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A Passion for Teaching Millbrook High’s Emily Jolley Leads Kenan Testing Effort


Making a Difference North Ridge Couple Embraces Family, Sailing, and Civitan Club


Sanderson Chorus Director Marshall Butler Jr. Receives Prestigious Service Award


A Holiday Classic ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ At North Raleigh Theater


Embracing Your Creative Side North Raleigh’s Kidz Celebrate Offers Variety of Arts Events


Winter Sports Previews Check Out Local High School Coaches’ Outlook

On The Cover North Ridge Country Club General Manager/COO Kenneth Kinka Photo by A Photographic Memory by Steffanie


Focused on Sports

North Raleigh Student Uses Athletics to Overcome Grief

Planners 7

Community Events


School Events


Extracurricular Activities


Community Sports

Departments 6


Something to Hug

Greystone Blanketeers, Wentzell Make Blankets for Those in Need

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Holiday Events

32 Community 38

High School Winter Sports Previews


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Sledding into the New Year

Suzy Beth Sarver

When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for the holidays. December meant snow…actually, a lot of snow! We were certain to have at least a few extra days of missed school – aka “snow days” – and that’s when my sisters and I could be found sipping hot cocoa after a long day of sledding down the biggest hills we could find. When sledding wore out its welcome, there was always ice skating at the local baseball diamond. The fire department would come out and hose down the field and, voila’, we had the town ice skating rink. Back then, people didn’t eat out as much for the holidays, so my mother would turn out these over the top, elaborate culinary displays and entertaining our friends and family was pretty much the norm. Whether we were at our place or at my grandparents’ cottage up at the lake, “Home for the holidays” was everything to me, and these warm and loving memories will last a lifetime. There is a place here in town that wants you to have that same feeling of being right at home: The North Ridge Country Club, right here in the heart of North Raleigh. Family-oriented, full of history, and a fixture off of Falls of the Neuse since 1967, the club has a special glow during the holidays – and beginning on Page 26, General Manager and COO Ken Kinka shares what makes North Ridge unique. Don’t miss it. Also in this special holiday edition: • Catch up with our profile of Sanderson High School senior student Antwuan Elliott on Page 14. It’s a story everyone in the 919 should read this holiday season, as he shows strength, perseverance and optimism in the face of a personal family tragedy. • We also take a close look at Emily Jolley, a Millbrook High School teacher and Kenan Fellow who loves helping people reach their potential and go after what they want in life. Her story begins on Page 12. • Also check out our special guide to holiday events, with a listing of all the things to go, see and do in the 919. We have you covered starting on Page 24. And since the new year is right around the corner, I could think of no better time than now to introduce our new “Digimarc App” for your smart phone. Look for the special 919 mobile icon throughout this edition, scan your smart phone and watch our video. In future issues, we will introduce you to new friends and neighbors; local businesses right here your community; and so much more! It’s just another way to keep our readers engaged and entertained in 2014. We sincerely thank our wonderful readers for a great 2013 in North Raleigh! Scott and I – and the entire 919 Magazine staff – send you all special wishes for a joyous holiday season filled with love and laughter. And please remember…every time a bell rings, an angel gets her wings.

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Holiday Wreath Making Age 5 and up; $5 fee 2-3 pm, 3-4 pm Durant Nature Park 8305 Camp Durant Rd 919-870-2871


Drumming for Fitness $8 fee 2:30-3:15 pm Mondays Anne Gordon Center for Active Adults 1901 Spring Forest Rd 919-996-4720


Ageless Grace Fitness $8 fee 2-2:45 pm Tuesdays Anne Gordon Center for Active Adults 1901 Spring Forest Rd 919-996-4720


Introduction to Line Dance 2:15-3:15 pm Anne Gordon Center for Active Adults 1901 Spring Forest Rd 919-996-4720

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Paint Along Art Class 10 am-12 pm Kidz Celebrate 6801 Falls of Neuse Rd 919-645-9799


Holiday Gifts from Nature Age 6-12; $4 fee 2-4 pm Durant Nature Park 8305 Camp Durant Rd 919-870-2871


Holiday Crafts for Little Hands Age 3-5; $10 fee 9:30-10:15 am Millbrook Exchange Community Center 919-996-4156

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Holiday Ornament for Young Crafters Age 6-10; $10 11 am-12 pm Millbrook Exchange Community Center 919-996-4156


Kidz Night Out Featured Movie: “Polar Express” 6-10 pm Kidz Celebrate 6801 Falls of Neuse Rd 919-645-9799


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Age 3-5; $8 fee 10:30-11:30 am Optimist Community Center 5902 Whittier Dr 919-870-2882

New Year’s Day

Storyland Adventures


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Holly Days Holiday Shopping Extravaganza $2 fee (benefitting the NC Food Bank) 9 am-5pm Saturday 11 am-4 pm Sunday Sanderson High 5500 Dixon Dr 919-881-5006

Featured Movie: “Ice Age” 6-10 pm Kidz Celebrate 6801 Falls of Neuse Rd 919-645-9799


Playgroup Tot Time Age 6 mth -5yrs 10:30 am-12 pm Millbrook Exchange Community Center 919-996-4156


Music for Babies Age 3 mth-2 yrs; $60 fee 10-10:50 am Tuesdays Greystone Community Center 7713 Lead Mine Rd 919-996-4848


Family Book Fair Night

7 pm East Millbrook Middle 3801 Spring Forest Rd 919-850-8770



Orchestra Concert 7 pm Millbrook High 2201 Spring Forest Rd 919-850-8787

Caring and Sharing Wrapping Party 9 am Lynn Road Elementary 1601 Lynn Rd 919-870-4074


Paint & Sip Art Class (adults)

Holiday Band Concert

7-9 pm; $30 fee Kidz Celebrate 6801 Falls of Neuse Rd 919-645-9799

7 pm Sanderson High 5500 Dixon Dr 919-881-5006

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Paint Along Art Class

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10 am-12 pm Kidz Celebrate 6801 Falls of Neuse Rd 919-645-9799

7 pm Millbrook High 2201 Spring Forest Rd 919-850-8787



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Age 6-12; $5 fee 2-3:30 pm Durant Nature Park 8305 Camp Durant Rd 919-870-2871

6:30 pm West Millbrook Middle 8115 Strickland Rd 919-870-4050

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6:30-8 pm Lynn Road Elementary 1601 Lynn Rd 919-870-4074

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Chorus Concert 7 pm West Millbrook Middle 8115 Strickland Rd 919-870-4050

WCPSS School Holidays Martin Luther King Day


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7 pm West Millbrook Middle 8115 Strickland Rd 919-870-4050



7 pm Sanderson High 5500 Dixon Dr 919-881-5006

7 pm East Millbrook Middle 3801 Spring Forest Rd 919-850-8770

Band Concert

Winter Choral Concert

Age 6-12; $3 fee 2-3:30 pm Durant Nature Park 8305 Camp Durant Rd 919-870-2871

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Talent Show 3:30 pm West Millbrook Middle 8115 Strickland Rd 919-870-4050


School Dance 2:30-5 pm East Millbrook Middle 3801 Spring Forest Rd 919-850-8770


Gingerbread Holiday party 11 am-1 pm; $25 fee Kidz Celebrate 6801 Falls of Neuse Rd 919-645-9799


Night on the Town Holiday Special Event Conversation, dining for singles 7-9 pm Panera Bread 4421 Six Forks Rd 919-790-1191

12/31 First Night Raleigh 2014 2 pm -12 am; $10 fee Downtown Raleigh 919-832-8699

1/7 Nature for You Age 3-5; $3 fee 10:30-11:30 am Optimist Community Center 5900 Whittier Dr 919-870-2880

COMMUNITY SPORTS ACTIVITIES 12/13-15 Frostbite Doubles Tennis Tournament

Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center 1905 Spring Forest Rd 919-872-4130

1/17 Nature Play Day 11 am-3 pm Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve Park 5229 Awls Haven Dr 919-996-6764

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

Dec/Jan Flying Burrito Sun: All day brunch; $5, Bloody Marys, mimosas, sangrias; Mon: $2 craft pints, burger specials; Tue: $2 select tacos; $2 Tecate, Tecate Light Wed, 7:30: Cornhole Tournament, ($100 first place prize) 4800 Grove Barton Rd #106 919-785-2734

REGISTRATIONS, CAMPS, LESSONS 1/3-2/7 Ballroom Dancing

Age 16 and up; $60 fee 6-7 pm Fridays Greystone Community Center 7713 Lead Mine Rd 919-996-4848

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Night on the Town Holiday Special Event 50+ Christian singles Conversation, dining, games 6:45-9 pm Deja Brew 5001 Falls of Neuse Rd 919-790-1191


