SCW News Briefs Nov. 9

Lane closures expected at Sharon, Morrison
The Charlotte Department of Transportation will shut down multiple lanes on both Sharon Road and Morrison Boulevard starting in the evening on Friday, Nov. 9, and running through the evening on Saturday, Nov. 10. The intersection is near SouthPark Mall.

The closures are necessary for utility work in the area, according to a news release from the department. Drivers should expect delays. Left turns from westbound Morrison onto southbound Sharon won’t be allowed.

Weather could delay or postpone the project.

Total Nutrition Technology hosts drive

The Ballantyne office of Total Nutrition Technology is collecting food for Loaves and Fishes until Nov. 16.

Donations will go to the food pantry, which has 19 locations in Mecklenburg County. People who donate will get $5 off one of Total Nutrition Technology’s wellness programs, up to $100 depending on the size of the food donation. For current members, Total Nutrition Technology will offer $5 off a health program upgrade per donated item.

The Ballantyne location is at 15720 John J. Delaney Drive. The pantry has a priority need for canned meats, canned pasta, cereal, canned fruit and 100 percent fruit juices.

Sweet Tea’s collecting food donations

Sweet Tea’s Restaurant and Catering is offering free food and drinks in exchange for donations to Loaves & Fishes food pantry.

One can of donated food equals a free tea; two cans is enough for a free flavored tea; five cans gets someone a free dessert; eight cans equals a free appetizer; and 15 cans pays for an entrée.

Also, the restaurant is collecting toys for children and clothing for veterans. For more information, contact the restaurant at 704-855-1803 or go by its location at 9101 Pineville-Matthews Road, beside BI-LO.

Local office brings in new neurosurgeon

Dr. Kevin Cahill, a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon, is the newest member of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates.

Cahill’s special medical interests include minimally invasive spine surgery and spinal fusion, minimally invasive and complex spinal deformity surgery, revision spine surgery and spine tumor surgery.

The practice has offices around Charlotte, including one at 14135 Ballantyne Corporate Place. Find more information at the practice’s website,

Stroke for Spokes helps ASAP

Athletes from the Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program at Carolinas Rehabilitation will play tennis with people in the community as part of a program fundraiser.

People must raise $100 or more to play. Participants will form teams of 10 players for play tailored to all skill levels with prizes going to the team with the most games won and to the team that raises the most money.

Money raised will benefit the program, which helps people with physical disabilities develop active lifestyles through outdoor adventures, sports and recreational activities. Learn more about the group at

The event is Saturday, Nov. 10, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Russell Tennis Center, 1024 Sardis Lane.

Charlotte Rescue Mission needs turkeys

The Charlotte Rescue Mission, which provides a free, long-term Christian recovery program for men and women addicted to drugs and alcohol, is in need of turkeys for its Thanksgiving meal.

The mission will feed hundreds of people on Thanksgiving, and it needs at least 100 turkeys to make it happen.

“Our goal is that all those who come to the mission on Thanksgiving day receive a hot meal and the hope of a new tomorrow from the troubles they are facing today,” said the Rev. Tony Marciano, executive director of the Charlotte Rescue Mission and a columnist for South Charlotte Weekly. “We served nearly 1,200 meals last year and we hope to feed even more this Thanksgiving. But we can’t do it alone. That’s why we need the love and support of the Charlotte community.”

Turkeys need to be 15 to 25 pounds each, and need to be frozen. Donations can be dropped off until Nov. 16 at the mission, 907 W. 1st St.

YWCA honors achievers

The YWCA Central Carolinas, located on Park Road, honored its 2012 Women of Achievement winners recently at a special ceremony (above).

The women are all people who have demonstrated leadership in Charlotte by promoting social justice, with winners broken into three categories.

Janice Valder Offerman was the “Pioneer” winner, for her lifetime commitment to social justice; Melissa Memmert was the “Community Champion” winner, for her work at the forefront of social change; and Antonia Childs was the “Emerging Leader” winner, as a woman of the rising generation who will “lead our community forward.”

Find more on the YWCA and the winners at

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