Chef Showdown features familiar name
MATTHEWS – Adam Reed, of Santé, is among 20 chefs competing Sept. 30 in the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association Chef Showdown finals.
Savory and pastry chefs advanced after cooking the highest-rated dishes across five statewide preliminary rounds and partaking in regional rounds in Raleigh and Charlotte.
The event takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Angus Barn’s Bay 7 in Durham.
Tickets cost $125. Visit www.ncrla.org/chefshowdown for details.
Camp becomes planning director
MATTHEWS – The Town of Matthews has promoted Jay Camp as planning director.
He has worked in the planning department since 2006 and served as the interim planning director since December 2018.
“Jay has been an integral part of our team for many years,” Town Manager Hazen Blodgett said. “He has built great relationships with the community, and his vision for the Matthews Planning Department is exciting.”
Camp said he is excited about the new role.
“I look forward to continuing our longstanding tradition of strong planning and will work to ensure that we maintain and strengthen our high quality of life with thoughtful, sustainable and innovative planning practices,” he said.
Camp is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Vets building indoor dog swimming pool
CHARLOTTE – Michelle and Bart Bryan, owners of Independence Veterinary Clinic, are opening an indoor dog swimming pool next to their full-service practice at 2328 CrownPoint Executive Drive.
The Bryans have started a new swim club for dogs, Aqua Pups. They plan to open more locations in the area and across the Southeast.
“Our first love is healthy pets,” Michelle Bryan said. “Aquapups allows us to combine healthy pet exercise with a safe and clean facility year-round.”
Construction should finish around the first of the year.
The facility will provide a full-service pet grooming facility called The Spa at Aquapups.
ABC Supply Co. promotes Noel to managing partner
CHARLOTTE – Mike Noel, manager of ABC Supply Co.’s Atando Avenue location, was promoted to managing partner.
Noel, of Matthews, steps into a more prominent leadership role within the company by joining ABC Supply’s National Branch Advisory Board, which provides senior management with feedback on various topics.
“As a managing partner, he will play a significant role in ensuring ABC Supply is able to provide superior customer service and opportunities for our associates to grow in their careers,” President and CEO Keith Rozolis said.
Noel has managed the Charlotte branch since 2012. He joined ABC Supply in 2015 after the company acquired Norandex.
Novant Health recognized for LGBTQ efforts
WINSTON-SALEM – The Human Rights Campaign Foundation recognized 14 of Novant Health’s acute care facilities, including Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, as “Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.”
This is the third year in a row that Novant Health has received system-wide recognition.
“Diversity and inclusion are part of our core values as a health-care organization,” said Tanya Blackmon, chief diversity, inclusion and equity officer. “At Novant Health, we recognize that every person is different and shaped by unique life experiences, enabling us to better understand our patients, team members and the communities we serve. We are intentional in identifying ways to address the unique needs of our communities, including the LGBTQ community.”
BBB issues warning about smart devices
CHARLOTTE – The Better Business Bureau cautions the public about scammers creating fake customers service numbers and bumping them to the top of the search results by paying for ads. When Siri, Alexa or another device does a voice search, the algorithm may accidentally pick a scam number.
Rather than doing an online search or letting your smart device look up a number, the BBB recommends you use the contact information on the business’s website, on your bill or in your confirmation email.
The BBB also recommends buyers make payments with a credit card, because it’s easier to dispute a credit card payment. Paying by wire transfer or pre-paid debit card is like using cash.
Visit www.BBB.org/ScamTracker for details.
Grocer makes peachy donation
MATTHEWS – Harris Teeter and Titan Farms delivered nearly 20,000 pounds of peaches to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
Shoppers helped donate the peaches through Titan Farm’s Peaches with a Purpose campaign in Harris Teeter stores across the state.
“Over the last five years, Harris Teeter and Titan Farms have joined forces to donate more than 200,000 pounds of peaches to local food bank partners in support of hunger relief efforts across North Carolina,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter.
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