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On The Cover


Living to Assist Others Fraziers’ Efforts Target North Raleigh, Around the World

Local resident Daniel B. and his daughter Olivia make a visit to the Rex Healthcare Center in Wakefield.


She Loves to Learn Senior Morgan Maccherone Has a Long List of Honors


Principal of the Year Former WHS, WMS Principal Receives District-wide Award


New Community Center Construction Possible By Spring of 2014


Huntington Learning Center Individually Tailored Programs Give Opportunity for Success


Winter Sports Previews Check Out Local High School Coaches’ Outlook

Photo by Ben Bipes


Making a Difference

WHS Sophomore’s Activities Include Tutoring, School Clubs

Planners 5 6 7 8

Community Events School Events Extracurricular Activities Community Sports

Departments 4 Publisher’s Notes 20 Yearbook 24 Holiday Events 34 Community 41 Food Break 41 Advertisers Index 42 High School Winter Sports Previews 44 Bulletin Board 46 919 Final Bell

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A Passion for Teaching

Denise Furr Learns Valuable Tools as a Kenan Fellow

Celebrate the Holidays

See What’s Happening This Holiday Season in the 919

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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 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. “Home for the holidays” was everything to me, and these warm and loving memories will last a lifetime. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, it is sometimes impossible to be at home during this season – sometimes due to illness. As part of this edition, we take a close look at a major landmark on the Wakefield landscape: Rex Healthcare of Wakefield. Dedicated health professionals throughout our area work long hours providing care for the sick and elderly, so they too, can enjoy the holidays at home. We appreciate their commitment and their concern for our wellbeing. Take a closer look at Rex’s local operations, beginning on Page 26. Also in this special holiday edition: • Don’t miss our profiles of two Wakefield High School students: Addison Hagarty, who makes an extraordinary effort to help others; and Morgan Maccherone, an accomplished young woman who loves to learn. Their stories are on Pages 12 and 16. • We also introduce Denise Furr, a Kenan Fellow with a real passion for teaching. Her profile begins on Page 14. • 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 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! 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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Fraziers Live to Assist Others Efforts Target Wakefield, North Raleigh – and Around the World By G. CLEVELAND KILGORE 919 Magazine Writer

Rodney E. Frazier II, Christina, Valerie and Rodney Frazier

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Rodney and Valerie Frazier live to assist people, even those who are total strangers – both in their Wakefield and North Raleigh communities and around the world. “It is our goal to complete a mission trip every other year,” said Valerie. “We have recently concentrated in the region of Zimbabwe and Kenya, and we plan to complete missions in the Dominican Republic, Ghana and Israel in the next five years.” They recently sent 100 dresses to young girls in Kenya, and have established scholarships in multiple countries so children can attend school. “Our congregation also collected school supplies for an impoverished village school in the Dominican Republic,” said Valerie, who serves as women’s pastor at Wakefield Family Church, where Rodney is senior pastor. Actually, the couple cofounded the church, and Rodney also works full-time as a human resources consultant at Nationwide Insurance. He also is a former captain in the U.S. Army Reserves. They have two children: Rodney II, a recent NC State graduate who now teaches at East December 2013 | January 2014

Wake School of Engineering; and Christina, a junior at NC State. High school and college sweethearts, Valerie and Rodney have been married 26 years. Both grew up in North Carolina and graduated NC State – and enjoy

What we enjoy most is bringing a smile to faces all over the world. VALERIE FRAZIER WOMEN’S PASTOR, WAKEFIELD FAMILY CHURCH

reading, golf, sporting events and travel. They’re also big supporters of Wakefield High School Wolverine sports (both children were honor students at the campus). Wakefield Family Church, though, is the family anchor. “We have a very expressively charged worship experience, followed by dynamic life application teachings each Sunday,” Valerie said. “We focus on family and marriage, youth, and local and world missions. But what we enjoy most is bringing a smile to faces all over the world.”


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Helping Others, Making a Difference WHS Sophomore’s Volunteer Activities Include Tutoring, School Clubs, and More By G. CLEVELAND KILGORE 919 Magazine Writer

Even with a very busy schedule at Wakefield High School, sophomore Addison Hagarty gives an extraordinary effort to help others and make a difference. “Addison has utilized her love of reading, writing and helping others by tutoring students for almost five years – from peer mentor to 1st Grade students, to taking on the new challenge of helping special needs students improve their reading skills,” said Addison’s

mother, Susan. “She truly finds this kind of involvement rewarding.” And it’s not just tutoring (at Wakefield Elementary and Wakefield Middle schools). Addison was accepted into the WHS Beta Club, is a member of the WHS Literacy Club, and participated in the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes and 2013 Hemophilia Walk events. She gives much of the credit to her grandfather, William J. Hagarty, for her affinity for community service and volunteering. “He was an amazing, giving role model,” said Addison, who

lives in the Gates at Ethan’s Glen neighborhood in North Raleigh, with her mother and father, Sean. “He personally donated more than 600 units of blood in his lifetime, was a Boy Scout leader for over 10 years, and – along with my grandmother – raised 21 foster children. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need and I hope to follow along in his footsteps.” Addison has received several academic recognitions – including consistently making the Honor Roll – and said that English and psychology

