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CHARLOTTE – County leaders and health experts are concerned about child suicide and infant deaths. The Mecklenburg Community Child Fatality Prevention and Protection Team just filed its annual report on child deaths and associated risk factors. Team chairman Bob Simmons presented findings June 19 to the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. Because of a data processing delay, this year’s report used data from 2016. Eight of the 49 deaths of children aged 1 to 17
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in 2016 were suicides. Previously, the most child suicides in a year had been seven (2012). The organization’s 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 32 percent of CMS high school students reported feeling depressed and 17 percent reported thinking of committing suicide. Simmons commended commissioners for
• Trevor Fuller, County Commissioner funding initiatives in next year’s budget that support families and caregivers, as well as provide emotional support resources in schools. “One of the most important things is trying to figure out how to reduce the types of means [of suicide],” Simmons said. “Particularly in homes see DEATH, Page 5A
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Immigrant envisions language immersion charter school by Yustin Riopko Contributor
MATTHEWS – Dr. Louis Ngomo Okitenbo wants to start a public K-12 charter school in Matthews called Mount Tabor Academy. Finding Charlotte-area schools overcrowded and under-resourced, school administrator and certified teacher Okitenbo is bringing together investors and a board of directors to open up a K-12 dual language immersion academy. Okitenbo was born in Central Africa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he grew up speaking two of the more than 50 regional and national languages. As a young adult, Okitenbo earned his Bachelor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of Congo, then led a joint middle-high school as principal for five years. After one year teaching philosophy at a seminary college in his home country, Okitenbo moved to France, where he studied human science and systematic theology at the Strasbourg University of Social Sciences in pursuit of his doctorate, earned in 1996. Okitenbo moved to the United States in 2000 and received a Master of School Administration from UNC Charlotte in 2006. He has lived in Matthews for 15 years, and taught around the world for almost 30.
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Matthews Mayor Paul Bailey will be available to talk about what's going on in the community with a meet-up event July 7 at Jonathan's Restaurant. See the calendar for details.
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PINEVILLE – I could barely hear my partners as the roaring helicopter air-dropped our gyrosphere into the dense jungle. I wasn’t exactly sure what we were doing or where we were going, but I knew I had at least one job: scan all the dinosaurs. We rolled down a hill
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Drink Brakeman's Coffee & Supply celebrates its one-year anniversary with cake, discounted drinks, face painting, balloons and corn hole from 2 to 6 p.m. July 8. The party serves as a thank you to Matthews for its patronage. See page 3B for details about the event.
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J'Michael Peeples, a musician out of Columbia, S.C., is scheduled to headline the Matthews Food Truck Fridays festival July 13 at Stumptown Park. Peeples specializes in jazz, soul, funk and gospel.
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If you're still emotional following the ending of “Avengers: Infinity War,” then let Marvel's “Ant-Man and the Wasp” cheer you up. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly return in a comic book movie that follows the events after “Captain America: Civil War.”
Television Ever wonder what celebrity pals talk about during those mundane drives to Starbucks? Jerry Seinfeld gives us a glimpse during “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: New 2018: Freshly Brewed.” The season launches July 6 and features Dana Carvey, Dave Chappelle and Jerry Lewis.
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MATTHEWS – In the summer before her freshman year of high school, Butler’s Kaitlyn Coleman was at a crossroads in her athletic career. She had been playing for her travel softball team for years and was again committed for that summer. But softball wasn’t fun anymore. Coleman realized she didn’t want to play travel softball and had already decided she wouldn’t play for the Bulldogs once she reached high school. There had to be a way out, she hoped. One day, Coleman’s mom asked her to tag
along on a visit with her old college roommate. The roommate's son had a lacrosse game, so they all went to watch. “I’d never heard of lacrosse, I’d never seen it played before and I really didn’t know what it was,” Coleman said. “But it was really cool and it made me think I wanted to play.” Coleman attended a week-long instructional camp hosted by a couple of former Myers Park stars and fell in love with the sport. She began with the Carolina Crush lacrosse team, but had almost forgotten about her lingering softball commitment. “I was going to play because I had
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With a native language background in Tetela and Lingala, Okitenbo has added French and English to his repertoire. He is now learning Spanish. He believes language is â€œlike a door to a new world.â€? â€œWhen you know someoneâ€™s language, you respect them,â€? Okitenbo said. â€œBecause you know the language, they respect you. You know the culture, the geography â€“ you know who they are.â€? He acknowledged other local language immersion opportunities like the Mandarin/Spanish programs in Union County Public Schools and Waddell Language Academy K-8 in Charlotte, but he envisions Mount Tabor being something even more impactful for students. If Okitenboâ€™s application is approved, Mount Tabor Academy will be the first K-12 dual language immersion school in the Charlotte area. The detailed plan for language immersion involves a gradual shift from 100 percent Spanish and French classes for kindergarten and first-graders to a combination of those languages and English. International travel for students would also be a school goal. â€œThey will see someone who was living on three different continents,â€? Okitenbo said. â€œI have a rich background of cultures. I am a very open man who would like to help Matthewsâ€™ young students to
Curves Matthews-Mint Hill is giving back to the community, helping people with special needs. Photo courtesy of Curves
Curves helps autistic children ride bikes MATTHEWS â€“ Curves Matthews-Mint Hill supported Autism Charlotteâ€™s iCAN Bike summer camp June 25 to 29 at the Park Expo. The camp helps children with disabilities learn to ride a traditional bike. The Curves ladies exceeded their initial $500 goal to provide a large capacity, specially equipped bike for a teen-age child, but hoped to raise enough for two teens to have bikes of their own. Gwen Fulp, manager of Curves, said the child of a member attended the 2017 Autism Charlotte iCAN Bike summer camp. She came home excited to have a bike of her own to ride alongside her friends. â€œHer excitement was contagious and she couldnâ€™t wait to show and tell everyone about her bike,â€? Fulp said. â€œIt was so heart-warming that we want to help other local children with autism and other physical and educational challenges be that proud.â€? Curves also collected donations at its location, 3555 Matthews Mint Hill Road. â€œAll too often, these children are forced to sit on the sidelines and watch as their friends and siblings ride, thinking "I can't,â€? Autism Charlotte CEO Valerie Iseah said. â€œHowever, at Autism Charlotte, we know that with specialized training and supports, riding a bike can be a reality for these children, too.â€?
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be more open, too. Mount Tabor Academy will be a place where we celebrate diversity.â€? The name for Okitenboâ€™s charter school comes from a mountain in Israel near Nazareth, where the Transfiguration scene took place in the Bible. â€œFor most Christians, it is a holy mountain, where Jesus was transfigured and disciples saw Him as someone totally different,â€? Okitenbo explained. â€œI picked the name because our school will be a place where change will take place on the life of students. Education is a transformation process in which students get new information and become another person.â€? Okitenbo will soon begin the application process for the charter school. He would like to see it open for the 2019-20 school year.
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MATTHEWS â€“ The Matthews Police Department thanked residents for information that led to a break in theft cases, as well as encouraged the community to report crimes no matter how small or insignificant. Officers responded to a suspicious person call at 3:35 a.m. June 20 in the 1600 block of English Knoll Drive. When they attempted to speak to 34-year-old Phillip Geoffrey Cammidge, he tried running away. Officers found property as- Cammidge sociated with Cammidge nearby that included a bicycle, electronics and several tools. Some property was identified as stolen. Cammidge was charged with resist, obstruct and delay of an officer, but police said additional warrants were going to be applied for the thefts. Call Officer Josh Burnett at 704-841-6761 with any information about the thefts.
