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WakeMed Volunteer Young Raleigh Resident Enjoys Helping Others

Local resident and model Stephanie Ann Isbell shows her enthusiasm for the USO and the organization’s support for military personnel and their families at Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Making A Difference Keenan Family Works To Find Cures For Mental Illness

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Walk For Hope, Evening Of Hope Two Big Events Raise Money To Fund Mental Illness Research


20 Years of Pride New Book Chronicles Leesville High’s History


Denim & Diamonds Pay it Forward Fertility Foundation Planning Big Benefit Gala Sept. 27


North Carolina’s Homecoming Party with the Animals At the 2013 State Fair


Consistency, Quality Guaranteed Aladdin’s Eatery Offers Authentic, Fresh Middle Eastern Cuisine


Breast Cancer Awareness One Woman’s Emotional Battle with Recurring Cancer

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Blessed With Miracles

Moscato Works to Help Couples Experience The Love of A Child

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Legally Blind Oil Painter Undaunted by Obstacles

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So Much to Go, See, And Do in the 919!

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Wow, is it really time for the September/October issue? Summer was swift and sweet and now the fall events are cropping up everywhere.

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Break out your Denim and Diamonds, pick a pumpkin, visit the Chefs and taste their signature dishes, run a 5K (or longer) at The Angus Barn, cheer on your favorite high school football team – the list goes on and on. There is so much to go, see and do in the 919 and the team at 919 Magazine has worked hard uncovering new people, places and events just for you to enjoy.

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First up, check out our in-depth review of an amazing group over at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport: The staff and volunteers at the RDU USO Center. Now more than 70 years since it was established to provide entertainment to U.S. military personnel around the world, the USO still devotes time, money and effort to military families. Read about their efforts to spread warmth and compassion to America’s heroes during sometimes difficult circumstances, beginning on Page 34.


For inspiration, don’t miss our article on James Nelson, whose diminished eyesight ended his dental career – but brought new inspiration and a new career as an oil painter. Check out the piece on Page 18.

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Also in this issue of Brier Creek’s community magazine: • What would autumn be without the NC State Fair? Make plans to “Party with the Animals” by reviewing the schedule and other details on Page 40. • A profile of Brier Creek resident Lori Moscato. She and her husband were blessed with two small miracles, and their’s is a heartwarming tale, found on Page 14. • And meet the brother and sister team of Sean Keenan and Kelly Keenan Pittman, who give tireless support with their families to the support the Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness. Their profile begins on Page 16. Last – but certainly not least – it’s time for football and other fall sports! We include a preview of all the Leesville Pride and Panther Creek Catamounts fall sports teams, from football to soccer, and cross country to volleyball. It’s so much fun keeping the spotlight on friends and family, sharing great causes in our community and featuring local business leaders. Thanks for your comments and connections; Scott and I truly enjoy hearing from you.

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Comfort Zone Camp for Kids Charity Golf Classic Brier Creek Country Club 9400 Club Hills Dr 919-609-8222 www.czcnc.org


Karate Introduction for Kids Age 4-6; $27fFee 5:30-6 pm, Thursdays Brier Creek Community Center 10810 Globe Rd 919-420-2340 www.raleigh.gov

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Fall Festival Live music, inflatables, pony rides, food, more; bring chairs, drinks, blankets 6 pm All Saints United Methodist Church 204 Smallwood Dr, Morrisville 919-321-2648 brianneracer@gmail.com www.allsaintsumc.org

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Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness Benefit Keynote by Mariel Hemingway; 5-course dinner w/wine parings 6 pm The Pavilion at The Angus Barn 9401 Glenwood Ave 919-781-9255 www.walkforhope.com

Play for P.I.N.K. Benefit Golf, tennis, games, health fair Fair, 10 am-1 pm; lunch, 1:30 pm Brier Creek Country Club Bcpinkdays12@gmail.com www.briercreek4pink.org

5:30-6:30 pm Bethesda Christian Academy 1914 S. Miami Blvd 919-598-0190 www.bcacrusaders.org


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 www.walkforhope.com

First Day of Autumn Evening of Hope

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


Kids Nite Out Age 5-10; $13 fee 6-9 pm Brier Creek Community Center 10810 Globe Rd 919-420-2340 www.raleigh.gov

Fire Prevention Week Pink Play Day


25th Annual Thad & Alice Eure


Columbus Day


Kids Nite Out Age 5-10; $13 fee 6-9 pm Brier Creek Community Center 10810 Globe Rd 919-420-2340 www.raleigh.gov



Senior Parent Night 6 pm Panther Creek High 6770 McCrimmon Pkwy 919-463-8656 www.panthercreekhs.wcpss.net


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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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The Colors of Fall by Toddler Time


Age 2-4; $35 fee 11 am-12 pm, Wednesdays Brier Creek Community Center 10810 Globe Rd 919-420-2340 www.raleigh.gov

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Latin food, dance, music 12-8 pm; free Moore’s Square 200 S. Blount St., Raleigh 919-835-1525 www.elpueblo.org

SPCA Benefit 6-10:30 pm; $125 Black tie preferred NC State Centennial Campus 2450 Alumni Dr www.spcawake.org

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Salute to Freedom Gala

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USO Benefit Honoring the Military Heroes of NC 6:30-10 pm Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts Complex 500 S. Salisbury St 919-840-2943 www.uso-nc.org

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


La Fiesta del Pueblo 2013

18th Annual Fur Ball

NFL Tailgating 11 am, Sundays Sharky’s Place 5800 Duraleigh Rd 919-783-5448 www.sharkysnc.com


Cranks for Cancer Generations Salon & Day Spa Multiple Myeloma Fundraiser Honoring Alex Jankowsky BMX, Motocross Stunt Show, cycle ride, live music, more 2-7 pm; $30 adv, $35 event day BMX Stunt Show BJ’s Parking Lot, Brier Creek 919-361-9140 www.cranksforcancer.blogspot.com


Signature Chefs Auction March of Dimes Benefit 6-9 pm Washington Duke Inn 3001 Cameron Blvd (Durham) 919-424-2169 www.marchofdimes.com/northcarolina



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Denim & Diamonds Annual Gala Pay it Forward Fertility Foundation Benefit $150 per person The Pavilion at The Angus Barn 9401 Glenwood Ave. www.payitforwardfertility.org

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Pickleball Age 16-up; 6:30-8:30 pm Brier Creek Community Center 10810 Globe Rd 919-420-2340 www.raleigh.gov


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 www.raleighnc.gov


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Soccer – Little Kickers Age 3-5; $36 fee Various Times Brier Creek Community Center 10810 Globe Road 919-420-2340 www.raleigh.gov


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Various ages, times; $36 fee Brier Creek Community Center 10810 Globe Rd 919-420-2340 www.raleigh.gov

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Girls Basketball Various ages, times; $36 fee Brier Creek Community Center 10810 Globe Road 919-420-2340 www.raleigh.gov

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Monster Dash 2 pm Capital RunWalk 430 Woodburn Rd 919-995-5308 www.raleighmonsterdash.com


Hallowed Half Marathon, 10K


5K Run for Healthier Babies March of Dimes Benefit 9 am (7:30 am registration) Tekelec at Perimeter Park 5200 Paramount Pkwy, Morrisville 919-424-2161 www.marchofdimes.com/northcarolina


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Fall Festivals & Events 9/7

Fall Arts Festival 10 am-5 pm All ages; free Sertoma Arts Center 1400 W. Millbook Rd 919-420-2329 www.raleighnc.gov


Corn Maze, Pumpkins Includes hay rides, inflatables, corn hole, sand pile, more Fri, 4-9 pm; Sat, 9 am-9 pm; Sun, 11 am-6 pm; $10 Green Acres Farms 1132 Morrisville Carpenter Rd 919-481-2435 www.greenacrescary.com


Fall Festival Live music, inflatables, pony rides, food, more; bring chairs, drinks, blankets 6 pm All Saints United Methodist Church 204 Smallwood Dr, Morrisville 919-321-2648 brianneracer@gmail.com www.allsaintsumc.org


Fall Festival 2013 Craft and Flea Market And Corn Hole Tournament 10 am Raleigh Elks Lodge 5538 Lead Mine Rd 888-217-9464 www.919Magazine.com



6-9 pm North Carolina Museum of History 5 E Edenton St 919-872-9535 ext. 3069 www.ncdcr.gov

1 pm, 4 pm; $20 Duke Energy Center 2 E South St 919-996-8500 www.dukeenergysenterraleigh.com



6-9:30 pm Baptist Grove Church 7109 Leesville Rd www.baptistgrovechurch.org

Call for dates and times Ganyard Hill Farm 407 Sherron Rd, Durham 919-596-8728 www.ganyardhillfarm.com

Halloween Safe Night at the Museum


Page Farms Pumpkins Hayrides, corn maze, more Weekends (thru season) 6100 Mt. Herman Rd 919-596-3227 www.pagefarmsraleigh.com

Fun Fest Evening

NC Symphony Young People’s Concert: Halloween Spooktacular

Pumpkin Patch, Cornfield Maze


Spooktacular Trail Walk 6-8 pm, 8-10 pm Morrisville Community Park 1520 Morrisville Pkwy 919-463-6200 www.ci.morrisville.nc.us


FLM Youth Fall Fun Fest 5:30-8:30 pm 7901 Leesville Rd 919-787-4528 www.baptistgrove.org

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Blessed With Miracles

Lori Moscato Works Everyday to Help Couples Experience the Love of a Child By G. CLEVELAND KILGORE 919 Magazine Writer

Brier Creek Country Club resident Lori Moscato feels extremely blessed. “If you asked me 10 years ago, that this is what would happen and I would be a part of these miraculous lives – I would have said you were crazy,” said Moscato, the founder and chair of the Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation. And it all started with a couple of miracles. “We felt so blessed and fortunate to have two beautiful children, each a miracle in their own way,” Moscato said. “Our daughter Sophia was conceived through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and then our son Ryan was born 13 months after giving birth to Sophia.” So she and husband Rob decided to “pay it forward” by launching the foundation, with a goal to help reduce the cost of infertility treatment by providing grants and to educate couples about infertility. “We had insurance coverage for all of our medicines and procedures, which is extremely costly. But we are in the minority to have that coverage,” Moscato said. “The original intent was to give a check to our clinic that we used to conceive our daughter. We wanted to help one

couple conceive one child.” That clinic director, Dr. Sameh Toma, turned that donation into an idea of helping a lot of couples and getting a lot of clinics involved, which was the vision of the late Dr. Luther Talbert – who was an IVF pioneer of North Carolina. Now, Moscato and the foundation have expanded nationally – and already have had nine babies born and eight more on the way. Again, she feels blessed. “I get to make the phone calls to the couples who are awarded a grant. Those phone calls never get old and form wonderful relationships,” she said. “To follow their journey and then to potentially hold one of their babies is an experience beyond words and comprehension. To think that there are children now in this world who may not have been here if it were not for our donors and the foundation…leaves me speechless.” Moscato, who originally moved to Raleigh with her family after graduating

Lori Moscato Profile AGE: 36 RESIDENCE: Brier Creek Country Club, Village of Inverness VOLUNTEER AFFILIATION: Pay it Forward Fertility Foundation FAMILY: Husband, Rob; daughter, Sophia (6); son, Ryan (5) PETS: Covey, Duncan, Stella (Labradoodles) INTERESTS: Volunteering, yoga, exercise, reading


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Lori and husband Robert

Get Tickets to the PIFF Annual Gala, Page 30 high school in Connecticut, attended Meredith College. After obtaining a Business Administration degree, she joined GlaxoWellcome (now GSK) in New Jersey. Three years later, she was married and moved to Brier Creek. “We love our neighborhood because we felt like we got more than a house – we got a home,” she said. “We gained friendships that are like extensions of our family – friendships that will last a lifetime.” Moscato’s daughter is now age 6 and in the 1st Grade at The Franciscan School. Son Ryan turned 5 in March and attends kindergarten at the www.919Magazine.com

To think that there are children now in this world who may not have been here if it were not for our donors and the foundation… leaves me speechless. LORI MOSCATO

Ryan, Lori and Sasha Photos by Reflections by Cathy

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same campus. Three Labradoodle dogs complete the family dynamic. Which brings Moscato’s life full circle: Thanks to a couple of miracles, she now experiences her greatest pleasure in life. “I just love seeing my kids smile and hearing them laugh,” said Moscato, who now strives everyday to help other couples have, at long last, a similar experience.

