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MATTHEWS – Town leaders heard three proposals for townhome communities that would collectively add 225 units to the Matthews housing market. The projects were discussed in detail at the commissioners meeting April 9 at town hall. Some of the concerns during the rezoning presentations included density, width of internal roads, loss of trees and the need to adapt to the
look of Matthews. “Really, this is a textbook 1960s throw on a lot situation here,” Commissioner John Urban said in response to one community’s proposed design. Projects included: • 2020 Ventures LLC has applied to rezone 17.5 acres of vacant land at Mount Harmony Church and Stevens Mill roads for up to 141 units. The property borders I-485. Leaders will continue the public hearing to May 14 to give the applicant more time to address feedback. • LC Hardwood Floors wants to rezone a six-
acre lot at 3530 Margaret Wallace Road into a community of up to 36 townhomes. The property, which has four single-family homes, borders Crown Point Elementary School. Commissioners will continue the public hearing June 11. • Eastwood Homes envisions a community of up to 48 townhomes on eight acres at 1652 McKee Road. The Windsor Run retirement community surrounds the site. The planning board will vet this plan April 24. Pick up next week’s edition for breakdowns of each project.
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Whitley: Be careful of charter schools by Justin Vick firstname.lastname@example.org
Women@Work Venue announced for luncheon, 2A
Brandon Shannon, 22, of Matthews, doesn’t let his diagnosis of Autism slow him down. He is a puppeteer for Barnyard News, works at Trader Joes on Rea Road and is taking classes at CPCC. Karie Simmons/MMHW photo
22-year-old with Autism thrives at puppeteering by Karie Simmons
Brandon Shannon, 22, holds Rex the Rooster. Rex is one of five puppets Brandon uses as part of InReach of Charlotte’s travelling puppet show, Barnyard News. Photo courtesy of Linda Shannon
Farmers market Despite rain, debut attracts crowds, 3A
Sagging skin? More people seeking plastic surgery, 2B
MATTHEWS – Before Brandon Shannon begins to talk, a huge smile sweeps across his face, which can only mean one thing: He’s about to crack a joke. “Knock knock,” he says. “Who’s there?” “Orange.” “Orange who?” “Orange you glad you didn’t spill your lemons?” he says, bursting into laughter. The 22-year-old from Matthews is known to be pretty funny, and he enjoys making people laugh with his impressions of Mr. T, Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster and the Tasmanian Devil from see PERFORM, Page 6A
I’ve always told Brandon, ‘Be who you are. You’re smart, you’re handsome, you’re great and no matter what people say about you, just be who you are because that’s all we really can do.’” • Linda Shannon, Brandon’s mother
MATTHEWS – The Rev. Larry Whitley urged Matthews commissioners to resist the temptation to create and maintain charter schools in favor of continuing to work with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Whitley, a former commissioner who ran for mayor last year, likened charter schools to segregated schools Whitley during the public comment portion of the April 9 commissioners meeting. “I was really upset to see the newspaper share that Matthews was a racist town,” Whitley told them. “I know that’s not the fact, but I can share with you that sometimes what people see might give them the impression that it is. “ Whitley alluded to a Charlotte Observer story, “Matthews schools for Matthews kids: Town pride or race prejudice.” It detailed a meeting last month between town and CMS leaders over a bill sponsored by N.C. Rep. Bill Brawley that would give Matthews and Mint Hill authority to create and operate charter schools. Fed up with mobile units and the prospect of students being reassigned to other schools, Matthews has explored in recent years ways to break away from CMS and create its own district. Whitley was glad to see town see CHARTER, Page 3A
Butler athletes dominate in track & field events by Paul Nielsen email@example.com
Drab to fab Muralist freshens up monument, 6B
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MATTHEWS — Butler High head track coach Deborah Deeg is looking for big things from senior Rebecca Latterner and junior Sierra St. John. Neither athSt. John lete has disappointed their coach. Latterner has set personal records in all five events – 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles, 400-meter hur-
dles, long jump and triple jump – she has entered this season. The senior has a firstplace finish in four of those five events. Latterner won the triple jump at the Queen City Relays with a jump of 34-2.75, and she took second in the meet in the long jump. Latterner also won the long jump (16-9) and triple jump (34-1) at the Mallard Creek Invitational last month, and she set a personal best 177.25 to win the long jump at a meet at Providence High on March 28.
St. John has won four of the last five discus events the junior has entered as of April 10, including throwing a personal best 111-0 to win the Queen City Relays on March 24. Her previous best this season in the discus was a 107-5 at a meet at Butler on March 15. St. John has also finished in the top 10 in every meet she has competed in the shot put. She has two second place finishes – 30-11 at the Butler meet and 32-0 at the Trojan see BUTLER, Page 6A
Butler senior Rebecca Latterner participates in hurdles drills April 10. Paul Nielsen/MMHW photo
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SAVE THE DATE Matthews Mint Hill Weekly will host a luncheon in conjunction with its annual Women@Work edition. TV personality Jacinda Jacobs will host the event. Mara Campolungo, executive director of The Sandbox, will be the keynote speaker. Her charity helps families of children diagnosed with cancer. The Women@Work Luncheon takes place 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11 at Waverly Hilton Garden Inn, 7415 Waverly Walk Ave. Tickets cost $50. Discounts are available for two, four and eight seat packages. Visit www.matthewsminthillweekly.com to buy tickets. Call 704-849-2261 or email Adrian@cmgweekly.com for questions or sponsorship opportunities.
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NEWS BRIEFS Run with the lions MINT HILL – The Mint Hill Lions Club is sponsoring a 5K run April 14 at 8 a.m. in downtown. Entry costs $25 plus a $2.75 signup fee. Runners can register online at www.runsig nup.com by 11:59 p.m. April 12. Runners can also register the day of the race from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Runners will meet at the Mint Hill Town Hall and the starting line will be on N.C. 51. The finish line will be at the Mint Hill Town Hall. The Mint Hill Lions Club 5K Race raises money for the visually impaired in the community. Organizations and events the Lions Club support include Camp Dogwood, the VIP fishing tournament, clinical eye research, Boys and Girls Club and VIP day in Mint Hill.
Police department has found property in possession MINT HILL – The Mint Hill Police Department put out notice that it has found property in its possession. The department has iPads/tablets, cell phones, hand/power tools, debit/credit cards, firearms, a battery charger, jewelry and a backpack. Anyone who believes this is their property must have proof of that item by providing serial number verification and a photo ID. All inquiries are by appointment only. Call 704-545-1085 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays to ask about the property. No walkins will be allowed. State law says people have 30 days to claim property after notice has been published.
Pittenger takes next step in I-74 initiative
tenger has requested a comprehensive study of all interstate conversion projects completed nationwide within the past five years along with an analysis of the economic impact on surrounding counties. The request is part of his efforts to upgrade U.S. 74 into an interstate to connect Charlotte with Wilmington. He said this would spark economic development throughout the region, including Monroe. “Many Southeastern North Carolina communities have been hit hard by poorly negotiated foreign trade agreements and the loss of traditional industries,” Pittenger said. “Industry is responsive to major road systems and transportation access.”
Indy grad appointed to Air Force Academy CHARLOTTE – Independence High School graduate Trey Shuford has received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. The Eagle Scout served as the Independence Air Force JROTC Cadet Colonel and received the Independence High School “Order of the Patriot” award for overall excellence. Congressman Robert Pittenger, who nominated Shuford, was impressed with his perseverance. “He received a nomination from my office last year, but ultimately did not receive an appointment,” Pittenger said. “Undaunted, he attended an Air Force prep school and applied again this year. He has displayed the character and tenacity America needs in our future leaders.” Shuford, the son of Alfred and Sherri Shuford, is one of 11 local students to receive a United States Service Academy appointment for 2017-18.
