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Growth Q&A at May 13 Newsmakers Breakfast There will be three featured speakers at the Business Today Newsmakers Breakfast May 13 at The Peninsula Club. Charles Knox, a developer and real estate broker who founded Huntersville-based The Knox Group, and Zack Wyatt, a Cornelius resident who is
founder of Carolina Farm Trust, will discuss “Growth & Infrastructure: What’s next?” in a Q&A format driven by the audience. NC Rep. Tricia Cotham will open the event with a Legislative update from Raleigh.
The Nosy Neighbor Kitchen Tour on Saturday May 14 will feature the latest design trends in kitchens, as well as gourmet food and kitchen demonstrations. The self-guided tour, which runs
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., benefits the Peninsula Community Foundation. For information and ticket sales, go to www. thepeninsulacommunityfoundation.org
On Saturday, May 14, pull out the rods for a free Cornelius PARC Department event at Robbins Park. “Hooked on Cornelius” includes fishing demonstrations for the kids, as well as nature walks, arts and crafts, skin and fossil-
touching stations and a scavenger hunt. In recognition of PARC’s 20th anniversary, the first 20 registered participants will receive a youth tackle box. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, call 704-892-6031, ext. 188
This month’s edition introduces a crossword puzzle conceived just for Cornelius Today readers. It’s produced by Myles Mellor, one of the top crossword writers in the world. Our theme this month is the lake, in honor of the new swim beach at Ramsey Creek Park. Mellor has created thousands of
crossword puzzles published in more than 700 publications and websites, including the Los Angeles Times, Discover Magazine, Entrepreneur, and the History Channel magazine. It appears on Page 27 this month. Let us know what you think about it, on Facebook, or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good Luck!
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Table of Contents IT SHOULD BE MOTHER’S DAY 365 DAYS A YEAR
A look at three different mothers and how they do it Page 4-5
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Julie Niswonger is the new finance director for the Town of Cornelius Page 10
IT’S THE LAKE...
Our new crossword puzzle debuts with a lake themed puzzler Page 27
Scarlett Hays moved to Cornelius 18 months ago and dove right in. She shares her favorite recipe Page 28
Jeff Kaplan’s entrepreneurial venture is dog app-ropriate Page 31
HOME DECOR ………………………… Page 29 HOME SALES ……………………… Page 18-26 NEWS-E ………………………….Pages 14-17 new coRporations ..........................Page 36 SOUNDOFF ................................. Page 38-39
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May means Mother’s Day
May 8 is Mother’s Day. Don’t forget! Do buy a card, or make one. Do plan on taking her out to eat, because what moms go through day in day out is overwhelming. More advice: Don’t buy her a vacuum or a lead cr ystal biscuit barrel even if it is Water ford. Think first about expressing deep appreciation and af fection. Think hard about pedicures, golf outings, spa treatments. Treat her right kids and dads. “Whether you work inside or outside of the home, ever y
mom is a working mom,” says Shelia Brumlow, a Cornelius mom who raised two boys, now 25 and 19, with her husband Chris. Happy moms find suppor t and friendship. There are Facebook groups like Lake Norman Moms Run This Town and faith-based work-out groups like Females in Action. We asked three moms for their thoughts as Mother’s Day approaches. Here’s what they said.
Ella Taylor says prayer, Lake Norman Moms RUN This Town, faithbased groups like Females in Action and preparing 10 Wildtree freezer dinners at a time help her make it through the ups and downs of motherhood and running a household with two boys
Running a marathon is nothing compared to being mom For Ella Taylor, being a mom is a career, a calling and a job that wears her out. The stay-at-home Glenridge mother of a nine-month-old and a soon-to-be three-year-old is on the go all the time. Whether it’s doctor’s appointments or getting Kingston to preschool, “you’re always on call, always in demand. There’s not time to shower, eat or drink a cup of coffee.” Her husband William is a rigging
super visor at the Charlotte Convention Center. Meals in the Taylor household are challenging. “I’m basically doing wash, changing dir ty diapers, giving bottles, teaching manners. I don’t have time to cook. One-yearold Miles is with her all the time. Monday is pizza night, thanks to the weekly pizza special at Harris Teeter. Wednesday is salmon done in the toaster oven. Does this busy mom see the light
at the end of the tunnel? “No. I’m at the beginning of the tunnel. I’ve heard from friends there is light at the end of the tunnel, but I’m not seeing it yet.” There are bright spots, though, Ella—shor t for Pamela—says Females In Action, an online bootcamp, workout and running group, helps keep her sanity. Prayer, intense at times, does, too. She works out with other fitnessminded women 5 or 5:30 a.m., gets
home by 6:45 a.m. and jumps in the shower before William leaves for work. “Motherhood is the hardest thing anybody could do,” the New York Institute of Technology grad says. “I do not sugar coat it. This is hard. I can run a marathon and and do an iron man, but this is really hard.”
Pro Tip:“Females in Action keeps us sane. Working out with peers and friends, that’s what keeps us sane.”
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At large and in charge
Abby Wyatt juggles jobs, family Abby Wyatt is a thoroughly modern mom. A brilliant multi-tasker, she and husband Zack have five kids, ages two to nine, and she works two part-time flexible jobs. She has to be a brilliant multitasker to run the Davidson Farmers Market, work at Kindred, the Davidson restaurant and keep a busy household moving more or less in the same direction. “It’s like four jobs,” she says, explaining that four of their children are in school, while the youngest “hangs out with us” while mom and dad both work from home in shared office space. On Saturdays the entire family is at the bustling farm and craft food market in downtown Davidson. A Coastal Carolina grad with a degree in sociology, she worked in finance before opting to stay at home for the past six years. The farmer’s market is a perfect gig because she can work from home most of the time. Zack, meanwhile, works from home for a tech company. He is also the founder and director of the Carolina Farm Trust.
Pro tip:“Once you learn what you want to do and put it out there, good things will come your way. Is that a little hippie nonsense? I dont know...passion is good! To be a successful mom, you have to be a success at yourself.”
Pat Cotham has been busy being a mom longer than most people. At age 65, the second-term Mecklenburg County Commissioner at large has four teens in the house. She’s responsible for their care and feeding. Of course these international students—they’re all from China—go to school, but Cotham rises at 5:15 a.m. to read the Charlotte Observer, and then get breakfast ready. They devour five dozen eggs a week, fried, scrambled and hard-boiled. After dinner and a meeting, this popular Democrat might hit the grocery store or an Asian market at 10 p.m. “I often say sleep is over-rated,” she says. Cotham, whose daughter is N.C. Rep. Tricia Cotham, is divorced from her husband, with whom she has a good relationship. Daughter Tricia has two boys, so Pat is a grandmother as well. Pat makes $27,000 a year as a commissioner, and manages to be in all four corners of the county, not to mention
the more urban center, week in week out. She keeps her calendar on an iPad “because if i lose my phone I’ve lost my calendar.” She usually has two or three community events each day, sometimes more. She is quick to strike up a conversation—and provide help—to the downtrodden. Being a grandmother, though, is special because, well, there’s less responsibility than being a mom. Her grandchildren like to play basketball and football with her. “This has never happened before in my life. Athletic ability! I love it.”
Pro Tip:“Talk to your kids. Let them know they are safe with you and you are not judging them. Help them. Talk about bullying—get them to tell you what they hear and see. Become involved in your community as a volunteer. It will change your life and help you understand problems other families face.”
