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     Notre Dame Club of Eastern North Carolina
          Young Alumni Orientation Guide

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Congratulations and welcome to Eastern North Carolina! Whether you are a graduate of
the university or a friend, you are joining a wonderful group of people here in NC. If you
have a new job, are continuing your education at a local university, spending time in the
service, or returning to your roots, we hope that you will consider us part of your
extended family and join us for many of our club events. We hold football game
watches, organize groups for sports, offer community service opportunities, and join
together for happy hours…just some of a wide range of activities we offer.

Please let us know when you move to the area – we may be able to set you up with a
local contact who can help you along. Though our club covers the Eastern NC area, the
majority of our active members live in or near the triangle area of Raleigh, Durham, and
Chapel Hill so that is the area we focus on in this welcome package.

Club Contacts (Through August 2010)
Club President: Kathy Fyda-Turner, ‟74         
Club Vice President: Daniel Meier, ‟95  
Club Treasurer: Kevin Nickodem, ‟79            
Club Secretary: Becky Saydak, ‟95              
Immediate Past President: Eric “Rookie” Ruch, „00 MBA
Club Director, Young Alumni: Katherine Sloan, ‟07
Club Director, Senior Alumni: Kirk Wagenseller, ‟58
Club Director, Sports League: Sam Leonardo, ‟00
Club Director: Mike Flintosh, ‟97              
Club Director, UND Night: Fred Brinskelle, ‟56 
Club Director, Christmas Brunch: Greg Sley, „84
Club Director: Lynn Damitz, ‟89                
Club Director: Ellen Crowley, ‟87 MBA          
Club Director, Web Site: Joe Lipka, ‟73        
Alumni Schools Coordinator: Kathy Fyda-Turner

NDAA Region 15:
Director: Gary Hedinger                      
Young Alumni Rep: Jae Scarborough, ‟03       
Senior Alumni Rep: Dick Erlenbaugh, ‟64      
Black Alumni Rep: Chris Simms, ‟88

Club Web Site:

Club Communication: Join us on facebook! Search the groups for “Notre Dame Club of
Eastern North Carolina.”

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About the Triangle Area:
The Triangle Area is defined as the area inside the triangle formed by the three cities of
Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. There are a number of smaller towns such as Cary,
Knightdale, Holly Springs, Apex, Fuquay-Varina, etc. which fall inside or near the
triangle. An excellent resource for anyone considering moving to the Triangle Area is
The 2010 Raleigh North Caroline Area Real Estate Guide by Michael D. Regan. In
addition to real estate, this book also covers jobs, childcare, education, health care, places
of worship, shopping, culture, climate, transportation, sports and recreation.

Located in the center of the Triangle within Durham County is Research Triangle Park,
the largest research park in the country and home to many research and development
companies and headquarters. For more info, see

The Raleigh-Durham International Airport is located in close proximity to RTP and the
surrounding cities. For more info, see

You will hear of two beltlines around Raleigh and a number of highways that intersect
them. The two beltlines are the 440 beltline (which consists of an “inner” or clock-wise
beltline and an “outer” or counter-clockwise beltline) and the 540 beltline (also known as
the “outer loop”) which is further from the center of Raleigh and currently runs from US-
64-Bypass in Knightdale to NC-55 in Apex. The completion of the 540 beltline is
planned for the future.

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Public Transportation:

The Triangle Area offers several public transit systems that coordinate with one another
and provide bus transportation throughout the triangle as well as to local universities. For
more information, see

For more detailed and up-to-date information about the area, contact one of the local
Chambers of Commerce:

Raleigh Chamber of Commerce:          800 S Salisbury St
                                      Raleigh, NC 27601-2202
                                      (919) 664-7000

Durham Chamber of Commerce:           300 W Morgan St # 1400
                                      Durham, NC 27701-3795
                                      (919) 682-2133

Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce: 104 S Estes Dr
                                 Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2866
                                 (919) 967-7075

Note: Chapel Hill city buses are free to all. Routes and schedules may be found at Town
of Chapel Hill website,

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Key Areas/Neighborhoods to Know


The North Carolina Capitol Building in Raleigh, NC

Downtown – Consists of the business center of town and the Capitol area.

