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Announcements June 2010


ANNOUNCEMENTS from June 1, 2010:
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Rodney Moore announced that the second statewide Democratic Party primary would be held Tuesday, June 22. The party will select its candidate for U.S. Senate. Moore encouraged voters to turn out.
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Sarah Stevenson announced that the Forum will not meet on June 22, the second primary election day.
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Damon Miller announced that Johnson C. Smith University's Metropolitan College would hold an open house on Monday, June 14 from 5-7 p.m., for adults interested in going back to college to get their degree. Info: www.metropolitan.jcsu.edu.
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Nadine Ford announced that the city/county recycling program would change after July 1, with green wheeled bins going into use on days mentioned in mailings to residences. "They are not tagged so we know who you are or what you recycle. We don't care; we just want you to recycle." More plastic items are acceptable for recycling in the green bins. Questions? Call 311 in Charlotte; in Mecklenburg towns, contact the town's solid waste department.
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Queen Thompson sent in an announcement of the N.C. Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund 2010 Humanitarian/Community Service Awards Banquet would be held on Friday, June 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Rd., and will honor Franklin and Bettye McCain. To purchase tickets to the banquet, to make a contribution or to purchase an ad, please contact Roosevelt Maske at 704-651-9755.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS from June 8, 2010:
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Natheley McElrath announced that she had $40 tickets for the Black Women's Caucus 27th Annual Blackberry Brunch, to be held at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport, 3315 Scott Futrell Dr., on Saturday, June 26 at 11 a.m.
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Darryl Bego announced that Youth Development Initiatives would pay 15 youth in need of work if they can land job placements in area businesses. Jobs should be 20 hours a week. Detais: 704-562-3806 or DarrylBego@ydiinc.org.
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Cathy Sheafor sent in an announcement of an open house and a silent art auction to benefit Charlotte Community School for Girls, on Friday, June 18 from 6-9 p.m. at the school, 1440 S Tryon St. Suite 109. Donors to the auction: Kris Allsbury, Jenni Bateman, Stephen Balok, Tiffany Capers, Achamyeleh Debela, Corinne DeCicco, Carolyn DiGiovanni, Sharon Dowell, Laura Duis, Celia Flock, Pamela George, Edwin Gil, Stephanie Glick, Laura Graybeal, Valerie Hastie, Peggy Hawley, Valerie Hawkins, Brooke Hofsess, Carolyn Howard, B Hooley, Celena Hudgins, Muffin Hyche, David Kaylor, Wan Marsh, Jane McBride, Connie Morgan Gallery, Donna Molinek, Anne H Neilson, Stephani Quattrini, Rosa Isela Renteria, Haley Sheafor, Tirion Sheafor, Richard Siegel, Cedric Spann, Jane Steelman, Pam Swinney, Roberta Tindall, Mary Tribble, Deborah Triplett, Bricklend Ward, Linda Weber and Fran Whatley. Details:
www.charlottecommunityschool.org

