CaryCitizen http://carycitizen.com Cary, North Carolina news, food, community and events Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:48:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Christmas Decorating Trends 2014 http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/21/christmas-decorating-trends-2014/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/21/christmas-decorating-trends-2014/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:48:13 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61160 Cary, NC — Garden Supply Company on Old Apex Road in Cary is almost always one of the first retailers to get out their Christmas decor when they install their heavily decorated trees right after Labor Day. Serious About the Holidays, So You Don’t Have to be Each January, right after their holiday sales, the […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Themes

Santa Takes Aspen

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

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

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

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

Burlap Goes Ballroom

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

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

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

Chalk It Up

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

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

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

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

Pet Tree

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

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

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

The Faith Tree

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

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

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

Winter Garden

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

Winter Garden brings the outdoors inside with a dusting of snow

Winter Garden brings the outdoors inside with a dusting of snow

Christmas Garden

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

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

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

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

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Story and photos by Lindsey Chester.

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Holiday coverage is sponsored in part by Garden Supply Company on Old Apex Road in Cary.

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

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

Monday

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

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

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

Tuesday

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

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

Wednesday

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

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

Thursday – Town Council Meeting

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

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

Dellinger Proposal

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

Habitat Proposal

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

Saturday

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

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

Kudos

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

Emails

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

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

Get in Touch

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

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

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

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

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

Pitt Leads A Terrific Cast

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

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

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

Great Action

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

Fury – Worth the Trip

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

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

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

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

Named by Chance

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

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

Spinning Booths and More

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

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

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

Second T Mac?

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

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

Nothing says economc recovery than new restaurant openings. Cheers!

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

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

Black Falcons Fly Drone Over GHHS Football Game

From GHHS Black Falcons blog:

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

Media Firestorm Ensues

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

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

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

WNCN: News, Weather

The Drone Flies Again

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

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

Rock on, Black Falcons!

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

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Candidate Questionnaire: Ray Martin http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/16/candidate-questionnaire-ray-martin/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/16/candidate-questionnaire-ray-martin/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:13:42 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61639 This is our fourth year doing the Candidate series. Next up is Ray Martin, running for the District 11 seat in the NC House.

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Cary, NC — This is the third 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 Ray Martin, runnign for the District 11 seat in the NC House.

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Q: Why are you running?

On Tuesday, November 4th, I am asking for your trust and vote to allow me to serve as your representative. I owe you an explanation of how I will represent you and your family. I need to outline how I will prepare myself to press the voting button – to vote Yea or Ney for you.

As you visit my website or read my various handouts on the issues of this election, you will learn my thoughts on current issues. But, what of those issues that will arise during my time of service – how will I vote?

What will aid me to make the best decision for you and your family?

All of us make decisions every day that we did not know we would be required to make. We base these decisions – large or small – on our values! Therefore, what are my core values? Why do these values lead me to run?

1. Faith in God’s Love is my base value.

It provides my strength to face the day knowing that with His help, I will live my life in His service and to His Glory. Thus, it may be selfish of me to wish to be your public servant, but through my faith I know I can be both your representative and His servant. Truly, I wish to be His servant! Through my faith I know I can be His servant, a public statesman, and your representative. So don’t be surprised if you observe me praying before I press that voting button. It will happen often!

2. Family built my faith.

Early in my life, a divorce placed my mom, sisters and me in the home of my dad’s parents. There on South 2nd street in Richmond, Indiana, I was loved and corrected by my mom and grandparents. I was raised on the beliefs of three parents who survived the Great Depression, who knew the value of a single dollar, and how good work yields a good life. It is there that I learned to value my time and effort – to put my best forward in all that I attempted. Half effort was discouraged. Service to family, friends and community was expected. But, taking the lead was tempered with the compassion to lend a hand to those who needed it.

3. Public Education was my bedrock to success

Though my family helped as much as they could – my paternal grandparents spoke often of their 8th grade education – I had their support when I chose to leave a basic business math course and take geometry. I excelled. This was my first step to independence – discovering the “I in me!” This independence has led me to strive to serve through leadership.

