Former Matthews resident donates bullet resistant vest for dog

The Mint Hill Times

Kneeling in front Officer Jeff Corbett and Bosco. Standing, left to right: Matthews Chief of Police Rob Hunter, Nell Robinson and Matthews Police Captain Carla Thompson.

Nell Robinson, a former resident of Matthews, donated a bullet resistant vest for Bosco, a K-9 dog, with the Matthews Police Department.

Bosco, who is of Belgium Malonis descent, joined the Matthews Police Department last year. He and Officer Jeff Corbett were at a community service event when Ms. Robinson met them.

“I had seen publicity about Bosco, and that he was a new K-9 unit and knew that he would need a vest so I offered to buy it for the department. I love animals and used to have a dog. It is my pleasure to do this for Matthews,” Ms. Robinson said.

Bosco is proudly wearing his vest as he goes about his duties. You may notice that Bosco has a red cast on his right leg. He has injured his tendon and the cast is helping him recover.

“We are very grateful to Ms. Robinson for making this generous donation to the department. Her thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated,” said Matthews Police Captain Carla Thompson.

The vest is valued at $662.95.


Organization that throws b-day parties for homeless children gets new name, location

This is the new layout of the Matthews location.

Birthday Blessings is getting a name change and a new local facility. The nonprofit organization which was started to provide birthday parties for homeless children, will become Bright Blessings USA and will move its headquarters to Matthews.
The name change was a “strategic decision by the organization and its Board of Directors with twofold purpose: To better convey the breadth of the nonprofit’s programs and services which have evolved significantly since its founding; and to provide a unique and trademarked brand for the planned official launch of the organization’s National Affiliate Network.”

“It’s amazing to see how the Charlotte community has wrapped itself around this organization, helping it grow to where it is today,” says Amy Cervantes, volunteer executive director and co-founder. “John and I are constantly humbled by how much Bright Blessings has expanded and how many lives are being impacted as a result. Our community is truly remarkable.”

Amy and John are Mint Hill residents.

This spring the organization will open the doors to its new facility in Matthews, The Giving Village, a concept inspired by the nonprofit’s founding goal of providing relevant, hands-on volunteer opportunities for children—and people of all ages—in a safe, comfortable and uplifting environment. The nearly 4,000 square foot facility located at 608-A Matthews-Mint Hill Road will be home to the Bright Blessings programs and its supporting projects, and will host hundreds of volunteers and visitors monthly. Each aspect of the organization and its program services will be brought to life in the form of a small town operated by its “villagers”—a community of volunteers. Facility details and layout are available online at


Matthews Director of Public Works appointed to N.C. committee

Ralph Messera, Director of Public Works for the Town of Matthews, has been appointed to serve on a N.C. League of Municipalities Committee. He will serve a two year term on the General Government Legislative Action Committee.

His work on the committee will include considering and developing the proposed legislative agenda for the Towns and Cities of N.C. The committee’s proposals will be sent to the League’s Board of Directors and then the full membership of the Towns and Cities.

Ralph Messera has served as the Town’s Public Works Director since 2002. He is currently the President of the Matthews Kiwanis Club. Previously he has served on the League’s Board of Directors from 1999-2001 and the League’s Technical Services Committee from 2006-2009.


Brawley to be sworn in next week in Matthews

Bill Brawley, the newly elected N.C. Representative for District 103 (which includes Mint Hill) will take the oath of office January 5th in Matthews. The event will be held at 7 pm at the Matthews Town Hall in the Commissioners Meeting Room and is open to the public.

Brawley takes the place of Jim Gulley who served more than a decade as the state representative for this area. Gulley chose not to seek another term because of health reasons.


Matthews mayor accepts the no fizz challenge

The Mint Hill Times

Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor is one of 300 mayors across the Carolinas who will put down the sodas for the month  of January and instead drink water. The challenge was made by the non-profit No Fizz Charlotte, a non-profit organization “dedicated to advocating for healthy hydration and awareness about the dangers of soda for children and families in the Carolinas.”


Gingerbread House winners announced

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Darryl, Kristin and Olivia Parker won first place in the Group Category.

The First Gingerbread House Competition was held last week as part of the Matthews Hometown Holiday Celebration. Fourteen houses were constructed for the contest and the plan is to have this competition next year.

Adult Category Winners: 1st- Sylvia Serdula; Second – Kate Krajewski.

Child Category Winners: 1st – Maria and Sarah Wood; 2nd – Joe Krajewski; 3rd – a tie between Jessica Adams and Claudia Alferd.

Group Category Winners: 1st – Darryl, Kristin and Olivia Parker; 2nd – Janean Flowe and Family; 3rd – Jackie Krajewski and family.

First place winners received $75; 2nd place $50 and 3rd place $25. The houses are on display at the Matthews Chamber of Commerce and the Matthews Public Library. The competition was sponsored by the Matthews Alive Foundation and the Town of Matthews.