The Women’s Business Center at CEED nominates local businesswoman, CJ Scarlet of Tiger Eye Security Sensor, for the national Small Business Administration (SBA) InnovateHER Challenge for National Small Business Week in May.


The Women’s Business Center of Fayetteville at CEED nominates local businesswoman, CJ Scarlet of Tiger Eye Security Sensor, for the national Small Business Administration (SBA) InnovateHER Challenge for National Small Business Week in May.

The WBC hosted a Pitch Party Tuesday March 31, 2015 at CEED, 230 Hay Street.

Six businesswomen sent in business plans prior to the event and pitched in person or via Skype. Angie Allison, from Charlotte, pitched “Milk-Shake”, a breast-feeding supplement beverage. Christianah Adesida, from Fayetteville, pitched Xtiroyal Desgin’s reversible suit. Nicole Rivers, from Hope Mills, pitched D.E.M.S.’s feminine hygiene disposable bags. Charlene Ellis, from Atlanta Georgia, pitched Ellis Mobile App, an app that would connect parents with surrounding licensed day cares. Jamie Rohrbauck, from Apex, pitched Expedite Group’s errand service business that companies can offer as a benefit for their employees. CJ Scarlet, from Clayton, pitched Tiger Eye Security Sensor, a wearable personal security device that uses Bluetooth technology to activate.

Ashton Fox, Toni King, and Jonn Thomas judged the Pitch Party.

CJ Scarlet will move on to the national competition. Her business plan has been submitted to the Small Business Administration for consideration for National Small Business Week’s next round of competition and a chance to win a total of 30,000 from Microsoft.

“All the presenters had strong business ideas and concepts. It wasn’t easy for the judges to choose just one nominee. We cannot wait to hear back regarding how CJ does in the next level of competition ” says Lexi Hasapis, WBC Director.

Ashton Fox said, “Unfortunately there is a tremendous need for the role Tiger Eye could play in apprehending assailants of women.  I also think it would encourage women who have been raped to report the offense, if they were wearing the device.”

The SBA InnovateHER challenge focuses on products or services that have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families, have the potential for commercialization, and fills a need in the marketplace.

Lexi Hasapis       WBC of Fayetteville           910.323.3377 ext.30     230 Hay Street Fayetteville, NC 28301                            


CJ Scarlet       Tiger Eye Security Sensor          919.606.9376 9    Seven Oaks Drive Clayton, NC 27520           


Angie Allison                                

Christianah Adesida                   

Nicole Rivers                                 

Charlene Ellis                               

Jamie Rohrbauck                        

Published on April 1, 2015 by Lexi Hasapis
Phone: 910-323-3377

Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (March 29 – April 4, 2015)

Exceptional Children’s Beginners’ Fair Scheduled
Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Early-In Special Education Preschool Program is sponsoring an Exceptional Children’s Beginners’ Fair on Tuesday, March 31 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Max Abbott Middle School. Parents who attend can expect an overview of the kindergarten transition process and an explanation of the various kindergarten curriculums. Also school-age program specialists and teachers will be there to answer questions and discuss curriculum, individualized education plans, expectations, and environments to help along the child’s transition in to kindergarten. For more information about the Exceptional Children’s Beginners’ Fair, call 910.484.6761.

Upcoming School Calendar Highlights
April 1 – 2
Intersession for Year-Round Schools

April 3
Pupil Holiday/Teacher Workday for Traditional Schools, Year-Round Schools, A.B. Wilkins High, Cross Creek Early College High, Cumberland International Early College High and Howard Health & Life Sciences High

April 6
Pupil/Teacher Holiday for A.B. Wilkins High, Cross Creek Early College High, Cumberland International Early College High and Howard Health & Life Sciences High

April 6 – 10
Pupil Holidays/Required Annual Leave for Traditional and Year-Round Schools

April 7 – 10
Pupil Holiday/Required Annual Leave for Howard Health & Life Sciences High

Spring Fling Dance and Parent Resource Fair
The Cumberland County Special Education PTA (SEPTA) and the Dorothy Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center have partnered to host a night of dancing (wheelchair accessible) with a deejay, food and fun for the families of children with special needs. The Spring Fling will take place on Thursday, April 2 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Dorothy Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center, located at 1600 Purdue Drive/Fayetteville, NC 28304. While the children are busy having fun, parents can stroll throughout the Center to learn more about the services and resources Cumberland County and surrounding areas can offer the special needs community.