During my life, I have worked hard to grow these three core values. Through my 41 years of service in the US Navy and Naval Reserve as a Chief Petty Officer, five years as a teacher and supervisor in commercial nuclear power generation, and as a computer applications teacher for WTCC classes at night and on weekends while daily serving as a teacher for 25 years in North Carolina public schools – I have held tight to my faith, family and belief in education and service as a community leader.

My mom stated that I was born a Republican. Her father, Grandpa Wehrley ensured that I knew it! He served as a Republican Sheriff in Ohio during the prohibition. But it was not until I registered to vote that I personally declared the Republican Party was my Party. A party based on faith, family, belief in education and service through leadership. I am a Republican because of the last four letters – “I Can”.

So, my fellow NC House District #11 District members I ask for your Vote and Support on November 4th to be your public servant.

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

  1. Jobs
  2. Reduce Small Business Taxation and Regulations
  3. Returning Respect to ALL State Employees

Plan for success:

Jobs start in school and through teaching that our society placing a very high priority: “What do you do? What is your job? How will that improve our society?” I shall strive to return this training to all 6-12 grade students.

Lower the taxation and regulations will increase the opportunity for small business to increase their profits and HIRE NEW Employees! One method is to streamline the payment of business taxes one day a month, versus every day! Also, professional regulations are the standard in several industries, and should be for all the others. Allowing small business professional associations to license and police their respective professions, would save money for the businesses and for our state!

Enough though money is not always the motivator for doing a good job, it must be perceived by the employees that they are valuable to the organization – so we must review and redistribute how we address the pay, benefits, and timeliness of paying ALL of our state workers, not just educators.

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

  • Age: 61
  • Married: 37 years – Letitia D. “Tish” Marsh Martin
  • 2 children – Jared 32; Natalie 27 – NC Public School Teacher
  • Residence: Cary – 28 years
  • Born: Richmond, Indiana
  • BS Occupational Education, Southern Illinois University
  • Graduate Studies (MBA) Rutgers University
  • Institute of Integration of Academic and Vocational Education, NCSU Fellow, North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership
  • Graduate, Cary School of Government
  • 43+ years in education: public to private, middle school to college, military advance electronics to industrial nuclear electrical power production. Worked 25 years in Wake & Chapel Hill- Carrboro City Schools Districts
  • US Navy Retired Chief Petty Officer – 41 years NC Public School Teacher, Retired – 25 years

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Movie Review: The Judge http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/16/movie-review-judge/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/16/movie-review-judge/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:37:54 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61503 The Judge, a passion project for star Robert Downey, Jr, who also produced, finds the actor in his first non superhero or franchise leading role in 4 years.

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Cary, NC – The Judge, a passion project for star Robert Downey, Jr, who also produced, finds the actor in his first non superhero or franchise leading role in 4 years. Unfortunately, even with strong leading performances from Downey and Robert Duvall, who plays the titular character facing a murder trial, The Judge can’t overcome its uneven tone and familiar plot.

Downey Can Bring It, But Can The Judge?

I think people have forgotten how good of an actor Robert Downey, Jr can be. Granted, he has been great as Tony Stark each time out, but I think you have to go back to 2007 to his last great dramatic performance in the crime procedural Zodiac.  In that film, Downey displayed his now familiar fast paced snarkiness, as well as his ability to show a person that is overcome with their own flaws and becomes broken to a point of no return. It’s a great performance in a great film, and I was really hoping The Judge would give him another chance to shine like that. But alas, that’s not the case.

To be fair, Downey is perfectly fine in the role, it was tailor made for him after all. But really it’s the film’s script and directing that fails him. The plot centers around Downey, a hotshot Chicago defense attorney who comes home to Indiana for his mothers’ funeral and ends up having to represent his estranged father in a murder trial, which in turn forces the two to put aside their differences and reconnect. It all comes off a little too hokey though, mostly due to a weird mash-up of comedy and drama that never quite gels.

