A Day for the Dogs at Knightdale Dogtoberfest

Returning for a second consecutive year on Saturday, October 21 to Knightdale Station Park, Knightdale Dogtoberfest will be a day full of “dog-themed” fun for the whole family and “man’s best friend.”

Knightdale Dogtoberfest kicks off in the same fashion as the inaugural event did last year, with the running (or walking) of the “2k9” Fun Run starting at noon. The run will loop around Knightdale Station Park and prizes will be given out at the conclusion of the “2k9” to the top several finishers. On top of these runners being awarded prizes, their will also be goody bags given out to the first 100 contestants that had signed up for the fun run at Knightdale Dogtoberfest.

Continuing in what figure to be a Knightdale Dogtoberfest tradition, will be the return of the wildly popular dog costume contest which will also see prizes awarded in a variety of categories to the dogs that will be judged by the local girl scouts.

Likewise, there will once again be a booth at Knightdale Dogtoberfest set up by the Wake County Animal Shelter (WCAS) where information and literature on how to adopt a dog will be provided. For those looking to leave Knightdale Dogtoberfest with a new pet, you will also be able to actually adopt a dog through the WCAS as well. Several other pet related vendors will also be on hand to share in this day dedicated to the dogs.

Heading into the fall season, Knightdale Dogtoberfest is just one of the many great community and family friendly events that the Town of Knightdale will be holding at Knightdale Station Park. You can find a full listing of the events coming up at Knightdale Station on their events page at knightdalestation.com or for a full listing of all the great upcoming events this fall and into the winter visit the official Town of Knightdale website at knightdalenc.gov.


Knightdale Ranks in Money magazine’s Top 100 Best Places to Live 2017

Knightdale is ranked among the best places in the country to live and long-time Knightdale residents are not surprised. “Knightdale was an awesome place to grow up,” they said. According to Money magazine, it still is. Knightdale was rated one of the Best Places to Live for 2017. Money, in partnership with Realtor.com, identified the top 100 places to live based on healthy economy, affordable homes and a high quality of life.

Money looked at places with populations between 10,000 and 100,000 and eliminated any place that had more than double the national crime risk, less than 85% of its state’s median household income or a lack of ethnic diversity. This pared the list to 2,400 places. Data on economic health, cost of living, public education, crime, ease of living and amenities along with data on housing market costs and growth was used to rank each municipality.

Next, reporters conducted research by interviewing residents, checking out neighborhoods and searching for intangible factors that don’t show up in the statistics to whittle the list down to the Top 100. To ensure a geographically diverse set, the list was limited to no more than four places per state and two per county. The top 15 includes only one entity per state.

Knightdale, population 14,868 with a median household income of $63,158 and a projected job growth rate of 10.9%, was one of three entries from North Carolina, coming in at number 76 on the list. Concord made the list at number 38 while Morrisville showed up at number 90.

VisitRaleigh.com describes Knightdale as having a “welcoming, youthful culture.” Tagged as an “emerging city with a magnetic energy fueled by the optimism and brain power of a young population,” Knightdale is one of the fastest-growing towns in NC and the Triangle. Just nine miles from downtown Raleigh, Knightdale residents are the youngest in the Raleigh metro area with a median age of 31.


Rankings derived from more than 70 separate types of data, in the following categories:

  • Economy—based on local unemployment rate, historical job growth, projected job growth and the level of employment opportunities available.
  • Cost of living—based on median household income, tax burden, insurance costs, commuting costs, medical spending, utility and home expenses.
  • Education—based on math and reading test scores and local and county level high school graduation rates.
  • Housing—based on realtor.com Housing Affordability Index and Housing Growth Index at county level, plus other realtor.com housing statistics available at research.realtor.com.
  • Crime—based on property and violent crime risk as well as homicide and drug overdose rates.
  • Amenities—based on number of doctors and hospitals in the area as well as number of leisure activities in the town and surrounding area, including bars, restaurants, museums, sports complexes, and green spaces.
  • Ease of living—based on commute times, weather, and other factors.