Addison Hagarty Profile AGE: 15 RESIDENCE: Gates at Ethan’s Glen, North Raleigh SCHOOL: Wakefield High (10th Grade) VOLUNTEER AFFILIATIONS: Wakefield High Beta Club Wakefield High Literacy Club Tutoring, Wakefield Middle School Tutoring, Wakefield Elementary School Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes 2013 Hemophilia Walk FAMILY: Parents, Sean and Susan Hagarty PETS: Molly, Anabel, Ema (cats); Pepper (rabbit); Keilsey, Lily (aquatic frogs) INTERESTS: Soccer, reading, photography, travel, volunteering

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are her favorite subjects in school. With her full schedule, she utilizes the WHS “Smart Lunch” program to stay on top of her academic responsibilities. She also belongs to the school Photography Club, and hopes to utilize that interest as part of a future career. “I want to explore my interests in writing and photography, become a member of my high school yearbook or newspaper staff, attend one of the excellent North Carolina universities, major in communication or journalism, and possibly become a photo journalist after college graduation,” she said. In the meantime, she stays focused on school, playing soccer and continuing her many volunteer activities – including tutoring younger students. “I find it very fulfilling to tutor elementary and middle school students – it is so amazing to see their skills improve and know that I might have played a small part,” she

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said. “I also love when I show up and the kids are so happy to see me!” Such sentiments certainly make her mother proud. “Addison does an amazing job balancing her

rigorous 10th Grade schedule with club meetings, volunteering and soccer,” she said. “I am so proud to see what a productive, giving young lady Addison has become.”

I find it very fulfilling to tutor elementary and middle school students – it is so amazing to see their skills improve and know that I might have played a small part. ADDISON HAGARTY WHS SOPHOMORE, TUTOR, AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

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Currently, there are only 260 Kenan Fellows across North Carolina. Denise Furr, who teaches chemistry at Wakefield High School, is one of those in this exclusive program. “I am working on incorporating useful technology into my teaching,” Furr said. “During my Kenan Fellowship, I learned about valuable tools that can enhance my lessons and I am enjoying the challenge of figuring out the best ways to incorporate them. Science and technology change at such a rapid pace, and it is important for teachers to work hard to stay current, so we can prepare our students well.”

A Passion for Teaching

Wakefield High’s Denise Furr Learns Valuable Tools In Kenan Fellows Program

I enjoy trying to find the best ways to help students understand chemistry and to appreciate how amazing science can be. DENISE FURR WHS TEACHER, KENAN FELLOW

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. “My particular externship was with the directors of the North Carolina Science Festival at UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill,” Furr 14

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explained. “I worked to develop a high school initiative that will help science teachers from around the state create a “Decision Room” in their classrooms – creating resources that will allow teachers to complete a lesson involving students learning about a recent science issue (like nuclear energy or ‘fracking’) and then debating that issue with their peers.” Classroom debates provide

opportunities for students to become aware of real world science topics, while developing literacy and communication skills, she noted. Furr, who has taught at WHS for four years, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in chemistry and a minor in biology from East Carolina University, secured a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in science education at UNC-Chapel Hill, and December 2013 | January 2014

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Denise Furr Profile AGE: 33 RESIDENCE: North Park neighborhood, North Raleigh PROFESSION: Wakefield High School teacher FAMILY: Husband, Justin; baby due in January INTERESTS: Running, gardening, anything science-related

completed nearly all of the course work for a Ph. D. in science education from NC State (just missing the dissertation). Before joining WHS, she taught chemistry at Green Hope High School in Cary for four years and was awarded the First Year Teacher of the Year Award. Last year, she earned National Board Certification and was recognized for Teaching as an Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars. Married and expecting her first child in January, Furr is passionate about teaching. “I like that it is an active and social job that continuously challenges me to improve my skills as a teacher,” she said. “I get to talk about a subject that I am passionate about every day, with energetic, curious teenagers. I enjoy trying to find the best ways to help students understand chemistry and to appreciate how amazing science can be.”

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Morgan Maccherone Loves to Learn By G. CLEVELAND KILGORE 919 Magazine Writer

Morgan Maccherone loves to learn. In fact, she loves learning so much, she doesn’t even have a favorite subject in school. “I believe that being a well-rounded student is of the utmost importance, so I strive to excel in each and every subject,” said Morgan, a senior at Wakefield High School. And excel she does: When she graduates next year, she will have completed at least 16 Advanced Placement courses – meaning she will be nearly finished with her freshman year in college. Plus, she has never received less than an A (grade) in any WHS class, and expects to be valedictorian for the Class of 2014.

