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ZABS Place nurtures abilities of special needs employees

By Leah Schmalz

For teens in high school, it can be difficult to choose a part time job, college and career from the multitude of available options. But for their peers with special needs like autism or Downs syndrome, the difficulty lies in finding those same opportunities.

That’s where ZABS Place at 100 North Trade in Matthews comes in. Opened in November of 2014, the thrift store fills a need in the community for employment training for young adults with special needs.

“We want to help them recognize their potential and realize their potential,” said Manager and Co-Founder Rochel Groner. The choice of a thrift shop was not random. Just as a secondhand store aims to uncover the hidden value of clothes, furniture and other used belongings, so ZABS Place seeks to reveal the unique abilities and potential of its employees.   […]

By |September 3rd, 2015|Around Town|0 Comments

Mint Hill Chamber hosts third annual golf classic

By Leah Schmalz

Registration is still open for the Chamber of Commerce’s third annual golf classic. The event takes place at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation on September 10. Novant Health is the presenting sponsor.

Funds raised by the event benefit the Chamber’s programs and community outreach efforts. Among these events are the veteran’s breakfast, biannual shred events, the senior citizens’ Christmas party and the college scholarship program.

Businesses, organizations and individuals have the opportunity to participate in the tournament as golfers or select a sponsorship package. The cost for individual players is $100. This includes the green and cart fee, one mulligan each nine holes, lunch, snacks, beverages, a special tee gift, eligibility for two Dixon golf challenges, one qualifying putt for the putting contest, a hole-in-one contest entry and a mulligan prize ticket entry.

Additional entries to the mulligan prize are $1 each. Additional qualifying putts are $5 each.  […]

By |September 3rd, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Government, History, Town Hall|0 Comments

Mint Hill teen develops skills as Bank of America Student Leader

By Leah Schmalz

Mint Hill resident and Northwest School of the Arts graduate Nia Moore spent the past summer interning with Freedom School Partners as part of the national Bank of America program Student Leaders.

Moore was one of five students selected from the Charlotte area to participate in an eight-week paid internship with a local nonprofit. The goal is to recognize students for their community efforts by providing them with valuable career experience.

“I had to wake up earlier than I did throughout the school year, but it was definitely worth it,” Moore said.

Moore had previously volunteered with the nonprofit Promising Pages, which seeks to build literacy for underprivileged children by giving them access to early education through books. “I’ve already been interested in educational disparities,” she said. “Working with Freedom Schools definitely aligned with that.”

Freedom School Partners works to combat summer learning loss and make gains in literacy through a six-week summer program each year. Moore’s responsibilities varied each day, providing an overview of each facet of a nonprofit. Tasks included site deliveries, scholar evaluations and field trips. Interns were able to meet with the marketing and finance departments to learn more about the roles they play.  […]

Mint Hill PD to host Coffee with a Cop Tuesday

On September 1, 2015, officers from the Mint Hill Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 9 am on September 1, at Daphne’s Bakery, 7609 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Mint Hill’s neighborhoods. […]

By |August 31st, 2015|Around Town|0 Comments