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The Cover 12




Planners 7 8 9 10

Zest for Life

Jayne and George Dukes Love Brier Creek Lifestyle

Good for Business

Brier Creek’s Jim Captain Leads Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

Departments 6 29 40 50 57 57 58 59 62

Assisting Buyers and Sellers The Terry Thrower Team Provides Personal Service

Brier Creek Rocks!

Collaboration, Technology Help BCES Students Enjoy Learning

Features 16



Enthusiastic and Curious Brier Creek 5th Grader Ameya Rao Wins Annual Spelling Bee

Brier Creek Resident Love-Mills Ready For Miss USA Competition

BCES Spring Carnival

Brier Creek Students Tour White House, Memorials

Creating Insurance Security


Thorough Estate Planning


Tru Options Helping Business, Individuals Make Right Decisions




Piekaar Law Firm Provides Exceptional Legal Services

Check Out 4th of July Festivities! Page 11


A Year of 919 Magazine


It’s the Season for Fun And Frolic in Brier Creek


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Miss NC Takes to Big Stage


Brier Creek Elementary School’s Principal Sandy Chambers

Zachary Skubic Stays Busy With School, Helping Charity

All About History

Publisher’s Note Yearbook BIG D I S CO U N Community TS COUPO N Food Break S AND M PAGES ORE, 59-61 Advertisers Index Along the I-540 Corridor 919 Region Bulletin Board 919 Final Bell

On the Cover

‘Zack of All Trades’


Community School Events Extracurricular Activities Community Sports


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919 ›› NOTES Publisher

Suzy Beth Sarver

A Very Special Issue It’s hard to believe we are here, at this magic number. Issue number seven – our first anniversary issue of 919 Magazine’s Brier Creek Edition. Thank you Brier Creek for all we have achieved together. Starting out here last year was like going off to college: Learning new things, making new friends, exploring new places. I gained an even greater appreciation for all that we have here in the 919 (and I also gained the dreaded “Freshman 15” from the hours and hours of work we poured into this magazine over late nights and too much pizza). Although the pounds won’t last, this new legacy for Brier Creek will. As we continue to grow and expand 919 Magazine, I look forward to sharing more information and stories about people, events, organizations, schools and everyday activities that make the Leesville area just a great place to Live, Work and Play. Here’s some of what you will find in this special anniversary issue: • 919 Magazine isn’t the only one celebrating an anniversary. Brier Creek Elementary School principal is celebrating as too. We sit down with Sandy Chambers, as she marks her 4th year at the local campus in May (Page 34). • Doing it 919 Style: Be sure to visit our 919 Magazine anniversary timeline beginning on Page 48, as we take you all the way back to where it all started a year ago. Many of the profiles of your friends, family and neighbors no doubt will be familiar – and we once again spotlight our stellar 919 Charter Advertisers. • A 919 Family: Don’t miss the intriguing profile of Jayne and George Dukes on Page 12. This energetic couple have a real zest for life – and they’re showing it every day as they truly embrace the Brier Creek Country Club lifestyle. • We also profile Jim Captain and learn about his fulfilling life of family (including four grandsons), community and service. An executive at Credit Suisse, Captain also is board chairman for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. And he lives right here in Brier Creek. When we began this publication, we knew exactly what type of publication we wanted to give the residents of North Raleigh – and where we wanted it to go. It may have taken some people by surprise, but those of you who have reached out and thanked us obviously get it. We may not be the fanciest publication in town – but we’re not trying to be. We are different and we want to deliver something different to you. I leave you with the last line from my favorite poem; it pretty much tells our story. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. — Robert Frost

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MAY 5/2

Morrisville Meet-Up Morrisville Chamber of Commerce Networking Opportunity 4:30-6 pm Brier Creek Country Club 9400 Club Hill Dr, Raleigh 919-463-7155

Brier Creek Online Silent Auction Bidding starts online on May 6


Mother’s Day


Summer Charity Fashion Show Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Benefit $10 advance; $20 at door 7-10 pm The Cottages at Brier Creek 10511 Sablewood Dr 919-596-3836 Tickets: mercharityfashionshow13 Info:


Memorial Day


radKIDS Anti-Bullying, Violence Prevention Session Age 5-11; $65 fee 4-5:30 pm, Fridays Brier Creek Community Center 10810 Globe Rd 919-420-2340


Kids Nite Out Dinner, crafts, games, movie Age 5-12 Lake Lynn Community Center 7921 Ray Rd 919-870-2911


Cinco de Mayo


Brier Creek Spring Carnival 5-8 pm Brier Creek Elementary School


Run for Peace — Walk for Wellness 8 am (5K); 8:45am (1/2-mile Fun Run) St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 11401 Leesville Rd 919-847-8205


East Meets West Festival 11 am-4 pm Morrisville Chamber of Commerce Town Hall Drive 919-463-7155 919 Magazine BC

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Relay for Life American Cancer Society Benefit 6 pm Fri-8 am Sat Leesville Road High 8409 Leesville Rd


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RAD Woman’s Self Defense

Brier Creek Commons Fireworks


Age 16-up; $55 Fee 9:30 am-12 pm, Sat Brier Creek Community Center 10810 Globe Rd 919-420-2340


Orchestra Concert


5 pm (festivities); fireworks start 9:15-9:45 pm Clock Plaza 8161 Brier Creek Pkwy

Jumpstart Toddler Montessori Ages 18m-4; $25 Fee 9-10 am, Wed Brier Creek Community Center 10810 Globe Rd 919-420-2340

Spring Carnival 5 pm Brier Creek Elementary 9801 Brier Creek Pkwy 919-484-4747

Father’s Day Surprise!

Father’s Day

Talent Show





6 pm Mills Park Middle 441 Mills Park Dr 919-466-1500


Age 4-8; $12 Fee 6-9 pm, Friday Brier Creek Community Center 10810 Globe Rd 919-420-2340

7 pm Leesville Road High 8409 Leesville Rd 919-870-4250


Dance Concert



7 pm Panther Creek High 6770 McCrimmon Pkwy 919-463-8656


Dance Showcase 7 pm Panther Creek High 6770 McCrimmon Pkwy 919-463-8656


Chorus Concert 7:30 pm Leesville Road High 8409 Leesville Rd 919-870-4250


Great American Backyard Campout



Band Concert

National Wildlife Foundation Benefit Registration:

7 pm Trinity Academy 10224 Baileywick Rd 919-786-0114

Symphonic and Jazz 7 pm Panther Creek High 6770 McCrimmon Pkwy 919-463-8656

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Science-oriented day camps Leesville Road Elementary 8401 Leesville Rd Info: Registration:

7-8 pm Bethesda Christian 1914 South Miami Blvd 919-598-0190

Begins after school Leesville Road High 8409 Leesville Rd 919-870-4250

Camp Olympiad


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K-6 Spring Concert

Spring Band Concert

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MPR: Science Fair

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Concert, Wind Ensemble 7 pm Panther Creek High 6770 McCrimmon Pkwy 919-463-8656

Leesville High School 4 pm Raleigh Convention Center 500 S Salisbury St (919) 831-6011



7 pm Panther Creek High 6770 McCrimmon Pkwy 919-463-8656

Panther Creek High 12 pm Raleigh Convention Center 500 S Salisbury St 919-831-6011

Band Concert

Chorus Concert


Graduation Ceremonies Trinity Academy 9:30 am Multi-purpose activity center 10224 Baileywick Rd 919-786-0114

Graduation Ceremonies

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1001 Nights, A Scott-Free Spring Gala Scott-Free Scholarship Foundation Benefit 7-11 pm; $65 ($125 per couple) Babylon Restaurant 309 N. Dawson St., Raleigh


Summer Charity Fashion Show


Spring Chorus Performance 6 pm Brier Creek Elementary 9801 Brier Creek Pkwy 919-484-4747


6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Band and Jazz Band 7-8 pm Mills Park Middle 441 Mills Park Dr 919-466-1500


LMS Band Concert 7 pm Leesville Road High 8409 Leesville Rd 919-870-4250 919 Magazine BC

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Benefit $10 advance; $20 at door 7-10 pm The Cottages at Brier Creek 10511 Sablewood Dr 919-596-3836 Tickets: mercharityfashionshow13 Info:

7900 Brier Creek Parkway 919-957-2000


TraLi’ Irish Pub Live Music Fri, Sat nights Pub Trivia Mon nights Brierdale Shopping Center


Carolina Ale House Live Trivia Tue, 8 pm-10 pm DJ George 7/4, 8/1, 7 pm-10 pm 7981 Skyland Ridge Parkway 919-957-4200


Aladdin’s Eatery Wine Nights Mon, Wed, Sun $5 glasses, $16 bottles Tour of Lebanon Free Samples 2nd, 4th Tue 8201 Brier Creek Parkway 919-806-5700


Wild Turkey Lounge (Angus Barn) Live Music Nightly 9401 Glenwood Ave 919-781-2444


Denim & Diamonds Annual Gala Pay it Forward Fertility Foundation Benefit $150 per person The Pavilions at The Angus Barn 9401 Glenwood Ave


Wild Wing Cafe

Live music, dancing Fri-Sat, 9:30 pm-1 am Live Trivia with Aaron Wed, 8 pm May | June 2013


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Ages 5-8yrs Various courses and times Brier Creek Community Center 10810 Globe Rd



Morrisville Chamber of Commerce 9 am (shotgun start) Lonnie Poole Golf Course 1509 Main Campus Dr, Raleigh 919-463-7155



8:30 am Kerr Family YMCA 2500 Wakefield Pines Dr

‘Illuminated’ Leukemia Society Benefit 7:30 pm; $20 adults, $15 students Future Farmers of America Wakefield High School 2200 Wakefield Pines Dr 919-562-3600

Table Tennis Brier Creek Ages 18 and up; Fridays, 5:45 pm-9 pm Brier Creek Community Center 10810 Globe Rd, Raleigh 919-420-2340