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There are many factors to weigh at budget time By Dave Yochum Economic development—a good thing for anyone who pays property taxes—is a serious business now, infinitely more so than when Cornelius was a farm-community-turned-mill town and labor was cheap. The Lake Norman Economic Development Corp. is the key agency responsible for economic development, which helps recruit and retain busiWASHAM ness for Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville. Recruiting new businesses creates more local jobs, more options for people who commute to Charlotte every day. The Town Board might pull the plug on the current Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission, but not Economic Development. Meanwhile, infrastructure improvements in a growth town are costly.
“With NCDOT committed to spending over $127 million on road projects in Cornelius, the additional cost to replace and construct sidewalks and multi-purpose paths, street lighting, mast arm signals, landscaping, as well as Cornelius’ local match funds for the roadway construction, will approach a dizzying $11 million plus. These necessary improvements must be completed during road construction to keep costs down. Additionally, they must be paid for in cash when the road work is being done and in some instances before the work commences,” said Commissioner Jim Duke. Based on the roughDUKE ly $12 million expense, burying utilities on West Catawba from Jetton to Sam Furr is off the table. Nevertheless, it looks like a one- or twocent increase in the tax rate will be pro-
posed by town staff at the next Board of Commissioners meeting. A two-cent increase in the tax rate would cost the owner of a $250,000 home $50 a year. On the other side of the budget coin Cornelius is well-known for keeping a lid on expenses, thanks in no small part to perennial budget hawk Dave Gilroy. This is part of the reason why commissioners look at a piece of property like the Houser land on West Catawba, and covet— from a tax revenue standpoint—the potential revenue a commercial project might generage, or even a 14-story hotel on a nearby piece of land. Then, too, factor in the closure of the Curtis Screw plant on Zion avenue and Michael Waltrip Raceworld on Liverpool Parkway. For the record, both are for sale and both are being actively marketed by Lake Norman Economic Development. The asking price for Curtis Screw is $2.9 million; for Michael Waltrip, $15 million. Meanwhile, Gilroy says the “mother of all” county revaluations is coming in three years. The county’s “liberalminded, big city controlled” commission is likely to hit us with GILROY a rate increase as well, he says. Cornelius Today checked in with Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam who represents the town as a voting member on the LNEDC board of directors about economic development as it relates to town budgets and taxes
Cornelius Today:We talk about the need to provide a better balance residential and commercial ratables in Cornelius. How are we doing?
Washam: Cornelius is in a really good position right now. The town has 15 active projects, six of which are expansions of current businesses. That is 68 percent of the current LNEDC projects. LNEDC is working hard on behalf of our town.
Cornelius Today: In the past year, we’ve lost Curtis Screw, MWR, and it looks like the Houser property will go to Classica... in the background is Elevation Church in a commercial project and the Life
Fellowship, both tax exempt, on prime commercial land.
Washam: The vote is planned on the Classica Homes project on May 2nd. Elevation and the Life Fellowship projects were board decisions of times past. They were previous board decisions made in very different economic times. We now have to focus on the future. While it is a town mission to promote local economic development, we are not a developer nor should we compete with development companies. We are fortunately an attractive town for business and residents. People want to live here and companies want to do business here. That is a good problem to have!
Cornelius Today:What do you think about the town land-banking property around the old Salvation Army? Or will that develop by itself when CATS goes in.
Washam: I fundamentally do not believe in this town land banking select pieces of property. That can set a precedent that we cannot sustain. Whose land do we buy and whose do we not? The one exception would be for the town to help create a business park. But, the challenge with that is the fact that we have very little land left which could be used for that purpose. In addition, the huge homes surrounding our 75 miles of Lake Norman shoreline makes us a little different. We have homes bigger than many commercial buildings. Again, we are an attractive town that businesses want to be and people want to live. That is the good news.
Cornelius Today: Economic development inquiries and projects handled by the LNEDC is a good way to measure future growth.What has happened during the first quarter of 2016 vs.first quarter 2015.
Washam: Projects year-to-date are running about the same as last year. During the first four months of 2015, the EDC opened 14 new projects, compared to 15 new projects for 2016.
Cornelius Today:The LNEDC covers three towns. Roughly what percentage of projects are in Cornelius?
Washam: Sixty-eight percent of all the projects LNEDC is currently working on, are Cornelius projects. As the town’s representative on the EDC board, those are some pretty good numbers to take pride in.
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Meet Julie Niswonger, our town’s new finance director
By Dave Vieser Julie Niswonger says her new job as finance director for the town of Corne-
lius couldn’t have come at a better time. “I had been looking to advance further,” said Niswonger, 38. She replaces
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But it was the many years working at the town that really provided her with a solid background in municipal finance. “Jackie hired me, and we made a great little team over the years. She really taught me everything I know about local government finance today,” Niswonger says. Ironically, Cornelius Town Hall has also played a major part in her personal life. She met her husband Mark at Town Hall in 2002 when he was working as a contract computer and information specialist. He helped her set up the profile on her computer. They started dating toward the end of the year, and were married soon afterward. Today, her husband is a technology manager for Mitchell Community College. The Niswongers, who live in the Oakhurst section of Cornelius, have two daughters, Laila, 11, and Madison, 7. Both attend JV Washam Elementary School. The family recently discovered mountain biking and they enjoy it. “We are still learning, but it definitely is a great way to spend time together as a family and get some much-needed exercise,” she says. What makes municipal finance so interesting? “I do love a good challenge, and I honestly believe that is what keeps life interesting.”
