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State Farmers Market in Raleigh Is Truly a Produce Paradise


It’s Healthy, Nutritious And Extremely Flavorful


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Read All About it!

North Regional Library Offers Books -- and a Whole Lot More


Want More Backyard Birds?

Simple Tips to Create a Healthy Habitat Right at Home

New Middle School Principal Considers Campus A Hidden Gem


Filling the Gap (Year)


Emily Jong at the North Regional Library, just off the Falls of the Neuse Road in North Raleigh. Emily and sister, Isabella -- live in the Durant Trails neighborhood with parents, Valerie an James Jong -- also are featured in additional photos beginning on Page 26 of this issue. Photo by Mehdi Mirian Photography

Loving Life in Raleigh

Wells Family Enjoys, Emphasizes Neighbors, Church, Time Together


Highly Motivated and Driven

Millbrook High’s Molly Lowder Passionate About Music, Gymnastics


Making a Contribution

Satisfaction for Wickersham Comes From Results, Interaction at Library


Savings and Customer Service

Environmentally Friendly Rapid Refill Dedicated to Helping Print Smarter

2012 Freedom Festival Finley Frenzy Youth Triathlon Wake Young Men’s Academy Sertoma Art Exhibition

On the Cover

Sanderson Valedictorian Opts For Travel-Filled Year Before UNC

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North Raleigh’s West Millbrook

Publisher’s Notes Yearbook Photos Community Information Regional Information Advertiser Index Along the 540 Corridor Bulletin Board Final Bell

A Little Extra

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Community Events School Events Community Sports Extracurricular


Aladdin’s Extensive Menu Emphasizes Traditional Middle Eastern Cuisine

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That Hometown Feeling…

Suzy Beth Sarver

Growing up in a small town in the Midwest, we’d ride our bikes until dark, eat dinner at each other’s homes, share meals at the block party, collect grasshoppers or green stamps and drink out of a garden hose. We knew where the fish fry was on Friday night, the name of the high school football coach and the local band playing in the park on Sunday. For years the friendly lady at the bank would give you a sucker, even when you left for college. Somewhere along the line we got busy, moved away, left for school, started a new job, a family – and we lost part of that flavor you can only taste in a small town…until now. 919 Magazine is actually eventually 12 different magazines in one. Micro-local and exclusive to your area, it now has editions from Brier Creek to Leesville to North Raleigh and now onto Wakefield Plantation. The first five magazines in a growing group of publications to reach residents throughout the 919 area are in production and coming to a mailbox near you! In this first issue of 919 Magazine-North Raleigh, we offer up some examples of keeping the spotlight on neighbors and friends; family and fun; and all things local Don’t miss these interesting features inside this issue: • West Millbrook Middle School has a new principal this fall, and Kelly Aman – moving from Millbrook High School, where she was assistant principal – believes the campus is a true hidden gem in North Raleigh. Read about her thoughts and priorities beginning on Page 10. • We profile two students in this inaugural issue: Sanderson High School 2012 Valedictorian Keegan McBride and Millbrook High School’s highly motivated Molly Lowder. Check out McBride’s plans for an exciting “gap year” experience this fall beginning on Page 12; and take in the intriguing article on Lowder’s passion for music and gymnastics on Page 16. • Be sure to check out an informative look at Raleigh’s North Regional Library beginning on Page 26 with a question-andanswer piece with Carol Laing, the facility’s manager. Plus, there is so much more to explore in this exciting, 48page publication. We also ask that you send us your photos, your comments, the information on events and activities that matter most in your life. It’s important to us, because we are a part of this community too -- it’s where we all live, work and play.

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Ages 6-9; 12:30 pm-1:30 pm Optimist Community Center 5902 Whittier Drive 919-870-2882


Dance N2 Shape Tue, Thu: 6:30 pm-7:30 pm Millbrook Exchange Community Center 1905 Spring Forest Road 919-872-4156


Shelton Leadership Challenge Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy 3851 Spring Forest Road


All American Girls Create & Play

Toddler Story Time Ages 1-3; 10:30 am-10:55 am


North Regional Library 7009 Harps Mill Road 919-870-4000

Grades 2-5; 5 pm-6 pm North Regional Library 7009 Harps Mill Road 919-870-4000


Pirate Magic

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Raleigh Miniatures Guild 1 pm-3 pm Sertoma Arts Center 1400 W. Millbrook Road 919-420-2329

Krafty Kids Art

Ages 5-11; 10 am-12 pm Optimist Community Center 5902 Whittier Drive 919-870-2882

Sertoma Writers Club 1:30 pm-4 pm Sertoma Arts Center 1400 W. Millbrook Road 919-420-2329


Tarheel Triangle Cat Fancier 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Millbrook Exchange Community Center 1905 Spring Forest Road 919-872-4156

Send Us Your Events & Activities!

Submit information about events at your school, church, club or organization.

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A Family Walk in the Park 6 pm-7 pm Durant Nature Park 8305 Camp Durant Road 919-870-2871


Birding Durant 8 am-10 am Durant Nature Park 8305 Camp Durant Road 919-870-2871


Make Your Own Earrings 7 pm-8:30 pm Sertoma Arts Center 1400 W. Millbrook Road 919-420-2329


Finley Frenzy Youth Triathlon 8 am A.E. Finley YMCA 9216 Baileywick Rd 919-848-9622


Ice Cream Social (Kindergarten, New Families) 4 pm-5:30 pm, Williams Park Lynn Road Elementary School 1601 Lynn Road 919-870-4074


Summer Family Movie Sunset (The Lorax); free A.E. Finley YMCA 9216 Baileywick Rd 919-848-9622


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Larry Dean, Adrienne DiFranco, Heather Bowler, Mark Wroblewski Sertoma Arts Center 1400 W. Millbrook Road 919-420-2329


Labor Day


Mon, Fri, 10 am-11 am Greystone Recreation Center 7713-55 Lead Mine Road 919-996-4848

Various times Millbrook Exchange Community Center 1905 Spring Forest Road 919-872-4156

11 am-12:30 pm North Ridge Elementary 7120 Harps Mill Road 919-870-4100

Art Exhibitions


Adult Singles Tennis Ladder

Meet the Teacher



First Day of School Traditional Schedules Wake County Public School System




Music Program Piano or violin Millbrook Exchange Community Center 1905 Spring Forest Road 919-872-4156



Moms, Daughters and Dolls Ages 2-5; Tue, 10 am-11 am Greystone Recreation Center 7713-55 Lead Mine Road 919-996-4848


North Raleigh Rotary Wed, 12:30 pm-2 pm Sertoma Arts Center 1400 W. Millbrook Road August | September 2012

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Fri, 10 am-12 pm Millbrook Exchange Community Center 1905 Spring Forest Road 919-872-4156

Ages 4-5; Thu, 9:30 am-10:30 am Sertoma Arts Center 1400 W. Millbrook Road 919-420-2329




Age 18 up; Tue, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm Optimist Community Center 5900 Whittier Drive 919-870-2880

Ages 3-5; 12:30 pm-1:30 pm Optimist Community Center 5900 Whittier Drive 919-870-2880


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Fri, 2 pm-3:30 pm Greystone Recreation Center 7713-55 Lead Mine Road 919-996-4848

9:15 am-12 pm Brassfield Elementary School 2001 Brassfield Road 919-870-4080

Science Exploration: Animals Ages 3-5; Tue, 2 pm-3 pm Greystone Recreation Center 7713-55 Lead Mine Road 919-996-4848

Dance and Get Fit



Apple Daze Art

Brassfield Walk-A-Thon


Dog Days of Summer 9 am-4 pm A.E. Finley YMCA 9216 Baileywick Rd 919-848-9622

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Dog Obedience Wed, Thu; 7:30 pm-8:30 pm Millbrook Exchange Community Center 1905 Spring Forest Road 919-872-4156


Tumbling Tots Gymnastics Ages 18M-3; Fri, 10:30 am-11:15 am Greystone Recreation Center 7713-55 Lead Mine Road 919-996-4848


Card Night Age 18 up; Fri, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Millbrook Exchange Community Center 1905 Spring Forest Road 919-872-4156 919 Magazine NR

Crocheting for Beginners Tue, 4 pm-5:30 pm Millbrook Center 1901 Spring Forest Road 919-996-4720


Tapping Into Family Roots Wed, 2 pm-3:30 pm Millbrook Center 1901 Spring Forest Road 919-996-4720

It’s all About the Animals


Art Exhibit Joyce L. Wynes Opening Reception, 8/5, 2-4 pm Sertoma Arts Center 1400 W. Millbrook Road 919-420-2329


Artisan Showcase Bibi Bowman 5:30-9 pm Margaux’s Restaurant 8111 Creedmoor Rd # 111 919-846-9846


Lafayette Village Wine Walk for Charity 4 pm-7 pm ($10) 8450 Honeycutt Road


Aladdin’s Eatery Wine Nights Mon, Wed, Sun $5 glasses, $16 bottles Tour of Lebanon Free Samples 2nd, 4th Tue 6325 Falls of the Neuse Road 919-878-7690


Basic Drawing Techniques Age 16 up; Wed, various times Sertoma Arts Center 1400 W. Millbrook Road 919-420-2329

