CaryCitizen http://carycitizen.com Cary, North Carolina news, food, community and events Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:47:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cary Weekend: Art Loop, Halloween, and Soktoberfest http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/29/cary-weekend-art-loop-halloween-soktoberfest/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/29/cary-weekend-art-loop-halloween-soktoberfest/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:22:07 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61821 This weekend in Cary, gear up for Halloween with all the fun festivals and events that our town has to offer. And after the big night, welcome the month of November with community programs and performances.

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Cary, NC — This weekend in Cary, gear up for Halloween with all the fun festivals and events that our town has to offer. And after the big night, welcome the month of November with community programs and performances.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Park West Village Fall Festival starts at 4 pm and continues until 8 on Thursday evening. Families can trick-or-treat in the center and enjoy a bounce house and treats before they settle in to watch an outdoor screening of Monsters, Inc.

For a more intense pre-Halloween scare, visit the Cary Theater at 7 pm to watch Nosferatu, a terrifying silent film, accompanied by spooky music from the Mallarme Chamber Players.

More Thursday details on the Calendar.

Friday, October 31, 2014 – Halloween!

Tired of staying home and trick-or treating around your neighborhood?

The Final Friday Cary Art Loop continues this month from 6 pm-9 pm as the galleries in Ashworth Village and beyond open their doors for citizens to peruse artwork from local artists. This month, a special Sculpture Scavenger Hunt from Cary Visual Art will take place along with the opening of a juried show at Village Art Circle.

Children (and adults) of all ages are invited to trick-or-treat indoors at Cary Towne Center from 6 pm-8 pm as part of their annual Safe-N-Sane Halloween Celebration. Other activities will be there as well–don’t forget your costume!

Make time to visit the Halloween parties hosted by many Cary bars and restaurants on Halloween. Some of the locations include The Corner Tavern & Grill, Doherty’s Irish Pub, Back in the Day Cafe, and UnVined, where for $15, guests can enjoy wine and appetizers while participating in a Murder Mystery game.

More Friday details on the Calendar.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Swing by Waverly Place from 8 am-11 am to check out some amazing automobiles with the Cars & Coffee group. They meet the first Saturday of every month.

Also, be sure to check out the 56th annual Cary Band Day, featuring 40 bands from all over NC and VA. 4,000 students will showcase their best marching band performances all day from 11:30 am-10:30 pm. At the WakeMed Soccer Park, the Carolina Railhawks will be hosting their third annual pre-game Homebrew Soktoberfest from 5:30 pm-10:30 pm. There will be live music and beer samples up for grabs.

The Triangle Wind Ensemble will present “Luminescence” at the Cary Arts Center from 7:30 pm-8:30. Bursts of musical energy and light will be created by the sounds of 55 brass, wind, and percussion players to make for one brilliant experience.

More Saturday details on the Calendar.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

An Autumn Leaf Celebration will take place at Saint Francis United Methodist Church from 12 pm-4pm. The event is free and provides food, fun, and fellowship for all ages.

More Sunday details on the Calendar.

Across the Triangle

On Thursday from 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall will be speaking at the Democratic Women of Wake County Luncheon. Visitors are welcome, and although reservations are required for the lunch, there is no cost to attend the meeting.

A Shopping SPREE! will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center Thursday-Sunday. The annual four-day shopping fundraiser showcases the most recent trends while benefiting the Junior League of Raleigh. The event is the perfect place to get a head start on your holiday shopping.

On Halloween night, The Durham Pub Crawl & Haunted Adventure walking tour takes guests through three of Durham’s hippest bars. Between each bar, you visit four haunted, ghost, and paranormal locations.  A Halloween Costume Bar Crawl takes place in Raleigh as well.

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Weekend update by Jessica Patrick. The Calendar of Events is edited by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Facundo Pramparo.

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Events coverage is sponsored in part by Concert Singers of Cary.

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Publix Opens In Cary http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/29/publix-opens-cary/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/29/publix-opens-cary/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:23:40 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61879 Publix supermarket has opened in Cary. A development that started with controversy in 2007, it has come full circle to be embraced by the community in 2014.

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Publix officially opened Oct 29, 2014 in the Bradford development in Cary.

Cary, NC- After much anticipation, Publix supermarket has opened in Cary at the corner of Davis and High House Roads. A development that started with controversy in 2007, has come full circle to be embraced by the community in 2014. CaryCitizen stopped in for “Media Day” on Tuesday, October 28th, the day before Publix would fully open its doors to the public.

Publix awarded 10 nearby schools $500 each at their opening event

Publix awarded 10 nearby schools $500 each at their opening event

The crowd of approximately 50 included media, public officials and Cary Chamber members who were wowed by a tour of the retail location. At the start of the event, the management proudly awarded $500 checks to the ten schools closest to Publix. These included: Carpenter Elementary School, Chesterbrook Academy, Davis Drive Elementary School, Davis Drive Middle School, Green Hope Elementary, Green Hope High School, Hatcher Grove Christian Academy, Hopewell Academy, St Michael The Archangel, and Weatherstone Elementary School.

