Tuesday, December 20, 2011

First Night Charlotte - Volunteers Needed! (New Years Eve Event)

This is a great opportunity to get involved with community activities!


First Night Needs YOU -

Friday, December 2, 2011

Tues December 6th @ 11:00 AM | Seventh Street Station Ribbon Cutting (NEW)

Neighbors,

Please see below information from Moira Quinn @ Charlotte Center City Partners regarding the ribbon cutting for Seventh Street Station. This is a REVISED date.

What: 7th Street Public Market Ribbon Cutting – NEW DATE

Where: Seventh Street Station - 224 East Seventh Street

Media will be provided free parking in the Secure Parking lot located at 219 E. 7th Street across from the Market or an hour and a half of free parking in Seventh Street Station. Please see the lot attendant for your parking ticket.

When: Tuesday, December 6, 2011
11:00am – 11:30am

Special Guests: The ribbon cutting is scheduled to include 7th Street Public Market Board Chairman Dan Murrey and members of the Board, CCCP President Michael Smith, representatives of sponsors Carolinas Healthcare System and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Mecklenburg County Commission Chairman Jennifer Roberts.

The 7th Street Public Market provides high-quality, fresh, and affordable food from local farms and regional purveyors. It is the anchor of a dynamic market district that serves as an authentic community gathering place. It celebrates and promotes the diverse regional food culture of the Carolinas, supports local and regional farmers and food artisans as well as the regional network of markets, serves as an incubator for food-related businesses, and helps mitigate food deserts in surrounding neighborhoods addressing access, health and food education and costs.

“We are thrilled about all the people coming together to open this Market,” says Christy Shi, Executive Director of 7th Street Public Market. “It has such a strong mission that will do so much good for the Charlotte community and its rural neighbors. We are so excited about the prospect of moving out of the construction phase and into celebrating and supporting local producers and food artisans.”


For more information, please contact:

Moira Quinn
704-332-9583

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

THIS THURSDAY - TREE LIGHTING UPTOWN!

You don't want to miss this event on Thursday! See the below flyer for details and times. Hope to see you there!


December Tree Lighting 120111 -

Friday, November 4, 2011

Third Ward Thunder Road Block Party

Get ready for the Thunder Road block party this coming Saturday (November 12th)! If you are interested in finding out about volunteer opportunities on this day, please email Meg Alexander at meg.c.alexander@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing yall out there to support the runners coming through our neighborhood!


THIRD WARD THUNDER ROAD MARATHON BLOCK PARTY -

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Third Ward Annual Tailgate: November 5th 11:00-2:00 (THIS SATURDAY!)

Third Ward Neighbors,

Our Third Annual Tailgate is being held Saturday November 5th, 2011 from 11:00-2:00.

Hartigan's will be hosting the event along with the Carolina Panthers. See attached flyer for details! If you could post in your condo/townhome building or send via email blast to your residents we would appreciate the marketing support.

We also need your help in finding volunteers to help work the sign in table for 20-30 min. shifts, as well as to help with the practice field activities. It will be fun and easy so please let me know if you or someone you know can help out.

Please help us spread the word of this fun event so we can have a successful turnout and create some fun within the neighborhood! Hope to at least see all of you there.

Sincerely,

Tracey Wopperer
Third Ward Neighborhood Association Board Member
704.756.5086

Flyer 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

First FreeMore Friday - This Week!

The first FreeMore Friday outdoor concert event is this Friday, September 23rd starting at 5pm. The featured band is Hot Sauce!!

Located @ the corner of West Morehead Street and Freedom Drive, next to The Burger Company. Plenty of parking is available!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

New UNCC Building Uptown: Open House Sept 17th!


Center City Poster_SYC[1] -

Thursday, September 8, 2011

3rd Ward Social Event TOMORROW!

Come hang out and support one of our local restaurants and socialize with your neighbors!

Where: Presto Bar & Grill, Part of Upper Level and Patio
When: Wednesday, September 14th
Time: 6-8pm
Drink Specials: $3 Bud Lights, $5 Vodka Red Bull
Food: Wings / Greek Pizza / Meat Balls / Chicken Fingers

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Entertainment: FreeMore Fridays Starts September 23rd

Friday after work gets more entertaining this Fall! FreeMore Fridays will be featuring some of Charlotte's greatest bands and plenty of cold beverages.

Time: Bands start at 5:00 PM and play until 8:00 PM. Stick around afterwards and grab something to eat at one of FreeMore's great restaurants.

Location: The corner of West Morehead Street and Freedom Drive, next to The Burger Company. Plenty of parking is available!

Food: Local restaurants highlighted are The Burger Company, Pinky's Westside Grill & Savor Cafe. See the wesbite for FreeMore Friday Specials (www.freemorefridays.com).

