CaryCitizen Cary, North Carolina news, food, community and events Tue, 04 Aug 2015 20:10:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Money Matters: Preventing Identity Theft Tue, 04 Aug 2015 18:41:37 +0000 Identity Theft

Editor’s Note: Briant Sikorski, from Stratos Wealth Partners in Cary, contributed this article.

Cary, NC — Millions of Americans fall victim to identity theft each year, and their financial losses are in the billions. In 2012, an estimated 16.6 million Americans experienced identity theft, causing losses of $24.7 billion.*

Preventing Identity Theft

What can you do to help reduce your chances of having your identity stolen? The steps below can help you prevent significant losses.

1) Check your credit reports every year – You have the right to obtain a free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each of the three credit reporting bureaus – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. Check thoroughly to ensure that there aren’t any unidentified accounts on your report.

2) Place a freeze on your credit reports – This can help stop an identity thief from opening a credit card account under your name. You simply contact the three credit bureaus and request a credit freeze. This prevents lenders who don’t already have a relationship with you from viewing your credit report. If they can’t access your credit report, they won’t issue a new account.

There is often a fee to request a freeze, depending on your state of residence and whether you’ve ever been the victim of identity theft in the past.

3) Monitor your email – You want to be on the lookout for phishing scams, particularly those that appear to come from a credit card company, bank, retailer or anyone else you do business with. Many of these emails will direct you to a phony website that will ask you to input sensitive data, such as your account numbers, passwords and Social Security number.

4) Be careful online – When banking or shopping online, be sure to use websites that protect your financial information with encryption, particularly if you are using a public wireless network via a smartphone. Sites that are encrypted start with “https.” The “s” stands for secure. Also, be sure to use anti-virus and anti-spyware software.

If Your Identity is Stolen…

What do you do if your identity is stolen?

First, call one of the three credit bureaus and ask them to place a 90-day fraud alert on your credit report. They must contact the other two bureaus to place fraud alerts on your reports. You also want to get a copy of all three credit reports.

Second, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). You’ll create an FTC Affidavit, which you should take to your local police department and file a police report. Your copy of the FTC Affidavit and the police report make up an Identity Theft Report, which can help:

  • Get fraudulent information removed from your credit report
  • Stop companies from collecting debts caused by the theft
  • Get information about accounts that were illegally opened in your name

*Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, December 2013 (latest available).

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Briant Sikorski is a Wealth Advisor at Stratos Wealth Partners. Photo from BC Gov Photos.

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Night Photography Class @ Duke with Hal Goodtree Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:34:15 +0000 Page-Walker, Cary NC. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Page-Walker, Cary NC. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Durham, NC — CaryCitizen publisher Hal Goodtree will be teaching a Night Photography class at Duke this fall. Even if you’re not a student, you can sign up.

Center for Documentary Studies

The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University teaches the art and technique of filmmaking, photography, writing and audio with a sharp focus on real life. The Full Frame Film Festival is a project of CDS.

Documentary Night Photography is offered as a course this autumn.

Documentary Night Photography

I asked Hal about the fall course.

“We live half our lives at night. And we like to take pictures,” Hal said. “But when it comes to night photography, most people are scared of the dark.”

The course examines three basic concepts of taking pictures at night:

  • Speeding up the camera (sensor)
  • Taking long exposures
  • Stabilizing the camera

“I want students to come away feeling confident about taking pictures at night,” Hal said.

But what about the Documentary part? “Documentary basically means you didn’t build a set or hire actors or stage the action,” Goodtree said. “It’s real life, framed.”

“Because this course is at CDS, I also want to talk about the history of night photography, and examine the notion of what makes something ‘documentary,'” Hal said.

Paris at Night, by Brassai.

Paris at Night. Photo by Brassai.

Taking It to the Street

Each class features one hour of class time and two hours on location taking pictures.

4 Fridays in October

Documentary Night Photography is offered on four consecutive Friday nights in October (10/2/2015 to 10/23/2015) from 6 – 9 PM.

Classes meet at:

Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew Street
Durham, NC 27705

Any Camera

Whether you have a DSLR or an iPhone, this class will improve the way you take pictures at night.


Documentary Night Photography is open to students and non-students alike.


Durham Bus Station. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Durham Bus Station. Photo by Hal Goodtree.