Seven days a week shoppers can sample meals that are prepared in store and purchase all the ingredients right at this station. The meal changes twice a week.

Seven days a week shoppers can sample meals that are prepared in store and purchase all the ingredients right at this station. The meal changes twice a week.

Unique Departments

Simple Meals

The freestanding area called “Simple Meals” offers samples and suggestions seven days a week. The store’s “Meals Expert” is always cooking up something that customers can try. If you like what you sample, there is a case adjacent to the station where all of the meal’s ingredients are conveniently stocked. There’s even a wine to pair with your meal!

Recipe cards are handy, along with cookbooks. Publix has an online recipe guide, that will help you select meals by dietary restrictions, prep time and ingredients. Then you can order the items and pick them up at the store. George Jetson anyone?

Samples of freshly made sushi rolls

Samples of freshly made sushi rolls

Meats and Fish

The fresh meats area includes a sushi station where sushi can be made to order. Fresh fish is delivered six times a day. Fish can be purchased whole, cleaned and prepped as steaks or filets for you at the counter. They can even cook your order for you while you wait! Meats are carved onsite- customers can ask for something to be cut to their recipe specifications.

The computer in the wellness department can help shoppers learn about supplements and recipes to try for various dietary restrictions.

The computer in the wellness department can help shoppers learn about supplements and recipes to try for various dietary restrictions.

Health and Wellness and Pharmacy

The Health and Wellness area includes a full service pharmacy where you can have your flu shot, check your blood pressure and find out your BMI. They offer tDap Shingles and Pneumo shots as well and will file with your healthcare provider. Within the department a freestanding computer can be used to access health information, to find out about supplements, dietary needs, and download recipes. These can then be emailed to you at home.

Event Planning at Publix can coordinate your party

Event Planning at Publix can coordinate your party

Catering

The Event Planning area is more than the typical grocery store veggie platters. The  store staff can actually come out to consult at your business or home and deliver cold items free of charge for orders over $150. The office-like space in the center of the store offers wedding cake tastings, and can coordinate deliveries from the Deli and the bakery and get your ice and paper goods too!

Produce

The produce area includes organics that are displayed alongside their non-organic cousins. Flowers are cut fresh daily and include a seven day guarantee of freshness. Fruit bowls are prepared everyday. If you want a smaller package than what is on display, ask a team member and they will re-bag your produce to the size you need.

Not sure you will like an item? Ask for a sample. Maybe a package of produce is more than you wish to buy? The staff can break it down to a smaller size for you. Worried about cutting that butternut squash? Staff can slice produce to order as well.

No Loyalty Card

There are no loyalty cards (VIP, VIC or otherwise) but the chain says they have at least 30 items in store that are BOGO (Buy One Get One). But you don’t have to buy two, if you buy one of the sale items, you receive the 50% off pricing.

The store is based in Florida and was founded in 1930. This store will employ 138 team members. There are currently 1,088 stores in a six-state Southeastern region. Overall they employ 165,000 people and they rank as #104 on the Fortune 500 list, with over $428 Billion in sales annually.

Service Makes the Difference

Service is the message that came across loud and clear at the media day. Something many of us feel is lacking in the current move toward bigger warehouse style shopping. Publix opened the same day as the new Harris Teeter (the 10th in our area alone). Let’s see if they can shake things up a little in the grocer wars. From where my home is located I can visit one Lowes (another closed) a Krogers, Fresh Market, two or three Harris Teeters, a Food Lion, Trader Joes, Aldi, and a little further away, Whole Foods. Soon an Earthfare is slated to open in Morrisvill’e Park West.

With the addition of Publix, Western Cary truly has plenty of supermarket choices.

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Story and photos by Lindsey Chester.

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Food coverage on CaryCitizen is sponsored in part by Whisk of Cary, celebrating their first year at Waverly Place.

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First Look: Field & Stream in Parkside Town Commons http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/28/first-look-field-stream-parkside-town-commons/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/28/first-look-field-stream-parkside-town-commons/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:01:41 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61884 Field & Stream is a new hunting/fishing/camping store in Parkside Town Commons. I went over to take a look last week.

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Cary, NC — Field & Stream is a new hunting/fishing/camping store in Parkside Town Commons. I went over to take a look last week.

Field & Stream in Parkside Town Commons

Parkside Town Commons

Parkside Town Commons is a mega-shopping development in Cary on NC 55 just above NC-540.

Big box stores include Target, Harris Teeter, Golf Galaxy and a soon-to-open Frank Theater.

Crowded Sector

Field & Stream, a new hunting/fishing/camping store owned by Dick’s Sporting Goods, opened in September.

That brings the total number of hunting/camping/fishing stores in (or immediately adjacent to) Cary  to four – REI (Crossroads), Bass Pro (Harrison), Gander Mountain (Cary Parkway and NC 54) and now Field & Stream.

Rustic Lodge

Like Bass Pro, Field & Stream has gone with a rustic theme – stacked stone, stuffed bears and exposed beams. Unlike Bass Pro, they don’t have a boat department, although you can get a kayak or canoe there.

Not Related

Field & Stream (the store) is not related to Field & Stream (the magazine).

Strengths

Even though the bumper crop of outdoor stores in Cary all seem to follow the same playbook, each has its own strengths.

Field & Stream has a good apparel department, going deep in the legit brands like Carhartt.

Also of note is a well-stocked cooking department for a hunter who is actually going to feed the family from game – sausage grinders, deli slicers and field cookers.

Vertical Sausage Stuffer by LEM.

Less Country, More Western

The new store has a large fishing and tackle section, lots of camo and a gun department. The vibe is less Country, more Western – more cowboy hats and boots, more Rocky Mountains than Appalachia.

Overall Impression

Field & Stream offers a very pleasant shopping experience, quality goods and a knowledgable staff. It’s a welcome addition to Parkside Town Commons on the west side of Cary.

But is it a destination? How will the new store differentiate itself from the other big outdoor stores already established in Cary?

Dick’s is a savvy retailer (they also own the Golf Galaxy next door). Game on!

Pictures: Field & Stream in Cary

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Store Details

Field & Stream
Parkside Town Commons
7129 O’Kelly Chapel Road.
Cary, NC 27519

http://www.fieldandstreamshop.com/home/cary

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Story & pictures by Hal Goodtree.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Lisa Baker http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/28/candidate-questionnaire-lisa-baker/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/28/candidate-questionnaire-lisa-baker/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:53:41 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61870 This is the sixth installment of our Candidate 2014 series. Next up is Lisa Baker, running for the District 36 seat in the NC House.

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

As usual, we publish the responses in the order we receive them. Next up is Lisa Baker, running for the District 36 seat in the NC House.

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Q: Why are you running?

I first ran for the NC House in 2012, concerned that progress in our state had stalled. Since then, there has been little change as elected officials catered more to their circles of power than to citizens’ needs.

Working in water quality for the state, as a small business owner, a farmer, and volunteer in the public schools, my church and community, I have built many relationships. I’ve learned that people want moderate, rational government that uses our hard-earned tax dollars to keep local communities strong and prosperous.  Regardless of party, people are tired of political extremes and want representatives that will understand their concerns, work for change, and be active in their community.

I still believe in the people of our state and know that, with good leadership, we can once again move forward. I’m running because I want to improve lives and create a brighter future for all.  NC House District 36 deserves a representative who understands and responds to the needs of our community.  I value my community relationships; I will listen.  And I am committed to making government work for you.

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

  1. Public Education: national average for teacher pay and per pupil spending.
  2. Environment: Protect NC’s natural beauty, clean water.
  3. Woman’s Rights: medical access, reconsider Medicaid expansion.

Getting any “job done” as a newly elected official is challenging. Once elected, it will be imperative that I “learn the ropes.” This will involve getting to know my colleagues, some of whom will also be “new on the job.” It will involve listening, learning who shares my vision for change, and then working to assemble groups of lawmakers with expertise and knowledge in the areas related to my top priorities. Politics is aptly named because when governing works in a healthy way, it involves give and take as those elected to represent the needs of their district strive to find common ground, shared values, and workable solutions. I think a first step toward fulfilling my priorities would be to carefully review recent legislation, some of which was rushed through the governing process, to determine what impact (positive and/or negative) it has had/will have on individuals and groups across this state.

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

Lisa Baker, a lifelong resident of North Carolina, has lived in Wake County since 1983. She holds a BA in business administration.  Professionally, she has worked in water quality (5 years, NC Department of Natural Resources), and was an Executive Manager for Tupperware (20+ years), managing 60 people and winning top sale and recruiting honors. Lisa now owns an active farm, volunteers in the public schools, her church, and the community.  She and her husband of 28 years, have two sons:  a NC State graduate serving as a fire fighter in Holly Springs, NC, and a sophomore in public high school.

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http://www.lisabaker4house.com/

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Family Closes Mahoney’s, Opens Crosstown Pub http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/28/family-closes-mahoneys-opens-crosstown-pub/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/28/family-closes-mahoneys-opens-crosstown-pub/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:51:58 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61753 Next month, Sheila Ryan will close Mahoney's and relocate the business to Downtown Cary with a new name: Crosstown Pub.

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Sheila Ryan and her son Sean will be opening Crosstown Pub soon in Downtown Cary

Sheila Ryan and her son Sean will be opening Crosstown Pub soon in Downtown Cary

Cary, NC — Sheila Ryan has owned and operated Mahoney’s Irish Pub on SW Cary Parkway for four years. Next month, she will close Mahoney’s and relocate the business to Downtown Cary with a new name: Crosstown Pub.

Be A Part of the Downtown Excitement

This past year, the activity in Downtown Cary excited Sheila and her brother, Dennis. Recently, Dennis passed away, leaving his business, Mac’s Tavern, to be operated by a close family friend.

Sheila and Dennis had been eyeing several locations for their new pub, including the 3rd floor of The Cary and the old Mitchell’s Pharmacy next door. With the lease at Mahoney’s up for renewal, they started thinking that it might be nice to join the renaissance happening through Downtown Cary’s revitalization. When Chef Hamm of Cafe 121 announced that he would be closing his doors on East Chatham Street beside The Cary Theater, Sheila and her family decided that this was their chance.

Mahoney’s will stay open until November 2, giving them a week to remove everything before the lease officially expires on November 10. Much of the kitchen equipment will move across town to the new location. Sheila hopes that most of their pub’s current staff will make the move as well.

Family Business

Sheila and Dennis were no strangers to opening pubs in the area. In addition to Mahoney’s, they helped open Tir Na Nog in Raleigh and Mac’s Tavern, which has been a popular Cary watering hole for over 10 years. Now, Sheila and her children are all proud to be partners in this new venture.

Sheila’s son, Sean, is overseeing operations for Crosstown Pub, and her daughter, Colleen Ryan O’Cain, a teacher, helps where she can. Another son, Brendan, works with Crosstown’s sound and lighting as he does for the Town of Cary and Apex. Sheila’s son Kyle provides additional support, despite the long distance of his home in Charleston.

The family has plans for an L-shaped bar that will seat 12-14 at the back of the restaurant. To give the pub more presence on the street, an awning with sidewalk seating is planned. Another door will be added to the second side of the space, allowing a total of 50 patrons. If all goes according to plan, Crosstown Pub should open mid-December.

Nightlife Downtown

With the upcoming opening of the Mayton Inn and Belle’s recent debut, Sheila hopes that Crosstown Pub will help “the start of nightlife Downtown. Hopefully others will follow.” The pub will open at 11:00 am for lunch, serve dinner at 5:00pm, and run until midnight during the week. It will stay open til 1-2:00am on weekends, with the kitchen staying open as late as the bar. The group may add music and games such as trivia and darts.

Crosstown Pub Fare

Crosstown Pub will be different than Mahoney’s– it won’t have an Irish theme. Sheila’s son, Sean, said that leaving the Irish out opens up an opportunity for Crosstown to be a “gastro pub”.

Former patrons, never fear–the business will be bringing their famous fish and chips with them! The new lunch menu will feature fish & chips, Reubens, Monte Cristo sandwiches, and fried green tomatoes. Dinner will be family friendly with burgers, salmon with rice pilaf, rib eye steaks, and eggplant parmesan. Prices won’t break the bank, either.

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Downtown coverage sponsored in part by Heart of Cary Association.

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Harold’s Blog – Ribbon Cutting, Cultural Events, and More http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/27/harolds-blog-ribbon-cutting-cultural-events/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/27/harolds-blog-ribbon-cutting-cultural-events/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:09:10 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61789 Monday I met with board members from the RDU Airport Authority to talk about the controversy surrounding the future potential development near the Lake Crabtree Park area. We had a good talk and they described the sequence of events that caused the hysteria about Lake Crabtree Park.

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Cary, NC — This week was a busy week with several meetings, dinners, and gatherings.

Monday

Lake Crabtree Park Discussion

Monday I met with board members from the RDU Airport Authority to talk about the controversy surrounding the future potential development near the Lake Crabtree Park area. We had a good talk and they described the sequence of events that caused the hysteria about Lake Crabtree Park. They explained that airport funding options are changing and that one of the major runways is in need of $100 million in repairs, so they commissioned a study of the land owned by the RDU Airport Authority.

The study made all kinds of recommendations including development around the Lake Crabtree Park and the adjoining mountain bike trails. The study’s final report was put aside for later review and action since the board members were busy with several other higher priority issues.

Lease Renewal

In the meantime the lease renewal with Wake County for the Lake Crabtree Park lapsed. The combination of those two factors led everyone to believe that the RDU Airport Authority was going to develop this property. They stated to me that they have no intention to develop in this area in the near future. They also pointed out that before development could happen a land use plan would have to be created which would require further analysis.

Within the last week the RDU Airport Authority has also renewed the lease with the Wake County Commissioners for one year. I reiterated the comments I made in a letter I sent to them in July. That is, we want to protect the park and adjoining trails and make sure any development is in harmony with its surroundings. They agreed that any future plan would involve us and other surrounding municipalities. So the park and the trails seem safe for now.

In the meantime, Mayor Stohlman of Morrisville is trying to organize a meeting of all the stakeholders interested in this issue so that everyone has the latest and correct information. I am guessing that meeting will take place after the election of the Wake County Commissioners.

Monday Meetings

Later Monday I met with the town manager to go over next week’s mid-year mini retreat. Some of the topics include prioritizing capital projects and reviewing our general fund balance. The retreat will be held at the Wake Med Soccer Park staring Tuesday at 3 PM. The meeting is open to the public.

Monday night I attended the Mayors Association meeting. Eight of the twelve municipalities were represented by their mayors. Absent were mayors from Holly Springs, Raleigh, Rolesville, and Wendell. We talked about planning future meetings with newly elected officials. Many mayors believe there will be new county commissioners and thus new direction by the commissioners. Several stated that it would be in our best interest to talk with them early.

Other topics at the meeting included the Lake Crabtree Park. Mayor Stohlman and I explained the events to date. The mayors in attendance agreed to support and attend the future meeting of interested parties being organized by Mayor Stohlman if their calendars allowed). Our next meeting will be held in Fuquay Varina on Monday, November 17th.

