CaryCitizen Cary, North Carolina news, food, community and events Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:37:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 HCL Adds 1,237 Jobs in Cary Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:37:16 +0000 HCL, an IT and engineering services company, is adding 1,237 jobs to Cary by 2018, according to a statement yesterday by the NC Department of Commerce.

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Cary, NC — HCL, an IT and engineering services company, is adding 1,237 jobs to their in Cary office by 2018, according to a statement released yesterday by the NC Department of Commerce.

About HCL

We profiled HCL back in 2010. Today, HCL is a $5.4 billion business across 31 countries. According to their website, they provide “holistic, multi-service delivery across industries — financial services, manufacturing, consumer services, public services, and healthcare.”

$64 Million in Payroll

According to the Cary Chamber, HCL sees Cary as a strategic talent hub in the Americas and will invest approximately $9 million in expanding the center.

“HCL has been steadily building its Wake County presence and one reason is the incredible talent pool the Triangle region has to offer IT companies,” said North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.

HCL will hire computer professionals to develop, maintain and upgrade software applications and provide services to global clients.

Salaries will vary by job function and experience, but the average annual payroll for the new jobs is expected to be nearly $64 million. “What a great day for Cary and for Wake County,” said Senator Tamara Barringer.


According to the Commerce Department, “the project was made possible in part by an award to HCL from the state Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program, as voted by the state Economic Investment Committee. Over twelve years, the JDIG award could yield aggregate benefits to HCL of more than $19.6 million upon the creation of 1,237 jobs.”

The One North Carolina Fund is also is awarding HCL a $123,000 grant, which is being matched by Cary.

According to WUNC, HCL chose Cary from among 20 cities in six states.


Story and photo by Hal Goodtree.

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5 in Custody Following Rumored Shoot Out Downtown Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:31:17 +0000 Cary Police are still trying to piece together the facts, but five individuals are custody following a reported shoot out this afternoon in downtown Cary.

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Cary, NC — Cary Police are still trying to piece together the facts, but five individuals are custody following a reported shoot out this afternoon in downtown Cary.

Rumored Shoot Out Downtown

According to news reports, individuals in two cars exchanged gunfire near the corner of Park St. and Harrison Avenue in downtown Cary around 2:30 this afternoon

One or both of cars then crashed near Town Hall campus, home to the Cary Police Department.

Five people were taken into police custody Thursday afternoon after reports of shots being fired between two vehicles that crashed outside Cary Town Hall. – WRAL

Police said the incident ended on North Academy Street near the police station when one of the vehicles crashed. – TWC News

Five people were taken into custody and no injuries have been reported.

School Lockdowns

Weatherstone Elementary School and Kingswood Elementary School were briefly placed on lockdown, according to WCPSS. Both lockdowns were lifted after about 15 minutes.

Cary Town Hall was also briefly placed on a lockdown.

Fact Check

The details of the incident are being investigated. Town of Cary released the following statement:

Please note that while five people have been taken into custody while police investigate the incident in downtown Cary ending at 316 N. Academy Street that occurred at 2:30 p.m. today, no arrests have been made. Being taken into custody does not necessary result in an arrest with charges.

And while police received reports of shots having been fired, officials continue to work to confirm those reports.


Thursday evening, the following info was released by Town of Cary:

CARY, NC – Town of Cary Police have arrested two young men in relation to a shooting earlier today in downtown Cary. Chase Austin McKiley, 18, of Horizon Lane, Raleigh and Nicholas Scott Jenkins, 21, of Sawyer Drive, Raleigh are each charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill and Attempted First Degree Murder, penalties that carry up to 32.75 years in jail. Both are currently being held at the Wake County Public Safety Center in Raleigh.

Around 2:30 p.m. on September 18, Town of Cary police received reports of gunfire involving two vehicles, a 2009 Black Infiniti and a 1994 primer gray Honda Civic, driving along Park Street in downtown Cary. Both vehicles were driven to Cary Town Hall Campus, 316 N. Academy Street and home of the Cary Police Department, where one driver abandoned and ran from his vehicle. Within minutes, police had five subjects in custody for questioning and a handgun was recovered from one of the vehicles. No injuries were reported. Cary Town Hall Campus was on lockdown for roughly 10 minutes.

“At this point, we believe the incident is related to a drug deal,” said Capt. Randall Rhyne.

Additionally and in accordance with State public records laws, the Town of Cary is releasing the 911 calls associated with the incident. Five calls were made to the Town of Cary Communications Center.


Story from staff reports. File photo by Hal Goodtree.

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Cary’s Own Pokemon Champion Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:05:18 +0000 Grant Manley, 15, is now back home in Cary after claiming fourth place at the 2014 World Pokemon Championships in Washington, DC.

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Cary, NC — Grant Manley, 15, is now back home in Cary after claiming fourth place at the 2014 World Pokemon Championships in Washington, DC.

A Local Champion

More than 600 of the world’s most talented players competed in head-to-head Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG) battles at the 2014 World Championships in Washington, DC the weekend of August 15th-17th.

Cary’s own Grant Manley finished fourth place in the senior division, therefore earning a scholarship and travel award to compete at next summer’s 2015 championships.

The Pokemon World Championships

The Pokemon competitions are huge–and far from trivial. Players from more than 30 countries have to work incredibly hard to reach the World Championships. In order to qualify for the competitions, Grant and other players were required to tread through a year-long series of both regional and national tournaments.