I am always doing something. I have a very tight schedule, but I love to stay busy. MORGAN MACCHERONE WHS SENIOR

“Morgan is – and has been since the day she was born – a truly amazing daughter,” said her mother, Christina Motley, a Wakefield Plantation resident who owns a marketing and communications company. “She will complete high school with…the highest un-weighted GPA possible in Wake County. She is a varsity cheerleader. She was born a natural entrepreneur and operates two profitable businesses. Morgan has embraced a life of constant change, and she has endured the life of living with a single mom.” The list of Morgan’s awards and honors is long, including four Lamp of Knowledge Awards at WHS – and she is involved in many clubs and organizations, ranging from the

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Beta Club to the Spanish Honor Society (for which she serves as president). She also participates in a number of school activities and community service efforts. Morgan hopes to secure her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering, and go straight into getting a PhD in oncology or cellular biology – with a longterm goal of one day discovering a cure for cancer. “My top school of choice right now is Columbia University, which has a world-class engineering program,” she said, adding that Stanford University

also tops her list of favorites. With such a full schedule, Morgan notes that time management is definitely something that she has had to perfect throughout high school. “This is the key to managing my time – I am always doing something. I have a very tight schedule, but I love to stay busy.” Morgan tutors all ages in math and Spanish, and her MMMonogramming company provides low-cost services on a variety of items. For more information, e-mail or call 919-946-1637.

Morgan Maccherone Profile AGE: 17 SCHOOL: Wakefield High School (12th Grade) PARENT: Christina Motley RESIDENCE: Wakefield Plantation PETS: Bella Marie (dog), Malcolm Nash (fish) INTERESTS: Cheerleading, academics, tutoring, monogramming

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Former WHS, WMS Principal WCPSS Principal of the Year

went on to serve as assistant principal at Wakefield middle and high schools. His first job as principal was at Wakefield Middle, then at Wakefield High. In 2010, Savage was selected as the principal to open the new Heritage campus.

A former principal at Wakefield Middle and Wakefield High schools is the 2013 Wake County Principal of the Year.

As Principal of the Year, Savage received a $1,000 check compliments of John Parrish of Lifetouch Studios, as well as a Carolina Panthers Game Package, which includes luxury suite game tickets for two, overnight accommodations at the Charlotte OMNI and a $100 dinner voucher compliments of Toshiba Business Solutions. Savage received a rolling cart filled with miscellaneous office supplies and a HP Officejet Printer, compliments of Mike Griffin of Office Depot. The Principal of the Year winner’s school will receive a $500 monetary award, compliments of Michael Strawbridge of Strawbridge Studios.

Heritage High School Principal Dr. Mark Savage credits the culture built at the Wake Forest campus over the past few years for achieving the prestigious annual honor. “Without a doubt, my biggest accomplishment would be the world we have created at Heritage High School,” Savage said. “Partnering with these educators, students and parents, we have really created something unique. It’s been a capstone.” In opening the school, Savage and his leadership team designed the hallmarks of a Heritage High graduate. “We created a document that continues to serve as the basis for how we conduct business at Heritage High,” Savage said. “I wanted Heritage graduates to be different, have specific skill sets and be marked by a sense of honor, service and citizenship.”


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Wake County Public School System Superintendent Dr. Jim Merrill presented the award to Savage during a ceremony at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh in October. Savage began his Wake career in 1997 teaching English at Leesville Road High. He

All finalists for Principal of the Year received an acrylic award, a $500 prize made possible by John Parrish of Lifetouch Studios and a rolling cart filled with miscellaneous office supplies, compliments of Mike Griffin of Office Depot.

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Wakefield High School PTSA hosted its 13th annual Mistletoe Market Holiday Fair and fundraiser in November at Wakefield High School — ­ featuring more than 200 vendors offering gifts, jewelry, arts and crafts, greenery, bake goods, raffles, and food.


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Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce’s 21st Annual Chamber Golf Tournament provided members an opportunity to test the Hasentree Country Club course in September — compete for prizes.

Wakefield Band Boosters’ largest fundraising event, the Heart of Carolina Marching Band Invitational, was October at Wakefield High School. 919 Magazine WK

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Wake Forest’s 2nd Annual Hallowed Half Marathon and 10K race at the Factory in October benefitted Kerr Family YMCA in Wakefield and YMCA at The Factory.

Wakefield’s Senior Men’s Golf Association hosted its first “We Care” Golf Classic in October at the TPC at Wakefield Plantation to benefit North Carolina’s military families.

Students of the International Thespian Society of Wakefield High, with the assistance of Drama Club members, staged the annual Haunted House Extreme in the school’s auditorium in October. 22

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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

Wakefield Elementary’s Fall Festival included inflatables, stage acts, arts & crafts, games, and a food truck rodeo.

Participants in the recent 5th annual Buddy Run and Food Drive at Heritage Wake Forest got some excercise — and raised money to feed more than 250 children in the community. 919 Magazine WK

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66th Annual Wake Forest Christmas Dinner 6:30-8 pm The Forks Cafeteria 339 S. Brooks St, Wake Forest 919-435-9400


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Tickets $5, $12, $15 North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre 7713-51 Lead Mine Rd 919-866-0228


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

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

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

Scandinavian Christmas Fair

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42nd Historic Oakwood 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

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


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


Holiday Tours $5 fee 5-10 pm Mordecai Historic Park 1 Mimosa St 919-857-4364

Christmas Tree Sales Until 12/23

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

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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

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

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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


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


All Saints UMC Christmas Eve Worship in the Barn 3:30-8:30 Page Family Farm 6100 Mount Herman Rd 919-321-2648

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A Big Part of the Wakefield Landscape Rex Healthcare’s Campus Rises Tall, With Wide Range of Services

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Rex Healthcare of Wakefield YEAR OPENED: ADDRESS:

