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ABOUT US P.O. BOX 1104 Matthews, NC 28106 (704) 849-2261 justin@cmgweekly.com unioncountyweekly.com

Women @ Work Venue announced for luncheon, 2A

Howell heading to Florida State by Paul Nielsen paul@cmgweekly.com

INDIAN TRAIL – Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell announced via Twitter on April 9 that he was committing to Florida State. Howell is one of the top high school quarterbacks in the country entering his senior season this fall. Howell teased his 6,083 Twitter followers earlier on April 9 that a “big announcement’’ was coming at 7:30 p.m. His announcement tweet has received over 5,000 likes and over 1,500 retweets as of April 11. Howell, who is a rising senior, is one of the top

dual-threat quarterback prospects in the country. Howell had received scholarship offers from almost every major college football program in the country among his 30-plus offers before committing to Florida State. Verbal commitments are non-binding. Last season as a junior at Sun Valley, Howell (6foot-2, 212-pounds) was 225-of-382 passing for 3,372 yards and 36 touchdowns. He averaged 241 yards passing a game for a Spartans team that finished the season at 11-4. Howell is also a threat on the ground after rushing 230 times for 1,594 yards and 24 more see HOWELL, Page 3A

Sam Howell thanked his teammates, coaches and parents for supporting his football career. UCW file photo

Early voting starts April 19

Sagging skin? More people seeking plastic surgery, 2B

Gee, thanks Confusing gift leads to pottery business, 4A

Momentum Pickleball’s appeal continues growing, 1B

DINING SCORES Health departments in Mecklenburg and Union counties inspected these restaurants March 30 to April 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

Monroe • Bojangles, 555 E. Roosevelt Blvd. – 94.5 • Reid’s Convenience Store & Deli, 1002 Rocky River Road – 93 •  Subway, 2226 Lancaster Hwy. – 94 • Taqueria Veracruz Mexico, 1226 W. Roosevelt Blvd. – 96.5

Waxhaw • Food Lion, 1301 N. Broome St. – 99 •  Food Lion (deli), 1301 N. Broome St. – 98.5 • Food Lion (produce), 1301 N. Broome St. – 99

The playground includes multiple slides, a shade structure, numerous play panels and a soft rubber surface, among other amenities. Photo courtesy of Indian Trail

All-Inclusive Playground opens in Indian Trail INDIAN TRAIL – Staff with Indian Trail’s Parks and Recreation Department will be on hand 3 to 5 p.m. April 13 at Crooked Creek Park to highlight all the unique features of the new All-Inclusive Playground. They will be available to talk to parents and kids about what types of programs they would like to see offered and what amenities are coming to the park. The 6,000-square-foot All-Inclusive Playground boasts a number of play panels, a soft surface and other features for children with special needs. With accessible ramps and play panels specifically created for youth of all ages and needs, as well as a pour-in-place rubber surface to provide easy mobility for wheelchairs, the All-Inclusive Playground brings a much-needed element to the community. “It’s so important in everything we do that we stop and ask ourselves the question, ‘What more could we do here, what extra step could we take, to make sure we have something great for everyone to enjoy?’” Parks and Recreation Director Jay Tryon said. “This new All-Inclusive Playground is such an important step in that direction, to make sure every family who comes to Crooked Creek Park has something really special they can enjoy.” Included in the playground are Braille, sprocket and

paddleball panels, as well as touch and play piano and drums. Panels help tune fine-motor skills and sensory and cognitive development. “The adaptive/inclusive playground created by the Town of Indian Trail is a perfect way to allow children with disabilities to have a quality and safe place to play and get exercise,” said Keith Fishburne, president of Special Olympics North Carolina. “Everyone deserves the chance to play and feel a part of their community. We think it’s great that this playground will provide wonderful memories for many children in the years to come.”

MONROE – One-Stop/Early Voting for the May 8 Primary Election begins April 19 and ends May 5 at seven locations in Union County. Early voting locations are: • Hemby Bridge Volunteer Fire Department, 6628 Mill Grove Road. • Mineral Springs Volunteer Fire Department, 5804 Waxhaw Hwy. •  Monroe Public Library, 316 East Windsor St. • Stallings Volunteer Fire Department – 4616 Old Monroe Road. •  Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department (Main), 315 Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road. •  Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department, 8821 Newtown Road. •  Wingate Community Center, 315 West Elm St. Early voting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday at the Monroe Library and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at all other locations. Early voting hours for April 21, April 28 and May 5 are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all locations. Union County residents can register to vote and cast a ballot at the Early Voting site by completing a voter registration form and providing an identifying document showing current address. The identifying document must be a valid N.C. driver’s license, photo ID from government agency, student ID with a school document showing the student’s address, or a utility bill, bank statement, payroll stub or document from any government agency showing name and current address. Call the board of elections at 704283-3809 or email union.boe@ncsbe.gov for details.

Former Bobcat expanding youth foundation by Paul Nielsen paul@cmgweekly.com

WAXHAW — Tamar Slay Basketball and We Got Next is thinking big. Slay, of Waxhaw, spent 12 years playing professional basketball after a successful college career at Marshall University in his native West Virginia and the former second round pick in the NBA Draft turned his talent, knowledge and experience in retirement into mentoring young basketball players through various camps and travel teams. Slay was a second-round draft pick by the New Jersey

Nets in 2002. He also played for the Charlotte Bobcats and for several professional teams overseas. Now, Slay is expanding his reach with We Got Next that will go beyond just the teaching the fundamentals of basketball. Slay, who has funneled his own money into the program, is looking for permanent home for his organization in Union County to bring We Got Next under one roof. We Got Next is a 501(C) non-profit foundation. “We have AAU teams, we have basketball see BASKETBALL, Page 6A

Current NBA star Alexis Ajinca of the New Orleans Pelicans works with a player at a clinic at Tamar Slay's We Got Next organization.