Over 800,000 fans from around the world tuned in live to watch the competitions, and more than 3,000 individuals attended the event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC.

A Pokemon History

For those who aren’t familiar with Pokemon, it launched in Japan in 1996 and is currently one of the world’s most popular children’s entertainment properties. Pokemon includes a trading card game, an animated TV series, an official website, video games, a multitude of merchandise, and more.

To win a Trading Card Game, your Pokemon battle those of your opponent’s. The first player to take all of his or her prize cards is declared winner. It sounds simple, right? Wrong. There are actually many components and parts to a Pokemon card that have to be taken into account while playing.

Find the official Rule Book here.

For the Winners

Winners of this year’s competition received scholarship money, an invitation and travel award for the 2015 Championships, a Pokemon World Championships trophy featuring Pikachu, and, most importantly, the title of Pokemon World Champion.

J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing at the Pokemon Company International, extends his wishes:

The Pokemon World Championships is a celebration of the global Pokemon community and embodies the Pokemon spirit of fun, friendship, and  mutual respect. We extend well-earned congratulations to our new Pokemon World Champions. They will travel home as heroes and will inspire others to strive for greatness.

Watch recaps from the weekend on YouTube, and be sure to congratulate Grant Manley–our own Cary Pokemon champion.


Story by Jessica Patrick.

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Chocolate Smiles Village: 6 Businesses Owned by Women Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:36:36 +0000 Six businesses owned by women are hoping to make their mark in downtown Cary at the shops on West Chatham collectively known as "Chocolate Smiles Village."

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Cary, NC – Six businesses owned by women are hoping to make their mark in downtown Cary at the shops on West Chatham collectively known as “Chocolate Smiles Village.”

With the recent addition of a new business called “Rain Nail Boutique,” the Chocolate Smiles Village is now full. Every business in the building is owned by an independent woman who is eager to work together with her neighbors to bring downtown Cary some unique offerings.

Melanie Williams with some of her handmade truffles

Melanie Williams with some of her handmade truffles

Chocolate Smiles

Called “Everyone’s Favorite Chocolate Shop,” Chocolate Smiles certainly is Cary’s original premium handmade chocolatier.

Owner Melanie Williams has a background in computer science but was laid off eight years ago after having spent 18 years in the industry. She then heard about the opportunity to purchase the chocolate business. “Everything happens for a reason,” she exclaimed as she talked about her position as the store’s fourth owner.

Melanie enjoys the excitement of experimenting with new flavors and the creation of new molds for the tempered chocolate. The day CaryCitizen visited, she was consulting with a customer about a baby shower gift basket that would use themed molds.

Everything is made on site in the kettles at the back of the shop. When you walk in, there is no mistaking that aroma! In the shop’s display case sit hundreds of specialty truffles, snappers (or “turtles”), toffees, nut clusters, and many flavors of fudge and glace fruit slices. There is even a “Five O’clock line” of chocolates that feature liquor and cordials (think Mojito, Wild Turkey and Strawberry Daquiri).

The store is a go-to location for teacher gifts and holiday baskets, and a line stretches out the door during the Valentine season.

April Schweitzer instructs a student at Graceful Expressions Dance

April Schweitzer instructs a student at Graceful Expressions Dance

Graceful Expressions Dance

Graceful Expressions Dance is located right beside Chocolate Smiles. The established studio moved to the lower level of the building three years ago, making the location easily accessible to students and therefore delighting owner April Schweitzer. April’s dance instruction ranges from preschool pre-ballet to adult classes and includes ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and hip-hop.

Graceful Expressions has a performing company of more experienced dancers who give an annual benefit performance at the Cary Arts Center (see CaryCitizen story). This year’s benefit will be based on a local writer’s work called Papa’s Pastries.

The end of each year concludes with a story-based Spring recital, in which all dancers take part and classes are fully integrated to take part. This year, the studio will perform Sleeping Beauty at the Cary Arts Center.

Anna Smith performs color work on a  client at Studio 180 Salon

Anna Smith performs color work on a client at Studio 180 Salon

Studio 180 Salon

Anna Smith, owner of Studio 180 Salon, moved her established hair salon from its original location on Maynard Road to the Chocolate Smiles Village three years ago. The move of less than a mile gave her clients more parking and a more centralized location. At that time,  the village was almost empty; only the chocolate shop remained, and the dance studio had just moved in directly below her.

The salon’s name takes its cue from their willingness to “turn your look around,” and they are happy to guide you in the process. Anna and her staff each have over 20 years experience in the hair business. She says they aren’t really looking for walk-in business, as they are busy with clients who seek consistent service and a high quality product.

The salon features Schwartzkopf color from Germany, which is known for its great color and low ammonia. They specialize in cut, color, hair texture, and special occasion hair services, as well as kids of all ages and both genders. Customers may also purchase Nevo organic, Aqauge, and Biomega hair products. The salon has a cozy, intimate feel and can be booked for wedding parties, where a group can come in and have the place to themselves while they have their hair styled for the big day.

The studio owners are on the board of the Cary Art Loop (see CaryCitizen story) and the studio changes its gallery displays every two months.

Kelli Loomis demonstrates the use of the reformer at Blue Sky Pilates

Kelli Loomis demonstrates the use of the reformer at Blue Sky Pilates

Blue Sky Pilates

Kelli Loomis moved her business from the Heater House on Dry Avenue to the building one year ago after outgrowing her previous space. She now teaches 13 classes as well as duets and private lessons on her five reformers, five pilates chairs, and additional equipment all set up as stations. The move allowed her to expand her space from 1000 to 3000 square feet.