“It made sense for Julie to move into this position after being under the tutelage of Jackie Huffman for 14 years. It is a great opportunity for her to advance in her career.” — Anthony Roberts, Cornelius Town Manager
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Top economist says tolls on I-77 will ‘tax’ our economy
Wells Fargo economist John Silvia spoke in front of 75 people at Cornelius Today’s Newsmaker’s Breakfast
By Erica Batten Wells Fargo economist John Silvia said toll lanes would create an indirect tax that will result in a competitive advantage for other regions along the I-77/85 span, particularly when it comes to the new intermodal facility
at Charlotte-Douglas. Over the next 20 years, the 200-acre facility is expected to generate $7.6 billion in regional economic development. Within that time frame, the population of the Lake Norman region along I-77 is expected to grow by 86 percent. The
NCDOT says adding toll lanes will alleviate congestion. From a competitive standpoint, tolls will put businesses, especially those that rely on transportation, at a disadvantage. Silvia spoke at the Cornelius Today and Business Today Newsmakers Breakfast at The Peninsula Club in April. His presentation, entitled “Charlotte Evolution: No Going Back,” outlined the Queen City’s move from manufacturing to a more service-oriented labor market as well as its performance in the turbulent national economy of recent years. Economic growth in the Charlotte and Raleigh areas has outpaced the nation. Charlotte’s job growth, 2.2 percent
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over the last year, was higher than the state average. Financial activities are the fastest-growing sector. Silvia said, “We are no longer a twobank town.” Manufacturing, which occupied 22 percent of Charlotte’s labor market in 1995, now represents just 10 percent. The trend is similar throughout the state. But North Carolina’s diversified economy, particularly in travel and leisure, has helped it sustain growth. One indicator of the Tar Heel State’s stability is its housing market. “North Carolina does not have the volatility of U. S. house prices,” Silvia said. Charlotte ranks sixth in U. S. metropolitan destinations. The high volume of traffic at Charlotte-Douglas Airport is another litmus test of the local economy, Silvia said. Access to the airport, along with the area’s climate and low-cost utilities, all make Charlotte an attractive choice. “We’ve got a lot of things going for us,” Silvia said. Among areas of concern, Silvia cited the decreased labor force participation rates among 16- to 24-year-olds over the last 10 years. It’s problematic “when you deal with a society in which the labor force participation rate for a huge demographic goes up for decades and then goes down,” Silvia said of the young-adult demographic, now represented by the continued on page 13
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Millennial Generation. Millennials are also fickle consumers. Instead of the everybody-knowsyour-name “Cheers” paradigm, in which consumers are loyal to a few local businesses, Millennials are, literally, all over the place. This is a challenge for businesses attempting to predict spending habits. “It’s hard to develop where they’re going to go, what they’re going to do,” Silvia said. Young adults are buying fewer homes than their predecessors, choosing instead to spend more money on entertainment and less time at home. A 2014 study conducted by Wells Fargo found that 39 percent of Millennials feel “overwhelmed by debt,” compared to 23 percent of Baby Boomers. More than half said they are living paycheck to paycheck and are unable to save. At the same time, the younger generation feels better off financially. Sixty-eight percent expect their standard of living before retirement to be better than their parents’. Millennials’ mixed feelings may stem from concerns over entitlement spending and whether Social Security and other federal safety nets will be available to them as they age. “If I were a U. S. congressman, I would realize that entitlement spending is going to skyrocket,” Silvia said. Silvia is also concerned about the Federal Reserve’s manipulation of in-
terest rates. “One of the challenges we have as a country is that we are the global benchmark,” he said. “Our market rates are not [true] market rates; they’re administered by the Fed.” Also, raising rates ahead of market growth is not wise in the long term. “If the Fed really wants to raise rates, they can do that, but it’s probably not a good idea in this economy,” Silvia said. “You’re not going to put on 50 pounds to lose 50 pounds.”
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Property owner speaks out after being silenced at hearing April 25. In keeping with the town’s three-minute rule for public comments, a long-time property owner at the center of the Classica Homes rezoning battle on West Catawba Avenue was shut down in the middle of his plea to the Town Board. Daniel Houser, his wife and his parents, Mary and Joe Houser, want to sell their property to Classica Homes for an agerestricted development. Town planners want them to hold out for a commercial project. Daniel Houser said he never got to finish his statement, having been “stopped by board chairman saying my allotted time of three minutes was over. Why not 12 minutes, I was representing four people?” The issue is whether the Houser’s should continue to “land bank” the property and sell out for a commercial project, as per the town’s long-term vision, or sell now to Classica, the developer of Robbins Park. Ironically, the Houser land is in the middle of a residential area. The property is zoned waterfront mixed use. Houser did not get to say this: “Your 2014 Land Use plan currently designates our property as Waterfront Mixed Use and clearly this designation has not been thought through in its entirety. Our property is not on the waterfront and is not close enough for retail that would support waterfront activities.” The Town Board seemed to be splitting 2-2 on the decision; a telephone connection with Commissioner Dave Gilroy came and went, so the vote has been postponed to the May 2 meeting. Dan Houser told Cornelius Today that the property owned by him and his wife and his mother and father, a 92-year-old World War II veteran, has been held “hostage by the Town of Cornelius for 20 years and they recommend holding it another 30 years.” Here is the full text of his prepared statement: Good evening Board Members: Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you. My name is Dan Houser. My wife Ruth & I own the property at 17319 West Catawba Ave. I am also speaking for my parents, Joe and Mary Houser who own 17311 West Catawba Ave. My ancestors settled in the North end of
Daniel Houser Mecklenburg County prior to 1800 and we are one of the few remaining original Cornelius land owners We request that you approve this zoning request. The Houser family needs this zoning request to move forward a positive outcome. My parents are in their 90s, are in failing health, and we will soon need funds from proceeds of this land sale for their long term medical care and living expenses. My wife and I are retired, living on a fixed income and need the sale proceeds for living expenses as well. Mr. Herron, Cornelius Planning Director, has formally stated he wants more stores and less residential in our area and we might have to wait as much as 30 years to sell this property as commercial. This sounds like tyrannical and unjust taking of our property by the Town of Cornelius to me. We simply cannot wait another 30, 5, even 2 years for the perceived need for retail space to catch up with the long term plan. We cannot continue to pay property taxes while to board holds our property hostage. If the board thinks this is such a great idea and does not approve our current proposal, then the town needs to buy the property at our current contract price and land bank it yourselves for the next 30 years! The Houser’s have always been contributors to the well‐ being of the community. It is now time for the Town to give back by approving this zoning request for the many years of public service the Houser’s and particularly my dad Joe Houser has contributed to this community and our nation. My Dad was a volunteer firefighter providing service to Cornelius and Hunt-
ersville area for more than 40 years. In fact, in the 1960s when money was very hard to come by and my parents struggled to buy groceries and provide for my sister and me. At the time there was NO FIRE PROTECTION in the unincorporated sections of what is now Cornelius and Huntersville. He and 2 other men took out a 2nd mortgages on their family homes in order to help secure funds to build Gilead (Now Huntersville 2) Fire station. My dad actually bought the first fire truck for this community! How many of you are willing to make that kind of sacrifice for our town? He is also a WW2 veteran with 40+ years of military service where he was awarded a purple heart, 2 bronze stars and a chest full of other medals for his participation in D‐Day invasion in 1945. All four property owners have been and continue to be public servants. Ed Smith is a police officer and puts his life on the line every day for you. Mark Francis served in the Navy. I am a retired volunteer Fire and Rescue Technician with 39 years of service to Gilead (now Huntersville) Volunteer Fire Department. Classica Homes has submitted their proposed plan for development of townhomes on our property which we currently have under contract with them and have previously had for sale for about 20 years. º º º Houser was stopped here by the mayor. Here is the rest of his story: In reviewing Classica’s plan for our property and seeing their previous work, we believe this company is the right company to develop our property. Further-
more, we believe their proposal to be in keeping with the character and nature of surrounding properties and will be an asset to the community. Properties adjacent to our proposed project are either single family or townhomes and I believe high end townhomes are more appropriate for our land as well. Adjoining and nearby land owners are generally very supportive of our proposed project. Your 2014 Land Use plan currently designates our property as Waterfront Mixed Use and clearly this designation has not been thought through in its entirety. Our property is not on the waterfront and is not close enough for retail that would support waterfront activities. Furthermore there is no existing connecting infrastructure or a practical way to build connecting infrastructure to the lake from our property. Retail simply does not work in our area. Directly across the road from our property is Kenton place which is a ghost town of empty store fronts and large tracts of undeveloped land which is already zoned for commercial. Development of this property as commercial was such a disaster that the previous developer bailed out without fully developing it as he had originally planned. Even the developers know this area is not the appropriate location for commercial and consequently they are unwilling to invest in our property for this type of development because after 20 or more years of diligent searching we have been unable to find a willing commercial developer. The Planning board chairman wants continued on page 15
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retail on our side of the road. This is an irrational conclusion that is not supported by the facts. Retail across the road from Kenton will be a public safety hazard as there are no plans for a light or safe pedestrian walkway and cars crossing over will only contribute to additional traffic congestion and cause vehicle accidents. Does the town want another retail disaster on our side of the road as well and endanger public safety of its citizens? I certainly hope not. In years past, we have met various times with Town representatives, and have entertained other development plans for this property that have presented a mixed use plan with restaurants or other commercial uses. At that time, the adjoining residents turned out in droves to ensure the Town disapproved any development plans of this nature due to it being immediately adjacent to existing single family. I have no doubt our neighbors will continue to strongly object to any mixed use development on our property which makes the sale of it virtually impossible for that purpose. I’m not sure the Planning Board has a good idea what they want there as they have changed their minds multiple times during the 20 year period the property has been on the market. I understand that traffic volume on West Catawba is a concern with a traffic volume of approximately 28,000 cars per day. Yes, ANY development will contribute to traffic volume. But, our proposal will contribute only a negligible amount, certainly less than any other use, and will not occur at peak traffic times. This development is, in fact, so small that it does not ever require a traffic study by NCDOT guidelines. I beg you not to hold our project hostage until the road is widened or later. I understand it is the Board’s desire to have a waterfront resort hotel somewhere in the one of the areas currently designated as Waterfront Mixed use. There are other plenty of other properties where this makes more sense than our land. It is in the town’s best interest in terms of tax base revenues to approve the requested zoning change. Our property is currently built as single family residential with a total tax revenue base of about $1.2 million total for all 4 properties. It is my understanding that Classica Homes pro-
News from www.CorneliusToday.com posed build out will increase in tax base to about $19 million which is a 15+ X increase for the town over current values. While this property has been on the market (since before 2000) and we have unsuccessfully attempted to find a willing buyer that can produce a plan the zoning office would accept, the town has already lost an estimated $285 million in tax base revenues ($285 million =15 YR x
$19 million) due, in part, to the Zoning board waffling on various proposals on the property we have presented. I trust that the Board, after due consideration, will rationally conclude that our proposal is consistent with mixed use and the plan presented by Classica Homes is the correct plan and makes the most sense for the Town, our neighbors, and the Houser family.
