Up & Coming Weekly

July 14, 2020

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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4 UCW JULY 15-21, 2020 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM STAFF PUBLISHER Bill Bowman Bill@upandcomingweekly.com ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Stephanie Crider editor@upandcomingweekly.com OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Paulette Naylor accounting@upandcomingweekly.com EDITOR Jenna Shackelford jenna@upandcomingweekly.com HOPE MILLS AND SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR Earl Vaughan Jr. EarlUCWSports@gmail.com REPORTER Jeff Thompson news@upandcomingweekly.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER Elizabeth Baker art@upandcomingweekly.com MARKETING ASSOCIATES Linda McAlister Brown linda@upandcomingweekly.com DISTRIBUTION MANAGER/SALES ADMINISTRATOR Laurel Handforth laurel@upandcomingweekly.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS D.G. Martin, Pitt Dickey, Margaret Dickson, Karl Merritt, John Hood, Jim Jones, Shanessa Fenner, Prudence Mainor, Avery Powers, Crissy Neville ––––––––––– Up & Coming Weekly www.upandcomingweekly.com 208 Rowan St. P.O. Box 53461 Fayetteville, NC 28305 PHONE: 910-484-6200 FAX: 910-484-9218 Up & Coming Weekly is a "Quality of Life" publication with local features, news and information on what's happening in and around the Fayetteville/Cumberland County community. Up & Coming Weekly is published weekly on Wednesdays. Up & Coming Weekly welcomes manuscripts, photographs and artwork for publication consideration, but assumes no responsibility for them. We cannot accept responsibility for the return of unsolicited manuscripts or material. Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to edit or reject copy submitted for publication. Up & Coming Weekly is free of charge and distributed at indoor and outdoor locations throughout Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, Hope Mills and Spring Lake. Readers are limited to one copy per person. © 2020 by F&B Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or advertisements without permission is strictly prohibited. Various ads with art graphics designed with elements from: vecteezy.com and freepik.com. PUBLISHER'S PEN Fayetteville, North Carolina, a once-proud, up and coming, develop- ing urban community, is beginning to resemble a war-torn country. Dirty, trash-littered streets, boarded up storefronts, graffiti-laden walls, shanty tents and makeshift nomad-occupied encampments surround the Market House, a historic building and monument that means so many things to so many people. Hopefully, by the time you read this editorial, the mayor and city council will have put their collective intelligence, authority and sensi- bilities to good use to clean up the blight around the Market House. It is creating a blemish on our community and an ugly public safety hazard on city-owned property. However, as in life, the direst of situations often bring out the best in humanity. Last ursday evening, hundreds of Fayetteville and Cumberland County residents rallied together in front of the Cumberland County Law Enforcement Center downtown to "Back the Blue" in a show of unity and appreciation for the rank-and-file Fayetteville law enforcement officers serving on the Fayetteville Police Force. e Citizens Care Project was an impromptu citywide tour de force response to the negative narratives being touted about law enforce- ment and being amplified in Fayetteville and all across the nation. e CCP event was 100% Americana at its best. Hundreds of participants waving flags, cheering, laughing, praying, singing patriot songs and pledging allegiance to our flag demonstrated how much Fayetteville citizens appreciate and support their local police officers and how much they love their community and their country. e CCP event was amazing! e outpouring of support was awe- inspiring. In a matter of weeks, a handful of volunteers rallied the Fayetteville community to raise more than $35,000 to provide gift packages to the 420 police officers who have dedicated their lives to the protection and service of Fayetteville citizens. Each gift pack was a token of appreciation that contained a $60 restaurant dine-out card for them and their family, a personal handwritten note of gratitude and encour- agement from a local resident, a prayer for safety and protection, and an assortment of items intended to make their jobs and lives more enjoyable. e CCP led a peaceful march to personally deliver these gifts to the Fayetteville Police Department amid Black Lives Matters protesters. Police officers and members of the Full rottle/Full Mag Motorcycle Club, known for their community service and support of law enforce- ment and first responders, escorted the marchers and the vehicles transporting the gift packets to their final destination at the Fayetteville Police headquarters on Hay Street. Here, the packages were delivered to the Fayetteville Police Foundation for distribution. CCP participants remained calm, focused and dignified in the face of the protesters' shouts and chants. In a recent local survey, crime and public safety were two of the big- gest concerns of Fayetteville residents. e events taking place in our city since May 30 lend credence to those fears. Defund police? Really? e whole world saw how that model worked out in the CHOP zone in Seattle, Washington. ank you to all the men and women of Fayetteville's law enforce- ment community and to all those who organized and participated in the CCP. is action reflects the spirit of boundless determination and re- newed enthusiasm that assures us Fayetteville will remain a city known for its hospitality, diversity, tolerance, dignity, history and heroes. e CCP rally participants represented the entire scope of this community: men, women, children and grandparents; Black white, Hispanic and Asian residents; all religions; and active duty and retired military. A special thank you to our local Fayetteville police officers and all the volunteers and participants that made the CCP a success. anks for reading Up & Coming Weekly. Citizens Care Project: Fayetteville backing the blue by BILL BOWMAN BILL BOWMAN, Publisher, UP & COMING WEEKLY. COM- MENTS? BILL@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200. HIGH HIGH 91 91 LOW LOW 74 74 HIGH HIGH 93 93 HIGH HIGH 95 95 HIGH HIGH 94 94 HIGH HIGH 91 91 LOW LOW 74 74 LOW LOW 75 75 JULY 20 JULY 19 JULY 17 JULY 21 JULY 16 THURSDAY FRIDAY SUNDAY MONDAY HIGH HIGH 94 94 LOW LOW 72 72 LOW LOW 74 74 TUESDAY LOW LOW 74 74 Mostly Sunny Scattered Thunderstorms Scattered Thunderstorms Partly Cloudy PM Thunderstorms Scattered Thunderstorms JULY 18 SATURDAY e Citizens Care Project saw hundreds of people come out to show support for the Fayetteville police.

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