CATS to share rapid transit ideas for Pineville, Ballantyne
CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Area Transit System continues seeking public input on transit goals, constraints and opportunities in the south Charlotte corridor.
Round 1 of public outreach, which culminated May 3, established a baseline of the desires for rapid transit in the community. This was done through public meetings, stakeholder outreach and an online survey.
CATS will engage residents in Pineville and Ballantyne through two more phases of public outreach.
The second round of public meetings will present ideas from the first round while further refining the community’s desires for the corridor:
• May 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (drop-in) at the Ballantyne Hotel, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte.
The third round of public meetings focuses on basic rapid transit recommendations while gauging public insight:
• June 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m. (presentation at 6:15 p.m.) at the Belle Johnston Community Center, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville.
• June 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (drop-in), at Ballantyne Hotel, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte
Those who can’t attend a meeting can visit www.ridetransit.org or call 704-336-7433 to share their input.
CATS offers free rides to bicyclists this week
CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Area Transit System invites customers and their bicycles to “Rack and Ride” for free transit rides from May 5 to 11, on any CATS service as part of 2019 BIKE! Charlotte.
Customers can ride their bikes to any CATS bus stop, light rail station or park and ride location. They should notify the driver they intend to rack their bike. After loading their bike onto the rack, riders get a free trip to their destination.
All of CATS’ owned park and ride locations are equipped with bike lockers or racks.
Visit www.ridetransit.org for details.
Jay M Robinson thrills critics with ‘Little Shop of Horrors’
MOOREVILLE – The North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities awarded Jay M Robinson top honors among middle school choirs at the state finals of the North Carolina Show Choir Competition and North Carolina High School A Cappella Competition on May 4 at Lake Norman High School.
Jay M Robinson performed a medley from “Little Shop of Horrors,” earning a superior rating and several awards, including best choreography and best group vocals. Njoki Tiagha won best female solo. Clay Patton won best male stage presence.
Jay M Robinson wins NCASA Challenge Cup
CHARLOTTE – Jay M Robinson Middle School has claimed the 2A North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities Challenge Cup.
The cup goes to the best overall performance among the 22 major scholastic competitions in North Carolina.
Cup winners will be recognized May 13 at the NCASA’s annual meeting at Simon G Atkins High School in Winston-Salem.
SouthPark to welcome UNTUCKit to roster
CHARLOTTE – UNTUCKit will open in SouthPark this summer.
The brand specializes in shirts designed specifically to be worn untucked. It offers contoured hemlines and more than 50 tailored fit options.
The first-to-market brand will open in a 1,989 square-foot space near Athleta.
“SouthPark shoppers are sure to find their new favorite wardrobe piece at UNTUCKit,” said the mall’s director of marketing and business development Holly Roberson. “As we continue to welcome brands like UNTUCKit that were traditionally only online, we’re further positioning our center as a desirable, one-stop-shop for the Charlotte community and visitors.”
Ardrey Kell MCJROTC cadets can teach, too
CHARLOTTE – The cadets of Ardrey Kell Marine Corps JROTC conducted Junior Achievement at Hawk Ridge Elementary.
The program allows cadets to gain experience in leadership, instruction and classroom management while seeing what teachers experience daily.
Cadets presented lessons to students in kindergarten through second grade on choices, money, decision-making, jobs and citizenship. They led 19 classrooms with two to three cadets instructing each class for approximately 30 minutes.
Cadets taught at Hawk Ridge Elementary one day a week for five weeks through April 30.
Cornhole tournament benefits Alzheimer’s Association
CHARLOTTE – The Young Professionals Against Alzheimer’s will host a cornhole tournament to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter.
Event highlights include live entertainment by DJ Matt B, silent auction and raffle, as well as food and drinks. The top two teams in the tournament will also win exclusive prizes.
“We encourage the community to round up their family and friends and join us in kicking off Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and in raising critical funds to help end Alzheimer’s,” said Katherine Lambert, CEO of the Western Carolina Chapter.
The inaugural Bags on the Brain Cornhole Tournament takes place 1 to 4 p.m. June 1 at 10 Park Lanes, 1700 Montford Drive. Tournament play is for teams of two. Registration costs $40 for individuals; $80 for duos and $20 for spectators. Register at http://tinyurl.com/bagson thebrain19.
Charlotte native assumes command of Navy squadron
OCEANA, Va. – The “Sunliners” of Strike Fighter Squadron 81 welcomed Cmdr. Dallas Jamison as its new commanding officer April 30 at the Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia.
Jamison reported to the Sunliners in June 2018 as the squadron’s executive officer. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he received his Wings of Gold after completing flight training in 2004. He has accumulated more than 3,300 flight hours in the F/A-18E Super Hornet and logged over 600 carrier arrested landings, or traps.
The “Sunliners” fly and maintain 10 F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft with 170 personnel. They are assigned to Carrier Air Wing One aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
Gas prices fluctuate
CHARLOTTE – For the first time in months, gas price averages are down on the week across the Carolinas.
Gas prices in Charlotte averaged $2.66 on May 6, $2.67 on April 29 and $2.58 on April 6. Prices were $2.66 on May 6, 2018.
North Carolina’s $2.70 average is down three cents on the week, up nine cents on the month and is two cents more than it was this time last year.
“Motorists across the Carolinas are likely to continue to see prices fluctuate through this month, potentially going up and down as demand remains high and inventories work to catch up,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson.