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Monday, June 4, 2012

Travels with Carlie: Melbourne, Australia's street art

Posted By on Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Carlie Huberman, who grew up in Boylan Heights and graduated from American University last month, is now in Australia. She's on the first leg of a five-month backpacking adventure that will take her to enough different countries that, when she rattled them off, it made me dizzy. Naturally, I thought of John Steinbeck's Travels With Charley — though his explorations were across the U.S. My travel plans this year include a jaunt to Carrboro this summer followed by Charlotte in September to see who's protesting at the Democratic National Convention and why. (Yes, I am looking for sympathy.) So Carlie,...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

YWCA's future: Ex-staffers and board pledge to work together

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 3:06 PM

photo by Bob Geary In time, it may be seen that the way the YWCA's closing was so bungled helped sound the alarm that led to the organization's resuscitation. If so, last night's get-together of board members and terminated staffers at Martin Street Baptist Church — a private meeting — will be seen as an important turning point. When it ended, both sides pledged that, from now on, there won't be two sides. "We decided there's not going to be any more 'we' and 'they,'" the board's Maria Spaulding told several reporters waiting outside. For the first time, she said,...

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Finally: YWCA board will meet with staff Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Updating this story from the Indy on Wednesday, the YWCA of the Greater Triangle's board did meet Thursday with Raleigh business and civic leaders, shutting ex-staffers and the press out of the proceedings. In fact, when some of us — staff and reporters — showed up at the meeting place (I went because Maria Spauding told me that board members would talk to the press afterward), we were informed it was private property and directed to leave the grounds. Understandably, I suppose, given that the grounds belong to Hospice of Wake County. People with terminal illnesses were living their final...

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Damon Circosta: The Raleigh Goodmons sign another blue-chip recruit

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Damon Circosta rates as a strong defender and clever playmaker who should help the Raleigh Goodmons in a tough league — the N.C. Future Development League — dominated of late by the Carolina Wingers. The Wingers are led by their point man, Paul "Skip" Stam, and by owner-manager Art "His Holiness" Pope. But Stam can only go to his right, and he looks like he's lost a step or two over the years. Circosta is more versatile, and he's touted as a "next-generation leader" by his coach: Raleigh, N.C. — Barbara Goodmon, president of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, announced Thursday...

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

(Updated) YWCA's future? Board invites some to a meeting Thursday, but not the workers or, so far, the public

Posted By on Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 12:44 AM

photo by Bob Geary [Update, 10:15 a.m.: I just spoke with Doug McMillan, CEO of the YMCA of the Triangle. He said the YMCA is not a convener of the Thursday meeting nor is it looking to take anything from the YWCA. "We are coming to listen," McMillan said. "We are not leading." [The YMCA has collaborated successfully with other organizations in East Raleigh, and that kind of collaboration may be possible with some of the programs the YWCA has been running, McMIllan added. But at this point, without much information about what the YW's specific programs are, he doesn't...

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Meeting: "We are going to save the YWCA on Hargett Street."

Posted By on Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 9:08 PM

The good news, if there be such in the debacle of the Raleigh YWCA closing, is that the Southeast Raleigh community is rising strongly to insist that the facility and its programs be saved. That was apparent tonight as 200 people gathered — not at the YWCA, but as it turned out at the Martin Street Baptist Church a few blocks away — to voice their feelings and start to organize. "We were going in different directions," said Wake County Commissioner James West, talking about how hard times brought the community down. But with the news about the YW, West...

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Movement to save the YWCA: Meeting there tonight, 6:30.

Posted By on Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Last night's vigil (too windy for candles) produced an outpouring of stories about the importance of the YWCA to women, especially women of color, and to children and teens in Raleigh. About 60 people turned out in support of keeping the YW open — here's some background — but there were no specifics about how that can or should be done. photo by Bob GearyPart of the crowd that turned out at the YWCA last night. Tonight's community meeting, starting at 6:30, may start to fill in some of the details. No one on the board of directors attended the...

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Friday, March 2, 2012

[Updated w/ open letter from staff] Can the YWCA be saved? Vigil on Sunday, Community meeting Monday

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 7:23 PM

The YWCA on East Hargett Street is a linchpin for the Southeast Raleigh community and has been for 110 years. On Wednesday, the current board of directors of the YWCA of the Greater Triangle abruptly announced that it was laying off the entire staff — not even paying them for work already done. But is that the end of it? Not clear. [Update: Outraged YWCA staffers wrote an open letter to the YWCA Board of Directors and released it at 6:30 Friday evening. It's copied below. To put it mildly, they think the board is incompetent ... and then some....