2009 11200 Governor Manly Way (corner of Capital Boulevard and New Falls of Neuse Road) PHONE: 919-570-7500 WEBSITE: rex-healthcare-of-wakefield DIRECTOR: Tom Williams, Vice President of Ambulatory Services

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UNC Rex Healthcare Rex Healthcare is a member of UNC Health Care, a private, not-for-profit health care system that offers a wide range of care and services at its main campus in West Raleigh, as well as campuses in Apex, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Wakefield and downtown Raleigh. Numbers 660 Licensed beds (433 general acute beds; 227 skilled nursing beds) 5,300 Rex co-workers 1,100 physicians on Rex’s medical staff 1,700 nurses 1,200 volunteers, contributing more than 140,000 hours a year Management President: Chairman: COO:

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Rex Healthcare of Wakefield is a major part of the Wakefield Plantation area landscape. A state-of-the-art medical complex that opened in April 2009 to provide residents of northern Wake County with essential wellness and hospital services close to home, the campus offers a full range of outpatient services including cancer treatments, surgery, urgent care, a wellness center and more. “The campus brings a high level of care closer to home with a full range of outpatient care and services,” said Tom Williams, Vice President of Ambulatory Services. “Treatments and services are coordinated by clinical specialists who work closely with Rex Healthcare’s main Raleigh campus and UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill. The result combines the convenience of a community hospital setting with the expertise of an academic medical center.” The Wakefield facility is one of five similar Rex Heathcare centers in the Triangle, but it has some aspects that make it unique. “The Ambulatory Surgery Center – with three state-of-the-art operating rooms and a procedure room – and the Rex Cancer Center of Wakefield set it apart from other Rex campuses,” Williams said. “The care provided at the Cancer Center is coordinated with the North Carolina Cancer Hospital and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill, as well as the Rex Cancer Center in Raleigh.” Rex Healthcare of Wakefield is essentially two buildings: A 110,000 sq. ft., multi-story medical office and outpatient facility, and a 40,000 sq. ft. Wellness Center. And the campus is home to a number of Rex’s services, including: • Rex Cancer Center of Wakefield • Rex Sleep Disorders Center • Rex Express Care of Wakefield • Rex Surgical Specialists • Rex Vascular Specialists • Rex Family Practice of Wakefield • N.C. Heart & Vascular • Rex Wellness Center of Wakefield • Diagnostic testing services, including radiology services, CT, MRI, Ultrasound, and digital mammography. The campus also houses several Rex partners, including Orthopaedic Specialists of North Carolina, the Raleigh Medical Group, Digestive Healthcare, and Triangle Weight Loss Surgery. “Rex Healthcare of Wakefield understands the needs of the surrounding community as healthcare changes on the national stage,” Williams noted. “All patients can expect to receive high quality, compassionate care from medical and wellness providers with the most advanced skills for improving their health. Rex looks forward to serving the region for generations to come by continuing to invest in new technology and innovative treatments.”

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Wellness Center Offers Big Variety Of Programs, Combined With Motivation Finding the time for wellness activities can seem almost impossible for some. One of the more unique aspects of the Rex Healthcare of Wakefield campus is the Rex Wellness Center — a state-ofthe-art facility featuring comprehensive wellness programs, as well as lots of motivation and support, for eating right, exercising and living healthy. Operations Manager Jessica Tucker provides detailed information on the center for 919 Magazine readers.

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A Conversation with Jessica Tucker, Operations Manager at Rex Wellness Center of Wakefield: What is the history of Rex Wellness Center of Wakefield? Rex Wellness Center of Wakefield was developed as part of the Rex Healthcare of Wakefield campus, which provides a comprehensive variety of health services for Wakefield and the surrounding area. The rapid growth of the area and requests from many area residents demonstrated a demand for a Wellness Center to serve the growing need for wellness services, which include health education, prevention and medical fitness programs.

What was the initial philosophy and inspiration for the Wellness Center? As part of the Rex continuum of care, our philosophy is to provide excellent and compassionate wellness services to empower individuals to achieve their personal best in a safe, supportive environment. We base our programs and instruction on national standards such as those established by the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Dietetic Association and other nationally accredited certifying agencies. We strive to provide services that are appropriate to the age and condition of each individual. Although we provide a wide variety of programs that evolve over time, this philosophy has not changed over the years.

What makes the Wellness Center unique? Rex Wellness Center of Wakefield is somewhat larger than our other centers in the Triangle, at 40,000 sq. ft. rather than our typical size of 30,000 sq. ft. The center has two large group exercise studios, a larger spinning studio, a separate personal training studio suitable for small group training and also two large classrooms for health education and wellness programs. In addition: • We offer nationally accredited instructors and programs. • We have an active Medical Director and Medical Advisory Committee that oversees our programs and services. • We are a member of the Medical Fitness Association (MFA) and follow guidelines established by MFA and Rex for quality. • We offer specialty programs for individuals who have recently completed physical therapy and treatment. • We provide nutrition counseling, therapeutic massage, tai chi, yoga and other health promotion programs. 919 Magazine WK

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What can you tell us about the facility and amenities? Rex Wellness Center is the first medically-based wellness facility in Wake County. Our facility features centralized check-in and adheres to hospital safety standards. Our facility is well maintained, clean and staffed with friendly, knowledgeable co-workers who believe in our mission and vision statements.