Soccer Academy

Run Like a Mother 5K

Atlantic Tire Spring Golf Classic

Catchin’ Fireflies 5K


Ultra5 Soccer Camps Boys, girls; various age groups M-F, 12-4 pm; $250 D1 Sports 6330 Mt. Herman Rd 919-825-1298


Summer Volleyball Camps Triangle Volleyball Club Girls and boys; ages 2-12 Full/Half-day camps, clinics 919-544-9400


Sports and Day Camps More information, Page 53 Trinity Academy 10224 Baileywick Rd 919-786-0114


Northern Wake Relay for Life American Cancer Society Benefit Wake Forest


Run for Peace — Walk for Wellness 8 am (5K); 8:45am (1/2-mile Fun Run) St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 11401 Leesville Rd 919-847-8205


Walk for the Animals Animal Protection Society Benefit 10 am-2 pm Duke University East Campus


Sports Summer Camps More information, Page 54 Leesville Road High 8409 Leesville Rd 919-420-2340


Summer Camps Games, classes, crafts and more Karate International 9101 Leesville Rd, Suite 145 919-926-1653


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Catamount Classic Golf Outing Panther Creek High Athletics Benefit 1 p.m. $95 entry fee (includes meals, more) Preserve at Jordan Lake


25th Annual Thad & Alice Eure Walk for Hope, 5K & 10K Benefit for the Research And Treatment of Mental Illness 8 am (5K, 10K); 10 am (Walk) The Angus Barn 9401 Glenwood Ave 919-781-9255

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100 Regency Forest Dr, Cary 888-DIABETES, ext. 3251

90-min. canoe tour 5:30 pm; Big Lake Boathouse William B. Umstead State Park 8801 Glenwood Ave 919-571-4170

American Diabetes Assoc. Tour de Cure

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Big Lake Boat-A-Bout


Independence Eve Celebration 6:30 pm Sertoma Art Center 1400 W. Millbrook Rd 919-469-4069

7/4 5/16

Canoeing Skills I 16-older, beginners 2 pm; Big Lake Boathouse William B. Umstead State Park 8801 Glenwood Ave 919-571-4170


Fishing Fun Fresh water fishing basics 6 pm; Big Lake Boathouse William B. Umstead State Park 8801 Glenwood Ave 919-571-4170

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July 4th at the State Capital


NC Symphony’s Triangle’s Best Independence Day Celebration

Gates open 5 pm; concert, 7:30 pm Free admission Koka Booth Amphitheater Cary 8003 Regency Pkwy 919-462-2052


11 am-3 pm NC State Capital 1 E. Edenton St 919-733-4994

The ‘Works: July 4th on Fayetteville Street

Historic Independence Day Open House



An Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration 11 am-4 pm Joel Lane Museum House 728 W. Hargett St 919-833-3431

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Music, contests, vendors (free) Downtown Raleigh 12-10 pm; fireworks, 9:30 pm

Brier Creek Commons Fireworks

5 pm (festivities);

fireworks start 9:15-9:45 pm Clock Plaza 8161 Brier Creek Pkwy



Brier Creek’s Dukes Love Neighborhood, Entertaining Friends, Adventurous Travels By STEPHANIE FRIEDL 919 Magazine Writer

Though at first hesitant to move to Brier Creek from their happy home in Cary, Jayne and George Dukes have taken BCCC by storm with their infectious joy and zest for life. “With so many activities available at all times, living here is similar to being

at camp as a child,” said Jayne, who affectionately calls her neighborhood ‘Camp Brier Creek.’ “We’ve never lived in a neighborhood where the residents are so kind and thoughtful.” The Dukes first moved to the area to eliminate the long commute and traffic jams they encountered on their daily drives to GlaxoSmithKline, where Jayne

Jessica “Jayne” Dukes and George Dukes Family Profile RESIDENCE: HOMETOWNS: PROFESSIONS: EDUCATION: PETS:

works in clinical research as a medical writer and George in drug development. The couple met in 1988 while both were working at Glaxo and will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary with a small ceremony in Hawaii later this year. “George and I attended many dinners and receptions over several years with a strictly business-oriented focus, until one day, voila – and they lived happilyever-after!” said Jayne.

Brier Creek Santa Barbara, CA (George); Raleigh (Jayne) Drug Development, GlaxoSmithKline (George); Medical Writer/Clinical Research, GlaxoSmithKline (Jayne, part-time) Doctor of Pharmacy; BS, Biological Science and Business (George); B.S. Biological Science and Business Management (Jayne) Brandy (cockapoo); Beau (toy poodle); Bella (teacup Maltese)

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We’ve never lived in a neighborhood where the residents are so kind and thoughtful. JAYNE DUKES Living by the philosophy borrowed from one of Jayne’s favorite quotes, “The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it,” the Dukes home is regularly

filled with the company of good friends. As hosts and organizers of many social events and parties throughout the year, the Dukes are never happier than when their home is filled with people having fun, meeting regularly with neighbors for game night, Euchre, and gourmet dining. When not planning and hosting grand gatherings, Jayne and George enjoy their adventurous travels, which have taken them to 35 states and 14 countries – including London, La Loire Valley in France to visit the wineries and beautiful castles and chateaus, shopping

and sight-seeing in Paris, and a safari in Tanzania complete with a hike to the crater rim of Mt. Kilimanjaro. George is happy when he can squeeze in an occasional game of golf, and Jayne relishes in a good read in between negotiating the fine line between daughter and caregiver for her parents. “My parents are teaching me one final lesson, how to turn fear and confusion into courage and wisdom,” said Jayne. “The Navajo teach that caring for the elderly is a blessing path, and I’ve chosen to adopt this perspective.”

Jayne Dukes ‘Mantra’ Happiness comes in small moments while you’re pursuing the big stuff. After a while, the small moments become the point, your little touchstones of joy! Life changes. You get it all lined up just the way you like it and then something beyond your control comes along and bumps you off center. How nice it would be if you could get everything just the way you want it and say “okay; now stay!” But nothing stays the same. You grow up, make friends, lose friends, go to college, lose track of people, meet new ones and sometimes you ask yourself why. But all I can tell you is that every single experience you go through changes you in some way. Every new person who comes into your life changes you. Every moral dilemma or emotional experience you come up against changes you. It’s your job to decide how.

Jayne and George Dukes Family Gatherings and Events As hosts and organizers of many social events and parties throughout the year, the Dukes are never happier than when their home is filled with people having fun. Among their regular and annual events at their Brier Creek home: • Games of Pictionary, CatchPhrase, Charades, and Euchre. • Gourmet dining nights. • George’s poker club and Jayne’s “Girls Night Out” (including a GNO Christmas party). • An “Iron Chef” competition and Mardi Gras party, known as “George & Jayne’s Ragin’ Cajun Iron Chef”. • A Cinco de Mayo Iron Chef Fiesta. • Christmas at Camp Brier Creek, featuring 17 decorated trees – with a red carpet and professional photographer. • A Valentine’s Party, which coincides with Jayne’s birthday on Feb. 12. • A Halloween Party, which last year featured “Bridezillas” and a “Newlywed Game”.

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A Fulfilling Life of Family, Community and Service

Brier Creek’s Jim Captain Chairs Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors By STEPHANIE FRIEDL 919 Magazine Writer

Brier Creek Country Club resident Jim Captain leads a fulfilling life of family, community, and service. As a volunteer for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Captain, Raleigh Site Executive at Credit

Suisse, lends his expertise in business and finance as board chairman of the business organization. “Our board meets regularly to discuss issues facing the community, opportunities that the community might benefit from, and to establish our position on any significant issue,” said Captain. “As board chair,

I’m happy to be involved in a rather broad range of activities and events, most often as master of ceremonies.” Captain relocated to the Raleigh area from Tampa, FL, eight years ago with his wife Michele – who splits her time between Tampa and Raleigh due to elder care responsibilities. The Captains immediately took a liking to the area for its proximity to restaurants, shopping, and golf, and love their neighborhood for its secluded private setting. With two grown sons, two daughters-inlaw, and four grandsons, these days for Captain it’s all about enjoying the grandsons. “I will admit that after a full day with them, I’m ready to pass out, but I wouldn’t trade a minute of it for anything,” said Captain.

While I’ve been in the same industry for 35 years, I feel like I’ve had 20 different careers. JIM CAPTAIN Board Chairman,

Jim Captain Profile AGE: 57 RESIDENCE: Brier Creek Country Club FAMILY: Wife, Michele; 2 sons; 4 grandsons PROFESSION: Raleigh Site Executive, Credit Suisse VOLUNTEER AFFILIATION: Chairman, Greater Raleigh Chamber Of Commerce Board of Directors INTERESTS: Golf; home improvement projects (he has a lot of tools); reading (primarily fiction); eating out; cooking; grandsons


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Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Captain is a first generation American, whose parents are from the island of Crete. He has enjoyed a long career managing operations and client relationship groups in the investment banking industry. “While I’ve been in the same industry for 35 years, I feel like I’ve had 20 different careers,” said

Captain. “The businesses are so diverse, and the industry has evolved so dramatically over the years that I’ve never stopped learning.” Celebrating its 125th year of service as the voice of business in Raleigh, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce promotes economic prosperity and quality of life for the citizens of Raleigh. Captain is proud to be a part of this vital organization dedicated to attracting jobs and business to the area, supporting education initiatives, promoting transit options, understanding legislation that may impact our local economy, and promoting opportunities that add to the quality of life, such as bringing the Ironman 70.3 to Raleigh.

