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Events in Rocky Mount to Remember “A Dream” with Martin Luther King Day Events

On their official website, the City of Rocky Mount explains in a recent posting that the municipality has long been linked to the inspirational and world- changing words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as one of his speeches immediately prior to the famous “I have a dream” address he gave was right in the city. The pride in the Doctor’s strong words is still as evident as ever locally and can be experienced just minutes from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve at any of the recently announced Martin Luther King Day Events in Rocky Mount celebrating his legacy.

Martin-Luther-King-Day-Events-in-Rocky-Mount-Belmont Lake PreserveThe City of Rocky Mount piece went on to explain that “January will be a month where the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and the city of Rocky Mount pause to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through community events.”

Continuing to speak of each of these Martin Luther King Day Events in Rocky Mount, the city website went on to tell that,”The theater at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences will be the location for the MLK Oratorical Competition on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 beginning at 9 am. Students in grades sixth through eighth will speak to the theme “Building Bridges,” while speeches for contestants in grades ninth through 12th will speak around the “Unfinished Work of a Dreamer” theme.”

The main event will as always be the annual Unity Breakfast, to take place this year on Monday, January 15 at 7:00 am, and will take place just a few steps away from your new home at the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community at the Dunn Center on the campus of NC Wesleyan College.

Detailing the annual breakfast, the site said, “Keynote speaker, Rick Glazier, executive director of the N.C. Justice Center, will serve as the keynote speaker for the 31st annual Unity Breakfast that will be held beginning at 7 a.m. on Jan. 21 at the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of N.C. Wesleyan College.”

Going on to explain why Mr. Glazier was the selection for keynote speaker, the posting said, “Glazier’s resume is extensive. He previously represented Cumberland County for seven terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives. He also served as a visiting professor in Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University for eight years and has taught pre-trial civil law at Campbell University’s School of Law for the past 24 years.”

Following the  Annual Unity Breakfast, volunteers will team together for the annual Day of Service projects. All events are free and open to the public. City of Rocky Mount Human Relations Director addressed the annual “Day of Service” and what it means to him and the community as a whole, stating, ““We are always excited about the start of a new year, providing everyone an opportunity to look beyond our differences and focus on the things that unite us as we strive for an inclusive community,” Human Relations Director Archie Jones said.

For more information on any of these Martin Luther King Day Events in Rocky Mount, please contact the city of Rocky Mount’s Human Relations Department at 252-972-1181.

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Deck the Halls for the 63rd Annual Rocky Mount Christmas Parade

Following in the classic holiday tradition that is trimming the tree, hanging the stockings, and awaiting Santa to descend down the chimney, the 63rd annual Rocky Mount Christmas Parade returns on Sunday, December 2, just down the street from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve, bringing holiday joy and the yuletide spirit once again to downtown Rocky Mount. 

This years’ Christmas Parade in Rocky Mount has a very special theme, as the city officials and members of the community will band together with the United States Marine Corps Reserve, who will be on hand to collect donated toys for less fortunate youngsters in the area to help ensure a special Christmas morning for the little ones who may not normally receive such gifts. The representatives from the Marine Corps will be located near City Hall, on the corner of Church and Nash Street before, during, and after the Christmas Parade in Rocky Mount to collect the “Toys for Tots.”

The 63rd annual Christmas Parade in Rocky Mount will commence at 3:00 p.m., ringing in the holiday season as the community and all its residents “get in the spirit of the season” as they march through downtown in grand fashion. In addition to the area schools, bands, dance groups, and other groups that are sure to impress with there individual floats that are encouraged to be decorated in accordance with this years’ worthy them of “Toys for Tots,” the little ones will also be thrilled to know that once again, Santa Claus himself, along with Ms. Claus will also be on hand as a part of the 2018 Christmas Parade in Rocky Mount.

