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Life’s Greatest Joy Leesville Family Laugh, Love And Live Life to the Fullest


Determined to Succeed Sawyer Lewis Shows Drive To Overcome Obstacles


March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction Raises More Than $93,000 for Babies


A Personalized Approach Foot Solutions Solves Issues, Offers Broad, Stylish Selections


Felton Sworn In Leesville’s Zora Felton Joins WCPSS Board for District 7


International Preschool Students Immersed in Enriching, Forward Thinking Curriculum


An Engaging Performance Leesville Road High School Production Impresses Audiences

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School Events


Extracurricular Activities


Community Sports

On The Cover

Raleigh Durham International Airport – which is in the Leesville area’s backyard – pours millions into the local economy and is a work place for many professions, from pilots (as pictured here) to baggage handlers and security personnel.

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Focused on Success

New LRES Principal Dedicated To Developing Students, Staff

Protect and Serve

Volunteer Firefighter Donates Time to Serve Community

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Advertisers Index


Bulletin Board


919 Final Bell


Take the Pledge!

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Happy New Year, 919’rs!

Suzy Beth Sarver

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As I reflect back on 2013 and all the faces and places we encountered, I’m even more inspired for this new year. I feel encouraged to press on and deliver even more to our readers and business owners here in the community.

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First up in this first issue of 919 Magazine for 2014 – our 50th issue of the publication (counting all editions in the 919 area) – is a close up look at a major entity literally in Leesville’s backyard: Raleigh-Durham International Airport. You probably see (or hear) the planes arriving and departing, and occasionally (or regularly) arrive and depart the Raleigh area via the facility, but you may not fully realize the impact of RDU on the 919. It covers 5,100 acres. It pours millions of dollars into the local economy. It is a place to work for many of our residents. And it provides support to the community in a variety of ways. RDU Director Michael Landguth goes into great detail to provide 919 Magazine readers with details on how the airport is unique and RDU’s future plans. Read all the about RDU and what it means to Leesville beginning on Page 26. In addition, don’t miss these fascinating pieces in this issue: • Get to know Ari Cohen, the new principal at Leesville Road Elementary School, who brings a wealth of experience to the local campus. Find out why he’s dedicated to developing students, staff and faculty on Page 12. • Learn about the Lowery Family, residents of Barton’s Enclave neighborhood. When it comes to life, they’re full speed ahead! Read it on Page 14. • Take the Pledge! I want to encourage our readers to sign the “Don’t Text and Drive in the 919” Read all about how to reduce traffic accidents and the epidemic we are facing with distracted drivers. It begins on page 24 • Discover why Leesville resident William Reese IV is proud to serve and protect our families and our community. A volunteer firefighter with the Durham Highway Fire Department, he’s part of a brotherhood that trains and learns the tactics to handle tough situations…with no pay. It’s on Page 18. And since we are beginning a new year, we are introducing new technology to our 919 Magazine readers. Look for specially placed 919 mobile icons, scan with your mobile device and watch the page “come to life”. See our 919 ad on page 43 in this issue. Download the free app, then watch our 919 Magazine video and learn more about what we do!

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Sharky’s Place Pool, darts and more 5800 Duraleigh Rd 919-783-5448

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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus


Various times PNC Arena 1400 Edwards Mill Rd 919-861-2300

Age 3-5; $36 fee 9:30-10:15 am Lake Lynn Community Center 7921 Ray Rd 919-870-2911

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Spring T-Ball Registration Age 5-6 $36 fee for Raleigh residents Lake Lynn Community Center 7921 Ray Rd 919-870-2911


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Spring Girls Fast-Pitch Softball Registration Age 13-17 $36 fee for Raleigh residents Lake Lynn Community Center 7921 Ray Rd 919-870-2911

Krispy Kreme Challenge Benefitting NC Children’s Hospital 8:30 am NC State University Memorial Belltower 2011 Hillsborough St


Commitment Day 5K 8-11 am Lifetime Fitness 1700 Regency Pkwy


Stubborn Warrior New Years 5K Benefitting Wounded Warriors and Toys-for-Tots 8 am Dorothea Dix Campus Umstead Dr


Run for Young 5K Benefitting Safe Driving for Teens 2 pm Christ Church 120 Edenton St


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Benefitting American Cancer Society 8 am; $25 fee, $30 fee after 1/1 Brier Creek Country Club 9400 Club Hill Dr


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Spring Girls Slow-Pitch Softball Registration


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Benefitting local non-profits 9 am; fees vary Grace Community Church 6561 Meridian Dr 919-862-8521


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As the new principal of Leesville Road Elementary School, Ari Cohen prides himself on forming relationships with all students and families and is focused on growing the continued collaborative school spirit. “Seeing our students excited about school and the wonderful opportunities afforded to them at LRES gives me tremendous satisfaction,” said Cohen. Originally from New York, Cohen – a world traveler, educator, writer, husband, and father of two – brings his culmination of experiences to his post at Leesville. “I am here with the sole purpose of serving the academic, social, and emotional development of my students by supporting the professional growth and instructional development of the staff and faculty,” said Cohen. After earning his degree in English from University of Rochester, Cohen taught for several years in Compton, CA, with the Teach for America program, and also in New York. And with a desire to make a greater impact on school-wide operations and to serve a broader perspective of students, Cohen was accepted into the Principal Fellows Program at UNCChapel Hill where he completed his masters in school administration. “After moving to North Carolina with my wife, I interned at Forest View Elementary in Durham under my amazing and inspiring mentor, Dr. Toni Hill, who really taught me so much about building relationships and how to lead a diverse population with even greater diversity of need,” said Cohen. Prior to arriving at LRES, Cohen served as principal of Southwest Elementary School, followed by two memorable years living abroad in Paris, France, with his wife and daughters. 12

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Today, Cohen makes his home in Southwest Durham with his wife Stefanie (a social worker at Culbreth Middle School in Chapel Hill) and their daughters, Sofia (age 8) and Eloise (age 7), who both attend Glenwood Elementary School in Chapel Hill. “My family loves the Triangle and want the best for Durham, where we live; Chapel Hill, where my daughters go to school and my wife works; and Raleigh, where I am lucky to be a part of the LRES community,” said Cohen. “This is our home.”

