City Holds Fayetteville OutFront Meeting at Covenant Love Church Sept. 22

(Fayetteville, N.C.) — The City of Fayetteville will hold its first Fayetteville OutFront meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. at Covenant Love Church. Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback about City services to senior management, including City Manager Ted Voorhees. The format is interactive and engaging and is designed to invite residents’ ideas and dialogue.

The church is located at 420 Dunn Road in Fayetteville. The meeting will be held in the Youth Sanctuary, which seats 250 people. Covenant Love Church was selected as a site because of its location in east Fayetteville and its reputation as a popular, well-attended church that could help the City draw residents.

“We’re hopeful that residents will bring their questions and comments to the Fayetteville OutFront meeting with the purpose of citizen engagement and to help staff make our city a better place to live,” said Kevin V. Arata, Corporate Communications Director. “Working with residents and getting their feedback is crucial to the success of our municipality and we truly want to hear their concerns and compliments to help us know what we need to improve on and what we do well. We also want citizens to have the opportunity to meet our staff in an informal setting, so that they can see the people who work hard every day to provide quality City services.”

One item that the City would like to receive feedback on is the Riverfront Redevelopment Plan for the Cape Fear River, which the City Council selected as a target for action in their FY16 Strategic Plan.

The Fayetteville OutFront meetings were formerly known as Community Awareness meetings and run by the Police Department and have been re-branded with City messaging.

“We are very thankful for Chief Harold Medlock and his team in the Police Department for starting these meetings. Fighting crime and improving the quality of life for our citizens is a shared responsibility and we appreciate the effort they put into getting this started,” said City Manager Ted Voorhees.

These meetings will be held every other month in a different area of the city, with the next meeting scheduled for Nov. 10 at a location yet to be determined. Anyone who can’t attend these meetings can interact with the City on www.fayettevilleoutfront.com or its Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Aug 29,2015: Sports Cards, Comics, Toys and Collectibles Show

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AmericanTown’s Heroes: Young Athletes Don’t Let Diabetes Get Them Down

Living with diabetes is a challenge for anyone—young or old, but when children are involved there is always the concern for their future health and safety. Luckily, so much is known these days about how to manage diabetes and diet and exercise are both important to creating a healthy lifestyle.

Aidan Sarmiere and Kyle Rosa are both living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and are both on the Brookfield Barracuda 10U baseball team that recently won the Cal Ripken Connecticut State Tournament.

Thanks to the talent and determination of these boys and their team mates, they progressed to the New England Regional Tournament where they went undefeated before moving on to represent the New England region in the 2015 Cal Ripken 10U World Series in Jonesboro, Arkansas! They are the first team from Brookfield to ever accomplish this.

Both Aidan and Kyle were key contributors to the team’s success in the tournaments. Aidan plays 3rd base and Kyle is the catcher and they both inspire the other players on their team and young athletes who are dealing with the challenges of trying to live a normal, active life while managing T1D.

Do you know someone who has triumphed over a disease or condition and is inspiring others to to do the same? Nominate them for next week’s AmericanTown’s Heroes.

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Aug 29,2015: Sports Cards, Comic, Toys, & Collectibles Show

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Student ETF Investment Contest

Exchange-Traded-Funds remain one of the fastest growing instruments for current investors and an investment of choice for emerging investors. To further the investment education of collegians, we have launched the ETF Global Portfolio Challenge which provides college students the opportunity to select a virtual portfolio of ETFs and compete on its performance. The contest is FREE and requires no purchase at any time.

Through our collaboration with Stockfuse, students can compete against their fellow classmates and other schools for some very cool prizes intended to benefit both their educations and their careers. Students can register at www.etfportfoliochallenge.com through September 18 – so sign up today!

Here is the contest flyer:  Flyer – ETF Global Portfolio Challenge – Fall 2015.  Please forward to any college students who may have interest.

