CaryCitizen http://carycitizen.com Cary, North Carolina news, food, community and events Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:37:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wake Competition Center Coming To Morrisville http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/22/wake-competition-center/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/22/wake-competition-center/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:37:47 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61333 Ammons Building awarded $3 mil to create Wake Competition Center in Morrisville.

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Architect's conceptual rendering of the future Wake Competition Center

Architect’s conceptual rendering of the future Wake Competition Center

Morrisville, NC — Jeff Ammons, president of Ammons Building Corporation, created The Factory from an abandoned Wake Forest warehouse ten years ago. He has plans to bring something similar to Morrisville–possibly as early as 2016.

The Factory project combines active sports such as baseball, skating, gymnastics, tae kwon do, indoor soccer, and inflatables with a mix of 27 tenants including the YMCA and several restaurants. It’s a true destination entertainment center like nothing else in the Triangle. The unique renovation re-purposed a total of 200,000 square feet.

After finishing the project, Jeff always wanted to take on another, but he knew that The Factory had been a unique opportunity.

Proposal Awarded $3 Million

Then Jeff heard that the Wake County Commissioners had put out a call for proposals in early 2014 to utilize $6 million in hotel and meals tax money. He eagerly started to work on a proposal to bring something like The Factory to Morrisville. With Morrisville’s excellent demographics and central Triangle location, he focused on the undeveloped land near I-40 that will soon open up after McCrimmon Parkway is extended. Known as the NC 54 Bypass-McCrimmon Extension, the road construction is tied to a bond referendum approved by voters in 2012.

Of the dozen projects that were proposed to the commissioners, they narrowed it down to two. Jeff’s proposal, dubbed the Wake Competition Center, was awarded $3 million to be paid upon completion of the project. That money is a small percentage of the overall $15 million that Jeff has budgeted.

The Wake Competition Center Sports Campus

Jeff’s original rough draft proposal shows five buildings in a campus-like arrangement on roughly 20 acres. The first phase building of the Wake Competition Center will house twin ice rinks with a proposed 1,200 seat viewing capacity. The Polar Ice House (which also tenants in The Factory) are partners and consultants on all ice rink specifications, and the Carolina Hurricanes plan to make the site their official practice home. The facility will have the required locker room configuration and other details necessary to keep a professional team happy. When the Hurricanes aren’t there, ice time will be used by leagues, figure skaters, camps, and recreational lessons to the public.

The other buildings are still very much conceptual. Gymnastics, volleyball, and a fitness-health club component have been proposed and will be researched. The hopes are to create a competition center that will attract large tournaments and competitions in any of the sports that take residence–which will in turn pump more money back into the economy with meals and hotel stays from visiting teams.

Maybe A School One Day

One day, Jeff even hopes to offer a charter school on the property. His thoughts are to offer student athletes (and their parents) an alternative to the traditional school day. This could also maximize the use of rinks and gyms by offering sports practice mid-day, when these facilities are typically empty.

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Story by Lindsey Chester.

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Weekend: Spooks, Music, Apples and the NC State Fair http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/22/weekend-spooks-music-apples-nc-state-fair/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/22/weekend-spooks-music-apples-nc-state-fair/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:42:58 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61689 It's shaping up to be a beautiful weekend in Cary and across the Triangle. There will be plenty of music, Halloween celebrations, the finale of the NC State Fair and apples. Yes, apples.

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Cary, NC — It’s shaping up to be a beautiful weekend in Cary and across the Triangle. There will be plenty of music, Halloween celebrations, the finale of the NC State Fair and apples. Yes, apples.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cary High’s Fall Choral Concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday night in the school’s auditorium. The show will feature an A Capella Ensemble, a Concert Chorus, and Chamber Singers. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students.

The Herb Society meets Thursday, as does the Fine Arts League of Cary. Both excellent organizations.

More Thursday details on the Calendar.

Friday, October 24, 2014

On Friday evening from 7:30-8:30, enjoy a free show hosted at the Cary Arts Center by Cary Town Band. The show, “Conductor’s Corner,” will feature individual performances from Cary Town Band members who have conducted or who have ever wished to conduct. A wide variety of music will be offered, including marches and waltzes.

