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Morrisville Winterfest Big Weekend Includes Parade, Craft Fair, and Tree Lighting


Born to Play Sports Morrisville Athlete Takes Baseball Skills from PCHS to UNC-Charlotte


Dedicated to Community Morrisville Police Officer Serves Town, Helps Special Olympics


Investing in RTP Bayer CropScience Plans Major Renovations at Headquarters


Celebrate the Holidays See What’s Happening This Holiday Season in the 919


Winter Sports Previews Check Out Local High School Coaches’ Outlook

On The Cover Military serviceman Nic Steuben returns home for the holidays and is welcomed by friendly volunteers of the USO Center at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Photo by Ame Deaton


Very Busy, Very Involved

Morrisville Family Enjoys Travel And Community Involvement

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Community Events School Events Extracurricular Activities Community Sports

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On a Mission

Morrisville Resident Helps Others Through Technology

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32 Community 35

Holiday Events

36 Yearbook 41

Food Break


Advertisers Index


High School Winter Sports Previews


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The Health Studio

Integrative Wellness Center Helps Find All the Answers

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Home for the Holidays

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Sledding into the New Year

Suzy Beth Sarver

When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for the holidays.

Keith Bullington

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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. At this time of year, a lot of our country’s military are traveling (many of them hurrying home for the holidays before a deployment) – and many of them pass through Raleigh Durham International Airport. For more than 70 years, the USO has provided support, time and money to military families, including the amazing group at the USO RDU Center. Read about their efforts to spread warmth and compassion to America’s heroes during sometimes difficult circumstances, beginning on Page 26. Also in this special holiday edition: Catch up with our profile of Ed Summers, a Morrisville resident who’s on a mission to assist other visually impaired people – especially students – with technology to help them in the job market. It’s on Page 18. We also take a close look at the Scroggins-Johnson family, who are very busy and very involved in the community. The peek inside their activities begins on Page 16. 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 35. 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 Morrisville/ RTP! 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 Crafts Fair


12-3 pm Cedar Fork Community Center 1050 Town Hall Dr 919-463-7110

11/27-12/5 Hanukkah



Senior Christmas Party 12 pm Cedar Fork Community Center 1050 Town Hall Dr 919-463-7110


Mommy and Me Sports and Fitness Age 18 mths-3 yrs; $30 fee 10-10:45 am Cedar Fork Community Center 1050 Town Hall Dr 919-463-7110


Holiday Reception and Raffle Morrisville Chamber of Commerce 5:30-8 pm The Chef’s Academy 2001 Carrington Mills Rd 919-463-7150


Food Truck Rodeo 11:30 am-1:30 pm RTP Headquarters 12 Davis Dr 919-549-8181

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Winter Solstice



Yasmin’s Cancer Fundraising Event

Christmas Day

$15 admission; 9 pm Carmen’s Cuban Café & Lounge 108 Factory Shops Rd 919-467-8080




Tree Lighting 6:30-7:30 pm; free Morrisville Town Hall 100 Town Hall Dr 919-463-7110


Holiday Potluck 11:30-1 pm Morrisville Chamber of Commerce 260-A Town Hall Dr 919-463-7150


Morrisville Holiday Parade 11 am Town Hall Dr, between the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce and Treybook Dr 919-463-7110

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New Year’s Day


Western Wake Farmers Market 8 am-12 pm, Saturdays 1221 Morrisville Carpenter Rd 919-389-2186


Senior Friday 9:30 am Cedar Fork Community Center 1050 Town Hall Dr 919-463-7100


Senior Game Night


Get Your Jingle On Raleigh Jaycees Holiday Banquet

6-8 pm, Wednesdays Cedar Fork Community Center 1050 Town Hall Dr 919-463-7100

7-11 pm Cambria Suites Raleigh Durham Airport 300 Airgate Dr 919-713-0031


Martin Luther King Day


34th Annual MLK Day Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast 7 am Sheraton Imperial Hotel 4700 Emperor Blvd 919-834-6264


Morrisville Chamber of Commerce 23rd Annual Meeting 11:30 am-1:30 pm Doubletree by Hilton 4810 Page Creek Ln 919-463-7150


Dance Concert 7 pm Panther Creek High 6770 McCrimmon Pkwy 919-463-8656


Spot-Light Theatre 30 Reasons NOT to be in a Play (Play) 3 pm Thursday 7 pm Friday 2 pm, 5:30 pm Saturday Mills Park Middle 441 Mills Park Dr 919-466-1500


All Pro Dad’s Breakfast 7:45 am Cedar Fork Elementary 1050 Town Hall Dr 919-388-5240


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School Concert 6:30 pm Morrisville Elementary 1519 Morrisville Pkwy 919-460-3400

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6th Grade Band Concert 2 pm Mills Park Middle 441 Mills Park Dr 919-466-1500


7th, 8th Grade Band, Jazz Band Concert 7 pm Mills Park Middle 441 Mills Park Dr 919-466-1500


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7 pm Green Hope High 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Rd 919-380-3700

7 pm Mills Park Middle 441 Mills Park Dr 919-466-1500

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


Get Fit NC 10K/5K Benefitting school physical education programs 8 am Wake Forest Elementary 136 W. Sycamore St 252-902-9712


Tour de Toys Bike Ride Benefitting Raleigh Woman’s Shelter 10 am Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. 505 W. Jones St, Raleigh


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


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


Run for Young 5K Benefitting Safe driving for Teens 2 pm Christ Church 120 Edenton St, Raleigh

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Morrisville Winterfest Big Weekend Includes Parade, Holiday Craft Fair, and Tree Lighting

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Town of Morrisivlle’s two-day holiday celebration is Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7 — and the entire community is invited to the free festivities. It all begins with the annual tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Morrisville Town Hall, complete with hot chocolate and cookies — and a children’s choir singing Christmas carols. Next is the big Winterfest Parade and Holiday Craft Fair on Dec. 7. Beginning at 11 a.m., the parade takes place on Town Hall Drive, beginning at the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce and continuing to Treybrooke Drive. Grand Marshall for this year’s parade is WNCN Television news anchor Pam Saulsby. The Holiday Craft Fair begins at 12 p.m. at the Cedar Fork Community Center, continuing until 3 p.m., and features local arts and crafts for sale. In addition, Santa will be available for photographs and food trucks will be on site.

TIME: 11 a.m. DATE: Dec. 7 LOCATION: Town Hall Drive, between the Chamber of Commerce and Treybook Drive COST: Free

Holiday Craft Fair TIME: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. DATE: Dec. 7 LOCATION: Cedar Fork Community Center, 1050 Town Hall Drive COST: Free

Tree Lighting TIME: 6:30 p.m. DATE: Dec. 6 LOCATION: Morrisville Town Hall, 100 Town Hall Drive COST: Free

Morrisville Town Hall is located at 100 Town Hall Drive. Cedar Fork Community Center is located at 1050 Town Hall Drive. Call 919-463-6200 or visit www.