Entertainment Line Up:

-Friday September 23rd: Hot Sauce

-Friday September 30th: The Swinging Richards

-Friday October 7th: The Boomers

-Friday October 14th: Skate Rink Jukebox

-Friday October 21st: Fire Control

Looking forward to seeing you all out there!

If you plan to drink, drink responsibly. Proceeds support Goodwill Industries. This is an outdoor concert series and may be postponed due to inclement weather. Be sure to check this site after 4:00 PM if you have concerns about cancellations or postponement.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Bearden Park coming to life in Third Ward

"After years of delay, including a prolonged court fight spurred by a change in location, the county will finally break ground Friday on a new park in Third Ward. "

Read more:
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/09/01/2569302/bearden-park-coming-to-life.html#ixzz1WjBbTPp3

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Romare Bearden Park Ground Breaking - Friday Sept 2 - Save the Date!

We hope you all can make it out to celebrate the ground breaking on Friday, September 2nd from 9-10:30! See below flyer for details.


Romare Bearden Ground Breaking - Save the Date - Sept 2 -

Friday, August 12, 2011

Third Ward Neighborhood Meeting: Next Monday, August 15th @ 7:00 P.M.

I want to invite you all to come to the next Third Ward Neighborhood meeting, which is this coming Monday night at 7:00 P.M. at the Gateway YMCA. We've moved the meeting time back one hour in hopes that more of our neighbors can attend.

We have a good agenda and lots of updates as to what is going on the in the Neighborhood. We will have a speaker coming in from Center City Partners to talk about the 2020 Plan for Uptown and how it plays out in the Third Ward, plus updates on the Charlotte Knights, Romare Bearden Park and some other interesting things that we are working on.

We hope to see you there.

Mike Sposato
President
Third Ward Neighborhood Association

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Friends of the Market Newsletter - August 2011

An update from the City Market that is in the works. New name and logo! If you have feedback or interest in getting involved, there is contact information in the attached newsletter - they would love to hear from you! You can also access the newsletter by clicking on the post title.


FoM Newsletter 3rd Edition - August 2011 -

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

CMPD Central Division Newsletter - August 2011


Central CMPD Divsion - August 2011 Issue - On the Beat! -

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

2020 Vision Plan: Ballpark Neighborhood

As many of you know, the 2020 Vision Plan has been under development for over a year now. During the planning process, the "ballpark neighborhood" right here in our Third Ward was identified as a focus area. Pages 121-127 of the attached PDF (see link) provides more detail on the identified opportunities, challenges and recommendations made to the Charlotte Center City team regarding the Charlotte Knights Stadium and the Romare Bearden Park .

  • Opportunities & Challenges
  • Illustrative Concept
  • Recommendations
  • Development Opportunities

Excerpt:
"The Ballpark Neighborhood Focus Area in Third Ward will be a place like no other in Charlotte. This vibrant neighborhood will bring together a new AAA baseball park with nearby existing sports facilities; new sport-related retail shops, restaurants and bars; fun and active park spaces; and a transit station that is on par with the finest facilities in the country."

For more detail:
http://www.centercity2020.info/docManager/1000000208/04_Focus%20Areas_Part_I.pdf

Sunday, July 17, 2011

August 2011 Bulletin from Gateway YMCA

August 2011 Bulletin from Gateway YMCA

Saturday, July 16, 2011

On Thursday, July 21st, the Friends of the City Market will host an Open House at the 7th Street Station Charlotte City Market site in conjunction with the return of Chow Down Uptown (located in the Secure Parking lot across the street). New Charlotte City Market Executive Director, Christy Shi, will be introduced. She will provide the very latest news on the Market, as well as share plans for its opening. The open house is free and open to all. The doors open at 6:30pm. We will have information on the Market as well as a draft site plan.

“As the new director of the Charlotte City Market, I am looking forward to this preview as we begin to shape the Market,” says Shi. “This upcoming meeting at the Charlotte City Market will be a forum in which to discuss the how the Market can serve our entire community. This feedback will be critical to be sure we are putting policies, pricing, education etc. in place that supports an environment that serves our community.” Here are some details about the Market:

• Six-day, year-round, indoor market
• Four-fold vision:
o Showcase local and regional food in an authentic community gathering place
o Support other farmers' markets in the area
o Incubate new food businesses
o Improve access to healthy food in low-income neighborhoods
• Opening Fall 2011

This Public Market can provide economic opportunity by acting as a business incubator, providing a low-cost way for 30-40 entrepreneurs to start small ventures with supported back office, educational opportunities and common marketing. It can be a link for urban and rural economies, providing a place where the divergent worlds of city and country meet and mutually support each other….through commerce and conversation. It can be a forum for public health and wellness in the geographic center of the city and connected by transit can help ensure that citizens, living in neighborhoods that are not well-served by conventional grocery stores, have access to fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry and fish. Public markets can also be non-threatening and welcoming places for education about the benefits of nutrition and healthy living practices and habits as well as a community gathering place to celebrate our diverse population.