More Friday details on the Calendar.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fall produce is at its peak in the farmers markets. That means bushels of apples and squash. Break away from the occasional Red Delicious ( a misnomer) and indulge in a bag full of Empire, Courtland,  Staymen or Black Twig apples. From the NC Dept of Agriculture:

Apples are by far America’s favorite fruit. Apples contain modest amounts of nearly all the most important nutrients and because of their universal flavor appeal, versatility and convenience for use, nutritionists and dietitians rate them high on any list for eating right and staying fit. They are good for your teeth, stomach, your skin and complexion, your nerves, your smile and overall good health.

North Carolina typically ranks seventh in apple production in the United States. North Carolina has over 300 commercial apple operations comprised of 10,000 bearing acres of apple orchards. Eight million bushels of apples can be produced in a given year. Forty percent of the state’s crop is marketed as fresh apples through packing/shipping operations and direct marketing outlets while the remaining 60% is utilized in the processing industry, mainly as apple sauce and juice.

Saturday is a great day to find Halloween festivities for all ages, so bring out your costumes early! The Run Dig Rodeo at Bond Park gives participants a chance to race in their Halloween costumes before they enjoy fare from local food trucks. Event proceeds benefit Hope Chapel of Apex.

Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve, a large-scale pumpkin carving event, will take place on the performance green downtown at 2 p.m. At 5, Children can enjoy the Town of Cary’s Tricks & Treats Halloween Bash, a family friendly, not-so-scary carnival at Herb Young Community Center.

Teens and adults can enjoy other TOC events like the Haunted Twilight Tour of downtown or Herbert’s Haunted House. A special Witches Tea will also be held at the Cary Senior Center for individuals over 55.

More Saturday details on the Calendar.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Cut-a-thon for Hope from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Twisted Scissors Salon provides $1o haircuts for women, men, and children and benefits Headbands for Hope. Walk-ins are welcome.

More Sunday details on the Calendar.

Across the Triangle

On Sunday, the 2014 NC State Fair will pack up until next year, so enjoy the rides, exhibit halls, food, and fireworks now! Gates close at 11 p.m on the 26th.

A Halloween Festival & Trick or Treating Event will take place in Downtown Raleigh at City Market and Moore Square on Saturday from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free, and attendees will be able to enjoy a costume contest, spooky music, mystics, magic, games, and more.

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Weekend update by Jessica Patrick. The Calendar of Events is edited by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Tom Gill.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Molotov Mitchell http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/22/candidate-questionnaire-molotov-mitchell/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/22/candidate-questionnaire-molotov-mitchell/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:58:54 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61676 This is our fourth year doing the Candidate series. Next up is Molotov Mitchell, running for the District 16 seat in the NC Senate.

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Cary, NC — This is the fourth installment of our Candidate 2014 series, in which candidates get to respond in their own words to the same three questions.

As usual, we publish the responses in the order we receive them. Next up is Molotov Mitchell, running for the District 16 seat in the NC Senate.

Q: Why are you running?

I believe that North Carolina is the greatest state in the Union. District 16 is at its heart. As a small business owner here, I’ve supported the great strides we’ve made as a state since 2010, when Republicans were put in charge. With small government conservatives at the helm, we’ve gone from being the 44th worst tax environment in the nation to 17 in just four short years. We’ve seen expansion of liberties and thoughtful economic solutions. We’ve seen the single largest investment in education in North Carolina’s history. But at the same time, I’ve watched the Senator of District 16 vote against all of this progress and engage in irresponsible rhetoric from the Senate well.

In one tirade, he said Republican legislators posed a greater threat to North Carolinians than Islamic radicals. Meanwhile, he has wasted his time on outrageous causes like trying to get transgender curriculum into kindergartens. Worst of all, he acknowledges that he can not get anything done for his constituents but fully expects their votes in this current election because it will help him run for Attorney General, years from now. District 16 desrevs better. We have an economy that’s larger than states, even countries! We deserve a Senator who cares and understands our needs. We deserve a Senator who can get things done for us.

As a Republican, I look forward to working hand in hand with the conservative majority to continue the Carolina Comeback. And I’ll do that by fighting for Privacy (investigating, and if necessary, removing the NSA spy facilities on NC State’s campus), Prosperity (cutting taxes and eliminating unnecessary, job-killing over-regulation) and Protection (taking the safety of my constituents seriously and preserving their Second Amendment rights, among others). The #Liberation of District 16 is Under Way!

Q: What are your top 3 priorities and how will you get it done?

