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1 Mar 2017

Classroom Central: The magic of school supplies

When Britnee Reid (pictured above) dreamed of becoming a middle school science teacher, she envisioned a classroom of children taking careful notes, creating projects with colored pencils and scissors, and packing homework in their backpacks each day. Teachers in qualifying schools have the opportunity to “shop” with Classroom Central each month for supplies for their students. What she didn't imagine was a room full of students who came to class with no supplies. Reid, a fourth-year teacher at York Chester Middle School in Gastonia, N.C., later learned that approximately 50 percent of students in the six-district greater Charlotte region - 100,000 kids - can't afford lunch, let alone school supplies. Some children are homeless. "There's just no extra money," said...
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24 Feb 2017

Swimming with sharks

If you’re looking to tour a home in Greensboro on a Friday morning, Allen Tate Realtor® Wayne Young will need to reschedule. He’s busy then – swimming with sharks. For the past year, Young has spent almost every Friday morning as a volunteer diver at the Greensboro Science Center, where he spends one hour in the 90,000-gallon aquarium filled with 300 marine animals, including five sharks. Young, a certified SCUBA diver, has been diving since he was a teenager in Texas. He earned a degree in marine biology at Texas A&M University, then spent some time in the Merchant Marines before embarking on what would become a 21-year career as a middle school science teacher “Then it was time to teach someone else,...
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16 Feb 2017

Experience Winston-Salem

With the bustling nightlife, historic charm and vibrant arts culture, it’s no surprise that Winston-Salem is ranked #37 on the US News and World Report’s list of 100 Best Places to Live in the US. Keep reading to find out our favorite things about this up-and-coming southern city and why we think it’s the place to be! Vibrant Art Community Winston-Salem is often called The City of the Arts, and its residents take the nickname very seriously. Whether you live in or are just visiting the city, you’ll find a variety of studios, residences and businesses displaying and selling arts ranging from paintings to pottery to textiles. Join in a gallery hop the first Friday of every month, as well as regional...
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3 Feb 2017

Big game grub

Would it surprise you to find out that, on average, a whopping 52 percent of viewers tuning into the big game aren’t even football fans. Fifty-two percent? How can that be? One word, people: food. I can certainly appreciate any event that heavily emphasizes highly addictive, artery-clogging food, and it seems I’m not alone — our friends at the Chicken Council say Americans are expected to chow down on nearly 1.25 billion chicken wings this Sunday. And if you’re in to math (because, who isn’t?), based on the average number of people who will be glued to their TVs, that’s roughly 11 chicken wings per person.   Tired of serving up the same appetizers year after year? Take the guesswork out of...
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30 Dec 2016

New Year’s Eve at home

If there’s no place like home for the holidays, shouldn’t that include New Year’s Eve? Staying in is in, and we have a few ideas to make it an evening to remember. Dance the night away People who may be shy about dancing in public most likely will be willing to cut a rug at home. Make a dance mix tape with music to please all generations present, or dance along with the special New Year’s Eve shows on television. Even if your signature move is more swing your partner than doing the Dab, who cares? You’re at home! Mix up some mocktails and cocktails After everyone has worked up a thirst dancing, they’re going to want drinks. Kids will love festive sparkling grape...
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16 Dec 2016

#FBF Keeping it fresh

Keeping meals healthy and fresh—even through the winter months—has never been easier in the Carolinas. From year round farmers’ markets to home delivery services, you can get the homegrown goodness you crave even in winter! Year-round Farmer’s Markets For fresh produce, farm to fork meats, cheese and more, the Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market is open all year and features North and South Carolina growers. At the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market, you’ll find a variety of vegetables, fruit, herbs, eggs, meat, pastries, honey, tea, coffee and beer grown or made within 60 miles of Chapel Hill. The Market at 501 Yanceyville St., Greensboro, NC is an indoor facility with free admission, Wi-Fi, and plenty of free parking. They are open Saturdays 7 a.m.-12 noon year round. The...
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5 Dec 2016

Currently craving: cozy spaces

A crackling fire is the perfect backdrop to a crisp winter night.  Find the perfect fireplace to curl up to when you browse some of our coziest listings below. 115 Bay Port Lane, Mooresville, NC 28117   130 Wildwood Cove Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117   314 Beaten Path Road, Mooresville, NC 28117   3422 Sharon Road, Charlotte NC 28211   6712 Green Hollow Court, Wake Forest, NC 27587   546 Quaker Meadows Lane, Fort Mill, SC 29715   1104 Overlook Ridge Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587   1022 Wessington Manor Lane, Fort Mill, SC 29715   185 Point View Court, Denton,...
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2 Dec 2016

#FBF Home for Christmas

Is a brand new home on your Christmas list? Then I’ll let you in on a little secret. Home builders are no different than your local retailer. This time of year, builders need to sell off their inventory in order to make way for new product for next year. Just as a retailer’s earnings are affected by how many times per year they turn their inventory, builders – especially the publicly traded ones – work under the same premise. Don’t expect to see “door busters” – or BOGO (buy one get one free) specials when it comes to new construction. But I can assure you that if you are serious about buying a new home before year-end, there will be some great...
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25 Nov 2016

Black Friday bargains – real estate style

Today is Black Friday, widely considered the most profitable day of the year for brick-and-mortar retailers. And while holiday shopping trends have changed in recent years (Thanksgiving Day shopping, Cyber Monday), the stores will no doubt be filled with savvy shoppers looking for that hard-to-find item or “door buster” bargains. If you’re reading this today, you’ve either 1) already returned from shopping 2) are working on enough coffee and motivation to get you moving or 3) have no intention of partaking in this insane holiday ritual. Regardless of your status, we’d like to offer you this as our nod to Black Friday: Some valuable money and time-saving tips, resources and ideas about buying, selling and owning a home. Chances are, you know someone...
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23 Nov 2016

Thanksgiving trivia

Generally, conversations on politics and religion, or comments about absentee family members or friends should be avoided at the Thanksgiving table. So what does that leave you to talk about? Maybe start here, and share these Thanksgiving fun facts to help keep the day light, civil and peaceful. History Most historians agree the first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth Colony, in what is now the state of Massachusetts, in 1621. The feasting and togetherness lasted for three days. Over 200 years later, President Abraham Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. The declaration was largely due to the campaigning of magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale, who also wrote the nursery rhyme, Mary had a Little...
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