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Raleigh events tonight, Saturday in anti-Amendment 1 campaign

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Late notice this week, but phone banking to defeat Amendment One, the so-called DOMA*, is taking place every Thursday night at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh hall, 3313 Wade Avenue. It starts at 6:30 — bring your cell phone and a laptop computer if you have one. Here's a Facebook link. Starting March 26, phone banks will be held at the UUFR on Mondays and Thursdays. And on April 24, as the May 8 primary election date comes close, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. So don't say you didn't have time(s). *** And this Saturday night, February 18, there's a...

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Dix Park: One step closer with Perdue boost

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 4:26 PM

The Dix Visionaries plan Gov. Bev Perdue has commissioned an appraisal of the 306-acre Dorothea Dix Hospital tract. It's said to be worth $60 million in the current real estate market, more ($86 million) if the seller is patient. An appraisal is an integral step to make the vision of Dix Park a reality some day, Perdue said. (Update: If you've never seen the Dix tract, or if you've seen it only from a distance, here's a breakdown of what's there and what the possibilities are from our story in 2006.) (I'll add that it's time for Raleigh — the...

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

State v. Occupy Raleigh's Margaret Schucker: Dismissed

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 3:06 PM

photo by Bob GearyMargaret Schucker fought the law and — she won. Margaret Schucker, the disabled woman with Occupy Raleigh who wouldn't give up her seat on the sidewalk on that memorable day of October 27 and was summarily arrested for trespass by the Capitol Police, is a free woman. Scott Holmes, her lawyer, says the Wake County District Attorney's office dropped the charge against Schucker before a scheduled court date this morning. Schucker's case was first set for December, then postponed to January by the DA's office, then to February. Why was it dropped? Unknown; it wasn't done in...

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Clay Aiken joins campaign vs. anti-gay Amendment One

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Protect ALL NC Families, the leading organization in the campaign against Amendment One, is out with a brief video starring Clay Aiken, probably North Carolina's most famous openly gay citizen. (Am I overlooking somebody?) Aiken, who had my vote for "American Idol" when he was up against Ruben Studdard nine years ago (or he would've had my vote if AT&T had installed more phone lines around here), says he loves the state and harbored an ambition to be governor. He doesn't love discrimination, and says the anti-gay Amendment One, which seeks to ban not just gay marriages but civil unions...

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Wall Street's "Inside Job": Movie party Saturday at Pullen Baptist

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM

"Inside Job," the Charles Ferguson film about how Wall Street got hold of our economy, looted it and left it for dead, won the Academy Award for best documentary a year ago. I don't recall that it played in Raleigh; if it did, I missed it.* So tomorrow, MoveOn.org is sponsoring "Inside Job" viewings in various locations, one of which is Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough Street. The movie starts at 4:30 p.m. MoveOn is calling this a movie party. I don't think anybody's going to be in a festive mood when it's over, but spring is coming and...

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Tweeted: Red Hat hearts Raleigh

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM

RT @raleighplanning: Raleigh News Update Red Hat Selects Raleigh as its Global Headquarters ow.ly/1gztgj— Jason Hibbets (@jhibbets) January 6, 2012 *** p.s. Yes, that's right, it is now possible to embed tweets on a blog. No chance this technology will be overused, do you think?...

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

PM Friday: Be in fashion at Couture for a Cause

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 1:57 PM

By Florio Photography for Activate GoodCouture for a Cause 2010 Couture for a Cause is back for its 3rd annual edition tomorrow night — Friday — at Marbles Kids Museum. CC2011 is a party and fashion show put on by Activate Good (formerly ME-3), Raleigh's group of unabashed do-gooders. Amber Smith, their founding leader, won an Indy Citizen Award last year. So put this in the shameless plug category if you will: Tickets are $20 if you buy them by midnight tonight, $25 at the door. Good times for a cause. A cause? The idea is that cool Raleigh-area fashion...

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Honolulu residents booking Raleigh vacations — why?

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 4:40 PM

The reason why is that Honolulu came in 3rd on BusinessWeek.com's list of Best Cities in the U.S. Whereas Raleigh came in — exactly! — No. 1, baby. SOOO — Curious Hawaiians are sure to be scoping out Raleigh soon to see what we're got (Deep South? Slim's?) that they don't. Get your list ready....

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bike lanes on Hillsborough Street: √

Posted By on Sun, Jul 31, 2011 at 1:04 PM

photo courtesy of Will AlphinWill Alphin, who led the effort to have bike lanes striped on the new Hillsborough Street, took the photo you see at right and sent this note to his friends on Facebook (including moi): "wo years since we first started turning the wheels to get a bike lane on the street adjacent to the highest percentage of cyclists in raleigh - they are down. watching over a hunderd motoroists drive down hillsborough street on the inaugural night of the lanes, not a single one slipped over the line into the cylce lane. this is gonna work....