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April 12 to 25
Art exhibit Mint Hill Arts hosts the inaugural Romie and Judy Mizell Photography Show from Wednesdays to Saturdays through April 25. Visit www.minthillarts.org for details. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 11205 Lawyers Road, Mint Hill
Chamber networking Kendal Ann Miller, development director for the Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity, speaks at the next Mint Hill Business Women’s Network. The free event takes place at the Clear Creek Nursing and Rehab Center of Mint Hill. Non-members are invited. Visit www.minthillchamberofcommerce. com or call 704-545-7750 for details. 8:30 to 10 a.m.; 10506 Clear Creek Commerce Drive, Mint Hill
April 12 Amateur Astronomers A member of the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club talks about how he got started and what he learned from the experts in the community at an upcoming library program. Outside observation practice will take place at the end of the program if weather permits. The event is for ages 16 and older. Call 704-416-5000 or visit www.cmlibrary. org/calendar to register. 7 to 9 p.m.; 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews
April 13 Chicken Barbecue Antioch United Methodist Church will hold a chicken barbecue sale starting at 11 a.m. Plates cost $9. Dine in or take out. 11 a.m.; 3205 Antioch Church Road, Matthews Food Trucks DeCarlo performs at the next installment of the Matthews Food Truck Fridays & Concert Series at Stumptown Park. Enjoy food and dessert trucks, as well as a craft beer pavilion and inflatables. Bring chairs and blankets but no pets. The series continues on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, April 13 to Sept. 28 (except May 11). Visit www.matthewsfun.com for details. 5 to 9 p.m.; 120 S. Trade St., Matthews
April 14 Earth Day Habitat and Wildlife Keepers presents a festival centered on Earth Day at Matthews Community Center. The event features environmentally friendly vendors, as well as activities. Visit www.matthewsnc.gov for details. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 100 McDowell St., Matthews Paws to Read Children read to a volunteer therapy dog as part of the Paws to Read program at the Mint Hill Library. Call 704-416-5200 or visit www.cmlibrary.org for details. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; 6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill
Blood Drive The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas holds a drive at Point Blank Range, Matthews. Call 888-59-BLOOD or visit www. cbcc.us for details. 3:30 to 7 p.m.; 10726 Monroe Road, Matthews Shooter Training The Mint Hill Police Department hosts a free active shooter training at Blair Road United Methodist Church. Participants will get tips on surviving an active shooter scenario. Visit www.minthill.com/ for details. 6 p.m.; 9135 Blair Road, Mint Hill
April 19 Golf Tourney Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care hosts its seventh annual charity golf tournament at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation. The event benefits disabled veterans, seniors and other adults with Alzheimer’s, dementia and various other diseases. It includes lunch and dinner. Registration costs $100 for players. Call 704-845-1562 or email nate@blesse dadultcare.org for details. 11:45 a.m.; 7500 Olde Sycamore Drive, Mint Hill ESL Tutoring Adults needing help learning English can visit Matthews Library or call 704-416-5021 to sign up for a 45-minute individual session with a friendly volunteer. Ask questions, get tips and practice your ability to speak, listen, read and write in English. Appointments are available Thursday evenings. 6 to 7:30 p.m.; 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews Riedel Seminar Seaboard Brewing Taproom & Wine Bar hosts a Riedel Seminar and Wine Tasting event. The seminar costs $45 and includes tastings of five wines and three XL glasses. Register in advance. Call 704-246-8323 for details. 6:30 to 8 p.m. 213 N. Trade St., Matthews
Lawn Party The Matthews Heritage Museum invites the community back to 1915, where they’ll learn how early residents of town got together and enjoyed each other’s company. Dr. and Mrs. T. N. Reid's fourth annual Victorian Lawn Party at the Reid House. The free event includes crafts and games. Call 704708-4996 or visit www.matthewsheritage museum.org. Noon to 4 p.m.; 134 W. John St., Matthews
History tours The Matthews Historical Foundation offers narrated bus tours as part of the Victorian Lawn Party festivities at the Reid House,. Tours travel through the historic district, including Matthews Historic Cemetery and Crestdale. Seats are limited. Call 704-8466693 to reserve a seat. 1 and 2 p.m.; 134 W. John St., Matthews
Shred Event The Mint Hill Police Department and Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce present a free community shred event at Mint Hill Town Hall. The limit is five standard size boxes per vehicles. Visit www.minthill.com for details. 9 a.m. to noon; 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill
Pro Soccer The Charlotte Independence hosts the North Carolina FC at the Sportsplex at Matthews. Ticket prices vary. Visit www.char lotteindependence.com for details. 7 p.m.; 1505 Tank Town Road, Matthews
Youth Theater The Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts School of Theatre presents “The Lion King JR” at the Matthews Community Center. Tickets cost $10 for adults, as well as $9 for students and seniors. Visit www.mat thewsplayhouse.com for details. 7:30 p.m.; 100 McDowell St. E., Matthews
Paws to Read Children read to a volunteer therapy dog as part of the Paws to Read program at the Mint Hill Library. Call 704-416-5200 or visit www.cmlibrary.org for details. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; 6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill
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Farmer’s market attracts crowd CRIME SCENE by Paul Nielsen firstname.lastname@example.org
MATTHEWS — A cold rain didn’t dampen shoppers’ enthusiasm as the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market kicked off its 27th season in downtown Matthews on April 7. The market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. The farmers’ market promotes itself as the largest and most diverse producers-only market in the Charlotte area. All food and produce, with the exception of fish, is raised, grown or made within 50 miles of Matthews. Items for sale include produce, naturally raised meats, handcrafted cheese, fresh eggs, local honey, plants, baked goods and hand-made crafts, to name a few. Madison Geer, of Madison Woodworks, was one of the many vendors that braved the cold rain to show off his wares. Geer makes wood furniture, wooden cutting boards and wooden spoons and bowls. “I’ve been doing woodworking for 40 years,” Geer said. Elijah Murray, of Waxhaw, was under Geer’s tent making a spoon while sitting on a shave horse. Murray’s mother, Jennifer, was close by working at the New Town Farms booth. “Madison has taken him under his wing,” Jennifer Murray said. “Elijah has a great time.” The market also features live music, cooking demonstrations by local chefs and family ac-
More than 50 vendors showed up April 7 for the opening of the Matthews Community Farmer's Market. The market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
Elijah Murray, of Waxhaw, carves a wooden spoon while sitting on a shave horse at the Madison Woodworks booth. Paul Nielsen/ MMHW photos
tivities. There is also a full-service coffee shop. On opening day, Brian Howard provided live music to shoppers while Terra Ciotta, chef-instructor at the Art Institute of Charlotte’s international culinary department, put on a cooking demonstration using fresh market ingredients. Go to www.matthewsfarmersmarket.com for a list of vendors and activities.
Brian Howard provided music at the opening of the Matthews Community Farmer's Market on April 7 in downtown Matthews.
