Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Despite challenging economic conditions, the year had much to offer Third Ward. The design phase of our brand/identity program, developed with Little Red Bird, came to a conclusion with a heralded new logo and tagline: “It’s here.” In a year when Charlotte’s ambition took some hits, this has been a timely reminder to celebrate what we have: A neighborhood that is both urban and pastoral, rich with history and vitality, and filled with beautiful places, kind neighbors, and plenty to do.
One of 2009’s best things to do was attend the Summer Tailgate! Thanks to a partnership with the Carolina Panthers and Hartigan’s Irish Pub, more than one hundred neighbors and friends enjoyed food, camaraderie, and stadium tours to kick off NFL season, benefiting the Charlotte Rescue Mission.
We also extend our appreciation to Pie Town, and sister restaurant Press, for hosting neighborhood socials and the second annual Condominium Presidents Forum, with discounted or donated food and drink for all events. We are grateful to have you in the neighborhood and will offer our continued patronage.
The same goes to the Gateway Village YMCA, our home base for neighborhood business meetings including the Mayoral Candidates Forum, featuring candidates Anthony Foxx and John Lassiter. Thank you for being our gracious host and partner!
Like last year, I want to honor a neighborhood resident who exhibits exemplary dedication to her community. For 2009 the honoree is Tracey Wopperer. This year Tracey served on the brand/identity committee, led the community garden, and helped organize the Summer Tailgate as well. She is the newly-elected president of her condominium association and will join the Third Ward board of directors in January – not to mention her other civic and professional pursuits. Please join me in thanking Tracey for everything she does on behalf of Third Ward.
Four other new directors are joining Third Ward’s board too. Along with Tracey, please welcome Jason Fuchs, Lex Jones, Gray Pendleton, and Mike Sposato. Eric Davis, Matt Hunoval, and Ginny Woolard will carry over, as will I. Rev. Tony Marciano, Robyn Riordan, and Beth Springston are stepping down.
Every member of the board commits his/her time and resources to preserve and enhance Third Ward’s quality of life, for all of us. We are truly fortunate to have their support. To board members past, present, and future: Thank you!
In closing, please remember the Charlotte Rescue Mission and the Irwin Avenue Elementary School needs list in your holiday giving. And if you are looking for a neighborhood-specific item, check out the Third Ward Shop!
Happy holidays! We’ll be back in January.
Third Ward Neighborhood Association
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
"Dear Third Ward Neighborhood Association, I can't fully express my joy, excitement, and thanks for your donation to my project. It is great to see that you share my vision for reaching children. It is so exciting to see the children's faces as they discover new books in our classroom library. The books purchased will be used to improve reading skills and will allow the children to participate more in the schoolwide Accelerated Reader program.
I hope to share with my colleagues our success in funding this project. Thank you so much. I can't wait to introduce these tools to the children.
Mrs. D. [Metro School]"
"Dear Third Ward Neighborhood Association, Thank you for giving my students the opportunity to gain the most knowledge they can in Medical Science, by seeing things in different colors. The color printer will really bring about a different angle of body parts and give more clarity to understanding body structures. This will really aid in my teaching and their understanding of structures of the human body.
I try to be creative and innovated in the classroom, but I have been faced with a number of budgetary obstacles to overcome. This is why I am so excited that you have helped to make our dreams come true. This printer will really open the gates of understanding the human body by clearly distinguishing the different body systems in vivid color. We all are so excited and ready to get started. I am planning lessons already to utilize our new technology. Thank you once again for your generous donation.
Mrs. F. [West Charlotte High School]"
Monday, December 7, 2009
Please see this attachment for more details on open board seats.