  1. Starting on Day One, I’ll implement my plan to fight for Privacy, Prosperity and Protection. Privacy means investigating, and if necessary, removing the NSA spy facilities on NC State’s campus. Government agents do not have the right to tap your phones or read your emails without a judge-issued warrant. With Molotov Mitchell as your Senator, your Fourth Amendment rights shall not be infringed.
  2. Prosperity means continuing to cut taxes and eliminate unnecessary, job-killing over-regulation. I’m a local business owner and I understand how difficult it can be these days, with so many levies and antiquated restrictions. I’ll fight to free small businesses up and allow them to thrive. We need to continue creating a more attractive business environment in District 16. That will bring in more businesses and more businesses means more jobs.
  3. And finally, Protection. As a firearms and counter-abduction instructor, I understand the threats we face in North Carolina better than anyone. Human trafficking, rape, murder, child abuse, acts of terror, there are so many reasons to be concerned for our communities these days. I will fight to educate and support the public about these threats and provide ways to defeat those threats, as well. One way is to continue supporting the rights of gun owners. This year, I received a “Defender of Freedom” award from the NRA because I believe in the effectiveness of armed and trained citizens as a deterrent to violent crime. As Robert Heinlein so eloquently put it, “An armed society is a polite society.”

Q: Give us a brief bio and tell us about your relevant experience.

I’ve been blessed to have a rich diversity of experiences in life. I learned to read in a church-sponsored, inner city outreach program, where I was one of only 3 Caucasian children to attend. Half of my childhood was spent being raised by my single mother before moving to North Carolina to live with my father and step-family. After high school, I spent a year living among the homeless population of North Carolina, in an effort to understand their challenges. It was during this period that I began studying world religions, before ultimately converting to Christianity. As a Christian, I’ve studied and embraced concepts like free will, private property and redemption, themes that would ultimately shape my political worldview.

My wife Patricia and I got hitched in our early twenties. We’ve been happily married for 10 years and have one especially beautiful daughter, Ivy. As members of Mensa, the world’s oldest high IQ society, both of us are thoughtful people. Unwilling to take on school debt, we chose to bypass college entirely. Instead, we spent those critical years creating what would become an award-winning motion picture company. Over the past 10 years, through that company, we’ve created hundreds of projects, traveled the world and reached tens of millions.

I’m also the owner and Chief Instructor of the Triangle Krav Maga schools, where students learn Krav Maga (the official fighting system of Israeli Defense Forces) and firearms skills. I’ve personally taught counter-abduction courses to persecuted Christians in other countries, and hand-to-hand tactics to both regular and special ops units. This year, we traveled to Moldova, the engine for the sex trade in Eastern Europe, to teach women and children rape prevention and counter-abduction.

As a voter, I remained unaffiliated until 2013, but as liberal extremists like my opponent and their policies continued to let the people of District 16 down, both economically and socially, I chose to pick a side and get involved. Far Left extremists like Josh Stein have driven me from my peaceful purple sanctuary into some deep red territory…I’m a Republican now. I am committed. And this year, we are #Liberating District 16.

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Antiques Roadshow Expert Comes to Cary http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/21/antiques-roadshow-expert-comes-cary/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/21/antiques-roadshow-expert-comes-cary/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:31:52 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61092 The Friends of Page-Walker Hotel are bringing Ken Farmer, a regular on Antiques Roadshow, to appraise antiques at their 2nd appraisal fair.

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Cary, NC- Do you have some undocumented piece of family memorabilia that you think might be worth a fortune? Now’s your chance to find out at the Friends of Page-Walker‘s Antiques Appraisal Fair on November 8, 2014.

If you have ever watched Antiques Roadshow, you’ve seen people have their heirlooms appraised, sometimes to find out they possess something of real value, and sometimes they are just sentimental family pieces. The Friends of Page-Walker Hotel are bringing Ken Farmer, a regular on the show, to appraise antiques at their 2nd appraisal fair.

Ken Farmer

Farmer is a partner in the firm Quinn & Farmer Auctions of Charlottesville, VA and will be bringing two other appraisers with him, one of whom is an expert on antique jewelry.

I asked Pat Fish, President of the Friends of Page-Walker, how she managed to snag an appraiser from the popular TV show. She answered “I just called him! Perhaps I sent an email first, and explained that we are a non-profit and this is a fundraiser, and that we wanted to put on an appraisal fair for the community.” They were immediately interested.

Farmer’s company also sees this as an opportunity for them to let the community know about their service. Charlottesville is only 2-3 hours away, and they can travel here for additional work.

