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Announcements April 2008


ANNOUNCEMENTS from April 1, 2008:
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Geraldine Brisbane announced that the South African Youth Choir would have a free performance today, Tuesday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Rd.
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Robin Bradford announced that the Millions More Movement and the Young Democrats would collaborate on a candidate forum on Monday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Little Rock AME Zion Church at 7th and McDowell Streets.
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Robin Bradford announced a meet-and-greet drop-in for County Commissioner candidate Vilma Leake on April 10 from 7-9 p.m. at the Charleston House restaurant, 3120 The Plaza.
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N.C. Sen. Malcolm Graham announced a public hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Gangs for Thursday, April 10 at 6 p.m. at the Government Center.
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Kelly Alexander announced an event in support of his N.C. House District 107 campaign for today, April 1, at 5 p.m. at the Afro-American Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St.
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Carla Cunningham announced that she had been elected to the executive committee of the N.C. Democratic Party. She also announced that the Obama presidential campaign had opened an office at 1523 Elizabeth Ave., Suite 120.
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Joel Ford announced that the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party convention will be held Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m. at East Mecklenburg High School, 6800 Monroe Road. "I can assure you," the party chairman said, "that it will be different. It will be festive and it will be full of excitement and you will be very surprised and pleased about our keynote speaker."
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Lisa Oates announced that Allenbrook Elementary School, 1430 Allenbrook Dr., needs math tutors during April between 11 a.m. and noon to prepare students for end-of-grade testing.
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County Commissioner Valerie Woodard announced that the commissioners would meet today, April 1, at 6 p.m.. Greenway donations and budget preliminaries are included on the agenda. "We always have an interesting meeting," Woodard deadpanned.
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City Council District 5 member Nancy Carter announced a Charlotte Chamber Business Showcase for Wednesday, April 2, from 3-7 p.m. at the Merchandise Mart, East Independence Boulevard at Briar Creek Road.
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Natheley McElrath asked for prayers for her daughter on the occasion of upcoming surgery. McElrath said that she will be in New York for three weeks, and that in her absence Steve Johnston would provide breakfast.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement that housing advocate Sister Mary Scullion would address how to break the cycle of homeless in an address May 1 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Matthew's Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement that the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council's free "Lunch and Learn" program is today, Tuesday, April 1. Titled "Domestic Violence and Child Abuse," panelists include Sarah Greene, Mecklenburg County Area Mental Health's Child Development-Community Policing program (CD-CP) discussing trauma and the aspect of child abuse in domestic violence cases; Sandy Hammond, CSS/Women’s Commission’s Children DV Services on the healing process; and Candace Wilson, Council For Children’s Rights, on advocacy and legal representation for children in Mecklenburg County. The program is at 12:30-1:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Catholic, 507 S. Tryon St.
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The Forum opens at 8 a.m. at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2400 Kendall Drive, just down the hill from West Charlotte High School. The phone number is 704-393-1560.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from April 8, 2008:

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Joel Ford announced that Thomas Moore would be lead a "Democratic Community Choir" in singing "America the Beautiful" at the Saturday, April 19 Democratic Party convention at East Mecklenburg High School. Ford said to sign up with Moore or see the Party's website. That site, meckdems.net, says in part, "If you wish to participate in the choir, the rehearsal will occur at 10 a.m. on April 19 (30 minutes before the convention begins)."
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Joyce Waddell that the Black Political Caucus would hold its First Annual Spring Ball on Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Tyvola Road. Tickets are $35 and include heavy hors d'oeuvres. Proceeds are to support get-out-the-vote efforts for the May 6 primary.
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Candidate for N.C. Insurance Commissioner Nathaniel Cooper announced that his web site was up at www.nathanielcooper.com and that he had visited 90 of the state's 100 counties. He asked for more signatures on his petition to join the ballot as an independent.
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County Commissioner Valerie Woodard invited all to attend board discussions of the upcoming county budget.
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Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem Susan Burgess announced the city was awaiting a Housing 2007 report urging "incentive-based inclusionary housing." "That group was very representative of developers, neighborhood leaders and others and I think they will bring a proposal we all can endorse that will spread housing at all price points all over our city, so we can get to some small degree some natural desegregation in our schools because we will have integrated housing, we hope, at least by economics.... It's always been a real hot button, inclusionary housing, because the developers go nuts. But what we've done makes enconomic sense for everybody, and our whole community benefits."
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District 2 school board member Vilma Leake invited all to attend the next school board meeting on Tuesday, April 15.
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Estefania San Juan of the Service Employees International Union announced preparations for an alternative Bank of America shareholders meeting for Tuesday, April 22, from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. at the Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St.
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Vilma Leake announced that Michelle Obama was in Huntersville today, Tuesday, April 8, visiting a day care center.
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Joel Ford announced a reception for new precinct chairs this Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m. at the AME Zion Publishing House, 401 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
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Thomas Moore announced a free concert by Friendship Gospel Choir from the Netherlands on Wednesday, April 16 from 8-9:15 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, 512 West Blvd., cosponsored by Calvary and Myers Park United Methodist Church.
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Michael Sexton announced a free training entitled “Domestic Violence And Child Abuse” for Monday, April 14 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Child & Family Services Center, 601 E. 5th St. Panelists include Sarah Greene, Mecklenburg County Area Mental Health's Child Development-Community Policing program (CD-CP) discussing trauma and the aspect of child abuse in domestic violence cases; Sandy Hammond, CSS/Women’s Commission’s Children DV Services on the healing process; and Candace Wilson, Council For Children’s Rights, on advocacy and legal representation for children in Mecklenburg County.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from April 15, 2008:
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Blanche Penn announced that the Teen Star play performance in Little Rock was a success, and that the troupe had been invited to perform in California. She handed posters signed by the participants to a number of financial backers in the Forum audience.
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County commission at-large candidate Harold Cogdell announced a campaign event for Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. at the Wadsworth House, 400 S. Summit Ave. He promised television access to those who would want to keep track of that day's final rounds of the Wachovia Championship.
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Joel Ford announced two special guests for Saturday's Democratic Party County Convention: U.S. Rep. Shiela Jackson Lee, D-Texas, and U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., who will be the convention speaker. And Ford said campaign literature would be available, "as much as you can carry," for all local candidates. The convention will be at East Mecklenburg High School, 6800 Monroe Rd.
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Malachi Greene announced that he was raising money for the Democratic Party, which he said was needed to take advantage of "an opportunity to take everything from the White House to the outhouse."
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Malachi Green announced a campaign event for N.C. gubernatorial candidate Beverly Perdue for Wednesday, May 16, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the downtown CPCC campus.
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Kevin Monroe announced two campaign events for County Commission at-large candidate Dan Murrey: An event honoring Democratic Party precinct chairs will be held Friday April 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Whitehead Manor, 5901 Sardis Rd. And the campaign will co-sponsor Fish Night at the Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Rd., next Tuesday, April 22.
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Prospective candidate for N.C. Insurance Commissioner Nathaniel Cooper announced that his web site was up at www.nathanielcooper.com. He asked for more signatures on his petition to join the ballot as an independent.
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Ken Koontz asked people who had visited his company's video entries on the www.thecharlottepost.com website to comment to the Post on "what you think about" the service, and to give him suggestions on topics to cover.
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Nancy Carter announced a visit to the Truancy Court operated at Winterfield Elementary, and urged people to write the city in support of the program. According to a Charlotte Observer report, the truancy court at Reid Park Elementary is in jeopardy because it was supported with federal funds that have been cut. Details of the funding issue an an address for letters are at the Charlotte Observer at http://www.charlotte.com/742/story/578897.html.
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Malachi Greene announced the death of Dr. George Butler, 71, on April 9 in California. Butler, a president of Blue Note Records, and later CBS Records, once lived on Beatties Ford Road. Condolences should be addressed to Jacki Butler Hairston at jhairs@sbcglobal.net.

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The Forum opens at 8 a.m. at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2400 Kendall Drive, just down the hill from West Charlotte High School. The phone number is 704-393-1560.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from April 22, 2008:
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Virginia Keogh announced that the Harold Cogdell campaign would hold a campaign rally on Sunday, May 4 from 2-4 p.m. at the Wadsworth House, 400 S. Summit Ave.
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A member of the Forum announced for Charlotte Brown-Williams, candidate for District Court Judge, that the Committee to Elect Charlotte Brown-Williams would co-host a meet and greet on Sunday, April 27, from 2-4 p.m. at 1131 Lynbrook Drive off Rama Road. Information: 704-442-7056.
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Richard McElrath announced a "TEAing Off" with Vilma Leake, candidate for Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners District 2, this Friday, April 25 from 6-8 p.m. at 4329 Hyde Park Drive. Requested donation: $25 payable to Leake for County Commissioner, District 2. "Not for Women Only - Gents are Welcome." Sponsored by Mary Clark, Lynn Givens, Beverly Irby, Carlenia Ivory, Nancy Stroud, Daisy Walker, Barbara Warren, Vivian Williams and Kim Weaver.
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Joel Ford thanked Thomas Moore for leading the Voices of Freedom Choir at Saturday's Mecklenburg County Democratic Party convention.
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Ken Koontz announced a free choral concert by the International Outreach Children's Ministry, the South African troupe's farewell concert in their current U.S. tour, for Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3301 Beatties Ford Road.
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Larry Hosch reported smooth early voting at the 7th Street maintenance facility at CPCC.
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The Forum opens at 8 a.m. at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2400 Kendall Drive, just down the hill from West Charlotte High School. The phone number is 704-393-1560.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from April 29, 2008:

The Forum WILL NOT MEET on Primary Election Day, May 6. (West Charlotte Recreation Center is a polling place.)
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Diana Davis announced that Girlsworld Summer Camp is seeking volunteers and sponsors for area young ladies attending the day camp. For info: www.girlsworldnc.com
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Martha Gamble Hall announced a workshop on foreclosure issues for Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at Little Rock AME Zion Church at 7th and McDowell Streets.
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Nancy Carter announced that she had yard signs for Lt. Governor candidate Dan Besse.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement of a Teen Summit on depression's impact on youth, for Thursday, May 8, 6-8 p.m., at ImaginOn, 30 E. 7th St., sponsored by a variety of agencies.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement of the Charlotte Run for Peace on May 31 at McAlpine Creek Greenway, 5715 Monroe Road. Proceeds benefit the United Family Services Domestic Violence Program. Info: www.unitedfamilyservices.org and www.charlotterunforpeace.com.


 

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