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City selects artist for tennis center

The city’s Public Art and Design Board has approved artist Jim Gallucci to create site-specific public art for the Southeast Raleigh Tennis Center. One of Gallucci’s best-known works is the “Light Towers” sculpture located at City Plaza in Downtown Raleigh.

The Public Art and Design Board’s artist selection panel – composed of a board member, a community member, an arts and design professional and a city staff representative – recommended Gallucci to create artwork at the Southeast Raleigh Tennis Center. The selection was based on his experience creating aesthetically pleasing site-integrated artwork at other athletic facilities and his demonstrated experience working with city agencies.

“We are pleased to select Jim Gallucci to design and fabricate metalwork to be integrated into the new facility,” said Rory Parnell, artist selection panel chair and member of the Public Art and Design Board. “He is an excellent choice to create a piece that will excite and engage visitors to the tennis center.”

For more than 30 years, Mr. Gallucci has created public art sculptures relating to historic places, people and events.

“I’m excited about the tennis center project and looking forward to working in Raleigh again,” said Gallucci, who resides in Greensboro.

The Southeast Raleigh Tennis Center will be located on nearly nine acres at the city-owned Barwell Road Park, where a community center has been developed in conjunction with a Wake County elementary school. The planned tennis center, designed by HagerSmith Design PA, will consist of a building of approximately 4,000 square feet, 20-plus outdoor tennis courts, and associated parking and site amenities. From staff reports

Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week makes tasty return

Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week, a Downtown Raleigh Alliance merchant program, returns Monday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 25, with more than 30 restaurants. Downtown’s favorite dining event invites patrons to channel their inner foodie and take advantage of the special offerings at the participating restaurants during their normal dinner hours. Diners can choose from old favorites to the latest culinary hot spots, from nationally known gourmet gems to local, chef-owned bistros, from exotic Asian or Moroccan fare to Mexican, Cajun, Italian, and tapas.

The culinary event will offer three-course prix fixe dinners for either $20 or $30 per person, depending on the venue (tax, tip, and beverages not included). Select venues will offer three-course beer or wine pairings for an additional $10 per person. Several venues will offer a $15 appetizer sampler featuring three appetizers with a selection of at least four options. Diners can browse the special menus and offerings on the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week’s new website, www.DineDowntownRaleigh.com.

Although no tickets are required, reservations are strongly recommended. Reservation links powered by Open Table (when applicable) are now available on the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week website. To plan an itinerary, visit www.DineDowntownRaleigh.com. From staff reports

Creedmoor police chief named chairman

Creedmoor Police Chief Dennis Williams has been named chairman of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council of Granville County. Williams served in his new capacity as chairman for the first time in the JCPC’s regular monthly meeting July 19.

Williams succeeded Xavier Wortham of Oxford , who served as JCPC chairman for 20 years. Wortham declined the nomination this year and instead nominated Williams, who has served on the JCPC for seven years.

The JCPC is a partnership with the N.C. Division of Juvenile Justice to galvanize community leaders, locally and statewide, to reduce and prevent juvenile crime. The North Carolina General Assembly through the Division of Juvenile Justice allocates funding each year to counties in North Carolina to subsidize local programs and services. From staff reports