Having an appraiser from the renowned show certainly lends credibility to the event.

300 Items in One Day

The fair will run from 9:00 in the morning until 4:00 pm, with an hour break in the middle for lunch. Pat Fish says the three person team will be able to appraise about 50 items per hour. That’s about 300 items in six hours!

Tickets are on sale to the general public and run $10 per appraised item. Visitors can have three items appraised, and each will receive a verbal appraisal. Tickets are chosen in one hour time slots in advance.

What To Bring

Only items that can be reasonably carried will be viewed (don’t bring your dining room set!). Of course, if you have something at home, you can always contact Farmer’s team to come for a visit at another time.

The Friends held a similar event two years ago that was very popular. With all the history in this area, there’s no doubt this event will sell out. Items that are of special interest for the appraisers: jewelry, Americana, decorative arts and Southern folk art.

A note from the Friends’ website  states that stamps, coins and firearms WILL NOT be appraised.

An Evening of Tales From the Road

The Friends are also hosting an event the night before, in which Ken Farmer will discuss “Tales From The Road & New Discoveries”.

Listen to Ken describe interesting experiences he’s encountered while traveling the US and in the Charlottesville area. There will be time for questions. The discussion will be followed by a wine, cheese and dessert reception where guests can mingle with each other and the appraiser. Tickets for that event are $30 each with limited seating in the main gallery at Page-Walker Arts & History Center.

Event Info

Tales From the Road and New Discoveries by Ken Farmer
Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Discussion, followed by wine, cheese and dessert reception
Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop
Tickets $30 per person

Antiques Appraisal Fair
Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop
Tickets are $10 per appraised item,  a maximum of 3 items per person

Tickets can be purchased at The Cary Arts Center Box Office or online through ETix.

To find tickets for either event click here.

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Story by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Natalie Barletta.

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A Prodigal Son’s Return: The Graduate Back in Cary http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/21/prodigal-sons-return-graduate-back-cary/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/21/prodigal-sons-return-graduate-back-cary/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:46:47 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61132 Like a bird leaving the nest, I'll be leaving home, but not for good. Who knows, maybe one day I'll do what my parents did and return with a family. But that's years down the road, well out of sight and mind.

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Cary, NC — I put my thoughts to paper to talk about my return to my old home.

The Return

Around two months ago, I returned to Cary as a respite to build up extra cash and prepare myself for the big plunge coming on that is striking out on my own. My extended stay is nothing new. During college, I would always spend my summers at home. And prior to that, well… there was nothing else to call home.

Cary is a comfortable place to me. I rarely ever need my GPS while traveling inside of it, save the few times my destination is some obscure street that’s sandwiched between the major arteries of the town. Here all I need is an internal compass, a street name and I’m off, down a short cut that’ll help me get from point a to b in five minutes less than usual. But lately, that isn’t so much the case.

Stranger in My Own Home

Cary isn’t what it was five years ago, heck it isn’t the place it was even last year. It’s quickly changing, a shifting form that’s brought about by bulldozers and backhoes. Neighborhoods and townhouses pop up like daisies, shopping malls and grocery stores dot the street corners at every major intersection. Old stores are getting remodeled and new ones keep coming in. These are the signs of a bustling economy that started well before even I came to live here. And it’s not lost on me.

What’s more is that I realize that my interests as a young adult clash with the town itself. I want to go out at night, go to bars and meet people, have fun. Here in Cary, I have no friends. They’re all gone, mostly to Raleigh to finish up their degrees. What’s more, the bars they want to go to are there, if they want to go out at all. Here, the only bars that you can find are pubs and sports bars. Places to fill up on beer and greasy appetizers and watch the game, hardly a place to socialize and meet people.

All restaurants shut down after ten o clock, too, leaving only the fast food joints as the last place to go. Wanted something a bit more substantial? Well, tough luck, guy, you gotta deal.

Concerts and art seem to suffer here as well. Sure, there’s the occasional festival and every once and a while some one worth while comes to Koka Booth, but otherwise I feel I’m left culturally starved. I end up driving the twenty minutes to Raleigh to check out Redhat or Time Warner or even just to go see the art museum.

Absence Makes the Heart Wander

The thing is, Cary, that both you and I grew up a bit apart from each other. Long ago, you shifted your view on making the town a place for families and you’ve succeeded. You’ve made a place that young families want to be, a safe place to raise kids, shop for your necessities and have easy travel to work, although, of late, that’s become a bit debatable. And a product of this, whether intentional or not, is this feeling of alienation that I have now that I’m back here, working.