How to Coordinate Interior Paint Colors

We’ve all see homes with multiple colors on the walls. Sometimes all of these colors can make a house resemble a circus tent. However, walls that are the same color throughout can become dull and uninspiring. Ways exist to combine colors effectively if you start with a base color and plan properly. Below are three examples on how to coordinate interior paint colors.


Starting with a Gray Base.

Start with a very light gray on all of your walls. This color will add warmth to your rooms. After you’ve added this fresh coat of paint, it will become easier to see where you want to include additional colors.

You should keep the gray in your entryway, bathrooms, and any hallways or small spaces. Your kitchen will look great in this color too. If you have an eat-in kitchen, then you can opt to paint that area another hue such as heather-purple, which combines purple and gray into a stunning color result.

In your living room, you can paint one wall a dark gray to add contrast. Select the wall with a fireplace or use the wall behind your couch. For your formal dining room, you should consider dark purple for one accent wall. This color adds elegance and will coordinate well with the gray.

For a sophisticated look, you can include the same purple color in your master bedroom on the wall behind your bed. For a girl’s bedroom, you can try lilac, which is a light purple with a pinkish tinge. For a boy’s room, a periwinkle color provides a great look. This hue consists of pale purple and a hint of blue. For a nursery, mauve is a gorgeous color. The mixture of purple and gray shades will look striking for a boy or a girl.

Starting with a White Base.

Paint all of your walls with a fresh white color. This hue will make your rooms look brighter and airier. Even though white works well with any color, you should try to stick with only one or two coordinating shades. Start by leaving your hallways and your entryway white to keep them from feeling claustrophobic.

One great color to use with white is yellow. This color looks clean and soft in a utility room. Choose a pale hue, so you don’t overwhelm your senses. A pale yellow or cream color will look stylish with a contemporary or rustic kitchen décor. Use either color on the walls in your kitchen to create a homey look and feel.

For your living room, you can create an accent wall painted in harvest gold. Once a popular choice for kitchen appliances in the 1970s, this yellow-gold color is experiencing a comeback and will add a chic appearance to any wall. For your dining room, consider a golden honey color, which looks warm and inviting. You can paint the entire room this color or select one wall to highlight.

In your master bedroom and bathroom, consider using an elegant champagne color which includes yellow and subtle orange hues. A pastel yellow is a calming color for a girl’s bedroom. A bright yellow adds fun to a boy’s room. If one type of yellow is too much for you, consider breaking up the color in your children’s bedrooms by using two different shades of yellow on the walls or combine yellow walls with an orange wall.

Starting with a Beige Base.

For your base, use a beige paint which is the palest shade of brown. This color will give your home a transitional look that’s somewhere between gray and white. You’ll get a nice pop of color without overpowering each room. Consider mixing this color with shades of green or red in specific areas for extra interest.

Stick with beige in your entryway and hallways. A light wheat color in your kitchen, matched with a tan color in your dining area, will coordinate well and look stylish regardless of your home’s décor. If you want to include a different color tone, opt for a forest green accent wall in your dining area.

Try a chestnut-colored wall in your living room to add warmth. Khaki, a light yellow-brown color, will look perfect in your bathrooms and utility room. For an entertainment space, consider using copper paint on one wall and mahogany on another wall to create a fun look. Leave the other two walls beige to keep the room from appearing too dark.

For your master bedroom, an accent wall in burnt sienna — a reddish brown — will give the room a dramatic look. For children’s rooms, a brownish-orange tawny color makes a strong statement and will work well as an accent wall in a boy’s or a girl’s room. For something brighter, try sand-colored paint on one or two of the walls, which is just a shade lighter than beige. These two colors work well together and will make any room appear more spacious.

Adding color to your home can increase the enjoyment of your space if you don’t overdo it with too many hues. You want your rooms to feel comfortable and stress-free, not overpower your senses with colors that don’t coordinate well. Staying with different shades of two or three colors can get you the look that you want while adding to the beauty and appeal of your home.