Hal Goodtree has worked with documentarians including Academy Award nominee Albert Maysles, Candid Camera producer Bob Schwartz and NFL Films director Tripp Dixon. His latest project, “Because No One Else Would – American Tobacco & the Durham Renaissance,” earned a #1 rating in prime during its broadcast debut on WRAL in 2014. To see more work, go to:

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History: Cary, the Gourd Capital of the World Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:54:50 +0000 Gourds

Cary, NC — Did you know that Cary used to be known as the “Gourd Capital of the World?” I talked to Kris Carmichael from Page-Walker to learn more about this odd piece of history.

Cary’s Claim to National Fame

Gourds were Cary’s first claim to national fame.

That’s a quote from Around and About Cary by Thomas M. Byrd.

From this book, Kris Carmichael (Operations & Program Supervisor at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center) and I learned why Cary was once famous for gourds.

The Gourd Capital of the World

According to Byrd, this “road to fame” began in 1934 when a group of local ladies bought a packet of mixed ornamental seeds and divided the contents to see what would grow.

The ladies, who had read several magazine articles about gourds, were shocked at the success of their experiment. The contacted the International Gourd Society to obtain more exotic seed and went on to exhibit their gourds at the 1937 NC State Fair.

The exhibit generated so much excitement that they organized a club on December 27, 1937 and called themselves the “Gourd Gardeners.”

The Cary Gourd Festival

Cary’s rise to fame as the Gourd Capital of the World didn’t stop there. By 1938, the Gourd Gardeners had started making all sorts of crafts out of their gourds – lamps, baskets, doorstops, bird houses, rings and even toys. This was what started Cary’s famous, annual Gourd Festival.

The Cary Gourd Festival came to be known as “Cary’s longest running annual celebration.” The following excerpt was found in a 1990 issue of The Gourd:

The 49th annual Cary Gourd Festival theme will be gourds as holiday decorations, from January snowmen through Christmas gourds of all kinds. Making a return appearance from our 1952 festival, whose theme was “The Calendar with Gourds,” will be Mary and her little luffa lamb starting back to school in a gourd schoolhouse…The Cary Festival is a free show of gourds and gourd crafts. Crafters will demonstrate how to prepare gourds to work on, burning and cutting techniques, making and siting birdhouses and much more…

The 1990 festival was held at Cary’s Jordan Hall, which still exists today. The Cary Gourd Festival must have attracted people from far away, because information about nearby hotels was listed in this issue of the The Gourd along with other details.


A photo of Cary’s Gourd Festival from the 1950s from the Page-Walker archives.

The Community’s Pride in Gourds

Shortly after hosting their first festival, the Gourd Gardeners shipped a large package of their best work to a festival in California and won a prize. The club was accepted as the Alpha Chapter of the Gourd Society of America, and Cary was proclaimed the “Gourd Capital of the World.”

In 1964, the Cary Chamber of Commerce sponsored a contest to design Cary’s official seal. A resident named Marion Daugherty decorated the border of her entry with drawings of ornamental gourds to reflect the town’s pride in the craft.

Her entry won and became the official Town Seal (left).


As you can see from this page in Around & About Cary, our current seal is still reminiscent of our gourd history.

Although town leaders later changed the gourd border to curlicues and removed Cary’s proclamation as the “Gourd Capital of the World,” you can still see the resemblance of our gourd history in the border of our current seal (right).

What’s Next for Gourds?

Although Cary is no longer the “Gourd Capital of the World,” gourds are something our town was once famous for – and I’m excited to tell people about this fascinating history. According to Kris, the Gourd Festival was so popular that it outgrew our facilities, but you can still see gourds on exhibition in Raleigh at the NC State Fair each year.

You can also check out the NC Gourd Society online.


Story by Jessica Patrick. Photo by wilthaihui. This story was made possible with the help of Kris Carmichael, Operations & Program Supervisor at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center

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Movie Review: Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Mon, 03 Aug 2015 18:08:26 +0000 Mission

Cary, NC — Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is the fifth entry in Tom Cruise’s 20-year old spy franchise. Despite the older age of both the star and series, Rogue Nation proves to be one of the most entertaining movies of the summer and might have even had a shot at best action movie of the summer if it weren’t for a little movie called Mad Max: Fury Road.