Published on March 30, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

SBA Launches Innovate HER Business Challenge for Innovations That Empower Women’s Lives:

SBA Launches Innovate HER Business Challenge for Innovations That Empower Women’s Lives:

Focus is on marketable products and services that will help families, women thrive
Release Date:
Monday, March 16, 2015
Release Number:
Cecelia Taylor (202) 401-3059

WASHINGTON – Addressing the needs of women and the role they play in America’s  economy, the U.S. Small Business Administration has launched a nationwide competition for entrepreneurs who are developing products and services that will enhance the lives of women and their families.

“The landscape of the U.S. economy has evolved drastically during the last 50 years, and women played a significant role in that change,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.      “We are harnessing the power of America’s entrepreneurs to develop products, services and technologies that support women as they deal with the challenges of work and home.  This innovation challenge will both help strengthen the economy and empower women to succeed.”

InnovateHER: 2015 Innovating for Women Business Challenge kicked off in early March with local competitions hosted by universities, accelerators, clusters, scale-up communities, SBA’s resource partners, and other local organizations.  The SBA is seeking entrepreneurs who have created a product or service that will have a measurable impact on women and their families, fills a need in the marketplace, and has the potential for commercialization.

Those entrepreneurs selected by local judges will make it to the semi-final round.  An executive committee comprised of SBA officials will review the semi-final nomination packages and select no more than 10 finalists.  The finalists will compete for a total of $30,000 in prize money provided by Microsoft.

The 10 finalists will travel to the District of Columbia on May 8th where they’ll pitch their products and ideas to a panel of expert judges during SBA’s National Small Business Week.

For details on contest rules and a list of local competitions, visit

Published on March 25, 2015 by Lexi Hasapis
Phone: 910-323-3377

2015 Summer Youth Employment Opportunity

index_8FAYETTEVILLE – The Workforce Development Center of Cumberland County’s Summer Youth Employment Opportunity helps young adults develop transferrable career ready skills, earn money, and acquire valuable work experience.

The program will run for five weeks (June 29 – August 1, 2015). Participants will work 35 hours a week and will be paid the minimum wage of $7.50 per hour. Approximately 175 jobs are expected to be available with public, non-profit, for profit, private, and governmental agencies.

The Summer Youth Employment Opportunity is part of an income-based program designed for rising high school juniors or seniors, high school dropouts, high school graduates and post-secondary students up to age 24. Applicants must be Cumberland County residents and meet the program eligibility requirements. Relatives or friends visiting for the summer do not meet the initial requirement to apply.

Pre-applications are available at the Fayetteville NC Works Career Center (Workforce Development Center), 410 Ray Avenue, or on the Cumberland County Schools Career and Technical Education Website ( under Workforce Development. Then, click on Pre-application. All information submitted will require supporting documentation. The closing date for submitting an application is April 30, 2015.

Employers interested in partnering with us are needed to provide valuable hands-on work experience to the youth and young adults. Wages and Workers’ Compensation are covered by the host agency. The deadline for worksite applications is May 1, 2015. The Worksite Request Form is also available at under Workforce Development. Then, click on Worksite Request Form.

For more information, call the Workforce Development Center at (910) 323-3421 ext. 2120.


Published on March 20, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

2015 Outstanding Educator Award Winners

Fayetteville – The Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator Awards recognizes and helps foster excellence in education by presenting two teachers and one administrator in the Cumberland County Schools a $1,000 grant to implement a special educational project at their respective schools.

Wells Fargo, N.A., Business Relationship Manager and Assistant Vice President Keith Crumpler presented this year’s awards and an engraved hand-work glass apple to the following three educators during the Feb. 10 Cumberland County Board of Education meeting:

Elementary Teacher Award – Nisi Farley, a teacher at Ponderosa Elementary School, plans to use her grant money to fund the “Touch Screen Computers” project. Through the project, kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade students with autism will be able to increase navigation and interaction with the computer through touch, replacing mouse actions that are often difficult for the students to manipulate.

