Bonefish Grill jumping to new pad in Matthews
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Board of Commissioners gave their stamp of approval for a Bonefish Grill in the Matthews Festival Shopping Center on June 10.
The new Bonefish will be next to the current Texas Roadhouse restaurant along U.S. 74/Independence Boulevard east of the main shopping center entrance. The new building will be almost 5,500-square feet and seat up to 240 customers. There will be almost 100 parking spaces available.
Texas Roadhouse is building a new restaurant that is close to its current location, and it is scheduled to open in October. Construction of the Bonefish will begin after Texas Roadhouse opens.
Pet store is only a puppy
CHARLOTTE – Tara Belzer is celebrating the one-year anniversary of Pet in the City with a customer appreciation party.
Belzer opened the 4,650-square-foot space after years serving as general manager for stores such as PetCo and Pet Supplies Plus. Her store, which is locally owned, sells food and supplies for dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and other animals.
The event takes place 2 to 4 p.m. June 29 at the store, 9600 Monroe Road. The party will include samples, as well as raffles that benefit Charlotte Black Dog, which works to get black dogs adopted from shelters.
Visit www.petinthecitync.com for details.
Duke Energy Progress touted for solar power
CHARLOTTE – Duke Energy Progress continues to be one of the leading solar utilities in the nation.
In the Top 10 utility solar lists compiled by the Smart Electric Power Alliance, Duke Energy Progress was ranked fourth among all utility companies for bringing on new solar capacity during 2018.
Duke Energy Progress has been ranked in the Top 10 nationwide for the seventh straight year.
“Duke Energy customers are benefiting from the growth and expansion of solar generation in the region,” said Rob Caldwell, senior vice president and president of Duke Energy Renewables & Business Development.
Overall, North Carolina is second in the nation for installed solar capacity.
The rankings were part of SEPA’s Utility Solar Market Snapshot – collecting figures from more than 500 utilities across the country.
Engineers give back to UNCC students
MATTHEWS – “Apollo” Valves is sponsoring a senior design project for students in the William States Lee College of Engineering at UNC Charlotte.
The six-student team, consisting of mechanical and electrical engineers, has been tasked with designing and building a new backflow test stand for “Apollo’s” Pageland, S.C. plant. Students spent the spring semester designing the test stand, and they will build it during the fall semester.
“The engineering team is excited to help support future engineers and UNC Charlotte’s engineering school, especially since many of us graduated from there,” said “Apollo” project engineer Stephanie Cellemme.
Santé chef competes in cooking showdown
MATTHEWS – Adam Reed, of Santé, will be among 10 chefs competing in the third of five preliminary rounds leading up to the The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association Chef Showdown.
Three culinary experts will judge the dishes based on presentation, taste and use of local ingredients from North Carolina.
The event, which takes place June 24, is closed to the public.
The four top-scoring chefs will move on to the regional competition on Aug. 19 at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, ultimately progressing to the finals on Sept. 30 at Angus Barn’s Bay 7 in Durham.
Other chefs come from Charlotte restaurants, such as DoubleTree by Hilton Libations Kitchen & Bar, Southminister, McNinch House Restaurant, The Stanley and DotDotDot.
Car wash fundraiser will support USO charters
CHARLOTTE – All 83 Autobell Car Wash locations in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland will donate $1 from every sale of its Rain Repellent Special car wash from June 17 to 30 to local USO charters.
The USO is the nation’s leading organization serving U.S. military members and their families during their active service.
“We want to help express America’s gratitude and commitment to our service members by supporting USO programs that keep them connected to family, home and country – everything that gives meaning to their service,” Autobell Chief Operating Officer Carl Howard said.
Nearby locations include 9112 Monroe Road, Charlotte; 15020 Idlewild Road, Stallings; and 4416 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail.
Visit www.autobell.com for details.
Carr earns play therapy credential
CLOVIS, Calif. – Hilary Carr, of Matthews, earned the Registered Play Therapist credential conferred by the Association for Play Therapy, according to its CEO Kathryn Lebby.
Carr is a licensed clinical social worker.
To become a Registered Play Therapist, applicants must have earned a traditional master’s or higher mental health degree from an institution of higher education, 150 clock hours of play therapy training, two years and 2,000 hours of clinical experience, 500 hours of supervised play therapy experience, and be licensed or certified by their state boards of practice.
Play therapy continues to gain popularity as an effective tool by which licensed mental health professionals, school counselors, and school psychologists use play therapy theories and techniques in developmentally appropriate ways to better communicate with and help clients, especially children.
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