Connections Academy, Wake County Mayors Association, and Cary Christmas Parade changes

This was a short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday so there is not a lot to report.

Connections Academy

Monday morning I spoke to several middle school students from Connections Academy who were accompanied by their Assistant Principal and other teachers. Based on the information shared these were students who made a bad decision and chose to attend Connections Academy rather than be suspended.

I talked with them about my duties as mayor and how I deal with situations when people “push my buttons”. Afterwards we had our picture made together before they continued their tour of town hall.

Town Manager One-On-One

My weekly meeting with the town manager was brief due to the holiday week so we didn’t have a lot to talk about.

Wake County Mayors Association

Monday night I attended a meeting of the Wake County Mayors Association held at the Morrisville/RTP Wake Tech campus. Attending were mayors from Apex, Cary, Fuquay Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wake Forest, and Zebulon. We were given a tour of the campus by Wake Tech President Dr. Scott Ralls. The RTP campus has degrees in IT, Cybersecurity, Biotechnology, Business, Finance and more. It is also an early college campus.

During our monthly meeting we enjoyed Indian cuisine provided by a restaurant from Cary. In the business portion of the meeting, we continued our tradition of electing some of the newer mayors to leadership roles. I served as chair in 2009 after being elected in 2007. At this meeting the Wake County Mayors elected Jessica Day, the Knightdale mayor, to be our next chair. Glen York, the Zebulon mayor, was elected as vice-chair. These mayors will start their new roles in December.

Cary Christmas Parade

After the tragic loss of life at the Raleigh Christmas parade, changes will be made for this year’s Cary parade sponsored by the Cary Jaycees. Here is a summary of the changes:

  • Candy will not be allowed to be thrown to spectators. To keep spectators from running in the street, parade participants must walk along the sidewalk and hand out candy.
  • Floats must arrive to the parade site no later than 12 p.m.
  • All drivers participating in the parade should bring a copy of their latest inspection report if they have one.
  • Cary police and fire departments will inspect cars and trailer brakes before the parade and go over general safety protocols
  • No more than 16 people are allowed on any float (12 if it’s a professional float)

Thanks to all those who are doing their best to make the joyful event a safe event.

Mayor’s Mailbox

  • A complaint about the rezoning proposal 21-REZ-16 for 255 multi-family units on Old Apex Road. This application was submitted by Singh Development.
  • Several emails from someone struggling with mental illness. Complaints included being “mad at Tim Tebow”, hackers trying to steal a wedding app, “food poisoning on the ground”, their unpaid labor at the White House, etc. Sadly, this time of year seems to generate many of these.

Next Week

Next week’s activities include staff meetings, a cub scout meeting, a Truist Bank ribbon cutting, the Citizens Assisting Police annual appreciation dinner, and the Cary Christmas Tree lighting event.

Well, that is all for this week. My next post will be on Sunday, December 4th. Although I have Facebook and Twitter accounts those are not the best means of communications with me. Please send all Town of Cary questions or comments to and email personal comments to

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