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Riverbirch Shopping Center sold

Real estate company CASTO announced late last week that it had purchased the Riverbirch Shopping Center in Sanford.

Riverbirch is located on 35 acres at 1033 Spring Lane Road. The center, built in the late 1970s was constructed at a time when Westlake Valley was built and many saw the prime retail growth as heading toward West Sanford, according to files at The Sanford Herald. In recent years, the center has had many vacancies, including the now-empty site of the former JC Penney store.

“We are so excited to be part of Lee County and the positive growth of this wonderful community,” Shannon Dixon, EVP of CASTO Southeast Realty Services, said. “Located in the geographic center of the state, it is truly the heart of North Carolina, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to help embody the county’s motto ‘committed today for a better tomorrow’.”

CASTO, which has an office in Raleigh, has a commercial leasing network of nearly 1,700 national, regional, and local tenants, and a proven track record of success across all property types, including neighborhood, community and power centers, medical office, single-entity, multifamily and mixed-use projects.

At this time, CASTO has not announced or submitted any plans with the city regarding the future of the shopping center. Steve Mallow and Tim Dubois of Adcock Real Estate assisted in the transaction.

3-Alarm Toy Drive benefits burn victims

‘Tis the season to be generous for children in need.

The Sanford Fire and Police departments are holding their annual holiday toy drives.

The Fire Department has started collecting toys for its 3-Alarm Toy Drive. All donations are to benefit the children of UNC Chapel Hill Jaycee Burn Center.

All donations must be unopened. Stuffed animals will not be accepted.

The Fire Department is also accepting hygiene products, entertainment items and gifts cards for the families.

“The Sanford Fire Department is proud to participate again this year as part of the 3 Alarm Toy Drive, to benefit the NC Jaycee Burn Center at UNC,” Sanford Fire Chief Matt Arnold said. “We are accepting new unwrapped toys until Dec. 14 at any one of our fire stations. These toys help to bring smiles to the faces of children and families who need them.”

Donations can be dropped off at any of three city fire departments. The locations are 900 Cool Springs Road, 2200 Woodland Ave. and 512 Hawkins Ave.

The Police Department is collecting toys for local families. Donations of new, unopened toys can be dropped off at the Police Department at 225 E. Weatherspoon St.

“We do this every year,” Sanford Police Department Maj. Vinnie Frazer said, “and we want to collect as many as we can.”

All donations should be unwrapped. Both the fire and police departments are open 24 hours, seven days a week.

For more information, contact Krista Thomas at 919-777-1501. Call 919-775-8268 for information about the Police Department’s holiday drive.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony set
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The Lee County Veterans Council will host a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony on Dec. 7.

The service, which begins at 11:55 a.m., will be held at the North Carolina Veterans Memorial in Broadway. The public is invited to attend. The ceremony will mark 71 years since the Japanese attack on U.S. ships and bases at Pearl Harbor.

The Lee County Veterans Council is also reminding veterans that they can sign up for Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI). This insurance is for service-connected disabled veterans who have had a new disability rating within the past two years. You must be under 80 years old. To qualify, you must apply prior to Dec. 31.

Enrollment for the VA Life plan begins Jan. 1 and in either case, veterans should contact the Lee County Veterans Service Office at the Enrichment Center at 919-776-0501.

The Veterans Council also wants to make people aware of survivors pensions. There are cases when a widow or widower of a deceased veteran may qualify for a VA pension. The surviving relative will need a copy of their marriage contract, death certificate and military discharge papers. For more information, contact the Lee County Veterans Service Office at 919-776-0501.