Friday, May 29, 2009

New CATS Service Changes

See this link for CATS service changes being implemented June 1st.  Only bus routes are affected; the LYNX and Gold Rush services are not.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Councilman James Mitchell

Charlotte City Councilman James Mitchell is hosting a District 2 "Friendraiser" tonight from 5:30p to 7:30p at The Grape. See the flyer at right for more details.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Crime Profiles

Two recent incidents worth reporting... First, on North Clarkson Street early last Friday morning, two women were used as "bait" to lure six men into a pickup truck.  The six men were driven into east Charlotte and robbed at gunpoint.  There is a pretty obvious lesson here.
Second, there was a burglary late Monday night at Clarkson Place.  The burglars entered through an unlocked rear entrance and stole items throughout the residence.  There was no outside lighting illuminated at the time of the incident, and several tree limbs obscured the area.  Please be sure to use exterior lighting at night, and cut back overgrown limbs.  And always remember to lock your doors.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Speed Street Feedback

Do you have feedback from this year's Speed Street?  Let me know.

Weather

Weather is threatening the Dog Social!  Please attend at your discretion, and rest assured that the Pie Town social for non-dogs will continue as planned.  If not at the Dog Park, I hope to see you at Pie Town around 8:00p.

Tonight

Tonight's Dog Social will begin at 6:00p at the Dog Park; everyone is welcome.  At 8:00p, join neighbors and friends at Pie Town - see you there!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Kurt Busch Chopper

NASCAR bad boy Kurt Busch will be arriving Uptown via helicopter this evening, presumably for Speed Street events.  The chopper will land on the Panthers practice fields at approximately 5:30p and depart at approximately 8:15p.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Five for Five

Yesterday's Charlotte Business Journal reports that the fifth of five lawsuits filed by Jerry Reese in opposition to the Knights Stadium land swap has been dismissed.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Happy Meck Dec Day

The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence is a document purportedly signed on May 20, 1775 - more than a year before the United States Declaration of Independence. Though no copies remain of the original - leading to speculation that it didn't exist - the image at left suggests how it would have appeared in print.
Though its legitimacy may never be proven, the "Meck Dec" illustrates the independent spirit of Charlotte that certainly lives today. The date is celebrated still on the North Carolina State Seal and Flag, and was once a state holiday.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Streetcars

At last month's Third Ward meeting we discussed the current status of Charlotte's proposed Streetcar system.  The Infrastructurist blog offers an interesting graphic of streetcar systems across the US.  Charlotte undoubtedly will be competing for federal dollars with many of the other systems listed.

Monday, May 18, 2009

DonorsChoose, Continued

The second DonorsChoose gift was to Irwin Avenue Elementary, a school in Third Ward. The association funded a project entitled Learning About Our Neighborhood, described as follows: "The second grade is going to start a new social studies unit. We are requesting construction paper and card stock to for projects that will share what the children learned. The children will be learning about how things changed over time and the impact of these changes. We would like the children to create graphic organizers and field trip journals. Our classes will be going on a walking field trip through the historical neighborhood where is school is located. Students will be able to see turn of the century homes and building in contrast to the skyscrapers above the tree line in the park."
Mrs. E, the instructor who set up the project, sends her thanks: "Dear Third Ward Neighborhood Association, thank you for your generous donation to my class. It was wonderful the way you responded to this need so quickly. My students learn best when they can do hands-on activities. The supplies will make learning more fun and interesting. These materials are so appreciated. We are so lucky that there are people like you who want to give to our class. Thank you for your donation and kindness."

Friday, May 15, 2009

Taste of Charlotte 2009

Taste of Charlotte will be on Tryon Street (map forthcoming) June 5th through 7th beginning at 11:00a each day. Admission is free with coins for food/drink available here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

April CMPD Report

Please see this report from Sergeant Pellicone summarizing crime and safety throughout District 2 (which includes most of Third Ward and some other neighborhoods) in April.  Please note the increase in commercial burglaries and the pointers from CMPD.

O.A.R. Tonight

With local band Simplified as the opening act, tonight's headliner at NASCAR Rev'd Up is O.A.R.  The free event begins at 4:00 at Third & Mint Streets and also features driver appearances, show cars, and interactive displays.  Watch for increased automotive and pedestrian traffic, and enjoy the event!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

DonorsChoose Gifts

Thanks to gift cards provided by CMS and DonorsChoose, the neighborhood association was able to make contributions to specific projects at three area schools.
Our largest gift was to West Charlotte High School, which had requested a donation that will make full-color, take-home worksheets available to students for their study of human anatomy.
Mrs. F., the instructor who will utilize this donation, writes: "Thank you for giving my students the opportunity to gain the most knowledge they can in Medical Science, by seeing things in different colors ... This will really aid in my teaching and their understanding of structures of the human body ... I am so excited that you have helped to make our dreams come true ... 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."
The project was eligible for a matching grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which allowed the project to be fully funded with our seed donation.
If you are interested in providing donations or volunteer labor to local schools, contact me.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Stream Cleanup Postponed

The Irwin Creek stream cleanup planned for this weekend has been postponed due to weather.  Stay tuned for an updated date.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Baseball

The Charlotte Business Journal reports that two appeals filed by baseball opponent Jerry Reese have been dismissed.  Three additional cases are being appealed, awaiting review.
Under the original plan, the stadium would have opened last month.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Don't Drive Day

This Thursday, May 7th, Mecklenburg County Air Quality, NC Air Awareness, Clean Air Works!, and the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) are encouraging commuters to park their vehicles and participate in the Second Annual “Don’t Drive Day,” to promote alternatives to driving to work alone that help clean our air.
Commuters who take transit, ride LYNX, carpool, vanpool, bike, walk or telecommute to work on May 7th can visit www.dontdriveday.org and enter to win an iPod Touch, programmable thermostat, solar phone charger or a digital camera. Entries are due by noon on May 8, and winners must live or work in the Charlotte ozone non-attainment area, which includes Mecklenburg, Union, Cabarrus, Rowan, Iredell, Lincoln, Gaston and York (SC) counties.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Speed Street 2009

NASCAR Speed Street will celebrate its fifteenth year beginning on Thursday, May 21st and running through Saturday, May 23rd. Details are forthcoming on the events and attractions, but road closures and congestion are expected around the event site (along North Tryon) from the 20th through the 24th. For more information, see 600festival.com and stay tuned to third-ward.org.

Friday, May 1, 2009

O.A.R. is Rev'd Up

NASCAR's free Rev'd Up concert will begin the All Star Race Weekend on Wednesday, May 13th. O.A.R. will headline the event, starting at 4:00p at Third & Mint, the future site of Romare Bearden Park.