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Elijah Murray, of Waxhaw, carves a wooden spoon while sitting on a shave horse at the Madison Woodworks booth April 7 at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market. Paul Nielsen/UCW photo

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TWEET OF THE WEEK "It's National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Emergency Communications serves the Sheriff’s Department, police departments of Monroe, Waxhaw, Marshville, Wingate & Stallings, Union EMS, Monroe Fire Dept, 18 county VFDs, Emergency Management, Public Works and Animal Control." – Union County NC (@UnionCountyNC)

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A look at the local 911 call center. Photo courtesy of Union County

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Union County celebrates telecommunicators

MANAGING EDITOR Justin Vick justin@cmgweekly.com NEWS EDITOR Karie Simmons karie@cmgweekly.com SPORTS EDITOR Andrew Stark CONTENT PRODUCER Paul Nielsen

SAVE THE DATE Union County 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 with children afflicted by 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.unioncountyweekly.com to buy tickets. Call 704-849-2261 or email Adrian@cmgweekly.com for questions or sponsorship opportunities.

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MONROE – Union County is celebrating April 9-16 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Union County Emergency Communications employs a staff of more than 40 people to answer, respond to, and dispatch assistance for emergencies and incidents. C-COM serves the Union County Sheriff’s Department and police departments of Monroe, Waxhaw, Marshville, Wingate and Stallings, Union EMS, Monroe City Fire/First Responders, 18 county volunteer fire departments/first responders, Union County Emergency Management, public works and Union County Animal Control. C-COM also answers the after-hours lines for Mental Health, Rape Crisis and Hospice. It is an approved Emergency Medical Dispatch Center of Excellence and Emergency Fire Dispatch Center of Excellence by the Board of Accreditation of the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch.

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MONROE – The Parkwood softball team is climbing the national and state rankings after an 11-0 start has the Rebels as hot as any team in the state midway through the season. With their hot start that has seen the Rebels outscore their opponents 108-9, they are now ranked No. 6 in the state and 133rd in the nation according to Maxpreps.com. In the week before spring break, Parkwood took care of all three of its opponents beginning with an 11-1 win over conference rival Weddington on March 26. Allie Griffin and Mary Pierce Barnes both went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the offense. Natalie Ruth doubled and drove in three runs and Taylor Breidt doubled and hit a sacrifice fly en route to three RBIs of her own. Caroline Ruth got the win in the circle, allowing just one hit and no runs over 5.1 innings to go with 11 strikeouts. The next day, the Rebels broke open a 5-5 tie in the fifth inning and added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh to beat West Stanly 8-5. Natalie Ruth had a pair of hits and Sar-

ah Hawkins went 2-for-2 with a home run, four RBIs and two walks. Caroline Ruth was again spectacular in the circle as the junior pitcher allowed just three hits and one earned run while striking out 10 batters. On March 29, the Rebels outlasted Marvin Ridge, beating the Mavs 4-2 in a tightly contested affair that saw either team score until the sixth inning when Parkwood went up 2-0. The Rebels tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh inning and withstood a late Mavs rally that saw Marvin Ridge score two runs in their final at bat although they couldn’t get any closer. Chloe Hardy had a pair of RBIs and Caroline Ruth had three hits including a double and drove in a run. In the circle, she tossed another brilliant game, going the distance with 10 strikeouts while allowing just four hits and one earned run. Gabby Baylog tossed a great game for the Mavs, going the distance while giving up seven hits and four runs, none of which were earned, to go with five strikeouts. Jessica Davis doubled and drove in a run to lead the Marvin Ridge offense as the Mavs dropped to 10-2 on the season. Parkwood hosts Sun Valley, CATA and Piedmont this week as they look to continue their unbeaten start to the year.

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Eagle Scout appointed to Air Force Academy WASHINGTON – Weddington High School senior Luke Hardy has received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, according to Congressman Robert Pittenger. The Eagle Scout, the son of Gail Hardy and Elton Hardy, is a member of three distinct honor societies. He volunteers for programs that provide sports opportunities for children with disabilities. Hardy is one of 11 local students to receive a United States Service Academy appointment for 2017-18.  

Pittenger takes next step in I-74 initiative

Rebels softball remains perfect by Andrew Stark

The meeting starts at 2:30 p.m. April 15 in the Union County Library's Griffin Room, 316 E. Windsor St. The society asks attendees who graduated from Union County or Monroe schools to bring a class picture or yearbook with them. The group will save time for fellowship and reminiscing.

Cindy Song arrives at Founders’ Circle in front of the Clubhouse at Augusta National Golf Club on April 1.

Waxhaw golfer competes in Drive, Chip & Putt AUGUSTA, Ga. – Cindy Song, of Waxhaw, placed fifth among girls ages 12-13 at the Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals on April 1 at Augusta National Golf Club. Eighty winners across the four age divisions earned a trip to Augusta National Golf Club to participate in the national finals on the eve of the Masters Tournament. The competition aired live on the Golf Channel. “All of us at Augusta National are focused on the future of golf, and this event remains one of the most meaningful endeavors in the history of our club,” said Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament. “Our goal here is to inspire a lifelong passion for the game of golf, and if our participation helps, then we’ve accomplished our mission.”

Former Cutty star to try NBA WAXHAW — Clemson junior point guard Shelton Mitchell, who played three seasons at Cuthbertson High, has filed the necessary paperwork to become eligible for Mitchell the 2018 NBA Draft. Mitchell does not plan to sign with an agent, which means he could return to Clemson if he were to change his mind. Mitchell started 32 of 35 games this past season, and he averaged 12.2 points and 3.6 assists a game for a Clemson team that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.qw Mitchell, of Waxhaw, played three seasons at Cuthbertson High before transferring to Oak Hill Academy as a senior, where he suffered an injury-plagued senior season. Mitchell scored over 1,400 career points at Cuthbertson, averaging 19.2 points and 4.5 assists per game while being named the NCPreps.com Class 2A Player of the Year as a junior in 2012-13. He signed with Vanderbilt before transferring to Clemson after his freshman year in Nashville.

Plan focuses on U.S. 74 through Marshville MARSHVILLE – Union County and Marshville will collect input at an open house for its corridor study of U.S. 74 through the town. The plan will identify intersection, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, as well as what roadway may be needed for a proposed bypass of Marshville. The drop-in event takes place 6 to 8 p.m. April 19 at the Marshville Community Center, 118 E. Union St.

