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Announcements April 2006

ANNOUNCEMENTS from April 4, 2006:
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Next week at the Forum: Candidates in the May 2 primary. Details by e-mail Sunday night.
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Tom Tate announced the schedule of public meetings with candidates for superintendent on tomorrow, Wednesday, April 5 at the Government Center [and evening meetings at East Mecklenburg High School, 6800 Monroe Road]. While board members have appointed people to attend the small-group discussions below, Tate said members of the public may sit in the room and observe all of the sessions. The schedule for the three candidates:

WEDNESDAY, April 5
9:00-9:45
-- Gorman meets community/business leaders, Room 270
-- Grier meets CMS administrators, Room 271
-- Haithcock is off.

10:00-10:45
-- Gorman is off
-- Grier meets community/business leaders, Room 270
-- Haithcock meets CMS administrators, Room 271

11:00-11:45
-- Gorman meets CMSA administrators, Room 271
-- Grier is off
-- Haithcock meets community/business leaders, Room 270

Press meetings in Room 266
-- Grier at noon
-- Gorman at 12:15
-- Haithcock at 12:30

12:30-2:45
-- Gorman and Grier on lunch and district tours
-- Haithcock on lunch

3:00-3:45
-- Gorman with parents, Room 266
-- Grier meets CMS employees and teachers, Room 286
-- Haithcock is off

4:00-4:45
-- Gorman is off
-- Grier meets poarents, Rppm 266
-- Haithcock meets CMS employees and teachers, Room 286

5:00-5:45
-- Gorman meets CMS employees and teachers, Room 286
-- Grier has dinner
-- Haithcock meets parents, Room 266

THE FOLLOWING EVENTS WILL BE HELD AT EAST MECKLENBURG HIGH SCHOOL

6:15-7:00
-- Gorman has dinner
-- Grier meets general public, East Meck
-- Haithcock has dinner

7:15-8:00
-- Gorman meets general public, East Meck
-- Grier is off
-- Haithcock is off

8:15-9:00
-- Gorman is off
-- Grier is off
-- Haithcock meets general public, East Meck