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Latin Quarters Live Latin music 7335 Six Forks Rd 919-900-8333


Ballet Basics Age 4-5; $45 fee 9-10 am Thursdays Greystone Community Center 7713 Lead Mine Rd 919-996-4848 December 2013 | January 2014


Jingle Bell Run/Walk Benefitting The Arthritis Foundation 8:30 am-12 pm Saint Mary’s School 900 Hillsborough St 919-250-0433



Benefitting Physical education programs in NC Schools 8 am; Wake Forest Elementary 136 W. Sycamore St 252-902-9712

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Currently, there are only 260 Kenan Fellows across North Carolina. Emily Jolley, who teaches social studies at Millbrook High School, is one of those in this exclusive program. “For my Fellowship, I partnered with North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction to deliver professional development called ‘Let’s Measure Together’ to teachers involving North Carolina’s new final exams,” Jolley said. “The project has several parts. Many teachers feel disconnected from DPI and do not feel like their voices are being heard on how to best assess their students.” Jolley is working with two other DPI Kenan Fellows (Kari Haddy and Sue Deperno) to distribute the first statewide survey to all teachers who administered the new final exams last year. “We are collecting and analyzing the data to better inform DPI of the teachers’ experiences and suggestions for the final exams,” said Jolley, who is also creating assessment examples for high school social studies teachers to use in their classrooms, and planning and facilitating workshops for teachers to better understand the process. “Our mission is to give North Carolina teachers a voice on these new assessments and give DPI information they need about teacher attitudes, experiences, and suggestions for improvement.” Teachers selected in the Kenan Fellows Program engage in a year-long fellowship in partnership with university researchers and industry experts. The program provides opportunities for development and advancement inspiring educators to drive innovation in North Carolina public schools. Key components of the fellowships are a five-week summer research experience with a mentor in a local workplace and two weeks of professional development. From this experience, Fellows create innovative lessons for students and professional development workshops for their colleagues. Jolley – who graduated from UNCChapel Hill, achieved her Masters at Wake Forest University, and was a James Madison Memorial Graduate Fellow at Georgetown University – has taught at MHS for three years, and also works as a curriculum writer 12

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A Passion for Teaching

Millbrook High’s Emily Jolley Leads Testing Effort In Kenan Fellows Program

Photos by A Photographic Memory by Steffanie

Emily Jolley Profile AGE: 28 PROFESSION: Millbrook High School social studies teacher RESIDENCE: North Raleigh EDUCATION: UNC-Chapel Hill (NC Teaching Fellow); Wake Forest University (Masters in Education); Georgetown University (James Madison Memorial Graduate Fellow) FAMILY: Husband, James; expecting first child INTERESTS: Reading, Zumba, traveling

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for Wake County schools and North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction. She attained National Board Certification in 2012, and truly loves being a teacher. “What I enjoy most is the students!” she said. “There is so much negative rhetoric surrounding the teaching profession, but connecting with the students each day make the job worth doing. I also love working with my colleagues at Millbrook. There are so many incredible educators everywhere I have taught, and Millbrook’s staff really is something special.“

In her spare time, Jolley – who is married and expecting her first child – likes to read, attend Zumba classes and traveling. She credits her parents for the inspiration to teach and to value family and relationships. “Helping connect other people with information and opportunities for growth gives me great joy and fulfillment,” she explained. “I love helping people see their potential and really go after what they want in life. There is so much need right in our communities, and I enjoy helping to fulfill some of those needs.”

I love helping people see their potential and really go after what they want in life. EMILY JOLLEY MILLBROOK HIGH TEACHER, KENAN FELLOW

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Sports is His Life

Sanderson High’s Antwuan Elliott Focused on Athletics, Future Plans By G. CLEVELAND KILGORE 919 Magazine Writer

When Sanderson High School senior Antwuan Elliott lost his parents tragically, he turned to sports. And now, sports is his life. Antwuan’s father was killed in a construction accident in 2005; his mother died last October due to kidney failure. “After the death of his parents, he put more energy into playing sports,” said his aunt, Ella Robertson – now guardian over Antwuan, with her husband, William. “My dad was a hard working man and always provided for his children; my mom was nurturing and outgoing,” said Antwuan, a two-sport athlete, who hopes to play college football. “Their deaths made me work harder to reach my goals in life.” Right now, those goals center on athletics. “I enjoy playing sports more than anything,” said Antwuan, who has made the All Conference and All State wrestling teams. “I’ve played football for six years and wrestling for four years. If I had to choose, football is my favorite.” But he’s also a good student, making the Academic All Conference team in wrestling and being named to

the National Society of High School Scholars. “My mom inspires me because she encouraged me to do better and be better in school,” said Antwuan, whose favorite subject in school is math. Although focused on sports, Antwuan is quite wellrounded: He sings in the church choir at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Nashville, NC (where his uncle is pastor); and he is a member of “Spartan Special Friends”, an SHS club focused on opening doors for student-peers through one-onone friendships and group activities. He also has a plan for his future. “I want to attend UNC-Greensboro or UNCCharlotte and play football,” he

Antwuan Elliott Profile AGE: 17 SCHOOL: Sanderson High (12th Grade) GAURDIANS: William and Ella Robertson RESIDENCE: North Raleigh SIBLINGS: Shaquel (22), Taylor (19), Courtney (21) INTERESTS: Watching college sports


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said. “(After that) I want to be a physical education teacher, receive a Masters in college, and have a family.” Regarding his personal experiences, Antwuan indicated he is coping well – and even provides advice to others on coping with adversity. “I would tell them to find an outlet, because in my case, sports is my outlet,” he said. “I would also advise them to never give up on what you believe in.” December 2013 | January 2014

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My mom inspires me because she encouraged me to do better and be better in school. ANTWUAN ELLIOTT SANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR

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Everyone Needs Something to Hug Ellie Wentzell, North Raleigh Group Make Blankets for Children in Need By G. CLEVELAND KILGORE 919 Magazine Writer

Remember the character Linus from the Peanuts comic strip and popular holiday cartoons involving Charlie Brown? He always hugged his blanket, and kept it close when things got tough.

(and has competed in the Senior Games at the national level), and – of course – volunteers with the Greystone Blanketeers since the group formed in 2004.

That’s the inspiration behind the Greystone Blanketeers at Greystone Recreation Center in North Raleigh. Working with Project Linus, they meet regularly to make blankets for donation to children and young people in the community in need of something to hug. “Our main purpose is to make blankets for the children served by Project Linus, namely ages newborn to 18 – who are in need of a cuddly blanket,” said Ellie Wentzell, a volunteer and long-time North Raleigh resident. “Many of our blankets ultimately go to local hospitals and we have received many thank you notes from patients at Wake Med. Last year, our Greystone Blanketeers donated more than 300 blankets and are on track to do about the same this year.” Originally from Massachusetts, Wentzell moved to Raleigh to continue her job with Charles River Laboratories. Now retired, she attends St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church regularly, is a member of the Lake Lynn Senior Club, belongs to the Silver Foxes Bowling League 16

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“The group originally formed as part of Millbrook Exchange 55+ Senior Club, but we moved a couple of times and when we settled in at Greystone, we renamed ourselves,” she said, noting that the group became aware of Project Linus, began inviting others and grew from that point. “It is great being able to do something nice for others, while pursuing a hobby I truly enjoy.” Wentzell said the group currently has about 25 members, with 15-18 active on a monthly basis. Her specific responsibility for the group is to crochet blankets, of course; however she does more. “At our monthly meeting I ensure that all donated blankets are new, clean, and properly labeled with the Project Linus label and the Greystone Blanketeers tag,” she said. “I bag them and transport them to Quilts Like Crazy in Wake Forest, which is the drop off site. From there the local Project Linus coordinator will receive them and determine where the need is and where they will be distributed.”

Eleanore “Ellie” Wentzell Profile AGE: 65+ RESIDENCE: North Raleigh VOLUNTEER AFFILIATION: Greystone Blanketeers (Project Linus) FAMILY: One son, Chris PETS: Muffin (dog) INTERESTS: Bowling (participant in Wake County, NC State, and National Senior Games); Crocheting - love to make blankets of all sizes and colors for Project Linus recipients ages newborn through 18, and also for veterans in VA hospitals. Active participant in the Lake Lynn Senior Club and in programs at Greystone Center and Anne Gordon Senior Center. Enjoy following the Carolina Hurricanes.