Parking will be available for these meetings at the Secure Parking lot across the street from Seventh Street Station. All attendees are invited to take advantage of the food offered at the Uptown Chow Down, a food truck festival featuring fresh and local foods, going on in the Secure Parking lot from 5:00pm – 9:00pm.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Presbyterian Hospital July 4th Spectacular Returns to Memorial Stadium

Presbyterian Hospital July 4th Spectacular Returns to Memorial Stadium

COME EARLY, SEATING IS LIMITED! MAXIMUM CAPACITY

OF 5,000 PEOPLE DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
  • What: Center City July 4th Fireworks & Family-Fun Activities
  • When: Monday, July 4th 2011, 6-10pm (Fireworks at 9:30pm)
  • Where: Uptown Charlotte- Memorial Stadium: 310 North Kings Drive & Independence Park

Presbyterian Hospital July 4th Spectacular will bring wholesome, alcohol-free family fun to Center City Charlotte in celebrating Independence Day, Charlotte’s largest fireworks display!

Gates open at 5:30pm with family-fun activities taking place at Memorial Stadium from 6-9pm with a 9:30pm fireworks show. Due to construction, there will NOT be stadium seating available. The field will accommodate a maximum capacity of 5,000 people in the IN-FIELD ONLY. You are encouraged to bring blankets and claim a spot on the field grass for the spectacular fireworks show. Once the stadium reaches maximum capacity, attendees will be asked to watch the fireworks at Independence Park located adjacent to Memorial Stadium. Please leave coolers and pre-packaged food at home as there will be plenty of food and beverages available on-site for purchase. Come early as seating is limited.

KIDS ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE: Rapid slide, swings, obstacle course, rock slide, double shot basketball, moon bounce, circus train crawl through and a 22’ super slide. For each child to participate, there will be a liability waiver that a parent or guardian must sign. They will be given a wristband which gives kids unlimited access to all children’s activities.

The Boy Scouts of America/Mecklenburg County Official/Etowah District will have a camping demo area, outdoor cooking demo and a soapbox derby cars display.

Conder Flags will be offering people a FREE 3’x5’ printed polyester flag if you bring your NC or USA flag to the event to retire. If you want another size or material, you can visit Conder Flag’s shop and they will give people 20% discount on their purchase.

On stage for the countdown:

  • Mayor Anthony Foxx
  • Commissioner Jennifer Roberts
  • Michael Smith, President and CEO, Charlotte Center City Partners
  • Amy Vance, Chief Operating Officer, Presbyterian Healthcare

Sponsors and partners in the evening fireworks display over Uptown’s eastern sky include Presbyterian Hospital, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), 96.9 The Kat WKKT, Mecklenburg County Park and Rec, Conder Flags, The Boy Scouts of America/Mecklenburg County Official/Etowah District and Charlotte Center City Partners. The fireworks are being staged from the Central Piedmont Community College campus. Some streets around the campus will close at 8:00pm to accommodate the fallout zone, so expect traffic delays in that area. Streets will reopen immediately following the show.

Presbyterian Hospital July 4th Spectacular fireworks show will be approximately 20 minutes long. The show begins at 9:30pm (weather and fire department clearance permitting). The show will be synched to a music track that will be heard exclusively on 96.9 FM WKKT, The Kat and played live at all viewing venues. The show can be viewed from a variety of locations around the city. If you are in the eastern part of the city and you can see the skyline, chances are, you can see the fireworks display.

There is ample parking around Memorial Stadium and Central Piedmont Community College, but on-street parking will be restricted to keep traffic lanes open as fireworks viewers drive in and out of the city. Parking in the Elizabeth neighborhood is also restricted. Towing will be enforced in areas where parking is restricted.

Please visit www.findyourcenter.com for all the best citywide viewing spots and tune into The Kat 96.9 for the soundtrack simulcast.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Next Third Ward Nieghborhood Meeting - Monday April 18th

Just a reminder that we are going to be having our next Neighborhood Association Meeting this coming Monday at 6:00 at the Gateway YMCA. We have Ryan Johnston coming in to talk about Romare Bearden Park and update us what is happening with the County Commissioners vote. We will also have CMPD come in to give us their neighborhood report. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Saint Peter's Big Brew Ha

At 160 years, Saint Peter's Catholic Church is the oldest building on South Tryon Street. The parish will be celebrating with The Big Brew Ha, a "moonlight breakfast" at the Mint Museum Uptown on Friday, April 15, 2011, from 7:30p – 10:30p.

