Philadelphia Presbyterian working to increase organ donation awareness

An organ donation can save a life. Sometimes, it is the only thing that can, and knowing as much as possible about how the organ donation system works could help save many lives.

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, 118,211 people are waiting for an organ, 18 people will die each day waiting for an organ, and a single organ donor could save as many as eight lives.

Spurred by a member of the congregation who needs an organ transplant and his family, Philadelphia Presbyterian has been actively promoting organ donation awareness.

Doctors discovered a tumor in Philadelphia Presbyterian member Tom Watson’s liver last December, and since mid-February, Tom has been on the list for a new liver, which is the most-needed organ transplant in the U.S., with 96,249 people on the waiting list.

“It’s definitely the support to know that people are surrounding us and trying to take this opportunity to move forward and help people in the future so that there are more people aware of the good things about being an organ donor,” said Mardy Watson, about what the program has done for her and her husband.

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Mint Hill News of Note: May 30

 

June Tunes

This June, the Town of Mint Hill is once again hosting June Tunes, a concert series featuring live performances from different bands each Friday evening, at 7:30, at the Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane. The concerts are free to attend and good for all members of the family. Concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

June 1—Lindsay Nicole

Lindsay Nicole is a singer/songwriter from Mint Hill, who began playing guitar at age 12. Lindsay has been a part of several nationally-released albums and advocates an anti-bullying message with her music. “I’m very determined to make a difference and help

teenagers and young adults discover themselves and understand that they are accountable for their actions and that they can make a difference” says Lindsay on her website. Her debut country album “Down Pour” is available on iTunes and Amazon.

Blood Drive

Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care is hosting a blood drive June 30, from 10 am to 4 pm, at Blessed Assurance, 13001 Idlewild Road, Matthews. For more information, contact Blessed Assurance, 704-845- 1359.

SMILE Mint Hill

Manning Family Dentistry will hold a one-year celebration of their Smiling Faces program with food, games, and fun for the family, Saturday, June 8, from 11 am to 2 pm, at Manning Family Dentistry, 7322 Matthews Mint Hill Road. For more information, contact 704-545-3243.

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Chamber hears healthcare reform update at monthly luncheon

Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce members were updated on the latest happenings and developments with their chamber at the monthly luncheon, May 23, at Pine Lake Country Club.

Carolinas Medical Center-University President Bill Leonard speaks to the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the Chamber’s May member luncheon. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Carolinas Medical Center-University President Bill Leonard speaks to the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the Chamber’s May member luncheon. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

The Chamber’s newlydesigned website, www.minthillchamberofcommerce.com, designed by Michael Habenicht at Kaleidoscopic, Inc. in Mint Hill, is up and running, with new features, directories, photos, and a whole new look.

September 19 is the Chamber’s annual golf tournament, and this year, they are expecting as many as 120 or more golfers. For information on the tournament, registration, or sponsoring, contact the Chamber office.

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Board discusses peddling, graffiti at May meeting

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners discussed graffiti and peddling at a short meeting May 23.

The issue of graffiti was first brought to the council a few weeks ago, after some property in town had been vandalized with spray paint. The Town is looking into ways to establish a town policy for cleaning up graffiti, and instructed town staff to procure estimates of clean-up cost.

Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford speaks to the Board of Commissioners about graffiti abatement in Mint Hill at the May 23 Board of Commissioners meeting. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford speaks to the Board of Commissioners about graffiti abatement in Mint Hill at the May 23 Board of Commissioners meeting. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Town manager Brian Welch informed the board that the cost to the town for the clean up of 25 square feet of graffiti would cost $500, with labor, time, and equipment all accounted for within that cost.

Board members further discussed specifics of a potential ordinance, including the definition of graffiti, time allotted for property owners to clean up the graffiti themselves, and punishment for persons caught vandalizing property with graffiti.

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At a glance: Town projects

Novant Mint Hill

Novant Health, formerly Presbyterian, is still on track to break ground on their new location in Mint Hill in 2014, and to complete the hospital in 2016, two years earlier than the initial plans. The location, at Albemarle and I485, will cost approximately $90 million, at 165,000 square feet. The original plan called for a larger and more expensive structure, but the scaled-down version will still have the same number of beds and offer the same services. At a Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce luncheon in November, Roland Bibeau, president of Novant Matthews, said the location would still be a full-service community hospital.

 

Bridges at Mint Hill

The latest development in the stalled mall project, Bridges at Mint Hill, came at a January Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting, where the board adopted a resolution to request assistance from the North Carolina General Assembly and the North Carolina Department of Transportation to fund roadway improvements along Lawyers Road at Interstate 485 for the development. The project began in 2008, but after problems with layout and environmental concerns, as well as a faltering economy, the project was put on hold. Work could resume as early as the end of the year.

 

Mint Hill Police Department renovation

Work is continuing on schedule to transform the old Mint Hill Town Hall into the New Mint Hill Police Department, with the completion date of fall 2013 still intact. The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners approved a $2 million budget at a March meeting, and work on the renovation began shortly after. The project is being handled by Edifice Inc., the same company that led the construction of the new town hall. The renovation includes a number of new features for the building, including street-facing parking spaces, closing in the breezeway, and transforming the commissioner’s meeting space to a conference room.

 

Korean War Veterans Memorial

The Korean War Veterans Memorial at The Park on Fairview, being built by Chapter 265 of the North Carolina Korean War Veteran’s Association, was originally scheduled to be completed in Summer of 2012. As of January this year, construction was at 85 percent completion, with small details like handicap railing, Astroturf carpeting, and more pavers waiting to be installed. The dedication date has not been finalized, but June 25, the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the war in 1953 is being considered.

 

New Bain Elementary

Construction on the new Bain Elementary facility is on track to finish JUne 14, when an opening ceremony will be held. On May 30, the school will host a fundraising recap event, where parents who bought bricks to help with school construction will be able to locate their bricks in the new facility. Starting next year, Bain students will attend school in the new building. Work began on the new building in early 2012, at a cost of approximately $15.3 million to Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. The building is a two-story, 82,000 square foot facility, with labs and media center, and even a rock climbing wall in the gymnasium.

 

Library Hours

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Mint Hill recently changed their hours of operation. The library is now open on Mondays, from 10 am to 8 pm and closed all day Thursday. Previously, the library was open on Thursday afternoon due to volunteer efforts and closed all day on Mondays.

 

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BOC hears presentations on roundabout, fire tax

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners and Mint Hill residents were updated on two important town issues at the meeting last Thursday, May 9.

Scott Cole, Division Traffic Engineer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation gave a presentation about roundabouts, and specifically the proposed roundabout to be built at the intersection of N.C. Hwy. 51 and Idlewild Road in Mint Hill.

Cole cited the main concerns for the construction of the roundabout, the same as the main concerns for any roundabout, are traffic efficiency and safety.

According to Cole, roundabouts are the safest intersection, can provide for high capacity and low delay, is good for all modes of transportation, including pedestrians, motorcycles, bicycles, cars, and large trucks, has a geometric flexibility to fit in any location, and the aesthetic appeal.

For safety, Cole said that a regular intersection has 32 conflict points, or places where a collision is likely to occur, and that a roundabout has only 8, and provides for slower speeds and better angles.

Cole said that typical crash reductions following installation of roundabouts in rural areas of the United States could be as high as 74 percent.

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