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Matthews-Mint Hill - Carolina Weekly Newspapers

Matthews-Mint Hill - Carolina Weekly Newspapers

Matthews-Mint Hill - Carolina Weekly

Matthews-Mint Hillpage 16Brad Pitt’s lookingfor a few good men.Should you enlist?USA WEEKEND inside!Volume 2, Number 34 • Aug. 21-27, 2009 www.matthewsminthillweekly.com An independent, locally owned newspaperInside ...Is CharleyWeaver worthbig bucks?page 3‘Can’ you preservesummer’s bounty?page 15News Briefs .................................................. 6Regan’s Rant ................................................ 7Sports........................................................... 12Arts .............................................................. 14Culinary ...................................................... 15Movies ......................................................... 16Calendar/Crossword ................................. 18Classifieds ................................................... 19WBTV Weekend WeatherFRIMostlycloudyHigh 87Low 70SATPartlycloudyHigh 89Low 71Butler backsready to runpage 12SUNPartlycloudyHigh 89Low 69Do the hustle!Swing Hustle Charlottedance club returnsby Kara Loppkara@matthewsminthillweekly.comA self-described “ballroom freak,”south Charlotte resident Carolyn Mayerhas been swing dancing since she was 11years old. It was called the jitterbug then,and her partner was her father.Now 64, the accountant’s assistantsince has danced competitively and currentlybelongs to three dance clubs. Shewas a member of Swing Hustle Charlotteuntil it fizzled out about three years ago.But the social dancing club is back –kicking off in style in July with a danceand techniques workshop attended bymore than 150 dancers at Piper GlenBallroom, 6420-B5 Rea Road.For original members, such as Mayer,the event was a reunion of sorts. Fornewcomers, it was a chance to learn thebasics and have fun trying to put them tomusic.Swing Hustle Charlotte, focused onWest Coast swing and the hustle, startedin 2002. But after a few years, attendance– which once boomed at 400 – dwindledand the group disbanded.But the recent popularity of TV showsMint Hill developerroots against treeordinanceRecommendation deferred aftertree-friendly home builder protestssuch as “So You Think You Can Dance”and “Dancing with the Stars” is generatinginterest in dancing, so original Swing HustleCharlotte member Angela Prince ofMatthews is organizing the group foranother try. Plans are in the works for amonthly dance and weekly activities, suchas lessons on new techniques.“I think we just move forward fromby Kara Loppkara@matthewsminthillweekly.comMint Hill developer Stephen Pace thinks the town needs a treeordinance – just not the one that’s been proposed.The home builder, with an office at 6719 Fairview Road, toldtown commissioners at an Aug. 13 public hearing that if the proposedordinance is adopted, his company likely will abandon plansto build again in Mint Hill. In 2005, Pace developed the 336-acreSummerwood subdivision off Bartlett Road near the intersectionof Interstate 485 and Blair Road. It’s one of Mint Hill’s few conservationsubdivisions, a type of development that allows homeson smaller lots in exchange for tree preservation and open space.Had the proposed ordinance been in place when Summerwoodwas built, it would have required Pace to plant nearlyAfter a two-year hiatus, Swing Hustle Charlotteis back. The dance organization focused on theart of West Coast swing dancing and the hustleheld a kickoff dance and instruction workshopsJuly 31 and Aug. 1 at Piper Glen Ballroomin south Charlotte. (Above) Tamara Stegallof Matthews dances with Dave Weaver ofCharlotte at the kickoff party. (Right) CarolynMayer and Rick Frye of Charlotte.(more on page 9)here. (The kickoff) let me know that itwas missed, that there are enough newpeople that want to learn,” she said.With California roots, West Coast swingis similar to Carolina shag, highlightingthe woman’s dancing, professional WestMint Hill to pilotlocal HR software(more on page 10)by Kara Loppkara@matthewsminthillweekly.comMint Hill employees will be among the first to receive a jobperformance evaluation using new Web-based software from aCharlotte company.The town is one of 15 municipalities in the Carolinas that willparticipate in a free pilot program from Municipal EvaluationSystems. The new software allows employers to customize theevaluation for individual employees, enables various departmentsto provide information about an employee’s performance, andoffers the employee a mechanism to give additional informationor dispute an evaluation, according to 28-year-old MES creatorBob Dziewulski.Dziewulski, who lives in Charlotte, said the software has beenin the making for about a year and will sell for about $3,700annually.After graduating from Appalachian State University in 2006with a master’s degree in public administration, DziewulskiTim Steadman/MMHW photos(more on page 9)

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