New Installment, New Director

The Impossible franchise has a good track record in terms of quality, at least in my humble opinion. 4 out of 5 of the films range from very good to great, with Part 2 being the only bad one of the bunch. The plots of these films are all similar, with Cruise’s Ethan Hunt becoming disavowed and having to round up a team on his own to save the world in some impossible way.

The one true distinction each film carries is the director, with Cruise choosing some great, and sometimes out of left field, choices. This time that choice is Christopher McQuarrie, director of Cruise’s excellent but little seen Jack Reacher.

Amazing, Insane Stunts

McQuarrie is a great choice, as he focuses on practical stunts and limited CGI for the action scenes, making everything you see onscreen feel just a little more dangerous and exciting. The film’s best special effect, though, is star Tom Cruise.

This guy is willing to do anything for the sake of entertainment, including his much publicized stunt where he straps himself to the side of an airplane as it takes off. That stunt is actually part of the film’s opening sequence, and it’s just as awesome and insane as it sounds.

Thankfully, the film is able to live up to those opening moments by giving Cruise plenty of other death defying acts to perform, including jumping from buildings and riding motorcycles at incredibly high speeds.

Humor Throughout

Not just content to thrill his audience, though, both Cruise and the film remember to keep a great sense of humor throughout. Famously short for a leading man, Cruise is not afraid to use his short stature to great comedic affect, fighting guys that actually seem to be twice his height.

The rest of the cast lend a great hand as well, both with comedy and with stunts. Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Jeremy Renner (The Avengers, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol) and Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction) all return to help out Cruise. There is a great sense of camaraderie between everyone involved, again adding to fun.

But it’s newcomer Rebecca Ferguson who really impresses. She plays a British spy whose intentions are never quite clear. She actually gives Cruise a run for his money when it comes to action scenes, as she has multiple sequences where she kicks a fair amount of butt. It’s a great part, and I hope we get to see her again should the series continue.

Great Summer Entertainment

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is a great summer movie filled with amazing action, plenty of laughs and a leading man who wants nothing more than to entertain his audience.

See Rogue Nation, and see it on the big screen.


Jordan Hunt covers movies for CaryCitizen. Read more Movie Reviews. Photo from Facebook.

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Recipe: Homemade Pesto Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:26:24 +0000 Its easy to make your own fresh pesto

It’s easy to make your own fresh pesto

Cary, NC — Right about now, my garden is bursting with fresh basil. That means it’s time to make my famous pesto!

Fresh Basil for Homemade Pesto

I planted four Genovese Basil plants and one Greek Basil plant back in May. With all the rain, sun and hot weather we have had in Cary this summer, they are doing fabulous.

I have already harvested twice and will cut them back again this week so that I have pesto to use in the fall or to give away to friends.

If you are like my family, we eat an enormous amount of pasta. With two athletic kids that have big appetites, carbs rule the day in this house. But we get tired of eating pasta with tomato sauce, and pesto offers a welcome flavor change. There’s nothing better than making it yourself and adding it to a steaming bowl of spaghetti or to your favorite pasta shape of choice. It is also excellent added to a grilled turkey panini or as a topping to a broiled salmon steak.

Recipe – Homemade Pesto

The ingredients are super simple, and the prep time takes all of about five minutes. No cooking is involved, either! If you don’t have a Cuisinart, a blender will do, or use our newest favorite kitchen gadget – the Magic Bullet.

first step: wash and dry your fresh Basil leaves

First, wash and dry your fresh basil leaves


  • Fresh basil leaves (about 4 cups) washed and towel dried
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (also called pinoli nuts). You can substitute walnuts.
  • 1/2 grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 peeled garlic cloves
  • 1 cup olive oil (grade of your choice)
  • Pinch of salt and a few grinds of fresh black pepper

To Prepare:

  1. In a food processor or blender, chop the garlic cloves.
  2. Add the nuts and chop fine.
  3. Add the basil leaves, along with the cheese and the oil, and blend to a thick paste. If all the ingredients will not fit easily at first, add in batches. The leaves grind down and it is sometimes easier to continue adding a third of the ingredients at a time to accommodate your particular processor. Add additional oil if you think the paste is too thick.
  4. When all the ingredients are blended to a smooth paste, add your salt and pepper and give the pesto a taste.
  5. Spoon the pesto into clean 1/2 pint ball jars and top with a 1/4″ of oil to preserve. Pesto will keep a very long time on the cupboard shelf unopened or in the refrigerator. The topping of oil seals the top of the paste so that air does not spoil it.
Pesto keeps very well in canning jars when topped with some olive oil to preserve that fresh flavor.