Secondary Teacher Award – Andrea Burns, a teacher at Anne Chesnutt Middle School, will implement the “Engineering Is Elementary” project. Grant funds will be used to purchase the Engineering Everywhere tool to assist sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade science students in critical-thinking about engineering processes. This activity also supports the development of skills that prepare students’ STEM proficiencies.

Administrator Award – Dr. Crystal Brown, the principal of Ben Martin Elementary School, will use funds to support the “Math and Science Education Parents Nights” project to enhance parental participation and understanding of the math and science curriculum. This project will support parent involvement through resources and hands-on projects that help parents confidently reinforce concepts and skills at home.

Pictured below are (l-r) Keith Crumpler from Wells Farco, N.A.; Nisi Farley from Ponderosa Elementary School; Dr. Crystal Brown from Ben Martin Elementary School; and Andrea Burns from Anne Chestnutt Middle School.

Outstanding Educator Award 2015 (Crumpler, Farley, Brown & Burns)

Published on February 13, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Actress Glenn Close’s Sister Jessie is scheduled as featured speaker at 2015 Clinical Update

994490_773404696051589_979571116555554694_nFayetteville – 2015 Clinical Update and Psychopharmacology Review, set for Feb. 26 and 27 at NC State University’s McKimmon Conference and Training Center in Raleigh, welcomes Jessie Close as its featured plenary speaker. An ambassador for Bring Change to Mind, a non-for-profit organization founded by her sister, actress Glenn Close, Jessie fights stigma and misunderstanding to create a clearer picture of mental disorders. Her own struggle with bipolar disorder and alcoholism provides the backbone to a courageous story and an enlightened perspective on the state of mental health in America. Her book, Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness, was released, January 13, 2015 by Grand Central Publishing and is a co-authored by Pete Early. Jessie will be available to sign her book for conference attendees at the Quail Ridge Books booth on Thursday, Feb. 26.

Most of her life, Jessie lived with anxiety, confusion and paranoia. As a teenager, she dropped out of high school and contemplated suicide. Jessie recalls, “I lived many years without medication, then, at age 45, I was put on two medications for bipolar disorder. I drank to calm the mania.” She was an alcoholic and mentally unstable. Then her eldest son, Calen, was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder, a form a schizophrenia. Jessie asked her sister, Glenn, to help battle the stigma and misunderstanding of mental illness. In 2009, Glenn founded, an outreach and stigma-fighting mental health advocacy group that provides invaluable resources and inspiration to people and families in need. Jessie also blogs about living with mental illness for and has made appearances on Good Morning America, Katie, Erin Burnett, and Piers Morgan.

Additional featured speakers for the conference include, Jeff Swanson, Ph.D. on the topic of Gun Violence and Mental Illness; Lori Raney, M.D. on Evidence Based Approaches to Integrated Care, and Andy Short, Ph.D. and Allan Chrisman, M.D. on Mental Health in Disaster Response.

Continuing the tradition of providing quality content for practitioners of mental health, developmental disability, and substance abuse services, the 2015 Clinical Update and Psychopharmacology Review offers information on a variety of topics related to the treatment of mental illness. In addition to SR-AHEC and Wake AHEC, the conference is jointly sponsored by the Duke Department of Psychiatry, the UNC Department of Psychiatry, the NC Psychiatric Association, the NC Psychological Association and The Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse.

Click here for more details on the conference or contact Southern Regional AHEC Administrator for Mental Health Continuing Education John Bigger, at 910-678-7207 or by e-amil at


Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (January 25 – 31, 2015)

**Jan. 24 Event — District PTA Sponsoring Community Wellness Fair
The Cumberland County District PTA is hosting the ARISE and “Spring into Wellness” Community [Wellness] Fair on Saturday, January 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Fellowship Fitness, Inc., located in the Sunny Plaza at 8130 Cliffdale Road. There will be cooking classes, Zumba, Step and Line Dancing classes, as well as door prizes and numerous giveaways. The fair is being presented by the District PTA Council from the Smart from the Start Community Outreach Grant through the National PTA. For additional information, e-mail or

In Honor of Educator Shanda McAllister

The family of the late Shanda McAllister will present Ferguson-Easley Elementary School with a check on Monday, January 26 at 3:00 p.m. in the school’s media center. McAllister was a special education teacher who was devoted to the students at the school so much so that her family established a fund in her memory to support Ferguson-Easley School’s Backpack Buddies program. The program provides healthy non-perishable food items for students from low-income families on Friday afternoons so they will have food to eat during the weekend. For additional information regarding the presentation, call the school at 910.483.4883.

Indian Education Parent Committee Meeting
The Indian Education Parent Committee meeting will take place on Monday, January 26 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Central Services’ Board Room, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The Parent Committee works directly with the Indian Education Program in providing information and insight on the educational needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students. For more information about the meeting, contact the Indian Education Office at 910.678.2460.

2015 Secondary Choice Fair
CCS’ Secondary Choice Fair will take place on Tuesday, January 27 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Educational Resource Center, 396 Elementary Drive. The fair will feature booths from middle and high schools with information about Choice schools, academies and programs that are accepting student applications for the 2015-2016 school year. All interested parents and students will be able to talk with booth representatives about the school system’s Choice offerings. For more information, call 910.678.2407.

Special High School Recruitment Event
Cumberland International Early College High School, Cross Creek Early College High School and Howard Health & Life Sciences High School are sponsoring a special student recruitment event on Thursday, January 29 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Seabrook Auditorium on the campus of Fayetteville State University. The schools hope to make prospective students and their parents more aware of the numerous educational opportunities each school has to offer. Students who attend these schools graduate with a high school diploma and up to 60 college credit hours. For additional information about the recruitment event, call 910.672.2844, 910.672.1499 or 910.485.1634.

Upcoming Board Committee Meetings
The Cumberland County Board of Education Curriculum and Personnel Committees will meet on Thursday, January 29 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Room of the Central Services’ building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The meetings are open to the public.

School’s First-Ever Blood Drive
Ramsey Street High School will be hosting its first-ever blood drive on Friday, January 30 from 11:30 – 3:30 p.m. on campus. For more information, call 910.437.5829.

Published on January 23, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Cumberland County Schools’ Amazing Acts of Character for November 2014

index_8Fayetteville – Each month through the school system’s character recognition program titled ‘Amazing Acts of Character,’ schools are asked to nominate students who display character above and beyond expected behavior. 

Two students were recently selected from individual school nominations for displaying ‘Amazing Acts of Character’ and will be recognized and honored during the Cumberland County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building. The honorees are as follows:

Jayden Davis, a 5th grader at Walker-Spivey Elementary School – Jayden’s teacher, Ramona McFadyen, describes the 10 year old as “a role model and a leader among his peers.” She said that Jayden is committed to honoring his moral and ethical values and principles daily. According to McFadyen, his adherence to upholding his values, in spite of possible social expectations, was exhibited recently when he was questioned as a witness to an incident at school. “His comment was ‘just because he is a good friend of mine doesn’t mean I’m not obligated to tell the truth,’” said McFadyen. His mettle was also tested recently, when after having been on the A Honor Roll his entire 3rd– and 4th-grade years, he was told he would be receiving the first B on his report card in 5th grade. “Some students would have been visibly upset, disappointed, or asked for extra work to bring up their grade in time for report cards,” said McFadyen. According to her, his response was: “I understand I earned the B. I’m a little sad, but I am going to try harder to earn an A next time.” McFadyen noted that Jayden’s core values are always visible in his patterns of behavior. “Jayden chooses his path with the support and guidance of his family,” said his teacher. “I am a witness to his integrity daily and am honored to share this year with him.”

Donavan Ross, a 10th grader at Massey Hill Classical High School – According to Donna Perdew, the safe schools coordinator at Massey Hill Classical High School, the 16 year old is a certified lifeguard who recently used his training to help save a schoolmate’s life. Perdew said that on October 16 during lunch, a student started choking. Donavan administered an abdominal thrust and dislodged the food from the student’s throat. “As a lifeguard, Donavan is trained to lend assistance when help is needed,” said Perdew. “He did not stop to think, he simply acted with skill and precision. His training, coupled with his quick response, saved another person’s life. This is truly an amazing act of character.”

The ‘Amazing Acts of Character’ committee selects winners based on school nominations. The winners are then recognized at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education. A special trophy and certificate are presented to each student winner.


Published on December 5, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Garden concludes Fall 2014 “Intro to Horticulture”

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Fayetteville, NC – October 27, 2014

The second session of “Intro to Horticulture” successfully concluded on October 23, 2014, at Cape Fear Botanical Garden with the graduation of nine veterans including Alumni of the Wounded Warrior Project and members of Fort Bragg’s Warrior Transition Battalion. The ceremony ended with the Warriors participating in the groundbreaking at the site of the new Reflection Garden.

Cape Fear Botanical Garden (CFBG), the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program (CCEMGVA) and Fayetteville Technical Community College Horticulture Technology/Management Program (FTCC), partnered with Joe Brazzle of the Wounded Warrior Project to present the six-week program.

With a focus on stress recovery, the basics of horticulture were introduced to Warriors through interactive and inspirational opportunities to explore new skills during the classes “Achieving Balance,” “New Beginnings,” “Multiply and Propagate,” “Branching Out and Taking Shape,” “Grow, Harvest, Preserve,” and “Rest and Restoration.” Classes were designed to connect horticulture with everyday life, blend hands-on learning and peer support, and provide inspiration, motivation and encouragement to the individuals attending. Therapeutic horticulture also leads to cognitive, occupational, physical and spiritual benefits.

Participants left lasting contributions in the Garden by building a raised bed to grow vegetables for the local food bank and planting a native Paw-Paw tree.

“I am pleased to say that we are planning an expanded program and partnership for the Spring 2015 session,” said Ry Southard, Executive Director, Cape Fear Botanical Garden.

For more information, contact Amy Stidham, Therapeutic Horticulture Director via email: .
Cape Fear Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 53485
Fayetteville, NC  28305

Tel: 910.486.0221

Published on October 28, 2014 by Meg Suraci

CEED awarded SBA PRIME Grant to help small businesses

SBA Prime Grant Awarded to NC Center for Economic Empowerment & Development (CEED) in Fayettevile

The North Carolina Center for Economic Empowerment and Development (CEED) in Fayetteville, NC is a recipient of a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2014 Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs Act (PRIME) grant awards.

CEED is a nonprofit that serves the Fayetteville area of North Carolina with specialized programs including those to enhance education and job skills and assist clients on the path to home and business ownership. CEED is the parent organization of the SBA Women’s Business Center of Fayetteville. Lexi Hasapis is the Center Director.

The $128,000 award will be used to expand the center’s computer lab, purchase accounting software and provide classes to teach prospective and current business owners how to accurately maintain their business financial records.

“So many of our clients want to learn accounting software, but lack the budget to buy it and the time to take classes,” said Hasapis. “The SBA PRIME grant will help us deliver training to help our clients accurately track revenue and expenses efficiently as they seek the capital they need to grow and succeed.”

Twenty-four nonprofit organizations from 16 states and the District of Columbia were named this year. Grant awards ranged from $94,000 to $250,000 and totaled $3.5 million. The grants require a 50 percent matching funds contribution by each recipient organization.

Published on September 19, 2014 by Lexi Hasapis
Phone: 910-323-3377

Festival of Yesteryear Celebrates Colonial America

The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex will celebrate Lafayette’s birthday in grand style with our annual Festival of Yesteryear: A Celebration of Early America on Saturday September 6, 2014 from 10:00 to 5:00 in Arsenal Park.  Focusing on the Colonial and Revolutionary War periods, the program features costumed re-enactors demonstrating various aspects of daily life including woodworking, music, toys and games, silhouette drawing, and militia drills.  The merry cadences of Tryon Palace’s renowned Fife and Drum Corp will transport the crowd back to colonial days with performances at 10:00, 12:00, and 2:00 pm. Musical historian Simon Spaulding will also perform. Other living history groups include: Camp Flintlock, a colonial group that provides demonstrations in music, open fire cooking, and more; the North Carolina Highland Regiment, an 18th century group depicting Highland loyalists from the upper Cape Fear River valley; and Captain Dry’s Militia Company. Firing demonstrations will take place at 11:00, 12:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm.