Moments of Comedy and Drama Don’t Quite Mix

Director David Dobkin, best known for the comedy Wedding Crashers, can’t seem to decide what kind of movie he wants to make. There are moments in the film that are startlingly dramatic and human, such as a scene between Downey and Duvall in a bathroom that will certainly hit home with a lot of viewers. But then there are moments of comedy that are so out of left field and sitcom-like that it completely undercuts any genuine drama that might be happening in the movie. The result gives the viewer a very whiplash like feeling.

It’s not all bad though. Duvall is great, as the “tough but fair” authority figure. And anytime Vera Farmiga ( Up in the Air, The Departed) is onscreen it’s always a good thing.

I’d also like to give Downey some extra credit for at least attempting to make a great, studio driven, R-rated adult drama. As I mentioned, he produced this film along with his producing partner/wife, Susan Downey. Studios seem less and less interested in making movies like these, though we’ve been lucky the last year or two with great films like Prisoners, Rush, 12 Years A Slave and most recently Gone Girl. So I certainly hope Mr. Downey, Jr continues to take the time between giant superhero movies to try and make smaller, human stories that showcase his great talent.

A Good Try, But Not Worth A Trip To the Theater

This time however, with The Judge, it didn’t quite work out. Duvall is great and Downey does what he can, but the end result is too uneven for me to recommend this movie. Maybe next time, though.

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Weekend Events: NC State Fair, Diwali and More http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/15/weekend-events-nc-state-fair-diwali/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/15/weekend-events-nc-state-fair-diwali/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:23:55 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61507 This weekend proves to be one for the families, according to the Calendar of Events, with tons to keep the kids entertained along with the opening of the NC State Fair.

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Cary, NC — This weekend proves to be one for the families, according to the Calendar of Events, with tons to keep the kids entertained along with the opening of the NC State Fair.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday night enjoy the Western Wake Orchestra Festival at 7 pm. The production includes multiple schools’ string orchestras in Wake County perform. Bands range in age from middle to high school level bands. The event will be held at Green Hope High School, and it is free.

More Thursday details on the Calendar.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Chatham Hill Winery holds its customary Wine Tasting this Friday Chatham Hill Winery holds its customary Wine Tasting this Friday with wine available for purchase by the glass and bottle. In addition to wine, locally crafted beer can be had. There is a $3 cover charge at the door with a $6 option for a “mini-wine tasting”. The event starts at 5 pm.

The Cary Youth Theater presents its production of Around the World in 80 Days. This weekend, there will be three showings with the first being this Friday starting at 7:30 at the Cary Arts Center. Come out and support the budding actors in Cary.

More Friday details on the Calendar.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

At 11 in the morning this Saturday, Cary Diwali comes to Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Diwali is an Indian holiday and it will be celebrated with traditional dances as well as food and handicrafts. The largest Indian festival of its kind in the southeast, Cary Diwali is worth a look.

The Third Annual Downtown Harvest Festival opens this Saturday with fun for the whole family. Starting at 2 pm, the festival will go on to 6. Kid’s wristbands are available at $2 a pop while adults can get in for free. Costumes are welcome.

Doherty’s is hosting its Second Anniversary Block Party Saturday evening. The event boasts of two live bands, a late night DJ and a Sam Adams Stein Hoisting competition. The party starts at 4 in the afternoon and should last well until midnight.

More Saturday details on the Calendar.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Academy Street Bistro hosts “Great Wines You Never Heard Of,” a wine dinner, this Sunday evening at 5:30 pm. Tempted to spread out your wine pallet? This should be just the thing for you. Call the Bistro for reservations.

More Sunday details on the Calendar.

