CaryCitizen Cary, North Carolina news, food, community and events Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:27:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cary Towne Center: It’s Not What You Think Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:38:19 +0000 Cary Towne

Cary, NC — Cary Towne Center, our Cary mall, has been in the news a lot lately. Amidst all the talk about the possible redevelopment on the property, I decided to stop in and just hang out.

Hanging Out in Cary Towne Center

It’s not much like a mall at all I realized as I started walking around.

Cary Towne Center is a place people go to hang out.

Malls are known for shopping – go in, get what you need and leave. For many, though, malls are also places to meet friends, eat lunch, exercise and “people-watch.”


Free WiFi

This “Free WiFi” sign was posted in several locations around the mall. Free WiFi in a public place isn’t rare these days, but the fact that it was advertised seemed to say “stay awhile.”

In fact, as I walked around the mall, the atmosphere seemed to encourage strolling, browsing and lounging rather than arriving, purchasing and leaving.

So I listened to the message and stayed.

The People at Cary Towne Center

I saw nurses in scrubs power-walking, parents with baby strollers and young kids strolling slowly and a lot of people just making use of all there is to do at Cary Towne Center.

I saw people eating in the food court alone, senior citizens strolling hand-in-hand and a man sitting on a bench in the sun reading a book.


Horses, Trains & Games

Kids, teenagers and adults were riding the carousel near the old Sears wing and climbing aboard the trackless train that circulates around the mall. It’s a different scene.

I was happily amused to see an adult couple riding the train with no children. Every passenger on the train was licking a lollipop that had been given to them by the man driving the train.

He seemed to know a lot of the riders and high-fived each passenger.



In addition to the carousel and train, Cary Towne Center has a kid’s indoor play space, a Dave & Busters, a secondhand craft store and this old-fashioned station filled with mechanical animals and automobiles to ride. I noticed candy machines and snack kiosks everywhere.




Hanging out at Cary Towne Center made me feel like a kid – so, naturally, I decided to visit the Dippin’ Dots stand before I left.


I’ll Visit Again Soon

Next time I visit Cary Towne Center, I hope to talk to some of the people who work at the mall and the people who choose to spend their day there.



Story and photos by Jessica Patrick.

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New YMCA Planned for Northwest Cary Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:58:49 +0000 ymca

Cary, NC — A new, full-service YMCA will open next to Crosspointe Church in Northwest Cary in January 2017. The funding for the Y is made possible by a partnership with the church. 

YMCA Planned for Northwest Cary

An anticipated 154,000 square-foot (total indoor space) YMCA will be built adjacent to Crosspointe’s 38-acre property on Carpenter Fire Station Road in Northwest Cary. The new Y will feature lounge areas, a wellness center, a pool, group exercise studios, a gym and more.

I met with Jennifer Nelson, the Associate VP of Communications for the YMCA, and Crosspointe officials Jonathan Bow (Lead Pastor) and TJ Terry (Lead Strategist) to learn more.

Benefits the Y, the Church & the Community

The YMCA had been looking for land in Northwest Cary for awhile – now, with Crosspointe’s help, they’ll be able to open a facility in the area ten years earlier than they had originally thought possible. Crosspointe had a lot of available land, and, while the church had already planned to expand into the space, it was also important to them to do what was best for the community.

Building a YMCA on the land was the perfect opportunity.

As Crosspointe’s Lead Pastor, Jonathan Bow, explained, “This helps the church grow as a community yet be a good steward of the land. Instead of taking up space with a building that is only used one day a week, the building and parking lot will be used seven days a week. This is a better story than if we were just doing something on our own.”

Since YMCA’s are usually closed on Sunday mornings, Crosspointe will use the gymnasium for church services. This gives members of the church more options for worship but still allows the gym to be used for sports, as services will be completed by the time the YMCA opens.

The acoustics, lights and look and feel of the gym will be specially designed so that it can be used as a place for both basketball games and worship.


Drawings for the new building from The Why Project, Inc.

The Why Project, Inc.

To fund the building of the new YMCA, Crosspointe Church created an organization focused solely on community development called The Why Project, Inc. The funds raised by this organization will go to building the new YMCA campus on Crosspointe’s land. The Why Project. Inc. will be the owners of the property and lease the building to the YMCA, their tenant.

Internally, Crosspointe has raised over $4 million towards the $7 million goal. Crosspointe and The Why Project, Inc. are currently fundraising outside of the church for general donations.