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How can others in the community get involved with the group, and help give kids something to hug? “Come by our meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the month (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.), at the Greystone Recreation Center on Lead Mine Road. We welcome all, even though most of our group are seniors,” Wentzell said. “Anyone who would like to knit, crochet, quilt or use fleece to make a blanket is welcome to participate,” she said. Wentzell said that, actually, most of the group’s work is done at home. “The meetings are to socialize and pick up tips on projects,” she said. “If you cannot come to a meeting, you can always leave completed projects at the center marked for us. We also welcome donations of leftover yarn.”

Project Linus – Greystone Blanketeers PURPOSE:

Project Linus Chapter in Raleigh began in 1996; more 26,000 blankets have been delivered to many local groups and agencies that help seriously ill or traumatized children who heed a “hug” from a blanket. CONTACT:; www. LOCAL MEETINGS: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 4th Tuesday each month, Greystone Community Center, 7713-55 Lead Mine Road (919-996-4848)

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For this North Ridge Couple, It’s About Family, Neighbors, Sailing…and the Civitan Club

Catherine Campbell, Raymond Paquette Family RESIDENCE: North Ridge CHILDREN: 3 adult sons (Matt, Ray, Joe); 4 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild INTERESTS: Sailing


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For Catherine Campbell and Ray Paquette, it’s all about family, their North Ridge neighborhood, sailing, and – of course – the North Raleigh Civitan Club. Celebrating 30 years of marriage, they’re proud that 28 of those years were spent in North Raleigh. “There is a great sense of community in our neighborhood. We love having sidewalks to stroll and visiting with neighbors,” Catherine said. “North Ridge is close to everything, the best restaurants, great shopping, and activities; you don’t need to go out of a two-mile radius for everything needed on a day-to-day basis.” Originally from South Carolina, the couple has three grown sons, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. They met in North Carolina when both were selling computer systems. Ray still works at Hitachi Computer Systems, while Catherine is retired, but has an online jewelry business. A major passion for the pair is sailing. “We have had a sailboat since our first year of marriage,” Catherine said. “We quit work and sailed extensively throughout the coastal U.S. and islands of the Caribbean starting in 1996. We spent almost five years sailing and had a magnificent time.” Now that their ocean cruising years are over, they keep their sailboat in New Bern – and spend much of their time involved with the North Raleigh Civitan Club, a civic organization with more than 1 million members worldwide. “The local club has been involved in the Hilltop Home for Disabled Children, Tammy Lynn Center, Special Olympics, Interact, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Guardian Ad Lietum and many, many more,” said Catherine, who is the current president of the local organization. “The club meets twice monthly for a luncheon meeting. Each meeting has a speaker arranged by a different club member. The speaker can talk about anything that the member finds interesting, either community involvement, art, literature, politics, etc. If a member has a project that they would like the club to work on, all we do is present the project at a board meeting, vote on it and if passed – we arrange a time, budget and place to do the project.” December 2013 | January 2014

From left to right: Lynn Abler, Ray Paquette, Ronnie Marshall, Catherine Campbell, Randolf Reid, Tommy and JoAnn Harper, Margaret Pattison, and Barbara and Bill Harwell Photos by A Photographic Memory by Steffanie

Catherine said the club does absolutely wonderful things for people within our community. “It is really fun to do projects to help others while joining in with a group of friends,” she explained. “It is absolutely amazing how much

satisfaction and personal gratification is achieved through helping others.” In addition to sailing and their community service, Catherine and Ray love to travel, cook and entertain at home.

Local residents interested in joining the North Raleigh Civitan Club can contact Catherine at 919-985-5116. More information on the organization is available by visiting

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Leesville Road High School band members entertain the crowd at the recent Crown Trophy and Awards grand opening event where owner, Bob Falkenbach, handed out hot dogs and refreshments.


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At West Millbrook Middle School’s recent Weather Day, WNCN Television meteorologist Bill Reh taught West Millbrook Middle students about climate information in different areas through a series of activities.

The Anne Gordon Center for Active Adults in North Raleigh recently celebrated its first year anniversary with food, yoga and salsa demonstrations, and a festive Halloween party for participants.

The 919 Magazine staff served as committee volunteers at this year’s March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction in November at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club.

The recent 7th Annual Community Health Day at American Institute of Healthcare and Fitness in North Raleigh featured interactive booths from local businesses and emergency responders and many other activities.

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

Liam Yates as John Proctor and Lydia Nethercutt as Abigail Williams in North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre’s recent teen production of the “The Crucible”. Photo courtesy of Erin Zanders

The 39th Annual “Visions of Sugarplums” Holiday Art and Gift Show at Quail Hollow Swim Club recently featured a shopping extravaganza with many holiday gift options. 919 Magazine NR

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Christmas Day Service 10 am Gethsemane Lutheran Church 1100 Newton Rd 919-847-0579


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Christmas Service and Angel Illumination 7 pm North Raleigh United Methodist 8501 Honeycutt Rd 919-847-1536


Holiday Gifts by Young Potters Age 5-10; $26 fee 4:30-6 pm Sertoma Art Center 1400 W Millbrook Rd 919-420-2329


Miracle on 34th Street Ticket Cost $15 Fri, Sat 7 pm Sunday 3 pm North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre 7713-51 Lead Mine Rd 919-866-0228

Holly Days Holiday

Shopping Extravaganza $2 fee (benefitting the NC Food Bank) 9 am-5pm Saturday 11 am-4 pm Sunday Sanderson High 5500 Dixon Dr 919-881-5006


Gingerbread Holiday party 11 am-1 pm; $25 fee Kidz Celebrate 6801 Falls of Neuse Rd 919-645-9799


Christmas Kids Worship 10:30 am Gethsemane Lutheran Church 1100 Newton Rd 919-847-0579


Candlelight Christmas Eve Service 7 pm Gethsemane Lutheran Church 1100 Newton Rd 919-847-0579


Christmas Eve Service 5:30 pm Greystone Baptist Church 7509 Lead Mine Rd 919-847-1333


Christmas Eve Service 5pm Christ Baptist Church 400 Newton Rd 919-573-5454


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An Evening with Elves $30 fee 6-9 pm Marbles Kid Museum 201 E. Hargett St 919-834-4040


Holiday Express Age 2 and up; $8 4-9 pm Pullen Park 520 Ashe Ave 919-996-6468

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Bach’s Christmas Oratorio 8 pm North Carolina Symphony Meymandi Concert Hall 2 E South St 919-733-2750


A Colonial Christmas Open to public; donations requested 11 am-4 pm The Joel Lane Museum House 728 W. Hargett St 919-833-3431


Scandinavian Christmas Fair 10 am-5 pm NC State Fair Grounds (Holshouser Building) 1025 Blue Ridge Rd 919-824-2335

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Christmas Tree Lighting 6-9 pm Lafayette Village 8450 Honeycutt Rd 919-714-7447


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Children’s Christmas Eve Service

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5, 7pm Hope Lutheran Church 3525 Rogers Rd 919-554-8109

Candlelight Tour 1-7 pm Tickets; $20 advance, $30 Day of show The Tucker House 418 N. Person Street 919-832-9712


Tree Lighting at State Capitol 5:30 pm 1 E. Edenton St 919-733-4994


A Christmas Carol Raleigh Memorial Auditorium 2 East South St 919-996-8700


Santa Clause Comes to the Village Thu, Fri 6-9 pm Saturday 1-7 pm Sunday 1-5 pm Lafayette Village 8450 Honeycutt Rd 919-714-7447

12/13, 14, 15

Holiday Open House Age 1 and up 12-4 pm Friday 10 am- 4 pm Saturday 1-4 pm Sunday Mordecai Historic Park 1 Mimosa St 919-857-4364



Holiday Cookies and Milk with Santa Age 2-8; $8 fee 1:30-2:30 pm Lake Lynn Community Center 7921 Ray Rd 919-870-2911

12/20, 21

Holiday Magic: Cirque de la Symphonie Friday 8 pm Saturday, 3 pm; 8 pm North Carolina Symphony Meymandi Concert Hall 2 E South St 919-733-2750


Carolina Ballet’s The Nutcracker Raleigh Memorial Auditorium 2 East South St 919-996-8700

9, 10:30 pm Hope Lutheran Church 3525 Rogers Rd 919-554-8109


Traditional Candlelight Service 11 pm Hope Lutheran Church 3525 Rogers Rd 919-554-8109


First Night Raleigh 2014 2 pm -12 am; $10 fee Downtown Raleigh 919-832-8699

Christmas Tree Sales

12/20, 21

Santa’s Trolley Age 1 and up; $10 fee 5-8:45 pm Friday 5-8 pm Saturday Mordecai Historic Park 1 Mimosa St 919-857-4364


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 6 pm Covenant Church International 12621 Strickland Rd 919-846-8742

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Until 12/23

Boyce Farms 12-7 pm, Mon-Fri 9 am-7 pm Sat, Sun 2813 Mount Vernon Rd 919-848-8264

Until Sold

Optimist Club of Raleigh 3 pm-9 pm Mon-Fri 9 am-9 pm Saturday; 12-9 pm Sunday Corner of Blue Ridge Rd and Macon Pond Rd 919-469-0394

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North Ridge offers two highly regarded 18-hole golf courses, as well as extensive practice facilities to help members continue to improve their game. KENNETH KINKA North Ridge Country Club


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THE HEART OF NORTH RALEIGH Family-Oriented and Member-Owned North Ridge Country Club A Vibrant Hub of Activity Located on hundreds of acres of rolling, wooded terrain in North Raleigh, the impressive complex and grounds of North Ridge Country Club is an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of busy Falls of Neuse Road. It boasts two 18-hole golf courses, with challenge and playability for golfers of all skill levels – and much more for more than 1,000 member families. For more than 45 years, the club has been a vibrant hub of activity for families and host to numerous prestigious golf and charity events. In this issue of 919 Magazine, North Ridge General Manager and Chief Operating Officer talks about the club, what it offers members, and what it brings to the North Raleigh community.