Five Points – Area north of downtown at the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and… -
neighborhood is well-established, consisting of older, high-priced homes within walking
distance of shops.

Crabtree – Area further north on Glenwood Avenue, beginning just outside the 440
beltline and surrounding the Crabtree Valley Mall, consisting of newer homes.

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North Raleigh – The entire area north of downtown extending beyond the 540 beltline,
consisting of town homes, apartments, and single-family homes in all price ranges. In
general, homes within this area will be more expensive than in the further outlying areas
of Clayton, Knightdale, Apex, Holly Springs, etc.

Cameron Village – Area to the northeast of downtown but still quite close to the city and
surrounding the Cameron Village shopping area, which consists of restaurants and both
unique and chain stores. Homes in this area consist generally of well-established
apartments, duplexes and single-family homes and can be pricey.

Brier Creek – Community living consisting of new apartments, town homes and single-
family residences in a country club setting off of Glenwood Avenue just outside the 540
beltline and in close proximity to the airport and extensive shopping.

Mini City – Consists of the area surrounding the intersection of Route 1/Capitol Blvd.
and Spring Forest Road in North Raleigh. Homes here are generally from the 1980s and
reasonably priced.

Wakefield – Community living similar to Brier Creek which is located north of the city
on Route 1/Capitol Blvd. Though it carries a Raleigh zip code, Brier Creek is located
north of North Raleigh, near Wake Forest.

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Durham Area:

Woodcroft - This Durham, NC community is located about 12 minutes from Duke, 15
minutes from the heart of Chapel Hill, and 15 minutes from RDU International Airport.
Woodcroft is an affordable, friendly and warm community with amenities including
walking trails, a pool and tennis courts.

Falconbridge – Located at the border of Durham and Chapel Hill, Falconbridge is a
lovely community surrounded on two sides by the Upper Little Creek Waterfowl
Impoundment which is densely wooded and forever protected from further development.
One exit away on Route 40 is the premiere shopping destination in the Triangle Area,
The Streets at Southpoint.

Brightleaf Square - Located in Downtown Durham, Brightleaf Square features a unique
mix of restaurants and shops in a pair of historic tobacco warehouses – a great location
for day-time or evening fun.

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American Tobacco Campus – is the home of Downtown Durham‟s entertainment
district including restaurants, the Durham Bulls baseball park, Durham Performing Arts
Center (DPAC), exhibits and concerts.

Hope Valley Farms – A large residential community between Hope Valley Road and
Fayetteville Road within a mile of Streets of Southpoint, Hope Valley Farms is a newer
community with a few homes still under construction. There are smaller communities
within the broader area, each with it's own unique appeal, offering all the amenities that
one expects of a large community - a community club house, pool, tennis courts,
playground and paved walking trails.

Woodlake - Woodlake is a community of 600 homes located between Fayetteville and
Barbee Roads in southwest Durham, North Carolina. In addition to single family homes
the community includes 100 town homes in Lake Village Townes and Piney Wood

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Chapel Hill Area:

Downtown Chapel Hill – East Franklin - This beautiful area near the UNC campus
has a university feel, inexpensive restaurants, bars, and shops selling college sportswear.

Downtown Chapel Hill – West Franklin - Again, near the UNC campus, this area
boasts eclectic restaurants, shops, and bars.

Meadowmont - is an interconnected community of single-family residences, upscale
shops, offices and restaurants that mirrors history with its narrow, tree-lined streets and
old stone walls. Behind Meadowmont is a bit of interesting history. The community gets
its name from a 20,000-square-foot Georgian Revival estate that stands just above the
Meadowmont community. Built by the DuBose family in 1933, the home is listed on the
National Register of Historic Places.

