Thursday, December 31, 2009

First Night Tonight!

View the First Night website for information on festivities today and tonight!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Third Ward / Year in Review

Good afternoon and “good-bye” to 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.


John Schwaller
Third Ward Neighborhood Association

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

DonorsChoose Feedback

Through a gift, the association contributed money to classroom projects earlier this year via DonorsChoose.  The gracious responses from two of the teachers are below.

"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.
With gratitude,
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.
With gratitude,
Mrs. F. [West Charlotte High School]"

Monday, December 7, 2009

City Council Board Vacancies

"Several vacancies exist on the following boards and committees to which Charlotte City Council makes appointments.  These are volunteer positions on a wide variety of boards with differing time commitments. All applicants must be registered to vote in Mecklenburg County."
Please see this attachment for more details on open board seats.

Twelve, the Holiday Market

Twelve, The Holiday Market is located at 101 North Tryon Street.  It will be open for twelve days - December 3-5, 9-12, and 15-19 - from 10:00a to 5:00p on weekdays, and 10:00a to 3:00p on Saturdays: "Twelve is an uptown holiday market brought to you by the Center City Green Market, Gramercy Realty and Charlotte Center City Partners. We have converted the former Grand Central Deli into a street level retail space and twelve-day holiday market.  The market is comprised of local vendors with a variety of locally produced products including ... specialty items."
For more information, click here.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Knight Theater Open House

The Knight Theater (map), part of the Wells Fargo Cultural Campus, will host an open house this Saturday, December 5th, from 10:00a to 4:00p.  Click here for more information.

Ho-Ho-Holiday Events

WBT Holiday on Ice Skating Rink
The Green
Thursdays & Fridays 5:00p–10:00p
Saturdays 11:00a–10:00p
Sundays 11:00a–7:00p
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
December 4-6
Friday & Saturday 5:00p–9:00p
Sunday Noon–4:00p
$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
Uptown Charlotte
Thursday, December 31 3:00pm - Midnight
First Night Button $10, Kids Under 8 Free, Free Street Entertainment

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Board Applications Due December 4th

A friendly reminder that Board Applications are requested to be submitted by Friday, December 4th.  Thank you!

Two Tree Lightings (and a partridge...)

A day of holiday festivities begins at 11:00a this Thursday, December 3rd at Gateway Village.  Highlights will include a Holiday Market, photographs with Santa Claus, and a performance by the Irwin Avenue Elementary Chidren's Choir.  The event culminates with the annual Tree Lighting at 6:15p.  See this bulletin for more details!
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!

Jogger Update

Last night WSOC reported additional detail on the jogger attack: "...a man’s call for help around 9:30 a.m. Sunday was a ruse to lure a 23-year-old female jogger behind a building.  The woman was jogging off Calvert Street when the man called for help.  Once the suspect got her behind the nearby building, police said he robbed and assaulted her at gunpoint.  Investigators said the suspect also tried to sexually assault the woman, but she fought him off and got away."
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.

Rezoning Update

On Friday the Charlotte Business Journal reported on the proposed Sycamore @Gateway development adjacent to Irwin Avenue Elementary school, including opposition in Third Ward.  Over the past several months, the association has sought collaboration with the developer to find a mutually acceptable plan that is both appropriate to the context of the site and responsive to planning documents.  The association additionally has requested that numerous informational gaps in the proposal be filled (as earlier reported).  The developer has incorrectly reported the nature of these concerns in rezoning filings; see these letters - 1, 2 - specifying the association's concerns in detail.
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  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!