Pesto keeps very well in canning jars when topped with some olive oil to preserve that fresh flavor.

Pesto Pasta

When preparing pasta with pesto, cook your noodles as you usually would and drain. Pour all the pasta into a large serving bowl. Dollop at least 1/4 c of pesto paste onto the hot pasta.

Using two large serving forks, or pasta serving utensils, toss the paste through the noodles until evenly coated. Then serve your guests. We like to add chicken to a pesto pasta dish to add protein. You can add other ingredients like onions, peppers and sausage, too.



Recipe and photos by Lindsey Chester.

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Harold’s Blog: Celebrating Chief Bazemore & New Cary Stats Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:16:11 +0000 Harold's Blog

Cary, NC — This week was a typical non-council meeting week made up of mostly meetings.


Monday, I met with a representative of CALEA (the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) for our police department accreditation. The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by:

  • Maintaining a body of standards developed by public safety practitioners
  • Covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives
  • Establishing and administering an accreditation process
  • Recognizing professional excellence

CALEA’s goals are to:

  • Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities
  • Formalize essential management procedures
  • Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices
  • Improve service delivery
  • Solidify inter-agency cooperation and coordination
  • Increase community and staff confidence in the agency

They spoke highly of our police department and I believe the interview went well.

Holly Brook Neighborhood Meet & Greet

Later Monday, I attended a Holly Brook neighborhood meet and greet.

When the Holly Brook sewer system failed in the early 1990’s, the Town worked with the homeowners and Wake County on a mechanism whereby the Town would receive wastewater from the subdivision and treat it at the South Cary Water Reclamation Facility. Twenty plus years later the residents came to the Town requesting annexation.

Unfortunately, the statutes changed and the Town was unable to make this happen without legislative action. Representative Nelson Dollar, Senator Tamara Barringer and the entire Cary legislative delegation supported the Town’s request for annexation on behalf of the residents. The bill passed and Holly Brook became part of the Town of Cary on July 1. Town staff, Mayor Pro-Tem Smith, and I were on hand to answer questions and talk to the residents.

I was there a little over an hour.


Tuesday I met with the town manager, deputy town manager, and assistant town managers for our weekly meeting. In our conversation, we discussed scheduling issues and for-profit requests for town services. Our meeting lasted about half an hour.

Later Tuesday I met with a developer, the developer’s representative and a property owner about a proposal at Ten-Ten and West Lake Roads. We discussed the merits of the project and concerns that I and others have expressed. Our meeting lasted about half an hour.


Wednesday, I met with organizers of Cary’s first professional tennis championships.

Cary’s Professional Tennis Championships 

Positioned to begin at the conclusion of the US Open, the Cary Tennis Championships, an ATP Challenger Tour Event, will attract many of the top ATP professionals and capitalize on the excitement created from the biggest Grand Slam. Cary is afforded the opportunity to host this annual event as a result of our efforts to get the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Training Center here.

Although we lost that effort to Orlando and Mickey Mouse, we did make a huge impression on the USTA. The tournament will be the week of September 14, 2015, and I hope everyone will show up and show the USTA how many tennis enthusiasts we have in Cary.


Friday, I had the privilege of participating in the retirement ceremony for Police Chief Pat Bazemore. What an amazing person! We will miss her greatly.

Celebrating Chief Bazemore

She became a mother and a high school dropout at 17, but her determination and drive led her to be one of the greatest law enforcement officers in Cary history. She had many firsts as a first DARE officer, first School Resource Officer and first female Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Deputy Chief and, of course, Chief.

She was a leader in the state and represented Cary well as:

  • North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police (past Region VII president)
  • North Carolina Police Executives Association (past Vice President)
  • North Carolina Training and Standards Commission
  • North Carolina Law Enforcement Assistance Program, Board of Directors
  • FBI National Academy Association

Through her leadership, Cary became and remains one of the safest places in America to live, work, play and raise a family. God bless her!

