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Old 06-01-2007, 08:32 AM
 
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My wife, Myself and girls ages 1 & 4 are moving to Hope Mills on July 1st, 2007. My wife will be teaching in Lumberton 2nd grade. We already visted last month. Can anyone tell us more info on what it's like living in the Hope Mills area? We both have lived in Michigan so far since 1970.
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Old 06-01-2007, 09:34 AM
 
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Like what? I've lived in Fayetteville (newly annexed part adjacent to Hope Mills) since August, so maybe can speak with eyes of a newcomer
My daughter attends dance class at Cumberland Dance academy (very good), the "lake" that used to be there will be re-filled again sometime in the next year or so, so it should be a nice area again. Downtown is pretty much old and not much there, but up the road a bit is Walmart, Library, small shopping plazas.
Anymore questions, ask away
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Old 06-01-2007, 10:32 AM
 
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We went to the library and it is really nice and we love the parks! Can't wait for the lake also. Just wondered what the people are like and how is cost of living, etc. My daughter is currently in a dance academy so knowing that there is a good one there is a relief.
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Old 06-01-2007, 11:48 AM
 
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Cumberland Dance Academy is on Trade St, it's downtown. It's nothing to look at, but the rates are GREAT compared to CT prices, costume I think was $50, compared to the $200 I paid in CT
Parents are friendly, most folks I've met are friendly. The schools here in Cumberland County are mixed, some good some not, but Hope Mills has very good schools, which I'm sure you already know, your wife being a teacher and all. MANY military, if you're not military (we are not) people will wonder why you came here! They're not exclusive about it or anything though.
Some recommendations: Village Family Dental, GREAT with kids, it's in Hope Mills, right near the library. Have not found a good pediatrician, tried Southern Regional AHEC, not thrilled (had a problem finding doctors accepting new patients last summer). If your kids ever need hospital care, unless it's a true emergency, do NOT go to Cape Fear Valley Med Center, here in Fayetteville. Drive to Durham to Duke (90 min). Ok, a broken bone or something they could probably handle, but don't trust them with anything major, trust me on this one
There is a good children's theatre, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, every year they put on The Best Christmas Pagent Ever, it was VERY good. They have other productions too throughout the year, but we didnt' get to try them out. they're very well priced.
Last but not least, shopping. I don't know if your wife is a shopper, but the mall here is not one for "a day out". Drive to Raleigh (75 min) to one of the malls there or in Durham.

As far as cost of Living goes, everyone will say Groceries are more expensive here, and they probably are. However the fact that everything else is cheaper, it's not a big deal. Shop the sales, stock up, and you can spend close to what you were spending before.

What part of MI are you from? My husband grew up in Detroit, a very scary neighborhood by the time I met him and he took me to visit his parents. His mom finally managed to get out of there and now lives in Oak Park and his sister lives downriver in Trenton.

Hope this helped.
Joan
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Old 06-04-2007, 09:03 AM
 
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Default Welcome to Hope Mills!

I hope your transition goes smoothly.

My family and I have lived in HM for almost 5 years and really enjoy it. I noticed the note about Pediatricians, we have found a great doctor at Rainbow Pediatrics. Rainbow Pediatrics of Fayetteville

I am the Pastor of a new church here in HM located on Trade St near the dance studio. As you guys are settling in I hope that you will come and see us. We are trying to do church differently from most churches around here, come check us out when you come down. We have a great program for your kids! http://www.tcota.org

I hope to see you.
DAN+
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Old 06-11-2007, 09:07 AM
 
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I can't believe nobody has told you about the rush hour traffic, downtown! I've been in the area over 4 years, now. I like Hope Mills and would probably move there if it weren't for the traffic through Main Street exiting out of town into Chickenfoot Road. (Check a map to see if you will be affected.) I would travel that way, often. Cape Fear Valley has a whole separate ER for the Children. I have several children and have visited there a few times. I have to say, I was satisfied. If I had added concerns, they were open to hearing and discussing them further, with me. As someone else stated, Village Family IS a great pediatric dental care provider A+++. The ants here, Fireants, bite!! They didn't bite back home!! So, be sure the area around your home is clear before you send the kids out to play. The 6.00+ bags of dust spread out over nests (piles) before a sprinkle do the job real well. It's funny...many do ask why you moved here if you're not military
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Old 06-11-2007, 10:00 AM
 
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Cape Fear Valley has a whole separate ER for the Children. I have several children and have visited there a few times. I have to say, I was satisfied. If I had added concerns, they were open to hearing and discussing them further, with me.
Let me qualify, the ER was pretty good at handling things incoming, but an actual STAY there was awful. They could NOT get any specialists in to see my daughter....she had not woken up for 3+days and they still had no clue, could not get the ONLY peds neuro in the county into the hospital to see her (adult neuros cannot see peds patients, and, btw, there are NO peds GI docs in cumberland county) When we finally go transferred to Duke, the neuros were there asap, wondering why she hadn't been seen sooner. All they did for my almost-comatose daughter was to check her pupils every hour to see if they were still reactive. Wonder what they would have done had she actually slipped into a full blown coma? Didn't wait to see.
They will tell you in the ER, as they did me, that if we were not happy with the care there we could always transfer, but once you're in, there has to be a bed available wherever you're transferring to. Took 24 hrs for that to happen. If you transfer direct from the ER they HAVE to take you.
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Old 06-11-2007, 01:45 PM
 
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Does anyone know when the lake is supposed to actually have water again?
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Old 06-11-2007, 03:38 PM
 
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Does anyone know when the lake is supposed to actually have water again?
They cleared the lake bed about a month ago......my understanding was that the rebuild of the dam was going to begin then also, but it didn't seem logical to clear it so soon as more stuff will keep growing. At least they got all the illegaly dumped garbage and such out of there.

Friends of Hope Mills Lake, Inc. From the site " If everything goes as planned, the repair will be finished and The Lake will be coming home just in time for Independence Day in July 2008!"
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