What’s Different?

Just like at any other YMCA, you’ll have to be a member of the gym to work out. Some gym members will go to Crosspointe Church, and some won’t – anyone can use the Y.

The Why Project, Inc. and the YMCA will remain completely independent organizations from one another with their own unique members, staff, leadership and governance – but, from partnering together, the groups will be able to serve others more than ever before.

A Gathering Space for the Community

Both the Y and Crosspointe noticed a need in NW Cary for a good gathering place in the community – for teens especially – so efforts are concentrated on creating a positive environment for students. The Y will be right near Green Hope and Panther Creek High Schools, and 8,000 square feet of the space will be devoted to serving middle and high school students.

In addition to this, the Y will offer programs revolved around leadership development, after school outreach and more. In celebration of the nearby community’s rich farming history, the new building will have a “teaching kitchen,” where people will learn to cook meals from produce that will be planted and collected from the land around the YMCA.

Regardless of whether someone is a member of the Y, a member of the church or neither, there will be community-centered spaces that anyone can use. The teaching kitchen, among other areas, will be open to all community members. The Y’s atrium area will contain a sandwich shop and coffee house that will donate all of its profits to local organizations.

“There’s so much busyness around us, but here, people can come in to sit and rest,” said Bow.


The official groundbreaking for this project will occur in late fall, but site work has already started. The new YMCA is estimated to be open in January 2017.

Keep reading CaryCitizen for updates.


Story by Jessica Patrick. Photos from The Why Project, Inc.

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Recipe: Riviera Salad Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:23:56 +0000 riviera-salad-6729

Cary, NC — Here’s a light dinner salad that’s filling, uses ingredients you probably already have and brings a taste of the French Riviera to your table.

Riviera Salad

Once upon a time, I had this salad at a hotel in Beaulieu-sur-Mer on the French Riviera.  A few weeks ago, scrounging for items on the weekly dinner menu, it all came back to me.

As the day time temps climbed toward 90°F, I remembered Riviera Salad and searched it up. Sure enough, someone had published a reprint of Julia Child’s original recipe in honor of her 100th birthday.

Good for Dinner Salad on a Hot Day

A good dinner salad must have protein. Riviera Salad has hard-boiled egg and tuna.

The recipe also lists bleu cheese as an option.

The salad part of the recipe has greens, tomatoes, olives and a bit of boiled potato for some starch. In fact, the ingredients aren’t all that special.

That’s why it’s easy to make from stuff you might already possess.

Maybe the dressing is the magic. But it’s just lemon juice, Dijon mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper.


You can adapt Riviera Salad for whatever you have in the house, or to your individual tastes.

Substitute bell peppers for the tomatoes, or shrimp for the tuna. We swap the bleu cheese for feta. If you use chicken instead of the tuna, it’s a Cobb Salad (more or less).

Ingredients: Riviera Salad

(serves 4)


  • 9-12 oz. of salad greens
  • 8 oz. tuna – two cans of chunk white in water or fresh tuna that you cook in advance
  • 4 eggs – hard boiled
  • 4 small potatoes – boiled with the skin. Red potatoes or fingerlings are nice.
  • 1/4 cup chopped olives – kalamata olives are best
  • 1 cup frozen (or fresh) peas
  • 1 large ripe tomato


  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Strictly Optional

  • 1/4 cup blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds or pistachios



Hard boil the eggs. Place 4 eggs in a pot cold water and bring it up to a full boil. Take the pot off the heat, cover, and wait about 12 minutes. Transfer the eggs to a bowl filled with ice water.

Boil the baby potatoes, skins on, uncut, until “fork tender.” That means you stick a fork in and if it’s not soft, it’s not done. Chill the cooked potatoes in ice water.

While you’re boiling the potatoes, cook the peas for about 3 minutes. They don’t need much. I use a strainer and do it in the same pot as the ‘tators.

When you’re ready to make the salad, peel and slice the chilled eggs. Quarter or slice the potatoes (keep the peel on). Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing.

Assemble the Salad

Arrange the salad greens on 4 dinner plates.

Place the sliced egg and bite-sized pieces of potato around the perimeter of the plate.

Put a half-can (about 2 oz) of tuna in the center of each plate. Use a fork to fluff out the tuna (for you Southerns, it’s kind of like you might shred a smoked pork).

Distribute the tomatoes and olives between the tuna and the hard-boiled eggs.

