“Housing is the biggest problem in autism right now,” says Hannah Ellis, who launched Living With Autism and its group home on behalf of her son Sam. A play structure for residents of the home was designed and built by students in the AIAS N.C. State University Freedom by Design Program. Pictured from top left are AIAS FBD team members Sam Lackey, Allison Menius, Alex Buck, group home resident Jake, and Gabby Seider. Bottom, Kelsey Morrison, Scott Needham, resident Robby, group home manager Cathy Newton, Sam, and Hannah and Nick Ellis.

Living with Autism

Hannah Ellis of Cary is proof that necessity is the mother of invention.

When her son, Sam, aged out of North Carolina’s residential program for children with autism, located in Butner, she found no housing options for him as an adult.

“There are very few residential programs, and some have eight- to 10-year waiting lists.... Read More


Place Your Bid

Stroll the halls of the The Halle in Apex, and you’ll find a twinkling wonderland of evergreens and unique ornaments that could be yours … if the bid is right.

The ninth annual Halle Hall of Wreaths & Trees exhibit and auction is a fundraiser benefiting Western Wake Crisis Ministry, on display through Dec. 21.

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For the Girls

It’s police versus firefighters in this basketball battle, and we already know who wins: The girls.

The tournament, hosted by the Holly Springs High Schools Golden Hawks Booster Club, serves as a fundraiser for the school’s girls basketball team. It also helps raise awareness of the Mayor’s Anti-Bullying Campaign.

Set for this Saturday, Dec. 3,... Read More


Two Towns, Two BIG Celebrations

Happy December!

All of Western Wake is readying to welcome Santa, with two big celebrations launching the season this weekend, in Cary and Apex.

Here’s what you need to know, to get you and the family to the lands of ho-ho-ho!

Heart of the Holidays Celebration, Cary

Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.

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Restaurant Row

Sicilian Caponata

Exclusive Dish: Sicilian Caponata

As a child visiting family in Sicily, Guiseppe Cataldo and his pals would come in from playing, sweaty and hungry, begging for a snack.

“A grandmother or aunt would pull a container out of the refrigerator, scoop something onto a plate, cut some fresh bread, and tell you ‘There you go, eat this,’” recalled Cataldo,... Read More

Chiles en Nogada consists of poblano chilis filled with shredded meat, fruits and spices topped with a walnut-based cream sauce, called nogada, and pomegranate seeds, giving it the three colors of the Mexican flag: green, red and white.

Traditions on the Table

This holiday season, local chefs and restaurateurs will take a much-needed respite from their demanding routines and spend time with their families. We asked five of the area’s most versatile men and women of the kitchen to share their favorite food traditions with us.

As a bonus, we managed to score several heirloom recipes plus... Read More

Home & Garden


Gift Books for Gardeners

Need ideas for those friendly gardeners on your Christmas gift list? Why not go with garden books that will provide your favorite backyard growers with plenty of ideas and inspirations to consider before the spring planting season?

Need suggestions? Below are some of the more interesting reads that have landed on my desk in the... Read More

CM Peony

Making a Cold Case for Peonies

Pssst! Ya wanna know a secret? Herbaceous peonies (Paeonia lactiflora), those beautiful perennials with the big, bodacious blossoms everybody adores, really aren‘t that hard to grow in the South!

This should be welcome news to local gardeners who regard these peony bushes as highly desirable but finicky when it comes to fabulous flower shows. The... Read More

We Love


We Love!: November/December 2016

1. Diamonds by the Yard necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are available in varying carat weights in white, yellow, or rose gold, starting at $290. diamondsdirect.com

2. Cary Film Circle is a gift that keeps on giving. Members receive exclusive perks at local merchants, ticket deals, T-shirt, and more. Read More