For more information on the 63rdannual Christmas Parade in Rocky Mount, you can email susan.ball@rockymountnc.gov, or call the city’s Parks and Recreation Department office at 252-972-1159.

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Rocky Mount Business One of Just 13 in U.S. Selected for EPA Grant

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Showing the strength of the growing and bustling local business community in Rocky Mount Business, Babington Technology, was one of just 13 small businesses from across the United States recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to receive a grant from the allotted $1.3 million dollars to be part of a project to aid in the reduction of electrical power consumption, reduce the emission of carbon, and lower the price for consumers associated with cookstove combustion technology.

On the EPA’s official website, it was noted that “The 13 businesses we are funding today are producing innovative and creative solutions for our country’s environmental problems,” said Thomas Burke, EPA science advisor and deputy assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “Small businesses play an integral role in creating technologies that will help ensure a sustainable future for our country.”

The article continued in explaining the grants, saying, “Each of the 13 companies will receive a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract for up to $100,000 to develop their green technology. If Phase I is successful, companies will be eligible to apply for a Phase II contract of up to $300,000 to develop and commercialize their technology for the marketplace.”

For more information on these grants including more on Rocky Mount Business, Babington Technology, visit the official site of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, epa.org.

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Art Classes in Rocky Mount : “Sculpting” a Family Friendly Community at the Imperial Center

Art Classes in Rocky Mount

Moving from the winter months and into the Spring, the temperature is not the only thing seeing an increase here locally, as there is always an influx of activities being offered in Downtown Rocky Mount. Whether you are a toddler or a senior citizen, if your preference is science, art, or theatre, just a few minutes up the road from your new home at the premier North Carolina golf community, Belmont Lake Preserve, the Imperial Centre for the Arts open up their schedule with numerous options for Art Classes in Rocky Mount for all ages.

This first part in our three part series will look specifically at the Art Classes in Rocky Mount this month at the Imperial Centre, which is located at Gay Street in the heart of downtown. For starters, those ages 12 and up that wish to catch the “acting bug,” this Spring can partake in “Intro to Acting: Auditions and Scene Study.” Described at the official site of the Imperial Centre as “the perfect class for the beginning actor or for experienced actors who want to sharpen their skills. This class will focus on how to prepare cold scenes at auditions as well as how to dissect scenes into beats and make strong choices in the audition, rehearsal, and performance process.”

Whether acting and performance art is your thing, or whether your preference is to express your creativity on canvas, the Imperial Centre has you covered with Art Classes in Rocky Mount for all. “Intro to Painting,” is another class where anyone age 13 and older can learn to “Study the language of painting.” Technique, materials, and elements of art are all topics focused on in this course, as you learn to build a better understanding of different mediums.

For those looking for some fun activities that the whole family can partake in, look no further than the Art Classes in Rocky Mount and the “Paint Together: Family Workshop.” Join the pros at the Imperial Centre and “explore the basics of painting as a family” at this workshop. Working with acrylic paints, family members will work together on a project and leave with a beautiful piece of art to hang at home as a memory of what is certain to be a fantastic day of fun together.

Yet another genre of art will be focused on at another of the Art Classes in Rocky Mount offered at the Centre, as you and family members  can come out and “use their hands” as part of “Intro to Clay: Functional Wares.” A variety of items will be created at this truly, “hands-on” two session workshop and it is open to anyone age 14 and up.

The Art Classes in Rocky Mount offered up at the Imperial Centre are just a few of the fantastic things that everyone in the house hold can enjoy. For further information, ioncluding special lower rates on these courses for Rocky Mount residents, visit the Imperial Centre website here.

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Rocky Mount named as #1 on List of Best Places for Millennials in Nash County

Best Places for Millennials in Nash County

The 2018 “Best of” Rankings from the “experts on safety and family living” at niche.com, has named the City of Rocky Mount the number one municipality among the Best Places for Millennials in Nash County.

