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Announcements October 2013

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Oct. 1, 2013:
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Sarah Stevenson announced that the Forum would not meet on Tuesday, Oct. 8 because the Recreation Center will be in use as a precinct polling place for the Primary Runoff election. At-large City Council candidates have been invited for Oct. 15, and Supt. Heath Morrison is scheduled for Oct. 29.

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Sarah Stevenson asked for prayers for her sister Roberta in South Carolina, who continues after a decade to battle with liver cancer.

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Sharon Holm, in connection with a short presentation by Jonell Logan, director of education and programs at the Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture,npassed out three documents: a one-page summary of Question Bridge, a transmedia art project opening Oct. 26; a two-page summary of additional exhibitions opening Oct. 26; and an eight-page piece on details of Question Bridge.

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Ericka Ellis-Stewart announced that the 35th annual Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk would be held Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 beginning at Elizabeth and Charlottetowne Avenues. The fund-raising goal is $325,000. More info here.

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Sheila Peltzer announced that she would address Charlotte City Council on Monday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. on the "need for custody reform, to keep fit fathers, where there's no proven abuse or neglect, in our kids' lives."

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Sheila Peltzer announced that PBS on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. will begin airing "Many Rivers to Cross," a series of six one-hour segments authored by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., on 500 years of African-American history. More info here.

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Ken Koontz announced that nobody from the Forum came to his roast on the occasion of his 65th birthday, but that he would accept donations previously promised in support the scholarship in communications at Johnson C. Smith University named in his honor.

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Ken Koontz announced that later he would share a website link where people can review what was said during closed Charlotte City Council meetings on the Panthers stadium upgrade.

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Jennifer Roberts announced that the Affordable Care Act begins today, Oct. 1. An event to mark the occasion was scheduled at C.W. Williams Community Health Center.

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Jennifer Roberts announced that she will be honorary co-chair with JCSU Coach Steve Joyner at the United Negro College Fund's Charlotte Walk for Education on Nov. 2. Registration is at 7 a.m., the walk at 8 a.m. More info here.

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Joyce Waddell announced a candidate forum focusing on the District 4 City Council primary run-off, on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Properity Creek Senior Citizens Center, 3705 Prosperity Church Rd. District 2 candidates in the Oct. 10 runoff have also been invited.

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Joyce Waddell announced that the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority will hold a political forum Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. at Ivy Hall, 2613 Hutchinson McDonald Rd.

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Joyce Waddell announced that the Black Political Caucus will hold a candidate forum this Thursday, Oct. 3 at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 1600 Norris Ave. (The Observer lists forums at St. Luke as occurring Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. for City Council candidates, and Monday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. for school board candidates.)

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Blanche Penn left an announcement that the Silver Fox Cheerleaders will participate in the Gator Bowl Parade in Jacksonville, Fla. in December. More info: Penn at 704-890-4101.

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Jaye Alexander sent in a copy of N.C. Sen. Bob Rucho's Oct. 1 newsletter.

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Jane Witt sent in an announcement that Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County will host Robert Dawkins, Western N.C. field organizer for Democracy North Carolina, at their meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at The Asian Library, 1339 Baxter St. off Kings Drive in the King's Tower Building.

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Jaye Alexander, a member of the Community Relations Committee, shared CRC's Balanced Scorecard Report for the 3-month period ending Sept. 30, and highlights of the committee's work in September.

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Jaclyn O'Toole sent in a flier about Johnson C. Smith University's Community Arts Program fall dance program, held Oct. 1-Dec. 18 at the JCSU Arts Factory, 1545 W. Trade St., for dancers and non-dancers ages 6 and up. Fee $60. Additional info from O'Toole via e-mail or at 704-378-1175.

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Jaye Alexander sent in a flier about an Oct. 15 kickoff for the Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan, a two-year effort to create a unified vision of "how we live, work, and play today and into the future." More information about the plan is here.

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LaTarzja Henry sent in an invitation to attend the unveiling of the CMS Strategic Plan 2018 on Friday, Oct. 18 at 8:30 a.m at the Booth Playhouse in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. RSVP by Oct. 15 by e-mail. Free. Light refreshments and coffee served.