I am here with the sole purpose of serving the academic, social, and emotional development of my students… ARI COHEN LRES PRINCIPAL

Ari Cohen Profile AGE: 42 RESIDENCE: Southwest Durham PROFESSION: Principal, Leesville Road Elementary School FAMILY: Wife, Stefanie; two daughters, Sofia (8 ), Eloise (7) PET: The Drake (golden retriever) INTERESTS: Soccer, hiking, cycling, travel journaling

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When It Comes to Life, It’s Full Speed Ahead For the Lowery Family



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Shannon and Ted Lowery Barton’s Enclave neighborhood, North Raleigh Josh (11), Zachary (8), Nathan (5) Hockey games, movie and game nights, camping, boating

By STEPHANIE FRIEDL 919 Magazine Writer

When it comes to life for the Lowery family of the Barton’s Enclave neighborhood, it’s full speed ahead. Whether hosting neighborhood parties, cheering on their three sons’ sports and activities, serving the ministry at church and community, or – for mom Shannon – achieving world-class triathlete status, nothing slows down this active family of five. Ted considers Sanford, NC, his hometown and, having graduated cum laude from NC State with a degree in computer science, he now works at GSK in the Business Risk Group. Shannon is originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, where she studied to become a registered nurse. The two met on a blind date arranged by a mutual friend, and ever since then, it’s been full steam ahead. Though busy, Ted and Shannon along with their three boys, Josh (age 11), Zachary (age 8), and Nathan (age 5), count spending time together as life’s greatest joy. “It gives us the opportunity to laugh, love, and live life to the fullest when we are together,” said Shannon. Favorite family activities include hockey games, movie and game nights, camping and boating, and sharing time with family and friends. “I love bringing people together,” said Shannon. To that end, Shannon has organized numerous special events – many of them ongoing – such as a neighborhood ladies dinner club, Halloween and Christmas parties, Easter egg hunts, and a ladies Bible study. “I have fun organizing special events, and my friends accept the offer,” said Shannon. An accomplished triathlete, Shannon credits her family and friends for encouraging her through six years of triathlon and ironman competitions; most recently, she placed first in the amateur division of the inaugural Raleigh 70.3 tri and clenched second place in her first 140.6 Ironman North American Championship in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada, qualifying her for the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Grateful for their blessings, the Lowerys make time to serve and give back to the January | February 2014

community through organizations such as the Raleigh Rescue Mission, the Salvation Army, Boy Scouts, and their church, Covenant Church International. “It doesn’t get any better than having an opportunity to serve and give of ourselves,” said Shannon.

It doesn’t get any better than having an opportunity to serve and give of ourselves. SHANNON LOWERY BARTON’S ENCLAVE RESIDENT

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Sawyer Lewis Shows Determination, Spirit to Succeed By G. CLEVELAND KILGORE 919 Magazine Writer

It takes determination to overcome obstacles and succeed. Sawyer Lewis has just such determination. Despite suffering from chronic migraine headaches, Sawyer has shown a keen talent at tennis and in other areas. “He suffers terribly,” said his mother, Caroline. “It causes him to miss some school and then he works so hard to catch up. That is part of his determination.” Sawyer started his athletic career at the young age of 5 when he took Tae Kwon Do classes and reached the level of Deputy Black Belt. After that, he played tennis at the Springdale Area

Recreation Club, where twice the team took first place, and twice took second place in competitions. “His other passion is golf,” said Caroline, noting that he has twice won the “Putting Challenge” at The First Tee of the Triangle, a youth development program in Raleigh that utilizes golf. A frequent name on his school honor role, Sawyer attends church at Catch the Fire on Leesville Road. “It is a wonderful community with an amazing youth group,” he noted. “We are active in showing the area of downtown Raleigh that they are not forgotten and that they are loved.” In fact, he mentions former youth pastor Max Drummond as a

significant inspiration in his life. “He was always ready to spend time golfing or just hanging out with me,” Sawyer said. “He made me believe I was important in this world and I would like to make a positive impact on someone’s life in this way.” Sawyer’s favorite classes involve technology, because he really enjoys working with computers; and he hopes one day to study computer or structural engineering. “It combines my love of computers and creating/building,” said Sawyer, who has attended Leesville schools since kindergarten. The 15-year-old 9th Grader at Leesville Road High School has suffered with the migraine headache condition since age 5, but it has only become chronic in the past few years. “I have them regularly (a few a week), but the severity varies,” Sawyer said. “Sometimes they last a short time, but often a few days.”

Sawyer has a wonderful spirit. He is kind, compassionate, tenacious and determined. CAROLINE LEWIS SAWYER’S MOHTER

Sawyer Lewis Profile AGE: 15 SCHOOL: Leesville Road High School (9th Grade) PARENT: Caroline Lewis RESIDENCE: Leesville INTERESTS: Tennis, golf, ping-pong, reading, video games


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Yet Sawyer doesn’t focus on his personal situation, or let it affect his desire to succeed. “The advice I would give to someone with this condition is to never give up on yourself and your dreams,” he said. “If you work hard and are determined you can do anything!” And his mother shares his opinion. January | February 2014

“Sawyer has a wonderful spirit. He is kind, compassionate, tenacious and determined. He is the kind of person who is eager to help someone in need,” she said. “I have seen him go through many personal struggles for someone so young, but he still keeps me laughing every day!”

Caroline and Sawyer Lewis

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Proud to Serve and Protect

Harrington Grove Resident a Volunteer Member of Durham Highway Fire Dept. By STEPHANIE FRIEDL 919 Magazine Writer

William Reese IV is proud to serve and protect his community as a volunteer firefighter with the Durham Highway Fire Department. As a firefighter and EMT, Reese is trained in fire scene tactics from rescue procedures to fire attack – and to respond to any type of medical emergency including car accidents, cardiac issues, allergic reactions, and falls. Reese grew up in Denver, a small southern town at the east end of Lincoln County in western North Carolina, and now lives in Harrington Grove with his wife Jamie, a clinical trials project director with Rho, Inc., and two young children, Alexandra and Matthew. After visiting a Durham Highway Fire Department sponsored Public Safety Day in 2009, Reese – remembering the volunteer fire and EMT departments that served his community as a young boy – signed up to volunteer. “DHFD gives me an opportunity to learn different tactics for emergency responses and how best to handle a tough situation,” said Reese. “And being a part of the brotherhood is one of the reasons I continue to be a volunteer.” Durham Highway Fire Department began back in 1964 as a 100 percent volunteer department and has since grown to become a volunteer/paid department. Reese is one of more than 50 passionate and well trained volunteer firefighters 18

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I enjoy volunteering at DHFD. It allows me to donate my time to serve the community by helping to keep everyone safe. WILLIAM REESE IV DHFD VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER, EMT

William Reese IV Profile AGE: 35 RESIDENCE: Harrington Grove neighborhood, North Raleigh VOLUNTEER AFFILIATION: Durham Highway Fire Department FAMILY: Wife, Jamie; two children, Alexandra and Matthew INTERESTS: Spending time with family, yard work, and volunteering at DHFD

Durham Highway Fire Department PURPOSE:


Located at 11905 Norwood Road, DHFD has a “first due” fire protection and emergency response coverage area of about 20 sq. mi., and runs about 800 calls per year. 919-676-4187,

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working alongside the nine staff firefighters responding to community needs 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, handling between 750 to 900 calls a year. Reese also appreciates the opportunity to participate in community service projects sponsored by his department, namely Public Safety Day at Leesville Road High School, local school and church visits, and the Community Christmas Party where everyone can visit the station and meet the firefighters. A graduate of UNC-Greensboro with a degree in biology, Reese works as a molecular technologist at Duke University Health System. In addition, he holds certifications as a Fire Fighter I/II, EMT-B, and MB (ASCP) cm. He and his family appreciate Wake County for the great schools, access to walking and biking trails, convenient access to the mountains and beach, and

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strong sense of community. Reese is certainly a contributor to that community support. “I enjoy volunteering at DHFD,” said Reese. “It allows me to donate my time to serve the community by helping to keep everyone safe.”

DHFD holds weekly training meetings every Thursday at 7 pm at the station, and people interested in volunteering can learn more about DHFD at Readers can also review an article on DHFD in the November/December 2012 issue of 919 Magazine’s Leesville Edition (Zone 2, Issue 4) at (click “Issues” at bottom of page).

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Jamie, William, Alexandra and Matthew Reese

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Leesville Road High Business Alliance’s Career Fair last fall allowed students to engage area business representatives in informal career-oriented discussions.

Linda Craft and Team Realtors recently gave back to the community by delivering pies to residents and valued clients for Thanksgiving.

Parents, students, and teachers cleaned Leesville Road Elementary’s courtyard and nearby areas during last fall’s Beautification Day. 22

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Jeffreys Grove Elementary’s 3rd annual Fall Festival in November included family activities, inflatables, face/hair painting, and a silent auction. January | February 2014


A Safe Haven for Cats annual fundraiser, “Run for Their Lives”, included a 5K and a 2M Dog Jog in North Raleigh in October. Photo courtesy of Abby Nardo Photography

Fall colors at Lake Lynn in North Raleigh

LRHS cheerleaders, band members and fans await the arrival of the Leesville Pride varsity football team at a game last fall

Cub Scout Pack 352 — made up of 1st-5th Graders who meet at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Leesville Road — recently collected non-perishable foods and delivered them to the Raleigh Rescue Mission for the holidays. Some of the pack members participated in an educational tour of the facility. Pack 352 includes students at Sycamore Creek Elementary, Leesville Road Elementary and The Franciscan School. Photo Courtesy of Tamara Santana

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With Renovated Terminal 1 About To Open, RDU Continues Success Raleigh-Durham International Airport covers 5,100 acres in Northwest Wake County and pours millions of dollars into the local economy. Located literally in Leesville’s backyard, RDU is not only a neighbor – but also a place to work for many residents. Michael Landguth, airport director of Raleigh-Durham International Airport since 2011, is responsible for RDU’s overall staffing, budgeting, strategic planning and operations. He offers insight and information on the local airport for readers in this issue of 919 Magazine.


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Michael Landguth

Raleigh-Durham International Airport Director

A Conversation with Michael Landguth, Raleigh-Durham International Airport Director: What is the history of the RaleighDurham International Airport? RDU was the brainchild of community leaders in the 1930s. These leaders understood the importance of an airport to the region’s economic growth. Since that time, RDU has grown along with our region, and the diverse industries, universities and medical facilities here have not only attracted more and more people, but also more businesses. As a result, RDU has grown into an airport with nine major airlines with service to 39 domestic and international destinations. In fact, RDU is the only non-hub in the U.S. with daily commercial non-stop service to a transatlantic destination: American Airlines has served London from RDU for 19 years.

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How does RDU compare nationally in size to other airports?

Why is RDU’s Terminal 2 receiving such positive recognition nationally?

RDU is the 38th largest U.S. airport, based on the number of passengers.

When we began working on Terminal 2, staff and the board had a very clear vision: We wanted a terminal that represented the region we serve. When visitors arrived in RDU for the first time, we wanted them to know through the architecture, other design elements and the shops and restaurants, that they had arrived in a dynamic and thriving region. The building accomplishes this by incorporating wood, glass and steel, which together represent our region’s high-tech environment and roots in furniture making and craftsmanship. Travel & Leisure magazine named Terminal 2 one of its “coolest airport terminals.”

What makes RDU unique compared to other airports in the U.S.? RDU is unique because of the region it serves. We have a strong demand by both leisure and business travelers. As a result, we are very attractive to airlines. In addition, unlike a hub, more than 90 percent of our passengers either begin or end their trip at RDU. Another thing that makes us unique is the customer experience. We hear, again and again from our local customers and from visitors, that RDU is one of the most beautiful and easiest to use airports they have traveled through. That has been our goal. Over the past 15 years, we have transformed RDU into a modern airport that is aesthetically pleasing, easy to use and enjoyable to spend your time in.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport DIRECTOR: Michael Landguth ADDRESS: 1000 Trade Drive, RDU Airport, 27623 PHONE: 919-840-7700 WEBSITE: YEAR OPENED: 1943 SIZE: 5,100 acres GATES: 41 ** FLIGHTS: 360 arrivals and departures (per day) PASSENGERS: 9.2 million in 2012 ON-SITE PARKING: 20,100 EMPLOYEES: 276 (Airport Authority); About 5,000 airport-wide KEY PERSONNEL: Joe Styres, Deputy Airport Director of Finance, Business, Administration Chuck McFall, Deputy Airport Director of Information Services Dave Powell, Deputy Airport Director of Facility Development Teresa Damiano, Deputy Airport Director of Marketing, Customer Relations Erin Locklear, General Counsel ** RDU will have 45 gates when Terminal 1 is completed in 2014

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What is the status of renovations to Terminal 1? As many in our region know, Terminal 1 has undergone a lot of changes since it first opened in the 1950s. The big blue box, which is the section we are in the process of renovating, first opened in 1982. Over the years, it has been our go-to terminal, adapting to tremendous passenger growth in the mid-1990s, as well as major security checkpoint changes following 9/11. With the completion of Terminal 2, it was time to turn our attention to Terminal 1 and transform it into the world-class facility our customers have come to expect from RDU. The terminal is set to open in early March. It complements Terminal 2 in that we were committed to elevating the customer experience through more natural lighting, a simplified security checkpoint design and new shops and restaurants.

How does RDU plan for the busy holiday travel season? From late November to early January, RDU is in holiday travel mode. In the fall of each year, our staff begins planning for the holidays, communicating with airlines and shops and restaurants to identify their plans. We also work closely with the Transportation Security Administration to determine if there are any new security measures in place that passengers who do not travel often may need to know about. This year, we again had live music in the terminals, a tradition that began more than 20 years ago. The Shops of RDU, which includes all of our restaurants and retail stores, hosted special events and promotions on the concourse.

