Saturday, January 31, 2009

Survey Closed

The Third Ward Survey was closed yesterday with successful turnout. Results will be shared in the Feburary meeting!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Adding to the new upscale theater that opened in December, EpiCentre has opened StrikeCity, a "state-of-the-art" bowling alley. StrikeCity features twelve bowling lanes, two bars, and a full menu of food options. Pricing:

Shoe rentals: $4
11a to 5p Monday-Friday: $5.95 per person, per game
5p-close Monday-Thursday: $6.95 per person, per game
Friday and Saturday nights: $45 an hour per lane (eight people per lane)
Saturday 11a to 5p, all day Sunday: $35 an hour per lane

Thursday, January 22, 2009

January Meeting & Survey

This month representatives of the Red Cross will discuss disaster readiness, CMPD will give an update on crime and a bonus session on personal safety, and a neighborhood representative will speak on the Neighborhood Watch program. See you there!
Also, later this week an electronic (short, easy) survey will be released related to activities in Third Ward. If you aren't subscribed to the Third Ward e-mail distribution list and would like to offer your feedback, please e-mail me at

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Student Mentors

Today's Observer notes that CMS Superintendent Peter Gorman has called for 10,000 additional volunteer mentors for students. There are several people in the neighborhood already dedicated to this effort at Irwin Avenue Elementary School. If you are interested in mentoring a student, contact Chuck Sawicki at

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Cedar Yards Reactivation

NCDOT has acknowledged that it is considering the reactivation of the rail line leading from Wesley Heights into Third Ward at the Cedar Yards. The limited details available indicate that space would be leased for the storage of several passenger cars, which may be used for parties or tailgating in association with stadium events.
I have notified CMPD of the possible reactivation (established residents will remember the presence of several train cars a few years ago, which were at the time a security concern). Additional information will be shared as it is received, as will the date of a public meeting being scheduled for sometime in March. Contact me with questions or comments.

Queen City/Green City

The Main Library will host "Queen City/Green City" on Saturday, February 21st at 2:00p. Participants will watch The 11th Hour and discuss ways for Uptown residents in particular to promote environmentally-conscious lifestyles.
Third Ward's Farmer's Market at Gateway Village and Community Garden in Frazier Park are great examples of our community's commitment to green living. For more information, see this flyer.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A happy celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday to you from the Third Ward Neighborhood Association!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Gateway Village YMCA

Did you know that Third Ward's Gateway Village YMCA has branch rates lower than those of a Metro membership, and special rates for young adults (16-29) and seniors (65+)? See this link for more information!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Suspicious Persons Alert

Thanks to the Clarkson Place Community Watch for this update:
"This morning (1/13) at approximately 9 AM two individuals were spotted walking through the neighborhood and stopping to assess the contents of each unit's carport ... The individuals then walked down the path between [and over the back fences of] units ...
The two then entered a grey Chevrolet sedan with NC tags (blue letters/numbers) parked on Westbrook Drive near Victoria Avenue, turned around and left the neighborhood via Clarkson Street to Greenleaf Avenue to Cedar Street toward Morehead Street.
The individuals were not J&W students. They were two black males of average height. One was wearing a light hooded black and grey jacket with a paisley/grey print on the hood. The other individual had short-cut hair, was wearing a long-sleeve black t-shirt under a short-sleeve bright red t-shirt.
The two flags that tipped them off as being suspicious were that they were not wearing appropriate clothing for the weather and their behavior when walking past the units. Going behind the units and looking over the fences only enforced the suspicion.
The police were called and advised that it was best that they were alerted to the individuals and that the rest of the neighborhood should be alerted.
Police are advising that thefts are going be on the rise with the oncoming cold and with the economic situation. Please be sure your doors are locked and items are not left in your breezeway. Also it is a good idea to latch (better to lock) your back gate and to keep your front gate closed and latched. An open front gate is an invitation.
And please, if you see anything suspicious please call the police (911) ASAP with the best description you can provide. While they not be able to get there immediately they may be able to find the suspicious persons in the vicinity."

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Parking Permit Updates

With the new year parking permits must be renewed. Third Ward contains Zone 2 (in two sections) and also Zone 2A; each zone has specific requirements. See this link for information on which zone you live in. (Not all Third Ward addresses fall in a permitted parking zone.)
Renewals require a current copy of each vehicle's registration. The vehicle registration address must fall within the permit zone and match the address on your driver's license, a recent utility bill, or a copy of your lease/deed. Event parking tags are free, permitting parking tags/stickers are $30 per vehicle.
Renewals must take place in person at the Park It! office, at 1440 South Tryon Street, Suite 108, just one block west of the LYNX Blue Line Bland Street Station.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

City of Charlotte Annual Action Plan

The City of Charlotte is hosting its 2010 Annual Action Plan forums during the month of January. Participation in this effort assists the city in distributing funds under the various HUD formula grant programs, which can assist with community development. If you are interested, please attend one of the following meetings:
  • January 13th, 6:30p, West Boulevard Library
  • January 14th, 6:30p, Beatties Ford Library
  • January 20th, 6:30p, Old City Hall (600 East Trade Street)
  • January 27th, 10:00a, Old City Hall (600 East Trade Street)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year...

...from the Schwallers and the Third Ward Neighborhood Association!