Midtown Raleigh News

News Briefs, Sept. 22

Dr. Bruce Wainright and Heather Mears attend to a patient on Freedom Day. Over 70 patients were treated.
Dr. Bruce Wainright and Heather Mears attend to a patient on Freedom Day. Over 70 patients were treated. WAINRIGHT & WASSEL DDS

Local dental practice joins Freedom Day movement

On Sept. 12, the office of Wainright & Wassel DDS opened its doors for the first Freedom Day USA. This is a day that businesses across the United States offered free goods and services for all active duty military and their spouses and children, as well as veterans.

At Wainright & Wassel, three dentists, six hygienists, five dental assistants and four business personnel volunteered their time to serve over 70 patients. They performed services such as cleanings, X-rays, comprehensive exams, periodontal cleanings, fillings, extractions, crowns, onlays and even started a denture case. The staff wore T-shirts that displayed the American flag on the front, with a slogan on the back: “Serving You Because You Served Us!!!”

Dr. Bruce Wainright, founder of the practice, said, “It was as rewarding for all of us as it was for them. We were honored to be of service to those who have faithfully served their country. We plan to make this an annual event.”

Freedom Day USA was founded by Dr. Robert Martino – owner of Wilson Martino Dental, West Virginia's largest dental chain – and was built upon by members of The Platinum Circle, a group of elite dentists who practice throughout our country. In the future, Freedom Day will be held on the second Thursday in September. From staff reports

Wake Tech launches emergency alert system

Wake Tech Community College is launching a new emergency notification system called Wake Tech WARN. The system will send voice, text and email alerts in the event of a campus emergency, safety hazard or inclement weather situation.

Wake Tech employees and degree-seeking students are automatically registered for Wake Tech WARN via their email addresses. They’re encouraged to add additional email addresses and phone numbers by visiting http://warn.waketech.edu. Parents, family members, students taking noncredit classes and others in the community are also invited to sign up to stay connected to what’s happening at Wake Tech. The system, powered by Regroup messaging platform, has the capability of sending 3,000 phone calls and 10,000 text and email alerts per minute. In addition to receiving college-wide messages, those who register may choose to receive campus-specific alerts.

In addition to Wake Tech WARN, the college will issue important safety alerts in the following ways:

• Banner on the home page of the website.

• Alerts to campus computers that are logged onto by employees.

• Announcements via local media, social media.

From staff reports

Comprehensive Raleigh arts calendar offered

The Office of Raleigh Arts has formed a partnership with the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, CVNC, and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau to develop a comprehensive calendar for arts events in the Capital City.

“Arts groups and patrons have long asked for a unified arts calendar, and in response these four partners have collaborated on a robust and user-friendly platform,” said Jerry Bolas, executive director of the Office of Raleigh Arts, a division of the city’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.

Viewable at www.visitraleigh.com/events/arts, the arts calendar – searchable by date, genre, location, presenter and more – provides a multifaceted view of the Raleigh arts scene.

CVNC, an arts partner of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and the United Arts Council, is key in providing arts groups with a monitored gateway to format and upload materials to the calendar. The system was devised by CVNC and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The calendar has applications for most devices, enabling customized arts information including venue maps, local points of interest, restaurants, hotels and other area events. From staff reports