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Announcements June 2014
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS from June 3, 2014:
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Ken Koontz invited people to a press conference at the Federal Courthouse at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 3 by Patrick Cannon following his guilty plea to federal corruption charges.

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Pam Grundy announced that legislators are considering changes to the Read to Achieve program. Some changes are good, others could be better, she said. Information is here.

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Carlenia Ivory announ ced a block party/pep rally at the Government Center at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11 in support of a county supplement for teachers. People may sign up to speak.

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Julie Eiselt announced that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public School Friends would gather at BlackFinn Ameripub, 210 E. Trade St. after the June 11 block party to watch the county commissioners meeting. Info on Facebook.

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Joyce Waddell announced that she had been asked to lift up the Moral Monday events that continue in Raleigh.

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Sarah Stevenson announced the Blackberry Brunch on June 21 at 11 a.m. at Laurene’s Restaurant, 2801 Beatties Ford Rd. Tickets are $45. Speaker is Sheila Oliver, second woman and second African-American to serve as Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly.

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Philip Carey left an announcement of the Lake Norman Political Association’s Annual HCDA Festival on Saturday, June 7 at 3 p.m. at Waymer Center, 14200 Holbrooks Rd., Huntersville. Flier here.

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Julie Hutt left an announcement of a ribbon cutting at PACE of Southern Piedmont, Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, on July 1 at 2 p.m. at 6133 The Plaza. Flier and contact info here.

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Alicia Brooks left an announcement that her campaign for District Court Judge will hold a “$25 on the 25th” fund-raiser on Wednesday, June 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the law office of Mary Rogers, 1719 Euclid Ave.

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Thomas Moore announced the creation of The Lee Thompson Young Foundation, established in honor of Lee Thompson Young, the 29-year-old actor on the Rizolli & Isles TNT show who committed suicide last summer. The June 17 and June 24 episodes of the new season will honor Detective Frost, the character played by Lee Young, and the foundation will promote mental health literacy. Details on Facebook. Their website launches June 24.

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Jane Whitley sent in a save-the-date for the Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County’s Annual Doris Cromartie Fundraiser reception on Thursday, Aug. 14 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Details here.

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Jean Desravines sent in an article outlining results of New Leaders-sponsored studies by Rand Corporation and Mathematica that evaluated the impact of New Leaders-trained principals on test scores in their schools.

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Blanche Penn sent in an announcement that the Silver Fox cheerleaders won gold at a recent competition in Mecklenburg. “On our way to Raleigh, in September,” Penn wrote.

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Dee Jones sent in an announcement of a Town Hall sponsored by Commissioners Chairman Trevor Fuller on Thursday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Rameses Temple, 4919 Beatties Ford Rd. Flier here. Additional info: Lazeta Crocker by e-mail.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from June 10, 2014:

 

Ken Koontz announced the funeral for Linda Winston, wife of Forum regular Harold Winston, will be Thursday, June 12, with visitation at noon and service at 1 p.m. at East Stonewall AME Zion Church, 1729 Griers Grove Road off Beatties Ford Road.

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Louise Woods announced that the school board meeting on Tuesday evening, June 10, would discuss the prospective reopening of Oakhurst Elementary as a partial magnet, not a full magnet, so the diverse neighborhood surrounding it can attend.

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Robert Hillman announced a robotics summit on Saturday, June 21 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Urban League, 740 W. 5th St. Volunteers interested in helping children engage in learning through robotics are needed.

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Carlenia Ivory announced that the Mecklenburg Council of PTAs will sponsor a block party/pep rally at the Government Center at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11 in support of a county supplement for teachers.

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Robin Bradford announced that the Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas begins Thursday, June 19 at Independence Park at 7th St. and Hawthorne Lane with a camp; Friday includes fashion shows, a Harriet Tubman celebration and underground railroad; forums are on Saturday and Sunday. The Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas website is here. A press release is here.

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Paul Holmes announced a meeting with city officials on the issue of a concrete median on a stretch of Beatties Ford Road, to be held Thursday, June 12 at 9:45 a.m. at King Funeral Home, 4000 Beatties Ford Rd.

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Rodney Moore sent in a copy of his June 9 Raleigh Report.

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Sylvia Grier sent in an announcement that Biking Out Childhood Obesity will begin traversing Clark Creek Greenway at 979 Mallard Creek Road beginning Saturday, June 14 for an hour beginning at 10 a.m. Details here.

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Jaye Maxx Alexander sent in copies of recent newsletters from Rep. Ruth Samuelson, Sen. Richard Burr and Gov. Pat McCrory.

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Jane Whitley sent in a reminder of the Democratic Women of Mecklenburg Summer Luncheon on Saturday, June 14 at noon at Myers Park Baptist Church’s Heaton Hall, 1900 Queens Road. Details here.

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Sam Evans sent in an announcement of the 2nd Annual Youth Empowerment Summit, free for CMS males in grades 7-12, on Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, 1430 Alleghany St. Details here.

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A League of Women Voters flier gives details of a community discussion on the 2014 Living Income Standard, to be held Wednesday, June 18 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Midwood International House Auditorium, 1817 Central Ave. A press release is here.

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Sandra Conway sent in a reminder of a gathering of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public School Friends at BlackFinn Ameripub, 210 E. Trade St. after the June 11 block party to watch the county commissioners meeting. Details here.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from June 17, 2014:

 

Velma Love, who presented to the Forum today on the mental health awareness work of the Lee Thompson Young Foundation, announced that an episode of Rizolli & Isles airing tonight, June 17, at 9 p.m. on TNT would mark the first of two episodes memorializing her son, Lee Thompson Young, who played the detective on the TV show. Young committed suicide last summer after years of living with bipolar disorder. More about Love’s appearance Tuesday and the work of the Foundation to increase mental health literacy will be posted on the Forum website shortly.