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It’s almost as if Joshua Maciejewski was born to play sports. “Joshua has been active from birth,” said his mother, Cindy. “I didn’t realize how much it would consume our lives.” A senior at Panther Creek High School and a Morrisville resident, Joshua played soccer, football, basketball and baseball as a youngster until his parents insisted he narrow down his choices. “As he got older we made him pick two sports, so he chose basketball and baseball,” said his father, Joe, who played baseball at NC State in the early 1980s.

Born to Play Sports

Morrisville Athlete Taking Baseball Skills From Panther Creek High to UNC-Charlotte

(UNC-Charlotte coaches) made a good impression on me and showed they really wanted me to play for them. It felt like the right place for me. JOSHUA MACIEJEWSKI PANTHER CREEK HIGH SENIOR

The focus appears to have paid off, as Joshua was recruited by UNC-Charlotte for baseball and plans to play there next year. “The UNCCharlotte coaches saw me play at the North Carolina State Powerade games last summer, and met with me after the game,” Joshua said. “They made a good impression on me and showed they really wanted me to play for them. It felt like the right place for me.” Joshua began playing youth baseball with the West Raleigh Baseball Association in spring, summer and fall – making the all-star team each year. He participated on a travel team coached by his father for several years, then played on teams at Lufkin Road Middle and East Cary Middle schools. Currently he plays outfield and pitcher for Panther Creek High, where he also is a starter on the basketball team. “I am a left-handed pitcher and my current speed is anywhere from 85-88 m.p.h.,” said Joshua. “I hope to be at 90 by the time my senior year baseball season is over.” 14

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Joshua (Josh) Maciejewski Profile AGE: 18 SCHOOL: Panther Creek High School (12th Grade) PARENTS: Joe and Cindy Maciejewski RESIDENCE: Huntington Woods, Morrisville SIBLINGS: Brother, Jacob (11), East Cary Middle School INTERESTS: Fishing, golf, baseball, basketball

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Joshua gives credit for his success to his parents, noting that his father always took him out to the field anytime he wanted when he was young. “They both put so much time and money into allowing me to play sports that I just didn’t want to let them down, and I wanted to prove it was all worth it,” he said.

When not focused on PCHS varsity sports, Joshua likes to fish and play golf – but he notes his golf swing is not as good as his baseball swing. In school, he enjoys his AP Human Geography course the most, along with other social studies classes. He was an Academic All Conference selection in both basketball and baseball in 2012-2013.

But, as it’s been his entire life, sports remains Joshua’s primary interest. “I don’t have time for extracurricular activities as much as I would like,” he said. “Playing two sports with back to back seasons doesn’t allow much extra time – especially since baseball has become a year-round sport. But it is what I love.”

Baseball Coach Daniel Hall (left), Josh Maciejewski, and Athletic Director/Basketball Coach L.J. Hepp (right) on signing day as Josh committed to play baseball for UNC-Charlotte on a 4-year athletic scholarship.

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Very Busy, and Very Involved Scroggins-Johnson Family Enjoys Family, Travel – and Community Involvement

Editor’s Note: Vicki Scroggins-Johnson was elected to the Morrisville Town Council in November 2013, after this interview was completed.

By G. CLEVELAND KILGORE 919 Magazine Writer

Even before Vicki ScrogginsJohnson was elected to the Morrisville Town Council in November, she and her family were extremely busy and heavily involved in the community. And it all starts at the neighborhood level. “We love our Savannah neighborhood,” said Vicki, who moved to the community more than eight years ago from Michigan. “Our neighbors are helpful, involved in the community, and look out for each other. When we moved from Ann Arbor, we were seeking to find a town that had a similar culturally diverse community. We found it in Morrisville.”

‘(Morrisville) has kept its small town atmosphere. Culturally diverse and small town – that’s a winning combination. VICKI SCROGGINS-JOHNSON NEW MORRISVILLE TOWN COUNCIL MEMBER

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Vicki Scroggins-Johnson, Gregory Johnson Project Manager, GlaxoSmithKline; Morrisville Town Council member (Vicki) Biology Instructor, Johnston Community College (Gregory) Masters of Bus. Adm., Michigan-Dearborn; BA, University of Michigan (Vickie) Master of Arts in Education, University of Michigan; Master of Science in Biology, Eastern Michigan; BS in Biochemistry, Michigan State (Gregory) Savannah neighborhood, Morrisville Elise (15), Sterling (12) Winnie (rescued dog); Sammy, Max (rescued cats)

It was the Savannah neighborhood that propelled Vicki into community service, when she lead an effort to form a Neighborhood Watch program after a series of break-ins in the area – and that led to becoming president of the homeowner’s association, and chair of the Morrisville Public Safety Advisory Committee. “The committee examines ideas and reports on methods and concepts to improve citizens’ safety and wellbeing of the town,” said Vicki, a project manager at GlaxoSmithKline. Gregory Johnson is equally engaged. A biology instructor at Johnston Community College in Smithfield, NC, Gregory also is December 2013 | January 2014

the school’s event coordinator for the North Carolina Science Festival – a month-long series of events that involves museums, colleges, schools and science across the state each April. Vicki and Gregory are parents to two children: Elise (age 15), a junior at Panther Creek High School; and Sterling (age 12), a 7th Grader at Exploris Charter School in Raleigh. Elise is active in the Girl Scouts, Sterling enjoys golf, and both study piano. In addition, they all enjoy traveling, especially to Disney World. “We also enjoy visiting northern Michigan in the summer, since it is a bit cooler than Morrisville,” Vicki explained. “We like to visit the many beaches along Lake Michigan, and enjoy spending time on Mackinac Island.” But no question exists that Morrisville is where they prefer to be – and is unquestionably their home. “This fast growing town has kept its small town atmosphere,” Vicki said. “Culturally diverse and small town – that’s a winning combination.”