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We hear, again and again from our local customers and from visitors, that RDU is one of the most beautiful and easiest to use airports they have traveled through. MICHAEL LANDGUTH RDU Airport Director

How much does airport traffic increase during the holidays? Interestingly, November and December are not the busiest months at RDU. July and October are traditionally the two busiest months for travel. However, what we experience in November, December and even early January, is more people traveling in a short period of time. For instance, the week of Thanksgiving is extremely busy and every year almost every seat is taken on the flights departing RDU the two days before the holiday. But RDU is well equipped to handle increased amounts of traffic.

What are the major benefits that RDU provides the Triangle communities? The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation last year conducted a study to determine the economic impact that North Carolina airports have on our state. This study found that RDU alone has an $8 billion impact on our region. We recognize the importance of air service to our region not only for getting our passengers where they need to go, but also for the impact we have on businesses related to airport activity.

Other than the main terminals, what facilities exist at RDU? In addition to the terminals, we have a General Aviation complex that is home to our GA Terminal and two companies that provide support to private and corporate aircraft. This is where our local sports teams, like the Hurricanes and universities, often fly out of. In Terminal 2, we offer our men and women in the military a USO where they can wait for their flight to board. More than 2,000 military men, women and their families travel through the USO each month, and we are lucky to have more than 100 volunteers who greet and take care of them.

What is the philosophy in selecting food concessionaires and retailers at RDU? We want our customers to enjoy their time at RDU, so it is very important that we choose shops and restaurants that are not only unique to our region, but that are also popular in airports across the country. All of our shops and restaurants are chosen through a rigorous process that allows our team to ensure the quality of product is high and the company has what it takes to succeed in an airport environment.

What other improvements are planned at RDU? Photos courtesy of Raleigh-Durham International Airport Authority


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infrastructure that will support our region’s air service needs for the next 20 to 30 years. Our focus will now turn to maintaining these facilities. In addition, we will continue to look at ways to elevate the customer experience. Our staff is always analyzing trends in airport services and talking to our customers to learn more about what they expect out of a world-class airport.

Should local residents expect additional airlines or flights servicing RDU? This is a tough time in the aviation industry. Airlines are very careful about adding new service. Since 2008, they have greatly decreased the number of flights and seats they offer, not just at RDU but at airports across the country. With that said, RDU serves a great market that has an attractive combination of leisure and business travelers. Just in the past year and a half, we have welcomed service to San Francisco, Salt Lake City and additional service to Los Angeles. A lot of airports can’t say that. Our air service development staff works very hard to promote our region to airlines and will continue to do so. Unlike other airports our size, RDU has a non-stop international flight into London. We think we have the demand to support an additional international flight and our team continues to tell our region’s story to airlines that could possibly offer this service.

Does RDU utilize volunteers; how can local residents become involved?

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Volunteers are a very important part of our customer service program at RDU. More than 50 volunteers work in our terminals answering questions for travelers and helping them get to their flight or connect with loved ones. We are always looking for volunteers. Individuals interested in becoming an RDU Volunteer Ambassador, may call 919-840-7425.

Anything else you want to share with 919 Magazine readers about RDU? Michael Landguth Profile NAME: Michael Landguth AGE: 46 POSITION: RDU Airport Director TENURE: Began November 2011 PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: CEO and President, Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority; Director of Airport Operations, CMAA; commercial pilot; certified flight instructor ORGANIZATIONS: Board Member, American Association of Airport Executives EDUCATION: Bachelors, Masters in Aeronautical Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University RESIDENCE: Cary FAMILY: Wife, Page; 2 teen daughters, Jennifer and Ashley INTERESTS: Flying airplanes, golf, tennis, “wave running in Michigan”, hanging out with kids PET: Thunder (dog)

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RDU has everything you could want in an airport: Great infrastructure; a great region to serve; and a tremendous staff that has overseen RDU’s transformation into a modern and world-class airport.

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Signature Chefs Auction 2013 Raleigh Area Enjoys Extraordinary Food and Helps Save the Babies March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction 2013 event raised more than $93,000 to fund research to prevent premature births and assist in the treatment of complications associated with babies born too soon.

Held in November at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club and chaired by 919 Magazine Publisher Suzy Beth Sarver, the high profile event included participation from some of the best chefs in the Triangle

— and received support from several sponsors, dozens of local businesses and organizations that donated auction items, volunteers and staff who worked to plan the event, and many individuals who attended and enjoyed some great food.

Participating Signature Chefs included: • Jason Cunningham, Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club • Mike Carroll, Radius Pizzeria & Pub • Eric Gephart, The Chef’s Academy • Joe Lumbrazo, Backyard Bistro • Scott Schabot, Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits

• John Akhile, Shiki Sushi • Derrick Smith, Wooden Nickel Pub • Julia McGovern, Poppyseed Market Cafe & Wine Bar • John Calloway, Gonza’s Tacos Y Tequila • Nate Garyantes, Urban Food Group

Major Sponsors included: • Credit Suisse Presenting Sponsor • 919 Magazine Platinum Sponsor • Linda Craft & Team, Realtors Gold Sponsor • Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Silver Sponsor • Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club Silver Sponsor

• Fox 50 Bronze Sponsor • US Foods Bronze Sponsor • Belk Bronze Sponsor • Gigi’s Cupcakes of Brier Creek Bronze Sponsor • The Chef’s Academy Bronze Sponsor • Carolina Woman Bronze Sponsor

Additional supporters included Mutual Distributing Co. (Wine Sponsor); Triangle Brewery Co. (Bee Sponsor); Red Light Chocolates (Chocolate Sponsor); International Minute Press, Fayetteville (Printing Sponsor); Manzoor Cheema, Cheema Communications (videographer); and Ken Parr (music). 30 919 919 Magazine LV LV 30 Magazine November | December 2013

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Left to right: Carrie Peele, CEO of Blue Diamond Worldwide Transportation; Linda Craft, CEO of Linda Craft & Team Realtors; and Suzy Sarver, Chair of March of Dimes and Publisher of 919 Magazine.

Volunteers and participants indulged in tasty delights prepared by the Triangle’s finest chefs at the recent March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction and dinner.

Pam Mansueti, Linda Craft, Suzy Sarver, Kelly McHugh and Jacqueline Boulerice

919 Magazine team members, Matt Garcia, Ame Deaton, Ben Bipes, Tika Stuart, Suzy Sarver, and Scott McElhaney

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919 ›› COMMUNITY RDU Plans Study on Best Use Of 1,600 Acres of Open Land Raleigh-Durham International Airport plans a land use planning study through the Urban Land Institute of Washington, D.C. – designed to select responsible uses of about 1,600 acres of open land not designated for aeronautical use. “In the environment in which we operate today, it is important for airports to look for new ways to generate revenue,” said RDU Airport Director Michael Landguth. “One of the greatest assets the airport owns is its property. The question we must ask ourselves is: How should RDU responsibly

use its land that is not designated for aeronautical purposes in a manner that benefits the region, provides additional long-term revenue to the Airport Authority and complements the airport’s operation?” To answer this question, ULI is establishing an eight to 10 member panel of specialists, including a land economist, developer, urban land planner, transportation planner and mayor and/ or planning official. Each panel member is from outside of the region. During a five-day session in March 2014, panel members will interview representatives from the community, including local governments, private developers, community development corporations

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and other local organizations to address RDU’s land use issues and opportunities. An oral presentation, with recommendations, will be made that week, with a written report is expected within 90 days of the panel’s conclusion. The cost of the study is $125,000.

