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919 ‹‹ SYLLABUS

The Cover 16

Keeping the Kids Warm

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Transportation for All Occasions

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North Raleigh’s Mayor

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Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

Planners 5 6 7 8

Note in the Pocket Works To Provide Basic Clothing

Departments

Blue Diamond Provides Superb Service, Locally and Worldwide

4 Publisher’s Notes 30 Yearbook 40 Community 44 Food Break 48 Field Trip 57 Advertisers Index 57 Along the I-540 Corridor 58 919 Region 59 Bulletin Board 62 919 Final Bell

Nancy McFarlane Began Political Career in Local Neighborhood

As Earth Day Approaches, Top Tips to Protect the Planet

Features 10

Briana and Bria Day

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North Raleigh Now Home

Millbrook Twins Take Basketball, Academic Success to Syracuse

Meeting Individual Needs

16

A Passion for Perennials

22

A Love for Learning About Things

29

Natural Healing Approach

39

Competitive Prices, Superior Service

47

Helping Children Develop Skills

51

Raleighwood Cinema Grill

52

Making a Difference

On the Cover

The Wright Family Loves Their New Life in the 919

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Dr. CM Stevens’ Unique Academy Offers Students Specialized Program Out of Control Hobby Now A Thriving Iris Operation

Community Events School Events Extracurricular Activities Community Sports

Mayor Nancy McFarlane, a North Raleigh resident and small business owner Photo by Ben Bipes

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Durant Road Middle Student Loves Basketball, Reading, More Carolina Hyperbarics’ Oxygen Therapy Beneficial, Affordable

Locally-Owned Capital Air Offers Extensive Experience, Expertise

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The Little Gym’s Innovative Program Offers Essentials for a Healthy Life Total Dedication to a Quality Movie, Dining Experience

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Ron Beltran’s Work with Lions Club Part of His Mission in Life

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919 ›› NOTES Publisher

Suzy Beth Sarver

Spring is here in the 919 Welcome to the April/May issue of 919 Magazine-North Raleigh It’s Spring! How does the saying go…“April showers bring May flowers”? Spring is when everything comes alive: Things are starting to bloom, including my allergies. But that won’t stop me from getting out and having in fun in this wonderful community. Spring is when we celebrate Earth Day, Mother’s Day and remember those on Memorial Day. Baseball begins and the weather is turning warmer. With all there is to offer in the 919 we hope you find something that puts the spring in your step. Here’s what we have inside this exciting issue of 919 Magazine: • A profile of Briana and Bria Day, who are taking their outstanding basketball and academic skills from Millbrook High School to Syracuse University after graduation (Page 10). • An intriguing article about Dr. CM Stevens and his unique academy that offers specialized programs to meet each student’s individualized needs (Page 14). • A heartwarming piece on the local Note in the Pocket organization, Director Dallas Bonavita, and the efforts to provide children in our area with basic clothing needs (Page 16). • And, if you like flowers this time of year, don’t miss the article on Robert Wilson and Randy Ray, and their passion about the Rocky Toad Road Iris Farm (Page 18). And since we are celebrating Mother’s Day soon, how about featuring a mom on our cover who happens to have the top job in town? 919 Magazine gets up close and personal with our Mayor and North Raleigh resident, Nancy McFarlane. Find out why she is taking charge of the second largest city in North Carolina. Finally, we celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with some tips on Page 50 to help cut down on the clutter and become a little more “eco-friendly” in the 919. This spring we are pleased to announce our new publication for the residents of Morrisville and the Research Triangle Park. Arriving in early April, that area will join our group of five distinct, local 919 publications – and we couldn’t be more thrilled. If you have friends or family in that area, please be sure to tell them to be on the lookout for their very own 919 Magazine-Morrisville/RTP issue! On a special note, I’m wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, including my own. I’m lucky enough to have two in my life and I love them both very much.

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919 ‹‹ PLANNER

COMMUNITY EVENTS

COMMUNITY EVENTS 4/8-5/1

4/15

APRIL

$7 fee 10 am-12 pm Anne Gordon Activity Center 1905 Spring Forest Rd www.raleighnc.gov

4/1-22

Beginning French One for Kids Ages 3-6; $40 fee 3:15-4 pm, Mon Greystone Community Center 7713-55 Lead Mine Road www.raleighnc.gov

4/1-4

Give My Regards To Broadway Sertoma Musical Theatre Revue Ages 8-16; $70 fee 1-4:30 pm, Mon-Thurs Sertoma Arts Center 1400 Millbrook Rd 919-420-2329 www.raleighnc.gov

4/4

American Red Cross Blood Drive 2 pm-6:30 pm North Regional Library 7009 Harps Mill Rd 919-870-4000 www.wakegov.com

Lifeguarding — American Red Cross Ages 15 and up; $200 fee 5-8:30 pm, Mon, Wed Optimist Pool 5902 Whittier Dr www.raleighnc.gov

4/9

4/19

A Family Walk in the Park

Girl Scouts 6:30-7 pm (currently registered) 7-8 pm (new registration) 905 South Main St., Wake Forest

$1 fee 6:30-7:30 pm Durant Nature Park 8305 Camp Durant Rd www.raleighnc.gov

4/11

4/19-20

Early Bird Registration,

Electronic Recycling and Paper Shredding Sponsored by LG Electronics, and Metech Recycling 7:30 am-4 pm; no fees Ravenscroft School Falls of Neuse Road entrace (follow signs to Lot B) 919-847-0900, ext. 2238 smicyus@ravenscroft.org

Durant Family Campout Ages 6 and up; $15 adult, $10 youth 6pm-11 am Durant Nature Park 8305 Camp Durant Rd www.raleighnc.gov

4/22

Earth Day

4/22

4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

4/5-26

Rotary Club of North Raleigh 1 p.m. Wildwood Green Golf Club 3000 Ballybunion Way 919-787-4133

Bingo $2 fee 10am-1pm, Fri Anne Gordon Activity Center 1905 Spring Forest Rd www.raleighnc.gov

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919 ›› PLANNER

MAY

4/25-27

Spring Musical — Thoroughly Modern Millie

5/5

7 pm Sanderson High 5500 Dixon Dr 919-881-4800 www.sandersonhs.wcpss.net

Cinco de Mayo

5/12

Mother’s Day

MAY

5/11

Backyard Composting

5/1

Ages 7 and up; $5 fee 10:30 am-12 pm Millbrook Exchange Community Center 1905 Spring Forest Rd www.raleighnc.gov

Middle School Drama Production 7-9 pm Ravenscroft School 7409 Falls of Neuse Rd 919-847-0900 www.ravenscroft.org

5/27

Memorial Day

4/14

Jazz Festival 4:30 pm – 6 pm Ravenscroft School 7409 Falls of Neuse Rd 919-847-0900 www.ravenscroft.org

4/17

International Festival 9 am-2:20 pm Millbrook High 2201 Spring Forest Rd 919-850-8787 www.mhs.wcpss.net

4/18

Art Spring Fling

SCHOOL EVENTS

APRIL

2:30 pm Millbrook High 2201 Spring Forest Rd 919-850-8787 www.mhs.wcpss.net

4/19

5/1

International Festival 8:45-1:20 pm St. Timothy’s School 4523 Six Forks Road 919-787-3011 www.sttimothys.org

5/2

3rd Grade Chorus Performance 6:30 pm-7:30 pm Lead Mine Elementary 8301 Old Lead Mine Rd 919-870-4120 www.leadmine.weebly.com

5/2

Dance Concert 7 pm Millbrook High 2201 Spring Forest Rd 919-850-8787 www.mhs.wcpss.net

Truck Fair

5/4

8-11 am West Millbrook Middle School 8115 Strickland Rd 919-518-0111 www.wmms.net/walters/ truck_fair/index.htm

Spring Carnival 11 am-2 pm Lynn Road Elementary 1601 Lynn Rd 919-870-4074 www.lynnroades.wcpss.net

Northern Wake Campus Open House

4/25

5/9

Wake Tech 10 am-12:30 pm 6600 Louisburg Rd www.openhouse.waketech.edu

7 pm North Ridge Elementary 7120 Harps Mill Rd 919-870-4100 www.northridgees.wcpss.net

7 pm Millbrook High 2201 Spring Forest Rd 919-850-8787 www.mhs.wcpss.net

4/1-5

Spring Break Wake Co. Schools holidays

4/13

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Orchestra Concert

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919 ‹‹ PLANNER 5/10

2nd Grade Violin Garden Concert 12:15-12:45 pm Ravenscroft School 7409 Falls of Neuse Rd 919-847-0900 www.ravenscroft.org

5/14

Paw Print Performers 6:30 pm Lynn Road Elementary 1601 Lynn Rd 919-870-4074 www.lynnroades.wcpss.net

5/14

Band & Strings Concert 7 pm West Millbrook Middle 8115 Strickland Road 919-870-4050 www.wmms.net

5/20

Spring Band Concert 7 pm Millbrook High 2201 Spring Forest Rd 919-850-8787 www.mhs.wcpss.net

5/20

Middle School Band, Choir, & Strings Concert 7-8:30 pm Ravenscroft School 7409 Falls of Neuse Rd 919-847-0900 www.ravenscroft.org

5/22

Orchestra Concert Sanderson High 5500 Dixon Dr 919-881-4800 www.sandersonhs.wcpss.net

5/23

Chorus Spring Concert 6:30 pm Sanderson High 5500 Dixon Dr 919-881-4800 www.sandersonhs.wcpss.net

Pretty in Pink Foundation Benefit 8:30-10:30 reg; 11 am start $20 (lunch, T-shirt, music) Scooters Bar & Grill 1911 Sego Ct 919-819-2866 www.raleighpinkribbonride.com

Memorial Day Wake Co. schools holiday

5/29

Dance Concert 7 pm West Millbrook Middle 8115 Strickland Rd 919-870-4050 www.wmms.net

EXTRACURRICULAR EVENTS 4/4

Minerals Rock & Recycle Makeup, cosmetic recycling, refresments, demonstrations, more 6-8 pm; $25 (for makeup products) Skin Sense 6801 Falls of Neuse Rd Appts: 919-870-0700 www.skinsense.com

4/11

4/20

Crawfish Boil — TLC for Bikes Charity Bike Ride Transforming Hope Ministries Benefit 8:30 am $15 fee includes special lunch TLC for Bikes Shop Lafayette Village 8480 Honeycutt Rd 919-324-4966 www.tlc4bikes.com

4/20

A Pink Tie Affair

5/21

7 pm Sanderson High 5500 Dixon Drive 919-881-4800 www.sandersonhs.wcpss.net

Program, graduation, h’orderves 3-5 pm Converting Hearts, Inc. 240 Newton Rd, Suite 106 919-322-2171 www.convertinghearts.org

4/13

Harmony, Hope & Healing Presented by General Assembly Chorus Pretty in Pink Foundation Benefit 2 pm matinee; 7 pm evening $25 reserved, $20 gen adm Cary Academy 1500 N. Harrison Ave, Cary 321-345-7464 www.ETIX.com 919 Magazine NR

Raleigh Pink Ribbon Motorcycle Ride

5/27

Kingdom Vision 2013, Open House

Band Spring Concert

4/14

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Music, Dancing, Auction Fight for 1in9 Benefit Sheraton Hotel, Downtown www.apinktieaffair.com