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Tilted Kilt Live Trivia, Tue 4516 Falls of the Neuse Road 919-790-8898


Fork and Barrel Live Music, Thu; 1st, 3rd Wed 6675-105 Falls of the Neuse Road 919-322-0190


Village Grill Live Acoustic Music Fridays, 9 pm-12 am 8450 Honeycutt Road 919-890-5440


Oliver Twist Live Music, belly dancing, other Five nights weekly 8111-137 Creedmoor Road 919-844-4426


Lafayette Village Music on the Green Tuesdays, 6 pm-9 pm 8450 Honeycutt Road


The Pickled Onion Acoustic Open Mic, Tue Live Trivia, Wed Karaoke, DJ; Fri 7901 Falls of the Neuse Road #101 919-848-4161


Carolina Ale House Live Trivia, Tue 4512 Falls of the Neuse Road 919-848-4782


Duffy’s Restaurant and Tavern Live Trivia, Thu; Karoke, Sat 8021 Falls of the Neuse Road 919-847-7070



Jr Tournament Tennis Team Mon-Thu, various times Millbrook Exchange Community Center 1905 Spring Forest Road 919-872-4156


Little Tacklers Football Mon, 5 pm-5:45 pm Optimist Community Center 5902 Whittier Drive 919-870-2882


Adult Men’s Fall Baseball Registration Begins Athletic Center 2401 Wade Ave., Raleigh 919-831-6836

Buffalo’s Southwest Café Live Trivia 7504 Creedmoor Road 919-676-0332


Piper’s Tavern Live Music, Thu-Sat Trivia, Sun Karoke, Wed 8304 Falls of the Neuse Road 919-676-7413


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Mon-Thu: 9 am-12:30 pm Optimist Pool 5902 Whittier Drive 919-870-2882

Various ages and dates Millbrook Pool 1905 Spring Forest Road 919-872-4130




Ages 3-5; Tue, 5 pm-5:45 pm Optimist Community Center 5902 Whittier Drive 919-870-2882

PreK-8th grade Registration ends 8/1 A.E. Finley YMCA 9216 Baileywick Rd 919-845-3836

Aquatics Tue, Thu: various times, ages Millbrook Pool 1905 Spring Forest Road 919-872-4156

Little Kickers Soccer


Little Sluggers Baseball Ages 3-5; Wed, 5 pm-5:45 pm Optimist Community Center 5902 Whittier Drive 919-870-2882


Fall Youth Soccer 2012 Begins


Adult Fall Kickball Registration Athletic Center 2401 Wade Ave., Raleigh 919-831-6836


Fall Micro Soccer Registration Ages 3-4 A.E. Finley YMCA 9216 Baileywick Rd 919-845-3878


Adult Badminton Wed, Fri; 6:45 pm-8:45 pm Optimist Community Center 5900 Whittier Drive 919-870-2880

Aquatics, Lessons


Raleigh 8000 7:30 am 7449 Six Forks Road 252-443-4566


Raleigh Run for Life 8 am WakeMed Soccer Park 201 Soccer Park Drive


RunRaleigh Labor Day 8K 3 pm (8K), 4 pm (1 mile run/walk) Tir na Nog Irish Pub 218 S. Blount St., Raleigh


3-Mile Walk Against Suicide 8 am-2 pm North Carolina National Guard 1636 Gold Star Drive 919-410-3577


Little Shooters Basketball Ages 3-5; Fri, 5 pm-5:45 pm Optimist Community Center 5902 Whittier Drive 919-870-2882


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North Raleigh’s Hidden Gem New West Millbrook Principal Excited About the Possibilities By STEPHANIE FRIEDL 919 Magazine Writer

This coming school year, students at West Millbrook Middle School are fortunate to have a new principal at the helm who is a passionate and committed educator and leader. Kelly Aman, a native North Carolinian and Durant Trace resident since 2002, is transitioning from assistant principal at Millbrook High School to what she calls, “the hidden gem of North Raleigh.” Aman explained, “West Millbrook Middle School faculty is outstanding, very creative, and nurturing. I am excited about working with the faculty and staff to ensure that we continue to offer a world class education for our students.” Aman graduated from Meredith College having studied English and communications and business management. Subsequently, she earned a Masters of School

Administration from North Carolina State University, where she was a member of the Wake Leadership Academy cohort. She is an avid reader, cook, and competitive sailor. During Aman’s career, she taught 9th and 10th grade English,

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coached cheer leading, and served as senior class advisor at Athens Drive High School until 1999 when she joined the faculty at East Millbrook Magnet Middle School as a coordinator. In 2004, she moved from East Millbrook to Millbrook High School, where she served as an assistant principal until June 2012 when she was named principal of West Millbrook Middle School. “There has not been a day since I started teaching that I haven’t wanted to come to work! I love what I do every day, from working with teachers, to talking with students, to observing in classrooms, and cheering on our teams from the sidelines,” Aman said. “I’m very lucky to be a middle school principal because I love my job.” Aman knows that as North Carolina transitions into Common

Core curriculum and Essential Standards, “It is paramount that my teachers have the resources and knowledge to embrace these new standards and feel confident in leading our children through

West Millbrook Middle School faculty is outstanding, very creative, and nurturing. I am excited about working with the faculty and staff to ensure that we continue to offer a world class education for our students. KELLY AMAN

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this new learning experience.” Moving forward, Aman said, “I’d like to put the polish on this school and ensure that its assets aren’t hidden. West Millbrook is a wonderful school, and I want everyone in Wake County to know this.” She added, “Increasing student achievement will continue to be a strong focus for me as the principal. Ensuring that West Millbrook students have a fantastic middle school experience and leave West Millbrook well-prepared for high school and the world beyond are also important goals for me.”

Kelly Aman Profile AGE: 46 RESIDENCE: Durant Trace PETS: Suzi (cocker spaniel) HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Sailing, cooking, reading

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Fellowship Allows Sanderson Valedictorian To Opt for Travel-Filled Year Before UNC In the year that his classmates will be entering the workforce, military or higher education, Keegan McBride will travel the world with seven other students his age, expanding his knowledge and furthering his education in a non-traditional way. Participating in the Carolina Global Gap Year Fellowship, McBride

working with the YMCA, he will be able to come home and visit with family for most of December. Then, during his time abroad in Spain, he hopes to teach a family the English language, before backpacking across the northern section of the country. McBride graduated from Raleigh’s Sanderson High School as valedictorian of the class of 2012 with

will work in the Galapagos Islands at a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill research facility for two months, after which he will work on an organic chocolate farm in Costa Rica for six weeks. Before heading to Lima, Peru, for three months of

a final grade point average of 5.13. While an SHS student, he served his school as president of several organizations, such as National Honor Society, Math Team, Stat Club and Science Olympiad. He also devoted his time to Spanish Club

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and Student Council. For four years, he played on the Sanderson soccer team, his last two as a varsity player. In his free time, McBride plays piano, soccer, rock climbs and water skis competitively. He plans to continue water skiing in college, but will not pursue competitive soccer. Looking back on high school, McBride admits that his most fun time happened during the SHS Senior Assembly, when he and several other students put together a talent show and skit to perform for the entire student body on the last day of classes for seniors. Until he embarks on his fellowship, McBride worked this summer as the LiDar Technician Intern with McKim + Creed on the Centennial campus of North Carolina State University. Once he returns from his fellowship, he will attend UNC-Chapel Hill as a mathematics major in the fall of 2013.

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Keegan McBride Profile AGE: 18 RESIDENCE : Turnberry PARENTS: Kean and Jennifer McBride SIBLINGS: Mackenzie (23) and Tierney (21) McBride PETS: Cat (Name: Coeski) HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Water skiing, Rock climbing, Playing piano, Soccer

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Loving Life in Raleigh Wells Family Enjoys, Emphasizes Neighbors, Church, Time Together By STEPHANIE FRIEDL 919 Magazine Writer

For Toby and Christa Wells and their five children, life couldn’t get much better than spending time together at the beach, enjoying local attractions, and traveling. “We love the Raleigh area with easy access to the ocean and mountains and eastern cities. It’s also a family-oriented city with

warm, friendly people,” said Christa. The Wells moved to Coachman’s Trail in the Bayleaf area over seven years ago for a more spacious home and yard. According to Toby, “We needed room for Christa to write and work, and for our children to play.” Originally from West Virginia, Toby studied business and Spanish


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at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind., where he met Christa, who was studying English and music. As a daughter of a military family, Christa moved around during her childhood, about which she said, “Home is where the Army sends you.” As parents of five active and creative children, Toby and Christa not only maintain their careers (he a financial advisor, and she an independent singer/songwriter), but also thoroughly enjoy “spending time with our amazing neighbors and church family and keeping up with the kids’ social calendars,” said Christa. Toby, an outdoor enthusiast, is currently youth leader for Christ Our Hope PCA church in Wake Forest, recently completing a week of codirecting Victory Soccer Camp for 100 local children. He is an involved dad, spending a good part of every day

with the kids at the pool, at home, or attending activities, and in his spare time runs marathons and is learning to cultivate fruit trees in his backyard. Christa is a full-time mother and home-school teacher. She also reads, keeps up with friends, and writes songs, while, she admitted, “letting her laundry pile up on the bedroom floor.”