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Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Profile PURPOSE: To promote economic development and a great quality of life for the citizens of Raleigh and the surrounding areas ADDRESS: 800 S Salisbury St. EXECUTIVES: Jim Captain, Chairman (Board of Directors) Harvey Schmitt, President and CEO Janet Carr, Gen. Mgr./Sr. Vice president PHONE: 919-664-7000 WEBSITE:

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Enthusiastic and Curious

5th Grader Ameya Rao Wins Annual Brier Creek Elementary Spelling Bee By STEPHANIE FRIEDL 919 Magazine Writer

Brier Creek Elementary 5th Grader Ameya Rao can add BCES Spelling Bee champion and Science Fair Top 10 winner to her growing list of accomplishments. “I was very excited to have received top honors,” said Rao. A resident of Brier Creek, Rao lives with her dad Sanjay and mom Krishna, both computer engineers, and her 16

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brother Ishaan, who is in 8th Grade at Ligon Middle School. Rao is inspired by her brother, who she holds in high regard for his intelligence and for teaching her many interesting things about school and sports. “My brother is very smart and wins many math competitions,” said Rao. “I want to go to his school and do better than him.” At BCES, Rao enjoys attending math club and having fun with her friends. May | June 2013

I was very excited to have received top honors (in the Brier Creek Elementary Spelling Bee). AMEYA RAO

inherit characteristics from their parents. In addition to her spelling bee and science fair endeavors, she records videos “I took a survey and did an experiment to check which genes I got from Mom or for the Passenger Post – the school’s morning news show – competes in Math Dad,” said Rao. “I like to solve problems and think it is cool to learn how Olympiad, and is a Duke University everything works in the human body.” Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) participant. Not surprisingly, Rao’s Outside of school, Rao is learning favorite subjects to learn about are math classical Indian dance and music and science. For her winning science fair and visits the Hindu Temple with project, titled “Like Mom or Dad?”, Rao her family. She loves reading and conducted research on how individuals art, and creates different crafts for

her American Girl dolls during her free time. Described by her family as very enthusiastic, independent, and curious, Rao is very upbeat and positive and brings joy to those around her. As for her future, Rao has a definite plan. “I would like to become a pediatric surgeon and wish to have three kids, one boy and twin girls, and a pet parrot and dog,” said Rao. “I also want to run for President.”

Ameya Rao Profile AGE: 11 SCHOOL: Brier Creek Elementary (5th Grade) PARENTS: Sanjay and Krishna Rao

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Brier Creek Ishaan, age 14 (Ligon Middle School) Dance, music, art, tennis, reading, dolls



‘Zack of All Trades’

Brier Creek 6th Grader Stays Busy with School, Interests – And Also Raises Funds for Charity By STEPHANIE FRIEDL 919 Magazine Writer

Ravenscroft 6th grader Zachary Skubic stays busy with school and hobbies while making the world a better place to live. With interests as varied as playing lacrosse, programming computers, building things, playing music, and philanthropy, some might call him a “Zack of all trades.” Skubic lives in Brier Creek with his parents, Mike and Stacy Skubic, his brother Nate, and his dog, Caesar, a morkie (mix of Maltese and Yorkshire terrier). One of Skubic’s passions is computer science, which involves building and programming computers and making apps for iPhones and computers. Skubic has high hopes for his


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future, which may include a career in computer science or perhaps as an inventor. But for now, Skubic excels at school, where he enjoys learning about all subjects and has high appreciation for his teachers. As a Ravenscroft student government association co-president, Skubic feels honored to have been elected by his fellow students and is enjoying his leadership experience. Skubic is putting his leadership skills to good use and recently participated in helping raise donations by shaving his head for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping children with cancer. Because kids with cancer often lose their hair during treatment,

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(Zachary) loves the challenge of learning new things. STACY SKUBIC “shavees” for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation show their support by shaving their heads voluntarily and inspiring friends and family to donate money to support childhood cancer research. Music also plays a big part in Skubic’s life. Having played piano for nine years, violin/orchestra for five years, and trombone in the school band for two years, Skubic also recently started playing the drums. He has sung with numerous choirs – including the Raleigh Boychoir – performed in plays, and likes to write his own songs for fun. “It is exciting to watch him grow up and watch his passion for creating, whether it be with his music, computers, building something with his grandpa while visiting at the lake during the summer months, doing different science experiments, or making his favorite recipes in the kitchen,” said mom Stacy. “He loves the challenge of learning new things.”

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12 Ravenscroft School (6th Grade) Mike and Stacy Skubic Brier Creek Nathan (age 8) Caesar (morkie) Lacrosse, riding bike, wakeboarding, kayaking, playing the piano, trombone, and drums



Ashley Love-Mills of Brier Creek is about to take to the big stage. Living out her dreams as the reigning Miss North Carolina USA 2013, she is a 2010 media communications and film studies graduate of North Carolina State University – and is busy preparing to represent her state at the Miss USA competition live at 9 p.m. June 16 on NBC Television. “The moment my name was announced as the winner (of the Miss North Carolina USA pageant) is still a blur to me even now,” said Love-Mills. “It was very surreal.” Humbled by the honor, Love-Mills considers it a true blessing and privilege to be a role model for young girls as she appears at many events and speaking engagements throughout the state. When not preparing to compete at the national level, Love-Mills keeps a very busy schedule working as a model and fulfilling her duties as Miss NC USA 2013 – touching the lives of others with her title. As the spokesperson for Peaceful Schools-NC, a local anti-bullying program founded by the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Foundation, Love-Mills is passionate about fighting back against the bullying epidemic as she, herself, is a survivor of bullying. “I was bullied

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The best part of pageants is the life lessons I’ve learned. Aside from winning, the world of pageantry teaches life skills including public speaking, interview, presentation, and leadership skills. ASHLEY LOVE-MILLS

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all four years of high school, and, as a survivor, I’m using my voice as Miss NC USA 2013 to educate our youth on ways to fight back as well as about the long term effects of bullying,” said Love-Mills. Aside from her role as Miss NC USA, Love-Mills is a Harry Potter fanatic, enjoys reading and writing in her journal, exercising, and film studies. Having competed in pageants since she was 17, she is happy to dispel the stereotypes of pageantry. “The best part of pageants is the life lessons I’ve learned,” said Love-Mills. “Aside from winning, the world of pageantry teaches life skills including public speaking, interview, presentation, and leadership skills.” What comes next? “After winning Miss USA, I will be whisked away to New York City where I will live in the Trump Towers apartment for a year working for the Miss Universe Organization,” said an optimistic Love-Mills. In addition, she will receive a full scholarship to the New York Film Academy, which is a goal of hers and one of the reasons she competed for the state title. “My advice to anyone trying to pursue their dreams would be to never give up no matter how hard it may seem,” said Love-Mills.

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Ashley Love-Mills Profile AGE: 24 RESIDENCE: Brier Creek TITLE: Miss North Carolina USA 2013 PROFESSION: Model PET: Jojo (white/gray Shih Tzu) INTERESTS: Reading, writing, film studies, philanthropy

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5th Graders’ Washington Trip All About Learning…and Fun! What happens when 120 5th Graders leave Brier Creek for three days and two nights in Washington, D.C.? A lot of learning and a lot of fun, all rolled into one. This year marked the third annual “5th Grade trip to DC” for Brier Creek Elementary School students and staff. Forty parent chaperones also participated in the event along with BCES teachers and staff. Days were busy and long, with breakfasts in the hotel lobby at 6:30 a.m., followed by boarding chartered buses for a 30 min. ride into the city. The evening return to the hotel was after 8 p.m. both nights – and a welcome change for students who enjoyed a break from their routine at home. Students were introduced to several historical monuments and memorials representing U.S. history, including: The Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery. They also had the opportunity to visit the Smithsonian 22

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Brier Creek Elementary students Charlene Wycko, William “BJ” Adamchik, Avery Mataka, and Trinity Cox prepare to lay wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery

Institute and participate in a meet and greet with North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr on the steps of the Capitol Building. The tour was largely comprised of walking throughout the memorials, which are clustered together in the center of the city. In all, the group covered more than 19.6 miles of walking during the three days. The tour was operated by Holbrook Tour Co. of May | June 2013

Apex, and the buses offered stateof-the-art television monitors, plush seating, panoramic windows and a fully narrated tour during travel time. John Holbrook III, now a retired science teacher from Georgia, began the company in 1974 and started with 80-120 students from the Carolinas on a summer excursion to the West Coast. The program has evolved over

the past 25 years and now boasts more than 11,000 students and teachers – most from the state of North Carolina – who tour with scheduled field trips to Washington and other points of interest. For BCES students, trip highlights could be narrowed down to two distinct honors: • A historic inside tour of the White House (one of the last known schools to participate in such a tour, since they were recently halted due to the mandated budget cuts). • The laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Four local students were selected to participate in this memorable ceremony as their classmates, teachers and parents looked on. For more information on Brier Creek Elementary School visit, or on Holbrook Tours

BCES 5th Grade Trip to DC Students on Trip: 120 Parent Chaperones: 40 Teachers, Staff: Edmon Jones, Asst. Principal Jeff Maynard Lisa Scheib Ken Smith Tremaine Jones Kim Collins Wreath Participants: Trinity Cox Avery Mataka Charlene Wycko William “BJ” Adamchik


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By ALYSSA BAUCOM 919 Magazine Writer

Brier Creek Elementary School is gearing up for its annual Spring Carnival. On Friday, May 17, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Brier Creek Elementary School’s playground will transform into a very special event, filled with music, fun and games for school and community families. All ages are welcome to attend. Last year’s event hosted as many as 400 people to raise money for the Parent Teacher Association, which supports many programs for BCES. With the help of Carolina Braces – Robert Kent & Associates, DDS and many other sponsors – the carnival will feature many unique children’s games, a photo booth, and activities for people of all ages, from inflatable batting practice to a 24 ft. tall rock climbing wall. There will also be a chance to win gift baskets and participate in a silent auction


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Raleigh boy band 72 Degrees will perform at BCES Spring Carnival

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(featuring more than $22,000 in donated items and services available for bidding). There will be plenty of food available for dinner and snacks, provided by Chick-Fil-A, Randy’s Pizza, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Kona Ice, CJ’s Street Food Dog Cart, Sympathy for the Deli Food Truck, and Crossroads Kettlecorn. Entertainment will include UNC and NC State cheerleaders, Carolina Legacy Cheer and Dance, and BCES teachers and faculty competing in a “Derby Race” and providing live music. Additional live music will be provided by 72Degrees, a boy band made up of 7th Graders from Martin Gifted and Talented Magnet Middle School – who will perform

Enjoying treats at last year’s BCES Spring Carnival current pop music and older classics. Carnival coordinators are looking for volunteers – especially high school

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students – and are still taking donations for raffle baskets. “Anyone who donates can set up a table at the event, subject to committee approval,” said Michele Null, co-chair of the carnival. For more information, visit

DAY: Friday, May 17 DATE: 5-8 p.m. WHERE: Brier Creek Elementary playground WEBSITE: If interested in volunteering, please contact Ashley Adcock at or

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Enjoy Raleigh’s Trails?