Be sure to visit Apprentice Alley, where children can participate and learn a variety of trades through hands on crafts and activities including making a tricorn hat or mob cap, weaving, and rebus puzzles.  Our stocks and pillory provide a great photo opportunity as visitors learn about colonial crime and punishment.

There is another reason for this celebration of early America. This year marks the 225th anniversary of North Carolina ratifying the U.S. Constitution. A large replica of the ratification document will be on display and visitors can add their name, recreating the actions of the delegates.

Concessions will be available on site from R-Burger. Fayetteville’s newest high quality mobile food vendor will be serving fresh ground hamburgers, specialty burgers, and fresh cut fries. Funnel cakes, hot dogs, and pork rinds will also be available.

Admission to the event and all activities are FREE!  Activities take place in Arsenal Park located in the Haymount Historic District on the old Arsenal grounds at Arsenal Ave/Myrover Street minutes from downtown Fayetteville.  For more information visit and search Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex.

This event is part of the Lafayette Birthday Celebration held annually in Fayetteville.  For more Lafayette Birthday Celebration events visit

This project is supported by the Arts Council in part by contributions from businesses, individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and the NC Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources. Additional funds provided by the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Foundation, Inc.

NC Highland Regiment Members speak with visitors. Tryon Palace Fife and Drum Corp performs at the 2012 Festival of Yesteryear. W. Rose, Profilist, draws a silhouette for a visitor at the 2013 Festival of Yesteryear.

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For more information about the museum, call 910-486-1330 or access Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, located on the corner of Bradford and Arsenal avenues in Fayetteville, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The museum is part of the Division of State History Museums, Office of Archives and History, within the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on cultural resources is available at

Civil War Medicine: Myth and Reality

FAYETTEVILLE – On April 27 at 2:00 pm, Dr. Matt Farina will present Civil War Medicine: Myth and Realty at the Museum of the Cape Fear. Dr. Farina returns for a fourth year as we delve into many aspects of the Civil War. In the past, Dr. Farina has presented on Dr. Mary Walker, Union surgeon who was given the Medal of Honor, and on the death of Stonewall Jackson, who had been shot mistakenly by NC troops.

This year, Dr. Farina will deal with some of the truths and myths about 19th Century medicine and will cover the practical advances that occurred during the war, but are often overlooked. “Civil War medicine has been described as the 3 “B’s” – butchery, barbaric and brutal,” says Dr. Farina, who is a physician. He further states that we must look at medicine, and even soldiering, in the context of the time in which it occurred. Civil War medicine was flawed; but whether we believe it or not, great advances occurred in medicine because of the war. A replica capital amputation kit and other medical items will be on display as part of this presentation.

This is a free event open to public.

Dr. Matt Farina is a retired pediatric cardiologist. His interest in the Civil War goes back to his childhood and a visit to Gettysburg Battlefield. He is a member of the Capital District Civil War Round Table of Albany and the Rufus Barringer CWRT of Southern Pines. He has presented Civil War medical topics to round tables in New York, Vermont, Maine, North and South Carolina and Melbourne, Australia.

This program is held in conjunction with the NC Civil War 150th commemoration. For more information, go online to:

For more information about the museum and other programs, please visit


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The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, located on the corner of Bradford and Arsenal avenues in Fayetteville, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The museum is part of the Division of State History Museums, Office of Archives and History, within the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported  Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.  To learn more, visit

SBA: Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in North Carolina

Economic Injury Loans for Small Businesses

 SBA Disaster Assistance – Field Operations Center East – 101 Marietta Street, NW, Suite 700, Atlanta, GA 30303

Release Date: March 10, 2014


 Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration




ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in North Carolina as a result of excessive rain and flooding that began on June 1, 2013.

 The disaster declaration includes Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson and Scotland counties in North Carolina.

 “When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to eligible entities affected by the same disaster,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

 Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers or ranchers.

 The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.875 percent for private non-profit organizations of all sizes and 4 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.

 Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

 Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to Loan applications can be downloaded from Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

 Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than November 5, 2014.