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Pay it Forward Fertility Foundation PURPOSE: Help reduce the cost of infertility treatment by providing grants and to educate couples about infertility. YEAR STARTED: 2008 MAJOR FUNDRAISER: “Denim & Diamonds” Annual Gala 6:30 pm, Sept. 27 The Pavilions at The Angus Barn CONTACT: Email: info@payitforwardfertility.org Phone: 855-888-7433 Website: www.payitforwardfertility.org

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Keenan Family Works Tirelessly To Find Cures for Mental Illness By STEPHANIE FRIEDL 919 Magazine Writer

Their mother suffered from depression and lost her battle to suicide in 2007. Now, in her loving memory, brother and sister team Sean Keenan and Kelly Keenan Pittman – who both grew up in North Raleigh – work tirelessly to support The Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness, a nonprofit organization established in 1984 by the late Thad Eure Jr. and his wife Alice, founders of The Angus Barn Restaurant. The foundation provides funding for scientific research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and

Kelly Pittman, Keenan, Asa, Brian Pittman

We could not save (my mother); but, if through her death, we are able to help make a difference in another’s life or even save a life, then we will have made our mother proud and honored her in the process. SEAN KEENAN

Kristine Keenan, Charlotte Anne, Sean Keenan

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Caroline Josephine, Katherine Marie


is dedicated to discovering causes and potential cures for mental illness. The Foundation of Hope has given Keenan and Pittman, now parents themselves, the opportunity to shift their focus from mourning the loss of their mother to making the world a better place in her honor. “As my mother suffered from mental illness, so too did my sister and I,” said Keenan, a major in the U.S. Marine Corps serving as the commanding officer of the Military Entrance Processing Station in Des Moines, Iowa. “The suffering does not stop with the person who is diagnosed, it extends to every person who loves and cares about them.”

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Kelly Keenan Pittman and Brian Pittman;

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Des Moines, Iowa (Sean and Kristine)

Sports, hunting, cycling, reading, photography (Sean and Kristine)

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Keenan and Pittman support the foundation in many ways, but the hallmark of their efforts began a year after their mother’s death when they formed Team Mary for the Walk, and over the past four years have been joined by as many as 15 team members who walk in the annual event and together have raised more than $11,000. “Every year when we gather to form Team Mary for the Walk, we talk about her, we tell our favorite stories about her and we laugh,” said Pittman. “This allows my children to get to know her through the eyes of those who knew and love her, since they never got a chance to meet her. She would have really loved her grandsons.” On Keenan’s Facebook page, Sean P. Rides for Hope, friends and fans can learn about his efforts to fight mental illness – including riding 410 miles across the state of Iowa – follow his upcoming endurance rides, and find a link to the Foundation of Hope’s website.

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“Our mother was a wonderful lady whose true beauty shined through when she was helping others,” said Keenan. “We could not save her; but, if through her death, we are able to help make a difference in another’s life or even save a life, then we will have made our mother proud and honored her in the process.”

Hosted by The Angus Barn, the 25th Annual edition of the Thad & Alice Eure Walk for Hope 2013 on Oct. 13 will provide funds for better treatments and cures for a host of mental illnesses that exist in the world. To participate or get additional information, call 919-781-9255 or visit www.walkforhope.com.

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James Nelson Knows Obstacles

Despite Impaired Sight, Brier Creek Resident Sees Success as an Oil Painter

“Don’t concentrate on what you can’t do, but what you can. Always look for ways to climb over the obstacles. Don’t get frustrated if sometimes you fail; some of my failures, I have learned the most from. Celebrate the small victories along the way.” JAMES NELSON Legally blind Brier Creek oil painter By G. CLEVELAND KILGORE 919 Magazine Writer

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James Nelson knows about obstacles. A Brier Creek Country Club resident, he had a successful 30-year career as an endodontist and owned a thriving dental practice in Durham. Then, at least for a time, things went dark. “While on a Mediterranean cruise in April 2008, I lost most of my eyesight,” said Nelson. “I see very little with my right eye; with my left eye I only see chunks and pieces. I focus at about six inches from my left eye. I can read with my glasses and a magnifier when I hold the book or paper close. My distance vision is very poor. I cannot drive or cross a busy street.” Nelson is legally blind, and he was forced to end his career as a dental professional; however, that obstacle actually opened a new creative chapter in his life. “After losing most of my eyesight, I closed my dental practice and began the journey leading to a new profession in oil painting,” said Nelson, who graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy Dental School and completed his post-graduate academics in endodontics at George Washington University. “Two years after having lost most of my eyesight, my fiancé bought brushes, oils and canvas in an effort to help me discover something I would love to do. After my dental office closed, I was mostly confined to my house and yard. So I started painting.” September | October 2013


In a relatively short period, Nelson won several awards and became a member of several prestigious national and regional art associations. He studied under several internationally recognized master oil painters, and took numerous oil painting classes in the Raleigh area. He became juried into and participated in fine art festivals up and down the east coast, from New York to Florida. Nelson, who describes his paintings as representational impressionism, said he likes to paint people, landscapes, animals, and still life images from photographs. “I was singled out as an artist early in my childhood,” he said. “I was selected to attend special art classes, one of which

creating a painting that others enjoy.” was held in the Detroit Museum of Art. While in high school, I further Nelson’s paintings can be seen at developed my skill in oil painting classes.” the Racine Gallery in Wilmington, NC, the Labor of Love Gallery in Once Nelson started his dental Durham and at various art festivals in practice in Durham and had a family, the area. A variety of images also can painting fell by the wayside; now be viewed at www.jamesmnelson.com. though, family and painting are his priorities. He has four children and Ironically, many of the people who three grandchildren, and is proud of purchase Nelson’s artwork are unaware all of them. “I have many things that of his impaired sight. “Most of the bring me joy and fulfillment. I enjoy collectors who purchase my paintings watching my children succeed, develop are unaware that I don’t see well,” he said. and — most importantly — be happy. “I’m not ashamed of being handicapped My relationship with my fiancé, Amy, or mind talking about my eyesight. This and our love and friendship brings has now become a part of my life and a lot of joy to my life. And I get a I have learned to make the best of it.” tremendous amount of satisfaction from

James Nelson Profile RESIDENCE: Brier Creek Country Club, Village of Medinah PROFESSION: Retired endodontist, professional oil painter FAMILY: Fiancée, Amy; four grown children: Jack, Jason, Sarah and Brandy; three grandchildren: Caroline, Jordon, Elisa PETS: Jewels (16-year-old Dalmatian); Roxie( 9-year-old cat) INTERESTS: Gardening, cooking, travel, going to gym WEBSITE: www.jamesmnelson.com

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Walk for Hope, Evening of Hope Angus Barn Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Walk, Run; Mariel Hemingway Will Keynote Special Dinner Event By G. CLEVELAND KILGORE 919 Magazine Writer

Hosted by The Angus Barn, the 25th Annual edition of the Thad & Alice Eure Walk for Hope 2013 on Oct. 13 will provide funds for better treatments and cures for a host of mental illnesses that exist in the world. “Each year, the Walk for Hope provides the community with the opportunity to come together in support of those living with mental illnesses,” said Dena Birks, event coordinator for the non-profit organization. “And after the walk there is a celebratory festival including food, prizes, children’s activities, music and mental health information.”

In addition, the Evening of Hope is scheduled for Sept. 26 at the Pavilion at The Angus Barn. The fundraising event includes a five-course dinner prepared by Iron Chef Walter Royal, with a live and a silent auction. Award-winning actress and author Mariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of Earnest Hemingway, will be a special guest and keynote speaker. Established in 1984 by the late Thad Eure Jr. and his wife, Alice ­— founders of The Angus Barn

restaurant in North Raleigh — the organization provides funding for scientific research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on causes and potential cures for mental illness. According to Birks, the Eures’ commitment to finding cures for mental illness began in 1977 when a family member was diagnosed with a chronic bipolar disorder. For years, the Eures struggled privately to find a cure, without success. The Eures traveled the country seeking facilities and doctors who could offer some promise of recovery, yet their efforts typically ended in despair. In the early 1980s, there were few viable treatments for mental illness. Over Dena Birk, Event Coordinator and Shelley Eure Belk, Executive Director time, the Eures learned that although one in four people nationally suffer from some


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form of mental illness, very little research was being done to investigate or develop cures for these devastating illnesses. Originally, the Foundation of Hope was privately funded by Thad and Alice Eure. After Thad’s death in 1988, the employees of The Angus Barn decided to honor his memory by raising money for the Foundation with the Walk for Hope. What started in 1988 with 200 participants raising about $30,000 has grown to over

3,500 participants, and in 2012 the Foundation’s total fundraising efforts resulted in more than $600,000 raised. In special recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the walk, a “Foundation of Hope Signature Grant”, which will focus on community interaction for young people faced with mental illness. “The importance of this type of community initiative cannot be overstated. We strongly believe that with appropriate detection,

intervention, and support,” said Birks. “Our children can have the opportunity to achieve great things in their lives. This grant, in support of our children, is the gift we want to give back in celebration of our 25 years, to our community, to the thousands of walkers who have supported us.” For more details on participating in the Walk for Hope, 5th Annual Run for Hope and its various events for all ages and levels of expertise, or the special Evening of Hope event, visit www.walkforhope.com. For more information on the Foundation, sponsoring the

Foundation of Hope for Research And Treatment of Mental Illness

Evening of Hope or volunteering, contact Birks or Shelley Eure Belk at 919-781-9255, or email dena@walkforhope.com.

PURPOSE: Provide funds for better treatments and cures for mental illnesses MAJOR EVENTS: Thad & Alice Eure Walk for Hope; Run for Hope; Evening of Hope; George Thanhauser Bike for Hope Executive Director: Shelley Eure Belk Event Coordinator: Dena Birk ADDRESS: 9401 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh PHONE: 919-781-9255 EMAIL: dena@walkforhope.com WEBSITE: www.walkforhope.com

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Suzy Beth Sarver, 919 Magazine Publisher, named 2013 March of Dimes Triangle Signature Chefs Auction Chair The Eastern Carolina Division of March of Dimes named accomplished media professional Suzy Beth Sarver as the 2013 Triangle Signature Chefs Auction Chair. Currently, Sarver is the Publisher of 919 Magazine, which distributes six unique communityoriented, full-color editions along the I-540 Corridor in North Raleigh, Morrisville and Wake Forest. While directing operations at the company, she also participates in several events and interacts daily with local businesses and organizations throughout the region. “As a mother of two healthy boys,


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I’m acutely aware of how important good prenatal care is and how we need to support North Carolina mothers and promote healthy pregnancies and healthy babies,” said Sarver, explaining her involvement with the March of Dimes event. “This is also a great opportunity to bring together our communities and the residents of the 919 area for a great cause and an outstanding event.” The 2013 Triangle

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Signature Chefs Auction will feature the culinary talents of the area’s finest local chefs and restaurants. Attendees will be able to sample signature dishes from 10 local chefs while bidding on


unique and tempting silent and live auction packages, all to benefit the March of Dimes mission. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes carries out this mission through programs of research, community services, education and advocacy. Prior to moving to North Carolina early in 2012, Sarver spent 15 years working in a variety of roles in broadcasting, publishing, advertising and other media – including management positions with Susco Media in San Diego. In addition, she served as executive producer and on-air host for “Homes 2TV”, a San Diego real estate-oriented television show. “We are so fortunate to have

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such a top-tier presence as Suzy serve as our Chair for the year’s diamond anniversary event,” said Catherine Heindselman, Director of the Eastern Carolina Division of March of Dimes. “She has graciously agreed to help support the March of Dimes, and subsequently, to help give babies a healthy start in life.” The Signature Chefs Auction is at the Washington Duke Inn Sunday, November 17 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, contact Patti Celestini at PCelestini@marchofdimes. com or 919-424-2169 – or

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connect with March of Dimes on Facebook at Facebook.com/ MarchOfDimesNorthCarolina. In 2013, the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th anniversary and its ongoing work to help babies get a healthy start in life. Early research led to the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines that all babies still receive. Other breakthroughs include new treatments for premature infants and children with birth defects. About 4 million babies are born each year in the United States, and all have benefited from March of Dimes lifesaving research and education.



