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Southeast Raleigh historic home gets reprieve

A blighted historic home in Southeast Raleigh narrowly escaped the wrecking ball: it’s under contract and the soon-to-be owner is already making repairs.

Preservation North Carolina – the nonprofit that’s helping save the Villa Florenza house on Poole Road – on Tuesday persuaded the Raleigh City Council to hold off on demolitions for at least four more months. That’s how long the sale process is expected to take.

“It is a great historic residence that I would hate to lose,” Mayor Nancy McFarlane said.

Jason Queen of Preservation North Carolina said the buyer has already made roof repairs and installed a security fence around the back of the house; he’ll spend another $50,000 on repairs after the sale is finalized. The buyer hopes to restore the building as an office building within two years, Queen said.

When William A. Curtis built the house in 1915, the Lincoln Park neighborhood between New Bern Avenue and what’s now Poole Road served as a border between white and black sections of Raleigh at the height of the Jim Crow era.

Curtis drove a delivery wagon, sold produce at City Market and worked at a Blount Street laundry – enough to become relatively wealthy for a black man in the early 20th century. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Here's a link to our original article from December:

North Raleigh RedHawks win youth rugby championships

Two North Raleigh Youth Rugby RedHawks teams took home Carolina Cup championships on Saturday.

The RedHawks' U12 Tackle and U12 Touch teams, part of the North Carolina Youth Rugby Union, won their divisions during the rugby 7's tournament hosted by the Raleigh Rugby Football Club at the Raleigh Rugby Football Complex on Poole Road.

Youth rugby tournament Saturday in Raleigh

Young rugby enthusiasts in the Under-10 through Under-14 age groups will hit the pitch for a tournament this weekend in the Triangle.

The Raleigh Rattlesnakes, part of the Raleigh Rugby Football Club and the N.C. Youth Rugby Union, will host the Carolina Cup on Saturday at the Raleigh Rugby Complex at 7414 Poole Road, about four miles east of the beltline.

Short matches make Saturday's Charity Sevens tournament a great rugby introduction

The action will be fast and beginner-friendly at the Raleigh Rugby Complex on Saturday as the Raleigh Rugby Football Club hosts its annual Charity Sevens tournament.
"Sevens" competition is a smaller, quicker version of the sport, club spokesman Brent Vaughn said. Instead of the usual 15 players per side, each team sends seven to the field, or pitch, and instead of the usual 40-minute halves, teams play seven-minute halves. The result is a family-friendly format that is ideal for introducing spectators to the game.
"Spectators can expect a very fast-paced, full-contact sport that they will be able to enjoy with people around the facility who are familiar with the sport and will be happy to explain," Vaughn said. 

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