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Charter bill becomes law Towns can create schools outside of CMS by Paul Nielsen


CHARLOTTE – Four Mecklenburg County towns moved a step closer to having the option of opening charter schools that would be separate from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. On June 4, the North Carolina Senate passed an amended version of HB 514 that would allow Matthews, Mint Hill, Huntersville and Cornelius to begin the process of possibly starting municipal charter schools. The bill, introduced by N.C. Rep. Bill Braw-




ley (Rep), of Matthews, passed the House last year and was amended by the Senate during the current legislative session, passing on a 27-18 vote on June 4. Five Republicans joined all 13 Democrats in the Senate in opposing the measure. The bill went back to the House where it passed 64-53. Since HB 514 is local legislation the bill does not need Gov. Roy Cooper’s signature to become law.

N.C. Sen. Dan Bishop (Rep), who represents Matthews, Mint Hill and south Charlotte, voted for HB 514 and said the legislation gives Matthews and Mint Hill a greater say in educating its students and that both towns have in the past made “good decisions” to meet the priorities of its citizens. “I was talking with (Matthews) Mayor Paul Bailey before the initial vote last week and what he said stuck in my mind,” Bishop said. “We just want to get adequate seats for our kids. It’s a mechanism to facilitate that. I’ve been watching since I was a county commissioner in 2005 and citizens defeated the school bond for the reason that suburban parents were then dissatisfied see SCHOOLS, Page 6A

Fresh catch Cabo Fish Taco coming to Ballantyne

Home sales See what newcomers paid for their homes, 6A

Annie Carter and George DeMott rehearse for the upcoming musical “South Pacific.” Director June Bayless wanted DeMott for the role early in planning the production. Photos courtesy of Matthews Playhouse

Super team Sports editor selects top track stars, 1B

'South Pacific' wasn't hard to cast

Director knew exactly who she wanted in lead role by Paul Nielsen

Gaelic football How area is becoming a hotbed for the sport, 1B

Cultural desert Reader has idea to enhance region, 5A

INDEX Classifieds..............................................................5B Home Sales........................................................6A Business.................................................................... 4A Sports.............................................................................. 1B Puzzles......................................................................... 1B

When director June Bayless was thinking about putting on the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical “South Pacific,” she had one actor in mind for the lead. Finding a second choice was not really an option. Bayless got her man. South Charlotte resident George DeMott will play the lead role of Emile as the Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts will bring “South Pacific” to life beginning June 8 in downtown Matthews.

Annie Carter (center) plays Nellie in the musical “South Pacific.” Carter is a teacher by trade.

There will be nine performances over the next three weekends. DeMott had the leading role in the musi-

cal “Oklahoma” at the Matthews Playhouse. Nellie will be played by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools fourth-grade

teacher Annie Carter. “DeMott was outstanding in Oklahoma and he has an opera, classical background,” Bayless said. “After talking with George and working with George, I thought he would make a great Emile De Becque. That is a hard role to cast. Some shows you don’t do if you already don’t have the leads in mind. Once he agreed to do the show, we framed the rest of the cast around him. Not everybody can play this role. He is fantastic on stage and he has see PLAY, Page 5A

CHARLOTTE – Northwood Office announced the Baja-style concept Cabo Fish Taco is opening in front of the Brigham Building at 11625 N. Community House Road. Cabo Fish Taco will be next to Potbelly Sandwich Shop, which announced its third area location in February. Potbelly is scheduled to open this fall. Cabo Fish Taco is targeting a late-fall opening. Known for its fish tacos, burritos and house-made margaritas, Cabo Fish Taco combines coastal Mexican cuisine with a unique, healthy California feel. The new location will feature a laid-back atmosphere, outdoor seating and a full bar with an extensive selection of specialty beers. In addition to its NoDa location, Cabo Fish Taco has a restaurant in Blacksburg, Va., and plans to open a fourth location in Roanoke, Va. “Ballantyne is the ideal place to bring our signature Cabo experience,” said Gary Walker, partner at Cabo Fish Taco. “We’ve been looking to expand in the Charlotte market for some time, and we know this thriving community is craving affordable cuisine with a festive vibe.” John Barton, president at Northwood Office, said Cabo Fish Taco and Potbelly Sandwich Shop will help create a destination for people craving lunch, dinner and after-work drinks.

The Leaf Burrito devours yard waste by Yustin Riopko Contributor

CHARLOTTE – Nobody knows for sure, but it’s estimated a plastic bag could take up to 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill. Outside the landfill, plastic bags look unsightly, interfere with the groundwater system and endanger wildlife. Although bags decompose faster out of the ground, the chemicals they break down into are toxic and hazardous. That’s why Charlottean Marc Mataya introduced his reusable yard debris bag, the Leaf Bur-

rito. The burrito is a 5- by 7-foot mesh tarp that you can rake leaves onto, then fold and zip up to be put on the curb for waste collection. The idea came to Mataya a few years ago when he was having a party at his home. There were leaves everywhere. “I put about 25 bags of leaves into a tarp and rolled it up with bungee cords,” Mataya said. “It looked like a big fat burrito on my sidewalk.” When he saw the collection truck coming down the street, he ran up to the workers and said, “I know you don’t take tarps but I’m in a huge bind. Can I help you throw this big tarp into your truck?”

The workers said they’d check it out when they got down the street, so Mataya went back to his property to wait. As he watched, the collectors picked up eight bags at one house and six at the next. They flipped them upside down and ripped the bottoms open, shaking out the debris and putting the spent one-use plastic bags in the truck. As the leaf-collectors emptied Mataya’s tarp contraption, they marveled at how easy it was to use and – best of all – they gave it back instead of throwing it away like plastic bags. That’s when see BURRITO, Page 3A