Historical society looks back at desegregation MONROE – The Union County Historical Society will discuss the history of school desegregation in Monroe City Schools and Union County. The presentation will be based on archival work of Joseph Ellis, an associate professor of political science at Wingate University.

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger 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.”

Litter Busters tackle Monroe MONROE – Litter Busters, a group of concerned citizens, is organizing three Saturday events during this April's Litter Sweep (April 14, 21 and 28) to pick up on state maintained highways in Union County around Monroe. The April 14 event will focus on the Olive Branch and Austin Chaney Road area. The April 21 event will center in Marshville and April 28 in Monroe’s Franklin Street area. All equipment will be provided. Contact Loretta at litterqueen17@gmail. com or call/text the Litter Queen at 501-5150125 to be placed on the schedule and for information regarding the events.

Farm show raises serious money for community MONROE – The Union County Farm Show & Festival will showcase antique tractor and farm equipment, as well as offer a variety of craft and flea market vendors. The Union County Antique and Power Club is organizing the ninth annual event. Over the years, the club has awarded $34,000 in scholarships, donated more than 9,400 pounds and $1,800 in cash to food banks and made at least $17,000 in benevolent contributions. The Union County Farm Show & Festival takes place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 14 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 15 at the Union County Agricultural Center, 3220 Presson Road. Adults get in by bringing nonperishable food items for Loaves and Fishes, while children get in free. Children can bounce around in inflatables, ride trains and shuck and shell corn, among other activities. Visit www.unioncountytractorsnc.com for details.

Student gets double service academy appointment CHARLOTTE – Sun Valley High School senior Roy Artolozaga has received Congressional appointments to West Point and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, according to Congressman Robert Pittenger. Artolozaga is the starting middle linebacker and captain of the Sun Valley varsity football team, works part-time for his family business and is a member of the National Honor Society. He will be required to choose between West Point and the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He is the son of Rodrigo Artolozaga and Gloria Colin. "Receiving just one appointment to a United States Service Academy is the honor of a lifetime. To receive two Congressional appointments is a testament to remarkable character and commitment," said Congressman Pittenger.  "Roy wants to serve his country, serve his family, and honor the sacrifices of his parents. We are mighty proud of him."


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Editor’s note: Information provided by the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association and www.sales.carolinahome.com DATE SOLD

ADDRESS

March 2018

Home Sales DATE SOLD

ADDRESS

SALE PRICE

Arbor Glen 4014 Edgeview Drive

$460,000

Bonterra 1017 Filly Drive March 29 1010 Thessallian Lane March 28 1005 Belmont Stakes Ave. March 16 5102 Alysheba Drive March 16 1006 Seabiscuit Drive March 12 1507 Belmont Stakes Ave. March 5 7009 Ladys Secret Drive March 2

Lake Providence 540 Shoreline Drive March 13

$257,500 $321,000 $300,000 $242,000 $310,000 $290,000 $250,000

$250,000 $230,000 $185,000 $255,000 $335,000 $238,000 $270,000 $280,000 $250,000 $280,000 $225,000

Colton Ridge 1003 Oswald Court March 1

$595,000 $475,000

Country Hills 7608 Surry Lane March 23 $203,000 Cranston Crossing 1009 Cranston Crossing Place March 2

$194,000

Crismark 4005 Crismark Drive

$471,500

March 15

Fieldstone Farm 4023 Singletree Lane March 16 $259,900 Hemby Acres 8004 Idlewild Road March 19

$221,000 $205,000 $325,000

March 29 $350,000

Shiloh Trace 5717 Lindley Crescent Dr. March 29 $258,000 5410 Fulton Ridge Drive March 1 $273,500 $317,450

Taylor Glenn 2027 Magna Lane March 29 $189,900 2002 Savoy Court March 27 $315,000

$266,000 $273,000

Providence Acres 566 Cottonfield Circle March 9

Shannamara 7098 Kidwelly Lane March 28 6035 Abergele Lane March 27 4807 Shannamara Drive March 19 8018 Glamorgan Lane March 5

$320,000 $372,000 $383,000 $375,000

Providence Downs 8808 Kentucky Derby Dr. March 26 $975,000

Sterling Manor 311 Winton Court March 26 302 Nouvelle Drive March 26 307 Nouvelle Drive March 24 303 Winton Court March 9

$329,114 $329,114 $352,013 $318,984

The Falls at Weddington 125 Eden Hollow Lane March 23 $745,522 Weddington 345 Walden Lane March 26 $445,000 Wesley Manor 204 Wesley Manor Drive March 16 $573,951 Willowbrook 2712 Bent Oak Drive March 26 $261,999

$400,000

Providence Downs South 1625 Funny Cide Drive March 27 $1,089,000 9807 Aristides Drive March 1 $1,175,000 Providence Pines 6725 Loblolly Circle March 23 $325,000 Queens Gate 4800 Pimlico Lane March 20 $442,000 Quellin 3003 Spruell Court

March 29 $463,500

Rosecliff 1202 Rosecliff Drive March 26 $584,000 1008 Stonemeade Dr. March 8 $579,900 Shannon Vista 5734 Verrazano Drive March 23 $325,000 5625 Verrazano Drive March 20 $367,000

SALE PRICE

March 27 $357,500 March 21 $369,900

Southbrook 108 Southcliff Drive March 20 $232,000 Steeple Chase 124 Weddington Church Road March 15

$415,500

Stonegate 1212 Applegate Pkwy. March 23 $369,900 1110 Applegate Pkwy. March 19 $324,500 1706 Crestgate Drive March 13 $364,900 The Chimneys of Marvin 2409 Creek Manor Dr. March 2 $515,000 The Courtyards at Wesley Chapel 1711 Askern Court March 22 $491,460 The Gates at Ansley 1013 Giacomo Drive March 29 $866,992 The Oaks on Providence 7810 Forest Oaks Lane March 28 $247,500 The Preserve at Marvin 4005 Flowering Peach Road March 5

