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Announcements April 2010

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from April 6, 2010:
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Thornton Howard, a math teacher at M.L. King Jr. Middle School, announced that his school and others would need proctors to assist in the administration of end-of-grade testing during the week of May 10. Adults interested in volunteering should inquire early about procedures for screening volunteers, he said.
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Thornton Howard also announced that he continues his campaign to celebrate four-letter words that focus students on higher achievement, with words such as "able," "best," "care" and "done." He said he would soon have a website devoted to the campaign.
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Robin Bradford announced that the Town Board of Huntersville had approved two resolutions on health care, one opposing a mandate to buy health care, and another urging the N.C. Attorney General to sue to block implementation of any federal requirement that individuals buy health coverage.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement that the Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Coalition would mark April as Child Abuse Awareness Month by sponsoring a production of "The Turn of the Screw," a play by Jeffrey Hatcher from the story by Henry James, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 19 through Wednesday, April 21 at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. Tickets at carolinatix.org or 704-372-1000. The Actors Scene Unseen production stars Michael Harris and Meg Wood.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from April 13, 2010:
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Nancy Carter announced four meetings: about Independence Boulevard redesign, on Thursday, April 15 from 6-8 p.m. at The Park, 2500 E. Independence Blvd.; and three about the streetcar, all from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 20 at The Park, 2500 E. Independence Blvd.; Thursday, April 22 in Room 267 of the Government Center; and Tuesday, April 27, on the Johnson C. Smith University campus, 100 Beatties Ford Rd.
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School board District 3 representative Joyce Waddell invited people to speak during the open forum portion of the Board of Education meeting tonight, April 13, at 6 p.m. at the Government Center. "Let your voices be heard."
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"Ditto," said school board District 2 representative Richard McElrath.
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LaJuan Pringle announced that the board of trustees of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library would meet Thursday, April 15 at 1 p.m. at the ImaginOn children's library, 300 E 7th St. to discuss the library's budget. "You were very helpful to us and very instrumental to us during this past couple of weeks or so when it looked like we were be closing 12 branches."
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LaJuan Pringle announced that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Black Heritage Committee would hold its annual recognition program on Saturday, April 24 at 6 p.m. at the William R. Davie Conference Center, 4635 Pineville-Matthews Rd. Among the honorees from the medical community: Dr. Charles James and Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown. Tickets are $35 per person or $280 for table of 8.
Details: LaJuan Pringle at 704-416-5800 or lpringle@cmlibrary.org.
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J.R. Black announced that Sylvia Grier remains at Presbyterian Hospital for tests Wednesday and possible surgery thereafter following a ruptured aorta. "Please keep her in your prayers."
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Robin Bradford announced that the North Mecklenburg Black Resource Association would host a candidate forum for primary candidates on Sunday, April 25 from 4-6 p.m. at the XO Tapas Wine Bar & Grille, 19701 Bethel Church Rd., Cornelius. Invited are candidates for Senate District 40, House District 99, county commissioners at-large and judges. Event is aimed at voters in Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville but is open to all.
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Robin Bradford announced that the Black Political Caucus would meet Sunday, April 18. "For those who weren't endorsed, I'm sorry that you weren't. But bottom line, endorsements are valuable, and we need to take all organizations seriously, and also hold them accountable, not because they've been in the community for a long period of time, but we need to hold accountability on all levels."
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Rodney Moore announced that early voting begins April 15 at a single site, the Hal Marshall Services Center at 700 N. Tryon St., and ends May 1 in advance of the May 4 primary.
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Maddy Baer announced the Charlotte Green & Clean Festival meeting in conjunction with the 15th annual Symposium for Neighborhoods, this Saturday, April 17 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., on the CPCC Elizabeth Avenue campus.
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Maddy Baer said she understood that local participation rates in the U.S. Census "is terrible. If you have a Census form or you know somebody who has a Census form still sitting at home, they need to be mailed in."
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Malcolm Graham announced two meetings: a discussion with N.C. Department of Transportation officials about the I-485 project, tonight, April 13, at 5 p.m. at Mallard Creek High School, 3825 Johnston Oehler Rd.; and a discussion of education issues featuring CMS official Curtiss Carroll, school board member Richard McElrath, Graham and representatives of KIPP Academy and Sugar Creek Charter School at the Cone Center on the UNCC campus on Thursday, April 22 at 6 p.m.
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Sarah Stevenson announced that the CDF Freedom Schools programs is seeking adults to read to children during Freedom Schools between June 24 and July 31. Readers may join the children for breakfast at 8 a.m. Reading before roughly 50-60 students begins at 8:30 a.m. Reading sites include Avondale Presbyterian Church, Billingsville Elementary, Christ Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, Hickory Grove Presbyterian Church, Highland Renaissance Academy, Johnson C. Smith University, Myers Park United Methodist Church, Seigle Point and UNC-Charlotte. To sign up for a location and date, e-mail harambee@freedomschoolpartners.org. Info: 704-281-1675.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement that he would participate in the April 27th Walk The Course Against Domestic Violence event. More information and a way to donate toward Sexton's fund-raising goal, go to http://info.avonfoundation.org/site/TR?pg=personal&fr_id=1990&px=4518221.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement that the Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Coalition would mark April as Child Abuse Awareness Month by sponsoring a production of "The Turn of the Screw," a play by Jeffrey Hatcher from the story by Henry James, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 19 through Wednesday, April 21 at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. Tickets are $20 at carolinatix.org or 704-372-1000. The Actors Scene Unseen production stars Michael Harris and Meg Wood.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from April 20, 2010:
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Queen Thompson announced a Collective Bargaining Lobby Day sponsored by the N.C. Hope Coalition for Tuesday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Legislative Building in Raleigh, for public employees to lobby for collective bargaining rights. Info: 919-491-6936 and www.nchope.org.
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Queen Thompson announced Women on Board workshops sponsored by the N.C. Center for Women in Public Service on Saturday, May 15 in Winston-Salem and Saturday, June 12 in Raleigh, "an interactive one-day program that will equip you with tools to identify and pursue a public service appointment." Registration: www.nccwps.org
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Thomas Moore announced that the Red Cross "Tuned In" choir will perform during Thursday's Red Cross Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, at the Red Cross, 2425 Park Rd. The choir rehearses tonight, Tuesday, April 20, at 6 p.m. in the A/B conference room. Details: Tuned In Director Dr. Thomas Moore, 704-491-4317. Pam Jefsen contributed to this announcement.
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Natheley McElrath announced a fund-raiser for Vilma Leake on Thursday, April 29 from 6-8 p.m. at the Little Rock Community Development Center, the former Afro-American Cultural Center, at 7th and McDowell Streets.
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Yolanda Bynum announced that the Park Road YWCA would hold its first annual "Stand Against Racism" Day breakfast from 8-9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 30, at the YWCA Central Carolinas, 3420 Park Rd. Keynote speaker is Mayor Anthony Foxx. Willie Ratchford will host the group's "Stand" rally along Park Road. RSVP: Anna Drake 704-525-5770 or adrake@ywcacentralcarolinas.org.
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Sarah Stevenson passed on an announcement that Rep. Beverly Earle, Rep. Becky Carney and Sen. Malcolm Graham would host a senior citizen information forum on aging on Wednesday, April 28 from 10 a.m.-noon at United House of Prayer, 2321 Beatties Ford Rd.
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Cathy Sheafor sent in a message that the Charlotte Community School for Girls, which plans to open in August, will hold an open house on Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1440 S. Tryon St., Suite 109. "Please stop by and see what we are working on."
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Ahmad Daniels sent in a message about the screening of "The Battle of Algiers" on Sunday, April 25 at the Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. Doors open 3:30 p.m.; screening at 4 p.m. Admission is $3. Info: http://lightfactory.org/filmbattle-of-algiers.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement of "Victim Panel Discussion: In Their Own Words" on Tuesday, April 20 at 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the 3rd floor student union at UNCC to honor National Crime Victims Rights Week. Moderator is Marie White of Mecklenburg County Community Support Services. Dessert will be served.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from April 27, 2010:
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Forum regular Sylvia Grier, who suffered a ruptured aorta April 9, wrote the following to Forum members Monday afternoon:
"I just wanted to say to all the well wishers and prayer senders, to all of my Friends, Family and those in the community that sent me greetings and prayers: I am doing very well.
"I have been out of the hospital since last Wednesday and did a follow up with my doctor today. Everything is going well.
"I'm recuperating at my Mother's, Carrie Grier at 904 State Street, 28208. My doctor told me to continue to take it easy.
"Again, thanks to all for those get-well greetings and well-wishes."
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Nancy Carter announced a meeting to discuss the streetcar this evening, Tuesday, April 27, from 6-8 p.m. on the Johnson C. Smith University campus, 100 Beatties Ford Rd.
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Nancy Carter announced that neighborhoods seeking city assistance in installing streetlights should apply by May 1. Thereafter, she said, the city would have a three-year moratorium on new streetlight applications. She said that applications are available online at www.charmeck.org.
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Vilma Leake announced a fund-raiser for her campaign for county commissioner on Thursday, April 29 from 6-8 p.m. at the Little Rock Community Development Center, the former Afro-American Cultural Center, at 7th and McDowell Streets.
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Sam Love announced a meeting and picnic for veterans at Marshall Park downtown on Tuesday, May 18 in connection with an effort to prevent the closing of a veterans office at Hal Marshall Services Center on North Tryon Street and relocation of services to the Department of Social Services on Billingsley Road.
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Claire Fallon announced that the Northeast Coalition would host a debate between District Attorney candidates Michael Barnes and Andrew Murray on Saturday, May 15 at 2 p.m. at the University Branch Library, 301 E. WT Harris Blvd.
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Louise Woods announced that the school board would meet tonight, Tuesday, April 27 for a public hearing at 6 p.m. and for later discussion of cutbacks in magnet school transportation.
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Gwen Forney announced that Billingsville Elementary would host a career day for students on Tuesday, May 18 from 8:30-11 a.m., and needs volunteers who can represent their chosen profession to give talks to the students.
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Ben Thalheimer announced that he would be participating in the Walk the Course Against D0mestic Violence event today, April 27 at Quailn Hollow Golf Course and would be happy to have financial sponsors.
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Rodney Moore announced that early voting continues at the Hal Marshall Services Center, 700 N. Tryon St., through Saturday. He also urged people to return Census forms.
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Yolanda Bynum announced that the Park Road YWCA would hold its first annual "Stand Against Racism" Day breakfast from 8-9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 30, at the YWCA Central Carolinas, 3420 Park Rd. Keynote speaker is Mayor Anthony Foxx. Willie Ratchford will host the group's "Stand" rally along Park Road. RSVP: Anna Drake 704-525-5770 or adrake@ywcacentralcarolinas.org.
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Tahira Stalberte sent in a message that West Charlotte High School needs volunteers to help with Senior Graduation Project Review Boards on Thursday, April 29, from noon to 5 p.m. Info: Tahira Stalberte at 980-344-0160 or tahira.stalberte@cms.k12.nc.us.

 

 


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