Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Charlotte Shout Culinary Arts Experience

Johnson & Wales University will host the Charlotte Shout Culinary Arts Experience on September 26th & 27th. The event will feature culinary celebrities Cat Cora (Iron Chef America), Billy Strynkowski (Cooking Light Magazine), and Curtis Stone (Take Home Chef). Additional events include the Grey Goose VIP Lounge and the Discover Wine with Robert Mondavi Tour. See this link for more information on this exciting event!

America's Most Walkable Neighborhoods

You may remember an item on WalkScore that I posted earlier in the year. WalkScore measures a location's walkability based upon its access to urban amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, parks, and entertainment.
WalkScore recently released an index ranking walkability among major cities. A typical Third Ward address easily ranks in the top ten, matching or exceeding the walkability of such cities as Seattle, Boston, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.
The bad news is that Charlotte ranked #38 of 40 cities. Residents of other Charlotte neighborhoods: Come experience our quality of life!
I have added the WalkScore "tile" to third-ward.org. See the right hand side of this page to try out your own address.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Igunnuko International African Festival

Third Ward's Frazier Park will host the 2008 Igunnuko International African Festival this weekend! The festival brings local, regional, national, and international artists and performers together to celebrate African heritage through the arts.
This year's festival will include a marketplace for crafts, jewelry, clothing, and art; food vendors specializing in African, Caribbean, and Soul food; and a children's educational village. It will run three days beginning Friday, August 1st, and will run 12p to 9p each day.

7th Annual Book Bash!

On August 16th the Gateway YMCA will host its 7th Annual Book Bash. The Book Bash is a program that distributes backpacks, school supplies and books to 1,000 area elementary school students.
The Neighborhood Association has supported this event with donations and volunteer labor for years. If you are interested, see this flyer for more information, or contact Chris Orr at the Gateway YMCA directly to volunteer. See you there!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Three for Four

Today's Observer reports the third of four lawsuits intended to block construction of the new Knights stadium has been dismissed. So far, the county's actions have been found to be in compliance with the law. A state panel will review the bond package more closely, and a fourth lawsuit awaits review.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Crime Report from Plaza-Midwood

The below was posted on Plaza-Midwood's crime blog. Please continue to watch out for yourselves and neighbors, and always check credentials! If you see anything like this in progress, contact 911, followed by David at AT&T at (704) 724-6243.

"I was going to inform you of an incident at my house on Wednesday July 22. I had two white guys in a white Toyota truck with AT&T on the side come to my house and I was not home.
My neighbor saw them and called me, I informed her I did not have AT&T. She watched the guys and they rang the doorbell and no one was at home so they then went and opened my fence gate and started in the back yard. She yelled and questioned the guys and they gave her a story about a work order etc. They did not have the work order or my name. She called me and I spoke with the gentlemen and nothing was making sense. I called AT&T and their security division called me back and informed me they do not have Toyota trucks nor was anyone
scheduled for a service call in the area yesterday at that time. AT&T has alerted their drivers and security division to be on the lookout for this truck ... David at AT&T ... said all AT&T reps wear khaki pants and an AT&T shirt with a ID around their neck which these guys were not wearing."

Catalyst Sales

Third Ward's newest residential tower, Catalyst, sold 58 of its 462 units in the first three weeks of sales. See this Doug Smith blog post for more.

WSOC Reports

A short article and video from WSOC's coverage of last night's neighborhood meeting are posted here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Big Meeting

An excellent turnout tonight for Chief Rodney Monroe of CMPD and David Carol of CATS! Brigida Mack's coverage of the meeting ran on WAXN's 10:00p news just moments ago. Contact me with your comments about the meeting.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Movies Under the Stars

Saturday, August 30th, Ratatouille will play after a day of swimming at Ray's Splash Planet. Join the fun at 215 North Sycamore Street; the movie starts at 7:00p.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Dog Park Update

Blaine Gregory of Mecklenburg Parks & Recreation sent the following update yesterday: "Fencing is scheduled to begin being installed this week and will take 7-10 days max. to complete. We will then need to install benches, cans, water fountains, etc…We're hoping to have everything completed sometime by the 1st or 2nd week of August and then have a "soft" opening. A more formal event may occur later this summer."
The countdown begins...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Next Meeting

I am very excited to announce two coveted guest speakers for our July 22nd meeting: Chief Rodney Monroe of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and David Carol of the Charlotte Area Transit System.
Chief Monroe took his position approximately five weeks ago, and faces heightened concerns about increasing crime in Charlotte. David Carol, project manager for the North Corridor Commuter Rail line, is prepared to explain a proposal for a vehicle maintenance facility in Third Ward. Welcome Chief Monroe and Mr. Carol!
As always, I encourage you to take the opportunity to learn about issues affecting our neighborhood by attending the meeting. This will be one of the most memorable neighborhood meetings of the year. I look forward to seeing you there!

Street Closure

West Stonewall Street between South College and South Church Streets will be closed at 7pm Friday, July 18th, reopening at 12pm Monday, July 21st. Between South Church and South Tryon Streets, eastbound traffic will be maintained in a single lane. No through traffic will be allowed in the block between South Tryon and South College Streets.
Access to businesses will be maintained. South Tryon Street will remain open during this construction. Eastbound traffic will be detoured around the closure via South Tryon, East Third, and South Brevard Streets. Westbound traffic will be detoured around the closure via South College, West MLK and South Church Streets.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Volunteers

If you are interested in getting more involved with Third Ward, check out the new Volunteer page at right. And if you have a project in mind that isn't listed, let me know and I will add your "cause" to the list.

Monday, July 14, 2008

June Minutes

Minutes from the June meeting have been posted on the Meetings page.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Bottoms Up for Booty Pub Crawl

This Thursday, July 10th, a benefit pub crawl for 24 Hours of Booty will take place at Connolly’s on 5th, Madison’s, and The Attic Bar, beginning at 5:00p. For more information, contact Theresa Dawson at (704) 588-7555 (extension 321) or at theresa.dawson@gitabike.com.