Serve the dressing on the side so everyone can have as much (or as little) as they like.


For the French touch, serve with a baguette and a nice, cool White Bordeaux.


Recipe and photo by Hal Goodtree, adapted from Julia Child’s Riviera Salad.

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Weekend: Reggae Music & Wine Tastings Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:03:18 +0000 Weekend

Cary, NC — There’s lots of fun stuff on the calendar this weekend – reggae music in the Page-Walker gardens, a couple of wine tastings and Final Friday.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Celebrate the grand opening of a new pool in Cary’s Kildaire Crossing Community from 6-8 pm – Cousins Maine Lobster food truck and beer from Fortnight Brewery will be on site. This event is open to the public – anyone can come and enjoy the new pool and cabana.

A free Full Frame Roadshow will take place at The Cary Theater at 7 pm on Thursday.

Triangle Wine Company on Davis Drive in Morrisville will host a special Napa Valley Wine Tasting on Thursday from 6:30-8:30 pm. The Cary location in Waverly Place will host another wine tasting on Friday, August 28, 2015 at the same time.

More Thursday details on the calendar.

Friday, August 28, 2015

It’s Final Friday, and several special arts events are planned for this month’s festivities. Starting at 6 pm, start strolling through the art galleries in Ashworth Village in Downtown Cary, and be sure to stop in for the Living Waters art reception in the Village Art Circle gallery.

Enjoy free reggae music from Jamrock on the lawn of the Page-Walker gardens at 7 pm on Friday evening. Bring chairs and blankets, but leave alcohol and pets at home.

See Chuck Brodsky and Michael Reno Harrell at The Cary Theater at 8 pm for $20.

More Friday details on the calendar.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Rip the Calico, a high-energy contra dance band, will perform at the Cary Downtown Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning. You can see them in Downtown Cary or visit Cary’s other farmers’ markets – just check the CaryCitizen calendar for a complete listing.

Stop by Kids ‘R’ Kids in Morrisville from 10 am-noon on Saturday to help pack meals to send to Stop Hunger Now. Any volunteer who makes a $10 donation to Stop Hunger will be entered into a drawing to win a one-week stay at an Orlando, Florida resort.

It’s National Sponge Cake Day, and Chatham Hill Winery will celebrate with special wine and food pairings on both Saturday and Sunday. With each wine tasting, customers will get to try a sample of sponge cake drizzled with a sweet Carolina fruit-infused wine.

Cary Car Care is partnering with Wheels 4 Hope to raise money and awareness during their 25th Anniversary Service Day Celebration on Saturday from 11 am-4 pm. Stop by the shop for free food, family-friendly entertainment, raffle prizes and a chance to win a set of tires.

More Saturday details on the calendar.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Learn about Ashtanga Yoga, classical Indian yoga, at West Regional Library from 2-3 pm on Sunday. Bring a mat or towel. This event is free, but call 919-463-8500 to register.

More Sunday details on the calendar.

Across the Triangle

The Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library’s Big Book Sale is back this weekend. From Friday August 27, 2015 – Sunday, August 29, 2015, find thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and more than 500 vinyl records. Prices start at just 50 cents.

Triangle Square Dance Alliance (TSDA) is hosting a Square Dance Fun Night & Ice Cream Social on Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 7-9:30 pm at the First Baptist Church in Downtown Raleigh. This event is especially designed for adults and teen couples of all dance abilities.

Women’s Equality Day March will take place on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 4:30 pm in Durham Central Park. Later, enjoy free admission from 8-9 pm to Audio Under the Stars: Alternative Romance at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, 1317 W. Pettigrew Street in Durham. This free film festival will highlight “love stories of all stripes.”


The calendar of events is edited by Jessica Patrick. Photo by fs999.

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Photos from Lazy Daze 2015 Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:03:24 +0000 lazy-daze-2015-0266

Cary, NC — Cary’s 39th annual Lazy Daze festival was last Saturday, August 22, 2015. It was a rare affair, across the tracks on Town Hall Campus, and we were there to take some pictures.

39th Annual Lazy Daze

Lazy Daze is Cary’s biggest event of the year. In 2012, a record number of 70,000 people attended the festival, and the numbers keep growing every year.

The first Lazy Daze took place in 1977 in just one block on Chatham Street between Academy and Walker. There were 100 exhibiting artists, who each paid $10 for their booths, and the back of a flatbed truck was used as a stage for entertainment.

