Novant Health opens Breast Care Center
MATTHEWS – Novant Health Matthews Medical Center describes its new Breast Care Center as state-of-the-art and convenient.
The center, more than double the size of its predecessor, has spa-like qualities, such as massage chairs, aromatherapy, infused water stations, coffee machine and phone charging station.
It also carries the latest 3-D mammography technology with separate waiting areas for screening and diagnostic mammograms. Novant Health says this distinction takes into consideration the emotional sensitivities of the two scenarios.
Novant Health Matthews Medical Center is located at 1500 Matthews Township Pkwy. Schedule an appointment by calling 704-384-SCAN or visiting www.novant health.org/pink to learn more.
City to replace water main
MONROE – The City of Monroe Water Resources Construction Division will replace 1,600 feet of six-inch cast iron water main on Morgan Mill Road, between First Street and Purser Avenue.
The improvement will enhance water service to area customers, according to the city. A partial road closure and detour will be in place during the project (Feb. 19 to April 2).
The south eastbound travel lane will remain only to vehicles accessing the businesses on the south side of Morgan Mill Road. This lane will not be open to non-business or through traffic.
The turning lane and the northerly eastbound travel lane will be barricaded and closed from First to Purser streets.
All damaged/disturbed items will be restored or replaced at the end of the project.
Call the city’s water resources department at 704-282-4601 with concerns.
Waxhaw Woman’s Club helps prom-goers
WAXHAW – The Waxhaw Woman’s Club invites young ladies planning to attend prom to get a free gown, jewelry, undergarments and shoes for the rite of passage.
The community can donate slightly used prom apparel for the event.
The event takes place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 10 at the Waxhaw Woman’s Club, 200 E. South Main St. Call Judy Delaney at 919-815-7195 for details.
UCPS opens kindergarten registration for next year
MONROE – Union County Public Schools began kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year Feb. 1.
Union County parents of children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 are encouraged to visit the school their child will attend to register their student for kindergarten.
UCPS elementary schools will host open houses or tours during the next month.
Visit www.ucps.k12.nc.us/Page/2760 for details.
County hires DSS director
MONROE – Ashley Lantz has been named director of the Union County Division of Social Services.
She began work Feb. 5.
Lantz previously served as the executive director for Turning Point. Prior to joining Turning Point, she was victim services manager for Safe Alliance.
“Ashley has extensive community involvement experience and has been dedicated to Union County residents since beginning her undergraduate studies at Wingate University,” Assistant County Manager Michelle Lancaster said. “Her passion and commitment to the community are evident to everyone with whom she interacts.”
Lantz graduated from Wingate University with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a minor in psychology. She also has her master’s degree in public administration from UNC Charlotte.
CHS becomes Atrium Health
CHARLOTTE – Carolinas HealthCare System announced Feb. 7 its decision to change its name to Atrium Health.
The change reflects the system’s evolution as it establishes the next generation of high-quality, high-value care and looks to advance beyond traditional borders and care settings.
“Our new name reflects our organization today and where we are going in the future to make a greater impact for the people we will serve,” President and CEO Gene Woods said.
While full implementation of the new name will take nearly two years, changes to the signage at hospital and care locations will begin at the end of this year and into early next year.
Temporary signage will begin to appear at care locations. Patients will also see updates on their statements and wellness education materials over the next several months.
Nonprofits benefit from Share the Warmth funding
INDIAN TRAIL – Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry and Common Heart have resources available to help families with winter heating bills.
Duke Energy has provided the agencies $5,656 to aid qualified senior citizens, families and other customers with financial assistance through its Share the Warmth program.
“We’re so grateful to be able to help our neighbors in need stay warm this winter through the Share the Warmth program,” Executive Director Keith Adams said. “This program is truly life-changing for so many of our hard-working neighbors who struggle to make ends meets.”
Gloria Barrio, executive director of the Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry, said support from Duke Energy helps children stay warm in their homes during times of unexpected hardship.
“During times of job loss or a medical emergency, area residents are faced with choosing between heating their homes and basic needs like food and medicine and turn to Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry as a last resort,” Barrio said.
For more than 30 years, Duke Energy has provided over $35.6 million in heating bill assistance through Share the Warmth. Funding for the program comes from Duke Energy customers, employees and the Duke Energy Foundation. The company annually matches up to $500,000 in employee and customer contributions during the heating season.
“We recognize that many of our neighbors will struggle to pay their winter heating bills,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “It’s important to us to provide support to those customers who need it most through assistance programs like Share the Warmth, and we greatly appreciate those who partner with us on contributions.”
Arts council launches contest
MONROE – The Union County Community Arts Council presents the “Snap It! Junior Photo Contest, featuring a grand prize of a $250 gift card.
Residents, ages 13 to 18, are encouraged to submit photography with a shoe or shoes as the focal point. 10 a.m. March 1 to 10 p.m. March 14.
Visit www.facebook.com/UnionCountyCom munityArtsCouncil for details.