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Governors Club – This is a gated golf-course community with custom homes, high-end
shopping centers, entertainment venues, and outdoor recreational parks and facilities.

Southern Village – This is an all-inclusive residential area with shops, offices, and
residences surrounding a village green. Outdoor concerts and movies are held on
summer evenings.

Downtown Carrboro - Pedestrian friendly downtown Carrboro has restaurants and
shops, and a reputation for a terrific farmers market.

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Finding Housing:
The traffic in the Triangle Area can be quite heavy, particularly at rush hour. When
deciding where to live, you‟ll definitely want to take into consideration the distance from
home to work or school as well as the traffic on the routes you will follow. There is
reasonably priced housing most anywhere, though inside the Raleigh 440 beltline does
tend to be pricier. And there are lots of options in both houses and apartments.

Some sources to look at for housing:

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Other Moving Tips:

Driver’s License & Vehicle Registration – Go to for information about
registering your vehicle and applying for a North Carolina‟s driver license. Included at
the web site is The Newcomer's Guide which contains information about obtaining a
North Carolina driver license, title and registration plates. Also included is information
concerning vehicle safety inspections, financial responsibility, property taxes and local
licenses. In addition, they have pointed out some of the laws that may be different from
those in other states.

Utilities - Your utility providers (electricity, gas, water, phone, trash removal) may vary
from one city/town to another. For information on providers and scheduling service, try
one of the following: or call 1-866-298-1514

Change of Address Form – Go to or

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Catholic Parishes in the Triangle

The Catholic population has grown tremendously in North Carolina over the past 20
years or so. Below are some of the parishes. Those marked with an asterisk (*) also have
an elementary school.

Downtown Raleigh:            Sacred Heart Cathedral *

North Raleigh:               Our Lady of Lourdes *

                             Catholic Community of St. Francis *

                             St. Raphael‟s Catholic Church*

                             St. Luke‟s Catholic Church

Durham:                      Immaculate Conception Catholic Church *

Chapel Hill:                 St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church *

                             Newman Catholic Student Center Parish at UNC,

Apex:                        St. Andrews Catholic Church

Cary:                        St. Michael‟s Catholic Church *

For more information on the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, see

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Triangle Attractions:

The Triangle Area provides many opportunities for spectator sports, sporting activities
such as golf and boating, entertainment including concerts and theatre, museums and a
network of greenways. Below are just a few of the local attractions.

Raleigh:              North Carolina State University

                      RBC Center (Carolina Hurricanes Hockey – and concerts)

                      Pullen Park –

                      North Carolina Museum of Art –

                      North Carolina Museum of History –

                      Memorial Auditorium –

                      The North Carolina State Fair

For a complete list of Raleigh area attractions, see

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Durham:               Duke University

                      North Carolina Museum of Life and Science –

                      Durham Bulls Athletic Park –

                      Durham Performing Arts Center –

                      Duke Homestead -

                      American Tobacco Trail – 22+ mi. biking/running trail -

                      Streets at Southpoint –

More than just great shopping; there's a lot to do at The Streets at Southpoint! Dine with
friends or entertain the family at our exciting restaurants and attractions. The Streets at
Southpoint is the premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination in the Triangle
and was featured as one of the '10 Great Places to Spend It All in One Place' by USA

For more information on Durham area attractions, see

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Chapel Hill:          University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

   1) Historic UNC Campus Tour - Available Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm. Guided Historic
      Campus Tour. Standard tour available Mon.-Fri., 1:30pm. Self-Guided Tour of
      the Historic Campus. Follow brick walkways into the University‟s early years by
      taking a walking tour through the heart of the nation‟s first state university and its
      historic sites. Founded in 1793, the core campus is about 730 acres. Maps are
      available, along with a recorded narration. 250 East Franklin St (Morehead
      Planetarium Building, West Lobby) 919-962-1630.

   2) Dean E. Smith Center - Open Mon.-Fri., 8am-5pm, and for special events.
      Opened in January 1986, this is the third largest on-campus arena in the country,
      with a seating capacity of 21,750 for basketball games and 21,500 for concerts.
      The facility also houses the offices of the UNC Athletics Department (see below).
      Cost varies by event. Parking. Skipper Bowles Dr (UNC) (919) 962-7777.

   3) Morehead-Patterson Memorial Bell Tower - The tower (with hedge, lawn and
      flowers created by botany professor William C. Coker) was designed by McKim,
      Mead & White and given to the University in 1930 by John Motley Morehead III
      and Rufus Lenoir Patterson. It is 172 ft. tall, and its 10-bell carillon calls students
      to classes, provides twilight music and serenades football crowds departing the
      adjacent Kenan Memorial Stadium. South Rd and Stadium Dr. (919) 962-1630.

   4) The Old Well - In 1897, UNC President Edwin A. Alderman initiated the
      redesign of the original ramshackle shelter, which had been the primary source of
      campus water for more than a century. When it was finished, the new Greek
      Revival structure was so beautiful that it quickly became the unofficial symbol of
      the University. In 1954, it was given added beauty with brick walks, plantings and
      benches. Students traditionally earn good luck when they drink from The Old
      Well on the first day of classes. East Cameron Ave (facing South Building) (919)


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   5) Davie Poplar - This large tree marks the spot where, as legend has it, William R.
      Davie selected the site for the University in 1792. Since then the Davie Poplar has
      stood through all kinds of weather, including Hurricane Fran. Students still stop
      for a respite on the bench below the tree's great limbs.

   6)   Old East -- The first building constructed to house America's first state
        university. The cornerstone was laid on October 12, 1793. Nearly a century later,
        October 12 was declared Carolina's birthday, or as it is better known, University
        Day. Old East was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. The
        building has been used as a dormitory throughout its history.

   7) Forest Theatre -- Outdoor drama was first performed in Battle Park in 1916 to
      celebrate the tercentenary of Shakespeare's death. W.C. Coker, faculty botanist
      who had developed the Arboretum nearby, chose the location. Several years later,
      when "Proff" Frederick Koch came to the University, the Battle Park location was
      developed into a permanent theatre. The Forest Theatre is dedicated to Koch, the
      founder of the original Carolina Playmakers and the father of folk drama in
      America. The theatre was rebuilt with WPA funds about 1940 to a plan of Albert
      Q. Bell, who designed outdoor theatres for historic dramas at Manteo, Cherokee
      and Williamsburg, Virginia. In 1948 it was improved to a plan by architect Paul
      Beidler. The theatre is frequently used for weddings, outdoor concerts, and other

   8) Ackland Art Museum -- In 1948, William Hayes Ackland left a bequest to
      establish a university art museum in the South because there were few museums
      of any kind below the Mason-Dixon Line. The Ackland opened in 1958 on the
      campus of the first public university in the nation, UNC-Chapel Hill. Over four
      decades later, the Ackland still finds its greatest strength in using its university
      environment as a resource to engage both university and non-university
      audiences. The Ackland exists to bring people and works of art together. The
      Museum acquires, preserves, exhibits and interprets works of art to fulfill the
      University's mission. The Ackland advances the University's global reach through
      artistic and scholarly collaborations with national and international partners. The
      Museum's collection of over 15,000 objects includes the art of Asia, Africa,
      Europe and America, with works ranging from ancient times to the 21st century.

                      Historic Hillsborough –

                      The Carolina Basketball Museum -

                      North Carolina Botanical Garden -

For a more complete list, go to

For information on Chapel Hill events, go to

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   Triangle Attractions for Children:

   Some fun things to do with the kids…

1. Marbles Museum in Downtown Raleigh – unique learning activities for kids (also has an
   IMAX theater!)

2. Museum of Life and Science in Durham – great indoor and outdoor exhibits, including a
   Butterfly Pavilion!

3. Raleigh parks! Lots of great outdoor playgrounds, lakes, ball fields, pools, and
   Greenway walking/biking paths. Raleigh Parks and Recreation also offers an extensive
   number of recreational activities for all ages (sports, craft classes, etc). For more
   information on the Raleigh parks, check out .