Matthews Police reported incidents March 29 to April 1: Break-Ins, Vehicles • 9600 block of Independence Pointe Parkway: $1,500 computer and $1,400 laptop stolen. March 29 • 2500 block of Annecy Drive: $100 GPS stolen. March 30 • 9500 block of Hunting Court: $700 cell phone and $300 cash stolen. March 31 Driving While Impaired • 11800 block of East Independence Boulevard: Driving while impaired. March 30 Drug Possession • 1300 block of Matthews Township Parkway: Cocaine possession. March 30 Fraud • 200 block of Mattridge Road: Financial identity fraud. March 29
Thefts • Rack Em Pub & Billiards, 1898 Windsor Square Drive: $500 iPhone stolen. March 30 • Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 2447 E. John St.: $101 lawnmower. March 31 • Kohl’s, 9617 E. Independence Blvd.: Shoplifting. March 31 • 10600 block of Monroe Road: $30 beer stolen. April 1 Other • 100 block of George Clay Lane: Resist/delay. April 1
They also have less offerings, are very expensive to operate and require much more parental involvement to function, according to Shah. She has a child attending Crestdale Middle School and another at a nearby charter school. While Shah is not against charter schools, she is against those that would be created and operated by the town. “I don’t want our town to divide our kids into haves and have-nots,” she said. “How would that make our town look? It would create a negative impression, negative image of Matthews and none
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and school leaders come together to discuss their differences. He encouraged Matthews leaders to meet with them again and come to a better solution for all. Dimple Shah spoke to the council about the same topic. Shah ran for town council in the last election. Shah contends that while we may not see diversity in town hall or in grocery stores, we’re sure to find it in public schools. Charter schools, on the other hand, are less diverse.
Mint Hill Police reported incidents March 26 to April 1: Assault • 4800 block of Stoney Trace Drive: Simple physical assault. March 27 • 4400 block of Stoney Trace Drive: Simple physical
assault. March 27 • 3500 block of Matthews-Mint Hill Road: Simple physical assault. March 28 Forgery/Fraud • 7500 block of Kuck Road: Fraud. March 27 • 11800 block of Ranburne Road: Forgery. March 28 Thefts • 13300 block of Albemarle Road: $19 case of beer. March 26 • 6200 block of Wilson-Grove Road: $30 dog food stolen. March 28 Other • 9200 block of Lawyers Road: Obtaining property by false pretense. March 28 • 7500 Pine Lake Lane: Meter tempering. March 29
of us want that.” Whitley and Shah are also concerned about the tax implications of running one or multiple charter schools. Town commissioners have tasked attorney Charles Buckley to review the bill and offer insight into how schools could be funded. “I don’t want it to look like Matthews is better or think we are better than other people because our concern is for all people,” Whitley said. “Let’s invest in CMS to make it great.”
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Home Sales DATE SOLD
Brandywine 1809 Brandywine Drive March 29 $270,000 Brightmoor 2304 Whispering Spring Drive March 29 $259,000 2300 Hunters Bluff Dr. March 28 $280,000 2643 Brightmoor Ridge Drive March 7 $319,900
Country Place 1120 Glenshannon Road March 15 Deerfield Creek 10900 Fox Hedge Road March 15
Eastwood Forest 4910 Forestmont Drive March 16 $50,000 Elizabeth Woods 1063 Elizabeth Manor Ct. March 26 $515,000 Fullwood Station 2520 Livery Stable Dr. March 29 $517,462 Glenwood Manor 9721 Manus Court March 28 $190,000 3620 Trappers Run Dr. March 2 $275,000 Habersham 11105 Berkley Square Ln. March 28 $201,000 Hearthstone 10218 Rocking Chair Rd. March 22 $368,000 Idlewood 13435 Idlefield Lane 13718 Sustare Court
March 22 $199,500 March 9 $180,500
Lake Harmony Estates 8329 Lake Harmony Dr. March 28 $472,796 8312 Lake Harmony Dr. March 15 $440,000 Poplar Forest 5108 Poplar Knoll Drive March 14
The Heathers 13400 Wester Ross Ct. March 9
Thornblade 1925 Thornblade Ridge Drive March 15 $268,000 1809 Thornblade Ridge Drive March 8 $295,000 Village at Windrow 2010 Windrow Wood Ct. March 14
Weddington Ridge 2538 Hampton Glen Ct. March 28 $337,500 3522 Weddington Ridge Lane March 16 $330,000
Drexel Glen 3719 Glen Lyon Drive March 16 $227,000 Dunnwood 2200 Dunnwood Hills Dr. March 15
9432 Tavistock Court March 23 $263,000 2716 Old House Circle March 2 $217,000
Benton Woods 9430 Tillot Drive March 26 $443,000
Callaway Plantation 3228 Ashwell Oaks Ln. March 2
Editor’s note: Information provided by the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association and www.sales.carolinahome.com
Windrow Estates 14201 Hackamore Dr. March 9 28227
Arlington Hills 8020 Wilson Ridge Ln. March 23 $515,000 Bainbridge 9447 Nugget Hill Road March 27 $227,000 Berkshire on Lawyer 8411 Killian Ridge Court March 16 $240,000 Brighton Park 6319 Willow Branch Rd. March 29 $243,600 Chestnut Lake 7711 Hickory Hollow Ln. March 15 7407 Walnut Wood Dr. March 9
Clear Creek Estates 14710 Eaglebrook Drive March 14 14701 Clay Bank Drive March 7
Danbrooke Park 9253 Aylesbury Lane March 12
Farmwood 7131 Pitchfork Lane March 19 5931 Beaver Dam Lane March 5
Hillshire 8908 Chesham Drive March 20 $160,000
Sardis Plantation 100 Linville Drive March 2
Mint Hill Estates 8913 Gosnell Drive March 23 $225,000
Reigate 14823 Rothwell Drive March 29 $235,000
Morris Farms 7520 Barn Stone Drive March 14
Shelburne 11913 Stoney Meadow Dr. March 14
Morris Village 7522 Swedish Ivy Lane March 2
Sherbrook 7507 Claymont Drive March 6
Old Oaks 8525 Barncliff Road
March 27 $148,500
Olde Stonegate 8840 Mullis Forest Ct. March 29 $329,990 8745 Mullis Forest Ct. March 16 $339,990 Olde Sycamore 6823 Olde Sycamore Dr. March 26 $379,000 7604 Fairway Mist Court March 2 $339,613 Ravenscroft 3830 Martele Drive March 29 $356,000
Summerwood 12905 Pumpkin Way Dr. March 16 $417,000 The Oaks at Oxfordshire 6409 Loyola Court March 29 $377,500 Wildwood 8235 Bald Ridge Drive March 23 $156,000 Woodbury 8827 Balsam Bay Road March 28 $230,000 8739 Balsam Bay Road March 1 $242,000
Providence Manor 1308 Rockfish Drive March 15 1400 Reverdy Oaks Dr. March 5
Sardis Forest 701 Trail Ridge Road March 21
Fairington Oaks 15010 Shingle Oak Rd. March 20 $377,000
Heathergate 7206 Lancashire Drive March 20 $160,000 7212 Ravenglass Lane March 8 $160,000
Reverdy End 324 Wellingshire Court March 8
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Fairfield Park 8201 Barncliff Road March 23 $134,000 709 Allister Drive March 12 $178,000 665 Allister Drive March 6 $160,000
Providence Hills 2706 Hampton Glen Ct. March 29 $420,000 3304 Danhill Place March 23 $540,000 $489,500 $535,000
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Lake Forest 6030 Woodbridge Rd. March 9
Lake Hills 4414 Drifter Drive
3304 Danhill Place – This Providence Hills home was the second highest priced home to sell in Matthews last month at $540,000.
8020 Wilson Ridge Lane – This custom home in Arlington Hills in Mint Hill features a balcony overlooking its one-acre lot.
$1,025,000 March 1
$270,000 Lawyers Station 7201 Box Car Court March 20 $199,000 $405,000
Southwoods 12100 Woodbend Drive March 29 $277,800
Marlwood Acres 8148 Ottawa Lane March 15 1632 Marlwood Circle March 8
St. Clair 6920 Whitebeam Way March 23 $220,000
Marlwood Forest 6131 Trotters Ridge Rd. March 6
Women @ Work 10900 Fox Hedge Road – Five bedrooms come in handy at this $480,000 home in Deerfield Creek.
