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Matthews-Mint Hill - Carolina Weekly Newspapers

Matthews-Mint Hill - Carolina Weekly Newspapers

Matthews-Mint Hill - Carolina Weekly

Auto Matthews-Mint Hill Driving home a great deal! Randy Marion ...................................... 7 Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge ............................ 8 USA WEEKEND inside! Volume 2, Number 28 • July 10-16, 2009 www.matthewsminthillweekly.com An independent, locally owned newspaper Inside ... Accountant by day, chocolatier by night Clowning around on Butler hoops star seizes rare opportunity page 16 page 3 News Briefs ..............................................5 Regan’s Rant ..........................................14 Calendar/Crossword .............................15 Sports.......................................................16 Arts ..........................................................18 Culinary ..................................................19 Movies .....................................................20 Classifieds ...............................................22 WBTV Weekend Weather FRI Mostly Cloudy High 92 Low 67 SAT Mostly Cloudy High 90 Low 68 4th of July Does Sweet T’s make the grade? Do we love you, ‘Beth Cooper?’ page 19 page 20 SUN Mostly Cloudy High 91 Low 70 Accountant Tammy Dayton satisfies her sweet tooth by selling Dove chocolates and throwing tasting parties through Dove Chocolate Discoveries. The Mint Hill resident recently treated a group of ladies in Waxhaw to the chocolaty delights available only through Dove chocolatiers. (From left) Waxhaw residents C.J. Helms (left) and Fawn Vasquez; a special chocolate dessert; chocolatier Tammy Dayton. Mint Hill resident shares chocolate delights at in-home parties by Kara Lopp kara@matthewsminthillweekly.com By day, Tammy Dayton crunches numbers. By night, she creates chocolate. The Mint Hill accountant is one of Who’s running Nov. 3? One mayoral, six commissioner candidates in Matthews, none (yet) in Mint Hill After the first days of election filing, Matthews is assured of at least one mayoral candidate and six for the board of commissioners. As of press time, no one had filed to run for Mint Hill mayor or any of the four open seats on the town’s board of commissioners, though Mayor Ted Biggers and Commissioners Lloyd Austin, Mickey Ellington and Brenda McRae all said they plan to file before the July 17 deadline. Meanwhile, there’s competition for the Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education District 6 seat, south Charlotte resident Ken Gjertsen, 43, who’s been a board member since 2005 and works in information management for Bank of America, will face at least one challenger: Bank of America risk manager John Ross, 33, of Matthews. Matthews Mayor Pro-Tem Jim Taylor, a five-term town commissioner, decided to run for mayor following Mayor Lee Myers’ announcement last week that he won’t seek a 10th term. “I’ve contemplated (running for mayor) for quite a while, but I’ve never acted upon it because I’ve always admired Lee, and my vision for Matthews is very similar to his,” Taylor, 45, said. about 50 chocolatiers statewide selling ooey-gooey goodies from the relatively new Dove Chocolate Discoveries line. The in-home sales program features 63 Dove products not sold in stores, such as chocolate mousse and mixes for chocolate smoothies, tea, brownies and cookies. Most products range from $5 to $49. And yes, there are parties featuring by Kara Lopp kara@matthewsminthillweekly.com chocolaty samples. Dayton has hosted about 50 gatherings since she started with Dove in February 2008. She can travel anywhere to throw chocolate soirée, but gets most of her business in Mecklenburg and Union counties. “Who doesn’t love chocolate?” Dayton said, sporting a brown T-shirt that reads “Chocolate: Here today … Gone today.” When adoption gets rocky, Weaving Families helps A Charlotte Panthers adoptive dad helps raise funds (more on page 13) by Kara Lopp kara@matthewsminthillweekly.com After adopting their son, Gannon, from Guatemala in 2004, R.J. and Rebecca Caswell quickly realized there was little local help for them with the international adoption once they got home. Like the three children they later adopted, Gannon, then 5 months, had trouble sleeping as he adjusted to his new home. He grieved the loss of his Guatemalan foster mother, and R.J., a licensed professional counselor, said he and his wife didn’t know where to turn for support. “I think most adoption families end up struggling in silence. They want to appear that everything is going great,” he said. The Caswells’ experiences spurred the February 2008 creation of Matthews-based Weaving Families Adoption Ministry. The nonprofit isn’t an adoption agency – it counsels adoptive families and educates those considering the option. And this month the organization hopes to spread the word – and raise some money – with the help of a prominent Charlotte (more on page 12) (more on page 13) Tim Steadman/MMHW photos

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