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Colette Forrest sent in an invitation to a $100-$500 fundraiser for Michael Barnes' at-large City Council campaign, hosted by Ned Curran, Bobby Drakeford, David Ravin and John Colette on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at the 50th Floor SkyLounge at The VUE, 215 Pine St. RSVP by e-mail by Oct. 10.

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Faith Triggs sent in a copy of the September issue of The Tassel, the newsletter of the Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Oct. 8, 2013:

 

The Forum did not meet due to the 2nd primary runoff. Sarah Stevenson announced Oct. 1 that at-large City Council candidates have been invited for Oct. 15. Supt. Heath Morrison is scheduled for Oct. 29.

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Jane Witt sent in an announcement that Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County will host Robert Dawkins, Western N.C. field organizer for Democracy North Carolina, at their meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at The Asian Library, 1339 Baxter St. off Kings Drive in the King's Tower Building. Details here.

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LaWana Mayfield sent in an Oct. 4 newsletter.

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Sylvia Grier sent in a copy of the Sept. 30 edition of the TOUCHED Weekly.

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Mary Johnson sent in an announcement that the Greater Charlotte Alliance of Black School Educators will host school board candidates on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the West Charlotte High School media center, 2219 Senior Dr. Details here.

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Janet Cowell sent in an announcement of a meeting of state treasurers in Asheville through Oct. 9. More here  and here.

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Cam-Tu Diep sent in a copy of the October calendar for the Beatties Ford Road branch library.

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David Howard sent in a save-the-date for a City Council at-large campaign event Saturday, Oct. 19 from 4-6 p.m.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Oct. 17, 2013

 

Colette Forrest announced that, to mark the beginning of early voting, she and James E. Ferguson II were sponsoring a free fish fry on Friday, Oct. 25 from 6-7 p.m. at the Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Road. A flier is in PDF or in Word.

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Maurice Jones announced that charter school construction students will be volunteering in the University Park neighborhood Saturday, Oct. 19, installing smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, lighting upgrades and fall protection in homes. Safety orientation begins at 8:30 a.m. at the West Charlotte Recreation Center. Info: Monica Brooks 704-891-1909. Info and parent consent forms for students under 18 are here.

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Ken Koontz announced that he and Tommy Robinson will restart Rudean's Roundtable, which will be recorded Wednesdays from 7-9 a.m. at Rudean's Restaurant, 2228 Beatties Ford Road.

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Laura McClettie announced that C.W. Williams Community Health Center is already assisting about 200 people as they apply for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment period runs through March 31.

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Robin Bradford announced that early voting for the November election begins this Thursday, Oct. 17.

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Dave Howard announced a campaign lunch at 11 a.m. this Friday, Oct. 18 for women only. Topic is the legislative session's impact on women. Lunch will be at Byron Hall, 101 W. Worthington Ave #110. Details here.

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Bill Anderson announced that MeckEd and WFAE will sponsor an interactive candidate forum for school board candidates on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. in Tate Hall, 2nd floor of the Overcash Building on the CPCC Central Campus. He said 10 of the 12 candidates had agreed to participate. RSVP and submit questions in advance by e-mail here.

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Mary McCray announced that Supt. Heath Morrison would unveil his five-year-strategic plan on Friday, Oct. 18 at 8:30 a.m. at the Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. Details here. Two community meetings follow: Monday, Oct. 21 at Mallard Creek High School, 3825 Johnston Oehler Rd.; and Monday, Oct. 28 at 6-7:30 p.m. at E.E. Waddell Language Academy, 7030 Nations Ford Rd.

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Louise Woods announced that Mayor Patsy Kinsey and City Manager Ron Carlee would hold a meeting with the public on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at Garinger High, 1100 Eastway Drive.

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Carlenia Ivory distributed a flier about bond issues on the November ballot. "A lot of the beneficiaries are our children."

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Mary Johnson announced that the Greater Charlotte Alliance of Black School Educators will host school board candidates at a meeting open to the public on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. in the media center of West Charlotte High, 2219 Senior Drive. Details here.