Raleigh Seeking Volunteers To Promote Courtesy, Safety By ALYSSA BAUCOM 919 Magazine Writer

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Enjoy walking, running or biking on Raleigh’s Greenway trails? Then the community needs your assistance. Raleigh Police Department and Parks and Recreation Department created the Capital Area Greenway Volunteer Program last year – and now seeks additional outgoing, safetyoriented volunteers (18 and older) to support their community, while simply performing their daily routine. The Capital Area Greenway is a system of paved and unpaved trails that

connect residential communities with city parks, open spaces, and commercial areas where people can exercise or just enjoy some fresh air. “As the City of Raleigh grows, so do our greenways,” said Bruce Embry, RPD volunteer coordinator. “We presently have over 80 miles of greenways for citizens to use, and the length is increasing constantly.” Volunteers serve as an extra set of eyes and ears on the Greenway trails, reporting problems, such as trees across paths, flooded areas, graffiti, or suspicious activity. “The volunteer program was not created as a response to crimes on



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the greenways,” Embry said. “It was initiated so that we would have a system in place in the event we do encounter problems.” Volunteers promote courtesy and safety, provide information to Greenway users, advise Greenway users of rules and regulations, and set a good example by obeying these rules and regulations themselves. Volunteers perform duties based on their schedules, donating at least eight hours of time per month. Volunteers may be asked to assist in specific areas if problems occur, but it is ultimately up to each individual to

decide where they serve. After a short training class with the Raleigh Police Department, volunteers are given a shirt, vest, and identification card to identify them to others. “Volunteers are an integral part of our City of Raleigh departments, and we value them highly,” said Embry. For more information or to become a Capital Area Greenway Volunteer, email or contact Bruce Embry at 919-996-1118.

Capital Area Greenway Volunteer Program WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Greenway users, age 18 and older with no criminal history CONTACT: Bruce Embry, Raleigh Police Dept. Volunteer Coordinator PHONE: 919-996-1118 EMAIL:

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Ladies Golf Association Plans Cancer Fundraiser in October

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For the 12th year, Brier Creek Ladies Golf Association and Brier Creek Country Club plan a fundraiser to help fight breast cancer. Pink Play Day is scheduled for Oct. 11, and – on a single day – a ladies’ golf tournament, tennis tournament and table games (such as bridge, mahjong, stitch & sew, etc.) “Everyone starts at the clubhouse for breakfast, and then meets back for lunch at 1:30 p.m. Along with these events we have a raffle and a silent auction,” said Sheila Connor, event chair. “In previous years we have had a speaker, but for 2013 we are instead hosting a mini health fair, which will be open to all women in the community (not just those participating in the events).” The new health fair is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the clubhouse, Connor Said. Last year’s event included about 200 participants and raised nearly $22,000 for Play for P.I.N.K. (, with all proceeds going directly to Breast Cancer Research Foundation with no administrative costs (thanks to the Estee Lauder Foundation). “It’s a festive, fun day for all,” Connor said. “The ladies go out in dressing up for the event, with pink wigs and tutus all over the place.” For information, email


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Brier Creek Area Relay for Life Seeking Teams to Fight Cancer Relay for Life of Leesville/Brier Creek/RTP is May 31-June 1 at Leesville Road High School, benefitting the American Cancer Society. Local residents are encouraged to become a member of a relay team, or show up to cheer on the participants, according to event chair Beth Woloski. Registration fee is $10 for team members, and observers can attend for no charge. The relay begins at 6 p.m. Friday, May 31, and continues through 8 a.m. Saturday, June 1 at the LRHS campus, located at 8409 Leesville Road in North Raleigh. To register for the event or secure more information,

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Participants in Brier Creek Elementary PTA St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run pass by the Brier Creek Community Center

The Gravy Boys performing for St. Patrick’s Day at Tra’Li Irish Pub in Brier Creek

Irish dancing troupe prepares for St. Patrick’s Day performance at Tra’Li Irish Pub in Brier Creek

Spring and Easter season means beautiful tulips in Brier Creek

Fresh flowers a big part of NC Farmers Market in Raleigh in spring

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Young Brier Creek Country Club residents at their lemonade stand, which raised money for the Raleigh Rescue Mission recently

Trees burst into bloom in April in Brier Creek Country Club neighborhood Photo submitted by Brenda Treece

The PCHS Athletic Booster Club held its 2013 Catamount Gala Auction & Dinner at the Brier Creek Country Club; an event where sponsors, family, friends and staff came together to support the athletic department and raise funds.


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The 2013 Umstead Walk/Run/Bike event included a silent auction, a walk/run on the park’s trails, a Tour de TORC, live music, environmental displays, and many children activities. Photos courtesy of Gil Johnson, Umstead Coalition volunteer

Members of several North Carolina motorcycle escort organizations and other cyclists at Sheetz near the Raleigh-Durham International Airport await the arrival of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, planning to provide escort as it travels by truck along the state’s freeways in April. The RDUbased chapter of the USO also was on hand, providing services to the many veterans involved in the escort. The traveling wall is a half-size replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC.

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making wise real estate investments designed to yield excellent values and optimize appreciation. And with state of the art technology and a passion for real estate, Thrower and Smith have become trusted real estate professionals throughout the Triangle area. “We’re with you personally, from the first meeting to the closing of your home, and don’t hand off the responsibility and file to someone else to handle or process,” said Thrower. Over the years, as sellers and buyers markets evolve and cycle, Thrower continually modifies and customizes the team’s service and marketing strategies to ensure that sellers get the highest price that the market will bear. “We have experienced almost every real estate situation in every type of market TERRY THROWER you can imagine,” said Thrower. “This vast knowledge base helps ensure a smooth process for our clients.” Founded in 1987 by Thrower, who moved to Raleigh in the late 1970s, As a team of professionals who The Terry Thrower Team has been understands the real estate market and providing outstanding and personal current market conditions, Thrower real estate services to Triangle sellers and Smith help clients select the and buyers ever since. The team’s right home while negotiating the philosophy is to provide expert best possible price and favorable assistance to both sellers and buyers in terms. “We want your new home to meet all of your family’s needs and provide the highest resale

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Brier Creek Rocks! Collaboration, Technology Help Brier Creek Elementary Students Enjoy Learning

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Since opening in 2006, Brier Creek Elementary School has been at the forefront of the Wake County Public School System’s efforts to cope with the rapid growth in the Raleigh area. One the system’s first multi-track, year-round campuses, BCES also dealt with a changing enrollment because of new schools opening nearby. But Principal Sandy Chambers, who arrived at the K-5 school in 2009, has kept the focus on learning – providing a progressive educational environment in which students collaborate, use technology, and enjoy gaining new knowledge.

A Conversation with Brier Creek Elementary School Principal Sandy Chambers: What is the history of Brier Creek Elementary School? Brier Creek Elementary School is six years old – opened as a multi-track year-round school in 2006 with Principal Gig Harris. In 2008, Sycamore Creek Elementary School opened (near Harrington Grove on Leesville Road north of I-540) and some families from Brier Creek Elementary were zoned to go to that new campus, which decreased Brier Creek’s student population quite a bit. So in the 2008-2009 school year, Brier Creek’s population began to change. Later that year, Principal Gig Harris retired in April and I started in May 2009.

How did you become BCES principal? My first day of work at Brier Creek was May 25, 2009 – Memorial Day, when year-round schools in Wake County had school on that day. I had applied to work in Wake County Public School System in February 2009, after deciding that the daily drive from Raleigh to Durham was becoming tiresome. I interviewed with the Area Superintendent, Ms. Ann Hooker (at the time) and then Superintendent (Mr. Del Burns) and my name went to the board of education on March 17.

How do you describe the education philosophy and learning environment at BCES? We provide a progressive learning environment in which students collaborate, use technology, and enjoy learning. When I walk in a classroom, I expect to see students engaged, learning, collaborating, working in teams, moving around the room, enjoying what they are doing and being able to explain their learning to me. I expect to see technology being used as well – whether it’s iPads, computers, or the SMARTBoard. 919 Magazine BC

What is unique about BCES, compared to other schools? We try to provide our students with extracurricular opportunities they would not normally receive at any other elementary school – for example – clubs unique to Brier Creek like: • A Writing Club, called Rockout with Writing, where students produce music through writing about music. • A running club that is run by parents called BC Fit! There, students work on a variety of calisthenics.

What do you consider Brier Creek Elementary’s biggest strengths? The benefit our students receive for getting an education on our campus is that we offer a quality school all the way around…We have quality staff members – Mr. Longo (our cafeteria manager) just doesn’t stay in the kitchen during lunchtime. He gets out on the line and in the cafeteria to make sure students have what they need. He has gone to trainings offered by WCPSS and is always there for students when needed. Our Teacher Assistants enjoy working with students in small groups to ensure they are learning. Our classroom teachers are creative and are invested in our students. Our front office staff provides customer friendly service and our amazing custodian, Ms. Sophia, is always working with a smile on her face. Our PTA appreciates our staff and is the voice of our community. They believe in our school and do whatever it takes to support the community.

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How has BCES changed since it first opened, compared to today? Brier Creek Elementary has grown in size from about 600 students in the beginning to about 800 now. We have added gardens to our program with a partnership with the Chef’s Academy. The grounds surrounding our school have grown from dust bunnies to apartments and condos. We also have many business partners that support our school.