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Aug 29,2015: J. Cole, Big Sean and more


Def Jam’s latest sensation, Jeremih, was born with rhythm pulsing through his veins. Growing up on Chicago’s infamous Southside, the 21 year-old singer/songwriter behind the nationwide breakout hit “Birthday Sex” started making big noise when he was just a little boy. “When I was three my mom and dad gave me a drum set for Christmas,” recalls Jeremih. “It was a little Sears set and I ended up busting every head on it that year. That’s when it hit them and me that I was really into percussion. At a very young age I really fell in love with making music.”

As a student at Chicago’s Morgan Park high school, Jeremih joined the marching band where he learned to play a multiple instruments including the saxophone, bass drum, cymbals, and quads. “I gradually started picking up the keys too ’cause they had everything in the band room,” he says. “I would listen to the radio and I learned to play by ear. I tried to take classes but the teacher would always yell at me because I wouldn’t read the music. I would close my eyes and feel it and that’s how I taught myself.”

Because he also excelled academically, Jeremih skipped his junior year and graduated high school when he was 16. With his mom and dad’s encouragement, he enrolled in the University of Illinois’ engineering science program. “I went there for a semester and had no problem,” says Jeremih. “I was fully focused but then I started getting involved with the on-campus talent shows. That’s when music really started taking control. I would be in class just writing lyrics. So I told my mom I wanted to enroll in Columbia College in Chicago because it was an art school and that’s what I was into.”

In 2007, Jeremih began working towards a music business degree at Columbia College. He also started participating in the school’s talent shows. In order to differentiate himself from the masses of aspiring rappers, Jeremih started to sing. After developing a reputation as a talented crooner on campus, Jeremih began collaborating with another one of Columbia’s musically inclined students named Mick. “He was studying engineering and he knew how to use protools,” says Jeremih.

Soon Mick and Jeremih spent all of their free time laying down new music in Mick’s homemade studio. They recorded a demo in 2008 and got the idea to bring it to Power 92, their local radio station in Chicago. Their first song to hit the airwaves was the catchy car-centric song called “My Ride” which first played on the station’s local radio hour. But the song they recorded next would become their golden ticket, “Birthday Sex.” Power 92’s music director Bam fell in love with the sultry track and added it into the station’s regular rotation.

“That very next week, on October 30, 2008, I was in my car listening to the radio and next thing I knew, ‘Birthday Sex’ came on,” remembers Jeremih. “They were like, ‘Man, this is the new kid on the block, Chi-town’s own Jeremih! They played it back to back like it was a new R. Kelly song.”

In February of 2009 Jeremih flew to New York City, to perform in front of Island Def Jam President LA Reid. L.A. was so blown away by the budding superstar’s live performance and wide-ranging sound, he quickly made him part of the notorious label’s roster. “I feel like I can hang with these artists at Def Jam,” says Jeremih.

Now the young soul singer is getting ready to release his self-titled debut album that he describes as “Urban pop.” Produced entirely by his producer Mick, Jeremih’s debut album blurs the traditional lines of musical genres. Tyra Bank’s fierce swagger was his inspiration for the sonic stylings of “Runway” where he sings about captivating women who work the catwalk. Jeremih cranks up the energy on the up-tempo “Jumpin'” that will have clubs rocking nationwide.

On “My Sunshine” Jeremih finds light on a gloomy day in the company of his loved ones. Then on “Starting All Over” the multi-talented songwriter channels Stevie Wonder’s classic soul by crafting a song about new love. “Sometimes one of the hardest things to do in a relationship is to start over,” says Jeremih. “You really have to get to know this new girl and her brand new lips, or brand new scent. I feel like it’s one of the timeless records off the album that can be played 20 or 30 years from now.”

Even with his debut album mixed, mastered and ready to be released to the masses, Jeremih is still hard at work in the studio exercising his gift for making music. “I have no boundaries,” he says. “It excites me to see what there is to come. I’m a writer, I’m a singer, I’m a producer, and I can play instruments. I feel like that’s what sets me apart from all the other artists out there.”

