Common Heart offers free tax service to residents
INDIAN TRAIL – Volunteers with Common Heart will again offer its free income tax service to residents.
Individuals and families with an annual household income of $55,000 or less are eligible for the free assistance. Residents don’t have to live in Union County.
Call 704-761-8482 to make an appointment. They are available 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through April 13, at its office, 116 Business Park Drive, suite A.
Last year, volunteers filed 527 income tax returns. The free service, which saw a record number of residents for the second year in a row, got residents almost $500,000 in total refunds.
Public forum will focus on affordable housing
MATTHEWS – Area houses of worship have partnered to host a seventh community forum on racial-bridge building with a special emphasis on affordable housing.
Tonya Rivens will moderate a panel with Boris Henderson, Beth Hernandez, John Higdon, Corey King, Chris Melton and Natisha Rivera-Patrick. The forum starts at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at Brace Family YMCA.
Churches include Matthews United Methodist Church and Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church.
Matthews Playhouse prepares to open ‘The Jungle Book’
MATTHEWS – Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts presents public and school performances this month of “The Jungle Book.”
The production, written by Vera Morris, follows a boy raised by wolves on a journey through the jungle.
Public shows start at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, as well as 2 p.m. Feb. 23 and 24 and March 2 and 3 at the Matthews Community Center, 100 E. McDowell St. Tickets cost $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.
Call 704-372-1000 or visit www.mat thewsplayhouse.com to buy tickets.
Band teacher wins Teacher of the Year at Butler High
MATTHEWS – Butler High School has named Matthew Dowell as its Teacher of the Year for 2019.
Dowell has directed the band program at Butler since 2016. The program includes concert, jazz, marching and symphonic bands, as well as a wind ensemble.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is announcing winners at each school daily on Facebook.
The district wrote of Dowell: “His energy and passion for music is much appreciated by his students and has resulted in exceptional musical performances during band competitions and concerts.”
Lebanon Road Elementary taps Woods as top teacher
MATTHEWS – Lebanon Road Elementary School has named Hannah Woods as its Teacher of the Year for 2019.
Woods teaches science and math in the fifth grade.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools wrote on Facebook of Dowell: “Ms. Woods develops a strong rapport with colleagues and students alike.”
Area hospitals restrict access to avoid spread of flu
CHARLOTTE – Atrium Health and Novant Health are restricting hospital access for visitors 12 years old and younger at area hospitals due to flu cases in the community.
The restrictions went into effect at 7 a.m. Feb. 8 and will continue until further notice.
Hospitals affected by the tighter visitation policy include Novant Health Matthews Medical Center and Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center.
Both systems are also asking people of all ages experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever, runny nose and cough, to not visit patients in the hospital.
“The flu virus can be extremely dangerous to people who have compromised immune systems, cancer, kidney disease and other chronic conditions,” said Dr. Eric Eskioglu, executive vice president and chief medical officer for Novant Health.
Metro Diner finds way to sweeten breakfast
MATTHEWS – Metro Diner is offering sweet indulgent dishes for breakfast – just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Rise and shine to made-from-scratch dishes like the limited-time Strawberry Cheesecake Stuffed Waffle (available Feb. 14-17). It consists of strawberry cheesecake filling sandwiched between two thick and fluffy Belgian waffle wedges, topped with strawberry compote and garnished with powdered sugar.
Other favorites include Croissant French Toast, Cinnamon Roll Pancake and Fruity Waffle.
Pair breakfast delights with Mimosas for only $2.99 from Feb. 9 to 17.
Metro Diner has locations in Charlotte (8334 Pineville Matthews Road) and Matthews (10412 E. Independence Blvd).
History teacher will represent North Carolina in contest
MATTHEWS – Covenant Day School teacher Jeff Foltz has been chosen to represent North Carolina in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution contest for Outstanding Teacher in American History.
Nominated by the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter DAR, Foltz is being recognized for his knowledge of American history, commitment to his students, ability to translate history to modern life and patriotism.
Foltz teaches history at the school, which is located at 800 Fullwood Lane.