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Month: September 2016

Coming Soon to Durham County…

Coming Soon to Durham County…

By Phil Bost

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Every three years, the Durham County Department of Public Health completes a health assessment for the entire county, which includes an opinion survey. The survey is conducted at randomly selected households throughout the county.

The information collected is used to help community members and organizations set health priorities and to help inform programming needs for nonprofits, government agencies, and hospitals in the area.

The Durham County Department of Public Health will be conducting surveys throughout the county on Thursday, October 6th through Saturday, October 8th and will be conducting a survey among Hispanic and Latino households on Thursday, October 13th through Saturday, October 15th.

Please help spread the word throughout the community, letting your friends and neighbors know that we may be coming to their homes to collect information for the health assessment.
Everyone is encouraged to participate so their opinions are taken into account when identifying and planning for our community’s health priorities in the future.

Volunteers helping with the survey will be wearing neon blue t-shirts with the Durham County Department of Public Health logo on it and will also have a letter from the County confirming that they are a volunteer.

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Summer 2015 Events in Cary, NC

Summer 2015 Events in Cary, NC

By Phil Bost

The summer in Cary, NC is an exciting time. As the third largest town in The Triangle, after Raleigh and Durham, Cary is growing in popularity and really making a name for itself. Even more, the town features lots of fun activities and events to entertain both residents and visitors during the summer.

The North Carolina Museum hosts a summer concert series each year. The outdoor amphitheater features a limited amount of reserved seats, and it also has plenty of lawn space for all other attendees to bring their own chairs and picnic supplies. From Afro-pop to bluegrass, there is something for every musical taste throughout the summer. Visit the museum’s website to check out the full schedule of summer concerts.

If you are looking for a fun way to spend your 4th of July, check out the Independence Day Olde Time Celebration at Bond Park. The event will run from 7:30am-3:00pm, and it is free for everyone. The day will start with a fishing tournament at the Boathouse. Then there will be a slow parade through the park with decorated bikes, wagons, strollers, scooters and more. The event will finish up with various family contests at the Boathouse. Just a few of the competitions that will be held include watermelon eating, water balloon toss, sidewalk decorating and watermelon seed spitting. This is sure to be a fun and patriotic event!

You may also want to check out the NC Symphony Summerfest at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Each concert features a different theme, from “An Evening of Broadway” to “The Music of the Eagles.” This outdoor concert series is the perfect way to enjoy fabulous music while also enjoying the great weather. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets and food to enjoy with friends and family before the concerts begin at 7:30pm.

The Town of Cary is a great place to be during the summer months. Whether you live here or you are just visiting, there is always something going on for people to enjoy. From concerts to festivals, Cary keeps things exciting and entertaining for everyone.

This article was submitted by Bradford Luxury Apartments & Townhomes, a new upscale living development in the prestigious Preston neighborhood.

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Top Events This Fall in Chapel Hill

Top Events This Fall in Chapel Hill

By Phil Bost

Fall is a beautiful time in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. With football season, cooler temperatures and the coming of the holiday season around the corner, fall is the time to sit back, relax and truly enjoy all that the region has to offer. As you are looking for things to do this fall, consider these popular events and activities.

University of North Carolina Football
Fall is football season, and residents of Chapel Hill can often be seen at the Kenan Memorial Stadium watching the Tarheels take on their rivals in a battle to be the best. Whether you love football or not, the atmosphere in the stadium is electric, and going to a game is a fun time for all.

CenterFest
On September 19 and 20, head to Downtown Durham, which is not far from Chapel Hill, for the 41st annual CenterFest. This is the state’s longest-running street art festival and gives you the opportunity to see the work of over 140 artists from around the country, including many local artists. In addition the art on display, you will have the chance to catch over 70 performing arts groups across four stages throughout the weekend. Bring the kids to experience the CenterFest Kids Zone and its many hands-on activities. Admission is free, although donations to the Durham Arts Council are accepted at the gate.

An Evening with Jeffrey and Gabriel Kahane and the North Carolina Symphony
The North Carolina Symphony has several concerts and performances throughout the fall. On October 26, the symphony will host a father and son duo, Jeffrey and Gabriel Kahane, as they play alongside the symphony. The duo will perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major and selections from Gershwin, as well as two of Gabriel’s original works.