4. State Farmer‟s Market – enjoy locally-grown produce and other treats. Open 7 days a

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5. Morehead Planetarium – on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. Lots of fun and
   educational star shows, laser shows, lectures, camps, and sky watching sessions.

6. Inflatable play centers – such as Monkey Joe‟s (in Raleigh and Cary), Pump it up (Brier
   Creek), TK‟s Jungle (Morrissville). Great way for kids to burn off some energy bouncing
   and sliding!

7. Umstead State Park (near RDU Airport) – for nature lovers of all ages, enjoy wildlife,
   picnic areas, and 32+ miles of hiking, biking, and horseback trails.

8. Frankie‟s Fun Park – a family amusement park near Brier Creek that has batting cages,
   go-carts, laser-tag, and miniature golf.

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Triangle Restaurants/Bars:


The Pit – For authentic North Carolina barbecue, try The Pit, named one of the 50 Best
U.S. Restaurants by Travel + Leisure Magazine, at 328 West Davie Street, Raleigh. Call
919-890-4500 or visit

Angus Barn – If you are in the mood to indulge, particularly on beef entrees, try this #2
Splurge Worthy Restaurant in it‟s Reader‟s Choice Awards as named by Southern
Living in January 2009. Located at 9401 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, 919-781-2444.

Raleigh Times Bar – For great burgers, try this restaurant/bar at 14 East Hargett Street,
Raleigh, 919-833-0999. See

The Red Room - If you‟re looking for lighter fare, try The Red Room Tapas Bar which
received the Midtown Diamond Award for Best Martini by Midtown Magazine in
January 2009. Located at 510 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, 919- 835-1322. See

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Wimpy’s Grill – Although it may appear rundown on the outside, Wimpy‟s, recently
featured on The Travel Channel‟s Man vs. Food, is know for it‟s hand-ground burger
meat and hamburger toppings, as well as it‟s made-fresh daily banana pudding. See

Magnolia Grill – Chef-owners Karen and Ben Barker feature seasonal cooking with a
traditional southern flare. A 2007 James Beard nominee for best restaurant in America is
a can‟t-miss when you are in town. See

Whiskey – Known for its specialty cocktails and liqueurs, Whiskey also serves wine by
the glass or bottle and North Carolina-brewed beers on tap. See

Restaurants at the Streets of Southpoint:

California Pizza Kitchen – Main Street, near Coldwater Creek          919.361.4200
Champps Americana – Main Street, across from Maggiano‟s Little Italy 919.361.3393
Firebirds Rocky Mountain Grill – Main Street, across from Rockfish Seafood Grill
Maggiano’s Little Italy - Main Street, across from Champps     919.572.0070
Rockfish Seafood Grill – Main Street, across from Firebirds Rocky Mountain Grill
The Cheesecake Factory - Main Street, across from Cinema Circle       919.206.4082

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Chapel Hill:

  1)   Top of the Hill - Overlooks downtown Chapel Hill from a large, third-floor
       outdoor patio and offers casual, upscale dining. Winner of 20 „Best of Triangle‟
       Awards, including Best Restaurant in Chapel Hill, Best Microbrew and Best
       Outdoor Deck. All ABC permits. Gift shop. Kids menu. Entertainment: Blues and
       rock, Thu eve. Smoke-free. 100 East Franklin Street. 919-929-8676.

  2)   Carolina Brewery - Chapel Hill‟s first microbrewery features contemporary
       American cuisine and handcrafted ales and lagers. Many dishes are made with
       beer, including desserts. Best Brew Pub in the Southeast Award (2000). Free
       shuttle to UNC basketball and football games. All ABC permits. Free parking.
       Kid-friendly. Outdoor dining. 460 West Franklin Street. 919-942-1800.