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Drugs seized in car stop MATTHEWS â€“ A police officer pulled over a car for an improperly displayed registration plate and found 8.42 ounces of marijuana, 34 whole Xanax bars, 10 half Xanax bars Leggett and two digital scales. Officer Salvo, of the Matthews Police Department, stopped the car at 11:24 p.m. June 17 at the 2500 block of Sardis Road North. She smelled a strong odor of marKroma ijuana as she approached the car. Marquise Leggett, 20, Dominick Kroma, 20, and Christopher Ugangce, 18, were each arrested on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and distribute mariUgangce juana, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia. Leggett also was charged with possession of schedule IV controlled substance.
Childress Klein to manage Austin Village center MATTHEWS â€“ Childress Klein has entered into a property management agreement with Austin Village Retail Center LLC for its 65,272-square-foot Austin Village. Developed in 2010, the site is anchored by a 48,750-square-foot Harris Teeter and boasts 16,500 square feet of shop space. It includes Poppyseeds Bagels, My Bella Spa and Bisonte Pizza Co. The center is 95 percent leased. â€œChildress Kleinâ€™s presence in the Southeast market continues to grow, which creates great synergy and facilitates our ability to provide the excellent customer service that our tenants and owners are accustomed to receiving from us,â€? said Jan Pugh, regional property manager.
Mint Hill Arts recognizes education director MINT HILL â€“ Mint Hill Arts dedicated a classroom to Marta Brown on May 29 for her service to the organization. Brown has been involved with Mint Hill Arts since retiring from teaching drama in 2006. She served as education director from 2012 to 2018, and taught improv and scene work classes.
DINING SCORES Health departments in Mecklenburg and Union counties inspected the following restaurants June 22 to 28:
â€˘ Blackfinn Ameripub, 14825 Ballantyne Village Way â€“ 90 Violations include: Certified food protection manager not available; several employees didn't wash hands properly; shell eggs stored over cooked pasta in refrigerator; time control foods were not held cold enough; menu didn't have consumer advisory for California Naked Burger; and spray bottle not stored properly.
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â€˘ Ararat Mediterranean Restaurant, 1361 Chestnut Lane â€“ 97 â€˘ Bella Restaurant and Cafe, 4769 Margaret Wallace Road â€“ 96.5 â€˘ IHOP, 9253 E. Independence Blvd. â€“ 97.5 â€˘ JG's Chop House and Oyster Bar, 15080 Idlewild Road â€“ 94 â€˘ Metro Diner, 10412 E. Indepen-
â€˘ Charbar 7, 7312 Town View Drive â€“ 93.5 â€˘ Dunwellz Custom Kitchen and Pour House, 7110 Brighton Park Drive â€“ 95 â€˘ Hawthorne's Pizza & Bar, 7319 Matthews-Mint Hill Road â€“ 93 â€˘ Mint Hill Rock Star Bar-B-Q, 7032 Brighton Park Drive â€“ 94 â€˘ Showmars, 6850 Matthews-Mint Hill Road â€“ 94 â€˘ Taxco Mexican Restaurant, 7106 Brighton Park Drive â€“ 96 â€˘ Wendy's, 6849 Matthews-Mint Hill Road â€“ 92.5
â€˘ Aggie's Restaurant, 7209 E. W.T. Harris Blvd. â€“ 96 â€˘ El Sazon Latino, 7012 Albemarle Road â€“ 95.5 â€˘ King of Spicy, 8829 E. W.T. Harris Blvd. â€“ 93.5 â€˘ McDonald's, 2301 Central Ave.
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MATTHEWS â€“ A teenager is facing murder charges after he allegedly stabbed his older brother. The Matthews Police Department arrested 19-year-old Shameir Ajala Johnson on first-degree murder charges. Officers responded to a call at 5:50 p.m. June 20 in the 2100 block of Candlelight Woods Drive. They were told of an altercation between two males who lived together, ending Johnson with one being stabbed in the chest, police said. Assim Johnson, 25, was taken to a hospital with a stab wound, but he died of his injuries. Call Detective Cooper at 704-847-5555 with any information about the case.
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INDIAN TRAIL – Caliber Collision and All-State Insurance gave Heather Sides the keys to a Honda CRV on June 26 in what was another huge step for an Army veteran that has overcome many hurdles – including living in a homeless shelter and giving up her service dog – since leaving the military. As part of the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program, Caliber, AllState and their industry partners provided Sides with a new vehicle after her old truck died several months ago. Being without a vehicle meant Sides had to use public transportation to get to work as a manager trainee at McDonalds and it made everyday living difficult. It also meant that Sides had to put her plans to take college classes on the backburner. “This is exciting and this is a new chapter in my life,” Sides said. And the previous few chapters have all had happy endings, including being reunited with Nana, her service dog and best friend. But some of the chapters in Sides’ life post-military have been downright difficult. Sides enlisted in the Army while still in high school. She served for seven years, which included overseas tours in Kuwait (2012-13) and El Salvador (2010). But when Sides returned home, she found it difficult to find a good paying job. The bills then began to mount and Sides soon found herself homeless and living in a shelter. That is when she had to send Nana to a family near Myrtle Beach, S.C. that is affiliated with Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pets. “She puts a smile on my face,” Sides said of Nana. “She is always there for me. She is my best friend. She is my family. She is like my child.” That love pushed Sides to get her life back on track and get Nana back. Sides worked with Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont GoodJobs program and that gave her the tools necessary to find a good paying job. With a steady paycheck, Sides found stable housing and she was able to get Nana back. “I was separated from her for about a year,” Sides said. “I knew I was going to get her back. I did what I had to do. I never saw Nana when we were separated but they sent me pictures. They did a good job if taking care of her. I missed her a lot.”
Heather Sides shows off dog treats to her service dog, Nana. The items were in the trunk of the car donated to her by Caliber Collision and All-State Insurance. Paul Nielsen/MMHW photo
But then her truck saw its last mile. Everyday living, like getting to work, going to the store and getting her German shepherd to the vet, was difficult. Goodwill nominated Sides for a Recycled Rides vehicle, and that's when the employees at Caliber went to work. All-State provided the Honda CRV, which was a recovered stolen vehicle, and four team members at the Indian Trail Caliber location then donated over 100 man-hours to bring the car back to life. “This will help me with my job,” Sides said. “I can get more hours and I will have more energy for my customers. I don’t have to walk to the laundromat any more. I don’t have to walk my clothes over there. It was very hard not having a car.” Nana, however, didn’t leave Indian Trail empty-handed. As with all donated Recycled Rides, there is something in the trunk for all recipients. The back of Side’s vehicle was loaded with dog treats and toys for Nana. Sides also got some much-needed household
items, too. “This is home now and this is the first stable situation I have had, ever,” Sides said. “Before that, it was people’s couches. I am now functioning by myself and paying my bills.”