1063 Elizabeth Manor Court – The grass is greener is Matthews, where this Elizabeth Woods home can be found.
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BUSINESS BRIEFS Easter Bunny visits the pool MATTHEWS – Aqua-Tots Swim Schools hosted an Easter Egg Hunt with a twist. Children had no problem finding the eggs. They just had to swim to them. The event was held March 30 at the swim school, located at 1709 Matthews Township Pkwy. It included face painting, crafts, contests and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Aqua-Tots Swim Schools offer year-round swim classes for children, 4 months to 12 years old. Students can take beginner, intermediate and advanced classes, depending on their age and abilities. Aqua-Tots offers swim clubs and teams for advanced students. Visit www.aqua-tots.com for details.
Lice clinic goes on egg hunt MATTHEWS – The South Charlotte location of Lice Clinics of America provided free removal treatments to the community April 7 at its third annual Great Lice Egg Hunt. The clinic, located at 3042 Senna Drive, uses the AirAllé medical device to dry out lice eggs. Visit www.liceclinicsofamerica.com or call 704-981-6494 for details.
Chamber holding health expo MATTHEWS – The Matthews Chamber of Commerce will hold its Healthy Living Expo, featuring demonstrations, health screenings and opportunities to interact with vendors. The free outdoor event takes place rain or shine 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12 on the green in downtown Matthews, 210 Matthews Station St. The chamber is recruiting vendor booths. Booths cost $100 for members and $150 for others. Nonprofits pay a lower rate. Call 704-847-3649 or visit www.matthews chamber.org for details.
Circle K program fuels schools CHARLOTTE – Circle K will kick off its annual Fueling Our Schools fundraising campaign April 19 at convenience stores throughout the region. The campaign invites customers to buy fuel at a specially marked fuel pump, with Circle K donating one-cent of every gallon of fuel purchased to a participating local school (up to $2,000 per school). Participating locations include: • 4921 Independence Blvd. (benefits East Mecklenburg High). • 9201 Lawyers Road (benefits Independence High). • 3201 Pineville-Matthews Road (benefits Providence High). • 9221 Albemarle Road (benefits Rocky River High).
The campaign has raised nearly $900,000 for local schools.
Medical centers highlighted for LGBTQ efforts WINSTON-SALEM – Novant Health announced that 14 of its acute care facilities, including Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, have been recognized as “Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.” This is the second year in a row Novant Health received systemwide recognition. It is one of only eight health care systems nationwide that had 10 or more facilities receive the recognition this year. “Diversity and inclusion are part of our core values as a healthcare organization,” said Tanya Blackmon, executive vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer at Novant Health. “At Novant Health, we recognize that each person brings a unique perspective and value to our organization, whether a patient, a family member or a team member. We are intentional in identifying ways to address the unique needs of our communities, including the LGBTQ community.” Others recognized included Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital, Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital and Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center.
Subway fundraiser earns $18K CHARLOTTE – Eleven Division 1 head men’s basketball coaches from North Carolina wrapped up a special Coaches vs. Cancer fundraising campaign, netting $18,213.66 in donations to help fight cancer. The contributions were collected in January and February from customers in the greater Charlotte area, Piedmont Triad and western North Carolina. Coaches from Gardner-Webb, Charlotte 49ers, Appalachian State, Winthrop and Davidson prepared sandwiches during lunch at local restaurants.
Franchise directory helps entrepreneurs WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration created the SBA Franchise Directory earlier this year, which has streamlined the process for entrepreneurs looking to access capital. “It’s a one-stop shop to check the growing list of eligible brands for SBA financing,” Associate Administrator William Manger said. The directory is updated every other week to keep it current. Visit www.sba.gov/document/sup port--sba-franchise-directory for details.
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Bulldogs baseball sweep spring break tourney MATTHEWS – The Butler baseball team has endured a four-game losing streak and a somewhat shaky start to the season, but the Bulldogs made a statement at the Jack Sink spring break tournament. The team earned three wins against quality
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win over Concord to open the tournament March 31. Christian Peters had the Concord hitters off balance all night as he scattered six hits over five innings while allowing two runs, neither of which were earned. Johnny Hummel closed the door on any comeback chances with two perfect innings during which he struck out four batters. Offensively the Bulldogs were led by Drew Roberts (2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs), Kyle Ziefert (2-for-5 with two walks and a pair of RBIs) and Hummel (2-for-2 with two walks and a run scored). On April 2, Butler scored two runs in the fourth inning and added an insurance run in the sixth to take out Charlotte Catholic, 3-1. Grayson Chester drove in a pair of runs, Alex Novack had two base hits and Hayden Davis provided the other RBI to lead the Bulldogs. Dylan Thomas allowed four hits and no runs over five innings of work to get the win
and Hummel took care of the rest, picking up the save with two innings of relief where he allowed four hits and a run with a pair of punchouts. The following day, the Bulldogs closed the tournament with a 6-2 win over Sun Valley. Butler spotted the Spartans a 2-0 lead, but their bats came alive with a six-run fifth inning to secure the win. Travis Ziefert had a pair of hits and the Bulldogs took advantage of eight walks to pace the offense. Davis got the start on the mound, but came away with a no decision after allowing four hits, four walks and two runs over 3.1 innings of work. Justin Bennett earned the win, allowing just one hit over the final 3.2 innings. Butler has a tough week ahead with a stacked schedule that features games against Porter Ridge, Providence, Myers Park and South Meck.
make up for lost time. Latterner will probably compete in the long jump, triple jump and the 100 and 300-meter hurdles in the postseason meets. “It’s going real good because I am getting more in shape,” Latterner said. “Everything is coming together and that is good because last year was not the year I needed. I was in a boot for two months and I couldn’t even go to the gym to stay in shape. I’m hoping to get 18 (in the long jump) this year because I know colleges are looking for longer distances.” St. John said she is looking to peak at the conference, regional and state track meets. “The season has gone good so far,” St. John said. “I am getting better and trying to get even better. I want to hit 140 (in the discus). That is my goal.” Deeg said Latterner and St. John are on pace to compete at the Class 4A State Track and Field Meet next month in Greensboro. “We are trying to go all the way with those two,” Deeg said. Layla Graham is also throwing well for the Bulldogs and she finished first in the shot (35-10) at the Olympic Trojan Relays. “Layla has been putting in a lot of hard work, and I am proud of her, as well,” Deeg said. “We are definitely look for points in the shot and discus from those two (Graham and St. John).”