For more information, click here.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Thursdays & Fridays 5:00p–10:00p
Extended hours begin December 19th
$10 (includes skate rental - $7 (supply your own skates)
32nd Annual Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour
Welcome Kiosk at 9th & Poplar Streets
Friday & Saturday 5:00p–9:00p
$20/person, valid for all 3 days
First Night Workshop for Families/Children of Third Ward
Irwin Elementary School Multi Purpose Room
Thursday, December 10th 5:30p
Questions? Contact Darlene Heater of Charlotte Center City Partners
First Night Charlotte - An Imagination Celebration
Thursday, December 31 3:00pm - Midnight
First Night Button $10, Kids Under 8 Free, Free Street Entertainment
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
At virtually the same time, Bank of America also will illuminate its tree at The Square, accompanied by a "mini-version" of The Nutcracker by the North Carolina Dance Theatre. Happy holidays!
As CMPD had earlier confirmed, the attack occurred in the Metro division (I-77 marks the border between the Central and Metro divisions). The association will continue to be in touch with CMPD and the Wesley Heights Neighborhood Association.
To date, the developer has failed to respond to the bulk of the neighborhood's concerns, and asked that the presentations related to the development not be published on third-ward.org. The association will continue to pursue further transparency and cooperation from the developer. It is worth noting that this is the Third Ward Neighborhood Association's first opposition to a rezoning proposal in recent memory.
If you are interested in more detail, please contact me with questions. Thank you!
Monday, November 30, 2009
CMPD has referred the crime to its Investigations section and has promised to share updates as they become available. CMPD has additionally provided these reference papers on "To Fight or Not To Fight" and "While Walking on the Street."
Friday, November 27, 2009
Funded through the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), extra patrols have been added throughout the entire jurisdiction, providing heightened visibility, especially in high volume shopping areas. This includes all major shopping centers, malls, and superstores such as Walmart, Target, and Sams Club. The Department has allotted more than $80,000 of JAG overtime funding to support this project.
The Department will be paying special attention to its known and repeat offenders while also employing the full support of its undercover officers who will be on the lookout for any criminal activity and suspicious behavior. Officers will have a special focus on crimes such as shoplifting and larceny from autos. The Department also plans to fully utilize crime prevention tools such as its Sky Watch Towers.
In addition to more police patrols, CMPD will collaborate with private security firms to combine efforts.
Emphasizing the crucial relationship between the community and law enforcement, CMPD will be working with local businesses to reinforce precautionary measures for money management and business safety. The Department is also encouraging citizens to take preventive steps to ensure the securing of their property and their personal safety and offers these tips for the holiday season:
Safety While Shopping
1. Pay with checks or credit cards when possible. Don’t flash large amounts of cash.
2. Don’t leave any purchases or your purse unattended while shopping or in a dressing room.
3. Try to carry as little as possible. Make multiple trips to your vehicle to store your purchases.
4. Never leave your children alone.
5. If your children get separated from you, teach them to find a cashier or a security officer and ask for help.
6. Report all suspicious activity. Call 911 with a description.
Safety in the Parking Lots
1. Park and walk in well-lit areas.
2. Walk with confidence be aware of people around you, and know where you parked.
3. Always lock your car doors after leaving or entering your car.
4. Have your keys in your hand so that you don’t have to linger before entering your car. Check the back seat before you get in.
5. Don’t leave packages on the car seats. Keep packages out of sight in the trunk or under a covered rear cargo area.
Home Holiday Safety
1. Make sure your home is well lit. Turn on outside lights, spotlights, motions lights, etc. Leave several lights on timers while you are away to give your home that lived in look.
2. Keep all shrubbery trimmed. Do not allow shrubbery to conceal windows or doors.
3. Remove anything a burglar could climb up on to gain entry or use to knock out a window or door; items such as ladders, tools, tables, and chairs.
4. All exterior doors should be solid, rather than hollow core.
5. Don’t leave garage roll down doors open, even while you are home or while you are doing yard work.
6. Use a deadbolt lock to secure your doors. A good deadbolt should have a 1” throw, if you have glass within 40” of the lock a burglar could reach in and unlock the door. A double cylinder lock (this type needs a key on both sides to unlock) should be used if glass is near the lock.
7. If you are going away contact a trusted neighbor or friend to pick up your mail, newspaper and other delivered items.
8. Try not to leave gifts in open view. This is an invitation to burglars.
9. Don’t advertise new gifts or purchases. Break up cartons before leaving them at the curb or dispose of them another way the morning of trash pick up.