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Heather Sides greets one of the workers that refurbished her new car at Caliber Collision in Indian Trail. Paul Nielsen/MMHW photo
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CRIME SCENE The Matthews Police Department reported these incidents June 18 to 24: Break-Ins • 400 block of Amir Circle: Break-in reported. June 23 Break-Ins, Vehicles • 1300 block of Cochrane Woods Lane: Break-in reported. June 18 • 1200 block of Cochrane Woods Lane: Break-in reported. June 18 • 2700 block of Phillips Woods Lane: Break-in reported. June 18 • 2700 block of Phillips Woods Lane: Break-in reported. June 18 • 1000 block of Winter Wood Drive: Break-in reported. June 18 • 800 block of Winter Wood Drive: Break-in reported. June 18 • 800 block of Lightwood Drive: Wallet stolen. June 18 • MARA Athletics, 1200 S. Trade St.: Handbag stolen. June 19 • 800 block of Brenham Lane: Tablet, baseball cap, phone charger, book, purse, headphones, perfume and money stolen. June 20 • 9600 block of Independence Pointe Parkway: Laptop computer stolen. June 21 • 1600 block of Gander Cove Lane: Electronics stolen. June 24 Burglary • 2500 block of Livery Stable Drive: Mountain bike, trailer and helmet stolen. June 20 • 1600 block of Gander Cover Lane: Dogs stolen. June 20 • 900 block of Mangionne Drive: Electronics stolen. June 22 Fraud/Identity Theft • 1000 block of Crestdale Crossing Drive: Identity theft. June 19 • 2600 block of Willowdale Lane: Financial identity fraud. June 21 • 2700 block of Oxborough Drive: Identity theft involving $1,697.89. June 22 • 2300 block of Tory Oak Place: Identity theft involving $9,000 line of credit. June 23 • 800 block of Arborfield Drive: Credit card/ATM fraud involving $1,893.83. June 23 Property Damage • Country Inn & Suites, 2001 Mt. Harmony Church Road: Vehicle window damaged. June 20
• 1600 block of Matthews-Mint Hill Road: Vehicle window damaged. June 20 • 9400 block of East Independence Boulevard: Vehicle window damaged. June 20 • 9400 block of East Independence Boulevard: Vehicle window damaged. June 21 Thefts • 9600 block of East Independence Boulevard: Two pairs of shoes stolen. June 18 • Home Depot, 1837 Matthews Township Pkwy.: Generators stolen. June 19 • 1800 block of Matthews Township Pkwy.: Gas blower, chainsaw, hedge trimmer and backpack blower stolen. June 20 • 800 block of Brenham Lane: Metal owl stolen. June 21 • 9500 block of East Independence Boulevard: Metal shopping cart stolen. June 21 • JC Penny, 10101 E. Independence Blvd.: Shirts stolen. June 21 • Home Depot, 1837 Matthews Township Pkwy.: Hammer drill and impact kit stolen. June 22 • Home Depot, 1837 Matthews Township Pkwy.: Tool kit stolen. June 22 • Auto Zone, 11300 block of East Independence Boulevard: Registration plate stolen. June 22 • Hampton Inn, 9615 Independence Pointe Pkwy.: Purse, jewelry and credit cards stolen. June 24 • Old Navy, 10530 Northeast Pkwy.: Purses/handbags/wallets and money stolen. June 24 Thefts, Vehicles • 9600 block of Independence Pointe Parkway: Pickup truck stolen. June 21 • Idlewild Park, 10512 Idlewild Road: Purse, wallet and medicine stolen. June 24 Other • Circle K, 100 E. John St.: Driving during revocation. June 18 • 1600 block of English Knoll Drive: Resist, obstruct or delay. June 20 • 10400 block of East Independence Boulevard: Driving during revocation. June 21
June 18 • 7200 block of Tressel Lane: Assault by strangulation. June 20 • 4600 block of Quail Ridge Drive: Simple assault. June 21 • 3500 block of Matthews-Mint Hill Road: Assault by pointing a gun. June 23 • 9600 block of Heartwood Lane: Assault on a female. June 23 Break-Ins • 9600 block of Stoney Glen Drive: Guitars and tower fans stolen. June 20 • 7500 block of Lancashire Drive: Backpack blower stolen. June 24 Break-Ins, Vehicles • 10000 block of Idlewild Road: Handgun stolen. June 24 Discharge Weapon • 9600 block of Hannon Road: Sneakers, rifle and ammunition stolen. June 20 Fraud/Identity Theft • 4100 block of Singletree Road: Fraud/identity theft. June 18 • 7500 block of Snowbird Court: Fraud. June 19 • 9700 block of Idlewild Road: Financial transaction card fraud. June 22 • 7100 block of Matthews-Mint Hill Road: Forgery. June 22 Hit & Run • 10400 block of Meadow Hollow Drive: Mailbox damaged. June 18 Property Damage • 11200 block of Idlewild Road: Mailbox and table damaged. June 20 Thefts • 9200 block of Lawyers Road: Cigars stolen. June 18 • 7700 block of Grove Hall Avenue: Cell phone stolen. June 22 • 9200 block of Lawyers Road: Case of energy drinks and whitening strips stolen. June 23 • 9200 block of Lawyers Road: Hair product stolen. June 23 • 8000 block of Large Oak Lane: Roofing shingle bundles stolen. June 23 • 9200 Lawyers Road: Cell phone and phone case stolen. June 24
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'I still have my mother' Minimally invasive brain clot surgery using new device is a first in North Carolina MATTHEWS – On the afternoon of June 4, Milton Rawls knocked on his mom’s apartment door and then let himself in like all her adult kids, expecting to see her watching TV after a hard day at work as a retirement center cook. Instead, he found her collapsed on the floor and barely conscious. An ambulance rushed her to Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, where Frances Rawls was diagnosed with a bleeding stroke. She was transferred to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, which was recognized as the first comprehensive stroke center in Charlotte in 2017. Doctors then determined the 65-year-old grandmother of 11 had suffered a blood vessel burst deep inside her brain – known as a hemorrhagic stroke – and it was causing substantial pressure on her brain. She needed surgery. That can be a risky procedure for patients, because it means surgeons have to remove part of the skull and cut through undamaged, but delicate brain matter, to get to the injury. That can lead to permanent brain damage and a potentially poor prognosis for the patient. So vascular neurosurgeon Dr. Ziad Hage proposed a minimally invasive alternative that would reduce the chances for damage to the brain while removing the clot and improving Rawls’ chances for the best recovery possible. On June 6, and for the first time in North Carolina, he performed brain clot removal with a minimally invasive technique using the new Artemis Neuro Evacuation device. The device was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2017. “It’s just nothing short of a miracle for me,” said daughter Shalonda Maldonado, a special education teacher. “I still have my mother.” ‘This was excellent’ To perform the operation, Hage made a 2-centimeter incision in Rawls’ forehead and followed with a 1.5-centimeter opening in the skull to allow entry of a device with the thickness of a pencil. Next, Hage used a tube-shaped endoscope to enter the brain. Tipped with a tiny camera, endoscopes allow surgeons to see inside the body. The device also includes a hollow tube that gives the surgeon a path into the brain where tools can be inserted. In this case, Hage used a slender suction wand called the Artemis, which was inserted through the open endoscope tube. To pinpoint where he needed to place the Artemis, he used neuro-navigation equipment that relied on a brain scan to track the precise location of the clot and guide the scope and Artemis in. Using suction, it removed nearly the entire blood clot. Hage said this type of surgery on such strokes can remove up to 80 to 90 percent of the clot. In Rawls’ case, Hage was able to remove 96 percent, a great outcome because it got more of the clot while significantly reducing the chances of additional brain damage that patients risk when surgeons have to cut through the brain during traditional surgery. “This was excellent,” Hage said. “Even 1
percent more removal is very important – every percentage point matters.” Hage also used the device to suction away blood from the ruptured vessel. That’s important, Hage said, because it relieves pressure on the brain. Blood itself, he said, can damage normal brain tissue around it because it is toxic to normal brain cells and needs to be removed. Hage said he elected to perform the new procedure, with the family’s permission, because he knew Rawls was a good candidate for it, which has come into use with the availability of the Artemis device. “She now has a better shot at returning to normal activity as possible,” Hage said. Still, Rawls faces significant challenges. Much of her left side was paralyzed from the stroke itself. It’s not clear how long she laid on the floor of her home after suffering the stroke. “Hopefully, she’ll regain some function,” he said. “We’ve been surprised before. Only time will tell.” And when it comes to the use of the Artemis device, he said, minimally invasive brain surgery in cases like Rawls’ will become more common as surgeons become aware of its use and potential. Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And stroke kills around 140,000 in America each year. It’s the fifth leading cause of death for Americans. The risk of having a first stroke is nearly twice as high for blacks as it is for whites. ‘She’s feisty’ Today, Rawls’ recovery is well underway. Maldonado said her mother’s fighting spirit has been on full display in notes she writes from her bed. In one exchange, Rawls announced she was ready to leave the hospital and ordered her children to load her up and take her home. “I said, ‘Mom, we can’t that do that yet,’” Maldonado said. Rawls grabbed her pen and scribbled a follow-up note that she would call an Uber car to come and get her. It wasn’t clear, Maldonado said, if her mother was joking. “She’s feisty,” Maldonado said. While it’s difficult for Rawls to speak, she is able to get some words out. Maldonado, a busy professional and mom with three kids at home, knows her family members have much to navigate as they manage Rawls’ recovery. But at the moment, she’s grateful for the care at Novant Health that got them so far. “We were so scared that we were going to lose our mother,” Maldonado said. “We’re just relieved that Dr. Hage was so knowledgeable about all of this. When I heard her speak her first words, I just felt so lucky.” Editor's note: Novant Health granted us permission to publish this story.