"The Big Brew Ha focuses on two unique ideas:
  1. A celebration of all things brewed – coffee, tea and beer!
  2. Tasty beverages with steam, foam or whip paired with what many enjoy at night – BREAKFAST! (Yes, when beer was first created, it was served as a breakfast drink!)
A festive and friendly atmosphere will be generated with activities such as a balloon pop in which guests pay to pop a balloon to determine their winnings (i.e. gift certificate to restaurant), and a “Brew Pong” tournament (a version of “beer pong” in which contestants accrue points by tapping the beer cup with the ping pong ball or even more points when the ball goes inside the beer cup). The champion will win a substantial prize (i.e. trip to Busch Gardens). Live music will be the finishing touch to an event that makes guests marvel at The Mint!
Organizers envision a comfortable, (but fashionable!) neighborhood pub feel with the focal point being the bar/beverage area. While cocktail rounds will be arranged throughout, VIP “lounge areas” will be set along the outer rim of the event space, with specific seating reserved for sponsors and the remaining available to all guests.
Contacts: Celia Klein: 704-502-8112; cklein@ckleinonline.com
Luke Manlove: 704-904-6068; luke.manlove@deandeluca.com"

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Introduction

This is my first blog...ever, so I'm just getting started with this new system. I wanted to just introduce myself to all of you in the neighborhood and let you know that I am looking forward to working with you on making the Third Ward the best neighborhood in Uptown.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Third Ward Transition / Mike Sposato & Tracey Wopperer / Farewell

Thanks for reading through this important announcement.  This week I will step down as president of the Third Ward Neighborhood Association as my family prepares for an out-of-state move.  I am very pleased to report that board members Mike Sposato and Tracey Wopperer will assume the roles of president and vice-president, respectively.

Many of you know Mike as a business and property owner who has been active in condominium association leadership and neighborhood activities like the Third Ward Tailgate.  Mike is organized and very motivated to begin.  I know he will do an excellent job keeping focus on key issues concerning residents and homeowners.

Likewise, you know Tracey from her work on the Tailgate, community garden, and branding initiative, for which the association honored her in 2009.  She has also served in condominium association leadership, as well as numerous other civic activities.  Tracey is another excellent representative for Third Ward, and I encourage you to be in touch with her and Mike directly.  I will remain in service to the neighborhood through the duration of the upcoming signage project, and as a resource to Mike, Tracey, and the rest of the board as needed.

This isn't the Oscars, but I will enjoy having your attention one last time :) Please accept my thanks for your support over the past three years, with extra-special thanks for the exceptional efforts of the board, Darlene Heater, Little Red Bird, Hartigan's Irish Pub, and my lovely and patient wife Jennifer.  A few closing thoughts...

I hope that you enjoy the close sense of community that my family has found here.  This is a distinct, remarkable neighborhood with a singular identity in Charlotte.  I hope you are as proud as I am to live in Third Ward.

I hope that Third Ward's sense of hospitality remains strong.  Having adopted a university and (at least one) stadium as our own, with much more on the horizon, we must be the most welcoming neighborhood around.  That said, I hope the neighborhood continues to celebrate and protect its residential quality of life too.

Finally, I hope that you consider Third Ward citizenship compelling, even demanding, as so many board members and volunteers do.  The neighborhood association is hard-wired to connect with you, and the same could be said of Irwin Avenue School, Charlotte Center City Partners, and the Gateway Village YMCA.  There are great ideas, but absolutely nothing happens without people who show up ready to get their hands dirty.  People like that make this neighborhood great.

The next meeting will be Monday, April 18th, 6:00p at the Gateway Village YMCA, with guest speaker Joe Frey of the Johnson & Wales Way/West Fourth Street Extension project.  Hope you can make it.

Thanks again,
John

--
John Schwaller
President
Third Ward Neighborhood Association

Monday, March 7, 2011

West Fourth Street Fire UPDATED

Margaret Brown, a four-decade resident of Third Ward, perished this morning in a house fire.  Her grandson was hurt in the fire as well.  Please see this Observer article for additional details, and keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

CCCP Update

It is well-known that last fall the neighborhood association and Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP) opened new lines of communication including cccpfeedback@third-ward.org. Thanks to your feedback, I have been able to work with CCCP to identify and implement ways we can work better together. These include:
  1. Clarifying the process and annual timeline for sharing neighborhood priorities, and having them included in CCCP's program of work (template).
  2. Ceasing the combination of the distinct communities in First Ward, Third Ward, and Fourth Ward into a too-general "Uptown neighborhoods" category in CCCP reporting. CCCP will begin identifying the neighborhoods - and their respective programs of work - separately.
  3. Successfully seeking private funding for the City Market. A grassroots Friends of the City Market group has been launched by former Friends of Fourth Ward president Rob Cummings (contact).
  4. Launching a resident survey. A telephone survey, followed by a series of focus groups, are planned to better understand the quality of life, needs, wants, etc. for Uptown residents. Please, please take the opportunity to participate if you are called upon. This information will be translated into "actionable data"; in other words, used to ensure CCCP's program of work is relevant to the residents who fund it.
  5. Including more information about neighborhoods in the annual State of the Center City report.
  6. Initiating a quarterly newsletter to inform stakeholders (including residents) of CCCP's activities. This will be distributed to all CCCP constituents, again including residents.
  7. Reviewing the need for additional seats on CCCP's board for residents. As has been shared previously, only two seats (of 25 voting, roughly 38 total) are earmarked for residents at this time. I believe the addition of seats for residents will 1) invite more inclusion of resident priorities, and 2) encourage/require residents to take a more active role.
  8. Posting information on CCCP's board, governance, and finances on their website for public accessibility.
  9. Continue the efforts of VP of Urban Living Darlene Heater, and regular meetings between neighborhood association presidents and President/CEO Michael Smith.
Altogether, I believe these are positive steps forward that will enhance the relationship between our neighborhood association and CCCP. Of course there is still work to be done. If this is a topic that interests you, please stay informed and stay in touch with me via president@third-ward.org (or cccpfeedback@third-ward.org).