Does the board have any questions for me? Thank you for your consideration. º º º Says Houser: “How can the town’s elected officials get away with ignoring the desires of the town residents? How long can the town continue to hold our property hostage while my Dad and I continue to be bled dry paying exorbitant property taxes?”
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April 15. By Dave Vieser. A troublesome freight line crossing on Highway 115 in Cornelius will be repaired in the near future, according to NCDOT. The line, which brings rail cars in and out of the FXI Foam Plant, has been causing problems for both motorists and bicyclists due to large spaces between the rail and the highway’s asphalt. The agreement to repair the crossing came just hours after officials from the DOT and Norfolk Southern were con-
tacted by Cornelius Today. “The railroad will be handling all the repairs, with NCDOT assisting with traffic control as needed,” said DOT spokeswoman Jordan-Ashley Baker. “We expect that the railroad will be contacting our local maintenance staff soon to discuss a schedule for the work moving forward. We’ll alert the public of any road closures related to the work, once we are made aware of the schedule.” That’s good news for those who travel regularly through that area on NC 115. “The deterioration of the road is awful but most drivers do not realize the damage the vehicles are receiving because they drive too fast passing through the
site,” said Nelson Acosta Sr. of Cornelius. He and several other motorists posted recent messages on Facebook stating that their cars’ alignments were thrown out by the poor condition of the crossing. The crossing has also proven to be problematic for bike riders. “My husband is an avid bicyclist,” said Amy Hallman of Huntersville, “and I can tell you that it’s also really dangerous for the bicyclists.” The FXI spur runs off of Norfolk Southern’s single track freight line which operates from Charlotte up to Mooresville. It has several regular freight customers, and usually has one train per day that runs from Charlotte up to Cornelius. There are currently no regularly scheduled trains between Cornelius and Moorseville according to Norfolk Southern spokesman Robin Chapman. Trains travel slowly (10 mph maximum speed), and crossings are protected by gates and crews. The line was also once eyed as the right-of-way for a future commuter rail service but negotiations have stalled since the railroad has, thus far, opposed the idea.
Cornelius makes Veterans Day official holiday April 20. Veterans Day, which is observed annually on Nov. 11, will become an official town holiday starting this fall. The Town Board approved the change by a 4-0 vote at their April 18 pre-agenda meeting. Commissioner Dave Gilroy was absent. Veteran’s Day is observed every year behind Town Hall where the names of Cornelius veterans are chiseled in stone at the Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza The addition of the 11th official town holiday will cost the town $12,800 annually according to Town Manager Anthony Roberts. “We’ve been looking at ways we can be more competitive in attracting talented people to the town” Roberts said “ and we noted that while we have ten official holidays, the state has 12, including Veterans Day and a third day at Christmas. Surveys have shown that some 76% of those contacted already observe Veterans Day so I propose we make it an
The late Rev. Didi Wayland held this flag at the town’s 2015 Veteran’s Day Ceremony. Wayland passed away in March
official town holiday.” The commissioners quickly approved the proposal, and several questioned aloud why the day hadn’t been made official before now. “With all the veterans festivities going on around town, it seems strange it has never been formally recognized before” said Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam. “I’m glad we will do so now.’
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Demonstration set for Friday; I-77 toll appeal needs funds
April 25. The anti-toll group Cornelius resident Kurt Naas founded, Widen I-77, is looking for more financial support to appeal a court decision this past winter that went in favor of the NCDOT/Cintra toll deal. Meanwhile, the citizen group is planning another demonstration on the Exit 28 bridge Friday at 5:30 pm. Legal counsel advised WidenI77, which has considerable support from the business community, to appeal for three reasons: • A trial court judge is sometimes reluctant to make a decision that will likely be appealed and second-guessed by a higher court. • A higher court is typically more willing to decide sweeping issues like improper taxing authority. • An appeal would be heard de novo, meaning the prior decision would have no bearing on a higher court’s decision. The organization had pledges totaling around $13,000 last week, but about $7,000 more is needed. For more information or to make a pledge, email WidenI77@hotmail.com. A year ago ordinary citizens met on
the Exit 28 Bridge to protest the NCDOT contract with Cintra, a Spanish company. At the time not a single town or county board was on record as being against the toll project. Since then the towns of Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville as well as the boards of Iredell and Mecklenburg have passed resolutions either asking NAAS for the toll lanes to be stopped or delayed. WidenI77 is a 501 c 3 organization dedicated to widening I-77 with general purpose lanes and to educating the public about the problems and inequity of the HOT lane approach. The group believes toll lanes are an expensive, non-solution that will negatively impact our local economy, increase congestion on the general purpose lanes, and unfairly burden drivers. To learn more, visit www.wideni77.org
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3/18/16 $368,000 South Creek Homes to Gino Jr. & Patricia Mencaroni, 12705 Meetinghouse Dr.
3/17/16 $213,000 Stephanie Keating to Debra Alloway, 8020 Village Harbor Dr.
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3/17/16 $740,000 Billy & Cathy Henry to Javed Samuel & Charlene Smith, 18920 N. Beatties Ford Rd.
3/18/16 $205,000 Mark & Beth Walker to Tiffany Mosley, 9123 Glenashley Dr.