Using their tried and true grading system to arrive at the annual listing of Best Places for Millennials in Nash County in 2018, Rocky Mount achieved the number one ranking out opf the five major municipalities they reviewed in their county-wide study.

The major factors given for being named the top city among Best Places for Millennials in Nash County in 2018, were several very crucial elements that millennials, and any new home owner would take into consideration before relocation. First and foremost in the items in favor of Rocky Mount was its diverse community, as well as being noted for a vast improvement over the past decade in being a family friendly environment to raise a family a great selection of entertainment options year round under the catergory “nightlife.”

In support of Rocky Mount’s ranking atop the list of Best Places for Millennials in Nash County in 2018, was a review submitted by a life long resident of the city, offering support and credibility to this honor.

“I’ve lived here from the time I was born and I love it,” the reviewer began. “Although we could have a better mall and more food options, its the perfect place to retire or raise a family. Everything you need is in one place. The review continued, saying, “There are great schools here and great people…I’d definitely consider raising a family here if a job presents itself by the time I graduate.”

For more information on the Best Places for Millennials in Nash County for 2018, and the full listing in greater detail, visit niche.com.

College Basketball’s Greatest Rivalry is “never too far away…”

In addition to being afforded the most luxurious, spa like amenities in the area as you enjoy your new house at the Belmont Lake Preserve new home community, a major reason in which many people are opting to relocate to scenic and historic Rocky Mount is the great location. For any sports fan under your roof, this bids especially well, given the excitement in the air at this time of year “around the hoop,” with both Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sitting very close to just an hour away , when you’re here at BLP you’re never too far from College Basketball’s Greatest Rivalry.

Without question when people think sports in the state of North Carolina the first thing that pops into mind is Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) college basketball, and with that, two of the most decorated hoops programs in all of the land, Duke and UNC. More so decorated history and than any other rivalry across NCAA Division 1 basketball, the decorated history and unparalleled talent that comes in and out of these school’s and on to the basketball court makes there two matchups each season College Basketball’s Greatest Rivalry.

With both teams sitting once again predicted to be among the elite of all of the NCAA in the 2017-18 season, College Basketball’s Greatest Rivalry is sure to be as red hot as ever to kick off another chapter this week, when Duke will travel to Chapel Hill and face theTar Heels on Thursday night, February 8 as the eyes of America will be on the state of North Carolina once again in a nationally televised contest on ESPN at 8:00 pm. The Tar Heels, will later take to the road in the seasons final regular season maych up and try to head into “March Madness” with a road win against the Blue Devils on March 3rd in another nationally televised contest will take place on the Duke campus at Cameron Indoor Stadium with an 8:00 pm tip off.

While all ACC basketball contests carry some weight and interest, no two teams taking the court in this or any other sport seems to draw the interest of Duke and UNC in College Basketball’s Greatest Rivalry. To see all of the options in area sports that are taking place just a short way up the road from Belmont Lake Preserve and Rocky Mount, including Duke and UNC, visit the “Lifestyle Redefined” page on our Belmont Lake Preserve website, located here.

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The Classics to Headline Winter Lineup at Imperial Center in Rocky Mount

With two legendary tales taking center stage at the theatre at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Science, the winter schedule for great entertainment, just up the street from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve NC Golf Community, will continue to heat up as the temperature drops with “Pride and Prejudice,” and the holiday classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

Starting on October 26 and running through the 29th, Jane Austin’s “Pride and Prejudice is a brilliant tale of a simpler time in history. The Imperial Center home website describes the show as, “ humorous story of love and life among English gentility during the Georgian era. Mr Bennet is an English gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife. The Bennets 5 daughters; the beautiful Jane, the clever Elizabeth, the bookish Mary, the immature Kitty and the wild Lydia.”

