Editorial: Just Say No to Fracking in Cary

Editorial by Hal Goodtree. Map from Southern Environmental Law Center.

Cary, NC – Fracking has the potential to make North Carolina a net energy exporter. But serious concerns exist about contamination of water supplies. Until those concerns are laid to rest, Cary needs to ban fracking within our town limits. Read more

Harold’s Blog: Trains and Trees

From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, covering the week through December 4, 2011. Photo of Old Time Winter Festival by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – This week’s activities were comprised mostly of meetings and events. Read more

Humorist: Cell Phone Warning

Cris Cohen is CaryCitizen’s resident Humorist.

Cary, NC – My new cell phone came with a warning saying that “Failure to follow these safety instructions could result in fire, electric shock, or other injury or damage to the phone or other property”.

Hello, Mom?

It is the kind of warning that you would not expect to see with a phone as much as with a surface-to-air missile. “Thank you for purchasing The Kaboom. Following these basic safety guidelines will ensure that you have hours of military fun.” It just sounds like kind of an ominous, lethal description for something I use to call my mother.

On the Plus Side

On the plus side, though, the electric shock possibility means that I will not have to buy a Taser. If someone tries to rob me, I can just tell him, “I have a cell phone and I am not afraid to disregard the safety instructions.”

And how many campers might be saved by the fact that it can cause a fire? “Remember: If you get lost in the woods, you can start a fire by either rubbing two sticks together or by just using your cell phone improperly.”

Other Property?

The potential for the phone to damage “other property” is a little disconcerting though. It suggests that, just by calling for a pizza from your house, you could accidentally blow up some land you bought in Montana. “I told you not to press the # key.”

What Not to Do When Wet

The booklet also says to keep the phone away from water and “wet locations”. Ostensibly this means that you should not make calls from a car wash or Seattle. If the phone does get wet, the booklet warns against drying it with an external heat source, such as “a microwave oven”.

“Honey, have you seen my phone?”

“Check inside the casserole.”

It is not clear whether the company knows of someone who tried this. “We also want to remind you not to put your phone in a microwave oven (Alex Stewart: 1952 – 2009).” Although maybe that is how they found out that the phone can destroy other property. “It turns out that the back of our microwave faces what used to be the neighbor’s garage.”

Harold’s Blog: Mayors Meet, Police Pledges, Giving Thanks, Cary’s Low Costs

From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, covering the week through November 27, 2011. 

Cary, NC – This week was a holiday week so there were just a few events and meetings. Read more

Harold’s Blog: Transportation, Recognition, Downtown and Cats

From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, covering the week through November 20, 2011. Photo by Angela & Andrew.

Cary, NC – This week was a busy one. Read more

Harold’s Blog: $260 Million Dollars

From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, covering the week through November 13, 2011. Photo of Cary Tennis Park by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – This week was relatively light on mayoral duties and consisted mostly of meetings. Read more

Reflections on Veterans Day

Guest post for CaryCitizen by Senator Wesley Meredith. He serves in the North Carolina Senate representing District 19, Bladen and Cumberland counties. Senator Smith is also a veteran of the 82nd Airborne, 307th Corps of Engineers. Photo of NC Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – Today, we honor the bravest men and women our county has ever known: our veterans.  Life in the military is not an easy one. Milestones big and small are missed. From the first words and the home run hit, to birthdays and graduations; these are moments that can never be recreated.  Read more

Harold’s Blog: Cell Phone Towers

From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, covering the week through November 6, 2011. Photo by Jared Eberhardt.

Cary, NC – It was a relatively slow week for me as mayor. It included meetings, a ribbon cutting, a work session, and a charity event.

Monday was Halloween and there were no meetings and hardly any trick-or-treaters. I guess it was the bad weather that kept them away. Read more

Harold’s Blog: The Future of Our Parks

From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, covering the week through October 30, 2011. Photo of Heater Park by Zach Hayes.

Cary, NC – This week was another busy week as mayor. It included a work session on the future of parks, a taping of Cary Matters, and a short council meeting. Read more

Survey Results: Your Digital Lifestyle

Survey edited by Hal Goodtree. Photo by Yutako Tsutano.

Cary, NC – Thanks to everyone who participated in our Digital Lifestyle Survey last week. Some of the results may surprise you.
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