3/17/16 $183,000 Justin Murphy to Katherine Price, 8727 Westward Point Dr. 3/17/16 $317,000 Susan Cody to Ian & Laura Mazur, 18015 Northport Dr.
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3/21/16 $330,000 National Residential Nominee Services Inc. to Tanya Williams & Steppen Murphy, 1142 South St. 3/21/16 $330,000 Albert & Jacoba Sparks to National Residential Nominee Services Inc., 1142 South St. 3/22/16 $345,000 Richard & Nancy Hickey to David Fuller & Cynthia Holland, 1143 Inn Keepers Way
3/24/16 $168,000 Thomas & Leanna Moyer to Emilio & Evelyn Fernandez, 10203 Caldwell Depot Rd. 3/24/16 $209,000 Vikram Tuli & Deepa Bajaj to Barry Bockian, 9842 Bailey Rd. 3/24/16 $358,000 Mark & Carrie Lancaster to Barry Dailey, 1146 South St. 3/24/16 $462,000 South Creek Homes to Robert & Ethel Saringer, 13102 Hazelbrook Ln. 3/24/16 $84,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 144 Bailey’s Glen 3/28/16 $290,000 Jeffrey & Jennifer Hance to Carlos Lagua, 10244 Glenmeade Rd. 3/28/16 $275,000 Jonathan & Shelley Ouzts to Todd & Jodi Parisi, Jeanne Pezone, 17510 Harbor Walk Dr. 3/28/16 $230,000 Stough Farms Development Co. to Ronald & Heidi Uszenski, Lot 45 Patrick’s Purchase, 19001 Mary Ardrey Cir. 3/28/16 $358,000 Joe & Shirley Lawrence to John Stanczuk, 19926 Chapel Point Ln.,Cornelius 3/29/16 $305,500 South Creek Homes to Elaine Coleman, 18121 Ebenezer Dr. 3/29/16 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 187 Bailey’s Glen 3/29/16 $313,000 Ronald & Denise McMahon to Jeffrey & Joanne Bocach, 18625 Harborside Dr. Unit 26 3/29/16 $257,000 Russell Southern Jr. to Katherine Noble, 18637 The Commons Blvd.
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4/7/16 $225,000 Manuel Pena to Sylvain Nzeyang, 9718 Cadman Ct.
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4/8/16 $790,000 Craig Norfolk to Frank & Theresa Pasko, 21922 Satilla Dr.
3/31/16 $783,500 Classica Homes to Bradley Jakeway, 8726 Preserve Pond Rd. 3/31/16 $360,000 Emily & David Dillinger to Stephanie Pierce, 22225 Market St. 4/1/16 $144,000 Adam Brake to Orlando Nazario & Catherine Ramos, 10136 Meadow Crossing Ln.
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4/1/16 $199,000 Larry & Sheila Hamm to Keith & Angela Foster, 7532 Mariner Cove Dr.
4/11/16 $296,000 Marc & Jillian Nowlan to Brian & Jacquie Ebert, 17811 Half Moon Ln. Unit P
4/1/16 $425,000 Timothy & Linda Benson to Janet Leising & Brenda Atkins, 2015 Bishops Ct.
4/11/16 $218,000 Roger & Martha Staley to Harry & Joy Rudolph, Jennifer Rudolph, 7615 Mariner Cove Dr. Unit 43
4/1/16 $1,105,000 Carole Mallamo & Jennifer Sito to Rafic & Jill Daham, 17124 Green Dolphin Ln.
4/14/16 $265,000 Cory & Haley Freshour to Amy Mishler, 19009 Celestine Ln.
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4/4/16 $460,000 Chris & Jennifer Watson to Walter Jr. & Wanda Pohl, 19656 Wooden Tree Dr.
3/21/16 $565,000 Brian & Elizabeth Barton to Scott & Amy Dill, 13621 Robert Walker Dr.
4/7/16 $754,000 Linnane Construction to Scott Orton, 18003 Shearer Rd.
3/29/16 $590,000 Tower Inc. to Christopher & Michaelle Saine, 1101 San Michele Pl.
4/7/16 $307,500 Betty McWilliams to Peter & Mary Stofflet, 235 N. Faulkner Way
3/29/16 $253,000 Paul & Ashleigh Beeson to Matthew Ward, 17208 Silas Pl.
4/11/16 $261,000 Meeting Street Towns LLC to Thomas Pennella & Robert Frey Jr., 540 Jetton St.
3/30/16 $338,000 Stephanie Pierce to Michael & Elizabeth Qualls, 16416 Leavitt Ln. 3/30/16 $272,000 True Homes to David & Barbara Williams, 20115 Verlaine Dr. 3/30/16 $755,000 Nicholas & Lauren Wilson to Zachary & Rae Noyes, 16803 Maddy Ln. 3/31/16 $379,000 Harold & Morgan Gramlich to Molly & Andrew Lovedale, 17323 Silas Place Dr.
4/12/16 $225,000 Patty George to Kelly Bloom, 14224 Baudelaire Ct. No. 33 4/12/16 $594,500 Tower Inc. to Raymond & Angella Natili, 1105 San Michele Pl. 4/14/16 $820,000 T Whelan Homes Inc. to Shannon & Chris Phillips, 17141 Shearer Rd. 4/14/16 $266,500 Meeting Street Towns LLC to Jedd & Tamela Emans, 536 Jetton St.
4/1/16 $599,000 James & Edna Walker to
1105 San Michele Place in Davidson for $594,500
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Crossword puzzle Its the lake... Across
1 “The Inland sea,” 2 words 7 Pub fixture 9 What Shamrockin ran aground on 11 Small boat for lake travel 12 Lobster container 14 Crosses (out) 15 Go slowly, with forward 17 Lake travel vehicles, 2 words 20 Take advantage of 22 Race driver building a 30,000 square foot house right on the lake 25 Lexus __ 27 Top grades 28 Metallic sound 30 What 760 means, 2 words 32 Affirm silently 33 ____ships 34 Motor on a boat 36 Reddish brown 37 Direction word 38 Land of the brave and free 40 Fall back, as a tide 41 ____ City Club, charity minded lakefront restaurant
2 Large stately tree 3 It’s full of periods 4 Established line of travel
5 Ramsey Creek Beach opening is highlighting the public’s right to this 6 Spots for coffee 7 Cab or limo 8 Scoreboard fig. 9 Berth place on a dock 10 Old record 13 Juice from an orange 16 Symphony that performs on the grounds of Duke’s nuclear power plant on the southern tip of the lake 18 French for you 19 Stem-to-stern part 21 Celebration on the lake to provide at-risk kids with a lot of fun, ____ on the Lake 23 NASCAR segment or wave motion 24 Meterologist’s map line 26 Place where owners “raft up” and owners party in the sun 29 “__ can do,” Hall and Oates 30 1916 disaster that led to a lot of dam construction 31 Pops 35 First name of the organizer of a long-running raft-up featured in the Guinness Book of Records 38 Word before town and river 39 Therefore
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Bacon wraps add sizzle on the boat, or tailgate When Scarlett Hays moved to Cornelius 18 months ago, she dove in, literally. She volunteers with the Junior League of Charlotte, she’s a Big Sister
at Cornelius Elementary and is also a member of the Big Day at the Lake committee. “I wanted to immerse myself in the
community, get to know people, get to know the community,” she explains. A resident of the Reserve at Kenton Place, her first reaction to Cornelius was, “I love it.” It reminded her of the northern suburbs of Atlanta, like Roswell. Scarlett grew up in Conyers, outside of Atlanta, and had one of those active childhoods that including ballet, tap and jazz dancing. One interesting fact: Her dad eschewed salad and vegetables. It was all about meat and potatoes in this fourth-generation Conyers family. Her mother was a homemaker and dad a small business owner. Hays went
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on to the University of Georgia and got into business sales; now she’s a regional sales manager for Honeywell Cable. She’s responsible for sales in 13 states and travels nearly every week. Atlanta is a lot more intense than Charlotte. “I moved here because I think I was looking for a change from Atlanta…I picked Cornelius because I wanted to be near a body of water,” she says. Scarlett just bought a Chaparral 257 powerboat and keeps it at the Peninsula Yacht Club. She’s taking up tennis, a lifelong dream. Scarlett shared one of her favorite dishes: Tailgate Bacon Wraps. Her favorite time to serve it is at a tailgate University of Georgia football game.