We love the Raleigh area with easy access to the ocean and mountains and eastern cities. It’s also a family-oriented city with warm, friendly people. CHRISTA WELLS

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Christa released two solo independent albums, “Frame the Clouds” and “How Emptiness Sings,” which are available online ( and iTunes) and was recognized by the Gospel Music Association in 2006 as Songwriter of the Year. She travels to Nashville and other locations writing and performing with her musical partner, Nicole Witt. Because Christa is such a fan of the arts and Toby is so physically active, the family enjoys a wide variety of activities. Last year the Wells spent three months in Costa Rica, attending a Spanish language school together and experiencing the culture. “When we can’t make big trips, we do simple things like swimming or visiting the bookstore or one of the local parks. All of these things allow us to experience and enjoy something new together away from stresses of chores and work,” said

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Christa. “We love experiencing new things – having an adventure – and we love building relationships with our community, both inside and outside the walls of our house.”

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Highly Motivated and Driven

Millbrook High School’s Molly Lowder Passionate About Music, Gymnastics By STEPHANIE FRIEDL 919 Magazine Writer

Molly Lowder, 15-year-old sophomore at Millbrook High School, is highly motivated and driven to be the best she can be. Youngest of three sisters, Molly lives in Woodbridge with her parents, Wes and Cheryl Lowder, and her beloved golden retriever, Daizy. Between her passions for gymnastics, music, and her church, she finds time to be an honor roll student and compassionate daughter, sister, and friend. She trains year round as a competitive gymnast and is a member of her high school team. “I train 15 hours a week, which takes up a lot of my time, but I try to make

time for photography, sketching, and writing poetry,” said Lowder. Lowder also has a passion for music. She has played clarinet since 6th grade, receiving all-county and all-district recognitions. She sings for her church youth worship band and played in the pit orchestra for her high school musical. “I hope that music always remains present in my life, whether it is part of my career or just a hobby,” she said. One of Lowder’s greatest joys in life is her involvement with Grace Community Church. “I love being a part of my church because it gives me the opportunity to serve the people around me,” she said. “I always feel loved and welcomed at Grace,

I hope that music always remains present in my life, whether it is part of my career or just a hobby.

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and that helps me to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself.” According to mom, Cheryl, “Molly’s faith is the core of who she is, and she has a big heart for others. We love watching her grow in her faith and taking the reins of her life.” Molly has a gift of leadership, which started in elementary school, and is now taking on larger leadership roles in her life. She recently helped organize and lead worship and vacation Bible school on a recent mission trip to Memphis, Tenn.

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“Just returning from a mission trip, I understand better how blessed I am to be able to walk around and feel safe in my house and neighborhood,” Lowder said. “I love that my neighborhood has bike trails, playgrounds, a gelato shop, pools, and even a spa. We also live five minutes away from Falls Lake with easy access to the lake and its trails.” “Molly is truly a blessing in our lives,” said mom, Cheryl. “In juggling her many activities, Molly has learned valuable organizational and time management skills which will serve her well in the future. She manages to make time to do all these things that she loves so much.”

Molly Lowder Profile AGE: 15 SCHOOL: 10th grade, Millbrook High School PARENTS: Wes and Cheryl Lowder RESIDENCE: Woodbridge neighborhood, Falls of Neuse corridor SIBLINGS: Kristin, 20, UNC-Chapel Hill; Kacie, 23, UNC-Chapel Hill graduate PETS: Daizy (9-year-old golden retriever) INTERESTS: Church youth group, music, art, gymnastics, poetry

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››› 919 FIELD TRIP

Fresh From the Farm

Colorful and Tantalizing, Raleigh’s State Farmers Market is a Produce Paradise Colorful sights and tantalizing smells are everywhere. Peaches so sweet the taste explodes in your mouth. Corn is shucked fresh off the trucks.

• Volume Buying: A huge drive-through facility that handles large quantities of apples, tomatoes, peaches, watermelons and cantaloupes.

Everyday is a special event at the State Farmers Market, and it’s only a short drive from North Raleigh. Covering 75 acres, the market is a modern facility that provides 225,000 square feet of covered, climate controlled, allseason spaces to farmers and other retailers – and for cooks who love fresh fruits and vegetables, it is paradise.

• Wholesale Terminal: Five wholesalers supply produce to grocery stores, restaurants, institutions and roadside markets.

Located just off I-40 at the Lake Wheeler exit (#297), the State Farmers Market is owned by the State of North Carolina and operated by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. It offers 30,000 square feet of space for farmers to sell fresh produce, plants and other specialty items produced on local farms.

• Market Imports: Two acres of unique architectural elements, such as fountains, pots, furniture and more (open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1208 Farmers Market Drive).

According to the department, plants are available each year beginning in March, and local fruits and vegetables are sold throughout the growing season. “This where you can find the freshest and widest variety of produce and plants in the area,” the department touts on its website ( In addition, the Raleigh market also includes: • Market Shoppes: More than 15,000 square feet of enclosed space that includes fresh produce from around the country – plus meats, cheese, crafts, bakery items, North Carolina wines, gifts, and much more.

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Watermelon Day Weekend Gardener Show Grape Day Daylily Club Annual Sale Apple Day Sweet Potato Day Great Pumpkin Contest Weekend Gardener Show Colossal Collard Day Fall Craft Fair Pecan Day

• Restaurants: In addition to the State Farmers Market Restaurant – which offers “fresh country cooking for breakfast and lunch” – the grounds also include Market Grill and NC Seafood Restaurant. North Carolina’s agriculture industry, including food, fiber and forestry, contributes $74.3 billion to the state’s economy, accounts for nearly one-fifth of the state’s income, and employs 17% of the work force. That’s among the reasons the department has five such markets strategically positioned across the state. The State Farmer’s Market in Raleigh is open throughout the year from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 919-733-7417. SOURCE: North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and

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State Farmers Market (Raleigh) Profile LOCATION: I-40 at Lake Wheeler Exit HOURS: 5 am-6 pm, Mon-Sat; 8 am-6 pm, Sun PHONE: 919-733-7417 WEBSITE:

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2012 Freedom Festival

A.E. Finley YMCA Parties Like It’s 1776

Local residents gathered in July for the A.E. Finley YMCA 2012 Freedom Festival, featuring games, activities, food and fireworks. The YMCA is located at 9216 Baileywick Road. For more information, call 919-848-9622 or visit

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All Youths are Winners at YMCA Triathlon It’s fairly unusual to participate in a triathlon, a competition involving biking, swimming and running. It’s even more rare if you’re a youngster. But local residents ages 7-13 can compete Aug. 26 in A.E. Finley YMCA’s 8th Annual Finley Frenzy Youth Triathlon. “This event provides a safe, fun environment for kids to succeed in the sport of triathlon,” said Jess Joiner, Wellness Director at the YMCA. “Every single child at our event that participates is a winner. It isn’t about time, it is about accomplishing a goal that they can look back on and say ‘if I can do that, I can do anything.’” The event – coordinated by Paula Ruff – begins at 8 a.m. and is open to both YMCA members and nonmembers. Fees to participate are $35 for members and $45 for non-members.

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To register, visit the YMCA’s Welcome Center at 9216 Baileywick Road. For more information, call 919845-3865 or “This is a great event to come out and support,” Joiner said. “Whether your child is participating or not, to come out and see over 200 kids complete a triathlon is great motivation for anyone.”

8TH Annual Finley Frenzy Youth Triathlon WHO: WHEN: WHERE: CONTACT:

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Youths, ages 7-13 8 a.m., Aug. 26 A.E. Finley YMCA, 9216 Baileywick Road 919-845-3865,


More than 700 people attended the North Regional Library’s Royal Story Ball earlier this year

French and American celebrities at the Lafayette Village Bastille Day event on the green in July

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A pretty painted face at Lafayette Village’s Bastille Days in July

Enjoying treats on the green during the Lafayette Village Bastille Day event in Falls of the Neuse area

Happy attendees at June Greater Raleigh Merchants Association networking event in North Raleigh

Little Snow White reading about Snow White at the North Regional Library’s Royal Story Ball

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Healthy, Nutritious – and Flavorful!