A Conversation with Kenneth Kinka, North Ridge Country Club General Manager/COO: What is the history of North Ridge Country Club? Back in the mid-1960s, North Hills and CameronBrown formed a jointly-owned corporation, North Ridge, Inc., with the objective of acquiring and developing a thousand acres of property north of Raleigh. At that time there was little activity north of Crabtree Creek along Falls of the Neuse Road – a few gas stations, a country store, and several farmhouses were about it. Acquisition of the land took two years and involved about 50 separate landowners. The Articles of Incorporation for North Ridge Country Club were formalized in May 1967, which was the official beginning of North Ridge Country Club. By the end of June of 1967, the club had 310 members, all of whom made up our Founding Members of NRCC. The golf course was originally planned for 18 holes surrounded by 900 building lots. The plan was later altered to provide for 36 holes of golf, with the number of lots reduced to 804. The original 18 holes were scheduled to open in October of 1967, but a torrential rainstorm destroyed the newly seeded greens and most had to be completely rebuilt, causing a six-month delay. 919 Magazine NR

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What was the initial philosophy and inspiration behind the North Ridge Country Club? From the beginning, the concept for North Ridge was to become a member-owned country club. The developers intended to build the facility and operate it until the membership was large enough to exercise their option to buy and successfully support the operation. Initially the club’s focus was centered on catering to the golfer in the family. This has evolved tremendously over time, and North Ridge now considers itself a full service, family-oriented country club with a huge emphasis on youth activity programming. In 2002, the club recognized the need to hire their first part time Youth Activity Director and in 2011 the club hired their first full time Youth Activity Director, Tyler Sugg. The club offers junior golf and tennis programming, summer camps, swim team and a calendar of 95 other youth activities throughout the year.

How has North Ridge changed since it first opened? The physical size of the club has grown tremendously through various clubhouse improvement projects over the years. North Ridge has made additions to the main clubhouse, added our tennis and fitness clubhouse and expanded our pool areas over the last 47 years. With regards to services, as our membership grows and becomes more diverse, we have added services to accommodate these members. The biggest expansion in services is the addition of over 95 youth activities and events to our calendar. We have also added tennis and golf programming on weekends to accommodate the working women at our club. We have also experimented with a variety of fitness classes. But perhaps the area of change is in technology and how we communicate with our members. Communication in the 1960s was extremely simple because the only way to communicate was through written letters and a monthly newsletter. Now our members utilize their smartphones, our website and various social media outlets. We have had to change and grow the avenues in which we communicate with them, while also maintaining some of our traditional methods of communication. North Ridge now has a state of the art website that allows members to make tee times, court times and dining reservations, for example.

North Ridge Country Club Timeline May 1967 April 1968

Club officially was established


Construction begins on original clubhouse and six tennis courts

Original 18-hole golf course opened to 385 members

January 1970 Black tie gala celebrates opening of original clubhouse


Construction begins to expand to two 18-hole golf courses

1974 1977

First Board of Governors elected

March 1979

After liquor by the drink referendum passes, North Ridge sells its first mixed drink


Members pay off mortgage on the club and hold a mortgage burning ceremony


Sam Brewer was hired as Director of Golf; Butch Sheffield hired as Golf Course Superintendent


John LaFoy retained to redesign the inside nine greens of the Oaks and the inside nine greens of the Lakes.


Major expansion and renovation projects targeted the greens, clubhouse and locker rooms


New golf shop, fitness center and casual dining rooms open

March 1997 2003

Grand reopening of renovated clubhouse


First Youth Activities Manager hired to focus on family centric programming


North Ridge celebrates its 45th anniversary

Members assume ownership and operating responsibility

North Ridge Country Club receives its official status as a top 200 Platinum Club of America (and has retained the status to this day)

What makes North Ridge unique? The number one thing that sets us apart from other country clubs is that we are truly a family centric country club! North Ridge offers a wide variety of activities for families to enjoy together. Time is so precious for many families today, and our goal is to provide a place where the entire family can come together to enjoy quality time. Whether a family wishes to enjoy a few holes of golf from our family tees, attend our Brunch with Santa, or build a cardboard boat at our Labor Day boat regatta, there are so many ways for families to spend time together. The second thing that sets us apart is that our golf courses are consistently in excellent condition. The courses look fantastic throughout the year, year after year, and we attribute this to our excellent Golf Course Superintendent, Butch Sheffield, who has been with the club for more than 27 years.

Can you tell us about the special holiday events at North Ridge? North Ridge Country Club is really known for how well we do our holiday events, such as Valentine’s Day, Easter Brunch, Lunch with the Easter Bunny, Mother’s Day Brunch, Thanksgiving Buffet, Christmas Brunch, Breakfast with Santa, and New Year’s Eve celebrations. The experience is second to none because the quality and presentation of the food and service is over the top. Often we will have several hundred members attend these signature events and our staff does a tremendous job of catering to each and every one of these families on a personal basis.

What are the amenities and benefits North Ridge offers members? North Ridge offers two highly regarded 18-hole golf courses, as well as extensive practice facilities to help members continue to improve their game. Our entire golfing staff is available to help our members reach their athletic goals, as well as find other members to play with. Our clubhouse facilities include comfortable, spacious men’s and women’s locker rooms offering a variety of services to meet our member’s needs. North Ridge also offers multiple dining outlets offering great food, tremendous variety, and excellent value. Activities and special events at North Ridge go on virtually non-stop throughout the year. Our banquet facilities are utilized to host events of various sizes and styles. Whether it is a club function, business meeting or a family celebration, the food and service provided by our staff is superior. Our tennis program has grown tremendously; our newly renovated fitness center offers state of the art cardio and strength training equipment, as well as group fitness classes; and our youth and family programs are extensive.

The biggest expansion in services is the addition of over 95 youth activities and events to our calendar. KENNETH KINKA

From top left to bottom right: Erica McEAchern, Andy Snead, Marvin Tice, Bruce Grasley, Ken Kinka, Brian McEnteer, Lee Scarlett, Dee Hurley, Cam Hainsohn, Sam Brewer, Ed Latva, Butch Sheffield, Tony Null, Mark Byrd, Brendan Clark, Todd Love, Tyler Sugg Photos by A Photographic Memory by Steffanie

Kenneth Kinka Profile POSITION: General Manager/COO, North Ridge Country Club YEARS IN POSITION: 5 (34 years in the industry) BACKGROUND: Cherokee Town & Country Club, Atlanta (5 yr); St. Charles Country Club, suburban Chicago (5 yr); Interlachen Country Club, Orlando (10 yr); Woodmont Country Club (9½ yr) EDUCATION: Florida State University (BS, Business — Hotel/Restaurant Mgt AGE: 56 FAMILY: Wife, Sally (married 28 yr); son, Danny (27); daughter, Katie (25) PETS: Blue (rescued dog) INTERESTS: Outdoor activities, especially hiking, biking, swimming, white water rafting, canoeing, running, golfing; traveling to national parks; working in yard

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What was your professional background, prior to joining North Ridge?

How did you become involved in hospitality management?

I started in the hospitality business directly out of college at Cherokee Town & Country Club in Atlanta, and worked there for five years. I took my first General Manager position at St. Charles Country Club in the western suburbs of Chicago and remained there for five years, and then moved to Interlachen Country Club in Orlando for 10 years and Woodmont Country Club for 9½ years. I started here at North Ridge in February of 2009.