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CHARLOTTE – On a hot summer afternoon, PACE of the Southern Piedmont was a beehive of activity. Outside, vans were lined up to take home PACE participants who were waiting inside the lobby after a day at their health and wellness center in Charlotte. Inside, other participants had just finished a worship service in one room, while others participated in social activities in an adjoining room. Still, other participants were in the medical center seeing their primary care physician or in the rehab center working with specialists. Nearby, a kitchen worker was cleaning up after preparing lunch for participants. PACE – A Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly – helps eligible seniors remain independent and living in their own home. The day program has wheelchair-accessible vans that transport participants from their homes in Mecklenburg, Union, Stanly and Cabarrus counties to the day health and wellness center. PACE is a not-for-profit, Medicare State option program providing preventive and long-term care for its participants. PACE will celebrate its fifth anniversary with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. July 14 at its location, 6133 The Plaza. To be eligible for PACE’s services, a participant must be 55 or older, be determined to need a nursing home level of care, be able to live in a community setting at the time of enrollment without jeopardizing health or safety, and live in the four-county area. As a care coordinator of covered benefits, PACE will help participants to continue to live in their homes and communities. PACE works closely with participants to determine program eligibility and any out-of-pocket costs. “The benefit of PACE is that we are
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your medical home,” CEO/Executive Director Renee Rizzuti said. “Our providers manage your care, whether you go to an approved specialist, you always come back here to your medical home at PACE to review your care plan.” At PACE’s day health and wellness center, participants also interact with other participants, while having meals and participating in activities. Participants will also see their PACE primary care physicians when needed, have all of their medications provided and managed, participate in a variety of rehabilitation programs promoting strength and falls prevention, take part in a variety of activities promoting socialization, and interact over a well-balanced lunch. To serve as a one-stop-shop model of care, many services are coordinated and provided onsite at the center, such as podiatry, dental, vision, behavioral health, lab work and wound care. As a home and community-based program, PACE will coordinate and provide the necessary in-home support tailored to a participants’ needs to continually support both the participant and their family while promoting quality of life.
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ears and we were congratulated for our hard work. I took off my headset and looked around Dave & Buster’s restaurant and arcade to readjust to the real world. Dave & Buster’s locations around the country opened up their first virtual reality experience, “Jurassic World VR Expedition” on June 15. And it feels very real. The “ride” is a stationary four-seat cart that tilts, rumbles and rocks to immerse you in the 360-degree 3D video and audio you see and hear through the attached HTC Vive headset. You can’t see the others on the ride with you, but you can see their headsets and wands used to aim and scan dinosaurs moving in real time. You can get your hands on a similar headset and play VR games on an Xbox, PlayStation or computer. But Pineville D&B’s General Manager Jim McGann thinks technology like their company-exclusive “Jurassic World” is more immersive. “I don’t think you can put that platform at home,” McGann said. “And that to me feels more like real life. A lot of our clientele are gamers, so they play at home all the time – but they still yearn to come to a place like this where they have everything at their fingertips and it’s a bigger, better version.” Although currently the only VR title, “Jurassic World” isn’t the only one of Dave & Buster’s roughly 150 games more immersive than home gaming. “The Luigi’s Mansion” vacuum controller physically clatters when
you suck up coins, the “Dark Escape” horror shooter booth features surround sound jump scares, and the multiplayer-enabled Mario Kart machines feature mechanical steering wheels and separate pedals for gas and brakes. However, Special Events Manager Yarie Maldonado believes the point of Dave & Buster’s goes beyond fun and immersive games though. “People can go to any arcade, but when they come here, they’re looking for that overall experience we provide,” Maldonado said. “Everything from our food, our drinks, our games – we like to unify it and give people the full Dave & Buster’s experience.” “Jurassic World” may be the first Dave & Buster’s VR game, but amusements manager and machine operator Roger Henry said it won’t be the only one. Henry said the company designed the machine to be updated with new software, so the pieces are in place for new immersive experiences. He also confirmed future games will be associated with movie releases. As far as what’s next, Henry made this guarantee: “I don’t know what movies are coming up, so I wouldn’t be able to tell exactly, but it’s going to be something exciting, I know.” The new movie, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” hit theaters June 22.
sleep,” Cotham said. “I had heard of it, but never gotten into the details of it. For the first time in my life a few months ago, I knew this young woman who just had a baby. I was cooing over it, and I asked her, ‘Where’s your baby sleeping?’” The woman replied, “We really don’t have any place, so she just sleeps with me in my bed.” That was when the commissioner went with the mother to Target to buy her a crib. “It really affected me,” Cotham said. “That was the first time I had ever asked that question because I wasn’t educated enough for it.” At 86 percent, the leading cause of infant deaths was “natural causes,” which include prematurity, low birth weight, maternal complications and birth defects. Commissioner at-large Trevor Fuller called the risk factors for these child fatalities “social determinants of health.” “It’s because of questions of income inequality, access to healthcare, access to social capital,” Fuller told Simmons. “Those factors are all interrelated, and the consequences are what you’re reporting today. We are losing children because we have these deficits of economic opportunity. It’s more than just about money. It’s actually about life and death ultimately.”