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Anne Willis Skin Care Presentation Special Needs for Individuals Undergoing Cancer Treatments Park Centre Spa 8300 Health Park, Suite 131 919-846-1920 www.parkcentre.com

5/16

Advanced Skin Care Solutions How to Reverse Skin Damage, Signs of Aging, etc. Park Centre Spa 8300 Health Park, Suite 131 919-846-1920 www.parkcentre.com

5/17-18, 20

Free Visia Days Complementary Complexion Analysis and Consultation Park Centre Spa 8300 Health Park, Suite 131 919-846-1920 www.parkcentre.com

NIGHTLIFE Apr/May

Oliver Twist Live Music, belly dancing, other Five nights weekly 8111-137 Creedmoor Rd 919-844-4426 www.theolivertwistlounge.com

Apr/May

Carolina Ale House Live Trivia, Tue 4512 Falls of the Neuse Rd 919-848-4782 www.carolinaalehouse.com

COMMUNITY SPORTS ACTIVITIES 4/1-4/30

Raleigh-Wake Senior Games Age 55-older Various locations, activities 919-996-4734 www.raleighnc.gov

Apr/May

Bike Rides 8 am; Saturdays (40M), Sundays (60M) TLC for Bikes Lafayette Village 8480 Honeycutt Road, Suite 126 919-324-4966 www.tlc4bikes.com

REGISTRATIONS, CAMPS & CLASSES SPORTS

APRIL

4/4-25

Baseball-Little Sluggers Various ages, times, and fees Millbrook Exchange Community Center 1905 Spring Forest Rd www.raleighnc.gov

4/4-25

Soccer-Little Kickers Ages 3-5; $36 fee 5-5:45 pm, Thu Optimist Community Center 5900 Whittier Dr www.raleighnc.gov

4/12-5/3

Football-Little Tacklers Ages 4-7, $36 fee 6:30-7:15 pm, Fri Millbrook Exchange Community Center 1905 Spring Forest Rd www.raleighnc.gov

4/22-5/11

Marlins Swim Clinic Age 6-14 Ravenscroft School 7409 Falls of Neuse Rd 919-851-3000 www.marlinsofraleigh.com

4/2-23

Soccer-Little Kickers Various ages, times, and fees Millbrook Exchange Community Center 1905 Spring Forest Rd www.raleighnc.gov

4/3-24

Lacrosse-Youth Various ages, times, and fees Optimist Community Center 5900 Whittier Dr www.raleighnc.gov

Apr/May

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

WALKS, RUNS AND GOLF

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4/19

Triangle Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Parents Night Out 6-10 pm Kidz Celebrate 6801 Falls of Neuse Rd 919-645-9799 Ashley.stoick@kidzcelebrate.com

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4/20

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Benefits SPCA, SWOOP, Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation Cameron Village www.runraleighraces.com

8 am-12:30 pm Live music; children’s activities Umstead State Park 919-852-2268 www.umsteadcoalition.org

Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation Benefit; 9 am Downtown Raleigh www.runforourheroes.org

RunRaleigh Half Marathon & 5K

Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead

4/20

Umstead Walk/Run/Bike Event Umstead Coaltion Benefit 8 am-12:30 pm 4M walk/run, 12M Tour de TORC Live music, children’s activities, more 919-852-2268 www.umsteadcoalition.org

4/20

PurpleStride 5K Run/Walk Pancreatic Cancer Action Network 9:30 am NCSU Centennial Campus 851 Partners Way, Raleigh www.purplestride.org/raleighdurham

5th Annual Run for Our Heroes 5K

4/27

Triangle March for Babies 3.1 mi. March of Dimes Benefit Walk 8:30 am reg; 10 am start Imperial Center, Durham 4309 Emperor Blvd 919-781-2481 www.marchforbabies.org

5/12

Run Like a Mother 5K 8:30 am Kerr Family YMCA 2500 Wakefield Pines Dr www.runlikeamotherrace.com

5/17-18

Northern Wake Relay For Life American Cancer Society Benefit Wake Forest www.northernwakerelay.com

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919 ›› STUDENT PROFILE

Day Twins Take Basketball, Academic Accolades from Millbrook to Syracuse By STEPHANIE FRIEDL 919 Magazine Writer

On the heels of their final basketball season at Millbrook High School, seniors, sisters, and twins Bria and Briana Day have committed to Syracuse University on full athletic scholarships. With all their accolades, it might surprise some to know that Bria and Briana have only been playing basketball for six years. Prior to playing basketball, both girls ran track; however, at 6’4” inches tall, many people encouraged them to play basketball. “We gave it a shot, and we

ended up really liking it,” said Bria. Both girls love basketball for the intensity of the game and the exciting atmosphere in which it is played. Bria is ranked as the 36th overall forward in the 2013 class by ESPN Hoopgurtz, earning her a 3-star ranking and grade of 85. Athletic, long and fluid, Bria was a top track athlete in North Carolina in the 400 meters before switching to basketball fulltime. Briana is a 4-star recruit, ranked 57th overall in the 2012 class and 15th among forwards, while grading out at a 94 by Hoopgurtz. Although basketball is their passion, above all else for these two girls is the love they have

Bria and Briana Day Profiles AGES: SCHOOL: PARENT: RESIDENCE: SIBLINGS:

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for their mom, Katherine Johnson, older sister Fatima Johnson, and their faith. “My mom really inspires me to be a better person throughout life,” said Bria. “She supports us through any and everything, and she’s a strong person,” added Briana. The Day girls live in Franklin Woods with their mom and, in their off season, enjoy spending time with friends, watching TV, shopping, and catching up on sleep. Bria loves to read, enjoys studying history and science, and aspires to one day be a cosmetic plastic surgeon. Briana is also interested learning about history and is considering a career as a psychologist. At school, Bria and Briana are both A/B Honor Roll students and love and appreciate the support their teachers and fellow students show for the basketball team. Although their stellar high school careers are coming to a close, Bria www.919Magazine.com


and Briana are delighted with their commitment to Syracuse University, which, as no surprise, has become their favorite college team to watch. “We chose Syracuse because it best fit us, and the coaches are amazing,” said Briana. “We also had to look at playing time and whether our mom was okay with the distance.” Mom Katherine credits the girls’ success to a solid foundation of love, faith and family. “My twins love to go to church, and they love their grandmother, whose health is failing,” she said. “They are twins, but very different people, and love each other very much.”

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919 ›› FAMILY PROFILE

International Wright Family Now Calls North Raleigh Home

By STEPHANIE FRIEDL 919 Magazine Writer

Originally from England and the Netherlands respectively, Paul and Hylain Wright now make their home in North Raleigh’s Breeland Park, which they chose for its family friendliness, beautiful trees, parks and greenways, and many amenities. As parents to two young daughters, Claudia, a kindergartener at Leesville Elementary School, and baby Emily born this past January, the Wrights believe Raleigh is the perfect place for families of all ages. Spending time together is the Wright family’s number one priority. Hylain, who studied English and education and earned her teaching degree in English as a second language, became a stay-at-home-mom after Claudia was born. Always a craft lover, Hylain honed her crafting and jewelry making skills and is now a fashion jewelry and accessory designer for her own company, Angelic Strawberry – which she founded in 2012 after the success of her handmade store on www.Etsy.com. Angelic Strawberry products are inspired by the “kawaii” (cute in Japanese) Asian pop culture, harajuku fashion, and “Otaku” culture

We realize we are very blessed to have the life we do, and it makes us feel good to help others when we can, and you can always help someone, somehow. HYLAIN WRIGHT

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(geek, nerd enthusiast with regards to anime/manga). “I enjoy the creative process and thinking about new designs as well as redesigning existing concepts,” said Hylain. “And because I am able to work from home, I can spend a lot of time with my family which is very important to me.”

Paul hails from Stockbury, England, a small village in the county of Kent in the southeastern part of England. Currently, Paul is busy with the start-up of his new company limeylight (www. limeylight.com) which facilitates connections between producers of healthy products and consumers worldwide. Through his new company, Paul is putting the power of the Internet and his 17-plus years in information technology together to help make healthier foods, products, and services more convenient and accessible to consumers around the globe. For the Wrights, life is busy, but not too busy to help others. Every

year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, they head to the market and load up a whole shopping cart with canned food to donate to the food bank. “We realize we are very blessed to have the life we do, and it makes us feel good to help others when we can, and you can always help someone, somehow,” said Hylain.

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919 ›› PERSONALITY PROFILE By STEPHANIE FRIEDL 919 Magazine Writer

Twenty-five years ago, Dr. CM Stevens founded Stevens Prep Academy to serve the needs of students who didn’t fit the one-size-fits-all approach he witnessed in other public and private schools. Nick-named “a home school by professionals,” Stevens Prep Academy offers a specialized program designed to meet each student’s needs. “I saw the deficiencies in traditional educational systems and knew how to correct them, so I began Stevens Prep Academy,” said Stevens. “Instead of telling the student to keep up with everyone else, each student is tested and placed at their level of ability in each subject with reinforcement in place for any weaker areas that are not at grade level.” Stevens – a silver level ballroom dancer, photographer, and world traveler – is a former Wake County teacher who graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Master of Science and PhD in Educational Counseling. While at UNC Pembroke, Stevens was president and founder of the NC Student Legislation and member of Delta Psi Omega Fraternity and the Political Science Masochists International. In 1988, Stevens earned his teaching certificate, and, since 1993, has been licensed with NC Dept. of Non Public Education. A three time recipient of the National Who’s Who award for outstanding professional and civic achievements, Stevens is also a graduate of Wood Badge, the most advanced training 14

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Meeting Individual Needs

Dr. Stevens’ Unique Academy Offers Students A Specialized Program

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available for Scout Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America and successfully completed a Philmont trek of 112 miles in 13 days. After many years of providing individualized education in accordance with North Carolina graduation requirements, Stevens enjoys discovering new ways to understand and educate students and takes great pride in knowing he has helped his students achieve their goals. His greatest reward comes from hearing from former graduates with thanks and gratitude for providing a quality education and the foundation they needed for success. Particularly rewarding for Stevens is seeing former students go on to earn their fouryear degrees and continue on to pursue even higher education. “I think to myself, I am so happy and pleased that I helped you on to the next stage of your life,� said Stevens. Stevens Prep Academy, established in 1988, is located at 901 Oak Creek Road in North Raleigh. For more information,

Dr. CM Stevens Profile RESIDENCE: PROFESSION: PETS: INTERESTS:

Sheffield Manor, North Raleigh Entrepreneur/ Educator (Stevens Prep Academy) 8-Ball, Little Girl (Jack Russell terriers) Ballroom dance, photography, traveling

visit www.stevensprepacademy.com, email

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919 ›› VOLUNTEER PROFILE

Children Without Basic Clothing Needs Note in the Pocket Works To Keep Kids Clothed, Warm By STEPHANIE FRIEDL 919 Magazine Writer