Aladdin’s Extensive, Award-Winning Menu Emphasizes Traditional Middle Eastern Cuisine Aladdin’s Eatery serves “freshly prepared, naturally nutritious meals in a simple yet sophisticated atmosphere,” according to Tom Chebib, owner and operator of the popular restaurant located in North Raleigh. An immigrant from Lebanon, Chebib came to the U.S. looking for a better life. In describing his home country, he said, “We are famous for being very hospitable and fun loving people. We are also very famous for making very flavorful food!” With a degree in computer engineering, Chebib began his Aladdin’s Eatery career in IT, moved to operations, and then to new market development. These days, Chebib brings his love of Middle Eastern cuisine and his passion for warmth and hospitality to his position as owner and operator


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of Aladdin’s Eatery, which also has a location in Brier Creek. “Aladdin’s Eatery is dedicated to excellent customer service and providing the highest quality food,” Chebib said. “We strive to provide our customers with unique natural foods of the Middle East, while at the same time catering to

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people’s increased awareness and concern for health and nutrition.” The extensive and awardwinning menu selections emphasize traditional Middle Eastern cuisine, with regionally popular ingredients such as olives, sesame seeds, chickpeas and parsley. In addition to offering an amazing selection of healthy and delectable vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free dishes, they cater to meat eaters with a plentiful variety of beef, chicken, and lamb specialty plates. “We also have a unique fresh squeezed juice bar, and a variety of smoothies made from fresh fruits,” added Chebib. “We are a fast, affordable and healthy option!” With so many delicious and nutritious selections from which to choose, Chebib highly recommends the hummus, a homemade puree of chickpeas, tahini, and lemon topped with fresh herbs and extra virgin olive oil, and homemade pita on the side; tabouli, a delicate

mixture of parsley, onions, cracked wheat and tomatoes seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, lemon and herbs, also with homemade pita on the side; the Mujadara plate, a bed of steamed lentils and rice topped with Lebanese salata and garnished with toasted onions; and the Mediterranean Beef Kafta plate, char-grilled lean ground beef mixed with onions, parsley, herbs and spices served with seasoned white rice with vermicelli, topped with sautéed pine nuts, almonds, and cinnamon.

Aladdin’s Eatery is dedicated to excellent customer service and providing the highest quality food. Our intention at Aladdin’s Eatery is to provide our customers with unique natural foods of the Middle East, while at the same time cater to their increased awareness and concern regarding health and nutrition.

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Chebib is proud to say Aladdin’s Eatery delivers on its mission to provide fresh healthy meals at reasonable prices, and added enthusiastically, “I love people. I love feeding them and making them healthy and happy! I love showing them the magic of Aladdin’s Eatery!” Aladdin’s Eatery is located at 6325 Falls of the Neuse Road. For more information, call 919-878-7690 or visit 919 Magazine NR

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CHECK IT OUT! Raleigh’s North Regional Library Offers Events, Music, Movies, And – Of Course – Lots of Books Raleigh’s first “community branch” public library originally opened in 1971 in North Hills Mall, and gradually migrated north a the population grew in this direction. Now located just south of I-540 on Falls of the Neuse Road, the North Regional Library offers local residents 20,000 sq. ft. of books (and much more). Manager Carol Laing gives 919 Magazine readers some keen insight into the facility, its services, its staff and its volunteers.

A Conversation with North Regional Library Manager Carol Laing What is the history of the North Regional Library? Laing: Originally opened in 1971 in North Hills Mall, Raleigh’s first “community branch” quickly developed a loyal following in the North Raleigh area. Due to the demands on the library and the rapid growth in population, the facility increased in size and relocated multiple times, following the population expansion as it moved further north on Six Forks Road. The series of moves in new locations, and with various names, ended in 1991 when the North Regional Library opened in a leased 20,000 sq. ft. building in the Horizon office park off Six Forks Road. It quickly became the state’s highest circulating public library. On Jan. 20, 2007, the current library opened in a county-owned, 30,000 sq. ft. facility on Harps Mill Road, near the intersection of Newton and Falls of the Neuse roads. The library was furnished with funds from the 2003 bond package. Half of the 1.6 million annual book

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circulation is children’s materials. Library members also have access to the materials housed in the 19 other Wake County Public Libraries via the electronic reservation system. There are 62 computers for public access, as well as WiFi access throughout the facility. The building won a Sir Walter Award for best reuse of an existing building in 2007. North Regional Library members are committed readers, and 960,000 customers visit on an annual basis.

What specific area does the North Regional Library serve? Laing: The North Regional Library serves the area north of Interstate 440 and up to and beyond Interstate 540. This includes the North Hills and Falls Lake areas, although any resident who enters can be a North Regional member. The other libraries in the north quadrant of the county include Leesville, Green Road, Duraleigh, and Wake Forest.

What are the biggest changes in the library today compared to when it first opened? Laing: Technology allows our members to access our resources and materials in ways that were not imaginable in 1971. The community can register remotely for a library card, request books, and/or download ebooks or audio books all from the comfort of home. However, there are still many reasons to visit the library in person. North Regional is a comfortable, attractive environment where one can use a laptop with free WiFi, read magazines and newspapers, browse books, attend programs and use public access computers. Except for books, none of these services were available in 1971.

What is the structure of the Wake County library system – and how does the North Regional Library compare to other facilities? Laing: Wake County Public Libraries (WCPL) is a decentralized public library system that includes six large, regional libraries located in major geographical areas across the county as opposed to one central “main” library. This is an ideal arrangement for a county whose density is not concentrated solely in the downtown area. The regional libraries range in size from 20,000 sq. ft. to 36,000 sq. ft. Smaller community libraries are situated in the towns throughout the county, as well as in Raleigh neighborhoods. The community libraries are divided into two groups: The five large community libraries range in size from 7,500 to 10,000 sq. ft. The seven small community libraries range in size from 4,000 to 5,000 sq. ft. There are also two specialty libraries: Express Library-Fayetteville Street and the Olivia Raney Local History Library. 919 Magazine NR

I love the vibrant community, the wonderful staff, the beautiful facility and the incredible volunteers (at North Regional Library).


How many books and other items does the NRL circulate on an annual basis? Laing: This fiscal year (July 1-June 30), North Regional Library saw approximately 1 million visitors and circulated approximately 1, 600,000 items. North Regional offered more than 600 programs to youth with an attendance of approximately 30,000 children with caregivers. In addition, 2,500 adults attended more than 250 programs. Our book collection currently is 180,982 (1.52M system wide).

Can you describe some of the technological advancements the library has experienced? Laing: In addition to the innovations described above, Wake County Public Libraries provide self-service automated checkout at all locations, an electronic events calendar accessible from the library web page ( libraries/events), which includes an electronic newsletter that can be narrowed according to interests. This email calendar/event notification has significantly reduced the

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WCPL North Regional Library Information ADDRESS: 7009 Harps Mill Rd. HOURS: Mon-Fri: 9 am-9 pm Fri: 10 am-6 pm Sat: 10 am-5 pm Sun: 1 pm-5 pm DATE OPENED: 2007 (current location) PHONE: 919-870-4000 WEBSITE: FACILITY SIZE: 30,000 sq. ft. BOOKS: 180,982 (1.52M system wide) EMPLOYEES: 16 FT/8 PT

amount of paper used to publicize events. Members can also remotely search online databases. Our LIT and Digital departments are continually evaluating technological trends to improve the convenience of library service for members.

Besides books, can you describe the other types of items in the library’s collection? Laing: There are audio books and downloadable audio (for use with iPods and mp3 players) and the aforementioned array of databases including the most up-to-date Consumer Reports, Learning Express Library (where members may take practice SAT, GRE, and many other prep tests for school and career certifications), health databases, history databases, business databases, etc. The databases are a treasure trove of authoritative sources; Google’s great for many things, but the WCPL databases provide easy access to scholarly material in many fields. These databases can be accessed from the main website as well (www. research). Members may call or visit any library for assistance with the databases.

Can you tell us about the various programs and additional services offered at the library? Laing: North Regional Library hosts many programs and services for adults and youth. Our adult readers may want to check out the Book-A-Day blog written by WCPL librarians -- it’s a great place to find out what the staff is reading and recommending. We offer proctoring services, computer help, book clubs, and job assistance through Wake Tech, as well as programs on everything from gardening to financial wellness. For young children and their caregivers, we offer engaging story times for babies through preschoolers with a focus on building the foundation for future reading success. For the school age set we offer book clubs and activities that are fun, yet educational. And for teens we offer volunteer and service opportunities, as well as activities that encourage recreational reading and creativity. Please visit our website event calendar for specific details.

What is the service philosophy or goals of the North Regional Library? Laing: The service philosophy of the North Regional Library echoes that of the Wake County Public Libraries. WCPL’s mission is “To promote the love of reading and to foster the pursuit of knowledge for the residents of Wake County.” To reach this mission, WCPL is guided by the following five service priorities: Services to children, recreational reading, being a center of lifelong learning, the library as community center, and bridging the technology gap.

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What is the most unique aspect about the North Regional Library?

How is the library funded?

Laing: North Regional Library is one of the busiest public libraries in the state when considering the high rate of book circulation and the number of library visitors.

What is the one thing most local residents may not know about the North Regional Library? Laing: An interesting fact about the North Regional Library is that the original building was a chicken processing plant! We believe the new identity is much improved.

Laing: Wake County Public Libraries is funded primarily by property taxes collected from Wake County taxpayers. Residents may also make gifts to the library through the Wake County Library Fund, (cash and/or appreciated stock donations, or by designating the Library Fund as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, a charitable lead trust, or a charitable remainder trust). They can also honor someone, living or deceased, by making a gift or naming a fund in their honor. Dale Cousins, Senior Librarian, oversees the Library Fund; her contact information is: (1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh, NC 27605 or 919-856-6726). Also, more direct gifts may be made to the library system where the donation will be used to purchase books.