$780,386

The Reserve 2719 Liberty Hall Court March 1

$400,000

Triple C Mini Ranches 10015 Mini Ranch Road March 2

$197,000

Walden Pond 2003 Sandy Pond Lane March 8

$776,000

Weddington Chase 8315 Woodmont Drive March 5

$539,000

Weddington Preserve 200 Westlake Drive March 17

$659,755

Weddington Trace 1100 Oleander Lane March 22 $435,000 Wesley Oaks 705 Palmerston Lane March 20 $400,000

Somerset

28173 Aero Plantation 1037 Baron Road March 28 $489,000

HIGH-PRICED HOMES

Amber Meadows 1004 Jasper Lane March 26 $575,000 2067 Rocky Hollow Dr. March 19 $628,920 2042 Rocky Hollow Dr. March 2 $608,635 Anklin Forrest 4113 Widgeon Way March 27 $475,000 4501 Hoffmeister Drive March 14 $436,000

Brantley Oaks 2100 Winding Oaks Trail March 29 $435,000 5504 Birchfield Circle March 29 $452,500 Brookmeade 820 Abbeywood Drive March 23 $527,881 Canterfield Creek 412 Streamside Lane March 15

$570,000

Cavaillon 1805 Cavaillon Drive

$546,940

March 15

$194,000

Foxhound Estates 4010 Fox Hound Lane March 5

$240,250

Union Grove 3006 Paddington Drive March 29 3046 Paddington Drive March 26 3022 Doughton Lane March 21 3025 Doughton Lane March 15 3033 Paddington Drive March 13

$299,000 $320,195 $323,818 $297,945 $324,943

$174,000

March 30 $450,000 March 27 $394,900

Emerald Lake 6150 Four Wood Drive March 26 $450,000 Fairfield Plantation 15920 Fieldstone Drive March 7

$235,000

Fairhaven 1416 Afternoon Sun Rd. March 22 1809 Yellow Daisy Drive March 14 1405 Yellow Daisy Drive March 14 1059 Mountain Laurel Ct. March 5 2010 Blue Iris Drive March 1

$270,000 $275,000 $300,000 $251,077 $229,900

Forest Park 318 Meadowbrook Dr. March 13

$166,900

Greystone Estates 6017 Greystone Drive March 26 $368,500 Heather Glen 145 Couples Court March 23 $310,000

The home at 2015 Weddington Lake Drive sold for $595,000, making it the second highest home sold in 28104 last month.

The home at 2002 Greenwich Park Drive sold for $482,500. It was among four houses to sell in The Enclaves at Crismark last month.

The home at 1501 Prickly Lane sold for $875,000. It was among 13 homes that sold last month in Lawson.

HOWELL

attended an Elite 11 Camp. Howell has also accepted an invitation to play in the 2019 Polynesian Bowl in Hawaii. The game will be held Jan. 19, 2019 in Oahu, Hawaii and features some of the best high school football players in the country. Organized by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, the Polynesian Bowl is a premier high school all-star game that features some of the world's best football players of Polynesian ancestry and other heritages.

Deerfield Plantation 7424 Mill Pond Drive March 29 $470,000

Traewyck 1604 Cottage Creek Rd. March 6

28104

The home at 9807 Aristides Drive sold for nearly $1.2 million. It was one of two homes in Providence Downs South to sell.

Cureton 3311 Collaroy Road March 29 $422,000 8519 Whitehawk Hill Rd. March 15 $329,900

$780,000

Callonwood 1140 Millbank Drive March 14 $273,500 1100 Sarandon Drive March 14 $298,900 1021 Woodkirk Lane March 7 $420,000 1001 Serel Drive March 1 $252,000

The 5,500-plus-square-foot home at 8504 English Turn Lane sold for $1.3 million. It has five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and a swimming pool.

Conservancy at Waxhaw Creek 6313 Fawn Crest Drive March 23 $274,961

Firethorne 1017 Firethorne Club Dr. March 21

Wadsworth 1003 Kwanzan Court March 26 $410,000

This home at 8712 Chewton Glen Drive sold for nearly $1.8 million, making it the most expensive in the 28173 zip code. Here’s a photo of it when it was being built in 2007.

Champion Forest 3010 Chisholm Court March 16 $489,900

Demere 4813 St Simons Terrace March 26 $322,000

Candella 109 Kenna Court 414 Alucio Court

$330,000

$480,000

The Enclaves at Crismark 1116 Capricorn Ave. March 27 $417,900 2002 Greenwich Park Dr. March 27 $482,500 1000 Palace Court March 22 $430,000 2005 Thurston Drive March 1 $334,900

Camelia Park 3541 Pleasant Plains Rd. March 12

$317,000

203 Elven Court 518 Pembroke Lane

DATE SOLD

$152,000

Ridgefield 1002 Ridgefield Circle March 29 $190,000

Stoney Creek 517 Mcmillan Drive March 1

Prescot 3716 Exbury Gardens Dr. March 28 8203 Stourhead Gardens Lane March 27 4509 Hampstead Heath Drive March 6 4305 Glenduran Lane March 2

ADDRESS

Barrington 2316 River Oaks Drive March 23 $380,000

Holly Park 7442 Sparkleberry Drive March 27 $192,000 March 9 March 2 March 1

New Towne Village 1414 Lonan Drive March 29 $293,500

Providence Woods 4600 Stoneybrook Court March 19

Woodbridge 2807 Creek Court March 14 $265,000 $225,000

$324,495 $361,020 $397,990 $271,500 $302,999 $430,000 $425,000 $325,000

Park Providence 8301 Cutters Spring Dr. March 29 $274,000

Providence Place 1470 Longleaf Court March 28 $380,600

Bridgemoor 6500 Bridgemoor Drive March 23 $434,900 6516 Bridgemoor Drive March 23 $449,000 6512 Bridgemoor Drive March 23 $434,900

Satterfield 117 Avaclaire Way

$137,000

March 22 $201,500

Brandon Oaks 5534 Rogers Road March 29 2028 Bridleside Drive March 23 1005 Finley Court March 20 2015 Linstead Drive March 16 4003 Garden Oak Drive March 15 218 Aylesbury Lane March 15 1407 Deer Spring Court March 15 1014 Spanish Moss Road March 15 2005 Bridleside Drive March 15 1009 Spanish Moss Road March 9 5234 Courtfield Drive March 6

