CATS considers service change for routes
CHARLOTTE – CATS will host meetings to discuss proposed changes to routes starting in October as part of the Envision My Ride bus system redesign.
Changes are proposed for routes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 20, 21, 25, 30, 34, 45x, 56, 60, 61x, 62x and 235.
South Charlotte routes include 20 (Sharon Road), 30 (Woodlawn/Scaleybark/Crosstown), 45x (Carmel Road Express), 60 (Tyvola Road), 61x (Arboretum Express) and 62x (Rea Road Express).
Proposed changes are a result of feedback collected through public outreach.
Feedback meetings affecting south Charlotte routes include:
• June 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Main Library, 310 N. Tryon St. Routes: 20, 30 and 60.
• June 7, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road. Routes 20, 30 and 60.
• June 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Main Library, 310 North Tryon St. Express Routes 45X, 61X and 62X.
• June 12, 5 to 6:30 p.m., West Boulevard Library, 2157 West Blvd. Route 30.
Citizens who can’t attend the drop-in meetings can tune into CATS Facebook page for a live presentation 30 minutes after the start of each meeting.
Call 704-336-7433 or visit www.ridetransit.org for details.
Open Streets 704 earns
CHARLOTTE – The National Association of Counties will recognize Open Streets 704 on July 15 in Nashville, Tennessee.
More than 30,000 people walked, rode bikes and played during the program’s fifth event April 29 on the 4.3 mile route through NoDa, Villa Heights, Belmont, Commonwealth, and Plaza Midwood.
“Open Streets 704 is an amazing opportunity for people to experience their community in a new way,” says Monica Holmes, a Planning Director for the City of Charlotte and part of Open Street 704’s steering committee. “The program has exploded in growth – proving the demand for such a unique, community-building experience. We can’t wait to see what the future holds – more neighborhoods, more fun and more people enjoying Charlotte!”
Help available for people struggling with addiction
CHARLOTTE – Drug overdoses have become the leading cause of accidental death in the United States with heroin and other opiates being the largest contributor.
If you believe one of your loved ones is abusing drugs, learn how you can make a difference by visiting www.narcononnewlifer etreat.org/drug-abuse-information/heroin -addiction-and-abuse.html
Narconon can help people take steps to overcome addiction in their families. Call 800-431-1754 for free screenings or referrals.
Stachowicz declared primary winner in Senate race
CHARLOTTE – The Mecklenburg Board of Elections has certified Chad Stachowicz as the winner of the District 39 N.C. Senate Democratic Primary after a recount was completed last week.
Stachowicz will now face incumbent Republican State Sen. Dan Bishop in the November general election.
Stachowicz’s final margin of victory was 17 votes, 5,239 votes (50.08 percent) to Ann Harlan’s 5,222 votes (49.92 percent) after provisional ballots were tallied before the recount. The recount did not change the final vote totals.
“Time to get back to work so we can flip this seat in November,” Stachowicz said on Twitter.
Miss Hooters crowned in town
CONCORD – Laiken Baumgartner was crowned 2018 Miss Hooters International on May 26 at zMAX Dragway.
The Georgia native earned a $30,000 cash prize and becomes the newest face of the brand.
Trazia Morgan, representing Hooters of Concord, was fourth runner-up.
NASCAR drivers Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney, as well as Carolina Panthers defensive end Mario Addison, were among judges at the 22nd Annual Hooters International Pageant.
Courts celebrate 35 years
of Guardian ad Litem
CHARLOTTE – Judicial District 26 Guardian ad Litem program held an event May 22 at the Carole Hoefener Center as part of North Carolina’s efforts to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Guardian ad Litem Program.
When a petition alleging abuse or neglect of a juvenile is filed in district court, the judge appoints a volunteer Guardian ad Litem advocate and an attorney advocate to provide team representation to the child, who has full party status in trial and appellate proceedings.
“The work of our volunteer GALs helps the court make the best decision possible in the lives of vulnerable North Carolina children,” said Cindy Bizzell, administrator of the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem program.
Logano films PSA for
Alexander Youth Network
CHARLOTTE – NASCAR driver Joey Logano recently shot a 20-second video to raise awareness of Alexander Youth Network’s need for therapeutic foster parents in North Carolina.
The Therapeutic Foster Care Program at Alexander Youth Network provides homes for children and adolescents who need treatment for mental health problems and severe emotional/behavioral disturbances.
“When you become a foster parent at Alexander, our focus is on supporting you as you provide love, structure and healing to our children,” Executive Director Gina Tipton said. “We are beside you every step of the way – through the application and screening process, training and licensing.”
Call 704-227-9222 or visit www.alexandery outhnetwork.org for details.
Companies help food banks
CHARLOTTE – Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina held its third annual Sort-A-Rama on May 24 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
Sort-A-Rama offers employees and customers an opportunity to combine volunteerism with employee engagement and customer relations by bagging food for distribution across the food bank’s 19-county service area.
Food Lion, Atrium Health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, TIAA and MapAnything were among participating companies.
“In the 19 counties we serve, over half of the children attending school receive free-reduced lunch,” said Kay Carter, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
Hooters helps local charities
CHARLOTTE – Hooters Girls in town for the 22nd Annual Hooters International Pageant on May 26 spent time in Charlotte volunteering and donating money to area nonprofits.
Some of the highlights were as follows:
• Brought care packages and presented a $10,000 donation for breast cancer research to Levine Cancer Institute.
• Inspected and sorted donated items to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, as well as presented a $5,000 donation.
• Presented magic kits assembled earlier in the day and a $5,000 donation to Victory Junction.
• Hooters Girls assembled 500 care packages for local military and donated $5,000 to USO of North Carolina.
Norelli headlines League of Women Voters meeting
CHARLOTTE – Retired District Court Judge Nancy Norelli will serve as guest speaker at the next League of Women Voters Charlotte Mecklenburg’s annual business meeting and buffet supper.
Norelli will discuss issues facing North Carolina’s judiciary and the community. Members will elect next year’s officers, pass the budget and present committee reports.
The event takes place 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 7 at the Midwood International and Cultural Center auditorium, 1817 Central Ave.
Admission costs $12. Pay at the door or at www.goleaguego.org/AnnualMeeting.html.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
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