Tuesday

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at SAS

Tuesday I attended the Ribbon Cutting ceremony for Building Q on the SAS campus. Building Q is an environmentally friendly building and SAS is pursuing LEED certification for it. SAS currently has LEED certification in three of its buildings. Some features in this building include:

  • Rooftop solar panels
  • Highly insulated walls and roofing systems
  • High efficient heating and air
  • Extensive use of LED lighting
  • Reclaimed water for cooling towers, irrigation and toilets
  • All building materials and adhesives have low or no volatile organic compounds
  • Twelve parking spaces are designated for electric charging stations

The ceremony’s featured speakers were Dr. Goodnight and Governor McCrory. Dr. Goodnight talked about the jobs and opportunities provided and also mentioned the need to educate our students in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Governor McCrory talked about all that SAS has done not only in its field but in its community.

In the Q&A portion of the meeting the Governor and Dr. Goodnight were asked about statements made a few weeks ago by Dr. Goodnight against incentives. Governor McCrory said he wished there were no incentives and that this was a transition period. He believes that changes in policy and tax laws will make us competitive to a point where incentives are not needed. Dr. Goodnight added that he is not opposed to incentives but that he is opposed to giving them all to areas like Raleigh/Cary and Charlotte. He believes that incentives should be used to bring jobs to other cities outside this area and named several of them. After the ceremony, tours and demonstrations of products were provided.

Dinners with Guests

Tuesday evening I joined co-workers from SAS in entertaining SAS guests from Europe and Asia. We treated them to a pig pickin which they seemed to enjoy. It was fun explaining items like hush puppies and watching their facial expressions. That is, they hear puppy and think dog. Of course even after you tell them it is a type of bread they still only take one or two. Too funny.

Tuesday night I joined the Sister Cities organization, council member Smith and Yerha, Cary staff, Chamber of Commerce members, and three delegates from our twin city County Meath, Ireland. I was fortunate to visit County Meath in 2011 and the people and landscape are beautiful. After dinner, I gave remarks and we presented our guests with gifts. It was a fun night.

The rest of the week was spent going to meetings and having dinner with the SAS guests from Europe and Asia.

Saturday

Saturday I gave welcoming remarks to the 19th annual Latino Diamante Awards. Diamante is dedicated to the preservation, development, and promotion of the culture, heritage, and artistic expressions of the diverse Latino/Hispanic population in North Carolina. In my remarks I stated that Cary is a very diverse community and that Cary embraces and celebrates diversity.

Emails

Emails this week included:

  • A request to put a moratorium on growth (which we are not authorized to do)
  • A comment about the noise ordinance related to golf courses
  • A comment about the hometown spirit award
  • A comment about tabled rezonings

Get in Touch

This week will be a busy week. It includes the council-staff mini retreat, a council meeting, several other meetings, and the Cary Band Day.

Well, that is all for this week. My next post will be on Sunday, November 2nd. Although I have Facebook and Twitter accounts those are not the best means of communications with me. Please send all Town of Cary questions or comments to Harold.Weinbrecht@townofcary.org and email personal comments to augustanat@mindspring.com.

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From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht. Photo from SAS.

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Early Voting is Busy in Cary http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/27/early-voting-busy-in-cary/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/27/early-voting-busy-in-cary/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:32:04 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61742 Early voting started here in Wake County for the 2014 Elections on Thursday, October 23, 2014. It's been very busy.

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View from the roof of Herb Young Parking Deck in Downtown Cary on Friday Oct 24, 2014

View from the roof of Herb Young Parking Deck in Downtown Cary on Friday Oct 24, 2014

Cary, NC — Early voting started here in Wake County for the 2014 Elections on Thursday, October 23, 2014. I decided to give it a try on Day 2, Friday, October 24, and was surprised by the large crowd at Herb Young Community Center in Downtown Cary.

That’s right– crowded! My 20-year-old daughter is home from college on Fall break, and our plans were to vote quickly and then go out to lunch. The line was so long and our schedule so tight that we decided to come back later.

15% Will Vote

Statisticians state that this current election have low voter turnout. Some say only 15% of registered voters will bother to show up at the polls at all. That is a shame when you think about the offices that are running for election. These local positions decide how your local tax money is spent. The Wake County Commissioners themselves hold the purse strings on a budget just over $1 billion. Schools, roads, public transit, and safety are all in the hands of these local officials.

Line at Herb Young Community Center early voting (Cary's only location)

Line at Herb Young Community Center early voting (Cary’s only location)

Democracy is Alive and Well in Cary

After lunch, I headed back downtown at 3:30 and was directed to park at the Herb Young Parking Deck. The first sign that I would experience a wait was the lack of parking. I parked on the roof of a deck that is normally empty!

As I wandered over to the community center, I saw that the line extended down the sidewalk past numerous signs and political pundits handing out pamphlets. I ran into a friend and we both remarked on the crowd while trying to estimate what our wait time would be.

The Process

When we entered the building, the room to the left of the doorway was packed with voters filling out forms in the several dozen carrels set up for the express purpose of privacy when voting. The volunteers at the tables said the crowd had not let up all day.

