Letter to the Editor
I drive every day along Elm Lane near Stonecrest Shopping Center and keep seeing the medians covered with weeds and orange highway cones.
Has the project been completed yet, so many weeks and months since it started? Why can’t someone from Charlotte Department of Transportation, or the contractor at least, cut the weeds?
Since it took more than five years to actually get the project started, maybe the weeds will be five years older when they cut.
Corporate Park raises more than 140,000 pounds during food drive
Ballantyne Corporate Park raised more than 140,000 pounds of food during its annual “Cans for a Cause” food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, held April 14 through 24. The drive, which was the Corporate Park’s most successful to date, raised a total of 140,055 pounds to fight hunger in the greater Charlotte area.
Food Lion was a big contributor in the drive, donating 5,000 pounds of food to support the effort. Ballantyne Corporate Park business Carlisle Companies, challenged tenants to match its 11,605 pounds of food – a number representing the business’s address in the Corporate Park.
“We continue to be inspired by our tenants’ generosity, and Carlisle’s significant contribution is a testament to its ongoing commitment to supporting the greater Charlotte community,” said Smoky Bissell, chairman of Bissell, in a news release. “The results further validate the collective impact of our Ballantyne Corporate Park community toward ending hunger, and we look forward to continuing to grow participation in future drives.”
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina CEO Kay Carter added the Cans for Cause drive will allow the food bank to continue operating during the summer months, when food drive efforts begin to slow.
YMCA to offer free transportation to summer camps
The Morrison Family YMCA will offer free day camp transportation for children of Ballantyne Corporate Park tenants June 15 through Aug. 21. The free shuttle service is available for children enrolled in YMCA’s summer day camp program and will transport campers from the corporate park to any of the Morrison Family YMCA’s camp locations.
Space is limited and registration is required. Pick-up times begin at: 7:40 a.m. at the Gragg Building service entrance; 7:50 a.m. at the Boyle Building service entrance; and 8 a.m. at the Brixham Tent. Visit intranet.bissell-companies.com/signs/go-bal/Pickup-Locations.jpg for more information.
Area Chick-fil-A restaurants support Habitat for Humanity
Charlotte-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will donate all proceeds from guests who purchase one gallon of sweet or unsweet tea to Habitat for Humanity during the month of June. The money donated will help build a home for a Charlotte-area family in need.
“Our ‘Gallons for Good’ campaign is a great way to support those in our communities,” said Mike Crosby, franchise operator of the Fort Mill Chick-fil-A restaurant. “We invite guests to join us in our support of Habitat for Humanity Charlotte as we aim to build a legacy within our own community.”
The campaign will run through June 30, a Tuesday, at 10:30 p.m.
Communities in Schools to hold annual Dine Out for Kids
Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CIS) will hold its 16th annual Dine Out For Kids event on June 16, a Tuesday. Area restaurants will come together to donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to support public education and economically disadvantaged students in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system. More than 80 restaurants are slated to participate.
“This is such an easy way for anyone in the community to support the students and schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg who need us most,” said May Johnston, spokesperson for Communities in Schools, in a news release. “Just dine out on June 16 at one of the participating restaurants. With more than 85 restaurants and locations, there’s plenty of choice to fit every appetite and budget.”
More than 1 in 5 children live in poverty in Mecklenburg County and the graduation rate for economically disadvantaged students is 6.5 points below the CMS average, according to the release.
South Charlotte restaurants participating in Dine Out For Kids include: Aria Tuscan Grill, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, BRAVO!, Brio Tuscan Grill, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, Burger 21, California Pizza Kitchen, Chuy’s Tex Mex, Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, Dressler’s, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Harper’s Restaurant, Mama Ricotta’s, McAlister’s Deli, Midwood Smokehouse, Nothing but Noodles, Paco’s Tacos, Palm Restaurant, Sonny’s BBQ, TRUE Crafted Pizza and Village Tavern.
Visit www.cischarlotte.org for a complete list of participating restaurants.
Harris YMCA to host Sports Readiness workshop
The Harris YMCA and Child & Family Development will host a Sports Readiness workshop on June 17, a Wednesday, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Harris YMCA conference room.
The free workshop will discuss the advantages of sports participation, how to ready a child for participation and strategies to improve skill and development in sports.
Physical therapists Gail Fennimore and Erin Harkins will help lead discussion and answer questions.
Attendees are encouraged to RSVP by June 15. Contact Celest Bailey at 704-716-6851 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Harris YMCA is located at 5900 Quail Hollow Road.
Area restaurants close
Two south Charlotte restaurants shut their doors on June 1.
Extreme Pita, located at 14825 Ballantyne Village Way in Ballantyne Village, closed its doors after more than four years in the shopping center.
The Flamin’ Crawfish, located at 1600 E. Woodlawn Road in Parke Towne Village, also closed after only eight months of operation.
Volunteer registration open for 24 Hours of Booty
Volunteer registration is now available for the 14th annual “24 Hours of Booty” presented by Levine Institute.
This year’s event is slated for July 24 and 25, a Friday and Saturday, and will begin at 7 p.m. An estimated 1,200 participants are scheduled to ride and raise money for the fight against cancer.
Three-hundred volunteers are needed to support this year’s ride, which will take place through the Myers Park neighborhood. Volunteers will assist with packet pick-up, pre-event registration and preparation, course marking, food and beverage, campground management, hospitality and more.
Shifts are assigned in three- and four-hour increments.
“Our amazing volunteers are helping make a difference in the fight against cancer and are essential to our event and ensuring a great experience for our riders,” said Amanda Meyers, interim executive director, in a news release. “Whether you sign up as an individual, group or family, there are volunteer opportunities for everyone.”
Volunteers can register online at www.24hoursofbooty.org/events/char lotte/volunteer.
Charlotte Woman’s Club awards $20,000 grant
The Charlotte Woman’s Club awarded Heart Math Tutoring a $20,000 grant to expand its math tutoring program at Piney Grove Elementary School.
Heart Math Tutoring recruits, trains and supports volunteers to work as tutors in high-poverty elementary schools within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system. Volunteers spend one hour each week to tutor students through Heart Math Tutoring’s research-based curriculum.
“We’re proud to be working with an organization that focuses on building math skills in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school system,” said Tiffany Martin, president of the Charlotte Woman’s Club, in a news release. “We are thrilled that with our grant funding Heart Math Tutoring will be able to add another school to its program.”
Charlotte Woman’s Club was introduced to Heart Math Tutoring in August 2014 and saw the program as an opportunity to focus its efforts on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education. The grant helped Heart Math Tutoring launch at the school.
“This fully-funded grant request is tremendous affirmation of our work,” said Emily Elliott, executive director of Heart Math Tutoring, in the release. “More importantly, this grant allows 50 additional students to receive one-on-one tutoring next year. We are so grateful that the members of The Charlotte Woman’s Club believe in Heart’s mission and have welcomed us into the great work they are already doing.”
Gay Warren, president of the North Carolina Chapter of the Woman’s Club, selected STEM programs as a statewide focus for the organization.
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