Does the library need volunteers, and how can local residents become involved? Laing: Volunteers are vital to the everyday running of Wake County Public Libraries, and individuals may apply to volunteer by visiting and choosing How Do I, then Volunteer (under Support Your Library). The application will be sent to the library designated 919 Magazine NR

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WCPL History Timeline 1899















The first public library in Wake County, the Olivia Raney Library, was chartered in downtown Raleigh and opened its doors to the public on January 24, 1901. The second library in the county opened by the Garner Women’s Club in the town of Garner. Mollie Huston Lee opens the Richard B. Harrison Library on Raleigh’s Hargett Street. It has relocated twice and is in current operation at 1313 New Bern Ave. Many other libraries opened during subsequent decades. Olivia Raney Library and the Richard B. Harrison Library merge, prompting discussions to develop a unified system of service for all residents of the county. Library Director William O’Shea established a countywide advisory board as library branches opened in the suburban areas of Raleigh (North Hills, Southgate and Cameron Village) as well as in the town of Knightdale. Wake County Commissioners Betty Ann Knudsen, Bob Heater, Stewart Adcock and Edmund Aycock agreed to merge many of the libraries in the county, and Wake County government agreed to assume full fiscal responsibility for library service. By 1985, all libraries, from Apex to Zebulon, were united as one system and were fully financed by property tax dollars collected by Wake County. Library Director Thomas L. Moore introduced the regional library concept, which placed large, full-service libraries in major geographic quadrants and/or population centers of the county, and he closed the system’s outdated “main” library. Moore also supervised the system’s first book inventory and employed the new idea of “popular reading” as a basis for the system’s collection development philosophy. Cameron Village branch library expanded to become the system’s first regional library. A $5 million bond issue passed, and the new North Regional Library opened to replace the North Hills branch library. Wendell and Fuquay-Varina libraries expanded in new facilities. The system’s third regional library, Southeast Regional, replaced the former Garner Library as the system’s first library with an automated catalog and circulation system. Every library in the system was fully automated by 1992. About the same time, a $10 million bond referendum passed, and several building projects expanded and modernized the system. Olivia Raney Local History Library opened in 1996, using the bond money and the remaining Olivia Raney Family Trust. In 1997, the Electronic Information Center opened downtown as the first library in the system to offer public Internet access. By 1999, public Internet access was available in every library in the county. Two new Bookmobiles were added to the system to serve preschool children in daycare settings around the county. The last of the bond money was used to replace the Knightdale Library with the system’s fifth regional library, East Regional, in December 1999. WCPL celebrated its centennial with its first written history by former librarian Roy Dicks and with the creation of a Public Library Trust Fund, held by the Triangle Community Foundation. WCPL hosts a “Libraries of the Future” symposium and creates a new Strategic Business Plan. A $35 million bond referendum passed with more than a 70% approval rate from county residents, resulting in the sixth and seventh regional libraries opening, expanded services in several facilities, renovations to several facilities, and new libraries to open in Holly Springs and Leesville over the next several years. Richard B. Raney and Mollie Huston Lee inducted in the inaugural class of the Raleigh Hall of Fame for their contributions as founders of the Wake County Public Library system.


by the applicant, and library staff will contact the applicant as positions become available. Folks may also visit any library to fill out an application. North Regional Library is very fortunate to have 50 active volunteers from the surrounding neighborhoods and schools, putting in an estimated 5,800 hours of time annually.

How does a local resident get a library card? Laing: Library cards are free to Wake County residents (and only $25 a year for non-county residents). To become a member, one must do one of the following: • Present a photo ID with your current Wake County address; • Present a photo ID and an item that verifies the current Wake County address (bill, lease, checkbook, etc.) ; or • Present parent/guardian photo ID with verification of the current Wake County address. For more information on getting a library card, you may visit, then How Do I/About Your Library Account.

What is your history with the North Regional Library, and the Wake County library system? Laing: I came to Wake County Public Libraries by way of Winston-Salem, where I was Assistant Head of the Forsyth County Public Libraries’ main Children’s Department. In 2002, I decided to move to Raleigh and became a Children’s Librarian at the East Regional Library in Knightdale. In 2003, I was promoted to Youth Services Manager at the East Regional Library and held that position until 2009 when I was asked to step in as Interim East Region Supervisor. At that time, the East Region included the Wake Forest, Wendell, Zebulon and East Regional libraries. A year later, I became the Regional Library Manager of the North Regional Library. In addition to my role of Regional Manager, I also have system responsibilities -- currently overseeing the program of service for youth for the library system. This is an exciting and challenging role as we work to evaluate, standardize, and enhance our current level of service to youth.

How did you get involved in working at a library as a career?

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Mission To promote the love of reading and to foster the pursuit of knowledge for the residents of Wake County. Priorities To reach the mission, WCPL is guided by the following five priorities: • Services to children • Recreational reading • Being a center of lifelong learning • The library as community center • Bridging the technology gap WCPL Administrative Team Director Dep Director of Operations Sr Mgr/Collections, Tech Sr Mgr/Communications Community Relations Sr Mgr/Staff Recruitment, Development, Recognition Sr Mgr Facilities/Security

Michael Wasilick Ann Burlingame Theresa Cummings G. Dale Cousins Christina Piscitello Terri Luke

Laing: While I have always loved books and libraries, my career in libraries was a matter of chance. My undergraduate degree is in English and Philosophy – not at all practical majors. So I returned to school for my teacher’s certificate. The summer after I completed my teaching certification requirements, a friend of mine told me about a job available at our local public library. I took the job and never looked back. For me, public libraries are a perfect combination of children, books, and serving a diverse population of all ages and backgrounds.

What is your favorite aspect of working at the North Regional Library? Laing: I love the vibrant community, the wonderful staff, the beautiful facility and the incredible volunteers!

What additional information do you want to give us on the North Regional Library or the Wake County Public Libraries? Laing: We really like to be seen as a part of a whole; Wake County Public Libraries has something for everyone, and we invite members to visit different branches to see the whole range of what is offered. We love receiving feedback from our members -- what are we doing well and what needs improvement? One way the public can voice their opinions is through our annual Customer Satisfaction Survey. Many positive changes have resulted from community input. Last year our overall Customer Satisfaction rating was 95 percent.

Carol Laing Profile AGE: 45 POSITION: Regional Library Manager YEARS IN POSITION: 2 BACKGROUND: 18 years in North Carolina public libraries, focusing on youth services EDUCATION: Master of Library and Information Science, UNC-Greensboro; Bachelor of Arts, UNC-Chapel Hill HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Hiking, documentary films, music, reading 919 Magazine NR

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Making a Contribution

Satisfaction for Wickersham Comes From Results, Interaction at Library By STEPHANIE FRIEDL 919 Magazine Writer

As a Wake County Library System North Regional volunteer, Pete Wickersham derives satisfaction from knowing, “I am making a contribution where I can see the results and am able to interact with the wonderful staff and other volunteers.” Eight years ago upon retirement, Wickersham and his wife, Ellen, moved to Wake Forest from Baton Rouge, La. Soon afterwards, Ellen started working at the library. Upon her suggestion, Wickersham began volunteering about five years ago, and he has been there ever since. His volunteer duties range from unloading books in boxes delivered from the other libraries, sorting books so that they can be shelved, shelving books in several different areas of the library, and pulling books from the shelves to be processed in some way. “There is a lot of variety for me. And every once in a while I get to change the paper towel in the men’s bathroom,” said Wickersham.

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Clearly, Wickersham is passionate about his commitment. “I think all of the libraries would probably have a hard time surviving without volunteer help, and that is especially true at the regional libraries such as North,” he said. “Volunteers at North average a total of about 400 hours a month. And this is real

Peter Wickersham Profile AGE: 70 RESIDENCE: Wake Forest AFFILIATION: North Regional Library FAMILY: Wife, Ellen; three children; two grandchildren HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Reading “The Economist” magazine (and trying to remember some of it) 32

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work doing what librarians and pages would otherwise have to do.” Wickersham and his wife, Ellen, are proud to say they have been married for 46 years. They grew up

I think all of the libraries would probably have a hard time surviving without volunteer help, and that is especially true at the regional libraries such as North Regional. PETE WICKERSHAM

in Westchester County in suburban New York City, met as teenagers, later married, and then had three children. With an education in liberal arts and business, he began computer programming in the late 1960s and spent his career working with computers in a variety of positions. These days, the Wickershams enjoy living in Wake Forest for its small town atmosphere and easy access to all that Wake County offers, such as the North Regional Library. They are proud parents and grandparents. “Our children are fantastic, and we count ourselves very fortunate to have such great kids for which I give my wife the larger part of the credit,” said Wickersham. “Our grandchildren are naturally just about the best and wonderful to visit – our grandson is six and our granddaughter is eight. Too bad they are in Minnesota.”

WCLS North Regional Library Information ADDRESS: 7009 Harps Mill Road PHONE: 919-870-4000 WEBSITE:

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Organic Bedroom Opens in North Raleigh The Organic Bedroom – an organic mattress retailer – opened this summer at 6325-61 Falls of Neuse Road in North Raleigh’s Sutton Square Shopping Center. Owned by local residents Joey and Vicki Ashley, the boutique shop’s inventory includes custom bedding by Royal-Pedic – best known as the manufacturer of handcrafted, luxury mattresses used by Hollywood stars, professional athletes and six U.S. Presidents.

