Park West Lights Get Green Light

Story by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC- In preparation for the grand opening of the area’s newest Target, the Town of Cary will turn on traffic lights on Tuesday, October 4. Read more

Panthers Beat: Chicago Bear-ly Wins

Story by Matt Young. File photo by Suzie Wolf.

Cary-lina, NC – The 1-3 Panthers played well this week but came up short 29 – 34 to the Chicago Bears, who are not exactly the Monsters of the Midway anymore. But let’s not forget that the Bears were in the NFC Championship just a little over 9 months ago. And one of the other two losses Carolina has been handed was to last year’s Super Bowl winners.

No, the schedule gods have not been fair to the Panthers. Before the bye, they still will have to play the Saints, the Falcons, the Redskins and the Vikings. A brutal schedule. Yet they’ve been “in” every game right to the end. Read more

Events: World Sight Day in Cary

Story from staff reports. Photo by Rosalyn.

Cary, NC – 670 million people around the world are blind or vision impaired simply because they don’t have access to an eye exam and a pair of glasses. You can help by getting your eyes examined on Thursday, October 13, 2011 – World Sight Day. Read more

Theater: Once Upon A Mattress Impresses

Photo courtesy Cary Players

Review by Lindsey Chester. Photo above courtesy of the Cary Players. All other photos by  Casey Toth.

Cary, NC- The Cary Players have outdone themselves with “Once Upon A Mattress”, their first production as residents of the new Cary Arts Center. Read more

Truly a Miracle! The Miracle League of the Triangle

Story by Lindsey Chester, photos courtesy of the Miracle League

Cary, NC- The Miracle League of the Triangle has been helping kids with disabilities enjoy the game of baseball for 5 years. They provide a service not just for those youngsters, but for all the volunteers in the organization who come together to make the league possible. Read more

Real Estate: Open Houses This Weekend In Cary

Cary, NC – This week, we feature 4 homes in prestigious Cary neighborhoods – Weycroft, Preston Village, MacGregor West and Silverton. All are represented by Fonville Morisey Preston on High House Road in Cary. 

This week’s homes are open on Sunday Oct 2 from 2-4 pm and range in price from $399,900- $675,000. Contact Lindsey Chester to find out how to get your open house published on CaryCitizen.

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IBA Adds Spice to Caribbean Festival


Cary, NC – Salsa Dancers from International Ballet Academy (IBA) added some new spice to the third annual Cary Caribbean Festival last Saturday, Sept 24. Dancers in the photo are Thalia Hernandez and Xavier Nunez. Read more

Cary Candidates: Lori Bush, At-Large

Cary, NC – This week, we are continuing our Cary Candidate series with the Town Council At-Large Race. Yesterday, we featured  Zeke Bridges, in his own words. Today, we’ll hear from Lori Bush.

All candidates have been asked the same three questions. We have not edited one word, vowel or comma of their responses. Decide for yourself how to vote on October 11, 2011.

1. Why are you running?

I care about Cary. It’s not a slogan, or a tagline. It’s who I am and it’s why I’m driven to run for office.

For over a decade I’ve been honored to serve my community in many ways – in my neighborhood on the board of my Homeowner’s Association, on Cary boards and commissions, and as an active participant on a variety of local and national non-profits and community groups. I’ve done all of this because I have a commitment to this community in which we all live, work, play, learn and grow.

Cary citizens have long known that good government does not come by accident.  It takes the collective hard work of  “thoughtful and committed” citizens, business leaders and the community to bring issues forward, and to address them in an open and effective way.  Building consensus and charting a path for the future is what’s now needed.

As we move forward, our Town must continue to grow in a responsible and balanced manner. We must pay attention to the needs of the citizens, businesses and the environment while ensuring adequate facilities, roads and services. We must continue to support the efforts to revitalize Downtown Cary – the true “Heart of Cary.”  And, most importantly, we must protect our high quality of life for our community, our children and ourselves.

I believe we can achieve these goals. My proven record of leadership and service shows I can bring about tangible results, all while working and collaborating with others.

2. What are your top 3 priorities and how will you get it done?

Smart, Balanced Growth has been listed as a top citizen concern for a decade in Town surveys, year after year. I would continue to support the progress by our current Mayor and council to review and ensure that we focus on responsible growth; ensuring infrastructure and town services will support current citizens and neighborhoods, new residents and businesses.  And, as Cary begins to reach its boundaries, this growth will turn to infill, and we must find ways to balance and ensure that development is appropriate and sensitive to the neighboring communities.

Protecting our environment is more than a priority – it’s an area where we can always improve.  Cary’s environmental track record is good, but we can always do better and innovate where possible. We must protect Jordan Lake, our drinking water supply, by limiting development in the lake’s watershed.  Buffers must be respected and open space protected.  Additional environmental programs could increase town support of water conservation, expand recycling support to businesses, and continue to encourage LEED certified building practices.

Listening and being responsive to constituents – in a number of ways. One of Cary’s greatest resources is the intellectual capital and the collective energy of its people.  Cary’s own surveys show that more than two-thirds of our adult citizens have a college degree, and many more with advanced degrees. We need to continue to find new and innovative ways to reach out and engage all citizens using technology, town hall forums, and interaction with Homeowners’ Associations

3. Biography & Relevant Experience

I am a wife, mother of two children in Wake County Public Schools, daughter and active member of my community.  I started becoming involved in my neighborhood more than 10 years ago, creating a website, writing the newsletter, and eventually became president of my Homeowner’s Association. It was during the widening of Davis Drive, that I realized how important it is for residents to be engaged and aware of the town’s growth and the impact on neighborhoods. I have also been involved with a number of other non-profits, much of that an outgrowth of my 16 years of work at Cisco Systems.  I’ve been dedicated to ensuring citizen readiness to disasters, working with federal, state and local officials to assist them in their preparedness plans and awarded the National Institute of Urban Search and Rescue (NIUSR) prestigious “Perpetual Eagle for Leadership” for Excellence in Education in 2009. I’m also passionate about Internet Safety for all, as a board member of the National Cyber Security Alliance ( , teaching internet safety classes to parents and kids.  I have recently become an avid bicyclist, seeing much of Cary from two wheels with my family and riding in the BikeMS ride in New Bern, NC.