What are the various programs and services the center provides to local residents? Rex Wellness provides a variety of services and activities: • We have 70-77 group exercise classes per week. • We offer a full aquatics area, including two saline pools — and a therapy pool. Our wet area includes a steam room, sauna and hot tub. • We provide full towel service and lockers at no charge to our members. Soap and shampoo are provided as well as hairdryers. • We feature childcare during peak hours. • We offer a medically supervised exercise facility by well trained staff. • We offer top of the line exercise equipment that is clean and well maintained. • And we have massage, dietary services, physical therapy, personal training, Pilates, a monthly education series, weight management programming, basic life support certification classes, and swim lessons for a fee.

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What is your most unique program available? Our most unique program offered by our facility is our free Pathways monthly education series. Local experts can come in and speak with members and non-members. This allows us to be a resource for our community and have fantastic conversations about any topic.

What is the most popular program offered to local residents by the center? Our members enjoy our group exercise program the most. We have a variety of classes available to all fitness levels. We try to provide excellent classes and listen to our member feedback regarding programming. It’s important to us that our members feel as if their membership adds to their quality of life. Group exercise allows new and seasoned exercisers to come together and maintain their fitness level.

What is the most important aspect of what the center offers the community? The most important service we provide is a safe place to exercise. We require Basic Life Support (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator training (AED), Basic Water Rescue Training and member service training of our co-workers. We monitor our pool water 24 hours a day. We conduct quarterly emergency drills. We monitor high traffic areas via cameras. We adhere to joint commission and OSHA standards. If someone has a medical emergency in our facility, we are going to respond. I think members who have witnessed a medical emergency in our facility can attest to the fact that they had no idea just how many co-workers respond.

What will surprise most local residents about what is offered at the center? I think most residents will be surprised to know that we are open to the general public. We still take many tours from local residents who think they have to be in therapy or under a physicians care in order to have a membership with us. Our prices are competitive and we enjoy having tri-athletes as well as pulmonary rehab graduates!

What can you tell us about the staff at the center? Our co-workers are hand-picked for excellence. The wellness instructors are nationally certified and highly trained. Front desk co-workers are dedicated to making you feel welcome when you come in. Our coordinators are striking the balance of making sure the facility runs and the front line co-workers are taken care of. The common thread of everyone in our facility is that they enjoy our work environment and are committed to making the member experience memorable.

Rex Wellness Center of Wakefield YEAR OPENED: 2009 ADDRESS: 11200 Galleria Avenue PHONE: 919-570-1511 WEBSITE: DIRECTOR: Neil Byrd OPERATIONS MGR: Jessica Tucker KEY PERSONNEL: Samantha Bondo, Group Exercise Coordinator; Todd Hampton, Front desk coordinator; Matthew Birkenmeyer, Exercise Floor Coordinator FACILITY SIZE: 40, 000 sq. ft. FACILITY HOURS: Mon-Thu, 5:30 am-9:30 pm; Fri, 5:30 am-8 pm; Sat-Sun, 8 am-6 pm


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Does the center need volunteers to support programs or projects? Our volunteer program is amazing. We have 33 volunteers who do everything from folding towels to bouncing babies! We currently have a waitlist for folks who want to volunteer and we love this. Our volunteers bring our customer service to a higher level. If anyone is interested in volunteer opportunities, they can contact volunteer services and Rex Hospital.

What do you enjoy most about your position? I enjoy seeing people accomplish goals and challenging themselves. I know that when members and coworkers are able to perform their personal best, they leave a bit healthier. We have yet to find a pill that will make you feel the way exercise does. Creating an environment that is motivating and supportive is the challenge that I can commit to everyday.

What is your most rewarding experience since joining the center? The unexpected relationships I’ve developed have been the most gratifying experiences. I am surrounded by stories of greatness and personal triumph. I have the unique perspective of getting a glimpse into the lives of our members. We share in our members’ good and bad days and this lends itself to a unique work environment.

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Operations Manager 3 years Wellness Instructor (Rex Wellness, 2 yrs); Clinical Specialist for medical devices, Clinical Exercise Physiologist (NIH/Duke University Medical Center Behavioral Medicine Department, 3 yrs) Bachelors-Athletic Training, University of North Carolina; Masters-Cardiac Rehabilitation, East Stroudsburg University Wake Forest Graham, NC Spouse, David 4 goats, donkey Hobby farming, reading, hiking, spending time with friends and family

We have 33 volunteers who do everything from folding towels to bouncing babies! JESSICA TUCKER REX WELLNESS CENTER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional supporters included Mutual Distributing Co. (Wine Sponsor); Triangle Brewery Co. (Bee Sponsor); Red Light Chocolates (Chocolate Sponsor); International Minute Press, Fayetteville (Printing Sponsor); Manzoor Cheema, Cheema Communications (videographer); and Ken Parr (music). 32

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919 ›› COMMUNITY 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.

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).

• 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.

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).