YMCA Plans ‘Dog Days’ Event A.E. Finley YMCA closes out the summer swim season Saturday, Sept. 8 with a special event for people and their dogs – and the opportunity to help send a kid to camp. Canines with proof of immunizations can participate in the “Dog Days of Summer” event, featuring a few hours of dog-paddling, diving, Frisbee and other fun at the outdoor pool. Animals 25 lbs. and under will participate 9 a.m. to 12 noon, while larger dogs can play in the pool 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, a one-mile dog walk will occur at 12 noon. In addition, health tips for pets from a local veterinarian will be available at the event. Fee for the event is $15, with all proceeds benefitting the YMCA’s “We Build People” annual campaign that provides scholarships to needy youths to participate in camps and programs at the local facility. Sign up is at the Welcome Center at the Y, located at 9216 Baileywick Road. For more information on the event, contact Justin Guest at 919-845-3858 or

“Our goal is to be the premier mattress store in RaleighDurham known for educated, respectful sales people and the greatest selection of luxury mattresses in the region,” said Joey Ashley. “We also want to offer unique brands using only the finest organic materials.”

Five Chosen for Governor’s School Five Millbrook High School students were chosen to participate this past summer in the prestigious Governor’s School of North Carolina, statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. After auditions and competition in the state review process were completed last March, the MHS students chosen were: Brian Brooks (Mathematics, 11th grade); Lauren Culver (Dance-, 10th grade); Susana Mirabedini (Social Sciences, 11th grade); Blake Pendergrass (Choral Music, 11th grade); and Nebraska Wiggins III (Instrumental Music, 10th grade). The six-week program, which is open to rising seniors only, with exceptions made for rising juniors in selected performing/ visual arts areas, is located on two campuses – Governor’s School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem and Governor’s School

Sanderson AFJROTC Honored

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Sanderson High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program received the Distinguished Unit Award for 2011-2012.

Lewis Leads North Ridge PTA

It was the 10th consecutive year SHS received the honor from the Headquarters Air Force Junior ROTC at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

Lynne Lewis is the new North Ridge Elementary School Parent Teacher Association president. Other PTA officers for the 2012-2013 school year include: Vice-President Danette Carr; Treasurer Aimee Lomax; and Secretary Liz Lala. For more information on the NRES PTA – or to volunteer –

The award recognizes the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, contributions of the instructors as mentors of the cadets, and the support of the school and the local community – and is limited to the “best of the best” of 882 Air Force Junior ROTC units.


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Ravenscroft Varsity Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Sandy Kapatos was named the 2012 U.S. Lacrosse Coach of the Year for North Carolina private schools. Kapatos led the Ravens (13-7) to their firstever TISAC Conference title and a runner-up finish in the NCISAA Boys Lacrosse State Tournament this past year, his fifth season at the school. Prior to coming to Ravenscroft Kapatos coached at Adelphi, a Division II school, for 13 years, winning four Division II national championships and being named conference coach of the year three times and national coach of the year in 2001. He was inducted into the Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame in the spring of 2008.

Salon Hosts Cut-A-Thon Douglas Carroll Salon hosted a cut-a-thon recently to raise money for stylist Eileen Coyne-Homsher, who fell ill with vasculitis and a bacterial lung infection. The event featured 30-minute appointments beginning at noon, according to Douglas David, managing partner of the salon at 6325 Falls of the Nuese Road. The salon donated time and proceeds to assist medical expenses for Coyne-Homsher and her family. A dedicated stylist who has been with Douglas Carroll for more than 10 years, she fell ill in early February. “Eileen has been a stylist with Douglas Carroll Salon for more than a decade,” said David. “Her talent, commitment and genuine appreciation for both the industry and her clients make Eileen an integral part of the Douglas Carroll Salon brand and family. We understand the impact such an illness has professionally and personally, which is why we chose to take time to use our talents to give back to Eileen. Our cut-a-thon was a way to celebrate Eileen while lending a hand to her family in one of the most challenging times they will experience.”

Local Students Win Spelling Bees Six Forks and Falls of the Neuse area school winners in the 2nd Annual PAGE of Wake County Spelling Bee last spring included: • Milan Dhokia, campus winner at Brassfield Elementary School. • Rachel Edwards, campus winner at Ravenscroft School. • Alexander Gordh, campus winner at East Millbrook Middle School. • Jordan Hill, campus winner at Lead Mine Elementary School. • Meg Woodburn, campus winner at Baileywick Elementary School. • Anthony Williams, campus winner at Fox Road Elementary School. • Rachel Edwards, campus winner at Ravenscroft School. • Alexander Gordh, campus winner at East Millbrook Middle School. Michael Bono of Thales Academy was the overall first place winner 919 Magazine NR

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PDQ, a Florida-based casual fast-food chain, plans to open at 6305 Falls of the Neuse Road in October. A second PDQ is planned for Wake Forest later in the year… Outstanding Middle School Student awards from Raleigh Elks Lodge No. 735 were announced for Aniyaa Artis and David Sielaty Jr. of East Millbrook Middle School, and John Weber, Gissell Ruiz-Carias, and Kiana Boyd from West Middlebrook Middle School…Victoria Hall, a former student at Millbrook High School and recent graudate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in WinstonSalem, NC, received a Discus Award for achievement in the arts, academics and community service…A new Starbucks is scheduled to open in August at 6114 Falls of the Neuse Road in the North Ridge Shopping Center. A Jersey Mike’s sandwich shop also plans to open in the center soon…Victor Jones of Sanderson High School attended the American Legion Boys State program at Catawba College in Salisbury. Nominated by school counselors and a local American Legion Post, Jones participated in the one-week non-partisan political and leadership program… Triangle Visions Optometry is now located at Brennan Station Shopping Center on Creedmoor Road. The Raleigh area’s third TVO office is located between Ace Hardware and O2 Fitness… Victoria Hall, a former student at Millbrook High School and recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC, received a Discus Award for achievement in the arts, academics and community service… Bruce and Ellen McKim plan to open Bottle Mixx, a craft beer and wine store, at the Brennan Station Shopping Center on Creedmoor Road. Expected to open in September, the store will be located between Sola Salon Studios and Tropical Smoothie…Meighan Carpenter, owner of Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance on Falls of the Neuse Road in North Raleigh, called the steps recently for an Irish ceili – a traditional Irish social gathering with music and dancing. The West Raleigh Presbyterian Church event was a fundraiser for the parents of Tristan Keane Sharer, who died due to a medical condition two days after birth last year (leaving the family with $15,000 in medical bills)…Greek Fiesta’s seventh Raleigh-area restaurant is scheduled for a late summer opening at the Falls Pointe Shopping Center, located at Durant Road and Falls of the Neuse Road and anchored by Kohl’s and Harris Teeter…Also at Falls Point, Falls River Books is relocating from Falls River Town Center…Total Hair Salon celebrates its annual “Color Week” Oct. 8-13 with 25 percent off all color services and product. The salon – established in 1986 by Charles Powell – is located at 1306 E. Millbrook Road in the Quail Corners Shopping Center at East Millbrook and Falls of the Neuse Road. Call 919-872-7936 for information or appointment.


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Executive Office Suites Expands Small business owners and prospective owners visited the Executive Office Suites at Lafayette Village open house in July, which celebrated the completion of a six-month expansion project. The Phase 2 expansion added 27 new office suites – ranging from 110 to 186 sq. ft., and featuring Italian-inspired design. In addition, a modern training center was added. “Because small business owners have a variety of business needs that fluctuate as their businesses grow, we are pleased, we are pleased to debut the completion of Phase 2,” said Holly Van Apeldoorn, operations manager. “Each office suite has a unique shape that allows for tons of flexibility. The expansion project also included increasing capacity of the training center. It comfortably accommodates workshop seting of 24 and theater seating of 40.”

2008 Sanderson High School graduate Mark Peterson signed with the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball. The 2012 Radford University graduate, a free agent pitcher, was assigned to the Burlington Royals...Charlotte Roberts of Jeffreys Grove Elementary School was one of 12 finalists for the Wake County 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year Award. Enloe Magnet School teacher Lauren Brooks was selected for the honor. All finalists were guests at a special banquet in May… The Hill Center opened at 6500 Falls of the Neuse, Suite 130, in July. The facility – which has had an operation in Durham for many years – provides K-12 tutoring services. For more information call, 919-489-7464 or visit…Skin Sense North Raleigh – located at 6801 Falls of the Neuse Road – sponsored “Primp fro PES” to support Postpartum Education and Support, a local nonprofit organization that supports mothers and their families, raises awareness of perinatal mood disorders and offers a support group for moms dealing with postpartum mood disorders…Three schools in WCPSS were recognized in this year’s annual US News & World Report Best High Schools listings – including Sanderson High School. Broughton ranked #3 in the state of North Carolina, while Sanderson was #12, earning each a Silver Medal. The analysis also recognized Garner Magnet High School with a Bronze Medal…Col. Robert H. Penny retired after 12 years as the Air Force Junior ROTC Senior Aerospace Science Instructor at Sanderson High School. The 2012 AFJROTC Booster Club top scholarship award was renamed the Col. Robert H. Penny Scholarship…Daniel Dozier, Dianna Jassman, Caroline Morton, and Alex Shaver of Sanderson High School were selected by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association as Academic All-Americans in swimming for the 2011-2012 season. This honor is reserved for those swimmers who excel in the classroom, maintaining above a 4.0 grade point average, as well as the swimming pool… Winston’s Grille, located at 6401 Falls of the Neuse Road, sponsored a benefit dinner for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund in July…The 6th Annual Raleigh Pink Ribbon Ride to benefit the Pretty in Pink Foundation in June featured hundreds of motorcyclists traveling through Wake County to raise money to help pay medical bills for people suffering from breast cancer throughout North Carolina. The ride began at Scooter’s Bar and Grill. For more information on the foundation, visit…

BodyLase Celebrates 10 Years More than 100 clients and friends attended the kick-off event for BodyLase Skin Spa’s 10-year anniversary celebration. The May event featured a prize wheel, popular produce and service giveaways, and refreshments. The celebration will continue throughout the year with client events and specials at both the Raleigh (6531 Creedmoor Road) and Cary (501 Keisler Drive) locations.