How did you get into education as a career? After graduating UNC-Chapel Hill with a speech degree, I quickly found no jobs…so I became a Teacher Assistant in a kindergarten classroom in Durham Public Schools. After one year of working with a fabulous kindergarten teacher; I realized I wanted to be a teacher. So I went back to school to get my teaching license. While I worked on my teaching license, I coached the UNC-CH cheerleaders and coached a high school cheerleading squad in Durham (my alma mater). Once I became a teacher, I continued on with my Masters in Elementary Education at NCCU. Continuing to coach both cheerleading squads and working as a 1st Grade teacher were great jobs for me! I stayed busy around the clock. Once my Masters was finished, and after four years of teaching 1st Grade and being a Reading Recovery teacher – I embarked on my Doctorate in Educational Leadership at UNC-CH while I became an Assistant Principal (I was able to do lateral entry at that time). So I was going to school full-time, working on my Doctorate…then suddenly won a wedding contest and got married on ABC Television’s Good Morning America! I got married after two years of being an AP and working on my Doctorate, and then began having children – Alison, then Justin. Still working on my Doctorate, I was asked to open 36

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When I walk in a classroom, I expect to see students engaged, learning, collaborating, working in teams, moving around the room, enjoying what they are doing and being able to explain their learning to me. SANDY CHAMBERS a new magnet school in DPS after only being a principal of two years. I stayed there three years…then I moved to Wake County…still working on my Doctorate. Obviously, the Doctorate slowed down with children. I came to BCES in 2009 and finished my Doctorate in 2010!

Who inspired you the most growing up? I wasn’t inspired by any one person. My parents reared me well and I learned to appreciate everything I was given. I also was reared to be a hard worker and that I had to work for the things I wanted. My parents were hard workers themselves, so I had great models.

If not an elementary school principal, what might you be now? I’ve always enjoyed children in some form or fashion – from preschool to college. I have coached and worked with children from all ages – so if I were not an elementary school principal, I would be a coach or daycare or Charter School owner/director. I enjoy children because children love adults that care about them.

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Sandy Chambers Profile AGE: 42 POSITION: Principal, Brier Creek Elementary School YEARS IN POSITION: 4 years PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Durham Public Schools — 1st Grade Teacher, 2 years; Reading Recovery Teacher, 3 years; Assistant Principal, 3 years; Principal, 4 years. Wake County – Principal, 4 years EDUCATION: UNC-CH, Bachelors in speech communication; NCCU, Masters in elementary education; UNC-CH, Doctorate in educational leadership FAMILY: Husband, Junius (JJ); daughter, Alison (9); son, Justin (7) PETS: Cookie and Cupcake (Yorkie Poos); plus, Rango and Jango – Cookie’s newborn puppies INTERESTS: Working out, watching UNC-CH football and basketball


Wake County Public School System 2006 9801 Brier Creek Parkway 919-484-4747 800 Sandy Chambers N. Edmon Jones (AP); Administrative Intern, Kenneth Lesher Purple and White Jets AHA Brains and Bodies Silver Award, PBIS Exemplar School The Brier Creek Elementary community will infuse 21st century life skills into daily academic instruction preparing our students for the global community. In order to achieve our mission, the BCES staff will: As Rockstars, work interdependently in collaborative PLTs weekly focusing on the 4 corollary questions; Monitor and document each student’s academic and behavior progress and adequately communicate to parents; And demonstrate a positive, personal commitment to the academic success and general well-being of all students by continuously learning and reflecting.

Brier Creek Elementary School Parent Teacher Association Profile WEBSITE: BOARD: Barb Martin, president Michele Null, VP Fundraising & Track 3 Patti Crites, VP Membership Glenn Smeal, VP Track 1 Becky Funk, VP Track 2 Rachel Pisciotta, VP Track 4 Brandy Bonner-Prichard, Treasurer Debi Alandt, Secretary-Bookkeeper Jim Baudreau, Tech & Communications

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What provides you the most satisfaction as an educator? The most satisfaction I have being a principal is the relationships I build with my students, staff members and the community. I’m invested in my school and the community because Brier Creek is a great community. There is a rich diversity culturally and academically about the school and community. We stay connected through a variety of communications and our community has embraced our school culture. I’m invested in our children, our staff and community. I eat, sleep and breathe Brier Creek Elementary. I am their personal cheerleader!

It’s exciting to be in an area of growth, but we will face challenges with accommodating the children that come with that growth. SANDY CHAMBERS

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What are Brier Creek Elementary’s biggest needs? We are surrounded by wonderful businesses – our PTA reaches out to them to support our school. Our PTA is always looking for new business partners as well as keeping the ones that have committed to us. Businesses can get involved in numerous ways…volunteering time or resources to support our students. We’ve had businesses donate computers, volunteer time, and discounts to our families. It’s a great partnership in that both parties benefit.

Looking ahead, what are the biggest challenges facing BCES? I believe our biggest challenges in the coming years will be with student population growth. The area in which we are a fast growing area with new townhomes, apartments and homes being built/sold monthly. It’s exciting to be in an area of growth, but we will face challenges with accommodating the children that come with that growth.

What was your biggest challenge when you became principal at BCES?

If you had one wish to come true for Brier Creek Elementary, what would it be?

My biggest challenge was building trust – no one trusted me because no one knew me. So, in order to build trust, you have to be trustworthy. Entering as principal, I took time to learn the lay of the land and listen to the staff and community. My first questions were: What’s going well and what needs to change. From there, I did my own observations, but was slow to make changes due to the school culture. Brier Creek Elementary seemed to follow the motto – if it’s not broken, why fix it…which I would agree, but what was broken was not obvious.

One wish is hard because I have so many wishes…but the most important wish is for continued academic growth and high student achievement K-5. The one thing I want students to have who leave 5th Grade and move on to middle school is to be prepared for a global community.

Of what are you most proud about your tenure at BCES? I am most proud of the relationships I’ve made within our community, and the internal changes that have made BCES a better school instructionally. We have given teachers opportunities to stay excited about their professional learning development and promoted change to embrace Common Core and the positive changes within the district. Some things I have implemented to create change were providing the teachers with an opportunity to try new things, like changing grade levels and departmentalizing. I am also proud of the grant writing our teachers have done this year to DonorsChoose! is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on our site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you. We have received over $70,000 in grants this year alone. I am also proud of the business partnerships our PTA has built in our community. 38

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919 ›› COMMUNITY Jessica Giggey Chosen North Carolina Rose, Heads to Ireland Jessica Giggey, daughter of Janice and Mike Giggey of Brier Creek, is planning her trip to Ireland after being chosen as the first North Carolina Rose.

Giggey, 24, now takes part in the Rose of Tralee Regional Semi Finals Festival at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel in County Laois, Ireland, on May 29-June 2. Twenty-two roses will be selected at the event to be part of the Rose of Tralee International Festival Finals in Kerry, Ireland, from Aug. 16-20. Giggey participated in Trali’ Irish Pub’s North Carolina Rose competition in April in Brier Creek, which was open to women age 18-27 of Irish heritage. Trali’ Irish Pub and Restaurant is located in the Brierdale Shopping Center in Brier Creek. For information, visit

The session – set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 14 – allows participants to use paint, markers, some pop-up magic and their imaginations to make special Father’s Day cards. In addition

BungoBox Moving Box Rental Franchise Opens in Brier Creek BungoBox, a plastic moving box rental company, has awarded a new franchise to Penn Nugent in Brier Creek. Founded in 2009, BungoBox rents reusable plastic boxes to save consumers time and money over traditional moving methods. The edgy and innovative company, with a slogan of “We Make Moving Less Sucky,” takes the hassle out of rounding up moving materials by delivering its stackable moving boxes to a customers’ doorstep.

Blo Cut-A-Thon Event Raises Record Amount for Charity Blo’s SNIP SNIP GIVE 24-hour Cut-AThon event earlier this year set a new charity fundraising record of $15,006.22 for the Alliance Medical Ministry. The salon, located in Brier Creek Commons, handled a whopping 230 clients during the event, including 172 pre-paid, pre-booked appointments (and 58 walk-in guests).


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Pick Your Own Strawberries At Page Farms

Kids Can Make Gift for Dad, Enjoy Pizza, Movie at Brier Creek Event Children ages 4 to 8 can enjoy a great night out – and prepare a creative, unique Father’s Day gift at the same time at the Brier Creek Community Center.

Danny Page among his locallygrown strawberries at Page Farms, north of the Brier Creek area at 6100 Mt. Herman Road

to the craft activities, the evening will include a pizza dinner and a movie. Fee for the event is $12. For more information, call 919-420-2340. Brier Creek Community Center is located at 10810 Globe Road.

Once they’ve been unpacked, BungoBox picks them up at the new residence. “After deciding to focus back on my entrepreneurial desires, I did a lot of research around concepts and potential business partners,” said Nugent. “I came across BungoBox, and it was the right fit.” The Brier Creek outlet at 7424 ACC Blvd. #106 will be BungoBox’s 20th location. For more information, call 919-890-3301 or email

It’s fresh strawberry season at Page Farms, north of Brier Creek on Mt. Hermann Road. Visitors can enjoy the adventure of picking their own berries, or already selected berries also are available until mid-to-late June (call 919-596-3227 to check availability during the season). Page Farms is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, and is located at 6100 Mt. Herman Rd. in North Raleigh. Field trips to see the strawberry fields and a real working farm up close are available to schools, groups and organizations; for information or to schedule, contact Danny Page at 919-451-5534. For more information, email or visit

In addition, Redken – Blo’s largest partner involved in the event – donated more than $1,800 in Redken/Pureology product sales, and local retail businesses donated items that raised an additional $2,000 from raffle tickets. The 2013 event total eclipsed 2011, when $13,322 was raised for the SPCA. This the sixth year for the annual Blo charity cut-a-thon. May | June 2013

919 ‹‹ COMMUNITY Community Conversation on Climate Change Hosted by St. Francis of Assisi

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A community conversation on climate change continues in May at the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi.