New Book Chronicles 20-Year History of Leesville Road High School Order Now to Guarantee Delivery By the Holidays Did you graduate from North Raleigh’s Leesville Road High School? If yes — or if you know someone who did — we need your help. 919 Magazine is publishing a very special hard-bound book in 2013. Entitled “20 Years of Pride: A Photographic History of Leesville Road High School”, the book will include historic photos involving all aspects of the activities, events and student life at LRHS. This beautiful, coffee table-quality collector’s item is your chance to experience why so many people — young and old — have such Pride in the school — up close and personal. Filled with historic and current photographs of students, teachers, organizations, sports teams, friends and supporters of LRHS, this 128-

page one-of-a-kind, limited-edition book is unique and destined to be a personal keepsake for generations. And for a short time, this special volume is available at a pre-sale discount. Buyers who act now can secure their very own personal copy at a special pre-publication discount — and save $10 off the regular retail price. For only $29.95, plus postage, handling and sales tax, you can have one of the limited number of these books made available to North Raleigh residents. Plus, the book makes a great Christmas gift, and by ordering today — you can ensure deliver direct to your home before the holidays. To order this special photographic history chronicling the first 20 years of Leesville Road High School, simply visit www.LRHSPrideBook.com and enter your information. Or, for those who prefer, call 919-747-8791 to order

or get additional information. But please don’t delay; ordering your book today prevents you from missing out on this one-time opportunity to have your very own copy of this superb chronicle of a North Raleigh institution. Show your pride; visit www.LRHSPrideBook.com today and order your own copy — and copies for friends and family.


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Trinity Academy Students Travel To Kenya to Support Local Family By G. CLEVELAND KILGORE 919 Magazine Writer

Students, parents and a faculty member of Trinity Academy of Raleigh recently spent time in Kenya to support a local family and provide outreach and support. The primary focus of the “Tigers2Kenya” excursion was to visit and support Rich and Sarah Gessner and their children (Ted, Anna and Emily) who moved to Kijabe, Kenya, to work at the community hospital there operated by Africa Inland Mission. “Trinity Academy is very community oriented and the inspiration behind the trip was to


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extend our community to the Gessners to maintain a connection with them before they return to Raleigh in 2014,” said teacher Jonathan Horner, who participated in the trip. “Each family at our school is like a part of

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a larger extended family. Although I did not know the Gessners very well before heading to Kenya, I have come back with new friends and a deeper connection with all involved. We wanted to take part in


their lives as best we could, but also • Facilitating a vacation to serve alongside of them and other Bible school for students organizations that they are a part of.” at the Nairobi Learning Center in the Kimetha Two mothers, a pastor, and 10 slum of Nairboi. students participated in the July excursion. While in Kenya, the group “I was greatly impacted to stayed in the homes of family friends see our students handle the of the Gessners in Kijabe. Later, In challenges of uncomfortable Nairobi, they stayed at the Methodist situations, extreme poverty, Guest House – and, during their and difficult service,” noted final two days, they stayed at Serena Horner, who added that the Hotel in the Amboseli Game Park. students worked on a number of fundraising projects to Among the group’s pay for their trip. “As a school, our activities while in Africa: primary purpose is to form the whole • Constructing a beehive aviary as a person and not simply fill his/her mind model for Kenyans to replicate and with facts. Being in challenging and potentially supplement their income. stretching situations that force us to • Visiting and engaging with rely on God helps all of us be formed children in the Rift Valley. in the image of Christ together.” • Preparing and serving food For more information on the outreach program to patients at Kijabe Hospital and Trinity Academy, visit www.trinityacademy. (and conducting prayers com or call 919.786.0114. The campus is located with them as well).

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Tickets Available for Fertility Foundation’s 5th Annual Gala Individual tickets and tables are still available for the Pay it Forward Fertility Foundation’s Annual Gala, planned for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27 at The Pavilions at The Angus Barn. The event – which raises funds for grants to assist infertility patients in affording costly procedures – will have a Denim & Diamonds theme. “This year, guests can relax about if they are wondering what to wear, since they can wear their favorite jeans,” said Brier Creek’s Lori Moscato, the foundation’s founder and chair, noting that tickets are $150 per person. “Ticket price includes entry to the event, auctions, cocktails and appetizers, a full sit-down dinner, drinks, and dancing at the end of the evening.” Moscato said the 2013 event is different than any other year, since it is the 5th Anniversary. “This year


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we will be featuring a wine wall, silent and live auctions, and surprise game that goes with our theme,” she said, adding that all monies donated to the foundation go directly to the foundation’s grant program. “This is a wonderful foundation that truly makes you feel good about giving. These patients have lost all hope in having a family. To bring hope to a patient is overwhelming, and then to follow them on their journey and be able to hold this miracle child is a feeling that is indescribable,” Moscato said. “I encourage residents to come

out to this one-time-a-year event; it will for sure be an enjoyable evening, and one they will never forget.” Sponsors for this year’s event include BluGnome, Diamonds Direct at Crabtree, Zylera Pharmaceuticals, and 919 Magazine. Seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased at www.payitforwardfertility.org. For more information, email info@payitforward.org.

Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation Annual Gala WHAT: Denim & Diamonds-Themed Event WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Sept. 27 WHERE: The Pavillions at The Angus Barn TICKETS: www.payitforwardfertility.com INFORMATION: info@payitforwardfertility.org

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Crowds gathered for North Raleigh’s premier 4th of July fireworks display at Brier Creek Commons. Photos by Reflections by Cathy Foreman

Stage Door Dance Productions’ annual Summer Intensive attracted students from throughout the area last summer to train with special guest artists from several facets of the dance industry. For information on future events, call 919720-3036 or visit www.stagedoordance.com. 919 Magazine BC

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Raleigh Police Department representatives -- including McGruff the Crime Dog -- and the Raleigh Fire Department Ladder 6 crew were on hand in late July at the Wells Fargo Bank Brier Creek Branch’s “Kids Day”

Brier Creek Country Club’s Barracuda swim team competes at Black Horse Run in North Raleigh, one of several meets held during the summer

A view of Big Lake at Umstead State Park

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Brier Creek Country Club hosted a Kids in Training Youth Triathlon in August for ages 5-17

Brier Creek Chargers, a Raleigh Parks and Recreation Mighty Mite tackle football team, practicing at the Brier Creek Community Center recently. The Chargers’ season begins in mid-September and continues through early November. Games are at Lions Park off Capital Boulevard in North Raleigh.

Staff, guests and friends at the Brier Creek Center for Implant and Oral Surgery ribbon cutting event Photo by Ame Deaton

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Living Confidently, Aging Gracefully

Stay at Home Senior Care Delivers Compassionate In-Home Care for Elderly Loved Ones

Deborah Bordeaux and her expert staff of caregivers at Stay at Home Senior Care deliver compassionate quality care to clients. For those needing in home care for their elderly loved ones, Stay at Home Senior Care helps seniors live confidently and age gracefully in their own homes for as long as possible. “We treat every contact as a friend, every client as family, and complete every task with honor,” said Bordeaux, president and owner. “Everything we do at Stay at Home Senior Care is inspired by our motto, ‘Hometown Care Beyond Compare’.”

Our caregivers are compassionate about senior care and want to help our clients thrive at home. DEBORAH BORDEAUX

Deborah Bordeaux and Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones Photo by Ame Deaton


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A privately-owned home care agency in Wake Forest, Stay at Home Senior Care specializes in non-medical, inhome care for the elderly and offers many in-home services – including companionship, homemaker and personal care services, and dementia care. Services are available every day and can range from several hours a week to comprehensive 24-hour care, and include medication reminders, cooking, bathing, mobility assistance, and transportation. Each caregiver on staff works under the direction of their Registered Nurse, Tara Hooper, and is carefully screened, insured and bonded, and a graduate of the Alzheimers North Carolina dementia certification program. www.919Magazine.com


Tara Hooper, Agency Nursing Director; Deborah Bordeaux, President, Owner; and Kim Dingus, Family Services Director

By serving seniors in their hometown and matching clients to caregivers carefully – and whenever possible from the same neighborhood or church – caregivers become part of the family very quickly. “Our caregivers, often empty nesters themselves, are compassionate about senior care and want to help our clients thrive at home,” said Bordeaux. “We only hire people who genuinely want to serve the elderly and in turn are blessed every day by the seniors in their lives.” As a young girl, Bordeaux personally witnessed the struggles and challenges her own family faced as her grandmother, a victim of Alzheimers, became increasingly dependent on others for her care. Bordeaux experienced first hand the struggle the whole family goes through caring for an aging parent to keep her safe and secure at home. After a long successful career in the technology services industry, she left her position with Oracle Corp. managing their $8 million service business and started Stay at Home Senior Care in 2003. Stay at Home Senior Care is located at 2014 South Main St., #610, Wake Forest. For more information, call 919-556-3706, 919 Magazine BC

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Stay at Home Senior Care YEAR STARTED: 2003 PRESIDENT/OWNER:Deborah Bordeaux ADDRESS: 2014 South Main St., #610, Wake Forest WEBSITE: www.SAHseniors.com EMAIL: Deborah@SAHseniors.com PHONE: 919-556-3706 FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/SAHSeniorCare LINKEDIN: www.linkedin.com/in/dbordeaux EDUCATION: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (BS Management Information Systems); C.S.A., Certified Senior Advisor AWARDS/HONORS: Small Business of the Year 2012 (Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce); Best of Best Award 2011, 2012 (Wake Weekly); Finalist – Woman Business Owner of the Year, 2013 Finalist (Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce)

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USO Center At Raleigh-Durham International Airport Fills Vital Role in Supporting and Comforting Military Personnel

Our mission is to lift the spirits of our troops and their families here in North Carolina, including those who are traveling through, deployed from, or stationed in North Carolina. CONNIE INGGS, USO RDU Center Director 34 919 Photo by Ame Magazine Deaton BC

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The USO of North Carolina leads the way to enrich the lives of America’s military. Its mission – since 1941 – is to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families by providing health and human services. A non-profit, charitable organization, the USO relies on the generosity of local residents to support a wide range of services and programs – including those available at the RaleighDurham International Airport. Connie Inggs, the USO RDU Center Director, talks about how vital the organization’s services are to thousands of military personnel and their families as they travel to, from and through the Triangle (and, often times, in harm’s way).

A Conversation with USO-North Carolina Raleigh-Durham International Airport Center Director Connie Inggs: What is the history of the USO RDU Center?