Jeffreys Grove Students Jam into Fitness

Continuing its tradition of exposing students to some of the most renowned instructors and artists in the industry, Stage Door Dance plans the Winter Intensive 2014 event on Saturday, Jan. 4, in Brier Creek.

Jeffreys Grove Elementary School students produced a series of fitness videos for the recent holiday season, as part of a program called the “12 Days of Fitness.”

The event features Cameron Adams and Michael Lambert. Adams has numerous Broadway and television credits and has served as a Master Teacher at the Pulse, the Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Lambert, a graduate and faculty member at the University of Buffalo, is Master Teacher Certified by Dance Masters of America. The Stage Door Dance staff also will participate in the event, including the two newest team members, Haley Mathiot and Christian Donnelly. The Winter Intensive is open to all dancers age 6 and older. Cost is $100 for dancers age 6-7, and $125 for ages 8 and up.

The student-led, twominute fitness routines featured five simple exercises students and staff can do in the classroom. The school mascot, Jeffrey the Eagle, closes each video with a healthy tip. According to Sandra McBride of the Jeffreys Grove PTA Health and Fitness Committee, the Jeffreys Grove students followed the “Jammin’ Minutes” model created by

To enroll or obtain more information, call 919720-3036 or visit Stage Door Dance is located at 2720 Godley Lane, Suite 101 (in front of Frankie’s Fun Park in Brier Creek)., which offers videos and encourages schools to create and submit their own. At Jeffreys Grove, students began each of the 12 days before winter break by exercising in their classrooms along with the video routines.  In addition, the 1st Grade Spanish Immersion classroom created its own “Minuto de Diversión” with captions in English for the school. Jeffreys Grove Elementary is located at 6119 Creedmoor Road in North Raleigh. For information, call 919-881-4910 or visit www.

DHFD Firefigthters Recognized at Annual Holiday Dinner Durham Highway Fire Department past and present members (and guests) gathered at the Angus Barn restaurant in North Raleigh in November for the organization’s Annual Holiday Dinner. The event – which attracted 50-60 attendees – celebrated several “years of service” milestones for various members, and recognized the following firefighters for achievement in 2013: • Ron Paris, Firefighter of the Year. • Chris Weier, Tyler Knickerbocker, Alex Ruinolds, and John Laird, all credited with Code Saves (saving the life of someone in cardiac arrest). DHFD is located at 11905 Norwood Road in North Raleigh. For information, visit


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919 ‹‹ COMMUNITY Girl Scouts’ Treats for Troops Program Helps Military Personnel During Holidays

“The pure generosity of our supportive community makes it possible for us to donate to our military men and women,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “We are very proud of this program and especially proud of all the Girl Scouts who have worked so hard to collect these donations.”

Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines’ Treats for Troops program donated nuts and chocolates to the United Services Organization of North Carolina (USO-NC) for distribution to traveling military personnel during the holidays. Donations for the Treats for Troop program were collected by Girl Scouts across central and eastern North Carolina as part of the “Be Your Best You” fall product sale held during the month of October. This annual program provides Girl Scouts the opportunity to support those serving in the military. All donated treats are distributed to deployed and returning personnel by the military branches.

Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines serves more than 35,000 girl members in 41 central and eastern North Carolina counties. The council’s administrative headquarters is located at 6901 Pinecrest Road in North Raleigh, just south of Brier Creek. For more information, visit

This year’s three top-selling troops from Wake County delivered the cases of treats to the USO-NC site at Raleigh Durham International Airport in early December. Troops participating included Girl Scout Brownie Troop #14 (Grades 2-3), Junior Troop #169 (Grades 4-5), and Cadette Troop #1668 (Grades 6-8). After the delivery, the Girl Scouts toured the USO-NC office at RDU, learned about the organization and its services, and spoke with any military personnel on site.

214 New Homes Planned at BrightLeaf In the Park North of Brier Creek Area Level Homes plans 214 new homesites within the established master planned community of Brightleaf at the Park, off Highway 70 just north of Brier Creek. Land development is expected to begin this winter and home plans will be available for homebuyers as early as January of next year. Brightleaf at the Park, developed and managed by Mountain Real Estate Capital and LStar Management, is helping to provide the capital expenditure to jumpstart Level Homes’ build-out of the homes. “We are very proud to welcome Level Homes to the Brightleaf Builders’ Guild,” said Kyle Corkum, LStar Managing Partner and Co-founder. “We are so impressed with the quality of their construction, their commitment to outstanding architecture and their absolute dedication to customer service. We are confident they will be an excellent addition to our outstanding community,” said Corkum.

Arthur Nevid, Chief Investment Officer of Mountain Real Estate Capital, recognizes the financial strength of the venture at Brightleaf at the Park. “We are energized by the interest and enthusiasm of homebuyers for this Triangle market,” said Nevid. “If you want to live in the best location with the best amenities this market has to offer, Brightleaf is one of the best options for homebuyers,” said Briggs Napier, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Level Homes. Brightleaf at the Park includes many of the amenities today’s homebuyers seek, such as opportunities to connect with nature, abounding fitness options, a thoughtful placement of community art, its very own elementary school and The Brightleaf Club – a Tim Wilkison Signature swim, tennis and recreation club. Visit for more information.

Registration Set in February For Youth Baseball, Softball Registration for spring baseball and girls softball is Feb. 10-21 at Lake Lynn Community Center in Leesville. Baseball leagues include: • T-Ball (ages 5-6): A way for youths to learn the fundamentals of baseball and sportsmanship. The league does not keep score or record wins and losses. • Pinto (ages 7-8): This league also keeps no score, nor record wins and losses. • Mustang (ages 9-10): This league keeps score, and records wins and losses. • Bronco (ages 11-12): This league also keeps score, and records wins and losses. • Pony (ages 13-14): Same as above. • Colt (ages 15-18): Same as above. Softball leagues include: • Girls Slow-Pitch (ages 10-12): A way for youths to learn the fundamentals of softball and sportsmanship. The league keeps score and records wins and losses. • Girls Fast-Pitch (ages 13-17): Same as above. League age is determined by participant’s age on Aug. 31, 2013. Fee is $36 for Raleigh residents, or $48 for non-residents. Volunteer coaches are sought for all leagues as well. Lake Lynn Community Center is located at 7921 Ray Road. Call 919-870-2911 or visit for more information.