• Gingerbread Party, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14: Children can

Carriage Rides, Santa Highlight Downtown Wake Forest Event Residents are invited to join the Wake Forest Downtown shops, restaurants and other businesses for a special day on Saturday, Dec. 7, to celebrate the spirit of the season. The event – which begins at 10 a.m. – includes free horse and carriage rides, visits and pictures with Santa, live entertainment, and a variety of other special activities. For more information, contact Lisa Newhouse at 919-435-9415 or lisa@

• 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

New Bay Leaf Fire Station 1 Completed On Six Forks Road 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. For more information, visit

Senior Center’s Winter Craft Fair Dec. 2-6 Northern Wake Senior Center’s Winter Craft Fair and Ceramic Sale is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 2-6 at 235 East Holding Ave. in Wake Forest. All items on sale are handcrafted by members of the center and from the community, and include quilting, knitting, crochet, jewelry, ornaments, baby blankets, sewing items, seasonal items, and more – plus, this year, a large assortment of ceramic and pottery is included. For more information, call 919-554-4111 or visit

Short Takes Gov. Pat McCrory named three Wake County Public School System teachers to his new teachers advisory committee, including Wakefield High English teacher Carol Wicker. The 24-member committee of teachers will advise the governor on improving student outcomes, compensating teachers and recognizing innovative schools, as well


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as other education matters…Samveg Desai, the son of Arpan and Trupti Desai and a student at Wakefield High, attended the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar recently. The seminars for high school sophomores bring students in contact with community leaders to discuss current issues… Bell Partners of Greensboro, NC, recently acquired The Woodlands at Wakefield Plantation apartments. The 360-unit complex was previously owned by The

Altman Companies of Boca Raton, FL…Wakefield High’s Darian Mack, a University of Kentucky recruit, and Gabby Benda, a Marquette University recruit, received Honorable Mention honors on the Under Armour/American Volleyball Coaches Association All American team…Michael Dexter Cooley was recognized by the North Carolina Association for Athletic Educators as High School Athletic Director of the Year in November… December 2013 | January 2014

919 ‹‹ COMMUNITY Nadia Forh, Michael Shelton Honored at Homecoming Game

Nature Preserve Park Hosts ‘Nature Play Days’ for Children

Nadia Forh was named Homecoming Queen at Wakefield High School at recent ceremonies at halftime of the recent WHS football game against Wake Forest High.

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.

Michael Shelton was named Homecoming King. Forh is the daughter of Raquel and Randolph Forh. A senior, Forh expects to attend UNC-Chapel Hill next year. Shelton, also a senior, is the son of Josephine Shelton and plans to play football at Brigham Young University in Utah.

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.

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Wakefield Theatre Company Presents ‘A Tuna Christmas’

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.

Wakefield Theatre Company presents “A Tuna Christmas,” directed by Theatre Arts Director Paul A. Orsett, on Dec. 19-21 in the Wakefield High School auditorium. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. each night, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Dec. 21. The production is a fictional comedy centered on a town called Tuna and its annual Christmas Yard Display Contest. Character Vera Carp, who has won the contest 14 times, is on edge -- along with other contestants – when a mysterious vandalizing “Christmas Phantom” comes into play.

WHS Team Wins Spelling Bee for Third Year in a Row A team from Wakefield High School recently won The Spelling Bee fundraising event, presented by the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce and CenturyLink. This was the third year in a row that a WHS team won the competition. The victory came by spelling “schadenfreude”, which means “an enjoyment obtained from the mishap of others”. Team members were Timothy Tharrington, Kelly Niles and Ed Tharrington, who are all Wakefield teachers and were sponsored by Triangle Family Dentistry of Heritage. Residents, organizations and businesses entered teams in the event, which involved correctly spelling words every 30 seconds – or paying to stay 919 Magazine WK

“It’s a comical look at a small town in Texas with some mature humor,” said Orsett. The show is rated PG-13 due to some mature content. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at ($5-$10), or at the door ($7-$12). For questions or more information, email in the competition to the finals. More than $5,000 was raised this year, with all proceeds utilized to support local school projects and teachers in the form of grants.

The Stinger Bees, Lauren and Rachel Holding of Wake Forest, with members of The Spelling Bee’s winning team: Timothy Tharrington, Ed Tharrington, and Kelly Niles.

John Lennon Bus Makes Tour Stop At Wakefield’s Living Arts College Students at Living Arts College in the Wakefield area spent time in October touring the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a mobile recording and production studio. The visitors also played instruments available during the visit by the non-profit bus that makes stops at about 200 schools, community centers and festivals across the U.S. each year. In its 16th year, with the very newest technology and gear, the bus is dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios and participation in free songwriting and multimedia production workshops. With the assistance of three on-board engineers, students learn how to write, perform, record, and produce original songs, produce and shoot music videos and documentaries and complete a broadcast quality music video – all in one day. For additional details on the bus and its projects, visit Living Arts College is located at 3000 Wakefield Crossing Drive. For more information, call 919-488-8500 or visit

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919 ›› COMMUNITY Christmas Parade Features Floats, Bands – and Santa! Get ready to experience the sights and sounds of the holiday season at the Wake Forest Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 14. Sponsored by PowerSecure and presented by the Wake Forest Downtown Revitalization Corporation, the event begins at 1 p.m. This year’s parade will feature more than 100 colorful floats and entries from local businesses, churches, schools and civic groups – as well as several high school marching bands and, of course, Santa Claus. The parade will begin at the intersection of Elm Avenue and South White Street and continue north along South White Street before turning east onto Wait Avenue. It will then turn south onto South Brooks Street and continue until ending at the intersection of Brooks Street and Elm Avenue. Entries in the parade are taken through Nov. 13. For more information about this year’s Wake Forest Christmas Parade, visit or contact Downtown Development Director Lisa Newhouse at 919-435-9415 or

