Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
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.”
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
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
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.
Third Ward Neighborhood Association Board Member
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Located @ the corner of West Morehead Street and Freedom Drive, next to The Burger Company. Plenty of parking is available!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Where: Presto Bar & Grill, Part of Upper Level and Patio
When: Wednesday, September 14th
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.
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
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Romare Bearden Ground Breaking - Save the Date - Sept 2 -
Friday, August 12, 2011
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.
Third Ward Neighborhood Association
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
FoM Newsletter 3rd Edition - August 2011 -
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
- Opportunities & Challenges
- Illustrative Concept
- Development Opportunities
For more detail: http://www.centercity2020.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
“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
COME EARLY, SEATING IS LIMITED! MAXIMUM CAPACITY
- 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
Saturday, April 2, 2011
- A celebration of all things brewed – coffee, tea and beer!
- 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!)
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
- Clarifying the process and annual timeline for sharing neighborhood priorities, and having them included in CCCP's program of work (template).
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Including more information about neighborhoods in the annual State of the Center City report.
- Initiating a quarterly newsletter to inform stakeholders (including residents) of CCCP's activities. This will be distributed to all CCCP constituents, again including residents.
- 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.
- Posting information on CCCP's board, governance, and finances on their website for public accessibility.
- Continue the efforts of VP of Urban Living Darlene Heater, and regular meetings between neighborhood association presidents and President/CEO Michael Smith.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
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
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 email@example.com to ensure the neighborhood association is aware of your feedback. Thanks!
Patrick Cannon: firstname.lastname@example.org
Patsy Kinsey: email@example.com
Edwin Peacock: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Dulin: email@example.com
Michael Barnes: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Thursday, March 3
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Discovery Place Museum
*parking validated in Discovery Place deck"
Friday, February 18, 2011
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
Monday, February 14, 2011
- Third Ward Academic Center: 44%
- Irwin Academic Center: 35%
- "Don’t change name": 9%
- James Aiken Academic Center: 6%
- Old Harding: 2%
Monday, February 7, 2011
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."
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
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.
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
Call 911 immediately whenever suspicious activity is seen.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
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
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:
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
- 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.
- 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.
- January 27, 2011 * 9:30-11:00a * Villa Heights Academic Center Open House
- February 3, 2011 * 9:30-11:00a * Villa Heights Academic Center Open House
- Telephone (980) 343-3666 for a private tour
(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.)
Monday, January 24, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
"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.
Johnson & Wales University"
Friday, January 14, 2011
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
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, email@example.com or 704.716.6419."
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
- "Want a safe place to raise kids? Look to the cities," Grist, December 27, 2010.
- "Seven New Year's resolutions to make your neighborhood a better place," Grist, December 24, 2010.