Across the Triangle

The North Carolina State Fair opens up this Thursday for a preview day beginning at 2, with full day hours starting on Friday. If you’re like me, you probably find your mouth-watering, imagining all that good food only a few days away. Not to mention the rides and other attractions for all you adrenaline junkies, as well as petting zoos and the like for the little ones. So, saddle up folks, it’s time to make your way down Hillsborough Street for all the good times that await you at the NC Fair Ground. Vanilla Ice performs on opening night.

Tir na Nog hosts its Oktoberfest Run Green 8k. Get a great run in, a free beer and a chance to win a $3000 travel voucher. There will be an after party at Moore Square with games and music.

At DPAC in Durham, the Phantom of the Opera continues it’s showing. Tickets range between $45 – $150 with performances through this Sunday.

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Weekend Update by Matthew Posek. The Calendar of Events is edited by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Martie Franza.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Margaret Broadwell http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/15/candidate-questionnaire-margaret-broadwell/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/15/candidate-questionnaire-margaret-broadwell/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:09:51 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61601 Cary, NC — This is the second installment of our Candidate 2014 series, in which candidates get to respond in their own words to the same three questions. This is our fourth year doing the Candidate series. As usual, we publish the responses in the order we receive them. Next up is Margaret Broadwell, challenger to the […]

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

This is our fourth year doing the Candidate series. As usual, we publish the responses in the order we receive them. Next up is Margaret Broadwell, challenger to the incumbent holding the District 40 seat in the NC House.

Q: Why are you running?

I have taken up the challenge to win the NC House, District 40 seat currently held by Rep. Marilyn Avila because someone has to stand up for our North Carolina families. In order to reduce the negative impact currently being felt by so many due to policies that have been implemented by the Republican leadership, we must have new leadership. I believe I can contribute in a positive way to the quality of life of our citizens.

I have served Morrisville citizens for 30 years, 14 years on our Town Council (two as Mayor), and have played a vital role in much of the success that Morrisville families have enjoyed and see today. Rep. Avila has served almost eight years. While I thank her for her service, I do not agree with many of her votes. She votes along straight party lines, having come from the John Locke Foundation as an employee. In some cases she has even led the way in enacting laws that have set our State back decades.

We used to be known as the “education” state. Not any more. We used to be known as “the good road state”. Not any more.   Women’s rights and equal pay under the law has suffered under her leadership. Our environment and natural resources are under attack from fracking and lack of quick enforcement and controls on polluters. These are only some of the issues.

We all deserve better. The only way to change the current behavior and outcome is to change some of our elected officials. Our families need good paying jobs, affordable world class healthcare, quality educational opportunities and a reason to be optimistic about our future. I know we can do better and I am willing and ready to help make that happen.

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

  1. Our top priority must be education. Our State Constitution states that it is the responsibility of the State to provide good, public education for every child. While we used to be ranked near the top in education, we have continued to drop and are now considered to be 47th or maybe lower in the ranking of our 50 states. We now spend less per child from the state treasury than we did fifteen years ago. This is both unthinkable and unacceptable. Education is the basis of personal opportunity and prosperity. Education is the key factor in economic development. All companies need a well trained work force. A good education will stimulate the brightest minds to produce new inventions and technologies that will lead us into the future. I will bring our focus back to education by voting to increase funding for teacher pay, textbooks and other educational needs at all levels.
  2. While veterans needs are thought by some to be a Federal government issue, I believe there should be direct involvement also at the State level to ensure that our service personnel and their families have the very best in healthcare, housing opportunities and employment when they return to civilian life. We can improve upon our veteran’s knowledge of and accessibility to current programs. There are many private organizations who currently focus on separate issues affecting veterans, however, a coordinated approach would perhaps be more effective towards the delivery of services. The State could help in this regard. I am very interested in bringing all parties together in order to find new ways to improve the quality of life for our veterans. There has to be a commitment to this need and urgent call for action. I look forward to be the catalyst.
  3. All of my top priorities are “people” issues. After all, as elected officials, we are public servants. We are fortunate to live in Wake County near the Research Triangle Park. This visionary business environment has spurred innovation and technology developments worldwide. My mission would be to increase funding for biotechnology and medical research. Over the last few years especially, our state has cut back on this type of funding. I believe this is short sighted. Advancement in scientific research for cures of our most devastating diseases would not only benefit the patients, but also their families and their employers. Billions of economic dollars are lost each year due to the loss of individuals  from the work place due to illness. This loss of productivity is a huge expense for companies and also drains public dollars from our State and Federal treasuries. We need healthy individuals who will be productive members of society while paying into our State and Federal revenue streams. Healthy individuals are happy individuals. I will work hard to increase funding for our biotechnology research  companies.

