Mint Hill Police awarded Top Five in public safety

For the first time, Mint Hill Police Department was awarded the Top Five Communities award for the 2012 North Carolina Traffic Safety Communities awarded by AAA.

AAA uses crash ratings from data compiled by the University of North Carolina Charlotte on traffic accidents in North Carolina communities, as well as number of law enforcement officers per capita, and presence of a formal traffic safety program to select the winners.

Mint Hill Police Department has just completed the third year of its traffic safety program, which teaches DWI courses to driver’s education students, hosts child safety seat checking stations, and other traffic safety programs.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program provided a grant to start the traffic safety program, and the Police Department usually participates with other county agencies when hosting seat-checking stations and other traffic safety events.

Officer Scott Blevins represented the Mint Hill Police Department at the North Carolina Traffic Safe Community Awards Luncheon in Durham October 18, to receive the award.

AAA awards the top five communities in three categories, based on population: less than 10,000, 10,000 to 30,000, and more than 30,000.

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Schools, businesses team up to stop bullying

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools are teaming up with area businesses, Mecklenburg County Police Department, and CBS Radio for “Stand Up, Speak Out,” a campaign to fight bullying.

The program encourages any victims or witnesses to do just what the name suggests—stand up and speak out.

CBS and businesses like Great Clips Salon, Goodwill, Best Buy, MTB Mechanical, and Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates are sponsoring the effort, which asks parents, students, and teachers to sign a pledge stating their intent to stop bullying.

The pledge consists of a statement that every student has the right to be respected and safe at school, and promises including treating others respectfully, not bullying, obeying the rules, supporting victims, speaking out, and notifying authority.

Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx came out in support of the program, releasing a video to CBS, encouraging people to join the cause, saying, “If we work together to eliminate bullying at home, at school, in the neighborhoods, and in the communities across our city, the quality of life of our young people will be so much richer.”

At the end of the pledge drive, the elementary, middle, and high schools with the most pledges will receive a CBS Radio pep rally.

A website is currently under construction and should be up and running by the end of the month.

Pledges can be found at any local Great Clips salon, or online at charlotte.cbslocal.com/stand-up-speak-out/.

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Local towns discuss economic park options

Town Manager Brian Welch speaks at the October 3 called meeting of the commissioners of Mint Hill, Indian Trail, Matthews, and Stallings. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

On October 3, commissioners from Mint Hill, Matthews, Indian Trail, and Stallings met to discuss the potential advantages of grouping together to further economic initiatives in the community by establishing an economic partnership between the towns.

Presentations were given on how partnerships are planned, built, and managed, what advantages they offer to the communities involved, and how that could possibly benefit the four municipalities.

No action was taken at the meeting, but the idea of such a collaboration was discussed and action could be taken in the future.

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Chamber holds monthly meeting

Dianne Beck, speaking at the monthly Chamber meeting at Jimmie’s Restaurant.

At the monthly Chamber of Commerce Luncheon September 27, Dr. Dianne Beck, director of leadership and staff development at CPCC Levine Campus, spoke about CPCC and what it offers the community, how the college was established from the old Central High School building in Charlotte, and how students can acquire a low cost, quality education without having to go far to get it.

The Chamber also welcomed many new members, and some representatives from those companies were present to discuss what they offer: Carolyn Powell with The Center for Life Learning, Brittany Kjos with Fit You Studio, Nancy Bradley with RelyLocal, and Angela Gordon with Spotlight Performing Arts. Other companies welcomed to the chamber were Fullwood Animal Hospital, Harris Teeter, A Parent’s Time Out, Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates, Superior Insurance, and Victory Johnson.

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Collins Cleaners supports breast cancer awareness month

Collins Cleaners in Mint Hill is donating $5 per comforter cleaned for the month of October to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Collins Cleaners in Mint Hill is doing their part.

For the month of October, Collins Cleaners is running a comforter special, offering half price to clean comforters and donating five dollars of each sale to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

The cost of the service is $15 and each comforter is cleaned with hypoallergenic soap, three wash and three rinse cycles, and a free storage bag is included with each purchase.

Vicki Moore is the man- ager of the Mint Hill Collins Cleaners and is trying to reach $500 in donations this month. With already 20 comforters cleaned and $100 donated, Moore is confident that she will meet her goal.

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News Notes & Happenings

Commission meeting cancelled

There will not be a meeting of the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners October 11, due to lack of a quorum available for attendance. Items on the October 11 agenda will most likely be considered at the next regularly scheduled board meeting October 25.

Anti-Bullying

Great Clips Salon is teaming up with local police, schools, and CBS Radio on a Bully Prevention Program. Pledge forms can be found at all of the 65 local Great Clips salons or on CBS Charlotte Radio’s website. The program runs from October 1 through December 31. Student pledges will be counted toward a CBS Radio pep rally, with the elementary, middle, and high schools with the highest percentage receiving pep rallies.

Check presentation

The Fireman’s Fund will present a check to MHVFD on Wednesday, October 17, at 5 pm, at the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department. The check is grant money that will be used to purchase thermal imaging cameras. Light dinner and training on the new equipment will follow the presentation. The Mayor, Commissioners, Town Manager, and Town Clerk have been invited to attend along with Fire De- partment Members.

Paddle Tennis

There will be a paddle tennis demonstration, free and open to the public Sunday, October 14 at the park on Wilgrove at 7750 Jim Harper Lane in Mint Hill. The purpose is to introduce the game of paddle tennis to the Charlotte area and garner support for a proposal to build paddle tennis courts at the Park on Wilgrove, which will be presented to the Town of Mint Hill.

Open House

Clear Creek Animal Hospital will be hosting an open house October 12 from 12-3 pm, at their location, 9301 Albemarle Road. The activities will include demonstrations and a dog show. For more information, contact Nina at 704-537-8405.

Golf Tournament

The Mint Hill American Legion is hosting a gold tournament Monday, October 29 at 9 am at Old Sycamore. The cost is $400 per team withe $100 hole sponsors. Contact Steve Baucom at 704-507-1526 or Bryan Bunn at 704-264-9273 for more information. Register online at www.mhlegion.com.

Daphne’s grand opening

Daphne’s Simply Southern Bakery is celebrating the grand opening of their new location at 7609 Matthews-Mint Hill Road Friday, October 19. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 pm with light refreshments and baked goods available until 9 pm.

Party in Pink

Fit You Studios is hosting “Susan G Komen Party in Pink” Zumba event, Saturday, October 13, from 10 am to 1 pm at 8400 Fairview Road. Price is $10 per person. For information, call Brittany Kjos at 704-779-6173.

Indy Hunger Drive

The Independence High School AIS program is participating in the Student Hunger Drive of the Carolinas, compet- ing with 19 school to see who can donate the most canned food to the Second Harvest Food Bank. The campaign lasts until November 16, and donations can be sent in with an Independence student or dropped off at the donation barrel in the 400 building.

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