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500 shades of gray If white is the new color for 2016, is gray so very last year? Not so says Dixie Dean, one of the top Realtors in Cornelius. While taupe is fading fast, it looks like gray is more than holding its own when it comes to contemporary interior design. Grays can be warmed up and cooled down to suit personal
taste, artwork and, importantly, flooring. There’s no sense redoing floors that might work terrifically with one shade of gray vs. another. “Gray is not out at all...buyers with decorators are going with various grays...and gray and white checks on floors and accents,” said Dean, who is in and out of million-dollar homes on a daily basis. Classic and sophisticated, gray is
the ultimate neutral tone for any color scheme, according to the experts at Benjamin Moore. Grays and whites lend themselves to a coastal and modern look, Dean said. Natural finishes are enhanced by gray—or white— backgrounds. With gray you can update your space without committing to a full-blown color across multiple walls, hallways and personal spaces. Agreeable Gray from Sherwin Williams, is, well, agreeable to people who are buying homes, so it’s one of several good choices for po-
tential sellers and anyone who wants to update their look. Today’s neutral color palate means less is more. Alabaster is a great classic color for cabinetr y and old brick fireplaces...and it’s stunning with gray. “Gray or grayish tones are still the go to colors,” says Gar y Lawing, owner of Lake Norman Paint and Glass in Cornelius. “Off-whites are coming back also. Personally I’m still like gray undertones, you can’t go wrong.”
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Top Cornelius elected officials split on future of transportation commission
By Dave Vieser A split has developed between Cornelius’ Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem regarding the continued taxpayer funding of the Lake Norman Regional
Transportation Commission (LNTC). Mayor Chuck Travis wants the town to continue giving at least some money to the commission, while Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam feels it’s time to start
over. Historically, each of the LNTC’s four member towns has chipped in $20,000 annually, but the town passed a resolution earlier this year ending that contribution in June. Mooresville and Davidson are waiting to see what Cornelius does, while Huntersville, which has its own transportation director has already pulled out. “I do think the commission has created a lot of relevancy” said Travis at the town board’s April 18 meeting “because, we’re one of the few regions in the entire state where four towns are working together. In speaking with a collective voice it gives us buying power when it comes to talking about transportation. We need a decision to know how we move forward and I would encourage that we continue to fund it.” Washam disagreed. “I would rather start it all over, rebuild it, make it relevant again, pick out a new purpose in life for the commission. We need to work with Huntersville, and Davidson and to rebuild an organization. Funding it now is not going to be a part of that new organization. It may go back into that and I’m willing to consider that as we move forward. For now, lets start all over and hope to get it right.” The ongoing controversy over the I-77 toll lane project has unearthed deep concerns among some local town
“I do think the commission has created a lot of relevancy because, we’re one of the few regions in the entire state where four towns are working together. In speaking with a collective voice it gives us buying power when it comes to talking about transportation.” — Mayor Chuck Travis
officials about the effectiveness of the LNTC in its current configuration. With the 2017 fiscal year rapidly approaching, LNTC members will need to know whether any funds will be forthcoming from the towns after July 1. The Cornelius commissioners will decide at their next meeting on May 2.
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Cornelius resident shepherds venture through rapid growth
Jeff Kaplan: It’s a dog’s life many of us are into
Three Lake Norman companies did well in the Charlotte Venture Challenge, where start-ups compete for attention from early stage investors. One of them was really phun. Cornelius resident Jeffrey Kaplan is the founder of dogphrendly.com, which he hopes will grow into the ultimate online app to find where to eat, play, and stay with your best furry friend. “We’ve developed software to aggregate and curate information about dog-friendly venues from numerous websites, we summarize the reviews, average the scores, and display it for our users in a great interface,” Kaplan says. That means dogphrendly.com can fetch up-to-date information on 13,000 dog-friendly— that domain name was taken—locations complete with ratings and reviews. So far Kaplan has about 12,000 locations in all 50 states. Right now, the company is what’s called “pre-revenue,” which means the start-up isn’t bringing any money in yet. Kaplan is post-revenue, of course, working parttime at Huntersvillebased Proctor-Free, another high-tech company. His wife Danielle Kaplan is a veterinarian in Denver; they live in the St. Philip Square town homes off Jetton with their dog Axel. Cornelius-based GuidePro3D, a 3D printing venture for dental surgery applications,
was also a Charlotte Venture finalist, as was Huntersville-based Fridayd, which uses intelligent, criteria-driven searches to assist online jobseekers. Jeffrey Kaplan knows his way around an entrepreneurial venture. He went to the University of Florida, where he earned his graduate degree, as well as a masters in entrepreneurship in 2013. He taught at the Center for Entrepreneurship in Gainesville. The idea for dogphrendly got started during a road trip. Kaplan and his future wife set out from Miami, Fla., heading to Berkeley in 2010, when Kaplan was 24. They made it to Indiana, worn out from trying to coordinate things to do, places to eat and sleep with two dogs on board. “Every time we started, it was this whole song and dance with the dogs, using different web sites, to see if they had outside sitting, to see if they were basically dog friendly,” Kaplan says. He decided to take the entrepreneurial plunge this past summer, incorporated in September and successfully
applied to work out of a business incubator funded by the NC IDEA fund. Kaplan sees three revenue sources for Dogphrendly: Premium ad placement, including highlighted locations on the live map and banner ads on the map. Dogphrendly will display ads that are linked to user’s locations, showing them only relevant ads. Sponsored content in the form of gear and product reviews. Affiliate programs through Amazon. com and booking.com. Dogphrendly gets a share of commissions from sales directed through its page. The first paying customers are expected to bepet resorts and vets. Right now Dogphrendly has 8,000 regular users, and that’s with virtually no marketing budget. Kaplan is about to add 1,500 dog beaches just in time for summer. There are more than 300,000 doggy homes in Mecklenburg County— which is a lot of page views even if he captures only half the market. Kaplan hopes to prove his business model in Charlotte; a year from now he plans to be in 15 markets. Revenue could hit $3 million in 2017.