Here in Cary, I can’t help but feel out of place. The people  I interact most with on a daily basis are parents and older adults. It’s rare for me to find someone who’s the same age as me here and that makes it hard for me to want to stay.

Like a bird leaving the nest, I’ll be leaving home, but not for good. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll do what my parents did and return with a family. But that’s years down the road, well out of sight and mind. In the meantime, let me worry about the next five years. Years that will be spent, most likely, some place else.

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While deciding on the next move, Matt Posek has been writing for CaryCitizen this autumn. See also Angst Report: College Grad Returns to Cary from 2013.

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Christmas Decorating Trends 2014 http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/21/christmas-decorating-trends-2014/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/21/christmas-decorating-trends-2014/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:48:13 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61160 Cary, NC — Garden Supply Company on Old Apex Road in Cary is almost always one of the first retailers to get out their Christmas decor when they install their heavily decorated trees right after Labor Day. Serious About the Holidays, So You Don’t Have to be Each January, right after their holiday sales, the […]

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A Detail from one of Garden Supply Company's incredible Holiday Trees.

A Detail from one of Garden Supply Company’s incredible Holiday Trees.

Cary, NC — Garden Supply Company on Old Apex Road in Cary is almost always one of the first retailers to get out their Christmas decor when they install their heavily decorated trees right after Labor Day.

Serious About the Holidays, So You Don’t Have to be

Each January, right after their holiday sales, the design team of the Garden Supply Company, Brittany Owens, Kitty Mazza and owner Deborah Ramsey, travel to New York to see what trends they can capitalize on for the following year. Making these predictions more than 9 months before they will sell the merchandise can be a little nerve-racking, but through the years they have come to trust what they feel their customers will respond to.

While at market, they create themes that will guide them when the merchandise arrives and they start to recreate the magic they saw at market with the Garden Supply twist that Cary-ites have come to expect.

As the decorations arrive in late August they hire designer Trevor Bay to install fully decorated trees in the store along with elaborate tablescapes and mantels. This year there are five themed trees including one that hangs upside down!

The Themes

Santa Takes Aspen

This is a twist on their woodlands theme that is always popular with their patrons. Installed beside a fireplace and stuffed deer head, there’s no mistaking this hunt and outdoorsy trend. Kitty Mazza said that last year’s version of this popular trend was the first area to get completely picked over.

The tree includes life-size sleds, elves, berries, deer and woodland creatures in traditional holiday colors of red and green. There are plaid accents here too.

Complete with life-size sleds the "Santa Takes Aspen" theme is all about the outdoors.

Complete with life-size sleds the “Santa Takes Aspen” theme is all about the outdoors.

Burlap Goes Ballroom

This trend expands on the popular trend of burlap that is popping up everywhere, especially on Pinterest. Here the burlap is mixed with sparkle and the message is that it’s okay to mix different genres of material like glitter and glass with the burlap which makes it look new and fresh.

A mix of burlap and glitter sums up this trend.Its OK to mix it up.

A mix of burlap and glitter sums up this trend.Its OK to mix it up.

Chalk It Up

This trend plays on the popularity of chalkboards in home decor, not just in their own store, but seen in home decorating magazines and on Pinterest. There are ornaments here that evoke the feeling of chalkboards with white writing on black backgrounds. The colors are black and white with pops of red and lime.

Kitty says “Lime is always amazing to me, you don’t think of it as a Christmas color, but it really pops against the green of the tree” Snowmen are seen in this trend too, along with black and white checks and red and white stripes.

Black& White with touches of red and lime, and accents that look like chalk board writing give a modern spin to the holidays

Black& White with touches of red and lime, and accents that look like chalk board writing give a modern spin to the holidays

Pet Tree

People love their pets, and many like to purchase something either for their pet, in memory of a pet, or to celebrate their love of their current pet. The designers decided to include a tree and area themed with ornaments and decorations all about pets. Here you will find ornaments that are cats and dogs along with an area where you can purchase items for your pet. Look for slinky dogs, Santa hat-wearing cats and present-toting poodles.

Ornaments with a pet theme are all grouped together on one tree this year

Ornaments with a pet theme are all grouped together on one tree this year

The Faith Tree

Christmas does celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus after all, and Garden Supply honors that with a tree solely dedicated to creches, angels and other religious related iconography. This beautiful tree has elements that could be used on a mantle or tabletop or hung on the tree in a more traditional decor.