Today, you can find at least 300 artist booths, information about Cary’s cultural resources and groups, food and beer, crafts, activities, several stages of entertainment and more.

A Rare Affair

This year, for the first time, Lazy Daze was held on the north side of the tracks, weaving in and out of Town Hall Campus.

Vendors and festival goers seemed to like the temporary arrangement. It lent an air of wandering and discovery to what can otherwise be a somewhat linear experience. Town Hall Campus has plenty of places to sit, lots of shade, a nooks where you could get away from the crowds.

It felt like a series of outdoor rooms in a park.


Photos by Hal Goodtree and Lindsey Chester.







Lazy Daze




Lazy Daze







Story and photos from staff reports.


CaryCitizen is sponsored in part by the Heart of Cary Association.

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The Cary Scavenger Hunt – Pssst! The Big Hint! Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:26:41 +0000 2014 Team photo taken at the Cat Clinic, a sponsor of the Cary Scavenger Hunt

2014 Team photo taken at the Cat Clinic, a sponsor of the Cary Scavenger Hunt

Cary, NC — It is less than three weeks until CaryCitizen’s annual event, the Cary Scavenger Hunt, on Saturday, September 12, 2015. And that means it’s time to drop one more BIG hint.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

If you’ve played in the Cary Scavenger Hunt before, you know it involves our sponsors. Pay attention folks – these guys could help you win!

We love our sponsors, because, without them, we literally could not hold the Cary Scavenger Hunt! They help us pay for all the things we need to purchase in order for you, our teams, to have a fun day! Event t-shirts, quality signage, posters and advertising, food and beverages and the technology that allows you to view your scores in real time during the event are all part of it.

Our sponsors make all this and more possible.

The Campbell University Camel drawing a raffle ticket for an iPad last year

The Campbell University Camel drawing a raffle ticket for an iPad last year.

Free Raffle Prizes

Many of our sponsors will be contributing fantastic FREE raffle prizes that anyone can win at the finish area when our teams return and await their scores and the winner announcements. If you register for the Hunt, you can enter to win great prizes at the event. No extra cash needed – you just have to fill out a ticket! We will have random drawings, and they’re all free to enter.

How would you like to win a two-night stay at the soon-to-open Mayton Inn, including breakfast and cocktails? What about a wonderful piece of handcrafted jewelry from Stonehaven Jewelers?

Other raffle prizes this year include season tickets to see the Cary Invasion professional basketball team, tickets to the Carolina Hurricanes, catered dinner for 10 from Firewurst, round-trip Amtrak train tickets, two sets of tickets for four opening nights to the Cary Players’ productions this season and more!

Pay Attention to Our Sponsors

Visit these folks before the event, or check out their websites.

Knowing what they do or where they are located can come in very handy. You might want to chart their locations in your GPS. To see the full list of all sponsors and the booths that will be serving up fun at the finish, visit the sponsor page on our event website.

Thank you to the following local businesses who are all an important part of the 2015 Cary Scavenger Hunt:

Presenting Sponsor

AFC Doctors Express Urgent Care is a walk-in clinic in Cary that treats the whole family. They have on-site lab tests, x-rays and prescriptions, and no appointments are needed to treat a range of problems from fractures and cuts to earaches and more.

AFC Doctors Express is open seven days a week to meet your emergencies close to home without the wait time of an Emergency Room.

Hosting Sponsors

The Town of Cary allows the event to be held in one of its most historic treasures, The Page-Walker Arts & History Center, located in the heart of Downtown Cary. Their wonderful staff works hard to make sure our booths are set up and that our sound system is working.

With their help, the event runs like a well-oiled machine.

Platinum Sponsors

Ashworth Drugs is a wonderful Cary landmark has been a part of the Cary Scavenger Hunt from the very start. Great Harvest Bread bakes bread daily with wheat they grind in the store (this business has been with the Cary Scavenger Hunt since 2010).

The Cat Clinic of Cary is veterinary clinic that specializes in feline patients. They also have a visiting van to look at dogs and other pets in the comfort of home. Chick-fil-A of Waverly entices with the phrase “Eat More Chicken” and is part of many events all over Cary.

North Carolina’s Amtrak operates several trains per day that arrive at the Downtown Cary Depot. Paws in the City is a family-owned business that offers holistic and natural food for your dog and cat. Koko Fit Club customizes workouts to your goals, guides you every step of the way, motivates you and tracks your results on your own private dashboard.