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Ballpark Opponent Has "Nothing More to Say"

WSOC reports that Jerry Reese, who has opposed the Charlotte Knights stadium long planned for Third Ward, has lost his final lawsuit.  Reese did not vow to continue his opposition, as he has in the past.
The stadium was planned for Third Ward as part of the "land swap" engineered by Charlotte Center City Partners, which also created plans for a residential renewal in Second Ward/Brooklyn.  Romare Bearden Park was shifted south and east, away from its original location, to make room for the stadium.  The extended schedule associated with this change, along with Mr. Reese's lawsuits, ultimately delayed construction of both projects indefinitely.
In an Observer article, Knights Vice President/General Manager Dan Rajkowski reaffirms the team's plans to be Uptown "eventually."  CCCP's Michael Smith acknowledges the stadium can't be built at this time, but wants the option preserved for the future.
Clearly, whatever is decided has an impact on quality of life for Third Ward residents and homeowners.  What do you think?  When will Third Ward get its stadium and park?  Is there a better plan?  Join the conversation at Third Ward's Facebook page.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Proposed Noise Ordinance Changes

With thanks to Darlene Heater from Charlotte Center City Partners: Please be aware of proposed revisions to the City noise ordinance, which would alter permitting requirements for restaurants/bars near residents.  While the present ordinance requires permitting for live, outdoor amplified music within 1,000 feet of a residence, the revisions would reduce that to 400 feet.
The proposed changes and draft ordinance are here.  Please recognize that even if the proposed changes are adopted, this is still a complaint driven process; i.e., complaints must be registered by residents.
Patrick Cannon and Patsy Kinsey chair the public safety committee, which is presently reviewing the issue.  Other members include Edwin Peacock, Andy Dulin, and Michael Barnes.
If you are interested in commenting on this change, the best course of action is to e-mail the below representatives and copy president@third-ward.org to ensure the neighborhood association is aware of your feedback.  Thanks!

Patrick Cannon: councilmancannon@gmail.com
Patsy Kinsey: pkinsey@charlottenc.gov
Edwin Peacock: epeacock@charlottenc.gov
Andy Dulin: adulin@charlottenc.gov
Michael Barnes: barnesdistrict4@aol.com

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Little Red Bird, Flying High Again

The folks at Little Red Bird, longtime friends of Third Ward and donors/sponsors of our strategic marketing campaign, were once again honored by their peers at the 2011 Addy Awards.  Last night LRB won three golds, one silver, and a Best in Show for copywriting, with campaigns for Dry Fly Distilling, Jimmy Clean's Car Wash, and Streetside Classic Cars.  We are lucky and proud to be associated with their greatness - congratulations LRB!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Get Real 2011

"This Get Real 'Center City' session is for Center City residents and neighborhood leaders to gather input to influence choices and shape decisions about schools, libraries, parks and other needs in the community.  It is a nonpartisan, non civic engagement effort.  Please join the facilitated discussion and let your voice be heard.

Thursday, March 3
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Discovery Place Museum
Nicholson Room
*parking validated in Discovery Place deck"

Friday, February 18, 2011

Meeting Monday

Monday's guest speakers will include representatives of the Villa Heights PTA, in preparation for the program's move to Irwin Avenue.  This new, local school choice is important to nearly everyone in the neighborhood, especially parents and homeowners.  Everyone - kids, people from other neighborhoods, etc. - is welcome to attend.

Sophia Hollingsworth from Mecklenburg County will also give a presentation on the county services and citizen involvement, and I will give a brief update on Third Ward's recent grant application for signage.