Fridays on the Front Porch
Through October 23, you can enjoy Fridays on the Front Porch at the Carolina Inn. Enjoy a few drinks with your neighbors, listen to live music and buy dinner from a collection of food trucks starting at 5 each Friday evening. This weekly event is quite pleasant in the fall when temperatures start to drop.

This time of year the hustle and bustle of summer is over, and people are ready to get “back to the grind” as they enjoy the cooler and calmer fall season. As students return to school, Chapel Hill remains a bustling community, and you will never find yourself without something interesting to do.

This post is sponsored by The Apartments at Palladian Place, a luxury apartment community located in Chapel Hill, NC.

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Benefits of Using a Property Management Company for Your Rental Property

Benefits of Using a Property Management Company for Your Rental Property

By Phil Bost

If you own a rental property, whether a simple single-family residence or a large multi-
unit property, a property management firm can make your rental experience more
positive. If you are not working with a property manager, you are missing out on several
key benefits. Here are some ways that a property management team can improve your
experience as a landlord.

1. Help Selecting and Screening Tenants
A good tenant is worth his weight in gold, but a bad tenant can turn your ownership
experience into disaster in mere moments. An experienced property management firm
knows how to locate and screen tenants, ensuring that the tenants you have in your rental
property are the right match. This will limit the number of problems you have with
damage to the property or non-payment.

2. Help with Maintaining the Property Well
Property maintenance is one of the biggest headaches the modern landlord faces.
Property management firms have partnerships with local maintenance professionals, and
some even have maintenance crews who work with them directly, to help keep your
investment well maintained. This improves tenant satisfaction and improves the overall
success of your rental property.

3. Help with Understanding Tenant and Landlord Laws
A legal dispute with one of your tenants could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Working with a knowledgeable property management firm can help you do everything in
line with the law, so you can avoid potential legal problems. If you do have a dispute or
other problem, your property management team can help mitigate the problem to avoid a
legal concern and improve the chances of a positive outcome.

4. Help Keep Tenants Happy
Professionally maintained properties tend to have happier tenants. Because tenants have
someone they can talk to immediately if they have a problem, and maintenance is
covered through the property manager, tenants are happier and tend to stay in the
property longer.

5. Help Reduce the Stress of Working as a Landlord
Finally, a property manager will make owning rental property less stressful. They will
take calls from tenants, manage paperwork and bookkeeping tasks and arrange for
maintenance. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the financial benefits of owning
rental property.

If you are not working with a property manger, you are missing out. Find a qualified
property management professional today to help improve your property ownership
experience.

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My Top 10 List of Triangle Walking Spots

My Top 10 List of Triangle Walking Spots

By Phil Bost

The Triangle is a great place for young professionals and families. There are museums, good schools, nice houses; almost everything you could want. An attraction that I think many people are missing out on are the Triangle’s great walking spots. I have lived in the area for around 15 years and I wanted to share with you my list of great places for a walk or a hike. I would also encourage you to contribute your own in the comments and add to the list!

10) The Tobacco Trail
Long and flat, the Tobacco Trail offers easy walking and interesting views. The 22+ miles of trail can take you from Downtown Durham to quiet back-roads.

9) Lake Johnson
If you are looking to get in a hilly walk this is the place. You get gorgeous lake views, can go paddle boating, but beware the hills! The hills surrounding the lake can make for a tough walk.

8) UNC Campus
Soak in the history as you walk around the campus itself, or enjoy the many shops Franklin St. has to offer. The campus is a personal favorite due to the architecture which tends to be more diverse then State or Duke.

7) Dorthia Dix campus
Located off downtown Raleigh, Dix is an appealing destination for a walk or picnic. Boasting impressive skyline views and short trails, Dix is prime relaxation area for downtowners.

6) Yates Mill
The old gristmill sits in southwest Raleigh and offers wonderful trails of various lengths. The mill itself is a favorite for local wedding photographers.

5) Umstead Park
Umstead is massive and a hiker’s dream with unadulterated nature views. You can access it from points as varied as Glenwood Avenue and Harrison Avenue.

4) Duke Gardens
Beautiful year round, Duke Gardens is always bustling with life. A favorite spot for weddings, you can enjoy native plants and a stroll through ‘Japan’ all in about an hour.

3) NC State University
The campus grounds and Hillsborough st. make for a good walk of 2 or 3 miles. Personal favorite spots are the 1911 Building and clock tower.

2) Oakwood and Mordecai
Oakwood has become a more pleasant walk with each passing year. You can view 19th and early 20th century houses and also see the impressive cemetery. An absolute must for any history buff.

1) The North Carolina Museum of Art
The grounds are beautiful and diverse since the renovations. Also, there is a planned expansion that is already underway. You can also get in a good workout on the large hills leading to the Meredith campus.

Chris Fallon is the head of marketing at dosupply.com

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New Apartments in Downtown Raleigh

New Apartments in Downtown Raleigh

By Phil Bost

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Downtown Raleigh is one of the best places to spend time. With plenty of options to check out when it comes to dining, nightlife and entertainment, the area has unique offerings that truly make it one of a kind. The only thing better than visiting the eclectic area of downtown Raleigh is living there, and there is now a brand new apartment community for residents to enjoy.

Link Apartments Glenwood South gives individuals the opportunity to experience the urban lifestyle in the trendy Glenwood South neighborhood. There is studio, 1 and 2-bedroom floor plans available, so there are apartments available to meet the needs and lifestyle of each resident. These modern spaces also include many luxury features. The units at Link Apartments Glenwood South come equipped with energy-efficient lighting, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, walk-in closets and oversized windows. The community is also pet-friendly, so your fur babies can enjoy the downtown Raleigh life as well.

Not only are there high-end finishes in all of the apartment units, but Link Apartments Glenwood South also provides many wonderful amenities for all of its residents. Some of the amenities offered include a saltwater pool, outdoor grills, fitness center, yoga room, entertaining clubroom and dog park. You can also feel good knowing that the neighborhood is green building certified and smoke-free. Even better, Link Apartments Glenwood South has professional on-site management and maintenance services, so all of your concerns or issues can be promptly addressed without causing you any worry.

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While Link Apartments Glenwood South offers many fantastic amenities within the community, there are also plenty of things to enjoy right outside your apartment door. The revitalization of the Glenwood South district has brought some of the best bars, restaurants, shopping and entertainment options to the area. You can easily go grocery shopping at Harris Teeter, get your hair done at Bottega Hair Salon, grab a bite to eat at MoJoe’s Burger Joint, have a beer at Natty Greene’s Pub & Brewing, get dessert from The Cupcake Shoppe Bakery and check out the latest exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History.

These new apartments in downtown Raleigh have it all, so there are many perks that come along with calling Link Apartments Glenwood South home.

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Why Durham, NC is the Best Place to Live for March Madness

Why Durham, NC is the Best Place to Live for March Madness

By Phil Bost

A Duke fan, left, and a North Carolina fan cheer during the Boston College versus North Carolina semifinal Atlantic Coast Conference basketball tournament game Saturday, March 11, 2006, in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

March Madness. With brackets upturned and the sweet 16 here, there’s no better time to live in Durham. In fact, with Duke in Durham and UNC close by, and both of these teams holding their own in the tournament this year, Durham is the ideal town for those who go crazy for March Madness. And this year’s success is no fluke. These teams are consistently among the top, and a home or apartment in Durham puts you near them all.

Consistently Performing Teams Make Durham Residents Proud
Whether you are cheering for the Tarheels or the Blue Devils, you can be certain that your team will probably perform well. Historically, both of these teams have made strong showings each March in the NCAA tournament, so you can be proud of your favorite team. But be careful with just how crazy you go. Rivalries can run strong in Durham, so you might have some friendly over-the-fence banter with your neighbors once you choose a side!