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where there are children who are suffering difficulties – depression, confusion adjusting to their lives. Reducing means in a home is one of the most important things parents can do and often it’s difficult to do that.” The youngest person to commit suicide in 2016 was 12 years old. At 56 percent, the leading cause of death for children aged 1 to 17 was “natural causes,” which include birth defects, infections and body systems diseases. Other causes of death for this age group included motor vehicle incidents (16 percent) and homicide (10 percent). Eight of the 104 infant deaths recorded by the Child Fatality Prevention Team in 2016 were the result of accidental suffocation. According to Simmons, most of those deaths involved co-sleeping with a caregiver or siblings. Simmons stressed that babies sleep safest alone on their backs in cribs. Simmons called the problem “unsafe sleep,” and said it spans North Carolina and beyond. Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham believes education is the best thing for combating this kind of infant fatality. “I have learned recently myself about safe
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committed, but I didn’t want to,” she said. “I was looking for any sign that I could to get out of it.” A day or two later, Coleman’s mom got an email from the softball coach. There weren’t going to be enough players, so there would be no team that summer. From there, Coleman’s love of lacrosse blossomed. She scored 19 goals her freshman season and was named to the second-team all-conference team. As a sophomore, Coleman was even better. She earned a first-team all-conference nod after scoring 44 goals. Team wise, it was a miserable season. The Bulldogs went 1-14 and lost 13 straight games to end the year. “After my freshman year, I realized that I really loved this sport and I wanted to play it at the highest level,” she said. “But then last year was a rough season ... We were getting down on ourselves. After each loss, it was like we just wanted to be done.” But Coleman didn’t get down. That summer, she played showcases and attended camps, including one at Radford University. At the three-day camp, Coleman said she played awful the first day, but decided to relax and try to have fun the rest of her time there.
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The next two days, Coleman played great. So well, in fact, that Radford lacrosse coach Haley Marvine took notice. “She came up to me and asked what my name was and where was I from,” she said. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh they wanted to know my name and who I was.’ I was playing lacrosse like I never had before and it was great to get noticed by her.” Coleman would later hear from Marvine a couple of times before the coach offered her a scholarship. Without hesitation, she took it. On a high, Coleman started to think about playing for Butler again. It was tough to erase the memory of her sophomore season. But she put a smile on her face and went to work, impressing new
coach Ken Dorcy from the beginning. Dorcy’s daughter had played at Charlotte Catholic for the past four years and he knew of Coleman. He also knew the Bulldogs put a lot of pressure on her to provide the majority of the scoring. He thought that if Coleman could increase her assists, she would have a better season and Butler could begin to forget about the past. Both things worked out. The Bulldogs went 10-5 and made the state playoffs for the first time in school history, As for Coleman, she did just fine, too. She scored 56 goals – passing the 100-goal career mark – and had a career-high 11 assists. She was the team leader in ground balls, Butler’s
main face-off player, a first-team all-conference selection and the 2018 Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year. “Kaitlyn was critical for our turnaround,” Dorcy said. “This team has a lot of talent, and she is at the top of the list. I think she helped return a lot of players who came back after a really tough year, but she stepped up her game during the season, as well. “Kaitlyn has natural athletic ability, but she works very hard at improving her game. She will oftentimes stay after practice to work on something or get in some extra shots, so she puts in the time to get better.” Coleman said she’s going to play some local tournaments over the summer and continue to work on her game. And, she said, watch out for Butler next year. “We were having fun this year, and I think that was the biggest thing for us,” Coleman said. “I was having the time of my life. I went into every game wanting to have fun and I think that’s why my stats were much better. “It’s so humbling for me. I’ve worked so hard for it and to see everything come full circle and the payoff is so awesome ... It shows that people see it inside of me and they are believing in me and that means a lot to me. It makes me want to work.”
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CHARLOTTE – There was never a doubt whether Gia Colombo would become a star on the field, it was more a matter of on which field that stardom would come. Colombo grew up in Massachusetts surrounded by athletes. Her great uncle is former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano. Her grandfather, Armond, retired from Brockton’s Archbishop Williams High school in 2002 as that state’s all-time winningest football coach. Her dad and mom are enshrined in the Brockton High Hall of Fame. Her dad, Tommy, is in Villanova’s Hall of Fame after starring at quarterback and her mom, Juliann, was a standout diver at Fordham. Her sisters also shine on the lacrosse field – more on them later – and her brother, AJ, is a rising football and lacrosse star. At a young age, Colombo played a variety of sports until her father handed her a mini lacrosse stick inside a Dick’s Sporting Goods store. That’s all it took.
Charlotte Latin’s Gia Colombo is a three-time all-state player who this year became an all-American in the classroom and on the field. Courtesy of Charlotte Latin athletics
By the time she moved to North Carolina, she was already a star. Colombo scored more than 50 goals at Cuthbertson during her freshman season, but transferred to Charlotte Latin before her sophomore season in part to be with her club coach Nikki Williams. The Hawks had compiled a near .500 record in the two seasons before Colombo arrived, but with her in tow, they went 32-16 over a three-year period and reached the NCISAA championship game for each of the previous two seasons. “She’s faster than everyone else and just has this other speed level that nobody in the conference has,” Williams said. “That’s what carried her.” Colombo was already a two-time all-state player entering this season, but Williams said she stepped it up this year to become a more complete threat on the field. “When you are that fast and that strong, you kind of rely on that,” she said. “I think this year she became more controlled. One thing I definitely saw is that she’s a lot more dangerous because she got more deliberate. Now when defenders come onto her, she’s able to make a great pass to her teammates. She’s got a much better control of her game.” With her leadership and even better play, Latin flourished. They went 12-5 and defeated an impressive collection of regional powerhouses before losing by a single goal after a dramatic comeback in the championship game to rival Country Day. But Colombo doesn’t have time to dwell on her defeats. She’s more interested in where they will lead her. “We had to make sure to keep our ground this year because everyone knew we were a threat after last season. We obviously wanted to do well and we did,” she said. “I would have loved to win, but the circumstances were what they were and we didn’t end up winning. That’s motivation for me to take with me next year. It wasn’t a road block. It was a stepping stone.” The same can be said for her incredible senior season. She was once again the main scoring threat for one of the state’s best teams and this season had more assists, many in dazzling fashion, than in years past. And with her stepping up on the field, the awards soon followed.
Colombo – along with her sisters Cece (a junior midfielder who earned her second all-state bid) and Gracie (a sophomore attacker making the team for the first time) – made the all-state team once again. Colombo also caught the attention of her opposing coaches who selected her a U.S. Lacrosse All-American. She worked extremely hard in the classroom to become a U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American. She is also the 2018 South Charlotte Weekly Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year. “I had a lot of fun playing with my sisters. Having Cece and Gracie on the field for the last time made me want to do my best,” Colombo said. “I have some speed. My sisters both have really good stick skills, but for me, it’s about my feet. This year, I’ve added the control of my body to be able to make the finesse play instead of always relying on the power play. It was definitely a lot better for me this year and it allowed me to give more opportunities for my teammates, which I really enjoy. “But I can’t dwell on my awards or hang myself up too high on them. I’m just looking for my next success.” That will come at Lenoir-Rhyne. “Gia is going to rip through that conference,” Williams said. As an all-American at a small school, she probably will. Colombo said she loves the coaching staff, the campus and the self-described “science nerd” is looking forward to the school’s new science building that will allow her to study chemistry and become a pharmacist when her lacrosse days are over. But she still has four years left to continue to hone her skills. “Gia probably has the best GPA (it’s over a 4.0) on our team and she carries that onto the field,” Williams said. “She’s so smart on the field. And this is what she loves, so she works so hard at getting better. I expect she’s going to have a great career there.” Colombo said she’s excited to get to Hickory and start on her next chapter. And if it goes anything like the story of her high school career there will be a lot to write home about. “This year was a really nice cap off for me,” she said. “I’m going to miss playing with my sisters for the last time, but I think it was a great year for us.”
