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Announcements February 2009

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Feb. 3, 2009:
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Richard McElrath announced that the Mixed Use Housing Committee plans to make appearances before county commissioners Feb. 17, the city council Feb. 23 and the school board Feb. 24 to support inclusionary housing policies countywide and to press public bodies with vacant land to include affordable housing in development plans for those parcels. "We will need some butts in the seats because they are going to look beyond what we say and see who is supporting us."
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Roslyn Jacobs announced that MeckEd, Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education, will hold a free workshop for prospective school board candidates and the general public entitled "Leading our Schools: Understanding School Finance and Budgeting" on Thursday, Feb. 12, from 5-7:30 p.m. in Sykes Auditorium on the Queens University of Charlotte campus, 1900 Selwyn Ave. Speakers include Kendall Jordan, director of public policy research for the N.C. Forum in Raleigh; Sheila Shirley, CMS chief financial officer; and Hyong Yi, Mecklenburg County's director of management and budget. More info: www.mecked.org or 704-335-0100.
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Flora Leath announced a myEcon session on how to achieve personal financial success on Monday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 pm. at Best Western Airport at I-85 Exit 32, 2625 Little Rock Road. Info about myEcon, "the personal financial success company": http://flora.myecon.net/ or flora@maxxconnect.net or 704-488-6214.
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Vernon Herron applauded a new item on Natheley McElrath's menu of handmade breakfast treats at the Forum: a cheese-filled bacon roll-up. McElrath thanked participants -- "you do keep my little basket full" -- and said she would make it again.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement to save the date of Wednesday, March 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for "More than a Few Good Men: Strategies for Inspiring Men and boys to be Allies in Gender Violence Prevention," an address by Jackson Katz at UNCC's Cone Center. More info at www.jacksonkatz.com or from Jennifer Hartman, UNCC Department of Criminal Justice at 704-687-6162 or jhartman@uncc.edu.
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Donna Jenkins Dawson sent in an announcement of her wedding to Willie J. Taylor. A reception for the new couple will be Saturday Feb. 28 from 5-7 p.m. at Claiborne's Private Lounge, 2342 Beatties Ford Rd., across from the Mother House of Prayer for All People. RSVP: 704-609-5038. Dawson's announcement reads: "At last and Farewell! Love has come along like a whirlwind and [temporarily] away to Oklahoma."
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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 Feb. 10, 2009:
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Blanche Penn left an announcement that Winners Plus Agency would hold a celebration of the life of the late Valerie C. Woodard on Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. Information: 704-890-4101.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement of a workshop training by Jackson Katz on "strategies for inspiring men and boys to be allies in gender violence protection." The workshop, cosponsored by the UNCC Departments of Criminal Justice, Women's and Gender Studies Program and the N.C. Providers of Abuser Treatment, will earn 3 social work CEUs and be held Wednesday, March 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at UNCC's Cone University Center. Registration by Feb. 27 is $65 by check or credit card, on March 4 is $85 by check only. Information: Jennifer Hartman at jhartman@uncc.edu.
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Donna Jenkins Dawson sent in an announcement encouraging people to sponsor her during the 2009 UNCF Walk/Run for Education on Feb. 20. Donations may be made online at