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Lake Lynn Community Center Offers Belly Dancing for Kids It increases physical activity for children ages 6-12 years. It also enhances coordination and flexibility. It’s age appropriate belly dancing at Lake Lynn Community Center, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Jan. 11 to Feb. 1 and Feb. 8 to March 1. Fee is $40. Movement and footwork are taught in a fun, engaging environment – using accessories such as veils and belts. Participants should wear comfortable dance or exercise attire; accessories will be provided. Lake Lynn Community Center is located at 7921 Ray Road. Call 919-870-2911 for more information.

North Raleigh Fantastic Sams Hair Salon Now Under New Ownership Fantastic Sams Hair Salon at 8363 Creedmoor Road in Raleigh’s Towne North Center is under new ownership. Lisa Bertrand, who also operates the Fantastic Sams locations at 13600 New Falls of Neuse Road in Wakefield and 13654 Capital Blvd. in Wake Forest, took over the operation in November 2013. “We are so excited to be in the Creedmoor Road area of North Raleigh,” said Bertrand. “Our goal is to ensure that an exceptional hair care experience is received by every guest who visits Fantastic Sams.” Bertrand said guests at Fantastic Sams can expect the expertise and services of a high-end salon at an affordable price. The Creedmoor Road location was previously under regional ownership. For more information on Fantastic Sams Hair Salon on Creedmoor Road, call 919-847-7272.

Lake Lynn Table Tennis Sessions Open to All Skill Levels Participants of all skill levels, abilities and ages are welcome to join in Tuesday evening and Saturday morning table tennis sessions at Lake Lynn Community Center. Tuesday sessions are 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., beginning Jan. 7 and continuing through April 20. Saturday sessions are 9 p.m. to 11 a.m. beginning Jan. 4 and continuing through April 26. There is no charge to participate. Lake Lynn Community Center is located at 7921 Ray Road. Call 919-870-2911 for more information.

Short Takes Caroline Peebles, daughter of Craig and Tamara Peebles of Raleigh and a student at Leesville Road High School, served as a page recently in the North Carolina Senate…Fifty-four students attending Wake County schools were named National Merit Scholar semifinalists recently, including Hannah L. Campo, Juliet G. Simpson, and Sahana Venkatesh from Leesville Road High School… Carson Ellerby, a senior at Leesville Road High School, graduated last summer from the American Legion Tar Heel Boys State Program at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. He was sponsored by the


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Charles T. Norwood American Legion Post 157 in Raleigh at the one-week program, which offers a simulated experience in government leadership… City of Raleigh commissioned a study to help determine if ramp meters are warranted to ease traffic congestion on I-540 – specifically the westbound ramps at Leesville, Creedmoor, Six Forks and Falls of Neuse roads…Leesville Road High Symphonic Band placed first at the 22nd Annual Carolina Cavalcade of Bands in September and the 29th Annual Blue Devil Classic competition in October… Christmas tree shoppers at Booger Mountain Tree lots in the Raleigh area received 10 percent of their purchase for mentioning www.…Carson Carnahan, an 8th Grader at The Franciscan School, was one of 200 athletes from across the country performing jump rope tricks and skills as a featured act in the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in November. Carson and her sister, Parker Carnahan, are members of the local Central Spinners jump rope squad. Central Spinners coach Nancy Evans, the mother of Carson and Parker, is athletics director and a 6th Grade social studies teacher at The Franciscan School…Chaucer Creek Capital purchased the 228-unit Olde Raleigh apartments – located on Duraleigh Road in North Raleigh – from Fairfield Residential for $27 million… January | February 2014


A Personalized Approach Foot Solutions Solves Issues, Offers Broad, Stylish Selections Clients are raving about owner Cheryl O’Grady, certified pedorthist, and the expert staff and selection at Foot Solutions of Raleigh. And with good reason. “Our staff is fully committed to solving our customer’s footwear issues,” said O’Grady.

caused or exacerbated by the footwear they buy, Foot Solutions offers a broad selection of stylish and comfortable shoes and customfitted, custom-crafted inserts providing the I love that we can help support, comfort, and perfect fit necessary Cheryl O’Grady men and women, like to feel your best. Photo by Ame Deaton me, who have issues with New clients receive a thorough their feet by getting them foot evaluation resulting in customized “I love that we can help men and women, like me, who have issues with their into more stylish footwear recommendations for footwear solutions feet by getting them into more stylish that work. The evaluation consists of footwear they enjoy wearing,” said they enjoy wearing. digitally mapping each foot carefully, O’Grady, who, after assuming ownership, noting every curve and bump, examining trained to be a certified pedorthist. CHERYL O’GRADY weight distribution when standing Clients appreciate the exemplary service FOOT SOLUTIONS OF RALEIGH and walking, and balance and posture. and expertise offered by O’Grady and This personalized approach to service in-store manager Christina Stewart, Since 2001, Foot Solutions has delivers only the best recommendations also a certified pedorthist; and Jackie been a company dedicated to elevating possible for a shoe that meets an Dilio, a certified therapeutic shoe fitter. the footwear industry by offering individual’s lifestyle and physical needs. “Many people don’t realize the personalized service and a full selection Appointments are encouraged, but not most important item of clothing we of men’s and women’s dress, casual, and necessary. “Our clients don’t mind all put on every day is our shoes,” said athletic shoes. And, with so many people waiting for us to finish with the person O’Grady. “Like the foundation of a suffering foot problems that are either ahead of them because they know house, our shoes must support the rest they will get the of our structure in order to prevent same focused problems and issues from occurring.” Foot Solutions of Raleigh attention when The entire staff at Foot Solutions of it is their turn,” OWNER: Cheryl O’Grady Raleigh is dedicated to ensuring each YEAR OPENED: Brier Creek store opened in 2004; said O’Grady. O’Grady purchased in 2009 and every customer walks out with only O’Grady and ADDRESS: 8531 Brier Creek Parkway, Suite 113 the best fitting and most comfortable WEBSITE: her husband shoes and arch supports. EMAIL: bought the store PHONE: 919-544-6300 Foot Solutions of Raleigh is located at 8531 Brier FACEBOOK: knowing it offers Creek Parkway, Suite 113. To contact or for HOURS: * Mon-Fri: 10 am-6 pm an important more information, call 919-544-6300, Sat: 10 am-5 pm email, or visit service that really * Temporarily closed on Mondays, through January helps people.