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Invitational — and she took ninth at the Queen City Relays with a 28-15. The triple jump is a strong event for Latterner but the senior has been putting in extra work in the long jump in preparation for the upcoming conference, regional and state track meets. Latterner currently has the fifth best leap in the long jump in Class 4A this season “Rebecca has always been a hard worker, but she is putting in smarter work now,” Deeg said. “She is not over doing it now. She is getting her rest and keeping her body healthy. We have been focusing on the long jump.” St. John has the seventh best discus throw in the state in Class 4A this year. She leads the 4A Southwestern Conference in the event with less than a month before the conference track and field meet. “Sierra has improved a lot from where she started this year,” said assistant Butler track coach Jaya Emerson. “She is improving each day she picks up a discus, picks up a shot. She has that will and drive to keep going.” Latterner missed most of last season with a stress fracture in her left fibula, and the senior is putting in extra work to try and
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Looney Tunes. He’s also a huge Charlotte Hornet’s fan, loves playing basketball and is studying math, leisure and humanities at Central Piedmont Community College. Brandon’s diagnosis of Autism causes him to struggle with elevated degrees of anxiety, but his charismatic personality and knack for entertaining outshine his diagnosis. For the past two years, he’s been thriving as a puppeteer with InReach of Charlotte’s traveling puppet show, Barnyard News. The show combines performance art and education to teach young children about people with disabilities and inclusion. “I like how I can make the kids laugh,” Brandon said. “I’m really good with kids.” Brandon is part of a cast of five puppeteers who all
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have varying levels of special needs. He uses five puppets, including a dog, bumble bee, “Road Island Rex” the rooster, “Crowing Hank” the sportscaster, and “Napoleon Pink” the lawyer, but Rex is his favorite. “I shake him and the kids laugh,” he said. “It makes me feel good to bring joy to other people. It makes me feel good to be doing this.” John Wirz is the creative arts coordinator at InReach, an organization that provides housing, jobs and community support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Charlotte, Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. He described Barnyard News as a “perfect fit” for the puppeteers and a creative outlet that allows them to come out of their shell and be themselves. With weekly rehearsals and shows throughout the month, it’s also something to look forward to and gives the puppeteers a sense of responsibility. “For them, they have a big smile on their face. They love to go to rehearsals and they’ll ask me when the next one is before I even tell them,” Wirz said. “At the end of every show, they get a chance to go out into the audience with their puppets and interact with the crowd and
the kids and they just love it. They love to show off their puppets. It has been really self-rewarding for everyone involved.” Brandon’s mom, Linda, said she’s seen a huge difference since Brandon began puppeteering. At Barnyard News, he’s free from elevated anxiety, bullying, judgment, exclusion, harassment and negative labels. He also feels accepted and able to create laughter and express his creative talents, she said. “He was basically born to perform,” she said. “His charismatic personality just blossomed more. He loves entertaining children and that’s something I didn’t know.” The shows also improve Brandon’s leadership skills, provide structure, boost his confidence and strengthen his team-building knowledge. Linda said she’s noticed her son’s socialization skills are better and now he’s more quirky and funny than ever. In other words, she said, he’s truly being himself. “I’ve always told Brandon, ‘Be who you are. You’re smart, you’re handsome, you’re great and no matter what people say about you, just be who you are because that’s all we really can do,’” she said. “So each opportunity he can be who he is, he’s doing it.”
DINING SCORES Health departments in Mecklenburg and Union counties inspected these restaurants March 30 to April 5:
Matthews • Food Lion (market), 9848 Monroe Road – 99.5
Charlotte (28227) • Chili’s Grill & Bar, 2521 Sardis Road N. – 93.5 • China Saute, 9248 Albemarle Road – 98
Charlotte (28270) • Food Lion (deli), 9848 Monroe Road – 99.5
Indian Trail • Jersey Mike’s, 6580 Old Monroe Road – 96 • Kate’s Skating Rink, 14500 U.S. 74 E. – 97.5 • Moe’s Southwest Grill, 6443 Old Monroe Road – 96 • Starbucks Coffee, 6701 Old Charlotte Hwy. – 96
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Home Instead grows with aging population by Justin Vick email@example.com
CHARLOTTE – Roberta and Les Farnum were looking for a growing city to launch their Home Instead Senior Care franchise. Charlotte fit the bill. Since opening 18 years ago, Roberta Farnum estimates her company has served more than 5,000 families in Mecklenburg County. “In the early days, my husband was going door to door educating people on what we were,” Roberta said. “People didn’t even know the concept of in-home care.” Home Instead Senior Care allows older
adults age in place by connecting them with caregivers to help them with daily tasks, like showers, meals and chores. There was a time when the Farnums were the caregivers in their fledgling venture. Now they employ a general manager that oversees operations, which includes more than 250 employees and a scheduling department. Charlotte is still growing, as is its senior population. Many move here to be with their children, while the influx of active adult communities allow more people to stay where they grew up or built their careers. But Farnum said people don’t consider that they need extra care as they age. People
also don’t want to think about the possibility of developing dementia. A survey by Home Instead found that while 73 percent of seniors have a written will, only 13 percent have made plans for long-term care. While the AARP finds that 90 percent of seniors prefer to spend their final years at home, Home Instead found that 74 percent of seniors have shared their wishes with adult children. Seniors don’t want to burden their children, while adult children find it difficult to approach their parents about long-term care. Typically, a crisis opens the door for the adult children to take action.
“It is a difficult conversation because people want to maintain their independence,” Farnum said. “If they talk about they’re going to need help, they’re afraid everyone’s going to gather around them and make decisions for them.” Farnum said one of the biggest misconceptions people have about long-term care is that Medicare is going to pay for it. She recommends older adults educate themselves on investing in a long-term care policy. Home Instead has resources to encourage seniors and their adult children to talk to one another about long-term care plans. Visit www.homeinstead.com for details.
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Dick and Desire Osman, who live in Ballantyne, have been playing Pickleball for four years. They are USA Pickleball Association ambassadors for the Charlotte area. Paul Nielsen/MMHW photos
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INDIAN TRAIL – As spring break was winding down last week, Carolina Courts was abuzz with activity. One side of the massive indoor complex was full of school-aged children taking part in a basketball clinic that encompassed several courts. The other half of the complex was filled with people playing games on nine “mini” tennis courts. Most of the players on these “mini” courts last enjoyed a spring break from school decades ago but their enthusiasm and competitive spirit matched their younger counterparts across the way at the basketball clinic. But Pickleball, not basketball, was the game at hand. Pickleball – a sport that is a mix of tennis, badminton and ping-pong – is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. It is especially popular with seniors and those baby boomers quickly approaching retirement. Players use a paddle, which resembles an oversized ping-pong paddle and a hard plastic ball that is very similar to a Whiffle ball. The court is about a third of the size of a tennis court. With less ground to cover, it is perfect for players of all ages and athletic abilities. The smaller court creates a social at-
mosphere. It’s also good exercise for the estimated 2.5 million participants nationwide. Carolina Courts, because if its 12 courts, Pickleball clinics and leagues, is one of the more popular venues in the area. The complex is Pickleball central most mornings during the work week, especially during the school year. But the game is also played at nearly 40 other indoor and outdoor locations in the Charlotte region. Abe Williams picked up the sport several years ago and he helps run the Pickleball program at Carolina Courts. Last week, Williams was watching a beginner’s clinic being conducted by Bill Campbell. “It’s probably the most popular facility,” Williams said. “We have 12 courts and all levels of players show up here. It’s good to have those different levels because you can advance from beginner to the top level. Some people drive 90 minutes to come here to play. We started with just a few courts and it is now the fastest growing sport in the country. On some days we will have 60 players in here.” Players can buy a paddle from $60 to $100 and many venues provide the balls. Carolina Courts has its own supply of paddles to loan for those looking for a first taste of the sport. see PICKLEBALL, Page 4B
Pickleball instructor Bill Campbell (right) shows players serving techniques during a clinic April 5 at Carolina Courts in Indian Trail.
Keith Weber, of Matthews, plays PIckleball at the Crews Road Recreation Center in Matthews.
What is Pickleball? Pickleball is a paddle sport for players of all ages and levels of athletic ability and it is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. It is easy for beginners to learn and it is a challenging, fast-paced and competitive game for more experienced players. Players use a paddle and a hard plastic ball. Pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Like tennis, players can play singles or doubles but most players opt for doubles competition. Pickleball is played both indoors and outdoors on a badminton-sized court measuring 20-feet wide and 44-feet long, which is about one-third the size of a tennis court.