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Ed Summers has a Mission

Photo by Ame Deaton

Morrisville Resident Works to Assist Other Visually Impaired People With Technology By G. CLEVELAND KILGORE 919 Magazine Writer

Morrisville resident Ed Summers’ mission is to help other visually impaired people understand the power of the Apple iPad. A long-time software engineer and technical manager at SAS – the market leader in business analytics software and services – Summers now leads the accessibility team for the company. “The accessibility team enables users of all abilities to succeed using SAS software,” said Summers, who is legally blind, due to a degenerative retinal disease called retinitis pigmentosa. “My personal goal is to enable people with disabilities to realize their full potential in the classroom and the 21st century knowledge economy. I am completely addicted to making a positive impact in the lives of young students with disabilities, and I am blessed to be working on projects that are making a positive impact at a local, national and global level.” Summers manages a variety of projects at SAS that are focused on improving educational outcomes for students with disabilities. “For example, we started a professional development program for teachers of the visually impaired last year,” he said. “Since then, we have taught more than 300 teachers across the country to use the accessibility features of the iPad with their students.” Another project was the STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities, an event that connected hundreds of students with disabilities from across North Carolina with successful professionals with disabilities 18

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that are working in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. “SAS organized the event in collaboration with our friends at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, IBM, Pearson, and the Bresler Foundation,” said Summers, a married father of two. Summers attended public schools in Cary, and earned his B.S. in Computer

My personal goal is to enable people with disabilities to realize their full potential in the classroom and the 21st century knowledge economy. ED SUMMERS SAS SOFTWARE ENGINEER, MORRISVILLE RESIDENT

Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In addition to spending time with his family and working on his SAS projects, he does a significant amount of volunteer work – especially as director and vice president of the Triangle Radio Reading Service (TRRS), which connects people who are blind and print-impaired with each other, their communities and families. He also is a director of the Friends of the North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically

Handicapped, and an active supporter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. But Summers’ focus is firmly on spreading the knowledge of “unlocking the power of the iPad” for the visually impaired. He indicated the SAS accessibility team is using new technology on several very exciting projects that will be publicly available in 2014. “We created the program because, in general, students with visual impairments do not have access to the technology that professionals with visual impairments are using to succeed in the mainstream labor market,” Summers said. “I think the best way to close that gap is to provide high quality professional development for teachers of the visually impaired so they can teach the technology to their current and future students.” December 2013 | January 2014

Ed Summers Profile AGE: 42 RESIDENCE: Morrisville PROFESSION: Software Engineer (SAS) FAMILY: Married, 2 children PETS: 2 dogs (including Willie, a guide dog) INTERESTS: Good books, good food, good company

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Dedicated to Community

Morrisville Police Officer Serves Town, And Raises Money for Special Olympics By STEPHANIE FRIEDL Photo by Barrow Images

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As a Morrisville police officer and volunteer for Special Olympics North Carolina, Tracy Skeeter is a dedicated community servant. “Just knowing that I am able to help people is very fulfilling,” said Skeeter, who has lived in her Raleigh neighborhood for close to 10 years. After hearing a Special Olympian speak at a police officers’ conference about how participating enables her to play and run with other people like herself, Skeeter jumped at the chance to help. Since then, Skeeter has helped organize fundraisers to support the North Carolina program.

Tracy Skeeter Profile AGE: 44 POSITION: Police Officer, Town of Morrisville Police Department VOLUNTEER AFFILIATION: North Carolina Special Olympics RESIDENCE: Raleigh INTERESTS: Reading, listening to music, movies, shopping spending time with family and friends

Special Olympics North Carolina PURPOSE: Provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympictype sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. CONTACT: SONC Phone: 919-719-7662 SONC Website: Tracy Skeeter:


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Through the efforts of Skeeter and with the support of her colleagues, the Morrisville Police Department received welldeserved recognition earlier this year from the Special Olympics organization by placing 33rd overall in fundraising dollars statewide. “We rank number 33 on the back of the SONC T-shirts, and that was a first for the Morrisville Police Department,” said Skeeter. When off duty, Skeeter is a busy mother of three who volunteers at her daughter’s school and spends quality time with her family. Skeeter also enjoys working out, dancing, cooking, and skating with her youngest daughter. Currently continuing her effort to secure a college degree, Skeeter works hard to further her training and expertise and broaden her knowledge as a master police officer. Skeeter has earned specialized certification in crisis intervention, hostage negotiation, first line supervision, field training, and intoxilyzer certification, just to name a few; and she is a Morrisville December 2013 | January 2014

Police Department outstanding performance past recipient. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics is a worldwide program that fosters acceptance and inclusion of all people by offering over 32 Olympic-style individual

and team sports designed to provide meaningful training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics North Carolina is located at 2200 Gateway Centre Blvd., Suite 201 in Morrisville. For information, visit or call 919-719-7662.

Members of the MPD fundraising team

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Residents turned out for the Morrisville Fire Department’s recent annual Fire Safety Day at Park West Village.


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Families enjoyed a full day of food, fun and learning at the Hindu Society of NC’s “Dharma & Yoga Fest” in September. Photo Courtesy of Janardhan Kyathanahalli

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The Health Studio

Integrative Wellness Center Provides Opportunity To Find Answers to Most Difficult Health Questions “The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” — THOMAS EDISON

The Health Studio is truly an integrative healing center, where people can find answers to the most difficult questions in their health journey. “This is a place for individuals to feel safe about making informed decisions about their health,” said Dr. Amy Jackson, who owns The Health Studio with Dr. Puja Wentworth. “Patients often come in disenchanted from our current ‘sick care’ model of care in the U.S.” Opened in January 2013 in Morrisville, The Health Studio specializes in functional health, utilizing blood work and detailed personal and medical histories to customize a health program for each individual – that may include micronutrient blood testing, heavy metal testing, neurotransmitter testing, genetic testing, and herbal or nutrient supplementation. “We are unique by offering true cellular healing, utilizing cutting edge research-based protocols in order to delve deeper, find the source of the problems, and allow for true healing to take place for the most sick,” Dr. Jackson explained. “Our mission is to provide exceptional holistic options for cellular healing to our community, our military, and our first reponders, empowering people to improve their quality of life.” 24

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From left to right: Dr. Amy Jackson DC, FIAMA; Christine Reitzel; Dr. Puja Wentworth, DC (Black and white dress)

This is a place for individuals to feel safe about making informed decisions about their health. DR. AMY JACKSON THE HEALTH CLINIC Special Advertising Section

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919 ‹‹ BUSINESS PROFILE Dr. Jackson, a married mother of two young boys, graduated from New York Chiropractic College specializing in sports and women’s health. She has seven years experience as a chiropractor and acupuncturist, and is an avid road and mountain bike rider. Dr. Wentworth graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences in Minnesota and has eight years experience as a chiropractor. Married and mother to one daughter, she enjoys photography and cooking in her spare time. Both Dr. Wentworth and Dr. Jackson specialize in cellular detoxification and are studying to become board certified Functional Medicine Practitioners. In addition to chiropractic treatment and acupuncture, The Health Clinic offers a wide range of therapies, including massage, nutrition, hypnosis, yoga, organic esthetician services, and healing from neurotoxocity. Gluten-free makeup is available, and classes are offered on a variety of topics, including self-awareness, home first-aid kits, poisons in the pantry, fermentation, seasonal cleansing and aromatherapy. Dr. Jackson noted that The Health Clinic provides a clean, fresh environment built with earth-friendly materials and conducive to nurturing and healing. “Our mission is to serve our community with exceptional answers for those suffering, and that motivates us deeply each and every day,” she said. The Health Clinic is located at 61047 Grace Park Drive in Morrisville. For more information, call 919-463-0021, email or visit 919 Magazine MV