Herrera becomes franchise leading goal scorer CHARLOTTE – Independence forward Jorge Herrera became the franchise leader in goals scored June 27. With 32 goals in all competitions and 30 goals in league competitions, 37-year-old Herrera passed Enzo Martinez in both categories. “It’s something I’m humbled and grateful and to get,” Herrera said. “Those are the things you cherish once you stop playing and get past the day-in, day-out, and look back on, but for right now, we just need to keep it going.” Herrera holds other Independence milestones, including being the first player signed to the inaugural team in 2015 and the franchise’s first hat-trick in USL play versus Saint Louis FC on July 8, 2017. “Since the beginning of the Independence, I wanted to be a part of it,” Herrera said. “I’ve been in Charlotte since I came to the United States. Charlotte is
home for me and my family. I’m honored to be a part of that community.” Herrera was the second-ever USL player to reach 50 league goals and is seven goals off of Dane Kelly’s USL career-goals lead of 67. “I’m excited for Jorge,” Independence head coach Mike Jeffries said. “He’s been the face of the franchise since day one. I think it’s tremendous and every time I see him out there I am impressed with his ability to maintain this level against young guys and still be successful.” Jorge Herrera scored his eighth goal of the season June 30 in a 1-4 loss to Bethlehem Steel FC at Goodman Stadium. Charlotte plays Indy Eleven on the road July 7, before returning home July 11 to host Nashville SC. Visit www.jackshouseclt.com for details.
Girls Lacrosse Super Team Emily Barnes, Ardrey Kell The junior midfielder led the Knights in most offensive categories, including points (67), goals (44), assists (23) and ground balls (104). Barnes also won 149 draws at a 60 percent success rate. Kaitlyn Coleman, Butler Coleman helped turn a 1-14 Butler team into a 10-5 contender this season. The Radford commit is also the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly Player of the Year after scoring 56 goals, corralling 72 ground balls and dishing out 11 assists. Coleman also won 106 draws for the Bulldogs. Cece Colombo, Charlotte Latin Colombo is now a two-time All-NCISAA selection after earning the honor once again this year. The junior had a standout season in the Hawks midfield, helping them reach the state championship game for the second consecutive season. Gia Colombo, Charlotte Latin The senior is one of the quickest players in the state. This year the South Charlotte Weekly Player of the Year earned Academic All-American and All-American status for her play by U.S. Lacrosse. Colombo has signed with Lenoir Rhyne. Gracie Colombo, Charlotte Latin The last of the Colombo sisters, but certainly not the least. The sophomore star earned her first all-state nod this season and is a force to be reckoned with in her own right. She is a competent scorer, gifted defender and terror on face-offs for the Hawks. Megan Flesch, Charlotte Catholic Flesch wrapped up her senior season in style. The Richmond Spider recruit led Charlotte Catholic with 66 points, as she piled up 44 goals and 22 assists for the 15-4 Cougars. Flesch was also Catholic’s best face-off option, winning 67 draws on the year. Belle Hardwick, South Meck The all-conference midfielder was asked to do a lot for the Sabres, and she more than delivered. The Young Harris College recruit poured in 72 goals, 24 ground balls and 13 assists. Charlotte Pedlow, Country Day Pedlow is a two-time allstate recipient and forms one of the best one-two midfield tandems around along with teammate Thea Reddin. The Elon commit led the Bucs in scoring and has a knack for the ball. Callahan Phillips, Charlotte Latin The senior co-captain has earned a reputation as being one of the best on-ball defenders in the state. Phillips helped the Hawks win NCISAA title games. She is a two-time allstate selection. Thea Reddin, Country Day The senior midfielder has been an integral part of the Bucs' past three state titles. The Colby College recruit is the only three-time NCISAA recipient on this year’s Super Team and a force with the stick in her hand. Jocelyn Riopel, Myers Park It was a terrific season for the Mustang defender. Not only did Riopel earn a U.S. Lacrosse All-American bid for her stellar play on the field, but the Sewanee recruit also picked up Academic All-American honors. Kylie Skovira, Charlotte Catholic Skovira led a very good Cougar attack with 53 goals this season. The junior also was second on the team with 47 ground balls and added 12 assists for an offense that averaged 12.5 goals per game. Second Team Abby Brown, Providence Day Sadie Charles Calame, Country Day Anna Farrell, Providence Day Caroline Foster, Country Day Grace Holmes, Independence Riley Lowe, Charlotte Catholic Molly McLawhorn, Country Day Ellen Ambler Moseley, Country Day Ellie Perrigo, Charlotte Latin Maggie Pontiakos, Ardrey Kell Landon Sule, Myers Park Caroline Wise, Myers Park
Charlotte Independence coach Mike Jeffries calls Jorge Herrera the face of the franchise. MMHW file photo
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Justin Vick Managing Editor
Game changers 5 dates in 2018 that changed the region forever
The President James K. Polk Historic Site is located in Pineville. Photos courtesy of N.C. Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources
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CHARLOTTE – The cool air and natural beauty attracts many to the mountains of Western North Carolina, while the sandy beaches and ocean waters lure others to the coastal regions of the state. North Carolina is also rich in history. Sometimes when planning a trip, one should think of yesterday instead of thinking about tomorrow. The list of historical spots across the state is extensive, spanning from the first settlers to the battlefields of Revolutionary and Civil wars to the state’s contributions in two World Wars and in the years that followed. A good place to start is North Carolina Historic Sites, which consists of 27 historical spots. The Reed Gold Mine and the President James K. Polk State Historical Site are perfect for short day trips from the Charlotte-metro area. Both are free. The gold mine is in Midland, about 13 miles southeast of Concord, while the Polk site is in Pineville. Both sites have visitor centers with historical artifacts and multimedia presentations.
Reed Gold Mine
The site of the first documented gold find in the country is a great place to stop and tour any time of the year. The first nugget, or rock, of gold was found in 1799. It weighed 17 pounds and was worth $3,600 at the time, or $310,000 today. The first stop is the visitors center. There is a museum that features the history of the mine, its owner and gold mining in general. There is also a 20-minute video. On the day I visited this past spring, there was a temporary exhibit of the state’s contributions in World War I. The mine takes you down 50 feet, and there is almost
Feb. 14: School shooting hits home A shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school killed 17 people, prompting more debate over gun laws and more discussion about making schools safer. Students at Butler, Independence and other schools felt empowered to organize walkouts to pay tribute for those killed and call for action to make schools safer.
500 feet of mine to explore. The different tunnels are all lighted and some of the original equipment still stands deep in the mine. There are a few stairs to climb. After returning to the surface, there are several other exhibits along several short trails, including the Stamp Mill. For a small fee, visitors can also pan for gold on the site from April 1 to Oct. 31. The soil comes from a creek on the mine property. Go to www.nchistoricsites. org/reed/reed.htm for more information.
May 8: Upsets dominate primary Some incumbents failed to get re-elected in the May primary, most notably Congressman Robert Pittenger and Sheriff Irwin Carmichael. Pittenger’s defeat opens the door for a younger successor, either Republican Mark Harris or Democrat Dan McCready. Carmichael lost to retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg detective Garry McFadden. New leaders usually lead to new ideas or at the very least, new methods of executing old ideas.
President James K Polk State Site
This is the only site that North Carolina owns that interprets the life and legacy of an American president. This site is located on land once owned by the parents of James K. Polk, who was the 11th President of the United States. The state historic site commemorates significant events in the Polk administration, including the Mexican-American War, the settlement of the Oregon boundary dispute and the annexation of California. The site also includes reconstructions of homestead buildings of the period – a log house, separate kitchen, and barn. They are authentically furnished. The visitor center features a film on Polk’s life and exhibits on his family and his historic presidency. If one wants to learn how to weave a basket, then the Polk site is for you. It has a class July 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. Starting off with a simple pattern and shape, Susan Worchester will guide you through the basics of how to weave a basket. Participants will be supplied with the required reeds of varying sizes and colors to complete their project during the class. The cost is $15 plus tax per person. Registration is required. Go to www.nchistoricsites. org/polk/polk.html for more information.
Days after celebrating our country’s independence from Britain on July 4, 1776, I thought it would be fun to think about the five dates so far this year that drastically changed the course of Matthews and Mint Hill history. I’m sure 2018’s contribution to history will look very different by the end of the year, decade or millennium. You never know … a future reality TV star, President of the United States or both could be wearing pink or blue booties right now in a maternity ward.
May 10: Mint Hill seeks bond Mint Hill commissioners put the wheels in motion for a potential bond referendum on the November 2018 ballot that could allow for more cultural and recreational resources. Some $15 million could be used for parks and recreation, which could result in athletic fields. Another $3 million could be used for a welcome or events center. A public hearing is set for July 12. June 7: Charter bill becomes law N.C. House Rep. Bill Brawley’s charter school bill became law, allowing Matthews and Mint Hill to launch charter schools. The law could give these towns leverage against Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools when it comes to building new schools. Matthews and Mint Hill leaders have said they are not willing to rush to action. They favor research and community feedback.
ABOVE: The Stamp Mill is one of the many features at the Reed Gold Mine in Midland. TOP: Reed Gold Mine in Midland is the site of the first documented gold finds in the country.
June 11: Matthews OKs budget Matthews Commissioner Chris Melton declared the $22.2 million fiscal year budget as the “Year of the Employee,” noting how the town will employ 10 new firefighters and two new telecommunicators. The fire department piece is the most significant because it provides 24-hour coverage of the town. Your family’s home, possessions and lives may depend on the efficiency of Fire Chief Rob Kinniburgh’s department.
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MATTHEWS – Early American Life featured the work of Susan Daul in its August 2018 issue and included the Matthews resident in its 2018 Directory of Traditional American Crafts. The magazine photographed Daul’s watercolor design of a fraktur letter D on aged paper on the door of a Revolutionary-era farmhouse at Yorktown for the Daul issue. Work was selected by a panel of experts, which included curators from prestigious institutions, antiques dealers, scholars and professional instructors. The directory, now in its 33rd year, selects the top craftspeople working with traditional tools and techniques. Much of the work, according to the judges, is museum quality. “The judges look for authentic design and workmanship, whether the piece is a faithful reproduction or the artisan’s interpretation of period style,” said Tess Rosch, publisher of Early American Life. “Scholarship, as well as use of period tools and techniques, is particularly valued in this competition.” Fascinated by “old things” all of her life, Daul remembers accompanying her parents to visit homesteads of our founding fathers and antiques shops, searching for treasures from the past. For the past 20 years, she has worked in various folk art media including wood and clay. Fraktur became her artistic focus because she found the inspirational verses, beautiful designs, color combinations and charming use of animals irresistible. Her hobby of making fraktur as gifts for family and friends quickly grew into a business. She has been listed in the Directory of Traditional American Crafts multiple times. Her work can be found in museum shops at Colonial Williamsburg, the American Folk Art Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She also created an ornament for the Blue Room Christmas tree in the White House. Visit www.susandaulfolkart.com to learn more about Susan Daul Folk Art and www. EarlyAmericanLife.com for details about the magazine.
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Downtown Crawl The Red Brick Partnership invites the community to the First Thursday Downtown Matthews Crawl. Look for specials from merchants, as well as entertainment. Visit www.redbrick partnership.org for details. 5 p.m.; Downtown Matthews Music Bingo Top Shelf Productions brings Music Bingo to CharBar No. 7. Test your music trivia. 7 to 9 p.m.; 3118 Fincher Farm Road, Matthews
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Take a vacation to The Ballantyne this summer CHARLOTTE – The Ballantyne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, offers seasonal packages for a convenient getaway this summer. Escape to The Ballantyne’s outdoor pool for exclusive amenities, a full bar and onsite grilling. In addition to unveiling a special arrival experience for kids, the hotel will feature activities over summer holiday weekends such as live music, daily lawn games, drink specials and a game room. New offerings at the outdoor pool include a summer pool menu in exclusive partnership with Traeger Grills, enhanced seating options, shaved ice and a popcorn machine. Guests will be surprised with an amenity rotation to stay refreshed with items such as frozen grapes, chilled towels and mini smoothies. Explore Ballantyne The package includes a $175 credit per room per night toward spa, dining or golf, as well as daily breakfast or brunch in Gallery Restaurant. The package is valid for Friday – Sunday arrival. Rates start at $399 plus tax per night.
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Movie Screening Mint Hill Library screens the PG-rated film “Hotel Transylvania 2.” The event targets ages 3 to 11. Call 704-416-5200 or visit www.cmli brary.org for details. 2 to 3:30 p.m.; 6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill
Chamber Luncheon Kristan Seaford, a licensed professional counselor, talks about overcoming septic shock during the Matthews Chamber of Commerce networking luncheon at Christ Covenant Church. Register in advance. Admission costs $15 for members and $20 for others. Visit www.mat thewschamber.org or 704-847-3649 for details. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 800 Fullwood Lane, Matthews
Anniversary Party Brakeman's Coffee & Supply celebrates its one-year anniversary. The event will have cake, discounted drinks, face painting, balloons and corn hole. Call 704-841-7867 or visit www.brakemanscoffee.com. 2 to 6 p.m.; 225 N. Trade St., Matthews
Cruise In Classic Cruisers of Monroe holds a cruise in at Mint Hill Festival shopping center. Call 704-719-6662. 6 to 9 p.m.; 6908 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill
Music Matchup HeadTilt Entertainment presents Music Matchup at Beantown Tavern. Call 704-849-2023 for details. 7 to 9 p.m.; 130 Matthews Station St., Matthews
Casual Drafts Your Local Game Store holds Casual Drafts, a program in which Magic the Gathering players draft cards and create decks from booster packs. Admission costs $10. Visit www.yourlocalgamestore.com for details. 7 p.m.; 6908 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill
Music Bingo Top-Shef Productions hosts a Music Bingo at Kristophers Sports Bar & Restaurant. Call 704-845-6200 or visit www.kristophers.com for details. 9 p.m.; 250 N. Trade St., Matthews
Mayor Meet-Up The community can meet with Matthews Mayor Paul Bailey to talk about town issues over breakfast at Jonathan's. Visit www.matthewsnc. gov for details. 8 to 9 a.m.; 10630 Independence Pointe Pkwy., Matthews
Aloha Event Aloha Mint Hill is a fundraiser for a Queen's Grant Community School fourth-grader battling a rare cancer. The event, held at Queen's Grant, includes food trucks, face painting and balloon animals, games, raffles and Polynesian dancing. Admission
Geek Club The Teen Geek Club at Matthews Library focuses on Pokemon during its next meeting. Register in advance. Call 704-416-5000 or visit www.cmlibrary.org for details. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews
STEM 101 The Matthews Library presents a Teen Summer Break Program: STEM 101. Teens engaged in STEM-related projects. Register in advance. Call 704-416-5000 or visit www.cmli brary.org for details. 3 to 4 p.m.; 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews BBQ Celebration Cycle Gear hosts a celebration featuring pulled pork barbecue, music from DJ David, trivia contest and stunt driving. Call 704-846-0440 or visit www.cyclegear.com for details. 5 to 8 p.m.; 11328 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews Summer Garden The Successful Gardener discusses the challenges gardeners face in a seminar at Renfrow Hardware. The class costs $20. Register at www.jeffrieves.com/shop. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; 409 W. Charles St., Matthews Run Club Carolina Beer Temple's run club takes on 1, 3 or 5 mile routes throughout downtown and meets back for beer. Visit www.carolina beertemple.net for details. 6:45 p.m.; 131 Matthews Station St., Matthews
Bike & Brews Mojo Cycles hosts Bike & Brews, a promotion held Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Ride up to 30 mile routes and finish it off with a beer.