Her classes start with gentle beginner lessons all the way up to intermediate and advanced, and she prides herself on her ability to accommodate people of all fitness levels. All her exercise techniques focus on core strengthening. Classes can consist of as many as five people, each on one machine. She does not teach mat pilates. Kelli’s background includes National certification as an athletic trainer, but after some time spent as a stay-at-home mom she started taking Pilates. She liked that the exercises could work therapeutically for clients. What Kelli likes best about pilates is that, “Once you do pilates for a while, you become more aware of your body, even when you are away from the studio. You will be less likely to become injured.”

She has a bridal special where she can set up goals with the bride and even offer a package to include the bridal party.

Yeong Chang in her studio,  Smiling Circle Yoga and Massage Therapy

Yeong Chang in her studio, Smiling Circle Yoga and Massage Therapy

Smiling Circle Yoga and Massage Therapy

Yeong Chang moved her business, Smiling Circle Yoga and Massage Therapy, to Cary in April. She came from a small town in Massachusetts where she had been teaching  for 13 years until her husband’s job brought them to the Triangle area. It has been hard to move from her established clients, and she has actually made a couple visits North to work with them as her Cary business starts to grow.

At Smiling Circle, Yeong works to help clients remove chronic pain, and to stop the cycle of bad posture and bad habits that lead to the pain. She helps patients with occupations that may enforce repetitive motion or unbalanced use of their bodies. She does this through clear and easy-to-follow instructions with yoga poses and massage. She gives short meaningful reminders.

For yoga, Yeong offers different classes during the day and evening, and clients can purchase packages for 90 or 60 minute sessions. Clients can also drop in. Her massage sessions always start with an evaluation in which clients lie supine, face up. Then she tugs the legs to see if they are balanced and stretches the hips. She can evaluate the balance in the body and see what needs correction. Through a series of two second stretches she promotes healing. Her aim is “to follow the chain to correct the source of the pain.” She encourages her clients to make some common sense changes to their daily routine to help improve the way they feel.

Debra Fagen owns Raine Nail Boutique that sells gifts in addition to serving clients with spa nail treatments

Debra Fagen owns Raine Nail Boutique that sells gifts in addition to serving clients with spa nail treatments

Rain Nail Boutique

The most recent addition to Chocolate Smiles Village is Raine Nail Boutique. Owner Debra Fagen also moved her business from another Cary location. She was up the road on West Chatham in a detached home, but when the space on the second floor opened up, she took the opportunity to expand her spa nail salon and to add an element of shopping, too.

Raine specializes in spa manicures and pedicures that utilize luxury organic products for a 100% natural nail treatment. Looking for a gel manicure? This is not your spot! Want healthy nails and cuticals and a little pampering? Debra has you covered. She does offer a nail product called Vinylux that lasts for 10 days. It’s all natural and does not require harsh chemicals or special light treatments to apply or remove.

With the larger space, Debra expanded into a shop that is about half nail salon and half gift shop. There are handmade bags, cases, murano glass, some jewelry, and even lamps. Be prepared to spend some time when you visit–a typical manicure will take one to one and a half hours because Debra doesn’t want to rush her clients. Manicures start at $40 and pedicures start at $60. She can also accommodate bridal parties where folks can rent the entire space and have their nails done as a private group.

These women-owned businesses have filled the building down on West Chatham with a mind, body and soul-ful vibe that is energizing. As they collaborate, CaryCitizen will be eager to see how they expand and help to change the landscape of our Downtown. Give them a visit and tell them that CaryCitizen sent you!

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Weekend: 5k, Kim Wempe and Railhawks Game Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:12:01 +0000 This weekend, the NY Cosmos are in town to play the Railhawks, there's a 5K, a waterfront picnic and singer Kim Wempe at Sertoma Amphitheatre.

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Cary, NC — This weekend, the NY Cosmos are in town to play the Railhawks, there’s a 5K, a waterfront picnic and singer Kim Wempe at Sertoma Amphitheatre. Plus a few tantalizing events across the Triangle.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

This Thursday evening, at 6pm, the folks at SearStone will be hosting an Open House and Art Exhibit. Light refreshments will be served and you have a chance to win a dinner for four at SearStone’s fine dining room.

Park West Village will be continuing its Harvest Nights events by presenting the Matt Stratford Band. Feel free to bring dinner and some seats and relax as these guys play on. All proceeds will go to local charities.

More Thursday details on the Calendar.

Friday, September 19, 2014

On Saturday, pick up a few things at the farmers market (eat your veggies!) then head over to Walk, Run and Roll for Inclusiveness at Kids Together Playground in Cary.

A Waterfront Picnic will be held this Friday, starting at 11:30 in the morning. Citizens 55 years old and up are welcome to attend for ten dollars a person. It will be held by the Bond Park Boat House.

Triangle Wine maintains its Beer Tasting event at the Davis Drive location. Five dollars will purchase a taste of several different beers and some hors d’euvres.

More Friday details on the Calendar.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A physically trying day, this Saturday, as the Amberly Race for Our Heroes 5K & Mile Fun Run opens at 9 in the morning. Proceeds from the race will go directly to Operation: Coming Home, a local charity formed in 2007 with the mission to build homes for these wounded soldiers. More information is available at

Canadian Singer-songwriter Kim Wempe brings her smoky voice to Cary this weekend for two shows on Saturday – 2 PM at Sertoma and 7 PM on the downtown performance green.