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

  • Born in Richmond, Virginia, 1948
  • Wake County resident for 60 years
  • Married. Husband, Jerry; son, Jarrett; daughter, Shannan
  • Church affiliation:  Episcopal
  • Local elected official 14 yrs., former Mayor, Morrisville Town Council
  • Small business owner:  Variety Venues, LLC; Leather-Wraps; Jewels By Margaret, LLC
  • Helped to start the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce
  • Co-founded the Morrisville Rotary Club
  • Member of Lillian’s List

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Website: http://www.broadwellfornchouse.com/

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Cary High – Upcoming Theater & Performance Events http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/15/cary-high-upcoming-theater-performance-events/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/10/15/cary-high-upcoming-theater-performance-events/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:23:23 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=61489 Cary High Performing Arts Department is gearing up to for a busy schedule of public performances this fall. Catch a show featuring Cary's brightest rising stars.

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Cary, NC — Cary High Performing Arts Department is gearing up to for a busy schedule of public performances this fall. Catch a show featuring Cary’s brightest rising stars.

Upcoming Shows

Cary High School’s Fall Production
The Cary High School Performing Arts Department will be presenting The Yellow Boat by David Saar from October 15th thru 18th  from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM in the CHS Auditorium (638 Walnut Street, Cary, NC 27511).  Starting October 1st, ticket reservations can be made online here. Due to very limited seating, advanced reservations are highly recommended. The Box Office will open at 6:30 PM prior to each performance. Tickets are $5 for Students and $8 for Adults. Payment methods accepted include cash, checks, and most major credit cards [Visa, MC, Discover]. A $1 transaction fee will be added whenever a credit card is used.

IMProv @ Cary High School
Cary High School’s Theatre Season this year will include IMProv Shows once per month from November through May. All shows start at 7:00 PM and end around 9:00 PM in the Cary High School Auditorium (638 Walnut Street, Cary, NC  27511). Please join us for an evening full of fun and laughter as teams of students compete against each other in multiple games of IMProv.  Shows will be November 14th, December 12th, January 23rd, February 13th, March 19th, April 17th, and May 15th (includes our very special All-Star vs. Teachers Show!).  Admission is ONLY $2 per person! Check out our website for the most up to date information on all shows!

CARY HIGH SCHOOL CHORAL EVENTS:

Cary High School’s Fall Choral Concert
Cary High School’s Fine Arts Department proudly presents its Fall Choral Concert Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the Cary High School Auditorium (638 Walnut Street, Cary, NC  27511). Please come for an enjoyable evening filled with music featuring our Concert Chorus, A Cappella Ensemble, and Chamber Singers. Admission is $5 for Adults and $2 for Students, with a family max of $15.

The Cary Choral Classic @ Cary High School
The Choral Ensembles from Cary High School, Panther Creek High School, and Green Hope High School will be joining their voices together on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the Cary High School Auditorium (638 Walnut Street, Cary, NC  27511). Please join us for an enjoyable evening of music! Each school will perform alone and join together for three pieces that they will learn that day.  The combined selections will be conducted by Dr. Andrew Crane from ECU.  Admission is $5 for Adults and $2 for Students, with a family max of $15.

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Story via email from Cheryl Merims, CHS PABC Publicity. Photo by CODYody.

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Downtown Cary coverage is sponsored in part by Academy Street Bistro.

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