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Kissing called for at Crabtree Valley Saturday: Partner's gender up 2 U

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 1:28 PM

from the LUSH website This sounds like fun: Show up at Crabtree Valley Mall Saturday morning and, at 11:38, proceed to kiss. Best to bring a partner. (I don't know that eligible kiss-ee's will be hanging around. Maybe.) Your partner's gender is, of course, up to you. Why wouldn't it be? *** Has it really been eight months since we last visited the non-issue issue of gay couples smootching at a mall? Last October, it was at Cameron Village and we were pleased to learn that CV is cool with it. This time, the kiss-in is at Crabtree Valley Mall,...

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Monday, May 16, 2011

(Update) OutRaleigh: Saturday, May 14, WAS Raleigh's big day

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2011 at 4:41 PM

[Update, May 16: I wasn't able to get there on Saturday before the torrential rains came and washed the last couple of hours out. Heard great things from people who did get there. Anyway, someone on Facebook (?) asked for a followup — how'd everything go? This note, sent to all the vendors/sponsors/friends by one of the organizers, contains the answer to that question — Thank you all for such an amazing, historic festival! We were told over a year ago that this wasn't possible - to have a LGBT festival that focuses on celebrating the many diverse families...

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Visual Art Exchange moving, will join CAM in the Warehouse District

Posted By on Tue, May 10, 2011 at 5:48 PM

photo by D.L. AndersonVAE moving to CAM's neighborhoodWell, that didn't take long. No sooner did the new Contemporary Art Museum come to life in the Warehouse District than Flanders Gallery was discovered right next door — great space, nice works — and today the Visual Art Exchange announced that it will move in September from City Market to a new home right down the street from the CAM. The Visual Art Exchange is, it says, Raleigh's oldest nonprofit group that's focused on the visual arts. It's also of late the management arm of Sparkcon, of which hopefully you've heard? Put...

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Help Raleigh's battered cemeteries, learn to write a best-seller (!)

Posted By on Thu, May 5, 2011 at 3:42 PM

photo by Bob GearyCity Cemetery, East Hargett Street You know you want to write a best-seller. And with all your worldly experience, how hard can it be? So here's the deal. You give a few $$$ to the cause, and on May 21 you receive the critical secrets — direct from their best-selling author — of The Emperor's Tomb, The Romanov Prophesy, The Charlemagne Pursuit and many others. First, the cause. City Cemetery in Raleigh dates from 1798, one of those hidden jewels in plain sight that you perhaps have never noticed even though it's located literally a short trot...

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Jimmy Creech, author of "Adam's Gift": An authentic hero

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Jimmy Creech at Quail Ridge Books. That's Peter Rumsey at right, who's giving "Adam's Gift" to each of his four grandchildren. "Hero" is an overused word in our vocabulary today. When I think of heroes, I think of men and women who've risked everything for a cause they believed in, not for pay, not because they were conscripted, and not because it was popular, but because — despite the public ridicule and the certainty that what they were doing would cost them dearly — they followed their conscience. Or in the case of Jimmy Creech, followed their understanding of what...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

First look: A (maybe) light-rail bridge over Boylan Avenue

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 12:53 PM

photo illustrations courtesy of TTA Triangle Transit planners launched a new round of "alternatives analysis" workshops last night at Triangle Town Center. Subject: Rail transit — now proposed to be a hybrid commuter-rail and light-rail system — for the region. Another workshop is slated this evening, 4-7 p.m., in Durham and a third is tomorrow, same time, in Chapel Hill. Two more Raleigh sessions are scheduled next week along with one in Cary and one in RTP. For locations and times, see the project website. I wrote an article for the printed Indy this week. I'll put a link in...

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Billboards: The good ol' days

Posted By on Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Hmmm, billboards. Raleigh folks are passing around some reminder pix from pre-Raleigh sign ordinance days — this beauty was taken on Wake Forest Road. [And came my way from Will Allen, chair of my neighborhood Citizens Advisory Council.] If you like billboards, you're gonna love the billboard industry's SB-183....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Census: Raleigh pop. is 403,892, up 46% since 2000

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 4:38 PM

At 403,892, Raleigh is the state's second largest city, behind Charlotte (731,424), but it's also the fastest growing: Raleigh's population is up 46 percent since 2000, while Charlotte gained 35 percent ... according to official U.S. Census data released today. So it isn't just your imagination that Raleigh's roads — essentially unchanged in a decade — are twice as crowded as they used to be. Wake County, by the way, will soon overtake Mecklenburg as North Carolina's biggest. Wake's population was pegged at 900,993, slightly behind Meck's 919,628. But Wake grew 43 percent over the decade vs. Meck's 32...

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