Lake Park 6613 Creft Circle 5926 Hoover Street 6310 Frost Court

Lake Forest Preserve 2015 Weddington Lake Drive March 21

SALE PRICE

March 16 $245,000

Bent Creek 1049 Enderbury Drive March 28 $192,000

Braefield 3607 Braefield Drive

DATE SOLD

Indian Brook 5924 Senconee Road March 12

28079 Anniston Grove 1215 Anniston Place March 13

ADDRESS

4012 Silverwood Drive March 29 1009 Hickory Pine Road March 28 3009 Henshaw Road March 28 5091 Lily Pond Circle March 21 5055 Lily Pond Circle March 9 6008 Hudson Mill Drive March 8 6004 Hudson Mill Drive March 8 1018 Kensley Drive March 2

SALE PRICE

Greenbrier 1501 Allegheny Way

March 23 $354,990

Highclere 129 Highclere Drive 121 Highclere Drive

March 30 $769,990 March 16 $685,000

Hillcrest 605 Lynn Street

March 14

$135,000

Hunter Oaks 9109 Shrewsbury Drive March 28 $460,000 Inverness on Providence 129 Barclay Drive March 22 $526,295 317 Somerled Way March 16 $534,425 329 Somerled Way March 16 $480,075 Ladera 1033 Ladera Drive 924 Terramore Lane

March 29 $857,000 March 27 $899,494

Lawson 1201 Toteros Drive March 28 1276 Burleyson Lane March 27 1925 Chickance Lane March 23 1521 Deer Meadows Dr. March 20 1121 Brough Hall Drive March 19 2009 Shearwater Lane March 16 1913 Riverbank Road March 15 1716 Great Road March 14 1935 Chatooka Lane March 11 1501 Prickly Lane March 5 1401 Lightwood Road March 5 1248 Toteros Drive March 5 1233 Periwinkle Drive March 1

$540,000 $310,000 $512,500 $300,000 $340,000 $460,000 $349,900 $365,000 $493,000 $875,000 $482,469 $392,000 $325,000

Longview 205 Montrose Drive March 29 $925,000 8712 Chewton Glen Dr. March 29 $1,779,250 8504 English Turn Lane March 1 $1,340,000 Millbridge 3001 Henshaw Road 1000 Bannister Road

March 30 $369,990 March 29 $299,279

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touchdowns. He rushed for over 100 yards nine times last season and had 201 yards on the ground in a victory over Porter Ridge. Howell has accepted an invitation to the 2018 Elite 11 Quarterback Camp, which will be held in early June in Los Angeles. Eleven of the last 12 Heisman Trophy winners and 15 of the top 20 passers in the NFL last season have


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Odd gift leads to pottery hobby BUSINESS BRIEFS Abernethy Properties names Hero of the Month

by Lee Noles Contributor

MONROE – In 1997, James Clements got a gift from his older sister, Elaine. It was a potter’s wheel. What made the gift so unique and a little confusing for Clements, was not only had he never tried pottery before, he had never even seen a potter’s wheel either. More than 20 years later, Clements says there rarely isn’t a day which goes by when he makes his way into the spare room in his house; sits for a few minutes at the wheel and creates an assortment of materials made from clay. “I just come and go,” Clements said of working in the room with pottery. “Look after the cows, wash some dishes or a watch a movie, and then I come back and work a little more. Some people can go for a few hours, and I can’t do that. It would be too much like work.” Clements is just part of a pottery tradition in North Carolina, which is as synonymous with the Tar Heel State as the nickname itself. Traced all the way back to the Native Americans more than 2,000 years ago, the custom only grew in North Carolina when Moravians from what is now Czechoslovakia settled in the state during the 1700s. The Moravians used the clay from the area to make earthenware. The tradition continues presently with Seagrove, a well-known community in Randolph County, continuing to make pottery longer than any other area in the United States. The Mint Museum in Charlotte has one of the most complete collections of pottery in the country with more than 2,100 pieces shown. The history of pottery in North Carolina had little bearing on Clements, however, when his sister gave him his gift. What did matter was finding something for him to do when his job as a landscaper had a down period because of wet weather. He enrolled in classes for pottery at Montgomery Community College in Troy, where some of his teachers were also artists at Seagrove. When he first started, he tried to compare his work with other artists in the class who had been working in pottery for at least five years. “Finally one guy said ‘You just need to relax. It’s just mud.’ And that’s all it is. Mud,” he said. “That is where people get themselves into trouble is by comparing themselves to other people.” Experience also helped Clements develop

James Clements has work on display at 47K Marketplace. Lee Noles/UCW photo

his style into a six-step process. After spinning the clay on the wheel, Clements then dries it and signs it. He then puts his creation into his electrical kiln in a small metal building away from his house for its first firing at 1,500 degrees. Clements then uses a sponge to get rid of the dust before glazing it and then firing it again at 2,200 degrees. The process in all takes Clements around 30 minutes. “When people start, you are terrible. I mean terrible. And then you get somewhat better, and then you make some big leaps.” Clements said. “There are still some things I can’t make, but in 10 years, I hope to be doing this full time.” Clements opened a pottery business in Monroe in 2000, but he needed more inventory to keep it going. He now takes specialty orders, but most of the time, he does work and then tries to sell it at festivals or art walks. He also has a spot at 47K Marketplace, and while he has used the internet to help his sales, he said nothing beats going with his pottery wheel to a place and working. “People walk by and you decide to make some stuff and then the next thing you know, you have 40 people watching you. It helps,” he said. Clements was born and raised in Union County. He has been around long enough to see pottery in the county go from individual artists doing it for fun in their homes, to a community of artisans who are trying to maintain the state’s rich tradition. He is pleased to see the growth that is happening, but he knows there is still more to be done. “My hope is we would get people from the Charlotte area and from the surrounding area coming here and see what is happening around here,” Clements said. “Because there are some exciting things happening.” If interested in purchasing pottery from Clements, call 704-291-0900 or email jd clmnop@yahoo.com

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WAXHAW – Abernethy Properties honored Waxhaw Police Department’s Patrick Helms as its Hero of the Month. Capt. Bobby Haulk nominated Helms for the honor because the officer’s work led to the seizure of three pounds of marijuana and three people arrested for felony drug charges. “Officer Helms went above and beyond of just writing a ticket to the offender, but took the investigation further and took three local drug dealers off of the street, at least for awhile,” Haulk wrote in the nomination.