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 For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at

Published on March 10, 2014 by Lexi Hasapis
Phone: 910-323-3377

Area Students and Staff Attending School This Saturday

Fayetteville – Because of inclement weather experienced from February 11 – 14, students and staff in all Cumberland County Schools will be attending school tomorrow (Saturday, March 1) in order to make up the time missed from classroom instruction. Schools will operate on a two-hour early release schedule. Prime Time is offering afterschool care until 4:00 p.m. to parents who have previously registered for the Saturday program.

 All Saturday & Good Friday Make-Up Dates

Traditional Calendar Schools — Saturday, March 1; Saturday, March 15; and Friday, April 18

Year-Round Calendar Schools — Saturday, March 1; Saturday, March 15; and

Saturday, April 5

Howard Health & Life Sciences, Cross Creek Early College, Cumberland International Early College & A.B. Wilkins High Schools — Saturday, March 1; Saturday, March 22; and Saturday, May 3

The schools will be following a two-hour early release schedule.

Published on March 1, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

“Home for the Holidays”- Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity Hosts Home Dedication No. 136 Three Days before Christmas

habitatFayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity (FAHFH) will dedicate its 16th home to the Fredericks family this Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 2 PM. This is the 16th FAHFH home dedication for 2013, and the 136th home dedication since its incorporation in 1988.

Unbeknownst to the Fredericks family, which consists of a single, working mother and her five children, a group of volunteers, Party with a Purpose, has set out to donate and deliver household furnishings, Christmas presents and decorations. The house will be ready for the holidays, complete with a Christmas meal.

The public is invited to attend the “Home for the Holidays” themed home dedication to see how FAHFH is impacting lives in Fayetteville and Cumberland County through home ownership. Join FAHFH staff, volunteers and board members at 2027 Gillingham Circle, Arran Lakes West subdivision.

The Fredericks family is currently living in a rental property in Fayetteville. The family worked alongside several volunteers to obtain the required amount of sweat equity hours.

The Gillingham Circle property is one of many Bank of America properties that have been donated to Habitat for Humanity in support of the FAHFH’s efforts to build affordable housing in partnership with low-income families in Fayetteville.

The donations are part of a national partnership with Habitat for Humanity International through which the bank will donate up to 2,000 vacant properties for renovation or reconstruction over the next three years. Low-income families will work with FAHFH volunteers over the next 12 months to rehabilitate local donated properties.

A portion of the properties donated by Bank of America will be included in the bank’s recent commitment to make up to 1,000 properties available to nonprofit organizations providing housing opportunities for military veterans. Other properties will be renovated to provide relief for families affected by disasters.

About Habitat for Humanity

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Incorporated in 1988, Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is a North Carolina nonprofit corporation and is a designated 501(c) (3) by the Internal Revenue Service.



Published on December 17, 2013 by Ruthie Dent

Fascinate-U Children’s Museum: Mini Golf Funraiser

Join us at the J.P. Riddle Stadium to support our big fundraiser of the year!

FRIDAY September 13th: Game Time from 4:00 to 9:00 pm, Music & Dancing from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, 19th Hole open 4:00 to 9:00 pm.
SATURDAY September 14th: Game Time from 11:00 to 6:00 pm, Kids’ Activities, and Bounce House from 11:00 to 6:00 pm

The main event is a fun game of miniature golf, but there will also be “Golfing with the Mascots”, a bounce house, Rock Climbing, face painting, a dunking booth, auctions, food and more!! As we draw closer to the event, we will pre-sell tickets and tee times for those that want to secure their spot.

Friday, $5.00 in advance or $8.00 at the gate per person. This includes mini-golf, bounce house and live music from “Third Degree” Cover Band from 6-9 pm.
Saturday, $1.00 in advance or $2.00 at the gate per person. This includes mini-golf, Rock Climbing (from The Climbing Place), bounce house & face painting.

All proceeds from the event will go towards giving Fascinate-U Children’s Museum a much needed face-lift and help us move toward our future strategic plans.
Have questions? Give us a call at 910-829-9171.