The Carolina Railhawks play the New York Cosmos at their 4th Annual Kicks for Kids event. The team is teaming up with local businesses to split the cost of tickets and provide them to families that otherwise could not attend a RailHawks game. Game starts at 7:30pm.

More Saturday details on the Calendar.

Across the Triangle

Bugfest 2014 is set for Saturday at N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. The crawly fun starts at 9 AM.

In Durham, the 41st CenterFest juried art show takes place all weekend downtown. Music, food, entertainment and art! More info:

Also Saturday and Sunday, take the Eastern Farm Tour. Find out where your food comes from and get a chance to visit 27 working farms in the area.


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College Nannies & Tutors Opens Cary Storefront Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:46:20 +0000 After four years of proven success, the Cary franchise of College Nannies & Tutors is opening its first storefront tutoring center in September.

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Cary, NC — After four years of proven success, the Cary franchise of College Nannies & Tutors is opening its first storefront tutoring center in September.

SAT Prep and More

The center, located at 1244 NW Maynard Road, will provide on-site, one-on-one tutoring for grades K-12 plus SAT/ACT prep. The new location will be a hot spot for learning, from early basics to AP courses and college prep; the office will also serve as a placement and training center for nannies.

New Storefront

The center is scheduled to open on September 17, 2014 and tutor schedules are already filling up. College Nannies and Tutors meets with each of its new students and their parents in order to match them with the best possible tutor for their subject, considering their strengths and weaknesses, learning styles, and personality. This Complete Family Approach for customized personal tutoring has been extremely successful. The business currently employs over 55 tutors and nannies.

College Nannies and Tutors

College Nannies & Tutors is the nation’s largest resource for customized nanny & tutor services for college-bound students. The company is based in Wayzata, Minnesota and has 81 offices nationwide.

Local owners Greg and Linda Tarsa of Cary started their office in 2010 and have been extremely pleased with positive reception it has received in the community. Greg explains, “We started our business during a downturn in the economy, and it has been a great experience providing employment for us and others during this time. Now as things are growing, it’s the perfect time to open a Learning Center to provide more families with the best possible services.”

Founder and CEO of College Nannies & Tutors, Joe Keeley, said that “Greg and Linda have been terrific stewards of the College Nannies and Tutors brand and we are thrilled that they taking the next step in growing their business by opening a learning center. They are fulfilling our purpose of Building Stronger Families, one customer at a time, and a retail-based location will expand their reach and help them service additional families and students.”

Local Pirates Help Cary Business to Open First Tutoring Center

The Learning Center will open with a “Bang” on September 27th 1:00pm. The event will feature a pirate theme complete with Blackbeard the Pirate, a group of musical pirates, and a treasure chest of value that contains prizes and coupons. Blackbeard will be present to offer some living history about the lives of pirates along the North Carolina coast.

The Motley Tones, a musical entertainment group known at pirate festivals all over the Mid-Atlantic region for their maritime songs, will entertain the adults and children. There will be face painting and games for kids and families to play. In addition, there will be ‘treasures’ raffled off every hour for parents and kids alike.

Parents searching for customized tutoring with a great reputation and convenient location don’t need to search any longer! X indeed marks the spot at the new College Nannies + Tutors Learning Center at the corner of NW Maynard and High House Roads in Cary. Parents, students, and teachers are welcome to come to the Grand Opening or stop by any time to see the facility and talk with staff members.

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Fall Fashion 2014 Trends In Cary Boutiques Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:08:49 +0000 We looked at independent boutiques in Cary for the fall fashion 2014 trends for women. Read on and get the skinny on what to wear for autumn.

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Cary, NC — Although for many it seems that summer never fully materialized, the quest for Fall Fashion Trends traditionally begins right after Labor Day in Cary.

Fall Fashion 2014 Refresh

As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, we look to add more layers to our look and to refresh our wardrobes with richer colors and structured shoes and bags. Cary now has many independent women’s clothing boutiques where customers can work directly with store owners to individualize their looks.

CaryCitizen visited several boutiques this month. Down below, you’ll find some of the trendy items we found.

At Violets in Waverly Place, you will be sure to find an eclectic mix from lines like this top from Wild Fox

At Violets in Waverly Place, you will be sure to find an eclectic mix–like this top from the line Wild Fox

Violets in Waverly Place

Hannah Ellis opened Violets a few months ago and is now starting to get in her fall merchandise.

Her key Fall Fashion 2014 trend is all about comfort and layering. By adding one funky piece that you will want to wear every day, you will make your own new fall fashion statement.

What she loves this season: vests, camis, tanks and tees with sweatshirts, hoodies, capes, and kimono styles all worn over jeans and leggings in various weights and textures. Some of the lines found in Violets include Free People, Citizen Jeans, and Raleigh Denim.

Plaid is back this fall, and Violets has some shirts that mix a couple of different plaids together in one piece. Flannel is another texture that is not too heavy but that has a cozy feeling for fall.

One of the lines Hahn carries, Wild Fox, updates basics like hoodies and sweatshirt silhouettes with organza and rayon faille combined with cozy knits. The resulting look can be dressy if you pair it with tuxedo pants or relaxed if paired with knit leggings. Hahn feels strongly about under pieces and will be bringing in slip dresses that can be worn both on their own to look dressy for a party or over leggings with a cardigan to run errands around town.