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The Health Studio ADDRESS: 61047 Grace Park Drive, Morrisville OWNERS: Dr. Puja Wentworth, Chiropractor; Dr. Amy Jackson, Chiropractor/Acupuncturist YEAR OPENED: January 2013 PHONE: 919-463-0021 WEBSITE: EMAIL: FACEBOOK: TWITTER: @TheHealthStudio

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USO Center At Raleigh-Durham International Airport Fills Vital Role in Supporting and Comforting Military Personnel

Our mission is to lift the spirits of our troops and their families here in North Carolina, including those who are traveling through, deployed from, or stationed in North Carolina. CONNIE INGGS, USO NC Regional Development Officer Photo by Ame Deaton

The USO of North Carolina leads the way to enrich the lives of America’s military. Its mission – since 1941 – is to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families by providing health and human services. A non-profit, charitable organization, the USO relies on the generosity of local residents to support a wide range of services and programs – including those available at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Connie Inggs, USO NC Regional Development Officer and former USO RDU Center Director, talks about how vital the organization’s services are to thousands of military personnel and their families as they travel to, from and through the Triangle (and, often times, in harm’s way).

A Conversation with USO-North Carolina Regional Development Officer (and former Raleigh-Durham International Airport Center Director) Connie Inggs: What is the history of the USO RDU Center? In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked for support and recreational services to military personnel, which prompted six organizations, including the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association), YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association), National Catholic Community Services, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board, to mobilize into a military support entity called the United Service Organizations. Shortly after the USO was implemented, the very first USO center was established in North Carolina, at the legendary Army base, Fort Bragg (in Fayetteville, and known as one of the largest bases in the world). Today, USO-NC is an independent organization chartered by the national USO as a separate operating unit (since 1987). There are currently five centers operating across the state, serving an average of 650,000 troops a year: Charlotte Douglas International Airport center; Raleigh-Durham International Airport Center; Fayetteville Airport center; Jacksonville center; and Fort Bragg center. When World War II ended in 1947, all USO organizations were dissolved by the World Board of Governors – except the Jacksonville center, which is now the oldest continuously operated USO center in the world. LTC-USAR (Retired) Robert D. Teer, Jr. , LTC (Retired) James M. Van Strien (now deceased), Col. Edward E. Hollowell (now deceased), LTC Ken Tigges, and Judy Pitchford were all instrumental in starting the USO-NC Raleigh-Durham International Airport Center. They saw a need for the center because military personnel often would spend many hours waiting for rides or flights to arrive. As 919 Magazine MV

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Did You Know? USO-NC served 665,451 servicemen, servicewomen, families and retirees in 2012.

a result, the five originators developed a concept to provide servicemen and women with the same opportunities as an airline club member: Aid and comfort while at the airport. In 2004, Pitchford – then the Jacksonville USO manager – visited RDU Airport Director John Brantley about the organization and the need for a rent-free space in Terminal 1. Shortly thereafter, the USO-RDU Center became a reality, opening in August 2004. Another important contributor was George Tuskey, the first director at USO-NC RDU Center. The center has come a long way from its beginning, which consisted of furniture and a refrigerator, but no running water. Now, the new facility has many amenities, including a lounge, playroom, Internet area, and restrooms.

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Did You Know? USO-NC RDU Center invites children, schools, and civic organizations to visit and tour their facility. Call 919-840-0941 to schedule.

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What is the purpose of the USO RDU Center?

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We are a VIP hospitality suite (or “private club”) for our military, including active duty, reserve, guard, and retired and their families. The USO lifts the spirits of our troops and their families by striving to influence and make positive impacts in their lives. Twenty-five percent of our nation’s active duty, reserves and retired servicemen and women call North Carolina their home. Additionally, this state is the fourth largest demographic of reserve and active duty components in the nation, with seven major military installations. The USO RDU center’s purpose is to comfort, support and connect with troops and their families while raising morale.


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January 1951 1954

USO Camp Shows Inc. established to provide entertainment to troops around the world Entertainer Bob Hope leads his first overseas celebrity tour All USO clubs and facilities are closed, and the organization is given an honorable discharge by Pres. Harry S Truman USO is reactivated for the Korean War Bob Hope USO performance broadcast on television for first time

December 1964 Bob Hope makes his first Christmas Tour

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What is the mission of the USO RDU Center?

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All USO clubs in Vietnam closed as American troops withdraw

Our mission is to lift the spirits of our troops and their families here in North Carolina, including those who are traveling through, deployed from, or stationed in North Carolina. In many cases, our military personnel are coming back from multiple deployments and/or combat zones, and we encourage the community to be patient with them because they need assistance with adjusting to life outside of the military and taking on civilian roles.

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Pres. Jimmy Carter signs the USO’s newly granted congressional charter USO’s Women’s Resource Center opens in Baumholder, Germany — a prototype for other USOs USO-North Carolina chartered as an independent operating unit Operation USO Care Package created for troops deploying to support Operation Enduring Freedom USO Operation Phone home launched, proving free, international phone cards to service members USO RDU Center opens at RaleighDurham International Airport USO delivered its first ‘USO in a Box’ units to forward operating based in Afghanistan and Djibouti USO centers at Dover are renovated to support military mortuary employees, volunteers and the families of the fallen

How is the USO RDU Center funded? The U.S. Government and the national USO do not provide financial support to the USO RDU center. The center is entirely reliant on funding from donations, fundraisers, private grants, corporate gifts and sponsorships. With our state being home to 25 percent of all military personnel, we work extremely hard to create and modify programs for them and their families, which include financial education programs, resiliency programs, deployment care packages, and more. We are always in need of donations and support because there are times when we have to rely on our partners for financial assistance with family events. USO RDU Center has several fundraising events each year, and we encourage Raleigh area residents to participate.

