Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Parade

A reminder that our neighbors in Wesley Heights have graciously invited Third Ward families to their second annual Halloween Parade.  Parents and kids will start lining up in the 400 block of Grandin Road at 5:00p on Saturday, October 30th, with candy and beads to be distributed to the kids.  More than 50 kids (and 100+ parents) are already signed up!  Bring your cameras and trick or treat baskets, and contact Carolyn Walker Kellogg at for more information.

Schools, Schools, and Schools

Public Schools: Last month it was announced that CMS plans to close Irwin Avenue Elementary and shift students elsewhere.  The new boundary proposals published Sunday do not directly indicate plans for students currently assigned to Irwin Avenue Elementary.  Several sources have indicated that Dilworth Elementary could accommodate Third Ward and Fourth Ward students, though some current maps seem to indicate that both neighborhoods’ students will be districted to Ashley Park Elementary.

One potentially positive outcome is the consolidation of two CMS administrative centers at Irwin Avenue Elementary, which could bring a new major employment center to the neighborhood.

Episcopal High School: The nascent Episcopal High School of Charlotte has extended an invitation to learn about the new school: “Advisor Dennis Richter and other members of the site team will be on hand to answer questions about the site and the plans for renovation [of the Hawthorne Mill for the school’s use].  We'll talk about how the preservation, the environmental impact and the community integration of the physical school will support the mission of the EHS.”

The event takes place at 7:00p on Monday, November 1st at Christ Episcopal Church.

"Waiting for Superman": At 7:30a on Monday, November 1st, Katie Crompton and Allison Watkins will respond to the acclaimed documentary film 'Waiting for Superman'.  You are invited to join the event, sponsored by the Charlotte Top Of The Week Rotary Club, at Taste Restaurant in Founders Hall.

"Allison Watkins finished her two year stint as a third grade 'Teach For America' Teacher at Irwin Avenue Elementary School last June where Katie Crompton currently teaches and just returned from a national Conference of Outstanding Teachers from 50 states."

Call Chuck Sawicki at (704) 334-8202 for more information.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

City Market Information

Thanks to Charlotte Center City Partners President & CEO Michael Smith, and CCCP board member Rob Cummings, for presenting the City Market proposal at our Monday meeting.  The PowerPoint deck from the presentation can be found here; an additional white paper produced by CCCP can be found here.
As mentioned in earlier bulletins, CCCP and the association are working together to develop consistent channels of feedback between Uptown residents and CCCP. (An FAQ on this relationship can be found here.) I appreciate those of you who have already taken the time to respond.  Your feedback will be submitted confidentially to CCCP in coming weeks.
For those who haven’t registered an opinion, please know that submitting feedback is easy.  Just send it directly to  Thanks for your thoughts.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Crime & Safety

Neighbors for a Safer Charlotte has published this 6-question survey with District Attorney candidates Michael Barnes and Andrew Murray.  Review it to inform yourself of their respective positions.
CMPD has also notified me of several tool thefts along Cedar Street.  It seems these have been focused on the construction site at Johnson & Wales University, but if you hire contractors or are one, please be mindful of this. As always, please call 911 when you see suspicious activity.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Tonight's Meeting

Tonight's meeting will be at 6:00p at the Gateway Village YMCA.  We will welcome Larry Kopf from the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) to discuss transit plans, and representatives from Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP) to present information on their City Market proposal.  See you there!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Bond Campaign Information

The upcoming bond vote will focus on Roads & Transportation, Neighborhood Improvements, and Affordable Housing. See the Overview tab at to learn what is applicable to Third Ward and beyond. Contact for more information.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Tailgate Recap / October 18th Meeting / CATS / CCCP / FAQs

A big thank you goes to the Carolina Panthers, Hartigan’s Irish Pub, and Elevate Magazine for their partnership in the 2010 Third Ward Tailgate! (Photos can be found here.)  I would also like to thank the board of directors, especially Tracey Wopperer and Mike Sposato, and all members of the Third Ward Neighborhood Association.  Your contributions allow the association to carry out its mission, including the production of great neighborhood events like the Tailgate (membership).
Near-constant activity continues in Third Ward, with changes coming to neighborhood schools and a potential grant being the “tipping point” for real progress on Gateway Station.  The board has been working to attend meetings, ensure relevant information is posted on the website, and secure interesting speakers for upcoming meetings.  As always, we thank you for your interest and input.
The October 18th meeting (6:00p, Gateway Village YMCA) will feature Larry Kopf from the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) to discuss transit plans, and representatives from Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP) to present information on their City Market proposal.
Many residents don’t know that as Uptown property owners, we fund CCCP through a special property tax called a Municipal Service District (MSD).  CCCP asks neighborhood associations to deliver feedback from residents regarding CCCP initiatives.  I encourage you to attend the October meeting to speak with CCCP representatives directly.  Going forward, please feel free to share your feedback with me and other board members, or via  Your input will be kept confidential (unless you state otherwise).
Please also see this FAQ for a better understanding of MSDs and CCCP.  See you at the meeting!

Jazz at the Bechtler–C’est Si Bon

"Museum programming this fall has a distinctively French flair, inspired by the School of Paris exhibition of abstract artworks created in the French capital during the mid-20th century.
Don your beret October 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. when the Ziad Jazz Quartet, featuring vocalist Toni Tupponce and pianist/vocalist Noel Freidline, performs Parisian jazz standards and cabaret songs from the 1930s through the 1950s. Experience music immortalized by legends Josephine Baker, Maurice Chevalier, Stephane Grapelli, Django Reinhardt and others.
Jazz at the Bechtler is free with museum admission. Cash bar."

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Third Ward Yard Sale

Residents of Westbrook Drive, Greenleaf Avenue, Clarkson Street, Victoria Avenue, and McNinch Street have organized the "1st Annual 3rd Ward Yard Sale" for this Saturday, October 9th, from 8:00a to 4:00p: "Participating residents are selling electronics, music, house wards, games, toys, books, workout equipment, clothing, & more."
According to the flyer, by law each participating household must obtain a $5.00 permit from Walton Plaza (700 East Stonewall Street) or the Hal Marshall Building (700 North Tryon Street).
For participation information and an exclusive list of items being sold, contact Rhonda at

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

CMPD Update + Halloween Tips

See this bulletin for recent crime statistics in Central Response Area 2, as well as tips for safe trick-or-treating.  Look out for your neighbors and always call 911 when you see suspicious activity.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Thank You

Thanks to the Carolina Panthers, Hartigan's Irish Pub, and the board of directors and membership of the association for producing our second annual Tailgate!  All of us appreciated the participation of neighbors and friends on a beautiful day in Third Ward.  Pictures from the event can be found here.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Tailgate Tomorrow!

Here is a final reminder for tomorrow’s Third Ward Tailgate from 11:00a to 2:00p at 600 South Cedar Street.  Sunny, 76 degree weather with no chance of precipitation is the forecast.  It will be a beautiful day to be out and about in the neighborhood.
Sir Purr, the Top Cats, and the sign-up sheet for stadium tours will be in front of Hartigan’s Irish Pub along with the DJ they have provided.  Eleven college games kick off at noon, including a whole bunch of local favorites (and my own University of Kansas…  Rock Chalk!).
At the Tailgate, please welcome our neighbors from First and Fourth Wards, Wesley Heights, and beyond, as well as representatives from The Light Factory.  Also enjoying our hospitality will be visitors and guests participating in the Komen Race for the Cure and visiting the Grand Opening of the Mint Museum of Art.
See you tomorrow!