http://give.uncf.org/site/TR/Events/General?px=1358181&pg=personal&fr_id=1250.
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Sindy Maxwell sent in an announcement of "When Duty Calls," a free legal clinic to assist veterans with initial and revised service-connected VA disability claims. The clinic, sponsored by Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and the N.C. Bar Association Young Lawyer Division Military Issues Committee, will be held from on Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McCreesh Place 2120 N. Davidson St. Information and to schedule an appointment: 704-350-6389 or Veterans@wcsr.com.
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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 Feb. 17, 2009:
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Richard McElrath announced that the Mixed Income Housing Coalition would appear this evening before the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners at 6 p.m. and invited supporters to be in the Government Center chambers.
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Queen Thompson handed out an announcement of a Justice Rally for a Fair and Equitable Court System, on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Eastland Mall Community Room, sponsored by Carolina Advocates for Legal Reform and Educational Solutions. Info: 704-372-9575 or 704-568-1228.
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Maria Hanlin sent in an announcement of the Crossroads-sponsored free Friday Friends Festival this Thursday, Feb. 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Atrium uptown at 301 S. Tryon St. “Building bridges across differences one friendship at a time.” RSVP to events@meckmin. Info: Hanlin at 704-565-5455.
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Sindy Neagle Maxwell sent in an announcement from Uptown Shelter Volunteer & Community Resource Coordinator Linda Miller of an immediate need for bathtowels and washcloths, men's deodorant, shaving cream and disposable razors, bar soap, shampoo, new underwear (medium, large and extra large), new socks, new pillows, and sheets and blankets to fit twin-sized beds. Wrote Miller, "We have had a tremendous amount of overflow during the past month and we are depleted of the above items. Anything you can assist with will be greatly appreciated. Please contact me to let me know what you can
donate." Miller is at 704-927-6869 or linda.miller@uptownshelter.org.
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Donna Jenkins Dawson sent in an announcement that the Volunteer Committee for the UNCF 5K Walk/Run for Education on Feb. 28 needs 50 volunteers (ages 14 & up) to help with set-up, parking, registration, food/snacks, water and along the walk/run route. Volunteers would need to arrive between 6:15-7:15am on Feb. 28 To Volunteer, contact Dawson at 704-609-5038 or bridgepr@live.com.
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Sindy Neagle Maxwell sent in an announcement of Ask-a-Lawyer Day on this Saturday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Boulevard Library at 2517 West Blvd. Volunteer lawyers "will be available for a free, brief consultation about legal issues and to provide referrals for low-cost legal services."

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Feb. 24, 2009:
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Next week at the Forum: School board chairperson Molly Griffin.
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Blanche Penn announced that the Hilton University Place might be the venue for the Oct. 16 celebration of the life of the late Valerie C. Woodard. She said she would need men and women to model in a fashion show. Information: 704-890-4101.
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Ken Koontz announced that some necessary re-editing of the "The Mountaintop: Five Historic Days," his DVD of Inauguration Week videos, would delay availability of the DVDs until next week, March 3.
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Dianna Davis announced that she was interested in hearing of news that could be posted at www.ouryouthweb.com. Send info for posting to ouryouthweb@yahoo.com.
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Sarah Stevenson announced a meeting on the future of Lincoln Heights Elementary on this Thursday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the school, 1600 Newcastle St.
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County Commissioner Harold Cogdell announced that this year's county budget deliberations would be "the most difficult in many, many years. When some people realize the impact that some of our cuts will have, there will be an outcry." He encouraged people to let commissioners know, "in a proactive way, not a reactive way" about county-financed programs that they value. He passed along the following recent county board budget documents involving cuts to the current county budget. The documents may be downloaded from the Forum website:
1. A Feb. 20 memo from County Manager Harry Jones dealing chiefly with the Sheriff's decision to close Gatling Juvenile Detention Center. (2 pages).
2. A text document on FY 2009 Budget Reductions, including a three-page summary of the $20.069 million in cuts, then 11 pages of details of cuts by departments. (14 pages).
3. An Excel spreadsheet of line-item detail on the FY2009 department reduction summary. (53 pages as formatted).
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement that individuals may nominate themselves for county board appointment to the Domestic Violence Advisory Board and the Women's Advisory Board. Nominations should be completed by early March. Forms are available at the clerk's office, 704-336-2472. Information: Nancy Klein at 704-759-9341 or Kelly Forney, 704-367-270.
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Donna Jenkins Dawson sent in an announcement that the time has changed to 4 p.m. for the reception marking her marriage to Willie J. Taylor. The event is Saturday, Feb. 28 at Claiborne's Private Lounge, 2342 Beatties Ford Rd.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement of the 4th Annual Youth Violence Prevention Conference to be held March 26 and 27 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Rd. Register online at www.charlotteahec.org/ce/program_schedule/details.cfm?EventID=25718 or contact Erika Smith at 704-512-6091.
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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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