What services and programs are provided to military personnel at the RDU Center? Our programs focus on morale, well-being, social, health, human services and education. On average, it costs us fours dollars each time we provide one service to a military/ family member, and last year the USO-NC centers provided approximately 665,000 services throughout the state. We have our very own annual job fair, known as the Operation Military Job Fair. This year’s job fair was hosted by ECPI University with over 35 employers and 125 active duty/veterans attending. Verizon was the first to hire! Additionally, we have an Honor Support Team, established by Ken Tigges in 2005, with 14 members. The team “renders plane-side military honors to fallen service members.” They are on-call 24/7 to coordinate with airport authorities, the military, and our fallen heroes’ families. Their objective is to ensure that our fallen heroes’ remains are treated with dignity and respect as they make their final journey home, and they assist in comforting the families during the process. As a result of our Honor Support Team and their missions, families are now permitted to stand on the tarmac as their Fallen Heroes’ remains arrive. Gary Martin – along with two Gold Star moms wearing white in memory of their fallen loved ones – assist families during their moments of grieving. Plus, the USO RDU center is North Carolina’s arrival and departure point for six major military bases, and provides a very welcoming experience to our nearly 2,000 service members every month. The center features computers with high-speed Internet access, a kitchenette, complimentary snacks and beverages, large screen televisions, overstuffed recliners and comfortable seating areas, a children’s play area and a changing room. Now located at Terminal 2, the center is open 24/7 to all military personnel with identification.

USO of North Carolina Raleigh-Durham International Airport Center (USO RDU Center) YEAR OPENED: 2004 SIZE: 2800 sq. ft. DIRECTOR: Patricia DeZetter OTHER PERSONNEL: Anna Martin MISSION: Lift the spirits of our troops and their families LOCATION: 2400 Terminal Blvd. Terminal 2, 3rd Floor Raleigh-Durham International Airport PHONE: 919-840-0941 WEBSITE: EMAIL: HOURS: Open 24 hours per day MAKE A DONATION: VOLUNTEER:

USO of North Carolina Profile PHONE: 919-840-3000 WEBSITE: YEAR STARTED: 1987 PRESIDENT: John Falkenbury KEY PERSONNEL: Sheila Waskow VISION: Leading the way to enrich the lives of America’s military in the Carolinas SERVICES: Resiliency Programs Transition Assistance Personal Financial Education Assistance Volunteer-led Honors Support Teams Deployment Care Packages Homecoming Rack Packs Tickets to Sports Events Special Events Supportive Services and Referrals Free Internet, Electronic Games Food Pantry Seasonal and Special Programs AIRPORT CENTERS: USO of North Carolina offers a welcoming rest area for service members traveling through busy airports. Staffed by volunteers, these centers offer lounges with comfortable chairs, a wide variety of books and reading materials, comfort food, television, and free Internet and phone use. Locations include: • Raleigh-Durham International Airport • Charlotte-Douglas International Airport • Fayetteville International Airport • New Bern Regional Airport (information kiosk) SERVICE-BASED CENTERS: USO of North Carolina service-based centers at Jacksonville/ Camp Lejeune and Fayetteville/Fort Bragg provide rest and relaxation to military personnel and their families, including gaming platforms, television, and Internet – plus meeting areas and complete readiness groups. MOBILE UNIT:

Did You Know? USO RDU Center served 126,524 servicemen, servicewomen, families and retirees in 2012.

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USO of North Carolina Mobile Unit travels statewide to support troops and their families in remote locations. The unit include satellite televisions, gaming systems, a gas grill, laptops with Internet access, cell phones and more.

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Connie Inggs Profile POSITION: USO-NC Regional Development Officer TENURE: 3 years (USO RDU Center Director) AGE: 49 RESIDENCE: Raleigh HOMETOWN: Belton, SC FAMILY: Husband, Greg; twin daughters, Ellen and Sarah PETS: Honey (dog) INTERESTS: Cooking, spending time with dog, family

What are the biggest challenges faced by military personnel and their families?

Volunteers Helen and Hy Marks

What is the staffing of the RDU Center? We have three paid staff members, and more than 300 volunteers. We also oversee Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and its remote office center. Our volunteer base liaison, Allan Pedersen, oversees this remote operation and has supported more than 50,000 airmen and their families through his efforts. The center’s hours of operation are 24/7.

Right now, a huge burden for our staff is to continue to lift their spirits on the home front as they return home. We must be diligent in sharing the mission and educating those around us as well – that our servicemen and women are transitioning from a combat zone back into a civilian zone. We must be patient and supportive as this transition occurs. We must develop programs at the USO to assist and support this transition.

What are the biggest needs from the community for the USO-NC and the USO RDU Center? The USO-NC has experienced a rapid growth of military personnel, and with that, evolving needs of family members in North Carolina. Corporate sponsorships, grants and donations are needed to sustain the organization. Donations can be anything ranging from individual snack items and water to children’s activity supplies.

How do individuals become involved with the USO-North Carolina or the USO RDU Center? To learn about volunteer opportunities at the USO at RDU, call 919-840-0941 or visit

What will surprise most local residents about what is offered by the USO-NC? They would be surprised that we offer reading and study skills programs for military children and their parents; and, that we have programs such as camps for children and job fairs. Many also might be surprised to know that we served over 650,000 last year in North Carolina. Another interesting service is our USO-NC Mobile Unit, which travels statewide to support service members and their families. This unit is there for deployments, homecomings and secondary mission of disasters. It is equipped with satellite televisions, gaming systems, grills, sitting areas, a kitchen area, laptops, Internet service, and cell phones. 30

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What are some of the most unique programs offered by the organization? The most unique program is our Honors Support Team (for the final journey home), which pays plane-side honors to our fallen. This group of individuals is on call 24 hours a day. Other programs include, the Transition Assistance Program for preparing military personnel for a new life after their service; the Resiliency Programs, which offer support to military families; the Personal Financial Education Programs, which provide financial independence advice and guidance; and the Food Pantry, which offers food for those military families in need.

What one program or service would you add to the USO RDU Center, if possible? Our desire is to have a hometown USO of North Carolina grassroots group in each city or town in our Triangle area. This group of individuals will share the mission as we do here from the USO RDU Center and educate those in their area of how to give back to our troops, through baking cookies, volunteering or hosting an event locally to raise money for our organization.

Can you tell us about the staff and volunteers at the USO RDU Center?

What are the major fundraising events each year by the USO in the Triangle? Our biggest fundraiser is our Salute to Freedom Gala, held at the Raleigh Convention Center every year in October. Other events include, our Fore the Troops Golf Tournament each year at Hasentree Golf Course in June, our Operation Sporting Clays in May at Drakes Landing, and many others. USO is also a benefactor at such events as Wakefield’s We Care Golf Tournament in October, Wilmar/Pepsi 4 Man Shoot Out in August, the Raleigh Classic Car Show in September, and the UMMC Golf Tournament held at MacGregor downs in October. We also plan to host a run in March next year. Information on all of these events is available at

The staff and the volunteers are, in two words, “a gem.” Our team of three staff and over 300 volunteers work together in various committees and groups to achieve our mission of lifting the spirits of our troops and their families here in the Triangle area. The volunteers and staff have qualities that one can hope to achieve in life: Dedication, persistence, selfless service, respect for others, attention to detail, reliability, trustworthiness, and most of all, loyalty.

