Friday, May 28, 2010

Helicopter Landing

Please be aware that there will be a helicopter landing today on the Panthers practice field, landing at approximately 6:15p and departing at approximately 8:15p.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Neighborhood Energy Challenge!

Dear Third Ward Residents,

I'm Lindsay Hazelman, a Third Ward resident, and am pleased to announce that the Neighborhood Association is participating in Charlotte's very own NEIGHBORHOOD ENERGY CHALLENGE!

The Neighborhood Energy Challenge (NEC) encourages neighborhood-level involvement in planning and implementing energy solutions through two funding components:

  • Funding Component 1: Energy Conservation Action Plan projects to benefit the overall neighborhood ($20,000).
  • Funding Component 2: The Household Energy Fund, provides individual households funding to install weatherization & energy upgrades ($60,000).

25% of the qualifying criteria to receive these funds is successful community engagement.  Please email ThirdWardNEET@gmail.com if you are interested in participating on our Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Team (NEET).  I'll be organizing a brainstorming meeting in the next two weeks and would like as many residents to attend as possible.  Please let me know if you are interested.

I'll be managing the grant application process for the neighborhood.  If you are unable to attend a brainstorming meeting (TBD), I encourage you to submit your weatherization and energy conservations ideas to ThirdWardNEET@gmail.com.  Project ideas will be voted on at the June 21st Third Ward Meeting.  

For more information, please view the NEC Presentation or the NEC Grant Application Guidelines, found at the bottom of this page.

Best,
Lindsay Hazelman

Friday, May 21, 2010

Speed Street 2010 Update

Next week's Speed Street event will entertain more than 400,000 fans in a new location (map).  Numerous fan-friendly destinations will be included such as:

  • NASCAR Hall of Fame - 400 Martin Luther King Boulevard 
  • Food Lion Kids Zone presented by General Mills - Tryon Street between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Third Street 
  • Miller Lite Stage - Parking lot at the corner of Third Street and Poplar Street 
  • Coca-Cola Stage - East Trade Street and Tryon Street

For a complete schedule of events and parking details, visit www.600festival.com.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Utilities Inspection Alert

"As part of our efforts to enhance customer service, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities has hired an independent contractor to perform an audit on water meter equipment that will begin ... Wednesday, May 19. Vanguard Utility Service, Inc. will be auditing 9,000 residential customer meters countywide over the next seven weeks. Here are a few details we’d like to share about the project:

  • This audit complements billing quality assurance processes already in place and will give us a good snapshot of how meter equipment is functioning in the field.
  • The sites selected are meter reading routes that represent a cross-section of transmitter types, water consumption and geography.
  • No action is required by customers, and the auditor will not need to enter homes. The auditor will perform an inspection at the meter box and will conduct a “flow test” by running water briefly from an outdoor spigot. This ensures the meter equipment is accurately measuring water use.
  • Vanguard auditors will drive marked vehicles and will be wearing identification. (See photo.)
  • Auditors will leave a door hanger with their findings. If they identify a problem, a Utilities crew will be dispatched to correct it as soon as possible. If the problem had affected the customer’s bill, it will be adjusted accordingly.

We are committed to ensuring accurate billing, and we’ll be sharing the results of this audit with our customers. Please visit www.cmutilities.com for more details on the meter equipment audit and our FY 2011 budget and rates. This meter equipment audit is one of nine projects initiated in February to improve customer service. Please click here for information on the City-sponsored Customer Service Evaluation."
As always, if you see any activity that seems suspicious, call 911 immediately.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

May Meeting

Beginning May 17th, the association will meet on the third Monday of each month at 6:00p.  We will return to the Gateway Village YMCA (map) as our “permanent” home, though may visit other neighborhood venues occasionally.  The board of directors concluded that this time, and the return to a regular location, would be more accessible and convenient for residents.
Our new meeting schedule will get off to a strong start.  On May 17th we will host Michael Smith, President and CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners, Heather Hill, an advocate for a new Episcopal High School for Charlotte, and board member Mike Sposato, Owner of Carolina Realty Advisors, who will present a real estate report specific to conditions in Third Ward.  Free parking will be available in the paved lot at 950 West Trade Street (map, the entry code is 950#).  See you there!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

31st Annual Kiwanis BBQ & Bluegrass Luncheon

"Friday, May 14th * 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Rain or shine!) * Cost $9 in advance/$10 at door – Includes BBQ, 3 sides, roll and tea * Uptown on the grounds of First Presbyterian Church * Live Bluegrass Music! * Dine in or take it to go * Proceeds from this event help children in our community * Please order tickets in advance * Contact Mike Griffith at (704) 904-9509"

Monday, May 10, 2010

Gateway Village Farmers Market

"The Gateway Village Farmers Market will be in the Promenade this Summer every Tuesday, June 1, 2010 – August 31, 2010. Look for a variety of home grown veggies, fresh baked goods, natural products and much more. Invite your family and friends to join you for lunch in the Promenade and enjoy live music while you lunch. Farmers Market Vendors will be donating 10% of their sales to several different charities."

Thursday, May 6, 2010

New Recycling Carts Update

The new recycling carts are being delivered today.  Please note that the carts will not be used until the Improved Recycle It! program commences in July.  In the meantime, please continue to use the red recycling bins.  For more information, see the Improved Recycle It! website.

Wells Fargo Cultural Campus Newsletter, Issue 3

A thorough update on the new Wells Fargo/Levine Cultural Campus can be found here.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Lunchtime Jazz

Find Your Center's free jazz series kicks off today at 11:30a, and repeats the first Wednesday of every month until August.  Today's concert will feature John Alexander's Band: Big Octave and will be located at 201 South Tryon Street, on the 5th floor terrace.
$5.00 box lunches are available, consisting of a sandwich, apple, chips and a drink, sold on the spot from McCormick and Schmick’s Restaurant. Buy a lunch or brown bag your own.
John Alexander's Band: Big Octave has "an innovative style and an eclectic repertoire.  They perform their own original works, as well as music by many other artists, formed into new and unconventional arrangements."
Mark your calendar for the next concert on Wednesday, June 2 with Rhythm + Jazz.  For more information, check out http://www.findyourcenter.com/.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Historic Charlotte Artevation

Historic Charlotte will host several events focused on its "Save Our Signs" campaign.  The events, part of the Artevation series, will take place May 4th, 7th, 8th, and 25th, at 2000 South Boulevard.
Please see the flyer at right for more details!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Bike Festival/Bike Safety

2010 BIKE! Charlotte kicks off today with events running (riding?) through May 16th, including  the Mayor's Ride, Tour de Light Rail, and the Cycle Charlotte Festival.  For more information, see http://www.bikecharlotte.org/BikeCharlotteEvents.htm.
With bike use comes the need for bike safety.  A couple of residents in neighboring Fourth Ward had their bikes stolen from a parking deck bike rack recently.  Most bicycle thefts result from unlocked or improperly locked bikes.  Following these tips will help prevent your bike from being stolen:

  • Never leave your bike unlocked.
  • Use a high quality U-lock or very thick chain; for added security use both.
  • Lock your bike in a well lighted and highly visible location.
  • Lock your wheel and bike frame to a sturdy, firmly anchored object such as a bike rack or post.
  • Keep a photograph and the serial number of your bike.  Provide these to the police if reporting a stolen bicycle.