The first table checks your name and verifies your address on their laptop computers in a registered voter database. They hand you a form, which you sign, and then they counter-sign the form and hand the paper to you. You present this form at a second table where you exchange it for your particular district’s paper ballot.

You then proceed to the nearest open carrel to fill out all the bubbles–front and back (there are a lot of offices up for election)!

After filling out my ballot, I walked over to the machine and fed the paper in. On that machine I was voter # 1064. There was a second ballot-taking machine next to mine which displayed 1056 votes accepted. This was after only two days of early voting. Voting would continue that evening until 7:00pm.

When can you vote?

The whole process, wait time included, was about a half hour. Not because the people were slow, but because there were THAT many voters. I was encouraged. Maybe we will beat that 15% in our area of Wake County after all?

Early Voting Times

Any registered Wake County voter can vote at any early voting location. The volunteers look up your name and ask you to recite your address. They check you out on a computer voting database. No ID required until 2016 (no comment).

Cary Location:

Herbert C Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave, Cary, NC 27513
  • Monday, October 27 through Friday October 31,  11:00 am- 7:00pm
  • LAST Early Voting Date:  Saturday, November 1, 9:00 am- 1:00pm

No Excuse Not to Vote

There are eight early voting locations in Wake County, and we are very fortunate to have a convenient location right here in Downtown Cary. View all Wake County Early Voting locations here.

Election Day is Tuesday November, 4, 2014. Not sure of your current polling place? You can look up by your street address here.

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Story and photos by Lindsey Chester.

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Photos from the 2014 NC State Fair http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/27/photos-2014-nc-state-fair/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/27/photos-2014-nc-state-fair/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:07:32 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61769 All 2014 NC State Fair photos by Brooke Meyer for CaryCitizen.

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All photos by Brooke Meyer Photography

Cary, NC — Although 2014 didn’t break any attendance records, we certainly enjoyed the best 10 days of “Fair Weather” that this writer can ever remember.

The 2014 NC State Fair

The 2014 NC State Fair opened for a half day on Thursday, October 16 and continued until Sunday, October 26. The weather was clear and sunny every single day.

Historical records show, amidst the height of the recession, the fair enjoyed its highest levels of attendance and hit over one million attendees in both 2010 and 2011. It’s anyone’s guess why this year didn’t topple those records. It certainly seemed like a record crowd the day my family visited! As of closing on Saturday, October 25, attendance was 832,144 with a full day to report for Sunday. In order to break the highest attendance records, over 259,000 patrons would have had to walk through the gates on Sunday–a feat quite intolerable with the highest single day ever topping out at 151,647 on a Saturday in 2010.

For my family, as Saturday evening wore on, so did the lines at the popular rides. By 9:00 pm it was hard to determine what line snaked around to which ride, so we called it a night with a whole sheet of unused tickets left in our pockets.

This year’s Midway games and rides were brought to Raleigh by Powers Great American Midways. The three areas of rides and carnival games provided ample photo opportunities.

2014 NC State Fair Photos

All 2014 NC State Fair photos by Brooke Meyer for CaryCitizen.

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balloon pop vendors

deep fried gummi bears

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ring of fire

large prize bear

To see the full gallery and past NC State Fairs photographed by Brooke, visit his website.

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Story by Lindsey Chester. Photos by Brooke Meyer Photography.

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Don’s Blog: Back at It http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/23/dons-blog-back/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/23/dons-blog-back/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:20:17 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61727 Cary, NC — I want to thank all of you who have reached out to check on me as I deal with my back issues. It really means a lot to me. My Aching Back The problem(s) I am having is a ruptured disc in my lower spine and spinal degeneration. The docs can explain […]

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Cary, NC — I want to thank all of you who have reached out to check on me as I deal with my back issues. It really means a lot to me.

My Aching Back

The problem(s) I am having is a ruptured disc in my lower spine and spinal degeneration. The docs can explain it better than I can but basically the disc/debris are impacting a nerve which is causing excruciating pain in my right leg. Some days are better than others, but at times it can feel like I dipped my leg in a deep fat fryer, and all I can do is bury my head in a pillow and scream…and I’m the guy who doesn’t even know I cut myself at work until I see the blood on the floor.

Now I know what you women might be thinking. Well, if the pain is even remotely close to what child birth feels like, I am so, so sorry, Lisa. It won’t happen again I promise ;-) (it’s a joke ok?)

Since I have already had two fusions in my neck, I am trying to tough it out as best I can in the hopes it will heal over time and avoid another surgery. The docs say I’ve got a 50/50 chance so I’m going for it.

We are currently attacking this with a combination of chiropractic care and medication. We are working towards physical therapy, but we have to get the pain under control first…without so many drugs.

My chiropractor is Dr. Tracy Watson at Cary Chiropractic. He’s awesome; a straight shooter – no BS kinda guy. He doesn’t sugar-coat anything and makes no promises that he can’t deliver on. He has also gone above and beyond what I would have ever expected from a doctor by seeing me on Saturdays and Sundays when he is normally closed, and even hand delivering my MRI results to me at work. I was, at first, seeing him twice a day. I’m down to about twice a week now. I genuinely feel better each time I leave his office, but given the physical damage there is only so much he can do over a short period of time (a little over a month). I need to slow down and take it easy to give the disc time to heal…which is really hard for me.