Cycle NC

Contact: Chip Hofler

Wit Tuttell, Executive Director of Visit NC, Announces the
19th Annual Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Route

RALEIGH, North Carolina, February 2, 2017 – Wit Tuttell, the Executive Director of Visit NC, announced the 2017 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Route with the help of town representatives in a pre-recorded video released at the Cycle North Carolina Route Announcement Party, held at Crank Arm Brewing in downtown Raleigh on February 1.

To view the video of the “Mountains to Coast” Tour announcement, visit: https://youtu.be/4ngvfbYdfMg

The nineteenth annual ride is scheduled for a Jefferson to Swansboro route, from September 30 to October 7, 2017. With beautiful tourist stops along scenic back roads, the “Mountains to Coast” trek is the highlight of the year for many cyclists from across the nation.

Cycle North Carolina will begin its full-service, cross-state ride on September 30th at Family Central Park in Jefferson, and will arrive Hammocks Beach State Park in Swansboro on September 7th, with 1,100 bicyclists expected to participate. Over the course of the week, riders will bike an average of 60 miles per day. Additional overnight stays are planned for the towns of Elkin, Oak Ridge, Chapel Hill, Knightdale, Wilson and Kinston.

The Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Tour is the state’s only cross-state, fully-supported ride created in 1999 with the N.C. Division of Tourism, Capital Broadcasting Company, the N.C. Department of Transportation and North Carolina Amateur Sports as founding partners. Cycle North Carolina was developed to promote North Carolina’s scenic beauty, heritage tourism, visitor attractions, historic sites, state parks, fitness, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of bicycling to individuals and our state. During the past 18 years, Cycle North Carolina has stopped overnight in more than 100 North Carolina towns and visited nearly 700 North Carolina communities.

Registration brochures are available and online registration is open at www.cyclenorthcarolina.org. Cycle North Carolina will be capping registration at 1,100 riders, so interested riders are encouraged to register early, to avoid missing out on the highlight of the year for bicycling in North Carolina.

In addition to the “Mountains to Coast” Tour, Cycle North Carolina will host the Coastal Ride in Oriental, NC, April 28-30, 2017. Cycle North Carolina will also host its fourth annual Mountain Ride in Bryson City, NC, August 5-6, 2017. Registration for the Coastal Ride is sold out, but registration for the Mountain Ride is open at www.cyclenorthcarolina.org.

Cycle North Carolina is presented by Visit North Carolina. Partner organizations of Cycle North Carolina include: Powerade, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Lowes Foods, the N.C. Department of Transportation and Cycling Spoken Here.

North Carolina Amateur Sports is a 501c(3) nonprofit charitable organization that annually organizes the Powerade State Games of North Carolina and Cycle North Carolina. NCAS is dedicated to the promotion of the spirit of amateur sports, physical fitness and health to all ages and skill levels through the participation in organized events which enrich the state of North Carolina. For more information on NCAS and its events, please access www.ncsports.org.



Understanding that education is the pathway to success, the mission of the Knightdale Education Festival is to connect community members with local non-profits, educational, wellness and cultural arts opportunities they may not otherwise be exposed to. This collaborative effort of community partners plays an important role in strengthening the educational component in Knightdale and Eastern Wake County.

2017 Festival Info

Date: September 9th, 2017
Time: 10am-2pm (Education) | 2pm-5pm (Wellness) | 6pm-9pm (Entertainment)
Location: Knightdale Station Park, on-site parking available

A special thanks to key partners, education partners, community partners, sponsors, performers & attendees for making the Knightdale Education Festival a success.


This year, K-Fest will focus on the elements of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math). Vendors will provide interactive activities for participants to have an enriched festival experience. S.T.E.A.M. is a “movement championed by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and widely adopted by institutions, corporations and individuals.” Click here for more information on S.T.E.A.M.

2017 Participation Info

REGISTRATION FORM (fillable form)
Submission of registration form does not guarantee festival participation. All registrations are subject to staff approval. There are no fees associated with vendor participation.