Images of madonna and the baby Jesus along with creches of all sizes can be found in the Faith Tree at Garden Supply

Images of the Madonna and the baby Jesus along with creches of all sizes can be found in the Faith Tree at Garden Supply

Winter Garden

Kitty mentioned that their suppliers hope for at least a two-year cycle with items they make. For instance, some of the items in this trend may look familiar, such as the stuffed owls that have been popular for a few seasons. There are elements of nature too, such as birds and nests, reindeer and snowflakes which have been popular for a few years, but updated with glitter snow and updated colors like teal.

Winter Garden brings the outdoors inside with a dusting of snow

Winter Garden brings the outdoors inside with a dusting of snow

Christmas Garden

This tree is hung upside down and uses traditional Christmas colors of red, lime green and gold. Its the garden, but with all Christmas colors. There are bird cages, mushrooms, snowmen mixed with traditional glass ornaments and beautiful holiday ribbons.

The Christmas garden Tree is hung upside down to give this more traditional trend a shot of wow!

The Christmas garden Tree is hung upside down to give this more traditional trend a shot of wow!

Whatever your style, its always fun to pick up one or two new items to freshen up your holiday decor. A new bow on a front door wreath, a fun elf or sled on the table, or a new swag for the fireplace mantle can make your holiday season look ready for 2014.

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Story and photos by Lindsey Chester.

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Harold’s Blog – October 19, 2014 http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/20/harolds-blog-october-19-2014/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/20/harolds-blog-october-19-2014/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:29:05 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61669 Two topics that generated the most discussion were the public hearing on the Dellinger rezoning proposal at Crossroads and the Habitat rezoning proposal for Evans Road.

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Cary, NC — This week included a regularly scheduled council meeting.

Monday

On Monday I attempted to call all council members to hear their concerns or questions about the agenda for Thursday’s meeting. I was able to contact all council members but Robinson.

The only items for discussion were two rezonings next to each other west of Highway 55. Council members express the usual concerns about traffic and schools. Council member Frantz asked that the proposed Habitat houses be pulled from consent for discussion.

Later in the day I met with management, directors, administration, legal, and public information to review the agenda. Our agenda review meeting was quick and I predicted that the council meeting would finish by 8 PM.

Tuesday

Tuesday I was interviewed by a News and Observer reporter about School Impact fees. This was an innovative idea the council tried in the early 2000s that was struck down by the courts. It would have helped fund school seats with direct correlation to growth. The legislature, heavily financed and lobbied by the homebuilder industry, has not given authority for school impact fees since 1989.

I also interviewed with a Durham Herald reporter about the Lake Crabtree Park trails on Tuesday. I pointed out that we were not a decision maker and that we expressed our concern of development to the RDU Airport authority in July.

Wednesday

Wednesday I attended the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organizational (CAMPO) meeting of the executive board. The executive board is responsible for approving an annual work program, a portion of which includes updating the Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (a seven-year project programming schedule) and the Long-Range Transportation Plan (a minimum twenty-year forecast of projects and programs).

This meeting was relatively short with the review of point prioritization for road project taking most of the time. Those projects will be finalized at the next meeting.

Thursday – Town Council Meeting

Thursday, the council held a regularly scheduled council meeting. The two rezonings, Wackena Road and Indian Wells Road, were slated for discussion and decision but instead were tabled at the request of the applicant.

Two topics that generated the most discussion were the public hearing on the Dellinger rezoning proposal at Crossroads and the Habitat rezoning proposal for Evans Road.

Dellinger Proposal

The Dellinger proposal was to rezone from office and residential to just townhomes and connect Tryon Manor Road to Piney Plains. After much discussion the council decided to let this go through the process even though it had reservations. Council concerns included the loss of office and the overwhelming number of multi-family units in the area. If this proposal comes back to council for a decision as townhomes as proposed then council expressed an interest to change the comprehensive transportation plan to eliminate the connection to Tryon Manor Road. If the proposal fails and the parcel eventually develops as office then I believe council will keep the connection. This proposal is scheduled to next be discussed by the Planning and Zoning Board. Council will likely make a decision on this early next year.

Habitat Proposal

The Habitat rezoning proposal was pulled from the consent agenda by council member Frantz so he could vote against it and express his concern about the shared driveway. Council discussed the pros and cons of a shared driveway and the rezoning was eventually approved with Frantz being the dissenting vote. The council meeting adjourned around 8:30.

