South Charlotte News Briefs – Aug. 31

New senior community donates to Dove’s Nest
The new Brightmore of South Charlotte, a senior living community being built at 10021 Providence Road West, is already making an impact on the community.
Liberty Senior Living, the community’s developer, donated $5,000 to the Dove’s Nest to mark Liberty’s arrival in south Charlotte. The Dove’s Nest will offer counseling and aid for women battling substance abuse addiction, and their children, when it opens in September. The center is run by the Charlotte Rescue Mission, whose executive director, the Rev. Tony Marciano, is a columnist for South Charlotte Weekly.
“Through the generosity of Brightmore of South Charlotte, women whose lives have been unraveled due to an addiction can bring hope not only to themselves but also to their children,” Marciano said in a news release.
Brightmore will consist of the senior living area, offering seniors a “full continuum of lifestyle choices and a range of amenities,” according to the release. The center also will include a health and rehabilitation center, named The Pavilion Health Center, and The Terrace at Brightmore – an assisted-living and memory-care center. The Pavilion should be completed in late 2013, followed by The Terrace and the independent senior living residences, in 2014.
Find more information on the development at its website,

The Ivey helping people deal with Life’s Losses
The Ivey, a adult day-care center in SouthPark, will hold a discussion aimed at helping people deal with losing a loved one.
Dealing with Life’s Losses will focus on what people can do now to take care of themselves while making the last months of their relationship with a loved one suffering through a prolonged illness or serious memory impairment meaningful. Larry Dawalt, with Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, will lead the discussion and help people gain a better understanding of their complex feelings about the illness affecting their loved one and how to prepare emotionally for their passing.
Respite care is available for caregivers who want to attend the event, which is Sept. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. The Ivey is located at 6030 Park South Drive. To pre-register, call The Ivey at 704-909-2070.
Find more information on the center at its website,

Carmel Place holding free activities in September
The Carmel Place independent senior living center in Charlotte is holding a number of free seminars and activities in September for local seniors.
The events include: Movie night featuring “True Grit” on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m.; movie night under the stars featuring “Casablanca” on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m.; a Labor Day celebration and lunch on Monday, Sept. 3, at 12:30 p.m.; “The Upside of Downsizing” seminar, on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.; and numerous others.
To register for an event, contact the center at 704-541-8012. Carmel Place is located at 5512 Carmel Road.
Find more information on the center at its website,

Whole Foods Market now open
After giving locals a sneak peek recently with a handful of tours last weekend, Whole Foods Market opened Wednesday, Aug. 29, in SouthPark.
The store held a free breakfast at its new location, at 6610 Fairview Road, on Wednesday, which include a “bread-breaking ceremony” and appearance by Mayor Anthony Foxx.
Find more information about the store at its website,


U.S. House Rep. Sue Myrick (above) met with military and National Guard members this week in south Charlotte for Salute Our Troops

Myrick honors troops with Kangaroo Express
U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick was in south Charlotte recently to honor troops and thank Kangaroo Express for the company’s support of the military.
The chain of convenience stores raises money for military members through its Salute Our Troops campaign. Halfway through the campaign, more than $2 million has already been donated at stores across the region, with Charlotte leading for the most funds raised in a single market.
Myrick was at the store at 9620 Rea Road on Monday, Aug. 27, along with John Falkenbury, president of the USO of North Carolina. Funds raised in the state will help the USO, as well as the state’s National Guard, the Wounded Warrior Project and other military groups.
Myrick also was joined Monday by Sgt. Tommy Rieman, a Silver Star and Purple Heart recipient.
Early voting spots named
The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections announced recently where one-stop early voting booths will be starting Oct. 18.
Booths in south Charlotte will be located at: the Gibson building, 11430 North Community House Road; Morrison Regional Library, 7015 Morrison Blvd.; and South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road.
Find more information at the board’s website,

South Charlotte man launches scheduling website
Local resident Tom Blanchard has unveiled a new website aimed at helping people and groups schedule and manage event and activity postings.
The site,, will help people schedule activities like cookouts and birthday parties with a user-friendly set up and then ask friends and neighbors “Are you In or are you Out?”
“Other sites have confusing invitation options and require users to select artsy drawings to create an event,” Blanchard said in a news release. “We took great care to only require users to enter information that is necessary to create their event.”
Find more information about how the program works at the website.

Blood donations needed during Sickle Cell Awareness Month
The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is working to increase blood donors to help treat area sickle cell patients.
September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month, and the center is aiming to create “a registry of African-American volunteer donors whose blood type and traits are matched with a local sickle cell patient,” according to a center news release.
“Nationally, the number of African-Americans who need blood transfusions exceeds the number of African-Americans who donate blood,” said center president and CEO, Martin Grable. “The same is true in our own community where we simply do not have enough local African-American donors to meet local patient needs.”
The CBCC has a location in south Charlotte at 4447 South Blvd. Find more information on the program and becoming a donor at the group’s website,

Early named sales manager of SouthPark Allen Tate
Michele Early is the new sales manager at Allen Tate Company’s SouthPark office.
Early will help manage and train more than 100 Allen Tate agents and staff at the office, located at 6700 Fairview Road. She has 17 years of real estate experience, and has worked at the company’s Providence @ 485 office since 2003.
Early volunteers with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and has volunteered with Mel’s Dinner and Junior Achievement.

Operation Medicine Drop event approaching
The next Operation Medicine Drop will have a couple of locations in south Charlotte.
The events give people a chance to safely dispose of their expired or unwanted medicine. People are asked not to throw away medicine as there’s a chance of it getting into the wrong hands if not properly discarded.
The event, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will have locations in the StoneCrest shopping center, 7852 Rea Road; the Morrocroft shopping center, 6701 Morrison Blvd.; and the BI-LO, 9101 Pineville-Matthews Road.

OrthoCarolina adds Paloski to center
Dr. Michael Paloski is the newest member of OrthoCarolina’s Pediatric Orthopedic Center at 1915 Randolph Road.
Paloski attended Ohio State University and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Osteopathic Association. He also served as a clinical instructor at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Learn more about the center at its website,

Reality TV star coming to local fashion fundraiser
The annual Lights! Camera! Fashion! Fundraiser for the Junior League of Charlotte will feature celebrity designer Adrienne Maloof.
The celebrity shoe designer and personality on the show “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” will be the featured designer at the SouthPark event which raises money to help meet the physical, dental and mental health needs of local children.
The Oct. 14 event at SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road, costs $50 to attend. VIP passes are available starting at $95 each.
Find more information and purchase tickets at the group’s website,

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks stories
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte is looking for stories from former bigs and littles.
The organization needs people affiliated with the group to contribute their story about what Big Brothers Big Sisters meant to them. The Your Story initiative aims to generate “compelling, touching, funny and heartfelt stories about the relationship between Big Brothers and Big Sisters and their mentees,” according to a news release.
People can send their stories to by Sept. 15. Find more information at the group’s website,

Getting support for Teal-Tinis
In honor of September being Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, a group of local women are asking local restaurants and bars to offer a Teal-Tini.
The drink won’t raise money for a specific cause as much as it will remind people of the importance of knowing the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Symptoms include abdominal pressure, pelvic discomfort, persistent indigestion and other signs, according to the Mayo Clinic’s website,
Already 16 restaurants in the Ballantyne area have agreed to sell the drinks, which are a combination of Stoli blueberry vodka, blue Curacao, pineapple juice and sour mix.

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