My neurosurgeon is Dr. Robert Lacin at Rex Neurosurgery. He’s the surgeon who did my previous fusions. He’s great too. I went to see him early on for his opinion. He believes there to be a chance that I could heal without surgery and encouraged me to try. To me, a surgeon who recommends not surgery just yet says a lot about his character and integrity. He prescribed oral steroids which helped, but didn’t last.

He then recommended that I see Dr. Singh over at Cary Orthopedics for a direct steroid injection to the affected area on my spine. I had the first treatment today and am currently resting in bed….blogging…..because daytime TV stinks! ;-) Seriously – umpteen thousand channels and nothing on. I can only watch Sportscenter so many times.

My first impression of Dr. Singh is, “wow”. A doctor who actually spends time reviewing your reports, X-rays and MRIs with you and explaining everything in detail and in a way that a guy like me can understand. He demonstrated a genuine compassion for my well-being and really worked hard to make sure I was comfortable throughout the treatment – not to mention that working a needle through my spine via X-ray is pretty dang impressive! But on the outside I was like, “Ya, well, I need to use a bore-scope every now and then to my job too.” ;-) He was impressed….sort of….maybe not.

I will have at least one more injection if not two more. Keep your fingers crossed! And thanks again for everyone’s thoughts and prayers!

Race Car

Enough of that, let’s talk about something fun! Pop Quiz; what is the most awesome word that is spelled the same both forwards and backwards? RACECAR! A few of you have asked how long until Roger Penske calls….ok, so maybe no you didn’t ask that, but you have asked how my season went.

We finished 7th in points out of 23 with a best finish of 3rd. We started the season late and missed the last race of the season due to my back. I started 5 of 11 races so I’m pretty pleased with the results all things considered. I’m really looking forward to running the full season – and for a championship – next year, but honestly I’d just be as thrilled to get my first win. Championships come with wins.

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Thanks so much to everyone who helped in the pits – especially my brother, Dan and Darryl – and for all my fans for coming out to cheer me on. Ya’ll are the best!

Ok – enough about me, let’s talk about you, Cary.

Amberwood Apartments

I am pleased to report that Cary has reached an agreement with the Amberwood apartment complex to replace the trees that were cut down and repair the damage to the buffers that occurred a few months ago.

The gist of the agreement states that:

  • Amberwood agrees to the Town of Cary’s re-vegetation plan
  • Amberwood will deposit $40,000 into an escrow account to ensure they comply with the re-vegetation plan which will begin next month and includes the planting of 110 trees and over 130 shrubs
  • Upon completion of the re-vegetation plan, Cary will refund to Amberwood $30,000. $10,000 will remain to cover maintenance costs and replace any dead vegetation
  • Cary will waive the $70,000 fine accessed to Amberwood.

The last one was a little tough for some on the council to swallow at first – myself included. The feeling was not only should Amberwood repair the damage they did, but that there should be some form of punishment for violating the town’s ordinances.

That said, the reality is that this would have ended up in the courts. Sure, we might have won – but at what cost? Not to mention that the fine(s) would have gone to the court system and not the re-vegetation plan. And in the end our goal was to right the wrong that was done. This agreement does that.

Fire Station #2

In other good news – at our most recent meeting, the council approved the bid award for Cary Fire Station #2 in Downtown. The project includes the construction of a new 13,395 square foot 2-story, 2-bay fire station and associated site improvements located at 601 E. Chatham Street. Construction of this project is scheduled to begin this winter and take approximately a year to complete.

As part of the station relocation plan, the existing Fire Station #2 will remain open and convert a ladder or rescue company resource to an engine company resource to better serve the Walnut Street corridor.

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Early Voting

Early voting begins Thursday, October 23 at the Herb Young Community Center in Downtown Cary and runs until November 1st. You can vote early in person on weekdays from 11-7, Saturdays from 9-1 and Sunday from 1-5. Please also know you do NOT need a picture ID to vote yet. That law doesn’t take effect until the 2016 elections. But don’t let the grass grow under your feet if you don’t have a picture ID yet – you only have about 740 days to get one for FREE before you need it.

Vote early or vote on Election Day, November 4th. Just make sure you vote! The direction of our state and nation depend on it.

Veteran’s Luncheon

Please also consider attending Cary’s annual Veteran’s Luncheon on November 7th from 11:30-1 also at the Herb Young Community Center downtown. This event is always a wonderful tribute to those who have served in our nation’s armed forces. While the event is free, given its popularity the town is asking for folks to pre-register so that they have an accurate head count for the event. Council member Jack Smith will also be speaking at the event, so if you want to hear what things were like during WWI, you won’t want to miss it. ;-) Hi, Jack! Love ya man! ;-)

Halloween in Cary

The town also has quite a few Halloween events coming up – you can learn more about those here. Which BTW, if you aren’t getting the town’s email alerts, you really ought to sign up for them so that you are better informed of what’s going on in and around Cary. You can sign up here.