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United Way injects $24.5M into community CHARLOTTE – United Way of Central Carolinas announced the investment of $24.5 million into the community, with $16.3 million going toward the organization’s community impact strategy and $8.2 million in donor directed funding. Focusing on improving education, health and financial stability, United Way's impact strategy works to boost economic mobility across the region, while also helping provide a safety net for people and families in need. United Way will invest in more than 110 nonprofits and initiatives through funding provided by corporate and individual donors. More than 100 community volunteers helped make funding decisions during a five‐ month process to evaluate requests and ensure grants were distributed objectively and aligned with United Way's goals. “Thanks to the generosity of our community and the hard work of our volunteers, we are able to take a significant step forward in our effort to increase economic mobility across our region,” said Sean Garrett, executive director of United Way. “When we come together as one, it really is possible to build a stronger community where everyone has more opportunity to succeed.” As the area’s largest non‐government funder of health and human services, United Way shifted its community impact strategy over the past year. Insight from the Charlotte‐Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force report and more than 200 community conversations informed the strategy, which now focuses on building stronger neighborhoods, increasing racial equity and improving the systems that serve our children and families. United Way's impact strategy includes three elements: • United Neighborhoods works to change the odds for those in our most under‐resourced neighborhoods by supporting community‐driven holistic neighborhood transformation and revitalization efforts. • Unite Charlotte supports new and grassroots organizations through grants and capacity‐building activities focused on improving racial equity and increasing social capital. • Impact Grants support agencies across our five‐county region that work collaboratively to provide comprehensive and coordinated services that will improve economic mobility and achieve results greater than any single organization. “We recognize that significant change takes a willingness to do things differently,” said Wes Beckner, United Way board chair and BB&T regional president. “After two years of careful planning and collaboration with our community partners, we strongly believe our approach will help change the odds for children and families across our region.” The strategy shift provided United Way the opportunity to forge new partnerships with organizations more closely aligned with improving economic mobility. In addition to 36 new partners, 29 returning partners will receive increased funding from last year, elevating United Way's investment in early childhood education, mental health services, access to health care and creating financial stability. Other agencies will see a decrease in funding due to the shifting strategy as well as United Way's decision this year to reduce spending from its reserve fund. “We are taking concrete steps neighborhood by neighborhood to create an envi-

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Taste of Charlotte expected to tickle tongues DINING SCORES CHARLOTTE – Thousands of people are expected to flood Uptown Charlotte this weekend for the 20th annual Taste of Charlotte. The festival takes place 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 8 and 9, as well as 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 10, along Tryon Street, from Stonewall to 5th streets. Admission is free, but festival-goers need to use festival coins (from booths along Tryon Street) to enjoy food samples and drinks. Organizers have shared what festival-goers can expect to see this weekend.

available to sample from Charlotte restaurants. Some of the restaurants include City Barbeque, McCormick @ Schmick's, Aroma Indian Cuisine, Caribbean Hut and Libations Kitchen & Bar.

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Music Local and regional bands will play 1980s, 1990s, pop, rock and country music. Some of the bands include Randy Franklin & The Sardines, Woodie & the String Pullers, 7 Days Band, Carolina Keller Band and Party of 6.

Wine Cellar booths will offer a variety of beer and wine. Ravage Wines will man the Wine Cellar on the corner of MLK Boulevard and Tryon Street. Tavern at the Taste will serve up Corona Light at Tryon and Fourth streets. Cooking kitchen Challenge Butter Cooking Kitchen prepare recipes onsite throughout the weekend. You can watch them cook and try samples. Participants include Chef Fat Brian, On the Border, Libations Kitchen & Bar and City Barbeque.

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Lowest Scores cluding the Rev. Dr. Nicole Martin of American Bible Society, the Rev. Walter Bowers of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Rita Tolbert from UnitedHealthcare and live music and high-energy performance of legendary vocal group The Persuasions. “I’m honored to once again be part of A Better You to encourage people to lead a healthy, active lifestyle,” Shepherd said. “Through this inspirational initiative, I hope to help others realize that it is never too late to start planning for a healthy life. Age is nothing but a number!” Attendees will learn about the basics of Medicare – including the different parts of the program, eligibility requirements and enrollment windows – to help them make informed health care coverage decisions. “It’s important for people to understand their options in order to choose the Medicare coverage that best fits their unique health needs,” said UnitedHealthcare’s Rita Tolbert, who will facilitate the Medicare

UnitedHealthcare invites seniors to celebrate health CHARLOTTE – UnitedHealthcare will host A Better You, a series of health and wellness educational events, to help seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries learn more about Medicare and their health care coverage options. The events – supported by the AARP Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, insured by UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company – will feature renowned keynote speakers and musical performances to engage and motivate participants in a celebration of health. For the fourth consecutive year, 82-yearold record-breaking bodybuilder, Ernestine Shepherd partners with A Better You to encourage people to seek optimal physical and mental health at all ages by sharing her personal story. Attendees will also hear from leaders in-

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Mataya realized he had an opportunity to make a product that could solve multiple problems. Mataya reverse engineered the original prototype for the Leaf Burrito from tarps, but it didn’t stick for some of the same reasons tarps aren’t allowed. Water got trapped, and you couldn’t see through to make sure the bag only con-

tained safe yard debris. The next prototype was made out of coated nylon mesh customized for water pressure. Mataya explained the width of the mesh will allow a drop of water to fall right through, but it will just bounce right off if it’s raining hard enough. However, that one got turned down for size. So Mataya reduced the size of the next model to 5 feet, added zippers and handles so it was easy for homeowners, contractors and collectors to

education portion of the events. “UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to continue to offer valuable information that will help people lead healthier lives through an inspirational, culturally relevant initiative.” Events will be held June 23, at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. at The Mint Museum Uptown, 500 South Tyron St. UnitedHealthcare offers other resources tailored for Medicare beneficiaries, including, where people can find clear, easy-to-understand information that breaks down the complexities of Medicare. The site also provides health and wellness information to help older adults and other beneficiaries manage chronic conditions and enhance their quality of life. The events are open to the public, and there is no cost to attend. For more information or to RSVP, beneficiaries may call 888-385-1995 or visit

use, and the city stamped it approved last February. Now if you put your Leaf Burrito on the curb for collection day, there will be no questions or wasted plastic. Mataya demonstrates in a video on the Leaf Burrito’s Indiegogo page how easy it is to use, laying the thing flat out on the ground, raking onto it and zipping it up. Mataya says crowdfunding is a big deal now and hopes it can give the Burrito some more momentum.

“It’s a marketing tool. People like to go to these sites to see what’s new,” Mataya said. “Look at FinalStraw – a reusable straw. They’re killing it! That’s a great example of how green eco-friendly products are gaining progress with crowdfunding.” FinalStraw has collected almost $1.9 million on Kickstarter. You can visit www.leafbur to learn more about the Leaf Burrito and donate or buy one.

• La Lonchera Latapatia (mobile food), 10703 Park Road – 81 Lowest scores: Raw chicken and egg stored above ready-to-eat cut lettuce and sauces; salsa wasn’t cooled fast enough; rice, ham, salsa and cheese weren’t held cold enough; cut lettuce, salsa, beef tongue and ham were marked by date; front door and window were open during inspection; person in charge didn’t have head cover; cutting board need resurfacing; and equipment and hood system needed cleaning • The Wok, 11508 Providence Road – 86.5 Lowest scores: Certified person in charge wasn’t there; employee didn’t wash hands after touching trash can and soiled utensils; cabbage and other foods in walk-in unit not covered or protected; cutting board, metal pot had food debris; large bin of cooked chicken and noodle were held since May 14; and bowl with no handle used as scoop in sauce. • Antojitos Arroyo (mobile food), 15105 John J Delaney Drive – 90 Lowest scores: Person in charge has not been able to hot hold foods properly for three inspections; rice, onions, peppers, steak, chicken, pork and ground pork weren’t held hot enough; red and green salsa were not held cold enough; sanitzer wasn’t at proper concentration; and front doors were open during inspection.


