Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Tonight is a busy night for Third Ward, with the Johnson & Wales Way/Fourth Street Improvements Public Meeting at 5:45p, followed by the monthly neighborhood meeting at 7:00p. We welcome Phil Kline of the Mint Museum and Mary Stauble of Mecklenburg County. Both events are in the Hance Auditorium at Johnson & Wales University, at 801 West Trade Street. See you there!

Monday, October 27, 2008


Neighbors for a Safer Charlotte will meet this Thursday, October 30th, 6:00p at Providence United Methodist Church.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Meet The Chief, Part Two

If you missed your opportunity to meet CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe at Third Ward's July meeting, CMPD is organizing a second chance. A forum will be hosted at the Government Center on Thursday, November 13th, at 6:00p. Free parking is available in the deck across Davidson Street, and the meeting will take place in Room 267.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Election Day is November 4th with early voting already in progress at the library's main branch and other nearby locations. See http://www.meckboe.org/ for early voting locations, and follow the "Sample Ballots" link to see exactly who you will be voting for.

Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Carolinas' Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place Uptown at 10:00a on Thursday, November 27th - Thanksgiving Day, naturally. For more information, see this link!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Blood Drive

Gateway Village will host a blood drive from 9:00a to 1:30p tomorrow, October 21st. Interested in donating? Schedule an appointment here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My Community Bonds

Catherine DuPre of My Community Bonds sends this link for those interested in learning more about the bonds on the ballot next month. Questions? Contact Catherine directly.

Neighborhood Schools

Interested in supporting our neighborhood schools? You can link your Harris Teeter VIC card to Irwin Avenue Elementary by applying code 1609 at checkout. Thanks to Chuck Sawicki for the tip!

Sustainable Charlotte

Sustainable Charlotte offers free design services for commercial spaces, and can sometimes even offer donated materials for such projects. Contact Christy Denning for more information.

Candidate Survey

Neighbors For a Safer Charlotte has performed a survey of political candidates to determine their approach to crime and safety in our area. For the summary, follow this link.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Plus One

Yesterday Jennifer and I welcomed Julia Marie to the family. Born at 5:48p, she weighed in at 6lb 14oz. Mom and baby are beautiful and healthy.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Charlotte's Got A Lot

You may have seen the "A LOT" television advertisements airing locally. Here is Visit Charlotte's companion website to that marketing campaign.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Mr. Big

Mary Newsrom wrote this article in today's Observer. It reminds me of how the work of small organizations - such as neighborhood associations! - makes a big difference in our community, and is sometimes not as well-publicized as it could be. With everything happening in our lives and in our city at this moment, I don't know if we can count on "Mr. Big" to sustain us in the near future. Improving our quality of life is up to us!

Picnic in the Park

Third Ward's Picnic in the Park will be held October 18th at Frazier Park for area residents, businesses (and employees), and organizations. The event will run from noon until 2:00p, and is a joint effort of the Third Ward Neighborhood Association, Johnson & Wales University, Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation, Charlotte Center City Partners, and the Charlotte Rescue Mission. Come out and celebrate your community while enjoying an afternoon of food, music, and family activities.

Bring your own picnic or enjoy free hot dogs, pizza, chips and drinks (for the first 500 people). Johnson & Wales will provide dessert!

Entertainment includes a live band, For Peace, salsa dancing program and instruction, kids' activities organized and staffed by Johnson & Wales students, and games including cornhole, horseshoes, and checkers. There will also be appearances by our favorite team mascots.

For more information on Picnic in the Park, please contact Moira Quinn at (704) 332-2227 or mquinn@charlottecentercity.org.

Friday, October 3, 2008


VoteSmart.org is a nonpartisan political site designed to help voters make informed decisions in elections from a national to local level. Simply enter your zip code to discover relevant information on all the candidates.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Ribbons/Bows for Breast Cancer

Don't forget it is breast cancer awareness month! This Friday afternoon we'll be installing the ribbons/bows along portions of the routes serving the Komen Race for the Cure and the Avon Walk. Let me know if you can help!