Ten years ago, one young mother saw the need among her daughter’s kindergarten classmates for coats for the winter. That mother, Susan Reiland, took it upon herself to collect enough coats so that every child had a coat before Christmas that year. Not content to stop there, the following year, every kindergartner in the school received a coat. The donations continued to grow, and today, Note in the Pocket, a community outreach program, collects and distributes clothes to hundreds of impoverished and homeless children throughout Wake County. “There are children in Wake County who stay home from school because they do not have clean or weather appropriate clothes, whose clothes and shoes are too small or worn out, and who do not have underwear,” said Dallas Bonavita, director of Note in the Pocket and native North Carolinian. “It is not OK for children

in Wake County to be without basic clothing needs.” Bonavita is passionate about the work of Note in the Pocket for which she and the all-volunteer staff work tirelessly to provide appropriate clothing and a

Dallas Bonavita Profile VOLUNTEER POSITION: RESIDENCE:

Director, Note in the Pocket North Raleigh

Note in the Pocket Profile GOAL: To provide clothing and dignity to the overwhelming number of children in Wake County in need of appropriate clothing for school YEAR STARTED: 2004 (unofficially); became a ministry of Our Lady of Lourdes church in 2012; application pending to become 501 c3 non-profit ADDRESS: 240 Newton Road, Suite 103 WEBSITE: NoteinthePocket@gmail.com TWITTER: @NoteInThePocket FACEBOOK: facebook.com/NoteInThePocket

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sense of dignity to children in need. And that need is great. Wake County Public School System is the 16th largest school district in the United States and the largest in North Carolina. With almost 50,000 students who qualify for the free or reduced lunch program, the need for clothing is just

It is not OK for children in Wake County to be without basic clothing needs. DALLAS BONAVITA www.919Magazine.com


as great. Working with the nearly 100 partner agencies and school contacts who identify the children in need, Note in the Pocket delivers free needed clothing to the referring partners, who then get the clothing to the families. The success of the program depends on clothing donations from the community, the volunteers who collect, sort, and deliver – as well as financial support. Anyone can sponsor a clothing drive through church, school, work, or other community organizations, donate their time preparing clothing for children in need, and donate funds that will be used to purchase items needed that are not in stock or items that have to be new, such as undergarments. Through the hard work and dedication of all those involved, Note in the Pocket has seen incredible growth over the past 12 months. “We went from working out of Susan’s

home, to donated space within North Raleigh Ministries, to our new 2,000 sq. ft. volunteer center,” said Bonavita. However, the need for clothing still far outweighs the donations and ability to provide for all. With additional clothing and financial

donations, community volunteers, and corporate sponsors, Note in the Pocket hopes to expand its reach to tens of thousands of children each year. Volunteer hours are available through Sign Up genius. Visit www.signupgenius.com, hit the “find a sign up” tab, and enter email:

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919 ›› PERSONALITY PROFILE

Wilson and Ray: A Passion for Perennials Out of Control Hobby Now a Thriving North Raleigh Iris Operation By STEPHANIE FRIEDL 919 Magazine Writer

Photos Courtesy Rocky Toad Iris Farm

Rocky Toad Road Iris Farm Profile ADDRESS: EMAIL: PHILOSOPHY:

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Robert Wilson and Randy Ray, proprietors of Rocky Toad Road Iris Farm, invite one and all to “stop and smell the iris.” Affectionately known as “The Iris Guys,” Wilson and Ray became friends in 1977 and have been working in the iris fields ever since the hobby got out of control years ago. “The things are just so absolutely beautiful that the problem has not become selling them, but trying to stop Randy from buying them,” said Wilson. “They are the heartiest of perennials, drought resistant, amazingly beautiful, grow if you drop them on the ground, and double every year.” With hundreds of varieties, Randy grows them faster than people can adopt them, but that doesn’t stop him from pursuing his passion for pollination and all things iris. Customers come from near and far to visit this unique North Raleigh farm to select from the close to 800 varieties of iris and, just as importantly, to enjoy the warmth and humor of the farmers who lovingly tend them. The duo buys new introduction show winners from the big companies in Oregon, grow them for a few years, and hand select those ready for sale under their tent display. Iris shopping is available any day from the drive-up store on the honor system. “Sadly we have faced a few ‘thieves’ in the past, so we ask that customers not enter the areas labeled ‘No Admittance’ which house iris still multiplying and not ready for sale,” said Wilson. “Live” show times are usually every afternoon from about 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., and Sundays 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. As resident iris experts, Wilson and Ray share their passion with young students at Wakefield Elementary and North Forest Pines Elementary schools as teacher assistants. In addition, they exhibit www.919Magazine.com


their artistic talent painting commercial and residential murals throughout Raleigh, for which they have won awards from Parade of Homes and Raleigh’s Street Painting Festival. And, not surprisingly, Ray has won several first place awards for his amazingly beautiful personal hybridized iris. Despite the rest of the world undergoing dramatic change, the simple authentic beauty of Rocky Toad Road Iris Farm remains the same. “Despite the road widening mercilessly tearing out trees and rows of our iris as the majority zip by, we remain in love with God’s creations,” said Wilson, referring to the ongoing road work on Falls of Neuse Road. “We will have our flowers blooming in April and look forward to seeing everyone at the farm for another great blooming year!”

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Robert ‘The Wizard’ Wilson and Randy ‘The Bumble Bee’ Ray AGES: RESIDENCE: PROFESSIONS: FAMILY: PET: INTERESTS:

As we are both made of dirt, we are as old as dirt Rocky Toad Road Iris Farm Robert (Philosopher, mural artist, kindergarten teacher assistant); Randy (artist, iris connoisseur, farmer) “As Sly and the Family Stone sang, ‘We are family, I’ve got all my’…” “One aging dog (UBU). He is the lazy and absent-minded type, but very lovable. He will hug anyone who hugs us!” “Robert can’t get enough golf, and Randy can’t get enough pollination.”

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Enjoy Raleigh’s Trails?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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919 ›› STUDENT PROFILE

Durant Road Middle School Student Loves Basketball, Reading, Learning About Things By STEPHANIE FRIEDL 919 Magazine Writer

I am fortunate to have a great group of teachers that makes for a fun school day. CHRISTIAN KILPATRICK

Christian Isaiah Kilpatrick Profile AGE: 15 SCHOOL : Durant Road Middle (8th Grade) PARENTS: Sabrina Kilpatrick, William Hicks III RESIDENCE: Falls River INTERESTS: Basketball, bike riding, reading, skate boarding

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Durant Road Middle School 8th Grader and power forward Christian Kilpatrick loves the game of basketball and hopes to continue playing well into college. Currently, Kilpatrick plays power forward for both his City of Raleigh and NCAAU (North Carolina Amateur Athletic Union) teams. Kilpatrick clearly loves the game of basketball, and, as power forward, plays a crucial role in the smooth operation of his basketball teams. Capable of making the big plays, power forwards must be excellent rebounders and be able to take care of the ball after securing it. “With the AAU Cary Panther team, we get to travel and play different teams and with City of Raleigh, we have lots of fun,” said Kilpatrick. Kilpatrick lives in Falls River with his parents, Sabrina Kilpatrick and William Hicks III. When not playing basketball, Kilpatrick loves to read, skateboard, play video games, and is a big UNC Tarheels and Kobe Bryant fan. At school, he maintains perfect attendance and consistently achieves A/B Honor Roll status. He enjoys studying language arts and learning about new things. “I am fortunate to have a great group of teachers that makes for a fun school day,” said Kilpatrick. Inspired by his parents and grandparents, his pastors at church, and his teachers, Kilpatrick is committed to keeping up his grades, being the best that he can be, and making his mom and dad proud. “Christian is a very good child and has never been in any trouble, does well in school, and is just an all-around good kid,” said mom, Sabrina. “We love him so much.” www.919Magazine.com


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Celebrating its 30th season, the North Raleigh Athletic Association (NRAA) proudly supports hundreds of local youth football players and cheerleaders who participate in the local Consolidated Football Federation (CFF) league. The CFF is comprised of 15 different member organizations from five counties in the Triangle area. With approximately 550 athletes competing last season on one of 17 Bulldogs Pop Warner football and five cheer teams, two football and two cheer teams won their regional titles and advanced to the Pop Warner Super Bowl and National Cheer & Dance Championships at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World in Florida. To get to the championships, teams competed in their local brackets against others in their league then made it through multiple playoff games to win their regional title. The following four teams each won their 2012

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After A Successful 2012 Season, Bulldogs Prepare for Registration regional titles qualifying them for the national championships in Florida: • Midget Football: Head Coach Scott Mooneyham • Pee Wee Red Football: Head Coach Barry Whitmore • Midget Cheer: Head Coach Pamela Bowman • Pee Wee Cheer: Head Coach Tera James

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Winning its bracket but losing to Pee Wee Red in the CFF championship game, Pee Wee White, coached by John Houston, went on to win two additional games in the Second Chance Regional Championships to bring home a regional title. With much to be proud of, the cadre of volunteers who make up the board and expert coaching staffs of

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the NRAA devote countless hours on and off the field to offer the best organization possible for all the athletes and families involved. The NRAA is affiliated with the national Pop Warner Little Scholars program, founded in 1929, which now has approximately 425,000 football, cheer and dance participants aged 5-16 years old in 42 states and several countries around the world. It is the only youth football, cheerleading and dance organization that requires its participants to maintain academic standards to participate. With no tryouts or cutting of rosters in Pop Warner programs, every athlete participates under mandatory rules of play. Participants are placed on teams based on age and weight (age only for cheer), and individual awards are given only for academic excellence, not for on-field activities. Registration for the Bulldogs 2013 season begins on April 1, with a season opening date of August 1, 2013.

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A Natural, Non-invasive Healing Approach

Carolina Hyperbarics’ Oxygen Therapy Beneficial, Affordable

Carolina Hyperbarics in Raleigh is “meeting the challenge of living well” by providing patients a natural, holistic, noninvasive, and effective approach to healing. As the only clinic in the Triangle to offer FDA-approved hyperbaric chambers to treat investigational conditions, Carolina Hyperbarics opened its doors in August 2011 as the second free standing hyperbaric oxygen clinic for its parent company, Baromedical Associates. “We run our clinic with the same best practice methodology that hospitals use with exceptional attention to clinical outcome, patient comfort, and safety,” said Mary Marchbanks, President and Chief Operations Officer, Baromedical Associates, LLC. The professionals at Carolina Hyperbarics work in concert with leading physicians and trainers in the area to add state of the art hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to a comprehensive treatment plan for recovery for injured professional and amateur athletes and families seeking the best possible opportunity for their loved ones to recover from injury and chronic illness. At the clinic — located within the American Institute of Healthcare and Fitness — Carolina Hyberbarics’ patients experience improvement in healing from traumatic brain injury and stroke, Lyme disease, Parkinson’s, autism, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis,

Crohn’s disease, chronic pain and inflammation, concussions, pre and post-surgical recovery, sports injury, arthritis, detoxification therapy, and athletic performance. During treatment, patients can sit upright and watch TV or nap in the world’s largest and most advanced single person FDA approved hyperbaric chambers all within a luxurious private setting. All HBOT is supervised by Hyperbaric Medical Director, Dr. James Stevens, also the physician for the Carolina Hurricanes, Carolina Ballet, and Carolina Family Practice and Sports Medicine, and is administered by the caring, experienced, certified staff. Sarah Stoltman, Practice Director, Certified Hyperbaric Technologist and Certified Safety Director, provides the majority of the therapy. “We were extremely lucky to lure her away from managing a hospital wound care and hyperbaric facility in Virginia to help us open and run Carolina Hyperbarics,” said Marchbanks. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to treating our most difficult conditions.” Dedicated to helping individuals achieve their goals of living healthy and well, the professionals at Carolina Hyperbarics welcome new patients

Carolina Hyperbarics, PLLC OWNERS: Carolina Hyperbarics PLLC, Dr. James Stevens. MANAGING ENTITY: Baromedical Associates, LLC, in partnership with local businessman, Michael Dean Chadwick and local physician, Dr. James Stevens. YEAR OPENED: 2011 ADDRESS: 8300 Health Park, Suite 134; Raleigh WEBSITE: www.nchbo.com EMAIL: jtritt@nchbo.com (Jeff Tritt, Business Development & Hyperbaric Technologist) PHONE: 919-720-4377 FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/CarolinaHyperbarics

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and invite all those interested to call for a free consultation. Carolina Hyperbarics is located at 8300 Health Park, Suite 134, Raleigh, NC 27615. To contact or for more information, call 919-720-4377, email jtritt@nchbo. com, or visit www.nchbo.com.

About Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy HBOT is breathing 100 percent oxygen under increased pressure and must be done in a hard sided hyperbaric chamber that is approved for use with 100 percent oxygen. The difference in the amount of oxygen provided in hard sided chambers versus soft/ home/mild chambers is dramatic. At pressures of 1.3 ATA, studies show that patients receive 998mmHg of oxygen versus only 256mmHg of oxygen in the soft/home/mild chamber. Most treatment protocols are at 1.5ATA or higher where patients receive up to 2000mmHg of oxygen. Soft /home/mild chambers can’t achieve these higher pressures required to provide medical benefit. Information provided here is not to be considered medical advice. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for non-approved/off-label indications is considered investigational.

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory at “Read Across America Day” at Upward Road Elementary School in Flat Rock, NC, in March Photo by Katy Warner

Photo courtsey of Diane Walters and West Millbrook Middle School

Meteorologists Todd Anderson of Dominion Power and Greg Fishel of WRAL TV spoke with 8th graders about their expertise at the West Millbrook Middle Schools’ Career Day

Local resident attended Paint Your heART Out at Sertoma Arts Center in early February

Tammy Stoker, of the US Environmental Protection Agency, spoke with 7th graders

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Robin Gill (left) and Kelly Ryman (right) of Park Centre Spa in North Raleigh present a check for $825 to Barb Fields of the Pretty in Pink Foundation. Park Centre Spa donated a portion of proceeds from a variety of treatments during the February fundraiser

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Ryan Kidd was accepted to the Triangle Youth Leadership Conference at NC State in March. Ryan is the son of Kevin and Vesna Kidd of North Raleigh

Sanderson High School Air Force JROTC cadets celebrated winning First Place Overall at the recent Northside Panther Invitational Drill Meet in Pinetown, NC Photo courtesy of Vesna Kidd

Residents enjoyed a day full of games, prizes, and fun at the Summerfield North community’s annual Spring Fling event

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919 Magazine Publisher Suzy Beth Sarver and dreamLake Media President and CEO Scott McElhaney with North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory at Raleigh Chamber of Commerce reception at Umstead Resort this spring Photo by Katy Warner

Durant Road Elementary Chorus celebrated their third annual International Night in late February

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Superb Service, Locally and Around the World

Blue Diamond Offers Outstanding Chauffeured Transportation For All Occasions, Business Needs

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If you are looking for only the best chauffeured transportation service in North and South Carolina, you’ve come to the right place. Linda Sellers, Carrie Peele, Laura Alvarez, Celeste Reeder, Patrice Weseman

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919 ‹‹ BUSINESS PROFILE Carrie Peele founded Blue Diamond Limousines with $15,000 on three credit cards and one midnight blue limousine. Over the next 23 years, Peele’s exceptional passion, determination, and know-how turned that small beginning into the largest certified woman-owned limousine company in the Carolinas. Now, Blue Diamond Worldwide Transportation vehicles and office staff work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year serving local, national, and worldwide clients. “And the professional staff at Blue Diamond provides superb, prompt service and attention to detail,” Peele said. Peele credits her parents for developing her business background. “In our house, you were either going to school or working for the family businesses,” said Peele, who grew up in Pennsylvania – where her mother was part owner in 35 lumber centers, and her father owned a heavy equipment company. That early training – combined with her sales talent and attention to customer service – helped Peele build the Raleigh-based company quickly. Today, Blue Diamond Worldwide Transportation provides limousines, sedans, vans, and motor coaches for any transportation needs locally

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and anywhere in the world – including special occasions (such as weddings and proms), airport and business travel, and corporate meetings and events. Blue Diamond features:

Carrie Peele Profile POSITION: CEO YEARS IN POSITION: 23 FAMILY: David Franks (spouse); two adult daughters (Courtney, Meredith) INTERESTS: Fundraising for Pretty in Pink, networking, cooking, entertaining

• Personalized concierge service that starts from the moment a customer call is answered, until their experience is over. • An A-Plus rating from the Better Business Bureau. • A fleet of luxury vehicles, meticulously groomed and serviced every day by a full-time detailer and a full-time mechanic. • Superbly trained and insured chauffeurs, who provide prompt service and a wonderful experience. “If you are looking for only the best chauffeured transportation service in North and South Carolina, you’ve come to the right place,” said Peele, who also has a long history of community support and charitable fundraising for many organizations, including the Pretty in Pink Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the American Red Cross, and more.

Blue Diamond Worldwide Transportation OWNER, CEO: Carrie Peele YEAR OPENED: 1990 ADDRESS: 7987 Fayetteville Rd., Suite 10, Raleigh PHONE: 919-772-9595 WEBSITE: www.BlueDiamondLimo.com EMAIL: info@bluediamondlimo.com FACEBOOK: Blue Diamond Limousines, Sedans and Buses

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RALEIGH’S MAYOR

Nancy McFarlane Began Political Involvement As a Neighborhood Advocate in North Raleigh

She was a small business owner, a PTA mom, a neighborhood advocate, an environmental steward, and a member of the Raleigh City Council. Then Nancy McFarlane was elected Mayor in 2011, succeeding Charles Meeker, who did not seek re-election to a sixth term for the post. A resident of North Raleigh, she calls the area a fantastic place to raise a family and to start a new business. She graciously answered questions recently about herself, her family, and her experiences for 919 Magazine readers. 34

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A Conversation with Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane: How and why did you decide to seek elective office? My decision to seek office for Raleigh City Council emerged due to several factors. It was a natural extension of my civic and community activities, including a decade serving on the Wake County PTA and other experiences. But my biggest advocacy role came when I became president of the Greystone Homeowners Association in North Raleigh. The city had failed to properly monitor storm water runoff from nearby construction, and the result was horrific. So much silt drained into my neighborhood’s lakes that geese had to walk across them rather than swim. Roads were getting washed out as well, and all of this cleanup was being charged back to me and my fellow residents to pay. I was so upset by these circumstances that I organized friends and neighbors, and we convinced Raleigh leaders to impose tighter rules on development. That led to more campaigns against poorly regulated developments over the next four years while I served as association president. During that April | May 2013

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time, I saw that our city needed more long-term planning, and that I could and should be part of that effort. Besides water run off issues, the increase in traffic congestion and crowded schools in Raleigh concerned me. Topping it off, the more I talked to people in the city, the more I heard the same complaints being registered about feeling disconnected from city government. “Nobody cares what I say – they only listen to big money interests,” was a common refrain. They saw the city was spending four out of every five dollars to support sprawl development while basically ignoring downtown. So to provide balance — and given those voters who felt alienated by the majority of the powers running Raleigh at the time — I ran for city council. After winning the election, I concentrated on long-term planning, which I felt could correct a lot of the problems 919 Magazine NR

we were encountering with protecting the environment and our neighborhoods. I participated extensively in developing our Unified Development Ordinance to serve as a guide on how the city of Raleigh evaluates major issues, including land use, transportation, environmental protection, economic development and housing options. Another big triumph was crafting Raleigh’s Small Business Initiative. This created a small business office at City Hall dedicated to help people navigate the city’s requirements for zoning, permits and licenses as they started their small businesses in town. By having a singlepoint-of-contact permitting process, opening a small business in Raleigh is much more accessible, simplified and hassle-free than when I joined the council, and it has helped drive our continuing economic success.

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Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane Profile AGE: 56 RESIDENCE: PROFESSION:

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Greystone (North Raleigh) President and Owner, MedPro Rx Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Pharmacy at the Medical College of Virginia Husband, Ron McFarlane; 3 children: Katie, Emily, Reynolds

City of Raleigh Facts Raleigh is the capital and the second largest city in the state of North Carolina. Known as the “City of Oaks” for its many oak trees, it is also the Wake County seat.

YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1792 NAMESAKE: Sir Walter Raleigh FIRST INDENDENT OF POLICE *: John Haywood CURRENT AREA: 115.6 sq. mi. POPULATION: 416,468

(2011 U.S. Census Bureau est.)

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42nd largest city in U.S., 2nd largest in NC WEBSITE: www.raleighnc.gov * Title eventually became Mayor

Raleigh City Council Members Raleigh Mayor and City Council members can be contacted at Raleigh Municipal Building , 222. W. Hargett St., Raleigh 27601 (mailing address is P.O. Box 590, Raleigh 27602), or 919-8903050. More information is available at www.raleighnc.gov. • • • • •

Mayor Nancy McFarlane Council Member, At-Large Russ Stephenson Council Member, At-Large Mary Ann Baldwin District A Randall Stagner, Council Member District B

What prompted your decision to run for Mayor? After spending four productive years as a member of the Raleigh City Council, I knew there was still so much I wanted to continue to work on and see happen for the city. When Mayor Charles Meeker announced he would not seek a sixth term in office, I had a sense of responsibility to provide a voice for not just those people in my district but for everyone who felt they lacked input in our political system.

What are the biggest issues faced by the City of Raleigh in the next 2-3 years? One important issue is managing growth wisely. We want to make sure that its impact on infrastructure will not burden us over the long run. Important resources – such as our water supply – should not have their quality compromised as we expand our population base. Transportation issues are another important concern. We have to improve our mass transit options to serve all of our citizens and continue our growth success. The transportation bond that passed in 2011 is helping us address how we can best meet our future needs in this area. I would like us to pursue more walkable and bike-friendly communities and improve traffic calming designs as well in the future.


In your short tenure as mayor, what accomplishment makes you most proud? The 75-year lease we have signed with former Gov. Bev Perdue and the Council of State of North Carolina that will allow the city to use the Dorothea Dix property as a city park has huge implications for our growth. It will improve our quality of life by offering a free, large recreational urban park for residents and visitors to enjoy. We will be able to devote areas in the park to educate people on our state’s mental health activities in honor of what Dorothea Dix accomplished on the land in the 1800s. Its addition will add to our population influx, which will in turn increase the property value of the surrounding area, as well as the tax base for the state and city.