10. Don’t forget to engrave new gifts or purchases with your Drivers license number.
11. Don’t open your door to strangers. Be wary of solicitors and salespersons. If a stranger asks to use your telephone, tell them to stay outside, lock the door behind you and make the call for them. Never let a stranger inside your home.
12. Don’t give any information about yourself or your neighbor to a stranger."
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
If you are tailgating tonight, remember to put your recyclables in the yellow bags. Go Panthers!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Mark Summers (photo) is a suspect; past aliases include Arthur Summers, Michael Summers, Mark Santiago, Mark West, and Anthony Hatton. I have been notified that Mr. Summers is a suspect in a string of Fourth Ward burglaries as well.
Please call 911 immediately if you see this suspect or anything suspicious.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Membership Dues: In 2010 the association will introduce annual membership dues of $25. This change was made after much consideration, for those who 1) seek to offer their support to the association and be more closely aligned with their neighbors, and 2) recognize value in pooling resources toward the collective goals of the neighborhood.
Though dues are voluntary, all Third Ward residents and stakeholders are strongly encouraged to contribute. “Residents” includes all who live in condominiums, townhomes, single-family homes, and apartments.
Because this is the first year of dues, projecting the 2010 budget – and the activities of the association derived from it – is difficult. The budget is anticipated to be focused upon events, beautification projects, and charitable contributions for the benefit of all in Third Ward. The budget, as determined by the (new) Board of Directors, will be made available to members.
Of course some will find this initiative controversial; others will find it long overdue. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or comments.
Dues can be paid online (see the Google Checkout button in the upper right) or in person at any neighborhood meeting. Please note that there is a $2.50 fee for online transactions.
Board of Directors Renewal: I can personally attest to the fun and opportunity that comes with being part of Third Ward’s leadership. As the current Board of Directors ends its term, the association is in an Open Application period for Directors.
The qualities of the ideal Director are evident: positive attitude, plays well with others, works on behalf of the neighborhood, and attends monthly meetings.
Each Director commits to a Personal Project matching his or her area of interest. Going forward, these Personal Projects will have the greatest impact on the fortunes of Third Ward. The most successful neighborhoods in Charlotte are founded upon individuals who are passionate about a particular issue: schools… events… parks… the list goes on.
Please consider making the commitment to contribute your personal enthusiasm to Third Ward. The application for the Board of Directors can be found here. Thanks!
Third Ward Neighborhood Association
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
This meeting will serve as an opportunity for staff to provide a project update to the community on what will be accomplished during the Preliminary Engineering phase of the project. Meetings will be held at the following locations:
November 17, 2009
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East 4th Street
2nd Floor Room 267
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November 19, 2009
Johnson C. Smith University Auditorium
100 Beatties Ford Road
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November 24, 2009
Memorial United Methodist Church
4012 Central Avenue
Add to Your Outlook Calendar
*Please note the same information will be shared at all three meetings."
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
The hearing will begin at 7:00p at the Government Center. For more information, please see this postcard.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
While this result did not meet the intent of Novare, it nonetheless will bring hundreds of new residents to the eastern part of Third Ward; we welcome them to the neighborhood! Catalyst residents will share the neighborhood's particular interest in the commencement of construction at Romare Bearden Park.
For a more in-depth look at Third Ward real estate activity in Q3, see this Real Estate Report prepared by board member Robyn Riordan. And if you have thoughts/suggestions on the preservation and enhancement of real estate values in the neighborhood, please contact me.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
The university is planning to share plans of the space as they become available.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Also remember that the first Community Workshop for the 2020 Vision Plan is tonight at the Charlotte Convention Center, beginning at 5:30p. All Charlotte residents - especially residents of Third Ward and other Uptown neighborhoods - are encouraged to attend. Parking is available at The Green at no charge.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
IBM’s KidSmart program includes the Young Explorer, a computer housed in brightly-colored, kid-friendly Little Tikes furniture and equipped with award-winning educational software to help children learn and explore concepts in math, science and language. The computer centers can also help children learn important socialization skills such as how to work together and share. Exploration and socialization skills are important to prepare children for future success in school, help level the playing field and ensure all children have access to educational tools. (www.kidsmartearlylearning.org)
IBM is trying to bridge the digital divide through the KidSmart program. Studies show that the KidSmart program leads to substantial improvements in teaching and learning and to significant positive outcomes for children and teachers. Teachers participating KidSmart are also more confident in their approach to using computers in their classrooms.