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 expected to serve about 40,000 youths and their parents. North Regional Library is located at 7009 Harps Mill Road. For information, call 919-870-4000 or visit

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Construction on New Community Center Could Begin in Spring 2014 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. 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. The two-story Northeast Raleigh Community Center -- will house a gymnasium with an elevated indoor track, fitness (equipment) room, multipurpose classrooms and studio, lockers and dressing rooms, and office areas. Anticipated programming

includes Track Out and healthy living and fitness oriented classes. 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. 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.

New Northeast Regional Library May Open in Wakefield by Summer 2015 A new regional library could open in the Wakefield area as soon as mid-2015.

Construction could then begin as early as spring 2014, with completion possible by the summer of 2015.

Wake County Board of Commissioners approved the design plans for the $5.7 million facility – planned at the intersection of North Forest Pine Drive and Green Elm Way in North Raleigh, across from Forest Pine Drive Elementary School – last month. Mark Forestieri, director of the county facilities design and construction department, told the board he expects bids to build the new Northeast Regional Library to be reviewed in March 2014.

Photo Courtesy of Wake County Construction of the new library is funded by a $35 million bond referendum approved by voters to fund library projects in the county. December 2013 | January 2014

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Huntington Learning Center’s Individually Tailored Programs Give Opportunity for Students to Succeed When it comes to helping students succeed at school, Huntington Learning Center is first in class. Executive director and owner Shawn Livingston is dedicated to providing the highest quality programs designed to give every student the best possible education. “Our programs are all individually tailored to meet the needs of each student,” said Livingston. “The learning programs we develop and the curriculum we use build the skills necessary for our students to achieve success independently.” After serving in Afghanistan as a Green Beret in the U.S. Army Special Forces, Livingston – with a passion for education – proudly assumed ownership of the Huntington Learning Center on Creedmoor Road in 2010. Livingston makes his home in Wake Forest with his wife, Angela, a Raleigh native, and two young sons, and continues to serve in the North Carolina National Guard as a TAC (Teach, Assess, and Counsel) for the Officer Candidate School at the Military Academy at Fort Bragg. Due to the success of the Raleigh Huntington Learning Center, Livingston

The learning programs we develop and the curriculum we use build the skills necessary for our students to achieve success independently. SHAWN LIVINGSTON Huntington Learning Center

opened a second center in Wake Forest reaching more students than ever before. Both centers are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, a prestigious validation of educational excellence, to provide one on one tutoring for virtually any specific subjects in pre-K through 12th Grade – including algebra, geometry, and the sciences, as well as test prep for the SAT and ACT. Under the direction of Wake Forest center director Jessica Millwood and Raleigh center director Meredith Gray, the staff of state certified and Huntington trained teachers develops

Huntington Learning Center YEAR OPENED: Originally opened in Raleigh in 1993; Wake Forest opened in January 2013 OWNER: Shawn Livingston ADDRESS: 7101 Creedmoor Road, Suite 105, Raleigh; 3309 Rogers Road, Suite 133, Wake Forest WEBSITE: EMAIL CONTACT: PHONE: 919-676-2410, 919-488-4703


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and delivers individualized programs designed to build academic skills and encourage independent learning. And, when needed, Huntington Learning Center teachers attend parent-teacher conferences, including IEP meetings, to advocate for the student. “Our success only happens when our students succeed, and we will do everything possible to make that happen,” said Livingston. “It’s about the times a student brings in a report card and is excited about it, or students increase their SAT score by 300 points enabling them to not only get into college, but positions them for a higher tier of schools, because they realize they can succeed,” said Livingston. “Only helping with homework just puts a bandage on it; we build the skills for success.” Huntington Learning Center is located at 7101 Creedmoor Road, Suite 105, Raleigh; and 3309 Rogers Road, Suite 133, Wake Forest. For more information, call 919-676-2410 or 919-488-4703, email, or visit December 2013 | January 2014

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Grandma’s Pumpkin Bread Ingredients 2 Eggs 1/3 cup Water 1/2 cup Oil 1 cup Pumpkin 1 2/3 cups Self-rising flour 1/2 tsp Nutmeg 1/2 tsp Cinnamon 1 1/4 cup Sugar 1/2 cup Nuts (finely chopped)

Directions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine eggs, water, oil and pumpkin and beat well. Sift together 1 2/3 cup of self-rising flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar. Add sifted ingredients to pumpkin mixture and beat well. Add nuts. Pour contents into 3 mini loaf pans or 1 regular loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 min. (mini pans), or 1 hour (regular pan).