• Charlotte Cafe, 4127 Park Road – 93 • Chick-fil-A, 3015 South Blvd. – 94.5

• Jason’s Deli, 1600 E. Woodlawn Road – 96 • Luisa’s Brick Oven Pizzeria, 1730 Abbey Place – 97 • Moosehead Grill, 1807 Montford Drive – 96.5 • Sushi 101, 1730 E Woodlawn Road – 97.5


• La Lonchera Latapatia (mobile food), 10703 Park Road – 81


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• Murphy Oil USA, 2010 Galleria Blvd. – 97.5 • Royal Biryani and Kabob, 9642 Monroe Road – 96


• Antojitos Arroyo (mobile food), 15105 John J Delaney Drive – 90 • Blue Cave, 16640 Hawfield Way – 95 • Godavari Authentic Indian Cuisine, 8624 Camfield St. – 92 • Harris Teeter (deli), 15007 John J Delany Drive – 96.5 • Hungry Howie’s Pizza, 8610 Camfield St. – 96.5 • La Unica Mexican Restaurant, 16139 Lancaster Hwy. – 97.5 • The Wok, 11508 Providence Road – 86.5 • Zoe’s Kitchen, 9848 Rea Road – 93



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NFL owner gives grads keys to success BUSINESS BRIEFS by Isabel Rodgers Contributor

PITTSBURGH – Hedge fund manager David Tepper broke records last month when buying the Carolina Panthers for $2.2 billion, the highest amount ever paid for a NFL franchise. The new Panthers owner reflected on his family life, professional development and philanthropic philosophy in delivering the commencement address at his alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University. Tepper encouraged students to consider gratitude, a value he learned facing challenges as a father and son. Presented with serious family difficulties throughout his childhood, Tepper understands the value of recognizing gratitude. In an emotional confession to the audience, Tepper stated he experienced physical abuse from his father growing up. However, Tepper looks beyond, finding his own sense of kindness. He states his greatest accomplishment in life is breaking his family's cycle of physical abuse by being the father he hoped to be as a child. Tepper highlighted the im-

portance of a strong work ethic, a skill he further developed through his academic and professional experiences. Growing up in a working class family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tepper understood the need to work for a college education. He applied to McDonald’s and was later rejected, he worked as a short-order cook deli, he sold knives door-to-door and worked as a union worker in a bakery. These jobs and his position at the campus library allowed him to graduate from University of Pittsburgh with an economics degree. Tepper then worked at a bank, unsuccessfully applied to Goldman Sachs and ended up working at Republic Steel after receiving his degree. Tepper said he learned the most when the steel company was going under. This experience got him a job at a mutual fund specializing in distressed companies, and later in the door of Goldman Sachs, where he quickly advanced. Tepper founded American hedge fund Appaloosa Management in 1993, recognizing and understanding the work ethic that eventually led him to succeed.

Tepper advocates the importance of giving, a philosophy that he learned from his father. Working 60 hours a week to make ends meet, Tepper’s father supported his family while maintaining his devotion to philanthropy. In his commencement address, Tepper said his father “gave even when his family didn’t have enough.” He followed this practice throughout his early years, and continues to follow the philosophy today. Tepper gives to those less fortunate today, taking advantage of his $11 billion economic privilege. His philanthropic focuses include education, hunger and poverty, giving hundreds of millions away to various charities. Tepper highlighted qualities that Carolinians can expect him to maintain as owner of the Carolina Panthers throughout his address. As a family man, businessman, and philanthropist who has overcome extraordinary challenges earning every dimension of his success, we can expect Tepper to bring a profound sense of commitment, progress and heart to the Carolinas.

National Pawn funds tech center CHARLOTTE – National Pawn is outfitting a new technology center for the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club on Marsh Road. The donation comes with 10 new computers as well as $2,000 for software upgrades, staff training and future repair costs to make the center immediately useable and sustainable for years to come. “Many of our students do not have access to computers in their homes, so having these resources in the club is crucial for them,” said Marty Clary, director of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte. The nonprofit serves more than 85 students, ages 6-18. The new technology center will be unveiled with a donation ceremony June 14. The donation is part of the retailer’s commitment to give back to communities, especially un-

derprivileged youth. “As an Eagle Scout, giving back to the community is something that we do every day,” said Bob Moulton, founder of National Pawn. “The look of surprise on the kids’ face when they see this gift, and knowing they’ll be able to use these computers for years to come, is what I always dreamed I’d be able to accomplish.” Want to help? National Pawn is collecting tablets and any other tech donations to further arm the club with additional resources from the community. Drop donations off at any National Pawn store (2905 Eastway Drive or 5418 South Blvd.) and mention the device is a donation for the club. Visit for details.

Allen Tate Companies names training director

CHARLOTTE – Allen Tate Companies named Maggie Evans as director of professional development. Evans will oversee training and leadership development programs for Allen Tate Realtors, leadership and staff, including the company’s exclusive Winner’s Edge training program for new agents. Evans is an award-winning Realtor with 13 years of residential real estate experience. She has worked with Allen Tate for nine years, including serving as branch leader of the Allen Tate Lake Wylie office. She has also worked as sales manager for a regional real estate firm in New Orleans, La. Most recently, She is active in her church, First Baptist Church Matthews, where she serves on the Missions Council and as chairperson of the Long-Range Planning Committee. “Maggie is an experienced, energetic Realtor and leader with a gift for teaching others,” said Phyllis Brookshire, president, Allen Tate Realtors. “She will excel in this role as director of professional development as she works with both new and veteran agents, leaders and staff.” Evans and her husband, Clinton, live in Charlotte.

Truxx provides city with truck-sharing platform CHARLOTTE – Carlos Suarez found himself in the parking lot of a large home improvement retailer after he bought a box too big to fit in his car. Suarez looked around at the large pickups and vans, wondering, if he can use a ride sharing service like Uber or Lyft to get himself home, why not do the same for his large purchase? Since Suarez developed Truxx, people have used the free app for everything from moves across town to large purchases at retail stores. Truxx enables users to schedule and rate drivers and make cash-free payments. Rates start at $25 per half hour. With TruxxMe, users save money by loading and unloading. For $35 per half hour, users get TruxxHelp, in which drivers offer an extra set of hands. “With Truxx, drivers get real money for their time,” Suarez said. “In addition, it gives everyone access to a large network of drivers. It is a perfect marriage

and a solution to a common problem.” Truxx is available for free download from the AppStore and Google Play. It serves Mecklenburg County and surrounding areas. Visit for details.