The Organic Bedroom – a locally owned and operated mattress 11401 store, Leesville Road Raleigh, NCand 27613 and bedding accessories specializing in organic, natural chemical-free mattresses and bedding847-8205 – plans to celebrate the grand opening of its new location in Oak Park Shopping Center on Glenwood Avenue on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27.

• “The State of Climate Change Science and Policy” is 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, May 6, featuring Tim Profeta, director, Nicholas The move from Sutton Square in North Raleigh to Institute for Environmental Policy 5230 Hollyridge Drive south of Brier Creek coincides Solutions, Duke University; and Bill with the unique store’s first anniversary. Chameides, dean and Nocholas Owned by Joey Professor of the Environment, and Vicki Ashley, The Team Registration Duke University. The session will look at the latest Organic Bedroom was scientific consensus on climate change,Attach what each player’s Individual Registration Form to this Team Registration opened in response to implications that consensus has on taking action to need they saw for Assisi Community Center with the Team Registrationthe Fee. limit carbon emissions, and where uncertainty exists. a healthy alternative to

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Team Roster The first session in April included a discussion about the moral issues involved in climate change, as List each player’s opposed to just scientific or political issues. attached. The public is invited and welcome. All sessions will be in the Founders Room, Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi, 11401 Leesville Rd. in North Raleigh.


Please RSVP to Sheila Read, or 919-847-8205, ext. 420. For information, visit

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North Carolina Science Olympiad hosts Camp Olympiad for elementary-aged students June 24-25 and July 1-55. at Leesville Road Elementary School in North Raleigh. Camp Olympiad is a week-long science experience6. open to rising 2nd-6th Graders, with course available in the morning and afternoon, designed to increase student 7. interest and competence in hands-on science activities. Half-day sessions ($175) and full-day sessions ($350) are available, with before and after session care available. 8. NC Science Olympiad is a non-profit organization based in The Science House at North Carolina State 9. University. Other camps are available at Centennial Campus Middle and Fred A. Smith Elementary schools. 10. For more information, contact Sam Barlow at sdbarlow@ Registration is at


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Carolina Arbors by Del Webb Opens Brier Creek Sales Office Carolina Arbors by Del Webb – a new South Durham community targeting residents age 55 and older – recently opened a sales office in Brier Creek, near Brier Creek Parkway and Little Brier Creek Lane. Carolina Arbors sprawls across 460 acres and consists of 1,275 singlefamily ranch homes with a 30,000 sq. ft. amenity center, which includes a heated indoor pool, ballroom and activity rooms, and a teaching kitchen. Outdoor features greenway trails; courts for tennis, pickleball, and bocce; an outdoor pool, a community garden, and a dog park. A variety of single-story floor plans ranging from 1,152 to 2,562-plus sq. ft. are available, priced from the mid $190s to the mid $300s. Construction is under way, with models projected for completion this summer. “We expect Carolina arbors to attract people who want to enjoy an active retirement without having to move away from family and familiarity of the community where they’ve spent much of their lives,” said Lawrence Lane, Del Webb division president in the Raleigh/Durham market. For more information, call 877-266-0297 or visit May | June 2013



Run for Peace/Walk For Wellness 5K

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic’s Annual Benefit Includes Wellness Activities, Entertainment The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi sponsors its annual Run for Peace/Walk for Wellness 5K beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 18. The event – which benefits the David J. McBriar Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace, helping fund ministries that support and work in the Triangle community – begins in the parking lot at 11401 Leesville Road, proceeds through local North Raleigh neighborhoods, and loops back around to the church.

Run” also is planned, with a registration fee of $10. Age groups include 1-14, 15-19, 20-29, 3039, 40-49, 50-59, and 60-plus.

Post-race events include fitness and wellness activities, kids activities (such as face-painting), and entertainment.

Register at T-shirts are guaranteed to individuals who register by May 12. The race will feature RFID disposable chip timing, and awards for the top three male and top three female overall – plus the top overall in each age division. Baby joggers are permitted, but no pets, bicycles, skates or skateboards are allowed.

Fees for the event are $20 per individual ($50 per family) by May 16; and $25 per individual ($60 per family) after May 16. A half-mile “Fun

The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi is located at 11401 Leesville Rd. in North Raleigh. For information, call 919-8478205 or visit

Trinity Academy Group Raising Funds for Mission Trip to Kenya A group of nine Trinity Academy of Raleigh high school students, a teacher, two parents and a local pastor are traveling to Kenya in July for a service-focused mission, known as Tigers2Kenya. Working with the Gessner family – a Trinity family serving a two-year medical mission in Kijabe – the team will do service in the patients’ ward at Kijabe Hospital, work on service projects at Rift Valley Academy, and provide spiritual outreach in the African bush and the Kibera slums in Nairobi. Each student must raise $3,500 for trip expenses, and the team is partnering for multiple fundraisers: • Over recent spring break, students organized a soccer camp for 32 youths, raising $1,300. • An online silent auction in April raised additional funds. • A 3v3 soccer tournament is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, June 15 on the Trinity Academy of Raleigh soccer fields -- open to all who want to participate (5th Grade and older, including adults). Entry fee is $15 per player and teams can consist of 3-5 players. Business sponsors also are sought. Visit for more information and to register. Participants in the Tigers2Kenya adventure are Jon Horner, faculty representative; students Ben Rein, Thad Beaver, David Morgan, Matt Currin, Joseph DelGrosso, JP Puthenveetil, Jordan Thomas, Montana Johnson, and Amanda Clark; parents Jane Currin and Jennifer Morgan; and Pastor George Tissiere of Providence Baptist Church. The Tigers2Kenya experience can be followed at

June Golf Event Benefits PCHS Athletics Program An afternoon of golf and fun to benefit the Panther Creek High School athletics program is planned for Friday, June 14, at the Preserve at Jordan Lake. A $95 entry fee for the 2013 Catamount Classic Golf


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Outing includes green and cart fees for one person; a player bag with balls, towels and other items; lunch; a barbecue dinner (with sponsored beer and wine); and prizes for the winners and other competitions.

Utilizing a “Captain’s Choice” format, the event begins with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. To register or obtain additional information, visit www. For more information on the golf course, visit

Short Takes

Among the new restaurants approved for the revamped Terminal 1 at RaleighDurham International Airport: Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, Char-Grill, ACC American Grill, and La Tapenade Mediterranean. A Starbucks also is expected to open…The new exclusive caterer and events manager for Bay 7 at American Tobacco Campus in Durham is The Angus Barn in Brier Creek. Bay 7’s 10,000 sq. ft. event space can accommodate groups of up to 400 people…A new casual franchise restaurant is opening soon in Brier Creek Commons: Elevation Burger, which features “100% USDA-certified organic, grass-fed, freerange beef ground on premises” will occupy the former Wolf Camera location at 8301 Brier Creek Parkway, Suite 101… Giles Galliou is the new president of the Environmental Science division of North America at Bayer CropScience in RTP. He replaces Jacqueline Applegate, Ph.D., recently appointed as CEO of Bayer CropScience Australia and New Zealand, and senior Bayer representative of Australia, New Zealand and Oceania. Galliou has been with Bayer CropScience since 1990…P.J. Cavanaugh of Raleigh is the 2012 Volunteer of the Year at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, clocking 533 hours of service assisting travelers and the Airport Authority staff… Triangle Orthopedic Associates has opened Triangle Orthopedics Surgery Center in Brier Creek. The 10,000 sq. ft. facility at 7921 ACC Boulevard has two operating rooms and focuses solely on orthopedic care. Call 919-596-8524 for more information…National Pawn opened recently at 6740 Fleetwood Drive, near Glenwood Avenue and Lynn Road…Among the winners of the PTA’s Reflections district-level contest: Brennan Stride, Mills Park Middle School (Music); India Crews, Panther Creek High School (Visual Arts)…Among the campus winners in the 3rd Annual PAGE of Wake County Spelling Bee: Ameya Rao, Brier Creek Elementary; Kirstan Keleher, The Franciscan School; Keshav Javvadi, Mills Park Middle… Lead Pastor Scott Lehr of Southbridge Fellowship in Brier Creek recently challenged the congregation with envelopes stuff with “random acts of kindness and generosity”, to create community outreach. The challenges included such items as buying coffee for the person in line behind, and skipping a meal and donating the money to feed the hungry. Southbridge Fellowship’s Sunday services are 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the Brier Creek Commons movie theater. For information, call 919-789-9955 or visit

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Brier Creek Team Raises Funds for St. Baldrick’s

Mansueti Named Agent of the Year

A six-member Brier Creek Elementary School team raised nearly $1,000 to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Team members included Haley Dodson, A.J. Hall, Edmon Jones, Marc Longo, Jeff Maynard and Ken Smith – participating at Raleigh’s Napper Tandy Irish Pub (just one of several locations that supported St. Baldrick’s with events this spring). The BCES effort was part of an effort by a group known as TACKLE, started in 2007 by Jones and now has representatives based at seven Wake County schools. TACKLE raised $20,900 this year, and has raised more than $60,000 since the group organized. The non-profit St. Baldrick’s Foundation raises money for research into the causes of childhood cancer.

Brier Creek resident Pamela Mansueti was named 2012 Agent of the Year at Linda Craft & Team Realtors ®. “Pamela started the year with a strong performance, and set a leadership-pace all year long,” said Broker-in-Charge Katherin Burnette. “Her hard work and dedication on behalf of her clients has persistently paid off.” Mansueti, who joined Linda Craft & Team in 2011, said hard work and long days helped her win the honor. “But I love it,” she said. “I was thrilled to receive the recognition, and working with Linda Craft & Team has been awesome.”