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from June 15, 2010:
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Sarah Stevenson announced that the Forum would not meet on Tuesday, June 22, on primary election runoff day.
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Robin Bradford announced the 13th annual Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas, to be held Thursday, June 17 through Sunday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day at Independence Park at Hawthorne Lane and 7th Street. Full press release on Juneteenth is at www.wcnc.com/news/neighborhood-news/50000-expected-for-Juneteenth-Festival-95967369.html.
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Robin Bradford handed out cards for a Dinner for 2 $40 special Monday through Thursday at XO Tapas Wine Bar & Grille, 19701 Bethel Church Rd., Cornelius, 704-896-9255 and www.xorestaurantandlounge.com. Thursdays include a free 7 p.m. networking event. "What we're trying to do is make sure minority businesses stay alive."
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Rodney Moore announced that early voting was under way for the June 22 primary runoff. "I advise all of you to exercise your right to speak your mind and vote for the candidate of your choice. And after the 22nd, I would ask that, whoever wins, we need to come together and unify as Democrats. We need to get consolidated for November."
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Vernon Herron announced that his family would sell to the highest bidder a 1989 Jaguar XJ6, one-owner car in excellent condition. Bids will be accepted until July 1 at "My Joy", PO Box 26242, Charlotte, NC 28221. Include your name, address and telephone number.
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Darryl Bego announced that youth that have already gone through a life skills program need job placements that Bego's company will pay for. "Not new kids from the community that did not go through the program." Twelve youth have been placed; 15 more remain, he said. Jobs should be for up to 20 hours a week. Details: 704-562-3806 or DarrylBego@ydiinc.org.
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Mary Nell McPherson announced that nine Freedom Schools begin to meet Monday, June 21, with the 10th school opening the following week. Spaces are still available for adults to serve as Harambee readers. Freedom Schools will reach about 600 students this year, she said. She invited all to participate in the Carolinas Freedom School Jubilee to be held at noon on Friday, July 16 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Ballroom. "It will be a great celebration of summer learning." Inquiries about reading slots: e-mail harambee@freedomschoolpartners.org or call 704-281-1675. Available spots listed at www.freedomschoolpartners.blogspot.com/
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Ken Koontz announced that, in connection with the 120th anniversary of the founding of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, he was soliciting financial sponsorships for "Legacy Narratives," video interviews with 80somethings telling their stories of the church's history. He said the interviews would be posted on a website.
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Yolanda Bynum announced that the YWCA begins a 10-week summer camp program on Wednesday, June 16 and that men are still needed to read to the children at eight centers in Mecklenburg and two in Union County. "We say we need a man strong enough to hold a book." Women are also invited to volunteer, she said.
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Sarah Stevenson announced for Tahira Stalberte that CMS would hold four community engagement forums as part of a Board of Education program titled "The Case for Continuous Improvement: A Comprehensive Review of CMS." The forums are Monday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Harding High, 2001 Alleghany St.; Tuesday, June 22 at the beginning of the school board meeting at 6 p.m. at the Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St.; Thursday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. at South Meck High, 8900 Park Rd.; and Monday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Hopewell High, 11530 Beatties Ford Rd.
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Sarah Stevenson announced that she had $40 tickets for the Black Women's Caucus 27th Annual Blackberry Brunch, to be held at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport, 3315 Scott Futrell Dr., on Saturday, June 26 at 11 a.m.
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Willie Ratchford sent in an announcement of "Can We Talk about Affordable Housing? Fears, Facts and the Future," a discussion to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 24 at Harrison United Methodist Church, 15008 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville and Wednesday, June 30 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Morehead St., Charlotte. Panelsits include Planning Director Debra Campbell, Bissell Companies President Ned Curran, attorney David Jones, Union Seminary Prof. Rodney Sadler and Temple Beth El Senior Rabbi Judy Schindler.
RSVP to Renee Thompson at 704.336.2424 or rthompson@ci.charlotte.nc.us.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from June 29, 2010:
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Next week at the Forum: Teens from Winners PLUS Agency. [Blanche Penn left an announcement saying that she would also be bringing to the July 6 Forum members of the Silver Fox Senior Cheerleaders.]
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Rodney Moore announced a fundraiser for College Democrats tonight, Tuesday, June 29, at the Palm Restaurant, 6705 Phillips Place Court at SouthPark as they gear up for a National convention to be held later this summer at UNCC.
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Rodney Moore announced that there would be a "Can We Talk About Affordable Housing?" conversation on Wednesday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 E. Morehead St. in Dilworth. Sponsors are the Community Building Initiative, Mecklenburg Ministries and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee.
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Mary Klenz announced that the Affordable Housing Group and the Housing Partnership would host a "celebration of [City of Charlotte Housing Services Manager] Stan Wilson's more than 12 years of unflagging service to low-income families and neighborhoods in Charlotte" on Wednesday, June 30 from 5:30-7:30 a.m. at the Cherry Gardens Reception Room, 506 Avant St. in the Cherry neighborhood near downtown. RSVP kathleenfoster17@gmail.com.
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Marilyn Marks of the Society of St. Andrew gleaning network announced the need for volunteers with pickup trucks to rescue 300 pounds of corn and 800 pounds of cantaloupe for delivery into Charlotte neighborhoods. Info: Marks at 704-553-1730 or sosawnc@endhunger.org.
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Marilyn Marks announced that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council would present the findings of its first Community Food Assessment, a study of the health consequences of living in Charlotte-Mecklenburg neighborhoods where "nutritious food is geographically or economically inaccessible." UNCC Assistant Professor of Public Health Dr. Elizabeth Racine will present the findings at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14 at a meeting in Room 161 of the College of Health and Human Services Building on the UNCC campus.
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Robin Bradford announced that, in connection with an annual Day at the Lake for North Mecklenburg children to be held July 24, there would be a fundraiser this Thursday, July 1 from 7 p.m.-midnight at the XO Tapas Wine Bar & Grille, 19701 Bethel Church Rd., Cornelius, 704-896-9255 and www.xorestaurantandlounge.com. The lake event, previously sponsored by the Lake Norman Chamber, "services mostly minority children and there is very poor minority support."
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Claire Fallon announced that the Northeast Coalition would host a forum for candidates and primary winners on Saturday, July 17 at 2 p.m. at University City Regional Library, 301 East W.T. Harris Blvd.
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Louise Woods announced that City of Charlotte officials would explain planned streetscape changes planned for the front of Eastland Mall site at a meeting to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29 at Central United Methodist Church, 6030 Albemarle Rd.
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Louise Woods announced a Weed & Seed meeting for the Farm Pond and surrounding area for Tuesday, June 29 from 6-8:30 p.m. at 5700 Executive Center Drive, Suite 206.
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Ken Simmons announced that the NAACP Freedom Fund banquet will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 J.M. Keynes Dr.
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Levester Flowers announced that a group of educators have created a "Save The School" initiative to advocate for not closing Westerly Hills Elementary, where Flowers has mentored. Info: Flowers at 704-968-3391 or lnf_2000@yahoo.com
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Maddy Baer asked that these Announcements include links to two documents distributed by District 3 school board member Dr. Joyce Waddell at Tuesday's Forum. Those specific documents could not be found on the CMS website. But both handouts, which appeared to be copies of handouts from community engagement forums held between June 21 and June 28, listed the seven guiding principles penned by the school board in 2005. It is that list of guiding principles that forum participants were asked to comment on. The seven principles are included in a PDF document at www.cms.k12.nc.us/news/Documents/Community%20Forums.pdf.

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