Selecting a New Police Chief

There is an ongoing process for selecting the next police chief. Deputy Chief Godwin will be acting as police chief during this time.

Emails from Staff

Emails from staff include the 2015 2nd quarter report. Here are some of the notable items:

  • Cary’s population is 153,865 as of July 1, 2015, which is a 2.7% increase for the last 12 months
  • 164 acres were annexed this quarter
  • The town has 37,212 acres or about 58 square miles
  • 444 single family lots, 58 townhomes, and 29 multi-family units were added this quarter
  • The average single family dwelling was 3854 square feet compared to 3571 square feet in 2011
  • Cary had the 2nd most single family permits in the county. Cary permits were 15.2% of the total and Raleigh’s was 19.2%
  • Cary now has over 25,000 manholes, 917 miles of pipeline, and 43 pump stations
  • Cary’s property crime increase 11% while violent crimes dropped 33%

Emails from Citizens

Emails from citizens this week included a comment about the US Postal service, a complaint about cable installation, and a conspiracy accusation from a Morrisville resident about my vote on the golf course amendment.

Get in Touch

Next week’s activities include several meetings, several candidate meetings, a quasi-judicial hearing, a meeting with consultants about hiring the next town manager and an event with the Friends of the Page Walker Hotel.

Well, that is all for this week. My next post will be on Sunday, August 9th. 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 and email personal comments to


From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht. Photo by Jessica Patrick.

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Blue Moon – Tonight in Cary Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:07:56 +0000 Blue Moon

Cary, NC — On Friday, July 31, 2015, the second full moon of the month will appear in the night sky. This rare occurrence is called a Blue Moon.

First Blue Moon Since 2012

Tonight’s Blue Moon appearance will be the first since August of 2012. CNN explains that, “Every month has a full moon, but because the lunar cycle and the calendar year aren’t perfectly synced, about every three years we wind up with two in the same calendar month.”

The next blue moon will appear in January 2018.

What’s a Blue Moon?

In 2012, we published an article about the last blue moon. Hal Goodtree explained that:

First of all, it’s not actually blue. Sometimes, one might see a moon that is blue in the sky, but this is probably from dust or smoke.

The term is recent, though, as Sky & Telescope published an article with the definition in 1946.

Celebrate the Blue Moon

To celebrate the Blue Moon, Once in a Blue Moon Bakery in Downtown Cary will offer $1 cookies and $1 cupcakes all day (until 6 pm) for in-store purchase.

Or, you can go on a full moon paddle at Lake Crabtree from 8-10 pm. Reserve a canoe or kayak ($5) from the park or bring your own. The lake is open late tonight for the Blue Moon.

Pre-register for the paddle online. Lake Crabtree’s address is:

1400 Aviation Pkwy
Morrisville, NC 27560
(919) 460-3390


Story from staff reports. Photo by Aftab Uzzaman.

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Business: Spices Hut Indian Grocery Opens Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:27:35 +0000 Indian6

Morrisville, NC — On Thursday, July 30, 2015, we attended the grand opening of Spices Hut, a new Indian grocery store in Park Place at the corner of Cary Parkway and Chapel Hill Road.

Morrisville Welcomes a New Supermarket

Many Morrisville “celebrities” filled the former Golden Corral space (beside Los Tres Magueyes) in the Park Place shopping center yesterday to celebrate a special grand opening.

Morrisville Chamber of Commerce ambassadors and board members, Morrisville Town Council members and a supportive community filled the new Spices Hut grocery store to meet the owners, join them in a ribbon cutting and enjoy an Indian lunch.


Spices Hut Indian Grocery

At Spices Hut, you’ll find a variety of cooking items like dals (dried beans, lentils or peas), spices, rice, flours, frozen Indian meals, snacks and sweets. There’s also a library of the latest and classic Hindi and regional movies, CDs and a wonderful selection of produce.

We wandered around the store to take some photos.






There’s a Restaurant, Too

We can’t forget to tell you about Bawarchi, the beautiful Indian restaurant attached to the Spices Hut building, which features an elegant interior design and authentic Indian cuisine.


We were even treated to a delicious lunch as part of the grand opening celebration.


Read all our articles on supermarkets in Cary and Morrisville.