Making Grandmother’s Dish Brings Back Special Memories When Natalie and Samuel Norris got married, they didn’t find a lot of foods in common that they loved. An exception, though, was her grandmother’s special recipe for pumpkin bread. “Natalie’s grandmother gave her a recipe book for Christmas several years ago, with handwritten recipes (including the one for pumpkin bread),” said Samuel. “It is now our favorite fall breakfast/dessert item.” Residents of the Bedford at Falls River subdivision, both Natalie and Samuel work at BB&T Bank. She’s a graduate of Meredith College, while he secured a degree from NC State. The couple enjoys dancing to beach music, spending time together, volunteering in the community and attending Hayes Barton Baptist Church. Natalie explained that making the recipe during the holiday season makes it taste extra special. “Making this dish reminds me of childhood in my grandmother’s house and always leaves a fall like aroma in the air,” Natalie said.

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Wakefield High

Women’s Basketball

Winter Sports Preview Men’s Basketball HEAD COACH: Dexter Cooley YEARS IN POSITION: 3 (plus 13 at Millbrook, 6 at Bunn) OTHER COACHES: Thomas Edwards, Trent Wilson, Mickey Bissette, Garrett Stevens (Head JV Coach) 2012-13 RECORD: 12-10 (overall record 36-16) 2012-13 PLAYOFFS: Lost in first round to Durham Hillside. HONORS/ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Qualified for State Playoffs RETURNING STARTERS: 0 RETURNING LETTERMEN: 4 COACH’S OUTLOOK: This team will be extremely young. Returning players have not logged a lot of minutes. It will take us some time to come together as a team. I think as the season goes along, we should progress and end up being a pretty good team. Our goals will be slightly different than in years past. The Cap 8 will be as tough as ever. If we are to compete, we will have to develop quickly.


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HEAD COACH: Art Wollett YEARS IN POSITION: 4 CAREER RECORD AS VARSITY BASKETBALL COACH: 50-28 OTHER COACHES: Rick Durham, Kaila Menendez, Sarah Wollett 2012-13 RECORD: 17-9 2012-13 PLAYOFFS: Lost to Green Hope in Round 2 RETURNING STARTERS: Krystal Mangum, Denneshia Goodman RETURNING LETTERMEN: Monshe’ Martin, Tinasha Horton, Denise Martin, Jordyn Cobb, Sarah Willey, Lauren Willey, Denneshia Goodman, Krystal Mangum COACH’S OUTLOOK: We are hoping to compete for the Cap 8 Championship. We need everyone to stay healthy to do that!


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919 ‹‹ SPORTS PREVIEW 2012-13 PLAYOFFS: Women – Indoor State Champions, Wake County Championship runnerup, Cap 8 Champions, Regional Champions, Outdoor State Championship runner-up. 2012-13 HONORS: Recognized by Wake County School Board of Education and by State of North Carolina for the many state championship titles won COACHS’ OUTLOOK: Evaluate the talents that have come our way and rebuild what is needed to carry the team to many more victories.

Wrestling HEAD COACH: Mason Goldbach YEARS IN POSITION: First year OTHER COACHES: Jason Booser, Peter Comis, Mitch Goldbach, Scott Ward PRACTICE BEGINS: Oct. 30 FIRST MATCH: Nov. 20 at South Johnston High School COACH’S OUTLOOK: We have a fairly young team that is learning quickly and working hard to improve daily. Our goals are to be the hardest working, best conditioned and most technical team on the mat.

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HEAD COACH: Lisa Byrne YEARS IN POSITION: First year PRACTICE BEGINS: Oct. 30 FIRST MEET: Nov. 21 at NC State (with Broughton, Millbrook, Enloe) COACH’S OUTLOOK: I am new to Wakefield, and very excited to be the new swim coach here. Although we have only been practicing since Oct. 30, I have already seen the wonderful talents and skills on the team. I think we will be improving with each swim meet and hopefully we will see swimmers in the championships.

Women’s Gymnastics HEAD COACH: Mariah Elliott YEARS IN POSITION: 2 PRACTICE BEGINS: Oct. 10 FIRST MATCH: Nov. 6 at Raleigh School of Gymnastics COACH’S OUTLOOK: We have a few very talented new girls to add to our team this year. The returning gymnasts have come so far since last year, and they will show the new team members what a great team this is to be a part of. I expect Wakefield Gymnastics to be very competitive; it will be a great season!

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Raleigh #8

City for Women Entrepreneurs SOURCE: NerdWallet, 2013



Best Place for Business and Career

RALEIGH 5th Cheapest City In the United States

Kiplinger’s Magazine placed Raleigh 5th on its 2013 list of the least expensive cities in the U.S. Comparing average living costs, incomes and other statistics, the publication noted that Raleigh’s housing costs were nearly 31 percent below the national average. Raleigh also was praised for free cultural activities. Raleigh ranked below Omaha, NB; Ogden, UT; Des Moines, IW; and Columbus, OH. Behind Raleigh were Cincinnati, OH; Salt Lake City, UT; Austin, TX; St. Louis, MO; and Cedar Rapids, IW.

SOURCE: Forbes Magazine, 2013

SOURCE: Kiplinger’s Magazine, 2013

Is Raleigh Friendly?


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

SOURCE: Airbnb, 2013

Fifth Most Aspirational City in the United States:

Raleigh, NC! SOURCE: The Daily Beast, 2013

Raleigh Ranks

Most Inventive Cities?

Best City for Entry-Level Jobs

In the World!


SOURCE: InternMatch, 2013


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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.




SOURCE: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2013

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