Published on July 30, 2013 by Aurora Crowell

Back to School Bash at Fascinate-U Children’s Museum

Saturday, August 10th, 11:00 am – 1:00pm

Celebrate with us the beginning of a New School Year!  Meet “Drake” our Dragon along with some of the most beloved mascots from our business community and have a blast with great entertainment.  Enjoy Rock Climbing, Exotic Zoo animals, Magic Show, Model Trains, bookmark crafts, presentations from local organizations; health, safety and educational information and more!  Also, kids will have the chance to enter drawings for school supplies and other  kids’ giveaways!

$2.00 Admission Special and free for museum members.


Published on July 30, 2013 by Aurora Crowell

Partnership for Children’s KidStuff at the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival

2013 Partnership’s KidStuff: Where Playing is Learning

The Partnership for Children of Cumberland County (PFC) is proud to present Partnership’s KidStuff to the families and children of our community, for another year of fun, learning and success!

A child’s first 2000 days matter most; 2000 days from the time the child is born until she begins kindergarten. During these 2000 days, 90% of a child’s critical brain development happens. Wiring that forms the brain’s architecture happens. The development of social skills happens. Learning happens. At the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County (PFC), our role is to partner with the community to give every child every opportunity for success during these first 2000 days. When children are given quality early childhood experiences, they will be ready to learn upon entering school, require less remediation, are more likely to graduate from high school, and will develop into productive citizens and valuable employees.

For young children, playing is learning. For the tenth year, PFC is partnering with the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival to provide a free and safe, child-friendly play area for children ages 5 and under and their families. This year will be no exception, as PFC plans to incorporate old activity favorites with new activity stations on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th.

Nestled alongside Ray Ave. within Festival Park, a change in location from previous years, Partnership’s KidStuff will give children and their families an opportunity to travel “pathways to success” visiting fun activity areas provided by: Fundamental Sports Clinics, LLC, Play Date of Fayetteville, Music Together of Fayetteville
Art Buzz for Kids by Wine and Design, Kohl’s Cares, City of Fayetteville Storm Water Services
First Impressions Academy, the Little Gym, and Army Community Service.

PFC’s President, Eva Hansen, is excited about this year’s focus on future success at Partnership’s KidStuff. “We are excited to continue embodying our mission as we plan and promote Partnership’s KidStuff. We pride ourselves on providing resources, services, and support to families that need it most. In turn, those families are better equipped to prepare their children for future success. Not only are we reiterating that concept through the activities and information provided at this year’s Partnership’s KidStuff, but we are incorporating it into the overall theme,” Hansen said. “I look forward to traveling the pathways to success with many children and their families April 27 & 28th.”

As families travel down pathways to success, they will want to ensure a pit stop at the ever so popular, Toddler Zone. This plush play area allows PFC’s youngest travelers the opportunity to get out of their strollers and have a great time in a safe environment. For older, adult travelers, Partnership’s KidStuff offers informational areas where caregivers can learn more about the valuable resources and services offered through PFC, as well as other local organizations. Part of this learning process takes place in the Evaluation Station during the completion of the annual Family Needs Assessment, administered by PFC. Information gathered from the Family Needs Assessment is used to improve and strengthen existing programming within PFC and partnering organizations, so as to better align with community need.

Recognizing the importance of community support, Eva Hansen states, “It is only through the generosity of gracious sponsors and supporters of our formal fundraising event, the Soirée, that we are able continue producing such a successful Partnership’s KidStuff area for children and families to enjoy. Our sponsors embrace the Smart Start principle that it takes the entire community to ensure all children are prepared to succeed. Many thanks to the Soirée’s top sponsors including: Rooms to Go, City View Magazine, Beasley Broadcasting Group, Cape Fear Valley Health, and the Fayetteville Observer.

The Partnership for Children of Cumberland County (PFC) is the nonprofit organization that supports early care and education professionals and parents with resources to prepare children for success in school and nurture responsible, productive citizens who will make a positive contribution to the community. Decades of research report that positive, nurturing relationships with parents and other caregivers directly affect the way a child’s brain is “wired,” resulting in better health and social skills. PFC achieves its mission through administration of the Smart Start school readiness initiative and NC Pre-kindergarten program in Cumberland County as well as several other grants. To learn more about the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County call (910) 867-9700 or visit

Published on April 23, 2013 by Katherine Oskey

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