Gold Sponsors

Cary Family Eye Care is a private optometrist practice that is family-owned.

Whole Foods Cary was renovated and enlarged in 2014, and they have offered organic goodness in Cary since Waverly Place first opened.

The Cary Family YMCA has helped grow mind, body and spirit for all through fitness, camps, tutoring and after-school programs for over 20 years.

Hurricane Grill & Wings boasts some of the best wings in town, but that’s not all they serve – check out their fish tacos and other fresh menu items.

Firewurst is a family-owned business that is hoping to take their unique quality flame grilled sausages, burgers and dogs business to a national level.

The Country Connection stocks cowboy boots, hats and all manner of Western gear. They started in Garner, and the Cary location opened in 2014.

The Mayton Inn will open in the fall of 2015 as a Diamond luxury boutique hotel on South Academy Street and will include a full bar, restaurant and meeting space.

The Butcher’s Market is a locally-owned butcher and market where you can expect wonderful meats and local produce and products. Workout Anytime is open 24/7, and this gym has all the equipment you’ll need to get a complete workout whenever you want it.

The Parkside Town Commons shopping center in Western Cary is now building phases two with restaurants and smaller, more local businesses in addition to the recently opened CineBowl.

Stonehaven Jewelry creates lasting works of art that can be worn for generations. Triangle Table Tennis is the largest indoor table tennis facility in the country that holds lessons, weekly leagues and camps, monthly tournaments and fitness equipment with showers and a pro shop.

Cary’s Biggest Adventure

If you register to be a part of the fun, you will learn all about these great places as well as history, public art (Cary has a lot of both!), our parks and greenways and a little trivia thrown in for fun. You don’t have to be a “Cary Expert” to play – one registered team just moved here.

One of the comments we hear year after year is that teams play to “have an adventure,” and that is guaranteed. You will also take some hilarious selfies along the way – Christmas photos anyone? So, check out the website, and register soon!

Online registration closes at 8 pm on Friday, September 11, 2015. We will accept walk-ups on event day with a $10 on-site processing fee. Be a part of Cary’s Biggest Adventure!

Event Details

The Cary Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Page-Walker Arts & History Center – 119 Ambassador Loop in Downtown Cary

  • Check in – 8:30-9:15 am
  • Start – 9:30 am
  • Teams return – 1:30 pm
  • Winners announced – 3-3:30 pm

Register for the Hunt or check out the official website.


Story by Lindsey Chester. Photos from CaryCitizen files.

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Business Bits: What’s New in Cary? Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:43:40 +0000 Business Bits

Cary, NC — Each month, look for our Business Bits column, where we’ll highlight “been-here-awhile,” brand new and opening soon businesses in Cary and Morrisville. 

Now Open in Cary

See what opened in Cary recently, and check out two grand openings this weekend.


DICED Salads & Wraps, 1377 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary
DICED opened for business in the Trader Joe’s shopping center on August 17, 2015. The restaurant serves fresh wraps and almost any kind of salad you can imagine.

RISE Biscuits & Donuts, 1100 Market Center Drive, Morrisville
RISE just opened in Park West Village over the weekend. The restaurant, which is open from 7 am-2 pm daily, offers a tempting breakfast menu of biscuits with a large variety of eggs, meat and cheeses (think eggplant bacon, pimento cheese and jalapeno toppings) along with a long list of classic and not-so-ordinary doughnut flavors like blueberry cheesecake.

Nazara Indian Bistro, 1945 High House Road, Cary
Nazara Indian Bistro opened for business in the Cornerstone shopping center at the corner of High House Road and Davis Drive on Saturday, August 22, 2015. The atmosphere is calm and elegant, and the large menu features Indian cuisine favorites.

Nishiki Sushi, 1216 Parkside Main Street, Cary
Nishiki Sushi just opened in the new Parkside Town Commons shopping center. The lounge-style restaurant serves “Asian Fusion” cuisine, which includes Hibachi-style food, bento boxes, sushi and more. Lunch specials include two sushi rolls for $9 or three for $12.


The Right Fit Club, 2978 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary
The Right Fit Club opened at the corner of Kildaire Farm Road and Penny Road on Sunday, August 23, 2015. This gym offers a “simple membership” plan, personal training, kids’ classes and group fitness classes that come with the gym membership – including Pilates and hot yoga.