We'll meet at the Gateway Village YMCA at 6:00p.  See you there, and enjoy this beautiful weekend in the meantime!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Romare Bearden Park in the News

Romare Bearden Park was in the news today as the Observer examined planned Uptown amenities that remain on hold due to economic conditions.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Irwin Avenue School Name Survey

I appreciate the participation in the recent survey regarding a name change/update at the Irwin Avenue School.  The results, pictured in the pie graph at right, are as follows:
  1. Third Ward Academic Center: 44%
  2. Irwin Academic Center: 35%
  3. "Don’t change name": 9%
  4. James Aiken Academic Center: 6%
  5. Old Harding: 2%
Have a great Saint Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 7, 2011

VOTE in the Irwin Avenue School Name Survey

Residents: Please click here to vote for your choice: Irwin Academic Center, James Aiken Academic Center, or Third Ward Academic Center!

CMS Magnet Applications Due Tonight

Parents: The deadline for CMS Magnet applications is tonight. (The Villa Heights program being relocated to Irwin Avenue is listed as the Irwin Avenue school.) See more information here.

Transportation Action Plan 5-Year Update

"In May 2006, the City of Charlotte adopted the 25-Year Transportation Action Plan (TAP). The TAP provides a comprehensive list of the City's transportation-related policies, programs and projects necessary to help address Charlotte's transportation challenges and opportunities.
The TAP is undergoing its 5-year update. As a part of the update, staff will be hosting two kick-off public workshops February 9 and February 10 to provide information on the TAP and to gather feedback to use in updating the TAP. For more information about the 5- Year TAP update and how you can help, [see this] flier."

Meeting dates:

February 9, 2011
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Oasis Shrine Headquarters
604 Doug Mayes Place
Charlotte, NC 28262

February 10, 2011
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tyvola Senior Center
(Next to the Marion Diehl Recreation Center)
2225 Tyvola Road
Charlotte, NC 28210

Friday, February 4, 2011

Gold Rush Route Extended

A nice bonus for Third Ward residents: "The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) will reach higher and wider with an extended Gold Rush Red Line service starting February 14, 2011. The route will now travel between Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) and Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) via Center City. The lengthened service comes with the financial support of Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP), Johnson C. Smith University and Central Piedmont Community College.
Riders can now travel further on both inbound and outbound routes, passing its previous end points of Trade and Sycamore Streets and Fourth and McDowell Streets.
The Red Line will provide the same level of service and hours of operation at no cost to passengers. The schedule will run Monday through Friday from 6:40 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Center City with service beginning at 7:45 a.m. at JCSU and CPCC. Buses will operate on 12-minute intervals."
The new route map can be found here.

Family Day at the Bechtler

"Learn about the art and artists of the Bechtler collection and engage imaginations through special museum tours and hands-on art activities during Family Day at the Bechtler this Saturday, February 5. Admission is free for everyone under 18 years old; all others receive a discounted ticket price of $4. (Museum members are free.)

The Bechtler classroom and video gallery are open from noon until 4:30 p.m. for experimentation with methods and materials addressed in the exhibition Four Artists in Ascona: Benazzi, Bissier, Nicholson and Valenti. Art projects will illustrate the technique of landscape organization. Children will learn about composition and design while creating their own works of art with collaged papers and cardboard. Family-focused tours will be offered on the hour from noon until 3 p.m. and will highlight the Four Artists in Ascona exhibition located in the museum’s second-floor gallery.

All children's merchandise in the Bechtler museum store will be discounted 10% on Family Day."

Thursday, February 3, 2011

CMPD Update UPDATED

Thanks to our CMPD officers for submitting this month's report, as well as an update on residential burglaries elsewhere in Charlotte.  While it is important to note these have not affected Third Ward, an officer has noted that perpetrators are "very mobile through the city."  There is often a spike in residential burglaries in the springtime, so please be wise and read through the following: "North, South and Steele Creek divisions have been targeted by this group of residential burglary suspects for the last week. Their primary vehicle has been a red Dodge Durango [South Carolina license plate FZG 570] rented from Sam’s Auto Rental’s Fort Mill (SC) office. North Division officers stopped this vehicle on a traffic violation on Jan. 27th and issued a citation to the driver. [In another incident in the Stone Grove Community in the Steele Creek Division,] the suspects were casing the home and pretended to have vehicle problems, by opening the hood of the SUV."
Call 911 immediately whenever suspicious activity is seen.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Democratic National Convention Coming to Charlotte

Congratulations to all Charlotteans on landing the 2012 Democratic National Convention, especially our past and present mayors for their leadership of a great city.  Third Ward looks forward to showing its hospitality to all who visit our beautiful Uptown neighborhood.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Episcopal High School Meeting

"The Episcopal High School of Charlotte will hold their next update meeting Monday, February 7th, 7:00 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church 1412 Providence Road.  The Rev. Rob Spaugh,Chaplin at Davidson College will discuss the mission of being both a community of faith and a community of intellectual engagement.  The public is welcomed."