Two weeks after my wedding, my wife and I moved to a new city to start a new career and live together as husband and wife. Our denomination appointed us to pastor a small rural church in southwestern New Jersey. I read the farewell brief from my predecessor and nothing stated it was in debt. I was relieved. But my wife opened a drawer and found a stack of bills. We owed $38,000 on an annual budget of $56,000. We didn’t get paid the first five months we were married. We worked very hard to keep the doors open. When things got better, we were transferred to north Jersey to an inner-city church. We faced new challenges. As we got the programs up and running, we learned my wife was pregnant with our first child. A few years later, she was pregnant with our second child. At that time, we were transferred again. Our final appointment was to church plant. We did it out of a funeral home. I had to roll the body out of the way so I could preach. Our second child was born. Then we learned my daughter had a severe vision problem. While dealing with that, my wife became pregnant a third time. Our last two children are 12 months and 18 days apart. We left the ministry and started our life all over without owning a piece of furniture. Eventually, we bought our first house. Our children entered school. We moved to Washington, DC to lead a rescue mission there. Our kids were a little older. We operated a summer camp. We got a dog. A few years later, we moved to Charlotte to lead Charlotte Rescue Mission. My mother moved in with us. Children were in high school activities including swimming, color guard and ping-pong. I don’t count ping-pong as a contact sport. Our teens were considering colleges and being enrolled. I should see FAITH, Page 4B
Vision behind The Ivey comes full circle after 10 years by Justin Vick email@example.com
CHARLOTTE – Lynn Ivey celebrated in January the 10th anniversary of The Ivey Memory Wellness Day Center, a nonprofit inspired by her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Ivey was a banking executive when she learned of her mother’s diagnosis. Her mother had attended a daytime care center, but Ivey wanted to create a place with superior care. Her nonprofit has helped more than 450 families over
the years. Older adults receive programming that repowers their minds, while caregivers can take time for themselves or continue working without worrying about their loved ones. “The mission becomes stronger the more families we serve,” Ivey said. “The ups and downs of starting a business, whether it’s a for-profit or nonprofit could get people down, but the mission of what we do here and the families who are affected really inspire us every day.” When Ivey reflects on the
many iterations of her nonprofit over time, she finds irony that its work over the past two to three years bear an uncanny resemblance to what she wrote in her business plan in 2006. She initially sought to work with people with mild cognitive impairment or early stage Alzheimer’s, as well as provide activities directed at higher functioning people. Ivey says research shows steps taken 20 to 35 years prior to the initial onset of symptoms see IVEY, Page 4B
Lynn Ivey helps older adults stave off the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The Ivey Memory Wellness Day Center works with about 60 older adults daily. Photo courtesy of The Ivey
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Dr. Peter J. Capizzi, of Capizzi MD Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Care, scrubs before a procedure at the East Boulevard office in Charlotte. MMHW file photo
Millions had plastic surgery in 2017 3 things to know before you go under the knife Want a nose job, a tummy tuck or some other cosmetic procedure? So do 17.5 million other Americans – or at least they did in 2017. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently released its annual survey that reveals how many people are undergoing plastic surgery and what kinds of procedures they are seeking. The report showed a 2 percent increase in the number of surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in 2017 as compared to 2016. “For some people, plastic surgery probably still has a stigma attached to it, but millions more realize that improving yourself is okay and should be accepted,” says Dr. Deepak Raj Dugar (www.scarlessnose.com), a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who specializes in the Scarless Nose, or closed rhinoplasty, procedure that leaves no sign of an incision. Dugar says a few things to consider for anyone who is considering plastic surgery include: • Do you really need to change? Sometimes people are determined to change something about their bodies that really doesn’t need changing. “Not everyone needs surgery,” Dugar says. “I actually on occasion tell patients that their nose looks fine, they should leave it the way it is.” • Be sure you know what you’re getting. Patients can be disappointed if they and the plastic surgeon aren’t clear with each other on what to expect. “The patient needs to understand the limitations and goals of the surgery before undergoing it,” Dugar says. “For example, you might be expecting a dra-
matically different look, but the changes are actually much more understated. The only thing I get accused of is doing too little to a nose, and I’m totally okay with that.” • Safety is critical. “It’s important that your plastic surgeon picks safety over results,” Dugar says. “Safety has to and always should come first.” The top five cosmetic surgical procedures in 2017 were, in order, breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery and tummy tucks. Meanwhile, the most popular minimally invasive procedures were Botox, soft-tissue fillers, chemical peel, laser-hair removal and microdermabrasion. Dugar says one of the key features of successful plastic surgery is subtlety. “The secret of Hollywood celebrities is doing Botox with plastic surgeons who understand the artistry behind the science – where less is more,” he says. Many Americans don’t want to go under the knife to achieve the changes they seek. The ASPS reported 15.7 million minimally invasive procedures were performed in 2017. Surgeries accounted for the remaining 1.8 million procedures. Dugar says plastic surgeons often concentrate on specific procedures, as he does with closed rhinoplasty, so seek a surgeon whose experience lies in the procedure they desire. “You don’t want the person who specializes in noses doing your breasts,” he says, “and you don’t want the one who specializes in breast augmentation doing your nose.”
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How long is 15 minutes? by Richard A. Quadrini Contributor
This morning, I scored a premium parking space a few feet away from the supermarket entrance. It was the first time in many months that I was able to park in one of the 15-minute quick in-and-out spaces. As my stop was very brief, I was ready to leave in a less than 10 minutes. Wondering why these spaces were seldom available, I proceeded to break the very time limit rule that I was internally espousing. After waiting another 45 minutes, one of the other three drivers returned to their car. I asked her as tactfully as I could if she
was aware of the 15-minute time limit. “I thought that I would be quicker,” was her embarrassed reply. Whereas, her tardiness was a matter of poor timing, I believe that many of the other overtime parkers disregard the time limit as they have no respect for the rights of others to park close to their destination. Is this a serious grievance? NO Does it warrant that I approach the next late-timer? To me it does as I maintain that people having a higher degree of regard for the next person, especially on small matters, can bring us, as Americans to becoming a civil society again.
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Giving the final gift: Eleven ways AARP North Carolina to help a dying person let go launches grant program RALEIGH – AARP is accepting applications for the 2018 Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone. The Community Challenge is open to 501c3, 501c4 and 501c6 nonprofits and government entities and other types of organizations will be considered on a case-bycase basis. Projects may range in scale from small, short-term activities costing hundreds of dollars to larger projects with budgets of a few thousand dollars. The program will accept applications in the following categories for 2018: • Delivering a range of transportation and connectivity options in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that increase walkability, bikeability, wayfinding, access to transportation options and roadway improvements. • Creating vibrant public places in the
community through permanent or temporary solutions that activate open spaces, improve parks and improve access to amenities. • Supporting the availability of a range of housing in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that increase accessible and affordable housing options. • Other innovative projects to improve the community. “The AARP Community Challenge Program is aimed at catalyzing change and improving the quality of life for people of all ages in communities nationwide,” said AARP North Carolina Director Doug Dickerson. “There are tremendous opportunities for positive change in communities across North Carolina and we encourage eligible entities to apply for these quick-action grants to make their communities more livable for all.” In 2017, AARP awarded 88 grants through the Community Challenge to nonprofits and government entities representing every state. The application deadline is 5 p.m. May 16 and all projects must be completed by Nov. 5. Submit them through www.AARP. org/CommunityChallenge.
Thoughts on ringing doorbells by Richard A. Quadrini Contributor
Whether real or perceived, some of us harbor fears or unknowns that often cause us to avoid or retract from social encounters. As such, with our door closed and blinds drawn, our home can be as much a refuge as it is a castle. Nonetheless, I was startled on how much I annoyed the gentleman upon ringing his doorbell to promote using my tree pruning services. He angrily noted that I was disrespecting the NO SOLICITING sign (which I hadn’t seen as it was mounted close to the ground). My apology may have been inadequate as he continued to admonish me and tell me to leave his neighborhood. After a brief but startled pause, I told him that I couldn’t or wouldn’t do that. Sure enough after 15 minutes, a blue and white sedan pulled to the curb behind me.
