Get Rid of Your Old Children’s Books!

Help every child in Wake County be inspired, equipped, and empowered to read by donating your gently used children’s books to the Wake Up and Read program.
On behalf of REALTORS®, the Diversity Committee is collecting books for ages birth through Grade 5 until March 4. 
The goal of Wake County’s book drive is 110,000 Books, 10 Schools, 10 Books for Every Child
Where: Drop books in the bin in the RRAR lobby or at any of the locations listed below during the month of February.
You can help provide books to kids in wake county who would otherwise be without.
  • Books for ages birth to 12 years old.
  • Gently used: covers and pages intact, clean and readable
  • No coloring books, activity books or magazines.
  • RRAR, 111 Realtors Way, Cary NC 27513
  • Walmart Superstore,805 Town Centre Blvd., Clayton, NC 27520
  • The Drop In DayCare Center,106 Bratton Dr., Garner, NC 27529
  • Fonville Morisey Preston Office,1903 High House Road, Cary, NC 27519


U.S. News ranks Raleigh-Durham the 7th best place to live, Charlotte is No. 14

This article says Raleigh-Durham area is luring nearly 80 new residents a day – unbelievable!

U.S. News and World Report has a new list of the 100 best places to live in the U.S., and “Raleigh-Durham” is No. 7.

The new list rates the Triangle above Charlotte, which took the No. 14 spot. Winston-Salem is No. 37, and Greensboro picked up spot No. 51.

Austin, Texas, was named as the best place to the U.S., according to U.S. News. Denver and San Jose, Calif., rounded out the top three.

The publication examined 100 of the largest U.S. metro areas to find the best places to live. The top areas were rated on best quality of life, value and people’s desire to live there.

U.S. News author Chika Gujarathi said that Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are known for their research/technology roots and collegiate rivalries, and are luring nearly 80 new residents each day with strong job growth and a high quality of life.

“Many people who call the Raleigh and Durham metro areas home are young, friendly, diverse and educated,” Gujarathi said. “They enjoy dining out in local restaurants – many of which have earned national accolades – and gathering over craft beers in one of the region’s many microbreweries.”

Gujarathi also pointed out that Raleigh-Durham has a strong sense of community, and the people who live in the area are friendly. She also said the green spaces surrounding the towns, family-friendly museums and growing art and music scenes make a strong case for the area.

In the U.S. News list, Charlotte is described by author Lauren Levine as a standalone destination area now, no longer living in the shadow of Atlanta or Charleston, S.C.



Forbes Travel Guide names Raleigh one of its ‘12 Top Destinations of 2017′

RALEIGH: The City of Oaks has been named to the Forbes Travel Guide list of “12 Top Destinations of 2017.”

Sharing the top 12 with global destinations such as Bogota, Colombia, and the Indonesian island of Bali, Raleigh is one of six mainland U.S. cities to make the list. The others are Washington; Santa Barbara, Calif.; Phoenix, Los Angeles and Houston.

The Forbes list, published in January, cites the food scene as one of the main reasons to visit Raleigh. The write-up specifically mentions Scott Crawford’s Crawford & Son, the Herons restaurant at The Umstead Hotel and Spa (which is in Cary) and the Morgan Street Food Hall and Market, which will open this year.

“It’s a very nice accolade and a great list to be on, reinforcing Raleigh as a top-tier travel destination in the minds of visitors and also building community pride amongst residents who live, work and play here,” Visit Raleigh spokesman Scott Peacock said in an email.

The Forbes Travel Guide uses a team of incognito inspectors to check into thousands of hotels and dine in many restaurants to review places all over the world.  Tough job, huh?

In November 2016, Forbes named North Carolina second in a list of “Best States for Business” despite some corporations’ backlash last year against House Bill 2

by: Chris Cioffi, news and observer