David Weekley Homes offers incentives to build CHARLOTTE – David Weekley Homes is offering incentives for homebuyers who build from the ground up in the area between June 1 and July 31. The “Start Packing” promotion allows homebuyers to unbox a $10,000 home discount; an appliance package, valued up to $3,200; and up to 1 percent of their loan amount – up to $10,000 – to be used toward closing costs in select communities. Call 704-817-0030 for details.

Restaurant sells lemonade for cause CHARLOTTE – Firebirds Wood Fired Grill will sell lemonade for $3 for per at stands outside its restaurant June 8 to 10 to raise money for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. Stands will operate 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 8 and 9, as well as 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 10. The restaurant is also helping the charity by donating a $1 for every slice of lemon cake sold, as well as offering customers the opportunity to round up their check to the nearest dollar. The foundation raises money for childhood cancer research.

Cox joins nutrition and dietetics board CHICAGO – Sharon Cox, of Charlotte, is among 19 national leaders in nutrition, health and business that will serve as the 2018-2019 board of directors of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Cox is the owner and cofounder of Cox Duncan Network, a foodservice consulting firm specializing in food safety, food management, health and nutrition. Representing more than 100,000 credentialed practitioners, the academy is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The board is responsible for the academy's strategic planning, policy development and fiscal management. Members of the board will serve from June 1 until May 31, 2019.

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Curing the cultural wastelands of Matthews, Pineville and Ballantyne

The Plot Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.

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The musical "South Pacific" opens June 8 in Matthews. Photo courtesy of Matthews Playhouse

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quite a following.” DeMott moved to south Charlotte two years ago and he took his daughter to a performance at the Matthews Playhouse. While there, he saw a notice for auditions for the musical “Oklahoma.” DeMott went in thinking about auditioning for a small role in the production but was instead given the lead role of Curly in the production at the Matthews Playhouse. “I had done Oklahoma 30 years earlier when I had graduated high school,”

DeMott said. “I was thinking I was too old to play Curly but they gave me the lead role. I had a blast, and it went very well. June said she hoped we could do another show together.” DeMott said he can’t wait for opening night. “This is something I have never done before, and it has worked out,” DeMott said. “It is a very interesting role and it is one of the most loved roles in musical theater. It’s a fun character to put on and play. Finally, I get to sing this iconic role. It’s a great part and there are a lot of different dimensions to his character.”

If Raleigh has The Research Triangle, south Charlotte can have The Culture Triangle. Powerful ideas have their own energy and emerge when the need exists. I have no specific training or overt competence in booking artists, organizing space or promoting cultural events. I am about to suggest we find a solution through that maze within six months to solve the current culture deficiency as I see it: Matthews, Pineville and Ballantyne are cultural wastelands. The three ought to combine organically into The Culture Triangle. If you want to see fine contemporary theater, you have to go to Uptown Charlotte. A few years ago, Matthews presented “Our Town,” a safe, inoffensive, family-oriented play. But for heavy or avant-garde theatrical works of such as Edward Albee, Arthur Miller, Jean Genet, August Wilson, or of unknowns, you have to go Uptown. If you want to see modern dance or ballet, ditto, Uptown downtown. Symphonic music or chamber music, ditto. Small group or chamber jazz, same thing. Foreign

or “art house” movies – the ones without somersaulting cars, maybe not even be in Uptown. Cultural activities if they exist at all are almost always downtown, annoyingly far away, time-consuming to get to and costly. A vast cultural wasteland? A problem? No – an opportunity! The city’s always up for finding more money and venues for sports. Are we residents only bench warmers in a sports stadium? Or can we become The Cultural Nexus of the Southeast? There is a market. There is a need. Wouldn’t it be nice to drive just a few blocks or a mile or two locally in Matthews, Pineville or Ballantyne to see a reasonably priced play or concert, dress-up or dress-down? With proper planning, those local venues could not only thrive for their own benefit, but could raise home values because of the benefits they provide the community. First thing to find out is, “Is there really a market?” Next thing to find out is, “Are there potential existing venues?” This requires some creative thinking and persuasive salesmanship. Next thing to find out is,

“Do local booking agents think there are acts and performance artists who would put projects and events on the boards here? Local artists? National artists? International artists?” We have the cultural vacuum. If Charlotte is growing as much as “Charlotte Talks” tells us, then the market, the urban and urbane arts consumer market, is probably here. A market starving for serious cultural choices of all kinds. And let’s see if we can begin to turn this “cultural wasteland” into a dynamic Cultural Nexus of the Southeast. One with roots, with teeth, one unafraid to provide culture that might challenge ideas and that will attract the kind of young educated workforce that companies like Amazon crave. If New York can support hundreds of Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theaters and venues, we can support maybe a dozen or so nearby. And if it has not been as a clear as I’d like, none of them need be big and splendid like the Belk. Small, artsy, pleasant, even intimate, with creaking seats if need be, will mostly do the job.

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with the long-standing practice of not building schools sufficient for their students. That had been going on for 10 or 15 years then and it has now been going on for another 13 years. “The same problem has not been alleviated, it has intensified. I give credit for the towns for saying, ‘please give us a tool so that we can relieve this situation by the use of charter schools.’ It’s a tool of expanding the authority of the towns to help in that situation. I commend Rep. Brawley for the bill, and we had to change it a bit to avoid technical obstacles, and I was pleased to help support it on the Senate floor.” CMS has lobbied against the legislation. The district released a statement June 6 explaining that it remains committed to providing a high quality education. “As impacts of HB 514 are evaluated and possible responses explored, the district will continue to work with leaders, families, parents, teachers, staff and students from across Charlotte-Mecklenburg to help build vibrant futures for children today and tomorrow.” Others have expressed concerns about how the legislation will affect children of color in the city. The Public School Forum of North Carolina said “HB 514 threatens to become our state’s education version of HB 2.” Matthews and Mint Hill both gave their support to the measure heading into the legislative session. Matthews approved a legislative agenda that included sup-

port for HB 514 back in April on a 4-3 vote. Bailey and commissioners Chris Melton, John Urban and Kress Query voted for the legislative agenda while commissioners John Higdon, Barbara Dement and Jeff Miller opposed the resolution. After the vote at the April 23 board of commissioners meeting, the Town of Matthews released a statement the following day. “Should HB 514 eventually be signed into state law, it only gives the locality the right to create their own charter school – it does not mean that the Town of Matthews will take any action, let alone break away from CMS,” according to the statement. “The town board’s vote was in no way a vote to break away from CMS.” Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers said the legislation gives Mint Hill the option of opening charter schools if that is a direction the town wants to pursue. “I’m glad it got passed and it is a piece of legislation that Mint Hill and Matthews are looking forward to having in place if we need to use that,” Biggers said. “Right now, I can’t see taking any action immediately or in the near future. The town is pretty happy with the way things are going with CMS. What I see is that the towns will study the bill in depth and we will look and discuss all the consequences involved if a town decides to do its own charter school and see what the ramifications would be on the residents of the town before we would start something like that. Just because it is there doesn’t mean we are going to go out and do it.”