Executive Office Suites at Lafayette Village is located at 8480 Honeycutt Road, just off Falls of the Neuse Road south of I-540 in North Raleigh. For additional information, contact Apeldoorn at 919-714-7422 or visit www.


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Karen Albright opened the award-winning medicallyoriented skin spa in 2002 with her husband, board-certified surgeon and physician Daniel Albright M.D. Today, BodyLase offers the latest innovations in laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation, and anti-aging treatments. For more information, call 919-954-2288 or visit

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Shoaf’s Passion Creates Unique North Raleigh Consignment Boutiques for Children, Women As owner of Uptown Kids and Our Friends’ Closet Consignment Boutiques, Jennifer Shoaf shares her passion for exceptional women’s and children’s clothing with the local community. The philosophy behind Uptown Kids is to provide a friendly, appealing shopping environment, personalized customer service, and high standards for quality merchandise for every budget. “Many customers walk in for the first time and are surprised that both stores are actually consignment,” said Shoaf. “That is a great feeling and exactly what we hoped the reaction would be!” After the birth of her first child, Shoaf – who has a background in nursing and clinical informatics – became obsessed with children’s clothing. “I spent countless hours buying and selling online, and what started out as a hobby became a second income opportunity,” Shoaf explained. “It soon became difficult to keep up with the clothing sales and shipping, so I decided to see what options were available to open my own store.” Both of Shoaf’s boutiques offer merchandise ranging from everyday

favorite brands to high end designer and boutique items, as well as handmade items to support local homebased businesses. With clothing for children ages newborn to 16, maternity wear, junior, misses, and women’s sizes, there is something for everyone. Uptown Kids sells boys, girls, and maternity clothing, shoes, accessories, baby gear, toys, bikes, books, DVDs – most everything children need from back-to-school to formal occasions and summer vacations. Our Friends’ Closet offers the clothing, shoes, jewelry, designer purses and jeans, and houseware items popular with North Raleigh customers. At Uptown Kids and Our Friends’ Closet Consignment Boutiques, customers are greeted by first name and receive personalized service, all while shopping for high quality merchandise at affordable prices. A stylist is also available at Our Friends’ Closet to help put together the perfect look for any occasion. Both stores accept consignment year-round, by season. “Between the two stores, we have over 1,600 consignors, so our selection and quality of merchandise is amazing,” said Shoaf.


Uptown Kids is located at 10511-115 Shadowlawn Drive in the Falls River Town Center. For information, call 919-809-7919, email uptownkids@, or visit www. Our Friends’ Closet is located at 10940-122 Raven Ridge Road in the Falls River Town Center. For information, call 919-329-2977, email, or visit

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Male Leadership Academy Opens On Spring Forest Road – For Now Though the long-term home for the new Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy will be at the former A.A. Thompson School at 567 Hargett St. in downtown Raleigh, home when the school opens Aug. 13 is in modular classroom trailer units next to East Millbrook Middle School on Spring Forest Road. The all-male campus initially serves 150 students in grades 6-to-9, but eventually will expand to include grades 6-to-12. Students can graduate with up to two years of college credit. Thompson School is currently occupied by Wake County Government Human Services.


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Minor renovations are necessary to convert the facility back to a school. According to Principal Ian Soloman, the move to the new location is imminent. “We should not expect to be at our current location beyond the 2013 calendar year,” he said in a message posted on the school website, adding, “We are a small school, (but we have) big expectations for our young men -- emphasizing scholarship, service and success.” Solomon graduated from North Carolina A&T State University as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow in 1994, with a BS in History-Secondary Education. After several teaching

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positions, he graduated the UNC-Greensboro with an MSA as a Principal Fellow in 1999. Among his previous administrative assignments were as an assistant principal at Cary High School, principal at North Lenoir High School, and principal at Durant Road Middle School. WYMLA has a strict dress code, including uniform Oxford button-up shirts, ties, khaki pants, and business casual or dress shoes. For athletics, WYMLA partners with Daniels Middle School and Broughton High School for our interscholastic athletic programs. For more information on WYMLA, call the main office at 919-431-2244, or visit www.

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WYMLA School Creed I am a Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy student. This is my school and these are my brothers. I am committed to Scholarship in being the best student I can be. I am committed to Service in making my community stronger. I am committed to Success in being my brother’s keeper. I am responsible for my actions. I am respectful of my family. I am dedicated to my school. I am a leader.

WYMLA Profile Temporary Address: 3851 Spring Forest Rd. Permanent Address: 567 Hargett St. Principal: Ian Soloman Initial Student Count: About 150 Initial Grades: 6-to-9 Eventual Grades: 6-to-12 Website: Phone: 919-431-2244

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››› 919 HOME WORK

Want More Backyard Birds?

Simple Tips to Create a Healthy Habitat

Suburban homeowner with a backyard? Renter of an apartment, with only a balcony? Or living the good life on a 20-acre hobby farm? No matter your situation, options abound to create a habitat that attracts beautiful wildlife -- whether it’s the soft flight of butterflies around bushes and flowers, the morning melody of songbirds among the trees and near birdbaths and feeders, or other creatures venturing into their nowcomfortable environment. Aside from the aesthetics, the National Wildlife Federation (and other organizations) notes that improving local wildlife habitats offers a number of advantages for the planet, including: • Improved biodiversity. • Larger local natural wild life populations. • Fewer local extinctions of living things. Of course, it’s also fun, attractive, and...even therapeutic. And not all that complicated. In fact, only a few steps are necessary to radically enhance the backyard environment (or, on a smaller scale, 40

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the confines of a balcony or deck) for wildlife: Provide a food source; supply water; create cover; and allow a place for wildlife to raise their own. Easiest way to feed wildlife is to plant native shrubs and trees that provide foliage, nectar, pollen, berries, seeds and nuts to many species. Supplemental feeders can be easily incorporated. According to the NWF, water sources may include natural

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features, such as creeks and ponds – or man-made features, such as bird baths or ornamental ponds. Native shrubs, thickets, brush and even dead trees can help wildlife feel safe from people, predators and storms. And, finally, places to raise young can often be found in the cover or shelter just noted, or can be supplemented with birdhouses and appropriate shrubbery. To attract more birds, NWF also suggests: • Eliminating insecticides in the yard, since insects are the primary source of food for many bird species. • Retain dead trees, which provide cavity-dwelling paces for birds to raise their young (such as Eastern bluebirds). • Put out nesting boxes. • Remove invasive plans from your “backyard habitat”, as they often compete with native species favored by birds and other wildlife. • Reduce lawn area, which has little value for wildlife.

To attract more butterflies, several sources recommend: • Plant native flowering plants, especially those plants that have red, yellow, orange, pink or purple blossoms. • Plant good nectar sources in full sun, since adult butterflies generally feed only in the sun. • Avoid using insecticides. • Place flat stones in the sun so butterflies have a place to rest and bask in the sun. • Provide a place for “puddling,” for drinking water and extracting minerals from damp sand. NWF provides homeowners an opportunity to take the backyard to an even higher level, by joining more than 125,000 others nationwide who have been certified as wildlife habitats. Enrollment in the 37-year-old program has grown 400 percent since 2003, according to the NWF -- and at least 40 communities have been certified, which means these cities and towns have attained a critical mass of certified backyards, school grounds and business properties. For more information on habitats conducive to birds, butterflies and other wildlife, visit

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It’s Simple to Create a Backyard Habitat • • • •

Provide a variety of food sources Supply water in natural or man-made form Create cover, so creatures feel protected Allow a place for wildlife to raise their own

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››› 919 REGION

PUMPING UP THE POWER Raleigh Area Nuclear Plant Increasing Output Not all newcomers to the North Raleigh region may be aware that Wake County is home to a nuclear power facility. Perhaps fewer know that power output is expanding at the facility, located about 25 miles southwest of downtown Raleigh. Progress Energy’s Shearon Harris nuclear plant enhancements will reportedly supply 43,000 extra homes with electricity through utilization of new components and equipment that bypass federal licensing procedures or public hearings – a procedure utilized throughout the industry in the U.S. since 1977. The expansion is scheduled for several phases, with completion expected in 2015.

Which High Schools Are TOPS In the Triangle?