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Provides Exceptional Legal Service, Thorough Estate Planning – and More Misty Piekaar, owner and managing attorney of Piekaar Law Firm, PLLC, understands that exceptional client service and thorough estate planning go hand in hand. Dedicated to offering quality legal services at affordable prices, Piekaar offers estate planning advice. A native North Carolinian and raised in the North Raleigh area, Piekaar received her law degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law. While providing sound legal advice, she also understands the complexities of family dynamics and prefers not to use technical jargon and legalese to ensure her clients understand every step of the process. “Before clients leave my office, we have discussed an issue, made a plan to resolve it, and, most importantly, they understand how the issue will be resolved.” In regards to estate planning, Piekaar provides powers of attorney – financial and health –wills and trusts, and Medicaid planning. “When assisting clients with estate planning, I always ask to meet with them and find out about their short term and long term goals,”

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said Piekaar. “Then, I explain and we discuss the best legal options available to achieve those goals.” Piekaar Law Firm services a diverse range of clients including parents of small children who they want to protect and create guardianship, a single person who wants a back-up person in case something happens, couples entering into retirement, and surviving spouses. Emphasizing that estate planning does not have to be expensive, Piekaar has seen first-hand how not having a plan is the worst and costliest plan. She advises clients to take precautions at every step of life – when there is a birth, wedding, divorce, or death – to better protect themselves. “I always ask clients why they would

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Anyone experiencing any number of life changing events – such as a marriage, new baby, retirement, moving, divorce, opening a business – will benefit from consulting with Tru Options. C. BRUCE MATTHEWS

The focus of the dedicated team of Matthews and general manager Cheri Parrish – with a combined total of 45 years’ experience in the insurance business – is on the clients and their needs. To that end, many options are available under one roof to both individuals and business owners. “Tru Options is comprised of a family of companies each offering unique services to a wide range of clients,” said Matthews. For business clients, Tru Options offers planning and options for new and existing business planning, transitional planning, asset protection planning, key person insurance, buying and selling insurance, commercial insurance, and business consulting. Individual 46

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“We strongly believe in life insurance,” Matthews stressed. “When a death claim check is delivered, that is probably the only time someone knocks on the door bringing money – not asking for money. I’ve seen life insurance policies educate children, keep a business open, and pay taxes. It can help a family live within the world they are used to and not sacrifice their lifestyle.” Tru Options is located at 9162 Wooden Road, Raleigh. To contact or for more information, call 919-957-3333, email brucematthews@mail., or visit www. Tru Options and Bruce Matthews do not provide and are not licensed to provide legal advice or tax advice. Consult an attorney or CPA for such advice. Tru Options does have team members

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A Year of 919 Magazine’s

Brier Creek Edition One year ago, residents in the Brier Creek area saw something new and exciting in the mailboxes: The colorful premier issue of 919 Magazine’s Brier Creek

Edition, filled with vibrant photographs and intriguing articles about local people, events and activities.

North Raleigh, Wakefield Plantation and Wake Forest — and distributed to more than 107,000 homes, condominiums, apartments and businesses.

Now, 919 Magazine has six distinct community-oriented editions stretching along the I-540 Corridor in North Wake County serving Morrisville, Leesville,

Here is a quick look back at the year, through the pages of 919…reflecting the 919, where we all Live, Work and Play.

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March 2012 After months of research and planning, 919 Magazine staff members begin compiling the first issue of the Brier Creek edition, which included a full listing of Brier Creek community and school events, how to register for local sports leagues, and where to find live music locally.

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July 2012 919 Magazine’s second issue features an in-depth look at the Brier Creek Community Center and its director, Laura Brannon.

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July 2012 919 Magazine recognizes its Charter Advertisers – an elite group that supported the local publication from the beginning: Thompson & Thompson, DDS; Aladdin’s Eatery; Brier Creek Orthodontics; Flynn Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation; Gigi’s Cupcakes; Pure Proactive; Karate International of West Raleigh; Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory; Southbridge Fellowship; the art of style; Triangle Volleyball Club; WakeMed and Access Office Business Center.

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An all-local Leesville/Creedmore Road Edition of 919 Magazine launches, as a companion to 919 Magazine’s Brier Creek edition. The two publications combined reach more than 35,000 homes, condos, apartments and businesses in North Raleigh.

The July/August issue of 919 Magazine included a Family Profile on Dan and Dale Cogan, a Student Profile on Taylor Schlegel, and a Personality Profile on Brier Creek Country Club’s Jose Velazquez. A new regular feature launched, a Volunteer Profile – with Brier Creek Elementary PTA President Barb Martin as the first.

May/June 2012 919 Magazine’s first issue – 48 full-color pages – included a Family Profile featuring Maury Cole and Marina Lee (and daughter Emilee); a Student Profile on Brier Creek Elementary’s Jordan Gower; a Personality Profile on local real estate agent Pamela Mansueti; and Business Profiles on 919 Magazine Charter Advertisers Salon Blu, Thompson and Thompson DDS, and Pure Proactive Weight Loss.


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November 2012 November/December 2012 Stage Door Dance student Haegan Bryant is featured on 919 Magazine’s special holiday issue.

919 Magazine’s fourth issue highlighted the Brier Creekbased Helene Foundation and its founder, Tracy Davidian. Also in the November/December issue: A feature on Hayley Pierce, Panther Creek High’s Outstanding Student; and Joe Borrelli and the Pickleball program at the Brier Creek Community Center.

March/April 2012 An all-local North Raleigh/Six Forks/Falls of Neuse Edition of 919 Magazine launches, as a companion to 919 Magazine’s Brier Creek and Leesville/Creedmoor Road editions.

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An all-local North Raleigh/Six Forks/Falls of Neuse Edition of 919 Magazine launches, as a companion to 919 Magazine’s Brier Creek and Leesville/Creedmoor Road editions.

September/October 2012 919 Magazine’s September/October issue expanded to 64 pages, and included a powerful article on the Page Family, three generations of farmers who lived off the land in the Brier Creek area well before there was a “Brier Creek area”. Also in the September/October issue: A Volunteer Profile on Denny Edwards, and the addition of local schools’ Sports Previews.

January 2013 Paul Sottile of The Chef’s Academy and Brier Creek Elementary student Luke Woodson grace the cover of 919 Magazine’s fifth issue, illustrating an article on the health and wellness initiative at the local campus.




April 2013 An all-local Morrisville Edition of 919 Magazine launches, as a companion to 919 Magazine’s Brier Creek, Leesville/ Creedmoor Road, North Raleigh/Six Forks/ Falls of Neuse, Wakefield Plantation/Wake Forest, and Wake Forest editions. The six publications’saturation mail distribution exceeds 107,000 homes, condos, apartments and businesses in North Wake County along the I-540 Corridor.


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Brier Creek resident Alex Barnhill was featured on the cover of 919 Magazine’s third issue, as part of a feature on the nearby community library in Leesville.

An all-local Wake Forest Edition of 919 Magazine launches, as a companion to 919 Magazine’s Brier Creek, Leesville/Creedmoor Road, North Raleigh/Six Forks/Falls of Neuse, and Wakefield Plantation/Wake Forest editions.

The sixth issue of 919 Magazine’s Brier Creek edition features a fascinating article on a local landmark, The Angus Barn. Owner Van Eure is featured on the cover.

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Creole Dish has the Perfect Balance


Thorsten Degenhardt developed his Poisson à la Creole recipe after tasting a similar dish at a restaurant in Columbia, SC, more than 15 years ago. “I sometimes create recipes that are based on dishes I had at a restaurant,” he said. “For me, this dish is about the perfect balance, the softness of the tilapia with the spicy creole sauce, balanced by the creamy grits. Degenhardt lives in the Brier Creek area with wife, Rebecca, and their son; works in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry; and cooks frequently for the family. “I really enjoy cooking,” he said. “It is a good way to wind down after work.” But he notes that his wife does all the baking – and that she is also an award-winning, nationally exhibited fine artist (

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Tilapia Shrimp, cut into small pieces Sliced onions Celery, finely chopped Tomato, diced (fresh or canned) Tomatoes, diced Green peppers, finely chopped Garlic, finely chopped Green onions, sliced Olive oil Butter Flour Parsley, lemon slices Grits (stone ground white or yellow grits)

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1. Soften onions in olive oil in a large frying pan. 2. Add chopped celery, green peppers and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Dust with some flour, stir and cook for another 2 minutes. 3. Add diced tomatoes, green onions, shrimp, some lemon juice and seasoning (to taste) and cook for another 5 minutes.

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1. Spoon some of the grits onto a plate. 2. Place the tilapia on top and add 2-3 spoons of sauce. 3. Garnish with a thin lemon slice and shopped parsley and enjoy.

Follow cooking instructions on package for grits (consider substituting the required water with mostly milk, and add about half a cup of heavy whipping cream (add liquid to desired consistency. 2. Finish by stirring in 2-4 tbsp of butter.

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Rub tilapia filets in olive oil, lemon juice and seasoning. 2. Transfer into greased (olive oil or butter) baking dish and bake in preheated oven at 400°F for about 10-12 minutes.

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Trinity Academy Sports Camps Registration is under way for this year’s Trinity Sports Camp – including real players, real coaches, and real development. Each camp is designed to help athletes achieve excellence in a specific sport. The highly trained coaches encourage campers to maintain love for the game while they push them to develop their skills. Camp will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday. Weekly fee for all sports camps is $155. A full-day experience (until 6 p.m.) transitioning to Trinity Day Camp or the Zone is available for a $245 per week fee. To register or get information, call 919-786-0114 or visit www. Trinity Academy campus is located at 10224 Baileywick Road.

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PCHS Summer Sports Camps Panther Creek High School also plans a variety of summer sports camps; however, specific information was unavailable for inclusion in this edition of 919 Magazine. Check in near future for details.