Friday, January 28, 2011

CATS iPhone Application

"Have you ever arrived at a transit stop and wanted to know when the next bus or train will arrive or depart?  Well, now your iPhone can help you answer those questions.  CATS is pleased to announce a new FREE app for the iPhone with versions for Blackberry, Droid and web-enabled smartphones arriving in March 2011.  The 'Ride CATS' mobile app estimates the next arrival time and the next three arrival times at any transit stop for any CATS bus route or LYNX train.  'Ride CATS' is an expansion of the introductory mobile app launched last year for the LYNX Blue Line and is the first of many mobile innovations CATS will be making this year.
Besides checking on your next ride, the 'Ride CATS' iPhone app also features:
Displaying the next three times a transit vehicle is to arrive at a stop or station
Saving your most frequented stops and routes for quick access to get the next bus/train trip
Showing an entire route and stops on a Google Map
Complete stop listing with an option to display it on a Google Map
Planning a trip through Google Transit
Spanish and English language options
And, sending feedback  to CATS Customer Service"
The app can be found in the iTunes store here.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Charlotte Center City Partners Update

Last fall the association opened a new channel of communication between residents and Charlotte Center City Partners through the e-mail address cccpfeedback@third-ward.org.  Thank you to those who contributed their thoughts, both in general and regarding topical issues such as the City Market, which were submitted (anonymously) to CCCP.  Please also be reminded that this channel remains open for additional feedback going forward, and that the informational worksheet "Neighborhood Associations and Charlotte Center City Partners" will remain accessible under our Documents page.
Utilizing your feedback and my own experiences as guidance, I have been working with Michael Smith, Darlene Heater, and Moira Quinn to improve and clarify how the goals of residents are included in CCCP's program of work.  At its conclusion I intend to amend this process to the worksheet noted above.  For now, please find the following three documents, currently in draft form, that CCCP will use to guide its work this year:

One of my initial suggestions was to identify the specific priorities of the First, Third, and Fourth Wards (rather than simply "Uptown neighborhoods," which does not illustrate our distinctive goals).  Soon I will have a better understanding of the role residents and the association will play in ensuring our goals are reflected.
In the meantime, feel free to submit your thoughts to cccpfeedback@third-ward.org as well.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Irwin Avenue School Update

Last week I met with the principal and PTA representatives of the Villa Heights Academic Center.  The Learning Immersion & Talent Development Center will relocate its highly-rated program to Third Ward's Irwin Avenue school beginning in the 2011-12 school year.  Two key issues emerged from our discussion:

  1. Because of its location, the "walk zone" surrounding the school is largely captured by Elmwood/Pinewood Cemetery.  Because students living in the walk zone enjoy preferential treatment in the magnet lottery, I have requested that this zone be expanded southward to capture more homes/students in Third Ward.
  2. The school will adjust or change its name to reflect its magnet status and new program.  In the very near future, an e-mail survey will be distributed to Third Ward requesting feedback on the new or updated name.
The school's representatives are very eager to connect with Third Ward parents and other residents, as they already have our neighbors in Wesley Heights.  Those with an interest in the school should attend or coordinate one of the following:
If you would like to contact the PTA president, Paul Reali, his e-mail address is paulreali@gmail.com.

Darlene Heater of Charlotte Center City Partners has focused her time and energy on this issue as well, having reached out to CMS administration regarding student assignment/planning for all Uptown neighborhoods, as well as facilities, the magnet program office, and the principals.

(A CMS official has confirmed that the land trade agreement for the site adjacent to the school, which would have facilitated the unpopular Sycamore @Gateway development, will not proceed.)

I will post more information as it becomes available.

Recycling Reminder

This week is a GREEN week, recyclables will be picked up on Wednesday.  For a recycling calendar, see this link.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Gateway Village Parking

Please be aware of parking changes at the Gateway Village YMCA.  Information can be found here.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Happy Hour Tonight

Don't forget tonight's neighborhood happy hour at Frankie's 710 Trattoria.  $2.50 domestic bottles are on special, we will get started at 7:00p sharp.  See you there!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Donated Furniture Needed

Happy MLK Day!  If you have "donate-able" furniture, please be aware of the following:

"Tamikea Swaringer, greeter/cashier in [the Johnson & Wales University] dining center was severely injured in November. Tamikea was waiting for her youngest child at the school bus stop when the bus jumped the curb and ran over her foot. It was crushed so badly they had to amputate just below the knee. As word spread of Tamikea's accident, the JWU campus community came together to establish the 'Keep Tamikea Smiling' fund. Faculty, staff and students generously donated to our campaign; from bake sales to hockey game proceeds to donations large and small, we raised enough money to cover her housing and utility costs for the next few months.

Since being discharged from the hospital, Tamikea and her children have lived with her mother, but now she is ready to get back on her own. Due to her physical needs, she is unable to return to her previous apartment. This week she found a rental property close to her mom that fits all of her and her family's needs. However, there is a great need right now to secure furniture for their new home. If you have gently used furniture that you would like to donate, please contact me [Bernice.Parenti@jwu.edu] as soon as possible. Her target move in date is January 21-22. We would also ask that if you know anyone who may be willing to help, please share this email with them.