SPORTS South Charlotte Weekly • June 8, 2018 • Page 1B

Falcons ‘Perfect race’ vaults Stradford to national praise Track & Field send five Super Team hoopers to college

Christopher Alexander Rocky River The Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly Athlete of the Year was fantastic all season, but shone brightly at the NCHSAA 4A championship. He won the triple jump (49 feet, 4.0 inches, which was the second-best distance in the state this season) and placed second in the long jump (23-7.75, which was North Carolina’s fourth-best distance this season).

by Andrew Stark

CHARLOTTE – The United Faith Christian Academy boys basketball team won 21 games, went unbeaten in conference play and advanced to the semifinals of the NCISAA 1A championship before falling to eventual state champion Trinity Christian. Now, the accolades have followed for the Falcons entire starting five. United Faith coach and athletic director Josh Coley recently announced that five of his senior standouts have signed to play college basketball, including four who will play at Division 1 schools. Jaylen Sims has signed with UNC Wilmington. Sims, a 6-foot6 forward, led the team in scoring at 14.4 points per game and averaged 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Point guard Rafael Jenkins signed with Virginia Military Institute. The 6-foot guard was a 1,000-point scorer during his career, averaging 9.3 points and 2.4 assists per game this season. KC Hankton has inked his National Letter of Intent to play for Saint Louis University. A 6-foot-8 forward, Hankton averaged 11.4 points and a team-best 5.6 rebounds per game. Nate Springs has signed to play for Ohio University. Springs, a 6-foot-10 center, averaged six points and nearly five rebounds per game. Finally, Brett Swilling has signed a full academic scholarship to Roanoke College, a Division III school where he will play for former Providence Day star Clay see FALCONS, Page 2B

Jack Choiniere Myers Park The Mustang senior placed fourth in the state in the shot put (52 feet, 10 inches) and tied for the 11th-best throw in North Carolina this season by placing fifth at the state meet in the discus (154-10). Earlier this season, Choiniere had the 10th-best shot put throw (52-4) recorded in the state. Jabari Dalton South Meck Dalton specialized in the 300-meter hurdles and turned in quite a performance this season. The junior placed third in the event at the state meet, running 38.45 seconds, a time which was the eighth-fastest in the state this season. Dalton also ran the 200 and was a key member of the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams.

For Charlotte Latin sprinter, track runs in the family by Andrew Stark

CHARLOTTE – Track and field is a family affair for Charlotte Latin sprinter DeMarkes Stradford, although he’s making a push to be the best of the bunch. Stradford has always enjoyed track and field. He said it’s most likely due to his family’s long and very successful history in the sport. “Track kind of runs in my family,” he said. “My mom ran at App State and I have a cousin, Shawn Crawford, who ran in the Olympics. So it’s sort of a family thing, but I really like it because it keeps my speed and endurance up and helps me run faster for football.” Stradford’s mom, Alice Stradford, was known as Alice Vinson in the mid-1990s when she excelled at Appalachian State. Vinson won indoor national champi-

Area becomes hotbed for women’s Gaelic football by Paul Nielsen

MATTHEWS – Charlotte is home to a North American football championship team, and the future looks bright for the James Connolly’s Gaelic Athletic Association women’s football team. Charlotte’s women’s team won its first North American senior ladies championship when they defeated San Francisco Fog City 22-21 last September. Gaelic football is a physical sport that can best be described as a blend of rugby, soccer, ice hockey and volleyball. The Charlotte women took the first step toward defending its championship June 2 when they won the Connolly Cup at the Sportsplex at Matthews. The Charlotte men’s team also took home the Connolly Cup in a tournament that featured several teams from North Carolina, as well as teams from Baltimore, Philadelphia and other East Coast cities. The Charlotte victory last

Noah Dolhare Providence Day Dolhare closed his career in style by placing third in the state in the 1,600and 3,200-meter runs. Earlier this season, the Furman commit became the first two-time winner at the Hares and Hounds Invitational and ran the state’s 11th-fastest 3,200 (9 minutes, 21.92 seconds) and 15th-fastest 1,600 (4:21.01).

Latin’s DeMarkes Stradford ran a time in his favorite event that ranked him 53rd in the nation and added another state title to his collection. Photo courtesy of Angel Trimble

Caitriona O’Shaughnessy goes through a drill before the Connolly Cup on June 2. Paul Nielsen/MMHW photo

fall was the first time since 1972 that a team outside of the sport’s powerbase of Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago or San Francisco won a North American championship. Those cities do something that Charlotte doesn’t – bring in players from Ireland on temporary visas to play in matches in the months see FOOTBALL, Page 2B

I wanted to really work on the technicalities and focus on improving every day in practice. I think I did that and I focused on everything that I needed to to be able to run a perfect race.”

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onships in the 55-meter dash and He came into this track season in the long jump. She also won with his athletic and academic caoutdoor national titles in the 100 reer already in pretty good shape. and in the long jump all during Last spring he committed to the 1994 season. Vinson is also on Harvard to continue his illustrious the 4x200 relay that still holds the football career. He was a two-time Mountaineer school record, which state champion on the gridiron, was set in 1993. but played in the title game each Crawford is no slouch either, year. And most seasons, he was winning a gold medal in the 2004 one of the biggest reasons why Summer Olympics and a silver Latin was there in the first place. medal at the 2008 Summer OlymThis season, Stradford ran for pics while competing in the 200. 2,137 yards and added 284 reStradford runs the 200 as well, ceiving yards and 27 touchdowns, and excels as the runner-up in that leading the Hawks past Country ThechampionNew York Times Syndication Sales Corporation event at the NCISAA Day for the NCISAA Division II The New York Times Syndication Sales Corporation 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10018 ship this season. title. 620For Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10018 Information Call: 1-800-972-3550 But it’s the 100 where Stradford For Information Call: 1-800-972-3550 For Release Wednesday, December 27, 2017 For Release Monday, January see TRACK, Page1,3B2018 really shines.

