Angelelli to talk about art
MINT HILL – Cindy Angelelli will present “Express, Relax & Reflect with Art Journaling” as part of the August demonstration at Mint Hill Arts.
The mixed-media artist creates unique artwork and accessories that enable people to affordably express their individualism. Angelelli, a lifelong photographer, took up painting after retiring from Duke Energy. She incorporates original photography, fabric, found objects and paint into colorful, textural works inspired by nature, literature and life’s simple pleasures.
Angelelli’s free lecture/demonstration at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Mint Hill Arts, 11205 Lawyers Road will inspire beginning and experienced artists to try their hand at art journaling and mixed media.
Suspected thieves shoot resident as they flee scene
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department is investigating a burglary that left a resident with a gunshot wound.
Officers were dispatched at 2:39 a.m. Aug. 13 to a home in the 4700 block of Morningwood Drive regarding a burglary. They found a female resident with a gunshot wound to the leg.
She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she received medical treatment and was released. The victim told police that two men broke into the front door of her home and demanded money, with one of them shooting her in the leg as they fled.
The suspects are described as two black males.
Contact Detective Danielle Helms at email@example.com or 704-847-5555 with any details about the case.
Financial cards stolen
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department arrested a Charlotte man in connection to a home break-in that occurred at 6:07 p.m. July 22 at the 200 block of Amir Circle.
Police said the suspect took several items from the home, including debit/credit cards, which were later used for multiple fraudulent purchases.
Detectives arrested Kendall Rashad Carpenter, 26, of Charlotte, on charges of larceny after breaking and entering, as well as financial card fraud.
Kiwanis Club organizes 5K
MATTHEWS – The Kiwanis Club of Matthews is accepting registration for its 5K and golf tournament.
The club hosts its Labor Day 5-K & Family Fun Run at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 2. This year’s event introduces a new race course, partially on the Four Mile Creek Greenway. Register at www.matthewskiwanis.org/race.
The club presents its annual golf tournament Sept. 9 at Raintree Country Club. Registration and complimentary lunch begin at 11:30 a.m., with shotgun start following at 1 p.m. Dinner will be provided with door and raffle prizes following a day of golf. Visit www.matthewskiwanis.org/golf to register or sponsor the event.
Construction ramping up on I-485 corridor improvements
CHARLOTTE – Construction is beginning on the I-485 corridor improvements project as part of a network of express lanes that will offer drivers the option of more reliable travel times.
The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $346 million contract last fall to Blythe Construction, of Charlotte, to add an express lane and deliver additional corridor improvements along Interstate 485 between I-77 and U.S. 74.
Contract crews were scheduled to install barrier walls Aug.18 on both sides of the median just east of Westinghouse Boulevard, and between Johnston and Tilley Morris roads. The installation will take about two weeks to complete. This will take place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Once the barrier wall is in place, crews can safely install storm drains and perform paving and grading work.
The project will also include these improvements:
• Adding one general purpose lane in each direction of I-485 between Rea and Providence roads.
• Widening the bridge carrying Ballantyne Commons Parkway over I-485 in Charlotte.
• Improving the interchange at John Street in Matthews.
• Building an interchange at Weddington Road in Matthews.
The project is expected to open to traffic in late 2022.
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Matthews’ Finest Fido
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resource Department is collecting submissions through Aug. 31 for its second annual Matthews’ Finest Fido photo contest in conjunction with Pawsitively Matthews.
The winner will receive a prize package that includes a $50 gift certificate from Pet Paradise Matthews and $100 gift certificate to Pet Supermarket. A caricature of the winning pup will be placed on the Pawsitively Matthews T-shirt.
The dog’s picture will hang in Matthews Town Hall and the Matthews Community Center. The winner will also secure a spot in the 2020 Matthews Alive parade.
Applications can be found at www.mat thewsfun.com. An independent panel will judge entries. The public will vote on the finalists. Voting spans Sept. 6 to 13.
Contact Amanda Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Town launches survey about Stevens Creek preserve
MATTHEWS – The Town of Matthews is surveying people about how they’d make the Stevens Creek Nature Preserve safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.
The survey asks participants about roads and intersections around Stevens Creek Nature Preserve that are unsafe for walking or bicycling, such as Idlewild, Matthews-Mint Hill, Stallings and Thompson roads.
The survey also asks about improvements to make to the nature preserve, including safety campaigns to slow drivers, wayfinding signage, bike lanes, pedestrian crossings and a greenway connection to the park.
Visit Bit.ly/StevensCreek for details.