Their basic needs include:

  • Bedrooms - 3 queen or full size beds; 1 or 2 twin beds; 3-4 dressers/nightstands; 1 wardrobe. They do not have to be matching sets, although that would be nice, just in decent condition. No mattresses please.
  • Living Room - Sofa, loveseat, 1-2 chairs, end/coffee tables, TV stand, TV
  • Kitchen - table with 4-6 chairs, refrigerator
  • Miscellaneous - area rugs, lamps, bookcase, small desk 

If you cannot help with any of the above items, but would like to support Tamikea and her family, cash or gift card donations would be greatly appreciated to purchase other needed household items such as bedding and other linens, window blinds, paint, etc.

Bernice Parenti
Johnson & Wales University"

Congratulations...

...to our neighbors across Uptown in First Ward, who presented a pair of police bikes to the Central Division of CMPD: "Thanks to participation from the community and local restaurants such as Blue Restaurant & Bar and Villa Francesca the raffle was a success and the Community Fund was able to purchase two bikes rather than one ... Darlene Heater from Charlotte Center City Partners helped to deliver the bikes said 'Center City and CMPD are fortunate to have tremendous support from the First Ward Community Fund.  For nearly a decade, this organization has provided programs and contributions to our community that positively impact the First Ward neighborhood as well as Center City.  We appreciate their many efforts to make this a great place to live, work and play'."

Friday, January 14, 2011

Food & Drink / Grocer / Membership / City Market

The association will be hosting a neighborhood social/happy hour on Thursday, January 20th, 7:00p at Frankie's 710 Trattoria.  Drop in to have a drink and meal with friends and neighbors - everyone is welcome.  Board member Mike Sposato is organizing this fun chance to check out a new neighborhood restaurant.  Food and drink specials TBD.

Our westside neighbors in Wesley Heights, Seversville, and Biddleville-Smallwood are actively recruiting a full-size grocer to locate on West Trade Street.  They would like to know what Third Ward residents would prefer: Harris Teeter or Lowe's Foods?  E-mail jtadams@hearstsc.com with your feedback.

2011 membership in the Third Ward Neighborhood Association is now open!  Dues are a voluntary, inexpensive, and easy way to strengthen and promote Third Ward.  They remain $25 payable by check, or $27.50 online (a convenient invoice will be submitted to residents).  The association has an ambitious agenda for 2011.  Please consider contributing your support - and contact me with your questions.

Working groups for the proposed City Market are open for enrollment.  If you are interested in contributing, please contact skimble@charlottecentercity.org.

Third Ward's Facebook page syndicates the website and includes pictures and events too; "Like" it to add it to your own feed.

Have a great weekend!

Trash Pickup Update

After being delayed again, Solid Waste Services should have resumed trash pickup yesterday.  According to a press release, "Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday customers should leave their garbage and recycling carts curbside until all collections are completed."  As a "Wednesday," Third Ward residents should continue to leave the bins at the curb until pickup.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Wednesday Trash Pickup

Subject to change pending weather conditions, regular trash and recycling pickup for Third Ward is expected Wednesday according to Mecklenburg 311.  Bulk and yard waste items will not be picked up this week.

CMPD Update

Good afternoon!  Here is the most recent report from Response Area Commander Nick Pellicone.  Please note the 2010 vs. 2009 statistics therein.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

"It’s a Brand NEW DAY at the Y!"

"We‘re celebrating by opening our doors to everyone in the Charlotte area Tuesdays, January 11, 18 & 25!

Open Houses – Tuesdays, January 11, 18 & 25
January 11 – Association wide - All 18 branches in the Association will be open to the public to check us out, workout and learn more about our new brand.
January 18 & 25 – Center City wide - All four Center City branches will be open to the public to check us out, workout and learn more about our new brand.

At the Open Houses all three days:
Members can bring a friend for FREE and will receive a free t-shirt (in exchange for email address & while supplies last).
Guests can pick up a free 2 week guest pass to try us out for two more weeks.
We’ll have a separate (manned) table set up for members and guest to learn about and engage in our new brand.

Got questions about the new brand?! 
For information on the new brand please visit: http://www.ymcacharlotte.org/brandfaq.aspx or contact Ann Dellavalle, ann.dellavalle@ymcacharlotte.org or 704.716.6419."

Monday, January 3, 2011

Parking Passes

Happy new year!  Parking permits for Victoria Avenue, South Clarkson Street, North Irwin Avenue, Westbrook Drive, and other Third Ward streets are expiring.  To get your decals, hang tags, and stadium event tags, visit Park It! at 1440 South Tryon Street.  Decals are $30 and typically come with one or more hang tags for a second car or guests.  Please note that certain information is required to prove residency; see the Park It! website for details.