Up & Coming Weekly

September 13, 2016

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SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2016 UCW 7 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Best Thing to Hide From Out-of-Town Visitors Bragg Boulevard After catching a break last year, Bragg Boulevard has returned to our reader's survey as the Best Thing to Hide from Out-of-Town Visitors. The Boulevard is in need of an extensive face lift. The community is trying to improve its look. But, truth to be told, every military town in America has a road that looks a lot like Bragg Boulevard. They all have their small used car lots, pawn shops, tattoo parlors, military supply stores, quick loan joints and dive bars. While unattractive, they have a market. We don't have to like it, and later this year, you won't have to look at some it, as parts of Bragg Boulevard will be closed to through-traffic. But there is still a wide swath that needs to be dealt with and beautified. We have seen success and in other areas, and the Boulevard just needs a little love. But until we get there, keep your out- of-town visitors away from the Boulevard. Far, far away. What Does Downtown Need More Of Baseball Stadium We've always known our readers were smarter than the average bear, and their vote in support of the Downtown base- ball stadium is proof positive. Baseball and downtown equals great success if it is handled properly and development is done in a smart, deliberate man- ner. Headed down to the game? Stop in one of our new local restaurants. It starts to rain as you are head- ed to the game? Stop in one of our new stores and pick up a rain coat or an umbrella. Want to have a beverage with your friends before or after the game, stop in one of the local water holes? See where we are going with this? A baseball stadium isn't the answer to downtown; it's one of the answers. The baseball stadium should drive complementary develop- ment, and the added development will drive people downtown even when there isn't game. Deliberate, planned development for the stadium can be a big win for the community. Now, let's hop that happens. Best Local Community Project Operation Inasmuch 531 Hillsboro Street 910.422.2161 or www.faiom.org Operation In As Much's mission states: Operation Insasmuch is designed by God to grow and make its home in any church or heart where Jesus Christ is Lord. Our purpose is to go outside the church walls to a world in need, offering the talents and gifts with which we have been blessed. We believe that God has called us to be his hands and feet as we share his love with "the least of these." It's a noble mission that the organization takes to heart. Founded in 1995, Operation Inasmuch has touched the community through a bi-annu- al, hands-on volunteer Blitz Day. Area churches join together, serving our community in the name of Christ, and in January 2007, opened its doors as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit. The ministry offers a breakfast program, a com- puter training program, human resources development and a resume writ- ing program just to name a few of its many activities. There are numerous ways the community can get help from the ministry and their are as many ways the community can give back through volunteering their time and talents. Operation Inasmuch lets people reach out to their neighbors and builds a better community while doing so. 2153 Valleygate Dr. (corner Village Dr. / Robeson St.) 225 Green St. (basement of Systel building) MyNewDeli.com 90% Healthy 100% Delicious UP & COM I NG W EEKLY 'S UP & COM ING W EEKLY 'S 1820 Owen Drive, FAYETTEVILLE 672-0050 MONDAY - SATURDAY: 11 a.m. - 8:45 p.m. (or later) SUNDAY: 12 Noon - 7 p.m. (or later)

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