AT Paisley, downtown cary's newest boutique college girls will be checking out layering pieces like this kimono

At Paisley, downtown Cary’s newest boutique, college girls will be checking out layering pieces like this kimono

Paisley in Downtown Cary

Lauren King opened Paisley before Lazy Daze, and her store is already attracting college-aged customers, along with Cary Moms.

For Fall Fashion 2014, the store is seeing some lightweight layering pieces–like the kimono style pictured above. Fabrications remain lightweight for layering, and over-sized sweater knits are going to be very popular. Color will be bright with shots of jewel toned fuchsias and purples. Her customers still like maxi lengths, but those are paired back for fall in favor of bright tops and lightweight, oversized sweaters that are paired with tight-fitting jeans and leggings.

The Fall 2014 trend here will be bright clean, decidedly upbeat, and unfussy.

My Girlfriend's VCloset offers stylish consignment like this trench-styled lace jacket

My Girlfriend’s Closet offers stylish consignment, like this trench-styled lace jacket

My Girlfriend’s Closet in Downtown Cary

Lois Cozart owns three My Girlfriend’s Closet stores–the original in downtown Apex, one in Wilmington, and one in Downtown Cary. She actually buys her consigned clothing outright, which allows her to be more selective in what she puts out on the floor.

Lois feels strongly about cape-styled tops and trench shapes. The key Fall Fashion 2014 trend in the store will be “Jewel Tones” will be big for her Cary customers–particularly sangria and royal colors. Sparkle continues to play an important role, especially as we move more towards the holidays and as lace continues to pop up on everything, from dark-colored jackets (like the trench-style pictured above) to inserts on pants and skirts.

Lois dresses clients of all shapes and sizes with flair and added a plus-size area this summer.

Purple Polka Dot

Fringe is going to be big for the Purple Polka Dot

Fringe is going to be big for the Purple Polka Dot

The Purple Polka Dot on Academy Street in Downtown Cary is celebrating 4 years in business. The store became one of the early boutique trail blazers when owner Kristen Gurganis opened and began offering trendy clothes, hand-painted furniture, and unique gift items. Kristen says the women who shop here love her accessories and cute, affordable tops.

Big, oversized t-shirts worn over leggings with boots in the fall are extremely popular in the college crowd. For Fall Fashion 2014, fringe is going to be a big trend, on tops, jackets, and dresses (like the top pictured above).

Accessories continue to be a staple part of the business for the Purple Polka Dot, especially the bracelets Kristen sources from Bourbon and Bowties out of Florida–she can’t keep them in stock. The most popular are made with three large crystal rocks wired together on a gold band. Clients even special order them. She continues to get in adorable dresses, both above the knee and maxi, in tribal and geometric prints which are great “game Day” staples with many of her NC State clients.

Leopard and skin prints have become a basic says Adore owner Nancy Alinovi

Leopard and skin prints have become a basic, says Adore owner Nancy Alinovi

Adore in Preston Corners

Nancy Alinovi, the owner of Adore, says midi-length skirts and dresses will be big this fall. A short length is not going away completely; rather, Midi and A-line shapes simply look new again. She feels plaids and buffalo checks will return as popular patterns of the season. Skin prints, including leopard, cheetah, and zebra, have become year-long basics and are almost a neutral and reliable standby in any woman’s wardrobe.

Tribal prints, which really took off for fall 2 years ago, have remained popular throughout the spring and summer and aren’t going away either. What makes them look new is the mixing of lighter colors into spice tones for an updated look.

Florals never go away, but they do have dark backgrounds for fall. Nancy is a believer in the skinny jean basic and was wearing a pair with an oversized plaid shirt the day of our visit. In a lightweight fabric, the shirt was a great way to get the fall look, despite the fact that the outside temps were still hovering in the 80′s.

A sherpa vest by Velvet can be found at Peachy Keen

A sherpa vest by Velvet can be found at Peachy Keen

Peachy Keen off North Harrison

Karly Hankin, co-owner of Peachy Keen boutique, says, “Over the next few months, as the weather cools, it’s fun to mix summer trends with new emerging fall styles. We are seeing vests all over! Faux fur, real fur, sherpa, and everything in between.” She believes that wearing a vest with a tank top and shorts or a dress is a great way to move into fall without getting overheated.

Dresses are being covered with many prints and patterns, some mixed together. She adds, “This fall when I was buying, I tried to shy away from dark plain colors–I didn’t want the shop to turn dark!”

She is also loving fringe trim. This bohemian chic trend is just getting started here, but we did see it earlier in our Belk Fashion preview (CaryCitizen story).

The last trend we are loving for Fall Fashion 2014: kimonos & fringe. It’s very boho-chic and dresses up any lackluster outfit.

Fall and Winter in the Triangle are not very cold, so by combining several lightweight layers, women can take off items as mid-day heats up and put that sweater and scarf back on when the evening chill arrives. Leggings will be a key ingredient, and skinny jeans are not going away anytime soon.

Make sure you have some pretty scarves to add some texture, pattern, or sparkle to your look and a few well-selected cardigans or kimono outer layers to top off your outfit. Mixing pieces will extend the life of what you do decide to purchase this fall.

Happy Shopping!


The Fall Fashion 2014 Update has been sponsored in part by Violets in Waverly Place and Adore Upscale Resale Boutique in Preston Corners.


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Education: Bill Fletcher Sept Newsletter Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:38:04 +0000 Thoughts for September 2014 from Bill Fletcher, Member Wake County Board of Education.

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Wake County, NC — Thoughts for September 2014 from Bill Fletcher, Member Wake County Board of Education.

Coming SOON to a school near you: 2013-14 EOG & EOC scores!

When reviewing and/or sharing this information consider student academic growth as well as student performance. If a school’s score is relatively low, is that a low performing school or are the students in that school performing below their capability? If aggregate performance is high, did the students achieve a full year of academic growth?

What will an Equity Officer mean to Wake’s children?

Rodney Trice joined the District August 1. His primary focus will be on breaking down the barriers to academic success among our low income and minority children. He brings high expectations for rigorous instruction and a “no excuses” point of view. That’s no excuses for the students and their teachers and administrators.

Transportation system rocks!

This year the District implemented significant changes to bus routes and stops…to improve reliability of service and reduce costs. The feedback has been very positive. More than 75,000 children are safely transported to & from school each day. Additional challenges remain including setting service standards for students with two homes; transporting students to/from daycare; etc.

Budget update

The NCGA finally adopted the state budget. The local funds needed to match the new teacher salary schedule approximate $12MM. Where will these local funds come from? Schools opened without reductions in personnel allocation formulas. Adjustments must be made.

A new Strategic Plan for the District is being developed based on community input about what our high school graduates should know and be able to do in 2020. Phil Kirk and Dr. Marvin Connelly are leading a team of 40 to craft the new “one page” plan. Share your thoughts at

Draft student enrollment plan on view

Staff has unveiled a draft enrollment plan for 2015-16 to populate several new schools and to provide better calendar alignment between elementary and middle schools. Comment at

Accommodating growth in NW Cary

Educational/input sessions were held with the school communities at Alston Ridge and Mills Park schools. One request is for school construction to keep pace with residential construction. Sounds like there may be the political will to influence the County Commission to approve the construction of more schools.

Why consider calendar conversions?

One option to increase capacity of a school is the multi-track or year round calendar. Students attend 45 days and “track out” for 15 days in four groups with staggered start dates. Fully implemented, a school’s capacity increases by 20% to 30%. When a multi-track school is under-enrolled, it can be more expensive per student to operate as student to personnel ratios increase.

Questions about Student Enrollment for this year? 

Office of Student Assignment: 919-431-7300 Foreign languages: 919-431-7404

Factoid #3

To enroll in a Wake County school one must first be domiciled in Wake County, i.e. have a permanent residence. Many families moving to our area expect to enroll prior to establishing domicile. NC law requires establishing a domicile first before enrolling.

Parent chats

1st Thursday, 1PM, Cary Chamber, 315 N Academy Street;
and 3rd Monday, 11AM, Caribou Coffee shop, 109 SW Maynard

Get in Touch  ||  Voice Mail: 919-431-7332   |  Mobile: 919-880-5301


Story by Bill Fletcher, Member Wake County Board of Education. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

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Harold’s Blog: Town Council Meeting, LEED McDonalds and the EDC Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:15:33 +0000 Harold discusses this week's town council meeting along with the town's economic standing and various other matters.

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Cary Scav Hunt - aroound town

L-R: Greg Bush, Harold Weinbrecht, Belinda Weinbrecht and Lori Bush.

Cary, NC — This week was typical for a regularly scheduled council meeting.

Council Meeting Prep

Monday I attempted to contact council members about Thursday’s upcoming agenda. I was only able to contact two. In my discussions, there was interest in the naming of the park at the old Bartley farm located on Penny Road near the intersection at Holly Springs. Discussions also included the Barbee tract in Preston and the Kildaire Farm/Cary Parkway intersection analysis.

Later in the day I met with management, directors, public information, administration, and legal to go over the items on the agenda. Our meeting lasted about 20 minutes and I predicted Thursday’s council meeting would last until about 9 PM.

Brad Cooper

After the agenda review, I met with the town manager and the public information officer. They wanted to make me aware that a story had been leaked to the news about convicted murderer Brad Cooper possibly making a plea deal for second degree murder rather than going through a retrial. In case you are wondering, the town isn’t really involved in this matter at this point.

Legal Work

Tuesday I had my quarterly meeting with the town attorney. We spent a half an hour mostly talking about legal risks associated with rezonings.

Another Environmental McDonalds in Town

Wednesday I attended the Gold LEED Certification ceremony for the McDonalds at Crossroads. Joining me was NC Secretary of Commerce Decker and several of McDonalds’ upper management. We were two of the half dozen speakers to be able to thank and congratulate owner Ric Richards for his second Gold LEED certified restaurant in Cary, making Cary the only municipality in the world with that distinction.

In obtaining their Gold certification they recycled 95% of the old building and created a new building with several green features. For example, their solar panels heat the fryers, light is provided by solar tubes, food waste is composted, etc. These are just a few of the dozens of green features of this restaurant. This is a building of the future and reflects the sustainable, environmentally friendly community that Cary is creating. They give tours so I would suggest signing up for one if you get a chance.