The courteous officer and I had a civil conservation but did not reach any common ground. I was looking to supplement my meager income with some good quality pruning services. The officer was hoping to avoid repeated calls to her precinct when we solicitors came knocking in this neighborhood. Another resident wisely suggested, that instead of ringing the next doorbell, I leave a note with a specific reference as to my recommendations regarding pruning their front yard tree. Good idea to consider. In retrospect: I remain sorry for having annoyed the gentleman at his doorstep. I do maintain my right to offer my legitimate skilled services. But mostly, I hope that as a society, we Americans do not continue to close our ranks against those who may have a different perspective. Life is hard enough. It is harder yet, when we engage in isolation.
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We all know that our life will end someday, and most of us try really hard not to think about it. But when someone you love becomes terminally ill, not only they, but you too, must face death. It's a daunting prospect and one that fills most people with dread (not to mention the urge to run far away). Yet you don't have to feel this way. In fact, you have a powerful opportunity to help your dying loved one release their fear and embrace, and even welcome, their death. Most people approach death with fear, anxiety and avoidance. In a word, they resist. So when someone you love is dying, the best way to help them is by supporting their peaceful transition. In other words, help them stop resisting death and enable them to let go. But to do this, you must also come to terms with your misgivings about death. And the sooner, the better. We all enter a state of resistance (called the constricted self ), when we separate from our mother's body at birth. This constricted state is what makes you afraid of death; it is fragmented, fear-driven and disconnected from your higher energy and awareness, also called your expanded self. Your expanded self realizes death is an illusion, a transition, and nothing to be afraid of. But when you face death early on (which my book “Embracing the End of Life” teaches how to do), you can access your expanded self and live a richer, happier, less fearful life—and have a peaceful and even joyful transition when the time comes. Unfortunately, most people dwell in the constricted self their entire lives. So chances are, your dying loved one is struggling with fear and resistance, even as death approaches. Not only can you help your loved one experience a peaceful death, but you can also use the experience to come to terms with your own death. You can give the gift of a good death to a dying loved one. It's about how they want to be cared for throughout their terminal illness. Find out the kind of music, or readings, or care your dying loved one wants. Remember that it is important to follow the process of death – not to impose your plan. Follow these tips to help your dying loved one stop resisting death and let go peacefully. 1. First, prepare yourself. Near-death experience survivors have observed that at the time of death, they could sense any strong thoughts or negative emotions brought into the space by others. These emotions can impact the dying person's state of mind. Therefore, before you visit your loved one during their final moments, inwardly prepare yourself so as to not negatively affect their death. You can do this by meditating, calm breathing, or practicing mindfulness. The calm, inward-dwelling energy this creates will invoke a presence of love and caring that positively influences your loved one when they die.
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2. Heal lingering wounds between the two of you. If you and your dying loved one have existing hurts or conflicts, lovingly resolve those issues now. Give your loved one a chance to express themselves or clear the air and (gently) say what you need to say to facilitate healing and peace.
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3. Don't shy away from talking directly to your loved one about their death. Let your loved one know that you would like to help them come to terms with their death. Make them feel comfortable talking about any emotions and uncertainties they may be feeling. Ask them what they need from you, and try to give it to them wholeheartedly. It may be that they simply want you to sit beside them in quiet presence. 4. Help them practice the self-care they need. As a person dies, they need to be in their own rhythm with family, friends and caregivers. Encourage them to sleep, eat, pray and meditate while remaining in a consciously aware state. If at all possible, try to keep them peaceful and pain-free, and help them to focus on emotionally pleasant feelings. 5. Encourage them to meditate. Meditation is a practice that prepares you for death. A daily meditation practice trains you to release and let go of your constricted self every day. On a practical level, it trains the mind to let go of the busy resistances of daily life. And when you are in the dying process, meditation prepares you to relax, stabilizes your mind, opens you to compassion and creates a dynamic shift that reduces your anxiety and fear. Encourage your loved one to meditate by using their breath, a mantra, or a chant that repeats over and over to help them let go of the mental world. This creates a growing sense of expansion beyond the boundaries of the body. If the person who is dying is unfamiliar with meditation, offer them a CD or video of guided meditation practices, or volunteer to lead them through a guided meditation yourself. 6. Offer them affirmations for letting go. Changing one's thought patterns is important to help in releasing resistance at the end of life. Write down the following affirmations and give them to the dying person, or offer to read the affirmations aloud to the person so they can focus on them completely: • I am open to forgiveness and to my love flowing boundlessly in me. • I find the inner resources to be able to let go of my body. • I find the inner resources to let go of my emotions and my mind. • Death is not my enemy. Death is a doorway of continuing life. • My life is changing and I am open to my death. • I accept things as they are and I am free of fear. 7. Bring them soothing music to listen to. In the dying process, hearing becomes one see GIFT, Page 6B
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makes a difference. She recommends people focus on nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, cognitive stimulation, socialization and good sleep. “The longer that someone is focused on that in some of our programs, the longer they can stay at a higher level of functioning and don’t seem to decline as rapidly,” Ivey said. Ivey’s team crafts programming around certain goals, including physical, cognitive and psychosocial. She is especially proud of the cultural arts therapy available to seniors. Older adults can engage in musical therapy and music appreciation. Such activities boost an older adult’s mood and reduce stress. The center has a partnership with the Queens University of Charlotte in which music therapy students apply what they learn in their curriculum. The Ivey also has a partnership with the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, in which artists visit and interact with older adults. Virtual museum tours and art classes are also offered.
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receive an award for “enduring” three student/ parent orientations at our local university. We learned about something called, “the five-year plan.” One wanted to try the “six-year plan” but I said no. I traded car payments for tuition payments. One month, I paid off our van. The next month, I started nine years of non-stop tuition payments to our local university. We were juggling cars (plural) in the driveway and four people on a cell phone bill. I got good at negotiating with our local cell phone provider to keep the price down. When that season was over, we found ourselves launching our children into the real world. They told us they had found the loves of their lives and we were into the wedding season. Lots of family drama when you combine the words “Italian” and “wedding.” You can’t have an Italian wedding without drama. It’s illegal. In November, my last child got married. We began 2018 and it was “good.” My wife and I sat at the
Art and music not only promote lifelong learning, but also allow for increased socialization skills, Ivey said. Other programs include meditation, golf, yoga, book clubs, computer software and knowledgable speakers. The Ivey is launching a program next month that will allow families to see their loved one’s experiences through photos and video uploads. They can also get detailed reports about how they spend their time. The Ivey has an interdisciplinary care team that meets with families at least twice a year to talk about personal care and where their loved ones are in the disease process. Ivey said families tend to want to know if their loved ones are having fun or being stimulated. “There’s a lot of movement, cognitive function and cultural arts in a very therapeutic manner,” she said. “That’s really what I envisioned 12 years ago when I wrote the original business plan.”