  3)   Bailey’s Pub & Grill - Offers a pub-style menu of ribs and fish & chips, a full bar
       with 36 beers on tap, 30 TVs with eight satellite hook-ups and a bevy of games,
       including billiards, darts and shuffleboards. In 2002, The Sporting News called
       Bailey‟s „the Madison Square Garden of sports bars‟. 1722 North Fordham Blvd
       (Rams Plaza). 919-918-1005

  4)   Bandido’s Mexican Restaurant - Voted best Mexican restaurant by readers of
       The Durham and Chapel Hill Herald newspapers and The News of Orange County
       (2006), plus the best salsa in the Bull City Challenge (2005). Need we say more?
       Great food, margaritas and service. All ABC permits. Credit cards. Kids menu.
       Outdoor dining. Smoke-free. 159 ½ East Franklin Street. 919-967-5048.

  5)   Bonne Soiree - Fine Dining. Intimate, elegant fine dining with an accent on
       French provincial. With its French provincial accents, intimate dining room (nine
       tables for 32 patrons) and its elegant handwritten menu (in cursive script), the
       restaurant is loaded with Old World charm. All ABC permits. Credit cards. Free
       parking. 431 West Franklin Street. 919-928-8388.

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  6)    East End Oyster & Martini Bar - Simple, upscale cosmopolitan decor. Menu of
        101 martinis, a good range of beers and a solid wine list. Limited menu. All ABC
        permits. Entertainment: Live music on weekends, sometimes with a cover charge
        (see Uptown under Nightclubs). 201 East Franklin Street. 919-929-0024.

  7)    Four Corners - An upscale sports restaurant serving full menu till 1am. Has 24
        TVs and 10 satellite systems, providing ultimate sports coverage from around the
        world. All ABC permits. 175 East Franklin Street. 919-968-3809.

  8)    Four Eleven (411) West - Cooking is designed to capture the vitality of Italy and
        the Mediterranean with a contemporary and imaginative twist. Pizza cooked in a
        wood-burning oven. Desserts and cappuccino bar. All ABC permits. Kids menu.
        411 West Franklin Street. 919-967-2782.

  9)    Spanky’s Restaurant - Casual dining experience with a full-service bar till 2am.
        Menu features traditional favorites, including a variety of burgers, its famed
        brown-sugar baby back ribs, garden-fresh salads and daily specials. All ABC
        permits. Kids menu. 101 East Franklin Street. 919-967-2678.

  10)   Talulla’s Mezze Lounge & Bar - Mezze are Mediterranean versions of tapas,
        influenced by Greek, Turkish, Lebanese, Morroccan and Algerian cuisine. Late
        night menu. Entertainment. 456 West Franklin Street. 919-933-1177.

  11)   Trilussa La Trattoria - Cuisine is Mediterranean, mostly Italian, including
        seafood, vegetarian and pasta. Credit cards. Wine & beer only. 401 West Franklin
        Street. 919-967-0057.

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How the Club Can Help You

       -   Reduced club dues for young alumni
       -   Posting of job searches to club listserv
       -   Opportunity to meet and socialize with fellow alumni
       -   Local amateur sports teams
       -   Monthly newsletters

Club Events and Activities

Annual Events:
      - Universal Notre Dame Night
      - Student Send-off
      - Christmas Brunch
      - Hesburgh Lecture
Other Activities:
       - Game Watches
       - First Friday Lunches
       - Sports Teams
       - Monthly Interfaith Food Shuttle
       - Tax Assistance Program
       - Continuing Education
       - Hospital Support Program
       - Young Alumni Happy Hours
If you plan to move to Eastern North Carolina, or are just thinking about it, please get in
contact with us. We can provide some advice and may even be able to provide a local
contact in the area you are considering to answer your questions. Good luck!


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