I actually attended Florida State University with the intent of majoring in marine biology/oceanography. Such a degree would require post-graduate work, which I was not interested in at the time. I began taking classes in hospitality management and discovered a new career path. My first job out of college was an assistant manager at Cherokee Town & Country Club in Atlanta. I was fortunate to work for one of the icons in the industry, John Jordan; I enjoyed the opportunity, and have made club management my career.

What do you enjoy most about your position and working at North Ridge? I enjoy the hospitality business and creating exceptional experiences for members and their families and guests – especially weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, club holidays and sporting events. I am fortunate to work at a club where the members care greatly about the wellbeing of the staff and go out of their way to show their appreciation for the services they receive. I am also fortunate to work with a team of dedicated managers and staff. For a club that is in its 47th year, we have a large percentage of longtenured staff, which speaks volumes about the work environment.

What is your most rewarding experience since arriving at North Ridge? I began my career at North Ridge at about the bottom of the recession. It has been rewarding to experience how the club has successfully weathered a difficult time for the economy and the club industry as a whole. Remember private club membership is not a necessity and dollars spent are discretionary income. In difficult times, club membership can be one of the first things to go. We have a great product and reputation to offer, which has helped us to recruit new members and stay ahead of attrition rates.

The number one thing that sets us apart from other country clubs is that we are truly a family centric country club! KENNETH KINKA North Ridge Country Club

Photos by A Photographic Memory by Steffanie


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What is North Ridge’s mission, in terms of what it provides the community? For families that live along the golf courses, the club offers over 250 acres of serene picturesque green space in their backyard. In the last several years, North Ridge has hosted a variety of charitable events – such as the Jimmy V Golf Tournament, the Raleigh Police Department Golf Tournament, the Revlon Supports Rex event, as well as events for ALS, Hospice and many more! This year North Ridge will take charitable giving to the next level. Our 2014 membership recruitment campaign is centered around giving back to the community. The club will make a donation to a local charity each time a new member joins North Ridge! In addition, the club will adopt four fundraising initiatives in which both members and staff can embrace and donate. The theme of our membership campaign is “A Year of Giving.” Tours of the facilities at North Ridge are available by contacting Erica McEachern at 919-235-3268 or

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YEAR OPENED: 1967 OWNER: Ed Richards, original developer/owner; members took ownership in 1977 GENERAL MANAGER: Ken Kinka KEY PERSONNEL: Sam Brewer, Director of Golf Butch Sheffield, Golf Course Supt Mark Byrd, Director of Tennis Lee Scarlett, Director of Fitness Brian McEnteer, Assistant GM Dee Hurley, Director of Finance Erica McEachern, Membership Marketing Dir Tyler Sugg, Youth Activities Director Tony Null, Marketing/Communications Dir MEMBERSHIP: Over 1,000 families STAFF: Over 200 SIZE: 254 acres CLUBHOUSE: 76,000 sq. ft. (main clubhouse) ADDRESS: 6612 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh PHONE: 919-866-9422 WEBSITE: FACILITIES: Main Clubhouse – ballroom, private and event dining/meeting space, bar and grill, locker rooms, golf shop and Sandtrap Restaurant (diner) Tennis/Fitness Clubhouse – includes tennis pro shop, restrooms and fitness center Pool Clubhouse – offers pool with slide, Pool Grill, restrooms, showers and changing areas Tennis Courts – 13 (4 hard surface, 9 clay) Golf – 36 holes OTHER AMENITIES: Fitness center; banquet and meeting facilities; various dining outlets; men’s and ladies’ locker room facilities, with corresponding lounges and massage rooms; golf and tennis pro shops; adult and children’s pools HOURS: Main clubhouse, golf courses — open Tue-Sun Tennis/fitness — open 7 days a week Pool facility — open 7 days a week (May-Sep) MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION: Erica McEachern, 919-235-3268 or

Golf Courses’ Specifics HOLES: 36 TEES: 5 sets (plus 2 additional sets of family tees per course) COURSE LENGTH: Lakes – 6,880 yd Oaks – 6,674 yd PAR: 72 (each) GRASS: Tif Way 419 Bermuda (tees, fairways); Crenshaw Bent (greens) DIRECTOR: Sam Brewer ARCHITECT: George Cobb (original 18 holes); Gene Hamm (outside 9-hole layouts); John LaFoy (redesigned both courses)

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919 ›› COMMUNITY Nature Preserve Park Hosts ‘Nature Play Days’ for Children North Raleigh’s Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve Park plans a series of free monthly “Nature Play Days” for children, beginning at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17. For youths all ages (one month and older) and the young at heart, the event allows for imaginative play in a natural setting. Participants can dress up like their favorite bug, make a fort out of natural materials, fly a kite, make mud pies, and more. Each monthly session will feature new play activities and all materials necessary and guidance are provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and everyone should dress for the weather. The park is located at 5229 Awls Haven Drive. Call 919-996-6764 for more information.

Retirement Resort Breaks Ground in North Raleigh Ground breaking ceremonies in November kicked off the construction phase of the $27.8 million Capital Oaks Retirement Resort in North Raleigh. Located off Leesville Road at 6498 Ray Road, the new facility will feature 130 apartment units and targets people 55 and over “looking for comfort, independence, security, convenience, and a friendly community they call home.” Month-to-month rent for studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites provides all-inclusive services, including dining, utilities, concierge services, housekeeping, and transportation. In addition to resident

Tournament highlights include: • Junior, Adult, and Senior divisions

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• Consolation for all first match losers

New Location for Fit-Rollie Fitness and Nutrition

• Trophies for winners and finalists • T-shirts for all tournament participants

Fit-Rollie Fitness and Nutrition has a new location at 5800 McHines Place, Suite 116 in North Raleigh. Fit-Rollie — which features an NSCA Certified Trainer and scientific program design — accommodates all ages and training levels, provides a private studio and offers rates as low as $25 an hour. “We are happy that our training family has grown enough to where we are able to move into a bigger space that allows us the opportunity to reach out to more people,” said Tim Williams, Head Trainer, NSCA-CPT.

• New balls provided for each main draw match • On Saturday, participants receive hot lunch, drinks and snacks Entry fees are $18 for Raleigh residents and $24 for non-residents. Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center is located at 1905 B Spring Forest Road. For more information, call 919-872-4128 or visit

For more information on Fit-Rollie, call 919-285-1872 or visit

Optimist Community Center Gives Kids A Chance to Check Out Little Creatures

Grant Funds New Youth Financial Education Program at North Library A grant from the PNC Foundation will fund programs at several Wake County libraries for children that involve basic financial education. Among the libraries involved in the new program is the North Regional Library in North Raleigh. The “Grow Up Great: Financial Education Initiative for Young Children” will focus on sharing, spending, saving, value and making good choices. The two-year grant is expect ed to serve about 40,000 youths and their parents.

This “Nature for You” session is 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the center, located at 5900 Whittier Drive in North Raleigh. Fee is $3. Participants will look under logs, dig in the dirt, roll over rocks and search among shrubs to locate interesting creatures. A craft activity may be included.

North Regional Library is located at 7009 Harps Mill Road. For information, call 919-870-4000 or visit

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For more information, call 919-457-9434 or visit

Wake County officials opened the new Bay Leaf Fire Station 1 at 11713 Six Forks Road in October. The new two-story 16,400 sq. ft. facility – which cost $3.4 million – includes four truck storage bays, sleeping and training space for 70 personnel and administrative offices. Bay Leaf Fire Department serves more than 23,000 people across a 36-mile area in North Wake County from three stations – and is led by Chief Tim Pope.

Raleigh Parks and Recreations’ annual Frostbite Doubles Tennis Tournament takes place Dec. 13-15 at the Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center in North Raleigh.


Construction is expected to take about a year. Nebraska-based Resort Lifestyle Communities is developing the site.

New Bay Leaf Fire Station 1 Completed On Six Forks Road

Millbrook Tennis Center Hosts Annual Frostbite Doubles Tennis Tournament

Optimist Community Center hosts a special event in January allowing youths age 3-5 to learn about some of the smaller critters that live in the nearby park.

managers, the complex will offer a theater, an in-house bank, a gift shop, and a guest suite for visiting friends and family.

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919 ‹‹ COMMUNITY Construction on New Homes at 5401 North Development Could Begin by Summer 2014 Commercial Properties Realty Trust, the developer of 5401 North – a traditional neighborhood community in North Raleigh – recently sold a 156acre residential tract to Engquist-Level Development of Baton Rouge, LA.

construction next summer.

Infrastructure work is expected to begin soon, with first homes under

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The property is located near the intersection of I-540 and Highway 401, near WakeTech Northern Wake Campus. It was previously approved for 2,250 home sites and up to 1 million sq. ft. of office and retail space.