New firms form in region Registered agents formed these corporations March 30 to April 5: Indian Trail • Biltong USA Inc. – Josua Joubert. Monroe • Burns Web Design LLC – Mary Burns. • Empower 2 Educate Inc. – Meera Parikh. • Fox Homes & Investments Inc. – Franklin Hancock. • J & E Transports LLC – William Lemon. • PF Real Estate LLC – P. Parrish. • Renegade 4x4 & Diesel Inc. – Richard Markland. • Select Hauling LLC – James McGlothlin. • Shining Rock Structures LLC – Tracy Helms. • Star Beauty Supply Corporation – Han Howell. • Trash Control Residential LLC – Gregory Ellis. Waxhaw • DSR Advisors LLC – David Richeson. • Glam Baby LLC – Andrea Bennett. • Rovers Rescue & Retreat – Holly Rogers. • Slap Shot Hockey And Skates LLC – John Restaino. • Suncare Consulting PLLC – Hina Tahir. • The Carolinas Real Estate and Investments LLC – Adriana Moreno. • Wiley Technical Consulting Inc. – Thomas Wiley.

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. The SBA has seen a year over year increase

of over 17 percent in the dollars going to franchises and an over 18 percent in the dollars going to women-owned franchises. Potential franchises interested in being listed on the directory should email copies of their Franchise Disclosure Document, the Franchise Agreement and any other documents that the franchisor will require the franchisee to execute to franchise@sba.gov. There are no fees to be added. Visit  www.sba.gov/document/sup port--sba-franchise-directory for details.

Allen Tate announces Winner’s Edge grads CHARLOTTE – Bryan Morales, of Allen Tate Realtors’ Wesley Chapel office, graduated from the company’s Winner’s Edge training. Exclusively for Allen Tate Realtors, Winner’s Edge is a required, comprehensive real estate training program. The curriculum combines the latest in national real estate trends with detailed information about the local real estate market. Visit allentate.com for more information.

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). The Circle K at 601 E. South Main St. in Waxhaw will raise money for Western Union Elementary. The campaign has raised nearly $900,000 for local schools.

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.

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CALENDAR Grand Opening Your Mom’s Donuts holds a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration with the Union County Chamber of Commerce. Visit www. yourmomsdonutsnc.com for details. 10 a.m.; 217 N. Hayne St., Monroe

Murder Mystery The Union County Playmakers present a golf-themed murder mystery at Rolling Hills Country Club. The event includes live and silent auctions. Tickets cost $100. Buy them in advance. Visit www.unioncountyplaymakers. org for details. 6 p.m.; 2722 W. Roosevelt Blvd, Monroe

Canasta Cards The Town of Stallings invites the community for canasta at Stallings Town Hall. The program is free. Email parkrec@stallingsnc.org or call 704-821-0322 for details. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.; 315 Stallings Road, Stallings

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

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Theater Performance Central Academy of Technology and Arts presents its latest production, “On the Town.” Showtimes are 7 p.m. April 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, as well as 2:30 p.m. April 15 and 22. Visit http:// cata.seatyourself.biz/ for tickets. Email cata performingarts@gmail.com for details. Various times; 600 Brewer Drive, Monroe Breakfast Fundraiser The Union County Community Arts Council holds Breakfast for the Arts, featuring a showcase of artists and students at the Rolling Hills Country Club. Call 704-283-2784 to reserve a seat. 7:30 a.m.; 2722 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe 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 until Sept. 28 (except May 11). Visit www.matthewsfun.com. 5 to 9 p.m.; 120 S. Trade St., Matthews

April 13-14 Art Walk The Downtown Monroe Art Walk features live music and children’s activities 5:30 to 9 p.m. April 13 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14. Wade Geddings, Emmanuel Wynter and Union Symphony Youth Orchestra are among those scheduled to perform. Various times; Downtown Monroe

April 14 RM3 Ride The RM3 ride will be held in honor of Robb McNaughton and raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Routes include 100 km, 60 km and 15 km bike rides. Visit www. rm3ride.com for details. 8 a.m.; Downtown Waxhaw Attic Sale VFW Post 2427 hosts an attic sale. Drop off donations Friday. 7 a.m. to noon; 100 VFW Lane, Indian Trail Career Fair Union County Public Schools holds a career fair for prospective teachers at Weddington High School. Complete registration online at www.ucps.k12.nc.us before attending. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 4901 Monroe-Weddington Road, Matthews

Support Group The Parkinson's Support Group meets at Monroe Aquatics and Fitness Center. Noon; 2325 Hanover Drive, Monroe

April 17 Book Club The Union West Book Club discusses Fredrik Blackman’s “Britt-Marie Was Here” at the next meeting. Call 704-821-7475. 5:30 p.m.; 123 Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail

April 18 Art to Lunch Artisans and crafters paint rocks during the Art to Lunch program at the Stallings Civic Building. All levels are welcome. Email parkrec@stallingsnc.org for supply list. 10 a.m. to noon; 323 Stallings Road, Stallings

April 19 Canasta Cards The Town of Stallings invites the community for canasta at Stallings Town Hall. The program is free. Email parkrec@stallingsnc.org or call 704-821-0322 for details. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.; 315 Stallings Road, Stallings Master Gardener The Union County Master Gardeners hold a Lemonade Walk & Talk in the teaching gardens at the Union County Agriculture Center. The event is free and offers door prizes. RSVP by calling 704-283-3822 or emailing ucmgwebsite@gmail.com. Visit www.master gardenersunioncountync.org for details. 6 p.m.; 3230 Presson Road, Monroe Concert Series Indian Trail Parks & Recreation presents its Hits After Six concert series at Crooked Creek Park. The series resumes on the third Thursday of the month. The free event includes lawn games and food trucks. Visit www.itsparksan drec.com/149/Parks-Recreation for details. 6 to 9 p.m.; 120 Blythe Drive, Indian Trail