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“It is a friendly game,” Williams said. “It’s really good for seniors because you don’t have to run a lot. Women are just as good, and some are better, than men. It is not just dominated by men. Ninety-nine percent of the people that try it come back. It’s a good way to get in shape and lose weight. After the first time I played it, I went home that night and ordered a paddle.” Dick and Desiré Osman, who live in the Ballantyne area, started playing Pickleball four years ago and the Bill Campbell gives instructions to Pickleball players at a clinic April 5 at couple quickly became hooked. So Carolina Courts. Paul Nielsen/MMHW photo much so that the Osmans are the lead ambassadors for the sport in competitive and have a good time.” Where to play Pickleball Mecklenburg and Union counties The Osmans work with nine local Charlotte, Matthews and Indian for the USA Pickleball Association. ambassadors to promote and grow Trail: Dowd YMCA, Jewish Communi“We were golfers, and my golf the sport. Williams works with the ty Center, Mallard Creek Rec Center, game had gone in the tubes,” De- Osmans as the Union County am- Providence Baptist Church, Simmons siré Osman said. “I needed another bassador. YMCA, Tuckaseegee Rec Center, Belle sport, and a friend of ours who is a “There was no connection between Johnston Community Center, Maritennis player suggested Pickleball. the local venues on how to talk and on Diehl Rec Center, Johnston YMCA, We went to a clinic and we were get in touch with each other,” Desiré Betty Rae Thomas Center; Crews Road there about 15 minutes and we were Osman said. “I said, ‘OK, I’m going Recreation Center-Matthews; Carolina looking at each other across the net, to start an e-mail list.’ I started with Courts-Indian Trail. For more information contact United and we said, ‘oh yeah, this is our 10, 15 people and now we have over States Pickleball Association Ambassasport.’” 700 people that have signed up with dors: Dick Osman used to play tennis us. From that, I started putting out * Dick Osman: dickosman@gmail. but he had never heard of Pickleball an email newsletter about what was com or 704-604-8052 before being introduced to the sport. going on, or about a rule that I had * Desire’ Osman: desireosman@ “My reaction was, ‘what is Pickle- read.” gmail.com or 704-975-3034 ball?’” Dick Osman said. “We could * Peter Popovich: coachpeterpopo Campbell said he sees the growth see quickly some of the benefits of in the sport on almost a weekly ba- firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-942-8226 * Virginia Popovich: virginia@popo it. It is fast-paced, but it is not hard sis. vichteam.com or 704-904-2100 running like in tennis so it The is easi- York “Six courtsSyndication used to be a big day,” The New New York Times Times Syndication Sales Sales Corporation Corporation More information and other locations er on your body. It is easy to learn. Campbell said. “It hasYork, grownN.Y. a lot10018 in 620 Avenue, New 10018 620 Eighth Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y. to play Pickleball can be found at www. This is a game that is easy to play, be For the last year.” Information Call: Forjust Information Call: 1-800-972-3550 1-800-972-3550 usapa.org. Release Monday, December 2017 ForFor Release Wednesday, November4,29, 2017
dinner table or in the living room and “just talked.” We didn’t talk about anything; we just talked. That’s when it hit me. I married this incredible woman who got lost in the process of being married, starting a career, having children, establishing a home, and on and on. She was never a stranger as when people talk about the empty nest. She was someone who got lost when we were trying to keep up with being married. Let me encourage you not to lose your marriage in your marriage. All those things will be there. Never lose sight of the one who still takes your breath away. I’ll be back in two weeks. Until then, live well my friend. The Rev. Tony Marciano is the executive director of the Charlotte Rescue Mission. He is available to speak to your group. Go to www. charlotterescuemission.org for details.
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of the most accessible experiences of your surroundings. Offer your loved one recordings of instrumentals, chants and songs to bring them peace. If you are a musician, consider recording gentle music to soothe and relax your loved one in the months, days or hours prior to their death. 8. Share your favorite stories and memories with them. Think of your favorite stories involving your loved one and share them during your visits together. Help remind your loved one of their best human qualities, allowing them to feel uplifted as they recall loving times in their life. 9. Speak prayers and reminders before and after death. As hearing is the last of the five senses to go, it is considered helpful to speak reminders and prayers aloud. When a person is dying and just after they have died, these reassure your loved one that they are not alone in this new state. Ask them what readings they would like you to read to them when death is near and afterward. If your dying loved one is religious, consider reading sacred scriptures aloud to them both during and after death. The three major monotheistic religions— Christianity, Judaism, Islam—as well as Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism all offer prayers and meditations for the dying and at the moment of death. 10. Use this "release formula" if death is prolonged. When the person is peaceful and all the physical signs of dying are present, but dying is prolonged, it may be caused by the family's refusal to let the person go. In this situation, I recommend Reverend Jerry Farrell's "release formula" for family and friends to say to the dying person. Softly and gently speak the following statements, either singularly or together. (Feel free to use your own words.)
• Know that you have led a complete life and are dearly loved. • Know that we love you and want you to be in peace. • We know that the time has come for you to choose what is best for you. • None of us are angry with you and we release you from our care and concern. Know that you have our love and permission to go. • Know that there is no more that we can do for you. • We know that your pain and suffering will soon be relieved. • We love you and hope to see you in the next life. • We will do fine. We will be OK after you leave us. 11. Don't touch their body for 20 minutes after death. The first 20 minutes after dying is one of the most critical times for the person who has died; many traditions believe this period is the "gateway" passage of the soul out of the body into the next realm. Therefore, do not touch the body during this time. Instead, follow these guidelines to be respectful of whatever experience the dying person may be having. Recent research at the University of Michigan demonstrated that when the heart stops, the brain is still active for approximately 20 minutes. Sit quietly near the body, breathe slowly and relax your own body. The death of a loved one can be a challenging experience, especially if we ourselves fear the end of life. But instead of running from death when it hits close to home, you can choose to be present and help your loved one release their own fear and find peace in this very natural, universal process. This is the greatest gift you can offer them and it can even help you become ready—truly ready—for your own transition someday. Patt Lind-Kyle is the author of “Embracing the End of Life: A Journey into Dying & Awakening” and is a teacher, therapist, speaker, and consultant. She can be found online at www.PattLindKyle.com.
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Muralist adds new life to greenway monument by Jim Cotton Contributor
How many of us have noticed a seven-foot gray pillar in a truncated pyramid shape south of the entrance to the North Four Mile Greenway? And how many have noticed that it is now painted? It was not a nice sight in it’s gray drab color, and it looked out of place. Like someone just dumped it off, to later pick it up. Well, go by it now and see a pretty mural painted on the four sides. The mural is to fit in with the rest of the small park that it sits in. In kind of the center of the park, there is a table with chairs, surrounded by plantings, apparently selected to attract bumblebees. And the mural includes bumblebees, birds, flowers and some historic Matthews buildings. The painter lives in Indian Trail, but is originally from South Africa, having moved here 10 years ago. Her name is Tersia Brooks and in talking with her, she apparently volunteered to paint the ugly gray pillar. Tersia has this wonderful gift and she is sharing it with everyone. Nice to have people like that in the community. Hopefully, such love and generosity will spread. I walk by that ugly pillar every day when I’m in town. Now it will be a pleasure to see it brightly painted. And, hopefully, since there have been some problems with bum-
Recognize this pillar from North Four Mile Greenway? Photo courtesy of Jim Cotton
blebees, it will attract some of these needed insects to pollinate our flowers. Jim Cotton wrote this story for the Plantation Estates Journal. He submitted it to us because he thought it would be of interest to our readers.
About the artist Tersia Brooks started her artistic journey with pencil drawings. She now specializes in creating eye-popping murals. See more of her work at www.muralartbytersia.com.
Music therapy helps enhance lives CHARLOTTE – Music has the power to help seniors living with Alzheimer’s to remember old times, exhibit emotions and come to life. Recent studies show music can boost production of “happy hormones,” such as melatonin and prolactin, resulting in elevated moods. The therapeutic use of music by board-certified clinicians can reduce stress and agitation, as well as help with engagement and memory recall.
Understanding the effects music has on memory care residents, Waltonwood Cotswold offers a music therapy program in collaboration with Roots and Wings Music Therapy and Queens University of Charlotte. Two music therapy students from the university’s art and music department visit Waltonwood Cotswold every Thursday. They practice clinical skills and build competency through their training program.
A music therapist from Roots and Wings Music Therapy also works with memory care residents throughout the year. The therapist uses techniques to maintain residents’ cognitive and physical skills while sustaining a social connection using music. “We believe that by combining music therapy sessions with the intergenerational aspect we create something powerful,” Executive Director Leah Nash said.
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Vol. 11, Num. 15 Special Section: Senior Living