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Relay For Life Kick-Off Celebration

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We will be holding our annual Relay For Life Kick-Off on January 6, 2015 at 7pm in the training room at the Holly Springs Fire Department on Flint Point Lane. We would love for you to join us and see what Relay For Life is all about. Since food will be provided, we request that you RSVP by December 29th.

Mothers. Fathers. Brothers. Sisters. Grandparents. Uncles and Aunts. Friends. Coworkers. Cancer affects the lives of so many people close to us. In fact, 1.6 million people in the US will be newly diagnosed with cancer this year alone. (more…)

Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New Executive Director Linda Frenette

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lLinda Frenette headshotThe Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome new executive director Linda Frenette, who begins her tenure on December 15, 2014. She replaces Tommy Broadwell, who has led the Chamber since 2010 and is retiring on December  31st.

Board Chair Lisa Schreiner announced the hiring of Frenette saying, “After an exhaustive search process, we are very pleased to welcome Linda as the new leader of the Chamber. Her passion and experience will help us strengthen programs and expand services to our members and the community of Fuquay-Varina.”

Frenette brings a wealth of experience to her new position. She has served as executive director at a number of other nonprofit organizations in her career, including the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and the Roxboro Chamber of Commerce. She earned her B.A.A. from Saginaw Valley State University. She also holds both an Economic Development Practitioner Certificate from the University of Michigan, and a Nonprofit Management Certificate from Duke University.

The Chamber’s Holiday Open House will be held on Thursday, December 18th from 4-6:00 pm at the Chamber office. It would be a great time for Chamber members to drop by and meet Linda in person.

Join us in welcoming Linda to the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce family!

The Garden Hut’s Holiday Open House -November 8th

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Every November we transform our garden center into a magical winter wonderland. Forests of decorated trees, lights, decorations. We carry a selection of artificial garlands, wreaths and , high-quality trees and thousands of ornaments. Join us for our Christmas Shop grand opening on November 8th. 9am-5pm .

Join us for our most popular event of the year, there will be food, fun and it is free!

Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce Launches New Bi-Monthly Magazine

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The Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that it is launching the production of a bi-monthly magazine that will revolutionize the way Fuquay-Varina organizations communicate with town residents. The new “Suburban Living Fuquay-Varina” magazine will be published for the first time in mid-November, just in time for the holidays. A rich, vibrant publication full of feature articles and timely community information, Suburban Living will also offer a directory of Chamber businesses twice per year, a new “Best Of” listing in each edition, and a community bulletin board.

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Mock cover of new Suburban Living magazine for Fuquay-Varina.

This new magazine will be published by Robert Fox of Fox Publishing, and will be modeled after a similar magazine he pioneered in Holly Springs just a few months ago. After seeing the publication’s first edition, several Fuquay-Varina Chamber members contacted Fox and the Chamber office to inquire about getting a magazine in Fuquay-Varina like the one in Holly Springs. Fox was happy to entertain the idea, and within several short weeks, the Chamber’s Board of Directors approved the concept.

“The entire community has been struggling with ways to get the word out to residents about things going on around town since the Independent closed last year,” Chamber Executive Director Tommy Broadwell explains. “We have several really good online vehicles, but there’s no way to guarantee saturation.”

Suburban Living will range between 48 and 64 pages, and will be mailed to over 18,000 homes using the post office’s EDDM program, which uses mail carrier routes rather than just zip codes to fine tune delivery.  This will be the first time that a magazine of this quality is mailed free of charge to every resident of Fuquay-Varina.

“We are very excited to be able to bring this caliber of communication to our rapidly growing community,” says the Chamber’s Dir. of Member Services Lynanne Fowle. “It will meet the needs of so many organizations, the town, and the Chamber. And it will be a great vehicle for our businesses to reach out to local residents with information they can use rather than just simple advertisements.”

Information about advertising in this publication is being emailed to Chamber businesses this week. Advertisers are able to submit editorial copy as well. Ad sales will begin immediately. Questions can be fielded by Chamber staff at (919) 552-4947 or Robert Fox at (919) 600-4756.

FastMed Issues Alert to NC Clinicians About Enterovirus EV-D68

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Clayton, NC – September 10, 2014 – FastMed Urgent Care, North Carolina’s largest urgent care network, issued an alert to hundreds of its clinicians throughout the state regarding Enterovirus EV-D68, the virus that has infected and hospitalized an unusually large number of children in ten states so far, including North Carolina.  FastMed is also sharing advice on avoiding the virus and what to do if it is contracted.

“The virus is not unusual and typically peaks in September,” said Jason A. Williams, MPAS, Ph.D, FastMed Urgent Care’s Founder, CEO and President of the Eastern Region.  “What is unusual this year is the large number of critically ill children who require intensive care; it’s really unprecedented.”

EV-D68 is difficult to diagnose because it initially presents itself as common cold symptoms, but develops into cough, difficulty breathing (including wheezing), rash, and fever.

“Asthmatic children are most at risk, so health care professionals and parents of asthmatic children should pay particular attention to these symptoms as severe respiratory illness by EV-D68 may need to be hospitalized and receive intensive supportive therapy,” said Melvin G. Lee, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for FastMed in North Carolina.  “As chief medical officer I issued an advisory to our hundreds of clinicians throughout North Carolina to support accurate diagnosis of EV-D68 to ensure that we are all on the same page in our effort to stay ahead of the illness for our patients.”

FastMed is also sharing tips to help families manage the health of their children during this outbreak, including:

  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Keeping hands away from eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Restricting children from visiting hospitals;
  • Avoiding those who are infected;
  • Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (e.g. door knobs; toys); and
  • Keeping children at home if they are have symptoms.

Parents who suspect their child might have these symptoms should visit their pediatrician or a FastMed clinic.  In the case of any medical emergency, parents should immediately call 911 or their local emergency number.

About FastMed Urgent Care:
FastMed Urgent Care is an owner and operator of urgent care facilities with locations throughout North Carolina and Arizona.  FastMed focuses on the delivery of non-appointment based medicine to the non-emergency patient market.  The urgent care centers are open 365 days a year and are staffed with experienced and licensed physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. FastMed clinics hold TheJoint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation in compliance with the Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in ambulatory health care. For more information, please visit FastMed is managed by an affiliated entity of one of the investment funds of the Comvest Group.


Reuel Heyden
Sr. Dir. of Communications | Marketing
FastMed Urgent Care
Phone: 919.550.0821 x1016