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In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked for support and recreational services to military personnel, which prompted six organizations, including the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association), YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association), National Catholic Community Services, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board, to mobilize into a military support entity called the United Service Organizations. Shortly after the USO was implemented, the very first USO center was established in North Carolina, at the legendary Army base, Fort Bragg (in Fayetteville, and known as one of the largest bases in the world). Today, USO-NC is an independent organization chartered by the national USO as a separate operating unit (since 1987). There are currently five centers operating across the state, serving an average of 650,000 troops a year: Charlotte Douglas International Airport center; Raleigh-Durham International Airport Center; Fayetteville Airport center; Jacksonville center; and Fort Bragg center. When World War II ended in 1947, all USO organizations were dissolved by the World Board of Governors – except the Jacksonville center, which is now the oldest continuously operated USO center in the world. LTC-USAR (Retired) Robert D. Teer, Jr. , LTC (Retired) James M. Van Strien (now deceased), Col. Edward E. Hollowell (now deceased), LTC Ken Tigges, and Judy Pitchford were all instrumental in starting the USO-NC Raleigh-Durham International Airport Center. They saw a need for the center because military personnel often would spend many hours waiting for rides or flights to arrive. As 919 Magazine BC

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Did You Know? USO-NC served 665,451 servicemen, servicewomen, families and retirees in 2012.

a result, the five originators developed a concept to provide servicemen and women with the same opportunities as an airline club member: Aid and comfort while at the airport. In 2004, Pitchford – then the Jacksonville USO manager – visited RDU Airport Director John Brantley about the organization and the need for a rent-free space in Terminal 1. Shortly thereafter, the USO-RDU Center became a reality, opening in August 2004. Another important contributor was George Tuskey, the first director at USO-NC RDU Center. The center has come a long way from its beginning, which consisted of furniture and a refrigerator, but no running water. Now, the new facility has many amenities, including a lounge, playroom, Internet area, and restrooms.

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Did You Know? USO-NC RDU Center invites children, schools, and civic organizations to visit and tour their facility. Call 919-840-0941 to schedule.

USO Historical Highlights

What is the purpose of the USO RDU Center?

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We are a VIP hospitality suite (or “private club”) for our military, including active duty, reserve, guard, and retired and their families. The USO lifts the spirits of our troops and their families by striving to influence and make positive impacts in their lives. Twenty-five percent of our nation’s active duty, reserves and retired servicemen and women call North Carolina their home. Additionally, this state is the fourth largest demographic of reserve and active duty components in the nation, with seven major military installations. The USO RDU center’s purpose is to comfort, support and connect with troops and their families while raising morale.


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January 1951 1954

USO Camp Shows Inc. established to provide entertainment to troops around the world Entertainer Bob Hope leads his first overseas celebrity tour All USO clubs and facilities are closed, and the organization is given an honorable discharge by Pres. Harry S Truman USO is reactivated for the Korean War Bob Hope USO performance broadcast on television for first time

December 1964 Bob Hope makes his first Christmas Tour

to Vietnam

What is the mission of the USO RDU Center?

June 1972

All USO clubs in Vietnam closed as American troops withdraw

Our mission is to lift the spirits of our troops and their families here in North Carolina, including those who are traveling through, deployed from, or stationed in North Carolina. In many cases, our military personnel are coming back from multiple deployments and/or combat zones, and we encourage the community to be patient with them because they need assistance with adjusting to life outside of the military and taking on civilian roles.

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Pres. Jimmy Carter signs the USO’s newly granted congressional charter USO’s Women’s Resource Center opens in Baumholder, Germany — a prototype for other USOs USO-North Carolina chartered as an independent operating unit Operation USO Care Package created for troops deploying to support Operation Enduring Freedom USO Operation Phone home launched, proving free, international phone cards to service members USO RDU Center opens at RaleighDurham International Airport USO delivered its first ‘USO in a Box’ units to forward operating based in Afghanistan and Djibouti USO centers at Dover are renovated to support military mortuary employees, volunteers and the families of the fallen

How is the USO RDU Center funded? The U.S. Government and the national USO do not provide financial support to the USO RDU center. The center is entirely reliant on funding from donations, fundraisers, private grants, corporate gifts and sponsorships. With our state being home to 25 percent of all military personnel, we work extremely hard to create and modify programs for them and their families, which include financial education programs, resiliency programs, deployment care packages, and more. We are always in need of donations and support because there are times when we have to rely on our partners for financial assistance with family events. USO RDU Center has several fundraising events each year, and we encourage Raleigh area residents to participate.

What services and programs are provided to military personnel at the RDU Center? Our programs focus on morale, well-being, social, health, human services and education. On average, it costs us fours dollars each time we provide one service to a military/ family member, and last year the USO-NC centers provided approximately 665,000 services throughout the state. We have our very own annual job fair, known as the Operation Military Job Fair. This year’s job fair was hosted by ECPI University with over 35 employers and 125 active duty/veterans attending. Verizon was the first to hire! Additionally, we have an Honor Support Team, established by Ken Tigges in 2005, with 14 members. The team “renders plane-side military honors to fallen service members.” They are on-call 24/7 to coordinate with airport authorities, the military, and our fallen heroes’ families. Their objective is to ensure that our fallen heroes’ remains are treated with dignity and respect as they make their final journey home, and they assist in comforting the families during the process. As a result of our Honor Support Team and their missions, families are now permitted to stand on the tarmac as their Fallen Heroes’ remains arrive. Gary Martin – along with two Gold Star moms wearing white in memory of their fallen loved ones – assist families during their moments of grieving. Plus, the USO RDU center is North Carolina’s arrival and departure point for six major military bases, and provides a very welcoming experience to our nearly 2,000 service members every month. The center features computers with high-speed Internet access, a kitchenette, complimentary snacks and beverages, large screen televisions, overstuffed recliners and comfortable seating areas, a children’s play area and a changing room. Now located at Terminal 2, the center is open 24/7 to all military personnel with identification.

USO of North Carolina Raleigh-Durham International Airport Center (USO RDU Center) YEAR OPENED: 2004 SIZE: 2800 sq. ft. DIRECTOR: Connie Inggs OTHER PERSONNEL: Patricia DeZetter, Anna Martin MISSION: Lift the spirits of our troops and their families LOCATION: 2400 Terminal Blvd. Terminal 2, 3rd Floor Raleigh-Durham International Airport PHONE: 919-840-0941 WEBSITE: uso-nc.org EMAIL: cinggs@uso-nc.org HOURS: Open 24 hours per day MAKE A DONATION: amartin@uso-nc.org VOLUNTEER: amartin@uso-nc.org

USO of North Carolina Profile PHONE: 919-840-3000 WEBSITE: uso-nc.org YEAR STARTED: 1987 PRESIDENT: John Falkenbury KEY PERSONNEL: Sheila Waskow VISION: Leading the way to enrich the lives of America’s military in the Carolinas SERVICES: Resiliency Programs Transition Assistance Personal Financial Education Assistance Volunteer-led Honors Support Teams Deployment Care Packages Homecoming Rack Packs Tickets to Sports Events Special Events Supportive Services and Referrals Free Internet, Electronic Games Food Pantry Seasonal and Special Programs AIRPORT CENTERS: USO of North Carolina offers a welcoming rest area for service members traveling through busy airports. Staffed by volunteers, these centers offer lounges with comfortable chairs, a wide variety of books and reading materials, comfort food, television, and free Internet and phone use. Locations include: • Raleigh-Durham International Airport • Charlotte-Douglas International Airport • Fayetteville International Airport • New Bern Regional Airport (information kiosk) SERVICE-BASED CENTERS: USO of North Carolina service-based centers at Jacksonville/ Camp Lejeune and Fayetteville/Fort Bragg provide rest and relaxation to military personnel and their families, including gaming platforms, television, and Internet – plus meeting areas and complete readiness groups. MOBILE UNIT:

Did You Know? USO RDU Center served 126,524 servicemen, servicewomen, families and retirees in 2012.

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USO of North Carolina Mobile Unit travels statewide to support troops and their families in remote locations. The unit include satellite televisions, gaming systems, a gas grill, laptops with Internet access, cell phones and more.



Connie Inggs Profile POSITION: USO RDU Center Director TENURE: 3 years AGE: 49 RESIDENCE: Raleigh HOMETOWN: Belton, SC FAMILY: Husband, Greg; twin daughters, Ellen and Sarah PETS: Honey (dog) INTERESTS: Cooking, spending time with dog, family

What is your favorite or most rewarding part of your position?

Volunteers Helen and Hy Marks

What is the staffing of the RDU Center? We have three paid staff members, and more than 300 volunteers. We also oversee Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and its remote office center. Our volunteer base liaison, Allan Pedersen, oversees this remote operation and has supported more than 50,000 airmen and their families through his efforts. The center’s hours of operation are 24/7.

What are the biggest needs from the community for the USO-NC and the USO RDU Center? The USO-NC has experienced a rapid growth of military personnel, and with that, evolving needs of family members in North Carolina. Corporate sponsorships, grants and donations are needed to sustain the organization. Donations can be anything ranging from individual snack items and water to children’s activity supplies.

How do individuals become involved with the USO-North Carolina or the USO RDU Center? To learn about volunteer opportunities at the USO at RDU, call 919-840-0941 or visit www.us-nc.org.

Sharing the mission and developing partners to help achieve the mission. This includes non-profits working with non-profits to achieve the mission sometimes, and discerning the hearts of volunteers, staff and partners in order to get the job done!

What are the biggest challenges faced by military personnel and their families? Right now, a huge burden for our staff is to continue to lift their spirits on the home front as they return home. We must be diligent in sharing the mission and educating those around us as well – that our servicemen and women are transitioning from a combat zone back into a civilian zone. We must be patient and supportive as this transition occurs. We must develop programs at the USO to assist and support this transition.

What will surprise most local residents about what is offered by the USO-NC? They would be surprised that we offer reading and study skills programs for military children and their parents; and, that we have programs such as camps for children and job fairs. Many also might be surprised to know that we served over 650,000 last year in North Carolina. Another interesting service is our USO-NC Mobile Unit, which travels statewide to support service members and their families. This unit is there for deployments, homecomings and secondary mission of disasters. It is equipped with satellite televisions, gaming systems, grills, sitting areas, a kitchen area, laptops, Internet service, and cell phones. 38

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What are some of the most unique programs offered by the organization? The most unique program is our Honors Support Team (for the final journey home), which pays plane-side honors to our fallen. This group of individuals is on call 24 hours a day. Other programs include, the Transition Assistance Program for preparing military personnel for a new life after their service; the Resiliency Programs, which offer support to military families; the Personal Financial Education Programs, which provide financial independence advice and guidance; and the Food Pantry, which offers food for those military families in need.

What one program or service would you add to the USO RDU Center, if possible? Our desire is to have a hometown USO of North Carolina grassroots group in each city or town in our Triangle area. This group of individuals will share the mission as we do here from the USO RDU Center and educate those in their area of how to give back to our troops, through baking cookies, volunteering or hosting an event locally to raise money for our organization.

Can you tell us about the staff and volunteers at the USO RDU Center?

What are the major fundraising events each year by the USO in the Triangle? Our biggest fundraiser is our Salute to Freedom Gala, held at the Raleigh Convention Center every year in October. Other events include, our Fore the Troops Golf Tournament each year at Hasentree Golf Course in June, our Operation Sporting Clays in May at Drakes Landing, and many others. USO is also a benefactor at such events as Wakefield’s We Care Golf Tournament in October, Wilmar/Pepsi 4 Man Shoot Out in August, the Raleigh Classic Car Show in September, and the UMMC Golf Tournament held at MacGregor downs in October. We also plan to host a run in March next year. Information on all of these events is available at www.uso-nc.org.

The staff and the volunteers are, in two words, “a gem.” Our team of three staff and over 300 volunteers work together in various committees and groups to achieve our mission of lifting the spirits of our troops and their families here in the Triangle area. The volunteers and staff have qualities that one can hope to achieve in life: Dedication, persistence, selfless service, respect for others, attention to detail, reliability, trustworthiness, and most of all, loyalty.

Can you describe some special stories about real experiences at the RDU Center? Daily there are selfless acts of service that are difficult to describe: A grieving widow who wants to come into the USO facility where her husband gave of his time and give a donation in memory of him. A widower who wants to share his love stories of how he met his wife at a USO center and heal through his stories of his dear wife who has passed. All of these individuals put their personal agenda’s aside and humble themselves for the cause. It is truly a blessing to witness this and be a part of something so great. As a minister once shared, when your purpose and your passion align – you go on the joyride of your life. That is what we get to experience here at the USO-NC RDU Center. What a privilege! 919 Magazine BC

Did You Know? USO RDU Center has a speaker’s bureau, providing staff members and volunteers to speak to students, groups and organizations. To schedule a speaker, contact Connie Inggs, Director of USO-NC RDU, at cinggs@uso-nc.org.