The Green Elf

Oh, and last but not least, if you happen to see a neon green egg around town without a side of ham, it’s not a lost Dr. Seuss prop or an alien spaceship. It’s just Lori. Are you really surprised? ;-) I say it needs a little more bling – like maybe racing stripes and spinners and a bigger battery…or two. Let’s see what this thing can do! LOL…. How about it, Lori! ;-)

That’s about all for now. As always, thanks for reading!

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From the blog of Don Frantz, Member of the Cary Town Council District B. 

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Canes Lose to Sabres in SO But Earn 1st Point http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/23/canes-lose-sabres-earn-1st-point/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/23/canes-lose-sabres-earn-1st-point/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:47:55 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61722 The Carolina Hurricanes finally got their first point after an 8 round Shoot Out loss to the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3 on October 14.

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Editor’s Note: Due to a publishing error (my bad), this story did not go out last week as planned. However, as usual, Bob has something interesting to say for Canes fans. We promise to exercise more diligence in the future.

Raleigh, NC — The Carolina Hurricanes finally got their first point after an 8 round Shoot Out loss to the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3 on October 14.

The Canes bad luck continued as top defenseman Andrej Sekera, left the game late in the first after hitting the boards hard after a 5’ flight.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Cane, It’s Andrej Sekera…..

For the third game in a row the Canes came out the stronger team dominating puck possession and attempted shots in the first few minutes.

Before the game, the Canes and the Sabres were the last two teams winless and without a point in the NHL.  The game was also nationally televised which gave both teams more of an incentive to get their first win.

After the first few minutes with most of the action in the Sabres’ end, play seemed to take place between the blue lines for a good portion of the remainder of the first period.

Late in the period, Sekera methodically brought the puck into the Sabres end and started going down the slot when it appeared Sekera was tripped. Somehow the refs didn’t ask me or saw what I saw so no call was made.

The Sabres got the puck out of their end and went up ice on a 2 on 1 with Sekera skating hard to recover. Just as Chris Stewart passed over to Marcus Foligno who scored, Sekera tripped over Cam Ward’s pad at the goal line, went airborne hitting the boards hard with his shoulder, head, knee and skate, knocking him out of the rest of the game.

Nash Nails One

Very early in the second, Nathan Gerbe had good speed going into the Sabres zone.  Gerbe dumped the puck just after he crossed the blue line following the puck behind the net forcing Jhonas Enroth to play the puck around the boards to the right of the goal.  Jay Harrison pinched a bit along the half boards then whipped a shot right on net hoping to catch Enroth off guard.  Enroth made the initial pad save but Riley Nash was in the prefect spot in front of the crease and sent the rebound into the net to tie the game.

The tie was short lived as after the Canes failed to clear the puck, Brian Gionta fed Torrey Mitchell who took a shot from 30’ out that Ward would want back and was clearly disappointed in his play.  Again much of the action was between the blue lines with both teams having fewer shots on net than they did in the first period.

Youth, Speed and Hope

While just under 15,000 Caniacs were in attendance, there was a sense the Canes would have a comeback.   A bad pass from deep on the right side of the defensive zone, across to the left wing in the neutral zone, was easily intercepted by Foligno who carried the puck into the high slot. Surrounded by 3 defenders without another Sabre in the Canes end, Foligno sent a wrister just inside the post on Ward’s stick side for a commanding 3-1 lead.

The Canes were pressing hard after that with the defensemen joining in the attack more than usual.  Midway in the period, the Charlotte Connection paid off when Zach Boychuk dug for the puck along the half boards then sent a smooth pass to Chris Terry who was charging the net.  Terry wasted no time with a quick flip shot that brought the Canes back within one goal and woke up the Caniacs.

The Canes pressed harder and relied more on speedy and more skilled players. Very late in the game the speed and skills paid off as the Canes were digging hard, passing hard and crashing the net hard.  Terry had the puck behind the net and returned the favor he got from Boychuk a few minutes earlier by feeding Boychuk who was camped out in the dirty area of the crease.  Boychuk has a very quick stick and sent the puck high into the net so fast it hit the top inside frame so hard it came out as fast.

The goal judge saw what everyone in the lower bowl south saw and turned the goal light on but the ref signaled to play on despite 3 Canes jumping in celebration.

Play continued for another 20 seconds until Ward made a save when the video judge got called into action.  The Video Screen in center ice had the Caniacs make the call before the ref as it was a clear goal sending the game into OT with both pointless teams earning a point.

The 4 on 4 OT was exciting with chances on both ends.  The 8 rounds of the shoot out only produced 3 goals which is not impressive, with Buffalo getting the win.

One bright spot: the Canes dominated in the faceoff circle with Lindholm and Rask looking very strong.  The Canes take a perfectly times road trip to western Canada missing the State Fair traffic and hitting that part of Canada in decent weather.  I may have to talk to Hal about a road trip.

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Bob Fennel covers the Canes for CaryCitizen. Photo from Carolina Hurricanes on Facebook.

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