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Joey Jegier Providence Jegier placed fourth in the state in the discus (158 feet, 2 inches), but earlier this season had the state’s ninth-best throw (160-10). The Providence senior recorded the eighth farthest shot put toss (526.5). Jegier also placed second at the So. Meck 7 conference championship in the high jump. Adam Roupas Providence Day The first-year hurdler made quite an impression this season, winning the NCISAA 3A title in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.25 seconds, which was 13thbest in the state this season. Roupas also ran on three scoring relays at the state meet and competed in the 100, 200 and 400 for the Chargers this season. Asa Simmons Ardrey Kell Simmons was busy at the NCHSAA 4A championship, as he placed seventh in the state in the 110-meter hurdles (14.68 seconds, which tied for 17th-best in North Carolina), eighth in the 300 hurdles (39.67

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Nunley. Swilling, a 6-foot-6 wing, averaged 9.4 points per game last season. Coley, who has been at United Faith for two seasons after previous stints at Carmel Christian and Garinger, said having all five sign is big for the students and the Falcons. “This is a tremendous feat for our bas-

USL's Independence signs goalkeeper CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Independence has signed rookie goalkeeper Ben Beaury. Beaury last played for NCAA Division II team Le Moyne College and Premier Development League's Reading United AC. “Ben has a great goalkeeper pedigree

ketball program and athletic department as we have not only re-established ourselves as a state contender, but more importantly as a players-first program solely focused on the fundamental development of our student-athletes on and off the floor,” Coley said. "We are incredibly proud of, and happy for, each of these young men and their families as they have accomplished their goal of playing college basketball.” through his success and experience in his college and PDL career,” Independence goalkeeper coach Joel Tyson said. With Le Moyne, Beaury played in 76 games, posting a 0.93 goals against average in four seasons. He was an All-Conference selection in 2014, First-Team selection and Goalkeeper of the Year in 2016 and Third-Team selection in 2017. Beaury holds the Le Moyne College career record for 28 clean sheets.





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leading up to the North American championships. Charlotte only has two native Irish players on its roster while the rest are homegrown. Many of the Charlotte players have a background in soccer or rugby. Team captain Caitriona O’Shaughnessy, who joined the team in 2014, is one of the two Irish-born players on the 25-player roster, which includes 11 players that played on the championship team in 2017. When O’Shaughnessy decided to come to the United States, she only looked at areas with a Gaelic football club. The sport is very popular in Ireland, and there are more than 2,500 clubs around the world. “In Ireland, it (Gaelic football) is a part of ordinary life and almost everybody plays,” O’Shaughnessy said. “When I had to emigrate because the economy in Ireland was bad, I made sure there was a team where ever I moved to. Before I even landed, I emailed them that I was coming and I met a few of the girls for a lunch after I landed. They brought me in right away.” O’Shaughnessy, 28, also played an unofficial role as a coach. She shared her insights of the game she started playing when she was 6 years old. “We have a few ultimate frisbee players, but a majority of them are soccer players,” O’Shaughnessy said. “They were definitely intrigued and they would ask me, ‘How do you do this and how do you do this.’ But most of them pick up things naturally. There were some that had played it for years, and they are fantastic at it. I felt like I was able to help out when I first got here.” Samantha Fox, of Charlotte, joined the team when it was first formed in 2008. “The beginning was very rough,” Fox said. “We just kept growing as we got one or two new girls each summer. We do events, use social media to get girls involved. Word of mouth is the best way. We tell them the game is not that difficult.” O’Shaughnessy said losing to Fog City in the 2016 North American championships motivated the team for the 2017 season. “We were not at that level yet, and Fog City was a few steps ahead of us,” O’Shaughnessy said. “We fought hard and they beat us pretty bad in the end. It was pretty devastating. We were upset about it because we had

Kevin Tobin covers an opponent during the Connolly Cup on June 2. Paul Nielsen/SCW photo

What is Gaelic football? Field: Gaelic football is played on a field that ranges from up to 160 yards long and 120 yards wide. The goals and uprights are similar to rugby. Rules: Players can move the ball by carrying it for up to four steps, kicking it or striking it with their hand. Men may not pick up the ball off the ground with their hands as the ball must be lifted off the ground with their feet. Women are allowed to pick up the ball with their hands. Points are scored by playing the ball into the goal for three points or playing the ball over the goal and between the uprights for one point. Players can shoulder check their opponent but hits from the front or behind are not allowed. Each team has 13 players on the field, one goalie and 12 position players, who play back, midfield and forward positions. Unlike soccer, there are no offsides. Matches are split into two 30-minute halves and there are no timeouts.

trained hard and we found out the next day a lot of their girls were getting ready to fly back to Ireland.” But that disappointment turned to joy a year later as Charlotte stunned Fog City by a single point in the championship match last September. The match was tied 9-9 at halftime. “Winning is still very surreal,” O’Shaughnessy said. “The first thing I did was to call home and tell them we did it. We only won by one point, but things went our way that day. The girls really deserved it. We look back at the videos and relive it almost every single day.”

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For his career, Stradford ran for 5,361 yards and totaled 5,992 total yards of offense and a whopping 72 touchdowns. But Harvard was for more than just football. Stradford, who raised his grade-point average from around a 3.5 to a 3.9 this school year, has career dreams after he hangs up his spikes. “Harvard had a family feeling, and I’ve really connected with the players that are already there,” he said. “Also, in terms of academics, I’ve always wanted to be an engineer and Harvard was a great choice because MIT is right in the area and I’ll be able to take joint classes at both schools. I did it for football, but the academics pushed it over the top because if football doesn’t last, I’ll still have the degree and that education.” As Stradford entered this outdoor track season, he was pretty set. He was already a two-time state champion in the 100, but he wanted one more shot to add to his resume. Mission accomplished. “I was looking forward to finishing on a high note because I set very high expectations for myself,” he said. “As soon as I figured out what I could do over the last several years, I wanted to reach the top and epitomize my career while going out on top.” Stradford trained all season under former Latin and North Carolina star Malai Walker and said she was a big influence on his season and running career. This year, they followed a rigid training regimen with the goal to peak at the end of the season. And as the end-of-season races started to heat up, so too did Stradford. At the CISAA meet, he said once he crossed the finish line, there was a huge commotion coming from the Latin coaches and, in particular, from Walker. “When I crossed the finish line, coach Malai was going crazy and I was wondering what just happened,” he said. “She told me I had just ran a 10.13 and I was extremely shocked, but at the same time I thought about that being representative of all of the work and all of the sweat that I’ve put in during practice.” For those who don’t know, 10.13 seconds is fast. Very fast. That was the top time in North Carolina and the third-fastest time in the nation. However, a broken sensor on the timing company’s equipment caused all

of the 100 runners’ times to be adjusted. Stradford’s was reset to 10.44 seconds, still the fastest he’d ever run the event, the fifth-fastest time in the state this season and tied for 53rd-best in the country. “I still ran a PR of 10.44,” he said. “I’m pretty upset they changed it, but I’m happy no matter how it turned out. It meant a lot because the 100 is my favorite race. I wanted to end on a high note, and I think I did. It’s really nice to be able to put in that effort and get out the results that I did.” And he wasn’t done. Stradford would go on to win his third-straight 100-meter championship, finish second in the 200 and earn the South Charlotte Weekly Boys’ Track and Field Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season. Harvard sprint coach Marc Mangiacotti and head coach Jason Saretsky have told Stradford he’s more than welcome to walk on the track team and compete in some events. “I won’t be heavily involved with practices and

things, but I talked to the coaches about maybe running some meets,” he said. “I’d love to because I love track so much. It would be a great way to keep in shape for football and fun for me to continue running.” As Stradford looks back on two state football championships and his five individual track championships, which include three titles in the 100, the 2017 200 championship and a 4x200 relay title during the 2015 season, he said there’s nothing but joy. “I came to Charlotte Latin from Marvin Ridge during my freshman year,” he said. “I didn’t know what to expect, but once I got acclimated I loved it. I’ve had a great time here. This year, I wanted to really work on the technicalities and focus on improving every day in practice. I think I did that and I focused on everything that I needed to to be able to run a perfect race. “I’m really happy with everything I’ve been able to do here and am especially to end it the way it did.”