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Leesville’s Zora Felton Joins WCPSS Board Retired Wake County Public School System teacher Zora Felton became the Wake County Board of Education’s new representative for District 7, which spans west Raleigh and Morrisville – including Leesville. Felton, 62, was sworn in Dec. 3 after defeating incumbent board member Deborah Prickett of Brier Creek. The mother of three grown children (and grandmother of two) has lived in the Leesville community since 1977. All three children participated in the neighborhood swim club and attended Leesville schools. Felton – who is both a daughter and a mother of teachers – taught school for 25 years, beginning her career at Sanderson High in 1973. After a 14-year hiatus to raise her family, she returned in 1998 at Leesville High teaching social studies. “I admire our young people,” Felton said. “They have great growth. They have great potential. We just need to put our faith in them and do our best

for all students in Wake County, because we have a wealth of knowledge and opportunities for young people in this county.” Others joining the board were Tom Benton, representing District 1 (which encompasses eastern Wake County); Bill Fletcher, representing District 9 (which comprises western Wake County); and Monika Johnson-Hostler, representing District 2 (covering southeastern Wake County). At the same board session, the board also elected member Christine Kushner as board chairwoman (replacing Keith Sutton), and Benton as vice chairman for 2014.


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The Future Classroom is Here…Now!

Students Immersed in an Enriching, Stimulating, Forward Thinking Curriculum at International Preschool of Raleigh Imagine a classroom filled with preschoolers using iPad and Twitter learning platforms, connecting with groups of students in China via Skype, and speaking Spanish and Mandarin. Sounds like a vision of the future, but it’s happening right here in Brier Creek. At the International Preschool of Raleigh (IPR), more than 135 children ages two to five are immersed in this enriching, stimulating, forward thinking curriculum based school.

International Preschool of Raleigh HEAD OF SCHOOL: Anne Aherne-Daly YEAR OPENED: 2007 ADDRESS: 2730 Godley Lane WEBSITE: EMAIL: PHONE: 919-957-7249 FACEBOOK: International Preschool of Raleigh

for successful entry into any school system in the world, not just Wake County.” International assessments, provided by the UK’s University of Durham Testing Center,

Our focus is on providing an international preschool education where we are preparing children for successful entry into any school system in the world, not just Wake County. ANNE AHERNE-DALY International Preschool of Raleigh The brainchild of Anne Aherne-Daly, head of school, IPR is preparing students for a successful future in school and out in the world. Aherne-Daly, who is originally from Ireland, taught elementary school for 17 years and worked as a preschool teacher and administrator for five years before opening up the preschool in Brier Creek. “As an early elementary school teacher, I was always interested in the differences in children who came to school well-prepared and the children who didn’t,” said Aherne-Daly. “Our focus is on providing an international preschool education where we are preparing children 919 Magazine LV

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are taken by the children to ensure that they are learning at an international level. IPR follows a learning based curriculum combined with second language acquisition and the study of world cultures. This curriculum enhances children’s ability to reason and provides them with greater cognitive development. As the first preschool in the Southeast to utilize SMART boards in every classroom, IPR uses the latest in IT education to enhance children’s learning and connect them to the world. In addition, IPR’s international, degreed, and certified teachers speak a wide Special Advertising Section

variety of languages including Russian, Arabic, Polish, French, and Spanish and provide a nurturing, caring environment designed to promote the development of children’s social and academic skills. With a focus on excellence in student learning and understanding, many IPR students go on to qualify for gifted and talented programs in elementary schools. “We have tracked the progress of our students, and, this year, we had several graduates in the Duke TIPS program whose parents credit IPR for giving them an excellent start,” said Aherne-Daly. The half day IPR program is designed to meet many families’ needs with options to extend the school day by adding after school programs offered by Jaspers Place, Stage Door Dance, Piano Academy, and Learning Together’s STEM Program. The International Preschool of Raleigh is located at 2730 Godley Lane, Brier Creek. For information, call 919-957-7249, email, or visit January | February 2014


Engaging Leesville Road Performances Of The Great Gatsby Impress Audiences The lights dimmed, the jazz-age music commenced, Jake Banasiewicz took stage right as the iconic Jay Gatsby and the Leesville Road High School production of The Great Gatsby began. The fall 2013 performances, according to supporters of LRHS Pride Productions, were amazing. “The music was on point, the dancers incorporated a perfect balance of drunkenness and flapper-style moves, and the acting was amazing,” said Jody Banasiewicz, president. From the beginning, Ian Klug stole the show as Nick Carraway; Jake Banasiewicz, who played Jay Gatsby, provided the ultimate platform for


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a disheveled and often high-strung Gatsby. And delivering a performance with an angelic voice, Tatianna Shumoski brought nothing less than what the audience expected. “The Great Gatsby was engaging.

The costumes were well designed, and the acting was on point,” Jody Banasiewicz said. “The overall performance was very enjoyable and it is clear the level of dedication and practice was high.”

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The Great Gatsby Cast List Jay Gatsby Daisy Buchanan Nick Caraway Tom Buchanan Jordan Baker Myrtle Wilson George Wilson Meyer Wolfsheim Mr. McKee Policeman Manservant Mrs. McKee Mrs. Michaelis Press Dancers/Party Goers

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Jake Banasiewicz Tatianna Shumoski Ian Klug Ryan Gallagher Madeline Graebe Lizzy Gifford Nathan Bossing Christopher Alberto Ford Nelson Noah Czajkowski Ronnie Kariuki Hannah Campo Shelby Reilly Hunter Gadwill Chris Jeffreys Jay Weathington Marques Wilson Mary Kate Bowers Christina Brewer Noah Czajkowski Hunter Gadwill Chris Jeffreys Ronnie Kariuki Jenny McAnarney Elizabeth Moore Marley Pforr Jay Weathington Kortney Williams, Marques Wilson

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Retirement Resort Breaks Ground in North Raleigh Ground breaking ceremonies in November kicked off the construction phase of the $27.8 million Capital Oaks Retirement Resort in North Raleigh. Located off Leesville Road at 6498 Ray Road, the new facility will feature 130 apartment units and targets people 55 and over “looking for comfort, independence, security, convenience, and a friendly community they call home.� Month-to-month rent for studio, 1, 2 and 3

bedroom suites provides all-inclusive services, including dining, utilities, concierge services, housekeeping, and transportation. In addition to resident managers, the complex will offer a theater, an in-house bank, a gift shop, and a guest suite for visiting friends and family. Construction is expected to take about a year. Nebraskabased Resort Lifestyle Communities is developing the site. For more information, call 919-457-9434 or visit