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Mecklenburg County sent in a link to a four-question survey related to the county's 2013-2014 planning process. Questions are: What do you believe is working well in our community? What do you believe Mecklenburg County government does well? How could we improve in our community? and How could Mecklenburg County government improve?

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Jaye Maxx Alexander sent in Gov. Pat McCrory's Oct. 14 newsletter.

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Pamela Hemphill sent in an invitation to a first annual celebration of achievements by recipients and graduates of ANSWER, a nonprofit fund assisting "women raising school-age children in fulfilling their dream of earning a college degree." Guests are asked to buy $10 gift cards or gas cards. The event is Thursday, Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Levine Center on the Queens University campus, 1900 Selwyn Ave.

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Ledger Morrissette passed on an announcement of the Lee Institute's final Community Growth Workshop on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Freedom Park's Mahlon Adams Pavilion, 2435 Cumberland Ave. Register online. Info: Sushil Nepal at 704-372-2416 or by e-mail.

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Sylvia Grier sent in a copy of the October edition of The Buzz, a newsletter of the Genesis Project 1 and Genesis Project Family Wellness Center.

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Patrick Graham sent in an invitation to an Oct. 15 reception marking the announcement of its Entrepreneurs Academy, a 15-week pilot project in conjunction with City Startup Labs and funded by the Rockefeller and Knight Foundations to teach entrepreneurship to young adults. Details: Henry Rock by e-mail.

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Sharon Holm sent in an announcement of three exhibits opening Oct. 26 at the Gantt Center of African-American Arts + Culture.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Oct. 22, 2013:

 

Sarah Stevenson encouraged all attending the Oct. 29 Forum to arrive promptly at 8:30 -- or before, to pour coffee -- for a presentation by CMS Supt. Heath Morrison, to be followed by Charlotte mayoral candidates.

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Carlenia Ivory offered congratulations to Malachi Greene, who was honored last week by Minority Suppliers Development Council.

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Carlenia Ivory announced that Sarah Stevenson will hold an 88th birthday bash on Saturday, Oct. 26, to raise $25,000 to bring South African children to Johnson C. Smith University for a semester, as a cultural exchange. Details here.

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Malcolm Graham announced a town hall meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Rd., to share information on the Affordable Care Act.

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Malcolm Graham announced JCSU homecoming activities. Details here.

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Malcolm Graham invited people to attend a fund-raiser Friday evening, Oct. 25, from 7 p.m. at the Rooftop at Mosaic Village at 1601 W. Trade St., to kick off his campaign for U.S. Congress. Advance tickets of $25 and up are available here.

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Joyce Waddell announced a community meeting to discuss the CMS strategic plan for 2014, the meeting to be on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at E.E. Waddell Language Academy (CMS website says it's Oct. 28). Monday's similar meeting at Mallard Creek High drew "a nice crowd."

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Dianna Davis announced that she is looking for volunteers to help organize the next African American Festival, to be held in the last week of February, 2014.

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Dianna Davis announced that Carolina Kid News will host the 2014 Miss Queen City pageant on Nov. 27 at the University Hilton. The pageant is looking for contestants in four age categories.

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Ken Koontz announced that he would be selling, for $6.50 each, DVDs of his recent birthday roast.

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Ken Koontz announced that Carlenia Ivory celebrated her 36th birthday on Monday, Oct. 21. "Again," Ivory was heard to say.

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Garcia Nelson announced a free "Eastside Chat & Chew" on Friday, Oct. 25 at the United House of Prayer, 1221 E. Sugar Creek Rd. from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. to meet candidates, elected officials and hear information on the bond package. Details here.

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Maurice Jones thanked participants in Saturday's Rebuilding Together event, which touched 25 homes in the University Park neighborhood.

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Sheila Peltzer announced that the PBS series "Many Rivers to Cross," six one-hour segments authored by Henry Louis Gates Jr. on 500 years of African-American history, will begin tonight, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.

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Robin Bradford announced that early voting has begun. Rameses Temple, 4919 Beatties Ford Rd., will be used as a staging are for early voting.

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Louise Woods announced that this may be the last election cycle for people to both register and vote on the same day during early voting.