DeMarkus Stradford has become an effective two-sport athlete. Photo courtesy of Angel Trimble

SUPER (continued from page 1B) seconds, which was 20th-fastest in the state) and was 10th in the long jump. DeMarkes Stradford Charlotte Latin The senior finished his career in style, winning his third consecutive NCISAA 100-meter title in 10.61 seconds. The Harvard football commit and South Charlotte Weekly Runner of the Year was also second in the state in the 200 and ran the state’s 12th-fastest time earlier this season (21.83). Marshall Williamson Myers Park Williamson placed third at the NCHSAA 4A state meet in the 3,200 (9

minutes, 34 seconds). Earlier this season, he led all Mecklenburg County runners with a 9:17.91, which was the seventh-fastest time in North Carolina in that event. Williamson also competed in the 800, 1,600 and 4x400 relay this season.

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SPORT SHORTS Knights fall in title game The Ardrey Kell baseball team enjoyed a magical run that ended in a 10-6 loss to Fuquay Varina in the final game of the bestof-three NCHSAA championship series in Zebulon on June 3. The Knights got off to a great start, winning Game 1 by dominating the Bengals 3-0 on June 1. South Carolina commit Trey Tujetsch performed double duty to stake the Knights to a 1-0 series lead. Tujetsch threw six innings of shutout ball, striking out 10 batters, and along with Parker Ledford, hit one of two back-to-back doubles that gave the Knights all three of their runs in the third inning. But Game 2 would be different. The Knights could muster just three hits all game off a trio of Bengal pitchers. A double by Ledford in the fifth inning gave the Knights a 2-1 advantage in the fifth inning, but in the bottom of the inning the Bengals scored twice to take a 3-2 lead that would hold up to be the final score. Garrett McGraw preserved the win by tossing two hitless innings to earn the save as Fuquay Varina forced the decisive third game. In the final, the Bengals jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings of play. The Knights would tie the game in the third on RBIs from Cam Brantley, Tujetsch, Ledford and a run from Joe Verdeschi, who scored on a wild pitch. The score was tied at 6 entering the top of the seventh inning, but the Bengals, who clubbed 13 hits in the game, scored four more times for the 10-6 win. The Knights have played in three state championship final series, winning in 2009 after losing in 2008. Ardrey Kell finished the season 27-7.

Former Knight Kowar chosen by Kansas City in MLB Draft Former Charlotte Christian and current University of Florida star Jackson Kowar was selected by the Kansas City Royals with the 33rd overall pick in the compenKowar satory section of first round of the 2018 MLB Draft on June 4. At Charlotte Christian, Kowar was ranked as the No. 4 overall prospect in the state and as the No. 1 right-handed pitcher by Perfect As a senior during the 2015 season, he finished with a 10-1 record that

included a school-record 0.20 earned run average. Kowar also totaled 118 strikeouts in just 71 innings. In the playoffs during Kowar’s senior season, he was brilliant. He tossed a one-hit shutout with eight strikeouts in the semifinals and Kowar clinched the Knights’ fifth consecutive state title by beating Wesleyan Christian 7-0 in the championship game during which he allowed three hits and struck out 14 batters. Kowar was drafted by the Detroit Tigers with the 1,210th overall pick (40th round) of the MLB Draft that season, but he elected to attend Florida instead. Kowar went 3-0 in 12 appearances as a freshman and was 12-1 as a sophomore, posting the Gators’ best-ever record and placing second in the nation in wins. This season, Kowar has gone 9-5 for the Gators. As a junior, Kowar has the option of returning to school for his senior season, although he’s considered likely to sign with the Royals. He was joined in the first round by University of Florida teammates Jonathan India (a third baseman taken fifth overall by the Cincinnati Reds) and Brady Singer (a pitcher drafted 18th overall by the Kansas City Royals).

Former Panther Moritz selected by Atlanta CHARLOTTE – Former Providence High and current UNC Greensboro star Andrew Moritz has been drafted by the Atlanta Braves. The Braves chose the outMoritz fielder in the sixth round with the 172nd overall selection. Moritz starred for the Panthers, helping them win the 2015 state championship on a team that finished with a school-record 31 wins and a No. 22 national ranking by Moritz was an all-state performer his senior season, but was offered just one scholarship. However, at UNC Greensboro, Moritz has starred since his first season. He started 41 games and batted a Southern Conference best .400 and had 22 multihit games and drove in 33 runs while recording seven triples, which is tied for the second most in school history. He was also named the conference’s Freshman of the Year. see SHORTS, Page 4B

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Hounds trade draft pick for face-off specialist

SHORTS (continued from page 3B)

CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Hounds shook up their 25-man roster this week, trading for Atlanta Blaze faceoff specialist Jake Withers in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick. “He gives us depth and consistency at the X,” head coach Jim Stagnitta said. “He has proven he can compete with the best in the league and as the unique skill set to create offense from the X.” Withers, was a first-round draft pick out of Ohio State last season in Major League Lacrosse and The National Lacrosse League. He played in eight games as a rookie for the Blaze and won 101-of-202 faceoffs at a 50 percent clip. He also scored three goals and added an assist totaling four points.

As a sophomore, Moritz was a first-team all-conference selection after batting .394 and scoring 60 runs with 38 RBIs, a teambest 16 steals and six triples. Off the field, Moritz used his 3.9 grade-point-average to become the school’s first-ever CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American. This past season, Moritz was named the Conference Player of the Year and a Baseball America third-team all-American. He batted .428, which was second-best in all of Division I baseball. He led the team in starts (54), hits (92), runs (57), triples (10), RBIs (61) and slugging percentage (.637).

Between the lines and down the road So how can you deal with that serious business? First, every time you turn your key or otherwise empower your vehicle, you should repeat the statement, “Driving is serious business.” Second, accept the need to drive responsibly for yourself and your passengers. Third, always be considerate and aware of both the rights of and risks posed by other drivers. Having read this far, please now bear with me on this next idea. If you are caring and mature enough to drive responsibly, you could also endeavor to buoy the attitudes of other drivers. Your actions of proper speed, proper signaling and yes, little courtesies contribute to road safety and can diminish the dangers of traffic frustrations for yourself and for the other drivers. My final point is that you can’t have total control over your traffic environment, but you can have a high degree of control over the traffic or your mental responses to the traffic. Be an effective traffic monitor!