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Oct. 17-27 North Carolina’s Homecoming North Carolina State Fairgrounds Adults, $7; Children, $3 (advance); Under age 3, over age 65 – free 18-ticket ride sheet, $10 (advance) 1853 www.ncstatefair.org

North Carolina State Fair Concert Series tickets are necessary to attend performances (plus admission to the fair), available at www.ncstatefair.org. Oct. 17. . . . . . . . . Sister Hazel ($5) Oct. 18. . . . . . . . . Francesca Battistelli, Building 429 ($10) Oct. 19. . . . . . . . . Joe Nichols ($10) Oct. 20. . . . . . . . . Florida Georgia Line ($10) Oct. 21. . . . . . . . . Scotty McCreery ($25) Oct. 22. . . . . . . . . Scotty McCreery ($25) Oct. 23. . . . . . . . . Dailey and Vincent ($5) Oct. 24. . . . . . . . . Who’s Bad ($5) Oct. 25. . . . . . . . . MercyMe ($15) Oct. 26. . . . . . . . . Randy Houser ($10) Oct. 27. . . . . . . . . Eli Young Band ($15)


Special Event:

The Great American Spam Championship Cookoff 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 First Prize: $150



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Best Quote: ‘Are you hungry yet?’ SARAH RAY, NC State Fair FAIR 2013 • OCTOBER 17 - 27 NORTH CAROLINA’S HOMECOMING • STATE

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Who Showed Up:

2012 Attendance – 965,297 Most Attendees – 1,091,887 (2010) Busiest Days – Saturday, Thursday FAIR 2013 • OCTOBER 17 - 27 NORTH CAROLINA’S HOMECOMING • STATE

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Dates to Know:

1853 – First Year of Fair 1884 – Electricity Available 1891 – First Midway Ride 1916 – First Ham Biscuit Served 1954 – First TV Telecast


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Where else can you visit a Vegetable Petting Zoo, choose from among 100 carnival rides to enjoy, and chow down on a Krispy Kreme cheeseburger? It’s time again for the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, where as many as a million visitors will enjoy the bright lights, the exhibits, the vendors, the music, and – of course – the celebration of the state’s agriculture. “One hundred and sixty years ago, we began showcasing the best of North Carolina agriculture at the state fair and we’ve been following that mission ever since,” said Sarah Ray, NC State Fair Public Information Officer. “Whether you are interested in flowers, horses, forestry, crops or livestock, we’ve got you covered. Ever wanted to pet a vegetable? Then check out our Vegetable Petting Zoo in the Expo Center, where we teach kids the differences between


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the fruits and vegetables they see on their dinner table.” The event, which began in 1853, offers several new attractions this year, including the Gantry Bike, an 18-foot high, moving machine that showcases aerialists, acrobats and contortionists while strolling the grounds; the Agriculture Today exhibit, featuring a 10-ft. soybean waterfall; and, of course, all kinds of new foods for sale throughout the grounds. North Carolina State Fair hosts the largest fair midway in North America – and includes a wide variety of foods, from deep fired Girl Scout cookies and candy bars, to ham biscuits, roasted corn, funnel cakes, North Carolina ice cream and much more. “Are you hungry yet,” Ray said. Filled with so much to do, it’s difficult to list everything available to see and do at the fair – but among the highlights: • Flower and Garden Show: An oasis on the fairgrounds, the show features winding pathways through beautiful gardens grown by local organizations. More than 90 demonstrations will take place, including experts on pumpkin carving, flower arranging and proper plant care. • Heritage Circle: From the crew maintaining the tobacco barn during the fair to the craftsmen demonstrating their traditional methods of woodcarving, blacksmithing and chair-building, this presentation

allows visitors to enjoy the taste of homemade ice cream, apple cider or a hush puppies from the Old Grist Mill as they listen to engaging stories or the sweet melodies from the Bluegrass Stage. • NC Agriculture Exhibit: An exhibit is full of locally grown and locally produced food products on display with free samples, goods for purchase and plenty of prizes. More than 20 local vendors will participate in the exhibit throughout the course of the fair. Plus, visitors can enjoy plenty of free music – plus the State Fair concert series performances; an antique farm machinery display, the State Fair Ark livestock exhibit, with more than 60 animals on display; the Folk Festival; nightly fireworks; racing pigs; ventriloquists; hypnotists; magicians; tractor pulls, stunt shows; demolition derbies; lots of vendors; plenty of exhibits and competitions, from foods to quilts, and photography to canned goods; and all kinds of surprises and numerous other activities. North Carolina State Fair is Oct. 17-27; for more information visit www.ncstatefair.org.

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919 ›› COMMUNITY Traffic Light Installation Near Brier Creek School Expected by December Installation of a traffic signal light at a busy intersection near Brier Creek Elementary School is expected by December. Al Grandy, division traffic engineer with the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation confirmed the signal’s planned addition at Brier Creek Parkway and Arnold Palmer Drive/Vogel Street. He indicated the cost of the signal was $115,000, and that the installation completion date is an estimate. Brier Creek Elementary School Parent Teacher Association and concerned parents and residents of Brier Creek Country Club participated in an on-line petition drive requesting the addition of the light. Parents cited the

Cranks for Cancer Event Brings BMX Stunt Shows to Brier Creek

busy roadway and lack of a light for forcing them to drive their children or put them on a bus – despite living only a few blocks from the campus, located at 9801 Brier Creek Parkway. The Brier Creek Community Center also is located on the school campus. Grandy did not comment on the petition drive or reports of numerous traffic accidents at the intersection, but confirmed that NCDOT traffic engineers studied the intersection after a request from “a private citizen” – and determined that the location met the requirements to have a light installed.

Sponsorship opportunities and table sales are now available for this unforgettable evening honoring military heroes of North Carolina. A number of special guests are anticipated for the black tie (or military dress) affair, which begins with a cocktail reception, followed by the opening ceremony and dinner, followed by the program. For information, call 919-840-2943, email cinggs@uso-nc.org or visit www.uso-nc.org. The Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts Complex is located at 500 S. Salisbury St.

Hosted by Generations Salon and Day Spa, all proceeds go to the Duke Myeloma Program to fund research efforts at Duke Hospital. Jankowsky, who owns Generations, suffers from Multiple Myeloma. The event in the BJ’s parking lot near Brier Creek Parkway and Lumley Road will feature three professional BMX stunt shows, autograph signings with Olympic and professional riders, live music by 40Love, kid-friendly food, drinks and games for children of all ages. Tickets are $30 and available at the gate. A live auction and a motorcycle ride led by Team Powersports also are planned, all in an effort to raise money to research a cure for the disease. More than 22,000 individuals are diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma annually. For more information or to participate in the event, call 919-361-9140 or visit www.cranksforcancer.blogspot.com. Generations Salon and Day Spa is located at 10370 Moncreiffe Road, Suite 101, in the Brierdale Shopping Center.

USO ‘Salute to Freedom Gala’ Set for Oct. 19 The USO of North Carolina’s 9th Annual Salute to Freedom Gala is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts Complex.

Cranks for Cancer, a Multiple Myeloma Fundraiser and Benefit honoring Alex Jankowsky – featuring live music, BMX stunt shows, and more – is planned for 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Brier Creek on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Blessing of the Animals Set for Oct. 5 The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi plans its annual Blessing of the Animals at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 11401 Leesville Road in North Raleigh. All people and pets are welcome, but please have pets Scene from 2012 “Blessing” event restrained on a short leash or in a crate. After a short prayer service, priests will bless each pet in attendance. For more information on the event, contact Maureen Leahy at 919-847-8205, ext. 239, or visit www.stfrancisraleigh.org.

Elevation Burger Opens in Brier Creek Commons Elevation Burger opened a new location in Brier Creek Commons in August, featuring organic, grass-fed beef hamburgers, fresh cut fries cooked in olive oil, and shakes made from fresh-scooped ice cream. A grand opening celebration Aug. 17 included cornhole, a coloring corner for kids, a photo booth and more. School supplies also were collected to donate to Brier Creek Elementary School. Opened by Marc Finch and Elevated Tar Heel Cuisine, the new restaurant is part of an Arlington, VA-based chain. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. Elevation Burger is located at 8301 Brier Creek Parkway, Suite 101. Call 919-999-2774 or visit www.elevationburger.com for more information.


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919 ‹‹ COMMUNITY All Saints Plans Fall Festival Sept. 20

Register to Participate in Annual Walk for Hope

All Saints United Methodist Church’s Fall Festival begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, featuring live music, food, inflatables, pony rides and more.

Registration is under way for the 25th Annual Thad & Alice Eure Walk for Hope 5K and 10K, scheduled for Oct. 13 through Umstead State Park, beginning and ending at The Angus Barn on Glenwood Avenue.

Planned at the ASUMC Ministry Center and Property at 204 Smallwood Drive in Morrisville (near Brier Creek), the event is open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and their own drinks. The church, which currently meets Sundays at Brier Creek Elementary School, plans to build on the site in the near future. For more information, call 919-321-2648, email brianneracer@gmail. com, or visit www.allsaintsumc.org. RSVP at the ASUMC Facebook page.

Marsh Makes Cruise Holidays’ President’s Circle Shari Marsh, local franchise owner of Cruise Holidays, Land and Sea, recently returned from the Cruise Holidays President’s Circle Caribbean cruise – awarded to 20 of the top Cruise Holidays businesses in North America. The Cruise Holidays businesses that earned the most revenue in the previous year – along with those who had the most revenue growth compared to the previous year –were chosen as President’s Circle members. “It was an honor for me to be named to the Cruise Holidays President’s Circle,” said Marsh. “I am proud of the many strong relationships that I have formed with local travelers, and this has enabled me to be named one of North America’s top cruise experts.”

Jim Troutman won the recent two-day Men’s Club Championship at Brier Creek Country Club. Troutman shot a two-day score of 144 (73-71) to win the tournament by eight shots, according to Matt Rink, head golf professional at the club. “The Men’s Club Championship is one of our major events that is open to all male full golf members,” Rink said. “The winner of the Championship Flight is crowned the Men’s Club Champion.”

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Jim Troutman, 2013 Men’s Club Champion at Brier Creek, with winner’s trophy

No tickets are necessary; however, participants are asked to raise a minimum of $60 for adults and $30 for children 12 and under and fulltime students. The runs begin at 8 a.m., followed by the walks at 10 a.m. The event raises money for the Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness, which has awarded more than 135 scientific research grants at

Parker Garrison, son of Josh and Donna Garrison of Brier Creek, was named Petite Master Dance of America at the Solo Title Scholarship Competition at the 129th Annual Convention of Dance Masters of America in New Orleans.

Troutman Wins Men’s Club Championship at Brier Creek

Brier Creek Country Club is located at 9400 Club Hill Drive. For information on the club or the Men’s Golf Championship, call 919-206-4600 or visit www.briercreekcc.com

To compete or just enjoy a stroll, register at www.walkforhope.com. On-site registration also is available at the event. Additional information is also available at the website, or by calling 919-781-9255. The Angus Barn is located at 9401 Glenwood Ave.

Parker Garrison Named Master Dance of America

Marsh can be reached at smarsh@cruiseholidays.com or 919-747-9996.

Rink said this was Troutman’s first victory at the tournament, after finishing second several times.

The event – which raises funds to support the research and treatment of mental illness – also includes the Run for Hope, a USA Track & Field certified 5K and 10K.

UNC-Chapel Hill, totaling more than $3.8 million. These local grants have leveraged more than $100 million in federal grants.