Sertoma Art Center Gallery Includes Michael Morrison Paintings in January

Holly Days Holiday Shopping Extravaganza Dec. 7-8 at SHS The Holly Days Holiday Shopping Extravaganza is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Sanderson High School in North Raleigh.

The paintings of Raleigh’s Michael Morrison are among the Sertoma Arts Center’s gallery exhibits in January. Morrison’s works of art have been shown and sold in galleries in Texas, Florida, North Carolina, St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands and abroad. Several of his paintings were also on display in a Washington, D.C., gallery in 2013.

A benefit for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Holly Days features more than 150 vendors — including jewelry, holiday items, food and more.

Morrison, who currently works mostly in acrylic on canvas and gesso board –concentrating on abstract and landscapes – he uses bright colors to create a bold statement.

Special performances by the SHS vocal ensembles also are planned as part of the event. Admission is $2. Sanderson High is located at 5500 Dixon Drive. Visit for more information.

For more information on the artist, visit Sertoma Arts Center is located at 1400 W. Millbrook Road; call 919-420-2329.

Short Takes North Raleigh United Methodist Church men served barbecue plates in November to support Habitat for Humanity and other charities. The church is located at 8501 Honeycutt Road… DefyGravity Trampoline Arena is opening a 26,000 sq. ft. facility at 5604 Departure Drive (off Spring Forest Road) in North Raleigh. The location will include an aerial Ninja course, slack lines, dodgeball cages, trampolines and a foam pit…’Tis The Season, a holiday boutique, is opening at Falls River Town Center in North Raleigh. The store, located at 10501 Shadowlawn Drive, Suite 109, will feature ornaments, candles, home décor, clothing and more…Anna Higginson of Sanderson High School was named Best Actress for playing Millie in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” by the Triangle Rising Star Awards. She received a $1,000 scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to New York last summer to the National High School Musical Theater Awards. Ruby Gibbs of Sanderson High was a finalist in the same category…Ravenscroft School’s Avery Edwards, a tight end on the football team, will play in the U.S. Football Classic Feb. 7 in Arlington, TX, as part of the 50-man U.S. squad competing against 919 Magazine NR

a Canadian all-star team. Edwards is a UNC-Chapel Hill recruit…Julia Meder, who attended Sanderson High, received a $5,000 Horatio Alger North Carolina Scholarship “based on her commitment to education, community service and strength of character in overcoming personal obstacles to achieve academic excellence”…Gander Mountain plans a new store in the Triangle Plaza Shopping Center at 6101 Capital Blvd. to open in spring 2014. Gander Mountain, which already has a location in Morrisville, sells firearms and fishing, hunting and camping equipment…North Raleigh’s Tree Top Apartments, a 206-unit complex located at 328 Steinbeck Drive, sold recently to Maryland-based Federal Capital Partners…Salt and Lime Cabo Grill is expected to open in December in the North Ridge Shopping Center at 6006 Falls of Neuse Road. Check for more information at… Fred’s Beds – which sells beds, mattresses, futons and accessories – is closing its locations at 5521 Western Blvd. in Raleigh and 12253 Capital Blvd. in Wake Forest. The location at 8601 Glenwood Ave. will remain open…Sanderson High men’s soccer team continued the school’s rich soccer tradition by making it all the way to the 4A North Carolina

state championship, before falling to Ashville T.C. Roberson in November…Triangle Swim School celebrated its grand opening in the Plantation Point Shopping Center in November at 6210 Plantation Center Drive, Suite 311. For information, call 919-977-5362 or visit The school also has a facility in Cary…Teresa Caswell of Lead Mine Elementary School in North Raleigh is the Wake County Public School System Assistant Principal of the Year. Among the finalists was Travis Shillings of Brassfield Elementary School… Fifty-four students attending Wake County schools were named National Merit Scholar semifinalists recently, including Trevor L. Davis and Gitanjali Nagulpally from Millbrook High School; and Spencer C. Beck, Christina A. Canale, and Sarah G. Morgan from Sanderson High School… Linda Craft, President & CEO of Linda Craft & Team, Realtors® recently attended CKG Mastery Summit — an annual conference attended by the most elite professionals in the real estate industry. Craft interacted with some of the most knowledgeable experts in the industry and learned the latest, most cutting-edge materials in the industry.  For more information, visit December 2013 | January 2014


919 ›› COMMUNITY Vetted International Plans North Raleigh Headquarters Vetted International is moving its global headquarters to a new campus in North Raleigh. Located at 6870 and 6880 Perry Creek Road, the location contains two buildings totaling 43,000 sq. ft. on 11 acres along the Neuse River and adjacent the City of Raleigh Greenway – neighboring the Wake Tech Community College North Campus.

Center. It has maintained satellite offices in Peru, South Africa, United Kingdom, and Turkey. President and CEO Brian Sjostedt said the new headquarters will house management, operations, information technology, finance, marketing and customer service functions.

Vetted was founded in 2005 in Raleigh, and originally located on Wake Forest Road and later on Benson Drive at One Renaissance

The campus provides amenities to its employees aimed at fostering innovation, team building, and training. The property offers advanced security, surveillance, environmental controls and

Sanderson Chrous Director Marshall Butler Jr. Receives Prestigious Honor

the Year. He was North Carolina Music Educators Association’s 2009–2010 High School Choral Director of the Year.

Marshall Butler Jr., director of the choral music program at Sanderson High School, is the 2013 recipient of the North Carolina American Choral Directors Association’s Lara Hoggard Award for Distinguished Service in Choral Music in North Carolina. He is the first high school choral director and first African American to receive the prestigious honor. Marshall was among the first group of teachers to receive National Board for Professional Teachers Certification in Music in 2002 and was SHS 2002–03 Teacher of

31 New Estate Homes Now Selling Near Shaw Lake Ashton Woods Homes Raleigh is building 31 new estate homes off Lead Mine Road in North Raleigh. Homes at Greys Landing is situated on a 12-acre site along the shores of Shaw Lake and will feature homes priced from the $600,000s. “With so many new projects here at Ashton Woods Homes, we are excited to add Grey’s Landing to our list of up-and-coming communities,” said Tom Anhut, Raleigh division president. For more information, call 919-447-0860 or visit


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In 2009, he represented Sanderson in a delegation that traveled to China, and served as the bass section leader for the American Choral Directors Association National Honors Chorus. Over the years, Marshall directed groups that performed throughout the state – including such events as the North Carolina Music Educators Conference in Winston-Salem – and across the U.S. and Europe, including New Orleans, Orlando, Washington, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Italy and London. Marshall earned his Bachelor’s in Music Education from Winston–Salem State

builds on Vetteds advanced technology. The impetus for making this move was to further a sustainable company that has the ability to expand while remaining in a permanent location. “We are imbedding roots in Raleigh and highlighting our global brand among other international companies in the area. The triangle region is known for innovation and we aim to attract world class personnel to join our ranks,” said Brian Sjostedt, Vetted Internationals President & CEO. Vetted providing customer-mission focused investigation, medical and technical support services to clients with operations around the world. For more information, visit

University. The father of two and grandfather of one also serves as the Minister of Music at Riley Hill Baptist Church in Wendell.

Marshall Butler Jr., Director of SHS Choral Music Program

Construction on New Community Center Could Begin in Spring 2014

classrooms and studio, lockers and dressing rooms, and office areas. Anticipated programming includes Track Out and healthy living and fitness oriented classes.

Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department now expects construction to begin by mid-spring 2014 on a new community center off Durant Road in North Raleigh.

Site work includes the hardscape areas adjacent to the building, which will create outside play spaces, an amphitheater, and an outdoor classroom, parking areas, roadways, sidewalks, and site utilities. Two multipurpose fields will be constructed in a temporary location north of the center.

Planning and design is under way for the construction of a new $9 million, 30,000 sq. ft. center and park with two multipurpose fields at the site south of the North Wake Landfill Park. The project is a joint venture with Wake County and the Wake County Public School System, whose future construction plans include a three-story elementary school.

Phase II of park construction – which is not yet funded – anticipates the full build out of the master plan, which will include three multipurpose fields, three baseball/softball fields, two comfort stations/restrooms, and a skate park.

The two-story Northeast Raleigh Community Center — will house a gymnasium with an elevated indoor track, fitness (equipment) room, multipurpose

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919 ‚‚ COMMUNITY Williams, Malloy Honored at Millbrook Homecoming

Wegner, Simme Receive Homecoming Honors at Trinity Academy of Raleigh

Millbrook High School celebrated its annual Homecoming event with a full Spirit Week of activities, including a dance and announcement of the court.

Tracy Leigh Wegner was crowned Homecoming Queen and Josef Robert Simme was named Homecoming King recently at Trinity Academy of Raleigh.