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First, it was the two-seater BMW parked in the last two spaces (theirs and mine) in the parking lot. Next, it was the car in front of me making an abrupt right-hand turn, the courtesy of signaling absent. Lastly, it was me getting angry at the same driver holding up the left-lane traffic with a below-the-speed-limit pace. Now, I was an angry and unsafe driver. Fortunately, I was married to this wise lady who knew my propensity toward impatient driving. So, before I could do anything regretful, I recalled her formula on how to transition from angry to calm in three easy steps. Her advice was as follows: One, stop at once, whatever you are doing or thinking. Two, take a deep breath. Three, take a deep breath. Suddenly I half smiled at the realization that I was being a real jerk, it could quickly get worse, driving is serious business.

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“Relax your arm,” the nurse tells me as she prepares to measure my blood pressure. “Wait – I remember you!” she says, commenting on her ability to “remember faces.” She should definitely remember mine. This is my third visit to her office in two weeks. It all began after I returned from a trip to Kentucky. Throughout the trip, my boss was seized with repeated coughing fits. When pressed, he insisted his outbursts were simply a result of allergies. I believed his repeated explanations – until I began feeling rather sick myself. Upon my return, I visit an urgent care. The nurse kindly walks me to my room. “The doctor will be in shortly.” After waiting more than two and a half hours, the doctor finally appears. No apology for the wait, barely even a hello. She begins the appointment by asking, “Why are you here?” I refrain from acting on my first instinct - telling her I came for the wait. I list my symptoms to the doctor. Congestion, fever, earache, sore throat, runny nose. I quickly self-diagnose, telling her these symptoms all amount to a sinus infection. She prescribes an antibiotic doctors must receive some sort of kickback from since every time I get sick they suggest the same remedy. Usually I desist; yet, my sickly state prevents me from thinking clearly enough to proffer a differing suggestion. Under pressure, I cave, eager to begin feeling the relief only an antibiotic can provide in situations such as these. I start feeling better, only to feel much worse within a week’s time. A subsequent visit is required to procure a different antibiotic. Four days later, I feel even sicker, my swollen glands preventing me from uttering a word. A real travesty, considering how much I like to talk. Which brings us to the final visit, during which the nurse recognizes my face. This time, the doctor arrives in a timely manner, inquiring as to my symptoms. I repeat them for the second time in four days. Seconds later, she asks, “So what symptoms are you experiencing today?” As if they have changed in the last 30 seconds. I list them again. She reappears mo-

ments later, telling me I need a chest x-ray along with a battery of tests. “I heard fluid in your lungs,” she says, inciting a fear that I have somehow contracted pneumonia. I readily agree to the battery of tests, worried that something is deeply wrong with me. Perhaps this is the reason I have been so sick for so long, I wonder. Maybe this is the end. Half an hour later, I realize the only end I have reached is darkening the door of the urgent care office ever again. She prescribes a stronger antibiotic to knock out the infection. The next day, I visit my plastic surgeon for an entirely unrelated reason. “How was your weekend?” he asks. “It was nice to have the day off,” I say. My mother, ever the truth teller, informs the doctor that in fact my holiday was terrible due to the sinus infection. “Are you being treated?” he asks. “Yes,” I answer, detailing the story I am sharing now. “Would you allow me to treat your sinus infection?”  He prescribes an antibiotic called Augmentin – for those of you who were wondering, apparently this is the best treatment for any sinus-related maladies. The plastic surgeon’s preferred antidote does the trick. Within a day, my infection clears right up. Thankfully, my frequent doctor’s visits were completely covered by insurance, ensuring that I would not have to shoulder an unwanted financial burden due to the incompetence of our medical system. This left me with a sense of newfound compassion for those without access to health insurance, as well as those forced to visit doctors far more inadequate than my own. Even more importantly, I learned that in 21st century America, it is not enough for patients to engage in the act of self-diagnosing. They also must have on-hand a list of suggested medications to present to a doctor, unless you take the easy way out by scheduling an appointment with your plastic surgeon instead. Samuel Moore-Sobel is a freelance writer. To have words of hope delivered directly to your inbox, visit to subscribe to his blog today.


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WITH 16-50MM & 55-210MM LENS 24.3MP APS-C Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor BIONZ X Image Processor Tru-Finder 0.39" 1,440k-Dot OLED EVF 3.0" 921k-Dot Xtra Fine Tilting LCD Full HD 1080p XAVC S Video at 24/60 fps Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC



$239.00 - $100=


$799.00 - $300=

MagMod Flash Modifier Systems


15% OFF



24MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI 693-Point Hybrid AF System UHD 4K30p Video with HLG & S-Log3 Gammas

24 Months No Interest

Extra Bonus with Trade In!


24 Months No Interest


BODY ONLY! 42MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI 399-Point AF System & 10 fps Shooting 3.0" 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD

$1597.00 - $500=



t7i w/18-55mm lens 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor DIGIC 7 Image Processor 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps 45-Point All Cross-Type Phase-Detect AF

$899.99 - $100=



ON ALL CAMERA & LENS PURCHASES! Credit given back as store credit towards accessories. Must bring in this ad for no sales tax.


Tape transfers to DVD One Tape $19.99 No LIMIT. DONE IN HOUSE Not to be combined with any other offer. With coupon. Exp. 6/30/18.


5x7 Digital Prints


Not to be combined with any other offer. With coupon. Exp. 6-30-18

$5 OFF 35MM Film Developing

Done in house

Not to be combined with any other offer. With coupon. Exp. 6-30-18

5d Mark IV


BODY ONLY! 30.4MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor DIGIC 6+ Image Processor 3.2" 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor DCI 4K Video at 30 fps; 8.8MP Still Grab

$3499.99 - $400=



w/18-135 kit 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor DIGIC 6 Image Processor 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps 45-Point All Cross-Type AF System Dual Pixel CMOS AF

$1799.00 - $500=


D3400 WITH 18-55MM LENS 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor EXPEED 4 Image Processor No Optical Low-Pass Filter Native ISO 100-25600; 5 fps Shooting 3.0" 921k-Dot LCD Monitor



4x6 Digital Prints

Done in House From Cell Phones or Memory Cards Not to be combined with any other offer. With coupon. Exp. 6/30/18.

10% OFF

Reel to Reel Movies to DVD Not to be combined with any other offer. With coupon. Exp.6/30/18

49¢ each SLIDES TO DVD

35MM ONLY! DONE IN HOUSE. Not to be combined with any other offer. With coupon. Exp 6/30/18

South Charlotte Weekly June 8  

Vol. 18, Num. 23 'South Pacific' wasn't hard to cast

South Charlotte Weekly June 8  

Vol. 18, Num. 23 'South Pacific' wasn't hard to cast