Author: Karen Murray

28 Dec 2017

Inspiring wonder, creativity and lifelong learning

As children, many of us experienced the wonders of a kaleidoscope, a cylindrical tube with colored pieces of glass and reflective mirrors that creates ever-changing magical patterns with a turn of the wrist. This fascinating integration of art, creativity and science is the inspiration for Kaleideum, Winston-Salem's "newest" museum – only it's not really new at all. In July 2016, SciWorks and the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem merged to become Kaleideum. SciWorks, founded in 1964, became Kaleideum North and the Children's Museum, founded in 2004, became Kaleideum Downtown. Both organizations were originally founded through efforts spearheaded by the Junior League of Winston-Salem. "Kaleideum combines the best features of both organizations, fusing arts, literacy and STEM into an integrated approach to learning," said Elizabeth...
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19 Dec 2017

Advocating for Animals

Next week, some lucky children will wake up to a Christmas surprise - a new puppy or kitten. And hopefully, Fido and Fluffy will be lucky to have found good, forever homes. Many animals in North Carolina are not so lucky, however. Some are born into puppy mills or surrendered or admitted as strays to already overcrowded animal shelters. Some are neglected, abused, left by the side of the road, or discarded as they grow older. Roberta Wall's passion always has been to make positive changes for homeless animals. Along with many others, she’s made some great strides. In 2010, Roberta, an Allen Tate Realtor® and team leader of The Wall Team in the Greensboro-North Elm office, was instrumental in changing North Carolina...
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28 Nov 2017

Keeping the giving going

Today is #Giving Tuesday, a global day of collaborative giving through donations, service and advocacy. At Allen Tate Companies, giving is part of our core beliefs. As the leading real estate company in the Carolinas and one of the top 10 independent brokers in the country, Allen Tate is fortunate. But we don't take our 60 years of success for granted. We give back so others can move forward. In the past 20 years, Allen Tate Realtors® and employees have contributed more than $4.73 million to local communities through its Tate Cares giving initiatives. We focus our giving in three areas - ones that we believe make the most impact on quality of life in our 43 local communities: public education, arts...
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9 Nov 2017

A different kind of agent

A missing child is every parent's worst nightmare. Unfortunately, there were more than 465,000 instances of missing children reported to law enforcement in 2016 alone (including endangered runaways). To most of us, missing children are the faces on the milk carton, the topic of Nancy Grace or something that happens to other people. Allen Tate Realtor® Carl Jones knows those other people. He's helped locate their missing children. After a 30-year career working with the FBI and NCIS, Jones spent five years as part of Team Adam, a special task force of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Team Adam is named for Adam Walsh, a 6-year-old who was abducted from a Florida shopping mall in 1981 and murdered. Adam's case...
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24 Oct 2017

Learning by doing

Kids are innately curious. Since he was a toddler, my oldest son (now 22) would take apart anything to see how it was made or how it worked. Toys – and later, my electronics and appliances – were never safe in his hands. Today, he’s an industrial designer. Learning through experience – aka experiential learning – makes learning personal. Students learn more quickly, retain more information, think more creatively and grow from their mistakes. Entrepreneur Richard Branson summed up it up well: You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing - and falling over. Thanks to support from the Kannapolis Education Foundation (KEF), students in Kannapolis City Schools (KCS) are learning by doing. The foundation, an independent nonprofit...
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3 Oct 2017

A discussion about deductibles

If you have any kind of insurance - and who doesn't - you have likely paid or at least, discussed a deductible with your insurance provider. The basics are pretty easy to understand: You, as the policyholder, agree to pay a certain amount or percentage toward the overall claim paid by your insurer. In the case of auto or home insurance, the amount of your deductible usually ranges from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. But why do deductibles exist anyway? It's a matter of shared risk. The insurer pays the claim, and in turn, you are rewarded with a lower insurance premium. Generally, the higher the deductible, the lower your premium cost. While it may not seem like much,...
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26 Sep 2017

No child left behind

 Most of us have some great childhood memories of a special school field trip, or a teacher who brought an innovative project to the classroom. Unfortunately, not every child has those memories. Some kids are left behind - literally and figuratively - because their parents don't have the ability to pay for field trips or club activities. Their teacher - often reaching into his or her own pocket for basic school supplies - doesn't have the resources to fund materials for creative learning experiences. The Enrichment Fund for Guilford County Schools Inc. strives to create those happy memories by funding enrichment opportunities for more than 400 K-12 students and teachers each year. "When students can get out of the classroom and be together,...
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13 Sep 2017

Keeping it real

When Randy Clift was first introduced to the guitar by his friend's father, he thought the instrument was bulky and ugly. But the tone was "awesome," and young Randy was hooked. Today, Randy, an award-winning Allen Tate Realtor® in the company's Charlotte-Center City office, balances his professional life between helping buyers and sellers and performing as a recording artist with his band, Randy Paul & The Revelry. Randy was only about 9 or 10 when he started taking guitar lessons at a local music school. He remembers his first student recital – and his fellow performer, Taylor Hawkins, now the drummer for the rock band Foo Fighters. In 7th grade, he played his first show for money. "I had to obtain a fake ID...
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25 Aug 2017

A crowning achievement

It was a simple postcard that helped a shy, small-town girl from Castalia, Ohio become a national beauty queen. "I was an only child, shy, awkward and studious. I always had my nose in a book," said Cynthia Pensiero-DeFazio, an Allen Tate Realtor® with the Union County-New Town Road office. One day, the mail included a postcard for the Barbizon Modeling School. Cynthia's mother thought this would be a good opportunity, and enrolled her daughter. After completing the classes, Cynthia did some runway modeling and at 15, entered the Miss Teen Ohio pageant. "It was a great experience. I met Halle Berry," said Cynthia. "Then I chose to focus on school." Fast-forward a few years to 1995. Cynthia's friend saw an ad in the newspaper...
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3 Aug 2017

All in the family

As children, many of us go through a stage where we want to be the exact opposite of our parents. And yet, we wake up one day and realize that somehow, we've become them. Following in the family footsteps happens often in real estate. In fact, there are currently more than a dozen Allen Tate Realtor® teams made up of family members across the company's footprint in North and South Carolina. Here are a few of their stories. ♦♦♦ One of the most valuable things Phyllis Wolborsky (pictured above) has learned in her 48-year real estate career is to treat clients well. "Our clients have often said they have felt like a part of our family in the way they were treated. I taught...
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