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City of Fayetteville Leadership Advocates for Change in How Deployed Service Members are Counted

(Fayetteville, N.C.) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s office hosted a meeting at City Hall on Aug. 24, attended by the U.S. Census Bureau, the congressional delegation and state legislators, as well as North Carolina military leadership, to discuss changes in the way deployed military personnel and their family members will be counted during the 2020 decennial Census. In preparation for the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau is reviewing its processes for counting the deployed military population.  An accurate count of the deployed population is vital to the military communities in North Carolina and Gov. McCrory is actively committed to working with the Census Bureau to improve this process.

Under current rules, military personnel deployed overseas are allocated to a state’s overseas population based upon administrative records maintained by the Defense Manpower Data Center.  This allocation process uses the service member’s home of record first. If no home of record is available, the service member’s legal residence is used. The last duty station is used as a final source of residence if home of record or legal residence are not available.

State and local officials in North Carolina have asked the Census Bureau to reverse this process, so that, in the future, the last duty station will be used first, the legal residence will be used second and the home of record will be used as a third and final source.

In Fayetteville, adjacent to Fort Bragg, thousands of military personnel have been deployed over the past 12 years, and more will be deployed because Fort Bragg serves as the nations’ go-to installation for deploying rapidly its troops anywhere in the world in 18 hours or less.  Not counting our deployed service members has been and will be a detriment to the community. The U.S. Census figures are used to allocate federal funds to communities throughout the U.S. Businesses, local governments, civic organizations and academic institutions use Census data for a variety of analyses and decisions on resources and planning. 

“Everyone knows that Fayetteville is the center of the Military universe and we know that at a drop of a hat our neighbors and friends can be deployed, but they still call Fayetteville home. We cannot afford an inaccurate Census count. Fort Bragg and its Soldiers are part of what makes Fayetteville so great; they are part of the fabric of our City,” said Mayor Nat Robertson. “When Sen. Tillis’ office called about assisting the Governor and the U.S. Census Bureau in getting a better grip on what those numbers may look like, we were excited to help. After participating in The Federal Registry process and sending our suggested changes for the residency rules, the attention received from the letters we provided was refreshing.” 

City of Fayetteville and Jacksonville leadership were commended by the Governor’s office for their proactive leadership in advocating for change the manner in which deployed service members are counted in the Census. Changes recommended by Fayetteville leadership and other officials across North Carolina include: that the U.S. Census Bureau use a service member’s last duty station as the primary residence field from the Defense Manpower Data Center records for deployed personnel, that the Bureau apportion deployed military to a county population at a minimum, that the Bureau work with bases to identify better quality administrative records for assigning residence, that the Bureau count deployed spouses at the residence of their non-deployed spouse and that they use administrative records to provide socio-economic characteristics such as income and educational attainment of the deployed population. In addition, Fayetteville and Cumberland County leaders suggested that the Census Bureau recognize two categories of overseas military populations: military members temporarily deployed overseas to a conflict zone and military members assigned overseas outside of a conflict zone.

Mayor Robertson summarized the situation by saying, “In the end, every resident in our great City counts and the U.S. Census figures help us determine how we plan for service needs across the community. Obtaining inaccurate or incomplete information as a result of not counting our deployed Soldiers prevents Fayetteville from providing critical services to its residents.”

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Rooftops Newsletter: NFESH’s Success in DC to be Replicated Around the Country

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Aug 28,2015: Fayetteville Farmers Market

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Calling All Citizens: 2015 Citizens’ Academy Enrolling

(Fayetteville, N.C.) — The City of Fayetteville wants citizens to be a part of the 2015 Citizens’ Academy this fall. Classes start Thursday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. and are held each Thursday through Nov. 12. The Citizens’ Academy is free of charge.

This Citizens’ Academy will be fun and interactive. The class meets once a week and gives citizens the opportunity to learn more about local government and take ownership of their community. The Citizens’ Academy also helps citizens understand how the City provides services to residents. Citizens learn what City departments do and how they do it.

The City hopes that informed citizens are able to take information to community groups and share with neighbors. It may even encourage some to be involved in building a better community by becoming members of boards and commissions.

To apply, log onto www.cityoffayetteville.organd click on the Citizens’ Academy button at the top of the page or call 433-1578.  

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