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Walk the talk: It’s really good for you What a day for a daydream! Ah, seems the wonderful North Carolina weather is finally here. Time for getting out and taking a walk for whatever ails you, be it emotional, physical or spiritual as well as just for the good of it. There are many times it is suggested that we take a walk: After that big Thanksgiving dinner, after a long day at work and yes, doing what the doctor says. It seems like a natural thing to do. No fancy clothes, no special hair arrangement, no make-up, no particular location, no equipment. Just step out the door and there you are. And if it is raining, don some rain gear or head to the nearest mall. You should bring a water bottle and invest in a sturdy pair of shoes. There are many reasons to take a walk: Activity gets your blood flowing, endorphins moving around and clears your head. Your joints will tell you they
are feeling much better. What better exercise can you find that will lower your risk of health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. It strengthens your bones and muscles, helps you burn more calories and lifts your mood. Walking with a friend or family member to chat with can keep you motivated and on track. Remember, if you listen to your favorite music, keep the volume low so that you can hear noises around you. Now many people suggest talking with your doctor before you head out the door and this can be a good thing for you if you have any of the following challenges. Has your doctor told you that you have heart trouble, diabetes, or asthma? When you are physically active, do you have pains in your chest, neck, shoulder, or arm?
Do you often feel faint or have you taking? If it’s dark outside, wear a reflective vest of brightly colored clothdizzy spells? Do you feel breathless after physi- ing and carr y a flashlight and be aware of your surroundings. cal activity? You may be thinking that this was goDo you have bone or joint problems, like arthritis, that make it dif- ing to be a simple task. Well, it is, once you have considered all these things. ficult for you to walk? Are you over 40 years old and Be aware of the barriers that can keep you from your task like time demands, have recently been inactive? Do you have a health problem bad weather, phone calls, laundr y and that might keep you from starting a sudden visitors. With time, your walking will become part of your daily rouwalking program? tine, like taking medicine. If you are serious about How do I get started once getting more movement I’ve considered all these into your lifestyle, and after suggestions? you’ve talked with your docIt is said the all adults tor, the next question may should get 30 minutes of be, “How do I get started?” exercise five times a week. Ask yourself the following If need be, split that up into questions. three 10-minute sessions Where will I walk? a day until you can do two How often will I walk? Joanne Ahern 15-minute sessions, and With whom will I walk? Seniors Columnist then do the 30 minutes all at How far or how long will one time. I walk? For more health benefits and to conYou will soon find out if your shoes have proper arch support, a firm heel trol your weight you may need to walk and thick flexible soles. Does your more. Aim for 300 minutes each week choice of clothing keep you dr y and or about an hour a day for five days. comfortable, did you bring a sun visor, The more you walk the more health sunscreen and sun glasses? A good benefits you may gain. reason to go shopping! Joanne, who lives in Magnolia EsKeeping safe as you walk should be tates, is the Director of the North Meckimportant, too. Are you walking with lenburg Senior Center, affiliated with others and did you bring your phone or the Mecklenburg County Park and Rec ID with you? Did you let family memDepartment. She can be reached at bers and friends know that you are go980-314-1127. ing out, for how long and what route are
A Sample Daily Walking Program
This program is only a guide. Your walking sessions may be longer or shorter based on your ability and the advice of your doctor. If you are walking fewer than three times per week, give yourself more than 2 weeks before adding more.
WEEKS 3–4 WEEKS 5–6
Walk Slowly and Stretch
Source: National Institute of Health
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Scene and Heard Big Day at the Lake Beach Bash April 14
At Port City Club: Donna Dunlap, the new CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters; Nick Lyssikatos, owner of Port City; and Jan Black, marketing and events director at Port City
Auctioneer extraordinaire: Robert Reed ran the auction at the Beach Bash
People came to remember Janet McFadden
Beach Bash: Troy Stafford and Della Stafford, fund-raising co-chair for Big Day at the Lake
Fun photo bomber: Big Day at the Lake secretary Gail Williams with Arlene Arciero and NC Sen. Jeff Tarte
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Bethel Presbyterian Church 19920 Bethel Church Rd., Worship 9am & 11am Cornelius Presbyterian Church 21209 Catawba Ave., Worship 10:30am Church of the Good Shepherd Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St. Worship 10am First Baptist Church 21007 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am Grace Covenant Church 17301 Statesville Rd, Worship 8am, 9:30am, 11:15am Mt. Zion United Methodist Church 19600 Zion St., Worship 8:30am, 9:45am, 11am
NorthCross Church 11020 Bailey Rd., Ste H, Worship 10:15am Point of Grace Lutheran Church 20700 N. Main St., Worship 8:30am, 11am Union Bethel AME Zion Church 20738 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am Community in Christ Lutheran Church 7621 Norman Island Dr., Worship 9:30am, 11am Calvary Chapel 18731 W. Catawba Ave., Worship 10am Inclusion Community Kadi Fit, Sundays 11am
Garden bench memorial: Friends of the late Janet McFadden gathered in the community garden behind Kadi Fit to remember the founder of Davidson Pet Sitters. McFadden’s husband, Brian Freeman Sr., is on the left. Kadi Fit founder Katie Dixon is on the right
Kadi Fit owner Katie Dixon led a prayer as friends gathered in the community garden
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Scene and Heard
Car show: Rich Sclichter with his 2002 Viper at The Peninsula Yacht Club April 16 Fundraiser: It was cold and windy at the pine needle and doughnut sale at First Baptist Church April 11. Pictured are Myranda Webster, Briggs Dickerson, Bailey Dickerson
Smithville Cleanup Day: Michael Anderson, Rev Tabatha Stanback, Wesley Monteith on April 16
Are you in PAIN? Do you need to RELAX? Doing good together: Donna Hase participated in the Stop Hunger Now event. More than 100 people assembled 25,000 meals April 9 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church
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These corporations have registered with the N.C. Secretary of State
Cornelius 4/1/16 Advanced Technisales LLC, David J. Johnson, 17929 Kings Point Dr., Unit H, Cornelius 4/1/16 Ahoskie Solar LLC, Adam Will Foodman, 20035 Jetton Rd., Unit D, Cornelius 4/1/16 Ahoskie Solar Owner LLC, Adam Will Foodman, 20035 Jetton Rd., Unit D, Cornelius 4/1/16 Antonio Pickens International Inc., Keva A. Pickens, 20815 Sterling Bay Ln. East, Apt. K, Cornelius
4/1/16 Bear Poplar Solar Owner LLC, Adam Will Foodman, 20035 Jetton Rd., Unit D, Cornelius 4/1/16 Parkdale Solar Owner LLC, Adam Will Foodman, 20035 Jetton Rd., Unit D, Cornelius 4/1/16 Salisbury Solar Owner LLC, Adam Will Foodman, 20035 Jetton Rd., Unit D, Cornelius 4/1/16 Wadesboro Solar Owner LLC, Adam Will Foodman, 20035 Jetton Rd., Unit D, Cornelius 4/4/16 Clinical Pharmacy Associates Incorporated, Richard Dandurand, 19406 Laurel Glen Ave., Cornelius 4/4/16 Jemdeeta Products LLC, Todd R. Parker, 11112 Heritage Green Dr., Cornelius