Amir Williams was named Homecoming Queen, while Jack Malloy was selected as Homecoming King.

Wegner, a senior, is the daughter of Bud and Anita Wegner. Simme, son of Todd and Bernadette Simme, is also a senior. Homecoming festivities at the North Raleigh campus also included a soccer game, pep rally, potluck dinner and a parade. Trinity Academy is located at 10224 Baileywick Road in North Raleigh. Call 919-786-0114.

Simme, Wegner

All the MHS events were in late September.

Dove Homecoming Queen at Sanderson High Jenny Dove was named Sanderson High School Homecoming Queen at ceremonies in October. The daughter of Judy and Kent Dove, she is a senior at SHS.

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Festivities included an SHS victory in the football game against Heritage High School, and a Saturday night Homecoming Dance.

Kent, Jenny Dove

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‘Miracle on 34th Street’ Performances Set At North Raleigh Theater Dec. 6-22 North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre presents the holiday classic “Miracle on 34th Street” for nine performances beginning Dec. 6.

he believes that being kind is better than being cynical. He teaches everyone he touches about the power of kindness and the joy of the season.”

Performances take place Dec. 6-22 at NRACT, located in the Greystone Village Shopping Center at 7713-51 Lead Mine Road in North Raleigh. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 7 p.m.; Sunday matinees start at 3 p.m. Evening tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors; matinee tickets are $10.

Children attending the performances have the opportunity to meet Kris Kringle and have photos taken after each performance.

“Miracle on 34th Street” tells the story of Kris Kringle, a department store Santa Claus who is so convincing that his employer begins to doubt Kris’s sanity. While the court struggles to determine whether or not he is the real Santa, Kris focuses on convincing one young girl so that she won’t miss out on the joy of childhood fantasy. “(This story) is timeless. It is about believing in something that we’ve been taught not to,” said director Brian Lord. “Kris Kringle is magical, not because he is Santa, but because


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The cast of “Miracle on 34th Street” includes Adele Baldina, Janessa Baldina, Lisa Binion, Anna Brewer, Julianne Capps, Erin Cutler, Julienna Ehm, Cameron Grey, Janey Harlow, Ella Headrick, Joshua Henderson, Kevin Iannucci, Gigi Jones, Emory Kaney, Payne Knight, Victor Mandrillo, Anna Mclean, Claire Olinger, Jennifer Olinger, Natalie Olinger, Reghan Paynter, Ella Powell, Patrick Raulet, Sandra Shelton, Tim Wiest, and Philip van Lidth de Jude as Kris Kringle.

North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre is a volunteer-based, nonprofit community theater that serves North Raleigh and the surrounding communities. It seeks to engage all members of the community by offering affordable, high-quality entertainment and education in a fun and friendly setting. As a teaching theater, it educates in a safe, nurturing environment, and encourages the development of life skills while providing a gateway to a lifelong passion for theater. For additional information or purchase tickets, visit or call 919-866-0228.

The crew includes Lord (director), Sheila Outhwaite (producer and costumes) and Patrick Raulet (stage manager). “Miracle on 34th Street” was adapted for the stage by Mountain Community Theatre.

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North Raleigh’s Kidz Celebrate Offers Art Events for Children — and Adults North Raleigh’s Kidz Celebrate plans a variety of events in December and January. Among the unique offerings in December: • Paint & Sip Art Class, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 5 and Thursday, Dec. 19: A night of wine, friends and painting. Enjoy music and delicious hors d’oeuvres while creating a masterpiece. Bring a favorite beverage; art materials and smock provided ($30 per person). • Paint Along Art Class, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 21: A fun painting class for parents and kids. All ages. Materials provided. • Kidz Night Out, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14: This youth slumber party gives parents a break and features the movie “Polar Express”. Participants also enjoy a craft activity, watch Hocus Pocus while snuggling in their sleeping bags and receive a healthy snack. • Gingerbread Party, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14: Children can

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get creative at Santa’s all-inclusive gingerbread workshop. Participants build their own gingerbread house or village, enjoy games, eat a healthy lunch, and also receive a picture with Santa ($20 for members; $25 for non-members). January’s offerings include: • Paint & Sip Art Class, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 9 and Thursday, Jan. 23: More opportunity for wine, friends and painting. Bring a beverage; art materials and smock provided ($30 per person).

• Paint Along Art Class, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan 18: A fun painting class for parents and kids. All ages. Materials provided. • Kidz Night Out, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18: Another youth slumber party featuring a movie, a craft activity, a healthy snack and more. Kidz Celebrate is located at 6801 Falls of Neuse Road. For more information, call 919-645-9799 or visit

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Trinity Academy

Millbrook High

Winter Sports Preview

Winter Sports Preview

Men’s Basketball

Men’s Basketball

HEAD COACH: Deshannon Morris YEARS IN POSITION: 3 OTHER COACH: Grant Fitzgerald 2012-13 RECORD: 11-14 2012-13 PLAYOFFS: N/A HONORS/ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Faith Rocky Mount New Year’s Tournament runnerup; Alex Yager (All-Conference, 3rd team) RETURNING STARTERS: Hunter Dotson, Thad Beaver, Will Lawson, Josef Simme RETURNING LETTERMEN: 12 COACH’S OUTLOOK: This will be the deepest and most experience team I have had in my time here. The future is bright and exciting!

HEAD COACH: Scott McInnes YEARS AS HEAD COACH: 13 OTHER COACH: The best assistant coach in the state, Chris Davis, is the associate head coach. Watch us play and you may think he is the head coach. We have been together for 13 years and there is none better. FIRST GAME: Nov. 19 at East Wake 2012-13 RECORD: 17-10 2012-13 PLAYOFFS: Lost in the second round at Apex. HONORS/ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Tied for first in Cap 8 RETURNING STARTERS: All but one, but no starting line-up yet RETURNING LETTERMEN: All but one, Andrew Easiburo COACH’S OUTLOOK: It’s all about the team. We have to be mentally and physically tough. We have to be together. Together, we can accomplish great things.

Women’s Basketball HEAD COACH: Adam King YEARS IN POSITION: 3 2012-13 RECORD: 11-11 2012-13 PLAYOFFS: N/A HONORS/ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Kristi Demski (All-Conference); Katie Demski (All-Conference, HM) RETURNING STARTERS: Kristi Demski, Jordan Thomas RETURNING LETTERMEN: 4 COACH’S OUTLOOK: We are going to continue to work hard each day to get better. I am excited and honored to coach this great group of girls.

Men’s/Women’s Swim and Dive HEAD COACH: Jane Houchin YEARS AS HEAD COACH: 5 PRACTICE BEGINS: Oct. 28 FIRST MEET: Nov.18 at Wayne Country Day COACH’S OUTLOOK: We will have a young team that is looking forward to improving throughout the year.

Cheerleading HEAD COACH: Laura Zook YEARS AS HEAD COACH: 4 OTHER COACH: Heather Lehto DATE PRACTICE BEGINS: Oct. 28 FIRST EVENT: Feb. 8, 2014 NCISAA State Cheerleading Competition, at Charlotte Latin COACH’S OUTLOOK: The team will be a combination of returners and new talent. I’m very excited about how the team is coming together.

Women’s Basketball HEAD COACH: Nikita Warren YEARS IN POSITION: 2 OTHER COACHES: Cassandra Walton, Aysia Robinson FIRST GAME: Nov. 19 2012-13 RECORD: 18-3 RETURNING STARTERS: Jorjie Wilson, Alexis Brown COACH’S OUTLOOK: Our main goal is to develop. My players know they have big shoes to fill next season, and we are in preparation now. I have a strong group of players who want to get better and my main goal is to help them achieve their goal. Being a former player from Millbrook and playing under Coach East, I know what he looks for. I have two awesome assistants, Coach Walton and Coach Robinson, who are both dedicated to forming a strong program and it starts with the JV team. We are looking forward to a great season.

Wrestling HEAD COACH: Scott Saby YEARS IN POSITION: 16 OTHER COACHES: Ford Baker, David Beller, Bill Churchwell, Carl Hoverstad PRACTICE BEGINS: Oct. 30 CONTINUED ON PAGE 39


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Sanderson High

2012-13 RECORD: 11-14 2012-13 PLAYOFFS: N/A RETURNING STARTERS: Parker Fennema, Will Judy, Hunter Kuehn RETURNING LETTERMEN: 8 COACH’S OUTLOOK: We are looking to improve on a disappointing, but very competitive 2013-14 season. We are led by 3-year varsity starter and Army recruit, Parker Fennema (6’7”).

