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1421-C Orchard Lake Drive Charlotte, NC 28270 Phone: 704-849-2261 • Fax: 704-849-2504 www.matthewsminthillweekly.com News Managing Editor Regan White Editor Kara Lopp Arts & Entertainment Editor Sean O’Connell Sports Editor C. Jemal Horton Sports Writers Aaron Garcia Chris Hunt Erica Singleton Food Editor/Restaurant Critic Charles Jenkin Book Club Editor Alison Woo Staff Writer Brian Carlton Contributing Writer Laura Johannesen Copy Editor Kelly Kubacki Page Design Debbie Archer Michael Kerr Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly is published by the Carolina Weekly Newspaper Group, 1421-C Orchard Lake Drive, Charlotte, NC 28270. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. Advertising: adsales@carolinaweeklynewspapers.com CEO Alain Lillie Associate publisher Gretchen Mize GRAPHICS Graphics Director Steve Pigg Graphics Artist Julie Austin ADVERTISING Account Executive Franchesca Lamkin Classified and Service Directory Victoria Vizard Ad Coordinator Sarah Vizard DISTRIBUTION Manager Gary Boneno Assistant Manager Brian Hubsch News riefs Page 6 • Nov. 20-26, 2009 • Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly B Narcotics officer to join Mint Hill’s ranks With two officers on military leave, the Mint Hill Police Department will use some of the combined $78,886 in salary savings to hire a narcotics detective, Chief Tim Ledford said. The officer, who’s being promoted from within the department, will work solely undercover and earn $40,000 a year, Ledford said. The town will have to fund the position in the next fiscal year. Sgt. Michael Gainey, an Army reservist, is expected to return in November 2010 from Fort Jackson, S.C., where he’s a drill instructor. Officer John Hathcock, an Air National Guard member, is expected to return from Fort Hood, Texas, in January 2010. q Traffic crashes hit record high in Matthews Matthews police responded to 170 traffic accidents in October, a record high for the department, Officer Stason Tyrell said. The department responded to 129 accidents in October 2008, according to police records. Overall, though, the number of accidents has decreased this year. Police responded to 1,299 accidents from January to October 2008, compared with 1,189 during the same period this year. The town’s most-traveled roads, including Independence Boulevard and Matthews Township Parkway, see the most accidents, Tyrrell said. Mint Hill police handled 43 crashes in October, compared with 47 in October 2008, according to police records. There were 358 accidents reported from January to October 2008, compared with 362 during the same period this year. Police offer these tips to avoid a collision: • Leave a safe distance – at least two seconds of travel – between you and the vehicle in front of you. • Avoid distractions, such as cell phones. • In severe weather, decrease speed and increase the distance between cars. If you approach an intersection with malfunctioning traffic signals, treat it as a four-way stop. Give yourself enough extra travel time to allow for possible traffic delays. q World Cup bid committee to recommend moving forward Charlotte City Council will be advised to proceed with a bid to bring six 2018 World Cup soccer games to Bank of America Stadium. “We’ve got plenty of time to put this together, for what could be a once-in-a- lifetime investment,” said Tim Newman, chief executive officer of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority and chair of a local committee tasked with researching the bid. The committee returned Nov. 13 from a fact-finding mission in New York, where members met with U.S. Soccer Federation officials hoping to bring the tournament to the states. Newman said he and other committee members were more comfortable with the estimated $7.2 million cost of hosting the games after Soccer Federation officials told them it was on the high end. If Charlotte is selected to host games, teams would practice at two of four proposed sites: the planned Matthews Sportsplex to be built at 1601 Tanktown Road, and fields at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte and Davidson College. Charlotte expects to pay $100,000 to rent and, if necessary, renovate each facility. q Speaking Volumes November selection ‘The Recipe Club’ by Andrea Israel and Nancy Garfinkel Just in time for the holidays and the season of food and family, Matthews- Mint Hill Weekly’s Speaking Volumes book club has chosen an inventive new novel that celebrates the relationship between two friends and the sharing of great dishes in “The Recipe Club.” To mark the occasion, join us Monday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. at a private home in south Charlotte, where we’ll chat with the authors live via SKYPE. Bring a memory-filled dish to share and come delight in great food and conversation. To RSVP, e-mail bookclub@carolinaweeklynewspapers.com. For details and directions to the meeting, visit our blog: http://bestbookblog.blogspot.com. q – Alison Woo, Book Club Editor Online auction to benefit local autism community Autism Services of Mecklenburg County, a nonprofit that’s served the county’s autistic and developmentally challenged communities for more than 30 years, is conducting an online auction to help shoppers jump-start holiday buying while benefiting the nonprofit. Autism Services’ Holiday Shoppe will be held Friday, Nov. 20, through Wednesday, Dec. 9. Proceeds will go to eight group homes, Autisms Services’ adult activity and vocational training programs, and its after-school programs and summer camp. Items for bid include tickets to the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour; the Sprint Cup All Star Race, which includes pit passes and VIP parking; and an opportunity to view production of a local news telecast. To link to Autism Services’ Holiday Shoppe, visit autismservices.org and follow the Holiday Shoppe link. q Matthews launches program for aspiring first-responders The Matthews Fire & EMS Department hopes to gain long-term volunteers by starting an Explorer Post. Part of a national organization run by Boy Scouts of America, the program is open to teens ages 14 to 17 who want to learn what it’s like to be a firefighter or medic. The post is a first for the department, Deputy Fire & EMS Chief Dennis Green said. “The general theory is that you get somebody young, catch them early and get them interested, and they end up staying with you for life,” Green said. Explorers can ride with firefighters and medics to emergency calls, learn to put out hot spots after a fire is extinguished, set up fire ladders, roll hoses and learn CPR and other first aid. The post may have the chance to compete in regional tournaments too, Green said. Explorers will meet next on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 8 a.m. at the Matthews Fire & EMS Department, 236 S. Trade St. Thereafter, the post will meet the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month at 8 a.m. Registration isn’t required but parents should attend their child’s first meeting. The cost is $55 annually, which includes a uniform and national dues. For more information, call Dennis Green at 704-847-9400 or e-mail dgreen@ matthewsnc.com. q Presbyterian Rehab holds ‘Hear for the Holidays’ contest This holiday season, Presbyterian Rehabilitation Center Charlotte will give the gift of hearing to someone in need through its “Hear for the Holidays” essay contest. The winner will receive a free pair of hearing aids. The contest runs through Nov. 23 and is open to anyone who has or knows someone with a hearing problem. To enter, write an essay of 400 words or less that explains why you or someone you know would benefit from the hearing aids but can’t afford them. The winner will be selected based on degree of hearing impairment, financial need, the opportunity to impact the recipient’s life, and the opportunity to impact the lives of the people with whom he or she interacts. E-mail essays to abailey8@ novanthealth.org or send them to Presbyterian Rehabilitation Center Charlotte, 125 Baldwin Ave., Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28204. The winner will be notified and the hearing aid awarded before Christmas. q www.matthewsminthillweekly.com

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