Up & Coming Weekly

August 08, 2017

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 AUGUST 9 - 15, 2017 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM PUBLISHER'S PEN STAFF PUBLISHER Bill Bowman Bill@upandcomingweekly.com ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER/EDITOR Stephanie Crider editor@upandcomingweekly.com ASSISTANT EDITOR Leslie Pyo leslie@upandcomingweekly.com SENIOR REPORTER Jeff Thompson news@upandcomingweekly.com SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR Earl Vaughan Jr. GRAPHIC DESIGNER Elizabeth Long art@upandcomingweekly.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS D.G. Martin, Pitt Dickey, Margaret Dickson, John Hood, Erinn Crider, Jim Jones, Shanessa Fenner, Paul Hall SALES ADMINISTRATOR/ DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Laurel Handforth laurel@upandcomingweekly.com ACCOUNTING Paulette Naylor accounting@upandcomingweekly.com MARKETING/SALES Linda McAlister Brown linda@upandcomingweekly.com ––––––––––– Up & Coming Weekly www.upandcomingweekly.com 208 Rowan Street 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 infor- mation 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 publi- cation consideration, but assumes no responsibil- ity 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. ©2007 by F&B Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or advertisements without permission is strictly prohibited. Cover art designed with various elements from: vecteezy.com and freepik.com. A Big Thank You to Our First Responders by REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD HUDSON Publisher Bill Bowman is on vacation this week and is yielding this space to U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson in support of first responders. Last week, people all across the Unit- ed States celebrated the 34th Annual National Night Out. Thousands of com- munities — big and small, urban and rural — held events so people could get to know their neighbors who serve as law enforcement officers. I've always been a huge supporter of this event every year. It's a great chance to encourage neighborhood camara- derie and help build relationships be- tween law enforcement and the people they protect. The end goal is to make our neighborhoods safer for all. And, it's always a lot of fun. From the parades, cookouts and games, to the safety demonstrations and discussions, there is something for everyone to enjoy. But the best part is getting to say thank you to the men and women who serve as our first respond- ers. These heroes work tirelessly to protect our freedoms, keep us safe, respond to emergencies, and represent our communities as loyal friends and incredible citizens. They are the ones we turn to in times of crisis. And they deserve our unyielding respect and gratitude. Every day, our law enforcement of- ficers leave their homes and put them- selves in harm's way to protect us and enforce our laws. They make sure our roads are safe. They are always there to extend a helping hand for those in need. And they do all of this with cour- age, compassion and respect. We are so fortunate for their service. Several weeks ago, I'm sure you saw the story about Asheville Police Depart- ment senior officers Carrie Lee and Joe Jones. These two officers made a splash — quite literally — when they respond- ed to a noise complaint and, after find- ing no laws being broken, joined in on a neighborhood slip-and-slide. Did you read the recent story about the time a Greensboro police officer prayed with a man on the side of the street? There are hundreds more stories just like this that show the compassion of our law enforcement community. At a time when the police are too of- ten targeted by unfair rhetoric and even violence, we must never take them for granted. They don't do the job for the glory or the gratitude. But we should never stop trying to give it to them. That's one reason why I was proud to support the Honoring Hometown Heroes Act (H.R. 1892), which honors law enforcement by permitting the American flag to be flown at half-staff when a police officer, firefighter or first responder is killed in the line of duty. I was also proud to support the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Im- provement Act of 2017 (S. 419), which makes several changes to Department of Justice programs to supply death and disability benefits to public safety officers and their families. This critical legislation was signed into law in June. It's an important measure to ensure a law enforcement officer's family will be taken care of in the tragic event they are killed or disabled in the line of duty. I am thankful for all of you who have answered the call to serve and protect, and I look forward to continuing my work alongside you to build a better future for all North Carolinians. REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD HUDSON, R-N.C., 8th District. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcom- ingweekly.com. (910) 484-6200. Every day, our law enforcement officers leave their homes and put themselves in harm's way to protect us and enforce our laws. 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