The partnership with Irwin IB Elementary is a great fit for IBM, whose Uptown offices are just blocks from the school."
Monday, October 19, 2009
Timetable: The Department is hopeful that construction could start late next summer. The County will release a portion of unsold 2004 bonds for sale next June. Construction of Romare Bearden Park is the number one priority for the Department - the park will be first in line when funding becomes available. We will know more as the County moves closer to the bond sale and determines specific department allocations.
Building Demolition: Asbestos abatement in the existing structures is underway. Once abatement is complete, in about a month’s time, the three buildings will be razed.
Public Art: On October 7th the Art and Science Council kicked off the artist selection process. To date the ASC has risen over $225,000 to help support funding for a major art piece.
Romare Bearden Foundation: The Department is working with the local liaison to the Romare Bearden Foundation. Jerald Melberg, gallery owner and former curator for the Mint Museum is helping us add the depth and richness of Romare Bearden through the careful selection of his works, text and thoughts; capturing Romare’s spirit that is to be incorporated into the interpretive signage throughout the park.
Fundraising: As we draw nearer to construction and the economic climate improves, Partners for Parks, the non-profit fundraising wing for the department, is gearing up to undertake a fundraising effort. We will pass along details of the fundraising effort as they progress.
Have a great week!
Parks Planner, Central Region
Park and Recreation Department"
Friday, October 16, 2009
Charlotte Center City Partners will hire 6-8 cast members for the upcoming holiday season. Audition Categories [include]:
Singers who can “Move”: Prepare two songs (a ballad and up-tempo) with accompaniment (CD may be used). We are looking for singers that are proficient in more than one performance style including: rock, pop, musical theatre, swing, and classical. Please come prepared with a brief dance combination with accompaniment (CD may be used). Does not have to be professional, just something that will show us that you have dancing abilities.
Actors/Character Actors: Show us your best with a one-minute comic monologue. Irish, British, and Scottish dialects are of particular interest but not required.
Specialty Talents: Stilt walkers, mimes, jugglers, comedy magicians, or any other family-oriented specialty talents are welcome. Prepare a brief example. Bring necessary equipment. CD player is provided.
We are especially looking for performers with MULTIPLE TALENTS. Are you ready to get in the holiday spirit? Come out and audition for this once in a lifetime opportunity, and have a hand in enriching the urban core of Center City Charlotte, by doing what you do best."
Auditions will take place at Spirit Square, Friday, November 6, 5:00pm-9:00pm; Saturday, November 7, 10:00am-1:00pm, 2:00pm-5:00pm; Sunday, November 8, 1:00pm-5:00pm, Callbacks.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
If you are interested in learning more, review the website or contact Officer Whitesel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Part of the Charlotte Regional Recovery Initiative, convened by Governor Bev Perdue earlier this year to address the needs of displaced workers, the Professional Career Center is an Uptown Charlotte work environment with all the tools that job-seeking professionals need, from computer workstations and telephone access to conference/meeting space. The center also offers a wealth of support services, including daily workshops, entrepreneurial resources and individual career counseling.
Contact Steve Partridge at email@example.com or (704) 778-7185.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Costumes are a must for all the Waddlers and Toddlers. Mommies and daddies are welcome to dress up too!
A photographer will be available for kids costume photos (digital copies only).