Grand Openings This Weekend

DICED Gourmet Salads & Wraps will host their ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration this Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 11 am-8 pm. Guests can enjoy the Davis Messina Band from 4:30-7:30 pm and great prizes throughout the day.

The Right Fit Club will also celebrate a grand opening on Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 8 am-noon. The event will feature coffee and bagels, face painting and fitness classes for kids and classes for adults all morning including Zumba, gentle yoga, body pump and more.

Opening Soon

Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center (West Cary) – August 31, 2015
Masala Wrap (Chapel Hill Road in Morrisville) – August 2015
Millpond Dance Studio (Kildaire Farm Road) – August 2015
Campaneria Ballet School – August 2015
The Egg and I (near I-40 exits on Walnut street) – grand opening August 31, 2015
Chickfila (Parkside Town Commons) – opening soon
Pink Magnolia Boutique (Parkside Town Commons) – September 12, 2015
Halie’s Boutique (Parkside Town Commons) – opening soon
Bank of America (Parkside Town Commons) – opening soon
CineBistro (Waverly Place) – September 4, 2015
Tropical Smoothie Cafe (Kildaire Farm Road) – opening soon
Cary Hot Yoga (Kildaire Farm Road) Fall 2015

Did We Miss a Business?

If you know of a business that recently opened in Cary, send us an email to let us know.


Story and photo by Jessica Patrick. Read more Business Bits.


CaryCitizen is sponsored in-part by Waverly Place.

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Councilman Don Frantz Wins Speedway Race Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:33:25 +0000 Don

Cary, NC — Don Frantz, Cary Town Councilman and co-owner of Frantz Automotive Center, scored his first victory of the season at the Wake County Speedway on August 21, 2015.

Councilman, Dad & Race Car Driver

When we found out that Cary Town Councilman Don Frantz just won his race at the Wake County Speedway (congrats, Don!), we asked him to share with us his racing history.

Don has been racing a little over a year – he ran five races last year and the full season so far this year. Don built his first race car over eight years ago and planned on racing it then, but, with council, work and family responsibilities, life got busy.


Don’s car sat in a barn for almost seven years until he decided to make the time for it. “I ran that car last year and did pretty well, but the car wasn’t up to speed with the front-runners. I bought a new car during the off-season and have used that car this year – it’s much faster,” he told us.

True Team Effort

Don’s brother, Dan, and his son, Jordan, serve as his spotters (the guys on the radio who let him know what is going on around him and help keep him out of trouble) and help with crew responsibilities. Don told us a little about those responsibilities:

We make a number of changes to the car in between races trying to find more speed. We’ll change spring rates, different sway bars, tire staggers and shock combinations in hopes of shaving a tenth or two off of the lap times. We started the year running 15.5 second laps. Now, we are running 15 flat and hope to get to the 14’s.

Don told us that he also couldn’t have won his race without the guys at Frantz Automotive. “The guys here at the shop – especially Carson – help me work on the car between races,” Don said. “In racing, the driver seems to get most of the credit, but it’s a true team effort.”


Don’s First Victory of the Season

Don sent us a recap of last week’s race where he took first place.

Don started the race second before passing opponent Justin Fussell at the halfway point of the race. A late race caution gave Fussell one last opportunity to try and catch up with Don, but Don as able to hold everyone off and led the remaining seven laps to take the checkered flag.

“It’s such an amazing feeling to finally win one,” Frantz said. “We’ve been working so hard all season long and have gotten better each race, so we knew we were going to get one sooner or later. I am especially pleased that we didn’t luck up into this one because of someone else’s misfortune – we beat them straight up and passed the track champion for the win!”

In addition to Friday night’s win, Don has three second place finishes and two third place finishes and currently sits second in the standings 59 points behind Fussell.

Watch Don in Action

Watch Don’s most recent race or check his YouTube channel for more videos. Don’s remaining two races of the season are scheduled for September 4 and 18, 2015 at 8 pm.


Story from staff reports. Photos and video courtesy of Don Frantz.

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Restaurants: Taipei Cafe Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:04:10 +0000 Taipei

Morrisville, NC — Hidden in a small shopping center beside Park West Village is Taipei Cafe, a Taiwanese restaurant with authentic food and a cozy atmosphere.

Taipei Cafe

Taipei isn’t your average take-out Chinese restaurant. Not only is the environment nice for dining-in, the Chinese food is some of the best I’ve had.

The menu features both Taiwanese specialties and traditional Chinese cuisine.