A Number of Locations for Viewing the Tournament
March Madness isn’t just about basketball. It’s also about friendship and camaraderie. During the tournament, sports bars offer specials to draw in spectators, and this is a great way to experience the games. One reason that Durham is so appealing as a March Madness town is the large number of bars and other establishments that will showcase the tournament while offering excellent dining experiences and an environment that brings people together around the game.

Catch a Game During the Regular Season
Before March Madness hits and the teams head out to the tournament location, you can catch them in person at UNC or Duke easily from your home in Durham. The close proximity of both of these campuses allows you to experience the thrill of cheering your favorite team to victory during the regular season.

Not many communities can boast two exceptional teams within close proximity and a friendly, sports-loving population. There are many reasons to love Durham, but during March Madness season, basketball is certainly one of the best!

Like what you read? This article was posed by Trinity Commons at Erwin, a luxury apartment community in Durham located across the street from Duke Medical Center.

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The 4th Bull City Vegan (Chef) Challenge

The 4th Bull City Vegan (Chef) Challenge

By Phil Bost

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The 4th Bull City Vegan (Chef) Challenge is launching in downtown restaurants this April. A total of 15 Durham restaurants are participating (most of them downtown) and some of them might surprise you! We have Saltbox, The Federal, Parker + Otis, Guglhupf, etc. just to name a few.

It’s super fun! and not just for vegetarians and vegans, but people who like creative meals created by awesome chefs. Basically, during the month of April these restaurants add a vegan dish to their menus and you try them and vote on the best one. The Indy did a piece on it and the challenge has also been featured in the N&O and nationally by VegNews and Ecorazzi!

http://www.indyweek.com/food/archives/2016/03/07/fifteen-durham-restaurants-to-participate-in-aprils-bull-city-vegan-challenge

http://www.newsobserver.com/living/food-drink/mouthful-blog/article65664737.html

http://www.ecorazzi.com/2016/03/09/durham-north-carolina-is-getting-its-own-vegan-cookoff/

http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=7587&catId=1

Our theme is #planetprotein since April is Earth day/month and…we love protein! There are also fun dessert participants like the forthcoming Rise, Parlour, and Monuts (the latter for the launch week).

Hope you enjoy supporting the restaurants! There are prizes to be announced for participating, too.

For more information and to see all the creative, tasty meals being offered – please check us out at:

https://www.facebook.com/bullcityvegan/

The Bull City Vegan (Chef) Challenge Team

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Luxury Living, Inside and Out

Luxury Living, Inside and Out

By Phil Bost

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When you think about luxury living, there are a few things that typically come to mind. Updated bathrooms, granite or quartz countertops, high-end kitchen appliances, hardwood floors and an open floor plan are just a few of the things that are at the top of the list for most people. While these details do make a home beautiful and feel more lavish, these are not the things that bring a family together and help you create lasting memories with one another.

Holding Village, a new community in Wake Forest, has recognized the need to deliver even more to residents. Located on property that was once a dairy farm years ago, Holding Village was developed with an emphasis on bringing people together and getting them back outside. We all spend too much time on our phones, in front of the television and at the computer. As a breath of fresh air, Holding Village is striving to bring back the traditional way of living.

This new home community in Wake Forest, NC is making it easy for families to get active and spend time outside together. Holding Village features over 35 acres of open space, four parks, nature trails, a lake and a pool pavilion. Whether you are interested in fishing, kayaking, running or simply watching the sunset, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the beauty of nature in Holding Village.

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After spending a day at the lake or on the nature trails, what better way to unwind than in a brand new home. Holding Village is proud to offer homes that are both luxurious and inviting. Even better, you have lots of options when it comes to choosing exactly what style and floor plan you want. Three of the top homebuilders in the Wake Forest area have home plans available in the Holding Village community. John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, Ashton Woods and Drees Homes have designed and built exceptional homes that can be customized to meet your specific needs and lifestyle.

With fabulous amenities, luxurious homes and top-notch builders, Holding Village is the premier place to be when it comes to new homes in Wake Forest.

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SUCCESS

SUCCESS

By Phil Bost

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J Weeks Entertainment wants to personally invite you to our upcoming production “SUCCESS” which will be premiered at the Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC on July 23rd, 2016.