Saturday

Saturday I met with Congressman David Price to talk about issues in Wake County. One issue we discussed was transit. Our meeting lasted about 45 minutes.

Saturday evening I gave remarks, read a proclamation, and enjoyed the celebration at the 14th annual Cary Diwali at the Koka Booth amphitheater. Diwali is the Indian festival of lights and has grown into the biggest multi-cultural event in Cary. This year’s theme was “Be a light unto yourself.” Over 13,000 people attended this year’s event and many of those stayed through the evening to see the main performance by Indian Idols Sandeep Batraa and Mauli Dave. The performances were fantastic and the place was rocking. The evening finished with a fireworks display. Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.

Kudos

In kudos for the week, the American Institute for Economic Research ranked Raleigh-Cary #3 among mid-sized metros for “Best U.S. cities for college students.”

Emails

Emails from staff this week included an update on the Crabtree Park trails. Staff was told by Wake County that a lease extension from RDU for the 148 acre portion of Lake Crabtree that is currently used for mountain biking and hiking has been signed. The signed lease extends the term to 2025 with one-year automatic renewals. The lease retains the 45-day written notice of termination that was in the original agreement. The Wake County Board of Commissioners will vote on the lease extension on Monday, October 20th.

Emails from citizens included a complaint about a broken sidewalk, a request for a bike path, requests to support and deny rezonings, a complaint about the Mayton Inn financing, and several comments about the RDU’s contract with Wake County about Lake Crabtree Park and trails.

Get in Touch

This week will be dominated by events hosting guests from Ireland and other parts of the world and a Mayors Association meeting.

Well, that is all for this week. My next post will be on Sunday, October 26th. Although I have Facebook and Twitter accounts those are not the best means of communications with me. Please send all Town of Cary questions or comments to Harold.Weinbrecht@townofcary.org and email personal comments to augustanat@mindspring.com.

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From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

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Movie Review: Fury http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/20/movie-review-fury/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/20/movie-review-fury/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:47:02 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61658 Fury tells the tale of five soldiers and their tank in the last days of WWII. Writer/director David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch) has crafted an intense war drama.

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Cary, NC – Fury tells the tale of five soldiers and their tank in the last days of WWII. Writer/director David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch) has crafted an intense war drama that features some unique and visceral action scenes as well as another great performance from star Brad Pitt.

Pitt Leads A Terrific Cast

At first glance, one could think that the main characters are nothing but clichéd war characterizations. There’s the tough as nails leader, here played by Brad Pitt. There’s the religious soldier, played by Shia LaBeouf (Transformers), the redneck, played by Jon Bernthal ( The Wolf of Wall Street), the drunk, played by Michael Pena (End of Watch) and the innocent one who’s new to the war, played by Logan Lerman (Noah). Thankfully, director Ayer hired himself one hell of a cast, as each and every one of them rises above what’s on the page and manages to make an impression.

LaBeouf has a calm and quiet confidence in the film, which he uses to great effect in numerous dramatic moments. Bernthal has done this kind of role before, but he does it well. Pena, a truly gifted actor, has also quietly become one of the most reliable comedic actors working, and here he brings some much needed levity. And of course, Pitt is terrific as Wardaddy, the man in charge of this crew. Pitt wears the horror of war on his face both figuratively and literally, giving a much more internal performance here than in his other WWII movie and proves once again what a versatile actor he has become.

If anyone gets the short end of the stick it’s Lerman. His character has to go from typist to hardened killer over the course of the film, and while Lerman does a commendable job, I just couldn’t completely buy into the transformation as it feels like it happens just a little too easy and a little too fast. It’s more of a nitpick though, and nothing that ruins the film completely.

Great Action

The action scenes that Ayer has put together are intense and realistic. The director makes a choice to have the ammunition being fired have a “laser gun” like quality. I know it’s a choice that’s somewhat based in reality, but it’s heightened here which help the scenes stand out. There’s one sequence in particular where Fury, the actual name of the tank in the film, does battle with a German tank that’s no more than 10 feet in front of it. It’s an amazingly crafted moment and makes for not only great filmmaking but a great lesson in tank warfare.

Fury – Worth the Trip

Fury is a very good WWII film, offering a point of view that hasn’t been seen much from the genre. Filled with violence, action and great performances from just about everyone involved, Fury is easily worth a trip to the theater.