  • Cary Planning & Zoning Board member: advocated for citizens; voted for responsible growth
  • Cary Site Design Focus Group – provide citizen feedback on the update of the town-wide design guidelines manual
  • Cary Citizens Advisory Committee (chair) – led task force to develop a process for Cary citizens to become involved by initiating Citizens Issue Advisory Groups
  • Preston Village HOA (member, secretary, president) – work for my neighborhood to protect property values, create community through events and communication vehicles, ensure the protection and maintenance of common areas for all, drove the creation of a reserve study to financially ensure the viability of the community
  • Board of Trustee for Multiple Sclerosis Society – engaging with not-for-profit to raise awareness and funds to eradicate MS.
  • National Cyber Security Alliance (board member, secretary) – promoting cyber security for digital citizens, providing information, tools and activities for businesses, families and educators to protect themselves and the cyber infrastructure. Teach internet safety classes for parents and students.
  • National Institute of Urban Search and Rescue (executive board member)– as been dedicated to ensuring citizen readiness to disasters, working with federal, state and local officials to assist them in their preparedness plans.
  • Institute of Political Leadership (class speaker, fellow) – working to improve and develop skills in current policy issues
  • Wake County Information Technology Advisory Committee (chair) – serve as advisory group to Board of County Commissioners on technology initiatives in the county
  • Leadership NC – Understanding the issues and impacts to NC and broadening my understanding of the various potential policies and solutions available.
  • NC State, Hunt Library Technology Advisory Board  – provide insight, advice, information for the new library on the NC State Campus

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Habitat For Humanity ReStore and Dorcas Ministries Celebrate Grand Opening

Story and photo by Leslie Huffman

Cary, NC – Dorcas Ministries and Wake Habitat for Humanity ReStore, two well known service organizations in Wake County, will be celebrating a Grand Opening together. This Saturday, October 1 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the pair of non-profits take up residence at Cary Plaza, 187 High House Road.

Dorcas Ministries

The Dorcas Thrift Shop and Ministries provide emergency financial assistance by paying rent and electric bills for those in need.  The Thrift Shop has a food pantry and nutrition services, offers child care assistance, literacy scholarships, and job hunting assistance. And all these services are provided for low-income and needy families right here in Cary.

The revenue generated by the Thrift Shop provides 85% of all the income needed to keep services available to folks in crisis. The Dorcas Thrift Shop generates an annual revenue of almost $600,000 which is reinvested into the neediest members of our community.

 “The Dorcas Shop was outgrowing its space in 2008 when the board of directors embarked on a feasibility study and decided to look for a larger property, with the vision to eventually create a non-profit center,” said Howard Manning, Executive Director of Dorcas Ministries, of the bold move.

At the new Cary Plaza Center, the Thrift Shop retail space will double. Within the first year of occupancy, Dorcas forecasts a 25% increase in sales revenue bringing the annual income from the shop to $750,000.

The New Cary Habitat for Humanity ReStore

The Habitat Wake ReStore accepts donations of new and used building materials from companies and individuals to sell at discounted prices. The ReStore generates revenue to build new Habitat homes in Wake County.

“In late winter, the Habitat for Humanity of Wake County Executive Director, Kevin Campbell, began conversations with us about the possibility of opening a Habitat ReStore in Cary. The fit was perfect,” said Manning, noting that sometimes people drop off items at Dorcas that are more fitting for Habitat and vice versa.  “Now folks will have one-stop drop-off and one-stop shopping.”

The ReStore accepts donations of usable and structurally-sound building materials.  All donations are tax-deductible.

The Grand Opening Activities

The Grand Opening, a public event, will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday with a Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting. During the Grand Opening Celebration, guests who drop off items for resale at either store will be entered into a raffle for prizes.

The Dorcas Shop is accepting the following donations:

  • Clothing & shoes for for all ages
  • Small household appliances like lamps, clocks, toasters & coffee makers
  • Housewares like dishes, glasses, pots & pans, flatware, & serving pieces
  • Furniture like sofas, chairs, tables, bookcases and dressers & bed-frames
  • Craft items like fabric, yarn, sewing patterns
  • Linens such as sheets, blankets, curtains
  • Toys, Jewelry & Holiday items

The Habitat ReStore accepts new and used items including:

  • Appliances (less than 5 years old)
  • New & gently used non-upholstered furniture
  • Non-brassy light fixtures and ceiling fans
  • Bath vanity cabinets, pedestal sinks & bath fixtures
  • Kitchen cabinets (less than 10 years old)
  • Complete vinyl windows
  • Exterior doors
  • Architectural items like vintage doors, fireplace mantles, antique hardware
  • New HVAC equipment

Other Activities Include:

  • Fifth Third Bank will be on-hand to check your credit score and teach you how to improve your credit rating.
  • The Cary Fire Department will be teaching fire safety education
  • Plenty of shopping!
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Food
  • Face painting
  • Entertainment
  • And raffle prizes!

Visit the Non-Profit Page

For links to more than 40 Cary service non-profits, visit the CaryCitizen Non-Profits Page.


Events on CaryCitizen are sponsored in part by Great Harvest Bread on Maynard Road in Cary.