Can you describe some special stories about real experiences at the RDU Center? Daily there are selfless acts of service that are difficult to describe: A grieving widow who wants to come into the USO facility where her husband gave of his time and give a donation in memory of him. A widower who wants to share his love stories of how he met his wife at a USO center and heal through his stories of his dear wife who has passed. All of these individuals put their personal agenda’s aside and humble themselves for the cause. It is truly a blessing to witness this and be a part of something so great. As a minister once shared, when your purpose and your passion align – you go on the joyride of your life. That is what we get to experience here at the USO-NC RDU Center. What a privilege! 919 Magazine MV

Did You Know? USO RDU Center has a speaker’s bureau, providing staff members and volunteers to speak to students, groups and organizations. To schedule a speaker, visit

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919 ›› COMMUNITY Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Brings Classic American Cuisine to Park West Village Firebirds Wood Fired Grill in Morrisville is now open at Park West Village shopping center, near the Stone Park West 14 Cinemas. Known for its Classic American cuisine, the menu features aged steaks, fresh seafood, chicken and ribs seared over a wood-fired grill. “We pride ourselves on our knowledgeable and gracious staff whose mission is to provide the best dining experience for every guest,” said General Manager Tonya Maciukiewicz. “Whether you’re enjoying a quick casual family dinner or a long romantic date night, your experience at Firebirds will be customized just for you.” A wide variety of menu selections and preparations are available, from the signature slow-roasted prime rib to lobster spinach queso – and Firebirds also provides a creative children’s menu (that includes a steak).

Firebirds’ 6,700 sq. ft. facility includes an indoor stone fireplace, dark wood furniture and finishings, and outdoor patio and the award-winning Firebar – which features a wide selection of wines and specialty cocktails. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., MondayThursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. This is the third area Firebirds open in the Raleigh area by the Charlotte-based company, founded by restauranteur Dennis Thompson – who was previously associated with Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon and Fox and Hound Bar & Grill – and Doug Glendenning, former president of Lone Star. For reservations or information, call 919-653-0111 or visit

“From cutting the perfect steak that is done in our kitchen, to selecting the best blend of herbs and spices, each dish is prepared on site from start to finish,” said Chef Robert Hartwell. “We have enjoyed getting to know our Morrisville guests and look forward to seeing new faces.”

Short Takes DefyGravity Trampoline Arena – which has a facility at 4300 Emperor Blvd. in the Research Triangle Park area – plans to open an additional location in North Raleigh at 5604 Departure Drive. DefyGravity includes slack lines, dodgeball cages, trampolines and foam pits. For information, call 919-825-1010 or visit…Sam Hamashima of Green Hope High School was named Best Actor for playing Baker in “Into the Woods” by the Triangle Rising Star Awards. He received a $1,000 scholarship and an all-expensepaid trip to New York last summer to the National High School Musical Theater Awards. Aaron Miller of Panther Creek High School was a finalist in the same category…Dave & Buster’s restaurant and games center opened at Cary Towne Center in November…Morrisville Chamber of Commerce and the Triangle Sports Commission’s second annual Women’s Basketball Tip-off luncheon in Morrisville recently featured the region’s four


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Orangetheory Fitness Opening Soon, Offering Sign-up Specials Orangetheory Fitness is opening soon at 1112 Market Center Drive in Park West Village in Morrisville. As part of the opening, the new 2,800 sq. ft. workout facility offers individuals starting the “6 Week Challenge” an opportunity to win $2,500 – and provides a free group personal training session (a $50 value) for two people. Information on both specials is available by calling 919-883-9469. Orangetheory Fitness has group classes that mix strength and cardio training, according to owner Kristie Shifflette – who added that individuals utilize such equipment as free weights, suspension bands, bikes and treadmills involving a variety of different techniques and focus. Located at 1112 Market Center Drive in Morrisville (the presales office is located near PetsMart), Orangetheory Fitness features affordable group interval training, heart rate-based interval training, and 55 classes per week at all levels. For more information, call 919-883-9469 or visit

Division 1 program’s coaches: NC Central’s Vanessa Taylor, Duke’s Joanne McCallie, UNC’s Sylvia Hatchell and NC State’s Wes Moore…Welsh Packaging Solutions changed its name to Ernest Packaging Solutions and is moving operations from Youngsville, NC, to a new 154,000 sq. ft. facility in Morrisville – where it will employee 46 people. The company distributes a range of packaging products, including boxes, crates, pallets and more…Bass Pro Shops plans to open at 801 Bass Pro Lane in Cary in February 2014…Panther Creek High’s women’s tennis team won the 4A state championship this fall, the first NCHSAA team title for the school…Austin Bright, son of Shelley Bright of Morrisville and a student at Panther Creek High School, served as a page recently in the North Carolina Senate…Anthony Wilson of Mills Park Middle School was a finalist for Wake County Public School System Assistant Principal of the Year…Fifty-four students attending Wake County schools were named National Merit Scholar semifinalists recently, including Alexander Bartell,

Samuel K. Chao, Inan Z. Husain, Nadia Johnson, Michelle S. Lam, Boning Lu, Thrisha Oruganti, Michael B. Schmithorst, Noam Sheetrit, Anna Sun, and Sonya Zhang
from Green Hope High School; and Henrik L. Lindvall, Nishad S. Waghmare, and Shannon Zhan
from Panther Creek High School… Triangle Swim School , which has had a facility in Cary for six years, opened a second location in the Plantation Point Shopping Center in November at 6210 Plantation Center Drive, Suite 311, in North Raleigh. For information, call 919-977-5362 or visit…Town of Morrisville’s annual Senior Christmas Party is 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Cedar Fork Community Center, located at 1050 Town Hall Drive. For information, call 919463-7110 or visit…The Chef’s Academy of Morrisville recently arranged for Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina to receive 13,000 meals, through its Students Against Hunger dinner…Save the date: The Panther Creek High 2014 Catamount Gala Auction & Dinner is set for March 8 at Brier Creek Country Club… December 2013 | January 2014

Chamber Raffle Offers Chance to Win $10,000 Participants in the annual Morrisville Chamber of Commerce Raffle have the opportunity to win $10,000 or a fabulous trip for two of equivalent value. The drawing will be at the chamber’s annual holiday reception at 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, at The Chef’s Academy, 2001 Carrington Mill Blvd. in Morrisville. Tickets are $100, and only 300 tickets will be sold. All proceeds are used to fund the chamber’s programs and activities. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 919-4637150 or visit

Sarah Rose Goldberg Selected As PCHS Homecoming Queen Panther Creek High School’s Sarah Rose Goldberg was crowned Homecoming Queen at ceremonies recently. Goldberg, the daughter of Eddie and Paula Goldberg, is a senior at the school. The PCHS event included a Spirit Week of activities, the Homecoming football game and a dance.