Learn about Tank Town
MATTHEWS – Barbara Taylor, director of the Matthews Heritage Museum, is hosting a Director’s Tour of Tank Town: A Good Place to Live, at 11 a.m. Aug. 30.
The tour is on Tank Town, an African American neighborhood settled by former slaves and freedmen after the Civil War. It is now known as Crestdale. The tour explores the people, lifestyles, jobs, schools and churches of this neighborhood.
The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 5.
Space is limited to 12 people and is best suited for adults. Admission costs $4. Proceeds go toward a new display case for the museum.
Call 704-708-4996 for details.
EMS takes on more ambulance service
MINT HILL – Mecklenburg EMS Agency has become the sole provider of ambulance services for the Town of Mint Hill and the surrounding unincorporated area effective Aug. 13.
MHVFD will continue to provide first responder support for both fire and medical emergencies as a part of Medic’s system of care.
To prepare for the predicted increased call volume, Medic adjusted its staffing and response strategies to include the needs of the community full time.
Fees for citizens are remaining the same, as MHVFD charged the same as Medic since they began as fee-for-service.
Medic has made job opportunities available to qualified Paramedics from Mint Hill’s staff.
Town seeks applicants for Matthews 101
MATTHEWS – The Town of Matthews is seeking applicants for participation in the next session of Matthews 101, an educational program for residents to learn more about local government.
Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for six weeks, beginning Sept. 12.
Those interested in applying must be available to attend all sessions. Applications are due by Aug. 26.
Park festival pays tribute to Tina Ross
MINT HILL – After a year hiatus, Sunday Afternoon in the Park will return as the Annual Tina Ross Afternoon in the Park as a tribute to the late Commissioner Tina Ross in honor of her love for the arts and the town.
Organizers are soliciting artists and musicians to display, perform, demonstrate and sell their work Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event will be held at the fountain in front of town hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane.
There is a $20 fee for artist participation. Food vendors pay $30.
Apply at https://bit.ly/2ZZvedZ. Complete and return with a photograph of your work by Sept. 15.
Call 704-545-2335 for details.
Matthews Alive to prompt street closures
MATTHEWS – Beginning 9 a.m. Aug. 30, South Trade Street will be closed from the intersection of John to McDowell streets to allow Matthews Alive vendors to set up safely without the concern of vehicle traffic.
Matthews Elementary afternoon pick-ups and bus travel will still be possible from McDowell, from the access road from Sadie Drive to church parking lots and from lower South Trade.
Police will be on hand during afternoon pick-ups to assist drivers and buses through the closure.
South Trade Street and connecting streets will reopen by 11:30 p.m. Monday.
Visit www.matthewsalive.org for details.
Teen visits space camp
HUNTSVILLE, AL – Thomas Theobald, of Matthews, recently attended Advanced Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math, while training students with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.
Thomas spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the International Space Station, the Moon or Mars. The crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity or spacewalk.
Shag dancers to decide who wins DJ battle
CHARLOTTE – Randy Lomax, Brian Wilson, Smokey Craven and “Daddy” George Ward will compete in Bopper’s Shag Club’s Battle of the Beach DJs.
The public is invited to support the DJs while enjoying shag music. DJs will battle for the top prize of $300, with runners-up receiving $100.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Mecklenburg Shrine Club, 5200 Mecklenburg Shrine Club Road. Cover costs $10. A general membership meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. The cash bar opens by 7 p.m., when the competition begins.
Bring a covered dish to share.
Museum needs docents
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Heritage Museum is looking for people to serve as docents or tour guides.
In addition to learning about the history of Matthews, volunteers will learn about the history of Tank Town, which is a temporary exhibit on an African American neighborhood that will evolve into a permanent exhibit.
An initial training class of four days will orient new volunteers. A new training class will be offered beginning Sept. 14 and from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 21, 28 and Oct. 5. Training is held on the first Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday at 232 N. Trade St.
Call 704-708-4996 to learn more.
Mag lauds safety officer
CHARLOTTE – Campus Safety Magazine named Providence Day School’s Kenna Powell as a 2019 K-12 National Campus Safety Director of the Year finalist.
The magazine held its Campus Safety Conference East on Aug. 6 to 8, bringing Powell and other school safety subject matter experts from around the country to Charlotte.
In July, Powell was also recognized among colleagues from professional and collegiate sports, law enforcement, FBI and others as a “Friend of NCS4” for “contributions invaluable to the advancement” of The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety And Security.
For more news visit www.matthewsminthillweekly.com.