The prestigious event in the World of Dance required all contestants to participate in scholarship classes, which included all forms of dance (ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics). A distinguished panel of judges interviewed the contestants, and each dancer performed in an opening number that included all of the contestants. Highlight of the competition was the presentation of each dancer’s solo, which the judges adjudicated. In addition to earning the title of Master Dance, Parker also received the Tap and Acrobatic Class Awards for the highest scores earned and the Mr. Personality Award, an honor determined by the dancer’s peers. Parker Garrison is 9 years old and a student of Stage Door

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Dance Productions in Raleigh. He performed a musical theater routine to “Luck Be a Lady” from the Broadway musical Guys & Dolls. Chasta Hamilton Calhoun, Owner/Artistic Director of Stage Door Dance, choreographed the award-winning piece. Stage Door Dance Productions is located at 2720 Godley Lane, Suite 101 in Brier Creek. For information, call 919-720-3036 or visit www.StageDoorDance.com. www.919Magazine.com


919 ›› COMMUNITY Del Webb’s Carolina Arbors Adult Community Opens Near Brier Creek

beach music, giveaways and tours of 11 models. The community offers singlestory ranch homes ranging from 1,109 to 3,469 sq. ft. – starting at $198,990.

Carolina Arbors by Del Webb now is open for sales in the Brier Creek area. Located in the city of Durham, off T.W. Alexander and ACC Boulevard, the 55 and older community includes 1,275 planned home on nearly 460 acres – and includes a state-of-theart 30,000 sq. ft. amenity center.

The amenity center features a fitness center, billiards room, demonstration kitchen, arts and crafts room, indoor pool and spa, library and commons lounge. Outdoor amenities include pickleball and tennis courts, a croquet lawn, bocce courts and a community garden. A full-time activities director will be on-site as well.

A July grand opening included beer tastings, a food truck rodeo, live

For information, call 877-266-0297 or visit www.delwebb.com/carolinaarbors.

Risk New President of PCHS Athletic Booster Club David Risk is the new president of Panther Creek High School’s Athletic Booster Club. Other officers include: Tara Howard, Treasurer; Peggi Smith, Secretary; Rod Morton, VP Communications; Bob Young, VP Concessions; Kara Wurtsbaugh, VP Corporate Sponsorship; Dawn Andreala, VP Membership; and Darren Patterson, VP Special Events. For more information or to join the organization, visit www.panthercreekathletics.com.

Short Takes Several local students were winners at the state level in the North Carolina PTA’s Reflections competition: Chris Sefton of Panther Creek High School finished second in the Senior Division of the music category; India Crews, also of PCHS, finished first in the Senior Division of the visual arts category; and Brennan Stride of Mills Park Middle School finished third in the Middle Division of the music category…The former Roth Brewing Company, located off Westgate at 5907 Triangle Drive in North Raleigh, is now Gizmo Brew Works, with new owners and new plans for expansion. For information, call 919-782-2099… Danielle Moore is the new women’s basketball coach at Panther Creek High, replacing Geoff Bowman. Previously she was a volunteer coach at St. Paul’s High School…Also at PCHS, Lindsey O’Connell is the new volleyball coach. She replaces Bonnie O’Conner… Triangle Rock Club of Morrisville is expanding into North Raleigh, with a 13,000 sq. ft. space at 6022 Duraleigh Road (south of Brier Creek). Expansion at the Morrisville location still is planned, and a third location in Durham or Chapel Hill is under consideration… Umstead Hotel and Spa completed renovation of its spa facilities, now offering 16,000 sq. ft. of relaxation


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and treatment space spanning two floors. More information at www.theumstead.com…ARCHIE, a recent two-day summit at Research Triangle Park’s Davis Drive headquarters, drew business innovators, residents and business leaders to brainstorm on the future of RTP. Long range, RTP leaders hope ARCHIE becomes a mini-campus within RTP, designed as a business innovation incubator…Wake County Manager David Cooke plans to retire in November. He has held his position for 13 years…Delta Air Lines plans to launch non-stop service between RaleighDurham International Airport and Nassau, Bahamas beginning Dec. 21. Nassau is RDU’s fourth international non-stop destination… Chad Sichak is the new varsity wrestling coach at Panther Creek High. He previously was an assistant coach at Cary High, and head coach at Hunt High in Wilson, NC. Sichak also will teach social studies…It’s almost time again for the Walk for Hope at The Angus Barn (Oct. 13), which benefits the search for a cure and treatment of mental illness. Event Coordinator Dena Birks shares with 919 Magazine readers her thanks for all the volunteers and individual fundraisers who are relentless in their efforts to support the walk. She especially recognized these top fundraisers over the past 10 or more years: Rebecca Brenner, Greg Cox, Louise September | October 2013

Brier Creek Ready for Pink Play Day Fundraiser The 12th Annual Pink Play Day is Oct. 10 at Brier Creek Country Club, including a ladies’ golf tournament, a tennis tournament, table games and a health fair. Sponsored by the Brier Creek Ladies Golf Association and organized by a committee of volunteers, the event gives 100 percent of the net proceeds from the event to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (www.bcrfcure.org). For information on the event or to volunteer, email bcpindays12@gmail.com or visit www.briercreek4pink.org.

Sunset Slush Re-opens Leesville Location with Grand Opening Event Sunset Slush has returned to North Raleigh, recently celebrating with a grand opening at 9101 Leesville Road, Suite 121. Featuring more than 24 flavors of premium Italian ice made from real fruit, fresh-made cookies and hand-scooped ice cream from North Carolina, Sun Slush’s event included instore specials, MADD Science demonstrations, face painting, balloon art, and prizes. Sunset Slush’s Leesville location is designed as a family-friendly hangout – and also includes a party room for birthday celebrations and special events. Located in the Pinecrest Pointe Shopping Center, Sunset Slush is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday

Fisher, Kent Goddard, David Hansquine, Jill Highsmith, Beth Jennings, Carol Sasseen, Debbie Vick and Laura Walker. For more information on the upcoming 25th annual event, visit www.walkforhope.com…Tenth Avenue North, a Christian pop/rock band, hosted the 2013 Tenth Avenue North Classic celebrity golf tournament in August at Brier Creek Country Club. The event was co-hosted by PGA Tour Winner Kevin Steelman, and organized to benefit Compassion International and other ministries, including CRU-RDU and College Golf Fellowship...D1 Raleigh in Brier Creek is staging a “Burn It 2 Earn It” weigh loss challenge Sept. 16 to Nov. 15, with a chance to win $1,000 and an autographed Philip Rivers NFL jersey. The competition is limited to 30 participants. For information, call 919-8251298. D1 is located at 6330 Mt. Herman Road… www.919Magazine.com


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Aladdin’s Eatery Offers Tasty, Healthy, and Natural Meals Nothing beats Aladdin’s Eatery in Brier Creek for authentic and fresh Middle Eastern cuisine made and served with pride. “Aladdin’s Eatery always provides tasty, healthy, natural meals to all our customers,” said Dana Adel Chaya, general manager. “Consistency and quality are guaranteed.” Founded in 1994 in Ohio by Lebanese natives, Fady and Sally Chamoun, the Aladdin’s Eatery franchise now has 30 restaurants nationwide and continues to grow. After three successful years in business, the Brier Creek location subscribes to the original idea of providing delicious and healthy food to people with different dietary preferences. Much of Aladdin Eatery’s success stems from the commitment to using only natural, MSG-free and preservative-free ingredients, purchasing produce from

We treat each and every single guest as our friends and strive to make our customers feel at home when dining at Aladdin’s Eatery. EMILY McCORMICK

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local farmer’s markets, and making environmentally friendly decisions on non food-based products, such as napkins. Truly a family affair, Chaya, a full time student at Wake Tech Community College, works alongside her parents, Adel and Siham; her brother, Wasseem, also a student at Wake Tech; and sister Hannah, a sophomore at Wakefield High School, to offer the same authentic Lebanese recipes they grew up enjoying. “My

Aladdin’s Eatery MENU: Lebanese-American Cuisine YEAR OPENED: Original in 1994 in Lakewood, OH; Brier Creek location in 2011 OWNER: Tom Chebib GENERAL MANAGER: Dana Adel Chaya ADDRESS: 8201 Brier Creek Parkway, Suite 107 WEBSITE: www.aladdinseatery.com EMAIL: aladdinsbriercreek@gmail.com PHONE: 919-806-5700 FACEBOOK: Aladdin’s Eatery Brier Creek HOURS: 11 am-9 pm, Sun-Thu; 11 am-10 pm. Fri-Sat

mom makes all the food in the kitchen, so it tastes like the traditional Lebanese food we love so much,” said Chaya. The menu boasts freshly prepared menu choices, including 40 vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options – as well as hormone-free Amish chicken and high quality lean lamb and beef options. At Aladdin’s Eatery, every guest enjoys a superior dining experience, whether coming in for a quick bite to eat or a lavish dinner with friends. “We treat each and every single guest as our friends and strive to make our customers feel at home when dining at Aladdin’s Eatery,” said Chaya. And with a staff of employees who are more like family, customers can expect honest, warm, and friendly service true to Lebanese hospitality. Aladdin’s Eatery is located at 8201 Brier Creek Parkway, Suite 107. For more information, call 919-806-5700, email aladdinsbriercreek@gmail.com,

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One Woman’s Battle with Recurring Breast Cancer Although October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NBCAM is dedicated to raising awareness and educating individuals about breast

cancer throughout the year. Since its inception more than 25 years ago, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and has

evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer. In this issue, Cheryl Bipes, a local resident, gives her first person experience of recurring breast cancer.

By CHERYL BIPES Special to 919 Magazine

I was an 11-year breast cancer survivor…once. It was always a time of celebrating each year, as I recalled my experience and thanked God for another year of being cancer-free. My breast cancer journey began in January 2001. I had gone in for my annual mammogram and was unsuspecting of any issues. I received a call from my doctor that my mammogram showed something suspicious and they wanted to perform another, more diagnostic mammogram. The results confirmed that there was indeed something in my left breast and I needed a surgical biopsy. Obviously, the news took me by surprise; and all the information presented to me by the surgeon was overwhelming. I was faced with the choice of having a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. I was told I might need chemotherapy, depending on if the mass was cancerous or if it had spread. If I chose to have a lumpectomy, I would need radiation treatments. There were so many choices and decisions to be made, but after the “C” word, it was pretty much all a blur. I decided to have the lumpectomy and underwent surgery on Jan. 31, 2001. The

surgeon contacted me with the results and said it was indeed cancerous and I would have to have further surgery to remove and test my lymph nodes. After surgery, the surgeon called with the results: The cancer had spread to three of the 18 lymph nodes removed and I would need chemotherapy, as well as radiation. I underwent eight rounds of chemo (once every three weeks) over six months’ time, followed by seven weeks of radiation. Encouragement and support from family and friends — and especially my faith — had brought my family through this challenging time. It was strange and even made me feel a bit insecure when my oncologist visits got fewer and farther between and I was finally “released” from his care in 2008. I had made it successfully through seven years of being cancer-free.

But in February 2012, I was in a car accident, and treated at Cary WakeMed Hospital ER and released. I began some physical therapy because of some back pain I was experiencing; but instead of getting better, the pain seemed to be getting worse. During subsequent examinations, I learned my breast cancer had metastasized in several areas of my bones. You could have knocked me over with a feather. During subsequent examination, I was informed my cancer had spread, it was now considered Stage 4 breast cancer, and there was no cure. But he was encouraging, noting that there were many new drugs available (and I have been on one since that day, which my body has responded to very well). While the auto accident was unfortunate and caused me pain and our car needing repairs, I am thankful that




Porsche Club of America Hurricane Region OktoberFest

5th Anniversary Fundraiser and Fashion Show Benefitting The Pink Effect

Dancing for the Pink

Pretty in Pink Foundation Benefit 12-6 pm; Montague Lake 10301 Penny Rd, Cary 919-532-0532 www.prettyinpinkfoundation.org


Cheryl and Tom Bipes with son Daniel, daughterin-law Sarah, and granddaughter Oliva

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it led me to discover the cancer before it spread any further. The radiation relieved my back pain and I danced at my son’s wedding! I learned that I would be a grandmother, and that my other son will be married in October. Again, I danced. On March 16, 2013, my precious granddaughter, Olivia Grace, made her entrance into the world and my heart. She is the best medicine anyone could prescribe for my heart and my outlook on life. I also enjoy participating in water aerobics three times a week at Rex Wellness Center. It feels great and I know it is helping to keep my body

stronger for what lies ahead. When the oral medications become no longer effective, I will again face chemotherapy. There are days when fear of what my future may look like creeps into my thoughts. Receiving the news of the spreading cancer felt much like receiving my death sentence. But only God knows the plans He has for my life. I could be hit by a bus, or the cure for cancer could be discovered. I am glad I don’t know what the future brings, because each day is a gift and a blessing and I thank God for giving me life each day.

10/5 Making Strides 5K Walk 9 am-12 pm North Hills Mall 4300 Six Forks Rd 919-334-5241 tracey.smith@cancer.org www.makingstrides.acsevents.org

10/6 PinkFest 2-5 pm Renaissance Raleigh Hotel 4100 Main at North Hills St 919-493-CURE (2873) registration@komennctriangle.org www.komennctc.org

10/10 Pink Play Day



Breast Cancer Golf Classic

Get Your Pink On Party

9 am-3 pm MacGregor Downs Country Club 430 Saint Andrews Ln 919-623-5090 www.macgregordowns.org

6:30-9 pm MacGregor Downs Country Club 430 Saint Andrews Ln 919-623-5090 www.macgregordowns.org

Play for P.I.N.K. Benefit Golf, tennis, games, health fair Fair, 10 am-1 pm; lunch, 1:30 pm Brier Creek Country Club Bcpinkdays12@gmail.com www.briercreek4pink.org

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5 Tips To Improve Children’s Dental Care Habits By DRS. BEN and SUSAN THOMPSON

such as fruit juice, soft drinks, and sports drinks. Never put your child to bed with anything but water.

Thompson and Thompson, DDS, PA

To ensure children enjoy strong teeth, it’s important assist them in learning proper dental care. Here are five tips that can build good dental habits for all the kids in your family. • Visit the dentist early and regularly. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children see the dentist when the first tooth erupts, or by the first birthday. These early visits ensure that parents know how to care for their child’s teeth, allow the dentist to evaluate the child’s risk for cavities, acclimate the child to the dental office, and provide the opportunity to apply protective fluoride varnish.

• Seal ‘em up. When the permanent molars erupt around age six, your dentist can place a protective coating in the pits and grooves to prevent the most common type of tooth decay. • Monitor growth and development. Many orthodontic problems are best treated while your child is still growing. Visiting the dentist regularly and having an having early orthodontic evaluation, if necessary, will give you more treatment options than waiting until all the permanent teeth are present.

• Brush! Begin this effort when your child is an infant, using an infant brush or washcloth so that your child learns that oral hygiene is a normal part of the daily routine. Continue to assist your child as he/she grows. Older children may need help, too. Children lack the dexterity to “do it themselves” until they are able to tie their own shoes. • Watch the sweets. Limit candy and sticky foods (raisins, fruit snacks, etc.) that can become lodged in the teeth. Also, limit your child’s access to sugary drinks,

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Experimentation Led To Recreating Dish After Trip to Greece

Amy Schronce Beef and Pork Pie and Cheesy Garlic Mash Potatoes was inspired by a similar dish she ate on a trip to Greece. “I have experimented with different ingredients and came up with the pie close to what I had tasted while traveling,” said Schronce, a resident of the Medinah neighborhood in Brier Creek Country

Amy’s Beef and Pork Pie and Cheesy Garlic Mash Potatoes Ingredients


1 pkg 1 lb ½ lb 1 ½ 3-6 cloves 2 1 tsp 1 4-6 tbsp Pinch 4 3 tbsp

1. 2.


Pre-made pie dough Ground pork Ground beef Large onion, minced Green pepper, chopped Garlic, chopped Carrots, minced Herbs de Provence Jalapeno pepper (seeds removed), chopped fine (optional) breadcrumbs or panko crumbs Salt and pepper Eggs (optional) Milk

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Put a ½-1 cup of water into a sauté pan and bring to a quick broil. Combine pork, beef, onion, green pepper, garlic, carrots, jalapeno (optional), and a pinch of salt and pepper in a bowl. Stir into the water. Cover, and cook until the meat is done (about 20 min.). Remove lid, stir in the breadcrumbs and cook uncovered until the liquid evaporates. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Line a pie dish with the pie dough. Add the meat mixture and crack 4 eggs on top of mixture. Put another pie dough over top and seal the ends together. Cut slits for the steam to escape. Brush top with milk for a golden crust. Cook about 25 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 4-6 servings.

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Club. “For the garlic mash potatoes, I just added in the ingredients that I love.” A manager in the engineering department at AT&T, Schronce said she prepares the recipe a few times a year, both for special occasions and just as an everyday meal. “I like preparing it because it is different – and it is very tasty,” she said. Schronce grew up in Waynesboro, VA

and graduated from UNC-Charlotte, and is engaged to James Nelson. She has a 16-year-old dog named Jewels, and a cat named Roxie. And she enjoys cooking. “I like to entertain and have friends and family over for dinner,” she said. “I really love to cook. I’m lucky that James likes to also try new things and is always ready taste one of my creations.”

Cheesy Garlic Mash Potatoes Ingredients


5 lb. 32oz 4-8 cloves 1 tbsp 1 cup 1 cup 1½ sticks 1 cup To taste 1 pkg


Russet potatoes, peeled Chicken stock or water Garlic (to taste) Horseradish Sour cream Milk Butter 6-blend cheese Salt Gravy mix (optional)

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Boil the potatoes in the chicken stock and enough water to cover the potatoes until a fork goes easily through a potato (and save liquid from pot for gravy mix). Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees to roast the garlic. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum or parchment paper. Add a small amount of olive oil and place peeled garlic cloves on the sheet. Cook 6 to 8 min. until they are just turning brown. Remove and chop into small pieces. The amount of garlic used is to personal taste. In a large bowl, mash the potatoes. Add one stick of butter, milk, sour cream, horseradish and salt to taste. Once the potatoes are mashed, stir in the garlic. Pre-heat oven to 275 degrees. Put the mashed potatoes in an oven-safe dish. Take a half stick of butter and cut into pieces and push the pieces down into the potatoes. Add the cheese to the top of the potatoes. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and cook until the cheese is melted and the potatoes are hot (about 20-30 min.). Serves 6-8.

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Leesville Road High School

Fall Varsity Sports Preview Football HEAD COACH:

Chad Smothers

2012-2013 RECORD: 14-9-1, 9-5 in Cap 8 play 2012-2013 PLAYOFFS: Made State Playoffs 2012-13 HONORS:

Adam Subasic, senior team captain,

made the All-State team;

Team graduated 9 seniors.




Jeremy Fullbright, Guy Civitello,

Much will be expected of senior keeper, Chris Zappia, as well

Richard Schock, Elrod Morris,

as a solid junior class, many of whom earned starting roles

Dave Pyper, Blake Cooper,

as sophomores, such as Michael Spear and Andrew Little.

Will Sumrell, and DJ Hess

The team will be young and untested, but chemistry and


August 1

teamwork should be strong positives beginning at tryouts.


August 23 @ 7 pm; at Jordan

Women’s Tennis

2012-13 RECORD: 12-1


2012-13 PLAYOFFS:



2012-13 HONORS:

Braxton made NC Preps All


State Team; 13-14 players made the

All Conference Team.

We’re young, but we expect to compete for a conference championship by relying on each other and bringing out the best in one another. Previous players have paved the way and the team will need to step up and uphold the LRHS football reputation.

Jemma Spohnholtz



Molly Harnden

August 17 @ 9 am; at Greene

Central HS Super Scrimmage;

First home match is August 18

at 4 pm against Panther Creek .

2012-2013 RECORD: 6-10 2012-2013 PLAYOFFS: N/A 2012-13 HONORS: Kailey

Men’s Soccer HEAD COACH:

Paul Dinkenor

Hedgepeth, Regional individual




Dave Parker

tournament 1st round, singles


Our team this year will be returning our top 6 singles


players! We have a lot of depth that include additional

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returning players that could make an impact in singles

LRHS Pride 2013 Football Schedule

and doubles. The team worked hard in the off season,

Aug. 23 @Jordan 7 pm Aug. 30 Apex 7 pm Sep. 6 Bye Sep. 13 @Athens Drive 7:30 pm Sep. 20 Panther Creek 7 pm Sep. 27 Heritage * 7 pm Oct. 4 Broughton * 7 pm Oct. 11 Sanderson * 7 pm Oct. 18 @Enloe 7 pm Oct. 25 Wake Forest 7 pm Nov. 1 @Millbrook 7 pm Nov. 8 Wakefield** 7 pm * Cap 8 Conference Games


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and we are looking to build upon our wins again.

Cheerleading HEAD COACH:

Shelly Reathaford


Andrei Robinson, Brittany Smith


August 1


We follow the LRHS Football

and Basketball Schedules.

**Senior Night

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Panther Creek High School

Fall Varsity Sports Preview

runner. She was All-State last year and has the

Anthony Sullivan, Brandon Black,

Matt Hartman, Brian Cox, Isaac Bristol, Quincy Pedew PRACTICE BEGINS:

Aug. 1


Aug. 23, 7:30 pm at Wake Forest

2012-13 RECORD: 1-10 2012-13 PLAYOFFS: N/A 2012-13 HONORS: N/A COACH’S OUTLOOK: With experienced players returning in many key positions, we expect to have a solid season. A playoff berth, winning season and becoming relevant in the conference race is not out of the question.

Cheerleading HEAD COACH:

Amy Saye


Samantha Moreno, JV Coach


Aug. 5

Women’s Tennis HEAD COACH: Nathaniel Blalock YEARS IN POSITION: Three Years OTHER COACHES: N/A PRACTICE BEGINS: Aug. 1 FIRST GAME: Aug. 19 at Leesville Road 2012-13 RECORD: 19-2 2012-13 PLAYOFFS: Dual Team 3rd Round; 4A Doubles State Champions (Sammi Smith/Jordan Strickland) 2012-13 HONORS: Tri-9 Conference Champions; Tri-9 Doubles Conference Champions; Regional Doubles Champions; Tri-9 Conference Player of the Year (Megan Smith) COACH’S OUTLOOK: This team will not only continue the successes of last year, but build on them. With five of our top six players returning, we believe that we can compete with any team in our state. HEAD COACH: David Grant YEARS IN POSITION: Three Years OTHER COACHES: N/A PRACTICE BEGINS: Aug. 1 FIRST GAME: Aug. 19 at Broughton High 2012-13 RECORD: 5-15-1

Tri-9 Conference

Cheerleader of the Year (Danielle Palazzo)

Men’s, Women’s Cross Country HEAD COACH:

potential to be a state champion this year.

Men’s Soccer


COACH’S OUTLOOK: year. Rebekah Greengrass is our top returning

Sean Crocker

YEARS IN POSITION: One Year (six years overall) OTHER COACHES:

2012-13 HONORS: N/A We have a young group with a lot of potential this

Football HEAD COACH:

2012-13 PLAYOFFS: N/A

Rusty Jenkins


Ryan Matthews, Leah Vaughn


Aug. 1


Aug. 17, Wake County Kickoff meet

PCHS Catamounts 2013 Football Schedule

2012-13 RECORD: 1-10

Aug. 23 @Wake Forest Aug. 30 Heritage Sep.6 Bye Sep. 13 Jordan Sep. 20 @Leesville Road Sep. 27 Athens Drive Oct. 04 @Cary Oct. 11 Middle Creek Oct. 18 @Fuquay-Varina Oct. 25 Apex Nov. 01 @Holly Springs Nov. 08 Green Hope

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How to Advocate for Enrichment Programs at Schools By JESSICA H. MURRELL Lango Kids RTP

School is back in and “we” parents, no doubt, are jumping for joy. With students back on campus, we are also ready for extracurricular activities to begin as well. Moving from dance, to gymnastics, to Spanish class and home, we often forget about the value of spending time with our families until now. The beauty of enrichment programs offered at schools serves as a means for students to still experience extracurricular activities, while inversely increasing family time on the weekends. Some enrichment programs and extracurricular activities may not be available at some children’s schools – and may require extra equipment and technology that cannot travel – but there are programs that can. And when we find them, as parents we can make anything possible, once “we” parents advocate together.