Story from staff reports. Photos by Lindsey Chester and Jessica Patrick.

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Durham Bulls Start 10-Day Homestand on Friday Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:16:46 +0000 Durham Bulls

Durham, NC — Starting on Friday, July 31, 2015, the Durham Bulls baseball team will begin their 10-day homestand at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.  

Durham Bulls Start 10-Day Homestand on Friday

The Durham Bulls will start their 10-day homestand this Friday, July 31, 2015. That means that, for 10 days in-a-row, you can watch the team play at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. And, there are promotions each and every night. We have all the details you’ll want to know below.

Promotions & Fun

On all Friday and Saturday night home games, there will be post-game fireworks. On Sunday, August 2, 2015, the Bulls will don throwback Negro League uniforms to pay tribute to the legacy of Durham’s local Negro League stars. The crowd can meet several former Negro League players who will sign autographs on the concourse during the game.

On Monday, August 3, 2015, public safety personnel and emergency workers receive 50% off tickets purchased at the box office. Tuesday, August 4, 2015 is a 2-for-1 ROOsday, which means the public can get two terrace-view tickets for the price of one when they show that they have a Kangaroo Express app at their time of ticket purchase.


On Wednesday, August 5, 2015, donate a children’s book to earn a free ticket to that night’s game, and on Thursday, August 6, 2015, enjoy $1 concessions like hot dogs, soda and popcorn. On Sunday, August 9, 2015, kids can run the bases.

Check the calendar for even more promotions.

The 10-Day Schedule

  • Friday, July 31, 2015 – 7:05 pm (vs Gwinnett)
  • Saturday, August 1, 2015 – 6:35 pm (vs Gwinnett)
  • Sunday, August 2, 2015 – 5:05 pm (vs Gwinnett)
  • Monday, August 3, 2015 – 7:05 pm (vs Indianapolis)
  • Tuesday, August 4, 2015 – 7:05 pm (vs Indianapolis)
  • Wednesday, August 5, 2015 – 7:05 pm (vs Indianapolis)
  • Thursday, August 6, 2015 – 7:05 pm (vs Indianapolis)
  • Friday, August 7, 2015 – 7:05 pm (vs Louisville)
  • Saturday, August 8, 2015 – 6:35 pm (vs Louisville)
  • Sunday, August 9, 2015 – 5:05 pm (vs Louisville)

Get Tickets

Pick your game day, and buy your tickets online or at the box office. See you there!

Durham Bulls


Story from staff reports. Photos by Hal Goodtree.

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Business: Sponsor Cary Elementary School Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:12:06 +0000 Cary Elementary

Cary, NC — Cary Elementary is seeking community sponsors to help purchase supplies for classrooms, fund the school carnival and furnish the school garden.

Partner with Cary Elementary

Cary Elementary is seeking community business sponsors.

The PTA has determined a goal of $10,000 that is needed to maintain their current level of educational excellence for children in the Cary community.

The funds will be used to build four planter boxes for the school garden, to purchase a Smart Board for the school’s ESL (English as a Second Language) program and to provide teacher grants for classroom supplies and a school carnival.

Sponsoring Cary Elementary helps children, but it helps your business, too. Becoming a community business sponsor is an excellent public relations opportunity for your organization, as sponsors will be known to over 580 Cary Elementary families in their business community.

Corporate Sponsorship Levels

Cougar Platinum – $2,500
Cougar Gold Pride – $1,500
Cougar Silver Pride – $1,000
Cougar Bronze Pride – $500
Cougar Pride – $100

Business sponsors in all levels will be recognized as a donor on the Cary Elementary website and will have their company logo displayed on a banner that will be displayed in the school year-long. Sponsors in higher categories will receive other PR opportunities, some including:

  • Recognition on a plaque in the school garden
  • Click-able logo link to your company website on the PTA homepage
  • Booth sponsors at the spring carnival
  • Full-page ads in school directories and other handouts
  • Recognition as sponsors for other school events

Contact Nancy Haywood with questions about sponsorship levels.

Become a Sponsor

Interested sponsors can send their name, contact information and company logo (in Vector format) to Nancy Haywood, Cary Elementary’s PTA Vice President, by August 10, 2015.

Nancy Haywood


Story from staff reports. Photo by Jessica Patrick.

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