Briefly, our production SUCCESS is a compelling play that uncovers the true perceptions of how as a society we measure success and the challenging issues of how we must choose to either conform to the status quo set by others, or choose our own path in life.

We believe that patrons who come to see this play will be empowered with information; for some their perspective will be challenged and many will see themselves or someone they know in these characters.

Wear your finest and join us for this black tie affair complete with a red carpet, photographer and one-of-kind backdrop.

We will see you there!

Date:
July 23, 2016

Time:
6:00 PM Red Carpet
7:00 PM Show Begins

Location:
Durham Arts Council
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701

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5 Tips For Spotless Home Every Home Seller Needs To Know

5 Tips For Spotless Home Every Home Seller Needs To Know

By Phil Bost

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When staging a house for selling, its appearance plays a key role in influencing the rate at which potential buyers make a decision. Nobody admires a smelly, ugly, stained house with items lying all over. This can be a total turn off to any would be buyer. Also, many buyers want a home that looks as if it is ready for occupation. They do not want to engage in a lot of restorative work or undue cleaning. Prepping your house for sale doesn’t have to be costly. On the contrary, you can apply the following 5 tips to create a pristine home that can attract even the perfectionist of a buyer.

  1. Cull the Clutter
  2. This is one way of freeing most of the space in your home so that prospective buyers can concentrate on the important details of the house. Free up the counters, shelves, drawers, and closets of the excess items. If you have many things occupying these areas, the buyer is only going to view these items and not what they are supposedly buying. Your personal belongings will act as distraction for would be buyer. You can sort the items and pack them in boxes, give out or ask a relative to keep them for you.

    You can also pack your personal belongings. When a prospective buyer is viewing a house, make them imagine their life in the new home. However, if you crowd the house with your personal items, it is hard for them to begin identifying with the new place.

  3. Conduct a Thorough Cleaning
  4. Let a prospective buyer find your house spotless, just as it would look after detailed spring cleaning. Use the following ideas to tackle different areas.

  • Bathrooms: use baking soda to shine a grungy toilet bowl or bathtub. All you need is to sprinkle a generous amount of it on the tub or toilet bowl. Wait for about 20 minutes then scrub with a scourer or toilet brush. After you rinse, your bathtub or toilet bowl will sparkle just like it is new.
  • Grout: get rid of stubborn grime from grout lines by applying powder oxygen bleach and allowing it to sit for about 15 minutes. Then, use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub the surface and rinse with clean water.
  • Countertops: it is important to identify the right cleaning agent and method for the kind
    of material that makes your countertops. Some materials react to harsh cleaning methods and require to be dealt with gently. For instance, you cannot apply strong acidic cleaners on natural stone surfaces like those made of limestone as the acid will pit the stone.

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  • Tend the Backyard and compound
  • This is a grand way of improving the aesthetic appeal of your home. In any case, buyers are sure to notice the compound before they tour the interiors of your house. In this case, spare some time to mow the lawn, prune the fences, and water any plants in the compound.

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  • Forget Not the House’s Exteriors
  • Like the kempt compound, this also goes a long way in increasing your house’s curb appeal. Consider scrubbing the windows, pressure washing the cladding, cleaning the gutters and so forth. Also, consider pressure-washing the sidewalk and pavement. You can easily bring your windows to sparkle by spraying them with a homemade cleaning solution then wiping with an old newspaper. Make your solution by mixing 50% of distilled or white vinegar and 50% of clean water.

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  • Consider Pocket-friendly Improvements
  • Some surfaces may not sparkle even after endless cleaning. This could be because they have outlived their useful time. Do not waste time scrubbing. Instead, think of some improvements you can make that won’t cost you a lot. For instance, you can hide ugly marks on the walls by applying a fresh paint or improve the appearance of your hardwood floor by refinishing. Other things you should consider are installation of a new front door, tile re-grouting, mulching, and so forth.

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    Beverly Jenkins is proud of her staff at The Tidy Maids house cleaning service in Raleigh, NC. She has 24 years of experience in house cleaning, customer service, and business operations. She knows all the tips and tricks and do-it-yourself hacks when it comes to cleaning and her clients’ homes are the best proof for that.

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