Holocaust survivor speaks to Mint Hill Middle School students

By Leah Schmalz
Irving Bienstock answered questions from Mint Hill Middle School students last Monday about his experience as a Jew in Germany during the Holocaust.

Irving Bienstock answered questions from Mint Hill Middle School students last Monday about his experience as a Jew in Germany during the Holocaust.

When Irving Bienstock saw the Nazi military starting fires in synagogues, smashing windows, and raiding the houses of Jews on the night that is now known as Kristallnacht, his hope of survival wavered. “At that moment I thought I was going to die,” he said, as he recounted his story to eighth grade students at Mint Hill Middle School last Monday.

Bienstock covered his experience in Germany during the beginning of Hitler’s rise to power, when Jews weren’t permitted to ride buses, visit parks, or continue to run their businesses. Most of his extended family was killed and his father was forced to flee. Finally the rest of the family was able to escape the country. His father eventually made it to the United States in 1939 and the rest of the family joined him the following year. Bienstock entered the military and returned to Europe five years later to fight in World War II.  Continue reading

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Soles 2 Remember celebrates 98 runners

By Michele Dotson

The Soles 2 Remember 5K kicks off Saturday, May 17 at Pine Lake Country Club. To date, 98 runners have registered and registration continues on line and on site race day.

Mint Hill Police Department sponsors this annual event.

Organizer Sgt. Michael Gainey says the fundraiser is all about awareness.

“To me the fundraiser is awareness of National Police Week, and to show honor to the officers that have died in the line of duty.”

Gainey says funds go to support the memorial fund for police. Continue reading

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New home building increasing steadily in Mint Hill

By Michele Dotson
Cheval will develop the defunct wine community that was to have a Tuscan-designed homes and its own vineyard.

Cheval will develop the defunct wine community that was to have a Tuscan-designed homes and its own vineyard.

New home building has really been on an upswing in Mint Hill this year, with price points set for a moderate budget.

In April 2012, only 62 new home permits were issued in all of Mecklenburg County.

April 2014 shows a very different picture with 229 housing permits issued throughout the month.

So far this year, 837 permits have been issued for new homes.

While some of these new Mint Hill neighborhoods were taken over from previous builders who lost their property to foreclosure during the economic downturn, there are new properties being developed all over the area. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Madness makes wish come true for this year’s grand marshal

By Michele Dotson

This year’s grand marshal is six and a half years old.

He wants, above all things, to be a fireman.

And he wants to meet a princess.

The Town of Mint Hill and The Make A Wish Foundation have found a way to make that happen.

Tim Brakman has his own fireman’s uniform. He dreams of being a fireman, and, in fact, “loves and has the utmost respect for anyone in uniform, “says Tim’s mother Cindy Brakman.

Tim Brakman has his own fireman’s uniform. He dreams of being a fireman, and, in fact, “loves and has the utmost respect for anyone in uniform, “says Tim’s mother Cindy Brakman.

On Saturday, May 24, Tim Brakman (who answers equally to Timmy) will ride on a fire truck, dressed in his fireman’s uniform, accompanied by his three year old sister, Kate, who, in honor of the occasion, has been named Miss Mint Hill Madness.

Before the parade, Tim will attend a reception in his honor at the Mint Hill Fire Department where he’ll meet the Mint Hill Beauty Queens and Ms. Mecklenburg, and tour the fire station.

Sister Kate will be decked out in her princess finery, which she has already taken quite a shine to.

“We got Kate’s dress the other day, and I wanted her to try it on,” says Brakman. “She wore it all afternoon and thought it was the best thing.”

Both Tim and Kate are excited by this new adventure. Continue reading

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The woodwright shop was open for demonstrations.

The woodwright shop was open for demonstrations.

Discover Mint Hill, the annual showcase of the town’s civic, artistic and historical groups, was held Saturday, May 3.

The Lions Club was present selling brooms.

The Kiwanis had a prize wheel and participants of all ages spun for their chance to win a prize.

The blacksmith shop and the wheelwright shop were operational for demonstrations.

The date also marked the official start of the Mint Hill Farmer’s Market season which will be open weekends through fall.Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 5.15.56 PM

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Mint Hill outdoor entertainment return in May

By Michele Dotson

During May and June Movies on the Lawn and June Tunes returns again this season at Mint Hill Town Hall.

The series of entertainment throughout May and June is sponsored in part by a Town Program Grant in cooperation with the Arts and Science Council. The outdoor movies begin at dusk each week. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

The lineup for this spring is as follows: May 2-Frozen, Rated PG; May 9-Planes, Rated PG; May 16-Earth from Disney Nature, Raged G; May 30-Despicable Me 2-Rated PG.

June Tunes will host a series of musical acts for Friday evening relaxing on the lawn. June Tunes runs June 7-July 3. June 7- Lindsay Nicole and Hwy. 74; June 14-Carolina Music Machine; June 21-Tsunami Wave Riders; June 28-Jim- my and Darlene Harrison; July 3-Queen City Brass Band.

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