Park and Recreation Committee met

The Park and Recreation Committee met at the Town Hall June 12 to discuss and approve the police department’s National Night Out event to be held at Fairview Park August 7.  This event is held across the country and allows police departments to provide safety tips to the community.

The committee also discussed the Pine Lake Country Club Junior Open to be held September 7-9.  The event, sponsored by orthodontist Dr. Wesley Robinson, may be large enough to require extra tennis courts.  Free clinics the weekend before or after the event have been offered in exchange for use of the public courts.

The town attorney is looking into new contracts regarding the radio tower in Fairview Park.  Committee members brought up concerns for what the tower will mean for a future dog park.  Town Manger Brian Welch explained the town had access to the area under the tower, excluding the fenced-in area.

“We had to work out the issue of whether or not we could be under the tower, per se; now that we know we can it’s just a matter of waiting to see is there going to be a tower to be under,” said Welch.

The budget does not have funds specified for a dog park, though there may be extra money available depending on the cost of construction and what other needs come up in the town.

Welch also announced that Dwayne Dorton, Director of Public Works, will be retiring this year.  His last day will be August 31.

“Dwayne was good for this town, not just for just keeping the park squared away, but obviously we have the best streets in Mecklenburg County,” said Welch.

The committee will not meet in July.

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Adoption in the Carolinas

Adoption in the Carolinas is being made easier with the help of Gift of Adoption, a national non-profit organization headquartered in Chicago and dedicated to providing financial assistance for domestic and international adoptions.

Charlotte is the new headquarters for Gift of Adoption’s seventh regional chapter.  The new chapter will serve North and South Carolina.  Its opening celebration was May 10 at the Myers Park Country Club.  Charlotte residents and Carolinas chapter board members Jason Cipriani, Muhsin Muhammad II, and Eric Welch joined board president Greg Ewald at the celebration.  The group shared its mission statement and the expected impact it will have on the Carolinas.

The event was also a fundraiser, generating nearly 40,000 dollars for adoption grants.  This single fundraising event can assist up to 10 children.

Over the past ten years, Gift of Adoption has awarded over 150,000 dollars in grants to families adopting nearly 50 children in the Carolinas, and over 2.8 million dollars in grants to connect more than 950 children with new families.

Gift of Adoption was founded in 1996 and has chapters in Florida, Illinois Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, and Wisconsin.  It awards grants of up to 7,500 dollars to provide families with financial support, regardless of race, religion, age, or marital status.

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