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 to ensure the neighborhood association is aware of your feedback.  Thanks!

Patrick Cannon:
Patsy Kinsey:
Edwin Peacock:
Andy Dulin:
Michael Barnes:

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


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.