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Say cheese for charity - Carolina Weekly Newspapers

Say cheese for charity - Carolina Weekly Newspapers

Say cheese for charity - Carolina Weekly

CAROLINA WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS Matthews-Mint Hill Ads inside this issue . . . Randy Marion GMC ............................. 4 Parks Chevrolet .................................... 7 Liberty Pontiac GMC .......................... 28 USA WEEKEND inside! Volume 2, Number 45 • Nov. 6-12, 2009 www.matthewsminthillweekly.com An independent, locally owned newspaper Inside ... Say cheese for charity News Briefs ..............................................6 Letters .....................................................14 Sports.......................................................16 Arts ..........................................................18 Culinary ..................................................19 Movies .....................................................20 Calendar/Crossword .............................22 Classifieds ...............................................23 WBTV Weekend Weather FRI 62/38 Who has the edge? Butler or Indy? page 16 Is ‘A Christmas Carol’ worth singing about? page 20 Mint Hill pizzeria hits a home run page 10 SAT 65/36 OVER 180 CHANNELS INCLUDING 45 MUSIC CHANNELS! SUN 68/40 Rick Crider/MMHW photos South African photographer Mimika Cooney, who creates fantasy photos of children, said she was overwhelmed with dozens of entrants to her casting call for a charity calendar to benefit Charlotte nonprofit Mothering Across Continents. Matthews kids among brightest smiles for 2010 calendar by Laura Johannesen news@matthewsminthillweekly.com GET THE BEST IN What’s cuter than a picture of a dressed-up baby, and what’s more meaningful than giving to the world’s less fortunate? Local photographer Mimika Cooney seems to have found the answers by linking the two for her 2010 charity calendar project. Cooney, owner of Photo Lyrical in Waxhaw, moved here from England. She has a background in marketing and public relations, but she’s always loved photography and decided to go into the business when she arrived in America. Since 2007, she’s put her talent to work by shooting a calendar to benefit charity. This year, the beneficiary is Mothering Across Continents, a Charlotte nonprofit DIGITAL CABLE $ 29 95 that funds health and education programs for orphans and other at-risk African children. Growing up in South Africa, she’s witnessed poverty firsthand. “I’ve seen people living in abject poverty without even the most basic of necessities,” she said. The calendar features two themes: “Tasty Treats” and “Movie Stars.” Children from Mecklenburg and Union counties were invited to pose for the calendar, and Matthews (more on page 8) Meet your elected officials New faces for Matthews, school board; Mint Hill keeps status quo by Kara Lopp kara@matthewsminthillweekly.com Matthews and Mint Hill residents were among the county’s 124,896 voters Nov. 3, casting their ballots for mayor, town commissioners and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education District 6 seat. Matthews residents elected two new faces to the board of commissioners and a new mayor. There’s a political newcomer on the school board, too. But Mint Hill residents kept the status quo by re-electing all incumbent candidates. It’s a new chapter for these officials in their service to the community. So let’s meet your elected officials! Mayor Jim Taylor Background: Taylor, 45, is vice president of finance at Wachovia and has lived in Matthews for 20 years. The current mayor pro-tem, he’s been a Matthews commissioner for 10 years. Taylor is a University of South Florida, Tampa graduate. He and his wife, Joselyn, have two children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Results: Taylor received about 61 percent of the vote, fending off Jack Davis, co-owner of Flapdoodle Auctions, by a 775 vote margin. Reaction: Taylor is “thankful” for the win and says election results show that residents are pleased with the current town government. “To me (the win) confirms the citizen survey that we did. … The majority of people in the town that responded were happy with the direction that the town was going and this sort of just confirms that. I’ve said that I wanted to keep this train on the track,” he said. “My opponent wanted to change things but he never would specify what the change was except to say he wanted change. We’ve (more on page 9) TV ENTERTAINMENT ONLY PER MONTH FOR 12 MONTHS See our ad on page 7! 8!

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