April 20 Ribbon Cutting The American Red Cross Southern Piedmont Chapter celebrates its new digs with a Union County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting. The chapter spans six counties, including Union. 11:30 a.m.; 125 Pedro St., Monroe

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camps, we have basketball clinics for at risk kids,” Slay said. “But our program is just not for at-risk kids. Kids need guidance and they need something to do in the afternoons to occupy their time. We want to shape these young kids into young adults and being a winner in life.” Slay’s basketball programs use gyms at Cuthbertson schools and Marvin AME Zion Church in Waxhaw. But to expand beyond just basketball skills, We Got Next is looking to find a home to install two full basketball courts, administrative offices and space for afternoon study hall and academic mentoring among other needs. Slay, who also coaches the middle school basketball team at Cuthbertson, said the primary focus will be to provide affordable after-school programs for elementary and middle school aged children. Those programs would include extended life skill training and workshops for exceptional children that have aged-out of school funded programs. A financial needs statement for the 2018 launch totals over $150,000 needed to expand We Got Next. “There is still funding that needs to be done as well,” Slay said. “I would like to have a home base, that is our next step. If we can get the funds, it will be a game-changer for us and the community. We have some fundraisers that we are trying to organize now.”

We Got Next got a huge boost recently when current NBA player Alexis Ajinca joined the organization. Ajinca, 7-foot-2, is currently on the New Orleans Pelicans roster but his season ended last December when he suffered a knee injury. Ajinca was drafted by the Charlotte BoBcats in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft and he has also played for Dallas and Toronto. He is a native of France and owns a home in Waxhaw. “He has joined the team and donated,” Slay said. “But he doesn’t want to just donate, he wants to come in and work with the kids. We speak every day, and it has been a blessing for him to join our team. We want to see these kids have good mentors around here.” Slay said his own difficult upbringing led him to give back to the community when his playing days ended. Slay was recently hired by the NBA Players Association as a regional representative to mentor rookie NBA players. “Once I retired from playing professional basketball, I decided I wanted to give back,” Slay said. “I started back home and here in Union County. We have impacted a lot of kids in the past and we have a lot of great plans for the future for what we want to do. We have after school programs that we are going to start. We are going to have programs for special needs children. A lot of those kids tap out at age 18 and there is no program for them at all.”

CRIME SCENE The Union County Sheriff’s Office reported these incidents March 30 to April 5:

Indian Trail Break-Ins • 1000 block of Cadberry Court Break-Ins, Vehicles •  2000 block of Trigger Drive Burglary • 300 block of Bryson Road Drug Possession •  2500 block of Brandon Oaks Parkway • 5700 block of West U.S. 74 Fraud/Credit Device •  300 block of Unionville-Indian Trail Road Obtaining Property by False Pretenses • 2100 block of Younts Road Property Damage • 6100 block of Bridle Trail Thefts •  2100 block of Younts Road (6 cases) •  4000 block of Holly Villa Circle • 6700 block of Old Monroe Road (2 cases) •  8300 block of Red Lantern Road • 9000 block of Lady’s Secret Drive • 13900 block of East Independence Boulevard Thefts, Vehicle • 3000 block of Sardis Drive •  4900 block of West U.S. 74

Marshville Break-Ins • 6800 block of Old Goldmine Road Driving While Impaired •  2400 block of Marshville-Olive Branch Road Drug Possession •  7200 block of Olive Branch Road

Mineral Springs Driving While Impaired • 5900 block of Old Waxhaw-Monroe Road Thefts •  5900 block of Waxhaw Highway

Monroe Alcohol • 4100 block of West U.S. 74 Break-ins • 100 block of West Green Street •  400 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard • 600 block of Castle Road • 1100 block of East Sunset Drive • 1500 block of Morgan Mill Road •  1700 block of Lakeview Drive Break-Ins, Vehicles • 1600 block of Morgan Mill Road • 3500 block of West U.S. 74 Burglary • 500 block of Turner Street Discharging a Firearm Inside Town Limits •  1700 block of Icemorlee Street Driving While Impaired • Pageland Highway • 1500 block of Walkup Avenue • 2500 block of Pageland Highway •  6300 block of Pageland Highway Drug Possession • 100 block of West Franklin Street • 500 block of North Johnson Street • 600 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard •  1700 block of North Sutherland Avenue • 2400 block of Walkup Avenue •  3100 block of Old Pageland-Monroe Road •  5400 block of Pageland Highway Fraud • 1300 block of Griffith Road Hit & Run • 1200 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard •  3000 block of Old Charlotte Highway (2 cases) Obtaining Property by False Pretenses •  300 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard •  500 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard • 600 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard

• 1100 block of Cherry Street •  2600 block of Lancelot Drive • 2700 block of Morgan Mill Road • 3400 block of Griffith Road •  3500 block of Lancaster Highway Possession of Cocaine •  3900 block of Mountain Drive Possession With Intent to Sell/Deliver Marijuana •  2300 block of Brooks Street Property Damage •  600 block of Hospital Drive •  600 block of Sanford Street •  1000 block of Parker Street • 1100 block of Burke Street • 1300 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard • 1400 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard • 2700 block of Concord Highway • 4300 block of High Shoals Drive Robbery •  700 block of Worley Street Sell/Deliver Controlled Substance •  4500 block of East N.C. 218 Thefts •  500 block of East Roosevelt Boulevard •  600 block of East Roosevelt Boulevard •  900 block of Jeremone Street •  1100 block of Keswick Place • 2400 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard • 4900 block of Manchineel Lane Thefts, Vehicles • 4500 block of West U.S. 74 Thefts, Vehicle Parts •  1100 block of Keswick Place •  1800 block of Rushing Street • 2000 block of Bass Creek Court • 2100 block of Commerce Drive

• 2400 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard Theft by Employees •  700 block of East Roosevelt Boulevard Trespassing • 600 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard Unauthorized Use of Vehicle • 20 block of Donald Street • 200 block of East Franklin Street Underage Alcohol Consumption • 2500 block of Hopewood Lane Uttering Forged Instrument • 2400 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard

Waxhaw Break-Ins • 7400 block of Waxhaw Creek Road Obtain Property by False Pretense •  3200 block of Lathan Road Thefts •  600 block of Sherman Place Thefts, Vehicles •  1300 block of Venetian Way Drive • 6600 block of Shaw Avenue Driving While Impaired •  1700 block of Cuthbertson Road

Weddington Hit & Run • 7100 block of Potter Road

Wesley Chapel Thefts • 6300 block of Weddington Road The Stallings Police Department reported these incidents March 26 to April 1: Break-Ins • 2700 block of Old Monroe Road Fraudulent Use of ID • 2800 block of Bent Oak Drive

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The Ivey comes full circle Mother’s Alzheimer’s fight inspired banking exec to change careers by Justin Vick justin@cmgweekly.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 non-

profit 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 makes a difference. She recom-

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

see IVEY, Page 6B

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My marriage interrupted my marriage

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/UCW photos

Pickleball popularity continues to grow by Paul Nielsen paul@cmgweekly.com

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 atmo-

sphere. 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. “It is a friendly game,” Williams said. 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 receive an award for “enduring” three see FAITH, Page 4B

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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. UCW 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.”

CHARLOTTE – Medicare cards are undergoing a big change to make them more secure by removing the social security numbers from each card and instead, using a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier. New cards will begin mailing in April, but scammers are taking advantage of confusion around the launch. How the scam works You receive a call from a person claiming to work with Medicare. They are allegedly calling about the new Medicare cards, which will be mailed this spring. The cards will be more secure because they use a “Medicare Beneficiary Identifier” instead of a Social Security number. The scammer claims there’s a problem with your card. The con artist may say your new card was lost or someone tried to use your ID number. To resolve the situation, the scammer

just needs your Social Security number. In another version, the scammer claims you must pay money to receive your new Medicare card. They may ask you for payment information, so they can “complete the process” for you. They may even ask you to mail them your old card. How to avoid Medicare scams • Know how the Medicare card switch works.  Understand that Medicare isn’t calling consumers about the card switch. Also, the new Medicare cards are being provided free of charge.  • Never provide personal information to a stranger.  Don’t share personal details with anyone who calls you unsolicited. Do not confirm or give out your full name, address, Social Security number or any other personal information. Visit www.bbb.org for details. 

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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.

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.

Giving the final gift: Eleven ways to help a dying person let go by Pat Lind-Kyle Contributor

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

AARP North Carolina 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-by-case 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.

One way to help a loved one transition through death is to make them comfortable about talking about it. UCW file photo

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. see GIFT, Page 6B

• 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.

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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. being married. We began 2018 and it was “good.” My wife Let me encourage you not to lose your and I sat at the dinner table or in the liv- marriage in your marriage. All those things ing room and “just talked.” We didn’t talk will be there. Never lose sight of the one about anything; we just talked. That’s when who still takes your breath away. it hit me. I married this incredible woman I’ll be back in two weeks. Until then, live who got lost in the process of being mar- well my friend. ried, starting a career, having children, establishing a home, and on and on. She was The Rev. Tony Marciano is the executive diCorporation The aNew YorkasTimes Sales Corporation never stranger when Syndication people talk about rector of the Charlotte Rescue Mission. He is 620 nest. Eighth New York, N.Y. 10018 10018 the empty SheAvenue, was someone who got available to speak to your group. Go to www. 1-800-972-3550 For Information Call: 1-800-972-3550 lost when we were trying to keep up with charlotterescuemission.org for details. For Release Monday, December 4, 2017 For Release Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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“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 couple quickly became hooked. So much so that the Osmans are the lead ambassadors for the sport in Mecklenburg and Union counties for the USA Pickleball Association. “We were golfers, and my golf game had gone in the tubes,” Desiré Osman said. “I needed another sport, and a friend of ours who is a tennis player suggested Pickleball. We went to a clinic and we were there about 15 minutes and we were looking at each other across the net, and we said, ‘oh yeah, this is our sport.’” Dick Osman used to play tennis but he had never heard of Pickleball before being introduced to the sport. “My reaction was, ‘what is Pickleball?’” Dick Osman

said. “We could see quickly some of the benefits of it. It is fast-paced, but it is not hard running like in tennis so it is easier on your body. It is easy to learn. This is a game that is easy to play, be competitive and have a good time.” The Osmans work with nine local ambassadors to promote and grow the sport. Williams works with the Osmans as the Union County ambassador. “There was no connection between the local venues on how to talk and get in touch with each other,” Desiré Osman said. “I said, ‘OK, I’m going to start an e-mail list.’ I started with 10, 15 people and now we have over 700 people that have signed up with us. From that, I started putting out an email newsletter about what was going on, or about a rule that I had read.” Campbell said he sees the growth in the sport on almost a weekly basis. “Six courts used to be a big day,” Campbell said. “It has grown a lot in just the last year.”

Online extra Find out the rules, history and where to play pickleball at www.unioncounty weekly.com

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Where to play Pickleball Charlotte, Matthews and Indian Trail: Dowd YMCA, Jewish Community Center, Mallard Creek Rec Center, Providence Baptist Church, Simmons YMCA, Tuckaseegee Rec Center, Belle Johnston Community Center, Marion Diehl Rec Center, Johnston YMCA, Betty Rae Thomas Center; Crews Road Recreation Center-Matthews; Carolina Courts-Indian Trail. For more information contact United States Pickleball Association Ambassadors: * Dick Osman: dickosman@gmail.com or 704604-8052 * Desire’ Osman: desireosman@gmail.com or 704-975-3034 More information and other locations to play Pickleball can be found at www.usapa.org.

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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. 2. Heal lingering wounds. 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. 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 self-care. 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 accept things as they are and I am free of fear.

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7. Bring them soothing music. In the dying process, hearing becomes one 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 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 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. 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. 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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mends 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.

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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Union County Weekly April 13  

Vol. 13, Num. 15 Special Section: Senior Living

Union County Weekly April 13  

Vol. 13, Num. 15 Special Section: Senior Living

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