To receive an Evite invitation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your child's name, age, and neighborhood. Happy Halloween!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Enjoy Frazier Park on this beautiful fall weekend!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
"Greetings all. First, I want to apologize that there has not been any communication from us regarding the project in a while. Work is ongoing though and I wanted to share the latest update with you ... The big news is that the Tuckaseegee Road portion of the project will actually be happening this month. It happened that Tuckaseegee Rd was scheduled to be resurfaced this year. So we worked it that along with the resurfacing we will also restripe to reduce the travel lanes and add bike lanes [per] the project plans. There will be some additional sidewalk and median work when we do full project construction later, but this will achieve a major goal of the project now. We expect to get the plans to 50% complete by the end of the year and at that time we will most likely have another stakeholder meeting to field questions.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
For those interested in learning more about Equitas and its work in Malawi, sign up for the Water & Wine event on October 6th at The Wine Loft on South Boulevard. See you there!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Meeting times and locations are as follows:
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East 4th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Watch Live on The GOV Channel, on Time Warner Cable 16, or online at www.charlottenc.gov
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
230 Matthews Station Street
Matthews, NC 28105
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
119 South Main Street
Davidson, NC 28036
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
For more information about the meetings or transit service near the meeting locations, contact 704-336-RIDE (7433) or visit www.ridetransit.org.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The developers will host a community meeting for those who are interested in learning more about the proposal. This will take place on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009, 6:00p at the Ivory Baker Recreation Center.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Yes! Stickers will be available at the meeting! Check out the Third Ward Shop for more neighborhood gear (including new long-sleeved shirts just in time for fall). The Schwaller family received its first batch of t-shirts last week. Both use American Apparel t-shirts as a base and fit very well.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
If you are tailgating this weekend, look for the yellow recycling bags to participate. For more information, read this. Go Panthers!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Thunder Road encourages neighborhoods/neighborhood businesses to create "entertainment zones" to cheer on runners; the best zone wins $500 for its neighborhood association. Contact me if you are interested in organizing a party.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
The OCMW is in Frazier Park, on the south side of West Fourth Street.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Dinner is just $28 per person and registrations are limited. Contact Briana Cohen at Pie Town (email@example.com) to RSVP!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
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Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
The Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium will promote community awareness of the Brain Tumor Fund for the Carolinas in an effort to increase regional brain tumor patient access to the best treatment, technology, research, and support.
100 women riders from 8 countries will participate. The purse for the women’s competition is $25,000. 125 men from 17 countries will be on the course battling for the $75,000 purse.
A complete schedule and roster of athletes set to participate is available online at www.charlottecriterium.org. For more information go to www.btfcnc.org or call 704.821.0110."
Please note the Tryon Street closure for the event.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
The City of Charlotte Neighborhood and Business Services Department will be hosting its Community University summer series starting July 9th. Topics are focused on neighborhood improvement projects residents can do while on their “staycations” this summer. Workshops are free and open to all Charlotte residents. Participants may register by calling (704) 336-2061 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
See this flyer for more information!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
An audacious project like this reminds me of the opportunities we have to combine "private initiative, [governmental] support, creative legislation, brilliant design and a willingness to risk the unpredictable" to improve our neighborhood. The branding campaign currently underway will be a test of nearly all of these, albeit on a smaller scale. I hope to see future projects enhancing our own network of parks, and more.
For more on the High Line, see the official web site.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Click here for the official press release, and stay tuned for more updates on how we will interact with this important new institutional neighbor in Third Ward!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The fireworks are being staged from the Central Piedmont Community College campus. Some streets around the campus will close at 8:00pm to accommodate the fallout zone, so expect traffic delays in that area. Streets will reopen immediately following the show.
Red, White and Boom! 2009 will be approximately 20 minutes long. The show begins at 9:30pm (weather and fire department clearance permitting). The show will be synced to a music track that will be heard exclusively on 96.9 FM and played live at all viewing venues.
The show can be viewed from a variety of locations around the city. If you are in the eastern part of the city and you can see the skyline, chances are, you can see the fireworks display.
There is ample parking in Uptown Charlotte, but on-street parking will be not be allowed to avoid restricting traffic lanes as fireworks viewers drive in and out of the city."