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Get your reservations NOW for next week's Triangle Restaurant Week

Triangle Restaurant Week’s summer event starts Monday and goes through June 9.

More than 85 restaurants in Raleigh, Cary, Durham and Chapel Hill will be offering three-course lunches for $15 and three-course dinners for $20 or $30. For example, at Battistella’s in Raleigh, a diner can spend $30 for a three-course meal off a limited menu that includes these entree choices: braised short ribs with red creamer potatoes, garlic-braised Vidalia onions and a red wine jus or shrimp and goat cheese grits with andouille sausage.

Among the Raleigh restaurants participating for the first time are Bruno, Taste, Vivo and Black Cat.

For a complete list of the participating restaurants and their special menus, go to

The real ghouls of Halloween

A few ghouls might be out on Halloween night.

I am not talking about the ones who dress up in costumes and come knocking at your door for candy. The ghouls I am referring to are the ones who play mean tricks on animals – particularly black cats – for Halloween.

You would be astounded at how cruel people can be to animals on Halloween. They find it amusing to tie firecrackers to animals, poison their food, and even worse, use animals as sacrifices for evil rituals. The list goes on, but I’ll spare you the gory, heartbreaking details.

A local animal rescue group I work for has even reported that some people call looking specifically for black cats around Halloween. Of course, the callers are mum on their reasons. Luckily, most animal shelters do not allow black cats to be adopted until after Halloween has passed.

Here are a few tips to keep your pet safe on Halloween night:

• Keep all pets indoors to reduce risk of injury or death from potential ghouls.
• Bring all pet food inside where you can safely monitor it.
• Make sure your pet has an identification tag.
• Do not allow your pet to consume any chocolate or candy.

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