THURSDAY, April 6
Small groups of Board of Education members meet with the candidates in the Board Conference Room on the fourth floor of the Education Center. Staff says that since a quorum will not be present, all three meetings will be open to the public. The meetings may be moved to another room to acccommodate the public.
-- Gorman meets 8:30-9:30
-- Haithcock meets 10:00-11:00
-- Grier meets 11:30-12:30
Tate said that during the meetings there would be opportunity for members of the public to give written feedback that would be given to board members before time for their final decision on the next superintendent.
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Thomas Moore announced a concert by the Morehouse College Men's Glee Club for this Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Myers Park Methodist Church. He said enough volunteers had stepped forward to help feed the visitors.
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Andrea Huff announced that the Black Political Caucus would meet this Sunday, April 9, at 6 p.m. at Little Rock AME Zion Church to make caucus endorsements for the May 2 primary. She said the meeting had been moved forward because of Easter falling on the regular monthly meeting date.
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Queen Thompson announced that the Carolina Advocates for Legal Reform was urging community groups and churches to campaign for voter turnout in the upcoming elections. "We understand that who is put on the bench has a heavy impact on our community." Thompson offered to be a speaker on the subject to any groups. She also announced that State Treasurer Richard Moore is encouraging citizens to write letters to the editor endorsing the idea of raising the minimum wage by one dollar.
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Ahmad Daniels announced that Another Choice For Black Children Inc., the area's first black child adoption agency, and MECCA, Men Embracing Children Collectively through Adoption, are looking for adults willing to be foster parents. "To whom much is giving, much is required," he said. Information on becoming a foster or adoptive parent, becoming a volunteer or an advocate: 704-394-1124 or 800-774-3534.
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Polly Little announced that Susan Wood speaks at 6 p.m. tonight at Unitarian Universalist Church, 234 n. Sharon Amity Rd, on the topic, "Women's Health: Is Ideology Replacing Science?" Suggested donation $25; with proceedes benefiting sponsor Planned Parenthood. Woods, a former FDA assistant commissioner of women's health, resigned to protest the 2005 decision to ban prescriptions to adult women of the morning-after pill.
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Neil Carroll of Parks and Recreation announced two egg hunts and the April 22 Bark in the Park event at McAlpine Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Then he introduced Patricia Poteat, who takes over as general manager of the park district that includes West Charlotte Recreation Center. (Carroll is being rotated to Hornets Nest Park and the northwest part of the county.)
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Akilah Luke announced the Charlotte AIDS Walk for Saturday May 6. A kickoff party will be held this Sunday, April 9, at Charleston House, 3130 The Plaza, from 5 p.m. with free food donated by Ron Goodwin.
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Rodney Moore announced that the NAACP southeast convention at the Westin was a great success. He invited all to attend regular meetings on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Weeping Willow AME Zion, 2220 Milton Road.
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Malachi Greene thanked Blanche Penn and the staff at West Charlotte Recreation Center for stepping in with activities when they learned that a number of black male teens would have nowhere to go during the schools' spring break.
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Natheley McElrath announced the First Annual Black Political Caucus Family Festival this Saturday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bob Davis Resource Cneter, 421 Beatties Ford Road. For information about vending opportunities: 704-277-3450.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement that the Women's Commission Advisory Board has three vacancies. The Board of County Commissioners will make its nominations on April 18 and make its final selections in May. Persons interested in the positions may apply online at http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/BOCC/Advisory+Boards/Board+Applicati on+Form.htm. Information: Natheley McElrath at 704-598-6489.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS from April 11, 2006:
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Next week at the Forum: Judicial candidates in the May 2 primary.
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Queen Thompson announced that the first North Carolina Black Summit will be held April 21-22 in Raleigh. "Black elected offficials from throughout the state of North Carolina will join with partnering statewide organizations and many others interested in creating a cooperative agenda for community improvement and empowerment. The key element to the success of this weekend is your attendance. Your ideas and input will ensure that we make good choices about the issues affecting our children, our families and our community. For more information see www.ncblacksummit.org or contact Brenda Rourk or Ronnie Crumb at 919-233-4186. Thompson said she hoped that a follow-up local summit would be held later in Charlotte.
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Richard McElrath announced a town hall meeting on the Gantt-Bessant Task Force recommendations for tonight, Tuesday, Aprill 11 from 6:30-8 p.m.
at the West Boulevard branch library, 2157 West Blvd. Speaker: Dr. Ken Godwin, UNCC political science professor. More info: Richard McElrath, 704-488-5360, RAM1238@aol.com or Kenneth White,704-517-1877, kdwhite1@bellsouth.net --
Sarah Stevenson announced that the school board planned to meet in closed session today at 4:30 p.m., then planned to go into open session to announce its choice for superintendent.
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Danielle Obierah announced that the Black Political Caucus and other sponsors would hold a candidate forum for April 26, from 6-8 p.m. at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, for county commissioner and judicial candidates.
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Laura McClettie urged persons interested in the parks to apply for vacant seats on Park and Recreation advisory boards and the commission.
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Beverly Simmons announced an open house at the new location of the county's Minority/Women/Small Business Enterprise Program, at the Charlotte Business Hub in the Professional Development Building at CPCC, 124 E. Independence Blvd., second floor, from 2-5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19. The building is at the intersection of Independence and Elizabeth Avenue.
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Beverly Simmons also announced ACCESS 2006: Gateway to Government Procurement Opportunities, a conference sponsored by area governments and other entities, for Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m.-noon at E.E. Waddell High School, 7030 Nations Ford Road. Register at 980-343-0677.
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Gyasi Foluke announced an interest in amending the Forum's operating agreement to require that cell phones be turned off during the Forum.
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Marvin Carter announced an interest in having announcements moved from the end of the meeting "when the only people left are the people making announcements."
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Marvin Carter also announced that the Presbytery of Charlotte would be hosting "Blood Done Sign My Name" author Timothy Tyson and others on Monday, May 15, and that the group would attend the Forum on Tuesday, May 16.
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Polly Little announced that the Mecklenburg Democratic Party would host party Chairman Howard Dean on Friday, April 28 for a $20 barbecue at Renaissance Park.
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Park and Rec's John McClelland announced that the department was considering details of a sponsorship policy that will control corporate participation in developing parks.
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Jackie Walton announced that Friendship Trays was in need of drivers on Good Friday, April 21, and Easter Monday, April 24, to deliver food to the poor, the elderly and the sick. Routes of from four to 10 meals take from an hour to an hour and 15 minutes to deliver. Walton said adults could bring children along on their route. To volunteer: 704-333-9229.
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Sarah Stevenson thanked Thomas Moore for his role in bringing the Morehouse College Glee Club to Myers Park Methodist Church last Friday.
"It was the most beautiful service, bringing us together. Keep that going. Amen."
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Wayne Clapp, executive director of Greensboro-based Association for Diversity in Motorsports, sent in an announcement that "AFDIM will be selling our Racing Gourmet Cookies at the Speed Weeks event at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The Racing Gourmet Cookies will be sold at all five SMI super speedways. This is a special time for our organization, now we will be able to become self sufficient, that help substitute the must needed funds for our Racing Heritage Showcar Tour. If any of you would like to go to the All-Star race at LMS May 20 we have set aside 50 tickets for the All-Star race. Please call the LMS ticket office. The tickets are under Wayne Clapp-AFDIM name. The tickets are going fast so act now. If have any questions, please call Robert Dawkins at 980-722-3355."
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Frances Hall sent in an announcement of Christian Women of Elegance's 5th Annual Gospel Day In The Park-"A Day To Celebrate Women" event to be held on May 20 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Lane. Proceeds benefit the Beatties Ford Road Family Counseling and Vocational Rehabilitation Center, 1406 Beatties Ford Road.
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