PARTICIPATION WAIVER (for talent portion)



2017 Support

PRESENTING Sponsors: Preston Development, UNC Rex Healthcare

Edu Fest 2017


EXECUTIVE Sponsors: Duke Energy, The Widewaters Group

KFEST SPONSOR       2017 Edu Fest


PREMIERE Sponsors: Duke Raleigh Hospital, Johnson Automotive, WakeMed Health and Hospitals, Wake Stone Corporation, Z Smith Reynolds Foundation

Thank you to our educational supporters: Shaw University, Wake Tech Community College

Wake Tech Logo 

Special Thanks to the following Knightdale Businesses: Cappolla’s Pizza & Grill, TJ Maxx, Walmart, Target, Zaxby’s, Rex Wellness

The Town of Knightdale is supported by the United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County.

Contact Michelle Wester (919-217-2232) for more information on the Knightdale Education Festival and how you can be involved.

Engaging Neighborhoods through Community Events

If your community has become one of those sleepy little towns you’ve read about with little to no interaction between residents, it might be time to ignite passion in your neighborhood by engaging residents in community activities.

Your community is not the first to suffer from a case of the small town blues. To revitalize a community, residents and businesses must actively engage in planned events and work hard to turn inactivity into energetic synergy.But, where do communities begin?

Start by determining the cause of your community’s apathy. Is there a lack of leadership willing to initiate activities or are the do’ers burnt out? Is your community floundering due to a changing economy, lack of educational opportunities and limited employment options?

Whatever the challenges, every community has concerns and hobbies they share in common.Raising families, caring for aging relatives, cooking, gardening, decorating, caring for pets and earning and saving money are interests neighbors commonly share.Finding a way to cash in on shared interests can be the catalyst for change in your neighborhood.

Take the lead and develop a community events group with the goal of energizing and uniting your community.Encourage members to believe in their ability to develop plans and make changes.To retain time-challenged members, make it convenient to corroborate on projects online as well as in person and show appreciation for their efforts.

Communities hard hit by economic changes and job loss may be encouraged to interact by focusing on events where residents earn supplemental income, develop skills, market their talents and connect with community resources.Look to other communities’ successes and ideas for linking neighbor-to-neighbor by hosting fun and entertaining community events.
Ice cream socials are a fun way to meet your neighbors while raising funds for local causes such as veteran housing, local food banks, school supplies, home-delivered meals for shut-ins and community improvement funds.Offer simple yard games with prizes, neighborhood clowns, colorful signage, bottled water, lemonade, balloons, t-shirts and, of course, ice cream with all the toppings to attract support for your local cause.

Hosted community swap nights teach neighbors to support each other locally by gathering to buy, sell, swap and barter for needed goods and services while decluttering their homes.Ideas for swap items include furniture, car parts, appliances, household goods, elder care services, pet grooming, ride-share opportunities, music CDs and DVDs, toys, clothing, sporting goods, tools and more.

Annual pumpkin carving contests offer crafters, local businesses and community centers a venue for earning extra income while celebrating the talents of local youngsters and adults alike.Age categories might include seniors to toddlers with residents voting by ballot for their favorite carvings in each age group. Prizes for the best pumpkin are announced with pumpkins and winner’s names put on the community display.

Pet owners love their dogs.Celebrate the love in your neighborhood by hosting an event similar to Nashville’s Dog Day Festival. The festival includes a 5K run or walks complete with puppy parades, portraits, pet adoptions, Fido-related arts and crafts, obedience classes, pet fun zones and obstacle courses. Contests are held for the cutest and most talented pooch with experts available to answer questions related to dog training, nutrition, grooming and first aid.Funds raised may be donated to local causes and charities of your choice.

These fun ideas are easy to pull off and will create a buzz in your neighborhood while offering opportunities for neighbors to interact and work together towards community goals.More importantly, residents will begin to feel they are part of a community that cares and, in turn, will start caring for their community.


7 Tips for Dealing with a Problem Neighbor

By John Ashbery

A problem neighbor can be a huge aggravation, and that aggravation can continue as long as you live at that location. The problem might involve excessive noise, annoying pets, troublesome children, or property-line transgressions.