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LRHS Pride Athletic Club Summer Sports Camps Leesville Road High’s Pride Athletic Club Summer Sports Camp registration is now open for youths of various ages in 12 different sports activities. Held at the LRHS campus, the camps raise funds to benefit the school’s athletic teams. The various camps involve a variety of ages and dates (see below for details). The camps are designed to enrich the lives of young athletes, regardless of school affiliation. Fees for each camp vary. All campers receive a free T-shirt for each camp they attend. To register, visit www.leesvilleathletics. com. For information, contact the email address below for each individual camp; or email Andrea Housnshell at ahounshell@nc.rr. com or Bryan James at Among the LRHS Pride Athletic Club camps scheduled:

BOYS & GIRLS SOCCER: June 17-21, 8 am-12 pm ($125); ages 6-15. Featuring LRHS Varsity Coach Paul Dinkenor, this camp will provide technical and tactical


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GIRLS BASKETBALL: July 8-12, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ($125); ages 8-15. Featuring LRHS Varsity Coach Hal Wertich, the camp helps the young player increase their knowledge of the game, provide individual instruction in the fundamentals, and have fun while competing and learning. A major emphasis will be placed on offensive skills, such as shooting, passing, ball handling and footwork. Questions:

BOYS BASKETBALL: June 2428, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. ($125); ages 8-15. Featuring LRHS Varsity Coach Russ Frazier, the camp will focus on basketball fundamentals and will improve the camper’s understanding of the game of basketball. Each day will consist of teaching sessions, drills, videos, talking X’s and O’s, and playing basketball

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games. Questions:

CHEERLEADING: June 24-28, 8 a.m.-11 a.m. ($115); ages 5-15. Featuring LRHS Head Coach Shelly Reathaford, participants in this camp will be grouped by skill level and taught the fundamentals of cheerleading – such as motions, jumps, tumble, stunt and dance. Those ready for more advanced skills will also learn proper techniques and “tricks” to make their advanced skills “hit.” In addition, campers will learn original LRHS cheer material, taught by select members of the Varsity Cheerleading squad. Questions:

BASEBALL: June 24-28, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. ($125); ages 8-15. Featuring LRHS Coach Guy Civitello, instruction will cover the fundamentals of throwing, fielding, hitting and base running. Pitching and catching instructional sessions will be included. Campers will be grouped according to age and ability. Questions:

BOYS & GIRLS TENNIS: July 8-12, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. ($125); ages 6-15.

and shot put. No experience required. Questions:

Featuring LRHS Varsity Girls Coach Molly Harnden, participants will be introduced to innovative drills, exercises and games to develop proper stroke techniques, winning strategies and good sportsmanship. Questions:

FOOTBALL: June 17-21, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. ($125); ages 8-15.

LACROSSE: June 24-28, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. ($125); ages 8-15. Featuring LRHS Varsity Coach Jeremy Fullbright, this camp will focus on individual, group and team fundamentals and will improve the camper’s understanding of lacrosse regardless of experience level. A typical camp day will feature stretching and warm up activities, drill work, competitions, video, game situation practice and games. Questions:

TRACK & FIELD: June 24-28, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. ($125); ages 6-14. Featuring LRHS Varsity Coach Michael Grether, campers at this session will be introduced to Track & Field in age/ gender-based groups – exploring running events, hurdles, long jump, high jump,

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Featuring LRHS Head Coach Chad Smothers, The camp will focus on football fundamentals and will improve the camper’s understanding of the game of football. Each day will consist of teaching sessions, drills, videos, talking X’s and O’s, and touch football games. Questions:

GIRLS SOFTBALL: August 5-9, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. ($125); ages 8-15. Featuring Varsity Coach Leigh Ann Genetti, young players and experienced players at this session will learn fundamentals at every level. Throwing, fielding, hitting and base running instruction will be given. Special sessions will he held for pitching and catching. Questions:

will be grouped according to their ability, so first time and younger players may attend. Beginners will be taught volleyball basics, such as passing, setting, serving, and some hitting. Intermediate players will be taught how to apply basics skills they’ve already learned on a more advanced level while working on technique and proper form. Questions:

ATHLETIC TRAINING: June 2428, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. ($125); ages 11-18. Featuring LRHS Coach Susan Pridgen Ennis, this camp’s purpose is to educate teenagers about the profession of athletic training, to learn basic first aid skills, and to teach treatment and prevention techniques for common athletic injuries. This camp will incorporate classroom instruction with practical experience on injury management. Questions:

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: July 2226, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. ($125); ages 6-15. Featuring LRHS Varsity Coach Taine Mergenthaler, this camp is designed for beginners and intermediate players. Campers

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919 Magazine: Wake Forest Edition • Police Chief Jeffrey Leonard provides residents tips on preventing crime in Wake Forest • The Deran and Lesley Coe Family enjoys life in Wake Forest • Heritage High’s Ryan Varner is dedicated and caring, on and off the lacrosse field • Volunteer Dorothy Maynard enthusiastically shares smiles, passion for Northern Wake seniors

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Record 2012 for NC Farmers, And Big Projections This Year North Carolina farmers experienced a record year in 2012, and projections are up in several categories this year, according to government agencies. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, North Carolina winter wheat plantings in 2013 are expected at 960,000 acres – up a whopping 16 percent over last year. In addition, corn plantings this year are expected at 890,000 acres – up 3 percent over last year. Flue-cured tobacco farmers and hay producers also project increased acreage this year. In 2012, North Carolina farmers produced record yields per acre of cotton, peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes, according to figures released by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. SOURCE: NC Department of Agriculture

Raleigh Adds 20 Miles of New Trails to its Greenway System Raleigh added 20 miles of new trails to the Capital Area Greenway System, with the opening of the lower section of the Neuse River Trail. The new section generally runs along the Neuse River and extends all the way to the Wake County/Johnston County line. In addition, three bridges now cross the waterway, providing trail connections into Wake Forest and Knightdale. The trail is a 10-foot wide asphalt pathway, with numerous boardwalks, that winds its way through such diverse settings as wetlands, mature forests, creeks, agriculture fields, and several parks. Parking is available in several locations. For more information, visit SOURCE: Raleigh Parks and

Recreation Department’s Leisure Ledger

Number of Paddlings Drops At North Carolina Schools

Fewer North Carolina school districts are using paddling to enforce discipline, according to a new North Carolina State Board of Education report. About a dozen school districts in the state still allow corporal punishment. Local school boards make the decision on whether to permit paddling. The report indicated a 55 percent drop in paddling in the 2011-2012 school year, with 404 incidents counted. Two out of three paddlings last year were in Robeson County. SOURCE: NC State Board of Education

NC Film Industry Off to a Fast Start After Record Year in 2012 Last year was a record-breaking year for the film industry in North Carolina – and 2013 is off to a fast start as well. Productions had a direct in-state spend in excess of $376 million and created more than 4,100 crew positions for the state’s highly skilled workforce, according to the North Carolina Film Office. All told, productions created nearly 20,000 job opportunities— including talent and background extra positions -- for North Carolinians (eclipsing 2011’s $220 million in spending and 3,300 crew positions). Nearly 50 productions registered with the state film office and filmed in North Carolina in 2012.  Those productions amassed over 4,100 production days with filming taking place in more than 30 of the state’s 100 counties. Highlights of the 2012 year include the production of the blockbuster feature Iron Man 3 and Season 2 of the award winning television drama Homeland. SOURCE: NC Film Office

Highway Deaths Increase, But Numbers Still Below Averages North Carolina saw roadway deaths increase last year, but state Department of Transportation figures show the number is still down significantly from a few years ago. NCDOT reports 1,224 people were killed in automobile accidents in 2012 – including 23 bicyclists and 170 pedestrians. That compares with an average of 1,560 between 2001 and 2006. SOURCE: NC Department of Transportation


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Art of Style Benefit Fashion Show May 19 in Brier Creek Kendra Leonard, owner of the art of style boutique, will host her annual Summer Charity Fashion Show 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 at The Cottages in Brier Creek.

A benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the event features various fashions from the art of style boutiques of Brier Creek and Cameron Village with a live runway show, silent

and live auctions, food and drinks, beer and wine tastings, and food. Tickets are $10 in advance or $20 at the door and can be purchased online at summercharityfashionshow13. The Cottages at Brier Creek are located at 10511 Sablewood Drive. For more information, visit the art of style at Alexander Promenade Place in Brier Creek, call 919-596-3836 or go to

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919 ›› FINAL BELL Raleigh Ranks

#3 in U.S.

For Growth of Women-Owned Businesses A recent American Express report ranks North Carolina third in the nation in terms of the growth in the number of women-owned businesses. North Carolina trailed only Georgia and Texas on the list, and was the only state to see growth of more than 100 percent. The firm’s Open Study report indicated 267,000 women-owned businesses currently in North Carolina, which represents a 90 percent increase since 1997 (compared to a 59 percent increase nationally). States with the lowest growth rate for womenowned businesses included Alaska, West Virginia, Iowa, Ohio and Kansas. SOURCE: American Express Open Study

Seventy-eight percent of all residents in the RaleighCary area feel safe walking along at night where they live – the second highest percentage among the 50 largest U.S. Metropolitan areas. In new information released by Gallop, Raleigh-Cary tied with DenverAurora, CO, in second place. Both trailed Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN in the rankings. Memphis, TN, was identified as the metro area where residents felt the least safe, followed by New Orleans, LA, Riverside-San Bernardino, CA, HoustonBaytown, TX and Jacksonville, FL.

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217 Acres of Parkland

9,424 Community Centers

26 Miles of Streets

1,050 Streetlights

33,067 Miles of Water Mains

2,204 Square Miles

145 Sworn Police Officers

777 Fire Stations

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National Federation of Independent Business ranks Raleigh as the second best place in the U.S. to start a business. Raleigh gains accolades in the rankings due to a burgeoning population, safety, affordable housing, and a fast-growing job market. Number one on the list was California’s Silicon Valley. Following Raleigh on the list was Madison, WI; Austin, TX; and Boulder, CO. SOURCE: National Federation of Independent Business


BEST QUALITY OF LIFE Business Facilities magazine ranked Raleigh as having the Best Quality of Life in the U.S. in 2012. SOURCE: Business Facilities magazine

Working Mothers In Raleigh In a Good Spot Raleigh ranks as the number 14 best city for working mothers to live and thrive, according to Forbes magazine. SOURCE: Forbes magazine

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