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Jordan Hunt covers the movies for CaryCitizen. Read more Movie Reviews.

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Restaurants: T.Mac Opens in Waverly Place http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/20/restaurants-t-mac-opens-in-waverly-place/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/20/restaurants-t-mac-opens-in-waverly-place/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:26:29 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61495 T Mac opens in Waverly Place, upping the craft beer wars going on across Cary and the Triangle.

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Photo of interior at new T.Mac restaurant showing rotating booth in foreground.

Cary, NC- Back in January, Waverly Place announced that among their soon-to-be new tenants would be a restaurant called Taco Mac. (CaryCitizen story) Now, the chain has been rebranded as T.Mac and their newest addition finally opened October 5th, 2014, upping the craft beer wars going on across Cary and the Triangle.

Named by Chance

I asked about the name, as I don’t see any tacos being served in the establishment, or any Mexican themed decor. The restaurant logo is a flying buffalo. The answer: In 1979, when the original owners were moving from Buffalo, their concept was to bring Buffalo Wings to the south. As they headed to Florida with the idea, they stopped in the Atlanta area, and really liked it. They decided to open a restaurant that was in a former taco place, called Taco Mac. They had money to either renovate the kitchen or do the sign. You can guess which won out. The Buffalo wing establishment remained Taco Mac. Twenty-nine restaurants later, the the chain is going through a re-branding, as T.Mac (they dropped the “aco”)

You can find tacos on the menu (and quesadillas, burritos and fajitas), but you the focus has always been about great wings, burgers and other pub-fare. The prices won’t break the bank, as most items hover around $10. See for yourself.

Spinning Booths and More

The interior is big and open, with a large bar that sports 100 beers on tap (40 from local NC breweries) and 75 flat screen TVs suspended from the ceiling above.

The 7,150 square-foot restaurant seats 183 guests and includes a 1,300 square-foot covered and heated outdoor patio with additional seating.

A first for the Triangle, the restaurant features two European-designed rotating booths. Each rotating booth rotates 360 degrees, allowing up to six guests (or more) to rotate and exit as needed. When we saw these, they looked like a lot of fun, and took one for a spin ourselves.

Second T Mac?

Talk of a second T Mac in Cary is just that, talk. We had heard rumors that a second T Mac was set to open at the Bradford (where Publix opens later this month). Nothing is confirmed at the time of this writing.  The company is headquartered in Atlanta with 23 locations in Georgia, one in Tennessee and four in North Carolina (the three others are in and around Charlotte).

Cary is quickly becoming known as a town that loves its beer (see recent CaryCitizen story). With T Mac’s focus on beers on tap, they will bring additional competition to the area that has recently seen Blackfinn, Bad Daddy’s World of Beer and two craft beer stores open, with a third slated for Downtown.

Nothing says economc recovery than new restaurant openings. Cheers!

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Black Falcons Fly Drone Over Green Hope Football Game http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/16/black-falcons-fly-drone-green-hope-football-game/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/16/black-falcons-fly-drone-green-hope-football-game/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:28:29 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61613 The Black Falcons, a Green Hope High School cyber-security club, arranged to fly a video-drone over the homecoming football game. Media firestorm ensues.

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Cary, NC – The Black Falcons, a Green Hope High School Cyber-Security club, needed to do something to raise awareness, so they arranged to fly a video-drone over the homecoming football game. Now they are making a national splash.

Black Falcons Fly Drone Over GHHS Football Game

From GHHS Black Falcons blog:

Green Hope High School’s Black Falcons flew a drone to record and stream the Homecoming Football game Friday October 3rd, 2014. A team of Black Falcon members helped man the controls, landings, launchings, and the stream during the Drone’s stay at the Green Hope field. The head pilot and leader of the mission was Tomaz, a veteran member of the Black Falcons. You can check a recap of the stream here : http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ghhs-blue-falcons-stream.

Media Firestorm Ensues

Maybe it was the unlikely connection between jocks and nerds. Not so unlikely at Green Hope, maybe.

According to WNCN, it’s the first time a high school has live-streamed a football game from a drone. USA Today picked up the story.  CNN might visit a game.

Here’s the WNCN video clip about Black Falcons story:

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The Drone Flies Again

The Black Falcons are scheduled for another live-stream from the sky. From their blog:

We will be back November 7th, 2014 for Nerd Night!

Rock on, Black Falcons!

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Story by Hal Goodtree. Photos from http://www.ghhsblackfalcons.com/.

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