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Louise Woods announced that East was sponsoring a meeting about eastside economic development with Patsy Kinsey and City Manager Ron Carlee on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at Garinger High, 1100 Eastway Drive. A 5:30 tour will exhibit facilities at Garinger paid for by previous bond issues.

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Dianna Davis announced that she had been elected publicity committee co-chair for the Black Political Caucus.

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Claire Fallon urged people to support the bonds.

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Greg Phipps announced that the Mallard Creek barbeque will be held Thursday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at 11400 Mallard Creek Road.

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Al Austin announced a District 2 Democratic Party working session for precinct chairs and neighborhood presidents with free breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 a.m. at Laurene’s Cafeteria, 1821 Mission Madison Lane. RSVP to Sharbara Ellis by e-mail or 704-519-7212.

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Laura McClettie announced that C.W. Williams Community Health Center is helping people to enroll for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

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LaWana Mayfield sent in an apology for missing Tuesday's presentations by City Council district candidates: "Today is also the 30th Anniversary of Habitat Charlotte and I am starting out building a home at 9 a.m., bringing a welcome and then participating in a parade. I ask for your continued support as I seek re-election for District 3 City Council. I have worked towards transparency and economic development for my District and the City. The Charlotte Premium Outlet will bring 600 to 900 jobs, I am working on the 2nd Airport Job Fair which will be held in March 2014 and will identify "ready for hire" jobs for not only the airport but also the City of Charlotte and we are working with the County just to name a few items…. Please e-mail me if you or if you have friends that live in District 3 that will like a yard sign."

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Bill Anderson sent in a invitation to attend an interactive candidate forum with CMS Board of Education candidates, on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Tate Hall in the Overcash Building on the CPCC central campus. Free parking in the Faculty Theater Deck and in any student parking lot. Bring a mobile device to participate in the interactive conversation.

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Janet Cowell sent in an announcement that the Department of State Treasurer has had a presence at the State Fair in Raleigh, returning $100,000 in unclaimed property to fairgoers. "P.S. If you can't make it to the Fair, check out nccash.com – we have returned over $24 million to North Carolinians already this year. You could be next!"

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Colette Forrest sent in an announcement of a free early vote unity rally on Friday, Oct. 25 from 6-7 p.m. at the Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Rd. Flier here.

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Jaye Maxx Aexander sent in a copy of Gov. Pat McCrory's Oct. 21 newsletter.

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Sharon Holm sent in an invitation to events at the Gantt Center. Details here.

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Toni Tuppence sent in an announcement that the United Negro College Fund's Walk/Run will be on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Johnson C. Smith University.

 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Oct. 29, 2013:

 

Sandra Johnson announced Saturday’s United Negro College Fund Run/Walk for Education  and a campaign for donations of new or slightly used shoes.

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Mary McCray announced that the school board would soon be dealing with school reassignment requests filed by individual neighborhoods, and encouraged all to vote on the November school construction bond issue.

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Philip Carey announced a Nov. 30 Cotton Club Themed Casino Night, sponsored by the Lake Norman Political Association, scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Pearl Event Center in Cornelius. Details here.

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Toni Tupponce announced that Sign of the Times of the Carolinas will present its fifth annual Giving Thanks concert on Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. at C.N. Jenkins Presbyterian Church, 1421 Statesville Ave.

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Carlenia Ivory handed out two bond-related items: an FAQ and bond highlights with a list of the bond projects.

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Nakiya Cohen sent in the Black Political Caucus 2013 endorsements.

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Delores Hurt sent in an announcement that the Social Justice Ministry of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church will sponsor a forum on the N.C. Voter ID law on Sunday, Nov. 24 from 4-6 p.m. in the church conference center at 3400 Beatties Ford Road. Planned is a panel discussion by voting rights experts and attorneys involved in challenging the law in court. Details by e-mail or from Delores Hurt at 704-778-3887.

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Faith Triggs sent in the October edition of The Tassel, the newsletter of the Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund.

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Dianna Davis wrote in that the Miss Queen City pageant had been rescheduled to Dec. 8 at the University Hilton. The pageant is looking for contestants in four age categories.



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