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Index of Advertisers A Photographic Memory by Steffanie. . . 42 Access Office Business Center. . . . . . . . 11 Brier Creek Center for Implant and Oral Surgery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 44 Brier Creek Orthodontics. . . . . . . . . 4, 45 California Closets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13, 44 Colonnade Dental. . . . . . . . . . . . . 20, 45 Cross Fit RDU. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44, 48 Crown Trophy & Awards of Raleigh . . 36, 45 Flying Burrito. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36, 44 Foot Solutions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38, 45 Gigi’s Cupcakes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38, 45 International Preschool of Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37, 41, 44 Lois J. Hamilton, PLLC . . . . . . . . . . . 19, 44 Piekaar Law Firm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39, 45 Pump it Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20, 45 Renaissance Funeral Home. . . . . . . . 3, 45 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39, 44 Sharky’s Place Sports Bar and Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21, 44 Steven’s Prep Academy . . . . . . . . . . 15, 45 The Law Office of Katie A. Lawson . . . . . 17 Thompson & Thompson Family Dentistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44, 47 Triangle Swim School . . . . . . . . . . . 40, 44 Tru Options. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42, 45


Ingredients 2 lb Russet potatoes (peeled and cubed; only for chowder) 1/2 lb Bacon, fried crisp, drained and crumbled 1/2 c (plus 2 tbsp) Flour 16 oz Homemade or low sodium canned chicken broth 2 cans Creamed corn 1 can Whole kernel corn (drained) 1 bunch Green onions, sliced thin and divided 1 Small onion (minced) 1 stalk Celery (minced) 1 tsp Garlic (minced) 1/2 Bell pepper (diced) 1c Heavy cream 1c Milk 1/4 c Sherry 1/2 tsp Lea & Perrin Worchestershire sauce 1 lb Crawfish tails w/fat (Louisiana crawfish; not imported) 1 lb Lump or special claw crabmeat (picked through for shells) To taste Salt, white pepper, red pepper

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Fry bacon, drain and crumble, and set aside. Saute onions, 3/4 of the green onions, bell pepper and celery in the bacon grease (or butter). When onions are clear, stir in the garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Over medium heat, add flour and make a light roux, stirring constantly for about 5 min. – or until the roux just starts to slightly darken. Add chicken stock, milk and

heavy cream, then simmer until desired consistency. 5. Add corn, crawfish and/ or crabmeat, sherry, and Worchestershire sauce. Stir well and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Season with salt, white pepper, and red pepper to taste (Randy uses Tony Chachere’s – pronounced Sasary; a light dusting gives a nice spice; the more you put the hotter it gets). 6. Serve in individual bowls and garnish with bacon crumbles and reserved green onions.

A Great Dish for Celebrating Mardi Gras To help North Raleigh residents celebrate the Mardi Gras season Louisiana style, Randy Wilson and wife, Simone Barbe, offer their unique Crawfish Soup recipe. “The recipe is an old one circulated through many great cooks and chefs in the New Orleans area,” said Wilson, originally from Midland, TX – but a Raleigh resident since 1998. “You can substitute or add crabmeat or shrimp. Crawfish adds a bit of flavor and the original recipe has the heads in the soup for added flavor.” Wilson and wife, Simone, met in New Orleans, where she grew up. Their two sons, Logan and Nicolas, were born in Louisiana, but graduated from Leesville Road High School. What does Wilson suggest serving with the spicey dish? “Anytime you’re cooking Cajun, you’ll want a cold beer in your hand,” he noted. “Enjoy, cuz it’s sum good, yeah!” Wilson, and partner Keith Crawford, own Sharky’s Place Sports Bar and Grill, located at 5800 Duraleigh Road in North Raleigh.

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TOP 10


Raleigh-Cary ranks in the top 10 “Hottest American Housing Markets” for 2014 by real estate database website Zillow. Zillow analyzed population-growth rates, projected home-price increases, local unemployment rates and other information to produce the list. Other metropolitan areas making the list included Austin-Round RockSan Marcos, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA; Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, ORWA; Seattle-Tacoma-Bellvue, WA; Salt Lake City, UT; San Jose-SunnyvaleSanta Clara, CA; San Diego-Carlsbad, San Marcos, CA; and Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL. Zillow forecast that the RaleighCary area in 2014 will experience a 2.4 percent home price increase, a two-year population growth of 5.14 percent and hit a 6.8 percent unemployment rate.

Where to Retire? Raleigh Makes List Of Best Places in U.S.

Money magazine’s 2014 list of best places in the U.S. to retire includes Raleigh. According to the publication, Raleigh’s temperate weather and a strong economy placed in the top ranking. “This state capital’s thriving economy and proximity to top universities have long made it a prime relocation destination,” the magazine’s editors wrote. “And recently more of those new faces have had a few wrinkles: From 2000 to 2010, the city’s population of 46

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Raleigh Makes ‘America’s Fittest Cities For Baby Boomers’ Listing

Raleigh is number 10 on the new American Physical Therapy Association’s “Top 10 Fittest Baby Boomer Cities in America.” The cities were identified based on a survey that evaluated factors contributing to a fit and active lifestyle as people age. Cities were rated on life expectancy, cardiovascular health, and reported


stress levels of baby boomers, as well as access to local health care and fitness resources. Other cities in the ranking included San Jose, San Francisco and San Diego in California; plus Minneapolis, MN; Denver, CO; Boston, MA; Salt Lake City, UT; Washington, DC; and Seattle, WA. SOURCE: American Physical

Raleigh-Cary a Top Mid-Size Metro Area For College Students

American Institute for Economic Research places Raleigh as its fifth best mid-size Metro area for college students. AIER’s list is based on a statistical analysis of each location’s overall economic and academic environment, quality of life and employment opportunities. Other Mid-Size Metros on the list included San Jose, CA; Austin, TX; Pittsburgh, PA; and Buffalo, NY. New York City topped the Major Metros list, with Boulder, CO, leading the Small Metros rankings (Durham-Chapel Hill was at number four). Ithaca, NY, ranked as the top College Town listing. SOURCE: American Institute for Economic Research

55- to 64-year-olds shot up by 97 percent, according to the Brookings Institution.” Raleigh also was lauded for its “big-city feel with a low cost of living; mild, fourseason weather; and, thanks to all those medical schools, world-class health care.” Other cities on the list included Pittsburgh, PA; Lexington, KY; St. Petersburg, FL; Boise, ID; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Salt Lake City, UT; Colorado Springs, CO; Spokane, WA; and Norfolk, VA. SOURCE: Money magazine

Raleigh-Cary Ranks


For High Paying Jobs

Payscale, a salary comparison website, evaluated 100 metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S. – placing Raleigh-Cary at number seven on the list. Salt Lake City, UT, topped the list, followed by San Jose, CA; Houston, TX; Austin, TX; and Provo, UT. Raleigh-Cary was just behind Ogden, UT. Omaha, NB; Des Moines, IA; and Seattle, WS completed the top rankings. Payscale used three metrics: Median pay adjusted to the area’s cost of living, relative adequate supply of high-paying jobs, and the unemployment rate. Highpaying jobs were defined as including managers, executives, software developers, engineers, lawyers, judges, doctors, surgeons and psychiatrists. SOURCE: Payscale

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