Author: Karen Murray

20 Jul 2017

A generous serving of culture and community

As food nourishes the body, art nourishes the soul. On September 8, both will come together during two simultaneous events expected to draw hundreds to the streets of uptown Charlotte and downtown Cornelius. The Arts & Science Council presents its third annual Culture Feast, a unique event where residents and visitors share a community table while enjoying arts and cultural performances. ASC Culture Feast “We have seen how people from different neighborhoods, backgrounds, socio-economic levels, race and ethnicities talk and connect with each other through arts and cultural experiences as well as a wonderful meal,” said ASC President Robert Bush. In 2016, Culture Feast drew more than 500 people, who lined tables along N. Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte. This...
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29 Jun 2017

A safe haven: Family Crisis Center

Most of us take for granted a safe place to call home. But for victims of domestic violence, home can be a volatile and dangerous environment. Fortunately, there is a safe haven in Randolph and Montgomery counties. Founded in 1978, Family Crisis Center serves victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse through multiple locations in Asheboro, Archdale and Troy, N.C. “At the Family Crisis Center, we deal with tragedy every day; yet every day, we have a success. When someone comes to our office for help or calls our crisis line, that is the first step – and the step that requires the most strength and courage,” said Dare Spicer, executive director, Family Crisis Center. “Domestic violence and sexual abuse...
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27 Jun 2017

It’s hurricane season again: Are you covered?

If you’ve ever heard a summer weather forecast – sunny, highs in the mid-80s, chance of late afternoon thundershowers – you might decide that it’s not too hard to be a meteorologist. But when it comes to predicting hurricanes, the process is highly scientific, utilizing analog data, statistical models, atmospheric conditions and ocean temperatures. According to recent reports, the 2017 hurricane season is shaping up to be pretty busy--already experts are predicting more action than historical hurricane activity. So while the power company, emergency responders and municipal officials can plan, drill and equip for the worst, what can you do as a consumer and home owner? “As much as science helps set the stage, hurricanes can be unpredictable when it comes to...
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16 Jun 2017

Father knows best

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has an observation about dads: You can always tell what their favorite year was, because they're still wearing clothes from it. For their unique fashion sense - and many other reasons - dads are pretty memorable. And while we sometimes fail to realize their wisdom in our youth, the life lessons and advice dads give us are irreplaceable when we grow up. David Huss' dad was a sales manager for a car dealership. His name is Noah Carse Huss, or N.C. for short - but his family calls him Bill (go figure). David, who leads the Frantilla and Huss Team in the company's Charlotte-Ballantyne office, calls him Pops and remembers a large map of the United States on...
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24 May 2017

Life in the fast lane

Jesse Samples Jr. never planned to become a race car driver. But the road of life brought some exciting twists and turns that sent Samples, now an Allen Tate Realtor®, on a high-speed journey most could only imagine. At 4, Samples was given a go-cart by his uncle, who helped manufacture carts sold through the Sears catalog. Samples was too short to reach the pedals without extensions and learned to ride in his grandparents' yard. A few years later, Samples' parents divorced and he lived with his father in Charlotte. They spent the weekends riding go-carts but entered some local races for fun. That year, they won the local track championship; the next, they won state championships in North and South Carolina; and...
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9 May 2017

Beyond the classroom: The school district of Pickens County

Helping children gain the skills they need to survive and thrive in the world is a primary function of public schools. But critical learning often extends beyond the classroom. Unfortunately, enrichment programs at public schools are often limited by financial resources. Allen Tate Companies understand that. Through the company’s annual FUNday for Public Education, Allen Tate Realtors® and employees raise money for public school programs and organizations that give children and teachers enhanced opportunities. The School District of Pickens County in Easley, S.C., which serves 16,500 students, is one recipient of FUNday proceeds. Here, students benefit from Allen Tate’s investment in three educational programs: Y Mentors, Camp iRock and the FIRST LEGO League West State Championship. “Partnerships with businesses like Allen Tate are...
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28 Apr 2017

A little dough on the side

Food makes up some of our strongest memories - a childhood treat, a romantic dinner, a special meal associated with a holiday or vacation. In fact, research suggests that the part of the brain that is critical for memory has strong connections to parts that are important for emotion and smell. For Jamie Eliahu, food memories from her grandma's kitchen in New York are vivid: matzo ball soup, brisket, meatloaf, noodle pudding. And lots and lots of onions. "My grandma is an amazing cook. She's 92. To this day, she still follows a recipe exactly, even when she's made something hundreds of times," said Jamie, an Allen Tate Realtor® with the Margulies Team in the company's Raleigh-Falls of Neuse office. Her husband,...
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18 Apr 2017

A healthy lesson

There’s a phrase that inspires a burst of excitement in every school kid: We’re going on a field trip. But here’s the irony. Most of those students don’t realize that a field trip is not a “free” day with no class or tests, but rather, a very clever way for teachers to disguise even bigger life lessons. Each school year, more than 20,000 North Carolina students make that journey to the Poe Center for Health Education in Raleigh, N.C. The non-profit, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, is part museum, part classroom, part theater and part playground, all rolled into a neat bundle of experiential healthy learning that fascinates children of all ages. Their 2-3 hour field trip to...
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11 Apr 2017

Millennials: Is it time to buy your first home?

First, your brother did it, and then your colleague from work. And this past weekend, your best friend decided to take the plunge. So maybe it’s time for you to do it, too. Because this year, one-third of all homebuyers will be Millennials. We get it; you’re swamped with student loans and building your professional career. So maybe buying a home hasn’t been at the top of your to-do list. And frankly, buying a home is a big step – at any age. It’s exciting, but can also be a bit overwhelming. Renting is easy. No yard work or maintenance, close to everything, maybe even an awesome gym, pool and coffee bar. Aside from the occasional roommate issue, what’s not to love? So how...
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21 Mar 2017

High flying in high heels

Some of us harbor secret dreams – and regrets – of a road not taken. But some of us listen to that inner voice and seize the opportunity, no matter the risk. When Keaira Huffman was young, she imagined herself on television as a famous broadcaster. Her brains and talent landed her a full scholarship to the University of South Carolina to study broadcast journalism. She stayed for exactly three days before coming home. That's because another dream was calling this young woman, now an Allen Tate Realtor® in the company's Greer, S.C., office. She wanted to fly. Huffman was no stranger to aviation; her grandfather often entertained her with tales from his days flying in the U.S. Air Force in the 1950s....
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