NC Senate Bill 515 – Threat to Jordan Lake


Story and photo by Lindsey Chester.

Cary, NC – Wake Up!Wake hosted a panel discussion at Doherty’s Irish Pub in Cary last week to address resident concerns about NC Senate bill 515, repealing water quality treatment regulations for Jordan Lake. Read more

West Chatham Roundabout – First Pictures


Story and photos by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – The construction of the new West Chatham Street roundabout is coming along nicely. Here are the first pictures of this new and interesting road feature. Read more

Ply Gem in Cary Raises $332 Million in IPO


Cary, NC – The IPO market is back in vogue on Wall Street, at least for Triangle companies. Last week, Cary-based Ply Gem raised $332 million in an IPO on May 23, 2013.

Ply Gem

Ply Gem is a leading maker of siding, stone, windows, trim, gutters and accessories. It is riding the recovery in the housing market. According to SeekingAlpha, the company sold 15.8 million shares, or about 22% of the  outstanding stock, for a total of $332 million.

The company, founded in 1943, has 5,000 employees. Ply Gem’s corporate headquarters are on Weston Parkway in Cary.

Other Triangle IPOs

Also last week, ChannelAdvisor in Morrisville raised about $80 million in their IPO last week. CEO Scot Wingo rang the opening bell at New York Stock Exchange.

ChannelAdvisor, founded in 2001, sells software-as-a-service (SaaS) that enables retailers and manufacturers to integrate, manage and optimize their merchandise sales across hundreds of online channels including Amazon, Google, Facebook and Bing. The company has about 400 employees worldwide.

Earlier in May, Quintiles raised nearly $1 billion in an IPO ($947.4 million, according to Bloomberg). Quintiles is the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing services with a network of more than 27,000 employees conducting business in approximately 100 countries. The company was founded in 1982 by Dennis Gillings, then a professor at UNC Chapel Hill. In 2009, the company moved into their new world headquarters on Emporer Boulevard in Durham. You can see their iconic building from I-40.

Tech Events in the Triangle – June ’13 Edition


Story by Ian Henshaw, Managing Partner of Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – Here is a quick summary of Technology events coming up in in June and July. Read more

Lori Bush: Cary Technology, At a Crossroads


Story from the blog of Lori Bush, At-Large member of Cary Town Council. Photo by Todd Klassy.

Cary, NC – I love technology.  I do.  That’s why I was so disappointed that none of the recommendations of the Technology Task Force were included in the 2014 Town of Cary Budget. Read more

Last Moments of the Galaxy Theater


Cary, NC – CaryCitizen reader David Gill shared with us his photographs of the last moments of the Galaxy Theater in Cary.

End of the Galaxy

The Galaxy Theater, at the corner of Cary Towne Boulevard and S.E. Maynard Road, showed art films and foreign films. But the Galaxy owed many months rent to York Properties and closed their doors in November. York plans to redevelop the site around a Harris Teeter supermarket.

And so, the Galaxy came crashing down in a cloud of dust just over a week ago.

Last Moments

David Gill captured the last moments of the Galaxy. Visit Flickr to see the complete slideshow.





Cary Gets Code for America Brigade


Cary, NC – Code for America (CfA) started in 2009. It’s a non-profit, non-partisan organization that brings together programmers, designers, data analysts and other web-industry professionals to work with municipalities to promote openness, participation and efficiency in local government. Now, Cary has it’s own Code for America Brigade. Read more

A Visit to the Culinary Farm at SAS Campus


Story and photos by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – On Monday, I had the pleasure of visiting the Culinary Farm at SAS Campus. This gem-of-a-garden supplies fresh vegetables and fruit for Herons, An and the SAS cafeterias.

A Visit to the Culinary Farm at SAS

I had heard about the farm at SAS a while back. Two years ago, the effort got a full-time Culinary farmer. Her name is Maggie Lawrence and she gave me the full tour on a bright morning.

“This is a culinary farm,” Maggie told me. “Everything we grow is for the table.” The farm supplies fresh-picked, organically grown vegetables and fruits to The Umstead Hotel, Herons and An Restaurant. The farm also supplies produce to the employee cafeterias at SAS and The Umstead.

“This is a late-spring garden,” Maggie told me. She’s growing broccoli, fennel, lots of lettuce, turnips, beets, peas and a whole lot more.

I saw cilantro blossoms and red vein sorrel; comfy, tarragon and chervil; opal basil and red Russian kale.

Maggie showed me red bok choi, Napa cabbage and rainbow chard. She has blueberry and blackberry shrubs just getting started with hopes to produce fruit in a couple of years. She even has a small stand of asparagus for future production.

The culinary farm also includes plants like Salvia and butterfly bush, grown not for the table but to attract pollinators like wild honey bees and butterflies.

Looking toward summer, Maggie plans to grown different varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, peppers, sweet potatoes and other hot weather crops. She even grows produce for the Hotel bar, including mint and the aforementioned opal basil. “I’ve been consulting with a mixologist,” she explained.

The plot I saw was one of two on the SAS campus. Maggie and her co-worker Ariel Greenwood plant, pick and cultivate it all themselves.

As a guy who loves gardening, it was heaven. But all too soon, we all had to get back to work. Maybe I’ll get invited to visit again.

Pictures: Culinary Farm at SAS Campus








Pictures: Cary Train Day 2013


Story and photos by Hal Goodtree. Additional photos by contributor Ian Henshaw.

Cary, NC – The weather was perfect on Saturday for the 2nd annual National Train Day celebration in downtown Cary. Here are a few pictures to remember the day. Read more

Weekend Events: All Aboard For Train Day


Cary, NC – Saturday May 11, 2013 marks the second year that NC Amtrak has chosen the Cary Depot as the location for their area National Train Day celebration. Approximately  1000 folks attended last year, and Cary is now the model for other such celebrations throughout the nation in Amtrak’s move to small town centers rather than big city celebrations. Read more