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4/5/16 MIDTC LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 21811 Advocates Ct., Cornelius 4/5/16 Opal Hotels – CLT Airports LLC, Rajnikant R. Desai, 15908 Robbins Green Dr., Cornelius 4/6/16 9Y CLT Inc., Jordan F. Litchko, 18607 Bonham Ln., Cornelius 4/6/16 Freedom Church Inc., Keva A. Pickens, 20815 Sterling Bay Ln. East, Apt. K, Cornelius 4/6/16 Nyquist Enterprises LLC, Heidi Nyquist, 8711 Westmoreland Lake Dr., Cornelius 4/7/16 Eastcoast Sales & Equipment LLC, Mark Summers, 18726 Old Statesville Rd., Cornelius 4/7/16 Lake Norman Treatment Associates LLC, Hannah Tuttle, 18139 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 9, Cornelius 4/7/16 Ratziaff Construction Company LLC, Ernest B. Remmey, 19619 Weavers Cir., Cornelius 4/7/16 Signature Residential LLC, Wade Robinson, 7319 Windaliere Dr., Cornelius 4/11/16 A Barber’s Café & Bar LLC, Alexander Hakim, 21521 Nautique Blvd., Apt. 206, Cornelius 4/11/16 Donahue’s LKN Luxury Homes LLC, Sheila Donahue, 17818 John Connor Rd., Cornelius 4/11/16 Fiber Mills Manger II Inc., Noah Lazes, 19401 Old Jetton Rd., Ste. 101, Cornelius 4/11/16 Lure of the Mountains LLC, Stephen L. Dailey, 19226 Brookgreen Garden Pl., Cornelius 4/11/16 Silver Hammer Manager, Noah Lazres, 19401 Old Jetton Rd., Ste. 101 Cornelius 4/12/16 BPRental LLC, Tessa Young, 10416 Watoga Way, Cornelius4/12/16 4/12/16 Precision Boatworks LLC, Lisa F. Oke, 19718 Shearwater Dr., Cornelius 4/13/16 Cleveland Family Holdings LLC, John Cleveland, 22035 Lady Glencim Ct., Cornelius 4/13/16 Killian Creek Development LLC, David Marshall Jones Jr., 18339 Old Statesville Rd., Unit G, Cornelius
4/13/16 Nicholas a. Davis PLLC, Nicholas A. Davis, 18623 Victoria Bay Dr., Cornelius 4/14/16 Lake Norman Venue LLC, Kimberly Goodrum, 18145 Nantz Rd., Cornelius 4/14/16 Northbridge Marina Blue Parrot LLC, Susan Surane, 18825 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 150, Cornelius
Davidson 3/22/16 Targeted DNA LLC, William P. Bray, 432 S. Main St., Ste. 200, Davidson 3/23/16 RM Med Sales LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 18743 Dembridge Dr., Davidson 3/31/16 100 Words Film Festival, Scott Galloway, 600 Ashby Dr., Davidson 3/31/16 Intrsect LLC, Hannah Levinson, 209 Ridge Rd., Davidson 3/31/16 J&W Corporate Consulting LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 10986 Slate Terr., Davidson 4/1/16 Hadley Sports Images LLC, Laurie Martz Hadley, 15644 Oxydendrum Hill Rd., Davidson 4/7/16 Davidson Industrial Equipment LLC, Antonio Prieto Regina, 1116 Samuel Spencer Pkwy., Davidson 4/7/16 Morgan Bennett Interiors LLC, Kristie Barker Harris, 13608 James Ervin Way, Davidson 4/8/16 BMAllen Inc., United States Corporation Agents Inc., 15731 Kiser Corner Ln., Davidson 4/11/16 Apartment Painting Pros Inc., John Garrett, 610 Jetton St., Ste. 120-106, Davidson 4/13/16 H and B Care LLC, Dontae Henderson, 709 Northeast Dr., Ste. 20, Davidson 4/14/16 DJ’s Transport LLC, Dominick J. Pipitone, 447 Spring St., Davidson 4/15/16 Carolina Lawn Medics LLC, Hunter Warren, 15971 Rose Glenn Ln., Davidson
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Your comments and opinions since 2006
Bethel Church Road speed limits Tight clothes “I want to say something to the rather husky chap driving in circles and loops during our dinner outside on an otherwise perfect lake evening. Your clothes are not fitting because you do not burn many calories sitting on a cheap two-cycle engine and spinning in circles. This was Tuesday night between Bustle and Peninsula Point.” —via SoundoffCornelius@gmail.com • The tight clothes were probably just a wetsuit
“Now that the road has been repaved, people are driving faster than ever on Bethel Church. Please, lower the speed limit from 45 mph to 35 mph. This is a residential area with walkers and bikes.” —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on www.corneliustoday.com
Tax increase may be on the horizon “Hey Cornelius. Do you really need a new boat costing $207,000? Come on. Really. And you want a penny? Really, come on guys.”
—via corneliustoday.com in response to ‘Tax increase may be on the horizon, as well as a bond referendum’, March 28 online edition
Tattered flag at Waltrip World “I’ve called Lincoln Harris 3 times in a row, once per week, to let them know about the tattered U.S. flag flying at Michael Waltrip World. Their response to my third call a week ago was ‘We’re working on it’. It is still flying this am. How long does it take to take down a flag? This is an embarrassment to our entire community.” —via firstname.lastname@example.org
Town planning vs. property owners’ rights “Cangelosi’s letter is a good read. I say go get’em Gary!!” —via corneliustoday.com in response to “Developer knocks town staff on rezoning advice. Hearing on town board’s Monday agenda” from April 12
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“Developer knocks town staff on rezoning advice”
Wanton destruction • “Are you kidding me?!?! More people that need to get the boot out of office! I am so tired of these morons ruining our beautiful community! Everyone needs to fight for this one. This developer has it exactly right. Now how do we get rid of Wayne Herron?”
“It sickens me to see the wanton destruction of trees in the median of the I-77 widening project. Was this absolutely necessary and did anyone consider the environmental impact of this desecration?” —via SoundOffCornelius on Facebook
• “I beg to disagree regarding Wayne Herron. In my humble opinion, he’s the best we’ve had in his current position.” • “Then he needs to be screaming with us to FIX OUR ROADS before ANYTHING else is built. Nothing: No houses, no apartments, no commercial should be allowed before Catawba is appropriately widened. And a right turn on red at Sam Furr!!!” • “This property is surrounded by my neighborhood, Vineyard Point/Bordeaux. The people who own it have been trying to sell for about 15 years, commercial or residential! Drive by it and look… it looks worn down and a mess right now. Classica Homes which did Robins Park would make that tract of land look gorgeous. They are proposing on approximately 40 units for 55 and older residents. This is the least that would affect our traffic compared to anything else. We don’t need any more commercial right now and there’s no reason to put commercial in the middle of a residential neighborhood. There’s plenty of room around town for this, let alone all the vacancy signs up and down Catawba now! We (and you wouldn’t either) want a parking lot, dumpsters and everything else that goes along with commerical in our back yard!” The Town Board postponed their vote on the project April 18. It comes back up for a vote at the May 1 meeting. Wayne Herron is the town’s planning director —via corneliustoday.com in response to “Developer knocks town staff on rezoning advice”, April 12 online edition
“Property owner speaks out” “This situation is an an atrocity, and represents overreach beyond reason by the Town of Cornelius. The property in question borders Vineyard Point. Our Master Association, as well as our individual HOA (Bordeaux) have made it clear that we are in favor of the Classica Homes proposal, yet there are still some on the Town Board who think the residents of this community don’t know what is best for our area. I would hope that the town will consider the wishes of all involved, and move forward with this project in the best interest of the town and adjoining properties…”
—via corneliustoday.com in response to “Property owner speaks out after being silenced at hearing”, April 25 online edition
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