Winter Sports Preview Men’s Basketball HEAD COACH: Mike Shaw YEARS AS HEAD COACH: 7 CAREER RECORD: 68-84 OTHER COACHES: Steve Klein, Brett Hamrick FIRST GAME: Nov. 22 at Middle Creek

Women’s Basketball

FIRST MEET: Nov. 23, Feud in the Forest Tournament 2012-13 RECORD: 26-5 2012-13 PLAYOFFS: Lost to State Finalist Fayetteville Jack Britt in first round 2012-13 HONORS: Cap 8 season, tournament champions COACH’S OUTLOOK: We will be strongest in the upper weight classes and look to continue to compete for another Cap 8 Championship.

Men/Women’s Indoor Track and Field HEAD COACH: Brian Schneidewind YEARS IN POSITION: 9 OTHER COACHES: Virgil Givens PRACTICE BEGINS: Nov. 12 HONORS/ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Participated in the state championship in six individual events and two relays, scoring in four of them. COACH’S OUTLOOK: All of the individual state meet qualifiers from last year return, so the expectations for the group are higher this year. This group should bring a balanced approach, as the team appears to be equally strong in the sprints, field events and distance events.


Gymnastics HEAD COACH: Rachel Katz-Garland YEARS AS HEAD COACH: 3 PRACTICE BEGINS: Nov. 4 FIRST MATCH: Nov. 6 at Raleigh School of Gymnastics 2012-13 PLAYOFFS: Cap 8 winners, state runner-up COACH’S OUTLOOK: We now have two teams; therefore, we have a good chance at winning two state titles in one year!

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HEAD COACH: Glenn Frazier YEARS IN POSITION: 2 CAREER RECORD: 29-25 OTHER COACHES: Raymond Hammond (JV head/Varsity Asst), Delano Tavares, Michelle Conti FIRST GAME: Nov. 22 vs Middle Creek 2012-13 RECORD: 9-15 2012-13 PLAYOFFS: N/A HONORS: Bria Gibson, Cap-8 Conference Player of the Year RETURNING STARTERS: 4 RETURNING LETTERMEN: 6 COACH’S OUTLOOK: I am excited to have this group of young ladies back for another season; we have set high goals and with consistent play, we should reach many of those.

HEAD COACH: Jeremy H. Barefoot YEARS IN POSITION: 10 OTHER COACHES: Alex johnson, Adam Barefoot, Calin Riley, John Biezuns, Marcus Felton Ronnie Winterton PRACTICE BEGINS: Oct. 29 FIRST MATCH: Nov. 19 at West Johnston 2012-13 RECORD: 16-3 2012-13 PLAYOFFS: Sweet 16 (advanced one round) 2012-13 HONORS: Third consecutive conference championship (three way tie for first) COACH’S OUTLOOK: We have a very strong group of core veteran wrestlers, including two returning state qualifiers and 12 returning varsity lettermen. Our goal is to outright win a fourth consecutive conference championship, win the state dual championship, and send 14 individual wrestlers to the state tournament. CONTINUED ON PAGE 40

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919 ›› SPORTS PREVIEW Men’s and Women’s Swim and Dive

Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field

HEAD COACH: D.C. Mumma YEARS IN POSITION: 4 PRACTICE BEGINS: Oct. 30 FIRST MEET: Nov. 18 at NC State (Heritage, Clayton, Wake Forest) 2012-13 RECORD: 5-5 2012-13 HONORS: Spartan Males, 17th overall in state; Noah Franz, 7th in 200 Free, 12th in 50 Free; Men’s 200 Free Relay – Jon Suits, Noah Franz, Peter Clayton-Luce, Tim Fitch (10th); Men’s 400 Free Relay – Jon Suits, Noah Franz, Peter Clayon-Luce, Tim Fitch (16th); Ryan Swiezy, 12th in 1 Meter Diving; Dylan Johnson, 9th in 1 Meter Diving; and Spartan Females, 27th overall in state COACH’S OUTLOOK: We have a younger team with a solid group of swimmers. We’re looking forward to some big swims from the freshmen and improvement on their times as the season progresses, as well as continued success by our seniors.

HEAD COACH: Troy Baker YEARS IN POSITION: 3 OTHER COACHES: Bobby Hostler (pole vault), Alex Sanders (distance), John Williams, Elliott Palmer (jumps, mid distance) PRACTICE BEGINS: Nov. 12 FIRST MEET: Dec. 4 at Leesville Road COACH’S OUTLOOK: I am looking forward to a competitive indoor season for both the boys and girls teams. The boys team returns two 4A state qualifiers in the sprints, hurdles and jumps, along with several distance performers who just missed the state qualifying marks as underclassmen. The girls team also has a core group of young sprinters, hurdlers, and jumpers lead by several seniors, and I am looking forward to a strong contribution from their young distance squad coming off a good showing during the cross country season. CONTINUED ON PAGE 41


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Women’s Gymnastics HEAD COACH: Melissa Hinkel YEARS AS HEAD COACH: 6 PRACTICE BEGINS: Nov. 5 FIRST GAME/MATCH: Dec. 6 at RSG COACH’S OUTLOOK: We are looking forward to another fun and exciting year competing in a highly difficult sport. The gymnasts will compete in all four events (bars, beam, floor and vault). In our one month of practice before competition, we will be perfecting our routines and concentrating on our learning skills. It is a great opportunity and privilege to be on the gymnastics team and be able to show our unique acrobatic skills and perform in front of our friends and family at Sanderson.

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Jamila’s Holiday Dumpcake Ingredients

2 20 oz cans 2 15 oz cans 1 box 1 bag (at least 10 oz) 2 sticks

Cherry pie filling Crushed pineapple Classic yellow cake mix Chopped pecans Sweet butter

Directions 1. 2.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Use a 9 x 13 pan. If it’s not nonstick, use a light spray of baking Pam or thin coat of vegetable oil (which can be spread with a paper towel). 3. Dump both cans of cherry pie filling into the pan and spread evenly. 4. Dump both cans of crushed pineapples on top of the cherry pie filling. To avoid too much liquid, drain the pineapple juice from one of the cans. Spread evenly. 5. Sprinkle all of the yellow cake mix on top of the pineapple layer, and spread evenly. 6. Sprinkle all of the chopped pecans over the cake mix, and spread evenly. Make sure that no cake mix is showing through. 7. Melt the two sticks of butter thoroughly. 8. Drizzle the melted butter over the pecans. Do this as evenly as possible to ensure that the cake mix beneath soaks up the butter. 9. Bake in the oven for 45-50 min. (time may need to be adjusted depending on the oven). 10. Allow to cool at least 30-60 min. to let each layer set (best method is to cool for 30 min. on the stove or countertop and then continue cooling for another 30 min. in the refrigerator (allowing the cake/pecan layer to really solidify).

Why is it Called Dumpcake? Because Ingredients Literally Dumped into this Tasty Dish!

Jamila Perry McLeod, a resident of the Bent Creek subdivision in North Raleigh, obtained her “Dumpcake” recipe from her mother – who got it from an elder member of her family. The recipe gets its name from the fact that one literally dumps the ingredients into the baking dish (no measuring required!). “My mother started cooking it when I was 12 or so,” McLeod said. “I started preparing the dish myself in my teenage years and it is now an unspoken expectation that I will prepare it for holiday meals.” Though this dish can be prepared at anytime, McLeod said she only really prepares it for Thanksgiving and Christmas. “I think the warmth and heaviness of the dish lends itself to thoughts of holidays, existing in the same league as sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, and the like,” said McLeod, accounts manager for Ready2Dance, which is owned by her husband, Marcus. “It’s an easy recipe to make so it is not taxing on time or energy. The dish can keep for at least a week, though it tends not to last that long! I enjoy eating it warm because it is a nice fruity blend with the light sweetness of cake and the crunch of pecans.” Originally from New Bern, NC, McLeod is a Licensed Psychological Associate by trade and holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology and mother of a 16-year-old daughter, Tatiana (a junior at Millbrook High School).

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Best Place for Business and Career

Raleigh Ranks Fifth on Airbnb’s List of Most Hospitable Cities in America.

Raleigh ranked third on Forbes Magazine’s 2013 list of “Best Places for Business and Careers.” Des Moines – the Iowa state capital – topped the list this year, followed by Provo, UT (home of Brigham Young University). Raleigh, a perennial in the publication’s top five on this list each year, ranked third. “Employers are able to tap the top universities in and around the metro area like Duke, the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State,” the magazine’s staff wrote. “They provide a steady stream of educated, young cheap labor. College attainment levels in Raleigh are 41 percent. People continue to flock to Raleigh, which had the second highest rate of net migration of any metro area over the past five years.” San Antonio, TX, followed Raleigh on the list. Atlantic City, NJ, was bottom on the 200-city list.

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