Woodland Wildlife Charlotte Mecklenburg Library presents Woodland Wildlife at the Matthews Library. Children, ages 5 to 11, engage in hands-on activities. Register in advance. Call 704-4165000 or visit www.cmlibrary.org for details. 3 to 4 p.m.; 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews Frontline Storyteller Charlotte Mecklenburg Library presents Frontline Storyteller Kristi Madron. Register in advance. Call 704-416-5200 or visit www.cmli brary.org for details. 3 to 4 p.m.; 6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill Commissioner Coffee Matthews commissioners invite the community for an evening of coffee and chatting about the town in the monthly Coffee with a Commissioner series. The event is at Dunkin' Donuts. Visit www.mat thewsnc.gov for details. 7 to 8 p.m.; 3114 Fincher Farm Road, Matthews Music Bingo Top Shelf Promotions presents Music Bingo at Moochies Tavern. Visit www.moochiestavern.com for details. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.; 15060 Idlewild Road, Matthews Pro Soccer Charlotte Independence plays the Nashville SC in United Soccer League action at Matthews Sportsplex. Visit www.charlotteindepen dence.com for tickets. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.; 1505 Tank Town Road, Matthews
Cheese 101 The Loyalist Market presents a class that explains cheese. Cheese 101 will include samples of cheese and wine. The class costs $35. Call 704-814-9866 for details. 6:30 to 8 p.m.; 435 N. Trade St., Matthews Music Bingo Temple Mojo remixes the classic game of bingo by allowing patrons to fill up cards by identifying snippets of songs. Call 704-246-8196 for details. 7 p.m.; 195 N. Trade St., Matthews
Date Night Matthews Parks & Recreation allows parents to drop off their children, ages 6 to 12, at Crews Recreation Center so they can have a date night. Kids can play sports, create craft and eat pizza. The event costs $10 for the first child and $5 for each additional child. Registration is required. Visit at www.matthewsnc. gov or call 704-708-1287 for details. 5 to 9 p.m.; 1201 Crews Road, Matthews
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Food Trucks The Food Truck Fridays & Concert Series resumes at Stumptown Park. The event takes place on the second and fourth Fridays of the month through September. Visit www.mat thewsnc.gov for details. 5 to 9 p.m.; 120 S. Trade St., Matthews
Farmer's Market The Matthews Community Farmer's Market showcases the best homegrown food from farms. The market opens Saturdays through November. Visit www.matthews farmersmarket.com for details. 8 a.m. to noon; 105 N. Trade St., Matthews
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Caren Ballantine leads an art class at Camp Vivace. Photos courtesy of Living Saviour Luthern Church
Dive into the arts with Camp Vivace CHARLOTTE – Living Saviour lots of action and oftentimes huLutheran Church will offer Camp morous dialog. Campers create and Vivace, its popular music, drama paint the sets used for the musical. and art camp for youth ages 7-12. The camp takes place 9 a.m. Don Huff, Living Saviour’s min- to 2:30 p.m. July 16 to 20 at the ister of music, will lead the camp, church, 6817 Carmel Road. The which concludes with a full musical church limits the size of the camp production. This year, campers willTheand asks parents to register children New York Times Syndication Sales Corporation 620 New York, N.Y. 10018 produce “Jonah’s Druthers,” the by JulyEighth 6. TheAvenue, camp costs $75. For Information 1-800-972-3550 biblical story of Jonah in Old WestContact the churchCall: office: lslc@ Students rehearse a musical number for For Release Tuesday, January 16, 2018 ern setting. The story unfolds with livingsaviour.org or 704-542-3626. Camp Vivace’s 2017 production.
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why they were mad. I was following the rules. Tony Marciano Do you remember the test Reverend you took in school? It said to write your name on the top of the paper and then told you to read the instructions For Memorial Day, my first before starting the test. three children, their spouses We all got ahead of ourselves. along with our “grand dogs” Instruction number eight (we have three of them) went said to stand up and shout, camping. Remember that “I am the best at following rainy weekend? We survived. instructions.” It gave you a Actually, we had fun. OK, sense of superiority. When we had a blast. We played ta- you read the last instruction, ble games. More specifically, it said to go back to the top, we played dominoes. answer number one and put A few weeks before, my down your pencil. You didn’t wife and I, along with our follow the instructions. son and his wife, played it at When my daughter turned our house. My son is a rules 14, the youth leader gave her person when it comes to ta- a handout of the 200 things ble games. He read the rules. she could not do as a Christ I objectfollowed. After er. Toall, we had I think that God likes to day she been play- keep things simple.” laughs ing domat that inoes for • Rev. Tony Marciano list. If years. The she folreal rules lowed and our rules were different. the rules, she would be a I preferred our rules; it was “good Christian” (whatever more fun. Fast forward to the that means). camping trip and my son inWe like rules. After all, sisted on reading the rules. We they give us a safe place to learned that when you have hide out. If you obey the a double, you must make it rules, you can look down into a “chicken foot” that is, your nose at the person who you must put dominoes on doesn’t. You are a better rule all three points. It looks like a follower. chicken foot. If you can’t satI think that God likes to isfy it, you pick up from the keep things simple. If he domino “boneyard.” We also were writing the rules for found out there were other dominoes, it would be; No. rules we weren’t following. I 1) Enjoy your time with the reminded my kids that in the people you love; No. 2) have game of Monopoly, if you fun. That’s it. Two rules. No land on “Go”, you receive more. No less. $500. Anthony pointed out He gave us only two rules. there was nothing in the rules They are – “Love the Lord that said that. I acknowl- your God with all your heart edged he was correct. How- and with all your soul and ever, where I grew up and with all your mind and with the way we played the game, all your strength. The second you got $500 for landing on is this: ‘Love your neigh“Go.” More belly laughs and bor as yourself. There is no more protests. I found myself commandment greater than having to play dominoes by these.” the rules. Sometimes it was I like the way one pastor fun. But there were moments says it: “Love God and love when I just wanted to play by others. If you do that, you our rules. I knew them best. have a lifetime of things to Even if they were wrong, I do.” knew them. I’ll be back soon. Until I remember being in fifth then, live well my friend. grade and playing kick ball. Someone told me you nevThe Rev. Tony Marciano is er kick the first pitch that the executive director of the comes to you. I believed Charlotte Rescue Mission. them and ignored a perfect Go to www.charlotterescue pitch. All the jocks yelled at mission.org for details. me. I couldn’t understand
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