Delta magazine gets expansive on Triangle

April 16, 2011 

Mayors Charles Meeker of Raleigh and Bill Bell of Durham said they want Delta Air Lines' Sky magazine to get help in painting a glowing picture of life in the Triangle.

They encouraged businesses and locals to share success stories with Carsten Morgan, Sky's director of City and Regional Sections, as he prepares a feature story on the Triangle this month. The portrayal could shape impressions among travelers across the globe, the mayors said in a joint announcement.

"I want Mr. Morgan to gain all the access he needs to tell the whole story," Meeker said. "If he does, Sky readers will fully understand why we dominate in all quality-of-life categories."

The feature is expected to appear in the July edition of Sky and will be available on all Delta flights, online at delta skymag.com and in select bookstores. And the early word is that it will be quite lengthy.

As in 45-plus pages, according to Raleigh officials.

Evidently, the author has already settled on a premise: "The Research Triangle has a positive story to share, and Delta Sky is happy to help tell it," said Morgan, adding that he wants to show how the region is "transforming itself through its residents, businesses and culture."

Bell said Delta is doing the feature after becoming the Durham Bulls' airline for the 2011 season. Delta employees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport are sporting Bulls caps.

Transfer policy clarity

Parents' antennae went up all over Wake County when they learned that school board member Debra Goldman had obtained a transfer for her middle school daughter, along with door-to-door transportation, just by making a verbal request to acting Superintendent Donna Hargens.

Thousands of other parents have followed much more complicated procedures only to be turned down.

What a relief, then, to discover via Superintendent Tony Tata, that Goldman had done nothing wrong!

However, the process that Goldman followed to get the transfer does need improvement in terms of clarity and transparency, Tata said again Friday.

Making clear that "all recent transfers followed board policy," Tata said the reason for any such request should be clearly outlined, that transportation not be automatically provided, that the need for transportation be verified annually and that an administrator fill out a written report each time a transfer is granted.

"By increasing the clarity, defining the criteria and improving the accountability, everyone involved in the transfer process will benefit," Tata said.

Political trails

Jennifer Frye of Democracy North Carolina will speak at the next meeting of Senior Democrats of Wake County on Wednesday at the Crabtree Marriott Hotel from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch begins at 11 with the program starting at 11:30.

Pat McCrory, the former Charlotte mayor and gubernatorial candidate, will speak at the Wake County Republican Women's Club on Thursday. The lunch meeting will be at the N.C. State University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. Social time is at 11:30 a.m. The lunch and program begin at 11:45 a.m. Lunch is $15; RSVP to 1wcrwc@gmail.com by Monday.

Wake County schools Superintendent Tony Tata will speak at the Western Wake Democrats meeting April 25 at the IHOP on Kildaire Farm Road in Cary. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., with the program at 6:45 p.m. Email questions or RSVP to westernwakedems@yahoo.com.

Kevin Daniels of the Frederick Douglass Foundation will speak to the Southern Wake Republican Club on April 26 at Bentwinds Country Club, 6536 Dornoch Place, Fuquay-Varina. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. The Frederick Douglass Foundation is a public policy and educational organization that promotes free market and limited government ideas.

The Democratic Women of Wake County hold their 42nd annual Jefferson-Jackson Breakfast on April 30 at the Embassy Suites in Cary. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the program begins at 9. Tickets are $35 before April 23, and a limited number of tickets will be available for $40 at the door. For more information, send email to JJbreakfasttickets@gmail.com.

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