While it is not possible to satisfactorily resolve all neighborhood disputes, there are certain steps you can take to reduce or alleviate such squabbles. Here are seven tips for dealing with a problem neighbor.

  1. Make an effort to get to know all your neighbors. This is something you should do before any problems develop. From the moment you move into a house, you should consciously work to develop at least a minimal relationship with each of your neighbors. This can consist of as little as a smile or a nod, or as much as an invitation to a backyard barbeque. If you do this, you’ll have a basis for discussing and amicably resolving any problem that arises.
  1. Take a deep breath before you complain. Whether the problem is a raucous party, a barking dog, or some other annoyance, don’t respond aggressively or with intense anger. Instead, wait until you’re calm and then take action.
  1. Try talking. Unless there is a history of unresolved problems and enmity with the particular neighbor, the first step is always to talk to them. Approach the neighbor calmly and respectfully, and explain your concerns. Avoid escalating the problem at this stage. If the neighbor’s response is not helpful, simply end the conversation politely and return to your home. If their response is constructive, try to find common ground and then agree to a resolution.
  1. If you think the neighbor’s conduct might contravene municipal ordinances, do research. Rules on noise and other matters vary from city to city. Do your homework to determine whether there is a legal basis for your complaint in your own city.
  1. Document the dispute. If the problem is not resolved in your initial conversation with the neighbor (step 3 above), start writing an account of the dispute. Include dates, times, summaries of conversations, and other pertinent information. If the matter is eventually reported to the police or otherwise becomes the basis of a legal dispute, this documentation will be invaluable.
  1. Call police. If the problem continues and the neighbor shows no willingness to resolve it, and your research indicates a local law may have been broken, call police. Be aware, however, that the police are usually reluctant to get involved in neighbor disputes unless the disagreement escalates to violence or vandalism.
  1. Hire a lawyer. If all else fails, and you believe your neighbor has violated municipal ordinances, you can hire a lawyer. The lawyer will then launch a legal action. This is definitely the last resort. Even if you win some sort of victory in court, your victory is not completely satisfying – because you must continue to live beside the neighbor who was defeatet, and who is probably quite angry about that!

Disputes between neighbors can become quite unsettling. The transgression is usually not serious; most neighborhood disputes don’t involve murder or armed robbery. However, the proximity of the other party can result in elevated antagonism. The best advice is precautionary: strive to maintain good relations with those who live nearby.

New Trends for Summer Home Décor

Bright and breezy are the new spring and summer themes of home décor. Colors and furnishings have an airy quality, encouraging an ambiance of life and oxygen. If you’re about to decorate your home, think pure ozone, greenery, and freshness, and you can’t go wrong. Not your style? Don’t fret, there’s also a vintage theme, incorporating the idea of making use of furniture handed down through the family.

Picture your home filled with reflective, sky-like surfaces, along with muted gray and azure blue. Imagine inhaling clarity, and you’ll know your mind is on track to one of the latest décor trends. Shiny, mirrored surfaces, and low-key cloud colored furnishings imbue the atmosphere with freshness.

Greenery is another hot trend for the coming seasons. Colors are inspired by nature and evoke vitality. Moss and olive green are popular paint color choices. You don’t have to revamp your entire home to be on trend, though, as you could simply add luscious green splashback tiles in your kitchen, and lime green cushions and throws in living rooms.

If you prefer a touch of spring and summer warmth, mustard yellow is considered stylish when teamed with subdued brown leather or wooden surfaces. Also, you can happily get any recycled ornamentation and furniture back out of the loft and put it on display. Making use of what you have is hip now. Prefer a dash more heat as a color scheme? Flame orange is emerging as a must-have color for those who feel daring.

Whether you want to breathe in the brilliance of a clear day or lounge among the vivacity of nature, there are plenty of new ideas to incorporate into your home. Likewise, you can decorate with grannies old furniture and warm tones to be on trend.