Open Arts Studio Event Helps Dog Rescue Group Donation Day at Open Arts Studio in Morrisville raised needed funds for Pawfect Match Rescue & Rehabilitation, a local non-profit dog rescue organization. The recent all-day event included a Family Story Time with dance and music, involving the book “Pick Me” by Greg Gormley; a family yoga class; an adult yoga workshop; a Puppy Dog Crafts and Dance Workshop; and a Glow-in-the-Dark Family Dance Party.

919 Spotlight: Research Triangle Park Bayer CropScience Plans $33 Million Renovation at its RTP Headquarters Bayer CropScience plans a $33 million renovation of its North American Headquarters at Research Triangle Park. Scheduled for completion in 2015, the investment allows for substantial growth and eventually house more than 700 employees. “Bayer CropScience is dedicated to being a pivotal organization in the soci-economic life of RTP,” said Jim Blome, president and CEO. “Revitalizing our current office space to accommodate growth marks a significant investment in the area. By using our facilities to attract and retain the region’s top talent, we are ensuring that Bayer CropScience will continue to contribute to RTP’s viability and reputation as a business and scientific development.” The renovations are the latest in a series of recent investments in the RTP area. Other initiatives include opening: • A $20 million, 60,000 sq. ft. greenhouse; • A $2.1 million, 6,000 sq. ft. North American Bee Care Center; • A $16.1 million, 40,000 sq. ft. Development North America research facility. For more information, visit

‘Denim and Fashion Garment Washing Symposium’ at RTP Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals plans a “Denim and Fashion Garment Washing Symposium” Dec. 1012 at the Doubletree Hotel in Research Triangle Park. Sessions will focus on eco-design and color trends, innovative fibers and fabrics, sustainable denim and garment processing, and novel techniques and technologies. The program will consist of two full days of presentations and optional tours of Cotton Incorporated and the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. For a complete list of sessions and presentations, visit

Dr. Renu Razdan, Chief Operating Officer at Max Neeman International – which has facilities worldwide, including New Delhi and Research Triangle Park, was a guest speaker at the recent Lilly Women Network event in India. Lilly Women Network is a platform for women employees to interact, exchange ideas, educate and empower each other to enhance lives and foster professional success. Dr. Razdan shared her success story as an upper-level executive. Max Neeman International is India’s leading contract research organization providing a full range of clinical development services to small, mid-size and global pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies.

For more information on Pawfect Match Rescue, call 919-522-1307 or visit Open Arts Studio is located at 1222 Copeland Oaks Drive. For information call 919-651-0447 or visit

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919 ›› COMMUNITY RTP Short Takes

GSK Files for FDA Approval Of New Leukemia Therapy GlaxoSmithKline and drug partner Genmab applied for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of a chronic lymphocytic leukemia treatment for use in combination with a class of chemotherapy known as alkylators. The compound, Arzerra, is intended for the treatment of CLL patients who have not received treatment before and for whom treatment with chemotherapy drugs called fludarabines is not appropriate. CLL is the common form of leukemia in adults. GSK’s U.S. headquarters is in RTP.


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Nova Synthetix won the recent Ag Biotech Entrepreneurial Showcase at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in RTP – presenting the case for modifying the genes of plant cells (specifically castor) to make it easier to produce in the U.S. The new company now will present its case at next year’s CED Life Sciences Conference… Quintiles was recognized as one of the “World’s Best Multinational Workplaces” by Great Places to Work, a San Francisco-based global research, consulting and training firm…Leaders of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (and regional Chamber of Commerce officials) recently briefed White House staffers and members of the U.S. Congress on the economic opportunities cleantech offers and how the federal government can assist the growing sector. More information at… RTP scientist Lynn Davis, director of the nano-enabled devices program at RTI International, received the 1906 Award from the International Electrotechnical Commission…North Carolina Biotechnology Center at Research Triangle Park issued more than $550,000 in loan and grant funding recently to support life science business and commercialization. Loan recipients included Achelios Therapeutics, KindHeart, and LotusBioEFx; and a grant that supported a stem cell workshop at Wake Forest University…Charley Johnson is the new Chief Executive Officer of OptiCat,

a supplier-centric global data management company owned by the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (and Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association), TecAlliance and key supplier investors. OptiCat is a supplier-driven industry data repository and a suite of technology tools that enable the accurate and real-time delivery of application and attribute data… Research Triangle Foundation – in conjunction with Harris & Harris Group, Burroughs Wellcome Fund and a group of Eisenhower Fellows – conducted a twoday Global Vision Forum recently at RTP. Discussions focused on the major challenges of the U.S. healthcare system and potential learning from outside the U.S… Research Triangle Foundation, the private not-for-profit that manages RTP, is acquiring the Radisson Hotel in the park (formerly the Governor’s Inn) and plans to redevelop the property as part of its long-range strategic plans…Baguettaboutit Café opened recently at 2945 S. Miami Blvd, near the intersection with T.W. Alexander…Morrisville-based Furiex has a new relationship with the Menarini Group to launch Priligy, a premature ejaculation drug in the United Kingdom… The first ever RTP MetLife TechJam in November brought together more than 75 technologists to apply their talents toward the improvement of veteran health care…Triangle Insights Group, a strategy consulting firm serving leaders across the life sciences industry, opened its headquarters office in RTP. For information, call 919-813-6100.

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Annual Winterfest Parade and Holiday Craft Show Parade, 11 am Craft Show, 12-3 pm Cedar Fork Community Center 1050 Town Hall Dr 919-463-7100


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Senior Christmas Party 12 pm Cedar Fork Community Center 1050 Town Hall Dr 919-463-7110


Holiday Reception and Raffle Morrisville Chamber of Commerce 5:30-8 pm The Chef’s Academy 2001 Carrington Mills Rd 919-463-7150


Tree Lighting 6:30-7:30 pm; free Morrisville Town Hall, 100 Town Hall Dr 919-463-7110


Holiday Potluck 11:30-1 pm Morrisville Chamber of Commerce 260-A Town Hall Dr 919-463-7150

Singing, Ringing and Telling the Christmas Story 2 pm Preston Point Retirement Theater 1995 NW Cary Pkwy 919-467-2128


Prime Timer’s Christmas Potluck 6-8 pm Genesis United Methodist Church 850 High House Rd, Cary 919-467-2128


We Three Spies New Life Kidz Christmas Play 6 pm New Life Church 111 Towerview Ct, Cary 919-467-3456


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


Children’s Christmas Eve Services 2, 4 pm First United Methodist-Cary 117 S Academy St 919-467-1861


Christmas Communion 7, 9, 11 pm First United Methodist-Cary 117 S Academy St 919-467-1861

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New Years Eve Service 10:30 pm Cary First Christ Church 1109 Evans Rd 919-467-1053

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Living Christmas Tree Thurs 7 pm; Fri 5 pm, 7 pm; Sat 5 pm, 7pm; Sun 5 pm Grey Stone Church 2601 Hillsborough Rd, Durham 919-286-2281


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


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


Santa’s Stocking All ages; $5 fee 10:30 am-12 pm Brier Creek Community Center 10810 Globe Rd, Raleigh 919-420-2340

Christmas Tree Sales Until 12/23

Boyce Farms 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

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Town of Morrisville transformed the Morrisville Community Park into an eerie trail for this year’s free Halloween Spook-tacular Haunted Trail event.