Most entrees center around a combination of protein, vegetables and rice.

I always get the sesame chicken, but there’s also shrimp with garlic sauce, orange chicken, pepper steak, chicken chow mein, lemon chicken, sweet and sour pork, bean curd with vegetables, moo goo gai pan and about 35 other options.

Fast, Friendly Service

My mom first discovered Taipei, and now it’s our go-to meeting spot.

The first time she ate there, she told me, it was a cold and rainy day. When she walked into the restaurant shivering, one of the friendly servers immediately brought her a pot of hot jasmine tea to warm her up. That’s not a guarantee that you’ll get free hot tea, but I do like that story.

If you’ve never tried jasmine tea, by the way, you’re missing out. Just order the “hot tea,” and they’ll bring you your own ready-to-drink pot. It’ll really hit the spot come late fall and winter.

Everything is delicious and comes out quickly – sometimes, within minutes.

Best Lunch Special

Taipei Cafe has a lunch special that runs six days a week – not just weekdays – from 11 am-3 pm. Just choose from 42 combination platters that come with rice, an egg roll and your choice of wonton, hot & sour or egg drop soup. The entrees top out at $6.95 with everything included – it’s a great deal. Choose soup or an egg roll and it’s only $5.95.


Hot & sour soup and jasmine tea

Location & Hours

Taipei Cafe
9825-G Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville

Open Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 am-3 pm & 4:30-9:30 pm


Story and photos by Jessica Patrick.

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Health: Is It a Concussion? Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:31:22 +0000 Concussion

Editor’s Note: Dr. Kevin Prue of Prue Physical Therapy & Sports Performance in Cary shares some important information about concussions – just in time for the fall sports season.

Cary, NC — Concussions have been a hot topic in the sports medicine community for the last few years. However, I’ve learned there are still a lot of misconceptions about concussions.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is considered a traumatic brain injury. Any force of trauma to the neck and head can lead to a concussion and should be evaluated by a professional.

A concussion injury can impact the way the brain functions, usually for a temporary period of time, but, if it’s not addressed appropriately, a concussion can lead to long term issues. A concussion can present itself in many different ways, but here are some common symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory loss
  • Balance and coordination deficits
  • Sensitivity to sound and light
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Vomiting
  • Delayed response to questions
  • Dizziness

Some symptoms may be harder to detect than others, while some individuals may not display any signs or symptoms of a concussion, even though they have suffered from one. These symptoms can linger for days, weeks, months or even longer.

Can You Sleep After a Concussion?

Concussion management used to include preventing individuals from falling asleep.

It was thought that if you had a concussion and you fell asleep, there was a good chance you could slip into a coma. What we now know is that sleeping – or reducing stimulation and allowing the brain to rest and recover – is extremely important in the early stages of recovery. This also includes limiting physical exertion, as exercise can enhance concussion symptoms.

Think You Have a Concussion?

If you think you or someone you know may have had a concussion, you should seek medical care for diagnosis and advice on proper care. Look for an expert in concussion management to help guide you along the way. If a youth athlete is suspected of having a concussion, they should be immediately removed from competition and evaluated by a professional.

Even if you’ve been evaluated by a professional, continue to monitor the situation for any worsening symptoms, and, when in doubt, don’t be afraid to go back for a re-evaluation.

Managing a concussion can be a long and frustrating process, but it is important that you take the right steps early on to minimize discomfort and reduce long-term effects. A full recovery from a concussion means you have both no symptoms at rest and no symptoms with activity.

Big Take-Home Message

Remember, if you think you have a concussion, you should seek medical care promptly.

Athletes who possibly sustained a concussion should be removed from competition immediately and should not return unless cleared by an appropriate medical professional. If you are diagnosed with a concussion, reduce screen time (TV, cellphones and computers) and mental stimulation as much as possible to allow the body and brain to rest and recover.

Just because you have no symptoms at rest doesn’t mean you have fully recovered. A physical therapist or other medical professional should monitor your symptoms at gradual increases in exercise intensity to ensure an individual has fully recovered.

About the Author

Dr. Kevin Prue PT, DPT, CSCS is a graduate of Duke University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. He is the president and director of Prue Physical Therapy & Sports Performance located in Cary. He specializes in sports and orthopedic physical therapy, sports performance training and injury prevention for youth and recreational athletes.

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Story contributed by Dr. Prue of Prue Physical Therapy & Sports Performance. Photo by tlc.

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