Just Married? How to Buy a House as a Recently Wed Couple

One of the main goals of many newly married couples is to find a new home to share and start a family. However, because buying a house together is going to be one of the biggest purchases they ever make, it’s important they don’t rush into the homebuying process too quickly. If you and your new spouse are looking to buy a home, then be sure to follow these steps:

  1. Determine what you can afford

    One of the biggest mistakes newly married couples make is to overestimate what they can afford. Don’t assume you can simply add what you and your spouse make together, and use that figure to determine your budget. You need to sit down with your spouse in order to identify not only what you make, but also what debts each of you has. You may even not be aware of your spouse’s debt, and vice versa. Go over each other’s credit card debt, student loan debt and other financial obligations to get a better idea of where you stand financially as a couple.It’s also important that you take into account all of the costs associated with owning a home, besides just the monthly mortgage rates. This includes utility costs, property tax, HOA fees, homeowner’s insurance, maintenance fees and possible repair work. First-time homebuyers often neglect to consider these costs, which can lead to serious financial trouble down the road.

  1. Go over both credit reports

    In addition to going over one another’s debts and income, you should also obtain a credit report for both you and your spouse. If one of you has an excellent credit score but the other has a poor credit score, that poor credit score could hinder your ability to qualify for a mortgage. Even if you do, you may not qualify for the best terms. Before you even meet with a lender, you should begin working on improving both credit scores. You can do this by checking for errors in the credit reports, paying off debts and paying down credit cards.

    Improving your credit scores may require some patience for newly married couples who want to start their lives off in a brand-new home; however, it’s worth waiting until your credit scores are in good shape so that you can qualify for lower interest rates and better terms. You don’t want to be paying thousands of dollars more in interest over the course of 30 years just because you couldn’t wait a little longer to buy a house.

  1. Save money

    Even if your credit scores are good, you may want to hold off on buying a house until you’ve saved some money. If possible, you should save enough to put a 20 percent down payment on a new home. If you can’t put down 20 percent or more, then you’ll end up having to pay mortgage insurance every month, which is an additional financial burden you won’t want. Additionally, you’ll want to have some money left in savings to pay for financial emergencies that might come up. Moving into a new home without a cent to your name is never a good idea.

  1. Obtain a mortgage pre-approval

    If you and your spouse have money in savings, and your credit scores are in good shape, then you’ll want to go get pre-approved for a mortgage before you begin your search for a new home. Not only does a mortgage pre-approval ensure that you will be able to qualify (thereby avoiding wasting your time looking at houses if you don’t), but it will give you a good idea of how much you’ll qualify for, which gives you a budget to work with. Keep in mind that even if you qualify for a large amount, it doesn’t mean that you have to buy a house that costs that much. Your budget can be less than the amount you’ve qualified for.

  1. Put together a wants and needs list

    After you’ve obtained a mortgage pre-approval, sit down with your spouse and go over what you want from your new house. Many couples assume that they are on the same page, which leads to a lot of arguments over the course of the house hunt. There’s no point in wasting your time looking at houses if it doesn’t meet all of your needs, after all. Sit down and prioritize your wants and your needs so that you’ll be on the same page when looking at houses and so that it will be easier to make compromises if it comes to that.

  1. Speak with a real estate agent

    A real estate agent will find listings based on your wants and needs while keeping your budget in mind. In addition to identifying houses that are for sale in the area you are looking, they can tell you if your list of wants and needs is realistic for the budget you have, help you identify good deals and bad deals, help schedule showings and help with the negotiations. Not only can a real estate agent help you find a home, they can help you save time and money.

  1. Compare lenders

    Just because you got a mortgage pre-approval from one lender doesn’t mean you have to use them for your actual mortgage. Go to several different lenders once you’ve found a home that you’re interested in and compare the terms that they offer. You can always fall back on the original lender who pre-approved your mortgage, but you may find someone that offers better terms, which could end up saving you thousands of dollars in the long run.Couples who are recently wed are often excited to get on with their new life together. However, when it comes to buying a house, it’s important to take a step back instead of rushing headlong into a home purchase. Take your time and follow these steps to ensure that you end up in a house that meets both your needs at a cost that you can actually afford.