The 11th Annual March of Dimes 5K Run for Healthier Babies in Morrisville in September included a 1-mile Fun Run and a 5K race. 36

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Autumn means pumpkin patches and corn mazes, including at Green Acres Farms in Western Wake County.

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Camp Bow Wow’s 7th Annual Howl-O-Ween Festival at 2612 Miami Blvd. on Oct. 26. Photo Courtesy of Camp Bow Wow Raleigh Durham Airport

North Carolina Symphony violinist Jess Levin recently read and played at the West Regional Library as part of North Carolina Symphony Music Discovery. Photo Courtesy of North Carolina Symphony

Tamika Henderson crosses the finish line at the Cedar Fork Community Center for the RaleighWake Chapter of Jack & Jill of America’s 3rd annual Jack and Jill Ran Up The Hill race.

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Golfers teed off at the Governors Club for Morrisville Chamber of Commerce’s popular Jani King Fall Golf Classic. Participants enjoyed a full November day of food, drinks, prizes and more.


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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

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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

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Pinky’s Holiday Saag Paneer Saag Paneer is a classic Indian curry cooked with spinach and fenugreek leaves, and studded with cubes of fried paneer cheese. Thickened with cream or coconut milk, it’s a tasty and filling vegetarian meal.

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Tapiawala Family Enjoys Dish, Especially During the Holidays Pinky Tapiawala enjoys preparing her special Saag Paneer dish during the holidays, according to husband, Dhaval.

Dhaval is a research scientist and chemical engineer, while Pinky is a homemaker and community volunteer.

“It’s a very good vegetarian dish,” said Dhaval. The Tapiawala family – which includes Rohan, age 10 (Cedar Fork Elementary); Kunal, age 4 (Discovery Tech Preschool); and Viraj (14 mon.) – resides in Morrisville.

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Green Hope High

Men’s, Women’s Indoor Track and Field

Winter Sports Preview Men’s, Women’s Swim and Dive HEAD COACH: Dick Wesendunk YEARS IN POSITION: 8 OTHER COACHES: Lauren Nosal (swim) PRACTICE BEGINS: Oct. 30 FIRST MEET: Dec. 6 at NC State Natatorium 2012-13 RECORD: Conference Champions (both men and women) 2012-13 PLAYOFFS: Regional Champions (both men and women) 2012-13 HONORS: State Champions (men); State Runner-Up (women) COACH’S OUTLOOK: I believe the boys and girls diving team will have a big impact on helping the Green Hope Swimming and Diving team repeat and/or move up in the standings for the Conference, Regional and State Championship meets.

HEAD COACH: Roger Collins and Firman Walden YEARS IN POSITION: 9 and 4, respectively OTHER COACHES: Jason Bochert, Greg Yvars PRACTICE BEGINS: Nov. 11 FIRST MEET: Dec. 4 at Green Hope; Dec. 5, at Cary (outdoor “polar bear” meets) 2012-13 HONORS: 5th at state meet(women); 11th at state meet (men); Maura McDonnell, State Champion, 1600; Rayna Yvars, State Runner-up, pole vault; Men’s 4x800 relay, 4th place; Mahmoud Saad, 3rd, 1000 COACH’S OUTLOOK: Both teams are very young. Girls will be strong in the distance events, coming off a state championship in cross country. Boys will be strong in the middle distances.

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Panther Creek High

Men’s Basketball HEAD COACH: L.J. Hepp YEARS IN POSITION: 5 CAREER RECORD: 64-42 OTHER COACHES: Shawan Robinson (Leesville Road 2002, Clemson 2006), Brandon Oliver (Panther Creek 2009, Delaware State 2013) FIRST GAME: Nov. 21 vs Rolesville 2012-13 RECORD: 10-14 overall, 8-8 conference 2012-13 PLAYOFFS: Lost in the 1st round to #1 seed Durham Jordan HONORS: Made the state playoffs with no seniors on the roster; Nubian Spann, 1st team All Conference as a junior; Juan Munoz, 2nd team, All Conference as a freshman RETURNING STARTERS: Juan Munoz, Gaqwez Hudson, Darrian Saddler, Josh Maciejewski, Nubian Spann RETURNING LETTERMEN: Elijah Fairfax, Leonard Mann, Kole Ulveling, Juwan Byrd COACH’S OUTLOOK: We love our group. The kids put in major time in the gym over the off-season, and the team has a chance to have a special year.

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We return 19 wrestlers with varsity experience and are looking to win the SWAC Conference and have multiple state qualifiers and place winners.

Men’s, Women’s Indoor Track and Field HEAD COACH: Ryan Matthews and Leah Vaughn YEARS IN POSITION: 5 OTHER COACHES: David Jenkins, Myron Shea PRACTICE BEGINS: Nov. 11 FIRST MEET: Dec. 14, JDL FastTrack High School Kick-Off COACH’S OUTLOOK: Rebekah Greengrass and McKenzie Ringhofer are coming back and should have a strong indoor year. We have a strong core of freshmen girls who will be vying for state qualifying times.

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Women’s Basketball HEAD COACH: Danielle Moore YEARS IN POSITION: First Year OTHER COACHES: Karen Garmon, Zaneta Hill PRACTICE BEGINS: Nov. 2 FIRST GAME: Nov. 19 vs Northwood COACH’S OUTLOOK: The girls have worked extremely hard in the preseason and practice is going well. The team has several players who can step up and be a leader on any given night. With only three seniors, we are fairly young and are gaining confidence daily. We are looking forward to an exciting season.

Wrestling HEAD COACH: Chad Sichak YEARS IN POSITION: First year OTHER COACHES: Daniel McCoy, Jace McMahon, Kyle Patton, Adam Counterman PRACTICE BEGINS: Oct. 30 FIRST MATCH: Nov. 18 at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, Franklinton) 2012-13 RECORD: 18-5 2012-13 PLAYOFFS: State Team Dual Qualifier 2012-13 HONORS: 2 state qualifiers, with 1 returning COACH’S OUTLOOK:

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City for Women Entrepreneurs SOURCE: NerdWallet, 2013



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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