Look for programs that can accommodate your family’s schedule and can be offered at your student’s school. Of course, it may be difficult to offer your Level 5 gymnast, gymnastics at school; but your Level 5 gymnast can take Spanish at school. Here are some steps to get what you need, when you want it: • Research: Review your schedule and goals for your student this school year. Research several programs that can provide services in a school setting. You can find information regarding the enrichment program and schools on their website. • Contact: Get in touch with your principal, preschool director, or daycare owner and share your ideas with them regarding the enrichment program you are interested in, as well as the company’s name, contact name and phone number. Also contact the company lead, and share your interest in the activity and share

with them the name of your student’s school as well as the school’s contact. • Share: Communicate the information with your school’s PTA, or other parents in the area. You will begin to find several families who have the same desire as yourself, and can work closely with you to advocate for every family’s right to learn, grow, and enjoy an enrichment program in their school. Special Advertising Section

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919 Magazine: Leesville/Creedmoor Road Edition After back-to-back Cap 8 Conference football titles, can Leesville Road High School repeat? It may just depend on how highly recruited all-purpose senior Braxton Berrios can perform with every other team in North Raleigh keying on him.

919 Magazine: North Raleigh Edition Past President Adam Gottsegan of the Rotary Club of North Raleigh touts the civic organization’s volunteerism, international outreach, support for local groups -- such as the Boys & Girls Club, North Carolina Food Bank and others.

919 Magazine: Wakefield Plantation/Falls Lake Edition Considered a treasure by those who know and work with him, 78-year-old volunteer Paul Daly happily dedicates his time serving the staff and members at the Rex Wellness Center in Wakefield.

919 Magazine: Wake Forest Edition

Wake Forest | Heritage | Rolesville | Wake Crossroads | Forestville | 27587

Blake Walters

It’s a big year for high school football in the Wake Forest area: Wake Forest High has big goals for the upcoming season, Heritage High is looking to take a big leap and have its most successful season yet, and Rolesville High — which just opened this fall — fields its very first junior varsity team.

Devante Reynolds

Who’s Ready for Wake Forest

FOOTBALL? Big Goals for WFHS Season; Heritage Looking to Step Up PAGE 34

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Lots of Love

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Award Winning Films, TV Made Here in Wake Forest PAGE 12



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SPORTS INSIDE: Wake Forest High, Heritage High and Rolesville High Fall Previews Pages 34-41, 54-56

919 Magazine: Morrisville/Research Triangle Park/RDU Edition Law enforcement veteran Chief Ira W. Jones has led the Morrisville Police Department for nine years — a period of significant growth and change that created new issues and priorities for the community. 919 Magazine BC

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919 ›› REGION Funding Sought for Memorial To Fallen Raleigh Police Officers A memorial to Raleigh’s eight fallen police officers killed in the line of duty is expected to be in place on West Hargett Street by May 2014. The west side of the site – closest to Raleigh City Hall – will have 21 granite columns, representing the interconnectedness of the Raleigh Police Department. A separate column will stand at the opposite end, and include the names of the eight officers killed.

New Study Illustrates Climbing Income Ladder Difficult in Raleigh, Southeast A new study indicates that the Raleigh area is one of the more difficult areas in the nation for lower-income households to rise into the middle class and beyond. Based on millions of anonymous earnings records, the study is the first with enough data to compare upward mobility across metropolitan areas. The data shows that climbing the income ladder occurs less often in the Southeast and industrial Midwest, according to the New York Times – with the odds notably low in Atlanta, Charlotte, Memphis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Columbus and Raleigh. Highest rates of upward income movement appeared in the Northeast, Great Plains and West, including New York, Boston Seattle and California. Similar to previous studies, the latest findings indicate that a smaller percentage of people escape childhood poverty in the U.S. than in several other rich countries, such as Canada, Australia, France, Germany and Japan.


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The memorial will cost about $500,000, although the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation still needs to raise about $150,000. Architect for the project is Thomas Sayre. To donate money to the project or for more information, visit www.rpdmemorial.org.

Name Change Reflects Parks and Recreation Department’s Varied Role, Responsibilities Raleigh’s Parks and Recreation Department received a small name change recently, courtesy of the City Council. The new name – Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department – reflects the department’s responsibility for arts programs and historic sites.

Raleigh Hopes to Extend Trail To William Umstead State Park Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department hopes to secure a $2.01 million grant from the Wake County Open Space Partnership Funding program to complete a 1.4-mile section of the Crabtree Creek Greenway trail from Lindsay Drive to the William B. Umstead State Park. Plans also call for the extension of the trail from the Neuse River to the park. The funding program works in partnership with local organizations,

municipalities and state and federal agencies to protect remaining open space in the county – with an overarching goal of protecting 30 percent of Wake County’s open land, or 165,000 acres.

October Bond Issue Will Pay for 16 New Wake County Schools

would take place at six schools, and the majority of remaining schools would benefit from replacements, renovations, and upgrades.

Wake County and the Wake County Public School System are gearing up for the first school bond referendum since 2006, with voters deciding Oct. 8 on an $810 million building plan.

The building program addresses the need for additional school space for the district’s growing population of students, expected to increase by as many as 32,000 students by the 2020 school year. The program also addresses renovation and replacement needs on several of the school system’s older campuses.

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Leesville Author Asks: What Happened to Blackbeard’s Treasure? What happened to Blackbeard’s treasure? Salvage operations continue off the coast of North Carolina to recover portions of Blackbeard’s command ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Recovered artifacts are displayed at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, but little gold has been retrieved. John W. Nichols, a Leesville resident since 1987, offers a new action-packed adventure novel for “tween” readers. Nichols’s book, “Go for the Gold”, introduces a new teen hero, Henry “Honch” Wilson, who stumbles across hidden clues in his family archives and embarks on a pulse-pounding quest to locate Blackbeard’s treasure. A web of evil ensnares Henry as he discovers how far some men will go for the gold – and the treasure hunt leads Henry to examine his values and discover true riches. A normal teen, Hentry wrestling with typical choices — yet he models solid character qualities as he tackles challenges. Nichols, an experienced father, understands kids enjoy learning if the lesson is fun. “Finding a buried treasure is the dream of every child (or adult!) reading about pirates,” Nichols said. “Honch Wilson learns there are downsides to treasure hunting. Young readers need books that teach as well as entertain and

‘Go for the Gold’ has a moral lesson entwined in the action. As Mary Poppins taught us, ‘A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down’.” The story is set in the imaginary town of Mineville, NC, nestled along the equally fictitious Bonner River. Henry’s Grandpa and Aunt Gwynn are college professors who slip historical dialogue into the action, giving the book a solid historical component. This is the first book in the Honch Wilson Adventure series. A Kindle version of “Go for the Gold” is now available; plus, Adventure #2 is under way, with completion expected by the spring of 2014. Nichols is a professional engineer who has authored hundreds of pages of technical documentation during his 30-year career. Writing is a passion he is now pursuing full-time. His earlier works include “Who Ate My Cheese” and “Help! My Daughter’s Getting Married”.

‘Go for the Gold’ AUTHOR: John W. Nichols PUBLISHER: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform ISBN: 9781484889947 GENRE: Children’s Adventure PAGES:

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5K Run for Healthier Babies Sept. 29 The 5K Run for Healthier Babies to benefit the March of Dimes begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at 5200 Paramount Parkway in Morrisville. The event includes both the competitive 5K race, as well as a one-mile Fun Run/Walk — and offers a variety of family-focused activities, as well as local and corporate vendors. Prizes are offered in all age groups, plus cash prizes to the top three male and female overall winners. Registration fee for the 5K is $20 ($25 after Sept. 14), and $10 for the Fun Run/Walk. In addition, all 5K participants are eligible to win a Lenovo IdeaPad. Event registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The Fun Run/ Walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Pre-Registration packet and T-shirt pick-up is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. at Omega Sports, 3025 Market Center Drive in Morrisville. For information, contact Jill Kuhn at JKuhn@marchofdimes. com or 919-424-2161. Visit www.marchofdimes.com/ northcarolina/events_9589.html to register.


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919 ‹‹ BULLETIN BOARD Mary-Ann Baldwin Selected New Holt Brothers Foundation Executive Director Holt Brothers Foundation – founded by National Football League veterans Torry and Terrence Holt to improve the quality of life for children and families dealing with cancer – named Mary-Ann Baldwin as its new Executive Director. “We are extremely excited to have Mary-Ann join the Foundation as the new Executive Director,” said Terrence Holt, President of the Holt Brothers Foundation. “Mary-Ann’s wealth of experience and sterling reputation in the market will help the Holt Brothers Foundation continue to expand its reach and spread its message.” Baldwin currently serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development of Holt Brothers Construction, a branch of Holt Brothers Inc., in addition to serving as an at-large member of the Raleigh City Council. Baldwin has more than 25 years experience in the communications field and specializes in branding and business

development. Before joining Holt Brothers, she ran her own firm, Baldwin Communications, working with such clients as North Carolina State University, Strategyn and Builders of Hope. Prior to that, she served as director of marketing and business development for Stewart Engineering and was an assistant branch manager at Mulkey Engineers & Consultants. She has worked with numerous nonprofits, including Triangle Family Services, the American Lung Association, the Business Friends Council of the NC Museum of Art, Artsplosure and the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina. She also worked in corporate communications and community relations with the NHL Carolina Hurricanes. Torry and Terrence Holt established The Holt Brothers Foundation after losing their mother to a hard-fought battle with cancer. Through their own experience

they realized there was a great need for an organization to help families who are coping with cancer, especially the children. The Foundation’s main program, KidsCan!, provides education, emotional support, peer empathy and inspiration during monthly group meetings. For information on the organization, visit www.HoltBrothersFoundation.com or call 866-394-8800, ext. 12.

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919 ›› FINAL BELL What are the fastest growing communities in the Triangle?

Triangle’s Fastest Growing Community?

According to new information released by the U.S. Census Bureau, four North Wake County towns are among the fastest growing since 2010.



Rolesville tops the list, with its population increasing 11.7 percent (to 4,263) between April 2010 and July 2012. Knightdale’s population

grew 10.4 percent (to 12,724); Morrisville expanded to 20,591 – a 9.5 percent boost; and Wake Forest increased to 32,936, or 8.5 percent. Raleigh was at 423,179, which was an increase of 4.2 percent during the period – passing Omaha, NB, to become the 48th most populous city in the U.S. SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau estimates

What is the Fittest City in the South? Well, actually, it’s Austin, but…

RALEIGH IS #2! SOURCE: American College of Sports Medicine

15th Most Inventive City

Raleigh Included in

Top 10 Places to Get Rich

Raleigh ranks 15th on Forbes magazine’s list of world’s most inventive cities.

made the list, including San Diego, San Francisco, Boston, Minneapolis and Seattle.

The rankings are based on the number of patent applications for every 10,000 residents. Six American cities

Eindhoven, a city in the Netherlands, topped the list.

Raleigh ranks ninth on the list of U.S. cities in which to get rich, tied with Houston. The rankings were determined by reviewing high-income percentage, GDP growth and patent numbers. San Jose, CA, topped the list. SOURCE: Creditdonkey,com

America’s Most Patriotic Cities?

Raleigh Ranks




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SOURCE: Forbes magazine

According to Foursquare, Knoxville tops the list – with Oklahoma City second. San Antonio and Houston rounded out the five top cities, while Charlotte was ninth on the list. SOURCE: Foursquare

Top U.S. Cities for Successful Women





Seattle-based brokerage firm Redfin ranks both Durham and Raleigh in the nation’s top cities for single, successful and educated women. SOURCE: Redfin


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