What specific initiatives do you expect to highlight in the next 2-3 years? Transit efforts will be a central concern I want the city to address. I believe an expanded bus service and regional rail will be essential to handling our expected growth as well as preserving the character of our existing neighborhoods. A regional approach to this issue with Durham and Orange counties will help us immensely in Raleigh and Wake County, and I know that the majority of voters here want that as well. Additionally, we need to continue to cultivate our arts and culture scene. Events such as SPARKcon have brought visitors and recognition to Raleigh as a prime leader in offering innovative cultural activities. These events keep our downtown life vibrant and have helped to make Raleigh the most educated metro area in the United States, according to Richard Florida of the Martin Prosperity Institute. We want to keep this aspect strong, because it is another reason why Raleigh remains unique.

You’re a pharmacist by trade; how did you make the decision to pursue that as a career? When I was in high school, I realized I had the skills for and interest in a science career. But I was stunned when I read the gender-biased comments accompanying my aptitude test results. It said: “If the taker of this test is male, he should be a surgeon, a physician, an attorney, or an architect; if the taker of this test is female, she should be a nurse, a surgical assistant or a teacher.” I vowed not to be so narrowly defined, and after exploring my options, I felt pharmacy offered me the most room for growth.

How and when did you decide to move to Raleigh? My husband and I decided to move to Raleigh in 1984 because of a job opportunity he received. We relocated from Richmond and are very happy we made the decision to come here. 919 Magazine NR

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What do you enjoy most about raising your family and living in Raleigh? There is so much to appreciate about being here, where do I start? We have been recognized multiple times in national surveys as one of the best places to live and work in the U.S. There is constant activity and innovation in our business and educational communities. We are adding newcomers every day who contribute to our growth. Our great parks and greenways system, many other recreational opportunities, unique attractions and friendly people all add up to a lot of reasons to love being part of Raleigh.

Can you tell us about your family history? I was born in Washington, D.C., to two loving parents, Ralph and Jean Pletcher. I grew up with my brother in Arlington, VA, and although we all enjoyed a good quality of living – I already sensed as a child that the congestion and poorly planned growth there was a detriment. That is why I have made infrastructure and future planning key elements of my platform for public service. Incidentally, my parents relocated to North Raleigh in the 1980s, and they have lived here for more than 25 years.

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With all that in mind, with $90,000 and a dream, I opened MedPro Rx Inc. in 2002 as a specialty infusion pharmacy that provides infusion medications and services to clients with chronic illnesses. We sought and obtained accreditation from several healthcare organizations to build our credibility, and we developed several outreach programs to the bleeding disorder community to show our commitment. The biggest of these has been our “Education is Power” scholarship program begun in 2006, which has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarship funds to students nationwide who are living with bleeding disorders We hope to continue to grow the company and serve those people who are coping with chronic diseases.

Can you tell us about your immediate family? What is your education and career background? After graduating from high school, I went to study at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Pharmacy at the Medical College of Virginia, where I successfully earned a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy. I worked as a hospital pharmacist in Richmond, VA, until we moved to Raleigh. Then I worked for a time as a retail pharmacist, followed by 15 years as a hospital pharmacist at what is now known as Duke Raleigh North.

How did you decide to start your company, MedPro RX? I had spent more than two decades as a retail and hospital pharmacist, and during that time, I learned that I wanted to provide more than just medicine to my clients – particularly people who are coping with chronic diseases. I knew they needed support services, including in-home care to better meet their needs. My vision was to create a pharmacy that could coordinate pharmaceutical care with existing community resources as well as serve as an advocate for the bleeding disorder community.

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I met my husband, Ron McFarlane, when we were both pursuing a degree in pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University. We married in 1980, and 30 years later we had the distinct honor to receive the Distinguished Pharmacy Alumni Award from the university. Ron serves as the chief operating officer at MedPro Rx. We have raised three children who are all now adults. Katie is the oldest and has completed her nursing degree at Wake Technical Community College. Our second daughter, Emily, is attending graduate school at New York University. And our son, Reynolds, is a geographic information systems major at Appalachian State University.

How do you spend your free time? When I have free time, I try going out in the city and spending quality time with my family and friends.

What gives you the most pleasure or entertainment in life? I enjoy relaxing through music and art, particularly live music.

MedPro Rx has several community outreach programs, including its “Education is Power” scholarship program. To date, the pharmacy has awarded nearly $300,000 in scholarship funds to students nationwide who are living with bleeding disorders. MedPro Rx also supports several other organizations dedicated to helping people living with chronic illnesses, including the Hemophilia Foundation of North Carolina, the Virginia Hemophilia Foundation, Patient Services Inc. (PSI), the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, the Neuropathy Association and other nonprofits throughout the region. For more information, call 888-571-3100 or visit www.medprorx.com.

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Competitive Prices, Superior Service Locally-Owned Capital Air Filters Offers Extensive Experience, Expertise For Businesses and Homeowners

Capital Air Filters Inc., owned and operated by brother and sister team Stephen Hoffman and Julie Hoffman Smith, offers competitive priced air filtration products and superior service to businesses and homeowners in the Raleigh area. Smith and Hoffman grew up learning the business from their parents who – for more than 15 years – owned a local air filtration business. Today, they utilize their experience and expertise to offer the highest quality products at the best prices, with service that consistently exceeds customer expectations.

We are dedicated to providing comprehensive support to our customers and delivering quality filtration products faster than anyone else can. JULIE SMITH,

Capital Air Filters Inc. As the only locally woman owned filter supplier offering a complete line of products for any filtration application, Capital Air Filters’ success comes from understanding each customer’s special requirements and then making sure to have the products and processes in place to meet those needs. “Being a small business, we have the flexibility to make quick changes to any part of our business model based on user and market needs,” said Smith. And with virtually all of the

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filters made right here in North Carolina and the large on-site inventory, products are readily available and cost effective. Capital Air Filters provides filtration products and services to a wide variety of customers with very specific and sometimes unique air filtration needs, including pharmaceutical facilities, hospitals, high tech businesses, public school systems, college campuses, commercial property managers, and government agencies. “Our customers include businesses and institutions who want the peace of mind that comes with knowing they are dealing with a professional organization who respects their unique requirements and who will make the extra effort to meet all of their filtration needs in a timely and cost efficient manner,” said Smith. “We are dedicated to providing comprehensive support to our customers and delivering quality filtration products faster than anyone else can.” Plus, homeowners can simply walk in the front door and select any size and type filter from the inventory of standard sized pleated filters and hard to find Air Bear, Honeywell and Aprilaire filters at prices significantly lower than “Big Box” Photos by Mehdi Mirian Photography stores charge for comparable products. Smith and Hoffman, native North Carolinians, are proud to say that because of their successful business model and commitment to unparalleled service quality, price, and convenience, Capital Air Filters continues to grow, adding full-time employees and delivery vehicles to its fleet. Capital Air Filters, Inc. is located at 6101-101 Westgate Road, Raleigh. To contact or for more information, call 919-785-9881, email Julie@filtersonline.com, or visit www.CapitalAirFilters.com.

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Millbrook Exchange Children’s Playground Closed for Renovations A children’s playground next to the Millbrook Exchange Community Center is closed for renovation through May 30. Features included in the new playground include: • A Play Area for ages 2-5 to accommodate approximately 20 children, including composite play equipment with platforms, roofs, slides, climbers and acoustic instruments; a swing set; two spring riders. • A Play Area for ages 5-12 to accommodate approximately 90 children, including a multi-level play structure with slides, climbers, overhead climbers, play panels and exercise bars; and a swing set. • Other play elements, such as a rubber safety surface in the play areas; two sand diggers, including one with wheelchair access; and painted games – such as hopscotch and four-square – on sidewalks. The site will also include picnic tables (including one that is wheelchair accessible), benches, trash receptacles, shade trees and centrally located natural area, and a fenced parking area. Millbrook Exchange Community Center is located at 1905 Spring Forest Road in North Raleigh.

Wake Tech Plans Campus Tours, Other Activities For Prospective Students

National Magnet Schools Group Honors Millbrook High School Magnet Schools of America honored 25 Wake County Public School System magnet schools for 2012-2013 – including Millbrook Magnet High School in North Raleigh. Millbrook was selected as a “School of Excellence” by the organization, and will be eligible to receive monetary prizes at the May awards ceremony in Tulsa, OK. “Magnet schools throughout the country are being awarded for their excellence in demonstrating student achievement, innovative and engaging instruction and curriculum, community engagement, professional development and a commitment to diversity,” said Scott Thomas, Magnet Schools of America Director. “This is a competitive process that awards only a small fraction of the magnet schools nationally.”

Wake Tech Community College’s Northern Wake Campus plans an open house from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 13. The event is an opportunity for high school students, counselors, parents, and members of the community to visit the campus and learn more about the programs and resources offered at college. • Prospective students and others can: • Learn about the school’s curriculum programs • Speak with staff and faculty member • Take a campus tour • Attend sessions to help with the transition to college • Receive information about resources available, such as financial aid, athletics, clubs and organizations, the career center, and the individualized Learning Center To register for the event, visit www.openhouse.waketech.edu. Wake Tech’s Northern Wake Campus is located at 6600 Louisburg Road in North Raleigh.

Raleigh Pink Ribbon Ride To Benefit Pretty in Pink It’s almost time for the Raleigh Pink Ribbon Ride. The 7th annual motorcycle event – benefitting the Pretty In Pink Foundation – is 11 a.m., April 14, at Scooters Bar and Grill in North Raleigh. Registration is 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. A $20 fee per rider includes a T-shirt, lunch and music by “The Switch”. The event also includes a silent auction, raffle prizes, a 50/50, and other giveaways. For more information, call 919-819-2866, email raleighpinkribbonridepeggy@gmail.com, or visit www.raleighribbonride.com.

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919 ‹‹ COMMUNITY Girl Scout Registration April 9 Early bird registration for Girl Scouts registration begins April 9 at the Wake Forest United Methodist Church. Currently registered scouts can sign up 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., with new scout registration 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wake Forest UMC is located at 905 South Main Street in Wake Forest.

North Raleigh DMV Office Extends Hours

The state Department of Motor Vehicles office in North Raleigh expanded its hours of service recently. DMV’s driver’s license office at 2431 Spring Forest Road now is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturdays. Two other DMV offices in Raleigh also plan extended hours, beginning in April, and the switch could be expanded soon to other DMV facilities in the state.

Harris Teeter Opens in August on Highway 98 Construction continues at Creedmoor Village - with the anticipated opening of the anchor grocery, Harris Teeter, expected in August. Harris Teeter Communications Manager Catherine Reuhl Becker confirmed the opening of the 53,000 sq. ft. store, located about five miles north of I-540 on the northeast corner of the Highway 98 and Old Creedmoor Road intersection (just west of Creedmoor Road/Highway 50). Phase One of Creedmoor Village also includes 15,600 sq. ft. of retail space (including four outparcels). Leasing Agent Matt Larson indicated both retail and restaurant operators are being pursued to fill the space, but he was unable to confirm any specific confirmed businesses at this point.

