live In!

A new analysis by personal-finance website WalletHub evaluated the 62 largest cities based on several metrics – ranking Raleigh as the third best large city to live in. The metrics included livability, education, health and economy and taxes. San Francisco and Seattle topped the list. Following Raleigh in the top 10 were Colorado Springs, Denver, San Jose, Austin, San Diego, Minneapolis and Washington DC. Charlotte was listed at 19. Cleveland, Memphis and Detroit were at the bottom of the list. SOURCE:


DURHAM #9 CHARLOTTE #17 RALEIGH #18 Other cities in the Top 10: Denver; Framingham, MA; Oakland, CA; Atlanta; Boston; Austin, TX; Santa Ana, CA; Baltimore, MD; and Boulder, CO. SOURCE:



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A new report by nationwide apartment search website indicates that Raleigh ranks sixth in terms of dwelling square footage. The report – based on data related to complexes containing 50 or more units – lists Atlanta at the top, followed by Plano, TX; Jersey City, NJ; Henderson, NV; Chesapeake, VA; and Charlotte. Irvine, CA; Gilbert, AZ; Omaha, NE; and Boston follow Raleigh in the top 10. Tucson, AZ; El Paso, TX; and Buffalo, NY, were at the top of the list of smallest apartment size. SOURCE:

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Raleigh-Durham Ranks Number 4 Raleigh-Durham ranks fourth on a new list of cities best positioned to lead the digital economy, according to a new report examining the top 25 U.S. startup hubs. The Innovation That Matters 2016 report was released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Chamber’s, and 1776, built out an index comparing key statistics to show how well specific areas are turning capital into successful tech industries. Boston topped the list, followed by the San Francisco Bay Area, and Denver ahead of Raleigh-Durham. Rounding out the top 10 were San Diego; Austin, TX; Los Angeles; Philadelphia; Washington, DC; and New York City. SOURCE: US Chamber of Commerce

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ON THE LIST! The 2016 Employment Destinations Index from the American Institute for Economic Research analyzed 260 cities of all sizes, ranking them on nine factors – including diversity of residents, ease of commuting, average earnings and median rents. These factors were intended to produce a list of places where new college grads may thrive after graduation. But, according to, the cities are prime for pretty much anyone looking for somewhere new. The 11 cities on the list were Raleigh; Santa Cruz, CA; Fort Collins, CO; Bridgeport, CT; Honolulu, HI; Portland, ME; Colorado Springs, CO; Santa Barbara, CA; Virginia Beach, VA; Kansas City, MO; and Bloomington, IL. Raleigh ranked especially well for its number of highlyeducated “twenty-somethings” and relatively inexpensive rental costs. SOURCE:

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