Just in time for the holidays, the Winter Lineup at Imperial Centre welcome the Charles Shultz classic, “A Charlie Brown Christamas,” to the Rocky Mount stage, starting on November 30 and running until December 3. 49 years after first stealing the hearts of a nation and becoming a holiday staple on television in its near five decades of existence, the Peanuts crew will no doubt be a crowd pleaser that all ages can enjoy. The Imperial Centre Christmas Choir will also take part in this show, making this a can’t miss part of the Winter Lineup at Imperial Centre.

With these great offerings on the horizon and several familiar stage favorite already scheduled for the Spring, it is safe to say that the fantastic Winter Lineup at Imperial Centre is just the beginning, as 2018 promises to be a talented and entertaining ride for all to enjoy.

The Imperial Centre is located at 270 Gay Street in Rocky Mount. For more info on the Winter Lineup at Imperial Centre and all the other great vents coming up, visit imperialcentre.org

“Embrace the Roar of the Crowd,” Charlotte Hornets Basketball Looks for Great Things in 2016-17 Season

Charlotte Hornets Basketball

The countless entertainment options that have become part of your “Lifestyle Redefined” at Belmont Lake Preserve include many professional and collegiate sports teams across the state of North Carolina that are with in a short driving distance. The “Tar Heel State” certainly get a little “Hoops Crazy” as this time of year rolls around, and the sports fanatic under your roof at our North Carolina golf and retirement community can rest assured that the run into the playoffs last season was one that the Charlotte Hornets Basketball team looks to build upon as they hope to take steps towards an NBA Championship in the 2016-17 season, which gets underway later this week.

The Hornets are set to unveil the awesome new scoreboard at the Spectrum Center

The Hornets are set to unveil the awesome new scoreboard at the Spectrum Center

With a recent name change to their downtown home arena, the Charlotte Hornets Basketball franchise will look for bigger and better things than even the greatly successful 2015-16 season as they take the court at the freshly named, Spectrum Arena this year. Finishing with an impressive 48 wins against just 34 losses with an even more lofty 30-11 home record, the Charlotte Hornets Basketball will be favored as one of the NBA’s top teams in the Eastern Conference this year.

Getting ready for the upcoming season, the Charlotte Hornets Basketball squad will take to the road for their two opening contests, when they travel on Wednesday, October 26 to play the Milwaukee Bucks. and then the Miami Heat on October 29. Finally, the hometown crowd will get to root for some 2016-17 Charlotte Hornets Basketball when the home opener takes place against the rival Boston Celtics on Saturday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the newly christened Spectrum Center.

Charlotte Hornets Basketball

Hugo the Hornet, the team mascot and the Hornets are often seen involved with school and community events

Other Charlotte Hornets Basketball home games scheduled throughout the first full month of play at the Spectrum Center will see the Philadelphia 76ers in town on November 2, before a three game home stand against the Indiana Pacers (November 7), Utah Jazz (November 9), and Toronto Raptors (November 11). The Atlanta Hawks come in to do battle with the Charlotte Hornets Basketball team on November 18, before they bring in the Memphis Grizzlies (November 21), San Antonio Spurs (November 23), and the New York Knicks (November 26). Closing out a busy first month of Charlotte Hornets Basketball will be the always tough, Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, November 29.

Much like the championship-caliber golf you are used to playing right here in your backyard at Belmont Lake Preserve, the Charlotte Hornets Basketball franchise will be playing championship caliber basketball just a few short hours away from Belmont Lake Preserve. To “Embrace the roar of the crowd” at the Spectrum Center and for more information on the full 2016-17 schedule and tickets, visit nba.com/hornets.

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Moorefield Real Estate named by Halle Companies as Exclusive Realtor at Belmont Lake Preserve

Moorefield Real Estate

The Halle Companies has recently announced a partnership with Moorefield Real Estate of Rocky Mount, naming the company as the Exclusive Realtor at Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community.