Synthetic Fields Planned at North Raleigh’s WRAL Soccer Center

Skin Sense Plans Cosmetic Recycling, Makeup Demonstrations at April Event

Two synthetic multipurpose fields will be installed at the WRAL Soccer Center off Perry Creek Road in North Raleigh. These new synthetic fields will replace soccer fields that are currently grass – and will have lights to accommodate night games. Construction of the synthetic multipurpose fields is estimated to cost $2.5 million, with $2.2 million coming from the City of Raleigh and the remaining $300,000 from private contributions. The city is using two-thirds general obligation bonds to fund its portion of the project, and the Capital Area Soccer League is applying for grants to cover the private funds. Construction of the two fields is expected to begin by June 1, and completion is expected within 60 days.

Skin Sense, a day spa in North Raleigh, plans a mineral makeup and cosmetics recycling event 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 4. Partnering with TerraCycle, Skin Sense provides free makeup and beauty product waste collection during the special event. In addition, attendees can: • Receive complimentary makeup applications • Participate in special raffles • Receive color match and makeup consultations • Learn about new hairstyling up-do trends from DS Parada Sangrias and hors d’oeuvres from Fork and Barrel will be available, and Kerstin Ducatte – a Jane Iredale expert mineral makeup artist, will give live demonstrations and a mineral makeup presentatation at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $25, which goes toward Jane Iredale makeup purchases on the night of the event.

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Hibernian Pub of North Raleigh Opens on Falls of Neuse Road

Hibernian Pub of North Raleigh is now open at 8021 Falls of Neuse Road. Located in the former Duffy’s location, Hibernian offers a unique atmosphere – similar to a traditional public house. This is the third location for the Hibernian family of restaurants. Hibernian Pub of North Raleigh is located at 8021 Falls of Neuse Road. For more information, call 919-803-0290 or visit www.hibernianpub.com.

Rotary Club of North Raleigh Plans Charity Golf Tournament Rotary Club of North Raleigh’s 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 22, at Wildwood Green Golf Club. The event will raise funds for Rotary Club programs and scholarships. For more information on the event, call 919-787-4133 Rotary Club of North Raleigh meets at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Sertoma Arts Center, 1400 W. Millbrook Rd. in North Raleigh. Wildwod Green Golf Club is located at 3000 Ballybunion Way in North Raleigh.

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Dayna Wells, a senior at Millbrook High School, received the Girls Scouts’ Gold Award recently. She is the daughter of Dave and Donna Wells and a member of Troop 776 (led by Donna Wells and Amy Bailey)… Majestic Marble and Glass Co. is opening a showroom at Plantation Point Shopping Center in North Raleigh. The grand opening is scheduled for April 1. Majestic is based in Youngsville…Samantha Thomas earned the Silver Award, Girl Scouting’s second-highest honor. The daughter of Chris and Debora Thomas, she attends Millbrook High School and is a member of Troop 1069 (led by Sarah Jessup)… Among students honored at the Visual Art Exchange’s 24th Annual Young Artists Exhibit: Alexandra Kansler of Ravenscroft School (first place) and Tate Russell of Ravenscroft School (second place). Kaitlin Slatery of Ravenscroft School and Erin Bower of West Millbrook Middle School received honorable mentions… Ravenscroft’s women’s swim team won the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association 3A state meet at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in February. The Ravens won six events and scored in the other five… Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt is now open at Creedmoor Crossings, 5613 Creedmoor Road (near Millbrook). Open Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., the shop can be contacted at 919-615-1552. Menchie’s franchise locations are also in Durham and Cary – and at 6325 Falls of Neuse Road in North Raleigh… Vivo!, an Italian restaurant owned by Gianni Cinelli, opened recently at Peachtree Market, located at 7400 Six Forks Road in North Raleigh. Vivo! can be reached at 919-845-6700… Seven girls from Girl Scout Troop 818 recently earned Silver Awards, scouting’s second highest honor. Among those receiving awards were Maddie Jones, daughter of Sam and Sherrill Jones of Sanderson High School…North Raleigh teenagers can enter the Wake County Public Libraries annual Teen Poetry Contest through April 30 for a chance to be honored at a special reception, receive a trophy and read their winning poems in a public forum. Entries must be in Grades 6-12, and up to three original poems can be submitted. Winners in four categories – Grade 6, Grades 7-8, Grades 9-10, and Grades 11-12 – will be announced in early May. Visit www.wakegov.com/libraries for entry guidelines and to submit entries…A 4,600 sq. ft. Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q restaurant is expected to open soon near Triangle Town Center at Poyner Place shopping center (7851 Target Circle), according to a Triangle Business Journal report…Chopstix, a new restaurant, opened recently at 5607 Creedmoor Road in North Raleigh… Durant Road Middle School students Lewis Waters and Treyanna Rountree, Carroll Middle School students Casi Brown and Elijah Bunn, West Millbrook Middle School students Alicia Roberts and Raheam Ceesay, and East Millbrook Middle School students Kirsten Kroffe and LaDrelle Toney were honored by the Raleigh Elks Lodge as Outstanding Middle School Students. The awards are based on academic performance, citizenship, leadership and other factors. Both attended a recent special banquet at the lodge and received certificates of accomplishment from the Elks and the North Carolina Legislature ...North Raleigh residents are encouraged to drop off electronic items for recycling and papers for shredding at Ravenscroft School, 7409 Falls of Neuse Road from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 11. No fees are involved; plan to enter the campus from Falls of Neuse Road and follow the signs to Lot B. For more information, contact Shelly Micyus at 919-847-0900, ext. 2238 or smicyus@ravenscroft. org. the event is sponsored by LG Electronics and Metech Recycling ...Converting Hearts -- a recovery network that strategically collaborates with both religious and non-religious organizations to reach addicted men, empower hurting families, and impact diverse communities -- plans Kingdom Vision 2013 Open House, 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, at 240 Newton Road, Suite 106, in North Raleigh. The event includes programs on increasing volunteer capacity, learning how to help troubled teens, and stories of redemption -- plus food and a graduation ceremony. For more information call 919-322-2171 or visit www.convertinghearts. org... Send news items about your children, students, church, school, organization, club, troop, or group to info@919magazine.com.

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Blue Jay Point’s Songbird Celebration Offers Outdoor Activities for All Ages A special Songbird Celebration in April at Blue Jay Point County Park marks this year’s International Migratory Bird Day in North Wake County.

displays, games and activities for all ages in the Blue Jay Garden.

locate spring migrants through song and observation.

• 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Take a Story Walk ® along Blue Jay’s Sparkleberry Loop Trail, while enjoying the story, “Those Darn Squirrels Fly South” by Adam Rubin.

• 1:15-2 p.m.: Remarkable Raptors (ages 11-15).

• 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: A raptor presentation by Master Falconer Bill Davis’s big beautiful birds of prey.

Individuals, families and organizations are encouraged to attend any and all of the programs and activities throughout the park. Food concessions will be available, or participants can bring a picnic lunch.

• 12 noon-12:30 p.m., or 12:301 p.m.: Feature Your Nest (preschools and parnents).

• 12 noon-12:15 p.m., 2-2:15 p.m.: Rockin’ Robin Parade, with young participants making their own minipercussion instrument and parade around the event grounds.

• 10-10:45 a.m. or 11-11:45 a.m.: Family Bird Hike (all ages).

Among the free activities planned for the day (drop-in, and come-and-go as desired)

• 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Experience an interactive Migration Obstacle Course.

• 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Shade-grown Coffee Hour on the Environmental Education Center porch.

Free events allowing for pre-registration at 919-870-4330 (or limited registration may be available at the event’s Information Tent:

• 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Bird-themed

• 9-10 a.m.: Adult Bird Hike to

Scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the park, located at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, the event’s theme is “Life Cycle of Migratory Birds: Conservation Across the America.”

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• 11-11:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m.-12 noon: Birdsongs (preschoolers and parents).

• 11 a.m.-12 noon, 1-2 p.m., or 2-3 p.m.: Osprey Hike (all ages). • 12 noon-12:45 p.m. or 1-1:45 p.m.: Wake Audubon Family Bird Hike (all ages). • 2-2:45 p.m.: Wake Audubon Bluebird Hike (all ages). For more information, call 919-870-4330, email bluejaypoint@wakegov.com, or visit www.wakegov.com/parks/bluejay.

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Simple Family Scampi Dish Always Reminds Lauren Nosek of Home Lauren Nosek, a North Raleigh resident for the last year and a half, loves her grandmother’s Shrimp Scampi and Pasta dish because it’s simple to prepare, and reminds her of home. “This dish is just so quick and easy to make – and comes out delicious,” Nosek said. “The more I make it, the better it comes out!” Nosek, who is originally from Yorktown Heights, NY, works as an office assistant and cashier locally.

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Directions 1. For the pasta, set the water to a boil and add salt. 2. Once the water boils, put a large saute pan on another burner and turn the heat on high. 3. Slice the garlic cloves as thin as possible, or add the minced garlic. 4. Add the pasta to the boiling water, and the butter and olive oil to the saute pan. 5. Saute the garlic for a minute or so, but do not let it burn. Add the white wine and a little salt and let it boil furiously for 2-3 minutes, then add the shrimp. 6. Let the shrimp jump in the pan over high heat for 2-3 minutes, then turn them and add the cilantro, the diced tomato, the black pepper and the lemon juice. Wait one minute and then mix well and turn off the heat. 7. Drain the pasta, and mix in the sauce.

Lauren’s Grandmother’s Shrimp Scampi with Pasta Ingredients

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919 Magazine Launches All-Local, Glossy Publication Serving the Morrisville Area DreamLake Media, a North Raleighbased media and communications company, launched a new publication for Morrisville residents in April. 919 Magazine/MorrisvilleRTP is distributed six times a year to every residence and business in a specific geographic area in Northwest Wake County, including all of the Town of Morrisville. Combined with the current 919 Magazine/North Raleigh-Six Forks-Falls of Neuse, 919 Magazine/Wakefield Plantation-Falls Lake, 919Magazine/ Wake Forest-Rolesville, 919 Magazine/ Leesville-Creedmoor Road, and 919 Magazine/Brier Creek editions, the six publications circulate more than 107,000 issues along the I-540 Corridor and throughout the high-profile markets.

Each edition of 919 Magazine includes informative features and articles, packaged in a vibrant, colorful, easy-toread glossy format. Saturation delivery of the new edition by the U.S. Postal Service will occur six times a year in the MorrisvilleResearch Triangle Park area – roughly south of I-540 to Cary Parkway and east of Highway 55 to I-40 (all of USPS Zip Code 27650). “In addition to the mail distribution to every single family home, condominium,

apartment and business, additional copies of the new publication will be available on specialty racks placed in strategic locations throughout the highdemographic region,” said Publisher Suzy Beth Sarver, noting the expansion is the result of the overwhelmingly positive response to the first five editions of 919 Magazine that began distribution in May 2012 to the Brier Creek and Leesville areas. All six editions of 919 Magazine focus on people, events and activities in the specific area, featuring vibrant local photography, compelling articles by award-winning writers, and relevant information of vital interest to residents. For additional information on 919 Magazine’s six current editions, contact Sarver at 919-747-8785 or

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919 ‹‹ BUSINESS PROFILE

The Little Gym’s Program Helps Children Develop Skills Essential for a Healthy Life Developing healthy bodies and minds one cartwheel at a time, The Little Gym’s award winning curriculumbased program helps children develop skills essential for a healthy life. Through a holistic “ThreeDimensional Learning” approach to skill development, the philosophy behind The Little Gym is based on three core tenets: “Get Moving” to foster flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination; “Brain Boost” to nurture listening skills, concentration, and decision making; and “Citizen Kid” to promote sharing, teamwork, cooperation, and leadership abilities.