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Gyasi Foluke announced that his latest book is titled Truth My Teacher Never Told Me, and that he opposes raising teacher salaries “until they start truly educating our students.”

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Greg Phipps announced a free event for shredding important documents and proper disposal of leftover prescription medications, on Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at the IKEA parking lot, 8300 IKEA Blvd. Details here.

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J.R. Black announced that through a contact made at the Forum, his agency has been able to hire two West Charlotte High School students as interns for the summer.

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Al Austin and Paul Holmes  passed out materials in their ongoing conflict over redesign of a portion of Beatties Ford Road. Facilitator Mary Johnson delayed discussion of the issue until another Forum.

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Megan Boler passed out the following materials in conjunction with her presentation to the Forum on the League of Conservation Voters.

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Elisa Chinn Gary sent in an announcement that her campaign for Clerk of Superior Court will hold a volunteer appreciation event on Wednesday, June 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E. Morehead St. RSVP by e-mail.

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Robert Dawkins sent in a January draft of a bill sponsored by Rep. Rodney Moore to prohibit racial profiling and expand local government powers to create citizen review boards on police misconduct, giving such boards “decision making boards with subpoena power and investigatory power along with a host of requirements to stop racial profiling.”

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Ledger Morrissette sent in a save-the-date for “Civil Rights in America: Then and Now, Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to be held July 1 at 6 p.m. at ImaginOn, 300 E 7th St. Details here.
Register here.

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Sam Evans sent in an announcement of the 2nd Annual Youth Empowerment Summit, free for CMS males in grades 7-12, on Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, 1430 Alleghany St. Details here.

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LaWana Mayfield sent in a newsletter about being part of the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State and Local Government program June 2-20k, and an update on the West Tyvola Road sidewalk project.

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Joel Ford sent in a copy of his June 9 Legislative Update.

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Sharon Holm sent in an invitation to 40th Anniversary Media day at Gantt Center on Thursday, June 19 at 10 a.m. at 551 S. Tryon St. Details here.

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Carrie Cook sent in an announcement of the 4th Annual Youth EmpowHERment Summit on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free but space limited to 200. Registration and more information here or by e-mail.

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Robert Hillman sent in an announcement of a robotics Coaches’ Summit on Saturday, June 21 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Urban League, 740 W. 5th St. Volunteers interested in helping children engage in learning through robotics are needed. T”he agenda will include an overview of US FIRST programs and hands-on breakout sessions for First Lego and First Tech. We also discuss how to start a team, season strategies, and best practices.” Register here.

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Dena Diorio sent in an announcement of a joint city-county web portal for neighborhood organizations use when requesting speakers. The portal goes live on Friday, June 20.

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Kim Roseboro sent in an announcement of space still available for the 2014 Teens Together Summer X-Perience to be held June 23-Aug. 15.

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Colette Forrest sent in an announcement that District Court Judge Charlotte Brown would be honored at Saturday’s Black Woman’s Caucus Blackberry Brunch. More info here.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from June 24, 2014:

 

Next week: Trevor Fuller and possibly Dumont Clark on county commissioners proposal for a voter referendum on a sales-tax increase to pay for boosting teacher pay and other initiatives; and a presentation about Entrepreneur High School, a public charter school scheduled to open in August near the old Eastland Mall.

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Sarah Stevenson asked Laura McClettie to bring together for a future Forum all the individuals or small groups that have launched activities in support of youth. “I keep hearing and seeing what one person can start, and it can really continue.”

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Laura McClettie asked for prayers for C.W. Williams Community Health Center. Its East Boulevard location closed Monday, June 23, but doctors are still seeing patients at the Wilkinson Boulevard location. She described Leon Burton as “a really good CEO that is working really smart… to fix things, because things have been out of whack for a long time.”

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Ty Turner announced a save-the date for a youth development camp for entering 9th-graders through seniors, to be held around Aug. 15 at the Double Oaks Center.

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Mary Johnson announced the death June 19 in a Kentucky motorcycle accident of Kyle Gott, 31, who was campaign manager during Alma Adams’ successful primary bid for the 12th District Congress seat vacated by Mel Watt.

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J.R. Black announced that after each Forum he returns to his office and tells two summer interns from West Charlotte High School that he was talking about them at the Forum. “And they just have this big smile…. This could be a new opening… They love it.”

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Gyasi Foluke announced after the meeting that he has formed a committee including Ken Simmons, Maurice Jones, Queen Thompson and himself to identify an African-American agenda for education reform. Info by e-mail.

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Paul Holmes passed out material about an ongoing protest of a concrete median in the portion of Beatties Ford Road now under construction.

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Alicia Brooks left a flier about her District Court Judge campaign fundraiser on Wednesday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the law office of attorney Mary Rogers, 1719 Euclid Ave. Details here.

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Sam Evans sent in an announcement of the 2nd Annual Youth Empowerment Summit, free for CMS males in grades 7-12, on Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, 1430 Alleghany St. Details here.

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Jaye Maxx Alexander sent in newsletters from Ruth Samuelson (June 13 and June 20) and Richard Burr (June 13 and June 20).

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Rodney Moore sent in a copy of his June 23 Raleigh Report.

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The Black Political Caucus sent in a link to a survey it is conducting in advance of town halls with elected officials “to discuss issues of importance to you. Please pass this questionnaire to anyone else in Mecklenburg County who would like to participate. Your voice is important.”

 


 



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