Meeting with Economic Development and Miss Tar Heel

Wednesday evening I met with the Economic Development Committee. Some of the notes of interest included:

  • North Carolina’s two largest employment centers (Charlotte and Raleigh) will grow faster than any large metro areas in the next 15 years.
  • Currently there are 7 active projects considering Cary. If they all located in Cary it would mean 3200 jobs, $335 million in investment, $1.2 million annual tax revenue, and 1.3 million square feet of office.
  • Class A office space is shrinking and is now below 8% and expected to continue dropping.
  • Cary’s unemployment rate is 4.4% this quarter which is a slight tick upwards. Wake County is 5.5%, RTP is 6.0%, NC is 6.9%, and the US is 6.3%.
  •  The Chamber is exploring the creation of a “startup ecosystem”. They are contacting key people about creating a co-working incubator place in Cary.
  • The VP of Economic Development is working with the Planning Director to identify potential future employment centers.
  • Numerous businesses and met and discussed the idea of locating in downtown Cary.

The meeting concluded in just under an hour.

Thursday afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting 8 year old Mary Harrison who was crowned “Miss Tar Heel State” 2014 Sweetheart along with her mom. They showed me videos of her competition and I heard her incredible voice. I am proud that she lives in Cary and that she is great example of the talent we have in this area. Next she will be heading to the national competition at Disney in Orlando. I wish her the best of luck.

Town Council Meeting

Thursday the council met for our 1st regularly scheduled meeting of September. Items that seem to generate the most interest included the public hearing for apartments in Weston, intersection improvements at Kildaire Farm Road and Cary Parkway, a rezoning on Indian Wells Road, the naming of a park, and traffic calming on Castalia Drive.

The public hearing for apartments in Weston had no speakers. However, council will have a tough decision of whether to allow multi-family in a place that was planned for office. While it might provide a good mix of uses it will take away valuable office land. As I mentioned earlier, the Raleigh/Cary area will be one of the fastest job growth areas in the country within the next 15 years.

Council also spent a lot of time discussing the intersection improvements at Kildaire Farm Road and Cary Parkway. I believe most of the council wanted to protect the median so we chose option 14 which would mostly add width rather than narrow medians. We also directed staff to look at options for High Meadow Drive which impacts that intersection.

The Indian Wells Road rezoning was to allow 3 single family homes per acre. This future subdivision is west of 55 in an area which is seeing a lot of growth. But the proposal was for the smallest density possible and it matched our land use plan. It is important to understand that our job at a rezoning is to decide the best possible use of the land. In my opinion the proposal of the lowest density was the best possible use.

Council decided to name the park on Penny Road near Holly Springs Road for sitting council member Jack Smith. Council member Smith is the longest serving council member ever with 25 years and counting. In the future when people visit the park and ask who Jack Smith is they will find out that he gave a good portion of his life in service of this town. We are blessed to have such a great public servant. Thank you for all your years of service Jack and I hope to work with you for many more.

Our last discussion point for the evening involved the repaving of Castalia Drive and whether or not to restripe it. Residents previously asked council to have more time to collect signatures to not have the striping. By the time of the meeting 82% of the residents signed a petition to not have the road striped. So council voted to repave without the stripes.

The council meeting ended about five minutes before 9.

Walk-To-School Day and Overcrowding

Friday, I had the joy of joining in the Walk-To-School Day event at Highcroft Elementary. There were about 100 students in attendance with parents and teachers at the neighboring park. The event started with games of soccer, hula hoop, and other activities. Then there were few speakers including me. After the talks local leaders from the YMCA led the group in stretches and exercises. Around 8:30 the walk started. What a fantastic event and I am looking forward to joining them again next year.

Later Friday, I talked with a County Commissioner about the school overcrowding in western Wake County. She mentioned, and I agreed, that it is not just western Wake County that is experiencing growth issues. We talked about possibilities of getting schools sooner rather than later and about how to fund those schools. At the conclusion we agreed to work on a meeting with others.

Cary Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, I joined council member Bush in participating in Cary’s 5th annual Scavenger Hunt. This was my 2nd year as a participant. The other 3 years I was a judge. Council member Yerha was also a participant and council member Smith was a judge. As a participant we had to get as many pictures and answers to 25 pages of clues in a span of about 4 hours. This included driving over most of Cary’s 60 square miles. Being the driver this time I can tell you it was nerve racking. Overall it was great fun and, as always, I learned something new about Cary.

Emails from Staff

Emails from staff this week included development and construction activity for the month of August. During the month there were 11 non-residential development plans approved totaling over 110,000 square feet. 6 residential plans were approved for 163 townhomes, 72 single family houses, and 0 multi-family units. Currently there are 23 rezoning cases in review, 9 annexation cases in review, and 4 comprehensive plan reviews. 52 new single family permits were issued in August which is a 46.39% decrease from last month and a 52.29% decrease from the same period last year.

Staff also sent an email with the current projects under review. Some of the projects that began the process in July and August include:

  • 4800 square feet of retail by the Patel brothers on Chatham Street
  • 44 single family units on the Young property off Old Apex Road
  • 81,252 square foot Courtyard by Marriott hotel at Parkside Commons
  • A greenway connection to Crabtree Creek on Weston Parkway
  • An elementary school on Pleasant Grove Church Road14,400 square foot church by Raleigh Chinese Christian ChurchA bank at Parkside Commons19,011 square foot office building on Pinedale Springs Way152 single family homes and 270 townhomes on Petty Farm Road
  • 38 single family homes on Highcroft Drive
  • 18,932 church on White Oak Church Road
  • 96,384 square foot building for a YMCA on Carpenter Fire Station Road

To see the complete list of projects under review go to

In another staff email council members were made aware of a new statute adopted by the legislature that permits ‘temporary family health care structures’ to be placed as an accessory use on single family lots regardless of local regulations concerning accessory use. I can see this being a potentially big conflict in the future.

