Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Third Ward Neighborhood Association!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Third Ward / Year in Review

Good afternoon!  It has become an annual tradition to celebrate the closing year with a summary of the year’s activities.  The watchword for the Third Ward Neighborhood Association in 2010 is stability.  The association is now a resident- and homeowner-focused, dues-supported organization.  We have a solid core of active board members, and will welcome more in 2011.  We have popular, sustained annual events like the Tailgate and Condominium Presidents’ Forum.  What were once new initiatives are now business as usual.

Milestones for the year include the bountiful success of the community garden, real progress toward the development of Gateway Station, top-notch ratings in the City’s quality of life report, and vocal endorsement of the residential fabric so valuable to our beautiful neighborhood.  In 2011, I look forward to keeping focus on our sense of community and identity, with due attention to quality of life.  As always, stay tuned.

With the board, I am pleased to continue another tradition in acknowledging a resident who exhibited strong dedication to Third Ward.  In addition to her leadership at Cedar Street Commons, Lindsay Hazelman oversaw the neighborhood’s application for an Energy Efficiency Grant this summer, earning the support and participation of many others.  Thank you Lindsay for your hard work!  We are excited to give you this gift as a token of our appreciation.

Thanks to all of our sponsors, partners, and members, especially the board.  I am personally grateful for the dedicated CMPD officers who visit our meetings every month and keep us safe every day.

A final thanks to Eric Davis, past president, who will complete ten years in neighborhood leadership when he steps down this month.  Thank you Eric for all of your work!

You will notice that the button at the upper right now reads 2011 Membership.  Please consider supporting the association!  2010 members have already received the 2010 Annual Report.

Happy holidays, and happy new year!

John Schwaller
Third Ward Neighborhood Association

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Holiday Events

Noon Year's Eve at the Mint: "Friday, 31 December | 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Mint Museum UPTOWN | Free for families with children  ages 16 and under.  Mark your calendars and make plans to join Radio Disney in welcoming 2011 with a countdown to NOON!  Ring in the New Year in Disney style with music, games, family tours of the Museum, and a non-stop dance party."

Volunteer with Hands On Charlotte for First Night: "All volunteers receive a FREE First Night Charlotte branded Navy Blue fleece vest to wear at the event and Jason’s Deli will be providing food for all of our hard working volunteers!!
McDonald’s First Night Kids will take place from 3-7pm at ImaginOn, Levine Museum of the New South and Discovery Place with activities such as puppets, juggling, music and a percussion petting zoo taking place! We will need people helping out in these areas. Shifts are 3 hours long and we’ll need help from 2-5pm and 5-8pm. Minimum age of 18 to volunteer.
Other volunteer opportunities include: Event & Venue Assistant, Logistics, Stage Production and Wrist band sales."


The December CMPD update, including holiday tips, is available here.  Many thanks to the dedicated officers in our neighborhood!
Update: The Third Ward specific update can be found here.  CMPD has noted that the majority of increases in serious crimes are associated with Bentley's bar at 4th & Poplar.  CMPD is working with the property owner and bar management to correct this situation.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"First Night Charlotte, a Collage of Culture"

"First Night Charlotte, Uptown’s cultural event of the year is taking place on New Year’s Eve from 3pm-Midnight. McDonald’s First Night Kids runs from 3-7pm at ImaginOn, Levine Museum of the New South and Discovery Place. The kids countdown is from 7-7:45pm at the 7th street stage. Evening programming will run from 8-11:30pm at various venues around the South Tryon Street area with the countdown to midnight from 10-12:30am at the Duke Energy main stage located at Levine Avenue of the Arts street."
For complete information, see this link.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Board Applications / Charlotte Trolley / Myrtle Johnson / Mary Weis

A reminder for those interested in service to Third Ward by becoming part of the Board of Directors: Please submit your application form to me this week.

A special opportunity for Board leadership has manifested via Charlotte Trolley.  With the Blue Line’s increased traffic through South End, Charlotte Trolley is considering relocation of its historic line to the Third Ward-Wesley Heights-Seversville corridor, with its eastern terminus in Third Ward’s Cedar Yards.  Charlotte Trolley plans to launch an initiative to study this plan, with assistance from neighborhood residents welcomed and needed.  This will be a fun opportunity for people to be involved – volunteer!

Among the holiday joy, please remember the Johnson/Dye and Weis families in your thoughts and prayers.  Myrtle Johnson, 81, a 57-year resident of Third Ward, passed away on November 27th (obituary).  Myrtle’s home was on North Clarkson Street, and she was a retired employee of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.  Her daughter and son-in-law, Maria and Michael Dye, will continue to reside in the family home.

Mary Weis, a resident of neighboring Fourth Ward, passed away on December 6th.  Many of you have met her husband Lynn, who gives regular tours of Elmwood-Pinewood Cemetery and has been active in Uptown leadership.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Meineke Car Care Bowl Information: Clemson Tigers vs. South Florida Bulls

"The street festival at Trade Street and Tryon Street begins at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 30.  Event organizers expect 10,000 participants. Tryon Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets will be closed on December 30 from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Trade Street between Church Street and College Street will also be closed at the same time. The game will begin at 12:00 p.m. on December 31 at Bank of America Stadium. For more information visit"

Monday, December 6, 2010

State of the City Address/City Council Board Vacancies

Mayor Foxx has issued this invitation for the State of the City address on December 7th.  See the image at left for event and RSVP details.
Also, there are several vacancies on City Council Boards.  See this summary and this application form if you are interested in applying.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Jazz at the Bechtler

"Kick off the holiday season at the Bechtler with jazzy renditions of classic songs performed by the Ziad Jazz Quartet. Listen to favorites including The Christmas Song, Jingle Bells, Silent Night and the John Coltrane version of Greensleeves among other seasonal tunes. Jazz at the Bechtler is performed from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free with museum admission. Tickets can now be purchased online prior to all concerts. Cash bar.".