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come to class,” said Richard. “For each of us, our relationships with our children and their parents are the best part of working at The Little Gym.” Families can register their children aged four months to 12 years at any time during the year. Summer classes and camps begin June 11, for which families can buy a Flex Pass that allows them to come any day throughout the 11-week summer season.

“We knew we wanted to open a business together that would allow us to make a positive difference in the RICHARD MOORE community,” said Richard. “The philosophy that children should love themselves for who they are and grow Collectively, the owners of The Little as individuals, rather than being Gym of North Raleigh have more than The Little Gym of Raleigh is located at focused on competition at such an 60 years of experience teaching children 10501 Shadowlawn Drive, Suite 105, Raleigh. early age, was also attractive to us.” either in schools or in The Little Gym. To contact or for more information Richard Moore, managing partner, has Using balance beams, swing bars, call 919-846-9760, been teaching at The Little Gym for over uneven bars, rings, parallel bars, incline email tlgraleighnc@thelittlegym.com, 18 years and has served as a consultant mats, parachutes, scarves, hula hoops, or visit to gyms from coast to coast. Richard’s and bean bags, the wife, Carey, joined the program in dynamic and passionate The Little Gym 1998 and leads many of the parent/ instructors and staff of North Raleigh/Wake Forest child programs along with managing develop lessons designed YEAR OPENED: 1995 * human relations operations. Richard’s to have a positive impact MANAGING PARTNER: Richard Moore parents, Martha and Gerald Moore, have on the children and ADDRESS: 10501 Shadowlawn Drive, Suite 105, Raleigh, NC 27614 served The Little Gym International as families they teach every WEBSITE: www.tlgraleighnc.com vice presidents of franchisee operations, week. “Our instructors EMAIL: tlgraleighnc@thelittlegym.com PHONE: 919-846-9760 and sister, Karalyne Ley, also a partner, are dynamic individuals FACEBOOK: The Little Gym of North Raleigh helped develop the successful dance who love seeing a child * The Little Gym International started in 1976 program, Dance The Little Gym. grow each time they 919 Magazine NR

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919 ›› FIELD TRIP

Civil War History, Only a Short Drive from North Raleigh It was a simple farmhouse, but it was situated precariously between Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston’s headquarters in Greensboro and Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s headquarters in Raleigh. And, in April 1865, the two commanders met at the Bennett Place, where they signed surrender papers for Southern armies in the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida. It was the largest troop surrender of the American Civil War. Today, the Bennett Place in Durham is fully reconstructed and restored to its 1865 condition, is free for visitors to tour, and is less than 30 minutes from most parts of North Raleigh. The Bennett home consists of three fully furnished rooms, including the parlor where the generals met to bring an end to the war. The kitchenhouse is fully furnished as it would have been in 1865 – and a smokehouse and gardens add to the 1865 appearance.

The Visitor Center contains a museum gallery of three rooms of exhibits, telling the story of the Bennett Family and the events encompassing the largest surrender of the war. Military weaponry, farm tools and other Civil War artifacts are part of the collection on display. In addition, the Everett-Thissen Research Library contains more than 1,000 books, periodicals, and documents relating to the Civil War and the Bennett Family. A theater shows a short orientation film. The Bennett Place Support Fund operates a gift shop inside the Visitor Center, with all proceeds going to funding the education programs, preservation and maintenance of the park. Visitors can shop for books, mugs, prints, puzzles, magnets, ornaments, flags, toys, pottery, soaps, candies and more. Also at the site: The Unity Monument, dedicated in 1923, is the premiere monument dedicated to peace and the

Bennett Place Profile HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE: Site of the surrender of Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston to Union Gen. William T. Sherman, the largest and final surrender of the American Civil War. ADDRESS: 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd., Durham PHONE: 919-383-4345 EMAIL: bennett@ncdcr.gov WEBSITE: www.nchistoricsites.org/bennett/ ADMISSION: Free; donations accepted HOURS: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday

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reunification of the United States; the Morgan Bench Memorial, recognizing the contributions made by the Morgan family to preserve Bennett Place as a historic landmark; and the bandstand brought to the park in 1924 by the Durham Rotary Club. The site includes walking trails, where visitors can view plant life and wildlife. Benches and boardwalks built by Eagle Scouts and staff provide places to rest and cross remnants of the Ellerbe Creek. A picnic area provides visitors a respite to enjoy a meal or snack with friends and family. Throughout the year a variety of living history events take place, including the commemorative anniversary event recognizing the surrender. Other activities include Union Occupation, Road To Secession, Tarheels: Soldiers of the Old North State, Planting the Fields, and Christmas in the Carolinas During the Civil War.

Visitors are welcome to join guided tours for a stroll down the original Hillsborough Road and into the farm structures, listening to stories of the two great generals’ meeting. Tours are typically on the hour Union Gen. William Sherman (left) beginning at 10 a.m., & Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston with the last tour of the day beginning at 4 p.m. (except during daylight savings time, when the last tour begins at 3 p.m. Guided tours last between 30 minutes to one hour. Visitors are also provided a site brochure map, which they can tour the farm on their own if they have limited time with us. The site is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., TuesdaySaturday. No admission is charged. Bennett Place is located at 4409 Bennett Memorial Road in Durham.

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919 ›› HOME WORK

Going Green Tips on How to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Replenish, and Restore Earth Day – originally celebrated as the Spring Equinox – became an annual day on which events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth. Now Earth Day is coordinated globally and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 of each year as International Earth Day. There are five main components to becoming more aware and “Eco Friendly” in everyday living: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Replenish, Restore.

Reduce

Buy locally. Produce and goods that do not require travel/transportation can greatly reduce greenhouse emissions and help the environment. Another suggestion to cut down on greenhouse emissions is to ride a bike more often, and walk to neighborhood destinations.

Reuse

Many people already recycle glass bottles and cans, but what other uses can you have for left over jars, old pillows, and other household items? Glass jars filled a quarter way up with small pebbles and centered with a candle make excellent luminaries. Line your drive way, walk way or perimeter of your yard. Glass jars also keep cut lemons, onions and chopped produce fresh longer while taking up less space in your refrigerator. Before you trash them, put old bedroom pillows in the dryer at a high temp with a few fabric softener sheets. Spray with a

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disinfectant, cover with upholstery fabric and, voila’, “new” summer throw pillows for the outside couch or patio sitting area. Hold a garage sale or donate used items. Save your unwanted items from the landfill by helping someone in need and save the environment at the same time. For more eco-friendly tips for reusing instead of throwing away, visit a Facebook favorite of 919 staffers: Different Solutions.

Recycle

Cut down on waste by limiting use of paper and plastic cups. Return plastic grocery bags to the grocery store on each visit. Carry washable canvas bags and eco-friendly totes to eliminate the need for plastic shopping bags altogether. And review what is tossed in the garbage, checking the recycle codes on the bottom of your personal care products, food containers and other household items (one website that offers codes or all product containers is www.thedailygreen.com).

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Replenish

Buy and use energy-saving, compact fluorescent light bulbs and other energy efficient bulbs. Not only do these bulbs last up to 10 times as long as conventional incandescent lighting – over their lifetime – they use only a quarter of the energy. Plant trees and help fight climate change. Trees have a natural process of photosynthesis and to absorb CO2 and other pollutant particulates. Trees emit oxygen and also provide much needed shade, which helps cool yards, communities, and the planet. For more information on choosing and planting trees, try checking the Arbor Day Foundation at www.arborday.org.

Restore

Get outside more: Visiting nature centers and learning more about the environment can lead to activities and habits that make a difference on the future of our earth. Visit the local library: Libraries provide resources and guides on how to build a butterfly habitat, plant a garden, construct a bird house, or start a compost heap. Get involved: Local and national organizations need volunteers and welcome all interested in helping the planet and educating others on the effects of global warming, recycling benefits and more. A place to get started may be www.world.org/ weo/top1000, which lists a thousand websites of various environment-oriented groups, organizations and causes of all persuasions.

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Raleighwood Cinema Grill Dedicated To Quality Movie, Dining Experience Proud to be the highest rated movie theater in the Triangle, Raleighwood Cinema Grill has been entertaining and delighting patrons since 1993. Owner James Keane, a retired Exxon engineer, is dedicated to ensuring every Raleighwood customer receives a high quality movie and dining experience. After a chance visit to a Cinema Grill while vacationing in Florida, Keane fell in love with the concept and spent a year looking for the perfect location to open his own. “Raleigh was my first and best choice, and Raleighwood was the perfect name,” said Keane. At Raleighwood Cinema Grill, customers know they can expect a unique entertainment experience at a great value. While seated in leather swivel chairs in fully carpeted theaters, movie goers enjoy a great movie in comfortable cabaret stadium seating, while the wait staff serves delicious casual food and spirits. In order to provide a state of the art movie-going Raleighwood Cinema Owners, experience, James & Denise Keane Raleighwood features the newest full HD digital projectors featuring full Cinemascope projection and Dolby Surround Sound. “We like to say our customers enjoy movies in 3P – a pitcher, a pizza, and a picture,” said Keane. “It doesn’t get any better!”

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Family owned and operated, Raleighwood Cinema Grill takes great pride in playing a part in what makes this area great. In fact, Keane’s five children all worked at the theater while in college as part of the dedicated team. “Our staff takes great pride in providing superior service while at the same time not interfering with the movie viewing experience,” said Keane. “Many have been with us since we opened in 1993, and we currently have children of our original staff working with us.”