Emails from Citizens

Emails from citizens this week included comments about traffic calming on Castalia Drive, concerns about the school board changing Mills Park Middle School to a year round calendar, a concern about high grass on the state portion of Bond Park, a concern about school overcrowding in general, and a comment about the Cary Parkway and Kildaire Farm intersection.

Get in Touch

Next week will be much slower and will include a meeting of the Mayor’s Association and CAMPO.

Well, that is all for this week. My next post will be on Sunday, September 21st. 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

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Kids Together Playground Gets a Renovation Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:21:27 +0000 Cary, NC- After 14 years of play, the large, Climb & Slide structure in the Kids Together Playground was showing signs of wear and tear. Time for a Refresh One of the features had broken and was removed, but the equipment manufacturer was no longer in business, so it could not be repaired. Other parts […]

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Volunteers helping to renovate the Kids Together Playground

Volunteers helping to renovate the Kids Together Playground

Cary, NC- After 14 years of play, the large, Climb & Slide structure in the Kids Together Playground was showing signs of wear and tear.

Time for a Refresh

One of the features had broken and was removed, but the equipment manufacturer was no longer in business, so it could not be repaired. Other parts were getting creaky. The playground remained safe, but the town decided it was time to replace the largest structure at the playground.

The planning process began during the summer of 2012 with an understanding that there was value in considering changes and additions to take advantage of current developments in play research and equipment design and add ‘something new’, but it was important to retain the spirit and valuable aspects of the original structure.

Re-Planning the Playground

Parks Planning Manager Paul Kuhn arranged a meeting for the board of directors of Kids Together to meet with the playground equipment distributor, Carolina Parks and Play.

The purpose of the meeting was to get some idea of the equipment they offered and to consider the features that might be preferred. The Kids Together board included parents and grandparents, some of whom have children with special needs; a mobility specialist with the Department of Public Instruction; founding members of the organization who were involved with the original design; and others who were interested in the playground.

After the meeting, the board members reviewed the equipment offerings and submitted their “wish lists.” Like all wish lists, they exceeded the budget, but several components appeared repeatedly, in particular: the ‘Sway Fun’, the roller slide and acoustic and sensory play features.

Project Moves Forward

In May 2013, the project was assigned to a new staff person, Landscape Architect Amy Mackintosh, who contacted two of the original design team members, Robin Moore, from NCSU’s Natural Learning Initiative, and Robb Harrison, the primary landscape architect for the project.

They contributed their time to provide input on an initial design, then reviewed and again advised to fine-tune it. The Kids Together Board of Directors was presented with two designs for review and selected one for further development and cost estimates.

By the end of the summer of 2013, the plan was finalized.

114 Volunteers Helped

Construction of the new structure, along with replacement of the bridge and slide in the Preschool Play Area, was scheduled for the last week in March and the first week in April. Just as in 2000, volunteers were recruited to work alongside crews from Public Works. Little did they know that in the first three days they would be working in snow, sleet and freezing rain. The weather cleared by week’s end.

All told, 114 volunteers contributed 433 hours of effort to complete the play structure, shovel clay and dirt to prepare for the safety surfacing, and install plants.

Constr Day 3

Re-opened In April

The new structures were ready for play in late April and they haven’t had a moment’s rest since.

The new School-Age Climb and Slide area includes a popular roller slide, which especially attracts younger children. The bongos and chimes in the acoustic play center ring out with joy, and the ‘Sway Fun’ gives children and their parents a chance to explore a new kind of motion that they produce by rocking. The bright red spinner and a rock climbing wall are also new features.

Inclusive Equipment- For All Abilities

A high priority was to assure that the new structure was inclusive, offering features that are approachable by a child in a wheelchair or who might in other ways be physically challenged. As before, the new design includes a wheelchair-accessible route from one end to another and the acoustic and sensory play panels are easy to roll up to. The “Sway Fun” has plenty of space for wheelchairs to gather and the roller slide is designed for ease of use.

Sway Fun in Action

Annual Fundraiser Sept 20

With the new structures in place, Kids Together is ready to celebrate with its annual fundraiser, the Walk, Run and Roll for Inclusiveness on Saturday, September 20, at Kids Together Playground at Marla Dorrel Park, 111 Thurston Drive in Cary.

Starting at 10:00 am, kids can play games and earn stickers to trade for prizes. Everyone can decorate their hats, shoes and wheels (wheelchairs, strollers and bikes) at the decorating station sponsored by the Cary Creative Center.  Winners will be chosen for Funniest Hat, Coolest Shoes and Snazziest Wheels. The walk begins at 11:00 am, with a send-off from KATAL the KT Dragon Mascot.

The 1.4-mile route follows the Hinshaw Greenway, across the pedestrian bridge to MacDonald Woods Park and back. Festivities continue until noon, with refreshments and raffles for nine great prizes, including a Maxi Scooter, birthday party packages and gift cards for local restaurants and attractions. A great way to spend a Saturday morning, registration is priced affordably: $5 per person or $15 per family.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the next new feature planned for Kids Together Playground, a Misting Garden. Online registration is open Register Online.

Event Info

Walk, Run & Roll for Inclusiveness
Sat., Sept 20, 2014

Kids Together Playground in Marla Dorrel Park
111 Thurston Drive, off SW Cary Parkway


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