Belk raises money for Birthday Blessings

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Pictured from left: John Cervantes, Birthday Blessings co-founder; Amy Cervantes, Birthday Blessings co-founder and volunteer executive director; Tim Belk; and Amy Lewis (Women's Leadership Network event organizer).

On Thursday, October 15, more than 150 Belk employees came together at its Charlotte corporate headquarters to celebrate the first anniversary of the company’s Women’s Leadership Network.  The event kicked off a corporate collection drive to benefit the programs of Birthday Blessings, a Mint Hill-based nonprofit that brings birthday joy and support to homeless children.  Belk and its employees donated a total of $2,500 in financial and product donations.

John and Amy Cervantes, Birthday Blessings co-founders, were recognized at the event for their volunteer efforts on behalf of homeless children and families.  John gave a brief presentation about the organization, and volunteers were on hand after the event to provide additional information and answer questions.

“We are truly overwhelmed by the generosity of Belk and its employees,” said Birthday Blessings volunteer executive director and co-founder, Amy Cervantes. Continue reading

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Mint Hill firm merges with Matthews firm

Toler, Bly & Associates, CPA, PLLC, of Matthews, one of the top 25 firms in the Charlotte area, is merging with Michael Moore, PLLC in Mint Hill and Ronald J. Abluton, CPA in the Cotswold area.

The Firm of Michael Moore, PLLC brings additional expertise in areas which include accounting services, taxation, IRS issue resolution, estates and trusts, and financial planning. The entire staff, including Michael Moore, will be welcomed at Toler, Bly & Associates on December 4, 2009. Continue reading

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What’s up with Leslie Southerland’s column this week?

Readers of Leslie Southerland’s column will notice a few lines missing at the end. We apologize for that. Here’s her column in full.

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By Leslie Southerland
The Mint Hill Times

The best day of my school year was last Thursday. Not only did the school day go well, but I attended our first home wrestling match. I had never attended a high school wrestling match before.
I MAY have attended a professional wrestling event when I was in seventh grade, and I MAY have seen the Nature Boy and Magnum TA wrestle at that event, but that would be too embarrassing to admit. So let’s just say that Thursday night marked my first wrestling event of ANY kind and leave it at that.
Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. Our boys were wrestling the team from another, more established school, so I was afraid we would lose. Boy, was I wrong!
First of all, the opposing team came out to warm up. They looked like they were a gym class. They didn’t appear to be wearing uniforms, and they all had on mismatched t-shirts, sweatshirts and shorts.
Our team came out wearing their sharp-looking warm-ups, and I figured we would at least beat the other team in looks. And our coach, being the enthusiastic guy that he is, had choreographed a whole warm-up routine for our guys to do on the mat to the tune of “Enter Sandman,” accompanied by a strobe light. That part was so cool that I at first thought it was the whole show!
When our boys finally got out there to wrestle, I was really impressed. I stood, with everyone else in the place, screaming my lungs out to cheer our boys on. By the time I left, we had only lost one match so far. And we had won many. Unfortunately, though, I had a seven-year-old boy with me who needed to go to bed, so I scooted out a bit early.
My neighbor, our secretary and the parent of a student at my school, asked if I could run her daughter home. I was pumped—I was on a high from the wrestling event, and I was thinking happy thoughts to myself about how cool it was that my neighbor attended my school and I could do this favor for her. I love the atmosphere of Mint Hill, and this just seemed to me to be one more example of why I live in a small town. Continue reading

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Mint Hill holds 10th annual veteran’s breakfast

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The town of Mint Hill held its 10th annual Veteran’s Appreciation Day Breakfast Saturday at the Kerr Building at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church. More than 280 veterans showed up for the breakfast. The Colors were posted by Independence High School JROTC, and in addition to patriotic songs, music was provided by Mint Hill bluegrass legend Dwight Moody. Presentations were given by organizers of the Armed Forces Museum and Archives of the Carolinas and the Korean War Veteran’s Association Memorial, both of which will be located at The Park on Fairview in Mint Hill. The town spends about $500 a year for the breakfast, and boys and girls scouts, town staff and Mint Hill commissioners and mayor volunteer to served the veterans.

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Matthews honors Family Dollar Stores with key to the town

Howard Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar, and Matthews Mayor Lee Myers. Photo courtesy of Todd Hess, Vertis Communications.

Howard Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar, and Matthews Mayor Lee Myers. Photo courtesy of Todd Hess, Vertis Communications.

The Town of Matthews honored Family Dollar Stores, Inc. with a Key to the Town Monday night during a reception at the company’s headquarters in Matthews. In presenting the key Matthews Mayor Lee Myers commented, “This is the first time a corporate citizen has been honored with the key.” In his remarks Mayor Myers also spoke on the history of the company and how the retailer has been able to reach the milestone of celebrating 50 years of business.

Receiving the key was Howard Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar. “As our company has grown so has the Town of Matthews and it is a great place to do business,” said Mr. Levine.

During the event Howard Levine spoke of his family’s history of starting one small store and capitalizing on its success in order to expand to the over 6,600 stores the company now owns. “We have been able, to not only manage our success, but to thrive when many others have not been able to survive. We are always looking over our shoulder and mindful of our competition. It is one of the ways we are able to be a success,” he said.

Family Dollar is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Beginning with one store in Charlotte in 1959 the Company currently operates more than 6,600 stores in 44 states. A Fortune 500 Company, Family Dollar plans to open 200 stores in 2010 and was recently recognized at the New York Stock Exchange for their business success.

The Company has 45,000 team members – 1,800 who work at the headquarters and distribution center located in Matthews and 200 of whom reside in Matthews. Family Dollar opened their executive headquarters in Matthews in June of 1974 and the facility was recently renovated and expanded.

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Family Dollar to be honored by Matthews tonight

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The Town of Matthews will honor Family Dollar Stores, Inc. from 5:30-7 p.m., Monday, November 16, at the company’s headquarters in Matthews (10401 Monroe Road).

Matthews Mayor Lee Myers will present Howard Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar, with a key to the Town during this event. This is the first time the Key to the Town has been presented to a company and only the third occasion anyone has received the Key.

Family Dollar is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Beginning with one store in Charlotte in 1959 the Company currently operates more than 6,600 stores in 44 states. A Fortune 500 Company, Family Dollar plans to open 200 stores in 2010 and was recently recognized at the New York Stock Exchange for their business success.

The Company has 45,000 team members – 1,800 who work at the headquarters and distribution center located in Matthews and 200 of whom reside in Matthews. Family Dollar opened their executive headquarters in Matthews in June of 1974 and the facility was recently renovated and expanded.

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