High schools in the 919 area factored among Newsweek magazine’s “America’s Best High Schools 2012” list. North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham ranked 29th on the list, followed by Raleigh Charter High School at 34, Woods Charter School at 73 and East Chapel Hill High School at 88. Panther Creek High School in Cary – which is attended by a number of North Raleigh students – was ranked 709 on the list. Newsweek evaluated graduation rates, the rate at which students go to college, the number of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests taken, average ACT and SAT scores, and the number of Advance Placement courses offered per student.

S A NEW RTP CAMPU d anne Wake Tech Center Pl for 7,000 Students

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Mild Winter, ity centers and commun ry mina Milder Flu Season locations). The preli y ilit P fac plan for the new RT North Carolina’s onal cti tru ins 10 es h and includ Department of Healt city of ports buildings, with a capa Human Resources re s. about 7,000 student flu that the 2011-2012 est WakeMed Expanding season had the low ity cil Fa decade. gh North Ralei activity in at least a ot -fo re ua sq 0A 90,00 te eMed In fact, both in the sta expansion of the Wak lls of the el, ar Fa and at the national lev North Healthplex ne 40 is no I-5 ason did t Neuse Road north of e 2014 “official” flu se uary. lat even start until Febr expected to open in nters According to the Ce or early 2015. d an the for Disease Control The project includes est lat e care Prevention, that’s th addition of 61 acutepplement start in 29 years. beds designed to su s, ice rv se ty ial ec women’s sp such as obstetric and s. gynecological service y will be The expanded facilit ed known as WakeM North Hospital.

Where are All the Volunteers?

ce A new study by the Offi e th of ral of Inspector Gene d an l na tio Corporation for Na ks ran s Community Service among North Carolina 44th erism. te U.S. states for volun was In addition, Raleigh gest lar 47th among the 51 ntage rce pe r American cities fo er (21 te lun vo of residents who ge era av r fo percent), and 50th s ur ho er te number of volun idents given per year by res (17.8 hours).

Index of Advertisers Access Office Business Center. . . . . . . . .2 Aladdin’s Eatery. . . . . . . . . . . 24-25, 38, 45 Brier Creek Country Club . . . . . . . . . 13,45 Cafe Asia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15,45 Carolina Hyperbarics . . . . . . . . . . . 15, 45 First in Sight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38,45 Learning Rx. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45,48 Mehdi Mirian Photography. . . . . . . . . . 33 Rapid Refill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11,45 Southbridge Fellowship. . . . . . . . . 19, 45 The Little Gym . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39,45 The Organic Bedroom. . . . . . . . . . . 11,45 Total Hair Salon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38,45 Uptown Kids/Our Friends’ Closet . . . . 17,45

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Along the I-540 Corridor

Highlights from the current issues of 919 Magazine •

Candace and Brent Marek — who own Planet Beach in Brier Creek — love living in the Leesville area, and they’re passionate about their business and their family. READ ALL ABOUT IT! Ginger Mann brings enthusiasm and a teaching background to her new role as Fresh From the Farm Leesville Road Middle School WARM, FRIENDLY, FUN AND FAMILYORIENTED BIRDS? PTSA president. Hilburn Academy is transforming from a K-5 to K-8, prompting a face-lift that includes a new logo. Leesville Community Library’s unique architectural design ‘creates a life of its own’. Leesville | Harrington Grove | Lake Lynn | Springdale | Creedmoor Rd | NW Raleigh

Leesville Library Offers Events, Music, Movies…and Books, Too PAGE PAGE 30 30

Here's the Ticket To Produce Paradise PAGE PAGE 20 20

Want More Backyard

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LOCAL ACTIVITIES: From Community Events to Youth Sports Sign-Ups — Just Look Inside!

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Santo Domingo native Jose Velazquez heads up the Brier Creek Country Club’s tennis program. Barb Martin brings a focus on health, BUILDING A HEALTHY, wellness, and each child’s potential to her ACTIVE COMMUNITY new role as Brier Creek Elementary School Fresh From the Farm president. Busy and active, Dan and Dale Cogan talk WARM, FRIENDLY, FUN AND FAMILYORIENTED BIRDS? about why they enjoy the country club lifestyle. Brier Creek Center helps build a healthy, active community, featuring unique programs and activities. Brier Creek | Bethesda | East Morrisville | RDU | South Durham | NW Raleigh


Lets Be Friends!

Local residents and art enthusiasts met noted local artist N.G. Canty (ngCANTY) at Sertoma Art Center’s opening reception for her special solo exhibition, “Becoming…” The July exhibition – which featured artwork on display in the Raleigh Room throughout the month – highlighted the artist’s experimental and representational abstract paintings. Canty, a Morrisville resident, explores color, shapes, techniques and creates texture in her art – creating harmony with complementary hues. Originally from Washington D.C., she studied at Delaware State College, Texas Tech University, and University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned a Masters in Industrial Engineering. The exhibition, sponsored by the Raleigh Parks & Recreation Department Arts Program, was one of a myriad of events throughout the year at the Sertoma Arts Center’s three gallery spaces. The center is located at Shelly Lake Park, 1400 West Millbrook. For more information on the Sertoma Arts Center, its programs, and other art exhibitions, call 919-420-2329, email Director Jill Brown at jill.brown@, or visit For more information on the artist, call 919-228-9978, email or visit


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Sertoma Art Center Features Noted Abstract Artist

Brier Creek Center Offers Unique Facilities and Creative Programs PAGE PAGE 30 30

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LOCAL ACTIVITIES: From Community Events to Youth Sports Sign-Ups — Just Look Inside!



Environmentally Friendly Rapid Refill Ink Offers Big Savings, Great Customer Service Lynn and Shawna Goins, husband and wife owners of Rapid Refill Ink -- a full service ink and toner printer cartridge supplier and professional print and copy service -- are dedicated to helping people print smarter. “Being environmentally friendly is part of who we are and what we do. By offering our customers a ‘green’ product with price savings and excellent customer service we are dedicated to set the standard of ‘printing smarter’. No other ink and toner supplier can match our level of service or our four-step recycling process and quality standards ,” said Lynn, a native of Raleigh.

products, while saving customers money. By recycling and reusing empty cartridges, the use of fossil fuels and the amount of plastic in landfills is greatly reduced. Rapid Refill Ink franchises have grown coast to coast offering total print solutions to consumers, businesses, educators and community organizations (non-profit pricing and recycling programs). While offering popular brand name inkjet and laser toner cartridges like HP, Canon, Epson and Lexmark, as well as Rapid Refill™ brand, they’ve recently added professional print and copy services to customers in the Triangle. Rapid Refill Ink prides itself in providing excellent customer service, a 90-day guarantee, reward programs, newsletter discounts, free delivery to businesses in the Triangle, and customized online ordering for businesses. They will soon roll out a new E-commerce ordering capability

at According to Lynn, “The new E-commerce website will save our customers a trip to the store and make their experience with Rapid Refill that much easier.” The Goins are proud to own a business that offers a “green” product at a reduced price while helping spread the recycling message throughout the community and schools offering programs that pay money back to these organizations. “We have dozens of schools and churches in the area that take advantage of the recycling program and earn money for supplies, programs, or whatever they choose,” said Lynn, adding that Rapid Refill is a preferred vendor for both Wake and Durham County Schools. Rapid Refill is located at 6401 Plantation Point, Suite 109, in North Raleigh and 7851 Alexander Promenade Place, Suite 110, in Brier Creek. For more information, call 919-8768101, email plantationpoint@rapidrefillink. net, or visit

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“Recycling is such an important part of what we do and is one of the main reasons we decided to commit ourselves to this business,” said Shawna, originally from Vermont. The Goins operate both the Plantation Point and Brier Creek Rapid Refill Ink locations. Rapid Refill Ink began in 2002 in Eugene, Ore., and was founded on the idea of turning used, empty inkjet and toner cartridges into usable 44

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Rapid Refill Ink Profile OWNERS: Lynn and Shawna Goins YEAR OPENED: 2006 ADDRESS: 6401 Plantation Point, Suite 109 PHONE: 919-876-8101 EMAIL: WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: OTHER LOCATION: 7851 Alexander Promenade Place #110, Brier Creek, 919-293-0930 Special Advertising Section


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››› 919 FINAL BELL Taking the Path Most Traveled Perhaps not surprising to Triangle residents who drive Interstate 95 on a regular basis, the highway – which runs from New England to Florida through North Carolina – is the most traveled road in the U.S. of the nation’s vehicle miles is handled by I-95. On a somber note, the stretch of the highway in Florida is the deadliest in the U.S. – accounting for 1.73 deaths per mile between 2004 and 2008.


Growing, Growing, Growing Wake County’s population increased during the decade following the 2000 U.S. Census. Raleigh added 127,799 residents, while Cary grew by 40,698. Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Rolesville, Wake Forest and Morrisville all doubled their populations in the 10-year period. SOURCE: Wake County 2011 Annual Report

How High is High in the Piedmont?

1 5 7 M eters That’s the measured height above sea level in the Brier Creek/Leesville area. SOURCE: Various popular references

SOURCE: Highway Traffic Safety Administration

There’s No Place Like Home In its first full year of service to all parts of the county (2010), the Wake County Animal Care, Control and Adoption Center arranged new homes for

6,580 animals.

Information on adopting animals from the Center is available by calling 919-212-7387 or visiting www. SOURCE: Wake County 2011 Annual Report


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