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In addition to movies, Raleighwood Cinema Grill hosts many special events including corporate meetings and events, children’s birthday parties, a monthly senior’s lunch and movie special, Monday Night Football, the Super Bowl, and an annual Academy Awards event. Raleighwood Cinema Grill is located in Falls Village Shopping Center, 6609 Falls of the Neuse Road, Raleigh. To contact or for more information, call 919-847-0326, email keanesolutions@aol.com,

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE Ron Beltran’s Mission in Life is Simple By STEPHANIE FRIEDL 919 Magazine Writer

For Ron Beltran, his mission in life is simple – he hopes to make a difference in the lives of others. As past president of the North Raleigh Lions Club and now first vice district governor-elect for Lions District 31-G, he is doing just that. After retiring in 2002 from his career as a corporate controller, Beltran and his wife Barbara, a teacher for Durham Public Schools, moved to North Raleigh to be close to family. Beltran enjoys the rural lifestyle and living next door to his granddaughter and down the street from his great nephew and great niece, along with his volunteer efforts. Having spent many years refereeing youth and NCAA soccer, Beltran was selected to instruct United States Soccer Federation referees in 1984 and attended instructional clinics at the Olympic Training Center at Colorado Springs, CO. Another highlight was leading nine Boy Scout troop overnight campouts into the Grand Canyon and rejoicing when his son became an Eagle Scout and was chosen to serve on National Staff at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico for National Junior Leadership Scout Camp for two consecutive years. Taking his Boy Scout Scoutmaster’s advice from many years ago to “pay it forward,” Beltran is actively involved in Lions Club International, the world’s largest service organization dedicated to empowering volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace, and promote 52

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international understanding. As an active member of his local Lions Club and as a district officer, Beltran helps coordinate the service projects and fundraisers of 39 regional Lions Clubs. Beltran is a graduate of Senior Lions Institute in Oak Brook, IL, and the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship, Jack Stickley Fellowship, and William E. Woolard Partner in Service awards. And he’s still significantly involved with the local North Raleigh club and its many community activities. “We volunteer at Camp Dogwood (a camp for the Blind at Lake Norman, NC) every summer, and at the VIP Fishing Tournament (Visually Impaired April | May 2013

Our club has a booth annually at the North Carolina State Fair where we…publicize current Lions activities in North Carolina and sell brooms as a fundraiser. RON BELTRAN

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Persons) an educational experience for the blind at the Outer Banks in Dare County, NC every October, and supply glasses for kids and adults who cannot afford them on their own in northern Wake County, working with the NC Division of Services for the Blind,” Beltran said. “Our club has a booth annually at the North Carolina State Fair where we used to request

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organ donations, but now that is done on your drivers’ licenses. So now we use the booth to publicize current Lions activities in North Carolina and sell brooms as a fundraiser.” Recently named by the New York Financial Times as the number one non-profit organization in the world, Lions Club International organizations use 100% of all funds received from the public directly for specified charitable work, with all administrative

costs being paid by membership dues. The North Raleigh Lions Club meets twice a month and welcomes new members to join at any time.

AGE: 68 RESIDENCE: North Raleigh FAMILY: Wife, Barbara; son, Eric, and daughter-in-law, Jennifer; granddaughter, Jessica (age 9) VOLUNTEER AFFILIATION: North Raleigh Lions Club

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North Raleigh Resident Shares Personal Journey in New Book Local writer and North Raleigh resident, Vince Guaglione, shares his personal journey of self-discovery and touches on universal themes in his newly published collection of short introspective essays, The Narratives: Keeping The Soul Alive. The book, now available as an eBook and in paperback exclusively from Amazon.com and CreateSpace.com, chronicles the author’s journey of healing with introspection, humor, and compassion. In January of 2012, after experiencing the sudden passing of his significant other, Guaglione soon recognized he was dealing with a flood of emotions and needed a way to process them. After too many sleepless nights, he started journaling to help lessen the struggle of trying to make sense of it all. “At times, there was so much in my brain

that I had no idea what I was going to write or when I was going to write,” said Guaglione. “I just decided that whatever was in my head at the time was going down on paper, and as soon as I got the process started, things began flowing.” Born and raised in Philadelphia, Guaglione graduated Magna Cum Laude from Spring Garden College in 1990 with a degree in computer science and since then has worked as a professional software engineer. After moving to the Triangle in 2006, he continued to write, organized one of the largest social meet-up groups – The Triangle 30/40/Mid 50s Something Group, and occasionally bowls competitively as a professional on the regional Pro Bowlers Tour – PBA South Region. As a teen growing up in Philadephia, Guaglione turned to writing and

journaling, filling notebooks and enjoying the peace it brought him. Turns out, this was the inspiration for writing The Narratives, which he refers to as an amazing exercise in self-discovery and his readers are calling funny, inspirational, and brilliant in its simplicity. Guaglione, in his ongoing quest to better understand himself and his relationship with the world around him, is currently working on the second volume of The Narratives, sub-titled Dusk or Dawn, which he hopes to complete in 2013 and then plans to keep writing. “As I mention in Volume One, I am a work in progress and have just scratched the surface,” said Guaglione. For more information, visit www.amazon.com or www.facebook.com/

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919 ›› REGION Speeds Along I-540 in North Raleigh Increase to 70 mph Following a request from the Regional Transportation Alliance – a non-profit business group that lobbies for road and transit improvements – the North Carolina Department of Transportation is raising the speed limit on I-540 between Brier Creek and Knightdale. The 21-mile stretch of I-540 between U.S. Highway 70 and U.S. 64/264 will now have a 70 mph speed limit (compared to the previous 65 mph limit). DOT engineers evaluated current speeds on the freeway, crash data and road conditions in considering the change.

First African-American Woman Chief Named for Raleigh Police Cassandra Deck-Brown is the new chief of the Raleigh Police Department. The department’s first African-American woman in the senior position, Deck-Brown replaces Harry Patrick Dolan, who retired last fall. She was the RPD’s deputy chief since 2011, after attending the Raleigh Police Academy and joining the department in 1987. Deck-Brown was promoted to captain in 2003, and commanded what is now the North District extending along the Six Forks and Falls of Neuse corridors. She also directed the department’s Administrative Services Division. Deck-Brown, 49, is the sister-in-law of former RPD Chief Mitchell Brown. After growing up in Franklin County, NC, she graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in criminal justice.

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Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation 5th Annual Run For Our Heroes April 27 Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation’s 5th Annual Run for Our Heroes 5K race begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 27 near the Raleigh Municipal Building downtown on Hargett Street. All proceeds from the race go to the foundation's fund to build a memorial to the eight Raleigh Police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. A ceremonial wreath-laying to honor the sacrifice and lives of the fallen officers will be at 8:30 a.m. in Nash Square, across Hargett Street from the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex and the former Raleigh Police Department's headquarters.

For 2012, the number of calls to 911 rose 18 percent, and the city of Raleigh blames the increase on an alarming rise in misdials and hangups caused by the new 10-digit dialing requirement. Instead of dialing the area code 919, a city release indicated that callers are mistakenly dialing 9-1-1 and hanging up. Misdials and hang-up calls divert resources away from actual emergencies since dispatchers must call back on hang-ups to assure that an emergency is not taking place. If no response is received from the call-back, dispatchers send a police officer to the source of the call to make certain that no assistance is needed. Total 911 calls to the Raleigh/Wake Emergency Communications Center in 2012 increased to 601,059 in 2012 – compared to 509,171 in 2011. Ten-digit dialing became mandatory in the area in late March. Hang-up calls requiring police dispatch have almost tripled from 2011 to 2012. In 2011, there were close to 17,500 hang-up calls. In 2012 that number soared to 52,160, which required more than 30,000 police officers dispatch calls.

The 5K race/walk follows a certified course in downtown Raleigh. After the Hargett Street start, the race proceeds up Salisbury Street to Lenoir Street, down Fayetteville Street around the State Capitol, to Franklin Street, up Blount Street, and then back into the downtown area where the race finishes in front of the City Employee Memorial on Hargett Street. At 10 a.m., the McGruff Crime Dog 100-Yard Kids' Dash begins at Nash Square. The dash is for children ages 10 and younger, and has a $5 entry fee. A free social for event participants will follow the race at Napper Tandy's Restaurant, 126 North West Street. The eight fallen police officers and the dates of there deaths are: Tom Crabtree, Sept. 1, 1922; Robert Sparks, March 8, 1968; James Lee, Dec. 5, 1968; James Allen, Dec. 5, 1968; D.D. Adams, Feb. 3, 1980; Denise Holden, Aug. 4, 1995; Paul Hale, July 11, 1997; and Charles Paul, Sept. 10, 2002. For more information or to register for the events, visit www.runforourheroes.org. For more information on the RPMF, visit www.rpdmemorial.wordpress.com

Audubon Conducts Annual Bird Count at 8 Raleigh Parks From December 14 through January 5, groups of dedicated Audubon volunteers ventured out in Raleigh to count and identify birds for Audubon Society’s 113th Annual Christmas Bird Count included local volunteers surveying at a number of Raleigh parks, including Anderson Point, Lake Johnson, Lake Wheeler, Shelley Lake, Durant Nature Park, Horseshoe Farm Park, Wilkerson, and Lake Benson. The Bird Count – conducted Dec. 14-Jan. 5 – also took place on greenway trails, including the Buckeye Trail and Walnut Creek Trail. The Christmas Bird Count is a wildlife census started on Christmas Day in 1900 by ornithologist Frank Chapman. The event, combined with other surveys, provides a picture of how the continent's bird populations have changed in time and space over the past hundred years. For a complete list of birds seen at each Raleigh park site, visit the Audubon website "Data and Research" section at www.birds.audubon.org/data-research. To learn more about the Wake Audubon Society, which has been a partner with Raleigh Parks and Recreation for more than

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919 ›› FINAL BELL Raleigh Ranked Among Top Cities for IT Jobs Raleigh Ranks 7th Best Run City 24/7 Wall St. placed Raleigh seventh on its list of the 10 best run cities in America. The ranking looked at the cities’ credit rating, violent crime per 1,000 people and unemployment rate. Top spot on the list went to Dallas suburb, Plano, TX, followed by Madison, WI; Irvine, CA; Lincoln, NE; Fremont, CA; and Seattle, WA. After Raleigh in the rankings were Virginia Beach, VA; Austin, TX; and Scottsdale, AZ. SOURCE: 24/7 Wall St.

Triangle’s BEST?

3 Local Hotels Among The South’s Top Spots Conde Nast magazine’s list of 50 bet hotels in the South includes three properties in the Triangle, but only one in the top 10. Readers of the travel publication chose The Ferrington House in Pittsboro as No. 2 on the prestigious list, followed by the Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary at No. 18, and the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham at No. 44. 21c Hotel in Louisville, KY, topped the list.

Raleigh is tenth on CIO.com’s ranking of Best Cities for Information Technology Jobs in 2013. The rankings are based on internal data from Modis, a global provider of IT staffing and recruiting services, via its national regional branch network. The list factors in projected IT job opportunities based on the volume of job openings over the past six months as well as general assessment of the overall economic environment in each market. CIO.com stated the following as its reasoning for placing Raleigh on its top 10 list: “With the Research Triangle Park, Raleigh has become a major player in research and an epicenter of tech innovation inside the U.S. The tech-friendly community boasts opportunities with biotech, pharmaceuticals, software development, medical devices and insurance companies.” According to Modis, Raleigh is becoming a hub for tech companies and a model on “how to do things right in the tech space. San Francisco topped the rankings. Charlotte took the sixth slot. SOURCE: CIO.com

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Raleigh is the most family-friendly city in the U.S., according to the Human Life Project. Other cities in the top 10 included Oklahoma City, OK; Omaha, NE; Charlotte, NC; Fort Worth, TX; Colorado Springs, CO; Albuquerque, NM; Wichita, KS; Austin, TX; Seattle, WA. The Human Life Project promotes that cities work proactively on identifying and reversing negative trends before they become big problems and to build a lasting legacy by investing in families.

Raleigh 4th Fastest Growing City in 2012

Forbes magazine’s new listing for America’s Fastest Growing Cities in 2012 placed Raleigh in the fourth spot. Using several metrics from Moody’s Analytics data, Forbes referred to Raleigh as “the boomtown” on the list and cited the Research Triangle Park, the presence of major corporations, and numerous universities and colleges as factors stoking the city’s robust engine. Three Texas cities claimed the top three spots on the fastest growing list. Austin claimed the top spot for the third year in a row. Houston was second and Dallas third. SOURCE: Forbes magazine

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