“We are excited as the leaders’ in Rocky Mount Real Estate for over four decades to represent the premier development in our city, and absolutely thrilled to work along side, the Halle Companies, who also bring over 40 years of experience and excellence in residential development with them to the table,” said Kenneth Moorefield, Founder of Moorefield Real Estate. “With the unique amenities that are exclusive to this community- it’s golf course, the swimming pools, the restaurant, and so forth- we just can’t wait to put our brush to the canvas and paint this picture that we have been envisioning for all the families and residents of Rocky Mount at Belmont Lake Preserve.”

Upon their purchase of Belmont Lake Preserve in late 2011, the Halle Companies have invested millions of dollars into the development of the 1400-acre forested community. In a prepared statement released at the time of the purchase, Halle spoke of the difference between the community’s previous developer who struggled with financial issues and the Halle Companies, explaining, this was a cash purchase and that The Halle Companies continue to operate on a debt-free basis with no lenders. Halle added that by purchasing the community with cash it allows us to move at the proper pace and keep the community on a sound financial footing.

Once the purchase was finalized, the Halle Companies began focusing on providing retreat-like amenities that include both an indoor and outdoor pool and a full fitness facility at the Belmont Lake Community Clubhouse, which finished construction in 2014. The Golf Clubhouse also was added to the community and finished in 2014, hosting a full golf pro shop and the highly acclaimed Main Course at Belmont Restaurant. The 18-hole David Johnson golf design, Belmont Lake Golf Club has previously been named to the “Top 100 You Can Play” by the NC Golf Panel and also was recognized among the top course designs across Eastern NC.

About Moorefield Real Estate

With an emphasis on integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, and a “client-first” approach, Moorefield Real Estate and its Founder/Manager, Kenneth Moorefield brings an unmatched customer and broker relationship with Rocky Mount residents and the surrounding area for nearly 44 years in his training of every broker on his team.

A multi-million dollar producer in each and every one of his 43-plus years in real estate, Moorefield, the 2011 Realtor of the Year, and the exceptional Moorefield Real Estate management team that will represent Belmont Lake Preserve includes Broker-in-Charge, Jay Hooks, who has been a multi-million dollar producer for seven consecutive years and the 2011 and 2014 REALTOR Associate of the Year, Trevor Foote, who likewise has been a multi-million dollar producer for all seven years she has been with the company.

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Forbes Names North Carolina No. 2 Best State for Business and Careers

Best State for Business and Careers

Another among many factors supporting your decision to buy a home at the award winning NC golf community, Belmont Lake Preserve in Rocky Mount is the recent Forbes ranking of the state of North Carolina, placing it second among all 50 states in the prestigious annual listings of the Best State for Business and Careers for 2015.

Improving even on last year’s lofty ranking as Forbes’ number three Best State for Business and Careers in the 2014 listings, North Carolina finished ahead of all states in the union other than Utah, which clung to the top spot for a second consecutive year. Maintaining the consistent growth that has many professionals taking notice of the “Tar Heel State,” it was noted in the Forbes’ article on the Best State for Business and Career that North Carolina is the only state in the entire country that has ranked in the top five every year since they have conducted the rankings.

Speaking to the lofty ranking on the Best State for Business and Career listings, the profile on North Carolina on forbes.com said, “With one of the highest net migration rates in the U.S., people have been flocking to North Carolina for the past decade. They are chasing jobs.” It continued to say, “The unemployment rate was stuck above 10% for most of 2009 through 2011, but has dipped to 5.4% in 2015. North Carolina has the smallest union workforce in the U.S. in terms of percent of total employment. The resulting benefit is labor costs that are 10% below the national average and fifth overall lowest in the country.”

Forbes’ also cited a cost of doing business in North Carolina at 10 percent below the national average, in addition to the state ranking tenth in prospective growth and ninth overall in labor supply as major factors in being ranked as the number two Best State for Business and Careers.

To see the entire listing and for more detail on North Carolina’s ranking as the number two Best State for Business and Careers in 2015, visit www.forbes.com.